Jake Pascual, second stringers get chance to step up with Alaska starters out

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Alaska’s Jake Pascual skies high for a rebound. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Jake Pascual is well aware of the pinch Alaska is in right now without four of its vital players all recovering from different injuries, but that is just the life for a PBA team that is going on a yearly grind.The Aces qualified for the playoffs in all three conferences in the previous seasons reaching the quarterfinals, semifinals, and then the finals in chronological order and this tough schedule had left some battered bodies along the way.ADVERTISEMENT Pascual made his mark in the Aces’ win over the Dyip with a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double in a game that he said he had to step up in a big way.Alaska also lost rookie G-Boy Babilonia, who got hurt in practice, leaving the Aces’ big man rotation to Pascual, Carl Bryan Cruz, Noy Baclao, and the 37-year-old Sonny Thoss.“We’re still adjusting and of course we admit that it’s hard without Vic because he’s the no.1 option inside and he also has some outside shooting,” said Pascual of Manuel who averaged 16 points per game in the previous season.“Coach Alex [Compton] told us that whoever was sitting beside us on the bench was the one that will help us.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold PLAY LIST 02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:50Trending 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Vic Manuel, Kevin Racal, JVee Casio, and Simon Enciso are all sidelined and Pascual said the ones they can rely on are themselves.Pascual and the rest of the Aces did practice what they preached when they blindsided Columbian 94-72 to get their first win in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We were actually joking around earlier because we’re this undermanned right now but in all seriousness, we can only rely on ourselves at this point,” said Pascual in Filipino as they get to a 1-1 record.“We take it as a challenge especially for us big men who usually come off the bench and sometimes wouldn’t even get the minutes. We’re just proving to everyone that we can play and we can help the team.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Return of in-shape Andray Blatche boosts Gilas Pilipinas confidence Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Game changer: Tim Tebow enters Mets camp ‘all in’ on baseball

first_imgView comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college And while some players bemoan the monotony of spring training, Tebow enjoys the workouts under the sun and inside the cage, always trying to improve.“I love the grind of it. I love the challenge,” he said. “Even like for football with training camp, I loved it. I think I was kind of weird that way, but I embraced it. I kind of think I’m the same way with baseball.”So even with revered ex-Florida coach Steve Spurrier pitching him a spot in the new Alliance of American Football, Tebow wasn’t interested.“It wasn’t very hard — and they’ve called a lot. And Coach Spurrier keeps calling — and I love Coach Spurrier,” Tebow said. “I’m all in on baseball. No way could I stop and not give this the chance after everything that I’ve worked for.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Means he’s pretty awesome,” said a smiling Tebow, who won two national football championships in college.Tebow’s thick arms and muscular frame helped him launch several balls over the fence on a back field. He’s been working with personal hitting coach Jay Gibbons, an ex-major leaguer who traveled with Tebow throughout the offseason while he worked his other job as a college football television analyst.Tebow said he took batting practice on countless college ballfields all over the country.“It’s hard contact. I think I need to have a talk with him about his conditioning. He’s probably not strong enough,” Callaway cracked. “So yeah, it’s raw power, it’s real, and the bat moves through the zone pretty swiftly.”“This kid has confidence, because he works. And I definitely see a baseball player out of Tim Tebow. Not just because he’s in a uniform, but because he wants it so bad,” the manager added.At the souvenir stand between Tom Seaver Curve and Willie Mays Drive, No. 15 Tebow T-shirts were on sale for $32 along with those of several other players. Tebow’s shirt was gray, while the big leaguers were in blue.“We’re just going to get him out there as much as possible,” Callaway said. “We want to get him out there and see major league pitching. And I know he’s going to continue to improve because that’s who he is.”Regardless of whether he ever makes it to the majors, Tebow has come a long way in a short time on the diamond after spending 2010-12 in the NFL with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. Remember, it was just a few years ago that he picked up baseball again for the first time since high school.A national celebrity also popular for his charity work and outspoken faith, Tebow was laughed at and criticized when he embarked on his new career. Last spring, limited to at-bats as the designated hitter because of an ankle he said was broken, Tebow went 1 for 18 (.056) in seven games with the Mets before returning to minor league camp. He said the pain caused bad mechanics.“It’s kind of hard to put into words how much more comfortable I feel, to be honest with you. Just in the little things. Shoot, in knowing what I’m going to grab to bring out there with me for practice, you know?” Tebow said. “Just playing catch, going through the motions, balls off the bat, off the wall, all of those things.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers New York Mets’ Tim Tebow signs autographs at spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Fitzpatrick)PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — By now, Tim Tebow has shown he belongs in professional baseball. He’s fully committed to the game and much more comfortable on the field.Sometimes, though, he still sounds like a football player.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Claudio Pizarro nets late to become Bundesliga’s oldest goal-scorer “This will be like, sort of the biggest spring training for me,” the 31-year-old Tebow said. “This journey isn’t defined by just getting there. I think, shoot, I’ve already enjoyed it enough to say it’s worth it. The whole process. Would that be awesome? Of course it would. It would be such an amazing thing and it would be so enjoyable, but at the same time, regardless of what happens, I know that I’ll enjoy it every day and I think that’s the biggest thing for me.”In his second full season of minor league baseball, Tebow batted a respectable .273 with six home runs, 14 doubles and 36 RBIs in 84 games for Double-A Binghamton last year. The left fielder socked a three-run homer on the first pitch he saw, then hit .301 in June and .340 in 15 games during July. He even doubled in the Eastern League All-Star Game on July 11.Eight days later, however, he broke the hamate bone in his right hand while taking a swing. Season-ending surgery squashed any hope of a fast promotion to the majors.“He did a tremendous job last year,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “You have to give him credit for the strides he made.”They were evident Saturday during batting practice in a group that included top prospect Peter Alonso, a brawny slugger and fellow Florida Gators product.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? On his first day at spring training with the New York Mets, the former NFL quarterback was reflecting on last year, when he injured his ankle stepping on a sprinkler head at the beginning of camp.“I didn’t run or I didn’t play one snap of outfield,” Tebow said Saturday, eliciting big laughs while catching his own slip-up.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNevertheless, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner is no fish out of shoulder pads anymore. He’s not on the 40-man major league roster, but he’s in big league camp for the second consecutive year and ticketed for Triple-A Syracuse in April.One step away.last_img read more

Spurs win eighth straight as Blazers lose CJ McCollum to injury

first_imgMOST READ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief There were 14 lead changes and 12 ties in a contest as evenly matched as the standings.The Spurs made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including one by Derrick White with 2 minutes remaining that put them up 100-92.White and Rudy Gay finished with 13 points apiece. Patty Mills and LaMarcus Aldridge each had 12.Both teams were on the second night of a back-to-back, but the Blazers were in New Orleans while the Spurs played at home. Despite the travel, Portland came out as the fresher team.Lillard drew consecutive fouls on White, forcing the Spurs to sit their point guard once he picked up his third foul with 4:43 remaining in the first half. The first foul came when Lillard fell in front of the Spurs bench with little to no contact by White, leading San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich to berate official Jason Goldenberg for the remainder of the first half and before entering the locker room. The Spurs were leading 40-39 when White exited and the Blazers then moved into the lead.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lillard, who moved past Aldridge on the Blazers’ scoring list on Friday night, finished 13 for 29 from the field and added six rebounds and five assists in 38 minutes.Jusuf Nurkic added 24 points and Rodney Hood had 13.TIP-INSBlazers: Portland is 17-18 on the road this season, on pace to match last season’s mark of 21-20 away from home. . Enes Kanter was scoreless and had four rebounds and an assist in 14 minutes. Kanter was averaging 14.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in his previous three games. . Lillard has eight double-doubles this season.Spurs: Aldridge has 18,331 career points, moving past Hall of Famer Dave Bing for 70th in career scoring. Bing had 18,328 points in 12 seasons, including his first nine with Detroit. . Bryn Forbes has 250 career 3-pointers, joining Gary Neal and Davis Bertans as the only players in Spurs history to accomplish that feat in their first three seasons with the team.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Host Indiana on Tuesday.Spurs: Host Golden State on Monday. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title McCollum exited under assistance with 7:03 remaining in the third quarter. He remained on the court for a few minutes clutching his left leg in great pain after tumbling out of bounds when his driving layup was blocked by Jakob Poeltl. McCollum appeared to roll his left ankle but was clutching his shin. There was no word on his status.McCollum finished with 10 points in 22 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSan Antonio (41-29) is sixth in the Western Conference, one game behind Oklahoma City for fifth. The Spurs, who host Golden State on Monday, have won 10 straight at home.Portland (42-27) is fourth in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of the Thunder. 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 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Iowa State romps past Kansas to win Big 12 tourney title San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) drives around Portland Trail Blazers guard Rodney Hood, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in San Antonio, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and the San Antonio Spurs extended their winning streak to eight games with a 108-103 victory Saturday night over the Portland Trail Blazers, who lost C.J. McCollum to a left leg injury.Damian Lillard scored 34 points for Portland, which had won three straight.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

Rising Debt Burden

first_imgThe Ebola epidemic has already dealt a huge blow to Liberia’s economic recovery program. But the worry at the moment for many Liberians is that their economy is once again sinking into new debt burden. The country’s total public debt stock has grown to over half a billion US dollars from US643 million in the first quarter of 2014 to US$658 at the end of the second quarter. This is on the back of rapid increases in both domestic and external debt stocks. Many economists are getting worried about the increase in the country’s debt trend especially, when the government is facing fresh challenges posed by the Ebola outbreak. “The worry is how much more money are we [country] going to borrow to address the fresh impact of the Ebola virus,” said George Kollie, a student of Economics at AME Zion University. “Remember we [Liberia] got 100 percent debt relief from its bilateral and multilateral creditors in 2010.” External debt stock at the end of the second quarter has risen to over US$345 million which constitutes to about 16 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). This was made public by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), which has reported in its 2nd Quarter Financial &Economic Bulletin for 2014 that total extended annualized debt stock grew by 22 percent, from US$284 million reported in the corresponding period in 2013. Multilateral and bilateral debt stocks stood at US$224.5 million or 10.7 percent of GDP and US$122.1 million or 5.8 percent of GDP. These debt stocks constitute 64.8 percent and 35.2 percent of the country’s external debt stock, respectively. The CBL attributes the ‘marginal growth’ in the country’s external debt stock to the increased in credit disbursements on the European Investment Bank (EIB) loan as well as the World Bank Group’s crisis window International Development Association (IDA) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) credits from multilateral organizations or sources. Domestic debt stock is also growing. According to the CBL, domestic debt stood at US$311.4 million, representing about 14.9 percent of GDP. It is growing by 3.4 percent or US$10.4 million and 5 percent or US$14.9 million compared with the amounts accumulated at the end of the first and second quarters of 2014, respectively. Domestic debt is been growing because the government has been crediting from domestic financial institutions, the CBL says. According to the Bank, domestic debt stock to financial institutions rose by US$10.4 million, up from US$294.1 million at the end of March, 2014, to US$304.5 million—about 14.5 percent of GDP recorded during the review quarter. When matched against the corresponding period in 2013, however, domestic debt to financial institutions grew by 5 percent or US$14.9 million at the end of the second quarter, 2014. This meanwhile constituted over 97 percent and over 46 percent of domestic and public debts stocks, respectively. The CBL has noted that domestic debt to suppliers’ credit, salary &allowances as well as pre-arrears for National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) in the reporting quarter stood at US$1.9 million, US$3.7 million, and US$1.3 million, respectively.           Current AccountIn the face of the rising public debt stock, the current account deficit of the economy narrowed by 33.9 percent during the second quarter. According to the CBL, the improvement was on account of the rise in current transfers and 15 percent decline in investment income deficit, which offset the 27.6 percent widening in the trade balance. The CBL noted that current account deficit narrowed by 62.2 percent in the reporting quarter, compared to the corresponding period in 2013. According to the CBL, both public and private transfers rose in the wake of the Ebola crisis which began in the first quarter, 2014. “Public transfers, mainly grants, rose by 15 percent,” the CBL said. Compared with the corresponding quarter in 2013, public transfers reportedly rose by 34.1 percent. The CBL also noted net inward private transfers or personal remittances recorded growth during the reporting quarter, but dwindled by 0.5 percent on an annualized basis the end of the reporting quarter. Investment income deficit also fell by 15 percent at the end of the reporting quarter, reflecting, largely declining reinvested earnings in the domestic economy. Reinvested income deficit narrowed by 42.6 percent at the end of the first quarter, when compared with the corresponding quarter in 2013. The CBL blames the deterioration in the trade deficit in the reporting quarter on account of the 5 percent rise in merchandise import payments against the 6.4 percent decline in export receipts. Trade deficit widened by 8.8 percent on at the end of June, 2014 on a year on basis, reflecting the need for production in the economy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

When You Get to the Senate, George, What Will You Do?

first_imgOne of the popular spirituals sung by the Old BWI Glee Club in the 1950s through the 1970s was entitled, “When You Get to Heaven, Brother, What Will You Do?We think this question is most appropriate and timely for Ambassador George Weah who is poised to be declared the winner in Montserrado County.Weah, who handsomely beat Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the first round of the 2005 presidential elections, though not enough to prevent a run-off, was still a formidable candidate to beat nine years later in senatorial elections.  Also, Weah, though he was number two on the Winston Tubman Presidential ticket in 2011, CDC still carried Montserrado.   Robert Sirleaf, above all people, should have known that, for he hails from a political family.  His mother is the President.  None of the other Montserrado candidates in the recent senatorial election ever had immediate family members running for the Senate. The whole nation listened to the counting on some of the radio stations Saturday night and most people went to bed confident that Weah had captured the Montserrado seat.  Many ordinary Liberians recall that there were moments in the counting when Weah had 300 and Sirleaf had only 20 or less.  Weah even beat him badly in a place Sirleaf thought his stronghold—PHP; but there, too, Weah overwhelmingly won.The big question on everyone’s mind is, why did Robert Sirleaf attempt such a race—was it to further embarrass his mom?  For how does a sitting President’s son lose an election so badly?  Counselor Pearl Brown Bull said as much from London on LIB 24 Radio Saturday evening.People recall the most recent embarrassment Robert caused his mom when he sued her at the Supreme Court over her Executive Order #65, then  ducked when it was time to go and defend his lawsuit.  So what was the point in exposing his beloved mother to judicial and public ridicule?The main question in this Editorial, however, is what will Ambassador Weah do when he takes his seat in the Liberian Senate?  First sub-question: Will he continue to downplay Education, as he and his immense number of fanatical partisans have done since 2005?  Remember his campaign slogan that year?  Your partisans were joyfully singing while running from central Monrovia to the S.K.D. Stadium, “You know book, your country dirty.”  The themes on your partisans’ lips last week and the week before were not different.  Most of the CDC partisans in those demonstrations were even abusive, calling Robert Sirleaf many different uncomplimentary names and abusing even the President herself.  We have to remind Mr. Weah in this editorial that he did not offer the people of Montserrado a platform announcing what he would do if he won the election and became their Senator.  Also, Mr. Weah was invited along with other candidates in the Montserrado race to a debate, but he, like all the others, failed to show up.  What were these candidates thinking?  They wanted our votes, yet could not bring themselves to be questioned by us as to what their real intentions were for running for the Senate?If they could not face us during the campaign, then what can we expect from any one of them who gets elected?  She or he would most definitely come to think that we are owed nothing—absolutely nothing.Rep. Edwin Snowe, a zealous Weah supporter, has already announced him the chair of the Montserrado Legislative Caucus.  But what does Weah bring to the table besides his immense football popularity?Montserrado has many challenges.  Take the challenges in all of Weah’s strongholds: Clara Town, West Point, New Kru Town, Logan Town, PHP, Peace Island, Douala, Paynesville Red Light, etc.—all of them are slums, without running water, power, proper sanitation and adequate health facilities and housing.  Many of the residents in these slums are jobless and therefore self-supporting peddlers.  Has Weah promised them anything?  What is his vision for their future and the future of their children?  Surely it cannot be a disregard for education.  Every one of these areas needs well-equipped and staffed public elementary and high schools.We pray that beyond the tumult of the massive demonstrations, Mr. Weah and his supporters will think soberly on these challenges in Montserrado and indeed the whole country, and start strategizing on how, with commitment and  decisiveness to address them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Using the legal system as a weapon against political opponents

first_imgDear Editor,The legal system in any society is that institution which prevents that society from descending into anarchy by ensuring that the rule of law of upheld. The Constitution and the law protect the legal system from political interference so that ultimately the rule of law will not be destroyed by politics. Guyana is no different from other societies. However, since this Government has taken Office, in the same way the PNC did when it was in Government before, it is using the legal system as a weapon against its political opponents.The constitutionally independent Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Office has been neutralised, as the holder of that Office, herself, has been a victim of political persecution (Pradoville 2). So that important mechanism to prevent malicious prosecutions of fabricated charges has become non-functional. As a result, criminal charges are simply made up without any evidence to support them and instituted against former Ministers and Officials of the PPP Administration.Former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, was charged with Larceny by a Bailee, in his capacity as Attorney General, of certain law books. Nandlall said that he was subscribing to these books 10 years or more before he was appointed. He says that he requested the Government to continue to pay his subscription for these books as a term of contract of service, when he negotiated those terms with President Donald Ramotar. Ramotar has confirmed this in writing.Attorney General, Basil Williams, first commissioned a special audit by the Auditor General in relation to these books, specifically. In his report, the Auditor General made no finding of any wrongdoing. When the matter first arose, Nandlall made a public offer to buy the books and hand them over to the AG Office. This was refused, and he was charged. There is nowhere else in the world that a person would be charged in these circumstances.Dr Ashni Singh and Irfaan Ali, two other Ministers were also charged. The gravamen of the offense for which they were charged was selling State properties without first obtaining a Certificate of Valuation. This is another made up offence. There is no such offense in the laws of Guyana. These two former Ministers were executing a decision of the Cabinet. This decision was part of the Executive’s land distribution policy. Under the Constitution, the President, assisted by his Cabinet, has the freedom to chart executive policies of the Government for the day. If these policies are wrong, they may attract political sanctions from the electorate at the elections. They cannot amount to violation of the criminal law. Neither can the criminal law be stretched to unlawful limits in order to create offenses to meet the political agenda of vengeful politicians.Unless this political vendetta and legal madness is stopped in its tracks by the Judiciary, then when the Government changes, like-minded politicians would demand reciprocity. They would call for their own pound of flesh. So, every political policy and decision that is perceived to be wrong by the next Government would be converted into a criminal charge. Every personal benefit enjoyed by a Minister, whether as part of his contract of service or not, would become the subject of criminal proceedings. For example:1. Ministers who are now living in rental premises, where the Government is paying millions of dollars of rent, annually, would be charged;2. the Prime Minister would be charged for spending millions of dollars in framing his personal photographs and millions of dollars in other endeavours, when he has no tangible portfolio of Government;3. each Minister would be charged for the monies paid by the Government towards a medical insurance policy;4. a Minister would be charged for purchasing $1M in mints (sweetie);5. dozens of criminal charges would flow against Ministers who violate the Procurement Act;6. dozens of criminal charges would flow in relation to D’Urban Park, the “drugs bond” and hundreds of other similar transactions.Obviously, the above is not exhaustive. It is only to make a point. This would lead to a total destruction of the society. The criminal process would become an instrument for oppression and revenge, not for justice and fairness. Those who like to speak about a failed State would then understand what a failed State is.It is only the Judiciary, as an institution, that can stop this descent. These matters are before the Judiciary. Let us hope that they can save this country.Sincerely,Jai Seetaramlast_img read more

GECOM too must honour Constitution

first_imgDear Editor,The rule of law is the foundation upon which modern civilisation rests. In its absence, anarchy prevails!Dictators are born when those in authority remain silent as our Constitution and the rule of law are trampled upon in hope that someone else will have the courage to speak up. And very often, the rhetoric lacks teeth: The threat of sanctions and the political will to implement them. While no one wants to see Guyana return to the dark days of election rigging, election violence and the wanton destruction of private property that is the hallmark of the PNC, one cannot disregard the dangerous and irresponsible threat made by Attorney General Basil Williams at a forum held at the Marriott Hotel, where he alluded to violence and the destruction of property if Government should lose this election.I caution, this is not a threat to be taken lightly.There are also growing evidence and real concerns that the man who many thought possessed the attributes of a great leader is showing signs of impending tyranny that mimics his idol. But times have changed. We’re living in an era of advanced technology and instant communication. David Granger will never be allowed to replicate the things Forbes Burnham got away with.In the recent case brought before Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George in the High Court by the outspoken advocate against corruption, Attorney Christopher Ram, challenging the legality of the House-to-House (HtH) Registration, the Chief Justice last Thursday ruled that although the HtH is not illegal or unconstitutional in itself, residency is not a qualifying requirement, and therefore the names of those on the list of the National Register of Registrants (NRR) and Official List of Electors (OLE) cannot be removed unless deceased or they become disqualified.This ruling vindicates the PPP/C’s call to the nation to boycott the HtH Registration to protect the constitutional right of every Guyanese to vote, regardless of where they may be, provided they’re already on the NRR database and are in Guyana on Election Day. Although the Court refused to set a date or a deadline for elections, the Chief Justice made it clear that there should be compliance with the provisions of the Constitution. That is, elections in three months.The Chief Justice also ruled that GECOM cannot operate as if it is in a dormant elections cycle, which echoes the ruling of the CCJ that, “The Guyana Elections Commission (“GECOM”) has the responsibility to conduct that election and GECOM too must abide by the provisions of the Constitution”.What is puzzling, however, is GECOM’s reluctance to stop the HtH Registration when nothing can be achieved from continuing this process. The Chief Justice already ruled that the names of those on the list of the National Register of Registrants (NRR) and Official List of Electors (OLE) cannot be removed unless deceased, or they become disqualified. So, what’s the point in continuing this charade? Why does the new GECOM Chairperson have to wait to receive a hard copy of the Chief Justice’s ruling before deciding on the way forward?You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that this is another delaying tactic being employed by GECOM.Readers may recall that GECOM’s original plan was to scrap the database known as the National Register of Registrants (NRR) and create a new one. If this was allowed to continue without being challenged, every eligible Guyanese who has a Guyana National Identification Card and is already on the NRR database, but who was not home at the time the GECOM scrutineers visited would have been deleted from the List and could not vote in the upcoming elections.But now, because of the Chief Justice’s ruling last Thursday, if you are on vacation, if you are in the interior working or some other place away from home, if you are a bush pilot and is hardly ever home, or if you’re sick or giving birth in a nearby hospital, GECOM cannot now take you off the List if you’re not home or refuse to reregister when the scrutineers come visiting. And don’t let them con you into believing that if you don’t register, you wouldn’t be able to use your current ID card to do business next year, that’s not true! And certainly no one can charge you for “not registering” if you already have a Guyana National Identification Card that says you’re already registered.So why is GECOM continuing to spend billions of dollars on a useless HtH campaign now that the Chief Justice has ruled that eligible voters cannot be deregistered? Why is it taking so long for the new GECOM Chairman to act?The only clear pathway in keeping with its constitutional obligations is for GECOM to now swiftly move to Claims and Objections and stop or postpone this charade.The Leader of the Opposition has been very tolerant and reasonable since the passage of the No-Confidence Motion, emphasising the need for Government and the Opposition to work together in the best interest of our country. But after Granger’s unwillingness to negotiate in good faith, to accept the conditions under Article 106(6) and 106(7) of our Constitution and to call elections within the allotted three-month timeframe; and because of his determination to stay in power all cost, we see no need to return to Parliament to give this cabal legitimacy through a two-thirds majority vote to further plunder the resources of our nation by campaigning under the guise of ministerial outreaches. So, for all intents and purposes, David Granger and his entire Administration are all usurpers, illegal, illegitimate and unconstitutional.But despite his public pronouncement that he’s waiting on GECOM to advise him, it seems that David Granger has already set a date for elections. This was revealed last Friday during a disappointing Skeldon outreach by Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe while speaking to about five supporters and over 150 empty chairs. She announced that “Elections will be this year, according to the President.”Then during a press conference, the PNC/APNU chief apologist, WPA Executive Member David Hinds “forecasts” that elections could be held “sometime in December”.This decision to have elections one year after the no-confidence motion is believed to have been made at Congress Place, and is being leaked to influence GECOM to give the Administration more time. It is therefore obvious that the Government Commissioners at GECOM are being used to carry out the mandate of the PNC Leader and others at Congress Place. That must stop now!Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member of Parliamentlast_img read more

GPF, Suriname law enforcement hold successful talks in Nickerie

first_imgA delegation from the Guyana Police Force visited their law enforcement counterparts in Nickerie, Suriname, where a joint meeting was held to discuss several issues with the objective of strengthening relationships between the two countries.A delegation from the Guyana Police Force visited their law enforcement counterparts in Nickerie, Suriname, where a joint meeting was held to discuss several issuesThe issues discussed include the sharing of information/intelligence and other assistance regarding organised crimes inclusive of drug and human trafficking, money laundering, as well as piracy.A number of decisions were taken to enhance collaboration between the two Police organisations, including establishment of points of contact to pursue specific areas; meeting being structured would occur annually, and alternately in the two countries.Professional exchange to also occur to enhance the relationship and understanding of the laws of the two countries and the procedures of the two organisations.One of the most important objectives achieved was the familiarisation of officers holding key positions since like Guyana, new officers would have been appointed to the Suriname Police Corps.The Guyana Police Force’s delegation included Commissioner of Police Seelall Persaud, Assistant Commissioner ‘Operations’, Christopher Griffith, Head Criminal Investigations Department, Wendell Blanhum, Deputy Chief Immigration Officer, Dale Alves, Head Special Branch, Lindon Denny and Commander B Division Assistant Commissioner, Ian Amsterdam.The Suriname delegation comprised Commissioner Agnes Daniels and Commander of the Nickerie District Widejai Kumar Oedit along with twelve other senior officers from the Suriname Police Corps.last_img read more

Prison Service’s steel pan instructor slapped with narco trafficking charge

first_imgA 41-year-old steel pan instructor of the Guyana Prison Service was on Tuesday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Shawn Koulen pleaded not guilty to a drug trafficking charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Fabayo Azore.The charge stated that on August 11, at the Camp Street Prison, he had in his possession 400 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones disclosed to the court that on the day in questioned, the defendant was about to teach steel pan lessons to inmates when he was intercepted by Police ranks who, acting upon information, conducted a search on him. The search revealed a quantity of stems, leaves and seeds in three yellow bags in a haversack.The unrepresented defendant, who resides at Lot 144 Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, made an application for bail on the grounds that he has two minor children, noting that his wife is pregnant with their third child.Koulen was nonetheless remanded to prison. The case will continue on September 12.last_img read more

Taxi driver/drama instructor granted $300,000 bail

first_imgA 63-year-old part-time taxi driver and drama instructor was granted 0,000 bail after he appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly on Tuesday, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Godfrey Henry pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on April 28, 2016, at Homestretch Avenue, he drove motor car HC 419 in a dangerous manner to the public, which resulted in the death of Fitzroy Bradford.Police Prosecutor Shellon Jupiter had no objections to bail; however, she asked the Magistrate to grant the defendant substantial bail. She further recommended that Henry make weekly visits to a police station.Jupiter reminded that the defendant was previously charged for failing to render assistance to the victim after the accident.Defence Attorney Savannah Barnwell made an application for bail on the grounds that her client had six children and was the sole provider for his household.He will make his next court appearance on September 7, 2016.It was earlier reported that an unidentified man met his demise on Thursday night following an accident along Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown. The accident reportedly occurred about 21:35h.Investigations revealed that the victim was reportedly crossing the road when he was struck by a speeding car. He sustained injuries and subsequently succumbed.The driver of the car fled the scene, but based on information provided to Police by an eyewitness, the suspect was detained a short while after and assisted with investigations.The body of the deceased was taken to the Lyken Funeral Home to await identification and a post-mortem.last_img read more