Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ With Embiid leading the way, the Sixers are no longer the NBA’s laughingstock. They’re only 14-26 but have rejuvenated a city that has patiently waited for a winner through three miserable seasons.DeMar DeRozan scored 25 and Kyle Lowry had 24 for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors. CBBFEATURED 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 Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal LATEST STORIES Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ MOST READ Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Philadelphia 76ers’ Ersan Ilyasova goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Philadelphia. APPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid scored 26 points, Ersan Ilyasova added 18 and the resurgent Philadelphia 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors 94-89 on Wednesday night for their seventh win in nine games.Embiid, who was questionable because of the flu, surpassed 20 points in fewer than 30 minutes in his 10th straight game.ADVERTISEMENT View comments World Motor Sport Council approves sale of F1 to Liberty Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Kent Salado added 16 markers, six boards, and six dimes, while Jackson Corpuz poured 14 points and six rebounds for Racal.The Tile Masters seemed to have lost hold of the game after Corpuz inadvertently tapped the ball to an open Rod Ebondo on a rebound play, leading to an open three to push the Bakers up, 86-85, with 1.9 seconds remaining.But Onwubere had other plans as he capped off Racal’s 13-4 windup that overhauled an 82-75 deficit with 2:07 to play.“I brought the shooters in and we’re just going for a decent shot,” said coach Jerry Codinera of the last play. “Sidney was open so I’m glad that he took the shot. I’m happy with the patience he showed on his offense today.”Ebondo topped Cafe France with 30 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks, while Paul Desiderio got 17 markers, four assists, and three boards.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot WATCH: Get to know UST’s Dimdim Pacres in 7 questions “I just shot the ball and I’m happy it went in,” said Onwubere, who poured 24 points on a 5-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc, to go with his three rebounds and three assists.Sidney Onwubere saves the day for Racal at the buzzer! #PBADLeague pic.twitter.com/owv7kBjEs7FEATURED 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— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 21, 2017 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sidney Onwubere celebrates after nailing the game-winning three for Racal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSidney Onwubere drilled the game-winning three at the buzzer to give Racal an 88-86 victory over Cafe France in Game 1 of their semifinals series in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at Marikina Sports Center.The hardworking forward banked on his scintillating shooting, catching the ball with 1.9 seconds left in the clock and firing the deciding three to put the Tile Masters closer to a Finals berth.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘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 ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Game 2 is on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Scores:RACAL 88 – Onwubere 24, Salado 16, Corpuz 14, Flores 10, Nambatac 9 Mangahas 7, Dagangon 3, Torres 3, Gabawan 2, Gumaru 0, Terso 0.CAFE FRANCE 86 – Ebondo 30, Desiderio 17, Casino 13, Sedurifa 9, Calisaan 5, Faundo 4, Wamar 3, Arim 2, Manlangit 2, Jeruta 1, Aquino 0, Guinitaran 0.Quarters: 22-20, 39-34, 59-60, 88-86.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties
And even if the fans will root for Horn, Pacquiao said he wouldn’t mind as it’s but natural for Aussies to be patriotic and side with their own.Against Marco Antonio Barrera in 2003 in San Antonio, Texas, Pacquiao joked that there were only five fans, including trainer Freddie Roach, rooting for him. The rest were booing him. But Pacquiao turned the jeers into a source of inspiration to stop the Mexican great.For his part, Horn swore he’s trained the hardest ever to make the most of the golden opportunity to attain his dream of becoming a world champion.“Though Pacquiao is the smaller man, he’s the biggest mountain I have to climb,” said Horn, who’s unbeaten in 17 fights against opponents nowhere near Pacquiao’s level.While Pacquiao said he had no premonition of what will happen on Sunday, Horn bared he had a dream or a picture of himself “rising in that ring with the belt in my waist.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. While Pacquiao and Roach chose to be guarded on the outcome of the fight, to be beamed live in the US via free TV on ESPN, Horn’s trainer, Glenn Rushton, and fight promoter, Dean Lonegan of Duco Events, boldly announced that Horn will overwhelm Pacquiao.“Manny’s time has come,” said Lonegan, adding it’s Horn’s turn to be a boxing champion.Referring to Horn as a very competitive guy with a heart as big as Suncorp, Rushton said Pacquiao is in for the toughest fight of his life.“It will be like 100 angry hornets surrounding you (Pacquiao),” he said.While Roach refused to predict a knockout at the podium, he later told Filipino sportswriters that he sees Pacquiao finally ending his eight-year knockout drought in three rounds—especially if Horn chooses to engage Pacquiao toe-to-toe as he promised.“If our opponent comes out, we’re gonna fire back,” said Roach.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Even the face-off produced no sparks as the protagonists simply looked at each other with Pacquiao needing to look up at Horn, who is three inches taller.Being an 11-time world champion, Pacquiao is used to the occasion, while Horn is trying to cope with the whirlwind changes in his ring career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFrom a virtual unknown, Horn suddenly found himself thrust into the limelight with a global icon—earning a shot at instant superstardom, money and glory.Informed that attendance at Suncorp Stadium could reach 60,000 for Australia’s biggest ever boxing event, Pacquiao said fighting before such a huge crowd heightens his excitement. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Boxers Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, second left, and Jeff Horn of Australia, second right, pose for a photo in Brisbane, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn. (AP Photo/John Pye)BRISBANE, Australia— Both appeared dapper and dignified in their expensive suits and exchanged no harsh words during the press conference of “Battle of Brisbane” Wednesday.For Manny Pacquiao, the Fighting Senator, and Jeff Horn, the fighting school teacher, their tussle for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on Sunday is but a job they have to do to please the fans.ADVERTISEMENT 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LATEST STORIES Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer MOST READ 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 Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut Generika, Cocolife face QF heavyweights
CARDIFF, Wales (AP):Cristiano Ronaldo showcased his enduring lethal scoring qualities to ensure that Real Madrid became the first Champions League holder to defend their title, netting twice in beating Juventus 4-1 yesterday.In an exceptional career in which he keeps rewriting the record books, Ronaldo is the first player in the 25 seasons of the Champions League era to score in three finals.His first strike was cancelled out by Mario Mandzukic’s exquisite hooked 27th-minute shot, but it was the only high point for Juventus on a night when the Italian champions were outclassed in their quest for a first European title in 21 years.600TH CAREER GOALCasemiro restored the Spanish champion’s lead in the 61st; Ronaldo turned in his 600th career goal at the near post three minutes later; and Marco Asensio wrapped up a record-extending 12th title in the 90th.On one night in the Welsh capital, Juventus conceded more goals than they had on the journey to the final, having let in only three in the previous three games.But Madrid’s attacking brilliance proved just too hard for Juventus to contain as Zinedine Zidane won his second Champions League title in 18 months of top-flight management.Until now, no team since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990, when the cup was only a knockout competition, had won back-to-back titles.
One-day defeat Then came the defeat of the Windies in the first of three one-day international matches against Associate ICC member Afghanistan. I am not sure if the taste of that defeat will ever be removed from the mouths of West Indian cricket fans over the age of 30. The Courtney Brown/Dave Cameron amalgamation of young, inexperienced cricketers collapsed in a heap when chasing what was a modest total of 212-6. I say modest, because the par score for batting on what has been described as the best batting pitch in the region, is 300 runs. So, 212 for 6 should be easy. Well, easy it was not. Rashid Khan, with 7 for 18, mesmerised seemingly bewildered West Indian cricketers, and we (the Windies) slumped to a defeat. One nil down in the three-match series. The team can still win the series, as the Windies pulled level with a win on Sunday night, but with points at a premium in a desperate rush to qualify for other major cricket tournaments, this is a disaster in the making. The defeat hurts, because we have in the region better players than those selected to play against Afghanistan. But after hinting that the dreaded eligibility criteria would be reconsidered after selecting our best available players to play in the Twenty20 series, the same-old, same-old, ‘a-we-rule oonu’ mindset took hold and a team without any able and experienced players was selected with the inevitable result: defeat. So, even though we managed to scrape through a victory in the second match, due mainly to some blatantly inept captaincy decisions by the Afghan captain as to when to use his bowlers, we will continue to struggle, unless the essence of international competition is understood: The best of ours, against the best of yours. I implore the hierarchy of West Indies cricket to put egos on hold and do the best for regional cricket: select the best available players for international competitions. On Saturday, over 30,000 in the National Stadium, and a grateful nation as a whole, bid farewell to one who is truly the greatest sprinter of all time, Usain St Leo Bolt. This giant of a man has used his athletic prowess to dominate sprinting over three Olympics, but his charm and personality has endeared him to the peoples of the world, even those who were critical of him in his early days. During the build-up to his gala send-off on Saturday, it was revealing to hear reporters trying to ‘goad’ him into uncharacteristic responses to suggestions posed, only to hear the wit and humorous demeanour of the man supplying response after response, deflating the reporters’ ‘bait’. There will never be another Usain. No other human can have ALL of his attributes at one time. We will miss him dearly. The tears at the stadium were at first tears of sadness, but they soon morphed into tears of joy as we realised the gift to the nation, and the world, that God has given us. Thanks, Usain. Victory in London, then … you decide! The emotions of Jamaican, and indeed, West Indian sport fans, plummeted to new depths this past week. The news of the death of the president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and former FIFA delegate, Captain Horace Burrell, caused a kind of national depression that was manifested by the many tributes in print, electronic and social media. Captain Burrell dreamed the impossible dream and mainly through dogged determination, and a refusal to take no for and answer, took Jamaica to the World Cup Finals, and watched with pride as Jamaica recorded a win against Japan in the preliminary round. Buoyed by this unprecedented success, Captain tried over and over again, using the same formula, to reappear at the World Cup Finals. His tenacity allowed him to consider failure after failure to be only a slight setback on the way to the finals. A rapidly diminishing influx of vitally needed cash eventually found the Captain, seemingly reluctantly, admitting that the time has come for the Reggae Boyz, his pride and joy, to concentrate on developing local talent instead of consistent and persistent trips abroad seeking talented players with tenuous ties to Jamaica. His vision and leadership qualities that were on show during his two stints as president will be hard to duplicate, but as sages say: “life goes on”.
Jason Holder (captain, Barbados), Sunil Ambris (St Vincent), Devendra Bishoo (Guyana), Kraigg Brathwaite (Barbados), Roston Chase (Barbados), Shane Dowrich (Barbados), Shannon Gabriel (Trinidad and Tobago), Jahmar Hamilton (Anguilla), Shimron Hetmyer (Guyana), Shai Hope (Barbados), Alzarri Joseph (Antigua), Keemo Paul (Guyana), Kieran Powell (St Kitts and Nevis), Kemar Roach (Barbados), Jomel Warrican (St Vincent and the Grenadines). “Jamaica has the most players playing first-class cricket across the Caribbean; we have more players in the CPL (Caribbean Premier League) than any other territory,” he said. “So we are producing players that are playing, not just in the Caribbean, but globally. We also have a lot of players in the Windies ‘A’ team, so it means we have a number of players in the next tier. It means that maybe in another year or two, if they continue to invest in the players and those guys are putting up the performances, they will have their chance.” But Francis said that the squad named perhaps suggests that the JCA needs to look into whether there is an aspect of talent development it needs to improve. “Maybe we need to have a little discussion with CWI as to what we need to do to ensure that our players get in line with their standards,” he said. Jamaicans in the CPL: Jamaica Cricket Association’s (JCA) chief operating officer Courtney Francis says he does not believe that Jamaica is being victimised by Cricket West Indies (CWI) after no local player was selected for the upcoming Windies tour of India in October. Francis said that it would be unfair to accuse CWI of ‘ill will’ towards the nation as it has certain selection criteria that most are not aware of, and also it is aiming to select the strongest possible squad for victory. “People could say ‘why is Nikita Miller not in the team, as against Jomel Warrican? Why is John Campbell not there as against someone else?’ but I am not au fait (best informed) with the selection policy and I do believe that in all instances, CWI is going to try and pick its best team,” Francis told The Gleaner. “If it so happens that the best team includes no Jamaicans, then that’s how it is.” However, Francis said that he sees strong reasons for selecting Jamaicans in the squad, even if he does not know CWI’s selection policy. MOST FIRST-CLASS PLAYERS Windies squad: – Chadwick Walton (Guyana Amazon Warriors) – Andre Russell (Jamaica Tallawahs) – Andre McCarthy (JT) – Kennar Lewis (JT) – Krishmar Santokie (JT) – Oshane Thomas (JT) – Rovman Powell (JT) – Chris Gayle (St Kitts and Nevis Patriots) – Brandon King (SKNP) – Fabian Allen (SKNP) – Christopher Lamont (St Lucia Stars) – Odean Smith (SLS) – Nikita Miller (Trinbago Knight Riders)
ST CATHERINE Football Association President Peter Reid is still singing the praises of new title sponsors, Alliance MoneyGram and McKay Security two weeks into the Major League’s new season, which kicked off on Friday, November 16. “It’s a two-year sponsorship, $2 million for the Major League $2-million and $1 million for the Happy Sutherland Knockout,” a grateful Reid told The Gleaner yesterday, adding that the previous two years were challenging ones for the association. “We were getting some support from FLOW, who was with us from 2010 but had gradually reduced its involvement,” he explained. “The clubs, who, when we had minimal sponsorship, helped by making sure they paid their fees, will now be getting prize monies and logo subsidies. We will also be able to put on our awards function, plus the sponsorship is for two years, so we are in a better position to plan. “The clubs are very appreciative of the sponsorship. They understand sponsorship is something you don’t take for granted. They’re trying their best to satisfy the requirements, especially discipline, which is the hallmark of our football. They know sponsors like to be associated with disciplined teams and clubs”. “I would like to say a big thank you to Jason McKay and Peter Chin of Alliance MoneyGram, who have come on board as joint sponsors,” Reid emphasised. Meanwhile, Chin said Alliance MoneyGram believes St Catherine football will help to promote its brand in the parish, “especially Spanish Town and Portmore, which has the second-biggest population size in Jamaica, outside of Kingston”. “We believe football is a good vehicle by which to reach the target market we are going after. It is widely followed and the demographic uses Alliance MoneyGram services,” Chin pointed out, adding that his firm is looking to add additional agents and “drive the traffic to the existing outlets”.
The month of March focuses on women’s history and celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD) which champions gender equality. Although there are thousands of women and men fighting each day around the world for change, this month is an opportunity for them to celebrate together the great progress that has been made and to also highlight the great inequalities that remain. Unfortunately, we all know that inequality is still very much a reality; socially, economically and politically. Globally, women’s education, health and incidence of violence are still worse than that of men and changes are not coming fast enough for the millions of women who are suffering from the inequities.The Human Rights Act determines that women should have the right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination; to be educated; to own property; to vote; and to earn a fair and equal wage. Yet almost everywhere around the world, women and girls are still being denied these rights, often simply because of their gender. In many countries, including those that appear to uphold gender laws, some women are still forced into marriages, have little choice but to be subservient to the men in their families, have no rights within the home, have little say in their rights to their own body and are denied access to what are considered basic human liberties.These circumstances necessitate the continued efforts of what began over a century and a half ago when women came together to improve the social, civil and religious conditions and rights of women. Over generations, women have continued to come together to affect staggering changes; changes in mostly democratic ways through meetings, petition drives, lobbying, public speaking and nonviolent resistance.There have also been movements, albeit in the minority, that have been violent and self-sacrificing to the point of starvation and martyrdom. Women who felt they had to use desperate measures in order to be heard. These tactics, depending on your perspective, have hindered or helped the cause along the way; some say it closed doors while others believe the opposite. Nevertheless, women have not been the passive beneficiaries of miraculous changes in laws and human nature, they have worked very deliberately to create a better world; succeeding globally in varying degrees in family life, Government, education and employment. Regrettably, there is a need for so much more.From the 19th century into the 21st, the cause continues relentlessly to ensure women and girls gain full access to their rights; from equal pay to land ownership rights, freedom from violence, to access to education, from maternal health rights to sexual rights. This year, the theme for IWD 2017 is “Be Bold for Change”; encouraging people to step up and take ground-breaking action to help drive gender equality forward by challenging bias and inequality, campaigning against violence, forging women’s advancement, celebrating women’s achievements and championing women’s education. While our rights and conditions vary starkly depending on where we live, even within the same country, the message is that if we are as progressive and as bold as our predecessors (without the violence!), we can be instrumental in the movement for gender equality on many levels.There are other, fundamental ways in which we can support the movement, most obviously by the way we raise the next generation. What we teach our daughters to aspire to, to accept and to fight for and how we teach our sons to act, what to accept and fight for is instrumental in closing the equality gap. Attitudes are not automatic aligned to laws and it is imperative that the ensuing generations attitudes are changed; that they understand and embrace equality.Sadly, it is predicted that it will take another century and half before the gender gap closes completely. Of course that prediction can be redirected if more of us passionately push for change and commit to making unwavering, concerted efforts. So many of us are reaping the benefits of the hard work of the women who came before us, but so many more are living in conditions we can only imagine; the gap between the equality among women is also huge. It is our responsibility to pave the way now for our daughters and ensure each subsequent generation gets closer to the goal. Perhaps when women take more leadership and peace-making roles and have an equal political voice, countries will be transformed and women and girls will have their entitlement of self-determination.
…childrenThere have all the children gone?? For years and years, the Common Entrance examination, which morphed into the NGSA, was written by 16,000 or so kids. That number was pretty constant — just like our overall population. As recently as 2013, some 16,800 children between 11 and 12 years old wrote the NGSA. But every year since, the number’s been inexorably dropping: 2014 – 15,400; 2015 – 15,200; 2016 – 14,500 and this year 13,600.What’s going on? Have 3000 kids been abducted by aliens? Has our birth rate dropped precipitously since 2002?? But this would have been felt 12 years later in 2014. Is the reduction in the numbers of children writing the NGSA related to the slow fyaah, mo’ fyaah of the PNC, which segued into gang-related political violence? Is it a case of “make war not love”? Inquiring minds want to know!!Your Eyewitness wonders whether the explanation’s much more mundane and related to the issue that’s been exercising folks in the education sector – private schools. But as far as he knows, the private primary schools do have their kids write the NGSA, since most of their kids still want to enter the “premier” secondary schools. So, seriously, the Ministry of Education should launch an investigation into this drop in the NGSA age cohort.But your Eyewitness was also struck at the lack of excitement that normally accompanies writing of the NGSA. Apart from Minister Rupert making some unlucky kid become even more nervous by dropping into her school and chatting with her, the coverage was pretty muted. Was it because the VAT charge on private education has everyone in that sector so het up?But seriously, folks, the NGSA and private education are actually related. It is success or failure at the NGSA that, to a large extent, determines your life’s chances in Guyana; since the school you attend plays such a large role in determining the latter. Parents are confronted with the same question every year: If their kids didn’t make in to the top 1%, what then? Are they forever doomed to be dubbed as “failures”? After the Government denationalised the school system, private secondary schools provided another option; and not just for the wealthy, but for all concerned parents.Then the competitive demand dropped to private primary schools, which were simply the “lessons” syndrome for 6th Graders writ large. So, while there are some rich parents fostering elitism in a couple of private schools, by and large, the VAT is punishing poor people who want better for their kids.Rather than imposing a punitive VAT, all the Government needs to do is bring all public secondary schools to the same level as the public “premier ones”.Voila!! Problem solved!!…HydroA piece of news from the foreign section caught your Eyewitness’s eye. The state of Roraima in northern Brazil, abutting our Rupununi, is suffering from blackouts. As longsuffering consumers of the sporadic power GPL issues, you, dear reader, may ask, “What’s the big deal?”Well, for decades, Roraima’s been supplied with electricity from the massive Guri Dam Hydro that Venezuela built in the 1960s. But with all their recent and not-so-recent troubles, the news item pointed out, with the neglect of maintenance to the transmission lines (now where’ve we heard this before??) the supply to Brazil’s Roraima will be getting worse, rather than better.So what’s this to us? Just that when the PNC-led Government nixed Amaila Falls Hydro, they said they preferred a much larger 4000MW project in the Cuyuni basin, in which the Brazilians had expressed interest. Do they still think Brazil’s gonna put their energy-needs egg in a foreign basket? Again??…Judicial authority Do you see a pattern developing? The Judiciary’s being cornered, buffeted and challenged by the Executive and the legislature it controls in their substantive competence of Constitutional interpretation. Now new bodies like SARU and SOCU are legislatively “legitimised” to be investigators, prosecutors, judges, juries and executioners of political opponents. Is this judicial castration?
…in GuyanaA letter writer who, from his name, is probably an Indigenous person from Reg 9 (Allicock), wrote a letter to report on the abominable treatment meted out to over 87 students from the Region when they were brought to Georgetown to participate in the Children’s Mashramani competition. He called the treatment “second class”.He’s being kind to the Government of the day!! Does he not realise that the whole reason for bringing the kids was to have “photo ops”, to show the world that all Guyana’s “six peoples” are involved in what they claim to be our NATIONAL festival!! The first tip-off about this tokenism was there from the very beginning, when the festival was launched in Linden in 1970.We’ve always been told that the name “Mashramani” was from an “Amerindian” language – Arawak – and means “celebration after a hard day’s work”. And we took this for gospel. The truth is much grimier. Seems the Lindeners – whose three areas of Wismar, Christianburg and Mackenzie had just been made into a township – on Hamilton Green’s suggestion, chose “Linden” (Burnham’s first name) as the town’s name. They then decided to have a “sport” to celebrate Republic Day. Not so coincidentally, it happened to fall three days after Burnham’s birthday!!They decided on the name “Mashraman”, it is claimed, because one Alan Fieldlow, an Amerindian, claimed his grandfather told him that “Muster Many” was actually the Arawak word Mashramani, meaning celebration after hard work!! The organisers of the Republic Day – all Georgetowners – pronounced that since no one could say that Mashramani was NOT an Amerindian word…that was good enough to dub it Amerindian!! Imagine they couldn’t even consult the Arawak chiefs!!But even more insulting to our First Peoples, was the “celebration” was organized along the lines of the Trinidad carnival!! With absolutely NOTHING Amerindian – much less Indigenous – about it!! If there was even a shred of respect for the First Peoples, whom the PNC claimed they wanted to honour, they could’ve built the celebrations around Amerindian themes. But don’t forget that, only the year before, the PNC had violently suppressed a rebellion in the Rupununi, and had launched their pacification programme – which is going to be launched anew. Just look at all the GDF boys that’ll be stationed on our borders!!And so it was that from that time on, we’ve all been told that wining down to (at first) calypso, and now Soca, is honouring our Amerindian heritage!!And that’s why, apart from being treated like second class citizens in a country that Chronnix pointed out is “Capture Land”, the Reg 9 kids didn’t win a single prize!!!Ain’t it a shame? …Presidential legal advice?The Government is miffed the Bar Association weighed in on the controversy the President created when he received the Opposition Leader’s rejection of his two candidates for Chancellor and Chief Justice. It’s a “controversy” – like Venezuela’s -because there’s no “issue” or “two sides” to consider. As the Bar Association pointed out, Art 127 is pellucid on this point – and the intent of the framers of the Amendment introduced in 2000 is there to prove this.To maintain the widest legitimacy of the guardians of the Constitution, the two top judicial officials must have the agreement of the Opposition Leader. Barring that, the President can only make ACTING appointments. Yet, he says he’ll seek “legal advice”. What’s there to be advised on? It’s clear we’re back to the President’s “perception”.Legal luminary Roscoe Pound once said a Bar Association is supposed “to promote and maintain the Practice of Law as a profession…in the spirit of a service of furthering the administration of justice through and according to law.”The Bar Association was acting in its noblest tradition!!…policingThis phenomenon of robbing persons who’ve made large withdrawals from commercial banks has to be rooted in insider information.Once is “happenstance”; twice is “coincidence”; but thrice and more is “insider enemy action”!