Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Navy ace Morales protects Ronda victory Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES MOST READ China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Hoping to score a title right in its first season, Sta. Lucia will rely on collegiate stalwarts Lourdes Clemente, Ria Sante and setter/skipper Djanel Cheng.“We just started training two weeks ago but I can see the potential of the team,” said Sta. Lucia coach Macky Cariño who initially pegged their goal to at least a semifinal finish. “But we are taking it one game at a time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBut Sta. Lucia team owner Michael Robles put him on the spot when he said they are shooting for the championship.Cocolife, bannered by stars Michele Gumabao, Denden Lazaro and Wensh Tiu, will be mentored by NCAA champion coach for Arellano Obet Javier. Foton and Cignal test each other in the second game.The top three teams will advance to the semifinals against Japan’s top club Kobe Xinhua, which will arrive one week before the Final Four.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident View comments The head coaches and team captains of the participating teams in the 2017 Belo-Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference Grand Prix are presented during the media conference yesterday at the Centrestage at the MOA Arena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Philippine Superliga spread the welcome mat for newcomers Sta. Lucia and Cocolife by pitting them against tough teams Petron and Generika Saturday at the start of the Belo-Invitational Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.The Realtors picked up a bigger assignment as they will face the Petron Blaze Spikers, who acquired big name players over the off-season including Mika Reyes, Rhea Dimaculangan and Carmela Tunay.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions PBA IMAGESRacal sees a “champion team” in Cafe France as the two teams fight for a share of the top spot in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Both sporting 6-1 records, the Tile Masters and Bakers vie to join idle Cignal-San Beda (7-1) as top seeds to boost their bid for an outright semifinal berth.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties 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 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “That’s a champion team,” Racal coach Jerry Codiñera said of the Bakers. “They’re really strong and they beat us in the offseason, but we’ll be ready to make some adjustments. We have players who, I hope, can provide quality support for our leaders.”The game is set at 5 p.m., right after the 3 p.m. duel between Tanduay (4-3) and also-ran Blustar (0-7).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAlthough favored, the Bakers think they have yet to play their best form.“We’re still not consistent,” said Cafe France coach Egay Macaraya, who’s banking on Paul Desiderio, Michael Calisaan and Rod Ebondo. “But the only thing I can hope is for us to have a breakout game because we badly need that because we’ve been playing on-and-off [form].” —RANDOLPH LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NET Pumped up La Salle regains confidence, says Dy LATEST STORIES View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident MOST READ 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon
MORE DEFENSIVE “We’re just going to have to dig our feet in and be able to guard the basketball,” guard Kyrie Irving said. “So it’s more or less a heart thing, a prideful thing. Going into Game 2, we’ll be a lot more settled in, a lot better on the defensive end.” Cleveland went just 23-23 after January 10 and was ranked in the bottom third statistically on defense all season. The lapses were mostly glossed over as the Cavs streaked through the Eastern Conference play-offs. Cleveland shut down Indiana’s Paul George, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, and Boston’s Isaiah Thomas before he went down with a hip injury on the way to a 12-1 post-season record. The Cavaliers are going to have to make some adjustments to slow down the Warriors. When Cleveland stayed on Curry, Durant got easy dunks in transition. “That’s when they become very dangerous because those guys, they sprint down the lane, they sprint to the 3-point line, they put a lot of pressure on your defence,” James said. “But the ball is the number-one thing. We got to stop the ball first and then fan out to the 3-point line if those guys go there.” After a 13-0 run to open the second half with help from four of Cleveland’s 20 turnovers, the game was never close, leaving Cleveland to figure out a way to regroup before Game 2 on Sunday. The turnovers were an issue all night, with James committing eight of them. Making matters worse was a lack of scoring help from any of their role players. James finished with 28 points, 15 rebounds, and eight assists; Irving scored 24 points; and Love had 15 points and 21 rebounds. No one else seemed to show up, with the most glaring absences being Tristan Thompson, who had no points and four rebounds and was outplayed at times by Zaza Pachulia and J.R. Smith, who made just one basket. OAKLAND, California (AP): LeBron James bit on a pump fake and got no help as Kevin Durant drove to the basket for one of his several uncontested dunks. Stephen Curry was left alone behind the 3-point line and made Cleveland pay time and again. The defensive woes that plagued the Cavaliers late in the regular season were glaring against the star-laden Golden State Warriors in a 113-91 loss in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Durant had six dunks in the first half alone to match his most ever in a game, Curry hit six 3-pointers, and the Cavaliers looked like the team that stumbled down the stretch in the second half of the season.
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt set two World records, 9.58 seconds (100m) and 19.19 (200m), at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany. The two marks still stand.
The Under-11 girls field is led by Jamaica’s Liana Campbell, while the Under-13 girls section will be hotly contested. After placing first and second in the Under- 11 category last year, Kerr’s teammate Priyanka Khellawah and Jamaica’s Kelsey Davidson are among the contenders in the girls’ Under-13 singles. The Jamaican defeated Khellawan to spark a gold medal team success for her team on Tuesday but that match ended at 12-10 in the fifth set. Furthermore, Davidson lost to Dileisy Acevado of the Dominican Republic and compatriot Janiel Blake in team competition. The finals are expected to start at approximately 3 p.m. The Caribbean Region Table Tennis Federation Mini and Pre-Cadet Championships come to a climax today inside Kingston’s National Arena. Play starts at 9 a.m. with titles at stake in singles and doubles in Under-11 and 13 categories. In a hot Friday afternoon session of singles play, Jamaica’s Matthew Fung created a mild upset by edging past Guyanese prospect Colin Wong 3-2 in the Under-11 boys singles. That win put him in the quarterfinals where he fought hard but was eliminated by busy Dominican Republic left-hander Ramon Vila 3-1. Vila will play teammate Yoel Mendoza in the semi-finals. The title is certain to go to the Dominican Republic as Eduardo Darley faces another teammate Jose Cabral in the other semi. Cabral survived a tough quarter final against Guyana’s Jonathan van Lange.
In a thrilling game of minute margins, constant replenishing made the big difference – one point – as St. Catherine Racers eked out a 46-45 win over St. Ann Orchids in Netball Jamaica’s Berger Elite League feature clash in the feature clash of Thursday night’s double at Leila Robinson Courts. Having tied their first match 39-all, the stage was set for an exciting affair and the teams never disappointed as they kept close from the start, with St. Catherine Racers leading from start to finish at 11-9 after the first quarter, 25-20 at half-time and 34-32 at the end of the third quarter. The competitive, shot-for-shot battle went right down to the wire with Tracy Francis breaking the tie to scored St. Catherine Racers’ winning goal inside the closing seconds. St. Ann Orchids made one last bid and got the centre pass to shooter Simone Gordon, but as she turned to put up her shot, there came the buzzer to set off a heartbreaking moment, for the Orchids, and joyous celebrations among St. Catherine Racers. Both teams are now tied on seven points. “We really tried to ensure that every quarter we go in we had fresh legs. So we sort out a combination of players and had those players playing together for each quarter. I think that’s what helped us,” analysed St. Catherine Racers’ head coach, Christopher Smart. He also attributed a late-game switch for their success. “In the latter part of the game they got flustered a bit, but then Nardia couldn’t stay strong because she was carrying an injury … we brought back Jamila (Tulloch) at wing attack. I thought that made a difference with Jamila coming to play wing attack with the fresh legs and we were able to play stronger and get the ball going towards the circle,” added Smart. Francis led St. Catherine Racers with 40 goals from 45 tries, while Zonasha Hinds hit four of eight and Nardia Hanson two from three. For St. Ann Orchids, Gordon scored all 45 goals, from 53 attempts, while Tricia Brown and Patricia McCalla each missed three attempts apiece. St. Ann Orchids suffered heavily from an under-manned team, with their national goal attacks Thristina Harwood and Rebekah Robinson unavailable. “What I think worked against the team is the fact that we played without our two goal attacks, we were playing with actually one shooter. We were actually (doing a) makeshift in the goal attack position because Rebekah (Robinson) did her surgery, so she’s out and Thristina (Harwood) is nursing an injury, so we played with eight players only. Two of those players who were absent are the shooters, which was critical,” said Shawn Murdock, assistant coach of the Orchids. Murdock added: “I must commend the though. Without having our starting goal attacks we were able to fight to the very end.” In the opening game on Thursday, red-hot Manchester Spurs burned St. James 63-33 to record their fourth win in as many games and lead with 12 points. The Spurs, which led 12-6, 24-12 and 43-22 at the end of the first three quarters, were led in shooting by Anna-Kay Griffiths, who scored 33 goals from 42 attempts, while Nicole Dixon scored 17 of 22 and Gezelle Allison 13 of 23. St. James Sharpes’ goals were scored by Danielle Masters, 13 of 21 attempts, Petal Smith, eight of 10, Amanda Pinkney, five of eight, Shedieky Hamilton Barnes, six of 11 and Mischa Creary, one of three. The Sharpes have three points. All four teams will return to action in today’s triple-header. St. Catherine Racers will face red-hot Manchester Spurs at 5:00 p.m., at 6:30 p.m. it will be Sharpes vs Gaters and in the 7:45 p.m. nightcap, Kingston Hummingbirds will play St. Ann Orchids.
Same results He added: “We’ve tried a lot of overseas coaches and we’re still at number eight [in Tests] and number nine [in one-dayers]. ” Haynes was one of several regional coaches identified by director of cricket Jimmy Adams to fill the post left vacant by the resignation of Australian Stuart Law. The 62-year-old Barbadian, who played 116 Tests and 238 ODIs, worked with the Windies side as a batting consultant eight years ago in a short stint. However, he was overlooked for the vacant head coach position in favour of South African Nic Pothas, who had also been shortlisted, before Pybus – who was not among the shortlisted group – was controversially approved by CWI. Lloyd, a former Windies manager and chief selector, said that West Indies cricket was suffering from a lack of strategic planning. “I think what should happen is that we should have 12 or 14 people discussing West Indies cricket and how we can take it forward,” said the Guyanese, credited for moulding the great Caribbean sides of the late 1970s and ’80s. West Indies are preparing to take on England in a full series of three Tests, five One-Day Internationals, and three Twenty20 Internationals in the Caribbean. The opening Test bowls off at Kensington Oval here on January 23. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,(CMC): Legendary former captain Clive Lloyd has lamented the snubbing of fellow West Indies icon Desmond Haynes for the post of men’s head coach and says it is unfortunate that great former players continued to be ignored for the position. Speaking in the wake of the controversial appointment of Englishman Richard Pybus, Lloyd said Cricket West Indies had tried foreign coaches over the years without much success and needed to tap into the talents of home-grown stars. “I heard about it (the appointment of Pybus), but I thought they were quite a few names put forward and I think somebody had said that Desmond was one of those names,” Lloyd told the popular cricket radio show, Mason and Guests here on Tuesday. “What I would like to see in the future of our cricket isthat people like Gordon Greenidge, who has coached all over the place, and Desmond Haynes [ be given a chance]. These guys know about cricket and our cricketers, and they are not getting a chance to show what talents they have, and I think it is about time we start to do something of that nature.”
…from blacklist?After all the “sturm und drang” from the APNU/AFC over the last four years on the AML/CFT Bill – intended to satisfy the FATF, not to blacklist us and make us international financial pariahs – your Eyewitness fully expected AG Basil Williams to lead the Government ministers to shout from the top of Bank of Guyana: “Free at last!! Free at last!! Thank God Almighty, Guyana is free at last!” After all, Guyana’s now officially off the blacklist, under his government!But seeing as how the Minister of the Presidency bitch-slapped him silly over his “compulsory acquisition of friendly property” gambit, maybe he has other things on his mind as he licks his wounded ego! But let’s look at the whole affair – which looks from where your humble Eyewitness is sitting, as pretty sordid. Firstly, we now see that the crisis was totally manufactured by the APNU/AFC by refusing to sign the AML/CFT bill since there wasn’t much else THEY did as the government to get off the blacklist. Any “beg pardon” to the PPP? Not in this life!!But the other gripe is the FATF was formed to seek and destroy ALL those responsible for “money laundering” which could then lead to “financing terrorists”. Yet the only countries pulled up by the seat of their pants and threatened with blacklisting have mostly been little pawns like Guyana. In the meantime it’s been shown ad nauseam that the biggest centres of laundering are Britain and the US!! The latest exposé has been the Panama Papers which showed how the game’s played.Corporations in Britain routinely register thousand of paper/shell companies either in London itself, the Channel Islands, or in British territories, etc, and funnel money through tax havens like Panama. The quantities make the Kaieteur and Niagara Falls look like your kitchen faucet! Yet no one’s hauling THEM up before the FATF. In the US, for decades Delaware’s been doing the same and has recently been joined by Nevada and Wyoming… but who asks?OK, your Eyewitness knows it’s money that makes the (financial) world go around (is that a tautology?) and since we don’t have much of that stuff, we have to grin and bear it. But at least Basil Williams should now ask banks that had cut reciprocal relations with our banks – like Bank of America – to reverse their decisions. BoA, which was fined US$16.5 million for funnelling drugs money from Mexico, obviously has no shame. But Basil can seize the moral high ground and put them on the spot.If nothing else, this should help him to regain some equilibrium (if not ground) in the Cabinet!!…to move among the massesOne of the interesting revelations coming out of the Auditor General’s Report was $13.5 million allocated for a Land Cruiser for the Office of the Prime Minister. Now this was interesting since we’d already had a big brouhaha when, after the 50 per cent salary increases of Ministers, the Prime Minister spent some $22 million for a Land Cruiser.In the outrage that followed the government’s refusal to give government workers the “significant” raise they’d been promised, Prime Minister Nagamootoo had explained that he needed the special ride so that he could visit his “constituents” in Berbice. So the question arising is what’s this new Land Cruiser for? Is it for the PM to visit his constituents at Wales? Or is it perchance for his shill in the OPM?In either case, how does he balance this kind of splurging with the austerity of a salary freeze on sugar workers that forced them into a national strike?But then, some folks more equal than others, no?…from stereotypingThe papers used to print some “name and shame” reports of persons caught “Driving Under the Influence” (DUI). Problem was only – only – Berbicians were cited. This week they’ve included Essequibians.When will Demerarians be given an equal opportunity to show they’re also “real” Guyanese?
As we reflect on 2016, Guyana’s Golden Jubilee year, we are pleased with the accomplishments of our nation. We are inspired that 2016 was both a celebratory and foundational year for our nation. It was a year in which we reconnected with tens of thousands of our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora who visited Guyana, many after being away for decades, as we joined hands and hearts in celebrating our historic 50th Independence Anniversary with fervour.The majestic rising of the Golden Arrowhead at D’Urban Park on May 26th laid patriotic emotions bare and renewed the nation with hope and a spirit of enthusiasm for Guyana’s future. It evoked the lyrics of Dave Martins’ song – “Clear the way, Guyana comin’ back.”Despite some challenges and hiccups, 2016 was a year in which two national budgets were presented and the groundwork for achieving the good life for all Guyanese commenced in earnest. Structural changes, institutional re-organisation and re-focusing were necessary.The Coalition Government looks forward to intensifying this work in 2017 in expanding the horizon of all Guyanese. It is planned that 2017 will be the year in which we both complete the foundational work for future development and commence the transformational work in pole vaulting Guyana towards the good life.This process will be neither automatic or without hurdles. It will require the talents, intellect, skills, commitment and contribution of all patriotic Guyanese.In the new year constitutional reform will take centre stage, as will major infrastructural projects such as the bridging of Essequibo River, a new bridge across the Demerara River, building of the Parika to Goshen road, paving of the Linden/Mabura phase of the Linden/Lethem road and waterfront developments in the city and at Vreed-en-Hoop. Our social services, health care, education, public security, utility services, foreign service, telecommunications, business, housing, hinterland development, public service and other sectors will undergo transformation and modernisation.The theme of Budget 2017 – ‘Building a diversified green economy; Delivering the good life to all Guyanese’ – sets the tone for the year ahead. The Coalition Government encourages all to set aside partisan interests and join the effort to work towards achieving a better quality of life for all Guyanese.The Coalition Government sincerely expresses best wishes for a safe, productive, inclusive, progressive and successful 2017 to Guyanese, at home and overseas, as we work together in fulfilling the mandate of a good life for all.
…with race-baiting Declaration of SophiaThe Japanese say ‘a cornered rat will bite the cat’, and they certainly know what they are talking about! Now that the PNC and the AFC have been cornered by the results of the LGE, and they have nowhere to run — with a 2020 defeat staring them in the face — they’re willing to bring down the rest of Guyana with them.Over in Sophia, where their traditional constituents had passively/aggressively refused to turn out to vote for them, and they’d lost, Mayor Chase Green turned up with a barrage of helpers to clean up the place!! She obviously didn’t realise this only teed off the denizens, who sarcastically inquired as to why they had to live with their garbage since 2015!! But it was at nightfall that the gloves were pulled off and the claws were bared, and the new Sophia Declaration made.One Minister from the Ministry of the Presidency, Dawn Hastings, referred to present day criticism of her PNC-led coalition Government’s miserable record on crime and gratuitously screamed, “Comrades, we are not losing our sons. Up to today, many mothers do not have closure for their children. Over 400 young people, young men, were killed under the PPP Government!!” In the poor urban communities from which much of the lumpen element originate, the “400 young men killed” has become the trope for alleging PPP “racial excesses” against “young black men” during what David Granger called the “troubles”, from 1998 to 2008. It was a transparent and nasty appeal to race, since there’s no connection to present day crime and the old killing fields.This is dangerous and provocative. First of all, when the arbitrary list is disaggregated, it omits the names of dozens of Policemen and innocent individuals from other communities – especially Indian Guyanese who were murdered by the “Freedom Fighters” operating out of Buxton. Hastings’ slanted-language reference to the Lusignan, Bartica and Lindo Creek massacres makes it appear that these were the work of PPP operatives, rather than that of the aforementioned Buxton Gang! Ironically, the gang had declared on TV they’d launched a war against the state, run by the PPP Government!! But they proved to be terrorists when they turned their guns against innocent civilians.The silencing of the murders and mayhem against other communities is certain to provoke a counter-reaction that’ll widen and exacerbate our divisions. While Phantom Squads were formed in reaction and took vigilante justice, the PNC-led coalition Government has threatened a full investigation into the killings of that era.Bharrat Jagdeo, the Opposition Leader, had supported that CoI. We now see why the matter hasn’t been settled this way.The PNC wants to keep it as their “race card” to survive 2020.…with SOCUThe PNC are so predictable. Once they realised their goose was cooked after the LGE, in addition to their old standby, the race card, your Eyewitness predicted they will play their SOCU card. In the interest of full disclosure, he has to admit this prediction was a no-brainer! After all, following every revelation of corruption among their ranks – and these have been coming fast and furious! – they’d announce an imminent SOCU “criminal case” against one PPP official or another!! This time Irfaan Ali!…after JonestownThe Jonestown Mass Suicides’ 40th anniversary nudged the memory of some PNC “old heads”. They recollected how the Army and Police looted the bodies of the dead – and even fought over the spoils!The Fly Jamaica outrage has a long heritage!