Month: January 2020

Alyssa issues another appeal for unity

first_imgValdez apologized for arriving late, along with Creamline teammate Jia Morado who is trying her luck for the first time.The Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. conducted the first of two tryouts for the squad that will vie in the Asian Games in Indonesia this August. A total of 34 players have been invited.“We hope that for the next training we can commit our time because it’s really a sign of discipline,” Valdez said.De Jesus, who helped the country snag bronze in the 2005 Manila Southeast Asian Games, admitted the big pressure on taking on global powers Korea, Japan, China, Chinese Taipei and Kazakhstan.“The critics will always be there. They can say what they want to say. But for me, we’re here because we want to fix the national team and welcome those who want to help,” said De Jesus, a 10-time UAAP champion for La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Among the big names that graced the first tryouts were Aby Maraño, Jaja Santiago, Dindin Manabat, Ara Galang, Cherry Rondina, Majoy Baron, Cha Cruz-Behag, Kim Fajardo and Kim Dy.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alyssa Valdez, Philippine volleyball’s most recognizable player, once again made an appeal for unity in the sport that has seen mainstream success and leadership disputes on equal measure the past several years.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lady Eagles in vital outing against Lady Spikers Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina This Valdez said on Friday night after taking part in the first day of tryouts for the national team, which is again being bombarded by critics starting from the appointment of coach Ramil de Jesus.“I will continue showing up because this is for the country,” said the soft-spoken but heavy-hitting open spiker in Filipino. “Hopefully, this continues and everybody gets united for volleyball.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAside from several groups attempting to take the reins from the current governing body of the sport, volleyball is also wracked by the bitter rivalry between Philippine Superliga and Premier Volleybal League.The 24-year-old Valdez, who rose to fame as the heart and soul of Ateneo in the UAAP, was among the 16 players who showed up in the national team tryouts at Arellano University gym. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 awardlast_img read more

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Brazil in an unusual spot after a draw to open World Cup

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Brazil drew Sweden 1-1 back then, the same score of its match against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday, when all the hype surrounding Neymar and his teammates turned into disappointment and concern.The result that ended Brazil’s nine-match winning streak in openers left the national team two points behind group leader Serbia, which defeated Costa Rica 1-0 earlier Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownOne of the main title favorites, Brazil suddenly sees itself having to come from behind to keep alive its hopes of winning the team’s first world title since 2002. But although the result felt like a loss, there was no reason to panic just yet, as Brazil remains heavily favored to advance. Switzerland, No. 6 in the world, was considered Brazil’s toughest opponent in Group E.Another consolation was the fact that in 2010, Spain lost its opener against Switzerland but went on to win the title anyway. Also, Argentina and Germany also failed win in their openers in Russia, while Spain and Portugal drew when they played each other in their initial match. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Murray excited to end 11-month absence at Queen’s this week MOST READ 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 “Nobody can win or lose the World Cup in the first match,” Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus said. “We have two decisive matches ahead of us. Of course we didn’t want to draw, but we also didn’t lose. We are more alive than ever.”Brazil next faces Costa Rica on Friday in St. Petersburg and anything but victory will be a disaster. But three points would put Brazil right back in position to advance from the group. Its final game will be against Serbia on June 27 in Nizhny Novgorod.“This is only the beginning,” defender Miranda said. “We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We have to move on and keep going match by match. We’ll try to win the three points in the next one.”Brazil now hasn’t won in three straight World Cup matches, following the 2014 losses to Germany in the semifinals and to the Netherlands in the third-place match at the home tournament. It’s a winless streak that hadn’t happened since 1978, when it reached four World Cup games without a victory.Brazil followed that 1978 draw against Sweden with a scoreless tie against Spain before defeating Austria 1-0 in the last group match to survive and advance to the second round. It eventually finished the tournament in third place.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Brazil has conceded goals in six straight World Cup matches, going back to a 0-0 draw against Mexico in the second match of the group stage in 2014.The Brazilians complained of two key refereeing decisions that went against the five-time champions Sunday: A push on Miranda that aided Switzerland’s goal, and a no-call they felt should have produced a penalty.But coach Tite acknowledged his side could have played better. “This team can produce more,” he said.Brazil made too many mistakes with the ball, missing easy passes throughout the field and failing to capitalize on the chances it created, especially in the second half after conceding the equalizer.Switzerland marked Neymar well and didn’t let him play by making several fouls on the Paris Saint-Germain star. He was limping when he talked to reporters after the match but said it was nothing serious. Team doctors also dismissed any significant problem with Neymar, who was out for about three months earlier this year because of a foot injury.Tite said Neymar might not be fully fit until the team’s third match in Russia.A fully fit Neymar will be needed if Brazil can’t turn things around and arrive for the deciding match against Serbia on the brink of elimination.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brazil’s Neymar gestures during the group E match against Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)SOCHI, Russia — This is unfamiliar territory for five-time World Cup champion Brazil.The last time it didn’t win its first game in a World Cup, Pele had just retired from soccer. The “Selecao” had won every one of its opening matches since 1978, a year after “The King’s” farewell.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr receives contract extension

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? For weeks ahead of the 2018 playoffs, the Warriors hardly looked like that super team that dominated through the previous postseason. They lost their final regular-season game at Utah by 40 points.Yet Kerr and his players insisted all along they would find another level when there was something bigger to play for.Kerr was forced to use a mindboggling 27 different starting lineups to get through the regular season and wind up a No. 2 seed behind Houston, with the Western Conference finals marking the first time the Warriors had to open a series on the road since 2014.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr encourages his team during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has received a contract extension following the franchise’s repeat championship and third title in four years during his tenure.Kerr and general manager Bob Myers, who are close friends and colleagues, said when the season ended that something would get done quickly once they began formal discussions. Kerr had one year remaining on his original $25 million, five-year contract. Details of the extension were not announced Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES James offered a shoutout to Kerr during the finals.“I could sit here and say today — ‘Listen, Golden State is a great team …’ — I didn’t even mention their head coach,” James said. “Their head coach is the one who kind of puts it all together, makes it all flow. To be able to put egos and the right position and spot on the floor where everybody feels good about the outcome and things of that nature — when it comes to team sports, that’s something that you would hope that you could be a part of.”Kerr owns a 265-63 record (.808), guiding the Warriors to a record 73-win season in 2015-16 before a runner-up finish to the Cavaliers. His Warriors then went a record 16-1 during the 2017 postseason on the way to another title.He was tested more as a coach this season, aside from his 43-game absence to begin the 2015-16 season when then-top assistant and current Lakers coach Luke Walton led the Warriors to a record 24-0 start and 39-4 mark before Kerr’s return to the bench.Late in the regular season this year, Golden State lost seven of 10 during one noteworthy funk for a team that when healthy starts four All-Stars and can score in flurries with a pass-happy offense that racks up assists.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The 52-year-old Kerr has said he hopes to coach at least another decade and perhaps 15 years. His Warriors swept LeBron James and Cleveland in the fourth straight NBA Finals matchups between the rivals.Kerr stayed healthy and on the bench while continuing to deal with symptoms such as headaches and dizzy spells stemming from a pair of back surgeries following the 2015 title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Warriors marked themselves as a dynasty with their latest crown. They joined Bill Russell’s Boston Celtics, the Chicago Bulls led by Michael Jordan and the Lakers’ trio of title runs fueled by George Mikan in the 1950s, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the ’80s, and Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant nearly 20 years ago as the only franchises in NBA history to capture three championships in four years.Golden State captured the franchise’s first title in 40 years during 2014-15, with Kerr as a rookie head coach. Now, the Warriors are gearing up for one more season in Oracle Arena before opening their state-of-the-art Chase Center in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood in August 2019. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World Cup winner Mbappe donating bonus of about $350,000 View commentslast_img read more

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Blackwater dumps Rising Zephyr, gets crack at Super 8 semis

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins That was until the Elite caught fire with a blistering 16-0 run to take a 42-28 lead off of Raymar’s Jose’s three-point play with 3:54 left in the quarter.Blackwater then banked on a strong finish to keep its distance, outscoring Fukuoka, 24-11, in the fourth quarter and pushing the lead to 86-60 lead courtesy of JP Erram’S triple with 1:21 left in the game.Raymar Jose flirted with a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds while John Pinto had 15 points, nine in the third quarter, six rebounds, and four assists.Mike Digregorio filled up the stat sheets with 11 points, five rebounds, and six assists while Paul Zamar came short of a double-double after finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds.Kazuya Hatano led Fokuoka with 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Rizing Zephyr end the group stage without a win.ADVERTISEMENT D-League: CEU thumps AMA to boost semis bid LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MACAU—Blackwater has found relative success in foreign soil.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The Elite have a chance to advance to the semifinals after defeating Japanese team Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka  of the Asia League Super 8 Thursday at Macau East Asian Games Dome here.Blackwater, which bowed out early in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, finished with a 2-1 record in Group B in the tournament pitting top ball clubs in Asia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Elite await the result of Guangzhou and Seoul match later in the day to find out whether they advance to the next round.Both teams exchanged blows well until the start of the second quarter with the Rizing Zephyr taking a 28-26 lead five minutes into the period. View commentslast_img read more

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Snowe: ‘NPA Lied about Gyude Bryant Contract’

first_imgRepresentative Edwin M. Snowe has warned the National Port Authority (NPA) of the danger in releasing “falsehoods” about the tugboat contract with former Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant.Media reports have it that the former National Transitional Government chairman died of frustration after the NPA denied him (Bryant) a ‘lucrative’ tugboat deal.Bryant represented a Dutch company, Damen Shipyard, a business firm that won the contract through a competitive bidding process; the contract was later denied.Responding to said media report, the NPA issued a statement stressing that, “it cancelled the bid through the President’s office, based on a submitted Bill to the Legislature for the ratification of a US$14 million loan agreement between Liberia and the Arabic State of Kuwait.NPA: “The agreement—among other things— provides for the purchase of tugboats that require bidding for, following specific rules that must be preapproved by the Fund. The cancellation was done to avoid the duplication of the purchases of tugboats following the loan agreement with the Kuwait Fund.”However, in reaction to NPA’s assertions, Snowe announced that the port was releasing “false and misleading information to the public about the contract with former Chairman Bryant.”“Let them stop telling lies about the contract,” Rep. Snowe declared. “Some of us know all about the contract and we know exactly what happened. It’s a warning to them to stop issuing lies or else we will be forced to tell the public.I respect former chairman Bryant because he was a quiet and peaceful man; and would wish to remain quiet until he’s buried,” he furthered.Though he declined to state what aspect of NPA’s statement is totally untrue, he maintained that Bryant was not depending on handouts as is being speculated.Snowe then blamed the entire government for the “neglect of Mr. Bryant,” adding: “We all are responsible for neglecting Chairman Bryant.“How our government treats former leaders has become a serious problem. I blame us as lawmakers, for not playing our part to right the wrongs,” Snowe concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Let Us Emulate His Legacies’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said the passing of the former Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL), Charles Gyude Bryant calls for all political affiliations in the country to institute new programs that would enable all Liberians to emulate his legacy.The Liberian leader described the late Chairman, who helped restore peace after 14 years of instability in the country, as “Peaceful, but mentally dynamic, astute and engaging, kind and resourceful, a gentleman in every sense of the word, with a penetrating mind, even in the most difficult of times.”President Sirleaf made these assertions when she delivered a Panegyric last week on behalf of her government and people of Liberia at the funeral service of the former fallen NTGL Chairman. The service was held Wednesday, May 14 at the Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church in Monrovia.The Liberian government was requested by family members not to give the late statesman a state funeral. Family members said it was willed by Chairman Bryant that government has nothing to do with his funeral.The Liberian President told the audience that the late Bryant was a winsome personality of deep, unpretending humility, foresight and concentration, which portrayed nobility of character and strength of conviction.She noted, “His instincts served him and his country very well, and in trying or vexing situations, he was tolerant in a generous way, allowing the gush of fresh wind to blow through the halls of misunderstanding, shortcomings and obstacles.”President Sirleaf, whom the late chairman peacefully guided in leading to the process of her ascendancy, said he demonstrated vast knowledge of national affairs, underpinned by patience, understanding and a sympathetic attitude to the problems, and willingness to be of assistance when convinced of the necessity that justifies it.  She said these attributes that the fallen NTGL Chairman had, inspired the nation.She said the people of Liberia shared a deep sense of grief occasioned by the death of this pre-eminent Statesman who served and led his country from the shackles of destruction and bore the torch of the democratic order; who served his country magnificently as a business icon with great understanding and zeal to propagate and restore the image of his beloved nation.“The sorrow of the Liberian people at the passing of so great a man, who signified to the world a new air of hope and peace, is being expressed by this celebration of his home going,” she pointed out.As a mark of last respect and a tribute to the late Chairman Bryant’s memory, President Sirleaf called upon all to give due reverence and reflection to this memory.“Let it be celebrated throughout the length and breadth of Liberia by its people at home and abroad, as a day of rejoicing and happy recompense, as well as a day of fondest familiarity and family hood,” she said Liberians should be reminded of how Chairman Bryant superbly navigated the tumultuous sea of self-destruction to bring Liberia into the harbor of national reconciliation.The Bishop Jonathan B. B. Hart, in his funeral discourse, said that membranes of the former chairman will forever remain in the hearts of every Liberian because he was the one who heal the wounds of the nation after over years of brutalities in the country.Bishop Hart noted that the late chairman risked his life in ensuring that peace and tranquility returned to his mother land; a country he loved so dearly.One of the three children of the late chairman, Charles Mleh Bryant, said that their father thought them the sense of humility, respect for others and the fear of God. “I will really miss my daddy because he was a true friend to all of us,” he said with tears rolling down his eyes.Meanwhile, the Trinity Cathedral was the scene of massive turnout of sympathizers including government officials, fraternity brothers and sisters, old friends, former schoolmates, business partners, among others.Following the funeral service, the late chairman’s remains were taken on a cortege with appropriate military escort to its final resting place in the township of Crozierville, Montserrado County where internment took place in the old churchyard of the Christ Episcopal Church.Charles Gyude Bryant, born January 17, 1949, died on April 16, 2014 in his 65th year. As Chairman of the NTGL from October 2003 to January 2006, Chairman Bryant is credited for fully implementing the mandate of the government as outlined in the Accra Peace Accord.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LBDI Wins African Development Bank Award

first_imgThe African Leadership Magazine, a leading United Kingdom UK-based magazine published by African Leadership UK, has named the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) Africa’s development Bank of the Year 2014. The award ceremony took place recently at the Dateline Hilton Americas in Houston, Texas, the United States of America. LBDI’s senior vice president for Finance Mr. Reginald Bropleh recently flew to the US to receive the Award on behalf of the Management sending a clear message that LBDI is on the brink of taking its rightful place on the international banking stage. According to the African Leadership Magazine which focuses on bringing the best of Africa to a global audience and tells the African story from an African perspective, “the award is in recognition of LBDI’s pioneering efforts in introducing and implementing innovative banking products which has assisted small businesses and contributed to the growth of the economy of Liberia.”Also honoring LBDI for excellent performance in Africa is the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Inc. which recounted how LBDI has been instrumental in the creation and expansion of economic development opportunities for Africans. In a resolution signed by the Chair of the Caucus, Dee Dawkins-Higler, the Georgia General Assembly, amongst other things, described LBDI as a global player who’s established banking relationships and partnerships have identified it as a proven leader in the banking industry worldwide. For his part, the publisher of the African Leadership Magazine, Dr. Ken Giami in brief remarks thanked LBDI for the milestone achievement in Liberia, a country, he stated struggling to rebuild its infrastructure following years of brutal civil war. Dr. Ken noted that LBDI’s consisted financing of development projects is going a long way in improving the lives and well-being of ordinary Liberians struggling to rebuild their lives. LBDI Management picked up the award just few weeks before the Bank acceded to the peer review mechanism of the prudential standard guidelines and rating system (PSGRS) of the Association of All African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI). The PSGRS mechanism will help LBDI to be rated among other development finance institutions (DFIs) in Africa. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LBDI Mr. John B. S. Davies, III, thanked the African Leadership Magazine for independently following the Bank’s performance in the country and awarding it for same. Mr. Davies also thanked the Georgia General Assembly for recognizing LBDI as a global player in banking. He said the awards will further serve as an encouragement for LBDI to perform better. The LBDI CEO however noted that the Bank will not rely on its laurels, but will ensure that access to finance is available for the Liberian populace.      The African Leadership magazine is published by African Leadership (UK) Limited, a company registered in the United Kingdom. The magazine focuses on bringing the best of Africa to a global audience, telling the African story from an African perspective; while evolving solutions to peculiar challenges being faced by the continent today.Since its maiden edition in August 2008, African Leadership Magazine has grown to become a leading pan-African flagship leadership-focused publication read by over 240, 000 targeted international investors, business executives, government policy makers and multilateral agencies across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Europe and the US. It is distributed at major international and African Leadership events around the world. It is a niche and unbiased African voice born out of a desire to ameliorate the lot of Africans by focusing on individuals and corporate bodies that are known for their legacy-based approach to leadership.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cash-strapped M&CC $20M celebrations ludicrous

first_imgDear Editor,The very thought that the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown is even considering splurging $20 million on itself under the guise that it is hosting a week of activities to celebrate its anniversary is just revolting.The members of the administration and/or the committee that came up with such a reckless proposal are evidently demented and not in touch with reality. They should be ashamed of themselves, and be condemned by those in authority at City Hall.How on earth could a municipality that is bankrupt; that is supposedly penniless; that constantly runs to Central Government for bailouts and other forms of financial assistance; that owes, as they say in Guyana, ‘Tom, Dick and HarryLall,’ even conceptualise such an idea. It is at best ludicrous.But the real question to be asked is: What does Georgetown have to celebrate? The collapsed wharf at Stabroek Market? The clocks at the various markets that do not work? The fact that the iconic City Hall is crumbling and falling apart? The rise in crime around the municipal markets? The non-completion of the Kitty Market? The statutory rape of a minor and killing of a mentally ill man whilst he was in the custody of the City Constabulary? They have done absolutely nothing to rejoice about.It would seem that the only validation and rationalisation that the Mayor could advance for the hosting of this ostentatious merriment is that the event is something which was held in the past but had been stopped, and that the event could be likened to that of the annual town weeks of New Amsterdam, Bartica and Linden. This reminds us of the pidgin-style saying: ‘Monkey see, monkey do’, which implies the act of mimicry, usually with limited knowledge and/or concern for the consequences.How pathetic! Do the New Amsterdam, Bartica and Linden municipalities fail to remit workers’ contributions to the Guyana Revenue Authority or the National Insurance Scheme, leaving their workers without any sickness, injury or maternity benefits?Sincerely,Modi Sankarlast_img read more

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Not everyone entering Guyana would be bad

first_imgDear Editor,For quite a number of years, I’ve always gotten angry whenever illegal immigrants caught in Guyana are hauled before the courts. Some get fined and deported, and I cannot recall any being jailed. I’ve always had the opinion that it is wrong, and reading Thursday’s papers, I felt a great relief when reading the article wherein our Minister of Foreign Affairs announced that steps would be in place to accommodate those desirous of entering Guyana.There are many reasons that cause people to enter another country, especially illegally; either for better opportunities, and like how we are witnessing problems in neighbouring countries that are causing people to migrate from their country all around. I must applaud Mr Greenidge and say it’s a much welcome move.However, Editor, I urge that even though we would be allowing immigrants, I hope that before this plan is executed, the authorities install proper mechanism in place to prevent lawlessness to occur. No doubt, once the floodgate is open, many would utilize the opportunity to enter, especially criminals/fugitives and drugs mules/dealers/barons.Our whole country is being kept back from development by means of technology because of our dinosaur’s era internet service we are getting for ages, and I hope that all ports of entry would be equipped with internet-ready computers and have network access with other countries, so that background checks could be made on those desirous of entering Guyana. And plans should be in place for monitoring of suspicious characters and the various offenders that would use the opportunity to enter here.Over the years, I’ve witnessed many deportees returning to Guyana, and they would amass followers and boast of the country they got deported from, and compare Guyana with those countries. Sadly, many would believe these disgraced criminals, unknown to them that sometimes the stories they are telling are not true; but it would motivate many of our ignorant youths, and they would end up looking at these deportees as some sort of saviour, and the deportees would encourage them to do all sorts of things, including crime and using illecit drugs.I’ve personally witnessed more than one such incident, so I am just using that as an example so that the authorities would put mechanisms in place to protect our youths; because they are vulnerable, especially our girl children. Not everyone entering Guyana would be bad, and I am quite sure we would be getting a lot of talented people also.Sincerely,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more

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