Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer MVP Asi Taulava had a talk with NLEX management and coach Yeng Guiao on Monday night and said that he would stay as a Road Warrior and help the team the best he can for the rest of the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations.Reports of the 43-year-old Taulava asking to be traded surfaced a couple of weeks ago after his playing time under new coach Guiao diminished significantly.ADVERTISEMENT Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books A yearly holiday visitor 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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ MOST READ But Guiao has introduced a new system—the same one that made all his past teams great—which Taulava couldn’t fit in. NLEX also brought in Bradwyn Guinto from Mahindra and he has taken the starting center spot for the Road Warriors.NLEX is at the bottom of the 12-team pack, tied with the Floodbusters at 1-5, after losing its last five games.It is not unusual that this team is struggling, considering that Guiao had just taken over and is trying to instill a totally different game—the run and gun type that made his last team, Rain or Shine, champion for two conferences in his six years at the helm.NLEX has five games to go and would need nothing less than a sweep to get into the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Team and player, according to team manager Ronald Dulatre, were able to agree on something, with Taulava reportedly telling Guiao that his statements were just “out of frustration.”“Asi wants to stay,” Dulatre said. “And he promised that he will do whatever he can to help the team win.”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 returnTaulava was NLEX’s pillar of strength under Boyet Fernandez,averaging more than 30 minutes and a double-double last season. View comments Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after beating Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in their semi-final tennis match of the ATP Qatar Open in Doha on January 6, 2017. AFP PHOTODOHA, Qatar—In bad news for his opponents, 12-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic said on Friday that he may continue his astonishing career until the age of 40.Speaking after securing a place in the Qatar Open final against Andy Murray, Djokovic said he would play on for as long as he could.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Earlier this week in Doha he played against 38-year-old Radek Stepanek, one of the oldest players on the ATP tour.After beating the Czech veteran, Djokovic said he was “excited” about the longevity of Stepanek’s career.“It shows me that I can have as long a career as he has. If he can do it, I can do it, too,” said Djokovic.The oldest player currently in the top 20 is 37-year-old Ivo Karlovic.The Croat is currently ranked number 20 in the world and, notably, was the last player to Djokovic in Doha in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 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 READ: Defending champ Djokovic rallies to reach Qatar Open finalAsked if could still be on tour aged 40, the Serb replied: “Why not? You’re going to see a lot of me in the future.”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 returnDjokovic, who turned professional in 2003, celebrates his 30th birthday in May this year.READ: Djokovic to star in reality show ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Raonic beats Nadal, keeps Brisbane title defense on track Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ The oldest ever winner of a Grand Slam in the Open era is Ken Rosewall, who won the Australian Open in 1972 aged 37.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But erasing the national mark wasn’t the only milestone that Diones accomplished on a cool Saturday morning at the Ilagan Sports Complex.His record-setting 16.70-meter jump on the sixth and last try also broke the heart of Malaysian Muhammad Hakimi Ismail, the current Southeast Asian Games champion and record-holder.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 return“I’m really looking at breaking the SEA Games record,’’ said Diones in Filipino. “I’m happy with the result, but I guess I have to train more to achieve it,’’ added the 24-year-old national team mainstay from Libmanan, Camarines Sur.Ismail, who holds the 16.76m SEAG standard with a golden effort in the 2015 Singapore SEAG, faulted in his first five attempts and registered 16.06m on the final jump for the silver medal. Sanjaya Sandaruwan Jayasir of Sri Lanka placed third with 15.69m. After landing fourth and missing the medal ceremony two years ago in Singapore, Diones is now in the conversation for the gold with the vast improvement he’s been showing the past six months.Back in November last year, he broke the seven-year 16.12m record of Joebert Delicano with a 16.29m leap during the weekly relay at Philsports organized by the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association.Diones will now train for three months in Perth, Australia for a golden push to the SEAG on Aug. 19-31.“Our main target is for Harry to jump 17 meters, so expect him to improve some more in the coming months,’’ said national coach Jojo Posadas. “No Filipino has ever gone to that mark.’’Diones’ feat overshadowed the record-breaker of the PH men’s 4x100m relay team composed of Eric Shauwn Cray, Trenten Beram, Anfernee Lopena and Jomar Udtohan.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Generika-Ayala salvages fourth place View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:40Filipinos 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 MOST READ ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely New Philippine record in men’s triple jump by Harry Diones (left). Photo by June NavarroILAGAN CITY—-Count Mark Harry Diones as a sure-fire bet for the Philippines in the medal podium of the coming Southeast Asian Games.The country’s premier triple-jump specialist shattered his own national record anew with a golden performance in the 2017 Ayala Philippine National Open Invitational Athletics Championships.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES The quartet’s 40.29-second run for the gold eclipsed the old mark of 40.55 set by Arnold Villarube, Ralph Waldy Soguilon, Albert Salcedo and Henry Dagmil during the 2005 Manila SEAG.Other winners on the penultimate day of competition were Cesar Castaneto (5000m run), Arniel Ferrera (hammer throw), Mary Angelie Arano (girls’ 800m), Gideon Arellano (boys’ shot put), Mariano Masano (boys’ 800m), Vincent Vianmar Dela Cruz (boys’ 5000m walk), Johnrey Magallanes (boys’ pole vault) and Lopena (men’s 100m).Christabel Martes secured her second gold in the women’s 5000m after winning the 10,000m run on Thursday while middle-distance runner Marco Vilog topped the men’s 800m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Quarters: 33-12, 56-26, 84-35, 108-42Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Nothing but a workout for PH 5 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Swing Out Sister back to PH this April “I’m expecting the physical play,” said the Ateneo standout, named Rookie of the Year in the UAAP juniors.“I think that’s the first thing that coach will say every time other players defend me. But I have teammates who help me and give me confidence, which makes my job easier on the court.”Oliver said Batang Gilas is expecting tougher resistance from Indonesia, which has quicker and defensively sound players.PHILIPPINES 108—Sotto 17, Padrigao 14, Fortea 14, Go 11, Guadana 9, Pascual 9, Calimag 9, Lazaro 7, Lina 6, Cortez 6, Chiu 4, Tan 2.SINGAPORE 42—Teo TL 9, Tor 9, Li 4, Amado 4, Teo ZM 4, Chuabio 4, Chin 4, Soh 2, Tan 2, Lacsado 0, Razali 0, Lim 0.ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Rence Padrigao also sparkled with 14 points and six assists for Batang Gilas, which opened the game with a 9-0 run and never looked back.“The players were still feeling each other out, but fortunately they recovered right away and focused on defense,” said PH coach Mike Oliver, whose squad guns for its second win against Indonesia at noon on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“Defensively, we’re there, but the offense needs work because we are still disorganized. But the important thing is following the game plan which is to stay aggressive.”There was plenty of hype surrounding Sotto and rightly so because of his towering frame. Sotto said he’s ready to mix it up with other big men in the tournament despite his lean frame. LATEST STORIES Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jose Miguel Pascual vs Reuben Amado. PBA IMAGESWith Kai Sotto showcasing his ever-improving game, Batang Gilas got its Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Under-16 Championships campaign off to a rousing start by demolishing Singapore, 108-42, on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Tipped as a future star of the national team, Sotto, who at 15 is already an inch taller than 6-foot-10 June Mar Fajardo, fired 17 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Batang Gilas to victory on the first day of the tournament it was expected to dominate.ADVERTISEMENT
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda started its campaign in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup with a rousing 96-79 victory over Lyceum Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Robert Bolick anchored the Red Lions assault with 16 points, nine assists, and four rebounds, while AC Soberano went on a perfect 3-of-3 sniping from beyond the arc to wound up with 13 markers and four boards.ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in No Federer, Serena, Sharapova, no problem for Roland Garros CJ Perez topscored Lyceum with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Jayvee Marcelino got 14 markers.The Pirates stumbled to their second straight defeat to drop to a 4-2 slate.The Scores:SAN BEDA 96 – Bolick 16, Soberano 13, Mocon 12, Noah 12, Carino 7, Doliguez 7, Tongco 6, Presbitero 5, Bahio 4, Oftana 3, Giussani 3, Potts 2, Adamos 2, Abuda 0, Cabanag 0, Bonsubre 0.LYCEUM 79 – Perez 15, Jv. Marcelino 14, Santos 12, Nzeusseu 9, Caduyac 5, Ayaay 5, Ibanez 5, Liwag 4, Serrano 4, Marata 3, Tansingco 2, Pretta 1, Jc. Marcelino 0, Cinco 0, Pallares 0, Valencia 0.ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Quarters: 21-26, 55-50, 79-64, 96-79. Javee Mocon added 12 points, 11 rebounds, and four dimes, while Arnaud Noah got 12 markers in the win.“The players are very excited because this was our first game. We started bad, we had some turnovers early, we missed easy shots but in the second quarter, I told them that they just had to relax,” said coach Boyet Fernandez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundSan Beda bucked its first half struggles and broke away in the third quarter, using a 24-point explosion to grab a 79-64 lead before extending the advantage to 20, 90-70, late in the fourth period.“I’m always talking to the boys and I was telling them that if we want to beat LPU, we had to match their intensity and aggressiveness. We discussed everything and we just stuck to the gameplan. Credit to the boys,” said Fernandez. LATEST STORIES For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:40Filipinos 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.
President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Dr Warren Blake has insisted that there is no split within his organisation after he and his general secretary, Garth Gayle, were named on opposite slates for the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) presidential race. Blake is going up for the post of first vice-president on the slate of Vishu Tolan, the former president of the Jamaica Badminton Association, while Gayle is chasing the post of second vice-president on the slate of the JOA’s current secretary general, Christopher Samuda. Blake told The Gleaner on Wednesday that there is no rift within his organisation and he has no problem with Gayle’s decision to run on Samuda’s slate. ‘NO JAAA DIVISION’ “There is really no division in the JAAA. It is important that the JAAA is represented on the JOA because without the JAAA, there would not be a JOA,” said Blake. “The last four years, the JAAA has not been represented on the JOA and we have to seek to correct this anomaly going forward,” he added. The elections are set to take place at the JOA’s office on Cunningham Avenue in Kingston on June 27 with 36 sporting associations holding one vote for each position. Both presidential candidates are looking to replace Mike Fennell, who is not seeking re-election, bringing to an end an unbroken 40-year reign at the helm of Jamaica’s Olympic movement.
Olympic and World 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce sent out a very strong message to her rivals that she is slowly getting back to her best, after clocking a season best 10.98 seconds, to win the Women’s 100 metres at the London Diamond League today. Fraser-Pryce, who is returning to competition this year after giving birth, is using the season to tune up for upcoming cycle of championships that start with the World Championships in 2019. Competing at the same track where she posted a meet record of 10.77 seconds in 2013, Fraser-Pryce was left back at the start but ran back strongly to take the win ahead of the United States’ Dezerea Bryant, who was second in 11.04 seconds, as Jamaica’s Jonielle Smith finished third in a personal best 11.07 seconds. Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles champion Janieve Russell, like she did in Lausanne, lost narrowly to the United States’ Shamier Little in the Women’s 400m hurdles, after finishing second in 53.96 seconds, as Little won in 53.95 seconds, with Dalilah Muhammad of the United States taking third in 54.86 seconds. Jamaica’s Ristananna Tracey finished sixth in 56.07 seconds. Several other Jamaicans competing at the meet produced season best in their events. After a 9.99 seconds clocking in his heat for second place, former World champion Yohan Blake improved in the finals to 9.95 seconds in a close fourth place finish. The United States’ Ronnie Baker won the event in 9.90 seconds ahead of Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, 9.93 seconds with third going to Akani Simbini from South Africa in 9.94 seconds. National champion Tyquendo Tracey finished sixth in 9.98 seconds but earlier sped to a personal best of 9.96 seconds when finishing fourth in his heat. Tracey became the 20th Jamaican to dip below 10 seconds in the 100m. The other Jamaicans competing on today’s first day of the two day event, Nathon Allen, was seventh in the Men’s 400 metres in 44.72 seconds, while Kemoy Campbell finished 15th in the Men’s 5000m in a season best 12:23.73. The Meet, which ends tomorrow, will see several other Jamaicans competing. These include Elaine Thompson in the Women’s 200 metres, Anastasia Le-Roy and Stephenie-Ann McPherson in the Women’s 400 metres. Danielle Williams will feature in the Women’s 100m hurdles, Natoya Goule in the Women’s 800 metres, Akeem Bloomfield in the Men’s 200 metres and Ronald Levy in the Men’s 110m hurdles.
ON TARGET Fedrick Dacres, the world’s top discus thrower, got his 2019 campaign off to a solid start at the Fuller Memorial at Manchester High School on Saturday. Though he felt his technique was somewhat off, Dacres cranked out a consistent series of throws to win over his training partner Traves Smikle. Elsewhere in the meet, World Under-20 bronze-medal winner Wayne Pinnock produced a big mark in the long jump. Dacres launched three of his four legal throws over 64m, with his best taping out to 64.65m in the second round of the men’s event on the expansive Manchester High School grounds. With his first and fourth efforts measured at 64.35 and 64.15 metres, respectively, he outdistanced Traves Smikle, who opened his 2019 endeavours with a pleasing throw of 62.59m. “I wouldn’t say it was a good day,” Dacres assessed, “because, you know, I don’t think my technique was where it was supposed to be, but barring injury and everything, I feel good.” Dacres said he and Smikle, who placed first and second last year at the Commonwealth Games, respectively, used the meet to establish a marker. “It was more like a technical day to see where we were so we can build on that now,” he explained. “So, with the marks today, I think it’s okay to say that we’re on our way, but we’re not there yet.” The left-handed Smikle was pleased with the longest season-opening throw of his career. “It’s the best I’ve opened in any season, 62.5,” he said afterwards, smiling “and you know, obviously, technique needs work, but I’m grateful.” Dacres had two other throws over 60 metres. Also gaining plaudits was former Petersfield High School thrower Glenford Watson, who came third with 59.57m. Calabar’s Kai Chang, the 2018 World Under-20 champion, finished some way back in the men’s event with the 2kg implement on 54.28m. Former class two ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships (Champs) winner Daniel Cope of Petersfield won the class one event, contested with the 1.75kg discus, with a throw measured at 54.35m. Pinnock, a student athlete at Kingston College (KC), generated excitement in the long jump. Winner of the class one event at Champs, Pinnock leaped 7.78m with an abbreviated run-up. Jeremy Delisser, coach of the jumps at KC and Edwin Allen High, is optimistic that Pinnock will do well this season. Asked about the lad’s background training, Delisser said, “So far, everything has been pretty good, everything more or less on target, so I’m satisfied up until now.” Last year, Pinnock flew out to 7.99m and started a watch on Leon Gordon’s 1993 Champs record of 7.87m. The coach coolly looked ahead. “I’m hoping he’ll just keep healthy,” he said, “and we’ll keep going from strength to strength.” Notable winning long jumps also came from Michelle Wilson of The Queen’s School in class one and Samantha Jibbison of Holmwood Technical. Edwards leaped to victory by covering 5.64m. In class two, the compact Jibbison twice went further than that, with marks of 5.70m and 5.74m.
On May 11, 2015, thousands of Guyanese supported your A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government because throughout the land there was a yearning for more positive socio-economic change and a higher standard of life.Citizens felt they had had enough of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and its scandals. They felt that that party needed to be punished and taught a valuable lesson that would see it undergoing massive reforms and never taking for granted again the amount of loyalty and trust placed in it by the populace.In short, they wanted to give a new political party and President a chance at managing the affairs of the country with a mandate to bolster social cohesion and fight against endemic systemic racism. Citizens had hoped that your political party would roll out visionary policies that would inevitably lead to poverty reduction and higher levels of equality. They also hoped that your party could reach a political deal or treaty that would see national unity, healing and reconciliation becoming a reality sometime in the near future.It is also important to note that citizens believed in your Government’s promise of a better life defined by higher levels of disposable income; meaningful constitutional reforms; better roads, schools, and bridges; improved access to quality and affordable healthcare; an unwavering commitment to high levels of transparency and accountability as a result of better governance and less corruption; lower levels of crime and higher and swifter levels of justice and public order.Those were the conditions on which the citizenry agreed to change its appetite from the PPP which it was still comfortable with despite the many blunders over the past 23 years.But today, your Government has failed to deliver many of its promises made during the 2015 elections campaign. Your coalition has also breached the social contract it entered with the populace in May of that very year. It would appear that once you and your colleague Ministers access Governmental power, there was an abandonment of reason, good faith, due process and political conviction.While the citizenry would have forgiven some of your most egregious missteps over the past year and a half, they cannot do so in the case of Budget 2017.Uncle Jordan, your budget as crafted could have catastrophic consequences on the poor, the vulnerable, the disabled and the sick if not withdrawn. The Tax measures contained in the estimates are not only unpopular and harsh but inconsistent with the good life you promised.While the citizenry acknowledges the explanation you offered on Friday for tabling such a brutish budget, it is disappointed that you appear to be blaming your Government’s decision on advice and recommendations from studies. It is also unfortunate that you believe if Government widens its revenue base via higher levels of repressive domestic tax measures that you will be able to grow the economy, create wealth and deliver a better life for citizens.The truth is, no one in this country believes that your economic formula or vision will amount to the change demanded in May 2015. In fact, it will result in the loss of electoral support, lower levels of domestic and foreign direct investment, a sluggish and uninspired private sector, lower levels of economic growth, higher levels of crime and unprecedented levels of tax evasion.The citizenry is disappointed that the ministers did not create “fiscal space” by taking pay cuts and living lesser luxurious lives. It is disappointed too that you did not create “fiscal space” by cutting back on the exorbitant salaries paid to your advisors, ex-military allies, contract workers and other party loyalists within your coalition Government who are now feeding off of the scarifies made by the poor and law abiding citizens as well as professionals of this country.It is also shocking that you did not see it fit to scrap all of those controversial procurement contracts that you have entered into since May 2015 with selected business personnel with the worst being the bottom house drug bond that was “urgently” rented for over $100M a year to store medicines and pharmaceuticals but which only stores condoms and lubricants at the moment.Uncle Jordan, we expected you to deliver on your promise to further lift the threshold to $100,000; to increase Old Age Pension to $30,000; to further reduce the cost of electricity by at least 5% after negotiating with GPL; to operationalize the construction of Amelia Falls; to finance a robust crime fighting plan to further defend us; to pay doctors, nurses and teachers a special salary for their commitment to their trade in troubling times; to roll out a turnaround plan for starving sugar workers and rice farmers; to activate your ministerial code of conduct in order to discipline Aunty Volda, Simona, Amna and Valrie-sharpe. The other Uncles are too many to mention; We wanted more sports facilities, a completely funded youth policy, more community centres and more investments.Remember Uncle Jordan, stricter the Government wiser the population. Elections coming and I hope you and Uncle Granger are ready not for the press but the people.Yours truly,Michael the Messenger
…in US?“How sweet it is!!” some of the old activists from the Cold War 60’s still surviving must be chortling, as they note the ascent and coronation of Donald Trump as President of the US of A – and the consternation of the old elites who were their nemesis back then. The USSR was the enemy, of course, and anyone who could even remotely be a ‘fellow traveller’ was fair game for the CIA. Today, the “Agency” has come in for stinging rebuffs from their new Commander in Chief.To be fair, the FBI had done the same persecution within the US following the witch hunt of Senator McCarty in the 50’s. But while the lives of hundreds of Americans – including several in Hollywood – it could not match the thousands who were actually killed in the Third World, to “roll back the Red menace”. Today, the new President has made the normalisation of relations with Russia his number one priority… and thereby making at least half of the 17 “Intelligence” agencies redundant! Oi vey!!But there is one anomaly which is the archetypical elephant in the room that is being ignored – the foundation of the democratic order that’s the basis of America’s exceptionalism – each man counts equally with every other man. Especially when it comes to the ballot. How can government by the people stand when the votes of the people don’t have the same weight?Back in the beginning of the 60‘s, we had a constituent system for electing governments. This resulted in the popular vote not exactly matching the votes the individual parties collected. Because the supporters of the PPP were more widely dispersed in the constituents, that Party’s seats garnered were far greater than the PNC’s, who were concentrated in urban areas. So the Americans and the British changed the system to the PR we still have so that the PNC could get into office. The CIA funded some riots that persuaded the PPP to go along.But now in the US we have an analogous result – Hillary Clinton received three million more votes than Donald Trump – but yet she lost the elections! Why? Because the “Electoral College” device rewards dispersion of votes – much as our old constituency system did!! So your Eyewitness has a question: if the Establishment’s teed-off with Trump and they have the CIA on their side… Are they going to insist that America gets one-man-one vote all the way to deciding who’s President?Power to the people!!! No Dictator!!…in GuyanaReading some of the responses to Justice Chang’s ruling on who can make foundational changes to the Constitution, it’s either some lawyers don’t keep up with developments in their field or they just want to protect the status quo.As your Eyewitness has pointed out, Justice Chang must be complimented for moving away from the old, liberal, procedurally driven perspective on interpreting constitutions – especially in Britain. There, we know, even though democracy was supposed to place sovereignty in the hands of the people, the designed procedure only places a pencil in the hands of the people to select their REPRESENTATIVES to Parliament every five years!And then makes PARLIAMENT sovereign – not the people! Well, even though Brexit has started the process of re-examining that situation in Britain, our Constitution has always insisted that substantively, we the people are sovereign. And there are certain things, only we the people can decide – not our representatives – who we know to our cost – are invariably self-serving. Remember the 50 per cent raise?But those in power will always resist this assertion of power by the people. They’d rather be our sovereign rulers!…in GeorgetownYour Eyewitness is still amazed at how these parking meters have been imposed on the people of, and visitors to, Georgetown – even though no one, excepting the Gang of Four, agrees to them.We know where sovereignty resides in Georgetown!