LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims “We haven’t been doing a great job of winning consistently (so) the All-Star game is the last thing I’m going to think about right now,” Walker said.While Walker is brushing off talk about next month’s game in New Orleans, he is making a strong case for a spot on the Eastern Conference team. He is averaging 23 points and shooting 41.3 percent from 3-point range this season.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 returnWalker went 4 for 8 from behind the arc against Portland and 8 for 14 from the field overall. But he said he doesn’t think he has done enough this year to make the All-Star game for the first time, citing the team’s 21-21 record.“Not really, if you ask me,” Walker said. “Especially because of where my team is. But like I said, I really don’t care honestly.” Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Embiid scores 26, 76ers beat Raptors 94-89 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Charlotte center Roy Hibbert played what Clifford called the best game of his season.The 7-foot-2 Hibbert, who came in averaging 5.2 points per game, had a season-high 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting and provided two of the game’s biggest highlights.He brought the crowd to its feet on a drop-step drive through the lane and an unexpected one-handed dunk over Meyers Leonard. A few minutes later, Hibbert threw a backdoor alley-oop pass intended for Kaminsky that inadvertently went in. Hibbert didn’t even crack a smile as he jogged back down court.“That was a helluva pass, shot – I don’t know what it was,” Walker said with a laugh. “I’m just glad it went in.”Hibbert, who has battled through knee issues this season, said he wasn’t trying to score, but glad it went in.“That was a bad pass and a bad shot, that’s all I can say,” Hibbert said.Damian Lillard scored 21 points and C.J. McCollum had 18 for Portland, which has lost three straight and 16 of 22 since Dec. 5.“As a group we have to let last year go,” Portland center Mason Plumlee said. “If it was the first 10 games of the season we could talk about building on last year. This is a new team, this is a new group and we aren’t playing how we did last year so it’s a new season, new challenges. We have to make the most of this group and this team, and the situation we are in.”Charlotte turned 16 Portland turnovers into 21 points.“We had some turnovers and they took advantage of every little thing,” Lillard said. “It seemed like they were getting what they wanted. They played a comfortable game and we didn’t make them very uncomfortable.” Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Coach Steve Clifford said Walker is playing at an All-Star level, but doesn’t know if he will be selected.“It’s not a question of whether or not he’s playing like an All-Star – he’s an All-Star-caliber guard, no question about it,” Clifford said. “The factors will be looking at the other point guards in the East. The East is loaded. Point guard is the best position in our league right now and also, a lot of other guys are playing on teams with better records than ours. It’s about winning.”The Hornets snapped an eight-game streak of allowing at least 100 points.Charlotte led 79-72 after three quarters but blew the game open in the fourth behind eight quick points from Frank Kaminsky. The reserve had all 11 of his points in the final quarter, including three 3-pointers.Walker had a big first half, hitting 6 of 9 shots and three 3-pointers to help the Hornets build a 54-46 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 Charlotte Hornets’ Roy Hibbert (55) dunks over Portland Trail Blazers’ Shabazz Napier (6) and Noah Vonleh (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. APCHARLOTTE, North Carolina—Kemba Walker is focused on Charlotte’s record. He isn’t very interested in the All-Star game right now.Walker scored 23 points, and the Hornets stopped a five-game slide with a 107-85 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief MOST READ View comments
2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon “We had lots of miscommunications,” said Racal coach Jerry Codiñera. “I told them to not feel too confident because (Victoria) is very deceiving. Luckily, we made stops and we had good rotations in the end game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing “He had the right timing when he took charge,” JRU coach Vergel Meneses said of Teodoro. “I told him that with the game on the line, you have to get the ball. He’s a big-time player.”JRU (4-4) advanced to the next round with Cignal (7-1), Cafe France (6-1), Racal (6-1), AMA Online Education (5-4) and Tanduay (4-3).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 returnRacal also got its act together in the final quarter to hack out a 75-70 victory over Victoria Sports-MLQU in the other game.Lervin Flores made huge stops in the fourth quarter and finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. Azkals want foreign-born Pinoy booters Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View comments LATEST STORIES 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 Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions MOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos JRU’s Tey Teodoro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER>netTey Teodoro played a superb fourth quarter as Jose Rizal University rallied to an 86-77 victory over Wangs Basketball to complete the quarterfinal cast in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Teodoro took charge in the end game, pouring 17 of the Heavy Bombers’ 25 points in the fourth period. The high-scoring guard finished with 21 points, five rebounds and two assists.ADVERTISEMENT
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I have been asked about that fight against Eduard since last year, but for me, why would I fight my family? He’s my brother and If I fight him, there will be a gap, a wall between us,” he said in Filipino.READ: ONE: Belingon, Banario score KOsFEATURED 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 returnFolayang, the ONE Lightweight Champion, is coming off a successful first title defense against Ev Ting at ONE: Kings of Destiny on Friday, while Banario is on a streak of four straight wins, with his last coming in a stunning first round knockout of Jaroslav Jartim.Though there is the urge to once again hold the belt, the former ONE Featherweight Champion said that he’s willing to wait for his time and be on Folayang’s side, supporting his fellow Igorot taste success at the top of the mountain. “For me, I’d just wait for my time to come. I’m happy for Eduard and for him to hold the belt for a long time. I already knew how I feels to be a champion. All I want right now is to continue winning. My time will come when I’ll be able to hold that belt too and become a two-division champion,” he said.READ: Folayang successfully defends ONE Lightweight titleHowever, ONE Championship CEO Victor Cui said that a possible Folayang-Banario clash couldn’t be stopped given their status as top contenders in the ONE lightweight division.“That’s a challenge you see in mixed martial arts quite a lot, two guys from the same camp. That’s something that they have to work on,” he said. “For me, I want to put together the most exciting fights for the fans and top ranked contenders that deserve a title shot fighting. That’s what we’ll continue to do.”ADVERTISEMENT Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Honorio Banario celebrates after his knockout win over Jaroslav Jartim. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith Eduard Folayang and Honorio Banario both seeing success in ONE Championship’s lightweight division, one could not help but think if the Team Lakay stablemates are bound for a collision course.But if Banario would have it his way, he would rather not face his Baguio brethren.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Pumaren, Globalport ‘looking to make changes’ in roster MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government View comments
The scores:THAILAND 76 – Samerjai 14, Dasom 11, Lodliang 10, Jaisanuk 9, Ghogar 9, Chanthachon 9, Sunthonsiri 7, P. Klahan 4, C. Klahan 2, Boonsern 1, Muangboon 0.VIETNAM 51 – Tran 10, Nguyen VH 10, Nguyen TN 8, Le PT 7, Le NT 6, Nguyen HH 3, Trieu 3, To 2, Dang 2.Quarters: 22-6. 40-22, 59-38, 76-51.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Samerjai topped Thailand with 14 points and four assists, while Dasom added 11 markers, two rebounds, and a steal.The duo set the tone early for the Thais, jumping on a 22-6 first quarter lead before making it, 52-24, midway through the third quarter.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 groundAnuruk Lodliang also had a near double-double of 10 points, nine boards that went with two steals, and two blocks for unbeaten Thais.Tran Vu Linh got 10 points, six rebounds, and two assists for debuting Vietnam, while Nguyen Van Hung also had 10 markers and seven boards. LATEST STORIES Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Wutipong Dasom skies for a lay-up. PBA IMAGESThailand bucked the absence of Chitchai Ananti and cruised to a 76-51 victory over Vietnam for its second win in the 2017 Seaba Championship Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Kannut Samerjai and Wutipong Dasom picked up the slack for the Thais as their leading scorer sat out the game after suffering a mild left leg injury in their game against Malaysia on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak 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 Perlas comes back, takes down Bali Pure in 5 sets Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ View comments
MOST READ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ But the biggest contributions came from Lorenzo Capate, who contributed six points and 10 excellent sets to be adjudged as the Finals MVP.Impressive in winning the second and third sets, the HD Spikers fell to the same trap of complacency as a motivated Air Force side forced a deciding fifth set, 25-16.Cignal, though, was quick to atone for its miscues, jumping to a 6-2 lead in Set 5 before Marasigan wrapped the hardware with a combination play to win the title, 15-10.“I just told them to combine their talent with effort, and believe that they will win. That’s exactly what happened today,” said Almadro.Bryan Bagunas captained the Jet Spikers with 23 points, built on 21 hits and two aces, while Conference MVP Ranran Abdilla chimed in 17 in the defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Cignal HD Spikers. Photo from Spikers’ Turf Facebook account.Cignal finally exorcised its demons and pulled off a tough five-set victory over Philippine Air Force, 17-25, 27-25, 27-25, 16-25, 15-10, to snare the 2017 Premier Volleyball League men’s division Tuesday at Philsports Arena in Pasig.Coach Oliver Almadro steered his squad to the championship in his first conference at the helm, as he instituted the changes the HD Spikers needed to finally get over the hump.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working The HD Spikers swept the best-of three championship series after nabbing Game 1, 18-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-19 last Saturday.Alfafara was named as this conference’s First Best Outside Spiker, and Fauzi Ismail of Air Force hailed as the Second Best Outside Spiker.Edward Camposano of Sta. Elena emerged as the Best Opposite Spiker, Jayvee Sumagaysay of Army was the First Best Middle Blocker, and Greg Dolor of IEM got the Second Best Middle Blocker.Cignal’s Vince Mangulabnan was honored as the Best Setter, and IEM’s Rence Melgar was feted as the Best Libero.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “It’s my first time to coach a men’s club team, and luckily, we were able to get the championship,” saidAlmadro. “They were already a talented team. They just have to believe in themselves, and they just have to combine their talents and efforts. That’s what I gave them.”Cignal gained a measure of revenge after losing in two Finals series against the Jet Spikers in the then-Spikers’ Turf tournaments.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 groundRex Intal was stellar in the championship-clinching match, firing 17 points, anchored on 11 spikers, four blocks, and two service aces.Mark Alfafara also unleashed 17 markers, while Peter Torres added 13 points, and Ysay Marasigan had 12. Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea hoping to ‘open the door’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak LATEST STORIES
SQUAD CRISIS TAUNTON, England (CMC): West Indies Women are hoping to mark captain Stafanie Taylor’s 100th One-Day International with a win when they take on India Women in a critical fixture in the ICC Women’s World Cup today (4:40 a.m. Jamaica time). The outstanding player is poised to reach the milestone once she suits up for the contest at County Ground, but emphasised the importance of the outcome, as the Caribbean side go in search of their first win of the showpiece. “I didn’t actually remember until my media manager actually said it to me this morning that tomorrow would be [my] 100th ODI game,” Taylor told a media conference yesterday. “I’m pleased to be here and to know that the 100th [ODI] is actually in a World Cup, so hopefully, in the end, we come out victorious.” Taylor’s career took flight nine years ago as a 17-year-old and she has since blossomed into the West Indies’ leading batsman and one of the world’s finest. She assumed leadership of the squad nearly two years ago and presided over their capture of the Twenty20 World Cup last year. However, her personal milestone coincides with a crisis of sorts in the squad as they find themselves in a losing slump and in need of a victory to revive confidence. Last Monday, they were dominated by reigning champions Australia in an eight-wicket defeat in what was their opening match of the World Cup. That came on the heels of losses in the two official warm-ups last week and three practice matches prior, including a hastily arranged fixture against India. Despite the disappointing performance against the Aussies, Taylor said her teammates had analysed their performance and backed themselves to give an improved showing. West Indies are one from bottom of the eight-team standings led by New Zealand Women on three points, with England also on three points but second by virtue of an inferior net run rate. West Indies squad: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman, Felicia Walters.
This year is going to be a big one for sports fans. Three monumental championships and one individual quest for greatness lie ahead. Not surprisingly, it could be a year when our women dominate proceedings again. The Reggae Girlz have already made history by qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup while the Sunshine Girls head for the Netball World Cup with their stocks rising after a silver medal at last year’s Fast5 tournament. To top off a busy June-July period, Alia Atkinson swims solo into history with her target being the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. In the sport where Jamaica has been more successful than in any other, the nation faces its first World Track and Field Championship since the retirement of the incomparable Usain Bolt. It will be a year that brings the 2020 Tokyo Olympics into view. Sadly, we arrive without Colonel Ben Francis; the founding headmaster of Vere Technical, without boxing champion Bunny Grant; young Calabar track and field mentor Kashif Bernard; football icon Winston Chung-Fah; high speed hurdler Dionne Rose; and the two-time Olympic weightlifter Calvin Stamp. They all did their part to build the Jamaica sporting brand. Perhaps those who don the black-green-and-gold at those four World Championships can dedicate their performances to Francis, Grant, Bernard, Chung-Fah, Rose and Stamp, and all of those who paved the way to the forefront. The Girlz will do battle with Brazil, Italy and Australia in first round group play at the World Cup in France this June. In July, the Girlz journey to Liverpool in pursuit of Jamaica’s best-ever finish in a Netball World Cup. With players like Jhaniele Fowler, just voted the number two player in the world, and Shamera Sterling, Fast5 MVP, there is cautious optimism. Now 30, Alia starts the trek to the only honour that has eluded her – an Olympic medal. World Championships success this year in July will build her confidence for Tokyo. McLeod now the leader Though the ‘Tall Man’ is gone, the track and field team that will assemble in Doha for the World Championships will be led by hurdler supreme Omar McLeod. He seeks a rare honour when the pistol cracks late this September. In all of World Championship history, only the American pair of Greg Foster and Allen Johnson have taken back-to-back titles in the 110 metres hurdles. Should he succeed, it would set the stage for another quest – to join Lee Calhoun and Roger Kingdom as the only men to defend Olympic titles in the same event. Fedrick Dacres, who dominated the discus in 2018, double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson, ‘Mummy Rocket’ Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and former World champions Yohan Blake and Danielle Williams head to Doha to embellish their rÈsumÈs. Fraser-Pryce has nothing to prove after winning five major global titles in the 100 metres. Yet, her 2018 season’s best of 10.98 seconds suggests that she still has the speed. I can’t wait. For those who can go to all four World Championships, now might be a good time to check to see if those passports are valid. Neglect can lead to bad news when you dive into the document at the last minute, only to see the expiry date is upon you. For those who will be at home, now might be the time to check out a big TV and a new reclining chair. You’ll need them in 2019. – Hubert Lawrence, who has made notes at trackside since 1980, has a valid passport.
While some Guyanese are making preparation for the final leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championships at the South Dakota Circuit on Sunday, others will be heading to D’Urban Park for the Hurricane Relief Concert on Saturday evening.The concert which is being hosted by the Civil Defence Commission, under the patronage of Minister of State Joseph Harmony and Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, was planned to raise funds to assist the hurricane ravaged Caribbean islands.The show will feature several regional and local artistes, including Orlando Octive, Partice Roberts and Olatunji. Also performing at the show will be Guyana’s own Natural Black, Dave Martins, Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo, Kwasi “Ace” Edmondson and Michelle “Big Red” Roberts, among others.At the event, BK International will also launch its musical band titled ‘BK Mingles’ which will perform its maiden piece before a massive audience.Tickets for the event were presold at $1000 each but those who have not gotten theirs as yet are asked to purchase them at Gismos and Gadgets, Shoe Heaven, Wellington Street; Forgarty’s and Giftland; Next Cell Electronics, Alexander Street, Kitty; and Andrew’s Supermarket in South Ruimveldt, Georgetown.Gates to the venue opens at 18:00h and the show gets underway at 20:00h. Security is expected to be tight.
…nailed!!They say, “what goes around, comes around”. And the corruption the AFC biggies used to carry on about when they were in the Opposition, has come around to bite them on their bamsees with a vengeance! What say they now about corruption in housing with CH&PA Chairman Hamilton Green caught with his pants down giving out goodies to former PNC MP Ivor Allen?What say they about all the “advisors” hired as “contract employees” and gypping all those Public Servants out of a raise because of their multimillion-dollar salaries? What say they about “fertiliser gate”…which stinks to high heaven?? And hot off the press…what say they – especially the Vice President and Minister of Public Security Ramjattan – about the sole-sourced Specialty Hospital contract they handed on a platter to Fedders Lloyd?Right from the beginning when India provided a soft loan of US million for a Specialty Hospital to jumpstart the PPP’s “medical tourism” plan for Guyana, Ramjattan had plugged Fedders Lloyd for the project. They weren’t his client, Ramjattan claimed, with his hand over his heart…and was only representing their interests in the press, Parliament – and every which place he found himself – because he wanted to do right for Guyana! He was going to be the first lawyer in the history of the world, to represent a US0M company pro-bono. For free!The PPP government had chosen Surendra Engineering after a bid, but later had to cancel the contract for non-performance. Incredibly, the new APNU/AFC government insisted on giving the contract to Fedders Lloyd – without any bidding process!! Under the PPP/C, Fedders Lloyd had been disqualified for not complying with material demands of the bid. Transparency International – and even GhoulSarran, their pet auditor – condemned the decision. But then it always pays to have friends in high places, nuh?Well it all came crashing down when the Indian High Commissioner announced the World Bank had blacklisted Fedders Lloyd from ANY contract for five years!! Why? Well, the Indian Ambassador was pretty coy about it – but the World Bank’s web site had no such compunction. It declared that Fedders Lloyd fatal flaw was ….drum roll, please!….CORRUPTION!! As described by its Fraud and Corruption Procurement Guideline 1.14 (a) (ii) “fraudulent practice”: any act or omission, including a misrepresentation, that knowingly or recklessly misleads, or attempts to mislead, a party to obtain a financial or other benefit or to avoid an obligation.Fedders Lloyd “knowingly or recklessly” bribed to get a contract but never gave a penny to Ramjattan to lobby for years for the Specialty Hospital.After all, he’s an Honourable man, nuh?…and investmentAs your Eyewitness predicted, no investment came out of the Harvard Club event in mid-Manhattan. It was supposed to haul in the big fishes from Wall Street. The President himself confirmed this. But it wasn’t the horrific traffic from lower to mid-Manhattan that kept them away – it was the overseas Guyanese con men crowding the posh locale.It was a repetition of what happened to the PPP at the flag raising ceremony at the D’Urban Park Stadium. Imagine people with armless “singlets” given seats and none could be found for the representatives of half the country’s population! The fella hocking laser-beam parking meters is only the tip of a very large iceberg of corrupt hustlers courting the new government.Pressie gave his own pitch to Guyanese at other locales and promised them “concessions” if they make local investments. That’s a welcome departure from the stance of his MinistersTHEY seem to think investors are elbowing each other in line to invest in Guyana!…in CityBut Pressie isn’t oblivious to the corruption dangers. He’s promised to stamp it out. So could he remind his Local Government Minister’s Town Clerk it’s not that the city doesn’t need parking metres.It’s the how, they’re being procured
…and Turkish failed coupThe “Turkish coup” of 2016 is the coup that never was. We woke up last Friday and heard about the attempt to take over the country. Three days later, it was over with the Government still firmly in power and 6000 persons, mainly from the Army, rounded up. What gives? Was it a case of a few bungling Inspector Cousteau types who couldn’t get their act together? Or was there more than met the eye? Your Eyewitness is interested. Not least of all because Turkey represents one possible fate of those colonial countries that attempted to graft Liberal politics over an older culture built on contrary premises.Most of us have forgotten that Turkey was the centre of the Muslim world for centuries and seat of the Islamic “Ottoman Empire”. At its height, it stretched from Europe to India and was as powerful as the Austro-Hungarian Empire that ran things in Europe for the longest while. But by the turn of the 20th century, it had run out of steam and was dubbed “the sick man of Europe”. The end of WWI in 1918 saw it humiliated with even pipsqueak countries like Serbia nibbling off its territory.One army officer, Kemal Attaturk decided to make a bold move in 1923: he seized control of the State and decided to transform the State into a “modern” one built on Western Liberal principles. Religion –- in this case Islam – would be banned from the public sphere, women would be educated, individual rights would be emphasised and elections would chose leaders – eventually. He even mandated the wearing of European clothing. In the process, Kemal and his supporters gave a whole new meaning to the term “Young Turks” – go-getters who would storm the bastions of power to change the status quo.Fast forward to the 1960s. Turkey was transformed all right – but not in the way Attaturk had envisaged. While the “Westernised” citizens had many of the forms of political life as in Europe, the promised prosperity hadn’t been delivered. And it shouldn’t have surprised anyone when some started questioning whether, in fact, the removal of Islam in Turkey from the public sphere and identity was necessary.The election of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 1999 to power brought the varying impulses to a head. While he accepted the democratic forms he was a religiously inclined individuals who accepted the return of Islam back as the core of Turkish identity. And that’s what this coup is all about and why it is important to us in Guyana, where there are unresolved questions of the place of identity in politics and the public sphere.What, in fact, are the limits to forcing an identity on a people?…and the AFCOver in Guyana, there was another (hopefully unconnected?) articulation on identity. Through Executive Member and Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin, we learnt that the AFC had held an all-day confab with its elected officials from both the local and national levels and decided they had to hold on to their identity. They had been in coalition for a year and a half with APNU and the question had long been noted – from inside and outside.Most folks had concluded the pre-coalition prediction of party leader Khemraj Ramjattan – that the AFC would be “dead meat” if it coalesce with APNU – had come to pass.But the question now on the table is: “What exactly IS the identity of the AFC?” When it first launched back in 2005 with one leader each from the PPP, PNC and WPA, it insisted it would be a “third force” between the two big guns.So, will it now support the PPP if they come up with a good idea?…and parking contractsAnd here we thought that the LGE meant Central Government would keep its nose out of local government matters. Now by taking a cut of the revenues from the parking meter deal, is the Central Government saying parking’s not within the City’s sole competence?