NorthPort rookie Robert Bolick relishes chance to learn from Stanley Pringle

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES The former San Beda star wasn’t afraid of going up against the physicality of the Elasto Painters and all the while learning the ropes from one of the best point guards in the PBA in Stanley Pringle.READ: Robert Bolick signs 2-year max deal with NorthPortFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“He’s a great player,” said Bolick of Pringle in Filipino. “Whatever he tells me to do, I’m just going to follow because he’s that great of a player.”Bolick, a three-time NCAA champion with the Red Lions, is considered as one of the best floor generals in college and he’s now under the tutelage of Pringle who’s often considered as one of the top point guards in the PBA. Andray Blatche announces his return to Gilas Pilipinas Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick PLAY LIST 01:18Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick02:09PBA Draft: Pringle official top pick, Alaska lands Banchero00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Pringle averaged a league-best 21.0 points-per-game among local players with 6.6 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.5 steals.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It may be the holidays but NorthPort rookie Robert Bolick isn’t letting off the intensity.Bolick, chosen third overall in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft, showed his wares for the Batang Pier scoring 15 points in their 102-90 win against Rain or Shine in a tune-up game at NorthPort’s practice gym at Green Meadows Clubhouse Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew NorthPort’s superstar is also in the running for the MVP plum after accumulating an average of 35.5 statistical points across 33 games, the top mark in the league and 2.4 points ahead of four-time winner June Mar Fajardo.Batang Pier head coach Pido Jarencio also has high hopes for the backcourt of Bolick and Pringle for the upcoming PBA season.“Bolick is an intelligent player, an A1 player and he’ll be a good complement for Stanley,” said Jarencio in Filipino. “Also Stanley likes the type of Bolick who can understand his style of play.”Bolick said he’d be a keen student of Pringle throughout the season.“I’ll just continue learning from him because that’s the most important thing right now,” said Bolick.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

MMA fighter wanted in killings captured after escaping van

first_imgIn this photo provided by the Kent County Michigan Sheriff’s office, Cedric Marks is pictured in a booking photo in Grand Rapids, Mich., dated Jan. 8, 2019. The Montgomery County Texas Sheriff’s Office say Marks, facing three “pending murder charges”, has escaped from a private prisoner transport in Conroe, Texas, and is considered “extremely dangerous.” (Kent County Michigan Sheriff’s Office via AP)CONROE, Texas — An MMA fighter suspected of killing two people, including an ex-girlfriend, was captured Sunday after escaping from a prisoner transport van in Texas, authorities said.Cedric Marks was taken into custody after a nine-hour manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies, Montgomery County sheriff’s Lt. Scott Spencer said in a tweet Sunday evening. Marks was found hiding in a trash can and surrendered without incident, Conroe police said on their Facebook page.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Raiders in talks with Giants over sharing stadium 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 Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Pease’s mother, Dottie Pease, told KCEN last month that she had believed her daughter might have had a drug relapse, but that given the developments in Texas, she thought it was possible that Marks might have had something to do with her daughter’s disappearance.Two women were arrested in Michigan on charges related to Marks.Maya Maxwell is charged with evidence tampering and is jailed in Bell County, Texas, on $150,000 bond. According to an arrest affidavit, she told detectives that she drove Swearingin’s vehicle to Austin in an attempt to hide it from investigators. It was found abandoned in the city Jan. 6.Ginell McDonough, who is Marks’ wife and the mother of two of his two children, is jailed in Muskegon County, Michigan, on an obstruction of justice charge. She is accused of allowing Marks and Maxwell to stay in her home between Jan. 5 and Jan. 9.Jail records do not list an attorney for either woman.Marks compiled a record of 31-28-0 during his professional MMA career, which began in 1999, according to mixedmartialarts.com. His last fight was in September.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Marks escaped Sunday morning from the private prison transport van during a stop at a McDonald’s in Conroe about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Houston, Conroe police Lt. Dorcy McGinnis said during a news conference.McGinnis said murder warrants were issued Sunday for Marks in last month’s killings of an ex-girlfriend, Jenna Scott, and a friend of hers, Michael Swearingin, who disappeared Jan. 4 and were found buried in a shallow grave in Clearview, Oklahoma, on Jan. 15.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMarks was arrested in Michigan last month on a Bell County, Texas, charge alleging that on Aug. 21, he broke into Scott’s home in Temple, which is about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of Austin. Authorities say he escaped while being transferred to Bell County to face that charge.Scott requested a protective order against Marks last July, accusing him of choking her unconscious twice, Temple television station KCEN reported. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Each time he allowed me to regain consciousness and then he choked me out again,” Scott said in an affidavit.The protective order request was denied.She also reported to police that Marks had broken into her home in August while her daughter, who was 9, was there. She said he took her cellphone to prevent her from calling 911.The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office’s initial tweet about Sunday’s escape said Marks was facing three “pending murder charges,” but it didn’t immediately respond to requests for further information about those charges.Police in Bloomington, Minnesota, say Marks remains a person of interest in the 2009 disappearance of April Pease, who was the mother of one of his children. The two were involved in a fierce custody dispute in Washington state and Pease, who had a drug problem, went to live in a Bloomington women’s shelter because she said she was afraid of Marks. Like Scott, Pease alleged that Marks had choked her unconscious on more than one occasion, according to a court custody investigator. Pease went missing in March 2009 and Marks got custody of their son.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Cabagnot piles up milestones

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlex Cabagnot had no clue he was one assist away from passing the great Philip Cezar on the PBA’s all-time assists list.The San Miguel guard learned about it only after the Beermen had demolished the Magnolia Hotshots on Sunday night, 113-92.ADVERTISEMENT It was a memorable night for Cabagnot, who moved into a tie with Cezar for eighth place with 3,130 assists.It wasn’t the only milestone Cabagnot reached. The 36-year-old also cracked the top 10 All-Time Steals early in the third quarter, passing NLEX guard Cyrus Baguio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I never imagined when I started that I’ll get to this,” said Cabagnot, the second overall pick by the defunct Sta. Lucia in the 2005 PBA Draft.“I’m just trying to make my mom and dad proud every game.” Cabagnot, a seven-time PBA champion, also became the first player in PBA history with at least 3,000 assists, 600 steals and 800 triples as per the league’s chief statistician, Fidel Mangonon.He finished with 11 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals to help San Miguel dump winless Magnolia for its first back-to-back wins in the 2019 Philippine Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tour de France vet retains Ronda red jersey Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

Peaking at the right time

first_imgIan Sangalang scored 16 points, Mark Barroca added 14 and Rome dela Rosa and Aldrech Ramos combined for another 22 with only two men failing to score for the Hotshots.The loss was the sixth in 10 games for the Dyip, whose aspirations for a franchise-first playoff appearance took a huge hit.Magnolia, last season’s Governors’ Cup champion, erected double-digit leads early and was 17 points up after the first two minutes of the second quarter as the Hotshots never looked back even with their shock troopers playing a huge chunk of the fourth quarter.Rashawn McCarthy led the Dyip with 19 points and rookie CJ Perez backed him up with 14. Jackson Corpuz scored 12 and completed a double-double with a night-high 11 rebounds.In Wednesday’s nightcap, NLEX survived the ejection of coach Yeng Guiao and kept its own playoff bid afloat with a 91-70 rout of Alaska.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMagnolia coach Chito Victolero made use of all of his 15 men, shuffled them at a frenetic pace and didn’t play anyone longer than 26 minutes in an authoritative 109-83 dismantling of hapless Columbian Dyip for the Hotshots’ first winning streak in the PBA Philippine Cup.Not that he didn’t see Columbian as a foe that could beat them on Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum, but Victolero was already preparing his Hotshots for a truly tough grind in the coming week that will more or less spell where they will end up in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ateneo tightens grip on top spot; National U stuns UP “I’ll start thinking of [Barangay] Ginebra now,” Victolero said after his team rose to 3-4. “It will be a tough stretch for us as we play three games in [the next] week. Our next games will be very important.”Magnolia clashes with Ginebra on Sunday before playing NorthPort on Wednesday and Blackwater two days after.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It is after that stretch where we will see where we will end up [in the rankings for the playoffs],” he added as he expressed satisfaction at the way his charges are peaking.“We’re getting there,” Victolero replied when asked if he feels that his Hotshots’ game could be considered at par with the way Ginebra, which is at 4-3, is playing. “Our run to the playoffs is getting better, we are getting our rhythm.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Raji, Smith Raise Issue on Election Guideline ‘Violation’

first_imgThe favorite LFA presidential candidate, Mustapha Raji, and outgoing LFA President Musa Bility.Two stakeholders have raised serious issues on what they described as ‘election guideline violations’ by the LFA Elections Committee in the just concluded qualification of presidential and executive committee members for the March 22 elections in Buchannan, Grand Bassa County.The two men said the LFA must tackle the ‘violation’ to avoid any interference by Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).Mustpaha Raji told the Daily Observer that the Elections Committee violated the Electoral Code and the New Approved Statutes by stating that, “No single club shall nominate more than one aspirant for each of the two vice presidential posts and no club shall nominate more than 10 aspirants for the executive committee.”Raji said the LFA’s Approved Statutes, Article 58.2 says: No one (1) member shall propose two (2) or more candidates,” which he said should have been sufficient for the process.The LISCR FC boss argued that, Article 9 of the LFA Electoral Code acknowledges the primacy of the statutes when it states: “The eligibility criteria are defined by the code and the LFA statutes and must comply with the statutes and regulations of FIFA.”He added: “The Executive Committee, which is the highest decision body in the absence of Congress, must address this violation.”He further quoted FIFA electoral code article 26 which says: “Failure by the association (member) to apply the principles of this code shall be considered a serious violation of the provisions of article 13 of the FIFA Statutes…”Georgian FC President (candidate for the EC), Wilmot Smith called on the LFA to set the records straight by correcting the ‘violation.”Mr. Smith said the alarm on the ‘violation’ clearly demonstrates “leadership and honesty and I don’t see a divorce from fraternity by raising the flag and calling for an emergency meeting to tackle the breach.”The LFA says as per the Statutes and Electoral Code, which were duly approved recently by an Extraordinary Congress in Monrovia, it is obliged to protect the independence of the Committee irrespective of subjective views.Elections Committee Chairman Malcolm Joseph told the Daily Observer yesterday that there are provisions on the process and anyone who is not satisfied must take advantage over them.The final lists of candidates are: M. Hassan A. Bility, President; Musa Shannon and Sekou Konneh; Vice President for Administration, Cassell A. Kuoh, Sr., Vice President for Operations.Executive Committee Women Seat: Ciata Bishop and Executive Committee Members include: Ansu V. S. Dulleh, J. Allan Klayee, Dee-Maxwell Kemeyah, Sr., Samuel Y. Karn,  Rochell G. D. Woodson,  D. Sheba Brown,  Wallace Weiah and S. Matthew P. Smith. Others are Cyrus Wright, Wilmot Smith, Mustapha Raji, Adolphus Harmon, Korpo Kpoto, Yanqueh S. Borsay, Urias Glaybo, Lemuel Sherman and Samuel Ashley.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Outsourcing the Ebola Fight Won’t Hurt

first_imgMuch has been said about outsourcing the Ebola fight to one or more international medical organizations with expertise in handling this pandemic.Recently our Senate Correspondent J. Burgess Carter reported that most Senators had called on the National Ebola Task Force,  headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and co-Chaired by the Ministers of Internal Affairs and Health, respectively, to outsource the Ebola combat program.  They suggested Médicins San Frontiers (MSF) and other international health-related organizations, which have past experiences in handling such outbreaks.The Senators argued that the Liberian Government has been  overwhelmed and no longer has the capacity to contain the disease.Despite their initial approval of US$5 million and later US$15 million, there were still cries for more funding, and that the situation in the counties was worsening daily.They further argued that since the declaration of the State of Emergency, there are no indications that government was winning the anti-Ebola war. “We need to change our strategy because we have too many bureaucracies.The Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS), citing poor coordination between government functionaries, has backed the Senators’ call for outsourcing the fight.But speaking September 3, at  the ELWA Hospital compound,  where she welcomed some survivors being discharged,  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf rejected the call for outsourcing the Ebola fight.  The fact that Liberian doctors, nurses and other health workers are taking effective care of and healing their people “was evidence that they need more support to continue to do their good work.”However, weighing both arguments, we think it’s high time that GOL officially outsources the Ebola fight, which is clearly already unofficially outsourced to these international organizations, such as MSF, Doctors without Borders and WHO.Our reason for this is based on many factors, but we will treat just three of them.GOL, having allotted at least US$20 million toward the anti-Ebola campaign, has been only able to manage an isolation center with less than 40 beds; which has consequently caused the spreading of the disease in many parts of the country. Credible sources told us two days ago that there were 67 patients against 35 beds at the GOL-run facility at ELWA 2.Because of the woeful lack of beds to take in all of the sick and suspected patients, Ebola victims have been turned away to wait until beds are available, either by death or the discharging of few survivors.  The disease is spreading so fast that all the isolation facilities are now filled and are refusing to admit new patients.Moreover, government has not been able to erect a center in other affected counties, including Nimba, where the disease is raging.The $5 million made available by GOL has been exhausted; yet the virus is spreading and more and more people are dying.There are two other isolation facilities in Monrovia, one at the ELWA Hospital compound; and the other within the cholera unit of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor, that is being run by hired Ugandan medical practitioners through WHO. The GOL has announced the construction of new facilities not with public funding, but monies from donors, and those facilities are going to be managed by these international medical partners, too.International financial institutions, including the World Bank and the African Development Bank, have all announced funding the campaign against the virus, but said monies won’t be handed to the Government, but instead, to WHO and others. The WB and AfDB have not said why they don’t intend to handover this other funding over to GOL, as in the past with other monies they have provided.Of very grave concern also is the fate of children of parents who have contracted the virus or who have died. As of yet, there aren’t any plans from the GOL concerning the welfare of these children. This one thing seems to have been forgotten, provoking a candid and questioning response from the National Children and Youth Advisory Board (NCYAB).We think by outsourcing, GOL can now focus its attention on trying to reopen all of the now closed health centers and hospitals, whose closure has led to many unnecessary non-Ebola deaths.   Health personnel in these institutions have been demanding personnel protective equipment and other incentives before returning to work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Transportation Fares Sky Rocket Again in Monrovia

first_imgIn spite of the reductions in the pump prices of petroleum products, transportation fares continue to sky rocket, to the detriment of commuters and businesspeople in Monrovia.The Ministries of Commerce and Industry and Transport continue to remain mute as the economic hardship continues to plague Liberians and businesspeople week after week.Regrettably, commercial drivers and other public transport providers continue to exhibit the highest degree of defiance and transport fares have spiraled beyond the reach of ordinary Liberians in the country.Each day of the week public transport providers continue to announce new fares to various destinations in and around Monrovia.In spite of the persistent public outcries, in some instances against the Liberian Government, by commuters and businesspeople, the situation remains very worrisome and complex.On many occasions, commuters and businesspeople are heard saying, the suffering and severe economic hardships of Liberians are cause for celebration for some Government officials.Many of them riding in their big official cars over the years in Monrovia and other parts of the country, seem to have taken solace in the hardships of the Liberian people, they said.Unfortunately, every day at many street corners, ordinary Liberians and businesspeople are seen stranded, frustrated and sad, enduring the hardships of acute shortage of transportation and fare hikes.Ironically, the 52 buses donated to the GOL by the Indian Government, remain parked at the National Transit Authority (NTA) compound for reasons best known to the authorities.Some commuters and businesspeople travelling from the business district of Paynesville say they are still paying triple in transport fares to come to central Monrovia.At the same time those trekking from the commercial district of Duala on Bushrod Island, encounter similar hardships at the hands of unscrupulous commercial drivers.Businesspeople and commuters board buses and taxis from the commercial district of Waterside for the Red-light and Duala Markets experiencing the same increased fares.“Our socio-economic hardships and frustrating encounters with commercial drivers are squarely and the collective responsibilities of law enforcement officers in Monrovia,” Duala businessman John B. Bestman lamented.For his part, Red-light Market businessman Samuel B. Harrison during the weekend told the Daily Observer that over the years the Liberian Government has placed no premium on the provision of sustained commercial transport vehicles in Monrovia and its environs.“It is my hope and expectation that in 2015 our government will place serious priority on the provision of adequate transport vehicles in Monrovia and other parts of our country,” Mr. Harrison pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dr Walter Rodney was brutally murdered

first_imgDear Editor,Thirty-eight years ago today, Dr Walter Rodney was brutally murdered by the Government of the day. Since June 13, 1980, supporters of Rodney and Forbes Burnham have sparred, mostly indirectly, over Burnham’s innocence in the matter. Did he know of the deed? Did he order it? Many Rodney supporters would answer those questions in the affirmative while most Burnham supporters would exonerate the founder leader. Some Burnham supporters who have had the courage to accept responsibility for the deed have charged Rodney with intending to violently overthrow the Government and they justify his murder on those grounds.Before Rodney’s murder, there were political murders and since June 1980 there have been other political murders in Guyana. I know many Burnham’s supporters who have condemned those political murders after 1980 and have rubbished the claims by the offending Government – not their government, of course – that the victims were trying to violently overthrow them. The present Government, which includes Rodney’s Working People’s Alliance in name but not in substance, rejected the findings of the Commission of Inquiry that found the Burnham Government guilty of the offence.How could the founder leader, the god-like visionary of our independence be ever guilty of involvement in such acts, they ask. It is the contradiction of our Guyanese-Caribbean psyche that we are not ready to contemplate and accept. But it is one that we must inevitably confront not before long. Not even oil will spare us that historical task. I shall not cease reminding us of that task.So, we remember Rodney today, not to glorify him as some would have us believe – who Jah bless no man curse. His glory lies in his undying contribution to Guyana-Caribbean, African and world civilisation which directly enriches the minds of serious worker-thinkers and finds its way in policies that daily free humanity from the shackles of ignorance and unfreedom of all kinds all over the world. Where Walter Rodney walks and dwells he takes an honourable Guyana with him. Give Thanks.We remember Rodney today to remind Guyana that our Guyanese independence is still a long way from the freedom we deserve. We remember Rodney to remember that public servants and other workers still can’t earn a living wage, that sugar workers still cry out for justice, that crime and violence still haunt our streets and our homes, that Government still remains the personal property of the governors, that ethnic mistrust still is the rule.We remember Rodney to remind Guyana that political fear is still part of governance, that political spite still walks the halls of governance, that governors still like power and its trappings more than serious policy, that the poor is still powerless, and that peoples power is still suppressed by dictatorship. And above all we remember Rodney to irritate and disturb the enemies of freedom for all and uplift the angels of hope, resistance and overcoming.For me, freedom can only be attained by the overthrow of bad governance – it was so in Rodney’s time and so it is thirty-eight years after his murder. As Martin Carter wrote back then on Rodney’s murder: “Assassins of conversation/They bury the voice/They assassinate, in the beloved Grave of the voice/ never to be silent.”Sincerely,David HindsBeliever that Walter Rodney was murdered by the Governmentlast_img read more

Guyana needs equal opportunity laws

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) notes the announcement on Thursday, April 18 by Exxon Mobil of another find, marking the thirteenth on the Stabroek Block.This find will add to the already expected more than five billion barrels to be produced, yet Guyanese workers have no clear understanding or guideline on how they are expected to foremost benefit from these resources that belong to them.Outside of announcements as to profit sharing between Government and the oil companies and sweeping statements, the revenue would be directed towards improving social services on which citizens/workers have nothing concrete to hold on to.GTUC is on record calling for the Government-prepared Local Content Policy to be reviewed by stakeholders with the aim of having same become more inclusive and finally put into law.In our March 5 publicly announced nineteen-point proposal, outlining a menu of measures to forge the constitutional political system of inclusionary democracy, we called for this. Letters of our desire were dispatched to President David Granger and Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo.To date, neither Government nor Opposition has made any move to activate this crucial and important aspect of our development that would assure local labour and businesses that they stand to gain and be protected.Evidently, the politicians see the next General and Regional Elections as the mother of all elections, primarily because oil and gas are expected to flow come 2020.The workers of this country have various political association, a basic right that must be respected, but what they are wary of is that the enjoyment of said right could present a climate where they could be excluded from/discriminated against selling their labour, actively participating and benefitting from the sector.Already, there are allegations of discriminatory practices in preference of one group over the other by local contractors involved in the sector. Similar charges are made about the public and Private Sectors.To take the allegations lightly in a racially fractured and polarised society is to prepare to see the intensifying of tension and clashes amongst groups. This country needs equal opportunity laws as a matter of principle and urgency.People are already staking claims that they stand a chance to benefit. Where expectations are not met, disgruntlement and its attendant fallouts will follow. Now is the time for a national plan, the facilitating of diverse views on how Guyanese can benefit and must be allowed to participate.GTUC reiterates concern that citizens are being made to feel like the national focus is singularly on elections and nothing can happen until after.External forces and internal threatsIn the meantime, the sabre rattling between the superpowers – the United States of America and Russia – over Venezuela is escalating.Where Venezuela has already signalled non-participation in Guyana’s approach to the International Court of Justice to seek a peaceful resolution to the border controversy and has been in alliance with Russian to funnel its oil sales, thus evading US sanctions, we cannot sit easy. Particularly so since the US now has a direct and vested interest in exploiting our oil and gas resources.What is currently evolving in Venezuela, unless we have our defence and protective mechanism in place, can have a deleterious impact in Guyana and amongst Guyanese.Further, the world is replete with evidence where superpowers have sown seeds of discord, undermined Governments and invaded countries in the name of democracy to commandeer their oil and gas resources.Guyanese must be good stewards of history not only in recording and recounting, but also putting systems in place to avoid similar pitfalls.We have to stand as one in the face of our finds and external happenings and not allow ourselves to be the pawns of any in their quest for dominance and proving their might.GTUC reiterates the importance of this nation achieving a unity of purpose and commitment through the establishment of inclusionary Local Content and attendant laws.This nation, as a matter of urgency, must proceed judiciously in addressing matters that are bound to impact our sovereignty, peace and stability, be it internal and/or external.Sincerely,Guyana Trades UnionCongress (GTUC)last_img read more

Teixeira grills Bulkan on donations for water works in Region 9

first_imgOpposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira grilled Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan on donations from contractors for water projects in Region Nine (Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo) at Tuesday’s sitting of theCommunities Minister Ronald BulkanNational Assembly.Teixeira wanted Bulkan to confirm to the House whether the $8 million solicited as donations from contractors in the water sector for projects in Region 9 was entered into the accounts of the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) as revenue or into a special projects fund in the Ministry or GWI, or whether it was submitted to Consolidated Fund.The Opposition Chief Whip also wanted to know whether receipts were issued to donors for their contribution and if any preferential treatment will be given to those who contributed. In response Minister Bulkan clarified that the sum in question is not $8 million but rather $6.2 million. He noted that the money was entered into the accounts of GWI as a Special Projects Fund.Moreover, he confirmed that receipts were issued to the donors and noted that no preferential treatment will be given.However, Teixeira explained that the Chronicle newspaper reported the GWI chief executive officer quoting the figure as $8 million, as such she asked the Minister to clarify the discrepancy in the figures, to which he responded that the $8 million was a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Nine and the contractor that was commissioned to drill the wells in Rupununi.Furthermore, Bulkan posited that contrary to the Opposition Member’s notion, no contractors were summoned to contribute; in fact, he noted they were all voluntary donations.“(The donations) were offered by contractors who were responding to the blistering thirst that had engulfed the region as a result of El Niño. These donations were not for pipelines, they were for the drilling of wells in eight villages in the Rupununi,” the Minister of Communities stated.Moreover, Bulkan stated that cheques for refunds of the donations were subsequently for distribution to the voluntary donors.Back in April, this newspaper had reported that contractors were threatened into making donations to GWI.However, head of GWI Dr Richard Van West-Charles, denied these allegations, saying that while donations were solicited from contractors to drill additional wells in the Rupununi, no one was forced, threatened or coerced into contributing.He had explained to reporters at a press conference at the time that due to dry weather, more wells were needed in the region and in order to raise funds, he appealed to contractors attached to GWI, other businesses and citizens as well, to make donations to the project if they were in a position to do so.last_img read more