UAAP women’s basketball: NU picks up 93rd straight win, nears elims sweep

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Hayes and Surada sparked NU’s breakaway in the middle quarters where the Lady Bulldogs stretched a two-point advantage into a commanding 58-41 lead heading into the final frame.“I’m just happy we can accomplish the feat again of having six straight 14-0s. It’s an accumulation of all the hard work that the girls have been doing. They deserve it, so now we have to be ready for the next steps,” said NU head coach Pat Aquino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4In the second game, University of Santo Tomas locked up the No. 2 seed after scraping past Adamson, 57-53.Grace Irebu, the reigning MVP, powered the Tigresses (11-3) with 27 points and 20 rebounds. Irebu saved her best for last with 13 points in the fourth period, including a pair of crucial baskets that kept the Lady Falcons at bay.NU regained its dominant form after having to survive a scare from second-running University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday where it held on for a 74-70 squeaker.Aquino was pleased to see his wards’ return to form.“I guess it’s more on mental toughness. You just have to stay focused on the things you have to do. Everyone should be helping out. It should be more of a team contribution,” said Aquino, whose squad shoots for an outright finals berth against a skidding University of the East side on Wednesday.The Lady Bulldogs had almost everyone on board again with Hayes, Surada and Rhena Itesi scoring 10 points apiece. Surada also grabbed 10 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NU Lady Bulldogs. UAAP PHOTOANTIPOLO—National University inched closer to another elimination round sweep after rolling past Ateneo, 76-59, in the UAAP Season 82 women’s basketball tournament Saturday at Ynares Center here.The Lady Bulldogs rose to 13-0 and picked up their 93rd straight win but not after bucking a slow start behind Kelli Hays and Angel Surada.ADVERTISEMENT 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahawcenter_img LATEST STORIES LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Jack Animam added an all-around effort with eight points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals.Hazelle Yam topscored with 18 points while Jhaz Joson and Kat Guytingco scored 14 and 13, respectively for the also-ran Lady Eagles. DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees ‘Gago’ Warriors adjusting to new ‘reality’, says Steve Kerr For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdownlast_img read more

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San Beda nips Lyceum to move closer to NCAA juniors title

first_imgTaal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yukien Andrada and Jay Ynot likewise sparkled along with King Alcantara for the Red Cubs, who are seeking redemption after missing the crown the past three seasons.“It’s a great feeling to win Game 1, but the series is far from over,’’ said San Beda coach Manu Inigo, son of former Inquirer sports editor Manolo Inigo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Sanchez had 16 points and 14 rebounds while Amsali added 14 points and 14 boards. Ynot, playing his final year for the Red Cubs along with Sanchez and Amsali, finished with 16 points while Andrada contributed 14.The Red Cubs, looking for their 24th NCAA juniors crown overall, demolished their rivals in the paint with 64 rebounds, 32 of them on the offensive glass, the same total of rebounds for the Junior Pirates. Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas PLAY LIST 01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption John Barba, the tournament’s MVP, had 21 points for the Junior Pirates while Gyle Montano added 18.SAN BEDA 94—Ynot 16, Sanchez 16, Amsali 14, Andrada 14, Alcantara 12, Delfino 8, Oftana 6, Valencia 3, Pelipel 3, Cabanero 2, Alao 0, Llarena 0, Pascual 0, Nicdao 0.LYCEUM 80—Barba 21, Montano 18, Omandac 11, Gamlanga 10, Garro 9, Guadania 6, Garing 5, Panganiban 0, Caduyac 0, Ragasa 0, Santos 0, Dejelo 0, Dumon 0, Gudmalin 0.Quarters: 25-14, 47-41, 67-58, 94-80ADVERTISEMENT Defending champ Zverev beats error-prone Nadal at ATP Finals 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img ‘People evacuated on their own’ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MANILA, Philippines–Justin Sanchez and Rhayyan Amsali wound up with double-double figures as the San Beda Red Cubs downed the Lyceum Junior Pirates, 94-80, and moved within a victory of clinching the juniors title of the NCAA Season 95 basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust MOST READ DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees View commentslast_img read more

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Dominant Beermen end season with another missed Grand Slam bid

first_imgNo need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall Lady Chiefs all set for NCAA ‘four-peat’ target ‘People evacuated on their own’ More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption The year started out great for San Miguel Beer, which won last season’s first two titles. —AUGUST DELA CRUZFor the second time in three years, San Miguel Beer’s inability to complete a triple crown generated the most buzz in the PBA.And again, it was Barangay Ginebra that stood in the way.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ San Miguel had already captured the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups and its local crew was understandably battle weary. Wells was the solution, supposedly.But with team unity ripped apart by a practice blow-up, Grand Slam dreams turned to smoke.“People don’t know how hard it is, how lucky you have to be,” said Cone, who knows a thing or two about winning all three crowns in a season. He’s the only coach, after all, to have done it twice.“You also got to be able to be injury-free,” Cone added. “You don’t lose an Arwind Santos.”Santos, along with Kelly Nabong and Ronald Tubid, was suspended after the fracas that involved Wells, who also flew home not long after.ADVERTISEMENT “It is really, really disappointing to fall short because a chance was really there for us for the taking,” Leo Austria told the Inquirer.“But suddenly a storm came. Suddenly our ship was no longer sailing smoothly,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4That storm came in the form of a fracas that ripped apart the Beermen’s cohesion at a time they needed it most—during the last turn of the season, with the Grand Slam within reach.Unlike in 2017, when the Gin Kings thwarted what looked like a gasping San Miguel bid in the third conference, the Beermen had a gem of an import in Dez Wells, whose scoring prowess and athletic ability injected a dose of energy into a squad that had been playing a full season. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Miguel Beer was never the same again in the Governors’ Cup.Santos wasn’t the only one slapped with a much-publicized suspension.Phoenix’s Calvin Abueva, already in hot water for directing lewd gestures toward a female fan, delivered a mean clothesline to TNT import Terrence Jones during a Commissioner’s Cup game. He is still serving an indefinite suspension.Incidentally, Santos also got caught in a racially charged firestorm for an inappropriate gesture he directed at Jones, who tried, but failed, to lead the KaTropa past the Beermen in the Commissioner’s Cup Finals.Santos bears the “Spider-man” moniker and during the Philippine Cup Finals, a fan dressed as Spider-Man (no relation to Santos whatsoever), stormed the court with an election-related reminder, hitting Beermen cornerstone June Mar Fajardo along the way.San Miguel still won the All-Filipino, largely due to a powerhouse roster that gained added depth with the acquisition of spitfire guard Terrence Romeo.And with Romeo adding his scoring flair to the potent Beermen crew, San Miguel Beer grabbed a lot of headlines as it stretched its dynastic run. But the busted Grand Slam bid was a shadow that hovered over the Beermen last year.With the Beermen dealing away Christian Standhardinger for stretch big Mo Tautuaa, can the Beermen finally taste Grand Slam success this year? ‘People evacuated on their own’ View commentslast_img read more

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PNC ethnic politics

first_imgVolda Lawrence, Chairwoman of the PNCR, has created quite a firestorm over her comments to her party faithful at a Region 4 conclave to conduct a post mortem on the LGE and to chart a way forward to 2020. Throwing the usual politically correct political platitudes we usually hear in the public pronouncements of politicians, Ms Lawrence bluntly told her audience that when it comes to jobs, “The only friends I got is PNC, so the only people I gon give wuk to is PNC; and right now I looking for a doctor who can talk Spanish or Portuguese, and ah want one that is PNC!”This is remarkable for a host of reasons, not the least for what it portends for the unemployed in the country who are not members of the PNC or friends of Ms Lawrence. Unemployment is a major challenge to achieving the promised “good life” that Ms Lawrence’s Government promised in 2015, with 12.2 per cent of the working age population out of work, according to a survey conducted in the third quarter of 2017. A good chunk of that unemployed population if from the sugar belt, where some 7000 persons were unilaterally fired by the PNC Government when they closed four of the seven sugar estates of GuySuCo. Most of those workers are PPP supporters.The Chairperson of the PNC – who not so incidentally is also the Minister of Health – is therefore telling those unemployed that unless they pick up a PNC party card, there is no hope of them getting employed by the Government or in Government-funded projects.From “Produce or Perish”, the new Government slogan is evidently “Be PNC or Perish”, since the policies of the PNC Government have stifled private sector expansion and public investment, and are holding up growth right now. Apart from such a policy being discriminatory on its face, it implicitly violates the constitutionally protected right of “freedom of association” by placing supporters of the PPP or other parties than the PNC in an invidiously untenable position to act on their freedom of conscience.It appears, however, that Ms. Lawrence is waiving the old standard from the 1970s, that one had to be a “born PNC” — read “African-Guyanese” — to collect the PNC card, to one where, if individuals of other ethnicities, especially Indian-Guyanese, hold their noses and join the PNC, their origins will be “forgiven”.At the engagement with the PNC activists, referring to “people who look like us and people who look like Jagdeo”, she exhorted then to imitate the PPP, which evidently had fielded 28 African- Guyanese candidates out of 30 candidates for the Georgetown Municipal Elections, and recruit more members who “look like Jagdeo”.But this position calls into question the PNC’s relationship with the AFC in the APNU/AFC coalition that now governs the country, and which was supposed to bring in the Indian-Guyanese based on their performance at the 2011 polls.During the LGE campaign, Ms Lawrence had in fact been rather sharp in her criticism of the AFC, which had been forced to fly solo. Is she now signalling that the PNC would be using its clout in the Government to buy Indian-Guyanese votes and dump the AFC?From a purely political perspective, this may make sense, since the PNC would not have to comply with the terms of the Cummingsburg Accord and allocate 40 per cent of the Cabinet to the AFC. If the AFC wants to remain relevant under this scenario, its leaders will have to join the PNC, as did several Members of Parliament from the PNC coalition partner, the UF, before the 1968 elections.It would now appear that with the oil revenues in sight, Volda Lawrence is dangling the prospects of jobs and employment, which would be under the control of the PNC, to re-articulate the 1970s PNC policy to create an effective single-party state. Parties would be allowed to exist, but would effectively be shut out from having any input in Government policies. But that implies the PNC would win the 2020 elections on its own.Do they also have a technique from the 1970s to deal with that contingency?last_img read more

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Kraftify’s Alta Das takes paper craft to the next level

first_imgAlta Das has the ability to create masterpieces from something as simple as paper. She can turn a simple piece of paper into something that is unique, because she simply has the knack for creating. Her creativity knows no bounds and she is not afraid to share her masterpieces with the world.Alta has always been a creative person and that was nurtured by her mother, who is a teacher. While growing up, she would observe her mother making creative teaching aids for her classroom and young Alta would be so intrigued. In her household, creativity was encouraged and she blossomed from there.A few years ago, she embarked on what can be considered a life-changing venture. One that she had not planned. She started her own business – Kraftify.Kraftify was started as a result of a project she had to complete while a Medical Technology student at the University of Guyana.“A friend and I were in a group project at the university, and she and I made a large collage with different types of materials and some paper. We decided to put more paper work into it and we did some research and we came up with origami and quilling, and we put some of those in the project. I started to do background on paper craft, and she and I decided to come together and we started a craft business. We started to make some giant paper flowers, wall pieces, paper jewellery and different sort of paper craft.“From there we tried lots of techniques before we started and eventually we decided to branch off. We went to various exhibitions and we grew. While she and I no longer work together, I still continued to do the business. It was tough because I had to start from scratch. I invested a lot of money.”For Alta, one of the major challenges was sourcing the right materials and equipment to support her venture.Now she is able to make a wide variety of pieces based on her clients’ requests. She makes wall pieces, jewellery, cards and a whole host of other items. So, for this holiday season personalise your gifts with something from Kraftify.last_img read more

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Region 9 residents disappointed with incomplete capital projects

first_imgDear Editor,Kindly permit me space in your newspaper to bring to the attention of the general public an issue of four capital projects that were approved in 2016 by the National Assembly of Guyana for the enhancement and delivery of education in Region Nine; all of which yet remain incomplete, despite final payments having been awarded to the contractor. The projects were rolled over to 2017. Editor, as aforementioned, in late 2016, four capital projects were awarded to a coastland contractor. These projects are the construction of Tabatinga Nursery School in the Municipality of Lethem, Baishaidrun Nursery School in Deep South Rupununi, Pipang Nursery School in South Pakaraimas, and Teachers Five Apartment Living Quarters in Sand Creek in South Central Rupununi.  Each project was costed at approximately Gy$18 million. It is pellucid and public knowledge that the awarded contractor had sub-contracted these capital projects. The stipulated month of completion of the projects was May, 2017. Checks and follow-ups were made by the Public Works Standing Committee of the Regional Democratic Council of Region Nine as the work on these projects progressed. It has been revealed that the awarded contractor had received final payments for the said projects, pending 10% retention, yet all four capital projects remain incomplete.Editor, the opening of these new nursery schools and teachers’ quarters respectively in the new school academic year in September, 2017 was highly anticipated by parents, teachers and pupils; and the collective disappointment is indescribable. I call on the subject minister and relevant authorities — since they have promised transparency and accountability on public spending — to intervene forthwith in this matter, so that the nursery schools and teachers’ quarters are completed at the earliest possible time for their beneficiaries. Editor, of major note and immense concern is the fact that the Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, the fourth Vice-President, recently visited Sand Creek village, but chose to turn a blind eye on the incomplete and stalled teachers’ five-apartment construction.The people of Region Nine have seen and noted that Government ministers frequently visit, lecture and make pronouncements, with none addressing needs and concerns, or finding solutions to existing problems of the villagers; but they instead choose to make glowing remarks in self-praise of the “Good life” the people now enjoy. However, some persons may be enjoying ‘the good life’, but at the level of the communities, it is a different reality.Regards,Alister CharlieMember of ParliamentRegion Ninelast_img read more

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“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for Justice. They shall be satisfied.”

first_imgDear Editor,This is a quotation from the Bible that can be found on the big white rock next to the huge grey cross outside the St. Stanislaus College school compound on Brickdam.While most of us just walk past without wondering, the students who attended St. Stanislaus College in the eighties always knew that the school suffered a huge sacrifice in this nation’s struggle for democracy. The rock is in memory of the ultimate sacrifice paid by Father Darke.As a child growing up during tumultuous times in Guyana, we always had in our home a newspaper called the Catholic Standard, a vanguard for democracy and principle.As a people, as a nation, we must not forget the price that was paid for democracy and freedom, and we must never forget our heroes — those who paid with their lives for our freedom. We must not forget the value of democracy and the reason that we fight so hard for it. It is an essential foundation of political and economic stability.Participation in free and fair elections is the cornerstone by which we, the people, express our consent to be governed. This right was not handed to us on a platter by President Carter in 1992. We had to fight for this right to free and fair elections. While the children watched in awe and in fear during the long years of the PNC dictatorship, the upright citizens of this country waged a war against injustice and paid, a heavy price for the freedoms that we now enjoy.The people of this country cannot therefore offer a lukewarm response when our hard-earned freedoms are threatened. The first dent that President Granger put on our confidence was in hand-picking a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). The Guyana Elections Commission provides the mechanism through which the will of the people is determined. Our political culture demands consensus in the choice of a Chairman of GECOM.Political culture is important, because it represents our collective standards, values, virtues and wisdom; it is what we embody as a people. It is what the children learn from the adults, and it represents our baseline of standards – what we stand for as a nation – without it having to be articulated expressly. The people of this country are trying to improve political culture and take it to higher standards. Trampling of hard-earned political culture is the work of the ignorant. Ignorance must not rule over us, nor must the ignorant be given an opportunity to rule in the future, for the consequences of political power in the hands of the ignorant are already well known to us.We need skilled, competent leaders who are invested in service to the people. If there is one thing that we know well in this country, it is that politicians speak with forked tongues. We must therefore interrogate their utterances. Politicians must prove to us that they are genuine. We must not ingenuously believe them when they speak.President Granger made a grand speech about Local Government Elections (LGE). He said LGE is important to social cohesion. It is an entitlement of the people, and it is our right to select leaders; and on that basis, he therefore cannot postpone LGE. So the President asserts that his push for LGE is because it is a right, and that he is doing it for the benefit of the people and to improve social cohesion.However, the President’s claims are occurring against a backdrop of evidence that shows that there are certain glitches in the matrix. Four Miles, a community located in Region One, made a huge shout out to the Guyanese public at the end of August that the APNU/AFC coalition Government is pushing to form a CDC in titled Amerindian land (Guyana Times, 30th August, 2018).What is going on here, and what does this glitch in the matrix signify? This assault on the Amerindian people was not only against political culture, but it is against the law. The APNU/AFC Coalition continues to pursue its agenda as if it is above the law. This continuous aggravation by politicians against the people of this country is not appreciated. We elect statesmen and women to uphold the law and maintain and improve political stability, not to trample it.Further, CitizensReport (June 13,2018), informed the public that the APNU/AFC Coalition clandestinely changed two Amerindian Village Councils into Neighbourhood Democratic Councils without consulting the toshaos or residents of Aranaputa and Annai.Another glitch in the matrix was the clash between President Granger and the National Toshaos’ Council on Amerindian land rights. Anna Correia, in her article in the Guyana Times (April 9, 2017), asserted that this clash is part of a larger PNC philosophy geared to crush multiculturalism. Diversity is recognised worldwide as a virtue and a natural law that protects the human species against extinction.A fourth glitch in the matrix was the accusation, and the evidence provided, by the PPP/C that gerrymandering of the boundaries was taking place. Minister Bulkan has subsequently accused the PPP/C of trying to delay the LGE. Well, we don’t believe the Minister. The PPP/C has a valid claim.Maybe what can help us to understand President Granger’s resentment against the Amerindian people, his urgency for LGE and the motivation behind the gerrymandering is the opening paragraph of his article (on sale at Austin’s for $400) titled ‘Guyana’s Military Veterans.’ The paragraph begins with a sub-title: Promised Land.And continues thus: “In October, 1970, Forbes Burnham, Prime Minister of Defence and Chairman of the Guyana Defence Board reiterated his pledge that all military veterans would be entitled to a grant of state land once they had retired honourably from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).”The speech of Forbes Burnham “..I made an offer to the GDF that any long-serving GDF men, and women too, who retired or left the service honourably..would be given an opportunity, if they wish, along with others, to have control of large plots of land in the hinterland for development, agriculture, particularly, though there is no objection to other forms of use of the land.”Granger continued in his writing “..four Defence Ministers, and 28 years later, no land settlement scheme has materialised and the misplaced satisfaction of military veterans has turned to scepticism.”So, maybe President Granger’s passion for LGE is not so much for upholding the rights of the citizens, but for a dream for Amerindian lands crafted before many of us were born in an era of state control and dictatorship. If so, the Government is pursuing an agenda outside of the responsibilities given to it by the citizens of this nation. No government must feel that the people of this country are without courage, for thirst and hunger for justice flows through our veins, and a passion for righteousness ignites our heart.Sincerely,Sandra Khanlast_img read more

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Why were 6 Govt Ministers at the CCJ?

first_imgDear Editor,It is with great dismay that I observed the presence of no less than six Ministers of Guyana’s Government in attendance as ‘observers’ during proceedings at the Caribbean Court of Justice.None of these Ministers is directly involved in any of the cases being heard.Christopher Ram has already raised a valid question of taxpayers funding this cheerleading exercise.What concerns me most is the early corruption of two new Members of Parliament (MP) and Ministers, namely, Ministers Tabitha Sarabo-Halley (Public Service) and Hemraj Rajkumar (Business).These two Ministers have only been appointed two weeks ago, it is not unreasonable for the taxpaying citizens to expect service given the hefty remuneration and benefits packages that accompany the job. However, the two Ministers find themselves in the viewing gallery of the CCJ and not performing the functions of their offices.Instead of immediate focus on the job, these two Ministers have been handed titles and asked to perform political acts instead of honest labour to deliver service to the people of Guyana.Editor, this pattern of corruption where political favours are asked of appointees and agencies is very much a feature of the Granger Administration with attending consequences. Familiarity breeds contempt. It has in the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), where the use of the agency for political witch hunting led to employees becoming corrupt by the thought of favours owed for partisan actions taken. It does not take much extrapolation to reach the conclusion that two new Ministers now feel special consideration is now owed for overt support given in person at the Caribbean Court of Justice.The irony of being asked to perform a political act does them great harm and that point is sadly lost on them or perhaps refusal was not an option.Regards,Roodi Balgobinlast_img read more

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GAWU responds to Finance Minister

first_imgDear Editor,The GAWU has seen and considered the statements of Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan expressed in the August 5 Stabroek News article titled “GuySuCo diversification delayed – Jordan”. The article, we gather, is the latest in the series of articles published by the newspaper arising from a wide-ranging interview with the Minister on a host of matters under his stewardship.Through the latest instalment of the interview, our Union was gravely disappointed to learn that the planned diversification programme, with respect to the estates under the stewardship of GuySuCo, has been delayed. From the news report, we gather that the Minister indicated that the initiatives to construct co-generation plants have been shelved for the time being as emphasis is placed on other areas.While we noted that the Minister did not specifically identify where the previously allocated co-generation monies would be spent, he did disclose, we saw, that the sums would be used to hasten the State-owned estates’ return to viability. While we welcome every and all workable and considered efforts to restore the industry to a viable and sustainable state, the Minister’s admission is yet another sad twist in the confused road the industry has been taking in recent times.The fact that NICIL-SPU will have to now approach bondholders to receive their proverbial ‘blessing’ to re-jig the utilisation of the $30 billion bond only serves to confirm, yet again, that absent was any plan to properly utilise the large sum. It is the absence of such a plan, in our view, that was the source of the animosity that spilled over into the public arena between the NICIL-SPU and the GuySuCo.As may well be recalled, the GAWU, on several occasions, has reiterated that, from our point of view, there appeared to be no plan regarding the expenditure. We should add that our concerted and consistent attempts to engage the Corporation on its plan was stonewalled, it seemed, at every turn. Now, the admission that the bond proceeds have to be adjusted only serves to further confirm our suspicions.This latest episode is yet another indication that the powers-that-be are either clueless or unconcerned, or maybe both, as they address the sugar industry. It must not be forgotten, that the industry, in spite of the reduced scale, is still the nation’s largest employer. It is also a significant source of sustenance in rural Guyana. This clear fact has been demonstrated by the vacuum created in the communities of the closed sugar estates.It is saddening to recognise the reality that more than one year has elapsed and millions of dollars, so far, have been paid to bondholders as interest and there is, apparently, no tangible utilisation of the invested sums. This, for us, is not a matter of great comfort. What’s even more disheartening is that the latest admission comes just a mere week after no lesser than President David Granger, himself, had said he wanted the sugar industry to thrive. While the President is saying one thing, we see completely different actions coming from the other officials of the Granger Administration.Certainly, and undoubtedly, it is hard to really give credence to what the Government is saying about the sugar industry any longer. Remember the now-a-day governmental leaders told the Guyanese electorate prior to their election to office, that “Sugar was too big to fail”. The reality is that they were less than truthful as the industry was minimised and thousands lost their jobs. We cannot afford any further miniaturisation and a clearly workable plan is not an option but an imperative.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

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MAJOR AWARD NOMINEES: MALE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

first_img Varsityblues.ca will highlight the nominees of U of T’s major awards – male & female rookie of the year, Dr. Clara Benson honour award, George M. Biggs trophy, as well as the male & female Frank Pindar and T-Holders’ athletes of the year – to be awarded at the 2019 intercollegiate athletic banquet on Saturday, March 30 at Chestnut Residence Ballroom.The following Varsity Blues athletes were nominated by their coaches and chosen through the awards selection process as finalists for the male rookie of the year award, presented to a male athlete in their first year of competition who exhibits the highest degree of athletic excellence (in alpha order):Femi Akinduro – Track & FieldTriple jump specialist Femi Akinduro certainly made a name for himself in his first season of intercollegiate competition. Akinduro garnered OUA first team all-star honours following a gold-medal performance at the provincial championships. There, he notched a top jump of 14.56m. Akinduro went onto also win the U SPORTS national gold medal. The first team all-Canadian jumped 14.73m to cap off an impressive first season with the Blues.Iñaki Alvarez – BasketballFirst-guard Iñaki Alvarez was named a member of the 2018-19 OUA all-rookie team after a breakout first season at U of T. Alvarez ranked second on the Blues, averaging 12.9 points over 15 regular season games in 2018-19. The native of Altafulla, Spain led the Blues with 26 steals and reached double-digit points in 13 games this season. An arts and science major, Alvarez recorded a season-high 22 points as the Blues narrowly fell, 70-68, to the No. 1 nationally ranked Carleton Ravens on Jan. 7.Graeme Aylward – SwimmingGraeme Aylward notched numerous podium finishes in his first season with the Blues. At the OUA championships, Aylward earned the individual silver medal in the 200 breaststroke, while also claiming the bronze medals in the 50 and 100 breaststroke events. He helped Toronto’s 400 medley relay team to a gold-medal finish and placed second with U of T’s 200 medley relay team, all of which helped Toronto win their 16th straight OUA title. Aylward went on to place 12th in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events at the U SPORTS championships in Vancouver, while also earning a silver medal in the 400 medley relay to help the Blues to an overall bronze-medal team finish.Evan Falardeau – VolleyballFirst-year outside hitter Evan Falardeau had a breakout first season with the Varsity Blues men’s volleyball team and was recognized as a member of both the OUA and U SPORTS all-rookie teams for his efforts. The Stratford, Ont., native led the Blues with 3.16 kills and 3.7 points per set, recording a season-high 26.5 points in a 3-1 victory at Ryerson on Feb. 1. He helped lead the Blues to their first playoff victory since 2004, a 3-2 upset quarter-final win at Western. Falardeau and the Blues went onto place fourth at the OUA Final Four in Kingston.Michael Farrell – BadmintonFirst-year standout Michael Farrell was named the OUA male rookie of the year in helping the Blues win the 2019 provincial title. Farrell went 5-1 in men’s singles action at the OUA championship, outscoring his opponents by a combined 236-139. Earlier in the season, he was a semifinalist at both the Ryerson Open and Ridgeback Challenge, upsetting two seeded players in both tournaments.David Thomson – HockeyFirst-year forward David Thomson led the Blues with nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points in 28 regular season games. He registered eight multi-point games, co-led Toronto with four powerplay markers and registered seven points as the Blues went 6-2 in their final eight games to reach the post season for the first time in three seasons. He went onto lead the team in scoring in their first-round playoff series versus the top-ranked Ryerson Rams. Immediately following the season, Thomson represented Canada at the 2019 FISU Universiade in Russia, scoring four goals and added two assists in helping the Red and White to a bronze-medal finish.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

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