Mayweather ready to start MMA training soon

first_imgAustria, San Miguel remain cautious as 3-1 deficit ‘still manageable’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I’m going to start soon,” Mayweather said. “We’ve been texting back and forth. We talked a couple times, but we’re going to start working out real soon.”Mayweather, 41, came out of retirement last year for a one-off boxing bout against MMA star Conor McGregor in Las Vegas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAlthough Mayweather has previously ruled out any chance of him taking part in an MMA fight, speculation that he could yet be persuaded has continued.Mayweather told TMZ he believed he would need between six to eight months to get ready for any potential MMA bout. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims MOST READ “I’ll probably need a little bit longer (than three months),” Mayweather said. “A little bit longer. Even if it takes six to eight months, whatever it takes, we just want to make sure everything is done correctly, and everything is done the right way.“I can wrestle. My wrestling game is not that bad. On a scale from one to 10, I would say it’s probably a seven. We can take it up to a nine, if possible. Of course my hand game, on a scale of one to 10, it’s 100. The kicking game, on a scale from one to 10, it’s probably a four.“We have to tweak a few things to take things to the next level.”Mayweather has claimed he made $300 million from his cross-combat superfight against McGregor last year, one of the richest fights in history.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Floyd Mayweather Jr. APLOS ANGELES – Former welterweight boxing king Floyd Mayweather has teased the possibility he may come out of retirement for a mixed martial arts bout, revealing that he plans to start training for the octagon later this year.In remarks to TMZ.com, Mayweather said he planned to accept an offer from former UFC champion Tyron Woodley to train with him.ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback View commentslast_img read more

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Rhea Dimaculangan begs off from PH volleyball national team

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES “Of course we’re not totally leaving her out of the national team because any time we will need a lot of players,” said Delos Santos. “That is the reason why we wanted to have a deep pool so we can easily put in players in a moment’s notice.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippine women’s national volleyball team just hit a bump as it prepares for the upcoming Asian Games after setter Rhea Dimaculangan decided to leave the team.National team head coach Shaq Delos Santos said Dimaculangan, who is an injury reserve for the Asian Games team, told him that she would like to beg off from the group to have a sabbatical from all things volleyball.ADVERTISEMENT Frankie Lim satisfied with Altas’ tough stand vs Red Lions Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to Westcenter_img “She wanted to have a vacation, just a period of time wherein she can take her mind off of things,” said Delos Santos in Filipino Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre after their 25-13, 25-17, 25-11 win over Cocolife in the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference.Dimaculangan apparently already wanted to be left off the national team roster even before the Invitational Conference began where the group is playing as a guest team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Maika Ortiz, who is part of the national team pool, will replace Dimaculangan in the reserved list for the group that will go to Jakarta in August.Delos Santos, though, said they’re not closing their doors on Dimaculangan if she ever wants to return to the national team. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View commentslast_img read more

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Grizzlies will retire Marc Gasol’s No. 33

first_imgThe Raptors, 40-16, are 1.5 games behind Milwaukee for the top record in the Eastern Conference while the Grizzlies, 22-34, have the second-worst record in the Western Conference, eight games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the last playoff spot.Gasol, a three-time NBA All-Star and 2013 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, helped Spain to two Eurobasket titles and two Olympic silver medals in 2008 and 2012.Gasol has career averages of 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 blocked shots a game for the Grizzlies.Gasol’s older brother Pau is a two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers who played for the Grizzlies from 2001-2008.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nevertheless, Pera made it clear how much Gasol has meant to the club.“Marc has been a dedicated teammate, star player and pillar of this team for the past 11 seasons,” Pera said in a statement. “He plays with a heart and a passion for the game that helped carry this franchise to seven straight playoff appearances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“But what Marc has done for this organization is about more than just basketball. He was a part of a core group of players that helped shape the identity of this franchise on and off the court and were embraced by the city of Memphis.”Pera thanked Gasol for “his blood, sweat and dedication to the Grizzlies and Memphis. The impact he has had on this team and the city will live on, and we look forward to one day welcoming him back home to Memphis where his No. 33 jersey will hang in the rafters”. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Marc Gasol #33 of the Memphis Grizzlies plays the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on December 10, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPMarc Gasol’s No. 33 jersey will be retired by the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, team owner Robert Pera said Friday, a day after trading the Spanish center to the Toronto Raptors.The 34-year-old Spanish 7-footer (2.16m) has played for the Grizzlies since making his 2008 NBA debut but was moved to the contending Raptors at Thursday’s league trade deadline.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks win 6th straight, outplay Luka Doncic, Mavs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Hotshots lock down Aces, earn much-needed win

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Magnolia will try to ride on the dominant showing when it goes up against Columbian while Alaska is set to take on struggling NLEX in the nightcap of Wednesday’s action at Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES Ian Sanggalang and Paul Lee provided Magnolia’s one-two punch while Mark Barroca, Aldrech Ramos, Jio Jalalon and chimed in on the defensive effort.  “Ynares has been very good to us,”  coach Chito Victolero jokingly said in Filipino. “Maybe this place is our lucky charm.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“After the loss to Phoenix, I told the boys to adopt a playoff mentality. We didn’t have a sense of urgency,” he said as Magnolia improved to 2-4.  “Now it’s started.”Sanggalang led Magnolia’s scorers with 24 points. Lee had 20 as Barroca added 19 more.  Resurgent Rene Catalan makes it 6 in a row, stops former champ Yoshitaka Naito Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Magnolia delivered a sterling performance on both ends of the court to take down Alaska, 103-86, and return to the PBA Philippine Cup’s win column Saturday at Ynares Center here.The Hotshots imposed their will on the defensive end, keeping the Aces under 20 points in the middle quarters. ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments The Hotshots accounted for 15 steals and seven blocks in a performance that saw them lead by as many as 21 points. Victolero, who is bracing for a tough stretch, pointed out that the optimism within the team has’t fizzled out. He noted that it was only the game against San Miguel Beer where they were soundly defeated.“I have trust in my players that in situations like this, they start to step up and lock in,” he said.  “It’s not going to be easy, but hopefully, we’ll pull through.”Alaska skipper Chris Banchero buoyed his team with 26 points, while Jeron Teng and Chris Exciminiano pumped in 17 and 13 markers, respectively. But those were the only double-digit production the Aces drew from their handicapped squad.Alaska dropped to 3-3 in the all-Filipino tourney.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MOST READlast_img read more

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Armed Forces Day Activities Released

first_imgThe Barclay Training Center (BTC) on UN Drive will on Tuesday, February 11, witness activities marking this year’s Armed Forces Day celebration.The event marks the 57th anniversary of the day, and 106th year of existence of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL); it dates back to 1908.Meanwhile, the chairman of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos Sawyer, has been selected by the Ministry of National Defence (MOD) to serve as keynote speaker.The day’s activities will focus on the theme, “Enhancing the Capabilities of the AFL to Meet Contemporary Challenges;” it will also be marked by other activities that are intended to make the program a memorable one.A change of command ceremony will also be held, with the passing of an outgoing commander to an in-coming one; the presentation of the national colors will be involved.In her recent Annual Message, the Commander-In-Chief, (C-I-C) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, mentioned that come February 11, the AFL will be placed in the hands of Liberians, who will serve as Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff respectively.The expected COS takes over from a veteran Nigerian commanding officer-in-charge, Major-General Suraj A. Abdurrahman.   Meanwhile, agencies of government expected to participate alongside the AFL in the celebration on Tuesday, February 11, will include the Liberian National Police, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, Liberia National Fire Service, members of the Executive Protection Service, the Drugs Enforcement Agency, National Scouts Association and other privately-owned security apparatus. Pre-celebration activities for the occasion will begin on Thursday, February 6, with a symposium at the Monrovia City Hall. “Interagency Cooperation: Fundamental Necessity for the Security of Liberia.” The symposium will also be addressed by Dr. Sawyer.On Friday, February 7, the army will hold a Jummat Service (a Moslem religious service) at the Gurley Street Mosque; it will be followed on Saturday with a clean-up campaign exercise and a medical outreach in the Township of West Point.The West Point activities will accordingly be climaxed with an all-female sporting fiesta between the AFL and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).  In addition, there will a mini knockout Olympic at the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville, bringing face-to-face four football teams including the AFL, the Liberia Broadcasting System, the Liberia National Police, and the Police force of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).These activities will climax on Sunday, February 9, with a thanksgiving and intercessory prayer service at the Philadelphia Central Church on Tubman Boulevard in Cong Town.AFL’s Historical HighlightsAn Act of Legislature, passed February 6, 1908, established the Liberian Army under the name “Liberian Frontier Police Force.” A year later, the Act was amended and the army was renamed the Liberian Frontier Force with a total strength of only 600 officers and enlisted men, who wore short khaki trousers, red waistband, and caps, but no shoes. They were then commanded by foreigners, particularly British and Sierra Leonean officers.However, like the Constitution of Liberia itself, the idea to celebrate the Armed Forces Day was again borrowed from the United States of America (USA), where the then Secretary of Defence, Louise Johnson announced the creation of the day.Also, in 1954, Colonel Francis M. Dean (Liberian), then Assistant Chief of Staff responsible for intelligence (G-2), conceived the idea and recommended in his annual message that a single-day be set aside each year to be celebrated as the  Armed Forces Day.It was based on this that on January 26, 1957, the Liberian Legislature passed an Act, setting aside February 11 each year as Armed Forces Day; it did so in recognition of the “bravery and meritorious” service of troops that brought down the so-called, army mutiny on February 11, 1909.This Act further provides that past and present members of the Army, Navy (Coast Guard), and Air Force be also honoured on this day. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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WPA celebrates all its members who have played, and continue to play, important roles…

first_imgDear Editor,The Working People’s Alliance joins with Guyanese and the rest of our Anglophone Caribbean family in their observance of the 180th anniversary of the end of chattel slavery. WPA salutes African Guyanese on this, their special moment of memory and celebration. Memory of the period of enslavement is necessary as a reminder of how the lust for power and accumulation of wealth could lead to institutionalised exploitation.Eighteen decades may seem like a long time, but because of the enormity of the human destruction visited upon the enslaved, the scars of bondage are still very fresh.Emancipation Day must continue to be a moment of celebration, because, in the final analysis, emancipation meant the defeat of slavery. Any people who overcame such a brutal system should be proud of themselves. That Africans continue to survive the dreaded realities of post-emancipation is a tribute to their resilience.In celebrating with African Guyanese, WPA celebrates all its members who have played, and continue to play, important roles in the African Guyanese community.We especially salute Brother Eusi Kwayana, who must be credited with pioneering cultural awakening among African Guyanese. That we observe Emancipation Day as a public holiday in Guyana is due in large measure to Brother Eusi’s example, advocacy and leadership. His dedication to the cause of black dignity and uplift will forever be etched in the consciousness of African Guyanese, and he continues to serve as an inspiration to all who raise the banner of black empowerment and black pride.Much has changed in Guyana since 1838, but the cry of the descendants of the enslaved for equal dignity and opportunity still rings loudly across our country and beyond. Any objective assessment of the condition of African Guyanese today cannot escape the feeling of despair and hopelessness that emanate from large sections of that group. This is fuelled by a sense of economic dispossession and lack of opportunities to lift themselves out of that rut. However uncomfortable it is, the issue of ethno-racial inequality must be addressed if Guyana is to realise its full potential as a viable, diverse society in which all its citizens enjoy a sense of security.It is for that reason that the WPA urges Guyanese to use this Emancipation anniversary as both a moment of remembering and another opportunity to reaffirm our collective commitment to ethnic and racial equality in word and deed. We do not believe that a debate on race relations between our two principal political leaders will do much to address the burning racial issues that have long plagued Guyana. Rather, we urge the leaders to devise and support policies that would ensure that all ethnic groups share our common economic benefits.It is particularly important that we begin to think about ways to democratically distribute the potential benefits from the imminent oil and gas sector, so that increased wealth contributes to national cohesion rather that exacerbate our already fragile ethnicity.Economic development cannot be managed outside of our ethnic realities. The WPA therefore reiterates its long-held view that economic advance must be hinged on a political solution of which ethno-racial respect and unity is a central plank.Sincerely,David HindsFor the WPAlast_img read more

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Attending meeting without an elections date will serve no purpose

first_imgDear Editor,The nation has woken up to a letter dated February 25, 2019 sent by Mr. Granger to Mr. Jagdeo in their respective capacities to discuss:“(1) The National Assembly’s constitutional role in the present situation; and (2) GECOM’s readiness and requirement for funding to enable it to conduct General and Regional Elections (GRE)…”The Government of Gu-yana’s financial architecture as prescribed by the law provides GECOM with certain tools that it can use to do its work. As a statutory agency, GECOM and in compliance with Article 222A of the Guyana Constitution has the power to “manage its subvention in such a manner as it deems fit for the efficient discharge of its functions”.In the 2019 Budget, G$5.371 billion was approved for GECOM to spend in 2019. Aren’t those enough funds to commence preparatory works for the 2019 Elections? Are we printing gold lined ballot papers? Who does GECOM and Team Granger think they are fooling?But just supposing that GECOM needs a billion or two more, the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (Act No. 20 of 2003) has given GECOM the power to ask the Minister of Finance to release funds for a national contingent liability that has occurred because of a constitutional act that was given life by Article 106 of the Guyana Constitution on December 23, 2018. This spending of public money is not a discretionary ask, but a mandatory one which the Minister of Finance must execute.The Minister of Finance must approve the funding of this future commitment by way of the Contingency Funds, because the entire financial commitment was unforeseen, unavoidable and urgent, and is a matter of national importance that transcends party politics. So there is no role for Mr. Jagdeo and Mr. Granger in this arrangement. GECOM does not need Mr. Granger’s or Mr. Jagdeo’s permission to draw on the Contingency Funds to hold Elections.As to Issue No. 1 and the constitutional role of the National Assembly, Mr. Granger must be advised that such a role becomes relevant only once an elections date is publicly declared by him and only him. This process does not need Mr. Jagdeo until a date is announced. Again, who does Mr. Granger think he is fooling?Between now and March 20, 2019, there is no need for the National Assembly to meet, unless for the primary act of extending the life of the Government using a 2/3 majority of all the elected members (44 whole members).But in the absence of an elections date, what is Mr. Granger trying to do, force an after-life for his Government using these zombie tactics? I trust Mr. Jagdeo and his Team would engage in parliamentary semantics by extending the life of a Government that has not yet committed to an elections date. Enough time has passed since December 23, 2019 for all the power brokers in Team Granger to fully comprehend the gravity of the matter at hand. We must at least credit them with some common sense.I therefore call on Mr. Jagdeo to write to Mr. Granger and politely decline the offer to meet, for the simple reason that there is nothing to meet about this time until a date for the elections is publicly declared by Mr. Granger. This is serious business, and Mr. Granger and Mr. Jagdeo are supposed to be serious people with serious responsibilities. There should be no time for games of deceit to outmanoeuvre each other. Attending this meeting without an elections date would serve only one purpose: to kick the bucket down the road. Is this in Mr. Jagdeo and his team’s best interest?Further, this meeting helps no one; not the private sector, who are seeing their business implode; the citizenry, who live in a society of great uncertainty; and the political opposition, who will only be aiding and abetting an idle Government whose life expires on March 20, 2019.This letter from Mr. Granger seeks to serve the interest of one group – David Arthur Granger and his apparatchiks, who continue to live the high life on the backs of the Guyanese people, and expect to continue to do so with zero accountability. Is Mr. Jagdeo so desperate for a fist bump with Mr. Granger that he would attend this meeting without a declared elections date?We shall see!Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

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Why is David Arthur Granger on this path?

first_imgDear Editor,To properly understand the gravity of David Granger’s uninterrupted juvenile frolic pertaining to the appointment of the Chairman of GECOM, one must walk back to the year 1985.Forbes Burnham died in August 1985, and was succeeded by Desmond Hoyte. Guyana, in 1985, was hoping for a fresh wind of change with Burnham’s death. The PNC dictator was dead, and that development presented the nation with a golden opportunity to repair itself. The holding of free and fair elections, and elections free from fear, in December 1985, was the first imperative to put Guyana back on the progressive path.Unfortunately, Hoyte stubbornly refused to budge on any of the prerequisites to hold free and fair elections. Although, as a former Minister of Finance, he was aware of the situation: that the nation was in a race to the bottom, he refused to institute reforms. Some insiders told me that he was afraid of the PNC strongmen at that time, especially around issues such as his personal security. Thus he complied with the “dictats” of those strongmen. And, most importantly, he refused to demolish the system by which the Elections Commission Chairman was unilaterally appointed by the Head of State without consulting anyone, in a monarchical manner.At that time, we had an Elections Commission Chairman, Sir Harold Bollers, who was nothing but a post box or a glorified rubber stamp. His role was just to pass documents and messages between interested parties. And at that time, there was one Roy Hammond, who was the PNC man parading as the Chief Elections Officer, but was taking instructions directly from the PNC Minister of Home Affairs, rendering him into a political poodle of the PNC.The end result from this immoral structure was that those 1985 elections turned out be the most rigged, manipulated, and crooked elections in the entire history of Guyana.In 1985, Desmond Hoyte made Forbes Burnham look like a church boy in the art of rigging elections.The majority of this nation, (not only the PPP), including non-political players like the Electoral Assistance Bureau, the Private Sector, the Catholic Church, the Anglican Church; along with friends of democracy in the diaspora, the International Community, and the Carter Center, among others, has since been able to leverage the powers of the United States of America to isolate the PNC politically, financially and diplomatically.The situation was made untenable for the PNC cabal to the point that no one internationally wanted to do business with them. Hoyte relented and did the right thing. What Hoyte did in 1991 was that he placed his country first, rather than his party, and facilitated free and fair elections in 1992. It was not an easy road, but by not promoting Granger (seen then as one of the PNC hardliners), but instead promoting Joe Singh, a much more respected professional officer to head the GDF, he had the professional leadership in the Army to walk Guyana back into the arms of democracy.There is a lesson to learn from this act of Hoyte’s.By and large, this nation (not the PPP or PNC) took the sensible road to ensure that the Carter/Price Model was instituted for the 1992 elections. In an article written in the Stabroek News of April 7, 1991, Hoyte was quoted as saying that he “will seriously consider a list of five candidates supplied by the Opposition Leader”. History has shown that Cheddi Jagan provided those names, and Hoyte extracted a name – Rudy Collins.All of Guyana (civil society, political parties and the ordinary man, with the full support from our friends in the international community) collectively rejected the 1985 system at that time, and there is no reason to believe that my nation thinks differently today.So why is the PNC trying to go back to the 1985 system?We must all reject this push by the PNC to go back to 1985. That Carter/Price Model achieved segregation of duties. In business, if one person selects the contractors, books the transactions, pays the bills, and reconciles the bank accounts, there is a strong possibility that you can very well be robbed, because there are no checks and balances in the value chain. That is why, in business, we insist on segregation of duties, to allow the internal control systems to protect the business. Similarly, this act of segregating duties, where the Leader of the Opposition selects the list of six names to submit to the Leader of Government, who then selects one, must be seen as one that is inclusive; one that protects the nation from autocratic actions; and one that encapsulates all the key ingredients of democracy.So what really is David Arthur Granger’s problem? Why is David Arthur Granger on this path that resembles an uninterrupted juvenile frolic as pertaining to the appointment of the Chairman of GECOM? Is it his plan to take this nation back to 1985?Regards,Sase Singhlast_img read more

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Cabinet still considering increases – Public Infrastructure Ministry

first_imgPPP criticises decision to increase tollsAs cabinet continues to consider proposals on increasing the tolls for the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB), the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has heavily criticised the move for such increases. During a news conference on Thursday, PPP/C Parliamentarians Gail Teixeira and Bishop Juan Edghill observed that the pending decision to increase the DHB tolls will only add to the financial burdens of commuters.Teixeira contended that there needs to be consultations before such a decision is made, especially with commuters who traverse the bridge on a regular basis.“People are hurting…if this is the direction that government wishes to go into it would make things harder for people coming to work,” she stated, noting the complaints of several taxi operators that they will have no choice other than to impose increased fares on passengers.Bishop Edghill opined that government has once again flip-flopped on an issue, pointing out that prior to this revelation they denied that tolls would be increased.The former Junior Finance Minister noted that in February he questioned government over the consideration of a $150 million subsidy where he asked if it meant there would be no toll hikes. Edghill was of the view that if taxpayers are providing money to the bridge by way of the subsidy, it would be deceptive to then “turn around and charge” increases.“If when seeking the subsidy of $150 million to do capital works at the bridge, you have a $150 million for expenditure, then you turn around to increase the tolls, then you have deceived the nation,” Edghill postulated.He also contended that it is “discriminatory” for government to increase the tolls for the DHB but fight vociferously to reduce the tolls for the Berbice Bridge.According to media reports, Director of Public Information Imran Khan had disclosed that motorcyclists will now pay $40 instead of $20 and the toll for cars will be raised from $100 to $200. On Wednesday, the publically owned Guyana Chronicle published that Cabinet had cleared the way for the toll increases.But in an issued statement on Thursday, the Public Infrastructure Ministry disputed the article and it was pointed out that there has been no increase in tolls at the Demerara Harbour Bridge. It was in this statement that the ministry disclosed that Cabinet has not yet approved the increases.Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Annette Ferguson noted that the details surrounding the proposal are still “being ironed out”. It was further emphasised that the ministry and the DHB will relay any official notice of increases in tolls.It was on Wednesday that many car drivers bemoaned the reports of the 100 per cent toll increase. Some taxi drivers who ply various routes to Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) from the outskirts of Georgetown viewed the increase inappropriate.One driver, Moses (only name given) noted that passengers who cross the bridge will be burdened. He noted that 20 per cent increase would have been more appropriate. Petwam Singh, a father of four operating taxi for over seven years decried high maintenance costs, gasoline, added to the increased tolls.It was also explained that at present, passengers pay between $500 to $700 to cross the bridge by taxi, but with possible increases in the tolls and gas, fares could be hiked to as much as $1000. However, some were of the view that there is imbalance between the toll of the Demerara Harbour Bridge and that of the Berbice Bridge.Aubrey Sanko a driver for 15 years indicated that he does not see the problem with the increase, noting that toll hikes are in keeping with “development”. He also observed the gap between the Demerara and Berbice tolls. Some persons selling around the Harbour Bridge also noted that increase is justified because that toll has “remained the same” for many years.The 37-year-old bridge linking East Bank and West Bank Demerara is accounting for millions of dollars in maintenance on a yearly basis. While the bridge raked in some $519 million in 2015, over $2 billion was allotted for its maintenance between 2010 and 2015.last_img read more

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Chopped woman recovering well

first_imgLa Penitence stabbingThe 31-year-old mother of five who was chopped multiples times by her estranged husband on Sunday morning, is recovering comfortably at the Georgetown Public Hospital.At approximately 10:30h on Sunday, Wanita Heralall bumped into her ex-husband, identified only as ‘Buckman’ of Anna Regina New Housing Scheme, Region Two, (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Essequibo Coast, after she left her Lot 8 Liang Avenue, Georgetown, home to commence her usual market shopping.Speaking to Guyana Times on Monday, Heralall related that her youngest child was in the company of his father “Buckman” when she ran into him at the market, She explained that the man asked the child if he wanted to speak to her and the child indicated that he did not.“He ask the lil boy if he wan talk to me and the lil bai shake his head ‘no’. So I turn and seh if the lil bai don’t wanna talk to me, I don’t wanna talk to him or his father because I don’t want no problem,” she said.Heralall relayed that “Buckman” subsequently left after she explained that she did not want any problems with him.However, the woman’s estranged husband returned as she was approaching the bicycle she rode to the market, and grabbed her left hand.“I turn around fuh walk to get my bicycle and leave because I know how he stay. So by time I coulda reach my bicycle, he come from behind me and he grab this hand and stretch it out and seh come here, I wan talk to you. I said no. And as I said no, he start chopping,” she recapped.According to Heralall, the accused then swung one chop to her head, bashing her over the right eye. The man then shouted to her, “don’t scream!” and forcefully pinned the woman’s hand down before hacking at it several times between the elbow and wrist.With the woman’s mangled hand barely hanging on, the angered Essequibian allegedly told her to “take your hand and move from here.”Meanwhile, in a bid to escape, the man tried running through the crowd, only to be captured and dealt a thorough beating before being turned over to the Ruimveldt Police Station.According to Heralall, she had been married to the accused for 12 years and endured domestic abuse for the sake of her children.She stated that many reports were made by her against “Buckman” but the Police were always negligent. The woman said she consumed poison on three occasions, with the most recent being in June of 2015, hoping that her ex-husband would change his abusive behaviour towards her.However, when this proved futile, she ran away from the home in October of 2015 and came to Georgetown where she resides with her reputed husband, Dharmindra Phagoo.Phagoo and Heralall are well known to the market vendors and people in the community, since they operate a snackette in Industrial Site, Ruimveldt, and go to the market on a daily basis.This publication understands that the perpetrator had travelled to the capital city nearly one week ago with the intention of harming the woman.Heralall was admitted to the GPH on Sunday after the incident left her with an almost severed arm.“Buckman” is still in police custody assisting with investigations.last_img read more

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