NOT Garbage money

first_imgSatiricus was astounded. He’d heard – mostly when listening to the priest in his Church – that “money was dirty”. He’s always had his doubts about that proposition – but now here was living proof.“Cappo! Imagine this garbageman getting 1 MILLION a year to haul garbage to this landfill!!” Satiricus exclaimed to his friend who hadn’t even taken his first swig of his beer at the Back Street Bar. “Why did my father insist I “bust” my head in school?”“Sato, me fr’en’,” intoned Cappo, “me always know garbage gat big money!”“How the arse YOU know that?” demanded Satiricus belligerently.“Well, remember Potoo?” Cappo replied after a short pause during which he took a loooong pull at his beer.“Of course I remember Potoo,” replied Satiricus. “The fella from front street who used to catch rats in the cane fields. He went to America when his mother sponsored him. What does he have to do with what we talking about?”“Budday!! Lis’en, na!” Cappo was smiling. “Potoo bin wuss dan me in school. He cyaan even read an’ write.” He paused to take another gulp of his beer.“And?” interjected Satiricus impatiently.“And suh when ‘he reach New Yark, garbageman bin a de only jaab he cou’d get.” Cappo paused for effect. “But in only five year time he wuk suh much money ‘e now gat five house in New Yaark! Garbage gat biiiiiig money, Sato!”“But that was in New York…they have the big bucks there,” pointed out Satiricus indignantly. “They spend millions of dollars for paintings that look like garbage to me! But this is Guyana!”“Progress, Sato…Progress!” Cappo smirked. “If abee can spen’ billian fuh salute wan big flag, jus’ like ‘Merica pan dem Independence Day, wha mek abee cyaan spen’ 1 millian pan garage?”“Maybe you have a point there, Cappo,” conceded Satiricus. “And at our flag raising, I thought the show was garbage, anyway!” “Leh abee drink to garbage!” said Cappo, as the two old friends clinked their beer bottles.last_img read more

“Alternative facts”…

first_img…in a Bizarro worldThen your Eyewitness was a callow youth, he confesses that he was addicted to comics. If the truth be told, even though he doesn’t flip through the “hard copies” any longer, he cannot miss their iterations on the big screen! (But Batman taking on Superman??!! C’mon now!!) Anyhow, there used to be a character “Bizarro” who lived in a world where everything was opposite to the reality on Earth.On the first day after President Trump’s swearing-in, your Eyewitness thought he’d been transported to the world of Bizarro htraE (“Earth” spelt backwards!). After the White House announced that Trump’s crowd at his inauguration was BIGGER than Obama’s, the Press contradicted him with what they thought was incontrovertible evidence – pics of the two events. And suggested the Trump machinery was spreading “falsehoods and lies”. “Not so!!” insisted Trump’s spokesperson, they were just offering “alternative facts”!!Imagine that!! Reality is whatever you chose to say it is!! We know in this ‘post-modern’ world, there’s no single truth, since this is always socially constructed. Truth is “relational” and “perspectival” and all that! But your poor Eyewitness thought those only referred to “social truths” – like whether “white is beautiful” and suchlike. But certainly not to the facticity of comparing crowd shots to judge their magnitude!But on reflection, your Eyewitness should’ve seen this coming… even though it’s a few decades late, Orwell did predict this in his classic, “1984”. In this Brave New World, “War is peace. Freedom is slavery.” And most germanely, “ignorance is strength”!! But on this basis, let the word go forth – Guyana’s ahead of even the US in this new semantical twist of “Double Speak” in the Brave New World.Weren’t we told, our treasury was too bare for a 10 per cent raise for Government workers, but not for a 50 per cent raise for Cabinet Ministers? The meaning of “bare” has to be parsed from your perspective! More recently we’ve seen the disjunctive “or” – up to now indicating a change or inflection point in what preceded it in a sentence – declared to be a “conjunctive” which simply adds more of the same to what precedes!! One wonders then as to why even use it?? Wouldn’t it have been simpler to simply state that only judges need apply for the GECOM job? But we have to remember we are now in the Brave New World of htraE!! Complex is simple!So we shouldn’t quibble when Public Security Minister Ramjattan (the twice and future leader of the AFC) declares there’s no spike in crime, or Finance Minister Jordan insists there’s no foreign currency shortage.They’re just offering “alternative facts”!!…on Women’s MarchWho woulda thought!! The Women’s protest to Donald Trump’s election turned out to be the BIGGEST ever in the history of the US!! Even the White House didn’t offer some “alternative facts”! All across the US the sea of pink hats made their point. But hold it. What was their point, again?Well, there was the point made that America doesn’t really need a “Groper in Chief” right now! Or someone who delighted in grabbing women’s privates (we can’t be more graphic like the US and British papers – we’re still Victorian, thank you!) while sticking his tongue down their throats.But broadly that Trump be used as a lightning rod for highlighting “women’s” issues. But who decides that? We can’t forget while Clinton beat Trump 54 to 42 per cent with women voters, Trump reversed the stats among WHITE women.And in the three states that decided the election — Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan — that margin was enough to send Trump to the White House.Yep! Women do have power. But it ain’t monolithic!…on Mexican rice marketsWe’ll soon be coming on to two years since PM Nagamootoo, promised “massive” Mexican markets that were “keen for our rice”.With not even a grain contracted, what are the “alternative facts” to “massive” and “keen”?last_img read more

Labour’s lost…

first_img…loveNo…your Eyewitness didn’t mix up the Bard’s play, “Love’s labours’ lost”. That had to do with a king and his three friends who decide to focus on their studies and not to get distracted with “love”. But being yesterday was “Labour Day”, he decided to reflect on the heady days of yore when Labour was strenuously wooed by the politicians. And why today, they barely rate a second glance.In case you’ve forgotten, dear reader, the very existence of our country is due to “LABOUR”. And yes, it should be capitalised for exactly that reason. The Europeans who “discovered” our neck of the woods soon discovered they quickly wilted under the local conditions when plundering our wealth. Not to worry…they quickly solved their problems by first purchasing African slaves to supply the labour – from chiefs of warring tribes who were only more than willing to get some quick baubles from the Europeans. Later they ended that system and freed the slaves when they discovered they could get the work done even more cheaply with indentured servants from India and China!!So we’re all about LABOUR, right? So where do the politicians come in? Well during slavery, the slaves used to rebel periodically and create quite a ruckus – not to mention razing factories and profits and such like. After slavery, when the factory owners just couldn’t shoot the workers willy-nilly, the workers realised the value of withholding their labour. When conditions got to dread – like with wages or working conditions, the workers would now STRIKE en masse!The difference from the old rebellions of slavery was that now the owners had to read “the riot act” before shooting them down!! So, after a while, the workers learnt that up in England the white workers formed something calls “Unions”, which rioted until the Government had them BARGAIN with the employers for better wages and conditions. So like monkey see; monkey do, we formed trade unions here!!Like sharks smelling blood in the water, it wasn’t long after, fellas who used to BEG the powers that be for a piece of the (political) action, realised if they linked up with the trade unions, they could instead BARGAIN for that piece of the action. “Politicians”, who had LEVERAGE, were born!!And so, lo and behold the trade unions became the womb that produced all the early politicians – both from the PPP and later the PNC. But like the sharks they were genetically related to, the politicians soon turned the table on unions, after they got into office.And we reach the present when the unions are so passé, the Government of the day wouldn’t even give unions the time of the day!!…directionBut seriously folks…isn’t there something the unions can do to reverse their descent into irrelevance? Your Eyewitness thinks so! All they have to do is get back to first principles: do what they started out to do on behalf of workers in the first place!! Remember? They’ve got to get out into the streets and riot when workers’ rights are being violated!!Look at what just happened to sugar workers – the folks whose labour during slavery and indentureship made this country possible, to begin with. The employer, GuySuCo, arbitrarily fired 5700 of them!! Why weren’t there riots?? GuySuCo also demanded sugar workers forget about the CONTRACTED clause forbidding having workers being sent to work more than 20 miles from their homes!! Why no riots??The answer, of course, is trade unions have become just like Government Ministers who retire into their airconditioned offices and send out press releases! Imagine the workers who pay their salaries are left to starve…and they tap away at computer keyboards!No wonder labour’s lost relevance.…championWas a time only a decade ago, under the Socialist banner, when labour seemed to be just about to conquer all in our region – including Latin America.But with Lula in jail and Maduro in the air, it’s all gone to channa.last_img read more

Current political situation: Nailing the unemployment lie

first_imgIn a video featured by the Department of Public Information on April 13th, 2019, the Director presented a very unprofessional propagandist series, which is at best erroneously ridiculous. He was himself pulling figures out of the sky, and has no clue of any of the contents of which he has spoken. It was indeed more laughable as the presenter seemed to be out of touch with reality.This article, therefore, is intended to counter the opinions he provided therein.To this end, it is worthwhile to examine, in the most simplified manner possible, or in “layman’s terms”, the theoretical underpinning of economic policies being pursued; especially those that are particularly designed to address, in a post-mortem way, the situation regarding the unemployed sugar workers within a pragmatic framework.The far-reaching economic implications of the largest retrenchment in Guyana’s economic history — that is, the 9,000 or 10,000 plus now unemployed sugar workers — shall be examined.Economic policies generally constitute two dimensions: demand side policies, which are policies aimed at stimulating demand for goods and services in an economy; and supply side policies, which are aimed at increasing the supply of goods and services produced by firms operating in an economy.It is important to note, at this point in our discussion, that ‘demand and supply’ constitute the very basic fundamental principles of economics. In the broad profession of economics, there are some economists who tend to subscribe to Keynesian economics, so called after John Maynard Keynes, a world-renowned economist who firmly believed in demand side policies being more effective to fuel economic growth; and there are also some economists who are firm believers in supply side policies. Thus, logically, one may ask which approach is more effective and, in this case, more sensible. Nonetheless, the answer to this question warrants extensive academic debates and/or discussions which are naturally beyond the scope of this article.Having said that, it must be said that in the budget 2018 presentation, a few measures were provided therein for the divestment or restructuring of GuySuCo – designed with the intent to cushion the effects on the retrenched workers. To this end, citing the Budget Speech (2018, pg.52): “In order to ensure the continued livelihoods, a skills re-training programme is anticipated to be offered for those who choose to pursue new opportunities. Those who wish to continue with a livelihood in agriculture may see an opportunity to own their own farmland”.In addition, there was an outreach programme held by a few key Ministers of Government with the sugar workers sometime in January of this year. In that meeting, one Minister stated that a range of foreign companies are interested in Guyana and the sugar industry — suggesting that there are going to be opportunities, as opposed to the general ideology that there is none, or limited opportunities, to absorb the sacked sugar workers.Another suggestion put forward by the Minister is that there are many opportunities for alternative employment – referring to a shortage of plantains for fast-food chain Pollo Tropical, and to the market available for soursop and other fruits.These policies are supply side policies, of course, and without getting into too much technicalities in regard to the underlying economic theories, is it really sensible to convey a message of hope to thousands of people to wait for companies to come invest in Guyana? A mere expression of interest by foreign companies does not mean that they actually manifest into reality.Hypothetically, even if one of those companies decides to invest in Guyana, with the series of protocols and bureaucracies that would have to be undertaken, it would take months — possibly a year or two, or even more time — before they reach to the operationalisation and employment phases.For example, since in 2013, and even long before then, investors were being sought after to invest in manganese mining in Matthews Ridge in the North West District; and only now, in 2018, four years after and possibly longer (if it was indeed long before 2013, when yours truly became aware of this development), the Chinese are now seeking to invest in manganese. So there will now be a manganese company in the North West District, but that, again, will take some time before the company is fully operationalised.Hence, while waiting on foreign investors to come, how long should these thousands of people sit and wait to earn? How will they pay their monthly bills and put food on their tables? How long will the severance pay last to meet their daily needs to survive?(To be continued next week).last_img read more

Committees in Parliament

first_imgThe passage this week of the Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill 2016 exposed citizens to the work, possibilities and shortcomings of “Committees” in our parliamentary system of governance. In this system, Members of Parliament (MPs) are supposed to be engaged in three tasks – representing the interests of their constituencies, legislating laws introduced by the Executive, and oversight of the Government’s work.While MPs are supposed to be “representing” at all times, they are afforded the opportunity to selectively perform the last two in the two types of committees of Parliament. These are the “Select” ad hoc committees that consider specific Bills and issues that have been laid before the Assembly and “Standing Committees”, which are constituted with every Parliament and generally exist for the duration of the Parliament. The Committee to which the Telecommunications Bill was sent since 2013 by the then PPP Executive, was an example of the “Select” type. The Public Accounts Committee exemplifies a Standing Committee, in this case one that is supposed to scrutinise the work of the Executive. In addition to “scrutinising”, Standing Committees such as the “Privileges Committee” are also constituted to facilitate the functioning of the National Assembly.Committees are crucial for the entrenchment of substantive democracy in the parliamentary system, but we saw one of the constraints exposed this week. When the Telecommunications Bill was originally introduced, the members of the then Opposition parties APNU and AFC on the Select Committee felt that too many powers were placed into the hands of the subject Minister. Since at that time there was the unique situation where the Opposition parties also had a majority in the Parliament, the Government was unable to pass the legislation.While there must have been some MPs from the Opposition benches that felt strongly enough about the liberalisation of the telecommunications sector, because of the power of the political parties to insist their MPs literally “toe the party line”, the duty to represent their constituencies’ interest was sacrificed at the altar of political expediency. The party Whips can “whip” support into line for their party’s position because of their power to “recall” contrary MPs. The political expediency was exposed when the APNU and AFC parties – now in government – supported the bill in the new Select Committee formed for this Parliament and was able to have it passed on the floor of the House since they also had a majority of votes there.The PPP, now in Opposition, objected to the powers placed into the hands of the Telecommunications Minister. The shoe was now on the other foot. The challenge for greater substantive democracy, then, would be to facilitate MPs to take a more independent stance when Bills are being considered in Committee and in the National Assembly. In the US system where there is a more explicit “division of powers” between the Executive and the Legislature, the former does not sit in the latter, as is the case here, and Members of Congress are more independent. One way to rectify this matter here would be to eliminate the “party list” system where the party leaders have total control over which candidate on their list during elections are later selected as parliamentarians. This power, along with the desire of the MPs to move into Executive office, keeps them behind the “party line”. A reversion to a total constituency system of elections would also assist in allowing MPs to better fulfil their representative function.The Parliament of Guyana also has Standings Committees, including the four Sectoral Committees – Economic, Natural Resources, Social Services and Foreign Affairs – which are not used sufficiently to scrutinise the work of the Executive. In the instance of the Telecommunications Bill, the Economic Services Committee could have called officials of the Government and the telecommunications companies to give evidence on the issue. In the presence of the media and with the assistance of experts they could hire, democracy would have been better served. But this was trumped by party discipline.last_img read more

The bitter fruits of discontent and resentment

first_imgResentment can stir up a spirit of seeing yourself as a victim threatened by a person who instills doubt or fear. His or her opinion of you may infect you with a low self- image, a lie about yourself that blinds you to your true identity. The one you resent robs you of your freedom and inner peace, and makes you a discontented person. Nagging discontent, in turn, can create an inner emptiness.Envy has been defined as the desire of that which isn’t yours, and the begrudging of the individual who really possesses it. And the object of the coveted possession may not be merely material possessions, but could cover a wide-ranging cornucopia of desirability: such as good looks, a job, academic achievements, social popularity, ability to overcome difficult circumstances and advance despite inhibiting constraints, among a plethora of others.The twin sins of envy and covetousness have destroyed many relationships, and laid waste to lives and the quality of life of those victimised because of the greed, envy and covetousness of others.According to philosopher and student of human behaviour, Lansing, “covetousness is the desire of that which is not yours, and is presently unattainable as it belongs to someone else or lies outside of your ability to get.” But he should have clarified “… to get except by nefarious or criminal means.”Commenting on the negative emotion of jealousy, Lansing posits: “People get envious in a relationship once they really feel that someone else is trying to destroy, steal, or take over that romantic relationship. A lady will get jealous when she thinks her guy is spending as much time with, or around, an additional woman. A man will get jealous when he sees an additional guy flirting with his girlfriend or wife.”Victims of those who are covetous, envious and/or jealous often revert to defensive emotion, which seeks to protect the victimised individual from the actions of those who do not choose to suppress their negative emotional traits. Some become depressed and withdraw into themselves, while others react in multiple other ways, sometimes even leading to violence.In the biblical Book of Proverbs, jealousy is deemed as ‘the rage of a man’. Those who possess the negative emotional traits of envy, jealousy and covetousness are often irrational, and most times act with vindictiveness and spitefulness toward their victims. The psychological attachment to things coveted, and the envy of the possessor by the covetous, can have dire consequences, and afflict the object of desire as well as dependents; such as the instance of a spurned lover burning down the house of a woman, who is cremated alive with her children. Thus these emotions can become lethal if acted upon.A blog on the page of the popular Greg Gardner posits: “Covetousness will be the emotional desire for, and attachment to, something that isn’t yours and is presently unattainable. The Bible clearly forbids us to covet our neighbour’s wife. Once we allow a psychological attachment and desire for someone which has reserved himself or herself to another person, we’re strolling on a very treacherous floor.“You can say that it’s covetousness that produces envy. When a partner starts to covet an existence outside of his relationship, he is certain to provoke his spouse to jealousy. When a lady starts to covet a man currently married, she will provoke that man’s spouse to jealousy.“Covetousness is a signal of discontent. If you are beginning to appear outside your marriage for a happy existence, plainly you have to get assistance with your relationship. This discontent often provokes other people to jealousy, which only compounds the problem.”Discontent with one’s lot could be a precipitator for striving for enhancement of one’s life and lifestyle; or it could induce one to harm the object of their desire; or to wrest the coveted article by violent or criminal means.Rancorous feelings toward someone emanating from envy and/or jealousy of that person, or greed and covetousness for the possessions of someone else, can lead to situations of conflict that could very well be avoided, if one tries to be content with his/her lot and endeavour for their own upward mobility through their own efforts.Envy, greed, jealousy, covetousness are bitter fruits of discontent that could poison one’s entire life, inhibit one’s capacity for enjoyment of their life, and dampen the zeal to achieve to one’s optimum potential for personal growth and development. Even worse, the innocent victims of their desires are the collateral damage of their egomania and psychoses.last_img read more

An open letter to all MPs on 14% VAT on private education

first_imgDear Editor,According to the media, there will be an attempt by the PPP to debate in Parliament on May 8th the rescinding of the 14 per cent  VAT on Private Education. This is an Open Letter to all the Members of Parliament in Guyana, representing all parties, to vote against the VAT on private education.Last week I contacted a number of leaders regarding their views on this question.Minister Khemraj Ramjattan  stated  that he supports the VAT saying “the government has to raise money” as they have a significant deficit.Marlon Williams, the General Secretary of AFC, stated that he was completely opposed to the 14 per cent  VAT, saying that “there should be no VAT on education…. Guyana has fought for free education for almost 50 years and we simply cannot turn our back on it now”.The Deputy Mayor of Georgetown, Lionel Kissoon said, “I sincerely think that the 14 per cent  VAT on private education should be rescinded.”Roy Beepat, was clear,  “On Behalf of the Giftland Group of companies we urge the Government to repeal this tax on our students…this single Tax can and may be the difference between being re-elected and not, as when the 15,000 petitioners go to the poll they will surely remember this.”Christopher Ram stated, “I find the imposition of VAT on education to be disappointing, depressing and distressing…and most of all disappointed at President Granger.”Peter Bouchard said there is a danger that,  “ …our future so-called  ‘good life’ should prove to be empty electioneering words, words which will never again be believed when it comes time to vote”.There were about 20 others that I invited to comment, including a number of Cabinet Ministers. It could be that the contact information for them was incorrect or they were simply too busy, but there was no response. Interestingly, the only one to respond was the President.In preparing this letter I re-read all 1,500 comments that have been published on our ipetition (see: On February 24th the petition, with more than 14,000 signatures, was delivered to the President  and Ministers Winston Jordan and Rupert Roopnarine.  There was no response.Some of the comments on the ipetition include:Keith Gordon, Guyana, “.. find another way to raise revenue … please speak out Minister of Education.”Charlotte Francis, Guyana, “…there must be at least one person with a heart in this decision.”Yashoda, Guyana, “…don’t raise an ignorant nation please.”·       Christopher Williams, Guyana, “education is the only way out of poverty.”Keshawn McAllister, Linden, “how do you know that I am not paying a loan to afford private education?”Oswin Lynch, Guyana, “where is the study which validates this measure?”Maria, Guyana, “…this is discriminating against private school children.”Renee Chester, Guyana, “…this is not what I voted for.”Annika Narine, Guyana, “…can I ask the persons responsible for this to highlight the benefits of this to us?”Gordon Britton, Grand Bend, Canada, “education is a human right, not a good or service to be taxed like a luxury car.”Merle Huntley, Cape Town, South Africa, “the benefit to the state of an educated population is way more valuable than any amount of tax revenue.”Janet Joseph, USA, “President Burnham promised free education from the womb to the tomb.”Alicia Isaacs, Guyana, “for better future leaders let’s say VAT free education.”Hemchand Balli, Guyana, “the government should show that they care for the people.”Azad Khan, Guyana, “…terrible …retrograde move.”Vaidehi Narine, Guyana, “the future depends on us, don’t try to make it even harder.”Vera Zhigalova, Czech Republic, “education is not a thing by which we should build a country’s finances.”Rajeev, Guyana, “so much for free education.”Anil Balli, Guyana, “show that you really care for the people of Guyana.”Somava Stout, USA, “ a tax on education risks the future.”Kevin McKenzie, Guyana, “people expect the government to be compassionate towards its people.”Andrew Budhram, Arima Trinidad, “draconian at best.”Rondecia Wallace, Guyana, “this move by government is heartless.”Imran Bacchus, Guyana, “adding VAT just makes the future of many Guyanese more difficult.”Amanda B, Guyana, “Yes I have a choice … 2020.”Jason Joseph, Guyana, “ it demonstrates backward thinking.”Peter Bouchard, Guyana, “this is one of the most backward steps ever taken by any government in the world.”·       Jaime Singh, Guyana, “I am presently studying at a private school …VAT means I may have to drop out.”Eudo Singh, Guyana, “by destroying the buds you will see no flowers.”Yonette Gordon, Guyana, “APNU/AFC said education should be free for all”.As Members of Parliament you are our elected representatives and we earnestly hope you will vote based on your conscience and not simply follow the party line. Before you vote we urge you to reflect on the following questions:#1:  How does a coalition government, with a majority of one, manage to ignore a petition signed by more than 14,000 persons?#2: How can there be a “huge budget deficit”  and yet none of the leaders suggest other possible sources of revenue?#3:  Others have said, ‘so many of the private schools are not paying their taxes’.Why is it so difficult for a government, with all its powers, to resolve this  flagrant injustice?#4: Some Ministers have suggested, that certain schools have been granted tax free status as a “religious school”. Why is the same concession not given to schools run by persons of other Faiths?#5: Senior Cabinet Ministers have stated simply, “they have a choice.”  Has the public education system, which is presently the target of a Commission of Enquiry, the capacity to re-integrate the thousands of persons who may be forced to leave private schools?#6: Some claim there is no need for private education as the results from public schools are more than adequate. Have any of those statements been supported by research?  The overwhelming body of evidence from national Primary examination results is that private schools are significantly over represented in terms of “success”.  Another commentator talks about CSEC success at the top public schools – did he forget the role of the lessons juggernaut here? Moreover, are lessons teachers asked for the 14 per cent  or even for any tax?#7: Within a few weeks of the 14 per cent  imposition more than 10 per cent  of the 800 ABE students at Nations have dropped out and joined the ever-swelling ranks of the unemployed and unemployable in Guyana. The public system has no equivalent course to the ABE programme offered at a small handful of private centres.  Furthermore, if the thousands of students at the eight  Off-Shore Medical schools cannot find the additional 14 per cent  where will they go? The Aeronautical School attracts students from Guyana and the wider Caribbean – the government makes no attempt to provide them with state sponsored training.  What will happen to the Jamaican Law school, will the Jamaican Consortium simply look for a more conducive country to do business?#8: Do we care about the international image that has been created by this tax? We cannot find a single example anywhere in the world that has imposed a similar tax on private education.#9: Is it true that “private schools are making significant sums of money?” Yes, some are making “significant” money.  Is that wrong?  A more pertinent question is “do those schools  pay their fair share of tax?” – the ones that are tax compliant pay millions of dollars in Income Tax and Corporation Tax.    We need to be careful that we are not developing an anti-private enterprise culture in Guyana – with a huge oil flow around the corner that will not send the right message to the international developers who will be essential to develop those prized riches and who are, no doubt, watching this VAT saga.#10: Why don’t the private schools simply pay the 14 per cent  themselves?  Yes, that can be done – once all the other businesses in Guyana do the same then the private schools can follow suit.#11: Minister Ramjattan supported his Yes vote by saying simply that there is a significant deficit in the budget.  If this happened before elections, rather than after, would they not have been obliged to sincerely listen to and respect the views of the people?#12: In conclusion, where does that leave us?  By abandoning any decision for almost a year the government has succeeded in exhausting and frustrating thousands of persons.   A significant number of the youth of this country, already disenchanted by politics are now totally disillusioned. They look for their leaders and can’t seem to find them under any political banner.#13: Are the dollars taken worth the pain, suffering and disenchantment of thousands and thousands of persons?We surely deserve answers to each of the above questions from our political leaders. Is that too much to ask for?  Should the ‘leaders’ of the country be accountable to the views of the people?SincerelyDr Brian O’TooleDirector, Nationslast_img read more

Ceres trims Persija in Bacolod

first_imgSarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ BACOLOD CITY—Spanish striker Bienve Maranon kept his impressive scoring run to propel Ceres Negros past Persija Jakarta, 1-0, on Wednesday night in the AFC Cup before close to 6,000 fans at Panaad Stadium here.Maranon got behind the Persija defense to head home a teasing ball from Martin Steuble in the ninth minute as the Busmen opened up a five-point gap at the top of Group G.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The two teams meet again on April 23 in Jakarta, but Ceres midfielder Stephan Schrock stressed the importance of taking maximum points at home against Indonesia’s biggest club.“It’s a massive win for us, especially considering that we only play every three weeks as our league has not started yet,” said Schrock.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“To stay undefeated at the top of the group is very, very good. What we need to improve on is our match fitness but that’s hard because the league has not started. It’s a big challenge to get match fitness and get 90 minutes of hard competition.” Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img LATEST STORIES 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 Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Read Next MOST READ Chicano thumps duathlon field Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs View commentslast_img read more

Thailand scores 1st World Cup goal in 5-1 loss to Sweden

first_imgView comments 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Thailand’s players celkebrate their side’s first goal scored by Kanjana Sung-Ngoen during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between Sweden and Thailand at the Stade de Nice in Nice, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)NICE, France — A couple of seconds elapsed before a disbelieving Kanjana Sungngoen raised her arms in celebration.It really happened.ADVERTISEMENT Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing “Everyone was very happy that we at least scored one,” Kanjana said through a translator. “The whole team is very glad.”Even if it was only a consolation goal and the team remains bottom of Group F.“It was a difficult goal and playing a great team like Sweden, it meant so much,” Thailand coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian said through a translator. “It meant that all of our preparation paid off. We had a lot of chances today. This one goal made us laugh, made us smile and makes us happy.”Forget that Thailand’s 18 goals conceded equals the tournament record set by Argentina in 2007. And, Thailand still must face Chile in the group finale.Even Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, through the disappointment of not keeping a clean sheet, could see what scoring meant to the Thais.ADVERTISEMENT Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “We are all human,” Lindahl said, “and having had that defeat they had against the US, and now scoring their goal, you can feel some empathy for them.”It helped that her teammates had already scored four times by the time Sungngoen got on the end of a high ball on the right flank and cut in before beating Lindahl at her near post.The first of the five Swedish scorers netted in the 6th minute in Nice, with Linda Sembrant heading past Waraporn Boonsing.The Thai goalkeeper did manage to palm away Anna Anvegard’s shot in the 19th minute but she couldn’t recover the ball to prevent Kosovare Asllani scoring. Boonsing couldn’t stop the 41st-minute strike from Fridolina Rolfö curling into the top corner.Just like in the game against the United States, it was 3-0 at halftime. Unlike in Paris, Thailand didn’t concede another four times in the opening 11 minutes of the second half.In fact, it took Sweden until the 81st minute to find the net again through Lina Hurtig’s header before being beaten by Thailand on the counterattack.So when the final whistle blew, the Thai squad was able to bow to its fans. Some pride had been restored.“Our defeat in the last game was massive,” Srathongvian said. “We were disappointed, but scoring one today we made some success. We still need to develop and we need to improve and make it better. We need to get as close to other super teams. We need to play better so we can enjoy it more.”center_img Elephants in Thailand ‘broken’ for lucrative animal tourism PLAY LIST 03:12Elephants in Thailand ‘broken’ for lucrative animal tourism05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Thailand had finally scored at this Women’s World Cup.By the time Sungngoen found the net against Sweden in the first minute of stoppage time, Thailand was already trailing 4-0 Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut simply scoring was a triumph after Thailand’s humiliating 13-0 opening loss to the United States. Coaches embraced on the bench and Thai flags were raised in the stands on the French Riviera.They were still beaming after the final whistle, even after Elin Rubensson scored with the final kick of the game from the penalty spot to seal a 5-1 victory for Sweden, which advanced to the round of 16 with a game to spare. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted France looking to close out World Cup group play undefeated Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

Lakers officially bring Anthony Davis into the fold

first_imgHeavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption LATEST STORIES Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Davis is a six-time NBA all-star who has averaged more than 23 points per game through seven seasons with New Orleans, who drafted him with the first overall pick in 2012.Davis also played alongside James in the USA’s 2012 Olympics gold-medal-winning roster.The Lakers announced several other signings on Saturday, including deals with Quinn Cook, DeMarcus Cousins, and Danny Green.A four-time all-star, Cousins has played in 565 career games for Sacramento, New Orleans, and Golden State, averaging 21.2 points and 10.9 rebounds.The Lakers did not release any details about the deals but the US media reported that Cousins’ deal is for one year and worth $3.5 million.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks View comments Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing MOST READcenter_img Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao The Miami Heat were also believed to be interested in Cousins but Davis, a former teammate of Cousins with the Pelicans, helped convince him to go to Los Angeles.Green started 80 games for the NBA champion Toronto Raptors last season, averaging 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.Cook was a member of the 2018 Golden State championship team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 06: (L-R) Kyle Kuzma, Anthony Davis and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers talk before a game between the Lakers and the LA Clippers during the 2019 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPThe Los Angeles Lakers made it official on Saturday, announcing they have signed forward Anthony Davis, who they hope will form a dynamic one-two punch with superstar LeBron James.“Anthony Davis is arguably the most dominant all-around young player in today’s NBA,” said Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka. “Anthony represents everything we stand for, with his unwavering commitment to excellence as both a person and athlete.ADVERTISEMENT It’s a new day in the NBA, and a welcomed change Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This is a historic moment for the Lakers franchise, and we couldn’t be more proud to have him.”The Davis signing took place on the first day NBA teams were allowed to officially sign free agents to contracts that were already negotiated over the past week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Lakers reiterated in their statement that they have acquired Davis in a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, the draft rights to De’Andre Hunter, two first-round picks, and cash.As part of the trade, the Lakers also sent Isaac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones, Moritz Wagner and a second-round draft pick to the Washington Wizards, who in return, sent cash consideration to the Pelicans.last_img read more