Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal View comments “We would like to make it back-to-back with coach Aldin (Ayo),” Mbala said Thursday after receiving the Smart Collegiate Player of the Year award from the UAAP and NCAA Press Corps during the Collegiate Basketball Awards at Montgomery Place in Quezon City.Ayo and Jamike Jarin, the new National U coach who led San Beda to the NCAA crown, shared the Coach of the Year award.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ La Salle’s Ben Mbala (Mighty Sports Mythical Five/Smart Player of the Year). Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere will be no let up in Ben Mbala’s quest for glory for the La Salle Green Archers.Having bagged almost every individual and team honor last year, the 6-foot-7 Cameroonian vowed to take his game to the next level as the Green Archers try to retain their UAAP championship in Season 80 late this year.ADVERTISEMENT Kramer welcome addition to Phoenix in playoffs push
Jayson Castro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT notched its fourth straight victory but not after surviving Mahindra, 86-84, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.Donte Greene carried the KaTropa with 24 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks, while Troy Rosario got 11 markers and four boards.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Lausa loses to Bibulatov in UFC 210 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Roger Pogoy kept the door open with a split from the free throw line with 12.0 ticks left, but Alex Mallari failed to acknowledge the situation and badly missed the layup late, paving the way for Greene to seal the victory.Keith Wright topped the Floodbuster with 26 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while LA Revilla had 20.Unfortunately for the Floodbuster, their efforts still weren’t enough as they dropped their third straight game and fell to 1-5.The scores:TNT 86 – Greene 24, Rosario 11, Castro 10, Tautuaa 9, Rosales 8, Pogoy 6, Fonacier 5, De Ocampo 5, Williams 4, Reyes 3, Carey 1, Tamsi 0.ADVERTISEMENT On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Greene and Rosario came up big but n the end, it was still Jayson Castro, who orchestrated the escape act, tallying 10 points, seven assists, and five rebounds as TNT improved to a 4-1 slate.TNT head coach Nash Racela looked at the game against the Floodbuster as a chance for his team to correct its miscues. But with a few sloppy plays, TNT found itself in another dogfight to the finish.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We were leading all the way and during the half, I was telling the team that this is the time to build and develop good habits during the game. Obviously today, we weren’t able to do that and we still had a lot of mistakes. It’s just good that we’re getting wins despite playing that way,” he said.With TNT holding a slim 83-81 lead, Mahindra still had a chance to pull ahead, but Jason Deutchmann muffed his trey with 31 seconds left. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government LATEST STORIES SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test MAHINDRA 84 – Wright 26, Revilla 20, Mallari 17, Elorde 6, Salva 5, Paniamogan 4, Deutchman 3, Caperal 2, Yee 1, Ballesteros 0, Corpuz 0, Celda 0, Guevarra 0, Galanza 0.Quarters: 18-17, 47-38, 65-62, 86-84. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments
BOSTON (AP):The Celtics are heading to the Eastern Conference finals with the No. 1 seed and home court advantage. But they are still very much underdogs to the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers.That’s because throughout this season the conversation hasn’t so much been about which team would come out of the East, as much as how much resistance any team could offer the Cavs.So far it hasn’t been much, with Cleveland posting back-to-back sweeps in the first two rounds.After waiting more than a week for an opponent, the Cavs have their latest challenger. It’s a Boston team that many wrote off after the Celtics fell into a 0-2, first-round hole against the Bulls.Now, fresh off a Game 7 semi-final win over the Washington Wizards, the Celtics in many ways find themselves playing with house money as they prepare to host a LeBron James-led Cleveland team carrying all the expectations into Wednesday’s Game 1 in Boston.”We’ve been counted out since I’ve been here, so it’s nothing new,” Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas said. “We’re not really focused on the outside noise and what they think we’re going to … . We’re just going to take care of business as we go.”That’s easier said than done.Boston have yet to beat the Cavs this season with Cleveland at full strength. The Celtics’ lone victory came on March 1, with Kevin Love out after minor left knee surgery. Cleveland won the other games by a combined 35 points, including a 114-91 romp on April 5.Thomas has spoken several times this post-season about wanting to experience the make or break moments that only the playoffs can provide. He has his chance against a team that both he and coach Brad Stevens have acknowledged is better than it was even in April.”That’s where LeBron is so good,” Stevens said. “I think that you can’t throw him one look, because he will eventually pick that look apart.”BAD BLOODThere were major fireworks the last time the Cavaliers and Celtics met in the playoffs.In Game 4 of their 2015 first-round series, which was swept by Cleveland, Boston’s Kelly Olynyk and Love got tangled up, and Love was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Cavs forward J.R. Smith delivered a backhand punch to the face of Boston’s Jae Crowder and former Cavs enforcer Kendrick Perkins delivered a crushing blindside screen on Crowder.Smith earned a two-game suspension, Perkins was fined and Love missed the rest of his first post-season after undergoing surgery.Olynyk was branded Public Enemy No. 1 in Cleveland, but James wouldn’t bite when asked if he thought Boston’s physical forward was a dirty player.”I’m not about story lines,” he said. “I’m just going to play basketball.”The Cavs are 15-3 in road playoff games over the past three seasons.
BROKEN RECORDS EXPECTED The World Para Athletics Championships kicks off the Summer of World Athletics today with 10 days of action at the London Stadium. On the morning of the first day of action from the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017, organisers have confirmed that the event will enjoy the biggest audience in World Para Sport championship history. Tonight’s session at the London Stadium will open with 20,000, before a Saturday night attendance expected to exceed 27,000. With tomorrow night set for at least 31,000 spectators, athletes will experience the best support ever experienced outside of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The excitement will be further heightened in the early part of the week as the Mayor of London-backed schools’ ticketing pro-gramme will see tens of thousands of schoolchildren attend the Championships – 70,000 of whom will help fill the stadium on Monday and Tuesday’s morning sessions alone. In addition, records are set to be broken in terms of broadcasting, with TV pictures set to be beamed to more than 20 countries around the world. The final days before the Championships have also garnered royal support to #FillTheStadium, with Prince Harry joining forces with T42 sprinter and Paralympic bronze medallist Dave Henson to encourage people to show their support for the world’s best Para athletes. Niels de Vos, championship director, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce a record-opening weekend for a World Para Sport championship as well as the amazing global reach of the broadcast figures. We wanted to make this the most watched World Para Athletics Championships in history for the sport.” Sir Philip Craven, International Paralympic Committee president, said: “Even before London 2017 begins, it is record breaking in pretty much all areas. Not only has the event shattered all records in terms of spectator attendance and commercial support for a Para Sport championships, the global reach of the event will also make history. “With TV pictures set to be beamed to more than 20 countries and over 800 media accredited, the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 will reach more people than ever before around the world. Just like London 2012, this is going to be an event not to be missed.” The World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 kick off the Summer of World Athletics and the biggest sporting event in the world in 2017 with the IAAF World Championships following at the London Stadium, August 4-13.
BATTLE WITH ILLNESS KAZAN, Russia (AP): Four years after Brazil’s humiliation at its home World Cup, Thiago Silva is back to his best in Russia, a country where his then-burgeoning career was almost tragically cut short years ago. The 33-year-old Brazil centre back – who is nicknamed “O Monstro” for his exceptional physical abilities – is probably playing in his final World Cup, and he has been enjoying a perfect tournament so far. While forward Neymar attracted negative comments for his antics on the field, Silva has been irreproachable. The captain arguably has been the best centre back of the tournament, alongside Uruguay captain Diego Godin. Like Uruguay, Brazil have conceded only one goal in Russia so far from a set piece in its opening 1-1 draw with Switzerland. And the Selecao’s rivals have managed only five shots on target in their four matches against the five-time champions. Silva has been playing a key role in helping Brazil achieve those impressive statistics, anchoring the defence with authority and class. During the 2-0 win against Mexico that guaranteed Brazil advanced to the quarterfinals for the seventh consecutive time, Silva was decisive both in the air and on the ground, blocked several shots, and made two clearances. “It’s a huge joy to be doing an excellent cup and to be growing with every game,” Silva said. “I’m happy about my performance and the performance of the team.” Happiness and joy have been hard to come by during some stretches of Silva’s career. The native of Rio de Janeiro went through hard times after Brazil’s 7-1 loss to Germany at the last World Cup. Silva did not play in that game because he was suspended, but he was harshly criticised and branded a crybaby for his emotional outbursts as he was pictured in tears before a penalty shoot-out against Chile in the round of 16. After the tournament, he was stripped of the team’s captaincy by new coach Dunga then left off the regular roster after the 2015 Copa AmÈrica. He returned from exile in September 2016 for World Cup qualifiers after being called up by Dunga’s successor, Tite. Those professional ups and downs are nothing compared to the ordeal Silva went through back in 2005, when he spent about six months in a Moscow hospital after he contracted tuberculosis. Regarded at the time as one of the world’s most promising defenders, Silva had been sent on loan from Porto to Dynamo Moscow alongside several teammates. “It was probably the worst episode of my life,” Silva said. It was during a training camp in Portugal that doctor Yuri Vassilkov, who had travelled along with the team, noticed that Silva had a persistent cough. “He had a temperature and we thought it was a simple cold,” Vassilkov said in an interview with L’Equipe newspaper this week. “I gave him some medication, but he did not improve. I was a bit worried, and I sent him for exams at the British hospital in Lisbon. The diagnosis was terrible: tuberculosis. It was a shock.” Vassilkov believes that the diagnosis was so late that Silva was weeks away from dying. Silva was brought back to Moscow where he was hospitalised in a centre specialising in tuberculosis treatment. At the time, Silva did not speak English or Russian and went through a bout of depression. “The cold, the lack of natural light, the fact that I could not speak to anybody … All this was very difficult to handle,” Silva remembered in an interview with Belgian Sport/Foot magazine. After Russian doctors at one point considered removing part of his lungs, Silva survived and fully recovered. He never played a game for Dynamo, and these painful events are just bad memories now. AGE – 33 HEIGHT – 1.83m APPEARANCES – 75 GOALS – 6 NUMBER – 2
German club Bayer Leverkusen has announced that Jamaican winger Leon Bailey will be out of action for several weeks because of a muscle tear. The 21-year-old picked up the injury during the first half of the club’s opening group match in the UEFA Champions League against Lokomotiv Moscow on Wednesday. He was substituted at half-time. The injury could also force Bailey to miss the Reggae Boyz’s Concacaf Nations League match against Aruba on October 12. The match will be played at the National Stadium in St Andrew. Bailey has scored two goals in six games for Bayer this season. We want to hear from you! Send us a message on WhatsApp at 1-876-499-0169, email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Echos From The Plantation” – a movie that portrays the livelihood of Indians on the sugar plantation will be released on Saturday at the Nirvana Humanitarian Foundation at Metem-Mere-Zorg, West Coast Demerara, in time for the 180th anniversary of the arrival of East Indians to Guyana.The movie which has a cast of local cane, provision and rice farmers was directed by Kishore Sewnarine out of New York.The movie came about in 2014 when the director made a research presentation at his office as a speech.One year later, he used that speech as an opening monologue for a play staged by Nirvana Humanitarian Foundation Inc, USA.While performing the monologue both in NYC and Toronto, Sewnarine noticed tears in the eyes of the audience as they related to the story. After the production, many asked if he can record the monolog and post it up to YouTube.While it caught his ears, it did not satisfy his artistic desire. He had been acting since 1977 and to slap together a YouTube video with stock footage from the Internet was not sounding good to him. As such, he committed to making a movie.He began writing the script in 2016 and the scenes were shot it in 2017. The scenes were shot in Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo. In one of the scenes, the village of India was built from scratch in Perseverance Estate on the Essequibo coast.The logee and slave ship were also built at Bola Sawmill in Hubu.The primary reason for this production is to celebrate/commemorate the 180th anniversary of the arrival of Indians in Guyana.Because of that intention, the movie focuses on the first batch of Indians only. There are many other elements of the Indian history in Guyana but many of those elements happened later in the saga.
…”free and fair elections”A professor from the US War College in Washington – which advises the US administration on global strategy — visited Guyana late last month. He opined, “In the context of Guyana’s current constitutional crisis, Washington has both an important role to play and a complex set of strategic imperatives to consider in doing so.” Your Eyewitness was pleased that he wasn’t coy but “told it like it is” in true “realist” style.The gentleman noted that in the interviews he had with Guyanese leaders (the owner of Oases qualifies?) they all stressed the actions of the US back in the 1960s, but advised that the US had now moved on from the imperatives of the Cold War and was today more concerned with corruption in those running the Government – now and in the future. Stability is needed in light of Exxon pushing us into the ranks of the world’s top 20 oil producers.In terms of the politics evolving after the NCM, the analyst opined that “recent APNU-AFC attempts to avoid or postpone an early election do not, for me at least, seem to pass the common-sense test. The challenge for the U.S. is not to allow its good relationship with the Granger government to lead it into condoning behaviours that could undermine the credibility of advocacy of healthy democracy elsewhere.” He had to be referring to the US strong advocacy for the return of democracy via “free and fair elections” in next door Venezuela and in the hemisphere.Against that background, we must view the newly accredited US Ambassador, Sara-Ann Lynch, urging President Granger for “genuinely free and fair elections” very significant. The Ambassador is clearly in consonant with the professor’s observation that the US must be seen as not speaking “with a forked tongue” on its promulgation of democracy as a pillar of its foreign policy strategy.As your Eyewitness has pointed out in this space before, corruption of the electoral process is the threshold issue in Guyana if we’re ever to entertain hopes of controlling “corruption” writ large. After all, while the Government’s supporters will close their eyes to the patently transparent efforts of the administration to stall the elections, they know this can only be because the PNC needs to buy time to implement some scheme on rigging the elections, originally scheduled for 2020.And it’s this knowledge of the Govt corrupting the most important value of Guyanese – the power to freely select our governors – that causes Guyanese, from Minister to commoner, to excuse corruption in other sections of national life.Let’s support the US Ambassador’s call for free and fair elections, and head off corruption at the pass.Rally on March 21st!! Constitution Supremacy Day!!…sacrificeYour Eyewitness notes the irony of four Government Ministers – including VPs Greenidge and Ramjattan — commemorating the 1913 killing of 15 sugar workers and wounding of another 56 by the colonial police! Those workers were then protesting the high-handedness of the planter class, who wanted to wring blood out of stone to extract as much profits as they could, and violate the contract with the workers. But this Government has fired over 7000 sugar workers countrywide and doomed them to destitution, since no alternative employment was created.Trying to keep life and limb of their families and children, some workers went to fish on the abandoned estate of Skeldon – and were forced to pay for “the privilege”!! Your Eyewitness is willing to wager that, since the estates were closed, more than 15 have already perished through depression, suicide or malnutrition and its attendant illnesses. And this is a “Guyanese” Govt??Yet these Govt Ministers could utter platitudes of being inspired by the sacrifices of 1913!Irony is lost on these philistines.…scampishnessSo now we have the former Deputy Chief Elections Officer of GECOM – who should know about these things – vouchsafing that there’s no question the organisation was always in a position to conduct elections in 90 days!!What says Patterson now??
Dear Editor,Nowrang Persaud’s letter on stipends for State Boards’ Chairmen and Directors that carried in your daily (July 13, 2016) is stimulating enough to be worthy of a comment. It must be appreciated that, all things being equal, a Government under normal circumstance will appoint individuals to sit on State Boards who have considerable competence, expertise and experience in a particular area of trade, profession or vocation and that their presence on a particular board will make a positive impact on such organisation by virtue of the said competence, expertise and experience. All these appointments carry non-executive status.Any individual who is so identified and appointed ought to see it as an honour to be of service to the State, rather than the State be of service to the appointee. This is what prompted the late President John F Kennedy to make that famous quote “Ask not what the country should do for you, but what you could do for your country”. Unfortunately, Mr Persaud’s advocacy to compensate State Board’s Chairmen and Directors by benchmarking with parliamentarians and “top echelons of Government and national, public and civic organisations” runs contrary to President Kennedy’s philosophy.Editor, if State Boards’ Chairmen and Directors are dissatisfied with the opportunities for “self-compensation and aggrandisements”, then the fittest and honourable thing to do is to refuse such appointments. In the current scheme of things, many of the current State Boards’ Chairmen and Directors hold substantive jobs with high salaries and perks. Mr Persaud needs to understand and appreciate that when these full-time, permanent job holders take leave from their respective organisations their pay and perks are not reduced for the time they spend at Board meetings. So why should they be paid stipends that are commensurate with “top echelons” job holders to attend Board meetings and still receive fulsome pay and benefits from their full-time jobs? It will simply be a ‘double-whammy’ pay! The appointment then becomes a profit centre.The case cited by Mr Persaud whereby a “Director on the Board of one of these operations was so appalled at the miserly stipend payable to him that he quickly sought an opportunity to serve the same outfit in virtually the same capacity”. Editor, this opportunity could not have materialised if corporate and ministerial heads had not facilitated it, and the pursuit of such opportunity by the individual could only have been influenced by greed for monetary aggrandisement, and not by a selfless service to the state.Finally, it’s an ominous disclosure by Mr Persaud that Board Members may be “tempted to do any form of wangling to meet obviously critical demands of the respective positions”, or rather to put it more bluntly, using his analogy, ‘to bring about financial accomplishment by employing scheming or underhand methods’. No wonder why many of our state boards reek of misappropriations and fiduciary irresponsibility; their thrust according to Mr Persaud is seemingly poised for “self-compensation and aggrandisements.”Yours faithfully,Dmithri Ramsunai
Dear Editor,The PPP/C continues to express its grave concerns about the unfair and unhealthy developments as it relates to the procurement process to identify the contractor for the new Demerara River crossing. We have expressed concern as it relates to the decision made and publicly announced that the extended deadline for the submission of bids for the pre-qualification of contractors had moved from a date in October to a new date in November.We continue to express our concern as it relates to this model of “Finance, Build, Operate and Maintain”, as against the “Build, Own, Operate and Transfer” (BOOT). Enough is still not known as it relates to this new model where the contractor is also expected to be the investor. Our concerns are currently heightened with our recent access to reliable information of the “backroom wheeling and dealing” that involves Ministers and senior political operatives in the APNU/AFC coalition Administration and potential investors/contractors to ensure a pre-determined outcome.These signs of unfair competition are unhealthy and very disturbing; this is the foundation of corrupt transactions. Our sources have indicated that there is sufficient traceable evidence of frequent and unhealthy engagements between Ministers and APNU/AFC political operatives and certain companies long before the closing date for submission of bids for pre-qualification. It is clear that the contract will be awarded to either a known Chinese company with a strong presence in Jamaica or a Dutch consortium that has done work in Suriname. As a result, we shall be closely monitoring the results of this process.The PPP/C urges the project management team to be steadfast in their professionalism during the evaluation process and not allow their integrity to be compromised by political decisions. The evaluators also must have the strength of character to rebuff political interference or direction.We promise to continue to fulfil our responsibilities to expose corruption in the Government sector and to protect the Guyanese people’s interest and prevent the rape of our country by such “sweetheart deals”. APNU+AFC, we will hold your feet to the fire.Sincerely yours,Bishop Juan Edghill,MP