Guiao awaits word on Clarkson’s inclusion in Asian Games roster

first_imgWith a week left before the Jakarta Asian Games, head coach Yeng Guiao is still putting in his final touches for the basketball team that will play in the continental meet. ADVERTISEMENT And part of that preparation is awaiting word on the participation of NBA guard Jordan Clarkson. Guiao said he has no problems reserving one of the 12 spots in the roster for the Asian Games for the Cleveland Cavalier.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’“For me, it’s okay to reserve a slot for Jordan,” said Guiao in Filipino after the team’s practice Thursday at Meralco Gym. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is still finalizing Clarkson’s inclusion in the lineup and getting clearances from both the NBA and the Cavaliers.  Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIEScenter_img Brownlee wishes he can play for Ginebra ‘forever’ MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Olympic Council of Asia also still has to accredit Clarkson for the Games. “I still don’t know the answer to that [if Clarkson is good to go],” said Guiao who will announce the final 12-man lineup on Friday evening. “I think if there’s a possibility it’s worth the risk of reserving a slot for him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

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Tricks of the trade? Hamilton worried by Ferrari extra speed

first_imgCrew work on the car of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (Srdjan Suki, Pool Photo via AP)SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium — Moments after the end of Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton walked alongside the Ferrari of winning driver Sebastian Vettel and peered inside the car.It was only a quick glance, but comments made by Hamilton shortly afterward revealed his concern at where Formula One rival Ferrari’s extra speed on the straights is coming from.ADVERTISEMENT “They have got a few trick things going on in the car,” the British driver said in a trackside interview.Asked later to clarify his comments, Hamilton was keen to distance himself from sounding suspicious, or suggesting Ferrari has infringed the rules in any way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I’m not saying it’s anything illegal. Trick is just something that helps you bring that extra performance … Please don’t twist my words,” Hamilton said. “We all have trick things on our cars. Trick is just a word for something special, I guess. I don’t know what’s on their car, so I couldn’t say (if it is illegal or legal) either way.”Although Hamilton finished 12 seconds behind Vettel in second place, that margin was made larger by the fact Hamilton eased up in the closing laps because he knew he could not catch Vettel and was saving the engine for races ahead, starting next weekend at the Italian GP in Monza. Following that, Ferrari has another fast track well suited to it at Singapore. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We might struggle to match them there (in Singapore),” said Hamilton, who leads Vettel by 17 points with eight races left. They are both chasing a fifth F1 title to move level with Argentine great Juan Manuel Fangio.Heading into this weekend’s race at Spa, nestled in the Ardennes forest, both Ferrari and Mercedes had brought upgrades to their cars. But Hamilton sounded confused why Mercedes is slower than Ferrari.“We came here with a pretty good upgrade, and I mean generally every time we do bring an upgrade they bring a bigger one,” Hamilton said. “We knew they were quicker on the straights. We’ve known for the last four races so they’ve had some things in their car to enable them to be quicker on the straights. We’ve got to work harder, I guess.”Although Hamilton seemed to distance himself from his initial “trick” comment, he continued to query where the power comes from.“In both stints he had a little more pace than me,” Hamilton said. “They deploy (more) power somehow than us. Not really sure how, but that’s how they are.”ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Thai tennis player out of US Open because of travel woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES Vettel, who was sat next to Hamilton in the post-race news conference, responded calmly when asked if his car has extra power.“I hope so. I hope we have more power. That’s what we’re working for. We’ve been making progress the last two years (so that’s) good news,” the German driver said. “I wouldn’t disagree in terms of power this year we are closer (than last year) … It’s good to see we are making progress.”Charlie Whiting, motorsport governing body FIA’s race director, was asked about Hamilton’s “trick” comment.“I’m quite amused by it, really, because we know quite a lot about the Ferrari car and there’s no way Lewis would know anything about the Ferrari car,” Whiting said. “They’re doing a good job at the moment and Mercedes have got to try and counter that, haven’t they?”Whiting does not see any problem with Ferrari’s car.He added: “If he (Hamilton) says they’ve got a few tricks going on in that car, well, clearly they have got some things going on in that car which are giving it performance which we’re all aware of (in FIA) and obviously we’re happy with.”Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff praised Ferrari’s performance.“Lewis was pretty powerless on lap one. He got swallowed up by Vettel on the straight,” Wolff said. “(Ferrari) were deserved winners today. “last_img read more

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A look at the teams in the Champions League quarterfinals

first_imgGENEVA— Three of the eight teams in Friday’s draw for the Champions League quarterfinals are three of the hundreds of teams that would have been excluded from a proposed Super League.Ajax, Porto and Tottenham were all left off the list of 16 teams included in the breakaway proposal — a proposal exposed last year and widely denounced.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Manchester United caretaker head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates after the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)Twenty years after scoring the winning goal for United in a Champions League final, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to lead the team to the title as manager.After his understrength team’s amazing comeback at Paris Saint-Germain from a 2-0 first-leg loss, who would bet against them?There’s a “nothing to lose” feel about United, which was a huge outsider when qualifying for the knockout stage under Jose Mourinho.Solskjaer has restored some of the team’s belief and attacking swagger in three months in charge. See especially Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.It might not be enough for a fourth European title but it should be fun watching.PORTOPorto is, perhaps, the team everyone else in the draw wants to face.Coached by former player Sergio Conceicao, Porto is looking to go beyond the quarterfinals for the first time since 2004 when Jose Mourinho led the team to its second title.Porto has flavors of South America and Mexico in the team, plus a foundation of Champions League-winning former Madrid veterans: 37-year-old goalkeeper Iker Casillas and 36-year-old defender Pepe, who returned to his former club in January.Like Liverpool, Porto has a strong African influence in attack with Mali forward Moussa Marega its top scorer with six goals in the competition. The plan for the Super League was traced back to Real Madrid, while Bayern Munich has previously been revealed as another team seeking a breakaway.Both of those teams were eliminated in the last 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHere’s a look at the teams that did make it through to the quarterfinals:AJAX Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phisgoc reopens talks with MOA for SEA Games basketball venue Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The mature way the five-time European champions dealt with Bayern Munich in their 3-1 away win in the last 16 showed how far they have come under Juergen Klopp over the past two years.It was fitting that a goal by Virgil van Dijk proved to be key in Munich, with the arrival of the center back for $99 million in January 2018 shoring up a defense that had been shaky in Klopp’s first two years in charge. Liverpool also now has a world-class goalkeeper in Brazil international Alisson Becker.Few will relish going to Anfield in the last eight. Just ask Manchester City, which was swept aside 3-0 in the first leg last year to virtually end its Champions League ambitions.MANCHESTER CITYThis season seems like City’s best chance to become European champion since being taken over by its Abu Dhabi owners in 2008.No longer Champions League novices, City is in the quarterfinals for the third time in four years.The depth in Pep Guardiola’s squad is fueling a challenge for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies, having already won the English League Cup.City has benefited from benign draws, with Schalke shaping up as the weakest round of 16 option. City won 10-2 over two legs.A two-leg quarterfinal against Liverpool, its Premier League title rival, or against Manchester United, its neighbor, would be quite an experience.MANCHESTER UNITED Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)Surprisingly, Barcelona has reached only one Champions League final in the last seven years — even with Lionel Messi on the field.Messi was certainly a key component in the last 16 against Lyon on Wednesday, scoring two goals in the 5-1 rout and keeping Barcelona on track for another treble of titles.Barcelona also leads the Spanish league and recently beat Real Madrid to reach the final of the Copa del Rey.JUVENTUSJuventus’ Leonardo Bonucci, centre left and Cristiano Ronaldo hug at the end of the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)Juventus’ offseason move to sign Cristiano Ronaldo was intended to end a 23-year wait for a third European title.It’s working so far.Ronaldo delivered another career-defining performance, scoring a hat trick against Atletico Madrid to overturn a 2-0 first-leg loss. His legal issues in the United States, where he has been accused of rape, seemed a world away.Ronaldo is looking to join Seedorf as the only players to win the European Cup or Champions League with three different clubs. Veteran Juventus defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, along with coach Massimiliano Allegri, just want a first title after losing in the final in 2015 and ’17.LIVERPOOLA finalist last season and now in the quarterfinals again, Liverpool is back at Europe’s top table. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES TOTTENHAMTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino smiles prior the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Wembley stadium in London, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)Tottenham is in the quarterfinals for only the second time, despite not buying any players in the past year.That highlights the extraordinary job coach Mauricio Pochettino is doing with a tight-knit squad — headlined by England striker Harry Kane and Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen — and an ever tighter budget.Tottenham’s new stadium, built on the site of its former White Hart Lane ground in north London, should finally get to host a Champions League game after season-long construction delays and safety concerns.If Tottenham is drawn at home for the first leg on April 9-10, it could even officially open the new arena. Ajax players celebrate after the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Ajax won 4-1. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)Yet again, Ajax has assembled a young, entertaining team — one that fans want to watch but rivals want to avoid.Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt have a chance to continue a not-so-proud Dutch tradition of playing beautiful soccer before being sold to wealthier clubs.That’s what happened back when Ajax won three straight European Cup titles from 1971-73 with players like Johan Cruyff and Johan Neeskens, and again in 1995 with Clarence Seedorf, Edgar Davids and Patrick Kluivert.Ajax, which beat defending champion Real Madrid 4-1 in Spain to advance, is the only quarterfinalist that started in the qualifying rounds, way back in July.BARCELONAADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

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Knicks block LeBron James at the finish, rally to beat Lakers

first_imgNew York Knicks’ Mario Hezonja (8), right, blocks what could have been the winning shot by Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — LeBron James drove left, the No. 4 scorer in NBA history needing a basket to beat the worst team in the league.Defending him was a journeyman who hadn’t even gotten off the Knicks’ bench in a month.ADVERTISEMENT James’ shot didn’t go in. Didn’t even get to the rim.Mario Hezonja blocked James’ shot with 2.3 seconds to play, allowing New York to complete a late rally and beat the Los Angeles Lakers 124-123 on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“To beat a great player, sometimes you’ve got to do the unexpected and you’ve got to make big plays,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said, “because you know that they’re gearing up to make a big play.”The Lakers led by 11 with under 3 ½ minutes remaining before the Knicks charged back largely because of their defense against James. DeAndre Jordan also blocked one of his shots in the final minute, and James also missed a jumper with the Lakers clinging to a one-point lead. James finished with 33 points, eight assists and six rebounds in his return after sitting out a game, but the Knicks spoiled it with a closing 13-1 burst. James shot just 4 for 15 in the final quarter.“He just missed shots,” Hezonja said. “If you are saying that you are the reason that he is missing shots, you are an idiot.”Actually, Hezonja was one of the reasons after getting the assignment in his return to the rotation after not playing since Feb. 13, sitting out 12 straight games.Emmanuel Mudiay had 28 points and eight assists for the Knicks, who snapped an eight-game losing streak. His two free throws with 22 seconds remaining were the final points of the game.Kyle Kuzma added 18 points for the Lakers, who have lost three straight and eight of nine.ADVERTISEMENT Knicks: Fizdale said starters Dennis Smith Jr. (sore lower back) and Noah Vonleh (sprained right ankle) were day-to-day and that G Frank Ntilikina (groin) was progressing, though there’s still no timetable for his return.ON THE JOB TRAININGThough rookie Kevin Knox has shot miserably in his first season, Fizdale thought games like Sunday and then Monday against Toronto were good for the first-round pick, no matter how he shot, because they were learning experiences.“Back-to-back games, I think it’s going to be good for him. LeBron today and obviously Kawhi (Leonard) tomorrow, so welcome to the league, kid, and this is what it’s about. This is why I wanted him in this,” Fizdale said. “Take those lumps now and later on in his career no one will remember this stuff, when he now is the guy that’s beating up on the kids. So this is all good for him.”INGRAM’S INJURYLakers coach Luke Walton said he was “thrilled” for Brandon Ingram, who had thoracic outlet decompression surgery on his right arm Saturday. The forward was ruled out for the season earlier this month after he was diagnosed with deep venous thrombosis. A blood clot caused shoulder pain for Ingram, and Walton said he hadn’t been comfortable talking about Ingram’s health while he and the team were gathering information on treatment options.“I’m thrilled for him,” Walton said. “He’s a young man that has his whole future ahead of him so it was good to hear that everything was successful.”UP NEXTLakers: Visit Milwaukee on Tuesday.Knicks: Visit Toronto on Monday. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history The West will be wild, but in the end, Duke will win title James sat out Friday in Detroit on the second night of back-to-back games and had plenty of energy for his lone visit of the season to Madison Square Garden. And it appeared his Lakers would ease to the victory when James’ jumper with 3:44 to play gave them a 122-111 lead.But everything changed from there and the Knicks ended up with just their NBA-low 14th victory of the season.“We didn’t close the game out. Being the competitor that I am, it bothers me that I didn’t make enough plays down the stretch. It bothers me that I didn’t even get a shot at the hoop. Of course that stuff bothers me,” James said.“But what’s the difference between their record and our record? Two teams out of the postseason. So it’s no difference. We could have a couple of more wins than them but both teams right now are looking on the outside looking in.”James’ trip to one of his favorite arenas was his first in a long time where his team has no championship hopes, where instead of All-Star teammates, his Lakers had as many mismatched parts as the Knicks. James got the usual big cheers for an exciting play, but also the type of criticism he has rarely faced during his career.Cameras showed James sitting all the way at the end of the bench during first-half play, far from some teammates. Knicks TV analyst Walt Frazier criticized James for not publicly being more part of the team, saying James “doesn’t really care” about the perception.The Knicks made 11 of their 15 shots, and even when they missed it wasn’t because of great Lakers defense. Of their four misses, two were unsuccessful dunk attempts by Jordan.They finished 16 of 22 in the period to lead 41-30, but the Lakers outscored them 36-22 in the second to bring a 66-63 edge into halftime.TIP-INSLakers: Josh Hart returned after missing a game with right knee patellar tendinitis. Lance Stephenson missed a fifth straight game with foot/toe injuries. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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VP Boakai Lauds New Investor

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai has lauded the Atlantic Construction Group, Inc. (ACGI) for what he term as job creations for citizens and a contribution to the rebuilding of Liberia.Speaking at the official opening of ACGI office in Old Road Community Friday, May 16, the Vice President said, the government appreciates the investment by the ACGI.The Vice President stated that he was glad that the company decided to construct an office space before anticipating a single contract. According to him, this shows a high level of commitment on the part of the company in working with the people of Liberia, as well as the government.“We want to see people including investors carry out such investment in the country as this will serve many of the people by providing job opportunities and also contributing to the rebuilding process of Liberia,” he stated.Mr. Boakai further emphasized that ACGI was one of the groups that have clearly demonstrated a level of sincerity to the people of Liberia by ensuring that they have a well-constructed office to work and also provide empowerment for many of the people.He said despite the huge difficulties face by Liberians, “We still have committed investors to help the government in creating job opportunities and empowerment for our people when they are in need.”Also speaking at the opening ceremony, the president of the Board of director for ACGI, Madam Juliette G. T. Alindgo expressed thank and appreciation to the government of Liberia and the Vice President for his humanity and their acceptance to working with the ACGI in Liberia.  Madam Alindgo told Vice President Boakai, “Few years ago, we met and we told you about what ACGI intended to do in Liberia, this is the evidence before we move further and a joint venture of Liberia and Togo business, Africa own.”She also use the occasion to call on business women to be instrumental in helping to reduce poverty in Liberia.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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Setting the record straight on several important issues

first_imgDear Editor,Comments made by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan in East Canje earlier this month (circulated on YouTube), merit a response, for the simple reason that Ramjattan continues to expose the fact that he cannot be trusted, as he persists in peddling more untruths about various issues.Ramjattan misleads when he insists that from 2005 to 2014, the European Union (EU) gave Guyana “every year” $20 million euros as support mechanisation and other undertakings in the sugar sector. Editor, the fact of this, Guyana received some G$34.8 billion from the EU. This fact was the subject of some debate in July 2017 when the coalition Government, in error (or by design to mislead), claimed that the EU gave Guyana $348 billion. The correct figure of $34.8 billion was given by the EU last year.Ramjattan misleads when he insists that US$200 million was spent on the Skeldon Factory. Editor, it was President David Granger’s address to the National Assembly, on January 10, 2018, which made clear that the cost of the Skeldon Factory was US$121 million. Editor, even the US$121 million (about GYD$24.2 billion) spent on the Skeldon Factory is less than the GYD$34.8 billion collected from the EU in budget support.Ramjattan misleads when he insists that other factories were ignored. Editor, the investments in the other sugar estates are clearly documented, as a matter of public record.It is interesting that even as he rambles about what was NOT done to support the sugar sector under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, he acknowledges, albeit tangentially, that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition promised Guyanese that a new government would not close sugar. Again, Ramjattan misleads about this promise, as he insists that the sector is not being closed, but is being “right sized” – the coalition Government’s new favourite phrase. Lastly,Editor, one alarming comment made in East Canje was Ramjattan’s confident declaration that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) would rule in favour of the Basil Williams-led team, in the case of the presidential term-limit challenge. I mention this because it comes on the heels of a boast by Ramjattan to at least three PPP/C parliamentarians, at a recent meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Constitutional Reform – where Ramjattan insisted that he has ‘inside’ information that the CCJ will rule in a particular way. Editor, such disparaging comments about the CCJ can only be treated as more misleading comments.Ramjattan has distinguished himself as the PNC-led Government’s puppet, being used to address communities that are stronghold support areas of the PPP/C. Ramjattan uses sophistry in his attempt to make a case for the coalition Government. However, his ramblings are seen as false and the Guyanese people will not fall prey to lies.Zulfikar Mustapha,PPP ExecutiveSecretaryPPP/CParliamentarianlast_img read more

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Witch-hunting weapons are increasing

first_imgDear Editor,When in Opposition, this Government knew all the right answers for every aspect of good governance. They knew that the AML/CFT Bill proposed by the PPP/C Government was deficient, and that was the reason they could not have supported it in the National Assembly.Immediately upon holding the reins of power, our ‘erudite’ Attorney General, Mr Basil Williams, on 26th June 2015, successfully piloted the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Authority Bill, even though the former Attorney General, Mr Anil Nandlall, had pleaded that the ‘creation’ of such an Authority would undermine the independence of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and is contrary to what the AML/CFT Task Force had wanted.Over three years later, AG Williams has finally admitted he had said at that time that Government did not understand what was really happening. He said, “We weren’t in the loop”, and now they are taking corrective action.But is this the ‘correct action’? The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism and Proliferation Financing (AML/CFT/PF) National Coordination Committee — which is headed by Attorney General Basil Williams, who is also Chairman of the PNC — is far worse than the Authority which is now defunct. There are no pretensions whatever that this Committee would ever act independently and objectively. It is following in the same settings as SOCU and SARU, and will not be devoid of political direction and control. This Committee will give an umbrella of total control over the FIU.We have seen in Trinidad and Tobago that the Director is the Head of the FIU, and is responsible for the supervision and implementation of policies with respect to the money-laundering and financing of terrorism in accordance with the FIU Act and any other laws.The FIU is also the oversight and monitoring body of the AML/CFT. In Guyana, the FIU has now become a political weapon for the APNU/AFC Coalition Government, unlike the now defunct AML/CFT Authority and the AML/CFT/PF of Guyana, whose heads are appointed by the National Assembly.It must be noted that the Director of the FIU, the Deputy Director and other senior functionaries of the FIU are all appointed by the National Assembly. We know that the National Assembly is controlled by the APNU/AFC; they have the majority, therefore whoever they appoint will take effect. Consequently, the appointment of AG Basil Williams as the Head of the AML/CFT/PF, as pointed out by Dr Jagdeo, we now “have a politician being conferred with an enormous authority….undermining the FIU, which was supposed to police the act’.All these appointments will be strictly political; there is no room for objectivity and impartiality, fairness and justice. Moreover, apart from Financial Intelligence Units being independent and operating autonomously, they should possess expertise in finance and financial analysis, and they should be able to exchange information directly and independently.It is evident that Mr Williams is no ‘expert’ in finance and financial analysis, and is definitely ‘not fit and proper’ to be the person in charge of the Committee; but, as the Chairman of the PNC, his ‘expertise’ in witch-hunting may be necessary!On the other hand, the Director and the Deputy Directors of the T&T FIU are appointed by the Public Service Commission.In addition, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance in T&T appoints the other members of staff, after consultation with the Director. This applies to consultants and experts as well, who are employed on a contractual basis. This is how our system should be modelled. It is time that the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), which is an organisation of states and territories of the Caribbean Basin, vehemently object to this type of political interference.It must be noted that the CFATF have agreed to implement ‘COMMON MEASURES’ against money laundering and terrorism financing. I must submit that the Anti-Money Laundering measures in Guyana are by no means ‘common’.It is evident that this Coalition Government now has another highly potentially destructive weapon added to its burgeoning arsenal to continue its ‘witch hunting’ attacks against the PPP/C and its supporters.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Sixlast_img read more

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GAW needs fresh ideas to win CPL

first_imgDear Editor,Before the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) started, I wrote to the press a letter wherein I posited that the players that were bought during the CPL draft do not have what it takes to win the CPL this year, and my prediction has come to pass.I alluded to the fact that Jason Mohamed and Rayad Emrit should never have been in the squad because of their poor performances over the years, and instead Colin Munro and Chanderpaul Hemraj should have been selected before them.As I said then, those two — along with Chadwick Walton and Cameron Delport — had a very poor tournament, which contributed to the Warriors’ not winning the CPL.Editor, I want to submit, though, that the blame must lie squarely with the Operations Manager, who has been with the Warriors since the inception, and who has been integral in the selection of the teams over the past six years. Over those six years, the Warriors have reached the finals four times and never won, yet the Operations Manager remains at the helm.Something is definitely wrong. For the Warriors to win the CPL next year, there has to be new management with fresh ideas, who must buy players who specialise in all aspects of the game: batting, bowling and fielding. In other words, we must have a more balanced team, with no weak links. And the players who were outstanding during this year’s CPL, such as Luke Ronchi, Shimron Odilon Hetmyer, Sherfane Rutherford, Imran Tahir and Chris Green, should form the core of the team for next year.I would not select Sohail Tanvir for next year, for the simple reason that age has caught up with him. He was very slow in the field and in running between the wickets, and as the commentators mentioned, he seemed to have been burnt out towards the back end of the tournament.Finally, Editor, it is clear we need more Guyanese in the team. Remember the last time we won a T20 tournament, Stanford, the entire team were Guyanese; and looking at many of the players in the Warriors team over the years, many of them are no match for Guyanese players. Hetmyer and Rutherford are classic examples.Yours Faithfully,Imtiaz Baccuslast_img read more

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Shocked by James Bond’s action

first_imgDear Editor,I read with great shock, in sections of the media that James Bond, a lawyer, has offered money to the parents of the two boys who were struck down on the Annandale Public Road by some Chinese, who cannot yet be located.One of the young men died and the other is in a critical condition in the hospital. Based upon what I read in the newspapers, Mr Bond, on behalf of the Chinese Association, offered $1.9 million to the parents to settle the matter. The parents said that Mr Bond was in the company of a Chinese woman, who obviously knows the whereabouts of the driver.I do not know what quality of lawyer Mr Bond is, but what I do know, is that his conduct is highly reprehensible and also illegal. As a lawyer, one would expect that Mr Bond is familiar with criminal offences, such as perverting the course of justice. Mr Bond has a duty as a citizen to assist the police in their investigations to locate the driver. He should be taking the Chinese woman to the police station to provide the police with information regarding the whereabouts of the driver.Instead, he chose to take the woman to the home of the parents of the victims with a view of paying them off in order to compromise the criminal justice system from taking its lawful course. This is one of the most serious criminal offences. It is akin to bribing a witness not to give evidence in a case. Only recently, a lawyer was charged for doing so in Berbice.The police and the DPP must take actions against Mr Bond to send a clear message that serious criminal offences cannot be settled in this manner. If not, the entire criminal justice system will break down and the rich will commit crimes with impunity because they can afford to pay off the poor victims.Regards,Jairam Seetaramlast_img read more

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India votes in world’s largest election

first_imgDear Editor,Hundreds of millions of Indians voted in five phases of balloting so far. Two phases of voting remain — one this Sunday and the other the following Sunday — to complete the process.The general election has been billed as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The campaign takes the form of a Presidential election. Modi’s nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a historic landslide in the last elections, in 2014.Modi staked his claim in 2014 to lead India on a tough image against terrorism and a truly secular government without favouring any religious or caste group. He has been tough against those who infiltrated the porous borders of India to spread terror. Modi ordered surgical strikes against camps in Pakistan in February. His action won overwhelming approval from the nation.In India, people generally vote against the incumbent. Most of the incumbent MPs of the BJP are disliked, including the popular Bollywood actress Hema Malini, who is seeking re-election from Mathura, the holy city of Lord Krishna.But voters tell this writer they want to give Modi a second term; thus they will vote for the incumbents on account of Modi, who remains the BJP’s main vote-getter.Modi is campaigning everywhere on behalf of the candidates of his party, the BJP, which is in an alliance with other parties called the NDA. The largest opposition party is the Congress, which is in an alliance with other parties called the UPA. Sworn enemies in the opposition have come together to defeat Modi, but opinion polls put the NDA ahead of the UPA by almost two to one. However, the polls say the NDA will not win a majority of the seats. It takes 272 seats to form the government in a parliament of 543 elected members of the lower house, or Lok Sabha.This writer, in his own informal polls, puts Modi ahead of the Congress and likely to come close to a majority of seats, giving him a second five-year term in office. Without an opposition alliance, the BJP would win over 300 seats. As it is now, the party is struggling to capture 250 seats. The BJP won 283 seats in the last election.The seven-phase elections commenced on 19th April and will conclude on 19th May. Counting of ballots is on 23rd May. There are some 970 million eligible voters across the country. This is the largest election ever conducted in the world.The tone of the campaign has been acrimonious, especially against opposition leader Rahul Gandhi and two of his alliance partners, Akilesh Yadav of SP and Mayawati of BSP.The BJP faces strong challenges from other regional parties in the south and in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been trying to bring together the parties to form a coalition to unseat Modi. Rahul’s father (Rajiv), grandmother (Indira) and great-grandfather (Jawaharlal Nehru) were all Indian prime ministers.His mother, the Italian-born Sonia, declined the PM position in 2004. Rahul himself declined the PM position in 2009. His sister, Priyanka Gandhi, formally launched her political career in January. She is not contesting a seat, although it was announced she would contest against Modi. Had she done so, she would have been trounced.Modi is contesting in the prestigious Benaras seat. This writer’s poll has him well ahead to win by a landslide. Priyanka is campaigning for her brother and mother Sonia, who is contesting a seat Rae Bareli, from Uttar Pradesh, the state where 70 percent of Indo-Caribbean people trace their roots. Rahul is also contesting from UP in Amethi constituency. Fearing he would lose, Rahul has fielded himself in a second seat in Kerala state. In India, a candidate can run for more than one seat, but can only represent one seat in parliament and resign the others if elected from more than one.The Lok Sabha, or lower house of Parliament, has 543 elected seats, and any party or coalition needs a minimum of 272 MPs to form a government. Opinion polls say Rahul will lose Amethi. However, this writer found from his survey that Rahul would win Amethi and also in Kerala.The main issues in the campaign are high unemployment, national security, and India’s role in world affairs. Caste and religion also play critical roles in how people vote. Chamars, called dalits in India, are voting for the BSP led by Mayawati. The Yadav cast is voting for the Yadav party, called SP. At Friday namaz before each vote, imams instruct Muslims to vote for the party they feel would defeat the BJP. But Muslims are divided, with women supporting BJP because the party has given women equal status to that of males, angering the latter. In addition, the BJP has sought to outlaw multiple marriages and triple talaq divorce in which a man simply tells his wife he divorces her.It is hard to predict the exact number of seats each alliance would win, but everywhere this writer has travelled, voters tell him the NDA under Modi would be returned to office for another term, unless something major goes wrong.Yours faithfully,Vishnu Bisram(In India)last_img read more

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