Romeo credits teammates for also stepping up in clutch ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Blackwater sunk to sixth place with an even 4-4 slate.The Scores:SAN MIGUEL 118 – Fajardo 25, Espinas 22, Cabagnot 14, Lassiter 14, Santos 8, Reyes 8, Tubid 8, Van Opstal 6, Ross 4, Garcia 4, Agovida 3, Heruela 2, McCarthy 0, Mabulac 0.BLACKWATER 93 – Dela Cruz 16, Aguilar 15, Pinto 12, Sumang 11, Buenafe 10, Forrester 7, Sena 6, Cervantes 4, Pascual 4, Belo 4, Miranda 2, Melano 2, Ababou 0, Banal 0.Quarters: 37-21, 65-40, 91-66, 118-93.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gabby Espinas also had 22 markers and six boards off the bench, while Marcio Lassiter had 14 points on a 4-of-6 shooting from threes.Alex Cabagnot also played despite his broken nose, finishing with 14 markers, nine rebounds, and three dimes in the victory.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“I think this is a good new year for us. We had a good start and I think this is what we’re waiting for,” said coach Leo Austria, as San Miguel clinched the first quarterfinals berth. “I hope we sustain what we’re doing.”With the Beermen in sync, they cruised to a 29-point lead, 69-40, behind a pair of Fajardo freebies early in the third period, allowing Austria to field in his bench players for the majority of the second half. 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 Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint MOST READ PBA IMAGESSan Miguel rang in the new year with a bang and clamped down on Blackwater, 118-93, Friday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.June Mar Fajardo made mincemeat of the opposition, scattering 25 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two blocks to keep the Beermen on top with a 6-1 record, formalizing their entry to the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Blackwater saw an opening with Raymond Aguilar and Roi Sumang staging a late comeback and trimming the deficit to as low as 11, 101-90, with 4:23 left. But San Miguel put its foot down behind Fajardo, Cabagnot, and Ross for its fifth straight win.“With this kind of performance, we have to step up more. I think the next two games will be important for us to avoid any complications.”The Beermen will brace for Ginebra on Sunday, Rain or Shine next Friday, and will wrap the eliminations up against GlobalPort and TNT.Art dela Cruz topped Blackwater with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Aguilar had 15 markers, 10 coming in the fourth.Mac Belo was held to just four points in the tiff, as the Elite shot 7-of-17 from the free throw line.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ LATEST STORIES 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round View comments
Golden State Warriors, from left, Andre Iguodala (9), Kevin Durant (35) and Stephen Curry (30) wait after a called foul during the second half of a game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Image: APThe Golden State Warriors are relocating to a new arena in San Francisco in 2019, and the team may very well have a new name by then.Just as fitting as their move from the Oracle Arena in Oakland to the neighboring Chase Arena in San Francisco, there’s a growing speculation that the franchise would soon drop ‘Golden State’ from its name, to be replaced with the squad’s new location.ADVERTISEMENT Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 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 Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Derrick Rose mysterious no-show for Knicks’ game The Warriors started under the Philadelphia banner, as the Philadelphia Warriors, before moving to San Francisco in the early ’60s. The franchise then moved to Oakland in 1971 and was renamed the Golden State Warriors. Should a change happen, therefore, it would be not much of a name change, but in fact only a re-assumption of the old name ‘San Francisco Warriors’ which the team carried from 1962 to 1971.Since the term ‘Golden State’ also refers to other cities in the state of California, the nebulousness of the name have confused many beyond the Bay Area.But ever since the team’s recent championship success and surging popularity, even casual fans now know where the franchise is located.“What’s happened with the team over the course of the ensuing years, until today, has made the Warriors if not the preeminent, at least among the three best-known NBA franchises around the world,” the Warrior executive continued.“And everybody who didn’t know where the Golden State Warriors were four years ago, if you’re a fan today, anywhere in the world, you know where the Golden State Warriors are,” he saidADVERTISEMENT ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer LATEST STORIES Welts, however, said that as of now, the odds are against any change and the team would most likely keep its name.“But if you were a betting man, I think you would probably want to wager that the name might remain the same,” Welts revealed.Welts also disclosed that the “Golden State Warriors” was coined as an effort to attract fans from all over California, and not just in the Bay Area. Khristian IbarrolaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint View comments The team’s president and COO Rick Welts addressed these rumors last week, claiming that the franchise has yet to approve the potential brand change, predicted to become ‘San Francisco Warriors’.“The team’s success has caused us to really rethink whether or not that’s something we should or want to do,” Welts said on the Warriors Insider Podcast, transcribed by CSN Bay Area. “I guess it’s fair to say there’s been no final decision made.”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 Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books “Four years ago, I think the conventional wisdom in our building here in Oakland was that, yes, we should attach a city name to the team, that it would become a more global franchise,” Welts described. “There was a lot of head-scratching four years ago about where the Golden State Warriors even played, in other parts of the world.”What’s in a name Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 Pingris should know, given that Cone previously called the shots for the Purefoods franchise and even carried the squad to a Grand Slam back in 2014.Pingris also kidded that for the Hotshots to gain the slightest edge, he may have to hold his former teammate and Game 6 hero Joe Devance hostage.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“I’m going to give you a Black Label,” Pingris shouted to Devance in a post-game banter.On a serious note, the energetic forward said that though odds are against Star, that doesn’t mean that it will just roll over and die. “For us, we have to defend. We have to look at our mistakes today,” said Pingris, as the Hotshots hope to bounce back from this 91-67 Game 6 defeat to Ginebra on Sunday.“It was their night. We did all we can but the game was really for them. So on Game 7, we have to give it our all and leave nothing behind. Whatever we have left, we have to put it out there.”Pingris finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in Game 6, but there’s no doubt that his team needs more from him and everyone else if they want to advance to the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.“The game here is on our adjustments. Whoever adjusts better for Game 7 will get the edge,” he said. “We know every one will give their 100-percent, so let’s see what happens on Game 7.” ADVERTISEMENT 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Ginebra forges ‘50-50’ Game 7 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESWith the Star-Ginebra semifinals series going the distance, Marc Pingris admits the Hotshots will be the underdogs in their do-or-die on Tuesday.“They have the advantage because they have coach Tim (Cone),” he said in Filipino. “He has a lot of experience in these situations compared to coach Chito (Victolero).”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study View comments
LATEST STORIES The Power Smashers, led by Regine Arocha, Jovelyn Prado and Katherine Villegas , hope to ride that win when they go up against Air Force at 4 p.m.Meanwhile, Sta. Elena shoots for the solo lead in the men’s side as it battles Instituto Estetico Manila at 1 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Title favorites Pocari Sweat and Creamline collide even as Air Force and Power Smashers mix it up Thursday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at FilOil Fiying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash PLAY LIST 01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 The Lady Warriors and the Cool Smashers are two of the more popular squads in the league, which should make the 6:30 p.m. match an exciting one.Myla Pablo, Elaine Kasilag, and Jeannete Panaga will lead Pocari Sweat, which has won the last two conferences but is now missing former team captain Michelle Gumabao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundIt hardly mattered last Tuesday as the Lady Warriors drubbed Perlas Spikers, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19.Creamline will lean on superstar Alyssa Valdez, who has struggled to carry her team all by herself. The Cool Smashers are at 1-2 and will enter the court nursing a 25-23, 21-25, 25-17, 20-25, 15-13 defeat at the hands of Power Smashers. Miñoza, Alido share early ICTSI lead Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View comments
“More than practice, I had the chance to be with the team and get to know my teammates as people and they get to know me and that translates on the basketball floor,” said McKines, who is playing for his third PBA franchise after making his league debut for the Alaska Aces in 2013.“It’s good that he was able to come early and go through the playoff process with us and how we operate in practice, how we operate during games,” Ross said.Ross added that the Beermen’s quest for a Grand Slam gives McKines’ more reasons to win.“It adds extra motivation for him and he’s a winner so it’s easy for him to integrate with us,” said Ross.“I’m playing on the best team in the PBA and I play with a lot of heart and passion so no pressure just all opportunity,” McKines said.ADVERTISEMENT And how could he not? It was a game where then-Rain or Shine import Wendell McKines muscled his way to 53 points on 16-of-23 shooting from the field and 17 rebounds with five assists and five blocks to boot.“I’ve never played with him but playing against him, he’s a beast,” said Ross, who doesn’t have to worry about slowing down McKines with the Oakland, California native suiting up for the Beermen in the 2017 Governors’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“One game in the semifinals when he was still with Rain or Shine, he put 50 points on us so he’s a tough dude, he’s hungry, he wants to win and he knows the task at hand.”McKines, who turns 29 next month, won’t get to play until the next several weeks but his work has already started in May when he joined SMB here. LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:28’Star Wars’ cast reveal which co-stars they’d go caroling with and hopes for the New Year01:40Filipinos 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 Lassiter gets back at TNT 5 years after his first Finals loss LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Wendell McKines. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netAs a five-time PBA champion, Chris Ross has been through a lot of playoff games and yet he could still remember that particular Saturday night when his San Miguel Beermen lost to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in Game 2 of the Governors’ Cup semifinals two years ago.The game was forgettable for the Beermen, who lost, 113-110, after they blew a 20-point lead in the third quarter, but somehow, Ross recalled that moment on the fly.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LSU title parade draws massive crowds MOST READ
MONACO (AP):Sebastian Vettel stood out last season for his furious rants more than his slick driving. Six races into the new campaign, the Ferrari driver is no longer Formula One’s Mr Angry, moving 25 points clear of Lewis Hamilton and in serious contention for a fifth title.The title race took a further swing Ferrari’s way after yesterday’s Monaco Grand Prix, with Vettel winning ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen.Hamilton finished seventh and behind his Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, who was fourth.Ferrari did not even win a race last year, but the Italian manufacturer has turned the tables on Mercedes. Faster and so far more reliable, with a calm and confident Vettel behind the wheel, the Prancing Horse is galloping away.Vettel’s third win this season was the 45th of his career and Ferrari’s first here since Michael Schumacher in 2001. That was during Ferrari’s dominant era. Early suggestions are that Ferrari could be on the verge of a new one.”It’s very, very special to win here,” Vettel said. “With the season we’ve had, the Ferrari fans and the Ferrari flags are increasing.”There are few better places to celebrate than glitzy Monaco, and Vettel seemed keen to make the most of it.”We’re going to have a very fun night,” he said.It was a much different story last year, when Vettel was swearing and cursing on team radio, aiming expletives and broadsides at other drivers and even F1 officials.”We had a lot of hard times last year, but this year it seems to be (the other way around),” Vettel said. “We must make sure we keep the momentum up in the next couple of races.”Vettel has been all smiles and compliments this year, emotionally praising his team in Italian after Sunday’s win.Daniel Ricciardo, Vettel’s teammate during a dismal season at Red Bull in 2014, finished third to make it an even worse day for Mercedes.”We’ve just been missing pace,” Bottas said. “Ferrari were very strong this weekend and for whatever reason, their car seems easier to operate.”Vettel let out a whoop of delight after crossing the finish line with bright sunshine gleaming off the famed red of Ferrari. As the German national anthem played, he stood atop the podium with his eyes closed.
FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica (CMC): Sunil Ambris increased pressure on the West Indies selectors by carving out his fourth first class hundred, but rain allowed just 31/4 hours’ play, on the second day of the opening four-day Test against Sri Lanka A here yesterday. The 24-year-old struck 106 as the hosts, resuming from 236 for four, reached 364 for eight in their first innings before rain arrived 41 minutes after the lunch break to end play prematurely at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium. Though the rain abated, conditions kept players off the field and play was eventually called off late in the day. Ambris was supported by overnight partner Vishaul Singh who hit 81 while all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall chipped in with 25. Left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara claimed three for 104 while medium pacer Chamika Karunaratne picked up two for 61. Right-hander Ambris picked up where he left off on Wednesday’s opening day as he dominated the Sri Lankan bowling yet again. Resuming on 62, the Vincentian stormed to three figures in an innings, which included 12 fours off 156 deliveries in just under 41/2 hours, all told. The innings was a further reminder for the Windies selectors who ignored Ambris for the Pakistan, England and Zimbabwe series, despite his heavy recent scoring in the domestic competition. Ambris extended his fifth wicket partnership with Singh to 136 before adding a further 51 for the sixth wicket with Cornwall. In contrast, Singh’s innings was a patient one, lasting 219 balls in just under 51/4 hours and including four fours. Windies A were perched on 333 for six at lunch but only 15 overs were possible afterwards before the weather curtailed play.
Following the successful staging of the final production in the “Watch De Ride” trilogy earlier this year, the local theatrical spectacular is set to return to the National Cultural Centre (NCC) for a special Education Month edition, billed forThe cast of “Watch de Ride” receiving the award for Best Production at the National Drama Festival 2013Friday, September 15.This is as the Education Ministry launched its annual month of activities celebrating the accomplishments of the sector while promoting growth.The third edition of “Watch De Ride” – subtitled “Snapchat Blues” – is set to take the NCC by storm once again, but this time in a special matinee show for an audience of secondary school students in an attempt to enlighten the young mindsPlaywrightRonald Hollingsworthon a number of pressing social issues, while promising an entertainment-packed presentation.The dramatic comedy seeks to shed light on the Guyanese “minibus culture”, which was brought into the home of an unsuspecting family. This situation unfolds as while the parents were at work, their school-age children use their absence as an opportunity to partake in a series of experiments, implicating them both physically and emotionally.On that note, the play opens with a burst of thrilling events which lead to a series of intense complications and ultimately conflicts, with the highlighted themes pitting the children against their parents as well as neighbour against neighbour.Adding to that, the production also explores the cultural expectations of societies, particularly those enshrined in traditional gender roles versus the changing moresDirector Sheron Cadogan-Taylorof the youth.The “Watch De Ride” series was written by Guyanese playwright Ronald Hollingsworth, with Part Three “Snapchat Blues”, being staged under the directorship of veteran theatre maven Sheron Cadogan-Taylor.Cadogan-Taylor in explaining the dynamics of the play noted, “Many times over, young adults in our lives make choices that weigh heavily on parents and society in general. The play brings the complexities of secrets, impulsive decisions, lies and trade-offs out from under the carpet and thrust them before the audience.”The renowned local director further pointed out, “The audience may ponder on ‘what ifs’ and what may happen next in the drama; the chances taken by the young adults in the drama creates some unimaginable problems for their families.”“Watch De Ride 3” could be considered a classic based on the subject matter and its philosophical underpinnings as it puts a timely question to parents and guardians of today’s youth.Bringing the intricate plot to life is a cast of dynamic local performers that include Nelan Benjamin, Kimberly Fernandes, Mark Luke-Edwards, Sean Thompson, Nicola Moonsammy, Nathaya Whaul, Leon Cummings, Simone Dowding, Sophera Waldron, and Paul Budnah.The cast and crew have announced that they are working assiduously, pushing to set the Cultural Centre stage ablaze as they return with the one-day spectacular.“Watch De Ride 3” Education Month edition provides the perfect opportunity for those who missed the first staging of the production or others who simply want to catch it all over again.Students wishing to cash in on the educational entertainment that is “Snapchat Blues” can do so by purchasing a ticket at the reduced cost of $500. The show is set to commence at 13:00h.
…or opaque in oil?Call your Eyewitness jaded, but he’s not impressed by this application of a “Multi Stakeholder Group (MSG) for Guyana to obtain membership in the “Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative” (EITI). The latter body, “overseeing” the “transparency” and good governance of extractive operations in some 52 countries engaged in oil, gas and mineral resources, is supposed to be a stamp of approval over our Government’s handling of our incipient oil industry.But no matter how vigilant the EITI is — and that’s a matter for debate — aren’t we locking the stable door after the (oil) horse has bolted? After all, according to our trusty Wiki source, “The EITI Standard requires information along the extractive industry value chain FROM the point of extraction to how the revenue makes its way through the Government, to how it contributes to the economy.”But in our case, all of Guyana – including key supporters of the Government – have been demanding the details of the contract, since that would determine exactly what we’re supposed to get “FROM the point of extraction”. How exactly did Trotman get to DOUBLE the rate of royalties from 1% to the underwhelmingly 2%?? He can’t have it both ways: saying on one hand that the PPP contract negotiated back in 1999 is cast in stone, yet, on the other hand, a key clause could be changed!Point of the matter is: the original 1999 Contract was time-bound, and was due for renewal by 2015 — just when the new Government COINCIDENTALLY acceded to office.The contract could’ve been renegotiated at that time – and WAS! All that talk of Guyana getting “bad name” for not accepting the sanctity of contracts is nonsense. Just as with the GTT contract — signed in 1990 and expired in 2010 — which can be renegotiated, as the Government’s doing right now. No bad name!!Your Eyewitness has a problem with the MSG, which will represent Guyana at the EITI, accepting the contract shouldn’t be shown to the Guyanese people. Whose interests are they really representing? The legislation says the MSG “shall be comprised of 4 Government Representatives; 4 Business Group Representatives; and 4 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Representatives.”We can understand the Government and business reps going along (businesses, after all, have to be “pragmatic”!) but the CSOs?? Shouldn’t they have dug their heels in and demanded the contract be made public as a precondition to their giving their stamp of approval to the application to the EITI?But all is not lost. Right now Guyana is merely an “EITI Candidate”; it’ll take two-and-a-half years for Validation.The people can speak in 2020!!…on new BridgeIf the Government hasn’t begun its campaign for 2020, the AFC certainly have! After a prolonged period of somnolence, they’ve suddenly found their voice, and are pronouncing on all manner of things. Even the Cummingsburg Accord – but don’t get excited – nothing substantive!! Anyhow, their Minister of Infrastructure, Patterson, announced they’ll get going next year on the fixed-span new Demerara Harbour Bridge, which the PPP had proposed.But again, don’t get too excited. What they REALLY announced was next year they’ll launch the PROCESS of starting the bridge project. And we know how long THAT can take to get it to the end, don’t we? However, there was an interesting revelation to the effect they’ll be having prospective bidders for the project be PREQUALIFIED. Makes, sense, doesn’t it? You wouldn’t want any fella with a backhoe sending in bids, would you? This is an important and LARGE undertaking.But if PREQUALIFICATION is necessary for the bridge, why did the Government throw out prequalification for PHARMA SUPPLIES?Aren’t lives even more important than a bridge?…wishYour Eyewitness is bemused by the irony of that Marxist holdout in the PPP – Hydar Ali – fervently and ostentatiously agreeing with the British High Commissioner on the need for a change in the voting system.Aaah, how quickly we forget!!
…towards the US?Well…well…well! Guyana voted against the US (and Trump) on that country’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In case you’d imbibed too much in the Christmas party, dear reader, and missed the dust-up at the UN…here’s the scoop. Trump, being Trump, decided to jettison decades of US policy not to go along with Israel’s insistence that Jerusalem was the capital of the state of Israel, which they’d created after driving out half of the Palestinian population.Jerusalem, however, remained with a Palestinian majority, and in recent proposals to bring peace to the Middle East, the UN-sponsored “two-state solution” (divvying up the state of Israel into Palestinian and Jewish parts) was acceptable to 165 countries, except the US and Israel. The Palestinians would make East Jerusalem into their capital.While the US is only one country, it’s the lone superpower standing, so all of this was turned on its head by Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem!The matter was brought to the 15-member Security Council, where even close ally Britain joined the 14-1 vote against the US decision. The latter, of course, used its veto to prevent a resolution being moved against it. Trump wasn’t moved – his stock rose in the domestic gallery he was playing to – he was sticking it to the UN, full of “furriners”! The counter resolution in the General Assembly, which Guyana and the other 127 countries voted for, doesn’t have any legal effect; it’s just sending a message to Trump.So the question arises: Why did Granger have his Government go along? Principle? Well, the book on Granger’s hero, mentor and model – Burnham — was written by Tyrone Ferguson. The title he gave it was “To survive sensibly or to court heroic death”! The point he made, of course, is that unlike Jagan, Burnham had no desire to “court certain death” by taking on the US so in the beginning. Once ensconced in power, it was a different story!In the matter at hand, US UN Representative Nikki Haley had warned countries – with individual notes – that the US was “taking names”! Of the 193 member countries, 8 voted with the US, 35 abstained (including TT and Jamaica) and 24 didn’t vote. The last two groups must’ve listened to Trump: “We’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.” They wanted to “survive”.So, what gave Granger spunks? Well, Burnham got spunks after he got power, because the PPP was anathema to the US, and so the US had no choice but to put up with the PNC’s nose-thumbing.Is the PPP once again beyond the (US) pale?…against Opposition MPsClerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Issacs, sent out a missive defending the police invasion of the Parliament Chambers to eject Opposition PPP MPs. And what a strange defence it was – reminiscent of AG Basil Williams’s forays in the Courts of Law! He started out with:“Referring to an incident in the United Kingdom’s House of Commons, the 24th edition of Erskine May Parliamentary Practice at page 457 states that the Speaker directed the Sergeant-at-Arms to remove a Member of Parliament who refused to comply with an instruction to withdraw. The Sergeant-at-Arms, “finding that force was necessary, brought in his officers… ” Well, excuse your possibly optically challenged Eyewitness, but didn’t that say the Sergeant at Arms “brought in his officers.” Issacs should check further and he’d find the Sergeant-at-Arms works with the “Office of the Parliamentary Security Director”.Then he refers to ejections from the South African Parliament. Yes, that happened, but did Issacs not read, “CON-COURT RULES POLICE MAY NOT REMOVE MPS FROM PARLIAMENT”??But why’s the Clerk suddenly so pro-active? Anything to do with mining concessions?…on curfewWho says the Public Security Minister has no power? He just relaxed the 2am curfew for the holidays!! Makes sense, doesn’t it?Just when they’ll be the most drunks on the roads!!