Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Only Ray Parks Jr. found his stride on offense the last time out with 23 points for Alab, which is hoping to squeeze better outings from World imports James Hughes and Sampson Carter. The 6-foot-9 Carter has yet to score in twin digits after debuting with 23 points in the 86-77 win over the Kaohsiung Truth last Jan. 8. But Alab can restore order to its campaign with a win over the Vietnamese club, which is coming off a 67-82 defeat to the Westsports Malaysia Dragons last Friday. It will be the first of four meetings between Alab and Heat this season. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 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 DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal For a coach getting his first big coaching break, Cuan is finding out the hard way how tough getting all his players locked in for the task at hand. But the former De La Salle guard gets another crack to put Alab Pilipinas back on track as the Filipinos host the Saigon Heat on Friday night in Paranaque City. 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 still have confidence in this team,” said Cuan, whose team beat Kaohsiung Truth, 93-87, the last time it played a home game in Olivarez Gym. “The next time we play we will be ready.”Alab absorbed its worst defeat of the season in Hong Kong after getting overwhelmed by the Long Lions, who shot the lights out from beyond the arc in the middle quarters. Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Crucial showdown up MOST READ Photo from ASEAN Basketball League Facebook/Onvisa ThewphaingarmMore than anyone else, Alab Pilipinas coach Mac Cuan was hard on himself as he watched his squad get humbled by the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions last Sunday. “I’ll take the blame on this one and prepare better the next game,” said Cuan, after Alab’s 80-93 away defeat in the Asean Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal
End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Ecuador: Barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sinks at port PLAY LIST 00:51Ecuador: Barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sinks at port00:50Trending Articles01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH01:40Filipinos 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 For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Despite the win, Altamirano shared that there’s still a lot to be desired with the way Flying V has played, especially on the defensive end.“I wasn’t really happy because I felt we didn’t assert ourselves defensively today. It’s good that we won, but I’m not satisfied and we need to work on our defense because our opponent scored more than 100 points,” said the veteran mentor.Val Acuña had 22 points for the Coffee Lovers, while Mark Sarangay had a huge double-double of 18 markers and 17 rebounds in the losing effort.The scores:FLYING V 119 – Teng 35, Salamat 20, Banal 15, Thiele 12, Cañada 10, Ongteco 6, Dionisio 6, Tampus 6, Torres 4, Webb 3, Colina 2, Mendoza 0.ADVERTISEMENT Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working NBA: Durant, Curry lead Warriors to rout of Cavs, 2-0 series lead Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 105 – Acuña 22, Sarangay 18, Acibar 15, Avenido 13, Padilla 10, Knuttel 7, Arellano 7, Jumao-as 5, Montuano 4, Dadjilul 4, David 0, Riva 0, Vidal 0.Quarters: 31-25, 60-48, 87-73, 119-105.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Just like usual, Jeron carried us in the first half. And when he got in foul trouble, it was Eric (Salamat) who carried through for us,” said coach Eric Altamirano.Eric Salamat bucked his shooting struggles and still wound up with 20 markers, 15 coming in the second half, on top of four assists.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 groundGab Banal got a near double-double of 15 points and eight rebounds, while Hans Thiele had 12 points, five rebounds, and two blocks in the win for the league-leading Flying V.The Thunder were firing on all cylinders early, shooting 57-percent in the first half as they jumped to a 60-48 halftime edge and led by as much as 19, 96-77, after a Salamat trey with 7:43 left to play. Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESJeron Teng got going early as he anchored Flying V to a 119-105 rout of Gamboa Coffee Mix to stay unbeaten in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The blue chip swingman fired 20 of his 35 points in the first half, on an efficient 12-of-19 sniping from the field, to go with three assists and three rebounds to keep the Thunder on top of the standings at 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Lassiter finally breaks 3-point shooting funk Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKim Kianna Dy may have the spot in the national team falling on her lap, but her studies might stand in the way.Dy, an incoming Business Management senior at La Salle, said she would have to ask permission from all her professors so she can join the Philippine team for a 17-day training camp in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ A dream fulfilled for Christian LATEST STORIES The Japan camp, a staple for PH national team during its heydays in the late ’80s, is a requisite in making the squad competing in the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Senior slated this August.“I’m very thankful (to make it to the team) but also surprised because I wasn’t even in the 18-man pool,” said Dy.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 ground Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Swing Out Sister back to PH this April View comments Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’
– DCC’s rising starTwenty-year-old Kemol Nial Jared Savory, also called “Savas”, is presently representing the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) in the UWI T20 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago. This talented Guyanese cricketer has been a part of the DCC for the past nine years and it has definitely been a successful journey. Born at the Woodlands Hospital to Joseph Savory and Wendy Callender, he was blessed to have grown up with two amazing siblings, Carlos and Romona Savory. His early childhood was spent in Essequibo, after which he moved to Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara and later to Tuschen Housing Scheme, on the East Bank of Essequibo. He had an amazing and ‘spoilt’ childhood because he was the youngest. He attributed his humble upbringing to his parents, adding that they were always supportive, especially when it came to the game of cricket. He is the third child for his patents – his father, a Chief Engineer who was often at work at sea.His days are basically spent with his siblings and mother. His nursery school life was spent in Essequibo but after moving to Vreed-en-Hoop, he began his primary school education there.Reminiscing on his childhood, Savory recalled waiting on the school bell to ring – signalling the end of session – so he could play with his friends. When the family moved to Tuschen, he joined his first cricket club, the Parika/Salem Cricket Club where he received formal training under a coach.After completing his National Grade Six Assessment, he was awarded a place at Stewartville Secondary School. He recalled those were some of the best days – he and his best friend at the time, Ravin, would escape during the recess period to hang out or play cricket with other friends. After recognising his interest in the sport, his mother got him enrolled at DCC.Being a part of the Club, he participated in the Guyana U-15, U-17 and U-19 competitions; the local franchise league Club tournament and currently, he his is in Trinidad for the UWI T20 Tournament which he described as a major achievement.He feels elated and humbled to have been called upon to represent his club in the tournament – an experience that he will defiantly use to his advantage. Savory nevertheless says that being able to play for Guyana in the U-15 and U-17 levels was a great accomplishment. It got even better when he was selected to be a part of the Cricket Guyana Inc Academy (CGI). In the next 10 years, this young and talented cricketer is optimistic in representing Guyana at the senior level; local and international leagues such as the Caribbean Premier League and more importantly, playing for the West Indies Cricket Board.His advice to young people is to take a lot of training and be dedicated to the game but above all, respect your seniors and always maintain self-discipline. “Love what you do,” he stated. Meanwhile, he had high praises for the Board of the CGI Academy and to the coaches who work very hard with the cricketers to realise their full potential.Apart from playing cricket, he would be a part of the masquerade celebration during the Christmas festivities. His favourite colour is white while his favourite dishes are definitely his mother’s steamed fish with steamed greens and her soup. He also loves KFC, Royal Castle chicken and Chinese fried rice and lowmein.
…the judiciaryBack in the days – those days when Burnham was launching his dictatorship after being placed at the head of Independent Guyana — the man who’d be King of Guyana decided he wasn’t going to risk having a man of the legal stature of Sir Joseph Luckhoo as Chief Justice. But what was he to do?? One of Burnham’s trademarks was to genuflect to the legal forms — and very rarely, the spirit — to get his way.He couldn’t DISMISS Luckhoo, so he created a NEW position of “Chancellor of the Judiciary”, who’d be superior to the Chief Justice. He then inveigled Kenneth Stoby, a Guyanese Jurist who was then Chief Justice of Barbados, to become Chancellor by matching the Bajan’s salary scale, which was even higher than Burnham’s!! In case you’re wondering, Luckhoo promptly quit and moved to Jamaica.So what if this was an unnecessary drain on our Treasury?? Burnham got what he wanted, didn’t he?To be honest, we then attracted a string of high-powered – albeit expensive – Chancellors. But fast forward to 1989, when Desmond Hoyte decided he wanted to have a high-powered ATTORNEY GENERAL — which position, we should emphasise, isn’t a JUDICIAL one, but a POLITICAL appointee who’s the consigliere of the EXECUTIVE! And guess what Hoyte did — this man who is touted as a moral exemplar of good governance by some? He invited his Chancellor, Keith Massiah, to become his hired gun Attorney General!!Ahhh…how our Judiciary’s reputation fell in the eyes of the Caribbean legal fraternity, especially when Massiah demanded, and got to keep, his massive Chancellor’s salary as Attorney General.By that time, the Judiciary was about all Guyana could boast about. But at least we were starting a tradition that our Attorneys General had to be members of the bar with standing. The pay certainly was an inducement!!Fast forward to the present, and we have the sorry figure of Basil Williams as Attorney General for the last two years, making a mockery of his position. His only evident “qualification” for the job being that of Chairman of the PNC, Pressie decided to award him silk to buttress his position. But, like President Obama said, if you put lipstick on a porcine creature, it doesn’t change anything, does it? What to do??Well, the Government just hired FIVE retired Judges. With an average age of 80, these are real “old heads”, and they are there to advise Williams. With the money Government now has to shell out, wouldn’t it have been better to just fire Williams? And what about the impact of FIVE judges becoming legal guns-for-hire?But then, Williams is Chairman of the PNC, isn’t he??!!…Indigenous PeoplesThe toshaos are elected by each Indigenous Peoples’ village to represent their interests. Yet, after the Government unilaterally connected the issue of their land rights to that of African ancestral land rights under one Commission of Inquiry, they’re asked to APOLOGISE for commenting!!Obviously, they can comment to support initiatives of the Government. But how dare they disagree?? And in case you forgot what’s it’s all about, on the same day of the Government’s demand comes Eric Philips to “explain” why Indigenous peoples are getting “too much land”!! Yup! There were “only” about 6000 Indigenous Peoples when the Dutch came here. So how could they occupy ¼ of Guyana?So, reasons Phillips, if a person owns a house with 10 rooms, he’s entitled to own only one room, since he couldn’t have occupied all of them!! But Philips can’t have it both ways. He’s depending on European laws to claim land ownership for African Guyanese.But it’s an European (British) codicil to the Independence Agreement that gave Indigenous peoples their land rights!! Checkmate!!…the Judicial and other Service CommissionsYour Eyewitness should’ve known: Patrick Yarde, rigs the GPSU’s elections; and before the results are officially in, he’s sworn in by Pressie as acting Chair of the Public Service Commission!!Reward for following PNC’s traditions!!
Whilst I’ve mentioned quite a bit about volunteerism, one summer activity I have yet to talk about is perhaps the most productive- a summer job. Summer jobs provide an avenue for personal development, including but not being limited to, confidence, ability to work and communicate with others as a part of a team, better time management, and increased professionalism, all whilst allowing you to earn a little money.Now, I understand that spending one’s free time working might not exactly be an appealing concept, and I’m not saying that you should work every summer or even all summer, but there are some unique benefits to be had from living the working experience. For students straight out of high school, looking to move on to college, summer jobs can be a great way to experience working with others outside of a school experience. You are given responsibilities and it requires a significant amount of maturity and independence to complete these efficiently. Time management comes in when the onus is on you to determine which tasks are most important, which can be done together to reduce time wastage, and how to complete the most within a day. Time management improves with practice, and is an extremely valuable skill in higher education, where students are expected to almost be self-reliant. Confidence is built when you put yourself into a new environment and realize that despite the challenges you are able to overcome, and succeed. Even if your summer job is working as a cashier, every new skill mastered brings some feeling of accomplishment: even if that skill is learning how to hold your tongue with a particularly loud customer. Furthermore, part time jobs are something to add to a resume in the future. Although they might not be related to your field of study, it’s definitely better than nothing, and they show that you have had experience working in a professional environment before. Jobs can even help you discover things about yourself that you didn’t know. Maybe you work exceedingly well under pressure, you’re inventive, or maybe you love working with numbers, but you’ve never known because you’ve never been in a situation where these things were required of you. Finally, summer jobs can introduce you to people of all walks of life: different ages, different communities and different beliefs. It’s good to meet people and interact with them so that you can learn about new perspectives, and challenge your own ideas and stances about issues.Having said all of this, it’s still completely okay if you’d prefer to spend the time at home with family, friends, or even a caring pet. But there’s also nothing wrong with giving it a chance. You might like it more than you expect.
It is too obscene for anyone to miss. The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) has effectively incorporated double standards in its arsenal of weapons to consolidate dictatorship in Guyana. They campaigned in 2015 on an agenda of change.But the May 2015 change of Government allowed dictatorship to return to Guyana. For those who still only see the threat of dictatorship, the bad news is Guyana has already become a dictatorship. The double standards we see being practiced every day are instruments of power perverted. These double standards represent yet another stark demonstration that Guyana has already become enmeshed into the dark days of dictatorship, days reminiscent of the Burnham/Hoyte People’s National Congress (PNC) authoritarian regime.APNU/AFC, similar to the PNC Governments between 1964 and 1992, simply do not care if anyone trusts them or not, they are only interested in maximising the use of any instrument that will reinforce their power. Those who, or those actions which are supportive of the Government, even if laws are broken and even if the actions are absolutely corrupted, are protected by “sovereign immunity”, a powerful weapon the State uses to enforce its dictatorial power. APNU/AFC is determined that it will govern, surpassing the PNC in its enforcement of the principle “the King can do no wrong”. That immunity extends to the “King’s” people.No one denies that high officials linked to APNU/AFC are associated with the ship recently caught with smuggled fuel. The Head of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) conceded that it was a criminal fuel smuggling operation. Yet the owners of the operation are getting away “scotch-free” – no punishment, nada. For this serious crime on the high seas, the owners simply have to pay the taxes owed for the fuel that the ship was caught with. Who believes this was the first ever smuggled fuel this ship was involved in? Was this smuggling operation not an open secret all along? What if the people associated with this ship with smuggled fuel were not linked to the Government? Without double-standards, the minimum would have been seizure of the ship and criminal charges against the owners or the operators.Blatant double standards are evident in the news that three low-level Police officers were transferred after a routine sitting of candidates for a drivers licence examination revealed there were 106 persons who physically took the exams, but there were 207 written exams at the end, 101 extra non-present candidates. How did this happen? To make matters worse, the three Policemen had no official or unofficial role to be present. Assuming, they were involved in the skullduggery all by themselves, why is it they are simply transferred? This is a crime and they should be charged with a crime. The soft-landing “punishment” is merely hiding the crime and allowing a pass.The issue of Government’s response to Rusal versus sugar workers provides a sinister insight into the muddy mind of this Government. We commend the Government for quickly meeting with the Rusal bauxite workers whose jobs are on the line because of the American sanctions against Rusal. The quick response by APNU/AFC to establish a task force that will seek to provide necessary support for the 200 plus Rusal workers, if and when they would have lost their jobs, is the right thing. The question is why no one in this Government thought of a similar task force, why they rejected a task force proposal in December 2016 and why the livelihood of 7000 sugar workers did not elicit a similar urgent response from APNU/AFC. There is a worrying double standard in APNU/AFC’s response in the case of the 200 Rusal workers whose jobs are on the line versus the 7000 sugar workers who have lost their jobs.Frighteningly, these few examples of double standards are just from this past week. If one cares to look, we will see the double standards every day. When Juan Edghill demanded to speak in Parliament, even as the Speaker was denying him his rights, Police was brought in to arrest him and his colleagues who joined him in standing up. The APNU/AFC leaders accused the PPP MPs of being disrespectful and undemocratic. Yet these same leaders smile when their Councillors refuse to allow any civil meeting of the Regional Democratic Councils in Regions Two and Five. Most Guyanese are willing to simply “smh” in disgust. APNU/AFC, however, is “lol” as they wreak havoc with disgusting double standards.
…for sugar workersIt’s going on two years since 5700 sugar workers were fired directly when the PNC Government had GuySuCo shutter four sugar estates. Another 2000 were also placed on the roti-lines when private farmers who supplied cane to the closed sugar estates had to go out of business. How are these people going to find employment to take care of the more than 30,000 persons who depend on then to survive??Well, back in 2015, not long after they slid into office, the PNC had launched the “Sustainable Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development (SLED) Initiative” to deal with poverty in communities across the land. Handled through the Ministry of Communities, a Social Protection Department would identify opportunities in communities for unemployed persons to open up all sorts of small businesses by getting training and loans. In Aug 2015, Finance Minister Jordan announced a budget of $117 MILLION for the next four months. So far so good.Now with those 7700 sugar workers facing starvation from 2016-2017 – especially in Berbice – you’d think SLED was tailor-made to help them out, wouldn’t you? Well, if you thought so, you’d be wrong!!In 2016, 2017 and 2018, similar budgets of around $100 million annually were given to SLED, and hundreds were transitioned into poultry farming, condiment manufacturing, etc. $155 million was given to LEN in Linden, but not a single cent to the devastated sugar communities drowning in despair.This was revealed last week when PPP MP Vindhya Persaud quizzed the Government benches and the sordid tale slipped out. The excuse offered by PNC Whip Amna Ally is that while SLED was supposed to help any and all communities, the folks in the communities had to APPLY…and then they’ll be funded!! Really?? Going by the optics, your Eyewitness could see in every instance when the recipients of funding from SLED were publicised, they were overwhelmingly from the PNC’s constituency!! And he’ll bet dollars to donuts those folks didn’t apply for any SLED help – without FIRST being organised by PNC activists.That lady who was pardoned by President Granger and then received a $200,000 grant, was she organised? All those delinquent youths who passed through the US Embassy’s programme SKYE, did they organise themselves? Pleeeease!! We all know what’s going on here, don’t we? It’s pork-barrel time for PNC supporters…and let the good times roll!!And from a PNC perspective, the different treatment makes sense, doesn’t it? Since their closure of the sugar factories was designed to drive a stake into the heart of the PPP support base, why keep that base alive by SLED interventions? To these army types, their motto is drawn from their training in warfare: Show no mercy to the enemy!!…in Cricket AdministrationYour Eyewitness had a good chuckle – even a few guffaws! – over a letter and article written by David Hinds, in which he claimed the PPP Government facilitated the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) in policies for board and team selections he deemed to be “racial”!! Which country was he living in over the past decade, when the PPP Government and the GCB were locked in mortal combat? Well, he was living in the US…but the fella does keep up with matters “back home”, so there’s got to be some other factor operating here.Didn’t he hear about that High Court judgement against the GCB, for an IMC to be established and new elections to be held? Didn’t he hear about a Linden local board being facilitated to open up the voting process? Didn’t Rupert Roopnaraine, on behalf of the APNU, support the new Cricket Bill in the House? Wasn’t it Basil Williams who removed the lawyer appointed by Nandlall, the PPP AG, from fighting the GCB’s appeal??Give the PPP its (maroon) jacket!!…for Bangladesh CricketYour Eyewitness didn’t realise how much Bangladesh is despised by its fellow South Asian cricket teams for their showboating, until he saw the latter’s reaction to their drubbing at the hands of the WI!!The Indians, Pakistanis and Sri Lankans take schadenfreude to a new low!!
…to the ball game!Your Eyewitness is pretty excited his home team Amazon Warriors is opening up their season tonight at home!! With Exxon now their official sponsor, he’s reminded of the century-old classic American kid’s song that summarised the excitement of their “ball game” – and ours!! Your Eyewitness, of course, has paraphrased it appropriately for “local conditions”!!“Take me out to the ball game,Take me out with the crowd;Buy me some fried rice and fry chicken,I don’t care if I never get back home.Let me scream, scream, scream for the Warriors,If they don’t win, it’s a shame.‘Cause I’ll be bowlin’ and battin’ for my team,At the old ball game.”There’s nothing like cricket that defines us as a Caribbean people. And that’s why your Eyewitness thinks even though we just celebrated “Emancipation”, we’ve got to admit there are some things we don’t need to be emancipated from! Cricket being foremost among them!! Those who believe otherwise probably prompted the venerable Marxist cricket writer (and revolutionary theorist!!) CLR James to ask, “What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?”When your Eyewitness went out to the “ball game” as a kid, he saw people who looked like him, spoke like him and WERE like him, grab the game of cricket by the scruff of its neck from the Englishmen who’d invented it! They imbued it with a love of life – nay, a LUST for life – that hadn’t only SURVIVED the plantation horrors but had actually blossomed and bloomed!! He saw heroes like Garfield Sobers excelling in every aspect of the game – bowling, batting and fielding – even as he retained the West Indian swagger with his raised shirt collar!!He saw Rohan Kanhai inventing cricketing “shots” – such as the “falling on his behind hook” – that was nothing short of genius rivalling anything that Shakespeare had conjured up! He saw Hall and Griffith take “fast bowling” to its zenith, forcing the English who’d invented “bodyline bowling” to intimidate Bradman, now whining and whingeing at “pace like fire”!!But the crowning glory of West Indian cricket is the T-20 format – which adopted wholesale the way we’ve always played our “ball game”. Screaming crowds that let the players know their feelings; feasting and drinking in the stands; players vying to hit the ball out of the ground and bowlers intimidating the batters with every trick in the book – with force or guile!!And that’s why your Eyewitness will be downing tools early in the game to make sure he gets to Providence in time to fortify his “spirits” before the first ball is bowled!!Play ball, Warriors!! All the way this year!!…to remember sugar and cricketAmong the most fanatical cricketing fans in Guyana are those from the sugar belt. As CLR James pointed out, it was “bitter sugar” that inspired the West Indian to enter the cricket fields to “fight back” against their oppressors – and eventually to achieve dominance. Interestingly, after those sugar workers protested, the sugar planters created cricketing grounds in every sugar estate –probably to take their minds off the horrid conditions. But as an irony of history, it was from those sugar estates – particularly in Berbice – that some of Guyana’s greatest cricketers emerged – Kanhai, Butcher, Kallicharan, Solomon, etc, etc.It’s a bitter irony, however, that in firing over 5700 sugar workers in the last year, the Government has effectively denied those families – over 50,000 persons – from enjoying their beloved game in person. Choosing between food for their children and cricket – even a diehard cricketing fan from the sugar belt has to choose food!Sadly, their children’s cry to “take me out to the ballgame” goes unanswered.…to nepotismLess than a week after the President continued with his unilateralism to appoint an energy csar, the Agri Minister and Cabinet did the same for a new GuySuCo CEO.So who cares if this is a function of a sugar board??
Dear Editor,For the past two months or more, there hasn’t been a day where the crime situation in Guyana has not dominated the headlines of the more popular dailies.One has to be real naive not to observe that violent crime is on the rise, and that there is no evident macroplan to counter this.The noticeable absence of any type of proactive approach seems to be a motivation for anyone with a gun to get into the business of armed robbery.I am forced to deduce that this is all happening as a consequence of the lack of visionary leadership at both the Ministry of Public Security and the Guyana Police Force.This situation is further compounded with the tragic conditions prevailing at the Georgetown Prisons, which also falls under the ambit of the Minister of Public Security.Minister Ramjattan is obviously out of his depth at this Ministry, and his Commissioner is like Alice in Wonderland.While I understand the provisions of the Cummingsburg Accord, President Granger, I urge you to consider removing both Ramjattan and the Commissioner of Police from their respective appointments, before the crime situation escalates to a catastrophe and brings your government down.While Ramjattan may be a clever lawyer, Public Security is definitely not his forte. Ramjattan is a round peg in a square hole at the Public Security Ministry, unable to fill the requirements of his portfolio. He should be reshuffled to a ministry for which his qualifications make him suitable.This is my humble advice as a worried citizen.George GomesLieutenant Colonel(retired)