LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAn epic championship series gets an explosive ending on Wednesday night as San Miguel Alab Pilipinas and Thailand’s Mono Vampire go at it one last time for the Asean Basketball League crown at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Laguna.Game time is at 8 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast The Filipino club got the split that it set out for in Bangkok, but coach Jimmy Alapag’s charges might rue the missed opportunity to close out the series Monday night when Alab committed a season-high 26 turnovers in an 88-83 defeat that forced the rubber match of this best-of-five series.“It’s just (now about) coming home and getting the championship at home,” two-time league MVP Ray Parks told Filipino scribes Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Thrilla in Malaysia fast shaping up MOST READ 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding
Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Brandon Vera makes his return vs Italian challenger in ONE Manila card Palawan State University will have Zarah Javarez and April Sayang.The men’s division will include former UAAP champions KR Guzman and Ian Yee, Air Force’s Philip Nunez and Mike Abria, Army’s Joshua Barrica and Randy Flores, Manula Unicorns’ Neil Flores and Justin Santos, Wildcard’s Mikhail Shavrak and James Buytrago, and PSU’s Janry Corpuz and Allan Aborot.The winners in both divisions will receive P50,000.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Eight women’s and eight men’s teams, including teams from Lio El Nido and Palawan State University, will compete over the weekend. BVR founder Charo Soriano will also return to action.“I’m back in the game and this will be the first time playing beach volleyball again and it feels so good,” said Soriano, who last played in the Santa Open, as she spent much of her time behind the scenes as an organizer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSoriano will reunite with teammate Bea Tan to form Perlas-1 for the sixth time this year and try to replicate their success in January when they won the Puerto Galera leg.Dzi Gervacio and Roma Doromal will form Perlas-2, Mariel Legaspi and Mae Crisostomo will play under the banner of Air Force 1 while Coyah Abanto and Jen Acain will be Air Force 2. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour is heading into one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines for its eighth leg this year on Saturday at Lio Beach in El Nido, Palawan.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown
MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dallas Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan, right, celebrates with forward Harrison Barnes after scoring a basket against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Chicago. The Mavericks won 103-98. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO — The Dallas Mavericks didn’t need a big contribution from Luka Doncic to beat the Chicago Bulls. Harrison Barnes and J.J. Barea took care of that.Barnes scored a season-high 23 points and the Mavericks overcame a sluggish performance by their prized rookie to beat the Bulls 103-98 Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 UST star CJ Cansino takes ACL injury in stride: ‘God said rest a bit first’ LATEST STORIES Dallas’ bench outscored Chicago’s subs 44-26. “Our bench has been playing great for us all season,” Barnes said. “So it has been great to see them keep us in games, get us in games, finish games.”3-POINT WOESThe Bulls, who came into the game shooting 36.9 percent on 3-pointers, were 8 of 33. LaVine missed all six.TIP-INSMavericks: Mavericks G Wesley Matthews missed Monday’s game because of a strained left hamstring. Matthews did not travel to Chicago. He played 31 minutes in a win over Oklahoma City on Saturday. Coach Rick Carlisle says the Mavericks hope he can play Wednesday, when the Mavericks host Utah. … Jalen Brunson, who’s from suburban Lincolnshire, scored two points in his first NBA game in Chicago. … Carlisle said the Mavericks would have drafted Wendell Carter Jr. with the fifth overall pick this year had they not traded up to get Doncic at No. 3. Carter went to the Bulls at No. 7. “I see him as another coming of an Al Horford-type player,” Carlisle said.Bulls: The Bulls expect F Lauri Markkanen to miss more time than they initially anticipated because of a left elbow injury he suffered in the preseason. Coach Fred Hoiberg said Markkanen will likely wind up missing nine to 11 weeks. The Bulls initially thought he would be out six to eight weeks after he was hurt in practice in late September. Hoiberg said Markkanen still is experiencing some pain and is not shooting from long range. … Hoiberg said G Kris Dunn (sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee) has not started running on the court. He was hurt at Dallas on Oct. 22.UP NEXTMavericks: Host Utah on Wednesday.Bulls: Visit Boston on Wednesday. Barea added 14 points, five rebounds and five assists, and the Mavericks won for the third time in four games after losing six in a row, even though Doncic struggled. The leading scorer among NBA rookies, Doncic finished with 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting.“Sometimes, (Doncic)’s gonna have bad games,” Barea said. “He’s still young, and he can’t be great every game. So we’ve got to help him out.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Mavericks led by as many as 14 points and never trailed after the first quarter. But they struggled to put this one away, with Chicago pulling within a point four times in the second half.Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 26 points. Jabari Parker scored all but two of his 16 points in the second half. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LaVine’s breakaway windmill dunk cut Dallas’ lead to 58-57, but Dennis Smith Jr. responded with a 3-pointer.“We came out too lackadaisical,” LaVine said. “We’ve got to come out and play better. We’ve got to have more energy.”It was 87-84 midway through the fourth when Smith hit a jumper and Barnes made two free throws to stretch the lead to seven points. Doncic hit a 3 with just over three minutes left to make it 96-88. After the Bulls got within four, Barnes made two free throws with 10.5 seconds left and the Mavericks hung on.“We’ve had a lot of tough losses this year, times where we were close and just couldn’t get over the hump, couldn’t make the right play,” Barnes said. “Things are finally starting to come together.”BENCH BOSSESADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rafale Nadal during the 2019 Australian Open. (AP Foto/Aaron Favila)MELBOURNE, Australia — Rafael Nadal has missed a lot of tennis since last September. He hasn’t missed a beat.The No. 2-seeded Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open, his first match back on Rod Laver Arena since he had to retire in his quarterfinal match last year.ADVERTISEMENT High five Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES View comments The 17-time major winner hasn’t played since retiring from his semifinal at the U.S. Open because of a knee injury, and then had surgery on his right ankle in November. He withdrew from a warm-up tournament in Brisbane in the first week of the season because of a muscle strain in his thigh.“Not easy to come back after a lot of months of competition, especially against a player playing super aggressive every shot,” Nadal said. “It’s very difficult to start after an injury — I know it very well. It’s very special to be back.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWearing a sleeveless top, he showed no signs of any issues against Duckworth. His only hiccup came when he served for the match in the ninth game of the third set and was broken at love. He returned the favor very quickly, though, to seal his spot in the second round.Nadal has only lost twice in the first round at Grand Slams — to Steve Darcis at 2013 Wimbledon, and to Fernando Verdasco here in 2016 — and is aiming to be the first man in the Open era two win all four majors at least twice. Maria Sharapova has the second-best record among active women’s players in first-round matches at the majors, and she gave an illustration of why that’s the case with a ruthless 6-0, 6-0 win over Harriet Dart.The 2008 Australian Open champion got play started on Rod Laver Arena and needed only 63 minutes to advance.In her 15th trip to Melbourne Park and her 55th Grand Slam tournament, she’s acutely aware of the toll that the sun and long early matches can have on a player’s title ambitions, so she gets straight to business.The 22-year-old Dart, playing in the main draw of a major for only the second time after getting a wildcard to play last year at Wimbledon, only got a look at one break point in the match — when Sharapova served a double-fault in the second set. She got seven of her 29 points from Sharapova’s double-faults.Sharapova said she was still feeling pain in her right shoulder despite sitting out the end of last season after the U.S. Open.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Boeing pitch to PH military: Get Apache, stop being ‘pushed around’ in WPS PLAY LIST 02:48Boeing pitch to PH military: Get Apache, stop being ‘pushed around’ in WPS00:50Trending Articles03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:14Carpio 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 Stung by a first-round loss at Wimbledon last year, Sharapova said she couldn’t afford to feel any empathy for Dart.“I mean, there is no time for that, I’m sorry to say … when you’re playing the first round of a Grand Slam,” she said. “I think I was just focused on not having a letdown.“I think it’s very easy to be in a position where things are flowing, you know, you’re doing all the right things, she’s making a few errors, you’re comfortable, easy to get complacent, and, you know, complacency is not great. I was glad that I did the right things from the beginning till the end.”Up next for Sharapova is Rebecca Peterson, who beat Sorana Cirstea, 6-4, 6-1.Also advancing were 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, No. 11 Aryna Sabalenka, No. 19 Caroline Garcia, No. 29 Donna Vekic and No. 31 Petra Martic.Danielle Collins advanced to the second round of a major for the first time following a 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win over No. 14-seeded Julia Goerges, who won the title in Auckland to start the season.Katie Boulter earned the distinction of winning the first 10-point tiebreaker under the Australian Open’s new system for deciding sets.Boulter beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (6), including 10-6 in the tiebreaker. The new rule was introduced to ensure matches don’t get too lengthy — previously the third set in women’s matches and the fifth set in men’s matches at the Australian Open had to be decided by a two-game advantage.Fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson won his first match at Melbourne Park since 2015 when he beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. Also advancing on the men’s side were No. 19 Nikoloz Basilashvili and No. 26 Fernando Verdasco.Defending champions Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer were scheduled to play night matches later Monday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “I’m just one guy who has a voice and trying to use his platform in a good way,” said Ross during the Players’ Orientation Friday at Meralco Theater. “Hopefully, I could reach one person that’s going through something.”“All it takes is one person to reach, hopefully I could reach one and they could reach another person and we just keep going on from there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsRoss joined retired Alaska captain Tony dela Cruz in tackling mental health not only within the league but also outside of it.The two athletes said anyone could suffer from it and one step in helping those in need is to talk openly about the topic. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ross said he had a close friend who took his own life because of his issues regarding his mental health, a predicament that could’ve been avoided if someone just listened.“Once that happened to my friends in the States and to my friends out here, I felt like I could use that platform [being a PBA All-Star] to talk about it,” said Ross. “You never know who’s watching, you never know who’s listening.”“Hopefully, they could use those words and won’t be scared to reach out to someone and try to get up.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ 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 San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—With the PBA opening its doors to its players to talk about mental health, San Miguel star guard Chris Ross said it’s the start of an advocacy that would eventually reach more people in the coming future.Ross, who’s openly discussed mental health before, said he’s fortunate to have a platform in the PBA to elaborate an issue often shunned away due to a stigma that surrounds people who suffer from mental health issues.ADVERTISEMENT PBA is here to help its players on and off court, says Willie Marcial Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Jefferson Dahn, who is accused of stabbing to death Antoinette Nettie Peters, took the witness stand, on Thursday June 5, alleging that the victim was murdered by her boyfriend, Bonfrer Adidee, a Ugandan UNMIL civilian staff.Dahn, a private security guard employed by Adidee, was indicted for allegedly murdering Nettie in early January 2013.Testifying in the murder case at Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice, defendant Dahn explained that while he was performing his normal duty, his bossman, Adidee, approached him and said he wanted him, Dahn, to do something for him.He alleged that Adidee did not tell him what he Adidee wanted him (Dahn) to do during the discussion.Instead, he asked him to open the compound gate, got into his vehicle and left that morning for work at the UNMIL head office.Following his departure, Dahn further alleged that the victim, Nettie asked him to buy her a Comium scratch card, which, according to him, he did, but was gone for several hours.He claimed that before leaving the compound, he left the gate key with the victim.He also explained to the court that after he returned with the scratch card, he met the compound locked and he decided to knock on the gate.Surprisingly, he claimed, his boss Adidee, who had left for work, opened the gate and asked him to enter the compound.When he entered, Dahn alleged Adidee asked him where he was coming from.“And I answered him that Nettie sent me to buy her scratch card,” Dahn explained to the Court.“He instructed me to follow him into his living room, and I did,” Dahn further narrated.When both of them entered the living room, Dahn alleged that Adidee asked him to go in his bed room and bring Nettie outside.“I refused to obey his order and asked him since I started work with him, he had never asked us to do such a thing. Why it is that he wants me to do that,” the defendant further alleged.Dahn claimed that after he refused to bring Nettie outside of Adidee’s bedroom, his bossman offered a dell laptop, two phones and a bag containing US$600, but he again refused the offer.He further claimed that the UNMIL staff also left his bundle of key with him, but could not say what he wanted him to do with the keys.While he and Adidee were in the living room, Dahn alleged that his UNMIL bossman said to him, “Dahn go bring two glasses, which I did.”The Defendant in his testimony alleged that when brought the two glasses to Adidee, he (Adidee) asked him to open his freezer (ice box) and bring to him a bottle of juice, which he did.“Adidee took the bottle of juice and put it into the two glasses and asked both of us to drink.”After drinking the juice, Dahn alleged “I fell asleep in his living room, and upon waking up I could not see anyone, neither hear a voice.”He added, “While sitting in the living room, it was when I saw blood spreading from Adidee’s room into the living room.”“I then took the bundle of key and opened the door, and it was when I saw Nettie lying on the floor dead,” defendant Dahn explained to the court.“I hurriedly came outside and called one of my friends, Nickerson Tomah, and I explained everything that had happened in the compound to him.”Closing arguments are to follow on a date yet to be announced by the Court, after which the jury will render its verdict.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Whoever thought Ghanaian Fetish Priest Kwaku Bonsam was a mad man when he credited a Ronaldo injury to the powers of his Ghanaian god must be amuzed with the latest news coming out of Brazil.Just after Priest Bonsam took credit for Ronaldo’s injury, the Portuguese recovered enough to even score his country’s second goal in their 2-1 victory against the Black Stars.But then it is interesting that wherever Africans are resided, whether in the jungles of South America or the Amazon of Brazil, the distance hardly matters. In African communities, many of the diseases that Western medicine has cured are still attributed to witchcraft on the part of relatives.The latest information from Brazil is that as Germany prepares to take on host, Brazil in their semi-final match in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a local voodoo priest, Helio Sillman, has announced he has been working to curse the Germans so that his country, Brazil can xxzxzqwin the encounter today in Belo Horizonte.Sillman, according to a report by the AFP is against one of the leading scorers on the German team. AFP also reported that Sillman has performed his ritual before every game that Brazil has played so far.”I’ll take their top player and bind his legs so he can’t run on the pitch,” said Sillman, referring to the voodoo doll of an undisclosed German player that will be cursed in a ceremony before the game.In his shop ‘World of Orixas’ in the northern neighborhood of Madureira, Sillman carries out a ritual before each Selecao game.Using a small football pitch-shaped box as his alter, he puts inside lit candles in the colors of the opposing team and the voodoo doll of their most important player.Interestingly, it is worth noting that Sillman’s work didn’t protect Neymar from suffering a back injury against Colombia.Additionally, Sillman’s target in the Colombia game, James Rodriguez, scored a goal and was one of the game’s key players in the World Cup quarter-final, even if Brazil managed to pull off the victory.The other semi-final match is tomorrow between Netherlands and Argentina in Sao Paolo at Arena de Sao Paolo. The two losers will clash on July 12 in Brasília at the Estado Nacional before the winners will clash on July 13 in Brasilia at the Maracana Stadium.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The National Elections Commission (NEC) has ordered an inquiry into an allegation that Robert Sirleaf voted in the November 4, 2014, mid-term senatorial election in the United States of America, which if true might disqualify him from contesting the December 16, special senatorial election here in Liberia.Mr. Robert Sirleaf is a senatorial candidate for Montserrado County and a son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He recently filed a lawsuit against his mother’s executive order #65, which is yet to be decided upon by the Supreme Court of Liberia.NEC had received the complaint from lawyers representing two political parties, Movement for Progress Change (MPC) and the National Democratic Coalition (NDC), Counselors Laveli Supuwood and Lofer Kaneah, respectively, that they have documentary evidence that Robert voted in the democratic primary in North Caroline on May, 4 2014, in the USA.They also allege that Mr. Sirleaf never applied in America for the revocation of his U.S. citizenship.The parties were among several individuals and civil society groups that resisted NEC and the government’s handling of the December 16 special senatorial election, on which the Supreme Court’s Justice in Chambers has placed a stay order.In response to Robert’s citizenship issue, NEC Chairman Jerome G. Korkoya, has written to one of the Counselors, Kaneah, stating that “in keeping with the practice of the Commission and due to the seriousness of the matter raised in your letter under reply, I have referred your complaint to the Independent Hearing Officer, Attorney Muana Ville for investigation.“Attorney Ville will cite the parties for a hearing as soon as he returns from his tour of the Southeast where he is conducting training for hearing officers in the special senatorial election,” the NEC response read.In conclusion, the communication said, “I want to thank you for brining the matter to the attention of the Commission and to encourage you not to relent in alerting the Commission on any violation of the laws governing the electoral process.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Ebola Survivor, Robert Kpoto (looking up)D’Geedawoi Johnson stopped just long enough to look back and share a smile with the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers waiting beside the Ebola survivor board for the release of the next patient. Johnson, 46, a father of 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls, and wife Sadatu, 32, was grateful for the treatment at the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU), but was anxious to get home. He was full of energy and ready to return to his work as a Drug Dispenser and Contact Tracer. He said, “Ever since I experienced the illness of Ebola all I could think about was death.” He added that after being infected and then getting the news that he was negative, he felt encouraged to tell others about MMU. “I would be happy if I can be of any kind of assistance to you all. I want to get out in the field and get the message out there because I have been saved,” Johnson said. He became infected while providing care to Ebola victims, a US Embassy release said.With a bag over his shoulder and a smile, he promised to send a message to others. “Whenever you feel any sign or symptoms of the disease, don’t waste time; get to the center because that will help you more.”The curtain peeled back and another survivor, Robert Kpoto, appeared through the MMU’s Ebola survivor discharge exit. After receiving a gift from his co-worker, Jacob, and working with MSF for approximately 5 years as a Physician Assistant, Robert looked towards heaven and thanked God, ready to return home to wife, Famata, and their two children, daughter, 11, and son, 7. He also thanked the U.S. Public Health Service Corps. A medical provider for 15 years, he understands the importance of saying thanks to those providing care to others. When LTJG D’Addeo approached Robert to introduce herself for the first time without wearing Personal Protective Equipment, he said, “I am truly blessed that you came over here to assist and helped save my life,” said the US Embassy release. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,Since Tuesday was Diwali and a national holiday, there was no statutory meeting of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). I have made two calls to the Chairman; one Monday and another earlier Tuesday, to impress upon him the need for a meeting of the full Commission in view of the fact that D-day is just concluded, and the main elections are to take place next Monday, November 12, 2018.On Monday, the Chairman agreed to address his mind to the issue and Tuesday he also agreed to ‘see what the others think’ about my suggestion that Thursday at 13:00h (1 pm) would be a good time for the meeting. I am still waiting for any notice of any meeting.But folks, perhaps you are now wondering why I am writing this even though there was no meeting. Well, I have seen and read a very interesting letter published in a section of the media on Tuesday November 6, 2018, written by my fellow GECOM Commissioner Vincent Alexander.This follows one written on a much earlier date by Commissioner Desmond Trotman, whose letter I decided to ignore because it was so racially charged and sychophantic of the Chairman. I thought that Trotman’s whole letter should be instructive to the Ethnic Relations Commission in their investigation of the hiring practices at GECOM, so I prefer not to challenge Trotman’s assertions about which manager at GECOM is Indian and which is not.Now, here is Vincent Alexander, who seems to be accusing me of my most noteworthy ‘omission of the most important issue that was interrogated/discussed at the meeting’ in my last letter and then asserting that I omitted to mention the matter because ‘suffice it to say that the officer responsible for that matter is kith and kin to her and has been openly favoured by her in past events’!!!Vincent Alexander’s letter accuses me of being unethical and suggests that my weekly reports on the GECOM statutory meetings ‘may well put Commissioners and staff in harm’s way of overzealous political activists’!! What absolute nonsense. Now he is feeling threatened by my factual reporting of the GECOM meetings? Come on Vincent, don’t you think your comment is a wee bit farfetched? And then you suggest that ‘given the nature of GECOM’s undertakings’ my reports ‘may discredit and undermine the work of the organisation’? Really?For too long Commissioner Alexander, throughout your 11 years at GECOM and perhaps even before then, to the regular citizen of Guyana, GECOM seemed to have been run like a secret society and from your comments you seem to want it to go on being some sort of Lodge, but it is my view that since the work of GECOM affects the life and well-being of every single citizen, then people have a need to know. When I was appointed Commissioner of GECOM in September 2015, I took an oath to “execute the functions of that office without fear or favour, affection or ill will’ and I have faithfully kept that oath.One of the first observations I made was that GECOM is the most distrusted organisation in Guyana and since then I have come to realise that the people had good reason for that distrust. I have made a conscious effort to try to gain the trust of the electorate of Guyana. I have tried speaking openly at meetings asking for information to be shared with stakeholders. I have tried to speaking at press briefings and press conferences, addressing issues which needed to be exposed, but there are persons like Vincent Alexander and Desmond Trotman among others who think that GECOM’s work is somehow secret and must be kept from the public at all costs. I beg to differ. GECOM’s decisions and activities affect all Guyanese and there can be no secrets.I reserve the right to account to the people of Guyana, whom I serve at all times, and no one, not Vincent Alexander, not Desmond Trotman, no one, will guilt trip me, coerce me, or otherwise stop me from telling the people of Guyana what they need to know. I write as I see things and others can write too if they have the capacity or wish to do so. I have never been anything but ethical. I do not misreport.I write on issues which I think should be reported and if I omit to report on any matter which was discussed, it is because I think it is of no moment Commissioner Alexander, and I assure you Sir, that my ‘kith and kin’ are those related to me by blood and close ties, and none of them is employed at GECOM. I challenge anyone to identify my lineage, much less try to accuse me of shielding officers of GECOM who are my ‘kith and kin’, a term of art in the Guyanese context, which has always been used to identify those who belong to the same racial group.Until after the next statutory meeting folks. And yes, I do intend to continue reporting to the people of Guyana to whom I have a fiduciary duty.Sincerely,Bibi Safora ShadickCommissioner – GECOM
Dear Editor,The Leader of the Opposition Dr Bharat Jagdeo has once again displayed his trademark quality of astuteness and high class political maturity as he made a bold move to avoid not only a constitutional crisis but an economic one in the making as well. As he outlined in his press conference, it is the duty of both the Government and the Opposition to inspire confidence in society in the face of the mounting uncertainties being faced following the passing of the no-confidence motion against the coalition Government. He indicated that strong and mature actions by both parties are essential to remove such insecurities. The populace wants speedy justice!However, it is quite disappointing to the point of utter disgust that the State-owned newspaper continues to twist the outcome of the no-confidence motion and now the meeting between Jagdeo and Granger to highlight in its front pages that the “Government rejects Jagdeo’s request to withdraw legal challenge to no-confidence vote”. What should be highlighted is the fact that Dr Jagdeo stated that once the Government intends to pursue the course of legal action then both parties must a joint statement requesting the Court to deal with the matter expeditiously since there is a constitutional timeframe given which is 90 days. There is a famous legal maxim which says that “justice delayed is justice denied” and this is exactly what the Leader of the Opposition was referring to. We have seen this being echoed by Guyanese diplomat and academic Sir Ronald Sanders who said that the Courts must act expeditiously since it is a matter of grave national importance and should not take more than a week. He concluded that the political anxiety and tension is not a good thing and the supreme law should not be vilified. The State-media is financed by taxpayers’ dollars and must be in the forefront to ease this type of tension, not to ignite and fuel it. Even in its dying throes this Government is squandering our monies!Moreover, it would seem that the State resources are now being used against Guyanese who want to preserve the sovereignty of our Constitution. Those resources should be directed towards a speedy resolution of the constitutional questions before the court. The selfish attempts by some members of the coalition Government to brainwash Guyanese and hold them at ransom will only push them further down the precipice of ignominy to the point of no return. In addition, the AFC duo, Nagamootoo and Ramjattan are now expressing hues and cries far above the normal decibel in a final effort to gain some recognition from the PNC. They failed at the recently concluded LGE!GECOM had signaled just after the passing of the no-confidence motion that they are prepared for an early election within the constitutional time frame. This was according to Public Relations Officer of GECOM, Yolanda Ward who was adamant that, “it is our Constitutional mandate to conduct the General and Regional Elections and the Local Government Elections whenever they are constitutionally due; so whether it is in 90 days then it is GECOM’s responsibility to conduct elections”. This was published in the Guyana Chronicle on December 27, 2018. I wish our ‘fit and proper’, GECOM Chairman a speedy recovery to facilitate the electoral process in 90 days!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC CouncillorRegion 6
Two days after Tactical Services Unit (TSU) rank Akeem Hyles went missing in the Potaro River, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) after the boat he was travelling in capsized, his body is yet to be recovered.Dead: Special Constable Akeem HylesSpecial Constable 14536 Hyles, 22, of New Amsterdam, Berbice, was in a boat with several other persons when the vessel capsized sometime around noon on Friday at Amatuk Falls area. His body was not recovered.When contacted on Saturday, Commander of F Division (Interior locations), Rabindranauth Budhram related that the search was still on to locate the missing rank. He noted that a team of officers travelled to the area on Saturday morning and are expected to camp out there until the body surfaces.“Some civilians and Police Officers are there camping out in the area where the accident occured… they have to wait until the body float up so they can retrieved it, so that’s what’s happening now,” he stated.However, Commander Budhram noted that there is a possibility that the current of the water might have moved the body from the area. “We are not certain whether the body will remain there, sometimes with the current of the water, it might move and gone somewhere else so they have to traverse the river and see,” he noted.Hyles was in the boat with other Police ranks, members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and representatives of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) on Friday heading to conduct raids on illegal mining camps in the area, when the boat came into contact with rough terrain and subsequently capsized.According to the Police, Hyles had departed the Ogle International Airport on Friday morning along with the other members of the Joint Services, who were dispatched to assist the GGMC officials in dealing with illegal mining that was being carried out in the Kaieteur National Park area.The Guyana Police Force extended sincere condolences to the parents, relatives and friends of Special Constable Akeem Hyles.Meanwhile, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman in a subsequent statement expressed his condolences to the Force and the family of Hyles. Trotman said he is saddened by this unfortunate incident and his prayers are with the relatives of the missing rank.
– threatens disclosure of delinquent taxpayersThe Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) is threatening to publish the names of those delinquent companies and individuals with outstanding tax payments to the Council.In a statement on Thursday, the M&CC expressed its concern that several businesses within the capital city continues to disregard their civic obligation to ensure the payment of their property taxes.Despite the Council recently winning some $300 million in judgement against some businesses for failing to honour their responsibilities, the Council said it was still experiencing immense difficulty in getting property owners to pay their dues to the Georgetown municipality.“Council is owed more than $2 billion in property taxes,” the statement revealed.M&CC Public Relations Officer Debra Lewis explained that this sum has accumulated over long periods of time since persons have blatantly disregarded the law.“The Council intends to pursue all legal options available to the municipality through the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01,” she stated, adding that this would include “parate execution”, which is a debt recovery process under the law. This procedure is special to banks as it allows the resale of property mortgaged to the bank. The mortgage is organised without going through court proceedings and the institution itself is given the power to hold an auction for the sale of the property by the appointed auctioneer.According to Lewis, “some businesses have seemingly divorced themselves from their obligations and it is highly regrettable that it must reach to this stage.”Moreover, the Council said it was also working feverishly to have proper valuation and re-valuations so that the sums property owners pay reflect the true value of their property.The Valuation Department under the direction of the Finance Ministry has oversight for these valuations of properties. It is noticed, however, that even when properties are sent to the office for valuation or revaluation from the Treasurer’s Department, “they are subjected to certain delays”. The last valuation of properties in the city was done in 1997.The M&CC has long been battling with taxpayers who default on paying their rates and taxes with some property owners owing hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Council revealed in September last year that about 300 businesses were in default.In light of this dilemma, the Georgetown M&CC offered delinquent taxpayers waivers on interest through a one-month amnesty exercise. This programme saw residential property owners receiving total amnesty on interest, while companies and businesses had to apply to the Council for between 50 per cent and 75 per cent amnesty on interest.A special committee was appointed by the Council to oversee the affairs of the amnesty project.
Sinking economyThe Mid-Year Report presented by Finance Minister Winston Jordan last week confirmed our worst fears. The economy is decelerating with all the key sectors displaying signs of extreme distress and compounding the situation is the fact that Government wants Guyanese to believe in a fairy tale – that the El Niño phenomenon was responsible for the dismal economic performance.This is according to Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali. In his analysis of the 2016 Mid-Year Report, the former Tourism, Industry and Commerce Minister said: “It is not too late for the Government to reverse the economic collapse.”Ali, in his assessment, said in order for Government to turn things around, it had to start by accepting the economy was in “reverse gear”, then craft an appropriate economic plan that would place the country back on a positive growth trajectory.Public Accounts Committee Chair, PPP/C MP Irfaan Al“We must remember that the first step to solving a problem is to accept it exists. Hiding our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich will not help. It will only create more false hope in the short term,” Ali advised.Ali, an economist by training, has since observed that in addition to the stagnant economic growth rate, “even more depressing is the fact the local economy decelerated for a second year in succession, amidst the recovery of international commodity prices and the Golden Jubilee celebration that was expected to resuscitate or breathe new life into a slowly dying economy.”He has surmised that the poor performance of the economy may be attributed to notable contractions in key sectors that were masked by the increased production reported by the large mining companies, namely Guyana Goldfields Inc and Troy Resources.“For the first time in our recent history, the entire economy is carried by one sector… not so long ago, our economy benefited from growth in multiple sectors, including agriculture, services and manufacturing which helped us to weather the stormy external environment,” Ali pointed out.Taking a jab at Government and its resort to blaming weather for the poor economic performance, Ali recalled that Guyana was able to survive the global economic and financial crises and managed to record positive growth, when economies in the Caribbean and the rest of the world were collapsing.“This year El Niño alone disrupted the entire economy… almost every sector was adversely affected by El Niño, according to the Minister of Finance in his half-year report,” a sarcastic Ali remarked.He suggested that while the poor performance of several industries may be attributed to the uncertainty created from the review/renegotiation by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government of concessions granted to foreign investors, “the Minister would like us to accept his fairytale story that El Niño was responsible”.Ali is of the opinion that without a doubt things were “dry” in the country, “We have a drought with respect to ideas from the Government to move the country forward economically.”He reminded too of the growing criticism emanating from the Opposition camp that to date the Government was yet to present aFinance Minister Winston Jordancomprehensive economic plan for Guyana.
A Brazilian man was chopped to death during an altercation with another man at Sourie Backdam, Puruni, Region Seven on Friday evening. The dead man has been identified as 47-year-old Helio Batista Xavier Neves.According to reports, an argument ensued between the now dead miner and another man over the disappearance of some parts belonging to an excavator. The argument quickly turned into a scuffle during which the suspect armed himself with a cutlass and dealt Neves several blows to the body.The Brazilian sustained severe injuries and was rushed to the Bartica Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The suspect has since fled the scene. The Police were summoned and a manhunt has been launched for the suspect.Police have recorded some 91 murders so far this year.
…as President vows to topple “mother of all crimes”President David Granger’s recent pronouncement that his Government intends to legally dent the narco trade in Guyana, is being described by General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and former Security Minister, Clement Rohee as rhetoric.PPP General Secretary Clement RoheePresident David GrangerPresident Granger during the recording of his weekly telecast – The Public Interest – said that drug trafficking is a key antecedent of crime and he pledged to bring it to an end.Guyana is regarded as a key trans-shipment point for drugs and according to the President this is helping to fuel the country’s spiralling crime situation. While acknowledging that it is not the only factor for crime, the president said that once illegal drug continues to enter Guyana, it would be very difficult to control crime.The president, while dismissing the notion that his government did very little during its 16 months in office, Granger said that it is unfair to look at just the last 16 months, adding that “You cannot ignore the fact that this has built up over the last 16 years.”He went on to highlight that his administration thus far has established the National Anti-Narcotic Agency under Major General (ret’d) Michael Atherly and has been engaging the National Security Committee, which he (the President) chairs on a more frequent basis.“We have set up the institutions. The National Drug Strategy is being re-issued. We are conducting investigations into an aircraft coming into our airspace and taking other measures to make sure that narco-trafficking comes to an end. I personally chair the National Security Committee every week. We won’t take extreme measures but we are definitely going to bring narco-trafficking to an end,” Granger said, adding that the National Security Committee has been examining activities and initiatives for the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), the anti-narcotics unit of the police, GRA and Customs.However, the President said that the law enforcement agencies lack the necessary resources to fight the drug trade.“We do not have the resources. We do not have the aircraft to patrol our borders, we do not have the ships to patrol our sea space, we do not have the vehicles to control the land space to bring these crimes to an end but we are working on it. We are trying to help the police be able to get where the crimes occur,” he said.However, Rohee during a Monday press conference at his PPP Headquarters, Freedom House, Robb Street, Georgetown, said that the President was only making excuses for his administration’s failure to fight crime, pointing to Barry Dataram fleeing the jurisdiction undetected, just before a city magistrate handed down a hefty fine and a jail sentence on him for trafficking in almost 300 pounds of cocaine.“I have this to say, if drug-trafficking is the mother of all crimes, then Granger’s administration is the father of all excuses,” Rohee declared.He said President Granger should move from “speculation and hypothetical propositions” about the sources of crime in a Guyana context and present the statistics and the evidence to justify his assumption.“He hasn’t done so; yet he is bold enough to make these reckless statements,” Rohee argued.The former Security Minister said the President, a former Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), is gloating about the establishment of a National Anti-Narcotics Agency; his weekly meetings of the National Security Committee; the establishment of a US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Office here and the re-launch of the National Drug Strategy Masterplan, yet Dataram was able to escape.“If Mr Granger couldn’t stop Dataram from escaping how will he bring an end to Narco-trafficking?” Rohee asked.He also raised a number of questions regarding how Dataram managed to flee the country: “Who facilitated him with fake documents? Was a deal cut in exchange for his escape? How come law enforcement knew that he crossed the Corentyne River to Suriname, and that he did not go to Brazil or Venezuela? How did he manage to elude Operation Dragnet? How come he was able to know when and where road blocks were set-up and to avoid them?”Rohee described the escape as “a shame and disgrace.”He also took the President to task over his declaration that the local law enforcement was ill-equipped to tackle crime and the drug trade, but is not using his office to procure the necessary equipment of which he spoke.“While they were in the opposition, they pressed for these items to be procured for law enforcement, however, now that they are in the government there is nothing stopping them from buying these items for law enforcement. Again, all we are hearing are excuses and more excuses from the father of all excuses,” Rohee said.