Silva aspires to give Giga hitters a win

first_img“But her main goal is give us a victory,” added Dulay, who served as one of assistant coaches of Foton before taking on the job to mentor the low-key, inexperienced Giga Hitters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For a team that has yet to win a single game in the league, Smart Prepaid sure has a lot of people wanting to see it play.That’s because of scoring beast Gyselle Silva who just scored a league-best 56 points when the Giga Hitters dropped a five-set decision to the Cocolife Asset Managers.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But for Smart coach Ronald Dulay, Silva’s job is not complete until they win a game in the Chooks-To-Go Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.The Cuban spiker, whose 56 points in a single game ranked her among the best players who saw action in the country, gets the chance to do that when Smart takes on Sta. Lucia Realty on Thursday at FilOil Flying V Centre.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“I want to inspire my team to win and I will do whatever it takes to lead my team,” the shy 26-year-old Spanish-speaking open hitter said through Dulay.Dulay added: “She’s very focused in training and actual games so I’m not discounting the possibility that she can either match it (56 points) or even surpass it in the new few games.” Pons wary of struggling NU as FEU chases no. 2 spot Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIEScenter_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View commentslast_img read more

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San Miguel, Ginebra expect long, gruelling PBA Finals series

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “I think it’s just gonna be a really tough series and usually, really tough series’ end up being a long series,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “We’ll prepare for seven and with that in mind, we’re gonna go out and try to play each game at a time.”READ: Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA FinalsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’There are many reasons to believe why the Beermen and the Gin Kings could likely go the full distance.Roster wise, the two teams are not only loaded in talent, they boast two of the biggest lineups in the league as well. Their respective imports in Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee and San Miguel’s Renaldo Balkman are also do-it-all forwards. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names The two teams also took similar roads to the finals. Both squads surprisingly opened the conference at the bottom of the standings before finding their groove late in the elimination round just in time to make the playoffs and hit their stride in the semifinals, ousting their higher-ranked foes in four games.READ: Fajardo says Slaughter ‘got stronger’ since return from injury“Ginebra is the hottest team in the league right now. They’ve won 10 of their last 11 games,” said SMB coach Leo Austria, wary of the kind of challenge Ginebra presents.Austria is six-for-six in the finals and is aiming to steer San Miguel to its seventh crown in 11 conferences, but he swears this championship clash with Ginebra is different from the rest.“It’s nice to be back here again and again and again,” he said. “This series is very interesting. It’s very different right now because we’re up against a very strong team.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals between San Miguel Beermen and Ginebra Gin Kings. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe PBA Finals is still three days away from tipoff but in a title series featuring two seemingly evenly-matched teams in San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra, a Game 7 is expected.“I won’t be surprised if this goes to a Game 7,” said San Miguel Beer governor Robert Non during the pre-finals press conference on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT NBA 3X PH returns for 8th straight year Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READlast_img read more

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TNT ends skid; Ginebra on top

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TNT  is obviously in dire need of an import change and the KaTropa should make the replacement in the quickest time possible.The KaTropa survived the Columbian Dyip in overtime, 118-114, on Sunday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup with minimal help from Stacy Davis to break out of a slump that forced team management to place head coach Nash Racela on leave.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Davis had 11 points, four rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes, numbers that the KaTropa find unacceptable.The KaTropa will have the luxury of choosing the perfect import for them as the league takes a long break after Wednesday’s games to give way to the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers  where Gilas Pilipinas faces Iran and Qatar.“We have to take advantage of the long break and prepare for our next game,” said Gonzales.TNT won’t see action until Sept. 22 in Passi, Iloilo City, where it faces the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, who will open their conference after lending their core to the national team in the Asian Games.After Wednesday’s double header at Smart Araneta Coliseum where San Miguel Beer takes on Blackwater at 4:30 p.m and Barangay Ginebra faces NorthPort at 7 p.m., the PBA resumes on Sept. 19.The First Game scores:TNT 118—Castro 25, Romeo 22, Pogoy 16, Semerad 15, Davis 11, Garcia 9, Rosario 7, Williams 4, Trollano 3, Cruz 2, Paredes 2, Carey 2, Reyes 0, Golla 0.COLUMBIAN 114—King 26, Wright 24, McCarthy 18, Escoto 15, Camson 6, Lastimosa 6, Ababou 5, Khobuntin 4, Gabriel 4, Cabrera 3, Reyes 2, Sara 1, Cahilig 0.Quarters: 40-26, 61-48, 84-77, 107-107 (reg.), 118-114 (OT) Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “It’s taking him (Davis) a long time to adopt (to our system). We have decided to replace him,” said TNT assistant coach Eric Gonzales, who temporarily took over Racela.After dropping three straight games, the last two by an average losing margin of 29.5 points, TNT bigwigs have put Racela on forced leave following the team’s worst start in years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The KaTropa stopped the slide for their only second win in six games, but not after the Dyip gave them a huge scare in extra time.Jayson Castro nailed the go-ahead three and Terrence Romeo scored on a drive against Rashawn McCarthy for a 117-114 lead, before Castro forced import Akeem Wright into committing a decisive turnover that finished off the Dyip for good.center_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms 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 MOST READ PH cagers regain respect in Asian Games Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Jerramy King fired four threes and had 26 points while Wright added 24 points, nine rebounds and nine assists but threw the ball away nine times, including that final play that kept Columbian winless in five starts.Barangay Ginebra later improved to 2-0 and climbed to a share of the lead with idle sister team Magnolia after pinning a first loss on Alaska, 109-101.It was the Aces’ first defeat in three games.For the fourth straight game, Davis had little contribution to the TNT cause and wasn’t even fielded in late in the final quarter when the KaTropa were trying to fend off the Dyip.“Team management is working on his replacement,” said Gonzales.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View commentslast_img read more

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Big game for Giannis Antetokounmpo helps NBA-best Bucks beat Nets

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 “I might pick Steph because he picked me first last year and I’ve got to return the favor,” Antetokounmpo said.BACKCOURT BOOSTBesides LeVert and Crabbe, the Nets are also without Dinwiddie (right thumb surgery) and Harris (sore right hip). So Atkinson said the nearing returns of some regulars is “good timing.”“Listen, it doesn’t have to be 40 minutes, right?” Atkinson said. “I think that would be kind of the best scenario, just kind of integrating those guys slowly into the lineup. That’s going to be a big boost for us. I think right now, like I said, it’s good timing.”IN THE CROWDFormer President Bill Clinton and Brooks Koepka, last year’s U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner, were in attendance.UP NEXTBucks: Host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.Nets: Host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. View comments Vince Carter provides needed spark as Hawks beat Wizards “To finish our road trip with four wins in a row says a lot about this team and how great it can be,” Antetokounmpo said.Antetokounmpo had 30 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, and Milwaukee beat the cold-shooting Brooklyn Nets 113-94 on Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe injury-depleted Nets missed 19 of their first 20 3-point attempts, making it another easy night for the team with the league’s top record. Brooklyn finished 5 for 42 (11.9 percent) behind the arc and had its nine-game home winning streak snapped.Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points and Eric Bledsoe had 15 for the Bucks, who won their fourth straight — all by double digits — after dropping the first game of the trip in Oklahoma City. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen, left, watches as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, tries to strip the ball from Nets forward Rodions Kurucs (00) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — They already had the NBA’s best record, so Giannis Antetokounmpo knew the Bucks were a good team.A powerful finish to a five-game road trip showed him they might be even better than that.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The remaining Nets were no match for the Bucks, especially with Shabazz Napier going 0 for 10 behind the arc and DeMarre Carroll missing his first eight overall before finishing 2 for 11.“It just seemed like everything that we did, they had a plan for it. They just played their butts off defensively,” Brooklyn center Jarrett Allen said.Despite all that, the Nets trailed by only nine at halftime. It was nearly 11, but Antetokounmpo’s basket was ruled too late after he picked up an inbounds pass with three seconds left near one foul line and got all the way to the other basket to attempt a layup.But the Bucks broke out for 36 points in the third quarter, extending their lead to 87-64.TIP-INSBucks: Bledsoe missed Saturday’s game at Washington with a sore Achilles tendon. … Antetokounmpo was the Eastern Conference player of the week last week for the second consecutive week. He has won the award six times this season.Nets: Atkinson said LeVert (dislocated right foot) and Crabbe (sore right knee) would practice with the Nets’ G League affiliate on Tuesday. Atkinson said he wasn’t sure yet if they would be able to get into games before the All-Star break. … The Nets signed F Mitch Creek to a second 10-day contract.DRAFT STRATEGYAntetokounmpo, as the highest vote-getter among fans in the East, will draft one of the All-Star rosters Thursday. LeBron James has the first pick, so Antetokounmpo said he hasn’t made a list of who he wants because James can get them first in the first round.But he did say he’s leaning toward Stephen Curry with his first pick. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The teams entered with the two best records in the East since Dec. 7, with the Bucks coming in 22-6 and Brooklyn 20-8. But the Nets were minus a lot of the firepower that produced that strong stretch.“Brooklyn’s really banged up so it’s almost not fair, but for us at the end of a road trip it’s a good win,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.D’Angelo Russell scored 18 points for the Nets, who have been forced to go deep down their roster because of injuries and lost their third in a row.Brooklyn shot 32 percent overall while playing without Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris, Jared Dudley and Allen Crabbe, all either starters or key reserves.“We obviously have some guys out and some guys back and are mixing and matching,” coach Kenny Atkinson said. “I like what we do offensively. Sure we can move it better, but it’s tough when you’re not making shots.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Pacquiao lets son chase boxing ‘dream’

first_img“He is training every day. I see him in his room watching my fights in TV almost every day,” Pacquiao said.“It pains me because I know how hard is boxing. I can’t stand to see my son getting beaten. It’s okay if I am the one who will be beaten.”Pacquiao himself is not keen on hanging up his gloves soon.“If I feel something wrong with my body or if I feel slightly weaker, then I might think about retirement,” he said.“But for now, I’m fine. I feel like I’m 27 or 28 years old,” Pacquiao said.ADVERTISEMENT “I said to him that boxing is tough, that training is tough, everything is tough. But he said, ‘Daddy, boxing is my passion,’” Pacquiao, 40, told the Rappler online news site.“I said, ‘Son that’s my line, you are copying my line,’” he added, saying the teenager’s words softened his stance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKnown for his rags-to-riches climb from the street, Pacquiao said his wife, Jinkee, was adamant their 19-year-old son, nicknamed Jimuel, must not box.“Then Jimuel told her, ‘Mommy, you’re killing my dream.’ So what can we do? We just let him,” he added. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Fiery fuel LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LIKE FATHER Emmanuel “Jimuel” Pacquiao (left) helps dad Manny show his world title belt. “I can’t stand to see my son getting beaten,” Pacquiao says. —GRIG C. MONTEGRANDEBoxing icon Manny Pacquiao said on Friday he had reluctantly allowed his eldest son to follow his footsteps after the younger Pacquiao chastised his parents for “killing” his dream of ring glory.The Filipino legend, who has eight world titles in different weight divisions, said he could not stand the prospect of seeing his son, Emmanuel Jr., getting hurt.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments He outpointed US challenger Adrien Broner in Las Vegas in January to easily defend his World Boxing Association welterweight title, improving his record to 61-7 with two draws and 39 knockouts in a career that began in 1995.Pacquiao said he had not lined up his next opponent, “but I’m sure he is a boxer.” —AFPSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 awardlast_img read more

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Ateneo shows character in quick win over UP

first_imgMOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief “We wanted to finish it,” said Tolentino, who had 12 points against the Fighting Maroons. “We saw a lot of fight in UP and it’s good to see that our team didn’t back down and didn’t let up and continued fighting. It’s just a show of character that we could finish that last set.”Madayag, who finished with a team-high 14 points, said that they had to “win convincingly” against the Lady Maroons and part of that was to end the match as quickly as possible.“Coach O (Oliver Almadro) tells us to win convincingly so this game we showed how convincingly we can win,” said Madayag. “Like what people say that you have to be better than your best.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ateneo Lady Eagles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo wasn’t leaving its game against University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament to chance.The Lady Eagles already had a comfortable 2-0 set lead when they entered a turbulent third set against the persistent Lady Maroons, but Ateneo had no plans of playing a fourth set.ADVERTISEMENT HS stars Kai Sotto, Joel Cagulangan build respective teams via draft for NBTC All-Star Game Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Going tit-for-tat, Ateneo eventually closed out UP in straight sets, 25-21, 25-15, 28-26.“We didn’t consider that there would be a fourth set,” said Madayag Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsUP held the lead 26-25 in the third, but Ateneo fought back first with Madayag’s block on Maristela Layug before Deanna Wong followed it up with a drop to secure the Lady Eagles’ league-leading 4-1 record.“We really wanted to win, it was a long week for us to prepare and we had composure even though UP came back in the third set.” said Wong. Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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‘Street Child of Liberia’ Launches First Project

first_imgStreet Child of Liberia, a new NGO, launched its first project yesterday at the Ministry of Gender and Development in Monrovia.Street Child of Liberia (SCL), aims to reduce the number of children in Monrovia, who are reliant on the streets for their survival, and ultimately to reduce the number of out of school children in Liberia.A Street Child of Liberia release said, “Since 2012 the organization has been identifying street children throughout the capital to benefit from its projects to help get them back home and into education while giving their families the means to maintain them.”The release stated that the NGO is supported by the UK charity Street Child, which provides funding, training, and support to help build its capacity.It said Street Child has made an impact in neighboring Sierra Leone by working with local organizations on similar projects that currently create educational opportunities for more than 20,000 children.“Our goal is to replicate the kind of impact here in Liberia that Street Child has already achieved in Sierra Leone,” said Michael John Bull, who has been seconded from Street Child of Sierra Leone to help Street Child of Liberia.Street Child of Liberia’s initial aim is to connect children living full time on the streets with one of the NGO’s social workers.The release said the NGO will represent safe, responsible adult influence in the child’s life, explaining that the child will go through  a counseling and mediation process before being introduced to a new family.The Street Child of Liberia, the release added, will pay the child’s first year back in school and work with the child’s family to help increase its capacity. “Sustainability sits at the heart of what we do,” said Tom Dannatt, Street Child’s founder and managing director. “By helping families achieve the means they require to keep their children in school, the charity has the opportunity to work with Liberian street children on the same scale as we have already achieved in Sierra Leone.”There are presently 211 Liberian children that the Street Child of Liberia is working with, drawn from several communities in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Scandalous – APNU+AFC regime handling of the oil sector

first_imgDear Editor,The PNC-led APNU regime has begun their time in power from exactly where they left off twenty-six years ago. The deals that they have been making are simply scandalous. The public is hard pressed not to conclude that corruption is at the heart of this regime. They cannot help themselves, it is in their nature. The PNC has not changed.I see the media that is sympathetic to the regime, mainly ‘Kaieteur News,’ are unable to cover up the disaster that the regime is. So they are doing the next ‘best thing’. They are blaming the ExxonMobil for the disaster they have made in handling the agreement with ExxonMobil.If we want to be generous to say they are not stealing and not making huge ‘backdoor/under the table deals’, then we have to conclude that they are the most incompetent bunch of persons to ever assume high office. Added to their incompetence is the high intoxication with power that is showing in sheer arrogance.Form all that is being revealed in the press, we see that our country has lost, is losing, and will lose billions of US dollars by this deal.In the first instance, the royalty of only 2% is indeed very suspect. Dr. Mangal, the expert that the regime hired, said the norm is between 10% and 20%. Why was Dr. Mangal ignored? If he was not, why was his recommendations not considered?On the basis of 2% royalty, and if we assume oil price at US$50 per barrel, production at 300,000 barrels per day and production of 360 days for the year, then Guyana will receive  US$108,000 per year. That works out to US$144 per person (assuming a population of 750,000). That is really chicken feed.Some apologists for the regime say that it is because we have no experience, Exxon took advantage on us. That is the lamest excuse I have heard. Information is available and could have been sourced. Trinidad and Tobago, with decades of experience, would have been most helpful. Were they asked? If not, why not?The regime could have sought council from the UN and many other sources. They chose not to, and produced the most lopsided agreement probably in the world.There is no clarity on the Government’s policy on oil. The regime seems to be blundering blindly all the way.For instance, we are all in the dark as to the issue of local content in the oil and gas sector. Would our private sector benefit? This is a big concern, but the nation remains unenlightened.Another unpardonable aspect of this agreement is the regime’s concession to our sovereignty! How could this regime agree that no official can visit ExxonMobil locations without giving seven days’ notice?!This really makes us look worse than a banana republic. One cannot help wondering what was the inducement to sign something as objectionable as this. These are the same people who beat their chest talking about nationalism, yet they have compromised our sovereignty.This regime action in relation to the collection of funds is also very disturbing. For more than a year, they collected US$18 million in signing bonus and kept that information hidden. When asked about it, they denied ever collecting any. They also ridiculed those asking.Now it has come out that they had collected it and placed it in a private account. How can anyone be blamed for believing that it was put aside to be carted off by the elite?Even now that it is exposed, they continue to refuse to put it in the Consolidated Fund, thereby perpetuating an illegality.In any normal democratic country, the regime would have resigned. They had sworn to uphold the Constitution and the Laws of Guyana, but now are regularly and knowingly violating them.Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

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Caricom silent on situation that is strangling Guyana’s democracy

first_imgDear Editor,Caricom should ensure that Governments have abiding respect for human rights, the rule and law, and take action to ensure social and economic justice, should also provide proactive, visionary leadership for promoting and reinforcing the spirit and commitment to regional integration, emphasizing transparency, accountability and operational excellence within all organs and institutions of Caricom countries.Caricom rests on four main pillars: economic integration; foreign policy coordination; human and social development; and security. “However I was shocked when Mr Pat Robinson was trying to protect Caricom for their silence and reluctance to speak out on the present political situation in Guyana.The Caribbean Court of Justice is a creation of Caricom, despite which countries may use it as their final Court, as such Caricom must ensure that the CCJ is not being made ineffective, as such must ensure that judgement issued must be honoured and respected by all stakeholders.The claims of Mr Pat Robinson that Caricom will continue to remain silent because they are not political is “total garbage ” since Caricom was one of the first organisations that spoken out on political situations in Guyana after the 15th December 1997 elections. In fact the then PPP/C Government has committed itself in facilitating every effort by the Caribbean Community (Caricom) to have a successful intervention of a top-level CARICOM Goodwill Mission to Georgetown, to diffuse three weeks of tension that gripped the city after the PNC rejected the poll results. The Mission, comprising eminent Barbadian Sir Henry Forde, Guyanese Sir Shridath Ramphal, and Grenadian Sir Alister McIntyre, succeeded in getting minority leader Desmond Hoyte to agree to a poll audit, among other things, to agree with President Janet Jagan.In a press release on the 1st June 1998, (Ref#:43/1998/868), Caricom committed in playing a major role in the implementation of the Herdmanston Accord it brokered with Guyana’s political parties post 1997 elections unrest.So the question is why Caricom suddenly became dumb, deaf and blind on the present situation that is strangling Guyana’s democracy, but reacted in three weeks during the post elections unrest in 1997.Caricom silence may remain because the PPP/C is not destructive enough to get the attention of Caricom.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

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