Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards “I don’t think I have to speak on that,” he told ESPN.com. “I think I’ve proven that over the years, day in and day out.”Anthony’s comments came after the Knicks dropped a heartbreaker at Madison Square Garden, falling 108-107 to the Atlanta Hawks. It was the Knicks’ 11th defeat in their last 13 games.Hornacek, who shook up his starting lineup to include rookies Ron Baker and Mindaugas Kuzminskas, said Tuesday he’d look at more changes as he searches for a winning formula.He said Anthony, who has started at power forward for the past three games as Kristaps Porzingis battles a sore Achilles tendon, could stay there when Porzingis returns, with the Lithuanian starting at center and France’s Joakim Noah coming off the bench.“We’ve got to look at everything,” Hornacek said. “In the long run, we’ve got to look at hey, when KP comes back, will it change everything altogether and what it will do?ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “Sometimes it’s a chance you have to take, but we continue to look over that. We just need to mix it up maybe a little more.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Speculation that Jackson wanted Anthony out were fueled by an internet column by Charley Rosen, a former assistant coach and confidant of Jackson, who wrote that Anthony’s “legs are going, going, almost gone”.“The only sure thing is that Carmelo Anthony has outlived his usefulness in New York,” Rosen opined.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 returnREAD: NBA: Ex-Nuggets coach George Karl lambasts Carmelo Anthony in new bookOn Monday, Anthony said he wasn’t interested in waiving his no-trade clause, and that he’d proven his loyalty to the organization. LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Nash: Texters still a work in progress 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 Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (7) argues a call with referee Dan Crawford during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in New York. The Trail Blazers won the game 94-90. APNEW YORK, United States — New York Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek says he’s willing to “look at everything” in a bid to find a winning formula, but Knicks watchers were looking beyond lineup changes Tuesday in a bid to parse the future of the NBA franchise.A meeting between veteran star Carmelo Anthony and team president Phil Jackson was described variously in US media reports as “contentious” and “calm and business-like” with the New York Daily News reporting that Anthony told Jackson he wants to stay in New York.ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments
Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Asked to summarize the game, he said, “I don’t even remember.”The Knicks’ first four-overtime game in 66 years included five players, including Anthony and Atlanta’s Dwight Howard, fouling out.Anthony scored the tying baskets at the end of regulation and the first overtime period, before fouling out with 12.9 seconds remaining in the second overtime.Anthony said it was “difficult” to watch the last two extra periods.“Those are the overtimes where you’ve got to dig deep,” Anthony said. “You’re exhausted, you have to find something from somewhere. But to not be out there in that last overtime was a little difficult to watch. Especially knowing the flow of the game. That was a moment I wanted to be out there.”ADVERTISEMENT Melbourne master Federer back in top 10 Millsap logged 60 minutes, which were especially taxing due to his time defending Anthony.“There was no chance I was coming out,” Millsap said.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 returnMillsap had 19 rebounds, setting another season high, and seven assists.“That was fun,” Millsap said. “I don’t want to do that again ever, but it was fun.” Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) reacts with forward Mike Muscala (31) and forward Kent Bazemore (24) in the fourth overtime of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Atlanta. The Hawks won the game in the fourth overtime 142-139. APATLANTA — Paul Millsap made the decisive basket in a four-overtime game that lasted almost four hours and proclaimed it to be great fun that he never wants to experience again.Millsap had a season-high 37 points, including the go-ahead layup with 27 seconds remaining in the fourth OT, and the Atlanta Hawks overcame Carmelo Anthony’s season-high 45 points to outlast the short-handed New York Knicks 142-139 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT TIP-INSKnicks: Porzingis fouled out with 15 points with 1:30 remaining in regulation. … Anthony, who set a franchise record for points in any quarter with 25 in the second period against Washington on Jan. 19, had 17 in the first quarter. … Backup Kyle O’Quinn also fouled out. … Noah had 14 rebounds.Hawks: Howard fouled out in the second OT with 19 points and 13 rebounds. … G Lamar Patterson, signed to a 10-day contract, was in uniform but did not play. He played 35 games with Atlanta last season. … G Gary Neal’s 10-day contract expired. … Tim Hardaway Jr. started for F Thabo Sefolosha (groin) and scored nine of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.FOUR-OT HISTORYIt was the Knicks’ first four-overtime game since Jan. 23, 1951, when they lost at Rochester. Atlanta’s last four-overtime game was a win over Utah on March 25, 2012.ROSE MAY MISS MORE GAMESHornacek said Rose also likely will miss the team’s game at Washington on Tuesday and possibly more.“I don’t want to say because you never know with an ankle,” Hornacek said.Rose said the ankle “feels better every day.”“I just have to take my time with it and listen to my body and I think that’s what I’m doing right now,” Rose said. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ LATEST STORIES 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 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ The Knicks also had starters Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah foul out. New York still found ways to match the scoring from Millsap and Kent Bazemore, who had 24 points, including the Hawks’ first eight points in the fourth overtime.“Good thing we don’t play tomorrow,” said Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek.The loss was another blow to the Knicks’ hopes of moving into the Eastern Conference playoffs.“These guys have fought all year,” Hornacek said. “Things haven’t gone our way but they never give up.”Courtney Lee made a 26-foot tying 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining in the second OT and sank the tying free throws late in the third extra period.The Knicks held out guard Derrick Rose, who sprained his left ankle in Friday night’s win over Charlotte.Dennis Schroder made one of two free throws with 10.2 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime, leaving the Knicks a chance to extend the game yet again. Lee missed a last-second 3-point attempt on what he said was “a great look.”“It’s draining, man, but it was fun,” Lee said. “You can’t hang your head about this one. We competed.”Schroder had 23 points and 15 assists for Atlanta.Brandon Jennings had 18 points as the fill-in starter for Rose. Lee added 17. FLAGRANT FOULHoward was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul for knocking Porzingis to the court on a dunk by Porzingis midway through the third quarter. There was a lengthy delay as officials reviewed the play and Porzingis received congratulations from teammates for the slam over Howard.UP NEXTKnicks: Visit Washington on Tuesday.Hawks: Visit Miami on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
New Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) interim president Bruce Gaynor wants to make a big impact in his two months in the role. The former St James Football Association president says he intend to use his time in office to build on what former president Captain Horace Burrell left behind.Gaynor was elected interim boss of the JFF after beating fellow vice-president, Raymond Anderson, 12-4, in the by-elections on Saturday at the JFF’s headquarters in New Kingston.”At the end of the day, I am the president of the JFF and I must leave a legacy for myself, even though I am going to try and build on the legacy of Captain Burrell,” he said.”I want to add on what he left. If I can make it more magnanimous, that would be great, because, in two months, there is not much to talk about me. So whatever Captain had, we must move it up a notch and it would have left the JFF a better place,” he reasoned.Since Burrell became ill, the vice-presidents and the secretariat have worked closely together to carry out the responsibilities of the federation, Gaynor noted, but with his experience in managing and as an administrator, he hopes to make some positive improvements.”Since Captain’s illness, the vice-presidents and the secretariat make all decisions. This is just a continuation of that process, but I am a very inclusive leader. I am not autocratic, so the vice-president will work with the secretariat and myself and report to the board. But in the two months I am there, I need to see the changes I can make to enhance the federation,” he said.FULL SUPPORTGaynor is also confident that he has the full support of the federation and will meet with the various departments to chart his way forward for the next two months..”I know I have the full support of the board and we all have a good relationship and there is no animosity. I will meet the heads of the department to find out individually what they think can help to make these changes,” he said.But despite being elevated to the position of president, though temporarily, Gaynor has no long-term ambition to be the JFF’s top man and said he will support the new president when elections are called on September 6.”I am just the interim president,” he said. “Come September 6, they are going to choose a new president to carry the federation for the next four years. I have never been interested in the presidency and I don’t think my interest has changed. I will support anybody as president, but for right now, I am not interested in the position,” he declared.
It is now 20 years since Jamaica’s historic appearance at the FIFA World Cup in France. Some of the members of that team recall some of the memories of that campaign for The Sunday Gleaner’s Rachid Parchment. Former goalkeeper and captain Warren ‘Boopie’ Barrett played 108 times for the Reggae Boyz in a career that spanned 10 years between 1990 and 2000. Barrett, 47, led the team in the first two Group H World Cup games against Croatia and Argentina, where they lost 3-1 and 5-0, respectively. A groin injury kept him out of the following game, which the team won 2-1 against Japan. However, Barrett said that he was happy about every moment of the trip. Rachid Parchment: During the qualifying campaign, did you have any doubts about the team’s chances of advancing? Warren Barrett: There was no point during the Hex (final qualifying round of six) that I felt that we were out of it. We beat El Salvador (1-0) when Andy ‘Bomber’ Williams scored that cracker from 35 yards, and that gave us the momentum we needed going into the summer before we played Canada and Costa Rica, so we were pretty confident. RP: What was your favourite moment from the qualifiers? WB: Probably the 2-2 draw in El Salvador. After the game, we were a bit disappointed, giving up a 2-1 lead to a late equaliser, but it was real quiet in the changing room, and it was assistant coach (Carl) Brown who said “Gentlemen, come on! We haven’t lost. We have gotten a point, and this, basically, has put us in the driver’s seat to qualify.” When we looked at it, reality kicked in that we could get the point against Mexico at home. It was a significant moment in El Salvador. RP: Fans look back at Mexico and the United States as Jamaica’s arch-rivals, some considering their style of play as “dirty”. There was one particular game, the team drew 1-1 in the United States, where the Americans scored from an incorrectly judged penalty where Goodison was said to have handled the ball outside the box. When things like these went against you, how did you feel about your opponents? Did you feel angry, aggrieved, and fired up? WB: All of the above! (laughs) That wasn’t a deliberate handball. It was difficult for him to react or to move his arm. It was in a natural position by his side. I remember when we were coming out for the match, we could hear the Dutch pot covers and I saw my batchmate from Cornwall College banging, and Eric Wynalda (then USA captain) was like, ‘Damn, it seems like we’re in Kingston again’.” When you’re looked down, upon, you’re not under any pressure since everyone expects you to lose or fail. So that gave us extra motivation to prove people wrong. RP: What was it like, as captain, hearing the national anthem being played in France? WB: Goose pimples! It happens every game, actually, especially when you’re at home and Ian Andrews was singing the anthem. We had to force back the tears a lot of times, but you’re supercharged. You could run through the stadium walls. That’s the way we felt at The Office (National Stadium in Kingston), but at the World Cup, reality really sank in, in that this was the greatest showpiece on Earth. It was great and an honour to know that a little boy from humble beginnings is now leading his nation on this stage. What more could I have asked for? RP: Who was your roommate in France, and was it hard to sleep the nights before facing Croatia and Argentina? WB: Most times travelling, Theodore (Whitmore) or my brother, Garth Peterkin, were my roommates. Garth wasn’t on the trip, but Theodore was my roommate. There was no problem falling asleep for the game. Yes, it was the World Cup, but it was just another game. We’re still playing 11 players, not 22. So I didn’t lose any sleep over that. RP: How did it feel knowing you missed the win against Japan through injury, but Aaron Lawrence got his chance in goal? WB: I’ve always been a team player. There was one time in the Caribbean Cup in ’97 where coach rested me to see how I would react. I was like a coach. I was motivating and I was talking. Even Donald ‘Foulie’ Stewart, who was sitting beside me, said: “Jah know, skipper, mi neva know seh a suh yuh talk nuff, man.” Mi seh “Foulie, a my team, yuh nuh.” The following morning coach (Rene) Simoes said: “Barrett, I like that you motivate and encourage.” I was a team player. It didn’t matter who coach selected. At the end of the day, they were representing my team, my country, and I just wanted us to win. RP: Recently, Whitmore said he’d love if a reunion game with the ’98 squad was organised. Would you like that as well? WB: It was something we always discussed. A game against one of those teams from CONCACAF qualifying or even the 98 Brazil squad would be nice. Barrett is now employed to the national programme as a goalkeeping coach. NEXT WEEK: Theodore Whitmore.
Approximately 2,000 student athletes compete at ISSA/ GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships each year, but our Olympic team has just about 60 athletes. That math makes fools of those who predict greatness for Champs stars prematurely. Still, success seemed to be on the cards for the redoubtable Kerron Stewart, even before she ran at the biggest high-school meet in the world. At the Penn Relays this April, she was as fast as ever. Racing in black, green and gold for the last time, Kerron burned the second leg to put Jamaica in position to win the USA versus the World 4x100m. It was business as usual on her 18th consecutive trip to storied Franklin Field. Once an all-round sprint prospect at John Mills All-Age School, Kerron has hit the gas at Penn for St Jago High, Essex Community College, Auburn University and Jamaica. She’s been a winner everywhere, stacking up Boys and Girls’ Championships, Carifta, Junior College, NCAA and NACAC titles, and medals at the World Championships and the Olympic Games. Relaxed and determined, her weapon has been a ground-gobbling stride powered by an unmatched top gear. Seventh in the 2007 World 100-metre final, she showed presence of mind a year later in Beijing at the Olympic Games. When others froze, she recovered from a twitch in the blocks by American Torri Edwards to tie Sherone Simpson in the unique 1-2-2 100-metre finish behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. She left Beijing with another medal after a strong third place in the 200m, won by Veronica Campbell-Brown. Even better in 2009, she lost to Fraser on the line in the 100m at the Berlin World Championships. At that point, her personal best of 10.75 seconds placed her third on the Jamaica all-time list. Later, Stewart anchored Jamaica to victory in the 4x100m. She never stopped speeding. She raced into three more World Championship individual finals, compiling a career total of 26 sub-11 100-metre clockings along the way. In 2009 alone, she had 10. A relay expert since her St Jago days, the Athens/Beijing/London Olympian helped Jamaica to win the 4x100m at the 2002 World Junior Championships. Over the years, she ran every leg and duly won Olympic silver in 2012 and two more World gold medals in 2013 and 2015. When she blazed the second leg at Penn, those memories rushed back. With them came the recall of her dignified presence, which impressed as much as her speed. Had she chosen the 400 metres, she might have been equally successful. As evidence, she won a bronze medal in the Class Two 400m in 2000 and played a key role when Jamaica set a national Junior 4×400 metre record at Penn in 2001. That mark – 3 minutes 29.66 seconds – has stood the test of time as much as Kerron has. She closes her track rÈsumÈ as a member of an elite group of Jamaican women to have broken both 11 and 22 seconds and to have Olympic medals in both the 100m and 200m. Her haul of two Olympic silver medals and a bronze is nothing to sneeze about. At 10.75, she is the ninth fastest woman of all time. As with the incomparable Usain Bolt and Novlene Willliams-Mills last year, it’s sad to see her go. All three were present at the 2004 Olympics, where Kerron was an unused relay alternate. Still, she has gone through the exit gate after acquitting herself brilliantly for Jamaica. Warm and engaging, she was a champion who won friends for Jamaica. On top of everything, Kerron represents one of those times when the early prediction of success was right. – HUBERT LAWRENCE has made notes at trackside since 1980. Never stopped speeding
When the issue first broke – the controversial purchase of 50 Very High Frequency (VHF) communication radio sets by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) for close to Gy0 million – it sparked much criticisms and prompted a special probe into this and other similar transactions conducted by that organisation.This particular transaction has been under some level of suspicion, and State auditors last year launched an audit into the procurement operations at GECOM after it was noticed that there were some discrepancies in relation to the purchase – which was done prior to the holding of the 2015 General and Regional Elections.There were several concerns raised about this entire transaction. For instance, the contract for the supply of the radio sets was handed to a Water Street businessman under questionable circumstances. There were also questions in relation to the huge cost of the items. It is believed that the radio sets could have been procured at a much cheaper rate via other suppliers.Additionally, even though the radio sets were purchased for use during the 2015 General and Regional Elections, particularly in the outlying regions of Guyana, they allegedly were never put into use after it was discovered that many of them were faulty.Further, media reports later surfaced that some of the equipment purchased were obsolete and were not covered by warranty. As a matter of fact, it was reported that the Australian-based manufacturer, Barrett Communications, through its European office, distanced itself from the purchase.This, however, was just one of many cases wherein concerns were raised regarding the procurement practices employed by GECOM. There were, over the years, quite a few other instances when certain expenditures raised eyebrows. Whether or not those concerns had any basis, GECOM officials did very little to assuage the concerns of stakeholders – who, in our view, were interested in ensuring that public funds were properly accounted for.In relation to this most recent probe into the VHF radio sets, Auditor General Deodat Sharma was recently quoted in this newspaper as saying that the report has been completed, but the other aspect – in relation to the purchase of toners, batteries and other supplies – is still to be completed. The Parliamentary Opposition and members of the public, via letters in the press, have made numerous calls for the findings of these audits to be made public.Already, much time has elapsed since the launch of the audits, and one wonders when exactly the entire investigation would come to finality and the report be presented to the relevant authorities. We fully understand the complexity of the work involved and the need for specialised staff to conduct interviews, etc; especially with the audit office having limited financial resources to hire the necessary complement of staff. However, citizens are eagerly awaiting the findings of these audits, as they (reports) will shed light on methods employed by GECOM to procure goods and services, and disclose whether such methods are in compliance with the necessary procurement laws and practices.If it is found that persons are indeed culpable of not adhering to the laws, they should face the necessary penalties.GECOM spends hundreds of millions of dollars, especially in election years or periods when there are heightened activities – such as continuous/house-to-house registration etc – and all efforts must be made to ensure that national procurement laws are followed in utilising those funds. The Auditor General has, over the years, highlighted many lapses in the system; but we are not certain what actions are being taken by GECOM and the powers that be in ensuring public funds are spent in a transparent and accountable manner.While it is not our intention to portray the impression that any official of GECOM is guilty of any wrongdoing, as that is the job of the auditors, the point should be reinforced that as an independent constitutional body, GECOM enjoys financial, functional and operational autonomy; and like every agency which is financed with public funds, must be held accountable for the manner in which it spends these funds.
Now that the dust has settled over the claim by at least one insurance company that the Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Amendment Act of 2015 authorized them to ask on their “Customer Verification Form- Individual” that applicants should “indicate any affiliation with Government/Military/state officials (including political party)”, it may be opportune to review the controversy, since, in our estimation, it has very severe implications for fundamental rights of Guyanese citizens.We should note that the Financial Investigation Unit (FIU) Director Matthew Langevine, in charge of overseeing the Act, later said the policy was “misguided”. In reference of the provisions of the AML/CFT legislation for Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) he said, “It is not intended to work by these reporting entities asking you about your political affiliation.” But while he pronounced that asking applicants for their “political affiliation” was “reckless”, he admitted that each insurance company was expected to use its “discretion” to identify PEPs.And herein lies the danger, since the financial institutions are operating in a new environment, largely defined by the Government.Recommendation 12 of the global Financial Action Task Force (FATF), incorporated into the 2015 AML/CFT Amendment Act and regulations with regard to “Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs)” states the following: “A politically exposed person (PEP) is defined by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as an individual who is or has been entrusted with a prominent public function.” However, this is a very broad definition, and because of the context in which the legislation has been deployed, it is not surprising that the insurance company adopted a very stringent political test.Contextually, the AML/CTF was highly publicized by the present Government. When they finally passed legislation soon after taking office in 2015, (after rejecting the PPP’s version in 2012 and 2014), they used it as a weapon to go after the members of the PPP, whom they insisted had engaged in financial skullduggery that violated the legislation. Nothing makes this clearer that the utilization of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), which was established by the PPP/C Administration as the investigative arm of the FIU, now focusing almost totally on supposed infractions by the PPP. Against this background, there arises the larger issue of what is called the “chilling effect” that this legislation can have on several fundamental rights of citizens.According to Wiki, “A chilling effect may be caused…any legal action that would cause people to hesitate to exercise a legitimate right (freedom of speech or otherwise) for fear of legal repercussions.”In the context of the action by the insurance company, the freedom to belong to any political party, guaranteed by the Freedom of Association via Art 147, is definitely threatened. Art 147. Sec (1) states rather explicitly: “Except with his or her own consent, no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his or her freedom… of… association…that is to say…his or her right to…associate with other persons, and in particular to form or belong to political parties…” The Article goes on to emphasis, in Sec (4) “Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with, or in contravention of, this article to the extent that the law in question makes provision – (a) that is reasonably required in the interest of defence, public safety, public order, public morality or public health.”But in buttressing the chilling effect due to the discretionary power of financial institutions to query political affiliations and the cue by SOCU’s actions, by making the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) subject and responsible to the AML/CFT Authority, there is the existential possibility of it being compromised and undermined in terms of its autonomy and independence. The financial institutions would have to be sensitive to this.More troubling is the fact that the politically exposed persons – Members of Parliament — appoint the AML/CFT Authority, the FIU Director, Deputy Director, and other important functionaries in the FIU.The lesson for Guyana from this episode is that the threats to freedom today are multifarious.
Dear Editor,With reference to Shanie Jagessar (GT Aug 6) who has penned a splendid critique of Eric Phillip’s Afro-nationalist demand, one can’t help but admire other leading Afro-nationalists like Tacuma Ogunseye, David Hinds, Barrington Braithwaite, Clive Thomas, Eusi Kwayana, Craig Sylvester, Vincent Alexander, Keith Williams, Freddie Kissoon, among others, for not condemning Philips in his unsubstantiated claims and ‘what if’ interpretation of history.As Shanie penned, Philips’ claim is not based on actual history but what ifs. And no African has come forward to rebuke him. Instead the Afro-centric organisations like ACDA, ASCRIA and African-nationalists salute him for advocating for the interests of their people.The Afro-centrists are unapologetic about their Afro-nationalism. One can’t help but admire the activism of these outstanding Black nationalists and intellectuals, who unlike most of their Indian counterparts, proudly advocate for the interests of their ethnic group.The interests of their group are of paramount importance to them (and of course their people) and foremost in their thoughts and actions unlike most Indian politicians or intellectuals or writers who are hesitant about advocating an Indian cause because of a fear of being branded “racist’.There is nothing racist about advocating for your group – Dr King, Malcolm X, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Angela Davis, Walter Rodney, etc all championed a Black agenda from which other ethnic groups benefited. So ethnic advocacy has its benefits and the advocates are not racist unless they attack (people from) other groups.We must be thankful to and salute these Afro-nationalists who fought racism in the US. And Indians and Amerindians should also make demands on the state. It is noted that Afro-nationalists in Guyana made/make demands on the state and get results unlike Indian and Amerindian politicians and intellectuals who are bashful about making similar demands for their group.Indian and Amerindian advocates should learn from the Afro-nationalists to get equitable resources for their groups. I commend the Africanists for their work and call on leaders of other ethnic groups to emulate their activism. I wish if Indians and Amerindians can develop the courage and tenacity to copy their actions.The Afro-nationalists are not known to compromise their identity or advocacy on behalf of their group for narrow self-interests. Their group interests take primacy.Take, for example, Ogunseye or Hinds who simply refused to work for a non-African dominated government in Guyana. These proud Afro-centrists did not seek government employ or educational assistance under the PPP but gladly accept government roles under the African/PNC-led coalition.Tacuma is advisor to Granger while Hinds writes for the state-owned Chronicle.When PPP was in government, Tacuma proudly worked as a vendor in the market to provide for his family rather than work for the Indian-led (PPP) government. He could not be bought by any Indian.Since the change in government last year May, Tacuma advises the African leader of PNC and APNU and the coalition government.Phillips is an advisor to Granger.Similarly, Hinds, did not seek employment with the Indian PPP and opted for work in the US rather than at UG that was under PPP control; no PPP handouts could have bought Hinds who advocate for racial equality (although his voice has been muzzled since Africans have retaken control of the government.Few Indians take such a principled position like that of Ogunseye and Hinds of not cavorting with those who were viewed as “the enemy” of their people. Where do such type of Indians dwell?Ogunseye, Kwayana and Hinds promoted self-reliance among Africans and dressed in traditional garb to promote African culture whereas few Indian intellectuals proudly wear their traditional clothing.It is also noted that while the African intellectuals (including Kwayana) initially supported Forbes Burnham and the PNC, including when Forbes Burnham cracked down on Indians, Amerindians, Portuguese, and Chinese, some of these Afro intellectuals turned against Burnham when he started oppressing Africans – murdering Rodney, Ohene Koama, Edward Dublin, etc. They were enamoured by Burnham and the PNC’s rule against the Jagan, PPP and Indians, but felt Burnham went too far when he began to oppress and persecute his own people.And although some of the Afro-nationalists opposed and condemned Burnhamism, they never joined Jagan to obtain the same goal. Their mouths were not muzzled by the PNC hands that fed them at that time unlike what has been the case since May 2015. Their group is now in control of the state and they rally behind the leadership of the group for preservation, unconcerned about policies that hurt other groups.There were few Indian intellectuals who took such a principled step to resist ethnic victimisation and the atrocities of the PNC dictatorships of Burnham and Desmond Hoyte. Even now, few Indian intellectuals have spoken out against the discriminatory policies of the coalition.The Afro-nationalists are leaders that their Indian counterparts can take a lesson from and as individuals one can work with on a formula for power sharing or equitable distribution of resources.Unlike most Indian intellectuals, Afro-nationalists are proud of their identity and consistently advocate for Black causes. There is no Indian or Amerindian or Chinese or Portuguese equivalent.And the Afro-nationalists are not only advocates of an Afro-Guyanese identity, true followers of a Pan-Africanist identity. Their economic, social, political, cultural philosophy is Black nationalism as once advocated by Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey and others.There isn’t a similar “Pan-Indian” or “Pan-Amerindian” ideology in the horizon even though Indians and Amerindians have been victims of racialist abuses in the greater Caribbean and globally. And unlike the PNC and WPA that encouraged and promoted ethno-nationalism, the PPP averred on anything that resembles Indian nationalism.Advocates of Indo-centric policies were marginalised or removed from the PPP. There is no room for Indian ethno nationalists in the PPP that claims that ethno-nationalism is anathema to Marxism.Black-nationalism defines the group’s economic, social, political, cultural philosophy and agenda. Indian and Amerindian nationalists need to emulate the activism of their African counterparts for their own ethnic agenda, and they should make a fair demand on the state for an equitable share of the resources.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisram
Dear Sir,In the real and developed world, when a senior national team is ousted from a Premier Championship/Tournament, more so at a preliminary stage based upon what the contract entails, the coaching/technical staffs submit their resignation and are not told to do so.But of course it’s only applicable providing all sides are equal, ie encampment, training sessions, practice matches/friendly internationals, et al.However, locally in our beloved “Oh Beautiful Guyana, my lovely native land” it’s extremely the opposite, whereby the absence/no commencement of the 2016-2017 Elite League deprived approximately 200 footballers from eight clubs to meaningfully prepare for the nation’s premier football competition. That by extension would have enabled them to vie competitively for selection, ahead for national representation.Within this context, can the coaching/technical staffs and players be blamed for this sad predicament? Absolutely not! Editor, given the fact that Shabazz is associated with local national football for almost a decade, during which time the best ever FIFA ranking of 86 was achieved almost 6 years ago. With a current placing of 118, it would only be prudent after Jamaica’s match, which the visitors won by two clear goals.The goodly Trinidadian should bow out gracefully with his head held high. It must be taken into serious consideration that the nation’s administrators have failed the Golden Jaguars preparation this time around. That, apart from a lack of physical fitness, compliments of absolutely no domestic football, compounded by some of the overseas players, which bring me to the pertinent point in question. Does the GFF have within its database, information pertaining to the overseas-based players’ weekly training, matches played as a starter/substitute and the level of football? Can the latter be ascertained to be higher than the Elite League?Is it prudent to invest scarce dollars to bring players, ie airfare, internal transportation, accommodation, meals, stipends, etc, and at the end of the day, they are not fit? In the final analysis, four fulltime sessions could have never sufficed against Suriname and Jamaica, moreover, when the matches had to produce a winner, entailing 30 minutes of “extra time” and the possibility of penalty kicks. Thank the Heavenly Father it didn’t reach to that stage. Until and unless a properly structured developmental 4-year plan, the minimum is in place, time wastage would continue to aid the sport’s own self-destruction; albeit participating in a Gold Cup Tournament, would remain an illusion to be pursued but never attained! It’s my sincere desire that with the acquisition of a new technical director, a new vision for development would be on the horizon. Sadly, since the ousting of former GFF president, Colin Klass, at the behest of FIFA, via a suspension, the other occupants following thereafter in the presidential chair haven’t to date delivered the qualities of leadership in averting national embarrassments on the field of play and administratively. The Elite League scenario is one of such, along with poor documentation for an overseas-born player and overage. Additionally, players in their mid-thirties or thereabout, must call it a day in national representation, along with the other members of the coaching staff that the lack of advanced certification in the relevant areas remains a hindrance for development.With this in mind, the GFF must leave no stone unturned for coaches to attend advanced courses overseas. Brazil offers one of such that is FIFA-accredited with the late Ashton Taylor being the only beneficiary to date which also occurred under the stewardship of former President, Colin Klass. From two matches resulting in 240 minutes of football, along with injury time, what explanations can be offered for being pointless, winless, conceding 7 goals, scoring 4 for a goal difference of -3? Editor, apparently no lesson was learnt from the previous 2-5 loss to Curacao in Round 2. Scientifically, our coaching staff is sadly lacking and so too is the sport’s administration.Respectfully,Lester Sealey
Coach Tai Bundit doesn’t only train his Creamline charges to be physically fit. He also makes sure his players are psychologically in tip-top shape too.“Coach Tai taught us to meditate even during the game,” said Creamline setter Jia Morado. “It helps us think clearly and adjust against our opponents.”ADVERTISEMENT The zen approached continues to work wonders as Creamline ripped Motolite, 25-15, 25-20, 25-23, Wednesday night and formally booked a semifinal berth in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.The Cool Smashers had a slow start at Filoil Flying V Centre, needing a big push to break out of a 6-6 deadlock to eventually score their sixth straight victory for a 6-1 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We know Motolite really studied us and knew how to play against us,” said Morado. “So what we did was go back to coach Tai’s system and get back into the game.”The Thai mentor is known for carrying out a rigorous training regimen and hardly gives instructions during the game itself. Morado fanned out 26 excellent sets, feeding all the Creamline heavy hitters like imports Aleoscar Blanco and Kuttika Kaewpin as well as local stars Alyssa Valdez, Michell Gumabao and Jema Galanza.The win spoiled the maiden appearance of Motolite captain Myla Pablo and ended the squad’s two-game run. Motolite dropped to 2-5.Earlier, PacificTown-Army soldiered on by taking down BaliPure, 25-21, 25-20, 25-21.The Lady Troopers scored their fourth win in seven matches.ADVERTISEMENT Trade to NorthPort a homecoming for Sol Mercado Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption LATEST STORIES 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN View comments