Lue says Cavs not motivated by underdog status

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Korean unity at Vatican? Not so fast, but pope cheers anyway “I think we’ve grown,” he said. “We talk all season about getting better and better so that when we get to the playoffs we’re playing our best basketball. “I think defensively we’ve really turned the corner. We’ve been playing really physical, getting stops.”Lue believes also that his team may benefit from playing a grueling seven-game series against Boston, stating that the team would be battle-hardened heading into game one.“I think our whole team has to be aggressive. We can’t use game one as a feel-out game. It’s the first time we’ve come off a seven-game series in the finals and had only two or three days in between,” Lue said. “Playing a game seven on Sunday in Boston will help us in game one.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I don’t think we need motivation. Any time you get to the finals you’re playing for a championship and that’s motivation in itself. “We don’t have to thrive on that. Being in this position is enough.”The Cavaliers reached the finals after a wild Eastern Conference series with the Boston Celtics, sealing victory in game seven on Sunday with an 87-79 win on the road.The victory made Cleveland the first team to beat the Celtics at home during the postseason.Lue said he believed the cornerstone of his team’s success was defense.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Warriors have won two of the three previous meetings, with the Cavaliers taking the 2016 crown after a miraculous fightback from 3-1 down.Lue, however, says the fact the Warriors are most observers’ pick for the title will not motivate his team.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“Our focus is winning championships, playing our best basketball,” Lue said.“Our main focus is to win a championship. We can’t worry about what outside guys are saying. 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 STORIES Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue gives instructions from the sideline during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The Cleveland Cavaliers will not be motivated by their underdog status when they take on the Golden State Warriors in the fourth installment of their NBA Finals rivalry, coach Tyronn Lue said Tuesday.The Warriors have been installed by Las Vegas bookmakers as heavy favorites to retain their NBA crown as they face the Cavaliers for a fourth straight year starting in game one on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Stephens eyes 2nd Slam title, Halep 1st in French Open final

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Sloane Stephens of the U.S. clenches her fist after defeating compatriot Madison Keys during in semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Thursday, June 7, 2018 in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — When the French Open final was played a year ago, Sloane Stephens was nowhere near Roland Garros. She was in Chicago with coach Kamau Murray, working her way back from a foot injury that required surgery and sidelined her for 11 months.“Indoors on a hard court. Getting ready for grass. Barely walking. Playing tennis next to a bunch of 5- and 6-year-old screaming kids,” Murray recalled. “So to be here from there, I think, is rewarding, because those times were not easy.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It was 5-0 by the time Muguruza eventually claimed a game.Muguruza’s last stand came at 4-all in the second set, a 13-minute game in which she held three break points. But she failed to convert any of those, and Halep held there, before breaking at love to end it.While the Romanian sometimes has trouble with so much on the line, Stephens has been perfect in title matches on the WTA tour, going 6-0.“I mean, there is no formula. I didn’t, like, try to do it. I’m not trying to break a record. It’s just how it’s happened for me,” Stephens said, “I think once I get going in a tournament, I’m pretty consistent, which is good. I just try to keep that going.”She had never made it past the fourth round on the red clay of Paris until now. This year, she was two points from defeat in the third round against Camila Giorgi of Italy before turning that match around.Stephens hasn’t dropped a set since.“When you make it out of that,” Murray said, “you build a little bit of confidence.”Like Halep, Stephens is an incredibly talented defensive player, and she kept stretching points Thursday until Keys would err.In all, Keys made 41 unforced errors, 30 more than Stephens.“It’s really tough to get any ball by her, but especially today, she was neutralizing so well. And she was hitting so many deep, heavy balls, that I really felt like I was having to go for a lot,” said Keys, who is now 0-3 against Stephens. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FIFA to put 100,000 World Cup tickets on sale Friday Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours She twice has lost in the final at Roland Garros — to Maria Sharapova in 2014 and to Jelena Ostapenko in 2017 — and was the runner-up to Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open in January.“I lost three times until now and no one died,” Halep said, “so it will be OK.”Muguruza, a two-time major champion, entered the semifinals having not lost a set in the tournament. She also was coming off a lopsided victory in the quarterfinals a day earlier, overwhelming Sharapova 6-2, 6-1.But it took Muguruza quite a while to get going against Halep, who managed to keep sending ball after ball back over the net.Backed by fans who loudly chanted her first name between games, Halep went ahead 3-0 with the help of only one winner. Of her first 14 points, 13 arrived via errors by Muguruza — nine unforced, four forced.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The times are good now. Stephens closed in on her second Grand Slam title by beating pal Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday in the first all-American semifinal at the French Open since 2002. It also was a rematch of the U.S. Open final won by Stephens last September.“It’s always hard playing someone from your country and such a good friend,” Stephens said, “so I was really pleased to be able to get through that and play some good tennis.”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 crownThe 10th-seeded Stephens’ opponent in Saturday’s final will be Simona Halep, who emphatically ended the impressive French Open run of 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza by defeating her 6-1, 6-4.Halep, who assured herself of retaining the No. 1 ranking with the victory, earned a fourth chance to win her first major title. “There is a lot of times where I feel like she made the ball by a centimeter,” Keys continued, “and I was missing it. Just one of those days where I think she played incredibly well.”There was a stretch after winning the U.S. Open that Stephens did not manage to do that.Ever.She endured an eight-match losing streak after leaving New York, going 0-6 for the rest of 2017 and then 0-2 to begin 2018, including a first-round loss at the Australian Open.“Life came at me fast after the U.S. Open,” said Stephens, whose late father, John, was the 1988 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year with the New England Patriots.She regrouped and got headed back in the right direction. At the Miami Open in March, she won the title, beating four major champions in a row.Now she stands between Halep and her first Grand Slam trophy.Sports 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 award View commentslast_img read more

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San Beda extends NCAA reign, sweeps Lyceum for another 3-peat

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Lions, who beat the Pirates, 73-60, in Game 1 last Tuesday, played suffocating defense that limited Lyceum to just 32 percent from the field. They also forced the Pirates to commit 18 turnovers against only 13 assists.Perez had a game-high 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field in his final game for Lyceum. View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda pulled away in the fourth quarter to sweep Lyceum, 71-56, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball Finals Monday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Graduating stars Javee Mocon and Robert Bolick led the way for the Red Lions, who extended their reign with their 11th title in 13 years and 22nd overall.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I’m happy to win the championship at least all the hard work and sacrifice were rewarded,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, who won his fourth NCAA championship. “I thank my players. If not for them, I won’t be able to win this championship.”Mocon posted 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks and was named Finals MVP while Bolick dished out 12 assists that went with four points and four rebounds in 38 minutes. Donald Tankoua was also instrumental with 13 points and 16 rebounds while Clint Doliguez also shone with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field.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 ChrissIt was a tight game until the Lions turned on the switch on both ends in the fourth quarter where they outscored the Pirates, 22-12.Lyceum welcomed back its superstar CJ Perez, who returned from a one-game suspension, but it hardly made a difference with San Beda extra motivated to prove it can beat the Pirates with a complete roster. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Ateneo’s Kouame, Go brush off physical play vs La Salle’s Samuel For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

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Celtics’ Kyrie Irving sprains knee, leaves game vs Clippers

first_imgView comments The Celtics led 74-53 at the half.Irving appeared to injure himself with about five minutes left in the second quarter while weaving through traffic on defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) drives past Los Angeles Clippers’ Garrett Temple (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving sprained his right knee in the second quarter Saturday night against the Los Angeles Clippers and was declared out for the rest of the game.Irving had 14 points in 14 minutes before leaving the game.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Magic Johnson plans to hug Lakers after NBA trade deadline Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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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Magnolia posts 1st win at expense of Meralco

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief UST coach Kung Fu Reyes hopes Milena Alessandrini injury ‘just minor’ Jalalon’s pair of 3-pointers gave Magnolia an 89-82 lead with 4:00 remaining as the Hotshots finally won after starting the conference at 0-3.The 26-year-old Jalalon scored a team-high 19 points on top of nine rebounds, four assists and one steal while Ian Sangalang posted a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds that went with two blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMagnolia also drew a combined 26 points from its all-Star backcourt of Paul Lee and Mark Barroca.Chris Newsome finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Bolts, who dropped to 2-5 and were out-rebounded 40-61. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history PBA IMAGESMagnolia put an end to its winless start after beating Meralco, 92-86, in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday night at Xavier University Gym in Cagayan De Oro.It was a back-and-forth duel from the opening tip until the Hotshots took control after going on an 11-0 run capped by back-to-back triples by Jio Jalalon.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 View commentslast_img read more

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BRAC-Liberia Unveils US$2.7M Health Project

first_imgBRAC-Liberia has unveiled a US$2.7 million, three-year health-project with support from the British Department for International Development (DFID) with strong collaboration from the Family Planning Division of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoSHW).The US$2.7 million-three-year health project will be implemented through BRAC-Liberia in collaboration with the Family Health Division of MoHSW.The project, which has been hailed by several key stakeholders in the health sector, is aimed at improving the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health of 106,000 women and adolescent girls and 53,000 under five (5) children  in 7 counties of Liberia.The disclosure was made recently in Monrovia, during a “national advocacy meeting on a community-based approach to improving reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health (RMNCH) programs for adolescent girls and under five in Liberia.”According to Tolbert G. Nyenswah, Assistant Minister/Preventive Services-MoHSW, BRAC-Liberia has succeeded in reaching out to vulnerable communities through community awareness activities.Minister Nyenswah lamented that Liberia cannot succeed in reducing maternal mortality with the contraceptive rate which currently stands at 19% and could still increase—something which is critical for young people.He warned that reproductive health is also tied to the issue of human rights, from which people have the choice to what they want. He pointed out that proper adolescent, youth and child health care require proper education.Minister Nyenswah mentioned that the Ministry of Health’s current focus is to move in the direction of community-based care, stressing: “Lots of children at the community level need health care and we should give it to them so that they remain healthy and stay alive.”  Dr. Cuallau Jabbeh Howe, Director/Family Health Division-MOH, added that it was befitting to have a partner like BRAC- Liberia who continues to reach out to people at all levels, covering seven (7) counties—something she considered to be “remarkable”.“It is all about a coordinated effort to work in the community and build hope in it by what we do,” Dr. Howe.Mr. Salam highlighted the need to work with other partners and stakeholders, adding. “BRAC is trying to act; but from one program we cannot solve every problem”. Being an experienced health worker who has worked in health related areas for over 23 years, he was quick to mention that besides the maternal mortality rate there are other reproductive health challenges like teenage pregnancy.Meanwhile, several participants drawn from a cross-section of the NGO community and other key stakeholders, have expressed thanks and appreciation to BRAC Liberia for successfully concluding the exercise.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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Fighting Ebola – A Test to Our Patriotism

first_imgHmm! This is how far the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has come. We can’t even imagine how far it is going. When the EVD hit just one county, we advised our leaders to take some actions but they really didn’t take heed. Now, see how far the virus has raged. What is our fate like now?Thank God we now have a National Task Force to battle this virus. But like the chair of the Task Force has been calling, I also think we all must join in the fight against Ebola. It is very worrisome waking up every morning to hear about a new victim of the Ebola virus. Reading the regular updates from UNICEF and other organizations is not exciting because the documents themselves are not exciting and I am sure experts who prepared them themselves do not feel excited writing such reports.Also, going through the various dailies and online sources and the headlines, all are saying Ebola, Ebola, Ebola and fear keeps developing.Besides, this virus has interfered with our normal way of life – we no longer feel safe to even shake hands; which is one of the most common things in our society. Why? Because we are being advised not to do so–talk of hugging and other forms of greetings. The fear of the disease is even making us to look like strange human beings – we dress differently, wear gloves and other forms of protective clothing, take bath with clorax and other detergents, only because we want to feel safe and live on.The Fear of Ebola has also interfered with the way we even care for our sick friends and relatives and how health workers care for their sick patients. As a result of the fear of the virus, we isolate ourselves from our sick friends and family.  We call authorities on them as if someone is reporting that health workers are refusing to take in some patients.  People are being stigmatized only because we fear Ebola.One cherished part of our Liberian culture is how we honor our dead. But in the wake of Ebola, your dear departed will not be given that degree of honor, particularly if authorities say they died of Ebola. We are being strictly prohibited from going close to the dead person. This is terrible! This is a cherished part of culture and doing away with it is terrible. How long will this persist? For how long will our people die from Ebola?Who knows whether it is still safe for us to go to our places of worship.Let us be more serious in the fight. Let all of us get on board. We need to stop politicizing this thing. In fact, I think the National Elections Commission (NEC) needs to pause her preparations for this year’s senatorial elections as some of us have done to our events and gatherings as we join the fight against this menace that is waging war on us. Since Ebola has declared war, let us fight back.I saw that the NEC has released 139 names of people who want to be senators. To all 139 of you I say, pause your political activities, go out to those people whose votes you want. Tell them to play safe to stay alive come October this year. Tell them Ebola is real and has no cure. Tell them to tell others to play safe.Go back in your communities and districts. Go to places where you play in and places where you pray in. Tell the people you meet there that Ebola is in Liberia and the best place to treat sick people is the hospital. Make it very clear to them in whatever way or language and dialect you can that hospitalizing the sick is the only way to stop the disease. Keeping sick people in homes and other places would not do the situation any good but harm.Tell your people that Ebola is not just bleeding. It develops over a very short period of time and by the time the person starts to bleed, the situation has become fatal. Tell them not to wait for bleeding. Beg them, if you must.To me, this is what true leadership is about. It is not just about fighting to occupy an office or occupying an office. It is about reaching out to people. It is about serving your people. This year, this is how we will identify our true leaders – people who care for us.Government’s honest priority too should be to try to stop this outbreak. We need to be vigorous and proactive. We need to put hold on the things that matter to us and fight to save the lives of the people we govern – the people who have  entrusted us with the mantle we are wearing, the people whose confidence we have. We need to be there for them more than ever before. We need to show our people that we love and care about them.Some of us have lost the confidence that was entrusted unto us. This is an opportunity to restore it. This is an opportunity to restore hope. This is an opportunity to rebuild broken bridges and relationships. This is an opportunity for you to reconnect with your people and their welfare.Do this individually if you must. This is not one of the times when you need your colleagues to endorse your actions. Move out as the leader and see if people will not follow you. Engage with the people who are already championing the cause. Ask them how you can be of support. Don’t wait for them to come knocking on your doors calling ‘honorable, honorable’. Reach out to them.With all the measures we are putting in place, we must pray. We must call on God to intervene. We must renew our trust and continue to trust that He alone is God and He will deliver us from this terrible menace. Let us ask Him to heal our land. He did it in the past and He can do it again because we know that He is the same God of yesterday, today and forever.Fellow Liberians, let us know that God is God and He is still on the throne. He does not have a successor (and He will never have) and neither does He have a predecessor. If we trust in Him, we shall not me moved. We shall be like Mount Zion which is neither moved nor shaken. We will be still and watch to see the salvation of the Lord our God.We must save the state. In light of the increase in the cases of Ebola, our main concern at this time should be to ensure the safety and security of ourselves and the people around us. We must do our best. This is because our best is Liberia’s best.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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Municipal administrators destroying their legacy

first_imgDear Editor,Something has to be considerably wrong at the Georgetown City Council, and it needs to be fixed urgently. Just about two years ago, the Town Clerk and a team descended upon and demolished a premise owned by an elderly gentleman known as ‘Rasta Man’. The premise was popularly known as the “Dread Shop”, situated at ‘A’ Water Street, Russell Square, Stabroek Market.This act of destroying the structure was brutally done, even though the property was the subject of a matter engaging the attention of the court; and consequently, this action was considered by many legal luminaries to be unlawful and a show of complete disrespect and disregard for the Court of Appeal of Guyana.What was most egregious was the fact that the Council had granted permission and leased the said property to ‘Rasta Man’ for more than three decades, and had continuously levied rates and taxes and charged cleansing fees for the occupation of this location, even though the Ministry of Public Infrastructure had claimed jurisdiction over the area upon which the Dread Shop sat. Yet still, without warning, they demolished the property.Having committed this act of unnecessary savagery, one expected that the area would have been kept clear and clean, or the Dread Shop’s replacement would have been some aesthetically pleasing edifice. But alas! No such thing.Instead, what we have now in its place is an ugly, unhealthy, unsafe, unkempt tent city. Sprung up there over the last two years has been a squalid, shanty facility that is teeming with illegal activities and is a complete eyesore to foreign and local visitors to the downtown area. As the boys would say, it is just ‘stink and dutty’.When will the Georgetown Municipality understand what it takes to develop the tourism industry in Guyana? Is this how they are preparing for Guyana’s Carnival? Is this what they mean by serving the city and advancing the nation?The downtown area of Georgetown, particularly at night, must be one of the grimiest, unsafest, disordered and lawless places in the Caribbean.Why doesn’t this present group of councillors, who will be demitting office in another few months, not understand that all good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine? Are they going to allow a few venal municipal administrators to destroy their legacy?Sincerely,Laquisha Kaftanslast_img read more

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Is it crime fighting, or a reaction to the USA advisory?

first_imgDear Editor,First, it was the killing of three bandits on the Corentyne, then there was a follow-up with three more killings in Norton Street, Lodge, yet crime continues unabated.Since last Thursday night’s shooting, there have been several other armed robberies, many of which were conducted in broad daylight, so what have we here in Guyana? The point is we are having a lot of piecemeal, double talking, political posturing, on crime with the real crime situation certainly getting out of control. So, let us take a candid look at crime in Guyana.First, it was the Director General, Harmon, speaking for the Government, stating in one voice that Guyana is a beautiful place, one where crime is down and persons should want to visit. Then in the same tone, he confirmed that crime is hurting the economy and foreign investment would shy away from this country.Then, the Police Commissioner came on board shortly after, stating that crime is down, quoting statistical figures from who knows where to support his argument.I guess he was referring to the recent killings of criminals by the Force, hailing this as a success. Be that as it may, crime continues to be a bugbear and nothing seems to stop it.The point I am making here is that the State, speaking through its representatives, the Director General and Commissioner is telling you one thing when the actual reality of the situation is totally different. Crime is a problem, a real big problem and if a comprehensive plan is not put in place things will – as they already have – become really ugly for locals and foreigners alike.The recent killings and the strident statements by the Government have nothing to do with crime fighting, rather, it is a stop-gap reactionary move by the State as a result of the United States Advisory on Guyana. This PNC-led coalition is hard-pressed to stem the harsh criticism levelled against it by the US Government that they were forced to take those drastic measures, otherwise, it was business as usual where crime is concerned.I told myself that I would not bring politics into my discussion on crime but the situation warrants me revealing the facts as it presents itself. This Government has to face the fact that they were and still is too cosy with criminals while in opposition as well as in Government, and as such they have only themselves to blame. One just has to look into the not so distant past and see their political manoeuvres and you would get the picture. This Government appears to only be concerned when the situation becomes sour and dire as the USA Government has indicated.The Americans have been in and out of Guyana since the oil discovery and the superpower is ensuring that its citizens get the maximum-security doing business here. Hence, they have told the Guyana Government that they are not prepared to accept this armed robbery nonsense as normal behaviour. In this regard, we are now faced with these brutal put-downs.But like I said, a piecemeal haphazard approach will get us nowhere, we have to get down to a long term concrete approach on crime to get this scourge under control. That long-term approach has been done in the last Administration and is on some shelf gathering dust. We must take a good look again at our crime plan and work that plan, it is the only way to bring crime down to a minuscule level.Respectfullysubmitted,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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Minister Ramjattan has reached new lows

first_imgDear Editor,The GAWU could not have failed to recognise the recent statements by Vice President and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan with respect to the sugar industry. An Inews report of August 26 informed that the Minister, during a meeting held in Corriverton, reportedly told his audience “…that the Government made the right decision to close the estates”. While it is now publicly acknowledged, the Minister is known for his outlandish statements and has found his foot in his mouth on more than one occasion, his utterances this time around has even defied, in our view, the low expectations that many had of him.While the Minister, seemingly preaching from his ivory tower, justifies, unashamedly, the decision to shutter estates which in its wake put thousands on the breadline, the communities and people linked to Skeldon, Rose Hall, East Demerara and Wales are going through miserable times and hardship-filled days and nights. Today, while the Minister and his colleagues make wishy-washy statements and provide sordid rationales, there are people in the precincts of the closed estates that find it hard to eat or to pay their bills or to send their children to school. The public is well aware of the situation wherein the people of Skeldon must pay NICIL to catch fish in the canals to feed their families. Then there is the more recent instance, where a child of a redundant sugar worker is unable to take up a space at the illustrious Queens College as his parents simply cannot afford to meet the expenditure.The Minister went on to tell those he spoke to that “…the citizenry would become filthy rich in the near future with the booming oil sector coming on stream”. It seems the Minister is saying that we should place all our eggs in one basket. It is disheartening that an educated person and more so a national leader is making such outrageous statements. Time, experience and history have thought us that we never should place all our eggs in a singular basket. Moreover, recently, Minister Winston Jordan tempered expectations when he said that oil revenues in the early years will just be a few hundred million United States dollars, hardly sufficient to make us all “filthy rich”. Then, at the same time, we cannot ignore the many views expressed regarding the lopsided arrangements regarding oil exploitation that has been entered into. We really wonder whether the Minister’s feet were on the ground when he was speaking.Today, while the Minister goes on to justify the unjustifiable, it was not too long ago and not too far away from Corriverton, when Mr Ramjattan told an APNU/AFC rally at Whim, during the 2015 elections campaign, that if elected, they “…will not in any way close the sugar industry…”. Indeed, it goes to show that you can no longer take anything at face value from Minister Ramjattan and his ilk.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

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