Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES View comments Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos (41) tries to strip the ball from San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in San Antonio. The Spurs won 114-104. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)The San Antonio Spurs delivered the biggest comeback of the National Basketball Association season on Wednesday with a 114-104 win over the Sacramento Kings to extend their winning streak to nine games.Coming back from as many as 28 points, the Spurs improved to 50-13 on the season, giving them their 18th straight 50-win season. San Antonio has now won 50 or more games every season since 1997-98, except in the strike-shortened 1998-99 campaign, when they went 37-13.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Longtime coach tears up after Nowitzki notches 30K points 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READ “We are always going to fight as a team. We knew if we got a few stops in a row and every hustle play, we could get to within striking distance.“Being down 28 seemed like a lot of points, but we were able to chop away and make it work.” San Antonio never led until a Patty Mills three-pointer with 6:26 to play gave them a 95-92 advantage.Another Mills three-pointer and free throw almost three minutes later gave the Spurs’ a 99-94 lead and the Kings couldn’t stay with them. Danny Green drained consecutive three-pointers in the final 2:20 to help San Antonio secure the win.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Mills finished with 17 points while Jonathon Simmons and Green scored 14 points each.“It was a team effort — we had 33 assists,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “Everybody chipped in and did what they had to do by getting up into the Kings after the first quarter.“They took some pride in it. They wanted to win the game. I thought the whole team effort was fantastic.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In 28 years, the Spurs have had just one losing season, when they finished 20-62 in 1996-97. Manu Ginobili scored a season-high 19 points and David Lee equalled his season-best scoring output with 18 points as the shorthanded Spurs roared from behind in front of a crowd of 18,400 at the AT&T Center.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 returnThe Spurs rested star forwards Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge and trailed by as many as 28 points in the second quarter before their scorers took over.“It was a really bad start for us, but once we started getting back on defence and making them score in the half-court, we turned up the pressure a little bit,” Lee said. 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon
Swing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES Murray, the runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2016, will next face either John Isner of the United States or Russia’s Karen Khachanov.“I expected a very tough match. Whoever won that first set would have the momemtum as it would have been very difficult to come back in these heavy, slow conditions,” said Murray.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“He was playing much better than me in the first set. He had chances in the first set, he double faulted on set point.”In a titanic first set, Del Potro wasted four set points then saved two before Murray pounced for the opener when the Argentine star narrowly miscued. View comments “I think that the relationship is not very good,” said 27-year-old Cornet.“I think she may have a grudge against us, so she’s not ready to talk with me, so I don’t think that it will be good to talk to her, because we are playing against each other.”Garcia fell out with her teammates earlier this year after she pulled out of a Fed Cup tie.Romanian third seed and 2014 runner-up Simona Halep sealed her place in the fourth round with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Russia’s Daria Kasatkina.Halep, 25, raced through the opening set against 26th seed Kasatkina but needed to save four set points in the second before clinching victory.Halep will face Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the quarter-finals.Suarez Navarro, the 21st seed and a two-time quarter-finalist, made the fourth round for the fifth time.She eased past Russian 14th seed Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-4 in a match which featured a 17-minute service game, punctuated by 11 deuces, for the Russian in the second set. MOST READ 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates after winning a point against Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 3, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARITAndy Murray downed longtime rival Juan Martin del Potro to reach the Roland Garros last 16 Saturday while French hopes were overshadowed by a bitter feud between two of their top stars.World number one Murray triumphed 7-6 (10/8), 7-5, 6-0 for his seventh win in 10 meetings with Del Potro whose challenge fizzled out after squandering four set points in the 87-minute opener.ADVERTISEMENT The 28-year-old slumped over the net and stayed bent over during most of the changeover to catch his breath.Del Potro, playing in Paris for the first time in five years after a series of wrist injuries, was quickly a break down in the second set.He retrieved it when Murray served for the set in the 10th game before handing the advantage straight back.Murray seized his lifeline, a fourth ace giving him a two-set lead.Weary Del PotroADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Pamilar rues errors, praises team’s fighting spirit in loss to Pocari Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Weary Del Potro, who had already summoned the doctor early in the second set, knew his challenge was over and he managed just 11 points in the third set.Former US Open champion Marin Cilic continued his smooth progress seeing off Feliciano Lopez, who was limited by a neck injury, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.Croatian seventh seed Cilic will next meet South Africa’s Kevin Anderson who matched his best run at Roland Garros with a five-set win over Britain’s Kyle Edmund.Anderson twice recovered from a set down to advance 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in just under four hours in a duel between two players born in Johannesburg.In the women’s event, France have three women in the last 16 for the first time in 23 years.However, that success is overshadowed by a bitter feud between compatriots Alize Cornet and Caroline Garcia who will clash for a place in the quarter-finals.Cornet reached the last 16 for just the second time with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Polish ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska who lost all her seven service games.Garcia, seeded 28, made the fourth round of a Slam for the first time with a 6-4, 4-6, 9-7 win over Taiwan’s world number 109 Hsieh Su-Wei.Those wins guaranteed the home nation will have at least one quarter-finalist in Paris for the first time since Marion Bartoli in 2011.However, Cornet admitted that her relationship with Garcia has virtually broken down.
LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments MOST READ Pornography greets commuters at Sweden bus stop Imee Marcos slams driver-cap on motorcycle taxis End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jean-Paul Gaultier to retire as fashion designer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thai teen breaks record for youngest professional win in golf 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 With her team getting to 1-2, Bersola hoped they could build off from their first victory and go on a winning run in the remaining four games of the eliminations.“I hope we can build some momentum,” said Bersola. “This is a big thing for us because there are only seven games in the eliminations and we already lost two, so ideally that’s the ceiling for us in terms of losses.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We really wanted to win this and I hope we can win more in our upcoming games.”BanKo Perlas wasn’t in the safe zone, though, at the beginning of the fourth set as the Lady Falcons continued their upward trajectory from the third period to build and early 13-7 lead. Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBanKo Perlas posted its first win in the Premier Volleyball League, averting disaster after fending off Adamson University, 25-18, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Kathy Bersola made sure the Perlas Spikers will get into the winners’ circle when her final attempt found the opening in the Lady Falcons’ broken defense.ADVERTISEMENT Solar-powered barge a key ‘interceptor’ for plastic waste Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Painting found in Italian museum wall is stolen Klimt Nicole Tiamzon had 14 points in her first stint as a member of the starting unit to lead the Perlas Spikers while Bersola added 13.Amanda Villanueva and Amy Ahomiro also finished in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.Jema Galanza finished with a game-high 18 points to lead the winless Lady Falcons (0-2).ADVERTISEMENT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Olympic 100-metres hurdles gold medallist didn’t race. The bronze medallist couldn’t make the team.Still, they’re thinking a red, white and blue sweep in the event at the London world championships. Just shows the depth of the hurdles.World-record holder Kendra Harrison used a strong start to win her first U.S. outdoor track and field championship yesterday. Nia Ali, the silver medalist at the Rio de Janeiro Games, was second and Christina Manning took third. Because Harrison already had a wild-card berth into worlds in August, 2008 Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson also made the hurdles squad courtesy of her fourth-place finish.”Everyone in this event is really strong,” said Harrison, who finished in 12.60 seconds to beat Ali by a 0.08 margin. “These girls are going to represent and get that sweep like last year (at the Olympics).”In Rio, the 1-2-3 hurdles finish was led by Brianna Rollins, who received a one-year suspension in April for repeated failures to disclose her whereabouts to anti-doping officials. Rollins’ suspension is retroactive to September 27, 2016, the date of her last missed whereabouts report. Also missing from the world team will be Kristi Castlin, the bronze medallist in Rio who wound up sixth in the final.”To make this (hurdles) team, you have to work for it and earn it,” said Harper-Nelson, who drew a three-month suspension that began in December for a positive test. She told anti-doping officials it was caused by blood pressure medication. “That just shows you how strong our team is.”Harrison went all out despite already having a safety net to worlds thanks to her Diamond League title. She needed the work after breaking her left hand while warming up for a hurdles race this spring.”To come from breaking a hand to winning, it means everything,” Harrison said. “My confidence is where it needs to be.”Pole vaulter Sam Kendricks became a member of the six-metre club (19 feet, 8 1/4 inches) in his win. He even waited through a roughly 20-minute delay while officials filled the water pit for the steeplechase.”Every great jumper in history had at least one six-metre jump under their belt,” said Kendricks, an army reservist. “I wanted to be part of the club, the very prestigious club.”NO DOUBLE DESIRELaShawn Merritt and Allyson Felix both ran the 200m yesterday simply to stay race sharp, with no plans to double in London. They each have automatic entries into worlds in the 400m.Justin Gatlin won’t double, either. The winner of the 100m the night before, Gatlin didn’t take the starting line for the 200m. He’s been dealing with nagging quad/groin injuries.
Yesterday’s results Group C – Cumberland 2, Meadowbrook 0 – Camperdown 1, Hydel 2 – St Mary’s College, 1 Waterford 2 Group D – Tarrant 0, Vauxhall 0 – St Catherine 2 ,St George’s 0 – Denham Town 3 ,Kingston Tech 2 Group F – Jose Marti 0, St. Jago 3 – Ascot 2, Edith Dalton James 0 – Holy Trinity 3 ,Clan Carthy 0 Hydel High’s head coach Corey Bennett, says his team is determined to put up a good showing in the second round of this year’s ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup. Bennett made his comments after 10-man Hydel’s exciting 2-1 victory over hosts Camperdown in their top-of-the-table Group C clash at Alpha yesterday. Hydel head the group with 27 points and also have a game in hand. They are three points ahead of Camperdown, who have completed their first round fixtures. They are followed by Waterford (15), Cumberland (12), Meadowbrook (6), and St Mary’s College (0). Romario Bryan (fourth) and Tray McKay (27th) were the scorers for the unbeaten Hydel. Kemo Clarke got Camperdown’s consolation strike in the 90th minute. However, Hydel ended the match with 10 men after Tyrees Simms was sent off after picking up a second caution in the 79th minute. “We have been making the second round for the past seven years, and we will always be there, but it is just a matter of time before we get over the hump,” said Bennett. “Our aim is to do well in the second round, but we are taking it one step at a time because we want to continue to play good football and also to encourage the youngsters to stay disciplined,” he said. Reflecting on his team’s performance against Camperdown Bennett said: “It was a tough encounter because we had to dig deep. We got two early goals and we could have got a third, but that is just the nature of the game. They are young and they are immature and inexperienced, but we haven’t dropped any points so far and we give God thanks for that.” Meanwhile, Camperdown’s coach Christopher Bender blames his team’s defeat on his defenders. “I thought we started slow and we gave up two goals due to individual mistakes because we just didn’t mark properly,” said Bender.
Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) CEO Courtney Francis said while they are disappointed that the Jamaica Tallawahs are playing most of their home matches in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in Florida, he understands the reasons behind the move. There has been a huge outcry from cricket fans across the country following the decision by the Tallawahs’ management to play three of their five home games in Florida. However, Francis said he was made aware of this move some time ago and, while he is not in support of the decision, he acknowledged that it was made in the best interest of the team. “I am disappointed, but I am not angry or anything because I was made aware of this from long ago,” said Francis. “I am disappointed to know that they chose to go and play in Florida, but it understand that it is a business and they chose to do it and the licence that they purchased do not have any restrictions or else they would not have been able to do it (play home games overseas),” he said. EXCELLENT SABINA RECORD “All of us as Jamaicans would love to see the Tallawahs playing at Sabina Park because the win record at Sabina Park is excellent compared to anywhere else in the region,” Francis said. The administrator added that the JCA has no affiliation with the Tallawahs and, therefore, they are not a part of the any negotiations which involves the franchise. “I don’t not know what kind of financial support the other governments give to other franchises, but as it relates to the Jamaica Tallawahs, as far as we are aware, JCA is not a part of the Tallawahs,” he said. Meanwhile, Jeff Miller, CEO of the Tallawahs, while speaking to general financial impracticality and reasons behind the move, has publicly stated that they are the only competing team in the CPL, which does not received any financial support from Government. It reportedly cost the Tallawahs management – Worldwide Sports Management (WSM) – in excess of $9 million to play two games at Sabina Park this season. Meanwhile, WSM also has a deal in place with the Central Broward Regional Park, which hosted the Tallawahs home games in Florida, for exclusive rights for staging international cricket at the facility. firstname.lastname@example.org
After a plethora of emotional and at times vitriolic outbursts from fans of the Jamaica Tallawahs franchise in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), in reaction to the team management’s decision to play three of their designated five home games in Lauderhill, Florida, a public-relations nightmare was beginning to unfold for the franchise’s ownership and management. The team going on to lose all three games in Florida in front of very moderate crowds rubbed even more salt into the wounds of the team’s management and ownership. Thanks to that almost embarrassing sequence of events, however, we are beginning to get some of the specific answers to the several questions relating to the controversial move. It was neither greed nor disdain for the fans as was being theorised. It was strictly business, motivated by the lack of sponsorship support from both the Jamaican Government and the private sector. That’s the essence of the response coming from the Tallawahs hierarchy. With a pay bill of close to US$1 million dollars, not even a full Sabina Park for every home game of the season can guarantee the financial sustainability of the Tallawahs franchise, while, by contrast, the other five competing franchises across the region continue to receive significantly more sponsorship support from their governments and business sectors. The Honourable Minister of Sports Olivia Grange promptly responded with confirmation that the Jamaican Government has, in the past, contributed over $7 million to the Tallawahs cause. The minister chronicled funding of US$25,000 for the 2015 season, followed by US$35,000 in the 2017 season, while revealing that a late request cost the Tallawahs their allocation for this season. The real context of the discontent, however is the disparity in support that the other franchises continue to get compared to what is coming the way of the Tallawahs. Reports quoted figures ranging from US$500,000 to US$3 million in support by the governments of the smaller Caribbean territories to their respective franchises. The fact that the Jamaican Government is constrained by the International Monitary Fund agreement and increasingly limited resources cannot be scoffed at. How, though, the conspicuous snob of the Jamaican private sector? It is absolutely befuddling to think that a product as popular, as viewed locally and internationally as the CPL, a month-long spectacle that is on display in packed stadia across the region and streamed into the big markets of Australia and India, cannot attract the requisite sponsorship. POOR COMMUNICATION The Tallawahs management obviously made their unpopular move out of frustration, but the public-relations department of the franchise should have been more forthright with the dissemination of the information relating to the reasons for the moving the games to Florida before the fact. Better communication with skipper AndrÈ Russell and the players surely would have prevented Russell’s public expression of displeasure at playing at home away from home. The utterances of the exuberant and inexperienced skipper seemed to characterise a champion and serial winner whose last priority in those emotionally testy moments was political correctness. Ironically, the Russell outburst did accelerate the streaky flow of the information regarding the specific reasons for the exporting of the Tallawahs home games. Just like the rest of us, Russell was in the dark and responded as such. Thankfully, skipper Russell and the rest of us now know who the culprits are. We can now see them perched in the wings, awaiting the full motion of the wagon so they can promptly jump aboard. Now we know. Now we understand.
GOALKEEPER Thibaut Courtois TEAM OF THE YEAR COACHES Didier Deschamps (Men’s football – France) Reynald Pedros (Women’s football – Lyon) German forward Lennart Thy won the Fair Play Award after missing a game for Dutchside VVV-Venlo to help a leukemia patient. Thy donated blood to enable doctors to generate stem cells that could make a transplant possible for a leukemia patient and possibly save their life. GOAL FAIR PLAY Salah for his goal in the Merseyside derby in December 2017. LONDON (AP): Luka Modric broke a decade of award dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after being crowned World Footballer of the Year by FIFA yesterday. Marta won the women’s award for a sixth time. Modric was voted FIFA’s best player in the 2017-18 season after winning the UEFA Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons with Real Madrid and leading Croatia to its first World Cup final, where it lost to France. Messi and Ronaldo were the only winners of world football’s main individual award from FIFA in various guises since 2008, both winning five titles each. Messi did not make the three-man shortlist and skipped the trip to London. And as a new dawn in FIFA’s awards history broke inside London’s Royal Festival Hall, Ronaldo also did not turn up at the ceremony to be dethroned in person by his former Real Madrid teammate, despite being in the final three alongside Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah. “Two guys we don’t know,” actor Idris Elba, who hosted the show, said after revealing the world XI of the year and highlighting the absence of Messi and Ronaldo in the room. Ronaldo, who left Madrid in the summer to join Italian champion Juventus, was knocked out of the World Cup in the round of 16 with European champions Portugal. Salah scored a record 32 goals in a 38-game English Premier League and helped Liverpool reach their first Champions League final in 11 years. At 1.72 meters (5 feet 8 inches), Modric was doubted early in his career because of his height. “These things were not a burden, they only further motivated me,” Modric said at the World Cup. “You don’t have to be a strapping lad to play football.” The cloud over the 33-year-old playmaker is that he was charged with perjury in March in an investigation linked to his transfer to Tottenham from Dinamo Zagreb in 2008. Prosecutors claimed Modric gave a false court statement last year about his financial deals with a former Zagreb director. Goalkeeper: David De Gea (Spain, Manchester United) Defenders: Dani Alves (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain), Raphael Varane (France, Real Madrid). Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid). Midfielders: Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid), N’Golo Kante (France, Chelsea), Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea). Forwards: Kylian Mbappe (France, Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid/currently Juventus)
The rainforest advent of policies geared towards the fight against climate change in the 90s did not only birth new markets, but also, forced us to rethink development strategies and ways of life. Climate change has become a problematic embroiled in the socioeconomic development of countries, some of which advance faster than others depending on their capacity and willingness to engage in promoting green economies.In Guyana, the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) was the first initiative to have set the tone of the country’s commitment to fighting climate change. It is an exemplary stance in a region where the Amazon rainforest remains under threat, due to the immense reserve of natural resources sheathed under its green blanket. However, policies penned with climate change in mind often exclude the first victims of this global phenomenon who ironically, are the very people to hold a key role in preserving whatever green is left of the continent’s forest: indigenous peoples.While the LCDS limits the destruction and degradation of Guyana’s forest, mining and logging are still permitted, and the impact on the environment is first felt by Amerindians. Last year, the Toshao of Tasserene, Region 7, called out to the Government of Guyana to intervene in resolving the negative consequences of mining in his community, as it relates to the pollution by miners of his people’s main water source, the Tasserene Creek. The Akawaios of Tasserene are forced to use insalubrious water for cooking, drinking, washing and bathing. This scenario is replicated in almost every other indigenous community encumbered by mining. But because they are the ones who carry out most of the household chores, indigenous women are forced first-hand to endure the environmental destruction of their habitations.In addition to having to cope with the pollution which invades their homes, indigenous families must also put strenuous efforts into walling out the decadence which accompanies the establishment of mining camps. The rates of prostitution and Trafficking in Persons (TIP) are as elevated in mining districts as they are in Georgetown, if not higher. In addition to constituting a thriving market for prostitution, mining districts have also become a hub for TIP. The case of Imbaimadai and its “Kaimu” (make-shift brothels generally operated by people from the city) exemplifies the increasing vulnerability of indigenous women, as families living in neighbouring villages cower under worry for the lives of their daughters. Former Toshao Alvin Joseph of Tasserene, in July 2015, had pointed out his concern that the hen shops established 20 minutes away from his community, were luring young girls away from their homes. He had described alcoholism to be rampant in the camps.Alcoholism and substance abuse plague mining camps, and the victims of TIP and prostitution are the first to succumb. A visit to Port Kaituma in Region 1 or Bartica in Region 7, would reveal the same disturbing issues. Yet, the weak policies in place limit the capacity of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) to enforce law and order and contain such illegalities in mining districts. Laxity of national institutions in this regard also bars from adequately addressing the issue.Mining does not only affect the environment, it infiltrates the very social fabric of indigenous societies, irreversibly destroying centuries of accumulated heritage, culture and ways of life, vectored and pillared by women.In an age where the fight for natural resources accelerates and opposes efforts to contain global warming, neglecting to factor in the importance of indigenous peoples does not only testify of the myopia of national policies, but also, of indifference regarding the empowerment of indigenous women.Distributing “shoes that grow”, bicycles, buses and other momentary hand-outs for instance, remains a nonsensical concept, if indigenous societies continue to be destroyed by environmental degradation and destruction. What indigenous women need is the preservation of the environment in which their societies are anchored, so that their children may be able to develop and grow in pace with the rest of the country, in this regional race for development.The indigenous daughters of Guyana are the first custodians of our rainforests, and as such, the policies we craft must alleviate the challenges thrown at them by mining. Such policies which accentuate the importance of women in promoting a green economy, will be the materialisation of the Government’s genuine commitment to fighting global warming.
…with migrantsThe shameful treatment by the Trump Administration of “illegal” immigrants continue to plumb what’s evidently the infinite depths of man’s inhumanity to man. What makes it even more shameful is the patent hypocrisy that undergirds the issue – not only in the US but also in Europe. On World Migration Day, 34,361 migrants from the impoverished South – read Africa – were said to’ve died since the early 1990s, trying to enter Europe.Some folks will protest your Eyewitness’ use of scare quotes on the word “illegal” and insist the people facing Trump’s ire ARE in fact, illegal…and deserve what they’re getting. But – even ignoring the non sequitur – they should take a step backwards and ask how come folks are only trying to get into the US and Europe from their shithole countries to enjoy their ‘good life”??And that’s the rub, ain’t it? How come the US and Europe are living high off the hog and African and Latin America are mired in shit? Are the two conditions related? Well, they damn well are, and you should know this even if you have the skimpiest exposure to history. Where did all the wealth of the US and Europe come from? As Julie Andrews advised in the “Sound of Music”, we should start at the very beginning!And that was when, after Columbus’ ‘discovery” of the Americas is 1492, the ancestors of those folks trying every which was to get into America through the Mexican border were virtually wiped out by “Guns, germs and steel” of the Europeans who then occupied the land and raped it something fierce. Did you hear about the Cherokees who were herded from their lands in the Carolinas and forcibly marched into the Midwest? And the Americans have the gall to romanticise Pocahontas as loving the usurper of her lands!!Africa? You can read all about it in Rodney’s How Europe underdeveloped Africa! But the plot is simple: define the inhabitants as “sub human”, ship millions and millions of their able-bodied men and women as slaves in the Americas – and then ensure that no industry is developed there in the following centuries!! For good measure, in the 20th century, set up vicious dictators in Latin America and Africa who’d toe the imperial line – but make the statements about being “uncivilised” into a self-fulfilling prophesy!And that’s why there are scare quotes over “illegal” immigrants! If there was any justice in this world, the US and Europe should be overrun by the folks whose blood turned them into paradise.By that’s coming. By 2100, the populations of the US and Europe would’ve shrunken and Africa will have 40 per cent of the world population!!…on the right to rebelOne columnist from SN got her knickers into a knot about the Opposition Leader’s response to the PNC preparations for 2020 elections rigging – that his party won’t take it lying down. She asked, “…aren’t we supposed to be worried when anyone threatens our peace? Have we forgotten what peace looked and felt like under Jagdeo’s Administration?” Well this Eyewitness certainly did…so why not start at the very beginning??And that’s right after the December 1997 elections when Desmond Hoyte launched massive protests marches in Georgetown about “elections rigging”! His supporters burnt “Janet” dolls as they “wuk pon she”. When that didn’t kill her, they beat anyone who looked like “PPP supporters” – read Guyanese Indians – in Georgetown while the Police looked on.After arson, killings, and calling on his “kith and kin” in the armed forces, Hoyte forced Janet Jagan to truncate her term of office by two years and hold a forensic audit of the elections. Which showed no rigging!!When Jagdeo assumed office in 1999, Hoyte launched “slow fyaah; mo fyaah”!! Destroying any hope for peace!!…on rice creditThe PNC Government took credit for finding new markets for rice in places like Panama – after they nixed the Venezuelan market.So why not take credit for millers not being paid? Such modesty!!