Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town The Archers, who will miss the Final Four for the first time since the format was instituted five years ago, wound up with 16 points.For coach Hans Smit, De La Salle’s rebuilding process has started. “This is the first day of tryouts,” said Smit, whose Archers nearly won the crown two years ago only to lose to the Tamaraws at extra time before finishing third last season.“I’m glad this is over with,” he added.Smit still has something to cheer about as De La Salle rout UP, 5-0, to move closer in completing a double-round sweep of the women’s eliminations with a maximum 21 points at the FEU-Diliman pitch on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT “We fielded in players without yellow cards, including the goalkeeper, so we have chances against La Salle,” said UST coach Marjo Allado. “But I was disappointed with the performance of the players. They were supposed to show their quality. Mayb some of the players are rusty,” he added. 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 Tigers settled for 21 points good for no. 4, setting up a meeting eliminations topnotcher Ateneo in the knockout semifinals.Defending champion University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University collide in the other Final Four pairing, which is also a one-match affair. UST beat also-ran FEU, 4-2, for 13 points in second place.The Lady Archers shoot for a sweep against the Tigresses in the final matchday of elims on Saturday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely University of of Santo Tomas battled also-ran De La Salle to a scoreless standout to finish fourth at the end of eliminations Thursday in the UAAP Season 79 men’s football tournament at Moro Lorenzo Field.The Growling Tigers were all out to secure the No. 3 ranking in the Final Four, but the Green Archers held on their own to share points.ADVERTISEMENT George insists comments were intended to motivate Pacers Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions View comments
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 WBO bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales rides stationary bike inside sauna in 0saka, Japan, Thursday afternoon. Photo by Roy LuarcaOSAKA—Marlon Tapales failed to make the weight on his first try here, putting in peril his defense of the WBO bantamweight crown. Tapales registered 119.75 pounds during the official weigh-in while challenger Shohei Omori came in half a pound under the bantamweight limit. ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out MOST READ Tapales has two hours to drop 1.75 lb or be stripped of his crown.Tapales encountered weight problems leading to fight night and has taken srastic measures to reduce his weight. Several observers are wary of his condition for fight night even if he succeeds in making the grade. 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 returnTapales even turned vegetarian since arriving here Monday. Tapales is scheduled to tangle with Omori on Sunday. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town PFL: Kaya-Makati takes on Ceres-Negros in opener on May 6 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
“Manny is in a must-win situation. He wants a rematch with Mayweather,” Roach said Tuesday at a gym next door to the Suncorp Stadium, where a 50,000-plus crowd is expected for the “Battle of Brisbane.”“With Mayweather you have to look good against an opponent, you have to be impressive.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnRoach has been a long-time trainer for the multiple world champion, and reckons the 38-year-old Pacquiao should have a few more big wins in him.“If he struggles in this fight, it could be over,” Roach said. Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon “I know my body. I’m ready. I’m not underestimating (Horn). I’m not taking him lightly. I’m working hard.”Horn turned pro in 2013, the year after reaching the Olympic quarterfinals in London, and has faced 10 top-15 rated boxers in his 17 professional bouts. He hasn’t faced anyone of the caliber of Pacquiao, though.The Pacquiao camp is expecting Horn to come out aggressively in front of his home crowd, and so the preparation has been tailored to that.A world champion in eight divisions, and now a senator in the Philippines, Pacquiao can still remember the feelings he had ahead of his first big-time bout and is treading carefully because of that.“That’s why we did a lot for this training camp,” Pacquiao said. “I know what he’s feeling — being there, being the underdog.”It won’t mean he’ll take it any easier in the ring.“All I can say is, it’s good he’s a teacher,” Pacquiao said. “I’m a teacher in the ring.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Asked specifically what the fallout would be if Horn (16-0-1, 11 knockouts) somehow won, Roach said “depending on how he lost, I would probably encourage him to retire.”Not that he’s expecting Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockouts) to struggle. Roach said training has consisted of 50 rounds on some days and the preparation — after a slow start — has been very intense.“I expect Manny’s best in this fight. I am looking for a big win here,” Roach said. “We want to go on to bigger and better things.”Pacquiao lost the 2015 mega fight to Mayweather but has rebounded to beat Tim Bradley and Jessie Vargas on points since then. He wants another shot at Mayweather.“If there’s a chance, why not? I’m willing,” Pacquiao said of a potential rematch with Mayweather, who has visited Roach’s gym a couple of times — though not to discuss business. “But let’s focus first for this fight. We don’t want to underestimate … Horn, thinking about another fight. This fight is not done yet.ADVERTISEMENT 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 Boxer Jeff Horn trains in a gym in Brisbane, Australia, Monday, June 26, 2017. Horn is preparing for his WBO welterweight world boxing title bout against Filipino Manny Pacquiao on Sunday, July 2. (Photo by JOHN PYE / AP)BRISBANE, Australia — Freddie Roach is ready to narrow down Manny Pacquiao’s options following the WBO welterweight championship fight against Jeff Horn: Think about another shot at Floyd Mayweather, or think about retirement.The 11-time world champion is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday against the 29-year-old Australian, a school teacher who is in the biggest bout of his professional career.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas Pacquiao eyeing Mayweather rematch, says Roach Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet View comments
Front-running effort SASKATOON, Saskatchewan CMC): Trinidadian Shawn Samuel rode three winners and Jamaican Neville Stephenson, two, as Caribbean jockeys dominated the seven-race programme at Marquis Downs on Friday. Riding at the western Canada oval, Samuel picked up wins in race one with favourite Just a Girl, in race four with another favourite Bell Zone, before also capturing race seven with 5-1 chance Classy Can. Stephenson, meanwhile, won with 3-1 bet Fcmiraculouscode in race three and favourite Hotaling Heart in race five. The success left Stephenson, Samuel, and Trinidadian Naim Samaroo all on 14 wins in a three-way tie at the top of the standings. Samuel opened his account in a four-furlong sprint when he made all the running with roan filly Just a Girl to beat the two-year-old maidens by 3-3/4 lengths. He returned to the winner’s circle courtesy of another front-running effort when he partnered with 10-year-old bay gelding Bell Zone to dismiss the three-year-old and upward by 1-1/2 lengths.
Young Windies batsman Shimron Hetmyer has expressed displeasure in falling short of recording his maiden Test hundred at Sabina Park, but remains confident that over time he will be able to achieve the feat. Hetmyer, brought into the Test team for the second and final Test against Bangladesh at the weekend, was dismissed for 86 in the team’s first innings total of 354. This was after delighting with his elegant stroke play on day one, and, resuming the second day on 84. The Windies, after dismissing Bangladesh for 149 and 168, and scoring 128 in their second innings, went on to win the match by 166 runs. “It was disappointing missing out on my first century. But I will just try to build on that, try and take it step by step,” said Hetmyer, who was competing in his seventh Test. The 20-year-old, who captained the Windies Under-19 team to the ICC Youth World Cup title two years ago, during his knock, slammed nine fours and a six, the latter of which was a peach, given the effortless use of his feet that he employed while hitting it straight. His innings, which also saw him sharing an innings topping four wicket stand of 109 with first innings century maker Kraigg Brathwaite, saw him passing the half-century mark for the second time, and took his average of 26.83. This is similar to his one-day international average of 30.22 from nine matches, including a top score of 127. Meanwhile, Hetmyer, who was dismissed for 18 in the second innings as the Windies tumbled to 128, is also happy with the support and encouragement he has been receiving in the team. “It’s a lot of motivation being around the senior players, as everyone backs me, and backs my ability and so on,” he said. “It’s a very good environment for me, and I gel very nicely with the guys.”
Spot Valley High School, who will travel to Holland High School this afternoon in search of their first win in five games in the ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup, are looking to get back on track to meet their objective of making it to the quarter-finals for the third year in a row. The side has picked up only two points from their last four games after winning their two opening games and currently sit third in Zone C with eight points after six games, four behind Herbert Morrison and 10 adrift of leaders Cedric Titus, who have both played one more game. “We will have to get a win [today],” said Gregory Palmer, coach of Spot Valley. “It’s a young team, so inexperience is creeping in. We haven’t been scoring a lot of goals despite creating the chances, and I guess that is what’s causing a major problem. If we can score from our chances, we should come away with the points.” Gregory blames their home form for Spot Valley’s current position as this is the first they have been losing at home in three seasons. He believes that a win on the road would boost their confidence to get maximum points from their two remaining home matches. “The guys are upbeat about winning the game and trying to qualify for the second round. That would be the objective for this year, although we are looking past the second round,” said Palmer. “Definitely, a win always boosts confidence. We have four games to play, so if we can maximise on the points, we should be able to qualify. We need to get positive results from the two away games and then finish it at home, although we haven’t had a good result so far this season at home,” he added. Palmer said he will be looking for team captain Dalton Wright, Jaheel Parkinson, Linval Luton, and his 14-year-old talisman Nataniel Wilson to lead their turnaround starting tomorrow. Today’s ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup fixtures • Green Pond v Maldon @Green Pond • Merlene Ottey v Green Island @Merlene Ottey Grounds • Holland v Spot Valley @Holland High • St Mary Tech v Tacky @Richmond Farm Sports Complex • Vere Tech v Central @Vere Yallahs v Paul Bogle @Phillips Field
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Rovman Powell and Andre McCarthy both stroked unbeaten half-centuries as the Jamaica Scorpions easily defeated the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) Marooners by seven wickets in their Group B encounter of the Regional Super50 at the Three W’s Oval yesterday. Powell, who scored 79 not out and McCarthy who made 72, shared an unbroken partnership of 136 for the fourth wicket as the Scorpions easily overhauled CCC’s total of 219 for eight in their 50 overs, finishing on 220 for three off 34.5 overs. Both batsmen scored better than a run-a-ball as they dispatched CCC’s bowlers to all parts of the ground with exceptional ease. Powell’s knock came off just 64 balls and contained two boundaries and six sixes, while McCarthy counted four fours and three sixes during his 69-ball innings. They came together with the score on 85-3, following the dismissals of Chadwick Walton (5), Chris Gayle (21), and Jermaine Blackwood, who made 36. The duo took a particular liking to Marooners’ captain Carlos Brathwaite, whose four overs went for 46 runs. Earlier, Scorpions’ captain Nikita Miller grabbed three wickets as the Marooners’ batsmen struggled to get going. After Kjorn Mottley fell with the score on two, Kyle Corbin and Amir Jangoo added 52 runs for the second wicket to help lead a fightback. But Miller had Jangoo trapped leg before wicket for 30 and Christopher Lamont caught and bowled Corbin to leave the Marooners on 66-3. Miller also accounted for the wickets of Brathwaite (26) and Nicholas Kirton (18), with Nicholas Sookdeosingh, who made 13, all getting starts but failing to push on as the Marooners slipped further into trouble at 121-6 in the 30th over. However, a 72-run partnership between topscorer Khesan Mottley and Keron Cottoy, ensured that the home side got up to a respectable total. Unfortunately, though, the pair took up 18 overs during their stand, which meant that there was no late flurry at the end for the Marooners. Ottley was eventually dismissed by Oshane Thomas for 43, his knock coming from 62 balls and containing two sixes. Cottoy batted through the innings to end unbeaten on 40 from 61 balls. His innings contained a solitary boundary. Miller was the top bowler for the Scorpions, taking 3-35 from his nine overs, and he received good support from Thomas, who snagged 2-41 from his eight overs. 46 runs
Props are being installed, decorations are being hung, dancers are adding the final touches to their masterpieces and the tickets are all gone. That is the buzz less than 48 hours for the hosting of “Ishara 4 – Centre Stage – A Journey of exciting masterpieces”. The dance production is billed for this Saturday at the Theatre Guild, Parade Street, Kingston, Georgetown. This year’s production promises to feature stylish costumes, playful and energetic dance routines, modern and classic music and most of all, drama and comedy that will leave the audience wanting more.In addition, reigning Miss Global International Guyana, Poonam Singh, will make an appearance and will obviously mesmerise the audience with her melodious voice. Also, Seema Boodram and the Nirvana Society will also be featured during the two-hour long show.With all that is planned, the audience will be entertained from the beginning to the end. This is promised by leader and chief chorographer of the Dance Troupe, Shivanie Latchman.All proceeds from the event will go towards a humanitarian cost. This year, the group has chosen to make a donation to the Nirvana Society Senior Citizen Programme and the less fortunate children who need basic necessity. The dance production will commence at 20:00h.
Guyana’ foreign reserves problem is getting worse, and this is a concern that any Government ought to get cracking on so that they can return it to stability. The international reserves at the Central Bank fell by US.9 million to reach US9.5 million at the end of September. The international reserves controlled by the Bank of Guyana have been below US0 million since November 2017. This US0 million is a recommended low watermark based on the size of the economy. If this is extended to the entire banking sector the new is even worst. This cannot be good news for the Guyanese business community.The decrease was larger than for the same period last year and was caused principally by weak growth in exports, a higher outflow of investment income (capital flight mainly) and stagnation in remittance. The easy answer to Guyana’s foreign currency problem is to expand the supply of foreign currency. Thanks to the good work of the Bank of Guyana in the second quarter of 2017, the demand was to some extent dampens but the supply of foreign currency is at an all-time low as big foreign currency contributors like the sugar sector implode and the gold sector foreign currency contribution flattened over 2017.If the entire banking sector is considered, according to the Bank of Guyana September 2017 Statistical Abstract, the stock of foreign currency declined by US$69.4 million. (see graph above). Any rational thinker would be very concerned about the evolution patters of the foreign reserves since 2015. It is the responsibility of the policymakers in the Ministry of Finance to act and act fast. The usual spate of political sound bytes and propagandist deflection is not an option anymore.The reserves act as an instrument of confidence that gives the assurance to the international community that the nation can pay its bills. When people start to realize that your ability to pay your bills is being compromised, they may not want to invest in your country fearing that they may not be able to transfer their profits across borders because of inadequate supply of US dollars locally. This will impact the future long-term growth potential of the Guyanese economy and spells doom for the people.So when President Granger offers his PNC members in Atlanta, the assurance that the “only the PNC can run Guyana” as quoted in the Demerara Waves, I am of the belief that such comments are bordering on delusional. Only someone who is delusional will venture along that road when one of your main benchmarks of economic strength exhibits so much instability and you are pumping your chest on hot air.Love or hate the PPP, it is on record that under the PPP the foreign reserves at the Bank of Guyana topped US$825 million at one point in time, some US$250 million more than where it is today and those were the days when Guyana had oil prices that surpassed US$90 per barrel. Today it is closer to US$53 per barrel. Oil being our largest foreign currency consumer does have a direct impact on the foreign reserves. In those pre-2015 days, Guyana was spending over US$300 million on oil. Today the spending is closer to US$200 million. The operative question remains, where has the foreign currency saving of some US$100 million per annum disappeared since 2015? Why did it not have a positive impact on the stock of foreign currency in the system? This is the real issue.That is why I am shocked that there is a determined commitment of the Granger Regime to hold on to the Marriot Hotel as a state-owned asset? This is a transaction that should have been divested months ago with a design of selling it to a foreign entity that will bring new US dollars into the system. Easily this hotel can reap US$40 million to US$50 million on the open market. Such a move will boost the international reserves over the short term and can bring back greater comfort to the system. Such an injection would have immediately changed the trajectory of the stock of foreign currency.Much policy mistakes were made under this Granger regime and in the last 2 years one walk away with a perception that it was a season of policy paralysis under Mr. Jordan. Unfortunately, the period of schooling in the art and science of managing a nation is should have been over by now. Thus it is expected that the 2018 Budget would be structured exclusively to support our private sector investment projects as a means to an end. I would highly recommend a reduction of the corporation tax as an immediate policy measure that can kick forward some export-oriented job creation projects. Such a policy move can contribute towards the building-up of our foreign reserves. I remain hopeful that good sense will prevail rather than more sound bytes and political rhetoric.
…IDs for votingOne of the pluses of the PNC being out of office for 23 years is that it allowed the US “Automatic Declassification Rule on sensitive documents over 25 years old” to kick in. Since he expired 33 years ago, this gives us the opportunity to review Burnham’s schemes to construct his dictatorship with the aid of the Americans.Of course there are exceptions, because of America’s policy not to reveal names of their informants and agents etc. Parts of the records may be redacted – blacked out – but what’s on the Internet is enough to telegraph plans of the present PNC leader, David Granger, who’s vowed to continue Burnham’s “legacy”.Interesting for a historian, Granger never refers to those declassified files, even though he’s written about that period – especially “the troubles” as he calls them! One wonders why??!!Anyhow, one of the revelations is about the behind-the-scenes moves to rig the 1968 elections, which were publicly exposed by the British Granada TV. They showed the “overseas vote”– introduced by Burnham — having being exercised by English horses!! (check YouTube if you don’t believe!!) One declassified file is from the “303 Committee” which was set up to place and keep Burnham in power so as to keep out Jagan. On 17 March 1967, it noted:“Prime Minister Forbes Burnham…has stated that he is fully prepared to utilize the electoral machinery at his disposal to ensure his own re-election. Burnham has initiated steps for electoral registration of Guyanese at home and abroad, and has requested financial assistance…for the PNC campaign.”A footnote explained further: “In a meeting on 16 September 1966, Burnham requested money for various political purposes, and outlined his plans to issue identification cards to all Guyanans (Guyanese) above the age of 10, and to identify and register all Guyanans of African ancestry in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, in order to get their absentee votes in the next elections.“Conversely, Burnham acknowledged with a smile, East Indians living abroad may have trouble getting registered, and if registered, getting ballots.” Mout’ open!!It’s against this background that we must evaluate the recent (belated) acknowledgement by the Granger-unilaterally-appointed, handpicked Chairman of GECOM, Patterson, that the fake ID occurrence, reported by the Opposition Leader almost a month ago, is true. The Police Commander of Berbice had then sought to “debunk” Jagdeo’s claim, rather than promising to investigate!!The GECOM chair now admits: “This may also just be the beginning of mischief that is afoot, a fifth column lurking and running about, biding its time to come forth”. Damn right!!Maybe he should have a chat with his sponsor?…GuySuCo BoardThe PNC government’s taken “fake news” to new heights (lows?) with the claim that the full-page ads in the dailies at the beginning of March announcing a new Board for GuySuCo was in fact “fake”!! If it weren’t for their pigmentation, there would’ve been a lot of red faces!! The new Board had raised a lot of eyebrows, not the least being it seemed to be another nail in the WPA’s coffin by easing out another of their leaders – Clive Thomas – from his power position as GuySuCo’s chair! His erstwhile co-leader of the WPA, Rupert Roopnaraine, had already been sent out to pasture – causing some in the PNC coalition partner to sulk.So what could’ve caused this volte face – and the inchoate red faces – for Jordan to claim his subcommittee’s decision to “cancel and replace” the GuySuCo Board hadn’t been ratified by Cabinet??Anything to do with trying to minimise fallout from the simultaneous firing of WPA’s Hinds from the Chronic?The travails of a polygamous political marriage!!…bonusWhen will this Government get its story on the Exxon bonus straight? First, there was the silence. Then, that it was at the BoG. Then, it was in the Consolidated Funds. Now, it’s abroad earning interest?And yet no “misconduct in officials”? !!