Arwind Santos believes that with San Miguel preparing for its third straight Philippine Cup Finals, it should have the distinct edge over Ginebra when it comes to experience playing in this grand stage.“Dapat mas gamay mo na kung paano manalo ng championship. Na-experience na namin ito eh (We should know better how it is to win a championship. We’ve experienced this before.),” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Wizards acquire Bogdanovic in trade with Nets Santos stresses that with the way their team has been playing, the challenge for San Miguel is to prove that it truly is the best all-Filipino squad in the league.“Sabi ko dapat yung team ko pag all-Filipino conference, sa amin na dapat,” he said. “Yung lineup namin at yung samahan namin, ok na eh. Ngayon na nandito kami, nandoon ang expectation ko na dapat talaga makuha namin ito.”(I said to myself that when it’s the all-Filipino conference, we must get that. Our lineup and our chemistry have been okay. And now that we’re here, I have this expectation that we must get this.)Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals is on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. CDGADVERTISEMENT China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 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 However, the 2013 PBA Most Valuable Player isn’t counting the Gin Kings out on the eve of their best-of-7 championship series, with him mentioning that the biggest mistake the Beermen can do is to feel complacent.“Kahit alam mo na kung paano manalo, syempre sila may preparation din na ginagawa na dapat paghandaan mo rin. Minsan, pwede ka ring madali kaya dapat handa ka lang at wag kang kukurap (Even if you already know how to win, of course, they’re doing preparations of their own that you have to prepare for. Sometimes, you might also be caught off-guard so you have to stay ready and don’t flinch.)” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSan Miguel is seeking to secure its third straight all-Filipino crown, which will also allow it to take home the gold-plated Perpetual trophy.READ: San Miguel, Ginebra promise ‘tough battle’ in PBA FinalsThe Talk ‘N Text squad under coach Chot Reyes has been the lone team to achieve such feat back in 2011 to 2013, which makes winning the championship this season all the more important for the Beermen. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident
Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFC Cup: Rampant Ceres puts 5 goals past Tampines Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon “He will be like a mentor to Joseph and to our younger players and I appreciate that. Maybe one day when he retires, Joseph will fill his spot,” Vanguardia said.Alolino needed only a conference playing with Wilson to feel convinced that his veteran teammate has the makings of being a coach.“I wasn’t surprised that he wants to be a coach someday. He’s the type of guy who is quiet sometimes but usually, he will approach you and give you pointers and at the same time, you can always go to him and he’ll tell you tips on how to be a better player,” said the 23-year-old Alolino.Wilson has a year left in his contract but his playing career depends on how his body feels from the wear and tear following another grueling season.“We’ll see from there after the end of my contract, but I’m not saying I’m gonna retire after that, we’ll see how my body feels. If it’s my time, then it’s my time and I’ll be okay with that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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 “I was at Ginebra playing for coach Jong Uichico so he’s actually the one who put the thought in my head about coaching and that I might be able to pursue that after basketball,” said Wilson, who played for Jong Uichico from 2008 to 2012.Standing only at 6-foot-3, Wilson thrived as an undersized big man due to his hard work, hustle and high basketball IQ.“I’m always that cerebral player. I’m not the most athletic guy, but I rely on positioning and just basically using my mind, court awareness and court instincts so that’s something that I can pass on and I think I can be very effective by doing that,” he said.Wilson’s job has already begun as a mentor to Phoenix’s budding players like second-year forward Joseph Eriobu and rookie point guard Gelo Alolino.“I’m taking him (Eriobu) under my wing. Just showing him what I know in areas that he can help the team and just how to be a better professional so that he can have a long career as well,” said Wilson, who won a title with the Gin Kings in 2008.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing MOST READ The 37-year-old Wilson already has his post-retirement planned out as he takes on a dual role for the Fuel Masters starting next conference.“Willy is playing a greater role as a playing-assistant coach this Commissioner’s Cup,” Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia told INQUIRER.net on Tuesday after wrapping up practice at Upperdeck Sports Center in Pasig City. “He wants a career in coaching after his stint so he’s been showing enthusiasm in it.”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 return“Of course after my career is done I wanna slide into a coaching role. As of now, it’s kinda like coaching in training and at the same time kind of helping out some of the younger guys and passing what I know to them,” said Wilson.Wilson, who is already in his 13th PBA season after being drafted in the second round by Alaska in 2004, said coaching is something that’s been on his mind for quite some time now. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Willy Wilson (middle) sits at the Phoenix bench during their game vs Meralco. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWilly Wilson knows he is at the tailend of his playing career and retirement is soon upon him.But the hardworking Phoenix forward doesn’t plan on walking away from the game he loves for good by the time he decides to hang up his sneakers.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos
Seeing how deadly Eduard Folayang can be, Kiwi-Malaysian challenger Ev Ting braces for a tough fight when he finally challenges for the ONE Lightweight title at ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.“He’s a tough champion and he’s shown that. Look at him, he’s a specimen so I’m preparing for the best version of the champion,” he said Tuesday at City of Dreams in Parañaque.ADVERTISEMENT That’s why Ting is also gunning on executing the same perfect gameplan to dislodge the champion off of his throne.READ: Ting ready for toughest challenge yet in Folayang“There is no perfect fight, but I’ll be flawless, try to be a little bit sharper, a little bit cleaner, a little bit enough,” he said.“I’m preparing for the most well-rounded Eduard Folayang as possible. I’m ready for every scenario, every situation that can come up in the fight. It’s simply working harder and more.” LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Tough test ahead for Ting, assures Folayang Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments Ting (13-3) has meticulously studied Folayang’s past fights, most importantly his title victory over Shinya Aoki last November.READ: Tough test ahead for Ting, assures Folayang 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 returnDespite his best efforts, that didn’t give him much insight into Folayang’s weaknesses as he noted that the defending champion has followed his gameplan to a tee in his past outings.“Watching his last fight, there wasn’t much to study. He had a perfect performance. He defended everything and showed superiority in striking and wrestling. There are no flaws I could bring up, so it’s a matter of believing in myself that I could do more and better him come fight night,” he said. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions MOST READ On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out
With its back against the wall, facing a 2-1 set deficit, Ateneo showed its character, hammering the Bulldogs with 15 attack points in set 4 to extend Game 2 to a deciding fifth set.The Blue Eagles continued to play catchup in the fifth set, crawling back from a 4-1 deficit with a Polvorosa service ace knotting the score at eight.Intal scored off the block to put Ateneo on the hill while Espejo delivered the finishing blow, denying Ismail at the net to seal the title.“Ever since the start of this season, we always had slow starts. the good thing is the players manage it and they know how to handle it. The maturity is there so it’s a big thing for our team that our seniors delivered,” said Almadro.The Blue Eagles weathered a tough defensive stand from the Bulldogs, who had 15 blocks in the match.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Finals MVP Tony Koyfman added nine of his 11 markers off hits, graduating seniors Rex Intal and Josh Villanueva both had 10 points, and Ish Polvorosa had 62 excellent sets for Ateneo.Ateneo swept the UAAP Season 79 men’s volleyball Finals in two games and stretched its winning streak to 30 matches dating back to last season’s campaign.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 return“From the very beginning, we didn’t expect that we’ll be able to sweep (the season), but the Lord is so good and gave us the strength and rescued us,” said Blue Eagles coach Oliver Almadro.“I admire my players, their maturity and their resiliency. They just believed that we can do the impossible.” Ismail led the valiant Bulldogs with 24 points, 19 coming from hits with five blocks, while Bagunas added 20.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely FILE PHOTO – Marck Espejo. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo extended its dynasty and snared its third straight UAAP men’s volleyball championship, outlasting National University in a five-set classic, 18-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-18, 15-13, to complete a perfect season Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Four-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo powered the Blue Eagles as he pumped in 27 points including the title-clinching block on Fauzi Ismail.ADVERTISEMENT Quiñahan, Fonacier reunite with Guiao at NLEX Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely
Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle “We played with incredible attitude and personality,” said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.Ronaldo was starting his first La Liga game away from home for nearly two months as in contrast to recent weeks, Zidane didn’t rotate his starting XI.The Frenchman went with the same side that withstood an Atletico Madrid revival to book their place in the Champions League final a week ago.And he was rewarded early on as Marcelo fed Isco and after he was dispossessed on the edge of the area, Ronaldo smashed the loose ball high into the net.“He has managed things very well,” Ronaldo added on Zidane.ADVERTISEMENT “I feel good. Everything is decided in the final weeks of the season and I am doing well. I am scoring goals and helping the team.”Celta have now lost eight of their last nine La Liga games having concentrated on their run to the Europa League semi-finals that was ended by Manchester United last week.However, they eliminated Madrid from the Copa del Rey earlier this season and put the European champions to the test once more.Daniel Wass stung the palms of Keylor Navas with a fiercely struck free-kick before Aspas fired just wide twice in quick succession.And Celta also had a penalty appeal waived away before the break when Raphael Varane handled inside his own area.“We scored early and then had 20 difficult minutes,” added Zidane.“In the second-half we controlled the game more because the first-half it was end-to-end which isn’t our game.”Having soaked up that pressure, a deadly Real counter-attack doubled their advantage just three minutes into the second period.Isco was again the provider as he surged through the midfield before feeding Ronaldo to finish off the inside of the post.More controversy ensued moments later when referee Juan Martinez Munera showed Aspas a second yellow card for diving when he appeared to have been tripped by Sergio Ramos inside the area. Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak 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’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte 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 Despite their numerical disadvantage, Celta did manage to pull a goal back when Guidetti’s effort deflected past the helpless Navas off Ramos.However, the visitors went straight up the other end and Marcelo’s low cross was tapped home by Karim Benzema to restore Real’s two-goal cushion.Ronaldo should have completed yet another hat-trick when he somehow managed to fire wide with the goal gaping before he was replaced with six minutes remaining.Even without him, though, Madrid continued to stream forward and Kroos rounded off the scoring with a cool turn and finish two minutes from time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “We will go there to win the game,” insisted Ronaldo. “We are Real Madrid, we are the best and we want to be champions.”Once again Ronaldo made the difference as he took his tally to 13 goals in his last eight games with early strikes in each half.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 groundIago Aspas was then controversially sent-off when he saw a second yellow card for diving, but Celta halved the arrears through John Guidetti’s deflected effort.However, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos rounded off the scoring to keep Madrid on course for a La Liga and Champions League double. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates their third goal with Real Madrid’s Brazilian defender Marcelo during the Spanish league football match RC Celta de Vigo vs Real Madrid CF at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo on May 17, 2017. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPAReal Madrid moved to within one point of winning La Liga as Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice to beat Celta Vigo 4-1 on Wednesday.The European champions lead Barcelona by three points at the top of the table and now need to just avoid defeat at Malaga on Sunday to secure their first league title in five years.ADVERTISEMENT Vietnam coach not crying foul over PH crowd’s fake countdown View comments
The Jamaica versus United States rivalry on the track will continue tomorrow in the women’s 400 metres at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet. Both countries will parade four athletes each for the event. Six of these athletes competed at some stage in the Rio Olympic Games 4x400m . Those down to compete for Jamaica are Novlene Williams Mills, Stephenie Ann McPherson, Christine Day and Anneisha McLaughlin Whilby. The United States team will be led by Natasha Hastings and include Courtney Okolo, Phyllis Francis and Ashley Spencer. This race is expected to be one of the most competitive events on tomorrow’s programme as there is no clear favourite. Three of the American athletes in the line up went under 50 seconds last year. Okolo did 49.71, Hastings 49.90 and Francis 49.94. However, this is a new year and this will count for nothing as with the season so early no one has dominated the event so far and Hastings with a season’s best of 50.74 at the Shanghai Diamond League a week ago, when finishing second is the top ranked athlete going into the race. No other athlete has gone under 51 this year. The Jamaican to watch is Williams Mills. She has a season’s best of 51.45 when finishing fourth in Shanghai and normally runs her best races on local soil and a good performance is expected once again from her. McPherson, the 2016 Diamond League winner, was off to a slow start in Shanghai where she finished seventh and will want to make up for that performance while both McLaughlin Whilby and Day will be hoping also for big improvements on their season openers.While the front running American Hastings could go all the way her teammates Okolo, Francis and Spencer who finished third in the women’s 400m hurdles in Rio last year will be hoping to crash the Jamaican party. Okolo could make a big mark here. This is her first individual 400m of the season but she looked the best of the Americans when they won the 4x400m event several weeks ago at the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas. New year
PHIL UNDERWOOD from Alabama, United States, is exactly the kind of visitor that Sandals hopes to score a hole-in-one with as the resort yesterday teed off its 15th annual USA Travel Agent Golf Tournament at Sandals Golf and Country Club in Upton, St Ann. “I am here just for vacation, but I play golf everywhere I go,” said Underwood, who was raring to tackle the greens as soon as travel agents brought in from all across the United States by Sandals finished the first of two days on the picturesque 18-hole course with Team 11 on 61, holding a four-stroke lead ahead of three teams locked on 65 – Teams 15, 6 and 12. “If anybody is coming here, I would tell them to play golf,” said Underwood, unwittingly sounding like he was one of the 54 travel agents Sandals is hosting at the weekend as part of its continued push to market Jamaica as a golfing destination to the world. The Alabama native had to pause when asked how many courses he had played worldwide before naming, “Iberostar in the Dominican Republic, Canc?n (Mexico), Italy, Spain,” adding that it was his first visit to Jamaica, but it was his second day on the course after making his debut on Tuesday. “I played on Tuesday. The course is good, I like the layout. The greens roll good, but they are slow,” he said, before pointing to Oshae Hay, a product of Sandals’ Golf Academy, and adding,”great caddies”, a testament to the programme which targets youths in the Upton area, the likes of Romaine Evans, the 2015 Caribbean junior champion. Mike Norton, vice-president, group sales, Sandals, said having travel agents compete at the annual tournament gives them a first-hand experience of the course, which has been ranked among the top three in Jamaica by USA Today. “We are expanding our golf to get groups here, especially,” he pointed out. “We firmly believe more golfers are coming to Jamaica, and we are certainly getting more interest. “We now have recently appointed Jake Coldiron, who is from a golfing background and whose role is to increase the golf market by targeting golf tour operators, travel agents that focus on golf as well as to get country clubs on board,” Norton added, pointing out that clubs stand to benefit from a ‘sixth-room-free’ promotion during off-peak times.
Renuka Tewari is a self-taught craftswoman, who hails from the county of Demerara. As a teenager who loves crafts and designing, she has managed to create a business in less than a year, which brings to life the needs of her customers. CraftsCreations&Smiles, her online-based business, speaks volumes in bringing out the strange crafty demands of customers. What makes this enterprise a unique one is the fact that the items cannot be found in stores or on the Internet, since it customises items to fit the various occasions.Some of the popular items in recent months include dream catchers and elaborate floral crowns. However, mugs with catchy slogans, twisted copper necklaces, and eccentric bridal bouquets are also on the list.“CraftsCreations&Smiles is an online craft store and my aim is to provide the customised creations. We also have items that are already made. We do items such as bouquets, floral arrangements, floral crowns, mugs, corsages, and basically anything crafty.”Tewari recalled that it all started when a friend desperately needed a floral crown for his girlfriend and she decided to help him. It was that first creation of hers that sparked a latent aspiration to make craft-making an enterprise, rather than just a hobby.“After creating that piece, I posted it on social media and it received tons of likes. That’s when I decided that I can create even more amazing stuff and make a business out of it,” Tewari explained.“The main aim behind the business is to have persons being able to have their designs come to life, so we work with various specifications,” she related.She reminisced on the days when artsy ‘stuff’ was just part of her school projects, which would reflect her imagination and personality. Building on those memories, she continues to create for her business even more astonishing pieces that capture the attention of strangers everywhere.On numerous platforms, the 19-year-old has had the chance to showcase her products. Her creations have been showcased at Curl Fete and the recently-held Regional Agricultural and Commercial Exhibition at the Leonora Track and Field Centre.In both cases, customers are thrilled at the quality of work being handcrafted by Tewari and many of her items are sold immediately.She explained that making other people happy is one of the things that drive the business forward, since she is always working to please the customers and meet their needs. This epitomises her favourite quote, “Keep smiling and brighten someone’s day” which she turns to for inspiration.Bending copper into dazzling pieces is not just her way of making crafts, but it relieves stress and enables the mind to think beyond the norm.
…on teachers’ “vocation” hypocrisyAt the Minister of Education’s award ceremony for Region Four teachers, one teacher read her poem detailing in verse the woes of her profession in light of their meagre wage – especially after the insult they received in lieu of increases after their one week strike. Immediately, up bounced Ivelaw Griffith, Vice Chancellor of UG onto the stage, to gratuitously “advise” the teachers that they should “do it for the passion, not the pay”!!Can you believe this man? Here he is, earning millions monthly – not to mention his perks – after he was let go at his last posting at Fort Valley State University in Georgia and he’s talking about “teaching for passion and not pay”?? Was it the “passion for teaching” that drove him to appoint a 12-person “Cabinet” with three Deputy Vice Chancellors” to assist him?? You don’t believe he called his top assistants a “Cabinet”? Just google the UG website!!Was it for “passion” that his first act after he was appointed was to raise UG students fees by five per cent, even though he attended for free back in the day?? Which he had to rescind because of the outcry! Was it for “passion” he flew a huge entourage – mainly his “Cabinet” – up to New York supposedly to “raise funds” but ended up spending $4 million and brought back $2 million!! Unlike Jack of yore, he PUT IN a plum and PULLED OUT a thumb!!Was it for “passion” he insisted on the first “Investiture Ceremony” for himself in the 50+ year history of Guyana? This involved a procession with faculty attired in academic regalia to confer the “official powers and responsibilities of the office to Professor Griffith”!! This, not so incidentally, cost $10 million?? Even greats like Drayton who preceded him didn’t try to puff up themselves at the expense of the institution.He tied in the “Investiture Ceremony” with an elaborate “”Diaspora Conference” at the Ramada Princess Hotel. Was it because of his “passion for education” there were no students in attendance nor any papers presented by them? Was it because of his “passion for teaching” that had him launch a very expensive glossy “Renaissance” Magazine which seems to have as its sole goal to “big up” his reputation?It’s hypocritical for Griffith to be telling teachers who still can’t get a living wage to not worry about money when he’s spending the stuff – from our tax dollars – like it was going out of style. And UG is over $500 million in debt!!There needs to be a CoI into the operations of the VC. Maybe Justice Kennard who has experience with wild spending at City Hall?…on wild claims in ParliamentIn the wake of President Trump’s proclivity for making all sorts of wild and outrageous assertions, the term “fact checking” has moved out of the publication business and into general usage. In Guyana, the Public Infrastructure Minister seems to have caught the bug during his presentation on the budget!He reels off a host of projects initiated by the PPP complaining there were “no feasibility studies”. He, of course, has been stung by the SOCU investigation into why he sole-sourced a $153 MILLION feasibility study for the Demerara Harbour Bridge – which had to be thrown out!! PPP’s Irfaan Ali nailed him immediately on one wild claim about the East Coast-East Bank bypass road!But there was his claim for the Skeldon Factory. If he’d looked at Tate and Lyle’s website, he’d see “Booker Tate carried out a viability and expansion study which recommended… a new cane sugar factory at the Skeldon Sugar Estate”. The he spoke about Amaila Falls.Did he check the one for Burnham in 1976 by Motor-Columbus Consulting Engineers? Sheesh!!…on sugar lieLast Sunday, Nagamootoo gloated, “…the balance in severance payment…owed to the sugar workers who lost their jobs as a result of the closure of some estates, was paid.”So why were the Wales workers picketing on Wednesday for “severance”?
…and dishonourable PMThe House of Commons, after which our National Assembly is modelled, runs on a host of traditions and conventions. Much of these have to do with regulating the behaviour of the members – who, after all, represent the “commoners” or lower classes, as opposed to the aristocracy. It is the custom, for instance, in Parliamentary democracies, for the members of the House to refer to each other as “the Honourable Member”.This, it was hoped, would encourage MPs not to descend into gutter language or fistfights, with which the common folks were wont to settle their disagreements. After listening to the Budget Debate, it became clear to your Eyewitness that a host of MPs insist on acting like the great unwashed masses – especially those from the Government benches.Take the case of Keith Scott, the Minister in the Ministry of Social Protection, which is in the Ministry of the Presidency; he technically isn’t a “Minister” since he heads the “Labour Portfolio”, which is actually a department. The fella insisted on READING a typewritten speech, which is just not done in Parliaments!! As a presumably educated gentleman, he’s supposed to be speaking spontaneously and (hopefully) eloquently on the topic; and not read a speech obviously written for him, since he couldn’t even pronounce some of the words!!MPs also aren’t allowed to read newspapers etc during Parliamentary Sessions, but there were some blatant examples of this disrespectful practice throughout the Budget Debate. Two Opposition MPs from the back benches were caught reading some Muckraker gossip from a laptop. This, of course, ipso facto, proved they were card-carrying members of the hoi polloi!!But most egregious of all were the antics of the Prime Minister, who insisted that the traditions of the Guyanese Parliament during Budget Debates be broken just to offer him a sop in lieu of being shafted from the powers of the Prime Ministership!! The tradition was that the Leader of the Opposition would be the penultimate speaker, with the Finance Minister, who introduced the Budget, finishing up his defence to the preceding critique.From the first Budget the PNC-led coalition presented in 2015, however, Nagamootoo, stung by the taunts from the Opposition benches about his emasculation, insisted he be the penultimate speaker – following the Opposition Leader!! The Opposition then protested by walking out just before Nagamootoo began to nurse his ego!! This followed for the next three years.This year, unlike the principled Opposition walkout for a cause, the Government MPs, led by Nagamootoo, simply walked out on the Opposition Leader’s speech simply because they wanted to “diss” the Opposition.This represents such common/guttersnipe behaviour that it betrays its actual source in the proverbial fisherwoman’s trade!!…and PM’s PortfolioThe DPI – which is headed by Nagamootoo’s shill and general factotum – took time out to report on one Government Minister’s complaint that Opposition MP Nandlall claimed Nagamootoo is bereft of a portfolio. As you, dear reader, know, your Eyewitness has been making this point ever since PNC leader Granger not only tore up the Cummingsburg Accord — which promised Nagamootoo chairing of Cabinet meetings right after the 2015 elections — but refused to allocate any Ministerial portfolio to him!! All he was given was a column in the Chronic!!Your Eyewitness was hoping the Government Minister would’ve gone on to spell out Nagamootoo’s portfolio, since he insisted the man from Whim had one!! But obviously it was a whimsical statement, since no elaboration was forthcoming!! But bereft of anything substantive (or substantial!) to do, and insisting that he speak in Parliament, Nagamootoo proceeded to put his foot into his (open) mouth.He referenced the Booker Tate study (mentioned by your Eyewitness) that recommended the Skeldon Modernisation – including the factory.Thereby nailing David Patterson’s lie in Parliament!!…and liesAnother Parliamentary custom is you can’t tell another “Honourable Member” he just told a lie – like Patterson did with the Skeldon Factory.Winston Churchill got around the restraint by describing it as a “terminological inexactitude”!!