Federer wins 1st match on return; France beats Germany

first_img15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Fajardo shrugs off BPC lead: ‘Our focus is winning’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 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 LATEST STORIES Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint The 17-time major winner missed the French Open last year, ending a run of 65 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, and hadn’t played competitively since re-injuring his surgically repaired left knee at Wimbledon in July. But he showed no signs of rust in his 61-minute win over Evans.“I’d like to live it again. I’m a little bit sad it’s over, because it was so nice out there,” Federer said of his return. “I was actually quite emotional. When I walked down, I was like, ’Oh my God, this is better than I thought it would be’.”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 35-year-old Federer said it was the kind of feeling he missed the most while he was sidelined.“I thought for a first match it was great, because my expectations were obviously quite low.” ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Belinda Benic held off Heather Watson 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 later Monday to give Switzerland an unbeatable 2-0 lead ahead of the mixed doubles match.Federer said he’s looking for as many matches as possible in Perth ahead of the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 16 in Melbourne. He hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since 2012 at Wimbledon, and hasn’t won the Australian Open title since 2010, but hasn’t given up hope of extending his record in the majors.“After all these years, it would be nice to win another one — of course I’d even take two or three or four,” he said. “We’ll see. It’s tough at the top. A lot of good guys out there right now. I’ll give it a chance, and see what happens.”Federer said he’d spent plenty of time on conditioning during his break from the game and felt pain free.“I don’t have any pain,” he said. “It’s been nice that I was able to get rid of that early.”ADVERTISEMENT Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ In this photo, taken July 8, 2016, Roger Federer of Switzerland returns to Milos Raonic of Canada during their men’s semifinal singles match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. Federer won his first match on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at the Hopman Cup tournament in Perth, Australia. (Photo by BEN CURTIS/AP)Update: 11:24 p.m., Jan. 2, 2017PERTH, Australia — Roger Federer returned from six months on the sidelines with a knee injury to beat Dan Evans 6-3, 6-4 on Monday and lead Switzerland to an opening win over Britain at the Hopman Cup mixed teams tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Switzerland is set to play Germany on Wednesday and France on Friday, with the winning team in Group A qualifying for Saturday’s final.France beat Germany 2-1 earlier Monday, with Richard Gasquet defeating Alexander Zverev 7-5, 6-3 and combining with Kristina Mladenovic to win the deciding mixed doubles, which is being played in the Fast4 format, 4-2, 4-1. Andrea Petkovic had earlier beaten Mladenovic 6-2, 6-1 in the women’s singles. /ATMSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely View commentslast_img read more

‘Fresh’ Beermen too much for Bolts

first_imgPBA IMAGESSan Miguel continued to be Meralco’s bane in the second conference.The Bolts came into Sunday’s game having won their first four games before running into a brick wall in the Beermen.ADVERTISEMENT 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 ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Import Alex Stepheson echoed Black as he rued Meralco’s defense which allowed San Miguel to shoot 50 percent from the field. The Bolts shot just 38 percent.“We just couldn’t hit shots today,” he said. “We played a tough team. They came ready to play for their first game and it was a tough at the end for us. We couldn’t hit shots and ended up losing.”Black, though, said that he isn’t batting an eye after this loss as the Bolts seek to bounce back on Saturday against Alaska.“I’m just trying to win games. We lost tonight and we’ll try to beat Alaska on Saturday,” he said. “There are no guarantees that something’s going to happen in a certain way when you show up at the games. Tonight, we lost to a better team. At the same time, we still have to stay focused on our next game, and not get too down on this one. That’s the reality of it: you win some, you lose some.”“We’re coming off of a 3-8 all-Filipino conference, and we’re 4-1 right now, so we’ll just continue to concentrate on the positives and try to win the next game.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ WATCH: Rob Gronkowski gets his WrestleMania moment Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “They’re the best team in the league. They just won the all-Filipino title, so I can’t really be surprised with the way they played,” Black said. “They’re off for how long? I think the commissioner gave them a lot of time off to rest and they showed it tonight. They were very fresh.”Meralco couldn’t sustain its hot start after grabbing a 46-31 edge in the second quarter with San Miguel making a huge push in the third quarter to level the game at 62 before breaking away in the fourth period with a 35-point assault.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 returnBlack noted that his team couldn’t adjust to the defensive schemes the Beermen employed in the second half, which also coincided with a dry spell for the Bolts.“They went to a zone defense and we couldn’t make our shots. It kind of affected our defense also because we couldn’t stop them either,” he said. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Star import powers Hotshots to share of lead

first_imgDozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely The Kings got into the win column in the second game after dealing GlobalPort a 113-96 beating behind the 29 points of Justin Brownlee and 15 from LA Tenorio.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town 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 Against the Floodbuster, Mitchell fired nine of the team’s 21 second quarter points as Star peeled away from a 22-18 first quarter count to go on and lead by as large as 21 and make it a cruise from there.But Victolero still wants Mitchell, in the meantime, to focus on defense, knowing that he has a battery of scorers at his disposal.“His strength is his defense,” Victolero said. “And that’s our system. It all starts with our defense. But we know that he can run the floor on offense and he can also play a solid post-up game.”Rookie Jio Jalalon was one of five locals which tossed in 11 or better and the Hotshots won pulling away even with their stars’ minutes managed to a great extent.Mitchell’s scoring, though, will come in handy once Star goes into the meat of its elimination round schedule this weekend, when the Hotshots play Barangay Ginebra this Sunday and powerhouse San Miguel Beer the week after.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Supposedly the defensive anchor of a team teeming with so much offensive local talent, Mitchell showed—for the second straight game—that he has the tools to be the go-to scorer.And that facet of Mitchell’s game certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed as far as coach Chito Victolero is concerned. In fact, Victolero acknowledged that he has an offensive weapon that he can unleash anytime he sees fit.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“He has that (take-over capabilities),” Victolero said of his import, who finished with 19 points that went with 14 rebounds and six swats. “We’ve talked about that and he knows that he can do it anytime, like he did the last game.”Victolero was talking of the narrow win over NLEX last week, where Mitchell took over the fourth period and scored 15 points that allowed the Hotshots to dodge the upset ax. Tony MitchellThere was something in the way Star manhandled Mahindra on Wednesday night that surely made the Hotshots even more fearsome as far as the rest of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup field is concerned.Tony Mitchell took over in the second period and led a swashbuckling breakaway by the Hotshots before taking it easy the rest of the way as Star drubbed the Floodbuster, 97-83, to take a piece of the elimination round lead at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Tight time frame for Gilas Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Crepes? Croissants? Wine? Players tempted during French Open

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend There is nearly constant gastronomic temptation for tennis players at the annual Grand Slam tournament held in one of the world’s capitals of cuisine. Crepes and croissants. Baguettes and pates. Steaks and french fries. The rich sauces. The chocolate. The macaroons. The wine. And on and on and on.“The French cheese and foie gras and everything they have — it is extremely caloric,” said Sergiy Stakhovsky, a 31-year-old from Ukraine best known for his upset of Roger Federer in the second round of Wimbledon four years ago.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“But as you can see,” he joked, lifting his shirt to reveal a flat stomach, “it doesn’t stay. It just goes somewhere. I don’t know where.”Some players say they resist the carbs, the desserts, the alcohol. Others simply give in. Others hold out until they’re done competing. “I’ve gotten better at the ‘everything in moderation’ thing. But I’m in my 20s, I travel, I work out a lot. So I’m like, ‘You know what? I love food,’” said Madison Brengle, a 27-year-old American who reached the second round at the French Open. “I feel like I’d rather work out more and really enjoy the food. The places we get to go to around the world, there’s amazing food. Got to try it.”Brengle’s top treat in Paris? Pistachio macaroons.For two weeks two years ago, Mattek-Sands said, she thought about those waffles. Then, on the day that she and Czech partner Lucie Safarova won the championship, all bets were off.“Right after the final, I was like, ‘We are going to the waffles!’ I didn’t want anything else,” Mattek-Sands recalled with a hearty laugh. “So I had the trophy in one arm and was just eating a Nutella waffle from the other. I was still in my match gear.”And, according to her husband, Justin Sands, that long-awaited waffle was washed down with Champagne sipped from the doubles trophy.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ “You have a physical therapist. You have a trainer. You have your coach. You have an agent, of course. So that’s your team. You’re always doing stuff and it’s all scheduled. You plan your lunch. And then after lunch you’re going to go stretch. And so on,” said Wilander, a Swede who won seven Grand Slam titles in the 1980s.“Professional tennis players don’t hang out as much together now. They don’t go out for dinner together. And what happens when 22-year-old guys went for dinner together in the ’80s, and you just won a five-setter? You might throw in a beer. Or two,” Wilander said. “And if you lost? … I’m going to call the other Swedes that lost in the first round and ask, ‘Hey, you want to go to out?’”John Isner, an American who was seeded 21st at the French Open, has his go-to restaurants in Paris, including L’Avenue, which is popular among tennis players.But Isner, listed by the ATP at 6-foot-10 (2.08 meters) and 238 pounds (107 kilograms), does have a complaint: The steak portions are too small. He said he remedies that by ordering two servings.“I’m used to going to Texas Roadhouse, back in America, getting a 36-ouncer. … As good as the food is in Europe, especially in Paris, I miss the food back home,” said Isner, who is based in Florida. “You can’t beat a good Applebee’s or Carrabba’s Italian Grill. I do miss that a little bit.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Warriors set to make their claim as NBA’s best ever 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 Swing Out Sister back to PH this April China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak As they spoke, Mattek-Sands — who was born in Minnesota and is now based in Arizona — was eating her post-match meal: a bowl prepared by Justin in the players’ cafeteria with rice, cut-up chicken, carrots, olive oil, salt and pepper. Plus, a red apple.“For me, when I’m in tournament mode, food is fuel, and I can really look at it that way. There’s a time and a place to really enjoy the food. And we go out of our way to try to find places that I can find something that I like and can eat,” she said. “I feel like I still eat well, within my parameters. But I definitely look forward to my cheat days. I mean, I plan them out. Because they are few and far between, I am not just going to waste them on just anything.”A cook prepares crepes at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, June 2, 2017 in Paris. There is nearly constant gastronomic temptation for tennis players at the annual Grand Slam tournament held in one of the world’s capitals of cuisine. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)Petra Martic, a Croatian ranked 290th, said she celebrated each victory with a glass of French wine as she made it all the way from qualifying to the fourth round of the main draw.So when she eventually lost, a reporter wondered whether the routine would change that night.“Still a great tournament, you know,” Martic responded. “You can always find reason for red wine.”Stakhovsky would tend to agree.He said he never drank the stuff at all until he was 22, and even then it was only during tennis’ brief offseason. And now? Stakhovsky said he has a glass — or half-glass — every evening.Stakhovsky’s fondness for wine is such that he plays club matches at a tennis club in Bordeaux sponsored by area winemakers such as Chateau Pavie and Mouton Rothschild. He orders 40 to 60 bottles while there.“It’s interesting now talking to some of today’s players: They drink more than I did when I was on tour,” said Chanda Rubin, a top-10 singles and doubles player in the 1990s. “I was kind of behind the times, I guess. But I’m making up for it now.”Another former player, Mats Wilander, thinks current players’ lives are a lot more regimented — how and when they eat, the way they spend their time, etc.center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in MOST READ A cook prepares a waffle at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Saturday, June 3, 2017 in Paris. There is nearly constant gastronomic temptation for tennis players at the annual Grand Slam tournament held in one of the world’s capitals of cuisine. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS— As a professional athlete who is judicious about what she eats and drinks, Bethanie Mattek-Sands knows all too well how impossible it is to avoid the sweet aroma emanating from a stand selling waffles with a chocolate-hazelnut spread just outside the French Open’s main stadium.“We would walk by that every day,” the 32-year-old American said last week at Roland Garros, recalling her run to the 2015 women’s doubles title. “We could even smell it from one of the match courts.”ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working View commentslast_img read more

Nadal wins third US Open, 16th Major

first_imgNEW YORK (AP): Rafael Nadal against Kevin Anderson in the US Open final shaped up as quite a mismatch and that’s exactly what it was. His game at a high level at the end of an unusually easy path through a Grand Slam field, Nadal overwhelmed first-time major finalist Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 yesterday to win his third championship at Flushing Meadows. It is the No. 1-ranked Nadal’s second Grand Slam title of the year and 16th overall. Among men, only long time rival Roger Federer has more, with 19. At No. 32, Anderson was the lowest-ranked US Open men’s finalist since the ATP computer rankings began in 1973. The 31-year-old South African never had been past the quarter-finals at any major tournament in 33 previous appearances, so when he won his semi-final on Friday, he climbed into the stands to celebrate. There would be no such joy for him on this day. Nadal simply dominated every facet of the 21/2 hour final. Nadal added to his US Open triumphs in 2010 and 2013 and improved to 16-7 in Grand Slam finals. For the first time since 2013, he appeared in three in a single season, losing to Federer at the Australian Open in January, then beating Stan Wawrinka for his record 10th French Open trophy in June. Nadal’s career haul also includes two trophies from Wimbledon and one from the Australian Open. All of his big victories have come while being coached by his uncle, Toni, who is now stepping aside. The US Open was the last Grand Slam event of their partnership. Not since Pete Sampras at Wimbledon in 2000, had a man won a Slam tournament without facing any opponents ranked in the top 20. In New York this time, the bracket was weakened by the injury withdrawals of three of the top five men: past champions Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Wawrinka. Plus, Nadal did not need to deal with Federer: The potential for a semi-final, which would have been their first US Open meeting, was dashed when Juan Martin del Potro eliminated Federer in the quarterfinals. Nadal then beat del Potro, the 2009 champion but now ranked 28th, in the semis. Much like Nadal’s 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 win against Wawrinka at Roland Garros, the only beauty of this match was not in its competitiveness not by a long shot but in an appreciation for one participant’s absolute superiority. COACHED BY HIS UNCLElast_img read more

Follow The Trace | Is Ricketts the right choice?

first_imgThe parish association presidents have spoken. Long-serving Clarendon Football Association (FA) resident Michael Ricketts is the new president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). Most observers and football fans are well aware of the nuances of the process which saw the expected elevation of Ricketts to the highest-profile job in local sport. It was the closed fraternity affair decided by the presidents of the thirteen parish associations; they and they only that made this crucial decision. Ricketts was always favoured in this race based on him garnering the support of eight of the 13 parish bosses at the nomination phase, and for the sake of Jamaica’s football we all hope Ricketts turns out to be an inspirational and magical leader who will unite and inspire great success for the nation’s most popular sport. There are however, some major concerns about the reasons, and, or motives behind the majority of delegates unwavering support of Ricketts for this most pivotal position. The newly elected president himself was very quiet in terms of public utterances leading into the elections, but based on my official and unofficial interactions with several stakeholders in this process, the expressed reasons for supporting Ricketts seem to have very little to do with football itself, and more to do with pettiness and parochialism. The most publicised utterances in that regard came from the Trelawny FA president who shockingly gave the reason for his support of Ricketts as a desire of the old guard, inclusive of the new president, to fix the problems of the JFF that they created themselves, and not allow anyone else to come in and fix the problems and take credit for fixing them. Unofficially, I have been reliably informed that this contest was a straight fight between rural Jamaica and urban Jamaica in football terms. Basically, the rural parishes did not want Kingston to run football, thus the support of Ricketts, from Clarendon, ahead of Stephenson, formerly of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association. Popularity contest? There was also the issue of likeability. One ‘insider’ mentioned that Ricketts was much more likeable and approachable than the contrastingly aloof ambassador. One individual privately articulated that he was looking forward to making some ‘foreign trips’ , thus his support for his candidate of choice. This left room for no sound debates on philosophical or ideological differences between the two candidates; no analysis of substantively what each candidate was bringing to the table to make local football better, relative to the other, as part of a well thought-out and sophisticated bases for choosing the best man for the job. Very little was made of the comparative track record of performance of the respective candidates, or the likelihood of one candidate being better able to align local football with powerful corporate entities, which would go a long way in tackling the significant debt of the federation. These poignant issues were either never discussed or were simply trivialised as peripheral and petty issues took charge of the agenda. The notion that Ricketts is expected to be less autocratic and more inclusive than his predecessor was, and that Ambassador Stephenson would be, also came into play. From keen observation of football the world over, it is clear to see that strong inspirational leadership has always been the model for success in football. That clichÈd notion that we are all in charge really means no one is in charge. The governance of football at this level needs a leader who will be fully in charge. Ricketts might yet turn out to be the best man and perfect fit for the job as JFF president. I sincerely hope so. However, even as I wish him well and say congratulations, all things considered, I cannot help thinking that Ricketts was elected JFF president for the wrong reasons. But what do I know? I am a mere outsider.last_img read more

Biggest Phagwah Mela for National Stadium on March 21

first_imgEvery year around this time, the Guyana National Stadium is transformed into a kaleidoscope of colours as Inspired Inc hosts its annual Phagwah Mela, where Guyanese from all walks of life gather to celebrate the event.Holi, the festival of colours, will be held on Thursday, March 21, and while various groups will be hosting melas, the Guyana National Stadium is expected to be packed to capacity. Not only will those in attendance take the opportunity to partake with the powders and water, they will be entertained by several local and international artistes. On this note, Guyana’s Baboo, Terry Gajraj will be in the house. He will be accompanied by Randy Ramdhin and Marissa out of the USA. The local line-up includes Reigning Chutney Monarch Steven Ramphal along with AW Lyrical Williams. As usual, the Ishara Dance Group who are known for their energetic performances will also share the stage.There will also be skits and other cultural pieces. The artistes will be backed by the Shakti Strings Orchestra. For those who are lovers of seven-curry, there will be lots on sale as well as sweet meats.There will also be other items on sale. The event this year is sponsored by Caribbean Airlines, the Social Cohesion Ministry, INDI spices, Star Party Rentals, Big Pops Trucks and Spares, and Puran Brothers Disposal Services.Admission to the Guyana National Stadium is absolutely free. Gates will be opened at 14:00h.last_img read more

Happy New Year

first_imgSatiricus and his pals were celebrating the New Year at the Back Street Bar – the Chinese New Year. Frankie, the owner of the dive, was pulling out all the stops in the hard guava season to entice even his regular patrons. The big banner over the entrance announced he was serving Chinese Roast Pork as “cutters” for the Chinese New Year.“Suh me hear wan cyaar knack-down de hag pan de public road!” grinned Bungi to Frankie as he stepped into his old lair.“You gat fuh kill am in any case, right?” Frankie answered good naturedly. “But yes… I did get it cheap!”“Eh! Eh! Frankie, how come you celebrating Chinese New Year, boy?” asked Hari, who’s come in at the tail-end of the conversation.“Like alyuh forget this shop used to belong to Choo Sik, in the old days!” said Frankie. “I just keepin’ up the tradition.”As the fellas joined Satiricus, who was already ensconced at their usual table at the rear, he pointed to the paper placemats Frankie had placed on the table. It depicted the Chinese Zodiac.“See fellas,” he smirked. “This is the year of the rooster – and I was born under that sign!”“How yuh figah dat out?” asked Bungi in amazement, as he grabbed a beer Satiricus had already purchased.“Look right here,” explained Satiricus. “You divide your year of birth by 12 and the remainder gives you your Chinese Zodiac sign.”“But it says here, Roosters are good workers,” grinned Hari. “I’m sure your editor would have problems with that!”“Well, I checked YOUR Zodiacs,” Satiricus informed the fellas. “I get along best with Oxen and Snakes. Guess what are you?”Hari and Bungi both looked at Satiricus patiently, who let them wait for his answer, “Oxen and Snake!”As they clinked their bottles, Satiricus confessed, “But our mortal enemies are rabbits. Guess who’s a rabbit?”“Who?” they asked in unison.“Jar Dan!”last_img read more

Stimulus…

first_img…for whom?Right after your Eyewitness complained about the PNC-led APNU/AFC coalition planning to blow whatever petroleum revenues might trickle down to us on “boondoggles”, there comes the announcement from Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, that B’s gonna be ‘injected” into the housing sector immediately. So, since we’re so broke that thousands of sugar workers have to be fired, where’s the money coming from? Not to worry!! Let’s just borrow today to cover the “budget deficit”!! After all, aren’t we going to have oil money in a short while to pay off our cumulative budget deficits, which we were told would be “stabilised” from the oil revenues??This was the same kind of thinking that got Ghana into trouble with their Jubilee Oil, which ran into delivery problems while the debts started choking them to death. They’re still trying to get out from under that “spending before the money comes in” syndrome.The excuse given by Harmon is that the economy needs a “stimulus”!! Really?? So when did Rip van Jordan wake up?? Is Harmon sure he’s not being suckered by the business community – who’d been accused by Jordan of doing a “Chicken Little” act?? The economy’s collapsing!! The economy’s collapsing!!Harmon announced that the Ministry of Housing will be “injecting” $5B into housing in Regions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 10. In case you’re wondering why Minister of HOUSING, Valerie Patterson, didn’t make the announcement, she’s busy with the OTHER $5 billion that’s being spent on Housing via the CH&PA for the Police and GDF, and so on and so forth. But hey! There’s a school of thought that advises “better late than never”, and there are those who counter, “Too late shall be the cry”! Which will it be?? Well, just like injections in medicine, timing is everything.If the patient’s dead, all the injections in the world ain’t gonna get him up and about. SO, where’s the Guyanese economy on the overall scale of economic well-being? As your Eyewitness has been going on and on (God knows!!), with every single industry in the country but gold collapsing like temperamental soufflés – the yellow metal’s actually a life support system. Pull it and the country’s dead.So what will the housing injection do? In the near term, of course, it’ll help – to the extent more money will be circulating. In the medium term? With most of the housing stock directed at the Government’s supporters, the divisions in the country will be exacerbated. Will it be enough to revive the patient? Not likely.But accepting you have a problem is the first step in solving it.Maybe Jordan will now ask Jagdeo for help?…for AFC change?It hasn’t been a good week for your Eyewitness…too many fires to “out”. So, he really had a good belly laugh when he read that Moses Nagamootoo, the man who would be Prime Minister, said the Cummingsburg Accord needs to be “renegotiated”. You think?? And when would the PM be demanding the renegotiation? Pray tell. Well, rather disappointingly but not surprisingly, Nagamootoo said that depends on the Leader of the AFC – who just happens to be Raphael Trotman.Now why would Trotman want to do that? You’d remember, dear reader, that Trotman has already negotiated a Nassau Accord with the now President Granger. And based on the evidence, his bread is WELL buttered!! Nagamootoo epitomises the evisceration of the AFC’s agreement, announced on Valentine Day 2015. He was supposed to herald in the new political culture in the land when, for the first time, Executive power was going to have two power centres.All he – and his 11% – got was Larwah!!…for courageYour Eyewitness was just informed that the aforesaid PM and ousted AFC leader Ramjattan just sent an SOS to their few remaining faithful to picket their office next week.Why? Well they need an excuse why they should reject VAT on private education!!last_img read more

Need for national discourse

first_imgThis newspaper carried a news story which contained shocking revelations about two teenage girls, age 13 from Berbice, who were married to older men and one of whom is pregnant.The fact that our students, as young as 13 years old, who ought to be at school educating and preparing themselves to face life’s challenges are engaging in such unwholesome and life changing activities is very worrying. Our adolescents will certainly have to face the consequences later down the road of these poor choices. The resulting problems could be many, for example; severe health complications for both the mother and child and serious social and economic problems.According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), although adolescents aged 10-19 years account for 11 per cent of all births worldwide, they account for 23 per cent of the overall burden of disease due to pregnancy and childbirth. The organisation has reported that 14 per cent of all unsafe abortions in low- and middle-income countries are among women aged 15-19 years. About 2.5 million adolescents have unsafe abortions every year, and adolescents are more seriously affected by complications than are older women.Many health problems are particularly associated with negative outcomes of pregnancy during adolescence. These include anaemia, malaria, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, postpartum haemorrhage and mental disorders, such as depression.Likewise, the social problems, both on families and the community are many. Many girls who become pregnant have to leave school. This has long-term implications for them as individuals, their families and communities. For example, when an adolescent girl becomes pregnant, her entire life is affected as her focus can no longer be her academic studies; she would now have to dedicate all her energies and resources in child rearing and caring. In most cases, the male partner is also similarly affected.That said, we believe that in many of these cases, especially in girls under 15, such pregnancies are not the result of a deliberate choice but rather an absence of choices, and of circumstances beyond a girl’s control. Early pregnancies reflect powerlessness, poverty and pressures from partners, peers, families and communities. Hence, there is need for approaches that build girls’ human capital, help them make decisions about their lives, including matters of sexual and reproductive health, and offer them real opportunities so that motherhood is not seen as their only destiny.Girls need to have access to both sexual and reproductive health services and to the right kind of information so that they can make informed choices about their own lives. In many communities, especially in the Hinterland areas, these services are lacking.The World Health Assembly had adopted a resolution urging member states to accelerate actions to improve the health of young people. It included these specific measures: reviewing and revising policies to protect young people from early child-bearing; providing access to contraception and reproductive health-care services; and promoting access to accurate information on sexual and reproductive health.Certainly, it is time that the issue of teenage pregnancy be brought to the fore for discussion and debate at the national level; and more importantly to craft a way forward to deal with the problem. At the same time, it is imperative that the Government and other NGOs step up their campaigns, especially in Hinterland areas where there seems to be a high prevalence of teen pregnancies, some of which occur as a result of the victims being raped.It is quite unfortunate that in spite of the case referred to earlier being highly publicised via the media, the authorities here have not seen the need to convene a national dialogue on how best to address the issue of teenage pregnancy and its accompanying social and economic problems.last_img read more

Purpose of Social Cohesion Dept?

first_imgUpon taking office in May 2015, the APNU/AFC coalition Government immediately established the Ministry of Social Cohesion (MOSC). It seemed a substantive entity, and was initially headed by a long-serving, strong-arm member of the People’s National Congress (PNC), the largest Party in the coalition and, in reality, the Government.Many welcomed it, and given its perceived role, it was seen as vital to the building, or rebuilding, of unity among Guyanese. This was on the heels of an apparent divisive elections, in which the coalition acceded to power by less than five thousand votes, seemingly less than what was required for a seat in the National Assembly.Despite some crossover voting to the two major political parties, both with solid ethnically-based support, the results of the May 2015 elections may have also revealed a voting pattern that is generally along ethnic lines.That may have rendered the establishment of the MOSC more relevant, especially when the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) was not constituted since 2011. Expectations of the MOSC were therefore naturally high, as Guyanese in general desire genuine efforts to help heal the divide. In addition, a sense of belief was created that the APNU/AFC Government was serious about genuinely working towards building national unity.The fact that a Ministry was actually established and would receive a budgetary allocation, its intention would have been difficult to doubt. Therefore, the idea of a sustained national effort within the context envisaged must be lauded. However, unfortunately, or unsurprising to some, the MOSC has seemingly failed to deliver what is believed to be its mandate.For one, its importance seems to have been reduced following what appears to be a downgrading from a standalone Ministry to that of a Department within the Ministry of the Presidency. That aside, gauging from many of its public events, it seems as if the now Department of Social Cohesion (DOSC) is more occupied with providing handouts in areas believed to be supportive of the coalition, or those in which such actions can help to coerce voters in its favour.With more than four years since its establishment, an argument could be made that nothing tangible within the realms of forging unity has been achieved, despite the hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ dollars spent, assumingly for that purpose.This seeming lack of expected results could be as a result of the actions of the APNU/AFC coalition itself.Almost immediately upon taking office, it began what was seen as a witch-hunt against many public servants who were, by in large, of one particular ethnic group, and who were suspected to be supportive of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPPC) administration.As if that were not enough, numerous forensic audits were seemingly used as mechanisms to disparage and discard trained professionals. They were replaced reportedly by Government supporters believed to be less skilled and overwhelmingly from one particular ethnic group; a group seen as the support base of the PNC.Those actions were described as political vendetta and wholesale cleansing of one particular group of Guyanese. It didn’t end there, for a number of them were charged and placed before the courts. Those charges were described as trumped-up, with the sole intention to embarrass.Over the past four years, records would show that the APNU/AFC Government fired, and thereby caused thousands of Guyanese to be deprived of their livelihoods. That includes some two thousand indigenous citizens and thousands of sugar workers.In addition, due to its poor fiscal policies, some industries and businesses were forced to close, causing many workers to be unemployed.Those said fiscal policies also resulted in a plethora of new and burdensome taxes being unleashed on ordinary Guyanese. Vendors’ licences and rentals for farmlands were also vastly increased, bringing further hardships to the citizenry.With many made to be embarrassed, with thousands humiliated by being fired and made incapable to provide for their families, the priority focus would be to survive. That is itself would more than likely evoke resentment in the Government. With such unavoidable resentment resulting from APNU/AFC’s highhandedness, it therefore becomes virtually impossible for the said Government, under the guise of the DOSC, to even contemplate any semblance of success at social cohesion. In other words, the Government seemingly divides the nation while at the same time appearing to wanting to build unity.It’s hypocritical and insulting to intelligence. That is compounded by the Department seemingly prioritising its focus on the coalition’s strongholds, and reportedly engaging in coercion for support in others. While the DOSC might have done some work in relation to its intended mandate, its overall achievement within that said context remains far from desired.APNU/AFC’s disregard for the Constitution since December 2018 has continue to widen the division and exacerbate resentment. With that disrespect ongoing, and with no indication of the DOSC instituting that necessary paradigm shift, its existence would remain questionable, seen as a medium for mass mobilisation for the coalition, and disingenuous to the point of a failed promise; probably one never intended.last_img read more

As Final Four nears, La Salle sets sight on No. 2, twice-to-beat

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next La Salle improved to 8-3 after beating the Lady Falcons to tighten its grip of the second spot while the Lady Eagles pushed their winning streak to 10 games and their 10-1 card puts them two games above the Lady Spikers.Ateneo also clinched a Final Four spot and moved a win away from gaining twice-to-beat.“What’s important for us is to get that no.2 spot in the standings because getting that no.1 seed is near impossible,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “I just want to know who we’re facing and who we’ll have to go through.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—De La Salle has found itself in a lopsided race in chasing league-leader Ateneo for the No.1 seed of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament, but that doesn’t mean the defending champion will just bow down.The Lady Spikers, who are seeking a fourth straight title, are just pacing themselves for the tougher fight ahead—the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college NY police arrest fan who attacked wrestler at WWE event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs LATEST STORIES Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Setter Michelle Cobb said they’re not thinking of the standings that much and the more important thing for them, apart form the championship, is getting that No. 2 seed that will still give them a twice-to-beat advantage come the semifinals.“We don’t really think f the standings that much because our goal is to get one game at a time and as long as we’re in the top two we can get that twice-to-beat advantage,” sad Cobb after the Lady Spikers swept Adamson University 25-15, 25-18, 25-16, Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I think getting that No. 2 spot is a big thing for us.”La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus, the owner of all of the Lady Spikers’ 11 titles, shared the same sentiment as Cobb and that he’d rather look at who they will face in the semis if they finish No. 2. Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far View commentslast_img read more