Gordon, Magic stop 7-game skid, overcome Pistons in OT

first_imgSea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Orlando started attacking the basket, hitting three straight layups, and that opened up the perimeter. Gordon nailed his third 3 to give the Magic a 101-100 lead with three minutes to play.TIP-INSPistons: Galloway left in the second quarter to get three stitches to close a cut over his right eye. He returned in the second half. … Detroit turned the ball over on its first four possessions. The Pistons didn’t get off a shot for nearly three minutes. … Griffin is 0 for 11 on 3-pointers in his last four games. … Detroit has forced more than 10 turnovers in 48 straight games, the longest current streak in the NBA. The Pistons forced 16 turnovers in this one.Magic: Jonathan Isaac, the team’s first pick in the 2017 draft, played for the first time in 26 games. He had three points and two rebounds in 15 minutes. … SG Aaron Afflalo was deactivated before the game so the Magic could see more of 10-day signee Rashad Vaughn, but Vaughn did not play.UP NEXTPistons: Play at Miami on Saturday night.Magic: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night to complete a three-game homestand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cavaliers may find Love sooner than expected Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon (00) shoots over Detroit Pistons’ Blake Griffin (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — Aaron Gordon had 27 points and 13 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic stop a seven-game losing streak with a 115-106 victory against the Detroit Pistons in overtime Friday night.Nikola Vucevic added 22 points and 12 rebounds, and D.J. Augustin had 20 points and nine assists for the Magic. Evan Fournier scored 17, including seven in the extra period.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READ James Ennis and Reggie Bullock led Detroit with 21 points apiece. Blake Griffin, Dwight Buycks and Anthony Tolliver had 12 each for the slumping Pistons, who have lost seven of nine.Fournier scored the first six points in overtime, giving Orlando a 110-104 lead going into the final two minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDetroit, which had only one field goal in the final 5:57 of regulation, missed all eight shots from the field and its first three free throws in overtime. Tolliver’s two free throws with 32 seconds left were the only points the Pistons scored in the extra period.The Magic could have won it in regulation. Fournier drilled a 3-pointer that gave Orlando a 104-102 lead with 47 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The Pistons tied it when Griffin got a long rebound and found Ennis for a breakaway dunk that tied the game at 104 with seven seconds left.The Magic muffed their chance for a game-winner. Vucevic lost his balance when driving the lane and turned the ball over, leading to overtime.The teams played evenly for three periods, going into the fourth quarter tied at 82.Detroit got consecutive 3-pointers from Buycks, Tolliver and Langston Galloway to take a 97-91 lead with 6:47 left in the fourth.Like most leads in the game, however, it was short-lived.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Capadocia dreaming of Asiad stint

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carlos shoots 69, grabs halfway Apo lead Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees 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 The 22-year-old bested arch-rival Clarice Patrimonio, 6-3, 6-3, for the Makati Open top prize, capping her dizzying winning streak that dated back to her doubles title in the Bahrain F2 Futures in Manama last April.Capadocia and Fatma Al-Nabhani of Oman ruled the $15,000-International Tennis Federation tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownImmediately after, the top-ranked Filipino clinched singles titles in the Brookside Open in Cainta, Palawan National Open, Pinamalayan Open in Mindoro, and the Philippine National Games in Cebu City.But Capadocia still has one more goal on her checklist: Play a Grand Slam event. Marian Jade Capadocia is on a roll, and is hoping that she could carry that momentum all the way to the Asian Games.With her speed and cunning making up for her short frame, Capadocia proved that she’s the best women’s tennis player in the country after topping the recent Makati Open for her fifth straight national-level singles championship.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town MOST READ “But I would need sponsors to fund my campaigns so I can earn enough points,” said Capadocia, who hails from San Jose, Antique.She flew to Amsterdam last week to compete and train at Hugo Ekker Tennis Academy, where she will be be staying until July 31.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

Beermen back in finals, knock off Aces in Game 4

first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Fajardo, the reigning four-time MVP, posted 26 points and 12 rebounds while Balkman notched 23 points and 16 rebounds that went with five assists.“Alaska has been one of the toughest teams in the league for the last three years and it was very evident in this series even though they were down 0-2,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Cabagnot added 18 points, including a step back 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down and two free throws with three seconds left to slam the door shut on the Aces.The veteran playmaker also had nine assists, five rebounds and three steals. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Ross also finished in double-digits with 17 points, 12 coming from downtown. His last triple momentarily stopped an Alaska run midway through the final frame.Diamon Simpson led the Aces with 24 points, 21 rebounds and three blocks while Vic Manuel scored 20.Most of Manuel’s points in the second half, however, were too late. His first field goal in the last two quarters came with only 1:09 left as he was shut down after scoring 13 points in the first half.Simon Enciso kept Alaska in the fight in the fourth quarter. He wound up with 19 points and seven assists.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion San Miguel Beer withstood a fourth quarter fightback by Alaska, 104-99, to book a return trip to the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Renaldo Balkman and June Mar Fajardo each had a double-double while guards Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross hit timely baskets down the stretch for the Beermen, who are making their 40th appearance in the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew NLEX settles for 4th place after loss to Korea’s Etland anew in Macau tilt Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? View commentslast_img read more

Vladimir Putin asks FIFA for support on World Cup legacy

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Many Russian clubs have already seen a boost in attendance in the season following the World Cup. With new arenas, teams in the host cities of Volgograd and Nizhny Novgorod have more than doubled their average home attendance, though Sochi and Kaliningrad are lagging behind.Putin awarded Infantino a medal earlier this month for his help with staging the World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“The outcome so far has been extremely positive, with average stadium attendances and football interest in general rising significantly according to recent reports,” FIFA said in a statement, adding it is working with Russia to allocate money from a tournament legacy fund. Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a state-of-the-nation address in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Putin sternly warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, saying that Russia will retaliate by fielding new weapons that will take just as little time to reach their targets. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he wants FIFA to help ensure last year’s World Cup has an effective legacy.“Ahead of us we now have a different task, to use everything that was done for the World Cup, to use it effectively, and on this issue we are also counting on your support,” Putin said at a meeting with FIFA president Gianni Infantino in Moscow.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Cristiano Ronaldo held scoreless in Madrid as Atletico beats Juventus View comments 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 awardcenter_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

‘Ebola is a Global Issue’

first_imgAlthough the Ebola outbreak in the Mano River Basin is not the issue of priority in the ongoing U.S-Africa Summit in Washington, some African leaders are raising the concern that it should not just be seen as a regional issue for a few countries but a global humanitarian crisis that can affect any group of people.The leaders, including Presidents Jacob Zuma of South Africa and Macky Sall of Senegal, made the observation on August 5, 2014 during a panel discussion on the Africa Business Forum that is a part of the U.S-Africa Summit.President Zuma noted that Ebola is a disease that is affecting humanity, and that it must be collectively battled and not be attributed to one region in Africa.President Sall stressed that Senegal is not far from Guinea and Sierra Leone, where people travel from almost every day to enter his country.He added that recently, an American contracted the disease and was quickly flown to the U.S., which indicates that the virus can now spread even into the United States.He told the audience that as the disease spreads in the sub-region, it is necessary that the world sees it as a “threat to human survival”, and should dare to fight it with commitment and sincerity while it is still concentrated in a specific region.The two Presidents’ comments came in response to a question about how Ebola is affecting Africa.When the question about the effect of Ebola on the three West Africa states arose,  Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said even though his country was far from West Africa, Tanzania is nonetheless taking precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease to the east African coast.The outbreak of the Ebola virus in the three West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has claimed more than 700 lives over the past five months, with more than 500 suspected cases recorded.It has worsened over the past two weeks, with doctors from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Uganda losing their lives to the deadly disease, and an American doctor and nurse still battling in the US for theirs. This worsening situation prevented President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s participation in the ongoing U.S-Africa Summit in Washington, which President Obama said he deeply regretted. Madam Sirleaf was instead represented by Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan and a number of other cabinet ministers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

8 Teams for 3rd Division Regional Playoff

first_imgEight out of 30 teams, over the weekend, will advance for the National 3rd Division Playoffs after preliminary battles in four venues in Maryland, Margibi, Grand Cape Mount and Nimba Counties.According to the fixture, two teams from each of the 15 counties are to compete in the first ever-decentralized preliminary rounds of the 2014 National 3rd Division Playoff.Sinoe County’s Greenville FC and White House United FC as well as River Gee’s Survival FC did not show up for their games.However, in the southeastern region at the Harper Sports pitch, Tycoon FC of Maryland County and Grandcess FC from Grand Kru County triumphed in their encounters.Margibi County’s Young Pro-G FC and Kilo FC from Grand Bassa County qualified from the South Central Region at the Kakata Sports Pitch in Margibi County. According to the Deputy Secretary General for Operations at the LFA, Emmanuel Deah, Paye FC of Rivercess County filed a protest against Kilo FC for fielding an illegal player.“If Paye FC wins the protest, she will automatically qualify and Kilo FC will drop,” Mr. Deah said.In the North Western Region, No Bad Day FC and Joy Conquerors FC, both from Montserrado County, crossed over.In the last region, Mighty Dragon FC from Bong County and Sac FC of Lofa County qualified for the Playoff.The Secretary General of the LFA, Alphonso Armah, in a telephone interview described the preliminary round as successful and said the fixture for the Playoff will be announced this weekend.He stated that in an effort to promote and develop the game, registration fees for the 3rd division Playoff, like yesteryears, have been waived.“At the end of the 3rd division’s matches at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium three teams will be promoted to 2nd division,” Armah opined.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Striking Teachers Remain Resolute

first_imgThe Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers Association (MCSSTA) has resolved to continue their ‘strike action’ despite assurances from Defense Minister, J. Brownie Samukai to resolve the impasse.Minister Samukai has been coordinating the affairs of the state in consultation with the office Vice President, while President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is out of the country.Despite the effort, the MCSSTA remains committed to holding onto its go-slow strike action.The secretary-general of the Association, Samuel M. Nyenuh on Wednesday, alleged among other things, that the government has downplayed the plight of teachers, particularly those under the banner of the MCSSTA.According to him, since their leadership held two separate meetings with authorities of the MCSS, and representatives from the government, no concrete steps have been taken concerning the demands put forth by the aggrieved teachers.He disclosed that all that was achieved from the meeting with Minister Samukai was an ordinary appeal for teachers to see reason to return to the classrooms, while efforts were being made at the ministries of Education and Finance to address the problem.The two entities are yet to comment.However, Mr. Nyenuh said their demands for the retroactive salaries and other benefits were some of the things that are long overdue.“The administration must adhere to our demands, and we challenge it to make any attempt to bring people from outside to administer the students’ final exams for this semester,” the MCSSTA S/G threatened.He said their leadership has resolved to receive the payments of their salaries and benefits before they return to the classrooms.“Teachers’ plights have been ignored by the government over the years, and therefore, we will not compromise anything, but to get proper redress before we return to the classrooms.”The MCSS teachers’ strike action in demand of salary and work benefits began on Monday, June 2, 2014.According to the teachers, they are taking the action due to the failure of MCSS authorities to adhere to demands they made early this year. In a three-count resolution to the MCSS authorities, the teachers want amongst other things, seven months’ retroactive salaries for over 80 newly employed teachers.The teachers were employed and tallied in the 2013/2014 Fiscal Budget. They are reported to have benefited from the February 2014 salary disbursement — seven months after they were included on the payroll.The MCSS teachers want US$50 transportation allowance for all to enhance “efficiency and effectiveness” on their jobs.The teachers complained that due to lack of buses to transport them to their respective campuses, they are compelled to board commercial vehicles—a situation which they claimed has contributed to teachers’ late arrival for classes.The Association’s president, A. Henry G. Woyea, said that on May 26 that they met in a joint session comprising faculty representative council, and executives of the aggrieved teachers on the G.W. Gibson High School campus, where a resolution was passed demanding that if their issues are not addressed by government within three days’ time, they would resort to a ‘nonstop strike action’ across the MCSS.Mr. Woyea has therefore called on all MCSS employees including janitors and other support staff to lay down their education materials, and stay away from work places until their demands are addressed.“The issue is very important and we are not going to take it for play. We are professional people who will not allow anyone to just play on us,” Mr. Woyea emphasized.When contacted, the Superintendent of MCSS, Benjamin Jacobs, confirmed the teachers’ claims, but said he has advised them not to carry out any strike action because that was untimely as the school calendar was about to come to an end for the current semester.Reacting to the three demands, Mr. Jacobs said modalities are being worked out to address the issue of retroactive salaries, but that it was a matter of a few days’ time.Regarding the US$50 transportation allowance, Mr. Jacobs said that was ‘unthinkable.’ He added that in the midst of ‘budget shortfalls and economic hardship’ the government is unable to yield to such a demand.He said, with only a month to the end of the budget year (2013/2014), he sees it impossible that the system could find about US$600,000 per month as transportation allowance.He then ruled out any possibility of MCSS providing buses to transport the employees, noting “This is a very huge task.”He argued that to provide buses for its teachers will even create more delay for them to reach on campuses, citing traffic, maintenance and timely access to the buses by all those entitled.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Students Commend Sime Darby

first_imgThe Liberian operations of Malaysian oil palm giant, Sime Darby Plantation Liberia (SDPL), has been commended for offering ‘hardship allowance’ to beneficiaries of its scholarship studying agriculture-related disciplines at major universities in Liberia.A number of students benefiting from the company’s US$135-monthly hardship stipend say the offer would not have come at any better time. Sime Darby Liberia launched the hardship allowance scheme during the height of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the country few months ago to help the students earn their living during the Ebola crisis. The scheme is an augmentation of existing monthly US$45 scholarship allowance for each of the beneficiaries. About 51 students at various tertiary institutions in the country are benefiting from the Sime Darby’s scholarship program and their benefit under the hardship allowance scheme has now been increased to US$135 per month. Beneficiaries spoken with said the gesture by Sime Darby Plantation Liberia (SDPL) during this Ebola outbreak is far from just a corporate social responsibility of the company. “It is a great sense of humanity that any company would consider,” one of the beneficiaries said in a recent interview.They believe that the company could have stopped the scholarship allowance scheme since all schools including universities and colleges have been close because of the Ebola outbreak. “But, Sime Darby Foundation decided to go extra miles to ensure our survivability,” said Miss Hannah Karnwhiene. Miss Karnwhiene is studying agriculture at the Stella Maris Polytechnic in Monrovia.The Sime Darby Foundation had always given beneficiaries of its scholarship in Liberia monthly allowances of US$45 to US$135 per month, but the Company decided to step up the amount for all 51 students to US$135 per month after Ebola struck the country, leaving schools closed. And with economic activities taking a nosedive, the Malaysian Company decided to come to the rescue of its students.“For me, what the company is doing is more than a help. There is no active work going on at the plantation due to the Ebola outbreak, yet the Company is paying us and they have even increased the amount.  I am just grateful for such assistance,” said Miss Karnwhiene.Many Liberian girls have the tendency of shying away from entering into the field of agriculture due to what they call difficulties in obtaining jobs after graduation.According to Sime Darby Liberia Management, the ‘hardship allowance’ will last until the Ebola is finally eradicated from Liberia and normalcy returns to the country. Sime Darby Management has also declared that the hardship allowance will continue until the economy is lifted from recession. “Once normalcy returns and the students are back in school, the company would revert to its old US$45 per student payment scheme which it started,” said an SDPL official.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CONSIDERING POST-EBOLA LIBERIA (PART TWO): A CRISIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY

first_imgThe thrust of this second article of the series on what happens to Liberia after the Ebola crisis is on how we may turn the havoc of Ebola into a huge opportunity to make a great nation and a better people. Most human beings dread disasters, crises, and catastrophes because of the real danger and threat they pose to peace and comfort and life itself. But God Almighty can bring good out of evil (divine providence) and a crisis can be an opportunity to change for the better. The introductory article on the grave nature of the Ebola crisis observed the following key points:There is no doubt that the Ebola outbreak is affecting seriously or challenging our existence as a nation and very way o life. Ebola is forcing us to change how we greet one another, show affection to each other, and how we show love and care for our sick. Naturally we are a hospitable people who love to shake hands, hug and embrace as we welcome and cater to family, friends and strangers who come to our homes. But the Ebola menace is denying us of that basic innate instinct!Ebola is causing a lot of stigmatization among ourselves and from outsiders. The Ebola virus is so deadly that it incites fear and panic among families, places of work and play, and communities. It instantly drives away people from those who need them most. People who are suspected of having Ebola, those who have recovered from it, and those who work at Ebola treatment centers are shunned in some instances. Liberians who travel abroad and those who live in foreign parts are sometimes made to feel that they are a danger to have around and thus despised. A bishop told me while in another African country he announced that he was a Liberian and the immigration lady instantly said, “Bishop, I am afraid of you O”.Ebola is undermining the family bond and causing divisions in some instances. I hear sad stories of some family members abandoning one another for fear of Ebola. To see your wife or child or mother sick and be told not to touch the suffering person is a terrible feeling to contemplate. Someone has said that Ebola is a mean disease!Ebola is killing an already fragile economy and is doing so fast. It has slowed down economy activities and created a new wave of unemployment. All learning institutions of the country are closed. The little ones are deprived of learning.  Most of those working with our mining and forest concessions, road construction, public and private offices and on the hydro are forced to stop work and in some instances are not paid. They, their families and dependant are severely pressed to survive one way or the other. Non-food small businesses are drastically hit. The prices of food and other essentials are going up and are likely to escalate.The already much distrust between the government and its people (the Masses) is apparently increased by the Ebola crisis. A lot of people assume and speak as though for a fact that the funds allocated to fight Ebola are being squandered and are used to enrich a few against the majority. Ebola turns families and communities against one another out of fear. It causes stigmatization and leaves a permanent scar. But is this all to Ebola? Or can we turn this greatest of national challenges into something to make us better? Yes, I suggest, we can and should. How?Joshua David Stone and Gloria Excelsias assert that every crisis is an opportunity: “Any crisis is an opportunity to change direction in your life”. They reveal that the word crisis is of Greek origin and it means “a turning point in a disease.” Their conclusion is: “So a crisis is truly an opportunity for a turning point in our lives”. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks of turning our liabilities into assets. He uses the perennial example of Helen Keller who lived in the late 1880’s and early 1900’s. Made blind and deaf by a debilitating disease at the age of nine, she rose above the challenges in those days of being blind and deaf to acquiring a university degree and becoming an author, a lecturer, and an activist for the disabled. She could have mourned and blamed other people for her condition. No, rather she worked extra hard and excelled above many normal persons! Some experts in how to turn problems into opportunities speak about “turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones” in going higher rather than lower.We all need to believe in our hearts and attitudes that Ebola will be over, will be defeated. We now have an opportunity to rethink  how we think about ourselves (mindset) and live (conduct). There is a need for us to reconsider our national agenda and put a lot more emphasis on health, education, infrastructure, how we manage what we have (vast natural and other resources), and creativity in making the most of the numerous opportunities that come our way. Someone has observed that when we face inevitable changes in life, and they will come from to time, we have two choices: either to cry and give up and let the changes do whatever they will or we can use them to get better. We need to move from fine talking and planning to actual doing with all seriousness. More will be said in subsequent articles about how we can turn this Ebola crisis into a great opportunity to make us better.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Difficult not to be suspicious about huge settlements

first_imgDear Editor,I have, with keen interest, observed the issues regarding the settlement of court cases involving billions of taxpayers’ dollars published in the press. I do not recall, at any time in living memory, such a large number of cases being settled for such huge sums of money. It is difficult not to be suspicious about these settlements. I do not rule out the possibility of some type of corruption.What strikes me as strange is Attorney General Basil Williams’s constant reference to “inheriting cases from the PPP Government.” My understanding is that those cases were not filed against the PPP, but the Government of Guyana. So, when there is a change in Government, the cases are bound to continue against whosoever assumes the reins of Government. Therefore, cases filed while the PPP was in Government must continue against the new Government, even though there was a change of Government after May 2015.I am shocked that AG Williams seems not to be able to understand this simple principle. It is as if he expected the PPP to take away the cases to Freedom House when they left office.While I am not a lawyer, I have been around Croal Street for over three decades. The truth of the matter is that Mr Williams has had a long career in the Magistrates’ Courts, arguing cases against Police prosecutors. The older lawyers will confirm that he never did any civil or constitutional case of worth. That lack of experience is now magnified on a national stage, because all the cases at the AG’s Chambers are civil and constitutional matters. Therefore, do not expect these outpourings of blame from Mr Williams to stop in the near future.Since these settlements involve billions of taxpayers’ dollars, in the public’s interest, I wish to ask Mr Williams for clarification on the following matters:1. RUDISA beverage caseDid the CCJ not adjourn this case for Guyana to remedy the breach of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas? And when a Bill to amend the Customs Act to bring it into conformity with the Treaty of Chaguaramas was tabled in the Parliament, did not the APNU/AFC with its one-seat majority in Opposition vote down this Bill twice?Mr. Williams was part of an AFC/APNU one-seat majority that voted down this Bill twice, was it not explained to him in the Parliament that if this Bill was not passed, then the CCJ would have awarded judgement against Guyana? How can Nandlall and the PPP be blamed for this?2. Toolsie Persaud Ltd v AGInformation published in the press suggests that this case started since 2008. Mr. Williams took office in May 2015. Judgement was handed down in April 2018. Could Mr. Williams explain how, after three years in office, he did not know a case as big as this case was being tried in the High Court, and that the Attorney General was a party? Is he asking this nation to believe that in this three-year period, no one even whispered anything to him about this matter?How come a lawyer from the AG’s Chambers was present when judgement was delivered? Could Mr. Williams explain how, after judgement was delivered, he said to the press that the AG was not a party to the proceedings? So, even when judgement was delivered, and it was published in the newspapers, he still did not know that the AG was a party?3. BK InternationalMr. Williams is quoted in the press as saying that Mr. Nandlall had agreed to pay BK $225 million for service rendered. Could Mr. Williams make public any document which supports this contention? This would go a far way in settling the public record, because the PPP Government terminated the contract with BK International. As a result, BK International sued, challenging the termination. These are facts which cannot be disputed. The court proceedings are there to verify it. In fact, Williams admits this in the press, but claims that he filed an appeal in that case. Could Mr. Williams explain why, instead of prosecuting his appeal, he withdrew it and paid BK International US$5.7 million as compensation?4. H. Sugrim v NDIABased on what is reported in the press, this case was filed in June 2015; that is, after the PPP left office. It concluded in 2017. Could Mr. Williams explain how he “inherited” this case from the PPP Government?I hope Mr Williams would clarify the matters mentioned above as soon as possible. The public awaits with bated breath.Yours faithfully,Nandkumar Puranlast_img read more