As efforts to combat the spread of the Ebola Virus by means of transportation, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) in collaboration with Angie Brooks International Center for Women’s Empowerment (ABIC) has dedicated a polytank, provided reflective jackets, clorox, disinfectants, and spraying bottles to motorcyclists.Speaking at the dedication ceremony recently at the 20th Street Motor Cycle Parking Station in Sinkor, Monrovia, ABIC Administrator Jackie McCay said, the polytank was intended to ensure that motorcyclists observing the preventive measure of washing their hands frequently.She cautioned motorcyclists to be careful while transporting passengers from one destination to another, adding that they should be heroes for themselves.“Transport the people not the virus because you all can make a difference by observing those preventive measures to eradicate the EVD,” ABIC Administrator said.The United Nations Development Program, (UNDP) team leader for sustainable Economic Transformation, Dorsla Farcarthy who proxied for UNDP Country Director Kamil Kamaludeen, reaffirmed UNDP’s commitment to providing more support to the Government of Liberia.He said due to the organization’s commitment to the country, it has carried out numerous programs, and provided more support to the ABIC, Liberia National Police (LNP), Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and to several counties to fight against the killer disease.“I urge every one of you motorcyclists to use this polytank for the purpose of washing your hands frequently with chlorinated water and it is also our hope to extend the program to taxi drivers,” said Mr. Farcarthy.The motorcyclists thanked MOT, ABIC and UNDP for providing what they called a ‘safe zone’ that will enable them to be protected by washing their hands, having their temperatures tested, before riding their bikes.MOT Deputy Minister for Administration Bushuben Keita disclosed that the polytank will be dedicated at all motorcycle stations.He said currently twenty seven of the polytanks have been distributed to some motorcycle parking stations in Monrovia and there are plans to reach taxi and bus stations.He urged the motorcyclists to join the fight by knowing who to transport and that they should continue observing the preventive measures to keep them safe.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transport in collaboration with the Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) recently conducted a one day Ebola Prevention training of trainers’ workshop for motorcyclists at the Monrovia City Hall with over fifty participants,The workshop provided training for motorcyclists on the necessary Ebola preventive measures.The project was sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and implemented by MOT and ABIC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The National Association on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women, Girls and Children (NATPAH) has conducted a two-day capacity building workshop to enhance the protection of the rights of women and girls in the country.The two day training brought together 16 networking groups and held recently under the theme: “Enhancing the protection of the rights of women, girls and other discriminated groups in Liberia” at a local resort in Monrovia.Giving an overview of the event, Executive Director of NATPAH Mrs. Phyllis Nguma Kimba, asserted that the Swedish Project seeks to enhance the protection of the rights of women, girls and other discriminated groups in Liberia.She said the project’s total cost is put at US$3millon, and it is expected to run for 5 years, adding that it is being implemented in 4 counties including Montserrado, Gbapolu, Bong and Grand Gedeh County.“In five years, we will reach out to over 5,000 persons, including women, girls and children, as well as, most at risk populations in 45 communities in Montserrado, Grand Gedeh, Gbapolu and Bong Counties,” Mrs. Nguma-Kimba disclosed.She named the Liberian Women Empowerment Network (LIWEN), and Stop AIDS In Liberia (SAIL) as resource partners to the Sida interventions.Also speaking at the event, Ministry of Justice (MOJ) Human Rights Division focal person, Mr. Kutaka D. Togbah, reaffirmed the Ministry’s commitment to protecting the rights of every individual within the borders of Liberia, regardless of their religion, culture and ethnicity.“We will protect the rights of every person in Liberia because it is fundamental to human existence,” Mr. Togbah said. The gathering was jointly organized by two distinct organizations working with women and girls and supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), through Actionaid Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
If there were ever a time when we needed hope for the nation of Liberia, it is now. At a time when corruption is so rampant at every level of society; when the economy is as tight as a contraction; when a general air of hopelessness just hangs over the country like a dark and menacing cloud; when survival is the name of the game. We need hope now. We need a vision we can believe in and work towards. The perfect time to deliver such hope was at the marking of Liberia’s 168th Independence Day. And the orator, Ambassador Charles Minor, delivered.While he dealt at great depth with the entrenched problems facing the nation, he delivered a message of hope that every Liberian can hold on to at this hour in our beloved Liberia. Minor’s message of hope cut across societal class lines – from the Executive branch to the yanna boy – and covered every facet of the nation – the governance factor, the economic factor, the human resource factor and even the personal development factor. He envisioned a leadership that is people-focused and not self-centered or graft driven. The former Liberian ambassador to the United States envisioned a Liberia that is self-sustaining. A Liberia that grows its own food in sufficient amounts to consume and export; a Liberia that produces value-added products for its local and export markets. A Liberia whose mindset has changed gear from the idea that the best job is in the office doing practically nothing, to the realization that the best job is one that makes a tangible, positive impact on the development of the nation. Minor envisioned an educated Liberia that dominates the job market in its own country; a highly developed Liberia as a direct result of a highly educated populace.What is so powerful about Minor’s vision is that it is home grown – Made in Liberia. Not a one-size-fits-all dream imported from elsewhere and super-imposed on an African nation that can barely walk in it. It is contextualized and custom made to fit our particular needs and environment. It is achievable and absolutely sustainable. But he even went further to address those who may have fallen between the cracks despite their best efforts and lost hope. Indeed, hopelessness can drive people to the depths of vice; and when the hopeless outnumber the hopeful, as the case may be, that is dangerous for the stability of a nation-state. The Independence Day orator offered hope to those who, although they would rather work than steal, are nonetheless eking out a living on the margins of society, selling chewing gum and expired biscuits on the streets: “And to you, strong young men and women, who are walking up and down the streets of our main cities and towns selling chewing gum because you have yet to cultivate the skills to attract a remunerative wage paying jobs, offer to become an apprentice and accept a minimum wage today so that tomorrow, you will have acquired some skills to improve your capacity to obtain a decent job…“…Poverty need not be in your future. As human beings, we are endowed by our maker with great gifts of self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. And our imagination is extremely powerful. It transforms lives, it has sent man to the Moon and today man is planning to vacation in outer space. Our endowments also provide us boundless energy and enthusiasm… They enable us not to be constrained by circumstances. Do not retain the attitude of hopelessness. Knock it off…“We can work within our circle of influence and, with a sense of personal worth and self-assurance, our inner drive and our creative imagination can catapult us from being street vendors to becoming merchants of Greenville and Barclayville, with our own stores and inventories; from being market woman selling tomatoes grown in Cote d’Ivoire to becoming vegetables and fruits producing farmers…“I vision car loaders with imagination and vision one day becoming owners of taxi cabs. Achieving those lofty goals, however, depends upon ourselves, not on our Government; achieving such goals depends on our own self-image; our creative imagination, our ability to be transparent and accountable, our willingness to re-pay our loans; and our taking advantage of pivotal opportunities in our lives.”Ambassador Minor’s vision for a new Liberia should give hope to every Liberian; and every Liberian should take courage, be inspired and join forces to build the developed nation we wish to see in our lifetime.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station “This is very big you know we always play catch up basketball but we kept fighting and I’m happy,” said Standhardinger. “At the end of the day, we were victorious.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ McCullough says he just ‘tried to get everybody up’ during curse-filled SMB timeout Vaccinated but still infected with polio? What happened? Duque explains LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer View comments Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian MANILA, Philippines—It took some time for Christian Standhardinger to make a huge impact for San Miguel in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT The top overall pick of the 2017 PBA Draft was pedestrian for most of the conference, averaging just 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds prior to the Beermen’s opening game of the Commissioner’s Cup semifinals against Rain or Shine.Seemingly hidden within San Miguel’s schemes, Standhardinger went largely unnoticed since the Elasto Painters focused more on five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsStandhardinger, though, made Rain or Shine pay when he had his best game of the conference with 20 points, on 8-of-10 shooting, and eight rebounds.“You know it’s not about the points, I was just trying to do my job and I’m happy I was able to be efficient for my team today,” said Standhardinger with a humble tone Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Benefits of township living Standhardinger was also vital in San Miguel’s late-game surge when he scored nine of his total points in the payoff period.Fajardo, meanwhile, went for nine points and nine rebounds the whole game but it didn’t matter since Standhardinger took control of the paint for San Miguel.Standhardinger said that the Game 1 win was crucial for them especially with how Rain or Shine controlled the match from the get-go, even starting off with a 20-7 lead early in the first quarter.The Elasto Painters still held fort in the third with a 66-59 lead off of Carl Montgomery’s dunk with 7:29 to play in the period.San Miguel, however, fought back at the end of the third and took 85-83 lead en route to shutting down Rain or Shine in fourth.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists
Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown True enough, the HD Spikers are more experienced and more matured coming into the Invitationals.Gonzaga, Paat, Robins-Hardy and Roselyn Doria, in fact, are coming off a successful stint with the Philippine team in the first leg of the Asean Grand Prix.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China Also seeing action on opening day are Marinerang Pilipina, which takes on Generika-Ayala at 2 p.m., and Foton, which collides with Sta. Lucia in the 4 p.m. second game.Opening ceremonies, meanwhile, are set on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4With a powerful roster composed of Filipino-American setter Alohi Robins-Hardy and veteran Jovelyn Gonzaga, Rachel Anne Daquis, Mylene Paat and Jheck Dionela, the HD Spikers made heads turn when they dethroned Petron and set up that clash with the Cargo Movers.Although it fell, Cignal still made a strong statement that it is ripe to finally win a title. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘People evacuated on their own’ Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Going for Lucky 13 LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees And Daquis admitted that there is pressure entering this brand-new conference.“Yes, there is pressure. It will always be there,” said the comely skipper, who also serves as league ambassador.“But we’re not letting that pressure get into our heads. We’re just focused on one goal and that is to win the championship.”Daquis added that their failed title run serves as a major morale boost for them here.“Coming from a successful run in the All-Filipino Conference, the experience made us realize that we could do anything for as long as we put our hearts and minds into it.”ADVERTISEMENT BACOOR CITY—After an impressive run that fell just short of a championship last conference, Cignal opens its bid in the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference against PLDT Tuesday at the Bacoor Strike gym here.Action starts at 6 p.m. with the HD Spikers hoping to pick up where they left off, when they dragged powerhouse F2 Logistics to the distance in the all-Filipino title series.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments
“I was looking forward to seeing a full stadium for such a historic match but was disappointed to see there were no fans in the stands,” he said in an interview published on the FIFA website.“We were surprised by this and by several issues related to its live broadcast and problems with visas and access for foreign journalists.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4No foreign media were at the game — the first competitive men’s match to be played in Pyongyang between the two sides, whose countries are still technically at war.Frustrated South Korean fans who were not permitted to travel to the game will have to wait days to see it on television after officials bring back a DVD recording. LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images “For us, freedom of the press and freedom of speech are obviously paramount, but on the other hand it would be naive to think we can change the world from one minute to the next,” Infantino said.The match comes in the wake of a series of North Korean missile tests that raised tensions in the region, and after the breakdown of talks with the US over Pyongyang’s weapons programs.It is a far cry from the cross-border warmth of last year, when South Korean President Moon Jae-in seized on the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to broker the Pyongyang-Washington discussion process.The only simple way to follow the match, which the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) had billed as “one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures” for years, was a limited online text commentary posted on the FIFA and AFC websites.Meanwhile, North Korean state media did not offer much in the way of colorful description in its report on the match.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist In this photo provided by the Korea Football Association, South and North Korean, wearing red uniforms, players play during their Asian zone Group H qualifying soccer match for the 2022 World Cup at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. South Korea soccer officials say they can’t see a telecast of the historic World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang between their national team and North Korea, and think the game was proceeding at an empty Kim Il Sung Stadium. (The Korea Football Association via AP)FIFA president Gianni Infantino said he was “disappointed” after attending a historic but bizarre World Cup qualifier between North and South Korea that had empty stands and no live broadcast.The rare match in the North Korean capital ended 0-0 on Tuesday, with Infantino one of the few people allowed to see the surreal game play out at Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea PLAY LIST 01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Aldin Ayo mum on Rhenz Abando benching in UST win over UP “The game of attacks and counterattacks ended in a draw,” summarized the official Korean Central News Agency in a two-line dispatch.Infantino said he and his team had raised questions of free press and speech with North Korea’s football association.“We will certainly keep pushing so that football can have a positive influence in (North) Korea… and other countries around the world,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption View comments LATEST STORIES Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
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Banahaw DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Bill Russell finally accepts Basketball Hall of Fame ring UP NEXTKings: Host the Boston Celtics on Sunday.Lakers: Host the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ But when the Lakers needed a big defensive play at the buzzer, Davis got both hands around it.James hit two free throws with 5.5 seconds to play, and Davis blocked Harrison Barnes’ driving shot at the buzzer with two hands to end Los Angeles’ 99-97 victory over former coach Luke Walton and the Kings on Friday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Davis had only 17 points in his second lowest-scoring performance for the Lakers, but he came through late to seal their 10th win in 11 games. Davis had little rhythm with the ball in his hands, so James consciously took the lead on offense while Davis waited for the chance to back him up.“It definitely increases my mindset defensively,” said Davis, who sat out the previous game to rest his sore right shoulder. “When the shot’s not falling, I try to do the other things to help the team win.” Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter of the Western Conference-leading Lakers’ third straight win despite a spirited effort by the undermanned Kings.The Lakers led 95-90 with three minutes left after Caldwell-Pope’s third 3-pointer, but Bogdan Bogdanović scored five straight points to tie it. James hit a layup with 1:50 left, but Bogdanović eventually replied with a tying layup with 22 seconds to play.Barnes fouled James on the perimeter, and the shaky free-throw shooter smoothly hit both of his shots. Barnes then tried to drive for a tying shot, but Davis got his fourth block of the night in two-handed style while the Kings hoped in vain for a foul call on moderate contact.“We played it to perfection,” James said. “When you have a shot-blocker the caliber of (Davis) protecting the rim, that just makes it that much tougher on Harrison.”Buddy Hield had 21 points and eight rebounds, and Bogdanović added 18 points for the Kings in the LA return of Walton, who was fired by the Lakers last April after presiding over three consecutive losing seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “One call changed the whole game, you know,” said Hield, who appeared to be furious with the no-call at the buzzer. “Could have gone either way. It be like that sometimes when the home team is favored all the time, especially when you’re in LA. … We’ve got something good going here, but this game, we should have won. I think we just got it stolen away from us.”Sacramento nearly pulled off the upset despite playing without De’Aaron Fox, who missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle, and Trevor Ariza, who sat out with a sore groin.“We had some open looks we didn’t knock down, but that is a big, talented team, and I thought our guys were light on numbers,” Walton said. “We had to put guys in that hadn’t played much at all, and everyone that checked in fought and competed.”POSTER QUALITYJames posted the highlight of the night in the second quarter with a drive and a high-flying dunk right on top of Nemanja Bjelica, who had regrettably tried to draw a charge.“(James) saw a lane and put it on his head,” Davis said. “That’s what LeBron does.”LUKE’S RETURNWalton’s pregame introduction was greeted with an indistinguishable mix of boos and cheers of “Luuuuuke” for the coach who took over the Lakers in 2016. The former Lakers forward’s teams posted three straight improved records, but his performance wasn’t rated highly by former Lakers boss Magic Johnson or by general manager Rob Pelinka, who fired Walton just five days after Magic’s surprise resignation last April.“This is why this job is fun,” Walton said. “It’s fun, it’s stressful, it’s hard, but this is what you, as a competitor, you love to do. And to be back in your old building and playing against the team you used to coach and play for, it’s exciting.”TIP-INSKings: Cory Joseph scored two points on 1-for-9 shooting in 23 minutes during his second start for the Kings. … Ariza had treatment and painkilling shots over the past 24 hours, but the Kings decided to hold him out. … Richaun Holmes scored nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter.Lakers: Alex Caruso scored a season-high 10 points for the Lakers while playing extra minutes in place of injured starter Avery Bradley, who is out for at least a week with a hairline fracture in his right leg. Bradley got hurt Nov. 3 at San Antonio, but played four more games in pain before the injury was diagnosed. … Caldwell-Pope started in Bradley’s spot and went 1 for 4 in the first three quarters before he found his shot. Caruso started 1 for 6, but got back-to-back layups in the third quarter on passes from James. Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, blocks a shot by Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, left, in the last second of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. The Lakers won 99-97. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES — After just 12 games together, Anthony Davis and LeBron James already know how to share the workload in their formidable partnership.Davis struggled to find his offensive game against Sacramento, so James did most of the heavy lifting with 29 points and 11 assists.ADVERTISEMENT
MOST READ Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China He helped the Grizzlies to their first playoff series win in 2011, when the stunned the San Antonio Spurs. They reached the Western Conference finals in 2013.The Grizzlies announced in 2017 that they will retire Randolph’s jersey.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next When Pops met Martin’s son Santino “I gave this game my all, and it gave everything back and more,” the 38-year-old tweeted.One love. 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/aZmUTbD2eSFEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4— Zach Randolph (@MacBo50) December 28, 2019 Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee View comments Randolph selected 19th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2001 NBA draft, ends his career with 18,578 points and 10,208 rebounds.He was a two-time All-Star and was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player after the 2003-04 season.After leaving Portland he played for the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Grizzlies and Kings.His parting statement thanked all of those teams for contributing to his “incredible journey.”“Special thank you to the Memphis Grizzlies and the entire city which I will forever call my home,” added Randolph, who teamed with Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Tony Allen on Memphis teams that became known as some of the toughest in the league.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations (FILES) In this file photo taken on May 08, 2015 Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrates after making a basket against the Golden State Warriors during Game three of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee (Photo by ANDY LYONS / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Zach Randolph, who starred on the “grit and grind” Memphis Grizzlies teams that made seven straight NBA playoff appearances from 2011-2017, called time on his 17-year career on Saturday.The big man nicknamed Z-Bo announced his retirement on Twitter the day after scoring eight points in 15 minutes on the floor for the Sacramento Kings in a loss to the Detroit Pistons.ADVERTISEMENT Spurs unleash 18 3-pointers to torch Pistons ‘People evacuated on their own’ SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday
…PNC GovtThe Opposition Leader dubbed the PNC-Government “duplicitous” for their stance on the Appellate Court’s rulings from last week. But isn’t that term redundant? Or more to the point, a “tautology”?? Meaning that the PNC has been so “two faced”, “deceitful” and “double dealing” from its birth that, to Guyanese, they verily are a metaphor for trickery and backstabbing!! As in the riposte to the fella who inveigled his mother to transfer her house to him, and then tossed her into the streets: “Bannuh, yuh like real PNC!!”Wasn’t Burnham the biggest “anti-colonialists” in the 1953 PPP, who rabidly cussed out the British and helped precipitate their ouster by Churchill. But then turned around and sold out Guyana and his comrades to support the CIA and the Brits by launching a “more moderate” PNC?? And once in power, didn’t they turn around, thumb their noses at the Americans, and joined in the socialist bloc to facilitate sending Cuban troops to Angola??It’s in the PNC blood…so rigging elections, assassinating opponents, and nationalising private property – even as they boasted about “democracy” — were just giving expressing to their innate nature. Your Eyewitness is more disposed to calling them “forked tongue”, since while that also means saying one thing and meaning another, it evokes the “forked tongue” of snakes, which are known for their treachery — and eagerness to strike! So this latest slimy betrayal merely confirms that Granger – who was there, along with Hamilton Green from the 1960s – is keeping his promise to fulfil the “legacy” of Burnham. Treachery!!But as citizens of our country, with whom ultimate sovereignty and power lies, it’s our duty to confront the Leviathan whenever and wherever they break our contract with them – as adumbrated in our sacred text, the Constitution. The PNC Govt cannot, on one hand, say they’re now the legitimate Government because the Appellate Court ruled that the NCM needed 34 seats to be passed, and ignore the same court’s ruling that dual citizens cannot sit in the National Assembly!! This is a forked tongue that must be excised!!Article 155 (1) is clear: “No person shall be qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly who – (a) is by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state…” Carl Greenidge, who qualified for British citizenship as a child, said in January he was waiting for a decision in the High Court to make a decision.But even though the High Court AND the Appellate Court ruled he was disqualified, he’s now even acted as President and says he’s “waiting on his lawyer”.PNC forked tongue wagging!!…on ParliamentIn addition to Carl Greenidge, the other dual citizens from the Govt benches are Rupert Roopnaraine and Dominic Gaskin, who all hold British citizenship. And the Govt just announced they’ll all be attending the session in the National Assembly that has been scheduled for April 11. The Opposition, who won’t be attending, have already promised they’ll obey the Constitution and not have any dual citizens as MPs.Greenidge has raised the issue that, as a child, his “oath of allegiance to a foreign flag” might be questionable…but Justice George in the High Court struck down that point. She showed that merely accepting the foreign passport is constructively an “acknowledgement of allegiance” prohibited by Art 155 (1). The President’s son-in-law, Gaskin, will probably use the same excuse. So what will Roopnaraine’s be??Some believe that at the April 11 sitting, the PNC benches might try to alter Art 155 (1) that bars dual citizens.But by Art 164 (1), that’ll need a “majority of all elected members of the Assembly”: 34 votes according to our Appellate Court!! Ha!!…on briberyOne member of the ERC used his Chronic column to cite Charrandas’s (who’s Hindu) vote in the NCM to point out that the Bible forbids bribery.Did your Eyewitness miss where it was proven that Charrandas was bribed??
…PNC bullyismGECOM Chair Justice (retired) Claudette Singh finally ended her Hamlet-like agonising (“to announce or not to announce”) elections timelines! And allowed that GECOM will be ready to hold elections at the end of February 2020. To continue with the analogy from yesterday, she didn’t have to cut the baby of elections into two but only because the PPP, which returned democracy to Guyana in 1992, decided that democracy was more important than coming out into the streets like the PNC to protest the traducing of the Constitution by Granger and Co.Does anyone out there believe the PNC would’ve been as patient with the patently ridiculous manoeuvres they deployed to delay the 3-month NCM elections date by a full year, if it were the PPP?? We saw the PNC in 1997 unleash violence in the streets when they only CLAIMED the elections were rigged – and forced the PPP to truncate their term of office by 2 years. Now once again, the PPP has gotten the short end of the stick for observing the norms of parliamentary democracy and not resorting to PNC-type actions.This PNC Government life has now ended…but don’t expect them to act in any way different than if they had just gotten a new mandate to govern. And that’s exactly how they’ll view the GECOM Chair’s date: as a licence for Granger to go even beyond the end of Feb date and be brazen enough to proclaim elections in May 2020. Imitating Burnham’s brazen post-1968 riggings.But today is a new day, where the US and western interests are now economic with the discovery of oil. They can’t afford to encourage an undemocratic government – especially when they’ve pulled out all the stops against one usurper next door in Venezuela. So, to their credit, the US, UK and the EU finally broken their silence. They fired the following broadside against the PNC Government:“However, we deeply regret that by surpassing September 18, the Government is currently in breach of the Constitution following its failure to adhere to the decisions of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on 18 June and its subsequent orders”.This situation comes at great cost to the people of Guyana. The prevailing political uncertainty undermines Guyanese institutions, compromises economic opportunities and delays development across all areas— including infrastructure, education, health, and social services. It also hinders our ability to support Guyana’s development needs.We therefore call upon the President to set an elections date immediately in full compliance with Guyana’s constitution”.But that can’t be any old date. “Full compliance” means elections by Sept 18. But, of course, that’s impossible. The PPP Commissioners suggested November.Nothing later will do!!…and what now??The PNC Executive – the President and Cabinet – is now illegal. The “Government” – which isn’t coterminous with the Executive— continues since there are governmental functions which must be maintained for the nation’s business to continue. In Guyana, the Executive has unfortunately has dominated the Government like a colossus – ever since Burnham created the “Executive Presidency” to pander to his megalomania – and folks conflate the two.Guyanese must look at the model at Westminster where Permanent Secretaries take care of the minutiae of quotidian governance. In any case, all of this is handled through explicit “Caretaker Conventions”, which Granger and company should get familiar with. What it means for sure is that all the so call “outreaches” must cease forthwith. And all those high-priced fancy SUV’s purchased since June 18, must be returned immediately.ExxonMobil would be well advised to delay first oil until AFTER the elections, so as not to be seen as giving any advantage to the caretaker Government.Caretakers can only MAINTAIN the property – not collect rentals to be used!!… GrangerGranger has ceased to be a “de jure” President, that is, existing as a result of law, and has become a “de facto” President – i.e. as a result of fact other than law.In his case, the fact of shamelessness!!