In F2, she could be reunited with Lady Archers teammates Aby Maraño and Cha Cruz along with coach Ramil de Jesus.Pocari has signed up Gyzelle Sy, Melissa Gohing, Desiree Dadang and Fille Cayetano after inking a P4.6 million deal to retain Myla Pablo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH Ladies Open: Del Rosario heads local challenge ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books LATEST STORIES Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint 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 MOST READ View comments 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Michelle Gumabao of Pocari Sweat receives her citation and trophy after she is named Most Valuable Player for the Shakey’s V-League tilt in November 2016. TRISTAN TAMAYO / INQUIRER.netMichele Gumabao, a certified crowd-drawer and vital cog in Pocari Sweat’s back-to-back championships in the Shakey’s V-League, is reportedly keen on a new team—if not a new league.The comely open spiker, who helped La Salle in its UAAP title run—three titles in four seasons—several years back, has refused to sign a renewal deal with the Lady Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Gumabao, also an assistant coach of Adamson in the UAAP, is reportedly being pursued by F2 Logistics and Petron for the coming Philippine Superliga season.Sources said Gumabao had differences with team officials despite providing leadership to Pocari, which won the SVL Open and Reinforced Conferences, the latter at the expense of Bureau of Customs led by superstar Alyssa Valdez.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 returnSources said she’s looking for a team “that will bring out the best in her.”A stint with either the Cargo Movers or the Tri-Activ Spikers would bring her back to the PSL where she saw action for several teams like Philips Gold, Generika, AirAsia and PCSO. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’
Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ David, a two-time Scoring Champion, will provide the veteran leadership for the squad together with TY Tang and two-time PBA Most Valuable Player Willie Miller.They will be joined by amateur standouts Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, and Jett Manuel, as well as former Ginebra import Justin Brownlee and ex-NBA big man Hasheem Thabeet.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 returnDavid only played a game for Mahindra this conference, scoring a point in 11 minutes on the floor in the team’s 105-83 loss to Rain or Shine last November 30.The Floodbuster, though, placed him in the reserve list after the 38-year-old suffered a knee injury, rendering him inactive for the past two months. Phoenix nabs Dehesa from free agent pool PBA IMAGESGary David gets a chance to represent the country anew as he signed with Mighty Sports for the 2017 Dubai Invitational Basketball Tournament.The 6-foot-1 shooter secured his approval from Mahindra on Friday, allowing him to play in the tournament set to run from February 18 to 25.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite David, though, is expected to return to Mahindra after the Dubai tilt with the Floodbuster seeking to bounce back in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’
Far Eastern University-Diliman banked on Jack Gloria to upend Ateneo, 74-72, and clinch the remaining championship berth in the UAAP Season 79 juniors basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Gloria scored six of his 14 points in the payoff period and pulled down 11 rebounds in a double-double effort for the Baby Tamaraws. ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Louell Gonzales topscored for FEU-Diliman with 22 points while Kenji Roman also shot 14 points.Jason Credo scored 16 points while 6-foot-11 newcomer Kai Sotto had a career-high 16 points, including 12 in the second half for the Eaglets, who finished the season in third place. NU had earlier defeated No. 4 De La Salle-Zobel to make it to the championship round for the sixth straight season.ADVERTISEMENT Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Lausa set for UFC pay-per-view debut in New York Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown 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 FEU-Diliman will take on defending champion National University in the best-of-three title series starting Tuesday at the same San Juan venue.The Baby Tamaraws are in first championship stint since winning it all in 2012 under coach Mike Oliver at the expense of the Bullpups. 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“My players did great. They didn’t give up,” said FEU-Diliman coach Allan Albano. The second-ranked Baby Tamaraws started flat, as the Blue Eaglets opened the game with 10 straight points but the Diliman-based cagers got their rhythm going later on in the do-or-die match. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town
Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Nadal converted a break point in each set to secure his seventh straight clay-court victory.“It wasn’t a day where I took a lot of free points because the court was very heavy. But I was serving well, at a good speed, and changing directions well,” Nadal said. “I had the chance to hit my forehand after my serve and take control of the rallies.”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 returnNadal, a nine-time champion in Barcelona, will next face qualifier Hyeon Chung of South Korea, who defeated eighth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany 6-1, 6-4.The fifth-ranked Nadal is coming off his 10th title at the Monte Carlo Masters. The top-ranked Murray took nearly two hours to close out the 40th-ranked Lopez.“I didn’t feel so good at the start, but I played good tennis in some of the important moments,” Murray said.Murray will play the quarterfinal against Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who defeated fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.Ramos-Vinolas eliminated Murray in the third round in Monte Carlo despite trailing 4-0 in the deciding set.Murray was originally going to skip the Barcelona Open but decided to play after that loss to Ramos-Vinolas. He is looking to regain his form going into the French Open following a right elbow injury that kept him out of action earlier this year.ADVERTISEMENT Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Spieth and Palmer share lead at team event in New Orleans Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Kevin Anderson of South Africa during the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament in Barcelona, Spain. APBARCELONA, Spain — Defending champion Rafael Nadal defeated Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open while Andy Murray struggled to join him on Thursday (Friday Manila time).Murray had his hands full getting past Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-4.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Karen Khachanov of Russia defeated fifth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-4 to play the quarterfinal against Horacio Zeballos of Argentina, who topped Benoit Paire of France 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3).“I feel amazing,” the 20-year-old Khachanov said. “It’s the biggest win of my career.”In other third-round matches, fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria defeated Daniel Evans of Britain 7-6 (5), 6-2 to set up a quarterfinal against lucky loser Yuichi Sugita of Japan, who beat seventh-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-3, 6-3.“It was my best win. It’s unbelievable,” said the 91st-ranked Sugita, who entered the main draw only after countryman Kei Nishikori withdrew with a right wrist injury. “This was very important for my life.”Sugita is the first lucky loser to reach an ATP quarterfinal since Lucas Pouille reached the final four last year in Rome. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead MOST READ View comments Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A win by the Azkals will keep them in the lead in Group F, where the top two teams will qualify for the Asian Cup in 2019 in the United Arab Emirates.Tajikistan coach Khakim Fuzaylov said his team has no room for error against the Azkals.“This match is a six pointer,” said Fuzaylov. “We will play at home and have no right to make a mistake in front of our own fans.”The Azkals will miss Jeff Christiaens, Pika Minegishi and James Younghusband due to injuries, but top striker Javier Patiño, who is also coming off an injury, will be available for selection.Azkals coach Thomas Dooley, however, faces a dilemma in defense as Luke Woodland, who was converted to centerback, struggled against China. Dooley could opt for Dennis Villanueva again to pair up with Amani Aguinaldo at central defense.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 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 China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Foton, Cignal eye elimination-round sweep MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netThe Philippines is not in danger of missing out on the AFC Asian Cup, but the clash against Tajikistan on Tuesday night may feel like a do-or-die match for the Azkals.On the heels of a deflating 1-8 loss to China in a friendly last Wednesday in Guangzhou, the Azkals hope to regain their bearings against a Tajikistan side which is expected to be backed by 15,000 fans at Republican Central Stadium in Dushanbe.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in “We need this win just to take that China loss out of our system,” said Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband. The heavy defeat turned out to be a horror show as the Azkals were outclassed by the superior Chinese.But while Tajikistan is not in the same level as the Chinese, Younghusband said they still can’t afford to defend the way they did in their last outing.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“We can’t expect to get a result if we play that way,” he said.The Azkals opened their Asian Cup Qualifying campaign on a winning note, drubbing Nepal, 4-1, at home last March. But they are expected to have their hands full against a desperate Tajik side, which dropped its opener to Yemen, 1-2. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April
Love for young players Meanwhile, Bell’s love for young players goes far beyond coaching and is not restricted to his own team. It is not uncommon to see him rush to the assistance of an injured opponent or hug an opposing player, who just had a horrific moment and give him words of comfort and encouragement. Against Tarrant on Tuesday, Bell showed his selflessness, as he left his bench to help nurse Tarrant’s injured goalkeeper, Jonathan Currie, who could not continue, and with the help of another person assisted the player (by shoulder) to the bench. He then had comforting words for substitute goalkeeper, Demario Knight, who slipped and spilled the ball in his own goal with his only touch of the game in time added on. “I have seen Cristiano Ronaldo play badly, I have seen Messi missing a penalty, so these youngsters will play badly and they will miss easy goals. But I have a genuine love for these kids and they know I have their backs. I get upset like any other father, I shout at them like any other father but for most parts, I just want the best for these kids and we are trying to do that through sports,” he noted. Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell, the highly-regarded head football coach at St George’s College, says he has no desire to coach the national senior team, noting that he is comfortable at his alma mater and is focused on helping youngsters in their development. To this end, the coach said that he would be willing to assist with the Jamaica Football Federation’s (JFF) youth development efforts. The charismatic Bell has earned many admirers for his work with St George’s and many believe he can have a similar impact on the Reggae Boyz. He is, however, more interested in helping the national academy. “I appreciate it (that people believe I can help the national team). It’s a huge compliment, but I am comfortable where I am. I have told the JFF that I would help in any way. Maybe I can help at the JFF academy, I would get involved in that but I really don’t have that desire or time to coach the national team. It takes a lot of time and I would have to give up everything else I’m doing and I am not sure I want to do that now,” said Bell. Despite his impressive resume and the respect that he has earned from Jamaican football fans, the five-time Manning Cup winning coach insisted that his best work is with young players. “I am happy here (St. G. C). I don’t think I have any great ability, but if I have any it would be to motivate kids. Sometimes when I hear ‘big coach’, I feel good but I am certainly not the big coach, I just want to motivate these youngsters,” he continued.
Hydel Preparatory School outscored their opponents by more than 100 points to capture their 13th straight title at the JISA Tastee National Prep Champs at the National Stadium yesterday. The Ferry-based school tallied 310 points, 115 more than the second-place team, Vaz Prep, with 195. Emmanuel Christian Academy were the third spot with 123 points. Principal Ann Thompson-Bell said that this year’s victory is even more special as the school is celebrating its 25th anniversary. “It’s our 25th anniversary and, certainly, it has been a tremendous journey. It is really a special way to celebrate the milestone, “Thompson-Bell told The Sunday Gleaner. Nine-year-old Alexia Latore led the way for Hydel with 25 points in the 8-9 age group, winning the 100m and 150m and placing second in the long jump. Her overall performance was only bettered by 11-year-old Jounee Armstrong of Vaz Prep, who won three events to claim the Champion Girl title. Armstrong won the long jump with a leap of 5.76m, the 100m in 12.90 seconds, and the 200m in 26.21 seconds. On the boys’ side, Michael-Andre Edwards (9) of Emmanuel Christian and Edward Sterling (10) of Vaz both tallied 25 points in the hunt for the Champion Boy trophy. Edwards won the 100m in 13. 66 seconds, broke the long jump record with a distance of 5.11m, and finished second in the 150m clocking 20.32 seconds, while Sterling won the 200m, 400m, and placed second in the high jump. Several records were broken on the final day of the meet. Hydel broke their own record in the 4x100m for Class One girls with 50.64 seconds. The previous mark stood at 51.44 seconds. Emmanuel Christian, with Edwards on anchor, broke the Class Two Boys 4x100m record by almost a second with their 53.03 effort. The record was held by Hydel at 54.00 seconds.
…or punishing Opposition suPPPorters?The move by the PNC-led coalition Government to raise the rental and drainage costs on the MMA leases to rice farmers, is more than rubbing salt into the wound inflicted on them when nothing was done to regain the lucrative Venezuelan rice and paddy markets. The loss of that 200,000 plus tonnage that was sold at almost twice the world market price which now prevails, has ensured the cost of production is higher than the selling price our farmers now receive.So, the question is why would the Government choose NOW to add to the farmers cost of production by upping the rental costs of land by 600 per cent??!! Sure there’s a case for allowing the costs of rice-land rentals to rise to make up for inflation… but there’s an even more solid case against the increase when the “profits” from the rice produced is now below zero! Using its own logic, to make up for this “deflation” – even without sitting on its hands and ensuring the loss of the Venezuelan markets – the Government should lower the rentals!But like most of its moves, the action by the PNC-led Government isn’t based on economic rationality or even bureaucratic efficiency – it’s based on political vindictiveness. Rice farmers in general – like sugar workers – are supporters of the PPP and they’re seen as fair game to squeeze for its spending programme for the rest of the country. For years, the PNC had been complaining about these “low rentals” as it counted the “profits” the farmers were supposed to be making. Expect the tax man to turn the screw even further on these farmers to get blood from stone.That farmers were bringing in foreign exchange that had shot way past sugar, didn’t cut any ice with the PNC Government. Ditto for the farmers ensuring the price of this food-staple of all Guyanese was the lowest in the region. Since the farmers insisted on supporting the PPP, they had to be taught a condign lesson: the wages of being a PPP supporter is PRESSURE! The move harks back to the first PNC regime when they arbitrarily cancelled the lucrative rice contract with Cuba – and then insisted all rice be sold to their “Marketing Board”.They paid the farmers a pittance and sold the rice for massive profits on the world market. In effect, they imposed an implicit 118 per cent tax of rice farmers. And of course, brought the industry to its knees.But the PNC’s position then – as today – is there are many ways to skin a PPP supporter.So what if the entire country suffers? It’s only (PNC) politics!…on expected oil earningsSherwood Lowe’s usually a very pragmatic fella with his interventions in the Press. One of the technocrats brought into the PNC by Desmond Hoyte, he never succumbed to the hyperbolic excess of the dyed-in-the-wool political types. Until now. Noting Trotman’s suggestion that ExxonMobil prepay for future revenues, sank like the Titanic, he suggested we take out loans with our future revenues as collateral!!What was mind boggling wasn’t just ignoring why Exxon balked (who can predict “future revenues in such a volatile oil market?), but Lowe actually cited the disastrous experience of Ghana and Uganda with oil-collateralised borrowing!! The problem there was folks like Lowe raised such high transformational expectations from oil-revenues, the government was forced to deliver. But couldn’t repay for a host of contingent reasons they had no control over – such as lower than projected production and several costly technical problems.Lowe says we should treat those disasters as “cautions”, but proceed full steam ahead with the borrowing!Maybe Lowe has a lucky charm?…for BanksPrezzie was all agog at Republic Bank opening a new branch on the East Coast. Our history with the privatised banks after 1992, demonstrates that Branches in the country just suctions out the cash – but never intermediate it back to those communities!
As we have been reporting this year – March 12th – marks the 100th Anniversary of the cessation of indentured labour from India. During the 79 years of indentureship starting in 1838, the immigrants had been dubbed “bound coolies”. This perfectly described the way the sugar planters viewed them: as a group that would perform menial labour without any mobility away from the ambit of the plantation. And it’s more than an irony of history that at Wales, we have a recapitulation of the indenture experience going on.The essence of indentured labour was the contract that was signed by the “indentured servant” that was supposed to define the terms of his employment – hours of work, wages, hospitalisation, return passage to India etc. But more often than not, it was honoured in the breach leading to daily disputes between the labourers and the “overseers” and “drivers”. The unequally negotiated contract became a tool the planters used to ensure if the indentureds were not in the fields working, then the only excuse accepted was they were in hospital or in jail.Indentured labour is usually described as a transition device from slave labour to “free” labour, which state theoretically arrived after the last indentured labourers served out their contract by 1921. But it was a long and arduous – but ultimately futile – struggle waged by sugar workers for the premises of indentureship to be lifted from those that ran the industry. During the transition from slavery to indentureship, the remnants of the anti-slavery movement could be counted on to agitate in England when information on planter excess reached them. After indentureship, this task fell on the trade unions that were formed after 1939, when another protest by the workers ended in the police reading the riot act shooting and killing four and wounding dozens.At Wales, fifty years after independence from Britain, which was celebrated in grand style by the APNU/AFC government, the latter condescended to inform neither to the sugar workers nor their unions when they decided to shutter the plantation. How different was this from the days of indentureship when labour was a commodity, and who informs commodities of their fate?While the indentureship contract specified the hours of work to be seven and a half hours, “from dawn to dusk” was the reality. Today, even though the contract of the “free labour” specifies that if the employee is sent to work more than ten miles from his regular worksite, the employer is constructively breaking the contract, the government-run Guysuco insists that six-hundred cane-cutters must go daily to Uitvlugt, twenty-two miles away and not concede their demand for severance pay, which is due them for being effectively fired. The canecutters are seen as “bound coolies” with no control over their mobility.The truth is, Guysuco always knew the canecutters would refuse the “option” of working at Uitvlugt and their “offer” was made simply to allow the corporation to escape from its responsibility to pay the workers for constructively “severing” them. Uitvlugt suffered even more from the dynamics that operated at Wales and huge swaths of its lands had been abandoned while the factory is in no better shape that Wales, if that.Yet Guysuco is blithely claiming Uitvlugt could triple its production to 40,000 tons with the canecutters from Wales. Even if the cane were to be found to be cut, where would they be processed? The centrifuge, for instance, at Uitvlugt has been defected since the beginning of the decade, resulting in the yields being about half of Albion’s. Yet without even mentioning whether it will be fixed, production is projected to rise.Last week, we referred to Professor Frankfurt’s use of the word “bullshit” which is worse that a lie, since in the latter one knows the truth but is simply hiding it. At Wales, the government is simply bullshitting since they have absolutely no concern for the truth- they just want to sound “plausible” to escape culpability. There is no concern that they are dealing with the livelihood and lives of over six thousand persons. Even during indentureship, the planters were never this callous.
President Granger believes that the coalition deserves a “Grade A” for its performance, or in his words, “cleaning up the mess” inherited from the previous administration. But it’s difficult not to find such an assertion presumptuous. Quite audacious if you ask me.Through a local electronic media source, Granger insisted that the “progress [the coalition has] made in the last 21 months” was “phenomenal in terms of trying to make Guyana a law governed country” and that “the Guyanese people could look forward to a much improved quality of governance” by the end of his Government’s first term.What law-governed country he refers to remains a mystery, considering the multiplication of fatal crimes and their degeneration into forms of brutality we’ve hardly witnessed in recent years. Granger’s best response as to why Guyana, under his leadership, is under siege by brazen, murderous criminals, is to blame the former PPP/C administration. With a straight face, the President conveniently limits the current crime situation to the actions of those children who lived through the crime wave which hit Guyana in the early 2000s. Unsurprisingly, and in a manner befitting his penchant for rewriting history, Granger omits the basis on which the crime wave occurred, including the PNC’s involvement in arming criminals and fuelling the ethnic turmoil which marked this period of violence. His adamancy in admitting the Government’s current ineptitude in containing and repressing crime in Guyana, reflects a vision narrowed to one that is merely delusional and incomprehensible for a President who claims to want to wipe out crime. The resulting myopia is one which focuses on crime as a product of narcotics when in fact, crime is pillared by poverty. And it is this flawed approach in governance that has caused the steady increase in crime since 2015.The people’s frustration is the best barometer to measure and grade the Government’s performance, and the vigilantes bred by the said frustration are one of the indicators of the public’s lack of confidence in the rule of law and the police force. This decaying governance is reflected not only in the laissez-passer modus operandi of the Granger administration, which allows blatant corruption to attack democracy across the country in favour of party paramountcy, cronyism and nepotism, but is also demonstrated through the uneducated disdain of coalition leaders for the plight of the small woman and man.One will not revisit the counterproductive measures inflicted on human development and traditional income earning sectors, but instead will look to the attitudes of two coalition leaders in the persons of PNC member and corrupt Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase-Green who continues to trample civil rights and democracy, and AFC Region 3 Councillor, Mandy Sookdeo who was actively part of the vigilante that beat a petty thief to death in Good Hope just last week. This is the vision of Granger’s coalition members in a country where the economy has shrunk by almost half in less than two years (despite having attained stability with a 3-7% growth for the eight consecutive years preceding Granger’s installation); where poverty, paranoia and fear have birthed vigilantes; where loss of jobs continue to affect all sectors of the economy; where social disparities linked to irrational austerity measures are increasing; where corruption doesn’t bother hiding its face and where the growing number of protests are being backhanded by a Government that gives not two cents about democracy. Reminiscent of another era isn’t it?Indeed, it is Guyana’s regression that is “phenomenal” and so is its “quality of governance”. While continuity in governance entails highlighting the deficiencies inherited from previous administrations, but it also renders new governments responsible for enforcing stability and progress not only by remedying the weakness of past governments, but by building stronger institutions which allow for socio-economic and human development through inclusive and participatory democracy.It is truly pathetic that all President Granger and his party loyalists can do when cornered by criticism for the coalition’s gigantesque failures, is lament about those of the PPP/C and in so doing admit their incompetence in correcting same, instead of answering why after less than two years in Government, the majority of Guyanese cannot wait to rush to the polls in 2020.And it is in 2020 that the people will grade the Granger administration for the “phenomenal” disaster it has proven to be. Good luck with your Grade A President Granger. You won’t be getting mine.