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NU strengthens UAAP Final Four bid, downs UE

first_imgJaja Santiago (3) of National University celebrates with her teammates during their game against University of the East. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STNational University bolstered its Final Four bid after dispatching of University of the East, 25-15, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Bulldogs improved to 6-4, tying idle University of Santo Tomas in the third and fourth spots while the Lady Warriors slid to a woeful 1-9 slate.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t want to be super positive that we can still get the higher seeds, we just have to accept the truth, accept the fact that it will be tough to get to the No.2 seed. Santiago was dominant against the Lady Warriors as she led NU with 23 points, 20 off spikes, while Jorelle Singh and Risa Sato combined for 27.NU’s constant offense bombarded UE with 52 scoring spikes as compared to the latter’s 31. Shaya Adorador had 16 points to lead UE.ADVERTISEMENT ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Thai Sor Rungvisai stuns Gonzales for super flyweight title MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Middle blocker Jaja Santiago scored the Lady Bulldogs’ last three points despite being stationed in the back row.NU head coach Roger Gorayeb chose not to field in a libero in the final set that forced Santiago to be positioned in unfamiliar territory. 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 returnGorayeb, whose team now holds a stable position in the standings, said they have to settle for either the third or fourth seeds with Ateneo (9-1) and La Salle (7-2) taking solid footholds on the top two positions.“We’re still in contention for the Final Four, but this is the time when everything’s on the line,” said Gorayeb. “No one can bring down Ateneo and La Salle in the top two.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media View commentslast_img read more

Balanced Hawks hold off Wizards, tie series 2-all

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) works against Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris (5) in the first half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday, April 24, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — Paul Millsap bounced back from a sluggish start to score 19 points, Dwight Howard had his best game of the postseason and the Atlanta Hawks pulled away from the Washington Wizards 111-101 Monday night to even the opening-round playoff series at 2-all.Howard, who was a non-factor through the first three games, had a double-double by halftime and finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home 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 Gavina calls out Mallari anew: ‘Sometimes he’s a detriment’center_img Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ The Hawks got double-figure scoring from seven players, including huge contributions off the bench from Kent Bazemore and Jose Calderon.Bradley Beal scored 32 points, bouncing back from a dismal performance in Game 3, and John Wall had another stellar performance with 22 points and 10 assists.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 returnBut those two, as good as they were, couldn’t match a more balanced approach by the Hawks.Now, a series marked by ill feelings that went so far as Markieff Morris calling Millsap “a crybaby” is down to a best-of-three. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Washington. Schroder ended up with 18 points after going scoreless in the first half, spending most of it on the bench after picking up three quick fouls.The Wizards avoided the dismal start that essentially ruined their hopes in Game 3 before the first quarter was done.With Beal finally knocking down some jumpers, Washington shot nearly 58 percent in the opening period and built a 35-28 lead.Schroder’s foul troubles put the burden on Calderon, who responded brilliantly. Of course, it helped that Howard finally made an appearance in the series.Having taken only 15 shots and scored 18 points in the first three games, he carried the load with Millsap struggling in the first half and Schroder watching from the bench. The enigmatic center had thunderous dunks on back-to-back possessions that really got the home crowd into the game.Bazemore also played a huge role in the first-half turnaround, scoring 10 points to go along with five assists and even playing the point for a couple of minutes to give Calderon a rest.TIP-INSWizards: Otto Porter Jr. was able to play after leaving Game 3 with a strained neck. He scored 13 points. … Bojan Bogdanovic was the only other Washington player in double figures, also with 13 points. … Kelly Oubre Jr. picked up three fouls in five minutes during the first half. … Marcin Gortat had 18 rebounds.Hawks: Howard has scored at least 10 points in 80 career playoff games. … The Hawks averaged 62 points in the first half of the two games at Philips Arena. … With 11 points, Taurean Prince became the first Hawks rookie to reach double-figures in his first four playoff games since Pete Maravich did it in five straight in 1971. … Among those in the crowd: Hall of Famer Julius Erving, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and at least three members of the Atlanta Falcons: Devonta Freeman, Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments LATEST STORIES Bazemore scored 16 points and doled out seven assists, while the 35-year-old Calderon, picked up on waivers late in the regular season, chipped in with 10 points and five assists.Calderon came up with a huge play as the Hawks began to stretch their lead. Leading a fast break after a Wizards turnover, he passed off to Tim Hardaway Jr. on the wing for a drive to the hoop.Hardaway’s shot spun out, but the 6-foot-3 Calderon tipped it in for an 89-81 lead. The Spaniard pumped his fist and took off back the other way, screaming in delight.Millsap and Dennis Schroder stretched the margin on back-to-back possessions.Millsap grabbed an offensive rebound and managed to get the shot off while falling on his backside. The ball dropped in and he added the free throw for a 3-point play. Schroder followed with a 3-pointer, giving the Hawks a 103-93 lead with 4½ minutes to go.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Gilas deals Myanmar 107-point thumping to open Seaba

first_imgView comments Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Calvin Abueva topscored for the Philippines with 22 points, six rebounds, five steals, and four assists, while Allein Maliksi got 20 markers and five boards.Rookies also impressed in the opening day win, with Roger Pogoy had 17 points, six boards, and four dimes, Jio Jalalon nabbing a double-double of 13 markers, 10 assists, and six rebounds, and Matthew Wright heating up in the second half with 12 points on a 4-of-7 shooting from threes.Gilas now gears up for its game against Singapore on Saturday.Wana Aung paced Myanmar with 12 points on 2-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Merciless from the get-go, Gilas kept its foot on the gas pedal in the ensuing periods.“I know there’s a lot of things, a lot of talk around this game, and around this campaign. But we just talked about in our pregame that we just need to not worry about the extraneous things that are going on and focus on what we need to do to get the job done,” Gilas head coach Chot Reyes said.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“The only thing that we were really concerned about in this ball game was our hustle numbers. That was our only focus.”Gilas out-rebounded Myanmar, 57-33, had 25 steals, 12 blocks, and scored 77 fastbreak points in the dominant win. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNo one in the Gilas Pilipinas coaching staff even bothered to stand as the Philippine national team hardly broke a sweat in a 147-40 victory over Myanmar to open its 2017 Seaba Championship campaign Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.A heavy underdog, Myanmar’s hopes of a monumental upset was quickly crushed in a matter of minutes as Jayson Castro William opened the game for the hosts with a lay-up, triggering a tidal wave of baskets which gave the Philippines a 17-0 lead midway through the first quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos NU uses big 3rd quarter, rallies past Arellano Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte PHILIPPINES 147 – Abueva 22, Maliksi 20, Pogoy 17, Fajardo 14, Jalalon 13, Rosario 13, Wright 12, Aguilar 11, Blatche 11, Romeo 6, Almazan 6, Castro William 2.MYANMAR 40 – Wana 12, M. P. Aung 8, Zaya 6, P. W. Aung 3, Tin 3, Sai 2, Thant 2, Sei 2, Kaung 2, Wai 0, T. O. Thein 0, H. Thein 0.Quarters: 32-7, 66-12, 110-29, 147-40.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’last_img read more

Another tough task for WI

first_img Ambris, too, has scored heavily in both the first-class and one-day competition this year, making it hard for selectors to ignore him. Nevertheless, they join a batting line-up that struggled in the three-match Afghanistan series earlier this month and which needs a significant boost in order to start producing in the series. Jason Mohammed, the Windies’ most consistent batsman this year, has had lean returns recently, with just nine runs in his three outings, and Evin Lewis has had starts but has still not passed 33. WEST INDIES: (from) Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kyle Hope, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams. ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Struggling West Indies face powerhouses India in the pivotal third One-Day International here today, desperately needing a victory to halt the rot and make an actual contest of the five-match series. They enter the first game of the double header at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground 1-0 down following their 105-run defeat in the second ODI in Trinidad last Sunday, and another defeat here will allow India to put one hand on the series trophy. The defeat at Queen’s Park Oval ­ after the first game was rained out ­ highlighted perfectly the gulf between the two teams. In a game reduced to 43 overs per side because of rain, India piled up 310, and West Indies stuttered and stumbled their way to 205 for six in reply. With much left in the series to play for, however, captain Jason Holder urged improvement, especially from his bowlers. “We’re only 1-0 down after the first game was rain-interrupted. It’s just obviously a situation where we need to tighten up a bit more on our bowling,” the 25-year-old all-rounder said. SQUAD CHANGES In an attempt to turn around their fortunes, West Indies have made two changes to their 13-man squad from the Trinidad double header, calling up the uncapped pair of Kyle Hope and Sunil Ambris at the expense of the out-of-form duo of Kieran Powell and Jonathan Carter. Opener Hope, the 28-year-old brother of Windies star Shai Hope, could make his debut in Powell’s absence, and Holder said that he would be an asset to the side. “He brings youthful exuberance. He’s an energetic fielder and; obviously, a very good player,” Holder pointed out.last_img read more

Hetmyer, Dowrich shine for Windies

first_img Breathtaking strokes LEICESTER, England (CMC): Rookie Shimron Hetmyer produced a stunning unbeaten century, while wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich also chipped in with three figures, as West Indies dominated the opening day of their two-day match against Leicestershire yesterday. The 20-year-old left-hander struck 128 not out at better than a run-a-ball as the Windies registered 377 for seven declared off 88 overs, after winning the toss and electing to bat at Grace Road. Dowrich also made the most of his opportunity, scoring 108 not out off 176 balls with 16 fours as he regained touch in the lead-up to the decisive third Test at Lord’s next week. He added an unbroken stand of 186 with Hetmyer for the eighth wicket after West Indies’ innings seemed to be petering out tamely at 191 for seven in the final session. Earlier in the day, left-handed opener Kieran Powell also tuned up with a stroke-filled 82. He faced 154 balls and hit 12 fours and a huge six over midwicket. However, the day belonged to the exciting Hetmyer, who made his Test debut against Pakistan earlier this year, but is yet to feature in the ongoing Test series against England. Coming at number nine in just his third innings on tour, Hetmyer hit 17 fours and five sixes in just over two hours off 120 balls. He treated spectators to an array of breathtaking strokes on both sides of the wicket, reaching his half century off 49 balls with nine fours and two sixes. He then accelerated to raise his century off 100 balls, counting 12 fours and five sixes – two of which came in the same over from off-spinner Robert Sayer. After reaching the landmark, Hetmyer continued to dominate and the declaration came in fading light as he cracked three boundaries in the final over of the day from left-arm pacer Dieter Klein.last_img read more

My records will stand for 20 years – Bolt … Icon also concerned about Jamaican sprinting

first_imgKYOTO, Japan (AP): Iconic Jamaican sprinting star Usain Bolt is confident his best times can remain world records for decades and admits that things aren’t looking good for Jamaican sprinting. The only sprinter to capture the 100m and 200m track titles at three consecutive Olympics, Bolt retired last month after the World Championships in London. He holds the world record of 9.58 seconds in the 100m and 19.19 in the 200m – both set in Berlin in 2009. “I think (they’re) going to last a while,” Bolt said during a promotional event in Japan on Tuesday. “I think our era with Yohan Blake, Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell and all these guys was the best era of athletes. If it was going to be broken, it would have been broken in this era, so I think I have at least 15 to 20 more years.” Bolt’s farewell major meet didn’t go to plan in London. After a surprising third-place finish in the 100m behind Americans Gatlin and Christian Coleman, Bolt’s last race ended in the anguish of an injured hamstring while anchoring Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team. Jamaica’s team struggled generally at the championships winning only one gold medal – a disappointing haul given its success in the last decade. Bolt said his country’s young athletes will have to step up now that he’s gone. “The biggest thing with Jamaica now is if the youngsters want it,” Bolt said. “Over the years, one thing I’ve learned is you have to want to be great. If you don’t want to be great, it won’t happen.” “I’ve noticed a lot of the young athletes, as soon as they get their first contract and start making money, they really just don’t care as much anymore,” Bolt said. “A lot of them are satisfied with getting their first contract, going out and making their first team. If they are satisfied with that, then we’re in trouble. “Hopefully, a few of these young guys are going to be hungry and want to be great and if we get those guys we will be OK but so far, it is not looking good.” As for the next biggest star in track, Bolt said he doesn’t see anyone at the moment who he expects will follow in his footsteps. “It’s hard for me to pick someone,” Bolt said. “I think what made me stand out was not only the fast times that I ran but my personality that people really enjoyed and loved. “If you want to be a star in sports and take over a sport you have to let people know who you are as a person, not just as a track athlete.”last_img read more

Dovizioso wins San Marino GP

first_imgMISANO ADRIATICO, Italy (AP): Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso and the Ducati team won on home soil in the San Marino Grand Prix yesterday, while Marc Marquez extended his lead atop the MotoGP standings. Starting fourth, Dovizioso quickly moved up the grid, then passed pole sitter Jorge Lorenzo to take the lead early on and was not challenged the rest of the way. It was Dovizioso’s third win this season and the 11th of his MotoGP career. Lorenzo was in a tight battle with Marquez for second until he fell with two laps to go. That handed second to Marquez, while Cal Crutchlow finished third. Lorenzo got back on his bike and finished 17th. Marquez now leads Dovizioso by 67 points, while Valentino Rossi – who finished seventh – dropped from second to third in the standings, 70 points behind. Francesco Bagnaia won the Moto2 race and Lorenzo Dalla Porta won the Moto3 race at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.last_img read more

‘The future is bright’ – Takashima wants junior TT players to work hard after departure

first_imgNational table tennis head coach, Satoshi Takashima says he sees a bright future for Jamaica, if its young players continue to train hard. Takashima returns to his homeland of Japan in January, after a two year stint in the island and said he is impressed with the talent on display, which was showcased at the 2018 Caribbean Mini and Pre-Cadet Championships. “Yes, if we continue, we keep on training these youngsters but also the other countries like Dominican Republic, Cuba, also there are good youngsters, so I think it’s not so easy even if they train harder.” The Dominican Republic dominated the boys’ competition in Kingston last year, with Mario Tavarez and Ramon Vila taking the Under 13 and Under 11 singles respectively after leading their country to the team titles in each age group. “It’s still very hard results when they grow up juniors to seniors,” coach Takashima considered, “but we have to build.” He notes that other Caribbean countries have players training and competing overseas and he believes this is a step Jamaica should take. “I think it’s so important,” he stressed. “Jamaican players should train with better players so I think they should have the opportunity to train with better players overseas,” he explained. Takashima said that the Caribbean Senior Championship silver medal won by Simon Tomlinson and Kane Watson is one of the memorable moments of his tour of duty in Jamaica. He said that the medals won and the successes by Jamaica at the 2018 Caribbean Mini and Pre-Cadet Championships were high points of his time as national coach. With Takashima, a former Japanese international player in the coaching chair, Tomlinson and Watson reached the final without surrendering a single set. However, they lost 9-11, 6-11, 6-11 to Samuel Galvez and Emil Santos of the Dominican Republic. “This September, Simon and Kane got silver, very, very good for our country this year in Senior Championships,” he remarked, “and under 11 in Cadet, a good result last year, this is also for me very satisfying.” “Like Simon and also Kane, they have been training in the US with players, but the kind of training is very important.” Asked whether Jamaican players might train in Japan, Takashima related that early efforts in this regard had not worked but said, “Yes, it’s possible.” Takashima, who has done coaching work in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, Takashima took up his post early in 2017 through a partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency and Table Tennis Jamaica. Important steplast_img read more

Defiant DaCosta cuts deficit

first_imgFIGHTING with his back against the ropes, champion Wayne DaCosta yesterday slashed Anthony Nunes’ lead in half to end the afternoon $870,700 behind his rival, who he upstaged in two key races, keeping alive his hopes of landing an 18th trainers’ title. Nunes, who entered the midweek meet on a high, saddling seven winners in the last two race days, was stumped by DaCosta in the very first race when the champion trainer’s ROJORN DI PILOT narrowly won at odds of 2-1 with Omar Walker, beating 9-2 market-springer ENEDINA, with Dane Nelson.Nunes’ 1-5 favourite, the debutant TOONA CILIATA, was bumped at the start and could only manage third in the seven-horse field of two-year-old maidens.Fayrouz flattenedDaCosta returned to floor another howling Nunes favourite, Jamaica Oaks winner FAYROUZ, who flattened out at odds of 3-5 in the stretch run, while challenging long-time leader SARATOGA SIGHT, finishing fourth in the seventh event at nine furlongs and 25 yards.The race was won by DaCosta’s eight-year-old warrior, HOVER CRAFT, who sat off the pace with apprentice Christopher Mamdeen and came forward a furlong out to collar SARATOGA SIGHT, winning the open allowance contest by two and a half lengths.Nunes got some reprieve in the ninth event, a runaway victory for down-in-class MUSKETOON, a 3-5 favourite with Dane Nelson aboard.Pundits next await Saturday’s return of DaCosta’s superfilly, SHE’S A MANEATER, who had bolted prior to the start of the $13.9M Diamond Mile, costing the champion trainer millions in stakes, which handed the lead to Nunes, whose BIGDADDYKOOL finished as runner-up to WILL IN CHARGE, earning $2.2M. SHE’S A MANEATER is down to line-up against eight rivals in the War Zone Sprint at five and a half furlongs, carrying 126lb against the likes of Caribbean Sprint champion CHACE THE GREAT. Nelson, who is booked to partner CHACE THE GREAT, booted home two winners yesterday, NUCLEAR LAVA and MUSKETOON, sharing top honours with Javaniel Patterson, who won aboard 41-1 longshot, GO GO GIRL, and NUCLEAR THUNDER at 9-1 in the night pan.last_img read more

11 to vie for Miss Renaissance 2017 title

first_imgThe Miss Renaissance Pageant will be held in August, with 11 professional women competing for the coveted title.The delegates were introduced to the media late last month in a sashing ceremony at the National Cultural Centre.The pageant serves as a catalyst to re-educate the public about inner beauty, creativity, cultural awareness and accomplishments of the mature Guyanese woman, 30 years and older.last_img

Pulse set to launch Mash Band 2018 on Saturday

first_imgAll roads will lead to the Giftland parking lot on Saturday for the launch of Pulse Entertainment 2018 Mash Band. At the event, the Band’s theme will be unveiled along with the various designs and designers to advise perspective revellers on deals for Mash 2018.At the moment, the entertainment group is working around the clock to derive the most affordable packages for those who want to be part of the Band.On Saturday, the event will be graced with performances by reigning International Chutney Soca Monarch Ravi B, Trinidadian Soca artiste 5 Star Akil and former Carib Soca Monarch Kwasi “Ace” Edmondson.Music will be provided by DJ Ryan, DJ Energy, DJ Countri Boi and Shizzle. In addition, there will be several surprise performers.Revellers are urged to get ready for the fete of a lifetime with GTT and Pulse Entertainment. Tickets for Saturday’s band launch cost $2000 in advance and $3000 at the gate. Stage-front tickets cost $6000The event is powered by GTT Do More, Pulse Entertainment, XM Rum and Ticket Master Travel Agency.last_img read more

Where do we start with literacy?

first_imgBy:Lorraine Ince-Carvalhal As education month comes to a close, I sincerely hope that the new initiatives proposed and focused on areas of improvement do not lose momentum and are not just lip service to the month. Despite the awareness of the need and identification of improvement areas, without continued motivation to application and implementation, we could be in danger of allowing the concerns to take a downward spiral as the next generation falls a little lower than the present one.The highlighting of literacy needs is one of the most important concerns, as without literacy, it is difficult for the country and its citizens to make further development. While it is clear that the emphasis on literacy needs to start at the beginning of a child’s life because research has shown that children who struggle with literacy will become youth and adults who struggle with literacy, the problem is that these same struggling adults are parents to those children in desperate need of literacy support. Surely the consideration here is that before we can hope to be successful in tackling the falling literacy rates in children, we need to intervene and develop the literacy rates of adults.During the recognition of International Literacy Day, Minister of Education, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine pointed out that the definition of literacy included the ability to identify, understand, interpret and create… using written materials. This goes far beyond the boundaries of learning how to read and write, and towards a person’s capacity to apply those skills to successfully connect, understand and identify the complexities of the world around them. Despite Guyana previously boasting high literacy rates, by this definition it is clear that those rates do not reflect the status of the many adults in this country. How can they hope to support and teach the next generation if they themselves are struggling with such skills?Study after study shows that families who read together can help children boost their vocabulary and school performance and to this end, parents are being encouraged to read with their children, discuss homework and encourage learning. Yet large numbers of parents are literally unable to do so. How sad it is that so many of our parents do not get to enjoy reading their child a bedtime story, such a rich pastime that many of us take for granted. How sad it is that by the age of four, a child of a low literate parent will have heard 32 million fewer words than a child of a literate parent.Schooling comes after the most influential part of a child’s development. A parent truly is the first teacher to a child and if they are unable to communicate the importance of literacy development and support that development, then a child is starting at a disadvantage when they enter the classroom. The challenge to build a strong education on an unstable foundation usually leads to that child attaining low educational standards and then we fall into a vicious cycle that perpetuates itself.The power of language and the ability to use it as an expression is an invaluable tool in every area of life, from school to work, in relationships and all other forma of communications. Learning to read is of course the basis of literacy, but it is also important that time is taken to build understanding and encourage critical thinking both in the home and in the classroom. Without these skills, being able to read and write still has limitations.There is an expectation that if we pour a certain amount of dollars into this generation’s education, we will get better results, but if we do nothing to address the households they are coming from, this expectation may not be realised. Should there not be more significant investment in this country to help improve adult literacy? Although the challenge is immense, the aim should be to make adult literacy classes easily accessible. Programmes need to be more effective and easy to implement with providers trained to deliver in a sensitive manner and participators need to be encouraged to complete courses with incentives, recognition and without stigma. In an effort to reach the standard of literacy that the Education Ministry is so appropriately aiming for, the input needs to span both generations and continue to do so until the cycle is broken.last_img read more

With determination, commitment anything is possible -GTUC

first_imgOn this day 179 years ago, the valiant struggle by Africans for human dignity and respect was advanced a step further with the Emancipation Proclamation, which ended the most brutish system of man’s injustice towards another. Freedom from chattel slavery not only set in train a series of events proving to the world the indomitable spirit of the newly freed, and the capacity of human fellowship across racial diversity, but that of self-determination in charting a course for further upliftment and development. The nation will recall the dogged pursuit of economic freedom, via the Village Movement, that saw the purchasing of plantations to establish communities and local government, build stability, familial and otherwise, and advance development. This sense of thrift not only proved beyond a shadow of doubt a people’s capability, who – though for hundreds of years toiled and lived under inhumane conditions, whips raining down on their backs, families torn asunder, treated as property not human beings – in the four years of Amelioration (1834-1838) were able to achieve what others thought impossible.The achievements must not only be testimony of the ability to self-determine, but also determination not to be enslaved or constrained by past unpleasantries. Heirs and beneficiaries of these struggles, sacrifices and gains must engage in redoubling of efforts, vigilance and insistency to be allowed to continue the forebears’ work. Zealously defending, protecting, strengthening and deepening what was bequeathed and leaving a firmer foundation for future generations must become the mantra and solemn pledge. Freedom is not free; it requires eternal vigilance and continuous sacrifices. To the extent where Africans are deprived of equality in the social, cultural, political, civic and economic environment, all-out efforts must be made to secure these. And let it be said, in the pursuit of said determination, it must matter not the identity or diversity of those who suppress or support the cause. The only thing that must matter is the cause, for it speaks to and solidify the inalienable rights of all humankind. To ignore this would be unlike the ancestors who worked with others in furtherance of their interests and resisted any who participated in their enslavement and deprivations. With determination and commitment, anything is possible, and descendants of the enslaved must continue the unfinished journey to freedom. Emancipation merely marks an attainment, significant though it is, it is not the final marker/finishing post for freedom. The struggle must continue!last_img read more

Missed opportunity to stand united in diversity

first_imgHow do you commission a monument in memory and in tribute of a group of people, but make no effort to ensure they are an important part of the commissioning? The most noteworthy part of the commissioning of the Indian Arrival Monument was the almost total absence of Indo-Guyanese. Most of the people present at the ceremony were not Indo-Guyanese. The fact that those people present were dressed in traditional Indian wear cannot hide the reality that the descendants of those Indians who arrived more than 181 years ago were excluded.The country’s largest ethnic group is Indo-Guyanese; Region 6 is overwhelmingly Indo-Guyanese; and Palmyra, the village where the monument is located, is almost exclusively Indo-Guyanese. It was a strange sight, therefore, to see the commissioning ceremony for the Indian Arrival Monument with the visible absence of Indo-Guyanese and the visible presence of Afro-Guyanese dressed in Indian clothing. This commissioning ceremony should have been an occasion for Guyana to display its ethnic and cultural diversity. The Government squandered a great opportunity for national cohesion.On May 5, Arrivals Day in Guyana, the David Granger-led APNU+AFC Administration commissioned the Indian Arrival Monument at Palmyra in Berbice, exactly three years after it was scheduled to be commissioned. But better late than never, it was a proud day for all Guyanese, particularly for Indo-Guyanese. The monument is Guyana’s recognition that the people who first arrived on May 5, 1838 became productive and valuable citizens of Guyana. Their descendants have made remarkable progress and have contributed significantly to the upward mobility of Guyana, even if Guyana is still a poor country.President Granger rightfully and generously acknowledged this truth, and even named some of the successful Indo-Guyanese. But many noteworthy names of Indo-Guyanese were not included in President Granger’s list. While I want to believe no one was deliberately excluded because of political considerations, it cannot escape anyone that President Granger failed to acknowledge the important contributions of people like Cheddi Jagan, Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar, all former Presidents. There are other notable Indo-Guyanese with distinguished careers who were not mentioned. I believe this is yet another opportunity for cohesion squandered.The May 5th date for the commissioning was the right date, even if it was several years late. The actual statues were in storage in Guyana for more than four years. It is therefore gratifying, even if it is three years too late, that the Indian Arrival Monument is a reality. APNU+AFC would have insulted people if it had carried through with the original date it proposed – April 27. It is said that the Indian High Commission had expressed disappointment with the proposed April 27 date, given that Indian Arrival Day was just eight days away. Good sense prevailed because, had the Government persisted with the April 27th date, it would have been another misstep and insult. Still, it is a mystery why, with May 5 a mere eight days away, the Government would have even contemplated April 27th. The mere contemplation demonstrates yet another example of a deliberate insult to the Indo-Guyanese population.Sadly, the Indian Arrival Monument was commissioned with the wretched backdrop of the descendants of those who began their arrival on May 5, 1838 either being excluded or staying away in protest of the unfair and discriminatory treatment meted out by their government. The vast majority of Indo-Guyanese believe they are being treated as second-class citizens. With this backdrop, one would have expected the Government to ensure inclusivity and a commissioning ceremony for the Indian Arrival Monument that celebrated our diversity while promoting unity.The Indian Arrival Monument stands as a vivid recognition and symbol of the importance of May 5, 1838. The Indians who arrived that day in Guyana were not the first immigrants to arrive in Guyana; but, like those who came before and after, their history and contributions represent an integral part of what Guyana is and what Guyanese are. We came at different times and under different circumstances, but we together make up this land. The future of our people depends on us proudly embracing Guyana’s diverse ethnicities and culture. Our strength, our future, lies in our diversity. Thus while the Indian Arrival Monument symbolises the importance of the Indo-Guyanese people, past and present, in this rich diversity, it is a proud proclamation that the Guyanese people are blessed by our ethnic, cultural and religious diversities. These events must be a powerful stage for unity, not another battleground for polarisation. By the deliberate sidelining of political opponents, Guyana missed another opportunity to stand united in diversity: one nation, one destiny.last_img read more

Self-centred, self-serving, self-indulgent

first_imgDear Editor,I have seen a letter to the media from Mr Gerry Gouveia seeking to personally denigrate Mr Michael Correia and his family which can only be described as self-centered, self-serving, self-indulgent and narcissistic.I respond only because Mr Gouveia has insulted both myself and Captain Chan-A-Sue by claiming that Mr Correia, at Board Meetings, shouts us into silence. Anyone who knows Captain Chan-A-Sue, to say nothing of myself, and reads this nonsense is bound to find it laughable. It, however, demonstrates the extraordinary low level to which Mr Gouveia is prepared to descend in public to express his ire.My company has provided professional public communication consultancy services to a very large number of highly regarded companies and corporations here in Guyana, in the Caribbean and, from time to time, internationally. My company has also represented Ogle Airport Inc. for over 15 years. I can say without hesitation that Michael Correia is one of the finest CEO’s I have been privileged to work with.In the course of these years, I have witnessed, under Michael Correia’s leadership, the extraordinary growth of what is today the Eugene F. Correia International Airport from a light aircraft facility with a tiny airstrip built mainly for the purpose for accommodating Guysuco’s crop dusters, to a first class Regional International Airport.It cannot be gainsaid that, though the idea and original commitment came from five local aviation companies, including Gouveia’s company, to form Ogle Airport Inc. to bid for the privatization of Ogle Airport in 2001 when the Airport was ruled as unsafe by the International Civil Aviation Authority and threatened with closure, it was Correia’s company and Correia’s determination to stay faithful to the commitment when the others balked at the investment. It is mostly Correia’s money that has built the International Airport from which Gouveia’s company and the others operating out of the Airport and, indeed, Guyana, benefit today.For me, it is unthinkable that Gerry Gouveia, whose company’s contribution to the investment in the Airport is 2 ¼ per cent, should attack the Correia family in this ugly public fashion. What has been achieved at Ogle, it is worth reminding Mr Gouveia, when he makes self-serving comparisons with his own achievements, has never depended on political patronage for its success.Yours sincerely,Kit NascimentoManaging Directorlast_img read more

Bachan, Seetaram were cut from the same bolt of cloth

first_imgDear Editor,I write in reference to a letter written by an AFC member, captioned “PPP Parliamentarian Harry Gill is out to score cheap political points”, in which he courageously but foolishly tries to defend a former APNU+AFC RDC Councillor.I am amazed that shady characters are the ones most willing to risk exposure to defend the indefensible. And I wish to thank Pradeep Bachan for keeping the Carol Joseph drug-abuse issue alive in the public domain, for Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence needs to put aside her loyalty to a PNC comrade and have this case thoroughly investigated by SARA or the Guyana Police Force, to recover the millions of dollars of public funds reported to have been fraudulently spent on feeding Carol Joseph’s drug addiction with the full knowledge of those in authority at the Fort Wellington Hospital, West Coast Berbice.But before I debunk the nonsense written by this latest Carol Joseph apologist, let me repeat what I told his ‘buddy friend,’ Abel Seetaram, in a previous letter: When credibility is not part of one’s DNA, no one takes that one seriously. And anyone with an ounce of brain or self-respect would know it is not wise to draw attention to oneself if one is known to have a bad character.Just so everyone knows who we are dealing with here, Pradeep Bachan is a former pastor of the Church of Christ, but he is far from being a saint. It is alleged that, years ago, he “ripped off” the church before he was thrown out. During the drought that affected parts of Region 5 last year, Bachan visited residents in the Mahaica Creek and presented himself as a Member of Parliament. And he allegedly took money from a number of persons there, promising to get them firearm licences.He also allegedly took a bribe from a businessman and his wife who operate on Stelling Road in Rosignol when their stocks of alcoholic beverages were seized by agents of the Guyana Revenue Authority last year, promising to use his contacts to get the stocks released from the GRA. It took months and an embarrassing public confrontation with threats to take the matter further for the businessman and his wife to finally recover the money they had paid to Pradeep Bachan for a service he failed to deliver.He is also known to be promoting himself as the Chairman of the ‘Diamond Board’. Someone very close to Pradeep Bachan admitted, “If you know Pradeep, he is chairman for a lot of boards… The man tries to impress everyone that he has contacts… He and Seetaram were cut from the same bolt of cloth.”Seems like the AFC are so hard-up for members that there is no vetting process in place to reject the scum who constantly embarrass the party. The AFC will have to decide whether they would allow the likes of Abel Seetaram and Pradeep Bachan to define the image of that party, or take the high ground and cut them loose now, in order to protect what little image the AFC has left.In his letter, Pradeep Bachan wrote, “MP Harry Gill has beguiled the media houses and Nurse Sheriyn Marks to score political points for himself and the PPP/C, and used both to his advantage in the Carol Joseph medical issue.” He also added, “His manipulation is baseless, because the medical history of the patient Carol Joseph and the various surgeries of Carol Joseph are strictly confidential from the various private hospitals. Her medical procedures also remain confidential. Also psychological treatment from Government institutions for her physical illness over the years remains confidential.”Well, here are some known facts that I assume Bachan is not aware of.FACT: From 2008 to April 2017, Carol Joseph has been getting 100mg of the highly addictive drug Pethidine almost every day, and occasionally twice a day, as is documented in the Dangerous Drugs Act book at the Ft Wellington Hospital. And although this book is now replaced and is likely to disappear in an effort to cover up her history of addiction, the hard evidence that is in my possession will be made public at the appropriate time if I am forced to defend my actions.FACT: Pethidine is a restrictive drug that is similar to morphine. It is used only when a patient is experiencing severe pain, such as in child-birth. It is not recommended for long-term use, and it is highly unusual for a doctor to prescribe Pethidine for Dysmenorrhea.FACT: Staff Nurse Sheriyn Marks is a highly trained and certified midwife who is familiar with the proper use of Pethidine. In any event, it does not take a rocket scientist to know that Carol Joseph is addicted to Pethidine when she turns up at the hospital almost every day to get her “fix”.FACT: If anyone closely associated with the PPP/C was found to be using their position to extort a highly addictive drug from any hospital for as often as Carol Joseph has done over a period of 9 years, this vindictive Government would have had them and their doctor arrested to face criminal charges for the misappropriation of public funds and state assets.FACT: Carol Joseph is a sick woman who needs professional help to wean her off her drug addiction; something her close friends and party comrades had known for many years but did nothing about. Perhaps that will change now.FACT: Had the RHO, Dr Cheefoon, and the Minister of Public Health addressed the concerns of Staff Nurse/Midwife Sheriyn Marks as articulated in her letter, Carol Joseph’s addiction and abuse of state assets would not have been made public. Instead, they arrogantly covered up this abuse, and allowed Carol Joseph to intimidate and harass the poor nurse with threats of transferring her to Monkey Mountain and reporting her to Minister Joseph Harmon.Even now, there is no investigation on this highly controversial issue, and Minister Volda Lawrence has not commented on Joseph’s abuse and misuse of Pethidine from her hospital stock. Nurse Marks, on the other hand, has been transferred from the hospital for doing what is right and honourable. She is being targeted and victimized for being a model civil servant.I call upon Minister Volda Lawrence to do the right thing and reverse this injustice done to Staff Nurse/Midwife Sheriyn Marks. She is not the criminal here, and should not be punished.Harry Gilllast_img read more