Month: January 2020

NBA : Five-time champion Rodman convicted over crash

first_imgRodman was known for his tattoos, body piercings and dyed hair during a 14-year NBA career that saw him winning titles with Detroit in 1989 and 1990 and alongside Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls from 1996-1998.He has since promoted gambling websites and vodka, and backed US President Donald Trump’s bid for the White House, having appeared with him on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice.Rodman also made three notable visits to North Korea in 2013 and early 2014, meeting leader Kim Jong-Un and bringing a team of ex-NBA players for exhibition games against the national team, one on Kim’s birthday. CBB/rgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 55-year-old drove head-on toward a black BMW, causing the driver to swerve into a dividing wall to avoid a collision with Rodman’s vehicle.The five-time NBA champion did not exchange information with the other driver and fled the scene before police arrived, the district attorney’s office said in a statement.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 returnRodman, who was not at the hearing in Orange County Superior Court, admitted driving a motor vehicle across a divide, giving false information to police and driving without a license, but a charge of hit-and-run with property damage was dropped as part of his plea deal.The false statement allegation stemmed from a call California Highway Patrol officials made to Rodman. 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Tennis star Bouchard has a date after losing Super Bowl tweet bet 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG View comments Dennis Rodman speaks with fellow US basketball players during a team meeting at a Pyongyang, North Korea, hotel Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman has been convicted over a hit-and-run accident in California. APLOS ANGELES, United States — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was given community service Monday for a hit-and-run accident he caused by driving the wrong way on a freeway ramp in southern California, officials said.Rodman was at the wheel of a sports utility vehicle in the early hours of July 20 last year when he went into the southbound carpool lane of Interstate 5 in Santa Ana, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte “It was a short phone call asking him about the accident and he was saying, ‘I was at the gym,’ and they said, ‘No, you were not at the gym,’” said his lawyer Paul Meyer, who chalked it up to a misunderstanding.“We appreciate the careful review of the district attorney to make the right call in settlement,” Meyer added.“The driving error at night was due to poor sign placement.”Rodman was sentenced to three years of informal probation and 30 hours of community service, which he wants to serve by visiting hospitals, according to his legal team.He was ordered to pay for the damage he caused and donate $500 to the Victim Witness Emergency Fund.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Cignal, Racal forge championship duel

first_imgDepEd joins gold medal search, will help draw up roadmap for Palarong Pambansa talents Cafe France’s loss put to waste another huge performance from Rod Ebondo, who had 26 points, 20 rebounds and two blocks for the Bakers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next One of Codiñera’s stalwarts at Arellano U, which lost to San Beda in the finals of the NCAA last season, Salado came through with 16 points, eight assists, and six rebounds, while Rey Nambatac added 11 points, five boards, and three assists.Interestingly, it will be the standouts from San Beda who are once again standing in the way of Codiñera and a championship trophy.Javee Mocon, who played a key role in the Red Lions’ NCAA title romp, turned in a solid game of 15 points, five rebounds, two steals, and a block, while ex-La Salle forward Jason Perkins had 12 points and 10 rebounds.The Hawkeyes, who rallied from a 26-16 deficit in the second quarter, pounced on the lethargic Rhum Masters in the second half, where they led by as many as 29, 83-54, courtesy of a pair of Andreas Cahilig free throws with 3:17 to play.“It was a total team effort,” said Cignal coach Boyet Fernandez. “Players believed in the system and they didn’t really want to lose the ball game.”ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR 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 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Raymundo, who was most recently in the NLEX lineup, finished with 17 points on three of six shooting from beyond the arc, on top of five rebounds and five assists for the Hawkeyes, who erased a 10-point deficit in the second period and whipped up a second half storm to take the fight out of the Rhum Masters.Another veteran also stepped up for the Tile Masters as Allan Mangahas poured 12 of his 15 points in the final period to help Racal secure a first finals appearance since joining the league in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe former Mapua star, who briefly played for Meralco in the PBA, did most of the damage from beyond the arc, joining forces with Jackson Corpuz and Kent Salado to eliminate the Bakers, who ruled the 2015 Foundation Cup. Mangahas’ last triple with 4.3 seconds remaining proved to be the nail on the coffin of the Bakers.“I just trusted them,” said Racal coach Jerry Codiñera. “I was fortunate I was able to pick the right people to play in the endgame.” MOST READ With their veterans rising to the challenge, top seeds Cignal-San Beda and Racal took contrasting routes to the 2017 PBA D-League finals on Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Hawkeyes drew a big game from ex-PBA player Pamboy Raymundo to subdue Tanduay, 88-65, and forge a championship duel with the Tile Masters, who overcame a gritty Cafe France, 78-74, in the other do-or-die semifinal clash.ADVERTISEMENT ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu View commentslast_img read more

Stevenson stops Fonfara in 2nd round

first_imgMONTREAL, QC – JUNE 03: Adonis Stevenson (left) lands a punch against Andrzej Fonfara during the WBC light heavyweight world championship match at the Bell Centre on June 3, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Adonis Stevenson defeated Andrzej Fonfara in the second round by way of technical knockout. Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFPCanadian champion Adonis Stevenson stopped challenger Andrzej Fonfara 28 seconds into the second round to retain his World Boxing Council title on Saturday.The 39-year-old easily won the rematch between the two light heavyweights as the Polish-born Fonfara barely survived the opening round at the Bell Centre Arena in Montreal.ADVERTISEMENT View comments For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak LATEST STORIES 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. The 39-year-old champion now boasts a record of 29-1.Fonfara, 29, who falls to 29-5 with 17 knockouts, was seeking a first world title.Stevenson is now thinking about unifying the division, saying he wants the winner of the upcoming bout between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in 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 Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Fonfara’s trainer Virgil Hunter stepped in and stopped the fight saying his boxer was taking too much punishment.It was a rematch of their action-packed meeting in 2014, when Fonfara sent Stevenson to the canvas but was knocked down twice himself as Stevenson won by scores of 115-110, 115-110 and 116-109.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 groundOn Saturday Fonfara was the first to hit the canvas in the opening round.Stevenson hurt him with a hard left to the temple which was followed quickly by the knockdown. Later in the round, a helpless Fonfara had to be saved by the bell after Stevenson trapped him in the corner and was landing punches at will.  Usain Bolt skips training to mourn friendlast_img read more

Johnny Grave | Getting back to the top of world cricket

first_imgThe following is part one of a two-part article. Part two will be published tomorrow. As the chief executive officer of Cricket West Indies, I head back to England for the Test series after six months into his role. I must admit that work so far “is not hugely apparent” to most Caribbean cricket fans. And yet, after years of politicking, and interminable rowing between the board and players, it is possible to see the contours of a new age for Caribbean cricket; one in which the Windies will focus on external foes – their opponents on the pitch – rather than internal struggles. And one in which in which Caribbean cricketing success is not confined to Twenty20. Since taking over as chief executive, the West Indies Cricket Board has been rebranded as Cricket West Indies; bought the old Stanford ground in Antigua to establish a new world-class high performance centre; secured US$48 million funding increase from the ICC compared to the previously agreed 2016-23 funding model. Perhaps most notably of all, we have agreed on a temporary amnesty with the players over eligibility criteria, ending the self-defeating rule that only those who played in the domestic 50-over competition could be considered for the national team. We intend to cement this gain by agreeing new white-ball contracts with limited-overs specialists, which could be signed by the end of September. Before then, limited-overs specialists previously not considered eligible in ODI, including some or all of Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine – are expected to be picked for the ODI series in England. Perhaps then, the depressing cycle – of the team being formidable in the WT20, when at full-strength, but meek outside it, when devoid of their globe-trotting superstars – can begin to be broken. At this stage, we’re just a month away from taking the deal to our board of directors for sign-off. We’ll, hopefully, be able to announce those at the end of September after our September board meeting. Having more flexible contracts for our players that reflect the different formats of the game and the new opportunities for players from the T20 leagues is important – England were the first to go down that route and it’s only natural that we and other boards would follow. BASIC PRINCIPLE The same basic principle will apply: that we want to incentivise our players to play Test cricket. Our Test players will have less opportunities to play in and earn from the domestic T20 leagues, so we need to compensate them for that by giving them higher retainer contracts, and we also need to contract our white-ball cricketers in order to incentivise them to play ODI cricket, as our ODI schedule will also clash with some T20 leagues, too. Whether, in practice, all West Indies white-ball players will now be available for every bilateral fixture – especially as many have multi-year contacts in foreign T20 tournaments that will clash with future international matches – remains unclear. But even having them available for some would be a significant start. We have to be the most efficient cricket board in the world due to our geography and the fact that we are a popular tourist destination. Poor scheduling, or late scheduling, you’re probably talking not just a few dollars here and there in increased flights and hotel costs alone, but thousands of dollars or even millions. So where we play our cricket, when we play, how early we can book, how we procure all the facilities and services needed to play international and regional cricket, which are now vast, are critically important – practice and playing facilities remain “a big challenge”. We’re never going to be as sophisticated, and be able to invest as much, as England, Australia and India, but at the same time, we can do the basic and simple things brilliantly. If we do that with the natural talent that we’ve got, and the fact that we can play cricket all year round, I genuinely think that we can go back to being one of the best sides in the world across all three formats. As we embark on devising a new strategic plan for Cricket West Indies that will set out our objectives and priorities between 2018-2023, we want our supporters to rally ’round the Windies and partner with us, along with our players, officials, staff, fans, media and sponsors, as we strive to rebuild and get back to the top of world cricket. – Johnny Grave is the chief executive officer of Cricket West Indies.last_img read more

Astonishing victory!

first_imgLEEDS, England (CMC): Shai Hope became the first player in 127 years of first-class cricket at Headingley to score a century in both innings as West Indies stunned England by five wickets in the second Test, to register their first Test victory in England in 17 years here yesterday. Coming on the back of a humiliating innings defeat inside three days last week at Edgbaston, West Indies tore up the form books as they chased down 322 on the final day, to deny England their second straight win and tie the three-Test series at 1-1, ahead of the final match at Lord’s starting September 7. Hope fashioned a superb unbeaten 118 to spearhead the run chase while opener Kraigg Brathwaite struck an excellent 95. The pair put on 144 for the third wicket, a stand that pulled West Indies around from danger at 53 for two in the morning session and laid the foundation for the successful run chase. The stylish Hope faced 211 deliveries and counted 14 boundaries while Brathwaite struck 12 fours off 180 balls. Jermaine Blackwood chipped in with a typical attacking 41 off 45 balls which further embellished the innings, while Roston Chase carved out 30 to also lend support. England found their much-vaunted seam attack blunted and right-arm spinner Moeen Ali was the best bowler with two for 76. SHOWED DETERMINATION Resuming the day on five without loss, West Indies showed determination from the outset as Brathwaite and Kieran Powell (23) put on 46 for the first wicket. The left-handed Powell had stroked five fours in a 50-ball knock when he edged a defensive prod at seamer Stuart Broad and was caught at fourth slip by Ben Stokes, on the stroke of the hour. West Indies then suffered another setback in the third over after drinks when Kyle Hope was unluckily run out without scoring. A firm drive by Brathwaite ricocheted off the bowler (Broad) and on to the stumps at the non-striker’s end, finding the batsman short of his ground. There was no implosion, however, as Brathwaite and Shai Hope – for the second time in the game – set about repairing the innings, steering the tourists to 86 without further loss at lunch. Brathwaite, dropped on four by Alastair Cook at slip off seamer Stuart Broad in the fourth over of the morning, played positively to be unbeaten on 49 at the first interval and raised his half-century in the third over following the resumption with three to midwicket off pacer Chris Woakes. Shai Hope, unbeaten on 11 at lunch, played delightfully on resumption, combining a series of beautiful off-side drives and wristy leg-side strokes, as he marched to his half-century inside the first hour. With his second century of the game in sight, Brathwaite perished in the penultimate over before tea, caught at slip driving lazily at Ali to raise England’s hopes of a late comeback. However, Hope remained resolute, anchoring two successive critical stands in the final session that assured Windies of victory. First, he put on 49 for the fourth wicket with Chase, who faced 58 balls and struck three fours before falling to a brilliant catch at mid-on by substitute Mason Crane off Woakes. However, it was the arrival of Blackwood that hastened the scoring and rammed home the Windies advantage. The attacking right-hander stroked three fours and two sixes, adding 74 for the fifth wicket with Hope, to put the Windies within touching distance of victory. In the interim, Hope had reason for personal celebration when he raised three figures in the first over after the final drinks break with a single to cover, to mark his second Test hundred. Blackwood, meanwhile, was bouncing along merrily when he missed a charge at Ali and was stumped with two required for the win, but Hope sparked team celebrations late in the day under the glare of floodlights when he clipped Woakes square for a couple to take the Windies over the line.last_img read more

Qualifier not an embarrassing route, argues Holder

first_imgBELFAST, Ireland, CMC:Captain Jason Holder does not believe West Indies having to play in a qualifying tournament to reach the 2019 World Cup in England is an embarrassment for the Caribbean side.Hosts England and the remaining top seven teams in the ICC rankings at the September 30 cut-off date will earn direct qualification to the showpiece.But with the Windies languishing ninth, they face the increasing likelihood of having to contest a 10-nation qualifier – comprising ICC associate nations like the Netherlands and Scotland – in order to secure one of the last two World Cup spots.”I don’t think it is embarrassing,” Holder said following Wednesday’s rained-out one-day international against Ireland.”The World Cup is of such that teams like Ireland have come into world events and done really well and beat big teams before, as well as other smaller teams, so I don’t think it’s embarrassing.”We are where we are, and if we do have to play in them (qualifiers), we will take it one step at a time.”The abandoned ODI at Stormont saw the Windies’ hopes of direct qualification suffer yet another blow. They needed to beat the Irish as well as also defeat England at least 4-1 in the upcoming five-match series starting next week.However, the Windies can now ill-afford to lose any of the contests against England, leaving them with little margin of error.Holder, who also led the Windies at the last World Cup in 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, said their ultimate goal was to qualify for the tournament regardless of the route.”We’re at the stage where we are looking to turn a corner and qualify for the World Cup, whether we have to go through the qualifiers or qualify automatically,” he pointed out.”We’re excited for the (England) series, and hopefully, we can play some good cricket.”West Indies received a major boost for the series with the return of leading players Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, after Cricket West Indies relaxed its stringent eligibility rules, allowing the duo to be in line for selection.Several other players like brothers Darren and Dwayne Bravo, along with Sunil Narine, could also still make a return next year, and Holder hopes that the added experience, coupled with the side’s young talent, can lead to positive results.”We are still a work-in progress and hopefully, more players are coming back,” Holder said.The first ODI against England bowls off at Old Trafford next Tuesday.last_img read more

10 countries confirmed for Caribbean TT Champs

first_imgTen countries will match strokes, spin and strategy when the Caribbean Region Table Tennis Championships begin at the National Arena on September 23. Confirmed to compete are Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda, Martinique, Barbados and host team Jamaica. With preparations going well, Table Tennis Jamaica president Godfrey Lothian is hoping the Jamaican team will match his prediction of bronze medal winning placements in the team events.According to information received from the local table tennis federation, the men’s team will be national champion Simon Tomlinson, former national champions Kane Watson and Christopher Marsh and experienced Alphanso Morris. The women’s team is Solesha Young, Daydron Lewis, Brittany Murray and Kelsey Davidson.Lothian expects they will do well. “I am looking for a third place from both teams”, he said confidently. “That is my hope at this time that we get the third place in both genders”, he emphasized. Noting that the women’s team is composed of youngsters, Lothian noted that last year’s third place finish, saying, “Brittany Murray was a part of it, Solesha was a part of it, Daydron was not there but they really performed and I think these girls are going to step up to the plate and give us the third place.”He explained that current women’s national champion Yvonne Foster isn’t available. “She is now doing her masters and she is really tied up with that at this time”, he reported, “and therefore we will get her back in training after she is finished her masters.”All four of the female players selected are schoolgirls and Young, national under 13 and 15 champion, and Davidson, 2016 Caribbean Region under 11 silver medallist, are just 14 and 13 years old.The overseas teams will start arriving on Friday. Cuba, the host country of the event last year, is not among the list of confirmed countries.last_img read more

Controlling…

first_img…the JudiciaryBack in 2012, the now Attorney General Basil Williams waxed eloquently on the floor of the National Assembly (“basking in the gaze of two Senior Counsels”, he gushed) as he supported the move to increase the independence of the Judiciary by having them paid directly from the Consolidated Funds, without the intermediation of the Executive. Preventing their “mouth being muzzled” and all that.Almost in indignation, he hurled Article 122A(1) to the PPP MP’s across the aisle: “All courts and all persons presiding over the courts shall exercise their functions independently of the control and direction of any other person or authority, and shall be free and independent from political, executive, and any other form of direction and control.”One wonders what’s happened to his solicitude for judicial independence as he snipes at Chancellor of the Judiciary Carl Singh, for just doing his job – trying to expeditiously clear up his backlog at the Court of Appeal. After all, Williams and Prezzie couldn’t have made it more pellucid they wanted to see the back of the Chancellor ASAP, than placing ads in the papers for his replacement! Technically, according to the Constitution (Art 197), a Chancellor doesn’t have to retire until 68 and Carl Singh’s only going to be 65 come February 23. But unfortunately, Singh is still “acting” – because the PNC always nixed his substantive confirmation. And so, like any other Judge, 65 is sayonara time for him.Your Eyewitness doesn’t even have to mention that even at this late state, if Prezzie consults with the Opposition Leader, Singh can be allowed to stay on to 68. Ain’t gonna happen. It’s clear – like in the famous calypso by Chalkdust on another legal luminary “Karl” and his battles with T&T’s PM Eric Williams – the Government of AG Basil Williams “too ‘fraid ah Carl”!! But why is that? After all, unlike the ambitious Karl Hudson-Philips, who was threatening Eric Williams politically, Guyana’s Carl has never shown the slightest inclination for a political role off the bench. Even though he does have an impeccable political pedigree! There are two theories floating around Croal Street and further afield.One is the decisions Singh’s handing down aren’t the ones the Government wants. But whatever happened to the Government’s respect for the qualities Prezzie assures us are immanent in Judges – “integrity, independence and impartiality”? If Singh is to just do as the Government wishes, wouldn’t he be destroying Prezzie’s faith in Judges. And forced to appoint any “fit and proper” hoi polloi to chair GECOM?But the other theory is Basil Williams is REALLY deathly “fraid a Carl”!! Mano-a-mano fear!!Your Eyewitness wonders why?!!…the PPP’s baseWell, at long last the Government’s come out and told it like how they see “it” with the sugar industry – they’re gonna close it down. In the words of its Chairman of the Board – that staunch Marxist Clive Thomas, who had railed for most of his life against the “capitalist running dogs” exploiting the “working class” – GuySuCo doesn’t make “business sense”!! It doesn’t get more ironic than that, does it?The man who advocated breaking ALL links with the West because of the structural nature of the exploitative relationships, using the logic of capitalism? Whatever happened to the socialist concern for “working people”? Isn’t he, as a matter of fact, a co-leader of the WORKING PEOPLE’S ALLIANCE?But some say “working peoples” aren’t all the same – and while Clive Thomas has always embraced this view – it’s only after the PPP got into office, he’s come out of the closet.Race matters!…bush impulsesAccording to a report by the Stabber, at the above meeting when ESC Chair Irfaan Ali was questioning the GuySuCo team – as was his or any other member of the Committee’s prerogative – ESC member and Minister, Simona “I is” Broomes, “‘sucked’ her teeth.”Ali shouldn’t have “upbraided” her. That’s how approval’s shown in the bush!last_img read more

Smoke…

first_img…and cancer sticksAt long last, we have a piece of legislation to help us deal with that insidious “slow poison” known as “cigarettes”. Your Eyewitness has long harboured a suspicion that the Indigenous peoples — who were “discovered” by Columbus and soon exterminated from the West Indies –had their revenge on Europeans by passing on the use of tobacco to them!! The Amerindians used tobacco only occasionally, for religious purposes!Even though James I of Britain denounced — in his polemic of 1604, titled “A Counterblaste to Tobacco” — the use of tobacco as a “custome lothsome to the eye, hatefull to the Nose, harmefull to the braine, dangerous to the Lungs, and in the blacke stinking fume thereof, neerest resembling the horrible Stigian smoke of the pit that is bottomelesse,” nobody listened to him!After all, there were big bucks to be made from the “blacke stinking fume”!! Soon Africans slaves were hauled over the Atlantic to grow tobacco on PLANTATIONS – to keep up with the demand for the addictive stuff that created its own market!! The colonies that would become the United States of America soon became the biggest producers of tobacco, and eventually the largest producers of cigarettes. Fast forward to the middle of the 20th century, and medical research began to show the harmful effects of tobacco on the lungs etc, via the 4000 odd (very odd!!) chemicals produced when tobacco’s burnt. The wonderful ingenuity of US democracy — which changed the concept “bribery” to “lobbying” — soon kicked into gear on behalf of the US tobacco companies, to convince the public that cigarettes were actually not just “sexy”, but GOOD for them!!But with the evidence showing that even ‘second hand” smoke from those around folks could give them cancer, the manufacturers had to do something! They couldn’t just give up all those profits, could they? They looked around and saw that the natives in what was now the “third world” didn’t know better. Why not sell it to THEM? After all, they wanted to live just like the Americans and Europeans, didn’t they?And so said so done. With the First World exporting the cancer sticks, after 50 years, we’re now the biggest smokers on the planet! But finally, we’re taking action against this scourge. We now have “The Tobacco Control Bill 2017”, which bans smoking in all indoor workplaces, indoor public places, and public transport. We hope our citizens will get wise to what’s really in their interest and support this ban.Your Eyewitness never got into smoking after, as a youth, he answered a question posed by the philosopher Bertrand Russel.“Can you imagine a cow inhaling smoke from burning grass? He couldn’t!!…and tensionJust when you thought the smoke had cleared from the Camp St ruins, it seems to have stuck in the eyes of the law enforcement personnel who’re looking for the convicts who absconded. (You can’t REALLY call fellas who WALKED OUT the front gate of the prisons “escapees”, can you? They just “left”!!) The ones from the Lusignan Cow Pen are real “escapees” – they did things the approved way – like digging tunnels under the noses of the guards, and stuff!!But back to our protectors with smoke in their eyes. What else can you say when a bunch of them – armed to the teeth – shoot and kill a fella who was running away from their menacing shouts? What else was this chap expected to do? Stand still and be shot, like what happens to folks of a certainty ethnicity in interactions with the police in the US?Is anybody keeping count of all the false arrests, beatings, shootings, and search-and-seizures those folks have been subjected to after July 9th?…and mirrorsBy the time you read this, the coronation of VC Griffith would’ve taken place. But rather than the promised “500 national, regional and international representatives”, just the faithful ones showed up!!Courtiers-to-be?last_img read more

Trotman and the APNU/AFC committed malfeasance

first_imgThe horrible oil contract is no longer a secret, 18 months after the fact and only after the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) desperately tried to keep the details secret. Absolutely, Guyana was sold out by APNU/AFC. Whereas, Brazil, our next-door neighbour, got a US$700 c signing bonus from EXXON, Guyana got US$18 million. This US$18 million was kept a secret for 18 months in a secret bank account out of the reach of the Consolidated Fund. While many thought this secret US$18 million bonus was the reason why APNU/AFC wanted to hide the contract, several other egregious reasons are now apparent why APNU/AFC was desperate to keep the whole contract a big secret.Among the many reasons why APNU/AFC wanted to hide the details of the contract was that they agreed EXXON will not pay any Value Added Tax (VAT). This is the same APNU/AFC Cabinet that in 2017 forced the Guyanese people to pay VAT on electricity, water and Internet and introduced VAT on education. It is true they removed VAT on education for 2018, but they have kept VAT on so many other everyday living necessities for the Guyanese people. Yet one of the richest corporations in the world is being exempted from paying VAT. This is unfathomable, insulting, and one wonders who are these genius negotiators who allowed EXXON to bamboozle them so easily.The small signing bonus and the VAT exemption are egregious enough for us the demand that the responsible Minister be fired and to indict APNU/AFC for malfeasance, but the contract has even more egregious giveaways. EXXON will not pay any Corporation Tax. The small businesses in Guyana struggle to pay their Corporation Tax, but one of the largest corporations in the world is being exempted from Corporation Tax. They pay billions in corporate taxes in the USA and in Europe and other rich countries, but is being given a pass in Guyana, one of the poorest countries. This is surely a sweetheart deal for EXXON and Guyana is left holding worthless husk.The contract provides for Guyana to receive a paltry two per cent of the profits, but only after allowing EXXON to recoup all of its investment first before any provision is made for profit-sharing. But get this – our Government has agreed that EXXON will also be exempted from Income Tax. The ordinary Guyanese workers, many working for less than US$500 per month, must pay Income Tax, but EXXON’s management will not pay any Income Tax. Incredibly, the Government will pay the Income Tax for EXXON, a company that will earn billions of US dollars from Guyana will have its Income Tax paid for by the poor Guyanese people.If these truths make your blood boil, the giveaways are for the lifetime of the contract. They even inserted a clause that the contract cannot be re-negotiated. That the Guyanese people are angry is an understatement. Clearly, EXXON took total advantage of us. Trotman and his team were unequivocally overwhelmed by EXXON. We were sold out. Trotman, in typical APNU/AFC haughtiness and arrogance, is now bragging that he is a well-qualified negotiator with Harvard credentials, but that he left the negotiation to his GGMC team. Recognising the Guyanese people have caught on to the scandal, the incompetence and malfeasance, he is distancing himself from the fiasco and throwing his GGMC colleagues under the bus. Even if the negotiation was conducted by GGMC staff, Trotman has responsibility to approve and the buck stops with him, APNU/AFC Cabinet and ultimately, the President. They are all guilty.The APNU/AFC promised people a change. In May 2015, they took control of the Government. Now the change is apparent to all Guyanese. The change that APNU/AFC promised people turned out to be nothing but a platform of lies, fabrication, misrepresentation, misdirection, obfuscation. The examples of their lies and obfuscation are many and, in fact, it is at least one per day. At the heart of a pathological allergy to the truth is the dark underbelly of corruption. Nothing in their behaviour in the last 31 months effectively demonstrate this reckless governance model than the handling of the oil contract. Guyana was sold out, even as our Government abandons our sugar workers.last_img read more