Kiefer Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena’s first semifinals stint didn’t end like it started as NLEX bowed out of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup after 89-96 Game 6 defeat on Tuesday.But rather than dwell on subpar showing in the crucial Game 6, the super rookie is sure to use the failure as a motivation in his young professional career.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims “Bad game, but it keeps me hungrier. It’s something that is a deep cut,” he said after being held to just nine points on a 3-of-17 shooting from the field in the loss. “(Assistant) coach Sandy told me that this is something that I can’t just forget.”Ravena gave credit to the Hotshots’ defense, admitting it really threw NLEX’s groove into disarray as the team shot just 41-percent in the game compared to Magnolia’s 45-percent clip.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We had no rhythm. I thought I was having a good one – made my first shot – and you know after that, it was a struggle,” he said.Not helping was the untimely ejection of JR Quiñahan, which put another dent to the already undermanned Road Warriors’ armor. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jalalon-Barroca tandem doing wonders for Hotshots Still, there is no shame in leading NLEX to greater heights and Ravena took pride for the helping the Road Warriors get their first semifinals appearance in his first conference in the pro league.“It’s the first time we made it to the semifinals as a franchise, and for us to prolong it to a Game 6 against a very, very historic franchise in Magnolia, it’s a success for us,” he said. “But from now on, coach said that anything less than the semifinals is a disappointment for us. That’s true for us players and that the feeling of losing in the semifinals sucks big time and winning is very much the opposite, so we would like to pick the latter more often.”Ravena also challenged himself to pick up the pieces from this defeat, saying, “I’ll use this as fuel. After all, it is my conference of my rookie season. It’s done, but I’ll be ready for the next conference. I’ll be ready, for sure.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown
“I understand that they can’t leave, and I just tried if the players can escape for one day and join the tryouts.”De Jesus will meet with his assistants to determine if there’s a need for a third day of tryout.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast There were some, though, who attended Wednesday’s session even though they weren’t included in the invitees.Generika’s Bang Pineda and Cocolife’s Denden Lazaro, who both play the libero position, joined the pool to the satisfaction of De Jesus.“I’m happy because they showed interest even though they weren’t included in the master list,” said De Jesus, whose pool would have the players who will compete in the 2018 Asian Games and the 2018 AVC Asian Women’s Cup.De Jesus, however, understands the absences since the collegiate players are still playing in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament while the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix is on going.“It can’t be helped that some players can’t come because the other tournaments are still not finished like the UAAP and the PSL,” said De Jesus, who is also coaching De La Salle, which is looking for a third straight title in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. and De Jesus, who was officially named the coach at the start of the tryouts last week, sent out invitations to 34 players both in the collegiate and professional ranks but the second day of tryout at Arellano gym failed to draw a complete cast.Of the 34 players, only nine showed up for both the two sessions—mostly current or former players of De Jesus’ in La Salle along with University of Santo Tomas’ Cherry Rondina and Sta. Lucia’s MJ Phillips—while 18 attended at least once.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I just want those in the master list to show interest,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “I’d be happy if they show up because if they don’t that would be a predicament for us, because even though you were invited but you didn’t show up, then that’d be useless.”Ateneo’s Maddie Madayag, Bea De Leon, Jhoana Maraguinot, University of the Philippines’ Isa Molde, National University’s Jasmine Nabor, Far Eastern University’s Bernadeth Pons and Kyle Atienza, and Cignal’s Rachel Anne Daquis didn’t participate in the tryouts. MOST READ National team head coach Ramil de Jesus wants to see more interest from the players who were invited to join the tryout for the women’s volleyball team pool, which wrapped up its second session on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC PH U18 team scores stunner in handball tilt Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments
Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Blatche, Castro, Romeo to lead PH team in Asian Games In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fans in Mexico use the chant to insult opposing goalkeepers as they take a goal kick. Widely considered a slur, some argue there is no discriminatory intent.FIFA did not elaborate on the nature of the disciplinary proceedings and didn’t say when a hearing would take place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Further updates will be communicated in due course. As proceedings are ongoing please understand we cannot comment further at this stage,” FIFA said in a statement.The Mexican soccer federation has been repeatedly fined by FIFA over fans chanting the slur in recent years, but the sanctions haven’t escalated. The federation and players have previously urged fans to stop the chant to avoid further punishment. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer gestures during the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Mexico after its fans used an anti-gay slur during the team’s 1-0 win over Germany.Some Mexican supporters chanted the slur when Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer prepared to take a goal kick in the 24th minute of Sunday’s game at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Court of Arbitration for Sport canceled two fines against Mexico in November, ruling the chant was “insulting” but not meant to offend, though it left other fines in force.FIFA is using a new anti-discrimination procedure for the World Cup, under which referees are instructed to stop the game for an announcement on the public address system when discriminatory behavior is seen or heard. If it continues, the official could suspend the game, and then abandon it if the behavior persists.FIFA did not respond to a request for comment on why the referee did not use the system during Sunday’s game.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments
Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s the point of the tournament when teams have started weighing their chances for a Final Four spot, especially with a very tight contest at the upper half of the standings of UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.But De La Salle University, which currently sits in the third spot of the standings with Far Eastern University with a 5-4 card was quick to say it does not want to think about the playoffs just yet.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college La Salle head coach Louie Gonzalez said the Green Archers’ loss to Adamson on Saturday is not a cause of concern as the team takes one game at a time, adding, it’s just one of those “ordinary games.”“No, it’s not really red flag,” said Gonzalez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“When we move out from this dugout, we’re already focused on our next game which is FEU,” he said in Filipino. “Our goal is not only this [to win]. I know this is a setback, but we will learn from this.”“It’s just a normal game. We did not think about that after two years, we lost to Adamson,” Aljun Melecio also pointed out in Filipino. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES The Green Archers failed to buck a slow start in their 50-57 defeat to the Soaring Falcons, and were limited to just two points at the end of the first quarter after missing their first 19 attempts from the field.“I tried to control them. They started to veer away because our shots just weren’t falling. I told them to just keep grinding,” the first-year head coach added. “I told them not to give up.”Though, they showed fight behind the tremendous offensive effort of Melecio to trim the deficit to four points, 50-46, the Falcons regained control with their defense in the final quarter.“We will have to master doing the small details like our timing.”READ: UAAP: Pumaren, Adamson get back at La SalleADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ateneo’s Kouame owes improvement to ‘second coach’ Go Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments
Bucks hold on late for 107-104 win over Pistons Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan (10) passes the ball as he is defended by Philadelphia 76ers’ Mike Muscala (31) and Ben Simmons during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 123-96. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO— While the San Antonio Spurs search for their identity as a team, Rudy Gay is showing that he has returned to form.Gay had 21 points and LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan each added 20 as San Antonio defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 123-96 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Popovich spoke of his admiration for Butler, who he is expected to coach on the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team in the 2020 Olympics.“The one thing that stands out to me is he’s a competitor,” Popovich said. “I love competitors, and he’s that in spades. And he’s obviously talented.”Butler was humbled by Popovich’s assessment.“All he wants to ever do is win, but a great guy,” Butler said. “He knows the human aspect of the game as well. For him to say that about me, it means a lot. It means I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing.”CATCHING UPBrown spent time with former Spurs Tim Duncan and Bruce Bowen, who he coached in San Antonio, prior to Monday’s game.“We had a laugh talking about old times,” Brown said. “It touched on basketball, but it was way more just catching up with them and seeing how they’re doing personally.”UP NEXT76ers: Host New York on Wednesday night.Spurs: At Orlando on Wednesday night. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “I think we’re starting to figure out each other more than anything,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Who’s got the mismatches out there. Usually your best players look for those mismatches and our guys are starting to figure that out. Defensively, we’ve got a little bit more rhyme and reason to what we’re doing and it’s shown in this homestand. I’m pleased with the progress (but) we still have a long way to go.”Aldridge added 10 rebounds and DeRozan had seven assists for the Spurs, who closed a six-game home stand at 5-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSan Antonio bounced back after squandering a 21-point lead in a loss to Chicago on Saturday night. It was the fifth straight game the Spurs held an opponent under 100 points.J.J. Redick and Ben Simmons each had 16 points to lead the 76ers on the second night of a back-to-back. Joel Embiid was limited to 13 points on 6-for-17 shooting and finished with 11 rebounds. Jimmy Butler had six points on 3-for-13 shooting. LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Philadelphia shot 41 percent from the field and 30 percent on 3-pointers in losing for the third time in four outings.“Defensively, they put us in tough situations to execute our offense,” Embiid said. “I had a pretty bad shooting night, Jimmy did (too). They made us uncomfortable.”When the Spurs’ lead over the 76ers swelled to 29 points, Popovich didn’t need to remind his team about the Bulls’ rally.“There was nothing to say, we were engaged,” Gay said. “We were really engaged. I think it was pretty clear that we messed up last game, we let that one go. Two games in a row? Can’t happen. Can’t happen.”Gay was key to the Spurs maintaining the lead. The 13-year veteran took advantage of mismatches when he wasn’t outworking Butler.ADVERTISEMENT Gay had 11 points in the third as he continued his solid play in his comeback from a ruptured left Achilles tendon two years ago. The 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 14 points this season, but has averaged 18.8 points in his last seven games.“He’s got a little spunk in his step,” Popovich said. “He likes the group. He’s worked hard to understand defensively and rebounding what we want and, of course, he can score.”Gay has scored 20-plus points five times through 27 games. He accomplished that feat in 57 games last season.Philadelphia raced to a nine-point lead in the opening quarter behind Redick’s outside shooting and Embiid’s inside dominance. The duo combined to shoot 8 for 13 and scored nine points apiece in the first quarter, including a 3-pointer by Redick and a dunk by Embiid.The Spurs rallied by limiting the 76ers to eight field goals and 17 points in the second quarter, and by forcing five turnovers.“You can talk about Xs and Os, you can talk about a bunch of stuff but to me, our spirit was down,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “We are poor in back- to-backs. That is a fact and we have to find a way to do better.”TIP-INS76ers: Brown and assistant Monty Williams worked for the Spurs prior to joining Philadelphia. Brown spent 11 seasons as an assistant under Popovich from 2002-2013. Williams played for the Spurs from 1996-98 and returned to serve as vice president of basketball operations from 2016-18. … Embiid led the team in scoring in four straight games prior to Monday, averaging 30.3 points over that stretch.Spurs: The Spurs held the 76ers to 17 points in the second quarter, which was two points shy of their season low of 15 for the period at Phoenix on Oct. 31. … Davis Bertans had 16 points, the most in four games since a two-game absence following the birth of his first child. … San Antonio’s bench outscored Philadelphia’s 56-35.HUMBLED After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
As the rains recede and the dry season heats up, LEC, the Liberia Electricity Corporation, will be under greater pressure to supply power to homes and businesses. But not much juice is flowing out of LEC’s power lines these days. The Corporation, already struggling to keep up with the demand for electricity, said in a statement issued in Monrovia this week that due to the constant break down of its generators, it was compelled to begin rationing power in many areas of greater Monrovia.LEC’s management and support partners also had to stop construction work on the Mount Coffee hydro power plant owing to the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus which ran many of its expatriate technical counterparts out of the country. The cessation of progress on the hydro power plant for an uncertain duration, dims the hope of the public to see Monrovia and its environs fully electrified any time soon.Many families and businesses will have to spend even more on fuel for their generators, worsening the economic blow dealt by the Ebola epidemic, still worrying the public. A slight relief was provided by the lowering of fuel and gasoline prices by the Liberia Petroleum Refining Corporation with the support of the Ministry of Commerce.Already, small businesses are beginning to vent their frustration and grave concern over the power rationing. The affected customers, mainly on the Bushrod Island and in Central Monrovia, are demanding that LEC come up with a strategy to ensure the uninterrupted power supply to homes and businesses.“Our homes and businesses over the past few weeks have been undergoing serious financial losses and unbearable constraints due to the constant rationing of power supply,” the customers lamented.LEC customer Beatrice Clinton Browne of Duala community told the Daily Observer recently that she is completely frustrated over the constant power rationing to her home and business.Mrs. Browne manages a small provision shop to sustain her family of five living in the Duala Community on Bushrod Island.“I want the LEC management during this critical dry season to work out some concrete plans on how to constantly supply power to my home and business in this Duala area,” Mrs. Browne insisted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,Following the Crime Chief’s statements at a press conference and previous statement emanating from the mouths of officers in the hierarchy of the Guyana Police Force, I am highly annoyed that they choose to cast their incompetence towards others instead of getting a grip on crime and I would like to point out a few facts that they should address instead of trying to discredit others, specially ‘those roaming about as technicians’ like myself who are trying.Over the years, the Stabroek Market has been a safe haven for drug sellers, users, selling and purchasing of stolen articles, numerous robberies. Numerous traffic jams around the various bus parks, especially at the route 45 park, cause tremendous headache to motorists.Vehicles are being stopped and in most cases, charges are stated, the matter either gets tried on the spot or it’s taken to the ‘high court’ (Police station), and settlement is agreed upon. Many Police are trusted with responsibilities and instead, their greed overcomes them.The recent incident at the Arthur Chung Centre shows that not one alone was involved but they all combine their brains together and execute lawlessness to enrich themselves. Those things keep occurring and despite their glorious plans they always come up with or project they embarked on, the lawlessness still continues. Throughout the years, crimes still occur and at particular areas, they keep reoccurring and they can’t curb it, even though they have all that is required to. But every Christmas, they always have a plan. Some plan!Editor, at the above mentioned press conference, the Crime Chief chose to discredit persons ‘roaming about as technicians’ and advising to use companies. Just for the sake of clarity, I would like to inform the Crime Chief that most people working for those companies are just like us ‘roaming technicians’.There is nowhere that really trains someone on installation of security systems and only one or few people are fortunate to get sponsored training overseas by companies. Some eventually leave and embarked on solo careers and now they are fortunate to be labeled ‘roaming technicians’.I have penned a series of letters about security and security systems because I have an interest in them, did my research and it also aids me financially. I have been able to travel lots of places to either install or rectify/trouble shoot problems relating to security cameras.Many people make contact with me via social media or phone either seeking my advice or service. Before going about discrediting ‘roaming technicians’, it should be noted that many companies charge tremendous amounts of money, and or sell outdated/inferior products.Among some of the pointers/guides in my letters, I’ve emphasised on the placement of cameras and I am seeing many companies still installing cameras at a distance and angle which gives you footage that is worthless.Today, many crimes are being committed by criminals who wear hats and although the angle camera is in position, it’s impossible to get a decent image. The Guyana Police Force has CID officers that receive training to retrieve videos/footage from DVRs and in a few cases, I had to assist those ‘trained’ officers, because they don’t know anything or could not manoeuvre through those settings.Finally Editor, our crime rate is extremely high in this country and based on what the Crime Chief said, it’s ridiculous to hear that places would invest in dummy cameras instead of the real deal. I don’t buy that, business owners know the importance of security systems and I don’t believe they would stop short. There are many people who have security systems installed and if a crime is commited in the area their system covers, once it doesn’t involve them, they don’t assist.Their views are that they invest for their protection and not others. Proper maintenance of security systems is important because it sometimes malfunctions and many systems might become inoperable, awaiting replacement parts/repairs etc.The Crime Chief’s revelations will only encourages criminals to scrutinise places more closely, instead of deterring them, so, I’m wondering what are their true intentions, especially when they are against stores/companies having armed security in front of their premises? The last time I checked, even the Police was hired to perform a service and they thieving, isn’t it better you take your own precaution? Why no advisory about soliciting members of the Guyana Police Force, especially when we see they mostly uniting to thief?Respectfully,Sahadeo Bates
Dear Editor,The Guyana Diaspora is Guyana’s second state. The population of the diaspora is almost as large as the entire population of our homeland. This has been because of direct migration and the existence of second- and third-generation Guyanese. This unique situation has great competitive advantages for Guyana: Guyanese in the homeland, in the United States, and in Canada. With such a distribution of our population, we can create great opportunities to harness the diaspora’s potential. There is the need to develop comprehensive strategic plans for solutions to national issues.There are many national issues that cannot be solved by the Executive and their territorial coverage. Therefore, the need for a Diaspora Strategy Map is necessary. There are many individuals and groups that have been working to bridge this divide, but they have failed to develop a holistic approach. Many have specific purposes, and often work in isolation of each other. In analyzing what has been done so far, there has been some progress with education, youth and robotics, donations, and small cultural activities. However, these are very random, and do not mesh the entire country and diaspora.It is necessary to develop strategies that take into consideration our current disposition in the homeland and diaspora. In the US, and specifically New York, we are distributed across the five boroughs, with a large population being in the Queens area. In analyzing NYC demographic data, it can be stated that South Richmond Hill and surrounding areas have the largest number of Guyanese. This concentration has advantages, since we can focus the development of social and economic plans for the community. The successes can ripple across the state, so that we can all benefit.What are the benefits of pursuing this? An effective Diaspora Strategy is important to promote the consolidation of the two economies, create direct investment opportunities, and the utilise our professional potential so that we can bridge our homeland’s integration into the global economy. While we are very occupied with the development of the oil and gas sector, the diaspora community has always been a resource that has a higher return on investment if we pursue the right strategies. One of these is as a complement to a Sovereign Wealth Fund. How?It’s important that research and development are pursued to determine the generation and preservation of wealth in the Guyanese diaspora in New York. Specific questions would be on determining overall diaspora engagement, awareness of our knowledge-based economy, business and employment types, professional skills, changes to immigration and demographic trends, and what types of local and homeland policies must be developed to address the top priorities.In support of this, it’s important to discover and understand the various existing contributions to development, support groups and organisations, vulnerable populations, and the changing US policy and expectations. This is not everything, but a top output of this discovery would be to correlate remittances and family assistance data in support of our economy. Individually, many Guyanese have achieved great success in the diaspora. It’s important that we begin the discovery process to effectively encourage community involvement.Many countries have obtained exemplary success in this domain. Those include India, Israel, Russia, and the Polish-Slavic communities. Their diasporas actively participate in the national economic development processes by facilitating the realisation of goods and services, as well as creating joint productions and investing in several areas of the economy.For Guyana, we need to begin by bringing the right people together, and identifying and analysing the knowledge gaps. This would include an advance understanding of business activities in terms of imports and exports, the local economy, cultural activities, education and sports, employment, travel, and vulnerable populations.It would also be very important to develop correlation with other economic data sources to create superior socio-demographic and economic diaspora profiles.The Guyanese diaspora has a similar cultural affinity with the homeland. This is both advantageous and disadvantageous for the development of national economic cooperation. In the diaspora, it would be important to create a unified self-organisation, superior strategies, and policies that address all our concerns. This is important because, like with the other communities, we are all the same, since we share the same foreign national identity. This is not a paradox! The Guyanese diaspora can develop a world-class global shaping economy.As we pursue a diaspora strategy, it’s important that there is the restoration of the trust paradigm. Any administration must understand that there may exist political indifference. The fact is that the diaspora is important to national development and sustainability.Therefore, it is necessary to include us as we develop a common goal and vision for a modern Guyana. The activities like the annual Unity Parade demonstrate how emotionally attached a part of the community is to our homeland. However, this has a very narrow temporal interest. In the short term, there is the need to bridge the political and cultural divide between communities in Brooklyn and Queens.Once this has been achieved, there would be an understanding of the dispersed realities of our people. We can then begin to create policies and strategies for sustainable national development.Yours respectfully,Dustin Fraser
Alleged Police RapeA Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice resident was on Monday freed of a charge of falsely accusing a Police officer of rape.Stephan Philips, 28, initially appeared before Magistrate Annet Singh at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for making false allegations.The man had previously denied the charge, which stated that on October 22 at Brickdam Police Station, he gave to Officer Marilyn Rodney false information alleging that he had been raped by Police Constable Shawn Beharry.Police Prosecutor Adduni Innis in the interim told the court that the defendant was known to Police and was before the Providence Magistrate’s Court charged for breaking and entering when he made allegations that he was raped by a Police rank.The Prosecutor revealed an investigation was launched and it was revealed that the defendant fabricated the story. Prosecutor Innis said that advice was sought from the Director of Public Prosecutions as to the way forward and it was recommended that Philips be charged for the offence.Meanwhile, the Officer against whom the accusation was made told the court that as a result of the false allegation, his name had been tarnished and he had been placed under close arrest for six days.However, after the investigations revealed the truth, officer Beharry was freed of all charges.The Magistrate dismissed the matter on Monday due to issues over the defendant’s attendance.
By Devina SamarooJust as increasing taxation on tobacco products is aimed at reducing smoking among a population in order toFormer Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammypromote healthier lifestyles, so too will be the result by increasing taxes on soda.Since soda and other sugary beverages are a major contributor to poor diets across the world, former Health Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy is urging all governments to implement a soda tax to encourage healthier diets among its citizenry.Just as the tobacco industry did with cigarettes, soda companies go to great lengths to target vulnerable populations. Research show that a great amount of soda advertising is aimed at children and teenagers as well as low-income communities.Soda is one of the most consumed beverages in the United States, second only to water.Soda’s connection to the obesity epidemic is so intertwined, Harvard researchers have calculated each additional soda consumed increases the risk of obesity 1.6 times.Incessant soda consumption eventually leads to increased risk of diabetes, osteoporosis, reproductive issues, heart diseases, kidney issues, among other negative health dangers.Dr Ramsammy in a statement pointed out that poor diets today is a bigger problem than hunger.He said while less than 800 million people go hungry every day, more than 2 billion people consume diets that are making them sick.“More than 2 billion people around the world are overweight and obese. For the first time in human history there are more overweight people than underweight people in the world,” he remarked, noting that Guyana is no exception from the growing number of people slipping into that category.Dr Ramsammy noted that for years he has been talking about the need to implement heavy taxation on soda but despite his sound rationale, very few paid attention to the call.Charging heavy taxes on soda will pressure distributors to pass the cost along to businesses and consumers. Should they increase the price of their products – and this is the straightforward effect – the additional cost could reduce soda consumption by encouraging people to select healthier, cheaper options.Additionally, a taxed industry will act as an “anti-soda” public health campaign since people tend to understand that product-specific taxes are only levied when a substance can cause harm.Observers noted that such a shift occurred with tobacco when countries around the world implemented the tobacco tax.The spotlight of soda taxes is heightened today because it has become the newest policy disagreement between the two Democratic Party candidates for the US Presidency. Hilary Clinton has endorsed a soda tax while Bernie Sanders contends it is anti-poor.Dr Ramsammy said that Sanders’ anti-poor argument in rejecting the implementation of a soda tax is shocking because poor diet is contributing to an explosion of chronic non-communicable diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes, among all people, but particularly poor people.The former Health Minister said Sanders’ argument that the soda tax will make soda less affordable for poor people is exactly the argument Big Food uses to resist any effort to implement a soda tax, whether it is in America or in any other part of the world. Big Food sacrifices people’s health at the altar of Big Profit. In rejecting the soda tax, Sanders is protecting Big Food’s Big Profit agenda.“The latest controversy over the soda tax is because Ms Clinton supports the Mayor of Philadelphia who has piloted a bill to increase soda tax in his city and use the revenues to support pre-school and kindergarten programmes. This seems like a programme designed to benefit poor people, not an assault on poor people,” he counter-argued.He noted that there are many good examples of soda taxation around the world that demonstrate the effectiveness of its implementation and the benefits accrued to poor communities.“Take the California city, Berkeley which passed a soda tax in November 2014. It was a victory for health, for communities of colour and their kids, and for people-powered democracy against one of the biggest global industries – Big Soda expended $US2.5 million to fight the tax. Berkeley took on the soda tax campaign because of a serious health crisis: 40 per cent of the children were on track to become diabetic in their lifetime unless something changed. The link between soda and diabetes is undeniable. Berkeley’s soda tax is a penny-per-ounce tax paid by distributors of sugary drinks, like soda, energy drinks, and sugary coffee syrups. As of March, 2016, Berkeley’s soda tax has generated $1.5 million for community nutrition & health efforts, including school garden programmes,” he pointed out.Dr Ramsammy further explained that all nations can learn from the Mexico soda tax case whereby its implementation resulted in the purchase of soda decreasing by an incredible 12 per cent within a year. Dr Ramsammy asserted that by introducing soda taxes, governments will ultimately be helping poor communities who can least afford the healthcare that will be demanded by the diseases such as diabetes and obesity. He posited that any objection against soda tax is an assault against poor people.