Le Tour: Australian Whitfield weathers rain to win 2nd stage

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ With today’s 177.35km third stage going to Daet, Camarines Sur, largely flat, Whitehouse is expected to keep the yellow shirt until the final stage on Tuesday.“Like I’ve said, I’ll just take it one stage at a time,’’ said Whitehouse, whose family is now based in Christchurch, New Zealand. “’We’ll see what happens tomorrow (today).”Grijalba remained fourth and Crawford lay fifth, each of them two minutes behind Whitehouse in the four-day race backed by Petron, UPS, Philippine Airlines, Advanced Solutions Inc., Cargohaus Inc., CCN Sports Philippines, IWMI, NMM Customs Broker, Phenom Sportswear, UFL Philippines and WARM.Overall, Team Ukyo’s Eiichi Hirai stayed at sixth, Nathan Erle was seventh, Guardiola lay at eighth, 2015 champ Thomas Lebas at ninth and Edgar Nieto of 7Eleven-Road Bike Philippines, all of them 2:04 back.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member The overall general classification leader checked in 20th in the stage made difficult by a long punishing climb on the seaside town of Tiwi.“The hard part began when we hit the coast and the roads started to go up and down,” said Whitehouse. “The rain and the wind plus the climb blew us apart.”Jai Crawford of Kinan Cycling Team made a bold solo breakaway approaching the climb halfway through the course and conquered the only king of the mountain challenge of the day.But Crawford’s gambit to take the stage by his lonesome didn’t pay off as the Australian was reeled in by the chase pack featuring Whitehouse after the second intermediate sprint in Tigaon town, some 30 km from the finish.The top of the standings hardly moved with Whitehouse leading Stage 2 second-placer Benjamin Hill of Attaque Team Gusto by 1:57 and Ryu Suzuki of Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team by 1:58.ADVERTISEMENT “It makes life harder if I have to watch 10 riders who are capable of making an attack,” said the 22-year climb specialist from Manchester, England. “The other challengers were always attacking me. Thankfully, no time was lost today.”Whitehouse, who prevailed in the opening lap from Legaspi to Sorsogon City to seize the overall leader’s yellow shirt, managed to arrive at the finish with a big bunch of riders led by Stage 2 winner Sean Whitfield of Oliver’s Real Food Racing.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 returnWhitfield led a tight sprint to the line and nosed out Sanghong Park of LX Cycling Team to complete the 177.35-kilometer trip from Sorsogon City in four hours, 19 minutes and 21 seconds.Fernando Grijalba of Kuwait Caruncho.Es placed third during their mad dash and had the same clocking as Whitfield along with 25 other riders, including Whitehouse. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Sean Whitfield. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNAGA CITY—Even the driving rains and the blustery coastal ride won’t distract Daniel Whitehouse from protecting the precious yellow jersey.Riding for Terengganu Cycling Team, Whitehouse simply warded off every challenge on the road to retain the overall lead after the second stage of the 8th Le Tour de Filipinas presented by Air21 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Ronda Pilipinas: Morales edges Hualda, rules Stage 9 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study View commentslast_img read more

Racal escapes Victoria, moves to joint second place

first_imgAris Dionisio led also-ran Victoria (1-7) with 16 points and 18 rebounds, while Robbie Herndon also got 16 markers and six boards in the losing effort.The Scores:RACAL 75 – Flores 14, Salado 12, Cabrera 10, Torres 9, Mangahas 7, Onwubere 7, Nambatac 4, Terso 4, Apreku 2, Corpuz 2, Dagangon 2, Gumaru 2, Gabawan 0.VICTORIA 70 – Dionisio 16, Herndon 16, Grimaldo 11, Ayonayon 8, Koga 8, Ragasa 4, Nicholls 3, Lao 2, Puspus 2.Quarters: 24-20, 44-36, 62-54, 75-70.ADVERTISEMENT Roider Cabrera also had 10 points and six rebounds for Racal, which tied Cafe France at second place, both carrying an identical 6-1 slate.“We had lots of miscommunications. I told them to not feel too confident because (Victoria) is very deceiving. Luckily, we made stops and we had good rotations in the end game,” said coach Jerry Codinera.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 returnRacal squandered a nine-point edge, 69-60, with 6:21 remaining and let Victoria grab a 70-69 lead courtesy of a 10-0 spurt.But the Tile Masters held strong on the defensive end, with Flores and Sidney Onwubere making huge plays in the last two minutes as they bounced back from a 77-75 loss to Jose Rizal University last week. FILE – Lervin Flores. PBA IMAGESRacal lost hold of a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter but got its act together in time to escape with a 75-70 victory over Victoria Sports-MLQU Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Lervin Flores made huge stops in the fourth quarter and finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks, while Kent Salado got 12 markers, 10 boards, and five assists.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UFC: GSP says won’t stoop down to trash-talking Bisping’s level 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties View comments MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions 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 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties LATEST STORIES China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijinglast_img read more

Celtics slump as Millsap lifts Hawks

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments LATEST STORIES Millsap also got backing from Tim Hardaway Jr with 23 points as well as a career-high 20 points from Taurean Prince and 18 from Dennis Schroder.Boston star Isaiah Thomas led the game scoring with 35 points while Jae Crowder had 24.Elsewhere Thursday, the Washington Wizards claimed a 106-103 win over the New York Knicks to tie for third spot in the East.Washington point guard John Wall warned however that the Wizards would need to improve their defense if they were to prosper in the playoffs.“Our defense is terrible right now,” Wall said. “If we think we’re going to go to the playoffs with this defense, we’ll have an early exit.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Bucks coach Jason Kidd bemoaned his team’s carelessness in possession.“We had way too many turnovers,” Kidd said. “We talked about it before the game, that we’ve got to take care of the ball. If you turn the ball over against Indiana, it puts you in a bad situation defensively, because they are going to take advantage of it, and they did. Once we started turning it over, we were a little hesitant to pass it.” 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 Atlanta Hawks forward Taurean Prince (12) looks to pass as Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Atlanta. The Hawks won the game 123-116. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)Boston’s hopes of pipping Cleveland for top spot in the Eastern Conference suffered a blow on Thursday as the Celtics slumped to defeat against the Atlanta Hawks.The Celtics, comprehensively beaten by the Cavaliers on Wednesday, slid to another costly defeat as Paul Millsap inspired Atlanta to a 123-116 win at Philips Arena in Georgia.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos “We have to figure that out,” he added after a win which lifted Washington to 48-31, level with Toronto, who had a rest day on Thursday.Bulls on the chargeMeanwhile, Nikola Mirotic scored 22 points and Jimmy Butler had 19 points as the Chicago Bulls beat the Philadelphia 76ers 102-90 to boost their playoff prospects.Butler also produced 10 rebounds and 10 assists for only the fourth triple-double of his career in what was a fifth win in six games for the Bulls.The Bulls are locked in a neck-and-neck race with Indiana for seventh place in the Eastern Conference, with identical records of 39-40 following the Pacers’ win on Thursday.The Miami Heat (38-40) are also in the hunt, just behind Indiana and Chicago.The Pacers moved to 39-40 after a 104-89 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.Paul George had 23 points and 10 rebounds to subdue the Bucks, who fell to 40-39.Indiana coach Nate McMillan said he was encouraged by the grit shown by his team on their road trip.“We now know exactly what we have to do on this upcoming road trip,” McMillan said. “We were solid on defense tonight, and we did a lot better job attacking. Those are things we have to do. We also did a better job with our spacing tonight.” Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Iran’s 1st international marathon begins, with no Americans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Millsap scored 26 points and 12 rebounds as Atlanta improved to 40-38, a half-game ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks in the battle for fifth place.But the defeat put a serious dent in Boston’s chances of overhauling the Cavaliers at the top of the table.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 Celtics are now 50-29, lying in second spot behind reigning NBA Finals champions Cleveland who are 51-27 and now primed to lock up first place.Millsap’s points and rebounds total marked a 19th doube-double of the season, and confirmed his successful return from a left knee problem. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on governmentlast_img read more

Fowler-Reid among high-powered Sunshine Girls additions

first_imgStar shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid is among three players who have been added to the Jamaica Sunshine Girls team to this year’s Fast5 World Series, replacing Sherema Sterling, Shantal Slater, and Zonasha Hinds, who were denied US visas two weeks ago. Former captain Malysha Kelly and veteran player Paula Thompson are the other players who have been brought into the Sunshine Girls team for the tournament, which will be held in Melbourne, Australia , from October 28-29. Fowler-Reid had initially indicated to the Sunshine Girls coaching staff that she would only be available for the Caribbean Netball Championships and not the Fast5 Series as both tournaments would be held in the same month, which would have caused her to miss a number of classes at the Mico University College, where she is currently studying. However, the Caribbean tournament, which was scheduled for October 8-16 in St Lucia, was cancelled last month due to the unavailability of some of the teams, and Fowler-Reid has since indicated her willingness to represent the country in the Fast5 competition. Kelly and Thompson were also members of the squad preparing for the Caribbean Championships and not the Fast5 tournament. Communications director of Netball Jamaica, Wayne Lewis, said the addition of the three players would add a lot of strength and depth to the Sunshine Girls unit, who will be aiming to win the championships for the first time. “I think that with Jhaniele Fowler-Reid in our team, our chances must be better because she is an excellent player,” said Lewis. “She would have been there from the outset if she had made herself available, (but) she decided to play in the Caribbean Championships instead based on her school commitment,” he said. “It augers well for us because they are excellent players and they are very influential players in the team, and they have been around Jamaica’s netball for quite some time, so it can only put us in a much better position in terms of strengthening our team.Our expectations have been heightened going into the tournament,” Lewis added. Lewis also confirmed that Fowler-Reid would captain the Sunshine Girls team at the championships Down Under. “She accepted the challenge of leading the team to the Fast5, and we are very happy about that. She is very respected in the team, very influential, and the players look up to her a great deal, so we are quite happy that she will be there.”last_img read more

Little London’s Samuels focused on getting goals

first_img Other results: Western Bureau: Little London High’s striker Tyreke Samuels who scored a brace in their ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup match against Knockalva Technical yesterday, said whilst happy for the goals he is focused on being their number one striker by scoring goals in every game. Samuels’s goals came in the 29th and 39th minutes. The other scorer for the hosts were Tyrone Reynolds (33rd). Dillon Dixon (77th) got the consolation for Knockalva. “I’m feeling very good knowing that I helped my team get the three points,” said Samuels. “I have not set a target but I am going to continue putting out the effort and work very hard to try and score in every game I play. I was not a regular starter last year or even in the first games of this season but since I got my first start I’ve been improving so now I’m looking to cement that spot,” he added. Jeffery Reece, coach of Little London, was impressed by the performance of his team. “We did a lot of work coming into the match. I realised out of the three strikers Samuels was the one in the best shape. I put him in front of the goal Monday and Tuesday so we were expecting him to score,” said Reece. “Last year, he was supposed to be one of our regular starters but was inconsistent. He didn’t like to train, but this year I pushed him to the extreme to get him in that shape,” he added. “We lost eight of our regular starters from last year, so this is a pretty young team. They are actually gelling together now. A lot of people didn’t expect the team to be where they are now because we lost so many players but they have adapted fast and have more discipline than last year’s team.” Belmont 0 Mannings 4 Hopewell 1 Merlene Ottey 0 Cedric Titus 1 Muschett 0 Cross Keys 0 Winston Jones 1last_img read more

“Clash of the Titans” heading to Berbice in July

first_imgAfter a huge success at the Guyana National Stadium, the promoters of “Clash of the Titans” are now making preparations to have the chutney explosion held in Berbice. It is under the premise that huge support for the show came from the ancient county, hence in all fairness, it be taken there.On July 2, Bath Settlement ground, West Coast Berbice, will come alive as several regional and local artistes are expected to create a whirlwind. The line-up for the show includes Ravi B and the Karma Band, Veekash Sahadeo, Amit Sooknanan, Rick Ramoutar, Venessa Ramoutar as well as Kystal (Party Done).Shakti String Orchestra including Pooran Seeraj, Steven Ramphal and Youland Nedd and the Fire Fest Dancers will also add some spice to the event. Mahendra Ramkellawan will also make an appearance.General admission tickets for the event cost $1500 while VIP tickets will also be available. The event is sponsored by Comfort Sleep, NP Fried Chicken, Team MMR, Crown Vibes and others.The emcee for the show will be television personality, WR Reaz.last_img read more

Former beauty queen records debut single

first_imgFormer three-time beauty ambassador, activist and entrepreneur Ruqayyah Boyer is set to release her first single “Sunshine” on July 9.“Sunshine”, which is the first single to be released off her debut EP is a more or less a pop love song with influences from dance pop, electro and some jazz.The love song was written by Ruqayyah and produced by Simeon Browne of Wondamang Productions. It features in part Guyanese social commentary, dancehall and Soca artiste Kwasi “Ace” Edmondson and also former Ms United Kingdom 2013, Kirsty Heslewood.The song speaks of romance and a young girl’s feelings for her significant other. The chorus – And I just want my ray of sunshine – repeats itself graciously before Kwasi “Ace” Edmondson belts out a metaphorically infused response to what any lucky man with a good girl by his side would relay.Ruqayyah states the role played by her colleague, former Ms United Kingdom Kirsty Heslewood will be featured in the visual release of the single which is currently scheduled to be completed and available for general viewing by mid-August.Playing lead in the video will be Models Yohalanda Kerr and Kurt Nunes. The song is released in time for the holiday season and while Boyer states she has no set expectations of the musical number, she does feel a sense of accomplishment as she has always had a fear of completing a musical recording, strangely enough since the art form has always meant a lot to her growing up.She expressed hopes of the song connecting with individuals who are in love, on a quest for love or about to find love and that if given the chance, they allow themselves to jam along.last_img read more

The regression of Indigenous land rights

first_imgThe issue of Indigenous land rights must be contextualised and dealt with separately from any other land claims, and not just because Amerindians are Guyana’s first peoples from whom the entire country was initially “stolen” by the European settlers. The demarche for returning “stolen” lands was first initiated by the natives of the Americas themselves, and in Guyana the process of addressing Amerindian land rights commenced under the British Empire with the establishment of the first “reserves” as they were dubbed. These were provisioned for by the Amerindian Ordinances of 1902 and 1904. Later, it was Stephen Campbell who continued the fight for land ownership in the years preceding independence, by securing the promise that the young Guyanese State would establish an Amerindian Land Commission geared towards investigating land claims and formulating subsequent proposals. This resulted in the publication of the 1969 Land Commission Report which paved the way for the titling of the first 10 Amerindian villages in Guyana. So the legal battle for land rights does not only predate the reclamations for land by other peoples brought to Guyana by colonisers, but is also embodied in the self-determination and self- representation of Amerindian peoples who took it upon themselves to engage successive Governments on the matter. In fact, upon closer observation, the earliest stages of this expression of self-representation stemmed from the negotiations and trade between the free Indigenous peoples of Guyana and the first Dutch settlers – Amerindians were and continue to be free peoples. It is what distinguishes Amerindian land titling from the context of African land reparation, which is a consequence of slavery in which the stakeholders are not the same, and in which the British Crown still has a responsibility to play. Further, Amerindian land ownership is guaranteed by an international framework which revolves around the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), before which it was already the object of a pledge by the Government of Guyana and enshrined in the Amerindian Act no 6 – 2006. This is the context enveloping Amerindian land rights – a context which because of its historical specificities, must continue to be treated on separate grounds from the issue of African and other land claims. It is this foundation that later facilitated the LCDS funded Amerindian Land Titling Project which was set up specifically to respond to Indigenous land rights, and which by its mandate alone, annuls the relevance of any Commission of Inquiry purporting to investigate land claims. In refusing to comply with the framework encompassing Amerindian land rights, the coalition Government is actually trespassing on international guidelines and national legislations, which might eventually become cause for legal disputes and the decimation of trust between the State and Amerindian peoples.President Granger’s recent clash with the National Toshaos’ Council (NTC) depicts the coalition’s refusal to acknowledge the specificities of Amerindian land titling, moving Amerindians one step closer to marginalisation. Former People’s National Congress (PNC0) Executive Vincent Alexander’s recent pronouncement in the media, reinforces the President’s position. Alexander insisted at a public forum that all Guyanese claims to lands must be dealt with in one same manner and through a single outlet. Incidentally, his approach also echoes Eric Phillips’ racist banter in the media which commenced about a year ago and sought to discredit the legitimacy of Amerindians to land ownership.Upon closer examination, this narrative leaves no space for cultural diversities to coexist in Guyana, and the recent upheaval by PNC friendlies against Amerindian land rights is allowed to penetrate the public sphere unsanctioned, because it favours the coalition’s agenda which is one set on reformulating the history of this country.In the PNC’s reformulated history of Guyana, multiculturalism is crushed by policies which induce the forceful assimilation of citizens to a national identity forged from the imaginary – what Benedict Anderson calls an “imagined community” – in the belief that this is the means to achieving “national unity”. But the causal effect of bulldozing one’s way through the process of nation building produces the opposite result: a society which appeals little to the sentiment of belonging of cultural groups and minorities, and citizens in general.The establishment of a CoI into Amerindian land titling without obtaining the majority consensus of Amerindian leaders is an affront to Indigenous land rights and sets a dangerous precedence for all those who in the future would attempt to diminish the legitimacy of these special rights. It officially marks the deliberate regression of Indigenous rights in Guyana.last_img read more

Bullshit in politics

first_imgAbout a decade or so ago, the philosopher Harry Frankfurt’s book, with the seemingly most non-philosophically sounding title, On Bullshit, became a NY Times bestseller. The blurb to Frankfurt’s slim book – which was originally just an article – summarises the concept of “bullshit”. He argues that bullshitters misrepresent themselves to their audience not as liars do, that is, by deliberately making false claims about what is true. In fact, bullshit need not be untrue at all.“Rather, bullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They quietly change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant. Frankfurt concludes that although bullshit can take many innocent forms (like in our rum-shop gyaafs), excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine the practitioner’s capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does not.“Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By virtue of this, Frankfurt writes, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.” This last feature of bullshit is what makes bullshit so dangerous: very soon truth becomes irrelevant.Against this background, what can we say about the PNC’s statements on the No-confidence Motion subsequent to its passage on December 21, 2018, but that it’s been all Frankfurtian bullshit spewed onto the Guyanese people?? On the night in question, against plaintive cries of “No Charrandas, No!” the AFC MP replied with three firm “Yes! Yes! Yes!” and the PNC-led coalition fell like Humpy Dumpty. After a quick huddle, the grim faced PM Nagamootoo, and PNC Chairman Volda Lawrence faced reporters.Nagamootoo said, “We want our supporters in particular… to understand that we are going back to the polls… Guyanese must understand that the democratic process is sometimes unpredictable. You may have results that are not planned for… but the outcome has to be accepted… It is like cricket in some sense. What happened here today, a game of glorious uncertainty. There was a robust debate involving speakers from both sides and the parliamentary democracy in a sense triumphed that after the robust debate, a vote was called for and one member of the Government voted with the Opposition.”The next morning, President Granger issued a statement: “We will do everything necessary to facilitate the smooth functioning of General and Regional Elections bearing in mind the need for normal governmental functions to continue uninterrupted.” And that was when the truth stopped and the bullshit began to flow in an uninterrupted stream to this day. And it is bullshit because what they said was so reckless that it clearly didn’t matter when they were later shown to be “wrong” – what mattered was that their supporters believed them. Bullshitters are basically speaking to those with similar mindsets who then are predisposed to accepting their claims.A ridiculous assertion, that the 33 who voted for the NCM was not the majority in the 65-member National Assembly, was picked up by the PNC-led coalition that had been installed into Government by just that number! Any primary school student knew that such a claim was bullshit – but it didn’t matter to the PNC – who now ate their words and passed them out as pure bullshit. They went back to the Assembly and asked the Speaker to reverse his ruling on their BS claim, but he flatly refused. They then took their BS to the High Court where the Chief Justice threw them out on their ears as the rest of the Caribbean once again snickered at how far the PNC would go to stay in power.But even to them, their BS must have started to smell after the international community politely reminded them about the norms of democracy. Still insisting that the President and his Cabinet did not have to resign according to Article 106 (6) of the Constitution, they began to refer to their meetings as a “plenary” and a “Caucus”. More BS. This spread to the PNC-controlled GECOM Commission, which pretended not to notice that they were constitutionally bound to prepare for elections by March 19. Suddenly they declared they needed more time.And this brings us to the BS about the two letters from President Granger to GECOM – the second obviously meant to delay immediate elections which the first had called for. A long time ago, Walter Scott had bemoaned “what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”It is even more tangled when woven with bullshit.last_img read more

2020 and Youths

first_imgSince commencement of the 21st century, political leaders have been encouraging young people to play an integral role in the development of their communities and countries by getting actively involved in the decision-making processes of their societies.They have, time and time again, posited that “young people are tomorrow’s leaders” as they underscored the importance of equipping youths with the requisite skills, knowledge and resources that are necessary to make a positive impact on the world.This has resulted in some experienced and genuine politicians lobbying within the Executive and Legislative branches of their respective Governments for larger investments to be channelled towards education as a sector, and towards youth development. There has also been a dedicated campaign on the part of some modern-minded politicians aimed at fighting for youths to be included as a serious and permanent partner in the democratic structure and decision-making inner group of Governments and leading national policy-making bodies around the world.At the same time, these politicians realise that, despite their best efforts, they are unable to cope with the wave of social change that has gripped their countries and disrupted the traditional political status quo. They understand that, as politicians, they must enlist the support and bright new ideas of younger people if they are to remain in control and protect the legacies that they have fought hard throughout their careers to achieve.It is at this point that the situation becomes interesting and dangerous. While some older politicians have no difficulty with passing the baton to younger minds to continue the political struggle for the creation of more developed and economically sound countries, others either procrastinate or quietly refuse.The first group embarks on a process of training and educating youths by delegating major tasks related to governance and political activism to folks who are considered political novices. It is these novices who, with the right guidance from party elders, embark on bold and revolutionary policies that not only radically and positively change their own political institutions, but change the prevailing national political culture and country.The second group has a history of enlisting youths as distant observers of the governance process. The involvement of youth is limited, and they are reminded, even when they have worked hard, that they must remain loyal and be thankful for any reward they receive, especially if it is a Government posting or elevation in party rank. These youths are kept like ornaments on shelves in a backroom, and are oiled and placed in front of the windows only when an election is imminent. And the problem is that these very young people are being used to fool and convince their peers that a better life is ahead of them if they exercise their franchise to keep their elders in and other younger and sometimes promising candidates out.The final group consists of politicians who do not govern in the interest of the country, but for a particular constituency. While they hide behind the guise of patriotism, they are, in fact, the biggest threat to the unification of the society they strive to govern. To them, youths are collateral damage and ‘strange fruits’ that they can exert influence over.They promise change and youth empowerment and leadership, but reward only those in line with their mantra. Youths must wait until all the elders have served. They lock youths out, and attempt to speak and make decisions for them.In Guyana, youths have grown weary of the aforementioned types of politicians. The elections of 2011 and 2015 have left many youths from the three major political parties feeling bitter, dissatisfied, hurt, betrayed and used. Many of the issues that drove youths to cross political lines and support elder candidates for the posts of President and Prime Minister are still unresolved, as unemployment soars and youth violence remains constant.Apart from completion of the National Youth Policy, young people are not treated with the respect they deserve. If they are seriously the leaders of tomorrow, then the present crop of today’s politicians needs to give way so that they can directly impact tomorrow’s policies.As a former American leader, Rachel Jackson, said: “Our youth are not failing the system; the system is failing our youth. Ironically, the very youth who are being treated the worst are the young people who are going to lead us out of this nightmare.”Also, statements attributed to a youth from the Bronx in the US are full of food for thought for Guyanese leaders. He said, “If you had a problem in the Black community, and you brought in a group of White people to discuss how to solve it, almost nobody would take that panel seriously. In fact, there’d probably be a public outcry. It would be the same for the women’s issues or gay issues.“But every day, in local arenas all the way to the White House, adults sit around and decide what problems youth have, and what youth need, without ever consulting us.”Therefore, as 2020 approaches, if young people are not allowed to speak for themselves, then they will speak via their ballots.last_img read more