#KickStalker: Tenorio, Filipino ballers share LeBron’s warrior spirit through ‘Agimat’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. And it’s only fitting that James released a shoe in honor of the Filipino warrior.“Mula sa Mandirigma, Para sa Mandirigma (From a warrior to another warrior),” the LeBron Soldier 12 ‘Agimat’ best resembles James’ pursuit of greatness and passion for the game and the Filipino baller, who never backs down from anyone.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 crownLA Tenorio, one of the top point guards in the Philippines, personifies what a Filipino warrior is all about.Like James, Tenorio overcame adversities and defied the odds on his way to basketball stardom. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LA Tenorio, one of the country’s top guards today. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA generational talent, LeBron James is a rare breed of basketball player who possesses the prodigious patchwork of athleticism, efficiency, court vision and basketball savvy.Always in combat mode, James is also a warrior on the court and aspect of his game that Filipino ballers could very much relate to.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Tenorio, who plays point guard for Barangay Ginebra in the PBA, was among the first to lace up the Soldier 12 ‘Agimat’ during a trial session at Titan Hypercourt at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.“As a Filipino, I’m very honored and very blessed to be part of this event and have the opportunity to wear this. It’s really a nice feeling to know LeBron is paying tribute to Filipinos,” he said. “Being a former national team player, it’s really an honor and blessing to be wearing the shoes that is Philippine-inspired.”LeBron Soldier 12 “Agimat.”Tenorio played with and against select members of the media, who also had the experience of testing the shoe, in a 3-on-3 tournament.Apart from Tenorio, PBA stars Paul Lee, Jayson Castro and Chris Newsome also graced the event.The Soldier 12 ‘Agimat’ are also worn by the members of the Philippine men’s and women’s teams competing in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cañaleta hopes to end winding career with Meralco Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The ‘Agimat’ will release starting on June 15 globally, including the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 awardlast_img read more

Michael Jordan returns home to North Carolina, meets with hurricane victims

first_imgCharlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan greets people and hands out food for Thanksgiving to members of the community in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)WILMINGTON, N.C.— Stephanie Parker isn’t quite sure how her family of six would have managed the last two months without the help of Michael Jordan and the American Red Cross following Hurricane Florence.So when Parker met Jordan on Tuesday she couldn’t hold back giving the owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets a big hug and a thank you.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen driver who survived horror crash vows to race again MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “It means he hasn’t forgotten,” Parker told The Associated Press about Jordan’s visit to Wilmington, North Carolina. “It means we are important.”Jordan returned to his hometown wearing North Carolina Tar Heels blue and met with some hurricane victims, many of whom have benefited from his $2 million donation in September. Jordan gave $1 million each to the Red Cross and the Foundation for the Carolinas Hurricane Florence Response Fund.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“I can give money all day long, but at some point you want them to understand you’re human,” Jordan told AP.Jordan handed out Thanksgiving dinners at a home improvement store and gave away Jordan Brand shoes at a Boys & Girls Club Tuesday where he once played as a child. 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Fred Lynch coached Jordan when he was 15-year-old freshman playing on the junior high school basketball team at Laney High School in Wilmington. He sustained minor damage to his nearby home, but said several neighbors only a block away suffered total destruction as a result of flooding and wind damage to Hurricane Florence.Lynch said Jordan has visited Wilmington periodically since leaving to play college basketball at North Carolina and embarking on an NBA career that included six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, five league MVP honors and 14 All-Star game appearances.The 55-year-old Jordan still has an aunt, cousins and friends here and his nephew who attends college at UNC Wilmington. Jordan was most recently here in April at his high school filming a Gatorade commercial.Lynch said he wasn’t surprised when Jordan stepped up to help the people of Wilmington and the surrounding areas — donating money and his time.“From the time I coached him as a ninth grade, he was always looking out for people,” Lynch said. “He’s always trying to do the right thing and always trying to better himself and his community. That’s pretty much what he’s been about his entire career.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Parker has lived the nightmare that’s become all too familiar for hurricane victims around the country.She, her husband, and their four children ages 3 to 8 heeded the warnings to evacuate the area. They took refuge in a Red Cross shelter, but when they returned, their apartment was flooded with two feet of water and their minivan crushed by a fallen tree. They spent nearly two months in shelters until recently being placed in a hotel while they await permanent housing.“It’s been stressful,” she said, taking a long, deep breath. “At first it was really, really hard to realize that you lost everything. But people like Michael Jordan donating to the Red Cross and donating to people who have gone through what we’ve gone through is an incredible blessing. We are so very, very thankful.”Jordan broke into a wide smile when asked about his meeting with Parker.“You really want to trust that money goes to the right people,” Jordan said. “And when you see it goes to the right people, it makes me feel good that I did the right thing.”ADVERTISEMENT Jordan said he’ll continue to monitor the hurricane recovery efforts and would consider partnering with others to continue to help improve living conditions.American Red Cross executive director James Jarvis, who is based out of Wilmington, said that the organization set aside a $50 million budget to help people affected by Hurricane Florence.Jarvis said at the height of the storm the Red Cross sheltered more than 20,000 people in 172 locations. They provided 1.3 million meals and snacks. They’ve also distributed money to more than 6,500 families, doling out more than $3.8 million to help families get on the road to recovery.“I wanted to be an igniter to the process,” Jordan said of his initial donation. “But it’s going to take a long time before things get back to normal. Whatever way I can contribute I will.”He also hopes that Charlotte hosting the All-Star game in February will provide an impetus for more financial aid to the region.“I am pretty sure that the league will have some support systems that will reach out to this community,” Jordan said. “And we are going to do a lot in Charlotte, too. But the overall game is about helping other people, so I can see it reaching all the way down to this area.”Natalie English, the president and CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, said it’s still too early to estimate the financial damage to the area.But she said Jordan’s donations resonated in the community.“I think it means a lot to people here that Michael remembers his home and that he cares about where he was for his formative years and he is giving back to help restore the community,” English said.This is not a one-time deal for Jordan. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

ONE: Edward Kelly out to prove he can beat Christian Lee the conventional way

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Kelly has split his last four fights but he believes a definitive win over Lee, who is being groomed for a title rematch against featherweight champion Martin Nguyen, would be a big step towards a title shot.“If I’m not mistaken, Nguyen will be watching our fight live and if I win over Lee, I guess I will only need to win one to two more fights to get a crack at Nguyen.”Four of Kelly’s teammates at Team Lakay have world titles wrapped around their waists and he can’t wait to have his own.“They’ve been pressuring me, telling me, ‘The featherweight title is the only thing missing,’” Kelly said with a smile.“But I take that as an inspiration. I’m really well-motivated to show them. I want to prove to myself that I can do it and I hope to start showing it on Saturday.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The 34-year-old Kelly is eager to prove he can beat Lee the conventional way in their rematch on Saturday in ONE: Eternal Glory here.“A win is a win but it’s like our fight didn’t have the right closure so I’m willing to show that I really won,” Kelly told reporters in Filipino Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKelly also said he likes that Lee is the favorite to win so that him winning would make the victory much sweeter.“I like it more when I’m the underdog. It makes a victory more satisfying.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Edward Kelly. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netJAKARTA, Indonesia—Filipino featherweight Edward Kelly knows his win over Christian Lee four months ago has an asterisk beside it.Kelly was awarded a victory after Lee was disqualified due to an illegal suplex in the opening round of their first fight.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gregg Popovich ties Pat Riley for road wins as Spurs beat Wolveslast_img read more

‘Successful’ Dubai stint for 3rd-place Mighty Sports, says coach Charles Tiu

first_imgPaul George, Russell Westbrook rally Thunder past Rockets Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Overall, I think the stint was a successful campaign,” said Tiu.The Philippine side started the tournament at 5-0 before running into a perennial champion Al-Riyadi of Lebanon in the semis in a game where Mighty Sports nearly stole after coming back from 18 points down.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsReinforcements Justin Brownlee and Randolph Morris had been carrying much of the load for Mighty Sports throughout the tournament but in the final game, it was Jett Manuel, who led the way.Manuel, the former Barangay Ginebra guard, scored a team-high 19 points while Morris and Brownlee added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Former Los Angeles Lakers star Lamar Odom showed flashes of his all-around game with eight points, five rebounds, two assists and a block.“The fact that he can still play basketball, run up and down at his age, that’s already a big achievement for himself and I’m really happy for him,” said Tiu. “Just the fact that he’s been an inspiration to all of us and be part of his comeback, we wish him the best wherever he may end up. He’s been a good player with great attitude for us.” LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMighty Sports Philippines salvaged third place after repeating over Lebanon’s Homenetmen, 91-76, in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Championship Saturday night at Shabab Al Ahli Club gymnasium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.Although the team failed to go all the way after losing in the knockout semifinals, the bronze-medal finish was enough to satisfy head coach Charles Tiu.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 View commentslast_img read more

AFC presidential candidate pledges more cash to members

first_imgView comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Messi returns to Argentina’s national team for friendlies In his manifesto, which was launched in Abu Dhabi, Al Romaithi offers a $10 million contribution to travel that could end the Champions League group stage being divided along western and eastern regions.Al Romaithi is a former commander in chief of the Abu Dhabi Police who previously led the UAE football federation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief 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 FILE – Qatar’s team celebrates after winning the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar in Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)New and expanded competitions and more funds for member associations are being promised by Mohamed Khalfan Al Romaithi if he is elected president of the Asian Football Confederation.Al Romaithi, the chairman of the United Arab Emirates General Authority for Sports, is trying to unseat Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa in next month’s presidential election.ADVERTISEMENT “The AFC has been very harsh and not treated everyone equally,” Al Romaithi told The Associated Press. “There is inequality in the treatment between the member associations. They listen to the strong MAs and don’t listen to the poorer MAs.”Sheikh Salman of Bahrain has led the confederation for six years but is yet to publicly discuss his plans for a new term. Saoud Al-Mohannadi, from 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar, is a third candidate in the April 6 election.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAl Romaithi is pledging to give each of the AFC’s 47 member federations at least $2 million per year, including $500,000 mandated for the development of the women’s game. According to a single-page financial statement published by the AFC, $20 million was spent on member association development, education and financial assistance expenses in 2017.For the 23 countries who fail to qualify for the 24-team Asian Cup, Al Romaithi is pledging to launch a new Associations Cup with a $7.5 million prize fund. The Women’s Asian Cup would also be doubled to 16 teams. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Earth Angels, Blanco for FA Cup Finals

first_imgBlanco FC and Earth Angels FC are set for the FA Cup finals at a date to be announced by the Liberia Football Association.In the home and away two-leg encounters, Earth Angels defeated Sr. Pro 4-1 in their first leg and completed their qualification with a 2-1 win in the second leg last week at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Blanco FC defeated Determine Girls 1-0 in their first encounter and completed their qualification with a 2-0 victory in their second match last week also at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Earth Angels and Blanco are now set for the finals to determine the FA Cup Champion of Liberia in 2014.Meanwhile selected female players are presently undergoing training for an impending friendly soccer match in Sierra Leone. The trip is slated for March 8.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

To help spread messages about Ebola, Community Radios Receive 1,448 Fuel Coupons

first_imgThe Grand Coalition of Liberian Organizations (GRANDCOALIO), a group comprises over 200 organizations in Liberia has presented 1,448 gallons of fuel coupons to community across Liberia to help with propagation of messages against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.The organization in addition to the coupons also turned over 25 bags of rice with cans and boxes of juice to meet the needs of health workers in isolation camps due to the Ebola outbreak.Making the presentation on August 12, 2014 at the headquarters of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA), the head of the organization, Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr. stressed that the fight against Ebola is not to be left with the Government alone, but collaborative efforts of all Liberians.He said the media being a major partner in the fight must be capacitated to give the message out as it has been doing, and on the basis of this role media institutions play, the Grand Coalition of Liberian Organizations (GRANDCOALIO) saw it expedient to give the fuel coupons to empower functional community radios to help propagate the information.Mr. Kemayah went further to state that the outbreak of the Ebola virus is the first deadest in history, and that fighting it does not require Government alone but participations of all.He lauded the media for the work done over time since the outbreak, noting that media is an indispensable partner that must be empowered to reach the message to the people.In response to the gesture, Press Union of Liberia’s president, Kamara A. Kamara said the gesture was timely as many people call on them every day to asking for help to community radios build their capacity.Mr. Kamara noted that gesture by the Grand Coalition of Liberian organizations serves as sign that Liberia will be victorious in the fight against Ebola and that every person should follow warning messages provided the public.He urged reporters to report on the Ebola crisis in a balance way that areas and individuals affected will not be stigmatized.For National Health Workers leader, Joseph Tamba, he commended GRANDCOALIO for the assistance provided those in isolation camps and promised that they will work to ensure that in the next one month Ebola will be eradicated or suspected cases will be no more.He recalled that about eight health workers have died from the disease over the time.  He added that about 50 persons have survived from it, urging the public not to be afraid but to go along with the precautionary measures being publicized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ellen Chairs Special LDA Meeting

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently chaired a special meeting of the Liberia Development Alliance (LDA) Steering Committee. The meeting was intended to assess progress in development initiatives that are ongoing and at the same time advancing strategies for the post-Ebola period.Speaking at the meeting, which was held in the Foreign Ministry’s C. Cecil Dennis auditorium last Wednesday,  President Sirleaf  stressed that the special LDA Steering Committee meeting was aimed at advancing preparation for the post-Ebola era and the resumption of normal economic activities.“We will seek to acquaint ourselves with actions and processes to be undertaken for support and cooperation. By this, we are commencing the process to be followed during the post-Ebola period,” she said. The LDA was established after the adoption of the “Vision 2030” Development Plan and the Agenda for Transformation to oversee the implementation of the country’s development programs.The LDA brings together government, the private sector and civil society to ensure the implementation of the Agenda for Transformation – the country’s five-year development plan drawn from the “Vision 2030” Development Plan.Opening the meeting, President Sirleaf acknowledged the role of all sectors of the Liberian society and international partners, which include the United States government, European Union, United Nations and its numerous bodies and others, in the fight against the Ebola virus disease.Meanwhile, reports and updates were received on the status of national development projects in the areas of energy, infrastructure, agriculture and ports. Submissions were also made on concessions in the mining and agriculture sectors.The lead of the sectors such the Ministries of Public Works, Lands, Mines and Energy, Agriculture, Roberts International Airport and Bureau of Concessions, updated the Steering Committee Meeting on the status of national development projects and decided on the way forward for those projects.The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, who is also the national coordinator of the LDA, updated the meeting on the status of the Fiscal Year 2014/2015 Budget and the country’s economic recovery plan.The LDA was established after the adoption of the “Vision 2030” Development Plan and the Agenda for Transformation to oversee the implementation of the country’s development programs.It includes major partners such as the United States and Chinese Governments, European Union Governments, the European Union, African Development Bank, World Bank, International Non-Governmental Organizations, private sector institutions and representation from Liberia’s civil society organizations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

There are no real criminal cases to be made (Part 2)

first_imgDear Editor,There have been adverse criticisms of our entry into direct negotiations with Mr. Jerry Gouveia and sale to him of adjacent properties for extension of his hotel and hospitality business. We had done similarly and somewhat earlier with Mr. Michael George, for the expansion of his Herdmanston hotel. The unit selling price of land to Movietown seems to occasion another of the recent charges of malfeasance, but the sale of land in the same area to Giftland was at a somewhat lower unit price; and the sale of land in the same area to Mr. Boyer (another malfeasance case) for a middle to upper end housing development was by open bid, which he won and at a price above our minimum required price. I can express the assurance that we, PPP/C, were in no way less warm and encouraging to Mr. Beepat through his much-extended construction period, and as he sought allocation and/or a say in the use of adjacent land in a way which would have enhanced and not detracted from his project. I recall happily touring the construction site at least twice with him, and freely expressing my appreciation of his determination to bring a new, upgraded shopping experience to Guyana and his fellow Guyanese.Editor, there are three reasons for me to state again my concern and consequent call on our Government to put aside, as soon as we could, those unfounded, grossly grossly exaggerated allegations of huge corruption.Firstly, as I see it, our Government, seemingly believing its own propaganda, has been misdirecting itself. How else can I think of their unquestioning rush, on entering office, to greatly raise their own levels of pay (as if billions of dollars were to appear), but later extending to our public servants much less than they had promised them; pleading that after their increases to themselves, it became evident that there was not enough money to provide rank and file public servants with the increases they had promised them!Further, the approximately fifty corrupt scandals that we, PPP/C, have documented during the three years of our Coalition Government seem to suggest that our Coalition Government, relying on their allegations of huge PPP/C corruption, have been behaving as if they had licence to do as they pleased.How else can we understand the transactions of the drug bond and the perverse frustration of the notice to end that lease early. Again, they have tainted appropriate approaches to our taking responsibility for our development, such as the Berbice Bridge as well as the key development Agency – NICIL – created by the PNC in mid-1980s on returning to Private Sector-led development. We can recall the different positions and ambiguities on the continued existence and role for NICIL which do not augur well for its successful operation.Secondly, until our Government can resolve and clarify these grossly exaggerated allegations of corruption, there would be so much smoke and confusion around, our country would be set for real corruption – a real concern with the prospects of huge flows of money from oil.Thirdly, without an earnest resolution of those corruption allegations, the prospects for a less acrimonious, more constructive relationship between us, PPP/C, and the Coalition are slim, even as we, PPP/C, persevere in that desire and concur with former President Carter’s recent call for such. It is pertinent to recall here the conciliating suggestion made some time ago by our much maligned Leader of the Opposition, that our Coalition Government retain an external, agreed, hopefully impartial accounting group to review those forensic audits, so that together as a nation we could conclusively deal with them in a timely way and get them off the table, removing that major distraction from the development of people and country, which should be our common bonding concern.Yours truly,Samuel AA HindsFormer PrimeMinisterand Former Presidentlast_img read more

Pay Back time?

first_imgDear Editor,An announcement on Friday, November 2, 2018, by the Regional Executive Officer (ag), and former RDC chairman, Mr Knights, of RDC number 7, that a contract was signed on the same day for phase one of the One-to- 4 Mile stretch of the Bartica Potaro Road valued at $8 million to BK International is of interest. It is instructive that the contract is expected to last 10 days.First of all, this is a mere election gimmick, as this is basically a hurriedly done contract for patch work on a section of the road on the eve of the Local Government Elections. One doesn’t know if this was publicly tendered. But one does know that the roads within the Bartica Township are in deplorable conditions and nothing has been done by the government, the Regional Administration, or the Town Council, despite the cries of the Barticians.In spite of a Parliamentary Opposition motion brought about in July this year, calling on the Government to treat with urgency the abominable state of the interior roads especially Bartica to Lethem and Mahdia, the issue was treated with scorn by the Minister of Public Infrastructure, and little to or work was done afterwards. Now this last-minute patch work will be done to try to pacify Barticians, and bring them back home to the APNU. This is a case of too little too late.Most Interesting, is who got the contract, BK International, the same company who got a multi-billion settlement by the Government in 2016 for the Haggs Bosche project for work that was not done.Now the township is buzzing that BK vehicles are being prepared to fetch people out from the quarries, and the township, to attend the APNU rally on November 3rd in Bartica.As our national poet, Martin Carter wrote “the mouth is muzzled by the hand that feeds it”. So BK to the APNU rescue once again at election time? Is this “payback time”????People aren’t fooled anymore.SincerelyGail Teixeira, MPlast_img read more