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 For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Maria Sharapova to enter Wimbledon qualifying tournament China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ De La Salle Dance Company Street. Bong Lozada/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle added another title to its collection and this time, the school won the UAAP Season 79 Streetdance Competition.The De La Salle Dance Company Street bested six of its rivals to secure its third Streetdance title Saturday at University of Santo Tomas just before the UAAP Season 79 formally closed.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ La Salle also won the event in 2011 and 2012.Paolo Deluria, member of the LSDCS, said their theme of a battle-infused party was a reflection of their struggle to bring the trophy back to their camp after failing to defend it in 2013.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“It’s like the LSDCS against everybody else,” said Deluria who is graduating from the team. “Because we’ve been through so much and having to show what we’ve been preparing for so long is so fulfilling for us.”La Salle’s score of 89 narrowly edged silver medalist University of the Philippines’ 88.75 while host school University of Santo Tomas finished in third with 85.75 points. View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After losing the fifth finals series of his career, LeBron James also succumbed to another battle—with his hairline.It’s not as surprising to see James go bald since his hair follicles have been a favorite topic on social media throughout his NBA career.ADVERTISEMENT James hasn’t said why he decided to go clean-shaven, but his Finals conqueror Draymond Green has a theory: the Warriors made him do it.“Them dubs finally made him go bald!!! Congrats bro @kingjames,” said Green in a post on Instagram.The two have been trading barbs the past few days since Green wore a “Quickie” shirt to the Warriors’ championship parade. But Green said that it’s all in good fun since he and James are “family.”ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working In an Instagram post, the four-time NBA MVP posted a video of him at the gym dancing, rapping and showing off his newly-shaved head. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer McIlroy heading home after erratic round View comments
Marcio Lassiter. PBA IMAGESMarcio Lassiter just told himself to keep on shooting the way elite shooters do.After misfiring in the first two games of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, the 30-year-old sniper finally halted his struggles and found the bottom of the net.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Lassiter said San Miguel shouldn’t take its foot off the gas pedal as it shoots for a 3-1 lead on Wednesday.“This is a pivotal game. It puts us closer to our final goal, but that doesn’t stop there,” he said. “We still have to come out with the same intensity or even more on Game 4. We want to put more pressure on TNT. Tonight, I think we got an all-around effort from everyone tonight.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A dream fulfilled for Christian Rhodes celebrates birthday leading SMB to crucial win Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIES 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 Shooting 0-of-11 from downtown in Games 1 and 2, Lassiter finally drilled his first trey in the championship series, sinking the opening bucket of the game from the left corner, before making his second one in the second quarter.“When it went in? I didn’t think about it. All great shooters go through it. Ray Allen went through the same thing, Steph Curry went through the same thing, Klay Thompson too. So all I can do is just to keep shooting,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThough the Fil-Am swingman finished on a 2-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc, Lassiter’s 16 points and seven assists were to boost his confidence as he found ways to be effective despite the KaTropa’s defense locked in on him in the Beermen’s 109-97 Game 3 victory.“TNT loves to pressure me from the perimeter. I was just looking for ways for me to attack. They want me out of the offense, so it gives opportunities for other players. I’m just finding ways to attack, be more aggressive tonight and it helped me for tonight’s game,” he said. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province
Tanya Lee, vice-president for marketing at SportsMax, said the inaugural SportsMax Elite League (SEL) was relatively successful and plans are afoot to lift the league’s profile and appeal next season. The SEL climaxes on Saturday with the final at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, between KSAFA All Stars and Clarendon Galaxy at 6 p.m. and Lee told The Gleaner that when the tournament returns next season, there will be improved sponsorship, more games, more involvement from schools and an earlier start. “It was a great year for the inaugural competition … largely because of the performances of players … and we saw a high level of competition from most teams. This is something we want on the calendar every year … we want youth playing more football. But we are looking to secure more sponsorship … so we can execute more effectively,” Lee said. “It’s important to play more matches, and we feel we will reach our goal if we have a better injection from sponsors. This year’s budget was small … but the first year was good, and we are satisfied,” she added. One of the plans is to play more games in the parishes. “We used three venues per weekend, but we want each parish to see their team, so next season, we are looking to use more venues,” she stated. “We had a lot of games at Arnett Gardens … but many people’s favourite team was not KSAFA. People took St Thomas Cobras to heart. So they weren’t divided along parish lines, there were players and teams that they actually liked,” she noted. Getting high schools involved and attracting more young people to the games is one objective for next season. “The match audience is older and we want more kids in attendance … We want a school tour to engage the schools … so they can be part of the match weekend. We started March 18 this year but we are looking to start February next season, because it is exam now and it has impacted participation,” Lee said. Chi Ching Ching is slated to perform at Saturday’s final, plus there will be jersey giveaways, credit giveaways, among other incentives and a kick from the half-line for $10,000. “We are looking for a spectacular final as we crown the first all island Under-18 champions. I am looking for even better things next year, as we will have more time to plan and to secure more sponsors,” she added.
Slovakia won a three-way fight for second place in Group F of European qualifying for next year’s World Cup, thanks to a 3-0 victory over Malta and the 2-2 draw between Slovenia and Scotland yesterday. England, which were already sure of first place and an automatic berth in the tournament in Russia, beat Lithuania 1-0 to conclude an undefeated campaign with 26 points from a possible 30. Slovakia finished ahead of Scotland on goal difference and must wait to see if it has clinched a place in the play-offs, containing the eight best runners-up from the nine groups. The group stage finishes tomorrow. The Scots started the final round in second place and would have guaranteed a play-off spot with a victory in Ljubliana. They went 1-0 up through Leigh Griffiths, then equalised for 2-2 in the 88th through Robert Snodgrass. Bostjan Cesar’s red card in injury time left Slovenia a man down for the final three minutes, but Scotland couldn’t find a winner. Slovakia had it easy, as expected, against Malta as Adam Nemec scored twice and Ondrej Duda added a third goal. Harry Kane scored England’s winner against Lithuania. – AP
Holmwood Technical and Excelsior High School will be seeking their second consecutive victories in the Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) Champion of Champions High Schools Netball Tournament at the Leila Robinson Courts today. The Carlene Graham-coached Holmwood, who are one of the favourites to win this year’s title, will face Dominica State College (DMC) while Excelsior will face Springer Memorial from Barbados. Both matches are scheduled to start at 2 p.m. In the day’s other games set for 4 p.m., Anglican High of Grenada will oppose St Lucia’s Soufriere, and Micoud of St Lucia will face Trinidad and Tobago’s (T&T) Scarborough. The Manchester-based Holmwood, who were runners-up to Excelsior in this year’s National All-island competition, recorded an easy 35-23 victory over T&T’s Christchurch Foundation yesterday. Goalshooter Sasha-Gay Henry led the way for Holmwood with 30 goals from 49 attempts. She received support from Aliah Lue, who netted four from four. Chiara Chase was the leading scorer for Christchurch with 11 goals from 20 tries. Graham said yesterday’s win has given her team a lot of confidence for the remainder of the competition. “We are enjoying the tournament so far and we are happy that we won our first game. We are looking forward to reminder,” said Graham. “Having won our first game and we are coming back fresh for this game because we know that we have to put in the work and keep on doing what we are expected to do to ensure that we get another victory,” Graham said. Meanwhile, Excelsior recorded their first win of the tournament with a comfortable 40-26 victory over Anglican High from Grenada. In the day’s other game, Dominica State College recorded a close a 29-27 win over Micoud Secondary from St Lucia.
The Windies men’s cricket team started the tour of India with the first Test on Wednesday of this week. It was natural then that this week while teaching the topic ‘Nationalism and Sports’ I tested students’ knowledge about West Indies cricket – one of the most significant sports that has unified us as a region, and helped to perpetuate a sense of pride and nationalist feelings. They struggled to identify things about the current Windies team, like the name of the captain or players other than Jamaicans (since the class is comprised of 100 per cent Jamaicans). I then used the opportunity to introduce them to CLR James’ Beyond a Boundary and the documentary Fire in Babylon. While these students may not be a large sample size for research, their responses, and the responses of the 60-70 students I have taught each year for the past five years, make me wonder to what extent the love for cricket, especially West Indies cricket, is dying in the region. In fact, it is only through these documentaries most of my students understand the impact of cricket in “deconstructing the culture of sport”. I won’t start assigning blame, but I believe it has more to do with globalisation, and a shift in our ideologies. The truth is my students aren’t as excited as I am, and probably will never be, about the impact of cricket in shaping Caribbean identity and cultural retentions. Many youths now focus on other sports as forms of entertainment or issues for discussions. It saddens me particularly because in the British West Indies, cricket played such a vital role for many of us. Cricket helped to shape my knowledge of the nation-state called ‘West Indies’. I felt the same struggles as the players; I felt each wicket and got upset when we lost Test matches. With the advent of limited-overs cricket, Tests have lost their flavour but certainly in the 1980s and early 1990s, the successes of West Indies cricket ignited our passion. A win for the team meant a win for us, as we took on the identity of the team. In a way, sports helped us to identify with the struggles of the cricketers, and they themselves used the sport as a form of resistance against oppression, colonialism or neo-colonialism, classism, racism and oppression. These days we aren’t winning many matches. First-class games rarely get support, and very few people turn up to cricket venues anymore. As my students say, there’s a move from ‘revolution to evolution’ meaning the focus now is building on what exists and not necessarily fighting a fight, similar to what obtained in the 1970s and 1980s. So, cricket is no longer used for that. Cricket is on life support in the Caribbean. Our T20 players are still among the best globally but there is a lot wrong with development of our ‘national’ sport. Most persons will say it’s the fault of the governing body, Cricket West Indies (CWI), but the jury is certainly out on that. In my view, we are all at fault, from territorial boards and members, tertiary institutions, media, to past and current players, and governments. Each of us has a responsibility to keep our history alive, to protect our heritage, to tell our stories and engage our young people. Don’t believe for one minute that my students are going to go out of their way to learn the history of West Indies cricket unless they are taught its significance. Cricket itself is colonial, representing part of British culture. However, the way we later played the sport, and the way our sporting heroes used it to champion causes should be shared with future generations. Cricket was used to break down barriers of race, class, and socio-political challenges facing us in the British Caribbean. Sadly, I’m not sure how much of it will be taught. So, as we prepare to face the Indians, I will smile at the role cricket played in my life. Like CLR James, I too see cricket as “first and foremost a dramatic spectacle. It belongs with theatre, ballet, opera and the dance.” But this art seems to be dying, less celebrated and not given its importance in contemporary Caribbean society. – Dalton Myers is a sports consultant and administrator. Email feedback to [email protected] Test cricket flavour lost
Stirring duel Unity is key Many years ago, the Government of Jamaica rescued racing when private individuals used the cash collected at Caymanas Park and off-track betting stations to finance personal ambitions instead of improving the product and the lifestyle of the participants. This noble gesture then followed the way of most government-run institutions. It lost money, ‘bigly’. Then Danny Melville was installed as the chairman of Caymanas Track Limited, and he along with a board that believed that the track belonged to them, produced a profit in the operations for the first time at last. That run of a decade plus unfortunately came to an end when Melville became a member of parliament, and after a few years, expressed his disillusionment with politics and resigned from the then ruling party. So, a “miffed” political party, disbanded the board of directors, and as they say, ‘racing was never the same again’. The promoting company lost money year after year after year. As the annual losses piled up, the Government of the day was forced to use public funds to prop up the industry that was supposedly to be the ‘sport of kings’. Inevitably, the Government smelled the coffee and decided to divest the promoting company. As usual, that process had hiccup after hiccup, and it wasn’t until a little less than two years ago that the promoting company was divested to Supreme Ventures, giving that company a virtual monopoly on the gambling dollar in Jamaica. This move was heralded by all in the industry, because with purse increases and infrastructure improvements in the pipeline, racing in Jamaica was on the move and glory days were coming! Then, eh-eh, reality set in. Making a profit in the promotion of racing needed a number of things to take place. The first is unity of the stakeholders. Everyone needed to be respected, communicated with, and made to feel as if their opinion mattered. The next is new bettors to increase the handle on the money bet on the product every race day. Another thing needed is more horses, and ultimately more race days. Another is improving conditions at the park for both the stakeholders, patrons and the occasional visitor, who just may like what he or she sees and returns. After more than $100 million of investment, racing was still losing money, ‘hand over fist’, and rumours began swirling around that the new promoters wanted to extricate themselves from the agreement with the Government. Payment of purses on time breathed some life into the sport. Weekly bingo to increase revenue failed miserably and the new tote system was turning off bettors, as it took some time for betting machine operators to understand the system. Things just didn’t look good. So, after much deliberation, the promoting company Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment limited (SVREL), the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC), and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) got together and planned a new initiative aimed at reviving interest in the sport. The Superstakes weekend was planned and executed. The weekend began with a pre-sale banquet on the Friday before the Superstakes on Saturday. At the banquet, prospective buyers from overseas were fÍted and plans for the weekend and, indeed the future were outlined by the president of TOBA, Howard Hamilton, and the Chairman of SVREL, Michael Bernard. On Superstakes day, more than $50 million was bet on 10 races and the public was regaled with a race meet to remember. The stirring stretch duel of Horse of the Year SHE’S A MANEATER and her three-time conqueror in 2018, WILL IN CHARGE, ending with a thrilling “head bob” defeat of the colt by the filly! Then on Sunday, the annual yearling sale in the car-park of Caymanas Park had 114 horses slated for sale. Eighteen were withdrawn for various reasons prior to the beginning of the sale and the remaining 96 were sold for more than $130 million. There were two horses that fetched over $5 million dollars each; four over $4 million; five, over $3 million;14 over $2 million and 35 yearlings fetched prices of over $1 million dollars. Prices ranged from $200,000 dollars to the record $5.1 million for lot number 45, a chestnut filly by the stallion Blue Pepsi Lodge out of the Graeme Hall mare, Rumble! Could this be the herald of things to come? Could this be the elusive ‘turning of the corner’ sought by the Windies Cricket team and indeed the racing fraternity? To the eyes of the veterans of the Industry: yes! This could be it, this MUST be it. The future looks bright. The cooperation seen in the promotion of last weekend by the named industry giants needs to be nurtured and improved. Racing can improve, must improve, if only all concerned put egos aside and COOPERATE. See you at the track!
…in the sharesThere’s a lot of wisdom in the old saw: “Time longer than twine”. This was brought home to your humble Eyewitness when he read about Glen “the Mook” Lall’s Muckraker screaming that the government owned 10% of the New GPC. The Mook, of course, driven by hate and envy for the owner of the company, played fast and loose with the facts to claim the government hadn’t been getting any “dividends” for its shares.Now this is nothing new and in fact both of the parties now in Government – APNU and AFC – had joined with the Mook to throw shade at the most spectacular success of the privatisation process initiated by PNC leader Desmond Hoyte. So it was with satisfaction your Eyewitness noted that the new NICIL head – appointed by this government – announcing, “Ooops! Dividends HAD been paid by NewGPC all along!”Your Eyewitness wonders if at the same time some of those from the government who’d lined up with the Mook to throw dirt didn’t feel some SHAME which would’ve caused them to apologise? Especially when some of them are now on the receiving end of the Mook’s venom – for what they KNOW are unfounded reasons. The Mook, like a petulant infant, just wants to have his way all the time!!They still have some time – because they should know the Mook ain’t gonna let up – hate and envy feeds upon itself and grows like a cancer. This destroys the hater in the end…but in the meantime the Mook will continue to try to destroy reputations.After being contradicted he now asked, “OK…OK…So the GPC paid dividends – but why “so little”? Now your Eyewitness knows when you have a “sketchy background” and run backtracking operations, you don’t know much about “dividends”.But Jeez…The Mook and his BEST friend Tony did buy Guyana Stores from the government, didn’t they? But as opposed to building back Guyana Pharmaceuticals from the ruins and making it into the most successful pharmaceutical company in the Caribbean, what did the Mook and Tony do to Guyana Stores? Run it into the ground, that’s what!And they still owe 0,000,000! Your Eyewitness’ waiting for the new NICIL to collect in court! But back to dividends. So if the New GPC paid dividends of .6 milion annually – which the Mook calls “small” – did he and Tony even pay a penny in dividends since 2000 FOR THE 10% SHARES THE GOVERNMENT ALSO OWNS IN GUYANA STORES?The Mook should know that “knock got knock back” and those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. And it’s not just the New GPC’s owner.His cousin’s starting up a “paper”!!…on CJIA squatters vs vendorsWhen the parties now in Government were the Opposition, they also joined the Mook in condemning the PPP/C Government’s expansion plans for CJIA. And it wasn’t just the expansion but even ancillary things like getting squatters out of the way from the extended runway. They encouraged the squatters not to move – and if effect having them “squat” against the project – even though the PPP/C Government was going to relocate them.But matters have come a full circle. And the CJIA’s going full steam ahead and the squatters are being relocated by the government. Your Eyewitness doesn’t expect the government to actually APOLOGISE to the PPP but they should at least acknowledge their position on the squatters was wrong.And maybe they will also acknowledge their decision to evict the Vendors from Stabroek Market Square without providing them with suitable new quarters was also wrong.As with the squatters at CJIA, do not the Vendors also bleed?…on ChildcareAfter those two unfortunate children were burnt to death while in government’s care, all the Minister of SOCIAL PROTECTION can say is that, she’ll pay for the funeral? What about ensuring that all such facilities are properly staffed with proper SOPs?And why doesn’t she resign?
…against JagdeoThe PNC-led coalition Government didn’t need the PPP to hold a Congress, or elections for the Central Committee, or for the General Secretary of the party that Bharat Jagdeo would emerge as the leader of the PPP by being the Opposition Leader and its General Secretary. The moment they filed their appeal in July 2015 to the “third term” ruling of Justice Ian Chang, the cat was out of the bag. They were running scared Jagdeo would run again!But they didn’t need political geniuses to figure that out. Why would the PPP overlook a man who already had 12 years under his belt as President of the country; is a trained economist who was able to generate impressive growth rates when the rest of Caricom languished in the doldrums, and most importantly was able to take on and defeat an armed insurrection against the State – and was still only 52 years old?? They’d had to have a death wish!!So now the PPP’s officially conferred on Jagdeo the authority to lead it into the 21st Century, we return to the PNC’s fears! Simultaneously, (coincidentally?) we get news that the appeal filed by now AG Williams and Trotman is going to be heard by the Court of Appeal starting this Friday. And as the plot thickens, we discern the hand of the PNC rising out of the fog.The Court of Appeal, after all, is comprised of the Chancellor, the Chief Justice and one or more other Appellate judges. Now, do you still think your Eyewitness was paranoid when last week he questioned the two-step tango played by a letter writer Edwards and the Chronic? First, Edwards informed the nation that the Chancellor reaches retirement age at the end of February and since he has three weeks leave outstanding, he should proceed on “pre-retirement leave” at the end of this month!!That’s right! And if you think this revelation came “out of the blue” then it REALLY was Santa who was kissing Mommy under the Christmas tree!! Then Edwards, made his main point – “…no Judge soon to vacate his office ought to commence hearing a new or fresh case, for in all probability it would be a part-heard case when he/she vacates office.” The Chronic then piggybacked on this to posit that “concerns” were raised about the Chancellor’s “impending” retirement and he shouldn’t take “new cases”!!All of this simply means the PNC wants to ensure the Appellate Court rules against a “third term” – and don’t trust the incumbent Chancellor to go along.But what does this say about their assessment of the new Chief Justice, who was just given silk?…on silkThe PNC’s ploy on the Chief Justice – for which they had to take a lot of flak from the legal community on awarding silk to a sitting judge – might now be understood, but it evokes some sad memories from the first PNC regime. The present generation mightn’t remember when the PNC moved a case against a PPP activist from Berbice for a crime allegedly committed in Berbice to Georgetown to be tried by “a jury of his peers”!! It was one of Rodney’s finest moment when he asked what this implied about the PNC’s assessment of “African Guyanese”.But the silk award raised several other nettlesome issues. One lawyer trotted out his credentials in the press and brought to the fore the question of what criteria was used to make the selection. Another suggested that the title of “Senior Counsel” might now be passé in our Republic – in setting up invidious distinctions.But your Eyewitness is worried that addressing all and sundry as “Comrade” might be the next step!…on vendors?Since the vendors were allowed to return to the Stabroek Market environs, was the expulsion more tactical than strategic?And what about all those pious platitudes uttered at the time of expulsion by the Town Clerk about “restoring Georgetown’s beauty”?