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18
Jan
2020

Jones Cup: Ateneo stuns Chinese Taipei on Nieto game-winner

first_imgSEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? FILE – Matt Nieto launches a 3 during Gilas cadets game in the Filoil pre-season tournament. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo isn’t messing around and Chinese Taipei-A, the country’s national team, found that out too on Saturday night.The Blue Eagles cut another giant down to size in dramatic fashion after a last-second triple by Matt Nieto stunned the host Taiwanese, 77-76, in the 2018 William Jones Cup at Xinzhuang Gymnasium.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ NLEX misses out on Super 8 final, falls short against Guangzhou Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Ateneo (5-2), which lost to top teams 3D Global Sports of Canada and South Korea, wraps up its campaign against Iran, which is currently tied with the Canadians and South Koreans in first place with identical 6-1 records, on Sunday.The Eagles have also beaten Chinese Taipei’s B team, Japan, Indonesia and Lithuania.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ LATEST STORIES With Ateneo down two, Nieto buried the clutch 3-pointer off a well-designed sideline inbound play by head coach Tab Baldwin with 0.3 tenths of a second left.Nieto finished with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field to lead the Blue Eagles, who rolled to their fourth straight victory after a 1-2 start.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Liu Cheng and Chen Ying-Chun carried much of the offensive load for Chinese Taipei as they combined for 41 points.Cheng, who fired a game-high 24 points, was impressive on both ends of the floor with 10 rebounds, seven steals and three blocks. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

18
Jan
2020

PVL: Tigresses blank Altas for 2-0 start

first_imgUniversity of Santo Tomas quickly handled University of Perpetual Help, 25-23, 25-22, 25-16, in the 2018 Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team 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 anew The Golden Tigresses took care of business from the get go, but pulled away in the final frame with a 16-11 lead off of Eya Laure’s kill en route to their second victory in as many startsThe Altas’ lone highlight in the final stretch of the third set was when Angielou Castillo’s ace trimmed the UST lead to three, 17-14, but they never threatened after that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I told my players that the third set will be a display of who has the better individual skills,” said UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes. “That was the instruction that I really asserted into them.”Of UST’s last four points, three of came from the Lady Altas’ errors including two straight that sealed the win. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eya Laure and Milena Alessandrini had 12 and 11 points, respectively, to lead the Golden Tigresses.UST’s charismatic marksman Cherry Rondina is not with the team to prepare for the beach volleyball tournament of the UAAP.Maria Tripoli led the Lady Altas, who dropped to 0-2, with 14 points.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced PVL: FEU gets past San Beda for 2nd straight win Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names View commentslast_img read more

18
Jan
2020

Sor Rungvisai not taking unheralded Diaz lightly

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand faces off with Iran Diaz of Mexico during their open workout on Tuesday at Nakornloung Promotion Gym in Thailand. Sor Rungvisai will be defending his WBC super flyweight belt against Diaz in the main event of ONE: Kingdom of Heroes on October 6 at Impact Arena in Thailand. Photo from ONE ChampionshipNONTHABURI—Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is the overwhelming favorite against Iran Diaz but there’s no hint of complacency from the Thai boxing champion ahead of his title defense.“I think Diaz is a great fighter. I don’t think it will be an easy fight at all,” Sor Rungvisai said through his interpreter and promoter Thainchai Pisitwuttinan during his open workout at Nakornloung Promotion Gym in Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “I’ve seen him fight. He has a difficult style to fight with so I am not taking him lightly.”Sor Rungvisai (46-4-1, 41 KOs), who is defending his WBC super flyweight title for the third time, will be headlining ONE Championship’s first foray in boxing on October 6 in the main event of the Kingdom of Heroes event at Impact Arena in Thailand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Meanwhile, it will be Diaz’s (14-2-3, 6 KOs) first shot at a world title.Diaz, who describes himself as “intelligent” inside the ring, also hasn’t fought outside of Mexico since turning pro in 2008. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Happy 14th birthday! Chinese teens land diving gold MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The 31-year-old Sor Rungvisai is coming off a first-round knockout of an overmatched Young Gil Bae of South Korea in a non-title fight just last July 21 in Thailand.He hasn’t suffered a loss in his last 19 fights and is determined to stretch his streak for as long as he can.“I will give it all in the gym and that will take care of itself.”and there’s no way that I will let my belt go outside Thailand. I am 100 percent confident that I will win.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

18
Jan
2020

Perasol on UP’s struggles: ‘All is not lost’

first_imgThe Fighting Maroons are a few games away removed from the top four spots of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament and head coach Bo Perasol knows they have to get their acts together if they ever hope to end the school’s Final Four drought.“We have to be better, period,” said Perasol after UP lost its fifth game of the season when it fell to Ateneo, 83-66, Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.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 ChrissREAD: Ateneo recovers, dumps UP to open 2nd roundUP was considered as one of the Final Four contenders before the season when Bright Akhuetie, who last played for University of Perpetual Help in NCAA Season 92, fulfilled his one-year residency. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Akhuetie’s addition, however, hasn’t panned out into instant success as the Fighting Maroons currently languish at the sixth seed with a 3-5 card.“We can’t just say we will fight. We have to be truly better to beat the teams that we will go up against,” said Perasol. “We just have to encourage the team that all is not lost. The day of reckoning will be the day that would be the last.”UP is a full game behind fifth-running University of Santo Tomas, and 1.5 games behind fourth seed De La Salle University.And with the clock ticking down on the Fighting Maroons, Perasol said they have to get back on track starting with their next game against University of the East on October 21.“We need to look at the six games that are coming and we need to take the next one, and the next one, until everything’s over,” said Perasol. “It’s my job to lead my team and to make them feel we have to keep going.” ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img UST rookie Cansino ‘surprised’ to be in 7th place of UAAP MVP race Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES University of the Philippines has hit a wall.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

18
Jan
2020

NU kicks off NBTC title defense with 90-point rout

first_imgView comments The Bullpups were merciless from start to finish with guards Terrence Fortea and Steve Nash Enriquez leading the way.Fortea had 19 points while Enriquez scored 17 on 7-of-10 shooting for NU, which only needed the first quarter to put the game beyond doubt as it raced to a 37-4 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Before the game, we actually talked about how to be consistent with what we’re doing. We had a great campaign in the UAAP and we picked up where we left off,” said NU coach Goldwin Monteverde in Filipino.NU, which swept Ateneo in the UAAP juniors finals last month, made it a 50-point game after a fastbreak layup by Reyland Torres before the end of the first half. 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 Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MANILA, Philippines—Nazareth School of National University opened its title defense with a dominating 135-45 win over Isabela Colleges-Cauayan, in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC League National Finals Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Fireworks expected when Filipino bets Dasmariñas, Demecillo clash in ‘Rising Stars’ MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Bullpups extended their lead to as high as 93 points in the fourth period. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

18
Jan
2020

UNMEER: A Welcome New UN Agency to Fight Ebola—But Why So Late?

first_imgThe United Nations Security Council last Thursday unanimously adopted a   resolution declaring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to international peace and security.  The Council mandated UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to establish the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).   A day later the 193-member UN General Assembly adopted its own resolution approving the Security Council’s on UNMEER’s establishment. The Assembly called upon all Member States to fully support the new UN Agency.The President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa,  warned that “Without quick and decisive action, the trail of devastation this outbreak leaves behind will reach far beyond the portions of West Africa most affected up to now.”The Secretary General has already announced the establishment of the UNMEER to stop the outbreak, treat the infected, ensure essential services, preserve stability and prevent further outbreaks.UNMEER will be headquartered in Accra, Ghana, with offices in the three most affected countries.  Accra’s Kotoko International Airport is to be used as the “vital air-bridge” for the receiving and transshipment of Ebola-related equipment and supplies to the affected nations.World Health Organization (WHO) Director General, Dr. Margaret Chan, has declared that UNMEER is likely to be “the greatest peacetime challenge that the United Nations and its agencies have ever faced.”The UN System Senior Coordinator for Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, will provide strategic guidance to the Mission. The Secretary-General meanwhile plans to appoint a Special Representative to head UNMEER and accelerate support to the countries and people most affected by the Ebola crisis.“The Mission will rely on the support of the entire UN system, in particular the critical technical expertise of the World Health Organization (WHO), and will work closely with Member States, regional organizations, civil society and the private sector.”We believe that UNMEER’s  establishment is great news, even though it may seem to have come almost too late.  That was the same assessment which American journalist Laurie Garrett gave the United States’ intervention, through which it is sending in 3000 troops to fight the deadly Ebola virus in the three most affected West African countries—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.  Yes, we do not know why it took the world so long to respond to this catastrophe.  People are now comparing this belated response to President George W. Bush and the United States government’s slow response to Hurricane Katrina that devastated New Orleans and killed hundreds.  Some blamed it on racism, since New Orleans is predominantly black.The WHO Director General, Dr. Margaret Chan, has herself called the Ebola outbreak “. . . not just a public health crisis.  This is a social crisis, a humanitarian crisis, an economic crisis and a threat to national security well beyond the outbreak zones.”Dr. Chan is not new to this massive health crisis.  While  serving as Director of Health in her native Hong Kong in 1997, she confronted the first human outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza. She also  successfully defeated the spate of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Hong Kong in 2003; and launched new services to prevent disease and promote better health.Yet it has taken the WHO, under her leadership, a full six months to respond in a serious way to this Ebola crisis.  The world, in particular the people of West Africa, need to know what happened.  We are not here criticizing Dr. Chan or her organization, WHO.  However, people need to know why it took them so long to give a speedy and decisive response to this terrible health crisis that beginning day one last March  caused people to start dropping dead first in Guinea, then in Liberia and Sierra Leone.  Now, by the time everyone is rushing in to “help,” a staggering 2500 lives have been lost.  Also, the Atlanta-based Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other expert organizations have predicted that the Ebola virus could mutate (change) and spread, affecting and killing more people in its catastrophic path.We hope that the new UN Agency, UNMEER, together with the efforts of the 3000-strong American military contingent, will make a quick difference and stop this terrible and tragic virus in its tracks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

17
Jan
2020

Public procurement process is being manipulated by political directive

first_imgDear Editor,The public procurement system was established by PPP government in 2003. The procurement process was establish to maintain accountability, transparency, fairness, and equal access to opportunities.While competition was an essential ingredient in achieving and promoting effectiveness in procurement, it also discouraged monopoly situations and avoided favouritism.  Can we say that the APNU/AFC coalition government is upholding the procurement process? Definitely not! I am confident that this Government is compromising or disregarding the procurement process and Act to ensure that their cronies, friends and families benefit.There are various methods of procurement, tender boards can choose from open or restricted procedure wherein request for quotation can only be used in clearly defined circumstances. Also the single source procurement for particular supplier can be used. The most effective method should be used to ensure Government have the best value for money. The open tendering method is the most effective, and should always be used in order to have maximum competition. It is deemed being able to offer the most economical results.  Instructions are given through permanent secretaries to various ministerial and regional tender boards to use a method that the Government can manipulate in order to ensure activist supporters, friends and families benefit. The AFC/APNU coalition government do not have any system in place to promote transparency and accountability in public office, and have total disregard for the Public Procurement Act. There are many projects that fail the procurement process, eg Durban Park, rental or drugs bond, the East Bank Berbice public road etc. This Granger government is the worst Government when it comes to transparency and accountability. They ensure that the Government officials manipulate the public procurement process for personal and political gains.Respectfully,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

17
Jan
2020

Advice to Infrastructure Ministry

first_imgDear Editor,My family and dozens of other residents of Atlantic Gardens were thoroughly harassed when they were caught up in total traffic chaos on the East Coast Demerara highway on Mother’s Day at about 09:30hrs, simply because the persons responsible for road works do not give two hoots about commuters’ safety and convenience.On Mother’s Day, my family had to travel from our Atlantic Gardens residence to attend a function at the Church of the Unification in Georgetown. They left in reasonable time to be punctual, but when they arrived at the turnoff into the highway, they were stunned to see unrestrained confusion and havoc in the traffic at the intersection.They found out that the brilliant builders and Guyanese engineers had decided that Mother’s Day morning was the best possible time for them to do a major excavation right in the middle of one of the most heavily traversed highways in Guyana on one of the biggest observances in the year.Furthermore, they did not think it was necessary to give the residents of Atlantic Gardens due notice in advance, and did not even see the need to put up a sign to let people know what they were doing. They casually went about their business while traffic built up all around, with frustrated commuters being clueless about where to pass.Remember, it was Mother’s Day. Anyone with a brain knows that Guyanese get out of their homes and do a lot on this day. There are countless activities and functions on Mother’s Day. Furthermore, many people go to churches and mandirs on Sundays. Sundays are big market days in some areas.So, you can imagine the chaos that occurred because of the road works that caught everyone by surprise on the East Coast highway that day. Traffic was backed up left, right and centre, with frustrated commuters not knowing how or when they would get out of the mess.Why didn’t they put up signs to alert people that they would have restricted entry to their communities because of excavation works? Why didn’t they inform the public of the time frame in which these works would take place? Someone could have also distributed fliers to that effect as people were entering Atlantic Gardens.I have a video of an old lady walking with a cane crossing the road works by balancing precariously on a piece of wood.My family was able to get out by crossing the muddy plank with their dress shoes. They were able to be on their way because someone on the road lent them a car to get to the event, and they arrived a bit late.I am very disappointed with this short-sighted approach by persons overseeing road works. This is slackness; it reflects contempt for the public.Let me point out to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, and the Government of Guyana, and the NDCs and REOs and whoever else has a stake in road works: when such work is being done, especially when it would disrupt a major thoroughfare or a bridge, entrance or exit to a highly populated area, signs have to be put up to alert the public.In many countries, except for grave emergencies, major public infrastructure works are never done during peak traffic hours.The people who are in charge of our road works have to get their act together, or there will be hell to pay.My advice to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure is to create a protocol guidance for opening up bridges in areas where large numbers of people live. This is to prevent annoyance and complications when the works being done can become a major hindrance to traffic.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Srlast_img read more

17
Jan
2020

Coalition seemed to be obsessed with early budgets

first_imgDear Editor,The former President of the USA, Barack Obama, had said, “A budget is more than just a series of numbers on a page; it is an embodiment of our values”. I guess ‘values’ will also include where we want to see ourselves in the year ahead. Unfortunately, our budgets in Guyana, for that past three years, failed dismally to take our country forward in terms of economic growth and development. The budgets have been just a series of trials and errors, and complete failure in some cases.This Coalition Government seems to be obsessed with early budgets, and the Finance Minister has already informed us that this year’s budget will be the earliest. Every year, the economic performance gets worse, and the budget does nothing to stem this downward decline. So, in this case, the cliché of “the early bird catches the worm” is clearly inapplicable.This early preparation of the budget is fraught with uncertainties and guesswork, since it is done under conditions of severe revenue and expenditure uncertainty as well as weak expenditure control, which have resulted in frequent changes in ceilings and appropriations. We have seen that economic growth was 3.2 percent in 2015 and this was moved downward to 2.1 percent in 2017; and it was projected in the 2017 Bank of Guyana Report to reach 1.5 percent in 2018. We have seen that forecasts are repeatedly revised, and this is because, as Dr Jagdeo puts it, the Finance needs actual figures to work with, and these are seriously lacking. Even the allocation of resources in the budget presents a serious disability.When we look at the specifics, we can discern that adult unemployment rate increased by 12 percent. It is the role of Central Government to create opportunities for gainful employment, and this must be done through the budget; but, instead, we have seen that the Government’s brainless economic policies have catapulted more than 7000 persons into the ranks of the unemployed and impoverished. It is estimated that 40 percent of our people live below the poverty line.We have also witnessed a deteriorating health sector, with a multitude of complaints of widespread and frequent shortages of basic supplies of medications at health centres and public hospitals. This has further impoverished the people, since they have to find additional monies to buy medications. In 2018, the Public Health Budget increased by $3.4 billion to$32.6 billion, but there was a decrease in value for money through poor implementation.We have also witnessed the deterioration of public security and safety, with the news headlines being replete with reports of murder, robbery and other crimes. This is despite more monies being expended in the Public Security Ministry. The Budget increased by $1.3 billion to $34 million. Again, poor implementation.On the other hand, the Agriculture Sector, which employs 21 percent of the country’s workforce, had its budget slashed by more than $1 billion to a paltry sum of $19 billion! Since 2015, the Government has been cutting the budgetary allocations for Agriculture, and it is evident that the performance of this sector has been progressively declining. This year, even the rice sector is projected to do badly, since the dams in the cultivated areas are impassable. This is sheer short-sightedness!In this same vein, the Public Infrastructure Budget was cut by $3.4 billion to $40 billion. Public infrastructure is vitally important to improve our economy and our quality of life. In 2017 also, the capital expenditure budget was slashed by 20 percent. This has severely impacted on investment in the sector, resulting in accelerating the downward slide of the economy. This has exacerbated the unemployment crisis. More short-sightedness!Thus there is clearly a disconnection between policies and expenditure. There needs to strengthen the linkages between policy formulation and expenditure. The budget must take into account the macroeconomic realities; if not, it can result in poor economic planning, which has been manifested in the past three years. Clearly, there has been little effort by the Coalition Government to make budgetary allocations to increase production and productivity, and to foster economic development. The treatment of the sugar industry is a prime example. Over 5,000 workers were heartlessly dismissed, no redundancy monies were budgeted for, and no alternative employment was provided. And to add insult to injury, until now, all the workers have not received their full severance pay. However, the wastage on pomp, celebrations and pageantry and the ballooning excesses on the military will pave the way for the economy’s downward decline. This is definitely the worst economic planning by any Government ever.Therefore, the haste by this Government to prepare and present early budgets has failed to make evident the competence of this Government. I wish to agree with the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Jagdeo, that this Government and its Finance Minister have learnt nothing from the past! Will they ever?Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor-Region 6last_img read more

17
Jan
2020

Beware of scammers and impostors

first_imgDear Editor,This is meant to alert the general public. Scammers and imposters are out plying their trade and the lower East Coast seems to be the targeted area. The popular “church feeding programme” scam is being used again.The architects of this scam have placed their “programme” under the aegis of Redemption Tabernacle Church located in Victoria Village. Donation sheets are endorsed by Pastor Rodney and Pastor Smith. There is even a cell number: 639-0372.According to one of the young men, “this is for a good cause, the church is feeding children”. I trust the pastor and members of that local church would use the media to let it be known that there is no such programme.Churches that want to start feeding programmes, I advise that you approach the Food for The Poor Organisation.That organisation can be a tremendous boost to such programmes.Imposters purporting to be utility meter readers are also targeting homes. During this month, two guys on a motorcycle called at my home and asked to read the water meter.This was a few days after the regular known young women attached to GWI would have done that. I told them to hold a while and picked up my cell phone. They took off on that bike like seasoned racers at the South Dakota Circuit.Utility companies, particularly GWI and GPL, train your meter readers to be well mannered, respectful and to display their identification cards at all times – not having it around their necks or pinned to the front with the main particulars turned inward and not displayed.Also, meter readers who are new to an area should let it be known to residents as they move around.Persons at home I implore you to be vigilant, be alert in light of the current trend.Should these scammers and imposters present themselves at your homes and you realise it, then do not hesitate to summon the police.Regards,Jerrold Longlast_img read more