I’ve never played anyone ranked “there” nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) June 26, 2017Netizens have since taken to Twitter to get behind the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time):ADVERTISEMENT New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon But any male pro would crush her. You may not like it, but it’s still true. There are differences between the genders.— Jason Faris (@quantummechbook) June 26, 2017Image: Screen grab via Twitter/@serenawilliamsImage: Screen grab via Twitter/@serenawilliamsBattle-of-the-sexes or none, it doesn’t detract that some athletes’ achievements tend to be downplayed because they are women. For instance, when a BBC reporter told Andy Murray last 2016 that he was the first person to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals in tennis, he mentioned that Williams and her sister Venus already had four each.After a Wimbledon match last 2016, Williams was asked in a press conference what she thought about being called “one of the greatest female athletes of all time.”Her response: “I prefer… ‘one of the greatest athletes of all time.’” JBRELATED STORIES:Serena Williams asks McEnroe for respect after comparison to menTennis: McEnroe ranks Serena 700th on men’s tour He apparently can’t generate this kind of press on his own or by positive, uplifting means. He doesn’t deserve an ounce of Serena’s shine.— Fiyah💜Angelou (@SweetKixx) June 27, 2017 Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based.— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) June 26, 2017 Image: Screen grab via Instagram/@serenawilliamsRetired tennis player John McEnroe, considered one of the best ever to play the game, singled out Serena Williams as the greatest female player of all time.But against professional male tennis players, he claimed she wouldn’t stand a chance, and would place “like 700 in the world.”ADVERTISEMENT Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Interesting to see where he would have been today in the ladies’ ranking, considering his second serve…— Stefan Georgiev (@SteffiGeorgiev) June 26, 2017Canadian rugby player Jen Kish also spoke up:I can’t get over how insulting this quote is to not only @serenawilliams but to every female athlete. Strongly disagree #GFY 😠🖕😠 pic.twitter.com/sqFltLjrj9— Jen kish (@jen_kish) June 26, 2017There were heated debates as well, with some defending McEnroe’s statements and pointing out that there are reasons why men and women are divided in sports: LATEST STORIES Fact: Serena Williams is the greatest tennis player of all time. Yes, she’s greater than Roger and Rafa. Accepting that won’t kill you. pic.twitter.com/MmO6o4DIJG— King Quenchi (@MrQuenchiAdams) June 26, 2017 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental Let John McEnroe win a major while he is literally creating new human life inside his evil body and then he can talk about Serena Williams. https://t.co/kRVjMYJee8— 💜 ♿️✡️ Amadi (@amaditalks) June 26, 2017 Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet WATCH: LaVar Ball shows up at WWE Raw Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know LOOK, SERENA WILLIAMS IS THE GOAT. SHE’S THE FACE OF TENNIS FOR BOTH SEXES. DEAL WITH IT pic.twitter.com/guMcHgWe52 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 — Cthulhu’s Prodigy (@CthulhusProdigy) June 26, 2017 MOST READ McEnroe gave the statement to NPR, in an interview in line with the release of his memoir “You Cannot Be Serious”.Williams lobbed back with a gracious response on Twitter:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’
He told Philippine television: “We thought that we won this fight.”But Top Rank veteran supremo Bob Arum, who was at ringside, felt the win was fair. “It could have gone either way,” he said.“A couple of close rounds, but you can’t argue with the result. I scored a lot of the early rounds for Jeff. Then I had Manny coming back in the middle.“The 12th round, Jeff really won. If you give Manny the 11th, you have it a draw. You give Jeff the 11th, it’s 7-5.”In Manila, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said it was time for Pacquiao to quit boxing and become “a full-time public servant.”“Lesson learned: It is best to leave the stage while the audience is applauding,” Lacson tweeted on Monday. “Great day for Australians; sad day for Filipinos.” —REPORTS FROM AFP AND CHRISTINE O. AVENDAÑO IN MANILA AND EDWIN O. FERNANDEZ IN KORONADALSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Pacquiao, (59-7-2), who insisted on a Brisbane rematch as stipulated in his contract for the fight, declared that he would “absolutely” return for a rematch.“We have a clause for a rematch. No problem,” Pacquiao said in the ring after the judges’ decision.‘Go relax’But Australian boxing great and three-time world champion Jeff Fenech also called for Pacquiao, who retired briefly last year, to hang up his gloves for good this time.“If they let Manny fight again, that’s stupid,” Fenech said.“He should go relax and enjoy the money he has made. He’s got nothing to prove. Retire.ADVERTISEMENT 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 BRISBANE, Australia — Manny Pacquiao’s trainer on Monday advised the Filipino legend to quit boxing after his sensational defeat to unheralded Australian Jeff Horn.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks While controversy raged over the scoring of Sunday’s World Boxing Organization welterweight title bout in Brisbane, after all three judges awarded it to the unbeaten Horn, there were doubts whether the 38-year-old Pacquiao would return for a possible rematch.Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach said he would consider advising Pacquiao to retire after a glittering 22-year professional career in which he won world titles at an unprecedented eight weight divisions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I’m going to talk to Manny about maybe calling it a day, maybe this is it,” Roach said.Given no chance by most observers, the 29-year-old Horn’s ultra-aggressive style rocked Pacquiao, with the three judges scoring the fight 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 to the Australian before 51,000 fans at Suncorp Stadium. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Fight for PSL 5th-8th places on LSU title parade draws massive crowds “Jeff fought the right fight and took Manny to places he’d not been before … he made it a bit dirty.”Pacquiao returned home to General Santos City on Monday and just smiled when asked by reporters whether he was considering retirement.“I’m so happy, thank you for your warm welcome my kababayan (fellow Filipinos),” Pacquiao said.A float had been prepared to take him on a motorcade around the city, but Pacquiao begged off and thanked the city government for the preparation.He also apologized to his fans who had waited to see him, saying he needed to rest.A sense of Pacquiao’s declining powers is that the Philippine senator hasn’t stopped an opponent in eight years.Roach, however, called for an investigation into the scoring of American judge Waleska Roldan.She had the bout 117-111 to Horn, giving Pacquiao only three of the 12 rounds, despite Horn finishing the fight badly bruised and with a shut right eye.Horn ‘out on his feet’According to CompuBox statistics, Pacquiao landed almost twice as many punches as Horn—182 to 92.“I respect the judges’ decision,” Pacquiao said. “He was much tougher than I expected. Much, much tougher.” MOST READ View comments
Meanwhile, Ceres Negros returns to the comforts of home after a tough away defeat at midweek as the Busmen battle Ilocos United at Panaad Stadium in a match that will be aired live on PTV at 4 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FC Meralco Manila and JPV Marikina dispute top spot when they clash on Saturday night in the Philippines Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium.With 20 points from their first eight matches, the Sparks can extend their lead at the top with another victory against a JPV side which they beat, 1-0, last May 20 in Biñan.ADVERTISEMENT Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Magsayo stakes spotless slate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy LATEST STORIES LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ View comments LSU title parade draws massive crowds But Marikina has since racked up five straight victories since that defeat to Meralco, zooming to second place with 18 points as the competition reached its ninth week.After back-to-back draws, Meralco returned to its winning ways last Saturday at the expense of Ilocos United, 1-0, at Quirino Stadium in Vigan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Since the defeat to the Sparks, Marikina has conquered powerhouse sides Global Cebu and Ceres Negros as coach Dan Padernal’s men staked their claim as a contender this season.“Meralco is a strong team, especially on the counterattack,” said Padernal. “We also have to be wary of their threat in set pieces.”
Close to 100 golfers will participate in the Annual Latin American Travel Agents’ Golf Tournament, which tees off today at the Sandals Golf and Country Club, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Travel agents from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Panama are being hosted at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, as the resort chain reaches out to the Latin American market for holiday, and hopefully, professional golfers. The two-day event will comprise teams playing in a four-man scramble format, putting their skills to the test competing in various competitions throughout the tournament. Categories to be contested include: Overall Champions and Runners-Up; Closest to Pin Female; Closest to Pin Male; Longest Drive Female; and Longest Drive Male. Silvio Paez, Unique Vacations director of sales for Latin America and Arlenes Garcia, sales manager for Latin America, were both upbeat about this year’s events and the exposure it brings to Jamaica in the Latin American marketplace. They pointed to the steady growth of Latin America market share in Jamaica and the importance the golf tournament plays in allowing the travel agents to get a first-hand knowledge of the island, both as a tourist and also as a golfing destination. INTERESTING AFFAIR Miguel Arthurs, general manager of the Sandals Golf and Country Club, said the event promises to be an interesting affair and the course was in great condition for excellent scores. “We anticipate a good tournament and all system are go for two days of splendid golf, “Mr Arthurs noted. Garth Laird, Sandals Resorts’ director of travel industry programmes, was upbeat about the event, noting that this year promises to be the most exciting yet. “All is in place for what promises to be a great event,” Laird said. “The Travel Agent Golf Tournament is of great benefit to both Jamaica as a golfing destination and Sandals Resorts, as the Latin American market is a growing one and gives the travel partners a chance to experience the products first hand and hence being better able to market the destination and facilities to their respective clients.” Mr Laird said the travel partners will also get a chance to experience the new renovations done at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, the most complete destination in the Caribbean. “Areas such as the new Ochi Beach Club, Rabbit Hole Speakeasy, Le Gourmand and Vista Sky Restaurants have been the subject of much interest in the marketplace and will be on show during the event,” Laird observed. Mr Laird said that as a venue the Sandals Golf and Country Club has a distinct advantage over most courses. “Our caddies play and important role as they are very good golfers themselves. Wesley Brown, Dane Bailey and Gifford Wilmot, who have all represented Jamaica in the Hoerman Cup event, are part of our staff.” He was also full of praise for local sponsors Appleton and Red Stripe for coming on board and partnering with Sandals to make the event even more memorable. The Awards Presentation will take place tomorrow at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.
“The game last night was more of a training game. We exposed a lot of our players to good competition. I think the first half they were a bit tentative, but as the game progressed, I think they came into their own, and I think it shows them the level of intensity that we are looking from them and, hopefully, we can see some of that on display tomorrow night,” Whitmore said. “We are up for it. We rest a number of our key players last night (Friday night) because we want everyone to be at least 110 per cent.” The Reggae Boys will travel to Curacao on October 14 to take on Bonaire in their second match of the competition. The following players started Friday’s match against Ecuador: Amal Knight (GK), Owayne Gordon, Michael Hector, Kevon Lambert, Fabian McCarthy, Ricardo Morris, Ladale Richie, Tevin Shaw, Ricardo Thomas, Peter-Lee Vassell, and Romario Williams. Experienced players such as goalkeeper Andre Blake, Kemar Lawrence, Adrian Mariappa, Darren Mattocks and Je-Vaughn Watson are likely to be among the starters in today’s match. TRAINING GAME The recently concluded FIFA men’s World Cup has reminded Theodore Whitmore, the head coach of Jamaica senior men’s team, that no nation should be taken for granted in international football – even one which is sitting at number 202 on the FIFA world ranking list. Whitmore’s Reggae Boyz will take on the Cayman Islands tonight at the National Stadium in the first match of the group stage of the newly formed CONCACAF Nations League, which is now the means by which CONCACAF nations will qualify for the Gold Cup. And even though the British Overseas Territory is only five spots above the bottom of the FIFA world ranking list, Whitmore says he will be taking no chances when his 54th ranked charges take the field at 7 p.m. “We are not taking their position on the FIFA ranking to mean that we are going to walk over them, because if you look at the last World Cup, you should realise that no team can be taken lightly. I am even more concerned playing against a Cayman Islands than Mexico or USA because you don’t know a lot about them and don’t know what they will bring,” Whitmore said yesterday. “We are taking this stage of the qualification game by game. The first step is to take care of the Cayman Islands and we want to ensure that we get all three points.” The 1998 World Cup veteran has been preparing his team to take on the Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Suriname, and El Salvador in the group stage of the competition by playing a number of practice matches, including one against Ecuador on Friday night where they lost 2-0 in New York.
Appreciative of the National Award she will receive today, record breaking swimmer Alia Atkinson says her success is the result of perseverance. Speaking in Kingston the day before the National Awards and Honours ceremony, Atkinson says she is putting no limits on what she might achieve for the rest of her time in the pool. Accordingly, she hopes to lower the world record she holds in the short course 50 and 100m breaststroke.Set to receive the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander, the sixth highest honour a Jamaican national can receive, on Jamaica’s National Heroes’ Day, Atkinson glowed with pride. “A lot of stuff has led me to where I am, mostly it has to do with preservation, because if I had stopped before college, I wouldn’t have NCAA championships,” she related. “If I had stopped after college, I wouldn’t have gotten world records and so it’s more of everything that my family has, everything that I embody, everything that has taught me and made me what I am today is the result of the award tomorrow,” she said gratefully.Just last week, the 29-year-old four-time Olympian set a world record of 28.56 seconds in the 50m breaststroke, having twice equalled the mark in the 100m event. She believes that some of her ability was given to her by genetics. Her father, Tweedsmuir, was a star thrower at Calabar High and her maternal uncles include Karl Smith, a 1984 Olympic semi-finalist in the 400m hurdles. “So, I think I’m a combination, a great combination, of all my family’s genes,” she surmised. “I think it just came together.”She’s understandably happy about her recent form. She started this season’s FINA World Cup with victory in Eindhoven, Holland but exploded with a double in Budapest, Hungary last week. “Going into it, I just wanted to get better and better as it went on and one of my friends actually sent me one of the scriptures, John 3:34, it’s like you have a spirit without a limit and it was weird because I read it before, but for some reason, it just, it resonated something in me.”The Bible quote melted her worries away. She first threatened her co-world record in the 100m breast stroke with a swim of 1:02.80 minutes. That’s just off the world record of 1:02.36 minutes. Then she came back with the new mark in the 50.Though she turns 30 in December, she is hoping for more. “It’s strange because a lot of people have spoken to me, like how can you still be in the sport when you almost 30, how can you be in the sport for this long, how can you do that to your body, how can you do that mentally and all that,” the 2006 Olympic finalist remarked, “but it has never really been a hindrance to me.”Fans who worry that she will soon take a seat in the stands can relax. “I have no limits”, she asserted. “There is no, ‘oh I’ve reached 25, time to stop. I’ve accomplished this, time to stop,'” she said. “I’ve never put what I’ve reached as my highest goal. There’s always something else after that.”
PARIS (AP):Angel Di Maria rescued Paris Saint-Germain with a superb injury-time equaliser to salvage a 2-2 home draw with Napoli in the Champions League yesterday.The Argentina winger curled the ball past goalkeeper David Ospina into the top left corner to spare PSG a second loss in Group C.Despite the 93rd-minute equaliser, PSG star Neymar seemed frustrated with the result. The Brazil forward marched straight off without shaking anybody’s hands and kicked a plastic protective casing around a television camera.”It’s an emotional reaction. He wasn’t happy, he wants to win,” PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said. “But it wasn’t a lack of respect, not at all.”Forward Lorenzo Insigne put Napoli ahead in the 29th minute with a cool finish and PSG equalised in the 61st when Napoli defender Mario Rui scored an own goal.Belgium forward Dries Mertens poked home from close range in the 77th after a sloppy mistake from centre half Marquinhos, who failed to deal with a looping ball into the penalty area.PSG have won their first 10 league games while averaging nearly four goals per game . But they have struggled in both of their big European matches, opening with a 3-2 loss at Liverpool.Liverpool easily beat Red Star Belgrade 4-0 in the night’s other match and lead the group with six points. Napoli have five points and PSG are third with four points.”We need to improve, that’s for sure,” Tuchel said. “We lost our shape and complicated things. We lost the ball and lost confidence, against a side like Napoli which is so good tactically … It’s very hard to come back against a team of such quality, but we managed to.”After failing to get past the Round of 16 in the past two seasons, another early elimination could be looming unless PSG improves. On a night of mistakes, PSG’s proved more costly and the ambitious club bank-rolled by Qatari cash still have to face Napoli away and Liverpool at home.
Satiricus was very upset. And when he was upset, he was mumbling something fierce under his breath. His buddies at the Back Street Bar were used to his idiosyncrasies. As he polished off his second beer, Hari looked over to him and asked, ” What’s bugging you this time, Sato?”“I’m really teed off, Hari,” Satiricus burst out with a grimace. “I’ve always believed a country should be judged by how well they treat old people.”“An’ which old people a get bad treatment now?” asked Bungi, in puzzlement. “De ole beggar man, Joey? Da man gat mo’ money dan Gaad! Na worry wha’ ‘e a tell people.”“I’m not talking about Joey,” said Satiricus in an annoyed tone. “Didn’t you fellas read about how everybody and their uncle are dumping on old Green Ham just because the Government want to give him a pension?”“You’re worried about Green Ham?!” Hari was almost apoplectic. “You forget that was the man who beat your father to a pulp when he was striking in front of Guyana Stores?”“An’ ‘e mek Rad Knee na get wuk a’ UG?!” demanded Bungi. “If da na bin happen, de man neva woulda get murdah!”“My friends,” quoted Satiricus sententiously, “the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”“So tell abee wha’ good Green Ham do,” challenged Bungi. Hari was still struggling to find his voice.“The man was a very religious person,” said Satiricus. “Didn’t you hear him preaching that we needed a moral revival in Guyana?”“Yeah, I heard his preaching that, all right,” Hari finally blurted out. “But I always felt he was just an old hypocrite.”“Me still rememba how me Daady use to fri’ken abee w’en abee lil,” said Bungi. “Green guh get yuh, if yuh na do yuh wuk!”“But that’s the problem with you fellas,” said Satiricus. “You don’t realise a man who’s done the most horrible things, is the most qualified to tell you what’s bad for you.”“Well then, Green Ham is VERY qualified,” said Hari. “I wonder what pension Hitler would get if he came back.”“Na mo’ dan Green Ham,” concluded Bungi.
…for the peopleVery few people go out there “courting martyrdom”. But those who try to do the right thing and are killed by those with power who oppress others have to be called “martyrs”. And this week, there were two occasions to reflect on martyrdom in Guyana — the anniversary of the assassination of Dr Walter Rodney, on June 13, 1980, and the killing of five sugar workers, on June 16, 1948.Back in 1948, cane-cutters were protesting the sugar planters’ arbitrarily changing their “task” responsibility — which increased their labour but delivered more profits for the sugar planters. Changing from the “cut and drop” method to the “cut and load” method meant the same cane-cutter now also had to be a “cane-loader,” and all “cane loaders” would now be fired. The workers protested; the planters called in the police; the police read them the Riot Act, and fired into the mass of workers standing up for their rights.When the smoke cleared, five men lay dead and fourteen wounded. They were acknowledged by both of the major political parties vying for power today — the PPP and PNC. After all, they were both birthed from the aftermath of those killings; it was the PNC that built the “Enmore Martyrs’ Monument”. The gruesome incident couldn’t be swept under the rug, even though the government was controlled by the sugar planters.It reached all the way to Whitehall in Britain, and led to widespread reform – not only in labour reform, but also in the award of the universal franchise to all the peoples of Guyana. But while the Enmore martyrs might’ve delivered political independence to the country, it didn’t do much for them, with the present Government being busy commemorating that Independence, but throwing 10,000 sugar workers out of work. Are they trying to provoke more martydoms?On Rodney, one sourpuss – Minette Bacchus — had the temerity to question the man’s credentials for martyrdom!! Bacchus’s real problem – not surprising – is what such a characterisation does for the party of her choice – the PNC. The CoI into Rodney’s murder, of course, pointed out: “…we conclude that Prime Minister Burnham knew of the plan and was part of the conspiracy to assassinate Dr. Walter Rodney.”But what’s more shameful than the PNC government’s refusal to acknowledge Rodney’s martyrdom, as they did the “Enmore 5”, is the willingness of those from Rodney’s party to now become the staunchest defenders of the present atrocities of the PNC.It’s because of their betrayal that reprobates like Minette Bacchus can wash their mouths on the great academic-activist who gave his life in the struggle against the PNC dictatorship.Power to the people!! Rodney lives!!…for equityIt could be that hope beats eternal and all that…but then again, it could be that the Government believes Guyanese are fools. Why does the Government — this time in the form of Finance Minister Jordan — believe it’s a good idea to borrow against “future oil revenues”? Isn’t this counting our barrels before they’re pumped and priced?? With oil stuck in the US$40s – and projected to be there for the duration — does Jordan know what borrowing cost will be? Will Exxon even be pumping at that price – when they can make more from shale oil – which they just entered with a vengeance?Your Eyewitness had advised Trotman — when he was talking about collecting up-front from Exxon — to look at the experience of Ghana. Jordan should do the same. There’s many a slip between the find and the pumping — but if money is borrowed, then the interest will drown us.Do PNC folks forget that most of the US$2.1B debt they left us was actually interest?!!…to smoke? At long last, the Government’s introducing legislation to ban smoking in public places. It’s not that your Eyewitness is afraid to become a martyr to second-hand smoke; it’s the lingering, slow death of lung cancer that balks him!
…our Indigenous PeoplesLast Thursday was recognised by the UN as “International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples” and this year the theme is about their “migration and movement”. In Guyana, there’s been an ever increasing noticeable movement of Indigenous peoples from the hinterland to the coastland which hasn’t been commented on enough.For the past three centuries, after the Dutch decided the Indigenous peoples weren’t suitable for plantation labour, most don’t appreciate the implications of that singular act. While we were called the “Land of Six Peoples”, one of those “peoples” – the Indigenous ones – never really mixed or mingled with the others.All the Indigenous Peoples were exposed to were missionaries determined to “civilise” them by converting them to Christianity and “western ways”! Much of their own culture, including their Indigenous spiritual practices, were wiped out in this “civilising” mission. Thus today, when some talk about reviving the “old ways”, those ways are really being reinterpreted through western lens. As that old Greek fella Zeno said, you can’t dip your toe twice in the SAME river!!While that may be the story of all the other five peoples, it’s most noticeable with the Amerindians since the western scorn for their way of life has been drummed into the hearts and minds of those on the coastland – who were exposed more thoroughly to western “education”. Remember that nasty incident at the “elite” Mae’s Schools in Georgetown when that Indigenous kid who’d moved to “town” was told to show up in traditional wear, but was turned away because being in a grass skirt was too “primitive”?Another point about the movement of Indigenous peoples from the hinterland to the coastland is it brings home the sordid fact that even those in the latter locale who complain about “the shithole” with clapboard houses they live in, should appreciate it’s still attractive enough to pull those people here!! In every survey that’s been conducted over the past centuries – into the new millennium – the Indigenous peoples have stubbornly been relegated to the “poorest of the poor”.But it’s of more than passing interest that those who purport to be championing the cause of the “poor and the powerless” have never directed their suggestions for doling out the oil money directly to the Indigenous peoples. Even though they’re the paradigmatic example of the “poor and the powerless”. They’re veritably, “invisible peoples”.But it is said “time longer than twine”. Because of the changing demographics where Indian and African Guyanese have pretty much the same numbers, Indigenous peoples now hold the balance of power in the land. Just look how the politicians will be courting them!!They should insist on writing their own ticket though!!…elections troublesGECOM invited a UN team to assess possible risks following the 2020 elections. After the PNC rigging years, our elections have been marred by violent PNC protests since the first free and fair elections of 1992! It took a call from US President Clinton to have Hoyte call off the Hamilton Green-led goons who’d stormed the elections centre.The PNC refused to accept the 1997 elections and that precipitated another round of violence that escalated into “Buxton Freedom Fighters” leaving hundreds dead. So it wasn’t surprising the UN assessment team predicted there will be myriad 2020 post-elected challenges – chief among them being “non-acceptance” of the results!!But that doesn’t take a genius to figure out, does it? Right off the bat, there’s the outrage of Granger’s unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chair!! He’s confirmed the worst fears of being a PNC “toothless poodle” by using his casting vote to push the PNC line in every decision of a supposedly “balanced” Commission.So why’s the UN waiting until AFTER the elections to sanitise matters?…Lombard StreetFor decades, Lombard Street was our Red Light District in Georgetown. And was accepted as such by the powers-that-be. The villages weren’t so liberal!But the 27 “strippers” nabbed at a joint in Covent Gardens suggests changing times!!