Month: January 2020

Grieving Cawaling tows Alab to fifth win

Grieving Cawaling tows Alab to fifth win

first_imgAlab Pilipinas swingman JR Cawaling reacts after hitting a 3-pointer against the Singapore Slingers. Photo from Asean Basketball League Facebook pageFormer Far Eastern U standout JR Cawaling provided the flash of inspiration as Alab Pilipinas rolled to a third straight win at the expense of the Westports Malaysia Dragons, 65-54, Sunday in the Asean Basketball League in the House of Champions in Cyberjaya in Malaysia.Still mourning the death of his brother, who passed away Saturday, Cawaling fired 11 points, including a dagger triple with 1:42 remaining that gave Alab a double digit advantage heading into the final minute and enabling the Filipino club to improve to 5-2.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 2 PH Gilas teams loom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Robby Celiz also had five assists for Alab. —CEDELF P. TUPASSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’center_img Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Flashing the depth of their squad, the Filipinos stayed unbeaten in 2017 as they stayed in step with leaders Singapore Slingers, who rolled to a 74-62 home victory over the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions late Sunday.“I told them that JR could have been with his sick and dying brother but he chose to be professional and be with the team,” said Alab coach Mac Cuan. “I could have also been with my sick baby but I’m with them.”“All I’m asking for is to make the trip worth it and the sacrifices count. I wanted a statement game and they responded,” added Cuan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAlab got off to a strong start, but the Filipinos needed a strong finishing kick anchored on Cawaling to sustain their longest winning streak so far this season.Ray Parks and Sampson Carter finished with nine points each for Alab, which survived a tough shooting night by outrebounding the Dragons, 56-40. Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Rookie Pogoy proving his worth with TNT in playoffs

Rookie Pogoy proving his worth with TNT in playoffs

first_imgPogoy said it’s just a matter of seizing the opportunity with the Beermen’s defense focused on stopping Jayson Castro.“They always collapse on Jayson whenever he slashes, so when he passes the ball to me, I’m always open. I’m lucky that my shots are also going in,” Pogoy, who also collected seven rebounds and three assists, said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnPogoy’s familiarity with Racela’s system has also been valuable in his adjustment in the pros. He is averaging 13.0 points on 40 percent shooting from threes, and 6.3 rebounds so far in this series. And that partnership has been nothing short of beneficial in giving the young gun enough confidence to step up at this stage.“I’ve been with coach Nash for so long that I gain confidence from him,” he said. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member But what Racela wants to see more from his ward is his defensive toughness against some of the league’s best players. Fortunately for Pogoy, he has taken those challenges to heart as he has passed those tests with flying colors.“Coach is giving me the minutes to play and challenges me to guard against (Alex) Cabagnot and last time, Terrence Romeo. I gain confidence from that, as well as the veterans telling me not to be scared,” he said.Pogoy also tries his best not to be overwhelmed with the situation, but he knows that for TNT to return to the Finals, everyone, must stay relentless on the defensive end.“We have to think defense first. I feel so blessed with my position right now, two wins away from the Finals, but for us to get those wins, we have to continue improving on defense,” he said.The KaTropa are halfway to the Finals with Game 4 slated on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRoger Pogoy and Nash Racela have been in numerous wars before that it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the rookie has been starting for TNT in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series against San Miguel.And on Sunday, the sniper out of Far Eastern University showed what he’s capable of, lighting it up from downtown with six 3-pointers to finish with 22 points in the KaTropa’s 98-92 Game 3 win for a 2-1 series lead.ADVERTISEMENT Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TNT takes 2-1 semis lead, frustrates San Miguel SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis PLAY LIST 03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 respitelast_img read more

Hamilton ready to get back on track with new Mercedes F1 car

Hamilton ready to get back on track with new Mercedes F1 car

first_img“The new rules for 2017 were designed to make the fastest F1 cars ever through a big increase in aerodynamic performance,” Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff said. “They should be more physical to drive and hopefully more spectacular for the fans to watch. The proof will come in the opening races but we have probably achieved that target.”Mercedes has dominated the sport in recent seasons, winning 51 of the last 59 races en route to three consecutive driver and team titles.Hamilton will next drive the new car at two pre-season tests in Barcelona next week. The season starts in Melbourne on March 26.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Hamilton said he could understand why Rosberg decided to walk away after clinching his maiden title.“It has been a long, hard slog for him,” Hamilton said. “He finally got it and maybe he wanted to keep it just as it is and not risk retiring at the end of this year not being in the same position. I don’t think like that. I win the championship and I want to fight for it again.”On Thursday, Hamilton tested out his new Mercedes car. His verdict: “It felt incredible.”“Yesterday was the first time seeing the car come together,” Hamilton said, “it’s the most detailed piece of machinery I’ve seen so far in Formula One.”The color scheme of the new Mercedes is similar to that of previous versions, but the car is noticeably lower, wider and heavier to reflect the radical overhaul of the sport’s technical rulebook over the offseason.ADVERTISEMENT Disappointed Chongson hints at player changes in Tanduay Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 LATEST STORIES 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing MOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “I feel I am stronger. I feel more complete as a driver,” the 32-year-old Hamilton said. “I feel like I am the best prepared I have ever been. I didn’t win the world championship last year and I want to change that.”Hamilton, a three-time F1 champion, will be teaming with Valtteri Bottas this season. And that’s fine with Hamilton, who had uneasy relationship with Rosberg.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I don’t think I have ever missed a teammate in my life because there is always one that takes his place,” Hamilton said. “It definitely will feel strange, and it already is, but you soon get past it. One day I will leave and another driver will come along. You don’t forget, but get used to what you have. Right now my feelings from last year are not lingering. I have started a new slate and moved on.”Hamilton won more races than Rosberg last season and rounded out the year with four consecutive victories, but his championship defense was blighted by a number of mechanical issues. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain speaks to journalists during a press conference for the launch of the new Mercedes F1 car at the Silverstone racetrack in Towcester, England, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (Photo by FRANK AUGSTEIN/AP)SILVERSTONE, England — With a new car beneath him and his biggest rival in retirement, Lewis Hamilton is ready to get back on the track.Hamilton, speaking at the launch of the new Mercedes car on Thursday, said the experience of losing to teammate Nico Rosberg last season has made him better.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Padda teases ‘hungry’ Adamson squad for next season

Padda teases ‘hungry’ Adamson squad for next season

first_imgOn the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We have some returners coming back, setter, another middle, opposite, it’s just going to make our team stronger so we’re excited,” said Padda after they won their first game in Season 79 with a sweep of University of the East, 25-15, 25-19, 25-15.“I think our biggest battle going to next season is now that we will have competitive players, the expectation is going to be there, the expectation to win, the expectation to come in and perform as best as they can.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnPadda, whose first season with Adamson ended in a 1-13 slate, added the school will now start focusing on training the B Team who is set to represent Adamson in the upcoming V-League tournament.“It will be nice to switch our focus to our B Team and kind of get them going,” said Padda. “They’re hungry, it’s not done because they’re not going to come in here and we’re magically going to hit the Final Four next year.” Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government And if there was any positive Padda took out from her disappointing start as the Lady Falcons’ head coach, it was that their 1-13 record would be their starting point for Season 80.Skipper Jema Galanza will come back for the Lady Falcons to exhaust her fifth playing year and Padda will once again look to her captain to smooth things out in the playing court.“That’s what this season was about, it was about building a strong foundation, and I think us ending in a win today just kind of sealed the deal for that foundation.”ADVERTISEMENT Adamson Lady Falcons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson head coach Airess Padda gave a small insight on what kind of Lady Falcons will compete in the 80th season of the UAAP Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Padda said her new team will have returners who did not play with the team in her first year as head coach of the Lady Falcons.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nike wants Lonzo Ball, but not for father’s asking price of $1B View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

Lasquety to serve as playing assistant coach for JRU in NCAA, says Meneses

Lasquety to serve as playing assistant coach for JRU in NCAA, says Meneses

first_imgPanelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ Lasquety couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with significant role Meneses entrusted in him.“He has already told me months before, but I was still surprised because as a player, it’s a big responsibility for me,” Lasquety said in Filipino. “I’m a player, and at the same time, I also need to help to the coaches because I’m also part of the staff.”“Instead of feeling shocked, I’m learning how to be a coach and how to see the game in a coach’s perspective so that every time they ask me, I can contribute something to them,” he said.Lasquety shared the coaching job is also something that throws a wrench in his future plans that includes fulfilling his PBA dreams.“That’s my problem now. But it all depends on what will happen to me,” he said. “I’m still thankful that even though I wasn’t able to make it to the PBA, there’s this and I have a chance to try coaching and I’ll be under coach Vergel.”ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But Lasquety would rather not think about the future first with him focused on the helping the Heavy Bombers return to the Final Four this NCAA Season 93.“For me, I’m just comforting my teammates whenever they do something wrong. I just tell them that coach wouldn’t shout on them if they followed the gameplan right. I tell them to play their game and teach them the right things as an older brother,” he said. JRU head coach Vergel Meneses. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJose Rizal University coach Vergel Meneses may have just found his heir apparent once he decides to step down as the Heavy Bombers head coach.And Meneses didn’t have to look elsewhere to find the successor to his throne.ADVERTISEMENT Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home MVP plum ‘reward’ for Baron’s efforts, says de Jesus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES The PBA legend said his graduating guard Gio Lasquety will act as playing assistant coach for JRU in the coming NCAA season.“Gio is always steady. This NCAA season, he will be a playing assistant coach and we’re grooming him to be a future head coach of JRU,” Meneses said on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnMeneses said he has seen Lasquety’s coaching otential ever since and he wants to guide the senior if he chooses to go that path.“I saw it in his mindset and he really knows what’s happening inside the court,” he said. View commentslast_img read more

Ginebra seals quarterfinals slot, holds off San Miguel

Ginebra seals quarterfinals slot, holds off San Miguel

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra clinched a spot in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals after scoring a 107-99 victory over San Miguel Sunday night at Mall of Asia Arena.The Gin Kings rose to 6-2 while the Beermen, who have already booked a quarterfinals ticket coming into the game, slid to the same record.ADVERTISEMENT Brownlee led Ginebra with 34 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks, and three steals while LA Tenorio, who was playing in his 501st straight game, added 20 points, six rebounds, and eight assists.Charles Rhodes led San Miguel with 26 points, eight rebounds, four steals, and two blocks while Alex Cabagnot added 20 points and seven boards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working LATEST STORIES Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprilcenter_img View comments Vanguardia wants consistency from Fuel Masters MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra held a 90-76 lead midway through the fourth period but the Beermen managed to cut the deficit to three, 93-90, after Alex Cabagnot capped off San Miguel’s 14-3 run with a 3-pointer at the 2:50 mark of the fourth. But an 8-0 Ginebra run extinguished San Miguel’s hopes as Justin Brownlee iced a couple of free throws at the 2:00 mark to give the Gin Kings a 98-90 lead.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 groundGinebra head coach Tim Cone said they’ve built an early foundation in the first quarter and that initial spurt eventually carried them throughout the game and helped them hold off San Miguel.“We caught them a little flat in the beginning of the game and we were able to take advantage of that,” said Cone, whose team outscored San Miguel, 31-15, in the opening period. “We carried that pretty much the whole game.” For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’last_img read more

PVL: Air Force subdues Perlas

PVL: Air Force subdues Perlas

first_imgLSU title parade draws massive crowds The Banko Spikers, though, missed the services of Dzi Gervacio, who is on study leave, and the duo of Kathy Bersola and Nicole Tiamzon, who are in vacation after graduating from University of the Philippines.And although his team won, Air Force head coach Jasper Jimenez they have to improve in a myriad of ways if ever they plan to contend in the conference.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’“We still have lots to improve especially on defense, both on the floor and in front of the net,” said Jimenez. “Communication and timing are also areas we have to improve on.”Air Force committed 43 errors, but the Lady Jet Spikers’ 47 attack points barely managed to contain the team’s shortcomings. 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’ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Rysabelle Devanadera and Amanda Villanueva led Perlas with nine points apiece.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks LATEST STORIEScenter_img Morado stars in reunion with Valdez in PVL LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Philippine Air Force brushed off a horrendous second set and turned back Perlas Banko in four sets, 25-23, 9-25, 25-20, 25-20, Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Jet Spikers enjoyed a three-pronged attack with Iari Yongco leading the way with 15 points while Jocemer Tapic and Mary Ann Pantino had 14 and 11 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

TKR, Patriots clash in CPL final tonight

TKR, Patriots clash in CPL final tonight

first_imgTAROUBA, Trinidad (CMC): The Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots will meet in tonight’s final of the 2017 Caribbean Premier League. TKR clinched a spot in the last two after they disposed of Guyana Amazon Warriors by six wickets in the third play-off at the Brian Lara Stadium here Thursday night. Set 160 to win, they overhauled their target with two overs to spare, to reach their second final in three years. New Zealander Colin Munro spearheaded the run chase with an unbeaten 57 off 51 balls while left-handed Darren Bravo struck 43 off 27 deliveries. Sent in earlier, Amazon Warriors gathered a competitive 159 for six off their 20 overs, with Gajanand Singh top-scoring with 39 from 25 balls, opener Chadwick Walton getting 37 off 31 balls, and Roshon Primus, a robust unbeaten 35 off a mere 18 deliveries. Off-spinner Sunil Narine (2-21) and fast bowler Ronsford Beaton (2-30) claimed two wickets apiece. In reply, TKR lost Narine cheaply leg before wicket to Sohail Tanvir off the first ball of the innings, but any hope Amazon Warriors had of running through the hosts’ innings was quickly dashed as Munro took charge. The left-hander counted seven fours, adding 33 for the second wicket with Canadian Hamza Tariq (10) before putting on a match-winning 85 for the third wicket with Bravo, whose knock contained a pair of fours and four sixes. NOTE: Match starts at 8 p.m. Jamaica time.last_img read more

SVREL extends draw date for You’re The Owner promotion

SVREL extends draw date for You’re The Owner promotion

first_img Additional Benefits Moreover, according to Green, the new owner, once he or she takes possession of the horse, will enjoy some additional benefits. “SVREL will stand the cost of the keep and care of the horse for the first two years of the horse’s racing life, as a two-year-old and a three-year-old. We are undertaking it because we are trying to bring new owners into the industry and this is one way of making it very affordable for someone who has always wanted to own a racehorse but never thought it possible,” Green said. “The success of the industry is dependent on new owners coming into the industry so we that we can build our stock of racehorses.” The owner will get to choose the trainer, the colours, and they will pocket all the earnings from the horse, making it a risk-free investment. The horse will be insured, meaning that if the horse dies or has to be put down for any reason, the new owner can recover the value from the insurance payout. Supreme Ventures Entertainment and Racing Limited (SVREL) has extended the deadline for entries and the draw date for its ‘You’re the Owner Promotion’ in order to meet demand for tickets that will make one lucky Jamaican the owner of a thoroughbred racehorse. The draw date for the promotion had originally been set for December 26 but according to Peter Green, SVREL’s director of marketing, the demand has been such that they are going to use the one-month extension to improve the distribution of the tickets that cost $500. Tickets can be had at select SVL lottery locations, off-track locations and at Caymanas Track in Gregory Park, St Catherine. The new deadline for entries will now be Saturday, January 19, 2019, with the new draw date set for January 26, 2019. In October, SVREL launched the raffle for a thoroughbred valued at $1.5 million. The horse was bought at this year’s yearling sale on Sunday, November 11 for J$1.1 million so the lucky winner would also get $400,000 in cash.last_img read more

Can the Centre hold?

Can the Centre hold?

first_imgWhy would a newly elected Government coming in a wave of goodwill and with campaign promises of positive change, set about, and deliberately so it seems, to destroy it all?Since coming to office last May, the Ganger Government has done nothing but upset and enrage the general population with their actions and policies. They have upset sugar workers, rice farmers, trade unionists, public servants, the Guyana Bar Association, Red Thread, the GHRA, the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, and TIGI.They have taken away utility subventions from the elderly and created none of the promised jobs for our youth nor included them as significant participants in the new government.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan insists he has done nothing illegal by awarding the mayoral and chairmanship positions to only Coalition winners in constituencies where there were ties with the PPP/C. Legality aside, this was a prime opportunity for Government, who were so highly critical while in the Opposition, to act fairly. But this was beyond them so the PPP/C rightly took the matter to court.In handing down the writs to stay his hand, Justice Diana Insanally said that Bulkan’s decision was “made in bad faith, is unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, … malicious, vindictive, unlawful …”Justice Insanally’s words could be applied to just about every decision taken by Government to date. Trade union leader Lincoln Lewis in a recent letter to the press stated: “There are reports of state and government officials acting as a law unto themselves with little or no regard for tenets of good governance that ought to be guiding their conduct.”In a recent column in Stabroek News, economist Tarron Kemraj disclosed that the forensic audits done by Government into the PPP/C Government’s finances “found little evidence of widespread government theft ….” He added that a redistribution of state resources amounted to “nepotism and bad governance” and that these and other irregularities fed the perception that the previous Government was corrupt.The imbroglio over the relationship of Minister of State Joe Harmon with businessman Brian Tiwari and Chinese logging company BaiShanLin drew fire from Transparency International Guyana Inc which stated that the Minister “is confirming that the government has been using its position to employ and reward, out of state resources, its supporters and donors.”Harmon’s prepared statement defending his conduct dispels none of the perceptions of governmental excess and wrongdoing and smacks more of a cover-up.Nigel Hughes has deferred his resignation as AFC Chairman which came on the heels of a party statement calling for a curb of Harmon’s powers. In resigning, Hughes said that the chairmanship had become “untenable”.Added to the troubles within the AFC camp are rumours of internal PNC/APNU squabbles over the allocation of the post elections spoils.President David Granger’s reputation as a strongman could well be tested as he tries to hold everything together especially since his Government has lost the Indo-Guyanese support which the AFC brought to the Coalition. The results of the recent Local Government Elections confirm that the 11% Indo-Guyanese vote that gave the Coalition its slim lead in the general elections have mostly returned to the PPP/C.This will probably be written as the biggest tragedy in the Coalition’s legacy. That Indo-Guyanese were willing to take that chance and vote for a Government led by the PNC/APNU, knowing full well their Burnhamist past, was a notable move away from Guyana’s race politics.However, the Granger Government never set about to nurture that new support which would have encouraged more Indo-Guyanese to join them. In fact, they proceeded to do quite the opposite and Granger’s total disregard for the Cummingsburg Accord made it clear that the AFC was simply used for its Indo-Guyanese constituency in order to get them a victory.With that support gone, the Coalition Government is nothing but a sham. By all accounts, Guyana is now being governed by a minority Government with the PNC/APNU retaining only their hard-core supporters which would put them at much less than 40% of the electorate.Thus far, the Granger Government seems more intent on exacting vengeance against the PPP/C and its supporters rather than pursuing positive policies for Guyana’s progress.The country is skittering from one scandal to the next, from one crisis to the next and every bit of goodwill has been squandered. Peace and prosperity always go together and there will be no progress while the country is in a constant state of uproar.To paraphrase the poet WB Yeats’ famous lines: Can the centre hold when everything is falling apart?last_img read more

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