Gobert shines in Jazz’s win over Bucks

first_imgLATEST STORIES Utah took a 61-43 lead into halftime after dominating the second quarter. The Jazz allowed the Bucks to score consecutive baskets just once in the second 12 minutes and their 31 points tied for the third-most they have scored in the second quarter this season. Gobert scored 15 of those 31.The Bucks shot well from 3-point range in the first quarter, going 5 for 8, but were just 4 for 15 the rest of the night. Milwaukee never led after the first quarter, and only led by two in that short time.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 returnJabari Parker paced the Bucks with 17 points. View comments Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 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 Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks the ball as Milwaukee Bucks’ Michael Beasley (9), Thon Maker, second from right, and Malcolm Brogdon, right, look on in the second half during an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—Rudy Gobert scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, leading the Utah Jazz to an easy 104-88 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.The double-double was Gobert’s 33rd of the season for the Jazz, who also got 27 points from Gordon Hayward.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Porzingis, subs rally Knicks to victory over Nets Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikelycenter_img Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Fate of Finals protagonists rests on big shoulders

first_imgIt’s been called a clash of Titans. Might as well keep an eye on the big men.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m scared because they have all the weapons,” he explained.And the main threat is Fajardo. The 6-foot-10 center weaponizes every basketball tool in the San Miguel roster. He frees up guys like Marcio Lassiter, Ronald Tubid and Alex Cabagnot for open shots by simply camping at the post and waiting for other defenders to pitch their tents around him. His ability to pass out of double teams creates open lanes for slashers. More than his numbers, his mere presence is a statistic in itself:No. of June Mar Fajardos: Beermen 1, Kings, 0.And that’s saying a lot since his numbers are pretty impressive: 19.4 points on 64% shooting from the field (a clip lowered only because he sometimes takesthose “settle” jumpers from 10 to 12 feet out), 15.2 rebounds (which purchase possessions for the Beermen that make up for those missed jumpers), 2.4 blocks (which make other big men settle for jumpers too) and 1.5 assists (a “fake” stat because it doesn’t include the other extra passes created out of his initial kick-out pass that leads to bail-out jumpers).Cone will need Aguilar to be super in this matchup.It won’t be a pure matchup in the sense that Aguilar and Fajardo should not be even guarding each other. But when Cone plays three guards (Thompson, Mercado, Tenorio) and then pairs Aguilar with either Joe Devance (doubtful due to injury), Kevin Ferrer or Jervy Cruz up front, Ginebra doesn’t have much of a choice.But then again, neither does San Miguel Beer. The beauty of the mismatch is Cone could make it worth both ways. Leo Austria has to play Fajardo major minutes and Fajardo will have several looks at the kind of a lineup from Ginebra, meaning he may have to defend Aguilar. And Aguilar can make his one distinct edge to work by letting his offense be his defense.Aguilar should have one thought after every successful Ginebra defensive stop: Run. Run hard and get into the offense quickly. The ploy is to lure Fajardo into expending energy chasing after him. Forcing San Miguel Beer’s MVP to work hard defensively might take away some of the offensive sting and make it easier for help defenses to come to Aguilar’s rescue at the post.Aguilar’s offense (15.5 points per game) generates enough attention so that Fajardo won’t slack off and allow him a few extra paces. And if Fajardo does catch up, Aguilar can widen the space between the San Miguel giant and the rim by using that jump shot of his (one of the few times you’d actually cheer for a 6-foot-9 guy taking jumpers), to create openings for the likes of Scottie Thompson to poach rebounds and produce extra possessions for the Gin Kings.Ginebra has had a lot (relatively, when compared to the rest of the league) of success against Fajardo lately. They turned him into a granite statue in the Governors’ Cup semifinal decider and then held him to single digits during their elimination round showdown. Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions If the Kings continue to do that, the Beermen’s weapons that Cone fears so much could end up being duds.But if the Beermen can reverse the order of their offense by heating up their shooters to create space for Fajardo or if Fajardo has his way and abuses Aguilar down low, this series may be over before anyone can say “Perpetual Trophy.”Sports 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 Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Defending champion San Miguel Beer tries to hurdle the last obstacle to its chase for the Philippine Cup Perpetual Trophy when it battles Barangay Ginebra in a best-of-seven series that kicks off Friday.It would have been fun to sift through both teams’ rosters to hunt for the x-factor that could decide the series but why even bother?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 returnThis series revolves around June Mar Fajardo. Even if San Miguel fails to tab the Perpetual Trophy, it has the league’s Perpetual MVP and every challenger to the Beermen’s has to run through the Kraken’s massive physique.And Barangay Ginebra will try to counter with, well, Japeth Aguilar.center_img Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon View comments Not that Tim Cone has much of a choice. With Greg Slaughter decommissioned by injury, Aguilar is the Kings’ best big man and in the Finals, how he will fare against Fajardo will determine how Ginebra can overturn a manpower disadvantage.Because, yes, Ginebra will be paper underdogs in this series. And we didn’t even have to pore over statistics and wrack our brains to arrive at that decision.Tim Cone did it for us.“We’re the underdogs here,” said Cone. See?And he didn’t have to dig deep either to find the reason.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Battle-tested Beermen ready for the Finals, says Rosslast_img read more

Durant out ‘indefinitely’ after ligament sprain

first_img“I’m always concerned about any injury, because you never know how bad it’s going to be, so we’ll just wait and see and keep our fingers crossed,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said afterwards.The Warriors, who have already booked their place in the playoffs at the top of the Western Conference with a 50-10 record, eventually lost the game 112-108.It was an unhappy homecoming of sorts for Durant, the 2014 NBA MVP who grew up near Washington in Maryland and who had been courted by the Wizards during his free agency last year before choosing to join the Warriors.That snub clearly still rankled with some Washington fans on Tuesday, who subjected Durant to boos during the introduction and whenever he touched the ball during his fleeting appearance.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident “It has been determined that Durant suffered a grade 2 medial collateral ligament sprain and a tibial bone bruise,” the Warriors said following a scan. “He will be out of action indefinitely and will be re-evaluated in four weeks. There is no timetable for his return but it has not been ruled out that he could play again before the end of the regular season.”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 returnDurant left Tuesday’s game at the Verizon Center early in the first period after Pachulia fell backwards onto his legs after a foul by Washington’s Martin Gortat.Durant, 28, was left in obvious discomfort following the collision and cut a dejected figure as he limped away towards the locker room. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:40Filipinos 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 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Davis scores 33, leads Pelicans over Pistons Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions (FILES) This file photo taken on November 4, 2016 shows Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors as he drives to the hoop under pressure from Larry nance Jr (L) and Brandon Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers in their NBA game in Los Angeles, California.Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant faces an indefinite injury layoff after spraining a knee ligament but could return before the end of the regular season, the NBA team said March 1, 2017. Durant hobbled off the court during the Warriors’ defeat to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday after a collision with team-mate Zaza Pachulia./ AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWNGolden State Warriors star Kevin Durant faces an indefinite injury layoff after spraining a knee ligament but could return before the end of the regular season, the NBA team said Wednesday.Durant hobbled off the court during the Warriors’ defeat to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday after a collision with team-mate Zaza Pachulia.ADVERTISEMENT China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

NBA: Curry leads Warriors fightback in Spurs defeat

first_img“They played great, they all played great,” Popovich said. “They just played better. Curry, Thompson — they all made shots. That’s why they’re the best team in the league.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Andre Iguodala (14) and David West (15) also posted double figure tallies for the Dubs, who improved to 61-14 to head the Western Conference comfortably from San Antonio, who are 57-17.San Antonio’s scoring was led by Kawhi Leonard with 19 points while Spanish star Pau Gasol had 18 points. LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green also made double figures.Reigning NBA MVP Curry was satisfied with a victory that gives the Warriors a huge boost as the playoffs loom, with injured star Kevin Durant still to return to their ranks.“We’re on the right track,” Curry said. “We don’t win a championship in this game but we understand we’re getting better as we get to the playoffs and that’s really the only focus right now. We want to keep it up.”Spurs coach Gregg Popovich didn’t mince his words about the quality of his team’s opponents, describing the Warriors as the best team in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media 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 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties But Curry and Klay Thompson led a magnificent team effort to haul the Warriors back into contention in the second quarter, gradually chipping away at San Antonio’s lead to close within three points at halftime.The Warriors then turned on the style in the third quarter, piling on the pressure to open up an 84-77 lead heading into the final period.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 returnFrom there the Warriors were always able to keep San Antonio at arm’s length, and picked off the Spurs to claim an ultimately convincing win.Curry’s points haul included four three-pointers, a tally matched by offensive partner Klay Thompson who had 23 points. Bolts on a roll View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a score from teammate Kevin Durant. (AP FILE Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Stephen Curry scored 29 points as the Golden State Warriors fought back from a 22-point deficit to land a psychological blow against the San Antonio Spurs with a 110-98 road victory on Wednesday.The Warriors — who could ultimately end up facing San Antonio for a place in the NBA finals when the playoffs get under way — looked to be in deep trouble as the Spurs raced into a 29-7 first quarter lead.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot MOST READlast_img read more

Jamaican chess has bright future – Wilkinson

first_img“Landmark moments in 2018 have paved the way for a bright future in Jamaican chess.” That is the viewpoint of outgoing Jamaica Chess Federation President Ian Wilkinson. Citing the World Chess Sub-Zonal tournament and Jamaica’s strong run at the World Chess Olympiad, Wilkinson says good things lie ahead. “Well, 2018 is fantastic,” Wilkinson intoned with a broad smile on December 6. “We had never hosted what is called the Sub-Zonal 2.3.5, which is how they organise sub-zonals and zonals and ways to qualify for the World Championships individual title, so you are officially the best player in the world,” he explained of the event that had been held elsewhere in the region previously. Wilkinson was full of praise for the team that worked to stage the tournament which was held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in June, and noted his thanks to the Government and the Sports Development Foundation for support. Miraculous outcome “It was a miraculous outcome because, let’s face it, Shane Matthews won totally against the odds,” he said, still bubbling from the 54-year-old player’s performance. “You don’t normally win a tournament of that calibre if you’re over 40,” he stated. “I mean, even at 40,” Wilkinson said, “It’s miraculous, because chess is now a young person’s sport.” To bolster the point, he enunciated, “You know, people are becoming grandmasters at 13, 14, and the older you get, the more difficult it is to compete.” The Jamaica Chess Federation President said, “The Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia, former Soviet Union, was bittersweet for me.” Pinpointing the fact that Jamaica’s women met world number 7 France in round 7 of 11, he glowed, “We were absolutely fantastic, and with a little bit more experience, and bearing in mind, we fielded St Jago’s Adani Clarke, a teenager who has tremendous potential to dominate regional chess if she sticks to it, certainly in the women’s field.” Wilkinson himself was named an honorary vice president of the World Chess Federation and he believes this appointment will allow him to help Jamaican and regional chess even more. Now a member of the sport’s Presidential board, Wilkinson observed, “You have access to technical minds to see how administrations work, so I’ve learnt a lot in just a few weeks.” “That board has some real influential people in world chess, the most influential people, I would say, including presidents of the various continents because you have a President for the Americas, for Africa, for Europe and Asia,” he outlined. He expects to share that knowledge at home even after he demits office next June. “That has put me in pole position to help even much more with Jamaica’s chess in terms of the transition into 2019 and 2020,” he envisioned. Wilkinson, who has been president of the local federation since 2003, thinks the big moves this year open a pathway to success. “So, the platform is well set,”he concluded, “paved for launch into the future in positive ways going forward.”last_img read more

WICB Professional Cricket League: Scorpions chasing 325 for victory after Miller bags seven for 87

first_imgTrinidad and Tobago Red Force were dismissed for 233 in their second innings on the stroke of tea on day three of the WICB Professional Cricket League Four-day match against the Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park.Nikita Miller was the star for the hosts, taking seven for 87 to end with a match haul of 12 for 149. Khary Pierre top scored for the visitors with 46.The Scorpions will be seeking 325 for an outright win when play resumes after lunch.Scores: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force 203 and 233; Jamaica Scorpions 112.last_img

GFW 2016 culminates on Sunday – Model Image winners to be revealed

first_imgGuyana Fashion Week (GFW) is in full swing and has always mandated its alignment with social causes – local and internationally conscious platforms. This year, is no exception. GFW is recognising the contributions of the differently able to a developing society. Bringing awareness to differently able persons is one of the missions of GFW 2016. In keeping with this focus, GFW is highlighting a differently able designer, Setra Oselmo, who will be featured in the Aspiring Designer showcase on November 11, at the Pegasus Hotel at 16:00h.The policy of inclusion has been incorporated into the sustainable development goals of GFW, whereby all creative practitioners would be allowed access to participate in creative expression, irrespective of their disability.Working in conjunction with the Social Protection Ministry, the Executive of GFW will be highlighting awareness of Trafficking In Persons as an underpinning of the social cause strategy of GFW.Another awareness drive promoted by GFW is the national anti-domestic violence campaign – “Breaking the Silence”. Last weekend, GFW in collaboration with Help and Shelter hosted a fundraising fashion event at the residence of the home of the US Ambassador, Perry Holloway to sensitise the public to the needs of the victims of domestic violence.Partnering with empowerment initiatives is an essential ingredient of the GFW menu. So when Calvin Ming, Guyanese race car driver won his round in the Formula 1 qualifier, it was only natural for the GFW Executive to celebrate the win of a relative of one of the prominent partners of GFW, over the years.Opportunities for ‘brand Guyana’ are always priority for GFW, so nation-building alignments are a must. The Guyana Fashion Week will culminate on Sunday evening with the grand finale followed by an ‘All White’ after party.Thus far, several regional and international designers are already in Guyana to participate in the event. In fact, several teams of professional models from Trinidad and Tobago, Curacao and Antigua and Barbuda are already inducted into the ewvent.Meanwhile, the highlight of the event will be the announcement of the first ever model image competition. This will be done on the evening of Saturday. GFW Model Image will feature 11 young men and 17 young women participating in an empowering exercise for creative enthusiasts.last_img read more

State of the Environment and Trends – Part 1

first_imgFresh Water ResourcesGuyana is well known for its expansive network of rivers, streams, reservoirs and drainage canals, providing an abundance of surface and ground water throughout the country for agriculture, industries and domestic uses. Many while travelling, have marveled at the Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo Rivers and their tributaries carving through the terrain in this ‘land of many waters’.This prized resource, freshwater, is held in numerous surface and ground water systems in varying quantities and in some cases based on seasonal variations. Surface water resources occur within the Coastal Lowlands, Interior Plains, Western Highlands, Southern Uplands and Southwest Savannahs. Ground water is also abundant in coastal and inland aquifers, with most of the population relying on coastal aquifers for ground water supply.Pressures on Freshwater ResourcesThe EPA remains firm on its mandate to ensure that developmental activities are authorised, thus being given the necessary conditions to safeguard the health of freshwater ecosystems. Some pressures on our freshwater resources:1. Changing population dynamics;2. Views on the value of freshwater;3. Consumption of food;4. Economic policies;5. Technology; and6. General lifestyle are all drivers of changes in water use.Some areas of concernWith the majority of the population (90%) residing on the coast, biological and chemical contamination of surface water are highest in these areas. Salt water invasion from the Atlantic Ocean also affects coastal water quality. Private water users are largely unmonitored, leading to over exploitation of aquifers. GWI data from 2010 to 2014, indicate turbidity and total fecal coliform levels above WHO standards for coastal aquifers. Targeting such uncontrolled use is very important as Guyana is expected to experience higher temperatures and reduced precipitation levels, limiting water available for domestic, industrial and agricultural uses. The quantity and quality of freshwater resources are influenced:1. Land-use change;2. Construction and management of reservoirs;3. Pollutant emissions;4. Water and wastewater treatment; and5. Climate change.Reported estimates of water withdrawal indicate that the greatest demand for water is from domestic, agricultural, mining and industrial purposes. Consequently, significant pressures are created from untreated waste, chemicals, and sediments being released into waterways, as a result of absent or inadequate systems for the treatment of sewage, industrial and agricultural waste and proper tailings management.Impacts on Freshwater ResourcesThe known pressures, present numerous economic, health, social and environmental impacts. Limited and reduced access to groundwater resources result in the use of surface water sources which usually require treatment. Treatment of surface water can be expensive and, and the quality of the raw water determines the required type of treatment. Many coastal dwellers purchase drinking water from private suppliers. However, this option would represent a cost intensive alternative for the hinterland population who depend heavily on inland groundwater sources.Health issues from contaminated potable water supply remains a concern in both coastal and inland communities. Residents resorting to untreated water from creeks and rivers in the absence of adequate groundwater sources and lack of regulation of private water suppliers present an increased risk of acute diarrheal diseases. Surface water throughout Guyana serves as important ecosystems by providing a medium for habitat, food, and reproduction for aquatic life forms especially fishes, macro-invertebrates, plants, mammals, birds, herpetofauna, microbes, and drinking water for humans. Therefore, contamination from effluent discharge, runoffs and other waste inputs can cause these ecosystems to become unstable. You may remember the fish kills and mortality of other organisms during the OMAI cyanide spill of 1995.ResponsesLocal policies and plans as well as, international obligations support the protection of freshwater ecosystems. In 2015, the Government decided that the National Water Council (NWC) as stipulated under the Water and Sewage Act 2002, should be resuscitated which would see the development of a National Water Policy. Legislation such as the Water and Sewerage Act, Environmental Protection Act, Mining Act, and the East Demerara Water Conservancy Act, work together to regulate development in an effort to safeguard the environment and its resources. Guyana is also signatory to a number of international laws, protocols, agreements and declarations that place obligations on the government to manage water and land based resources. These include the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Basel Convention for the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their disposal, to name a few.If you wish to know more about the state and trends of Fresh Water Resources in Guyana, you can download the State of the Environment Report 2016 from the EPA’s website, www.epaguyana.orgYou can share your ideas and questions by sending letters to: “Our Earth, Our Environment”, C/O ECEA Programme, Environmental Protection Agency, Ganges Street, Sophia, GEORGETOWN, or email us at: eit.epaguyana@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.last_img read more

Moving on…

first_imgWe just had a peek at the latest bunch of young’uns moving from primary school to secondary but, sadly, not a single thing seems to’ve changed. By and large, more than half of the 14,000+ who wrote the NGSA couldn’t score 50% of the marks in the basic subjects of Maths, Science and Social Studies. In English, the pass rate was 57.4% – a dip from last year’s 60.6%.And you, gentle readers, would know that your Eyewitness’s pet peeve is that while we’re all excited by the amazing performances of the top 10 – and even the top 1% – not a tear was shed for the bottom half, who’re seen as “losers”, and will soon see themselves as such. Your Eyewitness isn’t too het up by the 39% pass rate at Social Studies; God knows that’s one curriculum that needs a serious makeover. Why should 11-year-olds have to know the names of the Ministers in the Government – especially now that Granger has expanded their number to 30+?? Isn’t that cruel and inhuman treatment?After an abysmal showing in English some years ago, the Ministry of Education (MoE) made a big push and inched up the pass rate. This year, the push was on in Maths, and while the latter saw some improvement (42% now got more than 50% of the marks for a “pass”!!) the performance in English dropped by a corresponding number. Could it be that the brains of most kids can take about only a certain amount of information, so that as one area expands, another contracts?? Like squeezing a balloon?Frankly, your Eyewitness really believes too much useless stuff’s being crammed into our children’s heads, and at too early an age. Remember these kids were already tested and scored in Grade 2 and Grade 4, and those marks were added to the Grade 6 marks!! It’s all rote learning, and if you read the interviews of the top flyers, you’ll see that, in addition to being in school from 8am to 5pm daily, they had extra lessons plus coaching with dedicated mothers and fathers. That’s a whole lot of cramming!But back to the bottom 50%. And inordinate number of these are from hinterland and rural schools; for example, Region 1 couldn’t get a single pupil to qualify for the five “premier schools” in Georgetown. And that’s the clue right there, isn’t it? The primary schools in the rural and hinterland areas are as “un-premier” as the secondary schools – with less qualified teachers and substandard facilities. There is also the question of the relevance of the curriculum to their lives.Georgetown is still Guyana!!…with the campaignThe PNC-led coalition is in full campaign mode – as they’ve been since the NCM vote last December. While some believe their delaying tactics in the High, Appellate and CCJ Courts since then are designed to get their rigging apparatus in place, it’s also clear that they don’t want to rig too heavily; hence the their full court press electorate of the electorate, on Government time and funds. Their latest foray was described by the Chronic when three well-garlanded Ministers were shown and described, promising the residents of BV-Triumph the sun and the moon. It wasn’t coincidental that the Government slate got a run for their money from some independents in BV. The PNC’s following “Campaigning 101” by focusing on the fence-sitters.But now that the Cabinet and President stands resigned, and the Government must just ensure that services are upkept, what about the Caretaker Convention on state funds not being used for campaigning? The PNC, of course, will blithely proceed as if their status hasn’t changed.Hope the non-governmental parties propose a stop-order to the CCJ!…with a new WI?Your Eyewitness is of the firm belief that all good things come to an end. Problem is, when the “good thing” is a human being, they just can’t accept it.Chris Gayle shouldn’t be allowed to play on against India.last_img read more

Appalled, disgusted by Govt officials attacks on Red House

first_imgDear Editor,The Cheddi Jagan Research Centre (CJRC) is appalled, indeed disgusted, by utterances made by leading functionaries of the APNU/AFC administration which insinuated that the manner in which the lease to the land and building which housed the centre was obtained illegally.The inference to be drawn from those statements is that the lease was not only improperly obtained, but that there were hidden and ulterior motives on the part of those who were involved.What the Centre found particularly distasteful was the fact that such statements were made by some of the very persons who claim to embrace the legacy of Cheddi Jagan, but having betrayed the legacy and now in bed with those who conspired to deny Dr Jagan his rightful place in history, they are now seeking to justify their betrayal by making wild and unsubstantiated statements.It must be emphasised that the CJRC was established not as a profit-making organisation, but to promote the legacy of one of the finest and most outstanding sons of the Guyanese nation, someone who dedicated his entire life for freedom and democracy and for the building of a united and prosperous country. As such, Dr Jagan is deserving of a special place in the history of this country. The granting of a building and a piece of land in his honour and memory pales into insignificance when compared to the monumental contribution and sacrifices Dr Jagan made for the overall good of this nation.It is bad enough to use disparaging statements regarding this great legacy and contributions by the uninformed and from those who historically stood on the opposite side of the political divide but such unsavoury comments emanating from those who professed allegiance to the ideals and vision of Dr Jagan speaks to a level of hypocrisy and opportunism that literally stinks into the high heavens.The Cheddi Jagan Research Centre has lived up to, and will continue to be a centre of reading and research into the large body of writings and speeches made by Dr Jagan and in the preservation and promotion of his great legacy at its current location in accordance with our 99 years lease.Sincerely,Management ofCheddi JaganResearch Centrelast_img read more