Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Meralco suffered another heartbreaker in the continental stage after losing to B.League’s Alvark Tokyo, 84-73, in the Fiba Asia Champions Cup Friday at Nonthaburi Province Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham put up 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Bolts while fellow import Diamond Stone added 28 points and eight boards.Alex Kirk led Alvark with 23 points and 11 rebounds while Daiki Tanaka added 17 points, five boards, and seven assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Eyes on gold: High hopes for PH delegation in Asian Para Games The Bolts are now at 0-2 in Group B and will now hope for the other teams in their pool to lose their respective games for them to have at least a chance of entering the semifinals.Only the top two-teams in the group will advance to the next round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMeralco managed to hold on to a 60-60 tie early in the fourth but Alvark got on a small 6-0 run to take a 66-60 lead after Milko Bjelica’s free throws at the 6:57 mark of the quarter.That small scoring spurt proved to be enough separation for the Japanese club as it held on for the win. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum
Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Johnson averaged 5.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 222 games over three seasons with the Clippers. He made 53 starts during that span.The 31-year-old forward has also played for Minnesota, Phoenix and the Lakers during his eight-year NBA career, during which he’s averaged 7.2 points and 3.2 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAjinca averaged 5.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in 293 games for Charlotte, Dallas, Toronto and the Pelicans during his seven-year NBA career. The 30-year-old center from France was selected 20th overall by the Hornets in the 2008 draft.In another move, the Clippers waived Jawun Evans, who was one of a glut of guards on the roster. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Evans averaged 4.8 points, 2.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 48 games as a rookie last season with the team.The 22-year-old guard played at Oklahoma State.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – Wesley Johnson #33 of the LA Clippers reacts after hitting a three-point basket againt the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 22, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers have acquired center Alexis Ajinca from New Orleans in exchange for forward Wesley Johnson.The Clippers subsequently waived Ajinca on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Member of US cycling team found after going missing in Spain Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
Columbian rookie CJ Perez during the opening ceremony of the 2019 PBA season at Philippine Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—CJ Perez dutifully proved that his status as the top overall pick of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft was well deserved.Columbian’s prized rookie starred in his debut game, putting 26 points and grabbing down five rebounds to lead his team to an upset 124-118 win over defending champion San Miguel in the Philippine Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.ADVERTISEMENT Perez, though, almost didn’t have a stellar of a game since he battled through rookie jitters the whole first half scoring just two points in the opening 24 minutes.Sensing that things had to change, Perez went to attack mode in the second half in what he described as one of the most exhilarating feelings he’s ever had on a basketball court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s a tremendous feeling for me to play in the PBA because this is my first game and San Miguel, of all teams, was our opponent,” said Perez in Filipino. “They’re the top team and it’s a pleasure and also an amazing opportunity for me, for the Columbian team, to perform well against the Beermen.”“That first half was different because when I got to the dugout, when I stepped to the court, and when I got called for the starters’ introduction, I felt a sudden surge of being nervous but I think I was just excited for my first game.” Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Arwind Santos ready to take ‘kind guy’ Terrence Romeo under his wing Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold PLAY LIST 07:01In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments LATEST STORIES From shooting bricks in the first half, 1-of-8 to be exact, Perez turned it up a notch and had an efficient 7-of-12 clip including a breakaway layup that gave the Dyip a 114-112 lead with less than three minutes left.Perez said that being the no.1 overall pick brings due pressure to his shoulders and he knows that there’s no other way of going around it.“People have high expectations of me and of course there’s pressure that we all have to handle,” said Perez. “I think it wasn’t just because of me that we won. Every single one of us put in the effort, my teammates never stopped, the energy never dipped, and that I think was the key for us.”“It’s heartwarming for me because this is my first game as a Columbian Dyip player and we won against San Miguel nonetheless, I’m just so happy.”ADVERTISEMENT
UST coach Kungfu Reyes lauded his players’ efforts which he said was best in recent years.“Our development was very good, I hope we sustain it,” said Reyes. “Our only minus factor is we lost one player to injury (Alessandrini).”He said he won’t gamble using Alessandrini until the 6-foot-2 hitter is 100 percent ready physically and psychologically.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Breakthrough for Fuel Masters Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ayel Estranero, UP’s soft-spoken setter, said their fourth win in seven games was a “morale-booster” after the Lady Maroons suffered stinging defeats at the hands of UST and rookie-laden National University.Adamson fell into a tie with UE in bringing up the rear of the eight-team field going into the second round next week.Rondina finished with 17 points, while Dimdim Pacres and KC Galdones contributed eight points each for UST, which has been playing without the injured Milena Alessandrini.“All of this is for Milena, she gives us motivation that every one must step up every game and do what we do in practice,” added Laure.Judith Abil scored 15 points for the Lady Warriors, including seven in the third set when she single-handedly tried to carry the fight for UE.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Eya Laure doesn’t want to think much about becoming the future leader of University of Santo Tomas.But the way she’s playing belies that.ADVERTISEMENT Playing with a lot of heart, the rookie open hitter scored 15 points to power UST to a 25-18, 25-14, 25-20 rout of University of the East Sunday in the UAAP women’s volleyball at FilOil Flying V Centre.It was the third straight win for the Tigresses in a 5-2 card, good for a tie for second with the La Salle Lady Spikers at the end of their first round schedule.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“For me it’s about teamwork, playing with heart and communication,” said Laure in Filipino. She teamed up with UST resident gunner Sisi Rondina in burying the Lady Warriors to their fourth straight defeat for 1-6.Later in the day, University of the Philippines recovered from an opening set loss to turn back Adamson, 25-27, 25-14, 25-12, 25-21. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
The leadership of the Association of Disabled Females International (ADFI) with offices in Slipway, Monrovia, has embarked on awareness and or education for her members on the effect of Ebola virus disease (EVD) across the country.ADFI is not doing the education alone, but in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Gender and Development, Women none-governmental organization Secretariat by creating awareness on Ebola with focus on persons with various forms of disabilities, especially the women.The Association teaching program is spear-headed by its education focal person, Ms. Nancy Tewah Saa. During the exercise, she is to among other things, teach disabled females with simple versions of messages such like, “The Ebola virus knows no one, prevent yourself and your family. Remember the most vulnerable people in our drive to stop Ebola and kick it out.”Other messages include, “Prevent yourself and family members; help to prevent Ebola from persons living with disabilities, because the disabled community is the most vulnerable group in the dreadful epidemic.”Nancy will then break down those messages, signs and or symptoms of Ebola to say, for example, “Des Ebola na wan tu know, so be careful before a do you wok, etc.”“She will also teach the disable women how to measure the chlorine or Clorox (drop) into a particular bucket of water before it becomes usable for the household. This prevention is necessary to avoid overdose of any quantity of anti Ebola materials specifically the liquid type,” ADFI National Executive Director, Meima Hoff, has said.Ms. Hoff is herself visually impaired. She says in their organization drive to work with the females disabled colleagues in the field, they will give out anti-Ebola detergents, antiseptic Clorox, powder soaps as well as variety of food items valued at US$2, 500.The entire education or awareness campaign, according to her, is being sponsored by Funds Global Human Rights (FGHR) for which the ADFI remained grateful.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,Some of us are born in this country, we grow and live therein, and have never heard of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA). That is because our parents gave us stability and safety in our homes, and teachers provided support through the school system.I am one such individual, and I remain eternally grateful to my parents and grandparents for exemplifying what stability in family life looks and feels like.However, I recently had cause to interact with this Agency on behalf of a single parent family (father in care of his children) in need of support, and I am in shock to see the level of incapacity at the Agency.Functional literacy is a problem in Guyana; so basic reading, report writing, comprehension, listening and organising skills are in short supply at this Agency. Forget any expectation of common sense, and please don’t even think about such maturity as impartiality, objectivity, truth, fairness and wisdom. Visit any Police station and you find the same problem.If a citizen wants to access intelligence in this society, that citizen is forced to go to the Court System, where they will find professionals with a higher level education and greater capacity for problem-solving.The insight that I gained from my recent interaction with the Guyana Police Force and the Child Care and Protection Agency, which I wish to share with the general public, is the shocking absence and complete disregard and lack of support for the mental health of males in our society.Our agencies are experts at persecuting males; morning, noon and night they know how to do this. They breathe and sleep persecution. Is there one existing agency where men are even heard? They first need to be heard and understood, before they can be supported.This deafness to supporting — rather than persecuting — poor male members of our society is a policy gap that screams across the nation, and it pushes men into a corner to find solace in drowning sorrows.How many men and children in our society deal with verbal and psychological abuse from mothers and female spouses on a daily basis? Yet such women find ready comfort and a sympathetic ear with the gullible authorities. Why is female persecution of slander, lies and threats against men not an issue of concern to any of our agencies? Why are females not given the help that they also need to learn to communicate more effectively?For the creation of a just society, we must engage in systems thinking, do deeper analysis, and provide the mental health support needed by ALL members of our society.Are our agencies aware that people in this country are hungry, with a day-to-day struggle to find food for their children? From their regular, salaried positions and air-conditioned offices (with visitors often left to wait in the sun and rain), are Government officials capable of understanding the support needed by poor families?How do we ease the desperation in society?From my experience with the Child Care and Protection Agency, I have come to realise that there exists a lack of understanding of the living conditions of the poor, and the support being provided to poor families struggling to raise children is way short of inadequate.With a paucity of analytical skills, the right problems will not be solved, because they are not being diagnosed.There are, in this nation, many single-parent families in which men, fathers, are the single-parent struggling to raise their children. Male single-parent families need support as much as families with mothers as the single-parent. The psychological mindset at our agencies, however, is that fathers must work, and mothers must be supported. Mothers can be abusive, drunkards, liars, prostitutes, and guilty of child neglect; frequenting bars with their girl children, who are often prostituted, raped, and made to become mere teenage pregnancy statistics. However, they are mothers, and an agency incapable of proper investigation but is biased against fatherhood cannot act in the interest of fathers and their children.We don’t only celebrate Mother’s Day in this country and around the world; we also observe Father’s Day. As a nation, and part of the Western World now waking up to mental health issues, I urge our agencies and policy makers to remember that men are people too, and that the hard-working, stressed-out fathers are as much in need of support as the destitute mothers.On a recent visit to the Office of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Protection, my attention was drawn to an apparently humble notice inviting members of staff to ‘Emotional Intelligence’ training. My heart skipped a beat as I saw the silver lining. If there is a single policy initiative that can have resounding impact on our mental evolution and our nation’s human development and capacity building efforts, it is the development of our collective emotional awareness.As they say in Trinidad, we can all ‘make nice’; first with ourselves, and then with others.Men and women in Guyana cannot improve their coping strategies for dealing with life’s frustrations without a deeper understanding of their emotions. The lot of the emotionally hijacked – the torrent of emotional abuse, impoverished communication skills, and the murders and suicides – would improve only with knowledge of how to manage the many frustrations of life. As a Rastafarian recently said to me, “We all must learn to bring the ‘I’ over the ‘E’.I wish to encourage our policy makers to roll out a massive Emotional Intelligence Awareness Campaign across the length and breadth of this nation. It must be geared to supporting the needs of ALL in our society.Sincerely,Concerned Citizen
Dear Editor,We have seen total disrespect for the people of Guyana. President Granger and his advisers have shown total disregard for the Constitution and the very honourable courts. Such delaying tactics must cease, and the only way is by means of sanctions against Guyana, and in particular, financial sanctions – which would halt all banking transactions to and from Guyana.Such sanctions are to be withdrawn once there are free and fair elections according to the Constitution and the CCJ.With the Government presently engrossed with their survival, the investors and oil companies must be gleaming and rubbing their hands saying let it continue as long as possible so there is no interference with their operations. The Government forgot their responsibility to all Guyanese. They are the losers.Finally, I think President Granger should extricate himself from the shell where he is cocooned by his not so clever advisers, and show the nation that he is at least trying to be a statesman with respect for the people of Guyana, its Constitution and the law.Sincerely,Quin Anderson
Dear Editor,The media recently carried a letter penned by Mr Hamilton Green in relation to the tragic sinking of the Son Chapman due to an explosion in the Demerara River. This incident occurred on July 6, 1964.In his letter, Mr Green said he was not pointing a finger at anyone for what happened, however, his entire letter was pointing a finger at the PPP.In recent times, the PNC-led APNU has been trying to use this incident to whip up racism for political mobilisation. Racism is their main weapon to try to cling to power.Mr Green is aware that neither the enquires that were held, nor the colonial police, which at that time was working with the PNC to force the resignation of the Government of 1961-1964, ever made any changes against the PPP for that incident.Mr Green resorted to circumstantial evidence to prove his point.He insinuated that it could have been a reprisal for what occurred at Wismar/McKenzie on May 25 and 26, 1964. This is how he put it “… over 75% of the Indo Guyanese were roughed up and forced to flee their homes and businesses…”A worse understatement was never made. The “roughing up” that Mr Green spoke about were the dozens of persons killed, women and children raped. Many of the women had bottles rammed into them. Even little babies were torn from the hands of their mothers and murdered. Two hundred buildings, homes and businesses were destroyed completely. Many perished in the flames. This included the family of Senator Christine Ramjattan, who almost lost her sight and her father was brutally murdered.The first report on May 26, 1964, of the previous day’s events, put the amount of dead at twenty-seven (27) and forty (40) injured by gunshot, many of the forty died later. Of course, dozens more died on May 26, 1964, in that massacre.Mr Green wrote that that was a reprisal for what was happening on the Coast, mainly the East and West Coast of Demerara.That is just not true. Most of those who suffered death and destruction of their homes were Indo Guyanese. The death count just before the massacre at Wismar/McKenzie was thirteen (13) Indians and five (5) African Guyanese.The truth of the matter is that the PNC, with the support of the British colonialists through the British Police Commissioner, had gone on a terror campaign against PPP supporters.During the strike by GAWU for Union recognition that Mr Green spoke about, the police were used to harass sugar workers. The PNC supplied scab to Bookers to break the strike.PNC recruited thugs to go into villages to beat and harass sugar workers. They were often transported by Police vehicles. It is clear that the British decided to use the strike to create mayhem as part of the destabilisation. The PNC and MPCA were the main tools of the colonial master.While the colonial police facilitated the attacks on the PPP members and supporters, they prevented sugar workers who had formed committees to guard their villages from the frequent attacks. Many times the police, accompanied by thugs, arrested and delivered serious beatings on them. One at Blairmont was murdered in his yard. Needless to say, no one was ever arrested.The PNC X-13 plan that was exposed in this period was a terrorist plan to create as much violence as possible to prevent independence from being granted. It was in operation since 1962 but only exposed in 1964. It was that plan that was being executed by the PNC. That is why the British-controlled Police took no action to stop the violence directed against Indian and African Guyanese PPP members and supporters.Coming back to the Son Chapman tragedy, let me say that the most likely cause was accidental. I say this since if the PPP had anything to do with it, that would have given the British the condition to jail and disgrace the PPP and in particular, Cheddi Jagan. It is apposite to point out that by then a large part of the PPP leadership was detained without trial or even charged.What was known also, was that Son Chapman was ferrying explosives to Wismar/McKenzie, for a while before the PNC’s murderous rampage of May 25-27, 1964.The police had many reports of this. The Premier, Cheddi Jagan, told Peter Owen, the British Commissioner of Police, that he had information that this was happening months before the explosion in Son Chapman. And months before May 25 and 26, 1964. Of course, the colonial police paid no heed.Indeed, from all the papers that have been released from the US State Department and the British Foreign Office, we see how they were protecting the PNC leadership and their criminal acts. Even Mr Burnham, who was found with an illegal weapon in his house, was protected by the Governor. He ensured that the case against him was dismissed.Moreover, the papers revealed that the PNC via Mr Burnham was collecting money from the CIA that period to help with their organisation. That continued until 1973.The Governor even went so far as to decree that individuals or organisations who or which were found in possession of the PNC’s X-13 plan would face compulsory jail time. This was another demonstration of the British protecting the PNC in their efforts to frustrate the granting of independence.The question may be asked, where was the PNC getting the dynamite from. Those old enough would know that dynamite was the preferred explosive used by the PNC at the 1963 and 1964 riots.Recall that large quantities of dynamite were reportedly stolen from the quarries owned by Correa (A PNC legislative member) Martin Fredericks (he was a candidate on the UF list) and De Freitas (supporter of the UF). The police never recovered the explosives, nor were any arrests made.The amounts taken were large. Fredericks Quarry, for instance, lost 500 lbs. of Gelignite (dynamite), 2 coils of Fuse Wire, 1600 Detonators and 400 electric wire. This was reported by the police. The number of explosives taken from Corriea and De Freitas was just as large or even greater.It was those that were ferried up to McKenzie and were used in blasting buildings during the holocaust (using Burnham’s description) at that location. They were also used extensively on the Coast by PNC’s terrorists and in Georgetown in 1963, at Rice Marketing Board and the bombing of stores owned by Indian Guyanese.It was very clear that part of the cargo on the Son Chapman was dynamite from the stolen amounts.In passing, let me state that none of the explosives came from Demba Bauxite Company at McKenzie; their stock was not breached and all were accounted for.Historians can be sure that these explosives were in the possession of the PNC for the following reasons:In the yard of Mr Reid, who became number 2 in the PNC, dynamite and detonators were found. He was then in a senior position at Bookers and living in Bel Air Park. He was never charged.On March 27, 1964, an explosion took place in the house of Joseph London at Asylum Street, New Amsterdam. London was a PNC activist. He lost seven of his fingers in the explosion. He obviously had the explosives in his hands when it went off. When the police searched his house, they found “seven (7) sticks of blasting gelatine and ten (10) detonators with fuses.Finally, on August 17, 1964, the colonial Commissioner of Police, who collaborated and defended PNC thugs and terrorists, was forced to admit that it was acts of the PNC. He had to in light of many exposures that were taking place internationally, including the United Nations. Peter Owens said; “… enquires so far have revealed that there exist an organised thuggery which is centrally directed…” He later, in a sworn affidavit, stated that “… subversive and criminal activities of a criminal gang attached to a political party known as the People’s National Congress…” existed. This was the gang responsible for the destruction of that period.What action did he take? None. Instead, he used the occasion to further persecute the victims. A large part of the PPP’s GAWU leadership was detained without trial.These included the Deputy Premier Brindley Benn, Education Minister CV Nunes, President of GAWU, Harry Lall, General Secretary of GAWU, Phelomena Sahoye among others. Thirty-four PPP leaders were held at Sibley Hall in the Mazaruni River.Only Robert Jordon from the PNC was held. He was a Legislative Assembly Member for the Wismar/McKenzie Constituency. He was quickly released.For its part, the PPP never stopped fighting for a unity of the Guyanese people. Immediately after the Wismar/McKenzie massacre, the PPP in a statement said “Yesterday, May 25, 2019, Guyanese were given a foretaste on what they might expect from a Government constituted by a coalition of the UF and the PNC. In Wismar, one hundred (100) dwelling and business places were destroyed by fire and eight hundred (800) non-PNC-UF Guyanese became refugees from an area in which many of them had spent most of their lives.“It is a sad commentary on the quality of the UF-PNC leadership that by such going on as took place yesterday at McKenzie our Afro-Guyanese citizens are made to appear to the world as a ruthless and destructive mob whereas their whole history shows them to be a kind-hearted and generous people.”“Afro-Guyanese must surely stop now to think about the leadership they have been following and the direction in which they are being led. As was evident after 1962 and 1963, violence can only lead to economic stagnation and unemployment. The leadership of the UF need not work for a living it is wealthy, but the working people who follow the UF and PNC should look ahead to discover the faith of their future”.Mr Green knows all these things, he played a big part in it. It was in this period that he gained the reputation as being one of the PNC’s notorious strongmen.Distortions and half-truth will not serve any good purpose at this time. If our country is to heal, we need the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!Isn’t it time to come clean Hammy?Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer President
Field workers attached to two gangs at the Blairmont Sugar Estate are on strike over a price dispute with management and in two days have cost the estate to lose 527 man days.The workers began their industrial action on Thursday after being unable to come to an agreement with management over the price being paid per bed of cane. The workers are claiming that the cane is spaced and short which would result in them receiving low tonnage, hence the request for a higher price.Two hundred and forty workers attached to 61B Gang showed up for work on Thursday but did not work, while 260 workers attached to QHE6 Gang showed up on Thursday and took strike action. On Friday, all of the 240 workers attached to 61B took strike action while 145 showed up for work from QHE6 Gang and 97 refused to work.The workers are also concerned about the state of the roads leading to the cane fields. The striking cane harvesters are being backed by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU).Regional Branch Coordinator of GAWU Harvey Tambron says management benefited from a long out of crop period which could have been utilised to repair the roads. “Management had enough time to repair the roads. The roads are in a bad condition.” Tambron noted that management had the materials to carry out road repair during the out of crop period. He said the work could have been contracted to harvesters.The Blairmont Estate which commenced grinding on Saturday had a target of 20,281 tons for this crop.