PBA hopes to lure more fans to live games with discounted ticket prices, promos

first_img“We will have a lot of gimmicks for those fans who will watch the games live in the coliseum and we will also implement ticket promos for this season where fans can avail huge discounts,” said Marcial in Filipino during the PBA Media Day Thursday at Solaire Resort and Casino.Fans can buy products of PBA teams and provide proofs of purchase to avail of the discounts.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 ChrissMarcial added that the league would ramp up its public presence with continuous corporate social responsibility events and more provincial games so fans outside Metro Manila can experience the live PBA atmosphere.“The fans will surely see our gimmicks for our live games, we will be heavy on the CSRs, we will bring more games to the province so we can be closer to the guys outside Manila,” said Marcial, who is entering just his second season as commissioner. LeBron James progressing from groin injury, update expected next week LATEST STORIES View comments Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “The fans really are the lifeblood of the PBA.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MANILA, Philippines—The PBA bared its plans to lower ticket prices as well as offer promos to encourage more fans to watch the games live.PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said he wants the fans of the league to experience the live atmosphere of a game day.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 awardlast_img read more

Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio yields ONE strawweight title to Yosuke Saruta

first_imgSaruta was as good on the standup as he was on the ground. He took down Pacio several times including in the final minute of the fifth round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yosuke Saruta edges Joshua Pacio to take the ONE strawweight world title. Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA, Indonesia—Yosuke Saruta quickly turned from a replacement fighter to world champion in less than a month.Saruta proved he was a worthy challenger after toppling Joshua Pacio in five grueling rounds to earn the strawweight world title in the main event of ONE: Eternal Glory late Saturday night at Istora Senayan here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I was just really focused on winning the fight and I couldn’t recall much of what happened but one thing I remember is it was a really, really tough fight,” Saruta (19-8) told reporters through an interpreter.Pacio’s heartbreaking loss trimmed Team Lakay’s world champions to three with flyweight king Geje Eustaquio staking his title six days from now in third meeting with former champion Adriano Moraes in Manila.The Indonesian crowd rallied behind the spry Filipino as they kept chanting “Pacio” throughout the fight.But the tough-as-nails Saruta was unfazed and sustained his aggressiveness up to the final bell.The 23-year-old Pacio (13-3), whose four-fight winning run was snapped, had described Saruta as an “explosive and well-rounded fighter” and he was on cue.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The 34-year-old Japanese, who was rewarded with a split decision victory, won the belt in just his second fight on the ONE Championship stage. He was tapped as replacement just three weeks ago after his compatriot Hayato Suzuki pulled out from the bout due to an injury. ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:28‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad02:14Carpio 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 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img JUST IN: Pacio yields ONE strawweight title after a split-decision loss to Saruta. | @MarkGiongcoINQ #EternalGlory pic.twitter.com/y15mS6vPSL— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) January 19, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES ONE: Team Lakay’s Edward Kelly stopped by Christian Lee in 1st round of rematch MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

Ellen Seeks Stronger APRM

first_imgThe African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), a self-monitoring instrument created by African leaders in 2003, convened its 65th Meeting of Eminent Persons in Monrovia over the weekend, with member states seeking to strengthen the mechanism as it strives to influence governance systems across the continent.The Panel Meeting discussed and concluded resolutions on deepening the APRM process and structure in member states, strengthening relationships with stakeholders, and integrating with the Africa Union. The Chairperson of the APR Panel of Eminent Persons, Ambassador FatumaNdangiza presided over the proceedings held at the Royal Grand Hotel in Sinkor.The APRM is one of few vehicles established by African leaders in response to calls for improving governance practices and deepening democracy on the continent.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is the Chairperson of the APRM Forum for heads of states and governments, has stressed the need for a stronger APRM in Liberia and across Africa. The President has been working tirelessly to engagethe panel, key stakeholders on the continent, and her peers on how to go about strengthening the Mechanism.Last week, the Liberian leader met with the APR Panel of Eminent Persons and the Secretariat during their visit to Liberia and noted the importance of aligning APRM’s work with the recently endorsed African Union’s 2063 Vision.President Sirleaf also underscored the need for harmonious working relations between the APR Panel and the Committee of Focal Points, in ensuring a successful country review processes.Addressing the meeting in Monrovia, Liberia’s Minister of Finance and Chairperson of the Committee of Focal Points, Amara Mohammed Konneh, talked about upholding the principles of good governance and striving to strengthen our respective systems of democratic governance and socio-economic development.”Minister Konneh called on APRM member countries to work together, again to ensure that the gains of collaboration, knowledge and experience sharing, is felt by ordinary Africans as translated through improved governance practices.The Liberian Finance Minister called on member countries to rally in strengthening the mechanism to accelerate and sustain democratic governance on the continent and promote sustainable and equitable development.“Since the launch of the APRM in March 2003, we have marched to new horizons and have accomplished a lot, thanks to our common resolve,” said Finance Minister Konneh.According to him, the meetings in Liberia were convened as a direct result of the Chairperson and the APR Forum’s request at the 20th Summit held on 29 January 2014 to hold a meeting of the APRM Committee of Focal Points in Monrovia to address urgent administrative matters and drive the process towards integration in the African Union System. “Without being complacent, we are indeed proud of our accomplishments. However, we need to sustain our commitment and renew our determination to fast-track the implementation of the APRM in our countries” said Konneh.With the accession of Equatorial Guinea to the APRM at the 20th APR Forum Summit held in Addis Ababa in January 2014, thirty four countries are now Member States. Thus far, seventeen APRM countries have undergone the peer review, Tanzania and Zambia being the latest reviewed at the 18th Summit of the APRM. Cape Verde and Cote d’Ivoire have expressed interest in joining the APRM and more continue to do so.The Chairperson of the APR Panel of Eminent Persons, Ambassador Fatuma Ndangiza, at a brief news conference in Monrovia Friday, encouraged member countries including Liberia to fast track procedures that would lead to a successful peer review process. She said Liberia remains on the right trajectory to be reviewed by the end of the year.Madam Ndangiza indicated that the African Peer Review Mechanism is an African initiative meant to access the performance of its members in Africa. She called on every sector of the Liberian society most especially, civil society actors, media, youth communities, political parties, private sectors, among others, to participate in the APRM process.The APRM Executive also emphasized that the performance and progress report of the APRM are measured in four substantive areas including Democracy and Political Governance (DPG), Economic Governance and management (EGM), Social-economic Development (SED) and Corporate Governance (CG). She said the APRM has done all it can to remain free from political manipulations and that member states are supporting it fully.Madam Ndangiza hinted that one of the most important aspects of the APRM is to listen to the different voices at a time, critically analyze, and derive a report. She added, “We must not wait for reports outside of Africa before we act ourselves, that’s why APRM is important for Africa.’’Also addressing reporters, a Member of the APR Panel of Eminent Persons Ambassador Ashraf Rashed, who clarified that there is no punishment for governments that failed to implement the APR Panel reports.Ambassador Rashed, however, noted that although there is no penalty for non-compliance, it is the moral obligation of governments to ensure that the reports are included in their national agenda and implemented.Liberia is yet completed the process of starting its peer review because the country has not put into place institutions necessary to start the review. He emphasized the tremendous effort being made by Liberia to accede to comply.     Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

W/ African Dev. Bank Reappoints President

first_imgThe West African Development Bank (BOAD), the common development finance institution for eight French-speaking member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), has reappointed veteran banker Mr. Chistian Adovelande as president.Mr. Adovelande was reappointed at the meeting of the West African Monetary Union (WAMU) Council of Ministers held on 28 June 2014 in Dakar, Senegal. He will serve the post for the next six years. The tenure of the vice president of the Bank, Mr. Bassary Touré,  was also renewed for another term of 5 years by the Board of Directors at its meeting held on 24 June 2014 in Dakar.Born on 29 October 1950 at Porto-Novo (Republic of Benin), Mr. Chistian Adovelande joined BOAD in April 1978. After assuming office in various senior executive positions, he held from 1995 to 1999, the position of Deputy Secretary General of the Guarantee Fund for Private Investments in West Africa (“GARI SA”). From 2000 to 2002, he assumed office as Chairman and CEO of CAURIS Management SA, the first sub-regional private equity investment company in French-speaking West Africa, and Managing Director of CAURIS Investment SA, a venture capital company. In 2002, Mr. Christian Adovelande was appointed President of ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) for 9 years, prior to his appointment at the helm of BOAD on 14 February 2011.For his part, Mr. Bassary Touré, born on 1st February 1950 at Thiès (Senegal), assumed high-level positions in the Malian civil service, before being appointed Minister of Economy and Finance of Mali from 1991-1992 and then from 2002-2004. He also served from 1998 to 2002 as a World Bank Executive Director for many African countries, and thereafter, from 2007-2009, as Resident Representative of African Development Bank to Gabon. He became Vice-president of BOAD in June 2009.Established on 14 November 1973, the West African Development Bank (BOAD) is the common development finance institution of the eight member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). Member countries of BOAD include Benin, Burkina, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. By Treaty of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) signed on 10 January 1994 and entered into force on 1st August 1994, BOAD is a specialized and autonomous institution. It contributes “in full independence to the attainment of the objectives of the WAEMU without prejudice to the objectives assigned to it under the WAMU Treaty”. BOAD is an international public institution whose purpose, as provided under Article 2 of its Articles of Association, is to promote the balanced development of its member countries and foster economic integration within West Africa by financing priority development projects. Its purpose is to promote the balanced development of its member countries and foster economic integration in West Africa by financing public and private projects in various sectors, including rural development, infrastructure, industry, telecommunications, energy, transport, hotel activity, etc.The shareholding of the institution comprises two categories of shareholders, the first of which is composed of the member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO). The second category comprises Germany, Belgium, China, France, India, Morocco, African Development Bank, European Investment Bank standing for the European Union. The institution’s share capital currently stands at FCFA1, 155 billion.As at 30 June 2014, the aggregate commitments of BOAD to member countries and private companies in the WAEMU region stood at FCFA3, 124.9 billion for 715 operations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Judiciary has taken a dangerous path

first_imgDear Editor,The recent decision by the Court of Appeal on the No-confidence Motion was a severe shock for the masses; in that the Judges ruled that the No-confidence Motion was not validly pass because the requirement of a self-imposed judicial, ‘absolute majority’ is 34 votes in the National Assembly.The question that needs to be examined, is how do we appoint a President?  According to the Constitution, if there is two or more candidates it states in Article 177 (2) (b) “when there are two or more presidential candidates, if MORE votes are cast in favour of the list in which he is designated as Presidential Candidate than in any other lists”. The important word here is MORE meaning that if any lists having more votes, then the head of that list becomes the Executive President. If we analyse the meaning of the words ‘majority’ and ‘more’, we will notice that majority means a greater number and more means greater, so base on the decision of the Appellate Court if the loss of confidence in a Government needed more than a single vote then we needed to amend the Constitution to have an absolute majority in order to form the Government and elect the President.Justice is the attempt to enforce fairness and righteous behaviour and at the same time provides a system for punishing who violated it but unfortunately what happens to those who failed to enforced justice fairly. The Judiciary has taken a dangerous path and the Court of Appeal Judges failed in the interpretation of the text of the Constitution in its originalism.Most originalists believed Constitution text ought to be given the original public meaning that it would have had at the time that it became law.The Privy Council was Guyana’s final court of appeal until the Caribbean Court of Justice was introduced, the Lords in the Privy Council was guarantee free from all bias behaviour whatsoever reason being that the only arrive at a verdict based on evidence shown. It is of the view of many people that with the present political atmosphere in our country, the Judiciary is being pressured to compromise decisions by using evidence that does not exist in the Constitution of Guyana. It is also of the belief that it will not be easy for Judges being human as they are to ignore political pressure when reaching the final verdict in a case which can cause serious concerns for democracy and the emergence of a dictatorship.Sincerely,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

APNU/AFC circus continues: commissioning dormant eye-clinic while ignoring people’s plight

first_imgDear Editor,Both Ministers in the Ministry of Public Health ventured away from their air-conditioned, plush offices on Brickdam and travelled to Region 6 last week, pretending they were there to commission significant upgrading of the health sector.In the aftermath of the December 21st No-Confidence Motion, APNU+AFC have embarked on a desperate charade, a “circus”, to demonstrate they care for the people. After four years of total neglect, after four years of bourgeoisie-style and elitist government, the NCM woke them up. Just a few days ago, they stepped out of their castles into their front lawn at the Square of the Revolution, a mere one to two minutes’ walk, for a circus deemed “bringing government to the people”, never mind the people had to travel to see the Ministers in the Ministers’ front lawn.After that circus failed, the Ministers are desperately seeking some other way, any other way, to fool the people.It is this desperation that brought the two Ministers in the Ministry of Public Health to Region 6. If the Square of the Revolution fiasco was the “biggest circus ever” in Guyana, the foolishness of this rare Region 6 visit by the Ministers was simultaneously farcical, disgusting, and insulting.While the Ministers were present in Region 6, the whole area from Fyrish Village to Bloomfield was out of any potable water service from GWI. Thousands of families were exposed to major inconvenience, facing a serious public health threat. Neither Minister showed any concern, providing no evidence they care an iota for these Guyanese sisters and brothers; for the thousands of Guyanese children living there.Sadly, a young woman in Williamsburg, a small community about 5 minutes’ drive from the Port Mourant Hospital, was brutally murdered by her husband, and neither Minister found it necessary to visit the family or address the out-of-control domestic violence against women and girls.Even as that tragedy was playing out, workers from the Albion Sugar Estate were on strike, their families further burdened; but neither Minister engaged them.While savoring the idea of an appreciation dinner in their honour, the two Ministers went to New Amsterdam Hospital, totally ignoring the shame that the mortuary at New Amsterdam Hospital is closed, and families who are already traumatised by the death of their members must pay to use private mortuary services.The Ministers also ignored that, just within the last two weeks, residents in Region 6 have been protesting poor services at the hospital and the high-handed behaviour of the present CEO. The Ministers pretended that nothing was wrong at the hospital, ignoring questions surrounding maternal and child deaths at the hospital, and the chronic medicine and medical supplies’ shortages.But the Ministers were gleeful that there was an appreciation dinner on their behalf.Besides the local health officials prostrating themselves at the feet of the Ministers at their appreciation dinner, the two Ministers, pretending they brought profound, new and improved health services, went and commissioned a refurbished kitchen at the New Amsterdam Hospital. After neglecting maintenance for the kitchen, and after millions of dollars of questionable spending at the hospital, two Ministers showed up to boast of a refurbished kitchen as a big health achievement for APNU+AFC, and as an important upgrade of the health sector for Regions 6 and 5.The kitchen is of course important to the hospital, but the refurbishment would not have been necessary had they maintained the kitchen, rather than allowing the total neglect since May 2015.In the meanwhile, the Ministers ignored that a High-Dependency Unit was constructed but remained unused because it was constructed in the wrong place. It is a shame, an absolute disgrace.The Ministers went to Port Mourant Hospital to re-commission the Port Mourant Ophthalmology Hospital. This important hospital has been dormant, literally closed soon after the May 2015 elections. After four years of ignoring the Ophthalmology Hospital, the Ministers, like knights in shining armour, showed up to re-commission the hospital. They failed to announce that the hospital still would not resume its main function: provide eye surgeries like cataract surgeries. They did announce that an outreach eye care team from the US military would be using the facility to perform some eye surgeries. This US military medical outreach has existed for almost two decades. It is an important and successful outreach programme, but this does not solve the problem of a once successful hospital being virtually closed for almost four years now. What were they commissioning?This kind of comedic behaviour is shameful. It is disgusting that taxpayers’ money is being used in such a wasteful manner — for a show. The Ministers’ outreach insult has not escaped the people. They see it for what it is – a farce, disgusting and insulting. The people are not fooled. Their eyes are wide open and they are waiting impatiently for the elections, because more than 80 per cent of Region 6 cannot wait to register their rejection of these Ministers and APNU/AFC. The Ministers may be able to parade in a charade of power, but the people have a simple X that is far more powerful than anything APNU+AFC has.Sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

PPP welcomes inquest into assassination of Satyadeo Sawh

first_img… Jagdeo says Police knew the killersBoth Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and People’s Progressive Party General Secretary Clement Rohee welcome President David Granger’s commitment to establish a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the 2006 assassination of then Agriculture Minister Satyadeo “Sash” Sawh.Police Commissioner Seelall PersaudFormer Agriculture Minister Satyadeo “Sash” SawhOn April 22, 2006, Sawh, his sister Phulmattie Persaud, his brother Rajpat Rai Sawh and security guard Curtis Robertson were killed by heavily armed men who invaded his La Bonne Intention, East Coast Demerara home.Jagdeo, who was Head of State at the time, had committed to seeking external assistance to aid in the investigation; however, this never materialised.When questioned by media operatives on Wednesday, Jagdeo admitted that he had little recollection of how the matter panned out.“I don’t recall all the details but no, we did not get all the help we wanted and the Police told me that they knew who the killers were and they do have statements from a few people and I hope those statements have not disappeared…,” the former Head of State said.Jagdeo added that he has “no problem” with the inquest, however the Police should present all the information they had gathered during their investigation.Just last week, the Opposition Party’s General Secretary had also supported the decision to launch an inquest. “Oh, we welcome it. They’re in Government now, they’re free to open any investigation or set up any Board of Inquiry (BoI) or any Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to investigation any matter…,” Rohee stated.During his weekly podcast, ‘The Public Interest’, President Granger disclosed that a blood relative had approached him and appealed for an inquiry into Sawh’s murder.He noted that a Commission of Inquiry will be launched in due course, as a part of a bigger investigation into a series of extrajudicial killings that plagued the nation.In September last, Granger disclosed that moves were already afoot to ensure the requisite framework was in place to begin these investigations in the extrajudicial killings.“We are looking at that right now to ensure that once we get going, every death that is reported we get to investigate,” he had stated.Later, Minister of State Joseph Harmon had revealed that Government may even reopen cold cases.Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, during an interview with Guyana Times in September last, had confirmed that a Cold Case Unit would be established, sometime this year.But while Government is bent on launching inquiries into several deaths as far back as the 2000, the PPP/C parliamentary Opposition had raised concerns about the time period earmarked for investigations.Jagdeo had accused the Government of being selective, for its own reasons.Former President Donald Ramotar, in an invited comment in September, had also indicated that the investigations should not stop at the year 2000.“If the Government is serious about this probe, they must go as far back as the 1970s and they must probe all of the high-profile and ordinary extrajudicial killings,” he statedReports indicate that if the time period is pended, the Kaieteur News Publisher Glenn Lall, who was implicated in one of the high-profile murder cases in the 1990s, could find himself facing the courts in relation to the death of Kerry France.Also, an investigation could be launched into the death of Monica Reece if the probe’s timeframe is widened.Reece, who was a 19-year-old security guard, became known to all Guyanese after her body was dumped from a speeding pickup in the vicinity of the Geddes Grant building (now Courts) on Main Street, Georgetown on April 9, 1993.More than a decade after the incident, the crime remains unsolved.last_img read more

Eccles residents concerned over condition of roads

first_imgHaving to traverse the main road in Eccles Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, on a daily basis, many residents have raised concerns over the deplorable road conditions, as well as the surrounding environment that has evolved into a cloudy one.This situation was amplified with the onset of the May/June rains. This has caused residents to become vocal in their pleas to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to have this addressed immediately.In addition, residents complained that persons from neighbouring villages would visit a number of locations in the area to burn theirA part of the road slanted at both sides with residents using the corner for a burning sitegarbage, often leaving rubble and burning debris behind.When Guyana Times visited the area on Saturday, potholes dotted almost the entire length of the road, posing quite an obstacle course for vehicles traversing the area.These were complimented by tall bushes that had caught fire from a nearby location where garbage was being burnt.Where there were no potholes, the road had slanted onto its sides, narrowing the pathway for vehicular traffic.One resident said the road further deteriorates when large trucks frequently traverse the area to facilitate a number of private business operations.She said that residents had attempted to fix the road using improvised methods but these had all failed since there were no professionals involved in the repairing.Further, residents added, calls made to the Ministry of Public Infracture to have the roads fixed have fallen on deaf ears.Another enraged resident told this publication that he had been trying to have something done by Central Government but his efforts were futile as failed promises were all he got from meetings.Additionally, a number of businesses which had contributed to the deteriorated road, vowed to contribute toward its repair but they too have failed in their promise even as they continue operate.“These businessmen had said they would help but nothing has been done yet. They are the ones who helping to destroy our road, the same road they have to use for their personal vehicles and still they don’t care about how this is damaging our community,” the man explained.While residents continue to do as much as they can to make the roads better, they are appealing for the Ministry to do its part in upkeeping the infrastructural setting of Eccles.last_img read more

After suffering an unprecedented heat wave, Region 9 is now water-logged – REO

first_imgRegional Executive Officer of Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), Carl Parker on Sunday stated that while residents of the Rupununi have been freed of the El Niño-induced heat wave, the current rains are now causing the land to become water-logged.“We moved from one extreme to another…but what I can say is that we have no issue with lack of water now,” Parker stated.He noted that while the rainy season was a bit delayed, it has brought relief to farmers in the various Amerindian communities after months of severe drought.Region Nine was hit with the drought-like conditions and high temperatures of the El Niño in early 2015 and had continued to bear the consequences of the sweltering heat until two weeks ago. During the drought, the Rupununi was dried out completely, the green had disappeared from the savannahs, the crops were killed and the animals were dying.It had reached a point where authorities had to declare a state of emergency. The Region was never struck with a heat wave of this magnitude since 1988.Twenty-four wells were dug across the Region, but they were not enough to save the livestock.Parker stated that the water table of the Region is very high and this has helped to cause the land to become water logged. As a result, the Brazilian Army, which had helped in the relief efforts by drilling wells, pulled out. However, they have promised to return in August when the rains are predicted to end.Nevertheless, he noted that the farmers were happy and the farms were doing well. However, they were worried that the heavy rainfall would damage their crops. “If we have too much rain, the cassava would be soaked,” Parker explained.This newspaper understands that during the drought over million was poured into the Region.last_img read more

Narco trafficker jailed, fined $38M

first_imgA Campbellville, Georgetown man was on Monday jailed for five years and fined million after he was found guilty of narcotics trafficking.Andre Able, who was intercepted in December 2015, with seven bags of cannabis in the trunk of his taxi was sentenced when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The 26-year-old was charged with possession of 76.6 kilograms of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.The Court heard that on December 3, 2015, Able was hired in Rosignol, Berbice, by a man (name not given), who paid him to transport the seven bags of cannabis to Georgetown. Upon his arrival in the city, the taxi was stopped by a man, later revealed to be a Police Officer, who arrested Able. He was taken to the Police Narcotics Branch.As the ruling was delivered in Court, the Magistrate stated that the evidence provided by the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant was guilty of the offence.last_img read more