Pelicans beat Lakers for 1st win with Cousins in game

first_imgns Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins, center, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., left, and center Timofey Mozgov, of Russia, defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 105-97. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Five games into his trade to the Pelicans, DeMarcus Cousins wanted something to show for it. Like a win.It finally happened against the spiraling Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Goldberg reaffirms dominance, wins Universal title at Fastlane LATEST STORIES MOST READ China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing 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 Davis passed the ball out of bounds and Cousins lost a rebound to Randle during the Lakers’ run before the Pelicans closed the game on an 8-0 run.TIP-INSPelicans: G Hollis Thompson earned himself a second 10-day contract. He finished with one point while starting for the fifth time in six games. … C Omer Asik was out sick. … G Jarrett Jack sat out his second straight with a right meniscus tear. … Holiday attended UCLA’s win over Washington Stateon Saturday in which his brother Aaron led the Bruins with 16 points.Lakers: F Larry Nance Jr. sprained his right wrist. X-rays were negative and he’ll be re-evaluated on Monday. … C Ivica Zubac rested a right quad contusion. … F Corey Brewer turned 31.UP NEXTPelicans: Visit Utah on Monday. They lost to the Jazz by 33 points a month ago.Lakers: Visit Dallas on Tuesday, a team they have yet to beat in three meetings this season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Cousins had 26 points and 15 rebounds before fouling out in the Pelicans’ 105-97 victory after they squelched the Lakers’ fourth-quarter rally.“It feels good to finally get one under our belt,” he said. “It eases some pressure.”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 returnAnthony Davis added 31 points for the Pelicans,who swept the season series for the second straight year and just the second time ever.“We’ve just got to build off it,” Davis said. “We were just talking out there, especially on offense. It’s just communication, trying to play off each other.” Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident The Pelicans improved to 1-4 with Cousins, who joined the team in a trade from Sacramento on Feb. 20. They won a game while he was serving a one-game suspension after earning his 18th technical of the season.Adding Cousins to the mix has forced the Pelicans to adapt on the fly.“It’s hard when a team already has their chemistry and you add a piece like myself,” he said. “It’s a hard transition. To say we’ve got it down pat would be a lie, but we’re definitely getting better each game.”Nick Young led the Lakers with 19 points. They fell to 0-7 since the All-Star break, a game away from equaling the team’s worst skid of the season. They’ve also lost five in a row at Staples Center.“We need to find a way to get a win and put something together,” Young said. “We just have to keep fighting and we can’t give up.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties The Lakers rallied from 14 points down in the fourth to tie the game at 97 on a free throw by Julius Randle, capping a 14-0 run. Young scored five straight points and D’Angelo Russell hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the spurt that had the crowd on its feet cheering after only the dull roar of conversation was heard earlier.“They did a great job of giving themselves a chance of fighting back into the game but made crucial mistakes the last minute or so,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “The execution wasn’t great in the last couple minutes, but it was good experience for them.”Cousins left with his sixth foul and the game tied with 1:55 to play. Davis scored and Jrue Holiday hit a 3-pointer to put the Pelicans back in front for good.Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry liked that the big three of Davis, Cousins and Holiday had balanced scoring.“All of those guys stepped up and did good things,” he said. “The bench came in and gave us some minutes. If we’re going to be a good team, that’s the formula for us being a good team.”The Lakers shot 51 percent in the first half and owned a 59-55 lead at halftime in the game between two clubs mired in last place in their respective divisions.Los Angeles faltered in the third quarter, shooting 5 of 22 and committing six turnovers while being outscored 28-14.The Pelicans ran off 13 straight points, with Solomon Hill chipping in five and Holiday four, to lead 79-67.“I don’t think we played with the same aggression,” said Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram, who had 16 points. “We stopped what we were doing.”Cousins played with the second unit to start the fourth, extending their lead to 89-75. He sat down and Davis and Holiday came back in, but the Lakers started scoring and the Pelicans couldn’t stop them. View commentslast_img read more

MMA fighter Geje Eustaquio seeks redemption against Thai tormentor

first_imgTaal Volcano evacuees warned against going home “This time, I have to make sure it will be a landslide if it will go to a decision, or if God permits, I will knock him down or submit him,” he said.The Filipino flyweight is also gunning to rebound from his loss to Toni Tauru last December as he hopes to make Team Lakay proud in the Singapore card.“I will go there and do my job. If God permits, I will bring home the victory,” he said. IDLADVERTISEMENT But Eustaquio (8-5) believes that he’s a better fighter this time out, noting that he has learned his lessons from his last three fights, something which he feels will be vital in his search for redemption against his Thai counterpart.BACKSTORY: One FC: Three quick Filipino triumphsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Maybe I lacked the quantity (in striking). There were also cases when his leg kicks, though those were weak ones, did connect. It didn’t hurt as much, but in the eyes of the judges, it had a big impact. So maybe this time, I’ll avoid those leg kicks,” he said.And Eustaquio knows that he has to be the aggressor this time out, controlling the pace of the match as he seeks a decisive victory. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Geje Eustaquio. RANDOLPH LEONGSON/INQUIRER.netSuffering a split decision loss back in 2015, Geje Eustaquio vowed to bounce back stronger as he faces Anatpong Bunrad in a rematch at ONE: Dynasty of Heroes in Singapore on May 26.“The last time we fought, it was a razor-thin decision,” the 28-year-old Igorot said, looking back on his tight defeat back in April 2015 here in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Los Angeles could land Olympic Games, but which year? Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar MOST READ 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 respitelast_img read more

Men’s basketball team given ‘Agimat’

first_imgPresidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Photo from Nike PHTroy Rosario doesn’t really believe in lucky charms, amulets or even pregame rituals.But even the 6-foot-7 forward of TNT KaTropa was awed by a shoe giant’s send-off gift for members of the Gilas Pilipinas squad that will shoot for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association crown starting Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Who’s who? Blatche still confused Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendcenter_img MOST READ “The agimat is part of our culture and to read the words ‘Para sa Kadakilaan’ woven into the shoe design, it really represents the sacrifice of [Gilas Pilipinas] for the country.”It’s not like Gilas Pilipinas will need amulets against countries it basically toys around within regional competitions. But it certainly won’t harm the team to have a little good luck on their side as the competition opens.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead “When I first saw it, I was surprised to see Tagalog words and phrases printed on the shoe,” said Rosario, referring to “Agimat,” the latest model in the line of Nike’s LeBron 14 shoes inspired by the part of Filipino culture that dwells on magic and mysticism.An agimat is an amulet or charm believed to bring its wearer good luck or keep its bearer away from ill-fortune.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“I don’t really believe in lucky charms,” said Rosario in Filipino. “But I really felt a lot of pride in seeing our words on the shoe of one of the greatest players in the NBA today.”Shooter Allein Maliksi of the Star Hotshots felt the same way. Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going homelast_img read more

Pacquiao not ready, says Horn’s trainer

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES “His (Pacquiao) feet isn’t moving, his head isn’t moving, his power isn’t ready,” said Kim, who also serves as fitness guru of teams from South Korea, China, and Japan for the past ten years.Conditioning coach Dundee Kim. Photo by Roy LuarcaKim said his task is to develop Horn’s muscle mass and improve his speed through exercises and paddle work.And Kim believes he’s succeeded and Horn will deliver the “biggest shock in the world and throw it upside down.”READ: Two Filipinos in ‘Battle of Brisbane: Pacquiao vs Horn The 49-year-old, who’s a Pacquiao fan and a Christian as well, said Horn is a different animal from Pacquiao’s previous opponents.“The way I’ve trained him, his intensity right from the start all the way up to 12 rounds,” said Kim, who warned Pacquiao that he might get hurt by Horn.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Standhardinger arrives from Germany, attends first Gilas practice View comments Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Kim said he’s talking from experience.READ: Pacquiao out to give former school teacher Horn a boxing lesson“I’m not trying to scare, but my left body is really sore from the pounding I’d been getting from Horn in training.“If he connects without body shield, it’s gonna hurt,” said Kim, adding that he’s going on a holiday after the July 2 title fight to reset and recuperate. “I’ve nothing left, all my energy is gone.”Pacquiao, of course, always oozes with energy for every fight. Unless, Kim turns out to be a psychic or a fitness genius.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know Manny Pacquiao speaks to the media in Brisbane, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Australian fighter Jeff Horn. (AP Photo/John Pye)BRISBANE, Australia—For all the claims and glowing reports that Manny Pacquiao is in tip-top shape for his battle with Jeff Horn on Sunday, Dundee Kim dares to go against the flow.“It’s rather strange, but Pacquiao looks like he didn’t prepare the work,” Kim told Filipino sportwriters after the press conference of the “Battle of Brisbane” at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday. “He’s not ready.”ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Kim, a Korean who migrated here and serves as Horn’s conditioning coach, believes the hard work Pacquiao put in in the last three weeks of training camp won’t be enough to keep his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown.READ: Pacquiao-Horn nears selloutFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“It seems he underestimates Horn, and that’s a mistake.”According to Kim, he’s basing his judgment from what he’d seen in You Tube videos and Facebook posts in the last two months. He also senses Pacquiao’s condition through the color of his face, the eyes, and his movements. Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetlast_img read more

Hubert Lawrence | Fixing the false start rule

first_img THE ORIGINAL RULE As it stands now, the rule contains a provision for the disqualified sprinter to run under protest. In practice, that provision is only seen in the United States and, to my best knowledge, has never been entertained at the World Championships or the Olympic Games. Australian Sally Pearson ran under protest in the 2010 Commonwealth Games 100 metres final, but was subsequently disqualified. The same thing happened in 2012 to Grenadian 400m ace Kirani James in Eugene, Oregon. The handling of a false start at the recent IAAF Oslo Diamond League meet may indicate a change in approach. Dutch star Dafne Schippers jumped early in the 200m, but was allowed to run when she cited crowd noise. She was later disqualified but was eventually reinstated. The real problem is the rule itself. To save time, the rule can levy the most drastic punishment for the smallest error. While other systems of punishment match the severity of the crime to the action taken, the current false-start rule goes red right away. That is inappropriate on two levels. First, the one-error-maximum-punishment dichotomy feels wrong. Second, it’s bad for the business of sports. A false start for a big star in the first round of the Olympics or the World Championships would kill public interest. The rule rests on the presumption that sprinters can’t react to sound faster than 0.1. Yet, that borderline was once set at 0.120 seconds. The pressure to revise came from faster reaction times by sprinters and hurdlers. In the 1991 World Championships, Dennis Mitchell of the United States reacted to the starter’s pistol in 0.09 seconds, but escaped because the starter wasn’t wearing his headphones. That caused him to miss the false-start warning signal Mitchell would have triggered by moving early. That was 1991, but what if the well-trained sprinter can now react in 0.085 seconds? Day Two of a brilliant National Senior Championships was marred by an episode of false-start madness. This time, the victim of the zero-tolerance rule was Jonielle Smith, the 2014 Carifta 100 metres champion. She, like many others since the rule was introduced internationally, received the maximum penalty for just one mistake. Video replays showed nothing to suggest that she had jumped the gun in her 100 metres semi-final. However, sensors in the blocks revealed that she had moved before one-tenth of a second had elapsed. That’s the threshold between fair starts and false starts. The margin wasn’t visible to the naked eye and the fans in attendance at the National Stadium made their disapproval known. They hoped that the first getaway would be ruled to be a ‘faulty start’. RUNNING UNDER PROTEST Time-saving mavericks frown on the original rule which gives each runner one false start to burn. At the same time, the current rule has clear shortcomings. The only solution is change. The recommendation is for an upgrade of the rule used after the 2009 World Championships and before the 2011 staging, where Usain Bolt was tossed out of the 100m final for one wrong move. That allowed one false start for the entire field and then disqualifications for anyone who transgressed afterwards. To eliminate gamesmanship, the first person to false start would also be disqualified in this new version of the rule. This would provide some leeway while cutting the wait for a maximum of eight false starts before sanctions began. At the Stadium on Sunday, a prudent supporter proposed that start reaction times be posted on the electronic scoreboards. That would give patrons the critical information used by the officials to make tough decisions. He’s perfectly right. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more

Selection controversy mars Commonwealth Games TT team

first_img It is understood that the Trials were staged at short notice to meet a Commonwealth Games nomination deadline and that Foster was unable to get time off from work to attend the event. Tomlinson is aggrieved that the 13 year-old Lewis hasn’t been selected. In a Facebook video post on September 29, Tomlinson said Solesha Young, Under-13 runner-up at the recent Caribbean Region Mini and Pre-Cadet Championships, had played her heart to make the team in finishing second to Francis at the Trials. “Is it right to leave a young, talented, hard working player off the team when they have met all the requirements?”, he asked on Facebook. The Games are set for April on Australia’s Gold Coast. SHORT NOTICE An eight-member squad has been named to represent Jamaica at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia. The team is led by national champion Simon Tomlinson and includes four men and four women. The men selected are Tomlinson, Christopher Marsh and Rahjni Brown, who placed first, second and fourth at the September 16 trial and Kane Watson, who injured his hamstring playing for Jamaica at the recent Caribbean Championships in Cuba. Not selected is Alphanso Morris who placed third at the Trials. The women’s team is headed by national champion Shenique Clare, and includes former national Yvonne Foster, Dadrian Lewis and Onika Francis. Neither Clare, former national champion Foster nor former national player Lewis played in the Trials, but Clare did fly from overseas where she now lives to play the National Championships in August, which was postponed at the last-minute.last_img read more

Stay with DaCosta’s Brandy

first_imgBATTLE lines have been drawn, wagers made, and sides taken throughout Caymanas Park as the respective championships, particularly trainers’ and jockeys’, have set tongues wagging ahead of the two biggest racemeets at the back end of the racing calendar – next Saturday’s Superstakes and the Diamond Mile on December 1.Starting this afternoon, the first of 13 racemeets spread between November 3 and December 29, jockeys Anthony Thomas and Panamanian Dick Cardenas, riding out of opposing barns – champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and perennial rival, Anthony Nunes – will have their backers cheering every winner.Top jock Thomas was aboard three winners on Wednesday to extend his lead to 10 over Cardenas, who started the day facing a deficit of eight.They took their fight down to the final race on the programme, which Cardenas won aboard Anthony Nunes’ 5-2 chance, DIOSA DE ORO, holding off a late charge from Thomas astride Gary Griffiths’ NIGHT LIGHT, registering his lone winner of the day.Cardenas’ narrow victory with DIOSA DE ORO also excited the trainers’ battle between Nunes and DaCosta, who won back-to-back races with LADY BLUE and WINTER IS COMING, extending his lead to $1.9 million after starting the day $1.2 million in front.The rivalry continues this afternoon with Thomas aboard DaCosta’s BRANDY, who deserves another chance in the ninth race, facing Cardenas astride Nunes’ KJ EXPRESS in a five and a half furlong sprint for non-winners-of-two races and imported maidens.Nunes’ speedy KJ EXPRESS is drawn exactly beside BRANDY in the 12-horse field.BRANDY fouled-up as a 1-9 favourite on Wednesday, competing in her second race in 11 days, coming off a six-month layup. She was expected to easily land the seven-furlong event after a fast-finishing second behind NECROMANCER at five-and-half on October 20.However, leaving the gate slowly in the first race of the day, on a track made fast by overnight rain, left the filly one-paced and unable to catch the inform colts, SON SON and BAD BOY TRUMP, who came home at odds of 11 and 10-1, respectively.BRANDY, however, is a better bet at today’s distance with speedsters such as GOLDEN DESTINY, MISS LINDA WRAY, and SERGEANT RECKLESS in the line-up to take on KJ EXPRESS, who will try making a run for home but would have definitely preferred the minimum trip.last_img read more

Gbay app and website to be launched on December 1

first_imgGbay Deals was created on Facebook 11 months ago as a regular group but it has touched the lives of many Guyanese. It is the first online market place where individuals could buy, sell or trade locally used or new items.It has developed into a living business network, where persons are now able to work two jobs and still earn that extra income.It even gives the young entrepreneurs the advantage of becoming business orientated as it offers them an open playfield with unlimited options. Presently it consists of over 26,000 local members while being professionally managed between eight individuals who have placed their best feet forward.Because of its potential, the management is able to invest in an app and website so they can have better management since Facebook limits its control and privileges.The app and website will be launching on December 1. This will give users many more features, whereby they can obtain their own virtual store and build a reputation for themselves and business in the near future.The best part is that this it will be absolutely free like Facebook; just with more features and advantages for users. This venture has been financed by Cell Point and as such, Gbay Deals would like to extend special thanks to the management and team of Cell Point for making it possible.last_img read more

Guyanese wins Digicel’s trip to CPL finals

first_img…Local customer jets off to T&T with 3 friendsJust days before it goes down to the wire on CPL 2017, Digicel on Thursday announced that one lucky customer scored big by winning a trip to the finals, asLucky winner Judy Rampersaud posing with her crew set for the CPL finals in Trinidadpart of the company’s latest Quick Pick/Smart Bundles CPL promotion.The winner is Guyanese Judy Rampersaud of Essequibo Coast, who was left in a state of complete disbelief upon receiving the great news.In fact, Rampersaud’s exact reaction was “Really? What? No, man you lying; is this for real?” The young woman, along with three lucky persons of her choice, will be flying to Trinidad and Tobago, compliments of Digicel, to be part of the much-anticipated Hero CPLT20 Finals. The all-inclusive package includes round-trip airfares, hotel accommodation and ground transportation to and from the game as well as a stipend.In addition to that, the crew of four will get to rub shoulders with the Soca King himself, Machel Montano, who will be performing live during Digicel’s Postgame Live concert on Saturday.What is even more exciting is that the four, who are scheduled to travel from September 9-11, will have full VIP access and get to meet with Mr Fete himself.Rampersaud won herself this once-in-a-lifetime experience by participating in the Quick Pick/Smart Bundles CPL promotion, in which customers were encouraged to activate a Digicel Smart bundle from August 11-31 for their chance to win.last_img read more

Exposed…

first_img…venalityWell… the gig’s finally up on the Gang of Four at City Hall. The contract the Mayoress and her henchmen signed with Smart City Solutions (SCS), which they tried to “deep six” for over a year has finally surfaced. No thanks to the government officials, of course! Like most dead bodies, the putrid gases released from the rotten carcass will eventually cause these kinds of shady deals to surface. It was just a matter of time – and that time has come!In contract law, your Eyewitness was informed, there’s such a thing as an “unconscionable” contract… but it doesn’t even begin to describe the half of what this “Parking Meter” contract’s all about. Forget the “terror clause” that places the city in hock to the “Smartmen” group for two more Jubilees. Forget the eye-pass of the city getting 20 per cent of the cut, while the Smartmen walk away with everything, including the kitchen sink.What about forbidding private parking garages being built by any Guyanese on his own land?! What about death by a thousand cuts inflicted on our citizenry? Like the 50 City Constabulary being paid below the minimum wage to be the enforcers of the Smartmen?! Or City Hall committing to have all VAT and other taxes waived on the Smartmen’s revenues?!In an unconscionable contract, it’s generally someone taking advantage of a child, moron or anyone in a very weak position, so that undue influence, duress makes the hapless victims sign away their firstborn. But in this contract, the Gang of Four – PNC officials all – wilfully inflicted a “ton of flesh” penalty on the Guyanese people. And they and all those who examined the contract – including Bulkan and the Attorney General – should be charged with Criminal Conspiracy – more specifically, Criminal Conspiracy to defraud.All these officials knew from the beginning that any contract of this magnitude on behalf of the city had to be subject to a public bidding process. So, in conspiring to bypass that process – and not even having their illegal signing ratified by the full Council! – and then extracting moneys from the public for parking on what remained public property, is fraud of the most heinous complexion.The final nail in the coffin of these venal public officials is the revelation – and confirmation – of your Eyewitness’ description of both sides of the contract as “grifters” – that all the “non-slave and non-indentured” entrepreneurs and owners of Smart City Solutions from New York had been convicted at one time or another of various criminal actions – such as grand larceny and smuggling – that made them do jail time!!Was it during one of these incarcerations they met and hatched the parking conspiracy?…widening militarisationThe moment the PNC-led coalition Government was installed, the PNC announced it would be re-launching the Guyana Youth Corps (GYC). It didn’t just “announce” but plunged right into setting the stage by appointing Aubrey Norton as Presidential advisor on Youth Empowerment. He then established a “Guyana Youth Corps Inc” and began training about 50 specially selected youths to become the trainers of the organisation the President will launch in Jan 2018.What Guyanese should know is the PNC’s simply recapitulating their history – which we all know was a disaster for all Guyanese. The GYC was launched in 1968 for the same reason as is being stated today – to instil “discipline” in unemployed youths – especially those who may’ve dropped out of school. But it failed and was converted to the Guyanese National Service – which was a fully militarised outfit.But as far as its goals, THAT also failed, didn’t it? But not in its real purpose to feed the PNC enforcement machinery.…prod for childrenThe Finance Minister insists that imposing VAT on private school fees is “a fiscal tool” on education.But rather than using VAT as a prod, wouldn’t it be better to improve public schools so private schools become moot?last_img read more