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Tenorio admits Ginebra ‘step slower’ in Game 1 as fatigue takes its toll

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNot that he’s using anything as an excuse, but LA Tenorio admitted fatigue has gotten the better of Ginebra after playing its fourth game in a week on Saturday.“I don’t want to make an excuse, but I think the fatigue factor is already there,” he said on the heels of Ginebra’s 90-102 Game 1 defeat to San Miguel in the curtain-raiser of their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:56At least 25 dead in Indonesia bus plunge02:14Carpio 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson After surviving a triple-overtime duel against Rain or Shine to end the eliminations and secure the fourth-seed last Friday, the Gin Kings had to go through another set of tough games against the Elasto Painters in the quarterfinals before taking on the top-seed Beermen on Friday.Tenorio believes that those grindout games all contributed to Ginebra’s lackluster play in the semis opener.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Physically, our effort is there. Of course, when we’re playing, we want to give our best effort, but we’re one step slow in this game and they’re really on fire. Execution-wise, they were really on-point, from the first group to second group, even up to the third group. They’re really active coming into this game,” he said.The Beermen had their way on offense, shooting 50-percent from the field while also being the more aggressive team on the break, outscoring the Gin Kings, 23-11 in fastbreak points. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingscenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Ginebra also gobbled the ball up 25 times, which led to 22 easy points for San Miguel.Despite the loss, Tenorio is confident the Gin Kings will be more than prepared in Game 2 on Sunday as they avoid a dangerous 0-2 hole in the best-of-seven series.“Fatigue factor will not be an excuse again next game for us. Definitely, we’ll be ready for the next game,” he said. “Good news is this is a best-of-seven. It would be nice if we got Game 1 coming off three hard games, but again, me personally I’ve played 56, 39 and 39 minutes for the past three games. I’m not saying that I’m making an excuse, but maybe mentally, we’re not down and we’re just one step slower in this game.”He knows they can’t afford to lag behind the Beermen again for the rest of the way.“It just so happened that San Miguel is complete and they’re really strong team. That’s why they’re the defending champions for the last three years. So we just have to be ready and we can’t afford to make mistakes every possession.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano RELATED VIDEO.@LA_Tenorio says that fatigue finally got the better of @barangayginebra in Game 1. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/vXLpWEnYwm— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 9, 2018 LeBron James focused on task at hand, not free agency Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

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Industry: $10B will be bet on March Madness, most illegally

first_imgThe U.S. Supreme Court is weeks away from ruling on New Jersey’s challenge to a law limiting legal sports betting to just four states: Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon, and a ruling that legalizes sports betting nationwide could provide new revenue opportunities for cash-strapped state governments, as well as casino companies.The group found 54 million people — or about a quarter of the U.S. adult population — participated in a sports betting pool last year, spending $18 billion on entry fees. That includes 24 million who filled out basketball brackets pools and spent $2.6 billion on entry fees.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt also conducted a survey that found that roughly two-thirds of U.S. states make it illegal to participate in sports betting pools if money is involved. Enforcing those laws, however, has not been a priority for law enforcement.“Our current sports betting laws are so out of touch with reality that we’re turning tens of millions of Americans into criminals for the simple act of enjoying college basketball,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. “The failed federal ban on sports betting has created an illegal, unregulated sports betting market that offers zero consumer protections and generates zero revenue for state and tribal governments.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ “Sports betting may have more appeal to our children, it has the potential to affect the integrity of the games, and it may put many more people at risk for problem and disordered gambling,” said Neva Pryor, the group’s executive director.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Wisconsin’s Traevon Jackson dribbles past the NCAA logo during practice at the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Anaheim, California in this file photo. APATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — America’s gambling industry predicts $10 billion will be bet on the March Madness college basketball tournament — nearly all of it illegally or off-the-books.That’s one of the reasons the American Gaming Association favors the full legalization and regulation of sports betting in the United States.ADVERTISEMENT Freeman said only 3 percent of the $10 billion the group predicts will be wagered on the games will be done through legal Nevada sports books, or about $300 million.The group also counted 48 pieces of sports betting legislation active in 18 state legislatures across the country as lawmakers anticipate a favorable Supreme Court ruling and prepare for the advent of legal sports betting.Freeman predicted “a flood of new products” if sports betting is legalized, including increased opportunities for bets on events within a game and not just on its final score or statistics.“There’s a lot of money that’s going to go to innovation that’s currently sitting on the sidelines,” he said.The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey says “sports betting is a cause for concern.” While neutral on gambling, the group has been contacting New Jersey lawmakers to discuss needs that will arise if sports betting is legalized.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed 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 Dennis Rodman gets probation after DUI arrest in California Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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PBA: Macklin lifts Magnolia past Meralco in farewell game

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ The Bolts blew a golden opportunity to force overtime after Chris Newsome failed to complete an alleyoop off a well-designed out of bounds play as time expired.Paul Lee also flourished in the endgame, hitting the game-tying freebies 32 ticks to go before setting up Macklin for the go-ahead free throws after drawing the double-team. Lee wound up with 20 points, six coming in the fourth quarter. Mark Barroca added 18, 12 of which came in the final frame.Meralco shot 50 percent from the field but made only 14 out of its 34 attempts from the free throw line with Arinze Onuaku alone going 5-of-21.Onuaku paced the Bolts (3-2) with a game-high 23 points on top of 11 rebounds and seven assists while Newsome had 15 points, five rebounds and seven assists.The Hotshots hung on to win despite losing star big man Ian Sangalang to an injury early in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Macklin sank the game-winning free throws with 3.1 seconds left to lift the Hotshots over the Meralco Bolts, 81-79, Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Macklin capped a 9-0 burst by the Hotshots in the final one minute and 48 seconds and finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and a block in his last game before leaving for China to play in the National Basketball League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMagnolia coach Chito Victolero lauded Macklin not only for leading the team to its third win in four games but more importantly for his professionalism.“He already has a contract in China but he still gave us his all in this game,” said Victolero in Filipino. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Vernon Macklin couldn’t have written a better script for his farewell game for Magnolia in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT 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 China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina NLEX trades Al-Hussaini for Blackwater’s Marcelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Suspended from Alaska, Abueva shows up at Gilas practice

first_imgChina population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls 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 “[Abueva rejoining Gilas practice is] not a guarantee because he still has to earn his spot in the final 12 with [depending] on how he practices because we have different members here and Calvin knows that,” Reyes said as posted on ESPN5.Also reportedly back training for Gilas is naturalized big man Andray Blatche, who arrived in Manila Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ FILE PHOTO  – Calvin Abueva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCalvin Abueva finally showed up after going AWOL since the PBA All-Star break.In a report by ESPN5’s Richard Dy and JC Ansis, Abueva joined Gilas Pilipinas practice on Monday at Meralco Gym.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Troubled Djokovic to play Wimbledon warm-up at Queen’s Club Abueva had been nowhere to be found after playing in the All-Star Game in Iloilo more than two weeks ago.The 30-year-old forward reappeared three days after the Alaska Aces released a statement announcing that they have decided to place Abueva under indefinite suspension for failing to report to the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIn the statement, the Aces gave Abueva the green light to suit up for the national team if Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes opts to give him a slot in the lineup for the third window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Reyes, however, reportedly cleared that resurfacing in practice doesn’t guarantee Abueva a spot in the final roster. View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more

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With luck, Kane joins England’s great World Cup strikers

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees England’s Harry Kane celebrates his team’s 6-1 victory at the end of the group G match between England and Panama at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Harry Kane now has a permanent souvenir from the World Cup.The England striker grabbed the game ball and kept it in his grasp after scoring a hat trick in his team’s 6-1 win over Panama on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Those goals — two penalties and a lucky deflection — made Kane the third Englishman after Geoff Hurst and Gary Lineker to score a hat trick in a World Cup match.“One to be proud of,” Kane said. “Not many players get to score a hat trick in a World Cup.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe third goal was “probably one of the luckiest ones of my career,” he said. It came when a shot from teammate Ruben Loftus-Cheek deflected off his heel and wrong-footed Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.The other two were penalties, but it didn’t matter that his goals weren’t vintage. It was enough to put England into the round of 16 with a match to spare.  Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Hurst, who got his hat trick in England’s 4-2 victory over West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final, also had that ability. As did Lineker, who scored three against Poland at the 1986 tournament.Like them, Kane was expected to lead England’s attack. But defender John Stones wasn’t.The big center back contributed two goals with a pair of headers. That gives him more World Cup goals than he has in 122 games in the Premier League, where he has scored only once.But, as Stones swiftly reminded everyone, he did score twice in a Champions League game last year.He said his cellphone was “blowing up” with messages after his goals. But he’s more concerned with Kane’s tally and his chance to beat Ronaldo and others to the Golden Boot for the tournament’s top scorer.“I’d love Harry to get it,” Stones said. “I know Harry would want us to win more than get the Golden Boot. That’s the most important thing. But, on a personal level, I’d love Harry to get it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Kane now has a tournament-leading five goals at the World Cup, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku.“You’ve got some of the best players in the world doing well, scoring goals, so it’s nice to be up there,” Kane said. “But for me it’s just about the wins. The most important thing is that my goals help my team win. I just hope to continue it.”Kane took advantage of an overly-physical Panama team to score twice from the spot in the first half. The first penalty came when Jesse Lingard was fouled. Kane won the second himself.He converted both penalties convincingly.“You can dismiss penalties as being easy, but the length of time you have to wait before taking it, and the number of distractions to keep focused and start again, it tells you a bit about the mental toughness that he’s got,” England coach Gareth Southgate said. “He’s there. He’s up at the top. We wouldn’t swap him for anyone. We know when he gets opportunities he’s going to bury them.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Honda goal gives Japan a 2-2 draw with Senegal at World Cup Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

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Adamson holds on to stun Ateneo

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jerrick Ahanmisi was given the green light for an isolation play and he took full advantage of his freedom and drove to the basket for the layup that put Adamson up, 70-68 with 1:09 left.Adamson’s lead, however, lasted for just eight seconds after Thirdy Ravena followed up Isaac Go’s missed triple with a putback dunk tying the game at 70 with 1:01 remaining in the game.Ahamisi put up a game-high 23 points for the Falcons while Vince Magbuhos had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.Matt Nieto led Ateneo with 21 points.The Soaring Falcons joined University of the Philippines, Far Eastern University, and National University as the victors this season.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Adamson’s Jerrick Ahanmisi celebrates after hitting a three against Ateneo. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonAdamson pulled off an early upset after taking down title favorite Ateneo, 74-70, on Sunday night to cap off the opening weekend of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.Papi Sarr put up the biggest shot of the game after he cleaned up Sean Manganti’s miss and connected on a layup that gave the Falcons the lead for good, 72-70, with 39.4 seconds left in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Coach says La Salle’s inexperience showed in loss to FEU Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil That dramatic sequence was the punctuation mark of an already frantic fourth quarter after Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren was called for a technical foul with 4:41 left in the game.“We can’t do anything about that call because it was already given, there’s no point arguing,” said Pumaren. “I just had to concentrate down the stretch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Pumaren’s technical foul was due to “improper bench decorum” after he got livid on questionable foul calls against his players.That infraction, however, was just the beginning of heart-stopping moments late in the game. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Carlo Peñalosa takes home another KO victory

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Congratulations to Dave. I’m very happy because we both won tonight,” he said.The 25-year-old Carlo landed a vicious body shot that ended the fight at the 2:22 mark of the third round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNot known for his knockout power, Carlo showed his punching power cannot be underestimated after racking up his fourth straight win via stoppage.His record now stands at 14-1, with seven knockouts. Dave Peñalosa stops Mexican bet in 4 rounds for WBO Oriental featherweight crown Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:40Australia fires: Battle to save homes in New South Wales02:44Lebanese protest at new PM’s home, demand he quits02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Carlo Peñalosa. Photo by Mark GiongcoAfter watching his cousin Dave show out with a fourth-round stoppage to win the WBO Oriental featherweight title, flyweight prospect Carlo Caesar Peñalosa knew he had to make it a double celebration.Carlo wound up earning his own knockout victory, outclassing Watana Phenbaan of Thailand in three rounds in the undercard of ESPN5’s fight card in association with GerryPens Promotions Saturday night at Skydome in SM North Edsa, Quezon City.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

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‘Words of Wind’ must not be used superfluously (Part 1)

first_imgDear Editor,The Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Justice (retired) James Patterson, recently stated thus: “Elections count for nothing if not free and fair”. This is indeed most welcoming.Notably, however, in the absence of necessary and definitive, transparent actions at the Commission’s level, the credentials and acceptability of such statements become quite shallow.There are widely known numerous factual positions regarding the rigging of past elections in Guyana, influenced by the People’s National Congress under previous GECOM management. It cannot be denied that GECOM conducted the 2015 Regional and National Elections which lacked the measures of authenticity to validate any level of acceptance by most. ‘Words of Wind’ must therefore not be used superfluously to camouflage the need to adequately address obvious shortcomings exercised in or by this organisation. Among the huge questions are the selection procedure and the role of the selected staff.The PPP filed an elections petition which challenges the validity of the outcome of the 2015 General and Regional Elections, and this gives testimony. Significant in the claims is that the elections were not held in conformity with the Constitution of Guyana.The numerous electoral irregularities for which there have been no prosecutions overwhelm the credibility of the results. It is very much totally unacceptable and insufficient to have summary pronouncements from the responsible conductor of the elections to the effect that there have been few spatial occurrences, and those may not have impacted the final results. There is need for stiffer penalties, and laws must be put in place to prohibit blatant irregularities.The evidence of procedural errors and numerous instances of fraudulent and/or suspicious actions during the elections are proof that cannot be denied. The seriousness of fake statements of poll, and let us not forget that the Chief Elections Officer, on the night of Wednesday, 13th May, 2015, said he could not announce the Elections results because he discovered “fake statements of poll”. On that night he was very clear that the amount was too much for him to accept.Further, the former Chairman of the Elections Commission, at his last press conference, said there were 33 fake statements of poll, and they were not counted, and those votes went against the PPP/C. The petition also makes reference to the presence of “big and vicious mobs” at several polling stations and other strategic places, which led to multiple voting, particularly in Region #4.The Chairman of GECOM accepted that the PPP had exceptionally good results from the last 2016 LGE. He talks of the PPP winning the popular votes and dominating the vote count in rural areas, while also raising concerns about intimidation and fear on Election Day.The fact that the GECOM Chairman is not yet walking the talk is a matter of serious concern.The Chairman’s obvious knowledge about all the bungling by the Secretariat, which caused the last period of Continuous Registration to start two weeks late, raises serious questions. Information received confirms there was an understanding that two additional weeks would have to be accommodated. However, when the PPP Commissioners advanced the discussion for the extension, it was denied. It means that citizens of this country are being denied the opportunity to do their registration transactions, as the Chairman joined with the PNC Commissioners and voted down the agreed request to have the two weeks of extension.It is known that the Commission, at a statutory meeting, agreed that the criticism against the GECOM staff is a matter of serious concern. Further, the meeting agreed that all the applicants for the “Training of GECOM” trainers to work for the Election Commission will be called to the official training. It is very worrying and most ridiculous to know that more than one hundred persons who applied were not called to the official training.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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Patterson rehashing an old Burnhamite illegal law

first_imgDear Editor,It has happened just the way we predicted weeks ago, that is the Alliance For Change (AFC) David Patterson riding into Berbice as the knight in shining armour. He has, as it were, came to the rescue of the hapless citizens of Berbice; or is it? I think differently, I see this as another election gimmickry to again somehow squeeze votes out of Berbicians.This tactic was tried in the lead up to the 2015 General Elections when Nagamootoo and Ramjattan fooled Berbicians into voting for them with that “we will never close the sugar estates” talk. They came as the saviours of Berbice then and quite frankly were believed by some gullible Berbicians who threw their votes on the AFC’s side. The sad reality of all of that is soon after taking office, the same Nagamootoo and Ramjattan sat in council and quickly closed the sugar estates and fired over 5000 workers in the Berbice area. A pretty tough way to love voters who faithfully trusted you and persons to whom you told just weeks before that you were going to protect their wellbeing?So let us fast forward to 2018, here we have an AFC point man, Dr Surendra Persaud, speaking of a 365 per cent hike in bridge toll – this time coming on the very same day of another election. Isn’t it odd that something like this could happen at election time? Even if you have half a brain, you could see through this intricately woven ruse of the AFC in another attempt at pandemonium politics. The trick is first get Berbicians all hyped-up into a panic mode by that announcement of a steep toll rise, then Patterson would ride into town with that rescue package of his.Note his words, “in light of the planned increase in tolls, the Government yesterday assumed temporary control over the operation of the Berbice River Bridge and promised to retain the present toll structure as it seeks to find an amicable resolution to its ongoing dispute with the concessionaire the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI).” Very nice words for the fools they mistakenly believe Berbicians are?Now what is Patterson telling us? Is he telling us that they are going to eventually buy over the bridge and the affairs of the said bridge would be managed by his Government? I don’t think so, I think Patterson is rehashing an old Burnhamite illegal law which gives him the right to forcefully take over private property. This policy of Burnham was practiced to good advantage when that party was in Government. They bullied a number of private business owners into giving up their properties without compensation, the same situation the BBCI Company is faced with right now. This further tells you that this matter is going to have serious legal implications in the long-term.Now, I deliberately left out the words “threat to public safety” used by Patterson and this is my main concern at the moment. I am in the least interested in Patterson and his Government’s publicity stunts, they are all about surviving what is an inevitable situation them, so try any which way to put up a good show to the public; in this case the Berbice public.However, what I am most concerned about is the fact that this “control” of the bridge they are talking about does it entail a financial control also? Would all the maintenance and affiliated costs of this bridge’s smooth operation be adequately addressed? For a Government that is known for its non-economic, backward stance in management of anything, is this bridge’s affairs in for that kind of treatment also? These are legitimate questions that require urgent answers.So, would my heart be in my hand when I face another crossing over this bridge? Yes I will, the point is with this present Administration I have all reasons to be fearful?Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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Claims and Objections doing well with the PLE!

first_imgDear Editor,A careful look at the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) current Claims and Objections work confirms a swift and potent movement towards achieving the production of a very good List of Electors. On October 24, 2019, the Public Relations Department of GECOM reported over 13,000 completed transactions including new registrations, transfers and corrections using a smooth approach acceptable and embraced by most citizens. The results have realised reactions that emphasise the ‘irk’ of PNCR spin dancers at the Elections Commission, others in the Secretariat and leading orchestrators of the Government. There must be no deviation from the rule of law as it relates to necessary steps GECOM has to follow in establishing an acceptable Preliminary List of Electors (PLE). Chair of GECOM, Justice Retired Claudette Singh must be decisive and assertive in preserving the credibility of the process and integrity of the final list towards necessary free and fair elections. There have been persistent moves by PNC Commissioners at the Commission to contaminate or invalidate the results of the updates to the PLE, which GECOM can legitimately do following the end of this activity on November 4, 2019. Mr Vincent Alexander’s proposal to the illegal removal of 20,000 names of persons who have not uplifted identification cards is indecent, absolute rubbish, and tantamount to contempt of court given that the Chief Justice recently ruled to the contrary on this matter. The attempt by the Secretariat to use highly suspicious data from the controversial and unverified House-to-House is troubling and a serious matter of concern. Although the Chief Justice also ruled that it is not illegal for GECOM to utilise a House-to-House approach to address matters regarding the Register of Registrants, it is a known fact that whenever this approach is considered; the basis is a decision to scrap the existing list and to create a new base of registrants. There was absolutely no need to scrap the existing list, which the APNU/AFC and their cohorts deliberately ensured expired on April 30, 2019, using surreptitious manoeuvres. Further, the Claims and Objections approach has proven to be most speedy and effective towards a legal update of the Register of Registrants. It is now public knowledge that without a Chairman of GECOM being in place, Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield took it upon himself to impose a “$4 billion” House-to- House campaign on the citizens of Guyana. In so doing, he biasedly moved to counter and reject the Caribbean Court of Justice’s ruling consequent to the carried No- Confidence Motion, that the President remains in place with the primary function of ensuring that elections are held in three months or within such extended period approved by 75 per cent of members of the National Assembly. Mr Lowenfield’s run-off of the highly controversial House-to-House exercise has achieved nothing but extending the assault of the illegal APNU/AFC Government on the people of Guyana. Chair of GECOM, Justice Retired Claudette Singh deserves compliments for stopping the controversial House-to-House Registration and commencing the Claims and Objections using the Preliminary List of Voters extracted from the Register of Registrants. The Register of Registrants is fully acceptable since its life only ended in on April 30, 2019. Hence, the scrutineers from the APNU/AFC and the PPP/C are busy doing the field visits and verifying all the transactions. However, it is of note that in the Claims and Objections, GECOM’s staff are authorised to use solely the PLE to determine transfers and other transactions. It is therefore only this PLE, which the Secretariat can amend, by addressing the necessary verified changes for the update of the Register. It follows that the suggestion of a merger of information from the illegally conducted and unverified House-to-House is out of the question and must be set aside. While it is clear that the Chief Elections Officer has 7 days after the end of the Claims and Objections period to consider petitions for changes, logical concerns emerge that places any merger in breach of the legal framework. First is the fact that given the timeline taken by the contracted international firm to complete the first batch of the necessary cross-matching of fingerprints, the organisation would not complete the second half within 7 days of November 4, 2019, which signals the end of Claims and Objections. Second, the question as to whether the Secretariat, in areas of dispute, intends to give priority to the international cross-matching over the completed verification by all scrutineers at the ongoing Claims and Objections. I am aware that some GECOM staff were refusing to do transfers and registrations for persons who they claimed registered during the infamous Houseto- House. It took representations from the PPP/C Chief Scrutineer Mr Mustapha before several GECOM Offices corrected these issues. Hence, the GECOM offices are no longer turning back residents, after telling them that the controversial Houseto- House Registration will put their names on the final voters’ list. Some GECOM staff were deliberately confusing residents. Guyanese must be cognisant of the confusion mongers at GECOM. The PNC Commissioners are peddling false news that by Thursday, October 24, the public will be given an opportunity to view the entire list of persons that were registered during the House-to-House Registration exercise that was abruptly halted by the Chair of GECOM. This exercise would be an activity in futility because despite the encoding being completed, the cross-matching is yet to be completed. What would the publication of partial information reveal other than more confusion? Thus, it would be appropriate to conclude that the tactic of the PNC Commissioners is hell-bent on creating situations of confusion to frustrate the electorates and manipulate the process to pave the way for the possibility of an election petition at the conclusion of the already delayed elections in 2020. This Claims and Objections process is good enough to produce the final voters’ list for the March 2, 2020, National and Regional Elections and we must reject the PNC’s procrastination. Sincerely, Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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