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James shines as Cavs bounce back

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town WWE star Kane running for mayor in Tennessee Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu The Wizards have now won two in a row. They improved to 44-28 and moved one game ahead of the idle Toronto Raptors for third place in the Eastern Conference.Washington open a tough five-game road trip Saturday at Cleveland.The Nuggets followed up their victory over the Cavaliers with a 125-117 triumph over the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis.Nikola Jokic scored 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds and Wilson Chandler added 24 points for the Nuggets, who made 40 of 43 free throws and turned back a Pacers surge in the final period. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home The reigning NBA champions led by as many as 12 in the first half and were in front for all of the second half as they bounced back from a disappointing 126-113 loss at Denver on Wednesday.READ: LeBron James to LaVar Ball: Keep my kids’ names out of your mouthFEATURED 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 returnThat performance had prompted James to call out his teammates for lack of toughness in a defeat that saw their Eastern Conference lead over Boston shrink to one game.The Hornets saw their three-game winning streak snapped and lost ground in their quest to grab an Eastern Conference playoff berth. They remain 11th in the East with 10 games remaining in the regular season. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, right, is fouled as he drives against Charlotte Hornets’ Cody Zeller, left, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, North Carolina, Friday, March 24, 2017. The Cavaliers won 112-105. APLOS ANGELES, United States — LeBron James just missed a triple-double, pouring in 32 points with 11 assists and nine rebounds Friday in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 112-105 NBA victory over the Hornets in Charlotte.Kyrie Irving added 26 points and Kevin Love chipped in 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs, who connected on 55.4 percent of their shots from the field.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cleveland led 33-31 after one quarter, 59-53 at halftime and 90-85 going into the final period.They quashed a late Hornets comeback bid that saw Charlotte score seven straight points to trim the deficit to 100-99 with 4:20 to play.Cleveland responded through a three-pointer from J.R. Smith, a basket from Love and a dunk from James to push the lead back to seven — and the Hornets never got closer than five from there.In Washington, John Wall scored 22 points and Bradley Beal added 19 as the Wizards completed a four-game season sweep of the lowly Brooklyn Nets with a 129-108 victory.Brandon Jennings came off the bench to score 18 points with nine assists for the Wizards, who shot 50.5 percent from the field, made 21 of 22 free throws and led by as many as 28 points.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Abueva exits Gilas practice with busted lip

first_imgAbueva was on the receiving end of an inadvertent hit from teammate Almond Vosotros during the team scrimmages.The blow left the 28-year-old with a bloodied upper lip as he left the venue an hour into the practice.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 returnTeam manager Butch Antonio and national coach Chot Reyes, though, didn’t seem to be too concerned.“It’s just a busted lip,” Antonio said in Filipino. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions “Calvin will be fine,” Reyes said.Abueva was rushed to Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan for further treatment.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Randolph Leongson/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas continued to deal with injuries in its buildup for the 2017 Seaba Championship.It was Calvin Abueva’s turn to exit the team’s practice early after suffering a busted lip on Monday at Kerry Sports Manila in Taguig.ADVERTISEMENT SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out MOST READ Beyond the finish line: 6 tips for effective marathon recovery Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoscenter_img Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 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 On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Family affair: Lakers grab Lonzo Ball with 2nd overall pick

first_img7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province MOST READ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIES 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Swing Out Sister back to PH this April After that bit of serendipity, the Lakers made their plans for Ball well-known earlier this week when they agreed to trade point guard D’Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets.LaVar Ball raised his family in Chino Hills, a Los Angeles suburb 35 miles east of Staples Center. Lonzo Ball has never attended a Lakers home game, but he rooted for Kobe Bryant on television and modeled his game after Magic Johnson, who took over the Lakers’ basketball operations in February.Ball receives comparisons to Jason Kidd for his offensive abilities. His cool playmaking turned UCLA into the highest-scoring team in Division I, and he scored 14.6 points per game despite an unorthodox shot.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments A dream fulfilled for Christian Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer After the worst four-year stretch in franchise history, the 16-time NBA champion Lakers are rebuilding with the point guard who led the nation with 7.7 assists per game last season for the Bruins. With preternatural court vision and a desire to become a leader, Ball has everything the Lakers wanted on court.The Lakers also don’t appear concerned by LaVar Ball, the family patriarch with aspirations of building a global sports empire around his three talented sons.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 groundLaVar Ball has vowed that oldest son Lonzo would end up with the Lakers for two years, believing he could speak his dream into existence. Moments after it became a reality at the draft in New York, LaVar pulled on a purple-and-gold hat featuring the logo of his Big Baller Brand company — and then vowed Lonzo will lead the Lakers back to the playoffs next season as a rookie.Lonzo Ball usually grins and sighs when his father gets on the microphone, but he openly acknowledged he wanted to land with the Lakers, who needed a fortunate showing in the draft lottery just to end up with the second pick. 76ers take Fultz with top pick in NBA draft Lonzo Ball, right, poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers as the No. 2 overall pick during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)EL SEGUNDO, California — Lonzo Ball and his dad are staying home with the Los Angeles Lakers.The Lakers selected Ball with the second overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night, staking a big portion of their future on the UCLA playmaker with an attention-grabbing father.ADVERTISEMENT Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summitlast_img read more

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14-second clock after offensive rebound among new NBA rules

first_imgNEW YORK (AP): The shot clock will be reset to 14 seconds after offensive rebounds next season, down from 24, and the NBA has made alterations to two other rules. The clear-path foul was simplified and the definition of a hostile act expanded for purposes of triggering an instant replay review. The changes were approved unanimously by NBA owners on Friday. A team grabbing the rebound of its own missed shot has been given the full shot clock. Under the new rule in effect in the NBA G League since 2016 – 17 and international basketball since 2014 – 15 the clock will go to 14 after an offensive rebound of a missed shot or free throw that hit the rim; when a loose-ball foul is called on the defensive team following a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim; or when the offensive team gets the ball after it goes out of bounds after a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim. Referees will no longer need to make judgement calls whether a defender was between (or had the opportunity to be between) the offensive player with the transition scoring opportunity and the basket in order for a clear-path foul.last_img read more

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Aussies stun Windies

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua, CMC – Hosts West Indies were sensationally dumped from the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup after suffering a heavy 71-run defeat to Australia in the first semi-final here yesterday, bringing a depressing end to their hopes of repeating as world champions on home soil. Asked to chase 143 on a slow track at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, West Indies’ batting woes returned to haunt them and they collapsed disappointingly for 71 in the 18th over – their joint second lowest score in the shortest format. Shockingly, only captain Stafanie Taylor with 16 made it into double figures as Windies lost wickets from the outset and never recovered. Australia had earlier gathered a competitive 142 for five off their 20 overs after being sent in, with flamboyant opener Alyssa Healy top-scoring with 46 on her return from injury and captain Meg Lanning getting 31. Australia will meet England who defeated India by eight wickets in the second semi-final. Scores: India 112 all out off 19.3 overs; England 116 for two off 17.1 overs. In the opening match West Indies got the better of the early exchanges when seamer Shakera Selman had left-hander Beth Mooney chipping a catch to mid-off to depart for six at 20 for one in the third over. However, Healy counter-attacked, lashing four fours and a six off 38 balls as she put on 51 for the second wicket with Lanning, whose 39-ball knock contained two fours. When Healy top-edged a sweep at leg-spinner Afy Fletcher and was taken at short fine leg by Shamilia Connell, Lanning and Ashleigh Gardner (14) kept the innings ticking in a 24-run third wicket stand. In reply, Windies flattered to deceive as openers Hayley Matthews and Dottin sparkled briefly with offside boundaries. But Matthews fell first, smartly run out by wicketkeeper Healy in the second over after taking a few exploratory steps from her crease and Dottin followed in the next over, losing her leg stump to seamer Perry (2-2). Rocking on 27 for four in the seventh over, the Windies found no respite as wickets continued to tumble and when Taylor, who spent 28 balls at the crease, holed out to long off left-arm spinner Sohie Molineux, the writing was on the wall.last_img read more

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Twisting…

first_img…the crime inquirySuddenly the Government’s all hot and sweaty about holding a “crime inquiry”. In fact, it’s now been “pluralised” into “crime INQUIRIES”!! One reason could be because of the indignation over the period the President picked to be covered in the inquiry:  2002–2009. It was immediately clear to one and sundry this would just be another attempt to throw shade at the PPP.Serious crimes didn’t begin in 2002. But your Eyewitness accepts we need to have some cut-off point. So, he suggests if we really want to inquire into our crime history, why don’t we pick up from where the Rodney Inquiry left off?? That is, after June 13 1980. After all, that Inquiry did a good job about what really went down in the 1970s as far as crime was concerned, didn’t it?? It’s still fresh in people’s minds. But hold it!! The PNC wouldn’t like that!! Look how they refused to extend the life of the Commission. Or to have the Report debated in Parliament.And why don’t they want to publicise that report? Because, dear readers, it exposed how the PNC was up to its neck in the instigation of the most serious crimes in Guyana – including murder most foul! Now don’t get your Eyewitness wrong…of course, like any other society, they’ll be folks who will commit crimes for reasons of their own. But that’s not what the Government is talking about. No siree Bob!!The President’s already pronounced that POVERTY’s the reason for crime in Guyana. But a year ago, his Security Minister had proposed GREED as the mother of crimes. So your Eyewitness figures that was just because he was speaking from personal experience!! The time frame chosen also suggests the Government’s talking about political crimes – since that was the period of crimes following the Mas Jailbreak of 2002.So returning to your Eyewitness’ suggestion, the post-Rodney assassination period Inquiry would shed some light as to whether the Disciplined Forces – who’d been ordered to do the PNC’s dirty deeds on the WPA – were the same ones who became the “kick-down-the-door” bandits starting, from the end of the Rodney period. Or rented their guns to those who committed the mayhem and murder amongst the populace. That would bring us up to 1989 when Hoyte reintroduced hanging which put a crimp on the kick-down-the-door bandits’ style!!Then there would be the post 1992 elections violence that started with the attack on the elections headquarters while the vote were being counted. Then, of course, onto the open violence between 1998 and 2002 that accompanied the PNC protests.But can’t have that. It would stain the PNC not the PPP!!…sugar workers in the windThey say elephants have loooong memories…but if the truth be told, they have nothing on the PNC when it comes to never forgetting! And don’t even THINK about “forgiving”!! Recently, GAWU’s been in the news…but it hardly compares to their actions in their glory years. WE could do worse than 1977 when they struck for 177 days to force the PNC – which had just nationalised the sugar industry – to recognise them as the official sugar union!!But guess what the new PNC owners of GuySuCo did immediately after the strike?? They shut down the Leonora factory which had been the centre of the strikes both in 1964 and 1977!! Burnham didn’t forget!! And so we come to the present PNC Government and their callous treatment of sugar workers – of whom they’ve thrown 5700 into the streets. Want to know why? Just think of all the letters you’ve seen about how sugar workers “burnt canes” during the first PNC’s regime.This PNC not only didn’t forget…they obviously believe revenge is best served cold!! …sick ex-sugar workersThe folks in the PSC obviously never spent time in the sugar industry. They want to keep their “health centres” – which had two medicines, red and green – to treat ALL illnesses!Now with the PNC, they’ll only have the green one!!last_img read more

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Disappearing boys

first_imgSatiricus was stumped at the NGSA results, and it showed in his furrowed brow as he meandered to the Back Street Bar. While he was very happy at the first time perfect score, one obviously bright child had achieved, that that child was a girl and most of the other top performers were girls gave him pause.It wasn’t that he had anything against girls – since his daughter was the apple of his eye and had done very well at academics, thank you! – but he wondered what was going on.“So what you fellas think is behind this poor performance by boys?” asked Satiricus. “In our days, boys were on top!!”“Budday, ah de same t’ing wha’ mek country pickney a do betta nowadays,” said Bungi. “Lang time, dem neva get de chance!”“But girls always had to go to school with us,” pointed out Satiricus. “And yet we did better!”“Me bin t’ink ‘bout dis problem, evah since me son nah do suh good when ‘e write Camman Entrance,” said Cappo. “Me t’ink a beca’se dem na gat maan teacha na mo’ in dem school.”“So you think it’s because there are no role models for taking education in the schools?” asked Hari.“Budday, me na know ‘bout all dem fancy word,” replied Cappo. “But me son bin tell me book wuk a wan gyaalie t’ing.”“And na only da,” said Bungi. “Bai pickney like fuh run aroun’ and t’ing. But fuh do good, dem gat fuh siddong and lissen all de time!”“That’s a good point,” said Satiricus. “So maybe the Ministry should change the way how they deliver the education curriculum.”“If yuh seh suh!” said Cappo. “But dem bai pickney nag uh buss dem head, if dem nah get wuk w’en dem done school.”“Dem a get dem educa-shan when dem leff school,” agreed Bungi. “Nah everything big man know he l’arn fram teachah!!”“I understand now,” said Satiricus. “I will tell my leader Nagga Man. If they get male teachers, get more action in the classrooms and provide jobs, boys will perform better in school!”last_img read more

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United Hindu Diaspora: The challenge

first_imgAt the World Hindu Conference held this weekend in Chicago to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivenananda’s address to the World Congress on Religion, I discussed the challenge of internal differences among the Hindu Diaspora.The term “Diaspora” itself signals a challenge to united action – one that is more contextual and historically contingent and arises ultimately from the fact we are very fragmented. The Hindu Diaspora, which now number at least 20 million, was formed by migrations during four distinct eras: 1) pre-colonial trade Diaspora; 2) 19th century indentured Diaspora; 3) post-1965 Diaspora from India to the West (modern indentureship) and 4) twice migrants – post 1970s expulsions from the 19th century Diaspora to the West. We need to unpack the term “Diaspora” to appreciate the challenge it presents to united action.“Diaspora” has only been recently linked with migrants originating from Bharat; starting only in the late 1980s, and was closely identified with Jews. But the experience suggested a typology from the basic characteristics that defining the term, literally meaning “to disperse”. These were primarily the memory of the land from where the dispersal emanated and the longing for return to this “motherland”. There conditions were satisfied in the early Hindu migrants and there was also the rejection by the new host society for being different which paradoxically cause a valorisation of the differences even as changes in practiced were engendered in the negotiation to survive. These contingencies created differences in the perspectives, practices and material products in the Hindu Diaspora.The challenge is to have the Hindus in the Diaspora see each other as one without being seen as “disloyal” to their present nation-states or in their adaptations to local conditions. In each of these countries, the “persistence” of Indian/Hindu culture created plural societies which challenged the unitary premises of political Liberalism – but for each wave of the Diaspora and in each new society there would be carrying action and reaction. The Europeans – especially the British and French – insisted on assimilation of the various groups in each country to the universalised European culture. This creates several hurdles that must be cleared.The last three waves that left at different times, also did so from different parts of Bharat and from different sociological circumstances; all of which complicate a common perspective. Analytically and objectively, they may all be members of the Indian Diaspora (a “group in itself”) but do not identify as a unitary body (a “group for itself”). The experience of the fourth wave, which brought members of the other waves in contact in metropolitan Western countries highlight the challenge.In NY, for instance, the post-1965 “Indian” Hindus and the post-1970s Caribbean Hindus, have kept a wary distance from each other, even though they are dubbed “Indians” by most of the other New Yorkers”. Most notably, they hold distinct stereotypes of each other and for instance do not attend each other’s Mandirs or celebrations of festivals.The Caribbean Hindus are struck by the insistence of the Indian Hindus to define themselves by regional labels, such a Gujaratis or Tamils, or more subtly, by caste. Calling themselves Caribbean or Guyanese Indians, they have jettisoned regional and caste divisions. The latter complain that the former presume they are not the “real deal” and do not mix extensively, individually or institutionally and may even evaluate them negatively.The above challenge can be addressed – and then extended to the new host societies – by demonstrating through our practices that there is a Hindu alternative to dead end that Liberal “multiculturalism” has found itself in both Europe and the US and in other plural societies that thought it was a “solution”. Unlike the West that tries to fit democracy into the Procrustean  motto of E Pluribus unum – out of many, one, Sanaathan Dharma envisages  creation as the Divinity declaring, “Eko’ham bahusyaam” – I am one; let there be many.We therefore accept differences as a fundamental feature of creation, and we therefore accept that it is our civilisational task to deal with them positively rather than seek to obliterate them as “divisions”. We can start practicing this value within the Hindu Diaspora and then spread it outwards to other groups in our specific societies. In the accommodation of diversities, I am proud that on Friday, Bharat legalised LGBT sexual relations.last_img read more

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The parking meter controversy

first_imgFrom all indications the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) seems bent on proceeding with the controversial parking meter project despite calls from several stakeholders for the authorities to relook at the situation or possibly scrap the contract altogether.Over the past few days, several commentators, politicians and ordinary citizens alike have expressed concerns regarding the total lack of transparency surrounding the project. More particularly, questions were raised regarding the legitimacy of the company contracted, the fact that no prior public consultations were held with stakeholders, and the overall secrecy surrounding the undertaking.It should be pointed out that from the beginning, even the Deputy Mayor had raised questions in relation to the contractor, cost, and the overall transparency of the project and had signalled his non-support for the initiative.One would think that because of his position and the fact that he is from the ‘inside’, his views would have been taken on board. However, rather than even acknowledging the Deputy Mayor’s views regarding the legitimacy and transparency of the project, the Mayor quickly sought to shut him up, saying he does not speak on behalf of the Council.This however did not prevent the various stakeholders from making public their views on the parking meter project, in fact, the Mayor’s treatment of her deputy prompted a wave of criticisms from several other persons on the initiative.For example, former 1st Vice President of Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI), Christopher Ram, said that it is very troubling indeed that for a project of such magnitude, information is hardly available.Additionally, commentator and transparency advocate Ramon Gaskin had described the entire controversy as “very, very fishy”, stating that the only information available is what’s in the press.Also, former Speaker of the National Assembly and commentator, Ralph Ramkarran, had said the undertaking seems to be nothing but a “get-rich-quick scheme”, given the capricious and tenuous strategies and justifications provided for some aspects of the project.These views were in addition to those expressed by quite a few other politicians, letter writers and ordinary residents who will certainly be impacted by this undertaking. These views cannot and must not be ignored.Further, citizens have the right to ask legitimate questions, especially in cases when certain policies and programmes affect them directly.In any democracy, leaders are expected to pay attention to what the people have to say. In essence, effective and successful leaders take seriously the views of the various stakeholders and even ordinary citizens as they play a great role in helping to shape development policies and programmes.The onus is on the Mayor and City Council to explain why proper consultations were not carried out in the first place with the necessary stakeholders so as to get ‘buy in’ as this was necessary if citizens were to really accept and understand the rationale behind such initiative. As expected the implementation/installation of the parking meters in the city was met with outrage and dismay as stakeholders were not satisfied that the project will be transparent or will be of any benefit to residents.More importantly, it is no secret that citizens are already burdened with so many expenses in an already troubled economy, hence any new initiative which would see them spending more will certainly have to be properly explained and justified.On its part, the Council is justifying its position by saying that there is need to increase revenue collection in order to run the city effectively. However, it is necessary that the Council first identify and address the factors that have influenced the current poor collection of revenue.For example, it should come up with solutions that will remedy the issue of huge sums owed in rates and taxes.One would think that considering this is a relatively new Council, it would have a desire to operate in a more democratic and open fashion; more so considering the mountain of criticisms the previous Council received regarding the manner in which the City was being managed.However, judging from the actions of the City Council recently, first, with the issue regarding the relocation of vendors and now the parking meter controversy, we are forced to ask if the elected officials are really serious about improving the style of governance we have witnessed over the past two decades at that institution.last_img read more

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Shades of green

first_imgRecently, the Government information arm reported that a multimillion-dollar tertiary dormitory at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, will soon be commissioned. The facility is to house students from the hinterland who are in the process of pursuing higher education. Also, a report carried by another arm of the State media apparatus noted that the opening of immigration offices at Linden and New Amsterdam, has been delayed due to technical issues.These are commendable and welcomed projects that are expected to increase convenience and comfort through the respective services they provide. However, one cannot help noticing that the aesthetics of the exterior of both are dominated by shades of the colour green. The hue on the dormitory is far darker and pronounced.Green, which is the colour of choice of the dominant party in the coalition Government; the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), appears to represent its presence, works and a desired legacy. Since May 2015, it has been used to cover many existing State buildings and new construction undertaken by the Government in an exposition of its “call card”.As a reminder, the Ministry of the Presidency has been repainted in green which is also the colour of choice of its spanking new and imposing fence. The historical State House was also dowsed in green much to the dissatisfaction of those who are concerned with preserving its authenticity.Bridges, new and renovated, and some other public establishments were not spared from the brush that stroked green as the Government’s iconic project; D’Urban Park. Even official stationery, including envelopes, from some Ministries are green. This recolouring cannot be seen as chance, but clearly as a calculative move to impose dominance of that ruling party’s colour.In both cases of the dormitory and the immigration offices, it appears that the extensive use of the colour green was deliberate in the ongoing effort for its dominance through political branding by the coalition Government. In doing so, it offers the literal manifestation of creating a green society; naturally way off course from the real purpose and expectation.Over the years, local political parties have become easily recognisable by colour where the identification through pigmentation may have superseded name. “Painting the town red” can therefore now connote something completely different in the current circumstances.Many are peeved and have noted their concerns over the Government’s use of its dominant party colour on the State’s real estate. From what continues seemingly unabated in that regard, it can be interpreted as a form of indoctrination, especially of young minds through the colour green, what it now seems to represent in Guyana and which has nothing to do with the country’s immense agricultural potential and forest as reflected on the national flag.That indoctrination can unmistakably inculcate that green, in the context of its use, is a sign of dominance, it’s unblemished, the natural choice and one that must reign superior over any other. By association, these sentiments can possibly be instilled into young minds over time, thereby enhancing that dominance. Holding government makes it much easier to execute.Reportedly, the Head of State’s claim of being unaware of the need for permission to repaint State House. With his known passion, writings and exploits in history, his knowledge of the value of monuments and heritage buildings cannot be in doubt. They are generally erected or designated because of its historical value, impact and what they represent.It is believed that State House may have some protection through the National Trust. That would suggest that, like monuments in various parts, any refurbishing or altering the aesthetics, must be approved by the assigned protective body. If not, it can be considered an act of defacing a national landmark.Some argue such an issue, the repainting State House, is not of national concern. What they might have missed, probably conveniently, is that the protection of these landmarks are institutionalised and at the least, must be afforded the respect of informing of the intention to alter. It should be noted that taxpayers’ monies fund both the repainting project and the officials of the National Trust.Imposing dominance through a politically identifiable colour here in Guyana can negatively impact efforts for social cohesion, which, ironically, the designated Ministry was established by the Government and through which millions of taxpayers’ dollars are being spent to help build a cohesive society. The various acts of foisting green upon the nation also probably exposes the ineffectiveness of that Ministry.Some may have already seen that as a foregone conclusion and very possibly, it may be the biggest impact of the paint brushes given the reality of a divided nation and the seemingly fragile state of togetherness. While the fragility has definitely been impacted by other factors, when actions of the State are seen as a direct influence, the intention to forge cohesion may not be seen as genuine.Well into its fourth year, it appears that the Government is impervious to the related criticisms and impact of colour coding. Had it not, more than likely the dormitory and the immigration office would not have reflected shades of green.last_img read more

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