Slaughter likely to return on Friday, says Cone

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Racela lauds recovering Tyler’s defensive effort In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “There’s a possibility he might play Friday,” shared Ginebra coach Tim Cone as he looks forward to Ginebra’s game against Blackwater.Slaughter has been out since February with a strained hamstring.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 crownHis imminent arrival will be a big boost for the Gin Kings, who lost to TNT, 92-96, on Sunday.Cone, though, said that he’ll be treating Slaughter with caution as he rejoins team practices this week.center_img Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGood news have been few and far in between for Ginebra this 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.But after dropping to 0-2 in the team standings, the Gin Kings might be getting the break they badly need with the possible return of Greg Slaughter.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “He still has to get through a few days of practice and see how he is. Obviously  if he plays, he’ll be in minutes restriction. We won’t play him full minutes, probably play him 20-24 minutes if he plays the first game and try to work with him. Needless to say, we need to be very careful with him,” he said.“We don’t want him to go down again, but we’ll see how he does this week and maybe, he’ll play Friday. Right now, I’d say that’s probably little less than 50-50,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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‘Amazing’ Obiena asiad-ready

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls The 23-year-old Obiena, who suffered a career-threatening injury on the eve of his departure for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, surpassed the biennial meet’s gold medal standard in pole vault twice over the weekend in Europe.Obiena cleared 5.45 meters in the Golden Spike competitions on June 13 in the Czech Republic, surpassing the 5.35m gold medal effort of Thailand’s Porranot Purshong in last year’s SEA Games.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 crownThree days later, Obiena vaulted to 5.51 at the International Stabboc Spring Meeting at Zweibrucken Westpfalz-Stadium in Germany.Already, athletics chief Philip Ella Juico said the University of Santo Tomas Electronics and Communications Engineering major is ready for the Asian Games in Jakarta this August. Ernest John Obiena is moving on from his Southeast Asian Games heartbreak last year.And he’s got new records to show for it.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “EJ’s amazing performance brings him within striking distance of a podium finish in the Asian Games, where the record for the gold medal was 5.65 done in Hiroshima, and 5.70 in the Asian championship in Manila in 2003,” Juico said.Obiena finished seventh in a field of 12 in the German meet where two Chinese vaulters finished ahead of the Filipino, Bokai Huang (5.61m) and Jin Yao, who also cleared 5.51m but made the height in his first attempt.It was only the third competition for Obiena since he started recovering from ACL injury. He is based in Formia, Italy, since last month. He will compete in more European meets before flying to Jakarta.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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding E-Painters, Aces, Bolts battle for top two View commentslast_img read more

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UP wins first major volleyball title in 36 years, sweeps FEU in PVL Finals

first_imgLATEST STORIES It was a game of comebacks that tested both team’s character and UP coach Godfrey Okumu believed the Lady Maroons were more equipped to withstand pressure-packed moments.“Once the game was tied at 13-13, I expected something like that to happen,” Okumu said on Estranero’s title-clinching ace after the Lady Tamaraws froze. “They (FEU) were tense. Eventually, we came out stronger mentally. Skill-wise we were match but mentally, we were stronger.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissUP showed great resolve in the fifth set after it overcame a 7-13 deficit. The Lady Maroons never doubted despite seeing the game slip away from them after the Lady Tamaraws turned the tide and seemed well on their way to a stunning win with a commanding lead in the deciding set.“I just told them to enjoy the game and no pressure. Keep on pushing. I kept on saying, ‘we can end this today, there’s no tomorrow,’” Okumu said. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments UAAP Season 81 Starting 5: Week 1 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Molde, who was hailed as conference MVP earlier in the awarding ceremony, put the Lady Maroons at match point before captain Ayel Estrañero sent her team and the UP gallery into a wild celebration with a service ace.“When I saw the ball actually dropped, it was just overwhelming,” said Estranero, who finished with 28 excellent sets and six points, including four service aces. “We fought until the end.”The two accounted for six points during an 8-0 blast by the Lady Maroons to end the game.FEU had nothing to be ashamed of after putting up a brave stand, battling back from two sets down and a 5-13 hole in the third set.Lycha Ebon led the Lady Tamaraws, who were also the losing finalists in the 80th Season of the UAAP, with 13 points while Jerrili Malabanan and Jeannette Villareal scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college UP celebrates after outlasting FEU in 5 sets to claim the PVL Collegiate Conference championship. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonUniversity of the Philippines has ended its long wait for a major volleyball title after sweeping Far Eastern University in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Finals on Wednesday night.The Lady Maroons, who leaned on conference MVP Isa Molde to breakthrough with their first volleyball championship since winning the UAAP crown in 1982, outlasted the Lady Tamaraws in five sets, 25-20, 25-18, 23-25, 20-25, 15-13, in a dramatic Game 2.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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Tacloban keeps semifinal hopes afloat after ripping Adamson

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 The Angels were locked in battle with the Motolite-Ateneo Lady Eagles at press time at Filoil, while semifinal qualifiers the Creamline Cool Smashers were battling the Perlas Spikers in Cagayan de Oro City.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Eala continues to polish tennis star at PSC tilt The win kept Tacloban’s semifinals hopes alive as it jostles for that precious last berth against Pocari Sweat and PetroGazz, which has a one-game edge in the three-team race.“Our coach told us that we should treat every game as a championship game,” said Pacres, a top hitter from University of Santo Tomas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I told myself that I need to kill every ball that came my way,” she added in Filipino. “We need to show this kind of game every time [to advance].”The Fighting Warays don’t have their fate in their hands as they need to win their last assignment, against the BanKo Perlas Spikers on Saturday, and pray that the PetroGazz Angels and the Lady Warriors no longer add to their win total. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Tacloban stayed the course after thrashing Adamson-Akari, 25-11, 25-12, 25-19, Saturday night in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.Dimdim Pacres top-scored with 17 points as the Fighting Warays rolled over the Lady Falcons, who absorbed their 11th defeat in as many games.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READlast_img read more

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Braekhus, Shields win decisions on HBO’s last boxing show

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Claressa Shields, left, avoids a punch from Belgium’s Femke Hermans, during their WBC/IBF/WBA middleweight title boxing match, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Cecilia Braekhus defended her welterweight titles with a dominant unanimous decision over Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes on Saturday night in the final fight of the last HBO boxing telecast.Two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields also defended her middleweight titles with a dominant unanimous decision over Belgium’s Femke Hermans, winning every round on every scorecard to improve to 8-0 in her two-year pro career.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college A small, chilly crowd at the famed outdoor arena at StubHub Center south of downtown Los Angeles witnessed the final show in the 45-year history of HBO’s boxing coverage. The premium cable network has been a driving financial force behind the sport for decades, but its management has decided to bow out of the game amid stiff competition from Showtime, ESPN and new streaming service DAZN.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Lomachenko dominates Pedraza for 2nd lightweight belt Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more

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Will the Lone Star’s U-20 Protest Hold?

first_imgLiberia has protested against her 1-0 defeat in the first leg of the U-20 African Championship against the Darling Scorpions of the Gambia.According to CAF, only players born on 1st January 1995 or after are eligible to play.The over-aged players in question are Sampler Mendy, born July 12, 1994, with passport # 389290; Buba Sanneh, born November 14, 1994, with passport # 453884; Bubacarr Trawally, born November 10, 1994, passport # 453505; Saloum Faal, October 10, 1994, passport # 301441 and Ali Sowe, July 14, 1994, passport # 332465.The formal protest was signed by diminutive skipper Benjamin D. Gbamy and Team Manager Tommy Johnson immediately after the game and delivered to Match Commissioner Louis Laryeh of Ghana.It was acknowledged by referees from Benin: Akintoye Germain Koole, Narcisse G. Kouton, Borgias U. Houedin and Moumouni Kiagou.Up to Sunday, the Captain and Team Manager of the Darling Scorpions of the Gambia, Bubacarr Sanyang and Saikou Bah respectively reportedly refused to co-sign the protest.But the Secretary General of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) Alphonso Armah, told the Daily Observer Monday that a protest letter has been sent to the Secretary General of CAF, Hicham El Amrani and a copy given to the match commissioner.In 2010, Liberia filed protest in Niger when the U-20 Liberian team lost 3-0, but unfortunately lost the protest for wrongly accusing the U-20 Niger team for fielding an over-aged player. Two weeks later, the Coach Hazer Gray’s U-20 was also beaten 2-0 in Monrovia.Meanwhile, Liberia is expected honor the return leg in two weeks in Banjul, The Gambia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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CDC, IOM Train 25 BIN Officers in Intense Border Screening

first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have trained 25 officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN)  in intense border screening to detect Ebola.Speaking at the start of the joint training of trainers’ workshop in Monrovia last Friday, BIN Commissioner Cllr. Lemuel Reeves admonished his officers to make use of the training, as it is intended to protect our borders against the recurrence of Ebola and other infectious diseases.“The training is intended to intensify the screening process of people coming into the country, especially from Guinea, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone, to ensure that our borders are secure and safe now that they have been declared officially opened by President Sirleaf.”The Immigration boss continued, “[The trainers] are building your capacity so that you may be able also to  train your colleagues  assigned at the different border points across the country, because you  are the ones that will be taking over the security of Liberia when our partners leave.”Commissioner Reeves said the training is also important, especially with Liberia’s neighboring countries experiencing new cases of Ebola which could keep Liberia from being announced Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) if cross border transmission continues.  For his part, CDC’s Senior Advisor Philip Talboy said the training was important because the immigration officers were the first line agents at all the borders and as such they need to be fully prepared to ensure that people are properly screened before entering the country.Talboy meanwhile assured officials of the BIN that more BIN officers would be trained.Also speaking was IOM Project Manager, Lind Andrew, who said the training is important because it will keep cases of the virus from reaching the population.Andrew said the IOM will continue to support the BIN in its post-Ebola activities to ensure that BIN provides good services to the Liberian people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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When will Ramjattan finally accept ministerial responsibility and resign? (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,I am pleased that Prison Director Gladwin Samuels, a young professional for whom I have tremendous respect, has been able to identify and get rid of five of the corrupt prison wardens involved in the smuggling of contraband into these prisons; for he is often expected to manage the prison population with insufficient resources and personnel.You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that basic requirements to secure any prison facility are high-definition surveillance systems and the use of full-body scanners at the entrance of every prison facility. Whatever the cost, these security measures must be procured and installed immediately; the Prison Director should not have to wait on the 2019 Budget to get this done. All Minister Ramjattan needs to do is to come to Parliament with a Supplementary Budget. Government does this all the time for far less urgent matters.Since 2015, the state of the economy has declined rapidly; over 25,000 jobs have been lost, and higher taxes have been imposed on the people. For most families, there is little or no disposable income left after paying utility bills, rent/mortgage, and living expenses. The lack of jobs and high cost of living may be tempting some to engage in criminal activities to provide for their families. After all, desperate people are known to do desperate things.On June 29, Minister Ramjattan got his face on the front page of the Guyana Chronicle with a caption that shamelessly reads, “Gov’t makes ‘half-a-mil’ in pay-outs”.  The article covered the presentation of a one-off payment by Government of a meagre $100,000 each to five families of Guyanese fishermen who were brutally murdered by pirates off the coast of Suriname. But this was done only after the PPP had brought a Motion in Parliament urging the Government to offer financial support to these families, for Ramjattan had made it clear to them in Suriname that they should expect none.It would have been kinder if Government had increased this amount to $300,000 each, the estimated cost of a decent funeral. Nevertheless, I’m sure Minister Ramjattan was happy to be seen in a positive light at a time when just about everyone questions his ability to get the job done. How many more victims must be shot? How many more lives must be lost? How many more cars stolen? How many more businesses must be robbed? How many more Guyanese must be discouraged from returning home? How many youths must be forced into a life of crime? And how many more families must be deprived of their life’s savings before the Hon Minister of Public Security realises that he has failed to protect the Guyanese people, and is totally unsuitable to serve in that capacity?When will Minister Ramjattan finally accept ministerial responsibility and resign? Will he ever?Sincerely,Harry GillPPP Member ofParliamentlast_img read more

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Division in our homeland

first_imgDear Editor,The recent letter by former Prime Minister Hamilton Green, titled “Remembering the past; lest we forget”, brought back some fond memories of my youth, and also reminded me of how much our homeland has changed.As a school boy, daily I would ride my bicycle home from Queen’s College. That was in the days of former President Burnham, when free education was enjoyed by all, and performance in education was hard earned. Usually this ride home was with fellow school mates, one of whom was the son of the head of the sound engineering team at the National Culture Centre, the other was the son of the owner of a successful printery, and I was the son of an executive of GuySuCo.We were all from diverse racial, socioeconomic & political backgrounds, and our ride home would usually take us through Meadow Brook Gardens past former Prime Minister Green’s residence. On one occasion, I was fortunate enough to be invited in to play a game of table tennis with the former Prime Minister.In those days, Guyana felt like a large village, and a young country with many opportunities for all races to comfortably interact, especially in a school setting, where talent was your ticket to obtain a good education via national common entrance exams.The portion of former Prime Minister Green’s letter that stood out was his statement, “After that October, we saw a reversal of the gains won in the mid-1960s. We witnessed the discrimination of the descendants of those Africans”. No one should deny how painful it has been over the years for both Africans and Indians in our homeland.The hurtful discrimination and extreme acts of violence that have been experienced by both those of African and Indian descent have created a huge divide in our nation. It has divided colleagues, childhood friends, school mates, neighbours and neighbourhoods. In some cases, it has even divided families. Guyana’s population is such that instead of 6 degrees of separation, we are probably at 3 degrees of separation, especially for those of a mixed or diverse heritage.The division in our homeland, due to discrimination, has reached the point where political discourse is extremely difficult and obtaining a mutually beneficial joint solution is usually avoided. The influx of additional foreign actors who help perpetuate such division has also fuelled the problem of discrimination, and has promoted a bias towards the segregation of Africans and Indians. Our homeland no longer feels the way it did before, and a daily war is being witnessed between the Africans and Indians. That is how bad it has become.Some are of the opinion that segregation is the best solution to pursue. More evident is the attitude of “we take care of our own people”. This has fostered exclusion and biased business practices, which have caused stagnation (for the race not currently in power) in many sectors of the national economy. A dual-economy system has evolved to such an extent that people from one race “sell out” and leave the country when people from the other race are “in power”, and vice-versa.This is the dominant attitude in our society today. The long-held approach of “this area being for that group, and that area being for the other group”, e.g. Linden and Port Mourant, has created an unbalanced strategy within the investment cycle, and has undermined the level of growth which our homeland could achieve.This has created frustration in many villages and townships within our nation, while also increasing the risk our nation faces in terms of national security, as seen by the incidents with Suriname and Venezuela.The attempts to create a unity government have not been able to overcome the hate harboured over the years by members of the populace, and the upcoming election may not change these feelings of betrayal and discrimination on both sides of the racial divide. This has become evident given the current conflict over constitutional adherence. This leads one to believe that the racial divide between Indians and Africans has grown.However, if there is genuine interest in preventing the continuation of biased, racial-based investment that would lead to further conflict between the African and Indian races, we should consider establishing a three-party system in which a third party has the ability to foster true discussion on the issues without regard to race, socioeconomic standing and political affiliation.Such a third party would have to avoid creating a coalition with any of the two dominant parties, and lift up the voices of the other races and independent-minded voters in our homeland.It has been far too long that the Amerindians, Chinese, Europeans and the independent voices within the warring races have not had their own seat in Parliament, with the required authority to ensure that not only their needs, but the needs of the larger populace are taken into consideration regardless of which party holds a majority in Parliament. A majority in Parliament without a clear mandate would allow for better judgement of all proposed policies and investment needs. It will become more merit-based and will better consider the relative impact on the citizens who will benefit.This will allow for the prioritisation of projects that take into account all citizens of Guyana.Enough seats will have to be won by an independent party to allow for such fruitful discussions and achievements to be obtained in Parliament. Only the voters can determine if this would be possible.Best regards,Jamil Changleelast_img read more

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Residents say Hope Canal is a blessing

first_img…prevented flooding in MahaicaIn light of the ongoing flood situation in Mahaicony, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), residents and farmers of Baiboo and Number 10 Village in De Hoop Branch Road, Berbice, have noted that the construction of the Hope Canal has spared them from the heavy flooding they experienced in the past.The Hope Canal outfallOne of the eldest women in the community, Salika Hussein expressed that the project was a blessing to the community. It was explained that previously, excess water from the back dam was release into the farm lands of residents.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who met with flood affected farmers and residents in Region Five last week opined that the project’s cost was justified.“That Hope Canal made a major difference; it has paid back for itself. In two years that will probably pay back for all the crops that weren’t destroyed; it saved a lot of money for people,” the former Head of State noted.Last week, reports had stated that homes and livestock in Baiboo were threatened but most of the flood waters have since receded, unlike many communities in the Mahaicony area. Residents and farmers of Number 10 Village also noted that they have been largely spared from the flooding in the region.The Hope Canal Project allows excess water from the East Coast Demerara Water Conservancy to be drained into the Atlantic Ocean via an eight-door sluice. The project cost some $3.6 billion.The Project came into being after the 2005 floods, where excessive rainfall resulted in Regions Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and Five experiencing massive flooding. Robert Persaud who led the Agriculture Ministry at that time, through the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) had conducted exploration of the Northern Relief Channel with the intention of improving the standards to withstand the intensity of further hydrological disasters.last_img read more

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