Month: <span>January 2020</span>

Baby Tamaraws sweep Bullpups, win UAAP juniors hoops crown

first_imgFEU-Diliman swept the best-of-three series for their first title since 2012.Kenji Roman, one of five FEU-Diliman graduating players, had a double-double effort of 18 points and 15 rebounds while RJ Abarrientos added 13 points, six boards and two steals.The scores:FEU 81- Roman 18, Abarrientos 13, Gonzales 12, Gabane 10, Gloria 9, Jabel 5, Celzo 5, Torres 3, Sapinit 2, Baclay 2, Ro. Alforque 2, Ra. Alforque 0, Bieren 0, Sevilla 0.NU 73 – Clemente 26, Peñano 10, Amsali 7, Manalang 7, Tolentino 6, Sarip 5, Malonzo 4, Coyoca 3, Callejo 3, Atienza 2, Dela Cruz 0, Fortea 0.Quarters: 15-26, 30-34, 51-50, 81-73ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum, Perpetual still undefeated in NCAA men’s beach volley UAAP juniors basketball champion FEU Baby Tamaraws. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFar Eastern University-Diliman leaned on LJ Gonzales to repeat over National University, 81-73, and reclaim the championship Friday in the UAAP Season 79 juniors basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Baby Tamaraws closed out the Bullpups with a 15-4 run, turning a 63-60 deficit into a double digit advantage with two minutes left to play.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Gonzales, who had a double-double outing in the Baby Tamaraws’ 66-65 opening victory, contributed 12 points, six assists and three boards.He carried the Baby Tamraws despite getting into foul trouble early that allowed the Bullpups to race to a 26-13 advantage.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 return“With LJ in foul trouble, we didn’t have someone who could penetrate. NU played well too. It was a good thing he was able to recover,” said FEU-Diliman coach Allan Albano in Filipino.With Gonzales,who was eventually named the Finals MVP, getting into the groove, the Baby Tamaraws took the upper hand at 51-50 heading into the payoff period. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties View comments MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incidentlast_img read more

Austria GP will show if Hamilton-Vettel rift has healed

first_imgMercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton takes a pit stop as Ferrari’s German driver Sebastian Vettel drives past during the Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit in Baku on June 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / VALDRIN XHEMAJSPIELBERG, Austria—Formula One’s governing body is confident that the most controversial moment of a gripping title race is officially resolved, after Sebastian Vettel completed the formality of publicly apologizing to archrival Lewis Hamilton for driving dangerously.This weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix will show if the rift between the fiercely competitive multiple world champions has really been healed, or whether the pressure of race day could bring it back out into the open on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Judge hits 29th homer, tying DiMaggio’s Yankee rookie mark Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit MOST READ Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Hamilton, scheduled to attend a news conference later Thursday in Spielberg, may feel that Vettel got away lightly considering that the difference in points remains the same.Vettel leads him by 14 points after eight races, so the apology arguably makes little difference in terms of the standings.Hamilton’s Mercedes team, curiously restrained in its criticism of Vettel two weeks ago, is trying to tackle different issues.“Every great Formula One season is marked by a great rivalry,” Mercedes’ head of motorsport Toto Wolff said. “As calm as it started, it was only a matter of time until the rivalry would eventually become more fierce and controversial.“We have moved past that moment now and it is a closed chapter,” Wolff continued. “Our focus since Baku has been on our own shortcomings, reviewing both the design and procedures around our headrest which cost Lewis the win two weeks ago.”ADVERTISEMENT Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Vettel, who has four world titles to Hamilton’s three, escaped further punishment from the FIA this week after they ordered a review of his deliberate collision with Hamilton at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix two weeks ago. An irate Vettel swerved into Hamilton, albeit at slow speed, because he thought the British driver had slammed his brakes on recklessly late, right in front of him, seconds earlier.It was another incident that underlined how, despite 45 Grand Prix wins, the vastly experienced Vettel is prone to moments of uncontrolled volatility. Yet Hamilton, for all his brilliant driving, retains a steely edge to his driving that some — such as Vettel and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg over the last three years — consider overly provocative.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Despite the view that he was in the wrong in Baku, Vettel effectively escaped with a slap on the wrist.Having met with Vettel and Ferrari’s team principal Maurizio Arrivabene at its headquarters in Paris, and with the addition of an apology from the German driver on his personal website, FIA president Jean Todt deemed that the time penalty given to Vettel during the race was sufficient punishment. LSU title parade draws massive crowds Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 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 The heated clash took the spotlight away from the fact that Hamilton arguably missed out on victory — finishing one spot behind fourth-place Vettel — because he had to change his car’s faulty headrest at the same time Vettel was in the pit lane serving out his time penalty.Mercedes has dominated recent seasons, but 2017 has been difficult for the team.Mercedes has notably had to deal with tire issues related to the disparity between the front and real axels causing an imbalance highlighted in practice and qualifying.“The sweet spot (of the car) is still difficult to find,” Wolff said. “Clearly, we are not the only team who took time to understand the combination of the new regulations and tires.”All of this contributes to the exciting aura of uncertainty hanging over this year’s championship.With Mercedes showing signs of weakness, Ferrari is gaining in confidence as it chases its first drivers’ title since Kimi Raikkonen — Vettel’s current teammate — won in 2007 and its first constructors’ title since 2008.All of this is great news for a revamped F1 which, in its first year of new ownership, is committed to winning back fans for good.“There is great respect between Mercedes and Ferrari, not only because of the challenging battle on track but because we are pushing for the same goal: to see Formula One flourish,” Wolff said. “The new owners could hardly have asked for a better start to this new era than this epic battle between Mercedes and Ferrari.” View commentslast_img read more

Contender officials take punches from critics – Quality of officiating in popular TV boxing series questioned

first_img REFEREES NOT DOING ENOUGH Two coaches have also complained that referees are not doing enough to protect their boxers from shots to the back of the head and to the back, which are outlawed based on the rules of the sport. One coach said that he observed in week five that, during Gregory Miller’s fight with Francesco Cotroni, Miller should have been given the standing eight count after being knocked down towards the end of the second round, but was allowed to continue being hit until the bell rang to end the round. He was then given the count in the following round and the fight stopped after referee Peter Richards decided he could not face further hits. This, the coach believes, could have exposed Miller to what he described as a serious and lasting injury. President of the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control (JBBC) Stephen ‘Bomber’ Jones has defended officials of the Wray and Nephew Contender Series. The officials have come in for heavy criticism from several local boxing stakeholders, who have voiced concerns about the quality of officiating in the competition. A number of trainers, who asked not to be identified, have complained about several decisions made by referees and judges in the TV competition this season, arguing that these decisions negatively affect the safety of fighters and their fair advancement through to the latter stages, with only three of eight local fighters making the quarter-finals. One coach said that he could not understand the decision made in week six of the competition, which saw Canada’s Dave Leblond defeat Team Jamaica’s Nico Yeyo on a split decision by the judges. However, Jones argued that the judges’ decisions are completely objective, even though, at times, he may not agree with their scorecards. “My experience with the rules of the sport and when it comes to the judging is that the judges sit at three different areas (of the ring), so what one judge may be seeing is different from what another sees. (Critics) may be seeing it from the vantage point of one of the judges … and you can see clearly something that the other judges can’t see.” Lindel Allen, who scored the bout 47-45 for Leblond, would have seen the Canadian winning three of the five rounds by a score of 10-9 while Yeyo won the others, 10-9 before the deductions (one point from Yeyo and two from Leblond, by referee Owen Nelson) came into play. Jeremy Hayes, with a score of 48-44, would have given four rounds in favour of Leblond, with one of them being 10-8 because he felt that he was dominant, without gaining a knockdown. The other rounds would then have been 10-9 in his favour, with one round being scored 10-9 in Yeyo’s favour before the deductions. Clifford Brown would have arrived at his 46-46 final score if he scored three rounds 10-9 in favour of Yeyo and two for Leblond by a 10-9 score before deductions. However, some persons are sceptical about how the match could have been ruled in favour of Yeyo by a judge when he was seen by many to have spent long periods of the bout holding Leblond. The Sunday Gleaner contacted the judges to seek a response, but was told that they are restricted by the JBBC from speaking to the media.last_img read more

Barcelona has ‘doubts’ about Neymar’s future

first_img SCHEDULED TO RETURN BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Barcelona is worried, very worried, that Neymar might be headed to Paris-Saint Germain. The Brazil striker is expected to be at practice today, but no one seems to know if he’ll accept a world-record transfer or show up for training. Just in case, Barcelona are making moves to protect €26 million ($30.7 million) that would be paid to Neymar if he stays in Spain, according to a club official. The official, who spoke on the customary condition of anonymity, said “given doubts concerning the future of the player and while the situation is resolved”, the money is being held from Neymar. “What the club does with the money, it does not know yet, given the uncertainty of the future,” the official told The Associated Press. The 25-year-old Neymar would be due the money now as per his contract renewal last year. But the amount is tiny compared to the €222 million ($262 million) that PSG would have to pay Barcelona to trigger the release clause included in Neymar’s contract. Neymar arrived in Barcelona last night after some publicity events in China both personal and for Barcelona. Catalan television channel TV3 showed images of Neymar walking quickly through Barcelona’s airport while wearing large headphones. Neymar is scheduled to return to training at Barcelona’s training grounds just outside the city today. There are growing rumours that Neymar, who has had four seasons of winning trophies and scoring spectacular goals at Barcelona, will bolt for PSG. Part of the gossip surrounding the possible transfer is that Neymar was to meet with doctors in Qatar for a medical. PSG is owned by a Qatari company. But the Barcelona official said the “club is not aware of any medical exam of the player with PSG”. Neymar’s father, who acts as his agent and is also named Neymar, arrived in Barcelona on Monday. He was swarmed by journalists at the airport, but revealed nothing about his son’s intentions.last_img read more

In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgPortsmouth win INSPORTS Portmore Primary Netball Rally Knox 8K road race today The INSPORTS Charles Chocolate Portmore Business House 5-a-Side football starts today with a dress parade and opening games at 5 p.m. at the Sunshine Snacks playingfield in Naggo Head, Portmore, St Catherine. Tyre Warehouse will play IGL in the opening game, then in the feature match defending champions Konnexx tackle Therapedic. Games will be played on Fridays and Saturdays. Three teams Knox, Mt St Joseph and Yabnel share the lead after two rounds in the 2017 Manchester Football Association/Howie Chin Preparatory School Under-12 competition. Mt St Joseph opened with a 2-0 win over Sacred Heart but were held to a 1-1 draw in the this week’s second round encounter against Belair. Yabnel have already shown they are the surprise package this season knocking over former champions Belair 3-1 in the first round. However, they were brought down to the earth managing just a 0-0 effort by El Instituto de Mandeville. Knox opened with the biggest win slamming Emmanuel 5-0 but were held to a 2-2 draw by El Instituto. Three-time defending league champions Portsmouth Primary started the 2017 Netball season on a high as they won the INSPORTS Portmore Primary schools netball rally at the Waterford Primary School court recently. The rally was sponsored by Klayto Sutherland, a former umpire who is now working in the British Virgin Islands. Portsmouth Primary defeated Naggo Head 3-1 in extra time, after the teams were locked at 1-1 after regulation time. Kimeka Smith, Portmouth’s goal defence, was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the rally. Meanwhile, eight schools took part in the rally, seven from Portmore and an invited team, Spanish Town Primary. Schools were placed in two zones with the top two in each advancing to the semi-finals. In semi-final action Naggo Head beat Waterford 2-0, while Portsmouth blanked Ascot 6-0 Portmore Business House kicks offcenter_img ICWI Pink Run on this morning Manchester Prep School Under-12 under way The third staging of the Knox Community College road race in both running and walking categories will take place this morning at its Cobbla Campus. The distance has been increased with each passing year. The first year saw a distance of 6K, then last year it was increased to 7K and this year it will be 8K. This year, the participants will start at the entrance to the Cobbla Campus, then turn through Glencoe en route to the Spaldings town centre, come through Limits and then detour through the Cobbla Community and finish on the Knox campus. Both defending champions Jon Saleem Oliphant and Natasha McKenzie have already signed up to compete in the walk category. Students of Knox with identification are expected to contribute $300, while others will be asked to contribute $500. The ICWI Pink Run 2017 hosted by Jamaica Reach to Recovery is on today at 6:30 a.m. in New Kingston. The organisers have urged participants to “celebrate life and beat breast cancer.” The Jamaica Reach to Recovery is an affiliate of the Jamaica Cancer Society , providing emotional, psychological and financial support to breast cancer survivors. Reach to Recovery consists of volunteers, all of whom are breast cancer survivors, whose roles, in addition to those previously mentioned, also include providing information and counselling to breast cancer survivors and, by extension, their families and friends.last_img read more

‘Only the best for Jamaica’s best’ – Chairman lauds growth of RJRGLEANER National Sportsman, Sportswoman Awards

first_imgChairman of the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation Gary Allen says that he is impressed with the growth and development of the foundation’s National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards since the beginning of its association with the event 12 years ago. Twelve nominees – eight women and four men – were announced yesterday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, with the nation’s top sporting personalities set to be announced at a glitzy ceremony at the same venue on January 18, 2019. Discus thrower Fedrick Dacres and swimming sensation Alia Atkinson headline the list of male and female nominees for this year’s awards. Allen said that the awards have been very successful over the years and noted that the organisers are looking forward to another successful staging of the event. “I think every year, we have tried to improve something, and every year, we have seen improvement, and I believe that we have a stellar event that we should all be proud of,” said Allen. The chairman also lauded the selection committee, which is guided by veteran administrator Mike Fennell, for its outstanding work over the years. Of note, the committee is expecting to meet over the next few days to consider two additional nominees. Atkinson, who won the award last year, will be aiming for her third title, after also claiming top honours in 2014, after another outstanding year, winning eight gold medals at the 2018 FINA World Cup. The history-making swimmer is joined among the female nominations by Commonwealth champion and World Indoor silver medal winner Danniel Thomas-Dodd and Reggae Girlz striker Khadija Shaw, who netted 19 goals to help Jamaica qualify for next year’s FIFA Women’s World in France. The other female nominees are Aisha Praught-Leer, national steeplechase record holder and reigning Commonwealth champion; triple jump pair Kimberly Williams, who also won silver at the World Indoors and gold at the Commonwealth Games as well as Commonwealth silver medal winner Shanieka Ricketts; Janieve Russell, another gold medallist at the Common-wealth Games, and West Indies Women cricket captain Stafanie Taylor complete the list. Dacres, who won gold at this year’s Commonwealth Games in the discus event with a Games Record of 68.20 metres, is a sure bet for the Sportsman of the Year crown. The 24-year-old, who is seeking his first award, won the Diamond League title during a dominant 2018, which also includes wins at the CAC Games and the NACAC Championships. Chris Binnie, who won silver and bronze medals at the Pan Am and CAC games respectively, Ronald Levy, the 2018 Commonwealth Games 110m hurdles champion and CAC shot put champion and NACAC bronze medallist O’Dayne Richards are the other male nominees. Atkinson also leads the People’s Choice Award nominations for her world record swim in the 50m breaststroke at the FINA Short Course World Cup, with the Reggae Girlz’s World Cup qualification, Andre Russell’s miracle catch in the Caribbean Premier League, 16 year-old Briana Williams’ 100m gold medal run at the World Under-20 Championships and Nico Yeyo’s 21 seconds Contender TKO being the other nominees for the award, which is to be decided by public vote.last_img read more

Fernandinho’s absence hurting slumping Man City

first_img BACKUP MANCHESTER, England (AP) From a 15-match unbeaten start to three losses in 18 days, Manchester City’s title defence in the Premier League has unexpectedly hit a wall. That the slump has coincided with the absence of Fernandinho is surely no coincidence. The defensive midfielder from Brazil has been one of the unsung heroes in Pep Guardiola’s remarkable team, providing protection for the defence and a robust platform for its dynamic attacking play. A former box-to-box midfielder, Fernandinho chips in with the odd goal, too. It’s only when he’s not around that he is really appreciated. City slipped to their first defeat of the season – a 2-0 loss at Chelsea on December 8 – with Fernandinho in the starting line-up, but that was regarded as an anomaly. City dominated the first half at Stamford Bridge, wasting chances before being hit by two second-half goals. He was missing, injured with a thigh injury, when City lost 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace and 2-1 away to Leicester either side of Christmas, when Guardiola’s team put in almost unrecognisable displays. And there’s a good chance he won’t be playing tomorrow when City look to revive their title challenge at Southampton amid the 20th round of fixtures. City have dropped to third place, seven points behind unbeaten Liverpool and one adrift of Tottenham. Defensively, City have looked fragile in Fernandinho’s absence, with his replacements John Stones, a centre back briefly converted to centre midfield, and Ilkay Gundogan not in the Brazilian player’s class as a shield for the back four. Whether it’s his positioning, his reading of the game or his astutely timed fouls that stop opposition breakaways, Fernandinho is key to the way City balances attack and defence and has been previously described by Guardiola as “a fundamental player for us” and one of the best midfield anchormen. Guardiola wanted a backup for the 33-year-old in the off season but failed in a bid to sign Italy international Jorginho, who snubbed City’s offer in favour of following Maurizio Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea. City didn’t have enough time to land any of its other potential targets – Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers was linked – so went into the season with just one proper holding midfielder. It has proven to be the team’s big weakness, relying too much on Fernandinho being fit. Guardiola could turn to Ajax youngster Frenkie De Jong in the next off season, but, more immediately, he will hope Fernandinho returns quickly. The Spanish coach has already reiterated that he won’t be buying anyone in the January window. Even if Fernandinho has a chance to return for the Southampton game, Guardiola would be wise to make sure he is fully fit for the home match against Liverpool on Thursday, given the significance of that fixture to the title race.last_img read more

FIFA Women’s World Cup | Reggae Girlz make four changes for Italy

first_img Starting XI Sydney Schneider  Sashana Campbell  Allyson Swaby Konya Plummer (Captain) Deneisha Blackwood  Chantelle Swaby  Chinyelu Asher Olufolasade  Adamolekun  Havana Solaun  Khadija Shaw Mireya Grey Head coach Hue Menzies has made four changes to Jamaica’s starting line-up for their Group C FIFA Women’s World Cup match against Italy at Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims today. The match, which will get underway at 6:00 p.m. (11:00 a.m Jamaica time) will see the Jamaicans, who lost 3-0 to Brazil on Sunday, hunting their first points of the tournament against the Italians, who clipped Australia 2-1 in their opener.  Sashana Campbell has been brought in to replace Dominique Bond-Flasza in defense, while Chinyelu Asher comes in for Marlo Sweatman in the midfield.  Young dynamo Olufolasade  Adamolekun replaces Trudi Carter, while Mireya Grey comes in for Cheyna Matthews in attack. last_img read more

“Laff till yu fraff” for Belle West Community Centre ground on…

first_imgComedy lovers on the West Bank of Demerara (WBD) are in for a treat on Saturday evening as the popular theatrical show titled “Laff till yu fraff” is held at Bell West Community Centre ground, WBD.With the cast slated to perform, those who plan to attend the show are advised to proceed with caution, as they are expected to “laugh till yu can’t laugh no mo”. If you are suffering from any heart ailments, it is advisable that you stay at home.Heating up the ground on Saturday evening will be the Promoter Rajan Tiwari, also known as “Katahar”; Chris Gopaul; Michael Ignatius, known as “Credit”; Sonia Yarde; Mark Kazim and Lyndon “Jumbie” Jones, Kirk “Chow Pow” Jardin and Chandraka Tiwari.Music will be provided by Power Sonic.The event is sponsored by Banks DIH, Payless Variety Store and Smart Choice Pharmacy.Admission to the event costs $500 for adults and $300 for children. There will also be VIP seating available at the venue.Make sure to be early so that you will not miss any of the fun. There will be other attractions and a well stocked bar. It’s “Laff till yu fraff” at the Bell West Community Centre ground. Showtime is 20:00h.last_img read more

Who rules…

first_img…on AFC’s third termhe AFC’s National Executive Conference this Saturday offers Guyanese the opportunity to dissect an issue that’s also in front of the judiciary at the highest level – the infamous “Third term case”. But with the AFC’s case being at a forum where we don’t have to get into all the tiresome “whereas” and citations that are dragged into courts, we can look directly at the arguments and “pick sense from nonsense”.The issue, brought up by a member of the AFC in the court of public opinion via a letter to the press, points out the intent of the AFC constitution was to open up participation in its executive by limiting the number of terms executives may consecutively serve to two. So he objected to Khemraj Ramjattan putting his hand up for a “third term” since he’d just completed two terms consecutively.Now, we’re not even talking about breaching the gentleman’s agreement on rotating the top spot between African and Indian incumbents – to signal to the electorate the party’s “multiracial” cred. With the AFC snogging seven Ministries and all sorts of goodies by providing “Indian” camouflage to the PNC, one can understand them not pressing “multiracial” pretentions. A bird in the hand and all that!But in the case of Ramjattan’s “third term” bid, he and Trotman – being lawyers, but more pertinently not trusting each other – were careful to have a written stipulation in their constitution. To wit: “The various senior positions of the AFC, including those in the National Executive, Regions and Groups ought to be rotated as far as is possible so that no member is allowed to serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office, so as to ensure a broader activism in leadership positions by the membership.”So, guess what’s Ramjattan’s riposte? (Hey! …no prizes for answering this no-brainer!!) The prohibition isn’t “mandatory”!! And this brings us to the same issue-writ-large being decided in the Appellate Court. Ramjattan, like those who’re contesting Justice Ian Chang’s ruling, is taking the old, procrustean descriptive approach to the interpretation of constitutions. If the Article says, “as far as possible”, the semantic ambiguity gives Ramjattan wriggle room to justify his third term.But what Chang – following modern Jurisprudential and sociological developments – did was to ask a simple question: who ultimately have the power to interpret, amend or even change foundational concepts in a constitution? And Chang ruled, only the people (here members of the AFC) who’re sovereign.Not their representatives – like MP’s or leaders, like ambitious Ramjattan. If changes are necessary, let there be a referendum! Power to the people! No dictator!…on Ministers’ scholarshipsYour Eyewitness sees the same disingenuous disjuncture between substance and mechanistic procedures in the awarding of scholarships to sitting ministers of the Government. Can anyone in their wildest dreams (sitting ministers excluded!) think when policies were written for the awarding of scholarships, sitting ministers were eligible?Right off the bat, aren’t ministers effectively CEO’s of massive departments? Whatever time they take off – on or off the job – is time they should be spending on the people’s business. And if they don’t take massive time-offs to earn PhD’s, then all they are getting are fake certificates from “paper mill” schools. And we shouldn’t be paying $3.3 million annually for “cock” degrees.Then, candidates for scholarships are generally eligible because of financial need or outstanding performance. After that 50 per cent salary increase in salaries, plus housing, electricity and all sorts of allowances, we can strike “need”.Outstanding performance? Could we see those who applied but didn’t do as well?…on national progress?Old people say, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” From its actions since coming into Office, the PNC-led Government has abandoned its “unity government spiel” and decided to go it alone.Unfortunately, they aren’t even “going fast” – except getting corrupted!last_img read more