Defending champ San Beda trips Benilde, forges Final duel vs Ateneo

first_imgChristopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Ateneo muscled its way past Far Eastern U in a defensive battle, leaning on a huge shot from Isaac Go to trigger a big endgame run for a 50-38 victory in the first Final Four duel.Later in the night, San Beda outlasted St. Benilde, 78-71, to keep its title-retention bid afloat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe two teams tangle for the crown on Saturday.Needing to protect a 74-71 lead down the stretch, the Red Lions made four free throws in the final 20.8 seconds remaining to seal the victory. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Khan wants bout vs ‘favored’ Pacquiao Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town LATEST STORIEScenter_img It will be defending champion San Beda going up against an overseas-sharpened Ateneo for the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup crown after both squads bumped off their semifinal rivals Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 “The boys did a good job today and hopefully we are going to be ready for Ateneo (on Saturday),” San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez said.In a game where buckets were tough to find, Go drained a triple with 7:19 to play as Ateneo tore away from a deadlock at 31 to grab a 50-36 cushion.“The players gathered themselves at halftime and played our normal system in the second half,” Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said.Ateneo last made the title series of this tournament in 2011.Up 54-53 entering fourth frame, San Beda unloaded a quick 12-5 spurt to build some cushion, 66-58, 4:12 to play.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Foreign players Donald Tankoua and Toba Eugene had 14 points apiece for San Beda.Justin Gutang led the Blazers with 22 markersThe Tamaraws were in control in the first half, leading by as many as nine points, 18-9. But the Blue Eagles used a 12-4 run to close the gap at the break, 22-21.Ateneo again flaunted its balanced offense with seven players producing at least five points, led by Thirdy Ravena’s seven. Angelo Kouame added just six points but grabbed 15 boards.It was another bitter loss for FEU at the hands of a familiar tormentor—and a familiar assassin.The Tamaraws looked ripe for an upset in the UAAP Final Four last season before Go buried a clutch triple that doomed FEU and greased Ateneo’s path to the Finals.Ateneo eventually won the title over fierce rival La Salle.Prince Orizu had 11 for FEU on a 5-for-13 shooting clip.Ateneo was coming off a thrilling quarterfinal victory over Letran, 74-72, despite being travel-weary from an overseas training trip.Matt Nieto, who scored the last two points against the Knights in the quarters, said Ateneo’s deep bench allowed key Blue Eagles to get a breather during the game. —WITH A REPORT FROM IVAN RUIZ L. SUING View commentslast_img read more

Roger Federer knocked out of Wimbledon after wasting match point

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sparring partner expects to see ‘vintage’ Pacquiao vs Matthysse 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 Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Roger Federer of Switzerland wipes his face during his men’s singles match against France’s Adrian Mannarino, on day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Monday July 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Roger Federer was a point away from a rather tidy, straight-set victory in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. One lousy point.And then it all came apart for the eight-time champion against an opponent who’d never beaten him before nor made it this far at the All England Club.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ In a stunning turnaround in an unfamiliar setting — Court No. 1 instead of Centre Court — the No. 1-seeded Federer blew a match point and, eventually, all of a big lead in a 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 loss to No. 8 Kevin Anderson on Wednesday.How hard was it to see this coming?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Federer was 4-0 against Anderson entering the day, winning every set they’d ever played against each other. But there was more. So much more. Federer was attempting to reach his 13th semifinal at Wimbledon and move closer to title No. 9, both of which would have broken his own records.He came into the match having won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon, a run he stretched to 34 before faltering. And he had held serve 81 games in a row at the grass-court major, a streak that grew to 85 before Anderson broke him a surprising total of four times. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Not that Anderson is anything other than an elite tennis player. He was, after all, the runner-up at last year’s U.S. Open.But he had never made it beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon until this week, carried by his booming serve. He hit 28 aces against Federer, saved 9 of 12 break points and managed to hold his own in the rare lengthy baseline rallies.As the fifth set became as much a test of mental strength as anything, from 4-all to 6-all to 8-all to 10-all, Anderson was as steady as he needed to be. And it was Federer who blinked, double-faulting to face a break point at 11-all, then slapping a forehand into the net to cede the key break.Anderson then served it out, ending things with a 128 mph service winner, and raised both arms overhead.Now the 32-year-old South African moves on to a semifinal against No. 9 John Isner of the U.S. or No. 13 Milos Raonic of Canada.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ That will be played at Centre Court, of course, a spot Federer knows well. His loss to Anderson was the first match he’d played at No. 1 since 2015.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Perez sparks late run as Pirates turn back Blazers

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk CJ Perez had another big night, triggering a late run that helped Lyceum keep its slate clean after a 77-65 rout of St. Benilde Tuesday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Filioil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Perez had another huge night for the Pirates, who logged their seventh straight win in as many games. The reigning MVP finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, sparking a 13-0 run in the third quarter that erased a four-point Blazers lead and gave the Pirates a 52-43 cushion.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “There’s always going to be a challenge. There’s always going to come a time where we have to push ourselves to the limit and do our best and I’m glad my boys didn’t give up on this one,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson.Mike Nzeusseu had 16 points, 13 boards and five shot blocks for the Pirates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Earlier, San Sebastian bucked the absence of suspended RK Ilagan as it routed Mapua, 94-70, to improve to 3-4.In the third seniors’ game, Letran clobbered Arellano U, 88-70, to clinch its fourth win in row against a loss. LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Taming the ‘Beast’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Low-key Foton, talent-rich F2 Logistics zoom to third straight PSL triumph

first_imgCocolife’s Kalei Mau watches as teammates Gyra Barroga (left) and Denden Lazaro dive to keep the ball in play. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFoton and F2 Logistics brushed off the challenge of their respective rivals to keep their records spotless and on top of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference standings Thursday night at Filoil Flying V Center.The Tornadoes proved that losing their biggest stars before the conference started hardly mattered as they rolled over the Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors, 25-14, 25-21, 19-25, 25-13, for their third straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Earlier, the Cargo Movers opened the day’s hostilities with a 25-13, 25-16, 25-8 rout of the Cocolife Asset Managers to also remain unbeaten after three matches.The Asset Managers and the Lady Realtors both dropped to 0-3.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 ChrissThe low-key, streamlined lineup worked well for Foton, which counted on unheralded Arriane Layug, who banged in 17 points as the team continued to make do without sisters Jaja antiago and Dindin Manabat, who left to play as imports in Japan.“I tried to work extra hard every day because I know that I’m in the big league now,” said Layug, who played for UAAP champ La Salle in college. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The call for defense is a reminder Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 With Marano, Dy, Majoy Baron, Cha Cruz and Ara Galang, F2 totally outgunned Cocolife with 49 attacks against 13 by the losing club.Petron was looking to join the day’s winners as it was locked in battle against Smart late Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next F2 Logistics threw the full weight of its talented bench at its opponent, keeping Cocolife guessing all match long where the next attack was going to come from.The Cargo Movers, meanwhile, simply trained their defense on top Asset Managers rookie Kalei Mau, who was limited to six points all afternoon.“We know that 70 percent of their (Cocolife) offense is Kalei; she’s a very powerful and smart player. So we studied how to defend against her,” said F2 Logistics’ middle blocker Aby Marano.Marano, who finished with 16 points, also credited their team’s maturity “which allows us to control the match and read the plays.”Kim Kiana Dy added 12 for F2 Logistics, while setter Kim Fajardo added six aside from tossing 18 excellent sets.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Tokyo 2020 unveils new budget, spending unchanged at $12 billion

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Celtics’ Aron Baynes out 4-6 weeks after surgery on finger The 2020 organizers hit back saying that auditors were counting outlay that is not related to the Olympics, unfairly inflating what the Games will cost Japan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Muto has previously said that measures to tackle the expected hot weather during the Tokyo summer — such as water sprinklers and special heat-absorbing paint on roads — could push up the bill.Friday’s latest estimate came after a dispute over what exactly counts as Olympic spending.A report from government auditors made headlines in October when it revealed that a budget-busting 800 billion yen had been allocated by government ministries and agencies.According to the report, the central government has allocated funds for 286 projects — ranging from the operation of weather satellites to subsidies for hydrogen stations for fuel-cell vehicles.The government has pledged to stick to its goal of hosting a “compact” Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Organizers have pledged the bill will not increase amid concerns that ballooning costs are putting off potential Olympic host cities.“As many aspects of the Games have become more detailed, Tokyo 2020 has seen increases in some areas but has successfully reduced expenditures in other areas,” Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said in a statement.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“There is still a lot of work to be done to control expenditures, but with the cooperation of the IOC, Tokyo 2020 will continue to make best efforts to maximize revenues, contain costs and keep its budget within 600 billion yen” for the organizers, he said.The city government will provide a further 600 billion yen and the national government 150 billion yen, both unchanged from the previous version. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 FILE – In this Dec. 5, 2018, file photo, Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori, right, speaks as IOC inspection team head John Coates listens during a press conference in Tokyo. Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics said Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, they picked up another $1 million in domestic sponsorships and that the operating budget for the games remains at $5.6 billion. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)Tokyo 2020 organizers unveiled the latest version of the Games budget on Friday, keeping their estimate unchanged as they face intense pressure to keep costs down.The latest budget for the Games stands at 1.35 trillion yen ($12.1 billion), unchanged in yen terms from the version announced this time last year.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

UST tests FEU, La Salle stakes unbeaten record vs UP

first_img“Our coach told us to take it easy,” said UP star Tots Carlos. “No pressure for us, but our goal is to beat beat La Salle by playing our own game.”UST will also try to play to its new identity—something that the Tigresses are only starting to warm up to.They have found some spunk and mental strength, attributes that have benefited rising middle blocker Milena Alessandrini. The awkward 6-foot-2 sophomore is just beginning to gain confidence commensurate to her big talent.“I’d like to thank my teams, players, coaches and officials for helping me stay positive,” said Alessandrini, who drilled in 22 points against the Lady Maroons. “But I know we have to maintain that attitude.”Against the Lady Tamaraws, they do. FEU is smarting from a defeat at the hands of Ateneo in a match where the Lady Tamaraws were leading two sets to none.ADVERTISEMENT The Tigresses may need more of those game smarts if they want their old glory to resurface.UST, who only made the Final Four once in the last three seasons, faces a stern test when it takes on an equally tough former powerhouse Far Eastern University on Saturday in the UAAP women’s volleyball at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe clash of traditional collegiate heavyweights is expected to steal some of the spotlight off the marquee match, where unbeaten La Salle tests the mettle of a University of the Philippines team trying to bounce back from a stinging loss in the other match of the double-header starting at 2 p.m.UP, one of the pretournament favorites after winning two crowns during the varsity offseason, is coming off a loss to UST and the Lady Maroons will try to calm themselves in front of the rampaging defending champions. LATEST STORIES 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nietes vacates WBO throne, eyes pricey fights Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor University of Santo Tomas coach Kungfu Reyes, the only thing that hinders the Tigresses from reaching full their potential is mind-set.“The problem with us is we dwell on our mistakes too long and carry them to the next set,” said Reyes in Filipino. “Sometimes we need ‘henyo moves’ to pull off victories.”ADVERTISEMENT “We are staying positive. It’s still a long tournament,” said FEU coach George Pascua. “We just to need to develop our killer instinct.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

NTA Remains Committed in Providing Safe Road Transport

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has stated that the National Transit Authority (NTA), continues to provide reliable and safe road transport services on all existing roads in Montserrado country.Delivering her annual state of the Nation message on Monday, January 27, to the Liberia people, President Sirleaf said, the reliable and safe road transport services on all existing roads in Montserrado country are with the expansion to Bo Waterside, Buchannan, Gbarnga, Harbel, Zwedru, Schieffelin and Kakata.According to the Liberian leader, special transport service with Government subsidy is provided to students who commute from Monrovia and environs to the University of Liberia Fendell Campus.“The NTA completed a total of 644,389 passenger trips between March and December 2013 in favor of UL students,” she added.She also stated that further expansion of NTA service is hampered by limited fleet.Stating that “The conclusion of local purchase of nine buses will relieve transport difficulties on Tubman Boulevard, and successful conclusion of ongoing negotiation with the Government of India for 15 additional buses will expand national service to commuters, including those in Gbarnga, Kakata and Bo Waterside who will benefit from the construction of modern bus stations.”Meanwhile, President Sirleaf further that an informal perception survey undertaken by the Ministry of Transport indicated that although power is considered a number one priority due to the implication for business and investment in industry,  but the Liberian people consider good roads as a major condition for improvement in their welfare.Adding that the ongoing work for improvement in road condition throughout the country is a response to this call, which will also reduce the high level of road traffic deaths and injuries, and as means of reducing the cost of transportation to facilitate better flow of goods and services. “The same results are expected from the installation of weighbridges, the first currently under construction on the Diahn-Blah Gbehzhohn Highway. Additionally, a requirement for Third Party Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance will be enforced beginning next month by 18 insurance companies recently certified by the Central Bank of Liberia. This action will be enhanced by the established One Day One Stop Shop Platform for vehicle registration and driver license issuance.”President also mentioned that useful transport services are provided throughout the country by motorcyclists operating over 70,000 motorcycles.“A few months ago, as a means of reducing the alarming traffic congestion and level of deaths and injuries, it became necessary to restrict motorcycling traffic on the primary artery, Tubman Boulevard.  The Ministry of Transport continues to work with the Motorcyclist Union to identify means to assist them,” she assured.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

There are no more excuses for inaction

first_imgDear Editor,Over the coming weeks, the international community will be subjected to numerous Guyanese voices pleading for swift and decisive actions to ensure Guyana remains a democratic State. It is now clear that left to his own devices, President Granger will not act in ‘good faith’; only pressure will bring about a change in approach, so, why are so many of us asking for international interventions? Surely this is an internal affair for the people of the nation to resolve.Make no mistake, the people will not abdicate their struggle to others, we will use every legal right enshrined in our Constitution to fight for our democracy; no avenue will be left unexplored, however, as righteous a struggle as it may be, there are other possible consequences that I (and others) hope can be avoided.Guyanese are well aware of the measures dictators employ to hold onto ‘power’, on Saturday, July 13, the Minister of Public Security appeared on television in Berbice to remind viewers that Government has “what it takes” to ensure the stability and security if faced with protest and/or strike action.Guyana’s early history has been one of racial violence. During the years immediately prior to independence and for over two decades afterwards, Guyanese were constantly separated by a Machiavellian Forbes Burnham. Divide and rule was a mantra for his Government. As his control grew, the need for violence subsided and Burnham ruled by fear and then there were the occasional suspicious deaths and/or murders; Father Bernard Darke, Education Minister Vincent Teekah and Dr Walter Rodney were among the victims. Guyana has emerged from these constant racial confrontations and is in a period close to harmony. Younger people cannot fathom the animosities of the past returning, but the constant reminders from political actors, who seek to stir dying embers, persist. The fear of those bursting into flames is the main reason we seek international assistance in our national affairs. We know all too well that damage done on one day of hasty action takes generations to repair.There are no more excuses for inaction from nations, entities and persons that care about democracy, about Guyana and her people. We will be looking at those who lend aid to our struggle and those who are willing to just stand there and watch us burn.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

GECOM must halt House-to- House Registration

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the main stakeholder responsible for conducting elections in Guyana, is on the verge of losing confidence from the people of Guyana if it doesn’t put a stop to House-to-House Registration and start preparing for Regional and General Elections by September 18, 2019.To begin with, I have seen that the Government’s Commissioners of GECOM are determined to have H2H Registration, saying that the National Assembly has already approved money for H2H Registration. However, I would like to draw to your attention that after that approval, the Government was faced with a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) on December 21, 2019, where it was defeated by a “majority” and as such, GECOM, by all means, should have started preparations for early elections as stipulated by the Constitution.In addition, the initiation of H2H Registration is also questionable due to the fact that it was directed by the Chief Elections Officer (CEO), whereas it should’ve been a decision made by the Commission, and at that time, GECOM was without a Chair.Furthermore, whilst some are questioning the validity of the current voters’ list, the CEO of GECOM clearly stated that the current voters’ list can be updated by having a period of Claims and Objections, which allow for those who are not registered to get registered and to remove names of dead persons, which in my opinion, is the right path to traverse due to the limited time available.Moreover, I would like to highlight to the general public that the H2H Registration can disenfranchise people from making the voters’ list by: i) Guyanese by birth who live abroad but are still citizens, ii) persons who may not be present at home at the time of the visit by the enumerator. For example, persons may be currently on vacation in another country or due to the fact that there is a lack of employment on the coastal areas of the country, there may be thousands working in the interior.I would like to further bring to your attention that H2H Registration is to create a National Register of registrants 14 years and above, and not a voters’ list.It, therefore, means that H2H Registration is an unnecessary activity aimed at disenfranchising eligible Guyanese and delaying tactics since based on GECOM’s timetable, H2H Registration will run into 2020, which will clearly lead to a non-adherence to the CCJ’s ruling and Article 106 (6), which states “The Cabinet, including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.” Article 106 (7) says “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”In conclusion, I am calling on all Guyanese to boycott the illegal activation of H2H Registration, which is clearly designed to delay elections and deprive Guyanese of their democratic right to elect a Government of their choice.Sincerely,Ranjeev Singhlast_img read more

GECOM continues to bungle with ID cards!

first_imgClaims and Objections held over the last three months, hundreds of persons made applications at GECOM offices around the country for changes to and replacements of lost identification (ID) cards. The feedback provided confirms that they are getting the royal run-around in uplifting the new ID cards. Albeit the existing period of preparations for General and Regional Elections, the Secretariat continues the saga of unreliable response which contributed to many persons not uplifting the ID cards over the years. The GECOM procedure necessitated the thousands of applicants who went and completed their transactions to support their requested Claims on the application forms, with properly authenticated reputable Justices of the Peace stamps of affirmation. The attending staff at these offices informed applicants that GECOM would call them within two to three weeks, for them to uplift their ID cards. The GECOM Secretariat has failed once again to deliver many ID cards in a timely manner after they duped persons to register and promise them new ID cards. Over the past months since the successful passing of the No-Confidence Motion on December 21, 2018, the challenge for a delivery of free and fair elections by GECOM has been facing its strongest test. The Chief Elections Officer, who has functional responsibility for the Secretariat, adopted a posture of a ‘yes man’ to the whims and fancy to the Government Commissioners. Mr Lowenfield has undertaken contemptuous actions to the rulings of the highest judicial institutions including the Caribbean Court of Justice. Included are the PNC/ APNU Commissioners’ deliberate illegal advocacy for the removal of the names of registered persons who have not uplifted ID cards from the Official List of Voters. Additionally, the commencement of the House-to-House (H2H) Registration in the absence of a Chairman of GECOM, which now creates a nest of disputable circumstances with persons on that list. Whenever a cycle of House-to-House (H2H) Registration is undertaken, the intent is for the preparation of a new Register of Registrants and the discarding of all other registers. The undertaking of such an exercise was irrational given the legally used mechanism for the upkeep of the National Register of Registrants with which there were no major issues. It means that at the end of the process, GECOM would issue all registrants new ID cards. Guyanese are thankful for the halting of the process by newly appointed Chairman, Retired Justice Claudette Singh, which obviously would have taken years, and created another unconstitutional milieu. Citizens are now demanding the strongest sanctioning and investigation of the affront created under the hands of Mr Lowenfield, regarding accountability for the millions of dollars spent on the controversial/truncated H2H Registration. Further, our people are again having to spend hard-earned money to visit GECOM, and they are being pushed around without receiving their ID cards. Obviously, all the talks and discussions on the controversial, truncated, unverified so-called results of the H2H Registration is now a matter of serious concerns. Clearly, it came because of the sinister orchestration between the PNC, their agent, the unfit unilaterally appointed Patterson and questionable Keith Lowenfield. The Claims and Objections time is over, and a big part of the questionable/truncated H2H Registration list is not being cross-matched and issued to the political parties. It is more serious that the second big half of the controversial H2H has not yet been posted up. Further, Guyanese are patiently awaiting the GECOM supplementary list, after the just-completed Claims and Objections. It is, therefore, imperative that GECOM moves to swiftly and forthwith, produce the Revised List of Electors. Practically, the publication of the list of registered persons from the truncated H2H without their previous ID card number where applicable is a total waste of money and time. All it did was to facilitate the delay of the overdue National and Regional Elections. We, therefore, ask the question; when will GECOM issue ID cards to all those persons who they took information from and promised ID cards? Moreover, what type of ID cards will GECOM issue? Citizens should recall that GECOM expended millions of dollars on cameras and on equipment to produce ID cards and apparently, they are doing nothing to improve efficacy. With GECOM’s automated system, ID cards’ changes and issues should have been possible within one day providing the necessary counter checks are in place. Again, because of GECOM’s demonstrated incompetence under Keith Lowenfield’s watch, thousands of persons are awaiting their promised ID cards. Madam Justice Claudette Singh, you must assertively deal with the new ID card scenario that is unfolding. I wish to remind Mr Vincent Alexander that the ID cards that were not collected, the residents were all verified by GECOM, in conjunction with scrutineers from the major political parties before the preparation of the ID cards. This is contrary to Lowenfield’s partisan H2H in which he did not invite scrutineers from the PPP/C. Further, Alexander must know that GECOM does not have to adjust their directory, but they have to update their Register of Registrants. As this nation awaits the results of the thousands of names sent overseas by GECOM for cross-matching after the truncated H2H Registration, a clear case for setting aside all aspects of everything done during that H2H registration emerge. Careful scrutiny of the ‘part-information’ political parties received is quite a revelation. Spelling mistakes, wrong addresses, duplications, and worst of all, hundreds of persons who registered during the controversial H2H, correctly corrected their registered position during the Claims and Objections as they sought transfers, newly registered and did other transactions. Therefore, there are people whose names were not on the PLE and their names are on the truncated H2H list. It would be unthinkable for GECOM to utilise the H2H information and place the same in the Revised List of Electors because the H2H Registration remains unverified. Clearly, GECOM has to say how the cross-matching will eliminate these issues including persons who have changed their names and applied for new ID cards. The Secretariat needs to pronounce on all these matters and stop the bungling. GECOM is in a colossal dilemma all because of Lowenfield and the determination of Mr Granger and his cabal Commissioners to postpone and delay elections, in which the APNU/AFC are afraid to contest. Sincerely, Neil Kumarlast_img read more