Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption “This feels like a more organized version of Cleveland to me,” said Korver, who signed a one-year deal with the Bucks in July. Korver played in back-to-back NBA Finals with LeBron James and the Cavaliers in 2017 and 2018, and played for Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer when they both were in Atlanta. Budenholzer won Coach of the Year last season and with the Hawks in 2015.Other newcomers to Milwaukee this season include Dragan Bender, Wesley Matthews — who played his college ball at Marquette —, and Robin Lopez, who joins twin brother Brook. The most notable addition by general manager Jon Horst, last season’s Executive of the Year, was bringing in Giannis’ older brother, Thanasis.The 6-foot-7 forward, who last played in the NBA in 2016 for the Knicks, signed a guaranteed two-year contract with the Bucks in July.“My first thing is to compete,” Thanasis Antetokounmpo said. “And gracefully just try to understand how the system works. After understanding that, trying to see where I fit in, trying to see what the coach, what the team wants me to do, and then go out there and do it.”Despite having the league’s No. 1 defense last season, Budenholzer and Giannis Antetokounmpo both said the team needs to get better and tougher defensively. Though the team lost one of its top defenders in guard Malcolm Brogdon to the Pacers, Antetokounmpo is confident the addition of his brother will help fill the void.ADVERTISEMENT California to let college athletes sign endorsement deals Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ LATEST STORIES “I’ve talked with coach about Thanasis,” Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “(I’ve said), ‘Hey … I trust him. I know that if you tell him to run through a wall, he’s going to run through a wall. And he’s going to get up and say, ‘Which other wall you want me to run through?’”While the Bucks manage expectations this season, they’ll also have to manage a rather large looming question: How much longer will Giannis Antetokounmpo be in Milwaukee?He can be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020. At that point, the Bucks can offer him a five-year, nearly $250M supermax extension. Horst recently told a crowd at a Bucks fan event that he intends to offer the extension to the three-time All-Star. The league office handed Milwaukee a five-figure fine, claiming Horst’s comments crossed the line regarding player contract comments.Antetokounmpo refused to discuss his future on Monday.“I’m not going to talk about it a lot,” he said. “I think it’s disrespectful towards my teammates talking about my free agency and what I’m going to do. So when the time is right, we’re all going to talk about it. I don’t think the time is right right now. … I’m not going to talk about it a lot this season and I’m not going to try to address it.”The Bucks open the season Oct. 24 in Houston against James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the Rockets.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist “We gotta focus on ourselves, which is getting better each day, competing in practice so you can carry over to the game, and just build that winning culture, the great habits that we built last year,” Antetokounmpo said. “If we do that, we’re going to be one of the teams that will be the last one standing. That’s our goal.”Antetokounmpo, who is entering his seventh season with the Bucks, had the busiest offseason of this career. He had new press obligations after winning the MVP, launched his signature shoe with Nike, and played on the Greek national team in the FIBA World Cup. Somewhere along the way, Antetokounmpo said he also worked on his leadership skills and his game, specifically his jump shot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Antetokounmpo largely earned MVP honors for his play in the paint. The 6-foot-11 forward averaged a league-leading 17.5 paint points in the regular season. But Toronto built walls in transition and sent multiple help defenders at him to keep him away from the basket. Struggling to find consistent driving lanes, Antetokounmpo, who averaged a career-high 27.7 points per game in the regular season, averaged just 22.7 points on 44.5 percent shooting and 4.2 turnovers per game against the Raptors.Antetokounmpo has spent time this offseason shooting with new teammate Kyle Korver, one of the best shooters in NBA history. 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Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFPMILWAUKEE — Expectations for Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks have never been higher.After leading the Bucks to a league-best 60 wins in the regular season and losing to the NBA champion Raptors in the Eastern Conference finals earlier this year, Antetokounmpo is putting his league MVP trophy on the shelf and focusing solely on taking Milwaukee to the next level.ADVERTISEMENT
…offersTwo weeks ago, the APNU and the AFC announced that after a year of playing ducks and drakes on the status of the pre-nup they’d signed back on Valentine’s Day 2015, they were going to renegotiate it. The first thought your Eyewitness had was – if they did do so – would that be a new Cummingsburg Accord?? It’s like first replacing the handle of a knife and then after a while replacing the blade: is it the same knife??We were told then that the entire “renegotiation” would take four weeks…so it means there ain’t much time left. But then again, this is the APNU and AFC we’re dealing with; and a “ticking clock” is of no consequence to them!! Leading off for the APNU would be its GS Joseph Harmon, while sitting across from him will be AFC GS David Patterson, Executive members Dominic Gaskin and Dr Vincent Adams. Seems like the AFC intends to tag team the big APNU fella!!Question is, what exactly will be the terms of the new “Accord”? Will it even be an “accord” – meaning a “consensus”? Now since the old “accord” had nothing to do with the plans of the two groups for the development of – God forbid! – anything principled, like finding common ground on an ideology or a model of governance etc. So we can expect that once again, they’ll be haggling over divvying up the spoils of the victory they’ve been working like little beavers behind the scenes to fix.Now the AFC’s made no secret of the fact that they expect the PM slot MUST be given to their leader – who just happens to be Ramjattan. But we all know by now that the incumbent Nagamootoo, after discovering “how sweet it is!” has in oh so many ways made his availability known. And the fella negotiating for APNU has already pronounced that Nagamootoo is “royalty” and “the best PM ever!!”So it was no surprise that Ramjattan showed up at the Ministry of the Presidency himself and handed over the AFC’s proposals to the caretaker President!! He may be from Berbice, but he ain’t mad!! He’d seen how diligent Nagamootoo was brownnosing the Head Guy, and had rushed to also get his nose up where the sun don’t shine also!! He was even willing to burn all bridges with his landsmen over in the Ancient County; boasting that his party had played a critical role in shuttering those sugar plantations!!So what does your Eyewitness think gonna happen?? Nagamootoo and Ramjattan will be dropped some crumbs, and the PM’s post will go to an Indigenous woman.Hitting two demographics with one choice!! …glancesBut it’s really sad how low the AFC has allowed itself fall from the days when they were probably humming that Ole Blue Eyes’ staple: “Strangers in the night exchanging glances…wondering in the night. What were the chances we’d be sharing love”!!Love is always in the air around Valentine’s Day, isn’t it?? That’s probably why even though Ramjattan had feared they’d become “dead meat” if the tied the knot with the PNC, they took the plunge.Ramjattan got to be “VP”; Nagamootoo, PM; Trotman, “Oil Czar” and so on with 40% of the Cabinet – for just the promise of a 10% of the vote as dowry. But what a difference a few years make, doesn’t it?? Ramjattan found out he was given an office to just stare at the walls all day; Nagamootoo couldn’t chair the Cabinet meetings and wax eloquent and Trotman was given a good hiding behind the woodshed and banished to the Forest!!Looks like the “chances of sharing love” are slim to none, this time around!!…titlesPresident Granger’s finally accepted he’s heading a “caretaker” government. Which means just making sure the property of the people of Guyana is kept in the state as he found it.So why do some folks get their buckta into a knot when he’s dubbed a “caretaker President”??
The Rohinga crisis is one of the worst human rights’ disasters of the modern world. In many ways, it is a replay of the Nazi terrorization, expulsion and murder of the Jewish people, which occurred in the 1930s and 1940s. A few countries, such as Denmark, protected their Jewish citizens, but no country in the 1930s condemned, on the international stage, the Jewish persecution. When the condemnation did come, it was too late.It is only now, when half of the Rohinga population have been brutally driven out from their homes — their villages destroyed by fire; many killed, wounded and raped — that the United Nations and some countries have spoken out against the persecution of this ethnic minority by the Myanmar (formerly Burma) military.According to UN estimates, some 380,000 Rohinga refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar have crossed the border into Bangladesh since 25 August. A visit to the area last week by a UN team led by Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, George Okoth-Obbo, found people suffering real hardship and some of the most difficult conditions seen in any current refugee situation. The team has reported that refugees continue to arrive daily outside of the two established camps, which are already substantially overflowing, and many people have received little meaningful help to date.Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, told the UN General Assembly this week that Myanmar must stop “ethnic cleansing” in Rakhine state, and “safe zones” should be created inside that country to protect all civilians, under the supervision of the United Nations.Myanmar (Burma) has several ethnic minorities, some of whom, like the Karens and the tribes who live in the Golden Triangle — a drug-dealing area bordering China — have been in rebellion against the Myanmar Government. The Myanmar Army has never carried out a campaign of ethnic cleansing and destructive brutalization against these rebel minorities as it has done to the Rohingas. The reason why the Rohingas have been singled out is because of stark racial and religious discrimination.The Rohinga people are Muslim by religion, small farmers and peasants, and there are no rich and powerful Rohingas. They are extremely peace-loving people. They number about one and a half million.The Myanmar military and Government have long been persecuting the Rohingas. Rohingas have been denied their citizenship, and, many years before the eruption of the present crisis, they were harassed, and public opinion was encouraged to hate them. The Myanmar Army had long been planning the destruction of the Rohinga community, and adjudged that this was an opportune time to execute its nefarious plan, since the world was distracted by a number of crises. The Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr António Guterres, took the very unusual step of writing the Security Council, and it was owing to his effort that the Security Council discussed the Rohinga crisis. Owing to the influence of China, which has a strong relationship with the Myanmar military, the communiqué issued was very weak. Despite this, more nations are sympathetic and supportive of the Rohinga people and their suffering.Myanmar has very few friends in the International Community, though its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, had once won a world-wide reputation of being a fighter for Democracy and Human Rights, for which she was awarded the Nobel Prize. After her speech to her Parliament last Tuesday, her reputation became further dented, owing to her basically non-committal approach to the Rohinga crisis.The Guyana Government has been presented with a windfall of diplomatic opportunity by this crisis, but it has so far failed to seize the opportunity presented. President L.F.S. Burnham, as he did in the Non-Aligned Movement and in the Anti-Apartheid struggle, would have seized this opportunity. His Foreign Ministers — Sir Shridath Ramphal, Mr Rashleigh Jackson and Mr Rudy Insanally — are still available to be consulted.It is, however, not too late for Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to act. They could, for instance, develop a CARICOM position or bloc on the issue. Guyana could act independently, as Mr Burnham did. As far as we are aware, however, Guyana has not issued a statement condemning the human rights’ abuses perpetrated by the Myanmar military.
Dear Editor,What is happening at the Lusignan Prison? This penal institution is supposed to be a place of detention, discipline, correction and rehabilitation, where prisoners are kept out of trouble; but it seems that it has become a hotbed for criminal activity, especially smuggling.On July 8, a man escaped after attempting to smuggle cigarettes and marijuana in a pair of sneakers into the Lusignan Prison. Earlier that same day, prison officers found a black bag with marijuana, lighters and other items in a drain next to the prison’s pig pen.Early this month, another smuggler attempted to throw a bag of contraband items over the prison walls, including 1002 grams of narcotics, a large quantity of tobacco leaves, four cell phones without SIM cards, one charger, one earpiece, and 33 packets of Bristol cigarettes.Last month, a Lusignan prisoner was caught with knife and cutlass. Also, in June, a search of the prison turned up 31 improvised weapons, cell-phones and chargers, SIM cards, memory cards, phone cards, metal pipes, wood, marijuana, cigarettes, plus a tattoo machine and ink.Recently, I wrote a letter to the media about smuggling in Guyana, but inmates at the Lusignan and New Amsterdam Prisons have mastered this criminal activity to such an extent that they are proudly displaying their smuggled goods in posts on social media.Something is seriously wrong. How in heaven’s name are prisoners getting their hands on drugs, cell phones, digital tablets, alcohol, cigarettes, weapons, and even a tattoo machine? We have to upgrade and reinforce our prisons and stop this nonsense now.I commend the alert Police officers who last month intercepted a smuggler and seized cannabis, cigarettes, phones, and a host of other prohibited items. But how are these items getting to the prisoners time and time again?We cannot escape from the possibility that there is a system of collusion in the Lusignan Prison and in other penal institutions. There has to be collusion among the smugglers, the prison workers and the prisoners.The Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, on more than one occasion, in relation to other jails, had stated his concerns that prison wardens were facilitating the entry of smuggled items into the prisons.In April, Mr Samuels reported that large numbers of prohibited items were being found in prisons despite high security levels. A case that comes to mind is that of the prison warder caught trying to smuggle phones, chargers, marijuana and more into the Mazaruni Prison.Why? It is because the penalties for smuggling prohibited items into the prisons are not severe enough? Smugglers do not hesitate to take the risk because the penalties are soft, the risk of being caught is low, and the profit margins are high. It’s as simple as that.There is only one solution: the penalties must be so severe that as soon as the idea of smuggling contraband into prison pops into a person’s head, that smuggler, prison worker or inmate would think, think again, and then decide not to take the chance.I see that Mr Samuels is very concerned about the situation, and has a zero-tolerance, transparent approach. Therefore, I suggest to Mr Samuels that they should secretly put tracking devices on intercepted contraband items, and let them go through to trap those at the receiving end.I cannot tell Mr Samuels how to do his job; but if it is not being done already, then I also suggest that guards should be regularly rotated to different locations in the prison system, to prevent the development of any ‘unholy alliances’ with smugglers and prisoners.The Lusignan Prison seems to be a primary hotbed for smuggling, but the same procedures should be put in place at the other prisons as well, because this problem is not confined to just one facility.Let us take this situation in hand quickly. Prisons are becoming dangerous places. I can foresee many scenarios for extortion. For example, prisoners struggling to survive inside might be forced to recruit wives, relatives, or offspring to meet the demands of domineering prisoners.Keep striving, Mr Samuels.Sincerely,Roshan Khan, Snr
Dear Editor,FIFA World Cup Soccer 2018 has just come to a close, and I am sure it will be memorable for the many fans that were glued to their television sets. We have witnessed many disappointments, and the one that blew me away was when Team Germany was eliminated and didn’t make it to the last 16.Having read many reports via international newscasts, and reading the many reports on social media, I was elated to read that no player failed a drugs test at the FIFA WCS 2018. Most memorable for me… Apparently, it’s catching on that it’s not worth the risk. Not sure if WADA International was assigned to conduct the testing, or whether FIFA had another agency contracted, but no negative result was detected, and hats off to whichever agency was responsible for the testing.Team France played impressively, and deserved the win. However, my hopes were crashed, because I expected Team Belgium and Team Croatia to battle it out for the championships. Matters not what any group is protesting about, I will never support any group which invades play at any sport event to be heard. Sports events are not grounds to take your message. Yes, you can protest outside the venue, which is okay by me.I observed on social media forums that persons were advertising a message that reads ‘Africa has won the world Cup.’..Un-believable to read such a message.The World Cup was won by a country (France), and Africa is a continent. I respect the fact that players on Team France originated from countries in the African Continent, but, at the end of the day, I will put my head on a block and say that their respective passports read ‘French’ as their nationality. It’s common sense that players would have given up their rights to the country of their birth and been granted citizenship by the French Government.Perhaps some might have being born to parents residing in France, who migrated from their respective African country.I honestly doubt that any player was placed at gunpoint or had been forced to accept French citizenship. They made a choice, and it allowed them to represent the flag of their adopted home country. Perhaps their countries of birth could never provide or pave the way for a soccer career, and by switching flags, it was probably the best decision, which made them world famous and wealthy to some extent.Yours faithfully,T. Pemberton
Dear Editor,Mr Gary Best, the PNCR executive and former Chief of Staff of the GDF, at the party’s recent press conference confirmed that Guyana was a participant in the rendition or illegal transfer of Mr Roger Khan from Guyana’s jurisdiction. Mr Best said that the GDF as a State apparatus “did play a role in assisting the Guyana Police Force to ensure that Mr Khan would be eventually rendition in Trinidad and charged in the United States”.As someone who covered Mr Khan’s case initially when it began in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, rendition surfaced as an unsuccessful personal jurisdiction defence. However, it remained a live issue outside of the courtroom since rendition became a prevalent method of grabbing persons without use of legal methods during the younger Bush-era.Mr Best made a very revealing statement here. First, it is an admission that State agencies responsible to protect Guyanese, including Mr Roger Khan, knowingly violated both Guyanese and international law in order to remove Mr Khan.Second, his statement is a celebration by a PNCR executive at a PNCR platform of a transgression of local and international law. It should be condemned, not praised as Mr Best has done. Said another way, it is the PNCR that openly celebrated transgression of laws.Third, despite his military credentials, his statement showed that he has limited knowledge of the Roger Khan matter. Contrary to what Mr Best claimed, Mr Khan was not renditioned in Trinidad. The rendition process began in Guyana and his statement underscores this fact. Further, the aircraft that removed Mr Khan from Suriname included agents from a non-Caribbean foreign country.Mr Khan’s removal was the result of a very sophisticated plan hatched by multiple diplomats and ambassadors, DEA agents, and legal officers. This plan was distributed to certain top officials in the GPF and the GDF and resulted in “raids” on the properties of Mr Khan under the false pretext of wanting Mr Khan for questioning. We always knew it was a set up to either kill Mr Khan or to do exactly what was done.Fourth, Mr Khan’s illegal removal from the Caribbean resulted in protest inside Suriname’s Parliament by Opposition parliamentarians. However, in Guyana, the PNCR, or parliamentary Opposition, abdicated its duty and celebrated the law-breaking act.By doing this, the PNCR compromised on Guyanese security. They also created a unique brand of nationalism, whereby the party may openly invite foreign countries and their law enforcement officials to abduct things or persons of Guyanese origin, such as Mr Khan.This is the evidence before us. It cannot be removed. Mr Best and the PNCR may find that they have a tall order before them if they plan to make Mr Roger Khan their boogieman for this election.Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertab
Story Links The team had its first game action two weeks ago at the Bison Invitational at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and is hoping to improve on its 0-4 performance there. The Varsity Blues men’s water polo team will see its first home game action this weekend as part of the annual U of T Fall Classic. Ten teams will attend the tournament including McMaster, Carleton, Queens, Western, Brooklyn (New York), Cleveland (Ohio), Ann Arbor (Michigan) and a very strong masters club team from Chicago (Illinois). The Blues will play four games on the weekend beginning at 2:00pm Saturday afternoon against traditional rival Carleton. The Blues schedule is available on the Schedule page.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Version
Upenieks shot a two-day total of 160 (78,82) to earn the Judy McCrae Trophy as individual champion, one stroke ahead of former Varsity Blue and current Guelph Gryphon Sarah Dunning 161 (79,82). She also earns her 10th career OUA all-star nod, along with two other Blues who finished in the top five. Sophomore standout Ellice Hong placed fourth 164 (82,82), while veteran Kelsey Fuchs finished tied for fifth 168 (85,83). Laura Upenieks claimed her second straight and third career individual title, while the women’s team won their seventh straight provincial banner as the 2018 OUA golf championships wrapped up on Tuesday evening (Oct. 16) at Heron Point Golf Links in Ancaster, Ont.Men’s ResultsWomen’s Results Story Links Final Standings – Women’s Team1. Toronto +722. Queen’s +863. Windsor +954. Waterloo +1015. Western +1166. Brock +1417. Laurier +1478. McMaster +1519. Ottawa +214Final Standings – Men’s Team1. Ottawa +502. Western +523. Laurier +634. Waterloo +645. Guelph +656. Queen’s +687. Windsor +698. McMaster +719. Brock +7310. Toronto +7911. Carleton +8012. Laurentian +9013. Ryerson +11514. York +11615. UOIT +12316. Trent +138 Women’s All-Stars (top five First Team, 6-10 Second Team)First TeamLaura Upenieks (Toronto) – 1Sarah Dunning (Guelph) – 2Melanie Burgess (Windsor) – 3Ellice Hong (Toronto) – T5Jasmine Mussani (Queen’s) – T5Kelsey Fuchs (Toronto) – T5Robyn Campbell (Queen’s) – T5Second TeamElanna Lachaine-DeMarchi (Waterloo) – 8Tavia Maurovic (Windsor) – 9Claire Konning (Waterloo) – T10Samantha Zulian (Laurier) – T10 U of T’s men placed 10th overall with a two-day total of 647. Sophomore Jack Allan was Toronto’s top finisher, earning OUA all-star honours after tying for eighth place individually with a 155 (74,81). Mackenzie Raines was four strokes off Allan with a 159 (77,82). Toronto finished with a combined team score of 492, 18 strokes ahead of the OUA silver medalist Queen’s Gaels. Men’s All-Stars (top five First Team, 6-10 Second Team)First TeamMackenzie Carter (Western) – 1Adam Graham (Brock) – 2Anthony Brodeur (Ottawa) – 3Nikishantess Penashue (Windsor) – T4Tyson Turchanski (Waterloo) – T4Second TeamHenry Luel (Laurier) – T6Devin Bartlett (Waterloo) – T6Andrew Cox (Laurier) – T8Jackson Bowery (Western) – T8Nicholas Workun (Ottawa) – T8Michael Reaume (Ottawa) – T8Jack Allan (Toronto) – T8 Sarah Kim rounded out the Blues winning scores, placing tied for 26th with a 191 (92,99). Dave Woods earned OUA coach of the year honours. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version
Box ScoreThe University of Toronto Varsity Blues baseball team dropped a 4-3 decision to the Laurier Golden Hawks in the gold-medal game of the 2018 OUA championship on Sunday, October 21 in Ajax, Ont.The Blues got out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to two RBI from Suzuki, driving in Gabriel Nakonechny in the first and third innings. Laurier answered back with one run in the bottom of the fourth and took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.Toronto forced extra innings as Brandon Hadfield drove in Peter Nash, who was pinch-running for a Joe Woods double, in the top of the ninth. The Hawks secured the victory with a walk off in the bottom of the 10th.Luca Lombardi pitched five innings, striking out one, while Mateos Kekatos came in and pitched three innings, striking out two.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Story Links
One man is confirmed injured following the explosion of the right wing of a Britten Norman Trislander aircraft at the hangar of Roraima Airways at the Eugene F Correia International Airport, Ogle, East Coast Demerara on Monday.The Trislander involved in the explosionHead of the local airline, Captain Gerry Gouveia, speaking with Guyana Times shortly after the explosion, confirmed that the injured engineer suffered burns to his hand and fractured ankles. He was taken to a private medical institution where he was admitted for treatment. His condition is listed as stable.Gouveia described the incident as a maintenance accident. He noted that it took place during a routine examination of the aircraft. The cause of the explosion is yet to be determined.Roraima, in a statement on Monday afternoon, stated that the company would be assisting the engineer with his medical care.“An investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident is currently underway by both our Maintenance Quality Department and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA),” the company added.Gouveia said the company was arranging for counselling for the maintenance team and all team members who were affected by the explosion.Guyana Times understands that a woman who was nearby at the time of the explosion suffered shock and trauma.Meanwhile, the company stated that while the temporary inability to use the aircraft was difficult at this point in time, its flight operations would not be significantly disrupted. (Bhisham Mohamed)