“The game plan was just to let the other guys step up and to learn to play without me and Paul (Desiderio). That was really our game plan,” he said. “That was really the reason why he rested me in the game.”READ: Sara, also-ran Batangas stun Cafe FranceFEATURED 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 returnWith the team’s leading scorers only playing for a combined nine minutes in the game, Cafe France fell to also-ran Batangas, 91-69, as it stumbled to the playoffs on a two-game losing skid.Still, Ebondo said that the slump wasn’t any reason for the Bakers to fret knowing that it holds a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Sara, also-ran Batangas stun Cafe France ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards 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 MOST READ PBA IMAGESCafe France couldn’t care less about what the result of its final elimination game against Batangas on Monday.Congolese Rod Ebondo shared that with the Bakers locked in at third place, there was no reason for coach Egay Macaraya to exhaust his wards going to the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely “We have a game on Thursday and coach just wanted to rotate the players, especially if ever it happens that I get in foul trouble,” he said.However, Ebondo said that Cafe France must pick up itself from these recent string of losses and shift its focus to the playoffs, where it’s still awaiting its quarterfinal date.“We just have to forget about it and move on,” he said. “If we lose on Thursday, we will have a do-or-die, so now the competition is tough. We just have to forget about today and move on and focus on to the quarterfinals.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working His comical gesture was warranted, as the Warriors indeed swept the Spurs, catapulting themselves to a 12-0 post-season record and into their third straight NBA Finals appearance.READ: Warriors set 12-0 record for 3rd straight trip to NBA FinalsCome post-game, Rose once again proudly waved the “walis tambo.”“My Filipino family, fans, and friends wanted me to bring out the walis, walis, tingting,” he said. Khristian Ibarrola /raJalen Rose calls the GSW sweep tonight! Where the Filipino homies at! Lol. pic.twitter.com/XFP3ecK4JiADVERTISEMENT Warriors ready for third straight NBA Finals appearance End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in — Warriors Talk (@JaeAzizi) May 23, 2017 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak View comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte The 2017 NBA Playoffs have been filled with landslide victories or “sweeps,” and ESPN analyst Jalen Rose has surely taken notice.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas PLAY LIST 01:07Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas01:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:40Filipinos 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Aside from his candid commentary, the former NBA player is notorious for bringing out the Philippines’ famed cleaning tool during playoff times—which perfectly signifies going winless in a best-of-seven playoff series.Speaking alongside fellow analysts Heather Cox, Michael Wibon and Chauncey Billups prior to tip-off of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), the 2000 NBA Most Improved Player once again brought out the broom to signify the Spurs’ demise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“I have as much respect for the Spurs as anybody, that’s why I’m not gonna wave it very high,” Rose said referring to the “walis tambo,” which he wrongly identified as its outside counterpart, the “walis tingting.”“But I have to get out the walis-walis, tingting tambo, because the Spurs will be getting swept this evening.” MOST READ
Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Horn ready for rematch MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “I wish I could have done more. You wouldn’t wish that on your worst enemy.”Mattek-Sands’s husband Justin tried to console his wife before medics arrived, while Cirstea was distraught and in tears.After lying prone on the ground for around 20 minutes, Mattek-Sands was eventually stretchered away and taken to a west London hospital where she was said to have suffered “an acute knee injury”.Mattek-Sands’s doubles partner, Lucie Safarova, with whom she shares the world number one ranking as well as four Grand Slam titles, also arrived at the scene in tears.Cirstea, who had dropped the first set 4-6 but took the second 7-6 (7/4), was declared the winner of the second round match.ADVERTISEMENT Bethanie Mattek-Sands clings on her knee after hurting it during a Wimbledon match. SCREENGRAB FROM ESPN TWITTER VIDEOAmerica’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered a horror knee injury at Wimbledon on Thursday which left her screaming and crying in pain in the middle of the court.The 32-year-old collapsed to the ground after damaging her right knee as she approached the net in the first game of the deciding set against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea on Court 17.ADVERTISEMENT She questioned why it took the medical services so long to reach a court which is just a stone’s throw away from the famed Centre Court.‘Everyone froze’“I was screaming at the umpire. I told them to bring a stretcher because everyone froze, nobody reacted,” said Cirstea who said only she, her physio and Justin Mattek-Sands initially raced to the player’s assistance.“She went into shock and it took so long for the medical team to arrive. It felt like forever.“What if it was a heart attack? You should look at the video and time how long it took. I was there 10 to 15 minutes and the stretcher had still not arrived.”Safarova had to go and play her second round match just minutes after witnessing her close friend’s turmoil.She lost 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3 to Shelby Rogers but said that was irrelevant.“It’s been a tough day, just terrible what’s happened. I am so sad for Bethanie,” said Safarova who had been hoping to partner Mattek-Sands to the Wimbledon doubles title and complete the non-calendar Grand Slam.“I have talked to Justin. She’s having more tests but we don’t know how long she will be in hospital.“I will see when I can visit her. I will be there when she needs me.” LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs LATEST STORIES To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban PLAY LIST 02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban03:10Injuries from fireworks down by 35% this year, DoH say00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks View comments LSU title parade draws massive crowds “Please help me, please, please,” screamed the 32-year-old in scenes so distressing that television cameras panned away from the stricken player.Cirstea said her friend’s knee was “out… and in a very weird position”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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All she kept saying was ‘Sorana, help me, help me.” The All England club defended its medical teams.“The first response to Court 17 was within one minute, by a qualified ambulance technician,” they said in a statement.“The player was kept on court while pain relief was given.“The player was then transferred directly to an ambulance and taken under emergency conditions to a hospital.”Messages of support poured in for Mattek-Sands, well known on the tour for her flamboyant fashion sense and friendly, easy-going nature.“I love you @BMATTEK you are the biggest fighter I know and you will come back stronger than ever,” tweeted India’s Sania Mirza, her former doubles partner.Olympic champion Monica Puig tweeted: “Stay strong @BMATTEK … we love you so much.”Wimbledon courts are no stranger to injury controversies.In 2013, Victoria Azarenka fell heavily, hurting her ankle and blamed the state of the courts.Maria Sharapova said the surface on Court Two where she lost to Michelle Larcher de Brito was “dangerous” after she fell a number of times. 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Rachid Parchment, Gleaner Writer Dr. Walton Small was returned as President of the Inter Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) after voting was held in the body’s Annual General Meeting at the Terra Nova Hotel today. St. Elizabeth Technical principal Keith Wellington, who challenged Small, will return as ISSA’s Vice President, while six new members have been elected to the board. Small said his mandate for this term is to make ISSA a more effective and efficient organisation with the creation of a new policy committee, an execution board and an operations panel. The Wolmer’s Boys School president will be serving his sixth straight two year term in charge of the organisation.
“In the Manning Cup, the eight teams that win their seeded play-offs will [continue in the] Manning Cup and [qualify for the] Champions Cup, and the eight that lose will play in the Walker Cup. So you can’t win Walker Cup and Manning Cup, and you cannot win the daCosta Cup and Ben Francis Cup,” he added. He said there was overwhelming support from the schools on the changes, and although the best of the best will not be competing for the urban and rural area knockout crowns, Wellington insists there will still be teams of some pedigree contesting the trophies. “We will still have quality teams. As it was last year, St George’s and Wolmer’s would [have] contest[ed] the Walker Cup, so there will be quality teams left back. So we believe it will work out,” he said. [email protected] Keith Wellington, ISSA vice-president and principal of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), admitted that the changes to the format of the Walker Cup and Ben Francis Cup – the urban and rural area knockout competitions – have watered down the tournaments, but he believes it’s a move ISSA had to make to relieve the congested schoolboy football fixture. In former years, group winners and some second placed teams advanced in the Manning, Walker and Super Cup competitions. While second-round group winners and a few runners-up would advance in the Ben Francis Cup competition. Last season, the eight winners in the Manning Cup seeded play-off advanced to the Walker Cup quarter-finals, while the winners and runners-up from the four quarter-final groups contested the Ben Francis equivalent. However, this season, only the winners from the seeded play-offs will progress to the Manning and Champions Cup quarter-finals, while the losers will contest the Walker Cup. In the daCosta Cup, the top two teams from the four quarter-final groups will qualify for the Champions Cup and daCosta Cups play-offs, while the third and fourth place teams will compete for the Ben Francis Cup. “I would agree that the Walker Cup and Ben Francis Cup have been watered down to second-tier teams, but we have to take into consideration the number of games and we had to make a decision on which set of competitions we wanted to offer as our premier competitions. “As it is, other than the Rusea’s team in the ’80s that won four trophies – and that was at that time when the trophies were one-game play-offs – no team has been able to win four trophies, because it is just too difficult with the schedule. “So what we have done is open the competition to a second-tier set of teams to have something to play for, which is the Ben Francis and Walker Cup. First and second in each (daCosta Cup) group will play in the Champions Cup, while the third and fourth (places) will play Ben Francis. So the third and fourth place teams cannot win the daCosta Cup and Champions Cup, but they can win Ben Francis,” Wellington said. “The four quarter-final winners will play the daCosta Cup semi-final.” OVERWHELMING SUPPORT
Satiricus was back in his element at the old hangout with Hari and Bungi. They’d been commiserating with Bungi over his uncertainty as to whether there’d be a job waiting for him in the canefields when the new crop began. And having drowned their sorrows, were now ready to solve the world’s problems.“A wha’ me hear ‘bout dis Poopah fella?” queried Bungi. “Me na gat computa fuh see wha’ me a hear about!”“Bungi, why you want to talk about that?” asked Satiricus.“Well, fuss me wan’ fuh know how de maan t’un Poopah?” said Bungi with a puzzled look. “Da na wan big maan in de Chu’ch?”“Very, big, Bungi,” intoned Hari. “Big officials in many countries come together and anoint him with honey and myrrh.”“Wha’ myrrh?” asked Bungi as he signalled for another round. He could afford to be generous since Hari was buying!“That’s not important,” said Satiricus, who really had no idea. “The point is, this is a conspiracy to pull down Guyana because we have our own Grand Poopah.”“Conspiracy?!” Hari almost shrieked. “I saw with my own two eyes the Poopah doing the dirty with two women!”“Really?” interjected Bungi with interest. “An’ yuh can see everyt’ing?”“Don’t be vulgar, fellas,” said Satiricus sanctimoniously. “De Poopah was just healing the women, by touching them.”“But wha’ da gat fuh do wid de Church?” Bungi wanted to know. “Dem na gat rule and regulation?”“Well, that’s the problem,” said Satiricus. “We got our religion from the British, who were very upright. The Poopah is bringing back that good old-time religion.”“Sato, you really believe that nonsense?” demanded Hari. “The man just having a good time with those young women he fooled.”“Hari!!” said Satiricus sternly. “Didn’t you hear those women shouting, “Oh God!! Oh God! ” all the time the Grand Poopah was healing them?”“Really?!” asked Bungi, as he raised his beer “Me na see de tape…but da sound like Church wuk.”
…and the boat on judiciaryHere we go again! Gridlock! This time it’s on the appointment of the Chancellor and Chief Justice – the two highest officials in the Judiciary. As your Eyewitness has taken pains to belabour, one of the unfortunately unwelcome features of our system of governance is the fusion of the Executive with the Legislative branch – leaving only the Judiciary to prevent a permanent, existential dictatorship after every “democratic” election.If the Executive were to have unfettered power to appoint the members of the Judiciary, then Lord help us!! For this reason, the President can only appoint ordinary judges, who’ve been nominated by the Judicial Service Commission. For the aforementioned two apex officials, there’s a special CONSTITUTIONAL (Art 127 (1) ) feature which brings in the Opposition Leader: he HAS TO AGREE to the nominees of the President. There is absolutely no ambiguity on this one!!This is a critical feature meant to increase the impartiality and integrity of the Judiciary on the assumption that, in a country as fractured as Guyana, there at least ought to be agreement on that final bulwark of our democratic governance by the “two sides”. Recognising, however, that the Opposition Leader and the President might not find agreement on the nominees, and to prevent the former from having an absolute veto on these key appointments, the Constitution makes provision (Art 127 (2) ) for the President to make temporary appointments until agreement can be reached. The selected individuals are said to be “acting”.However, as we found in the last set of appointments, the “acting” appointments lasted for more than a decade!!! Honestly, this doesn’t do the Judiciary any good as far as reinforcing its legitimacy to the populace. Only recently, the President of the CCJ – and our Bar Association — had to bemoan the then status quo, only to have no change when the incumbents retired and new appointments were made. If two generations of Guyanese will not have the experience of witnessing substantive Chancellors and Chief Justices in action, they can be forgiven for believing that that branch of Government is as polarised and partisan as the fused Executive/Legislative branch.On the Opposition Leader’s rejection of the President’s two nominees, the President says he’ll have to seek “legal advice”. From whom? His Attorney General? The fella’s already steered him wrong on so many occasions, in spite of being given five legal “old heads” as advisors!! And advice about what? The President has only one route open to him – the “acting” route. To suggest otherwise, as the President’s spokesperson has done, is only to muddy the judicial waters and further delegitimise the credentials of our Judiciary.Let’s not have our top Justices belittled as being qualified only for the Academy Awards!…on Dutch DiseaseIt’s hard to believe someone can stick their foot into their mouth as often as Raphael “Nassau” Trotman! It’s as if he enjoys hopping around on the solitary foot left!! Addressing the Oil Summit, the man whose Ministry co-sponsored the event told the participants that Guyana’s focus isn’t only on oil, but also on food production to ensure a balanced economy!!He certainly must’ve had the foreigners rolling on the floor laughing their a55 off!! These are business professionals. Before coming to Guyana they would’ve had such thorough briefings on the Guyanese economy as to make Trotman’s head spin!! Every one of them knows that “Dutch Disease” – where other sectors of the economy are neglected in favour of oil — is the existential threat facing Guyana; and that the Government fired over 5,700 workers in agriculture with no plan in place to employ them in alternative food production!!“Nassau” Trotman confirmed he’s all bluff and no substance. ROFLMAO!!!…on adviceOK, so we’re the new kid on the (oil) block. “Nassau” Trotman’s oil contract proved THAT!! But what’s with the President and his oil advisor? Why have a professional available and ignore his advice??Is it all a pappy show …like the sugar CoI?
For as long as he can remember Chris Stewart has had the urge to sell. “Even in my school days, I was always selling,” he reminisced, attributing his salesman instinct to the fact his mother, Barbara, was a trader.However, when Stewart graduated from the North Ruimveldt Multilateral high school, he decided to take a job in the lab at Omai Gold Mines, analysing rock samples to determine where best to dig for gold. His entrepreneurial drive saw him a few years later, working for himself as a taxi driver, but his reputation as a good salesman meant he was the go-to guy for any friend or acquaintance who had items to sell. “I would have them in my trunk and would pop it if anyone needed anything,” he explained.That trunk operation would later evolve into a brick-and-mortar store, C&C Prestigeous Styles, on Regent Street, the commercial centre of Guyana, all thanks to Stewart’s love of hard-to-find American Eagle T-shirts.“I like wearing American Eagle and people would always come up to me and ask me where I got them.” So on a trip to Canada with his wife, he decided to bring back a few T-shirts for resale. Locals’ enthusiastic response made the decision to open a fashion boutique easy for Stewart and he registered his new business on February 12, 2009. His attention to detail, friendly personality and willingness to go the extra mile, as well as his careful selection of trendy styles and pendant for photo shoots showcasing his stock have earned many fans. His Instagram and Facebook profiles are filled with his latest styles on voluptuous models.Now as the fashion-forward boutique continues to celebrate nine years of operation, Stewart is grateful to still be in business, grateful to God and his customers and family.“We have been through the fire – literally,” he smiled ruefully, referring to a fire that almost wiped out the store in 2014. “Sometimes business is tough,” said the young businessman who returned to the taxi operator business, opening up Gemini Taxi Service last year with several cabs to help offset the economic downturn. “Now business is picking up and I am thankful… can’t complain, you know.”The customer appreciation and anniversary sale going on at C&C Prestigeous Styles is plenty evidence of his gratitude.He advises aspiring entrepreneurs to love whatever it is they want to do. “Don’t do it for the money; have heart for the business and make people look good… Don’t jump into business thinking it will be all good: you’ll make a lot of money all the time. There will be good days and there will be bad days, just stick to it.”Contact: 225-2494; 135 Regent Road, Bourda between Cummings & Light Streets above Julius Baby Store; www.instagram.com/ccprestigeousstyles/Want to be featured on the Business Page or know someone who should be or maybe you just have a comment? Contact [email protected]
…for pole positionYour Eyewitness hates saying, “I told you so”!! Well…actually, not really, when it comes to the AFC! From the moment Khemraj Ramjattan joined up with the PNC — after insisting that if he did, the AFC would become “dead meat” — we knew Ramjattan and company –especially his new “company, Moses Nagamootoo — had thrown all principles overboard for what they thought was “pelf and power”.Your Eyewitness had predicted that all they would ever get from the PNC was “larwah”, and boy, have they gotten this in the end!!The AFC just announced that the “talks” to renegotiate a new Accord with the PNC – but mainly to settle the PM candidacy for any new coalition – had foundered on the same rocks your Eyewitness had pointed out the moment the AFC picked Ramjattan for the role. Imagine, the old agreement had EXPIRED, and the AFC was insisting its original terms should hold for the new one!! So why the heck were negotiations for a new agreement needed anyway? Especially when the LGE had exposed the AFC for being not only the predicted “dead meat”, but STINK and ROTTING dead meat at that!But the AFC didn’t only say that the talks had collapsed, according to one report, they issued an ultimatum to the PNC: If their demand wasn’t met, they were going to walk out of the coalition!! Your Eyewitness is willing to bet dollars to donuts that the PNC brass are still ROLTF+LTAO – rolling on the floor laughing their asses off at that “threat”!!Right off the bat, the question is: “Who from the AFC is even THREATENING to walk??” Trotman, at the head table, for sure ain’t going nowhere. Negotiator Patterson wasn’t even AT the table!!Note how carefully Trotman parsed his comment: “I don’t see a better alternative to the Coalition, compromise has to be found on both sides. We have to do what is best in the national interest.” Nothing about sticking with his bete noir Ramjattan!! The question you may have, dear reader, is how come your Eyewitness knew what was going to happen so early in the day?? And the answer is: he knows the PNC!! They may call themselves PNCR or APNU or the Vatican, but one thing they can’t change is their nature; and that nature is “PNC don’t share no power”!!Burnham never did with the UF, nor with Cheddi Jagan even after the latter gave him “critical support”. He exemplified in the PNC what’s been dubbed “the iron law of oligarchy”: In any organisation, power will inevitably accrete in a single person or small group.And in the PNC, that ain’t never gonna be no outsider!!Ramjattan, gwan da side!! You’ve been poled!!…for rigging positionAs your Eyewitness has been saying, the moment the new GECOM Chair made that decision to not scrap the H2H completely, or allow it to be completed, he smelled a rat. First of all, since the PPP hadn’t participated in the exercise, they’d always have a reason to object in the courts if the data were used. But this would mean a delay in the election’s date – which is what the PNC wants, especially since it would be precipitated by the PPP!! Like having your election and rigging it too!!Then there was the decision to encode and print out the 370,000 names gathered from the aborted H2H exercise. To what end? The PNC’s Vincent Alexander said to use it as a “comparator” – that is, as a “standard” for comparing the names on the PLE!!! And how would this “comparator” process work? Electronically? Hanging it outside GECOM offices for the citizens to scrutinise like the C&O exercise used on the PLE??We still don’t know! But what we know is “Something’s rotten in the state of GECOM!!…for obesity and a heart attackWe spent $10.9 BILLION annually on imported snacks. Imagine that!! Just look at the waist sizes of the folks when you visit the mall, and you’ll see where it ends up!!
…for togethernessWhile the move might’ve been forced by circumstances, the end result of combining the Ministry of Social Cohesion with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport is rather serendipitous. Or maybe somebody up there is reading your humble Eyewitness. After all, just last week, he looked at the total togetherness of the Guyanese people – especially the youths – at the Warriors’ matches at Providence and suggested that the Ministry of Social Cohesion might learn a thing or two about its mission from Cricket Culture!!And now – as they say, lo and behold!! – Social Cohesion’s been merged with Youth, Sport and Culture!! And the fella at the helm’s the perfect man for the job…low-keyed; focused; and, not insignificantly, neither of Indian or African descent! One of the intractable impediments in Guyana’s progress – in any area of national life – is incumbent Ministers are supposed to have a more sympathetic ear to their “own” constituency. And in Guyana that’s always a zero-sum proposition, since each of the two major constituencies wants to always have it “their way”!With Norton at the helm of Culture, and Amerindian Heritage Month nigh upon us, maybe at long last there will be some real focus on the Culture of the Indigenous peoples of this land. And maybe we’ll be able to cheer not just the Warriors at Providence Stadium, but the Original Warriors of Guyana, and forget our interminable squabble on the coast between African and Indian Guyanese.Right off the bat, with global warming getting just the boost it needs for tipping us over into an era of raised sea levels by Donald Trump, it’s past high time (not to mention high tide) for us moving our capital from its rather precarious present perch six feet below the sea. Rupununi anyone? Hey, why not? The effort to construct a new capital should really make us “cohere” as a nation to service burgeoning Brazil. With the Georgetown-Lethem Highway, getting to our new capital should be no problem from the “Deep Water Harbour” that Georgetown will become!Then there are the cultural aspects. Slavery and indentureship ruined our Afro and Indo citizens by forcing them to become mere automatons in the Western capitalist drive to extract profits from our land. They live by the clock after all those lashes by drivers and overseers, and are made to feel guilty when they aren’t “producing”. Under the more laid-back culture of our original peoples, it’ll be “Hakuna Matata” all day!! No worries; no fear!! Live in communion with Mother Nature; use just what we need to live, and just be happy!!Your Eyewitness just hopes Minister Norton seizes the opportunity presented!!…on natural catastrophesYour Eyewitness has become transfixed with the unfolding tragedy in Houston, Texas, pounded by Hurricane Harvey. Such floods! Such destruction! Such drama!! Point of the matter is: Texas isn’t the only place inundated by record breaking floods. Earlier in the month, there were even more massive deluges in Nepal and Northern India, with hundreds dying and entire villages being washed away. Did we see them in such granular detail like we’re seeing the Texans, so we can empathise at a human level?Not in this life!! Hundreds die in India and Nepalese floods and that’s a statistic…eight die in Texas, and that’s a tragedy inscribed on the conscience of the world. Now don’t get your Eyewitness wrong…even one death is to be mourned from a possible climate-related disaster. But we have to wake up to our own responses, which are manipulated by those who control the media of the world.Can we hope that President Trump might now wake up to the reality of global warming and its effects?Not in this life!!…for our WarriorsBy the time you read this, dear reader, you’ll know the outcome of what was now “last night’s” game between our Warriors and the Tridents.Victorious Warriors over Bent Tridents!!