Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ LATEST STORIES “We didn’t have a match and played for fun,” Woods said. “I was testing drivers and fairway woods and changed some settings. I think he enjoyed seeing the difference in shots when you experiment.”Woods has some knowledge about US Presidents and their golf games. The 79-time PGA Tour winner played alongside current US President Barack Obama in February 2013 and has also played alongside two other former US leaders.“I’ve now had the privilege of playing golf with Mr. Trump, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and I appreciate the opportunity,” Woods said.Woods also recounted how Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan was co-opted by the US Ryder Cup team to give him a personal boost during his layoff when he served as assistant captain last September, helping the team beat Europe at Hazeltine to reclaim the trophy.Woods noted every player was wearing a jacket with a red T-shirt underneath.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely “What most impressed me was how far he hits the ball at 70 years old,” Woods said in a posting on his website blog. “He takes a pretty good lash.”Woods didn’t go into details about conversations with Trump, purportedly a 2.8 handicapper, over the South Florida layout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Our discussion topics were wide-ranging; it was fun,” Woods said. “We both enjoyed the bantering, bickering and needling. I also shared my vision for golf and what I’m trying to do.”Woods made it sound like he didn’t take any money off Trump, who is set to be inaugurated as the 45th US President on January 20. ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ MOST READ 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “They all stood, unzipped the front, and the T-shirt read, ‘MAKE TIGER GREAT AGAIN,’” Woods said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, The Bahamas on December 4, 2016 in Nassau, Bahamas. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPTiger Woods said Thursday he was impressed with how far US President-elect Donald Trump can hit a golf ball at age 70 in his first public comments about the December 23 round.The two played at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach about three weeks after Woods, a 14-time major champion and former world number one, made his comeback from a 16-month layoff following back surgery.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: NBA mascot spoofs Mariah Carey’s ‘failed’ performance Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint
DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Toronto’s defeat was their fourth straight loss however, and their challenge was hampered by the absence of DeMar DeRozan, who sprained an ankle at the weekend.The Spurs, who sat Kawhi Leonard, had surged into a 13-point lead at one stage in the first half but Toronto drew level in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter at the Air Canada Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnDejounte Murray gave San Antonio a two-point lead with a jump shot before Toronto’s Terrence Ross missed a 25-foot effort with 1:17 to play.The Raptors meanwhile were unable to punish a Spurs turnover with 45 seconds left before Aldridge scored two key free throws to help get San Antonio over the line. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) drives against Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)LOS ANGELES—LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Toronto Raptors 108-106 on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila) to stay on the heels of the Golden State Warriors at the top of the Western Conference.Aldridge, who also grabbed seven rebounds and two assists, led the scoring as the Spurs notched their fifth win on the trot to improve to 36-9, two games behind the Warriors (38-7).ADVERTISEMENT Patty Mills was the other main scorer for San Antonio with 18 points while Dave Bertans (12) and David Lee (11) also made key contributions.Kyle Lowry topped Toronto’s scoring with 30 points while Ross added 21 points off the bench. Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Frustrated LeBron bemoans Cavs organization
Malaysians look to Filipinos to understand basketball better Sporting an almost opposite demeanor to the now-NLEX coach, Garcia believes that the Elasto Painters are mature enough to man up to their faults as they seek to make it to the quarterfinals.“It’s just that we have to make them believe that we have a chance. We have to make them believe that we are still a good team,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnOnce carrying a 5-2 card, Rain or Shine suddenly finds itself at a precarious position after losses to San Miguel (107-101 in overtime), Meralco (82-72), and on Sunday, against GlobalPort (117-99).The string of losses put the Elasto Painters at an even 5-5 slate, needing a win against Alaska on Wednesday to avoid going to a knockout playoff against Blackwater. Garcia is wishing that the slump would be enough of a reality check for his wards after he said some players failed to submit to the selfless system Rain or Shine is known for. “Some players are just playing for themselves, not thinking anymore like the old Rain or Shine team who helps each other out. Now, we look disjointed. We know what the problem is and we just have to fix it. The main problem is between them. They’re no longer sharing the ball, and at times, are too gun-shy. We are not as fluid as before,” he said. “We just have to step out and must make a recovery after these losses.”Garcia is also keeping his hopes up that these struggles will serve as a blessing in disguise to toughen up this new-look Rain or Shine team.“If we have to get through this to get better, then I’ll take this,” he said. “We still have a chance to make it to the top six, depending how we play against Alaska. I’m more worried of our players on how they react and I hope they can step out of their shadows and talk to themselves and fix these problems.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDespite Rain or Shine’s three-game slump at the tailend of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup eliminations, coach Caloy Garcia said that he won’t revert to the old ways of former coach Yeng Guiao.“The difference now is there’s no one to curse at (the players),” he said, talking about the ex-mentor’s ways of toughening up his squad.ADVERTISEMENT Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’
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Height of brilliance 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 View comments Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties “No matter how good you are dribbling the ball, if you don’t have the right technique and footwork, you can’t really beat your defender,” Escueta says. “The handwork should come with the footwork.”I dreaded the sight of heavy balls, the ladder and the resistance bands but they were used heavily in the second week, when explosiveness and attacks to the rim were the focus of the drills.In-between squat jumps while holding on to the heavy ball and lunges, I almost threw up. Escueta jokingly describes the session as merely “light” training for aspiring collegiate players. Not for me, obviously.Escueta stresses that repetition is just as important to becoming an elite player. I left the third training session feeling pain in my thighs. I struggled to walk the next couple of days after we did moving lunges with the heavy ball and side-to-side jumps again with the heavy ball.I got dizzy on more than a few occasions, but it was too late to turn back.A former Ateneo standout, Escueta assures that the drill gets easier in time, especially if one repeats them over and over. “Those exercises and technique, like staying low, will become second nature with repetition,” Escueta says. “The exercises strengthen the muscles in your legs and that’s where you get the explosiveness.”Attacking cones using the heavy ball, war drills and one-on-one battles covered the final session last Tuesday.Escueta shares they had players at Ateneo execute the same drills coupled with weights training during the off-season. “Our practices are like this during the summer,” he says. “Basketball is played at a faster pace now. You would need to find an edge.”Irving certainly found that edge, translating it to success on the court. 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown LATEST STORIES Drillmaster and Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin puts workout participants through the paces.Kyrie Irving’s rise from an injury-prone top draft pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA champion took years of gruelling work in the gym, away from the bright lights of NBA arenas.Easily one of the world’s most exciting players, Irving has dazzled hoop fans with his ball-handling, acrobatic layups, as well as clutch shooting—all of them in full display in last year’s NBA Finals, where the Cavaliers put the Golden State Warriors to the sword in Game 7.ADVERTISEMENT Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study But I was dead wrong. It turned out to be a struggle, to say the least.From the opening salvo of the training sessions, where Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin and the Blue Eagles put us through the paces, until Week 4, when Ateneo guard skills coach Yuri Esecueta had us run the length of the court in just four dribbles before finishing a layup, there were days I felt I shouldn’t have showed up for training.“You can’t really play the game well unless you can play the fundamentals,” Baldwin shares.“As a coach, I’ve spent most of my life trying to convince players that when you walk into the gym, the first thing you do shouldn’t be to pick up the basketball and shoot it. There are so many other things you have to master because, actually, when you’re playing the game you spend very little time with the ball and spend a lot of time playing defense, cutting … there’s a lot to do without the ball.”The basics of handwork and footwork were covered during the first weekend, capped by dribbling attacks around cones and various layups, in the same way Irving finishes against the giants in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT When Nike Philippines executives broached the idea of selecting five Filipino media members to go through a series of workouts that closely mirror Irving’s regimen for four weekends, while trying out the third signature shoe of the Cavaliers star, there was plenty of apprehension from the head office of the sports apparel brand in the United States.“Will they survive?” was the question posed by the top Nike executives to their Filipino counterparts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnA month after the Kyrie 3 was launched in the Philippines, that question was answered when this reporter, along with four others, completed the “Cut Out of Nowhere” training sessions while acquiring new skills and developing a newfound respect for players who work tirelessly to improve their game day in and day out.For someone who manages to squeeze in a few pick-up games between sports coverages during the week, I was confident that I would breeze through what was initially described as light training, as opposed to those being done by varsity standouts. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
BaliPure ties Pocari at 1-1 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Soltones took over in the fifth set and dropped 11 points, while Malabanan herself made her mark with 10 in the victory.“Jerilli’s mind was on another place. That’s why I didn’t put her on our first six. But thankfully, she recovered for us,” said Gorayeb.The Fil-Am spiker said that all the hassle she went through was all worth it thanks to the conquest.“It was a crazy day; getting into that accident and playing in that game. But it was all worth it,” she said.As for her car, Malabanan said that everything was settled thanks to a little help from his uncle.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ “My tito has the car and they’re fixing it. They should have it settled by tonight,” she said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working 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 Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer “She was driving and she bumped a car. She was with Grethcel and my players in San Sebastian. That’s why they were late because of the traffic. Thankfully, the battle for third went to a fourth set and they were able to make it here,” said Gorayeb in Filipino.Malabanan was with Grethcel Soltones, Iris Oliveros, and Alyssa Eroa when the accident occurred. She asked her teammates leave her so they could make it to the venue.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“We didn’t know what to do. We were freaking out. But I told them to go ahead and they just took a Grab and I just stayed with the car,” said Malabanan.Though the FEU hitter came it late for the game, the minor distraction didn’t really change the outcome for the Water Defenders as they extended the series to a deciding Game 3 with a tough five-set triumph, 25-15, 26-24, 24-26, 24-26, 15-13. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Swing Out Sister back to PH this April China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBali Pure coach Roger Gorayeb almost didn’t have a number of players for Game 2 of the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference women’s division on Tuesday.The multi-titled mentor bared that the vehicle driven by Jerrili Malabanan figured in a minor accident in EDSA on her way to the Philsports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Justine Kish shit herself. #UFCOKC 👇 pic.twitter.com/dX936oi3h1— Davei Boi (@Davei_Boi) June 26, 2017ADVERTISEMENT 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Professional fighters have to endure a certain amount of stress before each bout and, on top of that, stay focused on their opponent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnNow imagine balancing all that with an uncooperative gastrointestinal system.Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Strawweight Justine Kish experienced quite a fecal episode during her match with Felice Herrig during UFC Fight Night 112 over the weekend. With only 12 seconds remaining in their bout, the 29-year-old Russian-American fighter had to fend off an extremely tight choke to avoid being submitted.According to MMAJunkie, Kish was within seconds of losing consciousness but managed to squeeze out of the dangerous position.However, viewers were appalled to see several brown stains on the mat as she made her escape. Kish ultimately lost the fight by unanimous decision.Shortly after her messy episode, Kish took to Twitter to address her unusual case.Although she did not admit or deny outright her pooping accident, she seemed to take it in stride.ADVERTISEMENT Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know View comments Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet I am a warrior, and I will never quit #ShitHappens haha be back soon.— Justine Kish (@JustineKish) June 26, 2017“I am a warrior, and I will never quit #Sh*tHappens haha be back soon,” she wrote. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:WATCH: MMA fighter brought to tears after brutal groin kickSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: McGregor in awe of mural showing him punching Mayweather 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 Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer
NO WEIGHT LOST At the official weigh-in at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, he came in at 151, and was given two hours to make the weight. When he returned to the venue and weighed in again at 4 p.m., he was still at 151. He said then that he had run in the sun for about an hour and thought that he had lost some weight and was surprised that this was not so. He conceded then that he had done his best, and there was just nothing more that he could do. A substitute had to be found, and Campbell, the Contender champion in 2012, was drafted and made a gallant effort for two rounds. Leblond lived up to his “fast and furious” nickname, and for six minutes, he attacked relentlessly and slipped easily under the jabs thrown by his opponent. At the end of the second round, Campbell’s trainer, Earl Foskin, decided that his boxer could not continue. Campbell told The Gleaner afterwards: “I just could not find my rhythm. I am sorry that I did not have a few days to prepare. If I did, my performance would have been much better.” Next week, the quarter-finals continue with Jamaica’s Devon Moncriffe, who won the title in 2013, going up against Canada’s No. 2-ranked Waseem El Sinawi. There should be no weight problems, because in the preliminary round, Moncriffe weighed in at 145 and El Sinawi at 1461/2 pounds, at their first try. The winner of the competition takes home $2 million, the runner-up $500,000, third place $250,000, and fourth place $200,000. In the amateur bouts, which were in the welterweight division, Kimani Dennis defeated Raheem Pitter and Marvin Shirley defeated Cleveland Stephenson. “I am now aiming for a spot in the final,” said a happy and exuberant David Leblond, who represents Team Canada, after he had beaten Team Jamaica’s Donovan ‘Police’ Campbell in the first quarter-final bout of the 2018 Wray & Nephew Contender series, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Wednesday night. Campbell’s corner called off the fight after the second round as their boxer, who took the bout as a last-minute substitute, was receiving a pounding from Leblond. The Canadian should have gone up against Jamaica’s No. 1 seeded boxer, Michael “Wasp” Gardener, but Gardener failed to make the weight for the fight, which is 147 pounds, and Leblond refused to fight him if he did not do so. On Monday last, at a special weigh-in ordered by the Jamaica Boxing Board, Gardener weighed 155 pounds and was advised that he had to take off the excess by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
HELP PLAYERS GROW KINGSTON: Local tennis coaches, Tinesta Rowe and Joel Jones, are basking in the opportunity to take their game and the country’s to the next level through an upcoming International Tennis Federation (ITF) Level Two Coaching Certification Programme, which will take place in Valencia, Spain, next year. Both benefited from their participation in the ITF Level One Coaching Certification Course hosted by Tennis Jamaica, which ended at Eric Bell Tennis Centre last week. The course was conducted by John Goede, the ITF’s Regional Development Officer for the Caribbean and experienced local coach, Evan Williams. “I will support Tinesta Rowe and Joel Jones to go to the Level Two in Valencia in 2019,” said Goede, whose recommendations will go through a number of channels before the ultimate ITF sign-off. The regional tennis director explained how he had pushed course participants beyond the norm, an action to be reciprocated in their teachings. “For those in management, you need to place the bar high for every level of coaching if we want to maximise the level of each individual in Jamaica and the Caribbean,” he said. Jones said he was excited at the selection and along with Rowe, they plan to maximise their learning in Spain. “I’m particularly excited and very humbled. I feel very blessed to have been selected to go and do the Level Two. It’s not something that we take for granted because it is an opportunity to take your coaching to the next level. Two of us in the course were lucky enough to be given that privilege, Tinesta Rowe and myself,” Jones observed. Rowe was one of Jamaica’s most outstanding female players, winning championships at every age group – Under-14, Under-16, Under-18 – before becoming national champion, with the number one ranking to boot. “Playing and coaching are definitely two different things. Some people have the perception that the best players are the best coaches, but it’s not just about playing the game, it’s about being able to impart that information to somebody else and then helping them grow and ensuring that they grow in different stages,” she reasoned. The former Hoolebury All-Age and St Hilda’s High student started playing at age nine and first represented Jamaica at 13 years, then went on to earn a scholarship to North Carolina State University. Afterwards, she got involved in coaching in the United States at the Rick Macci Tennis Academy in Florida, before returning home and has been helping to develop talent through Russell Tennis Academy.
Attitude factor “If we can get that attitude going throughout the team, the team would definitely be headed in the right direction.” Holder missed the ill-fated tour of Bangladesh with a shoulder injury as the Caribbean side suffered a devastating 2-0 whitewash. He underwent successful rehabilitation and recently turned out for Barbados Pride in their third-round match of the Regional first-class championship against leaders Guyana Jaguars. He managed only a single wicket and sent down 17 overs in Jaguars’ massive first-innings total of 548, and did not bowl in the second innings with the visitors requiring only 45 runs to win. Holder said his recovery had gone well and that while he was not yet back to 100 per cent, he would be in match condition in time for the opening Test starting January 23 at the Oval. “I felt the rehab went pretty well. I had four solid weeks in England doing some rehab, and I’ve just got back into playing cricket,” he said. “I’m still probably not a hundred per cent but hopefully come [the first Test], I’ll be there or thereabouts.” He continued: “I felt the body held up pretty well. I have to keep building and keep the strengthening going and obviously keep my body active as much as possible. “It’s been a long time away, so you expect some stiffness and soreness after not playing for quite some time, so it’s just a matter of negotiating that and keep pressing forward.” BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Captain Jason Holder says he is already eyeing another successful year in international cricket but also wants to see the Windies excel, starting with the upcoming series against powerful England. The Barbadian all-rounder was one of the leading bowlers in Tests for 2018, snaring 33 wickets at 11.87 – the best average by any bowler in a calendar year in 100 years. He now lies 10th in the ICC bowling rankings and second in the all-rounders rankings but Holder said that whatever his achievements, they needed to help drive Windies’ overall success. “Obviously my goal is to be the number one all-rounder but there is a bigger picture in front of me and that’s for us to lift this [Wisden] Trophy,” Holder told reporters here. “We’ve had individual brilliance within the last two years so it’s a matter for us to put it together. I would feel a lot better for us to put it together as a side than for me to continue (in my personal goals). “I’ll do whatever it takes to compete and get the job done for the team, whether it is scoring a hundred or taking seven or eight wickets. I’m willing to put up my hands for the sake of the team.
The foremost job of every Government is ensuring security, both internal security for its citizens and border security from external threat. Given that President David Granger is a career soldier, everyone expects that he has expertise in this area and should, by now, have introduced policies which would have halted the rising crime rate.Instead, from the very first, Granger signalled that he would be soft on crime with the pardoning of criminals which ignored all the regulations governing such releases. National Security Minister Kemraj Ramjattan has followed up with policies and statements that blame the victims by establishing curfews to change our behaviour and now advising that we should use more plastic for financial transactions.Granger has further stated that the current crop of criminals grew up under the lawlessness that occurred during the PPP/C administration. The major lawlessness during that time was the Buxton-centred violence that raged for years. The “freedom fighters” armed with AK-47s claimed they were “marginalised” and the PNC were among those that justified their rampage against a democratically elected government and their perceived supporters, Indian Guyanese.According to a report on the transfer of wealth compiled by Dr Ramesh Gampat and Dr Somdat Mahabir for the GIHA Crime Report, 1.4 million were robbed from mainly Indian Guyanese by the Buxton criminals between February 2002 and February 2003. This figure included property damage and ransoms collected for the release of Indian-Guyanese hostages who were kidnapped and held in Buxton until their family paid up.Some of those criminals and their accomplices were young boys – now grown men, as Granger agrees – and having had a taste of easy money from criminal enterprise are probably not inclined to work especially since there is always the chance of a presidential pardon.But even before the PPP/C took office in 1992, there had been the near-30 years of the PNC dictatorship when kick-down-the-door banditry and open thuggery from the House of Israel and other arms of the state were the “law” of the land.The PPP/C did not spawn the lawlessness. They never, however, managed to curb it mainly because they never had control of the armed forces. That control was and remains in the hands of the PNC’s “kith and kin”.Instead of cracking down on crime, Granger is going after licensed gun holders, a move that would further embolden the criminals. Following the shooting death of a burglar in Diamond by a homeowner, the president spoke about reassessing the issuance of gun licences to private citizens, and a young police officer said to me, sucking his teeth, “The criminals have more rights than we.”It is obvious that morale in the Police Force is very low. They see no reason to stick their necks out when Government is comfortable with blaming the victims and when Granger might well pardon the criminals anyway.The president believes that the rise in crime is a conspiracy to make the police look bad and that guns are being rented out to criminals. Perhaps, he has evidence that informs such statements but, even if true, don’t the police still have to respond and apprehend the criminals?In all the reasons being forwarded for the crime wave, Government avoids stating the obvious: that the shrinking economy results in rising unemployment which leads to more crime.As with the economic downturn, the Granger Government appears hapless in its efforts to stop the runaway crime which targets the homes and businesses of mainly Indian Guyanese and Chinese nationals. Like white supremacists are emboldened by Trump’s victory in the US, is it that criminals here are as emboldened by Granger’s softness on crime?Crime, including political/racial crimes, has been flourishing in Guyana for 50 years and counting. The Buxton-centred violence during the PPP/C administration was undoubtedly used as cover for other nefarious activities and when that government led a pushback that resulted in the shooting deaths of many of the alleged criminals, the PNC and the “human rights” group were very quick to make a case for extra-judicial killings.As now, the PNC and GHRA were never concerned about the victims of the crimes. Crime has been used as a political weapon in Guyana and, because of this, there has been much crime and little or no punishment. It is ingrained in the national psyche as the way to get whatever you want.If there is a conspiracy afoot to make his government look bad, Granger only has to look at the past record of criminal behaviour to find the wellspring for that idea.