…on land giveawayOn Sept 19th, Prezzie spoke to the regional press corps on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, and made an intervention on Hurricane relief for the just battered Caribbean islands. GINA reported the Ministry of the Presidency’s press release the same day on its website: “Guyana stands in solidarity with Dominica, ready to offer support”. There was not a word about what form the “support” would take.However, CARICOM followed up the next day (9/20) with some more details on their website, which, for some reason, indicated the Government’s news agency was rather modest in its announcement: “Guyana’s land space can serve as ‘gift’ to the Caribbean battered by hurricanes – President Granger”. The following day, TT’s Newsday cut to the quick about Prezzie’s offer: “Guyana offers land for hurricane victims”. In the meantime, the state-owned Chronic, whose local reporter had featured prominently in the photograph of Prezzie briefing the press, remained mum.It took this newspaper, on Sept 24, to break the news of the Government’s generosity of offering land to the hurricane-hit ‘small islands’. Now, this subject of “giving away lands” was a very touchy issue in Guyana. ACDA, for instance, had made quite a stink about Indigenous Peoples getting lands in the interior – even though some pointed out it was ALL their lands to begin with!! Your Eyewitness figured the Chronic didn’t report Prezzie’s extraordinary offer because they feared ACDA might take to the streets if they found out about it!If they’d objected to Indigenous Peoples getting land, imagine how they would object to these FOREIGNERS getting land!! The plight of the hurricane-hit islanders wouldn’t cut any ice with ACDA, since surveys from Independence to last month showed the Indigenous Peoples had never recovered from the hurricane called the “European Invasion”, which had hit since 1500!! But ACDA, for some reasons that escape your Eyewitness, didn’t utter a word of protest, and it took the ex-AG from the PPP days to take an ACDA-like line and complain that Prezzie had no legal authority to give away Guyana’s patrimony.Well, the Minister of Information’s water boy finally had the Chronic give the OFFICIAL version of the land giveaway. They quoted the Foreign Minister, who made such a ridiculous statement that it bears full repetition: “If West Indians are interested, and if those who are providing relief, need a place in the short term, at which people can be resettled while (their) land is being rebuilt and made habitable, Guyana is prepared to assist in that regard.”So the islanders would leave the land they own (but where their houses were destroyed); move to Guyanese undeveloped land; develop those and erect TEMPORARY housing, and then MOVE BACK to their islands to rebuild their PERMANENT houses?Something na regulah!!…on reason for land giveawayThe unanswered questions set your Eyewitness thinking as to what is really going on. He found a clue in the Chronic’s paraphrase of Minister Greenidge’s explanation: “…making lands available to islanders is nothing new…lands were made available to St. Lucians and other Caribbean nationals along the Linden/Soesdyke Highway in the past.” The “past” of course, was during the first PNC regime under Burnham, whose reason for bringing in Caribbean nationals weren’t on humanitarian grounds.According to declassified US 1965 files, the Dep CIA Director wrote: “In a conversation…on 20 November, Forbes Burnham stated that his immediate objective is to launch his economic development plan so that he will be able to induce large numbers of West Indians of African descent to settle in Guyana prior to the December 1968 elections. His purpose is radically to alter the racial balance now existing in the electorate in sufficient time to enable him to win a plurality in the 1968 elections.”Is the latest offer déjà vu for 2020?…on Amaila Falls HydroAfter playing ducks and drakes for two and a half years, the APNU/AFC government’s finally admitted what’s been clear from the beginning: they’ve abandoned AMFHP.Cutting Guyana’s nose to spite Jagdeo’s LCDS face? Pitiful…
…of PrezzieYour Eyewitness was intrigued to discover Prezzie had evidently taken that “midnight plane to Georgia” to deliver an address to the PNC group in the “Peach State”. Why did Prezzie have Georgia on his mind? Was it because his unilateralism on placing Patterson in the GECOM Chair had exploded like a rotten sore? Was this trip connected to the PPP’s vigorous reaction in the House? Was a war chest already being created for the great battle of 2020?But Prezzie posed three questions to his audience of ex-pat Guyanese that ironically provided answers to your Eyewitness’ questions. Right off the bat after giving a hagiographical account of the birth of the PNC, Prezzie asked, “You have to ask yourself ‘how the PNC gained office in 1964?’” How indeed?!! Well, it had everything to do with that elephant in the room Prezzie studiously avoids even though he’s a trained historian – the CIA’s campaign to remove the PPP and install the PNC to protect their (the US’s) strategic interests!Your Eyewitness isn’t sure why Prezzie skirts around the issue…the US itself has released the declassified files that are there for anyone with a keyboard (or smartphone) to download. So is Prezzie hinting that once again the PNC has been chosen to protect US interests – this time in oil? Food for thought.The second question Prezzie posed was, “Ask yourself ‘how did the PNC remain in office and what did it do during that year?’” Now that’s simple. The answer, of course, is the British passed the “Emergency Detention Bill”, which saw 15 members of the PPP arrested and detained under the suspension of Habeas Corpus! The PPP became mute since the least resistance would result in being thrown into Sibley Hall at the Mazaruni Prison. The PNC extended this totalitarian law as the “National Security Act”.The third question was “Ask yourself how the PNC (regained office) in 2015 and ask yourself how the PNC would retain office after 2020.” And this brings us to the (fetid) present. The PNC disguised itself as APNU under the fig leaf of the WPA and a number of one-man parties, by promising them Ministries. We know from the treatment of Roopnaraine they got Larwah, but the WPA had come home.APNU, of course, suckered the AFC with the Cummingsburg Accord and they pipped the PPP with their 11% and the random 10,000 who were in the States via US issued visas – and not the “backtrack” at US,000 a pop!And we arrive at (Chief?) Justice Patterson. To “retain office after 2020”, the PNC is following the Burnhamite stride in 1968.Rigging with the connivance of the GECOM Chair!…on travails and travelsThe travails of Nagamootoo are too well known to be regurgitated. Suffice to say, he’s not only been neutralised but effectively neutered. That means no cojones…not even a wind ball! But your Eyewitness just discovered another (sordid) reason why he has accepted his eunuch-like state that impelled him to utter inanities like dubbing protesting Parliamentarians as “domestic terrorists”!!Seems, in addition to his demands for the increased salary, ($1.5M), refurbishing and air conditioning at Main Street, new SUV with outriders, etc, he’s allowed unlimited travel allowances. Last year, he frittered TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS in jetting to foreign destinations – quite a feat for a fella who’s supposed to be in charge of DOMESTIC AFFAIRS!With the Cummingsburg Accord just “a cord” to muzzle Nagamootoo’s mouth, he has nothing to do but twiddle his thumb, utter inanities, cut ribbons and drop symbolic donations to the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle. He might as well fly away!But after clocking in all those frequent flyer miles, what’s left for Foreign Minister Greenidge?
…of (2020) timeBasil Williams, Chairman of the PNC – who, not coincidentally, also just happens to be the “losing-est” Attorney General in the history of Guyana – just concluded a “seminar” of SOCU and FIU hirelings by berating them they’d better get some convictions – by any means necessary! While Williams isn’t the brightest bulb in any room – much less one with lawyers! – it’s clear some of his cases thrown out were brought because of his PNC hat.After three years in office, even the die-hard faithful are wondering what happened to the “billions and billions” the PNC and AFC swore the PPP had pilfered from the treasury. With 2020 looming perilously close, the PNC’s desperate that with no convictions those supporters will be convinced they were taken for a ride with the PNC just throwing shade! Or – which is worse – implicitly concede if the PPP did thief all that money, they’re so smart, the PNC’s left holding the bag!! The PPP ends up heroes – like Clooney and his gang in Oceans 11!!Another problem iWilliamss he and his PNC cohorts are so desperate politically, they just can’t think straight. Take the charge of “misconduct” SOCU’s filed against ex-Finance Minister Ashni Singh and ex-NICIL Head Brassington. Here it is, the PNC’s telling their supporters they want to get back the money the state of Guyana supposedly lost because the two officials sold the three plots of land waaaay below market value.But why bring a CRIMINAL charge if you want Guyana to get back the money it supposedly lost? The penalty for “misconduct in public office” is a life sentence!! Wouldn’t it have been better to bring the charge as a CIVIL matter where the burden of proof is much lower AND THE MONEY LOST TO THE STATE CAN BE fully RECOVERED with a penality thrown in for good measure!!!!? If Williams were familiar with even first year law, he’d know just recently, in the Belizean case of “Marin’, the CCJ affirmed the standing of Attorney Generals to file the TORT of misfeasance in public officials. Here the facts also involved supposedely undervalued land.But this has nothing to do with getting justice for Guyana, does it? It’s all about conducting a vendetta against the PPP – PNC’s political enemy by their reckoning. If you can’t “Hang ‘em high” then jail them for life!! It’s of more than passing interest that the Court in Marin considered the possibility of political vendettas, knowing our local political climate. But we knew where the PNC was going from the beginning, didn’t we?It’s why SARA – the State Assets Recovery Agency – wasn’t used but SOCU – Special ORGANISED CRIME Unit!!…of lipstick for BurnhamGranger’s gone into overdrive to redeem the “legacy” of Burnham he’s sworn to continue. You have to give the man credit – he’s even given over his only begotten house to the “Burnham Foundation”- run by Vincent Alexander, who’s charge of that project. But with Burnham’s legacy in tatters by every possible measure, Alexander’s been forced to fudge history to find something redeeming.So, after cussing out the PPP for the past sixty years, on behalf of the PNC, Alexander claims Burnham was a “co-founder” of the PPP!! Guess they can’t deny the PPP its historic role of being the party that fought for independence, so they might as well claim it. But if you’re going to lie, we can’t understand why Alexander doesn’t take a page from the Trump Playbook and tell some real whoppers. Like Burnham was the sole founder of the PPP!!After all, at the age of 12 he’d already declared he was going to be the leader of an independent Guyana – so there!!Jagan’s vow at Enmore was 16 years later!!…of (economic) wiggle roomJust when Jordan promised the economy would “rebound” from its abysmal 2.1% 2017 growth grawl, comes news that Rusal has to curtail bauxite production.He’s a real jinx!!
– Guyana heading into an economic crisisReaders of this column would recall that in April 2017 and July 2018 this author dealt with this issue of foreign currency shortages. The findings and conclusions on the issue back then remained virtually the same again on the current issue of a shortage. However, there are some new developments which were also predicted in the analysis of this author in previous writings way back in 2017.In the previous articles published in the 2018 column, this column contended that an artificial shortage tends to be created from time to time wherein, the commercial banks, narrowing this down, two of the six commercial banks are the real culprits that distort the domestic market by investing a greater portion of their foreign currency balances in foreign assets abroad to simply earn higher returns and to prop up their profits, instead of focusing on lending wisely and more prudently in the domestic economy. Based on the last available data, the level of their foreign investments abroad is about US$200 million or more.Bank of Guyana Foreign Exchange InterventionUS$ MillionTable 1.1International Reserves & Foreign Assets for Jan – Dec 2018US$ MillionTable 1.2Other key Macroeconomic Data for Jan – June (Half year reports)US$ MillionsTable 1.3Source: Bank of Guyana Statistical AbstractHaving said that, in June 2017, another series of articles were written on the economic impacts of the closure of the sugar estates where again – this analyst had argued that sugar is one of the largest export earning commodity for the country. Export earnings from sugar in 2013 amounted US$114.2 million and in 2015 was recorded at US$81 million. Therefore, by reducing the level of sugar production thereby reducing export of sugar, the obvious consequence is that foreign currency inflow will be reduced drastically, which will eventually deplete the country’s foreign reserves, the exchange rate will depreciate as there will be a shortage of foreign currency, the local currency’s value will deteriorate. Further, with a depletion of foreign assets or foreign currency, the country will not have the ability to import foreign goods. Think of all the commodities and consumable items, luxury goods which we currently enjoy, importation of such goods will be constrained. Sadly, this is what the future of the country will be like, given the destructive policies in this respect and the direction policymakers are seemingly heading in regards to the touted actions they are seriously considering to pursue with the Guyana Sugar Corporation.Fast forward now to 2019, it is unfortunate to say the least that these predictions of two years ago have now manifested. (The analysis of the data presented today will be continued next week).
The results of the general elections of 1997 were not accepted by the then Opposition. That refusal led to prolonged, massive street protests and in the process, violence was unleashed on many citizens and some properties burnt. The ensuing instability heightened tension and fear, businesses and the national economy almost ground to a halt, and the country’s progress set back.The Opposition, which was pellucid that the elections were fraudulent despite the contrary as expressed by observers, maintained that the then Government would not be recognized. Its actions to make the country ungovernable were therefore not by coincidence, but deliberate means to have the Government demit office.The situation worsened as time progressed and Guyana’s post-election violence made international headlines, tarnishing the country’s image in the process. The Government maintained that it was democratically elected and that the Opposition, with a history of such actions, was attempting to take the seat of power by illegal means.The Opposition refused to relent and allow constitutional and democratic processes to work. Turning a blind eye to the negative consequences its actions were having on the country and people at the time, it seemed obsessed with its intention of being the Government. As the stalemate continued and as fear and uncertainty swirled, the Opposition made demands for external intervention, which resulted in Caricom establishing a commission to help resolve the impasse.As months went by, the commission derived the Herdmanston Accord which both sides signed in acceptance, willingly or unwillingly. That Accord instructed an agreement from the Government to reduce its five-year constitutionally-mandated term in office to three years and fresh elections be held two years before legally due.The context of that is without any semblance of ambiguity. Simply put, a democratically elected Government was made to reduce its term in office after deliberately orchestrated and sustained acts by the Opposition to render the country unstable and ungovernable; their wishes seemingly realized by Caricom’s intervention and presence.The Government in question was the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) and the Opposition, the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR). It’s worthwhile to note that the elections in 2001, which followed 1997 as per the accord, were not without violence. Having, again, not wanting to accept that the PPPC had won, street protests were mounted with inevitable consequences.Not to be forgotten, on January 12, 1998, the Court ruled in favour of the PPPC regarding the outcome of the 1997 elections. On that now infamous day, many Guyanese, predominantly of one ethnic group, were beaten, robbed and molested. That incident led to a private group conducting an inquiry with documented evidence from many victims.The main takeaway: the unmistakable trait of a political entity unwilling to invoke destabilizing mechanisms when its desire is not fulfilled, even if fulfilment would contradict democratic norms leading to negative consequences and a seeming lack of intent to conform to the rule of law.While in Opposition during 2011-2015, it began the process of bringing a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against the then Donald Ramotar administration. In the act of doing so, it boasted of its clear understanding of the constitutional procedures of a successful NCM. Armed with its combined one-seat majority of 33 against 32, it knew the threatened NCM would be successful, that the Government would have fallen and fresh elections to be held with the constitutionally mandated 90-day period.Cognizant of that, Ramotar prorogued Parliament as he was constitutionally allowed. Of utmost importance was the fact the then Opposition knew that a majority of one vote was all that was needed to topple the Government; 33 out of 65. Now in Government and with an NCM successfully passed against it as upheld by the Speaker, it found all excuses to claim that 33 is not a majority of 65 and as such the NCM was invalid.That’s a wholesale and convenient contradiction of what it boasted of previously. Its preposterous arguments were knocked down by the High Court, upheld by 2:1 in the Appeal Court and knocked down again by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Even in the face of the CCJ’s ruling while awaiting the consequential orders, there has been no genuine attempt to implement the constitutional procedures that follow a successful NCM.From all appearances, it is consumed with efforts to remain in office despite what the Constitution and Court rulings mandate. To try and “justify” its actions, it protested against itself for House-to-House registration, thereby defying the 90-day period for fresh elections and constitutional provisions to accommodate eligible voters.Its continued defiance is not only unimaginable but extremely worrisome in the context of its own history of being reluctant to accept electoral defeat and abide by the rule of law. That is aside from conveniently dumping its own position while in the Opposition a few years ago.As it is, fear and uncertainty prevail and business seems at a standstill. The related consequences are obvious and not totally dissimilar to previous times in the country’s history. Given that history, a very pertinent and probably sensitive question would be; what if the PPP had done what the Government has regarding the successful passage of the NCM? Another maybe; where is Caricom now?
When the United Republican Party (URP) partnered with the Patriotic Coalition For Democracy in the early 1990s to bring Jimmy Carter to Guyana, we were patriotic in our behaviour to partner with all democratic forces to unite to restore democratic rule in our homeland.The ruling People’s National Congress (PNC) under LFS Burnham had become a dictator terrorising the country and bankrupting the economy during the 1970s and 1980s. Burnham had consistently and deliberately forced the country into international isolation which eventually saw us becoming an impoverished nation. We all lived in fear as we dared not talk anything against “The Comrade Leader” – as he was fearfully termed.The URP acknowledges the contribution that President Hugh Desmond Hoyte made in shying away from the austere measures of Burnham, especially as it related to the food restrictions and shortages of every good and in restoring our relationship in the international community of nations, reversing the isolation.After the 1992 elections under the leadership of Dr Cheddi Jagan, we saw signs of hope and prosperity. It became obvious that after the passing of Dr and Mrs Jagan, the PPP, like their daughter the PNC, became rogue.The PPP got involved in cronyism and unabated corruption. They moved away from being interested in the working class. The rich associated with the party automatically became much richer. And many who were poor when they became ranking officials of the PPP became filthy rich. All the while the citizens of Guyana – all the races – have remained underpaid and impoverished. We have not had access to proper healthcare, and neither have we benefited from working for a living wage.The citizens of Guyana watched in horror as the party hacks of the PPP and the PNC bought houses, vehicles and other pieces of tangible property. We saw them travel to different countries with their families. Many of them could not resist the temptation of posting those pictures on the social media sites. All the while the average Guyanese struggled to make ends meet.The general consensus is that those closely related to the governing parties cannot afford these purchases and travel on their regular salaries. Their monies must be coming from ill-gotten means and methods.We have yet to see the financial statements of our leaders. However, we do not expect any full disclosures from any of our politicians, not PNC, PPP, AFC, as we are convinced that they cannot be trusted.The PNC and AFC are adamantly opposed to disclosing financial statements; this is a reversal of their position when they were in opposition. We have come to realise that the delay in revealing their financials is a tactic employed to buy time for them to hide their ill-gotten gains.Now the PNC and friends are in government and the exchange that the country voted for is becoming more and more obvious. Cronyism and corruption continue as normal. The local municipal government in Georgetown that the PNC has put in place is beginning to show the PPP-type corruption, from the cleaning-up of the City, to the money spent for the Jubilee Park and related celebrations, to the brewing parking meter fiasco.The country is again watching in horror as every day the same kinds of accusations are levelled at the government with equal displeasure as was meted out to the PPP. And what is scary, is the fact that this government is displaying the same kind of nonchalance as their PPP counterparts. There is no transparency and no accountability.The URP is convinced more than ever before that this government is unable to manage this country and what is sickening, is the fact that they are displaying the worse of the traits that the previous government embodied. This has left the country feeling betrayed and dejected. The appreciated reality is that those who voted for and expected change are left feeling abused and slighted by those who convinced them that things would have changed.During our campaign in the 2015 general elections, the United Republican Party had warned the citizens of Guyana about this possibility. We are not the least proud to say, “We told you so.” We warned, “The PNC is not likely to change from its bad old ways”. So said and so it is.The AFC has been morphed into the PNC as its executives seek wealth at the expense of the working class. We only hope the citizens of Guyana have now learned their lesson.Yours truly,Vishnu Bandhu.Leader URP
Dear Editor,The retirement of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and the public announcement in this regard has occasioned another flurry about the Commission in the media. Joining that flurry was one Mr Neil Kumar, who made three assertions among others. He asserted that: (1) “the election results were by law supposed to be verified by the Information Technology tabulation and the corresponding manual tabulation. However, none of this was done”. (2) “Guyanese must now demand that GECOM tell us how many fake SOPs were discovered. This information must come forward so that we could know the specific areas and the Presiding Officers that were involved in the rigging of the 2015 elections”; and (3) “The former Chairman and the Chief Elections Officer of the Guyana Election Commission should be held responsible for their actions in allowing fake SOPs to infiltrate the system”.The first observation I wish to make is that whoever attempted to corrupt the system with fake Statements of Poll did so on the heels of Mr Boodhoo and the Commission’s misappropriation of a Linden Constituency seat in 2006. An Alliance For Change (AFC) seat was appropriated to the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), and Mr Boodhoo attempted to pass off a fictitious result in 2011 (he sought to allocate the one-seat majority to the PPP/C rather than to the Opposition, to which it rightfully belonged). The fake Statements of Poll in 2015 continued the corrupt trend of 2006 and 2011.Of interest is that the now vocal Kumar and his comrades-in-arms were deafening in their silence in 2006 and 2011. That attitude defies any claim that their interest is in free and fair elections. It clearly shows that their singular concern is being declared the winner at all cost. That contention is further fortified by Kumar’s three concerns. The fact of the matter is that GECOM’s IT Division, which was fully operational in 2006 and 2011 when electoral fraud was perpetrated and attempted on the respective occasions, was shut down in 2015 when it was discovered that fake statements had found their way into the system and into the IT unit for the tabulation of the results. What nails Kumar’s fabrication is that in addition to the manual calculations, the CEO resorted to other computers for the purpose of computing the results, as required by law; and in so doing, met the legal requirement which Kumar falsely or maliciously claims was not met.By requesting information on which Statements of Poll were faked as the basis for identifying the “specific areas and the Presiding Officers that were involved in the rigging of the 2015 elections”, it is logical to conclude that Kumar knows at which stage in the process the fakes had entered the system, although his party would have collected statements at every polling station and did not challenge any of the statements used for tabulating the results at the district counting centres; yet he concludes that they were from specific polling stations.If the statements entered the system at the points that Kumar contended that they did, how could he accuse Surujbally and Lowenfield of actions that allowed the infiltration; which by his contention took place at polling places where neither Surujbally nor Lowenfield was present, and where neither was in direct control.Let it be known that the discovery of fakes was done at the Central Command Centre after the statements would have been included in the tabulation of the IT unit.Kumar has successfully spun his own web, which in turn has entrapped him and exposed his fabrications which he purports to be the truth. He, however, seems to be a stranger to the truth.Yours truly,Vincent AlexanderGECOMCommissioner
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James laughs as he waits to check in to the team’s NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half Friday, March 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 129-115. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — LeBron James’ first season with the Los Angeles Lakers is over.James will sit out the final six games of the Lakers’ sixth consecutive losing season, the team announced Saturday. In a statement, President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka claimed the decision will provide James with a head start on offseason healing for a three-month-old groin strain, the first significant injury of his career.ADVERTISEMENT P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Los Angeles is 34-42 after beating Charlotte 129-115 on Friday night, with James scoring 27 points in what turned out to be his final appearance.The Lakers have won three of four since being eliminated from playoff contention last week with a loss to Brooklyn, their 10th in 11 games and their 28th in 42 games since Christmas.Los Angeles entered Saturday’s games with the NBA’s 10th-worst record. While a strong finish to the season could be a boost for the future, it could also damage the Lakers’ hopes of landing an elite talent in the draft.“We picked a hell of a time to have a great rhythm,” James said after the Lakers beat the Hornets. “We’re having fun. We’re playing the way we wanted to play all year, but obviously because of injuries, multiple lineup changes and things of that nature, that would affect it. But we’ve kind of known who’s going to be in the lineup over these last few games, and it’s allowed us to have our rotations down, and guys have been playing well.”Although James’ first season with Los Angeles was a failure, it showed promise before injuries changed everything.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Explosive win from Yoon Chang Min kicks off ONE: New Era Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Lakers were 20-14 and in fourth place in the Western Conference when James strained his groin during a stunning 26-point road victory over Golden State on Christmas. He sat out their next 17 games in the longest injury absence of his career.James returned to the lineup for good in early February, but the injury-plagued Lakers were unable to recover and make the playoffs.Along with James, the Lakers are finishing the season without three key players in their young core. Brandon Ingram has been out since March 2 due to a blood clotting issue, while Lonzo Ball hasn’t played since Jan. 19 because of an ankle injury, and Josh Hart was ruled out for the season this week with a knee injury.“I haven’t been a part of a season with this ton of injuries to all our key guys, to big, big key guys,” James said earlier this month. “It’s just the way the season has been. We’ve had guys step up … but for us, we prided ourselves on our depth to start the season, and obviously our depth has dwindled.”Earlier this season, the 34-year-old James expressed ambivalence about the possibility of shutting himself down early, saying such a decision would clash with his natural competitiveness. He also said he felt fresh after the least-busy season of his adult life.But Johnson and Pelinka apparently persuaded James of the wisdom of an early wrap to a lost year, followed by a fresh start in the fall.Overall, the Lakers went 28-27 with James in their lineup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “After consulting with our team doctors and medical staff, we have decided to hold LeBron out of games for the remainder of the season,” the statement said. “This decision will allow his groin to fully heal, and is best for the future success of both LeBron and the Lakers.”James is the NBA’s fifth-leading scorer at 27.4 points per game, and he averaged 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists in his first season on the West Coast. He will accompany the Lakers on their upcoming trip to New Orleans and Oklahoma City, but the 16-year NBA veteran won’t play again in his first non-playoff season since 2005, his second year in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJames appeared in the past eight NBA Finals with Miami and Cleveland, but he will finish this year playing in a career-low 55 games and a career-low 35.2 minutes per game for the Lakers. Despite James’ ballyhooed arrival along with Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee to lead the Lakers’ talented young core, Los Angeles failed to overcome several major injuries and a midseason crisis of team confidence when the Lakers attempted to land superstar Anthony Davis in a multi-player trade.“It’s challenging, but I kind of knew what I was getting myself into,” James said earlier this month. ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Eya Laure then iced it with a block on Buitre for UST’s eighth win in 11 matches.UST, which faces Far Eastern University and National University next, needs just one more win to clinch outright semifinals spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSisi Rondina blasted away with 20 points but she got enough help from the rest of her teammates who are aching to make the Final Four after missing it the previous two seasons.Laure finished with 10 points, while Dimdim Pacres had nine and Kecelyn Galdones eight points. Caitlyn Viray and Alina Bicar wound up with six points each with the later also tossing 14 excellent sets. Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far LATEST STORIES MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Playoff-ready Raptors wrap up regular season with dominant win ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sisi Rondina, Eya Laure, Dimdim Pacres and Caityln Viray. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–University of Santo Tomas needed a big finishing kick before disposing of University of the Philippines, 25-21, 25-12, 26-24, Wednesday and gaining a playoff spot for the Final Four of the UAAP women’s volleyball at FilOil Flying V Center.Staring at two set-points, 22-24, after a Marian Buitre four-point binge, the Tigresses steadied their defense and forced the Lady Maroons to commit three successive errors.ADVERTISEMENT P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US View comments
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