Coach of England wins nation’s heart by being a nice guy

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Southgate’s compassion sparked a hashtag for the coach’s real and imagined acts of kindness such as “#GarethSouthgateWould stop and help you put the chain back on your bike even if he was all dressed in his waistcoat and late for the game.”Southgate became manager less than two years ago after the Football Association’s first choice was forced out after unguarded comments to undercover reporters. Since then he has quietly ushered out the last of the old stars and brought together a group of youngsters who modestly shrug off compliments and give kudos to their teammates.Perhaps more importantly, he recognized the contribution of the fans, something that had been eroded during the superstar era. After every game, Southgate and his players walk across the field to applaud the supporters who have traveled to Russia to cheer for the team.“We had lost a bit of connection,” Willis, a 57-year-old fan from Birmingham, said of past regimes. “That is now back. All the team and the back room applaud our input to the game.”That has also translated into huge support back home in football-mad England.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs BanKo-Perlas captures PVL bronze medal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding At least 20 million people, 38 percent of England’s population, watched Saturday’s victory over Sweden, according to figures from the BBC. Commentators say the actual number was much higher because so many people watched the game on huge screens in parks and shopping centers.London authorities are inviting 30,000 fans to the city’s Hyde Park for a screening of Wednesday’s semifinal against Croatia. Fearing demand will far exceed that, authorities stressed that only those with tickets should come to the park. Ticket services reported hundreds of people were trying to dump theater tickets for Wednesday because they had more pressing business elsewhere.Social media sites are urging fans to wear waistcoats — please don’t call them vests — to the office ahead of the big match — a “Waistcoat Wednesday” if you will. Marks & Spencer, the official tailor to the England team, says sales of the grandfatherly garments have doubled during the World Cup.Rio Ferdinand, one of the previous “golden generation” of players who is now a commentator for the BBC, has been leading the cheers for this year’s team, asking fans to post videos of their beer-throwing, chest-bearing, flag-waving celebrations after the win over Sweden.On Sunday, Ferdinand tweeted his own mea culpa for past failures, while also highlighting Southgate’s unique contribution.“Why weren’t the golden generation… the golden generation???” he tweeted. “We as players look at ourselves first…we never performed….but sometimes you have to be allowed to perform! Gareth is allowing this current @England to do this.”That’s paying off.Kane, who turns 25 later this month, has scored six goals in the tournament. Dele Alli, 22, came back from injury to score the team’s second goal against Sweden. Fabian Delph, 28, played the last 15 minutes of Saturday’s game after missing the previous game against Colombia because Southgate allowed him to go home for the birth of his third child.Southgate himself recognizes the contributions of everyone, from the physiotherapists to the players who push their teammates in practice but rarely get into a game, even to fans back home.“Our country has been through some difficult moments recently in terms of its unity, and I think sport has the power to do that and football, in particular, has the power to do that,” he said. “So for us, we can feel the energy and we can feel the support from home, and that’s, that’s a very special feeling. It’s a privilege.” 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 Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “He’s very much about a team spirit. It’s more about the collective — you can see it in the way he deals with the squad,” said Paul Willis, who was in the stands last Saturday in Samara, Russia, when England reached the semifinals with a 2-0 victory over Sweden. “We had superstars, but we didn’t have a team.”Southgate’s focus on teamwork and civility has made him an unlikely icon in a country that is deeply divided by bitter arguments over plans to leave the European Union and a widening gap between rich and poor. England Captain Harry Kane may be the tournament’s leading scorer, but fans are donning waistcoats and ties — even as the country enjoys an unusually hot summer — in homage to Southgate as pundits extol the 47-year-old coach’s calm leadership.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“He has shown us the value of courtesy, kindness, hard work and that most derided of virtues, niceness,” columnist India Knight wrote in the Sunday Times. “He has redefined not just how to be a manager, but how to be a man.”Southgate displayed his character after England’s July 3 victory over Colombia, offering a supportive hug to Colombian player Mateus Uribe after his miss in a penalty shootout helped England advance. The England coach understood Uribe’s agony, having missed a similar shot at the 1996 European championships. The moment of empathy also reminded the country how Southgate once lampooned his own failure with a Pizza Hut commercial in which he wore a bag over his head to shield his identity from angry fans.center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Barring that, it does help to have a snappy waistcoat.“Quite frankly, I don’t care what he wears,” Willis said. “He can wear a tutu if we carry on winning.” NVGRELATED STORIES:England football manager’s World Cup waistcoats just the right fit for London museumAfter so much humiliation, England a source of pride, unitySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ England head coach Gareth Southgate watches his players take part in a training session for the England team at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in the Spartak Zelenogorsk ground, Zelenogorsk near St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Image: AP Photo/Alastair GrantLONDON (AP) — In an age of tattoos, tongue piercings and tensions over Brexit, a soft-spoken man in a dark blue waistcoat and striped tie is uniting England amid dreams of victory in soccer’s World Cup.Coach Gareth Southgate is the buttoned-down leader of a new generation of players who speak softly and let their victories silence critics. And England supporters have found that refreshing after years of underperforming teams led by stars such as David Beckham, who became as much a celebrity as an athlete.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

After knockout of Matthysse, promoters lining up anew to sign Pacquiao

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Among those who are trying to sign Pacquiao are his former promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom and Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions.Arum planed in straight to Gen. Santos City on Friday to convince Pacquiao to challenge any of the best two fighters in his stable, WBO welterweight champ Terence Crawford or undefeated Ukrainian lightweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Hearn is reportedly bringing in a deal for Pacquiao to be featured in DAZN, a new streaming service that rivals ESPN+, which beamed the July 15 bout against Lucas Matthysse.Under Hearn is Pacquiao’s former sparring partner, Amir Khan who has since called him out for a showdown in London. Tigresses unscathed 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 LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img De La Hoya, who said Pacquiao was the toughest fight of his career, watched at ringside in Kuala Lumpur with an open-ended offer to work with the Filipino global superstar.Pacquiao had earlier said he will fight either Dec. 2 or 8, with three or four boxers being floated as a possible foe.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines poses after defeating Lucas Matthysse of Argentina during their WBA World welterweight title bout in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. Pacquiao won the WBA welterweight world title after knocking out Matthysse on round seven. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)Once again, Manny Pacquiao is the most sought after fighter in all of boxing.After scoring a thrilling knockout win over Lucas Matthysse just as people thought he was over the hill, Pacquiao found himself in the middle of a tug-of-war of sorts among top boxing promoters the way he did several years back when he was the top pound-for-pound fighter.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View commentslast_img read more

NCAA: Blazers rout Generals, end 2-game skid

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCollege of St. Benilde used a big second quarter to crush Emilio Aguinaldo College, 84-71, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Blazers pulled away from a tight game in the second quarter, where they dominated the Generals, 26-11.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Baseball with signatures of 11 greats fetches $623,369 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins They shot 48 percent from the field while holding the Generals to just 33 percent and forcing them to turn the ball over 30 times.Yankee Haruna added 11 points for CSB, which won convincingly despite going 12-of-22 from the free throw line and getting outrebounded, 60-31.Jess Bautista led EAC (2-5), which saw its streak end at two games, with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Hamadou Laminou also posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew JJ Domingo broke out of his scoring slump as he unleashed a game-high 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field on top of seven rebounds and four assists.“We know he (Domingo) can score and its just a matter of patience. I hope he counties to dish out this kind of games,” said CSB head coach TY Tang.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Domingo has been struggling this season, scoring only 13 total points heading into the game against the Generals, as per league statistician Pong Ducanes.The Blazers (3-4) stopped a two-game slide and they did it by executing on offense and clamping down on defense. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Asian Games: Thailand overwhelms returning Philippines in women’s volleyball

first_imgPhilippines’ Alyssa Valdez (L) hits the ball as Thailand’s Pimipichaya Kokram (C) and Hattaya Bamrungsuk (R) defend during their women’s Group A preliminary volleyball match between the Philippines and Thailand at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACEJAKARTA—Talk about being welcomed back to the Asian Games the wrong way.Regional power Thailand dealt the Philippine women’s volleyball team a sound beating on Sunday afternoon, scoring a 25-22, 25-12, 25-15 ripping of the Filipinos, who are playing in the Games for the first time in 36 years and clearly looked like they would need a lot of catching up to do.ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Semis-bound PH poomsae teams assured of bronze medals in Asian Games Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Next up for Team Philippines is another rated side in Japan on Tuesday and the Filipinos have three more chances to book at least one win and make it to the next round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READcenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES View comments Consistently finding holes in the Philippine defense while attacking with impunity and defending fluidly, the Thais just needed to shrug off a bum start before pulling away, with the second and third sets looking like a no-contest at GBK’s Indoor Tennis Courts here.Coach Shaq delos Santos used all of his players in the Philippines’ first Asiad stint since 1982, giving everyone a feel of what it’s like and letting everyone know what kind of competition they need to overcome to be among the region’s elite.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We need to experience (top level) tournaments like this,” Delos Santos said.The Philippines got off to a strong start, taking a 9-2 lead before gradually losing steam from 21-all to lose the first set. The Filipinos won just 27 points in the next two sets to go down in just over 70 minutes. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

Robert Bolick looks to end San Beda career with a bang

first_imgCarpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES The upcoming NCAA Season 94 Finals match up between San Beda and Lyceum is nothing short of interesting.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ No matter what the result, the graduating Bolick couldn’t help but wax sentimental as his collegiate career nears it close.“This is what we’ve been waiting for. Of course, I’m happy but at the same time sad because my career will be over in two or three games,” said Bolick who had 23 points, four rebounds, and six assists in the semifinals.“Of course I’ll be happy if we win but if we won’t win that that’d be devastating in my final year.”ADVERTISEMENT UP Maroons, FEU Lady Tams looking to raise their game with PSL stint San Beda has always been the NCAA’s perennial power having won 21 titles since 1924, while Lyceum, which only became a member in 2011, is the new kid that continues to pull off surprises.Star point guard Robert Bolick expects fireworks to once again go off in the title series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“This will be a good matchup because we are the teams the people actually expected to meet in the finals,” said Bolick in Filipino after the Red Lions beat University of Perpetual Help, 83-72, to return to the finals Friday.Bolick and the Red Lions emerged victorious in Season 93 against the Pirates, who turned heads by sweeping the elimination round with 18 games, in a series that San Beda wrapped up in two games. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Barriga loses to Licona in world title fight

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Wilder, Fury battle to draw in heavyweight thriller The 23-year-old Licona extended his unbeaten start to 14 wins with two knockouts and dealt Barriga his first professional defeat after going 9-0.Licona, who was born in Mexico and grew up in California, earned a 115-113 score from two judges while the other had it, 115-113, for Barriga.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Mark Anthony Barriga fell short in his first world title fight after absorbing a narrow loss to American Carlos Licona in their minimumweight bout Sunday (Manila time) at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA.Barriga, the London Olympian, failed to win the vacant IBF belt in the 105-pound class as Licona earned a split decision victory.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Generika-Ayala routs Cignal for PSL All-Filipino bronze

first_imgNo.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Generika-Ayala subdued Cignal in straight sets, 25-12, 30-28, 25-13, to claim the bronze medal in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.This is the best finish of the Lifesavers in four years or since they won the title in the 2014 All-Filipino Conference when they joined forces with Philippine Army.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gilas experience gives Abu Tratter edge in PBA Draft LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ 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 “And I told the management that we can’t keep changing the roster because we have to retain this core since the players already had the chemistry.”Meneses added that the team has a legitimate chance at the title in “two years” and the bronze medal in this conference was just part of their title chase in the future.Patty Orendain finished with 16 points for the Lifesavers to lead all scorers while Angeli Araneta and Ceballos had 13 and 10 points, respectively.Royse Tubino led the HD Spikers with 15 points while Rachel Ann Daquis had 10.ADVERTISEMENT The Lifesavers held a slim 12-10 lead in the third but was able to quickly gain momentum going on an 8-2 run to take a 20-12 lead.Fiola Ceballos then, scored on back-to-back aces to finish off the HD Spikers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissGenerika-Ayala head coach Sherwin Meneses said his team has slowly turned itself around and gradually built a chemistry that could help them compete for the championship in the near future.“The first conference was okay because we had an import but the players didn’t know each other very well,” said Meneses in Filipino. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

‘Keep the Principles of Marriage’

first_imgThe pastor of the Bethel Cathedral of Hope, John Baryogar, has urged a newly wedded couple to live their lives in conformity with principles governing marriage as instituted and ordained by God in keeping with the scriptures.Rev. Baryogar gave the admonition Saturday, May 3, during the solemnization of holy matrimony between D. Irene Kwanue, and Jimmy N.C. Bokay in Monrovia.Irene is the daughter of Daily Observer’s educational columnist, C.Y. Kwanue.Both Irene and Jimmy had obtained their first degree from the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University (AMEZU where their relationship began few years ago.“From this day onward till death do you part, the two of you are husband and wife; as such, you must live the life of a marry couple with the motto, “Love, not Hatred,” and shun listening to gossips. Do not entertain negative interferences in your relationship,” Rev. Baryogar warned to the delight of the congregation, comprising mainly young people.According to him, God is the maker of marriage, and as such, the couple should do everything at all times to satisfy or maintain their marital vows relatives to its principles.Quoting Genesis Chapter two, Pastor Baryogar said, “It is not good for the man to be alone,” because God has made for him a suitable female helper.Based on this instruction, he maintained that it was important to know that the one, who makes marriage or family, is still on the throne and, as such, “if we obey the principle of the Bible, we will get the desire results from our marriage.”Other officiating clergies included the Bishop-designate of the Bethel Cathedral of Hope, M. Wolo Belleh, Resident Pastor, Rev. Della B. Belleh, the Assistant Pastor, Rev. Augustus C. Tolbert, among others. The brief, but time-bound and well coordinated ceremony brought together friends, and relatives of the bride and groom as well as other well-wishers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Local Authority Areas are very worrying

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Elections Commission has commenced yet another Cycle of Continuous Registration. This process started on Monday, 21st May, and is expected to conclude on 19th July, 2018.The advertisement is indeed most interesting, as it speaks about Claims and Objections and Registration Phase 2 exercises. During the present period, it is of significance to note that all forms of objection and application for correction of particulars and transactions shall be sent by the Registration Officer to the Commissioner of Registration. Applications may be made by persons whose names appear in the Preliminary List for changes and corrections of particulars as shown in the List, and effect transfers from one Registration District/ Division/Sub-Division/Local Authority/Area /Constituency to another.This is very important, and it is imperative that the Guyana Elections Commission provide citizens with the most appropriate Preliminary Voters List. A thorough check should be made with the list that is posted by GECOM in a division/sub-division.The appropriate list is the Constituency List, whereon the citizens, and particularly the village leaders, can look and have a clear understanding of the List, which will have the voters in the correct constituency.This is the Eleventh Cycle of Continuous Registration, and it is sad to note that GECOM is not providing the NDCs with the respective Constituency List. Local Government Elections are all about the first- past-the-post constituency and proportional representation elections in the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils and Municipalities. Hence the citizens must be fully aware of the people who are on the List within the specific boundaries.The suggestion that there will be several new Local Authority Areas is very worrying. Further, there are also reports that there will be adjustments to constituency boundaries. These changes cannot be catapulted on GECOM and the Guyanese voters.Mobile registration would also be done during this cycle; however, the commencement of mobile registration would depend on the Tender Board approval of the costs for land, water and air transportation, among other administrative expenses. The Tender Board procedures should have been completed before the Cycle of Registration commences, to ensure that the mobile registration exercises commence in time, with two rounds in the hinterland regions other than the one round that was done in the previous Cycle of Continuous Registration. If the Tender Board does not approve the quotations to provide services in a week’s time, then certainly GECOM would have the excuse to do only one round of Mobile registration in the hinterland, considering that this Cycle of Registration has already been delayed by two weeks merely because of the Order not been gazetted and published.GECOM has to do better to provide the services to the citizens of this country, to ensure that they are registered among the other transactions that they are doing. The Registration Officers at GECOM Centre have to be more encouraging and tolerant to persons who are seeking to have transactions done.The dress code should also be relaxed to accommodate persons other than to inconvenience them to change clothing before they could enter a Registration Centre. The onus of GECOM is to have everyone registered, thus they should be flexible to accommodate persons who might not return if they are sent away for change of clothing.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Tribute to Sushma Swaraj ji

first_imgDear Editor,Reference is made to Page 4’s beautiful picture of Sushma Swaraj ji as published in Guyana Times on August 7, 2019. She is well known among Guyanese in the diaspora, if not in Guyana. There are several of us (in the diaspora and in Guyana) who have reasons to mourn the demise of this iconic figure. She closely interacted with a few of us since the 1990s, as we pressed for closer relations between India and the diaspora, and we lobbied for greater financial assistance for Guyana and the Indian diaspora.Although Shrimati Sushma never visited Guyana or the Caribbean region, the people were close to her heart. She was very sympathetic to and supportive of Guyanese and Caribbean causes. She supported an increase in financial assistance – and scholarships, the Know India Programme, and she introduced the Senior KIP, which Ravi Dev and myself, championed at a meeting in August 2016 in Delhi— to Guyana and the greater Caribbean region. It was our connection with Indian politicians and lobbying decades ago that led to greater assistance to Guyana.Sushma was very approachable. She was always willing to engage and interact. She rarely turned down a request and facilitated her guests. She had no ego and arrogance. She was willing to listen and to take advice. Her smile, intellect, composure, nationalism, demeanour, charisma, friendliness, encouragement and support for the diaspora would be missed. Guyanese politicians should be like her.I have very fond memories of the charismatic Indian politician. I met her several times in India, New York, and New Jersey, including at her residence shortly after she became External (Foreign) Affairs Minister, where we had extensive discussions on Guyana and the Caribbean region. My first encounter with her was during her stint as Information Minister in the late 1990s and again in New York when she inaugurated Asia TV station in Edison into the new century. Several prominent Guyanese were invited to that event that was graced by Members of Congress and the US Administration. Many Guyanese subscribe to TV Asia that is broadcast internationally on cable. I interacted with her at several diaspora gatherings (PBDs) in India. Beside that encounter, I had lengthy conversations with Sushma on the Caribbean region and the diaspora in North America and Europe and even met her when she served as in the Delhi Assembly as Chief Minister and as Opposition Leader. She was a patron and financial supporter on conferences relating to Guyana and the greater Caribbean in India and the Caribbean. I helped to plan and organise several of these conferences including the last one held at Benaras Hindu University last January. And she supported requests for increased financial aid to Guyana and the region going back to the late 1990s when she was minister of government.Sushma ji, as she was fondly called, had a very friendly, down-to-earth and warm personality. She was also very knowledgeable of world affairs, having served as Foreign Minister for five years. Aside from the late PM Atal Beharri Vajpayee and Lal Kishan Advani, she showed the greatest interest among Indian politicians on Indians in the diaspora. She was very close to the aging Advani (approaching 90) on diaspora and other affairs and would interact with us in New York and at PBDs in Delhi. She often solicited ideas on the diaspora and issued messages related to their events.Sushma was among the nominees for PM position of the BJP in 2014, but she stood down making way for Shri Narendra Modi, who led the party to victory and became External Affairs Minister. She was very popular and won all of her contests to Parliament, except once when she lost to Sonia Gandhi in 2004 from the Bellary constituency in Karnataka.In December 2010, she was the keynote speaker on a conference on Indian culture in the diaspora praising overseas Indians for their cultural retention and for promoting India’s soft power. The forum provided an opportunity for us Guyanese to have an exchange with the respected Minister. In 2013, she invited the esteemed Ravi Dev and myself for a special summit in Delhi on a conference on preservation of documents pertaining to Indian indentureship document and history. The Indian government was committed to digitising historical documents in Guyana so that diaspora countries would be on the same wavelength to facilitate research. But regrettably, government support was not forthcoming and the idea was shelved.Guyanese politicians would have met her in 2018 in Delhi at the parley for MPs of Indian descent. She also interacted with former President Donald Ramotar in 2010 in Delhi and in Gandhinagar, and she had exchanges with Foreign Minister Carl Greendige on international issues and on foreign aid for Guyana. They would attest to her friendliness. Sushma interacted with Guyanese and Caribbean people at the first International Yoga Summit in New York at the UN in 2010.I am grief-stricken and will miss the firebrand leader of the ruling BJP. She had very good innings, although she has dismissed at 67. She served with honour and integrity; there was never any allegation of impropriety against her. Guyanese politicians should take a page from the book of Sushma.Yours faithfully,Vishnu Bisram (PhD)last_img read more