Knicks’ Noah has shoulder injury, may need offseason surgery

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Joakim Noah. APNEW YORK — Joakim Noah has a right rotator cuff injury and the New York Knicks say team doctors have recommended offseason surgery for their suspended center.It’s the latest bad news in a season full of it for Noah, who while recovering from knee surgery was suspended 20 games by the NBA for violating the anti-drug policy.ADVERTISEMENT Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government 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 The Knicks say Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) that Noah was injured in January and an MRI showed the injury, but he continued to play through it. Another MRI this month showed no improvement and surgery was recommended, though there has been no decision or a timeline for his return to the court.Noah was limited to 29 games last season in Chicago before surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder. He then signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks in July.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 returnHe has been limited to 46 games and his suspension will carry into next season. LATEST STORIES MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska towncenter_img Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Former Rio mayor probed in Olympic-linked corruption scandal View comments Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’last_img read more

Lee retains ONE Atomweight belt; Eustaquio wins by split decision

first_imgAngela Lee getting ready to attack. Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPWorld Champion Angela Lee defeated Istela Nunes by submission in the main event of the ONE: Dynasty of Champions even as Filipino bet Geje Eustaquio emerged victorious Friday night in Singapore.Lee remained undefeated and retained her ONE Women’s Atomweight Title after finishing off her Brazilian foe with an anaconda choke at the 2:18 mark of the second round at Singapore Indoor Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Cavs-Warriors Part III joins past championship trilogies Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprilcenter_img 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 More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions MOST READ “It’s an honor to fighter here (in Singapore) as your champion…The anaconda choke is one of our favorites, so I was really happy to win with that submission tonight,” said the hometown bet, who hiked her record to 8-0.In the co-main event, Ben Askren hardly broke a sweat in keeping the ONE Welterweight crown, defeating Agilan Thani of Malaysia via an arm triangle choke in the first round.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 groundThe American fighter, who is one of the best pound-for-pound in the world, wrapped up the fight at the 2:20 mark of the opening round.Geje Eustaquio declared the winner. Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPEustaquio, meanwhile, picked up a split decision victory over Thailand’s Anatpong Bunrad in their flyweight bout. View comments The 28-year-old martial artist from Team Lakay bounced back from his first-round submission loss Toni Tauru of Finland last December.Eustaquio avenged his split decision setback to Bunrad in their first meeting two years ago.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’last_img read more

Round 8: Pacquiao opens up Horn’s cut

first_imgTobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Horn gets pushed down, but it was considered a slip.Pacquiao wobbles Horn with the Aussie seemingly running out of gas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’And Horn tastes the right. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LSU title parade draws massive crowds MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Round 7: Pacquiao bleeding Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastationcenter_img LATEST STORIES Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Jeff Horn of Australia, left, and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fight during their WBO World welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. APManny Pacquiao looking to push the envelope, sensing he’s behind the scorecards right now.And Pacquiao connects with a jab but Jeff Horn continues to be aggressive.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 commentslast_img read more

In Your Neighbourhood

first_img G.C. Foster’s Daniel Glaves was a repeat champion at the second Fuss A August 5K Road Race run/walk hosted at the Mile Gully community on August 1. Sonia Gayle was also a repeat winner in the women’s 5K Run, along with road race queen Natasha McKenzie in the 5K Walk, and Richard Bryan in the over-40 walk category for men. Jon Saleem Oliphant, who won the 5K walk at its inaugural event, had to settle for second place behind Duwell Allen. However, the toast of the meet was 16-year-old Mile Gully student Oshane Cespedees, who placed first in the youth category of the 5K run. He received the largest cheers at the presentation which followed. Chief organiser Oniel Watson said there was greater participation this year, especially among females. Another key committee member, Barry Watson, said that an annual football competition would be incorporated as part of the day’s main 5K to bring out the men. The event also attracted major sponsorship from Kirk Distributors and the Kendel brand. The St Catherine FA waltzed their way to both titles of the South Central Confederation of the Jamaica Football Federation 2017 Juici Patties Youth Competitions in Under-13 and Under-5 groups. On the final day of competition, St Catherine overcame St Elizabeth 4-2 to dethrone Manchester and become the new Under-13 champions. They also had no match in the Under-15s, where they retained their title after easily running past St Elizabeth 5-1. Despite the result, St Elizabeth secured the runner-up spot in the Under-15s, their best finish in almost five years. Clarendon, despite not winning a single game in the Under-15s, managed to gain the runner-up spot in the Under-3s. They amazingly held on, on goal difference over Manchester, even after Manchester defeated them 2-0 in the final game. The competition this year saluted 31 years of sponsorship by Juici Patties. The 2017 edition of the Western Union-sponsored Porus Under-15 league kicked off successfully last Sunday at the Porus Community Centre. Newcomers Los Perfectos of Mandeville won the dress parade from a group of 10 competing teams. In the day’s double header, Galaxy opened the competition with an 8-0 thumping of Genius before the defending champions Connection welcomed Los Perfectos with a 4-0 win. In the matches played on Monday, Sporting Academy blanked Villa United 3-0, while in the second game, Tuff Gong achieved the same result against Rising Stars. Later on Wednesday, Sporting became the first team this season to achieve two victories in a row when they topped Rising Stars 2-1. The competition takes a break tomorrow for the Independence holidays, but action resumes on Tuesday, August 8, with a double header. At 3:30 p.m. Litchfield bow into action against Rising Stars and at 5 p.m. Settlement take the field for the first time against early leaders Sporting Academy. Sunshine City powerhouses Portmore United are on the hunt for Junior football silverware. The undefeated team take on Zone A runners-up Independence City in the second match of a double header at the Pines Imaging Centres-sponsored Portmore Under-17 Football League at the Cedar Grove playing field at 3 p.m. In the opening game at 1 p.m., Zone A winners Edgewater tackle Zone B runners-up Racing United. Portmore topped Zone B with maximum 27 points, while Edgewater topped Zone A with 24 points. Portmore hunt U-17 football glory Pro Hardware heats up Top Notch Summer league Pro Hardware waltzed into the quarter finals of the Top Notch Blocks Summer Football league after knocking over Old England 4-1 in last week’s penultimate round of the preliminary phase. It was Pro Hardware’s fifth straight win and came against a team which were the beaten finalists earlier this year in the Manchester Division Two competition. Another qualifier from last week were Generation United who tagged Cedar Grove 2-0 courtesy of goals from Ivana Smith and manager-player, Bruce Chambers. All matches are being played at the Sunset playing field in Knock Patrick, Mandeville. Links United are still in a celebratory mood as they were the toast of last Sunday’s awards presentation for the Jamaica Domino Federation-City of Kingston Cooperative Portmore/St Catherine awards ceremony held at the Ken’s Wildflower Sports Bar. Links United easily copped the title 300-242 over first-time finalists Spring Village. The awards were handed out by the host, Lester ‘Father Ken’ Crooks, Gerald Stephens, the president of the Jamaica Domino Federation, and Morris Livingston, Portmore Branch manager for the sponsors, COK Cooperative Credit Union. St Catherine top South Central Youth leaguescenter_img Champions reign at Mile Gully Fuss A August 5k Quarter-final rush in Georges Valley Corner League Four teams have secured quarter-final knockout spots in the Georges Valley Corner league, which is played exclusively at the deCarteret College ground. The quartet is lead by the two Zone One qualifiers in Red Square and Villa United, as well as Central United One from Zone Two and Quest Security from Zone Three. Zone One was sewn up after some amazing results this week. Hope Village, who were firm favourites to advance after counting six points after their first two games, were sent packing on goal difference after they were beaten 3-0 by Red Square on Monday. Villa also profited from a 2-0 gift from Mandeville United. Central United One were impressive qualifiers scoring most goals after mining successive 6-2 efforts against Berwick Town and Sinclair Avenue. Quest Security secured their quarter-final berth after getting their second win with a 3-1 victory over Frederick Peace. The final qualifier from this zone will be determined after the final match next Tuesday between Samacan Youths and Samacan Masters. The competition continues today with two crucial matches as part of the day’s double header at deCarteret College. The hosts, featuring their 2017 daCosta Cup squad, take on Central Untied Two at 1:30 p.m. before New Hall clash with Berwick Town at 4 p.m. Links United the toast of Domino League Connections, Galaxy kick off Porus U-15 Colour Colour Strikers top Fulsal competition Colour Colour Strikers topped the inaugural Sharkie’s Fulsal competition after they defeated TG Strikers 4-3 in a thrilling final in Runaway Bay, St Ann, recently. Colour Colour pocketed US$1,000 for first place, while runners-up TG Strikers received US$300 plus trophies and other prizes. Meanwhile, Alwyn ‘Brownspeed’ Brown, the organiser of the competition, said he was pleased with the level of support and the skill level of the players and promised much bigger things for next year’s competition.last_img read more

Kroos’ late winner rescues Germany

first_imgMOSCOW (AP): Germany midfielder Toni Kroos scored a dramatic late winner to come from behind and beat Sweden 2-1 on Day 10 of the World Cup after the defending champions were reduced to 10 men. The Germans were at risk of being eliminated after Sweden scored first. The result sets up an exciting Group F finale, with Mexico leading the pack with six points after a 2-1 win over South Korea, and Germany and Sweden both with three points. The Koreans have zero. Belgium cruised to a 5-2 victory over Tunisia in yesterday’s early match with a pair of doubles from Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku to put the Red Devils at the top of Group G. The desperate world champions Germany were seconds from losing control of their World Cup fate when Toni Kroos whispered to Marco Reus just outside Sweden’s penalty area. With the score tied in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Kroos seemed to remind Reus of a trick play from training that will live in World Cup lore. The Germans, down to 10 men after Jerome Boateng was given a second yellow card, rallied for their victory, and their title defence was suddenly revived. Kroos lined up for a free kick as if he was going for goal but just tapped the ball to Reus, who held it with his toe as the defenders paused. Kroos smashed it, curling the ball past a spinning Sebastian Larsson and over the outreached hand of diving goalkeeper Robin Olsen. The Swedes watched the ball go in with mouth-open disbelief. The Germans ran to Kroos and erupted in emotional relief. Coming off an opening loss to Mexico, Germany fell behind again when Kroos’ early mistake led to Ola Toivonen’s goal in the 32nd minute. Reus equalised in the 48th. Mexico lead Group F with six points, and Germany and Sweden both have three. Mexico face Sweden and Germany take on winless South Korea in the final group matches. For 90-plus minutes, Germany looked as if they would enter the final match facing the same possible fate as Spain and Italy and potentially become the third straight defending champion to fail to reach the knockout stage. They played the final 10 minutes without Boateng. – Group G: 7 a.m: England vs Panama – Group H: 10 a.m: Japan vs Senegal – Group H: 1 p.m: Poland vs Colombia Today’s games:last_img read more

Money Magnet nabs Chace The Great with late surge

first_imgMONEY MAGNET outfinished topweight CHACE THE GREAT in yesterday’s five-furlong straight Reggae Trophy, helping trainer Richard Azan log a three-timer on the 10-race card. Partnered by champion jockey Anthony Thomas, MONEY MAGNET raced in contention from her plum wide draw on the stands’ side, chasing EXHILARATE before surging close home, getting the better of old rival CHACE THE GREAT in mid-track. Quickening on the faster stands’ side, MONEY MAGNET inched away from CHACE THE GREAT, who allowed her 15lb and lost by a length and a quarter in a driving finish, beaten by the handicaps and luck of the draw. Azan immediately followed up his trophy victory with SI ME NOW, ridden by five-time champion jockey Trevor Simpson in a three-year-old maiden event at a mile. Slowly away under Simpson, who has so far ridden five winners on his winter break from the North American circuit, SI ME NOW was pushed through the field to tackle DON JULIO on the lead. Simpson wasted no time and sent SI ME NOW to lead three furlongs out and fought off 1-2 favourite SENTIENT before holding late-charging ENVISAGED by a half-length in a final time of 1:41.4. Azan had earlier opened his tally in the third with a mild upsetter, 7-1 shot FIVE STAR, who soared past long shots GENERAL REPORT and FLYING MACHINE to win the seven-furlong event with apprentice Daniel Thompson. Simpson, Shane Ellis and a pair of apprentices, Kiaman McGregor and Christopher Mamdeen, all ended the day with two winners. McGregor opened the card with 6-5 favourite GENERAL MUBARAAK, surviving a stewards’ enquiry and jockey’s objection from fellow apprentice Romari Smith astride second-past-the-post MAKHI. McGregor returned to cleanly make all aboard MACHU PICCHU at two furlongs straight in the fourth. Ellis accounted for races two and four, booting home 2-1 shot QUORA and DEZZY THE GENIUS at a mile and nine furlongs and 25 yards, respectively. Mamdeen notched his winners on the second half of the card, guiding home down-in-class 1-2 favourite MARK OF A PRINCE in the sixth and STORM PRINCESS at 2-1 in the ninth, making all aboard both at five and a half and five furlongs round, respectively. Simpson closed the card with 2-1 chance BIMINI, who led off the turn and held off late-closing RAS EMANUEL, who was afterwards disqualified for crossing BIRDIE MY LOVE a furlong and a half out. Racing resumes Wednesday, the first midweek meet of the season.last_img read more

Independence Gospel Explosion on today at D’Urban Park

first_imgIt will be a night of anointing this evening at D’Urban Park for one of the largest gospel concerts, titled “Independence Gospel Explosion and Fair”. The show is expected to feature some of the best in the gospel business including Anil Azeez, Cherlyn Maloney, Mariam Williams, Shawn English, Princess Vanessa and Kester Deane among others.The show is organised by the Kester Deane Promotion in collaboration with Dunamis Inc and the Government of Guyana. The concert will also feature several Government Ministries, NGOs, religious bodies and members of the business community, as they use the art form to tackle social ills that are plaguing the society.There will be lots of skits, dances and lots of live performances. Booths and fun for the children start at 13:00h, while the cultural presentation starts at 17:00h. Entrance to the event is absolutely free.last_img read more

The way of the Young

first_imgOur Global Education System, as structured, teaches us that youths are the future of tomorrow’s world and possess the ability to redefine and change the socioeconomic and geopolitical dynamics of the modern world.It also teaches us that young people possess the necessary creativity, talent, energy and drive, vision and outlook as well as technological and transformational skills needed to confront some of world’s most serious threats to the coexistence and continuity of the human race and protection, as well as preservation of the environment in which they cohabit.As a result, elders across the globe and in very different locales have wasted no time in underscoring the importance of education, integrity, truth, knowledge and reason as prerequisites that should be instilled in youths in their most formative years.This has lead to the creation and continued development of formal and informal institutions and organisations over several decades, if not centuries, aimed at preparing young people for the mantle of leadership while nuturing them to shape and redefine the global order in a positive and more effective manner.Additionally, there can be no argument made against the fact that the rhetoric and philosophy of many powerful and ordinary elders are supportive of young people adding their voices and joining on global discourse on crime and violence, ending wars and diseases, reducing poverty and inequality, ending human rights injustices and social discrimination, and maintaining the balance of power and the search for world peace.Youths, the world over, distractions aside after working, studying and adhering to the social constructs of their time are expectant that as soon as they feel they are of age, they can lead, rule the world, engineer positive and revolutionary changes and take up their destiny.Unfortunately, recent history is replete with examples as to how the very system and elders that encouraged and educated youths are actively undermining their efforts to lead and create change as they see it.The truth is, many elders refuse to step aside and allow new youthful blood to take over the spheres of power and control that influence aspects of the world’s status quo.Many of them use the excuses that youths are unsettled in their world view, too ambitious and inexperienced, possibly incompetent and pragmatic. So they use various structural policies to give ‘some kinda’ power, presence and a limited voice with the obvious aim of windowdressing to appeare proyouth and proinclusive.In the developed world, any market analysis will show how hard it is for youths to climb to the top of dominant firms, entities and leadership groups such as the UN, WTO, PAHO/WHO and a slew of others. They literally have to upset and fight against the discriminatory processes that favour elders over youth to get ahead and in many cases, they prove themselves worthy of their portfolios once interference is kept at bay.Closer to home, there are fewer opportunities for youths to be a part of a meaningful regional discourse and decisionmaking process that changes the way things are done in the Caribbean and South America.While there are many established paper laws and instututions that seek to carve youth into the pot of power, there are even more personalities and elders who prefer conformity to their traditionalistic and idealistic outlook on regional affairs over the daring, bold and sometimes too ambitious plans of youths.Decades after, the Caribbean Community still does not have a cohesive, influencial and powerful youth forum that can hold its elders to account whenever they fail to deliver, or debate with meaningful outcomes and not paper declarations, important socioeconomic and political issues that are retarding the forward movement of integration and the unification process, as well as the growth of the Region.At home where power is concentrated in the realm of politics and wealth, the situation is worse but not surprising. Youths are used as poster boys and girls for political campaigning purposes, marketing appeal by powerful companies and rubber stamps for aid and donor agencies but are hardly ever properly rewarded, promoted, empowered or made influencial.While it is clear the ruling Government is making steps to deal with aspects of youth leadership and inclusivity by piloting a national youth policy, that policy remains in the theatre undergoing corrective surgery.There is also a noteable imbalance of youths sitting as MPs in Parliament and core ministerial as well as Government posts…two steps backward when one examines the record of the last PPP Government in these respects.It seems as if youths are only made given prominence when elders need them to access wealth, power and status. While there are hundreds of elders who are eager to step aside and are not guilty of hording power and positions, there are thousands more to pay pure lip service to notions of youth power, influence and leadership.It may be too later for the latter group when they realise that they should have been more wise as the world they will live in is still to be shaped by our ideas and visions.We must all give way to the way of the young!last_img read more

Asking for…

first_img…it?While not as ubiquitous as in the Republic Day Mashramani Marches of the past decades, the Independence Jubilee Float and Road March wasn’t completely bereft of scantily clad men and women shimmying down or gyrating down Brickdam. Your Eyewitness was pleased to see even the Junior Minister of Resources showing some of her own resources. But there are those in society who feel women “shouldn’t be dressing like that”, even for “jump up” events…much less everyday strolls in the streets.Why? Well, they say such clothes are “provocative”. Provocative to whom? Well…men, of course! Skimpy women clothes drive them to such heights of sexual excitement, oftentimes they can’t “control” themselves and are “driven” to satisfy their urges. Even to raping the said women or any other who may be “on hand” or can be ambushed. Now even though rape’s been made a crime, not only the rapists but the rest of society – even some women – claim the scantily dressed raped women “brought it on themselves” because of their “provocative dress”.Now, your Eyewitness – even though he’s as red-blooded as the other guy – is more than a bit confused with this state of affairs. Right off the bat, he wants to know how come scantily clad men’s garb aren’t described as “provocative” to women. And women aren’t driven beyond their human control to do unspeakable violence to men’s bodies? And that’s part of the problem, isn’t it? Men and women are both humans, but this Eyewitness knows of no study that has shown men’s sex urges are innately greater or more intense than women’s.This means that men are SOCIALISED to a greater extent to see women’s body parts as “sexual stimuli” than the converse. In fact, numerous studies have shown for different cultures total different body parts can be the stimuli. It’s not only the breasts and booties of the West…back in China it used to be the women’s ankles. That’s right….ankles! And in many tribal societies in Africa, breasts didn’t have to be bared – they were there on display out in the open – without all the men driven crazy by lust.As usual, it all comes down to power and who has the power to determine what we think – even about what’s “provocative”. And yes…of course, some women find some men’s body parts “provocative”, but the second part of the equation is they aren’t socialised to think they have a “right” to take what they want from men. Even against their will.So could we please quit saying “women are asking for it” and start re-socialising men?”…professionalsThe regular habitués of this column might be wondering what provoked their Eyewitness into the above riff on “provocative garb”. Well, apart from the snide comments overheard on May 26, there’s this report on the Police Commish visiting some strip joints in Georgetown. A while back, the Minister mentioned above was in charge of “Labour” and had travelled all the way to Bartica to haul some working girls back to Georgetown for corrupting the morals of our Frontier City. Your Eyewitness had asked why no action was taken on the Brazilian strip joints in Alberttown.Well, he’s now getting the low down. Someone leaked that the present COP was a habitué of one of the said strip joints and had rescinded its closure ordered by a subordinate police officer. The said subordinate was allegedly then spitefully not allowed to further her education. The Police heatedly denied this and said, “Regarding the Strip Club, the COP has denied ever attending a strip club…other than for professional purposes.”last_img read more

No shame…

first_img…on warehouse graftIt’s clear there are elements in this government who have no shame. None! But then you’ll always find such miscreants in any random collection of folks. And when that collection isn’t random, but those who seek “government wuk”, the “shameless quotient” jumps by a factor of at least 10! Anyhow, that was the reaction of your usually stolid Eyewitness when he heard the Junior Minister of Health declaring the Bottom House Warehouse hasn’t been nixed – it’s actually been receiving government drugs!!Shameless! At the final handing over by the US-built 26,000 sq ft Government pharma bond at Diamond, the Junior Minister offered another “reason” for the rental of the Albuoystown bottom house- “… you know there are times where we have several containers, sometimes four (at one time) so it can be packed to capacity.”Now let’s pick some sense from nonsense. From one side of her mouth the Minister accepts that the facility has more than enough capacity to store ALL the purchases of the government. Got that? ALL. So if it’s “packed to capacity” – which means MORE than the government could possibly store – why would FOUR more containers suddenly arrive with pharma?Is the Ministry of Health in the habit of buying TWO years supply of drugs? No wonder we’ve got all these “expired drugs” dumped at Haags Bosch! And then… this Minister thinks the Albuoystown bottom house – with no loading docks and one gate – can handle FOUR containers of pharma? Madame Junior Minister – since you’re a medical doctor – your humble Eyewitness will put that claim in terms you may be familiar with. Unloading four containers simultaneously would be like using a turkey baster to deliver an injection into the human eye! Ouch!!But let’s return to the main news – that Larry Singh will be getting away with the most barefaced scam since Ocean’s Eleven. Has the outrage meant nothing to President Granger? Your Eyewitness likes Prezzie and all that – but the buck stops with him. What more proof does he need? There were so many “smoking guns” – how did Larry know about the need for a warehouse, the prepaid rent/buying price; the lie about comparative pharma storage rentals etc, etc – it looked like the Fineman’s last shootout!What this (sordid) episode does is to encourage all and sundry in the government – from the lowest clerk in the Public Service to the Police rank on the beat – to increase their runnings. What’s all this nonsense about “no corruption” they’ll ask. If three Cabinet Ministers can’t find wrongdoing in this scam… why worry?If them “big ones” can do it…why can’t they?…on juice for our childrenThe feeding programme in our schools is supposed to help those most needy: to give at least their kids the basic nutritional requirements for them not to be malnourished. By now, all of us should know about the effects of malnutrition – including underdevelopment of the brain. And of course this leads to intergenerational poverty and misery.So when someone in the Ministry of Education’s Procurement department connived to pass off fruit juices from Suriname rather than our own higher quality locally produced “Topco” you’re talking about some real bottom feeders here. You can’t sink lower than a snake’s belly? Well whoever did this (dirty) deal just succeeded.The latest revelations confirm this. When the story initially broke, the shill from the government (the DPI) immediately announced shrilly that tests by the Government Analysts showed the foreign drink had more “fruit juices” than the local one.Not so!! Says the Analysts. They couldn’t do the testing and went by the labels supplied.But were never given the local label!! Ow maan!…on diaspora helpersThe letter from the APNU/AFC diaspora helpers still haunts your Eyewitness. It was such a cri de coeur. The deep wrenching sobs could still be heard.Couldn’t the administration at least give them some certificates of appreciation?last_img read more