Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ “We’re the worst in the league right now, turning the ball over,” said Compton. “A lot of them are just being careless with it, a lot of us are trying to make plays through triple, quadruple teams.”“If you don’t respect the game, it’s gonna disrespect you right back. And I told the guys after the game ‘you know how many bad players there are in the PBA? Zero.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt wasn’t the best of Sundays for Alaska head coach Alex Compton. He walked in the hallway of Smart Araneta Coliseum with his lovely wife and two young boys, but there was no cause for celebration after another sorry loss.ADVERTISEMENT Hot start pushes Star past TNT Alaska blew a chance, and it proved costly.The Aces were on the verge of another improbable comeback against a young Blackwater team, but their rally came up short as they succumbed to a 103-100 loss.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 returnThe Aces are currently at 4-4 and a win could’ve sent them into second, but Compton knows the only way to recover from a loss is to move forward.“I can’t go back in time, I wish I could go back three hours ago,” said Compton. “With three games left in the conference and everyone jockeying for position and San Miguel’s clearly on top, this thing could play out, we’re not going to make the playoffs.” LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ The Aces managed an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to cut the Elite’s 92-78 lead to three, 92-89, but nothing prepared them for Roi Sumang who had 10 of his 19 points in the final period.Compton knew Sumang would be key in the final moments of the game, but his words are wind now and all he could do is look back in the mistakes they did and learn from them.“Roi Sumang was a superstar in college, the kid’s a talented basketball player,” said Compton. “He played great.”And it wasn’t just Sumang who repelled Alaska’s comeback attempt. The Aces also shot themselves in the foot with their sloppy play.Alaska turned the ball over 26 times, and none more damaging than the miscue between Calvin Abueva and Kevin Racal with 20 seconds left and the Aces trailing by just two points, 100-98.ADVERTISEMENT
Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte LATEST STORIES “I think I’m still with Benilde, I’m still with the team even if I graduate,” said De Guzman Tuesday at San Juan Arena as he clutched his championship trophy. “I’m still with the team to support them and pass on what I’ve learned to those who will come after me.”READ: Blazers sweep Altas for first NCAA volleyball titleFEATURED 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 returnDe Guzman produced a spectacular performance for the Blazers as they upended former champion University of Perpetual Help in five sets, 25-12,21-25, 17-25, 25-14, 18-16, to win their first title in school history.The season MVP scored a game-high 28 points, 26 coming off spikes, and was vital in the Blazers’ fifth set run. View comments 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ An emotional Johnvic Guzman after the St. Benilde Blazers clinch the title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJohnvic De Guzman may be leaving College of St. Benilde, but the Season 92 MVP said he would always be a Blazer at heart.After winning his only men’s volleyball title in the NCAA, De Guzman said he would still offer his help to his alma mater, like guiding the those who are left in the lineup.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos De Guzman’s last points came in crunch time and tied the match for Benilde twice, 14-14 and 16-16.His last spike was the first of the Blazers’ final three points that pushed them to the championship.“Nothing’s impossible, I told my teammates to apply whatever we did in training that we’re used to these kinds of situations, that we’ve all made our sacrifices, and that this day won’t end without us holding the title,” said De Guzman.ADVERTISEMENT Jumao-as gives Teng, AMA a much-needed lift 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Calvin Abueva scored 16 points, with Andray Blatche and Allein Maliksi adding 14 each.Reyes’ only frustration was that the Filipinos allowed the Singaporeans to hit three-point conversions.“That’s a no-no,” he said. “Imagine if we were playing Japan or South Korea. We need to address that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle LATEST STORIES And he was kind enough to explain.“We wanted to beat our hustle numbers from the last game,” Reyes said after the Filipinos steamrolled their way past Singapore, 113-66, for the second of six wins they need to progress to the Fiba Asia World Cup Qualifying. “We did that in the first half, but we had a very poor second half.”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 groundThere’s no doubt that no team in this tournament would be able to even threaten the Filipinos, and Reyes is using this to find out if his players would be working harder than what is necessary to win these one-sided games.“I understand the point of view of the players that it’s hard to play with sustained effort in games like this,” Reyes said. “That’s why I want to see them come up with the hustle points, points that don’t reflect in the stats sheets but points that will make us win tougher matches.” End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Thai survives poor finish, bags crown With the results of Gilas Pilipinas’ games in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association championship more or less a foregone conclusion, coach Chot Reyes is keeping a different kind of score.ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Reyes was referring to effort—the one that gives Gilas extra possessions when they dive for loose balls, deflect passes or tap at rebounds they cannot pluck down, etc.“That’s an important aspect of the game as far as we are concerned,” he went on before heading to the parking lot while allowing fans to take selfies with him. “Tonight I think we did pretty well in that department. Yes, I’m satisfied.”The Filipinos gave up just 40 points in blowing Burma (Myanmar) off the Big Dome floor by 107 points on Friday night. The Singaporeans, though, reached that mark with still 6:21 left in the third period when Leon Kwek Wei Ming split his charities off June Mar Fajardo for 73-40.Next up for the Filipinos is Malaysia, a side that Reyes admires because of the way it plays defense, which he describes as “spunky and tough.”“We have to be prepared for their style of defending,” Reyes said of their 7 p.m. match Sunday also at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ View comments
Pnoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCharles Rhodes finally feels that he has a better grasp of the Philippine style of play now.For a change, the 31-year-old import didn’t find himself in foul trouble when San Miguel played GlobalPort on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT “So for us, today was the day we got in our playoff mode. We just got to build off of that tomorrow in practice and keep that mentality.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The former Mississipi State standout found himself playing through five fouls in three of San Miguel’s last games.But slowly, Rhodes seemed to have adjusted well with his surroundings, keeping his foul total in check as the Beermen racked three straight wins to end the eliminations.“This is my first year playing in the Philippines and it was a process getting used to the referees, but I got it now,” he said.With his head locked in, Rhodes is preparing for bigger wars in the playoffs, where he is expected to help San Miguel accomplish its lofty goals.“This is what I came here for, to compete for a championship,” he said. “It doesn’t matter who we play. Come playoff time, everybody has got to be ready. You can be the last placed team in the bottom of the playoffs, but you can come out playing like the number one team. Everybody just got to have that mentality.”ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Brownlee stars as Ginebra snares top seed 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 Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in “Finally. It took me like 10 games to get used to it. Now I’m used and I understand it,” he said.READ: Rhodes lifts San Miguel to top 2 seedFEATURED 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 groundThat helped him get his groove faster as he fired nine points in the first quarter to help the Beermen jump to an early 32-21 lead before imposing his might in the fourth period, scoring 19 of his game-high 34 points to help his side grab the top two seed with the 112-101 victory.Rhodes said that it wasn’t easy adjusting to the game in terms of officiating, saying, “It was a process.” View comments Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April
Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working So it was a bit of a guess which Nishikori would turn up Wednesday at a sunny but somewhat windy Court Philippe Chatrier.Murray got a taste of the Nishikori’s stylish shot-making in the first set, then saw Nishikori carelessly give points away in the second set, disintegrate completely after forcing a third-set tiebreaker and lose six straight games despite securing an early break in the fourth set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“For sure I need more consistency. I should, you know, maintain the level like I did in the first set,” the eighth-seeded Japanese player said. “I think my serve got a little bit bad today, missing too many first serves.”Murray was happy to profit. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The match was still evenly poised — it was only 1-1 — yet it seemed as if Nishikori knew he’d missed his chance.He was right.The next five games flew by in a blur of Murray’s winners and Nishikori’s unforced errors: One player commanding from the front foot, the other backing off toward defeat.When Murray broke him again and held for love, making it 4-1, Nishikori sat slumped forward with a towel draped over his head.He simply never looked capable of launching a comeback. Instead, he seemed listless, almost resigned to losing to Murray for the ninth time in their 11 career matches.Nishikori needs a rest before he goes to play on grass.“Well, I try to take couple days off, because I have some issues with my body right now,” the 27-year-old said. “Recover first and try to be ready for Wimbledon.” Wladimir Klitschko says he’ll decide future within 2 weeks LATEST STORIES Japan’s Kei Nishikori gestures after missing a shot during his quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Britain’s Andy Murray at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. APPARIS — Kei Nishikori’s French Open ended with an appropriately erratic performance against top-ranked Andy Murray in the quarterfinals.The 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-1 score and the manner of the defeat fittingly reflected how inconsistently Nishikori had been playing. In his previous four matches at Roland Garros, he twice won a set 6-0 and twice lost a set 6-0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak “He played, you know, a very bad tiebreak and a bad game where I broke him in the fourth set, and also in the second (set),” said Murray, listing the errors. “Today (he) was maybe more erratic than usual, but I do think a little bit of that was to do with the conditions being difficult.”It was a far cry from Nishikori’s five-set win against Murray in the quarterfinals of last year’s U.S. Open, where he had trailed 2-1 in sets before turning the tables on Murray.When Wednesday’s humiliating tiebreaker ended, a dejected Nishikori took out his aggression on his racket by hurling it down.His body language spoke increasingly of a player heading for trouble.After he broke Murray at the start of the fourth set to raise his hopes of a comeback, Nishikori immediately lost his serve. He stood glumly at the far side of the court with his back to Murray, his arms stretched out against the backstop of the court, his head down between them.ADVERTISEMENT More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions 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 Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April
Played brilliantly HARARE, Zimbabwe (CMC): Head coach Graeme West is expecting another tough series when the West Indies Under-19s square off against their Zimbabwe counterparts in three Youth One-Day Internationals starting here today. The Young Windies are fresh from a 3-2 series win over South Africa U19s last week after pulling off a dramatic two-run victory in Wednesday’s decisive fifth game in Durban. West said that more significant than winning was the chance for the Caribbean lads to continue their build-up towards next January’s Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. “Zimbabwe have played a lot of cricket. They’ve been very active in the last six months,” the Englishman told CMC Sports. “They’ve played in South Africa, and once they play against us, I think they’re off to Australia, so they will be very tough opponents in their conditions. “It will be another test, but more important, another opportunity for the guys to play three more international games of cricket and continue their education.” The Windies side showed plenty promise on the tour of South Africa, where they played brilliantly at key moments of the series. Kirstan Kallicharan and Keagan Simmons both shone with centuries, while Bhaskar Yadram struck two half-centuries in compiling 205 runs to clinch the Man-of-the-Series honour. While there were few standouts in the bowling area, West applauded the team effort, where everyone was forced to contribute on pitches that offered precious little for the Windies talented front-line spinners. “Looking at them (pitches), it was very difficult to work out, initially, how they were going to play because they actually looked quite green but firm,” West explained. “There was some carry and pace for the quick bowlers early on. [There was] very little for the spinners – very little assistance in all five games, so it [wasn’t] easy for spinners to really impose themselves on the matches.” Conditions here are expected to be different from those in South Africa, posing new challenges for both the batting and bowling units.
After a fun-filled day of participating in Holi Celebrations, the action continues at Guyana’s premier entertainment spot, Palm Court for its second annual Colour Festival.Patrons will be fully entertained by former International Chutney Monarchs, Kris Persad popularily known as KI and Omardath Maraj. Last year, the venue was packed to capacity as the then reigning Chutney Monarch, Ravi B took to the stage.This time around, the event is expected to be epic as the artistes promise a night of fun and excitement. Persons will be admitted free before 22:00h after which a fee of 3000 will be charged. Upon entry, patrons will be give free Phagwah powder.In addition, there will be a free tequila happy hour where patrons can pay $1000 for three shots and bucket specials on beers all night long.However, the Guyana National Stadium is expected to be packed to capacity today as Inspire Inc. hosts its annual phagwah Mela.This year, the event will see performances by members of the Shakti Strings Orchestra and after two years of not performing in Guyana, the prince h imself, Prince JP will take to the stage. The host for the program will be party boss, WR Reaz.To add to the excitement, water slides and other fun rides, lots of vegetarian foodstuff and sweets will be available. Admission to the event is absolutely free.
…on young Guyanese achievementsYour Eyewitness was tickled pink (figuratively, of course because he’s too pigmentally challenged to achieve that effect!) when he read about 17-year-old Kelly Hyles being accepted to every one of the eight Ivy League schools in the US! He’d only just come off the high of West Indians copping all three of the ICC’s T-20 World Cup Tournaments! And now this! His cup runneth over.If we needed confirmation that Guyanese can measure up to any other group in the world, this is it. Our young’uns within Guyana had been churning out CSEC’s like there’s no tomorrow for a decade now – but some felt the exams might’ve been diluted from the old GCE’s of decades back. And wondered how we’d stack up against stiffer competition than other West Indians. This Eyewitness was never of that ilk…But Miss Hyles’ performance answered that question! And her admissions isn’t one of those “Affirmative Action” squeeze-ins – this young lady attended one of the eight high schools in NYC that demands a competitive exam that thousands write to vie for the spots.Kelly would’ve probably just completed her NGSA before she migrated and her comment that “school in different” in Guyana is telling. We shouldn’t knock our schooling too much…our curriculum’s top notch. And once we start paying teachers what they’re worth…we’ll garner wider demonstration of our excellence. Kelly’s point about the need for discipline during the early years is also important – and while this Eyewitness will have no truck with corporal punishment – he accepts there has to be some sort of sanctions imposed to inculcate discipline.Kelly’s performance was matched by another girl from NY – Uwamanzu-Nna. She’s is of Nigerian parentage – and this brings up the point your Eyewitness wants to make. When folks go as immigrants to countries, they already have a firmness of purpose as to the “why”. They want to succeed – and they’ll do this by any means necessary.People from the Caribbean, Africa and India do well in the States because they go there with this drive and determination. Kelly’s mother holds down two jobs. Back in Guyana, there are some who spout a lot of nonsense about “some who can’t achieve” and “others who can” as if it’s genetic. If we check history, it all boils down to some coming here as immigrants and maintained their immigrant drive. Some. Just as Kelly and her mother are doing in the States.What’s needed is for leaders to ensure there are level playing fields – and inculcate in all groups the belief that success WILL come out of hard work.…on eyes openingWhen the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was being pilloried by the Kaieteur News and all kinds of “experts” and NGO’s (most times the two were the same)…the Opposition-now-in-Government were rubbing their hands in glee. If it wasn’t one manufactured scandal, it was another. This paper and this Eyewitness pointed out it all had to do with the envy and jealously KN’s MookLall, striking out when he didn’t get his way – only he should be enriched, feted and courted.Well…the shoe’s on the other foot. He’s still not getting his way – as much as he wants, anyway – and he’s once again hitting out and orchestrating the usual suspects of “experts” and “NGO’s” to sing his tune. And Pressie’s mad as hell and just defend his “Government”.But he should notice the venom and vitriol aren’t thrown at the entire Government – just the APNU/PNC wing. The AFC’re getting a free ride.And with good reason: who’d you think are producing the leaks?!…on mediocrity exposedRawls Lucas fancies himself as a financial maven. On the weekend the Panama Papers exposed the largest money launderers in the world – he wrote his “exposé” on the subject.But beats up on unmentioned Guyana while writing NOTHING about Britain as one of the largest law breakers!
Well, if this is October, it has to be ‘Agriculture Month’. I wonder when those titbits from Primary School – along with wondering what’s the “theme” – will fade away! But my thoughts still also inevitably wander to the five years of Agricultural Science I’d persevered through high school. People might look at me or any of my peers and think, ‘What could a bunch of kids possibly know about agriculture?’If the truth be told, we know more than a thing or two. You’d be surprised at the excruciatingly detailed agricultural minutiae we had to absorb. We know the exact spacing for planting bora; we know the signs when a cow may be ailing – and a great deal about keeping the books to ensure the farm is sustainable. We even have hands-on experience – literally! We’ve planted the aforementioned bora, we’ve planted ochro and we’ve even raised and plucked chickens (Not for the queasy stomach!).But the problem is that all that slogging away and hours of tedious work in our Agri plot is really for naught. None of us are really planning to pursue careers in Agriculture. And I don’t think the home garden I plan for my backyard in the future is what the Ministry had in mind when they placed Agri on our curriculum. Or was it?But I do think that’s so because no one from the agricultural sector ever really come in to Queens to talk to us, to get us all hyped up about a career in agriculture. We’ve had doctors, lawyers, medical transcriptionists, but no horticulturalists, no biological engineers.And in everyday life, we go to the doctors to get a check-up, we go to the bank to deposit money, we pass policepeople on the road on our way to work or school. We have a good idea of what exactly these jobs entail; we get inspired to choose one of these careers. I’ve never met a genetic engineer, but I’m sure that the things they do have to be pretty exciting – I mean, experimenting with plants at the genetic level, creating totally new varieties of plants!But I’ve never really entertained any thoughts about being a genetic engineer in botany. I’ve never entertained any thoughts outside of medicine, actually. I’ve met loads of doctors; I like their job, so I’m going into medicine.So I’d suggest there needs to be some system in place to get kids more aware about the possible careers Agriculture has to offer. After all, agriculture is our “comparative advantage” and unless we succeed here, we really have failed. For instance, now that it looks like we’re getting out of sugar…bright young people with solid grounding in modern agriculture could finally make Guyana the “breadbasket of the Caribbean”.Yes, there’s a little section in the syllabus that deals with that, but those careers are basically just words in a textbook. We need to have people in these Agricultural careers come in and talk to us about what they do, about what their jobs entail, so that we can see that they’re real people and these are real careers that we can think about pursuing.Because we can have all the doctors, lawyers and economists in the world, but they won’t be of any use if we’re not producing food: we’ll just all starve to death.My analogy is a bit drastic, I know, but we do have a bit of a problem. For a country whose comparative advantage is agriculture, not enough kids are thinking about agriculture as careers. Suddenly we’re hearing about mega farms (funded by T&T) but those operations need more skills and knowledge than wielding a cutlass. And those skills are being allowed to wither on the vine (pun intended) in youths.So maybe, we’ll now see some agronomists on ‘career day’?
Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) will meet in Guyana for their 37th Regular Meeting on 4-6 July, 2016, and as expected some of the most pressing issues currently affecting the Region will take centre stage.As stated by Caricom, in the search for opportunities and regional solutions to challenges, the Meeting will advance matters pertaining to regional security – economic and otherwise; and the social wellbeing of the approximately 16 million people who make up the Caribbean Community.Certainly, issues relating to the number of threats the Region continues to face in relation to its financial and economic stability will dominate the discussions; chief among these are the threats posed by international banks limiting or terminating their relationships with regional financial institutions, and the yet to be determined implications of the British decision to leave the European Union (EU), a key partner in the Community’s development.As it relates to Brexit, some experts have already warned of the potential negative effects this latest development could have on the Region’s economies; and stakeholders will be anxiously waiting to see how the regional grouping will tackle the issue. For example, what policy decisions leaders will make that will seek to ensure that the impact on the region’s economies are minimised as far as possible.Already we are seeing concerns being raised, ranging from a potential drop in arrivals in tourist dependent Member States such as Saint Lucia and Barbados where the UK is a major source market, to a decrease in development assistance and possible effects on trade agreements the Region has with the EU.Only a few days ago, at a University of the West Indies (UWI) forum organised to discuss the impact of Brexit, Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles offered some useful recommendations that Carciom leaders could explore during their two-day meeting here. Beckles underscored the need for Caricom to move as a matter of urgency to reinvent the scenario post emancipation, which saw Caribbean indigenous people networking freely across the region. He suggested that a Task Force be set up immediately, with the involvement of UWI, to research, monitor and report on the weekly developments that will take place over the next two years. For him, it is necessary that leaders in government and the private sector have access to factual, detailed information on an ongoing basis in order to guide their thinking and decisions.Additionally, he recommended that Caricom set up a Regional Research and Development Fund in order to facilitate innovation within the private sector that is required to strengthen entrepreneurship. He noted that the regional economy is at a stage where it can only compete at the level of innovation, and it is failing to do so because of inadequate research and development within production.He argued that the region: “Must also strengthen the conversation around and renegotiate the various agreements that can strengthen and expand the CARIFORUM (EU Economic Partnership Agreement), including pacts negotiated by the African Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP) which the Caribbean has not taken full advantage of over several years and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).”Another pressing issue that will no doubt engage the leaders relates to the challenges confronting the Region as a result of de-risking. According to Caricom, the de-risking scenario is that it is unfair, and the predictions about its impact on the Region are dire.Experts have concluded that transfers of remittances, cheque payments, international trade and the facilitation of credit card settlements for local clients are among the areas that have been affected by de-risking. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) quoted a November World Bank survey as saying that about 75 per cent of international banks have experienced a reduction in correspondent banking services with the Caribbean being the worst affected.While we are fully aware that these are all complex issues and there are certainly no easy fixes, it would be reasonable to expect regional heads to consider seriously the views and recommendations of the various partners and stakeholders and take the bold decisions which are crucial to resolve them.This is certainly a time when the Region’s leadership will be tested.