Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOn Sunday, Marcio Lassiter finally exorcised the demons of his first Finals defeat in the PBA.The sharp-shooter was just a spunky upstart in the league when he emerged as one of the key contributors in Powerade’s Cinderella run back in the 2012 Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View comments McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos LATEST STORIES Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Obiena bags pole vault bronze However, that didn’t come with a happy ending as Talk ’N Text beat them in five games to claim the championship.Lassiter had to watch the Tropang Texters revel and he kept that image in his memory as he hoped one day to be on the other side.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’“I always had that on my mind,” said Lassiter.He finally got his revenge as San Miguel finished TNT in six games for his fifth professional title. LSU title parade draws massive crowds SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:40Filipinos 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 Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Lassiter went 5-of-13 from three for his best game in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals in the 115-91 Game 6 closer of TNT.“It definitely came at a great time,” the 30-year-old sniper said. “I told myself it’s only a matter of time. I had some bad shooting performances but I knew that won’t make it who I am. I’m a shooter so I kept on shooting, just want to stay true to the work I put on the gym. I worked so hard to be in this position. I just need to trust my teammates and trust my shots.”Lassiter, though, clarified that redemption is just a small part in his motivation heading into the Finals, noting that firsty priority will always be the team.And he believes the biggest reason why the Beermen are reaping is because of their camaraderie like no other.“We’re a family. We’re so close to each other, we look after each other, and we win or lose with one another,” he said. “We built this camaraderie, we fight for each other and we sacrifice. We understood years before we got into this position that we can’t do it ourselves and we soul-searched way back, but at this point, it’s all about being together, sharing and chemistry, teamwork, believing each other.”ADVERTISEMENT LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
BETTER OFF IN THE WEIGHTS TRAINER Gary Subratie has three runners in this afternoon’s open allowance at 1500 metres – BRAWN, AWESOME DESTINY and BLUE DIXIE – gunning for the major slice of the $1.15m purse. Whereas Subratie might have numbers on his side in the eight-horse field, the race will be decided on form and handicaps, which bring into play the duo of DWAYNE STAR and SUPERLUMINAL. Subratie’s BRAWN shares topweight 57.0 kilos with HOUDINI’S MAGIC, a tall task in a race expected to have sustained pace from start to finish. BRAWN has gone up nine pounds from his last race, a near six-length loss behind HOUDINI’S MAGIC in the 1400-metre Eros Trophy a month ago. On the other hand, HOUDINI’S MAGIC will run 14lb heavier. In addition to topweight 57.0 kilos, United States-bred BRAWN’s habit of giving away lengths at the start will take a brave punter to stay in his corner at 1500 metres, hoping everything goes right for him after getting it wrong in his last two races. Subratie’s other two other runners, BLUE DIXIE and AWESOME DESTINY, also importees, are much better off in the weights at 51.0 and 49.0 kilos, respectively. BLUE DIXIE reports off a four-month layup and AWESOME DESTINY has been doing weird things at exercise since beating KALAMTA at 1820 metres last month. First, she bolted in a three-furlong gallop on July 30 and raced wide down the backstretch on Sunday when striding seven furlongs in 1:37.1. Using either horse will be a judgement call, similar to stablemate BRAWN. Nicely in at the weights and bang inform are DWAYNE STAR and SUPERLUMINAL, both carrying 53.0 kilos. DWAYNE STAR was really comfortable when winning in 1:32.0 at Saturday’s distance last time out. SUPERLUMINAL, however, is the more accomplished of the pair and gets a decent pull in the scale. Last time out, SUPERLUMINAL carried 57.0 kilos and was run out of it close home by WILL IN CHARGE, who had 54.0 kilos in a very fast mile, 1:37.1. WILL IN CHARGE returned with bottom weight 50.0 kilos to beat grade one in Monday’s Prime Minister’s Stakes. SUPERLUMINAL loves galloping out of the chute and, with 53.0 kilos, should be able to sit in any pace being set down the backstretch. Omar Walker enjoys either stalking or being just about on the lead with his mounts, making SUPERLUMINAL a perfect horse for his riding style.
Romario Williams also had a good chance for the Jamaicans on the stroke of half time, but his point-blank effort was saved by Canada’s goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler. The Canadians dominated the early exchanges in the second half, but they were reduced to 10-men after promising 16-year-old striker Alphonso Davis was sent off in the 71st minute following a clash with Jamaica’s defender Damion Lowe. The Reggae Boyz then created a number of scoring chances but they failed to hit the target. Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz were beaten 2-0 by 10-man Canada in their friendly international at the BMO Field in Toronto on Saturday night. Anthony Jackson-Hamel gave the Canadians the lead in the 16th minute, when he calmly slotted home a Junior Hoilett cross. Jonathan Osorio doubled Canada’s lead in the 30th minute when he beat the Reggae Boyz’s offside trap to fire home past Blake. Ricardo Morris came close to pulling back a goal for the Reggae Boyz a few minutes later, but his shot from 12 yards went wide of the target.
The way was cleared by the courts for the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) to hold elections on Thursday. However, one wonders what service has the leadership of this embattled Union rendered to its membership over the years, while living off members’ contributions out of meagre salaries like fat cats.The Trades Union Congress (TUC), inclusive of the GPSU – which for the duration of the oppressive People’s National Congress (PNC) Administration was a toothless poodle without bark or bite – under successive People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administrations had become such a ferocious bulldog that it called protests and strikes to destabilise and destroy the labour constructs of this country at the whims and fancies of its master puppeteers – political opportunists who have historically proven that they have no qualms in using their supporters to destroy and decimate their own survival systems.The TUC and the GPSU calmly accepted the PNC’s destruction of the bauxite mining industry and its abominable treatment of public servants with oppressive, punitive conditions of work – (including them being forced to work for free on Hope Estate or in the cane fields on holidays and weekends); wages frozen at $2000 to boot and no relief in the various vital social service sectors, such as housing, health care, education, etcetera. But, the unions suddenly found a ferocious voice to destabilise all the people-friendly, empowering mechanisms that the previous Administration devised to give Guyanese citizens – across the board – opportunities for upward mobility.A cursory examination of the history of the GPSU would clearly show its primary historical role is that of a (strong) arm for a violence-prone political party.Every initiative the previous Administration implemented to better the lives of Guyanese was shot down by then opposition forces, including the GPSU. A prime example of its modus operandi was one instance when, purporting to represent the rights of the labour force, it agitated relentlessly against the PPP/C Government employing prisoners to work, as if Guyana’s prisoners are Martians with no right to a means of earning revenue to support themselves or families.The right to work and earn is a basic human right, and a government is mandated to take care of every citizen of the land over which it governs. In a Third World, developing country that has to guard its spending and strategise to stretch dollars while obtaining maximum service for public monies spent – if the people can benefit in a multiplicity of ways from an allocation, that benefits everyone, because all the stakeholders win.The previous Government was to be commended for the initiative whereby this resource served a dual purpose – giving prisoners a sense of purpose and self-worth while empowering them financially, as well as utilising their services in its drive to clean up the city, which had, under Hamilton Green’s stewardship, become a huge garbage dump and a microcosm of Guyana under the PNC Administration.The contract fittingly awarded to the Guyana Prison Service by the PPP/C Administration simultaneously addressed several essential national needs. The Government needed to get on with the job for which it was mandated by the citizens of this country, which was to govern for the betterment of country and citizens and leave the perennial naysayers, doomsayers and destroyers of this nation’s survival systems to do what they do best – prophesy gloom and doom on the nation, then act to fructify their portentous prognostications.But today the GPSU has reverted, under another PNC-led regime, to once again becoming a toothless poodle, only yapping at the heels of its masters, while the public servants remain in limbo as the fat cats drive in limos and spout unending rhetoric and make unrealisable and implausible promises to its membership – the Patrick Yarde syndrome.One awaits the outcome of the GPSU elections. Will Patrick Yarde retain his position, or will there be a change of leadership that will create a dynamic representational force, advocating and agitating for the rights of the workforce it represents, instead of using them as perennial protesters and battering rams to wrest power and riches for leaders of a political construct that always neglect their needs once they have served their purpose to install their leaders in high office?Time will tell, but it is to be hoped the membership of the GPSU has learnt its bitter lessons and will choose its representational leaders wisely and carefully.
The votes had barely been tallied on the Brexit vote which the “leaves” won, than authoritative voices in Jamaica placed on their national agenda, the question of whether their country should follow the example of Britain, the former “Mother Country”, and leave the Caribbean Community (Caricom) as the former had exited the European Union (EU).Britain, after all, had been the inspiration for Caricom, which was launched in 1973, the same year Britain finally was allowed to join the European Economic Community (EEC), the precursor to the EU. As it prepared to quit ruling its colonies in the Caribbean directly, Britain had floated the British West Indian Federation (BWIF) in 1958, which cobbled together 10 British colonies, including the “big three” – Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados. But with independence in sight, politicians in Jamaica raised the spectre of their country flooded with “small islanders” and losing their sovereignty in the federal structure suggested for the proposed independent West Indian Federation (WIF).Alexander Bustamante’s Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) was against federation while Premier Norman Manley’s People’s National Party (PNP) was for it. The latter organised a referendum on the issue in late 1961, and as with the British Conservatives last week, lost “corn and husk”. In 1962, Jamaica achieved independence on its own with Bustamente as Prime Minister. Jamaica’s departure prompted T&T’s PM Eric Williams’ famous quip “Ten minus one leaves zero”. The Jamexit was almost a dress rehearsal for Brexit 54 years later.Even though Jamaica was one of the “Big Four” – the “Big Three” plus Guyana, that launched the Caribbean Free Trade Area (CARIFTA) in 1968 and which later became Caricom in 1973, at the grassroots level, there was always a strong reservoir of doubt among Jamaicans about the burdens of Caricom outweighing its benefits. When in 1994, the US started pushing for a mega trading bloc – Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), Jamaica was a fervent supporter.Jamaica has complained in recent years of its increasingly unbalanced trade with T&T in Caricom which they posit is due to the latter’s extremely low electricity costs – US 5 cents compared to Jamaica and the region’s US 23 cents and up. Because T&T subsidies its entire economy and not just specific industries, under Caricom’s rules they cannot object even though it does give what they consider to be an unfair advantage to T&T. Another area of contention is the tens of billions of dollars their economy would gain by collecting duties from other present Caricom members.But the most salient and widespread grouse against Caricom in the minds of ordinary Jamaicans has been the despicable and harsh treatment of Jamaicans by other Caricom jurisdictions. This is not just violative of the spirit of “free movement of citizens”, set as the goal of the “Community” as articulated in the Common Single Market and Economy (CSME) but of common humanity. This would be the deciding factor if there were to be a referendum in Jamaica on leaving Caricom.Such a referendum is ever more likely in the wake of Brexit since former JLP Foreign Affairs Minister Oswald Harding immediately cited the discriminatory treatment against Jamaicans’ free movement. Echoing the “leave” leaders in Britain, he said Jamaica’s future as a Caricom member shouldn’t be decided by politicians but by the Jamaicans who will be significantly impacted by any decision that is taken.Facilitating a referendum would be the “Caribbean Community (Caricom) Review Commission” (CCRC) established by PM Andrew Holness just a month ago, headed by former PM Bruce Golding. The CCRC is supposed to evaluate the effects Jamaica’s participation in Caricom has had on Jamaica’s economic growth and development, with particular reference to trade, investment, international competitiveness and employment creation. It would analyse Caricom’s performance against the goals and objectives enunciated in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and identify the causes of any shortcomings.Ominously, the review will encompass relations with Cuba and Dominican Republic. Jamexit is on their agenda.
A 22-year-old Walton Hall, Essequibo Coast fisherman was slapped with a break and enter and larceny charge and was granted ,000 bail when he appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce.Deodat Sumsundar denied the charge which stated that on December 31, 2016 at Walton Hall, he stole a quantity of GTT and Digicel phone cards valued $10,000, one Samsung cell phone valued $30,000, US$350 equivalent to $75,000 in local currency and $30,000, a total value of $145,000, property of Naina Narine.The defendant will return to court on March 21.
Republic of Ireland and Everton defender Seamus Coleman is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and Man United should have signed him.That’s the view of former Ireland international Tony Cascarino, who was singing the 28-year-old’s praises on talkSPORT.“When David Moyes got the job at Man United I thought the first player he should have signed was Seamus Coleman,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.“There was talk of Leighton Baines and [Moyes] ended up taking [Marouane] Fellaini, but Coleman was the one I really felt they should have gone for.”Coleman was part of the Ireland side that beat Austria 1-0 in Vienna to remain unbeaten in their World Cup qualifying group, while the player has also enjoyed a solid start to the 2016/17 league season.“Seamus is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League in my opinion.“Week in, week out Seamus does a fantastic job and I’m sure Everton fans will be proud of how well he plays for them and his country because his last three or four performances for Ireland have been exceptional.”Listen to the Weekend Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT every Saturday and Sunday on talkSPORT from 7am.
– Diane Newton Northridge Bonds not a good deal Re: “Council puts housing bond on fall ballot” (July 27): The table on property taxes included in Thursday’s paper is really an eye-opener. For those of us who haven’t been reassessed for a while, our taxes aren’t so bad. But the homeowners who are forced to pay at the new inflated rate are paying through the nose. No wonder the city and state have new money they are so excited about. Voters really need to stop blindly voting in bond issues. It greatly increases our debt in the future, the interest on the money kills us, and bond moneys are never handled appropriately. It is an all-around loser for homeowners. The politicians always try to make it look like a good deal for us, but it isn’t. Do not vote for any more bond issues! – Karen Jackson Valley Village Answers would be cool Re: “Heat’s on at DWP” (July 25): While everyone at the DWP wants to blame something or someone else, I personally would just like some simple answers. I have been without power since Saturday at 3 p.m. Every time I call the DWP for status, I get a different answer on when power will be restored. Frankly, I know they cannot provide an accurate answer to this question. What I would like to have answered is (and I ask every time I call): How do they prioritize the repair of the outages? Where is my outage in the priority queue (how many outages are in front of me)? Is the number of outages decreasing or increasing? However, those that answer the phones at the DWP are not privy to such information and apparently we the consumer should not be either. – Alva Powell West Hills Here it comes So get ready for the next DWP rate hike. More money for transformers and other infrastructure items. Even though there really are plenty of funds buried in their coffers somewhere. Just like most of the city’s other government entities. Whenever there’s any major public issue, the prevailing solution from all of our “highest paid” government “geniuses” is there isn’t enough money, i.e.: trash fee, present DWP rate hike, Baca’s sales-tax campaigns. Wouldn’t it be amazing if they would all show us their books? What a scandal that would create. – Dave Petterson Sherman Oaks Mayor’s track record Not long ago, the mayor said that the DWP needed to be held accountable and that he, the mayor, would ensure that accountability would be established. I wondered how the mayor, without any knowledge of the workings of the DWP, would fulfill that commitment. Judging by the current electrical power disruption and associated loss of human life, it would appear the mayor has failed. Now the mayor is on another course with plans to take over the LAUSD. Once again I ask myself, without any knowledge of the workings of the LAUSD or his having any technical experience with such an enterprise, would the commitment he made be fulfilled. – Mike Middleton Santa Clarita Working for us In reading Thursday’s Opinions, it appears that most people in the city are dissatisfied with the level of services provided by the city and the cost of those services. Since it’s all about city services and the money that provides those services, I would forget about the services and deal directly with the money. I would propose a charter amendment that would change the way elected officials are compensated. The amended charter would require a yearly vote of the people on the total compensation package for the mayor and council. This simple solution would allow the people of Los Angeles to regain control of their city. The voters (employer) not special interests should set the compensation level of the elected officials (employee). – Gus Smyrnos Newbury Park Stage 2 jets Re: “High price to pay” (Your Opinions, July 27): In his zeal to champion business factions at Van Nuys Airport, Martin M. Cooper says that if Stage 2 jets are banned, it will result in the loss of 1,159 jobs at the airport. Not 1,100, not 1,200, but exactly 1,159, an amazingly precise figure for a facility employing 10,000 workers. Full-time employees will not be discharged as Stage 2 jets are retired any more than Hertz will fire its employees when new cars come on line. Cooper refers to “a problem that a judge says doesn’t exist.” Well, not quite. What Judge Samuel D. Reyes ruled in May 2000 was that further restriction of airport noise could not be applied as long as a program existed for soundproofing homes in the impacted area. – James Wildman Van Nuys Airport Citizens Advisory Council A wee suggestion Perhaps the department of streets and roads could divert a bit of material that is used to create an excess of “speed bumps” to filling potholes? I appreciate that speed bumps are useful; however, it’s the same material either way. Might it not be a bit more efficient to reduce one and increase the other? We do not require speed bumps every block or so. – Margy Lee Northridge Welcome to blue Re: “The truth” (Your Opinions, July 26): Ralph Smathers wrote that I am shortsighted (I’m actually nearsighted) for not recognizing that the primary goal of the U.S. invasion of Iraq was not to bring democracy to the Iraqis but “fighting WW III against 1.3 billion Muslims.” On the contrary, that is exactly what we on the left have been saying for three years. Welcome to the blue states, Ralph. And speaking of this all-out war on Muslims, has anyone told Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Muhammad Ali? Filthy Arab terrorists. – Denis Feehan Simi Valley World War IV Re: “No justification” (Your Opinions, July 27): I am bewildered by Howard Barr’s opening sentence, “The war the Israelis started in Lebanon is wrong.” I seem to recall that the conflict started when rocket attacks and kidnappers crossed into Israel from Lebanon. Since when is it wrong to defend yourself? If the Cold War was WW III, then WW IV is the fight we are currently waging against terrorists and people like Howard ought to wake up. – Matthew Schaaf Granada Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesNorthridge Fed-up ratepayer Re: “DWP admits its system is a lemon” (July 26): Ron Deaton doesn’t see this as a massive deterioration of the system … of course it is. Since the City Council has been siphoning off a quarter of a billion dollars a year from ratepayers to dump in that bottomless pit called the general fund, it is a given that repair and maintenance without maintaining infrastructure contributes to eventual deterioration. By taking this surplus yearly, they knew that they would have to “pay the piper” sooner or later. So, our rates are going up to cover this obscenity instead of using the surplus to replace transformers, etc. It’s long overdue to declare a moratorium on planned raises, raids on the surplus by the City Council, and any unnecessary expenditures, such as public-relations firms. Re: “Council snubs public views” (July 27): When the time comes to vote for City Council members to retain their seats, or, worse, to extend their terms, I hope we all remember how representatives of our community were treated at Tuesday’s hearing regarding the trash fee the council wants to impose on property owners. Disallowing citizens their allotted time to speak so Jackie Goldberg could have her five minutes on an unrelated subject says much about the contempt and disrespect shown by the council members. Could it be that no matter what our objections, they have no impact, so why waste time listening to us? Shame on the council. If they are voted to stay in office, shame on us. – Yolanda Fintor
Derry City will be without four players due to suspension for Monday’s EA Sports Cup semi-final against Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds – Gavin Peers, Jamie McDonagh, Darren Cole & Eoin Toal.Former Rovers players Peers and McDonagh featured in Friday’s league game between the sides, with winger McDonagh claiming the Derry goal.Rovers will welcome Seamus Sharkey back from a one-match ban for the tie, which kicks-off at 5pm.Cobh Ramblers host Dundalk in the second semi-final at the same time.