Cavs’ Irving shares inspirational message to motivate kids

first_imgTo kick off a program promoting physical fitness, Irving shared some wisdom and experiences he hopes will help motivate kids to reach their potential. He urged them to listen to their parents, follow their own path and reminded them that life’s journey never ends.“I’m still figuring it out,” he said. “I’m still you.”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 returnTeaming with Kids Foot Locker, Irving visited one of the city’s Boys & Girls Clubs to launch a six-week fitness challenge which promotes a healthy lifestyle and encourages kids to excel outside and inside the classroom.Not far removed from their age group, the 24-year-old Irving easily connected with the kids, who wore “Go Big” T-shirts and could barely contain their excitement when the Cavaliers’ star was introduced and walked to the middle of the basketball court. Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member FILE – In this Dec. 7, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving drives between New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (3) and forward Lance Thomas (42) during an NBA basketball game in New York. Cleveland’s All-Star point guard, whose own life has undergone major changes over the past year or so as he has become a father, Olympic gold medalist and NBA champion, spoke to hundreds of school kids on Friday, Jan. 20, about following their dreams. APCLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving spent a day dedicated to transition and big speeches by delivering a message from the heart.Cleveland’s All-Star point guard, whose own life has undergone major changes over the past year or so because of fatherhood, an Olympic gold medal and NBA championship, spoke to hundreds of school kids on Friday about following their dreams.ADVERTISEMENT 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 “Listen to your parents,” Irving told them, but not in a preachy way, rather the way an older brother would tell his siblings. “Make sure you cherish the friendships you have and family is first — always.”Before the event, Irving, who was named an All-Star starter for the Eastern Conference on Thursday, spent a few minutes with the Associated Press discussing the motivation to support his community and aspirations beyond basketball.Irving understands both his place and platform and wants to maximize it. And as the nation looked toward Washington, D.C., Irving simply wanted to make a positive impact on some kinds in Cleveland.“I want to be a generational leader and I am that already,” he told AP. “I have to accept that and to do that you have to acquire as much knowledge and still grow every single day, make sure I’m living the truth and share that with the rest of the world. It’s not necessarily opening up to the media or anyone else, but it’s about opening up to the kids that matter — that are going to be changing our world in a few years.“I’m OK with this, man. As long as I can shape a kid’s day or shape a kid’s life in any way possible, and help them realize their potential is endless, you are limitless. You can be your own decider in your life. Whatever else is going on, you have to take control of it.”ADVERTISEMENT Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 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’ Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Venus focused on tennis, not age, in record 73rd Grand Slam Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Irving was raised almost exclusively by his father, Drederick, after his mother, Elizabeth, died when he was four. The elder Irving didn’t have to push his child, who was driven from an early age.It’s that independence, the strength to be unafraid and willingness to fail but learn, that’s at the heart of Irving’s message.“I want them to think bigger,” he said. “It’s a lost simpler for me now as I’ve gotten older. There were things that I thought were going to stop me and limit me, but those things aren’t necessarily real, they’re false and created by whatever it is that tells us what we can’t do, the outside influences. Never listen to that, man. I’ve always figured it out one day at a time.“As long as you can see through it, and find your own truth, you’ll be fine. I try to give kids the truth. I still am that kid that was growing up in Boys & Girls Clubs in New York and New Jersey, going to different neighborhoods. I’m that same kid. I’ve never changed and being able to acquire the knowledge that I have from other people helps me — and hopefully resonates with the kids.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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AMA pulls rug from under Blustar for 3rd straight win

first_imgPrince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study LATEST STORIES 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte AMA improved to 5-2, while Blustar remained at the cellar at 0-5 after losing hold of a nine-point advantage, 64-55, at the end of the third period.Kwaan Yoong Jing led the Dragons with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Mak Long Seng had 15 markers and five boards.The Scores:AMA 83 – Tiongson 23, Arambulo 20, Alabanza 16, Barua 7, Taganas 5, Macaranas 4, Bragais 2, Jordan 2, Flores 2, Riley 2, Jumao-as 0, Carpio 0.BLUSTAR 78 – Kwaan 16, Mak 15, Ang 11, Perez 11, Liaw 10, Ong 6, Melano 6, Heng 3, Choong 0, Chin 0.Quarters: 24-20, 43-42, 55-64, 83-78.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Roque breaks away for Ronda stage 11 win Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments PBA IMAGESAMA Online Education fought back from six points down in the final five minutes and averted an upset with an 87-78 win over Blustar Detergent Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Juami Tiongson, Ryan Arambulo, and Jay-R Taganas took charge in the clutch as they stretched the Titans’ winning streak to three despite missing ace swingman Jeron Teng.ADVERTISEMENT Trailing 75-69 in the final 4:29, AMA unleashed 12-1 run to seize a decisive 81-76 edge with 37.3 seconds left to play.“I told my players, it’s all about our pride and composure. We know we can beat them but we relaxed and have our opponents confidence,” said coach Mark Herrera. “Hopefully, this serves as a lesson for us that we can’t underestimate our opponents.”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 returnTiongson commandeered the Titans with 23 points, seven assists, five rebounds, and two steals, while Arambulo got 20 markers and six boards.JR Alabanza also held the fort defensively, finishing with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and eight blocks.last_img read more

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Tony Becca | Playing for fun only or what?

first_imgThe Senior Cup cricket competition, which started way back in 1897, was played at first partly for entertainment, partly for club competition, which offered bragging rights among the few clubs, and later, also partly for individual development, which led to the selection of the national team. Although cricket is still played for fun, for entertainment, and for exercise, things have changed since the late 19th century. Like other sports, cricket has become professional, a source of money to many people, and that has changed how the game is played. Cricket today is no longer a game to spend only one or two days a week training and practising for one or two hours a day, and to spend only a Saturday and a Sunday playing matches at the club level for between five and seven weeks a year depending on how good, or bad, your team is. Cricket today calls for regular training and practice, serious training and practice, it calls for good, long competitions, it calls for six, seven, or eight months of good, tight competitions in the league, one-day, and T20 play, it calls for dedication and commitment if one is to acquire the skills which will take him to the heights where he can compete, try to be the best, or as best as he can be. And to train and practise seriously calls not only for individual effort, but also for a structure. The structure calls for a club with a management team that will provide guidance, it calls for a ‘home’ to which one belongs and which serves as a meeting place, it calls for proper facilities to train and practise and to talk cricket, and it calls for an environment, including the presence of past players, which is geared towards playing the game and improving one’s self for and beyond cricket. The clubs, from time immemorial, have always been the lifeblood of sport, and they have always been places where players gather to play and to hone their skills. The properly-run clubs right around the world are the envy of sportsmen, and they are such for a reason: they are the best, they cater for the best, they attract the best, they play to win, and they win most of the time, more or less. ATTRACTED TO SUCCESS A man once said, when he was looking around for a man to coach him for a duel, that a friend of his promised to get him the master dueller of the time, and he said: “No, you get me the man who coached him.” It is as simple as that. People are attracted to success. Cricket today, the standard of cricket, is hurting in Jamaica, and it is hurting partly because those charged with the responsibility to move the game forward care little about the standard of the game. They care more about spreading the game, either that or they are afraid to do what they know is right because of other reasons. Spreading the sport is good for enjoyment, but not necessarily for improvement, and Jamaica must decide what it wants to do at this time. If it is for entertainment, then a 23-team league or bigger is better. Maybe, also, would be a so-called franchise system. But not one in which the financially strapped Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) tries to find the money to run each franchise, tries to set up a makeshift committee to run each franchise, and to make up the franchise teams by putting clubs in regional groups and then selecting a team for each group. Something like this has been tried and tried in different forms in the past, however, and it has never worked, neither in spreading the game nor in lifting the standard of the game. All that has happened is that each time, each year, somebody comes up with an idea, the association, when they are lucky, gets some money from a few sponsors, the money is spent, a competition with a new name is held, nothing happens. The following season, other sponsors are found, if the association is lucky, and another competition is held. If the present situation is a worry to the association, however, if the fact that some teams are in that should be out, that some matches are finished before tea on the first day, that teams are dismissed for scores like 29, 32, 39, 53, and 63, and that many matches finish with many teams not getting near to 100 runs in either innings and losing by an innings to teams scoring 150 to 200 for three or four wickets is seen as it is, weak and inexcusable, then something must be done about it. THINGS ARE BAD If teams can be dismissed after 70 and 90 minutes after the start of play, if teams do not even bowl their better bowlers during this time, and if teams can pick and choose the matches in which to play their better players, things are bad, real bad. And it does not stop there. When batsmen, ordinary batsmen, score heavily against bowlers from substandard teams, and bowlers preen themselves with handful of wickets, when these players from weak teams meet each other and look like Viv Richards or Brian Lara ­ Curtly Ambrose or Courtney Walsh ­ and accomplish all sorts of things, the cry goes out for their inclusion in national teams. Something must be done about the standard of cricket. In high school competitions, some schools have been dismissed for 10, 15, and 20 runs on a regular basis, the national team has been dismissed for low scores regularly, including 56 at home and abroad, Jamaica cannot get even one place on the West Indies Test team, and only one Jamaican gained selection on the West Indies Youth team now preparing for the world championship. For years, the JCA has been spending money on all kinds of competitions all over the country for all kinds of people to play in the top competitions, which, based on attitudes, they appear to have no interest in playing. Jamaica now needs to lift its standard of play, and it can only be done through the club system, with every Jamaican allowed to play wherever he chooses, wherever he can play, with eight or ten club-parish teams, and with the best players, those who are really interested in doing so, playing for the organised clubs and parishes. The franchise system is not a system geared towards development. It is a system geared towards making money, and in a country like Jamaica, where money is at a premium, and in a country where franchises are expected and will need to be financed by the JCA, or its sponsors, it is a system that cannot work.last_img read more

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A dream revived – Shimona Nelson revels in assistance from CB/UWI Fund Run

first_img“When I was told (about it), I could hardly believe my good fortune.” So said nationally recognised student-athlete Shimona Nelson, one of 40 recipients of scholarships in this year’s renewal of the CB/UWI 5K RunWalk and Smart Eggs Kids K, which events were launched last Tuesday morning at the UWI Regional Headquarters in Kingston. Responding on behalf of her fellow recipients, sports psychology student Shimona, who is a national representative in both netball and basketball, spoke of the challenges facing her both as a student and an athlete. “It has been very stressful for me not knowing how I was going to continue to fund my education.” she said. So much so, that the second year student once thought her dream of practicing sports psychology had hit a dead end. By removing the financial burden, the CB Group award, she said, has made it much easier for her to apply herself in the dual role of student-athlete. In addition to playing goal-shooter on the netball court, Nelson also has a pivotal role in basketball, putting her height and athleticism to use as a centre player. Her netball talent took her all the way to Botswana where she was part of the Under-21 Sunshine Girls and was named Most Valuable Player, and she now has an invitation to play in the upcoming Fast5 Netball World Series in Australia. But her sporting exploits do not stop there. The 18-year-old has also tried her hand at the javelin event and is looking to increase her involvement in that discipline, but not at the expense of her studies. Nelson is committed to maintaining the grade point average (GPA) in excess of 3.0, that saw her being selected in the first place and going on to realise her dream of motivating and counselling other athletes. Deeply appreciative “Like the other recipients, I am deeply appreciative, and I certainly will not let this unique opportunity be wasted.” The launch also saw a video with comments and testimonials from the 2017 awardees. CB CEO Matthew Lyn had a somewhat optimistic instruction for the scholarship awardees gathered for the launch of the sixth annual CB Group/UWI 5K RunWalk and Smart Eggs Kids K. “Be flexible, be open to opportunities that may lie outside of your degree focus or your major. Keep an open mind,” he said in congratulating the beneficiaries. The company, Lyn, said, believed thoroughly in education as the primary vehicle for national development and thus was proud and pleased to be associated with the event, which he said, was now – after five stagings finding its rhythm.last_img read more

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Warriors back in NBA Finals again after test from Rockets

first_imgHOUSTON (AP): The Golden State Warriors, so used to making things look easy, overcame one of their toughest tests to return to the NBA Finals. They climbed out of huge holes in the last two games of the Western Conference finals to beat Houston, but may have to play in the first half the way they have after half-time if they hope to knock off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and repeat as champions. “They played a great series, they made us work for everything … I’m just proud of the way we battled,” Klay Thompson said. “We’ve been through a lot with this team, and believe it or not, it’s not all success with the Warriors. “We’ve got our bumps throughout the season,” he continued. “But to get to this point again, we earned it.” Without Andre Iguodala again, the Warriors shook off another terrible first half in Game 7 on Monday night to rally for a 101-92 victory that made them the fifth team in NBA history to advance to the finals in four straight seasons. Golden State trailed by 11 at half-time after being behind at the break by 10 points in Game 6, becoming the first team to win multiple elimination games in the same series when trailing by double digits after two quarters. Coach Steve Kerr lamented that Golden State’s first half on Monday night was “one of the most bizarre first halves” his team has played since he’s been with the Warriors, and joked that he thought of resigning at halftime before getting serious. “Our talent took over,” Kerr said. “It’s as simple as that. We’ve got three of the best shot-makers in the league … we stayed with it.” The trio Thompson, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant combined to score 47 points in the second half to pull away from a Rockets team that missed 27 straight 3-pointers from the second quarter to the halfway mark of the fourth quarter. “I think it was just a level of experience and maturity from our group that helped us get to the finish line,” Curry said. The Warriors outlasted the Rockets despite missing Iguodala for the last four games with a bone bruise on his left leg. It’s unclear if the 2015 NBA Finals MVP will return for Game 1 tomorrow, but if he does it will give Golden State a boost in trying to slow down James. While Golden State certainly are not happy the way they started the last two games, their ability to turn things around in the second half gives the Warriors confidence heading into the next challenge. The Warriors outscored Houston 122-63 in the second half of the final two games. Houston gave them a much bigger test than the Warriors have had in quite some time, and this series was their first with three losses since the Cavaliers won the 2016 finals 4-3.last_img read more

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Medals aplenty for Team Ja at US Open

first_img Rasean Martin found Lindsay too good in clash sparring and had to settle for silver in a Jamaican trifecta completed by Kenneth Edwards’ bronze in the 185lb-and-over division. Seido Jamaica fighters Oral Rumble and Richard Touzlain ended with three bronze. Rumble, fighting among 18-35, doubled in continuous and points in the 184-and-under division, whereas Touzlain picked up points sparring bronze in the 200lb-and-over category. Calabar High School’s Tevin Hartley rounded off Jamaica’s 12-gold show by winning the 16-17 beginners’ title in clash sparring. After winning only four medals on Friday, led by junior black belt Tyrique Tai-Loy’s gold in continuous sparring, Jamaica’s youngsters sprung to life on Saturday. Calabar’s Tai-Loy picked up bronze in 14-15 points sparring, whereas his fellow black belt juniors, the St George’s College pair of Duncan Smith and Miguel Hamilton, respectively won silver and bronze in 16-17 clash sparring. Ultimate Taekwondo’s Antoine Alexander won silver for points sparring in 12-13 beginners, and Jamaica College’s Sharic Bowen also got silver in advanced 14-15 clash sparring. Other silver medal winners were Calabar’s Lamari Johnson in 16-17 beginners and Ackeem Gordon, recent Wolmer’s Boys’ School graduate, who earned double silver in points and clash sparring among 18-35 beginners. Pembroke Hall High’s Britney Mitchell picked up her second bronze of the tournament in intermediate 16-17 clash sparring, and Penwood High’s Deandre Elliott also won clash sparring bronze in the boys’ 16-17 intermediate bracket. Ningen Karate’s David Richards added points sparring bronze to continuous won on Friday in 8-9 advanced as the youngsters closed with Ultimate Taekwondo’s Alexander’s bronze in 12-13 intermediate clash sparring. JAMAICA’s martial artists won 26 medals on Saturday, including six gold, to end the International Sports Karate Association United States Open with a haul of 41 medals – 12 gold, 9 silver and 20 bronze. Led by Akino Lindsay’s double gold in clash and points sparring, Jamaica equalled Friday’s haul of six gold, increasing their tally in silver and bronze by seven and 13 medals, respectively. Trevor Webb Jr took the 18-35 title in 184lb-and-under clash sparring. Romario Martin,18-35 intermediate, capped his US Open debut by ending the tournament with a second gold, adding to the continuous sparring title he won on Friday. Ultimate Taekwondo’s Jasmine Barrows was Jamaica’s lone gold medallist in a depleted female squad, winning points sparring in 18-35, 139lb and under, in which her teammate, Aneeke Brown, won bronze. Barrows and Brown both won bronze in 139 and under, 18-35, points sparring as the seniors again held their own against the best in the world. Lindsay too goodlast_img read more

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JOA looking to raise profile of Youth Olympics

first_imgCEO of the Jamaica Olympic Association Ryan Foster says the association will be working with its member associations to raise the profile of the Youth Summer Olympic Games.Fosters admits that Jamaica has not bought into the concept of the Youth Games, and its modest record at the three editions is indicative of that.Jamaica has won a mere seven medals at the three editions of the event, winning two of those medals at the recently concluded games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.”The Youth Olympic Games falls beyond the track and field season and a part of the reason Jamaica has not bought into the Youth Olympics is because most of the athletes were being prepared for Champs (ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships),” Foster said. “But what we will be doing, though, is working with our member associations to get more sports qualifying for the Youth Olympics.”Expanding capacityHe said: “So, what we want to do is expand the capacity of our member associations to qualify their sports for the Youth Olympic Games, and once we get them to buy into that concept and increase their capacity to qualify for the games, then we can shift focus to the JAAA (Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association ) to get the athletes prepare specifically for the Youth Games.”Foster also said that the JOA is in discussions with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to provide a more flexible timeline for hosting the event.”We are asking them to do this to ensure that we not only get participation, but also the best possible competitors for the Youth Olympic Games,” Foster said.last_img read more

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Lakers’ Rondo out 4-5 weeks after finger surgery

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP): Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo will be sidelined at least a month after undergoing surgery to repair a ligament on his right ring finger. Rondo sprained his finger during Los Angeles’ Christmas Day victory at Golden State. He missed the Lakers’ last-second loss at Sacramento on Thursday night along with LeBron James, who strained his groin against the Warriors. Rondo had surgery yesterday, and he is expected to fully recover in four to five weeks, according to the team. The Lakers (20-15) have vaulted back into playoff contention with the Western Conference’s fifth-best record. Rondo is averaging 8.4 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds while providing solid leadership in his first season with the Lakers, who signed him as a free agent in July. But the veteran has appeared in only 14 games because of a three-game suspension for fighting and a 17-game absence after breaking a bone in his right hand, an injury that also required surgery. He only returned from his broken hand December 21, playing in three games in five days before getting hurt again. Lonzo Ball is likely to remain the Lakers’ starting point guard in Rondo’s absence. Brandon Ingram also assumes a larger playmaking role without Rondo or James. The Lakers haven’t speculated on how long James will be sidelined. The four-time NBA MVP turns 34 on Sunday.last_img read more

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Dave Martins to perform @ PC on Father’s Day

first_imgFather’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, June 18, and everyone is planning big for the special occasion. While some plan on spending time with their fathers at home, some will be treating theirs to goodies and probably a movie. This Father’s Day, however, Palm Court, on Main Street, Georgetown, will be the place to take your father to enjoy music at its best.Performing “Daddy… he is we own”, the spectacular Dave Martins will thrill fathers in attendance with some of his hits. Fathers of all ages are welcome to be a part of the celebrations, as we say thank you to the fathers who have definitely shaped our future.During the evening, fathers can enjoy beer specials and the curry fireside will be lit and ready to cook some tasty curry including duck, chicken and mutton which will be on sale.Doors open at 15:00h and the concert will begin at 18:00h. Admission to this event is absolutely free.last_img read more

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Missing the water…

first_imgMissing the water……after shutting the well downFaced with a PNC Government that had promised them milk and honey on the hustings, but once ensconced in office gave them ‘salt biscuit and water’, the teachers of Guyana now (bitterly) concede they never had it so good but under the PPP. Like your Eyewitness (initially), they figured the Government most of them had voted for would just put on a show about not being able to afford the raise the Government’s own task Force had recommended.And that, after a suitable period, would cough up, ‘cause the PNC would need their votes in 2020. But the mask of reasonableness that Granger put on when he visited their Head Office back on Labour Day has been ripped off after they went on strike. They’ve been forced to admit that while the annual 5% the PPP gave them might’ve seemed paltry at the time, combined with the fringe benefits of clothing allowance, duty free car allowance etc, they could live much better than before.But time moves on…and while the cost of living inexorably inches upwards, so do the appetites of the mouths that have to be fed! Teachers had to be particularly irked by the Junior Minister in the Labour Department of the Ministry of Social Protection calling them “selfish and uncaring” because they exercised their constitutional right to demand a living wage. Wasn’t it President Granger who’d declared that, in his administration, teachers would become the HIGHEST paid public servants??If, as public servants, Cabinet Ministers could justify a 50 percent salary increase, why would a 40 percent increase for teachers be so outrageous? Even after a 40 percent jump (if it ever comes), NOT A SINGLE TEACHER OR HEADTEACHER would be getting HALF of Junior Minister Scott’s monthly $700,000!! The Education Minister says it would cost $4billion to meet the teachers’ demand; but the teachers are saying to the PNC, just come back with a realistic offer and not the ridiculous “ball park” figure of $0.7billion, which is ONE-SIXTH of what the teachers are asking for!The Opposition Leader has shown that the budget has all sorts of “sport” and “frivolities” — such as parades — from where the money can be sourced. How can the PNC Government justify circuses when teachers – who’ll have to mould the minds of the next generation — have to scrounge for a living?? But the PNC Government has drawn its line in the sand. Like Burnham did with the sugar workers’ strike for recognition in 1976, Granger has now brought in scabs to break the teachers’ strike.All Guyana has to get behind our teachers. Today it’s them, tomorrow it will be us!Let’s us draw our line!!…when they go overseasMinister Lawrence says Guyana needs another 1000 nurses, and blames the high migration from that profession to the greener pastures abroad. But there’s nothing new about this, is there? Migration of skilled workers isn’t confined to nurses; teachers also have been moving out, as have all other tertiary-trained workers – including doctors! And it all boils down to those “green” pastures which, in this modern age, are “greenbacks”!And it’s not only salaries. For nurses and doctors, they work under the most primitive conditions — which have to be improved if we ever hope to keep them. It’s a good thing that NYTimes reporter didn’t go inside our “Clapboard” hospital buildings, or else he’d think it was Florence Nightingale working during the Crimean War!! How can nurses and doctors care for patients when the latter are packed two to a bed and the x-ray machine is on the fritz??If after getting 500+ Cuban-trained doctors we still need to train Medexes, something’s really rotten in the state of our medical staffing.Migration’s only the symptom!…when you’ve failed in the courtsAccording to the headline, AG Williams said the “Govt ‘more inclined to arbitration’ in bid to recover US$5M for GT&T shares.”  Why not conciliation?If the latter’s good for teachers, why not for the Government?last_img read more

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