Nadal on track for Federer showdown as Sock downed

first_imgRafael Nadal of Spain reacts during a match against Jack Sock at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 29, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Rob Foldy/Getty Images/AFPRafael Nadal took a step closer to a possible final against long-time rival Roger Federer in the Miami Open after a straight sets win over American Jack Sock on Wednesday at Key Biscayne.Nadal’s 6-2, 6-3 win over the 13th-seeded Sock sets up a semi-final meeting with unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini who upset second ranked Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-2 earlier in the day.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Instead Nadal pulled back to 2-2 and with Sock failing to make the most of a chance of further break points it was comfortable in the end.The 30-year-old Spaniard has never won in Miami despite being a four-time finalist and he expects plenty of work to get past Fognini and make it a fifth appearance.“We know each other very well. He has beaten me a couple of times and so it will be a good test. I am happy to be the semi-finals but it will be a tough one and I will need to play my best,” said Nadal.Fognini has three wins from ten meetings with the Spaniard, the most recent coming on clay in Rio de Janiero in 2015.The 29-year-old world number 40 showed plenty of confidence as he took the game to his Japanese opponent from the outset.ADVERTISEMENT It was the Italian’s first victory in three attempts over Nishikori and his first Masters series quarter-final win since 2013, when he reached the last four in Monte-Carlo.Nishikori earlier said he had not felt fully in top shape for the contest.“I wasn’t 100%, physically, I mean, it was tough conditions for me,” he said, referring to the heat on the mid-afternoon Key Biscayne centre court.“But it was also same for him, too. He was playing a lot of the long matches, but I think he still played good enough to beat me today,” he added.Fognini, who was cheered on by his friend, former Italy footballer Christian Vieri, said he had come through a demanding test.“It wasn’t easy and I was just focused on my game. I am very happy, I’m in the semifinal, I’m playing well and I feel good again on the court,” he said.On Thursday, Federer takes on Czech tenth-seed Tomas Berdych while the last quarter-final pits Germany’s Alexander Zverev against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Spaniard’s forehand was ominous as he neutralized Sock in one hour and 22 minutes.Nadal was able to save six of seven break points earned by Sock as he kept control of the contest.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 broke Sock in the American’s first service game and swiftly established a 3-0 advantage and a second break at 5-2 wrapped up the opening set.The American showed his spirit though as he broke Nadal at the start of the second but was unable to take advantage of a double break that could have put him 3-0 up. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely 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 comments Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu South Korea set to let women’s team play in North Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home LATEST STORIES MOST READ Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENRlast_img read more

Grueling season taking its toll on injury-hit Man United

first_imgView comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES Except United’s list of absentees is no laughing matter for Mourinho.Already without injured players Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo, Mourinho will now be without Marouane Fellaini for Sunday’s Premier League game against Swansea after the midfielder was sent off for head-butting Sergio Aguero in the 0-0 draw at Manchester City on Sunday. Fellaini is facing a three-game ban.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 returnLate in that game, substitute Timothy Fosu-Mensah picked up an injury that will see him become the latest defender to be sidelined.“We are in trouble, but we fight,” Mourinho said. “That’s for sure.” Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Center back and central midfield are the obvious problem areas for United, which is through to the Europa League semifinals — the first leg against Celta Vigo is on Thursday — and is in fifth place in the Premier League. It means two potential routes remain open to qualify for next season’s Champions League.With Pogba and Fellaini out, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick are United’s only genuine center midfielders. Wayne Rooney might also be an option there, but how Mourinho could do with Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger, who were both allowed to leave United in recent months — to Everton and Chicago Fire, respectively — when the squad looked bloated.“To have lots of players without playing is something that the players, they don’t want,” Mourinho said. “Sometimes there is this dilemma, to keep a bigger squad but the players don’t want to stay.“We are arriving at an extreme situation where now it must be unique to football. Two cruciate ligaments in the same match?” Mourinho added, referring to the injuries sustained by Ibrahimovic and Rojo against Anderlecht last week. “In my career (as a manager), I had one, in 17 years. One cruciate in 17 years. Against Anderlecht I had two, in one match. We are very unlucky, that’s all we can say.”Mourinho said Pogba could return from injury against Celta, and that Mata was making good progress after groin surgery.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home United is making light of its problems, though, with the hard-fought draw at City extending its unbeaten run in the Premier League to 24 games. The team is now only two points behind third-place Liverpool, having played one game less, and a point behind fourth-place City, but has a tougher run-in with games still to come at Tottenham and Arsenal.“First of all, we have played I think 18 more matches than Liverpool,” Mourinho said. “Eighteen more matches is like half of a Premier League. Eighteen matches and many miles in the players’ legs. So it’s an unfair fight, but we are going for it. The guys have an amazing spirit.“I think City will finish top four. The matches they have to play, I see them doing that. I think it’s between us, Arsenal and Liverpool. The reality is we have a European semifinal to play, lots of problems with players, but we are going to fight until it’s not mathematically possible.”And Mourinho believes United’s strong second half of the season bodes well for next season.“I think Mr. (Louis) van Gaal left me a good group of boys with very good relations between them and I got that in my hands. I think they miss happiness, they miss trust, they miss belief. They miss this extra bit that brings resilience, brings you fight,” he said.“They have it (now). So in July, when we meet again for next season, it’s a stronger group. The new players, when they arrive, will find a group more ready to go for big things.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gestures on the touchline during the UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg football match between Manchester United and Anderlecht at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on April 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, England — With Manchester United ravaged by a mix of injury and suspension, coach Jose Mourinho is contemplating an extreme idea as his side looks to navigate two competitions at the end of a grueling season.“I’m also training hard in the gym,” he said, breaking out into a smile, “so I can be an option.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Nastase issues apology for remarks about Serena Williams Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 respitelast_img read more

McMaster surprised by weekend run

first_img Main focus WITH so many top international athletes on show at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet inside the National Stadium last Saturday, not many local fans knew about Kyron McMaster of the British Virgin Islands, but after the Men’s 400m hurdles event, his name will be now been known locally and around the world. A year ago, at the IAAF Under-20 Championships, formerly known as the IAAF World Junior Championships, which happened in Bydgoszcz, Poland, the 20-year-old athlete was a bronze medallist, finishing third in the intermediate hurdle in 49.56 seconds, behind gold medallist Jaheel Hyde who won back-to-back titles in 49.03 seconds. No one had their eyes on this youngster on Saturday night, but running a big race, he surprised the field to win the event in a personal-best and world-leading time of 47.88 seconds, and in the process relegated Hyde to second. Hyde also ran a personal best of 48.52 seconds, which is now at number three on the world list. McMaster, several minutes after his achievement, told The Gleaner that he was very pleased with what he did, despite being a bit surprised at the feat. “I am a little bit surprised with my win and time, seeing that the field had so many experienced athletes who had performed well in the past, at the highest level”, said McMaster. “My main focus was to just come into the race and execute, and I was hoping for the best,” he continued. Asked if he was also surprised to beat Hyde, his reply was: “This is a competitive sport and I have been training hard for this, as Hyde has been a target at such a young age. To beat him, for me it was exceptional and I felt really good,” he said. Asked what it meant for him now being atop the world, his response was: “It makes me feel very good, as I have been having a good season so far, as my season’s best coming into the meet was 48.69 seconds, done in Gainsville, Florida, where my time was number three on the world list. Now I am really motivated to continue working harder, as now I will be a targeted man,” he said. – R.G.last_img read more

Warner and Stars hoping to bounce back

first_imgCASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC): After going winless in last year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Australian David Warner believes that the St Lucia Stars have what it takes to go all the way in this year’s edition. The Stars turned out a disappointing performance last year, failing to win a single game. Warner is hoping that the team can start on a winning note when they face the Trinbago Knight Riders in the first game of the tournament on August 8. “We just have to win one game to be better than last year, which is a positive, but I personally think that we have got a chance to actually progress and move a lot further forward than they did last year. Improvement is about attitude and if you go back to last year, win that first game and gain some momentum. You don’t want to look too far ahead; take each game as it comes,” Warner said. Warner will be teaming up with T20 superstars Kieron Pollard – who previously played for the Barbados Tridents – and Darren Sammy. Having played against both men numerous times, Warner said he was looking forward to playing alongside them. “I don’t think it will be too much different. The thing that they all bring is, each individual is different in their character, but what they do bring to the table is their competitiveness, along with their knowledge of the game. They have played a lot of the short form of the game as well, so experience is a big thing, but just pure competitiveness.” READY TO GO TRIPLE THREAT David Warner is eager to get going for the St Lucia Stars.  “I think that when you look at the batting unit, it looks very strong and obviously the all-rounding unit, and bowling unit complements itself. I think the batting unit, in the way I look at it, is like hammer and tongs. So we can go out there and be almost 80 or 90 off the first six [overs], but even if we lose a couple of wickets, we will still be flying at a rapid rate, that’s what I see with our batting order. We surely pack a punch there.”last_img read more

Reggae Boy Bolt? – JFF keeping an eye on former sprinter’s football efforts in Australia

first_img EYEING PROGRESS “I would support a call-up. I am not the technical director, but we will be looking at his progress on the football field. It will be interesting going forward, but we hope he will make an impression in Australia and he would certainly become a part of history as that would be no ordinary achievement,” Ricketts stated. Since Bolt retired from athletics following the 2017 World Championships, he has made his intention to become a professional footballer quite clear and has had training sessions at Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund and Norwegian top-flight team Stromsgodset. Ricketts believes playing in the Red Stripe Premier League could be beneficial for the former sprint star and his football ambitions. “He has never indicated to us that he wants to be a part of our set-up. He has never indicated to any of our local Premier League clubs that he wants to play locally. I would love for him to make himself available for a local club. Whichever club that would be, they would certainly have a drawing card right away and if he has any national (team) interest, he would be on show for our coaches. “But certainly if Mr Bolt makes himself available and Mr (Theodore) Whitmore (national head coach) and the coaching staff think he is good enough to represent the country, I would not have a problem at all,” said Ricketts. livingston.scott@gleanerjm.com Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Michael Ricketts, says he has been paying close attention to the efforts of sprint legend, Usain Bolt, to make his mark as a professional football player, and that he would fully support a call-up to the national team, if the national coaching staff thinks he is good enough. Ricketts, believes if Bolt can make the crossover from athletics to football, he would rewrite the history books and would be a big crowd puller and marketing tool for whichever team he chooses to represent. Bolt, an eight-time Olympic champion and world record holder in the 100m and 200m, will be heading to Australia to try out for A-League team Central Coast Mariners later this month for an indefinite period. The trial was confirmed yesterday by both Bolt and the Mariners, which finished last in the 10-team league last season. “I have been following it in the media and it is interesting. Jamaica is known all over the globe for its strength and pace and most times it is needed on the football field. So it’s not too far-fetched for Mr Bolt to be a footballer of some quality,” Ricketts told The Gleaner during an interview yesterday. “We always want a true representation and the best team to represent Jamaica. So if he is good enough, I would have no problem, I would entertain the thought. Mr Bolt is known globally for his athletic exploits, so it would be an easy sell, because I am sure Mr Bolt’s presence would easily fill the stadium as a footballer.last_img read more

It’s a Cornwall, JC Champions Cup final

first_img Happy with result Cornwall College turned in a gusty second-half performance to defeat former champions St George’s College 2-0 and book their spot in this year’s final of the ISSA/Champions Cup competition at Sabina Park last evening. The Dr Dean Weatherly-coached Cornwall who were beaten by Wolmer’s Boys in the 2016 final, got their goals from Arden Jokombo in the 62nd minute and Shavon McDonald in the 68th. Cornwall will meet Jamaica College in the final. The Andrew Peart-coached boys were too strong for St Elizabeth Technical and ran out easy 4-0 winners in the semi-final. The speedy and skilful Jokombo who tormented the St George’s defenders throughout the game, gave his team the lead when he fired home from point blank range. Cornwall College’s lead was doubled eight minutes later as McDonald fired home from the penalty spot. This after the ball was handled inside the 18 yards box by a St George’s player. The Light Blues looked deflated after the second goal as they failed to create any meaningful scoring chances against a very organised Cornwall defence. Late in the McDonald went close to netting his team’s third goal, but his volley went high over the crossbar. Weatherly said he was very happy with his team’s performance and they are now looking forward to the final. “It is a good feeling to be back in the final because it is hard work now bearing fruit,” said Weatherly.” We have been preparing for these games from in the summer and it is nice to see that we are now reaping the spoils,” he said. He added: “In the first half we were a bit sluggish but in the second half we did what we had to do and win the game.” Meanwhile, Neville Bell, coach of St George’s, said his team played well despite the defeat. Congrats to Cornwall College … I don’t think we played badly but we just never did enough in front of their goal. … It was the first time that we are losing all season and so I am a little disappointed,” Bell said.last_img read more

Peart demands more UWI consistency

first_imgAfter seeing his team lose to ninth placed Harbour View FC in mid-week, then beat defending champions and Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) leaders Portmore United away at the Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday, UWI FC coach, Andrew Peart, is demanding more consistency from his team. Andre Bernal fired the visitors into the lead after 19 minutes but Javon East equalised for the hosts six minutes into the second-half. However, Akeem Thenstead ensured UWI left the Oval with maximum points, with a well taken goal on 55 minutes. However, Peart’s team has two wins and two losses in its last four games, and four wins, three defeats and a draw in its last eight matches. After yesterday’s surprise scalp, the young tactician says the focus now is to try and get results from all their remaining games. “The result is just three points, and that’s good.” he said. “In terms of the opponents, it will be beneficial to our confidence, coming to the home of the leaders and getting a win as well putting a good performance, as it wasn’t a scrap. We managed to play football. But we are just trying to achieve some consistency in terms of the moments in the game – when we should be getting good performances and consistency across the games, where we pick up results in every game we play,” he said. Portmore could find no answer for the slippery Patrick Brown. The attacker left his marker for dead before delivery a pinpoint cross for Bernal to head home the opener. But Portmore made some changes at half time and the two substitutes, Rondee Smith and Cleon Pryce combination led to East’s equalising goal. But just when Portmore looked to seize the ascendancy, Brown slalomed through the Portmore defence before laying off the ball for Thenstead, who lifted over the advancing Shaven Paul for the winner. Despite going behind, Portmore kept at their opponents and Smith wasted two glorious chances for an equaliser, blasting over the bar from inside the area on both occasions. Although the top six is UWI’s objective and consistency is the focus, Peart says they intend to take it a game at a time. “For us, we are just focused on the next game, that’s our mantra going forward. Not looking at what the next five games can bring or what has happened before. It’s just the next game. Our next game is against Harbour View and that is a team on the up, so we just have to bring a good performance again,” he added. Portmore coach Shavar Thomas said poor decision making and individual mistakes let them down. “I’m very disappointed with our performance, it’s not like UWI came and dominated, it was a result of our bad play, poor decision making and individual moments,” he said. Portmore remain two points clear at the top of the table with 39 points. While UWI climbed into the top six on 30 points, the same as fifth placed Mount Pleasant. Meanwhile Cavalier sit second, Waterhouse are third with 34, and Arnett fourth on 31. Yesterday’s RSPL results: Dunbeholden 2 – 1 Tivoli MBU 1 – 0 Mount Pleasant Humble Lion 2 – 0 Cavalier Portmore 1-2 UWIlast_img read more

One year later: The 100 days manifesto rag needs a bath, please

first_imgWithout a doubt, the worse piece of propaganda dished out to the Guyanese people occurred in 1966, when Guyana was given independence. The Guyanese people were told repeatedly that independence would give Guyanese the opportunity to rule Guyana by Guyanese in the interest of Guyanese. Look at what has happened fifty years later, not only a continuation of the above figment of imagination but also a palpitation of propaganda.Any doubts I had about what was said in 1966 were erased when I spoke to the late black Guyanese scholar Oscar Dathorne in 2007. For the unfamiliar, Dathorne was a Professor of English at various universities in Africa and the United States who wrote extensively on the black experience in the developing world. Our conversations had always taken twists and turns but I was taken aback when he asked me where was I in 1966. I said I was too little in 1966 to understand anything.Dathorne told me he was invited by Forbes Burnham to celebrate Guyana’s independence in 1966 in much the same way what is going right now, that is, to make a positive impression and every expense would be on the state. During the celebration, Dathorne told Burnham to consider the poor people when spending so much money on future celebrations. That was that between Burnham and Dathorne. No more invitationsThe point here is that Burnham is the man who started these wild celebrations in Guyana soon after Independence which continued during his reign until God took him out, not the self-proclaimed resistance revolutionaries of 1970s and 1980s. The celebrations were, of course, to hide the dirty side of the dictatorship and divineness of his defunct socialism policies and to feed the Guyanese people, especially the African loyalists, with his propaganda medicine. The result was more love for Fatboy, his aka in some quarters in Georgetown.Fast forward to 2015 and I believe the 100 days manifesto from the current regime is the wickedest propaganda dished out to Guyanese in the history of Guyana. No other government in Guyana and the English-speaking Caribbean has ever lied so blatantly to the people in the first year in power than the current coalition regime.The hard copy of the 100 days manifesto was handed to me by a fellow who attended my presentation at Caribbean Studies Association (May 2015) in New Orleans, Louisiana. I thanked him and said this. If the coalition can meet 15 per cent of what is written in the manifesto in 1000, not 100 days, it would floor Guyana.I am still waiting for things to happen and the politicians need to rinse themselves from this national lie, come clean, and deliver.There is a growing consensus even to the most distant outsider that the current regime is incompetent, self-centred, unskilled and intellectually lazy. Whatever this regime and its supporters are trying to convey, its actions, on close scrutiny, reveal that it continues to lie to the Guyanese people.It is not difficult to understand why this position is taken. A majority of the current leaders were moulded under one of the most notorious dictatorships in Caribbean. Their so-called larger than life political personality, according to some, was nourished and nurtured during the darkest period of Guyana’s political history. The defectors in coalition are still mad while the junior leaders are simply decorative. William Shakespeare, I think, once said show me your company/friends and I will tell who you are. I say show your political company and training and I will tell you who you are.Arguably, the current crop of politicians are guided not by the duties of leadership but by the rights of leadership. Political office is used for personal gains.What is troubling is that the Guyanese people lose and the politicians win, and if this is the regime we look forward to growth and development for the next four years, then expect a march towards decadence and despair. But there has to be some options for the deprived to express themselves now rather than to wait for four years at the polls.From a philosophical point of view, there is something called Remedial Rights. When a group or territory of people has enough evidence to prove violation of human rights and persistent violation of agreements and promises, then holding the government accountable is seen as a moral justification.Before we move to this point, let us give the current regime an opportunity to give the 100 days manifesto rag a bath (lomarsh.roopnarine@jsums.edu).last_img read more

“Rally, rally round the Guyana Amazon Warriors

first_imgI have to take time off from my ruminations on “medicining” to talk this week about cricket. We must have our priorities in order, don’t we? And I’m a certified cricket tragic – just can’t get enough of the game.Cricket’s always been one of the things that has brought us together as a Caribbean people – never mind it’s the source of some of the fiercest arguments you can imagine. You know the most passionate arguments are with families!! Now the West Indies in the ODI final against the Aussies and (more to the point) with the CPL starting next week, I’m sure the “words around cricket” will be flying faster and more furiously than ever before.We Caribbean people, after all are acknowledged across the globe for “knowing their cricket”. We have a reputation to maintain!!! And with CPL, we now have our own individual country’s teams!!One thing I really like about this CPL tournament (apart from the fact that we have our own team and we’re getting games in Guyana without begging anybody) is that many young, local cricketers are getting a chance to play. This opportunity will both give them a chance to experience what it’s like playing against International players and also a chance to shine and be recognised.When the CPL was launched, I noted with the other tournaments like the IPL, CLT20, and Australia’s Big Bash, there were so many new players who impressed us and eventually made it onto their national teams.I prayed, “Hopefully the same will happen for the West Indies – we’ll discover some new talent to revive the current team.” Well…look how our under-19 team did in the World Cup! Three Amazon Warriors incubated players!!Guyanese have always supported the West Indies more than most, because we identify with the West Indies – we’re West Indians. We mightn’t strictly be a part of the West Indies geographically – we’re smack on top of the AMAZON.But culturally and historically, we’re more West Indian that some of the islands. We’re cut from the same cloth, we all survived colonialism, we used cricket as our way of beating the rulers at their own game. So we’ll support the West Indies – they’re our team. But with them sometimes snubbing our Guyanese players, it’s difficult not to feel a bit miffed.But with the CPL, we’re rooting for something else entirely. We’re rooting for our country. The Guyana Amazon Warriors are OUR TEAM!!! It’s Guyana versus Trinidad, or Guyana vs Barbados – not West Indies against the rest of the world. It’s a powerful thing, this nationalistic feeling. It’s a whole new adrenaline rush when it’s your country’s team that wins. It’s your country’s flag that you’re waving; your country’s colours that the players are wearing; it’s you, the Guyanese people who are being represented. All within the Caribbean family of course!!In Guyana, we don’t have trouble having sold-out matches, we’re always starved for more cricket. I’m sure this set of matches in the CPL will be the same. It’s a wonderful opportunity for families or friends to hang out together to enjoy a sport that has brought together so many generations of sports enthusiasts. They scoffed at the new slam-bam format in the beginning – but now that T20 has brought is so many new fans, no one’s scoffing any more.The local games begin on next week’s Thursday night; may the best team (Guyana Amazon Warriors) win. I may just sneak away from my books to be there!Enjoy the view.last_img read more

All not quiet…

first_img…on the western frontSurprise! Surprise! The Venezuelans have rejected Guyana’s request to the departing UN Secretary General (SG) that their manufactured border controversy with us be moved from his “Good Offices” – where it has languished for decades – to the World Court. All the “Good Offices” required was the SG appoint a person that both sides agreed to who would then act as an intermediary between them. The last person to fill the position was Professor Norman Girvan, who passed away a couple of years ago.And since the Venezuelans know they have no realistic chance of opening up an Arbitral Award that was “signed, sealed and delivered” by international players that involved the US, Russia and the UK, all they want is for their claim to be a Sword of Damocles to be hanging over our heads. And that we’ll so want to develop our resource-rich Essequibo, we’ll agree to “joint development” which they’d proposed to President Hoyte when he went visiting.As your Eyewitness had pointed out, since the 1966 Geneva Agreement stipulated that BOTH sides have to agree to the method of resolving the controversy – enumerated in the UN “dispute resolution” mechanisms which include both “good offices” and a “judicial decision” – this means Venezuela has a veto on any suggested change. They will NEVER go the route of a judicial settlement – since in every border settlement before that body with similar facts, they’ve gone along with the old decision.And let’s be clear about this – while Guyana has never agreed for there to be a replaying of the substantive facts of the case – even if that were to be opened up, the World Court will go our way. If for nothing else, any other decision would open up such a Pandora’s Box of border claims across the world, it would mean at the very minimum, the end of the UN!!! Not to mention the certain beginning of WWIII!So what do we do? Well, our Foreign Ministry just came out with a booklet summarising our case with the label – “The New Conquistadors”. We should’ve elaborated as to who were the “Old Conquistadors”: how they revelled in killing and raping and looting and burning the peoples of the Americas. Conquistador Velasquez killed hundreds of thousands so that by the mid-sixteenth century, there were only a few thousand native people in Cuba.We should do exactly what Burnham did – isolate Venezuela, especially in the “progressive” countries where it still has some social capital.As your Eyewitness said, we should’ve been at the NSM meeting last month. With our booklet!…at City HallAll you have to do is slow down while you’re passing City Hall and you’ll hear the low murmurs of the plotters raiding the City Treasury as if THEY’RE the New Conquistadors!! Seems they learnt some tricks of the Conquistadors’ Trade of extracting booty when they visited Mexico (Cortez!) and Peru (Pizzaro) to “check out” those Parking Meters.Shall we count the ways they’ve pillaged the Treasury? The vendors from Bourda Green whose plots were given to a chosen few – including blood relatives? The “forgiving” of the rates and taxes of some notorious “big ones”? The steady stream of first class trips of the Gang of Four as they join the jet setters? The doling out of contracts to their favoured few – that is those with deep pockets? And this is what we can see!!The latest depredation is the revelation that Mayor Chase-Green has a son on the payroll of her favoured City Hall contractor. Her explanation? Her son has to work!!And wasn’t it Columbus’ son who loosed Velasquez on Cuba?!! Look out for that contractors’ bills!!…at UGAnd to cap off yesterday’s Eye-opener on our new VC at UG, we just learnt he spent US$30,000 for fourteen staffers to do some fund raising in the Big Apple – and collected US$8000!!Wow! New economics?last_img read more