FEU forward Tolentino has emotional UAAP farewell vs former school Ateneo Nikola Vucevic had 31 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists and Terrence Ross made a go-ahead lay-up with 34 seconds left to help the Magic beat the Lakers 108-104 on Sunday.Ross scored 16 points for the Magic, who won 130-117 at home on Nov. 17.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We’re trying to build something, and wins like these can really help you build some momentum,” Vucevic said.Ross got to the rim to break the 104-104 deadlock after LeBron James missed a step-back 3-pointer. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed another 3 on the ensuing Lakers possession, and Aaron Gordon got a dunk on the runout to cap off the win. Orlando was able to overcome poor starts in both games, but had to outlast a late charge to hold off Los Angeles this time after a 14-4 run tied the game with 2:24 to play.Gordon had 17 points and D.J. Augustin added 12 points and nine assists for the Magic.James had 24 points and seven assists for the Lakers, who had won three straight games and six of their past seven. Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points and Brandon Ingram added 17.After falling behind by many as 12 points in the first quarter, the Magic would outscore the Lakers 67-42 during the second and third quarter. Orlando made 51 percent of its shots in that stretch, including 9 of 19 3-pointers.“It just took time, but we stuck with it and put ourselves in position to win,” Ross said.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers players blamed their inability to protect their lead on a lack of effort.“Defensively, we kind of broke down and the energy level was a little lower than our expectations, and they took advantage of that,” James said.“NIGHTMARE” NIKVucevic averaged 33.5 points, 14 rebounds and 3.5 assists against the Lakers this season, living up to Lakers coach Luke Walton’s pregame description of the former Southern California star as a “nightmare to matchup with” because of the versatility of his offensive game.“He’s got our number this year,” James said. “All you can say.”SIMMONS’ SPARKMagic coach Steve Clifford credited Jonathon Simmons for helping the team overcome a slow start with his intensity off the bench in the second quarter. Simmons had two points and three assists in the quarter, giving Orlando its first lead of the game on a lay-up with 23 seconds to go before James knocked down a 3 at the buzzer. “He brought a toughness to our team and the energy level that up until that point we had lacked,” Clifford said.Simmons finished with 10 points, helping the Magic’s bench outscore the Lakers 42-21.TIP-INSMagic: Clifford has not decided whether F Wes Iwundu will remain in the starting lineup when Jonathan Isaac is no longer playing on a minutes restriction. Isaac had six points and five rebounds against the Lakers in his third game back after missing six games because of an ankle injury. “The challenges of the day are the only things I am worried about,” Clifford said. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Orlando Magic guard Terrence Ross, left, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope reach for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — The Orlando Magic had swept the season series against the Los Angeles Lakers once in their first 29 seasons in the NBA.In a span of eight days, the Magic did it for the second time.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lakers: JaVale McGee finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks. McGee and New Orleans C Anthony Davis are the only players in the NBA with at least five blocks in four games this season. . Lance Stephenson had 13 off the bench. . Lonzo Ball had nine points and 10 assists, his second game this season with double-digit assistsUP NEXTMagic: At Golden State on Monday.Lakers: At Denver on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UP NEXTClippers: Host Toronto on Tuesday night, their fifth back-to-back set of games this season.Suns: At San Antonio on Tuesday night, their fourth back-to-back set of games this season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Injury-hit Nuggets sign Nick Young, waive Brandon Goodwin Los Angeles went ahead by as many as nine points, 56-47, after Warren’s ejection. But the Suns finished the half on a 9-2 run, capped off by Ayton rattling in a 20-footer at the buzzer, and trailed 58-56.The Clippers made 15 of 23 shots in the second quarter.Phoenix took a brief one-point lead, 84-83, late in the third quarter, but the Clippers went into the fourth quarter ahead 88-86.TIP-INSClippers: G Milos Teodosic saw action for the first time in four games, having missed the previous three due to a coaching decision. … The Clippers have won 10 straight over the Suns, with their last loss coming April 13, 2016.Suns: Phoenix announced the signing of post player Eric Moreland right after tipoff. The 6-foot-10 Moreland, 26, has played for Sacramento and Detroit. … For the fourth time this season, the Suns started three rookies — Melton, Ayton and Bridges. … The Suns were without guard Devin Booker, inactive for the fourth straight game with a hamstring strain, and guard Jamal Crawford, who was out with a sore left knee.DANIELS LEAVES, RETURNSDaniels crumpled to the floor with less than a minute to play trying to defend in the key, and had to be helped to the locker room. He returned for overtime.BLOCKED AND BLOCKAyton tried to go up strong with the ball in the paint midway through the first quarter, only to have his shot blocked by Boban Marjanovic. But Ayton got back on defense to swat away Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s layup attempt at the other end. Danilo Gallinari scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half and Harris added eight rebounds.Deandre Ayton led the Suns with 20 points and 12 rebounds, the rookie’s 15th double-double of the season. Fellow rookie Mikal Bridges added a career high 19 points, and backup center Richaun Holmes chipped in a season-high 19 points as the Suns lost their ninth straight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Clippers twice led by four in overtime, but the Suns tied it at 119 on Troy Daniels’ reverse layup with 51.3 seconds to play. But those were the last points scored by the Suns.The Suns’ De’Anthony Melton hit a short baseline fadeaway to tie the score at 111 with 5.5 seconds left in regulation. The Clippers had the final possession of regulation, but Gallinari missed a step-back 3-point attempt at the buzzer with two defenders in his face. LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Holmes dunked with 7:09 to play to give the Suns a 104-95 lead. But the Clippers rallied, surging ahead by four, 109-105. Then Bridges hit a 3-pointer for the Suns with 1:16 left, and added a technical foul free throw 18 seconds later to tie it at 109.Both teams were without top scorers for the second half.Clippers guard Lou Williams left the court in the second quarter with what was described as a sore left hamstring, and didn’t return. Williams, who was averaging 17.6 points per game going into Monday, had seven points and four rebounds in 12 minutes.The Suns got forward T.J. Warren back from a right ankle injury after he missed the past five games. Warren, however, was ejected for drawing back-to-back technical fouls near the end of the second quarter. He had six points in 12 minutes.The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell scored seven points in less than a minute in the second quarter as Los Angeles came back from a 10-point deficit.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, left, looks to pass as Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — Tobias Harris scored 33 points and Patrick Beverley made two free throws with 33.3 seconds left in overtime to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 123-119 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.Avery Bradley sealed the Clippers’ 17th victory of the season with a pair of free throws with 1.6 seconds left, after he hustled to control a loose ball off jump ball and was fouled.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia
Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Azkals touch down in Dubai, eager to battle Asian heavyweights Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk New San Miguel assistant coach Jimmy Alapag. INQUIRER Photo/Denison DalupangSometime during the turn of the millennium, an American coach/scout named Paul Howard flew a pint-sized guard into the country for the late Ron Jacobs to check out.Jacobs, then a consultant for San Miguel Beer and newly minted national coach for the 2002 Asian Games, didn’t take long to become convinced the 5-foot-9 playmaker could make it big not just in the PBA, but with the Philippine team as well.ADVERTISEMENT Jimmy Alapag did just that—from the other side of a basketball rivalry. He went on to shine for the TNT franchise, winning championships there while starring in some of Gilas Pilipinas’ most dramatic wins in the international scene.All it took for that flip of fate? A broken hand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAlapag was assigned to one of the pool teams that would be merged into the national squad for the Asiad in Busan, South Korea, before a broken hand forced him to fly back to the United States.He lost his shot to represent the country and by the time he came back, the Beermen were locked and loaded at the point guard spot—Olsen Racela and Boybits Victoria hogged that rotation—to draft him and he wound up with the Mobiline Phone Pals (now TNT). No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption That’s why when Alapag was introduced as one of the assistants for coach Leo Austria, there was a homecoming feel to it.“This whole thing … started because of coach Ron,” he said. “Him reaching out to me and he’s the one who extended the invitation to play in the national team way, way, way back in 2002. Now that my playing career is done and I have a chance now to coach here, it’s come full circle in a sense.Alapag will be a welcome help in keeping troubled guard Terrence Romeo in check. Romeo, who joined the Beermen via an offseason trade, had always looked up to Alapag in the national team.“Jimmy has always been there to guide me even during our stints at Gilas,” Romeo told reporters in Filipino. “He’s always there for me. Not only me but for everyone else. He’s just like that … I think it will ease [my transition here] because he’s such a veteran.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college
For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Jalen Green. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAll eyes were on Jalen Green and the Fil-American star treated everyone to a spectacular show.Green showed why he’s the top US high school prospect in the 2020 class with a dazzling display of his spellbinding athleticism in Filam Sports USA’s light work of AusPinoy Australia, 78-45, in the classification round of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC National Finals Monday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The 6-foot-5 guard had 20 points, nine rebounds and three assists with ease.“These kids who are coming from different states are playing together for the first time and I’m glad we won,” said FilAm Sports coach Bong Ulep in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“There wasn’t much chemistry in the first half and it was a sloppy ball game as expected but it picked up in the second half,” he added.It wasn’t all Green for the FilAm side as Kainoa Ballungay also showed out with 19 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks while Eli Ramos, brother of Gilas Pilipinas prospect Dwight Ramos added 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief In the night cal, Camp David of New Zealand came away with an 84-71 win over Top Flight Vancouver.The week-long tournament from March 18 to March 24 is free of admission, with fans needing just a valid ID to enter Mall of Asia Arena. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipino barbers slammed for using PH flag as capes in Warriors heritage night Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FilAm Sports set a date with Perpetual Jonelta Laguna in the Super 32, which tips off on Tuesday.Meanwhile, Mclaude Guadana and John Barba steered Lyceum-Cavite edged Holy Trinity College-General Santos, 74-71, behind Mclaude Guadana and John Barba to open the competition.In the other games, University of Baguio also won, beating Dolores National High School-Eastern Samar, 68-56, to claim the 27th seed; Narvacan National High School-Candon stunned Isabella Colleges-Cauayan, 80-74, to lock up the 25th seed; and Sta. Clarita International School-Iloilo beat Zamboanga del Sur National High School-Pagadian, 99-88, to clinch the 26th seed.Toronto’s Durham Crossover downed FEU-Diliman 69-66 to forge a date with First City Providential College while the Baby Tamaraws will take on St. Augustine Institute Pampanga.Hope Christian dominated from start to finish to claim a 68-59 win over Italy Proudly Pinoy and arrange a matchup with Legazpi’s Sto. Domingo NHS. Italy, on the other hand, faces Calayan Educational Foundation from Lucena.ADVERTISEMENT
County Meet’s current highest goal scorer, potent striker Sam Jackson and versatile player Sartee Nimely of Nimba County are expected to move to 2nd division champions, FC BYC II.The duo, who are plying their trades with 3rd division Capitol Hill FC have already been signed, according to an official of the Barrack Young Controller (BYC) Incorporated, who begged to be anonymous.The source said BYC Board Chairman Robert A. Sirleaf, owing to a recommendation from President Sekou Konneh and officials of BYC, has already paid US$1,000 as ‘Transfer and Signature Fees” and modalities for the tranfer have been concluded.Striker Jackson, 16, scored against Gbarpolu in Greenville, Sinoe County, during the preliminmary stage. Jackson netted his 3rd goal in their 2-1 win Sunday against Grand Kru County. Prince Chappy increased the tally, while Togar Gayflor got the consolation. Nimba’s win qualified them for the semifinals against Grand Gedeh, who pinned 10-man Lofa County, 3-1 in a lottery shot.At the end of the Nimba-Grand Kru’s game, the organizing committee awarded a football, with the flags of the 15 Counties to Jackson as the ‘Best Player of the Game,’ and it was present by Liberia’s former celebrated star, James Salinsa Debbah.Player Sartee Nimely, 17, was instrumental for Nimba County to top Group IV, with 9 points, winning all their games.When contacted players Jackson and Nimely, in brief remarks expressed satisfaction in joining the ‘The Blues.’“We have contacted and signed and we are going to FC BYC,” the duo said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The female soccer team of Sierra Leone has been invited to Monrovia for a return-leg match against their Liberian counterparts on April 13.The Daily Observer gathered Wednesday that LFA Executive Committee member-elect, Rochell Woodson, authorized the LFA Secretariat to communicate the arrangement to the Sierra Leone Football Association.The Liberian side traveled to Sierra Leone March 8 for a friendly match.Ms. Woodson was the head of delegation for the Sierra Leone trip. Also on the trip were the president of the Women’s Football Association of Liberia, Ciata Bishop and the coach was former Lone Star coach J. Kaetu Smith.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,I have observed what seems to be a change of uniform of constables attached to the City Constabulary of Georgetown, from their traditional dark blue uniforms to light blue tops and dark bottoms. These persons moving around the markets and around the city with these new outfits look more like security guards than Policemen.I would like to know if the Georgetown City Constabulary has changed its uniform just like that, without properly sensitising the public. Police departments all over the world are very strongly traditional, and they want their officers to look like Police officers. In other words, what the public associates with “Police officer”.Most people can identify a Police officer by the official Police uniform. When citizens on a busy street are in need of help, they scan the crowds of pedestrians looking for the distinctive uniform of a Police officer. Drivers who come to an intersection occupied by a person in a Police uniform usually willingly submit to that person’s hand directions. Criminals usually curb their unlawful behaviours when they spot a uniformed Police officer in the area. Many parents teach their children to respect and trust a person in Police uniform. How can the Council just whimsically change the uniforms of their Constables like that?Everyone knows that their uniforms were made of cheap polyester, and were poorly tailored, resulting in their wearers being hot and uncomfortable, and that they faded and turned purple after being laundered a few times, but that does not give them the right to just arbitrarily change them? They just needed to purchase high quality and properly tailored apparel.The traditional dark blue crisp uniforms of the City Constabulary conveyed power and authority. Even the slightest alterations to the style of this uniform will change how citizens will perceive these constables. The City Constabulary uniform is a tradition as old as the Constabulary itself, patterned after the London Metropolitan Police, who developed the first standard Police apparel.These first Police officers, the famous “Bobbies” of London, were issued a dark blue, paramilitary-style uniform. The colour blue was chosen to distinguish the Police from the British military, who wore red and white uniforms at the time.Darker colours may have been preferred for their ease in cleaning and their ability to help conceal the wearer in tactical situations. Dark colours help cover up stains and keep the officer from being easily spotted by lawbreakers, especially at night.Is this change of uniform another hare-brained idea by City Hall officials?With thanks,Riley Matthews
Dear Editor,My attention was drawn to an extensive social media post by Minister of Business Dominic Gaskin in which he posited “The Constitution is silent on the impact of a no-confidence vote on the National Assembly. I would therefore expect the National Assembly to continue to function as normal, and in keeping with the will of the electorate, until such time as it is dissolved.”I will begin by agreeing with Gaskin that he is correct in that the Constitution is silent on the matter, but since Article 106 (6) states “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence” and Article 106 (7) continues “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”, then one can take the two articles conjunctively to arrive at a commonsense position that it cannot be business as usual as contended by Gaskin. Instead, it must be a period of great ethical behavior; no granting of contracts; no dispersal of state assets; no actions that can be deemed favorable to one’s self, friends, cronies or business associates. While a caretaker Government provision is not explicitly stated, we cannot have a vacuum, hence it is most certainly implied.Editor, there was no rabid call for resignation of the Government prior to their announcement of ‘exploration of options’, until then, President Granger and Opposition Bharat Jagdeo had set a respectful tone that becalmed seas that threatened to be stormy. The behavior of Cabinet members since the departure of President Granger has caused many great alarms. The attempts to sidestep the Constitution by way of asking the Speaker to review a decision of the National Assembly; introduction of illogical interpretations of the word ‘majority’; questions of citizenship that are clearly addressed by Article 165 (2) of the Constitution are all acts of people who are desperate to avoid facing the electorate.Editor, until there is a renewed public acceptance by the Government that it has fallen and there exists no constitutional crisis, civil society members will continue to be strident in the calls for the resignation of the Granger Administration. The people of the nation accepted the results of the no-confidence motion, I strongly urge the Government to swallow their pride and follow suit, failing which the medicine will indeed be bitter at the polls.Respectfully,Robin Singh
Suspected Zika cases in LindenA month has passed and still the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) has not received the results of samples sent for testing, suspected to be the Zika virus in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Head of the region’s Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Health Committee, Dr Gregory Harris, last month disclosed that there were a few suspected cases of the virus in Linden. Dr Harris, who is attached to the LHC, revealed that a few patients who exhibited possible signs of the virus were attended to by health professionals at the medical institution, noting that the samples were sent for testing.He said that two of those cases might test positive, since those patients had shown a full range of symptoms, including the rash, red eyes (conjunctivitis) and muscle and joint pain. Dr Harris had also promised to make the information of the results available to the public once it becomes available. When contacted on Sunday, however, he indicated that he is still awaiting the results.The Health Committee Chairman’s suspicions came at a time when there were mounted calls for fogging to commence in the region, in an effort to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. As promised by Regional Health Officer Pansy Armstrong, fogging has commenced in sections of Linden. Prior to the fogging exercises, she had also indicated that chemicals, such as larvacide were distributed across the region, to assist residents in dealing with the infestation of mosquito.Earlier in the year, there were eight confirmed cases of the Zika Virus in Guyana and hundreds of suspected cases.The first case was detected in an East Bank Demerara (EBD) woman who had travelled to Berbice, while the second case was confirmed in a teenage boy residing at Eccles, EBD.Later on, the virus was detected in two Cuban doctors who reside in Guyana and another woman – all of whom live along the EBD corridor.There is also a case where a US citizen was infected with the Virus after travelling from Guyana but there was no confirmation if the visitor contracted the disease here.In Guyana, if patients exhibit symptoms similar to those of the Zika Virus, they are first tested for other related infections such as malaria, dengue or chikungunya. If those test results are negative, the blood samples would then be sent overseas for testing for the Zika Virus. In most cases, the test results have come back negative.Effects of ZikaFrench researchers recently discovered that in addition to causing severe birth defects, the Zika Virus can result in a rare neurological ailment in adults and is linked to paralysis-causing myelitis (inflammation in the spinal cord).Myelitis can affect limb movement and cause paralysis by interrupting communication between the spinal cord and the rest of the body.French experts reported that a 15-year-old girl diagnosed on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe with acute myelitis in January had high levels of Zika in her cerebrospinal fluid, blood and urine.“The presence of Zika virus in the cerebrospinal fluid of our patient with acute myelitis suggests that this virus might be neurotropic” – something that attacks the nervous system,” the researchers noted.Also, there have been less than a handful of reported cases of sexual transmission.
HWLS placement debacleFormer Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall has yet again lashed out at current LegalFormer AG Anil NandlallLegal Affairs Minister Basil WilliamsAffairs Minister Basil Williams over what he said are his controversial comments about the former AG’s role.Williams, at a recent press conference said it was the former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government which caused the current state of affairs in the country. Williams blamed the previous Administration for failing the Guyanese law students, and for not giving special interest in the programme and its commitment with the Trinidad and Tobago-based Hugh Wooding Law School.In a social network post on Tuesday, Nandlall rebuffed the statement made by the Attorney General, and in fact laid out that he (Nandlall), who had responsibility for the programme at the time, had been very much consistent in every endeavour to ensure students be successful getting into the HWLS.“In 2014, I along with the then Head of the Department of Law, University of Guyana, successfully negotiated, on behalf of the Government of Guyana, the terms of a new agreement with officials of the University of the West Indies [UWI] and the Council of Legal Education [CLE] of the West Indies, for the continued automatic admissions of graduates of the UG Law Programme into the Hugh Wooding Law School,” Nandlall stated.Nandall said this became necessary since the previous agreement entered into by his predecessor had come to an end through “effluxion of time”. He stated that the entire initiative was a PPP/C Government one which began in 1996.“Two previous such agreements had expired. The responsibility became mine to negotiate and conclude the third. When the negotiations started, several members of CLE/UWI team argued against non-renewal of the agreement. We defeated this argument. They next argued for a reduction of the quota of 25. We again defeated this argument. In the end, not only did we succeed in retaining the quota of 25 for Guyanese nationals graduates but were able to secure an additional 10 places for non-Guyanese nationals graduates of the said Law programme,” he explained.This agreement, he said, was to be signed before September 2015 to regulate the admission of students for the year 2015-2016 to the Law School. He said he left office in May of 2015, and upon his departure, he did brief Williams.“I explained to him that the hard work is finished and that all he needs to do is to ensure that the agreement which was being drafted by UG And UWI be signed and taken to the CLE for their signature because it is a tripartite agreement.”However, a year later, Nandlall said he is now reading in the press that Williams has disclosed that the agreement has not yet been signed.“What is worse, rather than remain silent or admit to his utter incompetence, he blames, the previous Government and the Council of Legal Education for this predicament. To further conceal his ineptitude, he throws a red herring into the equation about building a local school. Even if that’s a feasible option, it will take years to materialise. What will happen to students in the meantime? That’s the issue; why after one year, the negotiated agreement has not been signed? I ask again, for how long will the nation endure such incompetence?” Nandlall asked.Williams had told journalists that Government remained concerned about the situation in which students have found themselves and was working to have it settled.Williams said the decision by the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration to discontinue contributions to the HWLS is responsible for the dilemma facing Guyanese law students.“I could tell you that they all (HWLS) feel that because we don’t pay and contribute, it is unfair for us to have our students taking up places at the school,” Williams said.According to him, the problem was further “aggravated” because all the campuses of the University of the West Indies are doing the full law degree just as the University of Guyana, and have hundreds of students who also want to enter into the programme.“It is a question of the discontinuance of paying any contribution whatsoever, and we inherited that situation and are trying to address it. But all we seem to have done is to encourage a lot of problems”.The previous PPP/C Administration fought ‘tooth and nail’ in recent years to ensure that the top 25 University of Guyana law students are accepted in the Hugh Wooding Law School.As a matter of fact, in 2013, then Caribbean Community (Caricom) Chairman, Dr Ralph Gonsalves had the cause to write the University of the West Indies Council for Legal Education on the impasse over Guyanese law students being accepted at the Trinidad-based Hugh Wooding Law School.