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 “Deflategate” far behind them, Brady and coach Bill Belichick won their 25th postseason game, by far a record. The Falcons added to Atlanta’s long history of pro sports frustration.Belichick became the first coach with five Super Bowl crowns.The Patriots won the coin toss for overtime and it was no contest. Brady completed six passes against an overmatched Falcons secondary. A pass interference call took the ball to the 2, and White scooted to his right and barely over the goal line.His teammates streamed off the sideline to engulf White as confetti streamed down from the NRG Stadium rafters.It was almost an impossible dream for the Patriots a bit earlier. But helped by Matt Ryan’s fumble on a sack, a Edelman’s catch off of a defender’s shoe, and Brady’s passing, they never stopped coming.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos New England Patriots’ Tom Brady celebrates a touchdown during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)HOUSTON — Tom Brady led one of the greatest comebacks in sports history highlighted by an unbelievable Julian Edelman catch that helped lift New England from a 25-point hole against the Atlanta Falcons to the Patriots’ fifth Super Bowl victory, the first ever in overtime.The Patriots scored 19 points in the final quarter, including a pair of 2-point conversions, then marched relentlessly to James White’s 2-yard touchdown run in overtime to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT White scored three touchdowns and had 14 receptions for 110 yards, but Brady hit seven different receivers.Until the Patriots took charge with their late surge, league MVP Ryan was outplaying Brady. It didn’t last.Atlanta’s string of touchdowns on its opening drive ended at eight, though Devonta Freeman sprinted for 37 yards on the Falcons’ first offensive play. The drive was stunted when Ryan was sacked by Trey Flowers, New England’s leader in that category.Then it was Atlanta’s D that went sacks-happy, getting two on the Patriots’ next drive in what would be a scoreless opening quarter. Who expected that? Well, New England has not scored a point in the first 15 minutes in Brady’s seven Super Bowls.It sure looked as if the Patriots would get on the board immediately in the second period as Brady and Edelman connected twice for 40 yards. But Blount’s fumble turned the momentum to the Falcons, who then took their biggest lead in a Super Bowl — yeah, we know, they have been here only twice — on Freeman’s 5-yard run to cap a quick 71-yard drive on which Jones came alive.Jones showed why he is an All-Pro receiver with a tough leaping catch over the middle for 19 yards, then got open on the sideline for 23. Freeman did the rest.Before New England could catch its breath, Ryan had the Falcons up by 14. Using the no-huddle attack to perfection, he threw for 51 yards on a 52-yard drive, hitting Hooper with a pinpoint pass in the left side of the end zone.Then Brady was victimized by his own poor decision, a rarity on the big stage. Atlanta was called for defensive holding three times on third downs to keep the drive alive. From the Falcons 23, under pressure Brady tried to squeeze a throw to Danny Amendola. Alford stepped in and sprinted, then glided 82 yards for the second-longest pick-6 in a Super Bowl — and Brady’s first.Shockingly, it was 21-0.New England gathered its wits for a 52-yard drive to Stephen Gostkowski’s 41-yard field goal. Still, it was 21-3 when Lady Gaga took the stage. Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown NFL: Patriots beat Falcons in overtime to win Super Bowl 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG MOST READ There was smoke hanging over the field when both teams had three-and-outs to open the third quarter. It was a mirage regarding Ryan and Co., who marched 85 yards to Coleman’s 6-yard TD catch on a swing pass. While New England scored the next nine points on James White’s 5-yard TD reception — the extra point was missed by Gostkowski, who later made a 33-yard field goal./rgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brady, the first quarterback with five Super Bowl rings, guided the Patriots (17-2) through a tiring Atlanta defense for fourth-quarter touchdowns on a 6-yard pass to Danny Amendola and a 1-yard run by White, which came with 57 seconds remaining in regulation. White ran for the first 2-pointer and Amendola did the deed with a reception on the second.Brady, winning Super Bowl MVP for a record fourth-time, finished 43 for 62, the most attempts in Super Bowl history, for 466 yards, also a record, and two touchdowns.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 return“You know, we all brought each other back,” Brady said. “We never felt out of it. It was a tough battle. They have a great team. I give them a lot of credit. We just made a few more plays than them.”Before the stunning rally — New England already held the biggest comeback in the final period when it turned around a 10-point deficit to beat Seattle two years ago — the Falcons (13-6) appeared poised to take their first NFL championship in 51 seasons. Having never been in such a pressurized environment, their previously staunch pass rush disappeared, they stumbled on offense and Brady tore them apart. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES
NLEX makes ‘little improvement’ on mental toughness Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES Phoenix actually made life difficult for San Miguel after trailing by just one point, 24-23, at the end of the first quarter.READ: San Miguel extinguishes Phoenix for 2nd straight winFEATURED 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 return“I think we tend to relax at the start of the game, so we have to remove that attitude,” said Fajardo, who had 22 points and eight rebounds. “We have to play hard the moment we step on the court.”San Miguel found its offensive groove in the second quarter when it went on a 15-0 run to establish a 39-25 lead and break the game wide open . MOST READ Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely “We have to play hard even in the first quarter. Good thing we were able to get out offense in the second quarter,” said Fajardo. View comments 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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. June Mar Fajardo vs Phoenix import Jameel McKay. PBA IMAGESReigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo said San Miguel should stop falling into habit of starting games slow and needing to pick up speed in the later quarters.The Beermen improved their PBA Commissioner’s Cup record to 2-0 with a 110-88 demolishing of Phoenix but not before struggling to shake off the Fuel Masters early.ADVERTISEMENT
More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Both coming from victories, the Blaze Spikers and the HD Spikers gun for win No. 2 and the early lead of the tournament.Opening day winners Foton and Generika-Ayala collide in the other match slated at 5 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundA variety show-type presentation will usher in the conference with pop stars impersonators showcasing their talents with some of the league’s top draws like Rachel Anne Daquis.Tickets are free and games will be shown live on Aksyon TV and Hyper HD and will be livestreamed over at Sports5.ph. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Members of the national table tennis team and some of Ian Lariba’s classmates at La Salle will solicit financial support for the cancer-stricken Olympian.“We hope that this little contribution from the PSL will enable Ian to overcome the biggest challenge in her life. We’re all praying and hoping for her speedy recovery,” said PSL chair Philip Ella Juico.Half of the tickets sales from the last two playing days were also donated to Lariba’s medical funds.Juico said the PSL is also organizing volleyball clinics and will soon establish the PSL Volleyball Academy.“This shows that the PSL is not just about competition,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES View comments Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ Petron and Cignal, two squads considered the “Super Teams” in the Philippine Superliga, test each other Saturday as the All Filipino Conference formally holds its opening ceremony at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Patafa reinstates Tabal
Having laboured to a 0-0 draw and a valuable point in their last group game against defending champions and group leaders Mexico on Thursday, the Reggae Boyz will enter today’s game against El Salvador in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup with the knowledge that they have already secured a spot in the last eight.Martinique’s loss to Panama yesterday means Jamaica will secure, at least, third spot. The winners and runners-up and the two best third-place teams from the three Gold Cup groups will advance to the quarter-finals. Game time today is 5 p.m. at the Alamodome Stadium in San Antonio.Today’s opponents are Central American team El Salvador, who currently sit third in the group on three points, one behind Jamaica and Mexico, who lead the group by virtue of scoring more goals. Curacao sit at the bottom without a point.EL SALVADOR NEEDS DRAWEl Salvador will also have their eyes on the last eight, and a draw today will be enough to see them through ahead of Martinique.On the face of it, Jamaica are favoured to get the better of El Salvador, but it will require a much-improved performance and a change of approach to do so. In their opening game, they owed their win to the brilliance of captain and goalkeeper Andre Blake, and two beautiful strikes from Romario Williams and Darren Mattocks, respectively.Other than that, the team has not distinguished itself, despite Damion Lowe growing into his role as central defensive partner to veteran Jermaine Taylor. O’Niel Fisher has looked consistent, but not great, while Mattocks and Cory Burke look ambitious and hungry, but lack service and opportunity.El Salvador, for their part, have played without inhibition despite losing to Mexico in their opening game. They replied almost immediately to Mexico’s opening goal through Nelson Bonilla, who, along with strike partner Rodolfo Zelaya, have been very effective for their team. A big part of El Salvador’s loss to Mexico was the suspect keeping of Benji Villalobos, who was replaced by Derby Carillo in their second game. Carillo immediately showed his worth by saving a penalty against Curacao to keep a clean sheet.Of the Salvadorian players, Zelaya is the most dangerous. He has two assists and scored once in the three goals registered by El Salvador. Jamaica will have to pay a lot of attention to him.Jamaica’s squad: Andre Blake, Damion Hyatt. Dwayne Miller, Ladale Richie, Sergio Campbell, Damion Lowe, Kemar Lawrence, Shaun Francis, Oniel Fisher, Rosario Harriott, Jermaine Johnson, Shamar Nicholson, Je-Vaughn Watson, Alvas Powell, Darren Mattocks, Cory Burke, Ricardo Morris, Ewan Grandison, Michael Binns, Owayne Gordon, Jermaine Taylor, Kevon Lambert and Romario Williams.
WINNING MOMENT As an ardent Liverpool fan, I was hopeful that my team could pull off the unlikely upset in the UEFA Champions League final and derail the mighty Real Madrid’s three-peat, but truth be told, I was never confident of victory. Real Madrid had everything going in their favour, while Liverpool had precious little. Madrid has arguably the best-assembled squad in world football, with superior quality players in all areas of the pitch. Liverpool had a great run but were always punching above their weight by basically riding the luck of the draw, as well as making perfect use of their unique home atmosphere, while Real Madrid were battle-hardened in eliminating heavy hitters such as Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, and Bayern Munich, inclusive of winning big games on the road. Liverpool, playing away from Anfield against the seasoned Madrid campaigners, were always facing an uphill battle. Jurgen Klopp’s men gave it their typical all and indeed had the defending champions on the back foot until the game-changing drama in minute 25, when that consummate football leader and great warrior Sergio Ramos produced another critical intangible moment. Some months ago, there was a vigorous debate about the greatness of Sergio Ramos as a player. I said it then, and I maintain that all things considered, the Real Madrid captain is arguably the greatest defender of the current era. A pronouncement vehemently rebuffed by my colleagues on the grounds that Ramos’ positional play is poor due to tendency to attack and getting caught out of position, thus, forcing him into making critical mistakes, including committing cynical and professional fouls, which often result in excessive yellow and red cards. I tried my best to rescue my colleagues from their shallowness of thought by pointing out that it is not by chance that Sergio Ramos has been instrumental in his respective teams winning every major title in world football. He is the captain and leader of the ‘Gal·cticos’ Madrid team that just created history by winning three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles. Ramos was also a critical cog in the wheel of the Spanish national team that won back-to-back European championships in 2008 and 2012, as well as the ultimate one, the FIFA World Cup title in 2010. For all his weaknesses, Ramos brings more positives than negatives to all the teams he represents. Take Sergio Ramos out of Real Madrid and Spanish national teams and they probably would have lost half of the titles they’ve won. That professional foul that effectively took out the talismanic Mohamed Salah at a point in the game when Liverpool were in the ascendancy blunted the Liverpool attack and totally discombobulated their game plan and their confidence in executing it. That seemingly obnoxious move by Ramos might well have been the game-changing and title winning moment of the final. There was also another big moment that has gone unnoticed. In the 49th minute of the game, with the scores locked at 0-0, Ramos ventured forward, and in contesting a cross, deliberately applied subtle elbow contact to the face of the Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, who was clearly upset with the challenge, and proceeded to remonstrate with the referee. Needless to say, the very next minute, a clearly rattled Karius presented the first of two gifted goals to the Spanish giants. Two key Liverpool players on the night, the substituted Salah and the rattled goalkeeper Karius, both had their games directly and negatively impacted by Sergio Ramos, the net effect being that Real Madrid and Ramos are champions again. The importance and value of a player like Ramos to his teams are often overshadowed by the celebrated goalscorers and the midfield magicians who get all the attention and the accolades. Sergio Ramos is the king of intangibles. On Saturday, he executed brilliantly and effectively in yet another big championship final, not by scoring a crucial goal or taking a red card for the team, but without a doubt, his unpunished challenge on Salah and his unnoticed elbow of Karius were eventually crucial in helping his team secure yet another massive football title. Even as a Liverpool fan, I wish I had the great Sergio Ramos in every team I support.
GARY Subratie pulled off a 4-1 coup with United States-bred SARATOGA SIGHT, landing yesterday’s feature, the Errol ‘Big Sub’ Subratie, run over a mile, honouring his late father’s memory. Subratie, who was moved to tears when he won the inaugural running in 2016 with another American, BLUE DIXIE, prepared SARATOGA SIGHT specifically with his father’s memorial in mind. Racing for the fourth time after debuting locally mid-August, SARATOGA SIGHT, a former New York-based claiming miler, who, in 2016, won once at Aqueduct and was twice second at Belmont, benefitted from conditions, which allowed him to shed 16lb in three races, entering the overnight allowance event with a featherweight 50.0 kilos. After showing glimpses of his ability last time out, racing wide on the home turn, at odds of 18-1, finishing fifth, seven and three-quarter lengths behind fast-as-lightning PATRIARCH at six furlongs, SARATOGA SIGHT landed the gamble in the race that mattered, clocking 1:39.0 for the mile. Breaking smartly from post-position two, the five-year-old American horse showed his class by duelling BRUCE WAYNE down the backstretch. The pair fended off challenges from SIMPLY OUTRAGEOUS and ROYAL VIBES, who attacked three-wide, three-and-a-half furlongs out, but found the two leaders resolute entering the straight. BRUCE WAYNE quickened and poked his head in front a furlong and a half out, seemingly getting the better of SARATOGA SIGHT, but the American rallied strongly against the rail when roused by Dane Dawkins with a half-furlong to run, regaining the lead to win a three-way photo finish by a short head over BIRDIE MY LOVE, who came with a strong last-furlong run in mid-track. ROYAL VIBES finished third, a neck away, with Anthony Thomas, denied a fourth winner on the 10-race card in his bid to put daylight between himself and Panamanian Dick Cardenas in their battle atop the jockeys’ championship. The Thomas-Cardenas showdown started the day with the Panamanian facing a deficit of eight winners, overshadowed new apprentice Christopher Mamdeen’s three-timer as the duelling leaders took their fight down to the final race on the programme. Cardenas, aboard Anthony Nunes 5-2 chance, DIOSA DE ORO, held off a late charge from Thomas astride Gary Griffiths’ NIGHT LIGHT to register his lone winner of the day, cutting his rival’s lead to 10 after falling 11 behind earlier in the afternoon. Cardenas’ victory with DIOSA DE ORO also ignited the trainers’ battle between Nunes and champion Wayne DaCosta, who won back-to-back races with LADY BLUE and WINTER IS COMING, Thomas and Mamdeen respectively, extending his $1.2m lead, before his perennial rival struck in the night pan to remind of his intentions. With 13 racemeets spread between November 3 and December 29, the respective championships – trainers, jockeys and owners – are set for thrilling finishes, beginning this Saturday, the first meet of the new month.
The Miss Renaissance Pageant will be held on August 19 at the National Cultural Centre, with 12 professional women competing for the coveted title. The delegates were introduced to the media in June at a sashing ceremony.The pageant serves as a catalyst to re-educate the public about their inner beauty, creativity, cultural awareness and an accomplishment of the matured Guyanese women 30 years and older. For the next few weeks, Guyana Times entertainment will feature each delegate. This week, we are pleased to introduce to you 40-year-old Odessa Natasha Nichola De Barros who received her administrative professional training and completed her computer training in Georgetown, Guyana.She is educated at the nursery, primary, secondary and tertiary level and is an employee of the Education Ministry as an Administrative Professional for the past 22 years. The proud mother of two is currently attached to the St Roses High School.Her mentoring skills were enhanced when she joined the membership at the Diamond/Grove Lions Club which is affiliated to Lions Club International. De Barros enjoys the culinary arts and event planning.“My reason for being a part of this pageant is two-fold; to fulfil a long dream of participating in a pageant and to encourage and motivate other mature women to enter such a pageant,” the confident woman stated.
Seventeen-year-old Joshua Liverpool was on Sunday evening crowned Mr African Roots when the pageant was hosted at the Theatre Guild, Lamaha Street, Georgetown.From left: Eon Peters, Kimba Coats, Joshua Liverpool, and Tonia HarrisHe outshone six other competitors to cop the title. This is the second year the former South Ruimveldt student has competed in the pageant. In 2017, he was awarded the third runner-up spot, and the confident young man described winning the title as “redemption”.Heading into the pageant, he saw himself as his biggest competitor and was confident that he would have won the pageant. Of all the competitions on the evening of the grand finale, he thinks his talent presentation – a spoken word piece – was well-executed.His evening outfit was designed by Unique Arts. The newly-crowned king intends to do a lot of community work by promoting the African culture. He is also making plans to have a symposium with youths of African descent to educate them on their role in society.He thanked his mother, his friends from Unique Arts, Michael Sam, Rudy Richmond Creation and Raul London for their tremendous support leading up to, during and after the pageant.Meanwhile, Kimba Coats was crowned Miss African Roots in the teen category while Showana Sydney copped the first runner-up spot and Lovern Gouveia was named third runner-up.In the Young Adults Category, Eon Peters was crowned king followed by Ronald Taylor as the first runner-up and Elisha Donellas in the third spot. Tonia Harris was crowned queen in this category while Katifah Letich was the first runner-up and Nickita Mc Farleen second runner-up.The winners have won themselves cash and other prizes which will be handed over at a special ceremony shortly.
In 1939, Billie Holiday performed the song “Strange Fruit” in protest of the escalating levels of racism that were prevailing in the United States which saw mostly black men being lynched and badly beaten by white Americans as the struggle for civil and equal rights gained momentum there.The song which was originally a poem speaks to the many injustices committed against black Americans who most times could not benefit in any way from the then crooked and unfair justice system which favoured whites and worked against minorities and immigrants of colour.In short, the song which has been covered countless times by black activists and celebrities makes the point that ‘Black Lives Matter’ as it encouraged a reshaping of not only divisive, unfair and racist politics in the US but championed the need for judicial reform and social justice.The song along with many other artistic works, and the voice as well as actions of many civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King led the struggle for equality, justice and an end of racism in the US for decades with significant progress being recorded at various points in the movement.Sadly, the progress recorded has not been enough for there to be a permanent resolution to the problems which have been eating away at the moral and social fabric of the American society.The recent shooting to death of two black Americans – Alton and Philando – by Police have brought the issue of racism in the US back into sharp focus.After all, statistics show that for 2016 over 123 blacks have been killed by police so far and the figures may very well climb over the remaining months if there are no significant reforms or a complete shift in psyche of White Americans and those who propel the notion of ‘race supremacy’.Already, the outrage is growing following these shootings and with the US Presidential Race in full swing, issues related to gun violence, police brutality and killing of blacks for minor offences and immigration are taking centre stage.In fact, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have been forced to address the shootings and recent acts of domestic terrorism in the US.The truth is, there is need for systemic change in the US that promotes higher levels of religious tolerance, racial equality and national unity. The laws there need to be changed to end the protectionism of police and other public servants who continue to take the lives of innocent black men and women because of perceived fears about their culture and intent whenever there is an encounter.It is therefore necessary for blacks rights activists and politicians to place pressure on those States within the US that continue to use discriminatory and archaic laws to marginalise blacks, Muslims and people of colour in a bid to protect the interests of whites.All lives matter and at the end of the day, the US must live up to its reputation of being a country which is the land of “opportunities” for all. The framers of its legislative and judicial polices must understand the importance of equity and social justice and its implications on the notions of inclusivity and freedom.Many other countries will be looking to the US for examples as to how to deal with the recurring issue of racism in this modern age, especially small Caribbean countries like Guyana which have been grappling to put an end to its own problems related to racial divisiveness.While there is a different brand of racism taking place within this hemisphere, countries like Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago can ill afford to miss the lessons from the American experience as they seek to devise laws and other constitutional remedies that could result in an improvement in the race relations between East Indians, Africans and their Indigenous counterparts.In conclusion, America cannot afford to return to the period where “strange fruit” was in abundance nor afford to continue the senseless shedding and wastage of the blood of her black citizens. The earth must not be enriched by the blood of humans who are cut down in their prime because of the inaction of others and their refusal to listen to the voices of those who are minorities and being marginalised.
The assault on Guyana’s democracy continues unabated. Now daily, democratic norms are recklessly ignored or flagrantly abused. Everyday there are dictatorial impositions that deny people their rights. Dictatorship is no longer a mere threat, its presence is real. Unless Guyanese speak out now and unite to stand strong against dictatorship, the brutal consequences will become difficult to overcome. It is an insult that as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Guyana’s greatest freedom fighter, Cheddi Jagan, we are confronted with the rise of dictatorship again. Cheddi gave his life to fight against and defeat dictatorship. Yet as we pay tribute to him on his 100th birth anniversary, we start another fight against the evils of dictatorship.We see just in the past few three examples of the authoritarian disposition that now engulfs Guyana. First is the continuing assault on freedom of the press. Two columnists of the Guyana Chronicle, the Government mouthpiece, were sacked. Both of them are friends of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (AFC/APNU) Administration. But both of them, each with about 40 years of political activism, have occasionally dared to criticise the Government. The thin-skinned dictators could not stand for such criticism and decided to stamp their authority. The Board of the Guyana Chronicle admitted that they had no say in that decision. The Editor boldly stepped forward and took responsibility. Yet we all know that he was merely following instructions from higher up. This is classical dictatorship, stifling the freedom of the press.Second is the behaviour of the Mayor of Georgetown. She unilaterally averted a debate on a motion of no-confidence moved by Councillor Sherod Duncan and seconded by Deputy Mayor Lionel Jaikaran. The motion was for the Council of the Municipality of Georgetown to express no-confidence against the Town Clerk, Royston King, who has served as Town Clerk as if he is the Emperor of Georgetown. The Mayor dismissed the motion on the basis of a “legal advice” she received from a lawyer who happens to be the husband of a People’s National Congress (PNC) Councillor. No one requested the advice and the movers of the motion were never told that the Council would seek legal advice.According to the advice from the lawyer, a former Magistrate, Maxwell E Edwards, the “motion, if passed in its present form would be otiose, nugatory, incompetent, and effectual and of no legal effect (an exercise in vain)” for a number of reasons. One of the reasons cited was that according to the law, “a Town Clerk cannot be disciplined by the City Council, but only by the Local Government Commission of the LGCA [Local Government’s Commission Act] which by Ministerial Order (as gazetted) became operations on 23 October, 2017.”The problem is that the motion was not one that demanded disciplinary action or that called for dismissal of the Town Clerk. It was simply a motion that called on the Council to debate the functioning of the Town Clerk, as performed by Royston King. Of course, once the No-Confidence Motion was approved, the Council would have then been faced with what to do with the Town Clerk. Any recommendation for disciplinary action would then have to be referred to the Local Government Commission. So the Mayor knowingly and dictatorially placed the cart before the horse. The truth is that the Councillors who are members of the PNC were under instructions to ensure they did not act against the Town Clerk.The third example is despicable. An executive member of the AFC and a Member of Parliament, Charandass, has called for the jailing of sugar workers who were sacked for not being able to send their children to school. Sugar workers who were terminated from their employment by APNU/AFC are suffering, struggling to feed their children and send them to school. For those children unable to attend school, it is not a choice made by their parents but the consequence of the reprehensible action taken by Charandass’ APNU/AFC Government to close sugar estates and not fully pay the workers their severance. This is the same man who stood by the side of people like Granger, Nagamootoo and Ramjattan and promised that no sugar estate would be closed and that sugar workers would be given a 20 per cent increase in wages. Now they want to jail the sugar workers for the poverty APNU/AFC has foisted on the people. This is how dictators behave and these are the norms under dictatorship.