Month: January 2020

As Star’s wins stack up, Maliksi also shifts to higher gear

first_imgPoe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES View comments “I challenged myself to improve my shooting and focused on everything I could do to better my percentage.”And the results of his hardwork showed on the floor.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 returnAs Star racked up four straight wins to end the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup eliminations, Maliksi also averaged 24.3 points during the stretch on a 63-percent shooting from three and 64-percent clip from the field.His tremendous run saw its peak on Wednesday, when the former Santo Tomas forward nabbed his career-high 33 points on a stellar 7-of-8 shooting from three in the Hotshots’ 124-87 rout of Mahindra. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos “I was trying to get my career-high in our lasts two games but those were blowouts so coach didn’t field us in late. I’m thankful that I finally got that.”It shouldn’t come a surprise that with Maliksi leading the charge, Star is blowing by its opponents convincingly by an average margin of 27.75 points.But for the 29-year-old gunner, the winning streak should be attributed to the team finally feeling comfortable under Victolero’s system as the Hotshots gained momentum towards the playoffs.“Actually, our chemistry has been good. Our confidence is on a high. One more thing going our way is that we’re pulling ourselves up and we’re not dragging ourselves down.”Personally, Maliksi is just enjoying the moment he hopes to sustain the momentum going into the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG FILE — Career night for Allein Maliksi. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Chito Victolero has always said that Star’s miscues could either make or break the team.Those words were stuck in Allein Maliksi’s mind after the Hotshots’ 97-90 loss to Alaska last January 11, where he shot a woeful 6-of-16 clip from the field, so he made it a point to atone for his miscues.ADVERTISEMENT “I want to improve my level of basketball. This is my chance to grab the break and ghe opportunity given to me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely UFC: Nunes apologizes to Rousey for ‘disrespectful’ post-fight remarks 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

It’s RoS vs SMB

first_imgSan Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria, judging from the way he spoke on Friday night, didn’t exactly get the opponent he preferred for his Beermen in the quarterfinals of the PBA Philippine Cup.“That’s a strong team with a lot of good players, from the starting five down to the third group,” Austria told the Inquirer after watching Rain or Shine dismantle Blackwater, 103-80, to catch the last playoff bus.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 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 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Morales, Navy riders favored as Ronda fires off Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member The Painters thus advanced as the Beermen’s first round playoff foes after rallying to win at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“They have been contenders all these years,” he said of the Painters, who would need to beat San Miguel two straight times to advance to the Final Four.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“We beat them only in overtime (in the eliminations) and their confidence is still there. They know they can beat any team in the tournament,” said Austria, whose Beermen will be taking a nine-game winning streak into the playoffs as they search for a franchise-best third straight all-Filipino crown.The Painters shook off a bum start against the Elite, slowly breaking away starting in the second period to win with plenty to spare and snap a four-game losing streak that could help them, mentally, in their clash with the defending champions. “We just have to be positive about it,” Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia said after the rout of the Elite, who will bow out for the third straight conference after what had been a strong start to the season.“If we want to make the Finals, we will still have to play San Miguel (at some time); they’re the No. 1 team,” Garcia said. “It’s good that we get to meet them early.”Jericho Cruz came off the bench to shoot 12 points and grab the same number of boards and actually get the Painters out of a rotten 2-13 start.There were six players in twin digits for Garcia, who said that the only way for them to beat San Miguel in their quarterfinal match-up is for them to run at every chance and offset the Beermen’s size advantage.Art dela Cruz had 20 points and nine rebounds, with highly-touted rookie Mac Belo finishing with just six points while playing 28 minutes with a hurting left knee.ADVERTISEMENT 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown View commentslast_img read more

LOOK: Joel Embiid re-creates Allen Iverson’s iconic mag cover

first_img“The Process” is channeling “The Answer.”Although ruled out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury, Philadelphia 76ers’ prized big man Joel Embiid has given the “City of Brotherly Love” something to look forward to.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident 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 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next pic.twitter.com/j9lh0Vo7ZV— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) March 7, 2017 LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties His undeniable impact on the basketball-crazed city—which has been missing since the Allen Iverson era—was immortalized in a recent cover issue of Slam magazine.Philly’s next superstar won’t play again this year, but The Process is just beginning.@JoelEmbiid covers SLAM 207: https://t.co/RkBYCnrple pic.twitter.com/Tw11197uyPFEATURED 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— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) March 7, 2017As seen in a photo uploaded by Slam Online on Twitter, the 22-year-old Cameroonian reenacted AI’s iconic “Soul on Ice” magazine cover in 1999. MOST READ Behind-the-scenes with @JoelEmbiid from our latest cover shoot: https://t.co/RkBYCnrple pic.twitter.com/QxqdDQbeHN— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) March 7, 2017Meanwhile, the magazine’s editor-in-chief Adam Figman, addressed Embiid’s season-ending injury and its apparent poor timing  of the issue’s release.“I know, I know: Rough timing,” he wrote in a separate report in SLAM.“Hey, it happens. You come up with a great idea, you execute it as well as you could possibly hope to (thank you, Sixers PR) and sometime between the magazine getting shipped off to the printer and the thing hitting newsstands you learn that your new cover star has been declared out for the season with a torn meniscus. Yikes.”Before hurting his meniscus, Embiid was tearing up the league with 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks per game in limited minutes, and was very well on his way to winning the Rookie of the Year award.His predecessor, Iverson, meanwhile, remains as one of the most beloved figures in the Philly area, leading the team to the NBA Finals in 2001.Despite his diminutive size and frame, AI brought an undeniable swagger to the league and was a one-time NBA MVP, four-time scoring champion and 11-time NBA All-Star.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos The former Kansas Jayhawk even paid homage to the Hall of Famer by donning his retired No. 3 jersey during a brief behind-the-scenes preview of the shoot.#TheProcess is just getting started.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao-Khan fight off—reportlast_img read more

RSPL delay good for Arnett, Humble Lion say coaches

first_imgBehind every dark cloud, there is a silver lining, and the dispute between the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA), which delayed the start of the new Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season indefinitely, has benefited teams that started pre-season preparations behind schedule. Jerome Waite of defending champions Arnett Gardens and Lenworth Hyde of regular season winners Humble Lion have both said pre-season preparations started late and the postponement has given them time to get completely ready. “Arnett Gardens’ preparation is behind. The preparation started very late and the turnout was not maximum. But with the competition not kicking off as scheduled, it gives us ample time to get prepared and get in some more work, so the delay is really a positive,” Waite said. Hyde also described the postponed start as a good thing. “It (postponement) did not really hamper us because we didn’t start (pre-season) on time. So the delay gives us a little help to prepare and make the pre-season better. We are training well, and with the extra two, or how many weeks, we will get fitter. So the delay helped me, because we will get in some more practice games, which is what we need,” he said. However, for newcomers Sandals Whitehouse, the delay is a big setback as they were on schedule with their pre-season preparations, and pushing back the start of the league has affected them in a big way. “I started my pre-season on time, and we have been preparing for months now, so we were looking forward to it. We were prepared and ready. so it affects us,” coach Aaron Lawrence said. “All 30 players completed the pre-season. Now, we have to put off training so we can bring them down and pick them up again. So we just have to give them a break for this week and return next Monday with a programme,” he said. The RSPL season was scheduled to start on Sunday, September 3. The governing body of local football, the JFF, pointed to money owed to the Montego Bay United Football Club and match officials as the two main reasons for the postponement. The officials have now been paid, but the Montego Bay United issue is still unresolved.last_img read more

Fighters return from NY with seven gold

first_imgJAMAICA’S nine athletes, seven high-schoolers and two late additions from the high-potential combined team, on Sunday mined seven gold among 15 medals at the 22nd anniversary of the International Taekwon-Do Federation New York Taekwon-Do Tournament at the Fitzgerald Gymnasium of Queens College. Calabar High’s Tye McKay, 17, and Daniel Azan, 15, both won double gold in sparring and patterns. Jamaica College’s Justin Brown, 16, also won gold in sparring, adding to a silver in patterns. Wolmer’s Boys’ Ackeem Gordon, 18, the eldest schoolboy on tour, also picked up gold in sparring and silver in patterns. The high-potential combined team pair of Tahj Hewitt and Damany Gayle completed a Jamaican exacta among older boys in sparring. St George’s College’s Ryan Robinson, 16, got a pair of silver in sparring and patterns whereas his schoolmate, Duncan Smith, 17, grabbed bronze in patterns. Jamaica College’s Sharic Bowen, 15, bagged bronze in sparring and patterns. Coach Jason McKay praised the lads, pointing out that the Jamaicans dominated their respective divisions. “They are the building blocks to replace our current greats within another five years. Of the nine athletes, only two lost to foreigners. The other seven won gold or lost to their fellow Jamaicans in finals,” he added. The seven fighters from Calabar High, Jamaica College, St George’s College and Wolmer’s Boys’ School all participate in the McKay Security Jamaica Taekwondo High School League, which resumes next month at the Jamaica Taekwon-Do Junior Open. Hewitt and Gayle were also participants in the league while in high school and are now aiming to transition from the high potential to senior combined team that participates in major international tournaments worldwide.last_img read more

Edwin’s Davis out with injury

first_imgA season-ending injury has forced top high school female sprinter, Edwin Allen High’s Kevona Davis, out of this year’s JAAA National Junior Championships.   Michael Dyke, Davis’  high school coach, told  The Gleaner that the athlete picked up an injury during a recent training session.   “Kevona suffered a hamstring injury recently in training and it is in her best  interest to pull her out of the meet,” Dyke said on Wednesday.   “This is it for her this season as she still has another chance to compete at the  World Under-20 Championships in two year’s time and it is best not to risk her at this time,” Dyke added.   The 16 year-old Davis who won bronze in the 100 metres at last year’s IAAF Under 18 Championships in Kenya is the country’s  fastest female junior in the 200 metres this year with a personal best of 22.72 seconds. She is number seven on the IAAF Top list in the event. She is also the number two Jamaican junior for 100 metres with 11.16 seconds. Only overseas-based Briana Williams, with 11.13, is ranked above her locally.   The four-day National Senior and Junior Championships starts on Thursday at the National Stadium.last_img read more

St Jago taking it a game at a time

first_imgSt Jago High School remains one of the unbeaten schools in the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition, and coach Davion Ferguson says his team’s outstanding performance is down to their game-by-game approach. The Spanish Town-based school ended the first half of the first round with four wins and a draw from five matches, and despite many touting them as a possible contender for the title, Ferguson is not getting carried away, but says he will continue to manage his team by focusing on each game as it comes and see where it takes them. St Jago play Greater Portmore in their return Group D game at Greater Portmore, and Ferguson’s aim is to win and create more ground between the other contenders. “We are not thinking about the second half (first round). We are thinking about Greater Portmore (today). That is going to be a big challenge. We are top of the table and want to continue to win and we play them at home. But whoever is behind us, we hope we can get a bit more breathing space between us, so we want to put in a very good performance,” he said. MOTIVATION He revealed that their unbeaten start has been a source of motivation and they intend to keep that unbeaten run for as long as possible. “In the first round we remained unbeaten. We started out with one of the toughest teams in Denham Town, and all things were not in place but we drew, but every game from that we have won and improved. We take it game by game as it’s a young team, balanced with experienced players. We use the experienced ones to get the young guys settled and keep their feet on the ground, because schoolboys can be inconsistent so we manage them game by game. “But we have ambitions like all the teams and what we want to focus on is playing game by, game. We are improving game by game and it’s a good sign that you are going in the right direction when every game you step up a notch, so I am not please with where we are now but pleased with the direction in which we are heading. We are unbeaten and we are going to try and see how long we can keep this unbeaten run going,” he said.last_img read more

Hubert Lawrence | An Olivier Shield showdown to savour

first_imgLast Friday’s ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup was a scrappy but dramatic affair, with Kingston College (KC) ending a 32-year exile. A day later, Clarendon College showed a stubborn streak to repeat history in the daCosta Cup final in Montego Bay. Together, the two encounters were a thrilling climax to the schoolboy football season. Especially dangerous after the introduction of Trayvon Reid, Kingston College shaded the first-ever all-North Street Manning Cup final. Remarkably, the Purples came from behind twice to regain the trophy that has eluded them for 32 years. The drama came in the last 10 minutes of a game seen in person by approximately 9,000 fans. With a young St George’s College side leading 2-1, Michael Allen equalised for KC and then a deflected shot rewarded a hard-working KC effort and vindicated coach Ludlow Bernard, who was under the gun. Now Bernard has led his beloved school to three trophies in three seasons. Neither team was able to really control play, but Reid’s speed gave KC a weapon that started the revival. While Kingston College had entered that contest as slight favourites over the young Georgians, the result of the daCosta Cup final was an upset. In minutes, Cornwall had a one-man advantage. Yet, in a display of courage, the Purples would admire the 10 boys of Clarendon College who stood firm. Their poise and control was a tribute to coach Lenny Hyde, who played on a winning Clarendon team in 1977, when the late Winston Chung-Fah produced one of the finest schoolboy teams ever seen in Jamaica. In the middle of it all was Nique Daley, a young scorer of notable promise. The result at the Montego Bay Sports Complex was a repeat of the 1998 final when a first-half Edward Barnes penalty gave Clarendon, and then coach Jackie Walters, a 1-0 win over Cornwall. Then, as it was on Saturday, that match was played in Montego Bay. Then, as it was on Saturday, the Cornwall coach was the accomplished Dean Weatherly. If the weekend games signalled the end of the season, I’d be happy. For me, the Champions Cup answers the question about the relative strength of schoolboy football in Kingston versus the rest of the country. If I had my way, the Champions Cup might even assume the name of the time-honoured season closing fixture. As things stand, the Olivier Shield is the only prize left for Clarendon College and Kingston College to chase this season. In the Champions Cup, Cornwall broke the string of wins by Corporate Area schools by beating St George’s in the semi-final, and JC in the final. With that in mind, Hyde and his boys may feel they can be the first rural school since 2006, when Glenmuir High and Bridgeport High shared the honours, to lift the shield. Glenmuir were the outright all-island champion in 2004. By the same token, with the long Manning Cup drought in the past, Bernard and his brave lads may now be able to play with freedom enough to win. It’s an enticing prospect, even now, 119 years after JC won the first Olivier Shield. May the better team win. If practice games carry any weight, the wise might fancy KC. The Purples reportedly beat both Clarendon and Cornwall in preseason warm-up games. Leading their charges into Saturday’s battle of poise and fortitude are two coaches, Hyde and Bernard, who have taken their licks, but have steadily proven their worth. Both are known for attacking football, so fans might be in for a treat. On Saturday, the tide will turn for one of them. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more

Some are more equal than others on the animal farm

first_imgFormer Permanent Secretary of the Agriculture Ministry, George Jervis, was sent on leave since January 2017, to facilitate police probe into a corruption case implicating several individuals. During his leave, he continued to receive the salaries and benefits associated with his position. Now we find out that, although investigations are still ongoing, Jervis was appointed to head the Agriculture Sector Development Unit (ASDU). ASDU is responsible for the implementation of projects funded by international organisations in several key areas aimed at enhancing the agriculture sector, including infrastructure.Based on media reports, his appointment resulted from a mere recommendation by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder. The position was not advertised, and all that was needed for Jervis to secure the position was the President’s approval. Of course President Granger approved Jervis’s appointment without much ado.Incidentally, former Deputy PS of the Agriculture Ministry, Prema Roopnarine, was charged with fraud allegedly committed while acting in her capacity as a former member of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB). But unlike Jervis, she was neither sent on administrative leave nor was she given the opportunity to reintegrate into the Agriculture Ministry pending the investigations. She was fired. She was fired despite that, to date, there has been no concluding evidence to substantiate the charges levelled against her.This is another local example of how pawns are assigned by Government to strategic positions requiring the management of millions of dollars in foreign funds, regardless of their lack of professional integrity. It explains in part why young professionals are being sidelined in Guyana and deprived of opportunities to add value to the country’s development – a contributing factor in the loss of trained professionals, who turn to other countries for employment.It is also a very explicit display of political partisanship, which contradicts the APNU/AFC’s campaign promises of inclusive governance and national unity.The modus operandi of the Coalition seems to suggest that power and wealth must remain a family affair at the detriment of taxpayers and the electorate of our multi-party State.The unequal treatment meted out to Roopnarine, as opposed to Jervis, is also symbolic of the Government’s discriminatory approach towards the Opposition and its electorate. It explains why, unlike Roopnarine, Jervis, who is also investigated for corruption, is not subject to probe by SOCU.The management of any organisation depends on the interdependence and cooperation of its leadership, and implicates the responsibility of each member. It is therefore absurd that, of sixteen (16) GRDB members who spearheaded the entity, the six (6) under investigation by SOCU are all Opposition members, and that no proof inculpating them for fraud has since been discovered. This simply reinforces the belief that the Coalition has converted the use of national institutions for the purpose of political witch-hunting.The affair surrounding Jervis highlights the Government’s incompetence and lack of political will on several fronts, including failure to provide jobs because of preferential treatment, as well as failure to advertise Public Service vacancies. There seems to be a relative absence of commitment to principles of transparency and accountability, as well as deliberate disregard for established procedures and protocols required in the management of national institutions – all contributing factors to corruption.What is interesting in this particular case is that organisations such as the World Bank also fund some of the projects undertaken by ASDU and the Agriculture Ministry. As a result, it is curious that international organisations, which in principle are very strict on respecting financial guidelines and procedures, seem to turn a blind eye to the Agriculture Ministry’s opacity in managing their funds, a matter overtly condoned by President Granger himself.We’re half way into the Government’s mandate, and by now it’s clear that there will be no progress in terms of good, transparent, and inclusive governance. On the contrary, corruption seems to go hand in hand with the Coalition’s autocratic leadership style, where the only “unity” encouraged is the unity among its own agents.But the international organisations that have taken up a watchdog role for democracy and good governance are also responsible for keeping the Government in check, by ensuring that their sums of money do not serve to fatten the pockets of the old guards of the PNC – the party that once trapped Guyana in a 28-year dictatorship.Note: The Coalition pursued a mass firing campaign immediately after assuming office in 2015, leaving hundreds of public workers jobless overnight, including contracted workers employed on UN partnered projects. Yet the UN remained silent, and by its silence condoned the actions of the Government. This laxity must not be imitated by international organisations in the future.last_img read more

Betraying our pensioners again

first_imgAny hope that APNU/AFC’s fourth Budget might be a pro-growth, pro-people budget was shattered after the Minister of Finance read the 2018 Budget in Parliament on Monday. The 2018 Budget is an absolute betrayal of the Guyanese people, particularly the working class, women, children and pensioners. The Budget is entitled “Continuing the Journey to the Good Life”. What it succeeds in doing is continuing the backward slide. It continues APNU/AFC’s track record of disavowing all its promises and of punishing people with taxation and more taxation. Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the 2018 Budget is the total, shameless betrayal of the senior citizens of our country and the working-class pensioners.The Old Age Pension increase of $500 per month is simply disgraceful. It is particularly disgraceful in the context that APNU/AFC had promised that were it given a chance to govern, it would immediately double the Old Age Pension. To be clear, it promised to double the Old Age Pension immediately, not incrementally during its term it. It is a broken promise and a disgraceful betrayal of the pensioners. If it had simply continued the rate of increase implemented by the PPP Government between 2011 and 2014, the Old Age Pension would today be greater than $20,000. In addition, it removed safety net subsidies that pensioners enjoyed prior to 2015, such as electricity and water subsidies and compounded the situation by introducing VAT on water and electricity bills. In effect, its boast that it has increased Old Age Pension is wicked spin. Pensioners are, in fact, worse off.The parties had also promised that after immediately doubling the Old Age Pension, they would incrementally have increased it to make it equivalent to the minimum wage. This means that had they kept their promise of doubling the Old Age Pension in 2015 and then incrementally moving to equate it with the national public service minimum wage, old age pensioners ought to be receiving close to $40,000 monthly in the 2018 Budget. This is their promise; this is their contract with pensioners. They not only promised this on the public platforms, not only during their daily TV and radio broadcasts during the 2015 election campaign, they also formalised it in their Election Manifesto. Their clear failure to keep this promise is unforgivable, but it is particularly reprehensible that they are trying to sell the anaemic increase as an unprecedented increase for old age pensioners.But there is an overall under-performance and an overall shameful betrayal of all pensioners, whether it is old age pension or a job-related pension, other than for the pension of serving ministers and other than the pension of the President and the Prime Minister. To get elected, they also promised retired public servants, teachers and Police Officers whose pensions were below the minimum wage to increase it immediately and to tie it to the minimum wage. They failed to meet this promise, and, in fact, APNU/AFC has done nothing, not even a cent more for these pensioners, not in the 2015, 2016, 2017 or now in the 2018 Budget.Clearly, the parties lied to the old age pensioners and they lied to all pensioners, except themselves. But Budget 2018 solidified their track-record of lies, misrepresentation, misdirection and obfuscation. They did remove VAT on Education and they claim this as demonstrating how much they care. Yet, it is APNU/AFC that introduced this tax in the first place, in spite of overwhelming public outrage. It is like the abuser who beats his wife to a pulp and then afterwards pretends to soothe the physical pain as proof that he cares. Incidentally, they did nothing to remove VAT on water and electricity and they did nothing to restore the “Because We Care” subsidy for education which provided $10,000 per child in 2014 and was supposed to be more than $20,000 by 2018. They promised just weeks ago that there will not be any new taxes in the 2018 Budget and then proceeded in the 2018 Budget to increase property rates and taxes across the country. Absolute betrayal, lies, obfuscation, misdirection, misrepresentation. People deserve better than this.last_img read more