first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View comments ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University dodged a bullet against Jose Rizal University and came away with an 87-85 victory to stay unscathed in the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Tamaraws leaned on Hubert Cani, who fired 13 points, two rebounds, and two steals as they preserved their 3-0 record in Group B.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Brandrey Bienes and Joseph Nunag also tallied 13 points apiece, while Jasper Parker got 12 points, four assists, and two boards in the victory.FEU lost hold of an eight-point lead, 87-79, in the final two minutes as MJ Dela Virgen put the Heavy Bombers on his back for the final uprising.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDarius Estrella cut the lead down to two, 87-85, with 31.4 seconds, and had a shot to steal the game after Cani’s layup rimmed out in the waning seconds, but Dela Virgen muffed the potential game-winner from the right elbow at the buzzer.Coach Olsen Racela heaved a sigh of relief after the Tamaraws survived a game challenge from the Heavy Bombers, which shot 9-of-21 from downtown. Donaire Sr. joins Pacquiao’s coaching staff Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “They had so many shooters, so we have to work on our half-court defense,” he said. “We gave up too many open threes. So we need to make it hard for them, especially against a team that has a lot of shooters.”Ry dela Rosa paced JRU with 18 points and four rebounds, while Jed Mendoza had 17 points, six boards, and five assists.The Heavy Bombers remained at the bottom of the standings with their 0-3 slate.The Scores:FEU 87 — Bienes 13, Cani 13, Nunag 13, Parker 12, Tuffin 11, Eboña 7, Tolentino 6, Dulatre 2, Escoto 2, Iñigo 2, Jopia 2, Ramirez 2, Tempra 2, Bayquin 0, Orizu 0, Stockton 0.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding JRU 85 — Dela Rosa 18, Mendoza 17, Dela Virgen 14, Ramos 13, Estrella 11, Bordon 6, Silvarez 4, Dulalia 2, Esguerra 0, Perez 0, Yu 0.Quarters: 28-27, 52-53, 72-68, 87-85.last_img read more

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Filipino international Neil Etheridge continued his impressive start in the English Premier League as his heroics helped earn Cardiff City’s first point of the season at Cardiff City Stadium over the weekend.For the second straight match, Etheridge rose to the challenge as he saved another penalty this time against Newcastle striker Kenedy in the sixth minute of stoppage time, allowing the Bluebirds to gain a share of the spoils.ADVERTISEMENT NLEX leads way 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Etheridge also brilliantly foiled Callum Wilson’s penalty in the 0-2 defeat to Bournemouth last week.And the Azkals goalkeeper continued his sharp form against Newcastle, stopping Kenedy and Ayoze Perez in the first half, underlining his astonishing improvement.“It’s not the result we wanted because I thought we could have taken all three points, but I’m happy to keep our first clean sheet at home and get points on the board,” said Etheridge. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’center_img LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ The host for 2026 will be selected by the IOC in a vote on June 24 in Lausanne, Switzerland.The Canadian Olympic Committee said in a statement it was disappointed by the results. Calgary was the host for the 1988 Winter Olympics.“The opportunity to welcome the world to Canada, where people can experience the uniting power of the Games and within our nation’s culture of peace and inclusion, would have offered countless benefits to all,” the statement said. “This would have been a unique opportunity for Canadians to be leaders in fulfilling the promise of a renewed vision for the Games.”The results won’t be declared official until Friday. But the opposition was already celebrating.“I think that people had enough of the establishment, telling us what to do, what to think,” local councilor Sean Chu said.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Harden, Rockets power past Nuggets Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Mary Moran, CEO of Calgary 2026, called the issue “very divisive” and said it was time “to put that behind us.”“We really wanted this dream for Calgary to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Moran said. “We learned so much about our community. We learned so much about each other.”The Alberta government made its funding of a bid conditional on holding a vote and provided $2 million to pay for it.“We fought many, many obstacles along the way,” said Scott Hutcheson, board chair of Calgary 2026. “We had three government partners that stepped up with billions of dollars to invest in this dream.”Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi voted for continuing with a bid. Calgary 2026 was hampered by last-minute negotiations over a cost-sharing agreement between the federal, provincial and city governments.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The city council is expected to address the results on Monday, but there is little doubt the bid seems dead. The council has already shown skepticism, with eight of 15 members voting on Oct. 31 to scuttle the public vote. Ten votes were required for the vote not to be held.The defeat is a huge blow to the International Olympic Committee, which has only two candidates officially declared: Stockholm, Sweden, and a joint Italian bid from Milan and Cortina D’Ampezzo. Both bids also face opposition and financing problems.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 ChrissThree other cities withdrew earlier this year — Sapporo, Japan; Sion, Switzerland; Graz, Austria — and Turkey’s Erzurum was eliminated last month by the IOC.The IOC was left in a similar spot for the 2022 Winter Olympics when numerous bidders withdrew. Only two unlikely cities expressed final interest, with Beijing, China, winning narrowly in an IOC vote over Almtay, Kazakhstan. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A Calgarian arrives to vote in a plebiscite, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Calgary, Alberta, on whether the city should proceed with a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)CALGARY, Alberta — Calgary’s bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics was rebuffed on Tuesday when local voters said “no” in a nonbinding referendum.Unofficial results showed that 56 percent voted against bidding for the Olympics. Results showed that out of 767,734 eligible voters, 304,774 cast ballots and 171,750 of those voted against the Olympic bid.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom The records: Nietes, 41-1-5, 23 KOs; Ioka, 23-1, 13 KOs.Call it a belated recognition of his masterful and dominant performance in California that was dubiously declared a draw in September.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 ChrissDong Secuya, founder and chief editor of Philboxing.com, calls the fight a defining moment that should catapult Nietes to long overdue full stardom.Nietes, 36, winner of three world division crowns—105, 108, 112—has been respected, but is not wholly admired. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “He’s a legend—but not a star,” said Secuya. “Humble and very respectful, his highly technical style and passive counterpunching were blamed for his lack of star power.”Nietes is listed among Ring Magazine’s top ten pound-for-pound fighters, together with Vasyl Lomachenko and Terence Crawford.He’s aiming to be a four-division world title winner, together with Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr.The younger and rugged Ioka, evidently the harder puncher, can only be expected to go for a stoppage.Nietes, backed by a great well-rounded preparation, should be able to blaze his way and go for his own knockout.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t worry, Pacquiao says, Broner will make it to fight night in Vegas There’ll be fireworks of the classy and noble kind. Donnie Nietes, listed as lone Filipino to have reigned longest as a world boxing champion, clashes with Japan’s Kazuto Ioka for the WBO super flyweight championship at Wynn Palace in Macau on New Year’s Eve.The bout has been billed “a gem in the New Year’s Eve tradition.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I’ve tremendous respect for Nietes; he’s very smart and truly talented,” said Ioka.There promises to be a fierce and colorful contest, a New Year’s Eve thriller.ABS-CBN has announced there’ll be a live coverage of the event.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgMembers of the Liberian Senate went into one of their longest executive sessions Thursday,  January 23, following the reading of a communication from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.She was responding to that august body’s letter to her, concerning a ‘siege’ at the Capitol Building, laid last September by the Liberia National Police, under the reported authorization of Police Director, Christian Clarence Massaquoi.The President’s communication dated January 20, 2014 reads: “Dear Mr. President Pro Tempore, I refer to a communication sent under the signature of J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh of the Senate, by which he brought to my attention…action by the Liberian National Police Director Honorable Christian Massaquoi, which amounted to a siege of the Capitol Building when the Senate was in plenary session.I have written Director Massaquoi a strong letter of reprimand…suspending him or two days to allow him time to write a letter of apology for personal presentation at a plenary sitting of the Senate. Sincerely, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia…”Immediately following the reading of the communication, a motion was proffered for an executive session that was unanimously agreed on for the sole purpose of deliberating the President’s two-paragraph letter.From 11a.m. until 4 p.m., members of that Upper House of the Legislature remained behind closed doors while members of the Legislative Press Corps hung about the Capitol Building’s corridors, hoping in vain for news on what was being decided within.It may be recalled that on the last day sitting of the 2nd Session of the 53rd Senate, a decision was unanimously taken by plenary, asking President Sirleaf to disrobe Police Director Massaquoi, for deploying over 200 armed-police on the grounds of the Legislature on September 12, 2013, while that body was conducting normal legislative functions.The deployment of the police came after the Senate had invited Director Massaquoi to appear before the plenary and answer a complaint that he insulted a member of the Senate. Here is a portion of the Senate’s September 13, 2013 decision as read by Senator H. Dan Morias: “It will please you to note, ladies and gentlemen of the Liberian Senate and those in the gallery that this act… took place at the time the Liberian Senate, the Honorable House of Representatives, and the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia were in the Capitol Building, carrying out their official national responsibilities.”This act, on the part of Director Massaquoi—holding ‘hostage’ the first branch of Government, is tantamount to mutiny. This abuse and misuse of armed Liberia National Police must be stopped.”Senator Morias concluded: “The Liberian Senate therefore, calls on the President of Liberia, her Excellency Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to deal with said mutiny by the LNP, against a democratically elected Legislature. They asked that Director Massaquoi be immediately disrobed and forwarded to the Ministry of Justice.”But what political commentators termed a legislative u-turn, came about when that august body a few days later clarified what the Senate had instead requested President Sirleaf to take due note of the Director’s behavior and take appropriate action to serve as deterrent against the recurrence of a similar act.Quoting two paragraphs of the official communication sent President Sirleaf, Grand Gedeh County Senator Isaac Nyenabo, during a radio talk-show in Monrovia read thus: “In view of the above, Madam President, and consistent with Article 3 of the Liberian Constitution, the Senate wishes to bring this matter to your attention and respectfully request that your Excellency takes due note as well as appropriate action against this kind of conduct…to prevent misunderstanding and confusion in and among functionaries of Government.Acting in a plenary session, the Senate reiterates its confidence and abiding faith in your leadership and therefore places the entire matter in your hands with the hope that you, as the leader of this nation, will ensure that discipline is maintained within governance process.”Every attempt by journalist to get information on what obtained during the executive session failed; as of 6 p.m. Senators were seen still briskly moving from one office to another, apparently in search of common-ground.Meanwhile, all other agenda items slated for deliberations Thursday were suspended. That included a report from the Committee on Banking and Currency, relative to the exchange rate between the United States and Liberian Dollars.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Liberia Football Association has, with immediate effect, ordered the suspension of all football activities throughout the country to enhance the campaign to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.LFA president Musa Bility said prevention of the spread of the disease has become a dilemma, and all means necessary have to be introduced to augment the efforts of the Ministry of Health..He said one cardinal measure the LFA has resolved to employ is to cease football activities, considering that football is a contact sport, and that Ebola is spread through bodily contact with infected persons.He said officials at schools, communities 4th-1st divisions; LONA and ISSA are to observe the measure pending full control of the outbreak. As previously scheduled, the LFA has until the first week of October to begin its 2014/2015 inter-county league.The LFA decision, according to the release was handed down at the end of its Executive Committee meeting over the weekend.The LFA has also reached a decision to maintain a skeleton staff as part of its measure to fight the spread of the disease. Effective Monday July 28, 2014, Bility said, more than half of the LFA workforce will remain at home, pending the improvement on the current state of affairs.Meanwhile, the doors of the LFA will remain open to VIP appointments and issues relating to the running of football. However, hygienic measures will apply to all at its headquarters on Benson Street.Bility urged the Liberian government to be vigilant and robust in having individuals, families and communities abide by preventive measures in order to halt the spread of the virus.Liberia has now recorded 127 deaths with the latest being the head doctor of the country’s leading referral JFK, Samuel Brisbane, who succumbed to the virus on Saturday, July 26, Independence Day.Ebola is spread through bodily contact, from person to person if a person comes into contact with a contaminated person, object or by eating an infected animal. A deceased person with Ebola can still transmit the virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgCoach Kobina Amissah of Liberia’s CAF Confederation Cup campaigners, Red Lions, has appealed to Liberians soccer fans to provide all necessary support to the team in their preparation against Algerian club C. S. Constatntinios on Friday, February 28, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Red Lions, who qualified for the 1/16th round due to the failure of its Guinea Bissau candidate to come for the preliminary round, said, “We are doing all that is necessary to make certain that Red Lions adequately represent Liberia.”He said while the team has been struggling in the local league, due to the number of players that are newly acquired and as a result, making effort to play together, the players have realized the enormity of the challenge and the collaboration needed to make things happen.“They are playing better and with time they will make the required expectation,” Coach Amissah said. “We need your support from the Liberian people.”Red Lions last Wednesday drew 0-0 against Watanga, in a match that they needed to stay out of the relegation zone, but dominated from start to finish and even wasted a penalty, and a ball that hit the goalpost and rebounded into play.He said despite the difficulties, the team is playing well, and Liberians’ motivation is essential because the management is working out to make the players more comfortable to face their challenges they know they must conquer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgOver 1000 workers of the Reclaiming Liberia Beaches and Waterways Project may have cause to laugh when part of their four-month arrears are settled through the intervention of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.A letter from President Sirleaf’s office, signed by Edward B. McClain, Jr., Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, dated April 23, 2014, appealed to the workers to “be a little bit more patient and give us a week…to make settlement of a portion of the arrears.”In another letter dated April 14, 2014, addressed to the President, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, the four communities of New Kru Town, West Point, Mamba Point and ELWA, informed her that they are yet to be paid their salaries from January-April, 2014.“Madam President,” the letter, signed by representatives George Young (New Kru Town), Thomas Tweh (West Point), Edwin Kanneh (Mamba Point) and Matthew Greaves (ELWA), noted, “…we again write to inform you of our present situation concerning our pay for the months of January-April 2014.”“The situation is now worrying the workforce of 1,900, who told us that they are losing patience and that our payments should be made regular.”Last week Friday, (April 25), beach workers in New Kru Town presented themselves at the Juah Sarwee Memorial Institute, named after the President’s grandmother, in New Kru Town when they learned that the President was expected to honor the school’s first phase dedication.The Deputy Minister of Education, Ramses T. Kumbugah, however, deputized for the President.The Daily Observer observed dissatisfaction in the faces of the workers present. “We wanted to remind the President that we are still working and taking care of the beaches,” said a beach monitor, “And to remind her that we are waiting for our pay.”“Though the news from the President’s office gave us some hope,” commented George A. Young, “we pray that after some of the money is settled, it will be regular in the future.”The project to reclaim the beaches and waterways began in 2010 by the Liberia Maritime Authority, and promised 5,000 jobs to Liberians in slum communities.The initial two-year program is now over five years old and now providing monthly income to nearly 1,900 Liberians. The program was officially launched by LMA Commissioner, Binyah C. Kesselly, who described it as claiming “one community at a time.”Other collaborators were the Bureau of Fisheries at the Department of the Ministry of Agriculture; the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA); the Tourism Department of the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism and the Monrovia City Corporation, (MCC).At the opening in 2010, then acting Monrovia City Mayor, Mary Broh, led journalists on a tour of the heavily polluted waterways in New Kru Town, Slipway on the bank of the Du River.“During the tour in New Kru Town beach,” reported Daily Observer’s George Kennedy, “Mayor Broh almost vomited from the sight and smell of human feces.”At a recent tour of New Kru Town, Slipway and West Point Beaches, the Daily Observer saw improved beaches in the three communities, evidence that the project has gained a measure of success.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAs part of a public awareness effort, No Lemon Liberia Incorporated, in partnership with Metal Mechanic and Allied Workers Union of Liberia (MMAWUL), last Saturday staged an awareness campaign on the dangers of Ebola and how to prevent it in workplaces and communities.The event, according to Mr. Kenneth Moore, general manager,  and Abraham D. Nimene, secretary general of No Lemon, was part of their social responsibility to support all efforts by President Ellen Johnson and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as well as international partners in combating Ebola in the West African region.The campaign staged at their head office in Congo Town, was intended to educate and inform people who are still in denial of the virus and their belief in God that Liberia will soon be Ebola free.No Lemon also donated disinfectant materials to their sub offices where the Metal, Mechanic and Allied Workers Union are located.The Danish-based Company provides vehicle and equipment maintenance in developing and post-conflict countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,Although no formal study has been done on the effect of the CPL games on the economy, there is no disputing that the matches have been giving a wallop to the overall economy. And as such, there should be bidding for more matches to be played in Guyana. Aside from the Providence stadium, consideration should be given to playing one match in the ancient county of Berbice (Albion), to give a spurt to that county’s economy. Albion did, at one time, host first class cricket as well as one-day internationals.The CPL matches have added significantly to the growth of the economy. Kudos to the organisers and promoters for the professionalism shown in the management and overall staging of the games. They are well organised, administered, and marketed as a business. In today’s sporting events, commercial interests have become paramount in the promotion and success of the games. It is noted that attention is paid to TV audience, tickets sales, web site, concession sales at the stadium, sponsorship, and various forms of media coverage, as well as promotion.The games have indisputably delivered a wide variety of (economic and social) benefits to the country as a whole, individuals, and to communities in the Greater Georgetown and East Bank Demerara areas. The matches have helped to increase personal economic prosperity, as well as provided employment opportunities to hundreds. In particular, the matches help to increase the productivity of individuals involved in cricket and those that sell varied items and foods near the stadium, boosting communities along the way. Besides direct economic benefits like sale of tickets and foods and drinks, there are indirect activities, like shopping for appropriate clothing, and entertainment (balloons, noise makers, other party favours), cricket equipment, hotels, uniform, tee shorts, advertising, printing, etc.Billions of dollars are added to the economy. There are jobs created, social get-togethers occur, there is media coverage, travel from abroad and local transport (car rentals, taxi service, minibus operations, etc). Media such as newspapers, television, the internet, radio, and social media are all providing access to the matches, which help to maintain interest in the games. The matches also showcase Guyana internationally on TV – hopefully creating an impression of our country that would make business people want to invest. This helps to maintain interest in their former homeland.Besides economic benefits, the CPL matches have also contributed in the social area, such as raising aspirations of youngsters to become CPL cricketers, forcing them to increase skill levels in the sports. Youths will be encouraged to aspire to become better cricketers, so they can be chosen for matches. This will force them to seek better training so as to improve their skills. This would help many to keep out of trouble with the law. It is a form of entertainment during peoples’ time off from work. It is also noted that the matches provide opportunities for social interaction at the stadium, bringing diverse people together and helping to narrow social and ethnic differences. It promotes social cohesion.Government should sponsor and promote these matches, for cricket is the only sport that brings the entire diverse nation together.The Government benefits enormously, not only from social cohesion, but economically as well, through taxes and the spread effects of spending related to the CPL matches. It supports many jobs – full time and seasonal, part time. When one does the math, several billions are added to the economy, and this money is re-cycled through various economic activities. Overall, the CPL matches contribute annually perhaps 5% of GDP, if not more. CPL has earned and deserves more Government support.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more