Painting found in Italian museum wall is stolen Klimt Nunes, who beat Ronda Rousey in her last bout, said she felt out of breath during her weight cut. She also “felt off balance from the pressure in my sinuses. I was not feeling well enough to risk getting punched in the head with such pressure.”“I have never pulled out of a fight before,” Nunes wrote. “I am sorry to all my fans that came out to see me. I’ll make it up to you the next time I step in the cage.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’UFC President Dana White and Shevchenko sharply criticized Nunes for her decision, which forced the promotion to scrap the main event of its pay-per-view show. Shevchenko ripped Nunes for attempting a drastic weight cut, making her more susceptible to illness and many other health problems.“You can’t just say, ‘I don’t want to fight,’” Shevchenko said. Robert Whittaker won the interim middleweight title with an entertaining unanimous decision over Yoel Romero in the new main event of UFC 213.White was frustrated by Nunes’ unwillingness to fight despite having no major injury and being medically cleared to compete. White claimed he won’t book Nunes as a main event in the future, and although he once said the same about former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who is headlining UFC 214 in Anaheim on July 29.“You can’t make anybody fight,” White said Saturday night. “(Nunes) just said, ‘I don’t feel right. I don’t feel good.’ I think that it was 90 percent mental and maybe 10 percent physical.”Nunes claimed the 135-pound title by beating Miesha Tate last July, and she defended it with a first-round stoppage of Rousey in December.Nunes’ fight with Shevchenko could be rescheduled for UFC 215 in Edmonton in September. Both fighters have been offered the new date, but a deal hasn’t been finalized.ADVERTISEMENT Amanda Nunes poses during the UFC 213 ceremonial weigh-ins, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Las Vegas. APUFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes blamed chronic sinusitis for her decision to drop out of her title defense at UFC 213 with just a few hours’ notice.Nunes revealed her condition in postings Sunday on Twitter and Instagram. Nunes made a trip to the hospital on Saturday and decided not to fight later that night, infuriating the UFC and opponent Valentina Shevchenko.ADVERTISEMENT Alaska, NLEX open Govs’ cup “The fight is being rescheduled,” Nunes wrote. “I still want this fight. I still want this opponent.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pornography greets commuters at Sweden bus stop Imee Marcos slams driver-cap on motorcycle taxis Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy LATEST STORIES 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 Jean-Paul Gaultier to retire as fashion designer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Solar-powered barge a key ‘interceptor’ for plastic waste 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Former Holmwood Technical High quarter-miler Chris Ann Gordon ended her collegiate career in grand style last weekend at the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.Competing for the University of Texas, Austin, Gordon won the 400 metres in 50.51 seconds, ahead of Shakina Wimbley of the University of Miami, 50.68, and Kendall Ellis (51.06) of the University of Southern California.It was Gordon’s first National Collegiate title and the third 400m title in four years for her school. She later returned to run a relay split of 49.41 seconds in the 4x400m final, the second-fastest in collegiate history, to help her team to fifth position.”Winning this title means a lot to me. I want when they talk about Texas and the 4×400 metres that they mention Chris Ann Gordon’s name. It really feels good to be in the same league as Sanya Richards and Courteney Okolo,” Gordon said in a University of Texas press release.Former Hydel High thrower Shadae Lawrence also won the discus, while Rushelle Burton and Kellion Knibb had top-three finishes in their events.Lawrence gave Kansas State University their first-ever throwing title at the Championships with a best of 61.37 metres on her final attempt. Maggie Ewan of Arizona State was second with 60.11m, while another Jamaican, Kellion Knibb, was third with 59.19m.Burton, Gordon’s teammate at the University of Texas, became the fastest ever freshman at the Championships in the women’s 100m hurdles. The former Camperdown High athlete was third in the final in 12.69 seconds. The University of Texas, El Paso athlete, Tobi Amusan, coached by Jamaican Olympian Lacena Golding Clarke, won the event in 12.57.
Raymond Graham: “It looks like a Jamaican affair in the women’s 400m with three Jamaicans looking to dominate the event in Paris. Andre Lowe: “Jamaicans have always done well in this event and that’s also the case in the Diamond League series. Shericka Jackson, Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Novlene Williams-Mills are the island’s best in the event and they are among the world’s leaders. I am expecting the winner to come from this group.” Raymond Graham: “True. The field isn’t that strong as the United States’ Courtney Okolo, who has been disappointing this season, is the best among the others entered in this race with a time of 50.72 seconds, but she should finish behind the three Jamaicans.” Andre Lowe: “Williams-Mills and Jackson were a part of a thrilling finish at the National Championships last week and are both already showing good form this season. McPherson, the defending Diamond Race champion in the event, has a bye to the World Championships and didn’t feature in that 400m final at the trials. She will be a little fresher, but still, it’s not easy to call the winner in this one. Raymond Graham: “I like the route Jackson has taken this year. I didn’t expect her to win at the trials because she normally peaks later in the season. This suggests she is in fantastic form and sub-50 seconds looks likely for her here.” Andre Lowe: “Yes, she has impressed in her speed work this season and, of course, posted a personal best in the 200m, so she is quicker and should get some separation in the first phase of the race.” Raymond Graham: “She has shown that she is ready to go out hard and with her good endurance. She is ready to take on the world. Only one athlete stands in her way in London, and Saturday’s race is a dress rehearsal.” Andre Lowe: “Well, I think she’ll find the same two ladies who have been in front of her as her main rivals this season, but nobody in Paris will be able to keep up with her this weekend. McPherson has only gone 50.68 this season. I think she will go faster here. Jackson has already ran 50.05 seconds and Williams-Mills has a 50.14 run to her name. Jackson has the form and she will get the win.” Raymond Graham: “McPherson is biding her time and having a bye. She is in no rush and will peak when it matters. I expect her to finish ahead of Williams-Mills, but Jackson will win this one.”
ACKEE PIE, half-sister to the very fast 2017 classic contender Money Magnet, should not be opposed in tomorrow’s opening race of the Sunrise-6. The event, to be contested over 1000 metres straight, has attracted seven two-year-olds and Richard Azan holds a strong hand with his Adore The Gold – Jazzy Jet filly. She has been literally burning up the exercise track and last Saturday went 46.2×1.00.4 over tomorrow’s distance and looks a very smart one. Steven Todd’s STANISLAUS should also be an easy winner in the second event, which is confined to three-year-olds. By Traditional – Absolute Justice, STANISLAUS has failed to really confirm his early promise. The gelding has, however, campaigned against far better opposition in the past and will not be denied in this 1000 metres round race. SUNRISE-6 SELECTIONS 1. Ackee Pie 2. Stanislaus 3. Rejected Slew 4. Sonador Express 5. Kalamata 6. Hello Lady firstname.lastname@example.org Trainer Welsh Soutar’s REJECTED SLEW was up with the leaders for most of last Saturday’s 1200 metres race for non-winners of two, and now back against similar company, she will be hard to beat in the third. Visiting Panamanian rider Dick Cardenas, the hottest jockey now on show at the track, should settle her quickly in front from the number-one draw and pull away in the final stages. A mostly out-of-form 11-horse field will face the starter in the fourth, an 1100 metres race for $180,000 claimers. SONADOR EXPRESS looks the likely winner. The five-year-old mare was seen running on strongly in the 800 metres race won by Fastandflashy last Saturday. Her final time was 48.3 and this suggests that she is back to her best. KALAMATA will give jockey Robert Halledeen a rare winner in Race Five over 1820 metres. The British-bred filly loves a distance of ground, has come down at least two classes to face this field, and it should be an afternoon stroll for the four-year-old. Stable companions KANALOA and HELLO LADY will have the sixth between them. The latter beat KANALOA at exercise on October 14 and is given the nod in the 1100 metres race for non-winners of three. REJECTED SLEW HARD TO BEAT IN THE THIRD
Bloomfield’s time was just one-hundredth of a second slower than the National record of 43.93 owned by Rusheen McDonald of MVP Track Club. Bloomfield’s University of Auburn teammate, Nathon Allen, finished third in a personal best 44.13. FORMER Kingston College 400 metres runner, Akeem Bloomfield, is now the second fastest Jamaican ever in the one-lap event. Bloomfield posted a personal best 43.94 seconds on Friday night to finish second in the final of the event at the NCAA Outdoor Division 1 Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Twenty-year-old Michael Norman of the University of Southern California won the race in a personal best and collegiate record of 43.61, breaking the one-year-old mark of 43.70 set by Fred Kerley.
To warm up for Mashramani 2017, the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) is set to host its fundraising pre-Mash “White Shorts: Soca Glow Party” this Saturday, February 18, at the Dutch Bottle Café, located at 10 North Road, Georgetown.Mix Master Tony will keep revellers energised with the best and latest in soca music. The revelries start at 21:00h and partygoers are encouraged to wear their best ‘white shorts’ and come ready to fete the night away as Dutch Bottle is transformed into the perfect Mash celebration.Limited pre-sold tickets cost $1500 and can be purchased from Oasis Cafe, 125 Carmichael Street; Vintage Wine Bar & Lounge, 218 Lamaha Street; and SASOD’s office, 203 Duncan Street, Lamaha Gardens. Admission at the door is $2000.All proceeds from this fundraiser go to SASOD’s LGBT Emergency Shelter Fund to provide facilities which facilitate urgent support for LGBT victims of violence in Guyana.
Satiricus and his friends didn’t need much…well, ANY! – excuse to celebrate. And so it wasn’t surprising they were huddled in the back of the Back Street Bar, planning their moves for Emancipation Day. As usual, after their opening round of beer had been duly consumed, they plunged into justifying their drinking capers.“Rememba when abee bin a slave, dem white maan only use fuh gi’e abee lil-bit rum fuh drink when de crap done?” Bungi ventured.“But don’t forget that, as a revolutionary act, our foreparents used to steal small amounts of rum from the still,” pointed out Satiricus.“Yes, but me hear dem fact’ry slave na bin a gi’e abee fiel’ slave none,” said Bungi morosely. “Dem use fuh exchange wid dem house slave fuh fancy food!”“The white men also used to give them some old clothes to wear at end-of-crop,” grumbled Hari. “But how come we didn’t make that ‘sport’ into Carnival, like Trinidad did?”“Well,” Satiricus said with a smirk at the opportunity to display his knowledge, even though this was a yearly ritual, “You really want to know?”“Budday, na play de ass,” said Bungi. “Leh abee hear.”“All right,” continued Satiricus. “Some French planters who knew about Carnival came to Trinidad after the revolution in Haiti, and they started Carnival there!”“Let’s drink to that!” said Hari enthusiastically as beer bottles clinked all around.“Yes!” said Bungi, “Now abee can drink how much abee want! Real emancipation!”“Well, I will bring the metemgee this year,” said Satiricus. “I already buy the coconuts and ground provision.”“Yuh real smart, boy!” grinned Hari. “So I have to pound the foo-foo again this year?”“Lemme jus’ she yuh wife a mek de bes’ foo-foo!” smiled Bungi. “Suh me gat fuh bring de beer?”“You buy the best beer,” said Hari and Satiricus in unison. “We’ll have a good Emancipation Day!”
…in VenezuelaVenezuela is well on its way to becoming a “Sh*t Hole” in the world state system. It was formed very remarkably like “Black Holes” in our cosmos. First was the spectacular explosion (supernova) by the revolutionary Hugo Chávez, who announced his messianic vision for a workers’ utopia. Not much different from Forbes Burnham here in 1974 with his “Declaration of Sophia”. Grandiloquent megalomania!!That, of course, like all supernovas, collapsed under the gravitational pull of its own contradictions – and will continue to do so until not even a beam of light can leave. It then becomes a “Black/Sh*t Hole”. Burnham took just one decade to reach this state, while Chávez and Maduro took two. And just like with us, Venezuelans are pouring out of their miserable, collapsed country like cosmic rays and seeking refuge in every country that will accept them.Or not. There was news of a Magistrate fining one poor refugee $50,000 for entering Guyana illegally. Another news item spoke of Region One’s health system being “overwhelmed” by Venezuelan refugees. It’s clear our authorities have forgotten how Guyanese were allowed to remain in Venezuela after they fled Burnham’s Black/S*it Hole – and given all rights to their social services.We know we have our own challenges with those 7000 unemployed sugar workers…but this does not justify us fining and expelling folks simply trying to survive. How can we be so heartless? Have we become like Trump? Is Felix going to send his immigration troops to hunt down and expel Venezuelans? But another question is raised, which this PNC-led Government has obdurately refused to answer.To wit: What are they doing about the 50,000+ Guyanese who’re now threatened by Venezuela collapse? Shouldn’t we try to facilitate their return before it’s too late, when nothing and no one can get out?? These are our own flesh and blood…we cannot abandon them another time. The Government should send teams to contact the Guyanese communities in San Felix and Puerto Ortaz, etc, and work out a structured extraction programme.Preparations must be made to reintegrate them back into Guyanese life. Their children will need birth certificates, etc, to enter school. Some Guyanese have already returned on their own – and are telling some heart-rending stories of “sufferation”. Are we not our brothers’ (and sisters) keepers? Some of these individuals may have developed skills that can be useful for our development.If we refuse to rise to the occasion then we deserve Trump’s appellation of being a “Sh*t Hole” country. There are some in this Government who’ve become arrogant at the 4-billion bbl oil find off our shores.They should remember Venezuela’s reserves are over 300 billion bbl!!…in Barbados memoryRemember that expression, “You could’ve knocked me down with a feather”? Well, your Eyewitness is picking himself up (slowly!) after the Barbados Prime Minister complained about Caricom demanding visas for Haitians to enter their countries!! Can you believe this? Here it is Guyanese, who were merely passing through Barbados’ Grantley Adams Airport on their way to America or elsewhere, were harassed mercilessly by Bajan immigration, and he’s now concerned about Haitians getting visas?!!What a hypocrite!! Has the fellow forgotten how they treated that Jamaican young woman Myrie – and violated her “cavities” – that she had to take them all the way to the CCJ? And won! The stories of Bajan arrogance to West Indians – other than possibly Trinis – are legion. But it’s possible that the Bajan PM is seeing the writing on the wall – helped by the stream of IMF experts who’ve pronounced on his nation’s meltdown.He probably knows Bajans will soon be like every other Sh*t Hole Third world country.They’ll soon be knocking on our gates!!…and the AtlanticIt did seem the Atlantic wants to reclaim the coastland we painfully stole from her over the past four hundred years!!Your Eyewitness is still awed by the force of those waves. He wonders how those “rip rap” structures are holding up.
…citizens and politicsEven though the requirement that MPs can’t be dual citizens (that is, have pledged “allegiance” to another nation) was introduced into the 1980 Constitution which was crafted for Burnham, no one – least of all the politicians – paid any heed to it. After all, Guyanese politicians had routinely spent time abroad to “qualify” themselves in the profession and many might’ve very well gotten citizenship with their “farrin” wives. “Doctor politics” and all that!And then, of course, Burnham had originally rigged himself into office through “overseas” Guyanese votes, and maybe felt he owed them something if they returned to Guyana? But by 1980, a tsunami of emigration had swept Guyana, and maybe he’d wanted to have a card up his sleeve in case some obstreperous ones, like Rodney, had slipped up and accepted foreign citizenship!!At the turn of the 21st Century, after the PNC dictatorship had fallen, with a slew of “farriners” returning and throwing their hats into the political ring, the issue reared its head in a debate about the qualifications to head political parties – and to be “presidential candidates”. It was decided that citizenship plus continuous local residence for seven years would suffice. But the dual citizenship issue – wink, wink – was sidestepped.Maybe the overseas donations had something to do with it? By 2006, the AFC was openly promising parliamentary seats to overseas contributors and understandingly, didn’t raise the issue of the constitutional bar!! And so we arrive at AFC MP Charrandas Persaud casting his vote to oust the APNU/AFC coalition! Suddenly, according to the leaders of the AFC (we won’t even bother with the opinions of the PNC!) CP is now a “Judas” and a renegade of low moral character who even – gasp! GAMBLED!!By the count of one professor in the know, however, some 26 of the present 65 MPs in the House, have dual citizenship – which their parties – including the PNC and AFC – had to have known about. Now frankly, your humble Eyewitness has no problems with dual citizens becoming MPs – unless, of course, they’re here spying for their “other” country and selling out our precious industrial and defence secrets! Never mind that the said “secrets” are being crafted by the selfsame “other” countries like the US and Canada!!In these modern times where labour is fungible like finance – excepting in Trump’s US! –why should we deny the expertise of our Guyanese who might’ve picked up from their foreign sojourn how our country might become first world?But the PNC’s in a no-win situation. If the courts rule that CP’s vote was retrospectively illegitimate, all the other “dualists” will have to go!!It’s called a “Pyrrhic victory”!!… no-confidence talksThe TUC leader wants to have civil society groups join the promised continued “talks” between the Opposition and the President that have been promised ‘til there are elections in Guyana. The fly in the curry (or the metemgee) of course, is which “civil society” groups will be allowed at the table? The old “social partners” of labour, business and religion? Which labour? Which business? Which religion? The usual suspects? But what about the unorganised labourers toiling out in the boons who don’t care for the promised “otherworldly” goodies? Who’ll speak for them?But seriously folks, the Opposition should welcome the offer since it offers a wider, “less partisan” pool of influentials to witness up close how the PNC plays hardball – with democracy as the ball. Even if they aren’t going to vote for the Opposition, their reports should lend credibility to the latter’s inevitable odd patience at the PNC’S intransigence.Maybe they’ll even join the PPP in the streets?…GECOM chair?Listen, your Eyewitness is as sympathetic to the ailments of the 85-year-old GECOM chair as anyone else. But, with his own challenges in this area, he expects the President to be even more sympatico.So how about suggesting that the OL submit another list of 6 “fit and proper” names??
The Constitution is clear on dissolution of Parliament and elections. There are three scenarios. First, Parliament stands dissolved on the last day of a full five-year term and elections must be held within three months. Second, Parliament stands dissolved on a date named by the President before the full five-year and elections are required within three months. Third, Parliament stands dissolved upon a successful No-Confidence Motion (NCM) and elections are due within three months. There is nothing ambiguous in any of these circumstances. Guyana’s constitution also provides for a full-time elections commission, the purpose of which is continuous elections-readiness to cater for the above circumstances.No amount of double-speak by Guyana’s Attorney General (AG) can change any of these scenario provided for by the Constitution. Unfortunately, on the AG’s advice and his strategising, the Government has rendered the constitution nothing more than a piece of paper, held up the judiciary as a toothless poodle and shamelessly uses GECOM as a party instrument.On Monday, August 5, 2019, the AG told an audience, including prominent professionals, business people and diplomats from the ABCE countries, the David Granger-led APNU+AFC will abide by the decision of GECOM, if GECOM says elections before September 18.Outside of the political sycophants, not a soul believe the AG. APNU+AFC has already set the condition, defying the September 18th timeframe, by demanding an illegal house-to-house registration. The AG did not say they will give up this demand. Whenever in a situation demanding reasonableness, they setup a mine field to blowup all reasonableness.The AG’s minefield insists GECOM must set the time for elections. The constitution says the President chooses a specific election date. But the constitution does not permit either the President or GECOM, nor does the constitution allows anyone else to determine the timeline for an election. The dates for an election are always determined by a timeline established by the constitution. It is always within three-months of the dissolution of Parliament which happens automatically on the last day of a full five-year term, or on a date chosen by the President anytime before the last day of a full-five-year term or automatically upon a successful NCM.On a successful NCM, Parliament stands dissolved on the date of the NCM and elections MUST be held within three-months. For those who have not read or refuse to understand the constitution, the CCJ affirms this fact. On December 21, 2018, this is exactly what happened in Guyana and, therefore, elections were due on or before March 21st, 2019. The date had to be chosen by the President, but not any date, at his whims and fancies, it had to be a date on or before March 21st. While he could have sought advice from GECOM, GECOM was bound to be prepared for elections and advice on a date within that timeframe. It is now water under the bridge, elections were not held and, because of the involvement of the judiciary, a pause was enforced. The CCJ made it clear, however, the three-month timeline is the law and, in effect, restarted a new countdown, beginning June 18th and ending September 18. The President had to choose a date within that timeframe, not any date he wants. Seeking GECOM’s advice is legitimate, but whatever date GECOM proffered to the President, it had to be within that timeframe.Recklessly, in promising APNU+AFC will accept GECOM’s advice, the AG also insists GECOM is not constrained by the three-month deadline. In fact, the constitution is not ambiguous, it does not subscribe to the double-speak of the AG, it is clear as crystal. The constitution demands the President chooses a date within the strict timeline. Which date within that strict deadline he chooses could be informed by GECOM’s advice, but GECOM does not have any role or any power to change the timeframe, nor does anyone else.GECOM, in fact, stated categorically on December 27th it was prepared to conduct elections within the three-month timeframe that ended on March 21st. GECOM has also stated it can refresh the electoral list available under the mandatory claims and objections process for elections to be held by September 18th. Nothing can change that date, unless the President, with assurances, obtain the agreement of the Leader of the Opposition to extend the date. While we await the ruling of the Chief Justice next Wednesday, the new Chair of GECOM should proceed with an election preparation that adheres to the constitutional timeline. i.e., on or before September 18th. The clock is ticking and there is no room for dilly-dallying.