Panama captain makes history with country’s first-ever World Cup goal

first_imgCloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Sources: Salah considering retiring from national team LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees But he proved that age sometimes doesn’t matter.“I think it’s important, something big,” Baloy said about the goal. “England is a strong team, with great players. We’re learning a lot. The result makes us sad, but the first goal is important.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panama’s Blas Perez jumps over teammate Felipe Baloy after he scored his side’s opening goal against England during a group G match at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano)NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — He made his World Cup debut at age 37, when he’s about to hang up his boots, and scored his country’s first-ever goal on soccer’s biggest stage.What more could Panama captain and defender Felipe Baloy ask for.ADVERTISEMENT The 6-1 thrashing that Panama suffered at England’s hands on Sunday and the 3-0 defeat to Belgium in the team’s first group match were mere anecdotes for the Central American country’s fans. Panama’s supporters exploded with joy when Baloy, who came on as a second-half substitute, put the ball into the net against England.As soon as the match was over, Panama’s players gathered in the middle of the field, knelt down and hugged each other while they prayed.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 crownFor them, the goal was an historic feat. Soccer is slowly gaining a foothold in a country where baseball players and boxers reign. This is Panama’s first World Cup and its first goal was against England, the inventor of the game.Baloy, who captains Panama even though he’s not a starter, has more than 100 international appearances and he’s running on fumes. He said that he’s “100 percent sure” that he won’t play for the national team after the World Cup, and “90 percent sure” that he won’t return to club football either. With his goal in the 78th minute, Baloy became the fourth-oldest player to score at a World Cup. At 37 years and 120 days, Baloy is behind Cameroonian Roger Milla (42 years, 39 days), Swede Gunnar Gren (37 years, 236 days) and Mexican Cuauhtemoc Blanco (37 years, 151 days).Sunday’s match might have been Baloy’s last if coach Hernan Dario Gomez, who took a risk in taking him to the World Cup, doesn’t select him for Panama’s last group match against Tunisia on Thursday in Saransk.“Yes, I felt emotional,” Gomez said of Baloy’s goal. “He’s at the end of his career and he’s going to retire from the national team, and God gave him the opportunity because of his professionalism to have this beautiful goal.”Baloy said: “Some of us players were attacked, criticized for our age.”He was referring to players like himself and Blas Perez, another player who is 37 with more than 100 international appearances and who played as a lone striker against England.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

PBA Finals: Mike Harris, Aces stay positive despite 2-0 hole

first_imgThe Aces absorbed a 77-71 loss against the Hotshots in a game they could’ve held on to win, but the final buzzer sounded on them and import Mike Harris knows the only thing they can do is move on.Harris knows the situation they’re in but the Aces can’t afford to be embroiled in any negativity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“You take it one game at a time, so you know our job is to come back, refocus tomorrow and be ready for Game 3,” said Harris. “All we need to do is win one and that changes the whole thing.”“We can’t get down on ourselves, I’m not down on myself. I’ve been in this situation before so I like the situation, this is a precious situation.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 Spain braces for some 500 violent fans for Copa Libertadores MANILA, Philippines—The odds are certainly stacked against Alaska after falling 2-0 in its seven-game series against Magnolia in the PBA Governors’ Cup finals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Alaska was in control for most of the game and headed into the fourth quarter with a 65-61 lead but it went into a pitiful shooting performance going 2-of-20 from the field the whole final period.The Hotshots, who shot 5-of-13 from the field, outscored the Aces 16-6.“It all comes down to execution and that’s exactly what I expected coming into this, they (Magnolia) are a great team, they’re a great defensive team,” said Harris, who put up 22 points and 12 rebounds but turned the ball over seven times.“They challenge me a lot more on the court than most teams had done this year and they really forced me to move the ball and focus on passing so I really like that it’s a challenge I’m ready to take.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Gordon Hayward’s 35 points lift Celtics past Timberwolves

first_imgTIP-INSTimberwolves: The last time Minnesota won in Boston was March 6, 2005. Kevin Garnett was a starter in his first stint with the Wolves. Ricky Davis led the Celtics with 22 points. … Robert Covington (right knee injury), Derrick Rose (right ankle sprain) and Jeff Teague (left ankle inflammation) were sidelined by injuries.Celtics: Improved to 2-1 with Rozier starting. … Even without Irving, the Celtics set a season high with 34 assists … In addition to Irving, the Celtics were missing big man Aron Baynes, who missed his seventh straight game with a broken left hand. … The Celtics returned home after a 1-2 road trip to Texas and Memphis. They play four straight and 15 of 19 games at home in January and don’t leave the Eastern time zone until Feb. 21.THAT SMARTSSmart left in obvious pain after absorbing a pick from Towns early in the second half. He walked over by the Celtics bench with his right arm dangling at his side. After Stevens called a timeout, Smart was ushered by the training staff into the tunnel to the locker room.But Smart was back with about four minutes left in the quarter, getting a big cheer when he rejoined his teammates on the bench. He re-entered the game late in the third and finished with two points and eight assists.The Celtics said it was a right shoulder strain.Marcus Morris Sr. left the game in the third quarter with a sore neck and did not return.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Home against the Magic on Friday night. Joel Embiid shrugs off sore knee, drops 42 points in 76ers’ blowout of Suns LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk A 3-pointer from the right side. Another from the left. A basket from the lane and then a dunk, followed by three straight free throws. In all, he was 4 for 4 in the second quarter and 7 of 8 in the third.“He was disappointed in how he shot the ball, obviously, in San Antonio and got back in the gym this morning. And you could tell he was going to play pretty well,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after Hayward came off the bench to score a season-high 35 points and lead Boston to a 115-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I mean, 14 for 18 is an unbelievable night, and you’re not always going to shoot it like that,” Stevens said. “But you could tell he was pretty locked in.”Terry Rozier scored 11 of his 16 points in the first quarter while making his third start of the season because Kyrie Irving scratched both of his eyes in Monday’s game against San Antonio. Hayward took over from there in his highest scoring game with the Celtics. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, right, tries to drive past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie, front, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Gordon Hayward was off target on all six of his shots in Boston’s previous game and then started with a pair of long misses on Wednesday night against Minnesota.Then it quickly turned around.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Celtics: Host the Mavericks on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Gordon’s a good player, and we gave him basically whatever he wanted,” said Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who saw Hayward score 30 a month ago when the teams met in Minneapolis. “When you do that in this league, they’re going to make you pay.”Andrew Wiggins scored 31 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 of his 28 points — and grabbed five of his 12 rebounds — in the third quarter, when Minnesota trimmed a 22-point deficit to six points. It was an 11-point game with 4:53 left before the Celtics went on an 8-0 run to clinch their fifth straight win over the Wolves.HAYWARD’S HISTORYHayward missed all but five minutes of last season with a broken leg and has been coming off the bench the last six weeks as Stevens tries to figure out a rotation. On Monday night against the Spurs, Hayward had his only scoreless game of the season.After missing his first two shots on Wednesday, Hayward didn’t stop shooting.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “Didn’t start that great … but Marcus Smart got me open for a 3 that got me going a little bit,” he said. “Anytime you have a game like I did last game, you want to try to come out ultra-aggressive.”FIGHT CLUBTowns said the problem was the team’s failure to maintain a consistent focus, comparing the sport to boxing.“Boxing is such a great sport,” he said. “Those guys have to be focused every single second of every single round. We have to be focused; we have to think of ourselves like boxing. We have to make sure every single second we are tremendously focused.”EARLY LEADMinnesota scored nine of the last 11 points in the first quarter to trim Boston’s 11-point lead to 25-21, and then opened the second with a step-back jumper from Wiggins. It was a four-point game when Boston ran off 16 points in a row to take a 47-27 lead.Boston led by as many as 22 in the third quarter before Towns scored 15 points during a 23-11 Minnesota run that cut the deficit to 10. He added five more in the final 90 seconds of the third to make it a six-point game.QUICK BREAKThibodeau called a timeout just 64 seconds into the game to settle his team down after giving up two quick baskets.“The start of the game was poor,” he explained. “You start off a game like that, give them a little confidence, it’s hard to slow them down.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

‘Megastar’ Sharon Cuneta shines, brushes off social media hate

first_imgManny Pacquiao lists the top 7 boxers he’s fought Forward Marc Pingris snaps a selfie with Magnolia Hotshots muse Sharon Cuneta and teammate PJ Simon during the opening ceremony of the 44th PBA Season at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBULACAN, Philippines—Sharon Cuneta may not be the youngest of the muses that paraded in the opening ceremony of the 44th PBA Season, but the “Megastar” can transcend her superstardom into any spectrum.The 53-year-old multi-awarded actress was Magnolia’s muse in the opener for the 2019 PBA season and was diligently met with mixed reactions on social media.ADVERTISEMENT She said that she was looking for Rafi Reavis, Marc Pingris, and Alvin Patrimonio all of whom have become close to her on a personal basis.“I was looking for Rafi because he’s like a step brother to me, also Ping because he’s Danica’s [Sotto] husband, and of course captain Alvin because the last time I was a muse for Purefoods he was the player,” said Cuneta.“It was really an honor for me to be here but it’s just unfortunate Captain wasn’t here.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Cuneta, who rose to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s, was part of a muse lineup that included Ms. Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Ms. International 2016 Kylie Verzosa, and other younger television actresses.No amount of hate, however, could dim the brightness of Cuneta’s timeless star power.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“They don’t mean anything to me because I’m the one in here and chosen by Magnolia and I’m the major endorser,” said Cuneta Sunday at Philippine Arena.Cuneta added she was surprised that players from other teams asked her for pictures but she remained committed to the Purefoods franchise of which she had already represented in the 90s. Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs LATEST STORIES Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan02:14Carpio 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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Second Round Afcon Morocco 2015 Qualifiers Begin Today

first_imgThe qualifying rounds for the 2015 African Cup of Nations continues today, Wednesday with a whole selection of matches across the continent.The opening round of games followed the form book, with victories for Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, South Africa and Algeria.However, continental giant Egypt was defeated by Senegal, Ghana could only muster a draw against Uganda at home and African champions Nigeria was defeated at home by the Republic of Congo in a disgraceful fashion.These three fallen nations will be keen to bounce back, but, with a number of major sides facing each other in the mid-week qualifiers, it is no guarantee that they will succeed in getting their campaigns back on track.The following are the pairings: South Africa vs. Nigeria; Rwanda vs. Sudan; Algeria vs. Mali; Angola vs. Burkina Faso and Lesotho vs. Gabon.Cameroon vs. Cote d’Ivoire; Sierra Leone vs. RD Congo; Togo vs. Ghana; Cape Verde vs. Zambia; Mozambique vs. Nigeria; Uganda vs. Guinea; Egypt vs. Tunisia and Botswana vs. Senegal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Miatta Fahnbulleh Fears Ebola In Special Senatorial Election

first_imgOne of the senatorial aspirants of Montserrado County in the coming special election, Miatta Fahnbulleh, has admitted that she fears another serious outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus if the election is to be held by December of this year.Speaking to newsmen at her office in Monrovia yesterday, Madam Fahnbulleh said candidates would find it difficult to campaign in their various counties for fear of furthering the spread of the highly contagious virus.“We are in the middle of one of the greatest epidemics of the 21st century, as described by our international partners and other health practitioners all over the world,” she said and added that other countries have suffered from their own epidemics, including the United States, but cures were found and those epidemics were eradicated.Ms. Fahnbulleh said Liberia is for the first time experiencing such a deadly virus and to attempt to hold an election in the midst of the Ebola crisis would be contrary to the rules being preached by health authorities such as avoiding bodily contact, large gatherings, and frequently washing hands, among others.“In campaigning, we have to congregate; our voters have to touch us and this will require us to put people together and explain to them how we will represent them,” she noted.   “I don’t understand the issue of (holding) elections now,” she declared.  According to the Montserrado County senatorial aspirant, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone did not need Ebola to realize that they have fragile or poor health systems that need to be built to standard.“We are not afraid of saying that Ebola exposed the weak health system in Liberia,” said Ms. Fahnbulleh.She acknowledged that these countries have gone through over ten years of civil crises and are coming back to democracy. There is a limit to what could be accomplished by any government coming through such crises in terms of infrastructural and human capacity development, she said.The senatorial aspirant expressed thanks and appreciation to health workers and international partners for their relentless efforts in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus and their help in putting Liberia back to a sense of stability.She added that, “Liberian needs to continue to observe the preventive measures and avoid anything that would lead to more infections with the deadly 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

Dennis Street, Sophia Road reopens ahead of schedule

first_imgThe Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) advises the general public that Dennis Street and the Sophia Access Road between ‘A’ Field and Eastern Highway, Georgetown, is now reopened to vehicular traffic, days ahead of its scheduled completion.Construction works on this road began on April 4 and was slated to be completed by April 18. However, recognising that the closed area was an important one for residents and commuters in Sophia, general contractor Colin Talbot and his team worked harder to ensure the work was done before its deadline.The newly rehabilitated Sophia Access RoadThe road works saw the completion of approximately 300 metres of timber revetment along Dennis Street, Sophia. This construction included the installation of steel tie-rods and “dead man” structures.Besides Sophia, the MPI will be undertaking other major infrastructural works in Pattensen and Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, as part of its Urban Areas Development Plan for 2016.The MPI extended appreciation to the general public – and particularly the community of Sophia – for its patience and understanding during the construction period.last_img read more

Businesses cautiously optimistic over 50th jubilee celebrations

first_imgBy Romario SamarooAcross the city of Georgetown business-owners are having mixed opinions on the outlook of sales for Guyana’s 50th jubilee celebrations.Minister of State Joseph Harmon, had said that as Guyana looks to celebrate its 50th year as an independent nation, the economy is expected to experience a boost due to the mass number of overseas-based Guyanese and tourists expected for the event.From an economic standpoint, the expected chain-reaction of these foreigners in the country will lead to a surge in spending across hotels, craft shops, entertainment facilities and all other business entities. The locally economy will benefit tremendously. However, as it stands presently, a lot of businesses are complaining of the slow turnover of money nationwide.Market vendors are already crying out that their produce aren’t selling as before, while store-owners are not having the best of times either. Samantha Kamal complains “business is a little slow in general.”Stephanie, a local craft shop operator in City Mall is also not too pleased with how business is going but is hopeful the upcoming celebrations can influence a positive change.But not all businesses are crying, Sookraj, a Regent Street store-owner, is accepting of the state of business, nevertheless he would welcome an increase in business.Margret Jones who sells clothes on Wellington Street is also hopeful the upcoming celebrations will bring a change in fortune to her business as “it has its ups and downs but it’s been down a while”Craftsmen selling tokens and souvenirs of Guyana are patiently awaiting the foreigners as they are the ones who usually purchase these products.The Chinese business community are not too pleased with the state of business either. A Chinese trader operating in the Sino Mall recalled the terrible state of business that resulted in her closing down her fast food restaurant. She is now wholly dependent on her commodities store to earn a living.This dilemma “slow business” is not only affecting the Georgetown area but also in Berbice and Region Three. Jamal Braithwaite, who rents a shop around the Skeldon market cried out “this is one of the worst patches” he has seen.One commonality among every store operator apart from their concerns of economic stagnation are their concerns over security. These traders noted that the crime rate is one of the main deterrents of doing business now.A lot of them are also seriously inquiring about the government’s approach in tackling crime, saying it is too often they hear and/or see robberies and murder.Sophie Mohan pointed out, “this looks terrible on our country, especially with outsiders coming.” She is hoping the police force can “step up and tackle crime—and do it fast.”The parliamentary opposition PPP/C has already openly blasted the administration on their “poor strategies” in tackling crime, as well as putting mechanisms in place that would facilitate conomic growth.last_img read more

Feasibility of VAT reduction to be assessed by IMF

first_imgA team comprising experts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is due in Guyana next month to assess the Value Added Tax (VAT) and recommendations made by the Tax Reform Committee.This is according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who during an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA) said, “notwithstanding what the Tax Reform Committee said, and notwithstanding the clamour for the reduction in VAT, I have asked the IMF and they have agreed and the team is to come in August to do an assessment of the Value Added Tax.”Minister Jordan said after they would have completed their assessment “we will take a look, and we will make a determination what reduction is feasible and when this reduction can take place.”The Tax Reform Committee, headed by Dr Maurice Odle, was set up late last year and mandated to examine the country’s taxation system and make recommendations for fixing it. Among the recommendations of the Tax Reform Committee were an income tax threshold of 0,000 with progressive rates of taxation from 20 per cent to 35 per cent, reintroduction of estate duties and levies on tobacco and alcohol. Further, the Minister said the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has been approached for its input on the recommended tax reforms.“What I have caused GRA to do is to go through the report with a fine tooth comb, split it up into the various sections and come up with recommendations of the feasibility of some of what have been recommended so that we could have a discussion in Cabinet and make a determination, whether or not they get into the 2017 budget. The Tax Reform Committee did recommendations that span two years… not just 2017.”Among the recommendations of the Tax Reform Committee were a reduction of VAT from 16 per cent to 14 per cent, the introduction of an intermediate rate of seven per cent, a reduction of the number of items on the VAT exempt list and a widening of the tax net by reducing the minimum taxable amount from million to million, Minister Jordan said.Meanwhile President David Granger on an edition of the programme “the Public’s Interest” had said it was perhaps hasty on the part of the then Opposition (APNU+AFC) to promise a reduction on the VAT rate during their first year in office when they had inadequate information on what they would find when they assumed office.last_img read more

Illegal Venezuelans terrorising Guyana’s Indigenous peoples – President

first_imgWhile Guyana holds steadfast to commitments to accept Venezuelans wanting to move from their crisis-ridden country on humanitarian grounds, Government has raised concerns of Guyanese being “assaulted” by persons from the neighbouring country.Speaking on the weekly televised programme – The Public Interest – which aired on Friday, President David Granger pointed out that migration is currently a “ticklish” problem, especially in light of the events in Venezuela.President David GrangerThe President said he does not want to have people who are guilty of any wrong doing or involved in terrorism coming into Guyana, as he highlighted the troubles already existing at the border with the Spanish-speaking State.“There are groups called “syndactylous”, which simply means gang or syndicates, which have been terrorising some of our indigenous people in the Cuyuni/Mazaruni Region, particularly in the Wenamu and Cuyuni areas. So we have to be very careful,” he remarked.The Head of State noted that while Guyana is willing and prepared to accept people from Venezuela, or of any nationality in general on humanitarian grounds, the protection of Guyanese citizens comes first.“Re-migrants who are fleeing economic or political persecution and who are prepared to abide by our laws, we are prepared to give favourable consideration. We are not simply going to open our borders to a flood of re-migrants – people who are casually drifting in and out. But if there is evidence of political persecution or economic deprivation we are prepared to give favourable consideration to this,” President Granger posited.The Head of State concerns come in light of recent attacks on Guyanese citizenry. Earlier in July, Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Brigadier Mark Phillips, had confirmed that the army is working along with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to investigate reports of a Venezuelan gang attacking Guyanese in the Arau and Mango Landing areas, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), along the Wenamu River in the Cuyuni Mining District and close to the Venezuelan border.Meanwhile, in May 2016, Venezuelan soldiers opened fire at a vessel that was transporting mines officers of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) in Guyanese waters. According to reports, about 19:20h May 30, 2016, a chartered boat was ferrying three GGMC officers from Arau located in the Essequibo Region, when they came under fire from the Venezuelan military.No one was injured in the attack which occurred one mile from the Eteringbang Police Station. It was reported that the captain of the boat was known to the neighbouring army and it was after he identified himself to the officers that they were allowed to proceed freely.Venezuela is experiencing economic turmoil following the decline of oil prices on the world market over the past months. The situation had escalated to the point where President Nicolas Maduro had declared a 60-day state of emergency in May.Reports out of the Bolivarian State reveal that there is massive food shortage and limited access to basic health care and basic amenities such as electricity. Reports of rampant outbursts of looting and violence are also emerging from the neighbouring country.With the situation in Venezuela deteriorating rapidly with no evidence of a turn-around, it was predicted that there will be a refugee crisis in the region, as persons from that country are likely to flee to neighbouring nations.The Guyana Government had posited that it will accept Venezuelans coming here in search of better lives but maintained that they should not do so illegally. (Vahnu Manickchand)last_img read more