Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Wawrinka, who made his Grand Slam breakthrough in Australia in 2014, had a tough time in the first night match on Margaret Court Arena, scraping past 35th-ranked Martin Klizan 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.In the ninth game of the fifth set, Wawrinka smashed a soft half-volley from Klizan straight back into the Slovakian’s body, clipping the frame and just missing his midsection. He stepped over the net to ensure Klizan was OK, then went on to hold serve and broke in the next game to finish off in 3 hours, 24 minutes.No. 5 Kei Nishikori also needed 3½ hours to beat Andrey Kuznetsov 7-5, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6), 6-2, while No. 14 Nick Kyrgios returned from his suspension for underperforming in Shanghai last year by racing through a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over Gastao Elias in 85 minutes.Former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, 2008 Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 19 John Isner, No. 23 Jack Sock, No. 27 Bernard Tomic, No. 29 Viktor Troicki and No. 31 Sam Querrey.No. 16 Lucas Pouille was the highest-ranked man to lose on day one.Five of the women’s seeds lost on the opening day, led by No. 4 Simona Halep, who lost 6-3, 6-1 to Shelby Rogers in the first match on Rod Laver Arena.French Open champion Garbine Muguruza needed a medical timeout before advancing 7-5, 6-4 over Marina Erakovic.Seven-time major winner Venus Williams beat Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (5), 7-5, avoiding back-to-back first-round exits at Melbourne Park, and 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard continued her recent resurgence by winning the last of the night matches 6-0, 6-4 against Louisa Chirico in 56 minutes.Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig, No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 10 Carla Suarez, No. 11 Elina Svitolina, No. 20 Zhang Shuai were among the other seeded players advancing.CoCo Vandeweghe overcame a bout of nausea to beat No. 15-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-1, 7-6 (3). Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member The 16-year-old Destanee Aiava became the first player born in this millennium to play in the main draw of a major, but the milestone match ended in a 6-3, 7-6 (4) loss to Mona Barthel. Federer has won four Australian titles and reached the semifinals or better in 12 of the previous 13 years, and making himself at home on Rod Laver Arena.He’ll play another qualifier in the second round after Noah Rubin beat Bjorn Fratangelo.Plenty of highly-ranked players concurred that first rounds are never easy, including defending champion and top-ranked Angelique Kerber and U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka.In his first Grand Slam match with the elevated status of having a knighthood and the No. 1 ranking, Andy Murray berated himself when he made mistakes and frequently yelled during a 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Illya Marchenko.In other words, nothing much has changed.ADVERTISEMENT He served 19 aces and had only one double-fault in a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win on Monday over Melzer, but dropped serve three times and had moments of frustration.“It’s nice to be playing normal tennis again,” he said. “It was a long road (but) I’m in the draw, which is a beautiful thing.”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 returnFederer surprised himself by still feeling nervous when the match started, and took a while to settle down.“I was fine all day … I felt fine. Then I hit four frames in a row,” he said. “It was like, ‘Whew, it’s not as easy as I thought it was going to be,’” he said. “Think I struggled for a while to find that groove, that rhythm.” Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ The five-time finalist comfortably navigated what he hoped was the first step to a drought-breaking Australian Open title.Kerber, who is defending a major title and is also the No. 1 seed at a Grand Slam for the first time, had some nervous moments in her 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win over Lesia Tsurenko.Kerber won her first Grand Slam title here last year, beating Serena Williams in the final after saving match point in the first round.So after wasting a match point before her serve was broken as Tsurenko rallied to win the second set, Kerber said her mind raced back 12 months.“To be honest, I was thinking about this,” she said. “When I lost the second set, and I had match point, I was thinking about my match last year in the first round — first rounds are always tough.”Murray has lost four of the last six finals here — including the last two — to six-time champion Novak Djokovic. But he did take something off his long-time friend at the end of last year when he replaced Djokovic in the top ranking during a stunning finish to the season.He subsequently received a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s honors list.Murray said the ranking and the civic honors won’t change anything, and he faces “the same pressure, same expectations.”There’s one thing he desperately wants to change.“I’ve never won here — I’m going to try to change that this year,” he said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES US Open champion Wawrinka struggles in 1st match Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after defeating Austria’s Jurgen Melzer in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. AP Photo/Aaron FavilaMELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer returned from a six-month layoff to beat fellow 35-year-old Jurgen Melzer just before midnight on day one of the Australian Open, agreeing it felt a bit like coming home.The 17-time major winner hadn’t played at tour level since Wimbledon, giving his injured left knee time to heal.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal View comments
China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots and scores over Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) in the final seconds of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had 31 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs returned from an eight-game road trip to beat the Indiana Pacers 100-99 on Wednesday night.Leonard hit a turnaround, fade-away jumper from 16 feet against Paul George with 2.4 seconds left to win it. Indiana’s Monta Ellis missed a pair of free throws with nine seconds remaining and George missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READ Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Jokic’s 2nd straight triple-double leads Nuggets past Bucks Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely George finished with 22 points, C.J. Miles added 19 and Myles Turner had 16.San Antonio extended its winning streak to five games, including four straight to close its annual rodeo road trip in February.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 returnPau Gasol and David Lee had 18 points each off the bench for the Spurs.The battle between All-Star forwards was a stalemate until the final five minutes. Leonard scored San Antonio’s final nine points during that stretch, including the game-winning shot, while George was limited to a pair of free throws. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon 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 LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Tristan Perez topped winless Blustar (0-8) with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Vincent Choong added 15 markers.The Scores:TANDUAY 78 – Cruz 17, Gaco 10, Sanga 10, Santos 8, Varilla 7, Eguilos 6, Vigil 6, Stevens 3, Villamor 3, Asuncion 2, Cenal 2, Palma 2, Quinto 2, Sollano 0.BLUSTAR 60 – Perez 20, Choong 15, Melano 10, Mak 6, Liaw 5, Ong 4, Heng 0, Ang 0, Kwaan 0, Chin 0.Quarters: 17-10, 44-20, 66-42, 78-60.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Mark Cruz. PBA IMAGESMark Cruz caught fire early and carried Tanduay to a 78-60 beatdown of Blustar Detergent to inch them closer to the last twice-to-beat advantage in 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The diminutive playmaker unloaded 11 of his 17 points in the first quarter as the Rhum Masters grabbed a lead as high as 31, 59-28, midway in the third period. He also had five rebounds and three assists in the win.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Jerwin Gaco also chipped in 10 markers and five boards off the bench, while Paul Sanga added 10 points and four rebounds as Tanduay made it two straight wins and improved to 5-3.The Rhum Masters could formally secure the last twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals with a victory against Jose Rizal University (4-4) next Tuesday.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 know the scenario. How we’re going to perform or show up is another story,” said coach Lawrence Chongson, who continued to harp on the consistency he’s been looking for all conference long.“I still don’t see the consistency. I’m not looking beyond JRU, but the way we’re performing is still a concern for me. Hopefully, we jell on time for the playoffs.” Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Kevin Durant progressing in rehab, no timetable for return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home View comments
LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR MOST READ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar 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 La Salle’s Desiree Cheng is UAAP Season 79 Finals MVP View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos La Salle Lady Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle coach Ramil de Jesus shared this group of Lady Spikers are unique in their own ways.“Of all the teams that I formed, this one has been a roller coaster,” de Jesus said after guiding the school to its sixth UAAP crown in the last 10 years.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Against all odds, the Lady Spikers snared the title on Saturday in a tough five-set classic over Ateneo, 19-25, 25-14, 18-25, 25-18, 15-10, to sweep the best-of-three Finals duel.Contrary to his past La Salle squads composed of surefire standouts, de Jesus has definitely been tested with this crew as it had to go through adversities throughout the season.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“Our performance has been up and down. Our bench is shallow that you can’t pull players on the fly,” he said.Despite those weak points, de Jesus said it made the players trust the system more as La Salle sought to successfully defend its title while also giving graduating setter Kim Fajardo a proper sendoff. “Through the course of the eliminations, we’re reviewing our games and we can see the difference, our advantages and disadvantages, so that’s where we put our focus. We concentrated in our trainings as hard as those were and they all accepted it,” he said.“The players trusted the system and put on the hard work, and they were all well-disciplined. That was the key.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ PBA IMAGESStar took sole possession of the first seed after clobbering Meralco, 108-90, in a matchup of league leaders in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Hotshots remained the owner of the top spot with an 8-2 card while the Bolts careened to third place with a 7-3 record, tied with TnT, behind San Miguel and Ginebra that both have 6-2 slates.ADVERTISEMENT Rollins takes pride in indie origin, eyes Lesnar, Styles bouts Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Swing Out Sister back to PH this April China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “Proper mindset and mental toughness is very important, and we talked about that we are the no.1 in defense and they’re the no.2 team,” said Victolero. “I’m very happy with the result, we played 48 minutes of Star Hotshots basketball with proper defense and we did a good hob on [Alexander] Stepheson.”Meralco’s import managed just nine points on 4-of-7 shooting and turned the ball over six times.Ricardo Ratliffe led the Hotshots with 32 points, 13 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks while Paul Lee added 16 points.Chris Newsome filled the stat sheets for Meralco as he put up 25 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT Star, known as the best defensive team in the conference holding down opponents to 84.1 points a game, proved once more its acumen when it prevented the Bolts from scoring for more than seven minutes into the fourth.A 13-0 run opened up the period for the Hotshots with Jio Jalalon capping it off with a couple of free throws with 5:15 left to give Star a 94-75 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundKelly Nabong was the first Bolt to score in the final quarter with a jumper at the 5:02 mark to stop the bleeding, 94-77, but it hardly mattered at the Hotshots were already in full control.Star head coach Chito Victolero knew their matchup against Meralco would boil down to defense since the Bolts are the second-best defensive team allowing just 87 points a game. LATEST STORIES More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers is guarded by Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on January 16, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPKevin Durant’s first trip to the NBA Finals ended with him watching LeBron James celebrate his first title as Miami downed Oklahoma City for the 2012 crown.Now five years later and with two different clubs, both superstars are back in the finals, Durant still seeking his first title and James again blocking the path.ADVERTISEMENT Durant and the Golden State Warriors will be favored to dethrone the James-led Cleveland Cavaliers when the best-of-seven championship series begins Thursday at Oakland, California.READ: NBA Finals coverage still hangs FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundInstead of James having drawn criticism for jilting Cleveland for Miami in order to become a champion, this season it was Durant who aroused the ire of many fans by ditching fellow star Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City for the Superteam spotlight of the Warriors.And just as a move paid championship dividends for James after a prior finals loss, it could do the same in June for Durant. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in 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 French Open takes player’s credential for harassing reporter Swing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “He didn’t make the decision he made to go to the finals. He made the decision he made for his own life and what he wanted to do, but also to win a championship. To go win. Not just go to the finals. No one remembers second place. It’s about winning.”Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has been impressed with what he has seen from Durant with the Warriors.“When Steph and Klay have a bad game, which is not very often, then you can give the ball to Durant and he can go get his own basket and his own shot,” Lue said.“You have that third player, definitely one of the top three players in this league, that can go get his own shot at anytime and that’s what makes them more dangerous.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions “It’s a little different, definitely. I can’t lie,” Durant said of his latest trip to the finals compared to his first. “I went when I was 23 years old, and it felt like the Western Conference Finals was almost like the championship.READ: Warriors ready for third straight NBA Finals appearance“So it’s a little different now, obviously. We have a bigger goal in mind. But you’ve got to enjoy everything, man. When we look at it, this is just a blip on the radar in terms of our whole life. So every moment is definitely important and you want to embrace it and enjoy it.”And just as James struggled in building chemistry in Miami with “Big Three” teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Durant and his new Golden State teammates had to make adjustments to maximize the contributions of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green as well.“Our chemistry is getting better and better,” Durant said. “We’re going to need it even more now.”ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead ‘It’s going to be a battle’The Warriors have the best start in NBA playoff history at 12-0. They are the ninth team in league history to reach the finals undefeated, in eras with fewer games needed to make the championship round, but only five of the first eight won the title.“I’m just proud of the work we’ve put in from the beginning of the season,” Durant said. “We just kept grinding. We didn’t talk about championships or anything. We just wanted to build good habits and have fun playing some basketball. Simple as that.“We want to take it to the next series and try to be great and see what happens, but 12-0 really doesn’t matter going into the next series,” Durant said.READ: Cavs-Warriors Part III joins past championship trilogies“We know it’s going to be a battle.”Durant took heat for leaving behind a solid Oklahoma City squad that pushed the Warriors to the brink of elimination in last year’s Western Conference final, but the move has paid off so far.Durant is averaging 25.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 blocked shots a game in the Warriors’ perfect playoff start.“Happy to be sharing this moment with him after all he’s gone through with joining the squad and leaving OKC,” Green said. “To be headed to the NBA Finals is a great way to combat all that talk. To win it would be even better.READ: Underdog Cavs insist they have plenty of bite for Finals View comments
Jamaica’s Christopher Nunes ended the first day as the top individual in the production division, as the locals rebounded after a poor start in that section on the opening day of the Pan American Handgun Championships at the Woodleigh Complex in Clarendon yesterday. Nunes ended the day with a score of 1645.0320, which places him ahead of Estonia’s Dmitri Udras (1507.5366), who was 91 per cent complete, and another Jamaican Paul Shoucair (1435.3298), who was 87 per cent complete. Veonie Campbell-Simpson (1202.3626) was seventh with 75 per cent completed. The other Jamaicans in the division, Richard Darin was 28th, Anthony Johnson was 29th, Michael Bradshaw 31st, Ekpedeme Otuokon 36th, and Sanjay Welsh 42nd. Jamaica’s production team captain, Ryan Bramwell, noted that they had a bad start but recovered to end the day strong. “The first day is always a nervy day. Everybody was a little nervous on the first stage, but we shot it solid. I had a little equipment issue to start with, but I got through and picked up at the end,” Bramwell said. “But we got through those first two stages solid and with six stages down, I think we are in a good standing. We are feeling much more confident,” he said. He added: “The US is strong, the Canadians are strong, and so are the Argentinians, but once we get solid performances from everybody, we will definitely challenge and get a good placing,” he added Over in the Open division, Jamaican ace, Lesgar ‘Speedy’ Murdock (505.0000), hold third spot with 35 per cent of stage completed. He ended the day behind Australia’s Joseph Sullivan (1413.3707), who completed 100 per cent and US’ Carol Moreland (1007.3028), who has done 71 per cent. Jamaica Howard Brown (372.9428) also sits 13th and Kevin Cheung (365.5394) 14th. In the Standard division, Richard Yap (483.2733) is the highest placed Jamaican at sixth. That section is led by Richard Oh (1603.6053) of Canada, followed by Juan Diaz (1447.1505) and Daniel AldeCosea (1172.2325) of Uruguay. The next best Jamaican in the division are Greg Henry (418.6718) at 15th and Paul Dixon (363.5887) at 20. In the Classic division, where Jamaica does not have a team, Richard McNamus of the US leads with 1467.7844, with Regenyi Kund (1337.8479) of Hungary in second and Roberto Gomes (535.0000) of Brazil in third. Jamaica’s Steve Sherman, competing as an individual, was placed 19th with a score of 145.0000, with nine per cent of stage completed. BAD START
Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) chairman Alexander Williams said that he is “amazed” at the position held by some persons that transparency and accountability will be compromised in future anti-doping hearings, which will now all be held behind closed doors. “Are we saying that when a court hears a matter in camera, meaning it’s not public, is that the court is not transparent,” Williams asked. “When you have a rape or sexual offence case, if it is held outside of the public lair to protect witnesses, are they lacking transparency? I would say no. The issue of transparency does not depend on there being a public hearing.” However, Former JADCO executive director Renee Anne Shirley said she disagrees with the body’s decision. She was responding, on Twitter, to a letter to the editor published in The Sunday Gleaner yesterday, saying that transparent hearings should be JADCO’s default. “I have seen the usefulness of public hearing when an eliteath (elite athlete) took OTC (over the counter) cold medication to clear stuffy nose (which is not Prohibited out-of-comp) & small traces of PED (performance enhancing drugs) in med (medication) showed up in his sample taken next day after a race…UTech expert testimony helped explain this @ (at) hearing…,” Shirley tweeted. Shirley was explaining that many members of the public are unable to put verdicts into context unless they get an explanation of the reasons they were reached. Williams said that Jamaican athletes would actually be put at a disadvantage in open hearing settings, when other athletes in similar situations around the world have more privacy. He also responded to sports attorney Emir Crowne’s comments in last Friday’s Gleaner publication, that Jamaica was “ahead of its time” in having open hearing sessions, as most other countries do not. “Jamaicans didn’t have the advantage because we conducted our hearings in public,” he said. “It was because of the inspections which took place with WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) and they saw that our procedures were in the main, in line with their rules. They have done their investigations and have not found JADCO to be wanting.” TRANSPARENCY WILL REMAIN But he said that there is actually no issue of transparency as the media will still be able to get information on hearings. However, it will have to be after each session, rather than being let into the sessions to transcribe and record the events. “The public will have transparency,” he said. “The media will still cover these things. They will still go and ask questions of persons who exit the hearings. Given that they don’t act in certain parameters, they can speak to the press. That will continue and JADCO will still publish, as we’re required to do, the results of these hearings.” Attorney Patrick Foster said that he has no issue with this, as long as panel members spend the time explaining to the media the reasons for decisions reached, much like Shirley wants. “When the decision is handed down, the panel members should give complete and full reasons to justify the decision they have made, so that members of the media, and the public would be aware of the circumstances of each decision made by the panel. It’s important,” Foster said. Foster was the legal representative of Windies cricketer Andre Russell, during his whereabouts violation hearing brought about by JADCO in 2016.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican and opening batsman Sunil Ambris have made their return to the West Indies team, having been named in a 15-man squad to tour India in October and November. The duo has been selected to replace fast-bowler Miguel Cummins and seasoned opener Devon Smith, who both had disappointing performances in the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. During the month-long tour, the regional team will play two Test matches, five One Day Internationals and three T20 matches. Warrican last played for the senior squad in 2016 when the Windies toured Australia. Jomel Warrican has been named in the West Indies squad for the first time in over two years. The 26-year-old Barbadian has played four Tests and has taken 11 wickets, with a best bowling performance of 4-67. Warrican has been recalled following an outstanding series against England Lions in February of this year while representing West Indies ‘A’. During that three-match home series which the Windies ‘A’ won 3-0, Warrican snared 31 wickets, including a best of 8-34, at an average of just 8.96. Ambris, 25, had his short Test career halted after playing just two matches when he sustained a broken hand last December during an ill-fated test debut in New Zealand. In those two matches, he scored just 25 runs and has an average of 8.33. Smith’s exclusion will most likely mean the end of his 15-year international career, in which he failed to live up to his full potential. In 43 Test matches, Smith averages 23.78, with one century and eight half-centuries, while his average of 24.62 in 47 ODIs is only slightly better. The 36-year-old Smith endured a miserable outing against Bangladesh, scoring just 76 runs in the two-match Test series, which the Windies won 2-0. It was an equally disappointing series for Cummins, who took just six wickets in the two Test matches at an average of 13.50. In 13 Test matches, the 27-year-old has taken just 27 wickets at an average of 37.59, while in 11 ODIs, he has nine scalps. SQUAD: Jason Holder (captain), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican.
I think by now readers realise that Indian indentured historiography is fraught with problems, or at least this is my position on the scholarship. I will just discuss two more problems before I move on and share some thoughts on how we can move this field of study forward.The first problem is the deafening silence on unclaimed remittances, which I have addressed in this and other newspapers, particularly to the Indian and British High Commissioners in Guyana. Let me repeat briefly what I have said earlier and I will not stop until I hear something from these busy Commissioners. In the process, I ask that my call for unclaimed remittances should not be conflated with reparations.Whatever might have been the problems so associated with not remitting savings from indentured servants in British Guiana to their families in India, the point remains that the unclaimed remittances belonged to the indentured servants not the colonial government. There is overwhelming evidence to make a case to reclaim these remittances. The records show that thousands and thousands of pounds of remittances from indentured servants went unclaimed. The current leaders of indentured scholarship should at least ask the question: Where are the unclaimed remittances now, or what happened to them? They can even push for the holders (if they can be found) of these unclaimed remittances to hand them over so that they can be given to the descendants of indentured Indians in the Caribbean, especially in the impoverished communities. However, no one has even brought up these ideas, and the challenge to reclaim the unclaimed remittances remains a closet secret.The second problem, which I believe, is worse than the evils of indentureship because in some ways Indians are still dragging the chains of this demonic act. This act by the Indian government, which is practically absent from Indian historiography, is the shameful abandonment of indentured Indians during and after indentureship. Those Indians who chose to settle in the Indo-phone Caribbean lost their Indian citizenship.There seems to be no concrete explanation as to why the Indian government chose to take such action. One suspects that the Indian government was powerless since it was essentially a colonised government subjected to the more powerful British Imperial government. Certainly, more research and published studies on the Indian government’s policy of non-inclusion will bring awareness to one of the multitudes of maladies during Indian indentureship.Perhaps this question about the Indian government’s policy of non-inclusion should be posed to various Indian High Commission Offices in the Caribbean since it had dire consequences. The loss of citizenship made Indians feel “homeless” in the Caribbean. For example, in the 1960s in British Guiana when racial riots broke out between Africans and Indians, many Indians felt they had no government protection and no place to escape to, even to their former homeland.The Indian government now grants citizenship to overseas Indians, but this move is probably too late since a majority of Indians in the Caribbean have lost connections with India. If the Indian government had not denied Indian citizenship rights to the resident Indians in the Caribbean, a more meaningful connection would have been forged, culturally and otherwise, between India and the Caribbean through migration.Now, on the topic of what ought to be done. Well, the study of indentured Indian history in the Caribbean should follow a revisionist approach with the intention of not merely dismissing previous studies, but fostering a focus for enquiry to better understand and advance our knowledge of indentureship. The focus should be from the memory and narrative of indentured servants and less reliance on archival records, housed in former colonial mother countries and in the Caribbean. This approach will produce an alternative, if not an equally compelling, collective memory of indentureship. Put differently, there ought to be a better approach and a better, selective use of sources to deconstruct, in order to reconstruct historical narrative. This approach has the potential to produce a reconstruction different from the predominantly ongoing neo-slave scholarship.To illustrate, the use of colonial records to write indenture so far has shown that there was one or two Indian heroines during indenture, for example, the leadership role played by an Indian indentured woman named Janey Tetary on plantation Zorg en Hoop in Suriname. She was eventually killed by colonial authorities.Are we to believe that the movement of 500,000 Indians from their homeland to the Caribbean and eighty years of indentured experience produced only one outstanding female indentured servant? From the colonial perspective, this memory existed in limitation and marginalisation. However, the basic understanding to historical memory is that there are two sides, and while historical truths cannot be determined by what people tell us, both sides should certainly be examined to arrive at some degree of authenticity. (firstname.lastname@example.org)