Bolick refuses to be content with Cignal’s D-League play

first_imgRobert Bolick (Photo from PBA)Though it may seem as a shock to some, Robert Bolick has emerged as a solid cornerstone for Cignal-San Beda this 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Under the guidance of coach Boyet Fernandez, the 6-foot-1 guard has been a vital cog so far this conference for the Hawkeyes, averaging 11.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.ADVERTISEMENT D-League: Cignal shakes off slow start, nabs 5th straight win Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon “We still have to improve our defense as well as our fluidity in offense,” he said. “Sometimes, we’re not able to follow our gameplan so we have to really follow coach Boyet’s orders.”“Hopefully in the next games, we can continue improving,” he added. “It’s also a credit to our coaches for preparing us well in our games.”Cignal seeks to extend its five-game winning streak as it braces for Victoria Sports-MLQU, JRU, and league leader Racal to finish its eliminations schedule. /atmADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next And on Thursday, Bolick weaved his magic anew, leading Cignal to an 85-71 victory over Tanduay as he finished with 23 points, three rebounds, three assists, and a block in his 23 minutes on the floor to keep his team at second place with a 5-1 record.But for the 21-year-old, his good showing should be attributed to him playing within Fernandez’s tried and tested system.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“I just played within our offense and within the flow of our attack,” he said. “I know I can do that and I just played through my strengths. Happily, that’s what happened to me.”As positive as this stint is for Bolick, he knows that he still has tons to improve on his game as he and his fellow Red Lions use this Cignal campaign in preparation for San Beda’s NCAA Season 93 title retention bid. View commentslast_img read more

NBA: Kings’ exec vows to ‘step down’ if wrong about Cousins trade

first_img2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Although deemed as quite a handful due to his mercurial attitude, the 26-year-old center has established a niche as one of the most talented players in the league today.Despite the constant ramblings regarding the slumping franchise’s eminent future, Divac remained confident in his decision and said he’s prepared to face the consequences, in the event that the team will indeed not be better off without their former superstar.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“That’s my job, and I take responsibility. And I totally understand why some fans would be upset. They supported DeMarcus, and I like DeMarcus a lot. But I believe we are going to be in a better position in two years,” he told the Sacramento Bee over the weekend.“I want to hear again from these same people in two years. If I’m right, great. If I’m wrong, I’ll step down. But if I go down, I’m going down my way,” he added. 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 Sacramento Kings’ player-turned-GM Vlade Divac has no qualms about trading DeMarcus Cousins.  AFP file photo.A week after trading superstar DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings’ general manager, Vlade Divac, is still receiving flak for his decision.READ: Kings exec on Cousins trade: Winning begins with culture, character mattersADVERTISEMENT Valdez proud of what she left in Ateneo Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Meanwhile, in their first game since the trade on Thursday (Friday in Manila), the Kings displayed a more free-flowing offense and emerged victorious against the Denver Nuggets, 116-100. However, the team floundered against Kemba Walker and the visiting Charlotte Hornets on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), losing 85-99.Cousins, on the other hand, has been winless since donning a Pelicans uniform, with lopsided defeats against the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosionscenter_img China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Martinez advances to free skate final of World Championships

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Manny Pacquiao back in talks to fight Jeff Horn LATEST STORIES ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties The 2015 Asian Figure Skating champion will be the first to perform in the final round while reigning titlist Javier Hernandez from Spain will be the last in the April 1 event.The World Championships is a qualifier for the 2018 Winter Olympics.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 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 Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebucenter_img Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines warms up during the men’s short program at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland on March 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALLFilipino Winter Olympian Michael Martinez advanced to the free skate final of the World Figure Skating Championships held in Helsinki early Friday (Manila time).Martinez, whose rise started in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics as the lone Filipino competitor, was the 24th-ranked skater in the Short program with a score of 69.74.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View commentslast_img read more

Jalalon lifts Star at the buzzer

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media It’s Pacquiao-Horn after all Pogoy scored 11 of his total in the fourth period and was the main reason why the Texters were able to win a second straight game and rise to 2-1.Meanwhile, crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra makes its much-awaited debut Saturday against winless GlobalPort in a Petron Saturday Special game at University of Southeastern Philippines gym in Davao City.That game tips off at 5 p.m. with the Gin Kings to parade Justin Brownlee, the man responsible for snapping an eight-year title drought by hitting the championship-winning triple at the buzzer in Game 6 of the Governors’ Cup Finals last season against Meralco.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards MOST READ ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Jalalon drained a running jumper from deep right corner at the buzzer to key a 105-103 decision of the Road Warriors at Smart Araneta Coliseum as the Hotshots remained unbeaten in the eliminations while getting a feel of what it takes to come out of a tight fix.“This (type of game) is good for us because we can see the things we need to improve on,” said coach Chito Victolero after Star’s third straight win. “It will help us in our next games, handling pressure-packed situations.”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 returnIt was actually a night of heroic first-year players as rookie RR Pogoy stepped up in the clutch and finished with a career-high 24 points to lift TNT KaTropa to a come-from-behind 92-89 nipping of undermanned Blackwater in the first game.Star’s win gave it the start it needs going into a three-game stretch in the next eight days, but Victolero wants his wards to stay focused the entire game from hereon, especially after yielding 40 points to the Road Warriors in the third. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Rookie Jio Jalalon created the first highlight moment of his PBA career with a game-winning shot at the buzzer Friday night that rescued Star from a potential upset against NLEX and taught the Hotshots a lesson they could use further down the Commissioner’s Cup road.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely “I am just very happy they stepped up on defense in the fourth quarter,” he said. “We totally lost focus [in the third]. We gave up 34 points in the first half and allowed them to score 40 [in the third quarter].”Tony Mitchell scored 15 points in the fourth and helped the Hotshots dodge the upset ax as NLEX remained winless in four games despite getting 33 points, 19 rebounds and five assists from Wayne Chism.This one, though, could be the bitterest pill to swallow for the Road Warriors, who had possession with 30 seconds remaining and couldn’t break a 103-all tie when Rabeh Al-Hussaini missed a short jump hook.TNT coach Nash Racela was far from satisfied with his team’s latest victory, saying he will be demanding more from import Donte Greene.“I’m not satisfied, because I know that he can give us a lot more,” Racela went on after Greene finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds but didn’t show the defensive intensity that Racela wants everyone to play with. “Some [imports] think that it’s easy playing in the PBA, but it’s not easy and you realize that.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

De Jesus admits 2nd loss to Ateneo a blow to team’s confidence

first_imgDozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Bolts fend off Aces’ late comeback Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next La Salle coach Ramil de Jesus. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus said his Lady Spikers’ second straight loss to archrival Ateneo is a huge blow their confidence coming into the Final Four.“I think it really hit our confidence, that’s where we’ve been hit the hardest,” said De Jesus after the 12-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-19 loss at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos READ: Ateneo shocks La Salle to finish first round at no. 1 Still, De Jesus said the “real fight” starts in the semifinals.“The important games are in the semifinals, that’s where the real fight starts, not in the eliminations,” said De Jesus. “Today’s game was just to determine the seeding of the teams.”“Come Final Four, that’s where the fun starts.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ READ: Ateneo claims top spot, repeats over La SalleLa Salle was also subject to an Ateneo shocker early in the season when the Lady Eagles swooped on them in four sets, 26-24, 26-24, 21-25, 25-17.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 returnDe Jesus added they still have to fix their tendency to let their guard down after winning the first set.“That’s one thing we have to learn as a team. Yes, we know that we took one set but it’s not as if the opponent will just submit,” said De Jesus, whose team finished the eliminations with an 11-3 card behind the top seeded Lady Eagles who has a 12-2 record. MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test 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 View commentslast_img read more

Monaco hopeful of keeping top scorer Falcao next season

first_imgLIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Monaco’s Radamel Falcao applauds during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Monaco and Dortmund at the Louis II stadium in Monaco. APMONACO — Monaco’s top scorer Radamel Falcao looks set to stay at the French league leaders next season.The Colombia striker, who has one year left on his contract, gave reassuring signs he will stay in an interview with sports daily L’Equipe – and there was plenty of support too from Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim ahead of its Champions League semifinal against Juventus.ADVERTISEMENT The first of Monaco’s 146 goals this season was scored by Falcao way back on July 27, against Turkish side Fenerbahce in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.At that point, few were backing him to reach 28 overall for the season and rediscover the form that made him one of Europe’s most feared strikers before a serious knee injury in 2014. He has netted 19 in 26 league games this season for French league leader Monaco, even more impressive considering seven of those have been as a substitute.“It’s been a great experience to play alongside him,” Monaco’s Brazilian center half Jemerson said Tuesday. “When he plays, he is often decisive for us. Defenders are a bit wary of facing him and it’s important to have players like that in your side.”Falcao has fought back from disappointing loan spells with Manchester United and Chelsea in the past two seasons and is close to his best.Although he missed a penalty at Manchester City in the first leg of their Round-of-16 contest, he also scored two well-taken goals in that game. In the return leg against Borussia Dortmund, his excellent diving header made it 2-0 and put Monaco on course for a semifinal spot after a 3-1 win made it 6-3 on aggregate.ADVERTISEMENT “Before his injury, Falcao was one of the best strikers around,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said Tuesday through a translator. “He’s coming back very strongly.”Falcao has formed a superb partnership with 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe, who has netted 24 times.Mbappe’s pace, power and brutally direct style gels perfectly with the guile, movement and experience of Falcao. The Colombian rocketed to international fame after scoring 70 goals in 91 games with Atletico Madrid before joining Monaco in the summer of 2013.The 31-year-old forward has 234 goals in 397 career games, having also enjoyed productive spells with River Plate and Porto.A miserable five goals in a combined 41 games for Manchester United and Chelsea failed to shake his self-belief.“It’s one of my best seasons,” Falcao said. “If we win the two competitions we’re involved in, it will be the best, for sure.” Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Baron is UAAP MVP; Jaja reaps three awards Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Falcao turned down a lucrative move to the Chinese league in January and is happy to extend his contract, he told L’Equipe on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time), providing the club pledges to be ambitious next season.“I feel very good, we’re all happy and the results are good. All will depend on the club’s objectives,” Falcao said. “If Monaco still has the objective of winning trophies in France and in Europe — which is why I came here — then I will be delighted to stay.”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 returnAhead of the first leg match, Jardim made it clear that the club wants to keep its top striker.“We want the big players to stay with Monaco and Falcao is one of those,” Jardim told a pre-match news conference. “Everyone wants him to stay.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES View comments Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot deadlast_img read more

Throws history at NCAA Champs

first_img Amazing performance History was made at last week’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 Championships as Danielle Dodd and Shadae Lawrence took the top spots in the shot put and discus, respectively. Dodd and Lawrence combined for the first Jamaican shot and discus sweep at the NCAA Division 1 level. Understandably, the local throws community is full of praise for the winning pair. Lawrence, a second-year student athlete at Kansas State University, is the first ever Jamaican winner in her event. She moved up from fourth last year to win with a throw measured at 61.37 metres. Lawrence wasn’t alone in the discus final as fellow Jamaicans Kellion Knibb, Dodd, Gleneve Grange, Samantha Hall and Shanice Love were third, fourth, eighth, 10th and 12th, respectively Dodd, a senior at Kent State University, bombed her way to victory with a national record 19.15 metres and now is the fourth-best shot putter of the season. She is the second Jamaican shot put champion as Kimberli Barrett, then at the University of Miami, was the winner in 2005. Julian Robinson, the Calabar High School and University of the West Indies throws coach, described the performances of Dodd and Lawrence as amazing. “It looks good for Jamaica,” he said at the National Stadium on Sunday, “and when you consider, for example, Shadae, I think this is her second year out of high school and to win the NCAA is amazing.” “Danielle, her performance is amazing,” he continued, “and I think if she can maintain that 19 metres form, she can at least make the top eight at the World Championships.” Michael Vassell, godfather of the local throws community, called the results “awesome”. Speaking about Dodd, the Excelsior and UWI coach noted that all of her six throws would have won, and commented, “The level of consistency being displayed by Danielle has shown that she and her coach have been working on some things, and it’s really paying off.” Dodd is far ahead of the 2017 World Championship shot put qualifying standard of 17.75 metres, and Lawrence and Knibb, an outgoing senior at Florida State University, exceeded the discus standard of 61.20 metres with throws of 62.59 and 62.07 before the NCAA meet. – H. L.last_img read more

Gayle, Lewis keep Patriots winning streak alive

first_img Gayle counted four fours and four sixes as he marked his second half-century of the season and went past 200 runs. Lewis, meanwhile, struck five fours and six sixes, as he, too, passed 200 runs for the campaign with his second half-century. He was moving into high gear when he skied a heave at seamer Odean Smith and was caught by the wicketkeeper in the 13th over. Brathwaite then arrived to add 41 off 24 balls for the second wicket courtesy of a pair of fours and sixes, before Nabi pitched in with a four and three sixes in posting a further 50 for the third wicket also with Gayle. In reply, Tallawahs were carried by openers Griffith and Phillips, who put on 64 off 53 balls for the first wicket to lay the foundation for the run chase. While Griffith smashed four fours and two sixes in a 36-ball knock, New Zealander Phillips punched two fours and a six off 27 deliveries. Griffith’s demise – caught at mid-off off a Jonathan Carter full toss – triggered a collapse where five wickets tumbled for 46 runs to leave Tallawahs struggling on 110 for five in the 15th over. Requiring a virtual miracle at this stage, Tallawahs were energised by a 39-run, sixth wicket partnership off 21 balls between Powell and McCarthy but it fell far short of what was required. PAST 200 RUNS BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC): Half-centuries from captain Chris Gayle and his opening partner, Evin Lewis, propelled inform St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to a handsome 37-run victory over reigning champions Jamaica Tallawahs in their Caribbean Premier League here Monday night. Gayle stroked an unbeaten 71 off 55 deliveries, while Lewis got 69 off 39 balls in a Man-of-the-Match effort as the hosts mustered 208 for three off their 20 overs – the highest total of this year’s campaign. Mohammad Nabi and Carlos Brathwaite chipped in with cameos, the Afghan blasting 29 off 12 balls and the Windies Twenty20 captain belting 26 from 13 deliveries. In reply, Tallawahs made a good fist of the run chase, managing to end on 171 for seven off their allotted 20 overs. Opener Trevon Griffith top-scored with 42 while opening partner Glenn Phillips and all-rounder Rovman Powell both chimed in with 31, but the target proved outside their reach. Left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi was the best bowler with three for 35. The result saw Patriots move to 11 points and continue second, one point behind leaders Trinbago Knight Riders. Tallawahs remained third on eight points. Sent in at Warner Park, Patriots were given a fine start by the left-handed pair of Gayle and Lewis who put on 110 off 75 balls.last_img read more

Mashramani: A truly Guyanese experience

first_imgMashramani, as most Guyanese know, is an Amerindian word, which is said to mean “Celebration after hard work”. Mashramani is often times “lumped” in the group of “carnival-like” celebrations, however, despite its similarities in manifestation, the origin and meaning behind Mashramani and other carnivals, for example the well-known Trinidadian Carnival are quite different.Carnival celebrations have a long and somewhat ambiguous history. It is believed that some carnivals, for example the one from Italy, may have its roots in the Roman celebrations of Saturnalia, or Bacchanalia (a celebration of the Roman God of Wine, associated with wine, freedom, intoxication and ecstasy). It is also believed that the celebration was originally about the rebirth after winter, and carnival was a rite of passage, used to move from winter to summer, darkness to light, and was in some case regarded as a fertility celebration, as it was the first festival of spring. Carnival celebrations became a means of “role reversal”, they were used to mock persons in high social statuses, hence the costumes such as masks that we have come to know. It became about European folk culture. These origins were pagan, and as Christianity rose to dominance, they were denounced. However, due to their popularity, the festivals persisted, with Christianity finally absorbing the practices. Now carnival is celebrated in many Roman-Catholic countries right before the season of Lent, a 40-day period in which persons give up desires such as eating meat. This is perhaps where the word “carnival” itself is derived, from Medieval Latin carnem levare or carnelevarium, which means to take away or remove meat.The carnival spread from Europe to the Caribbean with colonialism, and it is for this reason that Trinidad celebrates its Carnival on Shrove Thursday, the eve of Ash Wednesday, or the day before the beginning of Lent. Some Caribbean islands which were predominantly Anglican did not have carnival celebrations originally, but over time evolved similar rituals, some even placing the festival in August to skirt away from the competition of Trinidad.Mashramani, in contrast, is a purely secular celebration. It has a fixed date, February 23, and is put in place to celebrate the country’s gain of republican status.This is what differentiates Mashramani from most other carnivals around the world. Whilst similar attributes such as a float parade and costumes are persistent, the festival has no religious ties whatsoever. Costumes and masks are also believed to have originally been worn to allow people to lose their sense of individuality and promote greater social cohesion. Although this idea is consistent with carnival celebrations around the world, it is much more profound in meaning when viewed in the context of Guyana, because of the reason for our celebration. The costumes can be seen as a display of unity. Moreover, this is supported by the fact that each year, Mashramani is given a positive theme, and costumes must be designed to fit this theme. It can be said that in doing so, it represents the nation’s united resolve to achieve certain goals. This year, the theme for Mashramani is “Celebrate with Dignity, Liberty and Greater Unity”. How will you interpret this theme?last_img read more

John Maxwell leadership event on Friday

first_imgThe John Maxwell Guyana Team Members will be hosting a dynamic leadership event on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 13:00h to 17:00h (1 pm to 5 pm).“Learn from world-class leadership experts and begin leading with renewed passion and commitment,” ActionCOACH Guyana said in a release.This half-day, leadership development experience is designed to equip and empower you with new perspectives, provide practical tools and key takeaways. Live2Lead is held live in Atlanta, GA and simulcast to more than 300 cities and 40,000 people around the world. 223-5583last_img