Ronaldo responds to award reports by leading Juventus to win

first_imgLATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Now, amid reports that he’s been left off the podium for the Ballon d’Or prize to be presented next month, teammates say Ronaldo trained harder than ever this week.The training paid off, as Ronaldo scored the opening goal and helped set up the second as Juventus extended its unbeaten start in Serie A by beating promoted Spal 2-0 on Saturday.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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chiefs’ Hill fined $10K by NFL for peace sign gesture Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ It wasn’t the buildup Roma wanted ahead of a visit by Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday. However, Madrid struggled even more on Saturday, losing at Eibar 3-0 in the Spanish league.In Udine, Rodrigo De Paul collected a backheel pass from Ignacio Pussetto and chipped over onrushing Roma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante early in the second half.Roma controlled 77 percent of the possession in the first half.“A team that dominated for an hour has to score a goal. It has to,” Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco said. “A team that wants to become big and strong has to make that level of possession and pressure count. That’s what makes me angry. Evidently we haven’t matured enough yet.”Roma had beaten Udinese in all 10 of their previous meetings. What’s more, Udinese hadn’t won in more than two months.Roma is seventh overall. Ronaldo’s latest score gave him nine in Serie A, matching Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek for tops in the league.Near the half-hour mark, Ronaldo beat everyone to redirect in a free kick from Miralem Pjanic.In the 60th, Ronaldo’s pull back on a counterattack set up a shot for Douglas Costa, whose effort was swatted into the path of Mario Mandzukic, who scored from the rebound.“Ronaldo is a step ahead of his opponents,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “On the second goal, as soon as he gained control he knew that he was going to pull it back to Douglas Costa.”Juventus moved nine points ahead of second-place Napoli, which hosts Chievo Verona on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Croatia international Modric and France teammates Kylian Mbappe Raphael Varane are reportedly the finalists for the Ballon d’Or — which would mean that panelists relied heavily on the World Cup, where France beat Croatia for the title.Before transferring to Juventus, Ronaldo helped Real Madrid to its third straight Champions League title last season, and led the competition with 15 goals — five more than anyone else. All players, coaches and referees had red marks painted on their faces as part of a Serie A campaign to combat violence against women.Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in September in Nevada claiming Ronaldo raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Police reopened an investigation into the allegation at her request. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.BALDE BRACEKeita Balde scored twice and set up another goal as Inter Milan beat visiting Frosinone 3-0 to move level on points with Napoli.Ten minutes in at the San Siro, Keita evaded two defenders with a series of fakes before scoring from inside the area.Lautaro Martinez doubled the advantage near the hour mark by heading in a cross from Keita, then Keita found the target again after being set up by Matteo Politano.On loan from Monaco, Keita hadn’t scored before for Inter.INCONSISTENT ROMARoma’s lack of consistency was highlighted in a 1-0 loss at relegation-threatened Udinese.It was the third time this season Roma lost to a team near the bottom of the standings, beside Bologna and Spal. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo gives the thumb-up sign as he sports a red sign on his face on the occasion of the day against violence on women, prior to a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and SPAL, at the Turin Allianz Stadium, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA visa AP)ROME — Nothing seems to motivate Cristiano Ronaldo more than the suggestion that other players are better than him.That was evident when Ronaldo skipped the UEFA player of the year award ceremony in August when he learned that former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric gained the honor.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Lady Eagles soar past Tigresses

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Muntinlupa nears semis Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending 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 Rondina also had help, with rookie Eya Laure chipping in 21 points.But the offense was not enough for UST to extend a three-game winning streak as the Tigresses absorbed their third loss in eight games.Earlier, University of the East got a big jolt in the third set but still managed to keep its poise and turned back National University, 25-16, 25-18, 24-26, 25-16.Poised to take the win in just three sets, the Lady Warriors found the going rough in the third frame as the Lady Bulldogs raced to a 24-18 lead and forged a fourth set.Veterans Me-Anne Mendrez and Judith Abil put things in order in the fourth set to secure UE’s second victory in eight games, tying NU.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Their seventh win in eight matches kept the Lady Eagles firmly entrenched at the top while sending a message across the field that no one player can beat them.The win also allowed Ateneo to keep its mastery of UST, extending its streak in their head-to-head rivalry to 15 games dating back to Season 74.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsRondina equaled a league record held by one of the league’s most illustrious stars, dropping 35 points on the Ateneo defense.But the Lady Eagles were simply up to the challenge and refused to just fold up and die. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption It was a revenge of sorts for the Lady Warriors, who bowed to the young Lady Bulldogs in the first round.Maddie Madayag scored 23 points, 11 of them on kill-blocks, to frustrate UST’s vaunted gunners, including the heavy hitter Dimdim Pacres, the designated third option who was limited to six points.When Madayag heard of her stats, she was surprised: “Serious? Oh my gosh. I just played my game and did whatever I can to contribute to the team.”Kat Tolentino added 20 points, and Ateneo also got big games from team captain Bea de Leon and libero Dani Ravena.The Tigresses were never the same after failing to wrap it up in the third set, although Rondina continued her scoring binge.The two teams exchanged leads several times until Ateneo took advantage of Eya Laure’s service error at the 10-10 score line and took it up a notch for the 13-10 advantage after Kat Tolentino’s ace.Rondina matched the league record of Alyssa Valdez for Ateneo in 2013.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Kat Tolentino ofAteneo towersover UST star SisiRondina for a kill.—SHERWINVARDELEONBrandishing the fighting heart that mattered when the chips were down, Ateneo negated the massive firepower that University of Santo Tomas packed behind star hitter Sisi Rondina.Facing match-point and the prospects of seeing their six-game winning streak snapped via a straight sets loss, the Lady Eagles came charging back to score a come-from-behind 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11 victory on Wednesday night at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

New AFL Not for Fun

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Prioritize Health Sector in Budget, Says Health Advocacy Group

first_imgA health advocacy group, National Health Advocacy Network of Liberia is calling on the government to correct mistakes that led to almost two weeks of strike from the nation’s health workers.The group came out with the request following two days of strategic planning held to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.The call by the group—for government to give preference to the Health sector—raised the specter (ghost) of a strike action by health workers across the country that led to a serious health crisis last month.According to the group, low incentives for health workers is contributing to the increasing flight of experienced medical practitioners to other countries. They listed regular shortages of needed drugs, and poorly equipped medical facilities as other hurdles constantly faced in the health-care sector.In a statement, the health advocacy group called on government to respect the Abuja Declaration which, among other things, calls for commitment to the Health sector by increasing financial allotments in order to fight infant mortality.As June approaches for the passage of the fiscal budget, the NHANL is of the view that government remains aware of the plight of health workers and is investigating the causes of problems they face in order to address them.Briefing the Daily Observer on some of the plights of health workers, a representative of the group said that health workers have complained of low incentives, lack of social security benefits, and discrepancies in salaries for years.On the issue of salary discrepancy, the group noted that certain people are given preferential treatment by receiving salaries in US Dollars while others receive theirs in less valuable Liberian Dollars.In addition, the group noted that government only provides a single uniform for health workers when they should receive three sets per person.“A quality public health care system is critical for improving life expectancy and has numerous social and economic benefits; they include national savings on amounts that would otherwise be expended on expensive foreign health trips,” the group emphasized.The National Health Advocacy Network of Liberia is also planning a full documentary to map health challenges in Montserrado County.The research would focus on access to quality public health services and facilities in Montserrado County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgAnother educator over the weekend stepped forward to frame perhaps the most pivotal question, (subject, issue) under consideration by almost every Liberian here and abroad: “Why are we now confronted by a deadly virus that is determined to destroy the very fabric (structure, foundation) of our society?”Ambassador Dr. Mary Brownell, chair-person emeritus of the Universal Peace Federation, (Liberia chapter), undertook to answer her own question, based the on the maxim (proverb, saying) that everything happens for a reason.’She was speaking against the projection of a ‘post-Ebola Liberia,’ when nationals can no longer take life, government and progress for granted as the always have; instead, they must now roll up their sleeves to make things the way they want them to be—or should.“We probably need to take a critical look at ourselves both individually and collectively; we need to rethink our behavior, our attitude, and our national priorities: where have we gone wrong and how this epidemic could be an eye-opener for all—no matter the social level, the educator made it plain to those in attendance.“Have we placed emphasis on our health care system?” Dr. Brownell asked rhetorically. If so, how is it possible for this deadly disease to wreak (inflict, cause) such havoc on our existence, killing doctors, health care workers, and citizens?” she continued.“Is the system equipped to fight and control anything that develops because it has produced enough doctors and nurses? Do our practitioners have the necessary equipment in their laboratories?  Why do we not have health care centers in all of our counties, to meet the demands of citizens?”Shifting to education, Dr. Brownell wondered whether the society had used its natural resources responsibly, to provide instructional materials, build schools and vocational institutes, and train teachers.Reminding the audience that education was a ‘must’ when sustained growth and development of a society was concerned. Mother Brownell regretted that most of the society had not been educated when Ebola struck. Getting information across to the public about Ebola might not have been so problematic; needless to say, many precious lives also might have been spared,” she explained.       Fast and Prayer no AnswerOn another note, Dr. Brownell expressed the assurance that given their hope this contagion, (infection, virus) like others, will pass away sooner, rather than later. “We are neither discouraged nor doubtful, and can never give up hope. We are now thinking about peace and development, after the Ebola crisis.”But Rev. James Sellee, Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church took a slightly different view that was not intended to negate the faith dimension of God’s intervention in the affairs of men.“An opportunity for change is what this crisis has produced. Fasting and praying is not exactly the answer.  A post-Ebola effort could be hampered by an unwillingness on the part of this people, “…to be responsible. We need to show ourselves responsive by putting in the money required for improvement,” Dr. Sellee explained.“We forget about important things to our nation and people, thinking only of ourselves, when we come into wealth and power. We must think hard to change. We can change, and we must,” he admonished. “Peace, then, would emerge as a product of our minds and of our attitudes, in cooperation with our God—the author of all things,” Rev. Sellee concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Banks Committed to Fighting Ebola

first_imgThe Liberia Bankers Association (LBA) has assured the public of the banks’ commitment to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country.LBA president John B. S. Davies, III gave the assurance on Wednesday, September 10, when he appeared on ELBC Radio morning show. “The banking sector has been very supportive of the fight against Ebola. The sector has provided  both financial and logistical support to the government amounting to over US$250,000. Individual banks are also supporting awareness campaigns at our various branches and communities,” Davies said. The LBA boss noted that banks didn’t budget spending on the Ebola crisis, but individual banks had to readjust their budgets to deal with the challenges brought on as a result of the Ebola outbreak.Mr. Davies, who is also president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), also disclosed that banks are still providing full-time services to clients. “All services are operational at banks even though the Ebola crisis has brought its own unique challenges that we are dealing with daily as an industry and as  individual banks,” he said. According to him, remittances are still flowing, except for the extractive industry which, he said, is largely affected by the Ebola outbreak.Mr. Davies assured the public that the banking sector, as a critical symbol of hope, is the last place to show fear. Our business desk confirmed contractors for a number of concession companies in the extractive and agriculture industries have declared force majeure and left the country out of fear of contracting the Ebola virus and this has affected their relationship with banks. Touching on LBDI’s individual contribution to the fight against Ebola as a bank, the CEO recalled that the Bank had  contributed US$10,000 to the government of Liberia’s Ebola Trust Fund (ETF) and made available US$1,500 goodwill support, to Montserrado County District #13 Rep. Saah Joseph to fuel his ambulances that are being used to transport Ebola patients to various treatment centers in Monrovia. “We also contributed to the US$9,000 that was provided to the Ebola Trust Fund by the LBA as its contribution to fight the virus,” Davies added. He declared that LBDI is also providing free banking services to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for all Ebola-related accounts the Ministry has at LBDI. “Apart from this  critical intervention, we are providing full-scale financial services to Mano Manufacturing Company to produce bleaches and detergents to combat Ebola in Liberia.LBDI Support to Mano Manufacturing Mano Manufacturing Company, the manufacturer of made-in-Liberia chloral, alcohol and other bleaches and other products, such as candles and matches, amongst others, is mostly financed by LBDI. “This company,” Mr. Davies declared, “is also supplying bleaches and detergent to Guinea and Sierra Leone to fight Ebola.” The prices of bleach products have more than doubled in Monrovia, propelled by huge demand as most households, business centers, offices and healthcare centers are using them for cleaning up and hand washing purposes, a method the World Health Organization (WHO) says can help to break in transmission of the deadly Ebola virus.Consumers are meanwhile concerned about the hike in the prices of locally produced  bleach products, with some appealing to the company to produce enough to meet with the rising demand on the market. Banks are still providing loans to certain clients, said Mr. Davies, but he was quick to add that said loans were being disbursed on a case by case basis. “Banks are still lending, but we take every loan situation on a case by case,” he said, noting  that banks are still financing construction and some sectors of the economy that are not badly hit by the Ebola virus outbreak. He intoned that the government of Liberia’s economic management team (EMT), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank Group and other stakeholders are studying the lending strategy for banks for a possible review.Davies noted that a review of the lending strategy was critical to enhancing macroeconomic stability and growth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Logging Company Dragged Into PUP US$6M Fraud Trial

first_imgThe ongoing US$6M Private Use Permit (PUP) case involving four former senior managers of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and a senior surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy has taken a dramatic turn, after a logging company, Universal Forest Corporation, was accused of paying a bribe to get the permit.The company is expected to appear before Judge Peter W. Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C’ today to provide the original copy of the receipt allegedly obtained from one of the defendants, John Kantor, former FDA technical manager for commercial service.Kantor, along with other senior management officials  of the FDA, including the  dismissed Managing Director Moses Wogbeh, are on trial for their individual roles in facilitating the wrongful and illegal issuance of sixty-one PUPs that authorized commercial logging operation on the 2.5 million hectares of farm land, in which Universal is implicated for bribery.The decision to cite Universal Forest Corporation came immediately following the testimony by a state witness, James Dorbor Jallah, who chaired the Presidential Special Independent Investigation Body (SIIB).  His testimony linked the logging company for having paid a bribe for the performance of services they were required to do under the PUP.In his testimony, Jallah further alleged, “John Kantor was one of those members of the senior management team of the FDA on whom we found evidence indicating that he (Kantor) had received money from logging companies as was provided in the report.”He further testified, “I do not remember all of the names but their names are listed in the report that was marked in evidence yesterday.”When Jallah was asked by prosecution during his testimony to identify a photocopy of the alleged receipt issued by defendant Kantor to the logging company, he replied, “ I recognized this instrument (receipt) to be the one submitted to us during the investigation by the Universal Forest Corporation, based upon our request for all individuals, companies, communities and organizations to submit any and all documents that were in their possession relating to the issuance and operation of the PUP.”Again asked where was the original?  The state witness said, “The copy that was received by our committee were photocopies of the originals. The company did not submit the original copy of that document.” It was following that testimony that the state lawyers asked Judge Gbeneweleh to mandate the logging company to produce the original copy of the receipt they received from defendant Kantor.In their request to the court, prosecution said, “At this stage counsel for the prosecution requests your Honor for the issuance of an order (subpoena) on the management of Universal Forest Corporation to produce the original copy of the instrument (receipt) same being a cash receipt issued the said company by Mr. John Kantor dated October 20, 2011 on the stationary of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA).”Accepting prosecution’s request, Judge Gbeneweleh declared that “Submission is hereby granted. The clerk of this court is hereby ordered to issue the Subpoena and place same in the hand of sheriff commanding the Subpoena entity to produce the original copy of the instrument (receipt) herein named before this Honorable court on Thursday, April 9, 2014, at 9  a.m.  It is hereby so ordered.” The crimes for which the four former senior managers of the FDA and a senior surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy are being tried include economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, forgery or counterfeiting, obtaining and issuing deceptive writings and obstruction of government functions by public servants.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Suicide-appropriate language

first_imgDear Editor,Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Karen Boyle was recently quoted in the media as stating that persons “successfully commit suicide” when they feel disconnected and depressed, feel no strong social ties and inadequate social support to face another day and have hope. While The Caribbean Voice (TCV) has no issue with the reasons given for suicide— although they are neither contextualised nor comprehensive— we take serious issue with the use of the terms ‘successfully’ and ‘commit’ to refer to suicide.As TCV has continually pointed out, the push for suicide-appropriate language is gathering momentum globally and thus, we are rather disappointed that leading officials within the Ministry of Health continue to propagate terminology that have been debunked for obvious reasons, especially when one would think that these officials should be in the forefront of requisite change.For one, how can killing oneself be a success? Just what is successful about such an act, teeming with agony and pain for both victims and survivors? Second, the word ‘commit’ connotes something criminal. And although attempting suicide is still a criminal act on the books in Guyana (because of political gamesmanship), there is nothing criminal about the act of suicide. Suicide is attempted when the pain becomes unbearable for the victim and those who survive such attempts have always revealed that they never wanted to die; they just wanted the pain to end. How then is it a criminal act to want one’s pain to end?Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

“I have a right to speak” – Deputy Mayor

first_imgParking meter debacleBy Ramona LuthiAs a controversy regarding the installation of parking meters in Georgetown continues to rage, a war ofDeputy Mayor Sherod Duncanwords seems to be emerging between Mayor Patricia Chase Green and her deputy, Sherod Duncan, who evidently have different views on the contract for the installation of the meters.Duncan had previously stated the contract for the parking meters was shared between two companies, with Smart City Solutions receiving 50 per cent and another company the remaining 50 per cent.However that was disputed by Director of Smart City Kamau Kush, who said his company has a contract for the installation of all the meters.Commenting on Duncan’s position, Chase Green on Tuesday made it clear that the Deputy Mayor was not speaking on behalf of the Council.However, on Wednesday, Duncan fired back at the Mayor, making it clear that he was elected to represent the views of his constituency.He said while she was correct that the Council has a Public Relations Officer who speaks on the Council’s behalf, he was reelected as a Councillor to represent all of Georgetown in keeping with the laws.“The day I was elected to the Council, I did not give up my right to speak on my own behalf or my right to speak on the behalf of all those residents of my constituency and municipality at large. And I most certainly speak for the officer of the Deputy Mayor of the municipality of Georgetown. I don’t believe the argument put forward, whether in a personal capacity or officially on behalf of Council, diminishes the potency and veracity of said arguments,” Duncan asserted.Duncan also brushed aside reports that there is a “rift” between him and the Mayor.He said that there are often clashes between persons with differing opinions.“This is what happens when people with differing views meet. There is a reason why there are 30 Councillors and not just a Town Clerk or just a Mayor and administrative staff. City Hall has to become a place of rigorous discussion, high ideals, and the cross fertilisation of ideas.”Both Duncan and Chase Greene were elected on APNU/AFC tickets; however, Duncan came from the AFC faction of the coalition, while Chase Green is from the APNU.last_img read more

Family launches petition on findings

first_imgWalter Rodney CoI reportThe widow and family members of slain historian and founder leader of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA),Dr Walter RodneyDr Walter Rodney have commenced a worldwide petition, calling on Government to make the findings of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into his death public and the recommendation therein acted upon.The widow is continuing to fight for justice for the death of her husband, who died in a bomb blast some 36 years ago. She, along with her children, friends and supporters, began circulating a petition throughout the Caribbean and around the world, calling for justice for the renowned scholar.The petition is also calling for a change in the manner of death stated on Rodney’s death certificate, from “death by misadventure” to “murder”, for the change of his profession from “unemployed” to “Historian/Professor”, for the overturning of the conviction of his younger brother Donald Rodney, and to expunge any related criminal history.The petition has also fired at Government, stating that its celebration of the life of former Prime Minster and People’s National Congress (PNC) Leader Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham during the celebration of Guyana’s 50th independence anniversary was a revisionist account of Guyana’s history. The findings of the CoI report have fingered the former Prime Minister as the mastermind behind Rodney’s death.The statement said “enough is enough”, speaking to those who have continued to cover-up what it said are theDr Patricia Rodneystaggering facts and findings in the CoI Report.Details coming out of the 18-month investigation – heard evidence from numerous witnesses – revealed that the Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham regime of the 1980s had been very forceful and had used its political power to injure smaller and defenceless political parties. Rodney, a world respected political and social activist, died in June 1980, after a communication device he was examining exploded in his lap.It was the theory of those close to the founding Leader of the WPA that the man he had somewhat come to trust; a then Guyana Defence Force Sergeant and communications expert William Gregory Smith, had implanted the explosive in the device Rodney was expected to test.The theory claimed too that the Government of the day, the People’s National Congress and its leader, Prime Minister Forbes Burnham, had used Smith to carry out the attack.In the report, the three Commissioners – Barbados Queen’s Counsel Richard Cheltenham, Jamaican Queen’s Counsel Jacqueline Samuels-Brown and Trinidad-based Guyanese Senior Counsel SeenathJairam – concluded that given all the relevant facts, events and circumstances set out in the report, they could do nothing else but establish that William Gregory Smith was not acting alone but had the active and full support, participation and encouragement of, and/or was aided and abetted by the Guyana Police Force (GPF), the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) – both agencies of the State – and the political directorate including Prime Minister Forbes Burnham in the killing of Dr Rodney. The Working People’s Alliance on Monday issued another call to Government to allow the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report to be laid in the National Assembly.Executive member, Dr David Hinds, called on Government to fulfil its promise and have the report properly laid before Parliament and debated.“I hope that such a debate avoids the political finger-pointing and instead focus on the big lessons, in particular the banishment of the use of the State and para-State institutions as a tool of violence against political opponents and the citizenry in general,” the political commentator stated.He also urged Government, of which the WPA is part of, to honour Dr Rodney in the most non-partisan manner by re-naming the University of Guyana “the Walter Rodney University of Guyana”.last_img read more