Sports Briefs

first_imgRomario seeks Nuzman probe RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): Brazilian Senator Romario de Souza Faria, the star of Brazil’s 1994 World Cup winning team, hopes to open a congressional investigation into Carlos Nuzman, who headed the local organising committee of last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Nuzman, an honorary IOC member, was held for questioning earlier this month by Brazilian and French authorities in an alleged vote-buying scheme to land the Olympics for Brazil. He has denied any wrongdoing. Romario’s office told The Associated Press yesterday that the former Barcelona star wants to confirm a “preliminary committee of inquiry” by the end of the week. Two years ago, Romario called the head of the Brazilian football confederation – Marco Polo del Nero – before a similar panel looking into corruption in the game in Brazil. He has called Del Nero a “cancer” on the game, although Del Nero continues to head the CBF. New England Revolution fire coach Heaps FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP): The New England Revolution have fired coach Jay Heaps, who had been with the team as a player or coach for 15 seasons. The team announced the move yesterday. Assistant coach Tom Soehn will take over for the rest of the season. The Revolution had been within a point of playoff position before losing back-to-back games by a combined score of 10-1. Under Heaps, the Revolution made the playoffs three times and reached the MLS Cup in 2014. In all, he had a 75-81-43 regular-season record and was 4-3-1 in the playoffs. Before coaching, Heaps was a defender who appeared in 243 games for the Revolution and won four Eastern Conference championships from 2001-09. He was part of the team that reached the US Open Cup Final three times, including a 2007 victory Genoa teenager a star in Serie A ROME (AP): The 16-year-old sensation of Serie A wouldn’t mind taking advantage of his sudden stardom among classmates. The problem is, he’s being homeschooled. “I can’t even be the cool guy at school,” Pietro Pellegri lamented after scoring twice for Genoa in a 3-2 loss to Lazio on Sunday that made him the youngest player in Italian league history to record a brace. At 16 years, 112 days, Pellegri easily beat previous record-holder Silvio Piola, who was 17 years, 104 days in 1931 when he set the mark. Piola went on to numerous records and with 274 goals still tops the all-time career list in Serie A.last_img read more

Hubert Lawrence | Time to play ball

first_imgWhen the World Cup kicks off in less than two weeks, a painful truth will land home once again. Jamaica won’t be there, and the implication is that we can’t play football well enough to be there. It will hit like a ton of bricks. Twenty years ago, through a combination of inspired coaching, committed play, unprecedented funding, a timely infusion of professionalism from Paul Hall, Fitzroy Simpson and Deon Burton and a slight opening in the qualifying requirements, the Reggae Boyz were standing side by side with the globe’s elite teams in France. It was brilliant. To top everything off, the Boyz didn’t just make up numbers – they scored goals and won a game, 2-1 over Japan. That was 20 years and five World Cups ago. It’s beginning to look like a stroke of luck. In this context, the recent football town hall meeting is a step forward. Curse the media all you want, but there are times when it is the only entity that can pull stakeholders together. That seems to be something football dearly needs. If Jamaica is to ever qualify for the World Cup again, all the stakeholders need to play to the tune of a coordinated plan. The next step will be for those who attended the town hall meeting to peel off into working groups whose duty is to come back with reports and proposals to advance the state of the game in Jamaica. The elements of success aren’t a mystery. Better playing fields are a basic requirement, allied to better coaching at lower age groups to facilitate the development of sound technique. The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) think tank absolutely must recommend a playing style that suits the Jamaican footballer, and that must guide national coaches at every level. My own uneducated recommendations on this matter of playing style are a matter of record. It’s time to fall out of love with tiki-taka in its pure Barcelona form and time to play speed-based counter-attacking football on a base of solid defence. After all, speed is what we have. This speed-based approach helped Jamaica qualify for men’s and women’s hockey at this year’s Central American and Caribbean Games. It’s worth a try in football. The experts in this new dialogue can take that ball and run with it. Hopefully, with everyone in the Reggae Boyz bus together now, Jamaica can put its foot on the accelerator and build a slate of teams that can hold their own in world football. Delay is disaster. When the World Cup begins, that elemental truth – that we aren’t world class in football – will again hit home. Thankfully, there’s a silver lining. Together we can make our football improve. – Hubert Lawrence correctly picked Germany to win the World Cup in The Sunday Gleaner of July 13, 2014.last_img read more

Empty clip – Jamaican shooters want more ammo for training

first_imgDavid McMorris, Jamaica Open Division competitor at the Pan American Handgun Championships, currently being staged in the island, says the law restricting local competitors to 200 rounds per day puts them at a disadvantage against other nations, who have access to unlimited rounds when they compete in major tournaments. McMorris believes competitive shooters should be allowed 500 rounds per day, and is calling on the Jamaica Rifle Association (JRA) to assist. “We came into this (Pan Am) tournament at a big disadvantage because we weren’t able to practise as much as we wanted to because of limited rounds. Two hundred rounds per day cannot prepare us for a tournament of this calibre, while other shooters (nations) have access to unlimited rounds. “Shooting is a perishable skill. If you don’t use it, you lose it. We need to practise. If we could get 500 rounds per day to practise, especially when we have big tournaments, it would be a plus, as it would give us a sharper edge,” he told The Gleaner on day two of the championship at Woodleigh. Although members have lodged complaints, it has so far not had any positive results. “They (JRA) say they are going to try, so we are hoping it gets better, but it needs to be addressed fast. Jamaica has a very good team and every year, we do about six matches in the States and we need to be competitive. “Those guys in the States, shooting 1,000 rounds a day is nothing. So we need to adjust the limitations, especially for competitive shooters,” he argued. DOING MUCH WITH LITTLE JRA President Andrew Gardner said it’s amazing how Jamaicans perform at such high standards despite limited resources. However, he says they have always and will continue to advocate for more rounds to be available for competitive shooters. “We have to be respectful and mindful of the laws. The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) regulates that, and we work with them and in adherence to the rules they put down. “However, we advocated for our athletes as we believe giving them the time they need behind the equipment they use will produce better athletes. So anything that we can do by working with the authorities to provide more practice, we will,” he said. “It’s a legitimate sport, with legitimate athletes who have to practise, who have to be mentally prepared. You don’t want to go into a tournament with the world’s best thinking you are underprepared or at a disadvantage. So we will advocate to the Ministry of National Security and to the Firearm Licensing Authority to try and make that happen.” He noted that at the Pan American Championship, a level-four event which is one level below a world shoot event, Jamaicans are leading the way. “It’s just amazing what Jamaicans can do with limited resources. But we (JRA) are working hard to make things easier for our athletes to get the practice they deserve to excel,” added.last_img read more

Alvarez punishes Kovalev to win title

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, NJ (AP): Eleider Alvarez rocked Sergey Kovalev with a right that dropped the Russian on his rear. He never let up in his first shot at the title. After three years of waiting for a light heavyweight title fight, Alvarez left Kovalev crumpled on the canvas, enveloped by a victory celebration. He dropped Kovalev three times in a brutal seventh round and won the 175-pound championship by knockout at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Saturday night. Alvarez ran his record to 24-0 (12 KOs) and sprinted around the ring as Kovalev stumbled back to his corner. Alvarez got the KO at 2:45 in the seventh as the sellout crowd of 5,642 at Etess Arena went wild for boxing’s newest champion. “I knew it was my chance and I wanted to take it right now,” Alvarez said. Alvarez won the WBO light heavyweight title and ended Kovalev’s latest reign atop the division. Alvarez, who once had surgery on his right hand, found the power in that hand to level Kovalev with a right and send him to the canvas. Alvarez, a Colombian, pounced and pounded away at Kovalev when he beat the 10 count and knocked him down two more times before referee David Fields ended the fight. “It was a two (punch) combo that I have been throwing my whole career and we worked on it in camp,” Alvarez said. “I have always practised that in camp and we thought it would work in this camp.” Dmitry Bivol unanimously outpointed Isaac Chilemba to retain the WBA version of the 175-pound title. There had been hopes to match Kovalev (32-3-1) against Bivol in a unification bout, perhaps later this year. Alvarez caught Kovalev, who hasn’t been the same since consecutive defeats to Andre Ward, and put those plans on ice. His third knockdown left Kovalev on all fours, and he sat motionless on the canvas as Alvarez took a victory leap into his corner. Kovalev was taken to a hospital. Alvarez had used wins over Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute to earn a title shot he believed was years in the making. “I wanted to show that I could stay strong and do good things,” Alvarez said. “His punches were not as hard as they were in the beginning of the fight.”last_img read more

Orville Higgins | Time to change stupid ‘no coaching’ rule

first_img DEFINING COMMUNICATION It is sad that the 2018 US Open women’s tennis final has grabbed the headlines more for the umpiring decisions of Carlos Ramos and then the rant by Serena Williams, than for the brilliant tennis played by 20-year-old Naomi Osaka. She became the first Japanese to win a tennis Grand Slam and has already demonstrated that she has what it takes to become the next big thing in the sport. Serena’s outburst about sexism may or may not be credible, but it does not make her behaviour any more acceptable. How she behaved was wrong! I can’t condone her behaviour, but I feel her angry outbursts should have the effect of forcing the authorities to re-examine the rule about coaching. The rule about not coaching in a tennis Grand Slam is simply stupid and makes absolutely no sense. What harm could there possibly be for a coach to give tips to his player during a game? How on Earth does that detract from a game? Many have said that umpire Ramos was merely sticking to the letter of the law when he cited Serena for a coaching violation after he interpreted the hand signals by coach Mouratoglou to be him trying to pass on instructions. Here is where the thing gets interesting, though. The tennis rules states that “communication of any kind, audible or visible, between a player and a coach may be construed as coaching”. The term “communication” simply means “exchange of information”. In other words for communication to be taking place, it must involve at least two people. Mouratoglou may have been attempting to coach, but strictly speaking, it can’t be considered coaching, unless Serena acknowledged the instructions and then proceeded to act upon them. The umpire saw the signals by the coach, but unless he was convinced that Serena was receiving the information, then he should never have made the violation call. To give a player a warning for something her coach did just doesn’t make sense and is completely unfair. I feel that, without evidence that Serena was seeing and acknowledging the coaching instructions, then it was the coach, not Serena, who should have been warned. Where the plot thickens, however, is when Mouratoglou not only admitted he was trying to coach her, but then made the damning statement that this was commonplace in the game and that Osaka’s coach was doing the same. That is a very serious accusation, but it has been met with deafening silence by the accused parties. If Sascha Bajin or Osaka herself has denied that accusation from Serena’s coach, I am yet to hear it! Is it that Osaka’s coach was a lot more subtle with whatever he was doing or was the umpire more keen to look at Serena’s coach? Surely their silence on the issue leaves us to draw only one conclusion! What makes the whole thing even more fascinating is that Serena and her coach are directly contradicting each other. Serena in snapping at the umpire said, “You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life.” Her coach, however, insists that coaching during games takes is done by 100 per cent of the coaches, 100 per cent of the time, clearly including himself in the mix! Mouratoglou has been coach-ing Serena for over six years. How do we juxtapose his statement that all coaches coach all the time with Serena’s statement that she has never cheated, in effect saying she has never received coaching during a game ever. Either Serena or her coach is lying. Both positions cannot co-exist. The decision as to who to believe, I leave to you. All sports go through rule changes from time to time, usually after highly-publicised issues like this, the tennis federation must act now. Get rid of the no-coaching rule. It makes no sense and will only lead to more contentious issues like this in the future. – Orville Higgins is a sports commentator and media personality.last_img read more

Legends, Lions duel tonight

first_img RESPECT OPPOSITION The Majesty Gardens basketball courts will be buzzing with excitement tonight when hosts Majesty Legends battle Real Lions in Game Two of the best-of-three finals of the Howard McCarthy Southern Conference competition at 7 p.m. The Legends will enter today’s contest full of confidence, having defeated Lions at home 66-62 on Sunday at Red Hills Road. Simon Brown’s Legends team, who are seeking their second hold on the title, dominated the opening game and led in all four quarters. However, Brown said he is expecting a tougher game from the Lions, but he is very optimistic that his team will close out the series today. “I am confident that my team can win the game for sure because the title is what is at hand, and we want it,” said Brown. “I am fully confident that my team can do it, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t respect the opposition because they are filled with a lot experience players,” he said. The Legends will be depending heavily on the likes of Jermaine Brown and Baldon Todd, who scored 22 points and 20 points, respectively, in Game One. Ludloo Barker, coach of the Lions, said his team will be going all out to ensure that they win tonight’s game and force a deciding game. “Majesty Gardens is like a second home to me because I use to coach there, and a lot of my players are comfortable playing there, so we are ready for the challenge,” said Barker. “It is just another game for us because we are going to do our best, and my players know what is at stake, and they are very calm and ready to go,” he said. “Our scoring output in Game One was much lower than our season average, so we have to finish our plays way better than we did in Game One and see how it turns out,” Barker said. Lions will rest their hopes in the hands of Dasean Boyd, who netted a team-high 17 points and 10 rebounds in Game One, along with Ramaal Carbon and Kemar McLeish to lead their charge to victory.last_img read more

It will be a local coach! – Heaven: There are a lot of qualified coaches in the island

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven says his board will be moving very swiftly in the new year to select a new head coach for the Jamaica Scorpions. Last Thursday, the JCA announced that the contract of coach Robert Samuels will not be renewed. Heaven told The Gleaner that there are many qualified coaches in the island, and so it will not take his association very long to put a new man in charge of the Scorpions team. “We are looking at early January for a replacement for Samuels. I would say not later than the end of January, but I am hoping that the arrangements can be finalised before,” said Heaven. “We are not going overseas because I believe we have competent coaches here who can take the national team and make it into what we want it to be,” he said. “We have 12 level-three coaches in Jamaica, and, of course, Mr [Courtney] Walsh is one of them, and he is practising his trade in Bangladesh, and Mr [Andre] Coley is also another level-three coach, and so, we are satisfied that we will be able to find a local coach to groom the national team,” he said. Heaven added that a number of local coaches have already expressed an interest in the job, but only the most suitable candidate will be given the role. “We have had interest in the position over time, and these are all qualified and experienced professionals, and we don’t believe that to make a decision will take us a long time, and so, I don’t see it going beyond Jamaica,” Heaven said. Samuels had previously signed a two-year contract with the Scorpions, which ended on Friday, August 31, 2018, but was extended twice to run until December 31. During that time, Samuels guided the Scorpions to the semi-finals of the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League (PCL) Regional Super 50 competition. He, however, was also in charge when the team suffered a 41-run defeat inside three days in their opening game of the CWI PCL Regional four-Day competition to the Barbados Pride. The match was played in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Jamaica Scorpions will next face the Windward Islands Volcanoes at Sabina Park on January 4.last_img read more

Soup drinkers, party ideals and corruption

first_imgThereseems to be hardly any space for ideals in political circles. This explains why business and politics almost always go hand in hand, and why at the end of the day Government and opposing polities still seal deals behind closed doors, unbeknownst to the public.It also explains why business magnates such as Brian Tiwarie jumped from being ardent supporters of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) in 2011, to coalition partisans in 2015. If Tiwarie was not a businessman, perhaps we might have been a bit more surprised at his decision to switch sides. Similarly, prominent businessmen on the Essequibo Coast who built their fortunes for years on the open market policies of the PPP/C, went ahead and cut deals with the coalition, based on promises bred notably by the Alliance For Change in 2015. False hopes of securing up to $9000 per bag of paddy as promised by men such as Ramayya, Naithram, Doerga, Abel Seetaram and the now Prime Minister Nagamootoo, proved vain. Unfortunately, while for some, switching sides paid off, for others it might just have been an irreversible mistake.But unlike these popular and established businessmen who came out to publicly voice their support for the coalition with nothing business interests at heart, there are others such as politicians who abnegate from their responsibility to uphold party ideals and values as they proverbially “hang their mouths where the soup flows”.One of the things that all polities in this country have fought against incessantly is nepotism, despite that they are all equally guilty of indulging in the said. A current case which captured my attention is concealed within the Indigenous Affairs Ministry, under the LCDS-funded Amerindian Development Fund (ADF project).It was discovered that following the review of the LCDS/GRIF projects which was completed late last year, the consultant who was hired by the Allicock administration to conduct capacity building sessions for the ADF project, is no other than Minister Allicock’s son-in-law. Interestingly, the individual in question is also a longstanding member of the PPP who was actively engaged in public campaigns.While there is potentially nothing wrong with working for the development of Guyana regardless of the party in power,(and depending on how strongly one feels about her/his ideals), what is questionable is the ease with which certain politicians succumb to ills which oppose party values, and which feed the corrupt practices of the current Government.Surprisingly, the partnering United Nations Development Project (UNDP) has either failed to conduct a background check on the individual, or has turned a blind eye to suit the whims and fancies of the powers that be at the Ministry. In either case, this represents a slackening in the recruitment standards of the UNDP which is tasked with ensuring internationally upheld principles of transparency and public accountability.This also calls for examination of the level of adherence to the party values and stance by members of all polities herewith, and whether the violation of any of these is met with sanctions aimed at preserving the integrity and ideals of each polity. It would be difficult for the supporters of all sides combined, to have faith in parties which are failing to promote the standards which they defend without relent during their electoral campaigns.Au finale, the cost of corruption is borne by taxpayers who comprise mainly of the working class and working poor. For this reason more than any, the Government of Guyana, notwithstanding Minister Allicock, must be held accountable and must answer to the multiple charges of nepotism which continue to pervade this administration is barely one year of office, falling against the very APNU/AFC 2015 slogan for a corruption-free Guyana.Likewise, the Opposition PPP must hold its members and leaders to the highest standards if it is to present itself as a credible alternative for the advancement of all Guyanese, including Amerindians. One cannot be part of the problem s/he pretends to solve.Send questions & comments to sundayarrow@gmail.comlast_img read more

Politics of spite

first_imgThroughout history the human condition has traversed colliding pathways of good and evil, as well as progressive and regressive leadership. Guyana is a country that has experienced both, but it seems as though the current coalition Administration, led by the People’s National Congress (PNC), is all set to outdo its past record during its first 28 years in Government.Above all is its determined and seemingly blatant campaign to destabilise and marginalise opponents and non-supporters. Arresting a former President on trumped-up charges that cannot withstand legal and/or moral scrutiny is merely the tip of the iceberg.The latest victim of this ‘political witch-hunt’ is former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament Mohabir Anil Nandlall.The very popular Nandlall is the nemesis of current Attorney General Basil Williams, who has been bested by the former, time and again, in matters of jurisprudence in which they have both been engaged, and this has not sat well with Williams, who seems to be determined to use all his new-found powers to, if not vanquish Nandlall in the courtrooms of the land, at least use other methods to overcome his most hated adversary.Thus it was that, subsequent to Nandlall exposing Williams on utterances criminal in nature in a courtroom: to wit, openly threatening a sitting judge for not providing him satisfaction in a legal matter before him, which was being prosecuted by Williams and defended by Nandlall, Williams threatened Nandlall with consequences, as well as impugned his character as a thief who purloined State assets – a set of law books.The repercussions soon followed and on the morning of April 24, 2017, ranks of the undeniably Government-controlled Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) arrested Nandlall and took him to SOCU’s Camp Street headquarters for questioning.It was also reported that former President Donald Ramotar was also scheduled to be questioned on the matter.Williams has allegedly resorted to relieving his angst over constant defeat via the legal expertise of Nandlall by accusing him of stealing State assets in the form of the Commonwealth Law Reports during his tenure as Attorney General, even while he (Williams) was aware that the purchase by Government for his (Nandlall’s) personal use and archival purposes was part of his contractual agreement for service in his capacity of Legal Affairs Minister.Recognising that his personal and professional reputation was being greatly harmed by Williams’ repetitious accusations, Nandlall eventually resorted to the legal system to seek redress by suing Williams over his allegations of theft of the Commonwealth Law Reports, which were irreparably impugning his character and casting doubts on his integrity, and professional and ethical conduct.According to Nandlall, his acquisition of the Commonwealth Law Reports began with his personal subscription to Lexis Nexis (UK), publishers of the disputed law reports, approximately 12 years ago; the reports were shipped to him at his law office and paid for upon delivery. This has been a continuous arrangement until extant times.However, as a condition of his service as Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Nandlall requested of then President Donald Ramotar, and was granted as part of his benefits, the acquisition by the Government, of the Commonwealth Law Reports for his personal use and ownership during his tenure.Upon demitting office, Nandlall informed the publishers and the prior arrangements for personal payments of the Commonwealth Law Reports resumed.It is a sad day for Guyana when personal vengeance is pursued through the use of the State apparatus, in this instance, SOCU.The office of the Attorney General has many responsibilities, and service to the nation should be prioritised above any other issue. Seeking vengeance on a personal matter by using State apparatus that falls under Mr Basil Williams’ purview does not become such a high office and undermines the mandate of the highest office for protection of the legislative matters in the land.last_img read more

Controversial Broadcast (Amendment) Bill

first_imgA cursory research would reveal that freedom of the press is generally defined as the right to circulate opinions in print without censorship by the Government.Freedom of the media is understood to be the freedom of communication and expression through various mediums, such as electronic media and published materials.Freedom of expression is the right to express one’s ideas and opinions freely through speech, writing, and other forms of communication, but without deliberately causing harm to others’ character and/or reputation by false or misleading statements. Freedom of the press is also part of freedom of expression.Even if a more extensive research is conducted, it would not change the basic tenets of what constitute the freedoms alluded to. These are not only enshrined, but have been growing across this evolving world, reaching places once considered impossible. With the aid of evolving technology, which continues to enlighten and empower, its global spread is unstoppable, and consolidates with every passing day.Unfortunately, there are still parts of the world where freedom is yearned for. For those who have attained and experienced freedom, the sense of empowerment and identity it precipitates is beyond belief. In such circumstances, a return to what originally obtain could never be contemplated.Here, in Guyana, an extensive period of post-colonial rule has been marred by oppression, when the most basic of freedoms — the right to express one’s self — was cruelly taken away. That was not only physically done in many instances, but the prevailing repression and persecution inundated our minds with fear; fear to publicly identify with the overflowing desire to break the shackles of domination. Eventually, as the old cliché of time offering hope would bestow, the freedom of expression and the media returned, after almost three decades. What followed over the years was unprecedented; a plethora of media entities of various mediums was established across the country.The right to expression then mirrored that of the free world — the bastion of democracy. In this once oppressed nation, through the newly established media houses, both print and electronic, criticisms which were often extremely harsh of the Government were unleashed, and became not only acceptable, but a norm. It was unheard of up to that point, and any suggestion of a semblance of muzzling through the articulation or writing of anyone was met with robust unified and widespread condemnation.That exemplified a transition in mindset, from one that was forced to be fearful to one that was not prepared to relinquish freedom. It also exemplifies the empowerment freedom brings to a nation and its people.That is why the recently passed Broadcast Amendment Bill is seen by many as a wanton attempt to infringe and erode that hard-earned freedom. Even if one were to see it from the Government’s perspective, the mere enshrining of a right by the authority, under the guise of public service announcements (PSA), to dictate to the media what must be broadcast, and when, is a direct violation of what constitutes freedom of the media.The fear started in the public domain over this Bill, which is awaiting assent by the President, is profoundly real. Given that these freedoms are enshrined, the constitutionality of the current Bill cannot escape scrutiny.Is the action of the Government, through the Bill, a manifestation of them fearing criticism through public airwaves? If not, is the imposition of what to broadcast and when an attempt to garner free mitigation of criticism through Government’s preferred content? At a conservative rate, one hour per day for an entire year can accrue to about ten million dollars. That is what broadcasters would be prevented from potentially earning for the slot they have to free up. In that context, one can easily regard the Bill as trampling on the right to earn. Clearly, one way or the other, the Bill infringes on rights.What has become heartening is the swift response by at least two international bodies, the International Press Institute (IPI) and Reporters Without Borders, urging the Administration to review and consult. The glaring lack of consultation during the crafting of the Bill, and the fact that the Bill has been introduced by an Administration which is, by and large, the same as that during the oppressive period, exacerbates the fear.The media establishments, and by extension the workers, that stand to be affected by the consequences of the Bill would be hopeful that the red flags raised would become noticeable by both civil society here and the international community, seen as the protector of such freedoms. If the pronouncements of the International Press Institute (IPI) and Reporters Without Borders are any indication, then it appears that the wind may be blowing the flags from obscurity. Even with such hope, the history of what transpired over the infamous three-decade period teaches a different and haunting lesson. Consultation, followed by redrafting, can therefore thwart a repetition of the nation’s history. Was that history a lesson learnt?last_img read more

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