The 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup opens next week with the race to the title as open as it has ever been for the 10 competing teams. The customary opening ceremonies will usher in the new season on January 19 at 2 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena followed by AMA Online Education’s clash against Province of Batangas at 3 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ LATEST STORIES ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer View comments Four teams will be eliminated after the elimination phase, with the top two gaining outright semifinals berth and the middle teams battling in the quarterfinals.The semifinals and Finals will both be contested in a best-of-3 series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mahindra rides Paniamogan’s hot hand, frustrates Meralco Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Action continues the following week, with guest team Blustar Detergent-Malaysia and contender Racal locking horns at 3 p.m. on January 23 followed by the duel between last season’s runners-up Cafe France and Tanduay at 5 p.m.Jose Rizal University makes its season debut on January 24 against Blustar at 3 p.m., before Cignal-San Beda goes up against AMA at 5 p.m.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 returnA meeting between Victoria Sports-MLQU and Wangs Basketball wrap up the opening week on January 26 at 5 p.m.Other marquee matchups for the conference include the coaching battle between champion mentors Egay Macaraya and Boyet Fernandez when Cafe France plays Cignal on January 30; top picks Teng and Jom Sollano clashing when AMA takes on Racal on February 2; a rematch of last conference’s semifinals tiff between Racal and Tanduay on February 14; and a rematch of last year’s NCAA finalists when San Beda-backed Cignal faces a Racal team bannered by Arellano standouts on March 13. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite
Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Calvin Abueva added 17 markers, six boards, and two assists, while Sonny Thoss got 11 points and two rebounds in the win as their side moved to a 3-0 card.“Good start. Cory got going early and it helps when your import’s on fire early,” said coach Alex Compton.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 returnJames White and Mark Yee, though, kept the Floodbuster in the game as they got to as close as five, 87-82, with 4:15 to play, but Thoss anchored Alaska’s 10-0 response to once again take a 97-82 edge in the final 1:47.“Sonny came in and he played like his young self. He got points, he got rebounds for us while Cory is resting on the bench. I thought that stretch with Cory out, the guys did a great job,” said Compton. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties PBA IMAGESCory Jefferson commandeered the early barrage for Alaska as it held off pesky Mahindra, 98-92, and nabbed its third win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The high-scoring import was at it again, firing 26 of his 30 points in the first half while hauling down 11 rebounds as the Aces established early control and led by as much as 18 in the third period.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot MOST READ LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town White topped Mahindra (1-3) with 30 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks, while Yee had 13 markers and four boards.The Scores:ALASKA 98 – Jefferson 30, Abueva 17, Thoss 11, Cruz 8, Racal 8, Enciso 6, Exciminiano 5, Galliguez 5, Andrada 2, Casio 2, Mendoza 2, Pascual 2, Magat 0.MAHINDRA 92 – White 30, Yee 13, Revilla 12, David 10, Mallari 7, Celda 5, Paniamogan 5, Ballesteros 2, Elorde 2, Galanza 2, Guevarra 2, Teng 2, Caperal 0, Deutchman 0, Salva 0.Quarters: 28-18, 50-40, 74-61, 98-92.ADVERTISEMENT Fellow Atenean nabbed over leak of Ravena’s lewd photos Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR View comments
Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR 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 Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Jay Washington. PBA IMAGESLUCENA — Luzon All-Stars continue to look more formidable with the addition of Jay Washington to its lineup.The veteran forward from Rain or Shine was chosen as the replacement for Marc Pingris, who is still out due to a hip injury.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Aguilar not taking chances in bid to make Gilas team Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Also in the team are Arwind Santos, Ranidel de Ocampo, Mark Caguioa, Alex Cabagnot, LA Tenorio, Marcio Lassiter, and Stanley Pringle.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Washington, whose mother hails from San Antonio, Zambales, will be making his fourth All-Star appearance on Friday when the PBA studs take on Gilas Pilipinas at Quezon Convention Center here.Pingris led the list for Luzon as he placed first with 11,079 votes to earn his spot among the starters.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 returnHowever, the energetic Star forward has yet to see action this 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup and will be missing when the festivities roll on in Quezon on Friday.Coach Leo Austria has yet to decide on who will take the fifth spot among the starters who will join Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar, Paul Lee, and Jayson Castro. LATEST STORIES View comments
View comments LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Tony Romo. APALEDO, Texas — Tony Romo’s next pursuit of a championship will be in golf.And it’s a long shot.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar A month after the Dallas Cowboys quarterback retired, Romo is among nearly 9,500 players who signed up for the U.S. Open. He plays an 18-hole local qualifier Monday (Tuesday Manila time) at Split Rail Links and Golf Club about 30 minutes west of Fort Worth.If he advances, the next step is sectional qualifying on June 5 to get into the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.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 returnThis isn’t the first time Romo has tried to qualify. He made it out of local qualifying in 2010. In a 36-hole sectional qualifier where only two of the 35 players advanced, Romo opened with a 71 and withdrew in the afternoon after two weather delays.Orville Moody in 1969 was the last player to go through local qualifying and win the U.S. Open. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home 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 Boston sports struggle with perception built on racist past Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead
BETTER PREPARED “This is a home series, but when you travel and play in different conditions, it adds to a player’s methods, it adds to his experience, and the beauty of having them back on the calendar, I feel that the players coming through the programme will be better prepared to move forward to the next level. “It is required to be fitted in between the regional tournaments and international level, so they must be treated with importance. “We use them to develop the players not just for the time we are together, but that they can take back to their franchises that would allow them to progress on a long-term basis than just in a three-match series.” MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (CMC): Head coach Graeme West believes the West Indies A-team programme performs the vital dual role of feeding players into the international side and also strengthening regional franchises by helping players enhance their skills. The Englishman, who has overseen the programme of recent, said the various tours had ensured that regional players developed their ability in differing conditions, experience that could be then utilised both at the domestic and international levels. “They are invaluable to the players. It allows them to play against different methods,” West said ahead of today’s start of the opening four-day Test between West Indies A and Sri Lanka A at the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium.
Oshane Archibald and Karlene Blagrove both dominated their respective 10K Run challenge at Sunday’s JN Foundation Heroes in Action Run/Walk 2017 in Falmouth, Trelawny, that had well over 1,600 people locally and abroad participating in solidarity for the charity and fitness. Blagrove, who less than a month ago copped the CUMI Come Run’s female 10K event, repeated her winning ways with a time of 46.11 ahead of William Knibb High School’s Chrisy Granville (47.34) and Muschett High’s Ashanti Carrol (47.39). “The route itself was a good route but it rained a little so it was very slippery and challenging, but I maintained my pace and pull through,” said the 46-year-old Spanish Town runner who represented Pacers Running Club. Archibald, on the other hand, told The Gleaner that he feels extraordinary, as his intent was to come out and have fun, and not necessarily to win the male 10k run, which he did on a time of 33.57. His runners up were Nickoy Harding who clocked 35.57 and Lucien Graham who registered 36.40. Kemar Leslie of Rainforest Seafood took reign in the 4K run on a time of 13.43 while his female counterpart, Tamasha Smith of Jamaica National Bank, finished on a time of 18.57. FEELING GOOD “In just a little over a month I did Colour Run in Hope Gardens in Kingston, then went to CUMI Come Run at Tryall and now this event, and I’ve won all three so I am feeling good and jolly,” said the 30-year-old Leslie. The Trelawny Infirmary is the beneficiary of this year’s third staging of the charity which JN Foundation has always partnered on with the Usain Bolt Foundation. The sprint legend himself was even at the event to give his time and support of the humanitarian effort, stating that “the elders are the ones who set the stage for us so in any way we can give back to make them more conformable is a pleasure.” A cheque valued at $500,000 was presented to the infirmary which Dunstan Harper, Chairman for the Poor Relief Department at the Trelawny infirmary, noted will go in aid of infrastructure rehabilitation efforts. “The dining area is a little bit uncomfortable because some of the benches need to change, be more recreational for the residents and have them in a more comfortable environment,” Harper outlined. “The other issue is vehicle to transport residents to the hospital when they are ill. We would like for the infirmary to have a vehicle of its own so it can have immediate access to transport them in the event of an emergency,” he added while expressing thanks to JN. The Managing Director of JN Bank, Maureen Hayden Cater, said the turn out this year is testament that people are willing to aid their fellow countrymen and women once rallied behind a cause. “This is more than just giving a cheque, it is to get people to come and support other people, and that is what this is all about,” she noted.
Early struggles Opting to bowl, West Indies tasted early success when Thomas had Imrul Kayes taken behind by Hope in the fourth over without scoring with the score on 14 after opener Liton Das had retired hurt in the second over. Bangladesh then assumed control of the game as Tamim and Mushfiqur put on 111 for the second wicket, which kept the hosts ticking along at over five runs an over. In reply, West Indies were pegged back as early as the second over, when left-hander Chandrapaul Hemraj played down the wrong line to off-spinner Mehidy Hasan and was lbw for three with five runs on the board. However, Hope then anchored a couple of key partnerships to get the Windies’ noses in front, putting on 65 with Bravo for the second wicket and a further 62 with Samuels for the third wicket. BANGLADESH Tamim Iqbal c Roach b Bishoo 50 Liton Das c Hetmyer b Paul 8 Imrul Kayes c wkp Hope b Thomas 0 +Mushfiqur Rahim c wkp Hope b Thomas 62 Shakib Al Hasan b Roach 65 Mahmudullah Riyad c Hetmyer b Powell 30 Soumya Sarkar c Bishoo b Thomas 6 *Mashrafe Mortaza not out 6 Mehidy Hasan not out 10 Extras (b1, lb3, w9, nb5) 18 TOTAL (7 wkts, 50 overs) 255 Did not bat: Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Imrul), 2-125 (Tamim), 3-132 (Mushfiqur), 4-193 (Mahmudullah) 5-208 (Soumya), 6-234 (Liton Das), 7-239 (Shakib) Bowling: Roach 10-0-39-1(w2, nb1), Thomas 10-0-54-3 (w3, nb2), Chase 3-0-22-0 (w3), Paul 10-0-68-1 (w1, nb1), Bishoo 10-1-27-1 (nb1), Powell 7-0-41-1. WEST INDIES C Hemraj lbw b Mehidy Hasan 3 +S Hope not out 146 D Bravo b Rubel Hossain 27 M Samuels c wkp Mushfiqur Rahim b Mustafizur Rahman 26 S Hetmyer c (sub) Nazmul Islam b Rubel Hossain 14 *R Powell c Soumya Sarkar b Mashrafe Mortaza 1 R Chase c Tamim Iqbal b Mustafizur Rahman 9 K Paul not out 18 Extras (lb5, w6, nb1) 12 TOTAL (6 wkts, 49.4 overs) 256 Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Hemraj), 2-70 (Bravo), 3-132 (Samuels), 4-155 (Hetmyer), 5-157 (Powell), 6-185 (Chase). Bowling: Shakib-al-Hasan 10-0-28-0, Mehidy Hasan 9-0-39-1 (w1), Mustafizur Rahman 10-1-63-2 (w2), Mashrafe Mortaza 10-1-52-1 (w1, nb1), Mahmudullah 1.4-0-12-0, Rubel Hossain 9-0-57-2 (w1). Result: West Indies won by four wickets. Series: Three-match series tied 1-1. Man-of-the-Match: Shai Hope. Toss: West Indies Umpires: Masudur Rahman, Aleem Dar; TV – Ruchira Palliyaguruge. DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC): Elegant Shai Hope struck a superb career-best hundred to headline a successful West Indies run chase as the Caribbean side edged Bangladesh by four wickets in the second One-Day International to level the three-match series yesterday. Under pressure throughout the innings and losing partners, the 25-year-old showcased not only his class, but maturity, as he unfurled a high-quality unbeaten 146 off 144 balls as the Windies overhauled a moderate target of 256 with two balls to spare at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. All told, he stroked 12 fours and three sixes, notching his second century in six One-day innings and the joint second-highest individual score for West Indies in a successful ODI chase. Hope enjoyed little by way of support as veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels chipped in with 27 and left-hander Darren Bravo got 26 but no other batsman passed 20. However, Hope found a cool head in 20-year-old Keemo Paul, with whom he fashioned a pivotal unbroken, 71-run seventh wicket stand, which hauled the Windies over the line. Paul spent 31 balls at the crease for his 18, and it was he who struck the winning runs when he pulled off-spinner Mahmudullah to deep mid-wicket for a couple. Bangladesh had earlier stuttered to 255 for seven off their 50 overs, with top-ranked all-rounder Shakib-al-Hasan top-scoring with 65 and Mushfiqur Rahim (62) and Tamim Iqbal (50) also punching half-centuries. Fast bowler Oshane Thomas, playing only his fourth ODI, finished with three for 54. West Indies, who lost Sunday’s opener by five wickets, will now travel to Sylhet for the series finale at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Friday.
…the constitutional crisisThe Constitution of a country is supposed to address its political questions – those that have to do ultimately with power, that is, which crop up as the people go about their business. The Constitution is like a contract where the citizens of the country set up the terms that’ll govern the institutions running the state. The state has the ultimate sanction of using force, if necessary, to ensure that it’s laws – as encompassed by the Constitution or emanating from it – are upheld.A citizen breaks the law about not bashing fellow citizens over the head, and the forces of law (the courts) and order (the Police) will deal with him/her condignly. But what happens when the Head of State refuses to obey the Constitution itself?? Who deals with him condignly?? You have a full blown “constitutional crisis”, that’s what – and this is what we’re confronting in Guyana today.What does the Constitution say about this situation? Well, Art 106 (6) says the President and Cabinet should’ve resigned by now. And Art 95 says if there isn’t a President, then the Prime Minister takes over. But since, in this case, the PM was a member of the Cabinet, he doesn’t exist. Who’s next in line? The same article says a designated Minister – but since all of these have been vaporised by the NCM vote, then according to the Art we’re down to the Chancellor.The question, however, is exactly how do we bell the cat, when the ex-President insists on squatting on the presidency? Can we remove him for violating the Constitution? Well, Art 180 speaks to that…but assumes there’s a Parliament the speaker can summon to consider such a motion and if 2/3 of the members agree, then a tribunal will be set up to do the dirty. But we know this ain’t gonna happen and we’re back to the constitutional crisis of an irresistible force meeting an immovable object!!The situation over in Venezuela suggests a way out. There, the 2018 re-election of President Maduro was disputed, and their National Assembly declared that the presidency should be filled in an interim way by the Assembly’s leader, Juan Guaidó. Maduro’s handpicked Supreme Court, however, ruled the National Assembly declaration unconstitutional and confirmed Maduro as President. Constitutional crisis, like ours!!But the US took a stand— imposed sanctions and built national democratic coalitions to support Guaidó. This showed that the old rule of “non-interference” in the domestic affairs of states is breaking down after the international community realised how much suffering can be unleased on a populace by a rogue government.Most of the world – including the US – have already condemned Granger.Next step sanctions!!…Granger’s smirkOver the last five years, Granger has cultivated an image of avuncular unflappability combined with anodyne platitudes that helped mask (pun intended) the brutal actions he unleashed on perceived Opposition supporters. Shutting down 4 estates and firing 7000 sugar workers?? Not to worry, that was “right sizing” the industry!! Spending billions and billions and pageantry and monuments while starvation became endemic in Opposition enclaves?? No problem…men didn’t live by bread alone!!But while he might’ve won the battle over the NCM by dragging it out in the courts, he hasn’t only lost the war, but also his aura of imperturbability. Like most bullies who thought he held all the cards, he just didn’t know when to stop. He overplayed his hand when he refused to proclaim elections even though he’d gotten all his demands met.He’s been so rattled by the Opposition’s “in your face” protests and the foreign community condemnations, he exposed the fangs that were always there.Burnham boasted about his “sharper steel”; Granger brought out the Riot Squad in full battle gear. …Venezuela’s bombastNext March, the World Court will be taking arguments on the jurisdictional issues in the Venezuelan-instigated border controversy.Looks like the new government will have that albatross off their necks, in addition to the oil bonanza!!
Guyanese should not get distracted with all the cross talk on the Venezuelan border controversy. The United Nations Secretary General, acting in his official capacity according to Article 33 of the UN Charter, has referred the matter to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in accordance with the terms of the Geneva Agreement to which Venezuela is a signatory. This is the most significant development in 28 years and the opportunity for a resolution must be seized.For too long, Guyana has gone along with every one of the measures contained and elaborated by that Agreement which also has Great Britain as one of the parties. The Agreement is very clear that the only matter to be addressed was Venezuela’s claim that the 1899 full and final award was “null and void”. The proposed Mixed Commission in the Agreement, for instance, met to examine Venezuela’s proof of this “nullity”, but Venezuela was unable to proffer such proof and went on to make the same demand it is presently trumpeting: that the settled frontier between the two countries be revised, in a “practical settlement of the controversy”. Eventually, the Mixed Commission had to be abrogated after its stipulated four-year term because of Venezuela’s intransigence.In 1983, it was Venezuela that proposed its controversy be placed under the auspices of the Secretary General of the United Nations, in concordance with Article IV Sec 2 of the Geneva Agreement, which complied with Article 33 of the Charter of the United Nations concerning the means of peaceful solutions of controversies, as mentioned above. After much discussion, by 1989, there was finally an agreement on one of the means – the Good Officer process of the UN Secretary General. This kicked off the following year with a number of prominent individuals, such as Norman Girvan serving in that role. Girvan passed away in 2014 without any settlement to the controversy because Venezuela would once again not budge from its position.Finally, towards the end of 2016, after more than a quarter of a century of the Good Officer process without any success, the predecessor to the present Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, signalled his intention to move the controversy to the ICJ if progress was not made within a year. Venezuela did not make any formal protest to this proposal and for it to now reject the UN Secretary General’s telegraphed decision, is to palpably demonstrate bad faith. However, its position should not have been totally unexpected either to Guyana or the Secretary General: for the latter to proceed signals that the process will move forward.Venezuela is depending on its rejection of the jurisdiction of the ICJ to halt the process over which Guyana has exercised the patience of Job. Guyana will have to embark on a vigorous diplomatic campaign to bring its case to the attention of the international community – especially those with territorial disputes that demand settlement. India is one such potential ally, and it is hoped that in his mission to New Delhi last week, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge would have briefed his counterparts there.It must be noted that during the 1980s, when Venezuela used the controversy to try to stymie our development plans, the Guyanese Foreign Service played a masterly hand to repel it by tagging Venezuela as an international bully to its poverty-stricken neighbour. In the present, Venezuela can be shown to be again attempting to hold back our development when at last we have an opportunity, brought about by the discovery of oil, to move out of that poverty. That ExxonMobil and Total are two of the players in our oil play should also add credibility to our lobbying efforts.There is precedence for the court to deliver at a minimum, an opinion, on the controversy. This would be a great victory for Guyana, since it would demonstrate conclusively that Venezuela is unwilling to settle its controversy by one of the most trusted peaceful methods – Judicial Settlement.
Dear Editor,Last night, I was at the airport to pick up my wife, I saw facing the arriving guests a very large billboard advertising BaiShanLin International Mall. As the Chairman of MCG Investments Inc, the owners of the Giftland Mall, I am concerned and I am kindly publicly requesting from the Finance Ministry and the GRA Commissioner, who I do not hold accountable in any way, the details of these two mentioned investments which were concluded before their control of these two Government departments. For the record, Giftland Mall received no concessions for anything from the previous Administration in terms of duty-free and VAT waivers, tax holidays, tax exemptions of any sort, etc. In fairness to our investment and parity between local investment and international enterprises such as these, it is important that a level playing field is had.I would find it abhorrent if it is a case that multibillion-dollar international companies should be treated with preferential treatment and unfair trading advantages over local companies. I eagerly await a response from the two mentioned departments.With regards,Roy BeepatChairmanGiftland Group