Friday April 5th Local Sports

first_imgIOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeye baseball team continues a home stand this weekend by opening a three game Big Ten series against Rutgers tonight. Injuries have left the pitching staff thin and that was a factor in Wednesday night’s 11-6 loss to Illinois State.That’s Iowa coach Rick Heller who says the starting pitching has picked up the slack in a 3-3 start to Big Ten play.Rutgers has struggled to a 9-17 record but Heller says the Scarlet Knights have a solid pitching staff.First pitch tonight is scheduled for 6:05. Saturday’s game is scheduled for a 2:05 start. Sunday’s first pitch is scheduled for 12:05, but with rain in the forecast, a decision could be made to move Sunday’s game to make a doubleheader on Saturday. IOWA CITY — After being considered a weakness a year ago, a young but experienced linebacking corps will be a strength heading into next season at Iowa. Hawkeye linebacker coach Seth Wallace says a standout defensive line made the transition smooth.Wallace says the expectations for the linebackers are much higher for next season.Linebacker Amani Jones has moved to defensive end this spring. Wallace says the move provides much needed depth on the edge and also tweaks the Hawkeyes’ traditional 4-3 look.Wallace says the linebackers need to help a young defensive line develop.Iowa started spring practice last week and will have their final practice on April 26th. AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State sophomore Lindell Wigginton is declaring for the NBA draft for the second year in a row “with the full intent of staying in.”Wigginton, who withdrew from last year’s draft at the last minute after a spectacular freshman season, announced his plans Thursday on Twitter.Wigginton’s numbers dipped a bit last season after a foot injury cost him 10 non-conference games. But Wigginton still averaged 13.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game off the bench while shooting 40 percent on 3-pointers.He joins freshman Talen Horton-Tucker as Cyclones who have declared for the draft. Wigginton’s decision will likely push Tyrese Haliburton into the starting role at point guard — and it could also put Iowa State in the market for a graduate transfer backcourt player. THIS WEEKEND ON AM-1300 KGLO:=== Friday– 5:30 pre-game, 6:05 first pitch — Minnesota Twins at Philadelphia=== Saturday– 12:30 pre-game, 1:05 first pitch — Minnesota Twins at Philadelphia– After Twins baseball — NCAA Final Four=== Sunday– 11:30 pre-game, 12:05 first pitch — Minnesota Twins at Philadelphia ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and 47th of his career, and the short-handed Boston Bruins beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0. Joakim Nordstrom, David Pastrnak and Zach Senyshyn scored for Boston. Halak, who has split time with Tuukka Rask in goal for the Bruins this season, was rarely challenged by a Minnesota team that was shut out for the 10th time this season and seventh at home. Boston, locked into second place in the Atlantic Division, rested several regulars. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Iowa senior Megan Gustafson is The Associated Press women’s college basketball player of the year.She led the nation in scoring for the second consecutive year and is the first player from the school and the Big Ten to win the award.The 6-foot-3 star received 15 votes Thursday from the 28-member national media panel that selects the weekly AP rankings. Balloting was done before the NCAA Tournament.Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon received seven votes while Napheesa Collier of UConn three. Asia Durr of Louisville had two votes and Teaira McCowan of Mississippi State one.Gustafson averaged 27.9 points and helped the Hawkeyes reach the Elite Eight for the first time since 1993. She became only the fourth Division I player to score more than 1,000 points in a season. She tied the NCAA record for double-doubles in a season with 33. MASON CITY — Halle Espinosa had a career-best four goals to lead the Mason City High girls soccer team to an 11-1 season-opening victory over Webster City last night at home. Valerie Nelson and Gwen Sewell both added two goals. The Mohawks will travel to Iowa Falls-Alden next Tuesday.last_img read more

Five things we learned in Bundesliga

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp The rumour mill says Nagelsmann, who is under contract until 2021, will go to Bayern in 2019 for around five million euros ($5.9m).However, his agent Marc Kosicke says there is no release clause in his contract.“I usually don’t comment on the details of a contract, but in this case I’ll make an exception, because I am not aware there is a release clause in his contract,” Kosicke revealed to Germany daily Bild.“Julian will definitely stay in Hoffenheim for the next two years.”Keita sees redLiverpool-bound Naby Keita brushed off a groin injury to play in Leipzig’s 2-2 draw at home to Borussia Moechengladbach, but was sent off for kicking Christoph Kramer in the face.Keita challenged Kramer for the ball, but his out-stretched leg made contact with the Germany international’s face.“I didn’t expect the foot to come in so high,” said Kramer. “It looked worse that it was, the lip was hit, but no teeth.”Keita is now suspended for Tuesday’s match away to Augsburg.Ultras walk out at HanoverHanover’s victory over Hamburg put them top of the table for 48 hours — the first time since September 1969 – but few of their hardcore ‘Ultra’ fans saw the final whistle.Hanover’s Ultras are annoyed that president Martin Kind wants a controlling interest in the club.Cries of “Kind out!” were heard throughout Friday’s win and the Ultras block was virtually empty on 90 minutes.“What I found really stupid is that the Ultras left the stadium while the boys were celebrating in front of our fans,” fumed Hanover coach Andre Breitenreiter.“That is a clear signal against the team.” Robben’s post-match comments were a clear message in Ancelotti’s direction: Ribery and Mueller must play and not left on the bench.“I am proud to played alongside Franck for eight years,” explained Robben. “He does the club a lot of good and we need him to win titles.“Thomas was the key to our success, when he is on, we have a lot more movement in our game.”Nagelsmann rumoursThere are rumours that Bayern’s next manager will be Hoffenheim’s 30-year-old coach Julian Nagelsmann.center_img Bayern players celebrating after scoring against MainzBerlin, Germany | AFP | Bayern Munich silenced their critics with a 4-0 hammering of Mainz and goal-scorer Arjen Robben had a clear message for Carlo Ancelotti.Only quick-thinking from VfB Stuttgart’s team doctor saved the life of captain Christian Genter in their 1-0 win over Wolfsburg.Liverpool-bound Naby Keita earned a red card in RB Leipzig’s 2-2 draw at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach while newly-promoted Hanover 96 went top of the league for 48 hours, but most hardcore fans left early.Here are five things we learned from the fourth round of German Bundesliga matches:Gentner’s horror injuryStuttgart captain Christian Gentner is unlikely to play again this year after fracturing his eye-socket, nose and upper jaw in a horror collision which could have ended in tragedy after he swallowed his tongue.Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels smashed his knee into Gentner’s face while challenging for the ball on 85 minutes.The ex-Germany midfielder swallowed his tongue, which was pulled out of his throat by Stuttgart’s quick-thinking team doctor.“I came out (of the goal), looking at the ball,” said Casteels. “Unfortunately these things happen. My left knee came up when I jumped for the ball and 99 percent of goalkeepers do the same.”Robben’s clear messageBayern looked impressive in their 4-0 home romp against Mainz, but tensions are still bubbling.Thomas Mueller scored their early first goal before Arjen Robben tucked away their second on 23 minutes.But Robben chose to celebrate with substitute Franck Ribery, ignoring coach Carlo Ancelotti, who benched Mueller in Tuesday’s Champions League win over Anderlecht.last_img read more

NC State star Charles leaves behind primer in how to handle fame

first_imgby Jim LitkeAssociated Press Writer (AP)—He never quite believed it himself.At least that’s what Lorenzo Charles always said—from the second after he flushed one of the most dramatic baskets in the history of the college game all the way to the end of his life. Sadly, that came June 27, when the charter bus that Charles was driving crashed along Interstate 40 in Raleigh, N.C. He was 47. TRAGIC ACCIDENT—This April 4, 1983 photo shows North Carolina State’s Lorenzo Charles (43) dunking the ball to give N.C. State a 54-52 win over high-flying Houston, whose destruction of the field justified the moniker “Phi Slamma Jamma” in the NCAA Championship game in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/File) I heard him say it near the end of a phone conversation one April afternoon three years ago. Charles was one of several North Carolina State players contributing memories for a story to mark the 25th anniversary of the Wolfpack’s improbable 1983 NCAA Championship. Like his teammates, he was asked to recreate the last few seconds of the final game against a Houston team fronted by two future Hall of Famers—Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler—that almost no one believed could lose.Charles recalled where everyone else was on the floor, and what they were doing, heartbeat by heartbeat. When he got around to Olajuwon, his opposite that night, the description was so vivid you could have guessed what the Houston center ate during the pregame meal. Charles didn’t enter his own highlight reel until the very end, and even then, reluctantly.In the video clip, though, he looks like the only player with a clue of what’s about to unfold. He leaps out from underneath the basket just in time to grab guard Dereck Whittenburg’s desperate heave from 30 feet out and dunk it in one fluid motion: N.C. State 54, Houston 52.“I was out of position,” Charles chuckled, “because when you’re going for a rebound and putback, you’re supposed to be a step or two away to build up some steam. But it turned out to be the perfect place.”That’s all?“I could see the ball was going to fall short, and my only concern was Hakeem. I was waiting for that big arm to swoop by and block my shot. And,” he paused, still marveling all those years later, “it never happened.”No matter how the question was asked, Charles kept describing his contribution as a lucky break. It was too humble. There had to be more.“No, that’s pretty much it. Turned out to be right place, right time,” he said softly. “Just maybe not the guy people expected.”Another long pause ensued.“I have a hard time,” he said softly, “believing it myself.”It was neither the first nor the last time he said that. His teammates confirmed that was vintage Charles. Opportunistic and tough as nails the second he stepped on the court, just the way you’d expect a kid from Brooklyn to be; saying only so much and laughing a lot as soon as he stepped away. Always deflecting the attention somewhere else.So it came as little surprise that Charles hardly cared the moment after his dunk has become even more memorable still. That was when the buzzer sounded and NC State coach Jim Valvano stormed the floor like a one-man tidal wave, looking for someone to hug.Maybe it’s because Valvano was at his absolute peak as a showman. Or because a decade later, his body wracked by cancer, Valvano cast the same magical spell over a national TV audience—“Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up,” he said that night—he had cast over a dozen youngsters for a few months in 1983.Either way, Charles was happy the spotlight settled where it did. His own NBA career didn’t last as long as he’d hoped. He stayed in the game by playing in smaller leagues all around the world, then tried his hand at coaching. Charles eventually wound up back in Raleigh driving a bus.Somehow, the unending interest in Charles’ singular feat always caught him by surprise. Maybe that’s how he made you feel better simply for asking.What Charles chose to remember most, though, was the effort Valvano coaxed from his team night after night during that meat-grinder of a season. Whittenburg, the Wolfpack’s best shooter, broke his foot early on and N.C. State had to run the table in the ACC tournament just to make the tournament. Then came a series of squeakers. Last up was high-flying Houston, whose destruction of the field justified the moniker “Phi Slamma Jamma.”“I’m sure lots of people figured we didn’t even belong on the same floor,” Charles said, “But a lot of them forgot how tough it was just surviving the ACC week in and week out. North Carolina had Michael Jordan and Sam Perkins. Maryland had Lenny Bias. Virginia had Ralph Sampson.”And so convincing was Valvano in the role of underdog that according to most retellings, he was all N.C. State had. In fact, the Wolfpack had a topflight trio of guards—flanking Whittenberg was Sidney Lowe and Terry Gannon—and rugged, reliable presences underneath on both ends of the floor in Charles and Thurl Bailey.But once Valvano got going, even his own kids forgot about that. He’d be in the middle of drawing up the pregame sets, then put the clipboard under one arm and scream, “You got to be a dreamer.” A moment later, a composed Valvano would point to the blackboard and add, “And if all five of you don’t get back down the floor and play defense every time, they’re going to break that dream into little, bitty pieces.”Whittenburg, who recounted that story three years ago, added, “Then. he’d have to stop himself from cracking up. He never failed to make you laugh or feel good about yourself, and there aren’t a lot of people you meet in life who can do that.”And even more unfortunate, another one of them is gone.last_img read more

The Pageantry of Pitt Football – with Courier photographer Streets

first_img Tobi Ajimoko was named Homecoming Queen, and Davis Weaver was named Homecoming King before the Pitt homecoming game against Syracuse, Oct. 6. They were selected by student voting.Pitt won the game, 44-37, in overtime. Like us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter Today’s generation doesn’t remember Dan Marino, Tony Dorsett, Johnny Majors, Mike Ditka, and other famous players and coaches that graced the Pitt uniform. Pitt has won nine national championships, the last coming in 1976. It’s a proud university, a proud football program, one that students and fans alike still enjoy coming to Heinz Field to watch. To experience The Pageantry of Pitt Football, there is one home game remaining this season — Nov. 10, Senior Day, vs. Virginia Tech.last_img read more

Boulevard Road Water Main Repair

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaOn Thursday, May 24, 2018, the City’s contractor, Active Construction, Inc., will begin to repair the water main on Boulevard Road north of the I-5 Bridge. Crews will also make repairs to the sidewalk and replace the fire hydrant. Work will take place between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and is expected to be completed by Friday, May 25, 2018.Traffic control will be in place. Citizens are encouraged to use alternate routes to minimize traffic impacts and obey all signs and flaggers.Featured photo credit: Kim Merrimanlast_img

Dembélé’s new controversy: like a montage of his with the Liverpool shirt

The French end does not stop accumulating controversies and meanwhile, messages of all kinds have emerged. On the one hand there are the offended fans because the player liked it, taking into account what happened in the Champions League Last campaignInstagram ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>The assembly of Ousmane Dembélé with the Liverpool shirt.Instagram eleven A user of Instagram He has hung a picture on his personal account in which his idol, Ousmane Dembélé, appears dressed in the shirt of the Liverpool, result of a photomontage. The image would have no more significance if it were not because the Barcelona player has given him a ‘like’. However, on the other side are Liverpool fans, excited that Dembélé ends up wearing net in the future, knowing that they have long been interested in Barca. In any case, the photomontage does not seem to have left anyone indifferent. read more

Everyone’s A Winner Best Dressed Chicken road race series

first_imgKINGSTON:The sixth staging of the Everyone’s a Winner Best Dressed Chicken race series will run off tomorrow at 6:30 a.m. inside the picturesque Hope Gardens.The two-part series will culminate with the second running on Sunday, June 19.Tomorrow’s event will feature a 5K Run, Walk and Stroller categories, as well as an 8K Run, while the June 19 event will have a 5K Run, Walk and Stroller categories, together with a 9K Run. The event is being organised by Running Events in partnership with Best Dressed Chicken.According to Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, race director of Running Events, this year’s staging will be another exciting time for participants and sponsors.”We will have more MyLaps chip timing, more entertainment, more awards, more refreshments, more runner care and more fun,” he said.Francis added that an exciting and innovative feature is that the first 1,000 participants will receive a medal at each event. The special commemorative medal is split in two half of which will be presented at Sunday’s running and the other on June 19.DIABETIC STATIONIn addition, Francis outlined that participants state their diabetic status on the entry form as Best Dressed Chicken will have a special station for diabetics at both events. The Diabetes Association of Jamaica is the charity partner of the 2016 race series. All runners and walkers are being encouraged to get screened before participating, at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica.In keeping with the theme of encouraging healthy lifestyle practices, there will be post-race massages by Bella Oasis Day Spa, blood pressure and basic health checks by the Heart Foundation and a post-race misting tent for participants, which will be solar-powered by Lumitech.Best Dressed Chicken will provide breakfast sampling on Sunday, with other sampling from various other companies, including Jablum and Dairy Industries – the latter featuring Really Great Yogurt.last_img read more

Messi treble fires Argentina to World Cup as Chile go out

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Rice fined $10K by TNT for ‘undesirable’ behavior Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Argentina had started the day outside the automatic qualifying positions, needing to secure their first win in Quito since 2001 to be certain of claiming at least a playoff place.It looked as if Argentina’s worst fears were set to become a reality after Ibarra’s opening goal in the first minute.But it was not long before Messi stamped his authority on the game, hauling his team back into the contest with a composed opening goal.The equalizer came in the 12th minute when Messi darted forward and quickly released Angel Di Maria down the left.The Paris Saint-Germain attacker duly returned the favor as Messi raced into the penalty area to poke home a low finish past Maximo Banguera.Eight minutes later Messi fired Argentina into the lead with another virtuoso strike, lashing into the top corner.Messi then completed his hat-trick with a sublime chip in the 62nd minute to make it 3-1.But while Argentina celebrated, it was a miserable night for Sampaoli’s former team Chile.The Chileans — winners of the Copa America in 2015 and 2016 — were soundly beaten 3-0 by Brazil in Sao Paulo to see themselves eliminated on goal difference.Barcelona’s Paulinho opened the scoring before Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus bagged a brace to secure a win already-qualified Brazil which relegated Chile to sixth place in the standings. The Barcelona superstar scored twice inside the opening 20 minutes to give Argentina the lead after Ecuador had stunned the visitors with an opening goal after from Romario Ibarra after 38 seconds.Messi then completed his hat-trick — the 44th of his dazzling career — with a sublime chip in the second half to seal the victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Argentinian superstar can now look forward to his fourth appearance at the World Cup at next year’s finals in Russia, where he will attempt once more to lead his country to an elusive major title.Since his country’s defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, Messi has twice suffered agony at major tournaments with Argentina, losing the finals of both the 2015 Copa America and the 2016 Copa America Centenario. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Ecuador during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match in Quito, on October 10, 2017. AFPLionel Messi fired Argentina into the World Cup with a brilliant hat-trick on Tuesday as South American champions Chile suffered a shock elimination.Messi single-handedly resurrected Argentina’s hopes in a 3-1 win over Ecuador in Quito that drew a line under a chaotic campaign that had left the two-time champions in danger of failing to qualify.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Messi, who will turn 31 during next year’s World Cup, now has one, perhaps final, chance to emulate his idol Diego Maradona by lifting the World Cup.Relieved Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli — the third coach appointed during the qualifying campaign — could not avoid expressing his gratitude to Messi following Tuesday’s win.“Messi doesn’t owe a World Cup to Argentina — football owes a World Cup to Messi,” Sampaoli said.“He’s the best player in history. This is a team victory. They played a brilliant match.”Messi masterclassADVERTISEMENT Pizzi resignsThe Chileans finished level on points with Peru, who secured a two-leg playoff against New Zealand, but trailed on goal difference.Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi announced his resignation following the exit.“I take full responsibility,” Pizzi told reporters. “We gave everything but it was not enough. I will not continue.”Peru meanwhile kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1982 with a fighting 1-1 draw with Colombia in Lima.Colombia took the lead through James Rodriguez in the 56th minute before veteran striker Paolo Guerrero equalized in the 74th minute. The result saw Colombia qualify alongside Uruguay, 4-2 winners over Bolivia in Montevideo.Uruguay, who finished the standings in second place, were jolted by a Gaston Silva own goal which gave Bolivia the lead on 24 minutes.Martin Caceres and Edinson Cavani scored twice just before half-time to give Uruguay the lead before two goals from Luis Suarez put the hosts 4-1 up.Bolivia reduced the deficit when Uruguay’s Diego Godin scored the second own goal of the night.In the day’s other game, Paraguay’s hopes of qualification evaporated in a 1-0 loss to Venezuela in Asuncion. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

AFC Cup: Ceres blanks cambodian Xi, nears knockout stage

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Spanish star Bienvenido Marañon completed a hat trick while Japanese striker Takumi Uesato came off the bench to add another goal late as the reigning Philippines Football League champions picked up their fourth win to increase their tally to 13 points from five matches.Although they have yet to seal top spot in Group F with a match against Singapore’s Home United still in their schedule on April 25 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, the Busmen look on course to play in the Asean zonal semifinals for the second straight year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“The AFC Cup always motivates us,” said the Serbian mentor, who missed top defender Super Herrera and midfielder Kevin Ingreso to injuries and Mike Ott to suspension.The Busmen dominated possession for long stretches, but it wasn’t until the 36th minute when Maranon opened scoring by rifling home a shot to the bottom corner, before scoring again three minutes later off an OJ Porteria assist. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Azkals climb to highest-ever world No. 113 LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident PHNOM PENH—Ceres-Negros coach Risto Vidakovic believes the AFC Cup is bringing out the best in his squad.Even without several key players, the Busmen eased past Cambodian champions Boeung Ket, 4-0, Wednesday night at National Olympic Stadium here to virtually clinch a place in the knockout stage of the continental competition.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Maranon got his hat trick in the 69th minute with Porteria providing the pass again, before Uesato got on the score sheet in the 84th. The match marked the return of Martin Steuble from a long layoff due to a knee injury.Home United has 10 points from five matches and can still snatch top spot with a win over Ceres on the final day of the group stage on April 25.Home and Ceres battled to a 1-1 draw in their initial meeting at Jalan Besar Stadium.Over at Rizal Memorial Stadium, Global Cebu rallied from two goals down to secure a 3-3 draw with Thanh Hoa of Vietnam.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

APNU/AFC’s honouring of convicted anti-US terrorist betrays democracy

first_img…motion in National Assembly not reflective of Guyanese beliefs ‒ PPPThe use of the National Assembly, Guyana’s highest decision-making body, to honour the People’s National Congress (PNC) former Member of Parliament, who was convicted in the United States of plotting to blow up the John F Kennedy International Airport, is another act of betrayal of democracy and the rule of law.This is according to the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) which in a stinging statement on Saturday evening said the move by Government to pass such a motion is clearly not reflective of the will of the people of Guyana.“Guyanese are known as peaceful and law-abiding citizens, at home and abroad,” the PPP said.Convicted terrorist Abdul KadirThe Party in condemning the motion that was passed in the National Assembly on April 26, stating that the People’s National Congress (PNC) has a” history of honouring and exonerating violent criminals. Linden “Blackie” London whose reign of terror ended when he was killed in a shootout with law enforcement services of Guyana, was honoured by PNC leaders, who infamously draped Blackie’s coffin with Guyana’s national flag, the Golden Arrowhead. In addition, the five prison escapees who wreaked havoc and were responsible for murder, mayhem and an unprecedented crime wave, were dubbed ‘freedom fighters’ by many leaders of the PNC.”Junior Agriculture Minister Valarie PattersonThe Party added that the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry, during which the father of a sitting Minister was its lone Commissioner and the brother of another Minister its legal counsel, was aimed at “exonerating” Rondell “Fineman” Rawlins. All of these actions show a pattern of association and glorification of homegrown terrorists.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland“The use of a Parliamentary Resolution is now an indelible stain on our people and national character that will not easily be forgiven or forgotten by those who have suffered at the hands of international terrorism,” the Party added.In 2010, former Guyanese parliamentarian Abdul Kadir was convicted and sentenced to life for plotting to blow up the JFK airport in the United States (US). Today, the coalition Government’s decision to pay tribute to him in the National Assembly is attracting much criticism.On Friday, the convicted terrorist was lauded by the Guyana’s coalition Government – A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change – as a “great man, a stalwart; a bold and courageous man.”President David GrangerAt Friday’s sitting of the National Assembly, where the Opposition PPP was not present, controversial former Housing Minister, now Minister of Rural Agriculture, Valerie Patterson-Yearwood tabled a motion – Sympathy on the Death of Abdul Kadir, former Member of Parliament.last_img read more