Rajon Rondo #9 of the Chicago Bulls looks on during a time out in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 12, 2017, in New York City. AFPCHICAGO, United States — Rajon Rondo’s pointed response to the critical comments of Chicago Bulls teammates Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler won’t be a problem for the team going forward, Wade insisted Friday.“Everyone gets opportunities to express themselves,” Wade said after the Bulls held a team meeting prior to a morning shootaround to prepare for Friday’s home game against his former team, the Miami Heat.ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Alaska boosts top 2 bid “That’s how (Rondo) chose to express himself… I have no hard feelings.”Butler expressed similar thoughts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I don’t have any problem with Rajon,” Butler said. “He spoke his mind. I spoke my mind. Move on.”Wade and Butler were harshly critical of their teammates after a 119-114 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. “We have visited with the players who spoke out at length and dealt with it internally,” Forman told reporters Friday. “We’ve talked about it with the entire team.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims “I’m 35 years old, man. I’ve got three championships. It shouldn’t hurt me more than it hurts these young guys,” Wade said after the Bulls’ late-game collapse. “They have to want it. … It has to change. It has to hurt inside to lose games like this.”Butler echoed those remarks, saying teammates “just got to care if we win or lose.”Rondo responded via Instagram on Thursday. The four-time All-Star, who won an NBA title with Boston in 2008, posted a picture of himself with former Celtics teammates Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, commenting, “My vets would never go to the media. They would come to the team.”“The young guys work,” he wrote. “They show up. They don’t deserve blame. If anything is questionable, it’s the leadership.”The Bulls fell to 23-24 after Wednesday’s defeat, and general manager Gar Forman said he was “extremely disappointed” to see players criticizing their teammates.ADVERTISEMENT Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ 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 Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town The Warriors took a 108-100 lead, their biggest of the game, after Andre Iguodala’s dunk with 4:05 to go.Noah Vonleh’s dunk got Portland within four at 110-106 with 1:29 left, but Curry answered with his 3-pointer sent fans streaming for the exits.CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 32 points, while Damian Lillard added 31. No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs.“I don’t think it’s ever been done, coming back from 3-0, especially against a team like Golden State,” Lillard said afterward. “But I’m sure a lot of you guys know I’m not one to quit and I’m very optimistic.”Portland saw the return of big man Jusuf Nurkic after he missed the final seven games of the regular season and the first two playoff games at Golden State because of a non-displaced fracture in his right leg. A 7-footer known as the Bosnian Beast, Nurkic finished with two points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 Playing without both Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr, the Warriors came back Saturday night from a first-half 17-point deficit. Golden State can clinch the series with a win Monday night in Game 4 at the Moda Center.“It’s not necessarily ‘hero ball,’ it’s being aggressive in those spots that you have,” Curry said. “You might need to force the issue. That might mean taking a shot, it could be trying to get your feet in the paint and make a play, defensively trying to assert yourself – whatever the game calls for, getting ready for those moments.”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 returnKlay Thompson added 24 points in the victory, which Curry said was marked by a handful of “boneheaded mistakes” in the first half. A 19-1 run in the third quarter brought the Warriors back.Afterward, Curry said he gave the game ball to general Manager Bob Myers to give to Kerr, who stayed back at the team hotel because of illness. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Parks named 2017 ABL MVP MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Warriors routed the Blazers 110-81 in Game 2 on Wednesday night. Durant injured his left calf in the third quarter of Sunday’s 121-109 Game 1 victory, but finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds.Energized by a raucous home crowd, Portland jumped out to an early 17-9 lead on Vonleh’s dunk. Portland extended the lead in the second quarter, with Al-Farouq Aminu and Allen Crabbe showing spark after being largely quiet in the first two games. Crabbe’s 3-pointer and a free throw put Portland up 49-33.A 14-5 run put the Blazers up 65-48, but Curry hit a 3-pointer and a long jumper for the Warriors to close out the half down 67-54. Curry and Thompson were off in the opening half, going 8 of 25 from the field with just two 3-pointers – both from Curry.The Warriors went on a 21-3 run to pull in front 85-83, capped by a pair of baskets from Iguodala and Draymond Green. Portland led 88-87 going into the final quarter.Warriors assistant Mike Brown stood in for Kerr, who still experiences lingering symptoms from complications following two back surgeries after the franchise’s run to the 2015 championship. He missed the first 43 games last season dealing with symptoms such as headaches, nausea and an aching neck.Despite his prolonged absence, the Warriors went 73-9 last season and played in the NBA championship game. Kerr was named Coach of the Year.“I don’t know all of the circumstances,” Brown said before the game. “He’s just not feeling well, and we’ll see how he feels later on.”Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain), and Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain) were also out for the Warriors.The Warriors defeated the Blazers in five games in the second round last season, en route to the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The surprising Blazers got past the Los Angeles Clippers in the opening round after falling to a 2-0 deficit.Golden State finished atop the conference this season with the best overall record in the NBA (67-15). The Blazers finished eighth after a late-season surge that saw them go 17-6 after March 1. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry reacts after making a basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. — Stephen Curry wasn’t trying to be a hero. He just wanted the win.Curry scored 34 points – including a 3-pointer with just about a minute left that all but sealed the victory – and the Golden State Warriors overcame a slow start to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 119-113 and take a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town
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St George’s College scored a tie-breaking victory over Calabar High to grab an unbeatable 3-2 lead in the Jamaica Taekwondo McKay Security High School Team Sparring Competition during Saturday’s Zendo Open at the University of Technology.Duncan Smith came up trumps for St George’s College in the last of five bouts after the North Street boys were forced to twice come from behind in the final against powerful defending champions Calabar, who have been easy winners of the title for the last decade.With one tournament remaining in the season, June’s Seido Open, Calabar can only hope to draw the series against St George’s, who are on a high and backing themselves for an outright hold on the title.Coach Wayne smith, whose son, Duncan, created history for the Light Blues, was still doting yesterday, having worked tirelessly for the last four years to dethrone star-studded Calabar, who fielded the likes of combined martial arts team member Trevor Webb Jr and its high-potential team member, Tye McKay.”It’s a good feeling. We’ve been trying hard from 2014 when we came in as babies, beating sticks for everybody,” Smith recounted.NEVER GAVE UP”I’ve watched them grow to now become the only real competition for Calabar. They kept trying and never gave up. I know they are really and happy and proud. We’re coming with everything to win this competition.”In 2016, we were leading right up to about April. They came back and got April, May and June. Last year, they beat us by about two tournaments,” Smith added.Faced with the unfamiliar position of having to enter the final tournament needing a win to share the trophy, Calabar’s camp appeared in a quandary, with calls to captain Webb going unanswered.St George’s, however, are basking. “We’re going to see how everything works out. Any which way it goes, it will be history,” said coach Smith, whose team took out Penwood High in three straight bouts before facing Calabar, who had similarly dispatched Jamaica College to reach the final.Webb was first out for the champions to beat St George’s Ryan Robinson before Miguel Hamilton turned the contest on its head with victory over Tye McKay, levelling the final at 1-1.St George’s Chayane Brown lost his bout, but teammate Jahvin Ashley made it 2-2, setting up Smith for his tie-breaking victory.
LOS ANGELES (AP): Conor McGregor will return to mixed martial arts on October 6 in Las Vegas for a title bout against UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. The UFC dramatically announced the matchup yesterday with a promotional video to close a news conference promoting its slate of fight cards for the rest of 2018. “The fight is done,” UFC President Dana White said. McGregor (21-3) simultaneously held the featherweight and lightweight championship belts during his meteoric UFC career, but he hasn’t fought in MMA since taking the 155-pound lightweight belt from Eddie Alvarez in November 2016. The loquacious Irishman hasn’t competed at all since losing his lucrative boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in August 2017, and his UFC lightweight title was stripped and subsequently claimed by Nurmagomedov in April. McGregor and Nurmagomedov will meet in the main event of the UFC 229 pay-per-view show at the T-Mobile Arena, the same spot where Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round of their one-sided prizefight. McGregor also has resolved his legal troubles after throwing a hand truck at a bus containing UFC fighters during a one-man rampage last April at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Nurmagomedov was the intended target of McGregor’s wrath after a previous spat between the fighters’ camps. Nurmagomedov (26-0), who wasn’t actually on the bus, won the vacant lightweight belt by beating Al Iaquinta in Brooklyn two days after McGregor’s attack, which injured uninvolved fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg. McGregor was arrested but was sentenced last month to perform five days of community service, avoiding jail time in a plea deal. Nurmagomedov, the Dagestan-born Russian champion, has been one of the pound-for-pound greats of MMA when healthy, racking up 10 consecutive victories since joining the UFC. McGregor and Nurmagomedov weren’t at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles along with the other headlining fighters of the autumn cards, but the announcement of their bout set off wild cheering among the fans. Nurmagomedov is a formidable challenger for McGregor in a return from a 23-month break in MMA competition, but McGregor has never backed down from a challenge. Once McGregor resolved to return to the octagon earlier this year, Nurmagomedov was the obvious choice to be his next opponent but the biggest obstacle to this bout appeared to be money. Negotiations for this bout dragged on for many weeks while McGregor argued a highly lucrative deal, even demanding an ownership stake in the UFC in exchange for returning to the cage, and Nurmagomedov also asked for a hefty raise. White didn’t disclose terms of the deal that was reached. McGregor didn’t immediately react to the bout announcement on social media.
The US Anti-Doping Agency said upholding the ban “is a refreshing reminder that anti-doping decision-making should always be built on principles. We all hope a clean Russia returns to the international sporting community, but not at the expense of clean athletes.” The Moscow lab data could reach the IAAF via the WADA, which has set a year-end deadline to receive it. Track and field’s anti-doping unit would then have to analyse the information to satisfy the IAAF that it “hasn’t been tampered with”, Andersen said. Unclear was how long all this might take. IAAF President Sebastian Coe noted the next IAAF council meeting is scheduled for March. The World Championships open in Doha in late September. In a statement, Russian Athletics Federation president Dmitry Shlyakhtin said “regulating our debts financially requires a lot of work and in-depth consideration. We need to draw up various legal documents and discuss the payment arrangements. We’re also talking with the IAAF about possibly paying in instalments over six months.” Russian media have reported the debt is around $2.75 million. Shlyakhtin also said providing WADA with access to the Moscow laboratory samples “will obviously take some time, we recognise that.” The IAAF has allowed dozens of leading Russians to compete as neutrals if they can show an extensive history of passing drug tests. These include athletes such as Maria Lasitskene, who next year will look to defend the high jump world title she won in 2017. The IAAF also announced that Budapest will host the 2023 World Championships, after Doha next year and Eugene, Oregon, in 2021. The decision was expected because the IAAF had already said the Hungarian capital was its preferred choice. A REFRESHING REMINDER MONACO (AP): The IAAF extended its ban on Russia’s participation in international competitions yesterday, with no clarity on whether the suspension may be lifted before next year’s World Championships in Qatar. Sticking to a harder line than the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Olympic Committee, a meeting of the IAAF council wasn’t prepared to draw the line under the scandal of Russian doping and cover-ups. The IAAF still has two remaining conditions for Russia to be reinstated. It wants the country to pay its substantial costs, including legal costs, incurred from dealing with the Russian doping crisis. “This debt must be settled,” said Rune Andersen, who heads the IAAF task force dealing with Russia. While Russia has promised to pay, “We need to receive the money.” The IAAF also is pressuring for its anti-doping unit to get access to data and drug-test samples from a Moscow laboratory that could help identify more Russian athletes suspected of doping. “Russian athletes cannot return to international competition unconditionally until that such issue is resolved one way or another,” he said. The IAAF stance won outside praise. British sports minister Mims Davies said it sent “a clear message that Russia must co-operate fully before it can be back in the fold.”
WADA: Lab data retrieved and being moved out of Moscow Gladys Knight to sing national anthem at Super Bowl NEW YORK (AP): Gladys Knight will sing The Star-Spangled Banner at this year’s Super Bowl. The seven-time Grammy Award winner says she’s proud to use her voice to “unite and represent our country” in her hometown of Atlanta. The 74-year-old and the Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Her hits include Midnight Train to Georgia and That’s What Friends Are For. Maroon 5 will be joined by Big Boi, Atlanta-based rapper from Outkast, and Travis Scott during the half-time performance. CBS broadcasts this year’s Super Bowl from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on February 3. MOSCOW (AP): Experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have finished retrieving data from the Moscow lab that could lead to sanctions against Russian athletes implicated in the country’s wide-ranging doping conspiracy. WADA announced yesterday that the data has been transferred out of Russia for analysis by agency experts. WADA President Craig Reedie called it “a major breakthrough for clean sport”. WADA must still decide whether to rescind the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) compliance. RUSADA was reinstated last September with the caveat that all the data be retrieved from the lab by December 31. But Russia sent WADA experts home empty-handed before the deadline, only for them to return last week. WADA’s compliance review committee is reviewing the case and will send its recommendation to the executive committee, which will decide RUSADA’s status next Tuesday.
…AFC LeaderThe AFC announced it’ll be holding its National Convention at the end of this month and Khemraj Ramjattan immediately insisted he’ll be seeking re-election to the leadership post. One isn’t surprised – it’s simply the “Iron Law of Institutions” playing out. This posits that some “people who control institutions care first and foremost about their power within the institution rather than the power of the institution itself. Thus, they’d rather the institution ‘fail’ while THEY remain in power within the institution, than for the institution to ‘succeed’ if that requires THEM to lose power within the institution.”After all, what is the AFC at this time but the “dead meat” Ramjattan himself foresaw if the party coalesced with the PNC? History first played itself out with the tragedy of the neutering of the UF and now repeats itself as the farce of the AFC’s “eunuching”. Without his cojones, what is Ramjattan – or any man for that matter – but “dead meat”? And how much more farcical can it get than Ramjattan praising Jagan, even as he supports the PNC dumping the great man’s papers into the streets!?But Ramjattan isn’t only disgracing himself by allowing himself to be used as a hand-puppet – and how much more disgraceful can it get when we remember the master’s hand is pushed up the puppet’s behind to operate its mouth!! Ouch!! He seems to have conveniently forgotten that in selecting its leader, the AFC had introduced the convention of alternating between Indian and African executives.That was the claim to fame of the AFC, wasn’t it? This was the mechanism that would “prove” their multiracial “essence” and all that! Trotman begat Ramjattan and then begat to Trotman and so on. It may sound incestuous – but then this is politics, so what else is new?? So, if Ramjattan was chosen as “leader” at the last conclave, isn’t it the turn of an African leader? Or did he – like his sidekick Moses Nagamootoo – decided he “isn’t Indian”?Or is Ramjattan bucking the convention - like Prezzie on the GECOM Chairman – by deciding, like Humpty Dumpty – that a word means just what HE says it means??!! Or is it the African leaders – like Trotman and Patterson - who have all gone back home into the bosom of the PNC and aren’t available? Nigel Hughes, who towered over the lot in the AFC in all categories, walked away in principled disgust. But there’s Kathy Hughes – who’s already indicated she’s ready, willing and able to serve as the leader. And we know she certainly has more cojones than Ramjattan!!Remember her nailing him to the wall on the Jaguar skin?!!…Prime MinisterMoses Nagamootoo’s contortions in the Red House affair has surprised many, but not those who knew him from the PPP days. Always full of bombast, he just wanted to strut on a stage and “bloviate” – as his landsman Ramsammy so aptly puts it. There are those who posit since the PPP knew of his proclivities, they should’ve simply offered him something like the Speakership back in 2011, and he would’ve been happier that a pig in stuff, pontificating from on high!!But your Eyewitness has his doubts about that manoeuvre. A man who convinced himself Cheddi Jagan anointed him as his successor has delusions of grandeur that would only be satisfied with some title that suggested he was a “big one”!! Prime Minister!! When he was invited by some private Tamil association to receive a shawl or some such “honour”, he never disabused them of their misapprehension that as “Prime Minister” he was leader of Guyana, like Modi in India!!This from a fella who didn’t even get to chair Cabinet meetings, for which he sold his soul!…no moreWhatever one may say about Ramayya, he found the testicular fortitude to walk when he realised he was being thrown under the bus by Nagamootoo and Ramjattan.He should show them where the excised balls are stored!
….on CummingsburgSo here it was that on Labour Day, before he headed off to what he knew would be a desultory trek through Georgetown — no labour of love! — your Eyewitness glanced at the headlines. The AFC had set up a committee to “review” the Cummingsburg Accord — the “Cummingsburg Accord Review Committee” (CARC) — but yet insisted it “reaffirms APNU+AFC Coalition is strong and cohesive”.If the coalition’s so cohesive, why the heck “review” it? You don’t fix something if it ain’t broken; do you?? Well, the AFC NEC (don’t you just love the way these fellas love their acronyms?? “NEC” is National Executive Committee!) explained that they’re looking “to strengthening, updating and broadening the agreement as we look towards upcoming elections in two and three years’ time.” Yeah, right!! If that ain’t a crock of doody, your Eyewitness doesn’t know what is!!Now the essence of the Cummingsburg Accord was that AFC’s Nagamootoo would become the PM in what would be a “shared Executive structure” with David Granger, who’d be president in case they won the elections. The “sharing” was key, since they acknowledged the country was ethnically divided, and if there were to be any development and justice in Guyana, there would have to be real inclusion of all ethnic groups in Government. The AFC was going to bring in 11% Indians into the coalition with the overwhelmingly African-based APNU.The Accord therefore specifically spelled out — so there would be no ambiguity in this key “power sharing” agreement — the power of the Prime Minister. This was the “proof of the pudding” of the PNC-led APNU’s good faith: “The Prime Minister SHALL have responsibility for: Domestic Affairs and Chairing the Cabinet; Recommending Ministerial Appointments and providing the organisational structures of Ministries for the approval of the President; Appointing heads of Agencies and non-constitutional commissions; domestic security.”Now, the question is: WHICH ONE OF THESE POWERS WAS ACTUALLY CONFERED ON PM NAGAMOOTOO?? Does Nagamootoo have “responsibility for Domestic Affairs?? Not in this life!! Strike one!! Does Nagamootoo chair Cabinet?? Well, your Eyewitness understands he has a “chair” to sit – but it’s not THE CHAIR!! Strike 2!!Did he recommend “Ministerial Appointments”?? It’s been revealed that the appointment of three of the Ministers everyone thought were recommended by him on behalf of the AFC — Dominic Gaskin, Raphael Trotman and Noel Holder — was actually done unilaterally by the President!! Strike 3!! Has PM Nagamootoo recommend the heads of Agencies, like Clive Thomas for SARA? Your Eyewitness thought not!! Strike 4!!But hold it! Nagamootoo was already out with strike 3!!So what’s CARC gonna do? Just give us CACC: Cummingsburg Accord Conmen Committee!…on the JudiciaryYour Eyewitness knows he’s being going on and on about the need for the Judiciary’s independence to be maintained. The present onslaught launched by this Government as soon as it acceded to office isn’t a coincidence. The Executive knows that, with all the talk about “separation of powers” protecting the rule of law to save us from sliding back into a Burnham-like dictatorship, they control the Legislature absolutely. So, it’s all left to the Judiciary.How can the Judiciary be controlled? Right off the bat, there’s the appointment by the Executive – and this has been a done deal. So, what if “acting” has now become endemic? After all, even after 50 years at the bar, a lawyer’s still said to be “practising”!! Then there’s pressure. Right now, the pressure is coming from Basil Williams, who’s determined to cow the Judiciary with his rude and crude threats. The Judiciary must be allowed to work without pressure – and certainly not from the Executive.The two (ag) heads of the Judiciary will signal what’s ahead for Guyana when they pronounce on the matter of Justice Holder.…on AnilIf Art 172 (3) says MP’s shall enjoy freedom from arrest for any “civil debt” during parliamentary sessions, isn’t it pure spite to make what’s a civil debt (at worse) criminal?
There is urgent need for the Government of Guyana to draft and implement regulations as well as guidelines that would seek to further strengthen and enhance the quality of pageants that are held locally to select the country’s beauty ambassadors.These regulations and standards could emanate from a national multi-stakeholder forum that is hosted at the invitation of the Ministries of Business, Tourism, Education and Youth. The forum could be seen as a focal point for information sharing and capacity building from all those who form part of the local pageant and fashion-related sub-industries.It could also be used as an opportunity for the directors, executives and coordinators of community, regional and national pageants to have dialogue about the state of the industry and the challenges that are currently affecting its ability to flourish and achieve its full potential.The truth is, the local pageant industry since the turn of the new millennium has been dogged by scandal after scandal depending on who were the principals of the pageant, behind the scene actors, sponsors, and delegates.For far too long, these young women have been the victims of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, economic exploitation and outright fraud. They have suffered and endured a lot to get to the finish line only to emerge successful and realise that the worst is still ahead. There have been countless stories of pageant delegates being promised a number of prizes, gifts, employment and endorsement if they emerge as the victors of their respective competitions, but many times end up with half or none of the promised bounty.Delegates are often left to fend for themselves despite pageant coordinators collecting entry fees, sponsorship revenue and other forms of in-kind contribution from corporate Guyana to make an event happen or fully sponsor a delegate or segment.There have been stories where Guyana’s representatives turn up at international pageant events which attracts millions of viewers around the world poorly trained, prepared and resourced to compete in the first place much less purport to represent the essence of Guyanese women.The situation locally reached its pinnacle last year with damning allegations being made against one of Guyana’s national pageant franchise holders and more recently, a decision to cancel the historic Miss Linden Town Week Pageant after reprehensible allegations that there was an attempt to sexually assault some delegates who were seeking sponsorship.These must not be seen as isolated instances since they happen on a larger scale but are hushed up by those who are responsible for various pageants out of fear that the pageant’s reputation may be impugned, and their image maligned.Also, the regulations must address the manner in which delegates are selected and the pageant themselves funded and executed. Guyana needs to abandon the principle of choosing delegates for a particular pageant, weeks or two months before the actual event. They girls should undergo months of coaching and preparations that are aimed at improving their overall welfare and well-being.Our representatives are disadvantaged when there is not enough effort placed into sending well-rounded not only beautiful representatives abroad to represent Guyana. While many of the young ladies – Lisa Punch, Alana Seebarran, Soyini Fraser, Rafieya Hussain and a few others have defied odds by securing resounding success internationally, there is need for us to regulate the industry and bring back order and methodology in order for Guyanese girls to be given a good chance at securing fame and prestige internationally on behalf of Guyana.