…futilityThe movie “Born on the 4th July”, was a mega hit because it hit a raw nerve in America back in 1989. It tells the story of a young man, born on the 4th July – the same as the US Republic, of course – who volunteers like a good patriot fresh out of high school for the Marines to fight in the Vietnam War. His coming-of-age in that crucible of imperialistic overreach, opened his eyes to the horror of war and their disconnect from those who are in the trenches.Caricom was also born on the 4th of July – and your Eyewitness knows that date wasn’t chosen through mere coincidence. Those WI leaders who decided to move beyond the opening gambit of CARIFTA – the Caribbean Free Trade Association, also intended to form “a more perfect union” – as the American “founding fathers”. Just a decade before, the WI Federation has fallen asunder under the inbuilt disabilities inserted by the British – and even Arthur Lewis couldn’t put it together again.But the leaders didn’t give up – first with CARIFTA and then Caricom. We were to be a COMMUNITY! Meaning WE West Indians were going to work together to make the dream of achieving developed country status a reality – starting on July 4, 1973. In 1989, when the movie hit the screens, Guyana had hit rock bottom – the then PNC Government had to go to the IMF on bended knees to bail us out. On that option, Burnham presciently had said “Over my dead body!!”But we had to swallow their bitter (poisonous?) medicine – we were vying with Haiti for the “lowest on the totem pole” award! So, you’d think we’d be one of the most vociferous supporter of Caricom – if for nothing else than “there’s strength in numbers” and all that, no? And we were! WE stretched ourselves above and beyond to make our contributions – even housing the Secretariat here. But what did we get? Free movement of citizens? How about that “Guyanese bench” at Barbados airport? Investment in our agricultural land? How about cutting their nose to spite their face by dropping “The Jagdeo Initiative”?? etc…etc…So there comes a time, when – like that veteran in the movie – we have to look at this whole Caricom venture a bit more dispassionately and see what it’s doing to us. Now that we’ve struck oil, we can expect everyone and their uncle in Caricom to vie to become our “besties”. Nothing wrong with that – but we have to evaluate who allowed us to have some dignity in the bad old days.And who kicked us into the dirt!…”assishness”We’ve frequently had occasion to mourn, like the character from Dickens, that surely the law isn’t an “ass” for taking some ridiculous stand or another. Like jailing a fella for simply having raw materials for a decent spliff in his possession! But it looks like there are folks in our society who’re determined to ensure the identity of “assishness” and the law.Take the fellows at SOCU. They’ve already made asses of themselves for filing a charge against ex-AG Anil Nandlall for 14 Law Reports costing the grand sum of US$2500 – when it was clear they had no case – and in any case, had already spent 10 times the US$2500!! But now comes the quintessence of SOCU’s “assishness”.They filed request for a “search warrant” for the law reports to a Magistrate. But when Nandlall pointed out the High Court had already issued a prohibition against seizing the “Commonwealth Law Reports” they claimed they were actually looking for ‘Law Reports of the Commonwealth’!! Can you believe that?Is this a comedy routine or what??…elitismYour Eyewitness has to concur with that letter writer who claims the NGSA simply reinforces class distinctions, since it assumes at least a middle class background.But, he has to ask…”What’s the solution?”
With momentum on his team’s side and players peaking just at the right time, Ayo believes his team can rise to the challenge.“We haven’t achieved anything yet,” Ayo said after the Tigers overcame the second seed University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons twice in the stepladder phase to reach the finals. “Of course we are grateful that we reached this far but this is not our main goal.”The coaching clash between Ayo and Baldwin on the sidelines will be among the interesting sidelights of the series. Both coaches have steered their teams to a championship over the other with Baldwin leading Ateneo past Ayo’s La Salle team two seasons ago, a year after Ayo guided the Archers in the victory over the Eagles in the finals.The Tigers were actually the team that came closest at beating the Eagles, bowing 71-72 in their first-round matchup more than two months ago. The Eagles will be coming off a 16-day break going into Game 1, while the Tigers will be playing their fourth game in 10 days.ADVERTISEMENT View comments DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw With a squad armed with experience from three previous trips to the championship round and a system that methodically wears down teams, the Eagles have set the bar high for themselves this season.No less than a championship will suffice for the team that wants to be remembered as one of the greatest teams in Philippine collegiate basketball history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“We just want to be the greatest team as coach Tab [Baldwin] has preached to us in our practices,” said Ateneo captain Mike Nieto. “This 14-0 sweep that we did [in the elimination round] doesn’t mean anything without a championship.”A period of transition with nine rookies in the fold has turned out to be a season full of promise and excitement as the Tigers climbed out of the stepladder semifinals in ferocious form. Advancing to the finals, however, hardly gives coach Aldin Ayo satisfaction. ‘People evacuated on their own’ Ramsay proves worth after long dry spell with Azkals Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee A team chasing perfection and a squad that has exceeded expectations battle it out on Saturday as two-time defending champion Ateneo and upstart University of Santo Tomas begin their UAAP Season 82 best-of-three finals before an expected sellout crowd at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Untouchable in the elimination round, the Blue Eagles aim to extend their unbeaten run at 4 p.m. when they go up against the Growling Tigers, who are looking dangerous and confident after surviving three knockout games in seven days.ADVERTISEMENT
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Chatsworth High shortstop Mike Moustakas was just selected second overall in the Major League Baseball First Year Player’s Draft by the Kansas City Royals. Moustakas holds the state-record for home runs in a season (24) and career (52). To view the MLB draft video click here.