Western Bureau:Courtney Chisholm capped a brilliant display for his side with an audacious solo goal in the 90th minute to lift Spot Valley High to a 2-0 win over Muschett High in their ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup Zone C game yesterday.Chisholm’s strike, his fifth goal of the campaign, followed a 54th minute tap-in from substitute Andre Gardner, as the Gregory Palmer-coached Spot Valley moved to 11 points.”We are still eyeing qualification to the next round. It is proving a little bit difficult given what the team has been through recently with points deducted, but we are back with a victory that sets us up moving into our next game,” Palmer told The Gleaner.FEWSPARKSBut in a game that should have provided plenty of sparks, there was little of that except for the two goals and a few missed chances mainly for Spot Valley, as Chisholm, Reno Edmunson and Gardner came close with long range efforts.The zone is still being led by Cedric Titus High (19 points), following their drawn fixture against Herbert Morrison Technical.Meanwhile, a battle royal looms in Zone D with Godfrey Stewart High and Little London High, both locked on 19 points, hoping to steal top honours. And it was made no easier yesterday as both schools won their matches.Godfrey Stewart edged Manning’s 2-1, while Little London, easily the competition’s most improved team, tagged Maud McLeod 2-0. Third place Petersfield hammered Grange Hill 5-0.Zone A runaway leaders Cornwall College, having already sealed an Inter-Zone spot, were in a no-nonsense mood, hitting the fading Green Pond 5-0.Yesterday’s resultsGodfrey Stewart 2 Mannings 1Pretersfield 5 Grange Hill 0Little London 2 Maud McLeod 0Newell 0 Maggoty 0Steer Town 0 Browns Town 3A. Gallimore 1 Marcus Garvey 2Cornwall 5 Green Pond 0
Controversial Broadcast BillThe Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI) has expressed concern over Government using its “slim majority” to advance legislation to amend the Broadcast Bill.In a statement issued on Wednesday, the GCCI appealed to President Granger to withhold his assent to the Bill in its current format, urging the Head of State to instead send it to a Select Committee.The GCCI has posited that the bill should be handed over to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo — who has the Information portfolio — to hold consultations with various industry stakeholders.The GCCI has opined that Government should consider amending the language in the bill in an effort to make it more appealing to stakeholders. The body pointed out that its stance was taken following various consultations among its members within the media industry.“GCCI would like to register its concerns with the current legislation approved by a slim majority in Parliament… We note that the legislation includes two particularly contentious portions,” the veteran body noted in reference to Section 9 (1) and the First Schedule of the 2017 Amendment to the Broadcast Bill.According to Section 9 (1) of the bill, “Every person carrying on a broadcasting service immediately before the commencement of this Act, for which a licence had been previously issued, shall apply, within thirty days of the commencement of this Act, for a licence in accordance with the provisions of the Principal Act, as amended by this Act, for the continuation of the broadcasting service.”The GCCI says this language “creates an abrupt process” which, in its view, could see some broadcasters and entrepreneurs “having to wind up their operations within an unreasonable amount of time”.“Some of these entrepreneurs have invested into equipment and have bank debt securing their investment; therefore they would need a more reasonable timeframe and an appeals process that (would) allow for fairness in the process,” the GCCI has reasoned.The GCCI further expressed its objection to the first schedule, which insists that: “Every broadcasting agency shall broadcast public service programmes in the following manner – (a) for a total of up to sixty minutes per day; (b) between 6:00 hrs and 22:00 hrs; and (c) free of cost.”It also states that the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) reserves the right to direct a broadcasting agency to broadcast emergency notices or disaster warnings for any length of time, and regularly during peak or prime advertising time periods, depending on the nature of the emergency and having regard to public safety.GCCI sees this section as Government intrusion, and highlighted that it threatens freedom of expression.“It is important to note that, in the Constitution of Guyana, freedom of expression, which as James Madison, one of the architects of the US Constitution, posited, is a free trade in ideas that is necessary for servicing the civic needs of a democratic polity, is guaranteed, and broadcasters, once licensed, can be seen as public trustees of the spectrum. Therefore, to require an intrusion with Government-chosen programming violates this notion of freedom of expression,” reasoned GCCI.
DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Asian football player of the year banned for 5 months This jewelry designer is also an architect Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Becoming his own man FILE – Shaquille O’Neal speaks onstage during the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia on TNT at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner Sports/AFPNBA legend Shaquille O’Neal gave his support to Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey on Tuesday, saying the executive “was right” in his comments that ignited a furor between the NBA and China.Speaking on TNT television’s Inside the NBA show, former Los Angeles Lakers star O’Neal said Morey was entitled to tweet support for Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters earlier this month.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “And one of our best values here in America is free speech.“We’re allowed to say what we want to say and we’re allowed to speak up about injustices, and that’s just how it goes.“And if people don’t understand that, that’s something that they have to deal with.”Morey triggered a crisis earlier this month after tweeting an image captioned “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.”It came right before the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets arrived in China for what proved to be a tense two-game exhibition tour, with broadcasters refusing to air the games, public anger raging, and local sponsors cutting ties with the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong has been rocked by months of demonstrations by citizens who accuse Beijing of chipping away at its freedoms. China has portrayed the protesters as violent separatists and bristled at what it calls “foreign interference” in the matter.The backlash in China against Morey’s comments cast a cloud over the NBA’s lucrative broadcasting, merchandising and sponsorship interests in the country, where it has legions of fans.NBA commissioner Adam Silver said last week China had demanded Morey be sacked for his tweet, a claim later denied by Beijing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Daryl Morey was right,” O’Neal said. “Whenever you see something wrong going on anywhere in the world, you should have the right to say ‘That’s not right’ and that’s what he did.”O’Neal said nothing should inhibit free speech.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“We as American people do a lot of business in China,” O’Neal said.“They know and understand our values, and we understand their values.