One peculiarity of Guyanese history is that we know very little of our cultural heritage before the arrival of Europeans in 1492. What we know of ourselves in that historical period are accounts of Europeans, because our Amerindians did not leave much written record of themselves and the environment they lived in. Do not be confused, however, by the spurious argument that Europeans discovered Guyana. Instead, they revealed to the world the existence of a place named Guiana – a land of waters – that was inhabited for many centuries by people unlike themselves.Few will disagree that the Amerindians are the first inhabitants of Guyana. The Amerindians, however, are also transplanted people, like any other Guyanese ethnic group. This is acceptable only if you agree with the diffusion theory that the ancestors of Amerindians are thought to have crossed the Bering Straits (Ice Bridge) about 20,000 years ago, dispersed gradually throughout North and South America (Guyana included) and migrated from the Orinoco and northern Amazon Basin to the Caribbean about 10,000 years ago.Their disposition before the arrival of Europeans into their interior domicile can be described as accommodating, rather than conquering, nature and life, although there were bouts of warfare among the many different Amerindian groups. Their disposition after the arrival of Europeans can be described as one of resistance against foreign intrusion, and pressing for the resurgence of their own way of life.The Europeans saw the Amerindian rainforest territory as a place and opportunity for trading in dyes, and later establishing plantation colonisation schemes. The European scheme failed due largely to Amerindian resistance to slavery, the inhospitable interior terrain, and tropical diseases. The Europeans, mainly Dutch and British, abandoned their interior operations and moved to the Atlantic coastlands, where they developed large-scale plantations. Unlike their brothers and sisters in the Caribbean islands, where they suffered a genocide through the encomienda slave system, the Amerindians in Guyana were inadvertently “saved” when the Europeans shifted their colonising interests from the interior to the coastlands. African slaves were imported to provide labour for European plantations.Robert H. Schomburgh, in 1840, placed the Amerindian population to be around 7000 in 1839, although this figure was disputed by other researchers as being too small or large by a few thousand. The Guyana Population Census in 2002 recorded the Amerindian population around 68,675, about 9.2 per cent of the 751,223 overall Guyanese population. Interestingly, Amerindians are certainly a minority within the overall Guyanese population, but a numerical majority in the vast interior region.In modern times, the Amerindians have been engaged in an endless struggle to receive land titles, better social services, and to be treated as humans; to be free from environmental degradation, and to stop the encroachment of various diseases in their communities. They are Guyana’s second-class citizens, although there have been some improvements from their deep-seated poverty and backwardness in the past decade.In spite of these bad chapters, there are some bright pages to be recorded about Amerindian history in Guyana, namely their contributions. Their mere survival is a contribution to human diversity that Guyanese should be proud of. Historically, they helped their enslavers to survive in a foreign land by sharing their knowledge of tropical cultivation, the use of various plants, such as cassava, cotton, maize (corn) and other indigenous plants, not only for consumption but also for medicinal purposes. These practices are still prevalent in Guyana.Guyanese are not shy to speak about pepper pot, the cassava bread, cassava balls, and cassareep which have graced our homes; but I am not sure if we have stopped for a moment to think that they are Amerindian contributions to Guyana’s culinary make-up. Their linguistic input in Guyana’s everyday lexicon is also often overlooked. Canoe, hammock, hurricane, tobacco, to list a few, are Amerindian words we use almost every day. I am surprised that the Amerindian word for gold did not make it to the list of words we use today in Guyana, since it was gold coupled with glory and God that prompted Europeans to come to Guyana.The preservation of their rainforest environment is by far one of their finest contributions to Guyana and the world at a time when environmental sustainability takes a secondary place to unscrupulous economic gains.I conclude by saying their main challenge and concern is the failure of the modern nation-state system to recognize their indigenous and grassroots system, as is evidenced by the clarion call of The National Toshaos Council (NTC) to have the current regime establish a separate commission to deal with land rights of the indigenous peoples, rather than conflate it with the African Guyanese internal land reparation movement. What a national ethnic shame! (email@example.com)
11 11 Stoke City v Arsenal is available to live stream on talkSPORT if you are outside of the UK, on January 17 2016.Arsenal can reclaim the Premier League top spot on goal difference with a draw away to Stoke, but a win would take them two points clear of Leicester City.Three points for the Gunners would also lay down a significant marker in their bid to win the title, as the Britannia Stadium has been a tough trip for the North London club in recent years.Since Stoke were promoted to the Premier League in 2008, Arsenal have won just one of eight matches in all competitions away to the Potters, with that solitary success coming in February 2010.This season, Stoke have won their last two home matches in the Premier League, including a win over Man United, to add to victories over Man City and Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium.But Mark Hughes’ side have also lost four Premier League games at the Britannia during this campaign, as well as the League Cup semi-final first leg to Liverpool, so Arsenal needn’t be daunted.Mesut Ozil is one confirmed absence, so who will Arsene Wenger replace him with for the trip north? Take a look at the confirmed line up, above. 11 11 11 6. Laurent Koscielny 11 24. Hector Bellerin 11 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 33. Petr Cech 16. Aaron Ramsey 9. Olivier Giroud 18. Nacho Monreal 20. Mathieu Flamini 28. Joel Campbell 11 11 11 11 4. Per Mertesacker – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! 14. Theo Walcott
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe local observance is the 14th of its kind in Whittier and included a two mile candlelight walk on Saturday night. The walk started at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Greenleaf Avenue and ended at St. Matthias Episcopal Church on Washington Avenue, where an interfaith service was given, followed by a potluck dinner. About 40 people attended, many of them in honor of loved ones lost to the epidemic. Representatives from the Christopher Wahl Youth Center and the Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse also came to support the walk. Case management coordinator for the AIDS Project Carol Rodriguez said that turnout was slightly lower than in past years, but she still looks forward to next year’s event. “Usually most years, there’s actually more people, but I think us just doing the walk is good,” Rodriguez said. Mendia said her organization, with seven full-time employees, provides counseling and other services to about 130 HIV-positive clients every year. About 52,000 in L.A. County are thought to be infected with the virus. “People need to recognize that AIDS is not something that happens somewhere else,” Mendia said. “That translates to an awful lot of people here locally.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: World Aids Day Whittier residents affected by AIDS joined with millions worldwide Saturday to light candles and remember loved ones lost to the epidemic. Saturday was the 19th annual World AIDS Day, meant to raise awareness and money to fight the virus and find a cure. The Whittier/Rio Hondo AIDS Project hosted the local event. “I think it’s important to just be part of a worldwide event,” director Elizabeth Mendia said. “I think it’s important for all the little agencies in whatever corner of the globe to recognize that they are part of the larger epidemic.”
GLENDALE – Downtown banks have been a frequent target for robberies recently, and authorities said Tuesday that they’re expecting even more as the holidays near. There have been seven bank robberies along Brand Boulevard since July. Although none has been violent, a robber who looted Union Bank of California on Monday – the third bank robbery in October – actually flashed a gun. Glendale police spokesman John Balian attributed the sudden bump in heists to the coming holiday season, although the boulevard has historically been targeted by robbers because of its proximity to the 134 Freeway and crowded streets that make for an easier escape. “People need money, and they’re in desperate need (during the holidays),” Balian said. “One way to get quick cash is to go into a bank.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system A man police described as in his late 20s with shoulder-length hair entered the bank at 330 N. Brand Blvd. at 3:15 p.m. Monday and took nearly $3,400 from a teller after flashing what appeared to be a semiautomatic handgun inside his jacket. This followed Thursday’s robbery at Community Bank at 100 N. Brand Blvd. by a man police dubbed the “Fingertip Bandit” for the tape he wore around his fingers. He entered the bank at 2 p.m. and demanded money, then fled into the Glendale Galleria and emerged wearing different clothes. Overall, robberies citywide also are on the rise – 113 reported in the first nine months of 2006, compared with 99 in the same period last year, police said. Bill Rehder, a security consultant and retired FBI agent who spent 31 years with the bureau’s bank robbery squad in Southern California, also noted a seasonal pattern, although location remains the key factor. “During the winter months, and particularly around the time of the (daylight-saving) time change, there may be a few more,” he said. “But that’s not a trend we can count on. That section of Glendale on Brand Boulevard has been the site of many robberies, but I certainly wouldn’t read anything into a small blip. There’s probably a couple of serial bandits.” In fact, three of the seven robberies are believed to be the work of the “Different Hat Bandit,” a robber of matching description known for disguising himself with fishing hats. Some downtown merchants said the string of robberies is a concern, but acknowledged they’re part of doing business in the city. “As a merchant, it’s a little bit of concern,” said Vickie McConnell, who owns a frame store along Brand and is an officer in the Downtown Glendale Merchants Association. “But I don’t see what I can do about it other than to be diligent. … I feel generally pretty safe.” Balian said the best way to handle a holdup is to cooperate with the robber, while noting any details or description that could tip off police. “Whether they’re bank employees or if they happen to be customers in a bank, just be good witnesses,” he said. “If they demand money, give them the money – the money’s not worth your life. And don’t try to detain them because they could be armed.” email@example.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move The Brazilian joined Liverpool after an impressive season with Roma, getting 22-clean sheets as they finished third in Serie A Karius came on to replace Alisson in a pre-season friendly against Torino and received a supportive applause from the crowd, before leaving to join Besiktas REVEALED huge blow REPLY 3 ADVICE Latest Transfer News Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Alisson says he was saddened by what happened to Loris Karius at Liverpool, despite now being in possession of the no.1 shirt.Karius, now on loan at Besitkas, took much of the blame for the club’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, which ultimately led to his departure. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED BEST OF 3 “I know what goes through the mind of a goalkeeper in those kind of moments.“I was so sad to see what happened to Karius – it could have happened to anyone.”Liverpool currently top the Premier League and have conceded just 10 goals all season, with Alisson keeping 12 clean sheets. Liverpool then signed Alisson from Roma in a £67million deal and he has provided stability at the back.However, he admits to having mixed emotions if his team score as a result of a goalkeeper error.“Even when my team scores after a big mistake from the opposition keeper, its a different feeling for me,” he told Four Four Two magazine.“I don’t celebrate it like any other goal,” he added. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Despite the promising start In August, though, Jurgen Klopp revealed he almost didn’t sign Alisson due to the strong criticism Karius faced in May.“The Champions League final had nothing to do with us getting Alisson. Even if he had won it and Alisson would have been on the market we would have still signed him,” he explained.“And how the people reacted negatively to Karius after the final, by trying to isolate him, that almost made me not sign Alisson and rather stick it out with Karius. But we had to be professional, our job is to have the best players on every position.” 3 shining Karius’ last competitive appearance in a Liverpool shirt came in the Champions League final loss to Real Madrid no dice Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars
update appointed Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas PEP TALK LIVE on talkSPORT rookie error Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship targets “A lot of players in the academy are closer to us. We want to give them an opportunity. I don’t know if other clubs are doing more or less, our responsibility is our responsibility.”On Standard Liege and the Europa League“Standard Liege are second in their domestic competition, we respect them a lot.“I want to feel that not me loves this competition, that everybody loves it. We want to do something important. It’s one title, one way to the Champions League.“We are going to play very good matches, we started against a great team [Frankfurt], playing a very good match away. The response of the young players was amazing, one example is Bukayo [Saka].” 3 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Getty Kieran Tierney appears close to fully recovering from a groin injury Unai Emery’s Arsenal were beaten in the Europa League final last season latest Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Getty Images on target Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Lille vs Chelsea (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Swansea (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2AZ Alkmaar vs Man United (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Birmingham vs Middlesbrough (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTFulham vs Charlton (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son stalemate Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Getty Images – Getty 3 3 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP On Kieran Tierney’s availability“He needs time, confidence, training and playing. Tomorrow is a good opportunity, he is ready to play. He will take minutes and confidence.“He will be able with us to show his progress.“I asked Kieran yesterday because we were waiting first for him to be with us consistently. Each step yesterday is important to be consistent.“He didn’t play in Manchester because he had a small problem, not important, but the doctor told us it was important for him to be here with us, preparing for tomorrow.“We are thinking it is not the moment to work with them (Scotland) for the next matches.“I think he is going to be ready to play with us and to play with them but now he is going to play tomorrow and also hopefully he can be good completely physically, tactically, but really with us I think he can but taking precaution also to not play a lot of matches in a few days.” Unai Emery insists Kieran Tierney is ‘ready to play’ against Standard Liege on Thursday.The Arsenal boss made the revelation despite the defender being pulling out of Scotland’s October Euro 2020 qualifiers. Tierney has been nursing a groin injury since joining the Gunners for £25million from Celtic in August.He made his debut in a 5-0 Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest last week but was left out of Monday’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United and subsequently withdrew from the Scotland squad.Emery, however, says he is ready to play for Arsenal, while fellow full-back Hector Bellerin is also poised to feature if he feels good enough on the morning of the match.Meanwhile, Emery refused to confirm whether Mesut Ozil would play a part in the club’s second Europa League game of the season.Ozil was left out of the Spaniard’s 18-man squad for the trip to Old Trafford, putting his Arsenal future in further doubt.Read the highlights of Emery’s pre-match Standard Liege press conference below… On Hector Bellerin’s fitness“Hector Bellerin is the same but with a small difference. His injury was more time, after a long time, nine months, we need first to play the 15 minutes he played last week [against Nottingham Forest].“He played in the Under-23s to take confidence, to do actions on the pitch.“For tomorrow we are thinking, it depends on the training, tomorrow he is going to play.” Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more On Mesut Ozil returning to the squad“We are going to train then and after we are going to decide.“I am going to decide the best first XI and in the squad also the best who can help us.”On playing more academy graduates in the Europa League“This Arsenal academy has been a very big academy in the history. Our responsibility as a club and as a coach is to give them chances. I know I have a big responsibility with that group.“After is to look for the best performance every time, giving the young players chances to be with us.“If they are playing well we will give them chances. Joe Willock scored against Frankfurt in Arsenal’s first Europa League game of the season statement
As he peered inside, he saw a body and called for backup. Washington County Prosecuting Attorney Dustin HouchinOver the next 18 hours, emergency personnel and law enforcement officers came together in what Washington County Prosecutor Dustin Howard calls a “tremendous effort” in response to this tragedy — which brings to a total 8 homicides since January. “A terrible man recently took the lives of three people in our community, including the life of an innocent boy,” said Houchin. “In an act of cowardice, the man killed himself to avoid being held to account for his deeds.”Washington County Coroner Peg Schell will release the names of the victims and the causes of death after an autopsy Tuesday morning. Houchin wrote the following in a statement released to WSLM this afternoon: “I want the people of Washington County to know about the tremendous effort and great work of the law enforcement community in response to this case. “Literally, every resource of the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Salem Police Department, The Pekin Town Marshal, the Washington County Coroner’s Office, the Indiana State Police Sellersburg Post, and the local Indiana Department of Natural Resources Office were brought together. “We coordinated also with Federal law enforcement agencies, the Indiana Fusion Center, and police agencies across multiple states. “As I stood at the crime scene on Sunday night, a whirlwind of activity was taking place from a central staging area: the area was cordoned off and made safe; witnesses were being interviewed by teams of officers, including coordination with detectives interviewing in Missouri; search warrants were being drafted; electronic surveillance was up; crime scene technicians were combing the scene for evidence; and notices were being sent to sister agencies and the public to be on the lookout for an armed and dangerous man. “The work occurred rapidly, effectively, and in a cooperative and coordinated way.”Houchin, who is serving his second term as Prosecuting Attorney, said “A hallmark of Washington County Law Enforcement over the last many years has been how well the various agencies work together. I am proud of that fact, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the willingness of these men and women to protect our community.” “This tragic event leaves us grieving, particularly for the family and friends of the victims. I hope we never have another experience like it,” he noted. “Rest assured, though, that in the worst of times, our law enforcement is ready, and will answer the call of duty with speed and excellence.” About 4:30p Sunday, a Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy knocked on the door of a light blue house setting on the eastside of the road at 5882 South Beck’s Mill Road. A caller from another state had let the City of Salem Police know that they had spoken with Richard Lee Burton Jr. – who had been living in the home – and was concerned for the lives of the three residents. Police found three bodies inside this house along Beck’s Mill Road Sunday afternoon.The officer was responding to a call that the residents of the home could be in danger.
Share This!Find out the latest show times and schedules for this week in the October 5 Universal Orlando news roundup.Weekly Crowd LevelsDetailed crowd level information can be found here.Weather Operating Hours & Early Park AdmissionCityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. daily, with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m on non-Halloween Horror Nights days.AdmissionTwo-day, two-park tickets are $284.99 per adult and $274.99 per child (plus tax).Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $80 per adult and $75 per child (plus tax).Showtimes and RefurbishmentsUniversal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration ShowtimesOctober 5 – 11: No showUniversal’s Superstar ParadeOctober 5 – 6: 2:00 p.m.October 7 – 8: 5:00 p.m.October 9 – 11: 2:00 p.m.Dark Arts at Hogwarts CastleOctober 5 – 7: Starting at 7:45 p.m., running every 20 minutesOctober 8 – 9: Starting at 7:30 p.m., running every 20 minutesOctober 10: No ShowOctober 11: Starting at 7:30 p.m., running every 20 minutesComplete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.Refurbishments & ClosuresFear Factor Live!: August 5 – November 15 (used for Halloween Horror Nights)Royal Pacific Resort Lobby Enhancements: March 1 – October 31 (phased)Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges – September 3 – December 22Me Ship, The Olive – September 3 – December 22Events & FestivalsHalloween Horror Nights is back! Experience houses based on Ghostbusters, Stranger Things, Jordan Peele’s Us, and more while you run from zombies, vikings, chainsaw maniacs, and Dragula in the streets. TouringPlans has your back with our ultimate guide (Part 1 and Part 2) and Do’s and Don’ts. Halloween Horror Nights 29 runs on select nights September 6 – November 2. Tickets are on sale now.See you next week, and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag!
(AP) — Opposition leader Juan Guaidó took a bold step to revive his movement to seize power in Venezuela, taking to the streets Tuesday to call for a military uprising that drew quick support from the Trump administration and fierce resistance from forces loyal to socialist Nicolas Maduro.The violent street battles that erupted in parts of Caracas were the most serious challenge yet to Maduro’s rule. And while the rebellion seemed to have garnered only limited military support, at least one high-ranking official announced he was breaking with Maduro, in a setback for the embattled president.In a Tuesday night appearance on national television, Maduro declared that the opposition had attempted to impose an “illegitimate government” with the support of the United States and neighboring Colombia. He said Venezuela had been a victim of “aggression of all kinds.”Meanwhile, Guaidó sought to keep the momentum going at the end of the day by releasing his own video message in which he pressed Venezuelans to take to the streets again on Wednesday.The competing quests to solidify a hold on power capped a dramatic day that included a tense moment when several armored vehicles plowed into a group of anti-government demonstrators trying to storm the capital’s air base, hitting at least two protesters.U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said the Trump administration was waiting for three key officials, including Maduro’s defense minister and head of the supreme court, to act on what he said were private pledges to remove Maduro. He did not provide details.The stunning events began early Tuesday when Guaidó, flanked by a few dozen national guardsmen and some armored crowd-control vehicles, released the three-minute video shot near the Carlota air base.In a surprise, Leopoldo Lopez, Guaido’s political mentor and the nation’s most-prominent opposition activist, stood alongside him. Detained in 2014 for leading a previous round of anti-government unrest, Lopez said he had been released from house arrest by security forces adhering to an order from Guaidó.“I want to tell the Venezuelan people: This is the moment to take to the streets and accompany these patriotic soldiers,” Lopez declared.As the two opposition leaders coordinated actions from a highway overpass, troops loyal to Maduro fired tear gas from inside the adjacent air base.A crowd that quickly swelled to a few thousand scurried for cover, reappearing later with Guaidó at a plaza a few blocks from the disturbances. A smaller group of masked youths stayed behind on the highway, lobbing rocks and Molotov cocktails toward the air base and setting a government bus on fire.Amid the mayhem, several armored utility vehicles careened over a berm and drove at full speed into the crowd. Two demonstrators, lying on the ground with their heads and legs bloodied, were rushed away on a motorcycle as the vehicles sped away dodging fireballs thrown by the demonstrators.“It’s now or never,” said one of the young rebellious soldiers, his face covered in the blue bandanna worn by the few dozen insurgent soldiers.The head of a medical center near the site of the street battles said doctors were treating 50 people, about half of them with injuries suffered from rubber bullets. At least one person had been shot with live ammunition. Venezuelan human rights group Provea said a 24-year-old man was shot and killed during an anti-government protest in the city of La Victoria.Later Tuesday, Lopez and his family sought refuge in the Chilean ambassador’s residence in Caracas, where another political ally has been holed up for over a year. They later moved to the Spanish embassy. There were also reports that 25 troops who had been with Guaidó fled to Brazil’s diplomatic mission.Amid the confusion, Maduro tried to project an image of strength, saying he had spoken to several regional military commanders who reaffirmed their loyalty.“Nerves of steel!” he said in a message posted on Twitter.Flanked by top military commanders, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López condemned Guaido’s move as a “terrorist” act and “coup attempt” that was bound to fail like past uprisings.“Those who try to take Miraflores with violence will be met with violence,” he said on national television, referring to the presidential palace where hundreds of government supporters, some of them brandishing firearms, had gathered in response to a call to defend Maduro.Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said the “right-wing extremists” would not succeed in fracturing the armed forces, which have largely stood with the socialist leader throughout the months of turmoil.“Since 2002, we’ve seen the same pattern,” Arreaza told The Associated Press. “They call for violence, a coup, and send people into the streets so that there are confrontations and deaths. And then from the blood they try to construct a narrative.”But in a possible sign that Maduro’s inner circle could be fracturing, the head of Venezuela’s secret police penned a letter breaking ranks with the embattled leader.Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera, the head of Venezuela’s feared SEBIN intelligence agency, wrote a letter to the Venezuelan people saying that while he has always been loyal to Maduro it is now time to “rebuild the country.”He lamented that corruption has become so rampant that “many high-ranking public servants practice it like a sport.”“The hour has arrived for us to look for other ways of doing politics,” he wrote. “To build the homeland our children and grandchildren deserve.”The letter circulating on social media was confirmed by a senior U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to divulge details of the case. He said the general’s wife is currently outside the country.Guaidó said he called for the uprising to restore Venezuela’s constitutional order, broken when Maduro was sworn in earlier this year for a second term following elections boycotted by the opposition and considered illegitimate by dozens of countries.He said that in the coming hours he would release a list of top commanders supporting the uprising.“The armed forces have taken the right decision,” said Guaidó. “With the support of the Venezuelan people and the backing of our constitution they are on the right side of history.”Anti-government demonstrators gathered in several other cities, although there were no reports that Guaidó’s supporters had taken control of any military installations.As events unfolded, governments from around the world expressed support for Guaidó while reiterating calls to avoid violent confrontation.Bolton declined to discuss possible actions – military or otherwise – but reiterated that “all options” are on the table as President Donald J. Trump monitors developments “minute by minute.”He said he was waiting for key power brokers including Padrino, Supreme Court chief justice Maikel Moreno and head of the presidential guard to make good on their commitments to achieve the peaceful transfer of power to Guaidó.“All agreed that Maduro had to go. They need to be able to act this afternoon, or this evening, to help bring other military forces to the side of the interim president,” Bolton said. “If this effort fails, (Venezuela) will sink into a dictatorship from which there are very few possible alternatives.”Elsewhere, Spain’s socialist caretaker government urged restraint, while the governments of Cuba and Bolivia reiterated their support for Maduro.
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLa Salle standout Ricci Rivero was conspicuously absent from the initial list of players Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes wants for the national team pool for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.This was despite the earlier pronouncement of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan that the likes of the high-flying Rivero were part of the future of the Gilas program.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte RELATED: Paras, Ravena, Perez, Sotto banner Reyes’ 2023 Gilas wishlistReyes, however, made it clear that the list is still not final and he is still open to adding a few players who he feels will be valuable in helping the country make an impact come 2023.“This is a pool. This is a list, and it doesn’t mean that these are the players who will all play in 2023 because there are still young players in current Gilas pool. It’s up to them to prove to us who belongs to that final roster,” he said.Players from Reyes’ “23 for 23” wishlist are expected to show up and take part in Gilas Pilipinas’ evening practice on Monday at Meralco Gym as the squad gears up for the second leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers on February.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Abu Tratter was the lone Lasallian who made the list, but the 24-year-old slotman has already exhausted his playing years and will no longer play for the school this upcoming UAAP season.Pangilinan name dropped Rivero as one of the players who he felt was one of the possible additions to the national team pool in the future alongside current pool members Roger Pogoy of TNT, Kiefer Ravena of NLEX, his brother Thirdy, as well as Robert Bolick of San Beda and CJ Perez of Lyceum.RELATED: MVP sees likes of Ravena brothers, Ricci Rivero as future Gilas members“These are the kids that will be in the prime of their careers by that time. We have the raw materials, but we have to train and bond properly. We know that we have six years to prepare for the tournament, so it’s good for them to develop their bonding early,” he said in a previous report.The younger Ravena, Bolick, and Perez were all included in Reyes initial list.ADVERTISEMENT Messi can quit Barca, if Catalonia leaves Spain Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH According to Reyes, who released the “23 for 23” list Friday morning, the school brass reached out to him to ask that their players be excepted from the pool for now as the Green Archers undergo an overhaul.“The school has actually asked us not to include any of their players first because they’re in a process of transition and reformation of their program,” he said in an interview on SportsCenter Philippines.La Salle is still reeling from the departure of head coach Aldin Ayo, who transferred to University of Santo Tomas for the Growling Tigers. Assistant coach Louie Gonzalez has since been named as the new man at the helm for the Green Archers. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES But Reyes clarified Friday that Rivero and the other Green Archers like Aljun Melecio were “not snubbed” and their exclusion from the Gilas pool was the decision of La Salle.READ: Gilas resumes training for Fiba Qualifiers on Monday FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ