Tennis News Game, Set and Love: Rafael Nadal set to begin new journey with long-time girlfriend

first_imgRafael Nadal lost in straight sets to Novak Djokovic in the final of the 2019 Australian Open.Rafael Nadal has won the French Open a record 11 times.Nadal has 17 Grand Slam titles while Djokovic has 15 with Roger Federer leading with 20. Nadal’s quest to becoming the only man to win all the four Grand Slams took a major hit as he lost in straight sets in the final of the Australian Open 2019 to Novak Djokovic. Nadal now has 17 Grand Slams while Djokovic has closed the gap with 15. Roger Federer leads the charts with 20 Grand Slam titles and all three players have a chance to become the first player from the Open Era to win all the four Grand Slams more than once. The Spaniard is the only player to win one Grand Slam title more than 10 times, having won the French Open singles crown a world record 11 times.Speaking after the end of the Australian Open, Nadal said, “Because of the things that happened to me in terms of surgery [an ankle operation in November], then what happened in Abu Dhabi [strained thigh muscle], I was not able to work that much the defensive game. Five months without competing, having that big challenge in front of me, I needed something else.” New Delhi: Rafael Nadal, who has won 17 Grand Slam titles and who lost in straight sets to Novak Djokovic in the final of the 2019 Australian Open, is all set to begin a new chapter in his life. According to a tweet put out by the official handle of the ATP Tour, Nadal is all set to marry his long-time girlfriend Maria Francisca “Xisca” Perello after proposing to her in January. The Spaniard had earlier gotten Maria to the Rod Laver Arena during the 2017 Australian Open and in an interview with former American tennis player Jim Courier following his victory in the fourth round, Nadal first made a reference to his girlfriend.When Courier asked about Nadal bringing Maria to the Australian Open for the first time, Nadal replied, “I had lost in the quarterfinal in Brisbane but I had the chance to visit Sydney. I was not there before but I enjoyed the city. After 10 years, my girlfriend finally gets a wildcard to come to Melbourne,” Nadal remarked with laughter. To this, Courier responded, “I am speechless. That is a wildcard? She is not a main draw player? She needs a special entry?” Nadal with a smile said, “Better we stop here.” The exchange had gone viral on the Australian Open channel on Youtube with close to 1.8 million views. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

USC suffers sweep to rival UCLA

first_imgWhen USC and UCLA took the field this weekend for their annual three-game clash, it was hard to envision two more different teams and programs. Here were the Bruins (37-15, 20-7), ranked No. 8 in the country on pace to win 40 games for the fourth time in five years with seven postseason appearances in the past nine, including trips to the College World Series in two of the last three years.Welcomed addition · After transferring from UPenn, senior outfielder Greg Zebrack has helped pace an otherwise young USC offense. He currently ranks second on the team with a .337 batting average across 51 games. – Natalie Qasabian | Daily TrojanThen there were the Trojans (19-33, 11-17), with just one winning season in the last decade, on pace for the least number of wins by a USC baseball team since the 1985 squad went 22-44.And so the Bruins’ three-game sweep of the Trojans hardly came as a surprise. UCLA will in all likelihood host a regional and has a legitimate shot at a top-8 seed and the chance to host a super regional, while the Trojans have nothing to play for. Or so it would seem.The lessons drawn from this series seem endless. Looking at the stat sheet alone, UCLA doesn’t seem like a team that should be one of the favorites to reach Omaha. The Bruins hit just over .250 as a team, which is second-to-last in the Pac-12. Their 256 runs scored put them sixth in the conference. Their pitching is better, but not special. Of their four starters, only one has an ERA below 2.50.“We really don’t think they’re that much better than us,” USC senior outfielder Greg Zebrack said. “We easily could have won those games and if it wasn’t for [UCLA shortstop Pat] Valaika playing his brains out, we might have won all three.”Valaika and Bruin third baseman Kevin Kramer were amazing defensively all weekend. On Friday, Valaika made a leaping catch to snag a would-be game-tying base hit away from Zebrack with two outs in the seventh. The Bruins won that game 2-1.On Saturday, Valaika made three fantastic plays to end the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, saving at least a pair of runs in the process. UCLA won that game 7-6.“I don’t think their pitching beat us. I don’t think their hitting beat us. I think the left side of their infield beat us,” said USC head coach Dan Hubbs. “Kramer and Valaika won the series. I thought we hit the ball harder than they did and strung together really good at-bats. But when you play really good teams, it comes down to such little things. A play, a pitch, a hit. And they were just a little better, so tip your hat.”To put it in baseball terms, the Bruins simply made the plays, which is something the youthful Trojans and their 16 true freshmen have struggled with this year. On Sunday, which was Senior Day at Dedeaux Field, the Trojans started five freshman, including on the mound.While the youth of the team has been tough to watch at times this year, there is no denying there is talent, even among the sometimes-ugly growing pains.“I knew we were gonna go through some trials and tribulations because of our youth and inexperience,” Hubbs said. “But I am excited. I was excited about it from day one.”Hubbs then proceeded to list every player he was excited about for next season, based on the strides they made in this one. He mentioned 16 names, and every one of them was legitimate.“At the beginning of the season it was tough,” said senior second baseman Adam Landecker. “But as the season got on a bunch of freshman got quality experience, and they can really help the team next year. So it should be fun to watch.”But there are still three games left this year as the Trojans wrap up their season with defending national champion Arizona this weekend in Tucson, Ariz. Like the Bruins this year, the Wildcats weren’t the most eye-popping bunch of players when they won in Omaha a year ago. But they found a way to win, something the Trojans can learn from.“It’s really contagious,” Zebrack said of a winning culture. “Once you know how to do that, you just get it done. You just make the plays. And it makes everyone grow up a little bit faster.”Growing up fast is exactly what the Trojans need to do.last_img read more

Wyclef celebrates Haitian Flag Day in Little Haiti

first_imgWyclef Jean shares a light moment with Mecca aka Grimo BY Megan SmallThe month of May is Haitian Heritage Month.For 31 days residents of South Florida who are of Haitian descent celebrate their culture. On Friday May 19th, the day after Haitian Flag Day, hundreds gathered at the The Little Haiti Cultural Complex to celebrate the one year anniversary of Sounds of Little Haiti. The organizers did it in a huge way by getting the hip-hop music artist Wyclef Jean to perform, “It’s definitely historical, it feels good to be back home in Little Haiti” said Wyclef Jean in an interview with Host/ Performer Mecca Grimo Marcelin. Sounds of Little Haiti is the monthly event where locals and tourists celebrate authentic Haitian culture. Every third Friday, an outdoor concert along with vendors gather at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex to provide an immersive experience. Sounds of Little Haiti is the revival of Big Night in Little Haiti which ended in April 2016. The One Year Anniversary concert also had the Carnival band Rara Lakay, We Them Zoe’s and The Nancy St. Léger Danse Ensemble performing that night. “We’re going to start in 1996 and end in 2017. Kompa, Zouk, hip hop… I’m going to play the guitar, we’re going to turn up! But I have to keep in mind there’s a curfew,” Wyclef laughs talking about his performance before the concert He has a new EP entitled “J’ourvet” currently available for streaming and is working on a Carnival 3 album, to be released soon.Haitian heritage Month celebrations underway Having reached international success for his music since the mid-1990s, Wyclef recently took time away from the music space to work a public servant. He made a plea to those present to continue to fight towards policy and legislation that are affecting Haitian Americans, including TPS. center_img Wyclef spoke with CNWeekly and told us that Haitian Flag Day and Haitian Heritage month has cross-cultural importance. Wyclef Jean explains “This is African History, This is black history. As the first black republic, Haiti took a chance and other Caribbean islands knew that they could do it too.”last_img read more

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Suns’ Devin Booker motivate each other

first_imgTheir friendship traces back to when they first met at the Nike Elite 100 Camp in 2011, an event that featured some of the top high school prospects in the country. The two formed what Booker called a “competitive friendship.”“We have the same mindset when it comes to the floor. It’s important to have friends to be on the same mission as you are,” Booker said. “We always have something to prove.”When they played together at the Nike Elite 100 camp, Russell and Booker sought to dominate every game. When they played against each other, they were intent on matching up to see how their skills and familiarity played out.Russell and Booker ascended the mock draft boards during their freshman seasons at Ohio State and Kentucky, respectively. The Lakers selected Russell at No. 2 overall in the 2015 draft and the Suns drafted Booker with the 13th pick, and the relationship remains strong. They routinely share observations on opponents.When the Lakers and Suns meet, the pair concede engaging in friendly trash talk. According to Basketball Reference, Booker has bragging rights over Russell in points (20.2, 10.8), shooting (43 percent, 28 percent), assists (4.4, 3.8) and minutes played (29.2, 25.8) through five head-to-head games.“That’s why we click so much,” Russell said. “We’ve been the underdogs before and we’ve worked to get to where we’re at now. We’re still underdogs. We’re always competing against each other for what we’re trying to get.”As they discovered during their rookie seasons, things don’t always go the way you want.Former Lakers coach Byron Scott took away Russell’s starting position 20 games into the season amid concerns about the team’s sluggish start, his consistency, attitude and work habits. Russell endured pressure to perform as a No. 2 pick, while accommodating Kobe Bryant’s dominating presence. After reclaiming his starting spot, Russell showed the kind of steady growth that later landed him on the NBA’s All-Rookie second team. Then, late in the season, the video of Young went public. Through it all, Booker was “someone to talk to.”“It made him mature faster,” Booker said of Russell’s adversities. “We’re still young in this league. It’s hard for us to realize we are NBA players and everything hits the Internet, especially here in L.A. for him. So it’s tough. I think he’s adjusted well and has matured a lot.”Russell became the same sounding board for Booker.Booker opened his rookie season as a reserve and averaged 6.5 points while shooting 50 percent in 14.7 minutes. Russell reminded his friend to stay patient. After he became a full-time starter in late December, Booker averaged 17.4 points and 3.5 assists in 34.1 minutes and made the All-Rookie first team.“I knew when he would get his opportunity, he would take advantage of it,” Russell said of Booker. “They needed somebody of his caliber on that team. Every time he got his opportunity, he played really well. Then when they didn’t play him, he was a little frustrated.”While they’ve overcome their rookie frustrations, neither player seems satisfied.Booker is trying to dispel the perception that he’s just a shooter. He wants to prove last season’s effort was not a fluke driven by the minutes he inherited after Eric Bledsoe’s season-ending knee injury in late December. So far this season, Booker is averaging 19 points on 42 percent shooting in 32.9 minutes per game.Russell feels more empowered thanks to Luke Walton’s coaching style and offensive system. Before his injury, Russell averaged 16.1 points and 4.8 assists while shooting 41 percent in 26.8 minutes. Once he returns to the lineup, he said he wants to continue to mature into a leader and a more complete player.Through their respective journeys, they know they’ll keep motivating each other.“If we keep that edge toward each other and always compete with each other …” Russell said, before trailing off. “At the end of the day when we look up, we’ll forget that we’re competing with just each other. We’ll be at the top of the pole.” Russell still did some things. He apologized to Young and his teammates, and the pair has since reconciled. Russell publicly expressed remorse. And in a self-deprecating Foot Locker commercial he later filmed with several young NBA stars including Booker, Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, Russell threw Simmons’ phone into the ocean as his “advice” to the incoming NBA rookie.“It’s good if you’re able to laugh at your mistakes,” Booker said. “A lot went on last year, but he still fought through it and is still grinding.”Booker helped Russell nearly every step of the way, from the moment he informed his friend the video prank had gone viral and become tabloid fodder. Beyond the commercial shoot, the two vacationed together with mutual friends and family in Mexico during the offseason and comforted each other through the highs and lows of their rookie seasons.Russell is scheduled to sit out when the Lakers (10-14) play host to the Suns (6-16) on Friday at Staples Center, still nursing a sore knee that has sidelined him for 11 of the last 12 games.“He was positive,” Russell said of Booker. “He was there. He had my back through it all.” LOS ANGELES >> Just as he started to fall asleep, any hopes D’Angelo Russell had of pleasant dreams quickly evaporated. Russell’s close friend woke him up late at night with an urgent message.“Bro, you see this stuff?” Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker asked Russell.Russell then learned a video he recorded on his phone leaked on social media. The video showed teammate Nick Young admitting to infidelities.“I know the truth,” Russell recalled thinking about the incident nearly nine months ago. “I can’t do anything about it.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NL award races: Bellinger, Yelich locked in MVP race; who gets Cy Young, Rookie of the Year nods?

first_imgNL Rookie of the YearLeader: Some years, the competition for the rookie of the year award is less than stiff. That’s not the case this year. Pete Alonso gets the nod for the moment. He’s been an impact bat for the Mets from the very start of the season — in a year like this, that’s very important — he’s tied for second in the NL with 23 home runs and has a 151 OPS+, 53 RBIs and a 2.6 bWAR. He leads his club (or is a close second) in most every important offensive category. Contending: We have some rookies putting up incredible numbers in short sample sizes. The Braves waited to call up Austin Riley, and he’s produced 11 homers in his first 30 MLB games. His teammate Mike Soroka didn’t make his season debut until mid-April, and he has a 1.92 ERA in 11 starts. Fernando Tatís Jr., was hitting .300 for the Padres when he landed on the IL with a hamstring issue; he’s batting .436 in his first 10 games back, lifting his season average to .338, to go with a 1.018 OPS. Bryan Reynolds, who was part of the trade that sent Andrew McCutchen from Pittsburgh to San Francisco, is batting .361 in 51 games for the Pirates. Alex Verdugo has a .827 OPS in 67 games for the Dodgers and Harold Ramírez is batting .325 30 games for the Marlins. Worth a mention: We’ve also seen the season debuts of guys who figure to be big-league regulars for a long time, but this is a tough year to compete for the rookie award. Still, Keston Hiura (Milwaukee), Nick Senzel (Cincinnati), Brendan Rodgers (Colorado) and Víctor Robles (Washington) are making an impact, too. We are roughly 70 games into a 162-game baseball season, which isn’t a third (33 percent) of the way through, or half (50 percent) of the way through or any simple fraction. We are, depending on how many games your team has played, 43 percent of the way through the season, so I know you’re not expecting an update on where the award races stand.But we’re doing them now anyway, because we can. On June 17, it’s the NL. On June 20, it’s the AL. I’ve had the honor of voting for six BBWAA awards (three Cy Youngs, two manager and one MVP) in my time as a Sporting News baseball writer, and I can promise you one thing: I spent more time on those real postseason award ballots (weeks of agonizing decision-making) than I did on this little exercise. But I can promise I used the same principles when picking the favorites. I just didn’t go nitty-gritty between, let’s say, fifth place and off my Cy ballot.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNAnyway, let’s jump in. NL MVPLeaders: At this point, it’s clearly a two-man race between Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich. Though, we should point out that last year at this point, Yelich wasn’t really part of the MVP conversation and he wound up winning the award, so keep that in mind. For now, let’s look at the amazing seasons these two are putting up in 2019.The similarities are kind of incredible this year. Bellinger has the narrow edge in these categories: average (.355 to .343), on-base percentage (.451 to .444), RBIs (58 to 57) and WAR (4.9 to 4.5 at FanGraphs and 6.0 to 4.2 at Baseball-Reference).Yelich has the advantage in homers (26 to 23), OPS+ (201 to 197), runs (56 to 54), wOBA (.469 to .462) and stolen bases (16 to 8). They’re tied in doubles (13 each) and wRC+ (both 192). Yelich is an excellent outfielder, but Bellinger has been just as good in the field as he’s been at the plate. Bellinger leads NL outfielders with 20 DRS (defensive runs saved); nobody else in the NL has more than 11, and his UZR/150 of 33.8 is easily best in the NL, too (though 2 1/2 months is not a great sample size for that stat).However, Bellinger and Yelich are going in different directions at the moment. Bellinger is batting .244 with an .882 OPS in June, while Yelich is hitting .472 with a 1.438 OPS over the same span. Still, though, when you factor in Bellinger’s defensive other-worldliness over the course of the season, I’d give him the edge at the moment. By the time July rolls around, though, who knows?Worth a mention: There are some familiar names in the conversation again this year:— Nolan Arenado is doing Nolan Arenado things again for the Rockies this year, and eventually he’ll win one (more more) of those MVP trophies (and his teammate Trevor Story has been excellent, too).— Anthony Rendon has been a star (1.075 OPS, 16 homers) in an otherwise disappointing season in D.C.— The Braves lead the NL East, and both Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuña, Jr. are posting memorable campaigns.— Javy Báez has been outstanding for the Cubs.— In Arizona, Ketel Marte (20 homers after hitting a career-best 14 in 153 games last year) has been amazing, as has his Diamondbacks teammate Eduardo Escobar.— Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong is fourth in the NL in WAR, 3.1 (both fWAR and bWAR).— Josh Bell has been great for Pittsburgh, too. NL Cy YoungLeaders: In his past six years, here are the Cy Young finishes for Max Scherzer: First, fifth, fifth, first, first, second. If not for an incredible season by Jacob deGrom last year, Scherzer would have easily taken home his fourth Cy Young. Thing is, at the moment, he’s squaring off with another historic season, this one by Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers.Ryu’s ERA is a microscopic 1.26 through 14 starts, and his strikeout-to-walk ratio of 17:1 is unprecedented in the modern era. In 1875, Candy Cummings — famed as the inventor of the curveball — struck out 82 and walked only four in 416 innings, a K/BB ratio of 20.50. But, y’know, 1875. The modern-era record is held by Phil Hughes, at 11.63 in 2014. So far this year, Ryu’s 17.00 is the result of 85 strikeouts and only five walks. Scherzer is having another Scherzer season. He’s striking out 12.3 per nine (a career best), leads the NL with a 2.28 FIP and has allowed only eight homers in 99 1/3 innings.His K/BB ratio of 6.80 is outstanding but not close to Ryu’s. With those strikeouts, though, his WAR is ahead of Ryu’s, both by the FanGraphs calculation (3.8 to 3.1) and Baseball-Reference (3.9 to 3.7). If forced to choose, Ryu would get the top spot on my ballot, just ahead of Scherzer. Worth a mention:— At 35 years old, Zack Greinke is having his best season in a Diamondbacks uniform, with a 2.65 ERA and 0.884 WHIP.— Luis Castillo is showing why smart baseball people have long thought he has ace potential, fashioning a 2.20 ERA and 10.6 K/9 for the Reds.— Jacob deGrom has had a couple hiccup starts, but he’s having another strong season.— Atlanta rookie Mike Soroka has a 1.92 ERA, but with only 11 starts and 70 1/3 innings, he’s got catching up to do.  — Walker Buehler has been excellent, and right-handers German Márquez, Stephen Strasburg and Zach Elfin have been All-Star-worthy, too.last_img read more

The Rams revealed their new logos, and Twitter’s apathy was palpable

first_imgThe Rams new logos. pic.twitter.com/n140OVxJ6R— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) March 23, 2020A new look for your Rams.Check out all the details » https://t.co/GrA8Lxs91o pic.twitter.com/1MN217RMK8— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) March 23, 2020MORE: The best — and worst — looks in the league for 2019The Rams are the latest team to jump into the jersey and color scheme change trend, with the Falcons and Buccaneers looking towards new getups in 2020.The colors are pretty much the same. They’re similar to the blue and yellow they’ve been using since the franchise returned to L.A. But the new logos, the stylized L.A. and the Rams head, were met with a pretty mixed bag of reactions.Hey @RamsNFL your new logo reminds me of something. pic.twitter.com/FuMeiipi5L— Chris D’Elia (@chrisdelia) March 23, 2020I knew I wasn’t tripping when I thought the new Rams logo reminded me of LA Gear. pic.twitter.com/XN3OXDlrhD— Jovan Alford (@Jovan10) March 23, 2020Well. The LA logo stinks to high heaven but the actual Ram logo is awesome. pic.twitter.com/M41wH1Y66E— Daren Stoltzfus (@DarenStoltzfus) March 23, 2020Rams new logo looks like a rough draft at an arapahoe community college intro to graphic design course. Who OK’d this shit Kroenke? pic.twitter.com/ZpBld4Tybe— Josh Harris (@joshwaaa303) March 23, 2020All the rams logo is cheeks except this one pic.twitter.com/JRc1dkxSsi— cody🌙 (@codydotexe) March 23, 2020Rams new logo is sharing serious 2013/14 Everton vibes.Please revert. pic.twitter.com/BkH5ySZh2v— bowen (@BowenCunningham) March 23, 2020there is no “best part” of this— Tom Downey (@WhatGoingDowney) March 23, 2020pic.twitter.com/OhjcE4a5lO— PresidentMal🛩 (@TheAdamsEra33) March 23, 2020 It was a few weeks in the making, but the new Rams logos are here and … well, they’re here.The Rams unveiled their new logo on Monday, a few weeks after the now-official new look leaked, and they’re … something. Not sure what, but they’re something.last_img read more

ACU’s Luis Trevino Earns ABCA/Rawlings All-America Second Team Honors

first_imgAmong Division I hitters, Trevino finished seventh in batting average, ninth in slugging percentage (.743) and 14th in on-base percentage (.504). First recognized in 1949, the ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans are selected by the ABCA All-America committee, which is chaired by Tommy Raffo of Arkansas State University. GREENSBORO, N.C. – Abilene Christian catcher Luis Trevino was named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-America Second Team, the association announced Saturday. It marks the third all-America nod for Trevino, who picked up second-team honors from Collegiate Baseball and third-team laurels from the NCBWA. Trevino, the Southland Conference Player of the Year, nearly claimed the Triple Crown for the league. This season, he led the Southland in batting average (.408) and RBI (63) but finished one shy of UIW’s Taylor Smith in home runs (15). The Mission, Texas, native drew a conference-best 39 walks and was a .509 hitter with runners in scoring position. Trevino was drafted in the 40th round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.last_img read more

La Romareda will be filled to receive Madrid in the Cup

first_imgThe Real Zaragoza-Real Madrid of the round of 16 Cup which will be played next Wednesday (9:00 p.m.) will be high altitude. La Romareda will be filled after Yesterday morning the more than 4,000 tickets available will be sold out in a few hours. The ticket offices of the stadium woke up with a long line of fans with the desire to acquire a locality and at noon all the paper had been exhausted. Already the day before, hundreds of fans positioned themselves to wait outside the offices of the Aragonese club even before the publication of the meeting schedule, with the idea of ​​being the first to acquire their tickets, whose prices ranged from 60 to 95 euros. In addition, online sales were also available. The zaragocista subscribers have their reserved locations, but they will have to pay between 10 and 20 euros to be able to witness Madrid’s visit to La Romareda for the first time since 2013.last_img read more

Liberia Consoles Ghana

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a condolence message to the Government and people of Ghana following the death of at least 20 persons and injury of 22 others.Twenty people, mainly high school students, died after a large tree fell on them at the popular Kintampo waterfalls in the Brong-Ahafo region, one of the highest in the country. The tragic incident occurred on Sunday, March 19, 2017.The students were swimming when the freak accident happened. Wind and heavy rain appears to have caused the accident. Rescue teams used chainsaws to cut through the fallen tree and free those trapped underneath. Twenty-two others were reported injured and treated at local hospitals.A Foreign Ministry release states that in the message to her Ghanaian counterpart, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President Sirleaf, on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia and in her own name, extended heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Ghana, especially the affected families.President Sirleaf further expressed the hope that the resilience and strength that the people of Ghana have always demonstrated during moments of challenge will be a bulwark or consolation during this difficult period.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Region 6 residents protest GWI over poor quality service

first_imgResidents of Region Six on Monday launched a picketing exercise outside of the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) Chesney Regional Office on the Corentyne to express their disgust and dissatisfaction over the quality of service and water they receive together with high bills.Protesters outside the GWI’s office at Chesney, CorentyneFrom the picket line they shouted, “We want good water,” as they held placards and marched in front of the utility company’s office.It was the second successive week that residents have protested outside the GWI’s office. Many of the protestors say that it is impossible for them to utilize water costing in excess of $12,000 in per month. According to several residents attempts to query their bills is met with hostility. One resident told this newspaper that when attempts are made to make queries they are told that the bills must be paid first before any questions will be entertained.On Monday, Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) Regional Supervisor in Berbice Zamal Hussain, who joined the protest line, said that the PPP has been inundated with the complaints from consumers.According to him, the party decided to join the protestors and to take a leadership role since it is of the view that the management of the utility company does not care about the ordinary citizens.“We ask to see the official at GWI to ensure that we have some resolution to these problems. To date that is not forthcoming. We have seen that the disrespect for customers continues because many of them are being forced to pay their bills before they can query them. This is a violation of the rules. I think that you have to query the bills first before you come up with the right payments,” he said.He explained that residents in east Canje were promised that there will be no increase rates until they start to receive treated water. However, as from the time meters were attached to their service lines it attracted new charges.“I think this Government is really operating in a dictatorship manner. Even GWI the CEO we cannot see him as yet. He needs to meet with the persons from the different areas,” Hussain said.Some of the protestors claimed that for four days they have not received potable water. Apart from that, the quality of the water is also a worrying factor.“We are advocating the GWI respect customers and continue to listen to them,” Hussain added.Meanwhile, customers from New Amsterdam have expressed concern over the fact that the office in the town does not adequately address queries forcing them to travel miles to have their issues resolved. Residents said that on many occasions the office at New Amsterdam claims that the system is down hence, a query cannot be addressed.However, they demand that the customer is required to pay the bill as stated or risk disconnection.One customer from Canefield, East Canje was billed in excess of $16,000 for the month of November 2018 and $4000 for December.According to that customer, she went to GWI on two occasions to query the bill and on one occasion she was told that it was an estimated bill and on the other she was informed that it was an actual reading.“They send somebody to come and see if I have any leakage and the person read the meter and try to calculate what my bill should be and up to know they can’t give me a figure,” the woman told this publication.Meanwhile, efforts by this newspaper for a comment on the issues affecting Berbice to the GWI’s Chesney office was met with hostility.last_img read more