‘Duel for the Dishes’: The night the Syracuse Chiefs become the Salt Potatoes

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first_imgOn Saturday night in NBT Bank Stadium, the Syracuse Chiefs didn’t play. Instead, there was a pregame wedding, an eight-foot tall golden fork, salt potato pizza, potato sack races and taekwondo. All took place in the freshly named Tater Town, where the Chiefs changed their name to the Salt Potatoes, the Red Wings turned into the Plates and Jose “Mashed Potatoes” Marmolejos homered amid the quirkiness.Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerThere was a baseball game — called Duel for the Dishes — but it was just a sideshow. As the Salt Potatoes took batting practice, a couple stated their vows on the venue’s party deck.The wedding had been planned for this specific weekend. Katie Brown, a Syracuse native, had introduced her new husband, Jared Forst, to salt potatoes earlier in their relationship because the buttery delicacy is a staple of central New York. Forst hails from Ohio and had never experienced the side dish.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s like addicted now,” the now-Katie Forst said.“It was kind of weird, the wedding thing,” Marmolejos “Mashed Potatoes” said. Like the rest of the Salt Potatoes, and the team itself, the outfielder had his name altered to a food for the game.The wedding took place beyond the right-field wall. Marmolejos warned them it wasn’t a safe spot.“I yelled at them, ‘Hey watch out, don’t get hit with a ball,’” Marmolejos recalled. “That was the first time I’ve seen that. That was kind of different.”Billy Heyen | Assistant Sports EditorAs game time approached and fans filed in, they had their first opportunity to take part in the starch-dedicated evening. Syracuse dished out bobbleheads, depicting a Salt Potato standing on the Plates logo, to the first 1,000 people in the stadium, in addition to season-ticket holders.One father and son pair received bobbleheads. But that’s not why they were early: The pair was in attendance to watch a younger brother perform in a pregame taekwondo demo. That meant they were walking around carrying three boxed bobbleheads. The older brother plans on keeping his saved in the box. It’s a collector’s item, after all. As the father held his bobbleheads, Master Pryor’s Taekwondo students aligned on the third-base side of the diamond. With music playing, they smashed boards with their hands and feet.That father and two sons grouping tries to make the half-hour drive to the ballpark from Palermo at least once a year. With his son performing martial arts on the field before the game, Saturday was the night.Brian Goodheart, from Phoenix, has never collected bobbleheads — but maybe the salt potato bobblehead, his first, might start a collection, he said. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 27, 2018 at 11:55 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Goodheart can keep the bobblehead, but he couldn’t bring home the night’s biggest attraction: an eight-foot tall fork.The fork was available before and during the game for photos in the stadium’s main concourse. But minutes before first pitch, Syracuse general manager Jason Smorol walked out toward the mound with the fork in hand.Smorol called the ‘Dishes game the “single most important game in the history of minor league baseball.” In all, 6,221 fans celebrated what Smorol called “the most underrated, underappreciated side dish of all time.”And that’s why Smorol made sure the potato wouldn’t be forgotten, at least for one night.As was only fitting in Tater Town on Saturday, the first pitches were thrown with salt potatoes. The Forsts threw theirs together. They stood back-to-back on the mound and both fired strikes to Scooch, one of Syracuse’s mascots.Rochester began the “Plates” promotion last season in homage to the famed “Garbage Plate,” which originated in Rochester. The dish features macaroni salad, home fries, two hamburgers and meat sauce.Kennys Vargas is a first baseman and designated hitter for the Rochester Red Wings. Visible are the layers of a garbage plate, and the lettering “Plates” is across his chest.Chris David, from Rochester, is a super fan. His girlfriend lives in Fayetteville, so it was a multi-purpose trip down Interstate 90. He arrived at about 1 p.m., in time to make it to the Rochester team bus and have players sign his Plates flag.“Because they have this whole food rivalry thing, it’s pretty interesting and fun,” David said.Before the third inning of baseball got underway, potatoes raced potatoes.Three kids headed out to the third base line and picked up potato sacks. They stepped right in and hopped up and down the third-base side. They were cheered on by both of the usual Syracuse mascots, Scooch and Pops.A few innings later, the wedding party returned, most having changed out of their full ceremony garb. They played a variation of the hot potato game. Teams would form as pairs, and the women would lob potatoes over their shoulder for their partner to run down and catch in their potato sack.As Syracuse struggled with its bats to plate runs, fans did no better. Dizzy bat, a popular minor league gimmick, tasks children with standing over a baseball bat and put their forehead on the knob, pressed to the ground. Then, they spin around the bat 10 times. Naturally, they’re very dizzy, but in this variation, they were forced to run to pick up a potato sack.After wobbling to the potato sack, they hopped back toward their original spot next to the bats. While the kids struggled to jog to the potato sack, it seemed that dizziness affected hopping less than running — all contestants made it back to the finish line without any dramatic falls.In what seemed like the night’s secondary act, Marmolejos turned on a first-pitch fastball and sent it soaring toward the party deck in right field. It landed right where the wedding had taken place hours earlier.After the homer put Syracuse in the lead, 1-0, the Salt Potatoes’ Twitter account wrote a tweet that began “Spudnificent!!”. But the night was not to stay as such — Rochester came back to win, 3-1. With victory in hand, the Plates could now claim the night’s biggest prize.At the game’s conclusion, the Rochester Plates were granted the eight-foot tall Golden Fork. With Rochester general manager Dan Mason unable to attend, Grant Anderson was handed the fork. Anderson works as an on-field host for Rochester.He was joined in claiming the fork by two members of the Rochester coaching staff, manager Joel Skinner and pitching coach Stu Cliburn, and Salt Potatoes’ GM Smorol.On a night which featured salt potatoes, garlic parmesan salt potatoes, salt potato pizza and salt potato hot dogs on sale in the ballpark, fans were given a final perk free of charge: fireworks.Red, blue and gold illuminated the sky. Different sizes of burst and volume echoed through Tater Town. A common conclusion to a night at the ballpark. The fireworks could’ve been on any Saturday night — there were no salt potatoes.Photos by Staff Photographer Josh Shub-Seltzer Commentslast_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s preseason Orange Madness scrimmage

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first_imgSyracuse fans got their first look at the 2019-20 Orange men’s basketball team during the Orange Madness scrimmage on Friday night in the Carrier Dome. SU is replacing four starters from last season and the Orange showed all five players of its class of newcomers in the orange and white scrimmage.Here’s what our beat writers had to say after the scrimmage. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on October 11, 2019 at 11:23 pmlast_img

Nenagh Ormond convince, while Cashel slip up

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first_imgSwitching attentions to the Ulster Bank League and it was a day of differing results for the Tipperary teams in Division 2A.Nenagh Ormond won 37-3 at Seapoint, but Cashel went down by 33-12 away to Old Wesley.last_img

Final CHAN 2018 Ticket Excites Dalung, Urges Eagles to Go for…

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first_img“Staying together to see out the game after the team was reduced to 10 men must be applauded. These boys braced all odds to achieve a result that will see the team play in their first final since the inception of CHAN.“I must commend the team for a job well done despite coming with a great price tag. We were all worried when the captain and number 1 choice goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa got injured earlier in the first half and had to be replaced by Dele Ajiboye.“With strings of world-class saves, Ajiboye proved to be a dependable hand that any team would have wanted on such a night when the Sudanese threw everything at the team,” the minister noted with relish.Speaking ahead of the finals, Dalung enjoined the team to go all out on Sunday and shock Morocco by winning the title.Despite admitting that playing against the host in the final of any competition is the toughest task any team can embark on, he is optimistic about the team’s chances against Morocco who earlier defeated Libya 3-1 in extra time are bright.“Mr President is watching the tournament and following the progress of the team. With Nigerians always wanting to win, bringing the title home will be the perfect way to satisfy Nigerians.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has congratulated the Home-based Eagles for clinching a ticket to the final of the CHAN 2018 after a 1-0 victory over Sudan.“I am so excited about this team and millions of football loving Nigerians who are rooting for the team to succeed in Morocco.“They have shown that they are a work in progress as they continue to improve with every game,” stressed Dalung.The minister praised the team for staying strong in the face of adversity to qualify for their first final since the inception of the competition after Ifeanyi Ifeanyi got sent off very early in the second half for a second bookable offence of the night.last_img read more

Boateng’s focus is on Ghana and not club matters

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first_imgDerek Boateng maintains that his objective is to work hard for Ghana as they prepare for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as he blanks all club matters.The Ghana midfielder is one of the 24 members of Kwesi Appiah’s preliminary squad pressing for positions in the final team.In the run up to joining Ghana’s training camp in Abu Dhabi, Boateng had been negotiating a move to English side, Fulham from Ukrainian club Dnipro after completing a successful medical last week.Despite the move yet to be finalized, Boateng says his focus is just on Ghana’s preparations for the Cup of Nations in South Africa.“Since I arrived here I have left behind all the thoughts of Fulham and concentrating on how to help the Black Stars win the trophy,” Boateng told www.ghanafa.org.“Those reports that I have reached a deal to skip the Nations Cup are not true otherwise I won’t be here training with my colleagues. “I am fully committed to Ghana and currently I am only thinking about the Black Stars and how to do something special for the country.”Boateng has taken part in all of Ghana’s training sessions at the Zayad City Sports Complex in Abu Dhabi since Saturday morning.last_img read more

All-Star Game MVP Shane Bieber gives Cleveland an inning to remember

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first_imgCLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Shane Bieber took a second to hear the home crowd at Progressive Field chanting his name during the fifth inning of Tuesday’s All-Star Game.   “I kind of stepped off the back of the mound after one of my pitches,” Bieber said. “I wasn’t able to totally look up and see everything because there was so much going on, but I heard everything and soaked it all in. I can’t really thank the fans (enough) for creating that moment for me and making it so special.”  That will continue, and Bieber’s place in Cleveland lore is secure. He joins Alomar Jr., now Cleveland’s first-base coach, who hit the legendary home run in the 1997 All-Star game. While Bieber admitted the moment hasn’t hit him yet, it might when those two have that conversation.  Perhaps they will compare how it feels to hear those chants in Cleveland. “I’m excited to go see him,” Bieber said. “I don’t know if I’ll see him tonight or Thursday in the workout before Friday’s game. Definitely excited to see him and talk to him, and it’s nice to kind of keep it in the city of Cleveland.” MORE: Cleveland thrives with All-Star spotlightIt was a night of poignant moments for Cleveland pitchers past and present. Carlos Carrasco, who is fighting chronic myeloid leukemia, was honored as part of the “Stand Up to Cancer” campaign. Former Indians pitcher CC Sabathia received a standing ovation after a mound visit in the ninth inning. That was part of the script for a special night in which the American League won 4-3.  Bieber provided the topper by striking out the side in the fifth inning. He earned All-Star Game MVP honors and joined former Cleveland catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. (1997) and Boston pitcher Pedro Martinez (1999) as the only players to earn that honor in their home park.  “I kind of lost feeling in my body,” Bieber said of when he was greeted at the top of the dugout by teammate Francisco Lindor after striking out the side. “To be able to do it in front of the home crowd in my first All-Star Game is definitely not something I expected, especially being added to the game four or five days ago.”  Bieber, who is 8-3 with a 3.45 ERA and 141 strikeouts this season, was named as an injury replacement July 5. After the AL took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, Bieber pitched a scoreless inning that defined the AL’s pitching dominance that included 16 Ks and just five hits. “He’s a good pitcher,” AL manager Alex Cora said. “Good fastball. Good mix, talking to Tito (Francona), he’s a great person, too. It was electric out there, the fans got in it and it was fun.”  Bieber mixed those pitches in a 19-pitch inning. He caught Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras looking with a 95 mph fastball. Arizona’s Ketel Marte worked a full count, but Bieber got him to a chase a knuckle-curve. Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. worked another full count, but Bieber froze him with a slider.That sent the crowd into a three-part roar that reached its crescendo when Lindor greeted Bieber at the dugout steps. All Bieber could do was smile. “MVP brother, that’s it,” Lindor said. “He was outstanding today. He showed up. He’s been doing it all season long. That’s why he’s an All-Star. He did it again today. That’s why he’s MVP.”  “(Lindor) said he was proud of me,” Bieber said about the exchange. “Getting the response from the dugout, and those guys and those names was extremely special.”  MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNBieber’s outing was reflective of the role he’s played in keeping the Indians in the AL playoff race given the first-half injuries to Corey Kluber and Mike Clevinger, along with Carrasco’s fight with cancer. Bieber has emerged as a star in just two seasons. His K/9 rate has jumped to 11.3 this season, and he has 23 more strikeouts than all of last season despite facing 37 fewer batters.He’s developed a friendly competition with teammate Trevor Bauer, and that was reflected in the notifications on his phone.  “My phone is buzzing right now, I can feel it,” Bieber said after the game. “I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s him. He’s an awesome teammate and I know all my teammates were shooting me texts and congratulating me.”  last_img read more

NBA reminding teams to keep cool when hot with referees

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first_imgHouston Rockets’ James Harden, left, reaches for a loose ball next to Los Angeles Lakers’ Reggie Bullock during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) The NBA is not happy that tensions between teams and referees seem to be rising. Then again, ’tis the season.Playoff-race pressure is real, and the NBA thinks — or hopes — that some tantrums in recent weeks can be attributed to that and not an eroding of the always-tenuous relationship between those who commit infractions and those who call them. Golden State coach Steve Kerr smashing clipboards and Houston star James Harden calling out longtime official Scott Foster are sights and sounds that the league doesn’t want, so the NBA is once again reaching out to teams to offer reminders about not going too far when ripping the refs.“This is the dark ages of the season,” said Michelle Johnson, the NBA’s senior vice president and head of referee operations. “Teams are shaping up where they stand and it matters more to some teams than others, and some coaches do tactical outbursts for the good of their teams. So even if we go to teams and they don’t have a lot of issues … we want to keep the dialogue open.”Kerr got fined $25,000 earlier this month for verbally abusing referee Ken Mauer, and the tirade was at the level where the Warriors’ coach obviously knew it would be costing him cash so he decided to get his money’s worth. He got ejected, the Warriors lost that night in Portland, but writing that check probably earned him some more points with players who always need to know that their coach has their back.Kerr actually likes Mauer, and believes he’s one of the best refs in the league.That being said, Kerr also said the coach-ref dynamic is almost always weird.“I don’t know why anybody would want to be a ref,” Kerr said. “What a brutal job.”Harden also got fined $25,000 for saying that Foster should no longer work Houston’s games, after the Rockets were upset with a number of calls in their loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Foster is traditionally one of the league’s highest-rated refs, and it’s a really good bet that at some point in this postseason the Rockets will be playing a big game and Foster will be out there.Johnson and referee-turned-league-executive Monty McCutchen have made improving relations a top priority. They’re talking to every team again about finding common ground — just as they did around this time last year.“I think there’s progress,” Johnson said. “It’s still the same passionate game, a tough game and the stakes are up now.”Players and coaches have been fined more than $2.2 million already this season for technicals, ejections and other reasons for sanctioning by the league office — not counting salaries lost to suspensions.And if there’s any good to be derived from behaving badly, it’s this: That $2.2 million (and more to come) goes to charities chosen by the NBA and the players’ union.CRUNCH TIMEForget his streak of eight straight appearances in the NBA Finals. LeBron James’ streak of 13 straight trips to the playoffs is in major peril.James and the Los Angeles Lakers (29-30) are currently 10th in the Western Conference. And the Lakers do not have the easiest stretch run in the NBA, either.When he signed with L.A., James knew getting the Lakers to the playoffs in Year 1 would be a test. But it’s proving to be a bigger mountain to climb than he imagined, partly because of injuries that the Lakers have been dealing with and partly because not all of his teammates have a real understanding yet of what it takes to get into the postseason.“I knew it was going to be very challenging, just because of the experience that the roster had at that point in time,” James said. “I knew it was going to be challenging from that sense, but I felt like we could still play better basketball.”They still have to face Milwaukee and Utah twice, plus have a five-game Eastern Conference road trip in mid-March and four back-to-backs left to navigate. Among the other top teams left on the Lakers’ schedule: Boston, Denver, Golden State, Oklahoma City, Portland and Toronto.Assuming it’ll take 44 wins — basically the average needed over the last five years — to secure the No. 8 seed in the West, that means the Lakers would have to finish 15-8 to get into the playoffs.MAGIC HAPPENINGThe Orlando Magic are on their hottest run in more than seven years.Orlando’s win in Toronto on Sunday was the eighth for Steve Clifford’s club in its last 10 games. That’s the first 8-2 stretch for the Magic since going 8-2 from Feb. 1-17, 2012.The coach of that Orlando team? Stan Van Gundy, who just happened to be assisted by … Steve Clifford.THE WEEK AHEADA game to watch each day this week:— Monday, Golden State at Charlotte: Stephen Curry goes back to his hometown, after All-Star weekend there was a Curry family celebration.— Tuesday, Oklahoma City at Denver: Paul George has played himself into the MVP race, and the Nuggets’ late-season schedule is brutally hard.— Wednesday, Milwaukee at Sacramento: A win over the team with the NBA’s best record would be a big help to the Kings’ postseason hopes.— Thursday, Miami at Houston: A brutal back-to-back for the Heat, who have Golden State at home on Wednesday and then go to the Rockets.— Friday, Charlotte at Brooklyn: Few might have guessed last summer that these clubs meeting on March 1 would have postseason implications.— Saturday, Orlando at Indiana: The Pacers, even without Victor Oladipo, keep plugging along, while the Magic have a real shot at a playoff spot.— Sunday, Toronto at Detroit: Dwane Casey’s new team plays host to Dwane Casey’s old team, and right now every result matters to both clubs.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

LU Falls to No. 6 Texas A&M, 1-0

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first_imgFreshman Lucy Ashworth led Lamar with two total shots, including one on goal. Freshman Juli Rocha had the other shot on goal for the Lady Cardinals. Lovejoy made nine saves for the Cardinals. “It’s obviously tough (losing), but we played our hearts out,” said junior Kelso Peskin. “I’m so proud of these girls. We achieved everything we wanted to achieve, and coming here was a big achievement. It’s just one step closer to next season, and what we’re going to do and achieve next year.” “I’m incredibly proud of this team and what they’ve accomplished this year,” said second-year coach Steve Holeman. “We’ve come a long way in one season and when we drew Texas A&M we obviously knew it was going to be an incredible challenge, the No. 6 team in the country and the No. 2 seed at their place. It was going to be an incredible environment. Statistically, Texas A&M held a distinct advantage, but could not get a shot past Lovejoy and the rest of the Lamar defense. The Aggies out shot Lamar 20 to five, including 10 to one in shots on goal. Texas A&M had nine corner kicks to three for the Cardinals. “It’s a great feeling to go out on this sort of game and it was a really great game by everybody,” said Lovejoy. “If they had to score an own goal to beat us, then so be it. I’m so proud of the team. I’m so proud of how hard everybody worked and how much effort they gave. It’s an amazing feeling coming off a game like that no matter what the outcome was.” “I thought our girls handled it extremely well. We knew we were going to have to defend and that’s exactly what we did today. We knew our chances would probably be limited. I thought we defended extremely well,” added Holeman. Lamar attempted three shots in the first half, none of which were on goal. Ashworth, Madison Ledet and Juliana Ocampo each one shot for the Cardinals. Lamar ends its historic season with an 18-4-1 overall record. It was a season of firsts for the Cardinals. First regular season conference title, first conference tournament title and first NCAA appearance in the 11-year history of the program. The Aggies started the scoring with an own goal at 7:40 of the first half. The Aggies Ally Watt crossed a ball to the front of the net from the left side and Lovejoy was able to deflect the ball further out front. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the deflected ball ricocheted off Lamar defender Tori Alaniz and into the goal. That represented the game’s only goal. All those firsts will leave lasting memories for the 2017 Cardinals student-athletes, coaches and fans of the program. For some of these Cardinals, it’s just the beginning as there were six underclassmen that saw significant playing time that are returning for next season. This kind of experience will only help them and the program going forward. Texas A&M improves to 18-2-1 on the season and will play the winner of the Notre Dame-IUPUI game next weekend. Ally Watt led the Aggies with six total shots, including four shots on goal. Cienna Arrieta added four shots, one on goal and Kendall Ritchie had two shots on goal. Cosette Morche made two save in goal for the Aggies.Courtesy of Lamar Athletics COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Senior goalkeeper Lauren Lovejoymade spectacular save after spectacular save for Lamar University, but a fluke own goal was the difference as No. 6-ranked Texas A&M held off the more than game Cardinals for a 1-0 win in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament First Round game at Ellis Field Friday night. Texas A&M had nine shots in the opening half, four of which were on goal. The Aggies also had five corner kicks in the opening stanza to zero by the Cardinals.last_img read more

Berbice businessman robbed

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first_img– gunman escapes with MA gunman on Sunday morning snatched over $2 million from a Berbice businessman as he was about to make a deposit at a commercial bank in Rose Hall Town, sources say.Reports are that the businessman, Rakesh Mangalee of Albion, Corentyne, Berbice, was about to use the safety deposit box at Republic Bank when the gunman pounced on him.Guyana Times was told that the businessman, a Berbice-based distributor, had just exited his car when the gunman came up and demanded that he hand over the bag containing the cash.The man complied and the bandit snatched the bag and escaped on a motorcycle which was being ridden by an accomplice.Police B (Berbice) Division Commander, Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam confirmed the robbery had occurred, but did not divulge much detail as investigations are continuing.He, however, noted that investigators were examining video footage from the Bank’s surveillance cameras, as well as other cameras from nearby businesses.last_img read more

Jagdeo says presidential respect has to be earned

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first_imgBy Samuel SukhnandanWhile declaring that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) does not have any respect for President David Granger for a number of valid reasons, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said that his party has the highest regard for theOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoposition and the Office of the President.Jagdeo told a news conference on Wednesday that the PPP’s non-respect for President Granger is mainly due to the many so-called broken promises, wasteful spending of taxpayers’ dollars and his blatant disregard for the office, the Constitution and the rule of law.“We do respect the institution of the presidency but not the person who holds that office now,” Jagdeo declared, stating that the unilateral appointment of Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) after rejecting his 18 nominees is one bold example.According to Jagdeo, presidential respect has to be earned and not taken for granted. Granger, he claimed, “loves” pomp, protocol and ceremony “but doesn’t like scrutiny”. “We will treat him with respect once he complies with the Constitution and laws,” the Opposition Leader asserted.The former Head of State also defended the action of the PPP/Civic MPs in Parliament at the last sitting where they held up placards and chanted in opposition of the Government. Although several Government Ministers had referred to them as “vulgarians,” Jagdeo said the current Government has behaved worse.And while the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland is yet to pronounce on the action, at the next sitting on November 17, 2017, Jagdeo believes that the Speaker might have approved of the action in the House because he did not identify any breach of the standing orders.“The Speaker might have agreed with our position because I did not see the Speaker intervene and tell us that we were breaking the standing orders,” the Opposition Leader said. He added that Opposition Members of Parliament were not prepared to be lectured by the Speaker nor the President.Jagdeo claimed that the actions taken by the now coalition Government both inPresident David Grangerand out of office has always been highly controversial. “In contemporary history, the numerous instances of the worst display of lack of civility in politics… it was a [People’s National Congress] PNC-led group that invaded… led a mob that invaded the compound of the Office of the President, broke down the gate, came into the building and as a result of which some people were shot and killed. What about that for respect of the presidency?”Jagdeo also recalled that burning of buildings in Georgetown led by the same group that also threatened business people. “What about the people who were beaten on the streets by the same group that talks about civility in politics now,” he added.Further, Jagdeo said while the Government has claimed that the Opposition disrespected the intentional community because of their protest in and out of the public building, he said these same groups that were again PNC-inspired displayed the highest level of vulgarity on several national day’s events.He recalled that he was addressing the crowd at the National Park on Republic Day and couldn’t hear himself because it was the vilest form of protest on display.“What about the respect for the international community at that time? Many of them were there in their full presence. Many said to me that they had to walk through a gauntlet of taunts and the vilest remarks thrown at them by the same people who are now lecturing us,” he claimed. Jagdeo went on to state that the PPP exercised the best display of civility even though they felt that the 2015 elections were rigged. With a difference of 4500 votes between parties, Jagdeo said his party accepted the results. He said, “You didn’t see a single building burn. We accepted the results and we’re now in Opposition struggling to retake power in Guyana.”By contrast, he urged Guyanese to examine the history of Government, not ancient history, but between 1997 and 2001 when the international community certified that the elections were free and fair. “When the difference was close to 30,000 they still refused to accept the results, they burnt the city and beat people up. What about the respect for the international community at that time?”He also referred to United States President Jimmy Carter’s book Beyond the White House where he said that the most personal danger he felt since leaving the White House was in Guyana in 1992, because of the ruckus created by these groups that were allegedly politically motivated by the PNC.Jagdeo also highlighted Granger’s no promised jobs for youths, spending of more than $100 million on Escalade and Toyota Crown vehicles and the laying off of thousands of sugar workers of different race and political persuasions. “I can go on now and list the vulgarities in the country…one hundred times more vulgar than the PPP holding up a few placards in the Parliament,” he said.The Opposition maintains that the action taken by the Opposition in Parliament was a robust expression of dissatisfaction with this illegal unconstitutional act by the President.last_img read more