Dear Editor,A few weeks ago, a city magistrate fined and deported a Cuban national who had overstayed his time in Guyana. This ruling came after the foreign national was incarcerated in a common jail, tried, then fined and sent away. Other nationalities right next door to us here in the Caribbean have met similar fates, but I have singled out the Cubans for a special mention.My reason for choosing the Cubans, is that Cuba is supposed to be a friend of Guyana. That friendship goes way back, starting with The PPP-led Dr Jagan, when Cheddi got stern condemnations from Burnham, followed by The British and Americans, for his association with that country.The condemnation coming from Burnham’s PNC, was a political ploy to get power, because as soon as the opportunistic Burnham got into office, he saw the very same maligned Cuba as his most valuable friend and neighbour. He sent our sons and daughters to Cuba for training in all fields of endeavor, as is still being done to date. Cuba has been a bedrock for most overseas-trained Guyanese professionals.Right now, Our President is a guest at Cuba’s medical facility; The Centro de Investigaciones Medico Quirugicas in Havana, the best Cuba has to offer. It Seems like when all else has failed, the Guyanese Leader has gone to the Cubans. Using a Guyanese term, our president is at the present moment being “patched up” by the Cubans.Now, picture the foregoing good graces given to us by the Cubans, and compare that to the treatment we are giving the Cubans in return. Is this the “best” treatment we can give to an overstaying Cuban? Is this the best treatment we can give to a “friend”? I would respond to that by saying it is disgraceful and despicable to say the least!So, my question, is why humiliate the Cubans? Why belittle the Cubans like that? Why! Is it because we are now on the brink of a legal renaissance and on the strict interpretation of the law as it relates to aliens and foreigners, or is it because of the soon to come oil dollar? Which is it? I think it is the latter, the “bamboozle” of oil wealth has suddenly caused an air of arrogance in this administration, which gives them the license to treat others disdainfully.Evident in that court ruling, is arrogance never before seen in this country. There is a newly found “false arrogance” sweeping the nation since this government took office and it is appalling, and shameful. Oil hasn’t begun to flow yet, and this is the way Guyana’s legal system is going to treat a friend and ally? I shudder to think of their response when the real oil dollars actually flows in. Our image right here in the Caribbean, – and the wider world, paints a sorry picture.Respectfully,Neil Adams
BAKERSFIELD – The last four minutes of the first half and the first four minutes of the second half have been problematic for the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes all season. But the 12th-ranked Coyotes bucked that trend and surged to a 74-66 win over host Cal State Bakersfield Friday at the Icardo Center, keeping their CCAA conference title hopes and West Region title quest alive. The Coyotes (21-5, 17-4) remain one game behind CCAA front-runner Humboldt State heading into the regular season finale tonight at Cal State Los Angeles. Humboldt closes out the season at Cal State Stanislaus. “We just need to keep winning and if Humboldt slips, Humboldt slips,” Coyotes coach Jeff Oliver said. “If they don’t, then it’s in the hands of the NCAA committee.” “It’s seems like we get a big lead and then we get too comfortable,” Ortiz said. Ivan Johnson turned in perhaps his best all-around game of the season with 21 points and a season-high 13 rebounds before fouling out for the eighth time this season. “This is my last year. I have to step it up in case these are my last few games,” Johnson said. Ten Coyotes figured in the scoring with Prentice Harris adding 11 and Ortiz 10. Geoffrey Clayton chipped in with seven points and five assists off the bench. It was the last game in a storied series with Bakersfield set to move up to Division I. Bakersfield finishes with a 19-16 record, although the Coyotes have won 14 of the last 19, including both the season. The crowd was more passive than has been the case in years past, most likely because Bakersfield is not eligible for a conference title. It also was the first win since 1993 for the Coyotes at the Icardo Center. Bakersfield has played regularly at a city arena since 1998. WOMEN Freshman center Florida Siaosi tallied 14 points and snagged 10 rebounds and point guard Krista Arase handed out 10 assists as Cal State Bakersfield cruised past visiting Cal State San Bernardino 78-56 at the Icardo Center. The Roadrunners (22-6, 19-2), who would lead the CCAA if they were eligible for a championship, led 45-26 at the half and were never threatened. Bakersfield scored 56 points in the paint and 15 at the free-throw line. The Coyotes (16-10, 12-9) are ranked No. 7 in the West Region. Vanessa Wilt had 13 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This time they excelled when they have typically faltered. The game was tied at 28 with 3:09 left in the first half but Cal State ended the half with a 7-0 run on put backs by Jason Gilzene and Ivan Johnson and a 3-pointer by Marlon Pierce. Cal State opened the second half with a 14-1 run, going up 49-29 on a pair of free throws by Lance Ortiz. “That has been a problem and we have talked about it,” Oliver said. “We have talked about communicating and having good senior leadership on the floor and tonight that showed. Then in the end we got sloppy.” The Coyotes, ranked second in the West, still led by 18 with 8:16 to go, 62-44. But the Roadrunners (14-14, 13-8) came back, getting within single digits for the first time at 64-56 with 1:51 left on a runner by Zeke Andrews. A couple Roadrunner 3-pointers and a few Coyote turnovers later, the game was in jeopardy. A putback by Andrews with 18 seconds made it 70-66. Two free throws by Chet Johnson put the gane away and a Greg Williams dunk was the exclamation point.