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CONFIDENCE HIGH St George’s College is considered one of the favourites at the start of every schoolboy football season, and this year is no different. Last season, Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell’s boys’ campaign was derailed by the sudden passing of their captain Dominic James, who died on the pitch in a match against Excelsior High at the Stadium East Field. The Georgians missed out on the second round of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup and failed to qualify for the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup competition. Now, Assistant Coach Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle says that their intention this season is to win titles to honour his memory. The Georgians have lost most of their players from last season, with Gayle saying that only 30 per cent of the squad was retained, but based on good results in preseason, confidence is high in the camp. One of the high-profile players to leave the squad is recent national senior team call-up, Alex Marshall, who is 19 years old and no longer eligible to play the competition. He chipped in with 26 goals two seasons ago. Although a shortened campaign saw him score only six goals last season, his talent for getting the ball into the back of the net will be missed. However, Gayle is not too bothered by this, saying that it means that the goals will be shared all around the pitch this season. “It’s a new squad, but talent is there, and we just have to work on what we want,” Gayle said. “We’re gelling nicely,” he said. “We’re getting it together, we still haven’t reached where we want to as yet, but we’re getting there, slowly but surely. It’s going to be a total team effort, in and around the team. We’re not looking for any one person, all of the players are gonna be expected to chip in,” Gayle said. St Georges’ first match is against the visiting Tarrant High at 3 p.m. on Monday at Winchester Park, North Street. firstname.lastname@example.org
Many pundits have written off St George’s College as a serious challenger for the prestigious ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup title this year, but the team’s leading goalscorer, Nathaniel Campbell, is hoping to prove them wrong. Campbell, a 16-year-old fifth former, hit a brace in his team’s 3-0 win against Vauxhall last Friday at Winchester Park. He added to a goal apiece he scored against Tarrant and Kingston Technical High for a tally of four in as many games. The diminutive attacking player is leading the charge upfront as his team chalked four wins to lead Group D in the preliminary stage on maximum 12 points. Campbell will be looking for more goals when St George’s College face struggling Denham Town today at Winchester Park, starting at 3:30 p.m. “The team had a good performance against Vauxhall, and we are looking forward to continue winning and playing good football,” Campbell told The Gleaner. “We are following the coach’s instructions by moving the ball around. My performance was good. I am looking to continue scoring and helping the team game by game,” he added. With regards to not being seen as a serious challenger, Campbell said, “It is going good for us. We just have to go out there each game and execute.” St George’s have won the title 22 times, and their last came in 2012. Campbell started playing football while attending Dunrobin Primary. His favourite international player is Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool FC in England.
It is either that or they cannot spot talent, or they simply hope to go in the hat and find a special few. On top of that, in their haste to succeed, they probably cannot wait on the development process. That is probably why they keep selecting young players, and why the powers that be keep talking about a “young” team when they should be talking about the West Indies team. Probably they do not remember that international cricket calls for the best against the best and that West Indian fans want to be represented by their best players. For whatever reason, the West Indies team these days seems to be made up of whoever is available. The real problem with West Indies cricket today may also be the fact that West Indies cricket is in the hands of too many foreign administrators and foreign coaches. On that topic, a look at the recent West Indies women’s team may provide some answers to the problem. Whenever I remember the brilliance of the women in the field, I remember who was the fielding coach of the women’s team. I remember that he was Gus Logie. I remember that Logie was once one of the best fielders in one of the best West Indies teams, and I also heard that he had the ladies going through the fielding routine religiously every day. Practice becomes perfect, and my hope is that the West Indies can get people like him, ex-West Indian cricketers who want to be administrators or coaches, send them to Australia or England, get them an Australian or English passport, fly them back to the West Indies, and employ them as administrators and coaches. That may satisfy the cultural side of West Indians, the pride in their achievements over the years, their respect for their heroes, and their sense of national pride. The West Indies problem, however, could well be that times have changed, and definitely, that champions are not born every day. In 1966, however, when six West Indians appeared in the Rest of the World X1 at Lord’s, and again after that, when they were still guided by West Indians and were champions of the world, it was happy times for West Indians. DEVELOPMENT PROCESS If you listen to most West Indian cricket fans, the man who should be tarred, feathered, and run out of town for the embarrassing state of West Indies cricket is none other than president Dave Cameron. Cameron, as the leader, must take some of the blame for the present state of West Indies cricket. He should not, and cannot, however, be held totally responsible for its present state. And regardless of the talk, or excuses, of the captains and the coaches after each defeat, the kind comments from the winning captains after each embarrassing defeat, and the fact that a few senior players were missing, or were not selected, the results tell the story, especially on the recent tours of India and Bangladesh. Regardless of what has been said and the many excuses, the tour to India was a disaster. Despite India resting a number of their top players for the contests, and although one or two of the matches were close and exciting, the results were largely disappointing and embarrassing. The scores were such that it made little difference the type of pitch or whether the West Indies batted first or second. And the tour of Bangladesh, ranked just a few points below the West Indies at number nine, was no different. In the two-Test series, for example, the West Indies lost for the first time in Bangladesh. They lost 2-0, and they lost by 64 runs and by an innings and 184 runs. UNJUSTIFIED OCCASION While Cameron must be applauded for his stance re the players on the many interruptions due to their participation in the various T20 leagues around the world, during their understandable fight for more money, the strike on at least one unjustified occasion while on tour, and following the disrespect shown to him by a few players, he did all this, or so it appeared, in an autocratic manner. Leaders are there to lead, to “work” things out, and to find solutions. It’s as simple as that. Against that, however, despite siding with the “big three” – India, England, and Australia – and depending on foreigners to guide West Indies cricket back to its former glory, Cameron certainly tried his best to help West Indies cricket. To his eternal credit, and despite the empty stands, Cameron introduced, for the second time, and kept it going, return matches in the four-day competition in an effort to get more first-class cricket for West Indians, and his tenure has seen an increase in the pay of West Indian cricketers, including first-class players and women players. Cricket, however, is the business of the board. Cricket is played on the field, and West Indies first-class cricket, which was among the best, and the West Indies team, which was also once the best, are now suffering. Although there are many reasons for it, the buck, as is commonly said, stops with the leader, or leaders. West Indies cricket, despite better accommodation, age group competitions, return matches, and better pay for the players, has been getting worse and worse for the past 20 years or so, and with no end in sight. There is an argument about changing times, more people getting opportunities, other interests, and things to do, but remembering that these things are happening in other countries, these excuses are just excuses. In fairness to the board, or boards, they have tried everything possible to remedy the situation, or nearly everything. There is more cricket, competitive cricket, today than at any other time in history: the regional four-day and 50-over tournaments, the Caribbean Premier League, the different age-group tournaments, the franchise tournaments around the region, and on top of that, many more players are now being paid to play cricket. Although the board is guilty for its general stewardship of West Indies cricket, it is not 100 per cent guilty for its performance on the field of play. Cameron, and his colleagues, cannot and should not be expected to don pads, to bowl, and to field. The performance of the West Indies team falls squarely on the shoulders of those who play, especially those who call themselves professionals but who, on so many, many occasions, perform like rank amateurs, making mistakes, simple mistakes, and the same mistakes, over and over again. May be, however, a part of the problem of West Indies cricket is the men chosen as selectors. The impression is that selectors are selecting “young” players because they remember the selection of young and mostly untried players like Garry Sobers, Sonny Ramadhin, Alfred Valentine, and Michael Holding and company, their success, and would like to replicate their selection.
PROVIDENCE, Guyana (CMC): Guyana Jaguars defied half-centuries from Alick Athanaze and Devon Smith and looked set to complete their fourth straight victory after they fortified their hold on their match against Windward Islands Volcanoes in the West Indies Championship yesterday. Athanaze hit the top score of 66, but the Volcanoes were bowled out for 209 in their first innings just after lunch on the third day of their fourth-round match at the Guyana National Stadium. Following on, the Volcanoes batted far more steadily, and Smith, last season’s leading run scorer, led the way with 65 to anchor the visitors to 167 for three in their second innings when stumps were drawn. Scores: Jaguars 454 for nine declared (Anthony Bramble 168, Tagenarine Chanderpaul 117 not out; Josh Thomas 4-94). Volcanoes 209 (Alick Athanaze 66; Keemo Paul six for 57) and 167 for three (Devon Smith 65, Kirk Edwards 40 not out).
Rachid Parchment, Assistant Sports Editor LIMA, Peru: National women’s shot put record holder Danniel Thomas-Dodd is now also the Pan American Games record holder. Thomas-Dodd threw a distance of 19.55m, which is also a new national record, to finish ahead of Canada’s Brittany Crew, with a personal best of 19.07m, and USA’s Jessica Ramsey’s season’s best of 19.01m to break the previous 36-year-old record of 19.34m set by Cuba’s María Elena Sarría in Caracas, Venezuela in 1983. Thomas-Dodd said coming into the Games, her form suggested the accomplishment was possible. “It feels really good to have done this,” she said. “Coming in, I knew based on my season’s best and the distances I’ve been throwing all season, I knew that the Pan Am Games record was attainable. Essentially, I just wanted the gold and that’s what I got.” Thomas-Dodd’s previous best and national record stood at 19.48m, which she threw earlier this year. Following Thomas-Dodd’s win, Aisha Praught-Leer brought a silver medal for Jamaica in the women’s 1500m final, finishing in 4:28.26 minutes, behind USA’s Dominique Hiltz (4:07.14). Hiltz’s teammate Alexa Efraimson was third in 4:08.63 minutes. Jamaica now has 17 medals: six gold, five silver, and six bronze.
More and more, the environment is rapidly becoming a “hot topic”. With so many changes happening on Guyana’s environmental landscape, undoubtedly, there is a greater need, now more than ever, to increase your knowledge in this field. Further, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to encourage you to do more than just read literature surrounding issues affecting the environment, and rather, become part of the solution.With all the national examinations completed and some students still awaiting their final results, many are probably somewhat indecisive on a next step to either propel in their professional or academic career. The EPA wishes to encourage you to consider an exciting and fulfilling career in environmental field. Here are a few questions to consider before you jump in:* Do you love the outdoors?* Are you concerned about the state of the environment?* Do you long to make a difference in the world?If your answers to these questions are yes, then pursuing an environmental career may just be ideal for you!The environment field is wide and involves Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Law, Education, Research, Geography, Agriculture, Engineering, etc. While all of these disciplines may link to the environment, each has its own unique content and skills.Let’s take a look at some types of jobs in the environmental field that are possible for persons studying various disciplines.* Physics and Chemistry: These persons can be involved in identifying chemical or industrial pollution problems and their solutions.* Biology: There is much scope for these persons to focus on methods to protect, conserve, and manage animals and plants (life). A Biologist studies the underlying principles which govern life on earth.* Engineers: Such persons fit in well with jobs that involve waste management, environmental infrastructure and technology, building design and construction and emergency response. With the oil and gas prospects being high, engineers with various areas of specialty will be needed.* Health and Computer Science: Graduates in these disciplines can occupy jobs in environment such as record keeping and reporting, internet and web designs, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), public health and sanitation and education.* Environmental Education: Working in this field will equip you with the skills to design and developed programmes to aid awareness building to influence attitudes and change behaviour of people everywhere.Special skills neededWhile it is possible for persons to enter the environmental field through various disciplines, becoming an advanced environmental professional usually makes it necessary to pursue higher studies with an environmental focus, that is, hydrology, environmental chemistry, geo-physics, environmental engineering, petroleum engineering, environmental and public health, environmental science, environment education, etc. There are also many fields of study that have evolved to address specific needs in the environmental field. These include environmental management, wildlife management, protected areas management, biodiversity conservation, etc.Environmental professionals work in offices, on oil rigs, shore base services, laboratories, outdoors in the field, etc. In our country, environmental professionals travel throughout country to monitor the environment, conduct research, evaluate developmental activities and educate and inform people about environmental conservation and management. To function in the field of environment, it is important to have an understanding of the physical sciences and the biological sciences and how these affect the environment.Interpersonal skillsBecoming an environmental professional is not only about academics. Persons aiming to work in the environment field need to have or develop their interpersonal skills. This is important for working with other people to resolve issues and obtain consensus on laws and practices that safeguard the environment and human health.Reporting and presentation skills are also essential to explain research findings; so are oral and writing skills. Computer literacy is also a requisite skill for studying the environment as models are now being used to study and predict impacts on the environment influenced by man or nature.To prepare yourself for an environmental career, you can start taking an interest in science, mathematics, and computer science. You can also get familiar with topics such as rocks, the earth, and the environment. Reading books about these subjects and watching videos and documentaries on environmental issues, nature, science, among others is also recommended.We hope this week’s article provided that “light-bulb” moment to get you on the right track to pursuing a career in the environmental sector. It’s never too early or late to plan for your future.You can make contact to the Agency on 225-5471-2; www.epaguyana.org or epaguyana on Facebook, Ganges Street, Sophia, Georgetown should you have questions regarding Environmental Authorisation
The economic policy of increased taxation that, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government is engaging in, as a move to increase the revenue base of the country, would at this recessionary period of our economic growth, only lead to further stagnation and economic depression.Instead, the Government should take a page from the United States (US), among other countries, during its times of recession, and engage in ‘pump priming’ to stimulate economic growth.Not to be misconstrued, pump priming, as the name suggests is derived from the operation of older pumps whose valves had to be primed with liquid in order to function efficiently. However, the terminology was utilised by US Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt to describe the need for government polices geared towards lifting their economy from the Great Depression.It was also utilised in the financial crisis of 2007/2008 to reduce interest rates, increase government spending, particularly in the areas of infrastructure, in addition to dolling out tax rebates to the masses.Pump priming is grounded in the Keynesian economic theory, which states that “government intervention within the economy, aimed at increasing aggregate demand, can result in a positive shift within the economy. This is based on the cyclic nature of money within an economy, in which one person’s spending directly relates to another person’s earnings, and that increase in earnings leads to a subsequent increase in spending.”The subsequent increase in spending would then lead to increased profitability within the private sector – which is stagnant in Guyana at the moment – providing the necessary impetus for accelerated economic growth.With respect to Guyana’s current economic standing, the mid-year economic report from the Ministry of Finance highlighted that for the first half of 2016, Guyana registered an overall GDP growth of just two per cent. Prompting Finance Minister Winston Jordan to revise downward his projections for the country’s annual economic growth from five per cent to four per cent, respectively.The only industry that is responsible for this registered level of growth is mining which has, in the last couple of months, registered increased production within the area of gold. The other industries according to the report are in the negative as far as production and growth are concerned.The government has increased public taxes in the form of licence fees of which there are now 140 increased cases. There is also the removal of tax exemptions – traditionally used to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) – for investors, as well as removing tax exemptions from all capital equipment in the major productive sectors such as agriculture, forestry and mining, even though most of these sectors, with the exception of mining, registered negative growth. A clear indication that they need to be helped, and not burdened.The spin-off effects of these implementations would invariably contribute to the already colossal unemployment rate of 25 per cent, reduction in the levels of production in the manufacturing sectors, in addition to further decelerating the growth of the economy because consumers would not have disposable income to spend.In cases like this, when the economy has slowed, the unemployment levels are up and consumer spending is down due to businesses not making substantial profits, the government from an economic perspective is supposed to ‘prime’ the economy by decreasing taxes across the field, and increasing government spending, particularly in infrastructure.This in turn would give consumers more disposable income, while government spending – on infrastructural projects such as the Amaila Falls Hydro project – would create jobs. In the case of the Hydro project, cheaper electricity would make foreign investment more attractive as rates become competitive comparative to other countries.This would invariably lead to a reduction in the unemployment levels on two fronts, the infrastructural aspect and with the setting up of manufacturing sectors via attracted FDI.Government’s policy of increased taxation is best used when inflation is too high, above six per cent, as a tool to maintain the purchasing power of the currency and generate a broader tax revenue base since a high period of inflation would suggest that there is more money within the system than there is commodities to purchase.Guyana’s inflation rate was recorded at 0.40 per cent in June of 2016. Essentially, a balance must be maintained between the increasing of taxes, to offset deficits, and the amount of money consumers have at their disposal.
Dear Editor,Well the litmus test has been done at the Georgetown Municipality. And by this I mean the very limited audit of the 0,000,000 that was given to City Hall by the Government was scrutinised to ascertain whether sound fiscal principles and methods were applied by the council in expending this sum.Of course coming as no surprise there was colossal mismanagement, deliberate violations of tender procedures, non-adherence to their own financial regulations, favouritism in the engagement of contractors, etc. This proves that there could be no greater need for a comprehensive, forensic audit to be done of the entire financial system for at least the last ten years, of the entire Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown.The citizens of Georgetown need to be provided with access to the full report that was compiled by the Audit Office of Guyana. It must be part of public records, for which the citizens who are the stakeholders have an interest.But make no mistake, the Town Clerk and the Mayor would never ever voluntarily agree to a ten-year, far-reaching, deep and thorough forensic audit of the Council’s accounts, assets and human resources.One should not forget that perfunctory examinations done in the past have shown that loans and advances taken by some of these very senior administrators were found to have never been repaid. That one contractor, a well-known friend of a senior administrator, was awarded contracts to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, without any adherence to tender rules, for the weeding of parapets and clearing of drains; that scores of employees who are on the payroll are close relatives and family of the ‘Gang of Four’ and other senior officers; clear acts of nepotism and cronyism; that large sums are being doled out to facilitate unnecessary foreign travel; that large sums are being wasted on needless projects such as the ‘Presidential Park, the Green Conference, and Expo; and the maintenance of a large staff assigned to a former Mayor, including cooks, gardeners, chauffeurs, bodyguards, and clerical staff that operate out of another agency, but all of whom are paid for by the Council.There are many Commissions of Inquiries being carried out across Guyana, sometimes for things far less egregious than what is and has been going on at City Hall. Could we please have a Commission of Inquiry set up to examine the workings of City Hall?With thanks,Riley Matthews
Dear Editor,Allow me to express my disappointment at the politicians who have proved that they are no worthier to be called leaders of the people of Guyana. They have further caused a rift among themselves when they are supposed to build bridges between people and work for unity and love. It is disheartening to see how power and money can cause the downfall of any leadership. However, one thing is obvious that people are now aware and are tired of political gimmicks to achieve politicians’ own goals of power and money. People of Guyana have given up discussing politics, because it is always divisive and not helpful for the nation. If it is not helpful, it must be trampled underfoot because salt has lost its taste. Mind you, I am not pointing to any political party.Allow me to speak about my Leader Jesus Christ. For Jesus, the Temple of Jerusalem was the sacred space for every people of the nations. When it was defiled by the evil doers, Jesus makes a whip out of some cord and drives out every sort of evil from the temple. Hence, he allows its purpose to be fulfilled, and its purpose is to allow the space for everyone to have an encounter with God. We believe that the Parliament is the Temple of Democracy and a temple of the nation where every people of this nation is represented. Do we believe in this? If we believe in this, why our Temple of Democracy has been defiled? If it is defiled, who will be able to cleanse it? Certainly, we need someone like Jesus who can make a whip and cleanse it so that its sole purpose is fulfilled. I would like the politicians to do a ‘retrospect’ because each of you is the servant of the people and not bosses of the people. I would like you to enter that Temple of Democracy with people at the heart of your discussion. Do remember that if you keep people’s interest before your own, you will be the best leaders a nation can dream. Please do not defile our Temple of the nation. Treat it with respect and dignity. If you respect the Parliament, you would respect the people for it is people who elected and sent you to this temple so that you decide and dedicate your life to the people of the nation.Sincerely,Kevin Williams