The time for GAW to act is now

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Amazon Warriors have been given the uncomfortable tag as bridesmaids and chokers after another stumble at final hurdle in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which ended Sunday night in Trinidad with an easy victory for the hosts.While it is a justified position, we must take a closer look to see what is needed to get the Warriors over the line, for we have come up empty-handed after reaching four finals in six years.Over the first five years of CPL, the Warriors had used Guyanese coaches; Roger Harper in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, and Carl Hooper in 2015, to oversee the team. Harper took the Warriors to the final in 2013 and 2014, but could not get them over the line, and was replaced with Hooper in 2015, when they crashed out at the semifinal stage.Harper was brought back for 2016 and 2017, when the team finished second and third respectively, forcing the Warriors to look outside of the region for a coach.South African Johan Botha was brought in, and was assisted by Guyanese Rayon Griffith. Initially, the move seemed to have brought fresh ideas, and according to the local media, the feeling in the camp was that 2018 was the year of the Guyana Amazon Warriors. They even got oil exploration giant ExxonMobil to sponsor them, and the entire Guyana to jump on the bandwagon.After a few encouraging games, they hit some snags when they had three captains in nine games. Original captain Shoaib Malik left after five matches to represent Pakistan for Asia Cup, and former captain Rayad Emrit took over. However, following a dip in form and a heavy defeat at the hands of Trinbago Knight Riders, Trinidadian Emrit was stripped of the captaincy and was dropped. Australian rookie off-spinner Chris Green, in his first season in CPL, was then thrown in the hot seat.With the batting exploits of Shimron Hetmyer and Sherfane Rutherford, the Warriors booked their place in their fourth final, and were looking to beat TKR three consecutive times to lift their maiden title.At the start of the tournament, many had expectations of the team, especially after it was played up smartly by the media and was supported by ordinary performances from St Lucia Stars and Barbados Tridents. To this the fans got even more involved, and Providence was sold out for the home matches.Before the start of the season, there was the desperate move to find a coach who can get the Warriors over the line; while, during the season, the Warriors were chopping and changing to find the right captain and team. The switching around helped, and they got to the final amidst all the pressures.However, there is one position that is constant, and that is the position of ‘Team Manager.’ The Operations Manager has been the only constant in six years for the Amazon Warriors, and I strongly believe that his involvement is the jinx of the team.The Operations Manager seemed to be involved in too many things, and the word outside is that he is not the man for the job. He was responsible for creating tension, and even had fallout with some players over the years, especially in 2017.With the wealth of talent in Guyana, I know we can do better, but not worse. Cricket West Indies, like the rest of the world, has gone down the road of having former players fill the role of Team Operations Manager, a move that has proven to be successful.If the Warriors are not looking at guys like Harper and Hooper, there are Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Clyde Butts, Reon King, Colin Stuart, Lennox Cush, Neil Barry, Julian Moore and Andre Percival, who all have local knowledge and must be considered. They are actively involved in the game, and can even assist in selecting players, like what the Operations Manager did at the CPL Player Draft earlier this year.If the Guyana Amazon Warriors are looking for a different result, they cannot have the same persons doing the same things over and over again. The time to act is now.Sincerely,A Grantlast_img read more

New local security services launched

first_imgWith affordability and accessibility as its main focus, the Delta Security Service Company on Friday launched its home security system, which is expected to provide security for families across Guyana.Some of the vehicles and guards of the company at the launching on FridayUnder the theme, “Home is where the heart is, protect it with Delta Security Services”, the system was launched on the premises of the Parc Rayne at Rahaman’s Park in Houston, EBD.The aim of the company is to protect the Guyanese dream by transforming security from a luxury to a necessity through affordability.The system is presently available to residents of Central Georgetown, East Bank Demerara, West Bank Demerara and Berbice. It will soon be available on the West Coast of Demerara.Delta Security’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Eddie Deolall, has said this company is the first in Guyana that specialises in emergency response services.“Delta Security presently has the medical shuttle which is now considered to be the ambulance service. Very shortly, we will have our first fire truck, in addition to our 24/7 roadside assistance that is set up, as well as a 24/7 burglary response,” Deolall revealed.He added, “Alarms systems in Guyana (are) not new, but (are) considered to be expensive and luxurious. The idea (is) that you must be rich to be able to benefit from this. We have done research that is able to provide and reduce costs for security systems across Guyana. These products are manufactured specifically for the Guyana market.”Four elderly persons lost their lives last year when bandits invaded their homes. Deolall says that with that in mind, the panic button was created mainly for the elderly.Social Protection Minister Amna Ally, who was present at the launch, fully endorsed the services to be offered, especially the one provided for the elderly.“When Mr Deolall visited my office and explained what is to be offered, I was highly impressed. And what caught on very much to me was the…service for our elderly people. You know, I have a passion for the safety of our elderly people. And so when Mr Deolall spoke to me about this panic button, it really caught on to me,” Minister Ally said.The company’s monthly rate for the provision of security service is $4000, and a wide range of services is on offer.last_img read more

Skull City brawl lands duo in court

first_imgSuraj Lallchan, 19, of Patentia, West Bank Demerara and 25-year-old Randy Singh of Patentia House Scheme were each granted $30,000 bail at the Wales Magistrate’s Court on allegations that they wounded each other. Police indicated that the two men were involved in a physical altercation at Skull City, Patentia, on March 10, 2018.Both plead not guilty to their respective charge. Lallchan told Magistrate Rushell Liverpool that he was never charged before. Singh, through his Attorney, Pamela De Santos, gave a similar account to the court, saying he has never had any prior problems with the law.De Santos appealed for reasonable bail, highlighting that her client is father to a six-year-old. The case was adjourned to June 7.last_img read more

Minister Felix warns Suriname travellers against flouting immigration laws

first_imgCitizenship Minister Winston Felix has urged members of the public travelling to and from Suriname to present themselves to immigration officers for processing.Minister Felix said the absence of the MV Canawaima from regular service did not preclude persons from observing the law.Citizenship Minister Winston Felix“Persons arriving must first ensure that they check with the immigration [office] on departing Suriname and report to the immigration on arrival in Guyana. Failure to do so, if caught, will expose you to prosecution,” he said.Immigration processing in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) is currently being done at immigration offices located at Republic Square, Springlands or Port Moleson Creek.“Section 10 (3) and Section 7 (2) of the Immigration Act, Chapter 14:02, respectively states: (a) “Where a person desires to depart from Guyana by crossing a land frontier, he shall before depart, present himself to the nearest immigration officer,” a release from the Ministry stated.In addition, the release noted: “Where a person enters Guyana by crossing a land frontier of Guyana, he shall forthwith present himself to the nearest immigration officer”.As such, the Minister is calling on the public to observe the law.last_img read more

Temporary fix to Mahaicony sea defence breached again

first_imgLess than two weeks after a temporary fix was put in place to ease flooding, a section of the Mahaicony sea defence along Prospect Estate has once again been breached owing to the high tides and the continuous rainfall experienced over the past weekend.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonMinister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Jaipaul Sharma had only recently revealed that action was being undertaken to prevent another breach at the said location and others, albeit somewhat unsuccessfully.However in light of this, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson was quoted as stating that the Ministry has already applied for emergency funding to have rehabilitative works done on the sea defence, while others were still under threat.Some 5000 tonnes of boulders were recently positioned along the areas of Dantzig, East Coast Demerara (ECD), to Broomhall, which were expected to serve as a temporary sea defence structure, as other weakened sections along the embankment were being strengthened.The breached sea defenceThe breached defence had also been a result of corrective works being affected by the heavy downpours, as explained by Sea and River Defence Officer within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Kevin Samad. According to him, this can only be addressed after the rainy season ends.The first breach which occurred on July 6, at Dantzig, has affected over 120 farmers within the Region, after acres of rice belonging to them were destroyed by the floodwaters.Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) Chairman Vickchand Ramphal had expressed concern only recently on this issue that has been in existence for years. He said not only were the high tides eroding away the boulders acting as sea defence, but they have been uprooting the mangroves.As such, the lack of a permanent sea defence leaves both farming and residential areas between the Mahaica and Abary Rivers under threat.last_img read more

Etiwanda grad stretching mind and body in college

first_imgBy all accounts, Sacramento State junior gymnast Nicole Giao is quiet. Standing 5-foot-1, the Etiwanda graduate doesn’t jump out at you physically either. But once Giao gets out on the floor and is ready to compete, the small, quiet gymnast classification gets thrown for a loop. In a sport known for its smooth, classical movements to symphonic, easy-listening music, Giao breaks loose, performing to hard rock/metal groups such as Metallica. Picturing a female gymnast performing doesn’t exactly bring the lyrics of “Enter Sandman” to mind. But Sacramento State coach Kim Hughes thinks it makes perfect sense. “If you know Nicole, you aren’t surprised,” Hughes said. “She is a quiet leader, but she also has a toughness about her. She doesn’t talk much, but when she does, people listen.” Giao, who performed at Crescenta Valley Gymnastics in San Dimas while attending Etiwanda High School, is one of the Hornets’ co-captains as they attempt to win a second straight Western Athletic Conference title. To get in position to do that, Giao has had to overcome a sprained ankle in mid-January that sidelined her for four meets spanning nearly a month. “The injury was pretty tough on me,” Giao said. “It was one of those things where I was just in practice right before we were supposed to go to Alaska-Anchorage and I landed wrong and the ankle rolled. center_img “I just had to wait it out and make sure that it healed properly. I missed the trip to Alaska, but I’m feeling good now and I’m almost all the way back.” Giao has been working her way back slowly, competing in the vault and balance beam in meets against Seattle Pacific and Alaska Anchorage before reintroducing the floor exercise at Feb. 23 at San Jose State. Giao registered season-high marks in all three events against San Jose, scoring a 9.775 on the floor, 9.725 on the beam and 9.700 on the vault. That puts her in perfect position to be 100 percent for the WAC championships March 31 in Cedar City, Utah. That is pretty stellar considering the nature of Giao’s injury. A sprained ankle is a bigger deal in gymnastics than most other sports, as the stress on the joints is severe even when the body is relatively healthy. “I’m pretty sore in general, so the ankle was just another pain I had to overcome,” Giao said. “It’s pretty normal at this point. I’ve been doing gymnastics as long as I can remember so it’s not that big of a deal.” Giao’s high threshold for pain comes from adding mental toughness to go along with being physically tough. The Sacramento State gymnastics team meets with a sports psychologist weekly to work on mental visualizations in certain routines, especially balance beam and floor exercise. When arriving on campus in the fall of 2004, Giao was skeptical of meeting with a sports psychologist. But after a few meetings, she was hooked. “I find it fascinating,” Giao said. “I thought it sounded weird at first, but I’m pretty open-minded about things so I gave it a chance. “I’m really glad that I did. If there’s anything I’ve learned in college it’s how important the mental aspect of gymnastics is. Visualizing my routine before I go out there really helps me focus.” The sessions might have also created a career path for Giao. She quickly took an interest in psychology, selecting it as her major early in her college career. Giao would like to delve into sports psychology when she is done with school, perhaps giving the assistance that she has enjoyed at Sacramento State. “It’s been great for me and I’d like to be able to have that impact on other athletes,” Giao said. “I’d love to help people, whether it be with sports or other aspects of life.” Giao’s mental acuity has been noticed by her coach. When recruiting Giao, Hughes – in his 27th year at Sacramento State – saw a girl that was awkwardly shy at times. But thanks to growth, through psychology and aided by having a big group of gymnasts in her recruiting class, Giao has blossomed nicely at Sacramento State. “Nicole is just a well-rounded, hard-working person who excels athletically, and more importantly, academically,” Hughes said. “It’s great to see her come into her own in school and in the gym. “When she first got here, she was quiet. She still isn’t loud, but she’ll come into my office and we’ll have a great conversation. It’s really great to see.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chelsea short of players and personality

first_imgBut Wilfried Zaha secured all three points with his strike on half-time.After the tie, Conte bemoaned three missing players in Alvaro Morata, N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater and a lack of fighting spirit from his side against a team than had yet to win a game or score a goal all season.He said: “To play this game without three important players, it is not simple.“Today wasn’t simple. I think we started very badly and it was very difficult.”Chelsea lost to Manchester City before the international break, making this back-to-back losses for Conte.He continued: “Also we need to understand the situation and to continue to work to find the right solution despite the injuries. They are big losses for us but we have to accept the situation and try to do our best.”Victor Moses limped off with a suspected hamstring injury in the first half, with the Blues boss adding: “This is another bad situation. We have to check tomorrow (Sunday) with the medical staff. But for sure it is another loss, a big loss for us. You know very well the importance of this player to our team.”Conte concluded: “When you play against Palace away you need more personality, otherwise you allow your opponent to take confidence.”The result left Chelsea, who face Roma next in the Champions League, nine points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Conte insists Chelsea’s predicament can’t be allowed to affect his players and he called on them to show some character against TottenhamLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 15 – Antonio Conte said his Chelsea side were missing three key players and the right personality to cope with Crystal Palace in their shock 2-1 Premier League loss on Saturday.A Cesar Azpilicueta own-goal on 11 minutes kicked off proceedings before Tiemoue Bakayoko’s 18th minute equaliser.last_img read more

Loew set to stay as Germany coach

first_imgThe Germans bowed out after shock defeats to Mexico and South Korea.It was the first time since 1938 that a Germany side failed to get past the first round at a World Cup finals — a huge dent to Loew’s reputation after 12 successful years in charge.The German Football Association (DFB) has yet to confirm the reports, but Loew has a contract until the 2022 World Cup.Loew returned from Russia considering his future, but the DFB said they would not sack him.He has promised a clearout of the squad and several of the World Cup winners who under-performed so badly in Russia may have played their last game for their country.“It needs far-reaching measures, it needs clear change,” Loew said last week when Germany arrived home in disgrace.Senior players Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller have given Loew their backing, yet could all face the axe after poor displays.There are, however, reports of player disgruntlement in other quarters with Loew.Frankfurt-based newspaper FAZ quoted unnamed Germany players who said the squad was deeply divided between senior and younger players in Russia.There was also resentment to the special status given to captain Manuel Neuer.The goalkeeper played all three group games, ahead of Barcelona star Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, even though Neuer had just returned from eight months sidelined by a foot fracture.That was “a problem for some players” as Loew had said he would only use those who were playing well regularly.Other complaints included Loew giving priority to established players, the choice of Germany’s isolated World Cup base in south-west Moscow and the poor handling of the pre-World Cup scandal involving Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan.Their loyalty to Germany was brought into question on the eve of the World Cup after meeting Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who Gundogan presented with a jersey signed “to my president”.Both players were booed by German fans during pre-World Cup friendlies, which overshadowed preparations for the finals.Ozil refused to comment on the controversy during the World Cup while Gundogan gave a single interview in which he said the furore was “a difficult experience”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Joachim Loew is set to remain head coach of Germany to rebuild the national side in the wake of a woeful display at the World Cup finals when they finished bottom of their group. © AFP / Yann SchreiberBERLIN, Germany, Jul 3 – Germany coach Joachim Loew will remain in his job despite the World Cup debacle which saw the holders crash out after the group stages, according to reports on Tuesday.Both Germany’s best-selling daily Bild and Sport Bild magazine say the 58-year-old will stay on to rebuild the national team, which finished bottom of their group in Russia.last_img read more

TRANSFER LATEST: Crystal Palace target loan deal for Al-Ahli striker

first_img1 Moussa Sow in action for Fenerbahce Crystal Palace are eyeing a loan move for Moussa Sow, according to reports in France.The 30-year-old striker is currently plying his trade for UAE side Al-Ahli but is apparently keen on testing himself in the Premier League before his career is up and Palace are open to a short-term deal.The Eagles are desperate to revamp their frontline having parted with Emmanuel Adebayor and Dwight Gayle this summer and have seen bids for Michy Batshuayi and Cristian Benteke fall through.It appears that Palace are still pursuing Benteke, but are also keen to bring in Sow to provide support for the Belgian.According to L’Equipe, Palace have made contact with Sow’s agents and Al-Ahli representatives about a move.Born in France, Sow began his career at Rennes and has played for Lille and Fenerbahce.He has also made 29 appearances for Senegal.last_img read more

MAN WRECKED FOUR LANTERNS WHILST OUT ON BAIL FOR RIOT

first_imgThe scene of the 2011 riotA JUDGE has given a criminal extra time behind bars after learning that he was out on bail when involved in two acts of criminal damage – one of them involving an attack on a Four Lanterns food outlet.Judge Paul Kelly was told at Letterkenny District Court today that Eddie McLaughlin is already behind bars serving an 18-month sentence for his involvement in a riot at a house party in the town in October 2011. Twenty-one year old McLaughlin was jailed for two years at the Circuit Court after admitting his involvement in the house at The Green, Thornberry.During that incident, 2o Gardai using riot gear had to force their way into the house after being pelted with furniture.McLaughlin appeared in court again today.While out on bail he caused €1,300 worth of damage to a taxi in August last; and on October 16 – just days before he was due in court – he caused €1,600 worth of damage to the Four Lanterns restaurant at Lower Main Street, smashing windows on the premises.McLaughlin was arrested at Market Square a short time later.Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said McLaughlin was now attending a course at Castlerea Prison to deal with his addiction to alcohol.“As he said to me himself ‘it does you wake you up a bit’,” said the solicitor.He said McLaughlin had become addicted to drink in his early teens.Judge Paul Kelly said all the offences took place while McLaughlin was out on bail awaiting sentence for the house party riot.He added two 3-month sentences to McLaughlin’s prison term – to run consecutively – and fined him €550.MAN WRECKED FOUR LANTERNS WHILST OUT ON BAIL FOR RIOT was last modified: December 16th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:District CourtEddie McLaughlinletterekennylast_img read more