Good luck, but fight harder, West Indies!

first_imgDear Editor,First, congratulations to the West Indies for making it to the World Cup 2019. However, there are some gaps in the team. We need an experienced wicket taking spinner to bowl the middle overs, even opening the batting if needed. The great Chris Gayle’s fitness and age seem to have taken its toll on the Universe Boss. Sunil Narine may be the best candidate for recall, especially since his batting has improved also, but he has to get his action cleared. Shai Hope has to increase his scoring rate, while Bishoo has to air the ball more, and bowl more accurately. Shimron Hetmyer is one of my favourite young batsmen, and we hope he makes use of his undoubted talents and makes it all the way to the top.Some sort of amnesty must be worked out to get match winners like with Pollard, the Bravo brothers, Simmons, Badree, Russell and others who are definitely more suited for One Day cricket. Also, why is Phil Simmons not a part of the West Indian management outfit? Simmons had proved his coaching ability with assisting lesser teams, most recently Afghanistan in reaching the World Cup qualifiers, despite all odds.We hope West Indies will compete hard and effectively. Hopefully win, if possible, although that is very unlikely. The other team members cannot leave everything to the captain Holder. The fact that he had to summon Evin Lewis from the pavilion to take the field to qualify to open West Indies batting, and step up in all roles when his team fails, happens too often. Every player needs to pull his weight. Cricket remains a game of glorious uncertainties, so step up Windies, the entire Caribbean will be rallying around you!Sincerely,Albert Baldeolast_img read more

THAG calls for ban on wildlife trade

first_imgPresident of the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG), Mitra Ramkumar has called for a ban on wildlife trade and the commercial use of wild meat. Ramkumar made the call at the launching of the “Explore Guyana” 2020 Magazine on Friday at MovieTowne, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown. According to Ramkumar, this is not the first time THAG has called for a ban on the trade and commercial use of wild meat. He said that himself and members of the tourism organisation have used all public avenues to reiterate the call. “We cannot proudly call ourselves the number one eco-tourism destination if we involve ourselves in unsustainable practices and immorality,” he said. Meanwhile, Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), Brian Mullis explained that Guyana has become one of the “hottest and upcoming” travel destinations since 2019, and people are coming to these shores not only because of the new oil sector. “It’s because of Guyana’s long-standing sustainability agenda which is increasingly becoming important in an age of over-tourism, flying change and climate change”, he said. Mullis vocalised that even though we are deemed the best travel destination, Guyana must make necessary adjustments to improve as a country and to maintain that status. “We have to maintain a focus on collaboration and continuous improvements. Partnership is the key to our continued success… this has led to a lot of positive outcomes in a relatively short amount of time.” Explore Guyana The cover of Explore Guyana 2020 features the Iwokarma rainforests, an idea that came after a thorough thought of climate change, preservation of the environment, sustainable development and the landscape of Guyana’s rainforests. Giving a background on why the rainforest was chosen, publisher of the magazine, Lokesh Singh explained that in 1989, with the world under pressure talking about climate change and the protection of the environment and the demolishing of the forests of the world, Guyana committed one million acres of pristine rainforests to be the Iwokarma rainforest reserve. He further explained that the 22nd edition of the magazine was also created with the thought in mind that it is usually said that the company would always feature a bird or waterfall. However, this year they strived to do something different. Meanwhile, the new edition featured four Guyanese personalities on its pages with major events and festivals of Guyana for each month of the year.last_img read more

Locked away: Life of prisoners on Christmas Day

first_imgBy Vahnu ManikchandThe Christmas holiday is usually when persons spend time and make memories with their families and loved-ones, however there are some because of their actions unfortunately do not have that option – like prisoners.While some, if not most, of them are incarcerated as a result of their own wrong doings, it does not take away from the fact that they would miss their families during their holiday season, especially those with children.As a result the Guyana Prisons Service has planned a series of activities so that inmates of the various penitentiaries throughout the country can celebrate the joyThe lit tree inside the compound of the Georgetown Prisonand hope of Christmas amongst themselves.According to Officer in Charge (OC) of the Georgetown Prison, Kevin Pilgrim, while security remains tight as per protocol, inmates are treated to a little more freedom during the Christmas season with lots of festivities planned to spread cheer within the usually daunting environment.Two of the highlights leading up to the season are the Christmas tree light-up and the ‘Family Bonding’ programme.There were Christmas tree light-ups followed by a miniconcert during which several inmates at the various prisons were rewarded for their “good” behaviour. The awardees were given vouchers to the Prisons’ Tuc-shops.Additionally, some of the penitentiaries, including New Amsterdam, Bartica and Timehri, distributed monetary donations to children in nearby communities.Meanwhile, the ‘family bonding’ initiative saw inmates being allowed time with their families, including children, to sit and share a meal. Pilgrim explained that convicted prisoners are usually entitled to one visit per month and a family visit once quarterly.“So what the family bonding does is to have the families of these inmates come and spend some time. The children get to see their fathers, and mothers in the case of the female prisoners at New Amsterdam, and spend time with them andNew Amsterdam Prison had a grand Christmas tree light-up ceremony with the general community participating as wellcatch up.”However, Pilgrim explained that while the initiative is ideally for fathers who are incarcerated and their children, there are some inmates who do not have children but have their parents and/or persons whom they are close with hence they are also allowed the same privilege.The programme is highly successful at all the prison facilities and is well appreciative by the inmates. Only those prisoners on good behaviour are allowed to participate in this initiative.At Georgetown, the ‘family bonding’ was held over a period of one week. It commenced on December 12 and ran up until December 20.Pilgrim explained that during these visits, the inmates were allowed from one hour 30 minutes to two hours to bond with their families during which they share a home-cooked meal brought by the visitors.However, it was explained that time of some of the prisoners were unfortunately cut short because there were too many persons to be accommodated in the smallA prisoner working on a Christmas tree in Timehriarea.On December 25 –Christmas Day– the inmates are awoken to a bit of freedom as those who smoke are given some extra time outside in the compound. At breakfast, which usually is the traditional Guyanese cuisine pepper-pot and bread, the OC at the various prisons would sit and interact with the inmates.The Director of Prisons is also invited and turn up to those locations to socialise with the inmates, and delivering motivational speeches. Additionally, members from the Prison Ministries are also invited and would interact with the inmates, encouraging them, giving them hope and also teaching them forgiveness.During the course of the day, the prison authorities try to create a festive atmosphere with most of the facilities playing Christmas carols.In Georgetown, however, the Prisons’ Steelpan and choir would pay a visit to State House, where the inmates perform for the President after which they would head over to the Prime Minister’s residence and then to the Public Security Minister’s home.Christmas Day continues with a grand luncheon at which prisoners would be treated to scrumptious meals along with traditional Guyanese black and sponge cakes. The rest of the day is spent engaging in indoor games until dinner, when another festive meal is served.In Georgetown, the day after Christmas is much anticipated when the Republican Boxing Gym hosts its annual Boxing Day exhibition match on the tarmac inside of the Georgetown Prisons compound.last_img read more

PPP plans to table legislation to prevent non-disclosure

first_img…of contracts and agreements in the petroleum sectorThe parliamentary Opposition has plans to table legislation that would seek to create some greater level of transparency and accountability in the petroleum sector, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo stated that he has met with officials of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the Open Society Foundation, seeking their assistance to table these pieces of legislation in Parliament.The former Head of State noted that the idea is to have oil companies and Government become more transparent in their transactions and for them to account to the people of Guyana.“Any money from any oil company… and that the Minister of Finance will have one week or two weeks to gazette the receipt and within a month must notify the National Assembly…and the money is only paid to the Consolidated Fund or to the Sovereign Wealth Fund,” Jagdeo said in explaining the legislation.The former President added should any of those fail, the idea is to have laws in place that will see a 10-year jail term instituted for non-disclosure of an agreement or transaction. He feels by doing this, such incidents would not be allowed to happen again and companies would also have an obligation too.“If they (companies) don’t notice that they made a payment to the Ministry and they don’t see it in the public domain….these companies will be obligated to disclose,” he explained, adding that the PPP was hoping to draft legislation for tabling in Parliament along those lines.“That will immediately solve a lot of these issues. So, both the company will have to say it, and the Minister of Finance. And there is a huge penalty particularly for the Minister of Finance, who has a fiduciary duty in case that is not done. That is what we hope to have some time,” he further added.However, the Opposition Leader noted that his Party was still looking for drafters while explaining that there were not many skilled persons available to put together such legislation. “… but that is one … there are four pieces of legislation surrounding transparency issues that I am thinking about tabling … in the future,” he noted.Jagdeo noted that this will be able to safeguard Guyana from experiencing issues of bribery and money laundering especially in relation to the petroleum sector. This sector will most likely attract greater level of investments over the next few years, starting in 2020, when oil production is expected to begin.Signing bonusIn December 2017, Government had denied receiving an advance payment from US oil giant ExxonMobil of US$18 million. However, a leaked document that was seen by this newspaper proved that the Administration was fully aware of receiving the signing bonus granted by the same company, as a request was also made to open an account at the central bank.The allegation about Government receiving this bonus was first made by Chartered Accountant and Attorney Christopher Ram. Ram had said that this payment may be one of the reasons why Government was not disclosing the new contract between itself and the US oil giant. Government had failed to disclose that it had received the money since 2016 and place it into the Consolidated Fund.Government later brushed aside allegations that it possibly spent or transferred the US$18 million signing bonus it received from ExxonMobil, claiming that there was nothing sinister about that move. Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman did not confirm nor deny allegations that the signing bonus might have been transferred from a private account at the central bank, or spent. The Minister did reiterate that the monies were put aside to deal with a specific matter.Government had defended its actions saying that the money was placed at the Bank of Guyana, since Government intended to use it to pay the legal team that would represent Guyana’s interest at the World Court regarding the border controversy with its western neighbour Venezuela.The matter is being challenged by Opposition Member of Parliament Anil Nandlall. Nandlall is contending that Government is in “breach of and contrary to, the letter and spirit of Article 216 of the Constitution of the Republic of Guyana and Section 38 (1) of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act, Chapter 73:02.” (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

Van Gaal vows to stick with 3-5-2 system after Man United reign gets off to stunning start

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal hailed his players as ‘fantastic’ after they demolished MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy in their opening pre-season friendly.United thrashed the Galaxy 7-0 in the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California, with summer signing Ander Herrera producing a sparkling performance in his first appearance in a Red Devils shirt, to get Van Gaal’s reign off to a flyer.It was a result which took Van Gaal by surprise, and he believes it will give his squad a big confidence boost ahead of the new Premier League campaign.“The result always matters. With such a result you get confidence,” the new United boss said.“It is fantastic how they have performed today. When you see us train, you can expect something but not 7-0. It was a surprise, but they were beautiful goals and beautiful attacks.”Van Gaal sent United out in the 3-5-2 system which he used to great effect with the Netherlands at the World Cup.And the Dutchman has vowed to stick with that attacking formation.“We introduced a new system that we have only played two times on the training pitch 11 v 11. But the boys are willing to pick up the information,” he said.“It is fantastic how they have performed. Last week, 10 players who played tonight were not even in our training complex.“When you want to change a system, you must start at once. We don’t have time to prepare for other things. The other system they can play is 4-3-3 and they have played it for many years.“I can change back if the system doesn’t work. With the quality of the players we have, I can play 4-3-3 with three strikers on the bench, but I want to play with two strikers.Van Gaal’s predecessor David Moyes usually played 4-2-3-1 as his squad was awash with players who like to play just behind a main striker.Van Gaal believes the Scot left him with an “unbalanced” squad.He said: “We have four number 10s, so the selection is not balanced in my eyes.“I have decided to play this system because of the quality of the players. But if we lose, I can change back to another system.”Galaxy coach Bruce Arena thinks Van Gaal’s introduction has sharpened the United squad up following their seventh-place finish last year.“I have nothing but the greatest respect for the show that Manchester United put on,” he said.“A bunch of guys out there fighting for jobs and it looked that way. It was a real lesson for a lot of our players.” 1 Louis van Gaal last_img read more

VAR only for ‘clear and obvious’ mistakes says top rules chief

first_imgA particular source of concern has revolved around offside calls.Last weekend saw Norwich, Brighton, Sheffield United, Wolves, Brighton and Crystal Palace all have goals disallowed by marginal VAR rulings amid doubts over whether the available technology is accurate enough to make such fractional calls.Players and managers have also questioned whether the system should not be used to reverse an on-field decision that appears correct to the naked eye, a view that received support on Monday from the general secretary of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) — the sport’s ultimate rule-making body.Lukas Brud, while not addressing specific incidents in English football, said IFAB guidance advises VAR should only be used to correct clear errors also applied to offside.“Clear and obvious still remains — it’s an important principle,” Brud said in comments reported by the British media.“There should not be a lot of time spent to find something marginal.“If you spend minutes trying to identify whether it is offside or not, then it’s not clear and obvious and the original decision should stand,” he added.Wolves captain Conor Coady was frustrated when his side were denied what seemed a legitimate equaliser just before half-time against runaway league leaders Liverpool on Sunday when Pedro Neto’s effort was chalked off because wing-back Jonny was deemed to be offside in the build-up.Wolves eventually lost 1-0 at Anfield and Coady told the BBC afterwards: “A lot of people are going to tell me that they have come to the right decision and they might have. But what is it, an armpit that’s offside, or a toe, or something like that?”– ‘Not helping’ –Meanwhile Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder was annoyed after VAR denied his side a goal against champions Manchester City — the fifth time it has happened to the Blades this season.“Yet again we had another goal disallowed by VAR,” he said.“That’s about eight or nine over the weekend, this is not a situation helping the game.”Even City manager Pep Guardiola, whose side won 2-0, said VAR was “a big mess”, with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss adding: “Hopefully next season it can do better.”But the introduction of VAR into Scottish football cannot come quickly enough for Glasgow giants Rangers.Sunday saw Steven Gerrard’s side win 2-1 away to arch-rivals and reigning champions Celtic as they moved to within two points of the Scottish Premiership leaders.Gers boss Gerrard’s lone criticism of referee Kevin Clancy centred on the official not sending off Celtic defender Christopher Jullien in added time in an incident that saw Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos see red for a second yellow card.Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson, while insisting he was not criticising referees, said Monday the pace of the modern game made it “extremely difficult to make split-second calls with the degree of certainty required”.He added: “We believe the introduction of VAR would help referees enormously and reduce the number of wrong decisions which sometimes have a dramatic effect on the outcome of matches.”0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 2 visits today) 0Shares0000VAR decisions have been criticised by players and coaches over the festive Premier league period © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 31 – The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) should only overturn on-field decisions when there has been a “clear and obvious” error, according to one of football’s leading international rules officials.VAR has proved highly controversial since it was introduced into the Premier League this season.last_img read more

HOW KILLER CAHOON DID THIS TO ANOTHER VICTIM

first_imgTHIS is the picture which shows how a jury was right to find a killer guilty of murder today – it’s what Stephen Cahoon did to another victim of his evil outbursts.It took the jury at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin nearly five hours to return the unanimous verdict against Cahoon, caught by Gardai in Co Donegal.Cahoon of Harvey Street, Derry admitted killing 30-year-old Jean Teresa Quigley on July 26, 2008, but denied her murder. But we can reveal that in 1999, Stephen Trevor Cahoon, then aged 27, admitted 15 charges against two women, including grievous bodily harm, assault and threatening to kill.One victim, Lynne McGall, then 18, from Ballymena was so badly beaten about the face she was almost unrecognisable.She consented to the release of this picture of her above to show what Cahoon was capable of.Cahoon was also convicted of assaulting his partner, Samantha Brown, and threatening to kill her.After a campaign, Cahoon’s three-year jail sentence was increased to five years and three months.Speaking after Cahoon was sentenced at Downpatrick Crown Court in 1999, Ms McGall said he had shown “absolutely no remorse” as he was taken to the cells.“He turned and looked at Samantha and looked at me and smirked,” she said.“I am totally devastated. It’s a joke. He tried to kill us both and he gets three years. He’ll be out in six months after leaving me for dead. Obviously what he did to Samantha speaks for itself. It’s awful.”HOW KILLER CAHOON DID THIS TO ANOTHER VICTIM was last modified: April 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:HOW KILLER CAHOON DID THIS TO ANOTHER VICTIMHOW WIFE-KILLER DID THIS TO ANOTHER VICTIMlast_img read more

Did Fossils Inspire Thunderbird Legends?

first_imgAdrienne Major thinks that the Lakota got their legend of the Thunderbird from looking at fossil pterosaurs in the badlands.  Her speculation is explored in National Geographic News.  Major thinks other world legends have their origin in fossils that ancient people observed.This hypothesis is no less speculative than the one by creationists that Indians saw live pterosaurs and the Chinese saw live dinosaurs.  Evolutionists would never consider such an idea, because they have their own myths.  They are wedded to the tale that dinosaurs and pterosaurs died out long before man appeared.  Do they know this for a fact?  No; they were not there, for one thing, and their prior commitment to evolutionary theory dictates how all data are to be interpreted.  The discovery of flexible blood vessels in a T. rex recently (see 03/24/2005) shows the extent of their commitment; rather than consider the obvious, that this unfossilized material could not be 70 million years old, they adjusted their assumptions to fit their myth.    Were the Chinese and the Lakota skilled in paleontological interpretation of disarticulated bones?  Would it not be more plausible to suggest that perhaps they saw some of these creatures before the last ones died out?  It would seem more likely that the fearsome appearance of imposing live creatures would generate better myths than would dead bones to untrained eyes.(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sneak Peak at Loud3r’s New Curation Power Tool

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market As social media and information overload spill out over the boundaries of old media’s monopoly on publishing, a big piece of the future will belong to the curators of the world. Some newspapers have scored headlines by calling new media organizations that curate content nothing more than parasitic aggregators – but not everyone is so shortsighted.The New York Daily News invested $4 million this January in Loud3r, a content curation service built on top of extensive Natural Language Proccessing and other forms of technical analysis. The end result is a powerful tool than any curation geek would drool over. Already deployed by a small number of customers, Loud3r is generally available now. Check out the screenshots below of this new curation service that’s just dripping with cool features.Multi-media, content and keyword recommendations, topic disambiguation, turnable priority dials, social media analytics – this service offers a whole lot in a relatively easy-to-understand interface. The back-end isn’t the prettiest, but the output can come in any number of formats: on a hosted page, as XML that you can style up to run on your own site however you like, even as a stream of curated Tweets. In most cases users of these services fine-tune the settings and let the systems run on autopilot, chewing through thousands of discovered stories each day and publishing tens or hundreds.This service is aimed at professional publishers, there’s a modest monthly fee per topic area you’re curating. Whether you’re in the target market or not, here’s a look at one of the most cutting-edge services in this emerging market. Competitors include OneSpot and DayLife.Your stream – made by handThese screens are a demo Loud3r account set up to track content about the topic “data analysis.” Click any of the following screens for a larger pop-up.Project home pageKeyword synonyms and blacklistKeyword recommendationsDial the filters up and downSort the streamThat’s a little look behind the scenes at Loud3r. There’s a whole lot there. The semantic and Natural Language Processing is the secret sauce, but throughout the service there are good features that any curation tool would benefit from including.Are these kinds of tools the printing press of the 21st century? Original content will always be important, but it’s easier than ever to publish now. That means there are all kinds of opportunities to ad value built on top of the rushing river of news online. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

The Granny Who Gets Paid To Teach Family Recipes

first_imgYamini Joshi, 66, is an Indian immigrant from Mumbai, now living in New York City. By day, she works at a jewellery company in Manhattan; at least three times per month, on weekends, she instructs a group of students – often millennials – on how to prepare her family recipes. It is what she thinks of as an extended family meal.Read it at BBC Related Itemslast_img