Foster’s Fairplay: ‘Merritone’ Blake, Mark’s brainless punt, Windies brilliance

first_img INESTIMABLE  PLEASURES On Saturday, April 2, with an awe-inspiring and emotional outpouring of love and respect, this nation bade a grand farewell to one of its most illustrious sons. Winston Blake (‘The Merritone Music Maestro’) was not universally embraced for his connections with or contribution to Sport. However, with his undying love for his alma mater, Kingston College – a virtual hotbed for the games that teenagers play – he was a fixture at the National Stadium and before that, Sabina Park, during Champs week. Without fuss or fanfare, his unsolicited support took many young athletes over the hump. Politicians from both sides of the divide, by their presence, typified the life of the man whose earthly journey they had huddled together to celebrate. He will be sorely missed. Foster’s Fairplay wishes that he be granted eternal rest. No one with a straight face can deny that there are inestimable pleasures to be derived from the shortest version of the game. The ending to the final provides stark evidence. In attacking an achievable target, the West Indies innings had fallen into serious disrepair. The strategy crafted by the ‘out of touch’ and in some quarters ‘out of favour’ Marlon Samuels was sheer brilliance. He curbed his well-known flair and ferocity to set up the Carlos Brathwaite explosion. It was the grand finale, all West Indians loyal to the cause could conceivably have wanted. It had all the ingredients of a Hollywood thriller. All that said, West Indies cricket has impacted and ruled the world from the springboard of Test cricket. That and only that must be the focal point in any perceived initiative to turn that never-ending corner. The treasures of watching and appreciating the grace, elegance and charm of a Lawrence Rowe, the ability to bludgeon into surrender a savage attack as Sir Vivian Richards afforded us, are no longer. Need one to further illustrate the point; go back to the mastery of a Sir Garfield Sobers or the finesse of the great Rohan Kanhai. Set in what is now being challenged – a five-day match – like it or not, together with fierce fast bowlers, the West Indies grabbed and held on to the number one spot for close to two decades. To this place all heads must be pointed if the call of “we are back” is to be countenanced. Go for it, West Indies! English Cricket commentator and former County of Hampshire player, Mark Nicholas, has referred to the West Indies T20 team as “short of brains”. The remark came during the build-up to the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup in that format of the game. Nicholas is described by the popular cricket website, espncricinfo, as “almost a throwback to the era of amateurs”. Anyone familiar with that period in English cricket, where there was a clear, social demarcation between two sets of cricketers, is wont to draw a single conclusion. Amateurs were referred to as gentlemen and those who looked to the game for their living were given the nomenclature of players. Given all that, the “no brains” label, coming from a white Englishman, must be seen as manifestly racist. That skipper Darren Sammy, mindful of, but not allowing the tag to disrupt his flow, could have led his team to a sound thrashing of the English, was a masterstroke. The clobbering, straight on the heels of a similar beating of the Aussies by our ladies, was a ”take that” response in the face of those who consider themselves to be ahead in quality of on-field performance. With those two title-winning victories and the still savoured under-19 triumph, the way forward is being charted by the loyal fans of the sport. They have stuck with a team whose fortunes have plummeted to rock bottom. Once ruling the roost in what is still considered to be the real cricket, they had been swept aside by teams who prepared, while the perennial high rankers remained complacent and perhaps, over-celebrated. It is quite understandable that this string of victories in a ‘slam bam, thank you, ma’am format’ has elicited shouts of “We are back”. Foster’s Fairplay urges caution. SHORT OF BRAINSlast_img read more

There is no place for violence in Guyana’s schools

first_imgDear Editor,As member organisations of the Guyana Equality Forum (GEF), we are deeply concerned about increasingly visible incidents of school violence and bullying in our country. Recently, a video was widely circulated across media platforms in which a male student at a city high school was seen viciously beating a female student of the same school, both in uniform and in the school compound with other students witnessing. No one intervened to stop the violence against the girl.Following the incident, Minister of Education, Hon Dr Nicolette Henry, MP, was quoted by iNews Guyana on November 27, 2019, in an invited comment as saying “students fight, there is nothing unusual as you would know, you have gone to school and we all would have seen those”. It was later reported in many sections of the media that the Education Minister visited the school, made the two students apologise to each other and spoke at a special assembly where she encouraged all students at the school to find non-violent ways to resolve conflicts. The Ministry also issued a statement that their investigation into the incident was ongoing.The GEF finds these responses inappropriate and woefully inadequate. In a society where gender-based violence (GBV) remains rampant, a survivor of violence should never be made to apologise to the person who has perpetrated violence against them. While the Minister’s statements and intervention were no doubt made with the best of intentions, they, unfortunately, feed into pervasive and misleading stereotypes about GBV – that victims bring violence on themselves, act in ways that leave perpetrators unable to control themselves or their tempers, or otherwise contribute to their own victimisation.These stereotypes are false and contribute to wrongful beliefs that fuel all forms of GBV, and violence against women and girls (VAWG), in particular. The only person responsible for violence is the perpetrator; the only person who should be held accountable and sanctioned for violence is the perpetrator. Survivors of GBV are entitled to support; they should not be made complicit in their own oppression by being required to apologise to the person who violated them.The Minister’s statement also fails to recognise that this is a problem that goes beyond in-school fighting. GBV flourishes in environments of impunity. When education officials fail to intervene or hold students accountable for less severe instances of misogyny or discrimination, it becomes easier for students to feel that escalating behaviour, including violence, is justified or appropriate.Minister Henry is right to call upon students to find ways other than violence to resolve disputes, but adults in a position of authority need to do more. Students need the adults and leaders around them, to demonstrate that being a boy does not mean being violent – it means being respectful, caring for others, and standing up for each other, especially when doing so takes courage.During these 16 Days of Activism Against GBV, from November 25 to December 10, the Ministry of Education has an opportunity to stand in solidarity with survivors of GBV. Lead by example. Show that violence has no place in Guyana. The GEF calls upon the Ministry of Education to take meaningful steps to confront all forms of prejudice and violence in Guyana’s schools – between students, teachers, parents and education officials. Comprehensive Sexuality Education should be systemically rolled out in all schools across the country.  In 21st century Guyana, teachers should focus on teaching children to communicate, problem solve and build healthy relations – practically develop their people skills. Whilst the GEF is not suggesting that the education system abandons its academic goals, we have to deliver the kind of education that supports holistic development. And while discipline should be paramount in schools, corporal punishment should be eradicated as it perpetuates the notion that violence is an appropriate response or punishment for any transgression. Counsellors should be available in every school to provide therapy for students, parents and teachers who need psycho-social and emotional support. Perpetrators of violence should be appropriately punished. Survivors should be supported and not made to feel that they did anything to cause the violence. There is no place for violence in Guyana’s schools.Yours respectfully,SASOD Guyana; Help and Shelter; CAFRA Guyana; ChildLink Inc; Come Alive Network Inc  (CANI); Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA); Comforting Hearts; Deaf Association of Guyana (DAG); Family Awareness Consciousness Togetherness (FACT); Global Shapers Georgetown Hub; Guyana Organisation of Indigenous Peoples (GOIP); Guyana Sex Work Coalition (GSWC); Guyana Trans United (GTU); SAVE Guyana; United Bricklayers; CPIC Monique’s Caring Hands; Clerical and Commercial Workers Union (CCWU); Hope for All Foundation; Dillon Mohammed, Conversa Global (CG); Women’s Wednesdays Guyana (WWG); SASOD Women’s Arm Guyana (SWAG); Human Rights and Social Justice Commission – Diocese of Guyana; Hope of Christ Anglican Church – The United Anglo-Catholic Churchlast_img read more

Cost of basic foodstuff, medical services on the rise

first_imgBank of Guyana report– drop in some prices due to less consumer spendingThe price of basic foodstuff including milk, fish and eggs, have steadily increased over the past year, with the price for at least one category of products increasing by as much as 10 per cent.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo interacting with vendors during previous walkabouts in commercial zonesThis is according to the Bank of Guyana (BoG) 2018 Annual report. According to the report, the price for a domestic basket of food (variation of an economic term that tracks inflation in consumer products) increased by 3.0 per cent.According to the report, this is a reflection of increases in the price of fruits (by 10.9 per cent), meat (8.2 per cent), fish and eggs (4.2 per cent) and alcohol, milk and related products by 2.3 per cent.The Central Bank noted that unpredictable weather was largely responsible for the increased food cost. But food is not the only thing that has been on the rise. According to the report, the cost of medical care and health services climbed by 2.1 per cent. Other sectors were also hit by increases.“The transportation and communications category registered an increase of 1.9 per cent relative to 1.1 per cent decline at the end of Dec 2017. The sub-category of operation/personal transport (tires, gas, parts and repairs) increased by 9.8 per cent compared to an 8.3 per cent decline at the end of December 2017.”The Central Bank“There was an increase in the price index of housing by 1.1 per cent compared to 0.4 per cent rise for 2017. This was due to the upward movement in fuel and power (domestic gas, kerosene and electricity) by 4.8 per cent compared with the 1.9 per cent increase at end of December 2017.”DeclinesIt is not all bad news for consumers, however, as the prices for some products like vegetables and sugar declined. The price of items like footwear also declined, though the reason is nothing to clap about. According to the Central Bank, this is because fewer people are spending in the domestic economy.“Conversely, there were declines in the prices of pulse and pulse products, vegetables, sugar, honey and related products and cereals by 8.4 per cent, 1.7 per cent, 1.5 per cent and 0.3 per cent respectively.”“There were declines in the price indices of footwear and repairs, education, recreation and culture, clothing and furniture by 12.6 per cent, 1.7 per cent, 1.6 per cent and 1.3 per cent respectively; attributed to lesser domestic spending,” the report states.According to the BoG report, the Inflation Consumer prices measured by the Urban Consumer Price Index (CPI) registered an overall inflation rate of 1.6 per cent… a level generally considered as stable by economists and a rate in the range recommended by institutions like the Federal Reserve.“The monthly average inflation rate was 0.8 per cent. The monthly change [year to date] in the Consumer Price level ranged from as low as -0.4 per cent in April to a high of 1.8 per cent in October,” the report stated.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) had predicted back in 2017 that Guyana’s inflation would continue to rise in 2018. They had urged Governments to urgently press ahead with much-needed structural reforms to ensure that growth is sustained and inclusive.It had also recommended that countries improve their infrastructure, invest in human capital, encourage more females in the labour force, increase oversight of the labour market, enhance governance and anti-corruption efforts and take steps to further trade.For the year 2018, the IMF had projected a 2.6 per cent increase in Guyana’s inflation rate. The eventual figure turned out below the projections of even Finance Minister Winston Jordan.Following previous walkabouts in the markets and other consumer zones, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had previously warned that consumer spending was on a decline and that one of the reasons for this was the Government implemented Value Added Tax (VAT) measures.last_img read more

Ozil resignation took Germany coach Loew by surprise

first_img0Shares0000Germany head coach Joachim Loew (R) was caught out by the shock announcement of Mesut Ozil (L) that he was retiring from international duty on Sunday. © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Jul 24 – Mesut Ozil’s shock retirement from international football caught Germany head coach Joachim Loew by surprise, it emerged on Tuesday.Loew was on holiday in Sardinia when news of Ozil’s retirement broke on Sunday and he only found out when the Arsenal midfielder posted statements on Twitter and Instagram. “Neither the national coach nor I were informed in advance,” Loew’s agent Harun Arslan confirmed to German daily Bild.Ozil, 29, dropped a bombshell by announcing his retirement from Germany duty and accused the president of the German FA, Reinhard Grindel, of racism.“In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil wrote in his lengthy farewell statement.Ozil, a 2014 World Cup winner was born in Gelsenkirchen but has strong Turkish roots.The German Football Association (DFB) on Monday refuted Ozil’s allegations of racism, but the fiasco has damaged the governing body’s reputation in football-mad Germany.A survey of 5,000 Germans by t-online.de showed 49.7 percent think Grindel should resign over the saga.Ozil says he is quitting over the furor caused by his meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the eve of the World Cup as Grindel failed to back him amidst the criticism.When Germany crashed out of the World Cup in Russia after the knock-out stage, Ozil was made a scapegoat by some pundits in a group of senior players who failed to perform.He was dropped after the shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico, sitting out the last-gasp 2-1 win over Sweden, but was one of several stars who played poorly in the 2-0 defeat to South Korea which confirmed Germany’s early World Cup exit.– ‘opened the door’ –Marco Reus (L) and Julian Draxler (R) are the main candidates to replace Mesut Ozil after his shock retirement from international football with Germany. © AFP / Yuri CORTEZThe Arsenal midfielder is walking away after nine years as one of Loew’s most trusted players.The news that he had no warning is surprising as Arslan has a co-operation agreement with Ozil’s advisor Erkut Sogut, who only warned the DFB that a statement would be released on Sunday.After 23 goals and 40 assists in 92 appearances for Germany, the loss of Ozil is a blow to Loew, who deployed the Arsenal midfielder as his main playmaker.Germany’s first game after the World Cup debacle is against newly-crowned world champions France in the new Nations League tournament on September 6 in Munich.With Ozil gone, Loew will have to find his replacement with Paris Saint Germain’s Julian Draxler or Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus as the leading candidates.Leon Goretzka, 23, Lars Stindl, 29, and Thomas Mueller, 28, have also played well for Germany in the attacking midfield role.“Mesut Abi (‘brother’ in Turkish), your technique on the ball has opened the door to the national team for players like me,” wrote Draxler on his Instagram account along with a picture of him and Ozil.“Thank you for everything you’ve done for German football. You can be proud of your many achievements.”However, others see Ozil’s retirement as no great loss for Germany.“He has not put in performances that can help the national team over the last 18 months to two years, nor was he convincing at the World Cup in his two outings,” ex-Germany captain Lothar Matthaeus told Sky Sports.“Now there is the chance for a younger, maybe even a better player” to come into the Germany side, Matthaeus added.Erdogan meanwhile announced on Tuesday that he had contacted Ozil to praise his “patriotic” decision in standing down from the national team.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

George Graham tells Arsene Wenger: Don’t move for Liverpool ace Raheem Sterling!

first_imgGeorge Graham has advised Arsene Wenger NOT to make a move for Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling.Arsenal are being linked with a sensational swoop for the England starlet, with his Anfield future in severe doubt.According to Graham, however, Wenger does not need another attacking midfield player and should be looking to boost his defensive options.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Gunners boss said: “I don’t think Arsenal need somebody like Sterling.“They need arguably another goalkeeper. They need another centre-half, because although [Per] Mertesacker has been a good signing, he is slipping away at the top level.“And even though [Francis] Coquelin is doing a good job in the middle of the park, and there is no reason why he can’t improve again next season, I still think they need a big marquee signing to sit in the middle of that midfield to let the other players go on and play.”last_img read more

City may require sites for laborers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Home Depot officials have said they are willing to work with the city on developing a program to accommodate the workers and reduce the impact on neighboring communities. But they say they also want flexibility in any ordinance. City officials said they believe that can be accommodated through a conditional-use permit procedure. Councilman Richard Alarcon said it has been a long-standing problem since the city established the first day worker site in the San Fernando Valley. “This will help us recognize in the beginning a potential problem,” Alarcon said. “It is a problem we have at every home improvement store, and this will let us deal with it up front, before the stores open.” The council action calls for the City Attorney’s Office to return with a final measure within 45 days. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A plan to require large home improvement stores to set aside space for day laborers moved ahead Friday as the Los Angeles City Council asked for a final ordinance. “This is a citywide problem and rather than try to go back and retroactively fix the issue, we should deal with the stores before they open,” Councilman Bernard Parks said. Under the measure, all home improvement stores with more than 100,000 square feet of space will be required to set aside space for day laborers that includes plumbing facilities. Parks said that while he appreciates the economic development that comes with the stores, he has had a problem with a Home Depot in his district that has said the city must deal with the day workers who gather at the site, seeking jobs. last_img read more

Ballyshannon Chamber Christmas draw a huge success

first_imgBallyshannon Business Chamber were delighted to hold the Big Prize Christmas Draw last Friday night 23rd in Dorrians Imperial Hotel. The Business Chamber were inundated with boxes stuffed full of entries, and were so delighted how many of the businesses got behind the draw.The Chamber has worked hard this year, to add a festive cheer to the town from the lights, the market, the street music, the Bonanza draw and a big push on social media, radio and advertising for all of our members. And there was a great response from people in return, with many comments such as “There was a great community spirit and it is that community spirit that will keep us all going” Brid Kelly, Nirvana restaurant.The winners drawn were as follows1st Prize €500 Lorraine Warnock, Cliffony2nd Prize €300 Tracey Flood, Ballyshannon3rd Prize €200 Eileen Carr, Donegal Town4th Prize €3BB 2 D, (Whites Hotel Group) Teresa Judge, LagheyAs you can see from our winners there is only one from Ballyshannon, but the range of entries came from far and wide. There were customers from Manorhamilton, Belleek, Donegal town, Grange, Kiltyclogher, Ballintra and even as far afield as Ballybofey. So it just goes to show that people will travel for the good value, good selection and service that they receive in Ballyshannon. The Ballyshannon Business Chamber, in conjunction with Erne Enterprise, would like to thank all of all of the businesses and customers who made it a fantastic Christmas, and we urge shoppers to check out the bargains galore that are available this January.Ballyshannon Chamber Christmas draw a huge success was last modified: December 28th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:Ballyshannon Chamber of Commercedonegaldrawlast_img read more

DD TRAVEL: LATE BREAK DEALS TO THE SUN

first_imgIT has been lovely in Donegal in recent weeks as warm continental air has moved over Ireland.So if you’re planning a break at home or away, here’s some you might consider.HOME: Teac Jack in Glassagh, Gaoth Dobhair is set along one of Donegal’s most spectacular destinations on the Wild Atlantic Way. With wonderful views of Gola, Inis Meain and Inis Oirthir, Teac Jack offers the visitor an authentic experience of the Donegal gaeltacht. If you like music, song, dance and the language – or just want a break from it all, it has a reputation second-to-none.The bar food is excellent and the pints served with it are always cold. There are always great deals on offer. To book call 074 95 31173 or email teacjack@eircom.net.AWAY: ROYAL Sun Apartments, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria is just 5 minutes from Sunny Beach’s 8-kilometre stretch of golden sand and all the bars and restaurants that come with it. It’s got a great pool area, too, with two good-sized pools.For meals, there’s a buffet restaurant, plus you’ll find a bar that’s open ’til 1am. And for a spot of pampering, there’s even a spa. 7-nights self-catering departing Dublin on June 27 is €592pp. Details www.falconholidays.ie AWAY: ClubHotel Riu Ocho Rios in Ocho Rios, Jamaica is backed by thick rainforest and fronted by a pristine beach.The location is the big talking point at the ClubHotel Riu Ocho Rios. Not only is it set in tropical gardens, it’s pulled up against a sandy beach and the town centre is only a 10-minute drive away. If you stay in the Deluxe Wing, you’ll bed down in suite-style rooms. Leaves Dublin on June 19 for two weeks and costs just €1,064 – price includes all-inclusive stay, transfers etc. Details on www.falconholidays.ieStill not sure….here’s the beach >>>>And finally €459pp will get you a week at the lovely Katerina Palace Hotel in Argassi, Zante, Greece. Flight departs Dublin on Tuesday, June 21, and includes bed and breakfast. www.falconholidays.ie DD TRAVEL: LATE BREAK DEALS TO THE SUN was last modified: June 11th, 2016 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:donegal daily travellate dealslast_img read more

DDTV VIDEO: FOOTAGE FROM THE KNOCKALLA HILLCLIMB RALLY

first_imgTHE weekend saw the final round of the Irish Hillclimb championship at Knockalla.Click the video to watch footage. DDTV VIDEO: FOOTAGE FROM THE KNOCKALLA HILLCLIMB RALLY was last modified: September 6th, 2011 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:donegal rallyknockalla climbrallylast_img