Well played Shiv!

first_img STEADY BATTING When Shivnarine Chanderpaul announced his retirement from international cricket recently, it just confirmed what everyone already knew – he would never play cricket for the West Indies again. The selectors had forced his hand by making it clear that they wouldn’t pick the little man again. It’s a pity because ‘Shiv’ has been obliged to walk away from the Test arena just 86 runs short of the all-time Test record held by Brian Lara. The position is that ‘Shiv’ couldn’t be picked just to chase a personal milestone. Underlying that position, one supposes, is a belief that he was long past his best. For those who treasure statistics, Shiv ends his Test career so near and yet so far. As a batsman who has scored almost 12,000 Test runs and nearly 9,000 runs in One Day Internationals, he surely would have gotten past the record had selection not been denied to him. In an era when fans of West Indian cricket have little to cheer about, Shiv’s approach to the record would have given them something to talk about. Interestingly, it is Lara who has said Shiv’s departure from the realm of international cricket has not been well handled. Shiv’s steady and productive presence in the maroon cap may yet be celebrated with pomp and ceremony, but so far, it has dropped as loudly as a feather floating down to a surface covered in carpet. The little Guyanese wasn’t perfect for all situations. Safe to a fault, there were times when the team needed him to press on and to accelerate his rate of scoring. That’s one thing he seems unable, or some say, unwilling to do. Of all the statistics his career heralded, his 49 not outs is probably the one that will bear the most analysis. To say he valued his wicket greatly is an understatement. He scored 30 Test centuries in his international career. Statistically, his highest test score, 203, also tells a tale of steady batting. For him to score 11,867 runs without a triple century or any totals over 250 is remarkable. The corresponding measure is that he passed the 50 run mark 66 times in his career. You can’t avoid thinking that this former West Indies captain, who has a Test average of 51.37 runs, would have found 86 runs had he been selected more in these last few years. Besides that, his experience might have aided young debutant captain Jason Holder as the tall Barbadian seeks to find his feet in a challenging arena. That’s all moot now. At 41, Shivnarine Chanderpaul has taken the step all sportsmen face at some point. Perhaps, when the tales of West Indies cricket are told, the storytellers and coaches will pass on the lessons of batsmanship to be learnt from the Headley, Three Ws, Sobers, Greenidge and Haynes, Viv, Lara and Gayle. Hopefully, those tales will include a chapter on Chanderpaul as well. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

Telecoms Bill for Parliament today

first_imgPublic Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes will today be reading for the second time the Telecommunications Bill (Amendment) 2016, in the National Assembly, nearly two months after it was tabled.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy HughesHughes will move the second reading of the Bill, alongside the second reading of the Public Utilities Commission Bill 2016; both Bills are expected to liberalise the telecommunications sector.In November 2013, the National Assembly sent the two Bills to a Special Select Committee with the then A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Opposition, who had a one-seat majority in Parliament, indicating that while it supported the Bills, it was uneasy about the then Minister’s control of the process.The Bills were pushed back several times as the then Government and the two communications giants in Guyana were in discussions to break the monopoly held by the older, GTT.Hughes, when tabling the Bills, had stated that they were intended to “provide for the establishment of the telecommunication agency and for the regular, coordinated, open and competitive telecommunication sector and for connected matters”.With regard to the Public Utilities Commission Bill, she stated that it was intended to make provision for the establishment and functioning of the Public Utilities Commission and for matters connected therewith.Breaking the monopoly in the sector was promised within 100 days of the coalition APNU/AFC attaining office in its elections manifesto. This promise was also made by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Government.GTT, formerly the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) Company, which has claimed a legal monopoly on international voice and data transmissions and the domestic wire-line service in excess of its contracted 20 years, has always declared that the sector was free because of the existence of other service providers. However, the younger company, Digicel has disagreed.last_img read more

Dwadifo Adanfo ‘Sell-Pay’ Vehicles Arrive

first_imgAn international transportation company headquartered in Accra, Ghana, announced over the weekend that its first consignment of 20 vehicles has arrived in the country.Dwadifo Adanfo, meaning “friends of the common people” in Twi (a Ghanaian language), is a microfinance company that was founded in Accra, Ghana, in 2009. It aims to provide basic products and services that include consumer finance, investment accounts, small and medium enterprise loans, and vehicle financing for quality assurance and consumer security in the formal and informal sectors of Africa.In an exclusive interview with this paper, Country Manager Dehkontee Wymon said over the years she has observed that many of the cars in post-conflict Liberia have not been properly maintained and are in no state to be declared road worthy.Based on that observation and other factors, her company decided to bring in 20 brand new 2013 model sedans and loan them to poverty-stricken, but vehicle-hungry Liberians on the basis of a  ‘sell-pay’ contract.The cars, according to Madam Wymon, are fully air conditioned and very fuel efficient; making them ideal for the African setting.She maintained that in the absence of the initial US$2,500 down payment, applicants are required to bring along a guarantor (backer, bondsman) who is financially stable.Concerning the payment of the US$2,500, Madam Wymon explained that the money would be used to maintain the cars, but within the coverage area of 2,000 miles. Any mileage beyond the stipulated 2,000 would incur additional fees.Once applicants have received their vehicles, they will not be allowed to go beyond the limits of Montserrado, Bomi and Margibi Counties.Madam Wymon said those in possession of the cars are expected to report US$25.00 per day for a period of three years in line with their agreements.“We know some people will be afraid because of the price, and because this type of business is new in the country. In spite of their fears, we are encouraging customers to take the opportunity and own a new car of their very own,” she said.Ms. Wymon said the initiative is aimed at addressing some of the challenges confronting the country’s transport industry.She disclosed that Dwadifo Adanfo would be implementing two of its programs in the country to help support the economic empowerment of its citizens.“Currently, we are working on phase one of the program,”Ms. Wymon explained, “which is the vehicle work and pay exercise, while the second phase would include, but not be limited to, bringing in huge consignments of building materials and furniture for workers.” By that, Wymon said, customers would be given the privileged to take home some of the building materials and furniture to make a monthly payment within the period of one and a half years.Trokon E.R. Hill, executive director of Dwadifo Adanfo, urged Liberians to do business with his company to derive the full benefit from its products for economic self-reliance.Mr. Hill is also encouraging potential business partners to purchase the cars to ease the burden of waiting for commercial transportation.Anyone wishing to do business with Dwadifo Adanfo can visit their offices on the 1st floor of the Urban Financial Central building located on 5th street, Tubman Boulevard or call them on cell numbers 0888329905 or 0886949666.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

As UNMIL Drawdown Continues, Security Sector to Receive Substantial GOL Funding

first_imgFinance Minister Amara M. Konneh has disclosed plans by the government of Liberia (GOL) to increase funding for the national security sector in the coming 2014/15 fiscal year. According to Mr. Konneh, the security sector needs strong support to train, acquire logistics and deploy across the country to provide law enforcement for citizens as the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown program continues. Speaking at the graduation ceremony of new police recruits at the National Police Training Academy (NPTA) in Paynesville on Saturday, Mr. Konneh declared that by the instruction of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Executive Branch has appropriated over US$94 million to the security sector. The security sector compromises mainly of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), the Liberia National Police (LNP), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), amongst others. In the current 2013/14 fiscal budget, the security sector’s budget envelop is about US$82 million. Konneh told the 288 new LNP recruits that a total of about US$20.5 million will be allocated to the LNP alone. Currently, the total allocation for the LNP in the 2013/14 fiscal budget is about US$15.2 million. Many police officers complain of low salaries and benefits, but the Finance Minister assured the young graduates that the government is doing everything within its powers to address their concerns. Mr. Konneh also disclosed plans by the government to beef up the strength of the LNP to approximately 8,000 within the next years to fill the security vacuum being created as a result of UNMIL departure. “We have committed ourselves to doubling the size of the Liberia National Police to 8,000 trained officers deployed throughout this country with the required logistics,” he said. The Liberian treasury boss noted that in order to achieve this goal, the government has put together an ambitious work program that requires training and deployment of 900 officers yearly, beginning July 2014. UNMIL came to Liberia in 2003, significantly supporting the provision of security throughout the country. After 11 years of their service in Liberia, UNMIL has begun to pull out their troops from Liberia and has vacated 12 camps in Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa, Lofa, Bong, Grand Kru, Nimba, Sinoe and Rivercess counties each. This big reduction in the presence of UNMIL, Konneh observed, leaves Liberia’s security institutions, specifically the LNP, with the major task of deploying adequate manpower in those areas vacated by UN troops, to provide security for our country. “But as it is,” he observed “the LNP is constrained in both manpower and logistics, and we must invest in effectively deploying officers to these areas, to minimize any negative impact of the UNMIL drawdown on cross border trade between Liberia and her neighbors (Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast), and other law enforcement issues.” He assured the new LNP recruits that a further testament to the government’s commitment to improve and sustain the quality of LNP’s service to the Liberian people, GOL has opened an escrow account in the amount of US$2 million to fund its program with the LNP. According to the Minister, funding for the completion of the training of the new recruits dubbed Class-42 and the organization of the program was been sourced from the US$2 million account.Minister Konneh, however, challenged the graduates to insist on their moral responsibility to change the image of the police by upholding the core principles of honor, integrity, humility, selflessness, fairness, courage and obedience to authority.“As you operate in adherence to these principles, without even knowing it, you will be building an institution that the public will come to respect,” he said. For his part, Police Director Col. Chris Massaquoi thanked the graduates for mounting the courage to join the force in order to serve their country. Col. Massaquoi however warned officers of Class-42 to stay away from corruption and protect the image of the police.“If are caught in corrupt act, you will be prosecuted and if found guilty, you will be dealt with in lines with the law and the police manual,” Col. Massaquoi said in a strong word.Earlier, UNMIL Police Commissioner Gregory Hinds thanks the GOL for training more strong officers to fill the security vacuum being created as a result of UNMIL drawdown.Commissioner Hinds challenged the new recruits to serve their country well and not compromise their own integrity.Earlier, Acting Justice Minister Cllr. Wheatonia Barnes saluted the recruits challenged them to be more professional.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Exxon distances self from legal fees controversy

first_imgUS$18M bonus scandal…had no role in deciding how Govt would use money Even as the furore over a US$18 million signing bonus the Government received continues, ExxonMobil has distanced itself from Government’s decision to use the money to pay legal fees. While it acknowledged paying the money into the Bank of Guyana account, its input in the process ended there.According to Exxon’s Senior Director of Public and Government Affairs, Kimberly Brasington, the company followed, and will continue to follow, local laws and regulations it encounters. She noted that while the transaction was a normal one, Exxon did not have a say in Government deciding to use the money for legal fees in Guyana’s border controversy.“ExxonMobil is committed to the highest standards of business conduct, and we follow all local laws and regulations wherever we operate. A payment was made as a signature bonus to a bank account within the Bank of Guyana, which is owned by the Government as designated in writing by the (Ministry) of Finance.”The letter that brought the transaction to light“It is common for payments to take place at key stages in the execution of contracts and development of resources. A signatory bonus is a customary and normal part of petroleum agreements. As a commercial entity, ExxonMobil does not have a role in how a sovereign country allocates its revenues,” Brasington explained.She noted that transparency should apply to all contracts rather than selective contracts. But Brasington also acknowledged the need to protect commercially sensitive and proprietary information, as well as to not violate host government laws or contractual obligations.Guyana, which had a long-standing agreement with ExxonMobil, renegotiated that agreement after the company’s 2015 oil find in the Stabroek block. In May of that year, Exxon confirmed that more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs were encountered at its Liza 1 exploration well.Included in the new agreement was a two per cent royalty rate, an increase of one per cent. Government had repeatedly pleaded ignorance to reports that it received a US$20 million signing bonus from Exxon.Evidence of a bonus being received came to light in a leaked correspondence dated September 20, 2016 and addressed to the Governor of the Bank of Guyana with this subject line: “Signing bonus granted by ExxonMobil – Request to open bank account”.It shows that Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry, Hector Butts, had requested that a foreign currency account be opened at the Bank in order to receive a deposit in the form of a ‘signing bonus’ to be given by ExxonMobil.The letter stated, “This account should not be treated as part of the Bank’s reserves. Instead, the proceeds should be held in the currency of the deposit, that is United States dollars, and invested in secured interest-bearing securities.”The missive also listed the signatories to the account: Hector Butts, Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry; Louise Bouyea, Deputy Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry; Jawahar Persaud, Accountant General (Acting) at the Finance Ministry; and Jennifer Chapman, Deputy Accountant General at the Finance Ministry. The letter was also copied to Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman.Amid criticism, Government officials have defended the secrecy by saying the money would be used to pay legal fees in defence of Guyana’s sovereignty, should its case with Venezuela reach the International Court of Justice (ICJ).Meanwhile, President David Granger on Friday addressed the issue of the signing bonus during a press conference – his first in over a year. When asked whether he accepted that placing the US$18 million outside the Consolidated Fund was illegal, he insisted that he would not knowingly do something illegal.“The absence of disclosure does not necessarily mean the presence of deceit. I think it was explained by the Foreign Minister and myself that there was very good reason. It has not been proven that there was a crime,” he said.“It was a course of action that was recommended, and we feel that where the money is located at present would insulate it from being misused or stolen.So, I don’t believe there is any illegality, graft or corruption. It was put there for a purpose and if we are advised by the lawyers that it does not conform to the financial regulations, we will comply with a court order or advice. But, at present, the money is safe; it belongs to the Guyanese people.”last_img read more

Trio get prison for tagging damages

first_imgThree men in their 20s were sentenced Thursday to 16 months in prison for prolific tagging in the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys – causing more than $500,000 worth of damage. The trio, nabbed by sheriff’s detectives, agreed to plead guilty to felony charges. “Just think of every soundwall on the 405 Freeway from the 5 to LAX – that’s the entire San Fernando Valley. Sixteen months in prison, I think, was a gift for the amount of damage they’ve done,” said Santa Clarita sheriff’s Detective Bob Schneider, who helped track the men down. Schneider teamed with Palmdale Detective Greg Bruner for a two-month investigation that culminated in the men’s arrests in mid-March. The Palmdale-based crew is responsible for more than 5,000 separate instances of tagging, Schneider said. The 30-count case, heard in Antelope Valley Superior Court, included charges for possession of firearms and drugs. Joseph Mendoza, 26, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon. He was convicted in 2002 of trafficking in cocaine. Joshua Calderon, 23, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana for sale, and Daniel Lozano, 25, pleaded guilty to felony vandalism. While the three liberally spray-painted their crew name and monikers – tagging crew nicknames – each was charged only with tagging his own moniker. They are due in court June 13 for a restitution hearing, when a judge will determine the amounts to be paid to their victims. The district attorney has asked that Mendoza pay $57,500; Calderon, $77,212; and Lozano, $90,048. If the men do not make good on the criminal fines the charges could convert to civil fines. “If it converts to a civil judgment, then their wages could be docked and their assets could be attached,” said Antelope Valley Deputy District Attorney Maureen Green. The crew’s tagging marked freight trains, billboards, cement freeway divider rails, underpasses, overpasses and soundwalls in the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys and Kern County. Damages in Palmdale exceeded $400,000 and millions more throughout Southern California. In Santa Clarita their markings on bus benches and shelters, business walls and billboards cost more than $40,000 to delete. Overall, graffiti removal cost Santa Clarita a half-million dollars last year, and with the proliferation of tagging, investigators predict costs will rise in 2007. The city’s graffiti hotline receives about 500 calls a month. Los Angeles County has lowered the bar on felony convictions for graffiti vandalism from $5,000 to $1,000 in damages. Bruner said the crew had been vandalizing surfaces in the Antelope Valley for about five years before venturing into the Santa Clarita Valley and beyond. In Culver City and downtown Los Angeles they tagged billboards, businesses and rooftops, often defacing tall structures visible by passing motorists on the freeway. The detectives confiscated an array of spray tips imported from Germany. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Ipswich land Douglas from Brentford on one-year deal

first_img Jonathan Douglas 1 Jonathan Douglas has completed his move from Brentford to Ipswich Town.The 33-year-old moves to Portman Road on a free transfer and has signed a one-year deal.Douglas was a key figure for Brentford last season but was surplus to requirements at Griffin Park under new head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen.In total, he made 187 appearances for the Bees, scoring 17 goals, after joining the club from Swindon Town in 2011.He is the third signing made by Mick McCarthy’s side this week, following deals for midfielder Giles Coke and winger Larsen Toure.Douglas could make his debut for Ipswich against Brentford on Saturday, with the two sides meeting at Griffin Park in the opening weekend of the Championship season.last_img

Rhine Named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week for League-Leading Sixth Time

first_imgST. LOUIS, Mo. – For the 12th time in the last 16 weeks, a member of the Drake University women’s basketball team has been named a Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week, presented by Eagle Bank & Trust Company. Redshirt sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) is the latest Bulldog to earn the honor, her league-leading sixth of the season. Rhine, an elementary education with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average, had an outstanding 2017-18 season. She averaged 15.6 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting an MVC-best 59.1 percent from the floor. Rhine was named the 2018 MVC Women’s Basketball, Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the MVC Sixth Player of the Year along with being selected to the All-MVC First Team. She also earned the MVC Elite 17 award, which is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest-grade point average competing in an MVC championship. This most recent MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week honor is the 22nd this season by a Drake student-athlete, the most of any Valley program. Last week, Rhine was nearly perfect for Drake with 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting against Texas A&M in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She added 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. Rhine had the best individual field goal percentage of all-time in a Drake NCAA tournament game (90.9 percent), topping Carla Bennett’s previous top mark of 81.8 percent set in 2002. Bennett was also the last Bulldog to record a double-double in an NCAA game in 2001. 2017-18 Drake Missouri Valley Scholar-Athletes of the WeekSept. 6 – Josh Yeager – Men’s Cross CountrySept. 13 – Kyle Brandt – Men’s Cross CountryOct. 4 – Kyla Inderski – VolleyballNov. 28 – Reed Timmer, Men’s BasketballNov. 28 – Sara Rhine, Women’s BasketballDec. 6 – Reed Timmer, Men’s BasketballDec. 6 – Sara Rhine, Women’s BasketballDec. 13 – Becca Hittner, Women’s BasketballJan. 3 – Becca Hittner, Women’s BasketballJan. 3 – Nick McGlynn, Men’s BasketballJan. 10 – Becca Hittner, Women’s BasketballJan. 10 – Reed Timmer, Men’s BasketballJan. 17 – Sara Rhine, Women’s BasketballJan. 17 – Nick McGlynn, Men’s BasketballJan. 31 – Sara Rhine, Women’s BasketballFeb. 7 – Reed Timmer, Men’s BasketballFeb. 7 – Maddy Dean, Women’s BasketballFeb. 14 – Sara Rhine, Women’s BasketballMarch 1 – Reed Timmer, Women’s BasketballMarch 7 – Becca Hittner, Women’s BasketballMarch 14 – Maddy Dean, Women’s BasketballMarch 21 – Sara Rhine, Women’s Basketball Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

SHAY GIVEN SET FOR ANFIELD IN LIVERPOOL SWITCH

first_imgDONEGAL soccer star Shay Given is set to add Liverpool Football Club to his CV.Several Merseyside news reports say the Lifford man will be at Anfield today for Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United ahead of completing a move to be the Reds No2 keeper.Brendan Rodgers wants Given’s experience as back up to new keeper Simon Mignolet. Shay has been told he is no longer wanted at Aston Villa and it looked as though he was on his way to Doncaster Rovers.However the 37-year-old looks set to move to Liverpool, and will probably feature in the side’s Cup matches through the season.It’s understood he may also be offered a goalkeeper coaching role as part of the deal.  SHAY GIVEN SET FOR ANFIELD IN LIVERPOOL SWITCH was last modified: September 1st, 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:Aston VillaLiverpoolShay Givenlast_img read more

SENSATIONAL FROM MARK ENGLISH AS HE WINS SILVER AT THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSIPS

first_imgMark English has won SILVER at the European Indoor Championships.BREAKING NEWS: Mark English has secured another medal at a major championships after grabbing a Silver medal at the European Indoor Championship Finals in Prague.English ran a sensational race in the 800m final and has further backed up claims from a string of athletic commentators that he has a great chance of medalling at the Olympics in Rio next year.English finished second in the semi-final heat yesterday to book his place in this afternoon’s final. He told RTE Sport he was confident of finishing on the podium in today’s final and his prediction came through after a super run.English was in sixth position for the majority of the race, but in the final 200m he kicked on and nearly won Gold.It was a sensational last leg from English and yet another glorious achievement from the Letterkenny athlete.English has now won Bronze in the European Outdoor Championships and today won Silver at the Indoor Championships. A sensational achievement from Mark English, doing his County and his Country proud.It’s been a great weekend for Donegal Sport, Jason Quigley notched up his fourth professional victory on Friday night and now English has won his SECOND major medal.A Donegal victory over Monaghan will make it a great hat-trick.  SENSATIONAL FROM MARK ENGLISH AS HE WINS SILVER AT THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSIPS was last modified: March 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPSHome-page NewsHome-page Sportmark englishpraguesilverlast_img read more