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‘Come Scramble a success!’ – Netball Jamaica

‘Come Scramble a success!’ – Netball Jamaica

first_imgFirst vice-president of Netball Jamaica (NJ) Tricia Robinson is delighted with the turnout the association received at yesterday’s inaugural staging of the Come Scramble fundraising golf tournament at the Caymanas Golf Club. NJ was hoping to raise one million dollars from the two-person scramble full handicap tournament, which was won by the pair of George Hugh and Tommy Lee, with a score of 10 under par. Johnny Newham and William Knibbs were second with a score of nine under-par. Robinson said the event met its objectives and the body is now looking forward to next year’s staging of the championships. “We are pleased with the turnout and the support was great,” said Robinson. “This was a first-time effort because this is our inaugural tournament and we are looking forward to another tournament in 2019,” she said. “Our doors are open and we are always in need of funds, because investing in the (Sunshine) Girls is always good and it is also good for Jamaica. “It is another avenue for them to better themselves, they better the country. It is always good to have corporate Jamaica on board investing in our ladies,” Robinson stated. The money earned from the championships will go towards hosting upcoming series against Trinidad and Tobago and England, as well as preparing the Sunshine Girls for next year’s World Netball Championships which will be held in Liverpool, England. Peter Chin, president of the Jamaica Golf Association, said his organisation is very delighted to be associated with the Sunshine Girls. “The event was well supported because the community came out and participated in this event to raise money for the Sunshine Girls,” said Chin. “The Sunshine Girls are very popular sports people in Jamaica and everybody came out and played,” he said. Chin added: “A competition like this is always tight, but it was more a fun event. But, as usual, the competitive spirit is always there and everyone had fun.”last_img read more

Stamp out corruption at City Hall

Stamp out corruption at City Hall

first_imgDear Editor,When one looks at the spontaneous and passionate response by civil society to the parking imbroglio, it shows clearly that all of Guyana wants to see transparency, accountability and more so a level playing field in the tendering process in place at the Georgetown Municipality, something that is severely lacking there.In fact, the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown make a complete mockery of the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) of Guyana, a body which has as its objective in the reduction or prevention of corruption in procurement in Guyana.The Municipality completely ignores this Commission and the guidelines it has set out as they purchase goods and services on behalf of the citizens. This is shameful!If the growing allegations regarding the parking meter initiative are to be believed, then it is logical to assume that corruption there is much more general and widespread in the awarding of cleaning contracts, in the procurement of other goods and services, all of which need to be urgently audited.Article 212W of the Constitution provides that the purpose of the Commission is to monitor procurement and the procedures to ensure that the procurement of goods, services and the execution of works are conducted in a fair, equitable, transparent and cost-effective manner.Its functions are widespread. They include monitoring and reviewing all procurement systems; procedures of ministerial, regional and national procurement entities and project execution units; monitor performance with respect to adherence of regulations and efficiency in procuring goods and services and execution of works; investigate complaints; investigate irregularities; initiate investigations, and more. They should therefore intervene at the Georgetown City Council.So why does the Georgetown Municipality, for which corruption is a major source of concern to all and sundry, is not under the guidance of the PPC? It is baffling that with all the controversies that have arisen over the years at the Council that the Communities Ministry would not want to get the issue of corruption out of the way at that entityThe PPC consists of five members with experience in procurement, legal, financial and administrative matters that the Council does not have available to them, but so badly needs, so why aren’t they using this resource for the benefit of the citizens?Best regards,Sambu Jacobuslast_img read more

Put down your drums! PPP leaders wouldn’t be jailed

Put down your drums! PPP leaders wouldn’t be jailed

first_imgDear Editor,Elections in Guyana have never been about ideas. From the days of rigging to the more recent times of race-baiting, Guyana has been devoid of any election – won or lost – based of critical thinking. Yet, every other day, someone is banging on a drum or writing in the dailies, or otherwise calling for action to be taken against those who raped our treasury.There is this notion that this Administration will pursue some investigations, jail a few People’s Progressive Party (PPP) stalwarts and supporters and then come next elections, the PPP will lose big. And the drum beats are getting louder and louder. However, I am amazed at those making the calls. It is as if they are living in an ignorance-bubble or as if they are dwelling in a dream world.I sat and listened very carefully to President David Granger on this matter. He was asked about his position on the audits. I even went and read the script on the interview.The President was very clear when he said that the audits were firstly to lay a framework “for corrective action” to prevent the likelihood of such financial skullduggery and ethical adultery from ever happening again.And then, “If” any are found guilty, they “could” be punished. It is very clear from how the President framed his response that the main reasons for the extensive audits are not to determine culpability for the financial atrocities.So those who are constantly calling for arrests and imprisonment and embarrassment of the PPP folks, had better save their breaths. It is this Government that is paying the hefty sums for the audits.Yet those calling for the President to take action are behaving as if they are the ones telling the President what is going on. News flash! The President knows of the findings long before you do. And he has spoken on the matter already.It might appear to some that the President is running a one man show. He most definitely is not. Only recently, he said his release of young offender is not reckless.He went on to explain that he works on the advice of those he respects. Similarly, one would have to assume that when it comes to operationalising the culpability of the audits, his attitude is governed by his advisers. One would have to be very narrow-minded and politically biased to think that the guilt parties of those audits will rest solely with the PPP members.It would take a simpleton to conclude that only persons in the last Administration stole the people’s money. Crime and corruption in Guyana are not only systematic, they are endemic. It is how Guyana does business.And it is how the successive Governments have been doing business for a long time. So any in-depth investigation of any of those audits is likely to have tentacles reaching right into the halls of the current Administration. And they might go high and far.So while I do not agree with the President’s reasoning and reluctance on these matters, I understand his caution. This Government cannot deal with any more scandals.I remember Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo saying to the Government Ministers, “You tell the people how much money ya’ll got, and I will tell them how much I got.” I am shocked that no one has called his bluff. So for all those banging drums and calling on President Granger to “Do Something!” he will not and he already told you so.So if you think the next election will be won by the coalition because the PPP leaders are all in jail, or if you think the coming elections will be based on ideas, or concepts, or critical thinking, or any of those mushy stuff, think again. The next election will be based on who could get out their racial base, plus some of those in the interior. Now go put down your drum.Sincerely,Pastor WendellJeffreyPractical ChristianityMinistrieslast_img read more

Guyana’s application for EITI candidature approved

Guyana’s application for EITI candidature approved

first_imgThe Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Board, currently meeting in Manila, Philippines, decided to approve Guyana’s application to join the EITI.This is momentous as civil society and other stakeholders have been advocating for Guyana to join the global transparency standard since 2010 in a bid to ensure its natural resources wealth is governed well.The country’s candidacy was approved during the 38th EITI International Board Meeting. Guyana officially submitted its application to the International Secretariat of EITI in Oslo, Norway, in August.Guyana’s EITI National Coordinator, Dr Rudy Jadoopat is attending the Board meeting, accompanied by Curtis Bernard, Co-Chairman of the Multi-Stakeholder Group, representing civil society.Following the announcement, former Natural Resources Minister Robert Persaud said it was significant progress after a long, tedious process. Although the initiative started under the previous People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government, Persaud congratulated the current Minister, Raphael Trotman and his team for continuing Guyana’s bid.“Critical too has been the support of local and international stakeholders, particularly the United States Government. A good day for transparency in the extractive sector including oil and gas,” Persaud said.Ahead of the last round of countrywide outreaches in July, a Multi-Stakeholder Group was formed, made up of Government institutions, mining companies and civil society organisations.This group has developed a work plan for the first few years of implementing the EITI and will oversee the activities with support of the GYEITI Secretariat in Guyana.Dr Jadoopat had said that the initiative was to ensure that oil and gas companies operating in Guyana publish what they pay to the Government in taxes and royalties.Under the EITI standard, companies publish what they pay to Governments, and Governments publish what they receive in an annual EITI country report.In many countries, most of the revenues from natural resources accruing at subnational levels are not derived from company payments to local government entities, but from transfers to the central government.Depending on the revenue-distribution frameworks in place, these transfers can be a considerably larger source of revenue for subnational entities than taxes and fees collected at local levels. The revised EITI standard requires that such transfers are reported where mandated by law and where material.Where companies are legally or contractually required to make social contributions, these must be disclosed, under EITI standards. Where countries collect significant revenues from the transportation of oil, gas and minerals, such as pipelines, the Government will also be required to disclose the revenues received.The requirement to publish annual activity reports is not limited to compliant countries, the EITI said. It is foreseen that countries will report on progress with meeting the EITI requirements as well as (on) efforts to achieve the objectives set out in their work plans.Validation is procured and managed by the EITI’s International Secretariat rather than by implementing countries. Countries undertake validation more frequently, with compliant countries being revalidated every three years as opposed to every five years under the old rule.Guyana’s first EITI Report must be published within the next 18 months and the country will be required to commence validation within two and a half years. Where validation verifies that Guyana has made satisfactory progress on all of the requirements, the EITI Board will designate the country as EITI-compliant.The EITI is a global standard to promote the open and accountable management of oil, gas, and mineral resources.last_img read more

Stricken Alonso making ‘solid recovery’

Stricken Alonso making ‘solid recovery’

first_imgAlonso suffered concussion but the team said scans on the 2005 and 2006 world champion were “completely normal.”Alonso would be kept in hospital, McLaren added without giving details of his injuries nor how long he would remain there.His manager Luis Garcia Abad put up a picture of a smiling Alonso sitting up in bed on Twitter.“He will remain here the time we need to be sure everything is right,” the manager told reporters at the hospital.“The impact was quite hard. We have to be sure everything is fine, so I can’t say if it is one, two or three days more,” Garcia Abad added.The Twitter photo was accompanied by the message: “Lunch time! Thank you for your support!”“Fernando Alonso is making a solid recovery in hospital, and is chatting to family, friends and hospital staff,” said a McLaren-Honda team statement.– Erroneous rumours –“A thorough and complete analysis of his condition was performed, involving CT scans and MRI scans, all of which were completely normal,” the team said.“In order to provide the privacy and tranquillity required to facilitate a peaceful recuperation, he is being kept in hospital for further observation, and to recover from the effects of the medication that successfully managed his routine sedation yesterday.“We intend to give him every opportunity to make a rapid and complete recovery, and will evaluate in due course whether or not he will participate in the next Barcelona test.”The team strongly denied what it called “the erroneous rumours that have spread recently to the effect that Fernando was rendered unconscious by an electrical fault.”McLaren-Honda blamed strong winds on the track for the accident.The car initially hit trouble after it went onto artificial turf that lines the edge of the track.“A consequent loss of traction caused a degree of instability, spitting it back towards the inside of the circuit, where it regained traction and struck the wall side-on,” said the statement.“Our findings indicate that the accident was caused by the unpredictably gusty winds at that part of the circuit at that time, and which had affected other drivers,” said the statement.“We can categorically state that there is no evidence that indicates that Fernando’s car suffered mechanical failure of any kind,” it added.Cars can reach speeds of up to 150 miles (240 kilometres) per hour on the third bend at the track where Alonso crashed. Other drivers said he was going slower however.Alonso ended a five-year stay at Ferrari to join McLaren for the 2015 season.He is linking up with another former world champion Jenson Button as the team renews its partnership with Honda in a bid to get back to returning to something like its old form after two seasons in the doldrums — their last win came in the season ending 2012 Brazil Grand Prix.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BARCELONA, February 23- Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso is making a “solid recovery” from a spectacular crash in testing, his McLaren team said Monday blaming the accident on “gusty winds”.The 33-year-old Spaniard crashed into a wall 20 laps into testing at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday and was airlifted to hospital under sedation.last_img read more

Messi-less Argentina deny Venezuela

Messi-less Argentina deny Venezuela

first_img0Shares0000Argentina’s Nicolas Otamendi (C) popped up in the 83rd minute to steer home a whipped in corner by Angel Di Maria © AFP / Juan BarretoMERIDA, Venezuela, Sep 7 – Nicolas Otamendi scored a late equalizer as Argentina fought back from 2-0 down to snatch a 2-2 draw against Venezuela in South America’s 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament.Manchester City defender Otamendi popped up in the 83rd minute to steer home a whipped in corner by Angel Di Maria to complete a dramatic turnaround by the Argentines at a rainswept Estadio Metropolitano in Merida. Otamendi’s leveler came after Lucas Pratto had pulled a goal back after goals from Juanpi Anor and Josef Martinez put Venezuela 2-0 up.Argentina, missing their injured captain Lionel Messi, as well as Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala, were always struggling to reproduce the sort of incisive form that accounted for Uruguay in last week’s win.Angel Di Maria’s corner was turned in by Nicolas Otamendi and Argentina had secured a share of the points © AFP / Federico ParraVenezuela took the lead after 35 minutes when Malaga livewire Juanpi skipped clear of his marker outside the Argentina area and lashed a shot into the top corner.The Vinotinto held onto the advantage to halftime and then doubled their lead on 53 minutes with a goal that owed everything to the physicality of Salomon Rondon.The West Bromwich Albion striker outmuscled Otamendi to win an aerial challenge, turned and sprinted in on goal.Rondon then unselfishly laid off to Torino forward Martinez, who took his time before wrong-footing Sergio Romero with a cool finish.Argentina pulled a goal back through Pratto in the 58th minute, the Atletico Mineiro forward bundling home from close range to give the visitors hope.Venezuela — with only one point from their first seven games — looked like they were on course for their first win of the campaign as Argentina struggled to penetrate their defense.But with the clock winding down, Di Maria’s wicked corner was turned in by Otamendi and Argentina had secured a share of the points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Klopp calls for consistency after Leicester win

Klopp calls for consistency after Leicester win

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp pictured on the touchline during their English Premier League match against champions Leicester City at Anfield.LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Sep 11 – Liverpool were a class apart in their 4-1 victory over Leicester City at Anfield on Saturday and manager Jurgen Klopp has asked for more of the same going forward.Roberto Firmino scored the first and fourth goals with Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana also getting their names on the scores sheets. Irrespective of Lucas Leiva’s error just before half time, which resulted in Jamie Vardy’s goal to make the score 2-1, the Reds played some scintillating football throughout.“We knew we had to do the job today and that is what we did,” Klopp told reporters after the match.“We were strong physically, flexible, quick, creative. We scored wonderful goals and conceded a not-too-wonderful goal and had a few minutes where you saw what can happen in a football game.“At half-time I told the boys ‘This is our challenge’. When we are good, we are really good but when we had some problems it is not easy.“This is the challenge for the whole season. We had a minimum 30 to 35 minutes at Arsenal which I didn’t see until then from us in the movements, which were so strong and clear.Leicester are really difficult to play. They are so tuned and apart from one player they played with champions so everything is clear.“We were not tuned. We had to change in a very decisive position yesterday. We had to bring in Lucas (for Dejan Lovren, who sustained bruised eye in training); a great player but the most difficult game for a centre-half, especially when you don’t play it 500 times in a row.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Seven Generations Energy improving well performance and growth

Seven Generations Energy improving well performance and growth

first_imgCALGARY, AB – Seven Generations Energy Ltd recently announced the Annual Strategic Update.In the update, they say growth is expected in 2017 and is underpinned by a plan that is built on continued strong well performance that is meeting or exceeding well production.Back on August 18, 2016 Seven Generations closed the acquisition of approximately 155 net sections of Montney land.- Advertisement -7G increased its original production guidance from an average of 100,000 – 110,000 boe/d to an average of 120,000 – 125,000 boe/d.They added 60 new producing wells in 2016 including 5 new wells brought online in late December, compared to the planned addition of 67 wells.When it comes to the Montney region, Seven Generations says that it is showing strong results so far.Advertisement “Preliminary drilling and completion of wells on the acquired Montney lands has shown strong results. They confirm 7G’s expectations that these new well results are aligning with the prolific production rates that have defined the company’s Nest 2 lands.”To view the full report, visit: http://m.marketwired.com/press-release/seven-generations-energys-annual-strategic-update-confirms-improving-well-tsx-vii-2190387.htmlast_img read more

Scotland have to win at Wembley, says Sir Alex Ferguson

Scotland have to win at Wembley, says Sir Alex Ferguson

first_img“If you go back to the European Championships a few years ago they went down there and were very, very unlucky.“In the last minute I think it was [Christian] Dailly had a header which was saved by Seaman.“They will do well, Scotland. They will be fine.” Sir Alex Ferguson believes Scotland have to win at Wembley to keep their chances of reaching the 2018 World Cup alive.Gordon Strachan’s team have taken four points from their opening three qualifiers, slumping to a 3-0 defeat to Slovakia in their last match.Now the national team head to London to take on England and Ferguson believes the Scots are capable of causing a shock at Wembley, just as they did in 1999.He said: “I think they have to win, yeah, but that’s not a problem. They can win it.last_img