CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (CMC):A Marlon Samuels half-century was not enough to save Comilla Victorians from their fifth straight defeat as they plunged to a nine-wicket loss to Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League here yesterday.The stylish West Indies right-hander hammered an attractive 52 from 46 balls but Victorians could only muster 122 for five off their 20 overs at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.He struck three fours and two sixes and put on 64 for the third wicket with Pakistani Ahmed Shehzad also scored 52 from 45 balls with four fours and a six.Rubel Hossain was the best bowler with two for 27.In reply, Riders cruised to their target with three overs to spare, on the backs of opener Mohammad Shahzad’s unbeaten 51 and Mohammad Mithun’s 45 not out, in an unbroken 97-run, second wicket stand.In-form Samuels has now scored 153 runs from four innings in the tournament.In the first game at the venue, former Barbados and West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith stroked 34 to help set the tone for Chittagong Vikings’ 19-run victory over the Darren Sammy-led Rajshahi Kings.MULTIPLE BOUNDARIESSent in, Vikings were propelled to a challenging 190 for five off 20 overs by Mohammad Nabi’s 87 not out from 37 deliveries, which included six fours and six sixes.Anamul Haque struck 50 from 40 deliveries while Smith hit six fours and a six in a breezy 19-ball cameo at the top of the order.Sammy, who went wicket-less from his three overs, then also failed with the bat as Kings came up short at 171 for nine off their 20 overs.Sabbir Rahman top-scored with 46 from 30 deliveries while Sammy, batting at number six, belted two sixes in a seven-ball 14 before falling in the 17th over.The victory was just the second for Vikings and they lie third from bottom on four points while Kings have won just one in five and are one from bottom.
Dear Editor,In response to the domestic violence crisis, The Caribbean Voice beseeches and implores the Government to urgently organise a stakeholders’ focus group to come up with a coherent and concerted action plan for immediate implementation.By stakeholders we mean organisations that are currently directly involved in gender-based activism – not those who say they are but do nothing, not those who talk, talk and talk but do nothing else and not those who engage in photo ops and pageantry but no concrete action. We also urge that politics be taken out of the equation and that only the passionate and committed, who already give of their time and efforts, be involved.Consultants are not needed because there is absolutely nothing to consult on. Contractors are not needed because there is nothing to contract out. And consultations are not needed because everyone is aware of the harsh realities on the ground.In short, bring together all those who are already striving to address the issue, build a plan that is practical and doable and implement it across Guyana, with Government and the Private Sector providing the financial and logistical resources.Provide the requisite training, develop and deploy signposting, create gatekeepers/first responders in every community, map a network of counsellors nationwide that can almost be immediately available to jump in and help, provide capacity to shelters and safe houses to be able to handle intake, and enhance and nationally extend the victims assistance plan that already exists through the Social Protection Ministry.Establish trained domestic violence units in every police station with the ability for quick responses and the skillsets to know what to do and how to do it with priority on victims’ safety. Establish strident efforts to ensure that police do not allow themselves to be influenced to dismiss reports, belittle victims, engage in casual investigations that destroy cases and ignore any and every sign that clearly points to abuse and potential for femicide.Give teeth to the requisite legislation and protection orders, sensitise victims to the concept of safety first, last and always, follow through on all reports taking cognisance that victims will often withdraw complaints or refuse to testify because of threats to self, children and family, economic dependence on abusers and ‘because of the children’. The judiciary system must be advised to maximise all sentencing and convicted abusers must be mandated to periodically report to Police after serving their sentences.Additionally, all convicted abusers should be publicly listed along with their photos in a registry that would be easily accessible. There are those who would academically argue about rights of abusers but completely ignore the rights of victims and the potential for abuse to be repeated. Furthermore, they completely ignore the fact that there is a mountain of literature and lived experiences that clearly say that every abuser is a potential murderer.In effect, what to do is very clear. Now, instead of verbiage and rhetoric from officialdom and wastage of resources in piecemeal, ad hoc, infrequent and ineffective action, the political fortitude needs to be displayed to build a network of activism, nationally armed with skillsets and resources to handle this crisis, through stakeholders’ collaboration. The Caribbean Voice stands ready to be part of such a process and, in fact, to assist from the inception with realising the stakeholders’ focus group.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voice
…but blasts Greenidge, GrangerVenezuela, while not denying that it is making illegal flights over Guyana, has reacted angrily to the statements made recently by Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and has even accused President David Granger of peddling lies at the level of the United Nations.The Foreign Ministry of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has since expressed “our deepest concern because of the reiterated slandering, foolish behaviour of the Guyanese Government, to support the false and anti-historical thesis of presenting Venezuela as an aggressor.”That country’s Government was at the time making reference to its territorial claims in Guyana which was settled in an 1899 International Tribunal.According to reports emanating from that country’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, “the Venezuelan Government noticed that this type of accusation does not represent a new and beneficial behaviour in the current Guyanese Government, which authorities have recognised not to have the necessary technical gear to detect overflights in Essequibo.”Minister Greenidge on Wednesday last told media operatives that the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) has been alerted to reports of illegal over flights being conducted by Venezuela over the Essequibo with a view to creating a map for that county which includes two thirds of Guyana.Greenidge at the time had also conceded that the GDF did not have the capacity to efficiently undertake the exercise of substantiating the claims and as such had solicited international help.The Venezuelan Government, through its Foreign Affairs Ministry, in taking a swipe at President Granger, said he lied to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon when denouncing that a Venezuelan patrol (PC-23 Yecuana) entered Guyana’s territory.“The supposed evidence is today the cover of its book Caribbean Geopolitics, underlines the document, also published in the account in the social network TWITTER of the Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodríguez,” according to a report carried by the Latin American News Agency.Venezuela has since rejected the Guyanese Government’s “recurrent attempts to generate a climate of tension among the two nations.”These actions, the official communication said, are in consonance with the intention of impeding the reactivation of the Good Officer according to the Agreement of Geneva (1966), valid for the friendly, practical and satisfactory resolution for both parts of the territorial controversy for Essequibo.“The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela demands Guyana to adjust its behaviour according to the respect to international public rights, under the principle of the diplomacy of peace and of good vicinity, and it makes a call to build cooperation relationships, solidarity and friendship in benefit of our towns, it concludes.”Greenidge told journalists on Wednesday last during an impromptu interaction that the actions on the part of the Venezuelans “irresponsible and dangerous” if substantiated.According to Greenidge, there are currently unconfirmed reports emanating from our western neighbour that that country has been conducting flights over Guyana’s Essequibo “with a view to completing an atlas of Venezuela which will include two thirds of Guyana”.Greenidge told the local media that the information has since been passed on to the GDF with a view to investigate and substantiate whether the claims are in fact true.He reminded too that the Guyana Government a week ago, as recent as last week, left with the Secretary General a document which “sets out our concerns about the escalating behaviour of Venezuela and the consequences of some of the steps taken”.According to Vice President Greenidge, the entire affair is “something we view with the greatest concern”.He told media operatives that Venezuela was reportedly also doing digital mapping of Guyana’s sovereign territory with the aim of getting details for its maps, “but the over flights themselves are illegal in international law”, should the report of them prove true.The news of the illegal flyover came on the heels of a condemnatory statement issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Guyana lambasting an earlier pronouncement by the Venezuelan Government on the 117th anniversary of the 1899 Arbitral Award handed down in Paris regarding the border controversy between Guyana and that country.The missive from the Guyana Foreign Affairs Ministry said Venezuela marked the occasion with an insulting statement unworthy of a law-abiding member of the international community.“Its statement is a reaffirmation of Venezuela’s disrespect for the rule of law among nations. It is a frenzied display of ill temper from forces with whom history has caught up, revealing the tangled web of falsehoods on which their specious claims to Guyana’s Essequibo were built,” the Ministry’s statement said.“The Venezuelan statement of October 4, 2016 perpetuates the falsities that have marked its predatory campaign and have continued in relation to Guyana’s maritime space. Its greed for territory has added a new dimension of Guyana’s maritime resources,” it said.According to the Ministry, “Guyana continues to uphold and respect the Arbitral Award of 1899. It will defend its validity in the world’s highest courts and expose Venezuela’s sordid efforts to besmirch Guyana’s development agenda.” Outgoing United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has pledged to assess the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela in November.
The reduction of hours of operation will be carried out from Tuesday, July 3 until Tuesday, Sept. 4.The new hours will run Monday-Friday 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday hours will run from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.Along with the new hours of operation, Council also authorized a change in the supervised hours at the Track. Supervised hours at the track will be from 9 a.m. until 12 noon and 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. The track will be unsupervised from 12 noon until 4 p.m.- Advertisement -The change in hours of operation stems from the 2011 average number of track users per day in the summer season. In May, 157 people on averaged put the track to use. That number decreased significantly come summer time, with just 90 people on average using it in June and just 55 users per day in July.Reducing the hours is also beneficial to the city of Fort St. John, as the city potentially saves $19,200 in personnel costs for Recreation Attendants.
Power has finally been restored to almost 2,200 customers in and around Fort St. JohnThe lights went out starting at 10:30 Monday morning for some, while others lost power at 12:30 pm.BC Hydro says the entire outage was caused by vandalism, but hasn’t given details as to what type of vandalism it might have been.Advertisement- Advertisement -The outage affected the area from Fish Creek to Montney and lasted over 12 hours in some instances.
Marsh’s representatives (from left to right) Aditya Khanna, Jack Swift, Denzel Mensah and Guy Cowan during the seminarGuyana’s oil sector has initiated the training of personnel to fit the requisite roles which will emerge in the coming months and insurance companies have sought to prepare themselves for the industry as well.P and P Insurance on Thursday concluded three days of intensive training at the Pegasus Hotel, with some 61 attendees which were drawn from the insurance industry, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy.In collaboration with the global professional services firm, Marsh, the agenda focused on the overview of company energies and the insurance market, risk identification and evaluation, drilling risk and control of well, upstream and downstream liabilities, offshore construction, upstream operational insurance, Offshore Business Interruption (LOPI), energy policies wordings and claims, FPSO insurance, risk management and downstream operational insurance.Senior Vice President of Marsh Energy London, Guy Cowan was very pleased with the progress achieved over the three days.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of P and P Insurance, Bish Panday lauded the fact that Marsh was able to bring four of their leading energy brokers to share their knowledge. According to him, the course was highly beneficial and will help to prepare the insurance industry to deal with this new and emerging Industry.Last year, TOTALTEC Academy commenced its first Commercial Slinger/Banksman Safety and Operational training to the oil and gas industry in Guyana. The academy commenced the training with 23 Strategic Recruitment Solutions Inc maritime personnel.In 2019, El Dorado Offshore and Ramps Logistics partnered with US oil-giant, ExxonMobil to recruit 12 rig clerk trainees for the promising oil and gas industry. The candidates were required to undergo 10 weeks of training at four different locations in both theoretical and practical assessments.ExxonMobil has deployed four drillships for exploration purposes, where 13 massive discoveries were made. The fleet comprises of the Stena Carron which is working at the Longtail 1 discovery; the Noble Bob Douglas at the Liza Phase 1; the Noble Tom Madden at the Yellowtail Well and Noble Don Taylor.ExxonMobil had said there is potential for at least five floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels on the Stabroek Block producing more than 750,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025.
The two matches in the 2nd edition of the Prime Minister’s T20 Softball Cup, held on Sunday at the Everest Cricket Ground on Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown, did not disappoint.The victorious Regal Masters TeamThose matches, the Masters and the All-Stars, saw defending champions Regal Masters and Ariel Speedboat become consecutive champions.In the first encounter, softball fans witnessed Regal Masters clashing with Mike’s Wellman. The on-field intensity was there, and Regal retained their title with some difficulty, as Mike’s brought the champs to a close-call encounter.Batting first, Regal were able to amass 145-5 in their allotted 20 overs. At the beginning of the match, Regal were shaky. They lost early wickets, giving Wellman a glimpse of hope. Regal lost their openers Eon Abel and Mahendra Hardyal for scores of zero and 11 respectively.They then went on to lose the in-form Eric Thomas for 7 off the bowling of spin master Imtiaz Mohamed, but the partnership of Mahendra Arjune (44) and David Harper (53) rebuilt the innings to give them a defendable total.Imtiaz Mohamed naturally led the bowling for Wellman, bagging 3 for 17 off his allotted 4 overs. He was the only bowler able to make a dent in Regal’s innings.Set a modest total of 146 to achieve victory, Mike’s Wellman lost both openers for 16 and 22 respectively.W Hussein was awarded man of the match for his 78 runs. He was also named man of the seriesThey could not get any substantial partnership going, and missed the target by six runs, making 140-8 off their allotted 20 overs.Masters’ bowling attack was led by spin doctor Mahendra Arjune, who bagged 4-28.In the All-Stars semi-final, Speedboat were superb in the field, diving for every delivery and plunging for anything that looked like a boundary, when they battled Boots All-Stars in a one-sided affair.Speedboat were able to restrict Boots All-Stars for 125-9 in their 20 overs. The only substantial score came from B. Samaroo, who bludgeoned 55 in his shot-filled innings.Bowlers Kishore Smith with 3-24 and Nazir Hussain with miserly figures of 3-17 were the cream of the crop.Set 126 to win, Speedboat raced to this total in ten overs, with S. Hussein scoring 32 and W Hussein, who was adjudged man of the series and man of the match, blasting 78 off 28 balls.Boots just couldn’t stop Speedboat from trampling them. The bowlers were taken to the cleaners, with every bowler having an economy rate over 9 runs per over.The All-Stars Champions received $700,000 for the win, while Masters had to settle for $600,000 as the teams celebrated to their hearts’ content. The tournament was organised by the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc. (Timothy Jaikarran)
0Shares0000Mourinho is reportedly concerned about Lukaku’s recent bulking up and its effect on his speed. Photo/DAILY MAILMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 29 – Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly fearful that striker Romelu Lukaku has lost some of his speed because he’s added too much muscle to his frame.The Sun claim that the Belgian striker, who joined Old Trafford in the summer, has gained around half a stone since his big-money switch. Club doctors insist the weight is all muscle rather than body fat and there are no lifestyle concerns around Lukaku.READ: Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho fears striker Romelu Lukaku has ‘lost some pace because he’s bulked up too much’However there is a concern that the 24-year-old has lost a yard of pace recently because of his bulked-up frame.The former Chelsea man has struggled in front of goal recently and has scored just four times since the middle of October – a run of 19 games.That follows his remarkable start in a red shirt, where he bagged at least once in nine of his first 10 games.Lukaku’s loss of form has coincided with United’s title challenge faltering in the wake of their unstoppable rivals, Manchester City.Mourinho’s men are 15 points behind the runaway leaders after 20 games of the Premier League season.They’re winless in their last three games in all competitions, including an embarrassing loss to Bristol City in the Carabo Cup.United take on Southampton on Saturday at Old Trafford where Lukaku will be hoping to find form, before going up against his former side Everton on Monday.-By Daily Mail-0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Tusker FC striker Timothy Otieno vies for the ball with Mathare United defender Andrew Juma during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex on January 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 12 – Goals in either half from Johnston Omurwa and James Kinyanjui saw Mathare United retain their unbeaten start to the 2018/2019 Kenyan Premier League season after seeing off Tusker FC 2-1 at the Ruaraka Complex on Saturday evening.Peter Nzuki scored Tusker’s lone goal with 12 minutes left to give Tusker some hope of a comeback, but Mathare defended resolutely to guard the three points and move to 17 points on top of the standings. Both teams came into the mid-afternoon kick off with their own pedigree of pride, Tusker winning their last four games on the trot while league leaders Mathare had not lost in six matches, winning four and drawing twice.After a cagy opening few minutes, Mathare opened up the first opportunity of the game, James Kinyanjui rushing to a ball on the right before cutting back to Chris Onyango who was rushing to the edge of the box.However, the skipper’s attempt at a first time shot was awry, his technique application not coming off as intended with the irregular playing surface, making the ball take an awkward bounce as he prepared to pull the trigger.Mathare United skipper Chris Oduor passes the ball under pressure from Tusker FC’s Paul Kamau during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex on January 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTusker were attacking using width, floating the ball on either end of the pitch hoping to cut in a dangerous cross, but David Owino on the left and James Situma on the right ensured that never happened.Mathare were gifted for their bright start after 22 minutes when central defender Johnstone Omurwa scored his first goal of the season with a centre forward’s finish inside the box.A training ground freekick routine saw Kevin Kimani cut back the ball from the right which was met by Cliff Nyakeya, but the midfielder miscued his shot.The ball fell kindly on Omurwa inside the box with the centre back turning it into the net with a wonderfully taken shot.Conceding, Tusker bounced their heads back into the game and piled pressure looking for an equalizer.They thought they had done that half an hour into the game when Timothy Otieno’s header off a Rodgers Aloro cross bounced off the inside of the crossbar, but Otieno’s celebrations thinking the ball had crossed the line were thwarted with the first assistant ref breaking his heart.Mathare who have just conceded three goals this season employed a high defensive line and Tusker oft fell for it, being caught offside time and again.Mathare United defender Johnston Omurwa vies for the ball with Tusker FC’s Timothy Otieno during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex on January 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the second half, Mathare kept their front feet and nine minuets after the restart, they almost went two up when Chris Onyango put pressure on Lloyd Wahome forcing him to lose the ball, Kinyanjui picking it but his shot was saved by the Tusker goalie.But there was no stopping the flamboyant winger in the 68th minute, a defensive error seeing him bolt a thunderous shot from inside the box.Sammy Mejja’s decision to head away a cross exactly in the same direction it came from proved costly as the ball kindly fell on Kinyanjui who rifled past the keeper to put up a two-goal cushion.Tusker however grabbed one back 12 minutes to time, Mejja atoning for his blunder providing the freekick that was nodded home by Nzuki unmarked at the back post.With hopes of a comeback, Tusker pressed but were almost caught off guard with the ball landing on Chris Ochieng on the other end, but his shot was well saved by the Tusker shot stopper.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Danny Gabbison, the former Wales defender who played for a host of Premier League clubs, names his best teammate, toughest opponent, and most influential boss as he answers ten questions from Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy.