Hosts Jamaica and title-holders Guyana will today meet in the final of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Under-19 Championship at Manchester High School. Led by St Elizabeth Technical off-spin all-rounder Michael Frew, the Jamaicans will enter the contest as slight underdogs, having finished second to the Guyanese at the end of the seven-team preliminary round. Guyana, with five victories and one defeat, tallied 32 points to Jamaica’s 27.5, with the latter recording four wins and two losses. Trinidad and Tobago with three wins, two losses and a no-result, ended with 22.5 to round off the top three. Jamaica defeated Guyana by five wickets in both teams’ opening match of the tournament, with their South American mainland opponents posting 203 off 44.3 overs. Jamaica replied with 204 for five, with 4.4 overs to spare. “They (Guyana) will be difficult as they are an attacking team with, as usual, spin being their strength,” said Junior Deans, manager of Jamaica. “They have two left-arm spinners and two off-spinners. “However, we are optimistic about our chances, as we have been improving with each game and, if we play like we did in our last game against Barbados, where we fought hard and came off the field battered and bruised, we should do well.” Conditioned by Robert Samuels, Jamaica, in addition to Frew, will again be hoping for impressive performances from batsmen Abijhai Mansingh and Leonardo Friginette, as well as West Indies Under-19 fast bowling all-rounder Odean Smith and pacer Miguel Smith. Opener Mansingh and Friginette are coming off back-to-back half centuries, while Miguel, with seven wickets in their last two games, and Odean, the team’s leading wicket-taker, have been leading efforts with the ball. “When we bat, we just have to ensure that when we don’t just get boundary balls; we rotate the strike,” noted Deans. “Meanwhile, when we bowl, it’s about getting the ball in the right areas as much as possible, as well as showing support in the field,” he added. Guyana will look to West Indies Under-19 opener Shimron Hetmyer, who has highest scores of 135 not out and 98, captain Travis Persaud, and batting all-rounder Keemo Paul to lead their charge. Jamaica (from): Michael Frew (captain), Abijhai Mansingh (vice captain), Brad Barnes, Ryan Burnett, Shahid Crooks, Tyrone Daley, Ramone Francis, Leonardo Friginette, Gareth Henry, Miguel Smith, Odean Smith, Oshane Thomas, George Walker. Guyana (from): Travis Persaud (captain), Ronaldo Alimohamed (vice-captain), Akenie Adams, Balchan Baldeo, Grisean Grant, Shimron Hetmyer, Tevin Imlach, Kassem Khan, Parmesh Parsotam, Keemo Paul, Akshaya Persaud, Nathan Persaud, Parmanand Ramdhan, Sherfane Rutherford.
Incumbent president Wilford “Billy” Heaven will be challenged by incumbent secretary Fritz Harris at the annual general meeting of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) at the Jamaica Conference Centre. The contenders, who will enter the elections with a slate of six other executive committee nominees, will be vying for votes from a delegate list of 101 members. Topping the list other executive committee nominees are by Dr Donovan Bennett and former West Indies ‘A’ representative, Mark Neita, running as first and second vice-president, respectively, along with Heaven, the chief executive officer of the state-run Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund. VICE-PRESIDENTS Harris, a business executive and educator, has former West Indies player Nehemiah Perry as his first vice-president nominee and Dr Joyce Graham-Royal, principal of G.C. Foster College, as second vice-president. The other executive committee nominees are: Team Heaven – Diahann Campbell, honorary secretary; Clinton Clarke, assistant secretary; Hopeton Morrison, treasurer and Kerry Scott, assistant treasurer. Team Harris – Randy Nelson, honorary secretary; Dennis Gordon, assistant secretary; Loren Edwards, treasurer; Errol Moodie, assistant treasurer. “We came into office with the promise that we would work to improve the quality of life for all our stakeholders in the Jamaican cricket family. We have kept our promise,” Heaven said. “There is still, however, much to be done to widen and deepen the scope of that improvement.” Harris, in the meanwhile, in his pre-election document, which was titled “Team Cricket”, said his mission was to rebuild the sport. “I am challenging because there is a cry for help,” he told The Gleaner. “Cricket is really struggling and the kind of will that is required was not shown by the president over the past two years.”
Dear Editor,The ability of a person to atone has always been the most remarkable of human features.The apology issued by the Deputy Mayor of Georgetown, Akeem Peter last Friday for the failure of the outgoing Georgetown City Council to satisfy many of the demands of the citizenry, is very commendable as he realises that there is nothing quite like an apology to mend a broken relationship and pave the way to a brighter future. However, what will be important for the citizenry to determine is whether his sincerity can be trusted, as many people say “I’m sorry” thoughtlessly and heedlessly because they want to move on or have their own way.But what was most disappointing is that even though the Mayor could be seen cavorting and being narcissistic on Nomination Day, there was no attempt by her to cleanse her soul, or show the slightest of repentance. This is worrying in light of the fact that she has been at City Hall for approximately a quarter of a century in several leadership positions, with nothing positive to show for it.But then again, what would she apologise for? For attempting to hang the parking meter albatross around the necks of the citizens of Georgetown? Something she still hopes can be meted out against the motorists of our capital? Would she apologise for flying around the world and back first-class with her Town Clerk and many other hangers on in tow at the expense of the citizenry without a single return to the capital? Would she apologise for having a retinue of chauffeurs, bodyguards, personal assistants traipsing behind her where ever she goes, while other municipal workers cannot receive their pay because the Council is always broke? Would she apologise for City Hall’s books not being audited for as long as she has been there? Would she apologise for the flooding of the city once there are a few minutes of rainfall? I think not.One must not forget that she and a number of others are hoping to hang on around the horseshoe table just a little bit longer by becoming candidates yet again at the next Local Government Elections. Unbelievable as that is.Are the citizens of Georgetown not entitled to being represented at the Council by young intelligent, energetic, proactive visionary persons, persons who can bring new ideas, new solutions and new approaches to the management of the municipality, or will they have to be saddled with the same, weary, mentally bankrupt, immoral, and depraved old party hacks for another three years.Must the City of Georgetown always be run by a gerontocracy?The young people of Guyana deserve a capital city that houses great sights and landmarks, with beautiful architecture, distinctive restaurants, a rich array of cultural offerings, and intriguing malls and shops. But if they elect the old timers who cannot point to a single worthwhile achievement in 24 years, what can they expect? Same pot holed roads, a mosquito plagued city, rat infested markets with collapsing wharves, a ruinous City Hall building, a dilapidated unhealthy abattoir, a ruinous City Police Training Centre, clogged drains, non-existent street lighting, and a disgraceful cemetery to name a few.Regards,Kwasi Sanderson
Koijee is now Mayor of Monrovia. The Mayor-designate of Monrovia, Jefferson T. Koijee, has been confirmed by the Liberian Senate, making him Mayor of Monrovia.He succeeds Clara Doe-Mvogo, who served for nearly five years after Mary Broh.Koijee is the first mayor to be confirmed by the Liberian Senate since the end of the 14-year civil war.His confirmation followed an articulate presentation before the Senate’s Committee on Internal Affairs and Good Governance on Friday, February 9.At the hearing, Koijee, the powerful influential Youth Wing leader of the ruling CDC, promised to run a participatory system at the Monrovia City Corporation.He told the Senators that “Every citizen, regardless of his or her political, religious or tribal differences, will be involved in the transformation and governance of the city, especially in maintaining its beautification.””Teamwork, inclusive of the involvement of the people living on the margins of society, is the surest way to improve and impact a developing Monrovia,” he said.Chief among Mayor Koijee’s promises is the launch of his “180 days clean and green city campaign” with support from the government and partners. This, he noted, will help maintain a clean Monrovia and provide job opportunities for young people, who will be recruited from communities and universities.The project will be implemented in every community in Monrovia and its environs, especially the densely populated commercial hub of Duala, he said.With respect to keeping central Monrovia clean, Mayor Koijee said he will work with members of the legislature to revisit city laws to make sure they conform to current realities.The youthful mayor concluded that he will work with relevant agencies and authorities, including the Ministry of Public Works, to protect zoning laws and partner with the Liberia National Police to protect lives and properties in the city.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Singh, Brassington chargesFollowing the indefinite suspension of Magistrates Courts’ proceedings involving former Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh and former National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Head, Winston Brassington, the High Court challenged continued on Monday, and acting Chief Justice, Roxanne George, SC, has consolidated the four ‘misconduct in public office’ charges into one substantive challenge.Dr Ashni Singh and Winston BrassingtonAfter the in-chamber hearing, Brassington’s attorney, Sase Gunraj, explained that the decision of the judge to consolidate the case means that the judge will hear all the matters together, as the charges are all similar in nature.The applicants have received an affidavit in answer from the Attorney General’s Chambers, and Gunraj said his side will reply, if necessary. The cases return to court on August 29 for report, when the acting Chief Justice could set a date for decision after she hears what the attorney described as ‘enlarged arguments’.The fourth charges which Justice George included relate to the sale of the Sanata Textiles Complex to Queens Atlantic Investment Inc.Dr Singh, of Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara, and Brassington, of Florida, USA, are accused of selling various properties at prices the State contends were grossly undervalued.Following the charges being laid, Singh and Brassington appeared in the Magistrates’ Courts. Their lawyers subsequently challenged the charges in the High Court.They were granted an interim stay by Justice Franklyn Holder.In April, the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) brought charges against the two former Government officials for allegedly selling several plots of land on the East Coast of Demerara to National Hardware Guyana Ltd for over $598 million.Other charges include selling land to Scady Business Corporation at a cost of $150 million, and to Multi-cinemas Guyana Inc at a cost of $185 million.The two men were released on $6 million bail each, but their attorneys were granted stays of execution as the High Court hears legal challenges against SOCU’s charges.In regard to the Sanata case, the charge alleges that Singh and Brassington, while performing the duties of Finance Minister and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NICIL respectively, between October 26 and December 20, 2010, acted recklessly when they agreed to the sale of the Sanata Textiles Complex to QAII.According to the charge, the 18.976-acre property was sold for $697.8 million, but it was valued at $1.04 billion. However, according to privatisation documents published by NICIL, the property was valued at $245 million by the Government’s Chief Valuation Officer, but QAII paid $809.5 million for the property – more than three times the Government’s valuation.According to documents seen by this newspaper, upon Cabinet’s approval, QAII had embarked on its reclamation programme, clean-up and investment exercise. On May 30, 2007, QAII had requested, and received, a valuation of the property from the Government Assistant Valuation Officer, which proposed $330.375 million (land $269.200 million; improvements $119.175 million).On June 7, 2018, NICIL had commissioned a valuation from the private firm of Rodrigues Architects Ltd, which posited that the property be valued at $1,042,403,500 (land $209.650 million; improvements $832.753 million). NICIL also obtained, on June 27, 2007, a valuation of the land and its improvements from the Government’s Chief Valuation Officer, which came in at $245.175 million (land, $130 million; improvements $115.175 million). QAII was responsible, at its own expense, for the asbestos clean-up and removal of scrap, which alone incurred a cost of above $400 million.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said the decision to charge the duo for the sale of the lands was nothing more than a “frivolous” attempt to keep the campaign promise made by the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) to jail members of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).Former Finance Minister Singh has expressed optimism that the charges brought against him would be disposed of in the near future, because of his belief that they were frivolous and have no bearing.
The Guyana Police Force (GPF) is currently on the hunt for three men involved in a shootout with police in Albouystown, Georgetown, on Sunday morning.The incident occurred around 11:00h.Guyana Times understands that three men were involved in a heated argument along Hunter Street when one of the individuals pulled out a firearm and discharged several rounds in the air.As he attempted to escape, he was confronted by a police patrol. He reportedly opened fire in the direction of the police and then made his escape by running through a cross street.Reports indicate that the police were forced to cease fire since other individuals including children were in the vicinity.Fortunately, no one was hurt.This publication understands that the police received descriptions of the men involved in the argument and are currently pursuing suspects.Up to press time, no arrest had been made.
Winter has hit B.C. and many people enjoy participating in various snow-filled activities throughout the province, including skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. However, adding safety into the mix is still a major concern.According to the Canadian Avalanche Centre, nearly half of all avalanche deaths across Canada between 1984 and 2003 actually occurred in the B.C. interior.- Advertisement -Anyone who participates in different winter activities, such as snowmobiling, should make some basic preparations and take some essential training, says John Kelly, operations manager at the Canadian Avalanche Centre.[asset|aid=3309|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c595b7810499a52e53559cf565b6fd0d-Kelly Avalanches 1_2_Pub.mp3] Kelly says the Centre recommends people take a two-day avalanche skills training – AST -course. The course includes training on recognizing potential avalanche areas, how to travel in areas where there are avalanche risks and how to perform a companion rescue.He says everyone should carry proper rescue gear, including an avalanche beacon (a transmitter that can find someone buried under the snow), a collapsible probe to pinpoint a buried person’s location and a collapsible shovel. He adds that without these three essential pieces of equipment, if people are buried, there is very little chance of getting them out alive.Advertisement When someone has course training and the necessary gear, he says companion rescues are generally successful.[asset|aid=3310|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c595b7810499a52e53559cf565b6fd0d-Kelly Avalanches 3_1_Pub.mp3] Kelly says another way to help recreationists avoid dangerous areas is to look at an area’s avalanche bulletins. However, in remote areas where bulletins might not be available, he suggests speaking with local people who are experienced with the terrain.Yet, despite being prepared and knowing potential avalanche areas, he says it’s always important to be cautious since avalanche conditions can change not only from day to day but sometimes within the same day.Advertisement Avalanches can be caused on a variety of hills and Kelly says, even a hill with a 30 degree slope – about the angle of a regular staircase – and a height between 50 and 100 metres can be dangerous.[asset|aid=3311|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c595b7810499a52e53559cf565b6fd0d-Kelly Avalanches 4_1_Pub.mp3] A technique as simple as climbing the ridge of a hill rather than its face, and not gathering in large groups at the base of a hill, can help prevent someone from causing an avalanche. However, Kelly says one of the most important avalanche prevention aspects can’t be taught in a class: experience.
“It’s just amazing. I am so delighted,” said Henin. “I think I played a very good match today, against a very good player … To win against someone like Amelie, and to win a title in only my second tournament back, it is just great.” Henin took control with 21 forehand winners, against 10 for Mauresmo, who was let down by weak second serves. Mauresmo won 31 percent of the points on her second serve, compared to 54 percent for Henin. Henin raced to a 4-1 lead in the first set before Mauresmo settled down and pulled back to 4-4. But Henin broke her again in the 10th game to win 6-4. Third-seeded Ivan Ljubicic advanced to the final of the ABN Amro tournament on Saturday with a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) win over top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia. Ljubicic’s opponent in today’s final will be Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, who saved three match points to beat fifth-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5. It was Mauresmo’s second consecutive final, after she won in Antwerp, Belgium, last week. The second-ranked Henin was playing in her second tournament of the year. It was Henin’s 30th title on the WTA Tour and her seventh win against third-ranked Mauresmo out of 13 matches. Ljubicic, who lost the finals here in 2005, won with a powerful service game, firing 24 aces to defeat Davydenko in two hours, 49 minutes. RotterdamMemphisTommy Haas will defend his title at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships after downing Mardy Fish 6-3, 6-4 Saturday in the semifinals. The 28-year-old German has yet to face a break point this week and will try to win his third title in Memphis today against either top-seeded Andy Roddick or 19-year-old Andy Murray. It’s the first top-tier ATP event where the top four seeds advanced since the 2006 French Open. Venus Williams was set to play Shahar Peer of Israel in the Cellular South Cup championship Saturday night. Williams, sidelined since October because of an injured left wrist, is aiming for her 34th career title. Haas, the No. 2 seed, improved to 12-2 this year and is in position to win his 11th career title. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Top-seeded Justine Henin beat Amelie Mauresmo 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday to win the Dubai Open for the fourth time. The Belgian player beat the second-seeded Frenchwoman in 1 hour, 42 minutes to add to her titles of 2003, 2004 and 2006.
“A police chief is expected to have a vision, but there is a line between vision and hallucination, as defined by the people who work with us,” he said. Melekian took over as chief in Pasadena in April 1996 after serving in the Santa Monica Police Department for 23 years. He immediately made that period’s numerous gang-related deaths in Pasadena a top priority. Through his “No More Dead Children” program, he remains committed to the battle against youth homicides. Melekian served in the U.S. Army and continues to serve in the Coast Guard Reserve. He was president of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association from January 2000 to December 2001. In 2001, Melekian was appointed to serve on the board of directors of the Police Executive Research Forum, which is dedicated to improving policing and advancing professionalism. PASADENA – Pasadena police Chief Bernard Melekian was singled out among peers statewide Tuesday to receive the Sherman Block Memorial Law Enforcement Professional of the Year Award in Lake Tahoe. “I am overwhelmed,” Melekian said just after the awards ceremony. “Given Sherman Block’s contribution to law enforcement not only in California, but in the nation, to be placed in this category makes it all the more humbling.” The annual award, named after the former Sheriff of Los Angeles County, is given to one recipient statewide and is considered the most prestigious given by the California Peace Officers’ Association. Melekian said a philosophy of appreciation for his fellow professionals and a continued belief that “cops make a difference” make him lucky to work every day in law enforcement. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Spanish champions Atletico Madrid are lining up a bid for Manchester City and Manchester United target Alessio Cerci.Torino have reportedly slapped a £16m asking price on the in-demand winger and the Italian club are yet to receive an offer that has met their valuation.City, who have held an interest in Cerci when Roberto Mancini was in charge, have been linked with a summer move, while it has been reported that their arch rivals United are also in the running to sign him.But now, according to Tuttosport, the Premier League duo look set to lose the race with Atletico ready to firm up their interest with a bid of around £14m.Although that falls below the asking price, it has been suggested that Torino are ready to accept that and have already lined up a list of potential replacements. 1 Alessio Cerci in action for Torino