Bravo steals spotlight from Gayle

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia, (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo snatched the spotlight away from under-fire West Indies teammate Chris Gayle with an electrifying unbeaten half-century, but the knock failed to save Melbourne Renegades from a comprehensive eight-wicket loss in the Melbourne derby here yesterday.In the spotlight for the past week for all the wrong reasons, Gayle managed a run-a-ball 21 at the top of the order, but it was Bravo, with 59 off 37 deliveries, who set the Docklands Stadium alight and propelled Renegades up to 155 for six off their 20 overs.However, Englishman Kevin Pietersen then slammed an unbeaten 67 to guide Melbourne Stars to their target with two overs remaining.The defeat was the Renegades’ fourth, and it left them sixth in the standings on four points, while their city rivals, Stars, are now third on eight points and two points off leaders Adelaide Strikers.Sent in, Renegades lost Tom Cooper to the seventh ball of the game for one with the score on three, but Gayle and captain Cameron Whyte, who hit 29, added 53 off 45 deliveries for the second wicket, to revive the innings.The left-handed Gayle gathered just five runs from his first 12 balls, before exploding in the seventh over with two leg-side sixes off leg-spinner Adam Zampa.His fireworks were short-lived, however, as he eventually holed out to long on off seamer Marcus Stoinis in the ninth over.Whyte perished off the very next delivery, and Renegades lost two more quick wickets to slip to 78 for five in the 13th over, before Bravo arrived to rescue the innings.last_img read more

A TRIBUTE TO SISTER ANDAIYE

first_imgDear Editor,A bright star has been eclipsed. When a comrade falls in the struggle, whether it is as the result of natural causes or otherwise, it is an unwelcome moment, and one for deep reflection, particularly when that comrade has had a profound influence on shaping one’s individual politics and life.Sister Andaiye is such a person. In many ways, she had contributed significantly to shaping my politics and life. I am indebted to her for deepening my understanding of the application of theory and practice relative to the struggle for political and social liberation.Her emphasis on the need to pay special attention to gender and child rights created an indelible impression on me. My activism in ASCRIA in my youthful days had engendered in me “love” and appreciation for the historical African woman, and women in general. This activism had informed my world view on the important role women in Guyana, the Caribbean, Africa and the wider world played in humanising mankind.However, it was in my many formal and informal discussions and debates with Sister Andaiye, in and out of the party’s organs, that I achieved new levels of consciousness on the marginalisation of women in the economic, social and political processes. On the issue of child rights, her advocacy broke new ground in Guyana, and contributed to the WPA’s political world view on this issue.There have been many excellent tributes paid to Andaiye’s activism by her contemporaries; these have highlighted, and will continue to highlight, her multi-talented contributions to the nation, the Caribbean and beyond. Her life, work and struggle have deservedly been well chronicled; therefore, I will restrict my reflections to matters that will not readily be found in the public records.I recall that, about two years after the assassination of Walter Rodney, Andaiye forced a debate in the WPA executive on the issue of “whether the Party is stronger now than during the period of Walter’s activism”. For readers to appreciate the significance of this debate, I am forced to offer the context.The high point of the WPA and Walter Rodney’s struggles against the then Burnham dictatorial regime was located in a three-month period of intense daily protests, public meetings, and mass demonstrations mainly in Georgetown and the lower East Coast of Demerara, which almost toppled the regime. This period became known as the “Civil Rebellion”.During this period, the WPA started the process of transition to a political party, which was completed after the assassination of Walter Rodney. In the post-Rodney phase, the party was better organised structurally, had developed many groups across the country, and had organised many protests and, notably, two nationwide days of rest that saw the economic and social life in Guyana come to a standstill.It is against this background that discussions in the party on the way forward were taking place. It is in this context that Andaiye forced the debate in the executive on whether the party at that time was stronger than during Rodney’s activism.She was the leading advocate that the party, in spite of its significant organisational development, was not stronger; but was in fact weaker. I was strongly opposed to her position, and argued that the party was now stronger. Years later, when events demonstrated the correctness of Andaiye’s position, in the spirit of WPA’s political culture, I conceded both privately and publicly to her superior understanding of the party situation in the debate. Readers will, I hope, forgive this necessary digression.The Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry occasioned the opening of the WPA archives. I pointed to the importance that the party leadership had, at the time, placed on relying on a public defence for its security, as against a military defence. I mentioned the important role played by Sister Andaiye and WPA women under the stewardship of Andaiye, who had responsibility for party propaganda, locally and internationally. It is our considered judgement that the efficient and effective manner in which this most important task was executed was responsible for the party not suffering more casualties.Sister Bonita Harris had, for many years, held at her residence an annual New Year social attended by her relatives, friends and WPA comrades. At one of those events, to my surprise, one of the guests was a daughter of President Burnham. I remember sometime later raising the issue with Andaiye, and what it meant in light of the accusations being made about who was responsible for the assassination of Walter Rodney. Andaiye pondered for a brief moment, and made a gesture that indicated neither agreement nor disapproval. I did not press the issue, from my knowledge of how WPA women operated whether in or outside of the party, that the decision to invite the daughter of Burnham to Bonita’s social was not by accident. It was an indication that the women were reaching across party lines. My judgement is this had the blessings, or at least the non-objection, of Andaiye.In the run-up to the Walter Rodney CoI, Andaiye and I began to discuss how to deal with the inquiry to ensure the outcome we all wanted. Later, Mr Chris Ram, after volunteering his service as counsel, joined the discussions. It was under Andaiye’s guidance that we worked out the strategy and tactics which led to a successful outcome at the inquiry.In concluding this tribute to our beloved sister, comrade and “Mother” of the WPA, Co-Founder of Red Thread, Founder of the Guyana Cancer Society etc. etc. etc., we collectively and individually mourn the irreplaceable loss of an iconic figure who led by example.To all of us in the WPA, Red Thread, and all the members of the other organisations whose lives she had touched and affected by her humanity, I want to say to you that Andaiye’s passing, difficult as it is to endure, is something which we must all accept as an inevitable moment; and we must use her examples as the cornerstone of our own efforts at improving the lives of people, particularly the most downtrodden in societies.ANDAIYE LIVES as long as we continue the struggle! Farewell, comrade.Tacuma Ogunseyelast_img read more

MPC Threatens Legal Action against GOL

first_imgThe National Chairman of the opposition Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), John Barlone, has threatened to take legal action against the government for what it called the ‘unlawful embarrassment of its political leader Simeon Freeman.’ Mr. Barlone, who made the announcement on Friday at the party’s headquarters in Monrovia, said the action by the government of Liberia, through the Liberia National Police to subject Mr. Freeman’s family to humiliation by holding them “hostage for over four days without access to food, water and other necessities is unlawful, counterproductive and condemnable of good governance.”“We shall effect a legal pursuit of this matter against the government. These actions signal an apparent hastened return to the ugly past, and a contradiction of President Sirleaf’s recent assertion that Liberia is safe. Safe indeed, for the few political patrons of the system, not the critical voices and the ordinary citizens,” he said.Mr. Barlone maintained that the MPC feels insecure by recent circumstances that characterized the so-called “‘police invitation’ of our political leader, Mr. Freeman, the violation of the fundamental rights of his family members and other occupants from accessing food, water and free movement, the attending fear and insecurity hatched among community dwellers and the undeserved brutality meted out on some of our partisans who were considered ‘suspicious’ by police officers deployed at his Beverly Hills residence in Virginia. “With cognizance of the government of Liberia’s constitutional responsibilities of protecting the lives of its citizens and guaranteeing their fundamental rights and liberties, coupled with the unwarranted display of arrogance by police authorities that led our political leader into recent silence, the Movement for Progressive Change is emphatic that should anything happen to our political leader, the government of Liberia shall be held responsible,” Chairman Barlone stated.Mr. Barlone said the party maintains that Mr. Freeman made no allegation as claimed by the government of Liberia.“Instead he requested the government to constitute an inclusive panel as a way of opening up the investigation in order to allay the rumors of a death squad, a blacklist, etc., as being circulated on the street corners and reported in local dailies,” he said.However, Barlone said if the government is convinced of prosecuting Mr. Freeman, it should proceed to the court and stop violating the rights of his family members, close associates and partisans. “Do you need to see the alleged offender of the law before filing a legal action? asked Barlone. “We encourage the opposition community to strengthen the networking more than ever before as a way of watching each other’s back, as well as request the international community, particularly the United Nations through its mission in Liberia, to strengthen its watch over us during its remaining stay in Liberia,” said Barlone.Meanwhile, Barlone said the party stands ready to collaborate with all well-meaning citizens and organizations to expose every act of cruelty against Liberians that has led to heightened poverty, hopelessness, and deprivation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Oil will not bring crime to Guyana – US ambassador

first_img– warns of soaring production of coca in ColombiaBusinesses are the driving force for economic development of any country. Among the factors determining investment climate and Private Sector development, a company’A section of the audience at the GMSA luncheon which was hosted at the Pegasus Hotels exposure to crime plays a significant role. Crime may cause high costs and damage to businesses.These points were underscored by United States (US) Ambassador to Guyana Perry Holloway at the Guyana Manufacturing Services Association (GMSA) luncheon at the Pegasus Hotel on Tuesday where he zeroed in on the potential threats that crime can have on the economy.During his feature address, the US diplomat said one of the things that everyone is concerned about is what will happen when oil production begins here. While there is a general perception that oil may cause an upsurge in criminal activities, he said that he views this differently.Holloway, who has worked in many countries where crime is at its peak, like Afghanistan, told the attendees of the luncheon, “I don’t think that it’s oil and gas that attracts crime. It’s more people, more money. So, Guyana could be having a boom in an agriculture product but if it brought more money and more people… you guys are good business people but let me tell you that the criminals out there are good business people also and what do they want? The same thing you want, more profit.”US Ambassador to Guyana Perry Holloway delivering the feature address at the GMSA’s luncheon on TuesdayHe said since being appointed ambassador to Guyana, he has had a thorough look at the local crime statistics and he has seen some improvements over the past years. “…not to say that there isn’t a lot of work to be done and not that crime isn’t going on every day all round us, but is a long process.”Using Colombia as an example as one country that moved from being one of worst in the world for its high crime rates to a democracy, the US ambassador said it took political will to get to that place.“Its fine for the Americans to come in and offer some help and okay for the Brits to come in and offer a security programme but if the Government, people, Private Sector and civil society doesn’t want it, all programmes will fail. It requires political will and not just at the political level but this is something we want to deal with,” he added.The US diplomat told the packed audience that while crime in Guyana is not at its worst like in some countries, there is some level which needs to be tackled collaboratively.He said, “You can’t have Police…go after 21st century criminals with 19th utilities and equipment. It just can’t be done. I think that everyone’s heart is in the right place and I think both the previous and current Governments have spent a lot of money on security.”Holloway also declared that the US Government has invested close to US$80 million over the past 10 years in Guyana’s security sector, while hundreds of millions have been spent in the Region as a whole.But the US diplomat said one of the most major concerns that should be on everyone’s mind is the production of cocoa, a prime material to make cocaine, which is soaring through the roof in Colombia. Since Guyana serves as a transshipment destination for cocaine trafficking, the country stands to see a possible spike in these criminal activities, as other such destinations will also have to prepare for it.Meanwhile, GMSA President Sham Nokta in his remarks also touched on the high crime rate which is a key factor to the defects of national security and by extension the business climate.“In such an environment all citizens and businesses are vulnerable and are potential victims of crime. However, small business are particularly vulnerable, as often they do not have the safe guard in place to prevent or to detect criminal activity. And I believe recent events in the last week or so has clearly brought this to the forum,” he added.For small countries like Guyana, Nokta said the state suffers disproportionately both from crime which originates within society and from crime driven by actions sometimes many miles from here. However, he said because the drivers of crime are ever changing and increasing in the international nature in which it is done, it is becoming ever more important.Referring to an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study, the GMSA President said the Caribbean circle has some uniquely high levels of violent crimes. According to the study, estimates of the cost of crime and violence range between 5 to 10 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).“There is the view that intra-regional drug trafficking is a main force behind the upsurge in violent crimes in the Region, more recently there have been indications that crack downs in parts of central and south America have displaced cartels who are now intentionally moving into the Caribbean,” he added.Nokta said this is not good news, considering where Guyana is geographically between suppliers and markets coupled with inadequate patrols of the expansive coastline and territorial waters.“The Caribbean appears to be swimming against the tide. That said, addressing drug trafficking and the violent crime that accompany it cannot be done by any single country or region, it is a global problem which requires global solutions. Guyana is not exempt from the scorch of increased crime in the Region.”last_img read more

Uruguay, Russia reach World Cup knockout phase

first_img0Shares0000A goal from Luis Suarez sent Uruguay and Russia through to the World Cup knockout phase © AFP / Pascal GUYOTMoscow, Russian Federation, Jun 20 – Uruguay and host nation Russia progressed to the World Cup knockout rounds on Wednesday as Cristiano Ronaldo took an early lead in the race for the Golden Boot.A single goal from Luis Suarez was enough to give Uruguay victory against Saudi Arabia, leaving them on six points along with Russia and condemning Egypt and the Saudis to an early exit from the tournament. In the earlier game, in Group B, Ronaldo netted his fourth goal of the tournament in Portugal’s 1-0 win against Morocco, ending the north Africans’ chances of progress.The five-time world player of the year scored with an early header to add to his hat-trick for the European champions against Spain in their opener.In the other Group B match, Spain needed a fortunate Diego Costa goal to beat a determined Iran side who had a second-half effort from Saeid Ezatolahi disallowed for offside in Kazan.Portugal and Spain both have four points and will be competing for top spot when they complete their first-round games against Iran and Morocco respectively on Monday.– Iranian pride –The top two teams in the group will face Russia and Uruguay in the last 16.Cristiano Ronaldo has four goals in two matches © AFP / YURI CORTEZIran have still never beaten a European side at a World Cup, but coach Carlos Queiroz said they could take pride from their performance against Spain.“We left the pitch 1-0 down, but we won respect. I’m sure the fans are proud of our team,” said Queiroz.“Our players can go home and sit with their family and friends and be proud of themselves.”Having won their first match, Iran could still secure an unlikely qualification if they beat Queiroz’s native Portugal.– Lethal Suarez –Uruguay came up against an improved Saudi side in Rostov-on-Don, but master poacher Suarez took advantage of a goalkeeping error by Mohammed Al-Owais to put his side ahead midway through the first half and the Saudis could not respond.It was a fitting way for the Barcelona forward to mark his 100th international appearance and he will be hoping to go further in the World Cup after exiting the last two in disgrace after being sent off for a goal-line handball against Ghana in 2010, and infamously biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in 2014. Morocco, like so many sides before them, were undone by a piece of Ronaldo brilliance. He now has 85 international goals — a record for a European player.“I’m happy I scored the goal but the most important thing is that we won the game. We have to think match by match in order to progress,” Ronaldo said.Disappointed Morocco coach Herve Renard said his side had showed they had a bright future despite being out of the running to qualify for the last 16.“We qualified for a World Cup after 20 years and we’ve showed that we can play football,” the Frenchman said. “We do play football.”Meanwhile, host nation Russia were celebrating the 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday which paved the way for them to move into the next round despite pre-tournament expectations that they would struggle to get out of their group.After a goalless first half, Egypt captain Ahmed Fathi scored an own goal before Denis Cheryshev struck and Artem Dzyuba added a third. Mohamed Salah scored a consolation penalty late on but it was not enough for the Pharaohs.“Can you believe it?” Moscow’s Sport Express newspaper asked.“We waited a very long time for this,” said Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov.burs-jw/gj/jc0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Juventus seeking Ajax star De Ligt: report

first_img0Shares0000Italian powerhouses Juventus are on the hunt for star Dutch defender and Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt and are reportedly prepared to pay more than 70 million euros, according to De Telegraaf newspaper © AFP/File / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRATHE HAGUE, Netherlands, Jun 22 – Italian powerhouses Juventus are on the hunt for star Dutch defender and Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt and are reportedly prepared to pay more than 70 million euros, according to De Telegraaf newspaper Saturday.The teenage centre-back has previously been linked to a possible transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, but Juventus “are seducing the Ajax defender with a contract almost impossible to refuse, and star player Cristiano Ronaldo’s charms”, the paper reported. It comes after television cameras picked up a short, but genial conversation between Ronaldo and De Ligt after the Netherlands lost 1-0 against Portugal in the Nations League final earlier this month.Asked by the Dutch public broadcaster NOS at the time whether Ronaldo wanted to know if De Ligt, 19, would join him at the Turin-based Juventus, De Ligt said: “That could well be, yes.”“I didn’t understand him at first. I was a little shocked, so I laughed. But I didn’t say anything,” De Ligt pointed out.Should De Ligt decide to move to the Italian club he could rake in between 15 to 20 million euros ($17 to $22 million) annually, the NOS added, saying the contract would last five years.It would not be the first time a well-known Ajax player made the move to the Italian club, with former Dutch international goalkeeper and current Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar playing 66 games for Juventus between 1999 and 2001, among others.De Ligt’s manager and sometimes controversial football agent, the Dutch-Italian Mino Raiola, is also said to keep “warm ties” with Juventus, De Telegraaf said.But the paper said a transfer to PSG wasn’t completely out of the picture: “It should never be written off.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Blackburn 0-0 Bolton: Honours even in lifeless Lancashire derby

first_img Blackburn vs Bolton Dorian Dervite was sent off for Bolton as the Trotters ground out a dull goalless draw against Blackburn in the Friday night Championship game.Dervite picked was shown two yellow cards in 10 minutes as he left Neil Lennon’s side down to 10 men during stoppage time.Bengali-Fode Kote saw his effort ruled out for offside as both sides saw their winless starts to the season continue.There was not much action of note during a lifeless first half as both teams struggled to carve out any chance of significance.Bolton thought they had won a penalty twice in the same move on 16 minutes as Mark Davies was brought down but unfortunately for the visitors, the referee did not agree.Kote thought he had secured Rovers’ first win of the season five minutes from time after turning in Jordan Rhodes’ swivelled shot but it was correctly ruled out for offside.Dervite then saw red in the 93rd minute for bringing down Kote in the corner. He had received his first after cynically brining down Rhodes as he looked to spring a counter attack.The draw leaves both teams languishing around the bottom of the table with three draws and two defeats from their opening five games. 1last_img read more

MEMORY OF TRAGIC HELICOPTER PILOT TO BE HONOURED WITH DONEGAL WALK

first_imgThe Colm Clancy Memorial Walk will take place in Glenveagh National Park this Sunday, 12th April.The Colm Clancy Memorial Walk will take place in Glenveagh this Sunday. Pic by Donegal Daily.This walk in memory of Colm Clancy, who together with his student pilot was tragically killed in a helicopter accident in 2009.The walk is organised each year for the benefit of two charities working in Malawi with some of the poorest people on the planet. Cara Malawi is in general community development with particular emphasis on capacity building.Ubwino Wa Amayi is focused on the education of girls and women.All are welcome to walk and sponsorship cards are available in most business premises in Gaoth Dobhair for those who want to support these worthy causes.Buses will leave the car park in Glenveagh for Gartan at 11.30am for the walk to start properly. MEMORY OF TRAGIC HELICOPTER PILOT TO BE HONOURED WITH DONEGAL WALK was last modified: April 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Colm Clancy Memorial Walkdonegalpilotlast_img read more

MARK FARREN TO BE GUEST OF HONOUR AT FINN HARPS PLAY-OFF MATCH

first_imgSOCCER: Former Finn Harps and Derry City player Mark Farren will be the club’s guest of honour for their crucial play-off clash with UCD on Friday night.Farren had a short spell with Harps – before going on to become Derry City’s all-time leading goal scorer. Farren has been battling against illness for the last number of years – and recently underwent revolutionary treatment in Mexico.An operation to remove a brain tumour was unsuccessful – and in order to save his life – Farren had to undergo revolutionary treatment.Former teammates, supporters and his family and friends rallied around Farren – and helped raise the £30,000 required for the surgery.In fact such was the support for the popular Farren – that over £40,000 was raised. Farren is very good friends with Finn Harps captain Kevin McHugh – from there spell together with Derry City.Farren will be the club’s guest of honour for the return leg of Finn Harps play-off match with UCD.Finn Harps FC announced the news on their Facebook timeline earlier, “Finn Harps FC is delighted to announce that Mark Farren will be our Guest of Honour at Fridays nights play-off game V UCD. ‪#‎Respect‬ ‪#‎FootballfamilyMARK FARREN TO BE GUEST OF HONOUR AT FINN HARPS PLAY-OFF MATCH was last modified: October 27th, 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:newsSportlast_img read more

Ulster Senior League confirms fixture change

first_imgSunday’s 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League game between Finn Harps Reserves and Bonagee United will now be played at Dry Arch Park.The game was originally been pencilled in as a home fixture for Harps, but the game has been changed to Dry Arch Park at the agreement of the two clubs.FIXTURES Sunday, January 15, 2017, 2pmFinn Harps Reserves v Bonagee United (now at Dry Arch Park)            referee – Marty McGarrigleLetterkenny Rovers v Cockhill Celtic (Aura Leisure Centre)        referee – Paul Duddy; assistants – Marty Quinn, Vincent McLoughlin    USLPWDLFAGDPTSCockhill Celtic86112791819Letterkenny Rovers83411714313Fanad United83231411311Derry City Reserves83141914510Bonagee United7313714-710Swilly Rovers81341022-126Finn Harps Reserves7124919-105  Ulster Senior League confirms fixture change was last modified: January 11th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more