Williams ready for Windies chance

first_imgSt Catherine Cricket Club’s Oraine Williams believes he is getting closer to a West Indies call-up, following his 146 runs against Kingston Cricket Club on Saturday. The knock was crucial as St Catherine CC registered their third successive hold on the Jamaica Cricket Association All-Island 50 Overs title. Williams was the star of the show as the defending champions brushed aside the challenge of Kingston by nine wickets. The former West Indies Under-19 batsman, who opened his team’s inning with Shacaya Thomas (43), after Kingston posted 220 runs, smashed 15 fours and five sixes before partnering with captain Danza Hyatt to see out the inning with one wicket lost. “The season didn’t start well, but in life, it’s not how you start but how you finish. I kept working hard and kept pushing. So when the captain asked for someone from one to five to bat the 50 overs and we will win, I put up my hand and accepted the challenge and carried it home for my team,” he reasoned. Williams says confidence is never an issue with him, but making 86 in the quarter-final and 49 in the semis was a great boost heading in the decider. “I am always confident but I was just not getting the big scores (this season), but I knew time would come. I just remained patient and did the work. But getting 86 and 49 in a quarter-final and semi-final leading was a significant boost, so I was confident going into the final,” said the 24 year old, who has been a part of all three St Catherine’s title wins. STILL WAITING KEPT PUSHING However, he believes his consistent performances over the last few years warrant a chance in the West Indies set-up. “The ambition is to play for West Indies and I believe I am that much closer now. I have been performing consistently over the years and I am still waiting on my time, but I don’t think it should be long,” Williams told The Gleaner. “It’s just for the selectors to take a look and give me a chance because I have been sitting and waiting on my time, and when it comes, I plan to take it with both hands,” Williams added. “This is my highest score in a final. It’s a great feeling to get a hundred in a final … Former captain Tamar Lambert told me someone is always remembered in a final, so I tried to push hard. But it’s just hard work and dedication over the past few months.. so it’s just the hard work paying off,” continued the former Innswood High school student.last_img read more

Political witch-hunt not only reinforces dictatorship, it haunts us for generations

first_imgDear Editor,I stand with Dr Ashni Singh, I stand with Winston Brassington, I stand with all those who are being victimised, I stand against political victimisation. I reject the policy of belittling political opponents. I will not let apathy be my solace. I will raise my voice to say unequivocally, political victimisation is wrong.There can be no dispute, no vacillation, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) is on a mission to harass, intimidate, embarrass, humiliate and victimise their political opponents and any citizen who dares to stand up and speak out.The charges of public misconduct against Dr Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington, two dedicated and distinguished Guyanese public servants, are appalling, disgusting and nauseating. Parading them in handcuffs to dehumanise is the stuff of petty despots.Whatever may be our differences, whatever our political affiliation, our country’s freedom is far more precious than blind loyalty to a group of persons who blatantly disregard the civil liberties of citizens. We must stand up, we must speak out. Our rage must be evident, loud and unbending. Martin Niemoller, a prominent Protestant Pastor in Germany emerged as a formidable public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in various concentration camps. He believed that decent Germans, in particular, the leaders of the Protestant churches, had been complicit through their silence in the NAZI imprisonment, prosecution and murders and genocide of people. He wrote these famous words: First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.Niemoller’s words were a lyrical manifestation of the evils of apathy, arguing that the only way to stop evil is for the moral connectedness of people. Like it was during those brutal NAZI days in Germany, so it is today in Guyana, no time for decent people to opt for silence. The right thing to do now is to band together in collective rage.While President Granger and his Cabinet smiled with wicked glee as Dr Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington were handcuffed and paraded through the prisoner’s chute, even after they had voluntarily entered the courtroom, clearly intending to embarrass, humiliate and dehumanise them, the majority of Guyanese people responded with absolute rage.Far from humiliating these distinguished Guyanese public servants, the standings of Ashni and Winston were elevated among their sisters and brothers. Granger and the APNU/AFC took joy in treating Ashni Singh and Brassington as hardcore criminals, but in the eyes of a majority of Guyanese, they were heroes, holding high the badge of honour and courage.They are criminally charged for serving their country well, for doing their jobs. They are not charged for stealing any money or for gaining any benefits. This the prosecution has made clear. They are charged for public misconduct – the APNU/AFC claiming they could have sold government properties for higher prices. If what they are charged with has any legitimacy, there are Ministers in the present Cabinet even more guilty of public misconduct. Indeed, if these charges have any legitimacy, Carl Greenidge should be handcuffed and jailed. One example suffices here. Under Greenidge’s tenure, Demerara Woods was sold for about US$8 million to Lord Beverbrook. Three months later, Beverbrook sold Demerara Woods for about US$62 million and the new owner then sold it one month later for about US$74 million.Between 1992 and 1997, Cheddi Jagan was under intense pressure to scrutinise transactions like the Demerara Woods sale. It was only one of a long list of questionable and obviously corrupt deals that also included the sale of GTT.But Cheddi Jagan insisted that we must not follow the example of pettiness and political victimisation. He agreed there were pressing concerns and valid reasons to hold his opponents accountable. But his view was that we must turn to a new page, focus on economic and social welfare needs of our people, build a fee, democratic State and reduce poverty.Even for those who may still be strong supporters of APNU/AFC, it is time to draw a line and reject political victimisation.While today is for people like Singh and others, we do not know whose turn it might be tomorrow. Apathy might seem like a safe thing to many, but apathy only provides encouragement for our tormenters. Remember, evil is not simply because there are evil people, but mostly because good people remain silent.Yours sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

Japan to Provide US$2.7M Food Assistance to Liberia

first_imgJapanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono with Liberia’s Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar M. Findley in TokyoThe Government of Japan has announced US$2.7 million worth of Food Assistance to the Government and people of Liberia with the aim to address Liberia’s food security situation, a release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.According to the release, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono made the disclosure at his office in Tokyo when he held a bilateral meeting with Liberia’s Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar M. Findley.Minister Kono told his counterpart that his government is intensifying efforts aimed at elevating Liberia-Japan bilateral relations.As part of the efforts, Minister Kono said the Government of Japan will provide US$2.7 million worth of rice to Liberia to be sold at a minimum cost in an effort to alleviate hunger in the country.He added that the proceeds from the rice would be used to tackle the CDC-led Government’s Pro-poor developmental initiatives.Minister Kono said that the Japanese Embassy accredited to Liberia will work closely with the Liberian government to promote Japanese investments in the country.Kono informed Minister Findley that the Government of Japan looks forward to seeing President George Weah paying a state visit to Japan next year.In response, Minister Findley applauded the Government and people of Japan for the level of collaboration, and supports Liberia has received so far from that Asian country.“Your Ambassador to Liberia is working very hard with our technical team to deliver the message of the food aid to our people. We also want to thank the Government and people of Japan for the level of collaboration we have received thus far,” Minister Findley told his Japanese counterpart.Findley also recounted the numerous humanitarian assistance of Japan to Liberia during the Ebola crisis in 2014 and 2015 as well as the many infrastructural works that are being carried out in the country by the Japanese, specifically the Somalia Drive Phase two Road Project which, according to him, will soon commence following the signing of an agreement between Liberia and Japan.The Liberian envoy used the occasion to thank the Government of Japan, through Minister Kono for considering Liberia’s new proposals recently submitted to his Government, including the 282 Housing Units that are supposed to be built in Casstown, Grand Kru County.Minister Findley then reiterated Liberia’s call for Japanese bilateral assistance in the areas of Housing facilities, which he added, will improve living conditions for rural Liberians.He also pleaded with the Japanese to construct the Omega Market in Paynesville which, according to Findley, would provide decent environment where marketeers will sit and conduct their business activities.Minister Findley used the occasion to call on the Japanese specialized companies to invest in potential sectors of the country’s economy, including agriculture, fisheries, and mining.“With that partnership, it becomes what we refer to as development with growth geared towards improving the lives of our people and, at the same time, improving our economy and relations between Liberia and Japan,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ERC to address challenges facing Indigenous people

first_imgThe Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) has committed to addressing and finding solutions for challenges affecting the indigenous people.Officials of the commission recently convened a meeting with representatives of the Indigenous Peoples Commission (IPC) at the ERC headquarters in Georgetown, with firm commitments from both parties to further collaborate inRepresentatives of the ERC and IPC after the meeting2019.The two-hour long consultation focused on challenges which were brought forth by the IPC members. These were primarily related to language barriers and social ills which have been prevalent for some years and continue to remain in society.Being the last meeting of its kind for 2018, new stakeholders of the ERC were given firsthand experience on such issues and the way it can be addressed.Ever since the resuscitation of the Commission last February, several consultations were facilitated with other governing ethnic bodies.In July, the re-constituted ERC met with representatives of the Indigenous, East Indian and African Guyanese constituents to get an account of issues confronting members of the various groups.During those engagements, important concerns were raised; suggestions were offered, and commitments were made to work together to promote harmony and good relations across the country.The ERC is in the process of spreading and fostering awareness of its functions listed in Article 212(D) of the Constitution, and seeking possible input from stakeholders in support of the execution of its mandate.To date, the ERC has met with President David Granger; Leader of the Opposition, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo; the Private Sector Commission, the Ambassador and team from the European Union (EU), Ambassador and representatives of the ABC diplomatic community, and representatives of the three major religions. Other meetings were also recorded with the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) and representatives of Women and Youth Constituents.last_img read more

Ronaldo grumbling leaves Real unimpressed

first_img“It was very nice to be in Madrid,” said Ronaldo, who was told it sounded like he was saying goodbye.“In the next few days I will give an answer to the fans,” he replied. “Because they have always been by my side.”Less than 24 hours later, Ronaldo was delivering a more optimistic message as Real’s players were paraded in front of supporters at the Plaza de Cibeles on Sunday night.Speaking to the fans, Ronaldo said: “Thank you so much guys, see you next year.”For months, Ronaldo and his representatives have been wrangling with Real over a new deal, as the Portugese reportedly seeks to surpass Lionel Messi at Barcelona and Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain as the highest paid player in the world.Florentino Perez’s resistance has offended Ronaldo, who has implied several times all is not well in their relationship. His latest referencing of the support of the club’s fans, as opposed to the hierarchy, has been interpreted as another dart aimed at Real’s president.When Ronaldo’s initial comments were put to Perez on Saturday night, he expressed annoyance at their timing and appeared to brush off the possibility of a departure.“Do not ask me these things the day we are celebrating a Champions League title like today,” Perez said.“Everyone has the right to speak but here the important thing is the club, that we are all celebrating this title. Cristiano was happy, is happy and remains happy. He is under contract.”Zidane was not in the mood to indulge.“I’m not thinking about that,” Zidane said. “I am thinking about what we are doing now, the game, what we have achieved. On Cristiano, we will see later. He has to stay, yes or yes.”Reports in the Spanish press on Sunday say Real’s players were also vexed by Ronaldo diverting attention from the team’s third consecutive Champions League success. Sergio Ramos was among those to make his feeling known to the 33-year-old in the changing room.“Cristiano will not find a better place,” Ramos said.Even Real’s fans appear to be unimpressed, with a poll on the website of Madrid daily, Marca, asking if the club should make a special effort to keep Ronaldo. After more than 25,000 votes, 65 per cent said no.– ‘CR7 Champions League’ –There would certainly seem to have been an element of sulkiness in Ronaldo’s assessment, coming so soon after the final whistle. He had not scored and the final had been decided by the brilliance of Gareth Bale, who scored twice, the first with a stunning bicycle kick.When this was put to him, Ronaldo replied: “Maybe the Champions League should change its name to the CR7 Champìons League.”“Who has more Champìons League titles and more goals?” he asked.Ronaldo finished five clear at the top of the tournament’s scoring list with 15 goals and in April broke a Champions League record by scoring in his 10th successive match.Even though Ronaldo is 33, it is hard to imagine the likes of PSG and Manchester United not jumping at the chance to poach such a powerful asset, on and off the pitch.But, separation remains the less likely scenario and in the meantime, Ronaldo has served only to irritate those around him.“If Ronaldo has learned anything in his years in Madrid, it is that sadness, like euphoria, lasts a week in this club,” wrote Marca on Sunday.“The week after, the club comes back to compete and fight again to win, to win Champions League titles. Let’s see where Cristiano goes to win as many Champions League trophies as he has at Real Madrid.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction after Real Madrid won the Champions League final in Kiev has left a sour taste at the club. © AFP / Sergei SUPINSKYMADRID, Spain, May 27 – Cristiano Ronaldo won the Champions League for a fifth time on Saturday but the striker’s petulant posturing over his future has left a sour taste at Real Madrid.While his team-mates were celebrating a record-stretching 13th European crown, earned after a gutsy 3-1 victory over Liverpool, Ronaldo was casting doubt over his commitment to the club.last_img read more

Reports: Tottenham defender set for loan exit

first_img Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches 1 Tottenham are ready to let defender Vlad Chiriches leave the club on loan in January, according to reports in Italy.Sky Sport Italia have reported Mauricio Pochettino is prepared to release the Romania international next month, who has only featured seven times for the north London club this term.Italian side Roma and Bundesliga duo Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen have all expressed a strong interest in signing the 25-year-old centre-back on a short-term deal, with the option of a permanent move at the end of next season.Chiriches, who joined the White Hart Lane club two summers ago for £8m, has struggled with injury and consistency during his time at Spurs but his representatives have spoken to a number of clubs over their client’s next destination.The former Steaua Bucuresti man has just under four years remaining on his current deal with the Premier League side.last_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES IN DUNLEWEY

first_imgTHE man behind the ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ hit supporting to Donegal team in their All-Ireland glory bid is set to play a gig to raise funds for the team.Kilcar man Rory Gallagher will take to the stage of Dunlewey theatre next Tuesday week, with a class support including Pat Gallagher.And of course Jimmy from Senegal will be there to make sure fans get the authentic version of Rory’s song. Anyone who has listened to Rory, the former Revs man, will know there’s a lot more to his repetoire.So it should be a fantastic gig – with all funds going to the Players Fund.The gig is at 8.30pm on Tuesday week, September 18th – with room for 1,300 fans.    COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES IN DUNLEWEY was last modified: September 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES IN DUNLEWEYlast_img read more

CONFIRMED! Wayne Rooney returns to Everton from Manchester United

first_imgWayne Rooney has confirmed he has rejoined Everton from Manchester United.The 31-year-old has issued a statement thanking United for the past 13 years and expressing his happiness at returning to his boyhood club.Rooney, who was filmed at Everton’s training ground on Saturday, left the Toffees for Old Trafford in 2004 and returns after winning five Premier League titles and a Champions League with United.Everton announced Rooney had signed on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.Rooney said: “It is some time since I said that the only Premier League club I would play for other than Manchester United was Everton, so I am delighted that the move has happened.“Thirteen years ago I went to United with the intention of winning trophies and I have been fortunate to be a part of one of the most successful periods in the club’s history.“I have come back to Everton because I believe Ronald Koeman is building a team that can win something and I look forward to playing my part in making that a reality for the club I have supported since a boy.”Everton manager Ronald Koeman said: “Wayne has shown me that ambition that we need and that winning mentality – he knows how to win titles and I’m really happy he’s decided to come home.“He loves Everton and he was desperate to come back. He is still only 31 and I don’t have any doubts about his qualities. It’s fantastic he’s here.”Rooney burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old with Everton and moved to United in a £27million deal two years later.He has since been one of United’s most influential players and last season overtook Sir Bobby Charlton’s record to become the club’s leading goalscorer. He leaves Old Trafford with 253 United goals to his name.United manager Jose Mourinho said: “It is no secret that I have long been an admirer of Wayne. He has been a model professional throughout his time at the club and will remain in the history books for many years to come.“It is never easy to see a great player playing less football than he would like and I could not stand in his way when he asked to go back to Everton. His experience, focus and determination will be missed and I wish him well for the future.”Rooney began to fall down the pecking order at United last season and made just 15 Premier League starts.He was linked with moves to China and the United States but, when it became apparent he would be leaving United, the chance to rejoin Everton always seemed the most appealing.United’s interest in Everton striker Romelu Lukaku – for whom they have agreed a fee understood to be £75million with the Merseysiders – helped ease the way for a return to Goodison Park.Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, said: “Wayne has been a fantastic servant to United since the moment he signed for us as a prodigiously talented, explosive teenager some 13 seasons ago.“Who can forget his storybook debut hat-trick against Fenerbahce, the spectacular overhead kick against City and the countless match-winning performances in his time here? But after much discussion, the club has decided to accept his request to rejoin his boyhood team.“He goes having created some of the most magical moments in some of the most successful years in the club’s history. Wayne leaves us as our greatest ever goalscorer and having won every major trophy in the game.“His record will take decades for anyone to get close to matching and I am extremely grateful for the way he has led from the front since being appointed club captain three years ago.“On behalf of the whole club and our hundreds of millions of fans around the world, we wish Wayne all the very best for the next phase of his incredible career.”Rooney’s departure from Everton 13 years ago did cause resentment among fans but the player has never lost touch with his roots and has spoken about his love of Merseyside.As time wore on, hatred towards Rooney from Evertonians eased and he even played for the club again in Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial in 2015.His signing continues a busy summer at Everton with Rooney, also England’s record goalscorer, joining Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane, Henry Onyekuru, Nathangelo Markelo and Sandro Ramirez as new additions. 1 Wayne Rooney last_img read more

LET’S RAISE A GLASS TO LAGAN HARPS – 40 NOT OUT!

first_imgThere promises to be many tall stories (and late tackles!) when Lagan Harps F.C. host their 40th Aniversary Dinner Dance in the Mt Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny.The club have undertaken this event to co-incide with the Donegal League 40th Aniversary season. After numerous discussions with older stalwards of the club and the community it was agreed to have this night in the Mount Errigal to bring all the community and the as many Lagan players past and present altogether under the one roof for one night.At the recent launch it was also great to see a whole host of former players present players and representatives from the ladies team and the underage there.And again the club are appealing for the local community to come out as nearly every house in the Lagan area have at one time had a player or players who represented the club.The idea on the night is to remember the past the people who worked hard to launch the club, the middle the people who sustained the club and the exciting future the club has with the addition of the very successful Ladies team and the whole host of underage the club have introduced in the past years. Having been talking to people like Aidan O Donnell snr, Dessie Gibson, Jack Crawford and John O Donnell you soon get to realise the number of players the club have put through the books over the past forty years.The club are appealing to the whole wider Lagan/Manor community for the support on the night. Lagan without the help of the locl community on a dialy basis and without the help of our sponsors down the years would never have survived.Over the past few weeks the number of old photos that have surfaced and old paper clipings has really got the community going.Even some of the club’s most senior members say it is surprising to see names appearing of people who played with the club at a very early time and never realised that they ever played football.The success of the club has risen dramatically in the recent years past with lots of success at underage and especially with the ladies team winning an all Ireland title. The senior men have also tasted recent success under Jason Gibsons management.Brid Mc Ginty has to take huge credit in the introduction of the ladies team and the work Brid has contributed is imense. Ernie Pollock, John Crawford, Seamus Crossan and all the other successful coaches and managent who put in the work free of charge to maintain the Lagan underage structure. The night itself will kickoff with a dinner reception at 8pm in the Mount Erragail and the music on the night will be provided by David Craig & The Regulators.Tickets are €25 and are available from any club member or by calling the following mobile numbers:0863696198 – Damien0872268916 – Ernie To conclude the club will greatly like to see as many past and present members players and anyone that wishes to attend what will be a lively and entertaining night.The club says it cant promise all the stories on the night will be true but the one thing we will promise is a god old fashioned Lagan night out!LET’S RAISE A GLASS TO LAGAN HARPS – 40 NOT OUT! was last modified: October 19th, 2012 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:40th anniversaryLagan Harps FClast_img read more