The imminent return of Mr. Wycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron as President of West Indies Cricket for a third consecutive term must be seen as vindication for the performance of Mr. Cameron and his executive. The fact that Mr. Cameron is set to be returned unopposed is an index of how little credibility his detractors have as I relates the criticisms of the stewardship of the region’s cricket over the last four years. The obvious and expressed dislike and disdain for the Jamaican have come from some prominent voices in and around West Indies cricket, but remain in the significant minority. The majority of stakeholders evidently do not share this negative view of Mr. Cameron, or at least are not seeing a better alternative at the point in time. It continues to be a handful of active senior players, a few past players and past administrators, and some regional politicians who have been demonstrably vocal against Mr. Cameron and his stewardship of the board. The grouses are for the most part based on the president’s interpersonal skills and his style of leadership, all disguised in a thin coat of covert classism. The hard cold facts are that the West Indies are current world champions at the Men’s Twenty20 , Women’s T20, and men’s under 19 levels, all achieved under the watch of Dave Cameron. For several decades there was rampant and incessant talk about the need for first class cricket in the region to be professionalised, not until Dave Cameron took over did all that talk translate into reality with the region’s first class cricketers now getting relatively decent remuneration for their services as cricketers. The retainer contracts for the region’s international representatives, men and women are at levels never seen before in our history. The West Indies board is in the unusual place of financial profitability. These are real and tangible achievements and milestones that must be credited to the leadership of President Cameron. The main cricketing issue being held up against the Cameron administration is the embarrassing state of the region’s test team. In all fairness though, Mr. Cameron and his administration cannot be reasonably blamed for the demise of our test team which began its decline well before his tenure and will continue long after his departure. Global decline The decline in test cricket in the region is an index of the global decline of this format of the game. The more rapid and pronounced decline of the test game in the Caribbean is hardly policy and structure related. The fundamental game changer in this regard has been the emergence of the T20 format, a faster paced, more exciting fan friendly, more financially appealing version of the game. A prospect that has led to the region’s top players becoming less interested in playing test cricket, opting instead to be specialist merchants of the cash rich T20 game. When an entire generation of players are no longer interested in playing test cricket, it seems an unfortunate and crippling turn of events, but represents the natural evolution of the game, which is beyond the control of any governing body. In reconciling the negatives associated with Dave Cameron’s persona against the positive changes made and the on field achievements, comparing the tenures of Mr. Cameron to any West Indies cricket board President of the modern era, Dave Cameron could very well go down as one of, if not the best West Indies Cricket board president ever, if we are willing to be totally objective about it.
An East Coast Demerara (ECD) sign artist was on Tuesday arraigned on a robbery under arms charge when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Jevon Gillis, 20, of Lot 18 Goedverwagting, ECD, appeared before Magistrate Annette Singh. It is alleged that on April 2 while being armed with a hand gun, Gillis robbed Diane Payne of a 48-inch television set valued 0,000, a Samsung tablet worth ,000 and two Alcatel cellphones valued ,000 among other items, a total value of 1,000.Police Prosecutor Aduni Inniss told the Court that the investigating officer recovered both the television set and the Samsung tablet.Despite the efforts of Gillis’ lawyer Paul Fung-A-Fat to get his client bail, he was remanded to prison. The case will continue on May 3, 2016.Meanwhile, in a related case, Javed Nurse, 36, a gold miner of Lot 34 House Street, Charlestown, was granted ,000 bail when he appeared before Magistrate Singh.It is alleged that between April 2 and 7, 2016, he received from Gillis in Georgetown a 48-inch television set and a Samsung tablet valued at 0,000 knowing same was feloniously stolen and obtained.Nurse pleaded not guilty to the charge and his Attorney, Paul Fung-A-Fat made an application for bail. Police Prosecutor Aduni Inniss had no objections to bail. The case will continue on May 3.
UK multibillion grantThe Government of Guyana has submitted two project proposals to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) as part of the newly-established United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF), from which Guyana will be benefiting from some $16 billion in grant resources.During a visit to Jamaica last year, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the launch of the £300 million fund as part of the country’s commitment to reinvigorating the relationship between the UK and Caribbean countries.The UKCIF is an ambitious investment undertaken by the UK to provide grant funding to improve or create new infrastructures such as roads, bridges and ports to help drive economic growth and development in nine Commonwealth countries across the Region. However, the UK Government has designated the CDB to work along with the beneficiary states to design, develop and implement the programme.In April, Finance Minister Winston Jordan along with Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan met with British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn and representatives of the CDB and the Department for International Development (DFID) to discuss Guyana’s proposed infrastructural projects.Government had identified and submitted project proposals for six major infrastructure development programmes. These included: improved road networks, bridges, stellings and waterfronts; rehabilitation of airstrips, reliable access to potable water and reduced energy costs as well as to tackle the environmental and health risks associated with the improper disposal of waste.Speaking with media operatives on Tuesday, High Commissioner Quinn disclosed that two of the six projects – one on the water network and another on hinterland airstrip development – were submitted to the CDB for assessment. Only those projects that are assessed to be critical drivers of economic growth and able to deliver an Economic Rate of Return of at least 12 per cent or similar qualitative benefits will be approved for financing.However, Quinn noted that while the projects were actively under consideration, the process would be a lengthy one for both the CDB and the UK especially since the latter only has a staff of four within the CDB to access the project bids.“So we are talking about probably months before a final decision is taken to allow things to start. So, we start (Wednesday) and it will be a while for assessment, because they’ve got to do various environmental assessments etc,” the British High Commissioner stated.While much information has not been disclosed on the two projects submitted for funding, the water supply network project seeks to improve the network of potable water in the country and the hinterland airstrip development will see improved access to hard-to-reach areas.President David Granger has been pushing hinterland development, highlighting the discouraging geographic inequalities between the coastland and the hinterland, and urban and rural communities.“The hinterland, despite its endowment, remains underdeveloped plagued by poor infrastructure and environmental hazards. The disparities in development and in households between hinterland and coastland must be removed if we are to become a more equal nation,” the Guyanese Head of State outlined in his address to the National Assembly last month.
…as erosion is still ongoingNatural erosion of the mangroves on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) has resulted in ongoing monitoring to assess the situation and condition of the soil before the area can be restored.Head of the Mangrove Office at the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) Kene Moseley told this publication on Friday that this occurrence started about three years ago.The mangroves were there for the primary defence in that area. Presently, the area is still eroding further and due to mangrove loss, assistance was sought from the Sea and River Defence Unit to have the seawall structure strengthened to withstand the impact of the Atlantic waves.“Monitoring is occurring on the West Coast but there hasn’t been any changes with regards to the shorelines having the conditions that we can do restoration activity. The reason why works would’ve been initiated there is because its experiencingContinuous erosion at Ruimzeigtsinking and that situation hasn’t changed as yet,” said Moseley.She explained that for the restoration and replanting of mangroves at the site, the elevation of the land and soil type must be of a certain mark. This is yet to occur and she anticipates that it will take some time.“There are a number of conditions that would need to be right before mangroves can be restored in the area and one of the important aspect is with regards to having the correct elevation and having the correct soil condition. That is not a situation that changes overnight and it would require long-term monitoring on our part.”For now, restoration activities are being conducted along the Essequibo Coast where conditions are suitable. Attention will be paid to the WCD site until it is ready for replanting.“In any case, we might not be able to return back to do restoration within a few months. We’d have to do the ongoing monitoring because the area is still ongoing erosion so it’s not suitable to go back at the moment to any restoration for now,” the head of the mangrove office posited.“We have restoration activities happening on the Essequibo Coast. We currently have planting happening at Walton Hall with support from the community members and we have a project at Aberdeen and Columbia,” she further stated.Since the die-off of the herbaceous border, residents were experiencing flooding and thus, the sea defence unit was engaged to construct riprap structures.
Retrenched sugar workers on Friday collected their final severance payment, even as many of them have adapted to life after GuySuCo.On Friday the Government kept its promise to pay out the remaining fifty percent of severance to those receiving amounts in excess of $500,000 by the end of 2018.Retrenched Enmore Estate workers anxiously awaiting their severance paymentsSome 4,763 sugar workers were made redundant by GuySuCo as part of its restructuring programme to save the deeply indebted industry.The Department of Public Information visited Wales and Enmore Estates and found that former workers had turned out early.At the Enmore Community Development Ground, several welcomed the severance payments. Clifton Nedd, a retrenched worker, expressed his satisfaction with the payment, noting that it came just in time for the holidays.“Well, I feel very good, because I was waiting a very long time, and now everything happened,” he declared.“I am happy about it, because when they paid the first half, a lot of people comment about it, but I say that every disappointment does be for a good,” said Marlene Licorish, who has started selling homemade chips to make a living.Over at the Wales Estate administrative building, numerous former workers gathered outside, including Joseph Persaud, who welcomed the final payment and said he was currently doing cash crop farming.Ramphal, who had been employed with GuySuCo for 23 years, says he would still like to get into farming despite already finding work in general construction.Some of the former workers disclosed that they would be investing their payouts. Rohan Sugrim from Wales Estate, who had been with GuySuco for twelve years, said he would use some for the Christmas holidays and “invest some” in the New Year.Retrenched Enmore Estate worker Sheldon Younge told the Department of Public Information that, following the closure of the estate, he has been operating his own business. Younge disclosed that he would be investing his severance into his venture, stating, “It’s supposed to make the business grow a little bit more.”Others workers said since the closure of the estates they have been adjusting, with some of them seeking employment with private companies.Many also benefited from alternative livelihood programmes designed to equip them with skills to seek employment in different areas, such as sewing, cosmetology, caring for the elderly, catering, mechanical and electrical works, and small business management.
Students of the School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (SEBI), University of Guyana were urged to be practical leaders during a recent lecture on campus.GTT CEO Justin Nedd and some students of SEBIGTT Chief Executive Officer Justin Nedd made the charge in his capacity as a guest lecturer.Lecturer of the Business Communication class, Professor Leyland Lucas explained that the guest lecture was necessary to give the students a realistic perspective of leadership styles which were part of the course.Nedd grounded his presentation in the operating landscape of Latin America and the Caribbean while highlighting challenges many regions face in the business world.“Leadership is more than what is in front of you; it is the entire horizon,” Nedd said. He encouraged the students to not only study context within Guyana, but to measure and compare other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.“While leadership has become technologically oriented and can support leadership styles, it should not be the substitute for leadership in the workplace. However, the information can be used to make a difference,” Nedd said.The GTT CEO further encouraged the business communication students to focus on becoming problem-solving leaders. “It is great to achieve a 4.0 GPA, but if you cannot solve a problem using the knowledge from the theory you would have learnt, it will not make a difference.”The session was informative and interactive with the majority of students in attendance seeking clarification and adding comments of their own on what was discussed.After the presentation, the students were treated to GTT Pinktober t-shirts and encouraged to attend the walk/run on Saturday, October 26, 2019. The GTT Pinktober team will be on campus conducting sales and free SIM upgrades to GTT’s 4G LTE network for the remainder of the week.
Doctors have been looking for novel ways to treat and prevent HIV infection, particularly in poor countries where few can afford modern AIDS drugs and the stigma keeps many from taking them. “It does open some potential avenues to slowing down the HIV epidemic,” said Dr. Lawrence Corey, a leading herpes researcher at the University of Washington who had no role in the study but has received research grants from Glaxo. There are 40,000 new HIV infections in the U.S. each year and 4.3 million new cases worldwide. Previous studies have shown that herpes infections can triple a person’s chance of acquiring HIV and can make HIV-positive individuals more infectious. In the study, 140 women from the West African nation of Burkina Faso who were infected with both the herpes and AIDS viruses received either valacyclovir or dummy pills for three months. Participants were not taking other AIDS medications. Doctors took vaginal swabs and drew blood samples twice a week to measure HIV levels. Those who took the drug ended up with less HIV in the bloodstream, with their count dropping from an average of 20,000 virus copies per milliliter of blood to 8,000 copies. The placebo group members saw their HIV levels spike, from an average of 50,000 virus copies per milliliter of blood to 63,000. The treatment group was also less likely to have HIV in the genital tract – 13 percent had detectable virus levels during each visit, compared with 27 percent in the placebo group. The study involved researchers from France, England and Burkina Faso and was funded by the French national AIDS research agency, ANRS. One of the study’s authors, Dr. Philippe Mayaud of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, called for more research on herpes-control methods, including the development of a herpes vaccine. Mayaud has received research support from Glaxo. A larger study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is under way that aims to be the definitive word on whether treating herpes patients with acyclovir, the first herpes drug, can slow down HIV transmission.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Treating genital herpes can also help keep the AIDS virus under control in women with both infections, and might reduce the spread of HIV, too, the first major study to test this strategy suggests. Many people with HIV are also infected with the herpes type 2 virus, and scientists have long known that herpes sores on the genitals can make it easier to become infected with the AIDS virus and could increase the risk of transmitting HIV to others. In the latest study, conducted in Africa and published in today’s New England Journal of Medicine, women who took the herpes drug valacyclovir had less HIV in their blood and in their genital secretions. The study did not look at whether the drug, sold as Valtrex by GlaxoSmithKline PLC, actually reduces transmission of the AIDS virus. However, scientists generally have found that the more virus someone has, the greater the risk of transmission.
1 Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko’s agent has revealed the striker would only leave Manchester City for ‘a big club.’The Bosnia international has found himself marginalised at City this season, starting just six matches in the Premier League.That has sparked speculation across Europe that the 28-year-old is set to leave the Etihad in the summer, with several sides keeping tabs on the situation.Turkish side Fenerbahce have been heavily linked with a move, but Dzeko’s agent Irfan Radzipegic says the former Wolfsburg man will only leave if another big team come calling.“We haven’t received any offer from Fenerbahce,” Radzipegic told Fanatik.“Last year Roberto Mancini’s Galatasaray asked for him [Dzeko] on loan, but nothing came of it.“Dzeko is 28 years old and wants to play for the most prestigious teams in Europe. If he were to leave Manchester City he’d prefer a big club like Juventus or Atletico Madrid.”
Bologna wonderkid Amadou Diawara Chelsea and Manchester City have both had £14m bids for teen sensation Amadou Diawara rejected, according to reports in Italy.The Bologna midfielder has been one of the stars of Serie A this season after making his debut and clubs across Europe are scrambling for his signature.Both Chelsea and Manchester City have scouted the Guinean on several occasions, as have La Liga giants Real Madrid.However, according to Corriere di Bologna, Chelsea and City have had their approaches rebuffed.Bologna are aware their talented youngster’s value is only likely to go up and want to hold onto him for as long as possible.As a result, after rejecting offers from Chelsea and City, Bologna are now expected to open contract talks with Diawara in the near future. 1
DDTV: Simply click on the video above to watch Nikki Bradley abseil off Fanad Lighthouse. Nikki’s challenge is just the latest physical activity she has underwent as she continues to raise awareness on Ewing’s Sarcoma. She launched her awareness campaign Fighting Fit for Ewing’s in 2013 and continues to be an inspiration for many.Below is her account on her recent challenge in Fanad.A Very Different View Of The Wild Atlantic Way:Nikki Bradley became the first woman ever to successfully abseil off one of Ireland’s best known Lighthouses on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 to raise awareness for her ongoing campaign, Fighting Fit For Ewing’s. Nikki was granted exclusive access to Fanad Head Lighthouse which is on the Wild Atlantic Way by Irish Lights Commissioner, Brian Kelly and completed the abseil under the guidance of renowned climber and abseiling expert, Iain Miller owner of www.uniqueascent.ieIain was the first person to ever complete the abseil off the lighthouse – he did so in 2013.When recounting the experience Nikki said “I cannot believe I actually did it! When I climbed out over the railing and looked down, my heart somersaulted in my chest.“Trusting the rope enough to step out over the edge was the hardest part but once I did it my adrenaline kicked in and I glided down with ease.“This was my most rewarding challenge to date and I am proud of myself for going through with it. I did it three times in total and would have done it more if I could. Once you push the fear aside it becomes addictive!” .Nikki uses physical activity to highlight the importance of exercise for rehabilitation and knows first hand how important it is. She easily stands out from other fitness enthusiasts due to the fact that she underwent hip replacement surgery, for the second time on her right hip before her 27th birthday.Nikki was treated for a rare form of bone cancer in 2003 called Ewing’s Sarcoma and was left with chronic pain when radiotherapy destroyed her right hip.She has undergone invasive surgery in Ireland, England and Australia with no success. Left with severe nerve damage and a leg length discrepancy of 11cm, Nikki struggles daily with pain and lack of balance but that would not deter her from abseiling off one of Donegal’s most iconic buildings.“I have made a conscious effort to keep fit for the past number of years and the benefits have been life changing for me. “I am a regular in my local Crossfit box and I am currently on week five of a twelve week six pack challenge.“I am also in training for an upcoming Guinness World Record attempt which is due to take place in five weeks. In May 2015 I broke the unofficial record for the fastest female to complete a 5k on crutches and I hope to do it all again in September”To date Nikki has kayaked, rock climbed, dived, climbed both Muckish Mountain in Donegal, which took six hours, and Mount. Errigal.Her abseil off Fanad Lighthouse was her most terrifying yet exhilarating and she claims that “This is just the beginning. I am not done yet. Through my campaign I encourage people to set challenges for me, which is how the idea for the abseil came about. I want the Irish public to push me to the limit!”DDTV: WATCH THE FIGHTER NIKKI BRADLEY ABSEIL OFF FANAD LIGHTHOUSE was last modified: August 14th, 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:newsSport