three-goal debut Tivoli Gardens continued their resurgence in the Red Stripe Premier League football competition, when they drubbed Waterhouse 4-0 at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. The home side was led by a double strike by Miguel Ricketts in the 20th and 36 minutes. Veteran Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson opened the scoring in the 15th minute, and substitute Rodico Wellington (74th) completed the rout. It was a game dominated by Tivoli, as Waterhouse’s back-line of Oshane Roberts, Nicholy Finlayson, Omar Walcott, Shamari Dyer, and goalkeeper Richard McCallum were no match for their opponents. Tivoli led 3-0 at the break, then cruised to a comfortable victory that lifted them to eight points from six games. Waterhouse dropped in the relegation zone, on four points. Ricketts, who transferred from York United in St Thomas during the summer, pushed his tally to three goals in his debut RSPL season. “I’m overwhelmed with the goals today and happy about the support from teammates,” Ricketts told The Gleaner. “We started the season slow, but we’re getting into the running now. We will continue training hard,” he reasoned. Coach of Tivoli Gardens Christopher Bender was happy with his team’s performance. “Miguel has come in quietly, in terms of personality and doing the work,” Bender said about his striker. “We always dominated the games previously, but in our last two we’ve won, so that speaks well for the team moving forward,” he added. Meanwhile, coach of Water-house Calvert Fitzgerald says it’s always a worry for the coach when the team is not winning consistently. “We played poorly and paid the price. We did not play with a lot of ambition today. We have to just go back and make some adjustments moving ahead,” Fitzgerald pointed out. When quizzed about his safety in the job, he responded: “In coaching, if you’re not getting the results, you can get sacked, and that is a part of the job.”
When I was a boy, one of the things I used to hear but never listened to, was this: “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”In my childhood days, batsmen like Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, and Clyde Walcott were my cricket heroes. To me, they were talented batsmen, pure and simple.Even later on, when my heroes became batsmen like Rohan Kanhai and Garry Sobers, it never dawned on me that they all had to work for hours to hone their skills.It was not until I became a man, when I witnessed the likes not only of Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, and Brian Lara, but also that of Alvin Kallicharran, Larry Gomes, and Augustine Logie, that I understood the importance of hard work, training and practice to the fulfilment of one’s talent and the satisfaction of reaching the top.All those enthralling skills – the flowing runs, the elegant offside and on-side drives, the rapier-like cuts, the savage but thrilling hooks and pulls – that attracted thousands upon thousands of people to cricket grounds around the world, and the stamina to bat as if forever, like Shivnarine Chanderpaul, were the result of plenty sweat and aching, but well-drilled muscles, muscles that in the end reacted instinctively to anything and everything thrown at them on the cricket field.Training and practice, I realised then, make perfect.NOTHING LIKE TRAININGI also realised then, the more I read, the more I travelled, and the more I talked to some of the great players, that there was nothing like practice, and nothing like training.I learnt that in the general scheme of things, talent, what is usually called talent, is of less importance.What you put in is what you get out.Sport, success in sport, is one of the most published things about mankind. One of the least published things, however, is what makes a man a success.Look at any sport, look at the great practitioners, look at champions like Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, and Usain Bolt, look at their habits, and they all have one thing in common practice and training, every day, and for hours, many hours each day.Sometimes, however, I wonder if this is the same for the present set of West Indies players, and for those from Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago and others who aspire to play for the West Indies.In fact, I stopped wondering years ago. I know now, based on what I have seen and based on what I have found out after asking questions, that most of them do not train or practise half as much as they should.The players with the basic ‘talent’ to play for the West Indies do not train and practise as hard and as often as they should, and the reason is either that that they cannot be bothered with the work, or they feel that they are good enough already and do not need to work.To them, training and practice mean going to the nets for a few minutes per day, stroking a few deliveries around, smashing a few deliveries out of the ground, and walking away after a few minutes. And most times, this is done in the presence of the coach, and it is done based on the demands of the team.The bowlers usually jog up to the wicket and wheel their arms over a few times, the fast bowlers included. No one ever trains to really get fit, or to really keep fit, and no one ever practises to improve his attacking play or his defensive play, his accuracy and control, and his fielding and his catching.Most times, even whenever they fail, even whenever the team fails, and whenever they lose in three days, it is the same reaction. Sometimes, most times whenever they lose early, it is no practice or training on the days scheduled as match days, according to some players.The West Indies ‘big guns’ usually do whatever they want to do, and whenever they want do it.A West Indies player lives off one or two or three successes for a long time. He plays as if a little success will last him forever.NO RIGHT TO SUCCEEDA West Indies player, or a territorial player, must know, and must be told, that no one has any God-given right to succeed; that although no one can succeed all the time, he must never succumb to complacency; that like the reporter, he is as good as last copy; and that every time he goes out to bat, or to bowl, or to field, he must challenge himself to be the best.The game, the fans, and his team expect nothing less. That’s his job, and that’s his road to success, to greatness.The West Indies fans must support the players despite the players’ poor performance, and the West Indies Board must do its best to support the players.One of the problems with the development of the players, however, is the coaching, or the lack of proper coaching, available.The West Indies have a lot of ‘coaches’ but most of them are not real coaches. They are, to call a spade a spade, nothing but organisers, admittedly, good organisers.They simply set the time to train and to practise, see that the props are in place, organise who to do what and when, position themselves at the bowler’s end, and direct traffic from there, sometimes telling the bowlers to keep the ball up or the batsmen to play in the ‘V’, and sometimes not to cut against the spin.There is no attempt to do anything else, to talk to the bowlers and to the batsmen, to correct mistakes, their technical mistakes, to show them what they may be doing wrong, and to try and prepare them for the next outing.No wonder West Indian players perform badly, making the same mistakes match after match, year after year.It seems as if the exercise of finding a coach is only to find something for the former players to do, and not to find the former players who are really interested in coaching or who can do a good job as coaches.Practice and training make perfect. Thank God for players like Easton McMorris, Sam Morgan, Desmond Lewis, and James Adams, and for one like Chanderpaul. They used to train and practise day after day, and till the cows come home.Maybe the West Indies and territorial players will change their attitude and their habits now that they are professionals, and now that the young West Indians in Bangladesh showed them how to play the game, how to win, and how, it is said, they should prepare themselves.Hopefully, they will behave like professionals, and that they will now train and practise, train and practise to reach the top.
Jamaica’s reigning men’s national javelin record holder Orrin Powell wants the country to take notice of his talent as he seeks to become one of few Caribbean men to represent their country successfully in the event.The 24-year-old final-year student at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport improved the national record to 75m earlier this season.Powell has been working with coach Marlon Gayle, who is also a lecturer at the Spanish Town-based institution since 2012.Gayle told The Gleaner that his charge wants eight metres to make the Olympic-qualifying mark, and he is confident Powell will be able to make the standard.The athlete, however, feels that he has a lot more to learn on a technical level and hopes to use each stage as a building block to throw even further.”Javelin is not really a Jamaican sport and something they prepare the youngsters for from a tender age, but since 2009, I started throwing.”I didn’t compete at Champs. I used to throw shot put, discus, and so on, and do long jump, ’cause I was well-rounded, but I wasn’t a name at Champs,” Powell told The Gleaner.”I actually started throwing Javelin at G.C. Foster College in 2012, and I have made some significant improvements. In one year, I moved from 51m to 70.3m,” he said.HARD WORK, DEDICATIONPowell said with hard work and dedication he moved from 70 to 75 metres, adding: “I am hoping to be the second Caribbean athlete to throw over 80 metres like Keshorn Walcott (Trinidad and Tobago).”Walcott is the London 2012 Olympic gold medallist in the event.According to Powell, there has been next to little feedback since breaking the national record.”No one has approached me in terms of making certain steps forward or to say that’s good,” he reasoned.The athlete, while keeping an eye on the qualifying standard for the Olympic Games in Brazil this Summer, says his main focus is ensuring that he will be readyin time for next year’s World Championships in London.
Curry leads Warriors fightback after Sixers blitz Blatche came from China, where he posted 26 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and two steals in the Xinjiang Flying Tigers’ 91-86 victory over Zhejiang Guangsha Lions on Friday.With his obligations in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) currently on hold, Blatche can now shift his focus on the Philippines’ campaign in the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Gilas opens its campaign against Japan on November 24 at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Gymnasium in Tokyo, before taking on Chinese Taipei on November 27 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Blatche last donned the PH colors in the 2017 Seaba Championship last May, where he netted averages of 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.4 blocks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter a long wait, Andray Blatche is finally back with Gilas Pilipinas.The 6-foot-11 naturalized center arrived early Sunday morning to rejoin his Gilas teammates ahead of their Fiba World Cup qualifying game against Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Smart Gilas Pilipinas team manager Butch Antonio fetched him from the airport.“Welcome home Andray! #labanpilipinas #puso,” wrote Antonio on his Twitter account.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Blatche immediately participated in the team’s morning and evening sessions on Sunday.National team coach Chot Reyes posted a photo of Blatche working out at Meralco Gym.“Sunday morning vibe #GilasGrind” LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Eleven Security Guards of Loyal Protection Guard Service (LPGS) formally charged with theft of property are currently facing trial at the Buchanan City Court in Grand Bassa County.The eleven defendants are Sylvester M. Massaquoi, Mayson Scott, Jallah Luckay, Surajul N. Ndebay, Kelvin Redd and Rudolf S. David.Others are Richard Gonkerwon F. Dahn Scott, J. Emmanuel Balowoh, Victoria Paye and Arthur Konah.According to records of the court, the private prosecutor, upon oath, explained that on August 16, 2014, the defendants with criminal intent connived and entered premises of Afcons in Buchanan city and stole a number of assorted copper wires valued US$12,000.00.“The defendants converted the money into their personal use and benefit as well as unauthorized control with the sole purpose of depriving the private prosecutor of the legitimate use and benefit of the properties,” court record provides.The court, presided over by magistrate Vasco Brown, considers the alleged act by the defendants as being criminal and contravenes section 15.21 of the New Panel Law of Liberia.During the trial proceeding at the court on August 21, 2014, the private prosecutor, Edward Y. Karzon was represented by the state prosecutors. They include Buchanan City solicitor Isaac Yorcee, Assistant City Solicitor Johnson G. Tukeh, in association with Cllr Thomas Loffen and Winston Smith.Magistrate Brown then acquainted the defendants with their constitutional rights to hire lawyers of their choice and file bond, call for separate trial among others.In response to this, one of the defendants, Sylvester Massaquoi took advantage of severance trial and lawyer and the state interposed no objection because it is the defendant’s rights.The state requested the court to read the writ of arrest to the defendants to enable them ascertain their plea of “guilty or not guilty”.The defendants pleaded not guilty, thus joining issues with the state to prove her allegations leveled against them.Upon request by the state, the defendants filed a valid Criminal Appearance bond pending the trial.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
in light of shifting economic trendsIn response to socio-economic trends in the Region, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) on Thursday introduced its Green Engineering syllabus in Guyana.The new Green Engineering syllabusSubject panel member, Dr Paulette Bynoe, at the launch of the new syllabus at the Theatre Guild, Parade Street, Kingston, stated that since the late 1980s there has been global concern about the state of the environment and so there is an obvious necessity for educational institutions to take strap of what is taught in schools and education facilities and “reorient existing subjects and introduce new ones to address issues of sustainability”.Thus, she explained that CXC established a committee, of a panel of six persons to brainstorm the existence of such a syllabus and afterward meetings were held to draft it. She posited that the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Green Engineering subject is divided into two Units – Introduction to Green Engineering and Application of Green Engineering and Principles. These units are further segregated into modules.The modules in Unit One are Concepts and Issues; Theoretical Framework of Green Engineering and Green Engineering in Practice, while Unit Two’s modules are the Utilisation of Sustainable Materials and Energy, Sustainable Designs and Green Engineering Solutions.Dr Bynoe stated that the topics covered in Unit One are concepts of sustainable development, sustainability and efficiency, current trends related to the utilisation of natural resources, risks in the engineering environment, consequences and challenges of engineering, the need for sustainability, principles of green engineering and sustainable issues related to product design.Whereas, topics covered in Unit Two are sustainable utilisation of materials and energy, the environmental consequences of utilising different energy sources, policies and decision-making in manufacturing and using of natural resources, principles related to design, products and infrastructure, and occupational safety and health issues related to the manufacturing of products and construction of engineering infrastructure.She pointed out that the syllabus has been designed in such a way to guarantee that the focal point is not only students’ ability to recall, but also on knowledge and comprehension, application of knowledge and practical ability.“This will allow students to really exercise their problem solving and critical thinking skills – very important for engineering – so it is not a case where a student will cram and pass the exam. We don’t need that sort of thing. The knowledge is important but we have to begin to transcend the knowledge if we are going to make a decision in the world today,” she declared, noting that the syllabus provides for lectures, research, laboratory experiments, debates, use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and case studies.The School-Based Assessment (SBA) would account of 30 per cent of the marks while the multiple choice questions will account for 70 per cent of the marks.CXC’s Senior Assistant Registrar, Syllabus and Curriculum Development Division, Howard Campbell indicated that the Green Engineering syllabus was among those developed to respond to the changing social and economic demands of the Region to ensure the continued relevance of our products and services.He stated that while the Region has received a level of social and political independence it still has a level of economic dependence that can be reduced through entrepreneurship.“This has garnered an opportunity for CXC to rethink and rebrand our products,” he said, highlighting that over the last four years they have developed a number of syllabuses at the CAPE level, and branded them as their new generational syllabuses.Each of these syllabuses, he said, has a component that focuses on developing entrepreneur skills. They are currently being implemented across the Caribbean.“This new syllabus in Green Engineering is intended to produce citizens who will be more aware of development challenges in the Caribbean region while finding the solutions that will lead to more sustainable communities,” he said.Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine stated that the introduction of the Green Engineering syllabus comes at a time when the creation of a green economy has been declared a national policy and so applauded CXC for the launch in Guyana. “Green Engineering is, therefore, of immediate import and application to Guyana. The offering of a course in Green Engineering is, therefore, most timely from the standpoint of developing the manpower that is required by Guyana for the implementation of its policy of a Green Economy”.Caricom workingHe emphasised that the Caribbean Community (Caricom) has come under incessant attack about being slothful and also for its failure to implement strategies which will benefit the Region. However, Minister Roopnaraine stated that this new initiative by CXC is a clear indication that Caricom is doing something.“… very so often Caricom is castigated for its slothfulness and failure… without any accolades for its successes, like the success of the developing of a green engineering syllabus,” he argued.The Examination body, which was established in 1972, has introduced eight other “new generation” syllabuses: tourism, financial services, digital media, physical education and sport, entrepreneurship, performing arts, agricultural science and animation and game design. Animation and game design is expected to be launched in Guyana in September, with lecturers being out sourced.
The Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP) in collaboration with the Inter American Development Bank on Thursday opened a two-day training session in the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology for crime mapping.Valerie Grant, GIS consultant for the CSSP projectThe training is being done at the Guyana Police Forces Training Centre, Camp Street, Georgetown, and will deal specifically with the Geographic Information System which is a useful technology and science which allows persons to understand where criminal activities are being perpetuated and conduct predictable analysis to understand the strengths and hotspots.Valerie Grant, GIS consultant for the CSSP project, related that GIS also allows a person to look at historic and recent information so that they can do strategic analysis.She stated that within the next three months, ranks will be using these new skills along with the necessary infrastructure in terms of hardware and software in their crime-fighting strategies.Grant posited that this will ensure that data is moved within departments swiftly and alluded to the capacity building which ensures the right people are in the right places.This programme serves as a pilot and will be rolled out in other regions later in the year.Dr Clement Henry, Project Manager of the CSSP, highlighted that all CSSP’s activities’ basic goal is to reduce crime and violence across the country and this initiative will take them a step further in achieving this.Dr Henry iterated that it was always the intention of CSSP to maximise the use of technology in their crime-fighting mechanism.He added that this initiative will play a key role in the use of technology in improving the type of analysis in the development of strategies and policies in crime prevention.Further, IDB’s Representative, Dr Jason Wilks said his institution is commitment to State enhancement and lauded the Government’s effort in introducing the use of technology in its Citizen Security Strengthening Programme.He said the IDB and other stakeholders including the United Nations Development Programme are committed to supporting what is already being done in Guyana in this regard.He pointed out that the IDB even as they provide the technical assistance and resource funding for the development of institutions and the acquisition of software and hardware; training and capacity building is vital in ensuring the resources obtained will be put to full use in crime-fighting.He urged the officers to make full use of the training as the knowledge gained will not become outdated but will remain with them in years to come.Meanwhile, Superintendent Shivpersaud Bacchus expressed gratitude for the much-needed training as it will help to enhance the Forces’ capabilities against the difficulties it may experience daily as they execute analytical work in solving and preventing crime.
Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine has underscored that public cooperation was critical in any investigation.He emphasised too that lack of assistance on such front would undoubtedly impede Police work.The acting Top Cop was at the time addressing the harsh criticisms levelled against the Police Force by a grieving mother over the perceived “slothfulness” in investigating the murder of her son.Acting Police Commissioner David RamnarinePinky Hutson’s 25-year-old son was killed in a murder-robbery on Mandela Avenue in early October.He was shot and robbed of a gold chain while in the company of his brother outside Wings and Things eatery.Hutson said she knew who the perpetrator was and has criticised the Police for failing to keep in contact with her on the investigation.However, Ramnarine said that the mother’s story was far from the truth, explaining that when Police attempted to reach out to her, she refused to cooperate.Ramnarine said when he saw the press report of the mother condemning the slow pace of the investigation, the Police once again reached out to her and she again refused to cooperate.“When I saw the press report, I called the officer in charge of crime A Division… I told him to go to this mother’s home and invite her to the Police Station, speak with her in the presence of other detectives, tell her you feel her pain and you feel her loss and have her cooperate with us… The detective officer did just that, and informed me that the madam indicated that she will come at her own time,” he related.Ramnarine said the detectives engaged with Hutson and she agreed to cooperate, but when they reached out to her, she said she was unavailable.“Last Friday as the detectives were setting up, the mother who promised to come to the station at 10, said she is not ready to come and that she needs another two weeks. This is the same mother who blurted out to the press that the Police are too slow in the investigation,” he stated.Ramnarine reiterated his call for the public’s cooperation in facilitating investigations.
In the Novice Division, two Fort St. John teams squared off against each other in the finals, with Team Megan Smith defeating Team Layton Tremblay in the ‘A’ Finals.Team Megan Smith consisted of skip Megan Smith, third Tegan Topal, second Kaci Maloney and lead Emily Hedges.In the Junior Division, Fort St. John’s Team Sterling placed second, losing in the ‘A’ finals- Advertisement –
The Sun football journalist Paul Jiggins believes Erik Lamela could be set for a big Premier League campaign – if his pre-season campaign with Tottenham is anything to go by.The Argentine scored two goals for the north London club as they ran out 3-2 winners against MLS side Toronto FC on Wednesday night.Lamela struggled to settle in the Premier League during his first season at the club, following a £30m switch, but Jiggins claims fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival could help the 22-year-old.“Lamela has got a swagger about him again,” he told Extra Time. “He’s very upbeat and positive. When I spoke to him I told him he looks the most relaxed I’ve seen him for a long while, and he attributed that to the new manager.“If he continues in the same vein as he is now, then maybe all is not lost. Daniel Levy might see some return on his £30m.”