Better in past days The marauding dominance of the West Indies team in those glory days was hardly due to any stroke of genius or brilliant structures and systems implemented by the board then, compared to what is happening now. In fact, I would venture to say that things are better today for the average regional cricketer than they were back in those glory days. Other social, cultural and cricket dynamics have significantly shifted over the past two decades and have effectively forced West Indies cricket into relative obscurity. Those are not restricted to the ineptitude of successive boards and administrators. I have long argued that the problems of West Indies cricket are complex and multifaceted and at this point I would like to add unsolvable. West Indies cricket will never return to what it used to be. The game of cricket has evolved globally, but it has done so at an even faster rate in the West Indies. The fundamental factor driving the current reality is the shift in the mindset and focus of the young and emerging players in the region. The advent of the fast, frantic and cash-rich T20 version of the game has rendered the longer versions of the game irrelevant and unattractive to the average young cricketer across the region. This is quite understandable, since the players stand to make ton loads more money and become bigger and more celebrated stars if they become swashbuckling T20 experts such as Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, and Andre Russell, instead of seeking to represent a struggling mockery of a Test team that is merely clinging to the remnants of a triumphant past. The future of West Indies cricket lies in the T20 format and nowhere else. The West Indies are just as pathetic and shameless in 50-over cricket as they are in Test cricket. The natural athleticism, speed, strength, agility plus typically short attention span makes the Caribbean cricketer the perfect fit for T20. Only the blind optimists will remain defiant and continue to clutch at the rhetoric-laced emotional straws being offered as a chance of a full West Indies revival. The hard, cold fact of the matter is that West Indies cricket remains in a serious coma gasping for its last breath, with the life support machine being fuelled by the much-maligned Twenty20 cricket. ONE of my colleagues said in a commentary last week that the West Indies Cricket Board is sleeping. Upon hearing that pronouncement, I contacted him immediately, telling him it was worse. It is not just that the board is sleeping; West Indies cricket itself is in a coma. This conversation took place even before the regional team bowed and slumped to another predictable and pathetic innings defeat in the first Test match on the current tour of Sri Lanka. Blaming a sleeping WICB for the continuous deterioration of our cricket is an easy way out, within which lies a covert denial of the actual gravity of the situation. Many Caribbean fans continue to profess unconditional support for the West Indies team. Again, an attitude buried in a deep-seated denial of the rapid whittling away of the West Indies team and the very institution of West Indies cricket as we once knew it. The many clichÈd rants about returning to the glory days and turning the corner are basically ‘pie in the sky’ dreams based on emotionalism, blind loyalty, and patriotism without any semblance of appreciation for the reality. While the administrators of the regional board provide an easy punching bag for the state of our cricket, my retort to that is that the competence of our administrators is in no way significantly worse today than it was in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.
Lawyers representing Mr. Rex Nyanfor have threatened to file a lawsuit against Grand Gedeh County Superintendent, Peter Solo, for allegedly arresting and jailing their client in Zwedru City.The lawyers also accused Supt. Solo of continually obstructing Nyanfor’s diamond and gold-mining business in the county, especially in the Konobo District near the New Creek Mining Camp.Mr. Nyanfor holds a Ministry of Lands, Mines, and Energy (MLME) Class ‘C’ mining license, authorizing him to mine in the county.One of Nyanfor’s legal counsels, Att’y. Arthur T. Johnson, at a Tuesday, November 5 news conference in Monrovia, further accused Supt. Solo of using officers of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberian National Police, (LNP) to carry-out the arrest and detention of their client (Nyanfor). “In early April 2013, Superintendent Solo led some ERU officers under the pretext of paying a visit to our client’s mining site. They arrested and detained Mr. Nyanfor in Zwedru for no legal reason.“Not only did Mr. Solo use illegal influence on the police officers; he used the support of the County’s mining agent, Madam Victoria Zulu, to cause our client embarrassment and loss,” he maintained. According to the lawyer, Supt. Solo constantly threatened Nyanfor’s life, quoting him as saying: “I will get Nyanfor in whatever way, to prove to him (Nyanfor) that I am the ‘president’ of Grand Gedeh County, and my actions are second to none.”Att’y. Johnson continued: “This behavior in our legal opinion is a gross abuse of both statutory and constitutional rights, because such misconduct was never encouraged by the government, and such action, on the part of a presidential appointee goes against the code of conduct for officials of government.” “Supt. Solo has always posed as a mining authority, constantly interfering with mining decisions. Accordingly, he has arbitrarily arrested our client and obstructed his activities,” the Att’y. said.Even after Mr. Nyanfor was released by judicial authorities in the county last October, Supt. Solo continues in hot pursuit of our client, seeking his re-arrest, the lawyer explained.According to him, they (lawyers) have filed formal complaints to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other government officials about Solo’s behavior in the county.“We have filed a complaint against Solo to Minister Morris Dukuly of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and we have made another complaint to Col. Chris Massaquoi, police director, about his officers’ involvement in abusing the rights of our client,” he added. “We are waiting for their responses before instituting our suit against Solo,”When contacted on Thursday, November 7, by mobile phone, Supt. Solo admitted ordering the police to arrest Mr. Nyanfor, claiming they acted on a communication from the Ministry of Lands, Mines, and Energy, that ordered the fugitive’s (Nyanfor’s) detention on charges of economic sabotage and theft, among others.“I received a letter from the Ministry instructing me to arrest and prosecuted Nr. Nyanfor in the County, for economic sabotage and theft among others charges.” Supt. Solo said that the communication accused Nyanfor of defrauding the government of US$25,000.” “Nyanfor holds a Class ‘C’ mining license, but he was doing Class ‘B’ mining in the county. “Besides, Nyanfor was using Class ‘B’ heavy duty equipment, that had left holes as deep as 12 feet in parts of Konobo District,” he claimed.Supt. Solo alleged that the area Nyanfor mined did not belong to him. “The area belongs to the AMLIB Mining Company and Nyanfor was illegally mining it.AMLIB has met all of its social responsibilities to mine in that particular area. So, anyone doing business there needs to vacate the premises, since the place belongs to AMLIB,” the Grand Gedeh County Supt. added.He admitted Nyanfor’s arrest saying, “He is wanted; we have instructed the police to arrest him if he is found in any part of the country. He escaped from prison and we will make sure that he is brought back to the county for prosecution.”After Nyanfor was arrested, the Sup had taken Nyanfor to the Magisterial Court. However, because of the nature of the case and the amount involved, the matter went beyond the jurisdiction of that Court. It was while waiting for the opening of the higher Court that Nyanfor allegedly escaped from prison, this paper was told.“Since the matter was beyond the jurisdiction of the Magisterial Court, and the Circuit Court was waiting for the official opening of its November Term of Court, we decided to keep him in prison until it opened,” Supt. Solo concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
National Port Authority Managing Director Matilda Wokie Parker has challenged women and girls in Liberia to stop pretending and learn to express themselves on issues that affect their lives and their communities. According to Madam Parker, there are some women who can’t express themselves in this modern era and said by remaining silent those women go around with pain in their hearts.The NPA Managing Director spoke Tuesday, in celebration of the International Day of Violence against Women at a two-day program organized by the National Coordinating Committee Women International Transport Workers Federation Liberia Chapter in collaboration with the Federation of Labor Congress of Liberia.The ceremony was held at the head office of the Liberia Labor Congress in Gardnerville where Madam Parker informed the audience that a woman and a man are different people for the fact that what a man desires is not necessarily what a woman looks for.“A lot of people [women] are afraid to say what they need. It is all because we [women] and even some men failed to learn valuable lessons because we don’t take time to learn,” she said.Women constitute more than half of the world’s population, but 70 percent of them are poor while about two thirds of women don’t know how to read and write.While other motivational speakers including former Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Kpan were blaming men solely for the suffering and exploitation of women and girls, the NPA Managing Director chose the path of objectivity challenging both men and women to do unto themselves as they would want others to do unto them.“It’s important to do unto others as you want them to do unto you. This is why it is important to spend time understanding what your friend wants because men are from Venus and women are from Mars,” said Madam Parker.“You must understand what that person’s wants and needs are and do something about it just to make that person happy,” she sated.She stressed the need for the society to know and understand what women’s opinions are, and also what the men’s opinion’s are.“We women must now stop pretending and be able to express our needs and wants,” Parker added.Earlier, former Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Kpan recommended strict prosecution for men accused of committing abuse against women, but fell short of calling for prosecution of women who abuse men as well.The International Day of Violence against Women was celebrated worldwide and is intended to discourage violence against women and girls domestically and in the workplace.Dock Workers Union of Liberia (DOWUL) president Madam Jackie N. Doe called for an end to violence against women. She, however, underscored the importance of collaboration and partnership between men and women in society and said both sexes are crucial to the development of the society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
K3 Telecom one year celebration of strong internet and television servicesThe K3 Telecom-Liberia yesterday celebrated its first year of successful operation and triple-play services in Monrovia on their own wireless broadband network to the amazement of the several invited guests.K3 Telecom AG is a Swiss-based global telecommunications operator with unique wireless K3 Air Last mile solution technology; engaged in the business of co-investing, establishment of telecommunication networks and offering ISP provider services (Triple play services – Broadband Internet, Digital TV and Fixed.Mohammed Nasrallah, CEO of K3 Liberia, expressed how proud he is to see that the television has been serving the public successfully since it was established in the country a year ago, noting, “because of the satisfaction of our consumers remains our primary concern, it therefore allows us to introduce a support service that will apply to the needs of the consumers on a daily basis.”And because of the success story, Mr. Nasrallah says the K3 management plans to decentralize its programs to widely cover Montserrado, Margibi and other counties beyond, since the television is receiving reports of improved signal quality from the population.“So we want to also connect our customers because that is part of the human rights component,” he said.For the past year, K3 has no competitor on the market, because it is offering both satellite for television and also provides very strong internet services, the company says.“You cannot compare K3 Telecom to a TV provider in the country, because we give our customers on the spot TV coverage as well as internet facility,” Nasrallah said.He spoke of how the entity’s major achievement as a satellite television provider is now being discussed as a strong and valuable internet that the country can boast of since it is on par with some of the developed countries.“This is going to go stronger and higher than the way we started,” Nasrallah told the gathering.The good thing about K3, according to him, is that unlike other service providers, it has powerful services during the rainy season. Also, it is not limited to a special group of people, but affordable to everyone, he said.“It is really hard to believe that the K3 operation in Liberia began one year ago because of the tremendous improvement. A lot has happened and been achieved, and therefore we are, ourselves, a premium Liberian ISP provider with superior triple-play service; high speed broadband internet; digital TV and IP telephony,” Nasrallah told the already elated audience at a press conference yesterday.Uros Mlakar, CEO of K3 Telecom AG Switzerland, spoke of how K3-Liberia is excited to announce the start of their new internship program that will train selected people in new skills in technical, commercial and financial fields.Mlakar said the new program will last for two months, after which it will be renewed depending on successful implementation, because successful trainees will have a better chance of gaining employment with their newly developed skills.K3 Telecom-Liberia is a subsidiary company of K3 Telecom AG, Switzerland, and is committed to provide modern triple play services based on broadband to the Liberian public.The entity, according to Mlakar, has a dream to expand services throughout Africa so as to better the lives of the people.“Africa is changing fast, and therefore, very soon, things will never be the same as it has been until the advent of the K3 telecom, because internet is like water that everyone deserves to have access to its broadband,” Mlakar declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
More money will be spent on the upgrade of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in 2019.This was announced by the Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson, on Monday.The move comes years after the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC), which when in Opposition, had cut the funds the then Government – People’s Progressive Party (PPP) – had allocated for the CJIA expansion.Ferguson made the comment while delivering the feature address at the Art Williams and Harry Wendt Aeronautical Engineering School’s graduation and prize giving ceremony on Monday at the Eugene F. Correira International Airport.According to the Minister, over $65 million will be spent on the airport to upgrade its technology to be able to track the weather, among other things.“We would have just approved in excess of $65 million, which would now enableMinister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Fergusonthe Guyana Civil Aviation Authority out at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Air Traffic controllers to ensure that a new mechanism is installed so we (will) be moving from manual settings to a more digital setting,” she noted.It was further explained that the new technology will even help pilots to track the weather patterns to make better landing decisions.Earlier in the year, the Ministry had sought more than $346 million in supplementary funding to cater for two air bridges and see the project to completion.Upon completion, the airport is expected to have four air passenger boarding bridges for arrivals and departures; a 450-seat Departure area, escalators and elevators in addition to an extended runway catering for larger categories of aircraft.In 2012, Guyana, under the PPP Administration had secured a US$138 million loan from the China Exim (Export-Import) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project, for which the Guyana Government has injected some US$12 million.However, when the coalition Government came in to power in 2015, the project was put on hold, but following discussions between Public Infrastructure and the contracting company, China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC), it was announced that the project would be continued.So far, the new arrival and departure sections have been opened to passengers.The new arrivals terminal, which became operational in September, has already been commended by passengers. The outstanding work includes placement of hoardings (billboards) and striping of the runway (to reduce the risk of aircraft over-shooting the runway, or over-flying during take-off). The striping can only be done after the laying of asphaltic concrete once the runway is completed.Further, when the project is completed, other minor works will be done during the one-year defects and liability period, Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson said.Just recently, the aviation sector was able to gain a 20 per cent improvement and currently stands at 64 per cent compliance in the sector. The announcement of the achievement was highlighted at opening of the Air Transport Conference at the Arthur Chung Conference Center. (Davina Ramdass)
… after fault detected; investigation launchedThousands of persons were without power on Sunday night as the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) grid encountered a fault, which is now under investigation.GPL Chairman Rawle LucasThe utility company posted on Monday that its submarine cable which links the Kingston and Vreed-en-Hoop Stations developed some technical issues. This affected distribution to the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS), resulting in power outages in a number of locations.“The normal transfer of power from our Vreed-en-Hoop to Kingston stations for further distribution into the rest of the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System is hindered because this is the only link between the two stations. This resulted in a generation deficit on the eastern sections of Demerara and Berbice,” GPL stated.As a result of this, load shedding was experienced on Monday. The areas affected in Georgetown included Prashad Nagar, Kitty, Campbellville, Subryanville, Vlissengen Road, Bel Air Park, Queenstown and Alberttown. In addition, Buss Bee Dam to Providence and Garden of Eden to Craig were some of the areas that were affected on the East Bank of Demerara.Disruptions continued from La Retraite to Vriesland on the West Bank of Demerara and Republic Road and Strand, New Amsterdam in Berbice.Less than one week ago, new GPL Board Chairman Rawle Lucas shared his optimism that they could come up with strategies to relieve Guyanese of the burden of constant power outages.In an interview with Guyana Times, Lucas acknowledged that blackouts were a problem. In fact, he described them as “a thorn in the flesh”, and noted that policies to reduce blackouts would be pursued by the Board.“The issue of blackouts has become like a thorn in the flesh. And we cannot keep living with these thorns in our flesh. We have to try and do something about it. And I want to assure you that it will be a main area of focus, certainly of this Board.”One of the things he believes should be done is reviewing GPL’s infrastructure, which would include the interconnected system. Supplying power to this system are engines run by the Power Producers and Distribution Incorporated (PPDI).“I do believe that there are things that we can do with respect to improving the performance of the entity. You know, one can look at the asset management and the financial management and some of the technical issues which might be driving some of these unpleasant outcomes and blackouts,” he noted.The new Board has been installed at a time when GPL’s service has been heavily criticised by citizens. This is owing to regular power outages, maintenance work and announcements that there are issues with the interconnected system.In fact, a statement was sent out last Tuesday, in which it was related that GPL had restored electricity supply to the counties of Demerara and Berbice following a temporary fault in its Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System.
A security guard is now in critical condition at the New Amsterdam Hospital after being stabbed by her daughter’s boyfriend.Injured is Nivonne Aubrey Trim of Number 77 Village Housing Scheme, Corriverton, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), who was stabbed to her chest and hand. Reports are the incident occurred on Monday evening in Corriverton, Berbice, when the woman tried to make peace between her 21-year-old daughter and her 48-year-old boyfriend.Guyana Times was told that at about 19:30h, the man was drinking with friends when he and his girlfriend got involved in an argument.According to one eyewitness, Trim arrived on the scene and in her daughter’s defence tried to make peace between the feuding couple, when the man who was armed with a knife, stabbed her.The man’s friends managed to take the knife away from him and Trim was rushed to the Skeldon Hospital and later transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital because of the extent of her injuries.Police have since arrested the man. (Andrew Carmichael)
Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan has made it clear that he wants to leave the Vicente Calderon Stadium this summer.The 28-year-old’s agent has revealed that he is in discussions with several clubs and reigning Premier League champions Chelsea are believed to be among the player’s suitors.With an announcement on the Turkey international’s new club set to be made on Friday, rumours that Turan will become Jose Mourinho’s latest recruit are gathering pace.Although Manchester United and Arsenal are also reportedly keen on the midfielder’s signature, the west Londoners have been tipped to win the race and make Turan their first signing of the summer.However, will the hot-headed midfielder be a good signing for the Blues? Or is he at risk of becoming the next Mohamed Salah? Or Juan Cuadrado?Chelsea fans have had their say on the matter and you can see the best reaction to the news regarding Turan’s future below…. Chelsea transfer news: ‘He’s the perfect Mourinho player’ – Fans hopeful Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan will sign for the Blues 1
2. Paul Pogba will sign a pre-contract agreement to join Barcelona next summer, despite the Catalans’ transfer ban – The Juventus and France maestro is being coveted by a number of European heavyweights but, like Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal already this summer, is tipped to join Barcelona despite the La Liga champions transfer embargo existent until January. 10 10 10 8. Newcastle enquire about signing the entire Marseille team – Alan Pardew may have left the club, but Newcastles affiliation with Ligue 1 players still runs deep after several seasons of raiding the French top flight. This summer, comparatively, has seen a lack of French recruits (only Florian Thauvin, above, of real note has arrived) so expect a late window splurge to maintain the equilibrium. 10 3. Manchester City weren’t able to find £5 for a birthday cake for Yaya Toure, but they will cough up £50m-plus for Kevin De Bruyne – Sold by Jose Mourinho from Chelsea, could the Belgian cost his old club the title? Or will he be City’s Frank Lampard Mk II? By which we mean he won’t cost Chelsea the title, not that he’ll sign for New York City! 10. Ruben Loftus-Cheek will sign a new deal at Chelsea…before joining Vitesse Arnhem on loan for the season – Chelsea have 26 players out on loan currently, with five of those at Dutch side Vitesse. Loftus-Cheek has been earmarked for a more regular role this season, but it only seems a matter of time before he joins the likes of Izzy Brown and Nathan in the Eredivisie. 10 10 1. Ed Woodward flies to Munich to ‘wrap up the Thomas Muller’ deal, only to come back with a ‘bigger target.’ Schalke’s Klaas Jan Huntelaar? To find out nine other things we predict will happen before the window closes, click the arrow above! – He flew to Spain to supposedly secure the Pedro deal before the Barcelona forward opted for Chelsea instead. Of course, Woodward insisted the snub wouldnt affect them as they were eyeing bigger targets. 9. Charlie Austin will pull a Peter Odemwingie and drive to the nearest Premier League club showing an interest… just to secure a route out of QPR – 18 league goals in a side so underwhelming last season would surely justify a move for Austin? Apparently not, with clubs so far disinclined to meet QPRs £15m asking price. He unequivocally should be playing Premier League football. 5. Liverpool will agree to sell Fabio Borini only for the Italian to reject the move as he wants to prove himself at Anfield… for the second summer in succession – Believe it or not, Fabio Borini has been at Liverpool nearly as long as Brendan Rodgers after becoming one of the Ulstermans first signings. Despite a loan spell away at the Black Cats where he impressed Borini rejected the chance to move permanently to Wearside, duly disappearing into obscurity amongst the Reds ranks instead. Expect a repeat saga this summer. 6. Saido Berahino will vehemently deny he is a ‘money grabbing 22-year-old’, despite Tottenham offering to triple his wages and no guarantee of starting – See the Raheem Sterling saga for context, but Berahinos previous affiliation with the now Manchester City wingers agent Aidy Ward means another infamous publicity stunt is just around the corner. Spurs will get their man, but dont expect things to run smoothly. 10 There’s just under a week until the end of the summer transfer window and clubs are still busy strengthening their squads.The 6pm cut off on September 1 means we wont be graced with the late night deals so accustomed with transfer deadline day, but we could still be set for a series of engrossing sagas.Premier League clubs are nearing an accumulative spend of £700m in the window so far and, with history in mind, we fully expect that total to be surpassed with ease.Raheem Sterling’s move form Liverpool to City currently represents the biggest summer deal within the Premier League’s borders, while Angel di Maria’s acrimonious £45m Manchester United departure is the largest sum across Europe.But will any deals trump Benteke and Di Maria? Will we see a deal of the magnitude of Mesut Ozil circa 2013?Here are talkSPORT’s ten predictions for the last week of the window… 10 10 7. Southampton will sign Virgil van Dijk from Celtic for £10m… ahead of his £30m move to Liverpool next year – Celtic missed out on the Champions League group stages after a dismal aggregate defeat to Malmo, meaning Van Dijk may well seek more glorified destinations. Why not warm himself up for an inevitable transfer to Liverpool with a brief spell at St Marys? 4. Arsene Wenger will toy with the idea of buying a striker… but will soon realise Danny Welbeck is back from injury – effectively a new signing, right Gunners fans? – Karim Benzema? Edinson Cavani? Dont you mean Danny Welbeck! The England forward has been sidelined since April with a niggling knee injury. Arsenal supporters have been crying out for their manager to sign a world-class striker, but do Benzema and Cavani have the Premier League experience Welbeck boasts? Fat chance. 10
North West neighbours Finn Harps and Derry have been kept apart in this year’s Ford FAI Cup semi-finals.Harps will travel to take on St Patrick’s Athletic while Derry have been drawn away to Shamrock Rovers.Both matches will be played on Sunday, 5 October, kick off times to be confirmed.As a result, league fixtures involving City and Harps for that weekend have been changed. Finn Harps’ First Division clash away to Wexford Youths , originally scheduled for Friday week, October 3, has been rescheduled for Tuesday next at Ferrycarrig Park with a kick-off time of 8.00pm.City’s Premier Division clash with Bray Wanderers, which was originally fixed for Friday week, 3 October, has also been rescheduled for Tuesday next, 30 September at the Carlisle Grounds with a kick-off time of 7.45pm. Advertisement HARPS AND DERRY KEPT APART IN FAI CUP SEMI-FINALS was last modified: September 22nd, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:CITYCUPDerryFAIfinalsfinnHarpssemi