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Gone too soon – Lawrence remembers late Duncan as disciplined player

first_imgNational Under-15 coach Aaron Lawrence has described the untimely passing of national youth player Rushawn Duncan as a very sad day for the country’s football. The 14-year-old Duncan, who is from Cricket River in St Mary, was reportedly stabbed to death while playing a prank on his friends on Thursday. Duncan represented the national Under-15 team in three practice games in the Cayman Islands, in preparation for the CONCACAF Under-15 Boys’ Championship. Lawrence said that Duncan’s death came as a big surprise to many because he was always a disciplined player. “He was a quality player, one that could have helped Jamaica’s football for the future,” said Lawrence. “He played centre back, he played right defence, and I think he was somebody that could have made a difference in the Under-17s, in the Under-20s, and even the senior level,” he said. Lawrence added: “He was a man who had size, he had good work ethics, his attitude towards training was excellent and he never gave up. If we put him at right defence, he would go there and play, and if we put him at centre back, he would go there and play, and played to his best. He was more of a utility player.” Lawrence, who is also the coach of newly promoted Red Stripe Premier League side, Sandals Whitehouse, added that Duncan’s death came as a major surprise to everyone. “It is shocking, and it shocked us quite much because we were looking at him as a youngster to make the transition going forward,” Lawrence said. Meanwhile, the Jamaica Football Federation said in a media release that it regrets Duncan’s passing and expresses it’s deepest and sincerest sympathy to his family and peers. Young footballers who have passed away in the last two years: Jordan Foote – Holy Trinity High (March 2016) Dominic James – St George’s College and Waterhouse FC (September 2016) Okeem Forth – Olympic Gardens FC (April 2017) Jerome Christie – Pembroke Hall FC (April 2017) Rushawn Duncan – Jamaica U-15 and St Mary Raiders (August 2017)last_img read more

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Harris scores again as Glenmuir beat Denbigh

first_imgZone CHolland 0, Spot Valley 1Muschett 2, William Knibb 1Cedric Titus 2, Herbert Morrison 0Zone GKnox 1, Spalding 2Alston 3, Christiana 0Troy 0, Holmwood 10Zone KGuys Hill 0, McGrath 0Zone MBellefield 1, Porus 0 Western Bureau:Glenmuir High forward Raniel Harris maintained his good scoring form in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup at the Juici Beef Complex in Clarendon yesterday.Harris was on target for the third straight game to lead his team to victory over Denbigh High in Zone M.The game was played in a downpour but coach Patrick Walters said the rain had no effect on his team’s performance. He, however, stated that the players went into the game over-confident and as a result only managed a 3-1 victory. Harris, Javian Thompson and Aaron Burrell were the scorers for the winners.”I think our players have a tendency to be complacent. However, Denbigh are a well-coached team,” Walters said.Glenmuir’s Harris has hit the back of the net seven times in just three games in the competition so far. Coach Walters believes the forward has the all the attributes of a good striker but says he lacks experience as this is his first year in the daCosta Cup competition.Yesterday’s resultslast_img read more

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Windies in charge … Gabriel torments Bangladesh to lead WI assault

first_img MIRACLE NEEDED Armed with a huge lead of 363, West Indies quickly demolished the tourists’ top order, leaving the innings in shambles at 62 for six and in need of a miracle to avoid falling 1-0 behind in the two-Test series. Bangladesh trail by 301 runs heading into today’s third day with only four wickets intact. Gabriel, fresh off a 20-wicket haul against Sri Lanka, was again at the heart of the Windies juggernaut, snatching four for 36, while Holder chipped in with two for 15. Requiring a massive effort following their record-low 43 all out in the first innings, Bangladesh again found themselves hurt by the Windies quicks, as wickets tumbled spectacularly. West Indies had earlier batted themselves into an impregnable position after resuming the day on 201 for two. Starting the day on 88, Brathwaite raised triple figures inside the first hour when he cut pacer Kamrul Islam to third man for four, and was unbeaten on 121 at lunch with the Windies on 271 for three. However, Brathwaite failed to add to his lunch time score , dismissed off the fourth ball following the resumption when he was taken low at cover off left-arm spinner Shakib (2-71), with West Indies adding a single run to their interval total. All told, Brathwaite faced 291 deliveries in 61/2 hours at the crease and counted 11 fours. The Windies then lost two further wickets cheaply to slide to 288 for six as overall, three wickets perished for 16 runs in quick time. BANGLADESH 1st Innings 43 WEST INDIES 1st Innings (overnight 201 for two) K Brathwaite c Mehidy Hasan b Shakib Al Hasan 121 D Smith c wkp Nurul Hasan b Abu Jayed 58 K Powell c Liton Das b Mahmudullah 48 D Bishoo b Kamrul Islman 19 S Hope c Tamim Iqbal b Abu Jayed 67 R Chase lbw b Mehidy Hasan 2 +S Dowrich c Liton Das b Shakib Al Hasan 4 *J Holder c Liton Das b Mehidy Hasan 33 K Roach lbw b Mehidy Hasan 33 M Cummins not out 1 S Gabriel c Shakib Al Hasan b Abu Jayed 5 Extras (b3, lb8, w3, nb1) 15 TOTAL (all out, 137.3 overs) 406 Fall of wickets: 1-113, 2-194, 3-246, 4-272, 5-281, 6-288, 7-338, 8-394, 9-400, 10-406. Bowling: Abu Jayed 26.3-7-84-3, Rubel Hossain 17-3-44-0, Kamrul Islam 20-3-69-1, Shakib-al-Hasan 27-2-71-2, Mehidy Hasan 34-6-101-3, Mahmudullah 11-1-18-1, Mominul Haque 2-0-8-0. BANGLADESH 2nd Innings Tamim Iqbal c Hope b Gabriel 13 Liton Das c Brathwaite b Holder 2 Mominul Haque b Gabriel 0 Mushfiqur Rahim b Gabriel 8 *Shakib Al Hasan c Holder b Gabriel 12 Mahmudullah not out 15 Mehidy Hasan c wkp Dowrich b Holder 2 +Nurul Hasan not out 7 Extras (b1, w1, nb1) 3 TOTAL (6 wkts, 18 overs) 62 Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-14, 3-16, 4-36, 5-43, 6-50. Bowling: Holder 9-1-15-2, Gabriel 7-2-36-4, Cummins 2-0-10-0. Position: Bangladesh trail by 301 runs with four wickets remaining. NORTH SOUND, Antigua, (CMC): Opener Kraigg Brathwaite stroked his first hundred in nearly a year, while Shai Hope passed 50 for the first time in 13 innings, but it was speedster Shannon Gabriel’s devastating four-wicket burst which rocked Bangladesh and put West Indies on course for a comprehensive win in the opening Test. Playing on yesterday’s second day of the contest at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, West Indies piled up 406 all out in their first innings, with Brathwaite top-scoring with 121 – his seventh Test hundred but first since his 134 at Leeds last August. Hope, without a half-century since scoring one last October on the tour of Zimbabwe, chipped in with 67, while captain Jason Holder (33) and tail-ender Kemar Roach (33) produced breezy knocks down the order to add to Bangladesh’s pain.last_img read more

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Windies in India for two-Test series

first_imgVADODARA, India, (CMC): The West Indies team has arrived safely in India for their two-Test series, which is scheduled to start on October 4. The Jason Holder-led contingent arrived here yesterday to a warm reception at the hotel after walking out of the bus amid drum rolls and witnessing traditional Indian music and dance. The two teams will also play five One-Day Internationals and three T20 matches. The Windies will commence the series with a two-day warm-up fixture against a Board President XI at the Gujarat State Fertiliser Corporation Ground in Vadodara on Saturday. Before their arrival in India, the West Indies had been forced to deal with several issues, including the resignation of former head coach Stuart Law and the departure of leading fast bowler Kemar Roach. Cricket West Indies announced on Monday that the 49-year-old Law would leave his post at the end of the year, following nearly two years at the helm, Law, who took up the post last year February, will now join English county Middlesex in the New Year as their new head coach on a four-year deal. Meanwhile, Roach was forced to return home following the death of his grandmother. A Cricket West Indies statement said Roach would not be replaced but would rejoin the squad in India following the funeral. He is the Windies’ most successful seamer, having played 48 Tests and taken 163 wickets. He is one of five pacers in the touring party along with Gabriel, captain Jason Holder, and the uncapped pair of Sherman Lewis and Keemo Paul.last_img read more

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‘I am more than able’ – Young female jockey looking to make her mark

first_imgDespite her failure to record a victory from 11 mounts so far, female apprentice jockey Abigail Able is remaining confident that she will soon past the winning post in front. Able, along with fellow jockeys Tamicka Lawrence and Samantha Fletcher, are all waiting on their first victory in the saddle since they started riding on September 29. Able, whose best finish in the saddle so far was a third-place ride aboard BULLA two weeks ago, said she remains committed to and focused on her trade despite her limited success so far. “I will be passing that winning post in front very soon, so just look for me,” said Able. “It (win) is coming because I can feel it, and so I don’t feel any way.” She added that she have been improving a lot in the saddle and was determined to continue working on and improving her craft. “I am feeling like a normal jockey because I have seen a lot of improvements in myself so far in the saddle,” she said. Able also pointed out that she had a great deal of encouragement and advice from the trainers and male jockeys at Caymanas Park. “I always wanted to match up with the male riders, and so it is normal for me. I am just trying to do my best at all times whenever I go out on the track,” Able said. “They (male riders and trainers) have been giving me a lot of advice about how to do certain things, and I am very grateful for that because it has helped me a lot,” she said. Able has not secured any rides on tomorrow’s 10-race card at Caymanas Park. robert.bailey@gleanerjm.com MARKED IMPROVEMENTSlast_img read more

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Peart: JC will rebound

first_imgAndrew Peart, the head coach of dethroned Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC), says said his team will shrug off the disappointment of losing their last match and rise to the occasion when they meet Cornwall College in tomorrow’s final of the ISSA/Champions Cup competition. JC, winners of the last five Manning Cup titles, were surprised 2-1 by St George’s College in Tuesday’s semi final at the National Stadium. Peart said they are now determined to put on a good show tomorrow in Montego Bay. “We have to use this game to get over the disappointment of losing in the semi finals of the Manning Cup and so the key thing to prepare the boys for Cornwall on Saturday,” said Peart. “I am confident in our team’s ability to rise to the challenge, as champions you may fall down but the defeat is not fatal and we have to use the situation on Tuesday to motivate us to do even better than we did there,” he added. The Dark Blues will be seeking their second hold on the title and Peart said his team is ready to regain the trophy. “There is no greater expectations than that which we have of ourselves. We want to do well and so we will be motivated and prepared to play,” he said. Cornwall College, who will face Clarendon College in this year’s daCosta Cup final, secured their place in the Champions Cup showdown with a 2-0 win over St George’s College.last_img read more

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Naya Zamana 22 for NCC on August 25

first_imgIt will rain fabulousness at the National Cultural Centre (NCC) in Georgetown, Guyana on Saturday, August 25 when the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha stages its spectacular annual theatrical production Naya Zamana.In its 22nd year, the production’s formula of dance melded with drama, set against breathtaking backdrops, has captured a loyal fan following whether the show plays at home or in New York.The tickets for this show are highly coveted and grabbed quickly by theatre-goers. The creative vision of Dr Vindhya Vasini Persaud who scripts, directs, choreographs and produces Naya Zamana is beautifully embellished by Trishala Simantini Persaud’s artistry in the dazzling and beautiful costumes that are a signature of the production.Special lighting and sound will be added for enhanced effect.The vibrant and cutting-edge choreography and the new story each year capture the emotions of the audience as they are taken on a rollercoaster of the actors’ journeys of romance, ambition, jealousy and other battles.The liberal intermixing of Bollywood, creative, lyrical and Indian classical and folk dances by graceful and energetic dancers makes this production magical, memorable and not one you would want to miss!Tickets for Naya Zamana 22 cost $3500, $3000 and $2000, and can be picked up at the National Cultural Centre, Dharmic Kendra, Red Mango, E-Networks and Bhagwan’s on Water Street.last_img read more

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Fallout…

first_img…in the real economyThe government has rushed to deny that there’s a shortage of foreign currency — read US greenbacks — in the system. Both the Finance Minister and the Governor of the Bank of Guyana have insisted that it ain’t so. This is not surprising since such a shortage has grave implications in the real economy — which is concerned with “real stuff” that you and your Eyewitness produce and ship on trucks and ships and suchlike.While the rarefied area of finance, like buying and selling currencies and stocks might seem removed from our everyday experience and the real economy, there‘s a direct link that can hit us where it hurts — in our wallets and purses. It all comes from the fact we’re a small open economy that gets most of its inputs for the real economy from abroad. And we need foreign currency — mostly greenbacks — to buy those inputs.If there’s a shortage of greenbacks, then the inexorable law of supply and demand kicks in — and the price of greenbacks go up. And this leads to a rise in prices in the real economy. Take rice and sugar which are as “real” as you can get for us Guyanese. Both, for instance, use fertilisers, and when the importer has to pay more for the greenbacks to import these items, he passes on his increased costs — denominated in local currency. Our prices rise and we become more uncompetitive in the global markets for these products.But we have to sell… which we do at prices lower than it costs us to produce. And a vicious circle sets in where we produce less of the products and the real economy shrinks. So the question is — is there a foreign currency shortage in Guyana as the Muckraker claims and the two official big guns in the financial sector denies? Well they trotted out statistics about our official and commercial reserves of foreign currency to “prove” their case — but they missed the point about these matters.Since all these decisions to buy and sell both real goods and greenbacks are made by people like you and your Eyewitness, an element dubbed “animal spirits” by one of the greatest economists of the last century enters the picture. Basically what he meant is in moments of uncertainty — such as we’re facing with this cockamamie budget — folks throw reason out of the window and panic.And we have “runs” on banks by ordinary folks and cutbacks in production that can throw the real economy into a deeper recession.All because the Finance Minister unleashed Guyanese “animal spirits” with his budget.Which should be withdrawn immediately!!…from deporteesYour Eyewitness has been writing about this “criminal deportee” business for a while now because he sees it as a clear and present danger to our stability and well-being. And very frankly we accept the latest twenty deportees with criminal records like a hole in the head. Like with the foreign currency tempest, the Police and the Public Security Minister have also stoutly denied there’s a crisis in crime. Which no one’s buying.Especially when the statistics released about the criminal deportees make no sense. The official State media Chronicle said: “between 2008 and 2013 1035 persons were deported” yet showed in the yearly breakdown actually there had been 2491 persons deported. So since this crisis isn’t due to “animal spirits” — and is a real as you can get, with real people being robbed and beaten and killed out there, we really need to know how many criminals with graduate degrees from the US penal system are joining their local comrades.Especially since they’ll make this more a season of “taking” than giving.…from spiteImagine after becoming multi-millionaires with their salary increases, a Minister of this government can spitefully say folks who go to private hospitals are ‘rich’ and should be charged VAT.Not that even the poor will save for better services.last_img read more

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Changes…

first_img…on Independence observation?Your Eyewitness is pleased the Opposition’s finally accepted they have a duty to ensure Guyana knows everything isn’t hunky-dory in the State of Guyana. Most recently, they showed this by boycotting the Govt’s Independence extravaganza at Jubilee Stadium — which was supposed to be the stadium of the ages. Why should they turn up at a structure that exemplifies the PNC’s fixation on “games and circuses,” instead of engaging in solid developmental activities to make the country truly independent? If 50+1 years after Independence, and even after expending a billion dollars from the public treasury on it, the Government still owes several unnamed “political investors”  big time for contributing millions and millions to build the stadium. Why should the Opposition legitimise blatant corruption by their presence?  Silence in the face of evil implies acquiescence. What’s “independence” for the people of this country if they can’t be told who plunked down the mega bucks into the private corporation with the Minister of Education at its centre?? Is, perchance, a certain Trini pharma supplier one of those investors? It’s not surprising that, initially, the Government wanted to shift their celebrations away from the Jubilee Stadium — first to Stabroek Market Square, and then to the Parade Ground; and finally, only sheepishly after protestations, back to their billion-dollar monument to the PNC’s venality. Jubilee Stadium epitomises all that’s wrong with this Government and its unsuitability for running the affairs of Guyana. Apart from the corruption, there’s the stadium itself. What person in their right mind in the 21st century would dub a wooden structure hastily cobbled together from raw wood and galvanised sheets a “world class stadium”?? Which world is the PNC brain trust living in?? Even as they were throwing around money at Durban Park like it was going out of style, in a desperate effort to save face, some ordinary Guyanese had asked why modular steel pipes weren’t used, rather than wood. This would’ve saved the structure from the certain ravages of wood ants; and after the Big Bash, the structure could’ve been disassembled and donated to communities across the country as “pavilions” at their sports grounds. It is hoped the Opposition also stayed away to show the international community that the generosity of spirit originally displayed by Cheddi Jagan at the first Independence ceremony didn’t get the PPP anywhere.  Especially now the PNC are insisting they’ll be recapitulating the actions of their Founder Leader, Burnham.Even though Jagan knew he’d been destabilised by the CIA because of Burnham’s opportunism, he yet hugged Burnham when the Union Jack was lowered. But he was proverbially kicked in the teeth by Burnham, who put the PNC before the nation. And that’s exactly what is occurring again.Nice guys finish last! Bun dem!!…on GECOM formulaGuyana should remain grateful that President Carter personified the U.S. intervention into Guyana, back in 1990, to convince the PNC that they had to concede “free and fair elections”. Knowing – like everyone else and their uncle – that the PNC’s electoral fiddling began with their “toothless poodle” at the head of the Elections Commission, Carter brokered the formula that is presently used to constitute GECOM and its Chair. The bottom line is that the members are as follows: 3 Commissioners each from the Govt and the Opposition, with a supposedly neutral Chair having a casting vote.The Centre has now proposed a change in the methodology of selecting the members of GECOM. The goal is to make it less “politicised”. At this time, unfortunately, such proposals are akin to speculating as to how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. Prezzie, who’s the PNC leader, has made it pellucid that only he can determine the head of GECOM.They aren’t interested in breaking any deadlock.…in GECOM HeadMaybe not coincidentally, Opposition Leader Jagdeo’s “concerned” Prezzie hasn’t chosen the GECOM Chair from his second list. He shouldn’t hold his breath. Now that GTimes has exposed Prezzie’s real choice, the Opposition Leader can only solve his quandary by placing that  ex-judge’s name in a third list!!last_img read more

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Future Stars: Kevin Sinclair

first_imgSinclair’s exploits make him one for the futureBy Delvon McEwanAt just 17 years old, talented batting all-rounder Kevin Sinclair has four years of experience playing for junior national teams since making his debut in 2014 with the victorious Guyana under-15 team that won the regional title in Jamaica.However, unlike many others, the right-handed top order batsman and part-time off-spinner, whose experience has elevated his performance, did not start his career when he entered secondary school. In fact, at the tender age of seven, the diminutive cricketer had his first shot at the gentleman’s game.And his initiation to the game of the willowed warriors could date further back, because playing cricket was a favourite pastime for the Sinclairs since the glory days of his grandfather, Carlton, as the backlands of his Angoy’s Avenue community could attest.This enabled rapid progress for Kevin, who had secured for himself a place on the Police under-13 team when he was just 8 years old, and by the early onset of adolescence was frequently being featured in positive results for his club side.In 2014, he was one of 14 talented Guyanese who dominated their peers to win the Regional Under-15 tournament.The former Canje Secondary student won the accolade for most wickets on the back of some quality spell of off-spin bowling. He also registered a fifty during the said tournament.His exploits caught the eyes of the selectors, and he was chosen to represent the West Indies Under-15 team for their tour of England. However, he did not make the trip because of visa issues. He was selected for two regional under-17 tournaments, but his performance was subliminal.Thus he returned to the drawing board, where he managed to correct some of his flaws and was able to make some significant contributions with bat and ball to Guyana’s double crown honour at this year’s Regional under-19 tournament.If you have never previously heard the name Kevin Sinclair, you could commence paying keen attention to this teenager, because he is very optimistic he would be representing Guyana at the senior level in the next two years., Sinclair favours two West Indies players, Shane Shillingford and Roston Chase as his cricketing heroes.last_img read more

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