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Pakistan tour: Players will decide, says Cameron

first_imgLAHORE, Pakistan (CMC):Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron said West Indies players will get to decide whether they tour Pakistan for a series of three Twenty20 Internationals in November.Cameron was speaking at the conclusion of the Independence Series between the Pakistanis and a World XI over the last week in Lahore.The series has raised expectations in the country that Pakistan can resume the staging of international matches following an international suspension, due to an armed attack by militants on the Sri Lankan team bus eight years in this city.The Pakistanis hosted Zimbabwe for a historic limited-overs series two years ago, but other internationals have been reluctant to play bilateral series in the country, forcing Pakistan to play their home games in the United Arab Emirates in the past few years.”We want to ensure that when the players come over, everyone actually wants to come and enjoy the experience, and we don’t want to be seen to be forcing anyone,” said Cameron.”We’ve had Darren Sammy and Samuel Badree here, and they’ve loved it. Sammy’s on his second trip and I think that will also convince the players that it is safe to come.”NO ONE WILL BE FORCEDCameron, however, made it clear that the tour will depend on the security reports after the conclusion of Independence Cup, mentioning that CWI has no intention of forcing any player who doesn’t wish to undertake the tour.”We’ve had the security team here for the final of the Pakistan Super League and they’ve seen these matches as well,” he said”Here, Pakistan’s board makes decisions [regarding where to tour]. My board’s a little bit different, with the West Indies Players’ Association also having a big say and we have to respect their decision.”Cameron said he had enjoyed his two-day stay in Pakistan and was convinced that things have improved with the International Cricket Council, the sport’s world governing body, overseeing security arrangements and willing to bear the cost of security advisers for every series the PCB hosts from now.last_img read more

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Better must come

first_imgIt is the strangest sight to watch a newly elected government do its damnedest to make sure it will not get re-elected. In the political world, it must be a novel phenomenon but with the Granger Government working assiduously to fail, this is exactly what Guyana is witnessing.How else to explain the haplessness, ineptitude and bungling, and the absolute deafness to all public criticism? The supersized Cabinet with salaries to match, and the gaggle of advisors and consultants should have been a clue that the intent was to grab as much as they can since they know their time in office is limited.In that sense, they are rather enjoying themselves. It must be freeing to not worry about sticking to democratic conventions, to not care about fulfilling campaign promises, and to spend with abandon on “sport” and non-priority items.President David Granger continues with his unilateral decision-making on renaming and refashioning spaces like D’urban Park, and has now set about to remake Carifesta Avenue with a median and rebranding it as the “Avenue of the Caribbean”.This is next on the Granger road show – literally this time – which is to be readied for commissioning on Caricom Day. What will the President settle his eyes on refashioning next?Perhaps, we should hold our collective breath and hope that his authoritarian manner is satisfied with rebranding buildings and airports and restyling parks and roadways and will not ever extend to passing down edicts that will truly turn the society and economy on its head and create even more disasters than have already been done with rice and sugar.Government’s ineptitude at the recent Jubilee celebrations after the year-long hype and hoopla is unforgivable. The bungling of the seating arrangements for the Opposition for the grand flag-raising was further iterated by Junior Minister Nicolette Henry’s inability to issue an apology; a “but” in an apology amounts to a justification for the very reason the apology was intended.In a letter to the press Ms, Marilyn Trotz roasted the Government for a “cultural extravaganza” which “failed to recognise that Guyana is a multi-ethnic society.” It was, she wrote, “for the most part Afrocentric”. I quote Ms Trotz because coming from me, the observation would be condemned as racist:I did write to the press two weeks ago to question why only ACDA was featured in a state-funded advertisement for UNESCO’s celebration of World Cultural Diversity. Since no apology is forthcoming from the Social Cohesion Department, it has to be concluded that the exclusion of every other ethnic group in Guyana was fully intended by the Government.It is obvious that African Guyanese are in favour once again as they had been under the PNC dictatorship. Then, the discrimination was viewed and is still remembered as institutionalised racism.There are four more years until the next general elections and since Government has lost the 11% Indian vote that gave it its slim victory, the “ethnic arithmetic” will not favour a PNC victory; and given the Coalition Government’s record thus far the electorate will hardly support a cosmetic third party again.This makes the Granger Government’s self-destructive actions very puzzling unless they are viewed in the context that their haplessness and ineptitude arise, perhaps, from a child-like cluelessness about managing a government. Simply put, they cannot do better because they do not know how.Perhaps, this is why Granger busies himself with so much refashioning: it makes him appear busy; it distracts; and it shows him as a decision-maker even if the decisions are not the policy ones that are so desperately needed to get a stagnant economy moving.Still, many are hoping that Government will remain in this holding pattern which will prevent them from doing too much irreversible damage to the society and economy until the next general elections when they can be voted out.Many more are worried, however, that the ABC meddling which propped up the destructive PNC dictatorship will prevail once again for the sake of US interests in controlling our offshore oil find.Even more are worried that the PPP has learned nothing from its electoral loss and, with no reforms in sight, will proceed with the same arrogance and highhandedness as before if returned to office.While we look on with both dismay and amusement at the bumbling tragic-comedy that is the Granger Administration, the future is none too clear.For 50 years there has been no administration that has delivered clean, honest government so all we have is a hope and a prayer that better must come.last_img read more

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From Colonial Coins to Financial Independence

first_imgMoney was first introduced to Guyana by the Dutch colonists, but there was never much in circulation.Previously, according to Guyana.org, there was an informal barter system among the original inhabitants of the territory before they began trading with Dutch colonists and traders for European goods such as knives and cutlasses.Even after the Dutch introduced money, they rarely used it for large business transactions. It was normal for them to write promissory notes, which eventually would be redeemed from their agents in Amsterdam where they sent their sugar and other produce to be sold.The Dutch colonists introduced the guilder and other coins such as pennings, stivers and bitts whose values fluctuated over time. Side by side with these coins from other European nations circulated. These included the English guinea, the Mexican dollar, and the Portuguese gold ducat, moidore, and joe.Paper money and English coinsBy the end of the 18th century, a type of paper money issued by the government or the banks in Europe began appearing in Guyana.Usually, when a person had accumulated a quantity of paper money, he would exchange the notes for gold at the Receiver’s Office for Colonial Taxes. This office would then re-issue the paper money to the public again.British Guiana currencyEarly independent Guyana one cent coinBack of the $1 showing King George VIFront of a $1 note used in BGNotes used today in GuyanaWhen the British seized Guyana in 1803, English coins began to make a gradual appearance. However, the Dutch coins continued to be the main means of commercial exchange throughout the rest of the century, by which time the Portuguese and Mexican coins could hardly be found in circulation.Many slaves saved coins that they acquired by doing odd jobs during their free time, or through the sale of the produce from their provision grounds.The first bank to be established was a savings bank for the slaves in 1828. This occurred at a time when the British government was implementing policies aimed at improving the social condition of the slave population in its colonies.In 1836, two other banks, the Colonial Bank and the British Guiana Bank, were set up. The former, many years later, was taken over by Barclays Bank, while the latter, during the second decade of the 20th century, was absorbed by the Royal Bank of Canada.In 1900, the Dutch coins were withdrawn and were replaced by British coins such as the half penny, penny, sixpence, twelve pence, shilling, florin, half crown, crown, sovereign and guinea.Official British paper money was also introduced into Guyana at this time. This system of currency remained until 1951 when Guyana joined with the British Eastern Caribbean territories to use common Eastern Caribbean coins and currency notes, even though many of the British coins continued to circulate for a while.Independence Guyana, on attaining independence in 1966, withdrew from the Eastern Caribbean currency board and began to issue its own coins (one cent, five cents, ten cents, twenty-five cents, fifty cents) and currency notes with values of one dollar, five dollars, ten dollars and twenty dollars.The Bank of Guyana, as noted on its website, was established through the Bank of Guyana Ordinance No. 23 of 1965.  Actual operation commenced on Oct. 16, 1965, seven months before the country gained political independence.This Ordinance established the Central Bank as an ‘autonomous institution’ with headquarters in the capital city of Georgetown.The early establishment of the Bank was promoted by an agreement of the U.K. government (acting for the still colonial members of the British Caribbean Currency Board (BCCB) and the Trinidad & Tobago government), for the dissolution of the BCCB by mid-1967 and the cessation of issuance of currency after 1965.At its establishment, the Bank was housed in temporary premises in three locations. The governor operated from an office assigned to him in the Parliament Building.Office space was rented from the Colonial Life Insurance Company, High Street, Georgetown, to house the Research Department while the BCCB’s office in the General Post Office Building, Georgetown, executed currency operations on behalf of the Bank.Bank of Guyana (Photo: ksmoses)The Bank commenced issuing the new national currency notes on November 15, 1965, to replace the BCCB notes, the issuance of which was expected to cease by December 31, 1965.  However, national coins were not issued until mid-1967.The Ordinance establishing the Bank was revised and became the Bank of Guyana Act. CAP:85:02.  This Act was further revised in 1995, 1998 and late 2004.last_img read more

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Mineke Foundation Launches Women’s Club

first_imgA non-governmental organization, Mineke Foundation over the weekend launched its Women’s Club aimed at building women’s skills in the country to ensure that they support themselves.The national coordinator for Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women at the Gender Ministry, Dominic Massaquoi said such a program needs the full support of the (Gender) ministry to decentralize its activities. “It is the obligation of women to take this project into their hearts as it will usher them into a marketable state in the future,” Massaquoi told them. He told the women that the institution is helping them to take advantage of the job market.“Women are potential people not quantity, but [you all] need to put more time to your training,” he urged them.He promised the women the ministry’s full support to extend the program across the Barnesville Community to benefit more residents, especially the women. Also speaking, Coordinator of the Mineke Foundation Bukola Ayoola said lack of women’s empowerment across the Gardnerville Township is a major problem.“We will invest more resources to make women contributors in the homes, and in their society through this skills training program,” she assured the participants.She said since the beginning of the women’s club more people have benefitted and the interest is growing among the community of women. Ms. Ayoola further said the increase in economic hardship has made it difficult for many women, especially the unskilled to succeed easily in Liberia.“We will tackle these hardships with vocational training courses, giving our women a brighter future and skills to start their own businesses,” she said, adding that courses offered focus on self responsibility, learning skills and teamwork.She noted that building the skills of women with the right economic approach and entrepreneurial knowledge makes them accountable to transform their lives.“An optimistic, practical and independent woman positively impacts her community, nation, family which is the basis for every developed country,” she emphasized.According to Ms. Ayoola, the women’s club was initiated this year with more them 60 women benefiting in soap making, pastries and vocational courses.She disclosed that currently there are about 40 women undergoing career training in the three-month soap making and nine month pastries course in the vocational school. Gardnersville Township Commissioner, Vamba F. Kenneh appreciated the foundation for the good work and appealed that they should extend it in other parts of the township.“I hope that these women will make this project as their first life priority in order to improve their own livelihood,” he added. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Dunne confirms Republic of Ireland retirement

first_img1 Richard Dunne has retired from international duty QPR veteran defender Richard Dunne has announced his retirement from international football for the Republic of Ireland.The 34-year-old made his debut for his country in 2000, going on to win 80 caps, the last of which came against Kazakhstan last October.But he has now decided to solely focus on the Hoops and told his club’s official website: “Retiring from international football has been an extremely difficult decision for me to make“I have represented Ireland since I was 15 years of age, and have thoroughly enjoyed all the highs and lows that have come with playing for my country.“I will continue to support the team as they embark upon their new campaign under Martin O’Neill, and have every faith that they will qualify for France 2016.“I’d like to thank everyone I worked alongside during my time with Ireland, from managers, to players, to backroom staff. I have so many great memories that will stay with me forever.”Republic boss Martin O’Neill added: “Richard has been a remarkable player for both club and country.“I had the pleasure of working with him at Aston Villa, where he had a big influence on the field.“He has consistently given 100 per cent every time he has been called on by his country also. I wish him all the best in his club career.”Football Association of Ireland chief John Delaney said: “Richard has been a tremendous servant to his country and is truly a player for Ireland to be proud of.“I will never forget his performance in Moscow, which was instrumental in winning us qualification for Euro 2012.“Richard and his family, particularly his parents Dick and Phyllis, will always be welcome guests in Aviva Stadium.“On behalf of the Association, I would like to wish him and his family the very best for the future.”last_img read more

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Exclusive – Rooney will be worried about his England place, admits Gray

first_imgAndy Gray admits Wayne Rooney will be concerned about his place in the England side for the first time in his international career – even though he has been named captain.The Manchester United striker had a disappointing game in the uninspiring 1-0 victory over Norway on Wednesday night, even though he scored the winning penalty, and the Three Lions looked better once he had gone off to be replaced by Arsenal new boy Danny Welbeck.That has led to calls in some quarters for Rooney to be left out of the first European Championship qualifier against Switzerland on Monday night, but Gray insists Roy Hodgson should stick with the under-fire forward.“You’ve got to play your captain,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “You don’t announce he will be your captain and leave him out of the first competitive game.“But for the first time in his England career Rooney will be little worried about his automatic inclusion in the side, even though he is captain.”last_img read more

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Leicester to beat Arsenal and remain on course for biggest shock in betting history? Coral Daily Download

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Leicester travel to Arsenal on Sunday holding a five point lead at the top of the Premier League.The Foxes are the 9/4 title favourites and Clare says it would be “the biggest shock in betting history” if they go on to win the league.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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San Pedro may host marine biology research center

first_imgSAN PEDRO – A marine biology research complex may be built as part of an effort to revitalize the Harbor Area’s economic and education base, according to a plan by Los Angeles port officials. The proposed 28-acre oceanfront laboratory at City Dock No. 1 would serve as a new home to the Southern California Marine Institute, which would likely share the space with government researchers, marine-related businesses or environmental groups, said port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz. Costs, construction timelines and potential tenants are being worked out as part of an ongoing “visioning process” funded by a $50,000 matching-fund grant from the Annenberg Foundation, Knatz said. “I’m like a clam at high tide, I’m so excited about it,” said Knatz, who is scheduled to announce her vision during a Thursday night meeting of the Los Angeles Harbor Commission. “We have an idea, and now we need to see if we can move this as a real concept.” SCMI – a consortium comprised of the University of Southern California, Occidental College and 10 California State University campuses – has studied marine biology at the Port of Los Angeles for about 50 years. However, the agency has outgrown the 11,000-square-foot Terminal Island space that it’s occupied for 25 years. “Simply getting a new facility at this point isn’t enough,” said Anthony Michaels, president of SCMI’s board of directors. “We need to think more boldly about what we can do with this opportunity and make sure it complements efforts to make this world a better place.” Michaels said he hopes to explore a variety of topics, such as global warming, pollution, biotechnology and how large cities with busy ports – such as Los Angeles – affect marine life. On a local scale, Knatz said she would like to see the facility grow into a learning center for residents and students. “The more we brainstorm, the bigger this gets,” Knatz said. The research facility would be built on land once occupied by Westway as part of a larger effort to revive San Pedro’s waterfront with commercial and recreational space. Storage tanks on the Westway property would be dismantled and cleanup is expected to begin in about 18 months as part of a settlement the company reached last month with the city. “With the Westways agreement in place and the fact we now have the space on City Dock 1 available, we figured it was a logical place for the institute,” Knatz said. “It’s an ideal site with great views and plenty of space that’s accessible to the community.” Knatz, SCMI officials and executives with the San Pedro Peninsula Chamber of Commerce have been crafting the concept for several months with the hope of turning the idea into a “premier laboratory where the rest of the world comes for research,” said Camilla Townsend, chamber president and a former harbor commissioner. “It’s so appropriate for the largest port in North America to have a renowned marine research facility connected to it,” Townsend said. “It’s also an opportunity to bring sustainable jobs and a new work force to our community.” art.marroquin@dailybreeze.com (310) 543-6674160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_imgperform Saturday WHITTIER – The Whittier Community Theater, 7630 Washington Ave., will feature the Choralaires Barbershop Chorus in performances Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.. Admission is $13 for adults and $5 for children under 13. For more information call, (562) 923-5951. Library touts free lunch programs WHITTIER – The Whittier Central Library at 7344 S. Washington Ave. has announced three of its free 12:15 p.m. Lunch at the Library programs for the new year. They are as follows: Jan. 25, Eva’s Journey, Hava Ben-Zvi: The true story of a young Jewish girl’s confrontation with the horrors of the Holocaust during World War II. Feb. 22, Celebrate Whittier Reads 2007, featured speaker Veronique de Turenne. March 29, Rounding the Bases: Baseball and religion in America with author Dr. Joseph Price of Whittier College. VWF post plans fundraiser Sunday SANTA FE SPRINGS – Members of VFW Post 3752, at 11912 Rivera Rd., will host a fund-raiser breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. Breakfast tickets will be sold for $4. Breakfast will include rice, beans, eggs, hash browns, toast, coffee and juice. Menudo will also be available for an extra costs. For more information, call (562) 698-9059. Library hosting `Book Bites’ WHITTIER – The Whittier Public Library, 7344 S. Washington Ave., invites the public to “Book Bites,” the first Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Those in attendance will be able to “talk books” with librarians in an informal discussion about what’s new and interesting in the book world. Light snacks will be available, courtesy of the Friends of the Whittier Public Library. For more information, call (562) 464-3450. VFW auxiliary hosting fundraiser LA MIRADA – A chicken enchilada dinner is being hosted at 6 p.m. this evening by the Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148 at 13932 Valley View Ave. for a donation of $7 per person. For more information, call (562) 941-4097. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – The Disability Rights Legal Center, a statewide coalition of advocates for disabled youths, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court against the Montebello Unified School District for failing to provide the proper tools to lead independent lives after graduation. The group also included the California State Department of Education and the Los Angeles Office of Education in their lawsuit which was served to MUSD on Tuesday. Robert Henke, information officer for MUSD, said it was district policy not to comment on legal matters until the suit can be reviewed. DRLC officials could not be reached for comment Thursday. The suit asks for improved transitional planning services for special-education students that include individualized plans that prepare them for work, college and independent or assisted living. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Wall between mall, homes to be razed WHITTIER – LNR Partners, the developer of the new Whittwood Town Center, has agreed to replace the wall separating the shopping center and homes along Starbuck Drive and Messina Drive with a 6-foot wall. Residents had been concerned the existing 4-foot-tall wall wasn’t tall enough and wouldn’t provide privacy. Choralaires set to last_img
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Chelsea legend ‘hopes’ Eden Hazard stays at Stamford Bridge

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 2 John Terry and Eden Hazard were Chelsea team-mates for five years MONEY REPLY And Hazard, whose Stamford Bridge deal expires next year, revealed to French radio station RMC that he has made a final decision on his future.He said: “I know what I am going to do. I have made a decision.”Former Chelsea captain Terry, who made 717 appearances for the Blues, won two Premier League titles with Hazard.The pair played together for five years in west London.And during a Q&A session on his Instagram story, Terry was asked ‘Will Hazard stay?’ to which the Aston Villa assistant coach replied “I hope so”. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Chelsea signed Borussia Dortmund and USA winger Christian Pulisic for £57million last month and immediately loaned him back to the German club. shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED The 20-year-old will link up with his new team-mates in pre-season and could be a replacement for Hazard.The Belgium captain, a £32million capture from Lille in 2012, has scored 15 goals for the Blues so far this season. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won John Terry made his feelings very clear ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow REVEALED Chelsea legend John Terry ‘hopes’ Eden Hazard stays at Chelsea.The Blues star has been linked with an £88million move to Real Madrid this summer. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ last_img read more

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