Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Hope), 2-104 (Bravo), 3-115 (Samuels), 4-131 (Blackwood), 5-158 (K Brathwaite), 6-159 (Holder), 7-246 (C Brathwaite), 8-296 (Ramdin), 9-300 (Roach), 10-330 (Taylor) WICKET TAKERS Left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe (3-63) and off-spinner Nathan Lyon (3-120) picked up three wickets apiece while pacer James Pattinson ended with two for 76. The Aussies had offered West Indies the chance to make a game of it. They proposed declaring their first innings without a run on the board in response to West Indies’ overnight score of 248, allowing the visitors seven overs to make 121, and then attempting to chase down 370 off 70 overs for victory. However, captain Jason Holder rejected the offer, allowing the game to peter out into a tame affair. Adam Voges was adjudged Man of the Series for his 375 runs in two innings without being dismissed, while Warner copped the Man of the Match award for his record hundred. SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES 1st innings (overnight 248 for seven) +D. Ramdin c Smith b O’Keefe 62 *J. Holder c Burns b O’Keefe 1 K. Roach c Burns b Lyon 15 J. Taylor c Lyon b O’Keefe 13 J. Warrican not out 21 Extras (b5, lb2, nb1) 8 TOTAL (all out, 112.1 overs) 330 Bowling: Hazlewood 18-5-49-1, Pattinson 18-3-76-2 (nb1), Lyon 46-12-120-3, Marsh 4-1-15-0, O’Keefe 26.1-7-63-3, AUSTRALIA 1st innings D. Warner not out 122 J. Burns c Roach b Warrican 26 M. Marsh c Blackwood b Warrican 21 +P. Nevill not out 7 TOTAL (2 wkts decl, 38 overs) 176 Did not bat: U Khawaja, *S Smith, A Voges, S O’Keefe, J Pattinson, J Hazlewood, N Lyon. Fall of wickets: 1-100 (Burns), 2-154 (Marsh) Bowling: Taylor 4-0-27-0, Holder 4-1-15-0, Roach 4-0-29-0, Warrican 15-1-62-2, C Brathwaite 7-0-23-0, K Brathwaite 4-0-20-0. Result: Match drawn. Series: Australia win three-match series 2-0. Man-of-the-Match: David Warner. Man-of-the-Series: Adam Voges. Toss: West Indies. Umpires: C Gaffaney, I Gould; TV – M Erasmus. SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): Opener David Warner stroked the fastest ever Test hundred at the Sydney Cricket Ground as the rain-ravaged third and final Test against West Indies predictably ended in a draw yesterday. With the adverse weather having allowed just 68 deliveries on the second day and then forced the abandonment of the third and fourth days, the result of the game was never really in doubt, but Warner nonetheless put on a spectacle for the nearly 7,000 spectators who turned up. The left-hander blasted his way to three figures off a mere 82 balls en route to an unbeaten 122 as Australia raced to 176 for two off just 38 overs in their first innings. Fellow Australian Matthew Hayden previously held the record with an 84-ball hundred against Zimbabwe, 13 years ago. Warner put on a hundred for the first wicket with Joe Burns who scored 26, and a further 54 for the second wicket with Mitchell Marsh who got 21, while left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican picked up both wickets to fall for 62 runs. Denesh Ramdin had earlier converted his overnight 30 into 62 as West Indies, resuming on 248 for seven, were dismissed for 330. Warrican finished on 21 not out as West Indies passed 300 for the first time in the series.
KOLKATA, India, CMC – Fast bowler Jerome Taylor says West Indies will use yesterday’s warm-up loss to hosts India as a learning experience and hit back strongly when the Twenty20 World Cup bowls off. West Indies were soundly beaten by India by 45 runs at Eden Gardens, after suffering a batting collapse while chasing a target of 186. “We can look at the batting and the way we lost wickets. Wickets kept falling in clusters so I guess that’s one area we can improve on,” Taylor told reporters. “As a team, we are working towards one common goal which is winning and there’s always room for improvement. We will go back to the drawing boards and come again after this game.” He added: “If you want to be in the finals, you have to improve each and every time you go out on the park so we’ll look to improve in all departments of the game – batting, bowling and fielding.” India got up to 185 for five off their 20 overs, with opener Rohit Sharma anchoring the innings with an unbeaten 98 off 57 deliveries. Taylor led the attack with two for 26 while left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn finished with two for 30. The Jamaican said despite the loss, the squad was in a great mood, especially coming off a two-week camp in the United Arab Emirates. “We have been playing cricket over the last week, two weeks. It’s a happy camp, to be honest with you,” Taylor said. “The guys are gelling together and they are upbeat about this tournament. They are just sharing each other’s experience among themselves and gelling together as a group. “This is a fantastic experience for us as well and hope we can take a lot from this and bounce back again.” Taylor said the defeat would not dent the side’s confidence but would enhance their preparation to face India later in the competition, if such a meeting arose. “It has provided us with an insight as to what India are going to be like so there’s a lot to take from this game … so that if we do come up against India again we can give a good account of ourselves.”
GTT on Saturday launched its Gyaff-A-Lot bundles; these would afford customers to always stay connected while doing the things they love at affordable rates.The Gyaff-A-Lot bundles combine unlimited talk and text on the GTT network; unlimited WhatsApp Chat; minutes to call the US, Canada and the other network; plus data for customers’ other online needs.Gyaff-A-Lot comes in four packages, which give customers the flexibility to choose the bundle that best suits their lifestyle.“GTT continues to listen to feedback from its customers. We have been providing, and will continue to provide, the changes they have recom-mended,” GTT’s Chief Executive Officer Justin Nedd stated.He also said it is a win for customers, who would be able to Do More with their Gyaff-A-Lot bundles and still pay less.The Gyaff-A-Lot bundles ensure huge savings when compared to what the other network has to offer, and are available via the *100# menu as well as the My GTT App, according to GTT.For more information, customers can LiveChat with the GTT Customer Experience Agents at gtt.co.gy. Live Chat is available from Monday to Friday from 8:00h to 18:00h.
A footballer who used a broken bottle to stab a member of an opposing team found himself before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan charged with the indictable offence.Jillian Knox, 25, of Lot 36 Pearl, East Bank Demerara (EBD), allegedly unlawfully and maliciously wounded Keith Dalton with intent to murder him on April 11, 2018 at Coverden, East Bank Demerara (EBD).According to the facts of the matter presented by Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield, the two men who play for opposing teams had a misunderstanding on the day in question.As such, an altercation ensued when Knox broke a bottle and dealt Dalton a stab to his right side.Dalton was rushed to the hospital where he was admitted for three days.Knox was released on $250,000 bail on the condition that he reports to the Timehri Police Station every other Friday until the conclusion of the matter.He was also ordered by the Chief Magistrate to stay 50 feet away from the Virtual Complainant (VC) and witnesses in the matter.Knox is expected to make his next appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on April 30, 2018.
– floats shared governance but will not coalesceAfter decades of failed promises by the two main political parties in Guyana, A New and United Guyana (ANUG) is entering the political arena with a promise to work in a constitutional framework that demands inclusion and cooperation for the interest of all Guyanese.The party pointed out that a vast majority of the electorate is already loyal to one of the two major ethnic parties – People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) – which they support in the belief that they gain some sort of protection if their party is in office. However, the reality is that when one party is in office, the other section of theThe founding members of A New and United Guyana (ANUG) at the party’s launch on Fridayelectorate feels abandoned, marginalised, and discriminated against.To this end, ANUG is imploring Guyanese to support the party and assist in creating a constitutional system that will bring ethnic parties to share executive power and give the nation confidence that a system of governance will be introduced to protect their interests.“We believe that the only solution is to create a system where both political parties share executive power so that all Guyanese can move forward in confidence that their combined interests are protected. The two main political parties are unwilling to take these steps, despite decades of promises by both of them. Only a separate political movement, a third party, can motivate them to do so,” the new party said.ANUG outlined that the large ethnic groups consisting of over 75 per cent of the voting population and a competitive political system make the political context extremely toxic – an environment that rewards ethnic loyalty at the ballot box and makes politicians ethnic entrepreneurs. However, the party noted that there are constitutional ways out of this dilemma.“We believe that Guyanese have already paid the human and material price, and ignorance can no longer be the excuse. So we stand ready with an agenda to radically reform the political system under which we live and establish a system that will give all ethnicities an equitable constitutional stake in executive decision-making and implementation,” ANUG assured.The party committed to work from the first day of taking constitutional office or being able to otherwise influence governmental policy, to establish shared executive power and within one month of being able to do so, set about the constitutional reform process to make the necessary changes in the Constitution. It also promised to never enter a coalition with any other political party for the purpose of securing a role in Government.In fact, one of the party’s founding members, former Speaker of the National Assembly and former PPP Executive Ralph Ramkarran, at the party’s launch on Friday at Moray House, gave an undertaking that ANUG would not join either of the major parties to form a Government.“We will not go into a Government, if one of the parties gains a plurality and not a majority and they are searching for a partner to give them a majority, we wouldn’t be there… What our role will be is to say this is what we want. If you support this, we will support you and what we want is to build a governance system that is inclusive of everyone and which will solve the political problems of Guyana,” the veteran politician told a packed gathering at the party’s launch.Ramkarran, who came out of political retirement after resigning from the PPP back in 2011, is confident that ANUG is strong enough to win the upcoming elections or at least get enough seats in the National Assembly to hold the balance of power.According to the party, politicians’ promises to Guyanese must mean something and the people should also have some way of enforcing promises. In an effort to demonstrate its commitment, the party said it will make these two main commitments legally enforceable, that is, anyone will be able to go to the courts for the appropriate declarations if the party is to violate either or both commitments. If the court rules against the party, ANUG legally commits to resign from Parliament.Apart from Ramkarran, other frontrunners in the party are former PPP Government Minister Dr Henry Jeffrey, Attorney-at-Law Timothy Jonas, businessmen Beni Sankar and Kian Jabour, as well as Akanni Blair, who was recently appointed PPP’s Vice Chairman in Linden. The party is now looking to pull in female members, saying that those they have approached thus far are willing to support ANUG but fear discrimination to publicly join the party.Moreover, ANUG is also facing this conundrum with the business community, saying that while businesses have pledged to support the new party, they are only willing to do so anonymously.ANUG will be pushing on this agenda: opportunities for youth, reducing poverty, streamlining the oil and economic sectors, tackling corruption and climate change.
The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) together owes Government a whopping US2 million and the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government has indicated its intention to begin recovering this money from the two cash-strapped State Owned Entities (SOE).This information is contained in the recently released Public Debt Report for 2015 which was prepared by the Debt Management Division (DMD) of the Ministry of Finance and made public on Friday last by Substantive Minister, Winston Jordan.Government has been struggling over the years to recover the monies it had loaned the two state entities.At end-2015, GPL and GuySuCo had repaid less than one per cent of their debt payable to Government.According to Minister Jordan in his Public Debt Report, two entities have over the years been billed for the debt service payments falling due but have not made payments to the Government.Jordan concedes that while many SOEs do not appear to have the resources to service their debt obligations to the Government, “The process of reconciling the debt outstanding by SOEs to the Government commenced in 2015.”He noted too that at end-2015, this process was still in progress but at “the end of the exercise, the Government will make arrangements to recover the debt from the SOEs.”On-lendingThe two entities became indebted to the State through loans handed to it by government through what is referred to as an ‘on-lending arrangement.’Such an arrangement obtains where the Government obtains a loan, usually concessional financing from an international financial institution such as the World Bank or Caribbean Development Bank, and then passes on the loan principal to another entity, usually a SOE.The two beneficiaries of on-lend loans from Government are GPL and GuySuCo and “At end-2015, the Government had on-lent some US$282M to these two entities.”Of that amount, 54.8 per cent was on-lent to the GPL.There are a total of 11 such loan agreements, seven of which are between the Government and the GPL, and four with GuySuCo.Of the 11 agreements, six were financed directly from the PetroCaribe Fund.According to information in the report over the review period, all new on-lending agreements were contracted with the GPL in the amount of US$80.1 million with the source of funding being the PetroCaribe Fund.GPL, according to the Report has been the only SOE that benefitted from the PetroCaribe Fund in addition to another China Exim loan to the tune of US$39.6 million.The report documents also that of the beneficiaries of the on-lend loans, GuySuCo was the only SOE covered by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was specifically for loans on-lent in relation to the Skeldon Sugar Modernisation Project.The MoU states the all payments due within three years after 2008 will be deferred but that MoU came to an end on December 31, 2011.GuySuCo has not however resumed repayment of its obligations to the Government.Strategically importantOn-lending is said to be a means by which Government can support strategically important projects that aid national development.The Government enters an on-lending arrangement given that the primary loan proceeds are earmarked to fund capital expenditure for the SOEs.The terms and conditions of the primary loan agreements differ typically from those included in subsidiary loan agreements.Interest rates are usually higher in subsidiary loan agreements than in primary loan agreements, but the rate is generally lower than the rate that the beneficiary could otherwise negotiate from commercial lenders.According to the Report, by improving their financial viability, on-lending can facilitate the delivery of development projects that are expected to provide broader economic benefits to Guyana.
Last time out the Trackers fell one goal short as they lost to the PAC Saints 3-2.The Trackers enter the weekend in fifth place in the Bear Slashing Division with a record of 5-13-1.After the Trackers return from the break, their next action comes on January 3 as they skate with the Whitecourt Wolverines in Dawson Creek at 5:15 p.m.- Advertisement –
…GBA kick starts junior championships todayBoxing action will return to the National Gymnasium this evening as the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) is preparing to host the third edition of the Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors Championships.GBA President Steve Ninvalle; Director of Sport, Christopher Jones and Jamaican Coach Gilbert Valdz flanked by members of the Jamaican junior teamThe Championships, which were first hosted in Guyana back in 2016, sees participation from numerous countries around the Caribbean, inclusive of Jamaica, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago.With those teams coming into the Land of Many Waters, GBA President Steve Ninvalle divulged the aims of the Association’s initiative. “What we have done in Guyana is that we have seen the need for emphasis to be placed on the nursery of the sport not only in this country but wider afield, and it was with this in mind that we sat, we plotted, we planned, and we came up with this tournament.”Furthermore, the GBA President posited that the event was not being viewed as only a competition but as a way to assess the continued development of the Caribbean’s young boxers.“It’s not about Guyana actually winning, this is a collaborative regional effort and we want to know where the Region is as it relates to that department of the sport. After this, we’ll take a panoramic view and we can say aptly that as a region the Caribbean needs to do this and that,” Ninvalle stated.The Association President also took the time to highlight the fact that the GBA has multiplied the number of junior competitions in order to produce the best for the tournament. In past years, only two competitions were held internally; that number has been raised to two per month.Following a similar train of thought, Director of Sport, Christopher Jones spoke on the measures being taken by his office to improve the quality of the Championships. Jones disclosed that the National Sport Commission (NSA) has gone as far as employing a coach who was working with young boxers in the hinterland regions.“The NSC would have hired a boxing coach and he’s particularly working in the outlying regions – One, Seven, Eight and Nine. Because we recognise like the coast, many of those talents could be found in the hinterland region. And, as such, Mr Rogers has been working, identifying those boxers and essentially feeding them into the programmes that are had by the Boxing Association.”Furthermore, the Director of Sport explained that these tournaments were a testament to how much those initiatives have nurtured the athletes. “We have essentially seen the growth of our young boxers because of the programme that they would have set out. More particularly, this schoolboys and junior tournament provides an opportunity for those young boxers to be scouted.”The first team to land on these shores for this year’s tournament were the Jamaican team comprising three males, one female and a coach. Speaking on behalf of his team, Coach Gilbert Valdz praised the GBA for hosting the event.“Competition like this is good for us in the Caribbean, and Guyana has been holding up the Caribbean where schoolboys and amateur boxing around the Region is concerned. I want to give the President and his team a very hearty thank you for keeping their end of the bargain in promoting youths,” the Jamaican said.The three-day competition will utilise a budget of $6 million and the NSC has committed to sponsoring transportation, meals and petty cash among other things. All the teams for the competition will be weighed in tomorrow morning before the first punch is thrown at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue at 18:00h (6pm) sharp.
0Shares0000Exciting times: Virgil van Dijk has urged Liverpool to not get carried away with their six-point lead at the top of the Premier League © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 27 – Virgil van Dijk admits it is an exciting time to be a Liverpool player, but warned the Premier League leaders have won nothing yet.A year on since becoming the world’s most expensive defender in a £75 million ($95 million) move from Southampton, the Dutchman has more than justified his enormous transfer fee by helping to transform Liverpool’s defensive record. Jurgen Klopp’s men have conceded just seven goals and are yet to be beaten in 19 Premier League games — a run that has enabled them to streak six points clear at the top of the table.“It feels like it is an exciting time at Liverpool – and hopefully it will prove to be that as well,” Van Dijk told the club’s website.“What’s important is we need to keep going; we cannot be satisfied with what we have right now because we have nothing at the moment. We need to keep going, stay humble and work hard.”Van Dijk’s arrival helped spark a run to last season’s Champions League final, but two huge errors from goalkeeper Loris Karius helped Real Madrid retain their crown as European champions with a 3-1 win in Kiev.The signing of Brazilian number one Alisson Becker to replace the German has further bolstered Liverpool’s defence, but Van Dijk is still credited as the man who has helped turn Klopp’s side into title contenders.“Our defensive record this season has been spoken about a lot and I’m definitely proud of it,” he added.“The entire team has contributed towards it and we should all be proud of the fact we’re trying to keep clean sheets, not only the defence.“When things are going well people will probably say that I am the one that changed things, but it is not like that.“But if things are not going well, I am the guy that will get the blame because of my transfer fee. But that’s the life we live as footballers.”– ‘Huge hunger’ –Van Dijk has also been named captain of the Netherlands as his reputation around the world has soared over the past year, but he believes at 27 he still has room for improvement.“I have improved in every aspect of my game I think, but there is still plenty to improve.“I still have some time to do that I think. I need to keep improving, doing what we’re doing and hopefully achieve good things.”In contrast to their unbeaten run in the Premier League, Liverpool survived three defeats in their Champions League group to progress to the last 16 where they will meet German giants Bayern Munich.And Van Dijk believes the pain of losing to Real in May will spurn Liverpool on to win a sixth European Cup in the coming seasons.“As a player, losing a final can definitely give you a huge hunger to get back there and win it.“Now I want to do everything that is possible to reach that stage again. It’s tough, but we need to keep doing what we’re doing and hopefully it’s going to happen again one day.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Graziano Pelle Juventus have become the latest club to register an interest in wantaway Southampton striker Graziano Pelle.Southampton are ready to cash in on the Italian international after he reportedly fell out with the club’s coaching staff towards the end of last season, leaving Ronald Koeman with no choice but to leave him out of the side.However, Koeman is interested in bringing Pelle with him to Everton this summer, while Stoke have also tried to make contact with the player.But, according to Sportitalia, Juve could now be the favourites to land the 30-year-old by offering him Champions League football and a return to his homeland.The report suggests the Italian champions are lining up a £7m offer for Pelle, which is expected to be short of Saints’ valuation of the forward.But Juve have the financial muscle to up their offer if needed, with Southampton keen on pocketing at least £10m for him. 1