LOT OF MONEY SPENT I also hope that the fortunes of the West Indies will change, certainly as far as results are concerned when they start their first day-and-night Test match with pink balls on Thursday. One, two, three and four, five, and six all add up to six losses in a row, or, to be more accurate, to a white-wash. That was after the three T20 matches and the three ODI’s, and if you add seven, eight, and nine for the three coming Test matches, it well may be nine in a row. That would really be embarrassing, especially as not one of them was close. To play nine matches, against Pakistan, against a team that is famous for its unpredictability, or inconsistency, and a team that does not even play at home, and to lose all nine, would be unforgivable. In the T20s, it was the batting, and the bowling that let down the West Indies. In the ODI’s, it was both the batting and the bowling, and in the Test matches, it looks like, unless there is a dramatic improvement in technique, it will be batting, bowling, and fielding. And neither Dwayne Bravo nor Joel Garner has said anything in terms of what went wrong or did not go wrong to cause the embarrassment or to prevent the embarrassment. Oh for a youngster like Babar Azam, who reeled of three consecutive run-a-ball hundreds in the ODIs! “We in Grenada have spent a lot of money on sport. A lot of things could have been done with that money, but because of our love for sport and the love for the young people of the region, we spent it that way,” said Dr Mitchell. No doubt that money could have been spent on education and hospitals, etcetera, etcetera, but as Prime Minister Mitchell said, sport can be used to grow the region economically. I sincerely hope that he really believes that that is so, that as the prime minister of Grenada, he will work to improve the economical side of sports in Grenada, and that, despite his sudden decision to give up the job as CARICOM’s man in charge of sport after his noble speech, he really encourages all the other prime ministers that they do so in their respective countries. Only by doing that can the prime ministers guarantee, or almost guarantee, that sport will be properly funded, that the people of the respective countries will truly benefit from sports, and that each country will continue to put out some of the world’s best sportsmen and sportswomen for a long time to come, if not forever. The question is, however: Why did Dr Mitchell suddenly resign his responsibility? As a politician, it could not possibly be “because of a couple of dissenting voices” in CARICOM to his view, a popular view at that, on West Indies cricket and his consistent call for a removal of the entire board and for a restructuring of West Indies cricket. As a politician, as the prime minister of Grenada, and as one who, hopefully, believes in what he has been preaching all along, and especially in what he had said just a few days before his sudden resignation, Dr Mitchell surrendered too easily, and especially so, to a couple of people who opposed his view of things. I hope that in his political life, he never comes up on a dissenting voice, or on a ballot voting the other way. I wonder what is it why politicians take so long to do everything, or almost too long to do most things? Maybe it is the mark of the profession, or maybe it is a way of marking time. Maybe it is also their way of doing nothing. Whatever is the reason for it? The people are tired of it, especially in the Caribbean. Politicians must endeavour to talk less and act a lot more than they do. For years now, the people have been celebrating success in sport, the governments have been spending money – a lot of scarce money – in sport, other crucial and necessary things in the broader society have been left undone, and the result is that while a few have been happy, the vast majority of people have been neglected and left in misery. With all of this, the people keep calling for more money to be spent on sport, regardless of the shortfall in other areas, and the reason for it is very simple. Success in anything, and especially in sport, is good for almost everyone, and there is no two ways about it. Success leaves everyone in a happy mood. It makes everyone, or almost everyone, especially in a poor society, feel equal and proud and, according to psychologists, it is good for the fight against crime and poverty. Although sport has become a profession these days, and an attractive one at that, if more money is to be spent on sport, however, some of that money, in a poor country like Jamaica, should be earned from sports, or through sports, and that money should come, or must come from the investment of the people, led by the governments, in sport. The West Indies, led by Jamaica through its many world-beaters in sports like cricket, boxing, and track and field, in particular, certainly possesses enough quality to make such an industry a tremendous success. Even as a novice in the field of business, I can see the money rolling in once the industry is properly put together and effectively run, and especially so as the West Indies is a top-of-the-line tourist destination. This investment has been done, in a small way, in, at least, Barbados, where Wes Hall once served as the minister of tourism, and certainly Garry Sobers, Gordon Greenidge, and Desmond Haynes as representatives of the ministry, and in Antigua, where Viv Richards has been used to promote the island. Mostly, however, the failure to use sport to assist in the growth of the region, except in the popularity stakes, is great. Recently, however, Jamaica has been talking about it, but apart for talking about it, nothing really has been done about it; at least, nothing to make people stand up and take notice that something is being done about it. And just quite recently, the prime minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell, chairman of the sub-committee for cricket governance in CARICOM, no doubt, with cricket specially in mind, called for a Caribbean summit on sport, and in doing so, remarked that sport is important to the people of the region and can be used to grow the region economically. 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Dear Editor,There is need for mechanisms to enable victims of abuse to break the silence by sharing their experiences and publicly calling out abusers, as well as seeking help. A hotline would be one such mechanism; or perhaps the Suicide Helpline can be expanded to include abuse. Gatekeepers/lay counsellors would be another mechanism. As well, the Government should foster the creation of an app that would enable sharing and reporting of such abuse.Also, the authorisation of the call to action must be addressed. On the one hand, almost all who suggest what should be done expect some hazy other to take action, as they remain dismissive of the call for abuse prevention to be everyone’s business, and the need for each one of us to tackle the issue in our homes, communities and workplaces; as those are really where the walls of silence need to be broken down, and misplaced concepts such as family honour and status need to be shunted aside.On the other hand, the deafening silence fosters abuse, sometimes with fatal consequences; often because victims and others know not what to do, and how to do it. This need to know is critical, since abuse prevention starts with you, and you, and you; and workshops such as the ones offered by The Caribbean Voice can meet this need.Finally, some years ago, TCV launched an online petition calling for a registry of sex offenders to be raised. Now we are rooting for the plan of Director of the Childcare & Protection Agency, Ann Green, to be realised in having such a registry of sexual predators of children, and we hope that plans for a similar registry for sexual predators of adults will also come into being in 2018.As well, we appeal to readers to please sign our petition calling for such a registry, and urge others to do so by clicking on the ‘Petitions’ link on the left hand bar of the index page on our website – www.caribvoice.org – and then click on the ‘Registry of Sex Offenders’ link, so that we can boost the registry’s chances.SincerelyThe Caribbean Voice
Tension is brewing in the border town of Buutuo in Nimba County after a man accused of being a murderer was discovered dead in a cell manned by officers of the Liberian National Police (LNP) in the area.Buutuo is the town where the first shot that ignited the Liberian 14- year civil war was fired.The victim, Chester Goanker, was reportedly mobbed to death in the police cell by some unidentified angry residents of the nearby town of Wea-Beeplay, after they learned that Goanker had stabbed a man identified as Emmanuel Boyah to death.It all started when news reached his family in Beeplay Town in the same district, that “some alleged residents immediately mobilized and armed themselves with machetes, jumped on motorbikes and headed to the area.Upon their arrival in Buutuo, an eyewitness told the Daily Observer, the aggrieved residents overpowered the only two police officers and broke into the police cell where it was believed that Goanker had been held for an investigation.“When the officers saw the crowd, they fled into the nearby bushes for their personal safety and the angry crowd took the opportunity and allegedly mobbed Goanker to death,” the eyewitness said.According to him, Goanker had reportedly left his home town, Payglay, on February 22 to visit a girlfriend in the nearby village of Farmeinplay, in the Buu-Yao Administrative District, when the incident occurred.The source further explained that while Goanker was en route, he came across two men, one of them identified as Emmanuel Boyah, who allegedly drew him into a fight. During the scuffle Goanker reportedly stabbed Emmanuel Boyah, who later died of the wound he sustained. Sources told this newspaper that Goanker, who had sustained a deep cut in his stomach, managed to escape from the scene and reported himself to police officers in Buutuo, while the late Emmanuel’s surviving friend fled to an unknown destination.When the Daily Observer contacted the police in the county, they neither confirmed nor denied the report, and said they had dispatched officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) to the area.Up to press time last night, this newspaper could not establish whether or not the situation had been contained.Lawless behavior around Buutuo is becoming alarming due to the lack of armed police officers to properly keep security at the border town, residents told the Daily Observer.In mid January, a group of young men from Dinplay Town broke through a football field with cutlasses, sticks and guns in Frolay Town, (Ninkwea Chiefdom), vandalizing and beating players of the opposing team, accusing them of bewitching their players on the field of play. The opponent team came from Gblarlay Town.Scores of spectators sustained serious injuries, ranging from fractures, while motorcycles and other valuables were set ablaze.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…says Claudette Singh never exhibited pro-H2H stanceContrary to claims by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairperson, Retired Justice Claudette Singh never exhibited a pro- House-to-House (H2H) Registration stance. This is according to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall.GECOM Chairperson, Retired Justice Claudette Singh speaks during the opening of the centresOn Friday last, Justice Singh spoke at the opening ceremony of two GECOM registration offices at Corriverton and Whim, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). She was quoted in sections of the media as stating “in order to vote you must be registered … that is your first task; you must be registered before you exercise your constitutional right to vote”.“These statements were swiftly pounced upon by the Government propagandists and twisted to suit their political agenda, to contend that Justice Singh is supportive of House-to-House Registration,” Nandlall said in a statement.“The truth is that there is nothing in those statements which, expressly, or by implication, supports such warped contention. But then again, there is hardly a statement, a provision of the law, or the Constitution, or a court ruling, which the Government and its acolytes have interpreted correctly, in recent times.”Former Attorney General Anil NandlallNevertheless, Prime Minister Nagamootoo wrote in his weekly column, “My Turn”, that “the new Chairman of GECOM, Madam Justice Claudette Singh, seemed to be supporting the commission’s campaign. She was quoted (as) saying last Friday that “(I)n order to vote, you must be registered. That is your first task; you must be registered before you exercise your constitutional right to vote.”“Justice Singh was simply stating the correct legal and constitutional position in relation to voting. What the Prime Minister, and those who blindly follow him in this hopeless effort to distort, fails to realise is that Justice Singh was speaking at the opening of two centres established for the purpose of registration,” Nandlall noted.According to Nandlall, these centres were established under the Continuous Cycle of Registration process catered for under the National Registration Act. As such, Nandlall explained that the centres have nothing to do with House-to-House Registration, since, as the name suggests, H2H was done on a “House-to-House” basis.GECOM is currently undertaking H2H registration, which was last conducted in 2008, with enumerators going in teams of two to three, door to door in various communities across Guyana. The enumerators will present forms to registrants to fill up, as well as take fingerprints and pictures.It is understood that these enumerators work from 15:30h to 18:30h during the week and from 09:00h to 16:00h on weekends and holidays. The exercise is intended to produce a new National Register of Registrants Database and Official List of Electors.This means that everyone, regardless of whether they were registered before or not, must register anew at their place of residence between July 20 and October of this year. However, a no-confidence motion was passed against the Government since December 21 of last year, necessitating elections in three months.In addition, the requirement for proof of residency has alarmed overseas-based Guyanese, to the point where a court case was filed earlier this year by an overseas-based Guyanese against H2H Registration, on the basis that it would disenfranchise her.That case was later withdrawn out of the belief that GECOM would adhere to the recent Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) rulings, which reiterated the need for elections in three months.Currently, Attorney and social commentator Christopher Ram has a case before the High Court in which he is seeking an injunction against the exercise. Acting Chief Justice Roxane George is expected to rule on the case on August 14.Previously, Justice George had denied Ram’s application for an interim conservatory order to block GECOM from continuing its H2H exercise that began on July 20. Subsequently, GECOM Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield through Trinidadian lawyer Stanley Marcus had sought the Chief Justice’s recusal, on the grounds of a statement she caused her office to send out which they contended was biased.
The two other Inconnu swimmers in the pool in Quebec City were Ben Blackmon and Cale Murdoch. Blackmon took third place in the 200 metre backstroke, and Murdoch swam in his first age group final in the 200 metre freestyle where he finished in tenth.At the Pointe Claire meet Kerr and Blackmon were back in the pool. Kerr moved up the ranks in the 50m and 100m butterfly from what he was placed going into the competitions.Blackmon meanwhile qualified for the B final in his best event the 200 metre breaststroke placing 15th and made his first B final at the national level in the 100 metre breaststroke placing 19th overall. He swam to a personal best time in the 200 IM event and establishing a new club record in the process with a time of 2:14.14. The Inconnu Swim Club was well represented at the 2015 Canadian Swimming Championships in Quebec City and Pointe Claire. Four swimmers were in the pool in Quebec City, and two made it through to compete at the higher stakes Pointe Claire event.The Quebec City meet was age groups championships according to Inconnu swimmer Skyeler Kerr, while the meet in Point Claire was an open age event with higher qualification time needed to compete.In the first meet Kerr finished in first place in the 50 metre backstroke and in the process set a club record at 27.61, and earned his second 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials cut time.- Advertisement -“The biggest expectations going into the meet were to end off the season on a high note, try to get some best times and see how we’re stacked up against the rest of the country getting ready for trials next season,” he said.Inconnu simmer Brittany Welsh was also at the event. She admitted that the year leading up to nationals had been frustrating, but a strong effort had her in a more positive frame of mind after the meet concluded.“For the past little bit I haven’t been doing very good at my meets so I just wanted to have a solid swim meet. I’m very happy with how I did there. I felt a lot better at this meet physically and mentally,” she said.Advertisement
1 Barcelona may be lauded as the kings of ‘tiki-taka’ and intricate build-up play, but they were given a run for their money by Atletico Madrid, as the reigning Spanish champions put together this exemplary move against Athletic Bilbao.A series of one-touch passes resulted in Antoine Griezmann nodding the ball home – the first of his three goals – as Atleti ran out 4-1 winners on Sunday.The victory drags them to within four points of league leaders Real Madrid, who boast a game in hand. Atletico Madrid’s build-up play was sensational
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonHis parents bought it in 1937, and his family has brought it out every Christmas since, without fail, even when that meant risking arrest. “This tree was a shining light, because it was a symbol of unity in my family,” Iwatake said as he and his wife put the final touches on the frail, 3-foot-tall heirloom that is, once again this year, the centerpiece of their small, neatly kept apartment in Tokyo. “We have put this tree up every year for 70 years.” Though Iwatake considers himself Buddhist, he was raised in a Christian tradition. He still keeps a photo of the tiny wooden church on Maui where he and his five brothers went to services and Sunday school. Christmas was always a special time. TOKYO – Warren Nobuaki Iwatake’s family has seen more than its share of calamity. When he was still a child his father was lost at sea off Hawaii. With no breadwinner, his family was forced to move to Japan, where Iwatake was drafted during World War II. He lost a brother when the bomb fell on Hiroshima. But through it all one thing has remained constant. The tree. His father worked at a merchandise store, and Iwatake remembers the day he came home with a tree. It was nothing all that special, mainly metal, the kind of decoration that can easily be placed on a table or in a corner somewhere. He got a string of lights, too, the kind with the big bulbs. Soon after, his father died in a fishing accident. His body was never found. Iwatake’s mother had relatives in Japan, and took Iwatake’s younger brothers there. Iwatake stayed behind to graduate from high school. Then, in 1941, six months before Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, he moved to Japan as well. “Things were pretty bad,” he said. “There were war clouds hanging everywhere.” The United States and Britain were the enemy, and Japan clamped down on overt displays of anything Western, including Christianity. Though Iwatake and his brothers had grown up speaking English, they began communicating solely in Japanese and did their best to hide their past. But their mother refused to give up on the tree. “She was in charge, and she wanted to put it up,” Iwatake said. “During the war years, we had to do that in secret because in wartime Japan it was not welcome. We could have been arrested.” To keep the neighbors from asking questions, his mother found a place for it in the back of their house, on the second floor, away from the windows. “We were afraid they would report it to the police or become suspicious about why we were harboring Western things,” he said. “But we were brought up in the American way of life. It is something that you cannot forget. It really is something from the heart.” The year after that first Christmas in Hiroshima, Iwatake went to Tokyo to study economics at a university. At Christmas, he directed a school play, a nativity story, again keeping it secret so that the authorities wouldn’t get involved. Then, in 1943, he was drafted and sent to Chichijima. Chichijima is a tiny island that virtually no one has heard of. To get there, you go out to the middle of nowhere and turn south, jokesters say. In 1944, Iwatake boarded a transport ship from Yokohama to assume his duties at a radio monitoring post on the remote crag. The ship was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine, but he survived and was put on an oil tanker. On the island, Iwatake’s English skills were put to use listening in on U.S. military communications and watching over a handful of captured American pilots whose planes had been shot down on their way to and from bombing raids on Tokyo. One day, he was in the hills digging bunkers when he heard that a plane had just been shot down. He saw a lone pilot on a bright yellow raft paddling furiously away from the island. American planes provided cover, and the submarine USS Finback surfaced and collected him. The aviator was 20-year-old George H. W. Bush, who would later become president. Iwatake met him years later and went back with him to the island. Signed photos of the two, smiling, are placed prominently about Iwatake’s apartment. But another American left a deeper impression on Iwatake’s life. Captured POWs were forced to monitor U.S. radio traffic. One of them was Warren Vaughn, a Texan. “One night after a bath we were walking back, and I fell into a bomb pit,” Iwatake said. “It was pitch black, and I couldn’t get out. He reached to me and said to take his hand. He pulled me out.” Vaughn was monitoring radio messages the day Iwo Jima fell. Japan’s defeat was virtually assured. Soon after, several naval officers called Vaughn and took him to the beach. “He turned before he left and gave me a sad look,” Iwatake said. For no apparent reason, Vaughn was beheaded and his body dumped into the sea. But Iwatake said he did not want Vaughn’s memory to die. “I thought the best way of remembering him was to adopt his first name,” Iwatake said. Japan surrendered in August 1945, and Iwatake returned to Japan in December. “I used to think of those joyous days in Hawaii at Christmas, when we had food and treats,” he said. “On Chichijima, we were starving,” he said, but Hiroshima was even worse. “Everything was bad, nothing was left,” he said. “I couldn’t even think of the joys of what I experienced in Hawaii.” Iwatake’s younger brother Takashi had been in the center of the city attending school. His body, like their father’s, was never found. The Iwatake home was in the eastern part of the city, behind a small hill that provided a buffer from the blast. The front end was crushed and burned, but the back stood largely intact. And that was where the tree was. “Japan had surrendered. There was no food, nothing to celebrate,” he said. “Everybody was in shock and a sad state, but we put it up. My mother put it up.” After the war, Iwatake became an interpreter for the U.S. government. He moved to Tokyo, and from 1950 he took responsibility for the tree. At one stage, he and three brothers worked for the U.S. occupation forces as interpreters and translators. He eventually settled in Tokyo, while his brothers returned to Hawaii. When the Korean War broke out in 1950, three brothers volunteered. One served in Korea. The Iwatake family remains scattered. One brother lives in Chicago, one on Maui. Another died of cancer, possibly the result of radiation from the atomic bomb. But each year, the tree has gone up. For those not in Tokyo, Iwatake, now 84, sends photos to his relatives and to Vaughn’s cousins in Childress, Texas. And each year, it becomes more poignant. “Gradually, Christmas has become more meaningful again,” he said. “Peace, good will toward your fellow man, you know? After the war, there was no such thing.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SACRAMENTO – State Controller Steve Westly said Monday that every Californian is entitled to free community college – and the state can afford to pay for it. Westly, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, proposed to pay tuition for students who successfully complete a community college degree. He said the proposal would cost $100 million to $200 million a year, money he said the state should already be paying community colleges. The former eBay executive and millionaire announced his proposal at the annual legislative conference of the Community College League of California in Sacramento on Monday. “Community colleges are the most important part of the higher education system,” he told the group. “Too often, they’re also the most neglected.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Westly said the cost of attending the state’s 109 community colleges has increased 136 percent in the last three years, to about $800 a year for a full course load. Attendance has meanwhile lagged, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office. Westly said 180,000 students were priced out of education when fees climbed dramatically in 2003. But the legislative analyst found in 2003-04 about 40 percent of full-time students had their education subsidized and did not pay any tuition. Westly’s plan would let students borrow the full cost of their education, interest-free, and the money would turn into a grant if they completed their program. Students who dropped out would have to repay the loans as usual. The state has shortchanged community colleges in recent years, Westly said. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget this year is $255 million short of what colleges should be receiving, he said. Schwarzenegger has proposed eliminating fee increases at colleges and universities in an effort to control the costs to students. “Fortunately our community college fees are among the lowest in the country and have not increased in recent years,” said Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Katherine McLane. “Suggesting that we take funds from our K-12 classrooms to reduce fees already the lowest in the nation is an idea that would appear to hurt our K-12 students.” Westly’s Democratic rival, state Treasurer Phil Angelides, has an education proposal that includes reducing taxes on education, admitting 20,000 more students to state universities, expanding the state’s grant system and creating an endowment to boost funding by around $300 million a year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A man who is studying to become an alcohol counsellor has been banned from Letterkenny after threatening his partner.Paul Martin called to the home of the woman and kicked on her door and threatened her. The couple had been dating for a year and a half.However, the woman appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday and said she was living in fear of Martin, from Ballintra.Martin was arrested following the incident at the woman’s home on Tuesday night and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.Inspector Barry Doyle told the court that he was objecting to bail as the woman was genuinely in fear of Martin.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, suggested to the court that bail could be granted if Martin was given a direction to stay out of Letterkenny.Mr Gallagher said Martin was attending a course on counselling in North West Colege outreach programme in Strabane.The victim gave evidence that she was in fear of Martin and that their relationship was over once and for all.“We are separated – that was yesterday and it’s final. I’m afraid of his alcohol intake and he is violent. He comes to my house, kicking the door, shouting abuse.“I stood up in this court last week and I defended him. I’m not defending him no more. I asked him not to come near the house and he did come back. I have a fear of him if he is granted bail,” said the woman.Martin admitted that he had “fallen off the wagon” and now accepted that his relationship with the woman was over.Judge Paul Kelly said he was willing to grant bail but under strict conditions.He ordered Martin to stay out of Letterkenny, to give a mobile phone number on which he could be contacted and to sign on each day at Ballyshannon Garda station.He also ordered Martin to have no contact with the woman.The case was adjourned until June 26th.Man studying alcohol counselling fell off wagon and threatened ex-partner was last modified: June 3rd, 2017 by StephenShare 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:BalintradonegalPaul Martinthreat