Foster’s Fairplay | Windies selectors still getting it wrong

first_img There is Hope This West Indies cricket team has once again, managed to give its remaining ardent fans another round of heartaches. A likely Twenty20 (T20) victory and a come-from-behind, highly unpredictable win in the second of three tests, was followed by a total shut out in the four one-day internationals (ODIs) in which weather conditions permitted a result. The feeling persists that all those bottom-rung spots in the various performance standings will not go away anytime soon. However, there are supporters who refuse to abandon the team and cling to any vestige of hope coming from the recent series. Save for the T20 version, the fear is that the Windies will soon cease to exist as a cricketing force. There was a time when the team started to decline, where it was felt that this was merely a slide and that new talent coupled with formidable administration could apply the brakes. This has not happened, and the bright sparks that surfaced, albeit on rare occasions, were soon extinguished. Foster’s Fairplay asks the question. What did the English summer provide as a platform to suggest that there could be a path back to a brighter day? It would be revelling in a fool’s paradise to suggest that there could be a quick return to the glory days of ferociously fast bowlers and stout-hearted batsmen whose scintillating shots struck fear into the minds of their opponents. As a look is taken at where we go from here, there is a lot of talk about the aptly named younger Hope first-named Shai. To give this shotmaker ample opportunity to fulfil his unquestionable potential, all thoughts of his wearing the wicketkeeper’s gloves, even in the one-dayers, should be jettisoned. The selectors, however, need to find a proper wicketkeeper. There has to be someone better than Shane ,Dowrich whose performance in the test matches was well below par. Despite Hope’s blossoming ability, he is still learning his craft. The Windies camp could well have taken heart from the bowling of Alzarri Joseph in the fourth ODI when he snared five wickets. However, he was extremely disappointing in the first Test at Edgbaston, but he too, at age 20, is young to the game, and one can only hope that the hard road he has to travel will take him to the top. To quote a respected analyst, who prefers to remain anonymous, “Evin Lewis is obviously a good batsman. The selectors have pigeonholed him into being a limited-overs cricketer, which shows up their lack of understanding as to the qualities of the people they are being asked to select.” This comment is in keeping with the thoughts of Foster’s Fairplay, and whenever the selectors wake up to the reality, it will be a sign that they are approaching the world of sanity. The move to have Jason Holder as the team leader could have been a sound one, but how much has he lived up to expectations? Again, reference is made to that respected analyst, “If Holder is going to concentrate purely on his batting, is he good enough to make the team? In fact, in my opinion, he isn’t (good enough) as an all-rounder, but they (the selectors) decided they needed a young, steady head to wear the crown, so we’ll see how that goes. He averages 1.7 wickets per test as a bowler … that is very poor, and his batting isn’t consistent enough to consider him capable of winning test matches with that discipline.” The effectiveness of an all-rounder is measured in his ability to win a Test match using either role on a consistent basis. This is not the case with Holder, and holding on to his position could be a bit tenuous, to put it mildly. Kraigg Brathwaite, at the top of the order, and Kyle Hope, had contrasting performances. The former has earned an extended run, but for the latter, his might well have ended. Roston Chase also should be allowed another chance to build on his centuries against Pakistan, as well as to add some bite to his off spin bowling. As all this is argued, the West Indies team continues to struggle. – Send feedback to read more

The sharper steel…

first_img…for sugar workersBack in the day, when Rodney offered some real opposition to the PNC dictatorship by mobilising ordinary Guyanese across the ethnic divide, Burnham warned him about his “sharper steel”. We know how that ended, don’t we? In case you forgot, Rodney CoI, which the PNC deep-sixed, told you who was behind it all. But that wasn’t the first deadly, revengeful act of Burnham. A few years before, when sugar workers led a historic 135-day strike that compelled him to recognise GAWU, Burnham was livid! He deployed his “sharper steel” on them.He closed down Leonora estate, which had been the bastion of PPP strength and militancy in the sugar belt since the 1960s. Burnham shut it down in 1976, as soon as the strike was called off. And it is against this precedence we must analyse the actions of President Granger in the sugar belt, since he’s vowed to continue the “legacy” of Burnham. But Granger has one important difference from Burnham’s modus operandi — and it is now in operation for you to see.When the sugar workers in 2015 — especially from Berbice — refused to fall for the blandishments of Nagamootoo, who was then joined at the hip to Granger as leader of the PNC, there was no overt public warning from Granger. Nagamootoo?? He’s just a toothless granny!! While, like Burnham, Granger doesn’t practise turning any other cheek. Unlike Burnham, he believes revenge is best served cold. And you can’t get colder than firing 2000 sugar workers in Berbice, from Skeldon and Rose Hall, without any warning!This is the Burnhamite “condign” treatment that are the wages of opposing the PNC. And we have only seen the beginning. Granger is convinced the PPP will not be able to mount any effective protest against it. Like in the sixties, the PPP has no numbers they can mass (or amass) in Georgetown — which international observers and the diplomatic community could see if they come out into the streets — and then react to it.Sugar workers can march up and down all they want out in the deep country in the sun — it’s like a tree falling in the middle of the forest with no one to hear the sound, much less yell, “TIMBER!!!”. Did it fall? If it were the PNC supporters who were being thrown into the streets – like fish out of water to convulse and die – you bet there would’ve been violent protests in Regent Street, with maybe a building or two burnt to the ground for good measure!In the meantime, the PPP MPs can’t even protest in Public Buildings!!…in housingDuring the ongoing Budget Debate, there are some interesting tit-bits being thrown out. If they’re linked together, they provide a useful window into the mentality of the PNC. (Your Eyewitness finds it tiresome to keep on talking about “APNU” and AFC, when in reality they’ve got less effect on governance than a gnat sucking away on the hide of an elephant!!)First, the Govt criticised the much-acclaimed drive of the PPP to hand out over 50,000 house lots to Guyanese of all walks of life. The PNC says more than half aren’t occupied with houses, or even shacks. THEY, on the other hand, claim they’re giving out HOUSES!! Sounds good, right? You don’t get a lot; you get a house -which is what you want! But you know what they say about things “too good to be true”! There’s always a catch!! And with the houses, buyers have to be PREQUALIFIED to even APPLY!!So 2/3 of the folks won’t even get a house-lot!!…for Police?Ramjattan says the police are gonna be charged for damaging their new Chinese cars. The Berbice Traffic Dept revealed how this will be “policed”. After each rotation, a checklist will have to be submitted to the desk sergeant.So who’ll guard the guardians?last_img read more

Have we lost all sense of national pride?

first_imgDear Editor,Some reactions, both objective and unduly ‘personal,’ appear to have missed the essence of my letter clarifying that rum does not equate alcoholism. Also overlooked is the important issue of ‘national pride’ in a legal Guyanese product which the rest of the world raves about.If the Scots and Brits can revere their “Scotch” whisky, the French their wines, the Russians their vodka, the Germans their beer, the Mexicans their Tequila etc, why can’t we Guyanese be proud of our world famous rum? Of course we, like all others, must do our drinking responsibly and in this regard we all have a moral responsibility.Regards,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Corruption allegations piling up on Govt – PPP/C Chief Whip

first_imgThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira, is claiming that corruption and scandals are rapidly escalating under the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government.In just a span of 16 months, Teixeira stated, corruption and scandals are more than the present Government had accused the PPP Administration of committing. She stated that the Opposition has been keeping track of the scandals arising and Government’s consistent denial of them. She highlighted that to date, there are over 20 scandals in the Administration, and the incidents are rising every month.“From June 10, 2015 to August 8, 2016, in a matter of 14 months under the APNU/AFC coalition Government, we have discovered 16 scandals – an average of a scandal for each month,” she said, noting that within the month of August alone, three scandals were exposed.“This Government has been exposed with the most scandals and corruption in just 16 months than the PPP/C Administration was accused of in 23 years,” she said.Teixeira emphasised that months have passed and the nation is yet to know the cost of the inauguration ceremony. Other reported scandals, she noted, included the non-payment of persons under the HEYS project; the Specialty Hospital fiasco; the massive salary increases for Ministers; and the cost of the Durban Park project, which she said the Government has refused to provide information on the private company that was involved in the project prior to the Public Infrastructure Ministry taking over the project.The Member of Parliament stated that Government has to provide answers to the nation on the two fuel scandals that unravelled in April and in August.“Two fuel scandals relating to the issuances of fuel licences for the importation of fuel to companies that are made up of persons related to top officials or who are top officials in the Government who have no fuel bonds, no storage facilities and no offices,” she said, adding that the withdrawal of the fuel importation licence of the Chinese company which has invested millions of US dollars for storage facilities “appears to have been calculated to make room for these alternative importers.”Teixeira noted that an applicant for a fuel licence has to acquire an Environmental Impact Assessment and four additional licenses – provision of a bond under detailed specifications, transportation, storage, importation, premises, restrictions where storage can be located.“It normally takes a long time for an applicant to obtain all those licences –which is impossible to do in nine months,” she argued, highlighting that the licences were issued within the month to a Government official.She also stated that there is consistent and frequent violation of the Procurement Act by Government.Highlighting that $240 million was spent on the refurbishing of the Kitty Municipal Market, Teixeira stated that there is no scope of work or estimates that are available.“… and the project was not put to tender as the city has hired the workers and is implementing the works itself,” she added.She also stated that the awarding of the contract for boxed juices for the school feeding programme to a Suriname beverage company owned by RUDISA, that was neither the lowest nor the second lowest bidder, is questionable, since the impact on the local farmers and manufacturers will be felt.“DDL has come out publicly to criticise this, so too has another company Guyana beverages,” she argued.These scandals, she said, which have been uncovered expose a level of corruption and discrimination that has not been seen since the Burnham era.“The APNU/AFC Government lacks transparency and accountability, and is prepared to undermine and even violate the procurement and financial laws of this country as well as other constitutional provisions and statutory provisions,” she said.Meanwhile, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall opined that these scandals are evidence of the refusal to be transparent. He stated that although the Government is aware that their actions are affecting the nation, they continue unabated.last_img read more

Poll: Is Wayne Rooney better than Sir Geoff Hurst ever was?

first_imgAfter Hurst claimed Bobby Charlton was a better player than the current England captain, the Drive team want to know your thoughts… 1 Wayne Rooney last_img

Panel views school-board expansion

first_img The 29-member commission was created last April by then-council President Alex Padilla and then-school board President Jose Huizar to examine different options for improving the school district. Members are expected to offer their own proposals for the district as the commission considers whether the nation’s second-largest school district should be subdivided, placed under the authority of the mayor or have full-time board members. It also is reviewing whether district board members should have higher salaries, term limits and caps on their political contributions, as well as ways to lower the district’s high dropout rates, increase parental participation and make schools safer. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Amid heightened scrutiny over how to improve Los Angeles public schools, one proposal being weighed would boost the size of the district’s board from seven to 13 members – including one elected at large who would be in charge. The proposal is among several expected to be discussed today when members of the Presidents Commission on Los Angeles Unified School District are scheduled to meet. Any final plan is expected to need voter approval. But Jose Cornejo, chief deputy to Councilman Tony Cardenas and a member of the panel, said he is suggesting the district expand its board – to 12 full-time board members elected from separate districts and one member elected at large. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “It would not be an elected superintendent, but it would make one person accountable for seeing programs are implemented,” Cornejo said. His proposal would also make the job a full-time position with an annual salary equal to the pay range of $71,000 to $116,000 that elementary school principals earn. School board members now are paid $24,000 a year for a job considered part-time in managing a district with more than 700,000 students. Cornejo also is proposing to limit board members’ terms to three or four years. He said his proposal would reduce the size of individual board member districts to provide greater access for parents. And he also is proposing members be given a budget based on $1 per resident in each district. last_img read more

Three arrested after shooting

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Sheriff’s officials on Saturday were investigating a shooting in which at least one deputy fired a gun, but no one was hit. Three suspects – two men and a woman – were taken into custody, officials said. Sheriff’s officials said the shooting occurred about 11:20 a.m. Saturday at the Antelope Valley Freeway and Avenue I. They did not disclose the circumstances. The names of the suspects were not released. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesSheriff’s homicide detectives were called out to investigate the circumstances, which is standard department procedure when a deputy fires his weapon, officials said. It was the second deputy-involved shooting in the Antelope Valley in eight days. On July 21, sheriff’s deputies shot and wounded a 43-year-old woman armed with two pistols in a pre-dawn confrontation outside Palmdale City Hall. The woman, who had been spotted by maintenance workers before City Hall opened for business, ran when deputies ordered her to drop her weapons, then pointed the guns at deputies.last_img read more

Paris Saint-Germain star Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting involved in car crash

first_img Choupo-Moting has been involved in a car accident 1 Paris Saint-Germain forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has been involved in a road collision, reports claim.According to Le Parisien, the Cameroon international hit another car on a roundabout on Thursday morning for a reason which is not yet known. Is this the worst miss ever from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for PSG? 😳— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 7, 2019In an attempt to help Christopher Nkunku’s chipped effort in, he managed to actually stop it on the goal line before a very grateful Strasbourg defender cleared the ball away.The forward then took to social media to say sorry for the woeful miss.He wrote:”I really like our club PSG and It was a wonderful feeling to score in front of you supporters.“Unfortunately after that I made the big mistake and all was forgotten!“I hope that those haters which are insulting me feel better now and find their peace and happiness in their own life!“For those who are always supporting me or just understanding that mistakes can happen, I want to say thank you and big respect. I will continue to give everything.”Choupo-Moting has scored three goals in 18 Ligue 1 appearances this season. Choupo-Moting was not hurt in the accident, but the other driver sustained minor injuries to his ribs.It caps a miserable week for the former Stoke striker after he missed a glorious chance in PSG’s clash against Strasbourg on the weekend.The 30-year-old, who moved to the French capital last summer, managed to inadvertently divert the ball away from goal despite being on the goal line.last_img read more

Marvel Photo Booths at Disney Arcades

first_imgShare This!Looking for a quick and easy souvenir for your Marvel-obsessed family member? How about putting them in the action with their own comic book cover photo? Available at Disney arcades around Walt Disney World, the “Marvel Adventure Lab” is a quick souvenir photo booth with a Marvel twist.Simply step inside the photo booth, strike up your best superhero pose, and select your options. Although these booths are not unique to Walt Disney World, they still offer an interesting souvenir to bring home–after all, nothing screams vacation like cheesy photo booth gags, right?What do you think–a cute souvenir or not worth the price? Let us know in the comments. The price will vary depending on how much money you charge onto an arcade card, but the maximum cost would be $6.last_img read more

The SATURDAY SIX Looks at D23 Expo news via MEMES

first_imgShare This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at the D23 Expo via memes! A whole bunch of Disney theme park news was announced this past week. In fact, there was so much news that we needed an emergency SAT 6 covering it!  Now, while some enjoy in-depth analysis using historical context, we say NAY NAY. Bring us the memes…# 6 – New Epcot Concept ArtThe Walt Disney World park getting the most attention during the fan favorite Parks and Resorts Panel was Epcot. Not only was Epcot getting a new logo, Disney went for the nostalgia angle as it used the old concept art of our beloved Epcot Center as the basis for the new concept art featuring the upcoming additions to the park.Original Epcot Center concept art, to give guests an idea of what the park would look like when it opened in 1982. (photo copyright Disney)New Epcot central spine concept art, done over the Old Timey drawing. (photo copyright Disney) Unfortunately during Cast Member and Annual Passholder previews earlier in the month, the incredible Hondo audio-animatronic in the Falcon was – at times – covered by a large tarp when it wasn’t working.“it’s a tarp!” Admiral Ackbar, probably. (photo by we here at the SATURDAY SIX created an exclusive tarp for your Hondo Funko Pop! Maybe we can feature it in one of our Disney Merchandise That Doesn’t Exist (but Totally Should) articles.Double Secret Honorable Mention – Sony/MCU Drama over Spider-ManWe covered the news of Sony and Disney playing a game of “chicken” with the character of Spider-Man in last week’s SATURDAY SIX, but this week even more great memes of this situation came out.Some people see Disney as the “bad guy” in this situation… Outside of Spaceship Earth will sit a new “dreamer” statue of Walt Disney himself. Aside from the new “neighborhoods,” the Parks and Resort panel announced a Moana walkthrough attraction, gave more details on the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster, and revealed that an attraction based on Mary Poppins would go to the UK Pavilion.  While most in the fan community have come to grips with the fact that the Epcot Center days of old were long gone, Disney’s new emphasis on shoehorning characters into the park and the outright removal of the park’s “look to the future” concept was the cherry on top of the sundae. Using a classic moment from Star Wars: A New Hope, this meme smartly substitutes Bob Chapek for Grand Moff Tarkin and Epcot Center for the Old Republic.(meme by David Daut) # 5 –  How Guests See the “New and Improved” EpcotOne of our favorite running gags on the interwebs is Judgmental Maps, a website which takes actual maps of cities from around the country and adds humorous commentary on top of them. One of the more brilliant takedowns was of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Using a similar style, a Twitter user created his own map of the way a regular guest saw Epcot via the new concept art.Only missing “Where’d those weird statues go?” at the very front. (meme by @SirBrayden) Along with the neighborhood concept came news of a massive refurb coming to Spaceship Earth. No concrete details were given, but the one piece of concept art shown led many to believe that Intellectual Properties may be making their way into the attraction, including Moana.Part of the new “storytelling” theme of Spaceship Earth. (photo copyright Disney) # 4 – Future World to be Replaced by “Neighborhoods”Going into the D23 Expo there was a lot of speculation in the fan community of what we would see announced, but one thing no one saw coming was Disney making a drastic change in how we describe what we currently know as Future World.Since it’s inception, Epcot was made up of Future World and World Showcase. Soon, Future World will be broken up into three “neighborhoods” and be renamed to World Discovery, World Celebration, and World Nature.Epcot “neighborhood” announcement at D23 Expo.The “world” naming  of these neighborhoods seemed kind of strange at first, but one Twitter user thought that it would have had a natural synergy if Disney brought in a sponsor.(meme via @superweeniehtjr)Another gave a more realistic take on what we’d be seeing in the neighborhoods. One person on Twitter wondered why Disney forget to include the giant show building for the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind attraction, and produced a more realistic piece of art.GOTG: Cosmic Rewind show building added in. (meme by @justinkoehn) DisTwitter meme legend @WaltzFrzenHead used iconic lyrics from it’s a small world for his map.(meme by Walt’s Frozen Head) Our favorites understand that the real losers in this squabble are us, the fans. # 1 –  But What About the Next D23…Lots of good Easter Eggs here. So there you have it: The SATURDAY SIX Looks Back at the D23 Expo! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following: The SATURDAY SIX Looks at Theme Park News via Memes (vol 1)The SATURDAY SIX Looks at Theme Park News via Memes (vol 2)The SATURDAY SIX Looks at Theme Park News via Memes (vol 3)The SATURDAY SIX Looks at Theme Park News via Memes (vol 4)The SATURDAY SIX Looks at Theme Park News via Memes (vol 5)The SATURDAY SIX Looks at Theme Park News via Memes (vol 6)Special Thanks to The Elite Brandon Glover, Captain Cruiseline Scott Sanders of the world famous Disney Cruise Line Blog, my personal protege Hunter “Elvey” Underwood, the bio-est of all reconstructs @bioreconstruct, the SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and Nick, hot shot Michael Carelli, and Hermione Granger’s tutor Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. The SAT SIX is inspired each week by goofballs Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde and you Potterheads will  enjoy Meg’s other blog work over at the Central Florida Slug Club.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The 2019 Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it?That’s right, ANOTHER NEW ONE EXCLUSIVE TO THIS EDITION!Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now! # 3 – What Exactly Is Epcot About Now? And For That Matter…There was a time when you could identify a specific theme for every Disney theme park in America. These days, things aren’t so easy. In fact many Disney parks seem to be turning slowly into a collection of IP-based attractions with very little connective tissue. Disney California Adventure – which was once a loving tribute to the history of Walt Disney and California – is now home to Pixar Pier, Cars Land, and Avengers Campus.  Disney’s Hollywood Studios was created on the back of showing guests the magic of how movies and television shows were made. Now it is the home of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land. Epcot, once the home of education and inspiration (along with a mandate to keep characters out) is now full of characters and Universal-like thrill rides and screen-based attractions.For some, this is the natural evolution of theme parks. For others it is the loss of what separated Disney from their contemporaries.(meme by David Daut) # 2 – TargetOne of the most bewildering moments of the entire D23 Expo was the announcement of Disney Stores being put into Target stores across the nation. Those of us in Florida have already seen elaborate Disney displays in Target for a while now. It’s not that Disney having a bigger presence in Target is necessarily a bad thing (although you could make the argument that it devalues the “prestige” of the Disney Store brand), but the fact that so much time was spent on this partnership during a 90-minute presentation was odd. Did time have to be filled because something which was going to be announced got shelved at the last minute? Was this just Bob Chapek, who came from the world of Disney merchandise, flexing his muscles in his area of expertise? We may never get that answer, but we do know that Bullseye, the corporate dog mascot of Target, was onstage during Disney’s once-every-two-years look at the future of theme parks.This led to one Twitter user speculating where we may see Target show up in the parks…Surprise! (meme by @n8creative)Yours Truly even updated his own Twitter header, replacing the Disney Chase Visa with Target’s Red Card.“Make the bond…and get 5% off all qualifying purchases!” (meme by @n8creative) Honorable Mention – Hondo FunkoAfter the D23 Expo, Disney prepared for this week’s grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Florida. The Popular Funko Pops! now have an exclusive figure based on Hondo Ohnaka that you can get at DHS. Hondo plays an important role in the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction. Others wonder what could Sony possibly be thinking…. But to bring it all back to D23 Expo news…this meme takes the news of Ewan McGregor coming back as young Obi-Wan in a series for Disney+ and uses it with a moment from Avengers: Infinity War.last_img read more