Dear Editor,When I was at secondary school, when it was cricket season, we would get half day off so we could go and enjoy watching the great West Indian team play at the famous Bourda ground in Georgetown. That was the time of Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd and Malcolm Marshall.The only disappointment back then was the condition of the schoolboys’ pavilion. However, the opportunity to see a great match would eclipse the problems of the time. There might have been a shortage of certain food items, running water and electricity, but there was never a shortage of good times. We would all relish the opportunity to be outside enjoying the cricket with our school friends, and it was great motivation for upcoming inter-class and inter-house school cricket competitions.What was amazing is that while under the PNC the boys would comment that the Government doesn’t even fix the stand, the PPP came, and they went so far as to move the main cricket ground out of town, away from most of the children; making it difficult for many to have time to catch the match, and creating the need to pay bus fare to go far to watch cricket with their school friends. Remember, back when Bourda was the place for the matches, bicycle was still king. They forgot about us and themselves again.Now the new App is in place with APNU, and the pleasure of going to Bourda to see a great match has still not returned, and was overlooked to create Durban Park instead. This is much less than having a great schoolboy stand or pavilion from which to enjoy cricket. Yet again, they forgot about us and themselves. Unfortunately for some, our childhood joys seem to escape us. Fond memories of those days are a great guide on the road of life.It’s quite eye-opening how the little things that were important to all of us before seem to fall to the wayside when some of us grow older and focus on the good life in terms of financial reward. If given a bit of thought and reflection, many would realise how simple it could be to have the city vibrant and full of life again with the great game of cricket in a well maintained historic venue.It was supposed to be an important part of our culture, a great part of our history, and a significant historical site for outsiders to behold. After all, this was the ground where the West Indies made history repeatedly and dominated for over a decade. Maybe these little but important things get too easily lost with the “in with the new and out with the old” way of doing things. Those who have had the pleasure of enjoying the intimate setting of Bourda Cricket Ground and have seen some of the greats play there would always look forward to its return.Best regards,Jamil Changlee
An Albouystown, Georgetown resident was on Thursday remanded to prison when he made a court appearance at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court to answer to a possession of narcotics charge.Ranold Khan, 56, was arrested on Wednesday after Police received information and went to a house at Zeeburg, West Coast Demerara (WCD) and conducted a search. During the search, the Police discovered 171 grams of cocaine in Khan’s possession. He was later charged for the offence.The defendant was remanded by Magistrate Michelle Liverpool. He will make his next court appearance on June 16, 2016.
B drug donation… raises suspicion about Guyana being used as dumping ground… tax write-off, national formulary needs questionedThe Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) bypassed local regulations in granting approval to a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) called the Guyana Medical Relief (GMR) to donate some $4 billion worth of drugs to Guyana, a source says.As a result, the quality of the pharmaceuticals is now being questioned as the regulatory oversight body was not afforded the opportunity to scrutinise the various manufacturers from which the drugs were sourced. A new system for the importation of drugs was recently introduced whereby all importers were obligated to submit their dossiers to a regional regulatory hub that would review and recommend whether the pharmaceuticals were safe for importation.Guyana Times understands that commercial importers as well as NGOs are both subjected to the same checks and balances in the interest of public health.According to the MoPH source, “These are public health issues to ensure the drugs are safe and efficacious and of the requisite quality. Suppose the NGO brings in substandard drugs?”The recommendation from the regional entity would subsequently be sent to the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) of Guyana, which would then approve the drugs for importation.With regard to the NGO, this procedure was not followed, this newspaper was told.However, this publication understands that in its absence, the MoPH can apply for a waiver on behalf of the NGO, but this too was not done in this case.Therefore, the $4 billion in drugs which were donated to the MoPH were not checked and approved by the country’s chief regulatory body.ProposalFollowing reports of drug shortages in Guyana, the GMR said it approached the MoPH with a proposal to provide assistance.The GMR is a Los Angeles, California-based NGO that has been providing support to the local health sector through various donations over the years.The NGO’s Chief Operations Officer (COO), Sharir Chan told this newspaper that he met with a team from the Ministry’s procurement department and they accepted his proposal and provided a list of all the drugs they needed.Chan said the list was sent to a larger charity organisation called Direct Relief, which has a network of manufacturers that would supply the drugs.“After that, we flew it in because these were some stuff that had limited dates on them and so they needed to be used and distributed ASAP,” he stated, noting that the drugs arrived on April 20, 2017.CostChan also noted that this transaction cost the Government only the transportation cost to move the drugs from the airport to the storage bonds.The drugs included asthma medication, Albuterol Sulfate, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, simvastatin, niacin, carvedilol, amlodipine, lovastatin, azithromycin, glipizide, Lisinopril, and metformin.Furthermore, when asked, Chan indicated that he had no interaction with personnel from the GA-FDD.“Everything went through with the Ministry of (Public) Health…But we are aware of the drug formulary and I think that the drug formulary is in line with Caricom. But we don’t go through Food and Drug, we go through the Ministry of (Public) Health,” he explained.Efforts to contact the Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence and the Junior Public Health Minister, Dr Karen Cummings for comments and clarifications on the issue proved futile.Tax write-offHowever, the source at the Public Health Ministry questioned the donation pointing to the fact that such a large gift gave rise to suspicion.According to the source, $4B in donation is twice the yearly budget of the Ministry. Additionally, the source noted that some of the drugs supplied have short expiry date, highlighting the fact that Guyana is being used as a dumping ground for a large corporation. But more suspiciously, the source noted, is the fact that the Ministry maybe colluding to have the company gain a large tax write off in the United States. The source added that when large companies make significant donation to developing countries, itself and parent company, in return applies for tax-write off in the home country.Additionally, the source pointed to the fact that proper assessment needs to be carried out to determine whether or not the drugs donated is part of the national formulary.
…fresh rounds of consultation to be heldGECOM chairmanshipOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and President David Granger have agreed to the submission of a third list of six nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), a joint statement from the Opposition and Government said on Monday.This decision was made after a second meeting between the two was held on Monday evening at State House.The meeting was also attended by People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) Members of Parliament Anil Nandlall and Irfaan Ali, Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman.The joint statement said the parties agreed that it would be in the best interest of the people of Guyana that the choice of a Chairperson of GECOM is made without undue delay. However, both parties further agreed that the Opposition Leader will submit a new list of six names to the President.It was also agreed that a high-level team would be assembled representing the President and the Opposition Leader which will begin to work immediately on exploring modalities to bring a resolution to this matter in the event that the list is rejected again by the President.Jagdeo has publicly stated total disagreement with the President’s interpretation of Article 161 (2) of the Constitution of Guyana which deals with the selection of the chairman of GECOM.Jagdeo had, last April, submitted to President Granger a second list of six nominees for the post of Chairman of GECOM. They are retired Justice of Appeal BS Roy; retired Justice William Ramlall; former Magistrate Oneidge Walrond-Allicock; Attorneys Kashir Khan and Nadia Sagar; and businessman and pilot, c aptain Gerald Gouveia.This second list followed President Granger deeming the first list “unacceptable” in early January 2017 — because none of those recommended was a judge, retired judge or eligible to be appointed a judge. Granger’s rejection of the list was in keeping with ‘his interpretation’ of Guyana’s Constitution.The President subsequently amended his position that a GECOM Chairman must not only be a “fit and proper person”, but must not be an activist or member of any political party. GECOM has been without a Chairman since February 28, 2017, when Dr Steve Surujbally stepped down after 15 years at the helm.
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Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are all battling it out for the signing of Yacine Brahimi.The winger has been a revelation since joining Porto last summer from Granada, scoring 11 goals.The Algerian’s performances have sparked interest from several sides in Europe and a summer transfer battle is now expected.According to L’Equipe, Bayern, Manchester City and PSG are chasing Brahimi and have made enquiries over his availability.The 25-year-old cost Porto just £5.6m last summer, but the Portuguese club are said to want at least four times that amount if they are to part with him now. 1 Yacine Brahimi in action for Algeria
The 3rd Donegal Raphoe Cub Scouts spent an evening farming at Ballyholey Farm with Donegal Daily’s resident Horticulturist Gareth Austin and farm owner John Graham.This visit was about connecting the children to how food is produced, both from a vegetable and a meat perspective.During the trip the kids sowed some beans and peas into ridges in the fields, tasted and harvested fresh herbs in the polytunnel, foraged for some wild leaves in the hedgerows, changed bedding in the hen house, bottle fed some pet lambs and fed some cattle wonky vegetables. Damien Doherty, Cub Scouts Section Leader, “The kids really enjoyed the visit, many don’t come from farming families so for these kids it was informative for them to see the journey that food takes before it reaches them”.The Donegal Food Coast Initiative, a project delivered by the Donegal Local Enterprise Office, highlighted this event as a wonderful event connecting kids to ‘life on the farm’.“We can’t wait to see them back in a few months, where hopefully they will help us perform some harvesting and let me know how they got on with the seeds they took home” Added John Graham from Ballyholey Farm. Raphoe Scouts are the oldest Scout Troop in Donegal, having been formed in 1920 and can be contacted via their FB page ‘3rd Donegal (Raphoe) Scout Group’At the end of the session there were plenty of dirty welly boots and smiling faces!SCOUTING ABOUT ON THE FARM – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: April 22nd, 2016 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:Ballyholey FarmdonegalGardeningGareth Austin
Sunderland have accepted a bid from north east rivals Middlesbrough for Paddy McNair, according to reports.The 23-year-old midfielder has been linked to Premier League Brighton but is now set to stay in the Championship as the Black Cats struggle to hold onto their key players after being relegated to League One. RANKED McNair played 16 league games in 2017/18 as Sunderland were relegated for the second successive season Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer TOP WORK IN DEMAND three-way race targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST moving on Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets The Teesside Gazette report that the former Manchester United man, who had professed a desire to return to the Premier League, is now likely to join Boro in a deal set to be worth almost £7million.Sunderland fell out of the top two divisions for the first time in 30 years last season, finishing bottom of the Championship just a year after propping up the Premier League table.Despite Middlesbrough’s interest, McNair had told reporters on international duty that he wanted a move to the Premier League, with Brighton having two bids rejected.He said: “If I can get back to the Premier League, that would be great, but I just want to concentrate on these Northern Ireland games and look at that afterwards.” Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED LATEST TRANSFER NEWS ON TALKSPORT.COM Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM 1 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit?
The Uganda Cranes team that start on SaturdayNAMBOOLE – Uganda Cranes defeated Lesotho 3-1 on Saturday at Mandela National Stadium to reclaim top spot in Group L.A brace from Emmanuel Okwi either side of Farooq Miya’s penalty was all the Sebastian Desabre’s men required on the day.Despite the victory, how did each of the Cranes fair on the day?Denis Onyango 6.5: Despite a uncharacteristic error at the start of the game when the skipper failed to hold onto a routine ball putting his side under pressure, it was another commanding display as Onyango as he managed to keep his third clean sheet of the campaign. His highlight was saving Tumelo Khutlang’s low effort in the first half.Nicholas Wadada 6.0: The Azam FC defender was solid as ever at the back but rarely threatened going forward and when he made his customary runs down the wing, his final ball was always wanting, save for the pass to Okwi in the build up to the opener.Godfrey Walusimbi 6.0: Jaaja Walu has been one of Uganda’s most consistent performer for years and he was at it again, putting out a solid display in the win on Saturday. Save for being caught napping early in the game as Khutlang received the ball unmarked and in behind our backline, he just did enough to suggest he is still the dependable Jaaja Walu.Hassan Wasswa 5.5: Struggled whenever Lesotho came forward and didn’t look as solid as he has always been in the past. Could it have been due to the fact that he was paired alongside Iguma, with whom they have never featured together at CB?Denis Iguma 6.5: Easily could have cost us a goal due to lazy defending in the first half but aside from that, the ever calm, composed and elegant Iguma was superb on Saturday. Will indeed give Desabre some sleepless nights on where to play him in Maseru.Aucho Khalid 7.0: Yes he conceded the most fouls on the pitch (5) but Aucho wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t foul opposing players trying to hurt his side. Unlike against Tanzania, Aucho was back to his usual best on Saturday.Moses Waiswa 7.5: If anyone told you at the start of the year that Moses Waiswa would be a mainstay in the Uganda Cranes set up in nine months, you wouldn’t have believed them. And mainstay he is turning out to be, not as exceptional as he was against Tanzania but Waiswa was equally imposing and influential with his magnificent passing range and fancy tricks on Saturday.Farouk Miya 5.0: Another average show from Uganda’s fans’ favourite despite converting from the spot. Lost track of the last time Miya had a more than decent game for the Cranes.Joseph Ochaya 3.5: Whatever Ochaya is doing, i am not sure i know. Against Lesotho, he was the lost sheep amongst the heard. He was not going forward neither was he defending.Edirisa Lubega 6.0: Torres like he is know in the country, was a surprise inclusion at the start. On his debut, he set-up the third which would be descent for a midfielder but not a striker with his qualities and the space he was getting from time to time. Wasn’t the worst performance but not the best he could have helped himself to.Emmanuel Okwi 9.0: What a game of football Okwi had on Saturday. He was at the heart of all good for the Cranes, scoring two well taken goals and also fouled in the area for Miya’s penalty. Don’t remember the last time he was in such form.SubstitutesSadam Juma 6.0: Brought on to calm down Lesotho’s early second half pressure and he did that to perfection.Isaac Muleme NA: Created on descent cross to Kaddu but don’t think he played enough minutes to be rated.Patrick Kaddu 5.0: Tried to play and score but he came on at a time when the team was content with a 3-0 lead.Comments Tags: 2019 AFCON QualifierstopUganda Cranes
Mubiru (R) during Tuesday’s training session at Lugogo. The Police tactician, is in charge of the Cranes’ local based players, who have been asked to handle the COSAFA Championship (PHOTO/Agencies)COSAFA Cup 2019-South Africa Quarter FinalUganda vs LesothoLUGOGO – The Uganda Cranes team that is set to take part in the 2019 COSAFA cup has on Tuesday, 14th May, conducted their first training session.Under the guidance of Police FC head coach Abdallah Mubiru, the team went through a 2 hour session at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.Mubiru who is standing in for Cranes tactician Sebastian Desabre had to start his preparations with several players absent.All the KCCA FC players who were summoned did not take part of Tuesday’s session as they were taking part in their club’s trophy tour.“We did not have any of the KCCA FC player present because they were taking part in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League trophy parade, said Abdallah Mubiru after the training.“It was a situation we could not avoid as it is something they worked hard for all season with their club.“However, we are expecting them to join us as soon as possible.Mubiru expects the KCCA FC players to join camp on Wednesday.The KCCA players who were absent include left-back Mustapha Kizza, playmaker Muzamir Mutyaba, Hassan Musana, Nicholas Kasozi and Filbert Obenchan.Dan Sserunkuma who was called in by the senior side who are currently in residential camp at the Kabira Country club, was also absent.The team has officially entered residential camp and will be accommodated at Sky Hotel. They will continue preparations on Wednesday morning.Uganda was invited to take part in this year’s COSAFA competition that runs from May 20th to June 6th as the guest Nation.However, they will not feature in the Group stages but will rather start at the quarter final stage.In the Last 8, the Cranes will take on Lesotho, one of the other five nations that will also not be part of the Groups.To complete the squad, some players from the initial preliminary AFCON Squad will be considered for COSAFA tournament if they don’t travel to the United Arab Emirates.The players who attended today’s training session:Said Keni (Sc Villa), Willa Paul (Police), Revita John (Express FC), Eyam Ivan (Mbarara City FC), Owori David (SC Villa), Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Bashir Mutanda (SC Villa), Mucuurezi Paul (Mbarara City FC), Mbowa Paul Baker (URA FC), Isinde Isaac (KJSSS FC), Senkatuka Nelson (Brights Stars FC), Kagimu Shafik (URA FC), Kayiwa Allan (Tooro United FC), Birungi Michael (Express FC)Comments Tags: abdallah mubiruCOSAFA 2019KCCA FCtopUganda Cranes