Oral Tracey: We cannot handle success

first_imgThe Caribbean people and the Jamaican people, in particular, must be among the most talented, most creative and most resilient people in the entire world. On the few occasions when we have managed to put our collective energies together, we have been unstoppable. We seem, however, to have some serious and crippling flaws in our character, which make it most challenging for us to actually unite consistently for any meaningful cause. One such cause, West Indies cricket, has long been a victim of this debilitating fractiousness. The recent and ongoing controversy raging across the region – ironically ignited by the recent success of the regional cricket teams – the direction the rhetoric is going, poignantly highlights some of these fundamental flaws. The term ‘crab in a barrel’ has often been used to describe people who tend to pull down the progressive ones in their midst instead of supporting and encouraging their success. That is exactly what’s been playing out since the recent success of the West Indies team – in the glorious moments when the Caribbean people should be enjoying the unprecedented success of our Under-19 team, our women’s T20 team and our men’s T20 team all simultaneously boasting the status of world champions. Instead of celebrating and appreciating these rare and precious moments, the rhetoric has been toxic and the energies concentrated in the cause of tearing down the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and getting rid of its Jamaican president, Mr Dave Cameron. It is nothing short of ironic that the catalyst for this ongoing bickering was indeed our success. The incessant calls for the blood of Cameron in the instant of the region’s most successful on-field run in close to three decades, I think, merits some in-depth sociological and anthropological research. So many among us seem so willing to subscribe to the fickle notion that winning these world titles was achieved in spite of the administrators, and not because of them, implying therefore that now is as good a time as any to launch the ‘anti-WICB attacks’. Pettiness, maliciousness It would be understandable if this attitude emanated from some lofty and noble pursuit of a higher standard of consistency of excellence from our players and administrators, but the inherent pettiness and tone of maliciousness in the attacks, specifically against the board president, implies a complex and inexplicable personal dislike which defies rational discourse. In what is supposed to be one of our proudest moments, we have degenerated to our divisive worst. Not long ago, I was way down the wicket, in terms of my personal resignation to the fatal demise of West Indies cricket as an institution, after repeatedly witnessing and living the embarrassment of some stinging recent defeats in Tests and one-day internationals. Then came T20 and the near-immediate compatibility of this new format with the natural athleticism, pace and power of the average Caribbean cricketer. Flames of hope were rekindled when the West Indies went on to win the world T20 in 2012. Then came the men’s team and then the women’s team of 2016 and the historic double, as the flames were now fully ablaze. But just for a fleeting moment. Instead of gratitude and satisfaction, bickering has become the order of the day with past and current players leading the way, with the proverbial angry mob behind them. Misinformation and half-truths have permeated the air, as personal agendas have taken charge. Lost in the quagmire is another potentially inspirational and motivational gem, transformed instead into another opportunity to self-destruct. Despite the obvious redemptive value of T20 to the region’s cricket, we appear destined to drop the catch, as apparently we cannot handle success.last_img read more

She’s A Maneater devours them again

first_imgAs expected, the unbeaten filly, SHE’S A MANEATER, scored another facile win at Caymanas Park yesterday, strolling home by six lengths on a muddy surface to win the 10th running of the Pick 3 Super Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres, race number two in the Supreme Ventures Triple Crown series for native bred two-year-olds.Installed a howling 1-5 favourite, with leading jockey Omar Walker riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and owner-breeder Winston Kong, SHE’S A MANEATER bided her time just off the early pace in fourth as her lesser fancied stable-companion MR UNIVERSE (9-2) led narrowly from the grey VERY CLASSIC (73-1) in a field of eight.But when Walker asked her to go in chase of MR UNIVERSE from the 600-metre marker, she effortlessly straightened on his heels, quickly disposing of him to win by six lengths from the grey SOTOMAYOR (13-1), staying on to pip the rank outsider LADY FAYE (93-1) on the rails for second.”This win was anticipated by everyone,” said Kong. “She has now won her three races to date by a combined margin of 25 lengths and, to say she is an exceptional two-year-old in the mould of Princess Popstar, who won all three races in the series in 2013, would be an understatement.”She will seek to emulate Popstar by sweeping all three races in the series when she steps up to a mile on Boxing Day in the $4.25 million Supreme Ventures (SVL) Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes. However, if this is achieved, she, like Princess Popstar won’t be eligible to collect the million dollar bonus offered by SVL as neither went through the ring in the TOBA yearling sale”, Kong disclosed.SHE’S A MANEATER is a bay filly by Natural Selection out of the 2009 ‘Horse of the Year’ Ahwhofah and a half sister to last year’s 2000 Guineas winner ALI BABA.The day’s big upset came via the 54-1 outsider POLLY B, who made all under former champion Wesley Henry to win the open allowance sprint for the Pick 3 Supreme Trophy, in a driving finish from BLUE DIXIE (8-1) and 4-5 favourite CRUCIAL APPEAL, clocking a fast 1:11.2 for 1200 metres.DaCosta saddled three winners on the card.last_img read more

HIV prevention response inadequate in key populations – PANCAP

first_imgThe Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) recently conducted research in the Region, which found that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) prevention response is inadequate in key populations.PANCAP Director Dereck SpringerAccording to the PANCAP Coordinating Unit, the Priority Areas Coordinating Committee (PACC), the technical group of the PANCAP Executive Board, commissioned an evaluation of the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS (CRSF) between 2014 and 2018.This Committee bears the responsibility of coordinating and overseeing the implementation of operational plans for the CRSF.“The evaluation found that while the Caribbean has made progress in responding to the HIV epidemic, the impact of the prevention response has been inadequate, particularly among key populations,” PANCAP said in a statement.This evaluation was said to have been conducted between April and November of 2018 with three objectives focused on obtaining feedback from the regional partners as to the progress, achievements and gaps of the Regional HIV response and to determine the level of implementation of the CRSF, the progress, achievements, gaps and challenges. It was also aimed at providing clear recommendations on the strategic priority areas for the new CRSF and to inform its development.It was conducted in two phases which saw the collection and analysis of survey data from a Partner Self-Assessment and a Partnership Assessment and the collection and analysis of data for key indicators of the CRSF 2014 to 2018 to help the Partnership determine the progress made, particularly in relation to impact and outcomes, in phases one and two respectively.New HIV infections declineStatistics provided by the organisation, which were collected in six strategic priority areas revealed that the annual number of new HIV infections among adults in the Caribbean declined by only 18 per cent from 2010 to 2017, from 19,000 to 15,000.Majority of the new HIV infections, which represented 68 per cent of the total population was accounted for by Men who have sex with Men (MSM), Sex Workers (SWs) and their clients, transgender persons, and persons who use drugs PANCAP disclosed.New infections among children also fell from about 2300 in 2010 to 1100. Although significant progress has been made in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, available data for the period 2015 to 2017 showed that HIV-infected pregnant women receiving Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) to reduce HIV transmission declined from 92 per cent in 2014 to 79 per cent in 2015 and 75 per cent in 2016 and 2017 respectively, illustrating a significant decrease that requires investigation.Nonetheless, there has been progress in placing more people living with HIV on treatment, however, much more needs to be done to increase the numbers and to retain people on treatment, PANCAP reported.Financing decreasingAccording to PANCAP, the Global financial resources to support the HIV epidemic have been decreasing since 2011.“However, domestic financing has improved during the implementation of the CRSF 2014 – 2018. UNAIDS 2018, noted that domestic resources increased between 2006 – 2017 by 124 per cent, while international resources declined by 16 per cent”. As of the end of 2017, domestic resources were contributing significantly to the cost of ART and the overall treatment programme.  Despite this trend, national resources to support services to achieve prevention continue to be low, with the implication that the gains could be reversed if this gap is not quickly filled,” the organisation explained.last_img read more

“Meat for the boys, bone for the workers” – Rohee

first_img10% proposed salary increaseDespite being equally guilty of offering insignificant salary increases to public servants, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has expressed disappointment in the 10 per cent ‘final offer’ proposed by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee noted that the 10 per cent increase was a betrayal of the Public Service and was not reflective of the 20 per cent increases promised by the coalition members on the campaign trail.He also reasoned that in comparison to the exorbitant 50 per cent increase Government awarded itself shortly after assumption to office, the 10 per cent increase was unacceptable.Rohee also justified the previous Administration offering small increases, noting that there were other benefits available to the publicPPP General Secretary Clement Roheeservice which compensated for the minor raises.During a news conference on Monday, the PPP General Secretary said the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) would most likely accept the final offer of 10 per cent and this would be “tantamount to another betrayal of the workers’ interest”.He demanded to know the total cost of the one to 10 per cent increase having regard to the public boast by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo who, at the 2016 May Day Rally, declared that Government had set aside $43.8 billion and $6.63 billion for increased benefits and allowances in the 2016 Budget, for public servants.Additionally, Rohee believes that the entire salary increase negotiation between the Government and the GPSU was a sordid situation and he called on the latter to come clean.“The GPSU must come clean and in the interest of transparency and accountability, explain to its members, the true state of affairs in respect to the outcome of the negotiations and how the “final offer” was arrived at,” he expressed.Moreover, Rohee reminded that Nagamootoo had also promised in his 2016 May Day address to workers, incentives, scholarships, land, housing and recreation for public servants, who, he said, “must be treated as human beings”. Rohee noted that “observers have queried whether the one to ten per cent increase is adequate for a human being in the Public Service”.When prompted, Rohee justified the smaller increases which the PPP administration offered during its tenure.“You must recall (that) the increases offered by the PPP Administration (were) together with a whole host of other concessions that were granted: duty-free concessions for motor vehicles, land, house lots and things like that, easy loans, the Because We Care programme. In other words, there were a whole set of other concessions that were granted to workers in order to cushion whatever (they) would get,” he explained.According to Rohee, the entire undertaking of wage and salary negotiations under the current Administration is “clearly another manifestation of meat for the boys, bones for the workers”.The GPSU has agreed to consider the Government’s final offer of a 10 per cent increase for persons earning below $99,000 per month, with the rate incrementally decreasing to a one per cent increase for those earning in excess of $1 million.The initial proposal of the GPSU was for a 40 per cent across-the-board increase for public servants but this was subsequently adjusted to 25 per cent. The Union had also demanded that allowances be included in the negotiations.Government responded by proposing that persons earning less than $100,000 be paid a 5.5 per cent increase, while persons earning above $1 million would only get a one per cent increase. The proposed 5.5 per cent offer was later increased to six per cent by Government, but this too was rejected by the Union.Then, Government reconsidered its position and the final offer was presented. (Devina Samaroo)last_img read more

Arsenal survive Moscow scare to reach Europa semis

first_img0Shares0000On target: Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck celebrates his goal© AFP Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVPARIS, France, Apr 12- Arsenal survived a scare as they progressed to the last four of the Europa League on Thursday after coming back to draw 2-2 with CSKA Moscow in Russia.Fedor Chalov and Kirill Nababkin scored for CSKA to set Arsenal nerves jangling in the Russian capital, as the hosts looked to overturn a 4-1 deficit from the first leg. But Danny Welbeck pulled one back before Aaron Ramsey levelled the scores on the night in stoppage time, taking the Premier League side through 6-3 on aggregate.It was another night of comebacks in a crazy midweek in Europe, with Marseille and Red Bull Salzburg producing stirring performances to overturn first-leg deficits and go through.Salzburg lost 4-2 to Lazio in Rome last week but won 4-1 in the return in Austria, despite Ciro Immobile giving the Italians a second-half lead on the night.The hosts proceeded to score four times in 20 minutes to advance 6-5 on aggregate.Marseille recovered from losing 1-0 away to RB Leipzig last week, and from falling behind to the Germans inside two minutes in the return at the Velodrome, as they won 5-2 on the night to progress 5-3 on aggregate.A brilliant Dimitri Payet finish for Marseille’s fourth was a highlight as they made it through to a first European semi-final since 2004.Atletico Madrid are also through, and remain the favourites to win the trophy in Lyon next month — they were beaten 1-0 on the night away to Sporting Lisbon but progressed 2-1 on aggregate.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

We have to seduce fans with results- Migne

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne walks past his bench during a friendly match against Swaziland on May 26 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 28- Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne has admitted that the team has to turn the tide of results to attract fans back to the stadium, promising that he will do all within his knowledge to ensure the team ticks again.Migne started his tenure with a 1-0 loss to Swaziland in a friendly match last Friday in Machakos and fans in the stadium and by extension social media were not happy with the performance and the result posted. And now, the Frenchman has thrown the ball back to his players saying they have to start winning again to win the trust of the supporters.“When I saw 60,000 people in the stadium for Hull, I think you have the potential. Today, there were not so many fans in the stadium but I expect that fans will only come back to the stadium after there is victory. We need to make an effort for that and seduce fans to come and support us,” the coach said after the Swaziland loss.He added; “I said in the beginning when I came that it will be difficult alone. I need the players, I need the board and most of all, I need the fans. I ask them to support the team and I think we will be better soon.”The tactician will be hoping for a better performance on Monday afternoon when the team plays its second friendly match against Equatorial Guinea at the same venue and he has promised to make some changes to the squad as he continues to understand the players.Harambee Stars players walk out of the pitch at half time during a friendly match against Swaziland on May 26 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe Frenchman was irked in the Swaziland game as the team lost chance after chance and he now wants an improvement, saying the process of making the team great again is a long one but one that started positively to some extent.“We will make changes of course and try to avoid the loss of concentration and committing mistakes in defense. We will also try to be better offensively and to be a little more of killers in the opponent box,” the tactician said looking ahead to the Monday afternoon match.Looking back at the loss against the Swazis, Migne says he was happy with how the players performed in the first hour of the game but was disappointed that the levels dropped as the game wore on allowing the visitors to score 11 minutes from time.“It was interesting going for one hour; we tried to play football but after we forget a little bit what we have to do. We forget it only one time and it is 1-0. Afterwards its difficult. Offensively it’s the same; we have to be better in challenging for balls in the box. In international level, the truth is in the box both offensively and defensively,” the tactician noted.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne issues instructions to Ovella Ochieng during a friendly match against Swaziland on May 26 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe added; “I have some answer after this game for sure. We try to continue to develop something. I don’t forget I have only local players, but it’s not an excuse to lose because Swaziland also came with local players.”“Except players from Gor Mahia no one knows the high level in the team. We have no excuse for losing because the board (FKF) and the ministry did well to fulfill what we wanted for this game. But reality is that we were sick and we are trying to take care about it and develop football,” the coach further explained.After the Equatorial Guinea game, Stars will shift attention to the four-nations tournament in India where they will play against the hosts, Chinese Taipei and New Zealand.Migne might be forced to take with him a weak squad as most of the first team players turn out for Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards who will be taking part in the SportPesa Super Cup which starts on Sunday in Nakuru.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Women’s World Cup – France 1-0 England: Lionesses defeated by stunning strike

first_img1 France’s Eugenie Le Sommer celebrates her match-winning strike against England England kicked off their Women’s World Cup campaign with a defeat to France in their Group F opener.The Lionesses travelled to Canada with high hopes, with captain Steph Houghton insisting they have the belief to “go all the way” in the tournament.This first tie was also the chance to take revenge against the French following a penalty shoot-out defeat in the 2011 World Cup quarter-finals and a 3-0 hiding at Euro 2013, but they struggled to perform against one of the favourites for the title, and a team ranked third in the world rankings.Mark Sampson’s side failed to land a shot on target as France dominated the first half, with their best chance falling to Chelsea midfielder Katie Chapman, whose chipped effort sailed over the crossbar.The only goal on the game came on the half-hour mark, and in fine style too, as Lyon forward Eugenie Le Sommer found the top corner with stunning long-range drive from 25-yards.England posed more of a threat after the break as head coach Sampson sent on attacking reinforcements to test tiring opponents, with Manchester City’s Jill Scott firing their first – and only – shot on target, but her neat half-volley was hit straight at the France goalkeeper.The French went close to a second late on when Camille Abily had a shot blocked on the line, but the one goal proved enough for the win.Despite defeat, England still stand a strong chance of reaching the last 16. Rated the world’s sixth best team by FIFA, in their remaining group games they face 25th-ranked Mexico on Saturday and 28th-ranked Colombia next Wednesday, and would expect to beat both.last_img read more

Writers, producers differ over Web show revenue

first_imgNearly everyone agrees the Internet will change the way TV shows are delivered. But striking Hollywood writers and the nation’s media conglomerates are having a hard time seeing eye to eye on how to share revenue generated when shows are streamed on the Web. It’s the most contentious financial issue in the 10-day walkout that has stopped production on more than a dozen prime-time programs. In full-page newspaper ads Thursday, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said it’s offering writers a share of licensing fees paid by Web sites to offer shows. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre However, the payments wouldn’t begin until six weeks after a show goes online, according to the Writers Guild of America. The union has rejected the offer, saying viewer interest would be nearly exhausted by then. “They would throw us a fraction of the bone of whatever’s left,” the guild said in a prepared statement. Writers also want a cut of revenue from nonskippable ads contained in many shows that are streamed free online. The alliance slammed the door on that demand. “There is no way that this change can be deemed reasonable,” the group’s newspaper ads said. “No labor agreement in history has given writers, actors or directors a portion of advertising dollars.” Writers are convinced that ad-supported streaming will someday become a huge moneymaker for networks. “We’re not saying you owe us thousands of dollars right this minute,” said Ron Moore, a writer-producer for the Sci-Fi Channel show “Battlestar Gallactica.” “This is the moment you make the deal for the future,” he said. Revenue from the ads is expected to grow from $250million this year to $1.7billion by 2010, according to Forrester Research. Advertisers now pay between 40percent and 60percent more for online ads than they do for TV commercials because Web audiences tend to be younger, male and affluent – a sweet spot for advertisers. But with relatively few viewers, the Internet rakes in just a tiny fraction of the $70billion in advertising collected by broadcast television, Forrester analyst James McQuivey said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Paul Holian recovery fund Car Run this Sunday, tractor run on October 2

first_imgTHE PAUL HOLIAN Recovery Fund has announced two more major fundraisers – with one tomorrow (Sunday).There will be a Car Run from the Montana Cafe at Mountain Top Letterkenny tomorrow, gathering at 1pm and leaving at 1.30pm, going to Ramelton and Fanad before returning to Carrs of the Diamond for food and refreshments. Donations of €10 to take part are being encouraged.The Tractor Run takes place in a fortnight – on Sunday, October 2 at 11am from Carrs of the Diamond. Paul (39) from Ballyarr, was seriously injured in a devastating accident on July 9th which turned not only his life but his family’s life upside down. Due to this, his extended family and friends have established the Paul Holian Recovery Fund to help him, his partner Nicola and their two children on this challenging long and tiring journey. Paul was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital following the accident before being transferred to the Mater Hospital in Dublin. He is currently back in Letterkenny waiting for the call that will bring him to the Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire.The journey to rehabilitation will be a lengthy one and consequently the support of his family and friends and the local community is key. Among the fund-raising efforts being organised is a ticket draw – the top prize for which is a week for two trip to Dubai including flights and hotel.Tickets cost ten euro each and are available from Gary Holian 086 2158420 at the Dry Arch Complex in Letterkenny, from Pat Hegerty at Ballyare (086-8904850) and from Carr’s of The Diamond.The draw will take place on Friday night, October 21st, at a special function in the Clanree Hotel where music will be by the Ryan Turner Band along with a number of local artists all getting together in support of the charity. Paul Holian recovery fund Car Run this Sunday, tractor run on October 2 was last modified: September 17th, 2016 by John2Share 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)last_img read more