Junior Flemmings’ 81st-minute strike saw Tivoli Gardens to a 2-1 win over rivals Boys’ Town in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) west Kingston derby at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. Miguel Ricketts fired the home team in front after 22 minutes, but Peter Keyes equalised for the ‘Red Brigade’ on 62 minutes. However, Flemmings latched on to a pass late on and hammered a low shot past Mikhail Harrison in goal. It was only Flemmings’ second west Kingston derby at senior level, but as a resident of the community, he knows all about this fixture. “Tivoli Gardens playing Boys’ Town or Arnett Gardens is always a tough one, but we really did well. We dug deep to come out with the win, so kudos to the team,” the young striker told The Gleaner. His experience from his recent call-up for the Panama and Haiti World Cup qualifiers was a great learning curve, and he was eager to show what he had learned. PLENTY LEARNT “Being around the professionals in the national team, I really learned a lot, especially from the ones overseas, and I said that I have to transfer that mental aspect to my game and my approach to life, and I am getting there. I just have to keep working hard,” he reasoned. “It is not easy to leave schoolboy football and come into the Premier League playing against bigger, stronger guys with more experience. But I came here and worked and left the rest to God, and game by game, I will continue to work hard and, hopefully, the goals will come,” he said. Tivoli went ahead when Ricketts turned his marker and fired past Harrison. Carlos Wright thought he had found the equaliser minutes later, but he was offside. However, little past the hour, Peter Keyes fired a deflected shot past Edsel Scott from a quickly taken free kick. Boys’ Town were the stronger team after that and looked more threatening, but Flemmings broke away and fired a ferocious shot past Harrison to seal the win. Meanwhile, Portmore United climbed to the top of the standings after a 3-2 win over St Catherine rivals Rivoli. Portmore now have 27 points, two more than MoBay United, who were held 0-0 by UWI. Waterhouse and Reno drew 2-2.
A recent statement issued by the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry (MoIPA) was centered on the National Toshaos Council (NTC) and its executive. It has been described by former Amerindian Affairs Minister Pauline Sukhai as a vicious and blatant attack on the Council and toshaos across the country.Having read the statement, Sukhai said, she is under the impression there seemingly is a disconnect between the MoIPA and the NTC. The former minister said she finds it to be a strange development, especially since the minister sits on the NTC as an ex-officio member.Former Amerindian Affairs Minister Pauline Sukhai“It’s actually like they can’t cooperate, and I don’t think the Government should seek to be indifferent to the NTC…that press statement of accusing the NTC executive is different from what they should be doing. They should be working together, and have full engagement with each other to further the development of Indigenous people in this country,” Sukhai told Guyana Times. Government on Wednesday accused the NTC of disrespecting President David Granger, and launched a scathing attack on several vocal Indigenous representatives who were not toeing the line, but exposing serious malpractices of the current A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Administration.The MoIPA has accused the NTC and its Vice Chairman, Lenox Shuman, of being confrontational, demanding, and disrespectful in their writings to President Granger. The MoIPA said it has also observed a trend of public posturing by NTC executives, and has stated that the NTC has so far not distanced itself from what the MoIPA described as rather divisive, disingenuous, and sometimes incoherent statements being made by these officials.But while Government has taken umbrage at the writings of these officials to the President, Sukhai has said the NTC has the right to raise concerns affecting its people.“The NTC, as an elected body with Indigenous leaders will, from time to time, be seeking and negotiating with Government on many issues. And that is how it should be. If the NTC has a priority and they feel strongly that the priority is not being addressed by Government, then it’s within their authority to advance representation,” she added.The MoIPA, in its statement, pointed to Shuman and said it has taken note of his issuing call for mass public protest against the Government by the Indigenous citizenry. The Ministry said it would allow the Guyanese public to judge Shuman’s intentions.Further to that, the Ministry said it is aware of countless complaints of alleged disrespectful treatment of residents of St Cuthbert’s Mission by Shuman.When contacted for a comment on Wednesday, Shuman said he was in his village, and could not comment on the matter unless he reads the statement in its entirety.The NTC Vice Chairman said he would also like to be given some time to ‘digest’ what was written about him. He could not be reached on Thursday.
Weeks after calls were made for a presidential probe into the operations and spending at the Department of Public Information (DPI), Opposition Member of Parliament and former Junior Finance Minister, Juan Edghill, is calling for the Auditor General to investigate the entity’s spending.Concerns were raised by staff at the DPI about spending practices and the hiring of persons affiliated to political operatives. The staffers who requested anonymity told sections of the press that monies were being spent wastefully on regular retreats and other unnecessary things.In describing DPI as an interesting outfit, the MP told Guyana Times that although staffers are hiding in the shadows due to fear of victimisation, they have called for a presidential probe but he feels such a probe would not yield any success and things could remain the same.“Because what we have is an incestuous relationship. Who are the personsOpposition MP Juan Edghillemployed at the DPI? Only if they are a rivalry between the President’s press unit and DPI and there is some desire to shakedown DPI, you might get some justice,” Edghill explained.An important observation made by the Opposition MP was the fact that DPI should have been serving the entire Government. However, the President does not rely on DPI for his public relations and press, but has an office staffed by people to work with his press and publicity unit.“So the people of Guyana are paying for DPI and the President who doesn’t trust DPI because it is headed by the Alliance For Change (AFC) and staffed mostly by AFC supporters. The Auditor General should go into DPI and audit their books,” he asserted.“Don’t let a politician investigate a politician from the same party or grouping. Look at what happened to the Sussex Street Bond. A sub-Cabinet committee investigated and said that it’s a bad deal, they had continued paying $14 million per month for the controversial drug bond.Edghill noted that these are all tactics done to appease supporters but in the end, the conclusion is already known. “The Lindo Creek CoI is another example. You can see through this Government… what is needed is an independent office which is not controlled by the politics of the day to go in there get the facts and make it public,” he added.In a letter to the media, DPI staff said, “We believe that the DPI is being badly mismanaged, and this has led to staff either resigning, being suspended, and the DPI being severely understaffed, and failing to attract newcomers, who, wePrime MinisterMoses Nagamootoobelieve, have gotten wind of the manner in which the DPI is being run. One of the main issues involves friends hiring friends of friends.”WastageIn addition to that, monies are said to be wasted on several retreats to at least two resorts, to discuss issues pertaining to the operations of DPI. It has been reported that one of those retreats saw some 20 staffers, with transportation costing some $12,000 for each staffer attending.“We believe there has also been serious wastage of financial resources on the printing of several publications, which are sent to various regions. This has added to the massive workload of DPI staffers, many of whom work practically every day, without a day off,” staff highlighted.Only recently, General Manager of the Guyana Chronicle newspaper, SherodDirector of Public Information and DPI Head Imran KhanDuncan was sent on administrative leave one day after he decided to fire a senior member of staff, Finance Controller Moshamie Maraj-Ramotar, following the leaking of details on excess spending.A full investigation was ordered into Duncan’s excessive spending and the circumstances of Maraj-Ramotar’s dismissal. Some $5 million was reportedly spent by Duncan in less than three months of his probationary period. Duncan was appointed General Manager from June 1, 2018, just before the life of the Board of Directors expired. Duncan is an Executive of the AFC.“What happened at the Chronicle is just a reflection of the lesser minions seeing what the greater minions are doing and they are following suit. The good life in Guyana only belongs to a few elite politicians and leaders who can put their hand in the kitty and do whatever they feel like,” he said.
Evra, who joins the Hammers on a contract until the end of June, worked with Hammers manager Moyes during his time at Old Trafford and is looking forward to linking up with his old boss.“Im really happy to be a Hammer, to be back in the Premier League and I love this game,” said the left-back.“When you have to make a deal and money is not the issue, the deal could be done in five minutes,” added the Evra in a statement on the club’s website. “The main thing was for me to join West Ham and to help my teammates to win as many games as we can.“It was the fastest thing I have done in my life, because both parties wanted to work together, so it was very easy to make an agreement.”West Ham are 12th in the Premier League with 12 matches to play, but are only three points above the teams in 18th and 19th, two of the three relegation places.Evra’s departure from France came after he lashed out in response to a group of supporters who had come to the pitchside to berate him for what they considered sub-par displays.The 36-year-old, capped 81 times by France, was hit with a season-long ban that only applies to UEFA club competitions.Alex Ferguson took the Senegal-born player to Manchester United from Monaco in January 2006, and won five Premier League titles and the Champions League.After spending his final season at Old Trafford working under Moyes, the defender moved to Italian champions Juventus in 2014 and enjoyed more domestic success before moving back to France in January 2017.Evra’s career has been dogged by controversy, not all of his making. At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa he led a revolt of the French players against coach Raymond Domenech.A year later, while playing for United, Evra was the target of a racist insult from then Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan was banned for eight matches and fined over the incident.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Patrice Evra left Marseille in disgrace after assaulting a fan before a Europa League game in Portugal in November © AFP/FileLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 7 – West Ham signed former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra on a free transfer on Wednesday, with the Frenchman set to link up again with former boss David Moyes.Evra has won multiple league titles and the Champions League in an illustrious career but his spell at Marseille ended abruptly in November after he launched a kung-fu kick at a supporter.