January 23, 2018

Archives for August 2017

Warriors end home matches with dominant 7-wicket victory over Stars

By Akeem Greene

The Guyana Amazon Warriors ended their home matches with a dominant seven-wicket victory over a miss-firing St Lucia Stars in Match 21 of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Tuesday evening at the National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara.
Warriors late run at the play-offs continued to be well intact as they made light work in pursuit of 101, reaching it in 14.4 overs. For the Stars, their lights continued to get darker as they sank to their seventh loss in eight matches.
The thumping win in front of another supportive and vociferous crowd was orchestrated by tightly knit bowling led by leg-spinner Rashid Khan and then assured knocks by Man-of-the match Sohail Tanveer and Jason Mohammed.
Needing a performance quite the opposite of what they did with the bat, the Stars turned to Jerome Taylor who had the in-form Chadwick Walton out LBW with the first ball.
Tanveer, who has a new lease on life with his new role at the top of the order picked up from where he left off Sunday, having a streaky four off the bowling of Shane Shillingford, then slicing Taylor over extra-cover for another boundary.
Captain Martin Guptill produced his trademark thwack over long-off with a slight shimmy down the pitch against the pacy Taylor. However, his treacherous run of form continued when he gave a charge to Rahkeem Cornwall and was undone with a clever piece of bowling.
Despite the two quick wickets, the shots were still being rolled out as the Warriors knew the importance of not just wining, but doing so quickly.
Jason Mohammed wasted little time to get into stride as he lofted Cornwall over extra-cover for a majestic six. He continued to be fluent and pulled Mitchell McClenaghan for four through mid-wicket. The Warriors were 41 for 2 after six overs.
Tanveer again had the ball greeting the ropes by top-edging McClenaghan for another four. Mohammed seemed to be taking a liking to Cornwall when he played the most delicate of cuts through third-man and the frequent boundaries kept coming.
The first ball after the mid-innings break, Tanveer came down the track to Shillingford and was stumped, bringing an end to the 51-run third wicket partnership. Tanveer struck 5 fours and one six and the home-side were 73-3 in the 11th over.
Mohammed’s onslaught continued, racing the Warriors to their target, hitting 3 fours and 2 sixes, which meant there was little work for Gajanand Singh to do, as Mohammed tapped the final ball to mid-wicket to spark the widespread celebrations at Providence.
Sticking to the formula from Sunday night against the Barbados Tridents, Warriors inserted Stars and got two early breakthroughs. Rashid Khan took a juggling catch at long-off to dismiss Andre Fletcher in the second over.
Next over, a combination of athletic fielding and ball awareness orchestrated an excellent run-out. Shane Watson slashing to point, Khan produced a diving stop, after which Keemo Paul executed a direct hit to the non-strikers stump which saw the demise of Watson who was guilty of ball-watching.
Jesse Ryder, who struggled to find timing early in his innings, crunched a short one from the leg-spin of Khan through cover which saw Stars reach 26 for 2 at the end of the power play overs.
Stars continued to look dim as power-hitter Johnson Charles lacked intensity in his 22-ball 15. He paid for his lacklustre approach when he held out to long-on, sinking his team further into trouble at 35 for 3 in the eight over.
Ryder looked the Stars most assured batsman at the crease. He played flamboyant shots through the cover region but saw his innings come to an end via another brilliant piece of fielding by Paul at deep mid-wicket. Ryder for an inexplicable reason wanted a second with his taped knee.
The lights got a shade darker for the Stars when Khan trapped Darren Sammy in front of wicket and then Cornwall’s wild slog was taken via diving catch at long-off.
The abysmal performance with the bat continued as Shillingford diced one of Rayad Emrit’s cutter to cover.
A six off the last ball of the innings rounded off a huff and puff innings by the Stars which had no momentum or direction due to an absence of partnerships.
The St Lucia Stars will suit up again on Friday when they come up against the Jamaica Tallawahs, while the Warriors’ next match will be on August 29 against Tridents in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Nedd confident of retaining Title

The National Under-18 Male Volleyball team participating in the Inter-Guiana Games in Suriname should return home still champions.

The team that will be defending Guyana’s volleyball title at the Inter-Guiana Games

Head Coach of the team, Levi Nedd expressed confidence in his players who he believes have what it takes to hold off any challenge.
“I have talked to them about what is expected of them and I have full confidence in them, they are not doing too badly, last weekend we had a warm up match against a first division team and we didn’t do badly,” Nedd told Guyana Times International.
The coach explained that the team has been through rigorous and intense training with the players being brought to full fitness.
The team consists of 12 players who have been selected from various regions across the country.
Meanwhile, Akil Vaughn who plays in a middle position noted that the training has gone to plan and the team is well balanced.
“The schedule has been excellent, everyone knows their roles, we are setting up plays and the team is playing smoothly,” Vaughn said.

The team is:
Kellon Leitch
Renaldo Griffith
Hellond Singh
Andy Rohoman
Kristoff Shepperd
Omari Joseph
Ronaldo Bobb
Montel Denny
Nicholas Corlette
Akil Vaughn
Jaleel Roberts
Daimyon Ahmad
Assistant Coach Rashaad Razak
Head Coach Levi Nedd

Vaughn like his coach is confident that the team will be performing to its best and will bring back home the title.
The 14 man contingent will depart Guyana on Thursday for Suriname for the Games that runs from August 24-28.

CPL 2017: Warriors Captain Guptill replaced by fellow ‘New Zealander’ Ronchi

The Guyana Amazon Warriors have replaced their Captain and opening batsman, Martin Guptill with fellow ‘New Zealander,’ wicket-keeper/ batsman, Luke Ronchi for the remainder of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tournament.
According to Warriors Media/ Marketing Officer and Assistant Operations Manager John Ramsingh, unfortunately, Guptill has to return to New Zealand because of an important family health matter and as such the Guyana Amazon Warriors team will be without their appointed Captain for the rest of the 2017 Hero CPL.
Ronchi has just completed his stint in the Natwest T20 Blast in England where he played with Leicestershire and is currently one of the top ten run scorers in the League with 429 runs at a strike rate of 180.25.
Omar Khan, Operations Manager of the Guyana Amazon Warriors said: “it’s unfortunate and hugely disappointing to lose Martin at this stage of the Tournament but we empathize with his situation and he has our full support as he returns home to his family. We welcome Luke to the Guyana Amazon Warriors family and his wealth of experience and explosive batting in this format will certainly be an asset to our team.”
Guptill who scored 142 runs from seven innings was in his fourth year with the Guyana Amazon Warriors.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors have a viable shot of making it to the play-offs and will face the Barbados Tridents on Tuesday August, 29, at the Kensington Oval Stadium.

Guyana Amazon Warriors Full Squad:
Rayad Emrit
Sohail Tanveer
Chadwick Walton
Rashid Khan
Jason Mohammed
Steven Taylor
Veerasammy Permaul
Roshon Primus
Gajanand Singh
Assad Fudadin
Steven Jacobs
Keon Joseph
Steven Katwaroo
Keemo Paul
Muhammad Ali Khan
Luke Ronchi

The 2017 tournament will run from 4 August – 9 September 2017.

Eastville top Flamingo, GFC and Western Tigers draw

By Michelangelo Jacobus

When action in the Corona Beer Invitational Football Tournament continued on Monday evening at the Georgetown Football Club ground, Eastville FC scored two late goals to beat Flamingo 3-1.

The goal scorers for Eastville FC

In a fairly one sided game, Eastville were clearly the superior team throughout the match and opened the scoring after only four minutes in the first half with Michael Charles goal.
Flamingo would equalize 23 minutes later through Carl Sanmelo who poked home a rebound after the Eastville custodian fumbled the ball in the box.
As they teams went into the halftime on level terms, the score line failed to do Eastville justice as they should have had at least a two goal advantage with their forwards failing to convert the many chances that fell their way.
In the second half Eastville continued to play positively and with just two minutes left in the game goals were scored by Travis Hercules in the 88th and Cordel Johnson in the 89th which made sure that Eastville walked away with maximum points.
The second game of the night was played out to an entertaining 1-1 draw between Beacon FC and Camptown FC.
Both sides played fluid football with the respective defenses having their hands full.
Beacon would draw first blood through a spectacular Travis Lyken goal in the 7th minute but Camptown maintained their composure and stuck to the basics. They were duly rewarded when Jamal Codrington scored in the 36th minute to level scores.
The remainder of the game was a midfield battle and the game eventually petered out to a draw.
In the feature match of the night between home club GFC and Western Tigers, it was heartbreak for the former as they played well throughout the game only for Western Tigers to score in added time to equalize and draw the game.
The young GFC side played superior possession football complemented by smart, crisp passing. They were rewarded when a good team effort was finished by Benjamin Abumchi in the 16th minute to give them the lead.
GFC held on to that lead while the Tigers repeatedly tried to claw their way back into the game. Dwayne McLennon struck in the 93rd minute to draw his team level and walk away with a point.
When the competition resumes on Wednesday, Camptown FC will face Black Pearl FC at 17:00hrs while the in form Northern Rangers FC takes on Flamingo FC at 19:00hrs and Pele FC clash with Riddim Squad FC at 21:00hrs.

It’s Alive! Warriors ‘back on the road’ with playoff qualification in sight

After four home games that were chockfull of excitement and thrills on and off the field, the Guyana Amazon Warriors will soon depart to continue their 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League quest for ultimate glory – deserving capture of the CPL 2017 Championship Trophy.

Amazon Warriors must win their next two matches if they are to
move into the playoffs

With two key round-robin matches remaining, the Warriors will hopefully subdue the Barbados Tridents on Tuesday before disappointing the Jamaica Tallawahs on Friday, September 1, and thus qualify for the playoffs.
Incredibly, for the first time in CPL history, the Guyana Amazon Warriors have found themselves in this desperate situation –where their hitherto unblemished record could be tarnished by their missing the playoffs if they do not win their remaining encounters. Therefore, it is imperative that Guyana’s willowed Warriors progress to the next round by improving on the previous substandard performances displayed in earlier clashes.
To accomplish this feat, the Amazon Warriors’ batsmen will have to deal with the opposition in a manner similar to what to what they displayed in their last two matches. If they do, and complement the bowlers, then positive results are inevitable in the upcoming matches.
The clash against the Tridents is expected to be the more difficult of the two campaigns, although the Warriors had administered defeat to the Tridents on Sunday.
The Tallawahs cannot be written off, but judging from the previous match between the two sides, the Warriors must find the tenacity to go all the way; because the Warriors had dominated most of the last encounter, yet inexplicably managed to fall short, making their qualifying for the playoffs more difficult than it should have been.
Nevertheless, the opportunity to qualify still exists, but everything depends on the outcome of the next two matches.
Happy hunting, Guyana Amazon Warriors!

Mararunau – keeping their Indigenous language alive

Mararunau is a small indigenous village located deep-south of the Rupununi in Region Nine. It has a population of over 800 persons, all of whom are Wapishanas. It is surrounded by the majestic Kanuku Mountains, which create a mesmerizing view for your eyes, no matter how many times you have seen it.
It would take you approximately nine hours to reach the village from Georgetown. This includes almost one and a half hours flying from the Eugene F. Correia International Airport to Lethem, and the remaining hours travelling overland.
It would take little over a day if the entire trip is by land. A journey that is so breathtaking, one blink and you would miss out on Mother Nature’s magnificence. The current Toshao/Leader of the village is Patrick Gomes. The Department of Public Information (DPI) sat with him and got an insight into the village.

A man and his family riding through the Savannahs

Toshao of Maruranau Patrick Gomes enjoying a swim in the Creek

Brief history
It was fascinating to learn that the current location of the village is not where it used to be 200 years ago. According to the toshao, in October 1919 a decision was made by the then leader of the community and a catholic priest to relocate. This was due to the rising water level of the creek, from which the village got its name. The previous site of the village was approximately five miles away from its current location.

A unique village
The community is unique in its own right, because it has been able to do what over 90 percent of the other indigenous communities have failed to do. That is to preserve their culture, but more specifically their language.
“One of the things that make this village unique is that it is one of the villages that keep their Wapishana language very much alive. Every single person in the village speaks the language, and that is something unique,” Toshao Patrick Gomes said. You might question yourself as to why the preservation of language is something unique. Well, language is an integral part of a people’s culture, and without one’s culture one is like a ship without a sail.
Being one of the few villages that speak their native language, Gomes said, he cannot pinpoint exactly how the village has been able to keep the language alive.
“I guess it’s the way the people are being taught. For example, this is one of the villages that is an academic village,” he posited.
Academic prowess

Some homes in Maruranau

The village has a history of producing intellectuals. In October 1947, the first primary school was established in the village. Today there is a larger primary school with a nursery section added.
Another fascinating fact about Mararunau is that “most of the teachers are from this village, both in the primary and nursery schools (teachers), from this village. No longer do we have coast landers coming to work in the village,” the Toshao explained.
Most of the teachers were trained at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE). According to Gomes, those who are not trained will soon be trained formally. However, he pointed out that many persons from the village are teachers who work in the region and on the coast, lecture at the University of Guyana, are medics and even engineers.

Health expansion
Mararunau currently has a single health post, which Toshao Gomes is planning to upgrade. He explained, “We are working to see how best we can develop this health post into a health hut, so we can have more facilities and it can have more resources, not only health workers, but we can have a midwife and maybe even a Medex in time to come; but we are working on that”.

Agriculture on the move
Like most indigenous villages, livelihood in the village of Mararunau is mainly through subsistence farming; and as is customary, surplus produce is sold to earn extra cash. Nevertheless, over the years, there has been a new trend in the community, and it has great potential for economic development.
“I notice farmers start to increase the production of bananas. I was speaking with one farmer and he said he planted 800 banana trees (suckers)… he has to start looking for market outside, and we have like three or four farmers who are now embarking on banana cultivation,” an optimistic Gomes said. Other crops include yams, plantains, potato, peppers, and of course cassava, which is used to make a number of indigenous dishes. (DPI feature)

Not all equal…

Your Eyewitness feels this Lall fella – who keeps pumping out those letters with their convoluted prose – was quite mean-spirited with his backhanded “compliment” to the kid who passed 25 subjects at CSEC!! He at least had the grace to admit his “congratulation” sounded “lame”. So why offer it in the first place?
Well, now that Roopnaraine’s banished, Lall’s the flag-bearer of the brigade that insists that kids should be limited in how many CSEC subjects they can write. Lall dubs the ever-increasing number of subjects written an “insane trajectory”; but why is this so? Your Eyewitness can understand if kids were forced to write these double-digit number of subjects, but the kid said clearly this was HIS choice. In fact, his teachers discouraged him from writing the 25, and managed to bring him down from the 27 he’d originally contemplated.
Lall asks: how many subjects next year? Your Eyewitness thinks the limit will eventually be the number of subjects CXC offers! What is it? 35?
How come they don’t complain about FORCING kids to write AT LEAST five subjects? Aren’t there thousands of kids who just can’t cope with that number? The fact of the matter is that this whole argument’s a tempest in a teacup, since there is already a system in place to evaluate and determine how many subjects can be taken.
In all schools, the students have to get the specific subjects and number of subjects APPROVED by the teachers, HoDs, and eventually the head-teacher. In the case of the latest exceptional performer, the teachers’ assessments were obviously vindicated, since he passed all his subjects with such flying colours.
But Lall revealed the flawed premise of his “limit” brigade when he asked: what’s the point proven by a batsman who scores 1000 runs when the team mightn’t be doing so well?
But we can see the falsity of this premise, can’t we? When the kid wrote and passed 25 subjects, he didn’t PREVENT any other student from performing as well – or even better – as would’ve happened when the 1000-run batter didn’t possibly allow others on the team to bat. Kids writing many subjects aren’t preventing teachers from teaching others, are they?
The demand that CSEC subjects be limited comes from a misguided urge for an “egalitarian” outcome wherein no kid’s allowed to rise above others – even through his/her own efforts. This is the dumbing down compulsion that will perpetuate Guyana’s mediocrity.
The hero Mallory who ultimately perished trying to scale Mt Everest was asked why he persisted. “Because it’s there!” he said. We always need heroes who can push the envelope.
Congratulations, Michael Bhopaul!!!

…in Cricket
Your Eyewitness is in Cricket Limbo…you know, that state of uncertainty when you’re caught betwixt and between (and not him slithering backwards under some low-slung pole!). On one hand, he’s ecstatic the Guyana Amazon Warriors won their match against the Barbados Tridents and kept hope alive. But on the other hand, the West Indies’ test side was ignominiously bowled out TWICE IN ONE DAY by England; and lost the match by an innings and some 200 -odd runs.
Can there be more shame than this? But who’d send out these inexperienced youths like lambs to the slaughter to play the English on their home turf? And therein lies the problem, doesn’t it? The WICB, that’s who! How many years hasn’t your Eyewitness been joining some of the most prominent citizens of the West Indies demanding someone get rid of this poisonous Board? CariCom’s tried.
Because its member boards fear setting a precedent that would seal their own doom, the ICC has firmly opposed CariCom getting involved.
So maybe they can do so themselves?

…in comedy
Jerry Lewis and Dick Gregory – American comedians who entertained several generations with their specific brands of humour – both passed away this weekend.
But Gregory, who didn’t ignore the African American condition in his routine, is barely mentioned.

Alleged rapist remanded for escaping police custody

Police contend that Cleveland King, charged with allegedly engaging in sexual activity with a minor (child), was on August 17, 2017 under lawful custody at Kuru Kururu on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway when he escaped from the police outpost.
At King’s arraignment before City Magistrate Judy Latchman on Monday, Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves contended that the 24-year-old excavator operator of the Kuru Kururu, EBD community simply walked out of the police outpost on the day in question.
He also strenuously objected to King being placed on bail because of the serious nature of the offence.
According to a source, the accused was reportedly heard saying, “This girl been living by me”, in relation to the alleged case of sexual assault.
King was remanded to prison until August 28, 2017, when next his case would be called.

Amazon Warriors take on role of ‘Big Brother’

…mentor students at Diamond Special Needs School

By Ashraf Dabie

Just hours after the Guyana Amazon Warriors swept their way to the first home victory in this year’s CPL tournament, the local team on Monday morning took on the role of ‘Big Brothers’ to a batch of students attached to the Diamond Special Needs School.

The Guyana Amazon Warriors while meeting with students of the Diamond Special Needs School on Monday

A group of young sport fanatics currently enrolled at the Diamond Special Needs School were afforded the opportunity of their lifetime as they met with, and were mentored by, players of the Guyana Amazon Warriors cricket team.
Fresh off their victory following a record breaking win against the Barbados Tridents at the Guyana National Stadium on Sunday, the local squad kicked off their week by sharing light moments with students who are living with various forms of disabilities.
The event, hosted at the Georgetown Marriott on Monday, was the result of a partnership between Digicel and the CPL organisation. Vidya Sanichara, Digicel’s Communications Manager, expressed delight at being part of the Big Brother programme, and even outlined the objectives of this collaborative initiative.
She noted that following the tiresome efforts to secure a win within the past few days, “We are giving them (the players) the opportunity to meet some of the real hearts of Guyana, so that’s why we are doing this activity; to bring the players and Digicel a little closer to the people….”
Moreover, she indicated that given some of the students have never been exposed to the true wonders of the game, Digicel is happy to bring the CPL experience to the students.
On that note, the Digicel spokesperson relayed, “The guys won yesterday (Sunday), we know that. But today they are winning even bigger, because they are winning the hearts of the kids here from the Diamond Special Needs School.”
Adding to that, Sanichara pointed out that this is not the first time an event of such nature was being executed, as it is customary for Digicel to bring the sport festivities to children within the various CPL destinations throughout the Region.
Sharing in the excitement of participating in the meet-and-greet between the students and international cricketers was West Indian all-rounder Rayad Emrit, who is currently enlisted on the Amazon Warriors squad.
Emrit relayed the team’s experience in Guyana thus far, pin pointing their time with the children as one of their highlights. “Being in Guyana is always a good experience for us. The people in Guyana always treat us well. It’s always a pleasure to be there,” the Trinidadian conveyed.
Zooming in on the experience of sharing their morning with the students, the Amazon Warrior continued, “It’s always good to share our knowledge with the kids. Having played last night and coming out with a victory, the guys are excited to be here with the kids.”
Meanwhile, conveying her gratitude to both Digicel and the Amazon Warriors for taking the time out of their schedule to socialise with the students was Tracey Michael, a teacher attached the Diamond Special Needs School.
Michael relayed that for many of the students, meeting the local and international cricket stars is a dream come true.
“I think they find this is a great opportunity to get to meet the Warriors, because some of them are really interested in cricket,” stated the teacher.
The Diamond Special Needs School is an educational institution that currently caters for 58 students of varying disabilities.
The school has, over the years, seen the support of Digicel, with CPL now coming on board to add to their work of developing the young minds.
However, this is the second time the Guyana Amazon Warriors have taken the cricket cheer to the lesser fortunate Guyanese youth as a part of their home tour in this year’s CPL tournament.

British envoy urges appointment of GECOM Chair

…before preparations commence for Local Gov’t Elections

With GECOM to begin preparing next year to hold Local Government Elections in 2019, British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn is calling on the authorities to appoint a Chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) as soon as possible.
The British diplomat told reporters last Thursday that the appointment of a GECOM chairman should be fast tracked. “I think next year, 2018, is gonna be fairly a crunch year to make sure all the preparations for 2019 are in place… The sooner we get a chairman for GECOM in place, the better it is going to be for that process,” Quinn expressed.

British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn

President David Granger has already rejected two lists of nominees for the position of GECOM Chairman submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who has since agreed to compile a third list.
Last month, Jagdeo told reporters that he was in the final stages of preparing a third list of nominees for the GECOM Chairmanship post. “I had committed to submitting a third list publically and with the President, and I believe that I should continue with that process… (And) I am hoping that from this third list, someone would be chosen, and then it would become a moot issue,” Jagdeo had stated.
However, the Opposition Leader explained that while he is committed to submitting the third list, persons are skeptical about having their names put forward as nominees because they do not want to be considered unsuitable.
Nevertheless, Jagdeo noted that should President Granger deem this new list of names unacceptable, there is a process agreed upon to ensure that a suitable candidate is appointed.
President Granger has been holding strong that Article 161 (2) of the Constitution of Guyana prescribes for the Chairman of the Elections Commission to be “a person who holds or who has held office as a judge of a court…or who is qualified to be appointed as any such judge, or any other fit and proper person…”
Having interpreted “fit and proper” to mean any group of qualified persons, the Opposition Leader in December submitted his first list, nominating the following persons: Attorney Christopher Ram, Conflict Resolution Specialist Lawrence Lachmansingh, (retired) Major General Norman McLean, Business executive Ramesh Dookhoo, Indian Rights Activist Rhyaan Shah, and History Professor James Rose for the post at the helm of GECOM.
The Head of State rejected the list, saying that the nominees have to be a judge, retired judge, or possess qualifications to be a judge, as well as not be an activist or member of any political party.
Following weeks of impasse, Jagdeo finally agreed to return to the drawing board, and submitted a new list of nominees, comprising: 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, Captain Gerald Gouveia.
President Granger rejected this second list as well, saying it was “unacceptable” and that ALL of the nominees should be a judge, retired judge, or qualified to be a judge. The President has argued that he needs to have options on the list, so all of the nominees have to be qualified.
In the meantime, local businessman Marcel Gaskin had moved to the High Court back in March to challenge the constitutionality of President David Granger’s reasoning behind his rejection of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s first list of six nominees for the GECOM Chairmanship post.
In the court action, Gaskin sought from the Court a declaratory order on the meaning of Article 161(2). The businessman, who is the brother of Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, wanted to know whether the list of nominees to be submitted by the Opposition Leader must include a judge, a retired judge or a person qualified to be a judge, as being claimed by the President.
Acting Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire, SC, overruled the President’s interpretation of the Constitution, finding that there is no particular preference for the appointment of persons within the Judiciary for the GECOM chairmanship.
In her determination, Justice George found that there was no valid argument to support the idea that the Chairman should be a judge, former judge, or person eligible to be a judge; and noted that persons from each category are equally eligible for the post.
The Chief Justice pointed out that the word “any” in the other category, “…any other fit and proper person”, widens the category, and “does not restrict the qualification or profession” from which the nominee should be drawn. She added that there was no mandatory category, and all the categories have equal weight.