December 14, 2017

Archives for November 2017

CONCACAF Women’s football activities day hailed a success

–Trim, Smith cop U15 and U17 MVP accolades

National U15 member, Jaladi Trim, and U17 Tiandi Smith were the Most Valuable Players (MVPs) of their respective categories in the 3rd annual CONCACAF Women’s Football Day hosted by the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) last Saturday at the National Training Centre, Leonora.

Some female players going through drills on Saturday

The programme, held from 11:00 to 17:00hrs, saw The U15 competition being won by Kwakwani while Senior Fruta Conquerors won the U17 edition. The participants were girls from across Guyana inclusive of Kwakwani, Lethem, East Bank, Georgetown, Bartica, Orealla, Berbice and West Demerara.
Trim, captain of U15 Kwakwani Strikers, was proud of her team’s performance and had encouraging words for her peers: “I am grateful that we won today. I think if more females showed up to more ATC games they would be successful.” U17 MVP, Tiandi Smith, while being thrilled for her nomination, was also proud of her team. She said “we knew what we were capable of and we did our best while having fun.” Outstanding Player Awards went to the Lady Jags’ Kendra Thomas and U15 Fruta Conquerors’ Hasha Holder.
The Women’s Day featured 12 female teams and Grass Roots participants who competed, learned and laughed together under the supervision of the GFF Technical Staff. The programme began with Grass Roots exercises then proceeded to U15 and U17 round robin matches. The U15 matches were among girls from Kwakwani, Lethem, East Bank, Georgetown Academy Training Centre (ATC), Bartica, Orealla, Junior Fruta Conquerors and New Amsterdam United.
Meanwhile, the U17 competition was among Senior Fruta Conquerors, West Demerara and the U17 Lady Jags. A special Grass Roots game was also played among the participants.
Trim, captain of U15 Kwakwani Strikers, was proud of her team’s performance and had encouraging words for her peers: “I am grateful that we won today. I think if more females showed up to more ATC games they would be successful.” U17 MVP, Tiandi Smith, while being thrilled for her nomination, was also proud of her team. She said “we knew what we were capable of and we did our best while having fun.” Outstanding Player Awards went to the Lady Jags’ Kendra Thomas and U15 Fruta Conquerors’ Hasha Holder.
The Women’s Day featured 12 female teams and Grass Roots participants who competed, learned and laughed together under the supervision of the GFF Technical Staff. The programme began with Grass Roots exercises then proceeded to U15 and U17 round robin matches. The U15 matches were among girls from Kwakwani, Lethem, East Bank, Georgetown Academy Training Centre (ATC), Bartica, Orealla, Junior Fruta Conquerors and New Amsterdam United.
Meanwhile, the U17 competition was among Senior Fruta Conquerors, West Demerara and the U17 Lady Jags. A special Grass Roots game was also played among the participants.

Football: Golden Jaguars arrive in Indonesia for historic clash

Guyana Senior Men’s Football Team commonly called Golden Jaguars arrived in Indonesia on Tuesday for their momentous clash against the host on Sunday in Jakarta.
The 19-man squad is expected to begin training to face an opponent they will be meeting for the first time for a debut match in the continent of Asia.

Golden Jaguars at the Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Indonesia

The squad consists two Goalkeepers, five Defenders, seven Midfielders and five Forwards, including locals Dwain Jacobs (Police FC), Trayon Bobb (Uitvulgt FC), Curtez Kellman (Georgetown FC), Denzil Fordyce (Milerock FC) and Anthony Abrams, Jeremy Garrett and Cecil Jackman (Fruta Conquerors FC).
Wayne Dover, Interim Head Coach, said the squad is one of youth and experience: “The composition of the squad is a good blend of overseas and locally-based players. Most of the locally-based players have played over 10 games for Guyana at the senior level while it would be valuable exposure for the likes of Jeremy Garrett, Cecil Jackman, Denzil Fordyce, Kelsey Benjamin and Curtez Kellman. This group of young players has an average age of 20 years and this augurs well for the programme to see them in the senior final 19-man squad. As the Elite league gets underway, many more opportunities would be given to the players from the league even as Guyana prepares for the 2018/19 Caribbean Cup.
“The game against Indonesia is a very interesting fixture given the fact that it is the first time Guyana will be playing against a team from South East Asia,” Dover said.
“The coaching staff, players and administration want to ensure we get a positive result to make history, winning our first game in that side of the world. This effort by all involved will be seen as ‘one team, one dream’ to make it happen,” Dover added.
With Charles Pollard as Assistant Coach, Eon De Veira as Goalkeeper Coach and Rawle Adams as Manager, the Full Squad reads: Goal keepers: Akel Clarke (North East Star FC), Andrew Durant (San Juan Jabloteh FC); Defenders: Christopher Bourne (Islington Admiral United FC) England Jake Newton (Walton & Hersham FC), Jelani Smith ( Sigma FC), Jeremy Garrett (Fruta Conquerors), Cecil Jackman (Fruta Conquerors); Mid-fielders: Dwain Jacobs (Police FC), Brandon Beresford (Rochester Rhinos FC), Anthony Benfield ( S.V. Nishan), Daniel Wilson (S.V. Nishan), Trayon Bobb (Uitvulgt FC), Curtez Kellman (Georgetown FC) Denzil Fordyce ( Milerock FC); Forwards: Shaquille Agard (Durham United FC), Kelsey Benjamin (Caledonia FC), Devonte Small (Reynir FC), Daniel Jodah ( Sigma FC), Anthony Abrams (Fruta Conquerors FC).

Chanderpaul, Shepherd star in West Demerara’s 31-run victory

West Demerara was indebted to the returning Guyana Jaguars opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul who struck four boundaries in his top-score of 70 which laid the platform for their 31-run win over East Bank in first round of the Jaguars’ 50-over Franchise League at the Everest Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

West Demerara celebrate one of Romario Shepherd wickets

Chanderpaul helped West Demerara to 167-10 in 41.2 overs as Safraz Esau was the next best scorer with 35. The batting lineup suffered from regular losses of wickets thanks to the East Bank duo of skipper Ronaldo Alimohamed with figures of 3-26 and Trevor France (3-29) while seasoned all-round spinner Steven Jacobs ended with 2-35.
Chasing 168, East Bank folded for 136 all out in 37.3 overs with Jacobs resisting with 28 while support came from Sachin Singh (23) and Quazim Yusuf (22). However, their innings proved futile as West Dem pacer Romario Shepherd ripped through the top-order to end with 3-23 and off-spinner Richie Looknauth supporting with 3-32.
Imam Bacchus Ground in Essequibo
Essequibo opened their account with a crushing 79-run win over West Berbice. Batting first, Essequibo ended on 189-9 from 30 overs compliments of knocks from Kevon Boodie (35), along with 34 apiece from Kemol Savory and Ricardo Adams.
Youth player Kevon Sinclair was the pick of the West Berbice bowlers with 4-30 but his teams never got out the blocks during the chase and were rolled over for 111 in 28.3 overs. Steffon Adams was the top-scorer with an unbeaten 21 as Adams bagged 4-28 to help set up a comfortable win.
Albion Ground, Berbice
Georgetown won the toss and inserted Lower Corentyne to have a first knock, to which they made a whopping 249 for 6 with former Guyana/ West Indies batsman Royston Crandon hitting the first century of the competition with 101 off 121 balls.
Jonathon Foo chipped in with 34 while useful hands were played by Devon Clements (35) and Jason Sinclair (38). Bowling for Georgetown, Paul Wintz and Ashmead Nedd snapped up two wickets each while Jamaican-born Franchise player, Ramaal Lewis and spinner Steven Sankar, claimed a wicket each.
Georgetown were then blown away by 131 runs after folding for a meager 136 with Shemroy Barrington (29), with 22 apiece from Lewis and Wintz. The damage was led by left-arm national spinner Veerasammy Permaul who continued his top form from the Regional 4-Day, ending with 4-26 with support coming from Crandon 3-11.
Port Mourant Cricket Ground, Berbice
East Coast won the toss and elected to bat first Brian Sattaur was out lbw by Rajiv Ivan for 29, Steve Ramdass contributed with 28. Young Bhaskar Yadram also contributed with 15 before he was bowled by Balchand Baldeo, along with Kamesh Yadram who had so far top scored with 41runs. East Coast was at 183 for 5 at lunch after 42 overs. As play continued after lunch Ameer Khan Whipped up an acceptable 52 while Pradesh Balkishun was cheaply ran out by David Latchaya for 3 runs. Upper Corentyne was bowled out for 252 in 48.4 overs.

Boxing: Forgotten Youth Foundation punch way to GBA U-16 title

Fistic fury and hard fought battles were the highlights of the 2017 Guyana Boxing Association’s (GBA) national under-16 championships held at the Andrew “Six Head” Lewis gym in Albouystown last Saturday. At the tourney, the Forgotten Youth Foundation Boxing gym came out victorious, while the Savannah Boxing Gym’s (SBG) performances were memorable.

Part of the high-octane action on Saturday

Technical Director at GBA, Terrence Poole noted that the 16-bout, one-day tournament which “rumbled” off on Saturday afternoon was a fitting way to close off junior amateur boxing in the country for the year, since all the fights exhibited by the 38 athletes were very exciting.
The Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) won 11 of the 16 fights in convincing fashion ahead of the other five gyms that participated for the championship trophy.
Julicia Rodney of Savannah Boxing Gym based in Lethem won the lone female fight. Poole noted that there is a great need to get more females involved in amateur boxing and this can be an opening. The technical director further pointed out that the tournament was a big success and explained that it is very possible that in the future Guyana will be represented by one of the boxers from the tournament.
The list of Saturday’s bouts:
1. 56-60lbs Vickacy Graham (FYF) defeated Michael Mangal (FYF)
2. 135-140lbs Shemar Morrison (FYF) defeated Emmanuel Pompey of Young Achievers (YA)
3. 60-64lbs Joshua Tamambaran of Rose Hall Jammers (RHJ) defeated Moses Crawford (FYF)
4. 75-79lbs Sean Graham (FYF) won by unanimous decision against Wayne Castello (FYF)
5. 85-89lbs Dwayne Baptitse (FYF) won by walkover against Elijah Waldron of Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym (PRBG)
6. 90-94lbs Richard Howard (FYF) defeated Kamil Yahya (PRBG)
7. 100-104lbs Travis Inverray (FYF) defeated Jadan Graham (YA)
8. 105-110lbs Patrick Harvey (FYF) won by split decision against Francis Sukhu (RHJ)
9. 125-129lbs Jaqwan Mild (FYF) defeated Jamal Mercier (YA)
10. 115-119lbs Raphael Sebastian (RHJ) defeated mark Crawford (FYF)
11. 15-157lbs Female Julicia Rodney (SBG) defeated Abiola Jackman (FYF)
12. 155-162lbs Javon Thomas defeated Kevin Tacoordeen (SBG)
13. 170-178lbs Joshua Corbin (Carryl) defeated Brian Harris (FYF)
14. 180-187lbs Daniel Dey (FYF) defeated Shauquan Michael (RHJ)
15. 56-60lbs Vickacy Graham (FYF) defeated Shanquan Deen (FYF)
16. 135-140lbs Shemar Morrison (FYF) defeated Troy Nero (SBG)

Powerlifting Federation to close year with Senior Nationals on December 3

The Senior Nationals of the Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPLF) will close off the calendar year on December 3 at the Ramada Princess Hotel.

L-R: Lisa Oudit and Vijai Rahim after winning the RAW Championships

According to officials of the federation, powerlifting fans can come out expecting an entertaining show since the local lifters will be pushing themselves to qualify for next year’s international competitions.
Moreover, overall winners of the Raw Nationals held in October; Vijai Rahim and Lisa Oudit are returning to showdown with the other top competitors.
Aiming to “lift” away the accolades will be Colin ‘Mr. Clean’ Chesney, Grace and Blossom Babb as well as Jackquelyn Toney, while Joseph Stoll in the Masters 2 (50- 60 years) and Frank Tucker in the Masters 3 (60- 70 years) will seek to prove that they can still compete with the younger generation of lifters.
Also being featured at the National Seniors is Romario Gonsalves, who was part of Guyana’s contingent at the 16th North American Powerlifting Federation (NAPF) and 32nd South American Powerlifting Federation (FESUPO) Championships contested in Florida July last.
The competition will begin at 10:00h with the athletes competing in the Raw (Classic/Unequipped) or Equipped categories.
In addition as part of preparations for the final showdown, the GAPLF will host a referees’ clinic on December 2, which is targeting capacity building of local referees and officials functioning as spotters and scorers. The athletes will also be duly informed of the demerits of using performance enhancing drugs and will be able to take their anti-doping tests.

Daniel flexes to Mr ‘Stage of Champions’ title

Last Saturday night, the Theatre Guild was the place to be for bodybuilding fanatics since some of the best bodies in the Caribbean took the stage to do battle in what turned out to be a highly entertaining evening.

Kerwin Clarke presents the prize to Damion Daniel in the presence of men’s Physique Champion Emmerson Campbell (right) and Ms Bikini Stefeni Tjon-A-San

After 28 gladiators flexed their muscle fibres to the max, Grenada’s Damion Daniel, Guyana’s Emmerson Campbell and Suriname’s Stefeni Tjon-A-San found themselves as the last men and woman standing.
Daniel, a 2016 Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) gold medalist in the heavyweight class, stood head and shoulders above the competition, flexing and posing his way to the Mr ‘Stage of Champions’ overall title.
Standing at 6-foot 2’, Daniel outclassed his opponents as he possessed a superior level of detail and his 215-pound frame was a mass of striated muscle.
With chiselled arms, deltoids, glutes, legs, a barn-door back and a washboard mid-section, the muscleman from the Spice Isle, used his sharp physique to slice through the competition.
Before winning the overall pose down of the champions of champions against Sudarshanan Persaud (under 143 lb) Marlon Bennet (154 lb), Nolan Smith (164 lb) and Ollyn Martin (super heavyweight), Daniel dispatched five other bodybuilders in the heavyweight class. For his exploits under the lights, Daniel expertly tanned and clad in a red posing trunks, pocketed the Gy$250,000 first prize.
Martin was adjudged the second place bodybuilder overall while a novice on the stage, surprisingly took third ahead of Bennett and Smith.

Men’s Physique
The judges awarded the Men’s Physique Showdown trophy to 2016 CAC silver medalist, Campbell with Suriname’s Raphael Kromokanjo and Trinidad’s Brendon Francis placing second and third respectively.
Among a group of eight outstanding physiques, Campbell brought the shape and stage presence the judges most wanted to see, he was well-proportioned, well-muscled and conditioned, the tools necessary to present a winning package in the category to repeat as champion.

Ms Bikini
In the sizzling Ms Bikini segment, Tjon-A-San upstaged her countrywomen, Militia Galimo (last year’s winner) and Suelle Sheppherd in the five-woman category. The overall Ms. Bikini champion was the near perfect mix of muscularity, symmetry, sass and style.
Campbell and Tjon-A-San took home the Gy$100,000 first prize for winning their segments of the show. Second and third place finishers, in the Bikini and Physique classes earned Gy$50,000 and Gy$25,000 respectively.
The organisers of ‘Stage of Champions’ dubbed the event a success and are looking to raise the profile of the third edition of the fixture in 2018.

Informed consent

Informed consent is required for every invasive medical procedure, from getting your ears pierced to having an abortion – Bob McDonnell

By Anu Dev

Every day, at some point, we usually have to make decisions: whether it’s a decision about what we’ll wear, or what we’ll eat, or what TV show we should start binge-watching. And despite those being seemingly not very ‘serious’ decisions, most of us still take time to weigh our options and make a decision based on all of the facts we have at our disposal.

Anu Dev

Basically, what I’m getting at is that we all like to have all of the facts before we make a decision or commit to something; that’s just being rational. But there’s one area in our lives that, many times, we’re kind of shoe-horned into making decisions without having all the facts, or understanding all of the facts. And those are decisions that we make when we come into contact with the medical profession — when the question might literally be one of life and death.
One of the things that I’ve noticed when I’ve gone to hospitals (as a patient) is that there are some doctors who often don’t take the time to explain fully to their patients exactly what’s wrong with them, and precisely why they’re suggesting a particular method of treatment.
And it’s extremely ironic that it’s the area of our life that’s the most “life-or-death” that we’re the least informed about when making decisions. Can we still call them “consent”? I wonder: are we just going along with what the doctor decides? For consent to be valid, it must be “informed consent”, and we have a big role to play in “informed consent” also.
Think about it: “informed consent” must be given voluntarily (with no coercion or deceit) by an individual who has capacity, and by an individual who has been fully informed about the issue.
Interestingly, what we’re being taught at school is that obtaining informed consent is a legal and ethical necessity before treating a patient. It derives from the principle of autonomy — one of the 4 pillars of medical ethics: Autonomy, Beneficence, Non-maleficence and Equality. The ethical principle of autonomy requires that patients should accept or reject treatment based on a true understanding of their situation and on their personal philosophy.
But numerous studies have suggested that patients are giving consent based on misconceptions. There is a failure of communication: doctors are not doing a good job of providing accurate information, and/or patients are failing to process that information. I suspect it is a combination of both. While “informed consent” is great…how many of us can digest what the doctor might be talking about?
So it’s important to trust your doctors. They’ve take an oath to ‘do no harm’ (Principle of Non-maleficence) to their patient; so their decisions aren’t made to hurt patients, but rather to help them. But at the same time, many times there’s more than one way to go about helping the patient. A surgeon might be more likely to recommend a surgical intervention not because he/she wants to cut you open and make money off of you, but because that’s his/her specialty and those interventions are what he/she knows work. A medical doctor would probably suggest going a more medical route, treating the patient with drugs. Second opinions can help in this area.
As a patient, you have the right to ‘informed consent’, which means that if you need treatment, your healthcare provider must give you the information you need to make a decision. You shouldn’t have to blindly go along with treatment; you have a right to know exactly what it is you are agreeing to.
Consent means nothing if the patient doesn’t know what they’re giving permission for. It’s like those times kids try to get their parents to sign a blank piece of paper so that they can write an excuse to their teacher for missing school.

“Respect women folk,” President urges

…as Guyana celebrate International Men’s Day

As Guyana celebrated International Men’s Day, President David Granger took the opportunity to remind fathers to instill respect for women in their sons.
“It is something that has to be engendered in the home; it has to be taught in the home,” the President said in his first live broadcast on Radio Bartica on Saturday last.

President David Granger speaking at the commissioning
ceremony for Radio Bartica

According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the Head of State shared a quote he often refers to, “the correct time to educate a child is 100 years before he is born.”
He explained that the home was the base for a socially cohesive society and children needed to grow up in a family environment that fostered responsible parenting to provide direction and guidance.
International Men’s Day has been observed annually on November 19 since 1992.
The six pillars of International Men’s Day include focusing on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting male role models.


18-year-old Berbice beauty wins “I am a Big Deal” pageant

An 18-year-old aspiring entrepreneur has won the inaugural ‘I am a big Deal’ Miss Berbice pageant.
Farah Valentina Bates copped the title from eleven other contestants on Sunday morning at the Albion Sports Complex. Bates, a Rose Hall Town Corentyne resident who is pursuing a diploma in Public Management at the University of Guyana Berbice Campus, competed under the platform ‘suicide awareness and prevention’.
The contest saw the delegates competing in four categories: talent, costume, beach wear and evening wear, with the top five having to answer a question based on their platform in the intelligence segment, to decide the winner and positions the others will occupy.

The queen, Farah Bates

The first runner-up is 17-year-old Tatiana Lancaster of Rose Hall Town, who competed under the platform ‘climate change and its impact on Guyana’. Lancaster, who was a crowd favourite throughout the competition, is also a university student pursuing an associate degree in Social Work.
Pre-contest favourite Lottoya Williamson, a 30-year-old English major at the University of Guyana, copped the third place spot, as she represented her platform, ‘violence against women’, an issue which has affected members of her close family.
The fourth spot went to Atasha Pantlitz, 17, of Princetown, Corriverton, after she sought to bring awareness about HIV/AIDS. Pantlitz attends the Upper Corentyne Industrial Training Centre.
Shaquilla Sharpe, a 22-year-old from Limlair Village, Corentyne, placed fifth.
Meanwhile, Bates also won the best gown prize. Her gown was designed by Randy Madray. She also won best smile and best talent. The People’s Choice award was given to Latoya Williamson, while 19-year-old Kelisha Ramoutar, who chose domestic violence as her platform, was judged Miss Photogenic.
The person with the best walk throughout the pageant was 17-year-old Tatiana Lancaster, who performed under the platform of ‘global warming awareness’.
The “I’m a Big Deal/Miss Berbice Beauty” pageant was promoted by RD Productions.
Promoter Royston Drakes says the event will be an annual one. According to him, the concept is to “empower young women” in every aspects of their lives. The pageant focused on education, empowerment, discipline, talent, and building self-confidence and leadership qualities.
The pageant is also aimed at encouraging women to take up roles as leaders in society. (Andrew Carmichael)

A Thriving Beauty

Shulinab is a community situated in the spectacular natural beauty of South Central Rupununi, Region Nine. Also known as Makushi Village, Shulinab lies along the main South Savannah road, about 35 miles south of Lethem and about 12 miles southeast of Parikwarinawa Village.

Houses in Shulinab

Shulinab has a population of approximately 500 people. It has several active organisations, and serves as headquarters for the South Central People’s Development Association.
The Shulinab Industrial Arts Centre, financed by the New Zealand government, focuses on carpentry and joinery, and enables community members to tap into the construction industry and capitalise on the growing markets at Lethem and in Brazil.
Farming is a very important activity within the community, and is done along the banks of the Saurab, Shulinab and Sawariwau Rivers. Shulinab has a welcoming community spirit, and village members eagerly share their life events, projects and personality with the rest of world. (Guyana Times Sunday Magazine)

Main benab (left) where all community meetings are held

Road into Shulinab (Photo by Elizabeth Gottesman)