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A review of an excellent Guyanese book

first_imgDear EditorThe book “Educational leadership; A Guyanese Perspective” written by Dr Brian O’Toole and available from School of the Nations, Georgetown is one to make Guyana proud. Brian O’Toole has made Guyana his adopted home, and his 40 years of living there has resulted in a remarkable story; a story of how ordinary folk can conquer adversity and create a better life for themselves and their fellow citizens. Such change requires leadership, but not of the kind commonly found in business, politics, or even schools. Rather, the book describes a different kind of leadership espoused by O’Toole and his associates. The focus is on leaders whose primary aim is to help communities to help themselves. Not directing, managing, telling and cajoling people what to do; but listening, supporting, guiding and encouraging ordinary men and women to make the changes they want to make. Throughout the book, many practical examples are given of how this style of leadership was put into practice in all regions of Guyana. The success stories recounted here testify to the effectiveness of this approach; although Brian O’Toole would rightly give the credit to the Guyanese people, because they are the ones who made the difference. The word ‘educational’ in the title is another clue to the uniqueness of this book. The book is not just about leadership in education – although impressive examples are given of this – it is about leadership that educates. We still have much to learn about how best to help people acquire new knowledge and skills, especially men and women living in urban townships and rural villages, who have limited opportunities for learning. This book provides many examples of educational initiatives focused on disability, early childhood development, literacy, health promotion, and social problems. The approaches used contrast markedly with those found in most schools and colleges. The learning was based around practical applications of knowledge, the provision of culturally appropriate resource materials — such as locally produced video programmes — and training local people to become trainers of others in their community. The educational leadership promoted in Guyana brings to life Nelson Mandela’s assertion that “education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”. There is another dimension to the leadership described in this book that is worth highlighting; namely, it is rooted in moral principles and values. Brian came to Guyana with strong personal convictions, and he makes no apology for basing his work on them; nor should he. Over the 40-and-more years he has spent in the country he calls home, these values have been confirmed and strengthened through sharing his life and faith with the many thousands of people who have been involved in the programmes you will read about in this book.It has been my privilege to visit Guyana many times in the past 20 years, and experience at first-hand the various projects that Brian has instigated. Now a wider readership can share in his adventures, and discover for themselves Guyana’s greatest richness: its people.Yours sincerely,Professor RoyMcConkey, UlsterUniversity, UnitedKingdom.last_img read more

Kurupukari – a possible site for deepwater port

first_imgEven as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is working along with the Government of Guyana to establish a deepwater port to foster improved business relations with Brazil, a reliable source at the Public Infrastructure Ministry has disclosed that Kurupukari village is one of the four possible locations to develop the linkage.In April, a team of engineers visited the site to conduct a study on the possibility of a bridge being erected across the mighty Essequibo River to link it with Kurupukari, a settlement on the River, which currently requires one to travel via river taxis.According to the source, the bridge would earmark the first phase of the development of the long-awaited deepwater port. Other potential areas for the establishment of the port include the Berbice and Demerara Rivers.The source at that time had reliably informed that the bridge is necessary to accommodate “proper linkages” within the regions.“The bridge is in the making so the design concept and the actual kind of bridge we would like to have and all of that is actually why we made the visit.”It was explained that during the visit, several stops were made along the way to test the soil and other necessities.The source also noted that the Ministry’s team would have visited the Takutu Bridge, which links Lethem with Brazil, since the new bridge is likely to have similar design.Since feasibility studies are being conducted, the source was unable to say how much such a project would cost.The Takutu Bridge links Lethem in Guyana with Bonfim in Brazil. It was completed in 2009 and opened on July 31, 2009. Its official inauguration was on September 14, 2009, in the presence of leaders of both countries. The bridge was constructed at the cost of US$5 million which was financed by the Government of Brazil.The bridge was a project within the initiative for the integration of the regional infrastructure of South America. The IDB recently issued a statement indicating that as early as the first quarter of 2019, the Government of Guyana will have a clear idea of where to site the deepwater port and an even better understanding of what is required to make the Guyana – Brazil Land Transport Link a reality.It went on to state that the government has been partnering with IDB via a Technical Cooperation Agreement to advance the Guyana – Brazil Land Transport Link and Deep-Water Port.“The recently concluded market study has paved the way for work to begin that will see Guyana moving closer toward this goal.At present, three companies have been engaged and are working simultaneously to help move various aspects of the project into fruition. The results of the three studies to help the Government of Guyana make a determination will be completed by early 2019,” the IDB release informed.It went on to say that the deepwater port location optimisation studies are being conducted by the Maritime and Transport Business Solutions (MTBS).The MTBS will therefore have the responsibilities of preparing business case scenarios for four of the potential sites identified for the project, as well as undertaking financial and economic option analyses and subsequently developing a proposal and preliminary design for development of the selected option.A transport consultant and an expert in ports and logistics have already been contracted to offer specialised supervision services, under the technical cooperation agreement.As plans continue to be drafted and are finally coming to light, the issue of a deepwater port in the Lethem area has managed to sprout concern for many, as the trail to this area has been a troublesome one for quite some time. The Government, however, has given all assurance that this too will be dealt with in the coming days, as the plans for the project slowly fall into place.last_img read more

Lemar turned down Arsenal, says Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger takes his seat for the English Premier League football match against Liverpool August 27, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep -Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed that a deal to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco broke down due to the player rejecting a deadline-day move.As the transfer window was slamming shut, the Gunners were linked with a move for the France international to replace Manchester City-bound Alexis Sanchez, but neither move materialised. “The player has chosen to stay at Monaco,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS.“I know we live in an era of transparency but at some stage, to respect everybody, you have to not talk too much about that. You have to respect what happens on the negotiation side.”Wenger has insisted that the Chilean’s move to City “was not very close” in any case, as the window closed on a relatively quiet offseason for the Gunners.Only Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette have arrived at Emirates Stadium, from Schalke and Lyon respectively, although the final days of the window did see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leave for Liverpool.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

These fans have one problem with Man United’s new kit and it’s not the shirt

first_img 2 Man United early kit history, as seen on @ManUtd Why change the shorts at Home from white to black? WHY?@adidasfootball @adidas— Mallhar (@sixyardbox_) July 17, 2018 Jersey ok, shorts and socks being black and red instead of white and black is disappointing, should leave the home kit in its original colours.. wouldn’t see Liverpool wearing white socks and shorts— Adam Byrne (@Adam__Byrne) July 17, 2018 2 Eric Cantona in the 1992-94 away kit “The new shirt for Manchester United mixes the heritage and history of the club’s illustrious past, with modern technology and design innovation from adidas,” Inigo Turner, design director at adidas told“When designing the kit, we wanted to tell the story of the first incarnation of the United kit, 140 years ago. Originally, the team wore dark shorts, and we’ve reinterpreted this story in a bold and contemporary way, connecting the past to the future, and combining the very best in performance with street wearability.”Below, are a selection of tweets from Man United fans reacting to the club wearing black socks on their new home kit. It’s a good kit until you get to the black stripes. And the black shorts is sacrilege— GKW (@GKW1908) July 17, 2018 Home shirt look alright… but to change our colours from white shorts to black shorts AT HOME. I’m really annoyed. @ManUtd what’s going on? Not happy. #MUFC— Hêlîn (@MUnitedGirl) July 17, 2018 Inspired by the past how exactly? Cos you’ve written Newton Heath on the advertising campaign? Can’t remember us regularly playing in black shorts and red socks in the past. Garbage— Michael Walker (@mikeywalker15) July 17, 2018center_img Doesn’t look to bad when you look at it like this— Scott Worsfold (@ScottWorsy) July 17, 2018 I really don’t want to complain…. But ffs why the black shorts? Just why? Playing at old trafford now seems like an away game!— Stan (@Mufc_Stan_G) July 17, 2018 Manchester United were never going to be able to please everyone when they released their new home kit.But while some fans quite liked the new shirt, even if it was a bit different from previous offerings, many have been turned off by the decision to go for black shorts.United, though, haven’t always been ‘red’. Not a huge fan of @ManUtd new home kit. More so because tradition has been broken with black shorts and red socks 🔴⚪⚫— Jordan (@JM121189) July 17, 2018 When formed in 1878, they were known as Newton Heath LYR and wore green and yellow/gold shortly after their founding. They even paid tribute to this in their away kit (1992-1994). Manchester United were truly born in 1902 when the club’s name was changed and red was adopted. @ManUtd Well, you really have let us down with this years home kit! I think most fans will agree. Black shorts & red socks! Were the designers on the piss when they came up with that idea?— Adam Robinson (@Robbolad14) July 17, 2018 It’s the black shorts that make the whole kit look wrong. Sorry but its a NO from me.— 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Nath🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 (@Nathl80) July 17, 2018 New @ManUtd home kit has grown on me. Didn’t really like it at first. Who cares as long as we play well in it! #MUFC #Adidas #NewKit #Pogba #JLingz #Heretocreate #NewtonHeath #Railwaymen #ManUtd 🙌🏽🔴⚽️🚂— Lee Ellison (@Jellee_Ellison) July 17, 2018last_img read more


first_imgTHE Football Association of Ireland has paid a touching tribute to the late Conor Boyle, the young Rosses man who died two months ago.The brave 18 year old from west Donegal passed away in September, two weeks after a road traffic accident in England.Conor was a fine young sportsman and played soccer, gaelic football and was a good boxer. On Friday night FAI boss John Delaney invited Conor’s parents Sheila and Hugh and brothers Liam, James, Darragh, Shane and Owen to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin to watch Ireland take on Latvia.A tribute to Conor was included in the match programme.Conor played soccer with Keadue Rovers.“Conor was a very caring and popular character away from the playing fields, full of fun and very popular with everyone,” said the tribute. A number of other relatives bereaved in tragic circumstances were also at the match. FAI BOSSES IN TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO CONOR BOYLE was last modified: November 18th, 2013 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) Tags:Conor BoyleFAI TRIBUTElast_img read more

Gulu in rush against time to rehabilitate Pece Stadium

first_img Tags: GuluPece Stadium GULU. The derelict walls of Pece War Memorial Stadium in Gulu could breathe some life again soon after the district authorities begun drumming for contributions to rehabilitate the stadium ahead of the 14th Edition of the East Africa Secondary School games due in August.The stadium has a dilapidated pavilion dressing room and a nonfunctioning sanitary facility. The fundraising drive is geared toward grading and plant new turf grass and refurbishing the badly done in walls. The development follows recommendations by a delegation of Uganda Secondary School Sports Association officials that the facility be improved to meet minimum standards of hosting the post-primary games.Gulu District chairman Martin Ojara Mapenduzi told PML Daily on Monday that the district has taken over the rehabilitation work from the Board of Trustees and War Veterans Association –who were the custodians of the stadium. A team from the district engineering office carried out an assessment and came up with a budget of Shs360 million that the district is canvassing.According to Marpenduzi, the district does not have enough funds to rehabilitate the stadium in time for the games. Pece Stadium is to be the main events host as Layibi College, Gulu High School and Sacred Heart School playgrounds offer other venues for spillover matches.“Hosting this event means a lot for Gulu and we cannot run away from it,” Mapenduzi said. “This game is coming in the next few months and that is why we have come to rally financial support from anybody who can give either in cash or kind.”Last months, the district constituted a committed to oversee the rehabilitation process with a fully-fledged finance committee. Already, a non-governmental organization has contributed Shs35 million but the rush against time is a sweaty affair.Denis Ojwee, a retired FIFA referee and a member of the organizing committee, said the deadline for fundraising and completing the work not only on Pece Stadium but also the swimming pool at Layibi must be met if Gulu is to host the prestigious games.Aldo Odo, the district sports officer, said Gulu’s initial fun- raising drive from sports development fee of Shs500 for primary schools and Shs1,000 for secondary raised Shs13 million shillings only over the last three years. This, he added, cannot do much.The district has less than two months to host more than 4,000 guests and participants from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Zanzibar are expected to arrive in Gulu for the two-week games that begin on the August 10.Pece stadium was built by the British colonial government in memory of Ugandans who took part in the World War II.Comments last_img read more

Monday verdict: Draw with Spurs could have long-term implications for Chelsea

first_imgAfter an encouraging couple of weeks under Roberto Di Matteo’s leadership, the past few days have seen Chelsea brought back down to earth – and could end up having a significant impact on the club’s longer-term fortunes.Four straight wins, including that memorable victory over Napoli, had brought some smiles back to Stamford Bridge – on and off the pitch.But we fans knew deep down that matches against Manchester City and Tottenham would be more of a test than cup ties against lower-division opposition and the home game against Stoke. And so it has proved.The defeat in Manchester and, perhaps more crucially, the failure to beat Tottenham, have probably ended our chances of finishing in the top four.A win over Spurs would have left us just two points behind them and poised to pounce on any more points dropped by an out-of-form side.But a five-point gap with only eight games left to play is probably too much to overturn, especially when our own form is not great.So it looks like fifth place could be the limit of Chelsea’s league expectations this year, which would mean a worst finish for a decade.The Europa League next year could actually make a bit of a change – a few different away trips – but we all know it’s not where Chelsea want to be.If the four wins had begun to spark a small clamour for Di Matteo to get the job permanently, the City and Spurs games have perhaps brought that to an end.He’s a Chelsea man through and through and I hope he keeps a job at the club.But will a lack of Champions League football put off potential suitors? I’d love to see Jose Mourinho back, but would he want to manage a club that isn’t in the Champions League? I’m not sure hewould.And if we can’t get him or somebody comparable, we could look back and feel that a 0-0 draw with Spurs – so uneventful it was featured last on Match of the Day – actually shaped the future of Chelsea for years to come.James Clarke is the author of Moody Blues: Following the second-best team in EuropeFollow James on Twitterlast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Coastal anglers – and salmon – waiting on rain

first_imgThe arduous wait for rainfall continues to drag on. For coastal salmon anglers waiting to drift the Smith, Chetco or Eel, it seems like a lifetime ago when the rivers last hadenough flow for salmon to maneuver upriver. Hardly a drop has hit the ground since late October, when enough rain fell in the Smith Basin to put the Smith on the rise. Though the parched ground soaked up most of the moisture, the Smith did rise above 700 cfs on the Jed Smith gauge for a brief period of time. Since then, …last_img

A poor Sharks start, and a deserved end result

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The Sharks already knew they’d be without 30-goal scorer Evander Kane for their season-opening game with the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday. Then coach Pete DeBoer found out about an hour before the start that he’d be without two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, as well.Mix in the fact that the Sharks were starting three rookies against a highly motivated team many feel are the favorites to win the Pacific Division, and the Sharks clearly had a steep hill to climb.It …last_img