… Veteran Berbice Sports Personality Mortimer George unfairly vilified(Letter to the Sports Editor)AS a former executive and a life member of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) from the late 1970s, I have never witnessed any elections of that Board conducted in such an unlawful manner as the one held on 8th October, 2017.The deliberate violation of the court order was alarming. And noticeably Mr Anand Sanasie and Mr Anand Kalladeen, directors of Cricket West Indies (CWI), were present at those elections and interfered with the process by conducting the illegal method as self-appointed officials of Berbice cricket.Is this the new dispensation of CWI or is it a part of Dave Cameron’s and CWI’s policy to keep them in power. I would agree that once there is a name change there may be amendments in some of the rules of the organisation but not to the extent of hijacking the domestic elections of Territorial Boards.Mr Drubahadur, sitting at the head table and illegally performing the duties of Returning Officer, should have known better than to embarrassingly impose himself on the proceedings. He seemed to be oblivious to the guidelines for the elections issued by the court. Or maybe Drubahadur was given instructions by those who used him to violate the court order on how the elections must be conducted. Is this the same Drubahadur who is the owner of a professional accounting business?I have read a number of damning letters in the press condemning the rigged elections of the Berbice Cricket Board. I know that former executives and supporters of the BCB have condemned the madness that went on at the Berbice elections.The system was illegal and could only have been adopted by persons who do not have basic fairness in their minds. Never in the 78-year history of the BCB have there been tainted elections.The Berbice Cricket Board up to this time was the best-run cricket board in Guyana and the region and has produced talented male and female cricketers for the county, Guyana and the West Indies.I am heartened that a stalwart of Berbice Cricket, Mr Mortimer George, has recorded his strong exception to the fraudulent BCB elections and has asked for a full investigation into that sordid matter.Mr George, from the age of 22 years, served the BCB as Asst Secretary, Treasurer, Chairman and Secretary of the Competitions Committee, Secretary, Representative to the Guyana Cricket Board, Selector and Cricket Manager. He has been honoured with the Hero Award and is a Life Member of the Berbice Cricket Board, the Young Warriors Cricket Club and the Bermine Community Sports Club.It is therefore extremely unkind and mischievous for letter-writer Persaud, in a clearly personal attack, to mention Mr George’s present ailment as part of his rebuff of Mr George’s critique of the BCB elections. Mr George, even though elderly, has an abiding affection for Berbice cricket on which he has written three books, a magazine and many articles. He continues to speak out and write on the chaos that has enveloped Guyana’s cricket and which has now reached and infected Berbice cricket.For Persaud or anyone else to personally vilify Mr Mortimer George because of the principled position he has taken on the illegal Berbice Board elections is most reprehensible.I conclude by expressing a hope that the illegality of the Berbice Board is arrested, that fair and legal elections are urgently held and that the people of Berbice be allowed to have their own elections without representatives of the GCB and CWI hijacking the process. The Berbice Board will then once again be a pivotal organisation in Guyana and West Indies cricket.
With the transfer market just days from opening it’s reported that Manchester City will move for Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk. It’s expected that the 25 year old former Celtic defender would cost City around 60 million euro.Meanwhile, Joe Hart is being linked with Liverpool. The 29 year old Manchester City stopper is currently on loan at Torino so would not be available until next summer.
“I don’t think we operate in the world of temptation,” Van Wagenen said (via SNY). “We like the guys we have here. We’ll always monitor ways to get better, but we like the guys we have …”The 31-year-old lefty is throwing 95-pitch simulated games every five days to prepare himself for action.Keuchel, who has spent his entire seven-year career with the Astros, has a career 76-63 record with a 3.66 ERA. The 2015 Cy Young Award winner has thrown 200 or more innings in three of the last five seasons. Dallas Keuchel is still without a team more than two weeks into the season, but a front-runner for his services may have emerged.The free-agent pitcher is now reportedly seeking a one-year contract worth more than the $17.9 million qualifying offer he rejected from the Astros. He has been tied in reports to the Padres, Mets and Brewers. But ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Sunday that San Diego would be the “best fit” for both sides. The Padres boast the best record in the NL (11-6) and showed with their massive offseason commitment to Manny Machado they’re dedicated to winning now. The Padres reiterated that commitment when they began the season with prized prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. on the big-league roster. If they had left him in Triple-A until April 12, they could have delayed his potential free agency down the road by one season, but they wanted him on the roster to start the season to help the club.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNHeard this read on Dallas Keuchel’s market today: He’s open to a good 1-year deal; San Diego could be the best fit. Padres off to a good start. For Keuchel, pitching in big parks of NL West a nice pitstop for 2019. SD ownership has demonstrated it’ll go above/beyond for 2019.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 14, 2019According to the ESPN report, Keuchel could also benefit by pitching in the more spacious parks of the NL West.As far as the Mets’ supposed interest in Keuchel, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Sunday he’s happy with the arms the team has now.
Dear Editor,For the longest while, there have been two misleading traffic signs at the junction of Thomas Street and parallel roads of Stanley Place and Vlissengen Road. Thomas Street is one-way going east from Vlissengen Road to Lamaha Street in Kitty. However, the arrow sign at the junction of Stanley Place and Thomas Street directs traffic to proceed west on Thomas Street. Confoundingly, a stop sign is also incongruously painted on the road surface of the Thomas Street bridge connecting Vlissengen Road to Stanley Place.Recently while driving north along Stanley Place, I slowed at its intersection with Thomas Street as a precaution. In the process, I exchanged greetings with two traffic ranks who were on duty nearby. The two traffic policemen were appreciably courteous, and appeared undaunted by the seething heat of the day.During my pause, a brief conversation arose regarding the misleading signs. One of the ranks confessed that the Police were aware of the erring signs, and said that he even had prior confrontations with some road users who were abusing the signs’ misrepresentation. He added that the issue was raised “higher up” several months ago, but, to date, the situation remains uncorrected.As I continued my journey, I thought about the misleading signs’ potential for accidents. I thought about the oblivion or indifference by those responsible for the maintenance of roads and traffic safety. I thought about the evolved apathy of many citizens, now moved to silence, because ventilated matters like these invariably seem to bounce off of deaf ears fastened upon the brain-boxes of the powers that be. I thought about the apparent disconnection and incoherence of the arms of state – something that has seriously affected the ability of certain entities to successfully prosecute those who were, and still are, fingered in massive acts of corruption against the state.Effective networking and seamless collaboration among relevant entities – namely the Guyana Police Force, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and City Council — on matters like these misleading road signs would have seen their correction ages ago. Do we now have to import “experts” from somewhere to produce a report with recommendations to fix this teeny matter?Sincerely,Orette Cutting
Organizers of the county’s All Church Picnic have called off this year’s event.Ryan Hurley, president of Detour Ministries, said plans to hold the fourth annual event on July 29 on the grounds of Pearson Air Museum were canceled after the National Park Service denied their permit request.Pearson Air Museum is within the footprint of the park service’s Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. However, the nonprofit Fort Vancouver National Trust has the sole fiscal and operational responsibility for the museum.The city had already issued a permit for the picnic, said Elson Strahan, president and CEO of the National Trust. At that point, picnic organizers figured the 2012 picnic was going to be business as usual, Hurley said.In previous years, “We had never been asked to contact the National Park Service, nor had we been contacted by the National Park Service,” Hurley said.“Unfortunately, the event had not been reviewed or authorized by us” in previous years, said Tracy Fortmann, superintendent of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.