In episode five, Downsy is joined in the studio by head coach Pat Lam and assistant coach Conor McPhillips for a christmas special edition.You can watch live from 7.30pm on our Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/bristolrugby.Tune in and one viewer will receive a signed ball with the winner announced LIVE during the broadcast.The December edition of The Breakdown will be available to download on Friday, 22 December.You can listen via the Sam FM website, or by downloading and subscribing for free on iTunes.
By: Colin Bynoe– Kevin Sinclair cops Cricketer-of-the-Year AwardTHE Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, (RHTYSC) MS can be considered a household name in Berbice and by extension Guyana. This time around the club “pulled out all the stops” on Sunday when they hosted their 28th Annual Awards Ceremony at the St Francis Community Training Centre.With a packed audience, including CEO of Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) Dr Richard Van-West Charles; Executive Officer at President Youth Award Republic of Guyana, Medal Of Service (PYARG, MS) Allister Collins; Regional Chairman David Armagon; Commander of ‘B’ Division Linden Alves; Director of Sport Christopher Jones; Chief Executive Officer of Nand Persaud Incorporated, Mohindra Persaud; donors, club members and other special invited guests.Cricketer-of-the-Year Kevin Sinclair receives one of his five awards.Making the first remark was Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster who made mention of the Club’s unmatched list of achievements and activities. Since its formation in September, 1990, by the St Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Youth Club, the RHTYSC MS has exceeded expectations.Foster expressed, “Last year 2017 was another successful year for us. We successfully completed a record of 712 activities under a range of sub-headings which included Education, Charity, Sports, Community Development, Youth Development, Religion, Anti-Suicide, Jobs for Youths, Health and Anti-Crime among others”.Executive Officer of PYARG, Allister Collins, gave the feature presentation and drew attention to the expression of love, and honour that the RHTYSC MS displayed at its 28th Awards Ceremony.The PYARG executive officer expressed his astonishment when he arrived with his staff to behold the many gifts. Allister Collins said, “It takes a special heart, a special mind to have that spirit of honour, the spirit of giving.” At that time the guest speaker was referring to the CEO/Secretary of RHTYSC, MS Hilbert Foster. Mr Collins articulated many biblical references. He mentioned the first line of Matthew 7:16 “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” Collins continued to shower praises on RHTYSC MS for a job well done when he said, “The act of honouring someone for his or her outstanding work or contribution is an act of love,” specifically laying his focus on the club’s initiative in honouring teachers and policemen.Collins then added, “There is something that is magical when you can show honour, because many times a father, the unsound hero in a home is never honoured,” Mr Collins concluded his speech with the use of a Zulu word ‘Obuntu’ which simply means humanity, “I am because you are; what empowers me empowers you; what diminishes me diminishes you.”The work of RHTYSC MS, for the period January 2017 to April, 2018 reads: Producing 23 players for Guyana at the junior and senior levels, three Under-15s, two Under-17s, two Under-19, also eight Under-19 female, five National Senior Females while the club had three National Senior cricketers for the period. Secondly, the club hosted a number of cricket tournaments during the year including the GBTI Inter-secondary, Busta Champion of Champions, Patron Green Economy Cup and Nasir Memorial Cup.Additionally, two new cricket teams were established, King Solomon Logistics Under-12 and Poonai Pharmacy Under-13.In July of 2017 the club held a highly successful cricket academy. With sponsorship from Demerara Mutual the RHTYSC organised a six-month practice programme for its members. Moreover, 20 of the club members received assistance with gear. Besides all of this, the club co-sponsored 37 sports tournaments in Berbice in relation to football, basketball and cycling.School bags, school uniforms and footwear worth $1.5M were distributed during the period, in addition to another sum of $1M worth of exercise books. The club also presented 25 bicycles to less fortunate students.Furthermore the club hosted a monthly programme to provide snacks for pensioners. 17 Guyanese were honoured with the club’s highest award, ‘The Dolphin Award of Excellence’, and over 50 cricket clubs and 23 NGOs received millions of dollars in sports gear. A Career Fair was organised with over 50 booths which attracted thousands of students. In addition to this, four medical outreaches were organised and catered to the needs of a number of residents in the area.The work of the club continued with a successful hosting of the Annual Berbice Christmas Village. Also during that period the club donated over $3M in toys and food hampers to less fortunate families. The club held an Evening of Music with the Guyana Defence Force and many other activities such as Mother and Father of the Year, Dare to Dream, Make a Wish, Role Model-of-the-Year and Say Yes to Religion.Weighing in on the club’s major 2018 plans, Foster shared their desire to obtain funds for an all-weather outdoor practice facility. He then made mention of completing the restoration of the Area ‘H’ Ground. Finally the RHTYSC will seek help in assisting their promising cricketers with much-needed cricket gear.Highlighting the major part of the Awards Presentation was Berbice Under-19 captain Kevin Sinclair. He was awarded the Pepsi Under-19 Batsman-of-the-Year and Cricketer-of-the-Year.Similarly young Sinclair received the Bakewell second division batsman and Cricketer-of-the-Year prize. Kevin Sinclair’s’ smiles got even wider when he was named the 2018 RHTYSC Cricketer-of-the-Year, while Berbice Under-19 middle-order batsman Kevlon Anderson was adjudged runner-up Cricketer-of-the-Year.The work of RHTYSC, MS would not have been possible without the support from its numerous donors. Mr Hilbert Foster specially thanked the Patron of the Club, His Excellency President David Granger for his support over the last year, also to the Regional Chairman David Armogan, Vice- Chairman Dennis Deroop, Regional Executive Officer (REO) Kim Williams Stephen and Mayor Vijai Ramoo.The other club awardees are as follows: Kevin Basdeo, who received the King Solomon Logistics Under-12 Male Cricketer-of-the-Year; King Solomon Logistics Under-12 female Cricketer Daniela Hicks.Poonai Pharmacy Under-13 Batsman-of-the-Year Angelino Ramdihal; Poonai Pharmacy Under-13 Bowler-of-the-Year Christopher Deeroop; Poonai Pharmacy Under-13 Cricketer-of-the-Year Matthew PattayaFarfan and Mendes Ltd Under-15 Bowler-of-the-Year Jeremy Sandia; Farfan and Mendes Ltd Under-15 Batsman-of-the-Year Mohendra Gopilaaa; Farfan and Mendes Ltd Under-15 Cricketer-of-the-Year Jonathan RampersaudBakewell Uunder-17 Bowler-of-the-Year Junior Sinclair; Bakewell Under-17 Batsman-of-the-Year Kevlon Anderson; Bakewell Under-17 Cricketer-of-the-Year Kevlon AndersonPepsi Under-19 Bowler-of-the-Year Keith Simpson; Pepsi Under-19 Batsman-of-the-Year Kevin Sinclair; Pepsi Under-19 Cricketer-of-the-Year Kevin SinclairMetro Female Bowler-of-the-Year Erva Giddings; Metro Female Batter-of-the-Year Shabika Gajnabi; Metro Female Cricketer-of-the-Year Shemaine CampbelleBakewell Second Division Bowler-of-the-Year Sylus Tyndall; Bakewell Second Division Batsman-of-the-Year Kevin Sinclair; Bakewell Second Division Batsman-of-the-Year Kevin SinclairGizmos and Gadgets First Division Bowler-of-the-Year Eon Hooper; Gizmos and Gadgets First Division Batsman-of-the-Year Clinton Pestano; Gizmos and Gadgets First Division Cricketer-of-the-Year Clinton PestanoMost Disciplined Male cricketers: Chanderpaul Govindan and Shivnarine Ramnarine; Most Disciplined Female cricketer: Mariam Somaroo;Most Promising Male cricketer: Jonathan De Viera; Most Promising Female Kassie MunroeMost Improved Male cricketer Nicholas Lawson; Most improved Female cricketer Kimmone ThomasMost Committed Male cricketer Vikash Subramanie; Most Committed Female cricketer Uma MattadinFielder-of-the-Year Keith SimpsonBenefit Cricketer-of-the-Year Shawn PereiraCooperation with Management award Navin Raghoo and Sunil MadrimootooCooperation Joel Pike and Simon Naidu
02/11/2014 Upd. at 16:50 “It’s difficult to get that strong start where the players, team and fans at Stamford Bridge (are all together). “Everyone knows how much I feel connected to this club and the fans,” the manager told talkSPORT. “At this moment it’s difficult for us to play at home, though, because playing here is like playing in an empty stadium. Sport EN CET His team scraped a 2-1 win over QPR on Saturday. Jose Mourinho has blasted Chelsea fans for not being loud enough. “The team then starts playing like it’s a quiet, soft game at home. “I was today looking around and it was empty, but not in terms of people because it was obviously full. That’s what is frustrating.”
…conduct for a big manJust when your Eyewitness thought Trump couldn’t surprise us any longer, up comes the testimony on 60 minutes of “Stormy Daniels” about their affair! Now, the claim’s been circulating for the longest while but this was, well…60 MINUTES!! This was the premier investigative journalism putting THEIR reputation on the line to have the one-time porn star tell her story directly!!Well, they certainly grabbed the attention of a lot of folks since it garnered their largest audience in decades!! While quite a chunk of that crowd probably wanted to be titillated (no pun intended!) by the buxom blonde, it was most likely the same demographic who voted for Trump and wanted to revel in the “macho” exploits of their leader.Let’s face it folks – none of these salacious revelations are going to hurt Trump at that sensitive spot – the ballot box! As we say in Guyana, all the Stormy episode proves is “Trump a maan!!” If, after we had Trump caught on tape boasting how he grabs the “p*ssy’ of random young attractive women, the Christian evangelical movement of the States could reaffirm their support for him, what else could make them shift?The revelation that most of Trump’s latest sexual encounters of the weird kind had him sublimating his sexual desires for his daughter?? Naaah! Among the southern, red neck, gun-toting yahoos who follow him, they don’t even BOTHER with any sublimation!! It’s all in the family!! But seriously folks, Trump’s behaviour has done wonders for a democratic world order. Look at it this way…do you think world leaders can take whatever Trump says seriously after all his low-class escapades? Kim Jong Un??But it’s not just Trump, is it folks?? He’s simply the object through which the new America is channelling its angst. Ever since WWI ended and Britain passed its world-straddling hegemony over to the US, they could now tutor us on what was “civilised” and what was not – just as England had done for centuries. But apart from their big guns and big bombs, the Europeans always insisted they were crude, gum-chewing hicks.But your Eyewitness thinks it was just sour grapes and Trump’s crudity and its approval by the majority of Americans is merely a symptom of a changing world order in which the US just won’t be as all powerful as they had been for the last half-a-century. Change is never easy…especially when the change is seen as a “come down”.So, dear reader, let’s not be too harsh on Trump – he’s just a sign of the (US) times. We have a whole lot of relatives over there now.And you’d be surprised how many support Trump!!…and not cricketAs your Eyewitness suggested, maybe Trump has a (structural) excuse for his low-class behaviour. But what’s the excuse of Steve Smith?? Here’s a young man who was being mentioned in the same sentence as Sir Don Bradman…and he condones and even encourages ball tampering?? What the heck’s going on? While the Europeans might’ve suggested the Americans were rough around the edges, having been tutored longer, we in the Empire assumed we knew better.And nothing proved our credentials than cricket!! Which, for the record, the Aussies played at the highest levels long before us, because they were “white”. It was said by the Duke of Wellington that the Battle of Waterloo (the Brits against the Europe-straddling Napoleon) was won on the playing fields of Eton. Meaning it was the discipline and traditions passed on in that quintessentially upper-class game of cricket that held the line.But sadly, Smith is also a symptom of a wider malaise in Aussies. They never understood CLR James’ dictum:“What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?”…and retrogradeSo while we’re arguing about the relevance of Creolese, French is being promoted? What use will this be to us. With China’s ascendancy, shouldn’t we be brushing up our Mandarin?Since 1853, it’s part of our culture!!
The United States Agency for International Development Food Enterprise Development (USAID FED) for the past four years has increased capacities of local farmers in the country to produce more crops, especially the country’ staple food, rice.Since its inception in the country, USAID-FED agricultural program has empowered over 50,000 farmers who are now operating 10,630 hectares of farmland. The program operates in four value chains, namely rice, cassava, vegetables and goats.In an exclusive interview, Chief of Party of USAID FED Madam Agnes Luz said within the four value chains in which her organization is operating, the rice sector has improved immensely.She mentioned Fabrar Rice Processing Industry as an outcome of USAID FED that her organization has supported to empower local farmers by marketing their produce to add value by processing the locally grown rice as a means to cut down the expense of imported rice.She said during the beginning of USAID FED five year project in 2013, the number of farmers was very low. “In 2013, there were only 7,880 farmers operating on 2,157 hectares of farmland, but the number later grew up to 20,000 farmers with 3,915 hectares in 2014 and has increased immensely in 2015 to 50,500 farmers and 10,630 hectares of improve seed rice and the sale of rice also increase to $1.2M,” Madam Luz added.As a means of responding to farmers’ plea for a safe plant, she said, USAID FED has built nine rice business hubs (6,800 MT/yr additional milling capacity , 1500M3 additional storage) responsible to keep the produce of farmers fresh, 30 power tillers and 1-2 warehouses .“Our responsibility at USAID FED is to increase productivity and profitability of agricultural value chains and improve human nutrition. We are proud of the farmers and we encourage others to join agriculture because very soon with the level of performance from local farmers, Liberia will export rice to other countries in the near future.”She described the rice sector as one of her successes with over 50,000 farmers into rice production which the country depends on for survival.She asserted that before the beginning of her five year project, farmers were carrying on subsistence farming for consumption and expressed joy about the efforts farmers are showing in the six counties of Lofa, Nimba, Bong, Grand Bassa, Montserrado and Margibi and promised to improve the sector.USAID FED Chief of Party also confirmed that farmers have generally benefitted from the provision of hand tools, better quality rice planting materials and training that have improved their knowledge and skills in the technology of farming.She pledged her organization’s commitment to continue empowering and improving the lives of farmers by ensuring that farmers in Liberia export food to other countries like the United States of America, France and other countries to boost agriculture production in the country. She said farmers keep demonstrating their willingness to grow their own food but need the Liberian government to make their work more effective by establishing centers that will be able to keep the products safe when harvested.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
26 October 2011 The National Treasury is looking at creating a separate kitty or “policy reserve” of funds, drawn from surpluses in its existing investments and revenue, in order to support economic development, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced in Cape Town on Tuesday. Presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament, Gordhan said the government had substantial financial investments, some of it in surplus cash and some in other assets. “Where these resources could more productively be applied to other priorities, we will return surplus funds to the fiscus” for Kitty for priority projects In a media briefing shortly before delivering his speech in Parliament, Gordhan said a figure had not been developed yet for how much the National Treasury wanted to place in the policy reserve, but that it was likely to be in the “tens of billions” of rands. This could be drawn from state-owned companies and other public entities with surplus cash. Government departments could also have a percentage shaved off their budgets and transferred to the reserve kitty. These funds would be used for “public-policy priorities”, special projects which the Cabinet would decide upon and which would be disclosed in next year’s Budget, Gordhan said.Tighter government spending Gordhan added that greater efficiency must also be sought in government cash management and in the procurement of goods and services, by strengthening ordinary disciplines of financial management. In this way, further steps would be taken to reduce administrative costs and unnecessary duplication of capacity. “Departments will be obliged to identify and report on savings initiatives. We will request the Auditor-General to strengthen his focus on value for money,” said Gordhan. BuaNews
NARA is too lopsided in its approach to Records Management with a narrow focus only documentation and preservation of records. It fails in addressing information management and the cost savings and efficiency. An op-ed piece by Sprehe Information Management Associates beats the drum that the federal government is failing in terms of records management. The article puts the blame on NARA, but it seems like the collaboration with the GSA is what’s failing.But actually that’s not really under NARA’s mission statement. NARA is the independent Federal agency that helps preserve our nation’s history by overseeing the management of all Federal records. The National Archives and Records Administration Act of 1984 divided records management oversight responsibilities between NARA and the General Services Administration (GSA). Under the Act, NARA is responsible for adequacy of documentation and records disposition (44 U.S.C. §2904(a)), and GSA is responsible for economy and efficiency in records management (44 U.S.C. §2904(b)). Federal agency records management programs must comply with regulations promulgated by both NARA and GSA. (36 CFR §1220.2)Sprehe argues that the GSA never tried and suggests that NARA’s mission should be widened to include an emphasis on economy and efficiency too.
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Chicago was outstanding at the beginning of the season and was briefly on pace to be one of the greatest teams of all time. After a 25-6 start — on pace for 131 wins! — they cooled considerably and actually had a losing record (28-29) in their next 57 games before the All-Star break. They closed out the season on a 50-23 run, a 110-win pace, but those midseason blues cost them a chance at the record books. Here’s how their Elo rating fluctuated over the course of the season, with the Indians added for reference:There’s some good news for the Cubs, though. For one, they won the World Series, the first for the team since 1908. Who cares about their Elo rating! But it’s also a lot harder to dominate MLB than it used to be. The best teams in baseball history, in terms of how well they performed in the league at the time, mostly come before the 1960s. Chicago is just the third team of the 2010s to crack the top 100 and the first Cubs team to do so since the 1930s: In fact, the 2016 Cubs were the most dominant baseball team since the 2009 Yankees, who ranked 33. Chicago might not be one of the greatest baseball teams in baseball history, but it’s one of the best in recent memory, and with a young, talented roster, there’s no reason to think they couldn’t match or beat their performance in 2017. Back at the start of the season, we ranked the dominance of every team in every season of MLB history using Elo ratings, a measure of relative team strength. The 1939 Yankees came in first, the 1906 Cubs second. Now that 2016 is done, where did this season’s Cubs place?Our updated rankings are below, but you’ll have to scroll a bit to find the 2016 Cubs: They came in 70th.
Former Ohio State men’s basketball guard Jordan Sibert was released from his scholarship and will seek to transfer from the university, an OSU spokesman announced Monday. He plans to continue his basketball career at another institution, but hasn’t decided where he will transfer. “I’ve decided to transfer after discussing my future goals with family and my coaches,” Sibert said in a press release. “I would like to find a school where I can make an impact on the court. I will miss my teammates, my coaches and the fans. I will always be a Buckeye.” Sibert, who attended Princeton High School in Cincinnati, played two years under coach Thad Matta and averaged 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in fewer than 10 minutes a game. Sibert started the season as one of the first players Matta used off the bench, but about midway through the season, freshmen guards Sam Thompson and Shannon Scott started seeing more playing time and Sibert’s minutes declined. Matta said he supports Sibert’s decision. “Jordan has worked to improve since he became a Buckeye two years ago,” Matta said in a release. “He has represented our program well and we wish him the best.” Sibert is the second Buckeye that will transfer from the OSU basketball team that went 31-8 and reached the Final Four during the 2011-12 season. Former sophomore forward J.D. Weatherspoon also announced his plans to transfer Monday.