By Miles SurreyThe Cyprus National Dragon Boating team will be returning on Tuesday from the 11th World Championship Dragon Boat Racing competition with two bronze medals and a lot of pride.The team of 35, in their first international appearance, were the clear underdog in Szeged, Hungary.Other teams were able to bring as many as 500 athletes, whose spots were paid for by various sponsors, and there were over 3,000 total participants in the championship.By contrast, the Cyprus team had no backers and had to fund their own travel and accommodations. Need compelled them to hold fundraising events at the Germasogeia Dam and they were only recognised in March as a national team by the International Dragon Boat Federation.The Cypriot team placed third in both the 500-metre and 200-metre mixed senior A races on Friday and Saturday respectively. These races are for competitors aged 40 years and above. These accomplishments were a great feat for a team pitted against other countries with years of experience in international competition.The only other countries that were appearing in their first world championships were Iran, Romania and Serbia.Debbie Theophanous, who helmed the women’s boat in the championships, was very pleased with the way the newcomers were treated by the rest of the dragon boating community.“What really impressed us was the hospitality, they’ve been so kind to us,” Theophanous told the Cyprus Mail.After the five days of gruelling competition, athletes enjoyed a day in Budapest before returning to their normal lives and regular jobs.Hopefully the team’s success overseas will translate into growing popularity for the sport on the island, and at the very least they deserve mountains of praise for their impressive accomplishment.
Arsenal’s top scorer Alexis Sanchez faces a fitness test to determine his availability for Tuesday’s Premier League clash against relegated Sunderland while midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out, manager Arsene Wenger said.Sanchez was withdrawn with a thigh injury during Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Stoke City on Saturday that kept Wenger’s team in the hunt for a top-four berth. Defender Laurent Koscielny is also doubtful due to a calf problem.“We have a little bit of a problem with Koscielny but we should have everyone available,” Wenger told a news conference on Monday.“Alexis should have a test today. It didn’t look good but with him he is always so eager. (Kieran) Gibbs should be available but Oxlade-Chamberlain is out.”Arsenal are currently fifth in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Manchester City and four adrift of third-placed Liverpool, who have played a game more.Arsenal need one of their rivals to slip up to have a shot at Champions League qualification, but Wenger is pleased by the desire his team have showed in recent weeks, with the win at Stoke marking their third consecutive league victory.“I am very positive because it looks like we get stronger in every game,” he added. “We won six of the last seven games. We look strong again away from home.“We have created momentum again. We had a difficult period and recovered from it. I think the only chance we have now to be in the top four is to win all of our games.”Despite the improvement, Arsenal look set to spend next season without Champions League football in what could be the first time in more than 20 years that Wenger’s team will not feature in Europe’s elite club competition.Wenger said a lack of Champions League involvement would not have any impact on the quality of players that Arsenal would be able to sign in the close season.“I believe finishing outside the top four will not have any influence on how the club will be led and how we will operate on the transfer market,” he added.The manager, whose future has been the subject of speculation in the media and who is out of contract at the end of the season, did not clarify whether he would sign a new deal with Arsenal
World Immunisation Week – celebrated in the last week of April – aims to highlight the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from diseases that are preventable once they are properly vaccinated. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), this year’s theme: “Protected Together, Vaccines Work!”, celebrates Vaccine Heroes from around the world – from parents and community members to health workers and innovators – who help ensure we are all protected, at all ages, through the power of vaccinesImmunisation is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. In essence, immunisation is a proven tool for controlling and eliminating life-threatening, infectious diseases. It is also one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions, and prevents between two and three million deaths annually from diseases such as diphtheria, measles, pertussis, pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus.The goal of World Immunisation Week 2019 is to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunisation throughout life.During Vaccination Week, there are a number of activities usually planned in more than 180 countries across the world, including vaccination campaigns, training workshops, round-table discussions, public information campaigns, etc, to raise awareness about the importance of being immunised.Like many other countries, for us in Guyana, this special week provides an opportunity to remind families and communities in general how effective vaccines can be, and to encourage people to take action to ensure that more children, and increasingly people in other age groups, are immunised against deadly and debilitating diseases.According to WHO, there are more than 19 million unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children in the world, putting them at serious risk of contracting these potentially fatal diseases. Of these children, 1 out of 10 never receive any vaccinations, and most likely has never been seen by the health system.The Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) – endorsed by 194 Member States of the World Health Assembly in May 2012 – aims to prevent millions of deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases by 2020 through universal access to immunisation. Despite improvements in individual countries and a strong global rate of new vaccine introduction, all of the GVAP targets for disease elimination — including measles, rubella, and maternal and neonatal tetanus — are behind schedule, according to the WHO.In order for everyone everywhere to survive and thrive, countries must make more concerted efforts to reach GVAP goals by 2020. Additionally, those countries that have achieved or made progress towards achieving the goals must work to sustain those efforts over time — so that no person goes without life-saving vaccines.To achieve the kind of progress that is needed, the WHO has urged that Governments invest more in immunisation efforts, advocates must make vaccines a priority, and people must get themselves and their families vaccinated.Countries are also being urged to reach more children missed by the routine delivery systems, especially those living in countries, districts or areas where less than 80 per cent of them are receiving vaccines, or those living in countries affected by conflicts or emergencies.When a child or adult who is unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated visits a health facility for any reason, their vaccination record should be checked by healthcare workers, and they should be given all vaccines they are missing.That said, Guyana’s immunisation programme has been largely successful, and has resulted in the eradication of illnesses such as polio, yellow fever, and measles among others diseases. We urge all stakeholders to utilise World Vaccination Week, which is dedicated to immunisation, to spread the message of the need to be vaccinated; especially in Guyana’s remote areas, where health officials still seem to be facing some challenges.Guyana will continue to make steady progress if every stakeholder — including donors, health professionals, community leaders, school administrators and others — treats the issue of immunisation more seriously.
…hubris on musical chairs“What’s in a name?” the Bard famously asked in Romeo and Juliet, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” And, one might add, in the context of Guyana, a rotten egg would smell just as foul! Which is by far more appropriate to describe the gymnastics going on in the Office of the President, by Granger and his “plenary” that’s now a “Cabinet” again. In terms of politics rather than young love, didn’t the Bard also point out that something was rotten in the state of Denmark after a guard saw the ghost of the murdered King wandering around in the halls of the Palace?Well with the spirit of the Constitution being routinely murdered every day by Granger and his PNC administration it’s a cert that its ghost is meandering around the now green buildings of the OP. Just look at the stunt pulled by the President on the constitutional stricture that dual citizens can’t be MP’s much less Ministers. Imagine Granger appointing Dr Karen Cummings, the former Junior Minister of Health as the new Foreign Affairs Minister to replace the British Citizen incumbent, Carl Greenidge??Is this the time to have an individual who has absolutely no training, much less experience, in this critical field, when Venezuela is in a meltdown and their border controversy’s coming up for decision at the World Court? Does Granger expect Cummings to use her medical knowledge to deal with the international community after the decision comes down? But we know what’s going on, don’t we? Greeenidge will soon be appointed “Director General of Foreign Affairs”!!Isn’t this what Granger wrought over at the Minister of State in the Ministry of the Presidency This ministry under Granger grew like Topsy into a humungous institution with at least a dozen agencies and five Ministers. It was controlled by a gregarious Minister of State – Harmon who was widely seen as the de facto second in command. So what happened after he resigns because he’s a US citizen? The President appoints him as the DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE MINISTRY OF THE PRESIDENCY. Harmon himself had to inform the nation that his job was a “work in progress” but right off the bat he’ll be chairing post-Cabinet meetings!So, who does Granger think he’s fooling? Certainly not the Guyanese public who now understand that as far as the PNC’s concerned, the Constitution’s just a doormat. How can Granger tell the people that the compromised Valerie Yearwood has been move from Housing to OP when she insists that’s a promotion??? Where’s the respect for the letter and spirit of the Constitution??Oh Judgement, thou art fled to savage beasts and the men in the PNC have lost their reason!…fair play on ethnic aspirations?Indian Arrival Day will be officially commemorated tomorrow. For quite a while folks played ducks and drakes about actually prefacing the day as “Indian” – even though May 5th was the day INDIAN immigrants arrived at Port Georgetown back in 1838. One must acknowledge Granger’s role in accepting that each ethnic group should be given their due recognition for their arrival to form our national mosaic. Two days ago, the Portuguese were on stage.Your Eyewitness was further quite impressed by Granger’s frankness in accepting the right of each group to mobilise and present their ‘demands” to the government on addressing whatever ailed their community. Several times over the last four years, while addressing the African Guyanese Community at the Cuffy 250 event on Emancipation Day, he went to great lengths to belabour this point. Your Eyewitness expects that tomorrow the Indian community will be similarly exhorted by the President.Will it be at the new Indian Indian Arrival Monument at Palmyra?…silence of terrorism honourThe Clerk of the National Assembly; two MP’s from Linden – one being the defrocked Housing Minister; the PNC’s Chief Whip” the Gen Secty of the TUC and others have sought to “explain” the terrorism honour.But the buck stops with Granger, doesn’t it?
Dear Editor,The announcement made by the Town Clerk of Georgetown, that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) will be moving to seize movable property as part of its efforts to recover billions of dollars owed by the delinquent ratepayers, is tongue-in-cheek, particularly coming from him, who is aware of the trauma that is caused by such seizures. As they say here in Guyana ‘Sorry fah magga dog, magga dog turn round bite you’.But has Council even considered what would happen should their creditors take the same punitive action against them for their delinquency? They should realize that if you can’t take it, then don’t dish it out.What if the Guyana Power and Light Company (GPL) cut electricity to municipal buildings for the tens of millions owed to them for street lighting etc? And the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) cut the water supply for non-payment, including for their clinics, day care centres and abattoir?What about if their bankers took serious action for their non-serviced overdraft? And the garbage contractors for the more than three hundred million dollars owed for two years or more?What about if the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) moved against them for the tens of millions that they deduct from their employees but (allegedly) fail to pay over to the respective agencies?What about if municipal employees took strike action for constant late payments?As the saying goes, ‘People who live in glass houses should not throw stones’.With thanks,Riley Matthews
Members of the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force, the National Steel Orchestra and various choir directors will be able to improve their techniques and skills in the field of music.Maestros Houlihan Robert (left) and Adelino Mota share a light moment with National School of Music Administrator Andrew TyndallIn addition, band members of a number of national orchestras are set to benefit from a 10-day workshop aimed at developing their level of musical productions and performances.This announcement was made by the administrator for the National School of Music, Andrew Tyndall as he introduced Maestros Houlihan Robert and Adelino Mota of Portugal, who will be facilitating the workshop.The two experts will be conducting sessions focusing on orchestral conducting and directing music bands among other areas of music.Tyndall explained, “What we will be having over the next 10 days is a combination of workshops which will culminate with a concert on the 10th of September.”The concert will be held at the National Cultural Centre and the group that will be working with the two maestros will showcase some of their new skills.Tyndall added, “We will be playing a repertoire of music, including Guyanese music, as well as music from other parts of the world, (which) include performances from the Guyana Police Force Band and from a mixed orchestra comprising members of the National Steel Orchestra, Guyana Defence Force, various drumming groups, string quartet and the Woodside Choir.”Maestro Robert, in briefing the press after his introduction, said: “I think it will be interesting just to look back at the genesis of this project and how this came about. I got a phone call in January last year from the head of the EU Delegation here. I know him from a project that I was involved in Mexico where he worked at the Irish Embassy and we put together a concert of only Irish music. Since then we stayed in contact, but this idea came up when he was talking with Yvonne Cole about it and said I think I know the person who will be able to put something like this together.”This workshop is the fulfilment of a commitment by the European Union to make a contribution to Guyana’s 50th Golden Jubilee Anniversary.“We are very grateful to the European Union. This would not have been possible without their support. This is their contribution to Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary, so we are very thankful for that,” Tyndall added.It is expected that at the end of the workshop, local conductors will be better able to execute the duties of their position which will result in better performances.The two maestros have been to several countries, facilitating orchestral conducting sessions.
Ray Parlour is not keen on the idea of Arsenal swapping Alexis Sanchez for Raheem Sterling.Manchester City are desperate to land Sanchez this summer and are reportedly ready to offer Sterling plus a substantial fee to the Gunners to land the Chilean before Thursday’s transfer deadline.Arsenal legend Parlour, though, insists it is not a deal that makes sense for his former club.Sterling has started the season in fine style, scoring crucial goals for Pep Guardiola’s side in their past two Premier League games and is rated as one of England’s brightest prospects.But Parlour told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “For me, Manchester City would definitely be getting the better deal.“Sterling has made a good start to the season, two goals in the opening couple of games, but I watched him at the weekend and his football brain sometimes… he was running with the ball, tried to take the guy on in the box and ending up running it out of play. The football brain wasn’t there.“He is a good player, a player that could come into the club and be a decent signing, but will he score as many goals as Sanchez? He is a totally different player to Sanchez.“He makes the wrong decisions at times in that final third.“They [Arsenal] would rather have the cash probably.”
2 Chelsea have emerged as the new favourites to sign United States wonderkid Christian Pulisic, with a transfer to Stamford Bridge ‘confirmed’ by a former US international on social media.The Sun claim a £45million fee has been agreed between Chelsea and Pulisic’s current club Borussia Dortmund for the 20-year-old, who will move to London in the summer.The Blues have reportedly beaten off rival interest to agree a deal for Pulisic, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United all known to have been tracking him for a long time. Pulisic is widely regarded as one of the brightest young talents in world football Johnson’s message read: “So stoked for you lil’ bro, great move.“Can’t wait to watch you alongside Eden Hazard.”Chelsea are the only club to have made a formal offer for Pulisic, and they WILL sign him should no other team come in for the 20-year-old, according to German football expert Raphael Honigstein.“My understanding is that Chelsea are the only team that have made a firm offer at the moment,” Honigstein said.Christian Pulisic scout report: Profile on the Borussia Dortmund and United States star wanted by Europe’s biggest clubs“Dortmund are looking to see if there are other offers coming in as you would, but it is kind of agreed that the player will move in the summer definitely because he still has a year to run on his contract.“Unless someone matches Chelsea’s offer or exceeds it, he’ll go there.“There was some interest from Manchester United, I understand, but they’ve gone a little bit quiet now because they’ve got other stuff to deal with. They don’t know if whoever the next guy is will want to pay that amount of money on Christian Pulisic.” While there has been no word from either club over Pulisic’s deal, the youngster’s transfer has been allegedly confirmed on Instagram.Former United States international Eddie Johnson – who played in England for Fulham, Cardiff and Preston – congratulated his compatriot on joining Chelsea, despite the lack of official statement concerning his future. 2 Johnson appeared to confirm Pulisic’s move on Instagram
Hearts begin their season on Friday night when Dundee United visit Tynecastle in the opening tie of the League Cup group stage.They have so far signed Craig Halkett from Livingston, Conor Washington from Sheffield United and Jamie Walker from Wigan this summer.But Haring’s injury, plus the departure of Arnaud Djoum to a club in Saudi Arabia, means Levein is likely to enter the transfer marker again to beef up his squad.Levein said: “I think we’ll need to do something in that regard. When that is, well, we’ve still got plenty of time.“We’ve got enough cover at the moment for me to feel that we can go into competitive matches without worrying too much.“There’s also the added complication that we weren’t 100% sure whether Arnaud Djoum was staying or leaving. We now know the answer to that.“So that probably reinforces my thoughts that we need another midfield player.” “In some ways, I’m partly responsible for pushing him to the cup final. It was a risk and reward thing. I don’t know if that’s a direct consequence, but it couldn’t have helped, so I’ve got to take some responsibility for that.“The question now is that in the pelvic area there are so many different things that interact. Sometimes it’s not just one problem, it can be more than that.“He’s away down south tomorrow to get another investigation and we’ll get results on that towards the end of the week, so I’m hopeful we’ll get to the bottom of it. That’s basically the problem, finding out what we need to fix.“Once we’ve got that, we can get on with it. I’m very hopeful that we’ll get, at least, an accurate diagnosis by the end of the week.” Hearts midfielder Peter Haring is to see a specialist in a bid to cure a pelvic injury.Haring was suffering the problem towards the end of last season and played through the pain barrier in the Scottish Cup final.Levein admitted that pushing the 26-year-old Austrian to play in the Hampden showpiece may have worsened the injury.He said: “It’s helluva frustrating. He (Haring) turned out to be one of our most significant players last season and when he was out the team we struggled to fill that gap.
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