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Coalition Government’s hijacking of national symbols

first_imgDear Editor,Recent actions by the David Granger-led A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government have given rise to great cause for concern among Guyanese people, more so when one considers the significant efforts, under successive People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administrations, that were made to advance a national project aimed at bringing Guyanese people together.Despite claims of efforts to bolster social cohesion, the coalition Government’s hijacking of national symbols – seen in the seizure of the national flag at Corriverton to prevent the flag-raising ceremony on the eve of our 48th Republic anniversary, the repainting on State House in the People’s National Congress (PNC) colour (green) and the repainting of other state buildings (from the Office of the President to RDC offices) in green – can only be described as pernicious.Post-independence, Guyana’s colonisers (and other foreign agents that stood to benefit) left our people with a legacy of division. While academics can debate the factors surrounding this problem, the fact it that a legacy of division has been accepted as such – a problem. And successive PPP/C administrations have worked to ensure that Guyanese are unified – by working to break stereotypes, delivering prosperity for all Guyanese, promoting national pride and bolstering a sense of a national identity among our people.Granted that naysayers may want to argue otherwise, the simple response to such persons is to simply call on them to produce facts. The fact is that national events were used to promote national identity and officials at these national events were not made to dress in the colours of any political party – like we saw with the officials along the route for the Mashramani parade last month. The fact is that all Guyanese prospered under successive PPP/C administrations and a simple comparative of the standard of living of our people pre-1992 and post-1992 will attest to this. The fact is that the stereotypes peddled (particularly those pushed along the lines of race) have been rubbished. The fact is that Guyanese in the Public Sector did not have to worry about being sidelined because of differentiating factors – unlike what we have seen in the past three years under the APNU/AFC Government.The PPP is on record condemning moves that divide our people and the Party will continue to protest any such future acts. All Guyanese, regardless of race, religion, or any other differentiating factor, must object to Government actions that divide our people. Looking at the big picture, our country stands to bear significant losses if retrograde actions – including the recent hijacking of national symbols – are given acceptability in our society.The undermining of national unity is unacceptable and any such action must be condemned by all Guyanese, regardless of where they stand on the political spectrum.Regards,Zulfikar MustaphaExecutive SecretaryPeople’s ProgressivePartylast_img read more

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After ball-tampering row, Trevor Chappell relieved not to be most hated Australian

first_imgTrevor Chappell, the protagonist ‘underarm’ bowling incident of 1981, sympathised Steve Smith after the ball-tampering row but was relieved to have possibly got rid of the title of the most hated Australian.The ball-tampering saga, where Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera attempting to tamper the ball during the Cape Town Test against South Africa followed by Steve Smith’s admission that it was an orchestrated plan, has rocked the cricketing world and Australia.With immense pressure from the Australian Prime Minister and the angry public, Smith and Warner had to step down from captaincy and vice-captaincy the very next day but the outrage was no where close to coming to an end.With Australian media screaming ‘Steve Smith’s Shame’, the future of the No.1 Test batsman as the captain of the Australian cricket team in under severe doubt.WATCHWhile it is Smith who is vilified at the moment, it was Chappell who went through that for years. (Ball-tampering row: Inside information of how it all happened)With one ball remaining in the third one-day final of the 1981 World Series Cup and New Zealand needing six runs to tie, Chappell was instructed by his brother and Australian captain Greg to bowl underarm.Trevor rolled the ball along the pitch to prevent Kiwi tail-ender Brian Mckechnie clearing the fence about 90 metres away. (After Smith steps down as Rajasthan Royals captain, SRH skipper David Warner awaits his fate)”I thought it was a good idea to underarm bowl at the time but not these days,” Trevor told Daily Telegraph. “I struggled a lot with it mentally. I was vilified for years and people will still ask about it.”advertisementTrevor admitted he’s pleased to no longer be the main villain the history of Australian cricket.”I’m the one who comes up on Google as the man who took the lead role in Australian cricket’s darkest day — it’s a real relief I can finally drop that title,” he added. (Australian fans in Cape Town ‘let down’ by team after ball-tampering scandal)The 1981 incident was marked as the biggest scar on the reputation of Australian cricket and Trevor said it had taken a mental toll on him and cost him his marriage.”I don’t know if my brothers have done better in life than me after what happened. Greg copped it at the time, but the quiet life certainly chose me after that,” the 65-year-old said.”My marriage broke down and I never remarried or had kids. These days all I do is coach cricket to kids and play golf.” (Ball-tampering: Cameron Bancroft a repeat offender? New video emerges)In the wake of the recent ball-tampering controversy, he said skipper Steve Smith, vice captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft may have to deal with the consequences for the rest of the lives.”They’ll have to live with what they’ve done forever. Whether it haunts them for the rest of their lives is down to them but I haven’t been able to shake off what happened to me in 37 years,” Trevor said.”What I did has lived with me ever since and it will be the same for Smith and Bancroft. (Ball-tampering scandal: Sponsors assess relationship with Australian cricket)”They will struggle for the rest of their lives and be known as the ones who brought Australian cricket into disrepute.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Nine-man Chelsea squeak past Norwich

first_imgChelsea 1 Norwich City 1 (aet, 5-3 pens): Hazard and Caballero seal Blues progression Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 06:57 1/18/18 hazardcaballero - cropped Getty Images Nine-man Chelsea needed extra time and penalties to see off Norwich City and move into the FA Cup fourth round on Wednesday. Substitute Eden Hazard spared Chelsea’s blushes by scoring the winning penalty in a shootout, after their FA Cup replay against Norwich City had ended 1-1 at Stamford Bridge.Belgium forward Hazard coolly slotted home Chelsea’s final penalty to earn an unassailable 5-3 lead after Willy Caballero had saved from Canaries striker Nelson Oliveira to finally end the Championship side’s resistance.Chelsea were clinical from the spot after a frustrating third-round replay that saw them miss a host of chances, have three penalty appeals turned down and Pedro and Alvaro Morata sent off. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Michy Batshuayi had given Chelsea the lead after 55 minutes with the Blues’ first goal since Marcos Alonso’s 84th-minute strike against Arsenal on January 3.But Jamal Lewis levelled things up in the final minute of stoppage time, before chaos ensued in the extra period.Referee Graham Scott and his VAR denied Willian and Morata penalties in the added 30 minutes – the latter joining Pedro in being shown red.The nine men saw out the few remaining additional minutes and made no errors from 12 yards to set up a fourth-round meeting with Newcastle United.HAZARD SCORES! THE BLUES GO THROUGH!Chelsea:Norwich: #CHENOR — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 17, 2018 Problems on the London Underground meant kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes but the hosts did not seem affected as Danny Drinkwater and Willian both fired wide inside the opening 10 minutes, while Cesar Azpilicueta was unable to turn in Tiemoue Bakayoko’s flick from a corner.Norwich initially struggled to make any kind of impact in the final third and the Championship side were grateful to Angus Gunn for keeping the game level, the England Under-21 international goalkeeper brilliantly tipping Drinkwater’s long-range effort onto the bar after 25 minutes.Despite Chelsea’s dominance their recent problems in front of goal showed little sign of stopping, while at the other end Oliveira fired two warning signs towards Caballero’s goal as Norwich finished the half strongly – the first clipping the bar on its way over after a mistake from Batshuayi.The Belgian striker made up for that error 10 minutes after the restart with Chelsea’s first goal in 331 minutes, Batshuayi beating Gunn from close-range as he met Kenedy’s low [email protected] #CHENOR pic.twitter.com/qI9WRuakBn— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 17, 2018Any thoughts that the goal would open the floodgates were quickly dispelled as Josh Murphy and James Maddison almost profited from Chelsea mistakes.The post and arm of Caballero saved them, though, and the hosts should have been out of sight late on, but substitute Morata twice missed golden opportunities.And Norwich made him pay as Lewis headed home his first senior goal, the teenager meeting Timm Klose’s cross in the last seconds of normal time.Chelsea thought they had a penalty early in the first half of extra time as Willian went down under Klose’s challenge, but referee Graham Scott and his VAR ruled it was not a spot-kick – the Brazilian booked for simulation.Their frustrations grew further as Gunn made two saves in quick succession to deny Willian and Morata – the Manchester City loanee equal to both low efforts.Morata was again wasteful in the second period, before Pedro – who was booked in the first half for diving – was sent off for a rash challenge on Wes Hoolahan.He was not the only one to see red either with Morata shown two yellows – the first for a dive, Chelsea’s third for simulation in the match – and the second in the immediate aftermath for his reaction towards the official. read morelast_img read more

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