Foundation supporting National School Sport Week at Home 2020

first_imgThe annual National School Sport Week campaign takes place in the last week of June every year to celebrate the important role of Physical Education and school sport in enhancing young people’s wellbeing.This year, the Youth Sport Trust has teamed up with Sky Sports to run a national campaign which will aim to unite the country – families, schools, sport and businesses – in a celebration of the power of sport to bring people together, even during isolation.The UK-wide campaign will challenge people to take on their families, friends and neighbours in virtual sporting challenges – helping them to connect in an unprecedented period of school closures and social distancing.It will be supercharged by Sky Sports who will be helping to inspire families across the country to take part. Read the launch announcement. The campaign builds on the Youth Sport Trust’s #StayHomeStayActive campaign which has been supporting schools, parents and young people with daily free resources to get young people moving and enjoying the PE curriculum while at home.last_img read more

de Kock, bowlers power South Africa to 2-0 lead

first_imgDAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – South Africa opener Quinton de Kock’s attacking 87 set up a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second one-day international yesterday, handing the tourists a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.Chasing 245 for victory, South Africa reached their target with 43 balls to spare, giving themselves the perfect opportunity to pick up a series win in the 50-over format after going down 2-0 in the test Kock and Hashim Amla gave the touring side the perfect platform in their run chase with an opening stand of 91, before spinner Akila Dananjaya dismissed Amla for 43.Dananjaya, who picked up 3-60, also sent back Aiden Markram soon after but de Kock and South Africa captain Faf du Plessis pegged Sri Lanka back with a 53-run stand for the third Kock hit 13 fours and a six in his 78-ball knock while du Plessis chipped in with a handy 49, before spooning a catch back to Dananjaya to become the off-spinner’s third victim.South Africa lost du Plessis and David Miller in quick succession but once Dananjaya’s quota of 10 overs ended Sri Lanka’s attack lacked the teeth to pull off an unlikely victory.Earlier, half-centuries from captain Angelo Mathews and opener Niroshan Dickwella took Sri Lanka to 244 for eight in their 50 overs after the hosts won the toss and chose to bat.Pace duo Andile Phehlukwayo and Lungi Ngidi picked up three wickets each as South Africa’s bowlers once again managed to prevent Sri Lanka from posting a commanding total.Ngidi, who took 3-50, provided the early breakthroughs for the tourists by dismissing Upul Tharanga and Kusal Mendis off consecutive deliveries in his opening over.Dickwella and Mathews steadied the innings with a 67-run stand for the fourth wicket before the former was bowled by Phehlukwayo, who picked up 3-45, for 69.Sri Lanka failed to add much momentum to their innings as none of their other batsmen managed to cross a score of 20. Mathews remained unbeaten on 79 off 111 deliveries.The third ODI will be played at Kandy on Sunday.last_img read more

The apologies are over: Pep remains a genius, but his failures…

first_imgPep Guardiola has already exhausted the apologies and explanations for the failures of Manchester City in the Champions League.There is no doubt – he is one of the three most titled coaches of the new century in football, along with Jose Mourinho and Zinedine Zidane. Undoubtedly, his teams play with a bright style that you can hardly go wrong. All this cannot be denied.As well as the fact that his failures in the Champions League with a very strong Bayern in three consecutive seasons and those with a city of almost a billion stars in four years, can not always be explained by the malaise of the planets, refereeing errors or supernatural bad luck. .City dropped out of Monaco, Liverpool, Tottenham and Lyon in those four seasons. None of them won the trophy in the same season. And – with the exception of the six-time winner Liverpool, we are not even talking about teams from the family of European champions or heavy art giants – Bayern, Barça, Real, Juventus, United …He conceded 6 goals in both matches with the team from the Principality (5: 3 and 1: 3), five from the team of Klopp (0: 3 and 1: 2), 4 from the “spurs” (0: 1 and 4: 3), as well as three in one match from Lyon now.What happens when your team is susceptible to collecting such a large number of goals in elimination matches?And it’s not like Pep hasn’t tried to strengthen the defense since he’s been in Manchester. He bought two goalkeepers – quite expensive (Bravo and Ederson), a total of five full-backs, as well as four central defenders. A total of nine defenders, all at serious prices.From the summer of 2016 until today, the club has spent about 830 million euros, which is far more than anyone else in Europe. He took a talent that was demanded by almost all the greats of the continent.However, we did not see him on the field – Bernardo Silva, Riad Marez, David Silva – the three most creative playmakers in the team, there were reservations. The Algerian came in and completely changed the game, and the Spaniard played 4-5 minutes at the end.Pep’s tactics continue to puzzle. To make a team that has beaten its rivals in a brilliant and attractive way in the last 2 months in England play cautiously is a very difficult move to explain.Embed from Getty ImagesOf course, if he continues with his policy of spending huge money, as well as being completely unpunished by UEFA despite the violations of the Financial Fair Play, this club will one day win the Champions League. But Guardiola can no longer find excuses for not even being close to the final, even in the semi-finals, for four consecutive seasons. “Every year the same”, Kevin de Bruyne was furious after the loss to Lyon.And analyst Julien Lauren, who is an expert on French football at the BBC, summed up the opinion that probably prevails after this match. “Why does he always complicate things and try to build chess games in the Champions League – Lauren asked rhetorically. – Why doesn’t he play with his normal lineup, in his established style? Lyon could not withstand the dynamics and attacking power of City. I say that because I watch them every week in France. Pep just put the trump cards in their hands, and they played them smart. “Let’s remember – Guardiola won the trophy in 2009 and 2011 with Barcelona, ​​in the heart of which shone Xavi, Iniesta and Messi in their prime. He did not succeed with Bayern, although he became the undisputed champion of Germany in his three seasons.In City he won 4 trophies a year ago, has two titles in 4 years, but this season he has only come to terms with the League Cup. There seems to be a psychological problem with him when a decisive match is set, and this harassment is passed on to his players.This is what City against Lyon looked like – as a team that seems to be overwhelmed by expectations and the realized fact that it is better, stronger and must win at all costs.The passes were heavy, there were no ideas – the creative and attacking machine was turned into an ordinary team. And in defense, things were …Maybe another hundred million for new defenders, Pep?last_img read more

Friday GAA Results

first_imgIt was a draw in New Inn with Kilsheelan-Kilcash 0-16 to Aherlow 2-10.And neither could afford a loss in the game between Upperchurch Drombane and Killenaule in Littleton where Upperchurch Drombane won 1-12 to 2-03.And in the County Intermediate football championship in Clonoulty Clonmel Commercials tied Moycarkey Borris 0-14 1-11. Club season swings back into action in Tipperary this weekend, with the County Senior Football Championship taking centre stage.There were 3 games down for decision last night.Kiladangan lost out to Ballyporeen in Boherlahan 4-22 to 0-04. last_img read more

PLB denies prize money story for champions

first_imgThe Premier League Board says media reports, claiming that the league champions would receive GHS 5,000 for winning the league are untrue.Reports in the past week claimed that. new champions, Berekum Chelsea would be handed the amount for winning the Glo Premier League.But PLB Chairman, Welbeck Abra-Appiah says that is not prize money for the champions.“The PLB has not announced any amount for the champions. The reports out there are not from the PLB,” he said on Sunday ahead of the trophy presentation to Berekum Chelsea at the Golden City Park.“The prize for winning the league would be announced and handed over to the champions at the PLB Awards on August 13 in Accra.”Chelsea lifted their debut trophy after securing 57 points and maintaining a 10-point gap at the top of the table following 30 rounds of matches. Source: Ghanafa.orglast_img read more

Renard hails “efficient” Zambia after win over Sudan

first_imgZambia coach Herve Renard has hailed his team for the “efficient” way they sailed through to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.The Chipolopolo beat Sudan 3-0 in Bata on Saturday and go through to face either Tunisia or Ghana in the semis.“I don’t say we played well, but I say we did well,” the French coach told BBC Sport after the game.“We were efficient today. Some people might have thought it was easy – it wasn’t.” The match was played out in an almost empty stadium in Bata and Renard admitted that this made it harder for his team to raise their game.“I told the players there are millions of Zambians [watching on television] and people around Africa, Europe and the world,” Renard said. Chipolopolo captain Chris Katongo, one of the goalscorers on the night, admitted that Sudan’s tactics had made life difficult for his team, even when they were leading.“Sudan try to frustrate you (and) play the long ball – that’s their strength,” he said.“That’s not our type of football, but the most important thing was for us to get an early goal and start playing on the ground.“In the second half we controlled the ball, scored two more goals and the way we played was fantastic.”Zambia were knocked out in the quarter-finals two years ago and their aim at this tournament was always to go better than that. With that target achieved, they are setting their sights on another – a place in the final in Gabon – off whose coast most of the national team died in a plane crash in 1993.Renard said the incident is a strong motivating factor for his squad, especially as Wednesday’s semi-final will be played in Equatorial Guinea.“We have another target – to reach Gabon on 12 February for the circumstances we know, the catastrophe of 1993,” the coach said.“That will be another sign for the destiny of Zambia – but it’s far [away] at the moment.”last_img read more

Rooney, Van Persie & Aguero all nominated for PFA Player of the Year

first_imgWayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Sergio Aguero have all been nominated by their fellow professionals for the PFA Player of the Year award.Manchester City striker Aguero has been nominated for both the Player of the Year and the Young Player award, to cap an excellent debut season in the Premier League.The Argentina international arrived at the Etihad Stadium from Spanish club Atletico Madrid last summer, and has netted 21 goals as City have made an assault on the league title.Aguero’s City team-mates, goalkeeper Joe Hart and Spanish playmaker David Silva, have also been nominated.However, the favourite for the award will unquestionably be the prolific Arsenal striker Robin van Persie – the Gunners skipper having netted 27 goals whilst also popping up with 12 assists for his team-mates.Manchester United’s 24-goal forward Wayne Rooney, who has been at the forefront of their excellent league performances this season, is also in with a shout, whilst Tottenham’s combative midfielder Scott Parker rounds off the shortlist. The young players’ list consists of Aguero and five of the brightest young British talents currently plying their trade in the top-flight – four of whom will be optimistic of taking their place at this summer’s European Championships with England.Tottenham’s Welsh winger Gareth Bale, winner of the senior Player of the Year award last season, finds himself on the junior list alongside his fellow Spurs speedster Kyle Walker, Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck and the highly-rated Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.PFA Player of the Year nominees: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Joe Hart (Man City), Scott Parker (Tottenham), David Silva (Man City)PFA Young Player of the Year nominees: Sergio Aguero (Man City), Gareth Bale, Kyle Walker (both Tottenham), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Man Utd)last_img read more

Kootenay Ice take optimistic approach into net BCMMHL season

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsNow the fun begins.The Kootenay Ice kick off the 2011-12 B.C. Major Midget Hockey League season with plenty of optimism as the interior based squad heads to Vancouver Island for a two-game set Saturday and Sunday in Nanaimo against the North Island Silvertips.And new head coach Mario DiBella isn’t shy about what his goal is for this new group of 15-17-year-old midget hockey players.“We are looking to make the playoffs for the first time in Ice history,” stated the veteran bench boss.That goal will not be easy to achieve after the Ice, under the coach last season of Simon Wheeldon, lost the likes of 18-goal scorer Jesse Knowler of Castlegar and Nelson’s Dryden Hunt to the Western Hockey League and sniper Luke Bertolucci to the Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL.However, DiBella believes he has the players ready to fill the skates of the rookie Tier I hockey players.“We have Jake Lucchini (Trail), Darren Medeiros (Castlegar) and Quinn Klimchuk (Castlegar) who are equally as talented as the (Hunt, Knowler and Bertolucci),” DiBella said of his three second-year players.“We’ve also added Mitch Foyle (Fruitvale), Jeremy McGregor (Christina Lake) and Brandon Savaia (Grand Forks) as talented first years that can put the busier in the basket.”The Ice has three grads from the Nelson Minor Hockey Association in Colton Dachwitz, Greyson Reitmeier and late edition Brandon Sookro.Cole Arcuri, thought to be a lock to make the Ice at defence, decided to return to the Okanagan Hockey Association.After the Island trip, the Ice are idle until opening the home part of the season October 8-9 at the NDCC Arena against Okanagan Rockets.The home dates will shift around rinks in the West Kootenay, with stops in Castlegar, Trail and Grand Forks.DiBella likes the idea of showcasing the players throughout the region.“I feel it’s good for the program and it provides home games where the players live,”  said DiBella, who has former Nelson Leaf assistant coach Sean Dooley with him behind the Ice bench.The B.CMMHL was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds the opportunity to play at a high level within their age group.Each year all Major Midget League teams have the opportunity to compete for the National Midget Championship.Kootenay finished the 2010-11 season in 10th spot with a 8-25-7 record with the Vancouver Northwest Giants winning the BCMMHL title.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

New paper proposes a science-based ‘Global Deal for Nature’

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki A paper published in Science today outlines a new “Global Deal for Nature,” officially launching an effort to establish science-based conservation targets covering all of planet Earth, including terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.The Global Deal for Nature proposes a target of 30 percent of the planet to be fully protected under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity by 2030. But because much more of Earth’s natural ecosystems need to be preserved or restored in order to avert the worst impacts of runaway global warming, another 20 percent of the planet would be protected under the GDN as Climate Stabilization Areas (CSAs).Conservation scientists, environmental NGOs, and indigenous groups are urging governments to adopt the GDN as a companion commitment alongside the Paris Climate Agreement approved by nearly 200 countries in 2015. A paper published in Science today outlines a new “Global Deal for Nature,” officially launching an effort to establish science-based conservation targets covering all of planet Earth, including terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.The Global Deal for Nature proposes a target of 30 percent of the planet to be fully protected under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity by 2030. But because much more of Earth’s natural ecosystems need to be preserved or restored in order to avert the worst impacts of runaway global warming, another 20 percent of the planet would be protected under the GDN as Climate Stabilization Areas (CSAs).“Working in cohort with the Paris Agreement, CSAs would concentrate in habitats like mangroves, tundra, other peatlands, ancient grasslands, and boreal and tropical rainforest biomes that store vast reserves of carbon and other greenhouse gases, and prevent large-scale land cover change,” the authors of the paper write. CSAs would meet the definition of “Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures” (OECMs) adopted by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity late last year.Conservation scientists, environmental NGOs, and indigenous groups are urging governments to adopt the GDN as a companion commitment alongside the Paris Climate Agreement approved by nearly 200 countries in 2015.“The Global Deal for Nature (GDN) is a time-bound, science-driven plan to save the diversity and abundance of life on Earth,” according to the paper. “Pairing the GDN and the Paris Climate Agreement would avoid catastrophic climate change, conserve species, and secure essential ecosystem services. New findings give urgency to this union: Less than half of the terrestrial realm is intact, yet conserving all native ecosystems — coupled with energy transition measures — will be required to remain below a 1.5°C rise in average global temperature.”Indigenous lands are considered central to the premise of the GDN, the authors add in the paper: “Potentially prominent among OECMs are indigenous peoples’ lands, which account for 37% of all remaining natural lands across the Earth, and these lands store >293 gigatons of carbon. Although many of these lands meet the definition of a protected area, many others may be appropriately characterized as OECMs. Here, the global policies articulated in the Paris Agreement and the proposed GDN merge with addressing human rights. The direction, insights, rights, and voices of indigenous peoples are essential but rarely published in scientific journals.”‘One Earth’ climate model (LDF 1.5°C Scenario) from Achieving the Paris Climate Agreement (Teske, ed.) 2019. Land use emissions (gold) decline from current levels to zero in 2035, becoming carbon-negative in 2027. Approximately 400 GtCO2 in negative emissions through land restoration would be required to achieve a >67% chance of staying below 1.5˚C with a >50% chance of 1.4 degrees C by 2100. Carbon budgets are derived from the IPCC special report, “Global Warming of 1.5˚C” (2018), starting in 2018 and adjusted downward to account for total anthropogenic emissions from the pre-industrial era (circa 1750). Model compiled by Malte Meinshausen (MAGICC7.0/CMIP6-compliant).The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report last year highlighting the impacts of global warming that are already being felt around the globe and warning that those impacts would only get even more severe if global average temperature rise is not limited to 1.5 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels.“The science is telling us that if we go above 1.5˚C, we could experience an ‘extinction tsunami’ resulting in the collapse of many key ecosystems,” Thomas Lovejoy, the conservation biologist known as “The Godfather of Biodiversity” and a co-author of the GDN paper, said. “We cannot solve the biodiversity crisis without solving the climate crisis, and we cannot solve the climate crisis without solving the biodiversity crisis. The two are interlinked.”Eric Dinerstein, director of the biodiversity and wildlife program at the Washington, D.C.-based NGO RESOLVE, led the teams that wrote the new GDN paper and the 2017 study examining an “ecoregion-based approach” to protecting half the planet that it builds on. “Pairing a new ‘Global Deal for Nature’ with the Paris Climate Agreement would give us the best chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change, of conserving threatened species, and of ensuring the health of the ecosystems that are so essential for sustaining life on Earth,” Dinerstein said.The GDN campaign is being driven by One Earth, an initiative of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation that aims to marshal support from international institutions, governments, and citizens of planet Earth to support ambitious conservation goals. One Earth has launched an online petition drive at along with RESOLVE and indigenous groups to build popular support for the GDN.“Science is telling us something our traditional knowledge has been warning of for decades: the Earth is dying,” Gregorio Mirabal, president of the indigenous group COICA (Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin), said. “We urgently need a Global Deal for Nature to restore half of the natural world as soon as possible and, as guardians of 80% of the planet’s biodiversity, indigenous peoples must play a central role in that pact. Indigenous communities truly understand what it means to live in harmony with nature — now governments need to recognize that our ancestral knowledge will be key to ensuring that we all have a future on this Earth.”Preserving tropical forests, like this rainforest in Madagascar, is a key part of meeting climate and biodiversity goals. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.CITATIONS• Dinerstein, E., Olson, D., Joshi, A., Vynne, C., Burgess, N. D., Wikramanayake, E., … & Hansen, M. (2017). An ecoregion-based approach to protecting half the terrestrial realm. BioScience, 67(6), 534-545. doi:10.1093/biosci/bix014• Dinerstein, E. et al. (2019). A Global Deal For Nature: Guiding principles, milestones, and targets. Science, 5(4), eaaw2869. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aaw2869Featured Image: A hummingbird in La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. Photo by Rhett Butler.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Adaptation To Climate Change, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Climate Change, Ecosystems, Environment, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Rights, Marine Protected Areas, Protected Areas, Research last_img read more

City Hall’s CoI

first_imgThe decision by the Local Government Commission (LGC) to establish a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the affairs of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council since its election to office back in 2016 and even before is a most welcomed development.For years, citizens have been complaining about the mismanagement of the capital city and the fact that those who sit at the helm of power in Georgetown appear to be pursuing their own personal interests at the expense of taxpayers.While some have been venting their frustration in the mass media via letters and news articles, others have boldly taken the struggle for transparency and accountability at City Hall to social media and the streets in the form of picketing exercises and protest action.The bottom line is that residents of this once prestigious Garden City are tired of the continued corruption, high-handedness and indifference displayed by their elected representatives. They feel betrayed after being encouraged to vote in 2016’s historic elections, which no doubt saw the return of local democracy after a 20-year hiatus.And while many may not admit it, it is those very same parties – the Alliance For Change (AFC) and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) that engineered this return of local democracy within Local Authority Areas that are guilty of some of the most egregious infractions and wrongdoing. This is not to say that others like the Good Green Guyana party headed by former Mayor Hamilton Green and the People’s Progressive Party are not without blame for their infamous roles in ushering in the demise of Georgetown over the years.But this year, the situation reached the boiling point with workers, union leaders and citizens having to remind those in power that various aspects of the work programme, projects and initiatives being pursued by the current batch of Councillors and administrators were not part of the bargaining chip or the glowing manifestos presented two years ago.Residents wanted cleaner streets, better roads, newly-refurbished or constructed bridges, street lights, efficient garbage collection and disposal services, enhanced social and human services, and a reduction in taxes. While addressing the need for better building codes, better parking facilities and added areas of revenue for the city was important; they were not at the top of the list. And somehow the Council missed this and misread the mood of the people.Maybe the Patricia Chase Green-headed body believed that the AFC and APNU could do no wrong in the city because that is where its largest constituency resided and there would always be apathy on the part of residents. Surely, it knows now that any sympathy that residents had for the Council’s decision-making policies is gone with the wind.Hopefully, the CoI headed by Justice Cecil Kennard will reveal just how frustrated residents and workers of the Council are with the Council. It must invite businesses and all other stakeholders to appear and share their experiences with the Commission.Also, it is important that the CoI also give the embattled Town Clerk Royston King and his subordinate officers, the opportunity to reply to all allegations and presentations made by the residents and stakeholders. This is the only way natural justice could be guaranteed.The process must be fair, free, and open. It must not be seen as political or politically driven; therefore, the PPP must avoid getting too intimately involved. It must not escape that opposition party that there are sections of the citizenry in Georgetown who believe that the move to establish a CoI is an election ploy being directed by the Central Government and the coalition parties so that it appears that they are in tune with the concerns of the populace ahead of the Local Government Elections (LGE) polls which could deliver a blow to APNU and the AFC.Finally, Justice Kennard must seek to acquaint himself with the reports that were produced by previous CoIs under the PPP that recommended the dismissal of several officials who were shamefully stealing blatantly from the city’s treasury and poorly administrating the affairs of Georgetown. The LGC cannot allow the findings of this CoI to be wasted or thrown by the way-side. It has a mandate to act decisively and must not take direction, political or otherwise, from Central Government on what to implement and who to dismiss.Let the chips fall where they may.last_img read more