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By BRIDGET SCOTT PRECEDE – “THERE’s a lot more to me than Parkinson’s” was Anne Atkins’ first line after she…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.
By Zoran MilosavljevicWhen 17-year-old Wayne Rooney became the youngest player to score for England in a Euro 2004 qualifier, he looked destined for a long and illustrious international career.Now poised to win his 100th cap and just six goals behind Bobby Charlton’s all-time England scoring record of 49 goals, the bare statistics suggest he has achieved that.But the strong suspicion remains that he has rarely delivered in an England shirt when it has really mattered.The 29-year-old Manchester United striker hinted at some dissatisfaction himself before he reaches the 100-cap milestone in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia on Saturday (7pm).“I could sit here saying I’ve got 200 caps and 100 goals for my country, but the ultimate is to win a trophy and that’s what we all want to do,” Rooney said.“To be England’s greatest ever goal scorer would be massive. The record has stood for so many years, there have been plenty of players who haven’t been able to break it.”Rooney has developed a reputation as football’s equivalent of a flat-track bully, regularly plundering the likes of San Marino, Andorra and Liechtenstein but rarely finding the net against the world’s best sides.He failed to score in a major tournament between Euro 2004 and a 1-0 win over co-hosts Ukraine in Euro 2012, his only goal against high-profile opposition on the biggest stage coming in a 2-1 defeat by Uruguay in theis year’s World Cup which condemned England to an early exit.Rooney has been England’s pack leader for some years but that role underlines both the team’s shortcomings against top-drawer opponents and his own failings when asked to trouble the world’s best defences.His best performances and the bulk of his trophies in a Manchester United shirt came when he played alongsideCristiano Ronaldo, whose superior skill and ability so often gave Rooney the space he rarely creates for himself in big games.Rooney has, however, fully deserved the unreserved faith of his managers at club and international level for his work rate and selfless readiness to play in less preferred positions for the greater good.Asked to accommodate Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy before him and Robin van Persie in the current United team, Rooney has often been moved out wide or asked to bolster the midfield.His present England role also requires that kind of personal sacrifice with young lions Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck staking their claims up front, while the gifted Raheem Sterling looks like a natural number 10, a position Rooney is often deployed in.With such talent and a relatively easy qualifying group also including Switzerland, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino,England’s qualification for Euro 2016 is almost a foregone conclusion.But once there, Roy Hodgson’s men will have to be a different team if they are to have a shot at glory and Rooney must rediscover the spark of his early international days if he is to earn his place among the country’s true greats.
Liverpool and Tottenham will be part of history when they meet in the Champions League final.The Premier League sides battle it out at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on Saturday, three days after Chelsea beat Arsenal in the Europa League showpiece, making it the first time ever that all four European finalists have come from the same country.It is also just the second all-English European Cup final, 11 years after Manchester United beat Chelsea in Moscow.Liverpool are back in the biggest game in European club football for the second successive year after they lost to Real Madrid last season and they are chasing a sixth crown.Spurs, however, are in uncharted territory as this is the furthest they have ever gone in the competition, either in its guise as the European Cup, where they reached the semi-final in 1962, or the current Champions League format.It is perhaps fitting that these two sides meet in the showpiece event, as although it is not quite the battle of the underdogs, both have had to get there the hard way.Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been 10 minutes or less from going out of the competition on five occasions while Liverpool needed to beat Napoli in the final game to make it out of the group stage.Then there was the small matter of their respective miraculous semi-final comebacks on consecutive nights.The Reds appeared dead and buried after the first leg of their last-four clash with Barcelona as they succumbed to a 3-0 defeat at the Nou Camp.But a magical night at Anfield saw them produce a stunning 4-0 win to eliminate their Spanish opponents, a success boss Jurgen Klopp hailed as “unbelievable”.Spurs took inspiration from that 24 hours later as they recovered from a 3-0 aggregate deficit at half-time of their second leg against Ajax.Lucas Moura inspired the comeback as his hat-trick, which was completed in the fifth minute of injury time, earned an away goals success.Whichever manager triumphs in Madrid will see them shake off an unwanted tag.Both Klopp and Pochettino are regarded as being among the best managers in the game for the respective work they have done at their clubs and the eye-catching style of play they deploy.But neither have been able to back that up with trophies in England as both have fallen short in the big games.Klopp also has previous in this competition having been a beaten finalist with Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and with his Liverpool side 12 months ago.Liverpool’s incredible Premier League campaign, where they amassed the third-highest points tally ever but still finished second, will make them favourites against a Spurs side they took six points off.But April’s match at Anfield will give hope to Pochettino’s side, as even though they lost, they dominated the second half and should have won.They will be buoyed by the likely return of Harry Kane, setting up a shootout with Mohamed Salah that is just one of the many sub-plots of the game.Both sides will think their name is written on the trophy given their respective journeys to the final.But we will find out who is right in what will be a memorable night for English football on Saturday.
Professionals Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will look to secure a historic win against Ecuador when the two countries meet in a friendly encounter today at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, USA. Kick- off time is 7 p.m. In three previous friendly games, Jamaica, ranked 54th on the FIFA Coca Cola latest list, are yet to score a win against the 60th-ranked Ecuador. On October 4, 1996, Ecuador edged Jamaica 2-1. Then in the other two games, the teams battled to 0-0 results, on August 12, 2009, and September 2, 2011. This game serves as a warm-up for Jamaica’s first CONCACAF Nations League game against The Cayman Islands on Sunday at the National Stadium at 7 p.m. Reggae Boyz head coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore has selected a mixture of local-based Red Stripe Premier League and overseas-based professionals for both games. Among the professionals are Watford defender Adrian Mariappa and Michael Hector, who is on loan at Sheffield Wednesday in the English Championship from Chelsea. Mariappa and Hector last played for the Reggae Boyz in a World Cup qualifier against Panama in September 2016. Reggae Boyz manager Roy Simpson said that the friendly game will serve as a good warm-up for the Nations League opener. “Though the Ecuador game is a good one, we did not want it so close to the Nations League, but we understand that the Jamaica Football Federation needs the money,” Simpson shared. Jamaica squad: Ladale Richie, Ricardo Morris, Javon East, Amal Knight, Peter Vassell, Tevin Shaw, Ricardo Thomas, Fabian Reid, Jeadine White, Andre Blake, Fabion McCarthy, Damion Lowe, Owayne Gordon, Romario Williams, Darren Mattocks, Kevon Lambert, Cory Burke, Kemar Lawrence, Adrian Mariappa, Alvas Powell, JeVaughn Watson, Michael Hector, and Alex Marshall. Ecuador squad: Alexander Dominguez, Pedro Ortiz, Juan Carlos Paredes, Frickson Erazo, Cristian Ramirez, Mario Pineida, Robert Arboleda, Jhon Espinoza, Gustavo Vallecilla, Renato Ibarra, Fernando Gaibor, Jefferson Orejuela, Fernando Romario Ibarra, Alan Franco, Jhegson Mendez, Angelo Preciado, Edison Vega, Enner Valencia, Miller Bolanos, and Ayrton Preciado.
All roads will lead to the Buxton Community Centre Ground, on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD), on Saturday evening for the first ever “J’Ouvert Morning Wet Fete and Soca Party”. Taking on a carnival-like twist, patrons are bound to have a blast as they revel into Sunday morning for the 5th annual Mash Tramp.Colours, water and music will be in galore as the organisers plan the most anticipated event on the ECD. On Saturday evening, the vibes will commence with several top deejays, including Gully Ras, Deejay Akelo, Selector Face, Seen Up and Deejay Energy. With the talented line-up, they are bound to set the tone for the evening with the latest soca music booming through the speakers of the music systems.Jumo PrimoSuper RayBut the vibes will get even better when Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo and Super Ray One Man Band take to the stage. Primo, who is known for his energetic performances, will leave no stone unturned and will deliver to please his audience. Also known for this versatility, Super Ray will conquer on that evening with his new tracks.This will pave the way for the 5th annual Buxton/Foulis Mash and Soca Bacchanal on Sunday when the vibes continue. Four top sounds; two-one man bands and other live performances are expected to keep the energy going into Sunday evening.The events are promoted by Father Moey and Devine Starz in collaboration with the Region Four Regional Democratic Council. Music, lighting and stage will be provided by Crown Vibes Entertainment.
As we discussed in our editorial “Oil Share” last Sunday, the consortium headed by ExxonMobil – Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) – is moving at deliberate pace on the development of the Stabroek Oil Field, where they struck oil last May with their Lisa 1 well. ExxonMobil is the operator and holds a 45 per cent interest in the Block, Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd, 30 per cent, and the Chinese CNOOC Nexen 25 per cent interest. Subsequently, two other strikes confirmed the large petroleum reserves estimated to be at least 1.4 billion barrels and this November, as required by our law, our Government was “officially” informed of the oil discovery.However, even though a Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) was signed between EEPGL and the GoG, no specific details have been released by the latter on the fiscal regime, even though the resource is owned by the people of Guyana, on whose behalf the GoG is supposed to be striking the best bargain. Petroleum is an exhaustible resource and while EEPGL will be making large capital investments to develop the field, it behooves the Government to make the Guyanese people au fait with the financial details.Two days ago, EEPGL announced it had awarded contracts to a Dutch company, NV SBM Offshore to design a “floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. What this means is that none of the oil extracted will reach the Guyana shore, 120 miles away, but will be processed, stored and transferred directly to oil tankers from the FPSO to be shipped to overseas markets. According to reports, ExxonMobil indicated the consortium will make its Financial Investment Decision (FID) by the end of 2017, and if this is positive, SBM will proceed with construction, installation and operation of the FPSO. ExxonMobil said that it expects to produce 100,000 barrels of oil per day from a new FPSO for our field. This would cost approximately US billion and take at least two to three years to be on location and ready to extract and process oil.The question on the minds of most Guyanese is how quickly will petroleum be flowing and how much revenue will be coming into the national Treasury – whether a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) or the Consolidated Fund. Based on information posted on GoInvest’s website, unless the GoG has negotiated different terms with EEPGL, Guyana will be receiving “no less than 50 per cent of profit oil.” What this means is EEGPL will be allowed to recover all expenses incurred in exploration, operations and development – up to “a ceiling of seventy-five per cent of recoverable costs per month.” This is known as “cost oil” and will be deducted from the price at which the oil will be sold – to arrive at the “profit oil.”Everything will therefore depend on the price of oil, since as pointed out in our editorial “Oil Share” we have opted to forgo the example of Uganda which imposed a Royalty in addition to a 30 per cent income tax on profits. Royalty comes off “production oil” and would have guaranteed at least some income. Predicting oil prices is of course very treacherous since they are not governed by the normal supply and demand variables of the market. Recently we saw oil plunge from over US0/barrel to below US simply because US shale oil producers, backed by easy funding, were able to massively increase production at lower costs to face down Saudi production challenges.With the recent agreement by OPEC and some other producers to curtail production by 1.8 million barrels per day, prices are expected to firm up – but not too much since shale oil will most likely pick up the slack with President-elect Donald Trump’s blessings. Using a price of US/bl and expecting EEPGL to utilise its 75 per cent maximum costs, US/bl will remain for “profit oil.” The “minimum” 50 per cent of this that will accrue to us will be US.50/bl or US0,000 daily or US3,750,000 annually. What is the maximum the Government will negotiate for?
A Somalian national was arraigned before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday morning and slapped with a 0,000 fine by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for allegedly presenting false documents to a Police Constable. Abraham Sheik Mohammed admitted to the charge which stated that he, on March 9, 2017 at Lethem, with intent to defraud, uttered to an Immigration Officer a forged United Kingdom of Great Britain passport in the name of Steven Rhimestone, bearing a photograph of Rhimestone.The Magistrate fined him the sum of $100,000 and ordered that he be escorted to the nearest port of exit upon the payment of the fine, or serve an alternative of a four months in jail.The court heard that Mohammed entered the country by crossing the Guyana-Brazil border upon which he presented the said document to the Police rank. The passport was suspected to be stolen and the man was detained at Lethem; checks made with INTERPOL confirmed the suspicions and the foreigner was charged with the offence.
… 40 students to participate in the crafting of national policiesEver since the establishment of Youth Parliament in 2015, students from across the country are given the chance to voice their opinions and present proposals onParliament’s Clerk of Committees Jocette Bacchus joined by acting PRO Yannick December at the launch of the 3rd Youth Parliamentmatters affecting the country.The annual event presents an opportunity for Guyanese youth to be involved in national decision and policymaking, while increasing their capacities in areas such as leadership, democracy and elocution.The Youth Parliament Committee on Thursday launched its third annual sitting of the national youth debate which is set to be staged from August 6 to 12.Speaking at the launch of this year’s assembly was the Clerk of Youth Parliament Committee, Jocette Bacchus, who presented an outline of Youth Parliament, over the years. During her address, she also zoomed in on the overview of what is to be expected at this year sitting.On that note, Bacchus outlined, “This year we will be having 40 participants from the nine regions and we would have opened it to private schools as well as public schools. The students will arrive on Sunday and they will go through some amount of training and will have an opportunity to interact with members of Parliament; some will be making presentations to the students. On Thursday, the 10th of August, that will be the sitting.”Moreover, the Clerk of the Committee went on to say that this year’s deliberationEden Corbin, Assistant Youth Coordinator and pervious participantwill address a wider range of topics, with special emphasis on those which will have a direct impact on the nation’s youth.As such, the motions selected for this year’s debates include the Guyana/Venezuela boarder controversy, the prevention of suicide, the proposed cap on CSEC subjects as well as matters relating to the budding oil and gas industry.Also speaking at the launch on Thursday was the Assistant Youth Coordinator of Youth Parliament, Eden Corbin, who is also a past participant of the national youth debate.Corbin revisited the moments of his participation in the National Youth Parliament and thereby highlighted the impacts this experience can have on the life of the students.Acknowledging the accomplishments of the initiative based on his personal experience, the former youth parliamentarian relayed, “It has more or less been able to direct me in my career path.”Corbin, who is now the first Guyanese Chairperson of the International Affairs Committee attached to the Guild of the University of West Indies, St Augustine Campus, went on to say that, “The only way I was able to take that stepping stone was through Youth Parliament. I always had the passion but Youth Parliament was able to sharpen my sight and provide me with a clear directive on what I really want to do.”The National Youth Parliament was commissioned under the tenure of the then Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman and has since provided an opportunity for young and emerging leaders to commence their journey in having a footprint in promoting democracy and proposing a number of national policies to take effect in Guyana. The recommendations presented during the deliberations will eventually make its way to the members of the National Assembly; thereby planting seeds for much need change, taking into consider the perspective of the younger generation.The 3rd annual Nation Youth Parliament which will commence in the coming week will see the participation from 40 students from nine of the 10 administrative regions of Guyana, with the only exclusion being Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).
Criticized all season for his erratic play and questioned all week before the biggest game about his up-and-down season, Grossman did little to quiet his detractors Sunday night in a 29-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Two fumbled snaps – one he lost, one he didn’t – and then the two underthrown fourth-quarter picks. Two throws that were pretty, well, gross. “What can you say? In hindsight, I wish I had thrown it away,” Grossman said of the sideline pass he floated toward Muhsin Muhammad that Hayden returned for a score. “The timing on it wasn’t right,” he said. “I was giving Moose a chance to go up and battle for it. Kind of a hitch and go. The corner got his eyes around and saw the ball and made a good play on it.” Muhammad agreed. MIAMI – This was the Rex Grossman that the Chicago Bears and their fans feared. When the Bears needed a clutch throw to catch up in the fourth quarter, their quarterback couldn’t connect. Instead, Grossman threw a pair of interceptions, one that Kelvin Hayden returned for a touchdown, all but ending Chicago’s chance to win the Super Bowl at rainy Dolphin Stadium. “A frustrating loss,” Grossman said. “There were definitely opportunities for us to take that game and we didn’t do it.” “We were on two different pages where he was going to throw the ball and where I was going to run,” he said. Grossman’s stats weren’t bad – 20 of 28 for 165 yards. But the Bears had trouble manufacturing drives against Indy’s tough defense. Grossman did have a 4-yard TD pass to Muhammad in the first half, set up by Thomas Jones’ 52-yard run. But other than Devin Hester’s TD return on the opening kickoff, there was not enough offense, especially in the secondhalf. The Bears managed only 11 first downs, tied for the fifth-fewest total in a Super Bowl. And in the first half, they were only able to run 19 plays because the Colts held onto the ball. “My confidence never wavered. It was a matter of getting into a rhythm on offense,” Grossman said. “We just couldn’t do well on third-and-medium. We missed some crucial plays and that’s the difference in the Super Bowl.” He didn’t make excuses, but Grossman acknowledged the slippery conditions were a problem on his second interception and on the snaps he bobbled. “It was a wet ball sliding right off my hands. The snaps were good,” Grossman said. Muhammad said he expected the wet conditions would be in the Bears’ favor since they are used to inclement weather. “I was kind of shocked. I thought we would play better in adverse conditions,” he said. “We had mishaps in ball handling. … We were kind of out of sync as an offense the whole day. It was tough to get anything going and they did a good job of maintaining possession,” Muhammad said. This is how it went for Grossman: In the third quarter after he’d completed a pair of passes to move the Bears to a second-and-1 at the Colts’ 45, he dropped back to pass, slipped on the wet grass and was sacked for an 11-yard loss. Facing third down, it got worse. He fumbled the snap, was able to pick the ball up before he was tackled, but another 11-yard loss put the Bears in a fourth-and-23. In two plays the Bears went backward 22 yards, and a promising drive was over. “The first one I just tried to run away from pressure in the middle of the field and slipped and then I had the bobbled snap,” Grossman said. “That killed the drive, those were the opportunities we left on the field.” Losing backup running back Cedric Benson to a knee injury late in the first quarter hurt Chicago’s running attack. Benson’s hard straight-ahead running had softened up defenses while he filled in for Jones. But his absence was not the reason the Bears couldn’t maintain long scoring drives. The Bears needed more than just the shifty running of Jones. They needed some big plays from their quarterback, and Grossman didn’t provide them. “We came up short. The two interceptions definitely set us back,” he said. “It didn’t happen. … It’s extremely disappointing when you get this close to a world championship and you come up short. There is nothing else to say.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!