– DCC’s rising starTwenty-year-old Kemol Nial Jared Savory, also called “Savas”, is presently representing the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) in the UWI T20 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago. This talented Guyanese cricketer has been a part of the DCC for the past nine years and it has definitely been a successful journey. Born at the Woodlands Hospital to Joseph Savory and Wendy Callender, he was blessed to have grown up with two amazing siblings, Carlos and Romona Savory. His early childhood was spent in Essequibo, after which he moved to Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara and later to Tuschen Housing Scheme, on the East Bank of Essequibo. He had an amazing and ‘spoilt’ childhood because he was the youngest. He attributed his humble upbringing to his parents, adding that they were always supportive, especially when it came to the game of cricket. He is the third child for his patents – his father, a Chief Engineer who was often at work at sea.His days are basically spent with his siblings and mother. His nursery school life was spent in Essequibo but after moving to Vreed-en-Hoop, he began his primary school education there.Reminiscing on his childhood, Savory recalled waiting on the school bell to ring – signalling the end of session – so he could play with his friends. When the family moved to Tuschen, he joined his first cricket club, the Parika/Salem Cricket Club where he received formal training under a coach.After completing his National Grade Six Assessment, he was awarded a place at Stewartville Secondary School. He recalled those were some of the best days – he and his best friend at the time, Ravin, would escape during the recess period to hang out or play cricket with other friends. After recognising his interest in the sport, his mother got him enrolled at DCC.Being a part of the Club, he participated in the Guyana U-15, U-17 and U-19 competitions; the local franchise league Club tournament and currently, he his is in Trinidad for the UWI T20 Tournament which he described as a major achievement.He feels elated and humbled to have been called upon to represent his club in the tournament – an experience that he will defiantly use to his advantage. Savory nevertheless says that being able to play for Guyana in the U-15 and U-17 levels was a great accomplishment. It got even better when he was selected to be a part of the Cricket Guyana Inc Academy (CGI). In the next 10 years, this young and talented cricketer is optimistic in representing Guyana at the senior level; local and international leagues such as the Caribbean Premier League and more importantly, playing for the West Indies Cricket Board.His advice to young people is to take a lot of training and be dedicated to the game but above all, respect your seniors and always maintain self-discipline. “Love what you do,” he stated. Meanwhile, he had high praises for the Board of the CGI Academy and to the coaches who work very hard with the cricketers to realise their full potential.Apart from playing cricket, he would be a part of the masquerade celebration during the Christmas festivities. His favourite colour is white while his favourite dishes are definitely his mother’s steamed fish with steamed greens and her soup. He also loves KFC, Royal Castle chicken and Chinese fried rice and lowmein.
Whilst I’ve mentioned quite a bit about volunteerism, one summer activity I have yet to talk about is perhaps the most productive- a summer job. Summer jobs provide an avenue for personal development, including but not being limited to, confidence, ability to work and communicate with others as a part of a team, better time management, and increased professionalism, all whilst allowing you to earn a little money.Now, I understand that spending one’s free time working might not exactly be an appealing concept, and I’m not saying that you should work every summer or even all summer, but there are some unique benefits to be had from living the working experience. For students straight out of high school, looking to move on to college, summer jobs can be a great way to experience working with others outside of a school experience. You are given responsibilities and it requires a significant amount of maturity and independence to complete these efficiently. Time management comes in when the onus is on you to determine which tasks are most important, which can be done together to reduce time wastage, and how to complete the most within a day. Time management improves with practice, and is an extremely valuable skill in higher education, where students are expected to almost be self-reliant. Confidence is built when you put yourself into a new environment and realize that despite the challenges you are able to overcome, and succeed. Even if your summer job is working as a cashier, every new skill mastered brings some feeling of accomplishment: even if that skill is learning how to hold your tongue with a particularly loud customer. Furthermore, part time jobs are something to add to a resume in the future. Although they might not be related to your field of study, it’s definitely better than nothing, and they show that you have had experience working in a professional environment before. Jobs can even help you discover things about yourself that you didn’t know. Maybe you work exceedingly well under pressure, you’re inventive, or maybe you love working with numbers, but you’ve never known because you’ve never been in a situation where these things were required of you. Finally, summer jobs can introduce you to people of all walks of life: different ages, different communities and different beliefs. It’s good to meet people and interact with them so that you can learn about new perspectives, and challenge your own ideas and stances about issues.Having said all of this, it’s still completely okay if you’d prefer to spend the time at home with family, friends, or even a caring pet. But there’s also nothing wrong with giving it a chance. You might like it more than you expect.
Dear Editor,For the past two months or more, there hasn’t been a day where the crime situation in Guyana has not dominated the headlines of the more popular dailies.One has to be real naive not to observe that violent crime is on the rise, and that there is no evident macroplan to counter this.The noticeable absence of any type of proactive approach seems to be a motivation for anyone with a gun to get into the business of armed robbery.I am forced to deduce that this is all happening as a consequence of the lack of visionary leadership at both the Ministry of Public Security and the Guyana Police Force.This situation is further compounded with the tragic conditions prevailing at the Georgetown Prisons, which also falls under the ambit of the Minister of Public Security.Minister Ramjattan is obviously out of his depth at this Ministry, and his Commissioner is like Alice in Wonderland.While I understand the provisions of the Cummingsburg Accord, President Granger, I urge you to consider removing both Ramjattan and the Commissioner of Police from their respective appointments, before the crime situation escalates to a catastrophe and brings your government down.While Ramjattan may be a clever lawyer, Public Security is definitely not his forte. Ramjattan is a round peg in a square hole at the Public Security Ministry, unable to fill the requirements of his portfolio. He should be reshuffled to a ministry for which his qualifications make him suitable.This is my humble advice as a worried citizen.George GomesLieutenant Colonel(retired)
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly on Thursday passed legislation that would ban restaurants from preparing food in oils, margarine and shortening that contain trans fats, despite objections that Californians should be allowed to make their own food choices. The bill by Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, would ban the artery-clogging substance in restaurants and delicatessens by 2010 in an effort to reduce heart disease and other health problems. Bakeries would have to meet a 2011 deadline. Critics said the bill was government intervention at its worst. Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, R-Cathedral City, said the bill fell short because it did not eliminate trans fats from meals served in public schools. Lawmakers passed the bill 42-27. Among bills approved by the Senate and sent to the Assembly: REDISTRICTING: The Senate approved two competing proposed constitutional amendments, SCA 9 (a 29-5 vote) by Sen. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, and SCA 10 (a 34-2 vote) by Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach. Each would set up independent, 11-member commissions to draw legislative and Board of Equalization boundary lines, instead of leaving the decision to lawmakers who have a vested interest. SCA 9 goes further by also halting lawmakers’ paychecks if they don’t pass the state budget on time. SMOKING BAN: It would be a traffic infraction to smoke in a vehicle where minor children are present, under a bill by Sen. Jenny Oropeza, D-Long Beach. SB 7 passed 22-16, without debate. Oropeza argued that children are especially at risk from secondhand smoke. But she recently amended her bill so drivers can be cited only if they are pulled over for another traffic offense. CAREER EDUCATION: High school students would have to complete two career technical education classes to graduate, under SB 672 by Sen. Tom Torlakson, D-Martinez. The bill, which passed 33-2, would take effect with the 2013-14 school year. Torlakson said the measure would expose students to career opportunities and give them real-world experience before they enter the work force. HEALTH CARE: The Senate approved SB 32, by Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, which would expand eligibility for Medi-Cal and Healthy Families programs to include children of families with incomes under 300 percent of the federal poverty level.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was among 400 bills approved this week by the Assembly as it met a Friday deadline to send legislation to the Senate. Lawmakers approved bills designed to extend health care coverage to uninsured Californians, better label alcohol products and boost the California film industry. In the Senate, meanwhile, bills to create independent commissions to draw legislative districts, ban smoking in cars and expand health care for children and the uninsured passed on Thursday and were sent to the Assembly. Among the bills considered Thursday by the Assembly: ALCOHOL LABELS: Alcoholic beverages must be clearly labeled to identify bottles and cans from other nonalcoholic drinks under legislation approved 61-13. Bill author Assemblyman Jim Beall, D-San Jose, said better labeling is needed to help store clerks, parents and teachers ensure that children are not drinking alcohol. CALIFORNIA FILMS: Lawmakers passed legislation creating a grant program to encourage motion picture and commercial filming in California. Although half of all motion pictures are filmed in California, production companies and independent movie makers have relocated to other states and countries considered more friendly to the industry.
Would Stevan Jovetic be a viable attacking option? – click right to see the latest Liverpool transfer news – Reports in Italy emerged today that Liverpool allegedly failed with a £16.5m bid for Jovetic in May, with the striker also looking to secure more first-team action. The Manchester City forward started last season impressively but faded alarmingly, and has been linked with a return to Italy with Inter Milan. Liverpool have been busy so far this summer – no Premier League club comes close to the number of deals they have finalised.After already completing six senior signings – James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan, Joe Gomez, Roberto Firmino and Nathaniel Clyne – Reds manager Brendan Rodgers still seems hungry for more arrivals at Anfield after an underwhelming 2014/2015 season.The £29million deal for Brazilian forward Firmino and Clyne’s move from Southampton appear to be the picks of the business thus far, while Milner’s arrival from Manchester City may help plug the sizeable gap left by departed captain Steven Gerrard.A long-term injury to first-choice striker Daniel Sturridge means attacking reinforcements are still being monitored, whilst several players are also likely to leave Merseyside during an extensive summer reshuffle.Click the above yellow arrow, right, to see all the latest Liverpool transfer news compiled by talkSPORT. 5 5 5 5 Javier Manquillo’s days at Anfield appear numbered – The young Spanish defender is only halfway through his two-year loan deal from Atletico Madrid, but the Reds are reportedly seeking permission to cut short that agreement. Manquillo was solid at times last season but failed to hold down a regular spot, whilst the arrival of Nathaniel Clyne may see those fleeting appearances continue. 5 Martin Skrtel’s future looks set to be settled – click right to see the latest Liverpool transfer news – After allegedly rejecting a bumper new deal at the end of last season, Skrtel now seems to have reconsidered his Anfield future and is set to put pen-to-paper over a new contract next week. The Slovakian has ruled out a move to the likes of Wolfsburg and Inter Milan in the last 12 months and could prove crucial to improving the Reds flimsy defensive record next campaign. Luis Alberto may well be on the move – click right to see the latest Liverpool transfer news – Remember him? The young Spaniard has fallen dramatically down the pecking order at Anfield and spent last season on loan at La Liga side Malaga. A return to Spain seems increasingly likely given the nature of the Reds recent recruits. Can Liverpool prize Pedro away from the Nou Camp? – click right to see the latest Liverpool transfer news – The diminutive Barcelona forward, unsurprisingly, found it hard to penetrate the terrifying attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez last season, and reports in Spain suggest he is seeking a fresh challenge. Undoubtedly a fine player, the Spaniard is concerned about his long-term place in the Spain squad with Euro 2016 just a year away now. Game time could ensure that international security and the Reds are facing competition from Arsenal and Manchester City for his signature.
Morgan Schneiderlin 1 Morgan Schneiderlin admits playing in League One has prepared him for the challenge of playing on the biggest stage with Manchester United.The Frenchman looks set to make his United debut in the early hours of Saturday morning against Mexican side Club America in Seattle and next month he is likely to realise a childhood dream of playing in the Champions League.Just five years ago such a feat seemed unthinkable when Schneiderlin was preparing for Southampton’s League One season-opener against Plymouth.But the £24m midfielder would have had it no other way and believes his experience of playing in the lower leagues of English football has made him into what he is today.“It seems a long way away, but when I look at it I think it (playing in League One) benefitted me,” the 25-year-old said.“I think it was the best thing possible.“I had to toughen my play, look myself in the mirror, and look where to progress.“It makes you realise you don’t want to be back there (again).“That makes you work even harder and that’s what I did.”After two years in the third tier of English football and three in the Championship, Schneiderlin helped Southampton achieve promotion to the Premier League.And after a series of commanding displays in midfield, the France international attracted interest from Tottenham and Arsenal last summer, but admits he is happy he waited for United’s call.“I was waiting a long time (to move),” he added.“I could have left before but I felt this was the right move for me.“I feel physically in the best shape possible, and I feel with my confidence levels that I am ready now to move to a big club.“Today I am the happiest person in the world to sign for the biggest team in the world and last year I had a good season, I felt good, like I progressed and now I am ready for Manchester.”
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Bayern Munich could make a surprise move to end Granit Xhaka’s disappointing spell at Arsenal. Xhaka has struggled to make an impression in the Premier League since his £35million move to the Emirates Stadium last summer, but is admired by the German giants. (The Sun)Arsenal and Chelsea are ready to battle it out for Wolves’ £20million-rated winger Helder Costa. Blues boss Antonio Conte was impressed by the 23-year-old when the teams met in the FA Cup and his scouts are now tracking him. But Arsenal also fancy the former Benfica, Deportivo La Coruna and Monaco star. (The Sun)Jack Wilshere admits he has no clue whether he will be at Arsenal, Bournemouth or another club next season. The 25-year-old, who is currently on a season-long loan at Bournemouth, has only one year remaining on his contract with Arsenal. (Daily Mail)Chelsea are hoping to tie up deals for two of Europe’s hottest teenage prospects. Rangers wonderkid Billy Gilmour and Ajax starlet Daishawn Redan are both in the Blues’ sights as they attempt to strengthen their already impressive youth ranks. (Daily Mirror)Pep Guardiola has been put on red alert after Joshua Kimmich expressed his unhappiness at a lack of playing time at Bayern Munich. Guardiola is a major fan of versatile German international Kimmich – a player he once declared has “got absolutely everything” to be a world star – and may move for the 22-year-old this summer. (Daily Mirror)West Ham United are among the clubs interested in signing Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta if he leaves the Etihad Stadium this summer. (Daily Mail)David Moyes took advantage of Sunderland’s free weekend to go on a scouting mission to Scotland. The Black Cats boss spent his Friday night watching Hibernian beat Dundee United 1-0 in the Scottish Championship clash at Tannadice Park. The Scot is understood to have been keeping tabs on prolific striker Jason Cummings, midfielder John McGinn and centre-back Efe Ambrose. (Sunderland Echo)Derby owner Mel Morris wants Gary Rowett to replace Steve McClaren after sacking the ex-England boss for a second time. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Championship news: Steve McClaren sacked as manager of Derby CountyLISTEN: Jurgen Klopp impressed by Liverpool resolve as Reds win ‘ugly’ against BurnleyTottenham Hotspur news: Christian Eriksen reveals his delight as Heung-Min Son and Vincent Janssen prove a point‘We can’t cry about it now’ – Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino pessimistic over Harry Kane’s ankle injury
The Republic of Ireland’s wait to qualify for a World Cup will have to keep for another four years at the least.The Boys in Green arrived into the second-leg of their play-off against Denmark as favourites to progress after securing a goalless draw in Copenhagen.But despite taking an early lead through Shane Duffy, Martin O’Neill’s men succumbed to a 5-1 aggregate defeat at the Aviva Stadium.REPORT: Republic of Ireland 1-5 Denmark: Christian Eriksen hits hat-trick to kill hosts’ World Cup dreamIreland’s failure to see off Denmark means they have failed to qualify for the last four World Cups, with their last appearance coming at the 2002 finals.Russia will undoubtedly be a duller place without the Irish support and they shared their disappointment at missing out on a trip to Eastern Europe.talkSPORT takes a look at the best reactions from fans online… 1 The Boys in Green’s wait for World Cup qualification goes on
After nearly two weeks of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Bonn, the pathway to Paris and the new international climate agreement to be agreed there at the end of 2015 is beginning to emerge. At this mid-year negotiating session held between the annual summits that take place in December, climate negotiators began to discuss key issues, particularly the framework for the national offers that individual countries will make (their “intended nationally determined contributions”).The central themes of the Bonn talks were:Adaptation is a major, growing concern for many countries. As the impacts of climate change have become more clear, especially in vulnerable developing countries, and as the results of the IPCC AR5 have been absorbed, many countries emphasized that adaptation must be a central issue in the 2015 agreement. It will now be up to the UNFCCC process to work out ways to address the issue effectively to build the kind of support and capacity that countries will need to become more resilient to a warming world. This means ensuring that the processes for developing National Adaptation Plans can move forward and get the support they need. Discussions of broader global adaptation objectives will also be on the table.A long-term emissions reduction goal in the 2015 agreement – including a plan to phase out greenhouse gas emissions globally – drew widening support from negotiators. More than 60 countries backed a long-term global goal, and some – including Germany, the Marshall Islands, Uganda, and the Independent Alliance of Latin America and the Caribbean– spoke in favor of a goal for phasing out greenhouse gas emissions. The issue of long-term emissions trajectories is seen by many as a way to solidify the UNFCCC goal of keeping global temperature rise below 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F). A long-term goal could also set the framework for a durable UNFCCC agreement in which countries regularly increase action over time.The Bonn talks focused attention on the intended nationally determined contributions that countries will put forward next year. The Lima Conference of the Parties (COP 20) this December will need to agree on the degree of information and transparency that countries will be required to provide as part of their proposed contributions. For mitigation, the extent of the information provided will be key to determining the real impact on a country’s emissions. Meanwhile, one of the central questions at the Bonn talks has been whether and how to include adaptation and finance in the contributions. Once the proposed contributions are put forward, a robust assessment process will be needed to examine the contributions, determine whether they achieve adequate emissions reductions, and to encourage countries to raise their offers.These issues will help set the context leading up to the Lima climate conference this year and on the way to Paris in 2015. The next UNFCCC negotiating session in October must make significant progress on the framework for the intended nationally determined contributions. It will also have to move forward on another key outcome for Lima: agreement on the elements for the 2015 agreement. The Bonn negotiators discussed essential issues, but much remains to be done in the coming months.
Angelo Mathews scored 87 runs Wednesday to inspire Sri Lanka to its first one-day international series sweep in more than three years, defeating Bangladesh by 122 runs in the third and final match.Sri Lanka’s last sweep was a 2-0 series win at in Ireland in June 2016.Choosing to bat after winning the toss, Sri Lanka made 294 for eight in 50 overs, riding on the innings of Mathews. He was well backed by Kusal Mendis who made 54. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne (46) and Kusal Perera (42) also made useful contributions.Fast-medium bowler Soumya Sarkar took three for 56 while Shafiul Islam had three for 68 for Bangladesh.Sarkar also shone with the bat, top scoring with 69 runs, but a dismal show from the other batsmen resulted in Bangladesh being dismissed for 172 runs with 14 overs to spare.Dimuth Karunaratne and Avishka Fernando opened batting for Sri Lanka but their stand did not last long when Fernando, who top scored with 82 runs in the second match, was out for six runs, trapped lbw by seamer Shafiul Islam. Karunaratne and No. 3 batsman Kusal Perera shared 83 runs for the second wicket in 95 balls before Karunaratne (46) was caught by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim trying to scoop left-arm spinet Tailjul Islam.Perera departed soon caught behind by Rahim off pace bowler Rubel Hossain, leaving Sri Lanka 98 for three.Mathews joined Mendis and the pair steadied the Sri Lankan innings sharing 101 runs for the fourth wicket off 121 balls. Mendis mistimed a slow ball from Sarkar and was caught near the boundary by Sabbir Rahman for 54 runs. That was his 16th one-day international half-century.advertisementMathews made 87 runs in 90 balls including eight boundaries and a six. He made good dropped chances on 32 and 63 to reach his second successive half-century score in the series and the 40th of his career.Sri Lanka scored 106 runs in the last 10 overs with Dasun Shanaka scoring 30 off 14 deliveries including two sixes and two boundaries.Bangladesh started its chase poorly, losing captain Tamim Iqbal with just four runs on the board in the second over. Tamim, who had scored zero and 19 in the previous two matches of the series, departed for two runs caught behind by Perera off fast bowler Kasun Rajitha.Anamul Haq and Sarkar added 25 runs for the second wicket before Anamul, who hit two consecutive fours against Rajitha, skied a third for a catch to Fernando.In-form Mushfiqur Rahim, who made two half-centuries in the series including an unbeaten 98 in the second match, was out for 10 caught at slip by Mendis off seamer Shanaka.With wickets falling regularly, Bangladesh was never in the game thereafter.Shanaka took three for 27 while Lahiru Kumara and Rajitha took two wickets apiece.The match was dedicated to Sri Lankan fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara, who has announced his retirement from international cricket.Also Read | Sri Lanka to dedicate 3rd ODI vs Bangladesh to retired quick Nuwan KulasekaraAlso Read | Playing Muttiah Muralitharan on debut was an unforgettable experience: Venugopal RaoAlso See