Scorpions look for positive Super50 start

first_imgCaptain of Jamaica Scorpions Nikita Miller is hopeful of a positive start when the team takes on Combined Colleges and Campuses (CCC) Marooners in the opening game of the 2017 Regional Super50 Tournament at Three W’s Oval in Barbados. The contest, which is set to start 8 a.m. Jamaica time, is one of two scheduled on the opening day. The other match, the feature, is set to bowl off at 12:30 p.m., and will see last year’s beaten finalist Barbados Pride playing Guyana Jaguars in a day and night showdown at Kensington Oval. The match-ups are Zone B encounters with Zone A equivalents, which will be contested in Antigua and Barbuda, set to get under way tomorrow. “It’s always very good to start on the front-foot as you don’t want to be chasing in the competition,” stated Miller following the team’s final practice session yesterday. “The hope therefore is to try and start with a win and build from that.” Jamaica, which last won the title six years ago, will enter the game as favourites giving their cadre of West Indies and West Indies ‘A’ representatives. Topping the list is 32-year-old speedster Jerome Taylor, who after being dropped by the West Indies, is seeking to demonstrate that he still has what it takes to perform at a high level, and emerging batsman Jermaine Blackwood. The others with West Indies caps are spin bowler Miller, wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton and young all-rounder, Rovman Powell. The ‘A’ team representatives are batsmen John Campbell and Andre McCarthy, leg-spinner Damion Jacobs and fast bowler, Reynard Leveridge. Also a part of the squad, and who is expected to play a key role, is exciting young batsman Brandon King, who is coming off a recent quick-fire double century in the regional four-day tournament. RIGHT DIRECTION “Things are heading in the right direction,” asserted Miller, while pointing to the training sessions the team has had so far in Barbados. “We had two training sessions, and I think it was good, and I can say we are fully prepared for the game.” Miller also spoke of the challenge that he anticipates from the CCC, saying that they are generally a competitive unit. However, he believes the Scorpions are up for it. “I am not too familiar with the team, but I am sure one of our senior players, in Walton, who is a former captain of the CCC, can give us valuable info that will help us,” he said. This, Miller added, coupled with the ‘balance’ of the team is therefore a good combination that could lead to their success. Jamaica Scorpions: Nikita Miller (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Gavon Brown, John Campbell, Andre McCarthy, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Rovman Powell, Damani Sewell, Jerome Taylor, Steven Taylor, Devon Thomas, Chadwick Walton; Robert Samuels (head coach). Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners: Jamal Smith (captain), Cassius Burton Jr, Raymond Bynoe, Kyle Corbin, Mark Deyal, Larry Edward, Keon Harding, Nino Henry, Ryan Hinds, Amir Jangoo, Aaron Jones, Jermaine Levy, Vikash Mohan, Christopher Powell; Floyd Reifer (head coach).last_img read more

The teachers’ plight shows that Government does not care

first_imgDear Editor,The Government of Guyana will have its way, and there is nothing the teachers can do about it. This was the caption for an article that I wrote some weeks ago. This is the naked truth that is going to play out as this impasse winds down to a disgraceful finale.The fact is that labour, or public relations of any kind for that matter, with this Government stink to the high heavens, and nothing good can come out of such an arrangement. If you have no respect for laws and want to carry out the existence of a bully, the situation developing at the present moment is bound to be the end result.The GTU/GoG relations remain a stark reminder to all that with a Government which has no regard for laws, there is very little the aggrieved party would get out of it all. In fact, I predicted way upfront that the teachers would come out of this brawl worse off than when they began — something the teachers are about to experience soon.It is not a situation wherein we did not know that this would be the end result, because this PNC-led Administration has done it before, and, from all appearances, has gotten away with it.You would recall the appointment of a GECOM Chairman and the adherence to the Laws of Guyana as they pertain to that selection process? Now, 18 names were submitted, and Granger snubbed every one of them and unilaterally chose his own. I am speaking of eighteen names of reputable persons who are fit and proper and of international standing being pushed aside for a geriatric of his choosing.This was bullyism at its height, and a notable noisemaker of the day, Lincoln Lewis, said nothing. The warning bells were ringing that the worst was yet to come. All and sundry were being told that their day will soon come.All of this was going on when those “eddying talks” on teachers’ salaries and benefits were ongoing. That should have been a clue to those holding negotiations then that their situation would get similar treatment.This should have been a wake-up call, but it failed because the political head of a chairman of the GTU was of the mistaken belief that “his government” would be at least nice and generous to persons who are known supporters of the regime. Wrong! He was ever so wrong!So, what gave Mark Lyte that bright idea that he would be able to twist the arm of the bully by the sabre-rattling of calling out teachers on another strike? Well, I challenge him to try, and he would see how horrible the results will be.No PNC Government, past or present, has ever been nice; or let me use the appropriate terminology, “decent towards struggling workers”; none that I know of, and this one is no different. And the Pro-PNC, Pro-Government Trades Union would not be there for the teachers when the onslaught begins. They would have thrown the teachers under the bus long since.Would The Trades Union Congress be there to assist the teachers with a monthly salary when the Granger Government refuses to pay them? Certainly not!That is what this brutal, uncaring Government is going to do, and there is nothing stopping them from doing so, especially when you look at their track record and the way they have treated other sectors also. It is not going to happen.I see a Government that is going to bully its way through all of this, heaven help us!Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more