Manchester City coaches to host Digicel Kickstart Clinics

first_imgKINGSTON:Digicel continues to expand its support for the region’s talented young athletes with the launch of its 2016 Kickstart grassroots football programme at the Liberty Park in Kingston.Coaches from top Barclays Premier League team, Manchester City FC will be hosting the Clinics and the Academy for the first time.For the past eight years, the Kickstart programme has helped thousands of players across the Caribbean and Central America to benefit from world class training by coaches from top football organisations. The partnership with Manchester City FC, which sees coaches from the City Football Schools Programme travelling to the region to deliver these intensive training courses as part of the Digicel Kickstart clinics, is another step towards ensuring that aspiring young players have an opportunity to take their game to the next level as they benefit from the Club’s expansive footballing expertise.PROFILE AND IMPACT”We are excited to be partnering with Manchester City FC, one of the best clubs in the world, for the 2016 Digicel Kickstart Clinic programme. This has certainly raised the profile and impact of Kickstart as we see our aspiring young athletes who take part in the programme become better players and better individuals,” said Kamal Powell, Digicel Jamaica’s senior sponsorship and development manager.He added: “I want to encourage you to take this as a stepping stone to truly kick start your dreams. Make the most of the opportunity, do your best, be proud of yourselves and what you will have accomplished by being a part of the programme, but most importantly, have fun.”Alan Dixon, one of the Manchester City coaches, said: “We are delighted to be in Kingston for the launch of this year’s Kickstart Academy. We believe that this partnership between Digicel and Manchester City provides a great opportunity for young, aspiring footballers to gain an insight into what it really feels like to train as a Manchester City player does.”Lauding the initiative, Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, said: “I would like to see it (Kickstart Clinic) replicated in schools, communities and even religious entities as it inculcates in our youth the characteristics for success.”The coaches will travel to 14 countries across the Caribbean and host intense two-day sessions where they will select the best three boys to attend the Digicel Academy. The Kickstart Clinics will be held in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Suriname, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands.last_img read more

Former England coach Graham Taylor is dead

first_imgLONDON (AP):Graham Taylor, the England coach derided for failing to qualify for the 1994 World Cup after flourishing as a club manager working for pop star Elton John, has died. He was 72.Taylor, who won admiration by leading Aston Villa and Watford into the top-flight in the 1980s, died early yesterday of a suspected heart attack, his family said.”The family is devastated by this sudden and totally unexpected loss,” a family statement said.He was a regular commentator on matches in recent years for BBC radio.He is survived by wife Rita and daughters Joanne and Karen.Taylor is one of only four managers to have taken the same team from the fourth to the top division in English football, and he achieved it within five years at Watford.last_img read more

Messi misses penalty, Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw

first_imgArgentina’s Lionel Messi covers his face at the end of the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)MOSCOW — Lionel Messi missed yet another penalty kick and Iceland held on for a 1-1 draw against Argentina in an impressive World Cup debut on Saturday.Messi failed to give his team the lead when his 64th-minute penalty was stopped by Hannes Halldorsson. The Iceland goalkeeper dived to his right and got two hands behind the ball.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Surging San Miguel survives TNT in heated matchup LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film It was a finish worthy of Argentina great Diego Maradona, who was watching in the VIP section at Spartak Stadium. The FIFA ambassador was puffing a large cigar despite smoking being banned in all World Cup venues.KEY TO SUCCESSArgentina fans booed and whistled when the giant stadium screen showed that Halldorsson was man of the match. But his faultless handling and excellent shot-stopping was deserving of the accolade.In contrast, Caballero caused uneasy moments for his defense in the first half.Iceland also protected Halldorsson well with swarming running and tackling to shut down Messi and Argentina’s attacking lanes.Messi has missed more than 20 penalty kicks in his career, showing there is perhaps one flaw in his genius.GROUP DYNAMICSThis was the first game in Group D, which looks even more evenly balanced now than it did at kickoff. Croatia and Nigeria are also in the group.Argentina will next play Croatia on Thursday in Nizhny Novgorod, while Iceland plays Nigeria on Friday in Volgograd. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Messi had a final chance to redeem his team with the final kick of the game, but his free kick from 25 yards failed to clear a solid Iceland defensive wall.At the end, Messi retreated alone into the center circle with his head bowed and hands on his knees.Iceland played its debut on soccer’s biggest stage like it belonged alongside the 2014 runners-up. Before trailing, Iceland could have taken the lead but Birkir Bjarnason side-footed a shot wide of goal when Caballero was exposed.That chance came in a nervous ninth minute for Argentina’s defense, which seemed unsettled by Iceland’s strength and their own unease with loose balls in the penalty area.No Iceland defender was at fault for failing to stop Aguero’s goal. The forward executed a classy spin move to create his chance when a miscued shot by Marcos Rojo arrived at his feet near the penalty spot.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It was Messi’s fourth missed penalty in his last seven attempts for Argentina and Barcelona.The Argentines took the lead in the 19th minute when Sergio Aguero scored with a rising left-footed shot. Alfred Finnbogason equalized for Iceland four minutes later after Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero pushed a low cross into the forward’s path.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe penalty was awarded after Aguero was pushed in the back by Hordur Magnusson as both chased Messi’s floated cross in the 63rd.The small Nordic island nation’s team created several first-half chances despite having only 22 percent possession, and pushed back Argentina’s waves of second-half attacks. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallslast_img read more

Suns’ Booker signs 5-year, $158 million deal

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The 13th overall pick in the 2015 draft out of Kentucky, Booker has averaged 19.8 points per game in his three NBA seasons. He averaged 24.9 points last season, shooting 38 percent from 3-point range. He won the NBA 3-point contest at All-Star weekend in February.Booker set a franchise record by scoring 70 points in a game at Boston on March 24, 2017, just the sixth player in NBA history to score that many.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’He wrote he is “humbled and honored” to sign the deal. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs FILE – In this Jan. 5, 2018, file photo, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) gestures during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio. Booker, the high-scoring guard at the heart of Phoenix’s rebuilding plans, has signed a five-year, $158 million maximum contract with the Suns. Booker, 21, tweeted a photo of himself smiling as he signed the deal Saturday night, July 7, moments before the Suns announced the deal. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)PHOENIX — Devin Booker, the high-scoring guard at the heart of Phoenix’s rebuilding plans, has signed a five-year, $158 million maximum contract with the Suns.Booker, 21, tweeted a photo of himself smiling as he signed the deal Saturday night, moments before the Suns announced the deal, which takes effect in the 2019-20 season and makes him the highest-paid player in the franchise’s history.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After so much humiliation, England a source of pride, unity LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio nameslast_img read more

Observer Publisher, Bai T. Moore’s Son Critical of Government

first_imgThe publisher and managing director of the Daily Observer, Kenneth Y. Best, says that forgetting Liberian cultural  hero, Bai T. Moore, and relocating the Liberian Culture Center to Marshall, manifests ingratitude on the part of the Liberian government to the  long-time cultural icon, poet and novelist. Speaking in Dimeh Town in Bomi County last Friday at a program marking the 26th anniversary of Bai T. Moore’s death, Mr. Best described Mr.  Moore as a patriot in the cultural realm who along with a few others, put Liberia on the cultural map of the world.   But the publisher wondered why the Liberian Government and the Ministry of Information are running away from Bai T. Moore.He recalled that a few years back the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs & Tourism under pension scheme gave LD$300 to Bai T. Moore’s widow, and later increased to a thousand Liberian Dollars.“Could this be what Bai T. Moore should get in this country with all the sacrifices he made to lift Liberian culture?”  Mr. Best asked.He recalled that the National Cultural Center at Kendeja had been closed, giving way to  construction of the RLJ Hotel where, unlike the Cultural Center, no Liberian can have access to except one who is financially potent. “What do Liberians go there for?  Food, yes, but what is there that can be particularly called Liberian?”Many years have elapsed since the National Cultural Center was closed and very little or no attention has been given to its revival.  It would seem as though Bai T. Moore and others who promoted culture in this country are now totally forgotten.He noted that the cultural center was a place where people used to go to be entertained and learn about Liberian Culture, but now no Liberian can boast of learning from his/her culture because they have nowhere to go and learn it.Making reference to his son Bai Best, Mr. Best said he and his wife Mae Gene, upon their return from Nairobi, Kenya, in 1980 to start the Daily Observer, made it a habit of taking their children regularly to the Cultural Center at Kendeja to expose them to their culture.  Bai was only four when he and his siblings were taken to the culture center.  It was then that he watched the celebrated Liberian acrobat, Jacob Dweh from Grand Gedeh County mingling his little body in all directions.  At one point, Jacob  started walking on his two hands on the ground with his legs in the air.“When we returned home, Bai had become so inspired by Jacob Dweh that upon entering our home at Voker Mission, Bai immediately started doing the same thing he had seen Jacob do.  To our amazement, Bai started walking on his hands with his two legs behind him in the air.  “Today at 35,” Mr. Best told his Dimeh audience, “Bai can still perform that feat.  I tell this story to emphasize how important culture is to a people.  It inspires them and fills them with creativity, empowering them to do things they would not ordinarily do.  Bottom line, we play with our culture at our own peril.  We will never know how much we are losing—we and most especially our children.”He also recalled his encounter with an Italian family during a visit to Italy in early 1970s.  He saw a couple take their infant child to visit an old Italian ship.Having asked why they would take the baby to that occasion, their answer was to instill the culture of the land in the baby at early age so that they would grow to know it and appreciate their country’s contribution to world civilization.The assertive Manager and veteran Liberian Journalist also frowned on Government for relocating the National Cultural Center in Marshall in where he said there were, “yes, beautiful beaches and a fishing village named Fanti Town. But what is in Marshall that represents the genesis of Liberian Culture?Mr. Best made reference to a four-year old child marvelously performed a cultural dance during the occasion in Dimeh.  He observed that she had not been chosen as one of the dancers of the day, but ununiformed, she started dancing because it was in her blood.  Mr. Best said the performance of the little girl clearly demonstrates that Liberian Culture originated from counties including Margibi, Montserrado, Bong, Lofa, Gbarpolu, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount.  “This Dowein District, including Cape Mount, Bomi and Gbarpolou, is the center of our culture, having produced such eminent figures as Bai T. Moore and Dwualu Bukele, the inventor of the Vai Script.Mr. Best strongly  recommended and called on government to relocate the National Cultural Center to Bomi. This would not only  get people to remember Bai T. Moore, Liberia’s Cultural hero who wrote many books about Liberian Culture and always dressed to reflect his culture.  The culture is already here, as seen by the three female masked dancers that brilliantly entertained the Dimeh audience last Friday.For Sando Moore, one of Bai T. Moore’s surviving sons, he expressed that his late father did much for the country to promote Liberian Culture, but he (Bai T. Moore) is now  totally forgotten.Sando said since his father died 26 years ago, the Government of Liberia has not organized a program or built anything in his memory to symbolize and remind people about the great work he did to promote Liberian Culture.As Liberia’s leading photo Journalists and publisher of the Images Magazine, Mr. Moore contended that it is better to honor people who are honest and dedicated to work of the country than to glorify corrupt people who misuse and abuse their country for their selfish gains. The ceremony marking 26 years of Bai T. Moore’s death was attended by high profile government officials including House Speaker Alex Tyler, Bomi County Senator and Chairman of the Bomi Legislative Caucus, Lahai Gbabye Lansanah and County Representative S. Gayah Karmo.  Also in attendance was former Liberian Ambassador to China and former Bomi Legislative aspirant, Madam Neh Dukuly-Tolbert, former Bomi County Senator Richard Divine, Dewein District Commissioner Foley Siryon, who is a former Daily Observer photographer,  and Dey Governor Blama Gaye. Other eminent citizens present included Madam Musu Kiadii of the National Governors  Council of Liberia, Demeh Women Group Chairlady, Janet Rogers, Siafa Ballah, son of the late culture promoter Peter Ballah (Flomo), and Morris Johnson, a classroom teacher.Madam Neh Dukuly Tolbert thanked Sando Moore for inviting her to the occasion, and said she wholeheartedly agreed with Mr. Best that the National Cultural Center needed to be relocated in the Bomi area, where Liberian culture is already vibrant and I being practiced on a daily basis.  She pledged to lobby for the Center to be relocated in its natural habitat.Responding to concerns raised by Mr. Best and Moore, House Speaker Alex Tyler said the people of Bomi are partly responsible for the neglect of their father and son, the late Bai T. Moore.  The Bomi people have not been assertive enough, he admitted.But this will change, he declared.  “The county has  capable men and women who should keep the flame of Bai T. Moore burning.  And we will do what we have to do.Speaker Tyler said he concurred with the views of  K.Y. Best that the National Cultural Center should be relocated to Bomi, where Liberian culture is already in action.  He said he would approach the President of Liberia for prompt action.Among some of Bai T. Moore’s  publications for which he is widely known are Murder in the Cassava Patch, Ebony Dust, a collection of poems and Gola Boy in America.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Will the City Council ever get it right?

first_imgDear Editor,Last Monday, Guyana observed a national day of mourning for the fishermen who were killed by pirates seven weeks ago in Suriname waters.According to a proclamation by President David Granger, signed by Minister of State Joseph Harmon, the day was intended to serve as a solemn memorial to the victims.As I drove around our capital on that day, I saw all state entities and most private sector entities quite appropriately flying their flags at half-mast. I felt so patriotic and proud to show respect to those fishermen, who died in an effort to put food on our tables.Then I passed the Stabroek Market Square and observed the flag there flying lustily at full mast. I had to ask myself the question: Will the City Council ever get it right? Could it be that City Hall believe that they are above the laws, protocols and established etiquette of our country? Or is it simply that they are just unsophisticated, unworldly, and unsuitable for positions of leadership?Sincerely,Roseanne Rodgerslast_img read more

Education Ministry resolves teachers, REOs controversy

first_imgAs the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) continue to bargain for the rights of its teachers where they wereChief Education Officer Olato SamGTU General Secretary Coretta McDonaldreportedly ill-treated by the Regional Education Officers (REOs) from various districts, the Education Ministry has intervened in a bid to resolve the issue.The union had highlighted that teachers specifically in Regions Three and Ten were being subjected to blatant disrespect by the REOs in aspects that were affecting their full production.The accusations were laid during one of the union’s regular conferences where teachers protested the quandary they were forced to endure.However, after the matter was highlighted by this newspaper, the Education Ministry has taken requisite actions to resolve the issue.This is according to general secretary of the union Coretta McDonald, who told Guyana Times that the ministry wasted no time in addressing the issue which had begun to spiral out of control.When the matter was brought to the ministry, officials reportedly took immediate action in consulting with the REOs.Stemming from this, warnings had been given and thus far have been effective as teachers reported being more comfortable at the respective schools.McDonald remarked that the Chief Education Officer (CEO) Olato Sam had met with them and the solutions were agreed on.Nonetheless, GTU continues to keep its ears out for any recurrence which would hinder the efficiency of the teachers.The REOs were accused of verbally abusing teachers as well as hindering their leave processes and spontaneously transferring them to other schools.In addition, reports were made that communication between the two bodies had depleted.When the matter was first highlighted, the union had contended that this would not only affect the teacher but will also have a lasting impact on the students of the schools.The union believed that if these teachers were being put under undue pressure, this negative energy would then pass on to the students. As a result, classroom learning would not be fulfilling.When the REOs were contacted, they had refuted the allegations, stating that they were unaware of the incident as the teachers and regional education administration maintained its close relationship.GTU continues to stand firm in its commitment to teachers across Guyana so that the education sector can be advanced as well as the educators’ rights could be respected and upheld.last_img read more

‘No Apology for Empowering Liberians’

first_imgCentral Bank of Liberia’s (CBL) Executive Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones has made it plain to his critics that he holds no apologies for helping Liberians through the CBL loan scheme which, he said, is meant to buttress the fight of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf‘s Administration against poverty in the country.“What we are trying to do is to provide resources that will enable our people to work and help themselves. We at the CBL see nothing wrong with that if our people’s lives must be improved. If we must take a chance on anyone or anybody we must take a chance on ourselves. We must take chances on our very selves if somebody else is going to take a chance on us. I will not apologize for helping our people”—and by extension, our nation, he tacitly made the psychological connection. The CBL Executive Governor made these comments in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County where he dedicated the newly constructed Unity Savings Credit Union building. He had performed a similar ceremony in Fish Town, River Gee County and in Barclayville, Grand Kru County. Although Governor did not say to whom he was referring, analysts say that the 53rd Legislature—whose members had tried to make something negative out the widely applauded way he runs the Central Bank—could not be overlooked as targets for his praises. The lawmakers had turned Dr. Jones into a folk-hero by suggesting that his financial method was shrouded in political aggrandizement. They even went as far as orchestrating (arranging, scheming) a recent amendment to the CBL Act, mandating that CBL governors with an interest in elective positions resigned from the Bank three consecutive years before plunging into politics. But Governor said that “if we are going to build an economy based on more equitable distribution of income, then Liberians need to be empowered.” He said building a middle class (middle income economy) is crucial for the foundation of securing Liberia’s democracy, adding that “we must empower Liberians financially.” “Helping Liberians should be discussed? It is not an option, but a responsibility. It is imperative and we do it in order to move forward. This is why the CBL is trying to do by offering a helping hand to our people. We are not giving handouts. We are not on the street distributing money to people. We work with Village Saving Loan Associations and Credit Unions in order to achieve this goal,” the CBL boss clarified. The CBL Executive Governor believes that “if we have to develop Liberia, we must work by creating an environment that would encourage people to work. This financial institution building that we are dedicating here today should be seen as a symbol to move forward,” Jones declared. The Governor insisted that Liberians should “look to the future and think bigger because it is the only way we can improve—by thinking big. You cannot get far by thinking small. Those who reach the sky were willing to think big and work hard. Progress comes through hard work and if we have to build our nation we have to build it ourselves. People can only help us, but at the end Liberians must build Liberia.” “We must understand the challenges we face. If people in villages and towns do not have something to give commercial banks in Monrovia as guarantee, what should we do? Should we fold our arms and continue to complain? It will not be enough. If we must fight poverty we should go where there is poverty. It is no secret that poverty is with the low-income earners, especially those in the towns and villages.”                              Repayment of CBL LoanMills Jones reported that borrowers are repaying the CBL loan. “People are repaying their loans. We are encouraging them. We are making progress because things don’t change overnight. We cannot keep doing the same old things and expect different results,” he stressed.Governor Jones informed the public that development is not a budget, meaning that development is about hard work and producing in order to get higher income. “By producing,” he said “you help the government significantly to get more income, through which government can in turn improve the living condition of its people.”He maintained that the CBL remains a friend of the private sector, where jobs will come from in helping the government meet its goal to fight and reduce poverty in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kobazzie Urges Liberian Youth to Avoid Being Used by Politicians

first_imgPop singer Kobazzie.Ahead of the upcoming Montserrado County senatorial by-election, pop singer Kobazzie has called on youth in the county to avoid being used by politicians to cause chaos or spread fake news.“While I appreciate the activeness of young people in recent politics, I’m totally disappointed in the manner and ways they conduct themselves by not putting the issues of good governance above self-interest and the interest of the politicians,” Kobazzie added.The pop singer noted that the youth of the county need to stop allowing poverty to be the main reason why they should sell their rights by voting for handouts.“I understand poverty is severe among the youthful population of the county but it should not be the reason why they should not demand good governance from politicians seeking elected office,” the singer said. “By voting for a handout instead of good governance, they are conniving to work with the same people that have denied them the dividends of the country’s wealth.”Meanwhile, Kobazzie, who has just released a new single with Davido, the “Bounce” remix, has urged the youth of this county to genuinely and fully participate in the upcoming Montserrado County senatorial by-election. However, he advises, it must be done on the basis of putting country first, instead of self-interest.“The youth of Montserrado County must, this time around, not allow themselves to be used as political tool to subvert the will of the people by the same people (politicians) who have brought this mess to the county.“These so-called politicians and influential guys only used these youths for their benefits and care less about their lives and the future of the country. The best way they can avoid voting for rogue politicians is to vote for a candidate who places keen interest or value in good governance,” Kobazzie noted.The Bounce singer further motivated his fellow compatriots to place keen attention or focus on education, unity, and togetherness.Kobazzie added: “Education is the way to stop this. Let’s begin to educate ourselves on the importance of unity and togetherness. While it is true that the politicians need our support, we should not fall to their dirty tricks that always have always divided us. Let’s begin to reject them and their bad influences by voting for people who value or believe in good governance.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP/C to name presidential candidate by yearend

first_img…as Party moves into national campaign mode for 2020The Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) could name its next presidential candidate in the coming weeks, as General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo has made a commitment to making the announcement by the end of this year.Jagdeo said that his party would stick with the promise to name the next candidate who will take the Party through the 2020 General Elections. He recalled that earlier this year Party executives had agreed to name the candidate after the Local Government Elections (LGE).“… we will return to the issue on that timeline on when we settle for the presidential candidate. But it seems as though all of this will happen within the year, before the end of 2018,” he said.Jagdeo said he would throw his support behind anyone he found to have the ability to lead the Party to victory at the 2020 elections. “There are a lot of people that I like, and very competent people, and I wish them all well,” he stated.The Party’s General Secretary said he had no problem with members within the Executive of the party who were desirous of becoming the presidential nominee canvasing support.“There is nothing wrong with people saying, I am interested. What’s wrong with that? But I urge all of the Party members and those who are canvasing not to disparage anyone else. Because at the end of the day, what will happen is not all of these people will rally around the person we chose and we move on to win the election,” he said.Various concerns have been raised about the process, which will be used to select the next presidential candidate for the PPP/C, but Jagdeo, has made it clear that the system used since 1992 would remain the chosen one.“There is a longstanding tradition: The Congress selects the Central Committee and the Central Committee choses the candidate,” Jagdeo said at the news conference.He said this system, which was introduced by the Party some 25 years ago under the leadership of the late Dr Cheddi Jagan, still obtained today.“So I doubt that is going to change for these elections, because that is the position. I tell you this because it seems as though many people, in speculating about how the candidate would be chosen, are not aware of this process,” he explained.He maintained that the Party remained committed to the highest levels of transparency, accountability, and democracy as it undertook the process of selecting its next presidential nominee. “That’s the process we have used, and from all indications, that is the process we will use again to select the next candidate, unless the Central Committee itself decides to change that procedure,” he added.Jagdeo said the race for the candidacy was open, as this has been a longstanding practice of the PPP/C. “But at the end of the day, it is how many votes you muster there from the 35 (Central Committee members) that will matter in a democratic fashion. That person will emerge as the candidate.”There are several persons who are reportedly interested in being the Party’s top candidate. So far, junior member and former Member of Parliament, Charles Ramson Jr has publicly announced his candidacy for the position.Also, a number of former Government Ministers under the PPP/C, including Anil Nandlall, Irfaan Ali and Dr Frank Anthony, have been expressing an interest to lead the PPP/C into the next elections.It is also believed that some women candidates may join in the race to be nominated. These include party stalwart Gail Teixeira and MP Dr Vindhya Persaud.Meanwhile, Jagdeo said that the PPP/C was moving “straight into its national campaign” for the 2020 General and Regional Elections following a massive victory at the LGE.“We will continue to work hard … we will keep going back to certain areas, including areas that are seen as the strongholds of the People’s National Congress (PNC) … we will keep going back to people across Guyana over and over… we have to go back to them,” he said.“…some said they didn’t want to give us the vote, but they didn’t give A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) … we have to go back to get them not to stay away the next time, not to give anyone the vote … we want them to vote for our party.”The General Election is constitutionally due in the next 18 months.last_img read more