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January 20, 2020
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Molynes United oust champs in JN Open League

first_imgA new champion will be crowned this Saturday when the final of the JN Open League netball competition is contested at the Leila Robinson Courts, as defending champions Mico ‘B’ were beaten 20-17 by in-form Molynes United ‘A’ in their quarter-final encounter on Tuesday.The winners booked a spot in today’s semi-finals, where they will face Mico ‘A’ at 7:15 p.m. Other winners UWI Pelicans ‘A’ and Waulgrovians ‘A’ will also play for a spot in the final, beginning at 6:45 p.m.Molynes United ‘A’, rated second in attack and defence, started off on fire and raced to a 7-0 lead as goalshooter Shantal Slater was bang on target, with goalkeeper Kadian Dehaney making it hard for the Mico ‘B’ shooters at the other end.MISSED CHANCEMolynes ‘A’ finished with a 9-1 first-quarter lead, but Mico fought back gallantly to tie the score at 9-9. They got opportunities to take the lead, but two missed attempts by Daniel Masters and Shauna Jones let the chance slip.Their opponents capitalised to lead 14-10 at half-time and the Roy Price-coached team kept their title ambitions on track, as they will face another Mico team, which had an easy 28-17 win over Cablepro.Despite the absence of ace goalshooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, who jetted off to New Zealand for the ANZ Championships, the Annette Daley-coached Mico ‘A’ remained unbeaten in this season with a fine all-round display. They led 8-4, 17-15 and 23-13, respectively, at the end of the first three quarters.Goalshooter Taniele Roberts, who took Fowler-Reid’s position, scored 27 goals from 38 attempts, while Petal Smith top-scored for Cablepro with nine goals from 15 tries.There was no luck for Cablepro’s sister team, Jamalco.After a big setback, which saw ace goalshooter Marsha Murphy having to leave the game early in the first quarter after twisting her knee, the Winston Nevers-coached Jamalco lost by two goals, as UWI scored a 25-23 win to book their semi-final place.SMOOTH SAILINGAnother former many-time champion, Walgrovians ‘A’, also booked their semi-final spot, but in a one-sided affair, as they turned back Police ‘A’ 32-16.Having racked up a big 10-1 first-quarter lead, it was smooth sailing for the rest of the way as Waulgrovians ‘A’ led 16-6 after the second quarter and 24-10 at the end of the third stanza, before cruising the rest of the way to set up a clash with UWI ‘A’ in today’s semi-final.The matches will be preceded by the Open League ‘B’ Group semis, with Speg ‘A’ vs Molynes United ‘B’ at 5:45 p.m., followed by Tivoli Gardens vs UTech Knights at 6:15 p.m.- R. G.last_img read more

January 11, 2020
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Guyana signs historic Amazonian pact to protect tropical forest

first_imgGuyana joined six fellow Amazonian countries on Friday in Letecia, Colombia to sign a pact to protect the world’s largest tropical forest.The pact, signed at a time when the Amazon is under threat from fires, aims to coordinate disaster response and satellite monitoring.Colombian President Ivan Duque, Bolivian President Evo Morales, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno and Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, Surinamese Vice President Michael Ashwin Adhin and Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo along with Guyana’s Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman signed onto the pactNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who represented President David Granger, signed on behalf of Guyana. Colombia’s President, Ivan Duque; Bolivia’s President, Evo Morales; Ecuador’s President, Lenin Moreno and Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra were the Heads of State who signed. Suriname’s Vice President, Michael Ashwin Adhin and Brazil’s Foreign Minister, Ernesto Araujo signed the pact on behalf of their respective countries.Minister Trotman, in delivering a message on behalf of President Granger, reiterated to the South American leaders that, “our President is the visionary who conceptualised the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) for Guyana – it is our lighted path towards attaining a green and sustainable economy and is open to be shared and improved upon.“An inferno in the Amazon, two-thirds of which is in Brazil, and the reason for us being here, threatens the rainforest eco-system and also affects the entire globe,” Minister Trotman related.“The effects of damage to the Amazon go far beyond Brazil and its neighbours. We are the lungs of the earth; we must all breathe to live. Therefore, our presence here is in recognition of the value and importance of the Amazon, and the Guiana Shield, and our role as custodians, stewards, and guardians of it,” Minister Trotman asserted.The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest, which produces approximately 20 per cent of Earth’s oxygen and spans eight countries, including Guyana. It covers 40 per cent of South America, is inhabited by 30 million people and is home to vast numbers of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, most of them unique to the region. New plant or animal species are discovered at a rate of one every two days in the Amazon.Guyana’s Ambassador to Brazil, George Talbot joined Minister Trotman, who was accompanied by Head of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Project (FCPF), Clayton Hall. Minister Trotman and Hall travelled with the Surinamese delegation and returned to Guyana Friday evening.last_img read more