first_img From the Hammers’ perspective, the build-up to the trip to Villa Park was clearly overshadowed by attempts to save Carroll from a three-match ban following his clash with Chico Flores in last week’s 2-0 win over Swansea. A three-man Football Association appeals body initially upheld the decision of referee Howard Webb. Instead, it was the visitors who were the more enterprising as Villa failed again to sparkle in front of their own supporters and provide them with some warmth on a bitter and windy afternoon. All bar one of the better chances in the opening 45 minutes fell the way of West Ham, the best of which involved Matt Jarvis. It was his third-minute corner that was glanced wide by James Tomkins before two chances followed just before the half-hour mark. The first saw Jarvis strike one shot into the side-netting, although Ciaran Clark deserved credit for getting a foot in that helped it on its way. The second saw Jarvis seemingly clean through, but this time Nathan Baker nipped at his heels, resulting in the attacker’s effort ending up inches wide. As for Villa, their first-half highlight involved Ashley Westwood firing in a 16-yard volley that flashed just beyond the right-hand post. Following the break Nolan then took centre stage, initially after 15 seconds, albeit courtesy of Stewart Downing’s industry as he turned Ryan Bertrand inside out before delivering a low ball into the heart of the area. Nolan, though, was still artful enough to produce a cheeky flick with the inside of his right foot that took a deflection off Clark, wrong-footing Brad Guzan. For the second goal all the hard work was from Nolan as he robbed a dithering Fabian Delph just outside the area before taking the ball on into the box and stroking it crisply past Guzan. Two goals down, Villa finally woke up, instigated by the 56th-minute arrival of Marc Albrighton for Matt Lowton. With his first touch, a delightful cross in towards Christian Benteke, the Belgian striker was inches away from steering it home. Albrighton then rattled a post from 25 yards with a thunderous strike that clipped the flying Adrian’s right leg on the rebound. On another day it might have ricocheted in, but this time it flew over the net. Benteke then hit the crossbar with a header, conjured an overhead kick that flashed over and produced another header that was wide, but it was all too little too late for Villa as Carroll-less West Ham were left singing all the way back to London. Infuriated, West Ham took the matter further, only for an arbitration panel to insist the suspension should stand. Facing three key matches against relegation rivals without Carroll’s imposing presence, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce feared the worst. Against Aston Villa, he need not have worried, not given the club’s abysmal home record this season, and in particular with the talismanic Nolan riding to his rescue. After scoring twice to defeat the Swans, Nolan made it four goals in two matches as another double was enough to sink hapless Villa. During the opening 45 minutes West Ham always appeared the side most likely to score, and once the interval was out of the way, they did so after just 15 seconds. When Nolan added his and the Hammers’ second just two minutes and 43 seconds later, the game was effectively over. In Villa’s last home match they had come from 2-0 down inside nine minutes to defeat local rivals West Brom 4-3, but looking bereft of ideas on this occasion there was simply no way back. Certainly, it was too much for the home fans to expect another feast of football, especially when you consider, the West Brom game aside, Villa have mustered a miserable eight goals in their other 12 league home games. Captain Kevin Nolan ensured Andy Carroll’s presence was not missed as West Ham climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgThe very polarizing Age Restriction Rule that David Stern and the NBA employed several years ago is great, not only for young athletes, but also the NCAA itself, and it would be a huge mistake to change things back to the way they were.Many talking heads argue that forcing players to go to college, a choice usually favored to the alternative (a year in Europe a la Brandon Jennings or the NBA’s Developmental League), only puts an unnecessary yearlong moratorium on the inevitable move to the professional level. Well, those who believe that idea are very wrong. The rule is necessary and incredibly beneficial to all parties involved.In terms of the NCAA, with the current age limit rule in place, programs have the opportunity to offer scholarships to great players that would normally bypass college and enter the professional ranks. Imagine LeBron James in Tar Heel powder blue or Kobe Bryant posting up in Rupp Arena. A program can gain more exposure with players who are forced to attend at least one year of college like, say, John Wall and Michael Beasley, even if the players only stay for that year (which can only do good things for recruiting). Also, as the presence of such talent vastly improves the school’s chances for success, they stand to make even more money, which is another plus.Money, as in most things in life, is important because it goes towards building and maintaining a successful college basketball program. And the schools that reach the Final Four stand to make a lot of it.The schools are rumored to front a big chunk of money for a mandatory Final Four party that costs around $32,000 and for hotel rooms for fans and the players. However, the money they receive on the back end from TV revenue, merchandise sales and contributions from alumni who have confidence in their programs more than likely make up for what they must dish out.But if you once again allow high school athletes to bypass the NCAA, the pool of players that colleges can pick from diminishes, which will reduce the amount of teams that have a legitimate shot to make a splash in the NCAA tournament and do well for their schools and conferences.In terms of the athletes themselves, the experience that the majority of young basketball players garner in college is essential to their future success.One year of college can do a lot for a burgeoning basketball talent. Two of the top young players in the NBA, Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant, can attest to that, as their No. 1 overall selections likely would not have occurred if they had entered the draft straight from high school.Granted, there are exceptions to this rule. LeBron James, for one, was probably ready for the NBA after grammar school. Kobe Bryant was such an incredible talent that a year or two of college basketball likely wouldn’t have better prepared him for the professional level.But those are arguably two of the best players ever to step on a basketball court. There are certainly a lot more Kwame Browns and Leon Smiths than LeBron James.Aside from what players learn and how they can improve on the court, a year of college experience allows young athletes to mature before reaching the confusing and pressure-filled lifestyle of a celebrity.Everyone should agree that avoiding situations like the one that befell Leon Smith, who was drafted out of high school in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs in 1999, would be best. After failing to achieve any type of success with the Spurs and then the Dallas Mavericks, Smith tried to commit suicide, obviously succumbing to the pressures forced upon him by the NBA.College programs are filled with people ready to impart advice about how to handle life as a public figure. Kids are also able to take finance classes in order to learn how to manage their money once they become high-paid athletes.These are essential skills for a young player to have a successful career on and off the court.Recently, the NBA has instituted a new program for rookies called the Rookie Transition Program. The program consists of a six-day crash course dedicated to teaching the incoming athletes the ins-and-outs of life as a professional basketball player.There are mandatory courses offered, among a spate of other subjects, in finance, character building and media training that the rookies can take. But are six days enough for players to fully grasp their new lifestyles?Let the debate ensue. However, it seems that a year of basketball-ability and character-driven maturation, under the guidance of knowledgeable head coaches and other university officials, likely better serves the athletes.In an interview last week, Kentucky head coach John Calipari explained that he gives a speech to all of his players who decide to make the jump to the NBA. He explained that he sits each one of them down and gives them the “money” talk, which includes a demand that they save the very first million they make, no matter what, in place of buying inane material possessions.As simple as the plan may sound, it’s possible that these athletes may have not thought of such an idea, and it’s that type of guidance the young players who stand to face these inscrutable pressures absolutely need.last_img read more

first_imgThree hundred and sixty four days ago, Camp Randall roared.The normally solid red bowl was freckled black. Nebraska was finally in town. But little to its knowledge, Nebraska was about to receive one of the worst welcomes to the Big Ten it could have feared.It was highly touted as one of the biggest matchups in the Big Ten last year, but when the final score flashed on the scoreboards, the 48-17 decision seemed more like an ass-kicking rather than a battle of epic proportions.After quarterback Taylor Martinez threw three interceptions and Montee Ball scored four touchdowns, the Cornhuskers faced embarrassment as they were largely expected to run the conference slate in their move from the Big 12.With Nebraska playing host to the rematch this season, the Badgers are excited to get their first chance to play in Lincoln in an atmosphere that’s said to rival Madison’s.“I’ve heard there’s a really great atmosphere there,” junior center Travis Frederick said. “I hear they do things a little bit different than other teams, but I’m excited to get down there. I heard it’s a great stadium, a great atmosphere, a great crowd. Obviously they’re going to be loud and its kind of fun to play road games.”After a solid 210-yard passing performance last week, redshirt freshman Joel Stave will start under center in the conference opener. Senior running back Ball also said there was “no doubt” he will play this week despite sitting out most of the UTEP game after sustaining a concussion near the beginning of the second quarter.“I know I don’t want to sit out of the game,” Ball said.With 213 yards on the ground against UTEP, the offensive line and the running game finally looked like they were starting to gel – elements that had been missing in the previous three weeks.With a stronger looking offense in its final nonconference game, Frederick feels the O-line – despite all its drama previously this season – is ready for what lies ahead.“I think that we’ve taken several good steps and I think we’re working in the correct direction,” Frederick said of the offensive line. “If we continue to take those steps – I think we are going to take a step this week – we’re definitely going to be ready for the Big Ten season.”While the Badgers hope their new-found offensive vibe finds its way to Lincoln, the Huskers are optimistic quarterback Taylor Martinez will continue his stellar season.Martinez, a dual-threat quarterback, reworked his throwing motion in the offseason and has seen it pay dividends through the nonconference season. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior has thrown for 878 yards and nine touchdowns, with only one interception, this season.Wisconsin’s defense is aware of Martinez’s revamped game but still remains confident it will be able to test him.“We just have to keep our eyes on him and know whether it’s a pass, and if it’s a pass he could take off and run and get our eyes back on him,” senior linebacker Mike Taylor said. “If he breaks out, breaks contain, we’ve got to have good pursuit and get to the ball.”While Martinez has overhauled his game, Wisconsin is also keying in on Nebraska’s run game, which has scored 14 touchdowns this season.Central to that running game is senior Rex Burkhead. Burkhead has missed a few games this season, but on 11 rushing attempts this season, he’s racked up 187 yards and three touchdowns.“You’ve got to play sound,” junior linebacker Chris Borland said of UW’s rush defense, which has allowed only one touchdown in 2012. “You’ve got to be in the right place when you’re supposed to be there and then you’ve got to tackle. … They’re a great group of players so you’re going to have to do both your scheme and play well.”For the first time this season, Wisconsin hits the road as a true underdog. From the short history between both teams and Wisconsin’s recent stumbles, odds are against the Badgers as they travel to Nebraska.“For us it just comes [down to] doing what we do,” Frederick said. “Coming out and practicing the way that we do all week and hopefully going out and playing the game as well as we have played – obviously taking a step forward. I think it comes down to just being who we are.”Follow Kelly on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team has gotten off to their best eight-game start since the 2010-11 campaign, and there is no sign of them slowing down either.The Badgers ranked fourth in the nation in goals per game for the month of October, and have been exceeding the expectations of Badger nation since day one.Yes, it is apparent that a new era of Badger hockey is coming to life right before our eyes and, at the heart of this fresh start are the young stars who have taken Wisconsin hockey by storm.Men’s hockey: Badgers split Northern Michigan series 1-1, continue dominant startComing off a successful 2-0 road trip in New York, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team were stifled by Read…The Badgers feature a host of young talent all over the ice. The list of skillful younger players of sophomore and freshman status is nearly endless when scanning the Badger’s roster.“It’s really exciting the see the future that’s coming in here,” sophomore forward Seamus Malone said. “I mean our freshman class this year is unbelievable, my sophomore class there’s a lot of guys that are contributing right away, and just goes to show that couple years down the road we’re going to be really really good.”At the heart of the youthful offensive attack are three of the top five leaders in points for Wisconsin. Topping the list is freshman phenom, forward Trent Frederic, who has lit up the ice in his first eight games as a Badger. Sophomores Seamus Malone and team captain Luke Kunin are not much farther down the list, currently tied for the third spot.Drafted 29th overall by the Boston Bruins in this year’s NHL entry draft, Frederic has been nothing short of sensational for the Badgers. The freshman is also sitting fourth when it come to total points recorded in the Big Ten.“We knew coming in he’s extremely highly skilled, he’s played international level with the U.S. development program, he’s a big kid that’s got a lot of offensive upside,” UW head coach Tony Granato said regarding the freshman star.Alongside Frederic on the front line are sophomores Luke Kunin and Seamus Malone. Kunin was taken 15th overall in the 2016 NHL entry draft by the Minnesota Wild. Kunin was elected UW’s team captain prior to the start of the season after a breakout 2015-16 campaign.Men’s hockey: Tony Granato’s hockey journey comes full circleThere aren’t many people who have more experience and exposure to the game of hockey than Tony Granato. He has Read…“We’ve given him a ton of leadership roles and responsibility that most sophomores aren’t asked to have just because of his work ethic, because of his commitment to stay here rather than turn pro or go somewhere else,” Granato said. “[It] really says a lot about him and his character.”Granato had high remarks for the sophomore forward and rightfully so. Kunin not only leads through his play, but also through his presence in the locker room, during workouts and on the ice.The head coach did have some concerns on the backend off the ice coming into the season with little depth and experience, but Granato has been more than pleased with his youthful defensemen overall.One of those dominant defensemen is sophomore Peter Tischke. Tischke has been somewhat of a surprise this season, bursting onto the scene and being one of the many reasons that the Badgers have had such a successful start. Granato is confident that if his defensemen can continue to grow, the team’s balance and depth will be a huge advantage going into winter break.“The growth and some of the defensemen’s play has been outstanding. Tischke is one that I can flat out say his game each and every day he’s on the ice finds a way to get better and show us more,” Granato said.A team so young can often go through some serious growing pains. It’s not to say the Badgers have skipped that learning curve, but the team has undoubtedly exceeded expectations in that area thus far.“Everyone’s working hard, everyone’s, you know, coming to work every day and clicking in practice and putting in the work to be successful out there on the ice,” Kunin said.The young athletes on this Badger team are hungry and determined to win, but we can’t forget about the veterans of the team who know what it’s like to lose. Players like senior Grant Besse and junior Cameron Hughes both faced the woes of the last two seasons and have contributed greatly to the success of this young team.“They’re great leaders, they’re working hard every day and I think that trickles down to the rest of the team,” Kunin said.With the hiring of experienced coaches, a solid veteran presence, and an outstanding group of young players, the future of Badgers hockey is bright.“We’re going to be contending for National Championships every year, I don’t doubt that for a second,” Malone said.This team is yearning to win and every player is all in. The only thing Badger fans can do now is sit back and enjoy the ride.last_img read more

first_img”We only had one game, I hope that we can have two games in October to prepare well for the qualifiers against this very good Benin team, who were one of the surprises at the AFCON eliminating Morocco, don’t forget, it won’t be easy to beat them.”But now we have found a good young team again with four new players. They are all doing very well”.On the kind of teams he wants to face next month and the venue of the friendlies, Rohr is advising the Nigeria Football Federation to arrange games with African nations to be played in France or Africa.He added : ”We have to play against African teams because we are playing African teams in the qualifiers. We have to play Benin first at home and then we go to Lesotho. We have to be used to the African football.”Today (Sept 10) was European football and high-level football and the players did very well.”Now we have to go back to Africa or perhaps play in Europe against other African teams like Tunisia, Ivory Coast, two games in Paris, other countries are coming to Paris to play, Madagascar and Tunisia, so we need to prepare against African teams”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Gernot Rohr If Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr had his way, the Super Eagles would not be facing non-African countries in the second international window of the 2019-2020 season.Ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, the Super Eagles and Ukraine played out a 2-2 draw while their next opponents in a competitive match Benin locked horns with two African giants in Algeria and Ivory Coast.”I saw the other teams playing two games, Benin Republic played two games, they won against Ivory Coast, they lost 1-0 in Algeria on penalty,” Rohr announced yesterday.last_img read more

first_imgWEST LONG BRANCH –  On Thursday, February 9 at 1 p.m. in the Club Dining Room, Magill Commons, Negro League Baseball expert Larry Hogan will present  “Before You Can Say ‘Jackie Robinson’: Black Baseball in America & NJ in the Era of the Color Line.”   Mr. Hogan will be accompanied by two former Negro League baseball players Mr. Robert Scott and Mr. Pedro Sierra.  Mr. Hogan was on the MLB Hall of Fame committee that voted on the recent induction of Black ballplayers.  He is the author of the definitive book on Black baseball “Shades of Glory.” Mr. Scott was a strong right-handed pitcher whose baseball career spanned from 1941 to 1955. Mr. Sierra had a twenty-two year career that began in 1954, when he left Cuba as a 16-year-old to play for the Indianapolis Clowns in the Negro League and included two stints in the Washington Senators’ system. He left baseball in 1976 and worked for the Montgomery County (Maryland) Department of Recreation for 25 years. The event is sponsored by Monmouth University’s Office of Affirmative Action & Human Relations.For additional information on Black History Month at Monmouth University, call 732-571-3526.last_img read more

first_imgIn the middle of the race to sign a striker, but with the team’s sport crisis on the table, Josep Maria Bartomeu granted an interview to Mundo Deportivo on the occasion of the gala that organized this media last Monday. The first that He wanted to send a message of confidence to Setién: “He is a coach we like. Both his philosophy of play and his way of thinking. We know that it is not always easy when a coach arrives. There have been few matches and few trainings but soon we will see positive changes. “Then, Bartomeu stopped to talk about several proper names. First, Messi and his renewal: “He has a contract until 2021. Our goal is to retire at Barça and therefore it will have to be renewed. He has a lot of football to teach us and enjoy it. Therefore, he will not finish in 2021 his exercise as a footballer and will have to be renewed of course so that he ends up at Barça whenever he wants. “And then, of Neymar and his possible arrival in summer:” It is the recurring question that makes us all the world since last year but I already said it. Until we have meetings and plan the following season, this topic will not be discussed. Now we are very aware of what we can do this January, some departures that are seen and some arrival. But for next season it has not been spoken and if it has been spoken, I cannot reveal it. We are always open to everything. “ On Suarez he did clear balls outside: “(his renovation) is not on the table. We have not talked to him or his agent. If the opportunity arises, we will talk about it. But we are currently worried about his recovery. It was a shame that you miss this important part of the season. “He also dropped that there will be an extraordinary Assembly to launch the Espai Barça: “We do not know yet (if it will be in March the Assembly), but there will come a time when we must gather the compromising partners to consult them in order to start the works of the Camp Nou. But the Estadi Johan Cruyff is finished, the Mini is already demolished and this does not stop. Now it is necessary to ask the members if they agree with this financing to continue with the Camp Nou, which is the most important of this project, renovate the stadium that is already a few years old. “last_img read more

first_imgAs the journalist successfully summed up Ricard Torquemada in Catalunya Ràdio, “Barça and hobby players begin to look each other in the face”. For a long time, and with the bad results, there has always been some layer that avoided direct conflict between the workforce and the partner. The last victim was Ernesto Valverde, to whom time, little even, has ended up giving the reason. The fans who thought that post-Valverde football would thrill have already understood that, perhaps, the cow no longer throws milk and that it was not a matter of coach, but of players, that Barça cannot reach perfection. These days, the Barça It reaches where it arrives. Who else, who least, remembers, every time he sees a player put his hands to his ears, of the gesture of the Topo Gigio by Juan Román Riquelme to Mauricio Macri in 2001 how famous he became in Argentina. But in Barcelona, that gesture of Jordi Alba to the stands when he made the fictional 2-0 to the Real, which was not even 2-0 because it was canceled, he remembered the one Philippe Coutinho did after making Manchester United 3-0 Last season. Coutinho It is not related with Sunrise, who is a youth player and a player with a career in Barça and loved by the fans. But Alba has risked and opened, maybe, the last melon left to destroy in Can Barça. The players-hobby conflict could burn the end of the season in the Barcelona. A vital thread in the health of a team. The fact is that, after a very terrible victory of which there was not much to show off, Alba pushed a center of Ansu Fati Y, hurt by the pitos of the Camp Nou, he put his hands on his ears and left a scroll, angry at what he considered an unfair criticism that ended up making the media public: “The players leave everything. No player likes not to play well, but we are beaten in the fifteenth minute with a zero draw I do not like Just like I respect everyone, they have to respect me. And I don’t like to be beaten. “ 18 And as the first ones who know it are the professionals, maybe that is what hurts them the most and that’s where the laments of Jordi Alba. Barça put everything on the field against Real, with Messi to the head. The players left their souls and the team won. But a hobby that has been accustomed to excellence for more than a decade does not finish assuming that this legendary team can stop playing brilliantly. The conflict even has an emotional cruel point. Support until the end players who have won more than 30 titles or answer them.Those words of Sunrise They can be a reproach. But also a SOS. Admit that, now that they can no longer win as machines, they need the encouragement of people to continue choosing to win titles. From what it seems that nobody would benefit, neither the partner culé nor players, is to consolidate a crack. What the fan likes is that his team wins matches and the player, like any, that people don’t point. We will have to be attentive to the development of this new controversy that opens in the Barça of the messes, with Bartomeu already covered as a general rule for what it seems and with an internal audit to resolve on the issue of I3 Ventures. But, from the outside, Barça is already involved in another type of career, the electoral. And there, all the families of Barcelona move threads and puppets. And everything goes, until the ties soccer-hobby are broken.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,“If you say that you love God, but don’t care for his people, then it has no meaning – Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar”It is an established fact that only His Excellency, President David Granger is empowered by the Constitution to call elections, not GECOM. So, this whole myth of GECOM having to advise the President on a date is exactly that, utter gobbledygook from those who are subscribing to this myth. Mr Granger’s actions since December 21, 2018, reflects one that is unaccountable, aloof and distant from the people. The longer they hide from the people the greater the political damage to the Palm Tree with a key superimposed for cosmetic purposes. Are the thinkers in the PNC totally blind to this fact?Since GECOM held elections in November 2018, that institution has in place a valid list that expires on April 30, 2018. So, there is nothing preventing the President from doing his job in accordance with the Constitution. Therefore, this high nonsense being peddled by the GECOM Commissioner, Vincent Alexander, is exactly that; a determined attempt to mislead and distort the truth. I would not want to call the gentleman an untruth peddler, but all I am seeing is grave acts on his part of subterfuge and deception in service to his masters in Congress Place. Is this the legacy he wants to be remembered by – the man who frustrated democracy?All the voters want is adherence to the rule of law, free and fair elections so that they can have a framework that will facilitate their economic and social upliftment. So why is Mr Alexander bent on destroying democracy?Granted that the President is bedridden, the functioning of the Presidency does not stop. Who is tasked with the responsibility to get out and understand what is going on out there in the villages of Guyana on behalf of the President? Who is tasked with carrying out his constitutional functions while he is in bed? This nation needs leadership now and Mr Granger must step up or please have some dignity and step out.Sincerely,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

first_img…Govt’s coverage ‘public relations gimmick’ Outspoken attorney and accountant Christopher Ram has dubbed the Government’s coverage of the Green Paper “public relations and propaganda” and not serious consultations.He told a forum organised by the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) on Thursday to discuss the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) that the paper leaves more questions than answers.“It is not a Green Paper, it’s a White Paper. A Green Paper tells you what your options are and various variables, what are the advantages and disadvantages,” he explained.However, he claimed that the document is “very prescriptive.” In other words, it actually outlines what the Government plans to do. He argued that that is not consultation.“And we are also speaking against the background of inadequate information. We still don’t know things about the contract and there is an elephant in this room and we are not addressing it,” he said.Ram, pointed to a host of things that are yet to be done, including information being released about the prospecting license, the production license, a depletion policy, and no local content policy.“I think the paper has paid some lip service to the Dutch disease particularly as it relates to the impact on exchange rate, inflation, unemployment, balance of payment, unbalanced development. We have already seen the Dutch disease here,” he added.The outspoken accountant told the forum attended by persons from civil society that the distinction must now be drawn between the theory and the practice.“We are gone a far way with a Natural Resource Fund…And we are seeing the economy already suffering from the Dutch disease…We have said, we talked about the resources curse. There is nothing saying how to do you prevent it,” he further pointed out.A section of the audience at the forum organised by the GMSA on ThursdayHe continued, “I am, not sure what there consultation process is, who is taking the notes, and do we have a committee in the Ministry of Finance for the Government to consider recommendations and to decide? Because unless we do, we are hearing that government is going ahead with legislation by the last quarter of 2018. They are not waiting on us.”Ram stressed that “Unless you put good mechanisms in place nothing is going to work” and added that he believes that “the best sovereign wealth fund you can have is a well-managed economy and a proper structured country.”Using Singapore as an example, he said that that country is not one that is natural resource blessed but still has one of the best economies and SWFs in the world be “because it “runs its economy well and puts aside its money.”Veteran trade unionist and General Secretary of the Guyana Trade Union Congress (GTUC) Lincoln Lewis who was part of the panel said that the Government has failed to engage the Guyanese people in active consultation to hear from them what they would like to see done with the resources from the oil and gas sector.Meanwhile, University of Guyana lecturer Carol Webster said there is need for a clearer rules set out in the Fund that will guarantee sustainability and the equal distribution of wealth.The discussion covered issues such as the guiding principles for a SWF; how the SWF should be utilized and mechanisms for doing so; governance mechanisms, and oversight and management of the SWF and the role of civil society and the private sector. Forum also included a representative of the Finance Ministry Sonya Roopnauth.The Green Paper on the Natural Resources Fund (NRF), which will deal with the question of management of anticipated oil revenues starting in 2020, was laid in the National Assembly in August. Government has said that legislation in relation to the fund could be laid in Parliament before the end of the year, as indicated in Budget 2018.It said that the proposed legislation addresses two main issues: stability of the economy, and saving for future generations. Advice on this fund is being sought from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Commonwealth Secretariat.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo recently said he still did not agree with the model being proposed for the Fund, which could cater for a representative from the Opposition.last_img read more