The new Bernabéu does not stop

first_imgSoccer is paralyzed for the Real Madrid because of COVID-19 but the work of the new Bernabéu continues. As can be seen in the images above, the activity of the operators and the cranes at different points of the white coliseum is incessant. At the moment there is no government imposition that forces the stoppage of all kinds of works. The Royal Decree of the past day 14, by which the state of alarm was declared, did not include construction among the activities (hotels and restaurants, shops, artistic and sports shows, monuments …) that had to stop temporarily. The Royal Decree only refers to public bidding works (not private, as is the case of the Bernabéu) and it does so to indicate that it is up to the contractor to decide whether or not to stop. “The contractor may request the suspension from the moment the factual situation that prevents its provision occurs and until said provision can be resumed,” reads the text.The works do not stop, although there are political voices that demand it. The mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, did it in Twitter: “I ask the Government to suspend the works in Madrid. Works can make up for lost time. We have no time to lose. “The Generalitat de Catalunya issued a law decree last Tuesday that did stop public works (except for strategic ones), but had to qualify it afterwards to adapt to the Royal Government Decree. A crane, in the old corner of the Bernabéu.JAVIER GANDULcenter_img Control of security measuresThe only works that may be closed by the Municipal Police will be those that manifestly violate the state of alarm. Since the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda itself is urging construction companies to take extreme security measures in terms of distances between operators and use of masks and gloves. The club has also transmitted it to FCC, the company awarded the works, with the aim of minimizing the possibility of contagion. And he is strictly following the decree: one of the activities that must stop during the state of alarm is museums and that is why the Bernabéu Tour has closed.Therefore, the works of the stadium, which will last until 2023, they go faster since the Bernabéu does not have to host League and Champions matchesThey will not stop unless the Government creates a new decree or modifies the current one and stops all activities (public and private) in construction.last_img read more

RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year 2015 nominees

first_imgFedrick Dacres – AthleticsFor his achievement in winning the gold medal in the discus throw at the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Dacres hurled the discus 64.80 metres to win the event over Ronald Juliao of Brazil by .15 metres. The 21-year-old Dacres also finished seventh in the final of the discus at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, with a throw of 64.22 metres, well below the 65.77 metres he threw to qualify for the final round. His earlier throw would have earned him the bronze medal had he made it in the final round of competition.Veronica Campbell-Brown – AthleticsFor her achievement in earning the bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, with a season best run of 21.97 seconds, the third-fastest time of the year. Campbell-Brown also ran the lead leg for the gold medal-winning women’s 4×100 metres relay team at the Championships. Earlier in the year, VCB was a member of two medal-winning teams at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas; the silver medal 4×200 metres relay team and the gold medal-winning 4×100 metres relay team. Campbell-Brown was also fourth in the 100 metres final at the World Championships.Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce – AthleticsFor her achievement in winning the 100 metres title at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, with a brilliant run of 10.76 seconds. This was her third World 100m title, after previous triumphs in 2009 and 2013 and it was her fifth title in the last six major championships (including the last two Olympic Games). The ‘Pocket Rocket’ also anchored the women’s 4×100 metres relay team to victory in a championship record 41.07 seconds. Fraser-Pryce was the only Diamond race winner for Jamaica in the 2015 IAAF Diamond League, winning the diamond for the 100 metres with a perfect four wins from four starts. She ran a world-leading 10.74 seconds in Paris in the Diamond League and led the 4×100 metres relay team to victory at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas. Fraser-Pryce registered the three fastest 100 metres times for the year.last_img read more

Jamaica’s men lament hurtful 4x400m loss

first_imgBEIJING, China:When Sanjay Ayre slipped from the silver-medal spot to fourth place in the men’s 4x400m final in the space of a few metres at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, it hurt.Not even that colossal anchor leg failure could have given as much grief as Jamaica’s agonising fourth-place finish on the final day of the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, yesterday.The team of Peter Matthews, Ricardo Chambers, Rusheen McDonald, and Javon Francis clocked 2:58.51, the same time as bronze-medal winners Great Britain and Northern Ireland, with the USA running away with the gold medal in 2:57.82 and Trinidad and Tobago getting the silver in 2:58.20.The Jamaicans were in a good position up to the third leg, when McDonald slipped to almost sixth, before handing over the baton to Francis.FAst moveFrancis wasted little time in moving to the front of the pack, showing his 20.58 200-metre speed at the first opportunity. It looked familiar, as his 44.00 split from the Moscow 2013 World Championships, which dragged Jamaica from fifth to second in the event, looked like it was about to repeat itself.As brave as he was, Francis faded towards the end and was caught on the 100m stretch. Clinging for dear life to the bronze medal now, the Jamaican stepped across the line as Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s Martyn Rooney clipped him for third, despite both times being rounded up to reflect 2:58.51, as was confirmed by the photo-finish camera.It was a heart-crushing defeat. Francis was devastated.”From I have been losing races, this is one of the most hurtful losses I have ever experienced,” lamented Chambers. “But we came out here as a team, and we fought as a team, but today we didn’t have enough to win.”We got the same time as Great Britain, but we just have to accept the result and move on to next year and different targets,” added Chambers.disappointedThe Jamaican team management didn’t readily accept the result, as they had the tape reviewed to see if they could have gotten a share of the bronze medal.”To be honest, I am really disappointed that we didn’t make the podium, but we are thankful at the same time,” said Peter Matthews. “I am really feeling hurt, and I’m sure the other fellows are as well; we really wanted this.”Matthews is hoping that the team can stay together and believes that the capability is there for a medal at next year’s Olympic Games.”With everyone, healthy next year, we have a good chance of even winning the 4x400m in Rio. We had a good side this year, but the competition was also very good, too,” Matthews said.last_img read more

Remembering ‘Shotgun’ Williams

first_img SPARKLING BOUNDARIES His name was Basil Williams – or to be more precise, Alvadon Basil Williams – but to Jamaicans and other West Indians, he was simply ‘Shotgun’. He was a cricketer, an opening batsman, and as the sobriquet suggests, he was a no-nonsense, attacking and aggressive batsman who feared no one. He went in firing, all guns blazing, and, most times, he also went out firing. He never ran for cover, regardless of the situation. He was, however, not a born cavalier. As a young man, playing cricket for Jamaica Youths and Senior Cup cricket for St Catherine Cricket Club, he was a middle-order batsman, an elegant batsman, fluent and clean, and many saw him as one for the mountain top. As a young man, he seemed destined to accompany his good friend, Lawrence ‘Yagga’ Rowe, possibly into the West Indies team, and another good friend, Lynden ‘Muddy’ Wright into the Jamaica team, but with runs hard to come by, that seemed a forlorn dream. On his debut performance in 1970, batting at number six, he was disappointing, and he had to wait until 1977 for his second chance. With Rowe as the Jamaica captain, Basil Williams was called to trials one more time. After batting in the middle and failing to make use of the opportunity on that occasion, he opened the innings in the last match, went at the bowling from ball one, and selected himself. Williams made no mistake. He went out, and from the moment he took guard, he sent the fielders scattering with booming drives, some of which ended up one bounce to the third-man boundary. That was indeed that. Williams, in a dashing performance, made a good score, and when the selectors met, with Rowe in his corner, he was in the team – this time as an opening batsman. And he embraced his new-found swashbuckling style with delight. In that year of 1977, Williams went from strength to strength, reeling off shot after shot, and scoring 43 and 88, against Barbados and Wayne Daniel, Vanburn Holder, Joel Garner, Albert Padmore, and David Holford; 34 against Trinidad and Tobago and Bernard Julien, Inshan Ali, Imtiaz Alia, and Raphick Jumadeen; 27 against Andy Roberts of the Combined Islands; and 123 against Guyana and Colin Croft, and Sew Shivnarine. And in 1978, he reeled off 96 against Guyana, Croft, and Shivnarine; 28 and 83 against Jumadeen, Inshan Ali, and Ranjie Nanan; and 78 and 54 not out against Holder, Clarke, and Malcolm Marshall, before joining the new-look West Indies against the Bob Simpson-led Australia. DASHING DISPLAY That was the West Indies without their Kerry Packer players against Australia without their Kerry Packer players, and ‘Shotgun’ enjoyed himself smashing 100 runs off 110 deliveries with 19 sparkling boundaries at Bourda in his first Test match. Among the bowlers who beat a hasty retreat that day was Australia’s speed merchant, the ‘Blonde Bombshell’ Jeff Thomson, arguably – according to many, including myself – the fastest bowler of all time. And that was not all. At Queen’s Park Oval, in the following Test, Shotgun swatted the bowlers like flies, hitting 87 laced with 14 boundaries. Basil Williams’ sojourn in Test cricket lasted for only seven Test matches, all while the Packer players were absent. Before he went, however, he gave the fans something to remember him for – a beautiful, stroke-filled innings of 111 at Calcutta’s Eden Gardens, against the best of India and Kapil Dev, Karson Ghavri, Bishen Bedi, and Srinivasan Venkataraghavan. Shotgun Williams lasted for only a short while, probably because of the presence of Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes. It was, however, short and spicy. Apart from his Senior Cup exploits at Kensington CC, however, his batting continued to be glorious and brilliant as he went for the bowlers, both pace and spin. It was a time to remember – a time when batsmen were bold, asking for no quarter and giving none in return. Editor’s Note: Basil Williams died in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday at age 65.last_img read more

Arnett look to heap more misery on Harbour View

first_imgFormer champions Harbour View will look to rebound from two consecutive losses today when they host Arnett Gardens in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) third round, preliminary game at Harbour View Stadium starting at 3 p.m. The Stars of the East are coming off 3-2 and 2-0 defeats to Boys’ Town and Reno FC, respectively, in five days. Now, they will host the four-time national champions in a critical game for both teams. . Harbour View have brought back former club stars such as Sean Fraser, Luton Shelton, McKauley Tulloch and Akeem Priestly to bolster their attack, but the team remains inconsistent. They are currently in ninth position on 27 points, just four above the relegation zone, and will hunt full points against the Junglists. The Ludlow Bernard-coached team needs to get tighter in defence as they have conceded 32 goals in 25 matches. Arnett are coming off a 1-0 win against Humble Lion and are now in sixth position on 38 points, just three adrift of fifthplace Portmore United, who are on 41 points. With the top six teams advancing to the championship play-offs at the completion of the third and final preliminary round, the battle for places is becoming hotter and hotter. Arnett will look to super-sub Kemal Malcolm, Newton Sterling, captain Oneil ‘Bigga’ Thompson, Dicoy Williams and Ranike Anderson to get past the hosts. Tomorrow’s games – 5:30 p.m.: UWI FC vs Tivoli Gardens at National Stadium – 8 p.m.: Portmore United vs Boys’ Town at National Stadium – 3 p.m.: Harbour View vs Arnett Gardens at Harbour View Stadium – 3:30 p.m.: Jamalco vs Maverley-Hughenden at Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon – 6 p.m.: Waterhouse vs Humble Lion at Drewsland Stadium Today’s gameslast_img read more

SEA Games: Bata, dela Cruz bow out in English billiards

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Teen gunned down in Masbate 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Reyes and Dela Cruz still have a chance to bring home a medal for the Philippines in English billiards singles on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’center_img Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medal MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Efren “Bata” Reyes at the billiards event in the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZEfren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco dela Cruz failed to advance to the English billiards doubles quarterfinals in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.The Filipino duo fell to the Vietnamese pair of Tran Le Anh Tuan and Nguyen Thanh Binh, 0-3, after getting shut out, 90-100, 33-100, 72-100.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)last_img read more

Parks basks in glory of ABL success, growth under coach Alapag

first_imgRay Parks. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueSTA. ROSA — In case anyone has forgotten, Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is still an alpha.And for everyone who begs to disagree, he only has one thing to say: “Was I gone?”ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident There’s no question about Parks’ pedigree. After all, everyone expected him to excel and make waves wherever he took his talent.But aside from his averages of 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists this year, there’s something more about Parks that hasn’t been written as much — his growth as a basketball player, something he truly capitalized in this run under coach Jimmy Alapag.“Give me an opportunity and I’ll make the most of it. And just being around these great players, it allowed me to grow. I learned from them and I was put in an opportunity to make the most of it,” he said. “Just getting better as a player is everybody’s goal and to win a championship — to do both is great.”That begs the question: is the PBA next on Parks’ radar?He’d rather take it one battle at a time.ADVERTISEMENT Balkman completes redemption, and he has Alapag to thank for it View comments 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ Once again re-affirming his place as one of the best young talents out of the PBA today, Parks delivered a season to remember this past 2018 ASEAN Basketball League, winning his second ABL Local MVP award, a Finals MVP plum, and a championship for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas.READ: Alab Pilipinas captures ABL championship with Game 5 winFEATURED 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 crownMake no mistake, he has heard every criticism hurled his way, but after an unforgettable season in the regional league, he could proudly boast his accomplishments and look at his doubters straight in the eyes.“Y’all been grilling me about not winning championships. Hey, we here now. Write about this, tweet is, post it, put a billboard up, do whatever you gotta do. Got the net, got the trophy, MVP, we got what we came for,” he said. LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “Right now, I just wanna enjoy this championship with my teammates. I can’t say I’m back because I never left. I got no love for the past couple of months, so let’s talk about this for the next couple of months. Come show me some love, keep talking about this, and come draft time, we’ll see,” he said as he exited the venue while saying three words which is sure to titillate some of the league’s most rabid crowds.“Never say die!”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next read more

JFK Opens Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic

first_imgThe Management of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center Friday, May 2, formally opened an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Clinic at the Center. This clinic is to treat ENT illnesses.The clinic, which will be headed by a specialist from India, will help solve ENT cases that previously had to be flown out of Liberia for treatment because of the lack of facilities and specialists to treat them in Liberia.Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of JFK, Dr. Abraham Borbor, said it was a dream come true to see the center once again open at the country’s largest referral center. He said with the limited resources, it is hoped that the head of the clinic will work with what is available and bring relieve to cases related to ENT.He called on ENT specialist, Dr. Mumtaz Umar, to also consider the transfer of knowledge so that other younger doctors can consider the field in order to bring about effectiveness.Dr. Borbor urged young Liberian doctors who are willing to learn to engage Dr. Umar, who according to him (Dr. Borbor) has a passion for imparting knowledge.Dr. Borbor remarks was followed by cutting of the ribbon by the Chief Medical Officer of the JFK Dr. Billy Johnson who lauded the Center for investing additional resources in awake of economic constrains to again open the ENT Center.He praised the hospital’s Deputy for Administration, Ms. Munah Tarpeh, who is also acting General Administrator, for opening the ENT center after nearly 13 years of closure.What ENT Specialists DoIn addition to graduating from medical school (usually four years), a board certified ENT specialist has completed at least five years of specialty training and passed a certification examination for the American Board of Otolaryngology. ENT specialists are experts in both the medical and surgical management of the following: Conditions of the ear: You may need to see an ear, nose, and throat doctor if you have an ear disorder or condition, such as a hearing impairment, ear infections, disorders that affect balance, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), or pain in your ear. ENT specialists can also treat congenital disorders of the ear.Conditions of the nose: ENT specialists often manage and treat problems that affect the nose, nasal cavity, and sinuses. These problems can affect smell, breathing, and physical appearance.Conditions of the throat: Disorders and conditions that affect the throat can affect speech, singing, eating, swallowing, and digestion. ENT specialists can diagnose, manage, and treat these problems.ENT is also referred to as Otolaryngology.  Physicians specializing in otolaryngology are called otolaryngologists or by the nickname “ENTs” or “ENT doctors” and often treat children with persistent ear, nose, and throat conditions to include surgery. Adult patients often seek treatment from an otolaryngologist for sinus infections, age-related hearing loss.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sisters Village gets ICT hub

first_imgThe first Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hub for 2018 was officially launched on last week, in Sisters Village on the East Bank of Berbice (EBB).The ICT hub’s establishment was made possible through a partnership between the Ministry of Public Telecommunication (MoPT), the National Data Management Authority (NDMA), and the Guyana Police Force (GPF).Cutting of the ribbon: Director Phillip Walcott assists two young members of Sister Village to officially launch the ICT hub. Looking on is Commander of ‘B’ Division Lyndon AlvesAddressing residents, Director of Community Development and Social Management, of the NDMA, Phillip Walcott said the Government is working to introduce more services online. Soon, residents of Sisters Village will be able to apply for birth vertificates, passports, make land registry queries and access other services online. Walcott urged villagers to share their knowledge with others who are willing to learn, “so no one gets left behind as the country moves into the digital age”.Also expressing his satisfaction with the establishment of the ICT hub was Commander of ‘B’ Division, Linden Alves. The Commander noted that the community will now be able to benefit from the internet service. He also expressed appreciation to the MoPT, on behalf of the Guyana Police Force, and made a commitment that the GPF is prepared to collaborate to establish hubs in other communities.In August 2016, a survey was conducted in the village by Regional Staff of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA) to determine the youth population, the number of micro, small, and medium enterprises; safe spaces within the community and the cost of assessing internet service, among other factors.Commander of ‘B’ Division Lyndon Alves and Director of Community Development and Social Management, NDMA, Phillip Walcott.Following a thorough assessment, it was discovered that the Sisters Community Centre was inhabitable as a result of vandalism.  However, through Community networking, the decision was made to approach the GPF to assist with providing a safe space within the Sisters Police Station to facilitate the ICT hub. Commander Alves readily agreed to the idea.The Sisters Police Station has a youth group of over 70 youths between the ages of seven and eighteen. These youths are involved in skills building activities such as arts and craft which they proudly displayed at the launching ceremony.This hub takes the total to 17 established in Region Six , with a further 18 more slated to be operational by December 2018.last_img read more

Political analysts rap Granger for ‘help yourself’ speech

first_img– remind President of role in creating enabling environment for successPresident David Granger’s speech last week at Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara (ECD) castigating persons for not seeking betterment for themselves is not sitting well with political thinkers, with at least two of them tackling the matter head on in simultaneous columns.Working People’s Alliance (WPA) heavyweight and political commentator, Dr David Hinds reminded the President in his column “Hinds sight” that he was voted into office, most likely by the very people he rebuked, to set policies that would help persons to help themselves. Instead, Hinds noted that Granger’s message was “go help yourself”, without identifying policies that would bring economic benefit.“No, Mr President, that is not right or fair or just. We have to go back to these veryPresident David Grangerpeople in 2020 and ask for their votes. You, Mr President, have the power to make a difference in the lives of those poor Black people. Having rebuked them, you promised them no big policy to help them own the “boats, buses and bicycles” you urged them to aspire to. Where are they going to get the loans or start-up capital from, for example?“Some of them put down the bottle and the hustle, stopped liming and voted for him and the coalition in May 2015. Many of them voted for us, because they wanted an opportunity to do better. President Granger and the coalition promised them that if we won power, we would help them. Now that we have the power, we seem to be telling them ‘go help yourselves,” Dr Hinds observed.Dr Hinds noted the importance of avoiding the perception that one was talking down to a community and pointed out that Granger, a successful man, may have exuded an anti-poor perception with his message.“Mr President, your brilliant career as a military man came because of Government investment in you and your generation. Now that you hold the reins of Government, you should do the same for the present generation – invest in them. Rebuke them, but when you are done, tell them what your government will do to help them to do better. Government policy is not hand-out –it is part of what Government was created for.”“There is no country in the world where the descendants of the enslaved liftedVeteran trade unionist Lincoln Lewisthemselves without the deliberate intervention of Government. Even the most stubborn of them, the USA, saw it fit to enact an affirmative action policy. It is my considered view that the bad habits which the President correctly identified and criticised would decrease if and when his government put in place policies that target the structural problems of the black community.”Besides this, Hinds also drew attention to the apparent intolerance for criticism by the Government. He cited the example of both he and Lincoln Lewis being removed from their posts as columnists for the State paper, and pointed to the irony of the President now coming to critique communities.ResponsibilityLewis, a veteran trade unionist, took an even harder line in his criticism of Granger’s speech in his “Eye on Guyana” column titled “Govt must not rebuke when govt taketh away, deprives or denies its citizens”.According to Lewis in his column, the National Development Strategy (NDS) of former President Dr Cheddi Jagan was one of the last efforts to push for a strategy for the betterment of the people, with a consultative buy-in.“For subsequent leaders to castigate citizens for their failure to put in place mechanisms for ensuring productive endeavours can be considered dereliction of duties. This nation’s President has Executive responsibility, that is day-to-day responsibility for the citizens’ welfare, which includes the realisation of a programme to address deficiencies in every community and across every demographic.“Inherent in this must be a plan of action, which includes a strategy to bring peopleWPA heavyweight, Dr David Hindson board.An idea in the head and telling people to buy into it without putting structures in place that can facilitate their involvement will see no transformation,” he said.Lewis stressed that Government must lead a concerted national effort to correct systemic discrimination in the system. The trade unionist pointed to the Government’s refusal to re-establish the Ministry of Labour as backward, since it was seen as a working-class Ministry and could lead the effort in developing a national plan to alleviate unemployment.“Correcting these challenges require Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Laws buttressed by public education and enforcement. And it is Government’s responsibility to do this. The talk that citizens must get prepared to capitalise on oil and gas – as though these will be the panacea to end all problems and create all opportunities – remains just that.“Talks are yet to be buttressed with a National Programme as to what is required to productively participate. We still don’t know what skill sets are needed, how these will be acquired, and Government’s role in making it possible for local labour. There is high youth unemployment and no national plan to alleviate it, either through employment or self-employed opportunities.”The Head of State made the speech while addressing residents at Beterverwagting on Tuesday evening, at a Cultural Evening hosted to commemorate the 180th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery.President Granger said that even though he could have the profits and benefits from oil production equitably shared, it was up to citizens to empower themselves to take advantage of the opportunities that would become available.last_img read more