Is this flag design another way for APNU/AFC to milk Guyana’s teats?

first_imgDear Editor,The APNU/AFC regime upon taking up the mantle of leadership in Guyana announced the need for regional flags. The idea of regional flags was packaged and sold as a representation of independence. Editor, I believe the Golden Arrowhead serves that very purpose. In addition, this move was soundly rejected by residents and several of the regional officials who also are against the renaming of the regions.In spite of this, on Tuesday January 15, the Department of Public Information (DPI) posted an article which stated that the Government is moving forward with the proposed regional flags and renaming of the regions.This Government has had three and a half years to implement such a trivial project. That it finds the need to focus, at this time, on matters which will have no significant impact on the well-being of a population which has to grapple daily with medication shortages, run-down public infrastructure, higher costs of living and the other effects of the current economic downturn, is testimony to its misplaced priorities.The resources allocated towards this frivolous project can be redirected towards job creation, enhanced public security, better roads, improved potable water supply, efficient garbage collection etc.Editor, on the Communities Ministry’s website is a pdf document with ten well designed flags carrying descriptions and an explanation of the region. When was the graphic team procured? How was this done? Is this another situation like the seven regional newsletters; where an AFC graphic artist is paid $90,000 per month for each of the seven newsletters? This AFC graphic artist receives a monthly salary of $630,000 and is also paid to design the Chronicle’s front page. Is this flag design another way for the APNU/AFC to milk Guyana’s teats?Readers may recall that this Government fell on December 21, 2018, and rather than using the time remaining to further milk the treasury, the Government should try to bring relief to the long-suffering citizenry. For starters, the roads in Albouystown were destroyed during a pipe laying exercise by the GWI, it has remained in a poor state for almost two years now.Yours truly,Jason Abdullalast_img read more

Sprint king Bolt scores first goals in f’ball bid

first_img0Shares0000It was Bolt’s first start since joining the A-League club in August for an indefinite trial © AFP / PETER PARKSSYDNEY, Australia, Oct 12 – Sprint legend Usain Bolt made his case for becoming a professional footballer Friday when he scored his first goals after starting up front in a pre-season game for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners.The 100 metres world record-holder, who has been bidding for a professional contract since he retired last year, recovered from a painful kick in the groin to grab a double against Macarthur South West United in Sydney. Bolt, 32, finished with his left foot after some slack marking on 55 minutes, celebrating with his trademark ‘Lightning Bolt’ pose in front of more than 5,000 fans — a rare turnout for a pre-season game.The Jamaican, wearing number 95 on his shirt in a nod to his 100m world record time of 9.58secs, then capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score his second on 69 minutes before being substituted six minutes later with the score at 4-0.Bolt said he had a “lot more to learn” and was keen to join the Mariners on a professional contract © AFP / PETER PARKSIt was the first game Bolt has started since joining the A-League club in August for an indefinite trial.“I’m just happy that I got a chance and I’m proud of myself,” Bolt told host broadcaster Fox Sports after the game.“It was a big deal… first start and scoring two goals. It was a good feeling. This is what I worked towards. I try to get better and I am on the way to doing that.”Bolt said he had a “lot more to learn” and was keen to join the Mariners on a professional contract.“I’m keen, that’s why I’m here to play my best and to try and get into the team,” he added.The superstar, a massive Manchester United fan, was handed a chance to train with the A-League side for an indefinite period in order to pursue his boyhood dream of becoming a professional footballer.Whether he signs for the Mariners appears still up in the air, but the brace bolstered his case after a difficult first-half where he missed chances and appeared to struggle with the pace and movement of the game.“They’ve seen me in training, they’ve seen what I’m capable of and so, they need to analyse and say, ‘Is he good enough for this club?’ and they will tell me that,” Bolt told reporters after the game.“I just did what I had to do and that’s as far as I can go.”Recently installed coach Mike Mulvey said he was focused on the first game of the season for the Mariners, who finished bottom of the table last season, but heaped praised on the eight-time Olympic champion for his goals.“You’ve got to be so happy for the guy, haven’t you?” Mulvey told reporters.Bolt appeared to appeal for game time, saying he would improve as he gained more understanding of his teammates and what they wanted.He has previously tried out with clubs in Germany, South Africa and Norway to no avail.The Mariners have been giving him one-on-one sessions on top of the squad’s training in a bid to turn him into A-League material for when the season starts a week from now.The Mariners will face Brisbane Roar, the club Mulvey was sacked from in 2014, in their first game next Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more