ADVANTAGE UWI – 5:30 p.m. – Boys’ Town vs Humble Lion at National Stadium – 8 p.m. – Tivoli Gardens vs Harbour View at National Stadium Tomorrow’s games Today’s games – 3:30 p.m. – Maverley-Hughenden vs Montego Bay United at Constant Spring Complex – 3:30 p.m. – Reno vs Arnett Gardens at STETHS Complex – 3 p.m. – Jamalco vs Portmore United at Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon – 3:30 p.m. – Waterhouse vs UWI FC at Drewsland Stadium The University of the West Indies (UWI) FC will look to continue their surprising run in the 2016-17 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season when they tackle Waterhouse FC in the third-round preliminary stage at the Drewsland Stadium today at 3:30 p.m. Both teams are at different ends of the 12-team elite league and are coming off victories in last week’s round. UWI clipped Tivoli Gardens 3-2 at Edward Seaga Complex, while Waterhouse edged Maverley-Hughenden 2-1 in a fierce Boulevard derby at Drewsland. UWI are on 42 points alongside Tivoli and reigning champions Montego Bay United (MBU) in the race for top-six qualification. However, Tivoli enjoy a better goal difference ahead of UWI and MBU. UWI FC hold the advantage heading to the game. They defeated Waterouse 1-0 in the first round and 1-0 in the second round, and are highly favoured to come away with three points again. Coach of UWI FC, Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle, is a former Waterhouse assistant coach and has used his knowledge of the opponents to good effect. Waterhouse will look for a win in order to remain in the hunt for a top-two finish that will give them automatic semi-final places. They will rely on key players such as captain Rochane Smith, Girvon Brown, who netted in his return to the club following a stint in El Salvador, Keammar Daley and big defender Patrick Brown. Meanwhile, Waterhouse moved out of the relegation zone after the win against Maverley-Hughenden and are unbeaten in the last three games. They will enter the game full of confidence. With that scenario, the game could be a treat for spectators. Waterhouse’s main players include veteran Irvino English, Rodave Murray, Neicko Williams and captain Romario Campbell. In another game, Reno will entertain Arnett Gardens in a crucial encounter at the St Elizabeth Technical High School playing field. Reno are coming off a good win against MBU in St Elizabeth and will be on the hunt for another three points at their new home.
As the Guyana Police Force celebrates its 177th anniversary, the Force has distributed a total of .8 million in awards to several ranks and other security officials who were recognised for their outstanding work thus far in the year.Police Commissioner Seelall PersaudSome 1275 ranks across the country received monetary awards for their performances while Community Policing Group (CPG) members were presented with commendation certificates for their contributions towards maintaining law and order.According to Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, the Anniversary Award Ceremony not only recognises high performers but also serves as a motivator for other ranks to follow suit.Sergeant Singh attached to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station receives the award for leading his team in recovering close to $1 million that was stolen during the Princess Casino robbery“It allows us several opportunities. One, recognising those high performers; does quite a bit in moral building, and also informs the membership of the Force on what the Force sees as productive behaviour so that they themselves can strive to achieve the goals their colleague who were awarded achieved,” he remarked.Persaud added too that the award ceremony, which is held twice per year, also provides the opportunity for the Force to do a mid-year review of its performance. On this note, the Top Cop outlined that the Force has successfully policed three of the country’s main events in the first half of the year with little or no security glitches.These events were the Local Government Elections held in March, the 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations in May and the Caricom Heads of Government Conference which was held last week.“All three events would have put heavy demands on the Force, and it is the discipline and dedication to duty by our ranks and by ranks in our sister organisations that would have seen that security at its optimum level,” he stated.Nevertheless, Persaud noted that the Force will continue to strengthen its capacity with the induction of more Police Officers while at the same time build on its current capacity by continuously training and developing its ranks.In this regard, the Police Commissioner disclosed that so far in 2016, 438 new ranks have been recruited with another 300 ranks expected to be graduated later in this month. Additionally, he also mentioned the 128 Police ranks that travelled overseas to receive treatment.The Top Cop went on to say that several officers would have also completed their tertiary education while others are in the course of furthering their studies. He also recalled two senior officers who received national awards from Government; one of whom is Senior Superintendent Maxine Graham, who is also scheduled to receive an international award from the International Women Police Association.Police Commissioner Persaud also outline a plethora of measures taken to enhance the operations of the Guyana Police Force to better serve the Guyanese public.The GPF Anniversary Award Ceremony commenced in July 1999 and to date, some $128 million has been awarded to ranks.On Wednesday, there were 19 instances of special performances in specific cases for which 81 ranks received monetary awards. Some of the cases that stood out where two Constables from D Division (West Demerara) who were awarded for arresting a Police Corporal who was in possession of an unlicensed pistol and 14 live rounds. They were awarded $15,000 each.Special mention was made of the Ramada Princess Hotel Casino robbery for which the investigators were awarded for displaying integrity and professionalism when they recovered and handed over $922,500 in cash that was stolen from the entity. They five officers were awarded a total of $60,000.Moreover, awards were also given to subordinate officers who came out on top of the Force’s Inter-Divisions and Branches Best Kept Environment Competition. The top prize for this award went to the Ameila Wards Police Outpost while the Bartica Police Station came in second and third place went to the Aurora Police Station.In addition to the Police officers, some 13 community policing groups and 13 rural constables across the country were also recognised for their work.
Last Saturday, Willis DeFrancis Knuckles, Jr. was laid to rest following a funeral service during which a rainstorm of praises were showered upon him for his many contributions to his family, country, church and people.Amidst all of the tributes paid to this fallen national hero, no one, not even his closest family members, said that he was perfect. But unlike the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar, at whose historic funeral Mark Antony remarked, “We have come to bury Caesar, not to praise him,” the audience that overcrowded the Seys United Methodist Church in Careysburg last Saturday came to bid a glowing farewell to a man who used his extraordinary talents as an organizer, manager and fundraiser to accomplish great things for his family, country, church and people.His wife Hawa, Willis’ Cuttington College sweetheart whom he married 45 years ago, two years after his graduation, wept bitterly as she departed the gravesite saying, “He was a good man.”The funeral was attended both by the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and the Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai. The President was also at the gravesite, and tarried with the widow and family during the repast.All could see and behold that Ellen was gravely shaken by the loss of the man who twice organized her successful presidential campaigns that won her two successive elections to the Liberian presidency. She appointed him twice to the Cabinet, first as Public Works Minister and later as Minister of State for Presidential Affairs. After that he remained her confidante because she appreciated his wise counsel and his ability to get things done efficiently and quickly. Willis had only one academic degree, the Bachelor’s in Natural Sciences from the prestigious Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University); but there are not many most highly educated people that possess his extraordinary skills as an organizer and manager or, simply put, as a man who knew how to get things done.That is why in her obituary on Saturday she told over a thousand who had gathered for the funeral something she had never said publicly: that it was Willis DeFrancis Knuckles that she had earmarked to organize the transfer of the Liberian capital from Monrovia in Montserrado County to Zekepa in Nimba County!Speaker after speaker marveled at the distinguishing feature of Willis’ personality, aptly summed up by his son Willis III: “My father was a manager and organizer par excellence.”Willis the younger recalled the bouts he had with his father over football. Willis, Jr. passionately supported Barrolle, while the son and the rest of the family were adherents of Invincible Eleven (I.E.). Willis, Jr., the democrat, allowed his son to have his way, though the father spent a lot of time striving to get his son to cross over. The son recalled how his father, as a leader of the Liberian Football Association (LFA) inspired many, including George Weah and Salinsa Debar on to international stardom.Family members recalled how Willis, Jr. for 37 years served effectively as head of family, organizing, especially during the 14-year Liberian civil war the departures of scores of Knuckleses through Danane and Abidjan to asylum in the United States. His daughters called him their “personal hero.” The Advance Committee of the United Methodist Church hailed him as one of its most effective workers and fundraisers.But it was the Seys Church that was the greatest beneficiary of Willis’ fundraising prowess. He was still in exile in the USA when in the early 2000s he began organizing the rebuilding of the church following the war. That having been accomplished, the edifice was later destroyed by fire. As distressed Careysburgians tearfully crowded around the gutted edifice on the afternoon of the fire, Benoni Urey, then Mayor of Careysburg, recalled Willis having declared, “We will rebuild the church again.”He immediately began organizing and strategizing the fundraising and within a few months he raised nearly a half million dollars, both nationally and internationally. The rebuilt church is far bigger, far more beautiful than the first.The reason for this editorial is not so much to sing Willis Knuckles’ praises, but to remind everyone reading it, especially Liberians, that when our beneficent Creator gives someone a talent, he or she should use it for GOOD.That is what Willis Knuckles did with his, and the world is better for it. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)