…nearly 2 months after no-confidence resolution’s passageWith the countdown to constitutionally due elections approaching, the coalition Government is giving the go-ahead for several more State Boards to function. However, the legality of such moves could be the subject of much contention since acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, has declared that the Cabinet was effectively resigned with the passage of the no-confidence resolution on December 21, 2018.According to Saturday’s Official Gazette, dated February 16, 2019, State Minister Joseph Harmon signed off on the approvals for five Boards on February 7, 2019. These approvals have come after Justice George’s ruling as opposed to previous approvals which were signed off days before the court’s determination.However, in this regard, the Government notice observed that it was not Cabinet that considered the nominees but the ‘Ministerial Plenary’, – a body which is meeting and has the powers of Cabinet would but is not actually Cabinet as Minister Harmon claimed late last week. Among the constitutional Bodies that recently garnered approval was the Guyana Prison Service Training Board which came into operation from February 1, 2019, for one year and it is meant to be chaired by Murray Greenidge. The Guyana Prison Service Recruitment Board was also given one-year life and will include Chairman Trevor Williams and acting Prisons Director Gladwin Samuels as one of its members.Another Body approved was the Guyana Fire Service Recruitment and Training Board to be chaired by Richard Maughn and includes members such as Randolph Alfred and Deborah Thomas. The 10-member Guyana Prison Service Agriculture Development Board was also given life while Firearms Licensing Board was similarly approved with Bert Sukhai as Chairman, Senior Government Psychiatrist, Dr Bhiro Harry and Attorney Kim Kyte-John included as members.These Board approvals come against Government’s business as usual stance premised on the argument that the status quo should be preserved as the no-confidence resolution matters are before the court. It was earlier this month that this newspaper reported on several other Boards that were similarly given life post-December 21, 2018. When the January 31, 2019, court ruling was made, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive and former Attorney General under its tenure, Anil Nandlall, had told members of the media that the Party is likely to address the measures implemented by Cabinet after December 21, 2018, to see if those actions are illegal.“There is no Cabinet in force in Guyana currently and that is very important…if they are illegal, those are issues we will have to take into account and address,” Nandlall had declared.The previous State Boards that Government sought to give official approval in late January included the 15-member National Standards Council (January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019); the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) to be headed by Donald Sinclair (effective February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020); the VAT Appeal Tribunal (June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2019) and the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CACC) (February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2019).Cabinet had also approved Governor Gobind Ganga as Chairman and Leslie Glenn as Deputy Chairman of the Bank of Guyana’s Board.In January, Justice George declared that the 33-32 majority meant the motion was carried. She observed that the President and the Ministers cannot remain in Government after three months which expires in March. This, she said, is in keeping with Articles 106 (6) and 106 (7). Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, 106 (7) goes on to state that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.” What this says is that Government will remain in office until the next President is swor“n in but not the Cabinet which advises the President.
Marcus Rashford doesn’t turn 21 until the end of this month but he is already one of the most experienced heads in an England squad that is being continually tweaked, remodelled and improved by manager Gareth Southgate.The Manchester United forward is already a veteran of 27 caps – and two international tournaments – following his rapid rise from prospect to established professional.It’s barely two and a half years since Rashford made his name, being thrust into a Europa League game against FC Midtjylland by Louis van Gaal after an injury in the warm-up to Anthony Martial. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Rashford had fought his way through the United ranks from the age of seven; his talent so great that he was given the opportunity to train with higher age groups where he mixed it with Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison and his friend Jesse Lingard.“I remember at first there were 40 or 45 of us and I’d say the real step up was when we got to maybe 10 or 11 [years old] and that number dropped down to about 20 and it started to get a bit more serious,” he tells Goal.“Around that age, there were players coming from all over the world, so it got a bit more difficult.“From the age of about 11 or 12, training with them more regularly was a massive part of my development and the other kids’ development as well.“Training with your own age, there’s a certain amount that you can learn. But when you have the chance to train with older players, the level of learning, it goes up.“You’re learning the same thing as what 18 and 19-year-olds are learning. So that was massive, a big learning curve for us all.”The goals flowed early and abundantly; few English players could be said to have enjoyed such a meteoric rise as Rashford did.A place at Euro 2016 under previous England managerial incumbent Roy Hodgson followed where the side were eliminated in humiliating fashion by Iceland in the first knockout round.The Sam Allardyce regime was aborted quickly, and it seemed the national team was at its lowest ebb. But the pieces were picked up by Southgate who created one of the most promising young England squads ever to go to an international tournament.The World Cup ended with semi-final defeat to Croatia after extra-time and it means England and Rashford have unfinished business heading into Friday’s UEFA Nations League match in Rijeka.But what the Russian adventure also did was help re-establish a meaningful connection between the playing squad and the supporters, something that is still keenly felt by the players when they go on international duty.“I think the timing was very good,” he says. “I think we needed something big to give the country some hope that we can win something in the near future.“We didn’t get all the way in the tournament, but we definitely planted that seed where people can see that we’re growing and what we’re aspiring to be.“The biggest thing is with the fans. I think it’s been a journey that none of us will forget for both players and fans that were watching all over the country. Back home was crazy.”Now, they believe, it is time to go one further. The World Cup demonstrated that England had the mettle to win shootouts – with Rashford notching one of the successful penalties in the second round against Colombia – and the confidence to win knockout matches but their downfall again was an inability to put away teams in the upper reaches of the FIFA World Ranking.That’s why Rashford sees the games against Croatia and Spain – to come on Monday – as an opportunity for the squad to take that crucial final stage of their development and vanquish top class opponents.“These are very tough games, but this is the final step that we are at now – getting over the line against the biggest teams in the world.“There’s no added incentive than other going there and beating them and that’s what we’ll feed off and that’s what will take us to the next level.”They will be doing so with as many as seven players in the squad without so much as a single international cap between them. Another two of the selection have only one each.Rashford already has a good working knowledge of the talents of the likes of James Maddison, Mason Mount and Jadon Sancho having studied their game extensively.“I’ve seen a lot of the younger players when they’ve been playing not only first team football but academy football as well. I think we all know their quality and the talent they have. It’s just about nourishing it to get the best out of them for our game.“That’s the enjoyment in football, there’s always people ready to come in. Just by their selection, that shows the strength in depth we have throughout the nation.“Hopefully we can go into these two games and I hope that they do well.”Rashford ranks Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold among the leading young talents in world football having got regular game time at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp.“Trent has played quite a lot of games for his age. He’s performed well throughout his time.“Consistency is the biggest thing so if you’re getting consistent minutes you improve and that’s what really separates as they get a little bit older. There’s a lot of talent and we have a lot of them here.”Rashford had long been marked out as an emerging talent – even at primary school – before joining the elite Fletcher Moss Rangers club which also bred talents like Wes Brown, Danny Welbeck, Jesse Lingard, Ravel Morrison and Tyler Blackett.His teams were beneficiaries of Football Foundation funding. The Football Foundation has delivered £1.5 billion worth of community projects since launching in 2000 – and has become the official sponsor of the England senior men’s team for the upcoming UEFA Nations League games against Croatia and Spain.“In terms of what you envision in the future, going to Fletcher Moss you’ve seen people do it before you, you’re sort of following in the footsteps of those players.“That is important at that age. You have to be able to see your vision, see what your dreams are made of and definitely at Fletcher Moss they give you that platform.“Of course, the facilities have to be in place for you to be able to do that and thankfully it was in place at the time and we had no issues.”
Rohit Sharma, who notched up a brilliant century against Sri Lanka in the second Test on Sunday, said he was “glad to be back on his feet playing cricket again”.Playing his first Test in more than a year after recovering from a career-threatening injury, Rohit scored his third hundred and his first since Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series in November 2013.”There will always be regrets in your life. Even if you score 10,000 runs, you will feel, ‘oh, I should have scored 15,000 runs’ or people will tell you, ‘you should have scored 15,000 runs, man!,” Rohit said when asked if 22 Test matches in an international career spanning 10 years do justice to the talent that he possesses.”But for me, I am glad that I am back on my feet, because when I went through that injury (thigh surgery in 2016), at one point I was thinking whether I will be able to walk or not.”I’m lucky that I am on my feet, playing and scoring some runs, so yes, I’m happy,” Rohit said after India defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs in the second Test, here today.300th Test wicket for @ashwinravi99 and #TeamIndia take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match Test series. India seal the 2nd Test in Nagpur by an innings and 239 runs #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/mq56alEczD- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 2017Currently India’s second best player in ODIs after skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit said he wants to live in the present and let bygones be bygones.”I am not someone who will think about what has happened in the past. I like to see what is in front of me, and yes, that is how I look at it. When I was inexperienced having just come into the team, there were lot of things that I used to think about, but not anymore. I have passed that age where I shouldn’t be thinking what happened in the past,” the stylish right-hander was at his pragmatic best.advertisement”I should be ready for what is ahead of me and that’s what matters. What has happened in the past is gone you can never change it. For me, I can change things looking forward, and looking forward is Delhi Test match and thereafter one-day series and then the South Africa series,” he said.’SIMPLE AND CLEAR PLANS’There was a point of time in his career when obsession with doing well in Test cricket made him “over-complicate” things and lose focus on his primary goal enjoying the game he loved.”My plans are simple and clear. I don’t want to complicate things which I have in the past, when had I just come into the team, At the end of the day, it’s just a cricket match that you have to play,” Rohit said.”Initially, my focus was much on Test cricket, like ‘Oh no this is Test cricket and I have to do well. I have to do this and that. In thinking that I lost a lot of focus and forgot (lost) what I was there for and what I needed to do and pretty clear in mind which is the most important thing.”Rohit’s batting has been more about elegance and sinewy wrists where the ball is not bludgeoned but caressed to the boundary but the Mumbaikar agrees that Mumbai cricket does make one tough.A century for @ImRo45 followed by the signal from the dressing room. India declare on 610/6, lead Sri Lanka (205) by 405 runs #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/m2SUb9w323- BCCI (@BCCI) November 26, 2017″Of course, coming from Mumbai, I have learnt the hardship of scoring runs and making every opportunity count.In Mumbai, you get few opportunities and if you slip, you might not get an opportunity for god knows how many years or how many months,” he said.”So every time you get an opportunity, you try and make it count. That’s what I’ve learnt playing for Mumbai and growing up as a kid and getting into that Ranji Trophy dressing room.”The VCA Stadium in Nagpur invokes a sense of de ja vu in Rohit, who was supposed to make his Test debut back in 2010 but a freak ankle injury during a game of football saw Wriddhiman Saha playing his maiden Test as a batsman.”Personally for me, it was very important as I was playing Test cricket after nearly 500 days. I have been waiting for this opportunity and I am glad that I could put some runs on the board for myself and team.advertisement”Really happy, that it was worth waiting for so long. I clearly remember this was the ground where I got injured and I had to wait 3 years to make my Test debut. This ground has now given me something now to go back,” Rohit concluded.(With PTI inputs)