BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Head coach Emmerson Trotman says Barbados Pride are well prepared for the upcoming regional first class season but will have to put a lot more thought into their game, if they are to have any chance at the title.Speaking ahead of the opening game of the new season starting next week, Trotman said Pride were a talented bunch but needed to be more “situation aware” in order to capitalise on key moments during games.”We have to do a lot more thinking. We’ve done it to a certain extent last year and we’ve just got to top it up a bit more,” Trotman said.”The guys have to get a bit more situation awareness … the thinking power and also the right attitude and the mentality must be very, very strong. You have to have a good, strong mentality this year and even stronger than last year, and [I believe] the guys will pull it off.”Pride will be boosted by the return of Test batsmen Roston Chase and Jomel Warrican, both of whom were part of the recent series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.The 13-man squad, which will be led by all-rounder Kevin Stoute, also includes out-of-favour Test seamer Kemar Roach, West Indies A captain Shamarh Brooks and experienced opener Omar Phillips who has played a couple of Tests.THINKING GAMETrotman, who is taking over from Henderson Springer who is on West Indies duty, said the batsmen also needed to play the thinking game.”I’ve been mainly focussing on the batting side of it,” Trotman said.”I got the guys to do some thinking in the nets for the last two-and-a-half months and when it came down to the last week, I allowed the guys to bat in the nets and think for themselves because it is important they think for themselves.”Pride have found themselves frustrated in recent seasons, finishing second to two-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars over the last two campaigns.But Trotman said the group had reviewed their mistakes and were in much better shape this season to finally break Jaguars’ stronghold.”I feel our chances are pretty good. We’ve been preparing for about the past three months and we’ve got lots of plans and as long as the guys execute the plans properly and think a lot and do what they do as professionals, I see no reason why we cannot pull off the competition,” Trotman pointed out.”The guys are aware of the fact they have been runners up to Guyana on a couple of occasions and the guys have done some homework on that and they are well prepared, they’re fit, they’re organised and they are disciplined, and I’m expecting them to do very, very well this year.”
Dear Editor,The recently released Auditor General reports indicate a troubling state of public financial management across public agencies, including Government ministries and regional administrations. There are numerous cases of financial mismanagement, breaches of public procurement laws, and management inefficiencies that are draining scarce public resources. For the fiscal year 2017, taxpayers lost more than $1 billion in overpayments to contractors, payments for goods without any vouchers, and payments for goods that were not delivered, according to the report. A review of audit reports from previous years suggests that these problems are systemic, deeply entrenched, and are costing taxpayers billions over the years. This raises the question of whether lawmakers pay attention to these findings and whether their commitment is to ensure taxpayers money is used transparently and efficiently to benefit society.Public audits are meant to provide lawmakers and taxpayers with an assessment of how well public agencies deliver public services, whether they have operated within their budgets, and more importantly, whether they have executed their functions, consistent with good public financial management practices. Audits, therefore, can be used as a tool to identify and tackle inefficiency, mismanagement, waste, and fight corruption, if lawmakers take them seriously and act on their recommendations.Taxpayers foot the bill of $750 million a year on average to finance the operations of the Audit Office of Guyana. Not taking these audits and their recommendations seriously, and holding agency heads accountable, amount to encouraging the abuse of public resources and the non-compliance of good public financial management practices. It also undermines public trust and confidence in the Government.As a poor country, there is not enough money to pay for all of society’s needs at once. Every year, the government takes on billions of dollars in new debt to supplement tax revenues in order to finance its budget’s priorities. Tax revenues are monies taxpayers pay upfront, while debts are monies they must repay in the future. These are monies people are giving to the government to use in a sensible way that will benefit the society and build a strong economy. It is incumbent on the Government to ensure these funds are used in a transparent and efficient manner, and in full compliance of public financial management laws.When public resources are mismanaged, wasted, or used for corrupt activities, taxpayers are not only robbed of the benefits of their taxed dollars, but still must repay all debts.The Government which currently has control over parliament has the ultimate authority to enforce existing regulations, or implement new rules and regulations that will reign in mismanagement and abuse of taxpayers’ money. The Public Accounts Committee, a parliamentary sub-committee, which has oversight of the audit office lacks the authority to enforce fiscal management and accountability rules and regulations. The Audit Act of 2004 empowers the Auditor General to request the Director of Public Prosecution and Commissioner of Police to take appropriate action and prosecute offenders where he believes an offense was committed. Unfortunately, the definition of what constitutes an ‘offense’ in the Act does not include the mismanagement and abuse of public funds, the violation of public procurement laws, or corruption. The current lack of enforcement and the failure to hold agency heads and other public officials accountable, contribute to the persistent and severity of mismanagement, abuse and waste.Lawmakers can disagree on policy priorities and how best to move the country forward. What they should not disagree on is ensuring taxpayers’ money are used efficiently and transparently to address public needs. The Guyana Budget Policy Institute urges lawmakers on both sides of the house to take necessary and immediate actions to stop the abuse and mismanagement of public resources.Sincerely,Boamattie SinghCFO and FinanceAnalystGuyana BudgetPolicy Institute
1 Luis Nani arrives in Istanbul Fenerbahce have signed Manchester United winger Luis Nani.It’s understood the Turkish side will pay a fee of around £3.5million for the Portugal star.Nani spent last season at Sporting Lisbon, after failing to impress Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford and now the Dutchman has cut his loses on the 28-year-old.
Leicester City can echo Nottingham Forest’s feats and prove the doubters wrong again when they compete against Europe’s elite in the Champions League this season, midfielder Danny Drinkwater said.After winning their maiden Premier League title last season, Leicester, who were drawn in Group G, visit Club Bruges in their first-ever Champions League fixture on Wednesday.Forest, who in 1977-78 became English champions for the only time in their history a year after scraping into the top flight, went on to achieve with back-to-back European Cup triumphs in 1979 and 1980.”I am not going to say we can’t (match Forest). I’d be daft if I said we can’t win it. I think everybody would have thought we couldn’t win the Premier League and we did it,” Drinkwater told British media. (Also read: Liverpool thrash champions Leicester City, Arsenal lucky to escape against Southampton)”If we are playing to prove people wrong then perfect. Playing in the Champions League the club has come a very long way. We are definitely not going in to make up the numbers.”Leicester, who are 16th in the English top flight standings with four points from four games, also face Porto, and FC Copenhagen in their Champions League group.”It is the club’s first time in the Champions League, we don’t want it to be the first and the last. We are going to look to show them what we are made of,” Drinkwater added.”It is a big opportunity for the team and individuals. Hopefully we can turn it around by then.”advertisement