Guyana Football Federation (GFF) President Wayne Forde has revealed the reason why there have been frequent changes to the fixtures for the Stag Elite League, which have been cited as one of the major factors behind the decline in attendance for League matches, with stands half empty for some games.In an exclusive interview with Guyana Times Sport, Forde explained that during the Genesis phase, football was usually played on Friday and Sunday without disruption; however, during this half in addition to the Stag Elite League, players now have to participate in international tournaments representing the national team, the Guyana Golden Jaguars and the League had to compensate for this.Wayne Forde“There are some unique challenges with the League this year; last year, we were not involved in any international campaign conflicting with the League. This year, we have had a few international engagements such as the Suriname friendly, the Caribbean Football (CFU) tournament and now the engagement with the Guyana national team and the Canadian national team. What has happened as a consequence of that, we’ve had to make some adjustments to the fixtures. Whenever you change a fixture date or the format, you can lose momentum because the fans will now have to readjust their own personal schedule to be at the games,” the GFF President said.Forde also explained the fact that the national team comprise mostly players from two of the clubs participating in the Stag Elite League made it unfair for those clubs to compete while their players were missing. “When we put these players into training camp for the national team, we simply can’t ask those clubs to continue to participate because they will not be competitive. Because of this, we’ll now have to defer those engagements with the teams until those players have returned to their respective clubs.”Nonetheless, Forde is hoping fans will turn out in their numbers in support of their team during the closing stages of the Stage Elite League.
In a veiled warning to Anna Hazare for his proposed fast, Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Wednesday indicated that the Gandhian might be meted out the same treatment, depending upon the prevailing situation at that time, as yoga guru Ramdev was given at Ramlila ground.”If Anna goes on a fast in New Delhi, he will also be meted out the treatment depending upon the prevailing situation at that time,” Singh said without mentioning the crackdown on Ramdev’s protest at Ramlila grounds recently. According to Singh, the younger supporters of the anti-corruption crusader “flatter” him to fast without considering his old age.”His (Hazare’s) supporters flatter him and make him sit on a fast. Instead of Anna, his young supporters should go on the fast,” Singh told reporters in an informal chat here after returning from Jabera of Damoh district.Asserting that the parliamentary form of system was always supreme, Singh said that the government was accountable to people rather than to Anna and his team.”Though Anna was a Gandhian, his supporters weren’t the same,” he said. Taking a jibe at the RSS, he said that he was a better Hindu and follows the tenets of Hinduism much more religiously than the so-called Hindu organisations. — With PTI inputsFor more News, click here.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
The city of Northport approved its proposed $45 million 2019 fiscal year budget at Monday’s City Council meeting.Inside the budget is a $29 million general fund and $10.7 million for Northport’s water and sewer budget.In addition, all Northport city employees are getting a 3 percent pay raise.The budget also includes funding for two more city engineers, boosting the total to three.Northport City Finance Chair Rodney Sullivan said that change will help reduce outside contract expenses.“I think we’ll be able to operate a little bit different, a little bit better to help out our citizens,” Sullivan said.