Dear Editor,I have decided to pen this letter on moral standard and ethics from personal experience with people in Guyana, as well as those out of Guyana. The word ‘ethic’ can be defined as follows: ”a set of moral principles, especially ones relating to or affirming a specified group, field, or form of conduct.The basic concepts and fundamental principles of decent human conduct includes study of universal values, such as the essential equality of all men and women, human or natural rights, obedience to the law of land, concern for health and safety and, increasingly, also for the natural environment.”Let me begin with work ethic with the question: How many people in Guyana go to work on time? How many managers, supervisors, CEOs and clerks can you meet at 08:30h in their offices? I have visited several offices in Guyana and observed most workers going to work late and the bosses are never in office on time. I also observed that many workers just idle their day away collecting the Government’s money by false pretence, including their bosses.If you call many offices to talk to a person in position they are always in a meeting or not in office or too busy to take your call. They never return a call or reply to your email, Facebook or WhatsApp messages etc. I have seen these activities in most of our offices in Guyana more than 35 years now.Over two months ago, I saw a vacancy at the University of Guyana. I sent an application online I got a reply four days later stating that my application was received. After a month, I sent them an email of inquiry about my application.They replied in a few days saying that my application is still under consideration. It’s over two months now… I sent them another inquiry in a week and got no reply.Here is the highest academic institution of learning taking months to process a job application and don’t have the moral standard to write to me to say if my application was NOT accepted or to go for an interview. I may suffer a heart attack if they invite me for an interview.My next experience is with the Legal Affairs Ministry. They wrote me a letter dated November 28, 2017, informing me that my ”Application of Appointment as Justice of Peace and Commissioner of Oaths to Affidavits is now at the Minister of State for final deliberation.”That letter was only sent to me because I wrote about it several times in the newspapers questioning why my Police report took over two years to be sent to the Legal Affairs Ministry.After several inquiries to the office of the Minister of State by calls, to date it’s about eight months now and I did not received an email, phone call nor letter pertaining to the status of my appointment. This procedure of my application started in 2003 since the People’s Progressive Party Administration about 15 years now and to date it would be better if I was told I am not appointed and reasons given. (I have done over six Police interviews in those years).What I have discovered in this country is simple matters that can take a week or a month will take years because of incompetence and lack or morality and ethics.Sometimes Managers and Ministers are in their offices but they refused to answer calls; they tell their secretaries to say they are not in office. What are they telling their secretaries in simple terms is ‘’to lie for them’. A gentleman told me in Brazil you can buy a property and get the paper work done the same day or less than a week. Here in Guyana, is months and years and the royal run around at the Guyana Revenue Authority for the compliance. In Trinidad you get your Birth Certificate same day; here is weeks and months.I wrote a book and sent it to my publisher 01:35h I got a reply in five minutes. I sent Warwick University an email I got three replies in 10 minutes back and forth. How do we compare ourselves with these institutions abroad? Why can’t we be competent like them?I haven’t seen the great change of this country since modern technology all over you go is tons of old books and papers that should be replaced by CDs and flash drives. We don’t have much work ethics in Guyana.We are always late and used terms like ”it’s better to be late than never” we go to work late, watch TV late, wake late, and laze around our jobs doing nothing and people in this country have a real drinking problem they are always drunk even on their jobs.Most times, people are pushed into offices because of political affiliations and they get FAT salaries for doing absolutely nothing. We must ask ourselves many questions like how competent is this person holding this office? What did he/she ever run efficiently before? Are they honest? Are they punctual? Can they run this office? Do they have a stable family life? Are we very principled when it comes to keep our WORD AND TIME with people? You are a manager you invited an applicant for a job interview at 09:00h but you showed up at 12 noon. What example are you setting for that new applicant? NONE. You need to be fired.Simple evaluation of people should not take us long. But in this country people ”drag their feet” on their jobs even our schools have teachers who need teachings themselves because they are never in class and they can never complete the CXC exam syllabus on time.Our character, morality, integrity, punctuality and speaking the truth at all times are keys to the foundation of a person of exemplary character and attitude. Mahatma Gandhi had this to say about character:”In times to come people will not judge us by the creed we profess or the label we wear or the slogans we shout, but, by our work, industry, sacrifice, honesty and purity of character.”It’s about time we as a people wake up to these truths about morality and ethics and inculcate more efficient work ethics.Regards,Reverend GideonCecil
Dear Editor,Einstein once said that the true definition of crazy is when we do the same thing over and over expecting different results.Therefore, we should not be shocked that, yet again, half the country’s children writing Common Entrance failed miserably in Math and English. We should be appalled. Imagine how each failing student this year will struggle throughout secondary school if they even attend one, with no real knowledge of the bigger concepts being taught there. Imagine how many will eventually drop out after having had enough of confusion.We especially should not be shocked though that in the other subject areas like science and social studies, way more than half failed. As we all know, without knowledge of language and math, little or nothing else can be learned.Or do we not know this? How come we have not done things differently to ensure that all our children can, at the very least, read and write, instead of only half of them, as is the present situation?In the first place, why on earth are they being taught all those extra subjects at the Common Entrance level? Why are most of them fetching around what seems like entire libraries in their backpacks and taking extra lessons? Just to fail and barely pass?Our young children’s training should first and foremost be focused only on the two main things in which they need solid foundations – math and language. We teach mathematics from an early age because it provides opportunities for developing important intellectual skills in problem-solving, deductive and inductive reasoning, creative thinking and communication. We teach language from an early age so that children can have a means of seeking new information of all types with their new ability to read and do research. Most employers will not hire persons who have no real command of math and English.Without math and language, a child is stuck. All other subjects are incomprehensible without them.I don’t think any other country focuses on more than just math and language at the Common Entrance age. Why should we? We can’t continue to tolerate half of our children failing math and English just so that we can ensure that way less than half of them could learn social studies and other subjects. It’s not worth it. Why teach unnecessary subjects they are obviously failing miserably in, while firstly, neglecting to focus on the subjects they truly need to learn and then secondly, watching half of them fail in those important subjects year after year? We are truly crazy.All the effort, energy, expertise and resources put into teaching those extra subjects, in vain, could be very well and rightly put into teaching math and English both properly and sufficiently. These two subject areas must never ever be neglected at that age. How can we learn science if we don’t understand math? How can we understand social studies if we can’t read? Science and social studies are subjects that can and must be taught only to students who are already proficient in math and language. If half of the students are not proficient in math and English then what’s the point in teaching those extra subjects to them? Don’t their grades in those extra subjects speak volumes? Why are we allowing this massively failing educational process to continue unchecked?With a good English and math foundation, children can learn social studies and even rocket science with ease later on in any secondary school where those subjects should rightly be taught. And their eventual overall CXC pass rate will also increase tremendously across the country because they would all know how to read and understand the books they need to read and understand.I have met way too many grown people in Guyana who don’t know math nor English even after having gone through primary and secondary school here.Something is wrong.Unlike, for example, Barbados, English is not our first language. We cannot assume that children in Guyana already know English when they start school. They don’t. They don’t speak English at home. Our native tongue is creolese. And, with its Hindi, Dutch, and Amerindian influences, it is very very different from English, which Africans adopted almost wholly. Unlike Barbados, we have way too many historical and present-day language influences to think we can afford to treat the teaching of English at the primary level as a casual affair. We can’t. English is the official language of Guyana and it makes no sense testing our children in English if they don’t know it. Even Barbadians, with their historically limited cultural diversity, completely avoid teaching anything but English and Math at the primary level. Which, in turn, accounts for their extremely high literacy levels and super professional population.While our creolese is a beautiful language, English has to and must be focused on. Otherwise what has been happening will continue to happen – we will continue to fail our children and our nation. The most successful students at the Common Entrance level are bilingual. They speak fluently in both English and creolese. All of our children should be, at the very least, bilingual. Math and English (and perhaps Spanish for obvious reasons) should be all that is taught in our primary schools.As a society, we fit Einstein’s definition of crazy almost exactly. I implore us as a nation to grab some sense. We have way too many illiterate people in our country to not want to take immediate action. Illiteracy is the biggest contributor to our poverty and crime issues. This is not just a matter for our governments to look into. This is our issue. And we must collectively call for a change regardless of which Government is in place. We must want that change before we can convince any Government to provide it.And no, it’s not enough to ask parents to work more closely with the children. The parents themselves do not know math and English. Our education system failed them too. And we certainly don’t want children being beaten to study harder.Sincerely,John Milton Fraser
Dear Editor,Abraham Lincoln, who served as the 16th President of the Unites States, must have had Basil Williams in mind when he wrote, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt”.Last Wednesday, Guyana’s infamous Attorney General was sitting in the “Hot Seat” of Stan Gouveia’s radio programme responding to questions relating to the CCJ’s ruling of the No-Confidence Motion and Granger’s reluctance to name a date for elections.As the programme started, I sat in total disbelief and shame at how natural it is for the main legal advisor to the Government to deliberately misinform and shamelessly lie to the nation. If Basil Williams had any sense of decency, he would have taken Abe Lincoln’s advice and decline the invitation to appear on this popular radio programme.During the interview, Stan Gouveia reminded the AG that Government fell to a vote of no-confidence since December 21 of last year, and therefore, Government needs to call elections now because going forward, everything Government does would be illegal. “What is your take on that?” he asked.BASIL’S LIE: “Well, it is not my take, it is the take of the ruling of the CCJ. And the CCJ ruling is very clear. In fact, the Leader of the Opposition and the other Members of the Opposition who appealed to the CCJ, sought coercive orders from the CCJ against the President, against GECOM and other constitutional actors… Well let me say from the outset, the CCJ refused all of the coercive orders that the Leader of the Opposition sought. And those orders included that the President and Cabinet should resign.That was rejected by the CCJ; the other one was that elections be held within three months… That was also rejected by the CCJ. Thirdly that the President remain and be directed to hold election no later than the 18th of September, that too was rejected by the CCJ and the question of which or what list that GECOM should be directed to use was also rejected by the CCJ. Other rejections included in relations to the GECOM’s Chair appointment, they sought a coercive order that the President and Leader of the Opposition conclude their negotiations, and the President will take no more than three days after receipt of the list from the Leader of the Opposition to name a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).So, all of these orders they sought, and all of these orders were refused by the CCJ. (But) Why did they refuse those orders? They (the CCJ) said clearly that they would not be presumptuous to make coercive orders or give detailed directives to these constitutional actors which include the President and GECOM. And in relation to GECOM, that they would not give deadline and timeline to GECOM in relation to the holding of elections. What they (CCJ) indicated is that all of these constitutional actors know their responsibilities under the Constitution, and they ought to discharge of this responsibility with integrity. I think it is a clear victory for our Constitution; a clear victory for the Doctrine of Separation of Powers…”THE FACTS: The Attorney General deceptively omitted the parts of the judgements which say emphatically, that those orders were not granted because the Constitution itself, specifically and adequately, provides for what must happen when a No-Confidence Motion is passed in the National Assembly, that is to say, Cabinet, including the President, must resign, elections must be held within three months and within that three-month period, the Government remains in office as a “caretaker” until the next President is sworn-in.It is clear, that Basil Williams wishes to portray that because the specific orders prayed for were refused, then the judgements of the CCJ can be ignored by the Government.So by analogy, if a wife goes to the court and complains that her husband consistently beats her and she prays for an order restraining the husband from beating her, and the Magistrate refuses to grant such an order on the grounds that the laws of the land already prohibit the husband from beating her since assault, actual bodily harm and wounding etc are all criminal offences; then because the order was refused, the husband can continue to beat his wife.There is no other way of describing such line of reasoning, other than to say that it is an expression of unparalleled “dunceness”. (Anil Nandlall)Basil Williams was next asked why was Granger inserting or suggesting names for inclusion in the final list of six that the Leader of the Opposition would be submitting the President for him to select the Chairman of GECOM?BASIL’S LIE: “Well that’s the usual approach of the Leader of the Opposition. Look, the ruling of the CCJ is very clear. You recall the old process was, the Leader of the Opposition presents a list to the President of six names that are not unacceptable to the President. That was the old process. And the President and the Leader of the Opposition followed that process, and the CCJ said that that process was flawed. And in fact, it was Nandlall who started that argument that it was a unilateral appointment, and that the whole philosophy was to move away from unilateralism to consensualism. They (the PPP) started that argument.And so, the Court found, after tracing the history of the legislation and applying a method of interpretation, they (the CCJ) found that that process was flawed. So, the process was not one of the unilateral appointments of Justice Patterson after three lists… (inaudible, break in transmission) which are not unacceptable to the President and also would satisfy the illegibility requirements in the Constitution. That is the new process.Before the list is presented, the President and Jagdeo must now talk about the list. And the Court went further to say this approach gives the President now, a role in identifying names to go on the list. So, no longer unilateralism with Jagdeo alone determines the composition of the list, now the President is part of that process”.THE FACTS: This type of reasoning characterises the quality of legal advice the President receives which has now culminated with the President convincing himself that the CCJ judgement, in relation Article 161(2), has conferred upon him a power and right to submit names to the Leader of the Opposition, which the Leader of the Opposition must include in the final list of six names to be submitted to the President for the appointment of a Chairman of GECOM.In other words, the President is insisting upon submitting names to himself for appointment by him. The very thing he did in respect of the appointment of Justice Patterson, which the CCJ ruled was flawed and in contravention of Article 161 (2) of the Constitution. It is becoming extraordinarily difficult to refrain from questioning the mental make-up of these people. (Anil Nandlall)During the interview, Basil Williams said the CCJ made the decision that the Cabinet, including the President will remain in office. Again, he lied. At all times, the CCJ made reference to the Constitution of Guyana, and instructs that “All must be faithful to the spirit and letter of the Constitution and operate within the parameters given to each by the Constitution… these particular provisions (Article 106(6) and (7)) require no gloss on the part of the Court in order to render them intelligible and workable. Their meaning is clear and it is the responsibility of constitutional actors in Guyana to honour them”.Like David Granger, Basil Williams poses a dangerous threat to our democracy and our Constitution by misrepresenting the rulings of the CCJ to stay in power by all means necessary. So for convenience and clarity, I now quote sections of the consequential orders made by the CCJ on July 12, 2019. Readers can form their own opinion.Consequential orders in part: The Judiciary interprets the Constitution. But, as we intimated in our earlier judgement, these particular provisions require no gloss on the part of the Court in order to render them intelligible and workable. Their meaning is clear and it is the responsibility of constitutional actors in Guyana to honour them. Upon the passage of a vote of no-confidence, the Article requires the resignation of the Cabinet including the President. The Article goes on to state, among other things, that notwithstanding such resignation, the Government shall remain in office and that an election shall be held ‘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 …’ The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has the responsibility to conduct that election and GECOM too must abide by the provisions of the Constitution. Given the passage of the No-Confidence Motion on 21 December 2018, a general election should have been held in Guyana by 21 March 2019 unless a two thirds majority in the National Assembly had resolved to extend that period. The National Assembly is yet to extend the period. The filing of the court proceedings in January challenging the validity of the no confidence vote effectively placed matters on pause, but this Court rendered its decision on 18 June 2019. There is no appeal from that judgement. Article 106 of the Constitution invests in the President and the National Assembly (and implicitly in GECOM), responsibilities that impact on the precise timing of the elections which must be held. It would not therefore be right for the Court, by the issuance of coercive orders or detailed directives, to presume to instruct these bodies on how they must act and thereby pre-empt the performance by them of their constitutional responsibilities.It is not, for example, the role of the Court to establish a date on or by which the elections must be held, or to lay down timelines and deadlines that, in principle, are the preserve of political actors guided by constitutional imperatives. The Court must assume that these bodies and personages will exercise their responsibilities with integrity and in keeping with the unambiguous provisions of the Constitution bearing in mind that the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed as long ago as 21 December 2018.I rest my case.Harry Gill,PPP/C Member ofParliament
Dear Editor,This current APNU/AFC caretaker Administration continued road projects which the PPP started but they have blundered quite dangerously in the construction of several critical bridge infrastructures. Multi-lane roadways are being funnelled onto narrow/reduced lane bridges creating bottlenecks and all manner of dangers to road-users. On the lower East Coast alone, there are two stretches of roads, three lanes westbound near Starlight Drive-In and approaching Better Hope which channel into narrow two-lane bridges. In both cases, the inside land ends abruptly either in the trench or into the bridge shoulder. Just last week a car drove into the trench at Better Hope. This is the second accident in a month at that same spot. Needless to say, there are no warning signs.A similar situation is developing at Sheriff Street where four lanes will be constructed. However, these four lanes will converge into that narrow bridge currently being built on Dennis Street. It is not as if they are trying to incorporate the old infrastructure, these bridges are now being built or were recently constructed. And it is not as if the ending inside lane can be used as pavement or for cyclists, the width of the bridge will not permit it.In other areas I have observed the roads being made narrow, deliberately it would seem, to accommodate an extra-wide median when the situation should be the other way round. At the same time, access to entire villages has been blocked off when that challenge could have been resolved by adjusting the width of the median, as it is done in North America, to allow for turning traffic.Then there is that stretch heading west again approaching Mon Repos market. That road is nice and three lanes wide but two lanes end abruptly at the market. The drive into the city from the East Coast is quickly becoming an obstacle course. I fear for the accidents that will happen and, of course, the prohibitive cost and inconvenience of the remedial works. The respective contractors, the subject Minister and the entire Government for that matter need to have their heads examined. If this Government is unable to see what are obvious flaws, can they be inspired to fix them?Sincerely,Ravi Ram
An Ogle International Airport employee was on Thursday placed on ,000 bail by city Magistrate Faith McGusty after being charged for malicious damage to property.Gordon Pearson, 36, of Lot 9 Roxanne Gardens Drive, Georgetown, pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on April 15 at Roxanne Burnham Gardens, he damaged one black Apple iPhone, property of Ali Williams.In court on Thursday, Defence Attorney Darren Wade in a bail application said his client was anxious and ready to prove his innocence in the matter.As such, he was placed on ,000 bail which Attorney Wade said was exorbitant as his client was already on ,000 station bail.However, his objections were overruled. The defendant was also placed on a bond to keep the peace. He is scheduled to make his next court appearance on May 13.
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.
Selling local products and services to a global market will drastically change the way business is done in Guyana.Currently, there are numerous financial restrictions in Guyana, preventing local entrepreneurs from tapping into the international market to promote their products and services.PayPal, one of the most widely used and accepted payment processors globally, is unable to get the licence to operate within Guyana because of the unavailability of legislation, even in the recently passed Telecommunications Bill.The Guyana Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) – a group of Guyanese entrepreneurs – is pushing for the inclusion of an Electronic Transactions Act in the recent Telecommunications Act in order to have the requisite legal framework in place to allow local businesses to extend their reach beyond the country’s borders.“Opening payment gateways can prove to be a game-changer for local businesses; as well as the youth population. Being able to sell your product or service to a global market can mean the difference between scaling the business and closing up shop. Even more pertinent is the opportunity of the freelance economy and what it means for the youth of Guyana,” the organisation noted.GEN said the Telecommunications Act needs updating to ensure the needs of entrepreneurs are met.The group is presently conducting a survey to solicit feedback from fellow and aspiring entrepreneurs in order to make a presentation to be submitted to the Telecommunications Ministry for the inclusion of the Electronic Transaction Act in the Bill.GEN pointed out that 37 per cent of the Guyanese population is online, and that the worth of the global ecommerce market stood at 22 trillion as July 2016.The organisation said it already met with Business Minister Dominic Gaskin and Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes as well as representatives of the Bank of Guyana and the US Embassy to pitch their proposal.“All are in agreement that this initiative is necessary and important, not only for entrepreneurs, but for all Guyanese. All have communicated their commitment in making this a reality,” GEN noted.According to its social media page, GEN was founded in June with the intention to empower entrepreneurs to reach their full potential, to cultivate an environment where businesses can succeed, to connect various elements of the business community, to serve as a business catalyst and to foster a vibrant and inter-connected business community where collaboration increases capacity, education enhances ability, and advocacy influences authority.Persons desirous of joining this movement can complete the simple survey at: http://bit.ly/gen-survey. (Devina Samaroo)
More than 25,000 Bassonians in District # 1 of Grand Bassa County look forward to watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup since Rep. Hans M. Barchue has assured them a chance to watch the games free.Rep. Barchue has promised to purchase 12 flat-screen TVs, 17 DSTV sets and 17 generators for the 17 clans in his constituency to enjoy the World Cup.He made the vow last Friday during a fundraiser on Diahn Blae Community Radio in Grand Bassa County.Barchue’s disclosure was received with shouts of appreciation as he instructed youth groups in each clan to collaborate with their clan chiefs and district superintendents to identify a spot to install the television and DSTV set between now to the end of April.“As a representative I like to do what makes my people happy, and I am doing this because I love you and will never stop loving you,” Rep. Barchue said.If all goes as expected, the district’s17 clans will watch all of the 64 tournament games of the 2014 World Cup which is expected to begin on Thursday, June 12, when Brazil plays Croatia in the opening match.A cross section of youths interviewed expressed their thanks and appreciation to Rep. Barchue and revealed that this will be the first ever for a representative to undertake such initiative.Diahn Blae Community Radio station manager, youthful Moses S.B. Somah, described it as a “worthy project.”Somah also thanked Deputy Speaker Barchue for his continuous support to the district including the radio station, which has been reopened owing to his immeasurable support.Sundaygar Wallace said beside the games it will also help them to watch the latest news unfolding around the world.Meanwhile, 31 countries have advanced through the qualification began since June 2011 to participate with the host, Brazil in the final tournament.Matches are to be played in twelve cities across Brazil in either new or redeveloped stadiums, beginning with a group stage. For the first time at a World Cup Finals, the matches will use goal-line technology.Each participating team will receive at least US$8 million. The champions will receive $35 million, while the losing finalists will receive $25 million.Teams that lose in the round of 16 will receive $9 million, and the quarter-finalists receive $14 million. The clubs in which the players are playing for at the time of their World Cup departure will receive $70 million as a compensation for insurance costs and expenses, which will be distributed through their national associations.Overall, FIFA will allocate $576 million, a new record, an increase from the $420 million allocated in South Africa.The 32 qualified countries in the 2014 FIFA World Cup are: Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, the United States of America, Portugar, Russia, Spain and Switzerland.The rest are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia Ecuador, Uruguay, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Netherlands.Spain is the defending champion, having defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in the 2010 finals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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South Africa swept 26 medals in swimming at the just ended swimming tournament in the 2nd Africa Youth Tournament in Gaborone, Botswana.South Africa finished first with 13 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze medals for a total of 26 medals in the swimming event.Egypt came second with 22 medals — 10 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze medals, while Namibia finished third with four medals — 2 gold, 1 silver and a bronze.Host Botswana could only afford sixth position with 3 medals — Naomi Ruele’s two silver and David Van Der Colff’s bronze.Liberia’s two representatives at the event did not make any significant impact as they complained that they only practiced in Lake Piso and not in any swimming pool.It was in the table tennis tournament, however, that Liberia’s table tennis gem, Lasana Weh, made a mark for himself and his country.Weh, 15, earned the feat by winning his first two straight sets, according to a dispatch from the president of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), Philibert Brown.Wizkid, as he is affectionately called at the Liberia Table Tennis Association, defeated his challengers from Benin and host Botswana in two of their five best series.Though Weh lost to South Africa, Ethiopia and Ghana, his earlier two victories were enough to book Liberia’s ticket for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, scheduled for 16-18 August 2014.Weh is an 8th grade student of the Newport Junior High Public School.For five years Weh has won several tournaments, including the Toyota Cup and the President’s Cup and emerged runner-up twice in the Chinese Ambassador’s Cup.Weh’s interest in table tennis grew as he won cash prizes from the various tournaments.“But, as time went by, Wizkid developed passion for the game and emerged first in every tournament amongst his peers,” someone who has witnessed the boy’s growth told the Daily Observer.The president of the Liberia Table Tennis Association (LNTTA), Amos Korvah, said the association is grateful for Weh’s superb performance.Meanwhile, Liberia’s two swimmers who hail and reside in Grand Cape Mount expressed shock when they saw the Olympic-sized swimming pool, because they have not seen or practiced in a swimming pool.The two, fourth and seventh graders, practiced in Lake Piso. Liberia also failed to advance in boxing.The athletics team is expected to wear their red-white-and-blue to participate in three events which will begin today.The on-going tournament has 2,500 athletes from 54 African countries, and the games included football, athletics, basketball and netball. It is a multi-sport competition held every four years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)