Windies embrace fans in fun day MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): West Indies players brought smiles to the faces of thousands of fans as they participated in the annual Family Day at the G event at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday. The day of fun was geared toward young fans and over 4,000 turned up at the iconic venue to be part of the festivities. The Australian team also participated as players signed autographs and took photographs. “It was a fantastic event for the players and the fans,” West Indies team spokesman Philip Spooner said. “The players were all delighted to see so many cricket lovers, young and old, from all walks of life and from several parts of the world, who came out to see the training session, and then participate in the day’s activities. “It was a great day with excellent weather at the MCG, as we build up to the Test match this weekend.” Father blocks player’s transfer to Liverpool BELGRADE, Serbia (AP): Marko Grujic may not be signing a seven million euros ($7.6 million) contract with Liverpool after all. The reason: His father keeps his passport. Red Star Belgrade, the 19-year-old Serbian midfielder’s club, has reportedly agreed on a five-year deal and he was to travel to Liverpool for medical check-ups. Grujic’s father, however, says he should remain at Red Star until the end of the season when his price will be bigger. “His passport is with me and he is not going anywhere,” Goran Grujic told Belgrade media. He accused Red Star management of forcing his son to leave because of the club’s deep financial problems. Red Star says in a statement yesterday that if it doesn’t get the funds from Grujic’s transfer, the club will collapse financially. Smith lifts Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): Australia Test captain, Steve Smith, has captured the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being honoured as the ICC Cricketer of the Year for 2015. Smith, 26, was the leading run-scorer in Tests during the period under consideration, compiling 1,734 runs from 13 Tests at an average of 82.57, with seven centuries and six half-centuries. He also gathered 1,249 runs at an average of just under 60, with four centuries and eight half-centuries from 26 one-day internationals. “Given that there are so many great players around the world, I’m incredibly honoured to receive these awards,” Smith said. “While team success is always my number-one motivation, awards like this are very special. I’m thrilled and very proud to receive them.” Meanwhile, South African AB de Villiers was voted ICC ODI Player of the Year, while fellow countryman Faf du Plessis won the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year for his 119 off 56 balls against West Indies in the second Twenty20 in Johannesburg last January.
For Guyana to enhance and raise the standards of its educational sector, formal training of educational leaders is critical.These sentiments were expressed by Education Minister Nicolette Henry, during the opening ceremony of a three-day educational leadership conference hosted by the Education Ministry, which is aimed at improving the leadership qualities of educational leaders.Some of the participants engaged in discussion at the opening ceremony of the education leadership conferenceSpeaking at the event, which was hosted at the Roraima Duke Lodge on Monday under the theme, “Leading schools in a changing world and the challenges change brings with holding people to account”, Minister Henry emphasised the need for such an initiative and the fact it has finally been made a reality. Her keynote address focused on leadership and qualities which govern this skill.“I recognise that many persons may not have had the opportunity to benefit from formal training on leadership and so that training provides that opportunity and support that is needed for you to optimise performance. Having the foundational knowledge of leadership perspectives and system thinking provides an opportunity to improve your own leadership skills and resources,” she stated.Persons who attended the event were urged to utilise the advice and training given to improve their skills when educating others. The Minister explained that this conference was expected to modify certain aspects of the sector that were suited to tackling the changes of society.Henry noted that it was also expected that the leadership conference would set the pace for the much-needed change necessary in education today.“With so many evolving changes in education, it is the role of new leaders within the field to inspire great changes for the individuals, the community, and the world,” she added.In giving her opinion on the qualities of a good leader, Henry advised participants to display motivation, which was the most critical factor, highlighting that the creation of good leaders began with the modification of training of teachers and the implementation of a system-thinking approach.“The most profound aspect of effective leadership is ability to motivate others to enact change. This is not an act that occurs with leadership, but it is an act that contributes to effective leadership,” she said.Facilitator of the workshop, Dennise Hilliman, who shared remarks, stated that while the training was one that would not have a major impact “overnight”, it certainly would aid in the long-term benefits of good quality education.According to her, the world is considered to be more dangerous with increased life expectancy and virtual reality among the burgeoning issues. With this, she emphasised the need for teachers to maximise the use of their instructional time towards effective goals, since the task of educating children happened only once.Additionally, three panellists were featured and more advice given on the calibre of persons who would be considered inspirational leaders, with the Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana (UG), Professor Ivelaw Griffith cited as an example.Meanwhile, head teachers and other education officials from all the administrative regions of Guyana took the opportunity to participate in the activities to further improve their performance. They are expected to implement these new skills upon their return to the various communities.In 2018, great priority was placed on education with a large percentage of the budget allocated towards the sector.The training exercise for the next three days is expected to provide participants with foundational information on educational concepts, theories, and approaches that are frequently utilised in the delivery of education. In the future, the Ministry is hoping to have this programme delivered to all teachers in Guyana so that teachers can explore the perspectives of teaching.
THEY HAD IT ALL: Bogie and Bacall. Tonight at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, there is a special double feature of “To Have and Have Not,” the film on which Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall met and fell in love. Also being screened is their second film together, “The Big Sleep.” For details, call 323-466-3456 (FILM) or go to www.aerotheatre.com. YULETIDE TITLE: Was “Fred Claus” just not the holiday classic you were looking for? Maybe it’s time to see “A Christmas Story” again – but this time on the big screen. The American Cinematheque is presenting a free family matinee screening of the film on Sunday at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. For more information, go to www.americancinematheque.com. email@example.com 818-713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I just don’t understand these big movie studios sometimes. Far too often in recent months, they’ve released a glut of films on the same weekend – sometimes as many as five all at once – and battled for business. But today, only the thriller “Awake” is making its debut. No other newbies in sight. There’s gotta be a way to spread things out better so that good films don’t get overlooked. “Awake,” starring Hayden Christensen and Jessica Alba, among others, is hardly “Spider-Man” or “Shrek,” the kind of movie that other releases need to get out of the way of – for fear of being trampled! Well, at least this gives people a chance to see some of the movies they may have missed. I think the Disney hit “Enchanted,” which enjoyed the second-best Thanksgiving weekend opening in history, will repeat as champ with a three-day take of around $20million or so. “Awake” should open in second place and might end up in the $15million to $18million range because of the lack of new competition. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsCOUNTING THE MONEY: It’s far more common to be writing about some movie with a $100 million-plus production budget that is struggling to earn back its investment. Well, that is not the case with surprise hit “This Christmas,” which far exceeded expectations in its debut weekend. “Christmas” had a modest production budget of $13million and took in twice that in its first five days. I look for it to add up to $10million this weekend. HOLDOVERS: The lack of new product should help holdovers such as “Beowulf,” “Bee Movie” and “Fred Claus” add more dollars to their already impressive totals. The art-house flick “I’m Not There” about Bob Dylan remains in limited release but also should continue to draw big crowds wherever it is playing. THE $10 BILLION YEAR THAT WASN’T: After such a stupendous summer, there was a realistic chance that the movie industry might reach the $10billion mark in domestic grosses for the first time in history. But since those heady summer months, business has mostly lagged, and year-to-date revenue stood at $8.563billion as of Sunday. That’s 4.87percent ahead of 2005, but even commercially promising titles such as “The Golden Compass,” “I Am Legend” and “Sweeney Todd” will likely not be enough to push the total above $10billion.