“When you have your captain, teammates, coaches and everyone believe in you, it motivates you every day to do the job. We have Allan Ottey, (Fabian) McCarthy, Ronaldo Rodney, Cory Hylton and Otis Friend and if everyone starts clicking then that will take some pressure off my back,” he analysed. Williams is confident the title will be MoBay United’s again and he is also looking to take Nelson’s record. “We are going to defend our title,” he stated confidently. “And this season, I am eyeing Roen Nelson’s 30 goals for a season. I hope I get a good start and maintain. “If I can play almost every game, I can reach my target. If I get 10 goals for the first round that would be a good total. Anything under 10 I will not be satisfied, but anything over will be a bonus,” he said. EVERYONE CLICKING The 2015/2016 football season was not as good as it could have been for Montego Bay United striker, Dino Williams. The 26-year-old started the Red Stripe Premier League with a bang, netting 14 goals in 19 games to lead the League. However, he departed for trial with Indy Eleven in the North American Soccer League (NASL). But injury denied him a contract. On his return to domestic football, the injury limited his contribution, though he still scored the winning goal in the Premier League final. Over the off-season, the prolific striker’s body recuperated fully and for the first time in years he is starting a season injury free and warns that this could be his most devastating yet. One of his key ambitions is to take Roen Nelson’s 30-goal-a-season record. “Over the years, I always have some nagging injury, so to start the league injury-free is a plus for me and my team,” said Williams. “This season, I plan to work hard and do the right things. Once I have fitness, I will be on my ‘A’ game and I know every game I can get one or two goals. “This season, you are going to see a different Dino Williams, a more aggressive Dino Williams, with more off the ball movements. “You are going to see a more explosive Dino Williams, creating a lot of damage, leading MoBay United and playing his best football,” he warned. For five successive seasons, MoBay failed to start their season with a win and the omen continued on the opening day with a 2-1 loss to newcomers Maverley-Hughenden at Wespow Park. However, they rebounded with a 1-0 victory over Tivoli Gardens at Edward Seaga Sports Complex on Sunday, with Williams responsible for the all-important goal, netting at the 25th minute. Williams is convinced opposing defenders will find it hard to stop him and his teammates.
Dear Editor,I have noticed a recent release from the Government announcing “Hinterland Consultations on the Green State Development Strategy starts this week”. The release stated that team experts from the GoG’s Department of Environment and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with the assistance of the World Wildlife Fund Guianas (WWF), will be holding meetings in Regions 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, and 10 between August 16 and September 12, 2018. The schedule of meetings was listed.It is interesting, when one examines the schedule of meetings, that firstly three townships and one NDC which are not in the interior were included, while certain interior locations were omitted. Secondly, the planners of these meetings seem to be unfamiliar with the geography of Guyana, as meetings are not being coordinated to ensure efficient use of time and money incurred in holding these consultations.However, most interesting is that 8 of the 15 identified communities will be going to the polls on November 12, 2018. One wonders if the UNEP and the WWF are aware that these meetings will be part of the Government’s election campaign strategy for the Local Government Elections.From the media, I am aware that the UNEP has been assisting the Government since July 2017 on the Framework of the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) and Financing Mechanism. l am aware that there is a Green State Development Multi-Stakeholder Expert Group, although the members of this body have not been made public. l am aware that the GSDS, much touted by the Government for the last 3 years, is still to be developed, and that US$ 1.5 million of REDD+ money is funding the completion of the GSDS.I am also aware that not one Government Minister has been able, in the National Assembly or in the media, to articulate the Government’s vision of what the GSDS will contain for Guyana and its people. In fact, ask any Minister what is the GSDS, and one gets a lot of “hot air” and generalities. Worse yet, ask the how the GSDS will mesh with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and their eyes gloss over.Having abandoned the Low Carbon Development Strategy of the PPPC Government — which had gone through rigorous consultations and dialogue in every interior community and coastal area over a 2-year period, and was brought to the National Assembly and debated — the Government has, over the last three years, failed to hold any consultation at the community level on its Green State Development Strategy.So the readers must forgive me for being cynical that the timing of these consultations on the GSDS is conveniently coincidental with the upcoming LGE on November 12, to allow the Government to use these consultations to do the PNC election work.Do the UNEP and the WWF wish to be part of this subterfuge? I certainly hope not.Regards,Gail Teixeira, MP,