Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Players of the Nathan E. Gibson basketball team.The Inter-School Sports Association has begun a six-school basketball tournament at the Sports Commission on Broad Street, Monrovia.Participating schools are College of West Africa (CWA), Len Miller, World Wide Mission, SOS, SDA and Nathan A. Gibson.Described as the Inter-School Sports Tournament, it is being held for both male and female teams.In the first matches, CWA female team forfeited their points to Len Miller and World Wide Mission defeated SDA 21-9 points.According to the schedule, Len Miller and Nathan E. Gibson female sides were set to play yesterday; SOS were expected to meet with CWA in the male category, while World Wide Mission were lined up to play against Nathan E. Gibson.Len Miller basketball team at the Sports CommissionThe third round fixture pairs CWA against Nathan E. Gibson (female) in the first game; SDA will go against Nathan E. Gibson and Len Miller will also go against SOS in the male category.An ISSA official said the six-school basketball tournament is using it to prepare for its National Championship Basketball League.“We are using the tournament to revive our annual league,” an ISSA spokesman said.The Inter-School Sports Association (ISSA) organizes tournaments in several sporting disciplines including soccer, basketball and track field among junior and senior high schools in the country.In the past, many athletes who rose to national prominence and represented the country in continental and international games were groomed through ISSA initiatives.
Guyana’s cross-dressing case– says it may set precedence for entire commonwealthHuman rights activist Vidyaratha Kissoon is urging Government to take heed of the recent ruling handed down by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) which declared the cross-dressing law unconstitutional in Guyana following a case filed by the transgender community.Vidyaratha KissoonKissoon said the transgender community has welcomed the ruling, reminding that one of the applicants in the case, Gulliver (Quincy) McEwan, has always noted that laws alone are not needed to change hearts and minds, and that other things need to be in place.“Guyana now has to ensure that the duty bearers – public servants, Government, employers, landlords, minibus drives, Police, others recognise what Justice Adrian Saunders wrote, that “difference is as natural as breathing. Infinite varieties exist of everything under the sun.”The CCJ President also wrote in his ruling that civilised society has a duty to accommodate suitably differences among human beings. He said only in this manner can people give due respect to everyone’s humanity.“No one should have his or her dignity trampled upon, or human rights denied, merely on account of a difference, especially one that poses no threat to public safety or public order. It is these simple verities on which this case is premised.”Kissoon told Guyana Times that this recognition of difference is not only about transgender identities, it is about all other differences which are present in Guyana.He therefore recommended that Government make moves to strike down the law. He said too that the Police should engage the transgender community about accountability mechanisms to stop the harassment of transgender citizens.“The Judiciary and the magistracy should take note of the comments made in the ruling about the behaviour of the Magistrate who wanted to use religion as a ground for discrimination,” he said, while calling on the Social Protection Ministry and the Labour Department to ensure that there is no discrimination against transgender persons in employment.PromisesFurther, the human rights activist is also advising that the Prevention of Discrimination Act should be updated to outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.He reminded that political parties in their 2015 manifestos had said they were committed to ending discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. As such, he is calling on these parties to act on those promises.While Guyana is the only country in the Caribbean with the laws against cross-dressing, Kissoon feels the judgement will definitely set a precedent for the Caribbean, but not only the Caribbean, the rest of the Commonwealth and any other jurisdiction which has to deal with discrimination against LGBT citizens.“There are judgements in Belize and Trinidad and Tobago against the sodomy laws, which show that there are Caribbean courts that are moving to deal with the homophobia left over from the colonial masters,” he added.The CCJ has ruled in favour of striking down Guyana’s laws against cross-dressing, saying that the colonial-era law was unconstitutional. After gaining independence from Britain in 1966, Guyana adopted many colonial-era laws, including the 1893 Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act that effectively banned men or women from wearing clothing conventionally worn by the opposite gender for “improper purposes”.This section was never clearly defined, leaving the door open for constitutional challenges which appellants Quincy “Gulliver” McEwan, Seon “Angel” Clarke, Joseph “Peaches” Fraser and Seyon “Isabella” Persaud mounted against their February 9, 2009 arrest, detention and conviction in Georgetown.After they appealed the law banning their mode of dress, former acting Chief Justice Ian Chang in September 2013 said while the act of cross-dressing was not a crime in itself, when for an “improper purpose”, it constitutes an offence. That ruling was also appealed at Guyana’s Appeal Court, but their case was similarly dismissed in 2017.The four persons who were born male and later opted for a transgendered way of life took their case all the way to the CCJ, citing their treatment was discriminatory, based on their position that the law violated their constitutional rights to equality and non-discrimination and freedom of expression.The Justices of the Trinidad-based authority agreed with the applicants. They, therefore, declared the 1893 law unconstitutional and ordered that it must be struck from the laws of Guyana, a decision which could unsettle many in religious circles.The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), which was initially struck out of the case by CCJ, has nevertheless been fully behind the legal change.
Brief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke has heaped praise on MS Dhoni, saying the India wicketkeeper has matured with age and that he has gone from being a Lamborghini to an Aston Martin.Clarke’s comments came after Dhoni became the oldest Indian to win a Man of the Series award in an ODI series. Dhoni hit three fifties on the trot in the three-match series between India and Australia, thereby helping the Asian giants create history on Australian soil.Dhoni scored an unbeaten 87 in a tricky chase of 231 in the series decider at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after a rare failure from captain Virat Kohli. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman stitched an unbeaten 121-run stand with Kedar Jadhav (61*) after coming in to bat at No. 4.Earlier in the week, Dhoni had scored an unbeaten 55 to help India gun down a 299-run target in the must-win second ODI at Adelaide Oval. The 37-year-old was, in fact, criticised for his 96-ball 51 during India’s 34-run defeat in the series opener in Sydney.”He [Dhoni] has gone from a Lamborghini to an Aston Martin. He is still unbelievable. There is an adjustment. He is more experienced now, he knows his game better now,” Clarke told Sony Six after Friday’s ODI.Clarke added: “He acknowledges his partner at the other end more now. When MS Dhoni started, he didn’t need a partner irrelevant of whether his partner got a duck, scored a fifty or a century if they needed 50 off 20 balls, the partner’s job was to get MS Dhoni on strike. Now he knows how important it is for his partner to be able to find that boundary and lead up to MS Dhoni pressing gold. He’s had that in the last two games.”advertisementIndia’s series win sealed with a boundary!#AUSvIND | @MastercardAU pic.twitter.com/7Nqy8H47LBcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 18, 2019Dhoni as important to Kohli as Ricky Ponting was to me: ClarkeClarke also insisted that MS Dhoni is key to India’s chances of doing well at the World Cup and pointed out the importance of the experienced campaigner in guiding captain Virat Kohli.Questions were asked were over Dhoni’s place in the limited-over sides after some ordinary performances with the bat in 2018 wherein he had managed only 275 runs from 20 matches.However, Dhoni always had the backing of captain Kohli and the team management even as the likes of Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik were doing enough to earn themselves World Cup 2019 berths.”It’s a great sign for India cricket. Robin and I were talking about MS Dhoni’s leadership skills and how it helps Virat Kohli out and how important it’s going to be at the World Cup,” Clarke added.”It’s no different from Ricky Ponting. When he stood down as the captain, we all wanted Ricky Ponting to stay around the group because his leadership, his talks about training, his experience helped the team so much and my leadership.”I think MS Dhoni’s role in this team is just as big when he was captain of India. It’s just a little different now.”Also Read | Born to chase: MS Dhoni leaves fans awestruck after MCG masterclassAlso Read | After no fifty in 2018, MS Dhoni has 3 fifties from 3 ODIs in 2019Also Read | Ready to bat anywhere for Team India, says MS DhoniAlso See: