By Rajiv BisnauthA TOTAL team effort was the key ingredient in Guyana’s five-wicket win over the Windward Islands on Sunday in the final of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Under-19 tournament, claims captain Travis Persaud. Speaking to media operatives yesterday after the team’s arrival at the Eugene F. Correia International Airport, Persaud lauded his players for their commitment and hard work throughout the game and more so the entire tournament.“This win was a total team effort in every way. We did well in all departments and the way we executed our plans also contributed well for our success. As I said before we departed Guyana knowing that we have a strong team in order to defend our titles.“We didn’t perform so well in the three-day, but we bounced back nicely in the one-day,” Persaud said.Persaud credited the entire team for their performance but acknowledged that the senior players were their main weapons for success.“Everybody did their part, everyone did what was expected of them, everybody acted in the capacity they were chosen to act on, and everybody gave a hundred percent, and in the end we came out successful,” Persaud pointed out.Also on hand to congratulate the players were Director of Sport Christopher Jones, president of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Drubahadur, Marketing manager Raj Singh, chairman of the GCB’s Competitions Committee Colin Europe and chairman of the senior selectors Rayon Griffith.Jones in his remarks congratulated the team for their success on behalf on the Guyana government and by extension the National Sport Commission (NSC).The Director of Sport urged the players to continue the winning habit, adding that their success is a demonstration that the efforts of their trainer and coaches have definitely paid the dividends.He implored the youngsters to continue to be humble, and at the same time continue to develop as Guyanese best cricketers, with the ultimate aim to represent the West Indies.Drubahadur lauded the players for their success.Guyana finished second in the points standing at the end of the seven-team round-robin series. In an invited comment coach Adrian Amsterdam indicated that the players were determined to play as true champions.He added “It was a very professional performance. If you look at the whole tournament then, everyone did contribute: the bowlers bowled well, there were some good batting innings, and the fielding was good too.”“So credit goes to the entire bunch of boys for their professional approach. I always believed that we had the talent to finish on top,” Amsterdam pointed out.The Guyanese were dethroned by Trinidad and Tobago in the three-day competition.
Dr. Carol Atkinson, professor of international relations at USC and a veteran of the United States Air Force, gave an hour-long briefing to USC students at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism about U.S. military tactics on Wednesday afternoon.Power move · Atkinson believes the changing landscape of foreign policy necessitates an emphasis on developing soft military power. – Carol Kim | Daily TrojanAtkinson, who served in Operation Desert Storm, spoke on the shift of the U.S. military’s approach from hard tactics to soft, due to what she described as a changing tide of foreign policy and a new era in public diplomacy.When Atkinson initially studied the nature of soft power, or using the relationships and collaborative nature of military educational exchange programs to build public diplomacy, she was met with opposition.“Studying soft power is all the rage [now], but that wasn’t always the case,” Atkinson said. “The stereotype is that the U.S. Military teaches its soldiers to repress.”Atkinson’s 10-year research project was mostly based on the War and Staff Colleges in the U.S., which house U.S. military students and offer grants to international students or give foreign countries the opportunity to “buy slots” for their citizens.Currently, about 140 countries send their military personnel to these American military colleges, which traditionally host students over a two year period. Residents often bring their families and thoroughly integrate themselves into American culture.“They form a cohesive group and form very close friendships,” Atkinson said. “It’s a social gathering as well.”Atkinson surveyed international students at the military colleges about their experiences in the United States and their relationships with U.S. citizens, asking them a variety of questions such as what region they came from, whether they belong to a democratic or undemocratic country, what their most positive experience was in the United States, what they feel the United States can improve upon and how much time they spend off-duty with U.S. citizens.Her studies found that the international students responded very positively to having their families in the United States with them. Atkinson refers to the impact of families on military officers as “underestimated and under-studied.”She spoke from personal experience, having served overseas without her husband.“It’s nice to have someone in your family there with you … [Y]ou’re not alone in dealing with [problems],” Atkinson said. “[I]t enhances the cultural experience.”Atkinson said that Disney World was the most popular answer when she asked students about their favorite cultural and travel experience in the United States.“Where is that anti-American culture?” she asked the audience.Atkinson said the programs help improve the image of the United States.“Most come away with positive impressions,” Atkinson said. “It’s not just the country. It’s an international web of people educated in the United States.”Students said the seminar highlighted the shifts in U.S. foreign policy.“The findings from this seminar show that this soft power … has shifted from the military, power influence to the cultural influence,” said Danwei Wu, a first-year graduate student studying communication management.All of Atkinson’s research and studies can be found in her book Military Soft Power: Public Diplomacy through Military Educational Exchanges, which was released in June.“I think the bottom line of my presentation here is that the U.S. military is often thought of in a sense of coercion and fighting wars,” Atkinson said. “But we are also interested in how the military extends its influence through soft power, through building relationships, building partnerships with other militaries around the world and I hope my study here helps contribute to a better understanding of this.”
The 2018 Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy is underway and already 23 golfers are staking their claim to an outing with a European Tour star.They’re the successful players from the first two regional finals to take place: the North men’s event at Bolton Old Links, Lancashire and the women’s South West tournament at Dainton Park, Devon.The qualifiers from the men’s event are: Jonny Dunning of Malton & Norton, Yorkshire (pictured top); Ray Wood of Hurlston Hall, Lancashire; Declan Stoppard of Doncaster, Yorkshire; Andrew Barton of Huyton & Prescot Golf Club, Lancashire; Ian Snape of Wychwood Park, Cheshire; Carl Rushton of Formby Hall, Lancashire; Ben Brown of Masham, Yorkshire; Stephen Senior of Ben Rhydding, Yorkshire; Brian Smart of Alnmouth, Northumberland; Jason Gilbert of Haydock Park, Lancashire; Matt Whitehead of Bridlington Links, Yorkshire; John Freeman of Willow Valley, Yorkshire; Jason Renton of Hurlston Hall, Lancashire. The women qualifiers are: Helen Durrant of Parkstone Golf Club, Dorset (pictured left); Aimee Sawyer of Mendip, Somerset; Fay Austen of Chipping Sodbury, Glouestershire; Indu Kumaravel of Killiow, Cornwall; Melanie Coombs of Isle of Purbeck, Dorset; Heather Burrage of Crane Valley, Dorset; Keeley Clarke of Torquay, Devon; Helen Hughes of East Devon; Caroline Hume-Kendall of St Enodoc, Cornwall and Elizabeth Hobbs of Cumberwell Park, Dorset.They all go forward to the national men’s and women’s finals at England Golf Week in August at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire.They’ll be joined there by qualifiers from the other regional finals and will play for the titles of England’s Handicap Golfers of the Year.The top nine players in both finals will make up six teams and play in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge, the English leg of The Challenge Tour, at Luton Hoo on 5 September.The most successful of these teams will go on to the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, at Walton Heath, Surrey, on 10 October, playing with a star of the European Tour.The Bridgestone Chase your Dream Trophy is an annual event open to members of England Golf’s 1,900 affiliated clubs.Last season the dream came true for 15-year-old Staffordshire golfer Hannah Golding from Brocton Hall Golf Club, Mike Durkin of Hurlston Hall, Lancashire, and Neil Garbutt of Masham, Yorkshire.They played with ‘Miracle of Medinah’ Ryder Cup star Colsaerts in the British Masters pro-am, and Hannah also went on to meet her idol Charley Hull, who is a Bridgestone ‘Chase Your Dream, No Matter What’ ambassador. 3 May 2018 Club golfers are chasing their dream Tags: Bridgestone, Chase Your Dream