…urged to return and serve their country Eleven Guyanese will soon be departing Guyana’s shores for studies in the United Kingdom (UK) after they were selected for the Chevening scholarship this year.At the British High Commissioner’s residence on Friday evening, the candidates were joined by two others from neighbouring Suriname. The scholarship is a fully-funded initiative which the UK Government extends to several countries. Awardees are required to spend one year in some of the most prominent universities, completing a post-graduate master’s programme.British High Commissioner, Greg Quinn explained that this opportunity is geared at providing a gateway for Guyanese to study and then return to serve the country. While other employment offers will come along, it is the expectation that Guyana will be placed as a priority.“After these scholars have been awarded their degrees, we expect them to come back and work for the benefit of Guyana…This is the purpose of Chevening – to give people the skills and knowledge needed to help develop their own country. Not to go and work elsewhere but to return and work here. It is the least we can expect. We are not spending money to have people vanish off elsewhere,” Quinn expressed.This year, the scholarships were funded by the British Government at a cost of $93 million. The post-graduate studies were awarded in a number of fields including marine planning, oil and gas law, health, environment, human rights, economics, information technology, media and cultural studies; and sports science. The envoy said this demonstrates their commitment to developing Guyana.“I am proud that we have committed this amount of funding to develop and train those people who will help develop Guyana. I am also proud that we have shown an increasing commitment to Suriname over the same period,” he stated.Meanwhile, one of the alumnus Dr Quincy Jones shared advice to the new batch, charging them to make the best use of this opportunity. He also positioned that while it was challenging to gain admission, there will be other roadblocks.“You will meet people who think that you’re too entitled but don’t let that stop you. You have to remember why you were chosen for Chevening. You have to remember that you checked that box and you have to remember that this is not just for you, but it is a shot for Guyana moving forward,” Jones told the new scholars.Among this year’s candidates are Anjie Lambert, Ashley Bankay, La Donna Fredericks, Carlyle Collins, Petra Richmond, Sunita Samaroo, Jaime Skeete, Vivette Wellington, Desilon Daniels and Christelle Chesney.Applications are opened for next year’s scholarships and will close on November 5.
2018 Regional Super50 Championships Group B…Spin-twins Nosthusha Kenjige and Timil Patel combined to help the United States of America (USA) to an 88-run victory over Leeward Islands Hurricanes while Barbados Pride lost to the Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) Marooners during Wednesday’s action.Timit Patel sweepsAt the Kensington Oval, Barbados, the left-arm spinner Kenjige and leg-spinner Patel shared five wickets and backed up the work of their side’s pace bowling attack, as the Americans claimed their first victory of the tournament.Kenjige snared 3-22 from eight overs to earn the Player-of-the-Match award, and Patel completed a tidy all-round performance with 2-4 from 2.1 overs to confine a potential Hurricane threat during their pursuit of the 198 target.Carlos BrathwaiteOrlando Peters hit 6 boundaries in the top score of 37 from 35 balls, but no other batsman reached 20, as the Hurricanes were bowled out for 109 in 30.1 overs. Patel was one of a handful of United States batsmen that got starts, but failed to carry on, leading the way with a circumspect 39 from 80 balls.Monank Patel scored 27, Steven Taylor made 22 and Alex Amsterdam got 21. In –form leg-spinner Damion Jacobs was the pick of the Hurricanes bowlers with 3-40 from 10 overs, while Windies A all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall, Jeremiah Louis and Chesney Hughes supported with two wickets apiece.In a fire-cracker over at the Three W’s Oval, in the second Group B contest, Carlos Brathwaite played another captain’s knock to lead the CCC Marooners to a breezy 7-wicket victory over his country team, Barbados Pride.Despite a star-studded team, the Pride, who remain without a win in three matches, felt the brunt of Brathwaite who struck three fours and three sixes in an unbeaten, even 50 from 31 balls, as the Marooners successfully chased 175 for victory.Shayne MoseleyHe shared a 90-run – unbroken – fourth-wicket partnership with Jonathan Drakes, who stroked 41 from 46 balls, including four boundaries. Marooners had a strong start with openers Kyle Corbin and Kjorn Ottley piling on 70 before they were dismissed and the home team stumbled to 88 for three in the 20th over.The Windies T20 skipper then joined Drakes as they carried the Marooners over the finish line in the 32nd over. There was neither substance nor stability from the Pride, after they were sent in to bat, except for a period when Kevin Stoute joined left-hand opener Shayne Moseley and they put on 40 for the fourth wicket.Moseley made 49 from 87 balls to lead the way, Stoute supported with 37, Shamar Springer got 22 and Windies pacer Miguel Cummins made a useful 20. Brathwaite was the pick of the Marooners’ bowlers returning figures of 3-21 from 10 overs and Akeem Jordan took 3-36 from 9.2 overs. Action continues across Barbados with more exciting matches. (Clifton Ross)