Women's Issues In Guyana


Mothers’ Union to stage celebrity cricket match

Posted in Activism,Sports by wiig on April 30, 2008
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Stabroek News – April 30, 2008

A celebrity cricket tournament involving a former Test player, four former first-class players and an ex-Guyana under-19 batsman will be the feature attraction on May 5 when the Diocese of Guyana Mothers’ Union holds its Family Fun Day at the YMCA ground in Thomas Lands.

The six-over per-side competition will involve six teams, each led by a ‘Celebrity’ player and all proceeds from this Charity match and the Fair is in aid of the Work of the Mothers’ Union (MU) in Guyana.

The Mothers’ Union (MU) is an organization with 3.6 million members worldwide, all dedicated to promoting stable family life, empowering people through community projects, fellowship, policy and prayer.

The action starts at 10:00hrs and former West Indies off-spinner Clyde Butts, Mark Harper, Neil Barry, Roderick Lovell, Shawn Holder and Rayon Griffith (who replaces former Test pacer Reon King who is unavailable due to his GCC commitments to the WIPA 20/20 tournament in Trinidad), will hope to roll back the years with outstanding performances for their respective teams in the soft-ball competition.    (more…)

Ferreira-James bound for Beijing

Posted in Sports by wiig on April 30, 2008
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Stabroek News – April 30, 2008

Guyana’s leading female football referee Diane Ferreira-James is Beijing bound following her appointment by FIFA, football’s world governing body to officiate at the forthcoming Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Ferreira-James was chosen along with several other female referees from CONCACAF, the Confederation of Central and North America and the Caribbean Football Union to the panel of referees to officiate in the Games billed to kick off in August.

The well-decorated local referee was chosen along with Kari Seitz of the United States and Trinidad and Tobago’s Shane DeSilva, while the assistant referees named are Lynda Bramble and Cindy Mohammed of the Twin Island Republic, Marlene Duffy and Veronica of the USA and Rita Munoz and Isabel Maria Tovar of Mexico.

Ferreira-James officiated in many international tournaments including the Women’s World Cup finals.

Inaugural U-19 Female Inter-County cricket tourney starts today

Posted in Sports by wiig on April 18, 2008
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Kaieteur News – April 18, 2008
By Samuel Whyte

The Guyana Cricket Board will run off two female Inter-County cricket competitions this year. In addition to the senior tournament, an Under-19 competition will be played for the first time.
The U-19 segment gets started today, while the seniors will bowl off on Wednesday 23 and all matches will be played in Demerara.

Both competition will be played using the 40-over format and will see the teams opposing each other once. At the end of the competition, the team with the most points or better run rate (if more than one team finish with the same points) will be declared the winner.

The GCB will sponsor the U-19 competition, while according to the GCB Corporate sponsorship for the senior tournament is presently being finalized by the board.

Demerara and Essequibo will square off in the inaugural U-19 game today at the Police sports club ground Eve Leary. (more…)

GFF-WCC eyeing women’s football development in Guyana

Posted in Sports by wiig on April 10, 2008
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Stabroek News – April 10, 2008

The Guyana Football Federation World Cup Committee (GFF-WCC) has approached the Guyana Football Federation with a proposal for the development of women’s football in Guyana.

The proposal by the GFF-WCC has the main goal of developing a women’s team to represent the country at the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Women’s Gold Tournament in either 2009 or 2010, according to a press release yesterday.

The GFF-WCC is currently advising the national football fraternity to embark on this venture, since they have recently learned of the notable number of Guyanese or children of Guyanese who are playing in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and for top clubs throughout North America.

The GFF-WCC is believed to have proposed that those foreign players may stimulate local interest in the development of the programme in Guyana.   (more…)

Guyanese woman Roxanne Lashley summits Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

Posted in Sports by wiig on April 8, 2008
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Guyana Chronicle – April 8, 2008

First Guyanese to make it atop Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Ms. Roxanne Lashley draped with the Golden Arrowhead on reaching the summit of Africa’s highest free standing mountain.

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Holbrook woman reaches new heights She realizes a dream and climbs to the highest point in Africa

The Patriot Ledger – Apr 04, 2008
By Jody Feinberg

At the end of an eight-day climb, Roxanne Lashley felt on top of the world – and she was at nearly 20,000 feet high.

“Beautiful, oh, beautiful,” said Lashley of Holbrook, about her view from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. “It was everything I hoped for and more.” (more…)

Jessica Stephenson cops second Carifta medal

Posted in Sports by wiig on March 31, 2008
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Kaieteur News – March 31, 2008

Jessica Stephenson captured a second medal at the Carifta Games Swimming championships being contested in Aruba.

The Trinidad and Tobago-based Guyanese secured a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke event yesterday.

She had earlier claimed gold in the 200m breaststroke. Full details in tomorrow’s edition.

Ataturk International Women’s Masters Tournament

Posted in Sports by wiig on March 23, 2008
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Stabroek News – March 23, 2008

The Ataturk International Women Masters Chess Tournament was completed in Turkey yesterday. It attracted the world’s finest women players, including the current world champion from China and a former world champion from Sweden. At the time of writing with two rounds to go, China’s child prodigy, 13-year-old HouYifan, was leading the tournament.

The 17-year-old talent from India, grandmaster Harika Dronavalli began strongly by securing two consecutive wins. She faltered, however, and currently sits in 5th place. Here is her game with Anna Ushenina from the Ukraine, whom she defeated in 43 moves.

Ushenina v Harika Ushenina, Anna – Harika, Dronavalli Isbank Ataturk International Women Mast Istanbul (3), 13.3.2008 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nb3 Bd7 11.0-0-0 0-0-0 12.Kb1 Kb8 13.Be2 h5 14.Bf3 Rc8 15.Qe2 h4 16.Bh5 Rh7 17.Bg4 Rc7 18.Qf3 Na5 19.f5 Nc4 20.fxe6 fxe6 21.Qxf6 Bg7 22.Qg6 Bxc3 23.bxc3 Bc8 24.Bxe6 Rhg7 25.Qf6 Bxe6 26.Qxe6 Rxg2 27.Qe8+ Ka7 28.Qa4 Nd2+ 29.Kb2 Rc4 30.Qa5 Qxa5 31.Nxa5 Ra4 32.Nb3 Nc4+ 33.Ka1 Rxc2 34.Nc1 Nd2 35.Rhe1 Nxe4 36.Re2 Raxa2+ 37.Nxa2 Rxe2 38.Rd4 d5 39.Nc1 Rxh2 40.c4 Rc2 41.Na2 Rxc4 42.Rxd5 Nc3 43.Nxc3 Rxc3 WHITE RESIGNS! 0-1.

GWBA doing a fantastic job – Sports Minister

Posted in Sports by wiig on January 25, 2008
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-Ministry to offer more support
Kaieteur News – January 25, 2008

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport: Dr. Frank Anthony yesterday lauded the efforts of the Guyana Women’s Basketball Association (GWBA) to popularise the women’s version of the sport in Guyana.

The minister extolled the association during a courtesy call at his Main Street office yesterday to formally update him on the body’s inaugural participation at the Gillian Brazier Basketball Shoot–Out in Antigua from January 17–20. “They are doing well; the girls are excited and the manager and coaches have been doing a fantastic job,” Anthony said, adding that if the association can inspire more women to play the sport, it would be to their advantage.

The team, which was coached by Mark Agard, Abdullah Hamid and United States–based Carolyn Harvey–Mounir and managed by GWBA facilitator: Michaela Burnette, placed second in the four–team tournament in Antigua. (more…)

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