Nicholson gives Boys’ Town first win

first_imgShamar Nicholson scored in his fourth successive match to give Boys’ Town their first win in five matches in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), beating newcomers and former table-toppers Jamalco 1-0 at The Barbican Sports Complex, yesterday.The lanky striker, who scored in successive losing efforts against Harbour View, Montego Bay United and Portmore United, finally saw his goal give his team some much-needed points and he said there is more to come.”It’s a good feeling, knowing we lost our four games and to come and win the fifth game and get the MVP is a good feeling. You can’t imagine how I feel!” he told The Gleaner.The 19-year-old, who is in his third season in the RSPL, says he feels at home in the league, and with his team relying heavily on him to get goals and points, he expects to carry on his form and continue to deliver through the season.”I expected this performance because, throughout the pre-season, it was just hard work and this just don’t come like this. It takes hard work. My team is looking up to me a lot and I have been doing the job, but we have been making basic mistakes, but we are working on correcting those errors. So you can expect better from Boys’ Town,” he said.Boys’ Town started brightly and were rewarded for their early spark when Nicholson turned his marker and unleashed a well-placed shot past Levar Williams in the seventh minuteOVER THE TARGETJamalco eventually came into their own and created a few openings, the best of which fell to Akeem Henry on top of the area, but he placed his effort just over the target.Nicholson continued to be Boys’ Town’s biggest threat after the break, forcing Williams into a diving save from Xavian Virgo on 58 minutes, then curling a shot just wide minutes later, before heading just wide of the target from a corner. However, they held off wave after wave of attacks from the visitors, although goalkeeper Kirk Porter was rarely threatened despite Boys’ Town being on the back foot.Boys’ Town coach Andrew Price believes the win was long in coming and complimented his team on their collective work defensively.”I told them as long as we start getting clean sheets, we are going to start winning games … and we defended well collectively,” he said.He also praised Nicholson for stepping up, but issued a hands-off warning to local suitors who might be thinking of prying away the young striker in the January window.”He’s a big player. I told him that being the top striker on our team, he has to get goals. Every game he should get one goal, and if he can get two or three, which he should, then that would be a plus. But there are always going to be suitors (local), but we will only be looking at offers from overseas,” he said.last_img read more

Rupununi promoted as tourism destination

first_imgThe Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) and Visit Rupununi on Friday launched the presentation of the Rupununi calendar of events in an effort to promote and market the area as a tourist destination.A representative of the Business Ministry (left) and President of Visit Rupununi, Melanie McTurk share a poster showcasing the calendar of events during the launch of its fourth annual calendar of events 2019In brief remarks at the launch at the GTA boardroom, Sophia Exhibition Site, Greater Georgetown, the agency’s Director, Brian Mullis said the Rupununi calendar of events was one of many marketing initiatives that the GTA and Visit Rupununi would be working on to ensure tourism development.Mullis noted that these initiatives are major marketing tools that the Guyana Tourism Authority will be using, as well, to show case trade shows abroad.The GTA Director highlighted that the partnership achieved with Visit Rupununi helped in the areas of marketing of new products and product development, joint ventures in community meetings and scoping, especially in training and capacity building.He noted that the Agency was involved in tour guide training for North Rupununi residents, and hopes to facilitate a boat captain training soon. The GTA Director urged the public to visit the Rupununi.Visit Rupununi’s Tourism President, Melanie McTurk, noted that Visit Rupununi stakeholders recognised that strengthening the linkages between the region’s population, local and international NGOs regional and nationally especially the formalising of strategic partnerships with national tourism bodies such as the GTA and THAG will play a critical role in achieving this vision.“Over the past three years, Visit Rupununi has worked with a mixture of community-based enterprises, private operators, regional organisations and most notably the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) and the GTA to provide access to various training opportunities, representations at exhibitions, technical advice and as a forum for information and stakeholder input on a range of issues relevant to the development and enhancement of the sector”.While echoing similar sentiments, Coordinator Candace Phillips said the production of the events showcased collaborative pieces that exhibited the key areas of the Rupununi.She noted that the folders provided information on accommodation, tour operators and titled Amerindian villages. Phillips expressed gratitude to the GTA for publishing the first prints of the Rupununi calendar of events since it minimises the cost of the printing materials.The calendar for the first time allows visitors and prospective visitors at a glance to know what are the big events and more importantly when.For the domestic and international travelers, it will hopefully serve to provide information on the variety of products available and reiterate that the Rupununi is one destination with a variety of products to offer.Travellers who seek more information can visit the website at Rupununi was established in 2015 to develop international and local tourism through capacity building of communities and tourism service providers to market the destination, raising awareness within local communities and supporting the establishment of tourism services to provide quality, diversified and safe tourism and conserve the nature-based, traditional heritage of the Rupununi.last_img read more