The Guyana Football Federation doesn’t need an investigation

first_imgDear Editor,Reference is hereby made to the above caption as it relates to the publication of an article captioned “GFF launches investigation into Futsal shooting incident (SN 19.04.18). In acknowledging that “the Holy Prophet Mohammed had to go to the mountain, the mountain didn’t go to him”, by a similar token, it was a colossal mistake on the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) behalf to publicly state that: “A meeting would be convened with stakeholders and private promoters to regularise privately run tournaments, moreover street football.Editor, in my estimation, what the GFF should have done was to document its conditionalities, publicise and circulate them to affiliates, the Ministry which holds responsibility for sport, and the National Sports Commission. In so doing, clubs, via their respective associations, and most importantly players and officials, would have known the Federation means “serious business”.As a consequence of the incident that occurred at the National Gymnasium on April 14, 2018 and disrupted the finals of the PETRA-coordinated/Corona-sponsored Futsal finals, one can see “a ticking time bomb in the making”. The incident occurred at a Government-owned and controlled facility, without some semblance of decency and social decorum, as in the past, it left much to be desired.Reiteratively and remonstratively, a high level of duplicity exists, since during the course of last year, a finals had to be aborted due to: “Crowd encroachment at the ungodly hour of 02:30h; while alcoholic beverages were being sold in defiance of the ruling from the Public Security Minister. Such sales must cease at 02:00h”. With this breach of security, occurring in a tournament co-sponsored by the NSC, did it register in the “mindset of the NSC Director that stringent policies, in collaboration with the GFF, prior to rental, must be in place?Would both parties now sit together and decide upon a “menu of measures” for the staging of future tournaments? Of course, the Guyana Police Force, Fire Service, St John’s Ambulance Brigade/Red Cross are all equal partners in their respective areas of: crowd control security, evacuation, first aid and physiotherapy.Editor, I may be wrong, but when I am I remain subject to correction. The Sports Director should, if he hasn’t reached with the Chairman of the Providence National Stadium, towards: “Contractual arrangements and obligations, ahead of rental”. Whereby (semi) international standards are always maintained, that is “Prohibition of selling beverages, in glass bottles”! I’m absolutely positive that the National Gymnasium, by the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) standards, would not receive an approval as a venue to host a CFU Futsal qualifying leg, since basic amenities such as “Medical room, visible fire extinguishers, fire alarm, security room and adequate emergency exits would come up short”.Finally, as a previous participant at a FIFA-funded, GFF-coordinated one-day seminar, “Stadium Management and Security, at the GCC pavilion, in 2008, the once world famous Bourda Ground was deemed unfit to host a World Cup Qualifier”. The rest is now history!By the way, does the National Gymnasium have an official time of closure?Respectfully yours,Lester Sealeylast_img read more

Better social skills in pigs found to result in reduced length of

first_imgA small team of researchers from Scotland’s Rural College, the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna and Queens University in the U.K., has found that better social skills in pigs lead to shorter rank fights. They have published a paper in Royal Society Open Science describing experiments they conducted with domesticated pigs and what they found. More information: Irene Camerlink et al. Advantages of social skills for contest resolution, Royal Society Open Science (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.181456 Credit: CC0 Public Domain Hong Kong to cull 6,000 pigs as first swine fever case found Explore further Citation: Better social skills in pigs found to result in reduced length of rank fights (2019, May 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from In the animal kingdom, fighting between members of a species or a group within a species is a common way to establish rank. But it can also lead to problems for the participants if they are injured. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if animals in the wild have a mechanism for mitigating injuries, perhaps by shortening the duration of bouts. They further wondered if the degree of socialism had an impact on rank fight length. More specifically, would animals that have learned to socialize well with other animals engage in shorter and less injurious bouts? To find out if this might be the case, the team studied domesticated pigs, which are known to engage in rank fights.The experiments involved allowing 32 piglets to visit a neighboring farm whenever they wanted to socialize with other animals, including pigs. Another 32 piglets were restricted to their own farm where they were only ever allowed to interact with their mothers. When the piglets were eight weeks old, they were placed in pens with another piglet. The researchers observed them to see how they interacted. Rank fights between pigs generally involve sniffing, walking around one another, nudging, tussling with snouts, and on some occasions, actually biting one another. A few minutes later, one of the pigs will give up and show submission to the other, establishing the rank level between the two of them.The researchers report that for the well-socialized pigs, the rank fights lasted on average just three minutes. Those that had not been allowed to socialize while growing up tended to fight longer—on average, one minute longer. They also found themselves injured one-third more often than the socialized pigs. The findings indicate that socialization in pigs allows for less severe, shorter rank fights, preventing injury among group members. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Royal Society Open Science © 2019 Science X Networklast_img read more