Lindeners were on Saturday given an opportunity to join in the creation of a process which would allow citizens to exercise influence over ways in which Guyana’s oil and gas revenues would impact society.This opportunity was made possible through a public consultation hosted by Policy Forum Guyana (PFG), a partner in the programme Shared Resources Joint Solutions (SRJS). The ‘Open Space’ initiative, hosted at the Egbert Benjamin Centre in Mackenzie, Linden, aims at generating national consensus among ordinary Guyanese on how the “mega-revenues” expected from the country’s oil and gas sector can best deliver to the future of all Guyanese.It was the second in a series of five initiatives which are set to be conducted across the coastal regions in New Amsterdam, Anna Regina and Corriverton in the coming months. The PFG team to Linden was spearheaded by Coordinator Benita Davis, Mike Mc Cormack, Tatyana Abrams and Shevona Strain.According to Davis, the Open Space method is an excellent way to engage all citizens in a discussion on a complex issue like oil and gas. Apart from the ordinary people educating themselves about the consequences of oil and gas, Davis said, the event is also a valuable learning opportunity for many of the volunteers from Linden who may be experiencing the Open Space technique for the first time.The longer-term aim of the initiative, she explained, is to revive a collective belief among Guyanese that things could be different. “Rather than resigning ourselves to each one striving as individuals to better their own position within the existing society, if citizens act together, they can renovate society as a whole,” she explained.Among those present at the activity were several groups, including the Linden Youth leaders, Connection Youth Group and the Linden Youth Network. The groups engaged in discussions that were centred on developments they would like to see in the community and across the country coming from oil and gas revenues. This included the future development of Linden’s economy and job availability for graduates, among other things. They also embraced the opportunity to share issues and recommendations.Davis said the Open Space events have a two-year timeline set in three phases. These are (1) to create a national consensus on the common future to which all Guyana aspires, (2) to create a national consensus around priority mega projects best suited to advance the realisation of the common vision developed in phase one; and (3) to undertake environmental and social impact assessments, feasibility studies and cost of the projects identified in Phase two.
Spain were made to struggle by a spirited North Korea as they scripted a 2-0 win in their last Group D match to enter the second round of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Friday.Mohamed Moukhliss (4th minute) and Cesar Gelabert (71st) struck in each half as Spain finished second in the group with six points from three matches.The Europeans had started the tournament with an action-packed 1-2 loss to Brazil before beating Niger to bring their campaign back on track.On Friday evening, they came up against a well organised North Korean defence which refused to yield too much time and space.Spain managed to take an early lead when Cesar found Moukhliss, who dribbled through the Korean defence to score with a simple finish.It became a battle thereafter. Spain dominated possession and created more attempts on goal, but the Koreans defended stoutly.Spain finally found a second goal when a rare mistake by the Korean defence saw Gelabert pounce on a loose ball inside the penalty area.Any hopes of a fightback by the Asians were dashed when Pae Kwang Min was awarded a red card in the 84th minute.BRAZIL 2 – 0 NIGERFIFA PHOTOBrazil rode on a couple of first half goals to beat a stubborn Niger 2-0 in their last Group D match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Friday.Lincoln (4th minute) opened Brazil’s account right after the start when he tapped in a cross from the right.Brenner doubled the lead in the 34th minute when his free-kick took a lucky deflection off the wall to catch Niger goalkeeper Khaled Lawali on the wrong foot.advertisementBrazil have topped the group, winning all three matches to finish the opening round with the full nine points.Niger, who needed a win to stay in the running for a spot in the second round, crashed out of the tournament with three points from as many matches.The match was mostly a saga of wave after wave of Brazilian attacks being held at bay by a stubborn Niger defence.The South America U-17 champions repeatedly came up with excellent combination plays and penetrative passes and crosses, but the Africans successfully defended their citadel throughout the second half.Niger did have the occasional chance on the counter, but a combination of poor finishing and good defending helped Brazil maintain a clean sheet.