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Self-centred, self-serving, self-indulgent

first_imgDear Editor,I have seen a letter to the media from Mr Gerry Gouveia seeking to personally denigrate Mr Michael Correia and his family which can only be described as self-centered, self-serving, self-indulgent and narcissistic.I respond only because Mr Gouveia has insulted both myself and Captain Chan-A-Sue by claiming that Mr Correia, at Board Meetings, shouts us into silence. Anyone who knows Captain Chan-A-Sue, to say nothing of myself, and reads this nonsense is bound to find it laughable. It, however, demonstrates the extraordinary low level to which Mr Gouveia is prepared to descend in public to express his ire.My company has provided professional public communication consultancy services to a very large number of highly regarded companies and corporations here in Guyana, in the Caribbean and, from time to time, internationally. My company has also represented Ogle Airport Inc. for over 15 years. I can say without hesitation that Michael Correia is one of the finest CEO’s I have been privileged to work with.In the course of these years, I have witnessed, under Michael Correia’s leadership, the extraordinary growth of what is today the Eugene F. Correia International Airport from a light aircraft facility with a tiny airstrip built mainly for the purpose for accommodating Guysuco’s crop dusters, to a first class Regional International Airport.It cannot be gainsaid that, though the idea and original commitment came from five local aviation companies, including Gouveia’s company, to form Ogle Airport Inc. to bid for the privatization of Ogle Airport in 2001 when the Airport was ruled as unsafe by the International Civil Aviation Authority and threatened with closure, it was Correia’s company and Correia’s determination to stay faithful to the commitment when the others balked at the investment. It is mostly Correia’s money that has built the International Airport from which Gouveia’s company and the others operating out of the Airport and, indeed, Guyana, benefit today.For me, it is unthinkable that Gerry Gouveia, whose company’s contribution to the investment in the Airport is 2 ¼ per cent, should attack the Correia family in this ugly public fashion. What has been achieved at Ogle, it is worth reminding Mr Gouveia, when he makes self-serving comparisons with his own achievements, has never depended on political patronage for its success.Yours sincerely,Kit NascimentoManaging Directorlast_img read more

Cole quits England after WC snub

first_img“We have a great manager and team and I wish them only success. I will be supporting them like a true fan. Thanks to everyone for everything,” the 107-times capped Cole added ahead of Hodgson’s official squad announcement on Monday.Cole’s words indicated his failure to hold down a regular first-team spot at Chelsea this season, where he has been displaced by Spain’s Cesar Azpilicueta, had cost him his England career.His omission means that Everton’s Leighton Baines is set to be confirmed as England’s leading left-back when Hodgson unveils his 23-man squad for the World Cup finals, with Southampton teenager Luke Shaw providing cover for the 29-year-old.“#Baines and #shaw are great players, proved this season, and are the future of this country, it was a pleasure to get #107 caps #eng,” added Cole, who earlier on Sunday started in Chelsea’s final league game of the season, a 2-1 victory away to already-relegated Cardiff, on Twitter.Former Arsenal defender Cole made his international debut against Albania in 2001 and has been an England regular ever since, starting every tournament game since his finals bow against Sweden at the 2002 World Cup.Back in March, Hodgson said he understood he might have to disappoint a “big name” player when it came to selecting his squad for Brazil.On Sunday, Hodgson told the Football Association website that dropping Cole, who “in his prime” was the world’s best left-back, had been one of the toughest decisions of his career.– ‘Incredible competitor’ –“Among many difficult decisions I’ve had to make for my squad, not selecting Ashley was one of the hardest,” Hodgson said“He’s been an incredible competitor for England, to amass over a century of caps is a truly staggering achievement and he deserves enormous credit for the desire and brilliance which has shone through over the years he has represented his country.“There are few players who can be considered among the very best in the world, but Ashley in his prime was the best left back without question,” added Hodgson, who said Cole had accepted his omission with “huge grace”.“Of course I must respect his decision to retire, he has been one of England’s finest players, but I want to look to the future. It has been one of the hardest decisions of my career.”Now it appears that the 18-year-old Shaw is set for his first major tournament as an England player despite having just the one cap behind him.Shaw received a glowing report from Hodgson after making a 45-minute substitute appearance during his England debut in the friendly win over Denmark two months ago, with the manager saying: “Anyone who has watched him play would not deny he deserves a place.”The fact Cole, who moved across London from Arsenal to Chelsea eight years ago, was pictured crying after the Blues’ final home Premier League game of the season last weekend also raised questions about his club future.It is understood Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would like Cole to remain at Stamford Bridge but several clubs in Europe and the United States have reportedly expressed an interest in signing the player.England will face Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in the group stages of the World Cup which gets under way on June 12.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, May 12 – Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole announced Sunday he was retiring from international football after being told he’d been left out of England manager Roy Hodgson’s squad for the World Cup.“I got the call from Roy and agree England team should be about the young players,” the 33-year-old Cole told his Twitter followers.last_img read more