Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Environmental Management Consultants, Shyam Nokta, has been re-elected unopposed as President of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA).The association’s annual general meeting (AGM) was held on March 28 but the election of the president and the other executives was done on April 12, 2018 when the newly selected Board of Directors held its first meeting.Other executives elected during last month’s AGM were: CEO of Sterling Products Ltd., Ramsay Ali, who was re-elected 1st Vice President; Ramesh Dookhoo of Banks DIH Limited, who was elected as 2nd Vice President; and Glenis Hodge of Tropical Shipping, who was elected as the 3rd Vice President.Reelected president of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association Shyam Nokta along with some of the members of the Board of DirectorsAdditionally, Rafeek Khan of Woods Direct – Durable Wood Products, was elected Chairman of the Forestry & Wood Products sub-sector; Carlos Mendonca of Ricks & Sari was elected Chairman of the Agro-Processing sub-sector; Mahadeo Panchu of KSM Investments was elected Chairman of the Construction & Engineering sub-sector; Brian James of Guyana Pawnbroking and Trading Company/Royal Castle Restaurants, was elected Chairman of the Fast-Food sub-sector; and Major General (Ret’d) Norman McLean of Bosai Minerals Group was elected Chairman of the Extractive Industries sub-sector.Meanwhile, Yonette Jeffers of Laparkan Freight Forwarding; Clement Duncan of Swansea Industrial Associates; Joycelyn Williams of JTW Associates Management Institute; Peter Pompey of Brass, Aluminum and Cast Iron Foundry (BACIF); Raymond Ramsaroop of Edward B. Beharry & Sons Co. Ltd; Clinton Williams of Guyana National Industrial Company; Andre Cummings of Cummings Wood Products; Allison Butters-Grant of Global Seafood Distributors; and Carol Webster of O-Squared Consulting were all elected executive members of the new GMSA Board of Directors.Nokta and the other board members will serve for the period 2018-2019. In his acceptance speech, the re-elected GMSA president indicated that his main objective over the next year will be to further expand the membership of the organisation.He noted that an important area of focus will be facilitating the resolution of issues affecting members, principal among which are in relation to the tax regime and access to markets for locally manufactured products.According to Nokta, emphasis will be placed on strengthening important sub-sector bodies covering agro-processing; services; chemical and pharmaceuticals; construction and engineering; forestry and wood products; fast foods; and minerals and related products.He went on to express his strong interest in seeing the GMSA strengthen strategic partnerships with other business support organizations (BSO) to position the business community to maximize opportunities from new and emerging sectors such as the imminent hydrocarbon industry.He further highlighted initiatives undertaken by the GMSA in the last year, such as the Ministerial Roundtables and UncappeD, which have had success and will continue in the next year.The GMSA has over 100 member companies covering the manufacturing and services sectors.
The boys’ water polo team at Oaks Christian of Westlake Village circled Oct. 19 on its calendar the day schedules were finalized last summer. It was to be their first shot at Frontier League power Malibu. The Lions, ready to contend for the league title, might get an earlier look at Malibu. If both win their first three games at the Oxnard tournament, they’ll meet in the semifinals at Oxnard on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. “We haven’t seen them play all year, so I think it would be a good thing if we played them Saturday,” Oaks Christian coach Stuart Craft said. “It’s kind of tough for us, because we have to play them first (Wednesday in Frontier play) at their pool, so we’d like to get a look at them Saturday and get a feel for them.” Malibu has never lost a Frontier League game. Oaks Christian hoped to challenge the Sharks for the league title last year, but, said Craft, “They were just too good, and we were too young.” Oaks Christian (16-1) has won both tournaments – the season-opening Conejo Valley Tournament and last weekend’s Santa Maria tournament – it has entered. Ryan Balikian was MVP of the Santa Maria tournament after scoring seven goals in a 10-4 victory over Bullard of Fresno in the championship. Junior Jonnie Pare and senior Manuel Gonzalez were all-tournament selections. Pare, despite 10 stitches above his eye – he was kneed in the head playing hackey-sack – scored two goals in the title game. Splitting Time: Agoura goalie Ryan Paris established himself as one of the top freshman in the area last season, but he’s been sharing time in goal this season with senior Daniel Rozzen. Agoura coach Dusty Litvak said he likes Rozzen’s experience and size but prefers to start Paris. “They’re both extremely talented,” Litvak said. “No disrespect to anyone else in our league, but I think we have the two best goalies in the league.” If Paris isn’t sharp, or Litvak wants to change things up, Rozzen gets the call. In Tuesday’s 8-7 loss to Royal of Simi Valley, Paris allowed three goals near the end of the first quarter. Rozzen came on in the second quarter, allowed just four goals in the final two periods and finished with 10 saves. Litvak said it was Rozzen’s best game of the season. Poll Watching: La Canada remains atop the Southern Section Div. III poll for the third consecutive week. The Spartans are coming off a 19-8 rout of South Pasadena; Gamal Rady scored six goals. Harvard-Westlake of Studio City climbed to No. 1 in the Div. I poll, it’s highest ranking this season. The Wolverines beat powerful Wilson of Long Beach 7-6 in triple overtime on Oct. 1 and 9-6 in the semifinals of last weekend’s the Irvine S&R Cup. Royal is the ranked fourth in Div. IV, followed by No. 5 Agoura, No. 6 Moorpark, No. 8 Oaks Christian, No. 9 Westlake and No. 10 Thousand Oaks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!