Limacol KO Football Tournament…All roads lead to the Ministry of Education Ground on Carifesta Avenue this evening, where the final encounter in the Limacol Knockout Football tournament 2018 season will be played between Police FC and Pouderoyen FC, who have battled relentlessly through the competition to arrive at this place in the highly anticipated final.The competition started with a total of twelve teams, namely: Guyana Police Force, Pele Football Club, Northern Rangers, Mahaica Determinators, Campton, Georgetown Football Club, Riddim Squad, Buxton Stars, Santos, Pouderoyen, Grove Hi Tec and Beacons Football Club.They were divided into three groups, and a no-holds-barred competition followed as each team tried their best to lay claim to the first prize of $600,000 and concomitant bragging rights.Despite missing out on ending at the top of their group, Police played well during the tenser quarterfinal and semifinal matches to book their place. Their last encounter, which was with the agile Riddim Squad, saw them playing a great defensive game, separating Riddim Squad from the goal throughout the game. The Police players even went above and beyond the call of duty, acting as goalkeepers on many instances when Riddim Squad were within inches of scoring.Nevertheless, the lawmen posse’s scoring seemed to be off-target in the last game. Known as a team to capitalise on the second half, Police were able only to connect one goal for their win.Hailing from the West side, which some consider the best side, the Pouderoyen boys have fought their way out of a tough group (Santos, Grove Hi Tec and Beacons) to make it into the quarterfinal. In the semis, they met with the resilient and experienced Santos side, who held an advantage over them, having demolished them in their group encounter. Pouderoyen showed their worth by keeping Santos at bay and longing for a goal even after the 90 minutes had expired.This evening’s clash of the two top teams is sure to become a seismic event. Both teams possess great knowledge of ‘knock ball,’ a tactic that has proven to be helpful in the tournament. Police will rely on their excellent striking, as will Pouderoyen. Having made it to the final last year (against Western Tigers) and missing out, Police would want to arrest any negative change in their fortunes this time around.On the other hand, the youthful West side team are hungry for their first win. With both teams determined to take home the $600,000 cash prize, this final will be one for the books. The action kicks off at 21:00hrs.Earlier on, at 19:00hrs, the third place play-off will take place between Santos and Riddim Squad. Those teams will battle for the third prize of $150,000. Second and fourth place will receive $300,000 and $100,000 respectively.The tournament is sponsored by the New GPC under their Limacol brand.
War imagery is invoked to show determination to win. But as Sen. Reid and others assert with regard to Iraq, shooting wars have no winners; just those who lose more and those who lose less as casualties mount. However, the casualties caused are the last thing “War on X” supporters ever discuss, although any honest evaluation would find many casualties, as with large public housing projects which became “instant slums” or the litany of failed training programs promoted as part of the “War on Poverty.” Wars also end with a formal surrender. But government wars on poverty, drugs, etc., can never be won in a similar way. If a belief that the war in Iraq cannot be won is a reason to end it, it is equally a reason to end those domestic wars. Because of its powerful emotional impact, war imagery and language is also abused in other ways that would make George Orwell proud. We hear of trade wars, in language implying that they are contests between domestic and foreign producers, so that protectionism for “our” firms against “their” firms sounds sensible. However, both buyers and sellers expect to gain by trading, or they would not voluntarily participate, so trade creates wealth. (This is why every defensible study of protectionism finds that it destroys wealth). Protectionism, in fact, is an alliance between domestic producers and the government declaring war on domestic consumers to force them to pay higher prices. Those in Washington who constantly reiterate their opposition to a war they say can’t be won are the same people who propose wars to “solve” every other crisis (often caused by their “solution” to some earlier alleged crisis). But those policy wars are never won, either. Rather being given up as un-winnable, they get escalated, expanding government encroachment on our shrinking freedoms. And adding more government intervention in virtually every aspect of our lives because politicians who oppose war call everything else a war cannot stand up to careful examination. Gary M. Galles is a professor of economics at Pepperdine University. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SENATE Majority Leader Harry Reid triggered a flurry of partisan attacks and counterattacks with his statement that “this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything.” However, while it is being given little attention, perhaps most striking about his assertion that we ought to abandon rather than escalate a war that cannot be won is how inconsistently it is applied. There are a host of government sponsored domestic “wars” to which that same argument applies, yet they get escalated rather than ended. This is illustrated by some politicians’ intense opposition to the Iraq war, because of its negative consequences, while at the same time, those same people call every new domestic policy initiative of theirs a “war,” in order to galvanize support for it. We have heard that “war is hell,” “all’s fair in love and war,” and “war is politics by other means.” We heard that the 1970s oil crisis was the moral equivalent of war (although government price controls did far more damage than OPEC, making one wonder who declared war on American citizens). And government wars have been declared on every problem. Unfortunately, however, the imagery of urgency, resolve and “giving all we’ve got” for the good of the country doesn’t match the policies actually implemented or their effects on taxpayers’ pockets and citizens’ liberties. Rather, declarations of such “wars” are often just dramatic rhetoric used to promote politicians’ pet programs, which frequently do more harm than good, such as the vast invasions of property and privacy, as well as increases in violence and corruption, triggered by the un-winnable but frequently escalated “War on Drugs.”