Former Chief Planner of the Finance Ministry, Clyde Roopchand, who has been hailed as a patriot andPersons solemnly pay their last respectsoutstanding public servant, was on Saturday laid to rest. Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo were among those present at the funeral service, held outside of the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown.Roopchand worked at the State Planning Secretariat and also sat on several Government boards. He was 70 years old and passed away in New York, USA.After his passing, the Ministry of the Presidency had said issued a simple statement which read: “President David Granger has expressed condolences to the wife and relatives of Mr Clyde Roopchand.”The People’s Progressive Party had also expressed their grief at the passing of the former public servant. “His passion and commitment to advance the country and the welfare of its people is undisputed.Guyana has indeed lost a stalwart and a true son. The best tribute would be to ensure that his contributions are not forgotten and the impeccable standards he set, be emulated,” the Party had noted.
Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has told talkSPORT that Theo Walcott will have to fight for his place in the Gunners side when he returns from injury.The winger has been sidelined since January after suffering knee ligament damage during the FA Cup third round victory over fierce rivals Tottenham.In his absence, Wenger has strengthened his attacking options with Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez providing stiff competition for a spot in the Gunners’ attack.And while Winterburn believes the England international may not fit straight back into the squad, he adds that Walcott is likely to become a key member of the squad again when he eventually returns to full fitness.“I’m not sure Walcott will come straight back into the side,” the former defender told Drivetime.“If you remember at the start of last season he was injured and came off the bench a lot and had a massive impact.“Eventually, though, he will come back into the team. Theo is a player I really like, he’s got genuine pace, his goalscoring ability is very, very good.“I think he’ll eventually come in on the right wing, and with Olivier Giroud out for a while it means Welbeck can play on his own up front, with maybe Sanchez going over to the left.“With that front three, that’s how I see Arsenal’s best formation going forward, even when everyone is fit.”