Women’s and men’s head water polo coach Jovan Vavic has announced that long-time assistant Marko Pintaric will join him at the helm of the men’s program as co-head coach. Pintaric was previously the associate head coach for the men’s program as well as scouting director for the women’s side of the program. He will retain his position for the Women of Troy while moving up for the men. Pintaric has been a coach for USC for 15 years, all serving under his former coach, Vavic. “Pinta has been an integral part of our program as a player and now as a coach,” Vavic said in a press release. “He has developed some of the best goalies in NCAA history, and his energy, knowledge and innovative mind has brought a great deal of excitement to our team.” As a coach, Pintaric has been a part of eight men’s national championships as well as three national championships on the women’s side. Pintaric has specialized in goalie development, having coached four Trojans who represented their respective nations in goals during the 2012 Olympics. As a player, he was a two-year starter in 1997 and 1998. Pintaric was a pivotal player during the 1998 national championship run, scoring 44 goals that season. That year, Pintaric was also awarded National Player of the Year and was a first team All-American. Outside of USC, Pintaric has also joined Vavic as an interim coach for the men’s national team, leading the team to World Championship qualification at the 2013 World Aquatic Championship Qualification Tournament. The Croatian native graduated with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in communications at USC. “Pinta is loyal, committed, hard-working and an unselfish young coach,” Vavic said. ”USC water polo would never be what it is today without Pinta’s great contributions. I am thrilled that he has accepted this new position and am looking forward to many more great years together.” The Men of Troy are coming off a season in which they fell to UCLA in the NCAA Championship game.
A high-level delegation led by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman will be travelling to the United Kingdom to facilitate discussions on the complete lifting of its procurement ban on greenheart from Guyana. The meeting is set for November 19-21, 2018.The ban, which was introduced by the Environmental Agency (EA) in the UK in 2015, claimed that proof of sustainable sourcing of the forest product was inadequate. This has since resulted in a drastic decrease in exports of the product to the UK. It has also seen several concerns being raised by members of the Forest Producers Association and the public, as it was noted that the bannedMinister Raphael Trotmanproduct was historically vital to Guyana’s economy and the long-term effect of the ban could be damaging to Guyana’s export of greenheart as well as its credibility internationally.Greenheart represents over 18 per cent of Guyana’s logging industry production, of which timber is a major export earner, thus it was agreed that the Government of Guyana would engage in talks at the diplomatic level, among other things, to ensure this matter is sorted out.It must be noted that Guyana’s system of monitoring and verification to ensure logging is done in a sustainable and legal manner has been tested and proven over time, particularly, through our agreement with the Kingdom of Norway.With this being said, in December 2016, after being advised that a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification was awarded to Iwokrama, the EA relaxed the ban on greenheart. This meant that the UK began to accept Category A FSC 100 per cent greenheart only from Iwokrama, but continued to refuse Category B timber.In 2017, the UK agreed to reopen dialogue.In a statement, the Natural Resources Ministry said that Guyana saw this opening as an opportunity to fully ventilate the issue and Guyana’s position with regard to the UK, and made a case for completely lifting the ban on greenheart imports.Guyana will, therefore, take advantage of the opportunity for dialogue toward the resolution of the matter to restart the smooth export of greenheart to the UK, and strengthen the relationship between Guyana and the UK.“Guyana believes that it has met and maintained all international standards and criteria for the product and export of timber products of all species. This again is evidenced by the successful implementation of the Partnership Agreement with the Kingdom of Norway, and by the successful conclusion of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the European Union, under the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) regime, which is to be signed on November 23, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium,” the statement further said.It was outlined that while in the UK, the delegation will deliver a presentation in support of Guyana’s case for lifting of the ban and hold discussions with senior officials.The Ministry, which will also receive delegation support from the Foreign Affairs Ministry, is anticipating that the discussions will be “fruitful and rewarding.” The other members of the Guyana delegation include Guyana Forestry Commission Chairman Joslyn Dow, EU-FLEGT Secretariat Head Kenny David and GFC Deputy Commissioner Gavin Agard.