Over the years, the rice industry in Guyana has passed through both lean and good times. Prior to 1992, for example, many rice farmers simply abandoned their cultivations and withdrew from the only thing they had known all their lives. These were, indeed, very testing times for the country’s rice sector. But following the PPP’s return to power in 1992, rice farmers returned to their lands and progress in this sector was evident. The cultivation of rice in Guyana, therefore, grew by leap and bounds— so much that today, it has produced doctors, lawyers, educators, politicians, academics and so on from the off-springs of those who toiled the lands.Rice is grown mainly on our coastal plain where the soil is quite fertile to facilitate agriculture and where conditions are best for cultivation. Like sugar, rice is one of our major contributors to the Gross domestic product (GDP). However, over the years, rice farmers began to face numerous challenges; these include: low prices for paddy, low yields owing to extreme weather patterns – droughts, floods, paddy bugs infestation, and a host of other issues.In spite of the present administration spinning the statistics in terms of production etc, it is clear that Guyana’s rice yield has not been living up to the expectations of rice farmers, much so that many farmers are no longer motivated to plant their lands.For some farmers, the low price they receive for their paddy does not enable them to make a reasonable profit as production and labour costs are too high, hence they are not encouraged to increase the amount of rice they grow or even continue rice production. Some of the costs incurred in rice production are: land preparation, this includes drainage and ploughing of the soil; harvesting with a combine; transporting the paddy to a rice mill and labour costs etc. The situation for some rice farmers is so bad that they (usually small and medium-scale farmers) have chosen to rent their lands to large-scale farmers, while others have even resorted to selling theirs for the development of house lots.If this pattern continues, with escalating prices of input and declining prices of output, production will decrease rapidly and more of the lands would go towards housing development. Not only is this a waste of fertile land, it would also certainly have a negative impact on Guyana’s economy as an export earner and more importantly, our ability to ensure we are food secure.While there is no control over nature in terms of the changing weather patterns, there are certain interventions which could be made to ensure that the impact of the weather on rice production is minimised to a great extent. For example, in addition to having proper drainage systems in place, there is need to ensure that sluices and kokers are all functioning to their optimum so that excess water could be drained off the land in good time. There is also need to ensure there is an adequate number of pumps in the event of flooding as a result of excess rainfall or high tides. And in terms of dealing with the drought, some persons have proposed digging of water reservoirs.It should be noted that the then PPP Government had sought to introduce new varieties of rice to withstand the changes in the weather. With the development and distribution of newer varieties of rice paddies, we are ensuring, in the long run, that one of our major exports becomes completely insusceptible to the weather conditions and pests and diseases.Considering the present low prices being paid to farmers for their rice, the authorities must continue to aggressively search for more attractive markets for Guyana’s rice so that farmers will get a better deal.That said, with the elections campaign about to heat up, we are certain that rice farmers will be paying close attention to the policies and plans of the various political parties in terms of ensuring the rice industry reaches its optimum. Rice farmers will also look to see which party is offering more incentives to encourage them to return to the fields and expand their production. Guyana cannot afford to allow its rice industry to further deteriorate.
Those who survive Ebola need to use condoms to stem its spread, said health officials, after a Liberian woman was infected. She contracted the disease due to “unprotected sex with a survivor”.Hence, the virus seems to be surviving in semen for longer periods of time, according to rt.She was in Liberia’s capital Monrovia, aged 44, and by mid-March, one month after the last confirmed patient in Liberia was identified and isolated, she contracted the disease, the CDC reported.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a report Friday that “contact with semen from male survivors should be avoided” until researchers find out for how long the Ebola virus remains in the semen.”Based on information gathered in this investigation, CDC now recommends that contact with semen from male Ebola survivors be avoided until more information regarding the duration and infectiousness of viral shedding in body fluids is known,” the report urged.”If male survivors have sex (oral, vaginal, or anal), a condom should be used correctly and consistently every time.”Although it cannot be said for certain that the woman caught Ebola through sex with the man, the symptoms show the possibility, according to livescience. She had not travelled out of the country or interacted with visitors from other ebola-affected countries such as Sierra Leone or Guinea. As she had also not contacted victims of Ebola nor had met anyone else with the symptoms, it was baffling how she had got the disease.She did, however, “report unprotected vaginal intercourse” with a 46-year old man from a different community in Monrovia. He had survived Ebola last year. He had left hospital on October 7, 2014, and “reported no subsequent illness or symptoms.” But even 200 days after his likely Ebola onset he had transmitted the virus to the woman.Earlier, it had been thought that Ebola virus would remain in the semen for 82 days, and viral RNA for up to 101 days, after the symptoms become apparent.”The investigation identified only one epidemiologic link to Ebola: unprotected vaginal intercourse with a survivor,” the report said.CDC said that research is trying to see how long the virus can remain in the body fluids of survivors. Till it is known, condoms should be used, urges CDC .Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Simply Thinking ThoughtsIn my regular thinking thoughts, I pondered the recent wave of lawlessness in Liberia and how it is threatening our peace, security and economic stability. Latest reports from Sinoe are that activities of Golden Veroleum Plantation were disrupted by some aggrieved citizens in demand of settlement for desecration of graves and land use; offices were ransacked, and warehouses looted. At least a year ago, Arcelor Mittal, a major mining concession in Nimba County faced similar situation.The frequent mob actions vis-a-vis the burning of trucks full of valuable commodities, vandalizing and burning of police stations, alleged killing of bikers, and the recent stand-off between Finance Minister Amara Konneh and Maritime workers are all gross displays of defiance and lawlessness. In my thinking thoughts I therefore asked myself, “What kind of country did the founders of this Republic, envisage? Was it a country envisaged where the “Rule of Law” would rule men or where men would “Rule the Law” because of their statuses and connections? God forbid!!You see, in 1822, when Elizabeth the Mayflower set sail, it was simply to remove freed slaves from situations of lawlessness against God’s plan of creation, that all men are created equal; in defiance to God’s law, one race of people subjected another as “less human” It was therefore to those ends that in 1847, the colony severed itself from the American Colonization Society and declared the lawfulRepublic of Liberia and not one of lawlessness where people “rule the law” instead of the law ruling them.Mind you, it is these minor stand offs and lawlessness that usually metamorphose and lead to full bloomed disruptions of peace and security. The April 14 1979 Rice Riot, the April 12 1980 vicious takeover, and the 1990 Civil War etc., were all ushered by gross insensitivity and callousness to the plight of the common citizens, resulting to minor forms of lawlessness and defiance to constituted authorities. Having placed those events behind us and enjoyed a protracted period of sanity and civility, there appears to be a renewed trend of lawlessness which could repeat one of those ugly incidents. Ruthless MotorcyclistsIn a conversation the other day with some friends, they intimated, “Per mistake you knocked down a motorcyclist, you better escape the scene or else you get beaten up and your vehicle set ablaze” While hit- and-run is also lawlessness, they maintain, “my man, self-preservation as the first law of nature”Illegally located Mechanic Shops and Trailer Truck ParkingAlong the Somalia Drive from Freeport to Red Light, huge trailer trucks, some abandoned and others under repairs, from either Guinea or elsewhere, are illegally positioned at odd locations which are apparently mechanic shops or simply parking. I suffice GOL has made attempts to move them but has met with resistance, defiance, and refusal to comply with the City Ordinance and rule of law. The presence of those trucks along that busy highway remains hazardous and more important, serve as complete demonstration of lawlessness.Disgruntle Students and Dishonest TeachersLawlessness is also rampant among students and teachers. Each time teachers put down chalk in protest for something, it is students who go on the rampage as sign of solidarity. As demonstration of lawlessness, aggrieved students set ablaze a Pentecostal Church School near Vamuma House aggrieved students, on another occasion, normal activities in Monrovia and its environs were disrupted few years ago when the Youth and Sports Ministry delayed in paying vacation school students, and lawlessness also occurs when WAEC exam proctors connive with students and principals to cheat.Lawlessness among Government Official and High Profile Citizens While the common man usually appears to be the agitator, I intuit that his action could be a spillover from the rotten culture of lawlessness among people in high places. These days, instead of the law ruling men, men are ruling the law and this is prevalent among Government Officials and legislators.Do not be surprised, for there is a cliché that a fish usually gets rotten from the head and this country is culprit, considering how Government Officials, and legislators themselves disregard the law and “do their own thing” Apparently, it is the examples from the rotten culture they have created that the common people and the greater society are emulating these days. If an RL, SEN, or REP plated vehicle or one illegally using a siren takes on the opposite lane and a taxi follows, both are lawlessly behaved.There are still license plates with HOR and REP in the street whereby one was supposed to replace the other. Isn’t this lawlessness? If GOL Officials cannot observe simple traffic rules, one can only imagine the level of lawlessness unfolding daily in their offices such as violation of staff rights and misuse of the country’s resources.Bitterness and Passive ResistanceEach time these events occur, I sense an air of bitterness and passive resistance amongst our kinsmen over the state of affairs in Liberia. By passive resistance, it appears like everybody is resisting the Government but rather quietly in their hearts; hence, when something ugly like theses disruptions occur, they are derisive, sarcastic, and feel gratified. These days, the moment an opportunity for disruption avails, people immediately rise to the occasion to ransack, vandalize, commit arson, and shed blood or simply stand by, feeling vindicated. Hardly anybody seems to be showing “love for country” these days; people are either bad-mouthing GOL or condemning its efforts. Hardly anybody stops to say, “wait a minute, this is my country and this action will affect my compatriots and my own wellbeing” Fellow Liberians, without equivocation, as we anticipate the 2017 Presidential Elections, if we do not put an end to this culture of “Rule the Law” among us and transform it into “Rule of Law”, we stand to lose more than we would gain. If both the common citizen and GOL officials do not change their comportment, lifestyles, and their exhibitions of lawlessness continues to serve as bad examples, and continue to cause embarrassment and loss of lives and properties, your guess of the repercussion is just as good as mine. The BenedictionJames chapter 4 notes, “1Where do wars and fightings among you come from? Don’t they come from your pleasures that war in your hearts? 2 You lust, and don’t have. You kill, covet, and can’t obtain. You fight and make war. You don’t have, because you don’t ask. 3 You ask, and don’t receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may consume in your lustful desires”Now to him who is able to present this nation faultless and lawfully before the throne of the Most High God; to him be dominion, glory and majesty, in Jesus name. AMENI am simply thinking thoughtsAbout the authorThe Rivercess man, Moses Blonkanjay Jackson (The Mwalimu-Koh) is a triple Ivy League product, and a Jesuit protégé; Mr. Jackson is a Yale University Mathematics Curriculum Fellow, and a University of Pennsylvania Physics Curriculum Fellow. Mr. Jackson holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and a Master of Education with Secondary Mathematics concentration from Saint Joseph’s University.Blonkanjay Jackson (The Mwalimu-Koh) was recently removed from the position of Assistant Minister for Teacher Education, having diligently served the Government of Liberia for two years.The title “Mwalimu-Koh” in Swahili means “Veteran Educator and Scholar”; it was conferred on Blonkanjay in Philadelphia in 2008 by his Swahili colleagues for the demonstration of exemplary scholarship, and when they learned that he (the first African student) had been elected Senator of the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
as Guyana prepares with great pomp and grandeur to celebrate its 50th Independence anniversary, President David Granger reflected how far the country has come with regards to promoting national unity.He was at the time addressing the National Assembly on Thursday. According to the Head of State, after gaining Independence in 1966, Guyana spent the last 50 years mending the social fabrics, promoting peace and repairing the economy.“The first 50 years were about overcoming a hostile international economic environment. The next 50 years must be different. Let us use this special year to usher in an era of social peace, political collaboration and economic prosperity for this and all future generations,” he noted.Granger recalled that after gaining Independence, Guyana has since been able to make rapid progress and substantial advances but not without struggle. He pointed out that Guyana was born a broken nation under a state of emergency, noting that social strife, political disunity and economic stagnation prevented the country from achieving its full potential.“We must do better… Independence offered us the opportunity to work together, to heal our divisions and to promote reconciliation. Independence offered us a new beginning, an opportunity for national unity. But that national unity, however, has been elusive for most of the last five decades,” he said while adding that “the absence of national unity has impaired national development. It has triggered a continuous trickle of migration. It has led to political and economic fatigue.”Nevertheless, the President outlined that the country now has a second chance to unite its people and assure them a good life. He added that the upcoming 50th Independence anniversary must not only be a time of reflection on the past, but an opportunity to plan for the future to ensure that generations could inherit a country that will allow them to enjoy a good life.In this vein, President Granger remarked that the celebrations must be used by this generation to repair damage, restore trust and rebuild the bases of a ‘moral community.’ These will enable our people to co-exist and cooperate with each other.Moreover, Granger posited that the nation’s future stability also depends on wider political inclusiveness: “The ethnic arithmetic of the past can only mean that a minority could be excluded from a government by a majority, however slim. Confrontation characterised the ‘old politics.’ Calculations of ethnic support determined election tactics. The ‘winner-takes-all’ jackpot became the prize of every election. The political landscape became a battlefield, not always of ideas, but of racial rivalry. Communal conflict hampered human development. Mr Speaker, that system belongs to the past. It is now dangerously dysfunctional.”The President further underscored that his administration has initiated the Constitution reform process, with the aim of ensuring that the intended ‘inclusionary’ system is made to work. He noted that the reform process must be extended to involve consultations with citizens in their communities in all 10 Regions.“Every eligible elector in this Republic must be given the chance to be heard so that our country could advance with a Constitution in which we all have confidence,” he said.On this note, the Head of State called on the National Assembly to renew the Independence covenant with the Guyanese Nation. It must resolve to work together to reunite the Nation as one. He said the National Assembly will have to take the first steps on the long road to social cohesion, political inclusion and economic resilience.“The National Assembly was born in this hallowed chamber where the instruments of Independence were handed over to the first Prime Minister of Independent Guyana. It is fitting for me to come back here today, to plead with this same National Assembly to sue the opportunity of Guyana’s Fiftieth anniversary to unite our people. Mr Speaker, we have a golden opportunity in our Golden Jubilee to build bridges that will lead us forward into the future as a unified nation” President Granger resonated.
THROUGHOUT much of the year, we in Los Angeles find ourselves grumbling about all that city government gets wrong. But perhaps on this day of gratitude, it’s worth singling out one thing the city does right: The L.A. Bridges gang-prevention program. Though modest in its origins and expectations, the nonprofit program – installed at four San Fernando Valley sites – now boasts a decade of success. It has touched thousands of lives and offered what little help City Hall has been able to muster to provide alternatives to gang membership. Primarily, L.A. Bridges operates by giving kids something constructive to do during those dangerous after-school afternoon hours. It offers academic help, athletic activities, music and arts – fun and wholesome alternatives to the snares of gangs, drugs, sex and violence. But more important than what kids do at L.A. Bridges is the people they encounter there. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsUnlike other gang-prevention programs that target “at-risk” youths based on GPA, L.A. Bridges is open to everyone, ensuring a healthy mix of all kinds of students, which can foster healthy friendships. Then there are the program’s administrators, friendly adults who can make kids feel valued, prioritized and respected. “Every youth – every person – needs to feel like they matter,” says L.A. Bridges program coordinator Crystal Crandall. “They have to feel like they’re part of something.” And that, as the city struggles to address its gang problem, is a lesson to take from L.A. Bridges’ success. Love and care are the greatest antidotes to the despair that can lead young people to self-destructive behavior. We can all give thanks for L.A. Bridges – and hope to replicate its success many, many times over. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Juan Mata – Matas pace or lack of it has been frequently exposed when playing on the right this season, but it would not be a problem on the astro-turf. His short, sharp passing would also be an asset. 5 David De Gea – Click the arrow, right, to see the rest of Manchester United’s five-a-side team – De Gea has cat-like reactions and is one of the best shot-stoppers in the world; there are few (if any) you would pick ahead of him. 5 Michael Carrick – While his age is limiting his mobility in the Premier League, Carricks passing and commitment to not roaming too far would make him the perfect five-a-side defender. Anthony Martial – Pace, skill, power and a goalscorer Martial would dominate your local Power League. 5 5 5 Louis van Gaal has struggled to get his Manchester United team playing during the Premier League this season with a top four place looking unlikely, but how would they fare in a five-a-side league?As all amateur footballers will testify to, the five-man game is a completely different animal to it’s 11-a-side big brother.Long balls become useless, the big man who is good in the air is redundant (that’s a huge no to you, Marouane Fellaini) and the strong-tackling hard man is pinged every time he risks his knees sliding on the astro-turf (so that’s still no Fellaini).So who would make your team’s five-a-side from the current crop of players? talkSPORT look at who would be the likely line-ups.Click the arrow above, right, to see the Manchester United five a-side team.Agree with talkSPORT’s selections? Let us know who you would pick in the comments section below!TOTTENHAM’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMARSENAL’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMMAN CITY’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMLIVERPOOL’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMCHELSEA’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAM Wayne Rooney – Despite criticisms of his performances, Rooneys shooting and tenacity would be well suited to five-a-side you wouldnt want to have the ball while up against the wall with him steaming towards you.
It was a north London Derby to forget for Arsenal as they were beaten 1-0 by a dominant Tottenham at Wembley Stadium.Fans were hopeful of another derby win with the team buoyed by new signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and following last week’s 5-1 demolishing of Everton.But the team lacked hunger and desire, while their star men flopped, as a superior Spurs claimed a deserved win.Harry Kane’s second-half header won the game for Tottenham but they should have had more, with only a series of superb saves from goalkeeper Petr Cech keeping the scoreline low.MATCH REPORT: Harry Kane header gives Spurs bragging rights in north London derbyArsene Wenger’s side, who only mustered one shot on target, are now seven points behind their fiercest rivals and left fighting for a top four spot.So, not a great afternoon for the red half of north London, but how did the players perform? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s player ratings… 14 14 Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 4 – A poor game from the Armenian, who was guilty of a number of shocking passing attempts. He found himself in the right position on a few occasions but could not find the end product to cause Spurs any problems. Subbed off on 65 minutes. Héctor Bellerín – 5 – Did well to marshal Heung-min Son on the left wing and was solid enough, until he allowed Spurs full-back Ben Davies to whip in a brilliant cross which led to Harry Kane’s goal. His real strength lies in attacking and he did add threat to Arsenal’s forward surges. 14 14 Jack Wilshere – 7 – Was Arsenals main attacking threat in midfield, the England man makes things happen but spent most of his time in a defensive role against a lively Spurs. His brilliant slide rule pass appeared to play Aubameyang clear through on goal in the first half, but the offside flag was raised even though replays suggested he might have marginally been on. His curling shot in the second half, well saved by Lloris, was Arsenals best chance all game. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 4 – The £60million striker was forced to feed on scraps up front and was barely in the game. The one time he raced free of the Spurs back-four, from Wilshere’s pass, he was harshly flagged for offside. A difficult game for the new Gunners star. 14 Mohamed Elneny – 6 – Was one of Arsenal’s better players before a tactical change from Wenger saw him replaced on 65 minutes. His sweeping role in front of the back four was crucial to keeping the game goalless in the first half and his exit gave Spurs more room to attack in. Nacho Monreal – 5 – Struggled to get forward as much as in recent games but did well to restrict the likes of Eriksen and Trippier, but he allowed Kane to run in ahead of him in the box to head in. 14 14 Granit Xhaka – 4 – The Swiss international struggled to really give Arsenal anything in attack and was overrun in midfield as Spurs pressed in the second half. Although, he was one of the few Arsenal players who passed the ball with any accuracy. 14 Petr Cech – 8 – Could do little about Kane’s goal, but Cech pulled off a series of great saves to keep out Christian Eriksen’s free-kick and two more thumping efforts from Kane, as well as a close-range effort from Erik Lamela. There was a hair-raising moment when an attempt to play out of the back almost let Dele Alli in to score, but it was an otherwise commanding performance from the Gunners No.1 14 Mesut Özil – 5 – One of those games from the German, who just couldn’t make an impact. His passing was off and his decision-making was at fault for a number of attacks breaking down. Shkodran Mustafi – 6 – His great block denied Kane an early chance to score and it was his solid performance at the back that helped shut out Spurs in the first half, but his discipline ebbed away in the second half as Spurs piled on the pressure Alex Iwobi – 4 – Brought on for Mkhitaryan in the 65th minute, Iwobi has been in good form recently but he struggled to keep with the pace of the game after coming off the bench. Was caught out three or four times and didnt really make the impact Wenger would have wanted from the youngster. 14 Laurent Koscielny – 5 – The Frenchman lost sight of Kane and was out-jumped by the Spurs striker as he nodded in the winning goal 14 14 14 Alexandre Lacazette – 5 – Had little to work with after coming on in the 65th minute to spearhead Arsenal’s attack, but he missed a glorious chance to score a stoppage-time equaliser, slotting the ball past Lloris but just past the post.. 14 Danny Welbeck – N/A – Brought on for the final five minutes but did little.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThe Fischer-Tropsch fuel is named for the two German researchers who developed the process before World War II. Petroleum-short Germany used the process to help keep its Nazi war machine running, but for decades it was deemed too expensive to compete with conventional fuels – until the recent run-up in oil prices. As a follow-up to the Sept. 19 transit bus demonstration, ICRC and the Air Force Advanced Power Technology Office are planning a longer-term demonstration of 10,000 gallons of so-called FT diesel fuel in a transit bus at Edwards. The project also fits in with a Pentagon effort, started in 2001, called the Assured Fuel Initiative. The idea is to ensure an energy supply regardless of uncertainty in oil-producing countries or problems spurred by natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina’s damage last year to Gulf Coast oil refineries. “Development of this technology will advance the Air Force’s goals to provide increased capabilities to the war fighter, support our environmental and energy policy requirements and reduce the dependency on foreign energy sources,” said Mike Mead, chief of the Air Force Advanced Power Technology Office. In the flight test of the B-52, a 50-50 blend of synthetic fuel and regular jet fuel was used by two of the bomber’s eight engines. The plane’s six other engines used the regular fuel. EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – Known for setting aviation firsts, Edwards Air Force Base quietly conducted another innovative test – the running of a base transit bus on a synthetic diesel fuel. On the same day as a flight test of a B-52 bomber running two engines on synthetic fuel, a transit bus used the so-called Fischer-Tropsch synthetic diesel to carry guests to see the B-52 flight. “This demonstration has shown that ultra-clean fuel has great potential as an energy source for both military ground vehicles and aircraft,” said Kevin Mulrenin, vice president of Integrated Concepts & Research Corp.’s Advanced Vehicle Technologies division. “It is clear that with each step we are making critical progress in establishing domestic FT fuel products as a viable alternative to conventional fuel.” Under a $2.6 million contract awarded by the Federal Transit Administration, the company is evaluating synthetic fuels produced by Syntroleum, the Oklahoma company that also produced the fuel for the B-52 tests. At least two more test flights with the fuel are planned. Engineers expect the fuel will have the same performance as regular jet fuel but with less pollution because it contains less sulfur than regular fuels. Although the Air Force conducted the flight test with a fuel derived from natural gas, Syntroleum officials say they think the fuel can also be produced from coal – of which the United States has tremendous amounts. In addition to military applications, successful testing of the fuel could lead to opportunities with commercial airlines, program officials said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Props Gordon Reid and Jon Welsh will also start the game after last featuring for Scotland in 2015 and last year’s summer tour respectively.John Barclay returns to captain the team at number six with Finn Russell back at number ten.Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend, said: “We’ve selected a squad that we believe can start the NatWest 6 Nations championship with the intensity and speed required to win in Cardiff.”The line-up is as follows: 1. Gordon Reid 2. Stuart McInally 3. Jon Welsh 4. Ben Toolis 5.Jonny Gray (VC) 6. John Barclay 7. Hamish Watson 8. Cornell De Preez 9. Ali Price 10. Finn Russell 11. Byron McGuigan 12. Huw Jones 13. Chris Harris 14. Tommy seymour 15. Stuart Hogg. Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has announced his team that will take on Wales in their opening Six Nations fixture.Newcastle Falcons centre Chris Harris will make his first start for Scotland as they get the competition under way in Cardiff.The 27-year-old will be one of six changes made from the side that faced Australia in November.Ali Price will start at scrum-half ahead of Greig Laidlaw, Stuart Hogg will return at full back after a late withdrawal from the win over the Wallabies and Cornell Du Preez and Ben Toolis will start after being elevated from their replacement status in November’s win.