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GUYANA CHRONICLE Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Diwali is a festival for all - President says at annual Diwali light-up at State House

President Donald Ramotar and First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar light a diya together to observe Diwali at State House on Sunday evening. (GINA photo)

Prime Minister Sam Hinds, Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocque and British High Commissioner Andrew Ayre among Cabinet ministers, government officials and members of the diplomatic community at the Diwali observance at State House hosted by President Donald Ramotar and First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar, on Sunday. PRESIDENT Donald Ramotar and First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar, on Sunday evening hosted their annual ‘Diwali Light-up’ at their sprawling State House residence on Main Street, Georgetown. During brief remarks at the event, which saw several members of the Cabinet and Diplomatic Corps in attendance, President Ramotar stated that Diwali has become a festival for all, regardless of religious backgrounds. The Guyanese Head of State said the festival is a very signifi-

cant one, with many universal messages such as victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. He said that while it is true that people would have brought with them different cultural practices, “when one comes and lives in a multi-ethnic society, it becomes all of our culture.” He alluded to the fact that this beautiful festival has become part of Guyana’s history and society, and is one whose lessons can help persons to overcome difficulties with effort and hard work.


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Berbice pandit distraught over wanton use of firecrackers during Diwali celebrations - calls for harsher penalties for those found culpable of selling illegal pyrotechnics BOOM BOXES & BAR-B-QUE By Michael Khan ‘OH Maa, help ours leaders (in law enforcement) to demonstrate concern for the people; help our people to mature mentally, spiritually and socially, Jai Latchmi Maa.’ This was the appeal of Pandit Deodat Persaud as some persons bombarded the peaceful East Canje, Berbice community with the use of illegal pyrotechnics (firecrackers/explosives) during the Diwali celebrations on Sunday evening. Speaking with the Guyana Chronicle at the Reliance Mandir in East Canje, Pandit Persaud observed that during the early part of the evening, some persons were quite sedate and conducted themselves in a respectable manner; but as the evening progressed and households began to spread their diyas across their yards, contempt infiltrated the peace, and sections of East Canje were plunged into chaos. “I thought (that) as Guyanese we ought to embrace the culture of each other and show some form of respect for religious holidays. This is something else! This is a real desecration of our observance. I am so disappointed to see our people being so thoughtless in their actions,” he asserted. Pandit Deodat Persaud

Persaud also noted that, in recent years, a new culture of staging bar-b-que events and jam sessions involving ear-splitting music crept into the Diwali celebrations. He said the Hindu community strongly disapproves of it, and is calling on the ‘B’ Division Police to address the issue. “It is not about comparing a Hindu national holiday with that of any other religious group, but we do not see these things happening in such a way on Good Friday. We, as Hindus, are simply asking for persons to demonstrate respect for our special observance; and if they fail to do so, then we hope that the police can assist us in this regard. “It has been too long since certain deviants have been causing utter confusion with their bar-b-que and loud music, then the public terror with the use of squibs and bombs,” he lamented. It was pointed out that the steering committees at temples throughout East Canje had approached the law enforcement officials in the past requesting police presence in the vicinity of mandirs, where delinquents usually linger and toss lighted firecrackers at devotees; but those appeals have apparently fallen on deaf ears. “I think I have to discuss this with the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha and see if we can have direct intervention from the Ministry of Home Affairs to assist us in the way they assisted our brothers and sisters at the Alexander Village (East Bank of Demerara) Mandir when they were under siege by the pyromaniacs, not so long ago,” he alluded. TERRIFIED DEVOTEES

The affected Jai Shri Krishna Mandir in Cumberland, East Canje

Devotees at the Jai Shri Krishna Mandir in Cumberland, East Canje were terrified to the point of being reluctant to re-light diyas on the parapet of the temple, because those diyas had been affected by strong winds. Pandit Persaud said: “They were very scared, because squibs were tossed at them constantly. One squib was even thrown at my car, but luckily, it missed. Maha Latchmi saved me from the terror.” Pandit Deodat Persaud is calling for harsher penalties for those found culpable of selling illegal items that are used to create chaos and darken the image of religious festivities. “Pyrotechnics are illegal. However, during the Diwali and Christmas seasons, these instruments of terror are apparently smuggled into the country and sold at street corners by vendors who give precedence to making money rather than to demonstrate love and respect for others,” he declared.


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US plans for hypersonic robot spy plane revealed (BBC) Lockheed Martin has begun work on a successor to the supersonic Blackbird SR71 spy plane. The unmanned SR-72 will use an engine that combines a turbine and a ramjet to reach its top speed of Mach 6 - about 3,600mph (5,800km/h). Like its predecessor, the SR-72 will be designed for high-altitude surveillance but might also be fitted with weapons to strike targets. Lockheed said the aircraft should be operational by 2030. JET ENGINES The SR-72 is being developed at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works R&D centre in California that designed and built the original Blackbird. That aircraft first flew in 1964 and was a mainstay of US Air Force spying and surveillance work until 1998. It typi-

cally flew at altitudes of 24,000m (80,000ft) and could reach speeds of Mach 3.

In a blogpost about the SR72, Lockheed Martin said the aircraft would operate at similar altitudes but would fly far

faster. At Mach 6 the plane could travel the 3,500 miles (5,500km) from New York to London in less than an hour. While spy satellites can photograph enemy territory, the relatively long time it takes for them to be moved to a new orbit so they pass over a target can limit their usefulness. By contrast, wrote Lockheed Martin, the SR72 “would be so fast, an adversary would have no time to react or hide”. For the SR-72, Lockheed Martin is drawing on work done on the Falcon HTV-2 hypersonic technology vehicle. This is a test-bed for the futuristic technologies needed to support safe hypersonic flight and cope with the extreme conditions encountered by any object flying at such a speed.

Egyptian television showed footage of Mohammed Morsi arriving at court

Egypt ex-president Morsi tells trial: ‘I am president’ ‘BBC’: Egypt’s ousted leader Mohammed Morsi has gone on trial in Cairo, telling the judge the case is illegitimate as he remains president. He and 14 other Muslim Brotherhood figures face charges of inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace in 2012. After Mr Morsi’s remarks and his refusal to wear a uniform, the judge adjourned the trial until 8 January. He was then flown to Burj al-Arab prison in Alexandria. Security officials told the BBC Mr Morsi was transferred after registration to the prison hospital for a routine medical check.

He is awaiting a medical report which will determine whether he will be sent to a cell or kept at the hospital, they added. Earlier reports had suggested that he would be taken

to Tora prison on the outskirts of Cairo. Until now he had been held at a secret military location. Protests took place outside the court and elsewhere in Cairo.

Blackberry shares plunge after sell-off plan abandoned (BBC) - Shares in struggling smartphone maker Blackberry have fallen 16% after it announced it had abandoned a plan to sell itself to its biggest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings. Instead, it intends to raise US$1bn (£627m) in fresh financing. Chief executive Thorsten Heins will step down and former Sybase chief executive John Chen will serve as interim chief executive. Last month, Blackberry re-

ported a second-quarter net loss of US$965m. Those losses were blamed on poor sales of its new

smartphone, the Z10. ‘SUBSTANTIAL CASH’ Fairfax was planning to lead a consortium of firms in a takeover of Blackberry worth US$4.7bn. But that plan, announced last month, has fallen through. Last week, Reuters reported that Fairfax was struggling to raise the financing needed for the deal. Instead, Fairfax, which owns a 10% stake in Blackberry, is contributing US$250m to the new fundraising.

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GUYANA CHRONICLE Tuesday, November 5, 2013


The danger of overfishing in Guyana waters


Quality of service delivery at GPHC needs to improve THE State’s Health Sector is undoubtedly a most critical sector of its socio-economic development, since it is charged with the particular responsibility of ensuring the delivery of timely, but also quality medical attention and care to all those who may come to its precincts for such relief. Since all of its services are free, it attracts quite large numbers, particularly of the working- class category that cannot afford to access the mostly out-of- reach, expensive medical services on offer at similar non-state institutions. But even the well-to-do sometimes visit for attention, since there are vastly improved interventions now on offer. Full marks and salutations to a government that has been investing billions of dollars in the massive overhaul of a system that has been resurrected from a primitive and almost nonexisting state, compliments of the criminal neglect of the long, fruitless years of PNC government rule. This year’s allocation is $19.2B. This sector, that receives the second largest allocation of resources from the national budget, has today truly risen from the ashes, delivering a vastly improved quality of services and care, to tens of thousands of Guyanese, who can testify to being generally satisfied, despite the challenges that may still exist. The National Ophthalmological Hospital at Port Mourant is testimony to this sector’s great modernisation process, which is still a work in progress. All services at this institution are FREE. Thus the recent report in the media, of a female giving birth in the compound of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, must have been a huge disappointment to the government that has made the health of the nation an important priority. The circumstances that led to such a dangerous situation could have resulted in tragedy, for it is inconceivable that a pregnant woman in delivery mode, could be made to wait in a car, while a relative was asked to go “and speak with a nurse” to inform her of the distressed female’s arrival. Even though the woman had eventually been allowed into the compound, there was still the absence of this vital medical personnel, with the result being that the delivery was reportedly done by her relatives, one of whom it was reported, “catch the baby”. Surely, one must agree that such protocol, reportedly instituted because of precautions due to a prior instance of an acid attack on a staff, was wrongfully applied in a situation that called for immediacy, as must be in all maternal cases of such a nature. It is even more surprising, the guard’s actions, given the many maternal deaths that have occurred. One is certain that those responsible for the central medical system, particularly its security, would have since ensured that there is not a repeat of this situation, delaying the entry of a citizen who needs urgent medical attention. It must be reiterated, that this is not about bashing the state’s health system; instead, it is about highlighting the fact that Government has been investing billions of dollars in, among other measures, implementing strategies and initiatives, for the

THE Environmental Community Health Organisation (ECHO), is paying careful attention to the media reports that the Guyanese authorities are contemplating granting licences to Chinese fishing vessels to operate in Guyana’s waters. We hope that, that report was inaccurate. The mood and spirit of nations all over the world, is to scale back on the use of natural resources. Globally, there is an urgency to put strict regulations in place to protect biodiversity and the culture of local communities. In the face of unprecedented environmental events impacting our environment we, in Guyana, must do more to preserve the health of our ecology and protect local communities. This is a very serious issue, particularly in circumstances where we continue to hurt the environment by polluting rivers and other water sources through mining activities. Recall the cyanide river disaster in 1995 and the pollution of the Arau River in Region 7 (Cuyuni/Mazaruni) in 2008. The continually and continuously negative environmental mining practices are impacting on marine life and other biodiversity. Also, there is the tragedy of commons - members in a group using common resources for their own gain and with no regard for others. This can lead to over-exploitation of common resources. ECHO has a real concern that this contemplated move by the authorities can lead to overfishing. Overfishing occurs when fishes are being caught faster than they can reproduce and replace themselves.

Overfishing can affect biological diversity. Biodiversity is the diversity of living things, and can be thought of as occurring on three levels: genetic, species, and ecosystem. Genetic diversity is the genetic variability that occurs among members of the same species. Species diversity is the variety of species found in a community or ecosystem. And ecological diversity is the variety of types of biological communities. An additional means of categorising biological diversity is functional diversity; the variety of biological processes characteristic of a particular ecosystem. These units of diversity are inter-related. In the face of environmental change, the loss of genetic diversity weakens a population’s ability to adapt; the loss of species diversity weakens a community’s ability to adapt; the loss of functional diversity weakens an ecosystem’s ability to adapt; and the loss of ecological diversity weakens the whole biosphere’s ability to adapt. Because biological and physical processes are interactive, losses of biological diversity may also precipitate further environmental change. This progressively destructive routine results in impoverished biological systems, which are susceptible to collapse when faced with further environmental changes. Therefore, we in ECHO believe that it would not be in the best interest of our natural environment to grant licences to Chinese fishing vessels to operate in Guyana’s waters. ROYSTON KING Executive Director ECHO

Rice production boom resulted from improved irrigation systems, use of new rice varieties and improved technologies ACCORDING to Minister of Agriculture, Dr Leslie Ramsammy in the Stabroek News of Wednesday October 30, 2013”,Rice production levels so far this year have reached 514,000 tons, shattering last year’s record of 422,000 tons, which until October 21 was the highest production seen in Guyana’s history. The Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) research field trials and actual farm use have shown that when properly used, commercial fertilisers and good farm practices can result in significant yields and economic benefits to the farmer and country .This boom over the last two years has resulted from improved irrigation systems, use of new rice varieties, and improved technologies in rice production.

Guyana’s is projected to maintain production levels over the next decade if all goes well in the rice industry.The Burma Research Station (BRRS) announced that a new variety of high-yielding rice is expected to be available to farmers for commercial planting by 2014.This new variety has better resistance to disease and insects compared to the present varieties. The new rice plant is reportedly suitable for paddies in tropical and subtropical regions and should be suitable to 80 percent of Guyana’s total rice area. The outlook for the 2014 paddy yield is quite certain at the moment, but will largely depend on the timely and normal development of the water irrigation in the main

proper management of a system that is central to the national well- being. Of course, the administration expects greater vigilance and appreciation from the institution’s managers in the application of the many mechanisms now in place at that pivotal location, the Georgetown Public Hospital, in preventing potentially dangerous situations, such as the one highlighted. It cannot be fair to the government when such serious incidents occur. However, note has been taken of comments by GPHC’s Quality Improvement Manager, Yolanda Renville, published recently in one of the dailies, that the GPHC, with support from HealthQual through the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), is gearing to considerably improve its operations in terms of the “delivery of health care”. Renville reportedly expressed optimism that this collaboration will help steer the hospital’s quality programme in the right direction.

rice- growing regions, wet weather is reported to be hampering harvesting, with possible negative effects on yield and quality unless weather conditions improve. These new vari-

eties of paddy not only increased our national average yield, but also earned millions of United States dollars. MOHAMED KHAN Former Rice Research Officer

INNER LIGHT, OUTWARD ACHIEVEMENT THE Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG), the country’s largest worker-representative organisation, joins Hindus and all other interested Guyanese in the joyous celebration that is the Festival of Lights. Research informs FITUG that the deeper spirituality of the five-day devotional festival, its real essence is for Hindu devotees to rejoice in the Inner Light (Atman) of one’s soul. FITUG recommends this meditation and reflection to all Guyana. At this juncture of our development, there seems to be a great challenge for our national leaders to illuminate their very souls to find the answers needed for citizens’ peace of mind, social and national progress inclusive of material well-being. The Diwali legend, stripped of its mythical charm, is replete with messages of the virtues and values that triumph over greed, corrupt leaders and other evil doings. As Hindus relive the exploits of Vishnu, Bali, Prahalad and Mother Lakshmi, FITUG’s wish is for the Diyas of Diwali to shine the light of peace and progress for all Guyana. A Peaceful and Joyous Diwali 2013. FITUG


GUYANA CHRONICLE Tuesday, November 5, 2013

‘CO-OPETITION’ – a must for passing of anti money laundering law - Who are Opposition parliamentarians protecting? By Dr. Peter R. Ramsaroop, MBA Chairman, Vision Guyana CO-OPETITION is a term we used in the business arena when companies that are competitors work with each other to reach a higher value creation as in cases such as bidding on a large contracting opportunity. Often, coopetition takes place when companies that are in the same market work together. In the political arena, it should be no different. We all understand that political parties are competitors working in the same market, but in the case where the benefit of this law achieves a higher value creation and allows Guyana to meet in-

money- laundering activities in Guyana. Here, the PPP/C government has proposed making the law internationally compliant, but the Opposition has failed to even consider the

quirement that is national and non-partisan. For all of our understanding, in 1989, the G7 countries formed an inter-governmental body whose purpose was to develop

as globally.If there is anyone that the Opposition should be listening to, it should be the private sector. However, we have recently seen their anti-stance in the busi-

This piece of legislation is not a game within the political arena; it will have a negative impact on our nation and its people and must be passed.

amendments and seize the opportunity to pass this law. This begs three important questions: Why is the Opposition afraid of this law? Who are they protecting? and which entity or individuals will be most affected by supporters of them? Financial analysts, some who are simply local accountants without knowledge of the broader global financial issues required in the curbing of money laundering and anti-terrorism, are getting front page exposure in some local papers by attempting to apply political jargon to a rational programme to which Guyana must adhere.This piece of legislation DR PETER RAMSAROOP is not a game within the political arena; ternational standards, the AFC it will have a negative impact on and APNU must join the PPP/C our nation and its people and Government in passing the Antimust be passed. Money Laundering and CounAny citizen, who may not have a full understanding of why tering the Financing of Terrorthis is of such importance, would ism (AML/CFT) Bill. Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh said it understand more clearly if the best: “This law should not be private sector, the financial secused as a bargaining chip” The tor, and the movement of money impact on our nation would be came to a halt. too severe. The impact then moves from political to personal.Citizens tend to look at the political arena IMPACT with different lenses from poliThe penalties on Guyana ticians and will fail to understand will be severe. The Opposition the Opposition’s (APNU/AFC) has cried foul in the past and stubbornness in supporting a rethere have been rumours on

and promote an international response to combat money laundering. Anti–Money Laundering (AML) is a term mainly used in the financial and legal industries to describe the legal controls which require financial institutions and other regulated entities to prevent, detect, and report money- laundering activities. Anti–Money Laundering guidelines came into prominence globally as a result of the formation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the promulgation of an international framework of anti–money laundering standards. These standards began to have more relevance after FATF began a process to publicly identify countries that were deficient in their anti–money laundering laws and international cooperation, a process colloquially known as “name and shame” which seems like the desire of the Opposition. Last week, diplomats of some of the ABC-E countries met with APNU leaders to explain what the ramifications would be if Guyana is not in compliance. APNU blatantly ignored them, demonstrating their reckless behaviour similar to what they have administered in parliament, to the embarrassment of our nation around the world. The private sector has come out publicly and aggressively, admonishing the failure of the opposition parliamentarians to support this bill.The private sector understands what it will do to Guyana’s ability to function effectively in this Region as well

ness community in Guyana.The Opposition continues to receive bad advice from the so-called fi-

nancial pundits who have political agendas and are looking for front page coverage in newspapers. CONCLUSION: We all understand political parties are competitors, none of that is in question. But for opposing parties to the government to constantly block important legislation that moves our nation along, and in this case allows Guyana to comply with international standards, is unpatriotic and unacceptable. When programmes that require national consensus

are necessary, ‘Co-opetition’ is required. What APNU/AFC parliamentarians have failed to understand is that this is not a political win; it will affect Guyana and it will affect you and me. And sadly, it will affect our families locally and overseas as it relates to remittances and our business partners around the world. The impact is not on the political arena of the PPP/C, it is on Guyana. The APNU/AFC needs to get over their obstructive approach and get on with implementing the business of our country or step aside.


GUYANA CHRONICLE Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Changes being mulled to improve Kwakwani IMC effectiveness – Minister Whittaker MINISTER within the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, Norman Whittaker, has vowed to do his best to address several issues facing Kwakwani when he met with members of the community’s Interim Management Committee (IMC) on Saturday last. The community was the last stop for the minister who, accompanied by a team of ministry officials, conducted a weekend outreach to several Region 10 riverine communities. According to the Government Information Agency (GINA), the meeting focused on the challenges affecting the community’s market and the need to have a Market Committee set up. There are serious issues of vendors refusing to pay required rates and taxes, the need for proper solid waste manage-

ment and disposal and reinstitution of salaries for several workers attached to the IMC who have since left their posts. Initial efforts to have a

Market Committee were thwarted after a religious prayer group, according to a councillor, took a position against the move and actively encouraged some members of the community not to attend. The issue of

a businessman, who hails from the Linden township, who operates five stalls but refuses to pay any monies to the council, was also brought to the minister’s attention. Minister Whittaker in response said that the actions

Minister Norman Whittaker interacts with members of the Kwakwani Interim Management Committee (IMC) during an outreach in the Berbice River on Saturday.

of a few could not be allowed to undermine the needs of the majority within the community, noting that, “Except for the persons who are operating stalls, nobody else is benefiting”. He pointed out to the councillors that unlike other jurisdictions, constables could not be employed and used to enforce the payment of monies owed as only mark e t s c o n t r o l l e d b y To w n Councils had the legal authority to do so. A market Agreement was proposed by the minister and the need for all vendors to sign onto it was stressed, failing which penalties would be applied and enforced. Illegal vending by several persons in and around the market will also be addressed, said Minister Whittaker who cited the need for l a w a n d o r d e r. The issue of the staffers (a clerk, two labourers and a driver) affected by the non- payment of salaries

would be addressed via the Finance Ministry, Minister Whittaker promised. The IMC was further informed that the $3M requested for capital works such as repairs and upgrades to roads and bridges has been approved and would soon be made available. He reminded the councillors to ensure that their submission for 2014 are made at the earliest possible date, in keeping with statutory requirements as all the other NDCs were also in the process of doing the same. It was suggested to the minister that a public awareness campaign be undertaken to inform residents of the measures being implemented and the need for cooperation by all. The IMC was presented with a brush cutter at the conclusion of the meeting by the minister as this was requested previously.

Minister Whittaker interacts with residents of Berbice River communities - addresses their concerns MINISTER within the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, Norman Whittaker, while on a two-day outreach over the weekend, interacted with residents of Sand Hill, Wairuni, Calcuni and Kwakwani, Upper Berbice River (Region 10), on issues that are affecting them. During a very informative meeting with the residents, Minister Whittaker reportedly enlightened them on some of the programmes and policies government has been implementing to improve the standards of living of people in hinterland and riverine communities, with specific emphasis being placed on health, education and infrastructure. Minister Whittaker said the Local Government Ministry

has been working very closely with local government bodies, which are the Village Councils, Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) and the Regional Democratic Councils (RDC) in ensuring people’s needs are met. One common concern in the communities was the availability of trained teachers in the education system. At Sand Hill, the residents said the standard of education has declined due to the fact that when persons are sent to be trained, some of them do not return to the village to render their services. One resident said that while Government has provided the necessary infrastructure for which they are grateful, when the children complete primary

school and are allotted a secondary, sometimes the parents cannot afford to send them. Minister Whittaker alluded to government’s policy of ensuring that every child receives primary education, and explained that it is now moving towards achieving secondary education in keeping with the Millennium Development Goal (MDG). He noted that even as Government is doing its best in the delivery of education for all, parents must invest in the lives of their children. “Trained teachers are not necessarily the solution…A teacher can give their heart and soul, but once they don’t have the cooperation of the parents and the community, it daunts their spirits,” he said. However, Whittaker assured residents that the Minis-

A section of those gathered at the meeting which was held at Calcuni

Minister Norman Whittaker engages residents of Wairuni during a two-day outreach in the Upper Berbice River, Region 10 try of Education will be engaged on the teachers’ issue. Concerns were also raised about a replacement for the community health worker or medex when those persons proceed on leave. Whittaker advised that the community should engage the Ministry of Health and identify persons who would want to be trained in that capacity, and to encourage the community health workers to be trained as midwives in case the medex is not available. Moreover, he said his ministry will make representation to the Health Ministry on the issue. (GINA) A resident airs her concern


GUYANA CHRONICLE Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Road Safety Month officially launched - Alcohol, inattentiveness cited as main causes of accidents in Guyana THE Ministry of Home Affairs in collaboration with the Guyana National Road Safety Council (GNRSC) and the Guyana Police Force’s Traffic Department on Friday last launched National Road Safety Month 2013 under the theme ‘Alcohol, Speed and Inattentiveness Cause Accidents; Drive Wisely and Save Lives’. Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, speaking at the event held in front of Parliament Building, said Guyana has seen some improvements in the accident rate due to Government’s programme to improve the roads which was decided 10 years ago when a study on road safety was done. “The first three things that we should focus on are the issues of drunk driving…driving under anything that would mingle with

one’s performance; driving rapidly, speeding and also in these days in particular, inattention to driving,” PM Hinds asserted. According to a report from the Government Information Agency, Prime Minister Hinds expressed confidence that with everyone’s contribution, accidents can be decreased by 50% or more in Guyana. “We should come out with a campaign for a vigorous and widespread application of our rules or laws, our breathalyzer test…Because the only way we (can) change the culture is that we have to put it up there in front of all of us together, we have to be consistently applying our laws”, the Prime Minister declared. Minister of Public Works, Mr Robeson Benn, in his remarks at the event, said: “Over the last few years, the last 5-10 years that

there has been progress, we are on an improving road process, it could be the learning curve that we’re on is shallower than it used to be, that we want things to happen faster than we want it to be,” Benn posited. Having recently attended the Inter-American Development Bank’s review on road safety, traffic regulations and emission standards with respect to traffic safety and usage of the roads, Minister Benn said, “The statistics which were brought up indicated that Guyana has made the most significant improvement in terms of road deaths, in terms of injuries over the last 10 years.” Adults and parents need to set examples, and bad practices by the older ones shouldn’t be emulated by the younger ones, he pointed out.

A simulation of a road accident done by road safety stakeholders

Prime Minister Samuel Hinds speaking on Friday last at the launch of National Road Safety Month 2013.

PAHO/WHO Representative Mr. Adrianus Vlugman pointed out that in Guyana the use of alcohol and inattentiveness are the main causes of accidents. Chairman of the GNRSC, Mr Norman McLean, alluded to the fact that Guyana continues to build bigger roads across the country, and pointed out that people can make a difference, and by setting better examples. On this note, he called on all drivers and road users to make this month a meaningful one. An exhibition was also s t a g e d b y t h e We s t Demerara Road Safety Association.

An exhibition by the West Demerara Road Safety Association, showcasing work done by the Association

Minister of Public Works Robeson Benn speaking at the launch of Road Safety Month 2013.

Minister Robeson Benn, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and PAHO/WHO Representative Adrianus Vlugman at the launch on Friday.


GUYANA CHRONICLE Tuesday, November 5, 2013

PPP/C says nexus exists between Opposition and criminal forces in Guyana THE People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) has reiterated its earlier accusation that overwhelming empirical data is available to indicate the existence of a nexus between the Opposition and criminal forces in Guyana. And with reconvening of

the National Assembly merely days away, the PPP/C contends that the political pressure at the parliamentary level being directed at the office of the Home Affairs Minister is not helping with the fight against crime. The party, in a statement on Friday, said that: “At the politi-

cal level and in the Parliament, their (the Opposition’s) prime target is usually the Minister of Home Affairs, who holds responsibility for the security sector. They have caused the removal of Mr. Ronald Gajraj, and only recently we have witnessed all manner of political

pressure being exerted upon the current holder of that office, Comrade Clement Rohee. “They have withheld their support from all the reforms he has brought to the National Assembly, which are designed to modernise and overhaul the security sector, some of which are contained in their own manifestos. “Significantly, in this equation is their rejection of the much-needed Firearms (Amend-

Mr Clement Rohee Minister of Home Affairs ment) Bill 2013, which is pivotal to combat gun-related crimes that are progressively on the increase. Their rejection of the SWAT Unit even before it is established is yet another link in this chain.” According to the PPP/C, the war against crime has only two sides, and the Opposition has “consistently stood on the side of crime and the criminals,” as evidenced by history. The statement said: “No one can dispute that they are responsible for the violent protest marches; the burning and looting; the robbery, violence and deaths which resulted after the 1992, 1997, and 2001 General Elections. “No one will forget their linkages with the marauding criminal gangs hiding out in Buxton and elsewhere, who

robbed, terrorised, kidnapped, raped and slaughtered dozens of innocent citizens, including law enforcement officers, businessmen, and women and children, even while they slept. “We recall their embrace of notorious murderer and rapist Linden ‘Blackie’ London, around whose coffin they draped our national flag, marching with it through the streets of Georgetown and proclaiming him as the folklore hero Robin Hood. “One recalls the number of times the East Coast roadways at Buxton and at West Coast Berbice were dug up and burnt by elements in the Opposition, and innocent commuters were robbed and even killed. “In more recent times, their instigatory role in the Linden protests of 2012 comes to mind. It resulted in four deaths and 12 persons sustaining bullet wounds, robberies of dozens of commuters, massive destruction of private as well as state properties, and the denial of the interior region of vital food, medical and other supplies. “Even more recently, they encouraged persons to block the East Bank highway at Agricola. As a result, dozens of women, including school girls, were sexually molested; dozens of persons were physically assaulted, and thousands (were) discommoded.” The PPP statement continued: “Their uniformed and persistent attacks on the law enforcement agencies are well documented. Their strategic campaign has been to target the most effective of our policemen and women, and the most potent units in our law enforcement agencies. In their quests, they regularly come out in loud protest whenever a suspected bandit, or even a known criminal, receives injuries or is killed in an

encounter with the law enforcement agencies. They deliberately ignore the circumstances at hand, which may clearly justify the use of force by the law enforcement agencies. “They disregard the law enforcement agencies’ legal right and constitutional duty to use force, including lethal force in certain circumstances. Their voices only echo support for the criminals and condemnation for the law and its officers. Not a word is ever uttered by them in support of, or in sympathy with, the victims of crime.” The ruling party also maintained that the Opposition’s assertion that only they can deal successfully with crime in Guyana is an assertion that the Guyanese people can see through, given the clearly documented facts. The PPP/C also pointed to another stance of the Opposition that will affect the Guyanese populace — rejection of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AMLCFT) Bill. The statement said: “Why would politicians expose their constituency to such dangers, and put their very political survival on the line in this manner? “More importantly, why would politicians want to block a law which is intended to rid the financial and commercial sector of the most prevalent, pernicious and violent crimes of the 21st century, such as money-laundering and terrorism, when the entire world is moving in that direction? These deep and probing questions must be asked.” The ruling party called on the Opposition to prove the foregoing statements false, and to stand on the side of the people’s interests. “Time is indeed of the essence. Judgment day is near,” the party posited.

Firecrackers/squibs appear to be replacing diyas in celebrating Diwali By Michel Outridge PEOPLE were more focused on using fairy lights to observe this year’s Diwali celebrations. Fire crackers and other explosives, such as squibs, were also in great demand, thus posing a formidable challenge to the traditional practice of lighting diyas to illuminate the place. This increasingly notable trend is quite an annoyance especially to elderly folks, as well as to the sick, and other persons who are not quite appreciative of this behaviour with its concomitant noise nuisance. It was observed on Sunday night during the Diwali celebrations that many children, accompanied by adults, had in their possession large quantities of firecrackers and other explosives, and everybody took turns igniting them. Some of those pyrotechnics were very noisy, resounding echoes, but the users appeared not to have considered the dangers involved and the potential damage to life and limb in the event of misuse. Even small children were igniting these explosives, including squibs, flares and others called ‘thunder bolt’, etc. Although the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has issued a ban on these explosives, especially around Diwali observance, many persons were still seen in public places and markets vending these prohibited items. On Sunday night, police locked down Alexander Village with barricades, and had checkpoints where residents were not allowed to have explosives, only flares and sparkles. In previous years, there was chaos when the village was overwhelmed with explosives, and it caused discomfort to many. Even before Diwali was celebrated, the thunderous sounds from ignited firecrackers/squibs had seemed to conquer the nation’s concentration, and things will inevitably deteriorate with the approaching festive season (Christmas).


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Glowing tributes accompany Mrs. Anoopwattie Veeren’s cremation - Mahaica community hurt the most, says WPO President Indra Chandarpal By Leroy Smith MORE than 200 persons, including President Donald Ramotar; PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee; and President of the Women’s Progressive Organisation (WPO), Mrs Indra Chandarpal, paid their final respects to former educator and stalwart of the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic, Mrs. Anoopwattie Veeren, who was cremated yesterday at the Good Hope Crematorium, having died last Friday at the age of 68, after falling ill on October 18. President of the Women’s Progressive Organisation, Mrs Indra Chandarpal, told the Guyana Chronicle at the cremation site that both the community of Mahaica and the PPP as an organisation

Anoopwattie Veeren have lost a valuable member. Mrs Chandarpal said that based on the tributes and testimonies given by persons, including President Ramotar and General Secretary Clement Rohee, at the home of the now deceased stalwart it is indeed evident that the comrade did inspire and touched the lives of many. She said Veeren had nurtured a big group which was established in the community of Mahaica by the PPP, and that hundreds of young people in the area have also lost a mentor, because it was the very comrade who was instrumental in setting up the Rising

Final journey for Mrs Anoopwattie Veeren

The immediate relatives of late educator Mrs Anoopwattie Veeren take a minute to pray over her remains before entering the Good Hope Crematorium site yesterday afternoon. (Adrian Narine photos) Star Youth Group in the community. That youth group was able to make it to the stage of the National Cultural Centre, where they were given the opportunity to dramatise. Mrs. Anoopwattie Veeren had also served as Chairperson of the Neighbourhood Democratic Council, and had been the local board guardian who had also been seen assisting the elderly and the young in the community. She would, from time to time, make herself available to assist pensioners to obtain their pension books and birth certificates, where

applicable. She would also assist whenever the services of a Justice of the Peace were required, since she was a commissioned officer. Her home was open on Sundays to members of the public, for whom she provided those services. Mrs Chandarpal told the Chronicle that Mrs Veeren had also been responsible for educating close to 300 young people from her community at lessons which she held. The last public event the PPP stalwart had attended was the birth anniversary celebration of Former President Janet Jagan, which was held at the Umana Yana in mid-October.


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Giving back to the community HAVE you heard about the Volunteer Youth Corps. Inc. (VYC), located at Lot ‘E’ Luckhoo Street, D’Urban Backlands? The VYC has been in existence for about 17 years and is run by Ms. Goldie Scott. It is a Non-Governmental, Non-Profit Organisation that has dedicated years to improving the lives of children and youth by providing quality holistic health, social and economic support in the community. According to a statement from Subrina Mohamed-Puran, Ms. Scott and her volunteers work daily with more than 80 at-risk youths with behavioural problems and encourage them to stay in school to reach their full potential. The youths not only receive capacity building from VYC, but academic support to improve in mathematics and science at school. The organisation also supports children that need medical treatment overseas and children under six years of age every Saturday at the local orphanage. Every Christmas, the VYC hosts a concert and Gift Giving Ceremony where they work to bring a toy to each child in and around the community. This year is no exception. With a target of 500 youths from South East Georgetown, including Sophia, Tucville, South Ruimveldt, Lodge and East La Penitence. At the concert, the children will be performing carols, dances, poems and drama pieces along with a few special artistes.

A girl receives a gift at last year’s event hosted by the VYC

‘FLASHBACK’: At the VYC concert last year, children participated in carols, dances, poems and drama pieces The VYC said it has already received commitments in the form of food and costumes from families in the communities in support. In order to make this happen, the VYC is humbly asking persons to donate an unwrapped toy to help make this holiday a joyful one for these children. The deadline for donations is Saturday, November 30, 2013.The event will be held on Saturday, December 21st, 2013 at the Lodge Community Ground (adjacent to the VYC centre). For more information on how you can assist, persons can contact Ms. Goldie Scott at or call 227-1011.

Food for the Poor donates Computer Kit to Gibson Primary School By Alex Wayne AS part of its continuous programme to enhance information technology in the education system, Food for the Poor (Guyana) Incorporated (FFTP) donated a computer kit to the Gibson Primary School of Lancaster Village, East Coast of Demerara on Thursday, October 24, 2013. Headmistress of the school, Michelle Barton, complimented FFTP for the work the organisation is executing in its efforts to improve information technology in schools, and added that she was very grateful for the donation of the kit. Making reference to the School Feeding Programme conducted under the stewardship of Patricia Sam, Chairperson of the Ann's Grove Committee, Ms Barton said attendance at school had improved tremendously because of this initiative. Committees Manager of FFTP, Ms Natasha Baburam, advised the students to care the equipment and use it wisely. She said FFTP would be willing to assist the school as far as it possibly can, but this is dependent on the availability of items.


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Aries March 21 - April 19 It's a great day to get back in touch with your culinary skills! Your creativity is itching for a way to express itself, and food is a wonderful medium for expression. Being in the kitchen will give you time to relax. Let your mind wander as you concentrate on whipping up a delicious dinner for your favourite person tonight -- especially if that favourite person is you! You don't always need to use creativity for the benefit of other people, you know!

Taurus April 20 - May 20 For Tuesday November 05, 2013 - 05:30hrs For Wednesday November 06, 2013 - 05:30hrs

Getting involved in something cultural doesn't require you to fly to another country or even go to another part of your town. It's as easy as flipping the channels on your television or radio! Music and entertainment from other cultures might be confusing to you at first, but if you pay attention long enough you're bound to be fascinated. Your mind is wide open and it wants to get new input from new places. Curiosity has always been one of your more useful traits. Follow it today.

Gemini May 21 - June 21 Today could pan out well for you, or it could pan out not so well for you. The outcome depends on the way you chose to react to the day's news. The best way to ensure that things go brightly is to stay positive. Visualise the way you want things to go down and do whatever you can to make them manifest that way. Show the universe how you want things to be, and it might just follow along. Avoid negative people who like to focus on things that are wrong, and you're likely to stay more cheerful yourself.

Cancer June 22 - July 22 You can't have everything in your life exactly way you want it right now -- your life has to be all about give and take for the time being, at least. It's not that you have been acting selfishly, but you shouldn't be hesitant to give in here and there, or to sacrifice a few things you don't absolutely need -- it will end up helping you appreciate what you have all the more. Making this sacrifice could go a long way toward impressing the people you need to impress.

Leo July 23 - August 22 There could be a lot of gossip and drama around you today, but you should try hard to rise above all of the pettiness -- there are people who let jealousy rule their intellect, and you need to avoid these poisonous people like the plague right now. You're in a highly susceptible time, when what other people do or say could influence you more than you would like it to. Stay objective and don't let someone's appearance influence what you think of them.

Virgo August 23 - September 22 In order to move past your mistakes you have to keep pushing yourself forward. The only person who is still beating you up over what you did is you -- and it's time to move on. You are not perfect, that's no mystery. But no one else is either. Set a goal today -- hold yourself to a high standard and force yourself to rise to your own expectations. Give yourself an emotional hug and start focusing on the future. You've learned from where you've been.

Libra September 23 - October 22 People are totally ready to get on board with your latest plan, but you need to remember to communicate clearly. What do you need them to do? Don't worry about insulting their intelligence -- draw them a picture if you have to. People need to be given expectations in order to feel a sense of accomplishment, so don't hold back when you are handing out the day's responsibilities. It's a sign of a good leader that you know how to delegate. Keep the big picture in mind.

Scorpio October 23 - November 21 You need to trust your instincts today -- especially if they tell you to avoid doing something that you usually do without a second thought! Your sudden hesitation or retreat could cause some people to be quite confused, but they will see the wisdom of your choice soon enough. And you can't let the potential reactions of other people force you to do something that doesn't feel right -- no

Sagittarius November 22 - December 21 No matter what you're feeling when you wake up -- sad, worried, excited or nervous -do your best to put on a happy face! Use your incredibly rich imagination to figure out a way to fake it until you feel it. There is little doubt that if you decide to show the world that you're feeling good, the world will start to give you reasons to actually feel good, deep down to your toes. People like to be nice to smiling faces, so brighten up. Put your best foot forward.

Capricorn December 22 - January 19 When an authority figure tells you to do something today, do it. Now is not the time to get defensive or ask why -- now is the time to be more obedient. Trust your boss. It's important to question authority figures in order to be valuable to them, but today is not the day for major doubt. The people around you know more than you do, which is probably why they are asking you to take on more responsibilities. The only way to truly comprehend your abilities is to use them.

Aquarius January 20 - February 18 You have some excellent social and career connections, but you cannot rely on them too much right now. It's much wiser to pursue your current goals by yourself. Not only will it help you strengthen your own skills, but it will help show these folks that you don't always need them for everything -- and that will improve your stature in their eyes. It's time for you to flesh out your reputation as a mover and a shaker. Looking like a follower is not going to be good for you now.

Pisces February 19 - March 20 Sharing your secrets is unwise today, because someone who is known to be quite a blabbermouth will be within hearing range -- and they are looking for grist for their gossip mill. Don't let it be you! So when you're in public, stick to the topics that no one cares much about, or the ones that everyone already knows everything about. Show some discretion. Even if your news is eating you up, you know you need to wait before divulging it -- so be patient.



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Line-and-bait fisherman Mr. France satisfied with livelihood

With Jeune Bailey-Vankeric

N/A magistrate commits 14-yr-old to New Opportunity Corps - in interest of the lad & society NEW Amsterdam Magistrate Sherdel Isaac Marcus, acting on a recommendation contained in a report prepared by Probation and Welfare Officer Ms. Maisie Sheppard, recently committed a 14-year-old lad to the New Opportunity Corps at Onderneeming, Essequibo Coast, until he attains the age of 18 years old, because the lad was in dire need of accommodation and an environment in which he could experience behavioural change in his own interest and that of the society. Some time ago, the teen was found wandering at John Lewis Street in Mount Sinai, West Canje, East Berbice, and was apprehended and questioned by the arresting Rural Constable, to whom he confessed that he had been evicted from his mother’s home and was looking for somewhere to stay. The teen was taken to the Central Police Station, but was later released. But on September 12 last, a few weeks after his initial arrest, he was again seen wandering, and a public-spirited citizen took him to the New Amsterdam Police Station, where he could not properly account for his behaviour. Ms Sheppard of the Probation & Welfare Department was tasked with investigating the lad’s circumstances, and the report she prepared disclosed that the teen’s mother has birthed six children from five different relationships, and that this mother worked on occasions as a bar attendant, domestic keeper, waitress and assistant cook. Moreover, the teen’s father had terminated his relationship with the teen’s mother prior to his birth. After completing the National Grade Six Examinations, the teen had secured placement at the Vryman’s Erven Secondary Annex before he was transferred to the secondary department of the Overwinning Primary School; but his stint at that learning institution was terminated with the removal of his name from the school’s register for reasons unknown. The school’s report reflected that while the teen’s interpersonal relationship with his peers had been deemed satisfactory, the relationship with his teachers was rude and disrespectful. His character traits were described as indisciplined, unreliable, dishonest, and usually angry. Interviewed, his mother had said that her current living arrangement with her parents precluded her from accommodating her eldest child; besides, she was financially incapable of providing for the lad and his other siblings, who are accommodated at the Alpha Children’s Orphanage. Sheppard’s report concluded that the teen was another victim of faulty socialisation and parental failure, where the biological mother seemingly made little or no effort to adequately care and provide for, and guide and protect the lad and his other siblings; and that had affected the lad’s positive development, since he apparently was left to fend for himself, with little or no parental assistance.

The gas stove which was left unattended, resulting in scorched kitchen walls, at Sandvoort Village, West Canje

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE OF LIFE… Ms Chisholm’s baking contraption explodes, ‘dough’ she did not hear it Some of the CSEC 2014 students and the elderly with their respective kits, which was given as a result of the intervention of the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Humanitarian Mission

Canje Pheasant Community Foundation donates gifts received from church - to schoolchildren, elderly at Mount Sinai ADHERING to its motto, ‘Strength and unity for better community’, the Canje Pheasant Community Foundation (CPCF) donated to the 2014 CSEC students and the elderly residents of Mount Sinai several school and hygiene kits, along with blankets, during a simple ceremony held at John Lewis Street in Mount Sinai. President of the non-government organisation, Mr. Khemraj

Singh, told media operatives that 330 persons would benefit from the gesture, which stemmed from a gift from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Humanitarian Mission. Each school kit included a bag, note books and other stationery, while each hygiene kit included toothbrushes, toothpaste, bath soap, towels and mouth wash. Similar donations will be made at West Canje and East Bank Berbice locations.

EQUIPPED with line and bait, Orealla fisherman Mr. France, as he is commonly called, leaves home with his wooden boat and paddle in search of good fishing grounds; and he sells his catch to wholesalers at Crabwood Creek, Corentyne, and at Apura, an Amerindian reservation in Nickerie, Suriname. This reporter caught up with Mr. France at the Corriverton wharf just as he was loading his catch, iced and packaged, onto a wheelbarrow for a trip “just around the corner”, which turned out to be over five hundred metres away. His rapid gait left both this reporter and Mrs. France lagging behind, until he arrived at his destination at Number 79 Village, Corriverton, East Berbice, where he awaited the arrival of the purchaser. In the interval, he timidly disclosed his modus operandi in acquiring a catch through line or cast-net fishing in the Corentyne River. During the dry weather, he said, he uses a line which he baits with various small fishes, like the ‘kassy’, ‘lomporo’ or ‘bump chest’, amongst other species. His catch also depends on the tide. “I start out with the ‘first washing’, as the tide rises, he said. A spot is chosen, and when the line is thrown into the water, the fish begin ‘to bite’; “and whenever that happens, I remain there to fish until there is no more ‘biting’. “When the tide has changed and water starts moving rapidly inwards, it’s time to stop fishing. During that period, I would return home to store the catch and have lunch, before returning when the tide starts to fall. Each period lasts for two to three hours. Sometimes the catch is great, and he has to store the fish in freezers in which ice is packed in order to preserve the catch until he sells it on the coastland. The Corentyne River is a great place to find the ‘grey basha’, which can be sold on the market for between $1000 and $2500, depending on size, he disclosed. Mr. France travels to the coastland twice weekly, and is satisfied with the income he generates from his work.

SANDVOORT’s old folks could not recall having a fire in their village, until recently, when fire razed the kitchen of Juantia Chisholm. Ms Chisolm had been baking bread in her makeshift oven, but had left her home and had gone to the village school, about a half mile away, to catch up on the neighbourhood gossip. Approximately one hour later, just before noon, nearby residents saw smoke emanating from Ms Chisholm’s kitchen, but shouts directed at Ms Chisholm’s house went unanswered; so the neighbours formed a bucket brigade and extinguished the blaze, before throwing the stove and its contents through the door. It was then discovered that what had seemed to be a gas stove was not fuelled at all by gas, but by two single-burner kerosene stoves which had been placed on the lower rack of the oven. It is suspected that one of the stove wicks fell out, resulting in air being sucked through the open space into the bowl of the stove. The contraption exploded with a deafening ‘BOOM!’ which, unfortunately, was not loud enough for Ms Chisholm to hear. Fortunately, only limited damage was done to the northern and western walls of her kitchen, which were scorched.

Pastor admonishes GFS officers to work ‘as unto God’, who is omnipresent AS the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) celebrates its 56th year of independence from the Guyana Police Force, Divisional Officer Compton Sparman revealed that, of the 237 fire calls to which the Berbice Division has responded, only three persons lost their lives, including 88-year-old Margaret London, who succumbed to a fire that razed her Islington Village, Greater New Amsterdam home on September 25 last. Those fires have left 89 persons homeless, 24 buildings destroyed, two buildings severely damaged and 13 buildings slightly damaged. Consequently, 631 business places have been inspected. HISTORY Officer Sparman said the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) was born from an inquiry held following the performance of the fire service ranks after the infamous 1945 fire which resulted in the destruction of Georgetown. Started at the Guyana Stores Bond, that fire had quickly spread to other areas. It was revealed that undisciplined police ranks had been assigned to the Fire Police Section, where they allowed themselves to become overweight and bloated, indulging only in sleeping and eating, be-


cause they were not exposed to any training exercise. Accordingly, when fire struck at the Guyana Stores Bond, the overweight bodies, coupled with unserviceable appliances, resulted in massive destruction of property. Consequently, on October 12, 1957, the Guyana Fire Service became separated from the Guyana Police Force [GPF], but could not work in isolation, as the GFS depends on the GPF to exercise crowd and traffic control during fires. ‘A THIEF IN THE NIGHT’ Pastor Courtney Adolph told ranks of the GFS Berbice Division to “be alert, be vigilant, be committed, and be ready at all times, as fire comes suddenly, as a thief in the night.” Speaking at the Corner Stone Christian Brethren Church, the pastor reminded the ranks and other invitees that, in order for the GFS to perform effectively, its ranks must love what they are doing. “Whatever you do, it must be done as unto God, who is omnipresent, even if the officer-in-charge is not there. Give Honour to whom honour is due. “Sometimes we feel we are more qualified than our superiors, and that we can do the job better. But I admonish you to esteem highly those who work amongst you. If you do it today, then someone will do it to you tomorrow,” he said.

Ms Olive London house ablaze, resulting in the death of her sister Margaret on September 25, 2013

Mr France wheeling his catch of ‘Grey Basha’ to Number 79 Village , Corentyne


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GFS makes financial donation to 93-yr-old fire survivor Olive London - as part of Fire Prevention Week NINETY-three-year-old fire survivor Ms. Olive London benefited from a financial donation from the Berbice Division of the Guyana Fire Service (GFS), given as part of its 39th Fire Prevention Week celebrations. The petite Olive, who lost her ailing 88-year-old sister Margaret in a conflagration that completely destroyed their century-old wooden home at Islington Village, Greater New Amsterdam, expressed gratitude for the kind gesture, which was handed over by

Section Leader Shivonne Smartt in the presence of Divisional Officer Compton Sparman and other officers. Sparman said the token was an expression of appreciation to the fire survivor, whom the ranks readily agreed to acknowledge during their fire sensitization week of activities. On September 26 last, 88-year-old Margaret London, a peaceful and quiet woman who had suffered a stroke which had made her bedridden for a few years, died from suspected

smoke inhalation after a lighted lamp, which had been left unattended on a bed at Seventh Street, Islington, Greater New Amsterdam, fell and set fire to the home she had shared with her sister Olive. Olive was rescued by Pastor Ryan Manpowan of the Overwinning Open Bible Church, who was having his usual exercise when he heard shouts of “Fire!” Since the disaster had left the pensioner homeless, the unmarried woman is being taken care of by her rescuer and his wife at the church manse at Gay Park, Greater New Amsterdam, a stone’s throw from where she once lived. She is, however, currently with relatives at St Magdalene Street in New Amsterdam.


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TO MISS, WITH LOVE! - Students pay tribute to the transforming love of departed teacher Ms. Shabiki Edwards-Joseph THEY wept openly as the casket bearing the remains of their departed teacher, Ms. Shabiki Natasha Edwards-Joseph, was wheeled into the over-spilled Shalom Full Gospel Church at the corner of Main and Pilot Streets in New Amsterdam, Berbice. On Friday, September 27, the Tutorial Academy teacher ran her last race with her colleagues at the Edinburgh Community Centre Ground. Racing was not unusual to her; she once represented the New Amsterdam/Canje district at National Schools’ Sports competition. But although some of her colleagues had pleaded with her not to run, even reminding her of her four-month-old son Josiah, and a prevailing medical condition, Shibiki was not to be deterred. She ran her final race, during which she stumbled and fractured her tibia [inner and larger of the two bones on the lower leg]. And hours after the injured foot had been placed in a Plaster of Paris cast, the educator suffered from several bouts of unconscious and had to be returned to the New Amsterdam Hospital, where she died less than half an hour afterwards. The passing of Ms Shabiki, as she is fondly called, has left her class, which is referred to as the ‘school rejects’, overwhelmed by grief. “Nobody wanted our class. They [the teachers] referred to us as the baddest’, but Miss said she will take us and make positive things come out of our lives,” recalled Sabeeda Nezamudeen as she stood beside the blue casket. Just days before, Ms Shabiki had designated that student the Public Relations Officer of the class. The student was so elated with the position that, on telling her mother that she was

the PRO, the parent wondered whether she could have carried out the task effectively. But at the funeral service, the teenager assumed that role with distinguished grace and poise, armed with her notes on a piece of paper, from which she recalled the moments of lectures received from her teacher, with whom any student could have discussed anything. “She was with us in Fourth Form, and insisted on having us for the new school term, in order to help us with the upcoming CSEC examinations. But she is gone, much too soon. “Our teacher helped us to believe in ourselves, despite our constant failures and shortcomings. The sky is the limited, she stressed, while noting that the only thing which can change our situations was sound education, and that she insisted that we have, even with the lashes.” Another student, Nicolas Patterson, recalled the uplifting, exalting, encouraging words of his teacher, who took himself and David Vankeric into her arms. “Sometimes we feel weak and don’t want to go on, but she brings that light with her presence that pilots and guides our way. “If she can hear me, I want her to know that we have got the messages [instruction] and our lives will never be the same, as it has been transformed for the good,” he concluded. But it was the resounding soprano tone of 16-year-old David Vankeric as he rendered “Can’t give up now” that resulted in loud wails from the congregation. Supported by his classmate, the teenager emphasised on the lines “I just can’t give up now, I have come too far from where I started out. Nobody told me the road would be easy. And I don’t believe you

‘FLASH-BACK’: Ms Shabiki Edwards-Joseph and her husband and son in happier times

have brought me this far to leave me.” Other members of his class also rendered the song “Lean on me”. Head of the English Department, Ms. Simone Bollers, recounted that on the morning prior to the teacher’s death, although she was on medical leave, she was finalising a recipe for a cassava competition organised by the Department of Education. Retired Regional Education Officer Ms Shaifran Bhajan recalled the entrance of Shabiki

ment to the teaching profession place her in a special category. She bore the hallmarks of a true educator, and has left a legacy worthy of emulation by her counterparts,” Ms Bhajan declared. In his tribute, President of the Guyana Teachers Union, Mr. Colin Bynoe, remembered the teacher as an athlete; and again, when she was interviewed prior to entering the teaching profession. “But what came out foremost from that interview was her passion to fight the medical cause that she had. In

Student, Nicolas Patterson, declares: ‘Ms Shabiki was more than a teachers to us’ Edwards-Joseph into the education system, when the childfriendly concept was being implemented under the tutorage of Mr. Stanton Lambert, a head teacher. “She quickly embraced this innovation, not in a superficial manner, but with a genuine fervor that unfolded her qualities. She accepted all children, regardless of their disparity in socio-economic status, disabilities, gender or ethnicity. She reached out to each child by sustaining a very stimulating learning environment and establishing a conducive psychological climate in the classroom, nurturing every learner. Even if they came from a hostile home environment, they would find love and acceptance in the classroom,” Bhajan said. She remembered being escorted through the hall of the New Amsterdam Branch of School of the Nations by its principal, when her attention was drawn to the one classroom that stood out from the rest. “A beautiful, childfriendly classroom replete with all the learning materials; so stimulating. And I asked whose classroom is this. When I walked further, there was my friend, disciple of child-friendly spaces, standing smiling as she welcomed me; and I knew then that Shabiki was indeed a special teacher. “Her pleasant personality, her students and her commit-

addition, she was also striving to become a graduate teacher,” he said. “Shabiki has transformed many lives, while taking on the class that many teachers did not want,” Bynoe said. Admonishing fellow educators, students and parents, Bynoe said, “After you have done all you can, just remember there is need to support teachers. The education system is poorer without the passion (that was) hers.” Pastor Wilbert Daniels questioned whether the revelations made during the funeral service were a local episode of the movie ‘To Sir with Love’. “Teachers,” he said, “you are of great importance. Your work and labour are not in vain. I wish the parents and the Government could do more for the teachers, who have the responsibility of moulding the minds of the students.” Other speakers represented the University of Guyana, where Ms Edwards–Joseph was a third year student; the church body, and relatives. The eulogy was read by Bertie Carter, prior to her being interred at the Stanleytown Cemetery. Ms Shabiki EdwardsJoseph is survived by her husband, Compton, fourmonth-old son Joshi, siblings, relatives and a host of friends.

‘I just can’t give up now ‘ rendered by student David VanKenic

Guyana’s Future threatened by violence against children “Violence against children and youths — which include child abuse, child neglect and sexual abuse — poses a threat to our schools, our health, our wellbeing and the future of Guyana,” reported Probation and Social Services Officer Mr. Desmond Nelson, as he addressed a rally in New Amsterdam that sought to rein in the societal ills destroying our younger generation. “All are at risk, since violence against the youth and the children has no race (and) no class or culture; as it occurs on the street, in our homes, places of work and places of entertainment, among other places that the young person find themselves. “The perpetrators of violence against the children and the youth are not strangers. They are family members, sometimes teachers, caretakers, law enforcement authorities, and even children themselves! “Some children are particularly vulnerable because of their gender, ethnic origin or disability; some because of their social status. There is no community that is immune (from this societal scourge), as violence is evident in all the communities. I therefore urge you to speak out against these forms of violence, even as I advocate that all violence against youth and children, including corporal punishment; all harmful traditional practices, and any type of sexual violence be prohibited and effectively eliminated through awareness programmes,” he concluded. Also speaking at the ‘Prevention of Violence against Children’ rally, held at the Esplanade Park and organised by Berbicebased non-governmental organisation Comforting Hearts, was Peace Corps Volunteer Ms. Julia O’Conor, a previous employee of the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She told the scores of school children at the rally that her research on child abuse revealed that 15 million girls and 73 million boys in the world are raped every year. “Statistics reveal that six out of ten children between the ages of 6 and 10 years old have viewed pornography on the Internet,” she disclosed. “Teachers, you need to be vigilant with these children…We are here today to say ‘Enough!’ to violence against children and youth. Young people are the people that we are supposed to protect, not hurt; they are particularly defenceless and vulnerable,” she declared. The rally attracted students of the various schools in the New Amsterdam/Canje catchment area, who converged at Main and Philadelphia Streets before marching along the main thoroughfare, where they chanted anti-child abuse slogans. As they approached Pitt Street, the main commercial area, where several taxis and hire cars had stopped to view the parade, the students shouted, “Taxi man, leave the lil girls alone! It could be your own daughta! We will tell.” The campaign to stamp out violence against children was imbedded in the international campaign to stop child abuse, which received international attention in 2003 when the first International Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse was observed. It has been observed on November 19th annually ever since. However, after ten years, a nongovernmental group comprising an international coalition of actors and partners along with the Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) came together to expand the event and launch WWSF’s 19 Days of Activism, a global campaign lasting from November 1st to 19th.


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Three years after Berbice Horrific accident OCTOBER 29, 2010 commenced no differently than any other day in the lives of the twelve persons who joined an ill-fated mini bus; but, by dusk, their lifeless bodies were being pulled out of the Susannah Village canal on the East Coast of Berbice, victims of the worst reported vehicular accident to have occurred on the Berbice

accident I had reported. The images of lifeless, seemingly boneless and faceless bodies which had been hauled from that trench and placed into available vehicles for transport to the New Amsterdam Hospital, where they were pronounced dead, remained indelibly etched in my mind. Like those who had witnessed the horrifying scene, I

of the ill-fated minibus), of Number 48 Village; Salmaa Razac, 23, of Lot 104 Main Street, Cumberland, East Canje; Marques Ault, 14, of Rose Hall Town, Corentyne; Cindy Jaggernauth of Nigg Settlement; two-month-old Josiah Khan, and his mother, Talika Mendonca, 21, of Kildonan Village; Patricia Asgarally, 28, of Albion; Salmar Juman, 40, of

‘FLASH BACK’: Relatives of the twelve persons who were involved in the horrific Berbice accident, pose for photographers outside the previously used New Amsterdam Magistrate Court building roadways. The untimely loss of those lives has left some devastated families grappling with dire hardships occasioned by the absence of their breadwinners, while others await the high court hearings wherein survivors of the crash would recount details to a judge and jury. For the widowed Bibi Sookram, life has brought several challenges, as she shifts into the role of single parent. This reporter caught up with her exiting the Corriverton Market, having sold some of the ‘Kailoo’ birds that her nineyear-old son had caught by the sea shore. “Sometimes we catch lil fish, or the birds, or I would do some domestic work. My husband had his own boat and seine, now we have nothing. People thief everything out,” she lamented. While this widow has an 18-year-old son, she expressed fear of having him assist on a fishing boat, because of the reportedly high incidences of piracy. “Every couple of days somebody they killing. I don’t want to lose my son, but he would go out to sea to help out a bit. But it was not something I had wanted,” she said. “Sis, (last week was) three years since I lost my husband,” she said in an attempt to refresh my memory, in case I had forgotten. But I had not forgotten. I could not, as it was the first multiple-deaths motor vehicle

wept for those I had never known, and for their families, whose homes I subsequently visited. On the first anniversary of their death, we all journeyed to the site, lit candles and prayed for and reflected on the lives of those who had departed. The relatives vowed never to diminish the memories of their loved ones, even as they patiently await the hearing at the Berbice Assizes. Although 34-year-old Chetram Moonsammy has been committed to stand trial at the High Court, having faced 12 counts of causing death by dangerous driving, the case is yet to be listed for hearing. Royston Ault, who lost his teenage son Marques, opined that none of the promises made by officials who had spoken to the relatives at the time of the incident came through. “It was just a picture moment for the incident. That’s it!” he lamented. “Persons charged with minor traffic offences feel the full brunt of the law, but a man who, through negligence, continues to drive the roadways is able to carry on his business (trucking) as if nothing happened. Our wives, husbands, and children’s lives were lost. We still feel the pain as though the incident occurred yesterday,” he said. Those who had perished in that accident, which sent shock waves reverberating in the Berbice community, were Oudit Narine Babulall, 33 (the driver

East Canje; Orlando De Mattos, called Lando, 32, of Manchester Village; Nazaradin Mahinudin, 19, of Lot 40 Betsy Ground, East Canje; Chetram Ramphal, 30, and Janet Baker of Bush Lot and Number 19 respectively. In his report to the media, then Berbice Police Commander Stephen Merai had said — in respect to the weather condition — that it was slightly dark, but visibility was a half a mile away. He noted that the bus was heading to New Amsterdam whilst the truck was going in the opposite direction when the right side of the truck collided with the right side of the mini bus. The collision, he said, caused the truck

to rip the front of the mini bus from the driver’s side, resulting in instant death of all those persons who were seated in that vicinity. “Heads and brains were spilled”, recalled the Berbice Commander. Investigations revealed that some of the persons who were seated on the unscratched left side of the bus survived. Following investigations and the removal of the motor lorry and the minibus from the scene, the Berbice Commander had said that with the assistance of the crime chief, various strategies were being looked into. He had also observed that the then fatal accident figure was below 50% of what it had been for the corresponding period in the previous year. According to the commander, ranks involved in intelligence were tasked with finding out what was happening on the roadways with the minibuses and trucks; and on holding a campaign the day following the horrific accident, eight drivers were found to have had levels of alcohol within their system that were above the limit. Two of those drivers drove trucks. One was tested positive on the West Coast of Berbice after he had collided with two cars and was attempting to escape but was arrested. “There are a few killer trucks transporting paddy. This truck which was involved in the accident had just returned from Burma (Mahaicony), and had intended to make a second trip. Some drivers are greedy and want to make a second trip. Some truckers are not under the influence of alcohol, but they are tired. Some truckers would stop along their routes to have their faces washed,” Commander Merai had said. Referring to a developing culture of drivers drinking by the bottle, the divisional commander had noted that Berbice has the worst recorded drunk driving cases in the entire country.

Corentyne welder on $75,000 bail for allegedly stealing a grain cart POPULAR welder and fabricator, Yogpaul Ramnawa of Bengal Farm, Corentyne was ordered to post $75,000 bail after he tearfully denied a charge of simple larceny before New Amsterdam Magistrate, Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus. His counsel, Adrian Anamayah, said Ramnawa had fabricated a grain cart valued $1.8M for the Canadian-based Ms Ashni Singh, but there is a dispute in the payment, which may have to be addressed at the Civil Court. Court documents record Ms Singh as saying that she possesses receipts indicating that she paid for the cart although Ramnawa claims he is still owed $1M. Police Sergeant Phillip Sherrif, prosecuting, said the defendant, Ramnawa, stole the grain cart from a residence in Vryheid village in August. The matter is fixed for hearing on November 15.

IN THE BERBICE COURTS By Jeune Bailey Vankeric

GRA hammer hits doctor, lawyer and taxi service operator THE Guyana Revenue Authority has taken legal action against three New Amsterdam businesses which have failed to submit individual income and property tax returns for a total of thirty years; hence charges were instituted against Dr. Ganesh Shivkumar, trading under the name and style of Dr. Ganesh Poly Clinic, of St Ann Street; Attorney-at-law Michael Baird of Smythfield, and Triple ‘S’ Taxi Service operator Ms. Romain Rambarrat of Gay Park. Each defendant appeared before Magistrate Sherdel IsaacsMarcus and pleaded not guilty to the charges instituted by the Guyana Revenue Authority. Court documents revealed that, on or before the 30th day of April of each of the years 2010, 2011 and 2012, Dr. Ganesh of Lot 8-1 St Ann Street failed to submit either income or property tax returns to the Commissioner General for the years of assessment 2010, 2011 and 2012. Attorney-at-law Mr. Michael Baird is alleged to have failed to submit individual income and property tax returns for the years of assessment 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. His legal counsel, Mr. Lloyd Thomas, argued that his client’s tax returns were prepared by a named individual, and it was on receipt of the GRA notice that he became aware of the non-submission of the relevant returns. He said his client has since lodged the relevant receipts, which were accepted by the Guyana Revenue Authority. Ms. Romain Rambarrat is charged with failing to submit income and property tax returns for years of assessment 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Her legal counsel, Ms. Carolyn Artiga, informed the court that Ms Rambarrat had filed her returns at the GRA office on October 23, 2013; but Attorney Ms. Martha Halley, representing the GRA, emphasised that the Act stipulates that returns must be filed by April 30, failing which a fine would be instituted according to law. The defendants were sent on their own recognisance, and are expected to return to court on November 21 for report.

Doctor on $20,000 bail for accident that cost motorcyclist a fractured leg - indicates willingness to compensate victim MEDICAL practitioner Dr. Shariq Ali of Fort Street, Kingston, Georgetown appeared before New Amsterdam Magistrate, Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus and pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving which resulted in motorcyclist Dionna Moses sustaining a fractured left leg. Having informed the court that he was willing to compensate the motorcyclist, Dr Ali was placed on $20,000 bail, and is expected to return to court on November 11 for report. Police allege that Dr Ali was driving GJJ 7676 in a westerly direction on the Vryheid Public Road, and failed to stop at the approach to Republic Road, which the virtual complainant was proceeding along in a southerly direction, resulting in a collision with the motorcyclist. Relating what had transpired, Dr Ali said, “I am not from New Amsterdam; I am from Georgetown. I am assigned to the New Amsterdam Hospital as a Gynaecologist. I saw (the motorcyclist) approaching. She stopped, and I thought she had given me the way. I drove off, and she did so simultaneously, resulting in the collision. I am willing to compensate (her) for the damage.”

Juice vendor on $20,000 bail for slapping school child NEW Amsterdam Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus has placed juice vendor Leon Haynes, 39, of King Street, New Amsterdam, on $20,000 bail for allegedly slapping a school child after accusing the child of stealing some of his fruit juices. A probation report on the defendant is expected to be tendered on November 11. Police Sergeant Phillip Sherrif, prosecuting, said the incident occurred at the All Saints Primary School Ground, where Haynes was selling various juices. Some of his juices were stolen, but he did not see who had stolen them. However, 11-year-old Wilden Felix was then in close proximity to the stall; and when Haynes saw the child, he accused him of theft and reportedly slapped him in the face, resulting in the child being injured. In his defence, Haynes said he had left his juices overnight in a cool down cart preparatory to doing business at a football game; but on his return to the school compound, the security guard told him that school children were seen consuming his juices, worth $4000. “I saw the complainant with other boys, (and) I scrambled him and give him a (slap),” Haynes told the court.


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Digicel Inter-School table tennis c/ships

QC’s Shemar Britton cops Under-18 singles title By Tamica Garnett IN another intense five-set match, St Stanislaus College’s Elishaba Johnson put up a tough fight as he went down 2-3 against Shemar Britton of Queen’s College, when the two players,went head-to-head in the final of the Under-18 Open singles title of the Digicel Inter-School Table

Tennis Championships which concluded last evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. Britton claimed the Under-18 title after wins of the Novices, Under-11, Under-13, and Under15 singles titles which were earlier won by Gavin Mangroo, Tyriq Saunders, Jamal Butts and Kyle Edghill, respectively. Saunders, who hails from the North Georgetown Primary, won the Under-11 title after he took out Radha Krishna Primary’s Terrence Raush 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5, while Mangroo played to a come-frombehind victory against Jonathan Findley as he won the Novice title 8-11, 12-14, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9. In the Under-13 final Mae’s Jeremy Singh could not overcome Berbice’s Tutorial Academy’s Jamal Butts and lost 1-11, 8-11, 11-8, 9-11. The easiest of the finals went to Mae’s Kyle Edghill who needed only three sets to take out Bartica Secondary’s Sheldon Atherly, winning 11-7, 11-8, 11-8. The toughest win of the day, without a doubt, went to Britton who was made to work for his win by a determined Johnson. Playing in the last match of the championships, Britton and Johnson gave a fitting climax to the tournament events, which spanned the past four days. The pair commanded the full attention of the sprinkling of spectators, who were at the edge of their seats as the pair traded points. With screaming supporters on both sides, a high-spirited Britton took an early lead when he captured the first set 11-8, but Johnson was not done yet and came out to take the next set 13-11. Johnson entered the third set obviously looking for another win and as he climbed to a 5-1 lead many thought he could, but Britton cleaned up his act and increased the pressure on Johnson, whose anxiety increased and he only managed another two points before the set went to Britton 11-7. Entering the next set much calmer, Johnson was able to hold it together and Britton found it hard to get one past Johnson who won 11-6. Down to the decisive fifth set, Johnson could not avoid being anxious, and despite an early advantage was unable to convert to a win, becoming increasingly tense as Britton began to close the gap, with the game 1212. Britton won another two easy points to win the set and the match. Winners of the competition were last evening presented their trophies at a modest presentation ceremony that featured a speech by Digicel representative Gavin Hope who applauded the support of the parents.


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Shiv the survivor Shivnarine Chanderpaul is among the last of the cricketers around from the 1990s. But then longevity has always been the essence of his game By Scott Oliver

AS ONE of cricket’s iconic players takes his final cricketing curtain call in Mumbai later this month, another of its great survivors, another enduringly boyish member of Test cricket’s exclusive 10 000-run club, will be watching from the opposing ranks, doubtless demonstrating the stickability that has been the hallmark of his crabbily productive batting down the years. Shiv Chanderpaul’s career is a model of the adaptability and durability required to survive in the international arena. Indeed, his is already the third-longest Test career in West Indian history, behind only George Headley (who joins Sachin Tendulkar as one of only five men to have played Tests in four separate decades) and Garry Sobers, and by the time he steps out in Kolkata for the first Test, it will be the 20th longest of all. Given the famous Buddhist aphorism about a journey of a thousand miles beginning with a single step, if you are to survive for two decades at the sharp end, you first need to work out how to survive for a session. For Chanderpaul, that ability was developed in his formative years in rural Guyana. “You learn to be tough in country cricket. We used to play friendlies between ourselves, and you always want to bat first. You always say, ‘I’m first, I’m first.’ The only way the others would get batting is if they get you out. You try everything to stay in. There are times when you’re out and you say you’re not out.” The singled-mindedness is perhaps apt for someone who hails from a place called Unity Village. Disputes over whether or not he was out never stopped the flow of bowling. “The guys from the village would come out and just be throwing balls at me all day long,” Chanderpaul recalls with a gleeful smile. Such was the solidity of those foundations that he has become a specialist in the epic Test match journey: four times he has batted undefeated for 1 000 minutes, while he is the only man to have faced 1 000 consecutive deliveries in Tests without being dismissed. Not-

withstanding a glorious 69-ball hundred against Australia in 2003, he is, to invert a line that could be used about any number of his team-mates, generally there for a long time, not a good time. “It’s the way I prepare myself: going in the nets and bat-

the region, and the allure of U,S. university scholarships for basketball or track and field, he is adamant about where the issues lay: “We played Red Stripe games in the past and would get maybe $150 or so for the whole game. How are you

Thinking about the game - which goes for twohour sessions, maybe two and a half - I prepare that way in the nets.” (WICB photo) ting for hours and hours. Thinking about the game which goes for two-hour sessions, maybe two and a half - I prepare that way in the nets.” Even so, to survive for a session, or for 1 000 minutes, you need to be in a position to pursue a Test career in the first place, and Chanderpaul is in no doubt that, for the first major step up of his career, into the Guyana team, he owes a debt to the generosity of his club. “Guys would turn up for their country, maybe play trial games, and wouldn’t get paid. So I had to find ways to pay all these things, and some people from my club helped me. I lived way up in the country and had to come to Georgetown to play cricket. My club president found some people to sponsor me, to pay for my transportation to come down to play. But not everyone got help. How were the players going to play if there’s no money there? The span of Chanderpaul’s career - he debuted in March 1994 - almost exactly coincides with the decline of West Indies. For all the theories about the pull of soccer in

gonna survive on $150 per game? You play five games in the whole year. You can’t survive! When I came in, that’s what I was getting paid.” Thanks to the support of people in Unity Village, as well as no little talent and dedication, Chanderpaul was soon playing with the big boys. It wasn’t so easy at the grassroots. “People from Guyana or Trinidad would leave for the USA or Canada to play cricket, because there were contracts there, and when they go back the local board members would say, ‘These guys are not interested in playing cricket.’ I was thinking: Why are you saying that? The guys are breaking their contract and coming back home to play, and you’re saying they’re not interested in playing cricket! Right away, that shows they’re committed. “You’re not paying them a single cent to stay home and play, so they have to go overseas. They have to survive.” Nevertheless, Chanderpaul is equally adamant that the good times are on their way

back, with T20 sparking the revival - not just through the inspiration provided by West Indies’ World Twenty20 win in Sri Lanka last year, but the establishment of the Caribbean Premier League and its implications for the talented young players and cricketing ecology of his region. “Cricket’s still the most popular sport in the Caribbean

and now that we’ve started the CPL, which went well this year, it will be for a long time in the future. This is what people in the Caribbean have been waiting for. I guess more kids are going to be interested in the game and more parents are going to be interested in bringing their kids back into cricket. We have a few sponsors now, some money’s coming into the game, the players are going to be happy and cricket’s going to be booming again.” As his own 17-year-old son Tagenarine starts out on his journey as a professional cricketer - father and son have played together for Guyana - Shiv, after a summer with Derbyshire, has to turn his attention to making runs for West Indies in the land of his forefathers. It won’t be easy, which is

often the way he likes it: “As a batsman, you don’t mind seeing the really flat pitches but it’s also good when there’s a challenge there for you and you have to dig in and you have to do well for your team. Sometimes you come out on top, sometimes you don’t.” However harsh the subcontinental environment proves, Chanderpaul, hunkered under that crabby carapace (and his stance is likely to provide the majority of the sideways movement at both venues), will simply bang in his bail, same as always, and adapt: “Wherever you go there’s home advantage, you might say, and the conditions will suit the home team. As a player you have to find a way to deal with it. You have to survive.” (ESPN Cricinfo)


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First Test starts tomorrow

Sammy confident West Indies can rise to Indian challenge KOLKATA, India - Darren Sammy said West Indies will enter the two-Test series against India with the same positive mindset which has helped them to win their last six straight Tests. The West Indies captain said playing India, particularly on their home soil, was a much tougher proposition than playing New Zealand, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe - but he felt his side were more than capable of rising to the challenge. The two sides meet in the first Test, starting tomorrow (tonight, Guyana time) at the historic Eden Gardens in this eastern Indian city. “Looking at the tour match, the batsmen spent time in the middle which was very crucial for us in India because we all know that we have to put runs on the board when playing here - and our bowlers got a good work-out,” said Sammy. “We have been practising hard and everyone looks ready and eager to start this series against India. “This will be a real test for us. We have played against the opposition that has been placed before us and so India will pose a stronger challenge. But we have to go out there with the same attitude and mentality to win the two Test matches. We are in a good frame of mind and the week that we spent together in (the United States) before coming here has helped. He added: “Many people may feel that we should have been hitting cricket balls, but the mental side of the game is very important, and that team-bonding and working on our mental toughness, I think will pay off for us and I want to thank the West Indies Cricket Board for coming up with it. “The guys really enjoyed each other’s company and we became closer as a unit, so hopefully, we can take that onto the field - the mental toughness - together with our

Darren Sammy shines the ball before bowling at the nets in Kolkata, yesterday. put to rest in India - but he Bravo and Kieran Powell cricket skills and have two was well aware that West have matured. Narsingh good Test matches here.” Indies have not won on the Deonarine and Kirk Edwards Sammy said it will take time sub-continent, since were part of the A-Team that to judge the effectiveness of the Courtney Walsh’s side previsited recently and did well, team-bonding session in the vailed over Mohammad so we have more experience in United States, but he has felt a Azharuddin’s side by 243 the batting. different vibe in the team ever runs almost two decades ago “Shane Shillinford, our since. at the PCA Stadium in main spinner, has taken 20 “As a captain, what I see Mohali. wickets in his last two Tests is players that are more re“Success is about winning,” and conditions will favour laxed and everybody going he said. “We have not won a him, as well as Veerasammy through his daily routine with Test in India for a long time, but Permaul, together with our little pressure,” he said. we drew a Test in Mumbai on fast bowlers and me; I be“Even speaking to the coach our last visit, which was the lieve we can get 20 wickets to and the rest of the managefirst time in a long time that we win a Test.” ment team, they have noticed had drawn a Test here. Sammy felt, however, the a change. The players are just “We are looking to go one key to victory will be how doing what’s required of step further and we believe West Indies combat India’s them. Obviously, we will have that once we play to our full bevy of spin bowlers. to wait and see how that is potential - with the experi“Looking at the way transferred into the way we ence we have now on this trip teams like Australia and Enplay.” - we can win. We have far gland have played in previous West Indies have not won a more experienced batting series here, spin played a maTest series against a side rated than when last visited two jor factor,” he said. higher on the International years ago and Shivnarine “We have not played the Cricket Council’s Test Ranking Chanderpaul was our only spin bowling well in our last system for four years and the experienced batsman.” few Tests, but once we can last time they won a Test against He continued: “Now we counteract their spin bowlers a higher ranked side was when have Shiv, Chris Gayle and and put runs on the board - a they beat Pakistan two years Marlon Samuels. Two players good first innings total is always ago in Guyana. that were young then, Darren important in a Test - over 400 Sammy said this was something he would like to

CRICKET QUIZ CORNER (Tuesday November 05, 2013) Compliments of THE TROPHY STALL-Bourda Market & The City Mall (Tel: 225-9230) & CUMMINGS ELECTRICAL CO. LTD-83 Garnette Street, Campbellville (Tel: 225-6158; 223-6055) Answers to yesterday’s quiz: (1)Gary Sobers and RohanKanhai (2)WI vs SL, Old Trafford, 1975 Today’s Quiz: (1) Which two took less than 200 Test wickets? Wes Hall; Andy Roberts; Michael Holding; Joel Garner; Alf Valentine (2) What are the best ODI bowling figures by a WI player against Australia? Answers in tomorrow’s issue

Windies tour of India to be broadcast live to the Caribbean KOLKATA, India (CMC) -The West Indies tour of India will be beamed live across the Caribbean on ESPN Caribbean, the sports channel has announced. ESPN says it will provide exclusive coverage of the tour which begins today at 23:20hrs Eastern Caribbean time from Kolkata. The tour which runs until November 27 features two Tests and three ODIs and ESPN says all matches WILL be aired live. The channel says it will also air the half-hour ‘West Indies Tour of India Highlights’, of each day’s action from the Test matches plus an hour-long recap programme of all the One-Day Internationals (ODIs). Much of the focus will be on the second Test which signals the end of the playing career for one of the game’s greatest batsmen, Sachin Tendulkar, playing in his 200th and final Test, in front his home-crowd at Mumbai. The second Test will also be celebrated as the 150th Test appearance by West Indian stalwart, Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Darren Sammy’s men will be aiming to climb the ICC rankings after slipping from fifth to sixth place following the latest rankings released yesterday.

- and then we have to bowl well to restrict them and get a lead of over 100. “It will require a total team effort and all three disciplines of the game must click for us. We know over the years we have played really well and put ourselves in good positions, only to lose the Test match due to one bad session of play. “We cannot afford that in this series. We have to be on our Ps and Qs, and go hard at the Indians because we know they will come hard at us.” Sammy said it was good to be playing Test matches again, following a heavy diet of One-day and Twenty20 matches over the last seven months. West Indies’ previous Test against Zimbabwe finished on March 22 this year at Windsor Park in Roseau - and they won by an innings and 65 runs. “These Tests and the remainder against New Zealand are very important, especially for players like Shiv, Shane, Kirk and others that only play Tests,” he said. “It is also another opportunity for us to further work on the goals we have. We broke into the top five earlier this year and this is another chance for us to move a little higher in the rankings.” He said: “It’s also going to be exciting because it’s the farewell series for (Indian batting legend) Sachin Tendulkar, but we are planning to take it very, very seriously, and look to give a good account of ourselves to win these two Tests.”

“India and West Indies have always had a good relationship and good battles. Indian people support their team first and West Indies are their second favourites. They have seen our guys play in the Indian Premier League and fallen in love with them.” Sammy said the farewell for Tendulkar has energised the bowling unit with everyone seeking to have the privilege of being the bowler to snare him for the last time in Tests - but he hedged no bets on who it will be. “All I know is that I will be part of that wicket,” he said. Squads: India (from): Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav West Indies (from): Darren Sammy (captain), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sheldon Cottrell, Narsingh Deonarine, Kirk Edwards, Chris Gayle, Veersammy Permaul, Kieron Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford, Chadwick Walton Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (England), Nigel Llong (England) Match Referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe

South Florida Softball Cricket League team due today THE South Florida Softball Cricket League (SFSCL) team will be arriving in Guyana today to take part in the Guyana Softball Cup 111 tournament. The team will be lead by first-time captain Masood Mohamed, manager Ramzan Roshanali assistant manager Zameer Mangroo and will be under the guidance of the SFSCL president himself Mr Sal Husain. The SFSCL team is composed of a number of all-rounders including the league MVP Kaiume Mohamed; Ramesh Persaud, Keshan Budhna, Anoop Basdeo and Vivian Khan. The batting is further fortified by wicketkeeper/batsman Ravi Persaud (OJ), Randy Narainasami, Nazim Ali and Vishal Singh. The bowling attack will be spearheaded by Mark Mukhlall, Ramesh Persaud, Masood Mohamed and others. Some of the players have not visited Guyana for a while and on arrival they will travel to Berbice, parts of Demerara and Esssequibo. The team will assemble in Georgetown on Thursday, to prepare and make final plans for the Guyana Cup. According to the release, the SFSCL team intend to give of their best in the field in the hope of wresting the championship away from N.Y. (last year tournament winners). The SFSCL officials would like to give a special thank you to Zameer Mangroo and Ramzan Roshanali, the Honorary Consul for Guyana in Miami for all their help in assisting the team to take part in what promises to be an exciting tournament in Guyana.


GUYANA CHRONICLE Tuesday, November 5, 2013

OSCL stages glittering 18th annual presentation By Frederick Halley TORONTO, Canada – Several outstanding cricketers were rewarded for their tireless efforts when the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) held its glittering 18th annual presentation buffet dinner and dance at the Easton Banquet Hall in Scarborough last Saturday night. Coming on the heels of the OSCL squad’s departure for Guyana where they will participate in the Guyana Softball Cup, scheduled for this weekend, the players and executives were in buoyant mood in the festive atmosphere. Among the notable awardees were former Guyana Under-19 players Krishna Deosarran, Troy Gobin, Ejaz Mohamed and Rovendra Madholall and former national fast bowler Trevon Garraway. However, only Garraway will don Canadian colours when the OSCL XI open their campaign in the prestigious Guyana Cup on Friday at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground, Bourda Deosarran, who is rated as one of the best softball players both in Guyana and Canada, is reportedly representing one of the teams in Guyana as is Ejaz Mohamed. Gobin and Madholall are not part of the squad leaving here today.

… confident of doing well in Guyana Cup

Members of Grand Champions Cricketers Cove pose with their winnings along with executives of the OSCL. top score of 88. Representing East Coast in distinction of upstaging Garraway featured in the the East Division Conference A, Deosarran in the Grand ChamPresident’s Cup Championship, Deosarran totalled 326 runs to pionship final, emerging as the representing winners East Divifinish as the third highest scorer MVP for Cricketers Cove sion All Stars against West Dibehind Suresh Persaud (399) and whose players and supporters vision All Stars and was also a Anand Balwant (328). He was were quite jubilant on Saturday member of the OSCL Jaguars also his team’s Most Valuable night when the silverwares were side which opposed OSCL Player (MVP) in a losing cause handed out. The winners carted Kaieteur in the Guyana Indein the Grand Championship fi- off the Twilight Restaurant and pendence Cup which formed nal versus eventual winners Bar Trophy while the runnerspart of the annual anniversary up took away the Paradise Cricketers Cove. celebrations here. Deosarran was also part of Travel Trophy. In addition, troFormer Essequibo Interthe winning East Coast team phies were presented to the county player Jaiminie Singh which copped the Knockout MVPs (in absentia) and all the was also a noteworthy perTournament All Stars Trophy players and officials from both former, slamming 371 runs to sponsored by Remax All-Stars teams. finish eight shy of Caribbean Gobin, also a member of Realty Inc. while Caribbean SenSensation Jai Singh’s 379 in the sation carted off the Mortgage Cricketers Cove, had a highest East Division Conference B score of 93 during the regular Specialist Scotiabank trophy as while Orlando Deonarine, also season while Madholall, who the runners-up. of Caribbean Sensation placed Mohamed had the unique represented Rems, smashed a third with 329. Three bowlers – Riaz Ali (Lions), Lalchand Shivraj (Rems) and Gavin Singh (Better Hope) recorded hat-tricks. Kumar Doodnaught, (Cricketers Cove), with 286 runs, recorded the highest score in the West Division while Inul Rudolph’s 20 wickets turned out to be the most. The East Division Conferteams like Den Amstel, Buxton United and Milerock playing a high standard of football. This he said augurs well for them He also said he is saddened to know that teams who are not at this (national) level to play in a national League are actually ‘Jackie Chan’ a part of the League. RORAIMA Bikers Club’s Richardson “These teams are in the Alanzo Greaves’ dream year With a 1-0 lead going into the League ahead of a team like continued, when he top the second period, Alpha United, Slingerz FC which has some of field to take the inaugural facing the Atlantic breeze, carried the country’s more experienced United Bike Shop-sponsored the attack to Buxton United but players who have to look on 70-mile road race after a found the opposition standing from the sideline as other teams thrilling four-man sprint to up to the test and it took quite a like Young Achievers and the finish line, stopping the while for the GFA team to take Mahaica Determinators play,” clock at 2h. 44m: 55 seconds, control of play. while chalking up his 22nd Dover lamented. win of the year. However, after 27 minutes, In the other match at the He led to the finish line Alpha made a build-up from Buxton ground, Upper and onto the podium, last midfield and the ball was played Demerara Football Association’s year’s and this year’s National by Peters squarely to Richardson (UDFA) Mileriock defeated Road Race champions in who slid it past the advancing Mahaica Determinators 3-1. Raynauth Jeffrey and Orville Buxton United’s custodian. Meanwhile, at the Den Hinds, while Geron Williams, Alpha United with 12 Amstel ground on the West Akeem Wilkinson and Greaves points to their name, will next Coast Demerara, the home side RBC teammate Warren ‘40’ meet East Bank Football trounced GFA’s Santos 5-2, McKay completed the top six Association’s Grove Hi-Tech on while Riddim Squad edged paying positions. Sunday at the GFC ground from Young Achievers 1-0. Apart from riding away 18:00hrs. Playing at the #5 ground, with the first prize, which was Asked if he thinks his a cycle frame worth US$1200 West Coast Berbice, New (G$240 000) for his win, charges can play unbeaten in the Amsterdam United beat Silver Greaves also sped off with League, Dover, the head naShattas 5-1 and BV/Triumph three sprint prizes that were tional coach said while he would defeated Rosignol United 2-0. up for grabs during the event love to defeat all opposing At the Georgetown Footwhich saw the 54 cyclists teams, he knows it would be a ball Club, ground, BK Westpedal from Homestretch Avvery difficult task, but once the ern Tigers edged Grove Hienue, proceed to Dora on the players train hard, stay focused Tech 1-0, while Guyana DeLinden Highway and back to and play to their game plan, it fence Force came from two Craig on the East Bank of can happen. goals down to edge Winners Demerara for the finish. Dover said it is good to see Connection 3-2. In an invited comment af-

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Alpha register fourth consecutive victory … with 2-0 win against Buxton United By Michael DaSilva ONE goal in each half was all Alpha ‘The Hammer’ United needed to secure a 2-0 win against Buxton United, when action in the Guyana Football Federation (GFF)/Banks Beer Premier League continued on Sunday at the Buxton Community Centre ground. Anthony ‘Awo’ Abrams and Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson were on target for Alpha United in the 17th and 72nd minutes respectively. Playing an aggressive game from the start, the Georgetown Football Association (GFA) side surged to the lead as the ball was played from their defence to team captain Dwight Peters in offensive third. Peters then headed the ball to Abrams who took control of it at the top of the opposition’s 18-yard box and on his second touch, Abrams slotted it past Buxton United’s custodian. Alpha United continued to raid their opponents’ goal area, but poor finishing denied them another goal in the first session. Both Peters and Abrams had sure scoring opportunities but their team mate Devon Moseley who is their central defender, found himself in the off-side position on both occasions.

ence A saw Pradeep ‘Polo’ Singh capture 22 wickets while Ashook Ramjas of Wakenaam took 25. The East Division regular season champions Rems Sports Club took the Norman Sue Bakery Trophy for winning the Conference A while the Conference B winners were Grove Sensation who got the Remax All-Stars Realty Inc trophy. Matrix Sports Club emerged top in the West Division regular season, copping the TDMJ Accounting & Bookkeeping Services trophy. East Coast were the winners of the East Division playoff, defeating Caribbean Sensation in the final, thereby capturing the Rems Employment Agency Trophy while the losers took the Paragon Linen prize. Four-time champs Cricketers Cove preserved their record with victory over Strikers Sports Club in the West Division playoff, taking home the Twilight Family Restaurant and Bar Trophy while the runnersup received the Hollis Wealth Financial Advisor trophy. During the 2013 season, the OSCL also introduced its first T10 tournament which saw Better Hope come out as the inaugural winners and take the Caribbean Sensation trophy while the latter had to settle for the Active Green and Ross runners-up prize. Rems were the T10 consolation winners, earning the Caribbean Sensation trophy while GT Bannas took the I Saw That On TV second prize. The Knockout Consolation Trophy winners were Rebel Sports Club, taking the Active

Green & Ross trophy while Belle Vue settled for B&B Video and Photography trophy as the runners-up. Another innovation was a floodlit game, featuring a mixed team, played in the West End. All the participants and officials were in receipt of medals. OSCL president Albert Ramcharran took the opportunity to express sincere thanks to the many sponsors who have shown faith in the organisation over the years. He was also full of praise for his executives for their excellent performance. Plaques were presented to executive members Bobby Ramlogan and Patrick Shivrattan for their outstanding service and commitment to the organisation. Matthew Francis was also awarded for his contribution to the banners. Ramcharran also recognised the contributions of Inul Rudolph of Caribbean Airlines, Harry Sukhoo of Caribbean Sensation and the late Norman Sue of Norman Sue Bakery. Sue’s wife Lynette collected the plaque. Meanwhile, the OSCL squad will wing out of Toronto today, confident of returning with the bacon when they appear in the Guyana Cup. They are billed to compete in the Open male category among 11 other teams who are vying for a top prize of G$800 000 and a runner-up purse of G$200 000.. The OSCL team will come from: Devanand Ramsaywack, Trevon Garraway, Ravin Babulall, Navin Bhup, Gavin Singh, Rayburn Gonsalves, Ryan Bhup, Rickey Mahadeo, Ian Gonsalves and Andy Persaud. Officials accompanying the players are president Albert Ramcharran, Vish Jadunaught, Patrick Shivrattan, Ryan Bhup and Terry Mathura who will also participate as a player.

Greaves tops field in inaugural United Bike Shop road race ter the event, the 24-year-old Greaves said, “I felt like a beast on the bike today. I had no complaints mechanical-wise, I just stayed focused and caught the main breaks and that was it. I know my sprinting ability and I’m thankful for the win.” The event started at a fast clip, with nine riders breaking away from the rest of the 54 starters just as they passed the Guyana National Stadium at Providence. These riders which included Greaves, Williams, Wilkinson, Rastaff Oselmo, Delroy Hinds, Michael Anthony, Paul DeNobrega, Walter Grant-Stuart and Hamza Eastman rode in tandem but were wheeled in at Dora by a wave of riders in the chase peloton. At this point, Greaves and Wilkinson orchestrated a twoman breakaway but Hinds, Jeffrey and Williams connected at Splashmins and the five cyclists rode as a unit until Jeffrey unsuccessfully staged a solo attack about a mile from the finish. The tireless Jeffrey was promptly pursued and caught by Greaves, Williams and Hinds as Wilkinson failed to change gears and with just under 200

metres to go, the four riders were still together snaking until Greaves had enough and used his superior sprinting ability to power across the finish line. Other category winners yesterday were Junior Niles (Veterans), Ozia McAulay (Mountain Bike), Naomi Singh (Female) and Michael Anthony (Junior) who were all awarded a pair of wheels worth US$450 (G$90 000). Niles took the Veterans category from Ian Jackson and Talim Shaw, Anthony the Junior category over Shaquille Agard and Hamza Eastman, and Singh the Female category over her lone competitor, Toshawna Doris. There were also BMX races which were won by Amo Jones (12-13 years), Jaleel Jackson (13-15 years) and Jamal John (Open). Former cycling standout and Managing Director of the United Bike Shop, Horace Burrowes, congratulated all the cyclists for competing in the successful event and promised that next year’s edition would be even more lucrative. (Calvin Roberts)


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Digicel Inter-School table tennis c/ships

OSCL stages glittering 18th annual presentation … confident of doing well in Guyana Cup See Page 31

QC’s Shemar Britton cops Under-18 singles title

See Story on Page 28 An elated group of young table tennis winners pose with their spoils after the completion of the Digicel Inter-School table tennis championships at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall last night. Looking on approvingly from left are national coach Linden Johnson, GTTA president Godfrey Munroe and Digicel’s Gavin Hope. (Adrian Narine photo)

Minister of Sport Dr Anthony to Barthley outraged at open ‘Guyana Softball Cup 111’ vandalism of Sir Viv’s monument THE THIRD edition of the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA)-organised ‘Guyana Softball Cup 111’, will bowl off on Friday with several matches being played at several venues across Georgetown. Prior to the opening day’s action, Minister of Sport Dr Frank Anthony is expected to deliver the feature address at the official opening ceremony which is scheduled for Thursday at 17:30hrs at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) pavilion. Captains and managers of teams or their representatives are asked to be present for a final briefing and to collect fixtures, while all 26 teams who will be battling for supremacy are requested to be at the GCC ground for 08:00hrs on Friday, in full uniform for a photo shoot before moving on to the various venues for a prompt 09:15hrs start. Each team will play 3 preliminary matches in ‘Guyana Softball Cup 111’, with two matches on Friday, and one the following morning, from which the semifinalists will be decided for each category, followed by the playing of the semifinals on Saturday after lunch. Grounds to be used on November 8 and 9 are: Police Sports Club, Demerara Cricket Club, GCC, St Stanislaus, Ministry of Education (formerly Softball ground), Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO) and YMCA ground. The final will be held at the GCC ground, Bourda on Sunday,

10th, preceded by three female 10/ 10 exhibition matches involving Trophy Stall Angels, 4R Lioness, Karibee Girls, and Mike’s Wellwoman. The fixtures for the Guyana Softball Cup Open 20/20 are: Zone A: South Florida Softball Cricket League, Regal, Wolf Warriors, Smith XI Zone B: New York Softball Cricket League All Stars, Cotton Field Wild Oats, Corriverton, Farm X1 Dr. Frank Anthony Zone C: Ontario Softball Cricket League, Berbice Titans, Karibee Boyz, Trophy Stall. And for the Guyana Softball Cup 111 Masters 20/20 Zone A: New York Better Hope, Brooklyn Legends, Savage, Floodlights. Zone B: SCI Miami, New York President X1, Regal Masters, Industry Super Kings. Zone C: New York Seaview, Ontario Masters Softball International, Wellman X1 Zone D: New York Softball Cricket League Legends, Parika Defenders, Superior Woods Success Masters.

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) - Antigua and Barbuda’s cricket chief Zorol Barthley has reacted with outrage after one of the monuments of the country’s lone living national hero, Sir Vivian Richards, was vandalised. Barthley has blasted the vandalism of the monument as “disgraceful” and “offensive” and said it’s an indication of a lack of national pride. The monument, located on Sir Vivian Richards Street not far from the house in which the cricket legend was raised – was recently damaged. “Our society is very wanting in that regard and it is shameful, disgraceful that someone would damage things that display our history, accomplishments and positive contributions to Antigua & Barbuda, the region and the world,” Barthley was quoted in the Observer newspaper as saying. “Sir Viv is an internation-

Vivian Richards ally known legend.” A sign recently posted on the area where the bust was erected, reads, “Removed for repairs due to vandalism”. Barthley, president of the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA), says he is not calling on residents to “worship” the legend or monuments erected to pay tribute to his life. However, he wants people to simply be respectful of people’s contributions to society and historical sites. Barthley suggests that authorities might need to erect fencing to protect the structure. “It’s a shame we’d have to resort to doing that.” he added.


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