GUYANA No. 103700
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MONDAY JANUARY 6, 2014 GUYANA’S MOST WIDELY CIRCULATED NEWSPAPER
Multimillion dollar hotel opens at Farm
-investment comes at a good time - President Ramotar
A frontal view of the multimillion dollar investment, Park Vue Hotel (Adrian Narine photo)
President Ramotar checks on Marriott Hotel construction
- continues to be impressed with pace and quality
APNU/AFC anti-investor vendetta strikes again
Portugal football legend Eusebio dies aged 71
See story on back page
Quadrants plan for city to curb congestion GPF training a priority -Rohee Centre
President Ramotar in discussion with Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh, Head of the Privatisation Unit Winston Brassington and workers and project managers at the Marriott Hotel
Eusebio- Nicknamed the ‘Black Panther’ for his speed and the fear he instilled in his opponents.
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Multimillion dollar hotel -investment comes at a good opens at Farm time - President Ramotar By Vanessa Narine THE landscape of the East Bank of Demerara, in addition to the expansion of the fourlane highway, has seen another change with the opening of the multimillion dollar Park Vue Hotel, yesterday, at Farm. President Donald Ramotar, who cut the ceremonial ribbon, pointed out that the investment is coming at good time, with changes in Guyana’s visibility as a tourism destination and the massive development thrust of his government. According to him, the tourism sector is expected to be a major economic pillar of the local economy and the contribution of investments, like the Park Vue Hotel, will see the sector better equipped. The Head of State pointed to the increase in arrivals that
is expected with both the massive modernisation project at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) and the negotiations with different airlines to increase airlift to Guyana. “There is a huge diaspora wanting to come home,” he said, adding that there are several other untapped markets for Guyana to venture into. Ramotar stated that the massive investment, in addition to boosting the local tourism sector, will also support the creation of jobs – a welcome benefit of such undertakings in the private sector. He also stressed his government’s commitment to continue to create an environment that is supportive of the private sector, more particularly by creating a tourism product that is second to none in the world.
President Donald Ramotar cuts the ceremonial ribbon, flanked by family members, Government Ministers and private sector stakeholders (Adrian Narine photos)
POSITIVE INVESTMENT Acting Tourism Minister, Irfaan Ali, who also made remarks at yesterday’s opening, noted that the investment is a positive one on many fronts and sees the focus moving from the Capital city to outlying areas. He pledged his Ministry’s support to the working with the proprietors and mentioned working together on the establishment of a water park to complement the existing facility. Ali stated that 2014 will be a “big year” for the tourism sector, in particular with Guyana hosting the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) games, “This is the greatest invest-
A section of those in attendance at yesterday’s opening ceremony ment in sporting tourism in the Caribbean,” he said. The minister referred to other work being done to increase marketing efforts in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and other European countries and made it clear that continued local investment will support these efforts. He stressed that the investment today is an assurance of a strong tomorrow. One of the proprietors,
Sheron Persaud, in introducing the establishment noted that the design features a “fresh and modern” style in local hotels and added that the staff is focused on providing visitors a “signature” experience. She added that the hotel’s 200 plus rooms reflect five custom styles, with costs ranging from US$99 to US$199. The hotel, which has a black, white and grey colour scheme, also boasts a pool, a lounge, a restaurant and a gift shop.
The facility’s conference room, Persaud said, is expected to be completed in March this year. The family-owned hotel not only had its ceremonial opening yesterday, but also began its operations. Also present at yesterday’s function were government ministers, private sector heads and stakeholders, as well as close family and friends. After the opening, guests were treated to a tour of the spanking new hotel.
President Donald Ramotar greets the owners of ParkVue, Robin and Sheron Persaud
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APNU/AFC anti-investor vendetta strikes again THE decision by Muri Brasil to pull out of its exploratory venture is the latest example of the harm being inflicted on Guyana’s developmental prospects by A People’s Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) attack against investors in Guyana. Muri Brasil Ventures in a statement said that “although the process was legal and transparent, this decision is due to the misinformation, prejudice and hostility to this proposed survey by persons and agencies which are fostering an adverse investment climate in Guyana.” This pattern of anti-development behavior by the Joint Opposition can be observed as they have repeatedly protested any project geared towards the development of Guyana. The Amaila Falls Hydro Project, the Cheddi Jagan Inter-
national Airport Expansion Project, the Specialty Hospital Project and the Marriott Hotel Project are all examples of the Opposition creating havoc with its one seat majority in the National Assembly, spreading mis-information and driving away investors. The same anti- development attitude is seen even at the policy level in the Chambers of the National Assembly. The Anti- Money Laundering and DR. ASHNI SINGH Financing of Terrorism Amend-
ment Bill and the currently debated Public Procurement Commission Bill saw objection from the Opposition, though neither party can identify any real issue of contention with the respective bills. Similar anti- development sentiments are reflected with the cutting of the 2012 and 2013 National Budgets. It is important to note that every investor that has been chased out of Guyana represents hundreds of job opportunities for Guyanese that will not be realized. The public should not take such coordinated sinister acts lightly as they are indicative of how little committment the AFC and APNU have to the progress and development of Guyana. (Finance Ministry)
Home Affairs sees benefits from bilateral cooperation -Rohee By Michel Outridge
HOME Affairs Minister Clement Rohee on Friday at his end-ofyear press conference said that during last year the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) has benefited from bilateral cooperation/ collaboration with a number of countries, including Russia, Suriname, Venezuela and Colombia.
Rohee pointed out that Guyana has seen benefits from the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), which is a partnership between the United States of America and the Caribbean, aimed at substantially reducing illicit trafficking, advancing public safety and security and promoting social justice.
GUYANA/BARBADOS JOINT COMMISSION
He added that in 2013 Guyana received items of security equipment and members of the law enforcement agencies participated in a number of training programmes in security-related matters such as fraudulent documents, passenger targeting and analysis, interviewing techniques, smuggling and luggage examinations. In addition, three Metal Shark Defiance Patrol Boats were allocated to Guyana and delivery is expected early this year.
Citing immigration matters involving Barbados, Minister Rohee stated that with the re-establishment of the Consular General’s office in Barbados, there has been an improvement in the delivery of service with respect to immigration matters involving Guyanese. He said that on a regular basis the Central Immigration and Passport Office in Guyana issues passports via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Guyanese who are domiciled in Barbados. Rohee noted that in October 2013, a meeting of the Guyana/ Barbados Joint Commission was held and a declaration made for improved relationship between the Immigration Departments of the two countries. INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE Rohee stated that the MoHA, concerned with the growing number of cases of interpersonal violence in communities, held a two-day conference on the Prevention of Interpersonal Violence on 25th and 26th November 2013. Approximately 250 persons attended the conference and presentations and discussions were led by local and overseas experts, he said. The minister added that a report was submitted to Cabinet, including the recommendations arising from the conference. Included in the submission was a request for a National Committee to be established to prepare and implement an Action Plan to combat Interpersonal Violence. The Action Plan will require the provision of resources by the State.
Moreover, in 2014 Guyana will enjoy the following benefits from the CBSI: (A) From 20th to 24th January, 2014 the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) Stockpile Management/ Destruction Package – UNLIREC will be conducting their first training and destruction mission of surplus and absolute firearms and ammunition that are in the possession of the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force. The organization donated to Guyana a set of hydraulic shears which will be used during the training. Training courses would be developed for improving basic policing skills such as Crime Scene Management, Interrogation, Forensics,
Case Development and Resources Management. Emphasis would be placed on investigations dealing with Trafficking in Persons, Money Laundering, Corruption and Gender-based Violence. (B) The Guyana Prison Service will benefit from a project which complements the efforts of the Ministry of Home Affairs aimed at reforming the Guyana Prison Service. This project will enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of Corrections Officers to appropriately and effectively manage a sustainable multi-gender, multi-custody offender population so that the correctional system contributes to public safety, positively impacts transnational crime and provides the prisoners with opportunities for reform and rehabilitation. (C) On March 25, 2013, a United States-based Company, Metro Star, conducted an assessment of the current technical and other resources (including people) available within the Police Forces in the Region to support live video connectivity to facilitate training opportunities in all of the CBSI partner countries including Guyana. This initiative would allow the Guyana Police Force to participate in virtual training with key Caribbean institutions including the Caribbean, Regional Drug Law Enforcement Training Centre (REDTRAC), the Regional Training Centre in Barbados and the Police Training Academy in Trinidad and Tobago.
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SUNDAY SUNDAY CHRONICLE CHRONICLEDecember December29, 22,2013 2013
Iraq arrest From crime totroops cigarettes, Bloomberg leaves al hisleading mark on New York Syria rebels push Qaeda Sunni MPopen in violent raid back; U.S. to Iran role
tactic, seen as targeting young former head of the New York minorities, amounted to “indi- Civil Liberties Union. rect racial profiling.” ‘CEO MAYOR’ Overall crime rates fell by a Bloomberg’s most telling third during Bloomberg’s three cause it had not endorsed a 2012 abdomen. al terms, Qaeda-linked militants who in hislegacy may be, in one sense, a decrease reflected accord calling for a new Syrian Authorities a cur-exhave gained a foothold there. himself, said imposed Tom Wright, once-blighted neighborhoods leadership. But he said there in Anbar province after Another potential flash-and fewecutive director of the Regional that are now blossoming, might be ways that Iran could arrest, security sources point is around Sunni protests thePlan Association, an urban retourism rates setting record “contribute from the sidelines”. that have been held in Anbar said. A convoy of army tanks, search advocacy highs. There is little prospect of a vehicles andgroup. Humsince December last year. In a armoredand rapid end to the Syrian conflict When he first office, “That’s a fundamentally in for Ramastatement on state television on vees began to arriveran but the resurgence in Iraq of was an unlikely positive aspect ofitlife that’sbehad di Bloomberg by midday. Friday, Maliki said would mutual enemy al Qaeda, and a with political said candidate But scores of no people tookexthevery “lastfar-reaching Friday” theeffect,” protests recent rapprochement with the the streetsorcarrying guns toHe andJohn sit-ins would bedirector allowedoftothe to perience constituency. Mollenkopf, new Iranian president, have themore curfew, Reuters wit- of continue. raised speculation about a comspent thana $100 million Center for Urban Research at defy ness said. The military campaign mon effort between the United the City of New York Graduate his own fortune to win in 2001. Adnan al-Muhanna, leader and the arrest of Alwani may Throughout his tenure, he Center. help Maliki boost his popular- of the al-Bu Alwan tribe, a showed a continued willingness tribe in Anbar to ity in the eyes of Shi’ites who major Sunni to back his policy priorities with THROUGH Alwani belongs, called had STEERING called on him to crack which DISASTER, RECESSION thepocketbook. government to release down on al Qaeda and on onhis within hours.as a CEO they accused of enwas12elected Bloomberg guided New Alwani“He Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and politicians “Otherwise we will not be of couraging violence. Elections New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg walks from mayor who ran on a platform York through the years after the ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout to restrain thedown, angry balancing masses due in April. the podium after theinterior 2014 city budget areSeptember slogans against thedelivering military and ministry keeping crime 11, 2001, attacks, able thatbudget, could lead undesired in the Blue Room of New York’s City Hall, this amid fears that the shaken city’s andthe while holding his poster and gesturing with in four and to trying to take consequences,” he told Reuters. CURFEW IMPOSED file photo from May 2, 2013. fingers in.( Credit: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dals) control of the schools. And economy could be devastated. Anbar’s provincial coun-that If a tie were permitted, he Experts can tick off a long was of it. Hesession really and didn’t “It is easy to imagine ways wani well. We told him that we Sunnis and Shi’ites. Bombings, an urgent Many Sunnis in the region cil heldkind havefortied list of accomplishments. The have much,” said Wright. “Now, and suicide attacks, had would a warrant his with arrest,top-rankand shootings that a less strategic mayor could Free Syrian Army fighters cheer during ansee anti-Syrian regime protest called for Alwani’s release and in are meanwhile likely to ing Fiorello 10-year-old camstagedAl-Nouman, byanti-smoking al Qaeda milarrested him,” heLaGuardia, said, addingsaid many Maarat Idlib, January 3, 2014. taken January 3, 2014. he is leaving years later, have gotten way ofPicture investigation into12the death Alwani’s arrestin asthe another ex-that an here who helped compile itants, near-daily occurthatBirdsell two of Alwani’s bodyguards Credit: Mashan paignareisaReuters/Fadi credited with some hisdespite brother, aurban copy of a state- in ample of what they portray as of hailed as an visionary.” recovery,” said Birdsell. days of skirmishing werethewounded in thelist. operation, City & State LaGuardia, rence. seen by Reuters said.on to his against minority 10,000and fewer deaths to andcontain served a crackdown northwest between ISIL but Bloomberg said Washington was as notmentthe Bloomberg moves is credited States Tehran Iraqiin army this week which said was carried in an instability The statement also called a Sunni leaders. so he legendary that notoutjust and other rebel factions, considering sending U.S. troops, asThe a blueprint for other cities; the region. well with helping steer the new consulting firm Bloomberg a major in accordance with the law. musical launched broad alliance involving parties to exercise re-these A photo the arrested law- on all two yearsofafter withdrew. Kerry, visiting Jerusalem, airport but a Broadway more than 850 operation acres of land designed to help city through thethey recession that Associates, areasto ofhelp Anbar, a provViolence in Iraq is at its desert groups to be holding in Syrianon opposition support-straint and seemed urged parliament posted Maliki’s Facepledged Iraq’s Shi’itetook his name, governed the city was added to city parks; and maker cities and worldwide began inpurportedly 2007. Yet, showed his worst levels since 2006-7, when ince makes upfight a third of book the desert eastdefuse of theachieve country. erspage and diplomats saideffort that,to other led that government al Qaeda intervene tenthe Great Depression the territory decade-old call center Alwani the same accomplishments as to capitalize on that success tensduring of thousands of people and Iraq’s and311 is populated after the arrest with a sion. II. has grown to handle millions by Sunnis, to flush out white wereWorld killedWar in fighting between mainly has New York. by bandage arguing wrapped he was uniquely around “Rarely are individuals in of non-emergency requests suited to remain mayor deCity voters put their own any field recognized among each year. spite term limits rankled some stamp on Bloomberg’s legacy the greats of history during Crime is down, a success people. by electing Bill de Blasio, who their own lifetimes, so the fact that Bloomberg credits in part He engineered a change in will be the first Democratic that our panel ranked Michael to the New York Police Depart- the voter-approved term limits mayor in 20 years and could By Paul-Marin Ngoupana Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky arrived in Switzerland on - FORMER Bloomberg nearly at the top of (Reuters) By Lesley Wroughton ment’s stop-and-frisk scarcely be more different in 2009 so since he could for from Sunday, having spentstrategy. two weekslaw in Germany his run release a Russian prison, butthan gave this list while he is still in office BANGUIButclue a judge earlier year a third term, but voters gave Bloomberg, said Doug Muzzio, no about his future plans. (Reuters) -this HunWASHINGTON- (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry will “He is, the astried previously stated, delighted that Switzerland is the second country in which he can is striking,” City & State wrote. dreds ruled that controversial of people to flee inprofessor of politics and public him a remarkably slim margin breathe the air of freedom,” said a statement posted on Khodorkovsky’s website. return to Israel and the Palestinian territories for peace talks next ter-religious violence in opinion at Baruch College. of victory. “The purpose ofCentral his visit is a family matter, as he and his wife are accompanying their two sons week, a senior U.S. government official said yesterday, days after African Republic onSwitzerland,” Saturday back to school in the statement said, adding that he had not yet made any elected plans about “New Yorkers a “That affected his legacy, Israel is due to free another group of Palestinian prisoners. aboard emergency flights to permanent residency in Switzerland or anywhere else. mayor who presented himself because people will always The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Kerry Khodorkovsky arrived neighboring Chad, while near-by train in Basel from Berlin, but a spokesman declined to specify his final will visit Jerusalem and Ramallah late this week for more talks with remember him as the person and was correctly perceived to in Switzerland. bydestination countries appealed for help Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Once Russia’s richest man, Khodorkovsky wasterm jailedagainst in 2003 tax evasion. He was seen be a and repudiation in many ways who got a third thefor fraud to rescue their citizens from the by many as a political prisoner, thepeoples’ highest-profile victim of SiePresident Vladimir Putin’s campaign to Mahmoud Abbas, resuming his intensive shuttle diplomacy after a of (Bloomberg),” Muzzio said. will,” said Norman mounting humanitarian rein in the “oligarchs” crisis. who had made fortunes snapping up assets in the chaotic years of Boris Yeltsin’s Christmas break. Voters may well have tired gel,communism. a civil liberties attorney and Tit-for-tat violence betweenof Soviet rule following the collapse The United States is seeking to broker an agreement on a “twoMuslimAfter Selekahis rebels, whotax seized John Kerry of Bloomberg’s approach, arrest, police filed huge back-tax claims against his oil firm, Yukos, whichsuch had a state solution” in which Israel would exist peacefully alongside a new market value ofand $40Christian billion at its peak. power in March, as his effort to bar restaurants, Palestinian state. Kerry wants the sides to agree to a framework for an The Moscow-based firm, unable to pay, eventually filed for bankruptcy and its production assets, self-defense militias have killed movie theaters and other busiinterim accord ahead of a deal in April, which would launch another year of talks aimed at a full-blown more which included the best oilfields in Russia, were sold off at state-run auctions. than 1,000 some peopleof this nesses from selling sodas peace treaty. A framework would demonstrate that progress is being made in talks that began in July, month Itinisthe notriverside clear what assets Khodorkovsky still retains, nor if he has any money in large Switzerland, capital which initially cooperated with Russia’s claims against Yukos by searching firmssugary and houses, seizing according to U.S. officials. and other beverages. Bangui and displaced hundreds and freezing assets. Personnel from the African The Union peacekeeping A framework would touch on all the main issues, including security, the future of Jerusalem and the of documents proposal failedhad in an court, thousands But inmore. June 2004 a subsidiary of Khodorkovsky’s holding company Republic Menatep, which office mission to Central African (MISCA) fate of refugees. A major step in that process is the release of about two dozen Palestinian prisoners on which said Bloomberg had overin won the former French inFighting Geneva, a court appeal tocontrol release $1.6 billion of Yukos funds from Swiss bank accounts. a fighting crowd near the airport, in December 30, the third group to be freed since talks resumed in July. The release is seen by the United colony In authorities said they had lifted a freeze on all funds related hasAugust surged in2007, recentSwiss weeks judicial stepped his authority. the capital Banguimillion yesterday. (Credit: Reuters/ States as a vital confidence-building measure. to thethe by-then bankrupt Yukos, worth some 200-300 Swiss francs ($220-330 million). despite presence of 1,600 “He had this idea that But the plan for the release was overshadowed by an announcement by Israel on Friday that it intends French peacekeepers and near- Andreea Campean) he knew what was best for to build 1,400 homes in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, a move Palestinian negotiator ly 4,000 African Union troops months of looting and killing However, many of those everybody,” said Siegel. “I Saeb Erekat said the would “destroy the peace process” and could be met with retaliation. deployed under a U.N. mandate since March. With many Seleka who waited in the heat at don’t airport think hewere respected The Palestinians see the Jewish settlements as an obstacle to achieving a viable state in East Jeru- to protect civilians. Bangui was gunmen coming from Chad, its Bangui Muslimthe salem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war. Most calm yesterday. averageAfricans New Yorker’s ability who said citizens in particular have been Central countries consider Israel’s settlements there illegal. to figure out what was in their The ‘anti-balaka’ militia singled out, prompting their gov- they were fleeing their majoriDuring his last visit to the region on December 13, Kerry said both sides remained committed have targeted Muslims they say ernment to charter flights this ty-Christian homeland for fear best interest.” to peace talks and were on course to wrap up an interim deal in April. of reprisals. have supported Seleka during week to bring them home.
The former Wall Street executive and founder of a media NEW YORK- (Reuters) - company that bears his name Love him or hate him, one leaves a city with lower crime By thing Kamalis Namaa for sure: New York- rates, more parks, and new theurban fighting included three (Reuters) SYRIAN Sunni and Shi’ite Musers will- not forget rebel outgoing between landmarks such asofthe RAMADI, Iraq(Reuters) - lims, Alwani’s bodyguards, hisraised sister fighters loyal to al Qaeda the United States Mayor Michael Bloomberg Barclays Center, an indoor arena Iraqi security forces andprospect his brother. ceded ground near thearrested Turkthe of Assad’s sponsor anytime soon. built over troops a Brooklyn yard. prominent Sunni Muslim Iran, “Army withtrain police isha border to rival Islamists the Shi’ite power long As the independent billion“This will go down and supporter onlawmaker Sunday, activists said, inof atspecial odds with forcesWashington were tryingand toas, aire politician bids farewell without question, one of the what seemed to be protests a tactical Sunni Arab allies, playing anti-government in its arrest Alwani from his house, withdrawal tohis end clashes roleinfluential in this month’s Syrian a raid onHall home in betheac- some butmost fierce fighting to City by touting his anderupted. successful tween Syrianand foreign-led talks. western province of Anbar, Five bodies, inincluding complishments during 12 years peace mayoralties the historyone of the opponents ofclashes President Basharat U.S. Secretary of State John sparking in which woman, wereDavid taken to Falluja in office, academics, urban city,” said Birdsell, dean al-Assad. said Tehran still source should least five people were killed, Kerry hospital,” one police planning experts and political of theformal School of in Public Affairs As Syria’s civil war gets not take part the peace police sources said. said. everpundits more complex amid a conference scheduled to start say the mark he made atNo themembers City University of on New The violent arrest of Ahmed of Alwani’s broadonregional confrontation Lake Geneva on January 22 beNewisYork is indelible York’s Baruch College. al-Alwani likely to inflameand family could immediately be strong. in Sunni-dominated reached Bloomberg - a version longtime tensions to give their final of Democrat Anbar,While whereBloomberg’s protesters have who became a Reevents. Parliament speaker been demonstrating against al-Nujaifi, Sunni, term was marred by awhat failed Usama publican in 2001 toa get on the theyattempt see astomarginalization of called the and operation a “blatanthis outlaw large sugary ballot, later dropped their sectand by the Prime of Iraq’s constitution drinks furorMinister over stop- violation” party affiliation - ranked No. Nuri al-Maliki’s Shi’ite-led and a “dangerous precedent”. and-frisk policing, he stands 2 on a list of the greatest New government. asAlwani one ofbelongs the most successful YorkVIOLENCE mayors published recently to the SunRISING mayors in New York history, by City & State, a website that ni-backed Iraqiya bloc and has they contend. covers government and politics. been a strong critic of Maliki Lieutenant-General Ali and an influential figure in the Ghaidan, commander of Iraqi protest movement. ground forces, told state telePolice sources said a two- vision that security forces had hour firefight broke out on Sat- also tried to arrest Alwani’s urday when bodyguards and brother Ali, whom he accused members of Alwani’s tribe re- of involvement in attacks that sisted police and soldiers who killed Iraqi soldiers in Anbar. went to arrest Alwani on charges Ali was killed in the fightof “terrorism” from his house in ing, as well as one Iraqi soldier, the center of the city of Ramadi. Ghaidan said. They said those killed in “We treated Ahmed al-AlBy Ellen Wulfhorst
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Brazil World Cup: Government moves against ‘abusive’ air fares (BBC News) FOREIGN airlines may be allowed to operate internal flights during this year’s football World Cup, the Brazilian president’s chief of staff, Gleisi Hoffmann, says. Ms Hoffman said President Dilma Rousseff was considering issuing a decree to open the internal market in order to prevent abusive price hikes. Brazil expects 600,000 for-
eign tourists to travel to the country for the event. There are huge disparities between fares charged by different companies. “We have not taken a decision as yet, but if there is abuse that is one of the measures being considered,” Ms Hoffman told the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper. She said the measure could
be introduced in good time for the World Cup by Ms Rousseff, as the Brazilian constitution grants the president powers to rule by decree in special circumstances. Two Brazilian airlines - Gol and Tam - share most of the market. Ms Hoffman said the government also expects hotel prices to rise during the tournament,
which will be played in 12 cities between 12 June and 13 July. “We have held meetings with hotel owners and the airlines. We want all the businesses to get a return for their investment during the major events [Brazil is hosting], but prices must be fair,” she said. Some three million Brazilian football fans are expected to join foreign tourists travelling
around the country to watch the matches. Six of the 12 venues that will be used in the competition are yet to be finished. The main concern is the new arena under construction for the opening match, in Sao Paulo. After an accident that killed two workers in December, the Brazilian authorities say the
Arena Corinthians, or Itaquerao, will only be ready in midMay. World football governing body, Fifa, says it believes the stadiums will be ready in time. But Fifa has also expressed concern about the wider infrastructure, including overcrowded airports and a lack of hotels.
Cubans shocked at prices as foreign cars go on sale (BBC News) CUBANS have reacted with shock after foreign-made cars went on sale for the first time since the 1959 revolution at what some termed “crazy” prices. The state has a monopoly on new car sales and has set massive mark-ups. A Peugeot 508 is listed at $262,000. Peugeot’s UK website puts prices from $29,000. State salaries in Cuba average about $20 a month. Freeing up car sales is the latest in a series of reforms. A permit to buy new vehicles is now no longer required. However, only a minority will benefit. The BBC’s Sarah Rainsford, in Havana, says the stream of people at one used-car store
in Havana’s upmarket Miramar district were in for a shock. She says the most commonly uttered phrases were “this is madness” and “what a lack of respect”, referring to the government. One of those outside the dealership, Suzanne, told the BBC: “The prices are crazy. No Cuban who works for the state can buy at that price. They have zero chance of getting a car.” Another, Antonio, said: “We’re speechless, it’s a big surprise. I don’t know what the government’s strategy is. Maybe this is just a test phase. But the prices are excessive.” The government argues profits will be placed in a special fund to develop public transport.
Our correspondent says that the money is desperately needed, as there is a dire shortage of transport and what there is often in a decrepit state. But one Cuban resident, Daniel Rojas, asked: “At these prices, how many people can buy the cars? So where’s the money to invest in public transport if no-one can buy them?” Nonetheless, some Cubans do appear to have money to spend. An attendant at one car store in Havana told the BBC it had sold six vehicles by 14:00 on Friday. He said the most expensive went for $50,000. Until new regulations in 2011, people could only sell cars built before the 1959 revolution.
Police Probe Cocaine Surgery ‘Illegal to perform procedure to remove drugs and not report it to authorities’
By Camille Bethel camille. email@example.com (Sunday Express) AN investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding surgery performed on a man to remove 17 cocaine pellets from his stomach at a private medical institution, national security sources confirmed yesterday. Top law-enforcement sources also said it was illegal for the private hospital to perform the surgery in December to remove the cocaine pellets and not report it to the police. National security and law-enforcement sources said yesterday a probe has commenced into the matter. Speaking with the Sunday Express on the issue, which was reported exclusively in the Expresson Saturday, one source said: “Just like if a man is shot and goes to a medical institution to seek medical attention, it is the duty of the hospital to report that; if they don’t report it, it is an offence.” “The article removed from his stomach was an illegal article and it is procedural that (the hospital) should inform the police,” the source added.
The private hospital failed to report the incident where the pellets of cocaine were surgically removed from the abdomen of the man who had swallowed them and fallen ill. In an attempt to smuggle the narcotic, valued at millions of dollars, the 34-year-old man had ingested 20 pellets of cocaine, which almost cost him his life. Sources told the Express the man, who lives in Arouca, was taken to a private hospital by a relative after complaining of stomach pains and bowel obstruction. On December 21, 2013, the man underwent a laparotomy—a surgical incision into the abdominal cavity—where the cocaine was found meticulously packaged into pellets. The surgery, which started at 5 p.m., lasted for close to three hours and was conducted by a team of five—a surgeon leading three nurses and an anaesthesist. Sources claimed instructions were given by the surgeon to the medical staff not to take any pictures of the pellets and to package them in a resaleable storage bag. The illegal drug was handed back to the man.
The entire procedure was done under a cloak of secrecy but left staff at the hospital shocked and concerned. Nine days later and after close to $100,000 in medical and hospital fees, on December 30, 2013, the man was transferred from the private hospital to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope. Sources at the Mt Hope hospital on Friday told the Express the man’s condition was improving and he was currently in an adult medical ward. The Express was told the man was resting comfortably and was referred to a surgical team for further examination at the hospital. Contacted on Friday, one of the directors of the board of the private hospital said he was not aware of the matter and it was the first time he was hearing of it when questioned by the Express. He said it is the law that the police be called in when illegal drugs are found but stressed he was “clueless” as to this case.
Foreign cars on sale in Cuba
GUYANA CHRONICLE Monday January 6, 2014
What organisation or institution is responsible for animal welfare on weekends and holidays? Editorial
Unleashing our tourism potential ACCORDING to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the travel and tourism industry is one of the largest and most dynamic industries in today’s global economy. It was expected to generate about 9 per cent of total GDP and provide more than 235 million jobs in 2010, representing 8 per cent of global employment. Compared to other sectors of the global economy, the industry is one of the fastest growing, accounting for more than one-third of the total global services trade. The ILO forum addressed the high intensity of labour within the industry, making it a significant source of employment and placing it among the world‘s top creators of jobs that require varying degrees of skill and allow for quick entry into the workforce by youth, women and migrant workers. According to an ILO report prepared for the forum, international tourism was affected by the global economic and social crises but is projected to grow significantly over the coming decade. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) is expecting the sector‘s global economy to provide 296 million jobs by 2019. Because of the global financial crisis, the tourism sector suffered a decline beginning in the second half of 2008 and intensifying in 2009 after several consecutive years of growth. A sharp reduction in tourist flows, length of stay and spending, as well as increased restrictions on business travel expenses, led to a significant contraction of economic activity in the sector worldwide. Among the most affected during the crisis were international tourist arrivals, decreasing by 4 per cent in 2009, while international tourism revenues were projected to go down 6 per cent by the end of 2009. The regions hit hardest by the decline in worldwide international tourism were the Middle East (–4.9 per cent), Europe (–5.7 per cent), and the Americas (–4.6 per cent). Only Africa showed constant growth (+2.9 per cent), based on a comparatively low travel volume. Despite the crisis, global employment in the tourism industry increased by about 1 per cent between 2008 and 2009, the report says. But there were significant regional differences with respect to the impact of the crisis on employment in hotels and restaurants. While the Americas suffered a 1.7 per cent decrease in employment, employment in Asia and the Pacific region remained resilient, gaining 4.6 per cent. The forum especially looked at education and vocational training as key requisites for the operational effectiveness of the sector. Its workers tend to have limited professional qualifications, and a need for enhanced training and education, including health-related issues, has become visible. According to Wolfgang Weinz, “The growing significance of technology and more demanding customers, as well as environmental issues, require a more effective customer/employee relationship. Competitiveness and productivity in the industry depend on skill levels, professionalism, commitment, passion, loyalty and soft skills of the workers.” Participants agreed that motivated workers are the most talented employees – willing to stay with their company. Some of the soft skills needed, including language and communication skills,
ON the rainy night of Saturday December 28, 2013, a horse was hit down and lay dying on the Railway Embankment Road near Prince William Street in Plaisance. Around noon on December 29, 2013 I got a call from animal lover, Derek Kowlesser, telling me about the suffering horse. He said it was lying in the middle of the road; that a vehicle had already run over one of its legs and that someone had put up a concrete block with a red flag to warn off vehicles. I immediately went to the location and saw a traffic jam (the result of market day) with vehicles trying to manoeuvre around the poor horse, which was still alive. I called one of the executive members of the GSPCA and was informed that they could not get hold of any inspectors or vets……case closed! I went to Sparendaam Police Station and asked for help in eutha-
nizing the horse but they said there was nothing they could do……full stop! Moving the dying horse to a grassy area at the side of the road proved to be a very emotional experience. I was standing in the pouring rain, holding my cement slings in one hand when I realized that I was basically on my own – it seemed there was no one, or no institution, willing and able to respond to an animal crisis on a Sunday in the whole of Georgetown. So how was I going to move a nearly dead horse weighing 10 times what I did to the side of the road, and who could we get to put the poor animal out of his misery? Editor, I was overcome with tears; I have never cried as much as I did that day. The poor horse seemed to want to help and tried to raise his head but could not. Luckily, a cousin of Derek, Richard and his friend were passing, they stopped and
offered assistance. Needing more manpower I drove farther up the village and found a nice woman who got two men to help. Finally, with enough manpower, the horse was moved off the road and traffic got back to normal. I had molasses/water in my car and we lifted his head and poured some into his mouth. He grunted and closed his eyes. With help from the villagers we identified the owner of the horse and he was sent for but never showed up. Then the difficult part began; who do we get to put this suffering horse to sleep? The only person I could think to call was the Head of GLDA. He had assisted me before in helping animals in crisis. Feeling a bit at ease, now that the horse was safely out of traffic, I went home and called the CEO of Guyana Livestock and Development Authority (GLDA). Dr. Permaul took my call and said he would get back to me.
The buck stops with me I, ROSHAN Khan, CEO/ Founder of RK’s Guyana Security Services has always endeavoured to be most honourable, professional, caring for humanity and my general staff. I always work hard to ensure that my ranks at all levels are fully covered with National Insurance for their personal benefits and that of their families. But more so, I go as far as to provide each rank with a $1M Accidental Life Insurance on a 24-hour basis, with coverage on and off the job, which is not cheap.
I totally understand the pains of Mr. Surendralall, our armed guard in New Amsterdam who complains that he cannot collect his NIS benefit. In a conversation with him, he agrees that he knows that his NIS is paid up to date. But he cannot understand why his claim is not in the system. I then conducted an in-depth personal inquiry and found that there was a serious “bureaucratic blunder” coming from my office management, and because of this, I as CEO/Founder accept the responsibility for his annoy-
courtesy, discipline, conscientiousness, self-confidence, adaptability, creativity and punctuality, can be enhanced through training. Gaps were also noted in the management capabilities – of management within the industry. “Today we have a shortage of qualified employees. Hotels need to train their employees. It is the only way to improve the quality,” explained Ghassan Aidi, President of the International Hotel and Restaurant Association (IHRA). Our country has a virtual limitless tourism capacity and when its full potential is unleashed, it will be a major contributor to our economy and perhaps at some time in the future it could become our number one industry. At the moment prospects look good, even though our tourism sector is in its infancy as we are witnessing an increasing number of resorts and hotels across the country and visitors’ arrival is steadily increasing. Last year we saw an increase of 11.7% making us one of three Caribbean countries which have recorded a double-digit increase. But as the ILO report noted skilled personnel, which is a key prerequisite to a successful tourism sector, are in short supply and therefore we should intensify our work in this area to meet the demand of our tourism sector. In this regard, we should seriously consider the idea of establishing a tourism training institute which covers all aspects of training that are necessary for the tourism sector. We should also intensify the marketing of our tourism product as they are still a large number of people around the globe who are unaware of the unique tourism product we have to offer. In addition, the tourism market has been enlarged and the competition intensified. Therefore, those who better market the product are likely to be the more successful ones, and in our case this is even more crucial because we are a relatively new player on the tourism circuit.
ance and even non- payment by NIS. Under the circumstance, the claim never reached the NIS. The NIS is not at fault here. I found that my officer in charge of NIS at our HQ would collect the NIS forms, resend it to the Divisional Head for the ranks to sign, and return it to us at HQ, and then it is stamped and returned again to be taken to the NIS Office in the area. This is nonsensical. They never thought of changing or quickening the system over the years. Claims would now be expedited. Forms have to come to us signed by the claimant, stamped by us at HQ and processed, and then quickly returned to the Division for forwarding to the NIS Office. In this way, the processing would be expedited and the ranks should be paid quickly. As one who fully complies with the NIS, this is most annoying, and hence, my reasons for upgrading the processing system for my ranks. It is usual for me to go after the NIS with fire and brimstone for their delays. But in fairness, in this case, it is my system’s fault, and hence, as the CEO/Founder, I accept responsibility, as in the end “The buck stops with me.” It usually takes two to three months for anyone to collect anything from NIS. To go through the process would further inconvenience Mr. Surendra Lall. The company will not pay as it contributes substantially to the NIS, but I personally undertake to pay to Mr. Surendra Lall the sum NIS would have paid him, taking into consideration the normal rules and formalities of paying, and it would be done within seven days, after seeking consultation from the NIS. I take comfort in the fact that the complainant never made accusations about his wages,
Sure enough, he called back and sent a vet to the site but he did not have enough drugs to euthanise the horse and could not get any that afternoon. Dr. Permaul then located and sent a second vet who diagnosed the horse with a crushed ankle and Kentucky disease before putting him to sleep. Thanks are given to Dr. Permaul, Dr. Bassadeo and his assistant, Troy, for euthanizing the suffering animal and to Shalini Singh-Lall for making the call to the NDC and having the body removed the day after. However, we are left with two important questions: 1. What organisation or institution is responsible for animal welfare on weekends and holidays? 2. How can their services be strengthened so that suffering of animals in crisis can be reduced? SYEADA MANBODH which in our company are always fully approved governmental wages or higher; reliability of payment, payments of overtime, remittances to the Tax or NIS office, just that he could not get his NIS benefit. The writer of the article incidentally is a former employee of RK’s based in New Amsterdam who was terminated for substance abuse on several occasions. So he wrote with a passion to affect the undersigned and his company. Mr. Surendralall said he never made a complaint to the Kaieteur News and is shocked that it was published there, and he realises that the writer of the article has a vendetta against RK’s, as he took the article to Kaieteur News. According to him, this article in the Kaieteur News was unauthorised The Chronicle dealt with the issue in a most professional manner, and even asked our side, to which I gave incorrect information at the time, but for which I now apologise and this response stands as the truth. I thought it might have been a fault of the NIS and not my people. Even the NIS deserves my apology at this time. The Kaieteur News as usual is always one-sided, poor in journalistic ethics and knowledge of journalism. It again failed to contact the undersigned to ask for his opinion, as in several occasions in the past. It is a new year, and the Kaieteur News needs to mature, grow up, and do things properly. That newspaper should stop being sluggish and devoid of journalistic ethics and knowledge, or stand forever as a tabloid of trash, as it is perceived to be internationally. They always like nasty, bold headlines to feed their sick egos. The undersigned can be contacted for further information on this or any other issue. ROSHAN KHAN
GUYANA CHRONICLE Monday January 6, 2014
All is not well with motor racing in Guyana
ALL is not well with motor racing in Guyana! The Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) is in a mess of unprecedented proportions, and some urgent action must be taken immediately to rescue it in order to save our beloved sport from further decay. There are members of this organisation as well as outside forces, that are seeking to mislead the public and convey the impression that all is well under their stewardship. It is for this reason that Harold Hopkinson and a carefully selected team of concerned members, called, “Team Alpha” have banded together with a rescue plan that will chart a new path for the GMR&SC, and by extension racing in the Region. HOPPY or TOPGUN as he is popularly known, is a no-nonsense individual. He is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the 14-year-old, premier Aviation Security Company, in Guyana which he owns and operates. Hopkinson earned the nick name Topgun back in the late 80s from his prowess with a gun. He is still representing Guyana in the sport of handgun shooting,and is well respected in security, sport shooting and racing for his uprightness throughout the Region. After sitting and observing the gross mismanagement of the club’s affairs by both the past and present leaders, Mr Hopkinson has now decided he has seen enough and has offered himself as a candidate for the presidency of the GMR&SC at the up-coming Annual General Meeting on January 6, 2014. He is therefore seeking your support by way of your votes on election night. A vote for “Hoppy” is a vote to bring back motor racing as a household word in Guyana. It will be a vote to: * Restore the faith of the sponsors * accountability and transparency, * proper access to the South Dakota Circuit * members area at the Cosmos Sports Club * lower fees for joining the club * More benefits such as - the Gym and their Badminton court - better parking facilities for members - larger pit area to accommodate more competitors and their service vehicles - better surfaces for the pits - payment for the competitors - accommodation for members and their children - Joining the FIM (Federation of International Motor Cycling ) so motor cycle racing can be sanctioned along with the FIA-run events - building of an overpass so that spectators and competitors can access the pits and inner circuit, where an ATV and a 125 track will be constructed - Restore the GMR&SC to the company’s register where it was removed due to the inept management of the club’s affairs. These are but a few of the many plans and long-term goals of Alpha, led by Mr. Hopkinson. THE ‘A’ TEAM Team Alpha comprises Harold E. Hopkinson – President, Rupie Shewjattan – Vice President, Sherry Gonsalves -Secretary ,Ritchie Hansraj Singh – Treasurer, Andre Dhanraj – Assistant Secretary Treasurer ,Andrew King – Club Captain, John Chin – Technical Advisor, Kamal Seebarran – Committee Member, Shane Ally – Committee Member, Afraz Allie- Committee Member, Wayne Vieira – Committee Member, Shiraz Roshandin – Committee Member, Terrence Clarke – Committee Member. This set of persons was proposed by – life member, Mr. Donald Spellen and was seconded by – Roshan Ali, CEO and Managing Director Of Full-works Auto Sales and Spares. Team Alpha is on a mission to change the face of motor sports in Guyana and bring back the trust that the other countries in the Region had in the GMR&SC. We need your support. Interested persons desirous of assisting Alpha in their quest and to help in the rescue plan can either send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mr. Hopkinson at 623-3944. “Vote Hoppy and be Happy” Vote Hoppy and enjoy your Hobby” HAROLD HOPKINSON
Region 2 lacks machinery THE Region 2 administration is badly in need of heavy-duty machinery for the drainage and irrigation department and sea defence because when there is a breach, the region incurs millions of dollars to hire machinery from contractors. In the past, there were many machines in this region, such as combines, draglines, bulldozers, graders, lorries ,rollers , excavators, etc. and a workshop to repair and maintain these machines. Today this region is without a dragline to dig the canals and the wide road trenches, the same can be said for the drainage and irrigation department, there is no bulldozer to grade and maintain the rice farmers’ dam to improve the levels of production. The sea defence had an engineer and a full crew of workers and maintenance work was carried out round the clock to protect the sea from coming inwards,with many Essequibians being employed on these projects. When Dr Cheddi Jagan assumed office in 1992, he assured us that he would continue on the same path. We, in this region is faced with the reality of some 60 percent below the poverty line,40 percent jobless, brain drain, and a lack of institutional administration capacity All the projects are being contracted out and only a few Essequibians are being employed with these contractors. The contractors have
milked Region 2 of much of its resources with shady works. This is the classical debt trap whereby the more we pay the more we owe. These contractors have been taking too much of our scarce resources. We must return to the days when government will have a minimum say of employment and the reasons we advance for adopting one or another position must be how it affects the Essequibians, and not whether it is considered to be
for or against the interests of the government. We need to know what skills the people in our region have and whether they are being fully utilised; who is in need of training or further training; how we can make use of the social arrangements in our region for productive activities; what natural resources we have and how we can organise to make beneficial use of them. We need to identify and evaluate the administrative and management systems which we have. Are they adequate for the purpose for which they were set up? Can they be improved?
Can they be made to contribute maximally to the development effort? When we are fully aware of the facts; when we have identified and assessed the economic potential of our region; when we have given thought to ways and means of making the fullest use of this potential, then we would have geared ourselves for the task of liberating and developing the productive forces. The knowledge and insights gained from evaluating our assets would compel us to formulate a programme of action designed to achieve a four-fold objective,to make better use of the investments we already have, to increase the links within and between productive sectors, to increase our productive capacity generally and to develop a sound technological base. But here we are speaking of selling off our jobs to private contractors and creating unemployment for the majority of Essequibians.Some people in the government are very aggressively advocating divestment of some areas of drainage and irrigation department, road maintenance, sea defence department etc. Our people must take a dispassionate look at this issue and not be overwhelmed by those who take such a position, whether from an ideological standpoint or because their friends and families stand to gain. MOHAMED KHAN
GPF training a priority-Rohee By Michel Outridge
MINISTER of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee on Friday told a press conference that training is a major priority for the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and in the 2013 budget $56M was allocated for both local and overseas training. He was at the time addressing scores of invitees at his end of year press briefing held at the Guyana Police Force Officers Training Centre at Camp Road and Young Street, Georgetown. Rohee added that the Ministry sees training of all ranks as an imperative of the modernisation process and as a result training has been placed as a high priority for the GPF. Rohee said that last year 81 ranks from the level of Constable to Assistant Commissioner benefited from overseas training in police procedures and operational issues, community oriented policing, leadership and computer training among others. GPF AERONAUTICAL WING Rohee said that 14 applicants from the GPF were interviewed and identified for training at the Aeronautical Engineering School at Ogle, East Coast Demerara. They are expected to begin training this year. With respect to the Aeronautical Branch for the Guyana Police Force, efforts are underway to develop the structure of the Branch and to source a fixed wing aircraft for its operation. SWAT Rohee said that the Ministry of Home affairs (MOHA) has signed a contract with The Emergence Group (TEG) of the Unit-
ed States of America to establish a Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team within the GPF and to conduct the training for ranks who would be members of this specialised Unit, which is intended to confront special types of violent crimes. The cost of this contract is $US796, 987.00. He noted that an Organisational Needs Assessment for the Unit has been completed while actual training is targeted to begin this month. REHABILITATION OF THE GPF MARINE WING The minister stated that rehabilitation works to the tune of G$4.5M were conducted at the Marine Wing of the GPF and five boats and were procured at an overall cost of $64.5M He added that two training courses for coxwains for command of territorial sea patrol boats were conducted from August 1 to 30 Aug and November 16 to 29 at the Guyana Police Force Officers Training Centre. The main objectives of the Marine Wing are: *to provide Marine Enforcement and General Assistance to mariners within the riverine areas and territorial sea *to respond to emergency calls in relation to crimes on the waterways and *to render assistance during search and rescue operations on the waterways. He said that these measures will go a far way to ensure that the water transport and human resource capacity of the GPF Marine Wing are adequate to combat piracy and other crimes committed in our territorial sea and the internal waterways of Guyana.
GUYANA CHRONICLE Monday January 6, 2014 INTEGRITY TESTING Rohee said that in keeping with our efforts to ensure that the GPF remain a professional body, ranks of the Narcotics Branch and the Crime Intelligence Unit of the GPF were polygraphed last year in which several ranks failed the examination.
MINISTER of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee
FIREARMS LICENSING APPROVAL BOARD The minister added that as it regards the Firearms Licensing Approval Board which was established on July 16, 2012 continued to function in a manner consistent with its mandate of reviewing applications for the grant of firearm licences and making relevant recommendations. He pointed out that the current procedures for the granting of firearm licences are currently being further reviewed with a view of strengthening the
vetting process. Rohee noted that regulations are being drafted which will lead to the establishment of an electronically driven Firearms Licensing Management System, inclusive of the payment of a processing fee by successful applicants. He said that again, the Ministry requested the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs to retable the Firearms Amendment Bill in the National Assembly.
Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking in Persons (TIPs) Rohee said that last year the Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking on Persons (TIPs) waged a consistent struggle against trafficking in persons. He explained that the Task Force’s activities were focused on the following specific objectives: to provide information about TIPs and safe migration to vulnerable communities; to improve cooperation mechanisms among key stakeholders to prevent TIPs; to enhance capacity of hinterland communities to prevent TIPs; to provide appropriate and comprehensive direct assistance to victims; to enhance capacity of stakeholders to identify victims and provide direct assistance through training; to formalize and strengthen the inter-agency protocol for responding to trafficking in persons; to enhance the capacity of law enforcement agencies to investigate TIPs; and to enhance cooperative and enforcement mechanisms
among neighbouring countries to convict traffickers and protect victims, ‘inter alia.’ Rohee stated that specific initiatives included surveillance at hinterland locations and checkpoints, training of members of community policing groups to support prevent measures and lectures to schools. He added that a new National Action Plan (2014-2015) is being developed to guide the ongoing fight against TIPs. This new plan seeks to reduce vulnerability especially among youths to the lure of traffickers, expand on sensitization and awareness, broaden the involvement of civil society counteracting traffickers, strengthen law enforcement response and ultimately eliminate TIPs.
ana Energy Agency, the Guyana Revenue Authority, the Guyana Police Force and the Customs Anti Narcotic unit that would allow those Agencies to be embedded on the GDF’s Floating Patrol Base located in the Pomeroon River to conduct joint patrols and operations;
Task Force on Narcotic Drugs and Illicit Weapons The minister said that the Task Force on Narcotic Drugs and Illicit Weapons continued during 2013 to promote and foster inter agency cooperation and collaboration aimed at enabling best use of law enforcement intelligence and to advice on the effective conduct of operations in relation to the narcotics trade and trafficking in illegal weapons. These efforts have assisted with the national initiatives in the fight against the difficult drug problem, he added. Rohee noted that efforts were particularly focused towards fostering greater linkages with other stakeholder agencies and parties that can aid the national fight against drug trafficking. The Task Force monthly statutory meetings and several special meetings served to facilitate progress in this regard. This trend is likely to continue during 2014-2015, he said. He noted that the Task Force made several recommendations to influence drug policy resulting from numerous reviews of national, regional, hemispheric and international strategies and action plans to determine best practices that can be incorporated into national initiatives. Rohee said that the Task Force has generally fulfilled its mandate of interagency collaboration in quite an amicable and unified manner. Constituent members have by and large demonstrated respect for each other as they seem to recognize the value each agency brings to the table.
4. monitoring and guiding of the implementation of the amendment to the Immigration Regulations in which Eteringbang, Charity, Parika and Ogle were designated Official Ports of Entry; and
The Task Force on Fuel Smuggling and Contraband The Task Force on Fuel Smuggling and Contraband last year continued to forge ahead with its mandate of coordinating the activities of its constituent members to effectively curb the smuggling of fuel and contraband in Guyana, Rohee said. He noted that in addition, to its routine coordinating functions that were carried out last year , the Task Force’s work programme focused on 11 specific activities: Among the specific actions embarked upon by this Task Force in 2013 were:
Inter-Agency Committee on Security of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport He noted that the Inter-Agency Committee on Security of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport continued to function in 2013 in keeping with its mandate. Rohee said meetings were held and recommendations made and implemented to address issues regarding the movement of passengers, cargo and mails through the Airport. Standard Operating Procedures were established as well as a special Committee to conduct investigations/interviews. The Committee will continue to work resolutely in 2014 to ensure the safety and security of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
1. the completion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that would be signed between the Guyana Defence Force, the Guy-
2. the convening of a meeting with representatives of the Private Sector Organizations in March 2013 at which a number of matters that were of concern to the Private Sector were discussed and acted upon; 3. the production of a quarterly newsletter which has enabled the Task Force to appraise relevant stakeholders of the work that was being done to curb smuggling;
5. the initiation of action that would eventually lead in 2014 to the development of standards to facilitate the safe transportation of fuel in bulk quantities on our roads. The Ministry’s assessment is that 2013 was a good and productive year for the two Task Forces, in which more Inter-Agency collaboration was achieved. For 2014 the Task Forces will continue each as a coordinating body to ensure that there is synergy and cost effectiveness in our efforts to further reduce the smuggling of fuel and contraband in Guyana, Rohee said. Ogle International Airport Security Monitoring Committee Rohee said that the Ogle International Airport Security Monitoring Committee, chaired by the Minister of Home Affairs held several meetings to address security issues and last year a security assessment was conducted and recommendations made to enhance the overall security landscape at this Airport. These recommendations are being implemented.
GUYANA CHRONICLE Monday January 6, 2014
Arbitrary Route 32 fare hike causes great concern By Vanessa Narine
SCHOOLCHILDREN return to school today and on the West Coast of Demerara the concern for many parents is the arbitrary increase in bus fares being imposed on commuters. Several parents who spoke to the Guyana Chronicle noted that their children already face the challenge of minibus drivers refusing to pick them up and now the fare hike will be quite an unfair and burdensome demand. Up to yesterday, acting Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Mr. Irfaan Ali remained mum on what steps his ministry was taking to address the concerns of the thousands who utilise the Route 32 buses. When asked by this newspaper yesterday if a meeting will be held with the United Minibus Association and the Combined Road Transportation Association for Route 32 to address the situation, which many commuters describe as unten-
able, the minister’s response was nonchalant. Concern over the arbitrary increase of as much as $60 was expressed in mid-December and
Minister Irfaan Ali Ali had promised to issue an advisory on the matter. This newspaper understands that while the advisory was issued and some complaints made, not much was done to
- Ali mum on steps to address matter
address the situation by the ministry, much to the chagrin of commuters. In a prior interview, Ali had urged members of the public to report increases to the police or directly to the ministry. He stated that police officers will be asked to act to enforce the current and approved fare structure and prevent unfair demands by the transport operators. According to him, the fare increases are not sanctioned and are unjustified. The new increases are reflected in a new fare structure implemented by the United Minibus Association and the Combined Road Transportation Association for Route 32. Ali in December told the Guyana Chronicle that there is no way the Route 32 drivers can unilaterally decide to increase fares, adding that there have
DHB back to normal after minor accident
HUNDREDS of commuters were delayed for several hours yesterday morning after a vessel traversing the Demerara River accidentally slammed into the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB) which developed mechanical problems and was closed to effect repairs. The incident occurred yesterday morning, but after several hours the DHB resumed operation and stranded vehicles were able to travel to their respective destinations. It is unclear how the accident occurred because officials of the DHB were unavailable for a comment yesterday. Reports said that after the incident workers of DHB were mobilised and began working on the bridge after which it was declared opened for normal traffic. Last year a similar incident forced the closure of the DHB also when the ropes which were used to secure two vessels snapped causing the boats to collide with the DHB. Traffic on DHB back to normal yesterday
been no consultations with the association on the matter. NO INCREASE IN GAS PRICES He also made it clear that the ministry has a standing agreement with the mini-bus association, and it clearly
states that in the absence of increases in gas prices, there cannot be an increase in fares. Unilateral fare hikes by mini-bus operators has been an on-and-off cause of concern in the last three years, with some incidents resulting
in strike action that left hundreds of commuters stranded. Early in 2013, Transport Minister Robeson Benn promised an investigation into the unregulated hike in minibus fares across the various routes at nights, when commuters are asked to pay double.
Commentary David DeGroot
In as much as Iana Seales in her “For De Record’ feature in the Stabroek News (Saturday December 28, 2013) is somewhat biased against the PPP. I am inclined to hear from her much more details on the proposal to adopt d’hondt executive international innovation in resolving conflict. I also agree that the Northern Ireland confrontation may be a useful study in broadening the views among Guyanese, regarding our own ongoing political problems. However, I have some pertinent advice for Iana insofar as she undoubtedly needs to bring herself up to date on the history of power sharing in Guyana and in particular Cheddi Jagan’s own quest in sharing power with the then only significant opposition Burnham’s People’s National Congress (PNC) she will also find exchange of letters on the question of forming a coalition government, the book she should consult is that edited by Professor David Dabydeen entitled “Cheddi Jagan” selected correspondence 1953-1965.
GUYANA CHRONICLE Monday January 6, 2014
Hope Canal misses 2013 deadline
- will to be operational first quarter of this year
THE $3.6B East Demerara Water Conservancy (EDWC) Northern Relief Channel has missed the scheduled December 31,2013 deadline, the major reason being that the contractor implementing the eight-door sluice component of the project, has completed just about 50 percent of the task so far. Considering that the project is being built for the first time in Guyana, and will be a major engineering construction achievement done by Guyanese engineers and workers, the Ministry of Agriculture has extended the deadline of commissioning the project by two months, and is working with the contractor to have more than 90 percent of the work completed, and have the project become functional by February 14. At the beginning of December, only 47 percent of the sluice was completed. Minister Ramsammy in a recent interview said the ministry met with the contractor; Courtney Benn Contracting Services and following discussion, it was agreed that the outstanding work will be carried out in six tranches that will bring it to more than 90 percent completion. Ramsammy explained that there will still be work to be done after the sluice meets this 90 percent completion point under the contract, but this will not impact the functioning of the canal. He pointed out that the ministry planned the tranches of work going into February, bearing in mind rainy conditions in January. There were some suggestions that because of the sloth in work on the sluice that the ministry should have terminated the contract with Courtney
Benn. Ramsammy noted that it was not a wise thing to do because it would have taken some time, and would have seen the extension of the work to the end of 2014. He noted too, that Courtney Benn Construction Services has been a stable contracting firm on the Guyana scene for a long time and has done some excellent work. The minister said that he believes that the firm has the
The Head Regulator is at the point where the gates are being constructed to be fitted into the structure. Outside of this, all that remains is the landscaping and shaping of the dam outside the Head Regulator. Ramsammy noted that it a legitimate criticism that the project took too long, and that the ministry has had several extensions. “Those who criticised, I would have no diffi-
capacity to complete this project, and the ministry will work with it to realise this goal. And as it pertains to the other component of the project; the road side bridge and the road leading to it have been completed, though the contractor is still on site doing ‘mopping up,’ Minister Ramsammy said. The canal itself is 95 completed, and the small aspects remaining are those that have to be excavated on completion of the sluice and the head regulator. The shaping of the dam along the entire length of the canal is about 75 percent completed, and as indicated earlier by the Minister, will be done after the entire project is completed, following the settling of the soil. This shaping and reshaping of the dam is to be a continuous process that will be conducted over the next 12 to 24 months.
culties with that and in saying that I wished that the project would have been completed in the stipulated time,” Minister Ramsammy said. He pointed out though that in spite of this, what must not be allowed to escape everyone is that this was a major project, done essentially by most Guyanese engineers and workers that will be realised in a matter of weeks. “No one should be under any illusion that what we have accomplished here is a major construction feat and a major engineering feat. The Hope Canal once it begins to function will have several new features that have never been done in Guyana,” he noted. Also in spite of the project’s extensions there will no cost overrun and indeed the project will completed under the original estimated cost. (GINA)
Luncheon clarifies government’s mining and exploration policy GUYANA’S historical policy on mining and exploration in the New Triangle Area, South-East Berbice, according to Head of the Presidential Secretariat (HPS), Dr. Roger Luncheon is not set in stone. “There is no doubt that there will come a time when the 2006 to 2011 behaviours and consideration of this administration will not be binding on any other administration …it is not a decision in stone,” he said. The clarification was made at a press conference last Tuesday and was followed by the announcement on Saturday by Muri Ventures Inc. that the local investment venture was scrapped, due to “misinformation, prejudice and hostility” surrounding the project. At his press conference last week, Luncheon said: “Historically we have not encouraged mining in that area (New River Triangle). This discouragement has extended to exploration and prospecting, in addition to mining.” However, he made it clear that he had no doubts that this policy could change with time. The HPS stressed that there “will” and “must” come a time when the resources in the area will be exploited for the benefit of the nation. “I am certain that the Guyanese people, the nation, can, should and would benefit from the exploration and exploitation of those natural resources that belong to the people,” Luncheon said. He added that the existing policy has nothing to do with external factors. “Unlike those who feel that this decision reposes in some concern that are external to the Guyanese and the development thrust of this administration, I want to disabuse their minds of this notion,” Luncheon said. The decision of Muri Ventures Inc. had made it the latest major investor Guyana has lost. The company, according to its statement announcing its withdrawal will no longer pursue its geographical and geophysical survey under the Permission for Geographical and Geophysical Survey (PGGS) in the New River Triangle area, which was granted by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC). The PGGS document signed between the GGMC and Muri Brasil Ventures Inc. was leaked to the press and led to allegations that Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Robert Persaud, withheld information – an allegation he has denied. Registered locally under the Companies Act with local shareholders, the company expressed its appreciation for those who supported the project, even in light of the controversial debates surrounding the venture. (Vanessa Narine)
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Guyana heeds call for restriction on ODS By Vanessa Narine GUYANA has been aggressively working to meet its obligations within the context of the Montreal Protocol which deals with the phasing out Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS). In an interview with the Guyana Chronicle, Agriculture Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy called for consumers to be aware of restrictions on the importation of ODS. He said: “We need people to be aware that they should not buy certain equipment that does not meet the acceptable standards. The consequence for the individual consumer is that the equipment can be seized by our inspectors.” Guyana’s current approach is a two-pronged one: enforcement of import restrictions by the Guyana Revenue Authority, as it relates to new air-conditioning units and other equipment that use a certain type of gas, categorized as ODS; and retrofitting of new equipment being imported. The GRA and the Ministry’s hydromet office are working in collaboration on this matter, the Minister said. “Right now, for the businesses we are as flexible as we can be, in that they either retrofit the equipment they imported or have the items sized and subsequently re-exported to the supplier,” Ramsammy said. The already installed equipment, according to him, will not be subjected to retrofitting exercise as the new items imported; rather, it will be subject to the gradual phasing out process. To facilitate this phasing out process, the Minister explained that Guyana is allocated a specific quota under the international agreement. “Every country has a quota based on current usage and considering the life of the equipment that consumers invested in,” he said. Ramsammy stressed the seriousness in meeting the international obligations and called for recognition of the consequences of Guyana being labelled uncompliant. THE MONTREAL PROTOCOL The Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer
(a protocol to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer) is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of a number of substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion. It is believed that if the international agreement is adhered to, the ozone layer is expected to recover by 2050. This venture is supported by the O D S M u l t i l a t e ral Fund. The Fund provides assistance to help developing countries phase out the use of ozone-depleting substances and embodies the principle agreed to at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992, that countries have a common but differentiated responsibility to protect and manage the global interests. The Fund is replenished on a three-year basis by the donors. Pledges have amounted to US$ 2.1 billion over the period 1991 to 2005. The funds are used, for example, to finance the conversion of existing manufacturing processes, train personnel, pay royalties and patent rights on new technologies, and establish national ozone offices. The main contributors to ozone depletion are the HCFCs. Guyana and approximately 195 other countries ratified the Montreal Protocol.
Airy Hall Conservancy holding up after breach sealed
THE breach in Conservancy Dam at Airy Hall, Essequibo was sealed on January 1 is holding up, Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy said. High water level and saturated land along several villages on the coast, following frequent showers that were experienced on Christmas Day and onward resulted in the breaching of the Conservancy Dam in the Region 2 (Pomeroon/Supenaam) community, which subsequently resulted in flooding of the rice lands in the community. The dam which was earlier resealed by the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) on December 29 was again breached on December 30 last year The minister also reported that the water has receded from residential areas and from the farms. He said some farmers, because of where they are in their cultivation phase, have chosen to retain water in their fields. “Now it is a matter of ensuring that the flooded rice field that had young plants, that we do whatever we can to ensure that those plants recover and we have minimal damage,” he said. Ramsammy said that duck weed is the biggest challenge; the ministry faces at this point, but that the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) and Rice Producers Association (RPA) are working with the farmers to ensure that this does not became a problem that overwhelms the ministry and the farmers. Over the last several weeks, frequent showers have resulted in several communities facing flash flood and threats to their crops including those in the Pomeroon River. He also pointed out that the ministry has a programme, whereby it helps the farmers in the Pomeroon to empolder their farms to prevent flooding. Whilst the ministry has been able to complete this work for half the farmers, the work is still ongoing, and as such, some farmers in the Pomeroon face flooding. There were also some flooding in Region 6 (East Berbice/Corentyne) in the Black Bush Polder area and Central Corentyne. The ministry is responding to these, working in collaboration with the regional authority to bring relief, Ramsammy said. (GINA)
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President Ramotar checks on Marriott Hotel construction
- continues to be impressed with pace and quality PRESIDENT Donald Ramotar on Saturday visited the Marriott Hotel construction at Kingston accompanied by Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh, and other high-ranking officials including Head of the Privatisation Unit, Winston Brassington. The President, who toured the building includ-
ing some model rooms, was impressed with the pace and quality of construction on the project. “It has really set another standard for construction in our country, and we are looking forward to an early opening as possible so that we can develop our tourist industry,” the Head of State said.
The Marriott hotel is on target for an August 2014 commissioning, and the President said such infrastructure would go a very far way in advancing Guyana’s economic development, and improving the livelihood of Guyanese. The Marriott will boast 197 rooms, a large ballroom, confer-
ence centre, casino, nightclub, restaurant, a concrete walkway and all other amenities of a world-class hotel. On completion, it will provide employment for close to 500 Guyanese. The project was launched in 2011 and is an estimated total investment of US$51M. (GINA)
President Donald Ramotar inspects one
Quadrants plan for city to curb congestion
GEORGETOWN is to be divided into four quadrants towards easing traffic congestion in the city, Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee told the media on Friday. Cabinet has approved the plan which will see Georgetown divided into four quadrants; North West, North East, South East and South West. A commencement date of March 2014 has been set by the Ministry of Home Affairs to begin the project. This however, has to be preceded by a public relations campaign to inform citizens of the new traffic system, the minister said. This decision was taken following a comprehensive analysis of traffic congestion by the National Commission on Law and Order (NCLO,) which held discussions with stakeholders. The NCLO which was tasked with reviewing and identifying problems and weaknesses in the legislative, organisational and administrative aspects of law and order, held numerous meetings
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President Donald Ramotar listens on as Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh makes a point about the hotelâ€™s construction
of the model rooms at the Marriott Hotel
An aerial view of Georgetown showing the traffic congestion in the Stabroek area (Adrian Narine photo) with stakeholders, during which it was proposed that a series of complementary one-way streets be introduced to control the direction and flow of vehicular traffic and ease the daily congestion, Rohee said. In light of the increase in road accidents, the Home Affairs Ministry has been employing several initiatives to reduced carnage on the road. In this regard as recently as January 2, a meeting was convened with the Guyana National Road Safety Council, the Guyana Police Force (GPF), and the Guyana Minibus Association to discuss ways in which this matter can be addressed. At the meeting, it was highlighted that the main causes for fatal accidents for 2013 was speeding, inattentiveness and drinking under the influence of alcohol. The main victims are pedestrians with the involvement of private vehicles occurring between midday and evening hours and between evening hours to midnight on Sundays and Fridays involving young drivers between 16 to 24 years of age and between 25 to 33 years of age. Some of the recommendations taken include the holding of seminars to educate young drivers on proper use of the road and ensuring that they are trained before they are issued with a driverâ€™s licence, monitoring of night clubs by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) during the 23:00 hrs to 03:00 hrs period, the setting of targets by the Guyana Police Force to reduce the number of road accidents, and consequently, heighten enforcement and the hosting of a national Conference on Road Safety. To bring down fatal accidents and road accidents in general, between 2010 and 2013 the Ministry of Home Affairs procured and delivered to the GPF 18 breathalyser machines with printers and 400 mouthpieces, as well as 29 radars. Several recommendations recently advanced by the APNU towards road safety which were found agreeable and implementable in principle were also analysed. (GINA)
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NDSMP) 2013 to 2017 document being finalized By Michel Outridge MINISTER of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee has reported that the National Drug Strategy Master Plan (NDSMP) 2013 to 2017 is at a stage where the final document is being drafted. He made this disclosure at a press conference on Friday at the Guyana Police Force (GPF) training Centre at Eve leary. He stated that the Inception Report was approved by Cabinet. From a methodological standpoint, Questionnaires were sent to the
various stakeholders and public consultations and interviews were conducted with civil society bodies to garner information to guide the plan. With the completion of the final document, Guyana will be able to enhance our Local, Regional and International Strategies to combat drugs. Rohee pointed out that Annual Drug Reports are usually published by the Ministry of Home Affairs which gives a perspective of the efforts of the Ministry to combat the scourge of illegal drugs, with local, re-
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gional and international support. He said that the 2012 Report has been completed and will be circulated during the first Quarter of this year. National Computer Incidents Response Team (NCIRT) The minister explained that the Ministry recognises the importance of the internet and computer security to the welfare of citizens, national security and economic well-being of the country, since many of our citizens, businesses and government agencies are now connected to the internet and are using information technology to provide goods and services, pursue educational opportunities, conduct business and maintain social contacts around the world. He stated that in it is in this regard that the Ministry sought and received Cabinet’s approval for the establishment of a National Computer Incidents Response Team (NCIRT). Rohee said that on August 2 last year the NCIRT Unit commenced its operations and is tasked with ‘improving the cyber security preparedness and response of the government of Guyana through proactive security measures and information sharing mechanisms.’ He pointed out that so far this Unit has been provided with local and overseas training in the development of capabilities in cyber security incident handling. During this year the NCIRT will expand its activities by providing a wider range of services for Government Agencies, the business community and citizens at large.
Aries March 21 - April 19
It’s time for you to face some facts, but it’s not just you that’s on the hook, fortunately. The universe is asking as all to sit still, quiet our minds, pay attention and be realistic, whether we like it or not. Now, the ‘sit still’ part is admittedly a little bit tougher on you than on others, but once you set your mind to it, you can do almost anything you want. Try not to make it look too easy!
Taurus April 20 - May 20
Someone higher up in the hierarchy is about to put their foot down and say no to an utterly reasonable request. You’re not used to hearing that word from them because, as hard as you work, the meagre requests you make just aren’t seen as drawing on too many resources. After the shock has passed, think it over before you decide to skip getting mad and start getting even. There may be a much deeper reason behind the refusal.
Gemini May 21 - June 21
You’ve been much more heavily focused on business than on play lately, which isn’t like you at all. Your friends may be a bit taken aback -- and you really can’t blame them. Try to explain that you’ve just about had it with bowing down to other people’s professional whims, and you’re thinking of making an impressive exit. Then they might start to get a glimmer.
Cancer June 22 - July 22
You’re not in the mood for public displays -- of affection, or much of anything else. When you’re approached by someone who’s more than willing to let the world in on private matters, you’re less than receptive, but don’t feel bad about it. They have no right to let a secret out -- at least nothing that doesn’t belong to them exclusively. You can let them know what’s what with one quick, cutting comment.
Leo July 23 - August 22
An elder you’ve long admired seems to have a bit of a problem with you today, and you can’t quite figure out what’s going on. You need to talk with them about it, but you’re worried -- not so much about how they might treat you, but more about what’s really going on between you. Take a deep breath and open up a new line of communications. It’s certainly for the best!
Virgo August 23 - September 22
It takes quite a bit of teasing or meanness to get you really riled up -- but right around now, you’re plenty mad. It’s most likely the person you care most about, and they’re probably feeling just as frustrated. You need to take time off, and that’s not a euphemism for the early stages of a break-up. Put some distance -- and some time -- between you two. Then you can return to solve this in your usual loving way.
Libra September 23 - October 22
You’re definitely in the mood to get some work done, and that’s that. Keep your eyes open, though, because you’re definitely not in the mood for being taken advantage of, especially when it comes to money. If someone tries to play you for a fool, not only can you spot it with great ease, you should also go after the culprit with all the energy you can muster -- as well you should. Don’t let them get away with it.
Scorpio October 23 - November 21
You’re not exactly happy with the way recent events have turned out, and you’re not in the mood to pretend that you are. Fortunately, you won’t have to for very long. Almost everyone can see you’re aggravated, and those responsible know exactly how angry you are -- and don’t bother you any further. Your only problem now will be what to do about the folks who aren’t bright enough to figure it out.
Sagittarius November 22 - December 21
Someone is trying to make you feel guilty and, believe it or not, that’s pretty easy to do right now. Rather than giving in and letting it happen, do what you did yesterday and make sure all your bases are covered before doing much of anything for yourself. That way, you can ensure that if anyone tries to bust you, it’s okay for you to bust them right back and soak up the sympathy from the home crowd.
Capricorn December 22 - January 19
The universe is in a freaky mood -- and so are you, mostly because energies you can’t quite understand just now are driving your life. If you say ‘no,’ but those around you can’t understand that simple answer, you need to unleash some serious consequences. If anyone can give you the right answer to the right question, however, things are going to get a lot better fast -- in fact, they may turn out to be downright excellent!
Aquarius January 20 - February 18
Things have changed in a big way -- so much so that they might be unrecognisable after yesterday. This doesn’t mean you’re confused or unhappy with the choices that you made -- that hardly ever happens these days. You do need to deal with the outcome of those choices, though. There’s no need for worries, though -- when was the last time you made the wrong call when you had all the facts?
Pisces February 19 - March 20
You’ve got all day to listen, and that’s good enough. Once the talk is all finished, though, you absolutely must let go of it and remember that your own needs have to take priority, just this once. There may be someone you’ve been wanting to spend some time with, and if so, the feeling is mutual. It’s not too late, so give them a call. You deserve to enjoy yourself!
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great footballers. He was clearly a world-class footballer who scored an awful lot of goals. He had a level of natural talent that most players don’t have.” Eusebio’s goals in the 1966 World Cup helped his country to third place, after they were beaten by eventual winners England in the semi-finals. Portugal won all of their group games as title holders Brazil were eliminated in the first round, and Eusebio starred in a dramatic 5-3 win over North Korea in the quarter-finals, with his four goals helping his side come back from 3-0 down Portugal went on to lose 2-1
in the last four to England, with Eusebio in tears as he left the pitch at the end of the game. But he had captured the hearts of the British public and his figure was soon added to Madame Tussauds’ waxwork collection. Eusebio continued to play at the highest level until 1974, but knee problems had already begun to slow him down. In 1975, he moved to the North American Soccer League and then returned to Portugal in 1976-77 to play for SC Beira Mar, before further spells in the USA and Mexico. After his playing career ended, he was an ambassador for Benfica and Portuguese football. (BBCSport)
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Australia crush England to seal 5-0 Ashes sweep * England lose four batsmen in 11 deliveries after tea By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, (Reuters) - Australia obliterated England’s batting in a shade over 31 overs to claim a thumping 281-run fifth Test victory with more than two days to spare and seal only the third 5-0 sweep in the long history of Ashes series yesterday. The triumph at a sunbaked Sydney Cricket Ground completed a remarkable turnaround for Australia, who were in disarray after being swept themselves in India and going down 3-0 in England to lose a third successive Ashes series last year. A big clue to how Australia managed that turnaround came when paceman Mitchell Johnson was awarded the Compton-Miller medal as Man- of- the- Series after taking 37 wickets at a shade under 14 apiece over the five tests. Johnson’s ferocious pace again played an integral part in Australia’s victory in Sydney but it was no one man show and his fellow quick Ryan Harris won Man- of –the- Match honours after taking five for 25 as England were skittled for 166 yesterday. “It’s very special after the roller-coaster ride, the ups and downs of 2013,” said Australia captain Michael Clarke, who also played in the 2006-7 sweep but clearly not that of 1920-21. “It’s been a lot of work to get us where we are today. I said to the bowlers at the start of the series that I thought they were the best attack in the world and I
The destroyers: Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson at the Sydney Cricket Ground. had always looked on the cards (zero) and Scott Borthwick think they’ve shown that in five after Australia’s pace attack (four) to reduce the tourists test matches.” tore through England’s top orto 95-7 in a matter of minutes. Johnson’s revival was der in the first hour of day two. With England’s top order even more remarkable than A more spectacular collapse having failed yet again, Ben that achieved by Australia, in 11 balls after the second interStokes (32) and Stuart Broad turning him from a figure of val on day three made it certain (42) provided their country’s ridicule for England’s travwith Johnson dismissing opener stiffest resistance down the elling Barmy Army into a Michael Carberry for 43 and order but they could only delay bowler who struck fear into Gary Ballance three balls later the inevitable. the touring batsmen. in the first over. It was his intervention after “Mitchell’s bowled a couCOUP DE GRACE tea on Sunday that turned what ple of spells in this series that Harris bowled them both had been a stately progression to are without doubt as good a before performing the coup victory into another humiliating spells as I’ve seen in my cade grace on debutant Boyd rout for the tourists. reer,” said Clarke. Rankin and the SCG, bathed After finally dismissing “And I’ve been lucky in pink in honour of Glenn Chris Rogers for 119 and bowlenough to play with Glenn McGrath’s breast cancer ing Australia out for 276, EnMcGrath, Jason Gillespie, Brett charity, rose to hail the Ausgland stumbled to the break on Lee and Shane Warne.” tralia team. 87 for three chasing a highly Spinner Nathan Lyon took “I think today’s batting was improbable 448 for victory. over for the next over and he a culmination of being under the A fifth thumping victory dismissed Jonny Bairstow kosh for four and a half games,”
Six years after Australia last held them, Michael Clarke gets his hands on the Ashes
Chris Rogers celebrates his century against England on the 3rd day in Sydney. said England captain Alastair Cook. “Credit to Australia, I can’t even count on how many sessions we won in the series. That’s a pretty daunting stat to take but a very realistic statistic.” Australia had already reclaimed the coveted urn after winning the Brisbane test by 381 runs, the Adelaide match by 218 runs, in Perth by 150 runs and taking an eight-wicket triumph in Melbourne. For a dispirited England, their triumphs in India in 2012 and in Australia in 2010-11 will appear a distant memory and they face an immediate future of recrimination and rebuilding. Aside from criticisms of his captaincy, Cook’s miserable series was a reflection of that of a vaunted batting line-up which simply failed to fire in the face of sustained pressure from the Australians. The England skipper’s seven runs on Sunday gave him 246 at an average of 24.6 for
AUSTRALIA first innings 326 England first innings 155 -Australia second innings (overnight 140-4) C. Rogers c & b Borthwick 119 D. Warner lbw Anderson 16 S. Watson c Bairstow b Anderson 9 M. Clarke c Bairstow b Broad 6 S. Smith c Cook b Stokes 7 G. Bailey c Borthwick b Broad 46 B. Haddin b Borthwick 28 M. Johnson b Stokes 4 R. Harris c Carberry b Borthwick 13 P. Siddle c Bairstow b Rankin 4 N. Lyon not out 6 Extras (lb-14, w-2, nb-2) 18 Total (all out, 61.3 overs) 276 Fall of wickets: 1-27 2-47 3-72 4-91 5-200 6-239 7-244 8-255 9-266
the series, a paltry return compared to the 766 runs at 127 he accumulated on his last trip to Australia in 2010-11 when he returned home a 3-1 winner. England’s other top batsmen did not fair much better with Jonathan Trott returning home after the defeat in the opening Test to deal with stress-related issues and Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen failing to live up to their billing. The England bowlers have little more to crow about and one of the many statistics being bandied about to illustrate Australia’s supremacy in the series will embarrass them. While Australia took all 100 wickets in a five-Test Ashes series for the first time, England failed to dismiss their opponent’s number 11 batsman, Lyon, even once. “ I t ’s t o u g h k n o w i n g you’ve played your five matches and lost them all badly,” Cook added. “We just weren’t good enough to turn it around.”
Bowling: Anderson 15-6-46-2, Broad 14-1-57-2 (nb-2, w-1), Rankin 12.3-0-47-1, Stokes 10-0-622 (w-1), Borthwick 6-0-33-3, Pietersen 4-1-17-0 -ENGLAND second innings A. Cook c Haddin b Johnson 7 M. Carberry c Haddin b Johnson 43 I. Bell c Warner b Harris 16 K. Pietersen c Bailey b Harris 6 G. Ballance lbw Johnson 7 B. Stokes b Harris 32 J. Bairstow c Bailey b Lyon 0 S. Borthwick c Clarke b Lyon 4 S. Broad b Harris 42 J. Anderson not out 1 B. Rankin c Clarke b Harris 0 Extras (b-5, lb-2, nb-1) 8 Total (all out, 31.4 overs) 166 Fall of wicket: 1-7 2-37 3-57 4-87 5-90 6-91 7-95 8-139 9-166 Bowling: Harris 9.4-4-25-5, Johnson 9-1-40-3 (nb-1), Siddle 4-1-24-0, Lyon 9-0-70-2.
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Captain Cook desperate to turn England around By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY- (Reuters) - Alastair Cook apologised to England fans for letting them down in the Ashes series and said he wanted to stay on as captain to help turn around the team’s fortunes. The tourists crumbled to a fifth humiliating defeat to suffer only the third 5-0 Ashes series sweep in more than a century of the rivalry at the Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday. FINACook was at a loss to explain what had gone wrong but was adamant he had no intention of walking away from the captaincy. “If I knew that answer, I would be telling the guys out there rather than telling you guys,” he told reporters. “I am desperate to try and turn it around,” added the 29-year-old, who also played in the 5-0 sweep England suffered in the 2006-07 series. “I feel as if I am the right man to do it. If I’m not and people higher up want a change because they think that’s the best way, I have to take it on the chin. “I have a lot of experience as a player. I have seen a 5-0 before and I’ve seen the drive
and determination which that caused that team then. I know what that takes to do.” Cook said he hoped coach Andy Flower would also remain in charge of the side, but admitted that Saturday’s backing for both men from England and Wales Cricket Board chief David Collier was no guarantee in the long-term. “I was given the vote of confidence from the board which usually means in football terms you have two weeks and then you’re on your bike,” he said. “When you strip everything down, every single player now has to go back and have a look at themselves, have a look at
their techniques. Have a look at the way they’ve bowled and start rebuilding again. “And that hunger has to come from within to do it.” BARMY ARMY Cook paid tribute to Australia for what he said was a “thoroughly deserved” victory and apologised to England’s vocal “Barmy Army” band of travelling supporters. “As a side we’ve let the supporters down because we haven’t played very well. The results suggest that,” he said. “The work ethic is there, we’ve just got to go back to basics. Every player will be feeling that they let themselves
down because we haven’t performed.” Cook said all-rounder Ben Stokes, who made his debut in the second Test in Adelaide before scoring a century in Perth and taking a six-wicket haul in Sydney, and seamer Stuart Broad were the only England players to emerge with any credit. “There’s anger in me and frustration because for whatever reason we haven’t played very well and the buck stops with me,” he said. “Only Broady and Stokesy have delivered close to their potential. I think everyone else will be hurting.”
Man United humbled by Swansea, West Ham humiliated By Toby Davis
A dejected Alastair Cook leads his team around the outfield after the Aussies had completed their 5-0 sweep of the Ashes series.
Hewitt grinds down Federer to claim Brisbane title By Ciaran Baynes BRISBANE- (Reuters) - Roger Federer’s hopes of starting the year with a long-overdue title ended in failure yesterday when the Swiss was beaten by local hero Lleyton Hewitt in the Brisbane International final. The 17-times grand slam champion, who won the last of his 77 titles last June, was beaten 6-1 4-6 6-3 by a typically gutsy Hewitt who ended a more than three-year title drought. World number six Federer, who had led their rivalry 18-8 before the final, looked to have turned the match his way after recovering from a slow start but Hewitt showed responded to claim the title in a little over two hours. “To beat possibly the greatest player in the final means a lot,” Hewitt said. “It’s not an
Roger Federer of Switzerland (L) poses with Lleyton Hewitt of Australia after the trophy presentation for the men’s singles final match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, yesterday. failed to convert any of them easy tournament to win. as Hewitt ended a 15-match “In the first set I was seeing losing run against his fellow the ball like a football. Didn’t 32-year-old. really matter where he served I Despite the disappointment was on it.” Federer remained hopeful for Federer had seven break this month’s Australian Open. points in the third set but “I was able to sort of serve better overall, more consistent this week than I have in a long time - so that’s very good,” Federer, who had not dropped (Monday January 06, 2014) serve before the final, said. Compliments of THE TROPHY STALL-Bourda Market & “I definitely needed a little The City Mall (Tel: 225-9230) & bit more confidence to play well CUMMINGS ELECTRICAL CO. LTD-83 and hopefully win the tournaGarnette Street, Campbellville (Tel: 225-6158; 223-6055) ment and so forth. “I have a clear idea what I need to work on and I have a Answers to yesterday’s quiz: clear idea where my mind and (1)1 body is at.” (2)WI vs PAK, Karachi, 1990-91 Federer can scarcely have opened a match in worse touch. Today’s Quiz: He hit 22 unforced errors Who is the first WI player to claim 300 Test wickets? in the first set, lost three service games and performed What is the highest ODI score made by a a complete air-shot off one WI batsman at Sabina Park, Jamaica? attempted backhand service return. Answers in tomorrow’s issue
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LONDON -(Reuters) - Manchester United suffered a stinging 2-1 home defeat by Swansea City in the FA Cup third round yesterday as their former fortress of Old Trafford was ransacked for the fifth time this season. Reduced to 10 men for the closing stages after Fabio was sent off, Swansea’s battering ram striker Wilfried Bony climbed high to head home a powerful 90th-minute winner and leave United boss David Moyes to face questions about his management. Another boss under pressure is West Ham United’s Sam Allardyce whose woes intensified after the Premier League club were thrashed 5-0 by second tier Nottingham Forest. Forest’s Jamie Paterson netted a hat-trick in the humiliating rout, but the spotlight was on Allardyce who was accused of waving the white flag by making nine changes to his starting line-up with an eye on the League Cup semi-final at Manchester City on Wednesday. Chelsea showed their fellow Londoners how to negotiate a potentially tricky Cup tie in the east Midlands, winning 2-0 at second tier Derby County. Liverpool avenged last season’s Cup defeat by Oldham Athletic, winning 2-0 at Anfield with Iago Aspas scoring his first goal for the club, and Sunderland also came through 3-1 against Carlisle. With Manchester United’s former boss Alex Ferguson sitting in the stands, they looked a far cry from the side that the Scot led to the Premier League title last season. A chorus of boos rang around the ground as Swansea became the fourth team to walk away victorious in United’s last six home encounters in all competitions, a run of results that would have been almost unthinkable under Ferguson.
Nottingham Forest’s players pile on top of Jamie Paterson as he celebrates scoring a hat- trick during their FA Cup third round soccer match against West Ham United at City Ground in Nottingham, yesterday. Credit: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth home, Swansea were the more “We were a bit unlucky likely victors. to lose but probably did not So it proved when Bony do enough to win in the end,” rose unmarked at the near post Moyes told BT Sport. to head Routledge’s cross into “If you lose games at any the top corner. club it’s a big deal but at Manchester United it’s even COMPREHENSIVE bigger. We have got a big VICTORY game on Tuesday (League West Ham, 19th in the top Cup semi-final first leg against flight and facing a relegation Sunderland), we must get the battle, were undone by a Forest players ready for that.” side who scored early in the It was the first time Swanfirst half with a cheeky Djamel sea had tasted victory at UnitAbdoun penalty before Paterson ed’s home ground, but it was netted three in the second half far from a smash-and-grab raid. and Andy Reid added a fifth. Having lost their fourth “Who knows, that’s their home Premier League match decision, not mine,” a belealast week against Tottenham guered Allardyce told reportHotspur, the Old Trafford fans ers when asked whether the were again fearing the worst defeat would have repercuswhen Swansea went ahead with sions for him. a lobbed finish from Wayne “I am not saying it won’t Routledge after 12 minutes. happen, unless I start getting Javier Hernandez restored results, I have got to get results parity with a close-range finish I know that.” four minutes later, but that did Forest’s local rivals Derby not prove to be a platform on had little joy against Chelsea, which the hosts could build. who named a strong side with The second half was not enough class to dominate their easy on the eye and was only lower league opponents. sparked into life when substiJohn Obi Mikel put them tute Fabio was sent off for a ahead after 66 minutes, the lunging, studs-up challenge on Nigeria international getting Jose Canas. on the end of a Willian setLate goals were United’s piece to head in his fourth speciality under Ferguson, but goal for Chelsea in almost 300 having only scored more than appearances. one goal once in their last six at
GUYANA CHRONICLE Monday January 6, 2014
BCB another highly successful year in 2013
THE KEITH Foster steward Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) has described the year 2013 as a highly successful one during which they were able to organise cricket at all levels and also complete over 60 off the field cricket programmes/activities in its ongoing effort to develop Berbice cricket. Public Relations Officer of the BCB and recently reappointed Chairman of its Special Events Committee Hilbert Foster stated that despite not been able to fulfil all of its stated goals due to the rainy season, the BCB was proud of its numerous achievements on and off the cricket field. The Board in the early part of 2013 was able to complete the 2012 edition of the Tenelec Inc 50-Overs tournament which was won by Albion Cricket Club, Neal and Massy Intermediate won by Rose Hall Town Pepsi, Elizabeth Styles Under-19 Tournament which saw Albion emerging as winners and the Carib Beer 20/20 First Division Tournament which was also won by Albion. At the second division level Young Warriors defeated Tucber Park for the 2013 Bobcat of Guyana trophy that was played for teams in New Amsterdam/ Canje area, while D’Edward won the West Berbice version to take home the Norman Singh Memorial Trophy. Courtland All Stars defeated Albion Community Centre to win their first cricket title and take home the Raffik Construction Trophy for Second Division teams in the Lower Corentyne area. A two day match was also played in West Berbice for the Jumbo Jet Trophy. At the Inter-zone level, Lower Corentyne defeated New Amsterdam/Canje to clinch the National Communication Network Under-15 Tournament,
- unveils impressive programmes for Diamond Jubilee in 2014
while at the Under-17 level they also won the Republic Bank Inter-zone title defeating the same opponents in the finals. The Diamond Fire and General Insurance Under-19 Inter-zone final is still to be completed due to the rainy season and would be contested shortly between Lower Corentyne and New Amsterdam/Canje. Albion defeated Young Warriors Universal DVD to lift the 2013 Berbice River Bridge 50-Overs trophy, while Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets took the Namilco/Bakewell T20 title over Albion Community Centre and Bermine got pass West Berbice to take home the Universal DVD T20 trophy. The 2013 New Building Society 40-overs tournament which attracted over 120 teams would be completed shortly with the finals to be contested between Young Warriors and No. 71. Albion and Rose Hall Town Farfan and Mendes would contest in the 2013 Tenelec Inc Under-15 tournament finals early next week, even as the 2013 Tenelec Inc Under-17 is currently at the quarterfinal stage and the 2013 Hand-in-Hand Second Division Tournament for teams in West Berbice has started but has been suspended until 2014 due to the weather. At the Inter-county level, Berbice won the Senior four days tournament after crushing Demerara in less than three days. The following Berbice players played for Guyana during 2013 - Under-15: Adrian Sukhwa, Matthew Hardyal, Sylus Tyndall; Under-17 : Brandon Prashad, Daniel Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Parmanand Ramdhan and Grisean Grant; Under-19: - Shawn Pereira,
Executive members of the Berbice Cricket Board paid a courtesy call on Minister of Sport Dr. Frank Anthony (3rd from left). Also sharing the moment is Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Sport Alfred King. Shimron Hetmyer, Askay Homraj and Romario Shepherd. At the Female level, Phaffiana Millington, Steffi Rodney, S. Ghandie and Erica Lashley represent Guyana at the Under-19 level, while Shemaine Campbelle, Erva Giddings, Subrina Munroe, Melanie Henry, Trishanie Cort, Phaffiana Millington and Tremayne Smartt for the senior female team. Assad Fudadin, Devendra Bishoo, Narsingh Deonarine and Veerasammy Permaul played for the West Indies “A” team, while Permaul and Deonarine represented the West Indies at the ODI and Test levels.
World Relays could surpass budget NASSAU, Bahamas, (CMC) – Organisers of the inaugural International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Relay Championships are trying to keep within the five million dollars budget which is set for the event. However, preliminary indications are that the budget could be surpassed with estimates at $12 million to stage the May 24-25 event at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau. Executive chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the World Relays, Keith Parker said that a number of unforeseen projects and items have already surfaced, including the resurfacing of the stadium track. Even though they are still in the planning phase, Parker said the LOC has received favorable reports from the IAAF representatives. He said that more IAAF officials are expected to return sometime this month to inspect the facilities again. Accommodation and security for the athletes, officials and IAAF representatices are also among priorities for the organisers, according to managing director of IAAf World Relays, Lionel Haven. “Everything will sort of kick into high gear in short order,” said Haven. “The two hotels for athletes are the Paradise Island Harbour Resort and SuperClubs Breezes. Security is a major item on our list. We are in discussions with the Minister of National Security and high ranking officials in the Royal Bahamas Police Force. Security is the next step.” To date, 47 countries have registered, which means more than 1,100 athletes and coaches are expected to be here for the world relays. The LOC is expecting more countries to confirm attendance, now that the event is just four months away.
Motie and Hetmyer also represented the West Indies at the Under-19 level. The ancient county trio - Munroe, Campbelle and Smartt were also permanent members of the West Indies Female ODI and 20/20 teams. Off the field, the BCB hosted numerous programmes during the period of January to June and that included the Berbice Educational Trust Fund Annual Awards Ceremony; launched its Annual Review Magazine, Scotia Bank Annual Cricket Academy, Junior Elite Training Programme, Tribute to Heroes, Tribute to Retired Cricketers, Tribute to Coaches and Senior Elite Training Programme. They also hosted Television programmes, Essay and Posters Competitions, Guyoil countywide coaching sessions, unveiling of the Carib Beer Billboard of Berbice Test Players and several coaching clinics for batsmen, bowlers and wicket
keepers. The Board also made several donations of items to seventeen cricket teams and also made donations to numerous NGOs in Berbice, while school bags and educational materials were also distributed to less fortunate cricketers who are attending school. With the Special Events Committee being reformed in early December, the BCB also assisted the Berbice Cricket Umpires Association with Christmas hampers and donated toys to Children homes and visited the New Amsterdam Hospital Children Ward to share out toys. The BCB, Hilbert Foster stated is grateful to all of its sponsors for their continued confidence in the Board and for investing in Berbice cricket, with special thanks being expressed to sponsors of tournaments and major programmes. These included Office of the President, NCN, Tenelec
Inc, Memorex (Amerally Sawmill), Ansa Mcal, Universal DVD, Hand-in-Hand Group of Companies, GT&T, Feroze Barakat, Diamond Fire & General Insurance, Republic Bank, New GPC Inc, Ricks & Sari Ltd, Raffik Construction, Bobcat of Guyana, Elizabeth Styles, Guyoil, Neal & Massy, Norman Singh Memorial, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, New Building Society, Bissan’s Trading, Berbice River Bridge, Namilco and Bakewell. Meanwhile, the BCB would be celebrating its 75th Anniversary - Diamond Jubilee having been formed in 1939 to administer the game of cricket in Berbice. A Special Committee headed by Hilbert Foster and Anil Beharry has been established to plan for the special occasion and already, they have started to plan for the yearlong celebration and among the plans disclosed so far are an Inter-faith Prayer session and anti-drugs cricketers march. A 40-page full coloured 75th Anniversary Magazine, television programmes, Essay and Quiz Competitions, launching of a Hall of Fame for Administrators, a Musical Evening with the Guyana Police Band, Special cricket match between Berbice and Georgetown, sharing out of 75 food hampers for senior citizens and a Cocktail Reception are also on the list of things to be accomplished. Plans are also on stream for a cricket discussion featuring West Indies great Clive Lloyd, Basil Butcher and another Test player, and the printing of 75th Anniversary Souvenirs. According to the BCB’s Special Events Chairman, the Board intends to make the anniversary celebration an outstanding success, especially during the month of September, and the Board would like to encourage all former test players, national players and former administrators who reside overseas to plan their next vacation during that month, so that they can be part of the historic Diamond Jubilee.
T&T umpires named for ICC Qualifiers
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago, (CMC) - Two regional umpires have been named among 14 umpires who will officiate in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014 to be staged in New Zealand, starting this month. Peter Nero and Joel Wilson of Trinidad and Tobago have been included in the ICC’s umpire and match referee appointments for the warm-up and first round matches of the tournament, which includes one member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, Marais Erasmus. The remaining 13 representatives will be from the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires and the ICC Associates and Affiliates Umpires’ Panel. The other umpires are: Ahsan Raza, Billy Bowden, Johan Cloete, Chris Gaffaney, Shaun George, Michael Gough, Vineet Kulkarni, Mick Martell, Enamul Hoque-Moni, Tim Robinson, and Ruchira Palliyaguru. The tournament match referees will be Jeff Crowe and Roshan Mahanama, both from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, and Dev Govindjee, who is from the ICC Regional Referees Panel. Warm-up matches will be played on January 10 and 11 and the tournament from January 13 to February 1.
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Portugal football legend Eusebio dies aged 71
Eusebio- Nicknamed the ‘Black Panther’ for his speed and the fear he instilled in his opponents.
PORTUGAL football legend Eusebio, who was top scorer at the 1966 World Cup, has died aged 71 from a heart attack. Born in Mozambique in 1942 when it was still a Portuguese colony, Eusebio da Silva Ferreira went on to play 64 times for Portugal, scoring 41 goals. The Benfica striker’s nine goals at the 1966 World Cup in England included four against North Korea Widely considered one of the best players of all time, he scored 733 times in 745 professional matches. He had been admitted to hospital several times over the past year for the treatment of heart and respiratory problems. Famed for his blistering acceleration and dazzling dribbling skills, Eusebio was
named European Footballer of the Year in 1965. He won the European Cup with Benfica in 1962 and was in the side that lost to Manchester United in the 1968 Wembley final. Eusebio enjoyed 10 league championship victories and five Portuguese cup triumphs in his 15 years at the club and was Portugal’s top league scorer seven times. Current Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo was among those to pay tribute. “Always eternal, Eusebio, rest in peace,” the Real Madrid and former Manchester United striker wrote on Twitter alongside a picture of both men together. Former Portugal winger Luis Figo tweeted: “The king! Great loss for all of us! The greatest!” Chelsea manager Jose
Mourinho called him one of his country’s “great figures Mourinho told state broadcaster RTP: “I think he is immortal. We all know what he meant for football and especially for Portuguese football. “He was not only a great inspiration but also an important figure in upholding the values, principles and feelings of football, even after finishing his career.” Greg Dyke, chairman of the Football Association in England, said Eusebio and Brazilian striker Pele were the best-known international footballers in the 1960s. “He was the [Lionel] Messi or Ronaldo of his time,” Dyke told the BBC News Channel. “Every generation has
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TTOC wants overhaul of funding More rigid anti-doping measures on the cards this year for sporting organisations PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago, (CMC) – President of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC), Brian Lewis wants an overhaul in the way national sporting organisations (NSOs) access funding for athlete and sporting development. Lewis is concerned that NSOs will receive less state funding since government is challenged to provide improved social services including national security. This, he said, are among reasons for a new discussion on sourcing funding for sports in Trinidad & Tobago. Lewis said that the TTOC is considering the reintroduction of a sport marketing forum, first held four years ago. “I think it is absolutely necessary to help us build capacity and to help take a different approach to the whole question of funding sport. I don’t think that
President of TTOC Brian Lewis. the reliance–and there is significant reliance on Government funds–is a healthy situation,” he said in a recent interview. “Sport on the whole needs to diversify how it goes about funding and generating funds. As part of the whole sport marketing re-look we have to look at a number of different things,”
he said. “We must be able to go to corporate T&T with a value added approach in terms of how sports can–besides the corporate social responsibility perspective–help corporate T&T meet their bottom line. I think we have to be realistic. Corporate T&T’s focus is their bottom line and there is nothing wrong with that. I don’t understand why people want to make corporate T&T (feel) guilty. Business is about profit and what we have to do within sports is review how we go about it. I genuinely and honestly feel so. We have to try to develop a parallel partnership in the sense of what value does sport bring to corporate T&T, in addition to corporate social responsibility. How can we assist corporate T&T achieve their objectives?”
By Clifford Stanley IN THE wake of the banning of Golden Boy Gumendra Shewdass by the International Power – lifting body for the use of a blacklisted substance, the Ministry of Sport intends to become more rigid with its anti- doping measures this year. In a comment on Shewdass’ ban, Minister of Sport Dr. Frank Anthony said: “We in the Ministry are extremely disappointed to learn this. But we have to learn our lessons and move on, meaning that we have to be more rigid with our anti doping measures in Guyana.” Minister Anthony said that as a policy, this year the Ministry intends to do more testing of athletes in and out of competition to make sure that Guyana does not have to experience this kind of
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embarrassment ever again. He however noted that given the fact that over two hundred athletes leave Guyana every year for international competitions it would be difficult to test them all, adding that the tests cost US$600 for one athlete, making such an exercise even more difficult. The Minister said though that despite this, the amount of random testing of athletes by local sports authorities will be increased. In addition, the Ministry will rely on education and awareness activities to reduce / eliminate instances of either deliberate or accidental use of banned substances or products which contain banned substances. He stressed that it was becoming very important that all coaches and all athletes become acquainted with the list; very important to ensure that the
coach knows that the athletes under their charge are not using anything that is on that list. The Ministry will towards this end post a list of these substances and the every day products which contain them on its Website. The Minster also disclosed that the Ministry has established an Anti-Doping Committee and athletes and coaches should feel free to contact members of the committee if they had any issues relating to banned substances. During 2013, the Ministry tested six athletes for use of banned substances and all of them tested negative. Shewdass it is said is the first ever Guyanese sportsman to be tested and found positive for the use of banned substances. According to reports, he test-
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