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Finance Ministry to set up special unit to track oil money …Minister Jordan says current systems not good enough

By Kiana Wilburg There is going to be an unprecedented flow of moneys into the Guyanese economy when oil comes on stream. But the current accounting systems are just not enough to keep track of the profits to come. Finance Minister, Winston Jordan told Kaieteur News that the systems will have to be enhanced. He revealed that a special accounting unit will be established at the Finance Ministry to track oil revenues. The economist noted that this is necessary since the current arrangement will not be able to specifically identify activities, returns, cash, etc. as it relates to the oil and gas sector. He noted however, where the current accounting system called the Integrated Financial Management and Ac-

Finance Minister, Winston Jordan counting System (IFMAS) is concerned, a new version has been put in place. The economist said that there were a lot of “teething problems” but now the Ministry has been able to move on to the Integrated Financial Management and Information Systems (IFMIS).

While the current system is inadequate, Jordan said that the next step would be in the context of all the assistance which has been given to the Ministry. He said that several recommendations were made and they have to be implemented. “In a sense, we even need to establish an accounting unit here. We hardly have trained qualified accountants here. We have no accountant here with an ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). No accountant! In fact, we are operating here right now with one Accountant General and one acting Deputy Accountant General. You are supposed to have three. One left and went to the States Asset Recovery Agency (SARA)

and one was implicated in the Lotto (scandal) and was sent off. ” IMF RECOMMENDS Before oil revenue starts flowing into the economy by 2020, several international organizations and even local critics want to be assured that Guyana is equipped with robust accounting systems which would ensure accurate reporting on the use of those funds. On this note, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently called on the Government of Guyana to review the nation’s accounting systems which is usually referred to as the Integrated Financial Management and Accounting System. The Fund said that the Accountant General’s Depart-

ment (AGD) attached to the Ministry of Finance should be tasked with the responsibility of undertaking such an analysis. The IMF said that while the Department will take into consideration the functionality of IFMAS, it should also determine the gaps and developments needed to be ready for recording and reporting of petroleum revenues. Critically, the Fund said it will be essential that treasury reforms are coordinated with those of the budget process. In this regard, the international body said that in the future, the Office of Budget is likely to update a budget classification system to cater to the petroleum revenue that would be flowing into the economy. The International Monetary Fund noted that the AGD also needs to align its chart of accounts with the revised budget classification. At

critical parts of the mediumterm planning process, the Fund said that key decisions will require the AGD’s inputs, therefore necessitating the Department to adapt from an annual to a medium-term mode of operations in line with budget execution. The Fund said, “For example, it is important to decide how to show the (medium term) in- and outflows from the Natural Resource Fund in the budget documents as well as in the regular financial reports. Based on the draft Natural Resource Fund Law, the reporting requirements of Natural Resource Fund are comprehensive and the AGD needs to develop new skills and knowledge to be able to prepare the required reports. Therefore, the AGD should ensure that the current rules and procedures are updated and start building capacity to meet these demands.”

Mercury poisoning victims to take govt. to court - Placed on 40 days treatment with long list of side effects By Abena RockcliffeCampbell Workers attached to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), who suffered mercury poisoning, are looking to take their employer—the government—to court. “We are planning to meet with an attorney soon because what we are going through is unfair,” one worker said. The GGMC employees said that the medications that government imported have finally arrived and workers were issued the medication on Thursday last. Employees were reportedly given enough medication to last for 40 days. But what is of serious concern is the long list of side effects those who have taken them have allegedly suffered. These include: headaches, rash, hypertension, abdominal cramps, bloating, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach burns, metallic or sour taste in the mouth, loss of appetite and low energy. The employees were individually given two sets of tablets. These are for “on days and off days.” Tablets for on days are those that are supposed to remove the mercury from their systems. “The off days are when we are supposed to use vitamins; so we have the immune builder, the bone builder, the vitamin C and some other vitamins.” Workers were told to use vitamins on the first four days of the treatment. Then on the fifth day, they are to use the

medication that is supposed to remove the mercury. “Then it will continue with that on and off sequence.” Workers say they are not worried about having to use the vitamins, “it is the tablet to remove the mercury that has the long list of side effects.” “We were told that that tablet will take out the bad cells but it can also cause damage to the good ones so that is why we need the vitamins, to help rebuild.” Employees explained that after the 40 days treatment they will have to undergo another test to see if the treatment worked. “We are going through all of this and we still have not heard anything about the removal of the lab. We do not care about experts, we do not want experts to come and tell lies. The lab got to move from in the compound. When we go through all this, we have to come back and expose ourselves to mercury again. It is clear that they do not intend to take this situation serious so we plan to move to court.” Despite going public last week with pronouncements that mercury emissions at the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) laboratory on Brickdam were within “normal” limits, Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman has appointed a team of “experts” to look into the state of the facility where burning of the amalgam is done. The Ministry of Natural Resources said, “Following recent incidents of elevated mercury emissions within the Guyana Geology and Mines

Vice-President of CI-Guyana, Dr. David Singh Commission's compound and its environs, and the potential risk posed to workers and residents, Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Raphael Trotman, today appointed a Committee to review the functions of the Guyana Gold Board's laboratory.” The Ministry said that the team has been tasked with examining all aspects of the functionality of the Gold Board's laboratory, “and to make recommendations for its efficient, secure, and environmentally safe operations including, its relocation. The appointment of the Committee follows on a public commitment made by the Minister to have a team of experts review the operations of the Gold Board's laboratory to ascertain whether the laboratory is functioning in a safe and environmentally friendly manner, and if not, to have recommendations made for its improved service. The Committee has also been mandated to examine suitable and secure

sites for the relocation of the laboratory and to make recommendations accordingly.” The committee will be headed by Dr. David Singh, who holds a doctorate in Chemistry and is currently the Executive Director of Conservation International – Guyana. The team also includes Keith John, retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, and one member each, from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission and the Guyana Gold Board. Work will commence on Wednesday and a report is to be submitted within one month. Last week, Trotman said that a report by contractor Kaizen Environmental Services (Guyana) Limited said that air quality monitoring on March 28th at 10 locations in the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission compound showed that levels were within the United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration, eight-hour Permissible Exposure Limit. Concerns by staff of the agency about the impact of mercury on their health had led to the commissioning of the analysis. There was no public announcement when GGMC workers were found with elevated levels of mercury in their blood. However, after media reports, GGMC admitted the incident. Workers complained that despite many of them being in the danger, the matter was not being treated with urgency. But then GGMC and Gold Board sent out a joint state-

Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman ment acknowledging that there was a problem with mercury emissions but said that there is disagreement that matters are at a “crisis stage” and that many are “in danger zone” as was reported by this newspaper. The agencies said that while there is indeed a situation where the typical treatments are presently unavailable, “the GGMC has made other arrangements to address this shortfall.” Workers claimed that there might have been at least one death associated with the inhalation of mercury emissions. Staffers said that last January, a carpenter attached to GGMC died of kidney failure. That complication is believed to have been associated with high exposure to mercury. “He was a fairly young man; he worked for years at the carpentry workshop which is close to the lab where the burning is done.” Staffers said that for over six years, no testing of work-

ers has been done, “so the man might have had high levels of mercury in his blood but never knew.” Kaieteur News also learnt that only about five of the 55 workers recently tested were found to have safe levels of mercury in the blood. The industrial nurse attached to GGMC told the workers that 0-6 microgram per litre (mcg/l) is safe; 7-10 mcg/l is high, and anything more than 11 mcg/l would be considered dangerous. However, the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) has advised workers that they consider 3mcg/l and above to be worthy of medical attention. Hardly any of the workers who were tested were found to have under 2mcg/l. While most workers fell in the range of 6 to 12, alarmingly some persons are as high as 21. NIS has told the workers that they will treat the issue as an industrial accident in terms of exposure and negligence. If mercury vapour is inhaled, it is easily absorbed by the body, where it first gets into the lungs then into the blood and the brain. The nerve poison can cause sleep disorders, agitation, and paralysis. Effects of sustained exposures to high levels of mercury emissions include disturbances in vision, hearing and speech, numbness in fingers and toes and lack of coordination and muscle weakness. Mercury also proves to cause a serious health risk to unborn children whose mothers have been too exposed.


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EDITORIAL

NOT ISSUING PRESS CONFERENCES In Guyana it seems that the government is playing with fire in that it has failed to honor its promise to be transparent, accountable, reforming the constitution and respect for the people and the media. And there is no redemption or change on the part of the government. Many in the cabinet believe that they are doing a better job than their predecessor, which is true, but to make such comparison is naïve and ridiculous. The PPP administration under Jagdeo mismanaged the affairs of the state and used the country’s resources to enrich themselves, relatives and friends. At the time, corruption was so rampant at all government departments and agencies that Guyana became the second most corrupt government in the Caribbean after Haiti. Therefore,it is unwise and highly irrational for the opposition leader to accuse this government of corruption. He should be the last person in Guyana to do so, given what they did to the people and the country. However, despite the drug bond scandal, the controversial trip to China and the 50 percent increase in salaries for some ministers, the government signed a lopsided contract with the US oil giant, ExxonMobil and released it a year after. Such actions have betrayed the interest of the public and could have very serious consequences in future. After three years in office, there has been a faint attempt to reform the constitution, which was a major campaign issue during the election. As reported, the president has stated that reforming the constitution could weaken his authority to govern the nation effectively. This was the familiar theme of the previous government which stated that the constitution should not be tampered with. But now in opposition, the PPP has called for changes to the constitution just as this government did when in opposition In a true democracy, leaders are supposed to give interviews to the media on the state of the nation, but the President has been accused of only doing one in almost three years. This is an accusation that is not new. It has been bandied around by the media, including this publication for more than two years. It is not an accusation that is related to his leadership, but one that is clearly questioning his capacity and integrity to lead the nation. It can be easily put to rest if the President has nothing to hide and decides to have more press conferences. Such accusations cannot be brushed aside or ignored because it could mushroom into a fiasco for the administration. Leadership has played a pivotal role in postindependence Guyana and we have been blessed with a few excellent leaders. Despite some human flaws they might have had, or instances where some controversy might have surfaced, they were never found to be individuals who shunned the media, even though their credibility and integrity were brought into disrepute. Former US Secretary of State, Colin Powel said: “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” The President might have his detractors, especially where his leadership style and his ability to communicate are concerned, but he should not shun the media or else he would lose credibility and public trust. In his seminal book, The 48 Laws of Power, Robert Greene warned leaders “not to leave their reputation to chance or gossip, because it is their life’s artwork, they must craft it, hone it and display it with the care of an artist.”In politics, this is crucial for effective leadership. It is true that the government is not enjoying its greatest popularity, and even though it maintains a strong political base, it cannot take the people for granted or leave any stone unturned in its effort to remain in office. A week is a long time in politics, and the government has two years to put this issue to rest. It owes this not only to its constituents, but to the entire country.

Finance Minister Winston Jordan should learn from Africa DEAR EDITOR, Now that the Minister of Finance Mr. Winston Jordan has confirmed this week information that both he and I knew since the end of February 2018, I say the Guyanese economy is in trouble. A growth rate of 2.1% for 2017 was announced. There is clearly a lesson this Granger regime refuses to learn from the rest of the world. But let us not even go to Asia; let us reflect on Africa. That continent failed in the lost decades between 1970 and 2000. However, today the World Bank projected that Africa will grow by some 3.6% in 2019, 3.3% in 2018, compared to 2.5% in 2017. Guyana, on the other hand, is projected to be moving in the opposite direction with a forecast growth rate of 1.1% in 2019, 1.8% in 2018 on the back of a 2.1% growth in 2017. Guyana looks set to expect ZERO GROWTH by 2020 if this policy paralysis of Mr. Jordan continues. What can Mr. Jordan learn from Africa? 1. Manage the economies better. With policy stars like President Paul Kagame in Rwanda in power, their

positive policy influence is infecting the continent. Every African leader wants to be the next Paul Kagame who uses drones to deliver medical supplies and blood to remote hospitals in the mountains in hours when in the past the same operation took days by land. In Rwanda, which is growing by almost 7%, their government has actively reduced their fiscal deficit as a percent of GDP in 2017 and it is set to reduce further in 2018. All they did was use their brains and the latest technology. 2. Investors need stability. An increasing number of African leaders are becoming global dealmakers who offer international investors fiscal stability. The change in leadership in South Africa happened for a principled reason; to weed out the corrupt one only to replace him with professional business magnate. Out went Zuma; in came Ramaphosa. The billionaire President Cyril Ramaphosa is a private sector man who is on a mission to grow his nation’s private sector as a means of putting his people to work. 3. Competent debt management. Africa is extremely careful in how they

are managing their debt. Even a basket case like Zimbabwe has signed on to this mission. President Mnangagwa was successful in getting China to write off all of Zimbabwe’s debt owed to that country in exchange for favored access to some of the mineral wealth. What this transaction did was positively change the cash flow dynamics in that country with the stroke of a pen. 4. Africa is getting rid of loss-making non-exporting public enterprises. Notice I said non-exporting. Ethiopia is a clear example of this success story where all lossmaking non-exporting public enterprises were privatized. The immediate impact was that the economy took off to a growth rate which was 8.1% in 2017. 5. Africa got on board with the telecoms revolution. In 2000, Africa had 11 million phone lines, today it has over 800 million mobile lines with a penetration rate of some 74%. Kenya was a global trendsetter with a technology called mobile money. When the Americans were waking up to the payment of bills on smartphones, that technology was already 10 years old in Kenya by way of a platform called M-PESA

(meaning money in Swahili). In Kenya, there was a mobile phone penetration of almost 80% by 2017 creating some half a billion dollars in “person-to-person” transactions. 6. Africa is making a serious attempt to invest more in education. But their focus is on the people first, then buildings. Their mission is to cultivate a cadre of teachers who are better remunerated who can own the system rather than leave it to the politicians. 7. Africa got serious at reducing conflicts. The African Union made it very clear that democracy must be respected. This has resulted in some important democratic transitions happening across the continent. It is a human development wonder to observe the operations of African leaders like Paul Kagame from Rwanda. He understands the concept of human development and is making some serious moves at empowering and enriching his people at the mass level, unlike David Granger. So what is Guyana doing wrong? Regards, Sasenarine Singh

That allegation of being most corrupt needs examination DEAR EDITOR, On Saturday 14th April, the PPP/C issued a statement to the media on the quality of governance being delivered by the APNU+AFC. That issued statement has within it damning allegations that could have dire implications for the people’s desire to bring about good governance. In summation to the allegations made the PPP/C has pronounced that the coalition is the most corrupt government to ever hold office in Guyana. Governance is serious business, not to be trifled with or become fodder for any self-serving end. Where elected officials- government and opposition- are entrusted the people’s confidence to manage their affairs, they must do so with due regard for the people and the systems they have in place to realise this. T r a n s p a r e n c y International- the global anticorruption watchdog-had during the PPP/C administration, based on its Corruption Perceptions Index, revealed Guyana ranked

highest in corruption activities among its Englishspeaking Caribbean counterparts. This has resulted in the country being deemed as the most corrupt in the English-speaking Caribbean. Today that the PPP/C has stated that “we say without any fear of contradiction that this is the most corrupt Government, which has ever held office in independent Guyana” such must be of concern to the Guyanese society.” While a statement of this nature is being made, the media-which is classified the fourth estate-is being asked to continue to investigate and bring to the fore the facts as they relate to the pronouncements in that release. We are witnessing pronouncements and acts that have serious implications for development and the time has come for all of us to hold politicians accountable in every sphere of their activities. Many of the constitutional commissions the PPP/C is calling for, during their tenure in

government they refused to make the necessary appointments. The Human Rights Commission, Local Government Commission (LGC) and Public Procurement Commission (PPC) were never activated during their stewardship. The Public Service Appellate Tribunal (PSAT) and Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) were inactive for a number of years under the PPP/C. The importance of these commissions is that they serve to bring about good governance in society. Where the PPP/C government failed to have them established

there’s no justification for the APNU+AFC government doing the same, though it is being acknowledged PPC, PSAT, ERC and LGC have been established under the coalition’s tenure. Corruption is a serious issue and considered a human rights violation. It robs society of scarce resources necessary to bring about human development such as access to better education, health services, infrastructures, wage and salaries, etc. It also threatens the people’s security in that it Continued on page 6

Are the taxes paid? DEAR EDITOR, The Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha is advertising that they are bringing Atif Aslam for a show in Guyana on May 1st. This is not the first time that this group is hosting overseas artistes for shows. All of these shows are heavily priced, from $20.000 to $1500. My question is, do these foreign artistes pay the necessary taxes and does the Sabha also pay their taxes on these money making events? Lastly, do this Sabha make their annual audited financial statements public as they do many public fund raising events? Yours truly, P. Singh 116 Surat Drive, Triumph Village


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Failure Is Not An Option DEAR EDITOR, I had previously dealt with capitalism and socialism as systems upon which managing countries’ economic activities are based, and had pointed out that socialism, upon which the policies of the PPP and PNCled coalition are based, sees private ownership and enterprise as a threat to its existence. It is oppressive, inefficient in utilizing an economy’s resources, breeds corruption throughout the economy, and leads to sub-optimal outcomes in national welfare, often resulting in poverty. The only true beneficiaries of socialism are in fact the ruling elite, their friends and families, and rogue elements. These combined, the outcomes with which Guyanese are for the most part quite familiar, make socialism wholly unsuitable for responding to Guyana’s immediate needs. It therefore becomes very difficult to explain support for political parties and governments which embrace socialism and its oppressive, anti-social elements as their basis for administering Guyana’s economic affairs. Economies are generally subdivided into three main groups: 1. Households, which comprise workers; 2. Firms and 3. Government. Workers constitute a significantly larger number of persons than those who own and represent firms.

As such, political parties generally shape their policies to capture the votes of this group, while ensuring that their proposals also cater to the needs of firms. In democratic societies without racial tensions, decisions are generally made based on the offerings and success or failure of the policies of the contesting political parties. In Guyana, where racial tensions generally dominate decision-making, Guyanese have in the past been forced to choose among political parties whose socialist-based policies ultimately result in increased hardships for workers, and secondly have been encouraged to vote on racial lines, a practice I refer to as tribal politics. Worse than this is that our political parties also engage in tribal economics, or the embrace of policies which favor a particular ethnic group. Naturally, Guyanese whose ethnic political party is not in power generally face marginalization, which results in more acute depression in welfare compared with the general population. Both Indian and African Guyanese generally, and specific communities, can attest to this experience. This has been the unfortunate dilemma of our country after fifty-two years of independence, which has seen Guyanese suffer under the socialist policies of our major political parties and the embrace of race politics. This

is what obtains even now, and seems destined to become our future. I submit that this cannot go on. It is impossible for Guyanese to achieve any significant increase in their welfare and incomes under the politics and policies of these political parties. Guyana has had the benefit of the experience of both developing and developed economies from which to draw in crafting a sound framework to guide our politics and economic policies, upon which we can finally start to move Guyana forward. This has been crafted by myself, with the benefit of public criticisms, and which I intend to unveil at the upcoming launch of our political party. Interested persons may view them on social media. Guyanese are encouraged to study our proposals, and make suggestions and recommendations on how they can be improved. As a new political party, we are also looking for Guyanese to take up the challenge of offering a better system of government than what currently obtains under the PPP and PNC-led coalition. What we cannot, must not allow, is to have the politics and policies which have failed us in the past, dominate our future. Because failure is not an option. Yours Faithfully, Craig Sylvester

With whom did they consult? DEAR EDITOR, You will agree with me, that people who are elected are there to serve the interests of the people who put them there and moreover the decisions they make should be made after meaningful consultations with all stakeholders. As a resident of Region Ten and equally so, a staff of the Regional Democratic Council, I am angry and disappointed that I wasn’t consulted on a very important decision that was made and the majority of the people in the region are still in the dark about it. The poor and visionless leadership of these policy makers, who make the decisions for our region is heart-rending and very disappointing most times. I accidentally came upon the information of the site chosen for the building of the new regional office, that will house all the budgetary heads and their staff, hence, education, health, agriculture, etc.

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Mr. Editor, I am annoyed not about the new office, for it is indeed needed. What I am upset about is the information I unearthed several days ago. The design of this new office lacks vision, lacks creativity, there is nothing impressive about the proposed building, and guess what, my tax dollars will pay for it. Another very important issue I have concerning this new regional office I will have to work in, is the proposed location for this uninspiring building. It befuddles the mind to believe that right thinking people who have been entrusted with the confidence of the people in this region and that of the Government would choose such a site for this new regional office so close to an area designated as an industrial site. A site that is a stone throw away from the once pride aluminum plant, steam power plant that are now dysfunctional.

What a sight to behold when one who will be housed there will have to see when they look outside the office windows. Old steel structures, several huge tanks containing chemicals and on the opposing side some distance away a school with continuous sounds of children playing which at times will become disturbing for accounting officers, personnel and other staff. This is the vision of our leaders in the twenty-first century. Did they ever considered the possibility of investors wanting to revive Continued on page 6

Police Behaviour Uncalled For DEAR EDITOR, The local media reported that, “A 58-year-old woman is accusing Police in New Amsterdam of causing her great shame after she was allegedly raped by a home intruder.” According to the woman, “the man broke into her home and raped her but when she reported the matter, the Police Officers referred to her as a “junkie” and a beggar, saying that no one would want to rape her. She said that as a result, the Police at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Central Police Station refused to carry out an investigation. In tears, the woman said she was not taken to the hospital but made to sit at the Police station. When she inquired why she was not

being taken to be medically examined, she was told that there was no vehicle available. The woman said she remained at the CID department until midday but left after no one was forthcoming.” Over the years The Caribbean Voice and other stakeholders and activists have been calling for police training and sensitization to ensure that all police officers know exactly how to handle cases of suicide and all forms of abuse. In fact, this issue was recently raised by TCV in a meeting with the Personal Assistant to Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan. This particular example reinforces the urgent need for such training. The bottom line is that

who or what the woman may or may not be has nothing to do with her being raped and the job of the police is to display empathy while handling the complaint and to ensure that medical help is urgently provided as it is also a measure necessary to corroborate the complaint. We strongly urge that an investigation be carried out into the uncalled for behaviour of the police at that particular station and that strong action be taken to ensure there is no repeat. Meanwhile The Caribbean Voice is quite willing to work with Police to ensure that appropriate training is carried ASAP, across Guyana so that incidents like this one would not happen again. Caribbean Voice

Plaudits for Minister Jordan DEAR EDITOR, The decision by Minister Jordan to invest the proceeds of the Exxon Signing Bonus in United States dollar instruments rather than converting same into Guyana dollars and placing into the Consolidated Fund is a victory not only for observing the principles of sound financial management but more so, for the application of basic common sense. When viewed against the loud protestations of the naysayers and the legal purists, the wisdom of the Minister’s decision can be seen in the context of those funds already generating earnings of U.S$36,000 in the short period to date as compared to earning no income if those funds were to be converted into Guyana dollars and placed into the sterile Consolidated Fund. Over the longer-term, those funds (US$18mn) can earn additional income conservatively estimated at US$1.0mn, using an average investment life of three years

(based on a six-year disbursement period according to Minister Greenidge) and applying the current U.S Three- month Treasury Bill yield of approximately 1.8% and reinvesting all quarterly income earned thereon. These are merely conservative estimates and do not take account of investing some of the funds for longer periods, say in six and nine-month U.S Treasury Bills at higher yields. At the end of the period, one notes that Government would have accumulated sufficient funds to pay close to 15,000 pensioners for a month, at current rates, a matter that should not be scoffed at. Looking ahead, one can imagine the damage to the national economy that will ensue if Government were to follow the advice of those “experts” that now abound in Guyana and convert its future petroleum receipts into Guyana dollars and place them into the Consolidated Fund where they remain idle,

generating no income for the treasury. If being on the front page of the daily newspapers is what determines who is qualified to be regarded as an expert, then we are in for perilous times. A critical issue for Guyana might be to assess how well those 19th century devices such as the Consolidated Fund are meeting the objectives of sound public financial management and how might they be fine-tuned to deal with twenty-first century contemporary issues. In addition, we need to address institutions like the cash- rich National Insurance Fund (NIF) and how they can assist in fostering national development in areas such as deepening the mortgage finance market as a wholesaler of funds by intermediating its resources through banks and the larger but vibrant credit unions. NIF’s role as a wholesaler can also assist in improving competitiveness within the sector. Steve Fraser


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Social Security wrongfully denied DEAR EDITOR, This is a correspondence of information that may be relevant to Legal Permanent Residents who have been deported from the United States. It is to my findings that the United States governments have been violating the very constitution of the United States they swore to uphold. I have sought several Legal interest groups and surprisingly not one I have solicited is willing to challenge Social Security Act 42 USC 402 (n) which provides termination of benefits payable to an alien who has been deported. The constitutional violations are discussed in Flemming Secretary of Health,

Education and Welfare –VNestor The Supreme Court Case 36 US 603; 80 s Ct.1367; 4L.ED 1435; 1960 US Lexis 917 No 54. The unlawful taking of Legal Permanent Residents Social Security Benefits who have been deported. The Constitution stated 7 th and 14 Amendments: Amendment VII In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law. 14th amendment: Section 1. All persons born or

With whom did they... From page 5 the aluminium plant that will make loud noises when operationalized which will definitely affect workers who will be house in that nearby building. What about the prospects of some other industrial investments? After all it is an industrial site. Or what about other investors who may want to utilize the close proximity of the Demerara River, all with the possibility of providing needed employment opportunities for our people, especially our youths. With oil on the horizon much can be achieved at that location. What were our leaders thinking or the question is were they thinking? Additionally Mr. Editor, the rumors of radioactive materials around that location has resulted in the region sending soil samples to be tested to verify or nullify all assumptions. Those results are being awaited while the contractor is impatiently long to restart his work. As a staff I understand the contractor’s position but as a citizen, a resident of this region whose tax dollars are being utilized I hold my position above the outsiders’ interest. I propose that this letter will spark the first of many more rounds of consultations with all stakeholders about

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this very important decision that has to be made over and that such consultations should go beyond Linden. What are the views from the people of Ituni, Kwakwani, Rockstone, Kimbia, Great Falls, etc? The monies the contractor already received cannot equate to the future prospects of what that location can provide for our community and the talks of the region will lose out if they don’t spend that money speaks to the poor quality of leadership we in this region have to Contend with. Why haven’t they considered another site to begin with, like in Amelia Ward, the Linden Highway, or somewhere at Wismar, Blueberry Hill back roads, Wisroc or some pathway to Rockstone? What consultations have they done, with whom, when and if they did why the majority of the people are unaware? If a random survey is done with people who traverse in front of that RDC building, you will confirm what I’m saying, people don’t know. The Government of Guyana is not responsible for this Region’s slothful progression and poor vision for development, it’s the leadership it has at the RDC and they all should be looked at with a critical eye. Yours faithfully, RDC staff

naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. A Three panel Appeal Court judges dissented that the Act 42 U.S.C.S 402 (n) is Unconstitutional Black J, Douglas J, and Brennan J agreed. That Social security Act 42 USC 402(n) is 1) Ex post facto: punishment without judicial trial 2) A bill of Attainder 3) Violation of due process taking an alien legal property 4) Civil rights are being violated due to my immigration status. 5) Discrimination 6) Labor Laws These violations I have been subjected to. I was admitted legally in to the United States as of 1972, worked 10 years, earned my 40 Qualifying quarters under the social security acts 42 USCA 401 & 402 (T) (4) and 8 USCA 1645 Registered to vote in 1988 and voted in General elections 1992, 1993, 1996 & 2000 whereas I have a voters Number. Registered for selective service 1988 with a selective service number. This bill s7879-2013 New

York State Citizen regardless of immigration status would grant me such State citizenship However, Following an article in the New Jersey Law Journal dated March 28, 2005 on page S39 titled ESF Funds which goes to say.” The earnings suspense file is a fund that has an estimated $421 billion which represents in large part of social security taxes that were withheld from individual alien’s wages”. Query of questions to present. 1) Is this the organization who keeps the social security funds of people deported? 2) If not then who keeps the social security funds of legal persons with social security numbers who have been deported? 3) is it a factual Bill of attainder Act 42 U.S.C.S 402 (n) 4) Can a son or daughter of a deportee claim for such funds 5) and who if any attorney interest group, political party has pursue such injustice? So many are the political parties & interest groups who say they have a vested concern about DACA, Immigration, Deportation and all the elements that immigration law violates. One needs to bring this theft to the forefront, because if you are deporting them at least give them what they have labored for so they can start a new life in another country. I hope I can get some feedback from you or any one of your colleagues. Thank You for your time Respectfully, Deportee

Motorcyclist killed in early morning accident The dead Suresh Kellowan

A young motorcyclist was killed early yesterday morning when he lost control of his cycle while negotiating a turn at the Russian Embassy, in Kitty. The dead man has been identified as twenty-two-yearold Suresh Kellowan, a heavy duty machine operator, of Good Hope, East Coast Demerara. The incident occurred around 03:00 hrs on Kitty Public Road, Georgetown. According to information, Kellowan was riding motorcycle CD 4662 without a safety helmet. He was reportedly proceeding west at a fast rate when he lost control while negotiating the turn at Russian Embassy and collided with the guard rail. An eyewitness who arrived at the scene shortly after the collision claimed that Kellowan was riding at a fast rate and he did not navigate the turn properly which caused him to hit the rails on the road, next to the Russian Embassy. Kellowan was picked up by public spirited persons and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

That allegation of... From page 4 facilities white and blue crimes; and carries negative impact on the perception of the citizens, their acceptance and treatment in the regional and international communities. All efforts must therefore be made to suppress the beast whenever he raises his ugly head. The APNU+AFC must not be allowed to continue the bad practices and egregious conduct of the PPP/C government. The Leader of the Opposition and the PPP/C must not be allowed to make statements without providing credible evidence for such only serve partisan objectives. All must be held to account and let the chips fall where they may. The society is called upon to take action wherever and whenever necessary, for it is time the politicians stop engaging in conduct inimical to our collective well-being. Lincoln Lewis

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Six alleged gunmen Guyana lacks laws to govern to be arraigned today electronic payment services - as ballistics experts check firearms for possible links to other crimes

The six men who were recently nabbed in a stolen car at a roadblock at Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara are expected to be arraigned in court today to answer to several charges. Of the men arrested, two are former murder accused, and three other individuals are out on bail for previous armed robbery charges, they are all expected to be arraigned in court today. One of the suspects has been described as a ‘serial robbery accused’ who was in court on similar charges just a day prior to his arrest. Police have identified the suspects as Steve Hercules, 30, of Lot 2-3 Sisters Village West Bank Demerara; Nabadinghi Gobin, 33, of Lot 181 Charlotte Street, Bourda; Renard Khan, 31, of Lot 147 Cooper Street, Albouystown;

Mark Prince, 39, of Lot 52 Parfait Harmonie, West Bank Demerara; Edward Skeete, 30, of Lot 309 Independence Boulevard and Marvin Blackman, 27, of South Ruimveldt. The police had applied for an extension on Thursday to further interrogate the suspects before placing them before the court. According to report, the six men had attempted to commit an armed robbery on poultry farmer Michael Chang Yuen, 69, a Chinese national at Supply, East Bank Demerara. It was reported that Chang was with his two sons when he heard a noise outside. On checking, he saw four men in his yard. He raised an alarm and the suspects fled in a car, HC 4543. Police intercepted the sus-

pects at a roadblock on the Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara. They were in possession of two 9MM Glock pistols, with 22 live rounds; a Beretta Pistol with 11 rounds; a. 32 Taurus Pistol with six live rounds; along with a sledgehammer, two pairs of latex gloves, and trade plates. Kaieteur News understands that the firearms were handed over Friday to the Force’s ballistics experts. The experts will seek to ascertain whether the firearms are linked to any other crimes. The serial numbers from at least one of the handguns has been filed off. Police said that the vehicle the suspects were in was stolen from its owner during an armed robbery on March 25, last, at Princess Street.

While there are specific legal provisions for international remittance services, there are no statutory or regulatory provisions to govern a range of other payment services and payment mechanisms in Guyana. This was outlined in a critical report that looks at the implementation of the National Payment System Plan which was prepared by the World Bank in partnership with the Bank of Guyana. In that report, the Central Bank notes that there are no statutory provisions on electronic transactions, including the electronic processing of cheques and the use of truncated or electronic cheques. The Bank said, too, that there are no provisions on credit transfers, either paperbased or electronic, or on electronic debit transfers. It outlined that no secondary measures exist on cards, either credit or debit, or on e-money instruments. Apart from the specific provisions on international remittances, Bank of Guyana officials said that the law is silent on whether non-banks are allowed to offer other payment services. In the absence of such provisions, the officials said that the provision of domestic remittances and bill payment services by Money Transfer Agents (MTA) falls completely outside legal and regulatory framework, and thus, outside the reach of Bank of Guyana oversight. NATIONALPAYMENT SYSTEM Finance Minister, Winston Jordan officially launched the implementation plan for the National Payment System (NPS) last week. The economist announced that the plan and its execution will be led by the Bank of Guyana.

- Bank of Guyana Report According to the document, the Bank recognizes that Guyana’s National Payments System falls short of meeting the needs of the economy and financial markets for efficient, safe and sound means to conduct transactions and transfer funds. To overcome these shortfalls, the Central Bank is undertaking the leadership role in a comprehensive and strategic modernization of Guyana’s NPS. With the active participations and cooperation of all NPS stakeholders, the Bank intends to undertake a comprehensive initiative to modernize the NPS and advance the use of electronic payments. It was further noted that the broad purpose of the NPS Plan is to state an agreed vision and strategies by all stakeholders in a broadened context based on the findings and conclusions of the Bank and World Bank diagnostics. The final report provides key stakeholders with the policies, and organizational, technical and operational issues as discussed that are being undertaken as the Bank progresses with the successful implementation of the NPS in Guyana. The Bank noted that a successful initiative re-

Finance Minister, Winston Jordan quires active participation from key stakeholders at both the policy and the operational level. Furthermore, the National Payment System Strategy which was released by the Finance Minister consists of four chapters and five annexes. Chapter One examines the current state of payment in Guyana. It notes that the Bank of Guyana is the institution responsible for payments. Be that as it may, the document makes clear that there is need to upgrade the laws, regulations and infrastructure for a safe, efficient and modern payment system. The chapter analyses the role of the main (Continued on page 20)


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Trotman warns of attempts to compromise gold board systems

From (L-R) Minister Trotman with directors of the Guyana Gold Board: General Manager, Eondrene Thompson; Chairman, Gabriel ‘GHK’ Lall, John Yates; Andron Alphonso, a representative of the GGDMA; and Legal Officer, Stacey Weever. Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman has called on senior officials of the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) to conduct better surveillance of the gold sector. While welcoming the reappointment of the GGB board on Friday, Trotman underscored the importance for staff to remain vigilant. “I am imploring the board to conduct better surveillance both within the board and outside to ensure that its system remains current, remains modern, remains secure and that includes from your per-

sonnel to your computer systems because these will be under tests and there will be attempts to compromise them on a daily basis so I ask you to pay keen attention to that,” Trotman stated. The board members will serve for one year from March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019. The returning Chairman is Gabriel ‘GHK’ Lall with the Vice Chair being Dela Britton. The other members are John Yates; the General Manager of the GGB, Eondrene Thompson; Legal Officer of the GGB, Stacey Weever; a representative of the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), Andron Alphonso, and a representative of the Bank of Guyana. According to Trotman, the re-appointment of the members who served last year is a sign that the Government is comfortable and confident in their work. “I ask that you continue to do your work as is expected according to law and understand that gold

continues to be the main pillar until the arrival of oil, upon which this economy rests and so to whom much is given much is expected,” Trotman stated. The role of the board members over the next year will be crucial as the industry moves to enforce stricter rules in order to remain complaint under international antimoney laundering laws. Failure to comply could result in the industry being blacklisted as was the case when the United States decided to ban the import of catfish from Guyana. “If we don’t play along, in the language that all Guyanese can understand, gold is not Catfish. Gold does not have the wriggle room. We do not have that luxury to afford sanction of a ban on our shipments of gold, on our exports. We cannot afford it, the country cannot afford it. Our dealers cannot afford it…our country cannot afford it,” Lall has explained. The introduction of the

Anti-Money Laundering/ Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML-CFT) regime, has been meeting some resistance. According to Lall, there is no “wriggle room” if Guyana intends to continue trading in gold. “A CFATF fourth round of oversight team is due here later this year. Guyana must demonstrate a high standard of compliance and effectiveness in the measures employed to address AML and CFT issues and activities. This is where the proof is in the pudding, and the Gold Board has to deliver, in view of its significant presence in the national economy, and gold’s historical contributions as a money laundering instrument,” Lall explained. Some operators in the local industry have already started to complain about the tightening up of standards, but Lall explained that the reality is that the Gold Board does not have the luxury to push back.

Bajan on the run after killing Guyanese wife A thirty-six-year-old Guyanese cosmetologist was brutally murdered last Saturday in front of her two small children in Barbados where she plied her trade at her salon which is located at Lot 41 Mandela Mall, Swan Street. The dead woman, who hails from Barcelona Berbice, has been identified as Onica King. The woman is said to have been living in Barbados for several years and is said to have been married to a Barbadian national, who is currently on the run. According to information, the incident occurred around 14:30 hrs on the day in question, the suspect who is believed to be King’s Barbadian husband went to her place of work. The two then got into a heated argument and King began to call for help. When persons ran to the screaming woman they found her on the floor in her salon with blood gushing from wounds to her neck and upper body. King was still wearing her work apron. In a video posted on Facebook, King can be observed struggling to breathe while some of her co-workers were trying to save her life. She passed away by the time the ambulance arrived on the scene. Also in the video, two weeping children can be seen watching the mortally wounded woman. By that time the suspect had already exited the salon. Barbados Police Official

Dead: Onica King (Guyanese Critic photo) in a statement said that an active investigation is ongoing into the murder of King of Lead Vale, Christ Church. The police are asking for the public’s assistance in apprehending the suspect whose identity has not been verified. King is the second Guyanese woman to be killed in just under a month by men they had close relations with. Recently, a former Captain of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Orwain Sandy, shot and killed his reputed wife in Alexander Village Georgetown, after the two had a heated argument in his car. An autopsy revealed that Reona Payne was shot multiple times.

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Different strokes this time around The last time Venezuela carried out military exercises near to Guyana’s borders, Guyana pressed the alarm bells. Interestingly, this time around Guyana seems unperturbed. Guyana is now saying that Venezuela has a right to such exercise but that Guyana would be monitoring any such exercise to ensure there are no violations of Guyana’s sovereignty. This is a far different response by Guyana than the one it adopted in September 2015 when Venezuela began massing troops and military vehicles along Guyana’s borders. Guyana described that development as extraordinary in scale, constituting and escalation and one that was provocative and dangerous. Guyana said that it would raise the matter with the United Nations. It accused Venezuela of pursuing an aggressive and offensive course. In response Guyana deployed

troops to its borders. It indicated that it was prepared for any eventuality. In turn, Venezuela explained that the exercise was an operational deployment exercise. The Defense Ministry of that country said that it was preparing itself given the tensions on the different fronts it faced – alluding no doubt to its tense relations with both Guyana and Colombia. So what is the difference now and back t h e n i n September 2015? The major difference is that Guyana believes that it is firmly on the path to a judicial settlement of the border controversy. The cause of this controversy was the posthumous publication in a prestigious law journal of a letter written by one of Venezuela’s lawyers in the Arbitration proceedings of 1899. He alleged that the Arbitration Award of 1899 was a political deal

between the judges of the arbitration. From thence on, Venezuela intensified its claim to two-thirds of Guyana. It used Guyana’s quest for Independence to press the issue. Forbes Burnham illadvisedly signed the Geneva Agreement which provides a basis, in G u y a n a ’s eyes, for resolving the controversy r e l a t i n g t o Ve n e z u e l a contention that the 1899 award was invalid. In Venezuela’s eyes and in the eyes of some in Guyana, including the then PPP opposition, the Geneva Agreement reopened the border dispute. Venezuela continues to maintain, onto this day that this agreement must be the basis of resolving the dispute and not the International Court of Justice. Guyana, after May 2015 had asked the UN Secretary General to refer the matter to the ICJ. The

DEM BOYS SEH

De Chat-3 charging Jordan De Chat-3 seh he gun carry Jordan to court because he put de money de government get from Exxon in some account that giving it United States dollar profit. He claim that dem should put de money in de Consolidated Fund wheh it deh fuh anybody to spend. It wouldn’t get interest. De whole thing start when SOCU charge Ashni, de shaat scamp and Brassington, de fat crook. Dem get charge fuh selling government property way below wha it worth and dem sell it to friends and family. Lula do less than that and he get jail fuh 12 years. Dem boys seh de charge gun be because Jordan put de money to mek a profit. Indeed, de money mek a handsome profit. In one year de money mek US$36,000 profit. That money can pay some pensioners a good raise. In fact, if de money stay in that account by de time de court case call in de ICJ de money gun mek nearly $1 million in profit. That is

why de Chat-3 carrying him to court. When Jordan get charge it wouldn’t be an ordinary charge. De Chat-3 seh it gun be a criminal charge. Now dem boys frighten fuh invest in anything that paying an interest. But de Chat3 got to get somebody to represent him in court because he got he own court problem. He get charge fuh thiefing law books. And dem boys notice that Brassington getting medical attention. He tek in wid he heart de day SOCU file de charge. Since then he sleeping wid one eye open because he hear bout extradition. He expect de Feds to tun up at he door any minute. He was planning to go to hide at a brudda but de same brudda got a wife who seh she can’t afford to feed him. Is old house pun old house. Talk half and wait fuh Chat-3 to charge Jordan.

UN Secretary General has no such powers. Under the Geneva Agreement, he is only empowered to choose one of the peaceful means of settlement and he has chosen a judicial settlement under the ICJ. This is not the same as referring a matter to the ICJ since jurisdiction of the Court is not automatically created when the UN Secretary General chooses a means of peaceful settlement. But this is an issue which this column will address in a subsequent article since Guyana has not heeded the advice offered within this column for it to seek independent legal opinion on the issue of jurisdiction before assembling its legal team for the ICJ.case. Guyana has filed its petition to the ICJ but has not yet addressed the issue of jurisdiction. Venezuela, strangely, has not questioned the jurisdiction of the ICJ but

it sure is likely to do so as events unfold. It is this case which no doubt has influenced Guyana’s response to the military exercise taking place across its borders in Venezuela. Guyana is not seeking an escalation of tensions because it wants to be seen as pursuing a resolution strictly through legal means. As such, it is not making a fuss this time as it did in September 2015 when there was a similar military build-up. Guyana is also not seeking to aggravate tensions with Venezuela which could force provocative and aggressive actions which can disrupt the legal proceedings Guyana has initiated. And it is Guyana and not the UN Secretary General which has initiated the proceedings before the ICJ. Guyana knows that the United States is looking for an excuse to intervene in Venezuela. It has massed the region’s diplomats in Peru and

has ostracized Venezuela for what it alleges is undemocratic practices in Venezuela. The opposition in Venezuela is weak and unable to field a consensus candidate. It is boycotting the upcoming elections. In response the US and the Organization of American States are pressing for the diplomatic isolation of Venezuela. Guyana, even though it is part of the Peru grouping is not looking to provide either the US or its lackeys with a basis for intervening in Venezuela. And for that Guyana has shown great maturity. It is left to be seen whether it will show prudent judgment when the ICJ rules on whether it has jurisdiction to hear Guyana’s petition.


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Guyana has taken concrete measures to eradicate corruption

- Greenidge tells OAS Summit

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge (L) with Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the OAS, Ambassador Dr. Riyad Insanally Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge has reiterated Guyana’s commitment to combat corruption. While addressing heads of states and delegations of the Organisation of American States (OAS) at the Summit of the Americas on Saturday, the Minister shared that Guyana has taken concrete measures nationally to eradicate corruption in all of its forms in an effort to build a more prosperous, safe, sustainable and democratic society. “Guyana has implemented several laws and regulations to strengthen its legal systems and institutions in order to investigate, prosecute and deter corrupt acts,” he noted. Narcotics trafficking and government corruption are the primary sources of laundered funds, according to the March 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) released by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Although the Government has demonstrated a strong political will to combat the trafficking of narcotics in and through the country, the report also found that drugrelated corruption is evident in the criminal justice system and other sectors. Greenidge highlighted the passage and ascension of the State Assets Recovery Act in May 2017 which he stated embodies the anti-corruption thrust of the state. The Act, which is predicated on the 2003 United Nations Convention against Corruption will engage in international cooperation in the recovery of stolen assets of the states. It was noted that the introduction of the Protected Disclosure Bill and Witness Protection Bill are aimed at combating corruption and other wrongdoing by encouraging and facilitating disclosure of improper conduct in

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both the public and private sector. The Foreign Affairs Minister told the Heads of State, that his country has embarked on several public awareness sessions to educate communities and engage stakeholders on the extent of the legislation and bills aimed at tackling corruption. He also noted that Guyana has made “significant progress” towards the preservation of an effective AntiMoney Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act (AML/CFT). “Corruption hinders economic growth and development,” he said. The Minister said Guyana is committed to enhancing partnerships at the regional and international levels to eradicate corruption in all its forms. “I therefore, take this opportunity to reiterate my Government’s commitment to the strengthening of the anticorruption mechanisms and strategies in keeping with anticorruption treaties to which we are signatories,” Greenidge stated.

Those treaties include the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (IACAC). According to Greenidge, effective governance and institution that are accountable and transparent while being headed by strong leadership are important to eradicating correction. The World Economic Forum estimates the financial cost of corruption equals more than five percent of global GDP (Gross Domestic Product). “Combating illicit financial flows, capacity building in public administration and encouraging partnership with the private sector as well as the inclusion of strong and active civil society actors are steps towards this end,” he said. This year’s Summit of the Americas is being held under the theme “Democratic Governance against Corruption” and concluded yesterday, with the adoption of the Lima Declaration by the OAS Heads of States.

Chronicle of a massacre On June 21, 2008, the burnt remains of Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Horace Drakes, Bonny Harry, Lancelot Lee, Compton Speirs, Nigel Torres and Clifton Berry Wong, were found at Lindo Creek, Upper Berbice. The victims were employees of a diamond mining operation that was run by Mr. Leonard Arokium, whose son, Dax, and brother, Cecil, were among the victims. Police contended that the men were slaughtered by members of the Rondell ‘Fine Man’ Rawlins gang, who had waged a deadly rampage during that period, and were being implicated in the massacre of other civilians. The Police suggested that the ‘Fine Man’ gang had killed the men, shortly after fleeing from a shootout with lawmen at Christmas Falls, an area located some miles from Lindo Creek. Commissioner Henry Greene even told the Kaieteur News that police had an eyewitness (a former gang member who remains in protective custody) who claimed that the ‘Fineman’ gang had killed the miners. But mining camp boss Dax Arokium had an even more disturbing theory about the identity of the killers. LEONARD AROKIUM’S STORY Mr. Arokum believed that members of the Joint Services (either police ranks and/ or soldiers) slaughtered his crew and also robed his camp. Armed with maps of the terrain and speaking to the media, Arokium suggested that it was highly unlikely that the gunmen who were holed up at Christmas Falls, Berbice

River, would opt to escape in the direction of the approaching Joint Services team. He believes that it could have been a case where the ranks, having knowledge of his operations, attacked his camp and robbed his employees. The Arokium camp was situated on a mountain range, and he suggested that it was unlikely that the fleeing gunmen would have travelled that area in their bid to escape, since they would have been risking running right into the Joint Services ranks who were guarding the Unamco Road, which cuts through the forested area. According to him, the Joint Services had established a base at a place called The Gate (check point) along the Unamco Road, 68 kilometres (40 miles) south of Kwakwani, up the Berbice River. He explained that, from his estimation, when the bandits were first attacked, they would have had to use the flatlands east of his camp and across the Berbice River to make good their escape, since it would not have been wise for them to pursue a course towards his camp, which would have entailed navigating a difficult mountain range. It would he stated, have also meant heading in the direction of the Joint Services who had sealed the road leading to and from the Arokium camp. It later transpired that the gunmen, after eluding the Joint Services patrol, reportedly crossed the Berbice River on a makeshift raft. Five men had reportedly crossed the river no later than Friday, June 13 because, three days later, they had walked the 60

kilometres to Goat Farm, where the Joint Services killed Cecil Simeon Ramcharran, called Uncle Willie and Magic, along with 16-year-old Robin Chung, called Chung Boy. Arokium maintained that it was unthinkable that the gunmen would cross the Berbice River, kill the miners, and then re-cross to flee to Ituni. By continuing on their northward course along the established road, they would have been heading straight into the army checkout at The Gate, which once marked Unamco property. The fact that the gunmen reportedly ended up near Ituni (nearly 90 km. north) a few days after the initial raid strongly suggests that the escaping bandits used the flatlands, which represent a quicker route. Arokium was adamant that the bandits would not risk a confrontation with the security forces, and would have therefore avoided any contact with the heavily guarded road that would lead them to his camp. He would later allege that individuals had been using his slain son’s phone and also making calls to the number. The then Deputy head of the police Office of Professional Responsibility would later testify that he had conducted an investigation into the “rumours” that members of the Joint Services had killed the Lindo Creek miners. However, after a two-week investigation, he found no credible evidence to support the ‘rumours.’ Despite pleas from some relatives for an independent investigation, the remains were eventually buried in one casket.


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Pomeroon women capitalise on economic prospects of coconut-based products By Rehanna Ramsay With a growing demand for coconut water and coconut –based products, the women of Strong Hope Canal Community in the Lower Pomeroon River, Region Two are capitalising on its economic prospects. The Strong Hope Community Coconut project was highlighted during a recent tour of the Pomeroon, by a team from the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, (MPI). The project, handled mainly by women of the Lower Pomeroon River, has been a source of sustainable income for several families in the community. Using simple tools, organisers supply coconut water, oil and other coconutbased commodities. Kaieteur News understands that through the development of a coconut producing facility, the community group has been posi-

The women of Strong Hope /Success are capitalising on economic prospects of coconut based products

A sample of the bottled coconut water from Strong Hope /Success community projects in the Pomeroon tioned to supply marketplaces and local merchandisers with the items in a bid to generate income for the people and the

community. According to Pomeroon – based, Peace Corp volunteer Alyse Blackburn, approxi-

mately three hundred coconuts are harvested each day. “From the harvest, coconut water is extracted and a portion that is left back to dry, in which the people make oil, jewelry and other coconut – based products to be sold.” She noted that in addition to providing employment for women in the community, the project also endeavors to enlist in the workforce out-ofschool youth providing job opportunities for them. “We want to unite and promote the artistic abilities of students as well.” Blackburn disclosed too that as part of the venture, the group has also delved into crafting handmade jewelry; crafting coconut jewelry and rings from the seeds of the Awara trees found along the Pomeroon River. The Peace Corp Volunteer noted that the rings come in all sizes and are sold at various gift shops including the Marriot Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown. “The rings are sold for about $1000 each; the longer you wear it, the natural oil on our hands polishes it and makes it shinier!” According information posted on the Facebook Page Guyana’s Jungle Jewelry through the creation of the gift items; the people of the Pomeroon are hoping to create a link between their community and the rest of the world. Blackburn said that through the undertaking, Pomeroon natives are being pushed to explore their creative side. With big businesses taking over and no longer looking to the smaller communities to provide coconuts, the Strong Hope Community Coconut project, whose main source of income depends on producing and selling coconuts, has been looking to means of sustaining its liveli-

Jewelry crafted in the Pomeroon are sold at the Marriot Hotel in Kingston, among other places. (Photo credit Guyana’s Jungle Jewelry) hood;-- they're growing and supplying their own bottled coconut water. In an effort to uplift this entire community of coconut farmers from the economic hardship the community had decided to take their future into their own hands. All proceeds from ring sales will go towards the advancement of the Strong Hope and Success Community, towards raising money for a community-based coconut water/oil venture. In the Pomeroon alone, over 20,000 acres of land that can be cultivated with coconuts, producing an estimated 140 million nuts per year.

During the inaugural Coconut Festival in 2016, it was reported that in the Pomeroon alone, a $7 billion enterprise waiting to be tapped; and this does not include the valueadded industry of the coconut, which includes coconut oil, craft, and coconut water. The worth of the $7 billion value-added industry is estimated come from the sale of coconut water. It is estimated that the demand for coconut water grows at between 50 and 100 per cent annually. Globally, the coconut water industry is worth US$1 billion, and the product is on its way to becoming the world’s most popular drink.


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With so many devastating fires at Linden....

One fire station inadequate to serve a growing town - Regional Chairman

One of the many Linden homes destroyed by fire By Enid Joaquin Linden has had its fair share of fires over the years, with most consuming everything in their wake, and in at least three cases reducing occupants to charred remains. As recent as last week, there were three fires; two completely obliterating the homes of the families, leaving nine people homeless. Two of the fires occurred on the Mackenzie shore, with the most recent occurring a stone’s throw away from the fire station. The other occurred at Wismar. Of the two on Mackenzie one was contained. INADEQUATE Chairman of Region Ten Rennis Morian said that the lone fire station at Mackenzie is inadequate to serve a town that has grown exponentially over the past few years. "We have Amelias Ward

that continues to grow, and then there's Burjag (new housing development at Wisroc) so one fire station is definitely inadequate....we need another fire station.” Those sentiments have been reiterated by several residents who opined that a fire station needs to be established at Wismar. Many expressed concern over the time that it takes for the fire trucks to cross from Mackenzie to Wismar. In most cases, the firefighters only arrive in time to contain the blaze from spreading to other buildings. One of the most devastating fires ,that was witnessed by many Lindeners occurred in 2006,when Melanie Moore and her five children were burnt to death in their Amelia’s Ward Home. It was a beautiful two storied house,replete with all the amenities to make life comfortable...maybe that was why it was so heavily grilled

and thus rendered all efforts to rescue them futile. However two relatives who resided in the lower flat escaped the raging inferno. Mark Moore, Melanie's husband, was overseas at the time. Another devastating fire occurred at Yarraribo mines about four decades ago. Like the fire in Amelias Ward, a mother died alongside her three children. In both cases the husbands were away from home. In another case, two toddlers were burnt beyond recognition after a fire ravaged their home on Blue Berry Hill almost two decades ago. Their mother, June Sealey escaped with minor burns and abrasions. Their father was not at home. Losing all of one’s material possessions in a fire is gut wrenching enough, but the loss of life in a place many of us deem most secure, if it were not so tragic, would be most ironic.

Literacy hubs to be established in Linden In an effort to tackle the low levels of literacy among students, the Linden Mayor and Town Council is in the process of establishing internet-ready Literacy Hubs in every community in the town in Region Ten- Upper Demerara Berbice. The Literacy Hubs are among a number of initiatives the newly installed Linden Town Council is hoping to complete by December 2018. In an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Mayor Waneka Arrindell explained that a number of persons have already come onboard. These include the Ministry of Education which has given its approval to commence the project. The One Mile School

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and Linden Care Foundation have already indicated their willingness to allocate spaces for the hub. Mayor Arrindell, who has a passion for children, noted that while the project may not be completed in every community before her eight-month tenure, she is hoping that the majority will be started. “As a teacher, I have found that the level of literacy among our children is very low. There are children entering the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) class and do not know how to read. Children are in First Form and can’t read and the teachers are not to be blamed. We don’t know the environment the children are living in, and so a

curriculum is set for them to learn and so those who can, will, and those who can’t, will not.” This project will especially target those children who are in difficult circumstances and cannot afford extra lessons. Mayor Arrindell added that the council is now at the stage where it is seeking sponsors who are willing to support a child at a cost of $1000 per week. However, she said that all proceeds from the Mayor’s Ball, a highlight of the upcoming Linden Town Week activities on April 27, will go towards this project. The Mayor is encouraging businesses and other persons to get onboard the initiative.

NDC ordered to repay rates and taxes to residents The Neighbourhood Democratic Council in Caledonia/Good Success, east bank Demerara has been ordered to repay to residents rates and taxes that were illegally increased in 2008. This recommendation was made by an investigating committee and was endorsed by Genevieve Allen, Regional Chairman of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Region Four. The rates that were implemented varied from five to 25 percent for Residential, Commercial and Agricultural lands/ lots and commenced on January 1, 2008. The investigation also revealed that Guyana Soft Touch of Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara and Falls Service Station located at Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara had their rates reduced from $306,702 to $118, 250 and $1,664,589 to $819,831 respectively. Homeowners within the district made several complaints to the NDC but their voices were not heard, since the NDC continued to collect the increased rates. According to Ramnarine Singh, Acting Regional Executive Officer (AREO), in 2008, the Chairman of the Caledonia/Good Success NDC had instructed the staff to make the adjustments in the assessment register without supporting documents. The AREO said the Overseer also told him that the adjustments did not pass through the council’s monthly statutory meeting. The Chairman said that when the register was examined, numerous changes in the amount of rates and valuation among other thing were observed. He added that the information was not properly documented and the accounts were not balanced. The AREO told those at the Regional Accounting Committee (RAC) meeting, held last Tuesday, that the Chairman’s actions were illegal and contradicted the

AREO, Ramnarine Singh presenting the report to the Regional Administration Communities meeting where he revealed the findings from the completed investigation standing operating procedures of the council as he had not sought permission and/or advice from council before taking action. He added that there were a lot of whiteout, scratches and change of names to hide information. In outlining the recommendations that were identified from the investigation, the AREO said that the Office of the Auditor General should be immediately informed so as to conduct an in-depth audit of the council’s records. He said that the rates being collected are illegal and as such, the Region needs to ensure that this is corrected. Dwarka Nauth, Chairman of the NDC admitted that there

are issues within his NDC as it relates to the rates and taxes and told those at the meeting that the issues are being addressed. Nauth disputed allegations that he and some of his councillors have personally benefitted from the increase of rates and taxes. He said that the former Local Government Minister, Kellowan Lall, had granted consent for the raise. However, records showed that the minister has put the increase of rates and taxes on hold. Allen said that the findings will be handed over to the Auditor General’s office noting that they would take the necessary actions regarding the matter.

Youth Innovative Project launched The department of Culture, Youth and Sport will be hosting its second youth innovative project during the months of April and June, 2018. The Ministry acknowledged the innovative mind and pioneering spirit of the youth of Guyana hence, the Youth Innovation Project of Guyana in collaboration with the Ministry of the Presidency, Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport the initiative was officially launched in 2017. This project is intended to grant monetary award to innovative solutions that

propose to address local issues and challenges. The project is said to test the creativity of youths who can convince a panel of judges that their ideas can solve community issues using STEAM and creating a green economy. Last year, participants submitted 56 proposals. This year it is hoped that there are more innovative ideas from the hinterland. As such, organizers have raised the grant to $70 M, compared to the $50 M from last year. Guyanese between the ages 14 and 35, in and out of school are invited to partici-

pate. Teams of no more than ten persons are eligible. The proposed solutions are to be guided by their application to the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics disciplines. Successful proposals will be aligned within the tenets of a green economy and thus will later be implemented. In 2017, a total of 21 groups and individuals were awarded grants to develop their innovation solutions. Currently most of the projects are in their implementation stage while others are securing relevant materials to begin work.


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Sixty-three benefit from Youth Leadership Training Programme Sixty three youths have graduated from the Madewini Campsite, after completing 20 contact hours in various areas of training. These included Youth Leadership training , Leadership and Management in Youth Work, Youth Organization, Organizational Development, Group Dynamics and Team building, Communication and effective public speaking, Meeting and Procedures, and EventPlanning. The training was provided by the Ministry of The Presidency under the Department of Social Cohesion Culture, Youth and Sport via The Office of the Presidential Advisor on Youth Empowerment. Senior Education and Training officer on Youth Empowerment Ronald Austin Jr. expressed his pridein the students present and mentioned that the basis for the programme was an observation for the need to strengthen youth skills. “It was based on our observations made in numerous outreaches by this office and based on our interaction with youth leaders and those with leadership potential.We discerned a need to strengthen their skills.We recognise that these youth leaders were teeming with potential to make the difference within the communities and by an extension,

Minister David Patterson delivering his Charge to the graduating class their country,” Austin said. He further highlighted that the training programme is not competency-based but participatory, hence for applicants there are no examinations when the training is complete. Austin also highlighted that based on the structure, topics, and information disseminated, it is definite that skills were acquired. “We are satisfied that over the two-weekperiod, we have given you enough information and we are certain that that information can be transformed into skills and for that

Guyana lacks laws... (From page 7) players in the current payments arrangement. Chapter Two examines how the Bank will lead the development of the NPS Strategy. It defines the role of a National Payment System as a series of layers in an inverted pyramid in which each layer is supported by layers beneath it. Chapter Three explores Guyana’s vision to build a safe, robust, sound, efficient and inclusive payment system that meets the current and future needs of the economy. It proposes the year 2030 as a realistic target for full realization of the NPS vision. However, in the medium term it proposes a 2017-2021 action plan as a first phase on achieving that vision. The fourth chapter concludes with a highlight of the 2017 – 2021 NPS Development Strategy and plan of actions. The Strategy also has attached five annexes. The preparation of the payment strategy has been a joint effort of the Bank of Guyana and a team from the World Bank. A preliminary draft of the strategy was issued to stakeholders for their comments in August 2016.

reason we have satisfied our aims and objectives.” The education and training officer closed by saying that the department will continue to work diligently, noting that there is no battle between youth and senior leadership, thus it is a symbiotic relationship wherebythey receive excellent guidance from the experiencedFacilitator and Presidential Advisor under the Ministry of the Presidency’sYouth Empowerment Unit, Aubrey Norton. In his remarks Norton noted, "I hope this enables you to develop your abilities in your work. There is no doubt that our young people need leadership and we are creating that core of young people that can give that lead-

Minister Patterson along with the Special Awardees ership. We hope that it enables you to develop tolerance.We believe if you take the skills or the training we give to you and utilise them, you will contribute to the development of Guyana. I want to wish you all the best.” Giving the charge to the graduates was the Minister of Public Infrastructure,David Patterson who highlighted four key elements for success; Leadership, Education, Challenges and Hard work. The minister encouraged the students to lead their lives, work hard and be the change they wished to see, in order to push Guyana forward. “Forge your own path, you know what is best for you.You've now started down

a road of leadership which means you should lead. This is just the beginning, this has just opened the door to a greater better future, but be humble on your return to your communities because leadership means humility. The future belongs to you.Push the country forwardand I hope you will stay here and help make Guyana great, because the future of this country looks extremely bright.” Participant Zoé Frank testified that the training was enlightlening, “The experience here was the most empowering thing that I’ve ever had as a youth. I think people should be involved, because it’s something you can learn and take back to give back.That’s the

whole idea as to why we come, to learn to give back.” Another participant, Emerson Joseph, also relayed his thoughts. He said, “One of the key things I took away from it is how important it is to be a part of a group and how important it is to have a functional leader in a group and the impact it can make in a particular community, if implemented effectively.” Conceived in 2016 pursuant of the Guyana National Youth Policy, the training programmes began on June 3rd 2016. To date,14 youth leadership training programmes have been held.; tenModule Ones and fourModule Twos. Over six hundred youth leaders have participated and completed training.

Can a retired judge help solve... (From page 12) is reportedly concerned that the individuals who might be responsible for the deaths of his crew might still be around. It has also been suggested that the mining camp owner might have become disillusioned that, in his opinion, little investigation was done into the massacre, despite his statements to former government and police officials, and his numerous public appearances in which he expressed his opinions as to whom he felt had killed the miners. The Commission is reportedly also hoping to get an alleged former member of the ‘Fine Man’ gang to appear on the stand. The late Police Commissioner Henry Greene had stated that the ex-gangmember, who was in his teens when the massacre was carried out, had implicated the Rawlins gang in the killing of the miners. However, the ex-gang member remains in police protection and it is unclear

whether he will be willing to appear before the Commission. DESTROYED EVIDENCE There is also the fact that much of the physical evidence is unavailable. For instance, of course, there are no corpses to examine, since the bodies were not only burnt, but heaped together in a tarpaulin and later disposed of in a single casket. Only two of the victims were identified via DNA tests. There is no record of any postmortem being carried out, though there are indications that one victim was struck with a sledge hammer. As one observer put it: “The Commission is put in a position of trying to bring certainty out of uncertainty. “There was no inquest (into the killings). Maybe there might not have been a need for this COI if there had been an inquest, which would have been done much nearer to the time (of the massacre) and more evidence would have been available and

would have been fresh.” “But yet the Commission is working towards reducing these areas of uncertainty, and to establish the truth of what happened.” CRIME SCENE NOW COVERED WITH VEGETATION After ten years, the Commission also has no crime scene to examine. The area where the Arokium camp was located and other areas of interest are reportedly now covered with heavy vegetation. That area will have to be cleared for the team to land. The irony is that the Commission may have to seek assistance from the Guyana Defence Force and some of its reportedly ‘recalcitrant personnel’ to have the area cleared. CLOSURE ? Despite the numerous challenges, the Commission is forging ahead with its mandate of identifying the individuals behind the massacre and brining closure to the matter.

The team will be hoping to access telephone records to check on calls that were allegedly made to and from the cell phone of Dax Arokium months after his demise. The Commission is also conducting programmes in areas that have some relevant connections to the slain miners. They have visited MetenMeer-Zorg and South Ruimveldt, and are also to travel to Linden, Kwakwani, and areas on the Essequibo coast. “This would make a great crime story, if it is solved after all these years,” one source remarked. But what happens if the Commission identifies the individuals who were responsible for the Lindo Creek killings? It could possibly recommend that individuals be prosecuted, that there be compensation for the relatives, (many of the victims had spouses and children) and even apologies made for the trauma that the families have had to endure for ten long years.


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Jamaican police seize $300M worth of ‘fake’ goods from Chinese store - Police raid angers some shoppers

Shelves packed with what the police say are counterfeit products are seen inside one of two stores on Princess Street in downtown Kingston yesterday. Police seized the goods which they estimated to be valued at more than $300 million. (Photo: Karl McLarty) BY RACQUEL PORTER Observer staff reporter porterr@jamaicaobserver.com The police raided two stores operated by Chinese in downtown Kingston yesterday and seized what they described as fake brands valued at more than $300 million. But the operation, carried out by the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime (CTOC) Investigation Branch, angered some people who said they had no problems with the goods and that they made a living by buying products from the store for resale. Six Chinese nationals — five men and a woman — were taken into custody during the operation that commenced about 9:00 am at 84 and 88 Princess Street. Head of CTOC, Assistant Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey, who was at the scene, said both stores had what appeared to be counterfeit products of various brands. “We have identified a significant amount of counterfeit products — shoes, Adidas, Nike, Louis Vuitton, you name the brand — and so we are in the process of seizing those items, which is going to take us a good while,” Bailey told reporters outside the stores.

The seizure, he said, is part of efforts by CTOC to clamp down on counterfeit goods across the island. “We have a mandate, and wherever our information leads us, wherever we get the evidence, we are going to pursue, whether it’s breaches of the IP (Intellectual Property) legislation or any other legislation. We will pursue persons who are in breach of the law,” Bailey said. However, while the police conducted the operation, a number of people who said they were among the stores’ customers fumed. “Mi come fi buy something and a bare police. Mi come fi buy crepe fi sell back. Mi cyaah buy America crepe fi sell back, it is too expensive and it nuh good neither,” said a vendor who gave her name only as Meme. The woman, who said she has four children, told reporters that she has been vending for decades and has been purchasing items from the Chinese for a long time. “Mi cyaah read and mi nuh have no O’ level; mi nuh have nuh dis, mi nuh have nuh dat. It send mi pickney go university. Ah it mi live off of; mi buy a every store as long as mi can get it. Chiney a don, mi love dem. Mi cry fi dem. If dem head hurt dem, my head hurt mi Continued on page 22

Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force load some of the counterfeit items that were seized at two Chinese stores on Princess Street in downtown Kingston yesterday. (Photos: Karl McLarty)

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Jamaica committed to cooperating with int’l partners to fight corruption LIMA, Peru - CMC – Prime Minister Andrew Holness has reaffirmed Jamaica’s commitment to combating corruption. Holness, who was speaking at the eighth Summit of the Americas here, said Jamaica will also continue to partner with international stakeholders to battle corruption. “Jamaica remains committed to cooperating with international bodies and other Member States to combat corruption in the forms of bribery, international graft, and organised crime. Organised crime affects us all and Jamaica is currently engaged at the domestic and international levels to find meaningful solutions to these issues,” said Holness. The Prime Minister also called on leaders of the hemisphere to do more to engage young people as they are most at risk and vulnerable to criminal activity. “Considering that the majority of those engaged in

Prime Minister Andrew Holness organised crime are typically young people, it is imperative that leaders not only consider the role of law enforcement and justice systems but also social and educational programmes which target unattached youth and promote opportunity, inclusion and empowerment. We have a responsibility, to ensure that we create a social environment that is conducive to the adherence

to the rule of law, inclusion, fairness and prosperity.” He said the deliberations in Peru by hemispheric leaders, have set a firm and positive foundation for further sustained economic growth and sustainable development in our Hemisphere. He encouraged leaders to continue to work collectively and collaboratively towards attaining constructive and practical solutions to the challenge of corruption. In the meantime, Jamaica adopted the Lima Commitment on Democratic Governance against Corruption which reaffirmed a commitment to anticorruption treaties such as the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption. The Commitment also reaffirmed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and support for its implementation.

Voter support for jailed Lula drops in wide open Brazil presidential race: poll SAO PAULO (Reuters) Brazilian voters are abandoning jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as his chances of running in October fade, but they are not transferring their support en masse to other leftist candidates, a Datafolha poll showed yesterday. Without Lula in the running, support for far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro has slipped and is now virtually tied with environmentalist Marina Silva in a presidential race thrown wide open, the survey said. Brazil Lula 2020 Presidential Candidates Presidential Polls Condena Lula

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva The wild card in the election now appears to be former Chief Justice

Joaquim Barbosa, a popular figure due to his anti-corruption record who has jumped into third place in his first showing since he joined a party eyeing a presidential bid. The first poll since Lula started serving a 12-year prison sentence last week for taking bribes showed he would still lead the race with 31 percent of voter intentions, down from 37 percent in the previous Datafolha survey in January. While Brazilians are split on whether Lula should be allowed to run, 62 percent believe he will be barred, the poll said.

British lawmakers, celebrities call for ‘people’s vote’ on Brexit LONDON (Reuters) - Lawmakers, celebrities and business leaders launched a campaign yesterday to call for a vote on any final Brexit deal, stepping up a campaign to try to stop what they describe as Britain’s damaging departure from the European Union. At a launch in north London, lawmakers from both the governing Conservative Party and opposition Labour joined with hundreds of others to press for what they described as a “people’s vote” on Brexit. Both Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives and the main opposition Labour Party have ruled out a second referendum after Britons voted 52-48 percent to leave the bloc almost two years ago, and the country is due to leave the EU in March next year. Actor Patrick Stewart, a supporter of the

People’s Vote campaign, said campaigners were not asking for a second referendum, but rather wanted “another chance to consider what the terms of this divorce are going to be”. “As time has gone by ... the information that we are receiving about the terms and conditions of that separation are quite unlike the terms and conditions that were spoken of so loosely during the 2016 campaign,” he told the BBC. Some opinion polls have shown a slight shift in favour of remaining in the European Union, but there has yet to be a decisive change in attitudes and many in Britain say they have become increasingly bored by Brexit. May has repeatedly said she will deliver what she calls the will of the people and yesterday Foreign Minister Boris Johnson voiced optimism for the kind of deal Britain could win.

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Payment plan to increase revenue collection at Linden Municipality The Linden Mayor and Town Council is working on developing a payment plan to address the challenges of acquiring revenues to sustain the municipality and improve the quality of services to the citizenry of Linden, Region Ten (Upper DemeraraBerbice). According to newly elected Deputy-Mayor, Wainwright Bethune, the municipality is currently examining all sources of revenue collection; and while it is not considering an increase to rates and taxes, methods of making the process more efficient are being examined. “We are going to work with the residents, talk with them and develop payment formulas in which they can come in and both parties can be comfortable with the way it is being done. The municipality is receiving its revenue while it’s not too much of a strain on the residents,” Bethune told the Department of Public Information (DPI) in a recent interview.

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Mayor Waneka Arrindel Mayor Waneka Arrindell told the DPI that the council will also be embarking on a massive sensitisation campaign in a bid to recover much-n e e d e d r e v e n u e s . She noted that persons must understand that “in order for a municipality to be effective, it has to collect revenues.” “The revenues we collect, it’s going to be used to have your garbage picked up,

patch your roads and stuff like that and that is why we are embarking, this year, on the education of the population to ensure persons understand what is happening at the level of the council.” The ultimate goal, Mayor Arrindell said, is to ensure that the residents have a better understanding of the council’s functions, and the importance of paying their rates and taxes they owed. Municipalities receive an annual subvention from the Ministry of Communities, in accordance with budgetary allocations approved by parliament. and meant to execute developmental works. However, the collection of rates and taxes are the main source of revenue for these councils. These revenues are used to improve the living standards of citizens including the cleaning of drains and parapets, waste disposal, and the maintenance of roads, bridges and culverts within the respective communities.

Regional youth body launches first arm in Guyana

Severely burnt teen returns home after skin-grafting treatment in US Susana Culpepper, the Charity, Essequibo Coast teen who was severely burnt, allegedly by her ex-lover, has returned home after spending over a month in the United States of America, where she underwent skin grafting procedures. The 17-year-old who was reportedly in an abusive relationship with the young man was doused with gasoline before being set alight, on February 3. She was reportedly attacked after severing the abusive relationship and moving on with someone else. The ex- boyfriend, a 21-year-old labourer, is currently before the court on an attempt to commit murder charge. Susana sustained third degree burns and at one point was in a critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where doctors worked tirelessly to save her life. The teen, who was wheelchair bound when she arrived in the U.S, now has full use of her legs. Susana’s mother Cheryl Benn extended gratitude to the SHEA Foundation, the Shri Devi Mandir Global Humanitarian Foundation Inc. (SDMGHFI) and doctors at the GPHC and Texas’s Children hospital for giving her daughter a second chance at life. According to information posted on Saving Hands Emergency Aid (SHEA) foundation Facebook page, Susana’s burn injuries were so severe that she had very limited usable skin to graft on her body, especially her legs, which were completely burnt. Her mother disclosed, “Them (the doctors) do skin grafting during which they took skin from her back and put in on her legs. She (Susana) is not in any sort of pain.” The mother of 14 is now looking to have her daughter reintegrated into the school system. She said, “She (my daughter) dropped out of school because of the relationship. When she tried to go back to school she had to go back in the previous class. She wanted to become a teacher and really wants to right CXC.” However doctors, according to Benn, have advised that Susana should not go back to school at this time because she can contract infections. In the meantime, the mother is

Susana Culpepper pleading with the public for any assistance to aid in sending the teenager back to school. “If me could get assistance from the government to help send she back to school I would be very grateful. I get 14 children and it is hard on me.” The SHEA foundation in a post said that it is immensely grateful to the doctors at the GPHC who worked tirelessly to save Susana’s life. SHEA also thanked the SDMGHFI, which they said, worked hand in hand with them to help fund Susana’s medical and transportation bill.

Guyanese Girls Code – honing a tech savvy nation Members in their interactive sessions. In light of making a difference in Guyana, the Aspire Youth network has been doing a tremendous job in relating the message to fellow youths about current social ills facing Guyana currently. Aspire Youth Network was founded by 20 year old Dennis Glasgow in the year 2017. During an interview with this newspaper he stated the need for a youth serving committee in Guyana and the benefits of having such a foundation. Over the past few months the board has facilitated sessions with youths from Soesdyke Secondary, the Bishops High School among other schools in different areas. They have also interacted with youths on issues that generally affect the teenage population. This included suicide, peer pressure and sexual reproductive health. Glasgow said that after being involved in youth work for some time, he felt that it was time for youths to be on the forefront of advocacy. Glasgow is very confident in

fulfilling his mission and he feels that this is something he can succeed in. The general idea behind the founding of the group was bringing young people together who have very strong opinions and views to see how best they can do something meaningful for the society. This newspaper spoke with one of the prospective members of the group, who is very thrilled to be a part of the club’s mission for change. “I was running through my Facebook page one day and I saw a link that was shared about Aspire, I wasn’t really interested at first, but I saw a bunch of young people, so I wanted to know what it was about and clicking on the link led me to where I am today”. Aspire Network is a registered Non – Governmental Organization. The club has evidently been seen doing works in and around Guyana and intends to broaden their diaspora by conducting more outreaches not just locally but hopefully internationally in the future.

The Ministry of Public Telecommunications is taking a sustained approach to training more Guyanese girls and women in the area of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). These were the sentiments of Minister of Public Telecommunications, Cathy Hughes at the launch of ‘Guyanese Girls Code’ course at the Education Lecture Theatre (ELT), University of Guyana, Turkeyen Campus. Guyanese Girls Code is a free 12-week course designed to teach Guyanese girls, between the ages of 11 to 14, or First to Third Form students, the beginners coding/programming. The goal of this initiative is to address the gender disparity in Guyana’s ICT sector, where women and girls remain underrepresented. “Usually when you go

into situations involving the use of computers and ICT, and I’m not complaining that we don’t love the boys, we love the boys, but we want to make sure the girls are equally there and that’s what this is all about,” Minister Hughes remarked. More women and girls in the country’s burgeoning tech-industry mean the addition of more talented and innovative young people capable of transforming Guyana into a digitally-savvy society. The Minister further added, “We at the Ministry of Public Telecommunications always knew that we had to make a change, that we had to train more of our Guyanese women to get into information technology so we came up with a plan to demonstrate to our female population… that ICT is not only meant for boys and girls. Women are

exceeding and excelling and they are leading in many ways.” The girls participating are from several schools around the country including The Bishops’ High School, St John’s College, Christ Church Secondary, Mackenzie High School and West Demerara Secondary School. Minister Hughes enthused, “I am so excited because we’ve come this far but now finally we can give opportunities to girls to make sure that they can be in this important game.” The course is being implemented by The Ministry of Public Telecommunications in collaboration with the National Center for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) and the University of Guyana.To date, over 40 girls have signed up for the training. (By Nateshia Isaacs)


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World Bank approves funds for Dominica WASHINGTON – CMC The World Bank has approved two emergency support operations totalling US$65 million for restoring agriculture livelihoods, strengthening resilience, and rebuilding houses destroyed by Hurricane Maria in Dominica. The Washington-based financial institution said this represents its highest ever financing for Dominica and is part of a larger US$115 million package of support that includes financing of US$65 million in concessional terms and US$50 million in grant financing from the International Development Association’s (IDA) Crisis Response Window. Hurricane Maria killed at least 30 people and caused damages and loses estimated at US$1.37 billion or 226 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) when it passed through the island on September 18. The greatest damages were in housing and transport, with more than 4 500 houses destroyed and 20 000 partially damaged, and many roads and bridges affected and covered by trees and flooded debris. The agriculture sector had the largest losses, with 80 to 100 per cent of crops destroyed. Farmers lost half of their cattle and many fishermen lost their boats and fishing gear. “This financing enables

PM Roosevelt Skerrit us to make two critical investments in our economic recovery following the devastation of hurricane Maria last year. These investments in agriculture and housing also represent vital components of our plan to make Dominica the first climate resilient nation in the world,” said Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. The World Bank said the US$25 million Emergency Agricultural Livelihoods and Climate Resilience project will help farmers and fisherfolks to restore their agriculture and fishing production and systems and adopt climate smart practices. It said the US$40 million Housing Recovery project will focus on rebuilding houses and improving the application of resilient building practices. The total

$65 million project financing for these two projects includes the US$50 million of grant financing.”Last year was a stark reminder that the Caribbean is a region most exposed to natural disasters,” said Tahseen Sayed, World Bank’s Country Director for the Caribbean. “Through these projects we have an opportunity to contribute to Dominica’s efforts to build back better and smarter, with structures able to resist high winds, and help some of the most vulnerable including farmers and fisherfolks to cope with the shock and be better prepared for the next storm. “We are committed to deepen our partnership with Dominica in support of its aspiration for becoming a climate resilient nation,” he added. About 1 700 families will receive subsidies from the housing project and 4 900 farmers and fisherfolks will receive support from the agriculture project. Currently, the World Bank Group is supporting Caribbean countries with almost one billion US dollars focused on strengthening resilience and financial protection against disasters – of which nearly half a billion dollars is focused on disaster risk management (US$430 million). In addition, the World Bank Group is engaged in Haiti with more than US$935 million. (CMC)

US to impose new Russia sanctions over Syria: Haley

Washington (United States) (AFP) - The United States will impose new sanctions on Russia over an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said yesterday. Haley said the sanctions, to be announced today by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, would target companies that supplied Damascus with equipment and other material related to chemical weapons. “You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down. Secretary (Steve) Mnuchin will be announcing those today, if he hasn’t already,” Haley said in an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use,” she said. The move follows air

Nikki Haley strikes by US, French and British forces in retaliation for an alleged Syrian chemical weapons attack on April 7 in Douma, a rebel-held town near Damascus where more than 40 people were killed. US military officials said the air strikes early Saturday in Syria took out “the heart” of Syria’s residual chemical weapons capability.

The strikes sought to avoid contact with Russian forces in the country to support Assad’s regime. But US officials have blamed Russia for failing to rein in its Syrian ally, as the guarantor of a 2013 agreement to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons. That agreement was brokered by Moscow to avert retaliatory US strikes in the wake of a sarin attack in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus on August 21, 2013 that reportedly killed more than 1,400 civilians. “I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message and our hope is that they listen to it,” Haley said of this week’s air strikes. “With the political and diplomatic actions that we’re taking now, we wanted their friends Iran and Russia to know that we meant business and that they were going to be feeling the pain from this as well,” she said.


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Putin predicts global ‘chaos’ if West hits Syria again MOSCOW/DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin warned yesterday that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions. In a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, Putin and Rouhani agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in the seven-year Syria conflict, according to a Kremlin statement. “Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the U.N. Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations,” the Kremlin statement said. Meanwhile, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told CBS’ “Face the Nation” programme that the United States would announce new economic sanctions today aimed at companies “that were dealing with equipment” related to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged

Russian President Vladimir Putin chemical weapons use. On Saturday, the United States, France and Britain launched 105 missiles targeting what the Pentagon said were three chemical weapons facilities in Syria in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Douma on April 7. The Western countries blame Assad for the Douma attack that killed dozens of people. The Syrian government and its ally Russia have denied involvement in any such attack. The bombings marked the biggest intervention by

Western countries against Assad and ally Russia but the United States, France and Britain have said the missile strikes were limited to Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities and not aimed at toppling Assad or intervening in the civil war. Responding to Haley’s remarks about the plans for new sanctions, Evgeny Serebrennikov, deputy head of the defence committee of Russia’s upper house of parliament, said Moscow was ready for the penalties, according to RIA news agency. “They are hard for us, but will do more damage to the USA and Europe,” RIA quoted Serebrennikov as saying. In Damascus, Syria’s deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, met inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW for about three hours in the presence of Russian officers and a senior Syrian security official. The inspectors were due to attempt to visit the Douma site. Moscow condemned the Western states for refusing to wait for OPCW’s findings before attacking.

Another rape adds to protesters’ fury over Indian justice on sex crimes

People hold candles and placards during a vigil, organised by the members of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association, to show solidarity with the victim. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta MUMBAI (Reuters) - Days after a lawmaker from India’s ruling party was arrested in connection with a teenager’s rape, a sexual attack on an 11-year-old girl was reported yesterday in Gujarat, the latest in a string of cases that have sparked protests across the country. Protests calling for justice were held in several cities, echoing the mass rallies against sexual violence in 2012 and piling pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who must hold elections by May 2019. Modi has promised to take action. Activists accuse authorities of failing to protect women and of moving too slowly to investigate and arrest perpetrators. The protests were fuelled in part by the arrest of a lawmaker from the Bharatiya Janata Party last week in connection with the rape of a teenager in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which the ruling party governs. In the southern city of Thiruvananthapuram, protesters formed a human chain, while in Mumbai, hundreds, including film celebrities, called for the death

penalty for rapists. In New Delhi they called for rape trials to be completed in six months. In the western Gujarati city of Surat, where the latest case took place, men and women held a silent candlelight march. Gujarat is Modi’s home state, where he was the Chief Minister from 2001 until he took national office in 2014. “The body was recovered on April 6 by the side of a highway and, according to a post mortem report, the girl was sexually assaulted and murdered on April 5,” Surat’s police commissioner, Satish Sharma, told Reuters. He said the victim - who was 11 years old, according to the post-mortem - had not yet been identified and that police from neighbouring states have been asked to help find her family. “We have put our best teams in place with all senior police officials. To nab the criminals we first need to identify the body,” Sharma said. The post-mortem revealed the girl had been strangled and smothered, with 86 signs of minor injuries, including sexual assault, he said. Some of the injuries were old.

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Merkel looks at ways to tackle Germany’s east-west disparities BERLIN (Reuters) German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday said government subsidies were needed to address lingering disparities in the quality of life in the states of former Communist East Germany and West Germany 28 years after unification. In a video webcast, Merkel said the government needed to look at ways to address the structural differences that would remain after a solidarity tax introduced in 1990 to support poorer eastern states runs out at the end of 2019. “We continually have to ask how we can balance systemic, structural differences between east and west in the area of research, in regard to the headquarters of large companies, and in the field of structural unemployment,” Merkel said. She gave no details about specific programmes. Merkel, who grew up in former East Germany, will discuss the issue when she meets with the premiers of the five former East German states on Wednesday. “28 years after unification, we’ve

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Angela Merkel accomplished a lot, but there is always a need for such meetings,” Merkel said. In a statement releasing Merkel’s comments, her office said, “The federal government wants to use a programme of subsidies to help ensure equal living standards in all of Germany.” Merkel said in the webcast that per capita gross domestic product in the former east was now around 73 percent of the level seen in the west, and tax revenues were also uneven. Pensions were around 96 percent of the

western level, but would not reach 100 percent until July 2024, she said. Merkel’s conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats, both worried by a rightward lurch in September ’s national elections, have agreed to focus more on addressing structural disparities in the former east, and other structurally weak parts of Germany. The anti-immigrant populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party made big gains in the eastern states in the September national elections that gave the party seats in parliament for the first time, making it the first farright party to win seats in the lower house since the 1950s. In the eastern state of Saxony, for instance, the AfD was the overall winner, even beating Merkel’s conservatives. Pensions have been a particularly sore point, especially for those in the east, with many worried that their pensions could be affected given the influx of more than a million migrants since 2015.

USVI tourism commissioner says islands are open for business

From left: JetBlue Airways’ Jack Massey and Dylan Kleopfer, Virgin Islands Port Authority Executive Director David Mapp, Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty and JetBlue’s Eric Tanner in New York. NEW YORK - CMC – United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Commissioner of Tourism Beverly NicholsonDoty says the territory is open for business, in the aftermath of last year’s hurricane. According to a USVI statement issued here on Saturday, Nicholson-Doty, addressed several consumers and industry stakeholders over the past week in Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois and New York, thanking them for their support of the “US Virgin Islands during the ongoing recovery process and suggested that the best way to continue helping the US Virgin Islands is to visit the territory.” Last weekend, the commissioner addressed close to 200 delegates attending the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Region III Conference in Atlanta, “and thanked the media for keeping St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas in the spotlight since last September’s hurricanes, the statement said. It said, while in Atlanta, Nicholson-Doty participated in a live on-air segment with

Lynda Kinkade on CNN International’s CNN Newsroom, where she gave a comprehensive update on the USVI’s recovery. “We have several hotels that have reopened; our yachting industry is absolutely glorious, and we have wonderful villas,” she said. “However, it is a journey. “We will have more hotels opening at the end of the year and, as we look towards the future, we really feel that we’re going to have an even better tourism product.’ During her in-market travels, the statement said Nicholson-Doty also met with journalists from the Chicago Sun-Times, the New York Daily News and TravelPulse. At a meeting with United Airlines in Chicago, the commissioner, who was accompanied by David Mapp, executive director of the Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA), provided updates on the territory’s accommodations and tourism offerings, the statement said. It said she reconfirmed that United resumes service to St. Thomas this weekend from Newark, New Jersey and

Washington, D.C. The airline will recommence flights to St. Thomas from Houston, Texas later this month, and provide daily flights from Washington Dulles International Airport this summer between early June and late August, the statement said. It said the commissioner and executive director held similar talks with JetBlue Airways in New York and attended an airline training programme in the city. “As we bounce back, it’s critically important that we update our partners on the significant progress we are making, while taking the necessary steps to ensure that flights return as more accommodations become available,” Nicholson-Doty said. “Power has been restored across the territory, our beaches and attractions have reopened, cruise lines and airlines have returned, and a wide variety of accommodations are available, even as our rebuilding and resiliency work continues,” she added, affirming that the “USVI is still nice.”

Adult-film star Stormy Daniels to attend Trump lawyer’s hearing (Reuters) - Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels will attend a court hearing in New York today for U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, Daniels’ lawyer said yesterday. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is engaged in a legal battle with Cohen over a $130,000 agreement for her to keep quiet about a 2006 sexual encounter she says she had with Trump. The agreement was reached just before the 2016 presidential election. Cohen is due in Manhattan federal court as part of a criminal investigation largely related to his business practices. He was ordered to appear as his lawyers try to hold off prosecutors from reviewing documents

and other materials seized last week in raids on his home, office and hotel room. “She will attend,” Clifford’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, wrote to Reuters, when asked whether the adult-film actress would be in court. Avenatti had tweeted on Friday about Cohen’s ordered appearance with a comment that the “weather forecast for Mon looks very Stormy.” Last week, a source familiar with the raids said that FBI agents were looking for information on payments to Daniels among materials related to other business dealings. Cohen did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He is seeking to delay Clifford’s California case against him and Trump because of the criminal investigation.


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President’s Guard claim COP T20 title President’s Guard emerged champions of the Commissioner of Police (COP) Inter Department/ Division T20 tournament after defeating Headquarters by 48 runs in the final which was contested on Saturday at Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary. President’s Guard batted first and managed 151-9 with Kestor Harcourt scoring 34, Nicoli Reddy 31, Kevin Allicock 17 and Kwame Naughton 14. Stephen Harris captured 3-23, Troy Benn 2-20 and Kevon Boodie 2-31. Headquarters responded with 103 all out in 19.4 overs. Dwayne Dodson made 29, Harris 27 and Boodie 22; Pernell London claimed 3-14 and Paul Tyndell 226. Harcourt was named man-of-the-match and was also rewarded for taking the best catch and scoring the most runs in the final. In the third place play off, G Division went down to F Division by seven wickets. Batting first, G Division scored 113 all out in 15 overs. Leon David made 23 and Shakel Vyphius got 21; Vishal Jaigobin snared 3-31, Marvin Peters 2-11 and Devon Joseph 2-26. F Division responded with 115-3. Shiveshwar Sankar made 37; Rawle Haynes 34 and Lennox Andrews 18 not out. Clain Dhanraj had 2-26. Jaigobin was named man-of-the-match. (Zaheer Mohamed)

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Man-of-the-match in the final Kester Harcourt accepts his prize from F Division commander Kevin Adonis

The 2018 edition of the Corona Futsal final had to be postponed on Saturday evening due to a ruckus by some fans at the National Gymnasium. After an argument ensued between a male and a female, a few gunshots were heard causing panic in the well-attended futsal final between Bent Street and Sparta Boss. The incident transpired during the halftime break where Sparta Boss were ahead 2-nil courtesy of early goals from Gregory “Jackie Chan” Richardson in the fourth and Jeremy Garrett in the sixth minute. The organisers of the event have confirmed that they will be discussing the way forward for the final with the relevant stakeholders of the tournament soonest. The winners of the tournament are pegged to receive $600,000 while the runners up will pocket $400,000. Meanwhile, the third place finishers, Leopold Street, won via walk over from Alpha Warriors in last night’s schedule third place playoff before the final and they will receive $200,000. The MVP of the tournament who will receive a Hero Honda 150cc motorcycle is yet o be decided. The tournament is sponsored by Top Brandz, Rose Ramdehol Auto Sales and Namilco.

Training Corp, Base Camp Ayangana triumph

Assistant Commissioner of Police Nigel Hopie presents the winning trophy to President’s Guard skipper Kester Harcourt in the presence of his team mates.

Corriverton Jets Volleyball Club day of sports set for May 1st The Corriverton Jets Volleyball Club of Corriverton Upper Corentyne, which is one of the top and most consistent volleyball clubs in Berbice, will be holding their annual day of sports and family fun day on Thursday 1st May (Labour Day). The activity will be held at the Skeldon Community Center ground beginning at 09:00 hrs. A number of games will be played including Volleyball, cricket, football and a number of novelty events for the entire family. All the top volleyball clubs in Berbice stretching from Siparuta and Orealla up the Corentyne River, Crabwood Creek, New Amsterdam and West Berbice are slated to participate. Trophies, medals and cash incentives will be up for grabs and teams are asked to make contact before 22 April. The club, which has both male and female players in both

Gun shots suspends final of Corona Futsal tourney

the junior and senior categories, recently undertook a two day trip to the riverain communities of Orealla and Siparuta. There they participated in a number of games against teams that also came from neighbouring Suriname. The club was officially formed in 2015. Since its formation it has risen up the ranks rapidly. Presently it has about 30 members who train on a regular basis. It participates in all categories of competitions organised by the Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA). It was the female champion club in Berbice for 2016. A number of its players have represented Guyana at the Inter Guiana Games (IGG) volleyball competition. The coordinator is Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA) official Kishan Persaud. Interested teams or persons can make contact on 614-9571 or 626-6660 for further details.

Training Corp and Base Camp Ayangana recorded victories when the Guyana Defence Force Inter Unit T20 tournament continued Friday at Camp Ayangana ground. Training Corp defeated Six Infantry by six wickets in the day’s first encounter. After being reduced to 19-3, Six Infantry managed 111-8 off their reduced quota of 15 overs due to rain, batting first. Opener Roderick Benjamin struck 42, while Hillary Hopkinson made 13, Joshua Rollins 11 and Terrence Stewart eight. Usher Cumberbatch claimed 2-13, M. Alexander 2-15 and A. McFarlane 2-18. Training Corp were given a revised target of 75 off nine overs and reached home off the very last ball of their innings, ending on 75-4. M. Critchlow made 17 and M. Alexander 14. H. Smith had 3-17. Base Camp Ayangana beat Engineers by four wickets in their encounter. Engineers took first strike and scored 97 all out in 16 overs. R. Reid and C. Fordyce added 36 for the opening stand before the latter went for four. Reid went on to top score with 28 while Qunicy Oudkerk

Damion Waldron made 15 as Paul O’Neal claimed 3-13, Shemar Allen 322 and Jemoul Chisholm 2-9. Base Camp Ayangana responded with 99-6 in 16 overs. Damion Waldron struck four fours and one six in a fluent unbeaten 57 off 44 balls. Waldron and Allen who made 15 not out took their team to safety with an unbroken seventh wicket stand of 31 after they were restricted to 65-6. Clint Fordyce, O. Gilead and J. Jones claimed two wickets each. (Zaheer Mohamed)


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GFF/Pele Alumni Frank Watson U15 League – East Bank FA

KK Warriors pip Swan for 2nd place with Agricola win; Mocha pummel Dia. United Goals either side of play saw Kuru Kururu Warriors defeating Agricola Red Triangle to edge debutants Swan FC by a single point to end as the second best team on the penultimate day of competition in the inaugural East Bank Football Association (EBFA) leg of the GFF/Pele Alumni Frank Watson U15 Intra Association League. Playing at the Timehri Red Ground yesterday, the Warriors, held to a draw by Herstelling Raiders FC on Saturday, knew that a win would have landed them the runner-up spot to Timehri Panthers which has already bagged the title with a game still in the bag. Dwight Noble opened

Dwight Noble (right) and Shaquille Agard Kuru Kururu Warriors FC

Shamel Allen (right), Adoni Rutherford and Kester Stewart - Mocha Champs Latest Points Standings Pos Team 1 Timehri 2 Kuru Kururu 3 Swan FC 4 Agricola 5 Grove 6 Diamond Upsetters 7 Herstelling Raiders 8 Samatta Point/KV 9 Friendship 10 Mocha 11 Soesdyke 12 Diamond United

P 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 11 11

W 9 7 7 6 5 4 4 3 4 3 3 0

L 1 2 3 4 2 5 5 5 7 4 7 11

D 0 2 1 1 4 2 2 3 0 3 1 0

F 48 22 26 24 12 16 33 15 12 21 17 2

A 8 12 9 10 11 14 35 29 19 10 22 79

proceedings in the 11th minute and the icing was put on the cake in the 60th minute when Shaquille Agard found the back of the nets to cap a fine league for the Linden Soesdyke Highway lads, their seventh win in 11 matches. Agricola were left on 19 points from their full quota of matches and had to settle for the fourth place behind Swan. The other match yesterday saw Mocha Champs handing Diamond United their 11th loss in as many matches, the former winning 9-0. Shamar Alleyne landed a hat-trick in the 6th, 59th and 61st minute. There was a brace each for Adoni Rutherford (13th, 26th) and Kester Stewart (49th, 51st). Yohance Douglas in the 25th and Jermaine Harry in the 45th minute were the other Mocha players to get on the score card. The curtains on what has been a very exciting league, which saw two new teams competing will, be drawn on Saturday with the final match bringing together winners Timehri Panthers and Mocha Champs. A win for Mocha can see them jumping from the current 10th place to 6th while a win for the Panthers would further consolidate their stance at the top. GD +40 +10 +17 +14 +1 -1 -2 -14 -7 +11 -5 -77

GFF/Pele Alumini Frank Watson U15 League – East Demerara FA

Plaisance, BVTU & Ann’s Grove march on

Tyrice Dennis - BV Triumph United FC

Brandon Sim Buxton Stars FC

Plaisance Panthers edged Golden Stars, BV Triumph United trounced Victoria Scorpions, Ann’s Grove took full points via the walk over route, while Buxton United and Buxton Stars battled to a 1-1 draw when play in the GFF/Pele Alumini Frank Watson U15 Intra Association League continued on Saturday last at the Golden Grove Ground. Simion Ifill put Plaisance into the lead 15 minutes into the match but Golden Stars drew level in the 25th minute through a Tyrese James goal. No more goals materalised during the first half. But on 54 minutes, Plaisance got the winning strike from Jamal Fraser. BV Triumph United continued their winning ways with a comfortable 3-1 win over Victoria Scorpions, their hero being Tyrice Daniels who blasted in all three goals coming from behind. The Scorpions it was that drew first blood in the 18th minute when Mark Roberts found the back of the nets. Their celebrations lasted up until the 30th minute when the Dennis show commenced. Dennis was the star act again in the 35th and 49th minute without any response from the Scorpions who appeared to be stung. The other match on the day, a battle between Buxton United and Buxton Stars petered out to a 1-1 stalemate. Colin Henriques responded for United in the 47th minute and this was after the Stars had taken the lead on 37 minutes through Brandon Sim’s effort.

Points 27 23 22 19 19 14 14 12 12 12 9 0

Gatlin-Coleman team cruise to year’s fastest 4x100m relay (Reuters) - World champion Justin Gatlin and his team mates sped to the year’s fastest 4x100 metres relay on Saturday, clocking 38.08 seconds at the Tennessee Relays in Knoxville. Indoor 60 metres world-record holder Christian Coleman, Gatlin, Ronnie Baker and Mike Rodgers combined to supplant the previous 2018 best of 38.13 seconds that England ran earlier in the day to win the Commonwealth Games in Australia. Organisers had hoped the newly formed team would challenge the American record of 37.38 seconds set twice by U.S. national teams with Gatlin a member each time. But windy conditions, the earliness of the season and the lack of training together hindered the effort. “I thought we could have broke 38 (seconds) if we did not have that headwind,” Gatlin told Reuters. “We wanted to play it safe on that backstretch from second to third (runners) because of the wind.

“I think, working together more, I don’t see why we can’t break 38 and go 37 low,” he said. That would approach the world record of 36.84 seconds set by Usain Bolt and his Jamaican team mates at the 2012 Olympics. Gatlin had organised the team of the four top-ranked U.S. 100 metres sprinters for 2017 just to see how fast they could run. Although they had practised only once, for 45 minutes on Friday, the effort made him and his relay mates ready for more. “We want to take it worldwide,” Gatlin said. “Maybe some Diamond League meets if possible and run against national teams.” Gatlin said it was time to bring a world or Olympic 4x100 relay title back to the United States. American men have not won a world championship in the event since 2007 and the drought in the Olympics stretches more than a decade with the last title coming in 2000.

Simion Ifill (right) and Jamal Fraser – Plaisance Panthers FC


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Hand-in-Hand Inter-County 3-Day U-19 Cricket

Kevin Sinclair (4-17), Junior Sinclair (58) & Nedd (4-41) shine Qumar Torrington appeals for caught behind as Alex Algoo is beaten.

Junior Sinclair on-drives Torrington yesterday at Lusignan. By Sean Devers On a day when the sun played Cat and Mouse with the clouds over the Lusignan sward, four wicket hauls from Kevin Sinclair and Ashmead Nedd and an attractive 58 from Junior Sinclair highlighted day one of the second round of the GCB’s Hand-in-Hand three-day under-19 cricket match between Demerara and Berbice yesterday. Off-Spinner Kevin Sinclair (4-17) and Keith Simpson (238) helped dismiss the defending champions for 148 despite 43 from Skipper Bhaskar Yadram with four fours and two sixes and 35 with five boundaries from Adrian Hinds. Dwain Dick (17), Nkosi Beaton (14) and Nedd (10) were the other batsmen to reach double figures.

Nedd (4-41) has bowled Demerara back into the match as only opener Junior Sinclair who stroked six fours and three sixes in his 65-ball and 59-minute 58 and Kevlon Anderson unbeaten on 16, have past 15 as Berbice ended the day on 102-5, still needing 47 for first innings points today. Demerara won the toss opted to bat on a slow track and heavy outfield and lost Robin Williams (6) via the run out route at 11-1 and were quickly 26-2 when Sagar Hertheramani (9) edged Javed Karim to the Keeper. Skipper Yadram, with three centuries at this level including a record unbeaten 301 in the last round, joined Hinds and together they put on 60 for the third wicket with positive batting before Hinds

was bowled by Leon Swamy. The six-footer, one of five Guyanese on the last Windies U-19 World Cup team and the only First-class player in this competition, played an array of power shots, while Beaton looked solid and content to play the supporting role. But when well set for another fifty at this level, Yadram was removed by Kevin Sinclair to leave the defending champions on 994 before Stephon Wilson (3) was dismissed just before Lunch with the score 103-5. After the interval Nedd (10) pulled Kelvin Umroa for four but was soon sent packing by the spinner at 1156. Dick going with back-toback boundaries off of Umroa but soon mishit Sinclair to

deep mid-wicket and was gone for 17 at 140-7, while Beaton, who struggled to get the ball off the square in overcast conditions,was removed by Simpson for a carefully constructed innings at 146-8. Sinclair removed Qumar Torrington and Damuka Nagqondo for ducks to wrap up the innings 51 minutes after Lunch. Berbice in reply lost first match centurion Alex Algoo (15) who edged Nedd to slip before Karim (0), Steve Deonarine (2) and Junior Sinclair (6) also departed cheaply as only Junior Sinclair offered fight before he was

LBW to Nedd. Kevlon Anderson, Berbice’s best batsman, was not out on 16, while Trevon Stanislaus (2) was with him when bails were lifted. Today’s play is scheduled to start at 09:30 hrs to make up for time lost yesterday. Meanwhile, over at Everest, Essequibo continued their quest adding 29 runs to their 261 overnight total. Joshua Jones scored 34 off 54 balls, while Joel Fortune was not out on 22 as Essequibo ended on 290 all out in 98.5 overs. Sylvian Williams picked up 3 for 48, while Marvin Prashad claimed 3 for 74 for the Select Under-

17. The Under-17 failed to reach their target and fell cheaply for 144 in 89.3 overs. Navendra Persaud top scored with 52, while Ameer Singh and Captain Sachin Singh supported with 32 and 26 runs respectively. Joshua Jones and Joel Fortune were the highlights of the day tearing through the Select Under-17 batting line up collecting 5 wickets each for 45 and 20 runs respectively. Essequibo batting a second time scored 3 runs in 2 overs to give them a 149 runs lead at the end of day two. Today is the final day of the match.

Felix Austin Police Training School B Division wins Commander Cup The Police in B Division took time off from their busy schedule to engage in a one day 10/10 softball cricket competition for the Commander, Assistant Commissioner Lyndon Amsterdam Cup. The activity was played recently at the Rose Hall Community Center, East Canje. It featured the three subdivisions namely Subdivision one (New Amsterdam/ Canje/ East Bank and East Coast Berbice), Subdivision Two (West Berbice) Subdivision No3 (Corentyne) and the Felix Austin Police Training College (FAPTC) at Adventure Corentyne. In the first game No1 subdivision defeated No2 subdivision by 59 runs. No1 subdivision batted first and blasted 127 with Carlyle Austin scoring an even 50. In reply No2 were dismissed for 68. Bowling for No1 subdivision Assistant Superintendent Chabinauth

The finals between FAPTC and NO1 subdivision.

Singh bagged 4for 4 from two overs. The FAPTC then defeated No3 subdivision by 7 wickets after holding them to 111. The training school boys then reached 115-5 with

Troy Drakes unbeaten on 68. In the final, the FAPTC made light work of No1 subdivision in an 8 overs affair. No 1 Subdivision made 48-6 to which FAPTC replied with 50-3 with Troy Drakes

once again the main run getter with 38 (4x6) not out. During the interval a police team defeated an expolice team by 12 runs in a 3 overs affair. Police made 31 and held the ex-police team to

19. The presentation ceremony which followed saw the FAPTC receiving the Commander Cup, while No1 subdivision collected the runner up trophy.

Troy Drakes was man-ofmatch in the finals. He received a cricket bat for his outstanding performance from overseas based Guyanese ex-policeman and former player, Gary Solomon.


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Road to Mecca V at CASH BCB secures overseas funding for several activities Bounty Colts on course to top On his election to the Presidency of the Berbice Cricket Board on the 18th February, 2018, veteran Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster promised to transform the sinking fortunes of Berbice Cricket. In the short span of two months, the Berbice Cricket Board has started five cricket competitions at the Under-17, Under-19, Under-21, Internal Zone and Second Division levels, while other tournaments for the Berbice River Cricket Association, 40Overs Second Division, Female, Intermediate, InterSecondary and several First Division would start shortly once the sunny weather holds. The Berbice Cricket Board has also unveiled several programmes to lift the status of the game in the Ancient County including Awards Ceremony, Elite Training, Countywide Coaching Programme, informative Facebook Account, Educational Cricket Posters, Inter-County Caps System, Inter-county Player of the Match, Award Scheme, Intercounty MVP Award Scheme and assistance to less fortunate clubs. Foster, who over the last three decades has enjoyed a highly successful relationship with sponsors due to his work at Guyana’s leading Youth & Sports Club, MS on Friday last disclosed that the Berbice Cricket Board has been able to attract sponsorship from two overseas based Guyanese for the 2018 Cricket Academy, Cricket Review

Magazine, Double Wicket Competition for First Division teams and a Training of Coaches Programme. Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh who has already committed to sponsoring the Countywide Coaching Programme at the cost of $500,000 would be investing another $369,600 to sponsor the 2018 Cricket Academy. The Cricket Academy which would be held from the 23rd to 27th July, 2018 at the Albion Cricket Ground would cater for the top 70 youth cricketers from the ancient county. Five highly qualified coaches would conduct the Academy with the main aim of making sure that every cricketer fulfills his/her true potential. The President also disclosed that a highly successful United States based Guyanese, Brian Ramphal, has agreed to donate $1M (US$5,000) after he received a comprehensive project document he requested from the Berbice Cricket Board. The funds would be used to publish the Annual Review Magazine, Educational Posters and host a double wicket competition for first division Clubs and Training of Coaches Programme. The funds would be wired to the Berbice Cricket Board Account at Republic Bank as soon as the Board is successful in changing the signatures on the Account. The 28 pages Magazine would be published at the F&H Printery in Georgetown and would be distributed free of cost to players, clubs and sponsors. The Berbice

Sunshine Girls grab bronze medal from White Ferns GOLD COAST, Australia, CMC – Jamaica condemned New Zealand to their lowest finish at the Commonwealth Games, brushing them aside 60-55 to collect their second straight bronze medal yesterday. The Jamaicans lead 15-11 after the first period and 29-17 at the half-time break, but fell behind momentarily three minutes into the third quarter before responding with some inspired defence to draw away to a 46-39 advantage at the end of the penultimate stanza. The White Ferns came roaring back in the final quarter however, and came to within four with 5:12 to play, but the Sunshine Girls held their nerve to pull out a comfortable victory at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre. Veteran Romelda Aiken scored 24 goals from her 31 attempts for 77 per cent shooting, team captain Jhaniele Fowler-Reid added 21 from 22 and goal attack Shanice Beckford provided valuable support with 15 from 18. The result was tacit consolation for Jamaica following their heart-breaking loss against England in the semi-finals on Saturday. But it consigned the once high-flying White Ferns to their fourth loss in the GC2018 tournament, as they missed out on the final for the first time since the sport was introduced at the Games two decades ago in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Jamaicans were more efficient in converting their turnovers in the first quarter in contrast to the New Zealanders, who struggled to make any gains and too often lost possession on transition.

Group A with another victory

- Kobra beat Royals in Group B round-robin action

Brian Ramphal Cricket Board in 2018 would be publishing about eight educational posters and has already received sponsorship from Guyana National Newspapers Limited for three of the posters. Funds from this $1M donation would publish the remainder, in what has been described as a massive and comprehensive Cricket Developmental Programme for the Ancient County. The Berbice Cricket Board would also be organising a two-day Pre-Level One Training Programme for potential coaches from Berbice Clubs. The main objectives would be to make sure that every club in Berbice has someone who can perform coaching duties and also to prepare the potential coaches to write the W.I.C.B Coaching Level One Programme. The Double Wicket Competition would be for first division clubs and forms part of a marketing plan to attract Berbicians back to matches after lack of interest over the last two years. Foster hailed the contribution of popular Attorney-at-Law and former Secretary of Berbice Cricket Board, Oscar Ramjeet for the role he played in attracting sponsorship for the Board. Special thanks were also extended to Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh and Mr. Brian Ramphal for their confidence in the administration of Berbice Cricket. Meanwhile, the Berbice Cricket Board would like to invite all First Division Clubs, Executive Members, Umpires, Members of its different Committees, Coaches and Senior Cricketers to a brain storming session at the Albion Sports Complex on Sunday 22nd April, 2018 from 15:00 hours. The main topic shall be the Development of Berbice Cricket and plans for the rest of the year.

Defending champions Bounty Colts, Plaisance Guardians and Kobras were victorious as action in the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation’s (GABF) National Club Championship dubbed ‘Road to Mecca V’ continued on Saturday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) with three lively matches. The opening fixture saw the lone Berbice representative in the 12-team competition, Canje knights, being defeated by Guardians 87-68. The 2016 and 2017 National Champions, Bounty Colts, demolished Raiders 87-63, while in the feature game Kobras trounced Royals 73-55. The Georgetown based Kobras team who finished third last year showed great ability to achieve a convincing victory against the Linden Champions, while Colts’ victory was nothing less than was expected from the club who have won virtually everything for the past two years. The East Coast Demerara based Guardians

team got a much needed victory after a couple of poor performances to hand Knights their second loss in as many games. Four more games were contested last night with those fixtures being Kobras versus Pacesetters, Republic Bank Nets against Jets out of Linden, Colts versus Knights, while the feature game contested was Ravens battling Half Mile Bulls. The results of those game will be featured in tomorrow’s issue of Kaieteur Sport. Mecca V will feature play again this Wednesday. There is over $2million in Prize money up for grabs with the grand cash prize of $600,000 to be received by the Champions when the competition concludes on April 28th, the runners up will pocket $400,000, while 3rd place will receive $200,000. In addition, the MVP will pocket $200,000, player with the most points, most rebounds and most improved player will each receive $100,000.

Questions asked about the authenticity of Guyana Judo Association - President Raoul Archer responds

William Blackman, an international coach and former Guyana Judo Association (GJA) secretary has come forward once again to raise awareness of the alleged unconstitutional operation of the GJA, in wake of the controversy surrounding the entity. Only last month the association was sprung into the limelight when Canadianbased Judoka Darren Elcock made allegations that GJA was not operating in accordance to its statutes. Amongst the list of several malpractices, Blackman, who was trained in Ecuador since 2005, maintained that the association is an unconstitutional body which is not even recognized by the international body; the International Judo Federation (IJF). “The present association is illegal, because they had changed their name to the Judo Association of Guyana, which was overturned by the international body and that body told Raoul Archer, the current President of the GJA when he went to a world conference in Brazil in 2012 that they do not recognize the Judo Association of Guyana,” Blackman stated. Blackman further said that

he, “told him (Archer) when he came back in order to rectify this, you (Archer) have to do the same process how you changed the name, call a general meeting and change it back. He did not do this,” Blackman further explained. The former Judoka further disclosed that members of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) are aware of this misconduct but still supports the entity. In response to the allegations, a visibly frustrated Raoul Archer who was elected to office in 2013, explained to Kaieteur Sport that prior to being elected to head the GJA, he had no involvement at the administration level of the entity and he had no involvement with the name change. In addition, he was unaware that there was even an initial AGM to change the name of the local Judo governing body, which was done in 2010. Archer noted that he even received a certificate from the IJF and it wasn’t until his return to Guyana that it was brought to his attention that the name had been changed to the Judo Association of Guyana (JAG) rather than the GJA. Archer further defended, stating that it was quite

baffling to him because the GJA is the registered name with all major parent entities including the GOA, National Sports Commission (NSC), Friends Society and more importantly the IJF. Two additional questions that Blackman asked of the administration of the GJA were: 1. Under which constitution (the GJA or the JAG) was Raoul Archer elected to office. 2. When was he reelected to office and where are the records of such since it is his understanding that elections are due every two years. Archer explained to Kaieteur Sport that he will have to consult with his lawyer before certain records are released. Meanwhile, Blackman explained to Kaieteur Sport that at the turn of the decade, the GJA had received US$25,000 to fund local judo development but over 75% of the funds were used and no project or imitative was launched to help the development of the sport locally which suggested misuse of funds. However, in an article published in January 2014 in Kaieteur Sport, Blackman noted that the funds were not used for development but for travelling purposes.


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8th Annual Powerade 46-miler Team Coco’s Hamza Eastman has continued to enjoy a fine season when he outwitted the field to add the 8th annual Powerade 46-miler on the West Demerara yesterday to his list of triumphs so far this year. The multi talented Eastman took the event in One Hour 40 Minutes 25.93 Seconds, outmuscling Paul De Nobrega (Digicel Team Evolution), Cortis Dey (Trojan &PSL) and Jamaul John (Team Coco’s) in a fourway sprint to the line. The 5th and 6th place positions were taken by Romello Crawford (Trojan & PSL) and Andrew Hicks (United We Stand). Eastman took three of the eight sprint prizes with two to Jamal John and one each to Briton John, Dey and de Nobrega. Briton John (United We Stand) copped the junior category from Adealie Hodge and Ajay Gopilall, while Junior Niles (Team Coco’s) repeated as veteran winner, the only cyclist to do so from the list of 2017 winners. Paul Choo-Wee-Nam and Ian ‘Deaf Boy’ Jackson followed Niles to the line in that order. Taking the mountain bike category was Jamal Coppel ahead of Kareem Sharpe, while the lone female competitor Shenika Tiexeira. Yesterday’s event pedaled off at Schoonord, proceeded to Bushy Park on the East Bank Essequibo before returning to the point of origin for the finish.

Hamza Eastman notches another win Briton John, Niles, Jamal Coppel & Tiexeira emulates

Category winners display their trophies in the presence of Organiser, Hassan Mohamed.

Blairmount CC congratulates National youth players on their selection The Blairmount Cricket Club executives and members is offering congratulations to its five members on being selected in the Guyana Under-17 training squad and Berbice Under-19 to participate in the inter county U-19 tournament currently underway. The BCC is elated F a w a z G a f o o r, S e o n G l a s g o w j r, M a r v a n Prashad, Nigel Deodat (Guyana under-17) and Javed Karim (Berbice under-19) have benefited the rewards for discipline, determination and dedication. BCC would also like to take this opportunity to encourage its members of the CHAMPIONSHIP team for the Wellmen & GFLSCA under-13 tourney (2017) Antowne Alexander, Zaynul Ramsammy, Sakir Saffie, Shreedat Rupnarine, Vickendra Singh, Darius Joseph and Tomani Caesar on making the Berbice or President XI under-15 intercounty. These above mention players are the products of their Cricket Development programmes, since their resuscitation in 2010. Blairmount Cricket Club has produced a total of 59

Javed Karim (Berbice Under 19) cricketers for Berbice at all levels. Deveshwari Prashad, Waqar Hassan, Nick Ramsaroop and Parmanand Ramdhan were the first set of

Fawaz Gafoor, Seon Glasgow Jr, Marvan Prashad, Nigel Deodat (Guyana Under 17) players to make the Berbice under-19 and under-15 team in 2011 of the new Era. “We wish these players great fortune and hope they

perform to their best ability to make Blairmount Cricket Club proud. The executives would continue to work diligently for the interest of its

members. BCC would like to thank its youths sponsors Bel Air Farm and Equipment Supplies, GT&T, Baksh

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RHTY&SC invites nominations for Gaskin and Ansa Mcal Award of Excellence In its ongoing quest to make sure that all heroes in the Ancient County of Berbice are honoured, the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sorts Club would be hosting two major award ceremonies in July 2018. The two Awards are the Annual Gregory Gaskin Memorial Berbice Sports Award and the Ansa Mcal Award of Excellence. Both are part of the twelve major Awards that Guyana’s most dynamic Youth and Sports Club host every year to recognise and honour outstanding Berbicians. Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster stated that the Gregory Gaskin Memorial Sports Award is sponsored by Mrs. Noreen Gaskin, CEO of Sentinel Security in memory of her late husband, while corporate giant Ansa Mcal (Guy) Ltd is the official sponsor of the Award of Excellence. The Gaskin Memorial involves the sharing out of five Awards - The Berbice Sportsman of 2017, Berbice Sportswoman of the Year 2017, Berbice Sports Personality of 2017, Berbice Sports Organisation of 2017 and Lifetime Achievement Award. Five Outstanding Berbicians would also be honoured under the Ansa Mcal Award of Excellence Programme for outstanding contribution to the development of Guyana in the

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RHTYSC Secretary CEO Hilbert Foster fields of Sports, Education, Community Development, Health and Law Enforcement. The two Awards Ceremonies would be held on Friday 27th July, 2018, at the St. Francis Community Developers Training Centre and would be hosted by the ten cricket teams of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS. The ten teams are Rose Hall Town King Solomon Logistics Under-12, Poonai Pharmacy Under-13, Farfan & Mendes Under-15, Bakewell Under-17 and Second Division, Pepsi Under-19 and Intermediate, Metro Females, Gismos & Gadgets Under-21 and First Division. The ten teams would like to extend an invitation to the Berbice General public to submit nominations for both Awards. Nominations for

t h e A n s a M c a l Aw a r d should be for persons above the age of 35 years who have served with excellence in their respective field for over fifteen years and most importantly be positive role models to the younger generation. Nominations for the Gaskin Memorial Sports Award should be done by members of Sports Organisation in Berbice while no member of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club is allowed to nominate anyone. Nominations should be sent in writing to the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, C/O Area ‘H’ Ground, Rose Hall Town or email to foster_hilbert@yahoo.com. Names and contact information for the person making the nomination must also be included. The final decision on the Awardees shall be made by a panel of judges headed by veteran journalist Gregory Rambarran. Each of the Awardees shall receive a trophy, framed Certificate of Excellence, Medal of Excellence and a Collection of Special Prizes. They would also be inducted as a Honorary Member of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS. Persons are encouraged to call the Club Office on 3374562 for more information from the Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster.

Successful Queensway Inc sponsored... From page 35 proves to be very encouraging and challenges shooters to return for more and better times.” She was very pleased at the turn-out of some new sports shooters who safely completed the Match. Competition was fierce between Ryan McKinnon and Pravesh Harry in the first two stages with the two swapping lead positions. Also putting in fast times consistently was young shooter John Phang who seemed in good focus for a high finish. Scoring was efficiently conducted by Stats officer, Dr. Pravesh Harry using a specialised scoring application. The striking glass plaques sponsored by Queensway Group of Companies were presented by GSSF Director and Asst. Secretary/Treasurer, Mr. Andrew Phang. After the smoke cleared the local steel challenge champ McKinnon did enough to clinch the win and finished more than 8 seconds ahead of Harry who in turn fended off the blazing young Phang by a comfortable 5 seconds and change. Overall Match Results of the G.S.S.F. Steel Challenge Competition sponsored by Queensway Group of Companies are as follows: Limited Division

1st – Ryan McKinnon (61.82 seconds) 2nd – Pravesh Harry (70.60 seconds) 3rd – John Phang (76.18 seconds) After the competition, shooters were given a special treat and opportunity to participate in a Side-Match with a cash prize. This involved the shooting of 2 different firearms in the same stage, those being a CZ Shadow 2 and a Glock 17. This proved to be an exciting end to the day as shooters safely negotiated the stage. At the start both guns were unloaded and lay on either ends of the start table, the objective was to secure hits on 3 steel plates using a limited round count of 5, the score would be the total time. Additionally, competitors had to use both guns independently at some point before completing the stage. The winning time was a sub 8 second run by Ryan McKinnon who donated his cash winnings to the Foundation. The GSSF would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to the GPF, Commissioner Ramnarine, the OC TSU and the ranks of the GPF Armoury and TSU. Additional thanks are extended to Brigadier Patrick West and the GDF for the use of their range facility at Timehri. More information on the G.S.S.F. is available on its website www.GuyanaSportShooting.com.

Gayle gives KXIP power for victory over CSK Chris Gayle got his first game of this IPL and he came out all guns blazing ©BCCI

MOHALI, India, CMC – A typically explosive half-century from Chris Gayle topped an equally brutal innings from Mahendra Singh Dhoni to pave the way for a four-run victory for King’s XI Punjab over Chennai Super Kings in a tense finish to their Indian Premier League match yesterday. Gayle, the talismanic West Indies opener, smashed seven fours and four sixes in 63 from just 33 balls to anchor RCB to 197 for seven from their 20 overs in the 10th match of the tournament at the IS Bindra Stadium. CSK looked in trouble on 56 for three in the seventh over before Dhoni arrived and cracked six fours and five sixes in 79 from 44 balls to lead his side to the brink of victory. A steady final over from Mohit Sharma denied CSK the victory, after they required 17 from the final six deliveries of the match. After Dwayne Bravo got a single from the first ball, Sharma delivered three dot balls in Indian Premier League standing TEAM M W L 1Sunrisers 3 3 0 2Kings XI 3 2 1 3Chennai 3 2 1 4Rajasthan 3 2 1 5Kolkata 3 1 2 6Royal 3 1 2 7Delhi 3 1 2 8Mumbai 3 0 3

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between a wide, a square drive for four from the third ball and a straight six off the last ball of the match for Dhoni. The former Indian captain shared successive stands of 57 for the fourth wicket with Ambati Rayudu and 50 for the fifth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja to get CSK back on course before launching a final charge in an unbroken partnership of 30 with Bravo. Earlier, Gayle shared 96 for the first wicket with India international KL Rahul before he was caught at short fine leg off former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson in the 12th over to leave RCB 127 for two. None of the remaining RCB batsmen could match Gayle’s dynamic hitting and they raised just 68 from the final eight overs – but it proved just enough. Scores: Kings XI Punjab 197 for 7 (Gayle 63, Rahul 37) beat Chennai Super Kings 193 for 5 (Dhoni 79, Rayudu 49) by four runs.

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