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Monday August 06, 2012

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Region 10 Chairman says…

Linden protests continue until electricity tariffs withdrawn Chairman of Region 10, Sharma Solomon said yesterday that major stakeholders within the mining town have resolved that the weeks-long protest action will only cease when the increased electricity tariffs are withdrawn. He said that the resolution was made during a meeting on Saturday with major stakeholders in the Bauxite Mining community. It came on the very day that President Donald Ramotar indicated that he will not visit Linden until the blockades are removed. “The resolution was put forward by the chairperson of the meeting pastor Selwyn Sills, and at the end of the meeting the stakeholders stood strongly in solidarity with the actions taken so farthat there must be a withdrawal of this imposition (increased tariffs) that came about on the 1st of July, and that is the decision that we continue to advance with,” Solomon told media operatives during a press conference yesterday. He added that the protest action could be called off today if Government withdraws the increased tariffs. “We dealt with the removal of assault rifles on the streets, and ensuring that there are small arms being carried by police officers. We also dealt with the information on the inquiry into the shootings, and the economic advancement of the region. “Those were the topics that we had discussed on the 23rd July. Coming out of those discussions, we managed to allow for further engagements. The discussions centered around critical issues- which would have been the electricity tariffs, and economic advancement, and recommendations that come out of the technical team.” Solomon added that discussions started on July 19th, immediately after the shooting to death of the three Lindeners. He subsequently met the President on July 23rd where

- Ramotar says he is open to meeting them

- blockades to be removed for essential services he advanced what came out of the stakeholder’s forum. Solomon pointed out that what was brought out at that meeting was the need for the establishment of technical teams to deal with the general cost of generation and distribution of electricity in the region. Also dealt with was the security issue, the removal of Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, the land selection committee, compensation for families of those killed and the commission of enquiry into the shootings. Another meeting that should have been held on July 24th was subsequently held on July 31st, according to Solomon. “At that meeting the Region 10 delegation got there and saw the Private Sector Commission, which was invited by the President or government, to observe those discussions. “We were never aware that the government had indicated that others would have been involved in these discussions. We said to the government that any such involvement should be a consensus. We would appreciate the Private Sector, but not only the private sector, we would appreciate other National and Regional Stakeholders,” Solomon declared. Meanwhile, Pastor Selwyn assured that movement of essential services will not be hindered by the roadblocks, even though the blockades will continue. Those services include health and other essential services. Norris King further elaborated, that any vehicle such as ambulances and other vehicles attached to the hospitals would be allowed to pass through unimpeded. Vehicles transporting food items will also pass. King further pointed out that the blockades would be cleared between 06:00 hrs to 07:00 hrs and 18:00 hrs and

19:00 hrs daily, and 12:00 hrs and 13:00 hrs. According to King, the clearances are only for Lindeners and other residents of Region 10, whom he urged to make good use of these times. Member of Parliament Vanessa Kissoon said that food distribution is ongoing, but that the demand is more than the supply. She however posited that hampers would be available for shut-ins, while Pastor Sills added that efforts would be made to ‘zone’ the food distribution. He acknowledged that churches have pooled their resources and have been distributing the food items, but that there is a process involved. Linden has virtually ground to a standstill ever since the protest action against increased electricity tariffs commenced on July 18th. What had initially started out as a five day protest has now gone into its third week. Several roadblocks have been placed at strategic points, across the Town, effectively blocking the free flow of traffic both within town, and to outlying districts, since the protest stated. Three Lindeners, Shemroy Boyea, Ron Summerset and Allan Lewis were shot dead, by police at the Mackenzie/ Wismar Bridge on the first day of the protest, and the Linmine Secretariat building was burnt to the ground. These events further escalated the protest action. Lindeners are adamant that it was the ‘uncalled for’ violence by the police that further exacerbated the situation.

President Ramotar meets members of GGDMA and GWMO last Friday The Guyana Women Miners’ Organization (GWMO) has accused Government of ignoring them and their numerous calls to expand opportunities for women in the mining sector. GWMO’s President, Simona Broomes, has stated that a series of events including the refusal of a seat with voting rights on the Board of Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and unsuccessful attempts to have an audience with Head-of-State Donald Ramotar has led the organization to take this position. During a recent interview, President Ramotar expressed his openness to having a meeting with members of the organization. “They are pushing at an open door…I do not have a problem meeting them,” he said. According to Broomes, the GWMO, which represents over 400 women, has been trying for months to meet with Ramotar to highlight issues affecting women in the industry such as human trafficking. Broomes disclosed that on Friday last she was finally able to meet the President

through an invitation by the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners’ Association (GGMA). “The matters affecting miners were discussed and I took the opportunity to raise several pertinent issues affecting women. I also pointed out that we want a seat with voting rights on the GGMC Board and Amerindian land extension and new application affecting miners,” Broomes said. “The issues I talked about were brushed off and it was like if I wasn’t there. But I guess me being ignored comes from the fact that I wasn’t invited by Government in the first place.” To Broomes, the outcome of that meeting gave the impression that Government does not acknowledge the GWMO as an established organization. “For instance, the GGDMA was given another seat with voting rights on the GGMC Board while the GWMO cannot

have one”, she noted. “The GWMO is not against the GGDMA getting another seat, but we are calling for fairness. We should at least be given one seat with voting rights. When we had met Persaud (Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Robert Persaud) he told us we could get a seat but we can’t vote. We were hoping that Ramotar would have heard our appeal,” Broomes said. “For months the organization requested a block of land, which is 1,200 acres to create employment opportunities for women but nothing has been done. Foreigners are coming into our country and accessing lands while women cannot,” she added.


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Editorial

Crime and Response Earlier this year, the police announced that while the overall level of crimes committed in our country fell by some 8% over last year, the rate of armed robberies rose alarmingly by some 21%. Since that time, going by press reports, that trend has not only continued but has accelerated. The Guyana Police Force seems completely at sea on capping this dangerous development. Basically this surge in violent crimes is the result of a confluence of several factors – each of which will have to be addressed if we are to reverse the trend. First there is the violence that has been keeping pace with the rise of the drug trade for the past two decades. Guyana is now an established drug transhipment point as was highlighted over the weekend by the seizure of 20Kg of cocaine at CBJ International Airport and 170Kg in Canada in June. The drug trade is notorious for its violent modus operandi. Associated with the drug trade is the increase in drug usage in Guyana, which creates a new urge for quick money to feed the drug habit. Violent crimes are one of the recourse to secure the ‘fix’. Then, we have to look at the continued breakdown of the family structure in which we seem determined to follow the North American pattern down to the bitter end. While we have not yet developed the marauding youth gangs that are characteristic of the American scene, there has been a surge of violent crimes by youths that come from broken or dysfunctional homes. Lastly we have to admit to the failure, not only of the police but to its cohort – the criminal justice system – which complains that it is overwhelmed. This saturation of the court system has led to a paradoxical situation. On one hand offenders are remanded for long periods before trial during which time they earn graduate degrees in crime and violence in the overcrowded jails and on the other hand when they finally go to trial they enter a revolving door situation. In the public discourse about how to deal with this tsunami of violence, we generally see two competing views. One is the traditional law enforcement approach, which says crime is caused by criminals and the way we deal with crime is to use aggressive enforcement policies and to deter or incapacitate criminals through incarceration. On the other hand, there is what some call the ‘social rehabilitation’ response to violent crime. That approach tends to see crime as caused by societal ills and seeks to deal with crime by remedying these ills through social programs. Proponents of this approach say that violent crime cannot be dealt with only by suppression but its root causes must also be attacked. We believe that we need both approaches, properly understood, acting together. We do have to take aggressive steps today to deal with the criminals of today. But, we also have to take steps and we do need programs to prevent, as best we can, the youth of today from becoming the chronic offenders of tomorrow. Too many advocates of the ‘root causes’ approach, however, give short shrift to the need for tough law enforcement. They just cannot bring themselves to deal with criminals decisively and they tend to dismiss reliance on police and prosecutors and prisons as unenlightened. Many times they will insist that we should be spending money on schools and housing and so forth rather than on police and prosecutors and prisons. We will have to prioritise our approaches and we hold that a strong law enforcement approach has to be paramount. This has to be so for the simple fact that in this pervasive atmosphere of fear and violence that we see in certain city neighbourhoods, even the best designed social programs cannot take root. The problem is that our efforts to deal with underlying social maladies are being strangled by crime itself. It should be increasingly clear that suppression of crime is a prerequisite for any of our social programs to be successful.

Monday August 06, 2012

Letters... Where your views make the news

Ministers serve at the pleasure of their Presidents DEAR EDITOR, I am writing with reference to the ongoing discussions/ debate in the letters column of Kaieteur News on the subject of Minister Clement Rohee’s responsibility (or lack of responsibility) for the incident at Linden in which police used live bullets for crowd control purposes, instead of rubber bullets, tear gas or water cannon. Three protesters were killed. Who takes responsibility? I cite an abstract from Google search on the definition of Ministerial responsibility: Quote. “Ministerial responsibility or individual ministerial responsibility is a constitutional convention in governments using the Westminster System that a cabinet minister bears the ultimate responsibility for the actions of their ministry or department. Individual ministerial responsibility is not the same as cabinet collective responsibility, which states members of the cabinet must approve publicly of its collective decisions or resign. This means that a motion for a vote of “no confidence” is not in

order should the actions of an organ of Government fail in the proper discharge of their responsibilities. Where there is ministerial responsibility, the accountable Minister is expected to take the blame and ultimately resign, but the majority or coalition within Parliament of which the Minister is part, is not held to be answerable for that Minister’s failure. This means that if waste, corruption, or any other misbehavior is found to have occurred within a Ministry, the Minister is responsible even if the Minister had no knowledge of the actions. A Minister is ultimately responsible for all actions by a ministry because even without knowledge of an infraction by subordinates, the Minister approved the hiring and continued employment of those civil servants. If misdeeds are found to have occurred in a ministry, the Minister is expected to resign. It is also possible for a Minister to face criminal charges for malfeasance under their watch”. Wikipedia. [End of quote].

As far as we know, the protesters were engaged in peaceful protest up to the time when they were shot. They did block a bridge and disregarded police warnings (according to news reports), but this is no justification for the police to use live bullets instead of non-lethal options to disperse protesters. A number of letter writers, Ralph Seeram (KN columnist), Prof. Randy Persaud (American University, Washington D.C.), Attorney-at-law Odai N. S. Ramischand, Vishnu Bisram (writer and journalist) have taken the view that no action should be taken by President Ramotar, except to let the Commission of Inquiry run its course to determine – what? I don’t quite get this part: to determine whether Minister Rohee gave the order to the Police Commander to shoot with live bullets. This is the most asinine and ridiculous part of the whole episode. Whether Rohee gave the order (I personally don’t believe he gave the order) or not, is irrelevant. Doesn’t the doctrine of Individual

Ministerial Responsibility have any meaning at all to this distinguished group of learned men, Seeram, Randy, Ramischand, Bisram? Isn’t there also something to be said about practical and wise decision-making in the business of governing a racially-divided country? There is something called “smart politics”, as well as something called “dumb politics”. Guyana is an extremely racially-divided country: Ethnic parties, extremely high levels of ethnic voting. Three African protesters shot and killed. Live bullets should not have been used, period. Racial tensions are rising. The economy is being strangled (food and fuel cannot reach the interior districts, because of sabotage by angry Africans. So how does President Ramotar defuse this situation quickly, and (to borrow Seeram’s phrase) “prevent this thing from getting out of hand”, and threaten a “return to the sixties”? You set up a smokescreen (so advised by this learned group) and wait – and let the tensions simmer. Continued on page 5

Ramotar guilty of not coming out publicly against corruption during the Jagdeo regime DEAR EDITOR, Very few people in Guyana or abroad believe that corruption and fraud will end under the PPP minority regime-giving the decades of financial misappropriation and malpractices. Corruption has become part of our culture. It is massive and widespread and only a national CAMPAIGN will seriously put an end to this scourge that plagues our entire landscape. Only an Independent Public Commission of Inquiry will unearth the history of deep-seated corruption that has become part of our political culture. The PPP, like the PNC, sustained the “Paramountcy of the Party”, which Mr. David Granger, quite rightly, said that he will eradicate. He has a lot to do. The root causes of this evil have plagued our society for more than 40 years. It will not end overnight. Mr. Ramotar is equally guilty as General Secretary of the ruling party for not coming out publicly against corruption during the Jagdeo period of misrule, despite constant exposure in the daily press and media. When I saw former Comrade Ramotar at Freedom House three years ago, we discussed this very issue and the involvement of PPP members and supporters in corruption, and he said that

he agreed with me that something drastic had to be done. But he has done nothing up to today. The truth is, his hands and legs were tied because a large section of businessmen (including drug lords) financially donated to the PPP and he had to ensure that they get the “payback” that they envisaged prior to paying those huge donations. And what about those contractors, party members and supporters, who were given huge contracts and have no qualifications or expertise in the specific areas? The “CONTRACTING” scam became a “milking cow” for the PPP to FILL its coffers and

its friends and families. One retired school teacher on the West Coast of Demerara, was given a contract to clean trenches and canals. He had no experience, but yet he profited from corrupt institutions propagated by the PPP central office, Freedom House, headed by our good friend, Comrade Donald Ramotar. Mr. Juan Edghill, the selfprofessed Bishop, now turned financial “expert” overnight, did tell his audience at the so-called training conference , about the connections between those people who are to sit on the Tender Panels and the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) and how are they recruited to the Panel.

What are the complaint procedures and Appeal systems put in place to ensure REAL transparency? There are other questions that must be raised. Does the Procurement policy match international standards and what mechanisms are put in place to ensure that after a job is completed - how sustainable it will be and avoid it crumbling in a few months? Nepotism and the immoral culture that have developed over the decades will not end unless strict penalties are put in place to the extent that very heavy fines or long-term jail sentences are prescribed. Jinnah Rahman Guyanese and UK Journalist

A call for the formation of Gun Clubs DEAR EDITOR, There are perhaps about four thousand licensed civilian firearm holders in Guyana and I will wager that no more than 90% are very familiar with their weapons and/or practice shoot fairly regularly. Such a situation defeats the very purpose for which one was issued a firearm licence in the first place. To defend life and property with a firearm requires more than the basic knowledge of your firearm which was imparted to you when you bought same. Additionally, firearm holders need constant reminders regarding when to use a firearm. Conversely, criminal elements, some as young as 12, are known to carry and use illegal firearms in robberies, etc. There is a strong belief that these elements are receiving training

at the hands of some ex-Army/Police personnel and from other criminals. Clearly, therefore, the advantage is on the side of criminal elements. My call therefore is for the relevant Authority to allow for the formation of Gun Clubs which can be manned by accredited personnel to which licenced firearm holders can be affiliated. With adherence to strict rules governing these clubs and their members, legit firearm owners can access adequate and constant training on the use of and familiarity with their weapons. I am hopeful that the licenced firearm community can join the debate on this matter and take the appropriate initiatives towards formation of approved gun cubs. Tej Jadunauth


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Letters... Where your views make the news... Letters... Where your views make the news

Present PPP strategies full of Jagdeo’s fingerprint DEAR EDITOR, We refer to a letter from Joey Jagan in Kaieteur News captioned “What qualifies this man to be Chairman of Guysuco?” Wasn’t it the same Joey Jagan; only 6 months ago who accused Moses Nagamootoo of being a “a soup drinker, a vagabond and an opportunist”? Which soup drinker would leave a teaching job at $180 per month in 1970 to join Dr Jagan for a pay of $117 a month? Wasn’t this same Joey Jagan who said that “Mr. Ramotar to me presents a new effort on the PPP’s behalf. I think Mr. Ramotar is a man of honour and is not a corrupt man, and I think he means to bring change to this country”? So why this crocodiles tears today Joey? Wasn’t the promised seat in the Cabinet not delivered on? Is this the reason why you are speaking with forked tongue today? If one is to just rehash a bit of history, it is with the help of Joey Jagan in 1991 that Raj Singh was able to split the ACG-USA by dethroning a long time Cheddi Jagan loyalist, Karshan Arjun who was later made an Ambassador to Suriname. So what happen today Joey? Did your old mate at deception and subterfuge undo your political ambition? Joey Jagan was among the many PPP leaders who lied on Moses Nagamootoo and as “Karma” dictates, what goes around, comes around. The PPP will surely hang Joey Jagan out to dry after this letter, but this always happens to unprincipled politicians. Raj Singh is one of Jagdeo’s cronies and closest confidant and his confirmation as Chairman at GUYSUCO is solid proof that Jagdeo continues to run the show in the PPP Government with President Donald Ramotar being nothing else but a loyal servant of the PPP maximum boss. If one is to observe the Cabinet, State Boards and PPP’s actions in response to the Linden situation, the Budget crisis and the many other test of its rule since November; it has the fingerprints of Jagdeo all over their poor strategies.

It’s been six months and we are yet to see President Ramotar being his own man. When will he be his own man? Is this how we will run this country; as a surrogate President fronting for the Guyana’s Putin? What is wrong with Ramotar? With the Constitution on his side, why is he so spineless? How can he support such an ill-found decision to have Raj Singh, who resides in New Jersey, to be appointed as Chairman of the Board for GuySuCo. That position demands a full time Chairperson to help resolve the growing menus of challenges facing the sugar belt that provide bread to some 100,000 mouths. There is no opportunity for mal-administration, and to reward political cronies is even worst since it results in greater adverse complications to an already complex situation. Might we remind the reading public that former Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud had stated that the corporation cannot afford to pay its workers higher wages, yet for the last decade this Jagdeo/Ramotar PPP Government found the resources to fund a part-time Chairman (flight, room and boarding and all else). This decision by President Ramotar to reward a Jagdeo loyalist is shaping up to be a grand embarrassment for the Jagdeo/Ramotar regime. Where is the value for money in this decision? So Joey Jagan you are absolutely right, Raj Singh is most unqualified to be the Chairman of Guysuco but you should be the last person in the world attempting to criticize your former mate. It is sheer eyepass that you think anybody still listens to you Joey! You have dishonored yourself!! How could you have joined the corrupt Jagdeo/Ramotar PPP campaign last November and expect Guyanese to respect and believe you much less listen to you today. Shame on you Joey Jagan, your letter and opinion is not even worth the paper it is printed on. Dr Asquith Rose and Harish S. Singh

Ministers serve at the pleasure of their Presidents From page 4 In my earlier letter (KN July 30th) I said Rohee is not qualified to be in charge of the lawenforcement portfolio. He lacks a formal education (never completed high school, no college), and therefore, even if surrounded with able advisors, he will have a hard time discerning sound advice from bad advice. Readers should also take note of Eusi Kwayana’s letter in KN (Aug 5th) citing an extract from Dr. Ramharack’s book (“Against the Grain – B.S. Rai”) in which Home Affairs Minister Balram Singh Rai (1962) countermanded the decision of a Police Commander to shoot protesters with live bullets, and ask themselves whether Rohee would have had the fortitude to act likewise? Rohee is a serial failure, woefully unqualified for this job. Rohee has nurtured in the police an “anything goes culture”. He is so detached, the police can do almost anything and get away with it. No one is watching the store. Too many murders go unsolved. He spends almost no time to revamp police training so his men would perform effectively and professionally. (Police used menthylated spirits to burn the genitals of a young suspect). He should have been relieved of his duties for the second time over the burned-genitals incident. Why is Rohee still serving in the Cabinet? Doesn’t this country have more qualified people? Now this question should focus everyone’s attention. It is the system or culture of the ruling party. When the PPP came back to power in 1992, they began a “jobs-for-theboys” program. Every loyal party supporter or organizer was given a job. Some of the most unschooled chaps were given Ministerial portfolios. It moved Moses Bhagwan to write: “Cheddi Jagan has elevated mediocrity in government to the highest levels imaginable”. Guyana has paid a heavy price for this “spoils program” gone amok. Rohee is a beneficiary of this program. How and why has Rohee survived all these years? Two things: The ruling Indoethnic party has almost never fired a Minister – to do this is perceived as weakness. Second, Rohee is an asset, a “windowdresser”. He is one of the few loyal Africans in the ruling Indoethnic party – he is sorely needed

to help project the image that the party is multi-racial. So he cannot be fired, no matter what calamities befall his ministry. Let us consider just two examples of Cabinet Ministers who were fired. (1) Agriculture Secretary, Earl Butts. He mocked the Pope. “He na playa the game, he na meka the rules”. Reagan did not initially care a heck about this remark. But when the whole country began to express their outrage with newspapers daily editorializing on the insensitivity of Earl Butts, President Reagan woke up one morning and said he had had enough. He called Butts and said: “Earl, you are liability to my Administration. Let me have your resignation by 3:00 pm”. The point here is that in a democracy a president has to pay attention to what the people are feeling and thinking – respond to their feelings of outrage. It doesn’t have to be anything terribly egregious or

criminal. That’s the essence of democracy. (2) Recently, in Peru, five protesters were shot and killed by police in a mine dispute. The President removed the Prime Minister and replaced five Ministers in his government. Could President Humala of Peru play hardball, as President Ramotar is currently doing? It made practical sense to punish the Ministers responsible for the killings of five protesters – but most importantly Humala wants to ease the tensions enveloping the nation and to show he is reformist-minded and sensitive to the protestors’ aggrieved feelings. It makes a lot of practical sense for Ramotar to act likewise. Mr. Editor, please indulge me one last point. Attorney Ramischand came up with a novel argument, namely, Cabinet Ministers are entitled to rights enshrined in Collective Bargaining Statues and Agreements – and

cannot be fired without due process etc. This is a patently false argument – and the examples I cited above showed clearly that Ministers serve at the pleasure of their Presidents and can be relieved of their duties for egregious things happening under their portfolio, as well as making innocent remarks. No due process or Commissions of Inquiry needed. The ball is now in the court of President Ramotar. He is perceived as heading up an Indian-led government, largely supported by Indians only; Africans on the other hand see themselves as cut off from executive-making decisions (justly or unjustly). Three protesters have been shot and killed by police. Tensions are rising. (Read racial tensions). Does it not make good practical sense to defuse the tensions by firing a palpably unqualified Minister? Mike Persaud

Why is the Government trying to brainwash the people of Linden DEAR EDITOR, I would like to ask one question of Mrs. Gail Teixeira. Why is she on the television trying to mislead the people of Guyana with her side of the story and not allowing the people of Linden to give their part of the story? The people of Linden strongly reject the one-sided stories peddled by the Government teams who appear on the TV. There is no one from Linden who is allowed to do what they are doing. Trying to criminalize the people and their leaders by those who appear on the TV is also unacceptable. No one from the Government team has ever tried to address the issues affecting Linden. Moreso, the people of Linden have no confidence in Ms. Teixeira, she is being paid a hefty sum to spin, since as Minister of Health she has put the workers of the Linden Hospital Complex through great hardship. She has caused the workers to be

placed on contract, promising that within one year they would be permanently employed by way of corporatizing the Hospital in 1996. To date this is yet to be done. She told the workers that they would receive a gratuity in lieu of pension, payable every six months. Presently, if a female employee should proceed on maternity leave, they lose their six months gratuity. When the workers were protesting against this injustice she has said nothing in their defence or attempted to set the records strait. There is no fairness in what is going on. It is very clear what the intention of the government is for not allowing another television

station in Linden. In every other part of this country there is more than one station. It means that the person has no opportunity to make decisions based on different views expressed on many issues. Why is the Government trying to brainwash the people of Linden. I am calling on the Government to deal with the issues affecting the people of Linden and stop playing politics. We are a proud, intelligent and dignified people who can make decisions of our own. Therefore stop trying to treat our leader and the people as if they are the least intelligent in Guyana. Maurice Butters


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Disastrous Police Suspect in insurance executive’s murder captured anniversary month ends After almost four month on the run, Clive Knights, the prime suspect in the murder of insurance executive Bert Whyte, has been captured. Police said that the suspect was nabbed yesterday when ranks stopped a minibus at Yarrowkabra, on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway. Kaieteur News understands that one of the ranks recognized Knights as being the individual that police have been searching for in connection with Whyte’s murder. However, a source said that the suspect initially identified himself as ‘Troy David.’ He reportedly eventually admitted to being Knights after another policeman identified him. Knights is a former security guard at the Georgetown Public Hospital, where Whyte had also worked before becoming an insurance executive. Whyte, 45, of Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara, was stabbed on May 14 last while sitting in his car in the Tiger Bay area. Checks of Whyte’s movements revealed that he

Bert Whyte had picked up his niece from a private school in the city, hours before his death. The child told detectives that there was another man who was unfamiliar to her in Whyte’s car when she was picked up. Instead of taking his niece home, Whyte reportedly dropped the girl off at the Stabroek Speedboat Stelling for her to make her way home to Pouderoyen. Accompanied by the man in the car, he reportedly then went to a Duncan Street night spot. Later, the two men headed

to Tiger Bay. Reports indicate that the suspect was driving while Whyte, a Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Life Insurance Company Limited Manager, was in the front passenger seat. An eyewitness reportedly later saw Whyte struggling with another man in the vehicle. Although wounded, Whyte managed to exit the vehicle and run into Main Street before collapsing outside of a Main Street Restaurant and Bar. He also managed to give his cellular phone to the security personnel at the establishment who subsequently contacted relatives. Whyte succumbed at the GPHC. It is believed that Whyte’s killer took his stolen car to Berbice. A few days after the murder, a p o l i c e r a n k spotted someone driving the vehicle in New A msterdam, Berbice. However, the occupant abandoned the car in Angoy’s Avenue after police gave chase.

Timehri residents given application forms for prepaid meters After disconnecting electricity to more than 50 homes in Hyde Park, Timehri, the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), has now provided them with application forms for prepaid meters. GPL has reportedly promised to bypass the fact that the residents are living on state owned properties, and will provide them with their own prepaid meters. Two Mondays ago, GPL

workers, accompanied by police, went into the area and disconnected several power lines. George David, one of the residents, explained that the people of Hyde Park were occupying government properties for many years, and have never paid any electricity bills. He added that while there were some rumours suggesti n g that the

residents would have to start paying the rates, they were never given formal notice. David and other residents noted that they do not have a problem with paying the rates, but were annoyed that they were not notified. David added that many businesses were drastically affected because of the haphazard disconnections. The residents say that they are thankful, but are hoping that the administration would not give them the royal run around in getting their prepaid meters set up.

July 2012: It was supposed to be a month of celebration, but instead the 173rd anniversary month turned out to be a disastrous one for the Guyana Police Force. It started excellently with one of the biggest parades through the city but it ended with the Police Force facing one of its biggest challenges within recent decades-a challenge newly appointed Commissioner of Police (acting) Leroy Brumell would have loved to avoid. Many had thought that with the end of the Henry Greene era which was marred by controversy and explosive disclosures, the Guyana Police Force would have been breathing cleaner, fresher air. However, judging from recent events, the air appears very stifling, similar to that which permeated during the 2002-2008 crime wave. During the month of July, the Force lost one of its own to a tragic accident, shot three protestors at Linden, while bypassing the much anticipated promotion of its ranks. At a time when public confidence was returning somewhat to the law enforcement body, the turn of events last month left many wondering if the Police Force was deliberate in digging its own grave. The events at Linden surely sum up the month for

- still no promotions the Guyana Police Force. On July 18, ranks opened fire on persons protesting the hike in electricity tariffs in Linden, killing Selwyn Boyea, 18, Ron Somerset, 19 and Allan Williams, 54. What happened next was a clear indication that the police had lost the confidence of a significant section of the public. Residents of the bauxite mining town were so incensed that they openly showed their anger towards the ranks on duty there. A week later, the Force lost one of its own, Sergeant Shurland Thomas, as a result of a vehicular accident. This was just a few days after Acting Commissioner Brumell issued a warning against speeding on the roadways and drinking and driving. But perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the month of July was the non announcement of the much anticipated promotions. Late last year, Brumell, who had taken over the helm of the Guyana Police Force after Henry Greene went on leave to facilitate a rape investigation, had assured this newspaper that the promotions would have been announced during the Force’s anniversary month.

Traditionally, the Force’s promotions are announced at the beginning of the year. “The soldiers get promote, prisons get promote, wha happen to police?” a rank questioned, adding that this is the eight month of the year and still there is no word on the promotions. Ironically, the only two promotions this year were those of Brumell and Crime Chief Seelall Persaud, who were both promoted to Deputy Commissioners, filling positions that were vacant for years. It is worrying for most ranks, especially those who are on the verge of retirement. The Force has not explained the reason behind the delay. However, a senior police source has informed that while the junior promotions have been finalized, it is the senior list which is dependent on the Police Service Commission that is posing the problem. But even if the promotions come out now it will hardly do anything to lift the spirits of many members of the Force who are convinced that the organization has taken two backward steps in the past month.

Capsized Miss Elliza... The relatives of 63-yearold Gerald Fraser, the cook presumed dead aboard the capsized Miss Elliza cargo vessel, are seeking the advice of a legal practitioner since the family is still to locate and bury the body of their loved one. The family said they are also upset that none of the relevant parties have made contact with them to speak on the topic of recovering the

man’s body, nor have they been contacted on the matter of compensation since Fraser was the breadwinner for his home. Sharon Pickett, Fraser’s niece, said that the family has secured the services of Attorney-at-law Melvin Duke who was contacted by Fraser’s daughter who resides in the United States. Pickett said she has already arranged to meet with the attorney today. Gerald Fraser has been working aboard sailing vessels from the age of 17 his family had previously stated. On June 8 last, the man was performing cooking duties aboard the shipping vessel Miss Elliza which was destined for Trinidad and Tobago. The boat had millions of dollars worth of goods onboard. A short period before nightfall, the boat had left the Muneshwar Wharf and was making its way to open waters when tragedy struck. The Captain, St. Vincent national Justin Bino had told reporters that the boat was

Gerald Fraser unbalanced and he had noticed this problem soon after leaving the wharf. The seaman said he tried taking the boat back to the wharf but it started to tilt on its starboard side before turning over. Fraser was alleged to have run back inside the boat, for a haversack. Other reports are that Fraser was in the kitchen cooking and got trapped when the boat toppled. The cook’s body is still (Continued on page 15)


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Young Caribbean immigrants can file to defer deportation on Aug.15 WASHINGTON - CMC The United States says it will begin on August 15 to process applications from hundreds of thousands of young illegal Caribbean and other immigrants expected to seek two-year deferrals of deportation. On June 15, US President Barack Obama said certain young people who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines may be eligible, on a case-by-case basis, to receive deferred action. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said on Saturday that it is finalizing a process by which potentially eligible individuals may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. USCIS director Alejandro Mayorkas said applicants will be charged US$465 for each request. He said applications,

which will also include requests for work permits, will be considered individually, with each immigrant undergoing a criminal and national security background check. Mayorkas said information from the applications would not be used for immigration enforcement, which is handled by a separate agency. Nevertheless, he said Caribbean and other immigrants found to have serious criminal histories or to pose national security risks would be prosecuted for deportation, and anyone submitting a fraudulent application could face criminal prosecution. Mayorkas said illegal immigrants can apply whether they are already in deportation proceedings or they have never been detected by the authorities. He said applicants who

have committed a felony, a “significant” misdemeanor like a firearms or burglary violation, or three or more misdemeanors will not be eligible. The immigration director said driving without a licence will not be a disqualifying offense, adding that many illegal immigrants have committed that violation because they do not qualify for licenses in most states. “It is important to note that this process is not yet in effect and individuals who believe they meet the guidelines of this new process should not request consideration of deferred action before August 15, 2012,” the USCIS said. “Requests submitted before August 15, 2012 will be rejected.” It said individuals who believe they are eligible should be aware of immigration scams.

Warner refuses to reveal plans for reducing crime Trinidad Express - A serious crime fighter does not reveal his plans, National Security Minister Jack Warner said over the weeken. Warner said since taking office, he has been bombarded with demands to reveal his plan to reduce crime. This he will not do, Warner said, speaking at a forum hosted by the Greater Tunapuna Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GTCIC), themed “Tackling at the Crime Scourge”. Held at the Centre of Excellence in Macoya, the forum addressed concerns from the business community about what they feel has contributed to the current crime situation in the country. Reiterating previous statements that the crime rate

Jack Warner has not increased, Warner said crime plans will be seen in action but he wants to be sure that public expectations are where they should be as things will not change overnight. “If one is serious about fighting crime, one does not discuss a crime plan in

public,” Warner said. While he insisted that crime statistics were no worse than in previous years, Warner said what had changed was the nature of the crimes being committed. “What has changed is the gravity of the crimes,” he said. The Government cannot enter people’s homes to discipline their children, he said, and blamed a breakdown of family life and single parenthood for much of the lawlessness being seen today. “What we are seeing is deviant behaviour,” Warner said. To find most of the reasons behind crime, Warner said many people must take a look in the mirror. He said construction of eight new stations will begin on Wednesday.

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Seven dead, including gunman, in shooting at Wisconsin Sikh temple OAK CREEK, Wisconsin (Reuters) - A gunman killed six people and critically wounded three at a Sikh temple during yesterday services before police shot him dead, and the attack is being treated as domestic terrorism, police said. The gunman opened fire when he entered the kitchen at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee at about 10:30 a.m. CDT (11.30 a.m. EDT) as women were preparing a Sunday meal, witnesses said. They described the shooter as a white man. Turban-wearing Sikhs are often mistaken for Muslims, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is overseeing the probe into shootings, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said. “We’re treating this as a domestic terrorist incident,” he told reporters. Four people were shot dead inside the sprawling temple. Three, including the gunman, were killed outside. The gunman ambushed and shot a police officer several times when he responded to a 911 call and was helping a shooting

Bystanders stand outside the scene of the shooting inside The Sikh Temple. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) victim, Edwards said. A second officer shot the gunman dead. Edwards had no identification of the shooter or what kind of weapon or weapons he had. The wounded officer, a 20-year veteran, was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, he said. The Oak Creek shooting is the latest in a series of gun rampages in the suburban United States. The shooting came little more than two weeks after a gunman opened fire at a theatre in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and

wounding 58. In January 2011, then-congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords was the target of an assassination attempt in which six people were killed and 13 were wounded. “The gunman is worse than the one at the theatre a couple of weeks ago because he targeted an entire community,” said temple member Jagatjit Sidhu. He was among dozens of temple members and onlookers who gathered in a parking lot near the temple after police sealed the building off.

Assad’s forces pound rebel stronghold in Aleppo ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - Syrian army tanks shelled Aleppo and a helicopter gunship strafed rebel positions with heavy machinegun fire as they fought into early this morning for control of the country’s biggest city and key battleground of the 17-month uprising. After U.N. Security Council paralysis on Syria forced peace envoy Kofi Annan to resign last week, and with his ceasefire plan a distant memory, rebels have been battered by a government onslaught in Aleppo and the capital Damascus. The main focus of fighting in Aleppo has been the Salaheddine district, a gateway into the city of 2.5 million people, where Reuters

witnessed heavy fighting. Tanks pounded alleyways where rebels sought cover. One shell hit a building next to the Reuters reporting team, pouring rubble on to the street and sending billows of smoke and dust into the sky. State television said Assad’s forces were “cleansing the terrorist filth” from the country, which has been sucked into an increasingly sectarian conflict that has killed about 18,000 people and could spill into neighbouring states. In Damascus, troops backed by fighter jets have kept up an offensive against the last rebel bastion there in recent days. Syria’s two main cities had been relatively free of violence until last month when fighters poured into

them, transforming the war. The government largely repelled the assault on Damascus but has had more difficulty recapturing Aleppo. Rebel commanders say they anticipate a major Syrian army offensive in Aleppo and one fighter said they had already had to pull back from some streets after army snipers advanced on Saturday under cover of the fierce aerial and tank bombardment. “The Syrian army is penetrating our lines,” said Mohammad Salifi, a 35-yearold former government employee. “So we were forced to strategically retreat until the shelling ends,” he said, adding the rebels were trying to push the army back again. Late on Sunday rebels clashed with the army in Aleppo’s south-eastern Nayrab district, a fighter who called himself Abu Jumaa said. The army responded by shelling eastern districts. There were also clashes on the southern ring road, which could be a sign the army was preparing to surround the city.


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A NEW BRIDGE? YES, BUT WHERE? A new bridge is needed over the Demerara River. Given the traffic that traverses the Demerara Harbour Bridge each day and the long time it takes for people to reach home or to get to work when having to use that bridge, there is a need for two bridges across the river, one for eastward traffic and other for westbound traffic. The question however is where will this new bridge be situated. The present bridge is a floating bridge. It would have been nice if an upper tier

could have been bolted on to it so as to facilitate upper and lower level traffic. The present structure, however, cannot sustain that load. There is also no room on the eastern bank for another bridge next to the present one. We have continued to make the mistake of not catering for the future. We have persisted with unplanned development by allowing houses and businesses to be built along main roads, especially near to major infrastructural projects. If a new structure is to be

built near to the present one, it would involve encroaching on private property. Even so, it will only compound the already difficult traffic situation for another bridge to built in close proximity to the present one. Building a new bridge is therefore impractical. There is simply no land available to build a new bridge between Georgetown and Providence, simply none. So where is this new bridge going to be located?

Who’s responsible for the fire hydrants?

Who’s responsible for the fire hydrants around the city? No one, according to Georgetown Mayor Hamilton Green. Mayor Green told Kaieteur News yesterday that it is the government’s responsibility to identify an organization and provide the funds to ensure fire hydrants are functional in a “wooden city” such as Georgetown. He said that for over six years, as Guyana Water Inc (GWI) was in reform, he repeatedly stressed at all board meetings that the lack of functional fire hydrants in the city needs to be addressed. “While on the board of directors, I always raised that it is of utmost importance to ensure fire hydrants are operational. “I supposed they got fed up of me making that important point… I was soon kicked off the board and no member of the council has

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Another useless hydrant since been on the board.” Green disclosed that he had spoken to former President, Bharrat Jagdeo about the resuscitation of fire hydrants but he got no positive response. He said that he also wrote to several other relevant authorities “still nothing…I also sent a letter to the newspapers.”

Green said that the government continues to showcase a “callous and foolish” attitude towards this important issue. He opined that the fact that the government hasn’t officially assigned any entity to be in charge of hydrants shows that they fail to grasp the importance of having working hydrants. Commenting on the fact that there are reportedly no working hydrants in the city, Green remarked: “The government’s lack of attention towards this issue is criminal.” The issue of nonfunctional fire hydrants came to the fore last week when a fire razed four Regent Street stores. In 2009, several stores went up in flames, while in April this year; another building which housed several stores was destroyed.

It makes no sense taking the bridge further up the East Bank. The bridge at Providence is already too far away and is one of the main reasons why persons living in West Demerara take so long to get to and from home each day. This is not helped at all by the volume of traffic that uses the bridge every day. The heavy traffic is based on two main factors. Economic and educational opportunities are too heavily concentrated in Georgetown. As such, the bulk of the persons who use the bridge do so to get to and from work and for business and personal services. Also, all of the top schools in Guyana are located in Georgetown. This means that children living in West Demerara who attend these top schools have to travel each day across the river. The government therefore has to create economic and educational activities in Region 3. It has to stop this idea of allowing businesses along the main public roads and instead identify a massive area in West Demerara for businesses; it has to look towards encouraging an entertainment complex, comprising of movie theaters and discothèques, clubs and other such attractions. The whole intention is to create large industrial, business and entertainment zones that

would create thousands of jobs and eventually allow more persons living in those areas to work near to their homes, thus avoiding daily travel across the river. The private sector would love such a venture. The government should find the land and allow the private sector to do the rest. Two or three top primary and secondary schools are also needed in West Demerara. There are existing schools that can be upgraded with proper computer labs and by bringing in part-time highly qualified teachers from outside of Guyana. Once this is done in two or three schools, parents in West Demerara would be more inclined to send their children to these schools rather than having to send them to the city. These measures however may not in the short-term reduce the amount of traffic appreciably. After all, a man working in Georgetown will not necessarily leave his present job in the city simply because jobs are available near to where he lives. What these measures will do is to help in the long term when the situation is likely to get far worse than it is at present. By then, hopefully, an alternative to a new bridge would have been found. An alternative has to be looked at in the interim because there is no suitable location for a new bridge.

Perhaps faster passenger-only ferries is the answer. If a ferry can be found which can move five hundred persons within fifteen minutes, this would make a big difference. It is an opportunity for the private sector to consider. And since the government is very keen to provide financial backing for major projects, this could well be one. Instead of wasting money on the proposed Marriott Hotel, the government should take that money and support a private sector initiative aimed at faster ferries to ply the river by repairing the present ferry stellings once there is a viable proposal from the private sector.


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Post-elections shooting… Wounded opposition MP to present medical report Member of Parliament, Joan Baveghens, one of those who brought civil charges against two senior police ranks of the Tactical Services Unit (TSU) following the shooting of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) members late last year, is expected to present a medical report to substantiate claims that she sustained injuries after being shot by rubber bullets. Baveghens and her friend 75-year-old Sarah Johnson who is also a victim in the case against the police officers were the only two present before Magistrate Judy Latchman when the matter was called at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. Apart from Johnson and Baveghens, shot victims Attorney-at-law James Bond, retired Brigadier Edward Colin and William Thomas Dalgetty have also brought charges against Superintendent of Police Lyndon Alves and Assistant Superintendent of Police Errol Watts, the two senior TSU ranks charged with inflecting grievous bodily harm to the complainants. Baveghens had to present the medical report but the matter had to be

adjourned since she had left the document at home. She informed the court that she had changed handbags and the medical report was left in another bag. The matter was put off for next Wednesday. On the previous occasion, Baveghens had testified that she and her friend Johnson were walking peacefully when they came across a police blockade. She said the police had ordered all the people who were walking to turn back in the direction from which they had come. Baveghens said she enquired from the police why they had to turn back. She however said that before she could get a response from the police her friend advised her not to question the ranks and to do as they had ordered. The parliamentarian said that the persons had turned around and were walking away from the blockade when she said she heard the clicking of guns. Baveghens said the ranks without warning started to shoot at the people and everyone scampered to safety. The woman said it was “a mass of confusion” as persons started to run in all directions. She said what was (Continued on page 15)

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Body in shallow grave…

Cops hunt for teen’s killers Police were yesterday questioning the mother of 13year-old Basmattie Moonsammy as they seek answers about the murder of the West Berbice teen, whose body was found Saturday in a shallow grave. Basmattie Moonsammy of Woodley Park, had been missing from her home over a week ago and it was rice farmers in the area who made the discovery of her decomposing corpse buried in deep mud in the backdam area. Reports are, too, that the girl may have been raped and then murdered, since the farmers who worked in the backdam reported seeing marks of violence about her body. Police at Fort Wellington Police Station detained the girl’s mother, Padmoutie Dyall, 44, a domestic worker shortly after the discovery was made on Saturday morning. According to reports from villagers, the woman lived with her daughter and two other children under povertystricken conditions. Moonsammy attended the Woodley Park Primary Tops. Basmattie who was wearing a black brassiere and skirt, was buried face down. Her underwear was pulled down to her knees. A strip of cloth was tied around her throat. According to reports,

the teen was reported missing since last Sunday. However, because she was often missing from home, nobody suspected that anything was amiss. Reports further indicate that the girl had a boyfriend who was previously charged for a murder and rape which occurred three years ago in the area. Moonsammy leaves to mourn her sister, 15- yearold Alana and 10- year- old brother Yuvraj, both of whom are currently staying with an uncle at Woodley Park. The body is at the Anthony’s Funeral Home awaiting a post- mortem examination.

The slain girl’s siblings

The shack in which Basmattie lived with her mother and siblings


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“Mitt Romney’s campaign is scrambling to limit the damage from his gaffe-strewn visit to London – which has drawn mocking put-downs from the city’s mayor and the British prime minister, and “Mitt the twit” headlines in the UK.” The British “Guardian” newspaper, from which the piece above was taken, also quoted the New York Times as saying that Romney’s visit to the UK was “flub-filled” and “At this rate, Mitt Romney may provoke an international incident with the United Kingdom by the weekend.” Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, is quoted as saying, “He was a gaffe machine. It wasn’t just a single gaffe. Every time he opened his mouth he created another gaffe.” So what is a gaffe and what are these gaffes that Romney, a Latter Day Saint, made? Depending on where you are and what you’re doing, and whether you’re listening or reading, a gaffe can be one of four things. The

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homonym gaff is a stick with a hook that you use to bring in large fish or a sailing term in which case Romney made a damn mast of himself. A second gaff (but pronounced more like “gyaff”) can happen if you’re in Guyana or around Guyanese people. According to the Kaieteur News, “There is no Guyanese pastime that we engage in with such verve and dedication as the good old-fashioned gaff. While the word originally may have meant “severe criticism” or raillery, our g a ff i s punctuated with such good humour, that it would be difficult for all but the most thin-skinned not to crack a smile in the end. The Trini may have his ‘ole talk’ but we would take our gaff any day. There aren’t many topics that are out of bounds in a good gaff: religion and mothers about exhaust the list.” In Romney’s case, he found out that in England criticizing the preparation for their Olympic games is also a no-no. Then there is the gaffe or “an unintentional act causing embarrassment to its

originator; a blunder” as in “His comments are a major diplomatic gaffe.” What did Romney say? First, Romney, who ran the 2002 games in Salt Lake City, Utah, said he saw some “disconcerting” signs in the days before the games. David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, slapped down Romney with, “We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course, it’s easier if you hold an Olympic games in the middle of nowhere.” Romney said he spent a great day in the “backside” of Downing Street. He meant the “back garden”. Others who referred to Mitt Romney using the same term, did not mean the back garden and when one of his aides told an American journalist in Poland to “kiss his …” he used a more direct term. Romney also referred specifically to a meeting with the head of Britain’s ultrasecret spy agency, “MI6”. This is another no-no and prompted a response from the

Missing cook’s relatives seek... believed to be aboard Miss Elliza. Despite several searches which Minister of Works Robeson Benn said were conducted, Fraser’s body has not been found. Fraser’s family had told Kaieteur News that making contact with the boat owner Vijai Sankar was very difficult and they claimed that the man was avoiding contact with the family. From then to now the family said they are still awaiting word on recovering the man’s body from either the boat owner or Government officials. Attorney-at-law Melvin Duke told Kaieteur News that he is tasked with finding out who exactly owns the

capsized vessel. Duke said that the family sought his services since they were unsure what steps they should take, given that the cargo vessel has been abandoned by its original owner and is now the property of the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD). The lawyer said about two weeks ago he wrote to Minister Benn on the boat issue but is awaiting a response. Duke said the family may be suing unless an agreeable settlement can be put forward by the relevant parties. Apart from that, Duke mentioned that he would be looking at issues of liability

in relation to the cause of the mishap and the insurance responsibilities of the boat owner, whether previous or present. Duke further stated that today he is hoping to make contact with Minister Benn and Maritime officials to determine who is responsible for the boat and thus responsible for compensating Fraser’s family. When Pickett was contacted yesterday, this publication was told that the family is still grieving the loss of their senior relative. She said the hardest hit is her mother, the missing cook’s sister. Pickett said the family is hoping to send the woman on a vacation.

Wounded opposition MP... (From page 10) worse was that the police were still shooting persons as they ran for cover. Baveghens, however, said that she too was trying to avoid the pellets but after a while, the woman said she started to feel a sharp pain on her left leg. She said she still could not stop to inspect her injury since the police ranks had not ceased fire. The witness said when she finally checked her leg she realized that she had been shot at the back of her leg. Attorneyat-Law Llewellyn John is representing the victims. He had requested that the matter be put down for the woman

to present the medical to prove her story about the injuries. That will be done on the next occasion. In the meantime, Attorney-at-law Patrice Henry is representing the charged senior ranks. Alves and Watts were put forward as the two officers who had given the order to shoot protestors who had initially congregated at the Square of the Revolution over matters stemming from the 2011 General Elections. Those issues included the release of original statements of poll from the Elections Commission. At least 12 persons were charged earlier in the year for allegedly marching in an

illegal procession. Amongst them were Attorney-at-law James Bond and retired Brigadier Edward Collins. The case against those persons was recently dismissed by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine Beharry.

British Press Office, “Sir John Sawers [MI6 Chief] meets with lots of people but we don’t give a running commentary on any of these meetings.” The fact is that Romney’s gaffes actually put him in the company of many of the people who aspired to be, or became, Presidents of the United States. Ronald Reagan was astonished when he visited Latin America, “”Well, I learned a lot....I went down to (Latin America) to find out from them and (learn) their views. You’d be surprised. They’re all individual countries.” On December 1, 1982, at a banquet in Brazil, President Ronald Reagan offered a toast to Brazilian President Figueiredo and “to the people of Bolivia.” At a gala dinner in Washington, D.C. President Reagan called Princess Diana “Princess David.” “Permit me to add our congratulations to Prince Charles on his birthday just five days away,” he said, “and express also our great happiness that... er... Princess David - Princess Diane (sic) here on her first trip to the United States.” During a

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conversation between US President George W. Bush and Fernando Henrique Cardoso, the Brazilian President, Bush bewildered his colleague with the question “Do you have blacks, too?” John McCain who fought Obama for the Presidency said, “We have a lot of work to do. It’s a very hard struggle, particularly given the situation on the Iraq-Pakistan border.” The countries share no common border. And, of course the last words go to Bush, “”We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease.” This is why the recent gaffes by Trinidad diplomat, Therese Baptiste-Cornellis, must be taken in context. She was supposed to speak on “Cultural diversity as the fourth policy area of sustainable development.” Instead she spoke about finding a husband on the internet, finding a political appointment as the Minister of Health (MOH) because, as a lecturer in a post-graduate

Business programme at the University of the West Indies, she taught the Prime Minister, and finding out when sacked as MOH that being an ambassador is harder than being a Minister and that is harder than being a teacher. I gather that she will soon find out that, hardest of all, is being unemployed. But it won’t be for long. From everything she said, she could make a great Republican President of the United States. Even better than Romney although if she doesn’t know the difference between a “backside” and a “back garden” there are a lot of Trinis anxious to enlighten her. *Tony Deyal was last seen laughing at a British writer’s spoof on Romney, “The right to bear arms is what made our country strong. As I told Prime Minister David uh, David uh, as I made plain to the Prime Minister, the pistol is what keeps the Olympic spirit alive, and no athlete, man, woman or child, should ever have to go out on that track without one.”


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Alternative for Styrofoam, plastic containers available by October Guyana now has a line of eco-friendly packaging or table ware alternative for Styrofoam and plastic receptacles. Caribbean Container Inc. (CCI) will be releasing this green line on the market this October. At the launching of “Eco Pak” Saturday evening, CCI’s Chief Operating Officer, Patricia Bacchus said that the product was developed because of the dire need for an alternative for styrofoam and plastic receptacles, coupled with Government’s intention to impose an environmental levy. Ms. Bacchus said that feedback from the business community, particularly from those in the restaurant and hotel industries, led them to be confident about the product’s success. She related that “Eco Pak” is made from sugar cane fibre, rather than from wood pulp. Explaining why sugar cane was used, Bacchus said sugar cane crop regenerates much quicker and is less resource intensive. She stated that the product is 100 percent biodegradable and after use decomposition takes 90 days. According to CCI’s Chief Executive Officer, Ronald Webster, “We are operating in partnership with overseas

President Donald Ramotar (right) and CCI’s Chief Executive Officer, Ronald Webster look at the eco-friendly container. manufacturers and what we are doing at this point is to determine what the market needs. Those are exceedingly expensive so once we get the market data available and set out we will be putting in our own plant to produce this material.” Demonstrating government’s support for this initiative and similar ventures in the future, President Donald Ramotar said Government is ready to give tax free concession to anyone who wants to setup recycling plants for

plastics. Ramotar related that at the recent Building Exposition, great possibilities of using materials seen as nuisance value on the streets were displayed. According to Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Robert Persaud, CCI was one of the first companies to step forward with initiatives to support Government’s drive to ensure that we have better environments. He emphasized that the main contributing elements to the garbage situation in the country is what consumers use. Government is supportive of this venture because there is no functioning scheme to incentivize plastic receptacle collection and in some countries styrofoam is banned. Persaud related that Government is looking in the direction of encouraging companies to setup recycling plants and devise ways to phase out the use of Styrofoam. Government will be introducing stamp duty as well as an environmental levy on Styrofoam.

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Horror holiday for Canadian couple…

Husband robbed, wife raped The Guyana holidays for a young Canadian-based couple got off to the most horrible start thanks to bandits who attacked them, hours after they had arrived in the land of many waters. The two who are stopping at a West Coast Demerara address were on their way home from a barbeque on Saturday night when three bandits robbed them of cash and jewellery before subjecting the female to a savage sexual assault, while her husband watched helplessly. Reports reaching this newspaper stated that the 27year old male visitor was driving his brother’s minibus heading home with his 29year old wife when another car bumped into the back of

their vehicle. Thinking that it was a normal accident, the visitor and his wife stopped and came out of the bus to examine the damage with a view to settling with the other motorist. Within seconds they were pounced upon by three men who were carrying guns. The men held up the visitors and bundled them into their car, while one of them took control of the mini bus. The gang proceeded to a deserted spot where the assault took place. During the attack, the men stripped the bus of its music set, valued at $1.5M. This was after they had relieved the couple of their cellular phone, $2000 in Canadian currency and

jewellery to the value of $6000 Canadian dollars. According to reports reaching this newspaper, the husband was tied up and thrown into a nearby bush while his wife was left to the mercy of the bandits. When they were done, the bandits tied up the woman also and threw her into the bushes with her husband. It appears as if the attack was well planned, since before leaving, the men told the couple that they were sent by someone to carry out the attack. After the men left, the visiting couple managed to free themselves and make their way to safety. The matter was subsequently reported to the police but so far no one has been arrested.

AG reviewing contract clauses By Latoya Giles Attorney General Anil Nandlall says that he has started to review the contracting provisions which deal with the penalties for contractors and service providers who do “shoddy work”. It was on Friday at the National Symposium on Procurement that the Head of State Donald Ramotar disclosed that he has instructed the Attorney General and the Minister of Finance to re-examine these laws because taxpayers should not be paying for this. According to Nandlall, he is currently seeking to impose penalties and he has already moved to the courts against “Synergy Holdings Inc,” which was contracted for the Amaila Falls Project. “Government has moved forward with the lawsuit claiming damages in excess of $750M and also liquidated damages,” Nandlall told Kaieteur News. Nandlall further told Kaieteur News that he is also examining existing contract laws to ensure that where there is a breach of clauses, penalties will be enforced. Moreover, the AG said that he is also reviewing new contracts that are now coming onboard with an aim of tightening them. “I would also be

- aiming to get value for money amending and adding new clauses with the aim of ensuring that the likelihood of a breach is minimized.” He noted that the whole purpose of this was to ensure that taxpayers receive value for their money. The President on Friday last reiterated that errant contractors and serviceproviders could be banned for “shoddy” work. He said that he wants this “accountability” feature for the state, and added that the government has put a lot of work into the framework for this. He added that several systems were put in place for accountability and transparency. “The government has introduced a public procurement system, so that we could get public tendering for the government’s needs. We also introduced public opening of bids, for persons who have an interest, to ensure transparency.” He also emphasized that all of these things are being evaluated by technical teams, and several persons were trained, because he wanted a wider rotation system. “We need a rotation, I don’t want to see the same names looking at and evaluating bids,” Ramotar asserted.

He sought to clarify that cabinet does not award contracts, but gives noobjections. He said that if there are concerns, they would send the contract back with observations. The contract would have to be reevaluated and returned to be taken into consideration. “ We h a v e t o p u t i n place strong legislation in order to try and ensure that our system is fair and we work under strict guidelines. The reason for this is that we want to ensure that Guyanese are getting value for their tax paying dollars.” Further lashing out at contractors, the President said that rain should not be an issue or excuse for not getting the job done. He said that everyone in Guyana should have figured out by now that we have a specific weather pattern because of our proximity to the equator. Ramotar also told the gathering that some of the variations are huge and sometimes these problems are with consultants, and engineers. He pointed out that this also relates to contractors who cannot finish their work, which is unacceptable for a country like Guyana that is struggling to enhance people’s livelihood. “Poor supervision leads to shoddy work and is costing the government considerable amounts. Very often a lot of work has to be redone and these are things that we cannot tolerate, it takes away from different sectors,” Ramotar told the audience.


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Monday August 06, 2012 ARIES (March 21 - April 19): The time for exploring new locations has come and gone -- but it will come around again soon enough. You have to put a cap on your wanderlust and stick close to home for now. ******************* TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): After weeks of going back and forth on some social plans, you will reach a major turning point today when someone (not you) decides to give in and be more reasonable. ****************** GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): Your travel plans might be just about set in stone, but resist the urge today to finalize reservations and book tickets -- there is a slight chance that things could change, and you need to stay flexible right now. ******************** CANCER (June 21 - July 22): Play interpreter to the feuding forces around you today, and you'll enjoy many blessings -- including a nice financial gain. Details that you know like the back of your hand are like ancient ********************* LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22): Everything's been so entertaining lately -- and the fun shows no sign of stopping anytime soon! You and your friends can have a good time doing just about anything anywhere, so it's a good time to schedule some good deeds in with all of that fun. ******************* VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22): There is certainly no shortage of high-spirited energy inside you right now, but it will need a little bit of coaxing to come out at full strength. Why are you holding back? You should be all a b o u t c e l ebrating the nuclear-strength power you have! *********************

LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22): Are you taking enough time out of your day to appreciate the smaller things in life? Or are you more obsessed with big, impressive material goods? ********************* SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. 21): You'll have a hard choice to make today between feeding your mind and feeding your heart -try to go for the option that feeds your intellect rather than your emotions. ******************** SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. 21): Regardless of whether you are looking for a new romance right now or not, you'll have lots of fun meeting new people and flirting up a storm today. People will be flirting right back, too -- and if you want more, you should encourage it. .********************* CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. 19):Dates and times are getting complicated, and not everyone's schedules are lining up together. People are going to be hard to get a hold of today, and one of your appointments might have to be rescheduled for another time. ******************** AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18): The cynical side of you comes out in full force today when someone's altruism sets off alarm bells in your mind. But before you cause a racket claiming that this person is full of ulterior motives, hold back. Wait and see how everyone else in the room reacts to this. ********************* PISCE S ( F e b . 1 9 March 20): You will find yourself gravitating toward less conventional people and places today, and you'll have an absolute ball trying to figure them out. Ask these folks leading questions, and keep your ears wide open for hidden meaning.

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Professional Social Workers unite to launch counselling body in Berbice (From page 19)

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One Toyota Wish $3M, One Toyota Noah Unregistered $2.5M Call: 648-6869 Toyota Mark 2 PJJ Series Call Owner 644-6608 2003 Nissan X Trail PLL series, excellent condition $3.2M Negotiable Call:6233839 Nissan Xtrail white PMM series, low mileage $3.5M Negotiable Call:623-6071 or 233-2468 Long & short base open back canter, call: 617- 2891 BJJ 635 Minibus, EFI Engine for sale or on contract Call: 692-0762 Bus for sale BJJ 1065 (Long Base) Call: 682-5054 1 Toyota Allion, 1 Toyota IST, 1 RAV4 Call: 624-1343, 664-2755 1 Toyota Ceres, AT 192, AT 170, 212 Carina, L-Touring Wagon, EP 71 Starlet, 1 Alteeza PMM, 1 Suzuki pick up Call: 644-5096, 697-1453 2 Leyland Daf Dump truck in working condition Call: 6281756, 228-5655 1 Mitsubishi mirage car $820,000 Call: 639-9528 1 AT 192 yellow HB series very good condition owner leaving $750,000 Negotiable Call: 619-5854 Toyota IST, excellent condition, fully loaded Call: 691-0554 Jags’ VVTI, Manual Buses, Premio, Wagon, IST, Raum Cheapest Call: 616-7635

Some of the PCPS members. A group of professionals in the area of counselling and psychology has formed a Professional Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Service (PCPS) in the Berbice area. The organization, Professional Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Services which will be located in Sheet Anchor, East Canje will provide pertinent counselling services to Berbicians at a minimal cost. Services will include anger management, conflict resolution, healthy boundaries, coping skills, family roles and relationships and peer relationships. The group was launched over the weekend at the Guyana Teachers’ Union Hall in New Amsterdam with a simple ceremony. One of the members, Pandit Dinesh Jaiprashad, Schools’ Welfare Officer, noted that the team has looked across Berbice and “observed that the services we will be providing will be second to none”. He noted that there are many persons who have the need to such services and the team

has come together to render assistance. “We will do all forms of counselling and guidance and we will implement, manage and monitor group therapy programmes throughout the year”, he said. “As a group, we will render service so that we will have an inclusive society and there are individuals affected by stress, conflicts, alcohol and domestic abuse. “We will try our utmost to facilitate positive changes among them.” Ms Lewis noted that the initiative was formed due to the many societal ills that pervade the country, especially in Berbice. “We want to be reachable not only through our locations, so we will provide our cell phone numbers and distribute cards, and what we want to do is to provide an alternative to suicide, drugs, violence; we want to be that alternative and this is our main focus”. She added that the Physiotherapy staff members intend to visit persons in their homes especially shut-

ins. “We want to take the services to the people”. The American University of Peace Studies will also be running programmes such as psychology through PCPS. Some services provided by the team will have some costs attached, “but we are hoping that we can get community involvement and they can step in and assist”. PCPS was founded by six patriotic professionals determined to motivate change in Berbice by providing the means to effectively manage behaviour primarily in individual and group setting. The individuals are Yvette Kertzious, Social Worker and HIV/AIDS counselor attached to the Ministry of Health; Dineshwar Jaiprashad; Steven Bactawar, Social Worker; Mellena Lewis, Social Worker; Lennox Adams, Physiotherapist and Triciea Persaud, a Clinical Psychologist. All of the members have their First Degrees in Social Work from accredited institutions of learning.

African Heritage Museum aims to raise awareness of human trafficking Rehanna Ramsay In addition to enlightening the public on the horror of slavery, the African Heritage Museum will for the month of August seek to draw attention to human trafficking as a form of modern slavery. In this regard, the assistant anthropologist of the museum, Genelle Hamilton, noted that the exhibition will place emphasis on historical events of slavery as well as highlight forms of slavery that exist today. “In addition to showcasing pieces of writing and art on the transatlantic slave trade we will also provide information on the definition, causes and effects of human trafficking,” Hamilton stated. According to Hamilton, this is the Museum‘s first step

to raising awareness to combat the modern-day scourge. The annual African exhibition was launched Saturday under the theme “campaigning against slavery, breaking the silence.” The activity is part of the 174th Emancipation celebration; the exhibition will be hosted at the National museum. Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings of all races and cultures for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation, forced labour or reproductive slavery. It is recorded as the most prevalent form of present day slavery; Guyana is listed as one of countries in which this type of slavery exists. Earlier this year the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) contributed US

$75,000 to the Government to support the eradication of trafficking in persons. Numerous artifacts such as wood sculptures, paintings, drawings and manuscripts that graphically depict the history of African ancestry are currently on display as well as posters that give an explicit and dramatic picture to the face of human trafficking. The exhibition is spearheaded by the Museum of African Heritage while the University of Guyana library and the National Archives also assisted in the effort. At the commencement of the launching there was a cultural presentation of drumming and dance by the National School of Dance. A moment of silence was also observed for the late distinguished sculptor, Phillip Moore.


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DRESS MAKING 6-weeks course in designing/ dressmaking. Call Sharmela: 225- 2598, 641- 0784 PROPERTY FOR SALE

WANTED 1 Cook to cook for a family in the interior Call: 697-1513 Survival Shopping Complex, Sheriff Street, one driver (Lorry License), one inventory clerk Call: 227-5286-90. Driver/ Salesman, Lorry Licence, Clean Driving Record. Call: 266- 4427 Experience driver, Apply in person with written application Hack’s Halaal Restaurant 5 Commerce Street. Live in attractive waitress Call : 228-5129 Attractive Waitress to work @ Chilly’s Bar Call: 667-7380 East Coast GUYOIL (day & night) pump attendants, sales girls, Managers, house keepers, Office assistants call: 684-2838, 680-5223. 2 Ranch hands, to work in the Abary Creek roping on horse back. Call: 232- 3295, 623- 4495 One nail technician. Contact: 602-7481 WANTED URGENTLY..!! 1 Industrial electrician, 1 electrical rewinder to rewind motors Call: 692-5175, 263-5488 Live in maid or live out Call: 668-3985, 264-3355-56 One experience gardener/ handyman, 55 to 65 years from the East Bank area Call: 658-5659 Male security guard & camp attendant to clean to work in the interior Call : 231-3159 Dear Gold Investment welder fabricator to work in the interior Call: 231-3159

EDUCATIONAL ACADEMIA: CXC lessons forms 1-5 & Adults. Only $1000 per subject per month. Call: 600-3775 SUMMER CLASSES:Come learn to do tips, hand design, make up and poised $10,000 Call:226-9448,628-7880 Imperial College-Jan / June CXC 2013. Full time / Lessons /Adults classes. Payment packages & discounts available. Call: 683-5742, 227-7627 Princeton College, Forms 15, CXC adults classes for slow learners, raeding classes for children Call: 690-5008, 611-3793 Live and work in Canada, Get Canadian Certification as a Caregiver Call: 227-4881 or 416-674-7973 Summer computer classes, Micrographics Technology Vreed-En-Hoop Call: 2643057 Summer computer classes, Micrographics Technology Parika (Bollywood Building) Call: 264-3057 Summer computer classes, Micrographics Technology Grove Call: 266-3976 Advanced Diploma in computer studies, Micrographics Technology Vreed-En-Hoop Call: 2643057

1, 2 Storey wooden & concrete house situated at Bloomfield Public Road Berbice Call: 642-0110, 6906520 20X40 Two flat concrete building @ Kitty. Price $22M Negotiable to be seen Call: 668-9512, 223-2570 Bel Air Park $55M Negotiable Call: 619-4682 Bent Street $18M, Albertown $37M, Kitty $45M, Atlantic Garden $36M Diana 2272256, 626-9382

Porter, canter driver, ½ day maid, carpenter, mason to work in the w.c.d Call: 6848231 Experience security, porters & drivers Call: 223-5273, 2235274 2 Experience salesgirls & 1 handyman, 23 Lombard Street Werk-en-Rust Georgetown Call: 227-8529, 626-8003

Courses in cake decoration, pastry making & cookery, tel: 670-0798. Also Wedding dresses for sale.

Salesgirls and porter boys at 127 Regent and Alexander Street Avishkar Building Georgetown Call: 231-8157 One cow minder, aged 40 & over, between Clonbrook Unity area Call: 623-3231, 2590953, 225-3198 Live in/ Live out Babysitter/ Domestic Call: 225-0188, 2256070 Security/ Watchman Call: 225-6070, 225-0188

WANTED One experience hauler driver. Apply in person Alabama Trading, Georgetown Ferry Stelling, Stabroek. 1 lumber yard labourer Call: 226-3736 Sales persons wanted Call: 225-6631 (For Details) General male receptionist shift work able body- Hilton Crest International Hotel Call: 223-6284

John Dickinson Exercise Books (Large Quantity) wholesale only Call:6191105,622-3766 Dell computers complete with 17 & 19 inch LCD from $50,000 Future Tech 2312206 1 Bobcat & trailor Call:6460101

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1 5 ton feed mixer $1.6M, 1 pelletising machine $1.3M, 1 plucking machine $900,000, 71 automatic waterer, 106 feed can Call:642-2359

Champion pure breed rottweilers pups, both parents imported, grandparents are international champions from dog show Call: 685-2584

LAND FOR SALE

Brandnew American made Crosely 10.5 cu ft Refridgerator for sale $75,000. #697-5677

5 acres transported Land, water, phone, electricityNEG, call: 612-5398/673-8165

1 ½ acre, 48ftx1300ft V/Hoop Call: 627-9351

Doberman pups Call:6666714, 226-9548

Prime residential land for sale by owner Atlantic Gardens 114ft by 74ft. $23M negotiable, call: 600- 3732, 600- 4536

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TO LET Business apartment 78 Hadfield Street , behind Brickdam Police Station, Boutique/store. Call Simone 227-0501 Wash bay and canteen 15 Good Hope, East Bank Essequibo. Call: 680-4990, 277-3033

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FOR SALE 1 225 KVA Generator, 1 Hiace Canter, Premio, 3 light towers, car batteries Call:624-2000

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Puppies- Pekinese mix with Tibetian terrior Call: 6238811, 227-0945 One wooden boat, just cork, sand & paint, 53-9-5 ½ , excellent condition. Call: 2620316, 662-5743 Games for PS2 $900, PSP $900, PS3 $2,600, Xbox 360 $2,600 Call: 672-2566, 2653231 6 cylinder Perkins engines (complete). Contact Mr.George 223-0847, 678-5333 5 acres farm on transported land, fully equipped, pens (16,000 capacity), bearing trees @ Pearl E.B.D Call: 6899991, 227-5362 Cheap! Cheap! Dell laptop 71.9 GB $60,000 each Call: 680-8681 ALL PURPOSE & STRAIGHT STITCH, Sewing machines from $15,000, Be early. Call:645-7243 Male enhancer Viagra $4,000 Call: 638-1627 Used Play Station 2 games, X-Box, 1 remotes $30,000 each Call: 652-6894 Draglines-little giant 371 engine, Ruston 10RB (Spares), Tractor-Massy Ferguson, bikes CG 125 Call: 694-1440, 697-1698

1 stainless steel meat saw, meat grinder, display freezer cold storage room, call: 6518870 Caterpiller backhoe model 426c. Call: 651- 8870, 233- 6161 Mix Breed puppies for sale. Call: 253- 3114, 692- 0126 100 Honda scrambler bike, Electric wheel chair, call: 2336161, 651- 8870 Portable A/C $45,500, Treadmill $32,500, 26’’ stand fan $19,500, Xbox360 $45,500 Call: 639-7114, 674-5625 One 225 HP $1.1M & 150 HP $950,000, Yamaha outboard engines, many more small outboard engines available Call: 699-1711

VACANCY 1 live in maid, 1 washer Linens, 1 Carpenter Call Hotel 223-6284, Part time maid Simone 227-0501 IT Manager must have degree in computer. Call: 2200401- 3 or email: recuruitment guyana@qualfon.com Experience welder fabricator, experience bond clerk. Apply Alabama Trading, Georgetown Ferry Stelling. One Western Union CRS to work at Mon Repos Mall & Georgetown, Apply @ 38 Ketley Street, Charlestown Call: 682-6055 Accounts Clerk- 5 years experience passes in Accounts, Maths, English. Apply @ Alabama, Georgetown Ferry Stelling. 1 driver, salesman Call: 2201500, 614-4626 Driver for party rental service; within the vicinity of Parika & Vreed-en-Hoop, must be able to work flexible hours, call: 638-1627 Vacancy exists for plant shop sales person, harding working a must Call: 6481821 Live-in nanny/maid 30-45 years, Location: Kuru Kururu Call: 697-8797 1 live in maid, 1 washer Linens, 1 Carpenter Call Hotel 2236284, Part time maid Simone 227-0501

One ERF Hauler & 40 foot trawler Call: 653-4455 Moulders, multirip saws, resaws, cross cut saw and genset Call Rodney 616-5595 (New) Air Brush Compressor for sale Call: 666-5276 Trally to accommodate bobcat & excavator 8’’10’’ x 17 - 5’’ Call: 644-8610, 688-0240. Rotor- NZE, IST, Runx, $6000, Sterring end-IST, 170, $2000, Liner- NZE, IST, Allion $3,500 Call: 654-6394 5 A transmission O Ring seal wholesale $5000 Call: 654-6394 GPS System Map, Gramin Brand $95,000. Call: 600-0036 Baby chicks available weekly, fully vaccinated, Mr.D.Lallbeharry 371 Craig Public Road E.B.D Call: 6269589 Red nose six weeks old. Pitbulls, vaccinated & dewormed Call: 223-9725, 667-0338

FOR SALE Doberman, Rotweiler Call: 641-6423 New Blackberry (S), Bold 4 (9900) $95,000, Bold 3 (9780) $75,000, Torch (9800) $80,000. All original accessories included Call: 680-1722 Pure breed German Shepherd and Rottweiler pups, vaccinated and dewormed also 2 adult Rottweiler dog Call: 220-6879 1 male all over white Dachshund dog, 8 months old fully vaccinated Call: 658-2776. Gold smeller, driver shaft 136’’ x 3 ½ ‘’ , saws, generators, pressure washer, compressors Call: 694-1440, 697-1698 (Continued on page 18)


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Lightning ignites London as brilliant Bolt scorches to Olympics 100m gold

LONDON (Reuters) Jamaican Usain Bolt retained his Olympic 100 metres crown in spectacular style on Sunday, scorching to the second-fastest time ever run at 9.63 seconds and becoming the first man to win back-toback titles on the track. Bolt’s 9.58-second run to win the 2009 world title is the quicker run and Sunday’s brilliant display proved he had completely recovered from the hamstring problems that had given a sliver of hope to his rivals in the build-up to one of the most eagerlyanticipated races in history. World champion Yohan Blake made it a Jamaican 1-2 when he won silver in 9.75 seconds and 2004 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin of the United states grabbed bronze in 9.79 as the first seven men all broke 10 seconds. Asafa

Powell pulled up with a groin injury. Blake’s time was a personal best as was Gatlin’s. Tyson Gay finished fourth in a season’s best 9.80 seconds with fellow American Ryan Bailey fifth in an equal PB of 9.88. But it was all about Bolt who said repeatedly that he needed back-to-back titles to cement his place among the sport greats. Carl Lewis is the only other man to win two Olympic 100m titles and the American’s second gold came only after Ben Johnson was disqualified for doping. Bolt was slow out of the blocks on Sunday and trailed Blake, who beat him in the Jamaican trials, and Gatlin, back in the mix after serving a doping ban. However, his massive stride reeled them in and he roared through the line, barely easing his speed as he tore round the bend to soak up the adulation of the delirious crowd.

MEDAL TABLE Country Rank Gold Silver Bronze Total China 1 30 17 14 61 United States 2 28 14 18 60 Great Britain 3 16 11 10 37 Korea 4 10 4 6 20 France 5 8 8 9 25 Italy 6 6 5 3 14 Kazakhstan 7 6 0 0 6 Germany 8 5 10 7 22 Russia 9 4 16 15 35 Hungary 10 4 1 3 8 Jamaica 20 2 1 1 4 (the best Caribbean result so far)

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“When I went out in the first run, I felt ‘I can do this,’ Bolt told the BBC in reference to his opening heat on Saturday. “I was slightly worried about my start, I didn’t want to false start again. So I think I sat in the blocks a little bit, I don’t think it was the best reaction in the world, but I executed and that was the key. “Remember I told you my coach said ‘stop worrying about your start’, the best of your race is at the end, that’s where you rule. So I stopped worrying about the start and I executed, so it worked.” Bolt, who was disqualified from last year’s world championship final for a false start, will now bid to complete an unprecedented double-double by retaining his 200 metres title and will also seek a sixth sprint gold in the 4x100 metres relay. “Usain knows what it takes, he is a world beater and he is the fastest man in the world,” said Blake. “But I got a medal in my first Olympic games and a lot of that is down to Usain and our coach.” Darren Campbell BBC Radio 5 live commentator summed things up by stating; “Those gigantic strides opened up and that was the Usain Bolt show. If we were to be picky it was a terrible start but it doesn’t matter, he just needed to be in striking distance. The guys opened up a metre on him but he was close enough, he stayed relaxed, used that stride and it was a fantastic run.” Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also retained her women’s title to give her country a flying start in their sprint showdown with the United States.

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Young Guyanese swimmer making waves in T&T After just 10 months in a pool, nine year old, Delroy Tyrrell has managed to convince his parents among other aficionados, of his swimming potential; his performances after never stepping foot in a pool before has made him a talent to watch in the future. “Considering that a year ago, he was diagnosed with Crohns’ disease and the fact that he took up swimming only nine months ago, I believe he is worth some recognition,” Delroy’s father, Pastor Fitzroy Tyrrell told Kaieteur Sport in an email sent to this writer. Indeed, being a performing athlete, especially a swimmer with Crohn’s disease, this according to research, is an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IDB) that affects any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus, cannot be easy. Tyrrell has announced his talent in swimming against such background, which cannot be termed ordinary in no stretch of the imagination. The Trinidad and Tobago-based young swimmer, who resides there with his family, aims to one day, beat all the odds. In his first major competitive meet, which happened to be the National Short Course Swim Meet that Atlantis Swim Club hosted two weekends ago, Tyrrell was impressive. The competition was held to select Trinidad’s team for the upcoming Goodwill tour to Guyana. He won his 200m IM Heat with a time of 3:16.21 seconds. He also won his 200 Freestyle Heats with a time of 2:57.13 seconds. He also won the 100m Butterfly Heat in 1:29.37 and qualified for the 50m B

Delroy Tyrrell Finals where he swam 36.50 seconds in the finals, placing second. He was moved into the top eight swimmers in the 910 categories in two events, the 200m IM and 100m Butterfly. Pastor Tyrrell explained that Delroy was not expected to make the Trinidad team because it is not a year since he started competing. “He is aiming to make the Trinidad National team for the Goodwill tour in 2013,” Tyrrell noted, adding that the Tidal Wave Aquatics Club swimmer is determined to achieve his goal. Tyrrell is, however, satisfied with his son’s rate of ascendancy in the sport. “Nine months ago, he only knew how to swim

freestyle. His first noncompetitive school meet, which was last October, he swam only one race, the 25m freestyle and placed 8th overall with a time of 23 seconds in the 8-9boys category,” Tyrrell informed, ensuring that he underscore the fact that “this is only after three weeks with the club.” In March, Delroy competed at his second meet (Stingray Primary and Secondary School Meet) and competed in all the strokes. He placed 3rd in the Backstroke, 8th in the Freestyle and helped his school win two gold medals in the Freestyle and Medley relay relays. Then in April he competed in the Point Fortin Borough Junior Swim Meet and placed 2nd in the 25m Backstroke; 2nd in the Breaststroke with a time of 23:73; Second in the Freestyle and third in the Butterfly. Delroy continued his ascendancy on Father’s Day when he took part in the National Primary School Meet and placed first overall after placing second in the Freestyle, first in the Backstroke and first in the Breaststroke. His school won both the Freestyle and Medley relays. (Edison Jefford)

Colombian teenage runner fails drugs test An 18-yr-old Colombian 400m runner, Diego Palomeque, was temporarily banned from the London 2012 Games after failing a drugs test. According to a BBC report the teen did not participate in the 400m heats after a urine sample he provided on July 26 tested positive for high levels of testosterone. The International Olympic Committee stated that they would delay taking further action, until the result of ‘B’ sample was revealed. The Colombian faces a two-year mandatory ban as a first time offender.


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Tennis: Williams sisters Bolt, rivals react after 100m final win third doubles gold

(Reuters) - Serena and Venus Williams retained the Olympic tennis women’s doubles gold with a 6-4 6-4 win over Czech duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka on Sunday, becoming the first tennis players ever to win four golds each. The American sisters, who also won doubles gold in Beijing and Sydney, took an hour and a half to wrap up their defeat of the number four seeds under the Centre Court roof. “There’s something about standing next to Venus and holding that gold medal. Three times we have played, three times we have got the gold medal. So we are pretty stoked about it,” said Serena, who also won the women’s singles gold on Saturday. The Czech pair saved two match points before Venus secured the victory with a backhand volley, hugging her sister in celebration as chants

Serena Williams (right) and her sister Venus Williams, of the U.S., pose with their gold medals during the presentation ceremony. (REUTERS/ DOMINIC EBENBICHLER) of “USA! USA!” rang out from the crowd. With Venus also having won singles gold in Sydney, the pair have overtaken previous record holder Briton Reginald Doherty, who won a total of three golds in 1900 and 1908. “It’s incredible. After coming off Serena’s victory I think most of all we are happy to add to our country’s medal count and be a part of it. Wow. It just feels unreal,” said

Venus, who is already thinking about adding a fourth doubles gold to the collection at the 2016 Games. “We’re definitely planning on Rio. We’re going out with a bang in Rio. Hopefully we will make it four, you never know.” Later their U.S. team mates and top seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond will take on Russia’s Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova for the bronze medal.

Murray thrashes Federer to win gold Andy Murray

(Reuters) - Britain’s Andy Murray completed an astonishing recovery from last month’s Wimbledon heartache to thrash Switzerland’s Roger Federer and claim Olympic gold on Centre Court on Sunday. Exactly four weeks after Federer had beaten him to take a 17th grand slam title on the same court, reducing Murray to tears in the process, the Scot returned with an army of flag-waving fans to demolish the world number one 6-2 6-1 6-4. With the din shaking the tennis citadel to its foundations, Murray clambered into the seats to embrace his girlfriend, parents and coaching team before sprinting back to the hallowed turf, leaping into the

air as the crowd went wild. “This is the biggest win of my life,” world number four Murray, who is still to win a grand slam title, told the BBC. “This is the best way to come back from the Wimbledon final ... I felt so fresh.” A crestfallen Federer walked off the court where he won seven Wimbledon crowns, knowing defeat had virtually ended his chances of completing the “golden career slam” - all four grand slam titles and the Olympic singles crown - as he will be 34 when the Games moves on to Rio de Janeiro in four years. The decibel level went up another notch as the players returned to court for the medal ceremony - this time Murray holding back the tears with more success as “God Save

the Queen” rang out for Britain’s 16th gold of the Games. Apart from going 15-40 down in the first game of the match Murray was as close to perfection it is possible to be on a tennis court, producing a display of power, precision and touch that not even Federer could match. From the moment that Murray moved 4-2 ahead in the first set he barely gave Federer a look-in, rattling off nine games in a row to seize complete control of the final. Murray went for the jugular in the third set, breaking for a 3-2 lead with a searing backhand and marched on to victory with chants of “Andy, Andy” ringing around the court. Federer offered a little late resistance but was powerless to prevent his worst loss at Wimbledon since 2002 when he was beaten in straight sets by Croatia’s Mario Ancic. Juan Martin del Potro won the bronze medal for Argentina after beating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. Andy Murray could not add the Olympic mixed doubles gold medal to his men’s singles title as he and Laura Robson lost to Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi. The British pair had to settle for silver - Team GB’s 35th medal of the Games - after going down 2-6 6-3 10-8 to the top seeds from Belarus.

LONDON (Reuters) Here are immediate reactions from Jamaican winner Usain Bolt and his rivals after the fastest ever Olympic 100metres men’s final on Sunday: Usain Bolt (1st, 9.63 seconds) “Some of you guys doubted me. Just had to show the world I was the greatest. It means I’m one step closer to being a legend. I have the 200 (metres) to go. “I just wanted to make Jamaica proud. I hope they were all standing up singing the national anthem.” On the final: “For everybody who was in this race tonight, the four other fastest guys in the world, it was a real honour for me. “I was happy. When I went out in the first run, I felt ‘I can do this’.” “I was slightly worried about my start, I didn’t want to false start again. So I think I sat in the blocks a little bit, I don’t think it was the best reaction in the world, but I executed and that was the key. “My coach said stop worrying about your start, the best of your race is at the end, that’s where you rule. So I stopped worrying about the start and I executed, so it worked.” Bolt on Jamaica’s Yohan Blake “In training he always works hard and pushes me. I knew what I needed to do but I think he will do better next

time. He is a major talent. He beat almost everybody and I know he will be more confident and do better next time.” “The trials woke me up (Bolt was beaten by Blake in both the 100 metres and 200). Yohan gave me a wake-up call. He knocked on my door and said ‘Usain this is the Olympic year, wake up’. After that I refocused and got my head together.” Yohan Blake (2nd, 9.75) “Usain knows what it takes, he is a world beater and he is the fastest man in the world. But I got a medal in my first Olympic Games and a lot of that is down to Usain and our coach. “I’m not disappointed. Some you win, some you lose. If you can come to the Olympic Games and leave with a medal then that is alright. “He (Bolt) is the fastest man in the world and I’ve got a silver medal. What more can I ask for? “To be the secondfastest man in the world behind Bolt is an honour.” Justin Gatlin (3rd, 9.79) “Bolt’s a fast guy. He’s out there. We have to try and be faster. “A lot of people on Twitter and Facebook think that I’m the bad guy but I’m not and I had to prove that tonight. I remember last year I couldn’t even be here, but to be part of this race for me is just incredible. I just wanted

to be on that podium. I saw a lot of people with the U.S. flag, they were there for us, and I wanted to be there for them.” Tyson Gay (4th 9.80) “I tried man. I tried my best. I just came up short. “It’s tough but I have no excuses. I gave my all. Everybody came together and made me the best I can be.” On meeting Bolt again in the 200 metres: “I am going to try. I just want to be in the final with him and try to go.” Churandy Martina (6th, 9.94) “I’m very pleased with the way I ran. Obviously Usain was expected to win and he did win, but I don’t have a problem with that. I’ve known him for 10 years. He’s running faster than he did then, but then so am I.” Richard Thompson (7th, 9.98) “He’s an unbelievable sprinter (Bolt). The entire world says he’s unbeatable and right now he is.” Asafa Powell (8th, 11.99) “I injured myself, I just couldn’t push. I tried in the semi-final to release the tension. I got out very well and stumbled. I am very disappointed, I knew I would be up there with the medals. I need to fix this (groin injury). I knew they were ready from the semi-final (Bolt and Blake). I knew it was going to be a Jamaica one-two.”

LONDON (Reuters) - Tiki Gelana, revelling in the torrential downpours that soaked London, overcame a mid-race fall to become the second Ethiopian woman to win Olympic marathon gold on Sunday. Gritting her teeth and pumping her arms, the 24year-old held off Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo to win a soggy race around a Central London course taking in numerous iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. Gelana clocked two hours 23 minutes and seven seconds, finishing five seconds ahead of Jeptoo who was unable to reel in her African rival in the finishing straight on The Mall. Her margin of victory was the smallest in an Olympic women’s marathon since it was first held in 1984. “I love running in the rain,” Gelana, who fell and hurt her elbow after making contact with another runner at a drinks station, told reporters. “The rain makes it very

interesting. As soon as the race started, I said to myself ‘thank god’. I really loved it (the rain). I have been doing that since I was a small child. “My elbow is still injured. But I didn’t feel any pain during the race.” Gelana, the niece of Sydney 2000 men’s marathon champion Gezhagne Abera, pushed clear in the final two kilometres, shaking off the persistent Jeptoo. Casting anxious glances over her shoulder at her rival in the final 200 metres, Gelana raised her arms in triumph before breaking the tape and collapsing to the ground. She soon regained her composure and celebrated by draping herself in an Ethiopian flag and embracing her supporters. “I was confident before the race that I could win it,” she added. “I have been saving my energy for this. It really paid off.” RACE FAVOURITE Russian Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova won bronze in 2:23:29 but there was disappointment for race favourite Mary Keitany of

Kenya. The twice London marathon winner was in the leading group of four with around three kilometres left but dropped out of contention to finish fourth, 49 seconds behind Gelana. The 24-year-old Gelana, who set a national record of 2:18:58 to win in Rotterdam this year, followed in the footsteps of compatriot Fatuma Roba who triumphed in 1996 in Atlanta. Kenya swept the medals at the 2011 worlds, in which Jeptoo took silver behind Edna Kiplagat, but a Kenyan woman has still never won Olympic gold in the marathon. Kiplagat was a disappointing 20th on Sunday. Unlike Gelana, Jeptoo said she found the conditions tough to handle. “It’s not easy running in the rain. It affects everyone. When you run in the rain your muscles can contract and you can get a stitch.” The black clouds were at times replaced by bright sunshine but while Gelana skipped merrily along, many struggled.

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GABBFF selects 5 for CAC C/ships in Puerto Rico With just under two months to go before the 40th edition of the Central American & Caribbean Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships, the Guyana Amateur Body Building & Fitness Federation (GABBFF) recently met and

named a 5-man team that will represent the Golden Arrowhead. The local governing body with the expert help of a distinguished panel of judges that included c u r r e n t G A B B F F Vi c e President Hugh

Clint Duke

- Fortune is lone female Ross, former GABBFF Presidents Donald Sinclair and Frank Tucker met on Saturday to name the team that will compete in San Juan, Puerto Rico from

Alisha Fortune

September 20 - 22. According to the federation, the athletes were chosen based on their ability and prospects of medaling in their respective categories. Those named are: Kerwin Clarke {Welterweight 155/ 165lbs - 75kg} who won the recently held Hugh Ross Classic overall crown; Marlon Bennett {Lightweight 144lb/154lbs 70kg} winner of the HRC Lightweight category and a former CAC Silver medalist; Clint Duke {Light Middleweight 166/176lbs – 80kg} Reigning Mr. Guyana, HRC Light Middleweight and a former CAC Silver medalist; Devon Davis {Bantamweight 143lb 65kg} the reigning national Bantamweight champion and HRC winner and Alisha Fortune winner of the HRC Ms. Physique title and a former CAC Bronze medalist. The GABBFF has stated that it has funds to cover the costs of the top two athletes to Puerto Rico but will be making approaches to corporate Guyana for sponsorship and support in an attempt to send the full team of 5 which will ensure that Guyana maximizes its chances of a successful showing at the Championships.

Mohamed’s ton spurs Everest to victory Former national wicketkeeper/batsman, Sheik Mohamed, cracked a brilliant hundred last Tuesday evening to steer Everest Cricket Club to an exciting three-wicket win over Floodlights XI in a preEmancipation 25-over softball match at the Everest Cricket Club ground, Camp Road. After restricting Floodlights XI to 211-5 from the allotted overs, the hosts replied with 214-7 from 24.2 overs with the left-handed Mohamed, who played 19

First-Class matches and 14 List A games for Guyana between 1987 and 1999, batting through the innings to end on 102. His unbeaten knock, which included five sixes and the same number of fours, eventually earned him the Man-of-the-Match award. Sayeed Mohamed slammed four sixes in a supporting innings off 36, while Dharam Persaud and R. Singh returned identical figures of 2-34 bowling for Floodlights XI.

Hikers Annual Jr. Hockey Camp 2012 starts today The Hikers Hockey Club is set to host its fourth annual junior hockey camp from today, 6th to the 18th August. Originally scheduled for the St. Stanislaus College ground, the camp will now be moved the School’s indoor Forum due to the unseasonal rains now taking place. The camp is free of charge and is open to all children between the ages of 6 and 16 years old. It will be held daily from 9:00am to 12:30pm. In addition to learning the basic skills of hockey, participants will also take part in a number of interactive and fun activities during the camp. Although organized by the Hikers Hockey Club, the camp will be run by junior coaches from the four Georgetown based clubs, GCC, Old Fort, Saints and Hikers, under the supervision of national junior men’s coach Robert Fernandes. All interested children between the ages of 6 and 16 years old are invited.

Floodlights XI’s total were built of half-centuries from Khalid Baksh and Surindra Nauth. Baksh led the way with a topscore of 63 (8x4s, 1x6), while Nauth made 51 (3x4s, 4x6s). Bowling for Everest, Rohan Sarjoo picked up 2-46. For his hundred, Mohamed was named best batsman on the winning team, while Sarjoo collected the best bowler accolade. The honours on the Floodlights XI team went to Baksh (best batsman) and Persaud and Singh (best bowlers). The game was sponsored by Ricky Deonarine of 4R Bearings of Duncan Street,

Sheik Mohamed while all the trophies were donated by Ramesh Sunich of the Trophy Stall of the Bourda Market and City Mall.

Dominant West Indies seal series

Kemar Roach (left) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul shared in a valuable stand. The end came sooner than the clouds. West Indies began the day needing 71 with six wickets in hand, but there were no twists as the hosts knocked off the required runs in just over an hour and secured a 2-0 series win, their first against a team other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in the last three years. There were fears that the tropical storm, Ernesto, would wash away the last two days of the Test, but much to the relief of the home side the players woke up to clear skies. Kemar Roach and Shivnarine Chanderpaul played contrasting knocks but extinguished any fears that West Indies could capitulate in the anxiety of pushing for that elusive series win. Roach, who came in as the nightwatchman, was the revelation, outscoring Chanderpaul with enterprising shots. West Indies had the edge by the end of the third day but given their propensity to collapse, a couple of early wickets would have redressed the balance. The aim would have been to dislodge Chanderpaul early, but New Zealand found Roach a handful. His plan was to be positive and he wasn’t afraid to drive on the up. New Zealand, expectedly, set attacking fields but he

Robin Persaud tops field again... From page 23 which they operate after races which delays the presentations. Director of Sport Neil Kumar while complimenting the sponsors for sticking with the event and providing an avenue for riders to be active, reminded the riders that they ought to show respect for the sponsors and organizers by conducting themselves in a more professional manner. Race organizer Hassan Mohamed also weighed in on the issue encouraging the

senior riders to lead by example and lift the bar in this regard. The gathering was reminded that the Late Regan Rodrigues has left a great legacy of helping others more so, the sport of cycling which he loved apart from Motor Racing. Mohamed informed that it was Rodrigues who encouraged him to start BMX races since he recognized how difficult it was for youths to afford racing bikes. Relatives of the late Regan Rodrigues were on hand to assist with the presentation of prizes.

managed to find the gaps. Roach got the chase rolling with a fierce straight drive off Tim Southee, and later in the over smacked a short one over point. Roach’s aggression took the pressure off Chanderpaul, who dropped anchor at the other end and didn’t give the bowlers an inch. Roach rubbed it in further by slapping a short delivery from Neil Wagner past cover to bring up the fifty stand. The writing was on the wall for New Zealand. Roach missed out on a half-century, though, when he drove hard at Kane Williamson and got a thick outside edge to point. When he departed, West Indies were just 23 away from victory. Narsingh Deonarine, who gave New Zealand headaches with his off spin, unleashed a couple of boundaries to take West Indies closer just as the clouds started to appear. The final honours went to Chanderpaul, who dabbed Williamson to third man to bring up West Indies’ first series win against New Zealand since 1996, and their first clean sweep since the 2002 series in Bangladesh. New Zealand, though, failed to give their outgoing coach Jo h n Wr i g h t a winning farewell. Defeat rounded off a difficult tour, in which they lost the T20s 2-0 and the one-dayers 41. They won’t have much time to rectify those errors, with the tour of India coming up in a few weeks. Scores: West Indies 209 (Samuels 123, Bracewell 346) and 206 for 5 (Samuels 52, Chanderpaul 43*) beat New Zealand 260 (Guptill 71, Taylor 60, Roach 4-70) and 154 (Brownlie 35, Deonarine 4-37, Narine 319) by five wickets.


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