Saturday August 11, 2018
KAIETEUR NEWS Printed and Published by National Media & Publishing Company Ltd. 24 Saffon Street, Charlestown, Georgetown, Guyana. Publisher: GLENN LALL Editor: ADAM HARRIS Tel: 225-8465, 225-8491 Fax: 225-8473, 226-8210
IT’S CLEAR THAT THE U.S. IS VERY SERIOUS
he arrest of a former Barbadian government minister, Donville Inniss, in the United States, on one count to launder money and two counts of money laundering, has sent shockwaves throughout the Caribbean. The 52-year-old Mr. Inniss, a former Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development was released on US$50,000 bail. A powerful outspoken minister for almost ten years, and a member of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) which was ousted in the May general elections, is now reduced to wearing an electronic monitoring device to restrict his travel. According to the U.S Department of Justice, the charges stem from several years of surveillance of Inniss who it is alleged had accepted bribes from a Barbadian insurance company in 2015 and 2016 when he was a minister in the Barbadian government. The indictment alleged that from in or about and between August 2015 and April 2016, Inniss leveraged his position as the minister of Industry and engaged in a scheme to accept approximately US$36,000 in bribes from the insurance company, in violation of Barbadian law. But for him to launder that money to and through the United States is a violation of U.S. and international laws. In exchange for the bribes, Inniss allegedly helped the insurance company obtain two government contracts worth over US$16 million. It is alleged that as a government official, Inniss abused his position of trust by taking bribe from the company, then concealing the illicit funds through a bank and a dental company located in Elmont in Eastern New York. As reported, executives of the Barbados insurance company transferred the funds to the dental company using a false invoice to claim that the payments were for consulting services. At the time of the transactions, Inniss was a permanent resident of the United States residing in Tampa, Florida and Barbados. The charges demonstrate the firm commitment of the United States Department of Justice to hold accountable anyone, whether an American citizen/resident or a foreigner, who seeks to use the U.S. financial system to facilitate their criminal conduct. The bond conditions state that the former minister must submit to supervision by, and report for supervision to, the United States Pretrial Services Agency, as directed by the Agency or its supervising officer. These imposed conditions had to be demeaning to Inniss who was known for expressing opinions freely and had on a few occasions publicly disagreed with the decisions of the former Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart, and cabinet. The allegations and the federal indictment of Inniss have rocked Barbados. Barbadians have to come to grips with the fact that the former Minister, who was the face of international business and investment in Barbados, has been indicted in the U.S. on money laundering charges. This incident is without precedent in the history of Barbados. This incident has hurt the image and reputation of one of the best international tourist destinations in the Caribbean and arguably the world. Innis’ situation should be taken seriously by all in the region, including our own sometimes nonchalant public officials here in Guyana. It should be a wake-up call for those bent on indulging in illegal practices. Guyana and most of the countries in the Caribbean have passed sweeping anti-corruption and anti-money laundering legislation, yet not one high official has been brought before the courts. These are serious crimes that cannot be swept under the proverbial carpet. We know that Mr. Inniss is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, but one thing is clear, the U.S. is very serious about ending such illegal practices.
Citizens receiving a direct payout will pay more attention to how oil revenue is being managed DEAR EDITOR, I have noticed that Prof. Clive Thomas has started an interesting debate around the concept of cash transfer of potential oil revenues and I must confirm that I agree with the general thesis of Mr. Thomas when he said at Buxton that, “some portions of the oil revenue should be given to the people”. However, as I have stated in the Demerara Waves, I prefer that this proportionate distribution be capped at US$90 million per year and only distributed to those who are compliant with the tax authorities (update to date tax declaration filed with the GRA) and the social security authorities (NIS). Let me be absolutely clear, according to ExxonMobil, if prices were US$50 per barrel, they are expecting Guyana to reap some US$7.8 billion in 20 years from the first project Liza 1. If US$90 million is distributed directly to the people as cash transfers as has been happening in Alaska for years, it means that over the life of Liza 1 (some 20 years) the people would have reaped directly some US$1.8 billion from this project. That means there is still some US$6 billion to divide between the mega projects (Deep Water
Harbour, Hydro Project, Del Conte Road, transportation link to Brazil) and the sovereign wealth fund between 2020 and 2040. This now brings me to the advantages of these direct cash transfers to the people: 1. Guyana has a history for the majority of its post independent years where politicians and administrators mismanaged the wealth of the nation with their extreme rentseeking behaviour and its associated level of unaccountability. The evidence is clear, where are the rewards from our bauxite revenues, our gold revenues, our sugar revenues and so on? Mainly squandered! Why do you think all of a sudden the oil revenue will not be squandered? 2. By distributing some 20% of the oil revenue directly to the people, it allows for the creation of an environment where the taxpayers can see a direct growth in their personal wealth. This by extension will rapidly reduce the level of inequality that exists in Guyana. The academics have published materials that reveal that the bottom 50% of the Guyanese people draws 12%
of the nation’s annual income while the top 10% draws some 54%. This mixture can radically change when this US$90 million annual cash transfer is implemented. Within one year, the bottom 50% will see their income level expanding by 1/5th. In five years, people in the bottom half of the economy will see their wealth doubling. Isn’t that human development? No politician has done better than that for the Guyanese people at the bottom in its entire history, so why should we expect different tomorrow? 3. Most importantly, with citizens receiving a direct payout, they will pay more attention to the oil revenues and how it is being managed and this will put the politicians under greater scrutiny. Isn’t that a noble objective? Of course, there are concerns with this cash transfer to the taxpayers. First off, it has to be managed carefully to ensure it does not create any macroeconomic imbalance and fuel inflation. That is a job for the policymakers; it is time they do some real analysis. They must pressure test the economy and decide how much should be distributed.
I remember the case when all and sundry were saying that the 55% increase to the workers as recommended by the Armstrong Commission and paid by the Jagdeo Government in 1998-1999 would have caused the economy to overheat. The evidence revealed nothing of the sort happened. There was no hyperinflation because Team Jagdeo expertly managed that situation. That is what Guyana needs competence, not policy impotence. What is extremely important is that a formula is stuck to – 20% distributed to the people but no more than US$90 million per year, 40% to support the mega projects in a public-private investment vehicle for immediate use and 40% to the sovereign wealth funds for the post-2040 years. Therefore, I humbly support this position of Clive Thomas that there should be conditional cash transfers to the people, albeit I prefer it to be distributed to the compliant taxpayers and NIS members and capped at US$90 million per year or 20% of the annual oil revenues, whichever is lower. Yours sincerely, Sasenarine Singh
THE GPHC HIERARCHY NEEDS TO ADDRESS THE SIMPLE THINGS THAT CAN SAVE LIVES DEAR EDITOR, Thirty-four years ago, my mother died at GPHC because of doctors’ negligence. I was nine years old but made a promise that I’ll become a doctor and be the voice for voiceless patients. I have read in the printed media that Guyana has a resident cardiologist. I will not comment on his training since that is not the purpose of my missive. I wish to explore the workings of the Caribbean Heart Institute (CHI). I will use the British Cardiology Society, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention guidelines as gold standards. Editor, one of the medical procedures performed at the CHI is percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). A PCI is quite invasive and has serious risk. One of the most serious complications is coronary artery dissection. This occurs in two of 100 procedures but can be higher in centres that perform PCI infrequently. Without surgical treatment, the patient will have an inevitable painful death. As a result, it is recommended
that centres undertaking PCI should ideally have a cardiothoracic surgery unit on site or one in close proximity. Guyana does not have a cardiothoracic surgery unit or surgeon. Therefore, when at least two out of 100 patients have their coronary artery dissected they will simply be left to die. For me that is playing Russian roulette with patients’ lives. Also with PCI, there is a risk of cardiac arrest from arrhythmias. As a result, it is imperative that the cardiologist and his support staff have up to date training in advance life support (ALS). I doubt whether the cardiologist or his support staff have ALS training since ALS training is not available in Guyana. Ideally, any PCI centre should have at least two cath labs in the event that one develops problems while doing a procedure, it can be completed in the second. Also, a PCI centre should have a least three cardiologists. As far as I am aware, the Caribbean Heart Institute just has one resident cardiologist. In addition, as far as I am aware CHI has one cath lab.
Is this safe? Again, I will say that the CHI is playing Russian roulette with patients’ lives.It is recommended that PCI centres do a minimum of 400 PCI per year and PCI operators do at least 75 PCI per year. Because of limitations of space, I cannot provide the supporting research evidence that underpins these recommendations. PCI in Guyana is quite costly (US$1000-6000). Most Guyanese cannot afford it. I doubt whether more than 30 PCI are done per year at CHI. Whoever is undertaking the PCI is at risk of becoming deskilled increasing the likelihood of complications, which can result in patients’ death. I recently read in the printed media that GPHC has had a paired renal transplant. I know a renal transplant is not just taking a kidney from a donor and transplanting it to a recipient. It not only requires HLA and blood group matching of donor and recipient. It also requires counselling of both donor and recipient by trained psychologists. It requires screening the donor for cancers and infectious diseases. It requires screening the donor for any conditions that
can predispose to renal failure in the future. In requires doing ruins test for the donor. Were these done? After a transplant, the patient will require at least a week in hospital with strong immuno suppression. Levels of the immuno suppression in the blood will need to be monitored. After discharged, the patient will have to be reviewed weekly for the first two months. Again, levels of immunosuppression in the blood will have to be monitored weekly. I am confident that Guyana does not have laboratory facilities to monitor immunosuppression levels. As a result, it will have to be taken overseas. The problem is that too little immunosuppression will result in rejection while too much will harm the transplanted kidney. So it is important that the level is right and the result is available in a timely manner. With the test going overseas, it is likely the results will not be timely putting the patient at serious risk of losing the transplant. Also there will be occasions when the transplant (Continued on page 5)
The choice of a new Commissioner of Police will not be easy DEAR EDITOR, The Police Force needs to rebuild its relationship with the public and President David Granger must be commended for activating the recently appointed Police Service Commission with persons who once held top positions in the Guyana Police Force. Those appointed to the constitutional body are: retired assistant commissioners Paul Slowe, Clinton Conway, Vesta Adams and Claire Jarvis along with Public Service Commission Chairman, Attorney Michael Sommersal. The former law enforcement officers must hold rogue cops accountable and ensure those that betray the public’s trust and use their positions to facilitate and commit crimes are dealt with condignly. Members of the Force should recognise they are public servants and betrayal of this concept of authority should not be allowed to prevail. The President has seen it
fit to ensure that persons who know the nitty-gritty of the Force are there to make the best possible decisions and choices that will ensure members of the Force are career driven with the best opportunities and promotions based on their development to serve the public in the best way possible. Persons in the Force should only be promoted on merit and not political affiliations since this has only brought the Police Force into disrepute. And it is a known fact that the choice of a new Commissioner of Police will not be an easy task since the President has high ideals for the person that shall sit in that position. When appointed, the new Commissioner will recognise that without the cooperation of the public, which provides information and intelligence, the capacity of the Police to solve crime would be severely diminished. The President has insinuated that it is his intention
that new leadership will revive efforts at good community relations, which is recognised the world over as vital to crime-solving. The new Commissioner of Police will also understand that good relations with the community depends on fair and balanced investigation of complaints by members of the public against the Police. As far as the public is aware, there are two bodies, which are concerned with this area, namely, the Office of Professional Responsibility and the Police Complaints Authority. Their jurisdictions and mandates are not clearly delineated in the public mind. The public has a high expectation of the incoming commissioner who will need to address issues of criminality and the protection and safety of the public, which is paramount to the Force’s existence. Yours sincerely Halim Khan President of the Region Three Chamber of Commerce
THE GPHC HIERARCHY NEEDS TO ... from page 4 may develop problems. This may require special ultrasound to assess its blood vessels and its structure. That’s not available in Guyana. In addition, special types of blood tests may be needed; e.g. CMV and parvovirus PCR. Unlikely that is available in Guyana. The patient may require a kidney biopsy. Who will do it? If done, who will examine it? Guyana does not have a histopathologist. Then I saw a Paediatric Intensive Care was opened by the Minister of Health. The fact is that this fancy building and sophisticated machines are useless without the required staff. Guyana has no Paediatric Intensivist; critical for a paediatric intensive care. No Pae-
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diatric Intensive nurse. No chest physiotherapist. None of the present paediatric doctors can do umbilical catheterisation, arterial lines, central lines, endotracheal intubation, Paediatric advance life support among other skills. Rather than investing in that building and sophisticated machine, just use that money for serious basic shortages present in the hospital. Also, invest in the health centres since they have serious shortages. The paediatrics’ doctors who are unskilled are just playing Russian roulette with innocent children lives. Attempting procedures that they are not trained to do. I would humbly suggest that the hospital hierarchy
recognises the limitations of GPHC and focus on the simple things that can save lives. Send a few doctors to Canada to be trained as family doctors. They can play a key role in preventive medicine. Diabetes and hypertension are major clinical problems in Guyana. Employ at least three endocrinologist and diabetologists to address this. Strict management of blood sugars can save limbs and lives. Finally, now that this information is in the public domain, I trust that the medical director will take steps to address them. Regards Dr Mark Devonish MBBS MSc MRCP(UK) Consultant Acute Medicine
There are corrupt AFC Councillors DEAR EDITOR, The Alliance for Change was never serious about tackling corruption and I have written exhaustively on this issue. I have concluded since 2011 that the AFC, on a pro rata basis is the most corrupted political Party this country has ever seen and gradually this has come to pass. In 2014 I was deemed by Mr. Ramjattan to be a ‘rogue Councilor’ because of my stance against corruption and today another AFC Councilor is being labeled as pro-PPP and a ‘rogue’ by the real rogues!He called me a ‘rogue councilor’ simply because I moved a motion at the RDC calling for the then Opposition to support the AntiMoney Laundering and Countering of Financing of Terrorism Bill. Today Mr Gobin Harbhajan, another AFC RDC Councilor who is vociferous in exposing alleged corrupt activities on the social media and at the RDC, is being attacked by the corrupt within the AFC who are bent on shutting him down. The working of the nefarious Three Musketeers was highlighted on social media.
It must be recalled that Mr. Harbhajan at an RDC Statutory meeting had made a statement to the effect that, “I don’t care which political party this contractor supp o r t s . I want this matter to be raised at the highest level; and if found guilty, he should receive the full penalty of the law; because we have been talking about corruption, now we actually have the proof”. This was in relation to the fraudulent letter of credit obtained by a top ranking AFC Official in Region Six.Again in relation to the slashing of the Corentyne road shoulders contract valued at $120 million which was ‘awarded’ to seven AFC top ranking members and officials he had said that, “The road shoulder contract issue has been raised at our RDC Statutory Meeting. If this contract is not properly tendered for as was mentioned at the RDC, then I’m calling on the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to recall all contracts regarding the slashing of the road shoulders, because other contractors and persons are com-
plaining that only one set of persons receive the contracts.” This statement is now creating a gigantic pandemonium in the AFC’s Corruption Camp and yet again a councilor is to be the ‘sacrificial lamb’.Moreover, it has now become the norm that at each RDC Statutory meeting some alleged corrupt act of the AFC is on the spotlight. Until now the alleged corruption of the CORE workers in Region Six is still not investigated and resolved. It was alleged that the Supervisor of the CORE is using the CORE workers for his personal benefits while the RDC is still not informed about the CORE workers job description, their number, and who they report to. In addition, alleged corruption with regards to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure’s vehicles, machinery and materials being used to develop a park which is being built by an AFC‘s RDC Councilor has also been the subject of much discussion. It would seem that the Ministry of Public Infrastructure is topping the national corruption list. Photographs were (Continued on page 6)
Positive things are happening in all ten Administrative Regions DEAR EDITOR, The Aurora Primary and Nursery Schools were recently built at a cost of about $120,000,000. Guyana Dollars, followed quickly by the new building to house the Police Station that is soon to be commissioned, that would also be very close to the cost of the Primary and Nursery Schools. The many Sea Defence projects in the Good Hope / Pomona Neighbourhood Democratic Council N.D.C; also the soon to be constructed Stelling at Supenaam for the speedboats. There are also the many streets that are being up-
graded, the street lights that are being installed are an illustration of the commitment the Coalition Government A.P.N.U. and the A.F.C. have been making towards the development of the country. From my reading and information gathered from the various newscasts and talking to people who reside in other regions, a lot of developmental work is taking place in their regions also. The subject Ministries and by extension the Government must be commended. A lot has been done, but there is more to be done. The situation may have been so bad, it is clearly consolidating and building, the
leakages the seepages in all or most areas had to stop or be minimised by way of legislation approved by the National Assembly, but while we may be some distance away from where we would like to be, we are certainly on our way. We are beginning to see that bright light at the end of the tunnel; irrespective of which side of the political divide you stand, you will have to agree that positive things are happening in all ten Administrative Regions of Guyana. Archie W. Cordis Former A.F.C. Councillor Region # 2
Prof. Thomas’ suggestion for oil money may not be the best course of action DEAR EDITOR, I know Professor Clive Thomas to be a patriot who has over the years championed the cause of our people. By every measure a good Guyanese. I respect him for this and have the highest regards for him. His recent statement proposing a sum of money to each family unit, may have been made with the best of intentions, but I believe may not be the best course of action. Those of us who have been in the hustings for generations, happen to know our people, most likely, a little better than Clive. Of course, with the known proclivities of our male and female population, the first high hurdle will be to determine or define what is a family unit. Beyond this, we must not be made to feel that with oil money we can now expect handouts. What we need to do with any additional money available to the State is to have an agreed ‘Master Plan’ so that we can all benefit meaningfully in the short and long term, more so the latter. Handing out sums to families is too simplistic. The plan or programme should in essence provide opportunities for all citizens and help, in a big way, to support those who are willing to help themselves. Will we abandon our farms and import more vegetables and fruits with our money? This has happened
elsewhere. Will we abandon our cycles for a motor vehicle just to go around the corner? I related at the Emancipation Support Symposium in Port of Spain, Trinidad, of my encounter with a soul brother who told me that with oil coming, he will no longer have to perambulate but will motor gate. My own view is that whatever monies are available to the State, same should be used in the following seven areas: 1) Make our educational system solid and top class geared to produce that new Guyana person we talked about even before Independence. A system that allows us to cope with a fast advancing scientific and technological world, but moreover to fashion a curriculum similar to what was put in place for the first batch of President College in 1985. In the earlier days at President College, the students engaged in several sport and cultural activities, including music, swimming, equestrian skills, producing their own food and mixing with ordinary people in the contiguous communities. At the same time, pursuing the highest academic standards, truly a school of excellence. Every school in Guyana with appropriate modifications based on several factors should aim for levels of excellence. Attention needs to be paid to our University, Technical and Teacher Training
Institutions. This means a massive injection of resources into buildings, grounds, training, laboratories, etc. Finally, let us fulfill the dream and passion of Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham to make education free from Kindergarten to University. 2) Increase post haste salaries of the Security Services, Educators including Teachers and Medical Personnel. This should be non-negotiable. 3) Provide a State-of-theArt Health Service where complex surgical and medical procedures are available to all, either free or at an affordable cost. 4) Retool NIS so that we make good the objective of those of us who first conceived and implemented the National Insurance Scheme. And so, for example, remove the present absurdity where health care benefits are available to contributors up to sixty (60) years of age, but not available beyond sixty, when you are more than likely to be in need of medical health support.Both the Late Dr. Gladstone Mitchell and I invade against this oddity. 5) Have an ongoing massive cleanup in urban and rural areas. This will provide jobs, training and to develop a sense of pride in our surroundings and teaching people to love and care for their neighbours. 6) Provide delightful holiday resorts at affordable rates so that young and old can share in the natural beauty and charm, of our country with magnificent things to see. 7) A retooled-remigration scheme, geared to encourage young and experienced professionals to return home to contribute to development. This should include second generation Guyanese. They say seven is the number of perfection so I rest my case with the above seven (7) proposals. But Dear Editor, there is much talk about oil. Will oil provide all of the above? I pose the question, ‘Can we do this in the short term?’ I believe with prayers, good management and the integrity of all of our Administrators at every level, and I mean at every level, will have to sing from the same song sheet.A utopia can be realized in our lifetime. They say the longest journey begins with a single step and that first step should include meaningful dialogue and the creation of an ethic of study, honesty and hard work. Can we do it? Yes, we can! Hamilton Green Elder
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Guyanese cannot allow Raphael Trotman to fuel more false hope DEAR EDITOR, The Alliance For Change has joined the debate of the proposal by Clive Thomas for $1 million to be given to Guyanese households from the oil revenues. The Alliance For Change Leader, Raphael Trotman, in an August 10, 2018 Guyana Chronicle report said, “It is possible; I don’t think we should reject it outright.” The Alliance For Change Leader has even said that he will make representation to Cabinet on the matter. Editor, this position of the Alliance For Change and its Leader can only be seen as opportunistic and more so since we are months away from the 2018 Local Government Elections and the Alliance For Change has said that it will be going to those elections alone. I say this for two reasons. One, where is Guyana getting the money to pay for cash transfers? It is Raphael Trotman’s APNU/AFC Coalition Government
that has already said the money will be used for several different things already – for investment, for the Sovereign Wealth Fund, for a Natural Resource Fund and to put into a Stability Fund for when oil prices go low. Two, it is Raphael Trotman who let Guyana down in the renegotiations with ExxonMobil. All of Guyana already knows that in the end ExxonMobil got the better end of the deal. If Raphael Trotman did not lead such bad negotiations, we might have had money for cash transfers to Guyanese households. But all of this is being ignored. Guyanese cannot allow Raphael Trotman to fuel more false hopes. After all, almost a year later, people in Berbice are still waiting on the 600 jobs from the US$500 million investment in an onshore supply at Crab Island. All for your consideration Zeniah Talbot
Things we as individuals can do to mitigate climate change DEAR EDITOR There has rightly been talk of what the Government can do to mitigate climate change, but what can we as individuals do? New research published in the Science journal has revealed that avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way you can reduce your environmental impact on the planet. The analysis revealed the impact of livestock, which takes up 83 percent of farmland and produces 60 percent of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions, while providing only 18 percent of calories. It also revealed that the elimination of meat and dairy consumption would result in a reduction of more than 75 percent of global farmland – an area equivalent to the US, China, European Union and Australia combined. A World Wildlife Fund report found
that 60 percent of global biodiversity loss is down to meat-based diets. A graph produced by Our World in Data suggests that, on average, 0.01m2 of land is required to produce a gram of protein from beans or peas, as against 1m2 to produce a gram of protein from cattle or sheep: a 100fold difference. Beef production results in up to 105kg of greenhouse gases per 100g of meat. Tofu produces less than 3.5kg. In Ireland, a third of our greenhouse gas emissions come from ruminants.Albert Einstein’s quote has never been more apt: “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet”. – Yours sincerely, Rooplall Dudhnath
A surprising statement from Finance Minister Winston Jordan DEAR EDITOR, Almost every Minister in the APNU-AFC Coalition Government has been talking about how oil and gas will benefit Guyanese people. This kind of talk is continuing, although some of what has been talked about is nowhere near fact. This is why I find the statement from Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, very surprising. The Kaieteur News report, on August 10, 2018, said that the Minister said, “I think we should work at tempering ex-
pectations. ”Where was this recognition when Minister of Natural Resources, Rap h a e l Trotman, said that an onshore supply base will be erected at Crab Island, in the Berbice River, by the end of 2017 and will create 600 jobs? It is now August 2018 and nothing has happened. Where was this recognition when Minister David Patterson talked about a natural gas project that will create 200 jobs, when
the ExxonMobil itself said that there is no completed feasibility study on natural gas? Where was this recognition when Minister David Patterson told people on the Essequibo Coast that they will get free cooking gas? These are only a few of the things that p e o p l e have been told to expect. If Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, is serious about “tempering expectations”, maybe he should start by talking to his colleagues. Regards, Baldeo Mathura
There are corrupt AFC Councillors From page 5 taken with the MoPI vehicles parked at the site of the park under construction.There is also a corr uption racket whereby it is alleged that a certain AFC Executive member and a Vice Chairman of an NDC is working in cahoots with a Human Resources Manager of Guysuco to ‘sell’ jobs for various sums of bribes. It seems that at every area where
a corrupt dollar can be extracted the AFC is actively involved.However, this furore becomes understandable when I analyze the reason behind the award of $120 million contract. I was reliably informed by an AFC member that the $120 million contract was not only for the enrichment of the AFC’s ‘contractors’ but it was meant to provide cam-
paign funds for the upcoming Local Government Election! The AFC’s campaign funds will come directly from the taxpayers!The Three M usketeers have now morphed into the Magnificent Seven. It is time for the corrupt AFC to be buried deep! Yours sincerely, Haseef Yusuf RDC Councilor-Region 6
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90% targeted production achieved Miner charged with trafficking ganja for second rice crop - GRDB Government is reporting that Guyana’s rice industry continues to demonstrate its resilience to the many challenges the sector continues to face. It has recorded 90% of its targeted production for the second crop, which is also referred to as the autumn crop. General Manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), Nizam Hassan, made this disclosure during a recent interview which he lauded the efforts of farmers, and the extension officers in ensuring that the industry prevails amidst evergrowing challenges. “We were able to cultivate 80,000 hectares of farmlands. For the first crop, we achieved 99% of our targeted production. The shortfall in our production target for this crop was due to the early arrival of the rain in April. These rains not only affected the harvesting in the first crop, but also affected land preparation and production of the second crop of 2018,” Hassan explained. During his 2018 mid-year review to Parliament, Finance Minister Winston Jordan noted the despite the reduction in rice production for the first half of 2018, the industry demonstrated promising signs. “Notwithstanding a contraction of 3.8% in 2018, yields have risen to 5.9 tonnes per hectare. Yields are expected to grow further in the second half of 2018, in light of the release of a higher yielding variety – GRDB15 – by the Guyana Rice
Development Board in April,” Minister Jordan said. In fact, farmers who have planted this variety are expected to harvest as much as 8 tonnes per hectare, if recommended practices outlined by the Extension Staff are adhered to. Even with this shortfall in production, the General Manager revealed that Guyana recorded a 43% increase in export volume for the period January to June 2018 when compared to the corresponding period in 2017, and 15% increase in exports for the period January to July 2018 when compared to the same period for the previous year. In 2018, for the period of January to July, Guyana exported 312,593 tonnes of paddy, rice and rice products while only 271,740 tonnes were exported for the same period in the previous year. This increase in exports earned Guyana approximately US$120M or G$24.6B. This represents a 20% increase in revenue earnings. Hassan also disclosed that GRDB export figures to Latin American countries also reflected an increase for the first half of 2018. “With regards to the performance of our individual blocks, our exports have been 80% more to Latin America with countries like Haiti, Colombia, Panama and Mexico really standing out. In fact, when we look at Panama for the January to July 2018 period, we’ve hit 7886 tonnes compared to 5310 tonnes in 2017,” Hassan said. Agriculture Minister Noel
Holder has lauded the efforts of Guyana’s rice farmers in ensuring continued success of the industry, noting that they continue to express commitment to the sector’s growth and development. He also urged farmers to engage the Rice Board and follow best practices to ensure maximum production and productivity is achieved. According to the subject Minister, while Government has been implementing key policy initiatives to ensure the industry prevails, it is necessary for all players within the industry to play their part. “We have been doing exceptionally well when it comes to production and productivity, we have been doing well also in the areas of markets - to the benefit of our millers and farmers as a whole...but while there are successes, our research station continues to work behind the scenes to avert any losses.” Holder said. Minister Holder was at the time making reference to the recent incident regarding paddy weevil. According to the Minister, “while it is necessary to ensure accountability of our extension team, it is also key for farmers to listen to the advice of the officers”. “What we continue to record across the rice growing regions are instances where farmers refuse to listen to the advice of our extension officers. These officers are here to assist you and if we work together, we can record even greater progress,” Holder reiterated.
hief Magistrate Ann McLennan yesterday granted bail to the tune of $100,000 to 27-year-old miner, Richard Simon, of 111 Fourth Avenue, Bartica, who appeared before her on a narcotics trafficking charge The charge read that on August 9 last, at Bartica Police Station, Simon had in his possession 62 grams of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. The defendant, who denied the allegation, was represented by Attorney George Thompson, who asked that his client be released on reasonable bail since he is not a flight risk and will return to court for the trial. The lawyer added that his client has an unblemished record. However, Police Prosecutor Vivian Adolph strongly objected to bail being granted to the defendant citing that he
Richard Simon admitted in a caution statement to ownership of the narcotics. The prosecutor added that based on the amount and the prevalence of the offence, the defendant would not return to court for the trial. The condition attached to
the bail is that Simon report every Friday to the Bartica Police Station until the hearing and determination of the trial. He was instructed to make his next court appearance on August 30 at the Bartica Magistrates’ Court.
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$148M Demerara River Bridge contract…
Opposition to approach SOCU with findings of PPC probe …calls it documented case of corruption involving a Govt. Minister
he opposition plans to test a call made by the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU) for evidence of Government corruption. Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo has indicated plans to present a report from the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) which details procurement breaches in the process that led to the award of a $148M contract to a Dutch company which conducted a feasibility study for the new bridge design across the Demerara River. “This is a documented case of corruption of unbelievable proportions, directly involving a Minister of the Government who bypassed our laws and the designated authority, according to our laws, to a Cabinet, to approve an illegality,” Jagdeo told
reporters on Thursday. The PPC found that the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, headed by Minister David Patterson, did not tender for the project. The report indicated that the Ministry received an unsolicited proposal from LievenseCSO Engineering Contracting BV, to provide consultancy services for the bridge project. “We believe that this report could result in either the Minister or the entire Cabinet being charged for corruption,” the Opposition Leader noted. He added, “Let me make it clear right at the beginning that we plan to send this report to SOCU.” Former senior officials of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) have been the focus of SOCU’s fraud probe, with charges being laid
Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson against former Finance Minister, Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington, former head of National Industrial
and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL). The Opposition, according to Jagdeo, had questioned SOCU Advisor, Dr. Sam Sittlington as to why the PPP officials were the only ones being targeted by SOCU while numerous reports of corruption by the coalition Government were not being investigated. “He [Sittlington] said you can write to us and submit the report, so we will be writing SOCU and submitting this report,” Jagdeo noted. The PPC conducted the investigation of the contract award process based on a request from Opposition Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira. According to the PPC, Patterson, by way of a Memorandum dated November 18, 2016, made a request to Cabinet seeking consideration and approval to use funds from the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC). Specifically, Patterson requested funds from the company’s asphalt plant accounts to fund the feasibility study and commence a contractual arrangement with Dutch company, as of January 1, 2017. The PPC in its investigation found that the Minister’s request to Cabinet was not forwarded through the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB). Based on the PPC report, the submission by Patterson,
Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo directly to Cabinet, was in breach of the Procurement Act.In December 2016, General Manager of the DHBC, Rawlston Adams, signed the agreement with LievenseCSO Engineering Contracting BV to provide the required services. The report stated that Adams informed the PPC that the Board of the DHBC was not a party to the decision to use the funds approved by the Cabinet. He further informed the PPC that he ‘had not signed the contract on behalf of the DHBC, but only because he was requested to do so by the Minster of Public Infrastructure’. PPC found that the
procurement procedure used to select the company did not meet the requirement of any of the methods described in the Procurement Act. And there is no procedure that defines how a procurement entity should deal with ‘unsolicited proposals’. LievenseCSO had submitted a 57-page final report, in which it recommended that the proposed location of Houston-Versailles was the most ideal – with a three-lane structure and moveable part to allow for ships to pass through. It was the best model, at the least cost, the consultant recommended.
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hich of the two parties – the G u y a n a Teachers’ Union or the Government of Guyana – is more confused is hard to tell. But it surely is not amusing to those teachers who have been waiting since 2015 for the conclusion of a multi-year wages agreement between the government and their union. The problem reached a head last year when the government arbitrarily announced that teachers would receive the same increases as public servants. This was after the teachers’ union failed to reach any sort of agreement in its negotiations with the government. The timing of the breakdown of those negotiations could not have been more favourable to the union. Schools were
preparing for final term examinations and a strike by teachers would have disrupted those examinations.The government tried to placate the union, but this did not work. An ultimatum was served, and it took the President of Guyana to intervene and to meet with the union.The meeting between the union and the President took place towards the end of October, and a joint statement between the two sides reported that agreement had been reached to set up a high-level task force to look at improving the education sector, and to take account of the findings of the Commission of Inquiry into the education sector. The joint statement specifically mentioned that the task force to be established would be high level, and would comprise
representatives of the Ministries of Education, Finance, Communities, Public Service and the Presidency. The Ministry of Finance was supposed to be represented on the task force, and at a high level, since it was a high-level task force. The report of the committee was reportedly completed in February and tabled before Cabinet. Nothing more was heard until the teachers began to grumble. It was then said that the matter was with the Minister of Finance. Then things took a turn for the worse, when it was made known that government had rejected 22 of the 27 demands made by the teachers. This is where the confusion comes in. It was quite natural for Cabinet to have sought the input of the Minister of Finance into the report of the task force. He is,
DEM BOYS SEH
Jagdeo jail cell still empty…how come? Jagdeo, de man who tell de oil company that dem onesided because dem wasn’t telling him wha going on, now telling dem he don’t want no courtesy call. This was de man de oil company tek serious and actually had a briefing wid him. When de reporters ask him wha dem talk about, he seh that he wouldn’t talk ,because it was not he job fuh tell dem wha de oil company doing. But things tek a turn. In de days when he was President everybody who pay a courtesy call use to walk wid something fuh he. But de oil company wouldn’t do that, suh he get vex. Thursday he announce that he don’t want no more courtesy call from Exxon. Dem boys seh this is a
man who like he pocket. Once money come he way, de giver can mek Jagdeo give anything. Yes, anything. But he shouldn’t talk up to anybody because as old people seh, “Wha miss you ain’t pass you.” He should be in jail fuh all dem white elephant project he sign wid dem Chinee. He got Guyana paying back fuh de US$200 million Skeldon project wha ain’t even deliver US$1 million in return. He sign fuh de Enmore sugar-packing project that never pack even de cane husk. Then he sign fuh de Marriott. People know that if de coalition didn’t tek it over, he and he friends woulda own it by now, and de country woulda still been paying back dem Chinee fuh de labour dem put in. De airport project is
another big Chinee project he sign. Again Soulja Bai save de day and force dem Chinee to finish de project this year.De amount of money Jagdeo borrow from dem Chinee fuh projects woulda mek Guyana end up like Sri Lanka. De Chinee would tek over de whole country. And Soulja Bai ain’t doing nutten. He is de one who want unbribable police commissioner. He must want unbribable Ministers and an unbribable Opposition. If he don’t step in and jail Jagdeo fuh dem Chinee loan, somebody gun step in and mek he and Jagdeo hold hand in a cell. One fuh indebting Guyana and de odda one fuh sitting down and mek it happen. Talk half and do something Soulja Bai, or something guh do you.
Major forum next week to discuss new mobile, broadcast technologies Government has announced two major fora next week to discuss developments in the mobile and broadcast businesses. According to the Ministry of Public Telecommunications, it is collaborating with the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) to host two interactive discussions on Tuesday, August 14 and Wednesday, August 15, at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre. “The public discussions, led by Dr. Andres Navarro Cadavid, Consultant to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), are intended to bring the nation up
to date with global and regional developments in International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) and New Broadcast Technologies. Ministry officials, including technology experts attached to the NFMU will participate in the discussions and field questions from the audience, the ministry disclosed. On Tuesday, the threehour discussion on new broadband technologies is scheduled to begin at 9.00 am, and the following day, discussions on broadcast trends and technologies will commence at 2.30 pm. ICT business owners,
students and other stakeholders are invited to participate in these discussions that are intended to bring operators and new entrants into the telecommunications sector up to date with trends and new policies at work in the world today.
after all, the country’s paymaster and therefore, procedurally, he needs to be allowed to make an input. But since the Ministry of Finance was part - or was supposed to be a part - of the high-level task force, this would mean that the Ministry was rejecting the report which its high-level representative on the task force had agreed to, presuming that the report enjoyed the consensus of the entirety of the task force. It is hard to understand how the government - and surprisingly the union - now wants to go back to the negotiating table. The task force was the negotiating table between the union and the government. It was a broad-based task force, since it supposedly had to consider, also, the findings of the COI into the education sector.
Now if the report of the task force enjoyed the support of both the government and the union side, then it is a done deal. The Cabinet, since it would have been part of the task force, has no other option but to agree to the report. The government is not expected to disagree with its own representatives. If there was consensus within the task force and the government is annulling the recommendations agreed upon, then the union has no option but to strike. On the other hand, if the task force failed to reach consensus and its report merely reflected the respective positions of the two sides, then it means that there is no agreement and Cabinet and the union will have to decide on the way forward. The union has no
choice, in the interim, but to flex its muscles, because failure to do so will not move the government. The union should not be entertaining discussions, at this stage, about returning to the negotiating table. That would be like shooting itself in the foot. It is high time that teachers get a living wage or at least an agreement to graduate to a living wage. The practice of all public workers enjoying the same wage increases, each year, is counterproductive. Teachers deserve special treatment.
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THE FREDDIE KISSOON COLUMN
Saudi Arabia is a sponsor of terrorism
he dispute between Saudi Arabia and Canada over the Canadians’ justified condemnations of human rights in the kingdom has put Saudi Arabia in the spotlight. It was a global focus that has long been overdue. Saudi Arabia is a sickening, tyrannical monarchy that has been shielded since the US emerged as a superpower after 1945, from universal condemnation, by its strategic friendship with the US. The Canadian critique of
the horrible atrocities in Saudi Arabia is a break in the pattern of western silence about this cruel country that has absolutely no respect for the basic rights of its citizens. Generations in the world have grown up hearing the US denunciations of human rights in Cuba, while one of the intimate allies of the US – Saudi Arabia – was a far greater violator of civilized rights.The US logic was quite barefacedly based. The Saudis are our allies, the Cubans are not, so we have a logical
reason to confront Cuba. Over the past forty years, to compare the human rights record of Cuba as against the kingdom is like comparing Chris Gayle with a part time cricketer in Florida. Women got thrown in jail for demanding equal rights while in Cuba, women are as liberated as in any democratic country you can identify. Imagine, the US been castigating Cuba for over sixty years and has an enduring relation with a country that bans women from driving.
The ban is about to be relaxed, but you can end up in jail if while writing on the relaxation of the ban, you lamented its existence in the past. To think the US and other countries could cite many Third World states for democratic violations, yet retain Saudi Arabia as an ally, is woeful. How do you explain this? Even during the eight years of the Obama Administration, he did not depart from the traditional security relation with Saudis. One of the rudest awakenings President Obama ever got in his life was when he went to Kenya and advised that gay rights should be of utmost consideration by the Kenyan Government. I suggest you go to YouTube and listen to the Kenyan president’s response. It was a real no-nonsense rebuttal to Obama, who had to listen. Guyanese have a saying that foreigners may not understand, “eyepass.” Was it “eyepass” for Obama to go to Kenya, which is a country the US has a lesser relationship with than Saudi Arabia, and lecture the people on gay rights, when in Saudi Arabia
homosexuality is a criminal offence, and even women don’t have the same rights as men. They say charity begins at home. The best place for an American president to give a talk on equal rights would have been a traditional American ally. The Canadians have made a prodigiously positive effort in the preservation of the dignity of humans when they accused Saudi Arabia of violating the rights of its citizens. The question above still has to be answered. Why does the US confront certain Third World countries for undemocratic rule while cozying up to a hell hole like Saudi Arabia. The answer is international security.The US is a colossal importer of oil. Given the enormity of its economy and the largeness of its military resources, the US will for countless years to come, depend on oil from other countries. Saudi Arabia has perhaps the world’s largest reserves of oil. But there is another reason for the US friendship. Saudi Arabia is accommodating to US strategic interests in the Middle East. The Saudis form part of a working alliance with Israel and the US in the Middle
Frederick Kissoon East. The United States’ hands are tied. This explains why Obama never uttered even one word of condemnation of monarchial tyranny in Saudi Arabia. The Canadians do not have the strategic dependence on the kingdom as America. Trade between the kingdom and Canada is not as priceless as in the US situation. So the Canadians could run the risk of confronting the Saudis and be unafraid of the kingdom’s angry reactions. Finally, one of the most dangerous ironies in world politics since Thucydides wrote his famous book, “The History Of The Peloponnesian War”, is the enduring security alliance between the US and Saudi Arabia, and the latter is part sponsor of what is easily described as the most bestial, uncivilized forms of terrorism history has ever known - the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The origins of ISIS’s hatred for the Shite Muslim religion were encouraged by the opposing Sunni Muslin rulers of Saudi Arabia who bankrolled ISIS initially. And it still goes on. There is quiet pressure by the US, but the Saudis remain a sponsor of ISIS terrorism.
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‘Otisha’ to stand trial for rape of boy, 14
ell known transgender personality, 40-year-old Otis Pearson, called ‘Otisha’, has been committed to stand trial in the High Court for rape. This is following the conclusion of a Preliminary Inquiry (PI) conducted before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Yesterday the court ruled that there was sufficient evidence against Pearson for him to stand trial before a judge and jury at the next practicable sitting of the Demerara Assizes. Pearson was not required to plead to the indictable charge which alleged that on December 24, last, at Station Street, Kitty, Georgetown, he caused a 14-year-old boy to perform a sexual act with him. The charge amounts to statutory rape, since the boy is below the age of consent. Pearson made his initial court appearance before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly Throughout the trial, Pearson was represented by Attorney-at-Law Ronald Burch-Smith. He remains out on $300,000 bail until the hearing and determination of the trial in the High Court. Pearson was arrested earlier this year after accusations were levelled against him for having sexual relations with underage boys, after a photograph appeared on social media with Pearson in t h e c o m p a n y o f a y o u n g b o y. It was reported that the Child Care and Protection Agency was also assisting with the investigation and a file was compiled and sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice. According to reports, in February, the Child
Otis ‘Otisha’ Pearson Care and Protection Agency closed its investigation into the alleged misconduct by Pearson, who was very vocal on social media and during a television newscast asserted that he “has a young boy for every day of the week”.CC&PA Director, Ann Greene, conducted several interviews with the alleged victims who are all under age 16.
58 murders, 350 gun-related robberies in 7 months
ith 58 murders, 350 gun-related robberies, and 153 reports of rape, the Guyana Police Force is nevertheless reporting a five percent decrease in serious crimes at the end of July, compared to the same period last year. A release from th e Force’s Public Relations Department stated that there was a 17 percent decrease in murder (58 as against 70); a 25 percent increase in robberies where no instruments were used; a seven percent increase in robbery under arms where firearms were used (350 as against 327); a 23 percent decrease in robbery under arms where instruments other than
- 5% drop in serious crimes; 76 illegal guns taken off the streets firearms were used; a seven percent increase in robbery with violence; a 25 percent decrease in robbery with aggravation; a 24 percent decrease in larceny from the person; a three percent increase in rape (153 as against 148); a seven percent increase in burglary and a nine percent decrease in break and enter and larceny. There were 25 disorderly murders; 16 domestic murders, 11 committed during robberies and six in which the motive was unknown. Police have also taken 76 illegal firearms off the streets
so far this year, compared to 81 for the corresponding period last year. They included 44 pistols, 18 revolvers, eight shotguns one sub-machine gun and five rifles. Thirty-four weapons were seized in A Division, 15 in F Division, nine in C Division and seven in B Division and five, four and two in D, E and G Divisions respectively. Police also recorded a 7.4 decrease in fatal accidents for the year (57 in 2017 as against 54 this year), with 22 pedestrians and 13 pedal cyclists being among the main victims.
Authorities warn passengers not to pay more to water taxis
ccording to the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD), any demands for additional sums by the operato r s a n d owners of water taxis should be reported, indicating the vessel’s name and time of t r a v e l . MARAD said that the standard fare structure for water taxis on the various routes
are G/T –V/Hoop - $100; Parika– Wakenaam/ Supenaam -$1,300; Parika- Eastern Wakenaam $1,000; Parika – Bartica -$2,500 and ParikaLeguan/Success$5,000. “MARAD can be contacted on telephone numbers, 225-7330 or 226-3356 between Mondays to Friday, or inbox messages via the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ m a r a d g u y a n a . ”
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Ram & McRae names Rakesh Latchana as new Managing Partner
New Audit Manager: Lisa Moonilall
From left: Christopher Ram, Rakesh Latchana, Shirlan Benjamin, Donna Dublin, Cleveland Gilkes, Chetram Singh, Alexis Barry and Robert McRae. Ram & McRae, one of the leading provider of professional services in audit, tax, accounting and consulting services, has named Chief Executive Officer, Rakesh Latchana as its new Managing Partner. Former Managing Partner and founder of the firm, Christopher Ram will now become chairman of the professional services firm’s group of entities.
“Latchana joined the firm in 1999 and was admitted to the partnership on January 1, 2006. He is a member of the Technical Committees of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants of Guyana and the Caribbean and member of SME Implementation Group the International Accounting Standards Board,” according to a release. “Latchana is expected to continue the firm’s tradition
of leadership, excellence and innovation in service delivery while shaping the direction of the firm as it embraces its role as a pre-eminent professional services firm in the new oil and gas economy.” The firm has also named Lisa Moonilall as Audit Manager. “Ms. Moonilall joined the firm in 2011 and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.” At a reception to announce the changes, the firm also honoured staff members with 10 and 20 years of service.”
Timehri man died from hemorrhage, shock due to multiple gunshot injuries -”Short boss” still on the run While the hunt continues for a murder suspect only identified as “Short boss”, who allegedly gunned down 21-year-old Ronsley Clarke, in Sophia on August 2, while he was at a party with his girlfriend, an autopsy revealed that Clarke died as a result of hemorrhage and shock due to multiple gunshot injuries. Those injuries are one gunshot wound to the right side chest and one to the back. Clarke and “Short boss” who reportedly knew each other, were at a dance on the night in question at “Blacka’s Shop”. Clarke was with his girlfriend, Alisha Thomas. At the time, the woman had said that everybody was “having a nice time, drinking and smoking”, when shots started to ring out. She said her boyfriend ran a short distance after the shots were fired, and fell to the ground.
Ronsley Clarke One witness to the shooting said, “the man had a shine gun, the man draw, and buss ‘bout three shot in the banna.
Everybody start fuh scatter. When we catch we self, the man girlfriend did hollering fuh he.” The suspect made good his escape just after committing the act. Another individual who didn’t want to be named claimed the two men had just recently “had a falling out”. When asked as to what the “falling out” was about and when it occurred, the man said he didn’t want to get into that. The police had issued statement just after the incident relating that, “The victim who received two suspected gunshot wounds to the right region of his body, was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation in an unconscious state and was pronounced dead on arrival.” Clarke’s body has been handed over to family members for burial preparations.
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$366M drug contract to HDM Labs…
Health Minister blames staff for her failure to answer Parliamentary questions Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence on Wednesday requested more time to respond to several health-related questions in Parliament, including the controversial multimillion-dollar drug contract awarded last year to USbased HDM Labs Inc. The $366M contract has raised eyebrows, because the company seems to have little experience in supplying pharmaceuticals to Guyana. This prompted Former Health Minister and Opposition MP Frank Anthony to table several related questions in the National Assembly. “The staff is presently working on their budget and the questions asked are very lengthy, some of which they have to do some research to get the documents to support the answerer. Within the timeframe, the answers could not be provided with the necessary documentation to back it up. That is why we are asking for an extension,” Lawrence stated. Lawrence requested under Standing Order 22(Para 9), that all questions standing in her name be deferred for the period allotted under the standing order. That period is for 12 days, but Opposition Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira stated that Parliament goes into recess on August 10 and returns on October 10. Teixeira stated that the questions had been on the order paper more than 21 days prior. The House approved Lawrence’s request with Government MPs outvoting the Opposition, 32-29. The Health Minister is also facing questions from opposition MP, Dr. Vindhya Persaud in relation to the status of the Child Morbidity and Mortality Committee, and the measures being taken to prevent infection levels in the neo-natal Intensive Care Unit at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence Recently, leaked ministry’s documents disclosed that HDM came out winner above Ansa McAl Limited, Caribbean Medical Supplies, Global Healthcare Supplies, International Pharmaceutical Agency and Meditron Inc. All had submitted to deliver drugs to fulfill a shortage of drugs last year but they all, including HDM Labs, failed to meet the criteria. The ministry had explained the documents in the hands of the media were drafts, wickedly lifted from its computers. It denied that any contracts were issued in June as the “draft” documents claimed. Rather, the award was not made until the end of August last year, after approval by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board and “noted” by the Cabinet of Ministers. The approval would have been made after a retender and with HDM Labs being the only company that submitted a bid. There are questions as to why Ansa McAl Trading Lim-
ited failed on the ground of “Experience and Technical Capacity (Evidence that demonstrates bidder has carried out similar transactions)” for such a small contract, when they were early in 2017 awarded a $605M contract for the supply of pharmaceuticals. HDM Labs’ offices were traced to two Long Island, New York homes, one of them the home of Hardat Singh. The issue of drug supplies to Government-owned hospitals has been a bitter one in recent years with accusations that under the previous PPP/C administration the contract awards were fixed that only certain companies could have been approved. The contracts at one time were worth up to $5B annually.
“Rastaman” narrowly escapes death after Friendship crash An accident involving a truck and a container truck and trailer, has left one man counting his lucky stars after being pinned in the vehicle he was driving. A witness to the accident said that the truck, bearing registration number GJJ 6539, was heading in the direction of Timehri, in the vicinity of Friendship, East Bank Demerara, when the vehicle collided with a trailer that was across the road at the time. The eyewitness said the trailer was being pulled by a container truck registered GRR 6301, that was in the process of turning around at the time. It was reportedly dark at the time, and the turning vehicle seemed to have poor lighting, coupled with the fact that the trailer did not have side reflectors. “I was sitting on my bridge, when I heard the loud crash, and I start to walk to the scene of the accident, I video the whole thing,” a young resident related to this publication. The man driving the truck was only identified as “Rastaman”. He was thankful to persons on the scene who were quick to free him, after he found himself trapped in the cab.
The mangled cab of the truck
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Guyana’s External Debt increases Plans for Guyana/Brazil road link underway by 3.4 percent – Finance Minister Guyana’s public debt remains sustainable with a moderate risk of debt distress. According to Finance Minister, Winston Jordan, this is mainly as a result of Government’s continued effort to ensure that financing needs and payment obligations are met at the lowest possible cost over the medium-to long term, and debt is assumed with a prudent degree of risk. At the end of June 2018, Jordan noted that Guyana’s stock of public debt amounted to US$1,637.2 million, similar to the 2017 halfyear position. Of the total public debt, external debt amounted to US$1,255.1 million while domestic debt was US$382.1 million. As a share of total public debt, Jordan said that external debt increased by 3.4 percentage points to 76.7 percent; the domestic debt decreased, correspondingly, to 23.3 percent relative to the position at June 30, 2017. It was further noted that total public debt service payments rose by 25.6 percent, from US$35.3 million, for the first half of 2017, to US$44.3 million for the first half of 2018, primarily as result of in-
Finance Minister, Winston Jordan creased payments to external creditors. The total public debt service as a share of central government revenues was 8.5 percent, for the first half of 2018, compared to 6.6 percent, for the first half of 2017. Over the review period, Jordan said that external debt service payments averaged about 86.0 percent of the total public debt service payments. At the end of June 2018, the external public debt increased by 4.6 percent or US$54.9 million, from US$1,200.2 million at the end
of June 2017, to US$1,255.1 million. Jordan said that this was mainly attributed to a positive net flow from both multilateral and bilateral creditors. During the first half of 2018, the Finance Minister noted that actual external disbursements decreased by US$3.8 million to US$27.0 million, as compared to the corresponding period in 2017, owing to lower disbursements from the Export-Import Bank of China, International Development Agency (IDA) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). He said that these creditors provide funding to projects such as Cheddi Jagan International Airport Extension Project, Guyana East Coast Demerara Road Improvement Project, Guyana Secondary Education Improvement Project, Guyana Education Sector Improvement Project and West Coast Demerara Road Widening and Improvement Project, all of which experienced lower levels of disbursements when compared to the first half of 2017. Jordan said, “Of the amounts disbursed at the half year, the multilateral creditors
accounted for 70.6 percent whilst bilateral creditors accounted for 29.4 percent. Multilateral creditors accounted for 57.9 percent with bilateral creditors accounting for the balance at end-June, 2017. The first half of 2018 shows a heavier reliance on financing from multilateral creditors as compared to the previous year. Notably, the Inter-American Development Bank recorded the highest share of external disbursements at 35 percent or US$9.5 million.” Further to this, the Finance Minister said that the debt to Guyana’s bilateral non-Paris Club and commercial creditors continued to accumulate arrears on external debt service payments. At the end of June 2018, the external arrears marginally increased, by 2.3 percent or US$3.6 million, from US$161.3 million at the end of June 2017, to US$165.0 million. Recognizing the growing burden of this debt on the country’s portfolio, Jordan said that the Government has been vigorously engaging these creditors in debt negotiations in an effort to settle debts.
H.E. Amb. George Talbot
H.E. Amb. Norberto Moretti.
Authorities in Guyana and Brazil are working to complete the terms of reference for the design of the Lethem to Mabura Hill within two months. Director of Northern and Western South America at the Brazilian Ministry of External Affairs, His Excellency Norberto Moretti, has revealed that efforts are being made to open the bidding process by the end of the year. “The goal by the end of the year is to have the biding going on. It’s an ambitious
timetable but it’s a realistic one and we are working very hard to get it done,” he expressed. Ambassador Morretti also believes that there is great interest on the part of the Brazilian government to get the road completed. The journey from Lethem to Georgetown takes as many as 13 hours, depending on the state of the road. It has recently become impassable. Once paved, the projection is that the trip will take no more (Continued on page 19)
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Plans for Guyana/Brazil GuyOil performance boosts overall revenue increase for Public Enterprises – Mid-year Report road link underway Overall, revenue of the Public Enterprises (PEs) increased by 2.5 percent at half year largely due to the Guyana Oil Company’s (GuyOil) $2.8 billion revenue increase. This was documented in the Finance Ministry’s mid-year Report. The report said that total receipts for GuyOil amounted to $20.8 billion for the first half of 2018, up from $18 billion at half year 2017. This was on account of a 27 percent increase in receipts from debtors. Similarly, expenditures rose to $20.9 billion, from $16.8 billion, at half year 2017, reflecting increased payments to creditors. The report states that the overall deficit, at the half year 2018, stood at $0.8 billion, up from the $0.3 billion recorded at mid-2017. Notwithstanding increased fuel prices, which will add an additional $4.1 billion for 2018, the report said that expenditures have also been revised upwards by $6.9 billion. This has led to a projected surplus of $1.1 billion being revised to a deficit of $0.9 billion, for 2018. Further to this, the Fi-
nance Ministry said that GuyOil, GPL, NIS and GuySuCo accounted for over 97 percent of the PEs’ revenue. By the end of the first half of 2018, however, operating expenses totaled $61.7 billion, a significant 10.9 percent over revenue earned for the period, and 10.7 percent above the operating expenses for the corresponding period, in 2017. It was noted that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) contributed to this increase by virtue of having the highest employment cost – $7.1 billion – for the first half of 2018. The report said that labour costs in the sector remain a concern for corporations such as Guyana Post Office Corporation, the Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL), GuySuCo and the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) that posted employment costs above 40 percent of revenue. According to the Fin a n c e M i n i s t r y, t h e Guyana Rice Development Board reported revenues of $186.8 million, for the first half of 2018, down from $233.4 million reported for the same period in 2017. This was on account of de-
clining receipts from debtors by 45 percent. Total expenditures were $423.6 million, at the mid-year, or $58.7 million more than was expended, at mid-2017. This was largely driven by employment costs moving from $215.8 million, at mid2017, to $263.5 million, in 2018. For the first half of 2018, the Finance Ministry has noted that the Guyana Post Office Corporation reported revenues of $557 million, an increase of $39 million, over the similar period for 2017, mostly resulting from an increase in receipts from debtors by 12 percent. Operating expenses also increased from $530.5 million, at mid-2017, to $582.5 million, at mid2018, driven largely by a 7 percent increase in employment cost and 15 percent increase in other expenses. The Guyana Power and Light Inc. recorded a deficit of $3.7 billion, for the period under review, compared to a surplus of $1.3 billion, for the first half of 2017. In keeping with its commitment to repay a Government On-Lending Loan, valued at US$43.3
million, which was granted in May 2010, the company remitted $500 million of a budgeted $1 billion to the central government, for 2018. For the first half of 2018, the Finance Ministry said that the Guyana Sugar Corporation recorded an overall deficit of $3.8 billion, an improvement over the deficit of $6.3 billion for the similar period, in 2017. In 2018, the closure of Skeldon Energy Inc., during the first crop, inclement weather, strike action and factory maintenance downtime were among the factors that contributed to the lowering of the sugar production target and, subsequently, sales. It was noted that revenues collected by the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) increased, at mid-2018, to $10.8 billion, 6 percent better than the similar period in 2017. This improved position reflected increased compliance efforts. The Scheme’s investment portfolio continues to face low interest rates. Expenditure increased from $10 billion, at mid-2017, to $11.5 billion, at mid-2018, largely attributed to an increase in benefits payments by $1.4 billion.
From page 14 than five hours. In a recent interview, Ambassador Moretti explained the benefits to Brazil and the factors that have intensified the political will to see the project through to completion. “It is clearer now the potential benefits of getting this road paved; Brazil is very aware of its shortcomings in terms of infrastructure and the need to bring down production costs.” According to him, authorities have also been trying to ensure the country’s development agenda is more geographically distributed. Brazil’s wealth and production activity have been largely concentrated in the southwest and southeast. While the Ambassador pointed out that the Northeastern and Central regions have seen progress in the last decade, he acknowledged the need for greater effort. Guyana’s recent discovery of oil and the projected increase in economic activity have also been cited as providing further motivation. “The road will not only be convenient and useful; it will be fundamental,” Moretti explained. Meanwhile, Guyana’s Ambassador to Brazil, His Excellency George
Talbot, said Guyana is currently reviewing Brazil’s proposed text on the terms of reference (TOR) and will make requisite adjustments, if necessary. Once this is completed, the bidding process will begin. He explained that the two countries are also examining possible funding arrangements to pave the road from Mabura Hill to Lethem. Phase one of the project covers approximately 125 kilometres of the road (Linden to Mabura Hill) and also includes a bridge across the Kurupukari River. Guyana secured funding from the British Government through its UK Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF) programme to complete the design. The contract for this consultancy will be awarded shortly. “I see a benefit to connecting Guyana domestically, Guyana to Brazil, and Brazil to the rest of the world,” Ambassador Talbot noted. However, he explained that the road is just one aspect of the project. “The road will not be enough in itself, it will have to be allied with the construction of adequate port facilities. The equation is really the port plus the road to make the project economically viable.”
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Minister Norton named patron of TCV’s anti-suicide/anti-violence campaign Come Sunday September 9, The Caribbean Voice [TCV] will be spearheading its third annual anti-suicide vigil in commemoration of World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 which is observed annually on September 10 globally. World Suicide Prevention Day is a day designated by the United Nations to focus on creating more awareness for the serious issue of suicide. Efforts to commemorate the day are moreover geared at helping people to recognise suicide warning signs and ensure that persons are aware of where help is available, and where necessary, engage suicide first aid [tactics to help dissuade an individual from suicide]. Speaking of plans for the event, which is expected to attract scores of people across Guyana, TCV’s National Coordinating Director, Mr. Nazim S. Hussain, said that the vigil this year will also include suicide. This move he views as tactical, since the cases of suicide are being compounded by other acts of violence. Hussain was at the time making reference to daunting
From left: Miss World Guyana Ambika Ramraj; Minister George Norton, Mr. Nazim S. Hussain and Ms. Leslyn Holder at yesterday’s press conference. cases of domestic violence which end in murder/suicide. In addition to reaching out to a number of organisations to support its anti-suicide/anti-violence vigil, TCV has also been able to gain government’s support through the Ministry of Social Cohesion to conduct a month-long campaign ahead of the vigil. In this regard, TCV has
named Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton, its patron for the campaign. Minister Norton’s role in the vigil was announced yesterday during a press conference at the Woolford Avenue, Georgetown Racquet Centre. According to Minister Norton, he has recognised that addressing the challenge requires the support of a wide cross-section of the popula-
tion. He moreover voiced an appeal for “Guyanese to get on board with this initiative. As a people it is important for us to unite against all forms of social ills, and I believe that observing this vigil will be a great start.” “We want you to not only observe the vigil, but to join forces with The Caribbean Voice and other bodies that are working towards ending suicide and violence altogether,” said Minister Norton, as he made reference to “a damning report somewhere in 2013 by the World Health Organisation of the rate of suicide in Guyana.” “It was immensely troubling and we needed immediate remedies,” said Minister
Norton as he recalled how in 2015 Guyana was one of the few countries that moved aggressively to develop a Suicide Prevention Plan. “I am happy today to state that Guyana’s suicide rate has dropped significantly, and I know for a fact, one little village was noted for having one suicide every six weeks, I can safely say for the longest while that has not been the case.” Minister Norton said, too, that while some have sought to quote the drop by a particular percent, moves are apace within the Public Health Ministry to produce an official report on the current state of affairs. But the marked reduction in suicide
was not limited to the work of the Ministry, since according to the Minister, “efforts of persons and groups across the country are making a difference and we should not stop. I encourage more persons to join in the fight against suicide and violence, let us all unite for a good cause.” Also lending support to the TCV in its anti-suicide/ anti-violence campaign is Miss World Guyana, Miss Ambika Ramraj. Miss Ramraj has in fact been designated the official spokesperson for TCV. Speaking of the need for continued support, Hussain said “It is vital that we get our message across about suicide (Continued on page 23)
Taxi driver allegedly found with gun after police chase remanded A 38-year-old taxi driver who was allegedly busted with a gun after a high speed chase with the police on Thursday was yesterday charged and remanded to prison. Devon Porter of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown appeared before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges. Particulars of the first charge alleged that on August 09, at Howes Street, Charlestown, Georgetown, Porter had a .38 revolver in his possession when he was not the holder of a firearm licence. It was further alleged that on the same day at the same location, he had a.38 ammunition in his possession when he was not the holder of a firearm licence enforced at the time. An unrepresented Porter was remanded to prison on the first charge, and was granted bail to the tune of
Devon Porter $20,000 on the second charge. According to reports, a mobile patrol commanded by a police corporal was in the Charlestown community when ranks observed motorcar PWW 149 which was “being driven by known character”, moving
suspiciously. As the patrol approached the vehicle in the vicinity of Russell and Howes Streets, the ranks signaled the driver to stop, but instead he accelerated and crashed into a post, in Lyng Street, Charlestown. The police said that the occupants were ordered to exit the vehicle and during that process, the driver dropped a firearm which was immediately retrieved and found to be a .38 Smith and Wesson Revolver with a live round in its chambers. The driver and occupant were both taken into custody. Back in court, Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris objected to bail being granted to the defendant citing the nature of the offence and the gravity of the charge, and also the penalty the offence attracts. The prosecutor also pointed out that Porter has a pending matter before the court for simple larceny.
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One cashier and sales person for General store. #649-2950/ 642-1141 1 experienced counter staff. Call: 623-8654 LEGAL NOTICE 2018-HC-DEM-CIV-FD-952 IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE SUPREME COURT OF JUDICATURE FAMILY, DIVORCE AND MATRIMONIAL JURISDICTION FAMILY DIVISION PETITION NO. FD-952 BETWEEN: (DICK) TENIEKA TENEAL nee JOHNSON Petitioner and- (DICK) THEODORE KEVIN Respondent TO: THEODORE KEVIN DICK Last Known address Lot 24 B North Sophia, Bel Air, Georgetown, Guyana. TAKE NOTICE that on the 6 th day of July, 2018 a Petition for Divorce was filed against you by TENIEKA TENEAL DICK nee JOHNSON, the Petitioner in the Family Division of the High Court in Georgetown, Demerara. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that as part of an Order made on the 24th day of July, 2018 the Petitioner was directed to effect service of her Petition on you by publication of this Notice in two (2) consecutive Saturday issues of Kaieteur News Newspaper, a daily Newspaper printed, published and circulated in and around Guyana and on the worldwide web. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that if you desire you may appear or attend in person or by your duly authorized agent or Attorney-at-Law at the Registry of the Family Division of the High Court at Georgetown, Demerara where you will be issued with a certified copy of the Petition together with related documents. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that if you desire to Defend this Divorce, then upon receipt of the certified copy of the Petition, you must file anAcknowledgement of Service, Notice of Intention to Defend (Forms are available at the Registry) Answer and/or Cross Petition in the Registry of the Family Division at the High Court at Georgetown, Demerara, within 28 (twenty-eight) days from the date of the second and final publication of this Notice. continued on next page
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Minister tasked with explaining emergency spending to improve NGSA performance There will be no lettingup of deliberate efforts aimed at improving the performance within the public education system. At least this is according to Minister of Education, Ms. Nicolette Henry, as she responded to questions from parliamentary opposition member, Africo Selman, on Wednesday in the National Assembly. Selman in posing a number of questions, asked of the Minister how the sum of $48.6 million was expended as part of an emergency intervention initiative for primary level public schools. The sum was approved by the APNU-AFC government following daunting performances at the National Grade Six Assessment [NGSA] in 2015. According to Minister Henry, the sum was expended in five strategic areas, including training of teachers in content and methodology; recruitment of coordinators and monitors; training of officers and school administrators to supervise the teaching
of Mathematics; regional diagnostic assessment and community-based participation. The Minister informed that a total of 548 teachers at the grades five and six levels, across all education districts, were trained in this regard, which attracted the sum of $28 million, while the recruitment of 10 Maths coordinators and 41 monitors saw an investment of $7 million. Further, the Minister said that the sum of $6.8 million catered to the training of officers and school administrators to supervise the teaching of mathematics, and a total of 452 officers, coordinators and head teachers in Regions One, Three, Eight, Nine and 10 were trained. The diagnostic assessment, which was done in all regions, amounted to $2.9 million. “In that instance we did a numeracy diagnostic instrument which was designed for pupils entering Grade Six,” Minister Henry informed. As part of the venture,
Minister of Education, Ms. Nicolette Henry too, a sum of $3.4 million was spent on communitybased participation, which according to Minister Henry, entailed, “the engagement of parents and community personnel in the respective regions.” The continuance of the programme in 2017 saw an additional sum of $250 million being spent. Of that
Minister Norton named patron... From page 20 awareness and violence awareness.” With confirmed support from organisations the likes of the Women’s Progressive Organisation, the Dharmic Sabha, the Charity Church of Christ, the Seventh Day’s Adventist Church nation-
wide and other organisations, including youth groups and youths in influential positions, the vigil is expected to realise successful outcomes. Participating in the planned vigil, Hussain said, is as simple as individuals gathering in groups at dusk across Guyana to light-up
their cell phones as they denounce suicide and other forms of violence in the society. Also present at yesterday’s forum was TCV’s Training and Education Director, Ms. Leslyn Holder, who also shared about the work of TCV that have been making an impact countrywide.
sum, $62 million was spent on textbooks specifically for pupils of Grade Six classes. Also a total of $153 million was spent on training for teachers, administrators, coordinators and monitors and that, Minister Henry said, “was done throughout the country for the entire of 2017, and we spent $35 million which we
used primarily for placing of advertisements...” The funds also catered to, among other things, the conducting of two NGSA mock examinations which were held prior to the sitting of the NGSA that year. But the work is still on ongoing, the Minister assured the House on Wednesday. “There are several things that are still being done. These include capacity building and training for key personnel including teachers, head teachers and education officers,” said the Education Minister. She divulged too that “We are also working on strengthening, monitoring and supervision of schools, and also in terms of programme development, across the primary level programmes, there are targeted interventions and remedial programmes for all of the regions and Georgetown also.” The Ministry, according to the Minister, has also been working to maintain parental and community ar-
rangements to help bolster its ongoing efforts. The sustained efforts, she said, have been thorough enough to even realise improved performance in English Language at the 2018 sitting of the NGSA. “It turned out to be the best year in terms of performance... we recorded 60 percent passes in English,” said Minister Henry. She however acknowledged that “I recognise that when you have 40 percent not passing, it is still a concern of course [but] it speaks to where we have come from and where we are going, and we will continue to work to ensure that we have improved examination results throughout the education system.” As she recognised improvement in the system, the Minister noted that the conducting of tests is in fact a means of measuring the work and the performance of the sector which has shown improvement since the implementation of the emergency intervention.
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GT Beer / Keep Your Five Alive Competition
Sparta needs a win to revive invincibility Tonight’s GT Beer / Keep Your Five Alive Competition final is the buzz around the town and the Organisers are putting everything in place to accommodate the anticipated large turnout, at the National Gymnasium. After weeks of pulsating action, attention now turns to tonight’s final when Sparta Boss take on Tiger Bay in what is expected to provide fans with a fascinating clash with a huge financial prize and bragging rights up for grabs. The Organisers and sponsor GT Beer are pulling out all the stops to make it an epic experience and final for the fans so much so that all roads will definitely lead to the Mandela Avenue venue. Tiger Bay will surely start as favourites and this is a somewhat strange development, especially against a team like Sparta Boss, who has the most impressive resume in the shorter format.However, the form that the irrepressible Deon Alfred has shown in all competitions recently is unquestionably the reason for their favourite tag. Alfred has been in prolific form and virtually unstoppable and his display against
Sparta Boss of recent is the basis for being the overwhelming choice of the pundits. Alfred’s support will most likely come from the likes of Orin Moore, Keoma Gravesande and Leon Fredericks. On the other hand, Sparta Boss has lost some of aura and are no longer considered invincible, a characteristic they held for many years. They are still a dangerous side, but of recent they’ve been beaten by teams that showed no fear for their much vaunted strikeforce led by Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson. He is expected to receive support from the likes of Sheldon Shepherd, Eusi ‘Boney’ Phillips, Courtney Britton, Denis Edwards, Cleon Forrester and Jermin Junor. It should be an interesting slugfest and the early prediction is that the fans will be the real winners. Sparta’s dip in hardware means that they need a win to revive their invincibility and reputation. A number of exhibition games are slated to be played.
Saturday August 11, 2018 ARIES (Mar. 21–Apr. 19) Your telepathy and intuition are at an all-time high today, Aries. You should find it easier than usual to tune in to others' thoughts and feelings. It might be a good idea to control your reactions. TAURUS(Apr.20–May20) Today a deep concern for others' feelings could have you lending a sympathetic ear to those in need of some understanding. It's more important to listen than talk now GEMINI (May 21–June 20) Today you might complete a difficult project that's important to your career. Acknowledgement of your dedication and hard work could find you more emotionally overwhelmed than makes you comfortable. CANCER (June 21–July 22) A long-awaited social event, perhaps a wedding or christening, could have you moved to tears, Cancer. LEO (July 23–Aug. 22) An intense, emotional dream could move you so powerfully that you awaken with the odd sense that the dream was real. Write it down, Leo. Maybe it is. VIRGO (Aug. 23–Sept. 22) Emotional discussions with your partner could move you to tears, Virgo. You've overcome any difficulties and probably reached a new understanding.
LIBRA (Sept. 23–Oct. 22) Today you may feel the need to do a lot of work around your home, Libra. Perhaps you expect visitors or simply want to spruce up the place for yourself. SCORPIO (Oct. 23–Nov. 21) Some intense communications with a close friend or lover could reveal wonderful things about your relationship. SAGIT(Nov.22–Dec.21) Ancient social traditions could be a powerful part of today, Sagittarius. An emotional event concerning your family, perhaps a wedding or other milestone, could have you feeling especially moved. CAPRI (Dec. 22–Jan. 19) You usually place a lot of importance on self-control. Today this skill will come in handy when you receive some wonderful news that might otherwise move you to tears. AQUARIUS(Jan.20–Feb.18) Expect some great news regarding money, possibly professional advancement. You may have to control the urge to break into tears of joy, Aquarius. PISCES (Feb. 19–Mar. 20) Happy events involving a close female relative might have you feeling emotional, Pisces. A marriage or birth could be involved. you've had to overcome that.
Tiger rallies... From page 26 improving — albeit inconsistent — form this summ e r. H e o p e n e d w i t h rounds of 66 and 68 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week, but questions about his stamina began to surface after he posted a pair of 73s over the weekend. Woods has also committed to the first two legs of the FedExCup playoffs that will begin in two weeks, giving him four tournaments over a five-week stretch. “I feel fine,” Woods said. “Today was, if I didn’t get off to such a bad start, I played well enough to put myself under par. There are not a lot of guys that are going to run away with this thing today. If you can make a few birdies here and there, you’re doing well.” (Field Level Media)
Grosvenor ton spurs... From page 31 then responded with 92-3. Tribuwan hit 35, Ragbansie 26 and Andy Pierce 25; Avinash Kumar had two wickets. RG XI and Over 40 got walkovers from Ariel A and R1 Respectively. Richmond hammered Reliance by 60 runs. Richmond batted first and made 110 for 4 wickets with Safraz Ali making a well constructive 48 (2x4, 3x6). In reply Reliance were bowled out for 50 in 7 overs with S. Ahiraam picking up four wickets.
Anderson does the... From page 29 out in the world, we were that good. When you build pressure all day no matter who you are it is difficult,” he said. Both teams had made changes from the first test with India making two changes from Edgbaston and opting for a twin spin bowling attack. Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was brought in for seamer Umesh Yadav, joining Ashwin in the slow bowling department. Batsman Pujara was brought in for Shikhar Dhawan. As expected England gave a test debut to 20-yearold Surrey batsman Pope, who has competed in only 15 first-class matches but takes the place of the dropped Dawid Malan. Scores: Stumps India 107 ( Anderson 5-20, Woakes 2-19) v England.
BCB First Division... From page 31 defeating favourite Tucber Park by seven wickets. Tucber Park Cricket Club scored 73 for 6 with Garfield Benjamin 25 and Mark Bender 15 being the princ i p a l s c orers. Krishan Ramcharran 2 for 7 and Mark Sampson 2 for 8 were the best bowlers for the home teams. Rocky Bipat then blasted 31 with three boundaries along with Kristoff Bahadur 17 to see their team to 74 for 3 in 7.4 Overs. Kellon
Pellew, Romel Retemia and Joel Davis all took one wicket each in a losing cause. Berbice Cricket Board President Hilbert Foster expressed relief that the Cricket Season had finally started after the long delay due to rain. He also expressed delight that all the teams were properly uniformed as the Berbice Cricket Board strives to return discipline to Berbice Cricket. The winning team would take home $150,000 and the Patron’s Cup Trophy.
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High ranked referee-judge to Nadal earns Cilic clash after hold seminar in Guyana ahead Wawrinka thriller, Djokovic stunned by Greek teen of regional tournament The Caribbean’s highest ranked referee-judge, International Boxing Association (AIBA) three-star ranked James Beckles, will be coming to Guyana on Monday for a three-day referee-judges seminar. This is not Beckles first outing in Guyana and he has been travelling here over the years to update the local officials on the new rules and regulations of AIBA. According to head of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA), Steve Ninvalle, there have been a few rule changes since the three-star Judge’s last visit and his seminar will serve as a precursor to the locally hosted Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors tournament which is set for August 17th to 19th at the National Gymnasium. Beckles seminar will last from Monday to Thursday, August 16th and a total of around 16 local refereejudges will benefit from training. Meanwhile, the GBA in a release noted that they are still currently battling some financial challenges in order to make next week’s regional boxing tournament a success and they are encouraging all stakeholders to assist in any way possible for the national cause. The team that will be rep-
resenting Guyana has been released and the members are as follows; Junior division 44-46kg Richard Howard (FYF) 46-48kg Leon Moore (FYF) 45-57kg Christopher Romeo (VBG) 57-60kg Mark Crawford (FYF) 60-64kg Jamal Mercer (YA) 64-69kg Emanuel Pompey (YA) 69-75kg Jevon Thomas (CBG) Schools Boys 44-46kg Joel Anthony (HE) Enoch Monroe (HE)
Deron William (VBG) 52-54kg Patrick Harvey (FYF) 54-57kg Kurt Beckles (HE) Novices 60-64kg Shemar Morrison (FYF) 69-75kg Germain Williams (VBG) Female (12 -14) Alesha Jackman Female (15-16) Jelica Rodney (Savannaha boxing gym) Region 9 Female (17-18) Akea Lamazon (PRBG) COACHES Sebert Blake (TD) Clifton Moore (VBG) James Walcott (HE) Joseph Murray (FYF) Floyd Grant (CBG)
Tiger rallies to finish even at PGA Championship Tiger Woods’ final major tournament of 2018 began like so many of his events this year — a wayward driver leading to big early numbers and then a mad scramble to the finish line. When all was said and done, Woods was standing at even par, tied for 48th, following an opening round of 70 at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis on Thursday. “It kept me in the golf tournament,” Woods said of his first-round rally, which left him six shots behind leader Gary Woodland. “I could have easily gone the other way, being 3 over through two. A lot of things could happen. Not a lot of them were positive, but I hung in there and turned it around. This afternoon the guys are going to face a little more wind than we did this morning. Just happy to be within five right now.” That seemed unlikely af-
ter Woods began his round on the back nine with a bogey out of the right rough on No. 10 and a double after going left off the tee on No. 11 and hitting his approach into the water. He rebounded with a birdie on No. 12, but may have salvaged his round on the 15th hole, which he managed to par despite being deep into the trees left off the tee and having to punch out. Woods flared his iron off the par-3 16th hole well over — and left — of the green to again drop to 3 over. But he would begin to chip away at the deficit with a birdie on No. 18 to make his turn in 2-over 37. “You know, just grind my way around this place and stay as patient as possible,” Woods told TNT when asked about his mindset when he was at 3 over. He then birdied No. 1 and got back to even par with another birdie on the par-5
eighth hole. “Got off to a terrible start and just tried to hang in there and just kind of eat away at it and see if I could somehow get to the turn at maybe 1-over par or something like that,” Woods said. “I made the turn at 2 (over), but got a couple on the back nine and just hung in there.” A lot is at stake this week for Woods, who entered the PGA Championship No. 51 in the world rankings. Of more pressing importance is his No. 20 standing in the United States Ryder Cup team points race. He would have to win this week to claim one of the eight automatic spots, but knows captain Jim Furyk is keenly watching the next few events to gauge the form of the handful of players vying for one of the four captain’s picks. Woods has shown some (Continued on page 25)
Omnisport - Toronto fans were treated to a scintillating match of tennis as world number one Rafael Nadal advanced to the Rogers Cup quarter-finals, while Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic was a shock casualty. Nadal and Stan Wawrinka traded stunning forehand and backhand winners in an absorbing last-16 encounter but the top seed prevailed in straight sets on Thursday. Four-time champion Djokovic was sent packing by in-form Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas in a shock upset at the ATP 1000 tournament. However, defending champion Alexander Zverev, fourth seed Kevin Anderson and fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov progressed. NADAL SURVIVES CLASSIC The Spanish star put on a masterclass in a 7-5 7-6 (7-4) win over three-time major champion Wawrinka. Wawrinka was back to his best having struggled this season following a second knee operation but there was no stopping Nadal, who produced some extraordinary sliced shots and forehand winners to leave the crowd in awe. “It was a good match. Of course, a very positive victory for me against a very tough opponent. Happy to see Stan playing that well again,” Nadal said. “So I am very pleased. That’s what I needed, a match like this to be a little bit more confident
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece plays a shot against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during a 3rd round match on Day 4 of the Rogers Cup at Aviva Centre on August 9, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (AFP) and I did it.” Next up for Nadal is sixth seed and Australian Open runner-up Marin Cilic, who defeated Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-2. DJOKOVIC ELIMINATED BYTEEN Seeking a fifth Rogers Cup crown, former world number one Djokovic fell to 19-year-old Tsitsipas 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-3. Djokovic was upstaged by Tsitsipas, who reached his seventh ATP Tour quarter-final of the season. “I really want to do well,” Djokovic said. “Losing in this kind of tournament, it’s not something I don’t care about. It really frustrates me. But I have to accept it, deal with it, and move on.” Tsitispas advanced to his third semi-final at the Citi
Open last week. It does not get any easier for the emerging Greek, with second seed Zverev awaiting in a repeat of the Washington semis. Zverev outclassed qualifier Daniil Medvedev 6-3 6-2. ANDERSON, DIMITROV TO MEET IN QFs Wimbledon runner-up Anderson and fellow seed Dimitrov will go head-tohead for a spot in the semifinals. Anderson was too good for Ilya Ivashka 7-5 6-3, while Dimitrov overcame Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 7-6 (7-4). American eighth seed John Isner, however, departed following a 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-1) loss to Karen Khachanov, while local favourite Denis Shapovalov went down 7-5 62 against Robin Haase.
Top seed Rafael Nadal reached the last eight after outlasting Stan Wawrinka in an absorbing contest at the ATP 1000 tournament.
Saturday August 11, 2018
Nand Persaud group Of Companies, Sky Plus Mega Sprint Classic horserace meet
Trophy Stall, Stag Beer and Republic Bank fuel tomorrow’s event Horses raring to go as they put in final works on the Nand Persaud racing facility.
With race day set for tomorrow and the Nand Persaud Race Track (straight) being the only one of its kind in Guyana and being touted as the best. The excitement is fever pitch for the much anticipated Karibee Rice Mega Sprint Classic Horserace meet
set for the Company’s No.36 Village, Macedonia Estate, Corentyne, Berbice, Racing Facility. The event is organised by the Company’s Sky Plus Promotion Group and is being powered by the Trophy Stall of Bourda Market, Stag Beer,
Republic Bank and Nand Persaud group Of Companies. There are seven races carded for the day with over $4M in cash, trophies and other incentives up for the taking. The feature will see TNT throwing down the gauntlet
against the likes of Got TO GO and Isn’t She Charming in the race for animals classified D and lower over four Furlongs. The winner is set to run away with $400,000 and trophy. The other events are for animals classified H and
lower; three year-old animals; those classified for 2 year-old. There is also an event for K and lower animals, while there are two for the L class horses with one being for male animals and the other for female L class animals. Among other sponsors are
Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, NTN Television and Prem’s Electrical. Race time is 12:00hrs and there will be lots of other attractions for the family and kids. An action packed day of racing is anticipated. (Samuel Whyte)
Halep dominates Venus to end Mohamed’s Enterprise/ExxonMobil futsal tourney Semifinals on tonight long day at Rogers Cup (Reuters) - Top seed Simona Halep made quick work of Venus Williams 6-2 62 on Thursday to end a long day at the Rogers Cup that saw her advancing to the quarter-finals. Halep had to grind out a 7-6(9) 4-6 7-5 win over Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova earlier in the day, completing a match that began Wednesday but was halted due to rain. Pavlyuchenkova, ranked 28th, took leads of 2-0 and 42 in the third set but was unable to finish off Halep, who won three games in a row to seize a 5-4 advantage and eventually went on to break Pavlyuchenkova for match point in the 12th game. “It was a great match, a great fight. She played unbelievable and was fighting until the end,” Halep told reporters in an on-court interview. Against Williams, the 26year-old Romanian saved the only break point she faced in the 74-minute match, and she converted five of her nine break opportunities.Second seed Dane Caroline Wozniacki went down in her first match of the tournament, losing 5-7 6-2 7-6(4) to Aryna
At the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) hard court, two teams will move one step closer to the grand cash prize of $600,000 and the championship trophy when tonight’s semifinal matches in the Mohamed’s Enterprise/ ExxonMobil futsal tournament concludes. Those semifinalists were decided following last night’s quarterfinals which witnessed Progressive Ballers
playing Germans in the first match that kicked off 19:00hrs followed by Quiet Storm versus DC Ballers in game two, while Goodfellas matched skills with Russians in the third quarterfinal before the feature match between the crowd favourites Figgy Green Jaguars and Haynes Hitters. The results of those matches will be featured in tomorrow’s issue of Kaieteur Sport.
The final of the tournament is set for August 18th and the runners-up will receive a handsome $250,000, third $100,000 and fourth place $50,000 in the competition which has been sanctioned by the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) and sponsored by Mohammed’s Enterprise, ExxonMobil, Bakewell, Cell Smart, PPDI, Sankar’s Auto Works and Bumper to Bumper Services.
Simona Halep of Romania hits a shot against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia (not pictured) during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Stade IGA. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports) Sabalenka of Belarus. Wozniacki was coming off a disappointing second round loss at Wimbledon and could not turn things around. Great Britain’s Johanna Konta was also forced to complete a pair of matches on Thursday. She finished off Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka 63 6-1 but lost later to fifth seed Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-4. “She was mentally more
warmed up going into the match,” Svitolina said. “That’s what I thought. I was like, ‘C’mon, you have to be ready (because) she will be straight in the match.’ I think that really helped me.” France’s Caroline Garcia cruised past former world number one Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-3 6-2, the same score by which Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens upset eighth seed Czech Petra Kvitova.
Germans versus Achievers (yellow) during the final round of group matches at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard court on Wednesday night.
Saturday August 11, 2018
Pools and Celebrity Tag Tournament announced for 2018 RAN Sevens in Barbados As the one-month-to-go mark nears, Rugby Americas North has announced the pools for the 2018 RTEK RAN Sevens to take place in Barbados on September 22 and 23. Representing the region will be 24 teams from 15 countries. The 2018 RTEK RAN Sevens is a qualifier for the 2019 Pan American Games. RAN teams will also be looking ahead to the 2020 Olympic Games. The 2019 RAN Sevens will serve as the regional qualifier with seeding based on 2018 results. The format for this year’s tournament includes pool play for both the men’s and women’s divisions. With the 14 men’s teams seeded into four pools. The top two from each men’s pool will go through to an eight team knockout and the bottom six will go through to a tournament with two pools of three. In the women’s division, the number of participating teams has jumped from seven in 2017 to ten this year. The teams will compete in two pools before being seeded in the Cup, Plate and Trophy playoff divisions. Trinidad & Tobago
Women’s Head Coach Carlton Felix acknowledged the growth of women’s rugby in the region as shown by the increase in participating teams this year. ”I’m very happy with the number of teams we have this year in the tournament as it’s been a while since we’ve had so many,” said Felix. “As always I expect our match against Jamaica to be very tough as they’re one of our biggest rivals. Bahamas and Bermuda are expected to be physical and Curaçao is a bit of an unknown entity at this level so we’ll definitely be wary of them. I’m happy with the format and excited to see how things go.” The number of men’s teams competing has also increased, from ten in 2017 to 14 this year. Last year’s men’s final in Mexico City saw Guyana narrowly lose to Jamaica, which denied them a ticket to this year’s Rugby World Cup Sevens. Guyana will surely have something to prove as will Mexico, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago–the second through fourth places finishers respectively in the recent Central American and
Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia. ”On the heels of Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Central America and Caribbean Games, which saw a number of our unions compete, the 2018 RTEK RAN Sevens is gearing up to be one of the most competitive to date, with the added incentive of a place at the Pan Am Games for the winners,” said Niall Brooks, RAN General Manager. ”RAN are looking forward to hosting the event at the
prestigious Holders Hill Polo Grounds, an ideal venue to host RAN’s showpiece sevens tournament.” Barbados Rugby Union will also be hosting a fundraiser on September 16 as a kickoff to the 2018 RAN Sevens competition. This year’s legacy event is the Ultimate Tag Rugby Showdown–Celebrity Edition. Four teams of local celebrities will compete over the course of the day to help bring awareness to rugby in Barbados, promote the up-
coming international competition, and build relationships with GIR Barbados and local sponsors. GIR Barbados is partnering with Bajan Rugby Pride, BSL Athletics, and Holetown Chamber of Trade to put on the event. All money raised will fund GIR and women’s programs in the union. ”We are inviting everyone to come out and enjoy a fun, easy-to-play version of rugby in scenic Holetown,” said Kevin Myrell, National
Director of GIR Barbados. “We are grateful to have some of Barbados’ best celebrities participating and proving that rugby truly is a sport for everyone.” All matches of the 2018 RAN Sevens tournament will be streamed live on RAN’s Youtube channel. Fans can also follow updates using the hashtag #RAN7s on Facebook and Twitter. The event page for the tournament can be found at www.rugbyamericasnorth.com/ ran7s.
Buxton CC Cricket Camp commences
Buxton CC President Essie Peters with some of the participants at the Cricket Camp. From left - Peters, Singh, Haywood & Abrams at the opening. The 13th annual Buxton ‘Carl Hooper’ Cricket Club was officially launched last Wednesday and will conclude on August 19 at the Buxton ground on the East Coast of Demerara. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Community development programme were Buxton Cricket Club’s President Essie Peters, East Coast Cricket Board President Bissoon Singh, President of the Golden Grove CC Alystine Haywood and Tion Abrams, WPA’s Chairman of Buxton/ Fowls NDC. The two-week camp caters for children between the ages of 7-19 and caters for 40 participants from
Buxton and Villages in close proximity to Buxton. Sessions will include technical, practical, physical and off-the field actives and run from 09:30hrs to 15:00hrs.Buxton CC was formed in 1993 and played in tape-ball competition before being officially launched as the Buxton ‘Carl Hooper’ Club in 2002 when Hooper was appointed West Indies Captain. “System must be put in place for areas like the East Coast, Berbice and Georgetown which gets little or no help from the GCB and these are the only areas that set up Camps like this and these are the areas where the bulk of the national players at all
levels comes from,” Singh lamented. He told the gathering that despite the lack of support from GCB, a lot of businesses have contributed over the 13 years of the Buxton Camp and urged the participants to make use of this opportunity. He added, Peters is doing a great job for the youths in the Buxton Community. “There are a lot of problems with the structure of cricket on the East Coast and the Black clubs are not treated in same way as the Indian Clubs by the Cricket Board,” Singh said. Singh said an East Coast Cricket Committee was formed and has only one Black member among the 17
members, adding that nobody knows who selects the East Coast Franchise for the GCB Franchise League, while saying that Buxton’s Clive Andries is one of the best Cricketers on the East Coast but is still not being selected. Haywood said that Golden Grove CC will hold their Cricket Camp when the Buxton Camp concludes since both clubs utilise the same resource personnel and wished this Camp all the best.Abrams said that he agreed with all that Singh had said and as member of the Collation Party he promised Government’s commitment that all clubs on the East Coast will be treated fairly.
“When Football had its problem FIFA stepped in so why doesn’t the ICC step in here when claims that GCB is an illegal Board since I believe the CWI will not do anything about the cricket politics in Guyana’s cricket since they support each other,” the politician said. Peters spoke about the victimization of the Buxton players, and added that he is disappointed that the members of Buxton are pulling against each other and some of them are playing in the East Coast Committee which he said was an illegal Committee and called on Government to do something about the problems with the cricket in Guyana.
Saturday August 11, 2018
Anderson does the damage as India rolled out for 107
England’s Jos Buttler celebrates taking the wicket of India’s Virat Kohli. (Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs) LONDON (Reuters) Jimmy Anderson showed he remains a deadly proposition in English conditions taking 5-20 as England bowled out India for a miserly 107 on the second day of the second test at Lord’s. After the entire first day was lost to rain, further wet conditions forced a delayed start with England captain Joe Root eventually winning the toss and putting India in to bat. Root was clearly hoping that the lingering damp and overcast conditions would benefit Anderson and the 36year-old took full advantage with some outstanding swing bowling. It was the sixth time that Anderson has produced a five wicket haul at Lord’s and he now has 99 test wickets at the famous London venue. For much of the day, thanks again to the weather,
it looked as though the fans were going to be restricted to just over eight overs of cricket but then the weather cleared in the evening and India must have wished the rain had stuck around. In the brief morning session, Anderson got England off to a fine start, clean bowling opener Murali Vijay before removing Lokesh Rahul, who was caught behind by keeper Jonny Bairstow. After a rain delay, Cheteshwar Pujara was run out by debutant Ollie Pope and a downpour followed immediately. When play resumed, seamer Chris Woakes, brought in to replace Ben Stokes, who is at a court hearing in Bristol, got the prize wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli for 23 leaving the tourists, who trail 1-0 in the series, at 49 for four. Only off-spinner
Ravichandran Ashwin, batting at number eight, provided any real resistance, making 29 in a 49-minute knock before he was trapped lbw by Stuart Broad. Anderson, who had generated movement off the seam as well as an impressive amount through the air, finished off the Indians - and secured his five wicket performance - by removing Ishant Sharma. “I would be so disappointed if I had messed up today because they were ideal conditions to bowl in. For me I find it so much fun when it is like that,” said Anderson. “You do not get conditions like that much in England anymore with the ball doing that much in the air or off the pitch. “When we bowl like that we would bowl most teams (Continued on page 25)
CONCACAF U-15 GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP
Guyana win final match - Future’s bright for young squad “I believe the future is bright for the women’s game in Guyana and the investment the GFF has made in the U-15 Girls will pay dividends in the future,” said Paul Beresford, following the National U15 Girls’ team’s second victory to conclude their participation in the Concacaf Girls’ U15 Championship in Florida, USA yesterday. Guyana defeated Curacao by 6 – 0 in a match which saw the team dominating the play throughout the match with resulting goals from Shacaylah Williams, who scored twice, Samantha Banfield, Jalade Trim, Kersti Thomas and Shamya Daniels respectively. According to Beresford,
the match was the breakout game the technical staff was hoping for in the tournament and Guyana could have achieved a higher score line with two early goals if only for some offside calls made early in the match. Nonetheless, the players executed the tactical game plan presented by the technical staff. Guyana’s team, captained by Forward Jalade Trim, saw Banfield’s goal in the 12th minute as the opener followed by Williams’ goal to give Guyana a 2 – 0 lead at half time. “Guyana continued to pressure Curacao in the second half and Jalade Trim got on the scoresheet with a calm finish. Shacaylah Williams added
one more goal in the second half to complete her brace, Guyana’s final two goals came from Kirsty Thomas and Shamya Daniels who completed the scoring with two minutes left in the contest,” as reported by Beresford. The starting lineup for yesterday’s match was as follows: Ludesha Reynolds (GK), Aliea Moses, Hasha Holder, Jenea Knight, Samantha Banfield, Shacaylah Williams, Jalade Trim (C), Anaya Willabus, Anastasia Salvadore, Ashaya Doobay and Allianna Holder The Concacaf U15 Girls’ Championship was the first international tournament for the National U15 Girls in some time with a mix of Guyana and International-based players.
Letter to the Sports Editor
Advertising through sports Dear Sports Editor, Sport is the way you advertise your country to the rest of the World. As it is in any form of advertising, there is an associated fee. This fee is normally paid by the company that wishes to educate or notify the public of what their products are capable of doing and how it can make their lives better. As an example, the fast food giant McDonalds choose to advertise on children’s programmes since that’s their captive audience. It has been proven that even before a child could speak clearly they can recognize the Golden Arches of McDonalds. Now that’s how effective the power of advertising is. The above example is used to encourage the
Guyana Government, businesses and entrepreneurs that getting behind one or more disciplines can propel our beautiful Guyana to heights that we cannot imagine. As an example, a little place like Iceland was advertised to the World through football. This little Island is less than half the size of Guyana in land mass and population. However, the Government, the business community and the entrepreneurs decided that through football Iceland is going to be advertised to the World. Today, Iceland has strengthened its diplomatic relations with the rest of Europe and the world and has graduated to the commendable status of the most sought after places for vacation. Their young talented foot-
ball players are now recruited for some of most prestigious academies in the world, made possible through the Government, Businesses and Entrepreneurs that were willing to invest in their Island. Remarkable! Like all other Governments in the World the Guyanese Government needs to invest in its Sports disciplines. The Businesses that are supported by Guyanese needs to give back something to complete the cycle. The Entrepreneurs and Philanthropic society is going to follow suit. As a people, we need to have respectful teams representing Guyana and yes, advertising this beautiful place we call home, will result in a boost to our economy. Concerned Citizen
Could those donations be made public Dear Sir, How is it that persons and companies donate to sporting organizations but choose not to divulge what they are donating. I see it every day in the sporting section of all local news papers. A check is handed over but no one knows what is really handed over. This is a double whammy for sports. Some people hand over pittances but the attention given makes it appear that
they have given a jewel and a crown. This may serve as a deterrent to others who genuinely want to give more but believe that the association/ promoter has already kicked a fat purse. Why is it that sponsors don’t want to say what they give? Why call a press conference to say that you are giving but withhold the most important thing which is how much you are giving? The reason is because the public
would laugh because a big fuss is being made about nothing. A newspaper’s duty is to give its readers the truth, the whole truth and nothing about the truth. Any newspaper failing to ask for and then not report on the amount being offered is aiding and abetting in the suppression of sport. This confounded nonsense must stop. Sincerely yours, R. Trim
Second edition of Prime Minister T20 Softball Cup to be launched tomorrow The Georgetown Softball Cricket League (GSCL) Inc organised Prime Minister T20 Softball Cup 2 will be launched tomorrow at 11:00hrs at the Everest Cricket Club. The organisers have pointed out that there is a significant increase in prize monies for both the Open and Masters Categories. The tournament is billed for October 19-21 and the winning teams will pocket $100,000 more than last year’s winners. This year $700,000 will be up for grabs in the Open category, while the Masters will battle for a winning prize of $600,000. Runners -up in both segments will received $100,000 as well as trophies. The tournament is being played in collaboration with National Sports Commission, the Ministry of the
Presidency Department of Social Cohesion, Culture Youth and Sports, will see several local and overseas team doing battle. Once again lighted bails will be used in the competition and added entertainment will be provided by the Crossover band and cheerleaders during the finals. Regal Masters and Speedboat are the defending champions. At the launching tomorrow, Prime Minister (Ag) and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, Minister of Social Cohesion and Sports, Dr. George Norton, Director of Sports, Christopher Jones along with President of the GSCL Inc, Ian John are likely to deliver remarks. Among the sponsors on board so far are Banks DIH, Hero Motor Cycle and Regal Sports. Meanwhile, the quarter finals of the Ink Plus,
Crown Mining Supply and Elegance Jewellery and Pawn Shop competition, will also be played tomorrow along with a feature T/ 20 game between Corriverton Spartans and Regal All Stars. Corriverton Spartans will depend on the likes of Krishon Sobhai, Chandrashekar Arjune, Vi s h a l P h i l l i p s , R a n d y Baichan, Kishan Gangaram and Eon Hooper. Regal All stars will have in the lineup Patrick Roplall, Fazal Rafeik, Sachin Singh and Khalid Haslim. The game is being sponsored by Ravi Lutchman.
Saturday August 11, 2018
Guyana Cup 2018 at Rising Sun Turf Club West Berbice
Elvis and D’ Emperor Trucking Services, Palm Court join list of sponsors
Palm Court representative, Sophia Ramphal hands over sponsorship to Roy Jafarally. It’s just over one week before the 12th annual Guyana Cup horserace meet speeds off at the Rising Sun turf club at Number Six village, West Coast Berbice with over $15 million in cash and prizes up for grabs. The August 19th event is dubbed as the most lucrative horserace meet in the nation and the many fans and turfites are preparing for anticipated keen rivalry between the jockeys in the Jumbo Jet Thoroughbred Racing Committee and Rising Sun turf club collaborated initiative. The one-day meet set for Berbice is gaining traction both locally and overseas with a lot sponsors ready to saddle up with the mega event. The latest companies to have confirmed their support have been Elvis and D’ Emperor Trucking Services along with popular night spot, Palm Court. Last week, at Jumbo Jet
Thoroughbred Committee’s office on Smyth Street, Elvis Trucking Services and D’ Emperor Trucking Company confirmed their support for the event by handing over the cheques for their monetary contributions. Organising committee member, Melissa Shariff, was on hand to receive the support during the simple but significant ceremony. Meanwhile, Palm Court representative Sophia Ramphal handed over her company’s sponsorship cheque to Guyana Cup 2018 organising committee member, Roy Jafarally, at the company’s Main Street location.The three businesses have now joined the long list of companies who have committed to the 12th Guyana Cup; those companies include Discount Store, Hand-in-hand Insurance, Superbet, Gizmos and Gadgets, B.M. Soat, Mazi Night
Club, Hyper Malt, Big G Lumber Yard, KGM Security and Rohan Auto Spares. The programme of events for the day has been released and as is customary, the C Class event is the main attraction. The day’s full race programme reads as follows: 1) C class and lower, 1600m. Total purse: $3,875,000 2) 3yr old Derby 1100M – purse: $2,000,000. 3) G1 and lower 1400M – purse: $1,550,000. 4) H3 and lower 1100M – purse $1,350,000. 5) 2yrs old Guyana Bred 1100M – purse: $680,000. 6) I class and lower 1400M – Purse: $581,000. 7) J3 and lower 1400M. Purse: $485,000. 8) L class 1400M – purse $390,000. 9) L class 1400M – purse $390,000. 10) L class 1100M – purse $290,000.
Richard Jaising, CEO of ‘D’ Emperor Trucking, presents organising committee member, Melissa Shariff, with his company’s sponsorship.
GFF elite league season III
Double header at Leonora tomorrow The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) elite league continues tomorrow at the National Track and Field Centre (NTFC) Leonora with a double header featuring last place New Amsterdam United Football Club (FC) against seventh place Milerock FC in the first match that kicks off at 16:00hrs.
The feature match will pit ninth place Cougars FC against eight place Ann’s Grove United FC. All the teams involved in tomorrow’s match day are far off from finishing in the top three of the championship with the highest ranked team Milerock being 22 points off table leaders Fruta Conquer-
ors and second place Den Amstel that possess a weaker goal difference. Tomorrow’s contestants will be battling to avoid the regulation with New Amsterdam on four points, while Ann’s Grove and Cougars both have six points. The winners of the league will pocket a handsome $5million along with entry to the Caribbean club championship, while the second place finishers will receive $2million and third $1million. Admission to tomorrow’s games will cost $500, while women and children are free to enter.
Melissa Shariff collects the sponsorship support from a Rep of Elvis Trucking.
Preparations begin for Guyana Beverage Company cycle road race - 85 miles event set for August 26 Preparations have begun for the staging of the Annual Guyana Beverage Company cycle road race this year. The event, which is scheduled to be 85 miles this year, is set for Sunday August 26 and is open to cyclists throughout Guyana. The event as is usual is
being organised by the Flying Ace Cycle Club (FACC) and coordinated by Cycling Coach Randolph Roberts. The race is expected to be keenly conducted. The riders will pedal off at 09: 00hrs from in front of the Beverage Company’s Berbice office at Palmyra East Coast Berbice,
to Skeldon and back to its place of origin, covering a distance of 85 miles. Prizes will be awarded to the first 10 finishers, the first three juniors, the first three 1214 riders, while there will be 10 prime point prizes up for grabs. There is also expected to be a special race for BMX riders.
Saturday August 11, 2018
Lucozade and iCool Water 11- Race Cycle Mohammed’s Enterprise lends support to this weekend’s Programme on today at National Park Boyce and Jefford Classic
Coach Hassan Mohammed accepts the cheque from Ansa McAl NonAlcoholic brand manager in the presence of Fharis Mohamed, Lucozade Brand Coordinator (left) and Gabriell Lopes, iCool Water Marketing Assistant.
NSA McAl’s Lucozade sports drink and iCool w a t e r 11 - R a c e C y c l e Programme will take place today at the inner circuit of the National Park under the organisation of cycling coach and Carlton Wheelers cycle club president, Hassan Mohamed. Races begin at 9:30hrs. Guyana’s top cyclists will vie for sprint prizes, trophies and other cash incentives in the Junior,
Juvenile, Veteran and Senior categories as well as the Mountain Bike and BMX events. Andrew Hicks, Christopher ‘Chicken Legs’ Griffith, Curtis ‘Chappy’ Dey, Deeraj Garbarran, Jamual John, Romello Crawford, Silvio Innis, Hamzah Eastman, Paul DeNobrega, Briton John and Alonzo Ambrose will be keeping an eye on their performances, as they have all been shortlisted for the
Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF), who will select five from the group to represent Guyana at the Caribbean Senior Championships in the Dominican Republic. Michael Anthony, who recently returned to action in Guyana, was the winner of last week’s Seven Seas meet at the National Park and will be looking to maintain his form, while Jamual John, Paul De Nobrega and others will want to come back strong.
BCB First Division Season bowls off with RHTY&SC Patron Green Economy Tourney The Berbice Cricket Season restarted on Wednesday last with the hosting of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club’s Patron Green Economy Cricket Tournament. The To u r n a m e n t i s b e i n g organised by the Berbice Cricket Board with sponsorship from the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club’s Patron Fund as part of the Club’s celebration of President David Granger 73rd Birthday. Ten teams are participating in the Tournament after the late withdrawal of the Young Warriors Cricket Club due to internal problems. Police Sports Club therefore gained a walkover, while Albion Cricket Club drew the Bye. The first round match between Blairmont and West Berbice was not played due to the condition of both teams’ grounds and would be played later. Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets, Rose Hall Canje and Skeldon advanced to the
Second Round after easily winning their matches vs Upper Corentyne, Tucber Park and Port Mourant respectively. The first two rounds of matches would be played on the 10/10 format, while the Semifinals and Finals would be played 20/20. At the Albion Ground, Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets defeated Upper Corentyne by 22 runs. Batting first, Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets reached 82 for 5 from their allotted ten overs with Jason Sinclair 30 and Eon Hooper 20 being the principal scorers. Bowling for Upper Corentyne, Naeem Yacoob took two wickets for six runs and Omesh Khemraj 2 for 10. In reply, the visitors found severe difficulties in facing the pace attack of the Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets especially Keon Sinclair, Sylus Tyndall and Clinton Pestano and were restricted to 60 for 3. Rishi Persaud topscored with 22, while Devendra Budhoo and
Lakeram Lathman were left unbeaten on 16 and 13 respectively. At the Port Mourant Ground, the visiting Skeldon Team created a huge upset to defeat Port Mourant Cricket Club by 20 runs. Skeldon scored 75 for 8 off their allotted overs with Ryan Ramdass scoring 33 runs with four huge sixes and a boundary, while Sherwin Murray supported with 17. Parmeshwar Chanderpaul took five for eight and Dimitri Cameron 2 for 12 for the home team. In reply, Port Mourant Cricket Club were bundled out for 55 in 7.3 overs as only Andy Mohan 22 and Azhar Mohamed 10 reaching double figures. Veteran medium pacer Victor Pedro and off spinner Deon Esau took three wickets a piece for eight and eleven respectively. Rose Hall Canje, making a welcome return to First Division Cricket after a prolonged absence, created another major upset by (Continued on page 25)
Saief Khan, Supervisor of Mohammed’s Enterprise, made a presentation yesterday to Colin Boyce Chairman of the organising committee, signaling their commitment to supporting the ninth edition of the Boyce and Jefford Track and Field Classic that runs off today and tomorrow at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground in Linden. Mohammed’s Enterprise known for their involvement in sports, have over the years supported various sporting events and are current participants in motor racing. The ninth edition of the Boyce and Jefford Classic track and field meet promises much excitement. The competition will see a record number of eight clubs and 168 athletes participating. They will come from several clubs set to battle for overall honours which will see University of Guyana, Upper Demerara Schools, Police, CWSS, Guyana Defence Force, NATC, Super Upcoming Runners
Saief Khan supervisor of Mohammed’s Enterprise presents their support to Colin Boyce of the organisers for this weekend’s event at the MSC ground. and Mercury Fast Laners battling for over $1.5m which will be up for grabs. Among the athletes set to thrill the fans over the two days are Onasha Rogers, Alita Moore, Compton Caesar, Cassie Small, Tevin Garraway, Kevin Abbensetts, Samuel Lynch, Jeremiah Simon, Salim
Yusuf, Joanna Archer, Chantoba Bright, Cindy Fraser, Tinesha Cort and Natasha Alder. The event is being sponsored by I cool Water, Stag, Lucozade, Builders Lumber Yard, Fruit Stand Tucville and R and D Engineering; action gets underway at 10:00hrs.
Grosvenor ton spurs Adventure to victory versus Crown XI Shaz Grosvenor struck a fine century as Adventure defeated Crown XI by 60 runs when the Adventure Sports Club T/10 softball tournament continued recently at Perseverance Beach on the Essequibo Coast. Grosvenor slammed three fours and 18 sixes in a robust 137 as Adventure Sports Club posted 176 for 6 wickets in their 10 overs, batting first. Bowling for Crown XI, M. Gobin had 236. In reply Crown XI managed 116 for 6 wickets with S. Jagmohan and G. Singh scoring 30 and 29 respectively. Gavindra Sharma and Delon Grosvenor took two wickets
Patrick Rooplall each. Golden Fleece trashed Ariel B by seven wickets. Ariel scored 171 without loss. Jonathan Fernandez smashed 88 with three fours and 12 sixes, while Brian Mangar made 71 including three fours and seven sixes. Patrick Rooplall then clobbered two fours and 16 sixes in an unbeaten 116 and
Shaz Grosvenor got support from S. Rajpersaud 19 as Golden Fleece responded with 1723. Annandale A beat Annandale B by seven wickets. Annandale B made 92 for 7 with Ricardo Peters making 32; Aron Tribuwan and P. Ragbansie had two wickets each. Annandale A (Continued on page 25)
BVA 4x4 Volleyball competition set for tomorrow at No.47 Volleyball court Volleyball players in Berbice will be in action once again tomorrow as the BVA stages a 4x4 volleyball competition for teams in the Ancient County. The action is set for the Number 47 floodlight volleyball court on the Corentyne Coast and all of the top teams in the county are expected to field more than one team in the day’s action. Teams are expected from Port Mourant
Jaguars, Port Mourant Training Center (PMTC), Guysuco Training Center (GTC), Corriverton Jets, Rollers of New Amsterdam and Black Bush Polder among others. There is also expected to be action in the female segment. First serve is expected to be at 10:00hrs, complements of BVA and Shabeer Baksh of the Blairmont Community Center. (Samuel Whyte)
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Concacaf Girls’ U-15 Championship Guyana’s Starting Lineup vs Curacao.
Guyana win final match - Future’s bright for young squad James Anderson raisies the ball as he leads England off after taking five wicket to dismiss India for 107. (Getty Images)
Anderson does the damage as India rolled out for 107
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