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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

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Standing up for what is right Diplomacy is sometimes saying the harshest things but in the softest possible way. It is about using words and actions to achieve an end outside of the resort to violence. Diplomacy is about negotiations. United States President Donald Trump had made known his decision to move the United States capital to Jerusalem, and at the same time, declare Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, a move that the rest of the world is vehemently opposed to. Diplomacy saw those countries that support Israel refusing to openly state that Jerusalem should belong solely to Israel. Israel, after its establishment in 1948 was allowed to share a piece of the Holy City that is shared equally by Christians, Muslims and the Jews. Each of these religions lay claim to Jerusalem and each share the city. During the war of 1967 Israel laid claim to a section of Jerusalem after wresting it from Syria. It held on to that section of Jerusalem ever since. So when Donald Trump vocalized an American view that Jerusalem should be the capital of Israel he merely fueled Palestinian anger because the Palestinians hold dearly to the view that Jerusalem is theirs. Trump openly did what his predecessors refused to vocalize. Israel often petitioned many countries to support its claim to the Holy City but none did, given their relationship with the Palestinians. In the interest of peace in the Middle East the various countries opted to use diplomacy. They sought common ground with both sides. Trump has long been seen as an abrasive world leader. On this occasion he sallied forth and declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel. This gave rise to immediate unrest in the Middle East. The countries opposed to Trump’s decision immediately moved to the United Nations for a vote on the issue. This caused Trump to drop any guise of diplomacy. It is known that the United States is a global power that reaches out to developing countries. It offers support in many forms to countries the world over. And being a military might it is seen as the best ally a nation can have. Knowing this, Trump signaled that his friendship and support could be on the bargaining table. “Support me and we could be friends; oppose me and I would be your enemy.” The matter did not end there. U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, United Nations, went as far as to inform that on Trump’s advice she was going to take names of those who would speak against the United States. She too acknowledged the power of her country because she contended that there were countries taking money from the United States and then insulting the Unites States in the United Nations. Trump went as far as to hold out visas as a lure. Vote with me and your visas are intact. Yesterday, the United Nations voted on a motion to reject Jerusalem being the capital of Israel. The Caribbean Community was not a unit this time around. Rather each country was an independent. Guyana maintained its non-aligned opposition and despite the threats it voted against the United States. When the votes were tallied, there were 128 votes against the United States and nine in support of. The votes of the English-speaking Caribbean suggested that they were cowed by Trump but at the same time, they wanted to support the Palestinians. They abstained. Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda all refused to look Trump in the face. Guyana opted to stand up and be counted. Forbs Burnham once told a congress of his party that it is better to die on one’s feet, than to live on one’s knees.

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The relevance of Mahatma Gandhi today DEAR EDITOR, India is a unique country, and the world’s largest democracy. For centuries, it is the only nation which has been the centre of great attraction for people from every part of the globe. Its collective knowledge, technology and spiritualism define it as a country on the march. Its cultural values have left indelible footprints. India’s waxing prosperity and the way of life of its people have attracted many to it, but it is also a country trying to close the divide between rich and poor, caste and creed, which could not have been wider. Even in sports, like cricket, India has seen tremendous progress. Mahatma Gandhi, born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was the foundation for this growth, and is the

hero who must be credited for making most of this possible. Even though he himself was unjustly persecuted and tossed in jails regularly, he proved that non-violence was the elementary and indispensable condition for the materialization of his noble goals. These principles and values represented a permanent source of inspiration in Gandhi’s guidance in his imaginative undertakings, both in the struggle for freedom and independent development of India and the promotion of her role in the international community. Indeed, Gandhi’s firm belief in the creativeness and openness of the people of India and his own active engagement for a peaceful and friendly cooperation

among nations equitably, without any interference or imposition, were manifestations of his personal wisdom and foresight, both as the father of modern India, as well as one of the major moral, spiritual and political international authorities of all times. Today, largely due to the inspiration and work of Mahatma Gandhi, India has surged after it broke the shackles of imperialism and colonialism. Indeed, the Mahatma’s philosophy is eternal, and it is based on basic human nature which will not change, and is an inspiration and roadmap to all those involved in seeking justice from the evil, bigotry and oppression, at all levels, all over the world. He based it on his universal concept that “Non-cooperation with

Objectively analysing your performance can lead you to do better DEAR EDITOR, Every end of year many people take stock of their lives and make resolutions to do better in the New Year. What we also need to do is to take stock of the Guyanese Nation over the last 50 years and see where we can do better. In this regard, I call for a re-evaluation of Guyana’s

social, economic and political well-being over the last 50 years. Instead of just analysing the performance of PNC Government VS PPP Government we need to evaluate the years in terms of every 10 year period. Our starting point could be the years 2010 to Present. Then we move back to

analyse the years 2000 to 2010; then 1990 to 2000, etc. until we encapsulate all the years since 1966. In this way we will be developing a narrative of our history without casting blame. Objectively analysing your performance can lead you to do better. Sean Ori

evil is a sacred duty”. On January 21, 2017, the Wo m e n ’s M a r c h o n Washington became the largest human rights protest in U.S. history, with an estimated 3.3 million demonstrators (and counting) in over 500 cities, without a single arrest or act of violence recorded. This march’s success, and many others, are rooted in the nonviolent civil disobedience philosophies of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. As we celebrate his life, we must remember his lasting relevance to the world, and to history. These are the days of globalization. Today, no country, not matter how mighty or rich it is, can think of its existence in a state of isolation. It cannot, and will not endure. Think of Venezuela’s illegal clams and unjustified greed over G u y a n a ’s s o v e r e i g n territory. In time, the brotherhood of independent nations will not allow this evil to succeed. More than ever before, Gandhi’s teachings are valid today, when people are trying to find solutions to the rampant greed, widespread violence, and runaway consumptive style of living. In the face of the retaliation, violence and hatred being perpetrated today, Gandhi’s gospel of non-violence and mutual respect make immense sense. It was the unique nonviolent movement under his leadership that earned India freedom from British colonial rule. In spearheading the campaign against such suppression, Gandhi adopted the innovative techniques of civil disobedience and social transformation, which had several exemplary features. It was a catalyst for success. Since then, the Gandhian technique of mobilizing people for dignity, rights and equality has been successfully employed by many oppressed societies around the world under the leadership of people like Martin Luther King Jr., in the United States, Nelson Mandela in South Africa, and, more recently, Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar, which is testimony to the continuing relevance of Mahatma Gandhi. The Gandhian philosophy was an important Continued on page 5


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The relevance of Mahatma Gandhi... From page 4 part of India’s struggle for freedom. He emphasized non-violence in all situations, and advised us to protect the poor and vulnerable by non-violent means if possible (Ahimsa). But his philosophy should not be construed as limited to these concepts. When all such means fail, for the attainment and protection of freedom, equality and justice, if the least possible violent means are applied in the larger public interest, it is not a breach of the Gandhian approach, because freedom and justice were supreme for Mahatma Gandhi. They were so important that he would have embraced Malcolm X’s “by any means necessary” methods if all else failed in his mantra that noncooperation (read acquiescence), with evil is a sacred duty. Indeed, Gandhi felt that “Non-cooperation and civil disobedience are different but are branches of the same tree call Satyagraha (truthforce)”. Mahatma Gandhi will always be India’s greatest asset. He was deservingly

called the “Great Soul.” Traditional Indian values, particularly the supreme concept of Ahimsa, were the basis of his ideas. Practically, he desired solutions for all problems through the means of nonviolence, and such ideas are entirely important in the new world. They are completely relevant today and will remain so in the future as well. Sacrifice and commitment to the cause of others, albeit sometimes unappreciated and unrequited, is something personal which one should aspire to for the greater good of mankind and community. Gandhi hailed from an ordinary Indian family, but faced a lot of discrimination and inequality when he was denied permission to travel in a train in racist South Africa, and forcibly removed from a whites-only carriage for not obeying laws that segregated each carriage according to race. This incident was life altering and compelled him to make a commitment to achieve something great and carve an identity for the masses and people of colour as human beings.

It is interesting to compare the occurrence of similar incidents in the lives of many great people who suffered similar humiliation and injustice - Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and so many other champions. Gandhi left us a lasting, comforting prediction: “All through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall, always.” Albert Baldeo

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Brazil ready for investments in Guyana’s oil sector The Brazilian Petroleum Corporation (Petrobras) has expressed a keen interest in entering Guyana’s burgeoning oil and gas sector. President David Granger explained that this is by no means a new offer, since the company was engaged with Guyana in the 80s and in the early 2000s. Granger who is in Brazil for meetings, said that Guyana welcomes investments from its neighbour in that sector. “Brazil has a well-established petroleum industry, they have experience, they have expertise and Brazil is an important strategic partner, an economic partner and we extended an invitation to them, We extended an invitation to the entire world to examine the prospects of petroleum exploration and production in Guyana, and Brazil certainly is one of those and will be welcomed,” he said. President Granger made these remarks following a bilateral meeting with Brazil’s Head of State, President Michel Temer in Brasilia, where he is on an official state visit. President Temer indicated during that meeting that Brazil has been following the development of the oil and gas sector with great interest and is prepared to explore the possibility of cooperating with Guyana in that regard. President Granger said that Guyana’s close proximity to Brazil can be a major advantage when it comes to cooperation in the petroleum sector; noting that Guyana is looking at reciprocal, multilateral agreements such as that which exists between the Brazilian Army and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF). “It is a level of cooperation that we want to foster and petroleum is just one of the areas we could invest in. We have invested in gold and diamonds; why not invest in bauxite or petroleum?” he asked. Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, who, along with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl

President David Granger inspecting the Guard of Honour before he met with Brazil's President, Michel Temer. Greenidge and Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, are currently with the President in Brazil, said that Guyana had given an open invitation to Brazil and more so Petrobras, and the fact that they have responded favourably is a great sense of reassurance and comfort to Guyana since Brazil has always been a good friend and supporter. “I believe now there’s a sense of confidence in assuring that they can step forward and work with a Government that is willing to embrace them… There’s enough there for Guyana, there’s enough there to share with allies and friends and with Brazil being one of the world’s leading producers and now one of the world’s leading countries and a good friend of Guyana, it’s best friend in this hemisphere, it would be a great plus for the people of Guyana so we look forward to working with Brazil,” Minister Trotman said. As it relates to the possibility of Brazil conducting exploratory work in Guyana, Minister Trotman informed

that they are interested in helping to develop the Guyana basin offshore. There is, he said, an invitation for them to invest in this country as well as to provide much needed technical support and guidance based on their experience and expertise. “Our next step would be to have their technical people either travel to Georgetown, where it’s more likely to be the best place for us to talk, meet with the technical people of the GGMC [Guyana Geology and Mines Commission], the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of the Presidency,” the Minister said. Minister Greenidge explained that as a result of the threat posed by Venezuela’s unjust claims on Guyana’s territory, many exploration companies were not interested in investing. However, he indicated with a major company working in Guyana’s Exclusive

Neighbouring Brazil is interested in investing in Guyana’s emerging oil sector.

Economic Zone (EEZ) that situation is changing. “Brazil, of course, is our immediate neighbour and with its capacity in oil, and its capacity at Petrobras, is one

of the major [player] in terms of deep sea drilling and we have no doubt that they can do the job,” he said. Petrobras, which was established in 1953, specialises

in exploration and production, refining, marketing, transportation, petrochemicals, oil product distribution, natural gas, electricity, chemical-gas and biofuels.


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Take precautionary measures while shopping It is within the rights of consumers to ensure that they are not taken advantage of while shopping during the Christmas season, and even beyond. The Guyana National Bureau of Standards [GNBS] is poised to help in this regard. The Standards bureau has been taking full advantage of the mass media to spread important messages to enlighten the public about precautionary measures they should adhere to. This is in light of the fact that the Christmas season is usually recognised as one of the very busy shopping periods of the year. According to GBNS Public Relations Officer, Lloyd David, consumers must not fail to remain alert. “Persons are going to be buying all sorts of items this Christmas season such as gift items and items for the home but they must be cautious. This is the time you are shopping [because] you got the money and you want to impulse shop but the Bureau of Standards is here to advise you to be cautious at the same time,” David asserted. He recently shared some tips in this regard during a radio programme on 93.1 Real FM. It is expected that such awareness tactics will reach a wide cross section of consumers. According to David, consumers must be wary of the possibility of purchasing an item that is defective. Further, he amplified that persons should also seek to ensure that the business where the item is being sold offers aftersale services. “You don’t want to buy an

- GNBS advises consumers item and then you realise that you can’t take it back,” said David as he disclosed the possibility of some companies implementing a restocking fee. According to David, some businesses are given the right to implement as much as a 10 percent restocking fee for an item even as small as a dress shirt. “When you are buying items...shirt or furniture or even electrical appliances you need to be careful,” said David as he pointed to the requirements that consumers must adhere to when making purchases especially when it comes to electrical appliances. In such cases, he said that keen attention must be given to the voltage to ensure that they are compatible with the voltage at the consumer’s residence. “Appliances could come with varying voltages, some of them are just 110 [or 240] so you need to be mindful of that,” said David as he amplified the importance of brand name appliances too. “Some brand names have good and bad reputations and you need to be thinking about that brand name and buy that brand name that is known to give a long lasting service.” Of utmost importance, he added, is that these appliances must at all times be affixed with a standard mark. Standard marks are essentially marks that are found at the back of appliances that inform the consumer that the item was tested by an independent third party [other than the manufacturer] and it is of quality.

“When you buy your appliances do your own little inspection...when you walk around the showroom [of a store] don’t look at the front of the items only, also go around and peep at the back for the certification marks,” said David. The certification marks that are often seen at the back of some appliances include the UL, CSA and the NOM. He also stressed the need to be cautious when purchasing items such as vinyl and materials for curtain and table cloth. According to him, efforts should be made to ensure that these are measured in metric units. “Ask for metres instead of yards and you want to observe the measurement of those products. You don’t want to buy from someone who is just passing the item across a table top with some marking or using a piece of stick or rolling it on the floor and saying this is a yard or this is a metre...you want to actually see them use a metre rule with the correct graduation that is verified by the GNBS,” David underscored. A metre, David emphasised, is about three inches more than a yard which could see customers paying about 10 percent more than what they would have paid for a yard measurement. The GNBS, for more than 15 years, according to David, has only been verifying devices with metric reading. He, however, noted that many consumers continue to gravitate to measurement with imperial units. “This is something we are still grappling with but we are asking consumers as you go out to buy your meat, your cheese and other food items...be vigilant don’t just have someone throw some of the items and say this is it; you need to observe the weighing process,” said David. According to him, too, it is important that consumers ensure that electrical scales are at zero before weighing commences otherwise they could stand to lose.

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Guyana’s first Trade and Investment Exhibition billed for next year The Ministry of Business, the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest) and the Caribbean Export Development Agency will be collaborating to host Guyana’s first Business to Business Exhibition. This Trade and Investment Exhibition which will be held next year is expected to attract participation from 75 businesses. According to Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin, it seeks to foster linkages between local sellers and international buyers, with a view to boosting exports and attracting investments. For 2018, the Business Minister revealed that $182M has been allocated to the work of the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS). It is expected to support local producers with enhanced testing capacity in

laboratories thereby reducing the need for samples to be sent overseas for testing and consequent delays in businesses getting products certified. In 2018 as well, he said that GO-Invest will receive a total subsidy of $218M. The agency projects to facilitate investments of $154 billion for the creation of approximately 5,725 jobs in 2018. Gaskin also said that critical to enhancing the performance of this agency is the development and implementation of a National Export and Investment strategy. He said that this forms part of a US$9.2M loan-funded project “Enhancing the National Quality Infrastructure for Economic Diversification and Trade Promotion”. The Minister stated that work has already begun in drafting the terms of refer-

Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin ences for the consultant required design and implement this sub-component of the project. He noted, too, that $200M is provided in Budget 2018 for expenditure on the National Quality Infras t r u c t u r e Project.

Govt. continues to pursue mercury free mining The Government of Guyana continues to promote the abolition of the use of mercury in mining. However, many in the mining industry are still to abort mercury. Addressing the National Assembly, recently, Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, noted that mercuryfree mining has been embraced by President David Granger as an urgent goal in achieving a Green Economy. However, Trotman said that demonstrations and outreaches alone have not been sufficient to rally a force of change in the sector at the small and medium scale levels. As such, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) will invest in alternative technologies. Trotman said that some of these technologies are already familiar to the miners from previously staged settings. Trotman said that those measures and the Ministry’s work in collaboration with Conservation International, Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) and the Guyana Woman’s Miner’s Organization (GWMO) are anticipated

- Small and medium scale miners still to come on board to “provide credibility and acceptance of our efforts.” Further, Trotman said that the rehabilitation of the Linden Research and Development Facility has commenced and will be completed in early 2018. He said that that facility will add tremendous value in the area of testing mercury free circuits. Earlier this year, GGDMA said it will not support the complete discontinuation of the use of the chemical since it will have significant impacts on the sector and, by extension, the economy. GGDMA stated that it is not in support of ending the legal trade of the substance “since it will have significant impacts on the mining sector and the economy.” The GGDMA further noted that even though significant efforts have been made to reduce mercury use, no better alternative has been demonstrated to replace the widely-used substance. In 2013, the Correia Mining Company became one of

the first local gold mining companies to adopt the use of mercury-free technology to recover gold by using an apparatus called the shaking table. However, the shaking table is costly and a very large investment for small and medium scale miners, who currently dominate the industry. In Guyana, mercury is mainly used in the gold mining industry. Granger had pointed at the recent conference that the artisanal, smalland medium-scale gold-mining sector is significant to the national economy. The sector produced over 700,000 ounces of gold or 12.1% of the Gross Domestic Product in 2016. Some 67.7% of total gold production came from more than 3,000 artisanal, small- and medium-scale mining enterprises. The sector employs more than 18,000 persons directly and supports the livelihoods of more than 100,000 persons indirectly and is the country’s single largest foreign exchange earner.


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SBM Offshore closer to floating storage facility at Liza field SBM Offshore continues the mobilising effort to fulfill its contract to undertake the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility, dubbed FPSO Liza, to extract oil at the Liza field in the Stabroek block offshore Guyana The company has secured US$720million from 12 international banks and will be drawn in full, phased over the construction period of the FPSO. FPSO Liza is owned and will be operated by SBM Offshore. The lease and operate contract includes an initial period of ten years with extension options up to an additional ten years. The FPSO is designed to produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day, will have associated gas treatment capacity of about170 million cubic feet per day and water injection capacity of some 200,000 barrels per day. The company’s Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) FPSO will be moored at the Liza field located in the Stabroek block in water depth of 1,525 meters. It will be able to store 1.6 million barrels of crude oil. The Bahamas-flagged Tina VLCC was selected by SBM Offshore for the conversion. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator and holds a 45% interest in the Stabroek block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds a 30% interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25% interest.

M&CC officials to assess rehab slated for city markets Officials of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council yesterday, made visits to several key commercial areas around the city in a bid to assess the extent of the work needed to be done in the new year. The team consisted of the officers attached to the City Engineer’s Department, and the City Administration Department. Public Relations Officer, Debra Lewis, said that the team visited a number of sites during the Christmas season; these included places under construction and earmarked for rehabilitation by City Hall. She noted that the Kitty Market and the East Ruimveldt Market which are earmarked for rehabilitation were assessed during the tour. The two markets are among a number of projects under the management of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, (M&CC) to receive some much needed financial assistance through the provision of a $200 million grant allocated to the Council in the 2018 budget. During a recently held statutory meeting at City Hall, City Mayor Patricia Chase Greene told the council that the Ministry of Communities had recommended that $65

million be used on community enhancement programmes; $50 million allotted for infrastructural works and $70 million for institutional strengthening and the purchase of garbage trucks, and $15 M for the upgrade of the East Ruimveldt Market. The Council is expected to start repairs to the Albouytsown Market. This is not the first time that council has received financial backings from the Central Government. Just recently, Government announced moves to assist the cash strapped Council clear a $300 million debt, it had owed to its main contractors, Cevons Waste Management and Puran Brothers. Once the debt is cleared, Solid Waste Director, Walter Narine, says the disposal companies will resume work under new terms and conditions. These terms and conditions, he says, will allow for smaller garbage companies to get some of the contracts. However, at present, the contractors are carrying out work under the auspices of the government. It is unclear whether any steps were taken by City Hall to renew the contract of the two garbage collectors.

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Although interested in Enmore…

PSC urges Govt. rethink sugar estates closure Although it has made a proposal to manage the Enmore estate, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) is not happy about how the administration is going about the planned privatization process. According to the business body, it “continues to be dismayed” at the government’s decision to pursue the closure of sugar estates as the only solution to the crisis in the sugar industry. An estimated 4,000 workers from Rose Hall and Skeldon, in East Berbice, and Enmore, East Demerara, have been told come the New Year, they will not have a job. This is because the estates, along with Wales, West Demerara, are up for privations and divestment. With 16,000 workers in the industry, the issue has been a highly sore one for the Government and Opposition, and stakeholders. According to the PSC, in August of this year, it proposed to the Government that they enter into a public-private partnership for investment in and management of selected estates as a probable and effective alternative to

PSC chairman, Eddie Boyer closure. “Indeed, it was our clear understanding at a meeting the Commission held with Mr. Colvin Heath-London of NICIL, that the Government had determined to pursue such an option. Sugar has been the major employer of Guyanese for over a century and, until these drastic measures were taken, continued to be the largest employer of our labour force.” Yet, PSC said, “unbelievably”, the Government has no definitive plan to rescue the industry nor save its workers from unemployment and from the ensuing hardship which

will inevitably result. “While the decision to close has been announced, we are again asking our Government to recognise the ensuing hardships placed on the communities served by and dependent on sugar and the consequential damage to the economy as a whole. We ask once more that our Government should think again.” The plan for the closure and amalgamation of estates of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has been in the making for a while, and foreseen by the corporation. A white paper on the future of the industry recommended the privatization and divestment of the three estates. The Coalition Government is unwilling to continue sinking money into the industry which has fallen into hard times, with annual cash bailouts to the tune of billions needed. GuySuCo is battling now to find monies to pay severance to workers made redundant. It is the intention to keep three estates- Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt – operational under a lean GuySuCo.

Govt. supports call for more judges in Essequibo Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, has pledged that additional judges will be based in the Essequibo region of Potaro-Siparui, to support those already stationed there. The Minister, who was at the time commissioning a new judges and magistrates’ quarter at Suddie, noted the lack of sufficient officers in the region, and the added burden placed on the system due to the fact that Barticians are forced to travel to the Essequibo Coast to receive judicial services. “I’ve heard a call by the senior counsel that we should have a judge in the civil jurisdiction as well as in the criminal jurisdiction. I think that’s important enough to be supported and I’m sure that when there’s a call for additional judges particularly to deal with these developmental issues, you’ll have a willing an accomplice in this Minister,” Minister Harmon said.

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The Minister of State referred to the disparity in economic development between the coastland and the hinterland, specifically the area west of Fort Island. He, however, said the new accommodations are the beginning of improvements for the region, and reiterated government’s commitment to improving facilities for its judicial officers who serve in every region. “This includes the realignment of services, in accordance with the ten administrative regions of Guyana, that will be realigned by the establishment of regional capitals. These services include fast and reliable internet access for proper communication and research that are so essential to such matters, as case preparation and judgments and all other support, which the judiciary requires.” Additionally, Minister Harmon stressed the importance of improving the services especially in light of the fact that more women are now serving in the judicial system. “The narrowing of the gender gap in the legal profession in Guyana with women occupying the highest levels

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon of the judiciary and having to serve in the capacities to be facilitated by these accommodations is also another good reason for the vast improvement in working conditions. “For even though our female judicial officers are no less competent and efficient than their male counterparts, they are still our gentle side and their welfare therefore requires greater care and consideration.” These initiatives are part of Government’s investment towards the improved delivery of judicial services and administration of justice, regionally.


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Guyana, 127 other countries defy Trump in UN vote Guyana is among 128 countries in the United Nations (UN) that voted against United States President, Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. At an emergency special session of the UN General Assembly, 128 UN members voted in favor of a nonbinding resolution criticizing Trump for the move, while nine nations voted against it and 35 countries abstained. Barbados, Granada, St Vincent, Bahamas and Dominican Republic are some of the Caribbean countries that voted, like Guyana, against Trump. Guyana’s neighbours, Brazil, Venezuela and Suriname also voted against Trump. Richer countries like France, Norway, Japan, Qatar and Spain also voted against.

However, other Caribbean countries like Jamaica, Antigua, Bahamas, Haiti and Trinidad chose to abstain from the vote. Trump had made threats to cut off foreign aid to countries that vote against his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. But in blistering speeches preceding the vote, several nations made their fury clear not only with Trump's precedent-breaking announcement on Jerusalem earlier this month, but with threats from Trump and the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, who had tweeted that the U.S. would be "taking names" of countries backing the resolution. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu ripped those threats as "unethical"

This Old City has significant religious sites around the Temple Mount compound, including the Western Wall (sacred to Judaism), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (a Christian pilgrimage site) and the Dome of the Rock (a 7th-century Islamic shrine with a gold dome).

and "bullying." "We will not be intimidated," said Cavusoglu, whose nation was a co-sponsor of the measure, along with Yemen. "You can be strong but that does not make you

FCPC, Guyana signs first REDD+ Readiness Process Contract (Front) Joslyn McKenzie (right) and TCG’s Timothy McIntosh signing the contract. (from back)FCPF Project Coordinator Clayton Hall (standing at right) and Project Assistant Michelle Astwood

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Natural Resources, Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Project signed its first contract for Grievance and Redress Mechanism (GRM) to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) readiness process. The contract was awarded to The Consultancy Group (TCG). It was signed by MNR Permanent Secretary Joslyn McKenzie, and TCG’s Managing Director Timothy McIntosh, while FCPF Project Coordinator Clayton Hall, Project Assistant Michelle Astwood, and Procurement

Specialist Suzanne Munro witnessed the signing at the Ministry’s Brickdam location. According to the Ministry, GRM is “one of the most important pillars of the REDD+ readiness process.” GRM is the component that will engage, process, and investigate issues affecting stakeholders and communities under REDD+ in a transparent manner. The purpose of the contract is to protect our forests from destruction. REDD+ will specifically target the emissions from deforestation and degradation and aim to significantly reduce them.

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The contract is another step forward for the FCPF Project in Guyana. It is expected to be completed within six months. FCPF is an association of Governments, businesses, civil society, Indigenous Peoples and Forest-Dependent communities focused on the sustainable management of forests in developing countries. The FCPC, Guyana, is an entity enforced through collaboration with the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) under a US$3.8 million technical cooperation agreement.

right." Earlier in the day, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan hit Trump about the aid threat, addressing the president by name. "Mr. Trump, you cannot buy Turkey's democratic will with your dollars." Palestinian National Authority Foreign Minister said in the General Assembly that the Palestinians "will not be threatened". He said there could be "dangerous repercussions" from Trump's decision on Jerusalem. South Africa’s representative to the U.N. also ripped Trump’s decision — which broke with decades of precedent regarding U.S policy on the status of Jerusalem — as "not conducive to advancing a sustainable solution" concerning Middle East peace.

In speeches to the assembly, representatives from China, Malaysia and many other nations, also expressed their support for the resolution. After the vote, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif took to Twitter to hit Trump and celebrate the adopted resolution. "A resounding global NO to Trump regime's thuggish intimidation at #UN," he wrote. Yesterday’s special session was held at the request of several Arab nations after the U.S. voted on Monday to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution requiring Trump to rescind his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel. The other 14 members on the Security Council voted in favor of the

resolution. On Tuesday, Haley had tweeted that "the U.S. will be taking names" of the countries that vote to support the resolution and that Trump had asked her to report back on the nations "who voted against us." She also penned a letter to most of the 193 U.N. member states, in which she warned the U.S. would retaliate against countries that vote in favor of the resolutions. Trump, during a Cabinet meeting in Washington on Wednesday, said: "We're watching those votes. Let them vote against us." "We'll save a lot," he said. "We don't care." Information taken from: NBC and Quartz


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Craig murder…

Suspect tells cops victim’s death was a ‘wuk’ A 21-year-old man who was taken into custody shortly after Purcell Junior Moore was gunned down at Craig Old Road on Wednesday, has admitted his involvement in the murder and claimed that the victim’s death was a “wuk.” Kevin Persaud told investigators at the Grove Police Station that he had only ac-

companied the two other suspects on the “wuk.” He claimed that he was not the one who pulled the trigger. Kaieteur News was informed that he has given investigators the names of the two other persons who were with him at the scene. One of those individuals is 20-yearold Wayne Chester of Lot 20 Friendship, East Bank

Demerara. While the suspects took a small gold chain from their victim, investigators at this point are trying to figure out whether the “wuk” was an execution or a robbery. Persaud’s hands were swabbed for gun powder residue. Up to press time, investigators were trying to locate

Wanted: Wayne Chester

Suspect: Kevin Persaud

Purcell Moore

the two other suspects. Moore was killed after being cornered by a group of men, a short distance from the home of his child mother, where he had been staying. The victim, who lived in Cayenne, French Guiana with his wife and two children, came to Guyana for the birth of his son. According to reports, Moore was returning home from a shop when the suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun, confronted him. An argument reportedly erupted between Moore and the suspects. This escalated into a scuffle, during which the individual with the gun discharged several rounds at Moore, shooting him in the right side of the chest before

fleeing. Moore was rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police found two spent shells from a small calibre handgun on the scene. His father, Purcell Moore (Senior), said that his son went to visit his mother around 06:45 hrs on Wednesday and then left to buy bananas at a nearby shop. “After he left, I hear two gunshots around the area where my son staying, but I wasn’t sure what was going on,” Mr. Moore, a former policeman, said. He added that shortly after, someone came to the home and informed him that his son had been shot. “We call a taxi and went

straight to the hospital and my son said, ‘My father, I am not here. I am gone’ and he died.” According to the elderly man, his son had two wounds and blood was gushing from both. “I don’t know what happened, but like my son didn’t get the banana and he was going back home when the three men attacked him. I hear he punched one of them and the one with the gun shoot him,” Moore said. Kaieteur News understands that the slain man was once a prominent insurance agent. The police are appealing to persons with information on the whereabouts of Wayne Chester and the other suspect to make contact with the nearest police station.

Govt’s fiscal policies contributing to bleak Xmas spending – Jagdeo The policies implemented by the coalition administration combined with layoffs in the sugar industry have contributed to poor spending during this year’s Christmas season. Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, made the case yesterday at a press conference where he singled out the Government for condemnation. “I am very disappointed that the Government has not seen it fit to pay the Public Servants a bonus and to pay the discipline forces the one month tax-free allowance that they would normally get; and has not seen it fit to extend the usual financial courtesies to many sections of our population,” Jagdeo stated. He stated that as a result of the position taken by Government, “we are seeing some sloth in the season and I do hope that it really picks up later for the sake of many of the vendors and others who are having a hard time. Many of them came to speak with me in relation to their ability to earn.” It seems as though the issue of disposable income is

one affecting large groups of people who traditionally had money to spend. The Government often says that it does not have fiscal space to accommodate the year end payments. “The variance between the budget November and December showed an $8 billion improvement in the fiscal accounts by January 1, 2016 because they have underestimated revenue and over estimated expenditure. “There is no doubt that 2017 will have a similar situation because we believe the numbers in the estimates have underestimated revenue and overestimated expenditure for the remaining part of the year.” “Next year, when the budget is presented you will see a massive fiscal space that the Government could have used had it been more realistic with the finances to give people their bonuses? This is one of the setbacks of having too early a budget. It gives the Government an excuse to argue that it doesn’t have fiscal space and therefore cannot pay the bonuses.” Jagdeo, former President and Minister of Finance

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo noted that at year end with the bonuses paid to public servants and the duty-free month salary to the military, the economy benefits from about a $2 billion injection which makes a huge difference to the disposable income available to residents. He also noted that the impending dismissal of over 4000 sugar workers, the spending patterns in the sugar belt has also changed because people are worried about their ability to earn next year. “That is a contributory factor to the bleak situation out there,” Jagdeo stated.


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Property assessment next year not an exercise in taxation It is a Constitutional prescription that local government organs be economically viable; that they have an adequate resource base for the management and development of their area. In keeping with this understanding, the Government will pursue an updated property register for 2018. According to Minister Bulkan, this is to ensure the empowerment of Guyana’s councils so that they can be effective in the discharge of their functions and be assured of financial autonomy

and viability. Bulkan said that accurate and current property valuations are a pre-requisite for informed decision-making by councils. He said, too, that this is not an exercise in taxation, as was erroneously referred to by some members of the Opposition. The Minister said that this is an exercise in empowerment; an exercise in making resources available in the various communities to ensure elected representatives to do the work required, thereby insulating them from the whims

and fancies of politicians and agencies fixated with control. In some neighbourhood democratic councils, Bulkan explained that subvention reliance of the past meant that central government represented over two-thirds of their actual expenditures. In municipalities, he said that the government subvention represents close to one-third of actual expenditure. He said it is the government’s wish to have the councils liberated of such central political control, to be guided by established norms

$19M set aside for Regional Development next year Guyana’s regional development agenda is slated to receive a whopping $19M injection for 2018. This was recently revealed by Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, as he spoke about some of the achievements made at the regional level for his Ministry. Bulkan noted that his Ministry committed to implementing in 2017, an annual activity to be known as the National and Regional Development Consultative Committee –NRDCC. He said that this is designed to strengthen and improve regional administration. Bulkan explained that the inaugural NRDCC was held as scheduled but sadly, the seven regional democratic councils for which the main opposition Party has a majority chose to stay away. Be that as it may, Bulkan said that the NRDCC will be an annual event which will be held on January 19, 2018. The Minister said, “This time, we do not expect a repeat of the boycott and we look forward to engaging the regional leadership in issues critical to the development of

their respective regions. In keeping with the agenda of empowerment and regional pride, the forum will receive reports and deliberate on the activities and progress on the renaming initiative, regional flags and symbols.” Bulkan added, “The Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo Region has led the way with their submission following a broadbased consultative process. The progress is slow but it is irreversible.” Furthermore, the Minister said that the plans for 2018 also include Plans of Action for Regional Development (PARDs). The politician explained that PARDs are critical in ensuring bottom-up, consultative and community led development. In this regard, he said that communities and their desires will be accounted for by regional democratic councils in their decisions and determination for regional development. He continued, “The PARDs and NRDCC are critical vehicles for our regional democratic councils to engage with citizens, commerce and

cooperative actors. Together, they will decide upon the development initiatives of their regions and through their combined actions, ultimately that of Guyana. The recognition of this important vehicle for consultative development in budget 2018 highlights our administration’s emphasis on community input into our growth.” Additionally, Minister, Bulkan said that another new initiative on the regional calendar is the promotion of the Regional Agricultural and Commercial Exhibitions (RACE) which will be held annually in every region. Bulkan said that these exhibitions will showcase and promote local products in the respective regions. He said that the objective is to spur and support local economic development. He noted that DemeraraMahaica held theirs a few weeks ago along with the Potaro-Siparuni Region. Others have been held in Mahaica-Berbice, PomeroonSupenaam, East BerbiceCorentyne and Upper TakatuUpper Essequibo.

- Bulkan and good governance practice; to be accountable to relevant institutions and their constituencies. In 2018, Bulkan said that work will be advanced to realise the long-overdue update of property register in Municipalities and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs). He said that new local councils in 2019 should have an updated register to make equitable decisions on the rate percentages they want to utilise. The Minister said that higher rates will result in higher local investment and delivery of services. He explained that lower rates may mean more money in the constituent’s pockets but may result in a lower overall quality of service. Ultimately, Bulkan said that this will be a decision for individual Councils to make. He said, “Our responsibility is to provide them with ac-

Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan curate information to allow for equity and responsibility in decision making. It is called good governance and responsible government. The 2018 budget recognises the importance of building such selfsufficiency of our local government system.

It addresses the out-dated land values and in the institutional strengthening activities that must surround such an action.” The Minister added, “This will be a significant step in equipping and empowering councils, a significant step towards their eventual fiscal sustainability and independence.” Additionally, the Minister revealed that this year, the Local Government Commission (LGC) and the Guyana Association of Municipalities (GAM) are two-important bodies which were added to the institutional arrangement to support the empowerment of Local Democratic Organs. He noted that the 2018 Budget provides $110M to the LGC to allow it to carry out its work along with and supports the GAM with $10M.


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US threatens to end aid to Caribbean Latest FIU reports over $22B on vote at UN against Jerusalem in suspicious transactions

President Donald Trump WASHINGTON - CMC – United States President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off American aid to any country, including those in the Caribbean, that votes for a resolution at the United Nations condemning his recent decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump’s statement, delivered at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday in which he ex-

ulted over the passage of a tax overhaul, followed a letter to UN General Assembly members from US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki R. Haley, in which she warned that the United States would take note of countries that voted in favour of the measure. “All of these nations that take our money and then they vote against us at the Security Council or they vote

against us, potentially, at the Assembly, they take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us,” Trump said. “Well, we’re watching those votes,” he added. “Let them vote against us; we’ll save a lot. We don’t care.” But while Trump can hold up aid unilaterally as a form of leverage, canceling it would require new legislation. The bitter confrontation at the United Nations shows the lingering repercussions of Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem, which defied world opinion and upended decades of American policy. While the decision has not unleashed the violence in the Arab capitals that some had feared, it has left the United States diplomatically isolated. The UN General Assembly was scheduled to vote yesterday on a resolution that would express “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem,” according to a draft text.

Honduras opposition steps up protests over election Tegucigalpa (AFP) Honduras’s leftwing opposition on Wednesday urged days of intensified protests to challenge President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s claims that he won a new mandate in a November election marred by suspicions of fraud. It called for a demonstration in front of military command headquarters in the capital Tegucigalpa to decry “murders” which it claimed took place during robust crackdowns by security forces. Roads in or near several

towns have been blocked, with protesters setting fire to tires. The Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship urged another “peaceful” protest yesterday to march on the US embassy, and asked demonstrators to take to streets across the country today. The protests are against Hernandez’s claim of victory in the poll, after electoral authorities last weekend belatedly said he beat the opposition candi-

date, Salvador Nasralla, by 1.5 percentage points in the November 26 election. Nasralla, however, maintains he won the vote, which the opposition said was rigged, and which international observers say was beset by irregularities. Pix – Supporters Caption - Supporters of Honduras’ opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla confront security forces at a roadblock in Tegucigalpa Wednesday. (AFP Photo/Orlando SIERRA)

St. Lucia’s Governor General to demit office CASTRIES, St Lucia CMC – Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy has announced that she will be leaving office at the end of the year. The Governor General made the announcement in a nationally televised address late Wednesday. “So, Ladies and Gentlemen I wish to announce that I will be demitting office as St Lucia’s Governor General on December 31st, 2017. It has been indeed both a privilege and a pleasant duty to have served you and my country in this capacity,” she said. The Governor General did not disclose the reason behind her decision to step down from office. However, it is widley

speculated that the departure of the island’s longest serving Governor General was requested by the Allen Chastanet-led government. Earlier this year, Prime Minister Chastanet refused to be drawn on whether Dame Pearlette Louisy had been asked to resign, saying instead that it was ‘very unusual’ to have a Governor General in position for such a length of time. “As I leave office I thank everyone most sincerely for the many ways in which you have enriched both my personal and professional life, for your generous and endearing support, for your gracious encouragement and for the tremendous good will you have shown me. I want you

to know that your joys have been my joys, your pain, my pain,” the Governor General added.Dame Pearlette Louisy is the first woman to hold the office of Governor General of St Lucia.She was sworn in on September 17, 1997. “Throughout the course of these past twenty years I have drawn inspiration from Her Majesty’s own steadfast and unwavering commitment to duty and service and from my own upbringing which taught me to look beyond the constraints of the moment to the promises of the future. I hope therefore that I have in some small measure been able to deliver on these my pledges and undertakings and that you have been pleased with my efforts.”

Trinidad Guardian - The Financial Intelligence Unit has reported a 500 per cent increase in the monetary value of suspicious transactions and suspicious activity between 2016 and 2017 with the monetary value growing from $4.5 billion to $22.2 billion in the period under review. Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi disclosed some of the data of the report for 2017 which he said Cabinet had approved to be laid in Parliament when it reconvenes in January. In 2016, the report said there were 739 suspicious transaction reports. That figure grew to 877 in 2017. It was the monetary value of the transactions which he said the public must take note of. The country’s budget, he said, was $55 billion and the level of suspicious transactions was $22.2 billion. Al-Rawi said the FIU has 2,502 registrants from various sectors, including the banking and commercial sectors. Of the 877 transactions, he said, 824 were completed transactions estimated at $8.4 billion while 53 interrupted transactions are believed to have amounted to $13.6 billion. He said, “the greatest number of reports stem from the banking sector and the money value transfer services.” Of the cases, he said, 136 were suspected money laun-

dering cases, 46 were for the financing of terrorism and of the number “140 were sent to local law enforcement agencies and 42 to foreign law enforcement.” The transactions, he said, are related to “criminal associations, including gangs.” Al-Rawi said the Government intended to “treat with the $22 billion of suspicious activity in the Trinidad and Tobago economy. We intend to lay in the Parliament an anti-corruption package which treats with mechanisms to treat with this scourge,” he said. The legislative package, he said, includes stand-alone civil asset forfeiture provision and the way land is registered in T&T. In addition, he said the report identified “politically exposed persons who have found themselves in the FIU matrix of suspicious activities.” Asked what is a “politically exposed person” he said, “it includes relatives lateral and vertical relations to persons who serve in public office,” those include mothers, brothers, sisters, wives, partners, et cetera. “On politically exposed persons,” he said “there is anti-corruption work right now which the office of the AG and state entities are pursuing, this is an ongoing process.”

Al-Rawi said it was noteworthy that “we are treating with all allegations under current arrangements of government. There is no fear or favour, all allegations are being investigated, whether it is at the Port or elsewhere, it is being done in a fair approach by the relevant authorities.” He urged the population to consider the growth in statistics from 2016 to 2017 saying “it can be safely assumed that the figures are much larger as the FIU only effectively gains a snapshot and not a full gamut of reporting.” The FIU, he said, deserves a public commendation for the kind of work that they have produced with the support of the ministries of Finance and National Security. This item will feature prominently on the Government’s agenda in the coming months. In the new year when the legislative package is unveiled, he said, “the Opposition is to be carefully looked at in terms of their indication for support on legislation. We have not received support for amendments we bring.” He said this was the first administration to have confronted active corruption by embarking on activities to follow money transferred outside of the country with the objective of retrieving the said money.

Raul Castro to step down as Cuba president in April 2018 HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — Cuban President Raul Castro will step down in April 2018 straight after his successor is chosen by a top governing council, according to a vote yesterday in the island state’s National Assembly. The vote by lawmakers pushed back the date of general elections, which were initially to be held at the end of February. The delay was necessary due to disruption caused by Hurricane Irma, which ravaged much of Cuba in September. It means that Castro, 86, will stay on a couple of months later than planned. The modification to

Cuba’s election calendar means general elections choosing the National Assembly’s 600 members will be moved to a date yet to be decided. Cuba’s president is not directly elected by the people, but by the Council of State which is chosen by the National Assembly. The lawmakers’ election of the Council of State posts — including that of its president, who will also be the president of Cuba, replacing Raul Castro — was set for April 19. The National Assembly session deciding these changes was closed to international media.

Raul Castro

NUPW to talk pay with workers next week Daily Nation - The National Union of Public Workers has invited all its members to a meeting to discuss a new wages and salaries accord. It will take place on December 27 at 5 p.m. at the NUPW’s Dalkeith, St Michael headquarters.

The meeting follows talks on December 15 between the NUPW and the Ministry of the Civil Service. A release from general secretary Roslyn Smith said workers will be informed of the two scenarios put forward by Government for a one-off payment.


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Shots fired at DMZ as North Korean soldier defects to South

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean guards fired warning shots across the heavily militarized border with North Korea yesterday as a soldier from the North defected in thick fog, complicating efforts to ease tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. A South Korean defense ministry official said up to 20 warning shots were fired as North Korean troops approached too near the “military demarcation line” at the demilitarized zone (DMZ), apparently in search of the missing soldier. Yesterday’s defection came about five weeks after a North Korean soldier suffered critical gunshot wounds during a defection dash across the border. Two North Korean civilians were also found in a fishing boat on Wednesday and had sought to defect, officials in the South said. That brings the total number of North Koreans who have defected by taking dangerous routes either directly across the border or by sea to 15 so far this year, including two other soldiers. That is three times the number last year, according to South Korean officials. Tensions on the Korean peninsula were already high after reclusive, impoverished North Korea accelerated testing of its missile and nuclear programs this year in defiance of international pressure and UN sanctions. The defections also threaten to complicate South Korea’s efforts to ensure the smooth running of the 2018 Winter Olympics, which begin in Pyeongchang in February. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday he had proposed postponing major military drills with the

United States until after the games in an attempt to soothe relations, although officials in Seoul later said any proposed delay would depend on the North not engaging in any “provocations”. In a notice published online, the U.S. military’s 8th Army said a “significant number of North Korean propaganda leaflets and CDs” had been distributed at “strategic locations” on multiple U.S. military bases in South Korea. The notice called on troops to report any suspicious individuals to help combat potential “insider threats” that could disrupt military operations. The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, and North Korea says regular U.S.-South Korean military drills are a prelude to invasion. It regularly threatens to destroy the United States and its two key Asian allies, South Korea and Japan. LANDMINES, BARBED WIRE Seoul says more than 880 North Koreans have defected to the rich, democratic South so far this year, but the vast majority have taken a less dangerous route through China. Going through China, North Korea’s neighbor and sole major ally, means they avoid the DMZ, which features landmines, barbed wire, surveillance cameras, electric fencing and thousands of armed troops on both sides. The number of defectors arriving successfully in the South has dropped since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un took power in late 2011, a trend defectors and experts say may be linked to a crackdown by Pyongyang. There was no immediate comment from the secretive

North about the latest incidents. However, the North’s state media released a statement sharply denying U.S. allegations this week that Pyongyang was behind a number of recent cyber attacks. Washington has publicly blamed North Korean hackers for a cyber attack in May that crippled hospitals, banks and other companies. Researchers also say the North was likely behind attacks on virtual currency exchanges. The military drills with the United States have also complicated relations with China. The proposed delay in drills was discussed during a summit between Moon and Chinese President Xi Jinping last week after the proposal was submitted to Washington, an official at the presidential Blue House said this week. China and Russia have proposed a “freeze for freeze” arrangement under which North Korea would stop its nuclear and missile tests in exchange for a halt to the exercises, but there has been little interest from Washington or Pyongyang. DEFECTION IN HEAVY FOG In yesterday’s defection, a low-ranking soldier crossed the border near a South Korean guard post, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman, Roh Jae-cheon, said. No shots were fired at the soldier. Surveillance equipment detected him despite heavy fog that limited visibility to about 100 metres (110 yards), Roh said. South Korean guards fired about 20 warning shots at North Korean troops near the border presumably searching for the defector about half an hour later, a defense ministry official in the South told Reuters.

Food security in Middle East, North Africa deteriorating, says U.N. agency CAIRO (Reuters) - Food security in the Middle East and North Africa is quickly deteriorating because of conflict in several countries in the region, the United Nations said yesterday. In those hardest hit by crises — Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Libya and Sudan — an average of more than a quarter of the population was undernourished, the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization said in its annual report on food security. A quarter of Yemen’s people are on the brink of famine, several years into a proxy war between the Iran-aligned

Houthis and the Saudibacked government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi that has caused one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in recent times. The report focused on changes to food security and nutrition across the region since 2000. It said that undernourishment in countries not directly affected by conflict, such as most Gulf Arab states and most North African countries including Egypt, had slowly improved in the last decade. But it had worsened in conflict-hit countries.

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“The costs of conflict can be seen in the measurements of food insecurity and malnutrition,” the FAO’s assistant director-general Abdessalam Ould Ahmed said. “Decisive steps towards peace and stability (need to be) taken.” Several countries in the region erupted into conflict following uprisings in 2011 that overthrew leaders in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Syria’s civil war, which also began with popular demonstrations, has killed hundreds of thousands of people and made more than 11 million homeless.

Peru’s president warns democracy at stake ahead of vote to oust him

Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski listens as his lawyer Alberto Borea addresses lawmakers of the opposition-ruled Congress, in Lima, Peru yesterday. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo LIMA (Reuters) - Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski told lawmakers that the country’s democracy was at stake ahead of a Congressional vote to remove him from office on Thursday, strenuously denying allegations of wrongdoing. The rightwing populist party that controls Congress hopes to remove Kuczynski from office in a vote on Thursday, on the grounds that he is “morally unfit” to govern, after finding he once had business connections with a company at the center of Latin America’s biggest graft scandal. But center-right Kuczynski said the real goal was to usurp his presidency, and warned that ousting him would mark a step backwards toward the South American country’s authoritarian past. “What’s at stake is not whether I remain in office, what’s at stake is democratic

stability,” Kuczynski told lawmakers in opening remarks ahead of the vote, beside his lawyer. “Don’t support this ouster that is baseless, because the people will not forgive you.” The opposition party, Popular Force, emerged from the rightwing populist movement started by former President Alberto Fujimori, who has formally asked Kuczynski to free him from prison by reducing his 25-year prison sentence for graft and human rights violations, a spokesman in the justice ministry said on Thursday. It was unclear if Kuczynski was aware of Fujimori’s request, which the justice ministry received on Friday but was made public as Kuczynski spoke in Congress. The perception that Kuczynski might free Fujimori in exchange for votes of support could prompt more left-

leaning lawmakers to back his removal from office, or encourage some of Fujimori’s loyalists to oppose it. Congress passed a motion to initiate “presidential vacancy” procedures last week, and controls enough votes to unseat Kuczynski. On the eve of the vote, Kuczynski raised the stakes in Peru’s biggest political crisis since the turn of the century by signaling his government would seek to trigger fresh general elections if he is forced out. To prompt new elections, Kuczynski’s two vice presidents would need to resign. Both stood beside him during a broadcast address to the nation on Wednesday. Many of Kuczynski’s supporters favor new elections to punish lawmakers if they oust him. But investors worry antiestablishment candidates would be swept into power if a fresh ballot was held.

Myanmar says two Reuters journalists remanded in custody YANGON (Reuters) - The two Reuters journalists who were detained in Myanmar on Dec. 12 have appeared in court and been remanded in custody, a police spokesman said yesterday. “Yes, they were sent to the court,” said police colonel Myo Thu Soe. “The remand has already been obtained. The case is under the Burma State Secrets Act ... so, for now, they are not allowed to meet with anyone and they are being investigated.” Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been in detention for nine days with no detail on where they are being held. They have not had access to visitors or lawyers. Pan Ei Mon, Wa Lone’s wife, said she was told by police on

Thursday that both journalists were well and she was allowed to leave food and clothes for them. The authorities are investigating whether they violated the country’s colonial-era Official SecretsAct, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years. The two journalists had worked on Reuters coverage of a crisis in the western state of Rakhine, where an estimated 655,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from a fierce military crackdown on militants. The Ministry of Information said last week that Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, had “illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media”.\ A spokesman for Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said

on Wednesday that the police had almost completed their investigation, after which a court case would begin and the reporters would have access to a lawyer and be able to meet members of their families. The spokesman said he was told by the Ministry of Home Affairs and police that the two men were being detained in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, were “in good condition” and had not been subject to “illegal questioning.”A number of governments and human rights and journalist groups have criticized Myanmar’s authorities for holding the pair incommunicado since their arrest, with no access to a lawyer, colleagues and family members.


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GGMC plans to improve diamond declarations in 2018 - several scheduled investigations planned As part of efforts to boost declarations in 2018, the Guyana Geologies and Mines Commission (GGMC) plans to step up monitoring diamond miners to ensure compliance to the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) for exports. Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes, shared with Kaieteur News that $27 million has been allocated to imple-

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ment monitoring plans, including scheduled investigations to provide the current disposition of diamond operations. Broomes said that the investigations are expected to corroborate the declarations of diamonds for export certification with a view of improving declarations by up to 50 percent. Earlier this year, Cabinet approved the Ministry of Natural Resources to engage the expertise of a legal consultant on the KPCS used to certify diamonds. The KPCS was launched in 2003 in a bid to clean up the international diamond trade after it was recognised that diamonds were being used to finance war and terrorism. Minister Harmon said the KPCS is important for preventing “conflict diamonds” from infiltrating Guyana’s local production, which could affect the country’s production credibility on the international market. Some $675 million has been set aside for the purpose of identifying and mapping poorly mapped areas of the mining districts and to conduct diamond exploration projects. Broomes noted that this is expected to realize the deployment of 18 geological and geochemical mapping projects to identify anomalous areas and to provide credible data for the promotion of large scale investment in mining for gold, platinum group elements and rare earths. Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, has noted that

Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources Simona Broomes the gold and diamond industry has been making a valuable contribution to Gross Domestic Product, income, export earnings and employment. Government has enabled small and medium scale miners to benefit from tax concessions on machinery, equipment and fuel; and waiver and remission of taxes on vehicles, based on gold declarations. For 2016, a total of $47.6 million in taxes was waived on motor vehicles, while, by October 2017, such waivers have amounted to $64.4 million for personal motor vehicles and $188 million for fuel. Many operators in the sector have been approved to hold foreign exchange retention accounts; instead of the 10 percent, they have been allowed unlimited retention of foreign exchange to purchase mining equipment. There has been a relentless pursuit of smugglers by multiple agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This has been helping to propel the mining sector to record declarations.


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GuySuCo redundant workers to receive severance next month Government has assured that over 4,000 sugar workers made redundant in the last few weeks will be paid in the New Year. Responding yesterday to questions, Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder, disclosed that the matter was discussed at a recent Cabinet meeting where a decision was taken to have monies released next month. The news would come as workers and their unions complain about the silence of the administration on the severance pay which would amount to billions of dollars. The state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) does not have the money to pay the workers of the three estates – Rose Hall, Skeldon and Enmore- who have been sent home. The three estates located in Berbice and Demerara are up for privatization and divestment and almost 4,000 workers have been given letters by GuySuCo informing them that their positions are being made redundant. The three estates, together with Wales, West Bank Demerara, are being placed in the control of a Special Purpose Unit (SPU), which will oversee the process to find investors. GuySuCo, which has received over $30B in bailouts over the past two-plus years of this administration, is facing its lowest production in years and now has to compete on the world market, after losing its European preferential market. Yesterday, the workers’ largest bargaining union--the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) said it was dismayed and surprised to learn during an engagement with GuySuCo on Wednesday, that the com-

The Skeldon factory

Agri. Minister, Noel Holder pany has absolutely no monies to pay the some 4,000 sugar workers whose jobs have been deemed redundant at Skeldon, Rose Hall and East Demerara Estates. “Those workers last working day will be on December 29, 2017 and the affected workers expected to receive their payments at that time to sustain themselves and their families during the difficult period brought about by the harsh and heartless plans for the sugar industry,” GAWU said. The union stressed that GuySuCo’s admission is in complete contrast to what Government officials have been saying over the past days. “We drew to GuySuCo’s attention, for instance, that Minister of State, Joseph Harmon pointed out that a significant chunk of the state support flowing from the 2018 Budget was intended to offset the severance payments to the redundant workers.” The corporation, however, clarified this was not the case and the $6.3B allocation was intended solely and

wholly to support the operations of the three estates that would remain under GuySuCo’s control. “We also queried about the $2.5B loan the corporation recently obtained. GuySuCo advised that the sum was intended to sustain its operations until the 2018 first crop commences. We noted that the corporation’s explanation was vastly different from what we read in the press. The December 7, 2017, Guyana Chronicle reported GuySuCo Chairman, Professor Clive Thomas as saying that “the sugar company has been able to negotiate for an advance on a temporary loan from a local bank to the tune of $2.5billion. “That would not only assist in paying the workers their severance, but aid in covering the company’s expenses for the remainder of the year.” GAWU noted that Thomas, in

Bandits rob West Coast farmer of $1M This Christmas is surely one that a West Coast farmer will remember for the rest of his life, given that he was robbed of $1 million right at the doorstep of his home yesterday afternoon. The farmer, Ramdhar Singh, 52, of Railway Line, Windsor Forest, West Coast Demerara had just returned from Republic Bank’s, Vreeden-Hoop, WCD, location. Investigators believe that the man was traced from the bank by the bandits who were on a motorcycle. Singh said that he took a taxi after conducting business at the bank and stopped for a few minutes at a shop

to purchase bicycle parts. After leaving the general store, he said his wife and him headed for home in the same taxi. The man said as he exited the taxi at his home, a motorcycle rode up beside the car with the men who were armed. He added that one of the men had a helmet on, while the other’s face was visible, making him identifiable. The bandit then pointed the gun at Singh’s head and demanded that he hand over the cash. “Them tell me fuh give them de money and ask wheh de money deh”. He said he held on to his pocket and the man fired a shot in the air. It

was his frightened wife that encouraged him to hand over the money which he did. Meanwhile, the bandit’s colleague robbed the taxi driver of his cellular phone and relieved him of an undisclosed amount of cash before making good their escape. The mater was subsequently reported to the Leonora Police Station where investigations are ongoing. The troubled man told Kaieteur News that the money he had withdrawn from the bank was intended to be paid to somebody from whom he rents the rice farmlands.

that article, went on to say “workers will receive their severance by December 31”. According to the union, GuySuCo claimed that it had advised the Government of the need to finance the payments and a preliminary figure was submitted. “And, then a few days ago, an updated figure to meet the payment was submitted to the administration. The recently submitted figure, GuySuCo informed, was still not final as the Corporation’s audit department was examining the data. When pressed, GuySuCo said the audit process would

be completed sometime in January, 2018 and, thereafter the final sum required from the Government would be submitted.” At that time, GAWU said, the Government would have to consider the request and, in all likelihood, approach the National Assembly for a supplementary allocation in order to meet the expenditure. “That aspect will take a few weeks at least and seems that the earliest the workers would be paid could very well be towards the end of February, 2018.” The union said that the admission by GuySuCo only

serves to make matters worse as the beleaguered workers are now being told that they have no job and will not receive their legally entitled severance payments when the Corporation “kicks them out on to the road” on December 29, this year. “This for the GAWU is most upsetting and only serves to rub salt in the wound. Our union, in view of the Corporation’s depressing information, has requested that GuySuCo retains the workers in suitable employment until it is in a position to honour the workers severance payments.”


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U.N. Security Council to vote today on new North Korea sanctions

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claps during a celebration for nuclear scientists and engineers who contributed to a hydrogen bomb test, September 2017. KCNA via REUTERS UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is due to vote today on a U.S.drafted resolution that seeks to toughen sanctions on North Korea in response to its latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch, diplomats said. The draft, seen by Reuters yesterday, seeks to ban nearly 90 percent of refined petroleum product exports to North Korea by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year and demand the repatriation of North Koreans working abroad within 12 months. It would also cap crude oil supplies to North Korea at 4 million barrels a year. The United States has been calling on China to limit its oil supply to its neighbor and ally. The text was circulated to the 15-member council yesterday. While it was not immediately clear how China would vote, traditionally a draft on North Korea is not given to all members until it is agreed

by Beijing and Washington. The United States has been negotiating with China on the draft resolution for the past week, diplomats said. If adopted, it would be the 10th resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea over its missile and nuclear programs since 2006. To pass, a resolution needs at least nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China. The United States late last month warned North Korea’s leadership it would be “utterly destroyed” if war were to break out after Pyongyang test-fired its most advanced missile, putting the U.S. mainland within range. U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman visited Pyongyang earlier this month - the first senior U.N. official to do so since 2011 - and said North Korean officials did commit to talks, but he believes he left “the door ajar.” The U.S.-drafted resolution repeats previous language by reaffirming the

council’s “support for the Six Party Talks, calls for their resumption.” So-called six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear program stalled in 2008. In a bid to further choke North Korea’s external sources of funding, the draft resolution also seeks to ban North Korean exports of food products, machinery, electrical equipment, earth and stone, including magnesite and magnesia; wood; and vessels. It would ban exports to North Korea of industrial equipment, machinery, transportation vehicles, and industrial metals. The draft resolution would subject 19 new North Koreans and the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces to a global asset freeze and travel ban. It also seeks to allow countries to seize, inspect and freeze any vessel in their ports or territorial waters that they believe was carrying banned cargo or involved in prohibited activities.


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Guyanese-born man exonerated after 30 years in jail on wrongful rape, robbery New York (New York Daily News) -He’s home for the holidays. Mark Denny, 47, has spent the past three decades behind bars for a brutal rape and robbery he didn’t commit. But last week he received the greatest gift of all — his freedom. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday morning that it had moved to vacate Denny’s conviction and dismiss the indictment after an investigation revealed faulty witness identification. Later in the day, Denny appeared before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Matthew D’Emic, who made his exoneration official. After the decree, Denny smiled and waved to his family and friends who filled the court gallery. “I’m overwhelmed thinking of what I’ll do next to get my life back on track,” he said after walking out of the courthouse an innocent man. “I have no ill feelings towards the victim. Going to prison was a traumatic experience mentally. There’s a lot of people in my position. I appreciate everyone for all they have done for me.” Denny was the 24th person to have his conviction vacated by the DA’s Conviction Review Unit. Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez said his review team examined evidence and interviewed witnesses as well as Denny’s co-defendants in the case. “After a lengthy and extensive investigation into this horrific case, I have concluded that the cause of jus-

Freed: Mark Denny and his relatives tice requires that we vacate the conviction of Mr. Denny,” Gonzalez said in a statement. Denny was exonerated with the help of the Innocence Project, which had been working on his case since 2009. “Mr. Denny has been waiting for this day for a very long time,” said Nina Morrison, senior staff attorney for the Innocence Project. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and members of his conviction review unit for recognizing Mr. Denny’s innocence and taking extraordinary steps to right the wrongs that kept Mr. Denny incarcerated for his entire adult life.” Denny was accused with three other defendants of a late-night gunpoint robbery and rape at a Burger King in Kensington on December 20, 1987.

The four were accused of forcing their way into the restaurant after closing and holding two employees — an 18year-old woman and a male — hostage. They ordered the two employees to undress, took $3,000 from a safe and then raped and sodomized the woman in a back room. The victim had a blindfold over her eyes during a portion of the attack and may have passed out. Denny became a suspect in March 1988 after he was busted two months earlier for gun possession. He had been arrested in a car with the three other defendants, who were wanted for robbing a Manhattan Burger King.

The problems in identifying Denny began right away. Detectives showed the victim of the rape a picture of Denny, but she did not identify him. Two days later, she was able to identify him in a lineup. But during Denny’s trial, the victim was vague in her description of him and his actions. Dr. Jennifer Dysart, a John Jay College psychology professor whom the DA hired as a consultant to examine the

case, said the victim’s witness reliability was likely affected by her limited opportunity to see her attackers, the existence of a gun, the extreme stress from the attack and the time lapse between the incident and the identification process. “The combination (of) all these factors significantly decreased the likelihood that an accurate identification could have been made by the victim in this case,” Dysart said. Gonzalez said he did not fault the police investigators or the victim, noting that “little was known back then about memory retention and retrieval, and their effect on eyewitness identification.” The DA said that other factors contributed to vacating the conviction. He said Denny’s fingerprints were also not found at the crime scene. However, two of his codefendants’ prints were recovered at the Burger King. One defendant, Raphael James, was convicted by a jury and was sentenced to 16 to 48 years in prison. He was paroled in 2015. The other had his case dismissed during a second trial because the victim was emotionally unable to

testify. The third co-defendant, Eddie Vieira, admitted his involvement and pleaded guilty. Denny’s co-defendants all told the DA’s conviction review unit that Denny was not involved. The defendant whose case was dismissed even admitted his culpability to the Conviction Review Unit but maintained Denny wasn’t there, Gonzalez said. Denny was convicted in 1989 and sentenced to 19 to 57 years in prison. He always maintained his innocence throughout — even through parole hearings. Gonzalez said Denny staying committed to his innocence and refusal to participate in a sex offender program likely hurt his parole chances. Even with his innocence established, Denny still faces some legal hurdles. As a child, he came to the United States from Guyana as a lawful permanent resident. While in prison, he was ordered to be deported due to his convictions. Now the Cardozo Law School’s Immigration Justice Clinic is working to reopen his case and prevent his removal from the country.


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Police reject government’s latest wage offer KINGSTON, Jamaica CMC – The Police Federation – the organisation that represents that rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), has once again rejected the latest wage offer from the Andrew Holness led administration. Following the collapse of wage talks on Wednesday, the Federation that has called for the intervention of Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the offer was “sluggish, stubborn and unreasonable”. In a text message to the rank and file members of the JCF, late Wednesday, the Federation disclosed that the cops were offered J$19,800 before tax for members to work on public holidays. The Federation said the offer was rejected because it

was “embarrassing and inadequate”. Last week more than 12,000 rank and file members stayed off the job to show their dissatisfaction with the wage offer. Meanwhile, National Security Minister, Robert Montague, has appealed to cops not to take industrial action during the Christmas period because of displeasure with the wage talks. The law enforcement officials had originally been offered a three per cent wage hike. The main opposition People’s National party (PNP) has called on the Andrew Holness government to immediately settle the wage issues with the police and other public sector workers.

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Bravo opens 400 club as Renegades thrash Hobart Hobart, Tasmania, CMC – Discarded West Indies allrounder, Dwayne Bravo, grabbed his second fivewicket haul in Twenty20s and became the first bowler to reach 400 wickets, as his Melbourne Re n e g a d e s trounced Hobart Hurricanes by seven wickets in the Australian Big Bash yesterday. Playing at the Bellerive Oval in the third game of the tournament, Hurricanes rallied to 164 for eight off their 20 overs after being sent in, with D’Arcy Short and Ben McDermott both top-scoring with 34. Medium pacer Bravo was outstanding, taking five for 28 from his four overs to lead the Renegades attack. More importantly, he was responsible for breaking the two partner-

Dwayne Bravo ships which threatened for Hobart. When openers Short and Alex Doolan (26) put on 53 from 36 deliveries, Bravo removed Doolan to a catch at short third man. Bravo also

struck in the 14th over to claim McDermott holding out to mid-off, after the batsman had added 52 for the third wicket with Captain George Bailey (25). The 34-year-old Trinidadian then restricted Hobart at the death, picking up three wickets in the final over – including the scalp of England-based Barbadian allrounder, Jofra Archer for one. In reply, Cameron White smashed an unbeaten 79 from 59 deliveries and Marcus Harris, 50 from 34 balls, as Renegades romped home with nine balls to spare. The pair put on 113 for the second wicket before the enterprising seamer Archer, who ended with excellent figures of two for 17 from his four overs, had Harris caught at deep square leg.

Friday December 22, 2017 Aries: Mar 21 - Apr 19 It feels a bit lonely as all those around you concentrate on their own needs in silence and isolation. But you'll enjoy a great feeling tonight after you solved so many problems and gotten so much done.

Libra: Sep 23 - Oct 22 It will help you take stock of how you feel inside, which you haven't had time to do for a while. You're in the process of abandoning the burden of always doing your "duty."

Taurus: Apr 20 - May 20 You're cleaning, sweeping, and tidying up your relationships as never before. More remains to be done, but in the end, your relationships will take on completely different forms.

Scorpio: Oct 23 - Nov 21 Old demons and dreams are on the agenda today. Do you want to be an artist? Are you sure? If you're an artist, would you like to be more prominent or rich?

Gemini: May 21 - Jun 20 Great rivers are born from drops of water. Opportunity isn't lacking in your life at the moment. This is a great time to buckle down in your personal and professional lives.

Sagit: Nov 22 - Dec 21 If your daily life seems disorderly, change it. Don't delay. You say that the hustle and bustle of life has you running in a thousand different directions.

Cancer: Jun 21 - Jul 22 Are you deeply satisfied with your love life? Several of the aspects will push you to take stock and develop some solutions if needed. A big issue could be your possessiveness.

Capri: Dec 22 - Jan 19 You don't like to be held back. You can't wait quietly until you reach your objectives. Know that occasionally the unpleasant tasks have to be done before you can enjoy yourself.

Leo: Jul 23 - Aug 22 You must give your love freely and without strings. If you approach people always asking for guarantees or protection, you'll make them feel that you don't trust them.

Aquar.: Jan 20 - Feb 18 It's possible! The astral aspects are going to make it a lot easier for you. Given the wonderful energy you have at the moment, someone fascinating may be attracted to you.

Virgo: Aug 23 - Sep 22 This is a time to learn from the master of a domain, even if it means putting yourself in the role of disciple. This is a wonderful change for you, especially because you're often the one teaching others.

Pisces: Feb 19 - Mar 20 You can expect to have a calm, efficient day. Whatever projects you've initiated in your public or private life should start taking on an interesting shape.

Friday December 22, 2017

Duckett out; Foakes, Crane in for Caribbean trip London, CMC – Ben Duckett has been omitted from the England Lions’ tour of the Caribbean next year but Ben Foakes and Mason Crane, currently part of the Ashes squad, have been included in a strong touring party announced this week. The 23-year-old Duckett, a part of the current Ashes tour, was already suspended for an incident in a Perth bar a couple of weeks ago when he poured a drink over teammate Jimmy Anderson. The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed Duckett had been overlooked because of the incident. Foakes, however, a righthander who averages 41 in first class cricket and legspinner Crane, who has played two Twenty20 Internationals, are in the fourday squad but overlooked for the one-day matches. Both the red and white ball squads will be led by Keaton Jennings. ”We have included two members of the Ashes tour squad, Ben Foakes and Mason Crane, for the four-day matches, with the possibility of either or both of them leaving the Lions tour early if they are selected in the England squad for the two Tests in New Zealand in March and April,” said national selector, James Whitaker. ”We will be naming that squad in the New Year, and the same goes for the squads for the North-South Series which will be played in Barbados at the end of the Lions tour – and is likely to include the players who have been selected for the one-day series against West Indies A.” Meanwhile, the highly-regarded pair of Jamie Porter and Sam Curran have been named in both squads, while fast bowler Roby RolandJones, who played two Tests against West Indies last summer, has been included in the red ball squad only. Porter and Roland-Jones will be making comebacks from injury. ”Jamie Porter and Toby Roland-Jones are all available again after injuries – Jamie and Toby after working exceptionally hard on the ECB’s Pace Programme over the last couple of months,” Whitaker said. ”Sam Curran missed out on the Lions training camp in Australia but he has also been training hard, under the supervision of Surrey’s strength and conditioning coaches, before going out to play T20 cricket in New Zealand.’ England Lions face West

Fast bowler Sam Curran Indies in three four-day “Tests” and three one-dayers from February to March 11 next year. SQUAD – Keaton Jennings (captain), Joe Clarke, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Jamie Porter, Paul Coughlin, Saqib Mahmood, Nick

Gubbins, Alex Davies, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Ben Foakes, Toby Roland-Jones, Jack Leach, Mason Crane, Josh Tongue, Sam Northeast, Liam Dawson, Dom Bess, Tom Helm, George Garton, Matt Parkinson.


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Rain prevents play in penultimate round of GCB/CGI Jaguars 50-over League Rain prevented any play in the penultimate round of the Guyana Cricket Board/Cricket Guyana Inc. Jaguars 50-over League at four venues yesterday. At Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo, play was re-scheduled to start at 11:00hrs between West Demerara and East Coast Demerara following morning rain, but a subsequent downpour which left the outfield waterlogged caused the umpires to abandon the fixture. The Georgetown / East Bank Demerara game was fixed for Everest; Essequibo were set to battle Lower Corentyne at Young Warriors ground and West Berbice were scheduled to take on Upper Corentyne at Bush Lot. The League will enter its final preliminary round tomorrow at four venues across the country, weather permitting. Leaders Essequibo, champions of the 2017GCB/Jaguars three-day League will do battle with fifth placed Upper Corentyne at the Albion Community Centre ground while joint third placed teams Georgetown and West Demerara will compete at the Tuschen for a spot in the Playoffs. Seventh placed Upper Demerara/East Bank will battle sixth placed West Berbice at the Everest while defending Jaguars One Day League Champions and current second placed Lower Corentyne will oppose East Coast Demerara which is in the cellar position at the Young Warriors ground. All matches are scheduled to commence at 09:00hrs. The current points standings after six rounds is as follows:

A section of the outfield at Tuschen that caused the abandonment of the game yesterday.

Note: Win 6, Tie -3, No Result-3 and Loss- 0 Two Super Bonus points (batting) – team that scores 300 runs or more and wins that match. One Super Bonus points (batting) – team those scores 300 runs or more and loses that match. Two Super Bonus points (bowling) – team that “dismisses” the opposition for less than 150 and wins that match.

Keith O’Jeer retained as Berbice FA President Members of the Berbice Football Association (BFA) re-elected Keith O’Jeer as association President for the next four years following an Extra Ordinary Congress on Sunday last in the Ancient County. Also elected were Second Vice President - Randy Sears, Treasurer - Ceon Bristol, Committee Members - Ms Andrea Johnson and Michael DeSouza who replaced Kenrick Bowry. Six of the eight association members were eligible vote at the meeting; Arsenal FC, Corriverton Links, Hopetown United Rangers FC, Monedderlust FC, Orealla Falcons FC and Rosignol United FC. The two ineligible members were Mahaicony 5th Element FC and East Bank Gunners. The elections were conducted by Guyana Football Federation’s Lyndon France who was accompanied by Richard Groden. According to a press release, O’Jeer remarked that the present team of executives was one of the most productive that he has had the honour to work with and expressed delight in returning to serve. The BFA has staggered elections and the second half consisting of First Vice President

President Keith Ojeer (seated 3rd left) with other Executive members following the Berbice FA elections. – Shurwin Forde, Third Vice President Anson Barrington, Secretary - Joseph E Simon and Assistant Secretary/Treasurer -

Zahir Moakan will be up for elections in 2019. O’Jeer served as President from 2011 to

2013 before resigning to serve at the level of the GFF. He returned as President (ag) in 2014 and has served in that capacity, to date.


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Friday December 22, 2017

Hetymer (Male), Campbell (Female), Yadram (Junior) cops GCB Cricketers of year Awards Story and photos by Sean Devers President of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Dave Cameron delivered the feature address after remarks from Dr George Norton, Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sports on Wednesday night when the Guyana Cricket Board hosted its annual Awards Ceremony at the Umana Yana. Secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and Director on CWI Anand Sanasie was the Master of Ceremonies while President (ag) of the GCB President Fizul Bacchus provided a detailed review of Guyana’s cricket for 2017. Left-handed batman Shimron Hetymer who turns 21 on Boxing Day was adjudged Guyana’s Cricketer of the Year after making his Test and ODI debut for the West Indies this year. The Berbician who became the first player from the Young Warriors Club in Canjie to play Test cricket has one fifty from his five Tests and made his ODI debut in the opening game against New Zealand on December 20 last. The former West Indies U-19 Captain has made seven fifties and one century from his 24 games at First-Class level and his Award was collected by his father. The 25-yearold Shemaine Campbell, who plays for Rosehall Town Youth & Sports Club in Berbice, was named female Cricketer of the Year. Although yet to play a Test Campbell has played 71 ODIs and 79 T20s for the West Indies and has one century and a fifty in ODI cricket. Her Award was collected by her Guyana and West Indies teammate Tremayne Smartt. Eighteen year-old Bhaskar Yadram, who hails from Enterprise on the East Coast of Demerara but plays for City side Everest, was voted Guyana’s Junior Cricketer of the Year and received the Roy Fredericks Trophy

Sports Minister George Norton (3rd right) and Director of Sports (3rd left) with the three-time defending Champs Guyana Jaguars. Yadram played eight ‘List A games’ (50 overs) for the West Indies U-19s and two First-Class matches for Guyana after making his debut against the Leewards Hurricanes in April at Providence. Veteran Shiv Chanderpaul, who plays for Everest and was the Franchise player for Essequibo, was named Senior Regional Cricketer of t h e Ye a r. T h e 4 3 - y e a r- o l d Chanderpaul, in addition to scoring three centuries for Lancashire, is one of five Guyanese with tons in the seven rounds of the Regional FourDay Franchise league. His award was collected by his son. Cameron said he has been able to move West Indies cricket from a position of indebtedness to one of profitability but he has come under attack from some quarters after his hard-line measures in order to achieve his goal. ”You the cricketers do not represent Guyana alone, but just remember you represent the people of the West Indies, and as a Guyanese you are a West Indian…if you are a Jamaican you are a West

Indian,” Cameron said. The Jamaican businessman said with the new strategic plan, it is the intention of CWI to have the players at the forefront. ”Our trust in our new strategic plan going forward is having our cricketers lead us, and if you lead us when we will follow and support,” Cameron said, adding that Guyana continues to be the success story for a renewed West Indies trust. ”I want you to understand that as players, you are ambassadors for the region, and so when you go out to play I want you to understand that you represent us as ambassadors for this wonderful region we are all a part of” the CWI head added. Dr Norton pointed out that the achievements by each awardees plays a significant role in the Ministry’s vision and mission of social cohesion.”While the Ministry is playing its part in providing the balls for secondary school cricket, suitable playing conditions of grounds countrywide should by a front burner issue” the Sports Minister said.

Cricket Journalist of the year Rajiv Bisnauth, responding on behalf of the awardees, thanked the GCB for acknowledging their efforts as the awardees all work to ensure Guyana’s cricket remains at the highpoint not only locally, but regionally as well. Special Service Awards went to: Bharrat Sookdeo, Tuschen Sports Club, Rayon Griffith, Esuan Crandon, Rajiv Bisnauth, Grantly Culbard and Daniel Richmond (Posthumously). Special Recognition Awards went to: Shimron Hetymer and Raymond Reifer in recognition of them gaining selection to senior West Indies team but no mention was of Ronsford Beaton who became the first Essequibo player to play for the Regional side when he made his ODI debut in the opening match against New Zealand. Joshua Persaud, Bhaskar Yadram, Ronaldo Ali Mohammed, Ashmead Nedd and Raymond Perez collected Awards for gaining selection on the West Indies U-19 World Cup team while Corporate

awards were given to Hand-in-Hand Group of Companies, Scotia Bank, Dave’s West Indian Exports, Sterling Products Limited and Demerara Mutual Group of Companies. The Club of the Year award was won by the Albion Sports Club. The Guyana Jaguars, Guyana Male Under-19 team and the National Female Under-19 team received team Awards. Other awardees were; Shabeka Gajnabi (Most Promising Female Cricketer of the Year), Keemo Paul (Most Promising Male Cricketer of the Year), Sheldon Charles (Most runs, wickets and Most Valuable Player in the Regional Under 15 Tournament), Sachin Singh (Most runs in the Regional Under-17 Tournament), Kelvon Anderson (Most wickets and Most Valuable Player in the Regional Under 17 Tournament), Raymond Perez (Most runs and Most Valuable Player in the Regional Under 19 Tournament), Ashmead Nedd (Most wickets in the Regional Under 19 Tournament).

Road to Mecca IV

Two semi finals spots on the line as final group games are on tonight The final two group games of the 2017 National Club Basketball Championships (Road to Mecca IV) are expected to be action packed when they are contested tonight at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH); the final two semi finals slots are up for the taking. The first match tips off at 19:00hrs between Berbice’ Rose Hall Jammers and Amelia Ward Jets of Linden while the feature match will pair last year’s losing finalists, another Linden side, Retrieve Raiders and Kobras of Georgetown. Both the latter teams are sin with a chance of making it through at the expense of Pacesetters in group B. Jammers will hope to capitalise on the poor form of the winless Jets to achieve a win by 77 points or more in order to secure an unprecedented semifinal berth.

Jets that are yet to register a victory and will surely be seeking to finish the tournament on a positive note in their fourth and final group A game. A win for either Raiders or Kobras in tonight’s main attraction will shoot them into the semis. Pacesetters are in with a slight chance of still sniffing through but this depends on Raiders winning by no more than a two point margin. The other two teams that have qualified for the semifinals so far are Bounty Colts and Victory Valley Royals that topped group A and B respectively in the ten-team championship. Admission to the venue is free this evening and apart from the two games; fans will be entertained by a half-time show from the attractive cheerleaders.

Raiders’ Keon Cameron attempts a jump shot during his team’s group ‘A’ round-robin loss to Royals last week.


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Hundreds bid farewell to former Wolf’s Warriors Captain, Amrit Rai November 2014. Rai who was regarded as one of the finest Captains in the sport, was a calm individual and always

Softball players and fans form a bat arch at Ruimzeight Cremation Sitre prior to Amrit Rai cremation. Hundreds yesterday turned out to bid farewell to former Wolf ’s Warriors softball Captain Amrit Rai who was cremated at Ruimzeight, West Coast Demerara. Rai passed away at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) while receiving treatment

following an incident that took place on Saturday night last at Met-en-Meer Zorg, West Coast Demerara. Following a funeral service at his home, Rai’s body was taken to Zeeburg Cricket Club where he was a member for viewing before proceeding to the cremation site where

members of the softball fraternity formed a bat arch before the final rights were performed. Rai will go surely down in the record books as one of finest batsmen of his era and has led Wolf’s Warriors to several major titles including the “Guyana Softball Cup 4” in

encouraged his players to strive for greater heights. His last major tournament was the inaugural Prime Minister Cup that was held

in October where he represented SVC Allstars of New York. Kaieteur Sport extends condolences to his family.


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Friday December 22, 2017

Trophy Stall Doubles Week of the Finals

Squires and DeJonge take Men’s title; Lowden and Amerally win Over-45 Heimraj Resaul, Jordan Beaton, Phillip Squires Joseph DeJonge

Heimraj Resaul and Jordan Beaton made it to their first Trophy Stall

Doubles Men’s final after a close battle against Joshua Kalekeyzi and Viraj Sharma in the semifinals. It was an unexpected fight as they lost the first set 5-7 but managed to regain their composure and take the other two sets, 63 6-3. They squared off against the older and strategic combination of Philip Squires and Joseph DeJonge who dispelled hard hitters Khalid Gobin and Dominic Fraser 6-2 6-1. Squires and DeJonge proved formidable in the first set and secured an easy 6-1 lead but the tide turned in the second set to the settled youngsters and they wrapped it up, 6-3. The deciding set was secured by the experienced Squires and DeJonge after serving up big serves and putting together a more comprehensive game plan to secure it 6-3. This is the first time the pair has won the Men’s Doubles together.

The veterans displayed the highest level of craft in the game. Steve Surjballi and Robin Singh faced off against the Berbician combo of Anthony Amerally and Godfrey Lowden in a crowd pleasing match which had a little of everything. There were drop shots, slices that left the spectators and opponents stunned, crisped volley rallies and sportsmanship. Most of the games went to deuce and could have swung in any direction but Lowden and Amerally closed the first set 6-3. There was a resurgence in the second set as Surjballi and Singh took a commanding 3-1 lead. While serving to head to another break up, they were broken to remain at 3-2. Lowden and Amerally capitalised on this with a 6-4 win to be crowned winners of the Trophy Stall Men’s Over-45 Doubles. Action continues with the Ladies and Mixed Doubles.

IPL auction to be held on January 27, 28 The 2018 IPL auction will be held on January 27 and 28, in Bangalore. That means the mega auction will coincide with the final two days of India’s third Test on the tour of South Africa; Virat Kohli’s team is scheduled to play the final Test of the South Africa tour from January 24-28 in Johannesburg. ESPNcricinfo understands that the IPL has asked all eight franchises to submit their final list of retained players by January 4. The IPL is likely to finalise the pool of players who will be up for auction around January 18. At the IPL Governing Council (GC) meeting, held on December 6, one of the members had expressed reservations about the auction clashing with the Johannesburg Test. Also some of the franchises were interested in seeing how the domestic players fared in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (India’s domestic Twenty20 competition), which ends on January 28, ahead of the auction. (ESPNcricinfo)


Friday December 22, 2017

GIKMAA host successful Final Exams T h e G u y a n a International Kyokushinkai Martial Arts Academy (GIKMAA) held it’s Final Exams for the year which has been deemed a success. A total of 27 students participated under the watchful eyes of Dr. Nazim Yassim. A total of 16 Students from Enmore, Six (6) from Wales three (3) from Tuschen and two (2) from Parfait Harmony were graded. Following are the results: From 10th KYU to 9th KYU - Yellow Stripe Malachi Cronwell, Elijah Flemming, Bhawesh Persaud, Naveed N. E m a m a l l y, A l e x a n d e r Bajnath and Praindra P e r s a u d . From 9thKYU to 8th KYU Yellow Belt - John Ryan Brown, Ahkeem Grimmond, Shamer Nurse, Rebekah Ramotar, TotaramJainarain, Daniel Lashley and Eduardo F. Thomas. From 8th KYU to 7th KYU - Orange Belt – Haymant Gangadin and Prampati Budhram. From 7th KYU to 6th KYU Green Belt – Bheemeshvanand Sukhlall and Bhudesh Shilchand. From 6th KYU to 5th KYU Blue Belt - Samuel Fraser. From 5th KYU to 4th KYU Blue Belt - Nkosi Jupiter and Joshua Bascombe. To 1st KYU - Brown Belt

- Parashuram Persaud and Govind Ramkuar. From 1st KYU Brown Belt to 1st Dan Black Belt – Vikash Somwaru (16 yearold) of Enmore, the youngest black belt of Kyokushinkai in Guyana. From 1st Dan to 2nd Dan Black Belt - Maranda Bennett of Wales From 2nd Dan to 3rd Dan Black Belt – Marcell Yassim of Parfait Harmony, Tadious Edun of Tuschen and Kelvin Walcott of Enmore. The Black Belt rank has also been confirmed and certified by the Guyana Martial Arts Masters Association International w h o s e P r e s i d e n t , D r. Christopher Norville expressed pleasure with the ability of these students. Meanwhile, Marcell Yassim (Parfait Harmony) a n d K e l v i n Wa l c o t t (Enmore) have become the first students of the GIKMAA to have reached the Chief Instructor level. Dr. Nazim stated that he is very happy with the progress of his students and their discipline noting that they have worked very hard for their exams. Anyone seeking to join the GIKMAA can make contact with SOKE NazimYassim on 592 662 7211 or 592 654 2789 or visit their Facebook page: Kyokushinkai Guyana.

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Friday December 22, 2017

West Demerara claim U15 50-over Inter Association title West Demerara were crowned champions of the Inter Association Under-15 50-over tournament which concluded recently in Demerara. West Demerara and Georgetown recorded the same number of victories after three rounds of matches, however their clash was rained out and West Demerara prevailed with a higher net run rate. In the second round played at Enmore,

Georgetown defeated East Coast Demerara by 54 runs. Georgetown batted first and scored 164 all out in 39 overs. Mavindra Dindyal struck 78 not out while Inderjeet Nanan made 17; extras contributed 43. Shafeek Khan claimed 4-17 and Chanderpaul Ramraj 3-34. East Coast Demerara were bowled out for 110 in 34 overs in reply. Ramraj 13, Rudranauth Kissoon and Joshua Chandrika with 11 each were

the only other batsmen to reach double figures while extras assisted with 39. Inderjeet Nanan grabbed 4-7 and Darius Andrews 2-32. West Demerara beat East Coast Demerara by six wickets at the same venue. East Coast Demerara took first strike and was sent packing for 82 with Chanderpaul Ramaraj scoring 26. Vishaul Persaud captured 2-9 and Aron Mohabir 2-13.

West Demerara replied with 83-4 including 47 extras. In the third round, West Demerara overcame East Bank Demerara by 47 runs. West Demerara scored 180 all out in 34.3 overs. Mark Mohabir made 38, Nicholas Rajpat 25 and Alex Ali 20; Kishan Singh snared 4-19 and Varun Mangal 2-17. East Bank Demerara responded with 133-6 in 35 overs. Rahul Singh stroked 53 and Ronaldo Phillips 26.

Mavindra Dindyal


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Shemaine Campbell’s female Cricketer of Year trophy is collected by Tremayne Smartt from GCB’s Administrator Savitri Persaud.

Shemron Hetymer’s Cricketer of the Year Award is collected by his Dad from CWI’s President Dave Cameron.

Hetymer (Male), Campbell (Female), Yadram (Junior) cops GCB Cricketers of year Awards

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Tagenarine Chanderpaul Collects the Senior Regional Cricketer of the Year from GCB President (ag) Fizul Bacchus on behalf of his father Shivnarine.

Junior Cricketer of the Year Eighteen year-old Bhaskar Yadram

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The cheerleaders that will be on show tonight.

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