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Thursday December 28, 2017

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Thursday December 28, 2017

Weak IT system hinders cross checking...






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From page 8 worrying weaknesses within the Authority. In the area of accurate reporting in declarations, GRA received a 'D' Grade which indicates the lowest level of performance in the eyes of the IMF tax team. The report notes that there is no automated crosschecking of internal and external information to detect and deter inaccurate reporting. There are no proactive initiatives to encourage accurate reporting. Significantly, the team found that GRA does not monitor the extent of inaccurate reporting in any of the core taxes.

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The team also provided reasons for giving the revenue authority a 'D' Grade for the aforementioned areas. The IMF team said that GRA's audit programme is decentralised and does not include a range of audit types and audit methodologies. “The annual audit programme covers all core taxes but is not clearly weighted towards large taxpayers. The audit manual, reportedly updated more than 20 years ago, is not made available to auditors and is not used to set or monitor performance standards. “Except for self employed cases, audit cases are not selected centrally or based on assessed risks. There has been no evaluation of the impact of audits on levels of taxpayer compliance.” The team also noted that there is no large scale auto-

mated cross checking of internal or external information to detect and deter inaccurate reporting. It said that information from GRA's Customs Department is “used on an ad hoc basis” to validate amounts reported for Personal Income Tax (PIT) and Corporate Income Tax (CIT). With regard to proactive initiatives to encourage accurate reporting, the team found that there is no system of public or private rulings nor are cooperative compliance arrangements in place to facilitate GRA's clarification of tax issues. It said that there is also no legal framework to support the issuance of binding rulings. As it relates to GRA's proclivity to monitor the extent of inaccurate reporting in core taxes, the team stated that there have been no compliance gap studies for Value Added Tax (VAT).


Thursday December 28, 2017

Kaieteur News

Skullduggery in the auto sales industry...

“New Demerara River Bridge is on” - Minister Patterson Predatory contracts, questionable

repossession under the spotlight The current Demerara River Bridge is almost 40 years old and has outlived its effectiveness.

There are growing complaints by consumers over the operations of auto sales. The complaints have been growing in recent years. A number of auto dealers are being accused of deliberately running schemes where consumers are being given the short end of the stick. Persons complain of leaving their vehicles and coming back only to find them missing. It was only after reports to the police that it was discovered that an auto dealer had repossessed the vehicles. One case in particular is threatening to burst open the protective shell of a business that has over the years been largely shrouded in secrecy. In late 2012, a woman approached a prominent auto dealer whose unsavory, aggressive practices have been raising eyebrows. The auto dealer agreed to sell her a Toyota RZ for $4.6M with just under $900,000 paid down as a deposit. The agreement did not speak of the conditions under which the vehicle could be repossessed. Rather, it said that the expenses of repossession had to be borne by the purchaser. The purchaser was also responsible for taking out Comprehensive Insurance coverage. The purchaser was asked to pay $100,000 monthly. However, nine months after that transaction, in September 2013, the minibus which was being driven by the woman’s relative was involved in a deadly collision in the city after a car jumped a major road. An occupant of the minibus was killed. The licence of the driver was suspended. A few months after that accident, in January 2014, the insurance company paid out

almost $900,000 to help repair the bus. The cheque was made out to the auto sales. However, the purchaser of the minibus never saw the money. In fact, a few weeks later, the auto sales moved in and repossessed the minibus. At the time of the accident, the purchaser had paid over $2M. The purchaser had been asking the auto sales, via a number of letters, to suspend the monthly payments until the minibus could be repaired and put back on the road to work. The auto sales have been making excuses asking the purchaser to come back, on numerous occasions. It has been more than three years now. According to officials, there are a number of concerns over the practice of forcing comprehensive insurance down on the throats of consumers. “One would have preferred a situation where the insurance for the damaged bus would have liquidated the entire amount owed to the auto insurance.” As it is, citizens are given little consumers’ protection with agreements that are vaguely worded in some instances. There have been reports that the auto sales would fix up the vehicles and resell them to others, without the issue of the dust not yet even settling with the previous purchaser. Several complaints against auto sales have been made to the authorities but with little known change to the situation. In fact, it is a common blame that the high number of accidents involving minibuses is to be blamed largely on the steep monthly repayment demanded by auto sales.

Diamond man charged with murder of Craig resident A 21-year-old man was yesterday charged and remanded to prison for the murder of a Cayenne, French Guiana man. Kevin Persaud appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Senior Magistrate Faith McGusty. It is alleged that on December 20 at Old Road, Graig, East Bank Demerara, he murdered Purcell Junior Moore, during the course of a robbery. The unrepresented accused, of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, was not required to plead to the indictable charge after it was read to him by the Magistrate. He was instructed to make his next court appearance on December 29 before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for assignment. According to reports, the victim, who lived in Cayenne, French Guiana with his wife

and two children, came to Guyana to witness the birth of his son. According to reports Moore was returning home from a shop when the accused, who was in the company of others armed with handguns, confronted him. An argument reportedly erupted between Moore and the suspects. This escalated into a scuffle, during which the accused 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. Kaieteur News understands that the slain man was once a prominent insurance agent.

Work on the new Demerara River Crossing is slated to commence in 2018. Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, assured Region Three at a recent forum that tenders for the bridge construction are already out and that the Ministry is currently shortlisting from 11 contractors. The Public Infrastructure Minister clarified why there were no provisions in the 2018 budget for the new river crossing. He said that the aim is to have at least three contractors who would provide proposals either to fund the bridge directly or to have a public/ private partnership with the government. “We would like to do prudent financing, when we would have finished assessing in the next quarter or two and the contractors have arrived at a certain amount, we will know the extent of financing we will need, if any, on the part of the government and we will be going to approach the assembly for supplementary, that will be by June this year,” he explained

The Houston-Versailles link has been dubbed the most economically viable option to construct the new Demerara River Bridge. Minister Patterson said the new bridge will see some land acquisition for the building of additional road networks. He stressed the importance of having a new bridge over the Demerara River noting the fact that the current bridge is too old requiring frequent maintenance, which results in almost daily traffic congestions. “The residents in Region Three know more than anyone else in this country why a new bridge is needed and not only a new bridge, you also know why new roads are needed…On a Saturday when school is out, there’s a traffic backup so it’s a need which the government has heard, and we’re putting things in place.” The feasibility study for the new bridge, which was funded by the government and executed by Lievense CSO Contracting, was completed earlier this year.

Three injured in Corentyne wedding house shooting Three men are currently nursing gunshot wounds about their bodies after being shot by armed men at Hampshire Village, Corentyne, Berbice. The injured have since been identified as Samuel Samaroo, 28, a driver/salesman attached to Banks DIH Ltd; Terry Ramsammy, a labourer of Hampshire Village and Nicholas Beharry also of Hampshire Village. Two of the gunmen were identified as Devindra Harricharran well known as ‘Bara’ and Tameshwar Khemraj alias ‘Rambo’. Both men were previously slapped with multiple robbery under arms and attempted murder charges. Kaieteur News understands that Harricharran and Khemraj in the company of two others turned up at a wedding house in Hampshire Village with a motive to cause a ruckus and shoot. “I was sitting with some of my friends in front my yard after I come home from work around 10:30 hrs and like around 11:30-12:00, two vehicle pull up (a 192 and a Premio) in both direction of the street and they switch off they lights. This guy ‘Rambo’ and ‘Bara’ and two other fella’s exit the vehicle and stand up in front the wedding had a argument between them and some other fellas there and dem two other boys dat get shoot was standing up nah far from me,” one of the injured explained. An eyewitness told this publication that at that point in time, ‘Bara’ walked up to Beharry and fired two shots in his direction. “Nicholas turn around fuh run, and I hear two gunshots fire and Nicholas run and fall inside a yard so when I check and see what going on. I see ‘Bara’ facing the other bai (Ramsammy) and discharge two more rounds. Another guy come out the car with a shotgun and the man discharge a next round.” Meanwhile, Samuel Samaroo, one of the injured men relayed that he saw ‘Bara’ standing with the gun in hand and at that moment decided to attempt to un-arm him when a scuffle ensued between the two resulting in him being shot in the right arm. “After he shoot me on my hand, he point the gun back at me and when he pull the trigger

The injured, Samuel Samaroo the gun empty but by that time dem de already start up they vehicle and they jump in and speed away,” Samaroo divulged. He also disclosed that the shooting is allegedly as a result of an old grievance between one of the gunmen and the brother of Nicholas Beharry. “They came for a next guy but they shoot the guy’s brother. Only last week, dem same men had an argument at another wedding house and that argument was from another incident that happen couple months back. Rambo went at a wedding house and dem (Nicholas brother) chop he up… is an ongoing thing”, a source said. According to Samaroo since the shooting, the suspects have since gone into hiding but they have been issuing threats. “Rambo and Bara passing message around that they gon come and finish off the job,” Samaroo said. Ramsammy reportedly was shot four times about his body and is currently at the New Amsterdam Public Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) preparing for surgery whilst Beharry is listed as stable with two gunshot wounds. Samaroo is recovering and out of the hospital with a gunshot to the right arm. Divisional Commander, Lindon Alves confirmed that police are on the hunt for the suspects identified in the shooting.


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Thursday December 28, 2017

Obama urges ‘leaders’ not to split society with online biases LONDON (Reuters) - Former U.S. president Barack Obama said the way people communicate via social media risked splintering society and leaders had to ensure the Internet did not cocoon users within their own biases. “All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space on the Internet,” Obama said in an interview conducted by Britain’s Prince Harry, broadcast on BBC radio yesterday. “One of the dangers of the Internet is that people can have entirely different realities, they can be just cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases.” Obama has previously warned that social media platforms can lead people to make snap judgements about complex decisions although he has refrained from criticising his successor Donald Trump who regularly uses Twitter. Obama said in the interview broadcast yesterday that social media should promote diverse views in a way that “doesn’t lead to a Balkanisation of our society” and moving online communities offline helped people to see that many issues were not as simple as they might seem in a chatroom. “It’s also by the way harder to be as obnoxious and cruel in person as people can be anonymously on the Internet,” he said. “Meet in the pub...Meet at a place of worship. Meet in a neighbourhood and get to know each other.” WEDDING DIPLOMACY? Obama spoke to Harry in an interview conducted by the prince as a guest editor for BBC radio’s daily morning news show and focussed on their shared interest in promoting causes. The interview took place in September. Harry was asked by the BBC whether he would invite the Obamas to his wedding next year with U.S. actress Meghan Markle. “I don’t know about that,” Harry said. “We haven’t put the invites or the guest list together. Who knows whether they are going to be invited or not. I wouldn’t want to ruin that surprise.”

Thursday December 28, 2017

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U.S. sanctions North Korean missile experts, Russia offers to mediate WA S H I N G T O N / MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States announced sanctions on two of North Korea’s most prominent officials behind its ballistic missile program on Tuesday, while Russia reiterated an offer to mediate to ease tension between Washington and Pyongyang. The new U.S. steps were the latest in a campaign aimed at forcing North Korea - which has defied years of multilateral and bilateral sanctions - to abandon a weapons program aimed at developing nuclear-tipped missiles capable of hitting the United States. “Treasury is targeting leaders of North Korea’s ballistic missile programs, as part of our maximum pressure campaign to isolate (North Korea) and achieve a fully denuclearized Korean Peninsula,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. The move followed new United Nations sanctions announced last Friday in response to North Korea’s Nov. 29 test of an ICBM that Pyongyang said put all of the U.S. mainland within range of its nuclear weapons. Those sanctions sought to further limit North Korea’s access to refined petroleum products and crude oil a n d i t s earnings from workers abroad. North Korea declared the U.N. steps to be an act of war and tantamount to a complete economic blockade. The standoff between the United States and North Korea has raised fears of a new conflict on the Korean peninsula, which has remained in a technical state of war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty. The United States has said that all options, including military ones, are on the table in dealing with North Korea. It says it prefers a diplomatic solution, but that North Korea has given no indication it is willing to discuss denuclearization. LEADING EXPERTS The U.S. Treasury named the targeted officials as Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol. It said Kim was reportedly a major figure in North Korea’s efforts to switch its missile program from liquid to solid fuel, while Ri was reported to be a key official in its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) development. The largely symbolic steps block any property or interests the two might have within U.S.

jurisdiction and prohibit any dealings by U.S. citizens with them. Wi t h t h e i r r u l i n g Workers Party, military and scientific credentials, the men are two of three top experts considered indispensable to North Korea’s rapidly developing weapons programs. Photographs and television footage show that the men are clearly among North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s favorites. Their behavior with him is sharply at variance with the obsequiousness of other senior aides, most of whom bow and hold their hands over their mouths when speaking to the young leader. Ri is one of the most prominent aides, and likely r e p r e s e n t s t h e Wo r k e r s Party on the missile program, experts say. Born in 1948, Ri was partly educated in Russia and promoted when Kim Jong Un started to rise through the ranks in the late 2000s. Ri has visited China once and Russia twice. He m e t C h i n a ’s d e f e n s e minister in 2008 as the air force commander and accompanied Kim Jong Il on a visit to a Russian fighter jet factory in 2011, according to state media. Kim Jong Sik is a prominent rocket scientist who rose after playing a role in North Korea’s first successful launch of a rocket in 2012. He started his career as a civilian aeronautics technician, but now wears the uniform of a military general at the Munitions Industry D e p a r t m ent, according to experts and the South Korean government. Many other details, including his age, are not known. KREMLIN OFFER On Tuesday, the Kremlin, which has long called for the United States and North Korea to negotiate, said it was ready to act as a mediator if the two sides were willing for it to play such a role. “Russia’s readiness to clear the way for deescalation is obvious,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Asked to comment on the offer, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, Justin Higgins, said the United States “has the ability to communicate with North Korea through a variety of diplomatic channels”, and added: “We want the North Korean regime to understand

that there is a different path that it can choose, however it is up to North Korea to change course and return to credible negotiations.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who made a similar offer on Monday, told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call on Tuesday that “Washington’s aggressive rhetoric” and beefing up of its military presence in the region had heightened tension and was unacceptable, his ministry said. Lavrov underscored the need for “the fastest move to the negotiating process from the language of sanctions”, it said. Another U.S. State Department spokesman, Michael Cavey, said Washington remained open to talks, but the onus was on North Korea “to take sincere and meaningful actions toward denuclearization and refrain from further provocations.” South Korea’s Unification Ministry forecast on Tuesday that North Korea would look to open negotiations with the United States next year while continuing to seek recognition as a de facto nuclear power. The United States has stressed the need for all countries, especially Russia, and China - North Korea’s main trading partner - to fully implement sanctions, including by cutting off oil supplies. According to Chinese customs data, China exported no oil products to North Korea in November, apparently going above and beyond U.N. sanctions imposed earlier in the year. China also imported no North Korean iron ore, coal or lead in November, the second full month of those trade sanctions, the data showed. China has not disclosed its crude exports to North Korea for several years, but industry sources say it still supplies about 520,000 tonnes, or 3.8 million barrels, a year to the country via an aging pipeline. North Korea also sources some of its oil from Russia. Trade between North Korea and China has slowed through the year, particularly after China banned coal purchases in February. Chinese exports of corn to North Korea in November also slumped, down 82 percent from a year earlier to 100 tonnes, the lowest since January. Exports of rice plunged 64 percent to 672 tonnes, the lowest since March.



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LATT meets on CJ issue tomorrow Trinidad Guardian - Khan queries identities of SCs for probe The Law Association’s Council will caucus tomorrow regarding a preliminary report on alleged matters involving Chief Justice Ivor Archie, who’s expected back from overseas this weekend. LATT members Tuesday confirmed the meeting was set to T&T Guardian, saying it the preliminary salvo in their quest to investigate the issue following weeks of allegations against the embattled CJ. The association recently appointed a five-member committee headed by LATT head Douglas Mendes SC to deal with the alleged matters. Other members are Elton Prescott SC, Lynette Seebaran-Suite, former acting High Court judge Rajiv Persad and Theresa Hadad. LATT has also recruited two senior counsels to examine the matter to see whether there is sufficient basis to refer a question of alleged misbehaviour by the Chief Justice to Government for consideration of impeachment proceedings, under Section 137 of the Constitution. Allegations surfacing against Archie in recent weeks include discussing judges’ security with a p e r s o n and seeking to expedite Housing Development Corporation (HDC) housing for persons. The CJ has admitted to seeking the interest of people in need of HDC housing but has denied discussing security for judges with anyone outside the Judiciary. The Law Association instituted the probe because of the negative overall effect the matter is having on the entire Judiciary. Mendes and other LATT council members met Archie on November 30 concerning the allegations, which were viewed as bringing the Judiciary into disrepute. At that meeting, Archie was informed of LATT’s move to probe the allegations and reportedly told the group he

LATT head Douglas Mendes SC

Chief Justice Ivor Archie would consider what was discussed. Archie later addressed the allegations in a press release, where he admitted he has “from time to time” recommended people for housing but denied discussing the issue security for judges. The CJ then left T&T on business. He’s scheduled to return this weekend, a spokesman indicated Tuesday. The LATT has said its investigatory team on the allegations would report to the council on or before tomorrow. If the association’s investigation is not completed by tomorrow since the CJ hasn’t been in T&T during the probe - its time-frame for completion will be extended, the T&T Guardian was told Tuesday. Following the team’s report and the senior counsels’ advice, association members will discuss the

report’s contents and decide on the way forward. Tuesday, however, Israel Khan SC wrote to Mendes and the committee set up to deal with the matter seeking clarification of whether the two SCs the association is using are from outside of T&T. Khan said, “LATT’s membership is yet to know the identities of the two senior counsel. While I adhere to the protection of Chief Justice Archie’s right not to be discriminated against by reason of race, origin, colour, religious or sex (which includes sexuality) and that he has the fundamental rights to join a political party of his choice and the freedom of association, I’m gravely concerned whether CJ Archie and the two silks are members of the Masonic Lodge. “It’s well known throughout the Western world that members of the Masonic Lodge have pledged their lives to protect one another and would breach all ethics and principles of law to assist each other in time of need. “While I uphold Chief Justice Archie’s fundamental right to freedom of assembly, I as a senior silk in our jurisdiction will have a fundamental objection, if he is a member of the Masonic Lodge, and the two silks retained by LATT are members also.” Khan called for answers to his concern “before the outside counsel hands in its legal opinion, which I understand is due on or before December 29.” The issue concerning Archie has been further fuelled by criticism from former chief justices Sat Sharma and Clinton Bernard. Former CJ Michael de La Bastide has declined comment. Government has also declined to become embroiled in the controversy, saying the administration is watching events unfolding, has no basis for intervention and noting Archie had responded to the allegations.

Brazil kicks out Venezuela’s top diplomat amid tensions BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Authorities in Brazil say they are stripping Venezuela’s top diplomat of his credentials and kicking him out in a dispute between the neighbouring South American countries. Brazil’s ministry of foreign affairs said Tuesday it considers Venezuelan chargé d’affaires Gerardo Antonio Delgado Maldonado a persona non grata. Venezuela is in a deepening political and economic crisis under the rule of socialist President Nicolas Maduro, drawing international criticism from several nations,

including Brazil and Canada. The president of Venezuela’s national constituent assembly accused diplomats from the two countries of meddling in Venezuelan affairs. Delcy Rodriguez took the first step Saturday toward ejecting diplomats from both countries, declaring them persona non grata. Canada already responded by barring Venezuela’s top diplomat, saying the Venezuelan government is undemocratic and is guilty of human rights abuses.

Thursday December 28, 2017


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Windies swept again after depressing collapse

West Indies superstar Chris Gayle … scored only four.

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, CMC – There was no end in sight to West Indies’ misery after they suffered a depressing 66-run defeat in the rain-ravaged third OneDay International here Boxing Day, to endure the pain of another clean sweep to New Zealand. Not even the return of the fit-again Chris Gayle could inspire the Caribbean side as they folded meekly for 99 for nine, chasing a target of 166 in a contest reduced to 23 overs per side at Hagley Oval. The Black Caps, opting to bat first, were 83 for three after

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GEMINI (May 21–June 20) Beneath your easy-going surface, you are solid like the rock of Gibraltar today. You can charm people with your lighthearted approach, but they quickly realize you are a force not to be trifled with now. CANCER (June 21–July 22) You’re a pleasure to be around today, unless someone pushes you too far. Your sensitivity to other people’s feelings endears you to them, increasing your popularity. However, your external sweetness hides your immovable inner core.

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PISCES (Feb. 19–Mar. 20) Your meticulous plans for the day are a departure from your recent excursions into the Land of Uncertainty. You love getting lost in your dreams, but must work on remembering when to wake up.

19 overs when persistent rain halted the match for nearly five hours. Left with only four overs to face on resumption following the revised playing conditions, the Black Caps got up to 131 for four with Ross Taylor unbeaten on 47 and captain Tom Latham getting 37. Left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell was the best bowler with two for 19. In reply, the Windies surrendered without so much as a whimper in pursuit of a revised target under Duckworth/Lewis. They were steamrolled by lethal left-arm seamer Trent Boult who claimed three for 18 and leftarm spinner Mitchell Santner, who picked up three for 15. Pacer Matt Henry finished with two for 18. He and Boult combined in a devastating new-ball spell to reduce the Windies innings to ruins at nine for five, and only captain Jason Holder with an attacking 34 from 21 balls managed to resist. Holder was the only one in the top six to reach double figures, with number nine Nikita Miller (20 not out) the only other player to reach 20. The defeat was the Windies’ seventh in their last eight ODIs and left them with a single win in their last 14 matches. More dishearteningly, the Caribbean side are still without a win on tour after being swept in the two-Test series and also failing to win any of the warm-ups. Hoping to salvage some pride after already having conceded the series, the visitors started strongly, reducing New Zealand to 26 for three in the sixth over. Cottrell got left-hander George Worker (2) to drag on a pull at a short ball in the third over and Gayle pouched a couple of chest-high catches at first slip to account for Neil Broom (2) and opener Colin Munro (21) off Cottrell and Holder respectively. However, Taylor combined with Latham in a 73-run, fourth wicket stand to rally the innings, on either side of the protracted rain break. The right-handed Taylor struck six fours in a 54-ball knock while Latham, a lefthander, faced 42 balls while hitting five boundaries. Unbeaten on 32 when the rains arrived, Taylor led the charge on resumption, as the Black Caps gathered 48 off the remaining 24 balls. West Indies were then quickly in strife, losing Gayle for four to the sixth ball the innings, caught by Munro running back at point after the

left-hander miscued a heave over the in-field. Shai Hope (2) pulled the fourth ball of the next over from Boult to Taylor at midwicket and his older brother, Kyle, departed to the first ball of the following over, lbw to Henry for one. Jason Mohammed missed a drive at a fill length delivery from Boult and was bowled for one in the fourth over and half of the Windies side were gone three balls later when the Man-of-the-Series strike bowler yorked opener Chadwick Walton without scoring. Holder arrived to make a fist of it, playing with abandon to strike three fours and a six as he put on 48 for the sixth wicket with Rovman Powell. But having spent 22 balls over 11 without hitting a

single boundary, Powell swung wildly at the next ball he faced from Santner, managing only to top-edge a catch to short third man, and end a promising partnership. Ashley Nurse (1) was bowled by a Todd Astle googly in the next over and once Holder holed out to cover off Santner six balls later in the 13th over, the Windies’ serious resistance was over. Scores: NEW ZEALAND 131 for four off 23 overs (Ross Taylor 47 not out, Tom Latham 37, Colin Munro 21; Sheldon Cottrell 2-19). WEST INDIES 99 for nine off 23 overs (Jason Holder 34, Nikita Miller 20 not out; Mitchell Santner 315, Trent Boult 3-28, Matt Henry 2-18).


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Thursday December 28, 2017

Road to Mecca IV

Bounty COLTS retain Championship! - Shane Webster Tournament MVP

Colts’ Stanton Rose (12 points) goes to the ring during the final on Christmas Eve.

MVP Dominique Rikhi headlines... From page 33 plays on Saturday and is currently recruiting new members. Founding member and Captain Dilly Khilawan took home the Most Valuable Player award for the season. Youth player Moien Khan took home the best bowler award, while Naresh Rambhrose was named best batsman. Special acknowledgement awards were presented to The Club’s 2017 sponsors, B&R Sheet Metal Corp and Rockaway Group of Companies. The league team manager Toons Kristona and Social Team manager Ricardo Sarjoo were also acknowledged for their dedicated work with the respective teams. EACA President and RHLCC member Rudy Persaud was also honored at the event which he played a vital role in making happen. The event marked the end of the team’s 2017 season. The 2018 season will bowl off in February of 2018 when #TheBlueNation heads south for the winter to Sarasota, Florida where they will be hosted by the internationally renowned Sarasota International Cricket Club for a couple of matches before returning to New York to begin preparation for the summer schedule. On behalf of the Executive Committee, management team and players of RHLCC we would like to wish the entire cricketing community especially our friends in New York cricket circuit Happy Holidays and a blessed new year in 2018, a release from the club informed. RHLCC would like to thank Jemtex, located on 106th Street and 101 Avenue in Queens, New York for preparing the wonderful trophies and awards for the 2017 event. The 2017 Richmond Hill Liberty Cricket Club is supported by B & R Sheet Metal Corporation, Cricket Helmet Covers, EBS Tax Solution and Mobile Tax! The club has open membership to all who are interested. Reach out to us via our social media sites by

searching ‘Richmond Hill Liberty Cricket Club’ or @LibertySportsC and The full list of 2017 RHLCC player awardees are: 2017 Game Changers N. Rambharos - 42 Runs on May 7th T. Carmichael - 4 for 21 on June 4th J. Jackman - 3 for 22 on July 9th T. Henry - 50 Runs on July 16th M. Khan - 26 Runs on July 16th I. Khan - 4 for 23 on July 23rd A. Habibulla - 22* Runs on Aug 6th L. Mohabir - 3 4-Wicket Hauls T. Carmichael - 78 Runs & 3 wkts on Aug 27th I. Khan - 50* Runs on Sept 10th N. Basdeo - 2 for 20 on Sept 17th T. Henry - 58* on Sept 24th A. Habibulla - 4 for 27 on Sept 24th W. Ward - 2 T20 Fifties D. Rikhi - 3 Consecutive T20 50’s W. Ward - Century on May 21st D. Rikhi - Century on June 4th T. Carmichael - 5 Wickets July 16th W. Ward - 5 Wickets on July 23rd RHLCC 2017 Social Cricket Youth Player of the Year - J. Ali Best Bowler - M. Khan Best Batsman - N. Rambharos Season MVP - D. Khilawan RHLCC 2017 40 Overs Best Fielder - A. Habibulla (8 Dismissals) Best Batsman - W. Ward (349 Auns, 49 Ave) Best Bowler - T. Carmichael (22 Wkts, 10 Ave) RHLCC 2017 20 Overs Best Fielder - B. Boodhoo (6 Dismissals) Best Batsman - D. Rikhi (283 Runs, 71 Ave) Best Bowler - A. Habibulla (11 Wkts, 13 Ave) RHLCC 2017 Season Most Promising Batsman - J. Boodhoo Most Promising Bowler - M. Khan Most Improved Player - J. Jackman Best New Player - I..Khan 2017 Most Valuable Player - D. Rikhi

The final of the National Club Basketball Championships (Road to Mecca IV) capped off in fantastic fashion on Christmas Eve night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) where Bounty Colts edged Victory Valley Royals by two points (85-83) to retain the prestigious local title. Colts’ Skipper Shelroy Thomas was hungry for the win and led his team with a game high 28 points and five steals after Royals shot to a 14 point lead in the first quarter (17-3). Colts rallied back and reduced the deficit to 3 points (24-21) at the end of the first quarter. Subsequently, the score seesaw back and forth with marginal leads for both teams for the remaining three quarters. Tournament MVP, Shane Webster of Colts, picked up three fouls during the first quarter and was brought on until the final quarter, while his teammate, Jonathan Mangra, first featured in the final quarter as the champions tried fresh legs to blow out the opposition. But, that tactic didn’t work against Royals that were led by Harrold Adams that scored 25 points, and the team found energy from nowhere to keep battling neck and neck with Colts. During the final minute of the game with Royals being twopoints down, they were fouled by Colts, that seven

fouls into the bonus but unfortunately a lapse of concentration by the officials awarded Royals a throw-in instead of two free-throws. Bounty Colts who won the first, second and under23 2017 titles with their association GABA (Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association) completed a quartet of title wins for 2017 with their triumph in Mecca IV and the $600,000 first prize. Victory Valley Royals of Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) received $400,000 for their

second place finish. In the third place playoff, Travis Burnett fetched Kobras (GABA) to the third place title and $200,000 cash prize. In the 76-75 extra-time victory over Dyna’s Ravens (GABA), Burnett netted a heroic 34 points. The MVP, Shane Webster of Bounty Colts scored to a total of 95 points, 58 rebounds, 8 steals and 4 assists. He received $100,000. Guyana Basketball Official Council (GBOC) received $100,000 to help with officials’ development.

Bounty Colts skipper and top scorer in the final, Shelroy Thomas on the go against Royals Champions of the Road of Mecca IV, Bounty Colts.

Former national player and administrator... From page 34 Compton Callender. Back in those days, to make the senior national team one had to be playing a first division team; Callender then made his way into the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) team in 1965 through the instrumentality of Attorneyat-Law, Stanley Moore who was the Northern Rangers FC President at the time. His choice was actually St. Barnabas FC but Moore persuaded Callender to make GFC the preferred club. That same year Barbados visited Guyana to engage the host in a five-test series with Callender as a reserve player for the first test. The Bajans engaged GFC in a warm-up match and Callender was outstanding, marking out Bajan Captain Victor Clarke and their leading forward, Harcourt Hinds. Callender’s performance in this game earned him a call up for the second test when

he replaced the great ‘Father’ Niles. It was the breakthrough that the developing solid defender needed and never looked back thereafter. From 1965 to 1972, Winston Alwyn Callender donned national colours on 27 occasions during which time he had the privilege of being Vice Captain. He also had the opportunity of being the Captains of GFC for some time during his playing career winning a number of trophies. A knee injury in 1971 ended his national career but Callender continued playing for GFC up until 1983 when he commenced a new career, studying at the University of Guyana. Towards the end of his playing days, Callender also enjoyed a short coaching stint with Bedford Methodist in 1969 and some of the players he worked with then were Vibert ‘Durdy’ Butts, Clive Perry and Dennis

‘Chow’ Hunte. Prior to serving as Senior Vice President of the Guyana Football Association (now Guyana Football Federation) from 1998, Callender was elected President of the then Georgetown Football League (now Georgetown Football Association). He was also Chairman of the GFF Disciplinary Committee and called it quits as a national administrator in 2009 to focus more on his family. Kaieteur Sports takes this opportunity to extend sincere condolences to the wife and family of the late Winston ‘Cally’ Callender. Meanwhile, a Service will be held today in New York from 11:00hrs at the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, 9105 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaw a y B e a c h . T h e r e m a i n s o f Wi n s t o n Callender will be buried in Guyana in January 2018, more details to follow in a subsequent story.

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Sons of Champions Boxing Day Fight Card

Allicock cops Best Boxer award Wins for Amsterdam, Kessney & Headley

John Mars misses a thunderous left to the head of Aubrey Headley in a battle of the big boys. (Sean Devers photo) By Sean Devers In the Golden era of Boxing in Guyana there was Professional Boxing every Boxing Day at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall where the many Boxing stalwarts; the likes of Lennox Blackmore, the Forde siblings (Patrick & Reggie), Lennox Beckles and Kenny Bristol engaged in epic battles of fistic fury. This year the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) in collaboration with Briso Promotions joined forces to resurrect the long awaited Boxing Day Fights with the staging of the ‘Sons of Champions’ fight Card at the National Gymnasium. And although this was an Amateur Card unlike in the days gone by, the Event was well supported as a large turnout of vocal Boxing fans who braved the rain and tolerated a close to two-hour late start. When the dust had settled in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the fans left the venue in a festive mood after witnessing 11 entertaining fights including the female bout involving siblings Abiola and Alicia Jackman. With Dancehall rhythms blasting from the Sound System and the fans, especially the Allicock clan, gyrating to the pulsating music, the first Boxing Day fight-night in a very long time lived up to all the hype with Keevin Allicock being named ‘Best Boxer’ after defeating Clairmont ‘Vibesman’ Gibson

in an entertaining final bout as the GBA brought the curtains down on what has been a successful year for Amateur Boxing in Guyana with their final tournament for 2017. The Feature bout between Allicock and Gibson began at 00: 21hrs and both pugilists went toe-to-toe with both parties throwing plenty of shots. Allicock slipped and had to change his glove which had been ripped during the fall and when the contest resumed the fighters continued to trade punches and the opening stanza ended even. Allicock came out firing at the start of round two but Gibson was not relenting and kept coming forward before Gibson slipped. Allicock kept Gibson at bay with several lightning fast combinations as the intensity increased as Gibson got in a few good shots of his own but Allicock won the second round. The 18-year-old Allicock, fighting out of the Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) had beaten Gibson to take the National Bantamweight Title in the Terrence Ali National Open Championships and Gibson wanted to avenge that loss. A well-executed left jab slipped past Allicock’s defence but urged on by a noisy Albouystown contingent, Allicock counterpunched and hurt Gibson with an upper-cut to the body resulting in him being administered a standing eight count.

Allicock, one of three Guyanese to win Caribbean Championship Gold in St Lucia last month after winning Silver at the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas, fired some wicked left, right combinations to stagger Gibson, who celebrated his birthday last Friday. Gibson was given another eight-count and although he fought back gamely Allicock won by a unanimous verdict. Earlier, Desmond Amsterdam gained a TKO decision in 2:34 seconds of the second round in their Light Heavyweight bout. Bess was given an eight count in the first round after being hit by a couple of body digs by Amsterdam. But Bess came out for the second round with a bit more aggression and connected with a crisp left jab to Amsterdam’s head. Amsterdam countered with a clinical straight right which rocked Bess’ head back and after being hurt by a flurry of body shots, the Referee called a halt to the fight. In an action packed Bantamweight fight between Julius Kessney and Junior Hyman, the latter was backed up against the ropes from a flurry of hard shots and was given two standing eight counts in the first round. Kessney found himself under attack from Hayman at the start of the second round but Kessney fought back with upper-cuts to the body and combinations to the head and the contest was

Keevin Allicock collects his best Boxer award from Seon Bristol. (Sean Devers) stopped in 2:30 seconds of the second round. In the Heavyweight division, John Mars went after Aubrey Headley with several telegraphed mighty left hooks but luckily for Headley they missed the target as Headley employed jabs to the head and went to the body of his bigger opponent. Despite the likelihood of a knock-out once Mars’ thunderous swings connected, the fight went the distance with Headley

avenging his loss to Mars in the National Open Championships. The lone female fight was an exhibition bout between siblings, 15-year-old Abiola and 13-year-old Alicia Jackman. In the youth division, Isaiah Moore, the son of Leon ‘hurry up’ Moore, beat Omar Pollard on a unanimous decision, Justin Winfield won by TKO in 2:54 seconds in the second round over Michel Worrell and Deshon Elcock got a split decision

over Christopher Moore. In the Schoolboys category, Shanquancy Wright beat Deron Williams and Travis Inverary defeated Richard Howard. The turn-out included GBBC Head Peter Abdool, Wayne Harris, one of 19 Guyanese Males to fight for a World title and former Commonwealth light middleweight Champion 65year-old Kenny Bristol and Seon Bristol presented Allicock with his ‘Best Boxer’ trophy.


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GCB Jaguars 50-over League

Play-off suspended due to rain The Play-off of the 2017 Guyana Cricket Board Jaguars 50overs League, which was scheduled to be played today at the Albion Community Centre ground between Lower Corentyne and Georgetown has been suspended until further notice due to the current inclement weather. The preliminary rounds of tournament was conducted over two periods, with the first period consisting of four rounds of matches which were played from 21 to 27 November, while the second round of matches were slated from 19-23 of December, and was somewhat affected the rain.

The seven preliminary rounds saw three-day League Champions, Essequibo emerging as the leaders on the points table and thereby securing an automatic berth in the final, while defending champions of the One day League, Lower Corentyne placed second. As a consequence, Lower Corentyne are scheduled to play Georgetown who finished third by virtue of a better Net Run Rate than West Demerara, after both teams ended the preliminary rounds on an equal number of points. The Points Table at the end of the seventh and final preliminary is as follows:

Kendall’s Union Sports Club spreads Christmas Cheer

Thursday December 28, 2017

Upper Corentyne Cricket Association/ Baijnauth Sawmills 20/20 Cup

All teams invited to drawing set for today The Competitions Committee of the Upper Corentyne Cricket Association (UCCA) has announced that the drawing for the Baijnauth Sawmills 20/ 20 competition will be done today, on Thursday 28th December, 2017 at the # 73 Cricket Club Ground at 16:00 hrs (4 pm). The Captain, Team Manager and Secretary of each Club are asked to attend this drawing which will decide the preliminary round fixtures of the competition. Clubs are asked to bring along a list of 15 players who will represent their respective clubs in the competition. A representative from the Guyana Umpires Council will be in attendance to explain the rules of the competition to all captains and managers. The UCCA has advised that it is compulsory for Clubs that fall within the boundaries of the Association’s control to attend this drawing, since those who do not attend will be at a definite disadvantage. Secretary of the UCCA, Mr. Vadanand Persaud is urging Clubs to select their best 15 players, since the rules of the competition will not allow Clubs to introduce players into the competition who are

not on their list. He is encouraging Clubs to see the need to include upcoming, vibrant under-19 players into their squads, since these players he said, are the future of cricket in the area. Mr. Hamant Jagdeo, President of the UCCA is optimistic that this competition will be one of a kind in the area, and said that players have much to gain from their participation in these games. He wishes to advise the Clubs that their participation is essential for the Association to achieve its full potential, and for all to benefit in the game of cricket. He is appealing to members of the business community to support the Association, and its programmes, and to lend support in any way they can. He lamented at the state of cricket in the area and reassured the Clubs that he and his executives will work arduously to ensure the glory days of cricket are returned to the area. An under-17 Competition will soon commence to select players for trials to the Berbice Under-17 inter county team, Clubs will be notified shortly of the details of the competition.

South Africa beat Zimbabwe by an innings and 120 runs

The children assembled for the Kendall’s Union SC party before the festivities. The Kendall’s Union Sports Club continues to expand its wings as it undertakes a number of ventures that benefits members and others in the community. The Club recently held its first Christmas Party for children within the area at the Club headquarters at Don Robin – No 19 Village, East Coast Berbice. During the interaction the kids were treated to a mini concert, meals, drinks participated in games, while Santa Claus

was on hand to give a toy to every kid present. The Club would like to thank everyone who contributed in making the event possible. President of the club Albert Budhoo in brief remarks reminded the kids and all others present of the reason for the season. He assured the kids that the club will make this event an annual one. He wished everyone present a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year. (Samuel Whyte)

Pollard, Beaton out of Windies T20s NELSON, New Zealand, CMC – Seasoned campaigner Kieron Pollard has pulled out of the West Indies Twenty20 squad for the three-match series beginning here tomorrow. A Cricket West Indies release on Tuesday said only that Pollard was “unavailable due to personal reasons.” The Trinidadian is one of the most sought-after allrounders in the popular format, scoring 7816 runs and taking 242 wickets from 399 T20s. For West Indies, he has played 56 matches scoring 768 runs but has not passed 30 in four years and is without a half-century in five years. Pollard will be replaced by exciting 20-year-old stroke-maker Shimron Hetmyer who is yet to make this T20 International debut and only last week made his one-day debut. Pollard is one of two changes to the Windies squad with

speedster Ronsford Beaton forced out with a side strain and replaced by left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell. Beaton also made his one-day debut against New Zealand recently, playing two matches but was reported to the ICC for a suspected illegal action. The side led by all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite face New Zealand in the opening match at Saxton Oval here. Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui will host the last two games on New Year’s Day and January 3. SQUAD – Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Sheldon Cotterell, Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.

PORT ELIZABETH (Reuters) - Zimbabwe were bowled out twice yesterday as South Africa swept to an easy victory by an innings and 120 runs as the inaugural four-day test finished inside two days at St George’s Park. Zimbabwe were dismissed for 68 runs in their first innings and then 121 in their follow-on in reply to South Africa’s 3099 declared. The one-off test ended inside five sessions as the gulf in ability between the two neighbours was cruelly exposed. Morne Morkel was the destroyer-in-chief in Zimbabwe’s first innings with figures of 5-21, as nightwatchman Kyle Jarvis top scored with 23 off 50 balls. Debutant Ryan Burl, who added 16, was the only other Zimbabwean batsman to get to double figures. Zimbabwe, who are bottom of the 10-team test rankings, started the second day reeling on 30-4 after being put into bat for the last hour of the first day of the first day-night test played in South Africa and struggled with the pink ball in unfamiliar conditions. They did show some resistance at the start of their second innings but once their first wicket fell on 51, when Chamu Chibhabha was caught behind, there followed a steady procession of batsmen to the crease as Keshav Maharaj took 5-59 and Andile Phehlukwayo returned figures of 3-13. All Zimbabwe’s second innings wickets fell in a single session between the tea and dinner break. Craig Ervine was their top second innings scorer with 23 runs. South Africa won the toss and batted first on Tuesday with Aiden Markram scoring 125 and AB de Villiers 53 on his return to the test arena after a hiatus of almost two years. The four-day test is the first since the International Cricket Council tweaked regulations to give some of the weaker nations a more sporting chance, in the wake of Afghanistan and Ireland being granted test status. Scores: South Africa 309 for 9 dec (Markram 125, de Villiers 53, Jarvis 3-57, Mpofu 3-58) beat Zimbabwe 68 (Jarvis 23, Morkel 5-21, Rabada 2-12, Phehlukwayo 2-12) and 121 (Ervine 23, Maharaj 5-59, Phehlukwayo 3-13) by an innings and 120 runs.

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