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Please don’t scrap the Demerara Harbour Bridge DEAR EDITOR, After the new bridge across the Demerara River is completed, I think there are plans to scrap the existing one because of the cost of maintenance. I believe that this should not be done, because there will still be the problem of traffic congestion on the new three-lane proposed bridge, even though there are plans for diverting the traffic at various points at Peter’s Hall. We have to have a broader vision. In many countries a river that passes through a main city has many bridges at various crossing points some being even one way. I believe it would make sense to keep the Demerara Harbour Bridge, because it

can help divert some traffic that would cross the upper East Bank and West Bank roads. For persons travelling down, going East, and their destination is from La Grange to Wales, they shouldn’t have to drive all the way to Peter’s Hall. When the new bridge is finished, maybe we can even close the existing one to heavy vehicular traffic and just allow light vehicles. I would suggest that we eventually upgrade the bridge to one like what Berbice presently has. We need to apply this broader vision and not scrap the bridge. A country that is in these stages of development needs to add infrastructure, not

lessen what we have. And besides, money shouldn’t be an issue. Guyana is on the brink of financial prosperity and as a young person I am very excited and optimistic about the future of the country. To all the persons in government reading this, please don’t scrap the Demerara Harbour Bridge. If we do that, it will be one of our greatest regrets. Let’s build, not tear down . I can hardly wait to welcome the one that will be built across the Essequibo River at the Kurupukari crossing where I teach. Yours faithfully, Quado Vancooten, H e a d t e a c h e r, Kurupukari Primary School, Region 8.

Are we really serious about abuse of women? DEAR EDITOR, Are we really serious about abuse of women? After attending the Junior Calypso Competition in Berbice it left me wondering in disgust as to why the Ministry of Culture and parents of the newly crowned Junior Calypso Monarch would support such vulgarity in his lyrics under the guise of double meaning - “ah put meh dog in she cat” and “she put she salt fish in meh mouth”. It was downright disrespectful and demeaning to our women folk, including his Mother. I watched in disbelief as women cheered and laughed. Heaven help us as a nation. How can this young man’s parents allow him to be used in this ridiculous way to tarnish his image for a few

miserable dollars? Where is the respect for our women folk? Where are we taking our youths? Who is responsible for that smut? This song must be condemned and removed from society. Surely we can do so much better for our youths. The line must be drawn somewhere when it comes to our young people, especially in our national competitions, what we do and feed to them. Our Float Parade is already laced with too much vulgarity. In my sense of reasoning I ask myself the question: Is this the road we are going to support our young men to take, to disrespect not only his mother as a woman, but all women, with those filthy lyrics? Never in the history of

Junior Calypso Competitions held in the Caribbean would you hear such filth coming out of the mouths of their youngsters. The song should not have been accepted in the first place. Is this the trash he is going to represent his country with at the Caribbean Junior Calypso competition? Is this how we intend to promote and showcase Guyana? If we do not stop this now, then this will be the trend for future competitions. Shame on the Convener, the Coordinator and especially the Ministry of Culture. I call on all women’s groups to condemn this bilge called lyrics and have it thrown in the garbage where it truly belongs. Disgusted!!!! Molly George-Simpson

GuyOil woes DEAR EDITOR, The inability of the Guyana Oil Company Limited (GuyOil) to effectively attract and retain a competent Chief Executive Officer is astounding. Within the short space of eighteen months, I have seen at least three vacancy advertisements in the newspapers for the post of CEO for the state-owned entity. I write this letter with grave concern, because while the entire country is

focused on the Oil and Gas industry, persons in government fail to realize that GuyOil may be able to play some role in this industry as it is already a downstream player.The inability of the company to attract and retain a CEO that can navigate the entity into the future of oil and gas is worrisome, but also indicative of larger issues of strategic direction in the country and from the government. It is with great flourish that GPL recently announced

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its recruitment of CEO Albert Gordon from Jamaica. Mr. Gordon boasts industry specific knowledge which I do expect will transform the energy sector in Guyana. Do I dare challenge GuyOil to aim for the same or at least similar? Sincerely, K. Rampersaud

Undermining the spirit and intent of the Guyana Constitution DEAR EDITOR, On the issue of the Integrity Commission, the Leader of the Opposition by way of his own statement undermines the spirit and intent of the Guyana Constitution. The statement in reference reported him saying that these appointments did not require his agreement, just consultation, [and] the President could have moved ahead (“Jagdeo offers no objection to Integrity Commission nominees” SN, February 9, 2018). Consultation does not mean the President calling the Leader of the Opposition and informing of the intent to appoint the named persons, it means such engagement will include opinions from the latter, after which the decision will be finalised and implemented. To say that the President could have gone ahead and made the appointment in the absence of the Leader of the Opposition’s opinion or

knowledge is to undermine the same principle the office holder is asking to be respected and upheld in other areas of decisionmaking. By awaiting the Leader of the Opposition’s response to the proposed names for the Integrity Commission, the President was acting consistent with the spirit and intent of what “consultation” constitutes and as expected by the Constitution. What is troubling in this society is not only an absence of knowledge and understanding of the Guyana Constitution, the spirit and intent under which it was framed, but most importantly the absence of how each article is structured grammatically and the meaning of important enshrined concepts like “consultation”, “agreement,” “involvement” and “decisionmaking.” This fundamental deficiency continues to be a bugbear in governance and

the relationship fostered among the people with those whom they elect to manage their business and represent their interest. The Constitution nor its office holders was ever intended to preside over the masses or their business by dictat, but through engagement in basic human decency in the management of the affairs of state, protecting and advancing their welfare. Our politicians have to go back to the drawing board to address the existing deficiencies in understanding how articles, conventions, charters and declarations are crafted, and the spirit and intent behind their conceptualisations. Most constitutions are guided by the principles that exist in universal declarations, international conventions and charters. Political machinations must not be placed above respecting these sacred tenets. Lincoln Lewis

Inconsiderate behaviour and unprofessionalism at CPCE DEAR EDITOR, With anger and hurt I compose this letter, after being mistreated once again by the lecturers at the Cyril Potter College of Education. After completing your two years of training at the institution, if you do not complete all of the courses or happen to have to re-sit that course, you are expected to complete these courses at the In-Service Centre in your region, or at the Georgetown In-Service Centre at Turkeyen - whatever your preference may be while teaching at a school and having your teaching status being a Temporary Qualified Mistress/Master (TQM). With no regrets, whatsoever, I feel obligated to expose the lecturers at the Turkeyen Branch for their inconsiderate and reckless behaviour. I would have submitted my letter seeking permission to re-sit a course for the present semester aforehand - on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, to be exact,

to the Student Development Centre. I was told to return on Friday, January 5, to retrieve that letter. I did such, only to be told that the letter was not completed yet. The next week, on Wednesday, January 10, I returned once again to the Centre, to be told the same thing yet again. I decided to wait for two weeks for the letter to be processed. A colleague of mine offered to collect my letter, since she was going to submit hers at the same time. She was told that the closing date for submission of letters had passed, and her justification was “pitiful” and “childish”. My colleague has not received her monthly salary since she started working in September 2017. One of the lecturers, who is known for discouraging students of the college and also encouraging them to leave the institution after they would’ve been sick or took a few days after going into labour, simply stated that

financial difficulties is “no excuse” and that she “should’ve made it her responsibility” to submit the letter before. My colleague would’ve then proceeded to collect my letter from the lecturer that is responsible for writing the letters granting permission to re-sit the course, only to be told that no letter was submitted, and that I would not be able to write the course, seeing that the submission date had passed. It is unfair to know that I have to wait an entire year to re-sit that course because the lecturers at the Cyril Potter College of Education would have misplaced my letter, and are simply inconsiderate about the fact that I would’vesubmitted my letter aforehand. There are many other issues I wish to address, but for the time being, this one is my biggest concern, and I refuse to let this finish here. Sincerely, A very vexed TQM


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Guyana Gaming Authority... From page 4 A.Gaming Authority Board – Form 1 - Application for Casino Premises Licence; B.Gaming Authority Board – Form 2 - Application for Casino Operator’s Licence; C. Audited Financial Statements - 2016; D. Audited Financial Statements: January 2017 – March 2017; E. Bank of Baroda (Guyana) Inc., Deposit Slip dated March 28, 2017 for GY$25,000,000, into the Bank Account of Sleep-In International Hotel & Casino Inc., Current Account # 775 – Amount confirmed by External Auditor; F. Investment Loans totaling G$979,750,000, with source documents; G. S t a t u t o r y Declaration by Mr. Clifton Elroy Bacchus, Company Secretary of Sleep-in International Hotel & Casino Inc.; H. Transport No. 229/ 2016 for property in the name of Sleep-In International Hotel & Casino Inc., with property located at Lot 288 Church Street, Queenstown, Georgetown, Guyana; I. Transport No. 3078 of 2012 in the name of Mr. Clifton Bacchus for Lot 289A Church Street, Queenstown, Georgetown, Guyana; J. Articles of Incorporation of Sleep-In International Hotel & Casino Inc. K.Certificate of Incorporation of Sleep-In International Hotel & Casino Inc., dated January 22, 2015; L. Letter dated February 4, 2015, from Mr. Keith Burrowes, then Chief Executive Officer of Guyana Office for Investment and Mr. Mohabir Anil Nandlall, then Attorney General, with the attached Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Guyana and SleepIn International Hotel & Casino Inc. M. Police Clearance for: a. Zena Charlene Paul b. Clifton Elroy Bacchus

c. Jennifer Fiona PaulBacchus N. Financial Ratios and Analysis of Sleep-in International Hotel & Casino Inc. based on January to March 2017 Audited Financial Statements, attesting to the Financial Soundness and Capability of the Applicant, Sleep-In International Hotel & Casino Inc.; O. Cheque for G$9,000,000 in favour of the Gaming Authority Board, drawn on Bank of Baroda (Guyana) Inc., and issued by Sleep-In International Hotel & Casino Inc. Subsequently, Individual Tax returns of the Directors and supporting documentation for source of funds were provided to the Gaming Authority, upon their request. The tide has now receded and to paraphrase Warren Buffet, we can see the nakedness of the Gaming Authority Board members and their handlers. I apologize to the readers for illustrating these likely unfit and improper images, without warning. Maybe we should have asked for multiple years of individual tax returns of Darren Woods, CEO & Chairman of ExxonMobil and the other ExxonMobil Directors. Can’t have that, these are foreigners from an

extremely “reputable” company. The dissimulation of the Gaming Authority is evidenced in a most visual manner by the repossession of some of the gaming machines from Sleep-Inby one of the investors. What a tragedy for local business entrepreneurs. Now what are the options for the self-described independent and objective Gaming Authority?After having received a comprehensive application that complied with the requirements of the Gambling Prevention Act and the other statutes the Gaming Authority claims relevancy under: Options: 1) Issue the licences; 2) Adhere to the preceding option. However, we are not dealing with an independent or objective Gaming Authority, and thus, there is only one directive they will execute: Do not issue the licence to an entity that is perceived to be controlled by the PPP. As Walter Rodney noted in his book – ‘The Grounding with my Brothers’ “Why not struggle for multi-racial and harmonious living, which nobody on a theoretical level would oppose. This is what we are struggling for.” Nigel Hinds

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Another politicised... From page 4 these killings. Based on the outpourings of their propagandists, the main objective is a political one: to implicate the PPP Government in criminality during this period. I surmise that this is being done to accumulate political ammunition for the local government elections later this year and the 2020 general elections. I am fortified in this view by the modus operandi of the Government in moving forward on this issue. The average Guyanese, I am sure, expected a little more information about this impending CoI. Having regard to the volume of work which ought to have been anticipated and the political sensitivities surrounding this matter, one would have expected a responsible and serious Government to engage in some modicum of consultation, if not with civil society, at least with the political Opposition. Such an approach would have silenced critics such as myself.I draw parallel with the two CoIs which were done in the 2011-2015 Government of which I was a part. Those are, the CoI into the shootings at Linden, 2012, and the Walter Rodney CoI. In both, the Terms of

Reference (ToRs) as well as the Commissioners who sat on those inquiries, received the consultative input of the then Opposition. In relation to the Linden CoI, there were five Commissioners, two from Guyana, two from Jamaica and one from Trinidad. In fact, Commissioner Dana Seetahal from Trinidad was nominated by the Opposition. All three Commissioners on the Walter Rodney CoI were from the Caribbean. These Commissions took months to be established with their ToRs published long before their establishment. Compare the above with what is happening now. Within a mere few days after Minister Harmon’s disclosure, the nation was confronted with a swearingin of former Justice Donald Trotman to head a one-man CoI, only into the Lindo Creek killings.Personally, I have no reason to doubt Justice Trotman’s credibility, nor competence. However, a one-man Commission is simply unacceptable. That his son is the Leader of the second largest Party in the Government, compounds the problem. However, most fundamentally, the nation was told of a singular inquiry into killings, which occurred

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today DEAR EDITOR, I refer to an article in the Kaieteur News captioned, “Regionalism and National Development” dated Sunday, January 28, 2018, content of HE President David Granger’s remarks at the “Second Meeting of the National Regional Development Consultative Committee on January 19, 2018. Without fear of contradiction, I would like to state categorically that more than ever, I am confident that the future of this beautiful country is clear and very promising. The presentation by HE was splendid and timely, especially considering the fact that Guyana has just discovered its largest oil deposit and could soon be ranked among some of the world’s leading oil producing countries.

I personally read the article about two times and examined its content diligently, because it speaks of how committed and dedicated this government is, in ensuring that the people have a voice in the decisionmaking process on matters that will affect their lives. Also, I was particularly impressed by the way the Head-of-State spoke on the history of regionalism in the context of Guyana, through the passage of time and its importance, then and now. In addendum, I share similar sentiments that for over two decades local government elections were absent from these shores, which consequently stymied the progress of local democracy. It is clear to me and should be clear to anyone who looked at what

transpired during those periods that decentralization of authority and powers to the local organs were never on the agenda. Yet today, in spite of all the effort on the part of this coalition-government to maintain the separation of power and to return local democracy, we hear of all sorts of distracting and opposing opinions about this current government, a government that is of the people, by the people and for the people. Those (who hold opposing views) cynics remind me of what former US President, Barack Obama said, “…when in the opposition, they advocate democracy.... but when in government, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others....”

I would suggest that we ignore the critics and continue in our effort to fight for social cohesion. We have to find common grounds for unity to take root. This is the time for us to put aside petty grievances and work together to build our regions and our country. I really think we have an opportunity here, to make Guyana better again. As President Granger said in his remarks “Each region, eventually, should have its own aerodromes chamber of commerce…be capable of creating employment opportunities for its young people by attracting investors, encouraging commerce….a rich country cannot be built on poor regions.’ We have a lot of work to do and no time to waste behind pettiness. “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Michael Hercules

between 2002 and 2009. How this massive proposed undertaking was miniaturized to a one-man inquiry into a singular incident, which occurred in 2008, virtually at the end of the proposed timeframe, remains most mindboggling. The President’s explanation that the inquiry into Lindo Creek deaths would, “lead to the unraveling of the criminal network” is equally bewildering. WHY LINDO CREEK? The nation is still at loss as to whether the killings which took place in the period 2002-2009, will still take place. If so, how will it manifest itself: an inquiry into one incident at a time? Or was Lindo Creek plucked out for special treatment? If so, why? Does the President have some peculiar knowledge of the Lindo Creek incident which has caused him to catapult its inquiry at the commencement? As far as the public record goes, I recall the Guyana Police Force issuing a detailed public Statement on the Lindo Creek incident. The Statement informed that a thorough investigation was concluded by the Police and the findings of that investigation were disclosed in that Statement. Is the President now challenging that Statement and will now be investigating the investigators? Why not start from the beginning, 1997, or even with the jailbreak of 2002? Is Mr. Justice Trotman going to be the singular Commissioner into all the various inquiries? Or will there, at some point in time, be a broad-based Commission staffed with international jurists? I can go on, but it is clear that the CoI established has raised more questions than it was possibly established to answer. It is equally clear that the Government is not prepared to make a full and frank disclosure on these matters. Instead, its propaganda arm continues to peddle politically prejudiced information. By so doing, the Government is undermining itself, its own credibility and the CoI itself. I predict that this will turn out to be another CoI that will be lacking in credibility and whose report will be left on a shelf in some office, where it will gather dust. In the meantime, millions of scarce taxpayers’ dollars would go down the drain, once again. It is a fact of public notoriety that CoIs are not cheap. Mohabir Anil Nandlall, MP Attorney-at-Law


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Guards needed to work in a community at Providence, mail application, police clearance to PO Box 10908. Hair station & Barber station rental, New market street #6381106. Experienced persons preferable. Cashier (shift work 7am-3pm & 3pm-11pm) Submit application to: Shell Service Station Providence E.B.D or e m a i l : Shellramsburg@gmail.com Kitchen assistant for interior location. Job entails assisting cooks and generally cleaning. Call: 618-2020. 1- Office clerk, 1- Cashier 5 CXC subjects (Math & English incl) Computer literate (Microsoft word & excel) Telles Steel #231-3265, 2266771, 226-4537 One experienced legal computer clerk. Call: 624-7087/ 226-4283/258-0213/ email: husainsaphier@yahoo.com We l d e r / f a b r i c a t o r , machinist,mechanic,store keeper, female cleaner. Must have technical back ground and 3 years’ experience. Call:233-2745 Log truck drivers. Tel: 6646062. Accounts clerk (knowledge of NIS, PAYE, VAT and quickbooks). Call: 614-4358

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'Bourda Rat' charged for receiving stolen vehicle, using fake number... From page 20 Georgetown, he received one Toyota Allion car valued at $1.3 M, knowing he vehicle to have been feloniously taken or unlawfully obtained. The vehicle is the property of Stay London. It was further alleged that on November 24, last, at Robb Street, Georgetown, he used identification number PRR 4950 on a white Toyota Allion motorcar, knowing same to be false. Smart was represented by Attorney-at-law, George Thomas. The lawyer in his application to secure bail for his client told the court that his client and the victim entered a written agreement. Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh had no objection to bail being granted to the defendant. The Magistrate then granted bail in the sum of $400,000. He was instructed to make his next court appearance on March 9. According to information, police nabbed the defendant after he had repeatedly tried to claim ownership of the vehicle which was impounded by the police at the Brickdam Police Station. Police had impounded the car in which the defendant was travelling, but were unaware that it was a stolen vehicle since Smart was unable to prove ownership of the vehicle. Smart then went to the Brickdam Police Station and made several attempts to uplift the car. It was after the owner of the vehicle turned up to identify the vehicle. Police were able to identify the vehicle as one that was stolen on June 6, 2017 from a Roxanne Burnham Gardens resident. Smart was then arrested for the offence. He was instructed to make his next court appearance on March 9. PROPERTY FOR SALE 3- Storey commercial buliding, land size- 120ft x 60ft, building size- 62ft x 30ft, location- Lot 1486 Plot B, Herstelling East Bank Demerara. Contact: #6093777/697-4557 Riumveldt Public Rd (opp Massey) (6) bedroom house on double lot. (2) Apartments with all utilities- parking, fenced. Call: 225-8427/6097766 House and land available @ La Parfaite Harmonie, Providence, Etc. Financing assistance available. Contact Pacific Development: 2236035/ 604-4909


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Muslim group denounces detention following police fear of terrorist activities PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - CMC – The Islamic Front says it is ‘strongly condemning the flagrant and wanton disregard of the state and by extension the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS)” following the detention of several people on Thursday whom the authorities said were planning to disrupt the annual Carnival celebrations that ends here this early next week. In a statement, the Islamic Front said that the authorities were continuing to “further oppress and target Muslims of this country” specifically those who “have contributed significantly to the population of Islam, the society as a whole and aides in mass charity efforts in this country”. Police Information Officer Michael Jackman told a news conference Thursday that the detained people, whom he did not identify, were being questioned and that the information received is going through intelligence gathering. “The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) revealed it was a plan to disrupt the Carnival actives, intelligence agencies were active and vigilant and the discovery was made,” he said. “Trinidad and Tobago Police Service will continue, in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, to ensure that persons enjoy Carnival 2018 in a safe

Islamic Front leader Umar Abdullah and secure environment,” he said, following a high-powered meeting of security official and the detention of the men. While the police would not divulge the identity of the men, media reports here have linked them to a mosque in the El Socorro, San Juan area, along the east west corridor. The Canadian, United States and British governments have issued statements describing the events as a possible terrorist threat and warning their nationals to be careful over the Carnival celebrations that end with the traditional street jump up on Tuesday next week. But the Islamic Front said that it regarded the searches of the mosques “as juvenile, baseless, and a clear indication of the vendetta and dislike of the state towards Muslims in this country, not to mention the disre-

spect and abuse meted out to a number of Muslim men from various parts of the country”. Islamic Front leader Umar Abdullah said “this cowardly and dastardly actions by the state specifically the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service must not be forgotten by Muslim community”. “It is very sad that the police acted on conjecture yesterday, saying they had credible information…those individuals are still detained and they have been taken to a number of different police stations. I don’t know what’s the sense in that, but they do create difficult situations for the families as they try to locate them, trying to get lawyers to go to their aid and so on. “What they did yesterday was unconstitutional,” he said, warning that the country was sliding into a dictatorship. “It is a dictate that uses brutal force against its people to subdue them and we have to be very careful about this in this country because we are heading that path and we will get to be where Venezuela is today. “If we continue along this path in this country and citizens in this country will have to stand up and say no to police brutality,” he said, noting that even if the police were in possession of a search warrant “you still have to follow due process”.

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Reid a ppeals to J amaicans appeals Jamaicans to pr otect c hildr en protect childr hildren

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid (right), is greeted by Tashri Thompson, a student of the Friendship Primary School in Spanish Town, St Catherine, as he arrives at the school. KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid, has reiterated the call for Jamaicans to better protect children against all harm, especially the danger of fires. This comes against the background of a series of firerelated incidents, the latest of which claimed the life of seven-year-old Amelia Williams yesterday. “It concerns us that we have had too many of these fires, so we have to ensure that our homes are safe places for our children and that they are monitored at all times,” he said.The minister was speaking to journalists Thursday, following the launch of a coin drive, dubbed ‘Education

Makes Cents’, at the Friendship Primary School in Spanish Town, St Catherine, where Amelia was a gradeone student. Reid emphasised that young children must always have adult supervision, noting that it is “really disconcerting when our precious children are taken from us so soon and in such tragic circumstances”. He added that greater effort must be made “to strengthen our ca-

pability to ensure that we better care for, nurture and protect our children”.Reid said the education ministry is working to increase its input in safeguarding the nation’s children, particularly through th e C h i l d Protection and Family S e r v i c e s A g e n c y, “ t o make sure that our children are well taken care of, and that there are no vulnerable situations that our children find themselves in”.

Guyana, Brazil ... From page 17 past 50 years and its support for the peaceful settlement of the territorial controversy which has arisen out of the claim by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela that the award of the tribunal which defined and demarcated the border in 1899 was null and void,” Granger stated. The Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces also recognized Brazil's commitment to the perseveration of South America as a zone of peace, promotion of respect for international law and the inviolability of treaties, commitment to international peacekeeping, humanitarian and disaster relief and the consolidation of defence cooperation between Brazil and Guyana. “It is said that in international diplomacy, you can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your neighbours. Guyana is proud to have a neighbour such as Brazil which is also a friend. The friendship between Guyana and Brazil is founded on the international principles of mutual respect for each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Granger stated. The President stated that that Brazil and Guyana share

mutual respect for the noninterference in each other's territorial affairs, cooperation for mutual benefits, respect for treaties, the inviolability of borders, respect for international law and the maintenance of international peace and security. Guyana views the visit as the beginning of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Brazil which was formally established on December 18, 1968. The President's team in the discussions included Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, Minister of Public Security, Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan, Attorney General, Mr. Basil Williams, Minister of Public Infrastructure, Mr. David Patterson, Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman, Minister of Citizenship, Mr. Winston Felix, Minister of Finance, Mr. Winston Jordan and Minister of Public Affairs, Ms. Dawn Hastings-Williams. Last year, President David Granger led a delegation to Brazil to discuss cooperation. During the visit, Brazil gave assurances of supporting Guyana's position on having the border controversy settled through the ICJ.


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Appeal court reserves ruling in case involving former prime minister KINGSTON, Jamaica CMC – Former prime minister Portia Simpson Miller will have to wait until February 23 to know whether or not by some opposition legislators to have the so called “Trafigura affair” case go before the London-based Privy Council, the island’s highest court. Last year, the Appeal Court dismissed their appeal against a Supreme Court ruling that Mrs Simpson Miller, Phillip Paulwell, Robert Pickersgill, Colin Campbell and Norton Hinds, must testify in open court about the J$31 million (One Jamaica dollar=US$0.008 cents) donation by Trafigura Baheer to the PNP in 2006. On Thursday, the Court of Appeal reserved its decision following an application by the attorneys for the former prime minister and the other appellants for leave to take their case to the Privy Coun-

Portia Simpson Miller cil. In applying for leave to the take the matter to the UK, the attorneys argued that the Appeal Court had incorrectly interpreted section 16 of the Constitution which gives protection to Mrs Simpson Miller and the others not to be compelled to give testimony publicly.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) which represents the Dutch government opposed the application, urging the Court to reject the application on the ground that the constitutionality of the ruling of Justice Campbell had been challenged before the Constitutional Court which rejected the arguments. The Dutch Authorities want to question the former prime minister and PNP president and the senior PNP members but they have challenged the ruling to give statements in public. Under Dutch law it’s illegal for companies to donate to political parties. At the time of the donation, Trafigura had an oil-lifting contract with the then PNP administration. In 2006, the Trafigura scandal resulted in the resignation of Colin Campbell as Information Minister.

Carnival “threat” foiled Trinidad Guardian - The T&T Police Service Thursday revealed it had disrupted a threat to disrupt Carnival activities mere days before the festival. Senior members of the TTPS held a highpowered meeting at Police Administration Building Thursday, after several suspects were detained in connection with the plot. Hours later, at an urgent media briefing, TTPS Public Information Officer Cpl Michael Jackman confirmed the detained people were being interviewed and the police were still pursuing other leads. “The TTPS has unearthed credible information of a threat to disrupt Carnival activities,” he said.He said even prior to this the TTPS had implemented security measures to provide for the safety and security of residents and visitors for Carnival. “TTPS will continue, in collaboration with the T&T Defence Force, to ensure that persons enjoy Carnival 2018 in a safe and secure environment,” he said.Jackman, however, refused to comment on what the threats were and whether they were terrorist related.“The information received is going through intelligence gathering, the TTPS revealed it was a plan to disrupt the Carnival actives, intelligence agencies were active and vigilant and the discovery was made,” he said, confirming

TTPS Public Information Officer, acting ASP Michael Jackman. only that the individuals involved planned to engage in criminal conduct to disrupt the actives surrounding Carnival. Jackman still urged the public to remain alert and use safety tips during the Carnival season. However, senior police officers confirmed several of the men were held at a mosque in the El Socorro, San Juan area. Sources also said police went to a mosque in Chaguanas and searched several members of the Muslim community.

Oxfam comments on media report… Staff members involved in paid sex in Haiti LONDON - CMC – One of Britain’s largest charities, yesterday described as “totally unacceptable” the behaviour of some of its workers who had engaged in paid sex while on a mission to help people affected by the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Oxfam said such allegations risked undermining public trust in charities, not-

ing “the public expects charities to be safe and trusted environments that safeguard those who come into contact with them. “The behaviour of some members of Oxfam staff uncovered in Haiti in 2011 was totally unacceptable, contrary to our values and the high standards we expect of our staff,” the charity said in a statement, adding that “as

soon as we became aware of the allegations we immediately launched an internal investigation”. The earthquake in Haiti killed more than 200,000 people and left millions homeless in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country and the allegations against the Oxfam workers were published in The Times newspaper.

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Shoot me, don’t jail me, Philippines’ Duterte tells Hague court prosecutor MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday told the International Criminal Court (ICC) to go ahead and investigate him for crimes against humanity, and said he would prefer to face a firing squad than be jailed. However, the firebrand leader notorious for his defiance of international pressure questioned whether the ICC had jurisdiction to indict him over the deaths of thousands of Filipinos in his war on drugs. He denied ever giving an order to police to kill drug suspects.ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said on Thursday the preliminary examination into Duterte’s campaign sought to establish whether it had the (Continued on page 27)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. REUTERS/ Romeo Ranoco

High Court trial for trio accused ... From page 19 the two elderly women were found in their home by members of the South Road, Georgetown Full Gospel Assembly. The gruesome discovery was made after the women failed to attend a church service. Caesar was the church's caretaker, and had the code for the church alarm. She also kept the keys for a nearby school. Ranks from the Alberttown Police Station, using a ladder, climb onto the verandah, where they discovered that a door leading to the verandah of the women's home was open. On entering, ranks discovered that the home was ransacked before locating the bound bodies of the pensioners in separate rooms. Yesterday, at the conclusion of a PI, Magistrate Latchman ruled that sufficient evidence was led against the trio for the crime by Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves. As such, in accordance to Section 66 (1) of the Criminal Law (Procedure) Act, Magistrate Latchman informed the three murder accused that a prima facie case was established against them for the offence of murder. She then addressed each of them, “Do you wish to say anything in answer to the charge? You are not obliged to say anything unless you desire to do so, but whatever you say will be taken down in writing and may be given in evidence at your trial.” Khan, who had no legal representation, told the court, “I didn't kill anybody, my worship.” Pointing at his co-accused Andrews, Khan said, “Is Jason wha strangle the persons. I know is something wrong I did for going and follow Jason, my worship. But I didn't kill anyone. Please have mercy on me my worship. And Phillip is innocent. He doesn't know anything about this.” In his address to the court,

Jacobs who was also unrepresented by an attorney, refuted being with Khan, who said that, he, was at the crime scene. He said, “We never planned anything nor did anyone spoke about this matter. I was picked up from my house and taken to the Alberttown Police Station where I was beaten and assaulted by the police. They (the police) try to tell me that it was me and the others at the (crime scene). They (the police) beat me and called (the other accused) names.” Suffrien, who was represented by Attorney-at-law Saphier Hussein, also professed his innocence before calling his father, Richard and the officer in charge of the Alberttown Police Station, as witnesses. According to Suffrien, he did not provide the police with any statement in relation to

this matter. He said that he has no knowledge of the crime, adding that he has an alibi. He claimed that he was at home with his family at the time of the killing and that when he was arrested, the police provided him with a statement. In keeping with Section 72 of the Criminal Law (Procedure) Act, the Magistrate committed the three murder accused to stand trial for the offences at the next practicable sitting of the Demerara assizes. Khan, Andrews and Suffrien made their first court appearance in October 2017 and were all remanded to prison. They will remain on remand until a trial at the High Court. During the PI, several witnesses, inclusive of police ranks and civilians were called to testify.


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Are all environmental ... From page 8 signed by the Jagan administration, allowed for insurance to be taken out by Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited's affiliate insurance company. Esso is a subsidiary of ExxonMobil. Ram stated, “That requirement has been changed and now allows the Contractor to have the right to self-insure against the risks identified. This is a major concession by (Natural Resources Minister, Raphael) Trotman on an issue that only specialist lawyers know about. What it means in practice is that anyone seeking to make an insurance claim will have to lodge that claim against Esso, CNOOC/Nexen or Hess, all of which are external companies. “Those potential claimants must thank Raphael Trotman for making their chances even more difficult to succeed.” CASE OF UGANDA In 2012, the Government of Uganda signed a PSA with British operator, Tullow Oil. That entity is also exploring in Guyana's deep waters. In the PSA of that African nation, there are strict provisions for Insurance. The PSA notes that the Licensee is to provide a Performance Security in the form of Insurance Bond or Bank Guarantee amounting to US$500,000 which shall, inter alia, guarantee the payment by Licensee of the sums, if any, due and payable to the Government pursuant to the paragraph hereunder. “To ensure that Licensee, its Contractors and Sub-contractors meet their obligations to third parties, or to the Government, that might

Shoot me, ... From page 26 jurisdiction, and if crimes against humanity had been committed. “I would ask for the rare privilege of talking to you. Just the two of us in the room,” Duterte said during a news conference, referring to Bensouda.“I welcome you. If you want to find me guilty, go ahead. So be it. Find a country where they kill people with a firing squad and I‘m ready.“If you haul me into a rigmarole of trial and trial, no need. Go ahead and proceed in your investigation. Find me guilty, of course. You can do that.” About 4,000 mostly urban poor Filipinos have been killed by police in Duterte’s signature campaign that has alarmed the international community. Activists believe the death toll is far higher and accuse police or systematic cover-ups and executions. Police and the government dismiss that.

arise in the event of damage, loss or injury (including environmental damage or injury, removal of wrecks and cleaning up caused by accidents) caused by Petroleum Operations, Licensee shall maintain in force an insurance policy through an international insurance company of good financial standing covering the activities of itself and its contractors and subcontractors, sub-licencees and the employees of all such parties.” “…To the extent that third party liability insurance is unavailable or is not obtained, or does not cover part or all of any claims for damage, loss or injury caused by or resulting from Petroleum Operations, Licensee shall remain fully responsible and shall defend, indemnify and hold the Government harmless against all such claims by the Government arising from any such damage, loss or injury. “Licensee shall indemnify, defend and hold the Government harmless against all third party claims for damage, loss or injury, including, without limitation, claims for loss or damage to property or injury or death to persons, caused by or resulting from any Petroleum Operations conducted by or on behalf of Licensee.” OIL SPILL ISSUES When it comes to oil and gas companies, it would not be unreasonable for countries to properly prepare for the possibility of an oil spill. In fact, these companies are expected to prepare for such environmental disasters as part of their risk assessment. But with ExxonMobil which is set to kick start in

March 2020, Guyana is yet to see what provisions are in place by the company or the government in relation to oil spill prevention and the readiness to respond. Kaieteur News challenged Country Manager for ExxonMobil, Rod Henson, during a press conference at the Marriott Hotel to say if there were contractual provisions in place for such an eventuality. Henson advised that there is “language” in the contract it has with the Government which speaks to this. But a careful examination of Article 28 of the Contract which focuses on Social Responsibility and Protection of the Environment only sparks more questions. In fact, the only detailed financial arrangement in place in the aforementioned heading is for social and environmental projects to be discussed and agreed upon by the two parties. That arrangement says, “The Minister and the Contractor shall establish a programme of financial support for environmental and social projects to be funded by the Contractor. The Contractor shall directly fund the amount of US$300,000 per Calendar Year with any unspent portion carried over into the ensuing Calendar Years of the Agreement.” Furthermore, Henson noted that the ExxonMobil has in place, its own Oil Spill Response Plan. He said that the Government of Guyana is in possession of this document. The nation is yet to see this plan.

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As Trump attacks U.S. law enforcement, another top official quits WA S H I N G T O N (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department’s third-ranking official, Rachel Brand, plans to step down and take a senior job at Walmart Inc, sources familiar with her decision said yesterday, at a time when President Donald Trump has taken aim at senior law enforcement officials. Brand was next in line of succession to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for oversight of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential collusion between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, and whether the Republican president has unlawfully sought to obstruct the ongoing probe. Rosenstein oversees Mueller’s investigation be-

cause Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the matter last year. After just nine months on the job, Brand had grown increasingly uncomfortable with Trump’s escalating attacks on the Justice Department and the FBI, which she and other law enforcement professionals feared was beginning to undermine the rule of law, according to sources familiar with her thinking. The attacks have escalated in recent weeks as Republicans in Congress have criticized the handling by the Justice Department, FBI and the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court of warrants for surveillance of a Trump campaign advisor, Carter Page, who had ties to Russia. Trump called the matter “a

disgrace.” Another source, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said Brand will go to work as an executive at Walmart, the world’s largest retailer. A Justice Department spokesman declined comment.Her resignation was first reported by the New York Times.News of Brand’s departure comes a week after Trump approved the release of a previously classified memo written by Republican lawmakers that portrayed the Russia investigation, initially handled by the FBI and now headed by Mueller, as a product of political bias against Trump at the FBI and Justice Department.Trump also has criticized Sessions for recusing himself.

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PM Chastanet points accusing finger at predecessor over IMPACS report CASTRIES, St. Lucia CMC – Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has accused his predecessor of being responsible for the debacle surrounding the so-called “IMPACS” matter involving allegations of 12 unlawful killings by the police, during the period 2010-2011. Chastanet, addressing the annual general meeting of the Police Welfare Association (PWA) on Thursday, said former prime minister Dr. Kenny Anthony had decided to politicise the issue by running the investigation into the matter out of the Office of the Prime Minister. “If there was an investigation to be done, the investigation had to be done through the DPP’s (Director

Former prime minister Dr. Kenny Anthony (left) and Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of Public Prosecution) office. And if, in fact, the DPP by their wisdom determines that the normal investigating arm of the local police could not do t he job, then it was for the DPP to solicit assistance from somewhere else,” Chastanet said. “So what happened is, instead of the DPP doing that, the Prime Minister’s office did that. And the Prime M i n i s t e r ’s o ff i c e h i r e d IMPACS to be able to do the investigation. The report once it was completed was given to the Prime Minister and the Prime minister then choose to go on public TV and make pronouncements about what that report was. And some people, some people, would suggest biasing the case,” he added. Anthony has not yet officially responded to the statement by Chastanet. In 2015, the then Kenny Anthony government said it had received a report of an investigation carried out by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) into the alleged extra-judicial killings by members of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force (RSLPF). In 2013, the St. Lucia government enlisted the help of the Jamaican police to investigate the RSLPF. This came on the heels of the United States withdrawing security-related assistance, after claims of human rights violations. In August 2013, Washington suspended all forms of assistance to the RSLPF, citing allegations of serious human rights violations. “The Department of State has made a policy decision to withdraw training and material assistance to the Royal St. Lucia Police Force, due to credible allegations of gross human rights violations,” the US State Department said in a statement then. Police officers here have complained that some of their

colleagues, identified in the IMPACS report, were being brought in for questioning like suspected criminals. Chastanet said Daarsrean Greene, the DPP, has been reviewing the IMPACS report and following up on the allegations contained to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for criminal prosecution. “What the US and the Europeans have indicated is what they want to see, they want to see prosecution. They want to know that the evidence that has been provided has been tested in a court of law. But does it mean there’s going to be a prosecution?” he said, making it clear that he wasn’t implying there would be no convictions. Chastanet, until it is proven that the testimony and evidence laid out in the IMPACS report can meet the legal standards, the claims made in the report remains simply “hear-say” and allegations. He said his office has been providing the DPP with all the necessary support and resources that will bring a speedy resolution to the IMPACS matter. Last year, Washington said that its relationship with Castries could be further improved, if the island moves to resolve, quickly, the allegations of extra-judicial killings. US Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda S. Taglialatela, said then that she was concerned that the IMPACS matter has not yet been resolved. Last February, Greene promised St. Lucians that he has made “an extensive review…of the majority of the cases”, involving alleged police shootings on the island. He said then, that he has in excess of 21 of these matters under review and that he has been able to “plot a way forward in the majority of these matters.


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Serena unsure about playing in year’s remaining grand slams (Reuters) - Serena Williams dealt with serious health issues after giving birth to her daughter last September and the former world number one said yesterday that her status for the year ’s remaining grand slams remains up in the air. Following the draw for this week’s Fed Cup tie against the Netherlands in Asheville, North Carolina, where Williams will make her competitive return on Sunday, the American was asked if it was her intention to play the last three grand slams of 2018. “Right now, I don’t know,” Williams told reporters. “Right now I‘m focused on this weekend and after that I’ll figure out what it might be.” Williams has not played a WTA tournament since she won the Australian Open title last year and

skipped this year’s opening grand slam due to concerns about her fitness four months after giving birth to her first child. The 36-year-old American later revealed to Vogue magazine she was bedridden for six weeks from a series of complications, including a pulmonary embolism that led to multiple surgeries, after her daughter was delivered by emergency C-section. But Williams, whose triumph in Melbourne last year gave her an Open-era record 23rd grand slam - one shy of the all-time record held by Australian Margaret Court - still has a desire to compete in tennis’s blue riband events. “I have long-term goals obviously. Right now my main goal is just to stay in the moment,” said Williams, who will team up with world number 62 Lauren Davis in a potentially decisive fifth rubber. “It goes

v Serena Williams of the U.S. (Photo: Tom Dulat, Getty Images)

SAGIT(Nov.22–Dec.21) Today you should feel more energetic, enthusiastic, and motivated than you have in a long time, Sagittarius.

losing an exhibition in Abu Dhabi last December to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. Williams said she had dealt with a lot of ups and downs while preparing for her comeback but added that the challenges to regain her fitness have given her a new perspective. “I think that’s normal for everything that I’ve gone through,” Williams said when asked about the hurdles she has had to overcome in getting back in shape. “But it also gives me another view. It’s almost relaxing for me because I have nothing to prove. Again, just fighting against all odds to be out there, to be competing again.” Williams also credited her older sister Venus, who will contest the opening singles rubber for the U.S. on Saturday, for helping her to not lose sight of her goals. “I have a great partner and relationship with Venus. She’s been really, really positive,” said Williams. “There’s moments that have just been hard, getting back out there doing it every day. You have to get used to that, get in the rhythm of that.“I’ve been able to really rely on her for that.”

CAPRI(Dec.22–Jan.19) An increased level of physical and mental energy could have you feeling especially determined and highly motivated to move ahead with whatever means the most to you at this time, Capricorn.

Red Force beat Hampshire by one wicket – Group A

unsaid 25 (grand slams) is obviously something that I would love, but I’d hate to limit myself.” NEW PERSPECTIVE Williams, who has already established herself as one of the greatest women’s players ever, has not played since

Saturday February 10, 2018 ARIES (Mar. 21–Apr. 19) Today you're likely to complete a creative project of some kind that you’ve been working on for some time, Aries. You might want to consult with friends or colleagues

LIBRA (Sept. 23–Oct. 22) You might want to attend in the company of a small group of friends. This could be business related or involve a group with which you're affiliated.

TAURUS (Apr. 20–May 20) Some revealing conversations with friends or relatives could bring up old traumatic memories from the past that you may have been repressing.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23–Nov. 21) Expect a strong boost to your ego and selfconfidence today, Scorpio. Your physical and mental energies are very high, and you're apt to feel that you're capable of moving mountains.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20) Today you can expect some noticeable changes in your neighborhood, Gemini. Some new neighbors who might become your friends could be moving in. CANCER (June 21–July 22) An opportunity to write or lecture about your experiences could also be in the offing. Expect compliments from a lot of people, which could boost not only your ego but also your enthusiasm. LEO (July 23–Aug. 22) An opportunity to travel could come your way today, Leo, perhaps in the company of friends or colleagues. This might involve education in some way. VIRGO (Aug. 23–Sept. 22) Today, however, your instincts are highly attuned and you'll be better than usual at sizing up people you don't really know. Make the most of this ability, and don't let logic get in its way.

AQUARIUS(Jan.20–Feb.18) New opportunities, perhaps involving modern technology in some way, might present themselves to you in such a way as to transform your working life, Aquarius. You could find yourself making a lot of phone calls in this regard PISCES (Feb. 19–Mar. 20) Your natural communication skills continue to serve you well, and your physical energy is likely to be stronger

CAVE HILL, Barbados, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago Red Force defeated English county Hampshire by one wicket, in the 21st match of the Regional Super50 at 3W’s Oval here yesterday. Scores: HAMPSHIRE 139 off 38.3 overs (James Adams 39, Bradley Taylor 36, Joe Weatherley 27; Khary Pierre 6-34, Sunil Narine 222). RED FORCE 143 for nine off 37.4 overs (Jason Mohammed 51, Nicholas Pooran 23; Joe Weatherley 4-25).

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Jaguars face Kent in... From page 33 Barnwell, Sherfane Rutherford, Kemo Paul and Romario Shepherd are all capable of explosive batting. Paul has 10 wickets including a five-wicket haul and along with Shepherd, who bowled excellently in the last game, should share the new balls with pace support from Rutherford and Barnwell. Devendra Bishoo, who also leaves from Windies duties after the next round and Veerasammy Permaul, will do the bulk of the spinning, while in the useful left-arm spin of Hemraj; Johnson has discovered an excellent sixth bowler in the event that one of main bowlers has a bad day. Jaguars: Shimron Hetymer, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Shiv Chanderpaul, Leon Johnson (Capt), Ricardo Adams, Sherfane Rutherford, Anthony Bramble, Chris Barnwell, Kemo Paul, Devindra Bishoo, Veerasammy Permaul, Ramaal Lewis, Romario Shepherd and Clinton Pestano. Kent: Joe Denly (Capt), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Alex Blake, Mitchell Claydon, Zak Crawley, Sean Dickson, Will Gidman , Calum Haggett, Matt Hunn, Imran Qayyum, Adam Riley, Ollie Robinson, Adam Rouse, Grant Stewart, Ivan Thomas and James Tredwell.


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ICC considers alternative venues for 2021 Champions Trophy ESPNcricinfo - India could potentially lose out on hosting two of the biggest global tournaments - the 2021 Champions Trophy and the 2023 World Cup - in the next five years because of an ongoing tax issue. The BCCI is not at fault; instead it is the Indian government’s stance of not approving a tax exemption to the ICC that has given rise to the global governing body’s “concerns”. Fearing revenue losses of at least $100 million, yesterday, the ICC board directed its management to look out for alternative venues, beginning with the Champions Trophy, if the issue is not resolved. Although the Champions Trophy is still three years away, the ICC board has been stung by the experiences of the 2016 World T20 (hosted by India), for which tax exemption has not yet been approved. Because of that, the ICC has suffered a revenue shortfall of $20-30 million - in 2016, it is understood Star India, which owns the media

rights for ICC events, paid 10% tax to the Indian government and recovered that amount by deducting from its payment to the ICC. Two years on, and despite constant reminders by the ICC and the BCCI, the Indian government has not budged in providing those exemptions. Despite the BCCI’s attempts at facilitation, the ICC board remains wary of exposing itself to what some officials calculate could be losses of $100-125 million if the Indian government fails to provide tax exemption for the Champions Trophy and the 2023 World Cup. That hits Full Members the hardest, because revenue from ICC events is distributed among all participating countries. “The Board expressed their concern around the absence of a tax exemption from the Indian Government for ICC events held in India despite ongoing efforts from both the ICC and BCCI to secure the exemption which is standard practice for major

sporting events around the world,” the ICC said in a media release, after the board meeting in Dubai on Friday. “The Board agreed that ICC management, supported by the BCCI will continue the dialogue with the Indian Government but in the meantime directed ICC management to explore alternative host countries in a similar time zone for the ICC Champions Trophy 2021.” ICC’s chief executive officer, David Richardson, and management have been asked to explore alternative venues in the same time zone as India - which brings Sri Lanka and Bangladesh into the picture. But that decision is still some time away - any alternative venue will only be finalised in the next 12-16 months. A final decision on whether India will host the Champions Trophy will be taken by the end of 2019. Yesterday’s meeting was attended by BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, who is under-

Speedster Joseph facing spell on sidelines ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Young West Indies fast bowler, Alzarri Joseph, could be facing a lengthy injury layoff, as he prepares to undergo rehabilitation for a stress fracture of the back which forced him out of the recent New Zealand tour. Quoting an unnamed source, the Observer newspaper here said the 21-year-old had been prohibited from bowling for the next six weeks, in order to lay the groundwork for the pending remedial work. Much of the rehabilitation is expected to centre around strength building, the report indicated. “Taking everything into

consideration, he could be out of action for several months,” the source was quoted as saying. The Antiguan is now likely to miss upcoming home series against Sri Lanka starting in June and Bangladesh the following month. Joseph pulled out of the one-day squad last December with what was then described as a “back strain” but subsequently determined to be stress structure of his vertebrae. While he has been a virtual fixture in the Caribbean side for the last 19 months, he has had limited action in recent months, playing only

a three-day tour game on each of the tours of Zimbabwe and New Zealand. His last Test came against England in Birmingham last August and he played only the last two One-Day Internationals of the fivematch series on the same tour last September. Joseph grabbed careerbest figures of five for 56 in the fourth match at the Oval. One of the stars of the title-winning 2016 Youth World Cup side, Joseph was fast-tracked into the West Indies, making his debut just months later against India. He has taken 15 wickets in six Tests and 23 in 14 ODIs.

Roy Jones Jr retires but leaves door ajar for Anderson Silva bout BBC Sport - Former fourweight world champion Roy Jones Jr has retired after ending his 29-year career with a victory. The 49-year-old scored a unanimous points win over cruiserweight Scott Sigmon in his hometown of Pensacola

in Florida on Thursday. Jones Jr said only a bout with suspended UFC fighter Anderson Silva could bring him out of retirement.He said: “That’s the only other fight Roy Jones will return to the ring for. Other than that, chapter’s closed.” Jones Jr claimed world titles at middleweight, supermiddleweight, light-heavyweight, and heavyweight during his career. His first professional fight was in May 1989 at the same Civic Center venue in Pensacola where his career

closed against Sigmon. In compiling a record of 66 wins and nine defeats, he beat stellar names such as Bernard Hopkins and James Toney. He lost to Joe Calzaghe at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2008 in what was the Briton’s final fight of an unbeaten 15-year career.In defeating John Ruiz at heavyweight to land the WBA world title in 2003, Jones Jr became the only man in history to land a world title in the top division having started a career at lightmiddleweight.

stood to have supported the ICC’s position. ESPNcricinfo understands, in its communication with the Indian government, the ICC has highlighted the fact that when countries host global sporting events like the Olympics, football’s World Cup, the World Athletics Championships and even the UEFA Champions League final, they are given special dispensation because of the positive impact they have on the local economy. The current impasse is new - in the last decade alone, the Indian government allowed tax exemptions for the 2006 Champions Trophy as well as the 2011 World Cup. For the former event, an ICC delegation, which included Ehsan Mani and the late Jagmohan Dalmiya, directly negotiated an exemption with the Indian government. On the basis of that negotiation, the government passed a legislation in the tax act which allowed, for instance, the Commonwealth Games of 2010 held in Delhi to also be

My precious: What India and Pakistan are fighting for ICC tax-exempted, as well as other international sporting events. In that time, the ICC’s hosting agreements required the host board to compensate whatever revenue was lost if exemptions weren’t secured.

New hosting agreements, in place post 2015, are not believed to be as explicit in that requirement, instead requiring the host board to resolve the issue to the best of its endeavour.

Coleman gets another chance at break ‘his’ record (Reuters) - World silver medalist sprinter Christian Coleman gets another chance to break the 60 meters world record this weekend, a mark he believes already belongs to him. “I do believe I am the record holder, and I think a lot of people do as well regardless of if it is official,” the 21year-old American told Reuters in a telephone interview ahead of today’s Boston Indoor Grand Prix. Coleman opened his season with an astonishing 6.37second dash in the 60m at a meeting in Clemson, South Carolina last month, crossing the line 0.02 seconds quicker than countryman Maurice Greene’s 20-year-old world record mark. However, the performance is not likely to ratified as a new global record because electronic starting blocks were not used. The blocks, which measure false starts, are required for record-recognition purposes, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) says. The global governing body is now waiting for USA Track & Field (USATF) to decide whether to submit the mark for possible ratification. “It will still be my PR (personal record) and nobody else has a faster PR,” Coleman said. “In my opinion it is a

world record.” Despite his claim, Coleman does not expect the performance to be approved. “I am thinking it is not because they didn’t have the exact specifications,” said Coleman, who drove for more than an hour after the race to meet an anti-doping official at a roadside stop to undergo a drugs test, another record requirement. “I‘m not too concerned about it,” he added. “I know I have the capabilities to do it (break the record again). With his training going so well, the time had not really come as a shock, Coleman said. “The only part that surprised me was that it happened so early in the season.” A bigger audience will be watching on Saturday when Coleman returns to the indoor arena to go up against 300m world record holder Noah Lyles. “The key will be for him just to go out there and do what he did in Clemson,” Greene told Reuters. “The unique thing is when you get in a race and nobody is around you (like Clemson), it’s like a tune-up race, you are very comfortable, you are very relaxed. “But now he will have a couple of names beside him. So the intensity level comes up. The more comfortable Christian is, the more relaxed,

he is going to run better.” MAINTAINING SPEED Greene, a former world record holder in the 100m, believes Coleman can eventually run the 60 in 6.35 or 6.36 seconds. “I told him, ‘Now you know you can run that fast, don’t worry about trying to chase it (the world record), start perfecting your race’,” the 2000 Olympic champion said. The start is already there. “He does not look that tall, but he has very long legs,” Greene said. “He’s able to cover ground and he’s very powerful. He’s so explosive, everybody else is just chasing.” Learning to maintain his top speed will be a key, both in the 60 and the outdoor 100 meters, the retired Greene suggested, adding he believed Coleman could run the 100 in 9.7 seconds this year, a time only seven runners have ever achieved. “Instead of him being upright about 20 or 25 metres and being top speed there, I would rather him hit his top speed a little further down the track, maybe about 40-45 metres,” Greene said. Coleman agreed “Like Maurice said, I’ve got to work on holding my form and not slowing down as fast at the end,” the U.S. collegiate champion said.


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Austrian Ski Federation to Winter Olympics 2018: Samsung investigate new sexual abuse allegations giveaway phone snub sparks Iran fury VIENNA (Reuters) - The Austrian Ski Federation (OSV) said yesterday it would look into new allegations of historical sexual abuse in the sport, part of a wider investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct by coaches, supervisors and athletes going back decades. An OSV spokeswoman said the investigation would examine allegations cited yesterday by the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung from two anonymous female skiers who said they were raped or sexually harassed in the 1960s and 1970s by former Austrian coach Karl “Charly” Kahr. A lawyer for Kahr, now 85 and still a well-known figure in Austria, said his client denied all the allegations and would take legal action against his accusers when their identity became known. “My client says this is completely made up. These incidents never happened,” Kahr ’s lawyer Manfred Ainedter said on ORF radio of the German newspaper report. Reuters could not immediately reach Ainedter for further comment.

The OSV said it had already set up an expert commission to deal with a series of allegations related to historical sexual abuse in Austrian skiing and said it would present the findings to the public in the summer. The commission will also now examine the Kahr case, the spokeswoman said. Allegations of systematic abuse by coaches, supervisors and athletes in Austrian skiing first emerged publicly late last year with former Olympic skier Nicola Werdenigg saying that she was raped when she was 16 by a male team colleague. Werdenigg, the 1975 Austrian downhill champion, did not reveal the name of her alleged attacker, but she told ORF radio yesterday that it was not Kahr. The OSV spokeswoman said Werdenigg has been invited to give evidence in the investigation. WINTER OLYMPICS Yesterday the 2018 Winter Olympics opened in South Korea, and the OSV spokeswoman said the federation hoped the issue of historical sexual abuse would not affect the focus of Austrian athletes

taking part in the Games, which run until Feb. 25. Asked whether the OSV was concerned about how all the allegations might affect the sport in Austria or harm the image of the OSV, she said: “The focus is fully on the Winter Olympic Games.” Asked by Reuters to comment on the latest allegations, a spokesman for Austrian Sports Minister Heinz-Christian Strache said: “This was 60 years ago, but of course everything must be cleared up.” He declined to comment on the Kahr case. Strache is also vice chancellor and leader of the junior party in the governing coalition, the far-right Freedom Party. Sexual abuse scandals have become a major issue in a number of countries over the past year, spreading from the world of entertainment to sport, politics and business. On Feb. 5, former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison for molesting young female gymnasts, capping weeks of testimony from nearly 200 victims about his decades of abuse.

Indra Nooyi becomes ICC’s first independent woman director ESPNcricinfo - Indra Nooyi, the PepsiCo chairman and CEO, has been appointed to the ICC board as its first independent female director. Nooyi, whose appointment was unanimously confirmed in a meeting yesterday, will join the board in June 2018. Last year, the ICC had approved a wide list of changes to its governance structure, including the expansion of its Board to 17 directors: 12 Full Members, three Associates, the ICC chairman, and an independent director who must be a woman. In November 2017, the ICC opened the recruitment process for the post. “I love the game of cricket,” Nooyi said. “I played it as a teenager and in college, and to this day, I cherish the lessons the game taught me about teamwork, integrity, respect, and healthy competition. I am thrilled to join the ICC as the first person to be appointed to this role. And I look forward to working with my colleagues on the board, ICC’s incredible partners, and cricketers around the world to grow our sport responsibly and give our fans a new reason to follow every ball and shot.” “We are delighted to wel-

BBC Persian - The head of the Pyeongchang Olympics’ organising committee has apologised to Iran after a diplomatic row broke out over commemorative Olympic smartphones. Lee Hee-beom intervened after Iranians reacted with fury to news their team, along with the North Koreans, would not receive the special “Olympic Edition” Samsung Galaxy Note 8 handsets being given to all other competitors at the Games in South Korea. Reports of the snub have resulted in the South Korean ambassador to Tehran being summoned to the Iranian foreign ministry. The Iranian prosecutor-general has also ordered that Samsung’s boss in Iran be summoned for questioning, and on social media many tech-loving Iranians are now calling for a boycott of Samsung products. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has since clarified that Iranian athletes will receive the Samsung phones. ‘Against the Olympics spirit’ The row began two days before the opening ceremony when the Iranian team queued up at the Samsung stall at the Olympic complex to receive the commemorative phones. According to the head of Iran’s National Olympic Committee the team were sent away empty handed because “UN sanctions” banned the supply of luxury goods to Iran. The incident made headlines in Iran, where both officials and ordinary Iranians saw it as a huge insult and something which could not go unanswered. Bahram Ghassemi, a spokesman for the Iranian for-

Samsung gave more than 4,000 special edition Note 8 devices to the IOC. (AFP/Getty Images) eign minister, described the move as “immoral and against the Olympic spirit”. He said the South Korean ambassador had been told that unless Samsung apologised, trade relations with Iran would suffer. A day later, Iran’s prosecutor-general asked his deputy to summon Samsung’s boss in Iran for questioning. It was also widely reported in the Iranian media that Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, was considering changing his own Samsung Galaxy S8 handset for a different model. Not everyone was satisfied with this response and many Iranians took to Twitter to vent their anger. “As our government is useless,” wrote one, “we ourselves should show Samsung that humiliating Iranians results in #SamsungBoycott”. For Samsung, this was clearly worrying news. Iran, which has a huge population of young people, is the biggest smartphone market in the Middle East. It is estimated that some 48 million people in Iran own the devices. And crucially, it’s a market that is still growing.

According to the Iranian app store, Café Bazaar, some 51% of Android phones in Iran are made by Samsung, underlying the country’s importance for the electronics giant. Possibly sensing a business opportunity, Samsung’s South Korean rival, LG, was quick to intervene in the row, announcing it would give every Iranian athlete competing in the Winter Olympics a topend smartphone as well as a 55-inch (140cm) TV. It’s still not clear exactly why the Iranians were denied their phones. A spokesman for Samsung told BBC Persian it had provided more than 4,000 special edition handsets to the Pyeongchang organising committee and that it was up to the IOC to answer questions about how they were distributed. The IOC told BBC Persian that everyone participating in the Games should receive a mobile phone, and that the Iranian team - unlike their North Korean counterparts would definitely be allowed to take them back home. Both the organisers, and also Samsung, will no doubt be hoping the matter is now resolved.

Indra Nooyi speaks at an event in New Delhi in 2011. (Hindustan Times) come Indra to the ICC. Adding another independent director - particularly a female is such an important step forward in improving our governance,” the ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said. “To have someone of Indra’s calibre is fantastic news for the global game - she is frequently recognized as one of the most influential people in business today, running one of the world’s biggest corporations. “We undertook a global search looking for the right candidate who would complement the existing skills and

experience already on our Board. A cricket enthusiast with experience in the commercial sector and independent of the ICC, any Member or state or associated organization were the primary criteria and in Indra we have found an exceptional new colleague and we look forward to working with her in the future.” The independent director will be appointed for a twoyear term, and may be reappointed for two further terms with a maximum six-year consecutive period of service.

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Alpine Skiing: Vonn ready to bow Ban on 47 Russian athletes out of Olympics on a high note and coaches upheld PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The most successful woman skier in World Cup history, American Lindsey Vonn says she wants to end her Olympic career on a high when she gets her fourth Games underway next week. The 33-year-old says she intends to compete on the World Cup circuit for one more year as she targets the record number of race wins, in either gender, of 86 set by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark. Vonn’s downhill victory in Garmisch on Sunday last took her to 81 career World Cup race wins. Yet when it comes to the Olympics, Vonn has a solitary gold medal, in her favoured downhill, from Vancouver eight years ago. Injury robbed her of a chance to defend her title in Sochi in 2014 and she is determined to make up for that. “I want to end on a high note,” she told a press conference on Friday. “I really want to put an exclamation point on my career. It took me until my third Olympics how to figure out how to deal with the pressure,” said Vonn who made her Olympic debut as a 17year-old, racing in the com-

American Lindsey Vonn. (Reuters)

bined event, at Salt Lake in 2002. Vonn says she has slowly learned how to handle the pressure and high expectations that arrive with every Olympics. “I think in my second Olympics in Turin, I put more pressure on myself than anyone put on me. I am just going to lay it all out there,” she said. Vonn has had her share of injuries in her career, including the knee operation that kept her out of Sochi but she says she is in good shape now - even if she has to incorporate maintenance work into her regular training. “When I warm up in the morning, I need to warm up my knee first, for 15 minutes. Then I have to bike, I have to stretch, I have to do all these

extra steps that I didn’t have to do before,” she said. “In 2010 I was a much healthier athlete but in 2018 I am a much stronger athlete. Not just physically but also mentally. I have overcome a lot. I know what I am capable of and I can handle myself better than I did,” she said. The speed specialist, who will not compete in Giant Slalom, wants to ensure that she takes full advantage of her fourth Games. “This is probably my last Olympics, I am soaking in every moment, I am still in awe of being able to represent my country,” she said. “I’ve had a lot of ups and downs since Vancouver but I feel like I am coming into these Olympics on a hot streak, I am skiing exceptionally well and I have a lot of confidence”.

Jamaicans say bobsleigh movie off-track PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AFP) — Jamaica’s men’s bobsleigh team famously turned heads at the 1988 Calgary Olympics, their ballsy attempt at the whiteknuckle sliding sport later immortalised by the cult film Cool Runnings.Thirty years on, a women’s team from the Caribbean island paradise are preparing to compete at the Pyeongchang Games — and they’re not entirely happy about Hollywood’s version of events. “It’s really awesome that let people know about bobsleigh and that we do sports outside of track and field and football,” said driver Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, after training in the bitter Korean cold. “But also sometimes it diminishes a little bit what the sport really is.“We have a lot of those original members as part of our federation and hearing their story is so motivating,” added the 32-yearold.“A lot of things in bobsleigh have stayed the same, but a lot has changed

and the struggles they went through for us to be able to have this opportunity — I think part of that gets missed (in the film).”Fenlator-Victorian believes the 1993 comedy misses the mark, saying: “What we’re hoping to do is really bring that true story next to the movie to show that, yes it was great for the movie to introduce it, but this is really what bobsleigh is, this is truly what Jamaica is.” The Jamaican ladies only recently sealed their Olympic qualification but showed impressive speed in finishing seventh at a World Cup event in Winterberg last December. They will be targeting a top-10 finish at the Pyeongchang Games, which get under way today. The islanders also hope to strike a blow in an adrenaline-fuelled sport where the slightest mistake while tearing down a icy track at 150kph (93mph) can result in serious injury, or worse. “It’s the first time ever women have represented our country in the Winter Olym-

pics,” said Fenlator-Victorian, who competed for the United States in bobsleigh in Sochi four years ago before switching to her father’s native Jamaica.“We don’t look at it as (Jamaica is) something special. We look at it as, hey, we dug up the road for you and we just hope that future generations can pave that way to continue gender equality and diversity in sport.”The Jamaicans are driving a Latvian rental at the Olympics after a Japanesebuilt sled reportedly failed international competition specs. But they insist their mojo will be working just fine once competition begins next week.“You have to love bobsleigh and have a passion for it,” said Fenlator-Victorian. “That’s where champions come out.“It’s a constant challenge, so much goes into that one minute,” she added. “I actually really wasn’t attracted to the cold weather, but once a competitor in your heart, you’re always a competitor.”

BBC Sport - The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed an appeal by 47 Russian athletes and coaches against a ban on participation in the Winter Olympics. The Russians had argued that they had been wrongfully excluded from the Games by the International Olympic Committee. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said the decision was understandable but disappointing. It comes amid a long-running row over Russian doping which has seen the country banned from the games. However, 169 Russians will compete as independents. The CAS decision was made just hours before yesterday’s opening ceremony. Mr Mutko, a former sports minister who has himself been banned for life from the Olympics, said there would be a competition in Russia for the banned athletes instead. “It is difficult for CAS to take a decision in the light of previous pressure. If they had allowed [the invitations] it would have been a shock,” he said. The group contesting the

Viktor Ahn (middle) won three gold medals at Sochi 2014. (Getty Images) decision included 28 athletes who had life bans from the Olympics lifted by the IOC last week, when CAS ruled there was insufficient evidence they had benefited from a system of state-sponsored doping. In the aftermath of that decision, the IOC decided not to extend an invitation to those with overturned bans saying the decision “had not lifted the suspicion of doping”. That led to a last-minute appeal for entry on Wednesday and Thursday. But in its decision to uphold the ban on entry to the Pyeongchang Games, the CAS panel did not find that the IOC process was “dis-

criminatory, arbitrary or unfair”. As a result, none of the affected athletes will compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics, which run from 9 to 25 February in South Korea. The 169 sportspeople who have been invited to attend will compete under the banner of “Olympic athletes from Russia” and will fly the Olympic flag rather than the Russian one. If they win any medals, the Olympic anthem will be played. The ban on Russia was handed down after an investigation into state-sponsored doping during the 2014 Winter Olympics, which were held in Sochi in Russia.

‘We weren’t smart in the run chase’- Head Coach Crandon By Sean Devers in Antigua In association with Vnet Communications, Bounty Farm, Noble House Seafoods & Playter’s Enterprise In very high winds on a rainy Thursday night Guyana Jaguars suffered their first loss of the tournament when Jamaica beat them by 46 runs on DLS System after a couple stoppages. Set a second revised target of 215 in 34 overs Jaguars wasted a fairly good start with a succession of questionable shot selection and were bowled out for 164 in 31.1 overs. Jaguars Head Coach Esuan Crandon said the batsmen failed to execute their batting plan as the team would have liked. “I thought we had a descent start before the rain came but lost momentum after being on and off the field. The run rate climbed as we lost wickets in clusters and were not being able to put together any substantial partnership during our time at the crease,” the 36-year-old Crandon said.

The former Berbice and Guyana pacer said it was important to continue a winning habit. “It’s Important that we get back to winning and continue to gain some sort of momentum leading up to the knockout stage.We acknowledge that our approach to pressure situation last night (Saturday night) was not good,” Crandon continued. “We weren’t smart in the run chase. I thought our batters chose to look for the big shots at the wrong times and targeted Jamaica’s best bowler on the night in Nikita Miller,” the Jaguars Coach added.But there were some positives from the loss. “I must say that I’m extremely happy with the bowling. I have witnessed some top class bowling from Shepherd and Paul in the latter part of the innings and that’s a very good sign for us because that was a major area of concern for us,” Crandon explained.Crandon informed that everyone in the squad is injury free at the moment, hopefully they can continue to keep everyone fit for the

Esuan Crandon (Brooks La Touche) remainder of the tournament, adding that team is in very high spirits despite losing Thursday night.Today the Jaguars face English County side Kent, who like the Jaguars, have lost just one game of their four games in the first half of the tournament and Crandon says every game is important to the Jaguars. “All games are important and this one will be no different for us. Kent seems to have picked up some momentum winning their last couple of games,” disclosed Crandon who has 24 wickets from 25 Regional 50-over games.


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