Monday February 27, 2017
Proposal for a new structure of governance in Guyana DEAR EDITOR, There must be a solution to our governance problem. As I ponder on this, I am reminded of a song in the movie Sound of Music; ‘how do you solve a problem like Maria?’ The big question for us is how can we solve a problem like Guyana? What is the best governance solution for our country? I would like to share some of my thoughts on this. All societies are constructed. Instruments such as a constitution, lays out a system of governance for many countries. Political parties, on the other hand, are structures of governance. They are really organizations which were established to implement the system of governance in most countries. In the Guyana
context, the PPP and PNC are basically organizational structures which we have designed and developed and they acquire their authority to govern the country, through the electoral system. Over the years, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that these two organizational structures have work to some extent but are yet far from being successful, particularly as it relates to bringing us closer to achieving our motto; ‘One People, One Nation, One Destiny’. One can conclude that both of these major parties have recognized the need to review and revise their organizational construct, hence they have been transforming overtime. The PPP as we know became the PPP/C, while the PNC became
the PNC/R. The political landscape also include organisations such as; The United Force (TUF), Working People’s Alliance (WPA) , Alliance For Change (AFC) and most recently APNU. The current government, APNU/AFC is another chapter in our quest to find the best organizational structure to govern. I prefer to call the APNU/AFC government, an arrangement which was put in place as the structure of governance, called the government. It is more of an arrangement than an organization. However, there are some fundamental flaws with this arrangement some of which are similar to those of the PPP organization/government. When we vote, we are basically putting the organizational structure that we think could best use the governance system (for e.g.
the Constitution) and implement the best social, economic, political and cultural programmes. However, in my view, both the PPP and the PNC have never fully transitioned beyond being political parties representing their constituencies to become national parties, and therein is a fundamental problem. I know that some would say that this is largely the nature of politics in many countries, political parties represent particular constituencies. Nevertheless, I think that the APNU/AFC is the nearest we have gotten to putting an arrangement for a structure of governance together, to implement a better solution for transforming the political, economic, social and cultural landscape of the country. However, we have seen that this arrangement also has challenges.
Having made so many adjustments to our structure of governance over the years and after 50 years and we are still very polarized, it is clear that no one party or person is the solution to our governance issues. It is against this background that I propose the following. I would like to propose another arrangement of governance for 2020, this I call ‘One Party, One Term – Fix Guyana. This concept promotes a collaboration of all political parties, including the PPP as well as other sectors to form One Party. This Party will serve at the government for a period of One Term (five years) and its mission will be to ‘Fix Guyana’ during these five years. Technical expertise will be drawn from all parties and a framework for governing and development will be established. Since it is a constitutional
requirement to hold elections, and have parties contest those elections, in 2019, the citizens will sign a petition for submission to the National Assembly for the national elections be suspended for five years, from 2020-2025. In order for this petition to proceed to the National Assembly, it would require the signatures of seventy five percent of the electorate to sign the petition before it can be taken to the National Assembly. In this case, it is a governance structure that was initiated by the ordinary citizens which they would like to be established and governed by for a specified a period. It is basically designing the governance structure and putting it to our leaders that this is what citizens would like to have in order to fix our country, Continued on page 6
DEAR EDITOR, The souls of our ancestors cry from the hallowed grounds of the sugar estates for common sense. The sugar estates in large part constitute Guyana’s history insofar as it has been written where the lives of our ancestors were identified with the most terrible forms of human oppression as they labored to eke out a living for themselves and their descendants. Dr. Walter Rodney spoke of cosmic forces in his pro working class and resistance book; “Groundings with my Brothers” and noted “You have to listen to them and you hear them talk about Cosmic Power and it rings a bell”. It is my belief that the Sugar Estates in Guyana carry a cosmic power that could positively influence the lives of the descendants of the enslaved and indentured labourers. The bloodshed and lost lives of our ancestors should not be further impaled and lynched on an axis of perceived racism and misplaced economic priorities. Let there be no doubt that the planned closure of several estates is primarily based not on
economics but on something else, which is being unleashed upon the sugar workers and their families. Let the labour of our fore parents that took place under the most oppressive of conditions be purposive; and not ending with a willy-nilly contrivance that speaks more to the triumph of racism over Guyanese unity that will cause irreparable harm. In the Executive Summary of the COI into GUYSUCO, section 5.45 states “The possibility of closure of some estates based on their comparative low levels of production and consistent loss positions, received much discussion and even debate. In the final analysis, two commissioners supported closure, while the remaining eight opposed such a recommendation”. Eight of the ten commissioners were against closure of the sugar estates; yet we are now hearing of the closure of Rose Hall and Enmore Estates by the end of 2017 – see Stabroek News article dated February 16, 2017, with the headline: “Govt. plans to close Rose Hall, Enmore factories by yearend – PPP.” The first two
recommendations by the COI is not premised on the position taken by a substantial majority of the commissioners as per section 5.25 of the COI re: Final Recommendations two of six: 1. The Privatization of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GUYSUCO), which is a state owned entity, incorporated and regulated under the companies. The process should start as early as practicable and aim to be completed within a three (3) year period. 2. As a consequence of (1.) above, the state divests itself of all assets, activities and operations currently associated with GUYSUCO. So here we have a minority “final recommendation” that allows for the final recommendation to be contrary to the substantive position of the majority of the Commissioners. We can split hairs about closure/ privatization/divestment/reengineering and such like – the reality is that the final recommendation is purposed to close GUYSUCO. We Guyanese must reject these oppressive actions against the working class. It is easy to find conditions in Guyana where economic
factors can be used to justify repugnant acts, there are multiple such cases in each region of Guyana. Nor should we forget all the international grants and soft loans that have come to Guyana as a result of disruptions in the sugar industry and evidenced by IDB loan/s signed in this month of February 2017. The cosmic forces are within us and the great son of Guyana, Dr. Walter Rodney, noted in his epic analysis of the working class, the underemployed and unemployed and the underprivileged in his book, Groundings with my Brother: “you get humility, because look who you are learning from”, and I say you have to use the messages emanating from our ancestors who laboured on the sugar estates and ensure that their descendants benefited from our ancestors toil and sacrifice. Maybe our ancestors once dreamt of Guyana discovering massive oil reserves off the coast of Guyana in the devilish Atlantic Ocean that claimed so many of their lives. There is always a better way, always. Nigel Hinds
Certain people are taking Georgetown Walter Rodney’s description of the cosmic forces down with them DEAR EDITOR, The current parking meter fiasco brings to the fore what a lot of persons have said at various levels and through various mediums, and that is, that the person who was hurriedly appointed to carry out the duties and responsibilities of Town Clerk of Georgetown in 2015, and who currently does so, is not the right person to do so. The requisite qualifications which were expressly stated in the job specifications necessitate the candidate for the position to be a qualified Attorney at Law or at the least should be qualified and experienced in the field of law. An education on communications does not count. The current office holder even though he shouted from the roof tops that his predecessor was not qualified, himself may not suitably be qualified as he possesses neither legal nor administrative credentials as is required. Equally worrying is the fact that he has little or no administrative experience, and has been shifted from supervising a tiny public relations section with a
handful of staff members to now being responsible for administering close to a thousand workers. That is just unacceptable. The icing on the cake however is that without the Local Government Commission, he seems not answerable to anyone, least among which are the City Councillors to whom he has shown total disregard. With the central government purportedly taking a hands-off approach to local authorities, this gentleman has become a oneman act and his actions may take the entire city down with him. However, persons cannot say that they were not forewarned, as for many years the previous Mayor used to complain to anyone who would listen as to the proclivities of the certain people and as to their unsuitability for public management until he got tired and decided to heed to the popular adage “If you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em” Something needs to be done and done soon about removing this square peg from the round hole in of our capital. Modi Sankar
Monday February 27, 2017
Ten issues the Demerara speedboat service needs to address urgently DEAR EDITOR, I wish to highlight some important points that needed attention and correction regarding the speedboat service at the Vreed-en-hoop/ GT stellings. As a daily passenger using the Demerara speedboat service, I noted that there are some basic guidelines and regulations lacking in the interest of passengers safety and needed to be implemented and monitored and I highlight them as follows: 1) Drunken bowmen and captains - there are occasions when it is quite noticeable that (especially) bowman are in a drunken state or under the influence of drugs. 2) Indecent language and the frequency with which it is used is appalling to passengers. Considering that there are decent persons travelling, the elderly, children, women and other professionals who use the service and are subjected to obscene language in the open is most shocking and distasteful, especially during the morning leg of the journey. Also a captain or bowman would not think twice to verbally abuse passengers at the drop of a
hat. 3) Many times I noticed that captains or bowmen don’t take the time and effort to balance their boatd before a trip. As soon as a boat is filled, the bowman never looks back into boat and the captain’s eyes are only on the route. Sometimes the boat is tilted on one side or the front seat overloaded and no one cares. 4) Inexperienced captains handling vessels in rough waters are common. For those who travel regularly, it is quite noticeable when a captain cannot handle a vessel in the correct manner. Since there are experienced captains as well as inexperienced ones, passengers can easily detect the difference in rough waters. It is quite amazing that there are no accidents or mishaps. 5) Overloading the vessel is common especially in the evening when the officer in charge leaves at 6pm. Not all the vessels are of the same size but all have the same passenger numbers listed on their approval document. Each vessel should be assessed on their individual size, merit and capacity and not a one size fits all system. 6) There is a lack of
There are lessons to... From page 4 In closing Mr. Cush’s sudden rise and his subsequent fall from grace is a result of his own doing. However, from the perspective of business and politics the developments surrounding SCS has interesting lessons for those overseas Guyanese who, because they enjoy some leverage with local officials, are anxious to align with foreign investors and introduce them to Guyana’s landscape in conditions not conducive to advancing Guyanese political, economic and social interests. It also challenges local officials who are zealous to ink deals with these foreign based companies that they have the duty and moral obligation to ensure that from the outset, everything that will ensure transparency and legitimacy of a “deal” is done. Only time will tell whether Guyanese at home and abroad have learned any lesson from the missteps of Mr. Ifa Kamua Cush. Tacuma Ogunseye
Proposal for a new... From page 5 instead of telling us that this is the structure of governance they are proposing through the current political organizational structure. Leaders who will be a part of this system can be chosen from political parties and other sections of the society. Specific targets relative to economics, politics, culture, social, etc. will be established to be achieved between 2020 and 2025. A Council of Elders will also be appointed to provide strategic guidance, monitor, make recommendations and reprimand leaders. Finally, Albert Einstein said that “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution”. Audreyanna Thomas
guiding signals by hand or light to indicate which direction the vessel is heading; something similar to a trafficator or hand signal. Many times opposite captains and bowman curse and shout at each for not indicating where to pass, especially close to the mooring ends of their journey. 7) No means of communication if there is a distress call in the river. There needs to be some form of flashing (light) signal or a radio message to port in case of an SOS, so that the necessary relief can be dispatched. This can be made easier and faster if a simple switch is used by the captain to effect such a distress call. Many times vessels would experience mechanical failures and other form of distress in
midstream and are left drifting while at the mercy of the waves. The captains on the other hand would never seek help because they fear losing their cargo to another vessel, meaning the fares. In such a scenario, someone in authority needs to be on the lookout and have the ability to render assistance. 8) Names of Vessels or captains cannot be recognized at the point of loading unless one enters the boat. Passengers are usually comforted by the fact that they know they can place their lives in the hands of a safe captain whom they trust. Many a time one enters a vessel and experiences the fear and horror when one recognizes an errant captain and it is almost impossible to exit the vessel when it is rush hour. One cannot identify the captain from the outside or
the name of the vessel because of its position next to the wharf; hence passengers’ ability to select is prevented. If a captain’s number or vessel number can be affixed at the top front of the boat, this may alleviate the anxiety. 9) Little or no visibility when side plastic is dropped. Many vessels are guilty of having the protective side plastic without the required transparency to guide their captains’ and passengers’ visibility alike. Sometimes it seems as if the captains are guessing their way forward when the side plastic is dropped because of rain or lashing waves. 10) Last but not least, there is serious difficulty with communication between bowman and captain. It is of utmost importance for these two individuals to have easy
contact. Currently and has always been the case, the captains have to shout several times to gain the attention of the bowman and vice versa. Considering that the breeze is strong, the sound of the lapping waves, the enclosed door and the noise from the engine, the bowman would have difficulty hearing the cries of the captain. A solution to this is a buzzer system at the two ends of the vessel operated by a simple switch. The above 10 points needs urgent attention from the relevant authorities if there is one. This service is the main channel of transportation between the capital city and the western half of the country especially how there is no ferry service or government controlled transportation system. Suzette Anthony
APNU+AFC is complicit in the parking meter scandal DEAR EDITOR, The Parking Meter contract has stirred outrage and resistance from the people. The Mayor and City Council (M&CC) rightfully and deservedly has been pilloried for corruption. But APNU+AFC is even more guilty of one of the most corrupt deals ever in our history. Given how indefensible, repulsive and oppressive this “contract from hell” is, people have been both puzzled and troubled at the extreme extent APNU+AFC has gone in permitting this travesty. People have been understandably suspicious, but their suspicions of corruption might be worse than imagined given the information that is presently circulating. Information has reached the public that the real distribution of revenues is not what is stated in the contract, but as follows: 50% for the parking meter company, 20% M&CC, 20% PNC and 10% for individuals. Now as the call intensifies for the complete rescinding of the contract and for people to be held accountable, questions are being asked relating to how Cush, a former felon in the USA, established a company called National Parking Systems, how this company was able to displace a previous company that was engaged by the M&CC and who linked Cush and the M&CC. Questions abound since people are aware that Cush has friends in the PNC.
From the beginning, suspicions were rife since APNU+AFC actively facilitated the M&CC to implement the parking meter contract in spite of being totally privy to the reprehensible “terror” clauses. These suspicions intensified as people saw APNU+AFC tenaciously persisting with its complicity even though they knew that by any standard “the contract from hell” was indefensible and even though they saw unprecedented public resistance. Even now that the M&CC is in contempt of the court which has ordered the M&CC to stand down and placed the parking meter system on abeyance, APNU+AFC is doing nothing to stop the M&CC and stop the “contract from hell”. For most Guyanese, APNU+AFC’s complicity in this mess is bizarre unless there is something terrible they need to hide. APNU+AFC’s vile efforts with sporadic individual statements and feigned consternation meant to obfuscate the issue cannot extricate them from total complicity in the “contract from hell” because each of them that might have reluctantly issued a condemnatory statement is also part of the APNU+AFC Cabinet that has made the implementation of the “contract from hell” possible. Note the latest example Nagamootoo stating that the contract by-laws “are
oppressive but made legal”. This is the champion bloviator kerfuffling the issue. Who made the oppressive by-laws legal? It is APNU+AFC’s Cabinet of which he is a senior member. Is he accusing Bulkan of approving the bylaws by himself? But it is the Office of the Presidency that publishes the Official Gazette. Why did they publish the bylaws if this is Bulkan’s rogue masterpiece? If Bulkan went rogue, why is Nagamootoo not calling for Bulkan to resign? Frankly, APNU+AFC’s scorecard on the “contract from hell” spells GUILTY on all counts. Granger and APNU+AFC knew of the contract from the beginning. Harmon last year announced a Cabinet review of the contract and their own Ministry of Finance and the Attorney General Office did reviews in July/August 2016 which concluded that the parking meter contract signed by representatives of APNU+AFC on the M&CC was a “contract from hell” with several “terror” clauses. Yet APNU+AFC, through their Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, reviewed and approved the parking meter by-laws in January and gazetted it on February 3. Without the parking meter bylaws the contract could not be implemented. This scorecard is a recipe that smells corruption. From the start public outrage was driven by the suspicion that this was a deal to enrich individuals and
certain organizations. There has always been the nauseating suspicion that the national space in Georgetown is being used as a cash cow, not to fund development in Georgetown, but filling people’s pockets. Now comes information that, in fact, the “terror” contract clause that provides 80% to the parking meter company (Smart City Solutions/National Parking Systems) and 20% to the M&CC is just a paper provision and that the real distribution of the earnings from the “green monsters” is really 50% to SCS/NPS, 20% to the M&CC, 20% to the People’s National Congress (PNC) and 10% to individuals. This information explains why APNU+AFC is so absolutely complicit in the execution of one of the worst examples of corruption in Guyana’s history. By now, the vast majority of Guyanese know of and comprehensively rejects the “contract from hell”. The parking meters themselves are now enshrined in our history as the “horrible green monsters”. Those of us who have been vocal in our opposition, resistance and boycott of the “horrible green monsters” and the “contract from hell” are convinced that a crime has been perpetuated on the Guyanese people. While we are convinced that the BIG FOUR - Mayor Chase Green, Councilors Oscar Clarke and Junior Garret and City Clerk Royston King - are guilty of corruption, we are at the same time not fooled. APNU+AFC is complicit, is an active partner in and bears total responsibility for this reprehensible, scandalous, corrupt deal. Dr. Leslie Ramsammy
Monday February 27, 2017
In spite of criticisms…
Guyana stands to benefit immensely from recovery of stolen state assets - Dr. Hinds While criticism of the State Asset Recovery Agency (SARA) Bill may be part of the democratic process, Executive Member of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Dr. David Hinds says that stakeholders must bear one salient point in mind; all of Guyana stands to benefit immensely with its passage. In an interview with this newspaper, Dr. Hinds commented that the Bill represents an important aspect in Guyana’s fight against corruption. He remarked that public debate of important matters is necessary for a democratic culture and practice. He stressed, however that “critics” should take into consideration, the fact that the SARU initiative is an accepted proposal among the section of the population that was most hurt by the misappropriation of State Assets. The WPA member said that the political and sociological aspects of asset recovery and anti-corruption are equally important as the legal and economic aspects. “I am against setting up an authoritarian state structure, but the business of stamping out corruption and recovering stolen assets require an empowered agency. If some investors will stay away from Guyana because of SARA, then they must be suspect in the first place.” “If I must make a choice between stamping out corruption and chasing away a few investments, I will choose the former. That is why I am squarely behind the SARA initiative. Despite some of the concerns, in the end the country benefits from the initiative.” Furthermore, Dr. Hinds commented that Head of the State Asset Recovery Unit (SARU), Professor Clive Thomas has become the butt of the criticisms of SARA because he has undertaken something that may hurt
- says passage of SARA Bill necessary in fight against corruption
SARU Head, Dr. Clive Thomas some of the economic and political elites, but would help the working classes of Guyana. He stressed however that asset recovery is potentially good for improving the condition of the working class. Dr. Hinds said that asset recovery would increase government revenue base and could mean more resources for education, health care, better infrastructure and improved wages. The WPA Executive Member said that the latter is crucial to decreasing corruption at the lower levels. Furthermore, Dr. Hinds noted that the prosecution of those leaders who were directly involved in corruption under the PPP is at the center of how the government’s supporters will evaluate its performance. In this regard, he commented that Guyanese have become very literate about government corruption. He said that more than most Caribbean countries, in Guyana, corruption has become a major political issue. Dr. Hinds opined that the very parties which are now in office educated the public about the linkage of corruption to their impoverished condition, to ethnic dominance and to the criminalization of the State. “That is why the announcement that charges are coming on the NICIL affair
is good news. It’s about time. It’s not about persecuting anybody; it’s about ensuring that there is justice for the country which suffered because of the unprecedented corruption under the PPP.” The political activist said that the government has no choice, but to follow through on its promise to correct that wrong. He said that its success or failure will be judged largely on that issue. Furthermore, the Private Sector Commission has since expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that the SARA Bill which was laid in the National Assembly a few weeks ago is essentially the same Bill that was presented to stakeholders last year during consultations. The Commission stated that while the consensus of businesses is that there is a need for unlawfully appropriated assets of the State to be recovered, it was felt that the SARA Bill provides too much unchecked power to the Agency. The body believes that based on the Bill, the Director of SARA supersedes the Courts, the Commissioner of Police and the CommissionerGeneral of the Guyana Revenue Authority. It said that the Bill will impede business progress as it allows for harassment and political victimization of legitimate businesses. The Commission commented that the Bill allows staff of the Agency to arbitrarily look at private accounts and financial information of citizens without due process. It also noted that the Bill should be recalled and amended to be consistent with the constitutional rights of citizens.
CEO of the State Assets Recovery Unit, Aubrey Heath-Retemyer recently told Kaieteur News that the changes proposed by the Commission were based on the fact that they did not understand several aspects of the Bill. The SARU Officer said that while the Commission was not alone in this boat, efforts were made to ensure that all misunderstandings regarding the Bill were clarified. He said, “I do recall their concerns with the Bill, but the truth is that the criticisms we received on the Bill were largely due to the fact that people did not understand it, and that was the case with the Commission.” Heath-Retemyer said that there were no “substantial” changes made to the provisions, but there was
some “tightening of the language used.” SARA BILL The SARA Bill is intended to give effect to the non-conviction-based asset recovery recommendations contained in the United Nations Convention Against Corruption 2003, which was ratified by the Government of Guyana in April 2008. It therefore provides for the establishment of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) which has as its primary function, the civil recovery of State property obtained through the unlawful conduct of a public official or other person, or any benefit obtained in connection with that unlawful conduct, by way of civil proceedings taken in the High Court for a civil recovery order. The granting of a civil
WPA Executive Member, Dr. David Hinds recovery order vests in the State, ownership of any property subject to the order. According to the Bill, SARA will have a Director with responsibility for the effective management and execution of its functions. Furthermore, the Bill contains seven Parts. Part One contains general provisions such as the short title, commencement and interpretation provisions. Part Two speaks to the (Continued on page 8)
Monday February 27, 2017
Given forensic audit findings…
State agencies in need of greater scrutiny by Parliament - Goolsarran
Several forensic audits which have been commissioned by the coalition Government have revealed that the affairs of some statutory bodies are in an awful state. As such, Chartered Accountant and former Auditor General, Anand Goolsarran recently recommended that Parliament pays more attention to these and other entities. He said that this scrutiny should be exercised specifically through the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). The PAC is the standing committee that exercises supervisory oversight of the functioning of the Audit Office. The Committee exercises powers in keeping with the Evidence Act, Chapter 1:08, which allows for the summoning of witnesses to give evidence and/or provide documents to it. It also has penalties for noncompliance without proper reason. Moreover, Goolsarran
PAC Chairman, Irfaan Ali said it is disappointing that the PAC does not examine the accounts of public corporations, other agencies in which controlling interest vests in the State, and statutory bodies. “In all probability, these entities are in need of greater scrutiny by the Legislature, as the results of the recently completed forensic audits will bear out. In my recent discussion with the PAC Chairman, (Irfaan Ali) I raised this matter with him, and he is
amenable to having these accounts examined.” Furthermore, Goolsarran said that the task is an enormous but necessary one, and therefore the PAC will have to seriously consider “re-engineering” its approach to the examination of the Public Accounts. In this regard, he commented that there is a model that the United Nations uses which is worthy of serious consideration. He explained that it involves having a committee of experts examining these accounts first and submitting the results to the PAC. In this way, Goolsarran said that there will be no need for the PAC to carry out any detailed examination as it will rely on the work of the committee. It was in May that the Granger-led administration began expending some $133M of taxpayers’ dollars on 45 of the 50 forensic audits to ascertain how the assets of the state were sold, disposed of or transferred
under the previous administration. The remaining five audits were sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Several audits were also launched in July , 2015 while others started in later weeks. While the report on NICIL has been completed for months now with criminal proceedings still to take shape, those on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) have been completed for a longer period. Most of the forensic audits have unearthed several hidden accounts, with billions of dollars poised to be transferred to the Consolidated Fund. Government stated that this phased transfer process has already started. More importantly, the forensic audits in some cases have reportedly not only uncovered fraud and various forms of corruption, but investigators have also made several critical recommendations for the way forward on several agencies and sectors, all of which Cabinet is yet to see. The government was also blasted for failing to release the forensic audit reports in a timely manner to the public. Making this comment in particular was Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, during a press conference which was held at Freedom House. Furthermore, the forensic audit into NFMU has unearthed some of the “most appalling acts of corruption”, said Junior Finance Minister, Jaipaul Sharma, in a previous interview with Kaieteur News. Commenting on the findings of the report, Sharma had said, “There was just no proper management at this unit. There were instances
Chartered Accountant, Anand Goolsarran where you could see that they just lost out on millions of dollars worth in fees that they should have ensured they collected. There were some defaulters as well, and the agency just took no action against them.” “(NFMU) could have collected a lot more revenue. Instead (the entity) allowed a lot of favouritism to take place and as such they lost, I would say, millions of dollars in revenue. “They allowed their big PPP boys to slip under the radar while others were called upon to pay their dues. In fact, they weren’t collecting from two of their PPP big boys for some time. It was a lot of unfairness that was going on at that agency.” Sharma had said, “The level of corruption which was taking place at the agency points to the incompetency of those who are managing it.” The Junior Finance Minster had said that the revelations of some of the forensic audits thus far vindicate the concerns the APNU+AFC had regarding the lack of accountability under the previous administration as well as the stench of corruption in some agencies. As for the forensic audit launched into the EPA, Sharma who is in charge of
the audits, revealed that this has been completed since August. He had said that the audit uncovered that the entity has been holding some 15 accounts with millions of dollars. A reliable source revealed that the monies total over $400M. Kaieteur News understands that recommendations were made for the monies to be transferred to the Consolidated Fund. The Forensic audit revealed that the agency was apparently receiving monies from various agencies and opening a new account every time it received large sums. Sharma explained that the agency should not have done that. He said that it should have held one account and categorized its expenses. The Environmental Protection Agency was established on World Environment Day, June 5, 1996. It was on this date that the then Acting President of Guyana, Samuel Hinds, assented to Environmental Protection Act (No 11, 1996). The Act mandates the Agency to oversee the effective management, conservation, protection and improvement of the environment. It also requires that the Agency takes the necessary measures to ensure the prevention and control of pollution, assessment of the impact of economic development on the environment and the sustainable use of natural resources. The Agency’s work enables Guyana to contribute to global and national environmental protection and conservation. As part of its work the EPA implements education, regulation and enforcement programmes and uses partnership and collaborative approaches to strengthen the impact of its interventions.
Guyana stands to benefit... (From page 7) establishment of SARA and its Director as a corporation sole, the appointment of a Director, Deputy Director and staff of SARA, and the terms and conditions of their appointment. This part contains provisions on how the SARA will be financed, through a budget approved by the National Assembly, and its transparency obligations, by requiring the Director to provide a detailed annual plan and annual report, both of which must be laid before the National Assembly. In addition, SARA staff will be required to comply with the Code of Conduct prescribed in the Integrity Commission Act.
Sections Six and Seven of the Bill set out the respective functions of SARA and its Director. SARA’s functions include the investigation, tracing and identification of State property suspected to be the proceeds of unlawful conduct of a public official or other person, and to institute High Court proceedings for the civil recovery of that property. The Bill also provides for SARA to be enabled to seek the recovery of such property wherever in the world that property may be l o c a t e d , a n d m u s t a l s o r a i s e p ublic awareness on the dangers of corruption and other crime.
Monday February 27, 2017
Drone operators to register equipment from today
Operators and owners of drones will now have to get permission before flying. Persons who own and operate drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) are now required to obtain permission from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) before using these devices. The Authority announced yesterday in a newspaper advertisement that a Directive will come into effect today mandating that
all operators of drones seek permission first from the GCAA. However, permission will not be necessary if the device is not being used for aerial work or any other commercial activity and is not transmitting information other than that necessary to control the device. This sort of control is not new in the Caribbean Region.
In April last year, Barbados had instituted a 12 month ban on the importation of drones or UAVs. The reason for this ban was to allow authorities to complete a legal framework to govern the use of the devices and create a database of all drones on the island. Over the past two years, Barbados, like Guyana, would have experienced an increase in the number of drones being used for both commercial and recreational use. In Barbados, concerns were raised regarding the use of the devices and the risks they posed to security, privacy and safety. Further, in Trinidad and Tobago, the government in 2015 had moved to institute strict legal regulations which would make the devices illegal if the owner did not possess the required registration certificate from aviation authorities. According to the directives issued by the GCAA yesterday, a person who wishes to operate an UAV must apply to the authority in writing for approval and will provide the details on the purpose of the
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All who thief and run to de States can’t sleep People always use to complain how America is de greatest country on earth and if de embassy call pun every Guyanese to go de country gun empty. Now de same people who was planning to go refusing. Dem fear Donald Trump. De man come to power and right away he set he eyes pun dem Guyanese who lef dem good, good job, sell out dem property and go. Some of dem even pay big money to go backtrack. All of dem hiding. Dem ducking under dem bed even when de postman come wid mail. Trump announce from day one that he gun get rid of all dem illegal people. When de raid start in Florida people get worried. Some of dem lef dem wuk because dem frighten that somebody gun squeal pun dem and dem gun get send back to Guyana. Nuff of dem trying to get refugee status, but Trump seh that he don’t even want refugee. De situation bad. De Caricom leaders actually meet to discuss this thing because Trump start to hire plane to ship all de illegals. Dem boys seh that fuh de first time Guyana population gun reach one million. De come-backees will boost de population. But Soulja Bai got problems because he can’t
find wuk fuh all of dem. He can’t even find wuk fuh de few he got right here. He can put dem in de police force but that gun be like putting cat to watch milk. Imagine, nuff of dem old Ministahs use to go to de States like if dem travelling to Essequibo or Berbice. Now dem ain’t even going near to de airport. Some of dem don’t even want to think about de money dem bank over there suh dem deh between de devil and de deep
blue sea. De one who thief de money from GPL and run to Canada before he go to de States now wondering what to do. He believe that if he go back to Canada he gun get deport and if he stay in de States he gun get deport. He can’t even try to get a watchman wuk because he got to show he social security card and he don’t have one. Talk half and watch how de rat trap closing.
intended operation. Additionally, the drones are not to be flown above a height of 150 metres, at a distance greater than 500 metres from the point at which the operator is positioned, at night or low visibility conditions, over or near to private or public property without prior permission from the owner, in a reckless or unsafe manner or over any establishment or zone designated in a government notice as a prohibited area. Paragraph 10 of the Directive requires operators of UAVs to ensure they have in their possession the necessary permit which shall
be issued by the GCAA. To acquire this permit, the operator would need to provide proof that he or she has been trained, tested and found to be competent to operate as the pilot an UAV. Such persons who wishes to operate the device would also need to provide the GCAA with information relating to the area within which operation is intended, using a map, details of the model aircraft, purpose for which the information collected will be used, proof of liability insurance and the date and time during which the applicant wishes to operate the aircraft.
These are just some of the measures which the GCAA will be implementing to control and monitor the use of drones and the information which they record. In Guyana drones are mostly used to take aerial pictures. They are also used for wildlife conservation purposes to track down animals in hard to reach terrain. Further, the Wapishana tribe of Guyana who reside at the edge of the rainforest around the Rupununi Savannah use drones to catch perpetrators who conduct illegal logging and gold mining activities.
Monday February 27, 2017
APNU+AFC has “one-term” window to prove it is different – Dr. Hinds Executive Member of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Dr. David Hinds believes that the coalition administration has a “oneterm” window to prove it is different from its predecessor, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). And if it does not make it beyond that point, then Dr. Hinds believes that the Government would only have itself to blame. The University professor made this, among other comments, during his recent writings. Dr. Hinds commented that this year is shaping up to be a defining one in contemporary Guyanese politics. He said that the government is under pressure from its constituents to do better, while the PPP is trying its best to exploit the government’s inherent weaknesses and self-inflicted wounds. “I have said over and over that I don’t think this coalition government is steeped in a sense of its larger political significance to Guyana. There is no clear political direction.” The political activist believes that the Coalition functions more as an administrative partnership. He said that they essentially manage the government. “But that management is not part of a larger political vision and direction. That, for me, is the major reason that they stumble so regularly and so badly. And in a 50-50 ethnically polarized country, every little stumble is exploited by the opposition as part of that party’s larger political and ethnic narrative— “You see what we have been saying for decades, they are bullies, they are racist, they are corrupt.” Dr. Hinds stressed that the Coalition must counter that kind of politics with its own alternative praxis, which must do a few things. He said that the party has to inspire its base that it will use government to remove the barriers to political and economic equality which is at the heart of their narrative of suffering. Dr. Hinds also emphasized that the coalition cannot simply depend on just the fear of the PPP. He stressed that this must be supplemented by policies aimed at democratizing the political economy to give their constituents a fairer chance to advance. “But if the attitude to the vendors, to the matter of public servants and teachers’ wages, to small miners and other contractors along with the absence of a comprehensive plan to stimulate small business are anything to go by, the government has a lot of catching up to do in this
regard…” “I know managing partnerships is not easy. The big party invariably dominates, often without much consideration and respect for the so-called smaller partners. Small parties are left with the burden of keeping the government together out of fear of being the spoiler and because some of their Ministers become comfortable with office and would never rock the boat. In the case of the Coalition, I think we have a combination of all of the above.” Given the aforementioned, Dr. Hinds said that the Alliance For Change (AFC) and the WPA have therefore become prisoners of the logic of a Partnership government with the slimmest of margins. He commented that there is little wriggle room as far as challenging decisions that they disagree with. He noted however that the parties within the coalition have one thing in power. He said that they want to hold on to power. Without power, Dr. Hinds said that the PNC is big but toothless; the AFC’s importance diminishes if it is not part of government and the WPA will be an echo in the wilderness. The political activist said that they all need to be in power to affect the larger politics. “But beyond that they don’t have anything that inspires confidence. They have not created a vision out of a shared world-view. Perhaps, they can’t or maybe don’t want to do so. But the hard truth is that they need something that goes beyond managing the government if they will break the one-term jinx for Coalition Governments in the Caribbean. If they don’t, it will not be because of the fitness of the PPP for office, but because of their lack of political vision.”
— Says if administration fails, it would only have itself to blame
WPA Executive Member, Dr. David Hinds MODIFIED Furthermore, based on his assessment of Government’s performance, Dr. Hinds had said that the government seems to be a modified version of the PPP. But the government has since denied this claim. Specifically, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said that there are drastic differences between the coalition administration and the former regime. Dr. Hinds in an invited comment said that Minister Harmon is correct in pointing out that structurally, the Coalition is very different from the PPP. Dr. Hinds said that Harmon is also correct that in some regards, the Coalition’s political behavior is markedly different from, and better than the PPP’s. “But I was pointing to the government’s general attitude to the use of power against the powerless and its unwillingness to use its power to bring about overarching positive transformation of the State and the society. I am not convinced that the Coalition differs from the PPP in terms of how it uses state power to effect positive changes for Continued on page 21
AFC Leader, Raphael Trotman
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon
President David Granger
Monday February 27, 2017
Brain tumor taking away mobility of girl, 13 By Rehanna Ramsay Under regular circumstances, 13 year- old Mikelle Brutus would have been attending school, making new friends and working towards achieving her goals. Like any regular teenager, she has hobbies; some of hers include singing, dancing and interacting with her peers. But Mikelle is no longer able to attend school or effectively participate in the activities which she loves due to a rare medical condition. The condition is slowly taking away her mobility and
if left untreated can result in death. Since 2015, the teen has been suffering from a rare tumor which results in paralysis. Already, the illness has caused the muscle mass of her right leg to waste away and an inability to use her right hand. The tumor has been affecting the Pons of the child’s brain, the area that is responsible for all sensory functions such as smell, taste, sight, touch and hearing. The tumor is described in medical terms as being a brain stem glioma. The diagnosis was made after an MRI was
Parents seek assistance to raise funds needed for surgery overseas performed and is described as being often very difficult to remove. Brain stem glioma is an aggressive and dangerous cancer, without treatment life expectancy is typically a few months from time of diagnosis. Mikelle’s condition warrants urgent surgery and medical treatment overseas. But the cost of this treatment is US$172,000. In the estimate for the treatment is a clause which states that there may
be extra charges for additional treatment which takes the required sum in the region of GYD$50M. She should have been in the United States since November 2015 for treatment. But her parents, Malicia and Michael Brutus, have not been able to garner the funds. Yet they have not given up. The couple has been working feverishly to raise the sum. Mr. Brutus says he has been trying every possible means to do so. The father, who has been an educator for a number of years, often takes time off from his work to go door- to -door beseeching members of the public as well as the business community for donations. He has also written to a number of corporate entities asking for assistance. The Brutus family was advised by Caribbean’s Chief Neurosurgeon, Dr. Ivor Crandon, during a visit to Guyana. Dr. Crandon duly examined the child and diagnosed the tumor as inoperable. In an interview with this newspaper, Mr. Brutus had explained that Dr. Crandon explicitly told him that under no circumstances should open head surgery be done on his daughter. Brutus said that since the diagnosis was done he has been sending the medical documents and CT scans of his daughter to various medical institutes and professors around the Caribbean and they all shared the same opinion that open head surgery was not an option as it could have dire side effects on Mikelle. When all seemed lost, a medical team visiting from the USA, based in Miami and Puerto Rico examined Mikelle and perused the medical findings of their Caribbean counterparts; they told Mr. Brutus that they could treat Mikelle by way of Radiology and Chemotherapy thus eliminating the need for the risky open head surgery. But the surgery is costly, amounting to GYD $50 Million. He noted that in spite of his daughter‘s grim condition, she still manages to smile, especially when she meets a stranger. The lass is
Mikelle and her mother Malicia during an interview last year.
Mikelle outside of Republic Bank, on Water Street, Georgetown
the eldest of five children. After a brief interaction with Mikelle, one would realize that she is just another soul that bears light to the world. She is described by those closest to her as intelligent, outgoing, cheerful and talented. In fact, the young Brutus had competed in Mashramani Calypso competitions in 2013 and 2014, placing third in 2014. In a touching statement to the Guyanese public Mikelle said “I’m asking for the opportunity to run, dance and sing again. I’d like the chance for a normal childhood and to be able to go to school again.” As such, in his efforts to save the life of his precious daughter, Mr. Brutus continues to implore persons to give towards the worthy cause. In his request for financial support, the father has noted that their inability to raise adequate funds has resulted in a massive delay.
However, he said that the specialized team of doctors has been very patient and eagerly awaiting Mickelle‘s arrival to the United States for the treatment. The doctors have given the family a number of extensions for the commencement of treatment. The Brutus family is therefore appealing to the people of Guyana for assistance. Anyone desirous of donating to Mikelle’s much needed surgery can contact the family on numbers 6713298 or 694-6500. As Mr. Brutus plainly stated, time is of the essence because this treatment is urgently needed. For persons donating overseas transfers can be made to Republic Bank 38-40 Water Street Georgetown, Guyana Swift Code: RBGLGYGG Account number 265-347-5 or those donating locally can do so via Republic Bank Account Number 265347-5.
Monday February 27, 2017
6-month deadline! - Holness gives cabinet Ministers time to prove their worth The Gleaner - Members of the Andrew Holness-led Cabinet have six more months to prove to him that they deserve to keep their jobs. According to Holness, while the ministers were not given the job descriptions he had promised in the lead-up to the general election one year ago, they all know what their targets are and he will assess their performances. “The job descriptions are actually being prepared,” Holness told The Sunday Gleaner last Wednesday during a review of the performance of his Government one year after it pipped the People’s National Party (PNP) by one seat in the general election. “After one year the ministers are settled in, there is no question and I have been evaluating each and every one. The challenge that I had is that we started in a year where they couldn’t really say they had the opportunity to p l a n o u t t h a t y e a r ’s programme,” said Holness. He argued that his administration basically inherited a budget from the PNP, and the ministers had to carry out several plans and programmes which were already in place. “So they have six more (months) to take their current agendas, which they would have started in the middle of last year, to carry through for a full year of their own agenda, and that is how I’m judging them. “So basically, I would give one year and six months for them to truly
Prime Minister Andrew Holness displaying a document outlining the conduct expected from his ministers, during the first meeting of his Cabinet last March. achieve the things that they have set for themselves to achieve. And the ministers are well aware. T h e y k n o w what their tasks are and the commitment still stands. After this year they are fully in charge of their portfolios,” added Holness. According to the prime minister, there were several legacy issues left over by the previous administration that his ministers had to address in the first year. “The legacy issues that this Government has had to deal with have seen us spending time trying to resolve issues that were just left unresolved. Issues going back to even when we were in government the first time (2007-2011).
Companies buckling under weight of sickness Daily Nation – Kim Tudor, chief executive officer of NISE, said absenteeism remained a worrisome. Companies in Barbados are paying a heavy price for high levels of absenteeism. Across sectors, including wholesale and retail, tourism, agriculture, construction, financial services, m a n u f a c t u r i n g , transportation, storage and communication, millions of dollars are being lost every year because workers are staying away from work on both certified and uncertified sick leave. Chief programme manager at the Productivity Council, Anthony Sobers, said only 30 per cent of the sick days reported in this country had to do with
“Not to make a criticism of any government but simply to say the process of government must be not to leave any negative legacies but to solve the problems in the term,” added Holness. In the lead-up to the 2016 general election, Holness had promised that
he would provide job descriptions for his ministers and these would be made public. At that time, Holness said the job descriptions would focus primarily on two objectives: economic growth and job creation. “Everything that they do must lead towards economic growth and job creation,” declared Holness at a Gleaner-Mona School of Business and Management Leadership Round Table then. “Failure to achieve those specific targets within the period is consequential,” he warned at the time. According to Holness, the job letters would have had a timeline of two years and six months from the date of their appointment with key performance targets, which would be agreed on by the Cabinet. Holness has since faced criticisms over his failure to provide the job descriptions to the 17 members of his Cabinet, with some critics arguing that this was just another empty election promise.
CBC $115M in debt Daily Nation - Mired in a state of indebtedness of more than $100 million, the focus of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is on saving the jobs of its 250 employees. That word has come from CBC general manager Doug Hoyte. “Our focus is on saving jobs,” he said. “It is not just about cutting numbers to achieve a particular saving. That would be grossly inhumane.” Hoyte said he believed the staff, for the most part, was sympathetic toward the corporation’s financial plight, especially in the face of possible job losses. “They too want to get it
actual sickness. In the larger slice of the absenteeism pie, sick days are taken to attend funerals and sporting activities, and to deal with family or personal issues.
Havana (AFP) - Raul Castro says he will step aside as Cuba’s president a year from now. Here are three challenges facing the island as it prepares for the handover: Castro took over in 2006 from his brother Fidel, who died last November. The president has gradually liberalized the economy — but the benefits have been slower to come than expected. The economy has grown 2.3 percent on average over the past eight years, less than the 4.4 percent forecast. It shrank 0.9 percent last year due to a crisis in key partner Venezuela. Castro has expanded the private sector and courted foreign investment, but his government has acknowledged that bureaucracy is impeding that effort. The country aimed to draw up to $2.5 billion of investment a year but is only receiving about $418 million, says Cuban economist Carmelo Mesa-Lago at the University of Pittsburgh. Castro has also not yet fulfilled a promise to scrap the dual currency system, which fuels inflation. “Monetary unification will be difficult to implement in 2017 because the economy will probably see very low
Raul Castro growth” and the budget deficit is high, Mesa-Lago said. A change of leader risks slowing down the economic reforms even further, said Arturo Lopez-Levy, an academic at the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley. “It is hard to imagine that any other leader would have more political berth and authority than Raul Castro to accelerate the opening of private enterprise, the replacement of the system of ration books with a better system of subsidies for the most needy, and monetary unification.” The ruling party is scheduled on February 24, 2017 to elect a new council of state and president.
APNU+AFC has “one-term”...
Doug Hoyte resolved, notwithstanding a desire for wage increases,” the general manager said.
IDB: Low-income housing still not affordable
Three challenges for Cuba’s Raul Castro in his last year
Daily Nation - Low-income housing in Barbados is still beyond most low-income earners, and Government needs to review a number of programmes which have been put in place over the last decade. In addition, Barbados should also introduce a policy directly aimed at dealing with squatting on special water zone areas, a special 2015 Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report has suggested. The report, presented last year, determined that around US$1.8 billion would be needed to end poor housing conditions in the Caribbean. The report, authored by the IDB’s senior housing and urban development specialist Michael Donovan also dealt specifically with the housing problems facing Barbadians, and the myriad of intended solutions the state-owned National Housing Corporation (NHC) had implemented over the last three decades.
From page 11 the people at the bottom.” The WPA Executive Member said that perhaps, the lack of skills available to the government or the fact that the PPP is unrelenting in its vicious attacks on the Coalition or the very fact of having to manage a coalition, have something to do with the inability to drastically distinguish itself from the PPP. Dr. Hinds said that the PPP was never interested in improving the lot of the working class. “For example, it fought the public servants at every opportunity. This government is doing the same to government workers when it comes to wages. The economic thrust of the government does not differ much from the PPP when it held government.” Furthermore, Dr. Hinds said that there is no creativity and imaginativeness as far as tackling issues such as poverty, unemployment and infrastructural development. “There is a kind of business as usual attitude—nothing transformational and revolutionary The PPP never consulted the people on big or small matters; it shoved things down their throats. This government does the same.” The political activist said that there was no consultation on raising Ministers salary or moving the vendors or the erection of Durban Park stadium or the parking meter issue or the massive taxations or the Wales closure. “The PPP was corrupt to the bone. This government is not corrupt, but it is moving far too slowly on the fight against corruption. The PPP used the CIVIC as window dressing. This government does the same with its constituent members. Outside of Cabinet, there is no meaningful consultation. The APNU doesn’t meet regularly. The APNU and AFC don’t meet outside of Cabinet.” Dr. Hinds said that while the consequences of the government’s praxis are not as disastrous as under the PPP, he said that this does not mean that there are not similarities in attitude. “So, despite Minister Harmon’s clarification, I stand by my original comments.”
Monday February 27, 2017
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Newly Appointed Magistrate, Peter Hugh Long standing defence counsel, Peter Hugh has been appointed Magistrate. Hugh’s appointed was announced last week as the newest addition to the Magistrates’ Court bench. He gained his Literally Legum Baccalaureus (LLB) at the University of Guyana and proceeded to the Hugh Wooding Law School (HWL) where he obtained his Legal Education Certificate (LEC) in 2004. Hugh was also admitted to the local bar that same year. From time to time he practiced in the criminal courts in Georgetown and has completed several trials before the High Court. The newly appointed Magistrate also took on roles as prosecuting officer. His appointment comes weeks after the new $77M Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court was recommissioned. Sources say that Hugh is tipped to commence work in Court 2 of the Sparendaam Magistrates’ courts. However, this has not yet been confirmed. The Bartica Massacre trial is a prominent case under his belt. Hugh represented Roger Simon called ‘Goat Man.’ who was acquitted on 12 counts of murder after a 12-member jury returned with unanimous not guilty verdicts. Hugh represented the prosecution in the case of police versus Curtis Vasconcellos and Orwyn Peters. The two men of Alberttown, Georgetown and Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara, respectively were committed to stand trial at the High Court last year for attempted murder. On June 6, 2015, they allegedly discharged a loaded firearm at businessman Neezam Khan, with intent to murder him. The shooting reportedly occurred during a robbery.
Monday February 27, 2017
Parliament awaits court decision OPR probes alleged ‘torture’ on NBS wrongful dismissal matter at Sparendaam Police station The National Assembly is still awaiting a determination of the court, to make a pronouncement on the report of the ombudsman into the case for Maurice Arjoon, former Chief Executive Officer of the New Building Society, suffered wrongful dismissal. Arjoon and his colleagues, assistant Mortgage Manager Kissoon Baldeo, and Operations Manager Kent Vincent, along with other employees, were charged in a $69M fraud case at NBS in 2006. The money reportedly belonged to Bibi Khan. The case was in the court for a number of years before charges were finally discharged. The former CEO then moved to file a $2M lawsuit against the People’s Progressive Party Civic government for malicious prosecution. The suit was dismissed since the offence could not have been properly established. When the charges were laid against Arjoon, he was on
the verge of retirement and was dismissed. Arjoon has claimed that he was framed after he refused to illegally endorse the lending of $2B in 2006. The former CEO’s decision to only lend $350M in keeping with Guyana’s financial laws apparently angered former President Bharrat Jagdeo, who allegedly threatened to deal with the CEO. The trio then lodged a complaint at the office of the Ombudsman. In his report on the matter, Moore concluded that the men had suffered a “grave injustice”. The late Ombudsman Justice Winston Moore had also ruled on another controversial matter relating to the New Building Society (NBS). The Office of the Ombudsman concluded in November 2014 that police wrongfully charged the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and two of his managers of a massive $69M fraud at the New Building Society, in 2006.
He recommended that the men be compensated for losing seven years of their lives. The matter was taken to the National Assembly where it was laid, but has been at a standstil l . Contacted recently, for update on the status Clerk of the National Assembly Sherlock Issacs noted that the National Assembly is still awaiting the court decision before it can determine a way forward on the issue. Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had explained that the Speaker of the House advised that the House should be mindful of the sub judice rule, which states that once a matter is engaging the attention of the court it could not be ventilated in the Assembly. The court case ended last June before Justice Brassington Reynolds. However, the court is still to make a determination on the matter. Notices are to be sent out by the court on the date of the ruling.
Three ATVs for HIV-AIDS, Malaria and TB Programmes
From left, Dr. Jeetendra Mohanlall, National TB Programme Manager; Mr. Gavin Gounga, Deputy Region Executive Officer (DREO) Region Eight; Dr. Vishal Ramjas, Region 1; PS, Mr. Trevor Thomas; Region Nine REO [ag] Kerwin Ward and Dr. Maurice Edwards of the Health Sector Development Unit (HSDU). G u y a n a ’s f i g h t t o eradicate tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS and malaria got the proverbial ‘shot in the arm’ Friday with a donation of three AllTerrain Vehicles (ATVs) from Global Fund. During Friday’s handingover ceremony at the Ministry’s Brickdam, Georgetown headquarters, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health, Mr. Trevor Thomas, said the
ATVs will be used in Regions One (Barima/Waini); Eight (Potaro/Siparuni) and Nine (Upper Takutu/Upper/ Essequibo). Global Fund provides grants to brace several health sector initiatives here to counter TB, HIV/AIDS and malaria pandemics. Officials in the three beneficiary Regions were cautioned to be “careful how we use these gifts for these programmes. Take
care and monitor these equipment” PS Thomas said at Friday’s simple ceremony. Thomas also echoed the concerns of PAHO/WHO Representative Dr. William Adu Krow, who earlier this month raised the issue of abuse of donor gifts to the sector by some MOPH employees. “These gifts must be used for their intended purposes,” Thomas emphasized.
The Office of Professional Responsibilities (OPR) of the C Division police district has launched an investigation into an allegation of torture by police at Sparendaam police station. According to C Division Commander Marlon Chapman, the force takes such allegations seriously and such a claim will be thoroughly investigated. However he said that while the investigation is the right thing to do, he is doubtful about the allegation that is being made. Bisnauth Chan 37, has claimed that he was stopped at a road block at Better Hope, East Coast Demerara on February 11; and was taken to Sparendaam police station after he was breathalysed and found to be over the limit. He stated that he only saw the reading when the police officer returned with a slip indicating that he had broken the law. Chan admitted that he had consumed about five beers earlier that night, and upon arrival at the station he was told to sit on a bench. At the Sparendaam Station he said that he was approached by a police rank, whom he identified by name, and was handed a statement to sign. According to Chan it was his refusal to sign a statement that he did not write or dictate that led to the incident. He claimed the rank
was joined by a second policeman, whom he also identified. “He (the rank) said if I tell he the right thing the matter could be settled,” Chan claimed. He said that the two policemen wanted money to drop the charges. Chan said he refused and it was then that an officer (name given) came behind him and placed a black plastic bag over head and tied it under his chin. The man said that he had difficulty breathing, and it was only after another officer pleaded that the bag was removed. Chan said the rank who had placed the bag over his head said he would be placed in a cell with other prisoners. The man said that he was placed in a cell and released the following morning. He is to appear in court soon to answer charges arising from this matter. Speaking with Kaieteur News police Public Relations Officer Jairam Ramlakhan said that such an allegation is serious, but the rank is innocent until proven otherwise. Additionally he explained that once the investigation is completed, advice will be sought from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and if needs be criminal charges will be brought against the officer or officers, they could also be interdicted from duty.
Residents upset at early closure of Mocha Police Outpost The residents of MochaArcadia, East Bank Demerara are complaining that the ranks manning the Police Outpost are closing the station to the public from 22:00hrs each evening. One resident claimed that on February 24, at approximately 23:15hrs whilst making her way home from work she noticed a man dressed in all over black and wearing a green wig following her. The woman claimed that after she noticed the man walking behind her she decided to walk faster but she realized that the man was walking even faster behind her. “When I turned around I saw the man jogging coming behind me, after seeing him jogging I decided to run for my life. I kicked off my shoes and ran down the street as fast as possible and the man decided to take off his wig hold it in his hand and run behind me. I ran until I reached the Police Outpost thinking that I will get to sit on a bench and tell the Police officers what had just happened. The outpost door was shut tight! I decided to hit on the door but no one answered. All I heard was a fan spinning inside.” The woman further stated that she had to then sit on the concrete and make a phone call to her brother, who later collected her from the outpost. “Imagine all this time I am sitting there talking on my phone nobody ain’t open the door to see who is outside. I guess I had to wait until the following morning to make a report and go and pick up my shoes.” Another resident lamented that it was not
unusual that her sister was unable to interact with any police officers that evening since the outpost closes its doors by 22.00 hrs. “Growing up as a girl, I would always hear my grandmother say that two places that should always be open are hospitals and Police stations, but I guess that was long ago because it certainly does not happen anymore. Just imagine someone chasing you and instead of you running to the Police Outpost you have to run until you reach home. You might not even get the chance to reach home. This is nonsense and it needs to be fixed. If the Police officers are tired, they should put a shift system in place, rather than them having to close the doors.” Another resident stated
that one evening while she was walking home from work she noticed two men riding behind her on bicycles. “ First when I saw them I did not take it seriously but after I saw them with caps on and one kept riding ahead and the other one at the back I got scared. I continued walking, acting like everything was normal, but after these two men kept circling I decided to throw my bag in my neighbour’s yard because my lights were off. I stand at the gate and shouted for help. It was not until my neighbours heard me shouting and came out that the men decided to ride away. The Police outpost should be in operation for 24 hours, because the duty of the Police officers is to serve and protect.”
Record breaking number of tourist arrivals to Anguilla in 2016 The Valley, Anguilla — Tourist (stayover) arrivals to Anguilla set a new record in 2016. The island welcomed 79,239 tourist arrivals in 2016, an increase of 8.2% over 2015, breaking the previous record of 77,652 arrivals set in 2007. Anguilla’s 8.2% increase in arrivals was the sixth highest growth rate in the Caribbean. Arrivals from the island’s largest source market, the USA, which accounts for 64% of tourist arrivals to Anguilla, were up 6.9%, to 50,508 visitors. The Canadian market continued to recover, as the 3,501 tourist arrivals in 2016 represent a 3.1% increase over 2015. The UK market recorded 2,968 tourist arrivals, a healthy increase of 7.8% over 2015; Italy’s 1,106 tourist arrivals were down 12.3%, while Germany’s tourist arrivals of 626 were up by 50%, admittedly off a small visitor base. The decline in tourist arrivals from Italy is presumed to be linked to fears of terrorism, as Paris is the main gateway for Italian visitors, and the slaughter of nine Italian businessmen by ISIS terrorists in July may have prompted Italians to vacation closer to home. A third of Italian tourists to Anguilla travel in July and the steep decline in arrivals that month negatively impacted overall tourist arrivals for the year. (Caribbean News)
Monday February 27, 2017
Monday February 27, 2017
Islamic State planning attacks in Britain - anti-terrorism lawyer Reuters - Islamic State militants are planning “indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians” in Britain on a scale similar to those staged by the Irish Republican Army 40 years ago, the head of the country’s new terrorism watchdog said. In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph published yesterday, Max Hill, the lawyer tasked with overseeing British laws on terrorism, said the militants were targeting cities and posed “an enormous ongoing risk which none of us can ignore”. “In terms of the threat that’s represented, I think the intensity and the potential frequency of serious plot planning – with a view to indiscriminate attacks on
Max Hill innocent civilians of whatever race or colour in metropolitan areas – represents an enormous ongoing risk that none of us can ignore,” he said.
“So I think that there is undoubtedly significant ongoing risk which is at least as great as the threat to London in the 70s when the IRA were active on the mainland.” The IRA abandoned its armed struggle for an end to British control of Northern Ireland and unification with Ireland in a 1998 peace deal. More than 3,600 people were killed, including more than 1,000 members of the British security forces, during a sectarian conflict that began in the late 1960s. British security officials have repeatedly said that Islamic State militants, who are losing ground in Iraq and Syria, will target Britain.
Famine-hit South Sudanese eat weeds and water lilies to survive
Women and children wait to be registered prior to a food distribution carried out by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Thonyor, Leer state, South Sudan, yesterday. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola Reuters - Like thousands of other South Sudanese families caught up in famine, Sara Dit and her 10 children are hiding from marauding gunmen in the swamps and islands of the river Nile. The refuge has a steep price: families cannot farm crops or earn money to buy food. They eat water lily roots and the occasional fish. Dit’s family have not eaten for days. Last week the United Nations declared that parts of South Sudan are experiencing famine, the first time the world has faced such a catastrophe in six years. Some 5.5 million people, nearly half the population, will not have a reliable source of food by July. The disaster is largely man-made. Oil-rich South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, plunged into civil war in 2013, after President Salva Kiir fired his deputy Riek Machar. Since then, fighting has fractured the country along ethnic lines, inflation topped 800 percent last year and war and drought have paralysed agriculture. Dit and her children are among more than 100,000 people that the United Nations says face imminent starvation in the counties of Leer and Mayendit in greater Unity state, which borders Sudan. “The children are sick but what can I do? There are no hospitals near us and we can’t move far from where we are hiding. My older
children go fishing but we can’t get enough because we don’t have tools,” Dit told Reuters on Saturday, cradling her four-year-old son in a temporary nutrition clinic set up by UNICEF, the U.N. agency dedicated to children. Staff said her son will die without immediate help. Nyaluat Chol, a mother of six, said her family had survived on water lilies and palm fruit for the past year. “We have been running from fighting for a long time. We settled in the island because it’s much better there. But we can’t leave to go buy food. We eat the weeds floating on the river, sometimes we get fish,” the 31-yearold said. The women were among a crowd of 20,000 people that emerged from the swamps and assembled at the rebel-held village of Thonyor, in Leer county, when they heard the United Nations was registering people for emergency rations. Some families received fishing nets and rods from aid workers to keep them going until food arrived. It was the U.N.’s first trip to Thonyor in a year. Many parts of the country are inaccessible due to fighting. Others are just very remote. South Sudan, the size of Texas, has only 200 km (120 miles) of paved roads, nearly six years after independence from neighbouring Sudan.
Monday February 27, 2017
Iran holds naval war games amid rising tensions with U.S. Reuters - Iran launched naval drills at the mouth of the Gulf and the Indian Ocean yesterday, a naval commander said, as tensions with the United States escalated after U.S President Donald Trump put Tehran “on notice”. Since taking office last month, Trump has pledged to get tough with Iran, warning the Islamic Republic after its ballistic missile test on Jan. 29 that it was playing with fire and all U.S. options were on the table. Iran’s annual exercises will be held in the Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf of Oman, the Bab el-Mandab and northern parts of the Indian Ocean, to train in the fight against terrorism and piracy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said, according to state media. Millions of barrels of oil are transported daily to
Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari Europe, the United States and Asia through the Bab elMandab and the Strait of Hormuz, waterways that run along the coasts of Yemen and Iran. Navy ships, submarines and helicopters will take part in the drills across an area of
about 2 million square kilometres (772,000 square miles) and marines will showcase their skills along Iran’s southeastern coast, the state news agency IRNA said. The U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet is based in the region and protects shipping lanes in the Gulf and nearby waters. Last month, a U.S. Navy destroyer fired warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels near the Strait of Hormuz after they closed in at high speed. The vessels belonged to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards which are not participating in the current war games. Trump said earlier this month that “Iran has been put formally put on notice” for firing a ballistic missile, and later imposed new sanctions on Tehran.
White House does not rule out Sessions recusal on Russia probes Reuters - The White House yesterday did not rule out that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may recuse himself from Justice Department investigations into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a deputy White House press secretary, said congressional investigations into possible Russian hacking of Democratic groups would have to run their course before Sessions needed to decide whether to step aside from the FBI probes. Sessions was a top adviser to President Donald Trump, a Republican, during the 2016 presidential campaign. “I wasn’t saying that he shouldn’t recuse himself or that he should,” Sanders told ABC’s “This Week.” “My point is I don’t think we’re there yet. Let’s work through this process.” U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that Russia tried to help Trump win the White House by discrediting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her party through cyber attacks. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, expelled Russian diplomats in retaliation in December. Moscow has denied the accusations. The FBI is investigating alleged Russian electionrelated hacking and financial transactions by Russian people and companies believed to have links to
Jeff Sessions associates of Trump, according to current and former government officials. Trump has dismissed the controversy about ties between his aides and Russia as a “ruse” perpetrated by a hostile news media.
“Russia talk is FAKE NEWS put out by the Dems, and played up by the media, in order to mask the big election defeat and the illegal leaks,” Trump wrote on Twitter yesterday. Trump fired his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, three weeks into the new administration after disclosures surfaced that Flynn had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office and misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations. Democrats have been pushing for an independent investigation into whether there were links between the Trump campaign team and Russian officials.
Monday February 27, 2017
Iraqi forces aim to secure Mosul Americans are split on whether they want President Trump impeached — bridge, link up to east bank and more revealing polls
Iraqi special forces members rests during a battle with Islamic State fighters on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Reuters - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul yesterday, aiming to capture a bridge across the Tigris which would link the city’s government-held eastern bank with the ongoing offensive against remaining militants in the west. The bridge is the southernmost of five bridges spanning the Tigris. All were damaged in strikes by the U.S.-led air coalition, and later by Islamic State fighters trying to seal off the western bank still under their control. “The bridge is very
important,” Colonel Falah alWabdan of the Interior Ministry’s Rapid Response unit, one of the two main forces spearheading the campaign in western Mosul, told Reuters. “The bridge is about 400 metres away. By the end of the day you will hear that our forces have arrived (there).” Army engineers plan to rehabilitate the bridge to allow troops to bring in reinforcements and supplies directly from the eastern side, he said. Iraqi forces captured eastern Mosul in January,
after 100 days of fighting. They launched their attack on the districts that lie west of the Tigris a week ago. If they defeat Islamic State in Mosul, that would crush the Iraq wing of the caliphate that the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared in 2014 over parts of Iraq and neighbouring Syria. The U.S. commander in Iraq has said he believes U.S.-backed forces will recapture both Mosul and Raqqa - Islamic State’s Syria stronghold within six months. Army, police, and elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) and Rapid Response units forces are attacking Islamic State in west Mosul, with air and ground support from the U.S.-led coalition, including artillery fire. U.S. personnel are operating close to the frontlines to direct air strikes. Hundreds of people have fled the fighting in the direction of government lines since Thursday, at least 1,200 of them in the early hours of Sunday, according to a CTS officer. Of those, several dozen had been forcibly taken into Mosul in the early stage of the offensive from nearby regions to serve as human shields.
No matter where Americans fall on the political spectrum, they are likely to have some strong opinions about President Donald Trump. Three weeks into Trump’s run as president, a poll was published by Public Policy Polling that illustrates the divide in the country: 46 percent of voters are in favour of impeaching Trump, and 46 percent are opposed. Trump’s overall approval rating varies by the source of the poll. A new national poll from Quinnipiac University has his approval rating at 38 percent, down from 42 percent just after his inauguration. His post-inauguration approval rating is a record low compared to his recent predecessors: After his inauguration, Barack Obama’s approval rating was at 76 percent, and George W. Bush’s was 57 percent, according to CNN. Ronald Reagan was the closest to Trump, at 51 percent. The lowest current numbers have Trump at 35 approval (Monmouth) and the highest at 52 percent (Rasmussen Reports). Looking at the statistics by race and gender, Trump’s highest approval rating comes from white men. According to a NBC/ SurveyMonkey poll, 58 percent of white men approve of Trump, while just 14 percent of black women approve of him. Another McClatchyMarist poll says that 58 percent of Americans are embarrassed by the Trump administration, while 33 percent say his activity in office makes them proud. Naturally, there’s a sharp contrast in Trump’s approval ratings between Democrats
Donald Trump and Republicans. Though 85 percent of Republicans have a positive opinion of Trump, just 11 percent of Democrats do. This is a change from previous administrations, where the opposing party has had a higher approval rate of a president in the weeks after an inauguration. In the weeks after Obama’s inauguration, his approval rating was as high as 41 percent, according to Gallup. Thus far, 57 percent of people surveyed think Trump is attempting to do too much too quickly. But to that point, 75 percent do believe that Trump is staying true to the promises he made on the campaign trail. As for Trump’s more controversial actions as president, 6 in 10 oppose the building of Trump’s muchtalked about wall along the Mexican border, with 37 percent in support, according to a Quinnipiac poll. People are split a bit more evenly on healthcare, the same poll reports: 54 percent oppose repealing Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, and 43 support its repeal. One in three voters are either “very” or “somewhat” concerned about losing their healthcare if Congressional Republicans (and Trump) follow through on their vow to overturn Obamacare. About three-quarters of those surveyed do not want to lower taxes for the wealthy. In nearly every poll, a majority of respondents say the country is not heading in the right direction. In a Monmouth poll, just 27 percent of people support the way the country is headed — and 67 percent don’t approve of the direction the country is heading. Rasmussen
Reports, a conservativeleaning poll group, according to Time, currently has 46 percent approval and 48 percent disapproval. On Trump’s controversial travel ban, which has since been blocked by a federal judge and later, an appellate court, 48 percent do consider it to be a “Muslim ban,” and 65 percent of people oppose it. 45 percent of respondents support Trump’s executive orders on immigration. However, among that 45 percent, 51 percent of them think the fictional Bowling Green Massacre is evidence for a need in Trump’s new immigration policy. 72 percent of people do not approve of Trump’s favorable comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin. It’s a near even split on how people view Trump is dealing with the economy: 45 percent approve, while 43 percent disapprove. Trump made headlines for his comments about Frederick Douglass a few weeks ago, and according to a Public Policy Polling poll, only 47 percent of Trump voters know who Douglass is. According to the same poll, 45 percent of Trump voters have a positive opinion of Black History Month — and 46 percent think there should be a White History Month. 28 percent of voters overall are in favor of a White History Month. Trump is no fan of the parodies of himself on Saturday Night Live, where he’s been portrayed by Alec Baldwin since last fall, as proven by his Twitter account. But the American people, however, are in favor. According to a Morning Consult poll, 52 percent of people have enjoyed the portrayals of Trump and his team (including Melissa McCarthy as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Kate McKinnon as Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway). In addition, 33 percent of respondents said they’d like to see more of these impressions. Only 16 percent said they have not enjoyed the impersonations. In another poll, 48 percent of voters think SNL has more credibility than Trump. (Yahoo News)
Monday February 27, 2017
Third annual Fitness Challenge Scotia Bank’s celebrities launched at Giftland to exhibit their endurance
Singer Tamika Marshall is as fit as she is talented and pretty. By Sean Devers The third Annual Fitness Challenge organized by Guyana Fitness Games in collaboration with Kares Engineering Inc was launched yesterday at the ‘Strip’ at Giftland Mall and included a demonstration of
what was to come on Sunday March 5 at the National Park. Tickets for this year’s Fitness Challenge cost $1,000 and are available at Fitness Express and all local gyms. More is in store for the 2017 event with Scotia Bank hosting a celebrity Challenge.
“This year we are excited to announce our first Celebrity Charity Challenge where local celebrities will be competing for a charity,” Scotia Bank’s Jennifer Cipriani disclosed. Some of the celebrities are former West Indies fast bowler Reon King, Yannick Charles, Soca artiste Vanilla, Promoter Kerwin Bollers, former Miss Guyana World Nuriyyih Gerrard and others. It was disclosed the charities benefiting are Help and Shelter and Ruimveldt Children’s home. “This year is expected to be even bigger than the first two with 36 athletes ready to compete for that top spot of Fittest Male or Female in Guyana and six teams vying for fittest team in Guyana. We are offering cash prizes for 1st, first, second and third place individual winners as well as a cash prize for the first place team,” said Mrs. Noshavyah King. The first event is a two mile-run (two laps around the Park) then competitors have to do another 400 meters with a sack weighing 50-70 pounds. The second event which must be completed in 15
minutes, comprise of 33 dead lifts of 155-225 lbs, jumping on and off a box measuring 30 inches in height for Males and 24 inches for Females, 33 times. Thirty three Kettle Bell swings of weights of 35 lbs for girls and 55lbs for Men, 33 Chin over bar and 66 jumping chest to bar for females only before ending with 33 overhead squats of 55-75 lbs. The third event is entirely weights oriented routines, while the fourth event, which has a time cap of 10 minutes, and competitors must do as many reps as possible with wall balls. The last event will be randomly selected on the day with the Sports Director putting his hand in a bag and pulling out either 100 skipping with the rope passing under your feet twice with a single jump and 30 Trusters with 6595 lbs or 21-15-9 snatches with 65-95 lbs bar over Burpees. Director of Sports Christopher Jones said that he was pleased with the support from Corporate Guyana since some people expect the Government to be able to do everything to assist local sporting ventures. Among those also
Watched by Dennis Nandan of Kares Engineering Inc, Director of Sports Chris Jones said he was pleased with Corporate Guyana’s support since GOG cannot be expected to do everything. speaking at the Head table were Dennis Nandan of Title Sponsor Kares Engineering Inc, Sean Abel of Ansa Mcal Ltd whose sponsorship is under the Lucozade brand, Giftland Sports Max’s CEO Roy Beepat, Cipriani and Desinco Trading’s Alica DeAbreu. Representatives of Fitness Express (Jamie McDonald), Genesis Fitness Express (Noshavyah King) and Guyana Fitness Games (Jordana Ramsay-Gonsalves) were also present at yesterday’s launching. The organizers thanked their Sponsors Kares Engineering Inc, Ansa Mcal, with their Lucozade brand, Desinco Trading with their Degree brand, Scotia Bank, Arrow Point Nature Resort,
Baganara Island Resort, Giftland Sportsmaxx, Windjammer International, Wings Investments, Johnny P Supermarket, Trophy Stall, Star Party Rentals, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Tech Pro, Fitness Express, and Genesis Fitness Express. A bottle of Lucozade was shared out to each reporter and each member of the Head table who also indulged in snacks before four volunteers put on a demonstration of box jumping and push-ups. Ian Rogers and Shawnell Warner were the first Male and Female to complete their routines respectively, while Tamika Marshall of singing fame was the other female volunteer for the demonstrations.
Director of Sports Chris Jones (right) & Giftlands’ CEO Roy Beepat (middle) are among those at the head table with representatives of the sponsors.
O’Keefe’s second-day spell was exceptional - Lehmann ESPNcricinfo - Steve O’Keefe might not strike fear into the hearts of batsman like Mitchell Johnson did at his pomp, but not since Johnson scythed through England at Adelaide Oval in 2013 has an Australian bowler dismantled the opposition as quickly as O’Keefe did on the second day in Pune. Such was the observation of Australia’s coach, Darren Lehmann, who hailed O’Keefe as “exceptional” in delivering Australia a drought-breaking win on Indian soil. The last time Australia won a Test in India, back in 2004, Lehmann was part of the batting order; this time he was watching on from the dressing room, and liking almost all of what he saw.
From putting up a competitive 260 in the first innings to bettering that total in the second innings, Australia’s batsmen found a way to outperform their Indian counterparts on a highly challenging pitch. But the defining period of the game occurred on day two, when O’Keefe snared three wickets in an over and six in the space of 4.1-overs. “An exceptional spell - I haven’t seen that since Mitchell Johnson in the Ashes with England in Adelaide when he tore them apart,” Lehmann said after Australia’s triumph within three days. “We took 7 for 11 and that obviously turned the game.” Johnson’s memorable spell in Adelaide also began with three wickets in an over, and later in the
same spell he was on a hat-trick, at which point he had collected five wickets in 18 deliveries. Johnson’s speed and aggression troubled England; O’Keefe’s accuracy and natural variations caused chaos in the minds of the Indian batsmen. “Twelve-for, 6 for 35 in both innings i s p r e t t y s p e c i a l , ” Lehmann said. “You always hope don’t you, as a player. I actually thought Nathan Lyon bowled just as well, to be perfectly honest. Nathan’s been under pressure from a lot of sources throughout the subcontinent, myself included. I thought he was outstanding in this game. He was brilliant, so both spinners did the job, but Steven was exceptional
getting the rewards.” Although O’Keefe was a clear stand-out for the Man of the Match award, Australia had several other contributors to the Pune win - none more so than the captain Steven Smith, who struck 109 in the second innings on a dry and turning pitch. Smith was just the third Australian after Mark Taylor and Damien Martyn to score a second-innings Test hundred in India. “I think it’s probably his best, especially in those conditions,” Lehmann said. “I haven’t seen him so determined. He’s always determined - he’s captain of our country and plays really well obviously, but he knows conditions on that wicket [were difficult]. To
make a hundred was very special, so that’d have to be in his top few for sure.” Impressive in a different way was the young opener Matt Renshaw, who was playing his first Test outside Australia, yet handled India’s spinners with aplomb. He top-scored in the first innings with 68 and then added 31 in the second innings, despite struggling with illness. “He hadn’t actually hit the ball that well in our lead-up, but for some reason when he gets out in the middle, he knows exactly what he wants to do and how he wants to do it,” Lehmann said. “So for a 20-yearold that’s pretty special. I think he’ll back that up in Bangalore.
Monday February 27, 2017
England eventually find way past innovative Italy LONDON (Reuters) England remain on course for back-to-back Six Nations grand slams after managing to find a way to overcome their own poor start and a gritty and inventive Italy with a late surge of tries to secure a 3615 victory yesterday. England were sluggish and error-strewn in the first half and were lucky to trail only 10-5 at the break, with the home players left scratching their heads by Italy’s innovative tactic of not competing at the ruck. England eventually worked out how to get around an Italian approach that was condemned as “not rugby” by coach Eddie Jones and finally took command with three tries in the last 10 minutes, including two for replacement wing Jack Nowell. England top the standings on 13 points after three wins. Ireland, who beat France on Saturday, are second on 10, with Scotland third on nine after a home win
over Wales, who are fourth, level on five points with the fifth-placed French. Italy are last and still seeking their first points. It was England’s 17th successive victory and equalled the record of 10 in a row in the Five/Six Nations. A win over Scotland at Twickenham in two weeks’ time would put them level with the tier one world record New Zealand set before last November’s loss to Ireland and give England a chance to break that mark in their final game in Dublin on March 18. Jones was delighted his side remain on course for the title but fumed at I t a l y ’s t a c t i c o f n o t committing players to the breakdown, which ensured no ruck and that they could then loiter behind the ball and obstruct the pass without being offside. England had no idea how to deal with it and when James Haskell asked referee Romain Poit for guidance, the Frenchman said: “I’m a
referee, not a coach, you need to find a solution.” Jones bristled: “That wasn’t rugby today, if that’s rugby I’m going to retire, I don’t want to be involved in that. “If your halfback can’t pass the ball there’s something wrong with the game. If the 10 can’t see the ball, how do you play rugby?” added the Australian. TACTICAL CONTROVERSY The tactical controversy somewhat overshadowed a ragged display by England who somehow led with a Dan Cole try despite an errorstrewn opening quarter. Italy were fired up but their good work was not helped by the wayward kicking of Tommaso Allan, who missed three penalties, although the last of them at the end of the half hit the post and was gathered by Giovanbattista Venditti, who dived over for the try that earned a 10-5 halftime lead.
KARACHI KINGS QUALIFY WITH CLUTCH VICTORY Gayle, Smith star on opposite ends
ESPNcricinfo - In basketball, it’s called a wire-to-wire loss. Islamabad United received the cricket equivalent as the Karachi Kings dominated the final league game from the start to finish, completing a six-wicket win that ensured they qualified for the playoffs. Rain had delayed the start by an hour and a half. Considering the variables that rain brings how the pitch will play with some moisture on it and the unpredictability of the D/L method - the toss became crucial. Karachi won it, chose to bowl and never looked back. The only phase which Karachi didn’t control was when the Islamabad openers made a steady start. Dwayne Smith and Ben Duckett added 37, but it took the majority of the Powerplay - 27 balls. Par scores in the tournament have been fluctuating as much as the games, but with not much spin on offer, Islamabad needed more than the 123 they mustered. None of Karachi’s bowlers were exceptional, but neither were they deplorable. Pace variations were used effectively, including a back-of-the-hand googly from seamer Sohail Khan that dismissed Shane Watson. Chris Gayle, dropped from the previous match, lit up Dubai in the chase. He didn’t take too long to get going, striking five sixes in eight balls en route to his 17-ball 44. Not only did that blitz get him back in hitting form, it also put Karachi well ahead in the chase. It was a canter thereon. Even though the match went down to the final over and the penultimate ball, it wasn’t as close as the scoreline suggested. Where the match was won A curtailed contest means an increased allocation of resources, but Islamabad were unable to use the depth in their batting lineup in the 15-over game - partly due to their own indecision of a par score but also because
of the Karachi bowlers’ execution. Between overs 6 and 10, Islamabad scored just 27 runs and lost two wickets. Legspinner Usama Mir and left-arm spinner Imad Wasim bowled two overs each in that period and allowed just one boundary, using wily changes in length and pace. The men that won it Karachi’s playing XI. The whole team contributed at some stage. Five bowlers bowled their quota of three overs, and none conceded more than 30. The fielding remained tidy through the innings. With the bat, Gayle played the most significant hand, but the target may just have been insurmountable without the rest of the cameos. Moment of the match Kieron Pollard went 6, 6 off the final two balls to keep Karachi alive in the previous game. He almost matched those pyrotechnics in the field in the final league match. He took four catches, the last of which was possibly the moment of Karachi’s campaign. Dwayne Smith, batting on 49, heaved an Usman Khan delivery towards wide long-on, where Pollard sprinted to his right. However, even he was too far from it. So he used his athleticism and stuck out his long right hand to pluck another grab for the Pollard scrapbook of implausible catches. Where they finished Karachi was left with 111 to qualify and 124 to win. They ended up achieving both to finish fourth on the points table. Islamabad had already qualified for the playoffs, and finished third. Both teams will meet each other in the second playoff on March 1. The result also meant that Lahore Qalandars were eliminated from the tournament. Scores: Karachi Kings 127 for 4 (Gayle 44, Shadab 3-13) beat Islamabad United 123 for 7 (Smith 49) by six wickets.
England’s Ben Te’o scores their fifth try in the Six Nations Championship at Twickenham Stadium, London versus Italy. (Reuters / Toby Melville Livepic) England came out far sharper in the second period and a quick tap and go try by Danny Care plus another by speedy wing Elliot Daly suddenly had them 17-10 up within seven minutes. Italy struck back though, scoring in the second half for the first time in the championship as Michele Campagnaro ran through George Ford and left Mike Brown flailing for an excellent
try. England, however, took command as Italy tired. Nowell crossed for the key fourth try and Ben Te’o added the fifth after a great charge by prop Kyle Sinckler. Nowell then showed his trademark slippery skills to sneak through for his second, with Owen Farrell, who missed four of his seven goal kicks on his 50th appearance, finally finding his range to
convert and give the scoreline a polish. Italy coach Conor O’Shea was unimpressed with England’s complaints about their tactics. “What do people want us to do? Be normal, lay down and get beaten? he asked. It’s nothing new. When Australia or Toulouse did it it was fantastic, but when Italy do it it’s wrong. We did not come here to roll over.”
Wilder retains WBC belt with TKO of Washington
Deontay Wilder successfully defended his WBC heavyweight championship. Omnisport - Deontay Wilder successfully defended his WBC heavyweight championship against Gerald Washington. American Wilder patiently waited for an opening, and got it early in the fifth round as he scored a technical knockout of Washington in Birmingham on Saturday. The Alabama native moved to 38-0, with all but one victory by knockout, as he handed Washington
(18-1-1) the first loss of his career. While Wilder was patiently looking for an opening, Washington took advantage as the aggressor through the first four rounds at Legacy Arena. Wilder found his opening early in the fifth round, knocking Washington to the canvas before the referee stopped the fight. Washington, 34, was a defensive end at USC with
practice squad stints in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills and the Seattle Seahawks, and did not make his professional boxing debut until 2012. He appeared to be in control through the opening round, but a quick jab from Wilder’s right hand to Washington’s temple got the former football player unsteady before a left cross knocked him to the canvas. Washington got to his feet, but was met with a barrage of punches from Wilder, prompting the referee to step in. Wilder wants to unify the heavyweight belts and called out WBO champion Joseph Parker following Saturday’s fight. Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will face undefeated British fighter and IBF champion Anthony Joshua (18-0) for the IBF and vacant WBA and IBO belts on April 29. “I’m ready for Joseph Parker, but is he ready for me? I did my part, Joseph Parker,” Wilder told Fox Sports in the ring. “Now it’s time to do yours.”
Monday February 27, 2017
Farah coach used prohibited Afghanistan raze Zimbabwe drug infusions, says newspaper for 54 to seal series (Reuters) Alberto S a l a z a r, t h e c o a c h o f B r i t a i n ’s Olympic champion Mo Farah, has been accused of using prohibited infusions of supplements to improve the performance of his runners, the Sunday Times reported citing a leaked United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) report. The British newspaper said the 2016 report also accused Salazar of abusing prescription medicines for his athletes at the Nike training center in Oregon. Attempts by Reuters to reach Salazar for comment were unsuccessful. Salazar issued a lengthy and detailed denial of similar allegations in 2015. Farah said in a statement on Sunday that he was “a clean athlete who has never broken the rules in regards to substances, methods or dosages.” Farah, who last year became only the second man to retain the Olympic 5,000 and 10,000-metre titles, accused the newspaper of using his profile to make “the story more interesting”. “If USADA or any other anti-doping body has evidence of wrongdoing they should publish it and take action rather than allow the media to be judge and jury,” he added. The Sunday Times said the USADA report had been leaked by the ‘Fancy Bears’ hacking group which has previously leaked medical and doping-
related documents. The newspaper said that Farah and other athletes coached by Salazar were given infusions of a research supplement based on the chemical L-carnitine and that one who was given a high dosage said that it was as effective as illegal blood doping. It said Salazar also emailed disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong touting the benefits of L-carnitine. L-carnitine is not a banned substance for athletes but infusions of more than 50ml in the space of six hours are prohibited, the newspaper added. USADA on Saturday confirmed to Reuters the document cited by the Sunday Times appeared to have been leaked but would not comment on the r e p o r t ’s c o n c l u s i o n s o r any accusations against Salazar. “USADA can confirm that it has prepared a report in response to a subpoena from a state medical licensing body regarding care given by a physician to athletes associated with the Nike Oregon Project,” USADA Communications M a n a g e r Ry a n M a d d e n said in an email to Reuters. “It appears that a draft of this report was leaked to the Sunday Times by the Russian state-affiliated hacker group known as Fancy Bears. “We understand that the licensing body is still deciding its case and as we continue to investigate whether anti-doping rules
were broken, no further comment will be made at this time.” Salazar, a Cuban-born American marathon runner who has worked with Farah since 2011, was accused of violating antidoping rules in a BBC documentary in 2015, including allegations he had given 2012 Olympic 10,000m silver medalist Galen Rupp the banned anabolic steroid testosterone. Farah was exonerated by UK Athletics who found no impropriety on his part after receiving the initial findings of a review into his relationship with Salazar. The latest Sunday Times article says that, according to the leaked document, Salazar took “egregious risks” and abused prescription rules by persuading Farah to take potentially d a n g erous doses of permitted vitamin D prescription drugs believing it would boost his performance through increased testosterone levels. Farah’s British doctors intervened because they were concerned about the effects on his health, the paper said, citing the leaked USADA report. The Fancy Bear hackers have previously published data on athletes gained from the World Anti-Doping Agency administration and management system via an account for the Rio Games.
Mo Farah of Great Britain jobs past coach Alberto Salazar in the Bird’s Nest Stadium at the Wold Athletics Championships in Beijing, China, August 21, 2015. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files)
ESPNCRICINFO Afghanistan’s bowlers combined to roll Zimbabwe over for 54, helping the visitors seal a 3-2 series win with a 106-run D/L victory in the final ODI in Harare. Afghanistan elected to bat and were provided a brisk start thanks to opener Noor Ali Zadran’s 49-ball 46, even as Zimbabwe got regular breakthroughs early on. Noor Ali eventually fell at the end of the 15th over, a wicket that put the brakes on Afghanistan’s momentum as captain Asghar Stanikzai and Rahmat Shah tried to steady the innings from 85 for 3. The pair put on 39 off 64 balls, which was followed by a fifthwicket stand of 35 between Shah and Samiullah Shenwari. After Rahmat reached his fifty, both he and Shenwari were run-out as Afghanistan found themselves at 172 for 6 at the 40-over mark. Allrounder Mohammad Nabi then batted with the lower order, hitting four fours and a six in his 48 off 40 balls. Dawlat Zadran hit 14 off 6 balls to lift them to 253 for 9. Medium-pacer Chris Mpofu finished with figures of 3 for 46 while the spin duo of Graeme Cremer and Sean Williams kept things tight and conceded a combined 74 in 20 overs. Zimbabwe’s response was delayed by rain and a wet outfield, leaving them with a revised target of 161 off 22
File photo Mohammad Nabi put in a fine all-round performance to help Afghanistan win the final ODI © Peter Della Penna
overs. They suffered an early blow, losing Peter Moor in the second over. Three balls later, left-arm spinner Amir Hamza removed Solomon Mire, before returning two more wickets off four balls in his next over to reduce Zimbabwe to 13 for 4. There was to be no recovery, with only two batsmen getting into doublefigures, as Nabi and Rashid
Khan - who were both picked up by the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the IPL auction earlier this week - took combined figures of 5 for 22. Rahmat was named Man of the Match for his fifty. Scores: Afghanistan 253 for 9 (Rahmat 50, Nabi 48, Mpofu 3-46) beat Zimbabwe 54 (Nabi 314, Hamza 3-20) by 106 runs (D/L Method).
Duffy wins SA race for fourth year in a row GRABOUW, South Africa, CMC – Bermudian triathlete Flora Duffy continued her wonderful form of 2016 by starting the new season in terrific style despite a hip injury, winning her fourth straight Xterra South African Championship in Grabouw, Western Cape, on Saturday. Duffy, the current International Triathlon Union women’s world champion, finished in two hours, 39 minutes – more than six minutes ahead of 30-year-old South African Mari Rabie, with Xterra novice Rachel Klamer, 26, of the Netherlands third. Despite her previous successes in the race, Duffy, 29, admitted she was nervous before the start. “Being the first race of the season, you don’t know where you’re at,” she said afterwards. “I was a little nervous, but everything went well and I had a lot of fun.” Rabie led the women’s swim in 22:13, five seconds ahead of Duffy. But with her superior mountain biking skills, the Bermudian took the lead early on the mountain bike section. Her women’s-best 1:18:49 split for the 26kilometre mountain bike leg gave her a sevenminute lead on Rabie and 15 minutes on Klamer. Added Duffy: “On the bike I worked hard on the climb and went smoothly on the
Bermudian triathlete Flora Duffy. technical sections. I’m currently nursing a hip injury, so on the run I decided to practise more control.” Playing it safe on the run in view of her hip injury, Duffy surrendered a minute to Rabie, but still had enough in hand to finish in 2:39:00 and record a 6:31 margin of victory. Klamer was 15:11 behind Duffy. South Africans finished 1-2-3 in the men’s race, with Richard Murray first in 2:22:46.
Monday February 27, 2017
Burnham Memorial cycle road race United’s Ibrahimovic strikes Forbes Husbands is overall winner; twice to win League Cup Agard wins third leg
Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores their third goal. (Reuters / Darren Staples) LONDON (Reuters) Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved his hunger for silverware has not diminished with age as the Swede’s double earned a 3-2 win over Southampton in an absorbing League Cup final at Wembley yesterday. After a stirring Saints fightback revived memories of their shock 1976 FA Cup final victory over United and with extra time looming, the 35-year-old Ibrahimovic pounced to head Ander Herrera’s cross past goalkeeper Fraser Forster. His 26th goal of the season in all competitions followed a sublime first-half free kick that gave United the lead and enabled manager Jose Mourinho to claim his first silverware since arriving at Old Trafford in the summer. Mourinho’s fourth League Cup triumph, three of which came during his two spells with Chelsea, put him alongside former United manager Alex Ferguson and Nottingham Forest great Brian Clough as the most successful managers in the competition. United had taken a rather fortunate 2-0 lead with Ibrahimovic’s 19th-minute strike and Jesse Lingard’s clinical finish but Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini’s brace either side of halftime breathed life into the showpiece match. Both sides could have snatched victory but in the end it was the irrepressible Ibrahimovic who stole the limelight — even if United’s unused captain Wayne Rooney hoisted the trophy aloft. “This is a team effort. This is what I came for — to win and I am winning. The more I win the more satisfied I get,” said Ibrahimovic, who has won silverware at Ajax Amsterdam, Inter Milan, Juventus, Barcelona and Paris St Germain. “You appreciate it more the older
you get. Wherever I have gone I have won. I think this is trophy number 32 for me.” After becoming the first manager to win a major trophy in his debut season at United, Mourinho praised Ibrahimovic. “He won the game for us. He was outstanding,” said the Portuguese. “He made the difference and he gave us the cup.” IBRA WIZADRY Southampton, playing in their first Wembley cup final since 1979 when they were League Cup runners-up, were the sharper team in the opening stages and Gabbiadini was unlucky to have a goal disallowed for offside. But United shook off their early lethargy and took the lead after 19 minutes with a typical piece of Ibrahimovic wizardry. When they were awarded a free kick in a central position 25 metres out, the Swede clearly only had one thing in mind as he placed the ball down and curled a shot past Forster. Southampton responded well but were hit with another sucker punch in the 38th minute when Marcos Rojo found Lingard in space and the young striker guided a precise shot past Forster. Southampton were
fortunate to keep 11 players on the pitch when Jack Stephens caught French forward Anthony Martial with a lunging tackle, escaping with a yellow card. Claude Puel’s side were rewarded for their first-half endeavour seconds before the interval though when James Ward-Prowse drove the ball across goal and Gabbiadini stole in to steer the ball past De Gea. Three minutes after the break Southampton were level and it was January signing Gabbiadini who again showed his poaching skills, holding off Chris Smalling to shoot low past De Gea. With Southampton’s fans in full cry it was the Saints who began to look the more likely winners and former Chelsea player Oriol Romeu saw his header bounce back off the post. With drizzle falling on the lush Wembley turf the game ebbed and flowed as both sides sensed victory. Lingard wasted a glorious chance to put United back in front, blazing over from close range, but when Ibrahimovic was presented with an even clearer opportunity he did not miss. “It was unfair on Southampton, they deserved extra time,” Mourinho said. “They gave us a beautiful final.”
Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates with the trophy at Wembley Stadium. (Reuters / Darren Staples)
By Zaheer Mohamed Stephano Husbands emerged as the overall winner when the third and final leg of the Forbes Burnham Memorial cycle road race concluded yesterday. Husbands who finished the third leg in fifth position in a time of 1 hour 19 minutes and 59 seconds edged third stage winner Shaquille Agard to take the overall title with a time of 5 hours 19 minutes and 02 seconds, while Agard had an overall time of 5 hours 19 minutes and 05 seconds. Hamza Eastman occupied the third position with a time of 5:19:33 ahead of Andrew Hicks 5:20:19, Orville Hinds 5:20:41 and Alonzo Ambrose 5:20:58 respectively. Christopher Cornelius captured the overall junior segment with a time of 5 hours 32 minutes and 50 seconds. Adealie Hodge took the runner up spot with 5:33:15, while Marcus Keilen finished third in 6:04:20. Junior Niles carted off the veterans division in 5:23:32, Ian Jackson placed second in 5:32:55 followed by Sybourne Fernandes in 5:33:19. Husbands claimed four primes, Junior Niles, Michael Anthony, Agard , Deeraj Garbarran two each, while Eastman, Henzo Matthews, Andrew Hicks, Ambrose, Hinds and Akeem Wilson had one apiece.
The third leg, which commenced at Homestretch Avenue and proceeded to Belfield, East Coast Demerara before returning to the starting point for the finish, saw Husbands, Eastman and Jamal John of Team Coco’s dominating the early proceedings before Michael Anthony of team Evolution provided them with some competition, taking the lead at Enmore on their way back. However, his lead was short-lived as Hicks, Eastman and Hinds took control. Raphael Leung and Ambrose headed the pack at Ocean View, but Agard separated himself from the bunch thereafter and powered his way to victory unchallenged. He won the leg in 1 hour, 19 minutes and 48 seconds, Hinds placed second in 1:19:53, Ambrose finished third in 1:19:54 followed by Hicks 1:19:55, Husbands and Paul De Nobrega 1:20:05. Hamza Eastman won the second leg which commenced yesterday morning at Five Corners in Linden and finished at Homestretch Avenue in 2 hours, 55 minutes and 43 seconds. Agard took the runner up spot in 2:55:43, Husbands was third in 2:55:43 ahead of Hinds, Michael Anthony and Hicks in that order. Hicks claimed the first leg in 1:03:34, while Husbands finished second and Eastman third.
Pacquiao to fight Britain’s Khan in ‘super fight’ (Reuters) Multiple world champion Manny Pacquiao has agreed to fight Britain’s Olympic silver medalist Amir Khan on April 23, both boxers said yesterday. The 38-year-old Pacquiao had said four days ago that he and Khan’s management were in discussions for the fight, despite an earlier announcement the Filipino’s next bout would be against Australia’s Jeff Horn in Brisbane. Pacquiao, however, had said that Horn was one of many possible opponents. “Negotiations between team Pacquiao and team Khan have come to terms for the April 23 bout as this is what the fans wanted,” Pacquiao tweeted. The 30-year-old Khan, who won silver as a lightweight at the Athens Olympics, has not fought since last May when he moved up two weight classes to fight middleweight Canelo Alvarez. The much bigger Mexican proved too powerful and the Briton was knocked out in the sixth round and he is likely to drop back to welterweight to fight Pacquiao, who holds the World Boxing Organization title at the weight. “My team and I have agreed terms with Manny Pacquiao and his team for a super fight,” Khan said on his Twitter page. Pacquiao won the WBO welterweight title last November against American Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas with an unanimous decision. No venue for the fight was announced.
Amir Khan after his defeat to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. (Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Couldridge)
Manny Pacquiao returns to his corner following his fight against Timothy Bradley at MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Picture Supplied by Action Images)