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EDITORIAL

CCTV and the crime situation Apart from the scrutiny facing the impending establishment of the police SWAT unit, citizens might wish to be enlightened about the role the Close Circuit Television is expected to play in combating or better still preventing crime. In other words what’s in it for them? Already we have seen the conflicting views expressed on the uses and accessibility of CCTV by two Government officials in the persons of the Crime Chief and the Cabinet Secretary. That situation in itself therefore justifies any state of confusion which might exist in people’s minds. Several questions arise. How is the surveillance system intended to work? How will it be deployed? How will the persons tasked with monitoring the cameras be selected and whom will they be reporting to? What are the expected outcomes? How will these be evaluated and by whom? And what are the legal risks and responsibilities in terms of personal privacy violations by the state? If we were to reflect on the possible desirable results from introducing CCTV, several things should come immediately to mind the foremost being the reduction in crime and the fear of crime. Second and no less important is the removal of the fear of misuse particularly by agents of the state for political ends. “CCTV doesn’t actually do anything since it is the operators that produce the results required” (French 1998). Creation of a non-partisan oversight body (if such an animal exists) might be the way to go if these quite justifiable fears are to be disabused.” Crime prevention interventions have been shown to produce two results namely displacement and diffusion. Displacement may occur in one or more ways, those being functional, geographical, temporal, tactical, target and/or perpetrator and occurs as a consequence of crime fighting measures be it hotspots policing or use of CCTV. This effectively means that any or all of the methods mentioned are moved from a criminal environment to another more favourable to their needs. More often than not, it is the actual and potential criminal offenders who are forced to move their activities to a more vulnerable alternative geographical space which is less patrolled or surveilled and therefore much more suited to their criminal exploits. One very real concern is that the proliferation of CCTV in commercial and more affluent residential areas will lead to the displacement of crime to poorer areas with implications for the social ecology of those places (Davies, 1995). Diffusion on the other hand refers to the positive crime initiatives benefits being experienced by neighbouring communities by a reduction in the commission of criminal offences. However, this may serve to distort the true picture as it relates to the effectiveness of the CCTV intervention, since the drop in crime in neighbouring communities would also be seen as reduced when a comparison with the monitored area is made (Clarke, 1995). If the Guyana Police Force is to allay certain fears and garner the necessary community support, it should, as a part of its public information policy initiative, advise the general public of the answers to the questions listed above. But perhaps the GPF might wish to go further by citing the likely results anticipated through the introduction of the CCTV. One aspect that should be guarded against and which makes the foregoing suggestion all the more critical is the possibility that members of the public could be misled into mistakenly assuming that with the presence of CCTV-monitoring operators, their responsibility to report crimes is reduced. This belief can have serious implications for the statistics on reported crime, and crime rates since there is no guarantee that everything will be observed in real time by the operator. Therefore victimization surveys would be the way to go as they can be designed to examine recorded crime rates before and after CCTV installation. These will bring out whether rates are affected by increased detections or are a factor of underreporting by victims. In the final analysis there can be no cogent argument against the positive role that CCTV can play in preventing crime.

Tuesday January 14, 2014

Letters... Where your views make the news

This type of atmosphere towards governance needs to return DEAR EDITOR, The public call by the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for nominees to the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) must be seen within the context of activating the ‘Objective of the Political System’ outlined in Article 13 of the Constitution. This article expressly states, “The principal objective of the political system of the State is to establish an inclusionary democracy by providing increasing opportunities for the participation of citizens, and their organizations in the management and decision-making processes of the State, with particular emphasis on those areas of decision-making that directly affect their well-being.” This posture augurs well for Guyana and the PAC must be commended for taking such a bold and progressive step. Having reached to this point the parliamentary political parties are urged to understand Article 212X. (2). requiring approval of not less than twothirds of the members of the National Assembly for the nominees is not an opportunity to deny competent Guyanese from serving because of political association, real or perceived, or a personal dislike. A person should be denied approval having not met the required expertise and experience outlined in Article 212X. (1). Let it be clear, our Members of Parliament, including the President, have sworn to uphold the Constitution, which has within it the right to freedom of association. Every citizen is a voter or

potential voter and to cast a vote it means this will be cast for a party of choice, which is a protected right. The enjoyment of this right also includes protection from discrimination on said ground. Refer to Article 147 (1) and 149 (2). Similarly, those enjoying these rights have a civic duty to ensure respect for the Constitution, their fellow citizens, and the responsibility of government so outlined therein. We need to return to the days of political/public service when those assigned public responsibility discharge same consistent with universal principles and the Rule of Law. Let me cite a case to make the point. The Ministry of Labour under the leadership of the late Kenneth Denny as Minister of Labour invited the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) to discuss his proposals to address what he considered areas for amendments in the labour laws. In his team was Assistant Chief Labour Officer Majid. In this engagement, as the minister outlined the amendments he was desirous of making, Majid highlighted the instances where some of these proposals conflicted with ILO Conventions. The minister paid heed and withdrew. The lesson from this is - Majid as the professional member of staff was unafraid to draw to the policy maker’s attention his intent was in conflict with international acceptable standards. And the policy maker demonstrated that he didn’t know it all and was prepared to accept sound technical advice and act in

accordance with. Further, if we want to deduce from this experience it may be perceived, based on the way many think, that Majid was PPP, or even if he was PNC, he was a professional. In like manner it could be said the PNC minister was not intimidated having competent staff around. In fact, it demonstrated recognition for reliance on competency. The GTUC and Ministry of Labour left the meeting with the understanding the proposed amendments that conflicted with ILO Conventions would not be pursued. The then government honoured the commitment. This type of atmosphere towards governance needs to return. Unfortunately, today when an error is drawn to the political directorate’s attention rather than see it for what it is worth, the official considers it a challenge to his/her authority. And instead of correcting same the society is bullied, laws are violated and citizens’ rights transgressed in order to justify s/he correct, even when s/he knows it’s wrong. It needs to be said this attitude to governance is not strength, it is weakness; it is not maturity, it is immaturity. Thus, to those who are saying this or that person must not be appointed to the PPC because of political association, perceived or real, or personal dislike, it is time this society creates more Denny and Majid scenarios in the interest of moving forward and ensuring the proper management of our resources. Lincoln Lewis General Secretary, GTUC

The situation in the Central African Republic is cause for great concern DEAR EDITOR, The situation in the Central African Republic is cause for great concern. According to media reports tension between Christians and Muslims have reached a point where people are being attacked and killed just because they happen to be culturally different. There is the case of a Muslim who reportedly was dragged out of a bus and beaten to death in the capital Bangui. And as if that was not enough, the body was then set on fire, roasted and dismembered. One leg was cut off and eaten raw by a man and this in the presence of several villagers who not only failed to come to his rescue but gave “moral” support to the person who committed that act of cannibalism. This may be an extreme act, but it points to the dangers that could befall any society when there is a breakdown of social norms and law and order. People are then thrown into what the English Philosopher Thomas Hobbes referred to as “a state

of nature” in which there is “war of all against all”. The situation in the Central African state has been grabbing international attention due to the tens of thousands of people who were forced to abandon their homes and seek refuge in nearby bushes of public places considered safe.

Only recently, both the country’s president and prime minister were forced to resign due to their inability to restore order and stability. The situation in the Central African Republic brings back memories of what transpired in Rwanda some years ago when over a million lives were lost due to

ethnic rivalry. The international community, in particular the United Nations, needs to act promptly and decisively to prevent any further loss of lives and avert a humanitarian crisis that is looming dangerously over the country. Hydar Ally

A lot of unfair and mischievous allegations DEAR EDITOR, Please allow me to respond to a letter that was published in your newspaper on Monday January 13th, 2014 titled “Shame on the Ministry responsible for Co-ops” which was written by Gervais Sansulotte. The writer of the said article stated that he/she was not close to the happenings at the Paradise Multi Purpose Co-operative Society since he/she was ‘away’. This accounts for his/her senseless ramblings since he/she is not au fait with the steps that are currently being taken to regularize this Society. In fact, only as recent as Thursday January 9th, 2013, a meeting was held, to address the said issue, in the Boardroom of the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development. Present at that meeting were the Minister within the Ministry of Local

Government and Regional Development, the Honourable Norman Whittaker and a few of his officers as well as Officers from the Ministry of Labour and stakeholders from the above mentioned Society. Now that Gervais Sansulotte is back in the country I would like to urge him/her to keep abreast with all developments in relation to the said Society before writing to the newspaper and making a lot of unfair and mischievous allegations against the Minister and his Officers. By the way, I looked at the Register of persons allocated land in this Co-operative Society and did not find such a name. Please let Sansulotte come clean. Mrs. Carol Valz Chief Co-operatives Development Officer


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We need to return to 1960s Parliamentary System DEAR EDITOR, Former PPP stalwart Lionel Peters has taken on former Speaker Ralph Ramkarran criticizing him for making reference to Ramjattan’s “haul your a..” comment and for referring to the AFC as a 10% party. Readers should know that few contributed as much as Lio, as we called him, did in the liberation struggle against the dictatorship and he is among a few who has a repository of knowledge about the ground struggle in Guyana for free and fair elections. I used to see him all over the Corentyne and Demerara when I visited regularly during the 1980s and 1990s, and he never turned down to help me in my research, though I never found ways to repay him or thank him enough. Many noted that he was never given his “fair due” for his sufferings at the hands of thugs of the PNC dictatorship and frequent lock ups for asserting his rights or fighting on behalf of the oppressed. Others of lesser ilk were promoted way ahead of him. I think Lio was too harsh on the former Speaker. For some inexplicable reason, Lio has consistently slammed Ramkarran who, like several of us, also made huge sacrifices during the struggle to restore democracy to our homeland. There could be something personal that I am not familiar with. I do think Lio is putting too much into the 10% commentary and at any rate the comment is not meant to belittle Khemraj’s achievement at the November 2011 polls or even his contributions to the prodemocracy struggle. As Lio correctly stated, “Ralph is an amicable figure”. He does not step on

political toes or seek to derogate people and he is not demeaning an achievement of 10% of popular votes — after all, the 10%, mostly coming from the traditional PPP base, cost the ruling party its majority. However, as Ralph suggests, the AFC’s strength must be taken into context of what has been happening over the last two years. APNU (PNC) has been growing. The AFC would be fooling itself if it thinks it has not been losing support. People who voted AFC told me they are angry with some of its positions and how it voted on certain bills and the cutting of the budget. Also, the AFC has been losing ground because of mistakes it made in Agricola and Linden. Guyana needs serious political reforms that if implemented will address several of the problems people comment on daily. We need a truly democratic constitution that empowers people and that shifts power away from politicians and the Georgetown establishment. Both Lio and I consistently oppose the current fraudulent constitution. I urge Lio to impress upon my friends Khemraj, Moses Nagamootoo, etc. to

introduce a bill to replace the Burnham constitution with the early 1960s democratic constitution. Ramkarran called for a political system with the Prime Minister as head of government and a President as ceremonial head. Had that constitution been in effect, as it should have been, we would have had a coalition government in charge of the affairs today and probably none of the kind of problems with management or demands of power sharing, etc. In fact, all future governments would truly reflect the will of the people through coalitions among the parties (and by extension their ethnic groups). Alternatively, a bill could be introduced to allow people to choose in a vote which constitution they prefer – the Burnham one or the independence one imposed by the British. Unlike what Khemraj or Mo may think, going back to the British constitution is not endorsing or returning to imperialism. It is consolidating democracy that forces parties to the negotiation table to deal with the interests of the population rather than enriching themselves. Vishnu Bisram

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Finance Minister preempts Parliamentary sitting A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU), Joseph Harmon, has submitted to the National Assembly a list of questions for Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds, in relation to the qualifications and remuneration of the head of the E-Governance Project, Alexei Ramotar. And Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh has come out in Ramotar’s defence. The Finance Minister said that Ramotar is currently one of Guyana’s most qualified in his field, with a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, over a decade of work experience where he led numerous projects in his field and several academic awards and publications. He lashed out at the Joint Political Opposition saying that there is a concerted effort to rid Guyana of its human and financial resources. “This has become even clearer with recent events that are unfolding before the public.” Dr. Singh in his condemnation of the attempted scrutiny of Ramotar said that in less than six months two major international investors, Muri Brasil Ventures and Blackstone Group which pulled out of the Amaila Project, were forced to walk away from doing business in Guyana as a direct result of Opposition hostility. He said, “As if chasing away investors is not enough to satisfy their lust for power afforded by their one seat majority, they now move to attack and ultimately chase our human resources: our young qualified professionals working in Government.” He said that just months ago the Alliance for Change (AFC) waged a campaign to discredit the head of the Guyana Energy Agency,

…defends E-Governance Director, flays AFC/APNU Mahender Sharma, son of C.N. Sharma. “Now APNU’s Joe Harmon is copying from his AFC’s friend playbook, by doing the same thing to Alexei Ramotar and the project he leads.” Dr. Singh said that it is not by coincidence that Harmon and his party chose to publicly question the merit of Ramotar. He added said that “this was strategically done because Alexei Ramotar is the son of President Donald Ramotar.” According to the Finance Minister, Alexei Ramotar was hired in 2010, prior to his father’s run for Presidential Office and was deemed the most qualified for the job at that time. He said that the APNU has called on Government to provide jobs for young people and to utilize Guyana’s local human resources. “But when young professionals return to work for Government in a field of expertise that is sought after internationally and are not paid at a competitive rate they otherwise would receive in developed countries, they are attacked and demoralized by the Opposition.” Dr. Singh claims that at a time where there is a high global demand for skilled personnel, politicians and policy makers alike, should support and encourage young professionals to remain and contribute to Guyana’s development and not attack them and render them collateral damage of personal political vendetta . “How can Guyana attract qualified skilled personnel to stay when they are vilified, much the same like international investors, by the

Opposition,” questioned the Finance Minister. Dr. Singh in his attack of the political opposition said that they have made every effort to stagnate the development of Guyana for their personal political gains via their one seat Parliamentary majority. “In addition to chasing and vilifying investors and qualified young professionals, the Joint Parliamentary Opposition has gone as far as to ensure Guyana is now internationally blacklisted by international financial institutions by their non- support for the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act.” According to Dr. Singh those “resentful and vindictive acts” on the part of the opposition are clear

E Governance Director, Alexei Ramotar

APNU’s Joseph Harmon

Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh

indicators that they have no intention to foster financial, professional or investor credibility for Guyana, and similarly have no intention of doing what is best for the good of this nation. Harmon premises his scrutiny of Ramotar with the fact that the government’s E Governance Project is suffering from extensive delays coupled with the fact

that there is to be modification to the design of the project. He has since formally requested of the Prime Minister to provide the résumé of the Project Director, Ramotar, as it relates to his prior experience with Fibre Optic Cable installations, designing and managing a project of this complex nature. The party is also looking to find out what salary and

allowances Ramotar, the person running the project, is paid on a monthly basis. It was Government’s Chief Spokesperson, Dr Roger Luncheon, who recently confirmed that the laying of the fibre optic cable had to be modified, and that it was years behind schedule. He had explained that this was done to maintain the integrity of the cables.

Child sexual abuse project exceeds Thousands sensitized under its target - statistics -MHSS Tell Scheme initiative Approximately 10,000 children have directly benefitted from the Tell Scheme, a sensitization programme, which was developed by the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security (MHSS) to tackle the issue of sexually abused children. The Tell Scheme was launched two years ago, under the Ministry of Human Services as a method of empowering children to disclose any form of sexual abuse perpetrated against them. The programme was intended to target primary

school children and to raise public awareness in an effort to bring about support for the Sexual Offences Act. The Tell Scheme includes the direct participation of children parents, teachers and social workers. The initiative is a collaborative effort between the MHSSS and the United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF. According to a commentary released by MHSS, to date 552 teacher and 333 parents were trained to use the stimulus which resulted in approximately 10,000 children being sensitized on how they could protect themselves from perpetrators of sexual offences. The figures are from an altogether target 540 teachers, 540 PTA representatives, and 10,800 children. The MHSS has reported that during the two-year period Tell Scheme advertisements have been broadcast on five local television stations, as well as two local radio stations all in

Teaching material used in the Campaign an effort to make the public aware of the tell scheme stimulus and sensitize children who are not yet exposed to the information on sexual abuse. Evaluation on the progress of the initiative showed that of 100 schools visited almost 95 per cent had implemented methods of the campaign. As a result of the Tell Campaign approximately 50 children have disclosed/ reported alleged sexual

abuse. Of these, 11 cases involved inappropriate touching of children’s private area by adults as well as classmates. The MHSS reports states while six cases were dealt with by Headteachers; others were reported to the Police and Schools’ Welfare officers. The project has exceeded its target as training exercises were conducted at 180 schools over two years. A total of 273 schools have been trained from Regions Two, Three, Four, Seven and Ten, a majority of schools in Region Nine and some in Region Eight. In addition, Tell Scheme facilitators have trained 11 members (four females and seven males) from the Community Policing group in Alberttown, North Sophia and North Ruimveldt on the sexual offences law as well as (continued on page 11)


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OUR DESCENT INTO A DYSTOPIAN EXISTENCE DEAR EDITOR, A young man is lying in a bed in a hospital in Guyana suffering from severe intestinal injuries he alleges were inflicted by Law Enforcement. According to his and his mother’s revelations, his injuries were sustained back in November at Timehri, during a visit by officers stationed at Timehri Police Station to the home of his girlfriend. It would appear that, as has become something of a standing operating procedure for some Law Enforcement Officers, they were trying to coerce him into confessing to some crime or offence, or supplying answers to things he knew nothing about. In this pursuit, they allegedly beat and tortured him into an unconscious state, and then used a baton to penetrate his rectum, producing the injuries referenced. That this occurred over two months ago, and the mother is still to receive any satisfactory response from the police is something that conforms with what has come to represent justice in Guyana today. A similar incident came to light in New York in 1997, involving a Haitian Immigrant named Abner Louima. He suffered serious injury to his bladder when his rectum was forcibly penetrated with a broken broomstick by some members of the New York Police Department. It took Federal Intervention to bring justice to this matter, but absent any equivalent impartial and unpoliticized Law Enforcement entity in Guyana, one wonders whether the young

man, Colwyn Harding, and his mother, can expect to see an equivalent pursuit in Guyana. I have absolutely no hesitation in stating, and emphatically so, that the dystopian and degenerative state our society has devolved into, is a product of the wicked and malevolent tenure of government, its practice of abuse of, or convenient adherence to the rule of law and the treatment of some Guyanese at the hands of Law Enforcement, and the laissez faire, inept, and intellectually laziness that describe the combined opposition’s approach to their electoral and Parliamentary obligations. In no part of this world, this civilized world, would a 21-year exhibition of such venalities be countenanced. When in any society, hundreds of citizens could be summarily kidnapped, tortured and executed by vagrant bands of vigilantes, with no public expression of revulsion or condemnation by those charged with the responsibility of guaranteeing due process, the presumption of innocence, and equality in the enforcement of the Law, that society become a breeding ground for the horrible experiences of the Colwyn Hardings and the

perpetrators of these kinds of ghastly abuses. From the staggering rate of young people taking their lives over the everyday adversities that are part of one’s youthful experiences, the beastly and macabre violence and abuses being meted out upon women and children, to the now standard procedure of Law Enforcement using torture and brutalization as the main instrument to investigate and solve crimes, our nation seems to be plunging headlong towards an irreversible state of dystopia. The horrible and odious are fast replacing those values and principles that were once an inherent part of our civilized existence, while the leaders on all sides of the political equation, like Nero, fiddle away disinterestedly, secure in their opulent and gated habitations. To paraphrase the words of Martin Luther King Jr., the appalling silence of the socalled good people in the face of what is going on in this country is complicity equivalent to the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people. And I refuse to be the one to hold my tongue with the illusion that I can seek redemption when the dust has cleared. Mark A. Benschop

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City Council budget proposal stalled

No audited accounts from 52 NDCs in last five years

…as Sooba stages walk out of MCC statutory The Mayor and City Council (MCC) 2014 budget proposal was once again delayed as Town clerk, Carol Ryan Sooba, staged a walk out of yesterday’s statutory meeting held at City Hall. Sooba reportedly took offence after Deputy Mayor Patricia Chase-Green addressed her as Town Clerk (Ag) and walked out of the meeting instructing several other key officers of the council to do the same. Sooba’s action brought an abrupt end to the proceedings. The meeting has been postponed until 2:00 pm on Friday Yesterday’s meeting was scheduled to deal with the reviewed budget scheme which was initially rejected by the council last November. The council had described the 2014 budget proposal as being “unrealistic and lacking depth” in relation to what the already ailing Council is expected to accomplish. The Full Council sitting was

planned for council approval on the 2014 proposal. Twenty councillors present at yesterday’s meeting were to cast their votes on the reviewed budget proposal. However the meeting ended suddenly after Sooba refused to be addressed as Town Clerk (Ag). She said that she advised that as appointed Town Clerk she should be suitably addressed. . The 2014 proposal was initially presented by budget overseer and Chairman of the Finance Committee Junior Garrett and his team. The team compiled a budget for $2,055,467,116 for this year. The budgetary panel had taken into consideration funds allocated to the various Municipal departments, and funds allocated for the execution of city jobs. Within the proposal, the team looked at the Council’s liabilities – making special reference to the Council’s GPL bill, targets and assumptions, among other things.

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- none from six municipalities for more than decade and half

Deputy Mayor Patricia Chase Greene

Town clerk Carol Sooba Georgetown Mayor Hamilton Green had pointed out that the proposal lacked depth and did not cater for the duties and responsibilities of the Municipality. The Mayor said that among other things, the budget does not cater for the Ratings Appeals Panel to ensure citizens’ redress and to further reduce excuses for the non-payment of taxes. At another forum, Junior Minister of Local Government, Norman Whittaker had instructed the team to submit a written account of the objections made by the Mayor and councillors for the anticipated budget. The reviewed proposal of the budget is scheduled to be presented to the Local Government Minister for his approval.

Despite receiving millions of dollars every year from Central Government, there have been no audited accounts from six municipalities for at least 15 years. The municipalities have also been collecting taxes from residents. In total, 52 Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs), representing 80 per cent of total number, did not have audited accounts for the last five years. About 18 have also never produced audited accounts since they were established in 1994 - that is for 19 years. Writing in his weekly column in the Stabroek News, former Auditor General, Anand Goolsarran, was critical noting this is despite the fact that, as in the case of municipalities, NDCs are in receipt of significant amounts of money from the Treasury, not to mention rates and taxes being collected from local residents. “For example, the 65 NDCs received a total of $195.5 million in 2012 from budgetary allocations approved by Parliament. According to the Audit Office’s records, most of the entities had submitted financial statements for audit several years. However, some statements had to be returned for corrections while for others, the audits were

either being planned or were being finalised.” The 2012 Auditor General’s report issued on September 30 last stated that of the 294 sets of financial statements in the possession of the Audit Office as at September 30, 2011, a total of 221 statements were audited by December 2011 but the related reports had not been issued. However, no audits were finalized in 2011 while for 2012, 48 audits were completed and the related reports issued. “So the question is: what happened to the audit of 173 statements carried forward to 2012 that were completed and were “being finalized? Why should there be this overwhelming and undue delay in completing the audits of NDCs when the financial statements comprise merely a statement of receipts and payments? A dedicated auditor with access to the cash book, vouchers and bank statements will take less than a day to complete the audit.” Goolsarran said that an analysis of the situation paints yet another sorrowful picture of the functioning of the Audit Office whose mission statement states, inter alia, that the Audit Office is committed to promoting good governance, including openness, (Continued on page 25)

DRUNK DRIVER HITS GUYSUCO OPERATOR - Father of two in critical condition

A night dedicated to celebrating the marriage of a young couple came to an abrupt end after a 56-year-old resident of the Montrose Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara, was struck by an alleged drunk driver about 19:30 hours last night. The incident took place at a wedding house at Vryheid’s

Lust, East Coast Demerara. At approximately 20:00hours last night Vijai Ragunandan was being attended to by doctors of the Georgetown Public Hospital. Relatives after waiting for about one hour were later informed that Ragunandan had suffered a broken leg and serious injuries to the face. They were also preparing to take the injured man to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital so that scans can be done on his head to determine the extent of his injuries. One of Ragunandan’s brothers, Narine Roopnarine, said, “My brother was attending his nephew’s wedding. It was supposed to be a happy time for all of us. We were there having a good time and then my brother stepped outside for a few minutes. “I noticed he was in the corner of the road. And suddenly a silver wagon sped through and the left side of the car hit my brother. His head hit the windshield and he fell on the

road. My other brother and I ran immediately to his assistance. “The driver stopped and he staggered out of the vehicle. He was drunk. Smelled like rum. He couldn’t even assist us. We had to take our brother and put him in his car and one of our drivers drove us all to the Hospital.” He added, “When we got to the hospital a report was made and officers from the Sparendaam Police Station came and took the drunk driver away along with his vehicle. “We were later informed that the drunk driver was identified as Roopnarine Singh and his license plate number was PPP 438. We asked the officer at the Hospital to conduct a breathalyzer test on Singh but the officer told us that they didn’t have any. “We are very up-set about this. Drunk driving is getting out of hand in this country. We are pleading with the police to do something about it.”


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THE BALL IS IN APNU’S COURT It is unreasonable for APNU to expect the government to welcome and support its proposal for a social contract. Right now the relationship between APNU and the government is extremely strained and therefore it is inevitable for mistrust to be present whenever APNU makes a proposal to the government. APNU must say why the government would have reservations over proposals by the opposition. APNU has not dealt with the government in good faith. Since the Donald Ramotar administration took over, APNU has been guilty of conduct that generates mistrust. APNU, itself, created an environment of apprehension after it suggested that there were irregularities in the 2011 elections that would have a bearing on the presidency. Instead of accepting the official declared results, APNU demanded to have copies of the statements of polls and the list of result as per polling station even though APNU did have a presence in a substantive number of polling stations nationwide and would have already had copies of the very statements of polls that it was requesting. In parliament, APNU combined with the AFC to reconfigure the composition of the various committees. The manner in which this was done led the government to conclude that what was afoot was an attempt to

administer the affairs of the country from the opposition benches when the Constitution is quite explicit as to who exercises Executive power. The Constitution contemplates a situation in which a party gaining a minority of the votes can hold such power. Burnham knew that the PNC would never attain a majority. He was virulently opposed to coalition governments and thus designed the Constitution in a way that opened the possibility of the PNC gaining power with a minority of the votes. Further mistrust was engendered by the brutal manner in which APNU and the AFC went about cutting the 2012 Budget. Eventually there were productive negotiations between APNU and the government on this question. The two sides were on the brink of a historic development that would have set the stage for improved relations. But APNU then withdrew leading to escalation of tensions. There has been no improvement in the relationship between APNU and the government since and the differences have widened over major infrastructural projects. The government made available to the opposition parties all the major agreements that it had signed. It went as far also in having special briefings for the opposition parties on the Amaila Falls Hydroelectric Project. Instead of using the

Dem boys seh ...

Rohee got nuff bridge to cross People don’t know de trials that Rohee and de government got to go through. Dem got to think bout how to con de people and dem got to plan how to separate dem who like thief from de rest of de society. Tek Donald. He got to know who he can put as Finance Minister and who he can put as Labour Minister. Not that he got a lot of choice because is not many of he people gun watch money and keep dem hand off it. Then dem have Clement. Dem boys hear he talk bout de SWAT unit. He seh that de unit important fuh de police which got to be modern. Now de same Clement seh that people ain’t frighten now-a-days like long time because he is de Minister. Dem boys seh that fuh people who ain’t frighten dem never see suh much house wid grill, and so much people frighten to walk de road at nights, especially if de deh alone. But in de same breath he, Clement, announce that de SWAT coming. Is after de announcement that dem realize that Rohee and de government build nuff bridge fuh people cross. Clement seh that he know people believe that de SWAT people gun be corrupt like de rest of de police but people got to cross that bridge when dem come to it. Dem boys seh that wid de amount of corruption de country got a whole heap of bridges fuh people cross. Fuh every one of de Bees dem got about ten bridge. When people report to Clement all he does tell dem is that dem got to cross de bridge but he never mek any attempt to cross. If dem got to talk bout de Rat dem got to talk bout couple steel bridge. Bobby ain’t worrying bout crossing any bridge. He got a big boat; that is wha he lawyer in de States tell dem boys. Talk half and help Rohee build dem bridge

opportunity of those briefings and meetings to vent its concerns, APNU instead withdrew its support for the project. The government was outraged and accused APNU of acting in bad faith by not raising its concerns. The same thing happened over the Anti-Money Laundering and the Countering of Terrorism Bill which the government felt should have been supported. The government was forced to bring the Bill once again to the Assembly because it felt that APNU was prevaricating. APNU in turn had concerns over the government’s attitude towards the establishment of a Public Procurement Commission and the President’s refusal to assent to Bills it had passed. APNU

seems oblivious to the convention that no Bills, except those on moral issues should be brought to the House unless it has the support of the government. This is a time-honoured convention. However, the opposition parties seem bent on using their one-seat majority to introduce legislation which only adds to the suspicions by the government that the opposition parties are attempting to administer the Executive from the benches of parliament. What however really soured the relationship between the government and the opposition parties; was the stance they took in relation to the Minister of Home Affairs. In effect the opposition parties wanted to

move a motion of noconfidence against a Minister and use that to force his resignation. The result of all of this is increased mistrust between the opposition and the government. APNU must therefore accept that merely making proposals will not end this mistrust. It must demonstrate good faith it is serious about bringing the government on board in proposal for a social contract. It is not sufficient also for APNU to indicate that it does not want confrontation over the forthcoming Budget. It has to convince the government that its aim is not to disrupt development or to attempt to run the affairs of the government from the opposition benches. It will only be able to do

so by being magnanimous. There has never been any other route to increased political cooperation. If however, APNU continues to be defiant in the face of court rulings, whether preliminary or not; if it insists on passing its own legislation and expects the President to rubber stamp these; and if is protracts this untenable opposition to any proposed Bill introduced by the Minister of Home Affairs, then its social contract will join the long list of proposals that never see the light of day.

Burn victim to undergo surgery tomorrow Doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) are closely monitoring the condition of 37-year-old Eon Fernandez, who was burnt about his body last Friday after his house went up in flames. They are prepping him for surgery tomorrow. Fernandez, a father two, sustained first degree burns to his back, hands and neck. He is currently in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit on a life machine. Yesterday, his wife, Ingrid Daniels, said that her husband is slowly recovering. “The doctors say that he (Eon) is critical but he is in a stable. They will take him for surgery to remove the dead skin.” Kaieteur News was further told that Fernandez sustained damage to his trachea. He was however, breathing on his own since Sunday and is interacting with family members. “When we talk to him, he

would move his foot and shake up. He is trying to murmur some words but he is not fluent but we know what he trying to say,” Daniels said. The father of two was burnt after fire destroyed his Lot 25 ‘C’ Field Sophia home around 14:00 hrs last Friday. Hours after the fire, Daniels had told this newspaper that she was at home with her two children, aged 12 and five watching television when her husband came home in a drunken state and started to misbehave. “He is miserable when he is drunk, so when he come home I tell the kids that we gon go over to the yard next door (an empty lot) and stay there until he fall asleep,” Daniels, a domestic worker recounted. She further related that she sent her children over to the empty lot and went to a nearby shop to purchase sweets. “When I reach to the shop my daughter called me and say smoke coming from the house and I run back.”

The woman said that when she returned, her home was covered in smoke. “I keep calling for my husband but he ain’t answer, so I call for the neighbour and he come and kick down the door.” “As soon as the door open, Eon run out with fire on his back and hands and the neighbour take his hand and put out the fire and then they put him on a bag to lie and the police come and they take him to the hospital,” Daniels said. The woman explained that her family only moved there

about a year ago. “I have a kerosene stove, so I don’t know if my husband was trying to cook when we leave the house or what.” Daniels is now seeking any form of assistance from the public. “I don’t have anything. Me and my two children staying with a neighbour but her place is very small and we can’t burden her for too long. We don’t have clothes or anything.” Anyone willing to help Daniels and her family can call her on 677-6564.


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=== The Freddie Kissoon column ===

The politics of Guyanese Muslims The role of religion in the cause of human rights is a well recorded one. It goes back to the Catholic Church in the fifties and its fight against the zealous communist aspirations of Cheddi Jagan. Those who live in the present will never capture the essence of a past zeitgeist because psychologically it is impossible to do. The researcher can try as hard as he/she can to project his/her mind into the action of the main players of that era but the essential nuances will never be fully captured, thus

misunderstanding is inevitable. Historians after the fifties, sympathetic to Jagan’s antiAmerican radicalism, were hardly enamoured of the role of the Catholic Church. But can we today understand what was going through the mind of the Catholic Church at that time? Mohan Ragbeer in his voluminous work, “the Indelible Red Stain,” reproduced an interview Cheddi Jagan gave to the Queen’s College magazine in the fifties in which he

showered praise on one of the cruelest leaders in world history, Joseph Stalin. Why would business and church welcome such a person at the head of government? Christianity as one of the main vehicles against the Jagan Government in the fifties became one of the chief bandwagon against the Burnham Government from the seventies onwards. This time the Catholic Church found an ally in the Anglican denomination. By this time, the Burnham Government had a formidable adversary in

religion in general not only Christianity. The Hindu and Muslim churches were essentially supporters of the PPP especially given the historical connections Jagan had with Yacoob Ally of the United Sadr Anjuman and Reepu Daman Persaud of the Maha Sabha. When Burnham engineered coups in both organizations and took them over, this only led to deeper religious involvement of the Hindus and Muslims against Burnham. When a group was formed

named the Guyana AntiDiscrimination Movement spearheaded by Indian professionals, both Hindus and Muslim priests were involved. In fact, a Muslim priest became the chairman of the Guyana Human Rights Association during the PNC Government. The 1992 general elections brought the PPP to power and religious preoccupation with the authoritarian abuse of power took on a completely different shape from the epoch of the seventies and eighties. The Catholic Church withdrew from active involvement with human rights concerns; the Anglican Church under Bishop George developed a close relationship with the PPP Government. Under the PPP leadership, the Hindu and Muslim churches continued their support for the PPP. But it was with the Jagdeo tenure that the Hindu and Muslim churches began to display crass hypocrisy with racially and political support for the Government. Gone were the days when these two denominations were involved in open antigovernment behaviour under the Burnham and Hoyte presidencies. The explanation of racial sympathy did not escape the pen of analysts. President Jagdeo paid special attention to winning the support of the Muslim churches. By the time his tenure was up, the Central Islamic Organization of Guyana (CIOG), the main umbrella body of Muslims became shameless supporters of Mr. Jagdeo’s tyrannical regime, participating not only in state activities but also party functions. The CIOG featured prominently in Jagdeo’s circus at the National Stadium in September 2011 titled Day of Appreciation, a programme designed for election purposes. Under Mr. Jagdeo’s reign,

Frederick Kissoon prominent members of the CIOG were given sensitive state jobs. The love relation has continued under President Ramotar. A few months ago, the youth arm of the CIOG, the Muslim Youth Organization shamelessly went into race baiting overdrive when they accused the PNC of being involved in criminal robberies against East Indian. As with Diwali and Hindus, today the Muslim constituencies will take to their churches to pray to God. What will be missing are the memories of the seventies and eighties when Muslims felt it was a religious obligation to oppose bad government, the abuse of power and racial discrimination. The only conclusion one can come to is that the Muslims felt that in those days it was right for Indians to oppose the government of the day because they were East Indians and the Government consisted of Africans. Today, Muslim priests and their constituencies no longer want to remember that age because Indians are now in charge of the government. In other words, it was never about religion but race. Once the African PNC was out, power abuse no longer became an obligation to fight against. One wonders what Allah and God would make of this hypocrisy among both Hindus and Muslims. As the worst forms of power abuse continue in this religious land, maybe hope lies in the resurrection of Christian obligation to fight wrongdoing.


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TravelSpan hiring local flight attendants, adding another plane

Travelspan has announced plans to hire flight attendants locally and add another plane by mid-February. TravelSpan and Vision Airlines have announced their intentions to hire Guyanese flight attendants to staff an additional aircraft that comes into service on February 15. According to the company, this recruitment process is to facilitate an additional aircraft that Vision Airlines will be putting into service for Guyana starting on that day. Vision Airlines, a will be adding a 767-300 and two 767-200 aircraft to its fleet in addition to its 737 and Dornier aircrafts. “The company seeks persons who have the ability to learn quickly, have effective

communication and time management skills and an amiable personality. University graduates are preferred.” Qualified applicants are encouraged to send their resumes and a photo to career@travelspan.com, the air services said yesterday. TravelSpan began nonstop service between New York and Georgetown in December, a move welcomed by passengers who have been demanding an alternative carrier on the route. “TravelSpan successfully moved thousands of passengers to New York, Georgetown and

Trinidad for the holiday season. TravelSpan is also examining regional flights from Guyana that, accompanied by today’s decision to hire local flight attendants, will position TravelSpan to better serve Guyana.” With TravelSpan’s reentry to the market, Guyana now has three different carriers to the critical Georgetown to New York route. Early last year, it was Caribbean Airlines alone, after Delta pulled out. Fares had spiked to a high of US$1,600 in some cases, forcing Government to summon the Trinidad government, owners of the airline, to Guyana.

From page 6 signs and behaviors that they may observe in their respective communities while doing their jobs. However the implementation of such a project is not without its challenges. The MHSS has listed poor documentation and record keeping of reported cases of abuse in schools and the implementation process of the scheme in the classrooms as a main challenge. “Some schools are not following the reporting structure though this was a critical part of the training. These schools called in the parents to discuss or settle the matter before reporting it to the relevant authorities and in some cases without involving them...

“There are no specifically assigned Child Protection Officers to handle the reported cases of abuse.” “This affects the accuracy of the number of reported cases or disclosure made as a result of the Tell Campaign and the following through on reported cases. “The Regional Education Officers, under the Ministry of Education have not successfully mobilized teachers from all of the schools identified for the training.” There were also issues of high transportation cost in the hinterland and therefore only the head teacher and one PTA executive member were invited to the training sessions instead of three teachers and three PTA representative from each

school. In some cases no PTA representative was invited. In other instances, continuous interventions by Schools’ Welfare Officers and Child Protection Officers with children who have been abused from remote regions were prevented. However training for the remaining schools in Regions Eight and Nine will be completed in the first quarter of 2014, and during the remainder of the year the schools in Regions One, Five and Six will receive the training to make the initiative a national campaign to stop sexual violence against children. Schools in the other regions will be trained in intervention and prevention of sexual abuse under another overseas grant.

Child sexual abuse project ...

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Businessman refutes bullyism claims over disputed WBD land Head of Roraima Mining Company SILICA Company Ltd., Mr. Grantley Walrond, has refuted claims of bullyism leveled against him by a West Bank Demerara family. The family is also accusing the former Geology and Mines Commissioner of attempting to take over property said to be in their family for generations. Walrond said that he has taken note of the claims made in the media by the Majors, Robertses, Danielses, Fieldses, the Draytons and the Sattaur siblings, and has detached himself from the accusations. Walrond, who conducts sand mining operations, told this newspaper that the disputed land matter involving the siblings and himself is before the court, after several discrepancies were reportedly discovered in the documents presented by the family as their means of rights and ownership. The West Bank Demerara siblings said during a protest at the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) early last year that they inherited some 800 acres of land from their parents who previously owned the property at 13 to 16 Vreed-enRust, West Bank Demerara (WBD). The family had blamed the GGMC for allegedly giving Waldron permission to mine on their property. Walrond has insisted that he legitimately acquired his mining space from the GGMC following the necessary procedure. It was explained that the application process for the said property started in the early nineties. Kaieteur News was told that there were two plans relating to the area where the land is located; the Bhagroo plan and the Ramnauth plan. It was under the Bhagroo plan that the land was reportedly presented to Waldron. Further information showed that the Bhagroo plan dated back to the early

sixties when the siblings’ parents would have applied for property within the area where the disputed land is located; but the seniors were unable to attain it. According to more information, the documents presented by the family seem to be forgeries since “there is no certified information” to prove that the family indeed owned the property. Kaieteur News was told that background checks on the family and the documents they presented could not be traced by recording in the courts registry. While there are documents to show that senior family members did apply for property in earlier years, the documents also showed that none was allocated or someone else would have received the property. The Ramnauth plan, this newspaper was further told, updated the previous area plan, but still, there is no mention of the WBD family as owners, while other persons, some of whom received the same property that the family applied for were stated in the official gazette and the new plan. Additionally, grave discrepancies were identified when public information on the family’s land record was requested from the land registry. “At first they said it was destroyed by the flood, then they could not find it, but when we threatened with legal action, it all of a sudden appeared.” Walrond reiterated that none of the documents in the family’s file corresponded with existing records, while other documents could not be confirmed as they had no

dates and signatures. Walrond is convinced, however, that the WBD family is fronting for a businessman whom he identified as Raymond Ali. Ali is also involved in mining and is very interested in setting up operations in the very practical waterfront WBD location. Walrond said that the businessman has already moved some of his equipment to the area. Even more disturbing, Walrond explained, are threats made against his life. The businessman said that the area is becoming increasingly hostile and he said that the police have been made aware of the situation. On the other hand, documentation showed that Walrond’s mining licence has been renewed until 2018. After taking the GGMC to court to show cause as to why his licence was not renewed, a ruling was made in his (Walrond’s) favour. In the meantime, a new injunction has been filed preventing the WBD family from conducting any business on the disputed property. They are due back in court on January 21. Walrond has noted, however, that from the acquisition of the mining property in the early nineties, he has expended over US$750,000 to develop, backfill etc. the area and his mining business. The WBD family said that they will not give up the fight for what they say is their property. They claim that the court hearings and intervention of Walrond are stymieing their development as they are ready to develop the property for commercial uses.


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The Opposition was not adequately consulted on 2014 budget - There will be cuts where necessary - Granger

Clinton Urling

David Granger

Ramon Gaskin

Leader of the political opposition, Mr. David Granger is saying that both parties, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) were not adequately consulted on the 2014 budget. Granger is of the strong view that prior consultations would prevent collisions on the budget. “It is quite likely that since we were not properly consulted that there will be disagreements over the 2014 budget when it is brought to the National Assembly.” Several cuts were made by the Parliamentary Opposition to the 2012 and 2013 budgets which were estimated by the Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh. The matter was taken to the High Court by the People’s Progressive Party where it is still being heard. In an interview with this publication, Granger said, “During 2013, Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan (Leader of the AFC) and I were given a commitment from since early in July to have discussions on the 2014 budget. There had been some exchange between the Shadow Minister of Finance, Mr. Carl Greenidge and the Finance Minister, Dr. Singh but those were not

consultations. Now the budget is far ahead in work. We were not adequately consulted so our contribution to the budget is not as we would have expected.” Furthermore, “If certain things in the 2014 budget are not in the public’s interest then we will cut where necessary. We have made our position clear on certain issues and our position will remain the same, which is that we will continue to act in manner that represents the people of this country. We want a budget that promotes the well being of all, one that is in the people’s interest. “ Also commenting on the issue was Financial Analyst, Mr. Ramon Gaskin. Gaskin posits that consultations on the budget are of paramount importance as is inscribed in the Constitution of Guyana. He stressed that consultations with the opposition should have occurred so that there can be a better flow when the budget is brought to the Parliament. He added, “Consultations should have been done a long time ago and the fact that they were not adequately consulted speaks volumes about how much the

government really cares about having a budget that supports the economic development of this country.” “However, because the government has failed to do this, the 2014 budget will run into trouble just like the ones for the past two years. The government’s stubbornness will cost them. Moreover, the court should have made a decision on the 2012, 2013 budget cuts already. It is time for the final ruling since the 2014 budget is coming up soon.” Meanwhile, President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Mr. Clinton Urling has said that his sector will certainly be making proposals for allocations towards the Guyana Police Force, more funding for the strengthening of Parliament as well as for political compromise. “There is a dire need for political compromise on the 2014 budget or else we would not have a budget that is good and one that serves the people.” Urling also expressed that the Chamber will be meeting with other members of the Private Sector Commission and a public missive will be released soon on their plans for the 2014 budget.

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Children on trial for stepfather’s murder - Judge overrules no case submission Justice Navindra Singh yesterday overruled the no case submission presented by Defence Attorneys, Glenn Hanoman and Senior Counsel Bernard De Santos in the trial of four persons for the September 2009 unlawful killing of US-based Guyanese, Motielall Singh. On Friday, State Prosecutor, Judith MursalinGildharie, called the last witness to the stand. Bibi Farida Khan, called ‘Pum’, Shamiza Khan called ‘Sham,’ Hoosman Khan, called ‘Strongman’- (Singh’s stepchildren) and Bissoondial Mahadeo, called ‘Weed Man’, are on trial for the murder. Afifth person,Ayube Hamid, called ‘Little’ was also charged for Singh’s murder but he subsequently died in prison. The prosecution closed its case after police witness, Corporal Dolce Abrams of the Leonora Police Station, testified to witnessing the statement given by the number three accused, Shamiza Khan. An earlier witness, Keith Boodram, had told the court that Singh’s relatives had offered him US$700 to murder their stepfather. However, the witness, a former policeman, said

he made off with the money without harming Singh but the relatives then allegedly paid others to commit the crime. Details of the murder case, which occurred in September 2009 state that Hoosman Khan, one of the accused was at First Street, Windsor Forest, West Coast Demerara, with his stepfather when three masked men attacked them from behind. Khan told police that the men told him to “run for his life,” which he did. He subsequently took the police officers to the scene, where the lifeless body of a man was seen in a pool of blood. The man was later discovered to be Motielall Singh, a resident of Lot 290 Hemlock Street, Brooklyn, New York. Police Investigators later recovered a ‘black knob’ of a knife from the crime scene. However the blade was never found. Following his ruling on the no case submission by Justice Singh yesterday, all four accused elected to give unsworn statements, when they were called upon to lead their individual defense in the matter. The number one accused, Bissoondial Mahadeo, called “Weedman” told the judge and

jury that he does know how he ended up before the court for the murder of Motielall Singh. “I was going to shop to buy bread when police pull up in a van and ask me if I know about a murder last night. I told them no…They asked me if I know somebody name Weed Man and I said ‘no my call name is Ricky.’ “They told me to get in the van and they took me to Leonora Police Station...” Mahadeo told the court that while at the station, police had handcuffed him to chair and beat him on “his belly and foot bottom, and poured methylated spirits on him.” Hoosman Khan told the court that he had accompanied his stepfather to Bayveiw at Blankenburg, West Coast Demerara to have drinks. He claimed that they were attacked by three masked men while on their way home. “I was walking at the back when three masked men attack we. They come from behind and throw down Motielall Singh… One of them pull out a knife pun me and I get frighten and I run away.” Khan also alleged that the police had beaten him after his arrest. “They tied a black (continued on page 14)

Muslims celebrate Youman Nabi Muslims countrywide will today celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad in a celebration titled Mawlid alNabi, or Youman Nabi. Muslims recognise that Youman Nabi also represents the struggles for justice, peace and equality. The Prophet Muhammad, On Who Be Peace (OWBP), lived and established a global and universal religious movement now embraced by millions of mankind. Prophet Muhammad as the final messenger of God to mankind brought a message of total inoculation against the evil of society. He liberated women and provided a system to maintain stability in the home, society and the world. He taught mankind how to preserve their honour and property and infused in them the understanding of respect, compassion, love and concern for each other. He changed mankind’s way of thinking towards the recognition of God and His commandments. He influenced people’s behaviour and altered their evil inclinations. He came as a Mercy unto Mankind and was emulated in his character and disposition that helped transformed brutal men into sacred personalities Most Masjids will

organise Youman Nabi functions and deliberate on the relevance of the Prophet’s message that include the moral teachings of the Prophet Mohammad. The prophet’s message of peace is particularly relevant today as humility and kindness are needed within society. The primary message of Prophet Muhammad encapsulates all that is necessary to become a good human being, as unless one is a good human being they cannot belong to the community of Islam, because the Prophet exemplifies and characterizes the way a good human being should live. Today all Muslims will prostrate themselves to the

will of the Prophet; but it is only the true followers of Prophet Muhammad will heed the lessons he imparted and treat with their fellow humans the way he instructed. The Muslim calendar sets the time at the 12th day of the month of Rabi al-Awwal. Prophet Muhammad was born about A. D. 570 and died in A. D. 632. Tribalism was a way of life in the Moslem world before the advent of the Prophet, with much infighting, so he established Islam as a religion with the intention of replacing tribal loyalty with equality among all Muslims. The Prophet’s birthday was first observed during thirteenth century with month-long celebrations.


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PEOPLE’S PROGRESSIVE PARTY The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) extends Younam Nabi Greetings to the entire Muslim community in Guyana. Youman Nabi is celebrated throughout the Muslim world in observance of the birth and death anniversary of the Prophet Mohamed( PBUH) who is regarded by Muslims as the last and final prophet of God. This is indeed a good occasion to reflect on the life and teachings of the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) who continue to inspire millions of people throughout the world. There can be no doubt that not only Muslims but humanity as a whole have benefited from the great teachings of the Prophet with his universal message of peace and brotherhood. As we reflect on this significant occasion we can take pride in the fact that we in Guyana enjoy religious tolerance and complete freedom of worship which cannot be said of several countries in the world where there is religious persecution and harassment of those who embrace religious beliefs that is different from what is considered dominant. The PPP calls on all Guyanese to embrace the virtues of peace, unity and brotherhood which is central to the teachings and beliefs of the Prophet Mohamed(PBUH). Once again, happy Younam Nabi greetings to all our Muslim brothers and sisters.

GAWU YOUMAN NABI MESSAGE 2014 It is now beyond repute – and dispute – that the Islamic Prophet Mohamed, On Who Be Peace (OWBP), is one of mankind’s most seminal and life changing figures contributed to this world as we know it. The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) salutes Guyana’s Muslim community, including hundreds of its own members, on the occasion of the Birth of their Prophet – Youman Nabi. The celebration of a birth is always tinged with joy of hope, new beginnings, fresh starts and the advent of things to come. However, it is what actually transpires after a birth – that period until death – that we must concern ourselves with. The history of the Prophecy’s birthday is traced to around AD 570. First, observed during the thirteenth century, the earliest Muslims used up one whole month to do this. Later, it was the sound teachings and admonitions of Islam’s Founder which scholars and the faithful study to meaningfully observe his momentous birth. GAWU embraces the teachings of the Prophet (OWBP) with respect to the search for personal and universal peace. Recent conflicts illustrate that even the powerful cannot win hearts and minds, cannot change people’s preferences with the force of guns and bombs. As the Prophet (OWBP) teaches, humility and peaceful engagement is the way to understanding and mutual respect. If there is one precept the followers of Islam can perpetuate it is the pathway to peace. GAWU invites Guyanese Muslims to both disseminate and implement messages and techniques of peace. If peace is promoted and achieved – from the political and constitutional to the local and national – everything else our society needs can fall into place – increased production, security, investment, national well-being. May the celebration and worship on this glorious birthday

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YOUMAN NABI 2014 MESSAGE FROM MADAME DEOLATCHMEE RAMOTAR, FIRST LADY OF GUYANA I am pleased to extend to all Guyana but especially to all Muslim Brothers and Sisters, joyous and holy greetings on the occasion of Youman Nabi. On this special day, a public holiday in our country, Muslims commemorate the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (On Whom Be Peace). The Holy Prophet (On Whom Be Peace) holds a revered and reserved place in the lives and consciences of Muslims. His teachings and his example continue to inspire and direct the lives of all believers. The rapid growth of Islam in recent times attest to the continued relevance of the teachings of this great religion and the tremendous impact the Holy Prophet Mohammed has had in distilling its truths and virtues to humanity. As Muslims throughout Guyana observe Youman NabiThe day of the Prophet- I wish to encourage them to reflect deeply and profoundly on his teachings and on example of his life, the quintessence of which is engraved with courage, humility, kindness and absolute and unconditional devotion to Allah. May we all take example from the life of the Holy Prophet! May we all aspire to live our own lives with the same wholesome submission and obedience to God as did the Prophet Mohamed (On Whom Be Peace). Happy Youman Nabi

IAC YOUMAN NABI MESSAGE The Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) wishes to extend greetings to all Guyanese especially those who are adherents of Islam, on the occasion of Youman Nabi, a national holiday, which commemorates the birth of (and the death) the Holy Prophet Muhammad (On Whom Be Peace). The IAC recognises that followers of Islam were present in this country since the days of slavery, as many of the enslaved Africans were Muslims. The IAC also recognises that new influxs of muslims to this occurred during the period of indentureship, as approximately one out of every five east Indian immigrants was a follower of the teachings of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Whom Peace Be Upon). The IAC calls upon all Guyanese to remember the moral pathways outlined by the Holy Phophet Muhammad (Whom Peace Be Upon) in which he called upon all mankind to the way of peace and to the belief in supreme being, and thus reminded them of the importance of principles such as faith, repentance, honesty, simplicity, equality and concerned for the dispossessed and the poor. The IAC, in this significant commemoration of one who arguably is the greatest human who ever lived and who preached the value of love, sacrifice and compassion, to be positively influenced, so that our every day interactions with each other, irrespective of Ethnic religious and class origins. The IAC is therefore pleased to join with Muslims here and worldwide to observe this auspicious day, and urge that special prayers be offered for peace, so that our country can move forward with prosperity.

YAUM-UN NABI (EID MILAD-UN-NABI) MESSAGE FROM IRO OF GUYANA Yaum-un-Nabi Literally mean “Prophet’s Day” it is also referred as Eid Milad-un-Nabi or Known as Mawlid-un-Nabi, which is the celebration to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon him) it is celebrated on the 12th of third month of Islamic Calendar Rabi-ul-Awal. From the point of view of Muslims, this date marks the most important event in the history of world, Muhammad Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon him, is regarded as the chief of the Prophets, the Perfect man on whom the Holy Quran was revealed ,the best exemplar and the greatest benefactor of mankind. He is the person for whom God had proclaimed: “Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet. O ye who believe! you also should invoke blessings on him and salute him with the salutation of peace. [33:57] Celebration: The extent of event, on this occasion is restricted because of the fact that the same day marks his death anniversary. On this occasion therefore public meeting are held in the mosques, where religious leader make speeches on the different aspects of the life of this great man. The stories of the Prophets birth, childhood, youth and Adult life, character, teaching, suffering and forgiveness of even his most bitter enemies, his fortitude in the face of General

Opposition, Leadership in the battles , bravery wisdom, preaching of his final triumph through God ‘s Mercy over the hearts of people, are narrated in detail. Salutation and song in his praise are recited. In some countries, streets, mosques and public buildings are decorated with colorful buntings and pennants and well illuminated at night. Devoted Muslims give large sum to charity. Feasts are arranged and rice and meat dishes are served to the guest and also distributed among the poor. In some cities large processions are also formed and people in jubilant mood chant verses in praise of the Holy Prophet. Some Muslims however do not celebrate as his birthday or death anniversary as they believe celebrating birthdays and death anniversaries is not part of Muslim society as such. They instead hold Seerat-un-Nabi meetings where speeches are made on the different aspect of the life of this the greatest benefactor of mankind. The Inter Religious Organization of Guyana send greeting to all Guyanese and especially to Muslim community and urges the people to strengthen national unity by emulating the foot-steps of the Holy Prophet. Use the teachings of the Holy Prophet and rekindle our souls with the light lit by him.

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PNCR MESSAGE ON THE OCCASION ON YOUMAN NABI The People’s National Congress Reform extends Youman Nabi Greetings not only to our Muslim brothers and sisters but to all Guyanese. Youman Nabi or Mawlid al-Nabi or Eid-e-Milad, fixed at the 12th day of the month of Rabi al-Awwal in the Muslim calendar, is a celebration of the Birth Anniversary of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam. The day is marked by sermons, recitation of litanies, honouring of religious dignitaries, gift giving, and a feast. The occasion also serves as a reminder that whatever trials and tribulations we face, the prophet of God faced even greater and yet he never allowed anger and hatred to determine his actions. The Party takes particular note of the fact that the Holy Prophet Muhammed has left a legacy of a religion that is universal in scope and purpose, which promotes an end to human suffering, disease and poverty. More particularly this legacy is consistent with the promotion of peace and harmony in our country and the rest of the world. This legacy is important not only for the spiritual development of this nation but also for its commitment to ending disease, poverty and backwardness and the promotion of harmony in Guyana. Guyanese can benefit from this legacy by using it as an instrument not only for the promotion of understanding among our various ethnic groups but also and more importantly for bringing a healing touch to the dilemmas and challenges which afflict the nation at the present time. The PNCR is referring in particular to the spiraling drug culture, the scourge of violence and the spate of brutal murders, a situation which has scarred the social landscape and has earned us a certain degree of regional and international disrepute. The PNCR, therefore, wishes to suggest to the nation that as we reflect on the significance of the birth of the Holy Prophet we take to heart the message and lessons of the doctrines of this great religion and use them as important instruments for improving our society in such a way that we can begin to see the end of the vicious cycle of violence and witness the creations of conditions for racial harmony, peace and the real development in Guyana.

THE ALLIANCE FOR CHANGE The Alliance For Change extends greetings to our Muslim brothers and sisters on the occasion of Youman Nabi, the observance of the Birth Anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Unto Him). The teachings, life and work of the Prophet are examples that millions around the world have followed faithfully and rewardingly and one that all Guyanese can emulate. The Prophet’s commitment to the poor, widows and orphans, truth and justice are lessons which are relevant today as they were during the time of life of the Prophet. At a time when our women are being slaughtered and abused, we can do well to emulate the examples of Prophet Muhammed in honouring our womenfolk. His humility and passion for justice remain relevant in a country where justice seem to be out of reach for so many. As we strive to promote unity amongst ourselves and promote peace in our land, we must also find the courage to accept and respect each other’s cultures and religions to strengthen the fabric of our own nation. The AFC hails the prophet Muhammad’s life as an example of devotion, love, and sacrifice and urges our brothers and sisters, whether they are believers or not, to join in celebrating the birth of this Prophet whose teachings will live on forever as a shining example of how to live with oneself, and with each other. Eid Mubarak

YOUMAN NABI MESSAGE BY HIS WORSHIP THE MAYOR, MR. HAMILTON GREEN, J.P. On the occasion of Eid-e-Miladun Nabi (Youman Nabi), I would like to congratulate all Muslims on the birthday of the benefactor of humanity and the last Prophet Muhammad. “This day should attract all the Muslims and Non Muslims to make efforts to brighten our days and nights in the light of teachings of Prophet Muhammad.” On behalf of my wife Jennifer, the citizens of Georgetown and on my own behalf I would like to felicitate Muslims from around the world on this special occasion which is not only a day of happiness and blessings for the Muslims but also a day of respect for the entire humanity as the Holy Prophet was sent as a Mercy for people of all the world. I ask that all Guyanese display unity and solidarity by following the true spirit of the eternal message of the Holy Prophet. It is our duty to protect each other’s lives and property and eliminate every type of hatred and prejudice promoting the dignity of mankind.


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FOR SALE

FOR SALE

WANTED

LARGE QUANTITIES O F H IGH PURITY MERCURY (QUICKSILVER) 99.99995% PURITY $19,000 PER POUND CALL: 592-227-4754.

3 Female (8 weeks old) German Shepherd pups - Tel: 638-5778

One live in Domestic age 1835yrs, must know to cook & live in waitress age18-25yrs Tel: 610-5043

L- Touring Wagon in excellent condition – 15’ Rims, DVD, Tv, Remote Start Alarm & HID lights $1,300,000 Negotiable – Tel: 667-9013

Diving Suites - Tel: 265-3449; 613-5158

New Red RX8, Lambo doors & Rotary 7sp engine Contact: 680-2095 Large plucked chickens, wholesale only $300 per lb Contact: 266-2711, 609-4594

Bicycle Frames, wheels, accessories, parts, etc - Tel: 642-1141

1 - 40Ft Boat Cabin Cruiser Tel: 628-9209 Dell computers complete with 20" LCD $69,000, 6 months warranty @ Futuretech- Call:231-2206 New arrival: 1 Toyota Tacoma, aluminum boats (12ft & 14ft)- Call:2201981,685-8282,690-1945

ATTENTION LOGGERS! ¾ METAL STRAPS, NAIL PLATES, ANCHORSEAL WAX – TEL:265-3541; 695-4785

Spare for washing machine, microwaves,fridges, stoves, timers, gearbox, pumps, etc call: 225-9032, 647-2943

Two plot of land ¼ Acre or 3X25 Rod each @ Lot 15 & 16 Doctor Dam, La-Grange WBD - Tel:697-5009; 665-7022

1- 320 C.L Caterpillar Excavator. Excellent Condition with 2 complete 6" & 8" Dredge - Tel: 648-5371

One Kindle Fire HD Tablet 16GB - $80,000, two Nintendo DSI - $35,000 each, PSP games, PSP Games - Call Reyaz:652-3652

Greenheart Piles - Tel: 6393450

Ridgid Pressure Washer, Honda Engine, Honda Pressure Washer - Tel: 627-7835 House and Land in Pigeon Island East Coast Demerara contact within –Telephone # 220-4776 3 White water tanks that can be used for water business Call: 622-5986 2 Female German Shepherd mix with Pit-bull – Tel:6941900; 687-6072 Concrete Bourda Green Stall Tel: 692-7888; 610-0227 1- Rome plough 20 dish, 11630 Bedford truck articulated with 2 trailerCall: 693-4596 2- M132 Lavarda Combine, 1- 22RB Dragline, 3- Pressure pump 4x3 for gold field, 12640MF tractor 4WD- Call: 627-0447

1 smoothie machine,2 ice machine- Contact: 231-0655 ,683-8734 1 Stall @ Stabroek Market Tel: 658-0115; 718-757-8031 Original Games- Call:6722566

SPRAYMEN, JOINERS & WOMEN to work in furniture factory preferably from East Bank Demerara – Tel:6642604; 233-6743 Live-in waitress, bartender and going and coming cooks - Tel:643-9007; 664-1804 General Domestic. Good Salary, must be able to cook and clean house - Tel: 6247436 Live in waitress to work in a bar - Tel: 650-4309 ONE SHOP KEEPER FOR THE INTERIOR (MALE) CONTACT: 223-5273/4 One male & one female live in domestic – Tel:613-6613 One dragline operator - Tel: 613-6613 Experienced female bartender & waitresses. Apply in person @ Sheriff Night Club on Sheriff St Between 2-4Pm Attractive live in waitressCall: 327-0252/674-4665 Experienced general domestic, must know to prepare Indian dishes - Tel: 656-6388

One fishing boat 350lb Catguts seine (5 Inch) 40 Yamaha Engine – Tel:2207655; 220-0410; 667-8921

Female worker needed, 3 CXC subject or sound secondary school education - Call: 612-1607

Fluffy Puppies – Tel: 6450240

Experienced pastry maker. Apply @ Shanta’s, 225 Camp & New Market Sts.

Lovely Terrier pups and dogs for adoption – Call: 6967467 iPhones - $30,000 – Tel: 6262771 1- 500 Ton Cargo ship - Tel: 676-6933 Live/pluck chicken call: 6504421, 220-9203 1 IPod Touch 64Gb - Tel: 6913812

Experienced driver to work one 42 route RZ minibus – Contract Alvin on # 674-2060 One experienced excavator operator to work in interiorContact:681-6044

Games PS2 $900, PSP $900, X-Box 360 $2600 & PS3 $2600- Call:672-2566

Experienced Taxi and bus driver and dispatcher at Princess Hotel – Tel:2657076; 616-8419

Pluck chicken - Call:676-0931 1 5Pc Chair Set, good condition - $60,000 & 1 overedge sewing machine, 4 threader – Tel:619-8788 One RX-8 Mazda fully air conditioned, stick gear, wheel lights, fog lamps, power windows - Tel:653-2477

Earn a Certificate in Cosmetology, wig designs or nails alone, beginning February 3rd Limited Spaces Tel: 666-5241/ 6197603

1 Labourer / handyman ½ day in Georgetown - Tel: 226-3736 Experienced Drivers. Apply in person with written application @ Hacks Halaal, 5 Commerce Street. Contract Cars to work in recognized base. Base fee @ $6,000 per week – Tel:6279424; 227-0638 Need one live in maid, must know to cook – Tel:689-0330 Scrap Metal – Tel:658-9045; 687-6072; 615-5315 Porters & Salesgirls. Apply with written application at Best Buy Food Supplies, Lot 1 Middleton & Dennis St, Campbellville. Attractive live in waitress Call: 604-8277; 228-5129 Cashiers/ salesperson/ Delivery Clerks to work in supermarket/general store on East Coast Demerara Call: 220-2128,642-1141 ONE COOK FOR XENON HOTEL [CHARITY] CONTACT: 771-4989/ 6706559 One maid – Tel:614-6675 Mason skilled in laying blocks and plastering, carpenter skilled in home interior finishing - Tel:2271830 Persons for full time night security. Georgetown area Tel: 227-1830 One male shop attendant age 17-22 years – Tel:6791151 (7am-5pm) Responsible hire car drivers Tel: 231-7475

Hairdresser must be able to work with nails & handyman. Apply @ West Shore Plaza, 15 Public Road Ruimzeigt W.C.D - Tel: 269-1524

CAR RENTAL Wings Car Rental- Call: 643-1131 Dolly’s Car Rental- Call: 2257126/226-3693- dollysauto rental@yahoo.com/ www. dolly sautorental.com Premio, Vitz call:347-9339790, 639-4452.

One live-in maid between age 30-45 - Contact:681-6044

Aidan’s Car Rental & Pickup - Call: 645-7981/ 698-7807

Waiter & waitresses for 704 Sport Bar – Tel:223-5273/4

Latest model vehicles @ unbeatable Prices – Tel:6855011; 692-1051

1 Plaine operator, 1 portable miller operator, labourers Tel: 619-9143

VACANCY

VACANCY

Writer needed. Web and article copywriting. US$1,000/month. www.capitaltyping.com/ gypro for details.

Welders & fabricators (Must Have (3) Years’ Experience) - Apply Technical Services @ Eccles Industrial Site.

24 Hour East Coast Guyoil needs night pump attendants, salesgirl & office assistant - Call: 6910894/684-2838 1 Lorry driver apply @ Alabama Trading, Georgetown Ferry Stelling. 1 Live in maid must be from the country & Know to cook, age 35-50 - Tel:6110200; 662-1124 Sales person to work in store. Police Clearance and 2 references – Tel:226-5473

Joshua’s Car Rental Call:6656485; 679-8400

Existing Vacancies For: Western Union CSR, Office Assistants & Cleaners. Apply @ Survival Shopping Complex 173 Sheriff St Georgetown - Telephone # 227-5286-9 One Female Clerk – Tel:2315171 Female Accountant and Accounts Clerk. Apply at Alabama Trading, Georgetown Ferry Stelling, Stabroek

Two joiners to work in workshop - Tel:610-7005; 219-1342 One Trainee Refrigeration & AC technician - Tel:231-0655; 683-8734 Sales Attendant @ Phatz Style Boutique, 16 E½ Durban St. - Tel: 227-0501 Driver and Salesman for Gas Trucks on E.C.D, W.C.D and E.B.D, Security Guards, Part Time Gardener. 266 4427

LAND FOR SALE 10 Acres Farm land next to Creek @ Splashmins, Linden Highway – Tel:687-1392 1 Farm @ Yarrowkabra – Tel:265-3586

Pharmacist and Pharmacy Assistant/ Technician to work full time @ Pharmacy in Durban Street Werk-enrust – Tel:661-3124

2- Acres cultivated, 2-1 Acres cultivated, 7 Acres cultivated, citrus, house, fish pond, storage at ParikaCall:226-7968

Ice Loaders & General Workers @ B.M. Enterprise Inc. GFL Wharf Houston Tel:592-227-8176/7

Durban Squatting Land $600,000 & C. Sophia - $2.7M Tel: 231-2199; 618-7483

General Machinists (Must know about Line &Engine Block Boring).- Apply Technical Services @ Eccles Industrial Site.

One experienced male shop attendant to work in interior, contact:6816044 One cook for family in interior – Contact:681-6044

SALON Make Up Courses, Artist Trained & Certified in Trinidad. Call: 660-5257, 647-1773

WANTED Land to buy in Parfaite Harmonie –Tel: 675-7292.

One experienced female shop attendant to work in interior - Contact: 681-6044

1 CAT standby 3306, 194 KVA 3 phase 60 cycleCall:641-8472

One Nissan 2005 Bus unregistered & one Toyota Prado – Tel:642-1141

Tuesday January 14, 2014

Skilled Machinists(Knowledge to re-grind Crankshaft, Engine Head & Block ) Apply Technical Services @ Eccles Industrial Site. Cleaners, (1) Industrial Electrician - (Must have Experience) Apply Technical Services @ Eccles Industrial Site.

Parafaite Harmonie $800,000 - $1.2M, $2M (100FTX50FT) -Tel:675-7292 Land at suitable location in Parika, near road, with water and light utilities available – Call:697-9137 Parika - $4M & Herstelling (110FTX57FT) -$4M - Tel: 675-7292 Land @ Diamond New Scheme – Tel: 604-8369

Gardener / Handyman Available – Tel:679-1608 Security & I.T Technician. 5 CXC & Cabling Experience Tel: 627-8786 Mechanical Engineer- 3 Years experience & hold a diploma/degree in this field Apply Technical Services @ Eccles Industrial Site

DRESSMAKING Designing and sewing classes in your district. Sharmela (Canadiantrained) - Contact: 626-2629, 676-6312 (Continued on page 23)


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EDUCATIONAL

FOR RENT

PROPERTY FOR SALE

IAE @ 194 Camp St – CXC 2014. Full-time, morning, lessons & adults classes: Mathematics, English A, Business & Science Subjects Tel: 683-5742; 223-0604

PLANNING AN EVENT? BIRTHDAY PARTY, GRADUATION,WEDDINGS, ANNIVERSARY, ETC. – CALL DIAMOND TENTS: 216-1043; 677-6620

Balloon Décor Training. Classes on 28th January 2014. Call 225-3133; 613-7513 to register and more info.

One steel building 5000 square ft, 3000 PSI floor. Just outside of Georgetown, East Bank Demerara - Contact: 619-2475

VERSAILLES: Furnished 5 bedrooms, self-contained rooms, modern facilities, generator, beautiful landscape, gated community - Call: 592-6248704/ 592-684-9203

Courses in dressmaking, curtains, floral & cake decoration - Tel:670-2653; 618-1706 Princeton College: From 15, CXC adults classes, lesson for school children: Business & Science subjects - Tel: 231-5678, 6905008, Albertown Private School, Grove/ Diamond: Nursery, Primary, Secondary full time and lessons @ Acres Academy Tel:216-4557; 216-2723; 2161409. Day and evening CXC Business classes for students & adults. S.B.A and Third Paper Tuitions – Tel: 602-0700

1/2/3 Bedrooms @ Lot 2 Anna Catherina, WCD - Tel: 276-0818

Transported property : House + property for sale by owner @ Lot 153 Sparendaam Scheme - Call: 592-220-8573; 592-672-2348 3 Storey 17 rooms hotel @ Broad St - Tel: 654-4939; 6984700

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1- 5L Dielsel Toyota Hilux Extra Cab, ready for the interior - Price: $3.5M negotiable - Tel: 667-2703 or 662-5570 1 2L Diesel Toyota Hilux Extra Cabs 4X4. Looks and runs good, never driven off road - $2M – Tel:6864020

House and land @ De’ Edward W.C.B – Tel:689-2973

New 2014 Isuzu: D-Max single & double cabs - Call: 691-0234

2 Business Property on Whim Public Road Berbice – Tel:619-7134; 225-6481

1 Black Titan 4 wheel drive, fully loaded - $3.5M – Tel:699-2322 or 678-284

Space to rent as Sports Bar and restaurant - Call:657-3274

One three storey business property @ Middle Street Georgetown – Tel:619-7134; 225-6481

One Tacoma Pick up 4 wheel drive, fully loaded. Asking price: - $3,750,000 – Contact Sady:628-9524

Two bedroom concrete apartments, self contained toilet & baths; security steel bars & grills @ Unity ECD-Tel:680-4447; 228-2497

1 Property for sale @ Covent Garden Island, includes all furniture and electrical appliances - $15M - Contact: 265-3586; 617-8369

Cactus Auto Sales: Instock - Spacio, Fielder, Raum, Premio, Allion, Etc – Tel:6814208; 220-6262

1- Two bedrooms apartment at Better Hope, ECD - Call: 617-3001 between 8:00am4:00pm Ground Floor for business @ Lot 10 Grove Public Road EBD - Contact Sharon: 6909836

Supply: 1 House, 1 gas station (3 tanks: 1000 & 1500 gallon capacity) wharfing facility. Land size: 87’X250’ $70M negotiable - Tel:231-5876

Private homeschooling teacher for all levels: Reading, English ‘A’ and ‘B’ Call: 649-4247

TO LET Fully furnished short term apartments, Eccles call: 347933-9790, 639-4452. Newly built apartment - Tel: 698-6496 Aracari Hotel. West Bank Demerara Rates from $30 – Tel:264-2946-8

Friendship: 1 house, 2 sheds with saw milling equipment, 2 overhead gantries & river access. Land Size:37’X55’ - US$800,000 negotiable - Tel: 231-5876 Nandy Park: Three Storey house with automatic backup generator, semifurnished. $85M negotiable Tel: 231-5876

Furnished apartments, long term & short term - Tel: 687-3017 Fully furnished top flat apartment with all amenities, long term only Tel:651-5382 Apartments & Houses from $50,000 – $160,000- Tel:6757292 Fully furnished apartments for rent: TV, air-conditioned, hot and cold water @ South Ruimveldt Park- Tel:689-5877

MASSAGE T h e G e n t ’s S p a : L e t beautiful sophisticated masseuse pamper you: New masseuse availableCall:657-5979 Massage Therapy Service – Tel:674-8147

Rooms - Tel: 225-9223; 2253234 VEHICLE FOR SALE One Sand truck CF65 – Tel: 666-5905; 672-9415

Mazda RX-8 Blue, 6 speed manual, Type S, Mint condition, PNN Series – Tel:681-4208; 220-6262 Unregistered Toyota Raum (2004) - $2.150M – Tel:6917475; 657-1796 Minibus BGG Series $750,000. In working condition - Call: 646-7979 1-55 Leyland Daf Excellent working condition. Price $2.8M Negotiable – Tel:6568346 1 Noah BRR Series – $2.2M negotiable & 1 Allion PPP Series -$2.2M negotiable – Tel:692-2291; 602-6333 Toyota Ceres PGG Series, immaculate condition, lady driven – Tel:664-7525; 2257131

Fully furnished apartments $5,000 per night @ Harmony Inn – Tel:694-7817; 602-8769

Unregistered Toyota Sienta (2004) 1500cc & 7 seater - Tel: 617-5536

LEARN TO DRIVE Soman & Sons Driving School , First Federation Building Call 225-4858, 6445166,622-2872,615-0964

Cheapest: Manaul VVTI Buses, Spacio, CRV - Tel: 616-7635

Ultraviolet Driving School – Contact:231-2372; 226-0765; 602-2583

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VEHICLE FOR SALE One 800 Ford Tractor and one 450 Ford Towing Truck – Contact Floyd:694-5599 or Gurro: 689-1864

One new model L.F/DAF dumping truck in very good working condition – Tel: 6815988; 675-5448 2002 Rav 4 PNN series, fully loaded – Tel:694-6537; 6507875

VEHICLE FOR SALE New ATVs: Introductory price $1,199,000 (Duty Free)Call:691-0234 One RZ Mini-bus BHH series –Tel:615-5784 2005 Nissan Skyline with TV, DVD alloy rims, navigation – Tel:679-9672 1 Toyota NZE corolla, AT192, AT212, AT170, IST, Funcargo, Rav-4, Hilux pickup 4x4 – Tel:644-5096; 697-1453 Smart Choice Auto: Unregistered Premio, IST, Runx & Spacio - Tel:6523820; 665-4529 One Toyota 2RZ minibus, GPP 7051, Excellent Condition – Tel:614-5168 Must See!!! – Unregistered 2002 Premio $2.5M & 2001 AT 212 - $2M – Tel:226-5473 Nissan Laurel Car – Price: $350, 000 - Tel: 223-9677 One used RZ mini-bus – Tel: 694-7906 Saturn Jeep American made Tel: 223-9677 2 - 2007 Toyota Avensis - Tel: 698-0674 One enclosed canter in immaculate condition, GPP series Call: 628-8777 Toyota Noah newly registered - $2.4M, AE100 Corolla Wagon - $1M - Tel: 611-6632; 664-3488 1 Grey Toyota Premio in excellent condition, fully powered, 80,000 miles – Tel:643-9772; 223-6279 One Honda CRV fully equipped with running bars & other accessories, PNN Series. Excellent Condition! Price Negotiable – Tel:6606763

AA60 Carina PNN 2852 $550,000 negotiable. Excellent Condition - Tel: 666-9719

AT192, 212, Allion, Premio, Hilux Surf, BNN & RZ & Pitbull buses, 7 seater super custom. Cash / termsCall:680-3154

1 -1RZ, 15 seater, automatic mini-bus, BNN 3760 - $2.1M Negotiable. Good condition, never used for public transportation – Tel:6280310 ; 672-5429

We buy & sell vehicles for cash, also parts available & 30 seater buses; Extra Cab pickups; 2006 TacomaCall:680-3154

First Class Auto: Premio, Spacio, Passo, IST, 212, Raum Cold & New Modles Tel: 609-8188; 602-6307 Nissan Pathfinder (Left Hand Drive) - $1.7M & Nissan Laurel - $700,000 Telephone: 644-1144

1 RZ Bus EFI series BMM – Price:$1.5M negotiable – Contact:685-6415 1 New Model 212; Excellent Condition, Price negotiable. Tel: 609-4680 Hilux Surf, PKK Series. Tel: 617-3001

SERVICES PLANNING AN EVENT? BIRTHDAY PARTY, GRADUATION,WEDDINGS, ANNIVERSARY, ETC. – CALL DIAMOND TENTS: 216-1043; 677-6620 Permanent & Visitors Visa Applications, Professional Immigration Consultant Room D5 Maraj Building Call:225-6496,6626045,223-8115 Repairs, sales & spares air conditioning, microwaves, washer, fridges & stoves. U l t r a C o o l , call:225-9032,647-2943 Repairs to Fridge, Freezer, AC, Washers, Stoves: Call 683-1312,627-3206 (Nick) We repair fridge, freezer, AC, washer, dryer call:2310655,683-8734 Omar Instant Blackberry unlocking - Call: 675-2239; BBM 25C58FEO HOUSE PLAN DRAFTING FOR ONLY $10,000CALL:694-9843/227-2766 House plan, estimates & construction. Contact T. Boodhoo:625-9883 Appliances Technician: Specialized in repairing and servicing of refrigerators, dryers, washers, stove ovens, etc – Tel:661-5099 Technicians available for appliance repairs - washers, dryers, microwaves, stoves, deep fryers, etc - Tel:6190793; 218-0050 Brains Construction & Rental Services: Excavator, Bobcat, Truck, Tools Tel:601-5024/ 227-4536 (Bobcat & Excavator Operator needed) Masons seeking daily or job work – Tel:678-9043 GT Tools Rental: Call this month, specials on ransom & steel rod cutter, etc - Tel: 675-0767; 6275098 For professional Visa & Passport Applications: K&P Project Management Co. – Tel:231-5876 School bus from GroveGeorgetown – Tel:646-5147 FOR SALE / FOR RENT American pool table - Tel: 277-0578


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ACIC hosts Youman Fisherman on trial for murdering two colleagues Nabi programme today The trial of fisherman Ravindranauth Mohanlall, 54, of Fyrish Village, Corentyne, Berbice who is on two counts of murder, began yesterday in the Berbice High Court before Justice Diana Insanally and a mixed jury. Mohanlall is accused of murdering Beeram Motelall, 45, called ‘Boy’ of Chesney Village, Corentyne and Renard Fernandes, called ‘Renny’, 15, of 280 Rose Hall Town Reef, Corentyne. The incident is alleged to have been committed between September 6, 2011 and September 12, 2011, at sea in the vicinity of Bush Lot Village, Corentyne. The accused is being represented by Attorney at Law Charlyne Artiga. State Prosecutor Attorney at Law Ms. Renita Singh said that Ravindranauth Mohanlall, threw gasoline on crew members Beeram Motilall called ‘Boy’, and Renard Fernandes called ‘Renny’ and set them alight. On September 6, 2011 at 07:30h, Motelall, in company with Mohanlall and Fernandes, left Albion to go fishing with Brigelall

Hardyal’s boat. She said that Hardyal subsequently received a phone call around 22:00hrs on the same date, from Motilall. As a result, he and some others went by minibus to the koker to await the arrival of the boat. One hour later, the boat arrived at the shore and Hardyal observed burn marks on Motilall and Fernandes. Sections of the boat and some items were also burnt. The two injured men were rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital. Along the journey, they told one Shaleza Sookdeo, Motilall’s wife, that the accused threw gasoline on them and lit them afire. A report was made at the Albion Police Station. Mohanlall who was nearby on the road was pointed out to the police and he was subsequently arrested. The Prosecutor stated that Motilall, died on September 9 while Fernandes succumbed two days later. The cause of deaths was given as Adult Respiratory Distress syndrome, resulting from the severe burns to their bodies. Prosecution witness Indrawattie Sookdeo, mother of Fernandes, in her evidence, stated that she received a phone call and subsequently visited the New Amsterdam Hospital on September 7, 2011. There she saw her son

with burns to his face, back, abdomen, hands and feet. She said her son told her what happened and the information was recorded by Detective Corporal Sam. Her son was later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation [GPHC] where he died. Police Constable Esau Marks, in his testimony stated that he was on duty at the Albion Police Station on September 7, 2011, when a report was made concerning the matter. Subsequently the accused was arrested and taken into custody. Two other witnesses, Beshram Motilall, brother of Beeram Motilall, and Ricardo Fernandes, the father of Renard Fernandes, gave evidence of identifying the bodies at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation Mortuary, where a post mortem examination was conducted by Dr. Nehaul Singh. Earlier, Mohanlall interrupted the proceedings as the jurors were being selected. He proclaimed aloud “The story happen at sea. Dem two, ‘burn mattie’. So how, you trying this case before these people? They were not there with me.” This forced the intervention of the Judge Justice Insanally. The trial continues on Wednesday.

- Special Imam of New York to attend

The Eid Milad un Nabi or Youman Nabi Programs 2014 will culminate with the grand finale for the month, at Anna Catherina Islamic Complex (ACIC) today (January 14, 1014) at 10.00AM prompt. Public Relations Officer of ACIC, Reyaz Hussain said the annual program, which has been observed by ACIC for over 70 years, follows 12 Nights of programs at the complex, The “International Mawlid in the City Event” on Saturday last and the several other programs throughout Guyana, featuring Maulana Dr. Muhammad Waffee.

He said Pakistani scholar, Maulana Muhammad Mujahid Raza, the resident scholar of ACIC as well as ACIC’s Imam Abdool Fazeel, will make presentations. Also coming for the program is Imam of Masjid Al Abdin, New York, USA – the state’s largest masjid of people of West Indian origin, Shakh Safraz Bacchus al Azhari. The Guyanese born scholar worked with the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) and was a member of ACIC until his migration to the USA a year ago. The program will also contain qaseedas (hymn of praise) from the cream of the singers of Guyana, including

Mohameed Shahid, Reyad Razack, Mohamed Khan, Sakina Hassan (of Leguan) and the best Qaseeda singer in Guyana – Maulana Mujahid. There will be quaranic recitations, children items from some of the children led by Irshad Khan. Several representatives of several overseas Muslim organizations have confirmed their attendance for programs. ACIC has served as the hub for the International cooperation of Muslims in Guyana, with those overseas since early 2000’s and provides the programs and facilities to allow this cooperation.

A Maria’s Lodge, Essequibo Coast mechanic died over the weekend at Buck Hall, in the Essequibo River after he apparently fell overboard. Thirty-eight-year-old, Mookesh Dhanpaul’s relatives recovered his body at Buck-Hall, yesterday morning after an extended search. Dhanpaul’s relatives said, yesterday, that he was employed with his cousins at Buck Hall. According to reports, Dhanpaul, accompanied by a group of workers, was traveling to Bartica in the

Essequibo River when he fell overboard. He reportedly was seated at the stern of the boat (the back) when he got the urge to defecate. It was during the attempt that he allegedly fell overboard and eventually drowned. The other men immediately launched a search for Dhanpaul after they realized what had happened but was unsuccessful in locating his body until yesterday. A report was subsequently lodged with police officers at Wakenaam police station. Dhanpaul was unmarried. He had no children.

Region Six records ... Mechanic drowns From page 15 able to hold their own with two of them reaching their 2013 targets for the second crop. The estates of Albion and Rose Hall have done better than the other estates in the country while Skeldon continues to be a disappointment. He stated that although the Region did better than the other areas he was very disappointed that only 186,000 thousand tons of sugar was produced the lowest production in 23 years for Berbice. Touching on the modern state of the art factory at Skeldon, the Chairman said that it was a disappointment. It has not lived up to expectation despite millions of dollars being pumped into it and considerable time being spent also to do repairs and rehabilitation. The Region saw record production in the Rice sector with the production during 2013 being the largest in a number of years. No mentioned was made about Rates and Tax collection and the performance of the three towns and 16 Neighborhood Democratic Council's (NDCs) in Region Six.

Teenager critical after suicide attempt A second form Cotton Field Secondary School student is in a critical state at the Suddie Public Hospital. The 14-yearold allegedly ingested a poisonous substance. There are reports of a misunderstanding between the teenager and a male companion. Reports are that the teenager ingested a quantity of the poisonous substance some time last week and has been hospitalized since. Several weeks prior, a 17-year-old Walton-Hall boy ingested poison after the girl to whom he proposed turned him down. He too was hospitalized at the Suddie Public Hospital. Suicide cases are on the rise on the Essequibo Coast and most of the victims are teenagers.


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FITUG’S YOUMAN NABI MESSAGE 2014 City Hall writes AG over Town... As Muslims around the world observe their Founder and Prophet’s Birth – Youman Nabi – the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) joins Islam’s Guyanese followers in celebrating the arrival of one of mankind’s Shapers of History and Spirituality. Youman Nabi’s son, the Prophet Mohamed, On Who Be Peace (OWBP), was to live and establish a global and universal religious movement now embraced by millions of mankind. On this Youman Nabi Birth Anniversary, FITUG joins in reflecting on those teachings of the Prophet (OWBP) having to do with peace, racial tolerance and wealth. Reportedly, the Prophet taught that

“we are all one and the difference in our complexion, language and culture are only a sign from Allah and a means of knowing one another”. FITUG is certain that the Prophet (OWBP) would want his followers and all of humankind to behave in ways which stress all that is positive in all human beings. From racial prejudice to the use of wealth Prophet Mohamed (OWBP) utilised all his faculties – from Birth to Death – to teach messages of tolerance and co-existence – so necessary in today’s Guyana. May Youman Nabi inspire reflection and consequent demonstrations of the Founder’s teaching for Guyana and the World around us.

New criteria tailored to suit New GPC From page 3 when over $2B is what it profits in a roughly similar activity.” The last pre-qualification period for suppliers of drugs and medical supplies expired on December 31. The Ministry of Health had been looking to select the suppliers for the next three years.

A pre-qualified contractor is automatically considered when it is time to order critical or emergency supplies. With billions of taxpayers' dollars at stake, independent suppliers and the Opposition have time and again been accusing Government of favouring New GPC, a company whose prin-

cipal, Bobby Ramroop, shares close ties with former President Jagdeo. The company has been benefiting from billions of dollars annually, controlling supplies of up to 80 per cent of the drugs purchased by the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and the Ministry of Health.

Tuesday January 14, 2014 ARIES (MAR. 21APRIL 20) Your leadership ability will enhance your reputation. You can make money if you’re willing to push your ideas on those in a position to support your efforts. TAURUS (APR. 21MAY 21) You’re likely to encounter new partners if you take short trips. Avoid scandals of any sort. You may have more to do with children today; keep an open mind. GEMINI (MAY 22JUNE 21) You can meet a new romantic partner or secure the love connection you already have by going out and entertaining yourself. Take your time and try not to overload yourself. Your diplomacy will be of utmost importance today. CANCER (JUNE 22JULY 22) You will enjoy physical activities more than you think. Take time to look at any outdated papers or possible investments. You are best to put your efforts into redecorating or inviting friends over.

right place at the right time. LIBRA (SEPT. 24 OCT. 23) Problems with fire, gas, or oil may cause disruptions and annoyances. You will find it easy finalizing personal papers if you make an effort. Try to be reasonable. SCORPIO (OCT. 24 NOV. 22) Investments may not be as lucrative as you thought. Get busy. Conflicts over joint finances are likely. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 23 -DEC. 21) The answers can only come from within. Be precise in your communications to avoid any misunderstandings and arguments. You have a lot to offer. CAPRICORN (DEC 22JAN. 20) Your contributions will be valued and helpful. Your determination and sheer desire to do your own thing will be successful. Trips should be your choice.

LEO (JULY 23-AUG 22) You can help other people with their financial problems by setting up a budget for them. Don’t back down but don’t ignite the situation. You must take care of health problems that have been lingering.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 21 FEB. 19) You can make some money if you get involved in a conservative financial prospect that is presented to you. This is a great day to mingle with people you would like to impress. Communication will be the source of your knowledge and you must be sure to spend time with those who have more experience.

VIRGO (AUG. 23 SEPT. 23) Not everything you hear will be legitimate. Direct your energy into physical entertainment. You can make excellent investments if you are in the

PISCES (FEB. 20MAR. 20) You will have to face each issue separately and in person. You really can’t do anything to change matters today. Pamper yourself; you deserve it.

From page 19 and the Finance Chairman are the persons authorized to sign off spending for the Council. He said that another member of the Finance Committee would sign off on Council spending if the Chairman or assistant chairman is ill or absent, and, 'I (Clarke) was none of the above.” He added that signing off on Council spending occurs only if Council approves, before stating that although Sooba could be directly affected by the court's ruling she is not a participant

in the matter. Clarke said, also, that it was irresponsible of the Town Clerk since the Council is yet to approve its budget and in the meantime, the Council can only use one twelfth of the sum that was used in January of last year. Chase-Green has pointed out also that the Town Clerk would have paid the attorney with money from the rates paid by property- owners, some of which are pensioners, “to represent her personal interestto secure her fortune in the

No audited accounts... From page 8 transparency and improved public accountability, through the execution of high quality audits and the timely reporting of the results. “It is time the Audit Office takes stock of itself and ensure that appropriate measures are in place to lift standards of efficiency and effectiveness consistent with its mission statement.” He called on the Ministry of Local Government to play a greater monitoring role in ensuring the timely and proper accountability of NDCs. “After all, there are two subject Ministers as well as two former Ministers acting as advisors to oversee the work of the Ministry. Parliamentarians must also demand proper accountability for funds previously given to the NDCs before new funds are allocated.”

Regarding what can be done on a political level, the former Auditor General pointed out that the Minister of Finance has until March 31st to prepare and lay before the National Assembly the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure for 2014. “Given the present configuration of the National Assembly and in order to ensure the smooth passage of the estimates, commonsense would dictate that there should be meaningful consultations with the combined Opposition during the preparation of the estimates. However, such consultations have so far not taken place, and from all appearances, we are heading for a third consecutive year of serious disagreements over allocations for government programmes and projects, and possible budget cuts.”

Council...” This, Chase- Greene continued, comes while the Town Clerk has “arbitrarily and illegally deducted monies from the meager stipends of city Councilors” and while Georgetown continues to suffer under the cash-strapped City Hall. Sooba's appointment to Town Clerk is under threat as the Local Government Minister who placed her in that position is demanded by the High Court to show cause as to why it should not quash his decision. Some four persons applied late last year for the post of Town Clerk and Sooba was identified as the least qualified. She however won the post while, those “better qualified” were rejected.


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Rohee amazed over Opposition’s rejection of SWAT team The General Secretary of the Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) and Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee has expressed amazement over the rejection of the proposed Special Weapons And Tactics unit (SWAT) by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) David Granger and former top Cop Winston Felix According to Rohee he has never been in the Police Force or the Military and as such will always remain a civilian in his thinking, training and mentality. However he is amazed that “ military strong man” Granger, and top cop Felix who he says are “touted” in the media as being security experts would reject the establishment of a SWAT team in Guyana. “What is even more contradictory is that you read and hear them say that police should have the best of resources, must have the best training available and that the police must be up to scratch with what obtains in the 21st century in terms of policing” said Rohee. The Home Affairs Minister said he is of the firm belief that the time has come for the establishment of a SWAT team. He admitted that the idea has been around for quite some time (11 years) but expressed that “everything has its time” and he sees the establishing of a SWAT team contributing positively towards the Guyana Police Force (GPF), as opposed to having negative implications. Rohee expressed that the core of the SWAT team will be comprised of ranks from the GPF. In previous articles published in Kaieteur News, it was ascertained that David Granger

and Winston Felix were opposed to the SWAT initiative. Felix had expressed reservation over the establishment of a SWAT team taking into context the transgressions of excessive power and violence that was attributed to the Target Special Squad (TSS) that was established during the turbulent crime wave of the mid 2000’s. “The Target Special Squad was used and we know who were using them and for what purpose. We don’t want to see another specialized unit becoming wayward… We don’t want another Target Special Squad. They ran wildly, they were undisciplined and corrupt” Felix had said. Felix further expressed that the SWAT team, even though necessary, was already being manned in the context of Guyana by the Tactical Services Unit (TSU) and can do the job that is required now. “The TSU has been dealing with armed criminals for years and it has succeeded” he said. David Granger had said when the idea of the SWAT team was proposed that the setting up of SWAT team will not solve the seemingly out of control crime situation and drug trafficking, Granger had said that more attention needs to be paid to Guyana’s border control. The Secretary General said that he understands the concerns expressed about the SWAT team being corrupt or that they might “become one thing of the other” and said that “I think the answer to that is when we come to that bridge we could cross it and the training I think will depend to a large extent what this team will bring to persons who are going to be in the SWAT team.”

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Robb Street granny execution….

Abusive language, death threats hurled at Magistrate …as two committed to stand trial in High Court Pandemonium broke out in the courtroom of Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, yesterday, as she committed two of the four men accused in the execution style killing of 72-year-old Robb Street resident, Clementine Fiedtkou-Parris to stand trial in the High Court. Orin Hinds, 37, of Burnham Boulevard, Mocha, East Bank Demerara; Cleon Hinds, 36, of 23 Middle Road, Albouystown; Kevin October, 31, of Second Street, Agricola, East Bank Demerara; and Roy Jacobs, 36, of Evans Street, Charlestown, Georgetown; are charged with killing Fiedtkou-Parris. The state claimed that on June 30, 2011 at Robb Street, Georgetown they murdered Fiedtkou-Parris. The prosecution team led by Sergeant Neville Jeffers provided 30 witnesses in the matter thus far. Reports are that Parris was shot several times by two men who entered her home pretending to want an audience with the woman. The woman’s brother had reportedly witnessed the entire ordeal and had related his knowledge of the events. Parris was reportedly shot twice under the armpit, once in the chest and once in the back. The assailants then escaped in a waiting motorcar. The woman’s family had previously told Kaieteur News that she was involved in a bitter land dispute that is before the courts. Reports were that the accused were reportedly paid $400,000 to execute Parris. Yesterday, during the hearing Magistrate McLennan deemed that a prima facie case of murder was established against Kevin October and Cleon Hinds. While a voir dire was previously conducted to determine whether the confession statements of three of the accused were admissible, Magistrate McLennan yesterday indicated that she has deemed the statements of Kevin October, Cleon Hinds and Roy Jacobs were free and voluntary given and was therefore admitted into evidence. The Voir Dire for Orin Hinds continued yesterday and the Magistrate indicated to his Defence Attorney that on Tuesday, January 21, she will hand down her decision. She said too that she will address the case of Roy Jacobs who is being

Orin Hinds

Roy Jacobs

Kevin October

Cleon Hinds

represented by Attorney at Law, Mark Thompson on that date. In the presence of their lawyers, Kevin October and Cleon Hinds were told of their three options and they both opted to give an unsworn statement. They both said, “I am innocent of this charge,” and through their lawyers Hukumchand Parag, and Basil Williams, informed the court that they will reserve their witnesses for the High Court. The Magistrate informed them both that the court believes that sufficient evidence had been made out against them to stand trial at the Demerara Assizes.” October however, at that point appeared to be displeased and turned to the Magistrate and asked her “How can an oral statement by a dead man hold me? Bare

s**t man. Bare s**t yal doing.” His accomplice Roy Jacobs at this point chimed in and they proceeded to create a ruckus in the courtroom, shouting at the Magistrate and the Prosecution. The Magistrate at that point urged the officers to quickly remove them from the courtroom. They then threatened the Magistrate and the Prosecution. “We gun find y’all when we come out. We got family that can f**k yal up.” While being escorted out of the courtroom heavily guarded by ranks they accused the Magistrate of being prejudiced. They even attempted to attack a reporter who was taking their picture as they were being taken to the Court’s lock-ups.


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NYPD to partner with T&T cops (Trinidad Guardian) The Police Service is expected to partner with the New York Police Department (NYPD) as this country strives to further its relationship with William ‘Bill’ Bratton, who was reappointed as the head of the NYPD last month. Bratton, who previously led the Los Angeles Police Department, has been credited for slashing the crime rate during his tenure. In a telephone interview Sunday, National Security Minister Gary Griffith said Bratton had much to offer to local law enforcement officers, adding that working with Bratton would capitalise on his (Bratton’s) skills and knowledge and would also

William ‘Bill’ Bratton assist in the compilation of proper scientific data from

which proper policies could be built. “Bratton’s involvement with our local officers is something which we already started and one in which I am going to build on,” he said. “It involves partnering our Police Service with the NYPD to gain experience on a number of areas including community policing, tactical operations and several other matters.” He said Bratton was also known for transforming New York’s officers who were generally known as being “pigs” to America’s finest. “We need to think outside the box,” Griffith added. Last year, Bratton spent two days in Trinidad conducting a “diagnostic test” on the Police Service.

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Likely breather for Caribbean rum producers (Barbados Nation) Rum producers in Barbados and the Caribbean may have gained a reprieve from harmful American rum subsidies from an unlikely source – the United States Congress. Reports indicate that among 55 tax breaks which were allowed to expire at the end of last year were controversial excise tax rebates to Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) from a tax on rum imported into the United States. Indications were that while “in theory” the tax relief could be extended retroactively for this year, the extension would cost US$240 million and the 55 different measures would increase the United States fiscal deficit by about US$50 billion per year. That’s according to estimates by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which said this would occur unless the tax breaks were offset with tax hikes or spending cuts elsewhere. In 2013 the US Congress levied an excise tax worth US$13.50 per gallon on all rum produced in or imported to the US, and the money was transferred to allow rum producers in Puerto Rico and USVI to support their industries. Before the December 31 expiration indications were that this programme, which dates back to 1917, would be smaller, since US law makers had announced the intention to reduce the amount transferred

BARBADOS PM Freundel Stuart to the US territories to US$10.50 per gallon. The rum subsidies were a major concern to Barbados and other Caribbean rum makers, reaching the highest levels of government and threatening to become a major World Trade Organization matter. FINANCIAL LOSSES Last year, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said the matter was one which needed to be resolved, otherwise rum producers here and in the region would suffer major financial losses. “The Government of Barbados has had to take a stand on this issue, and under my instructions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade communicated with the US government on this issue,” he said.

“We are not going to relax our persistence on this issue – we do not intend to allow rum producers in the Caribbean to be so severely damaged by this market distortion which has resulted from these overwhelming, if I may use that word, subsidies being extended to producers in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.” The views were reiterated by the CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), which issued a statement calling for an amicable solution to the matter. COTED said it was “determined to seek a satisfactory solution to the matter of trade-distorting subsidies being granted to USVI and Puerto Rico rum producers that threaten the long-term viability of the rum industry in the Caribbean”. It added that “ministers agreed to explore all avenues to address this serious matter with the United States and other relevant parties”. In response, USVI Governor John de Jongh wrote regional leaders urging CARICOM governments to back down on their plans to take their ongoing rum dispute before the WTO. He urged regional leaders to avoid the WTO, claiming that this could lead to a prolonged legal case that could also be divisive and difficult to win. He also warned that going to the WTO could “inflict damage on all of our economies”.

Mom, State Witness murdered ....MURDER TOLL NOW 26 (Trinidad Express) An Arima mother and a State witness are the two latest murder victims in the country, bringing the murder toll to 26. The body of Ricaldo Sanchez, 51, a State witness, was discovered yesterday morning at Field Road, near his home in Palo Seco. Sanchez, a disc jockey, of Mitchell Trace, Los Charros Road, went missing on

Saturday night, after playing music at Station 22 Bar at Los Charros Junction. Sanchez was a witness in a murder case which was coming up for hearing at the Siparia Magistrates’ Court. In the other killing, Arima mother Abigail Persad, was discovered with gunshot wounds outside her home Sunday night. Persad, 32, of Maturita, had pulled up to the gate of her home at Maturita Village, when a gunman dressed in black clothing approached the car. Persad was exiting the car when she was shot about her body. Persad’s h u s b a n d r a n out of the house and found Persad bleeding. He took her to the Arima Health Facility where she was pronounced dead.

MURDERED: Ricaldo Sanchez


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World powers, Iran to resume nuclear talks in February

EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (Reuters) - World powers and Iran will very likely meet again on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions in February, shortly after a six-month deal restricting its atomic work goes into effect, a diplomatic

source told Reuters yesterday. The new round of talks will aim for a broad settlement in the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program that could ease the risk of mistrust leading to

deeper tensions or even conflict in the Middle East. The talks, led by the EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, will face the challenge of defining a permissible scope of Iranian nuclear work that will lay to rest western concerns that it could have military goals. In return, Iran wants governments in the United States and Europe to end decades of painful economic sanctions. The source said the first meeting in the new phase of diplomacy between Iran and six powers - the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany - would include Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Central African Republic’s new leader orders military crackdown (Reuters) - Central African Republic’s new interim leader deployed hundreds more soldiers in the capital Bangui yesterday with orders to shoot troublemakers in an attempt to end months of religiously-fueled violence. Fighting, attacks on mosques and the looting of Muslim-owned shops have persisted in Bangui since the resignation of rebel leader-turned-president Michel Djotodia last Friday under intense international pressure. Djotodia seized power last March at the head of the Muslim Seleka rebel coalition, unleashing a wave of killings and looting targeting the majority Christian population which in turn sparked revenge attacks by “anti-balaka” Christian militia. The Red Cross said its workers had collected 10 bodies from the streets over the weekend and it had treated some 60 wounded people at the Community Hospital in Bangui. Sporadic violence has continued despite the presence of 1,600 French troops and 4,000 African Union peacekeepers. Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet, the head of the National Transitional Council (CNT) who has taken over the presidency until a new leader is chosen this month, told journalists he had launched an operation to restore calm to the riverside city. “The robberies are over. The chaos is over. The Central African people must regain their honor,” Nguendet told a ceremony attended by hundreds of military officers, some of them wearing civilian clothes, at a gendarmerie barracks in Bangui. “If they continue, I order you in the name of the Republic to shoot at point blank range so that order can reign in this country,” he said. In the chaos after thousands of Seleka fighters swept from the north, many soldiers

abandoned their posts and drifted into the civilian community. Nguendet said any military officer who failed now to report for duty would be considered a deserter. Dozens of army officers turned up to register for service at the barracks in the centre of town yesterday. Nguendet said he was increasing the military presence on the streets of Bangui by 400 men and launching a 24hour rapid reaction team with an emergency hotline for residents to report violence. The United Nations estimates that months of fighting in the landlocked former French colony has displaced around 1 million people, or just over a fifth of the population. More than 1,000 people were killed in December alone, rights group Amnesty International said. TWO WEEKS TO FIND NEW PRESIDENT Under a transitional charter, Nguendet will lead Central African Republic for a maximum of two weeks until the CNT chooses an interim president to steer the country to post-coup elections, due before the end of this year. Djotodia resigned at a regional summit in Chad last Friday after it became clear that France and Central African nations, which provide the backbone of the African Union peacekeeping mission, had lost faith in him. He has gone into exile in Benin. “There are 10 days left to find a new president. We have to move quickly,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told BFM television. “You cannot leave a country without a leader.” Traffic in central Bangui returned to normal, shops reopened and people went about their business yesterday. However, there were isolated reports of unrest, particularly in residential neighborhoods towards the north of the city.

“It won’t happen in January, because of the Chinese New Year, but it is very, very, very likely in February,” the diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Senior diplomats from the seven countries will gather ahead of the meeting to prepare an agenda. Iran says its atomic energy program is aimed purely at electricity generation and other civilian purposes, although past Iranian attempts to hide sensitive nuclear activity from U.N. non-proliferation inspectors have raised concerns. The interim six-month agreement, which freezes Iran’s most sensitive atom work in return for some

sanctions relief, is scheduled to go into effect on January 20, pending verification by the International Atomic Energy Agency that Tehran is meeting its end of the deal. That accord appeared to halt a slide towards another, wider Middle East war over Iran’s nuclear aspirations, but diplomats warn it will not be easy to carry out because of long-standing mutual mistrust. CHALLENGINGTALKS Partly in preparation for new talks, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow this week, Russian officials said yesterday. “During his one-day trip to Moscow, Zarif will discuss bilateral and regional issues

with top Russian officials. Also some topics related to Iran’s nuclear program will be discussed,” the Iranian state news agency IRNA quoted Iran’s ambassador to Russia, Mehdi Sanai, as saying. Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement yesterday welcoming a weekend decision by the six powers and Iran to set January 20 as the date to implement the interim accord. “We hope that a successful implementation of the primary phase will create the necessary conditions for working out agreements going further that will result in a final and comprehensive settlement in regard to the Iran’s nuclear program,” it said.


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Cycling season in the city Rusty Djokovic, slick Serena through in Melbourne to pedal off on January 25 21st Ricks & Sari Agro Industry 11-Race-Meet to set the pace What is anticipated to be a very busy year on the cycling circuit will get started in the city on Saturday January 25, 2014 at the National Park with the 21st Ricks and Sari Agro Industries 11 Race Meet at the National Park. Organised by National Cycling Coach Hassan Mohamed MS, the season promises lots of fireworks and riders will be seeking to better last year’s performances. Alonzo Greaves tops the list of high end performers in 2013 and no doubt will be aiming to pick up where he left off. The likes of Paul De Nobrega, Albert Philander, Warren ‘Forty’ Mc Kay, Robin Persaud, Junior Niles, Ian Jackson, Shameer Baksh, Syborne Fernandes, Ralph Williams, Hamza Eastman, Mario King, Michael Anthony, Kennard Lovell, Paul Choo-Wee-Nam, Rastaff O’Selmo, Ian Jackson, Godfrey Pollydore, Geron Williams, Alanzo Ambrose, Hamza Eastman, Raymond ‘Steely’ Newton, Shaquille Agard, Linden Blackman, Virgil Jones, Talim Shaw, Stephano Husbands, Raul Leal and Richard Charles will all be in contention in the various categories. The BMX riders will also be looking to make their mark during the season as well. Already securing a win this year however, was 2012 National Raod Race Champion Orville Hinds of United Bike Shop who carted off the top spot in the Benjamin Sports Open Cycle

Raod Race. Making a welcome return to the sport following a road accident is junior rider Raul Leal who made his presence felt immediately by winning the junior category. The platform has been set and it’s time for serious riding. The feature 35-lap contest at the National Park is anticipated to attract all the big guns including defending champion Raynauth Jeffrey, who had clocked One Hour 16 Minutes 56 Seconds when he won last year’s showdown. Raul Leal will be back to defend the juvenile (10 lap) trophy which he had won in 25 Minutes 12.34 Seconds, while the most successful veteran rider for 2013, Junior Niles will surely seek to defend successfully, the veteran (5 lap) Under-50 trophy. Ozia Macullay had won the mountain bike fivelap race. Commenting on what this year’s activities would be like; Mohamed confidently stated that riders will be in for a hectic year of competition. The man behind the country’s longest running Teach Them Young programme disclosed that he completed a total of 42 races last year; 20 at the National Park and 22 Road events. He surpassed 2012’s quota of 37 races and with all things being equal, 2014 will be even more successful. Already, February and March events have been confirmed with the dates already set for the annual Cheddi Jagan Memorial races in March.

Hassan Mohamed

Raynauth Jeffrey “I am happy to work in the interest and development of the sport. I can assure all riders that this year will be no different in terms of lots of races. I encourage them all to get themselves prepared for competitive rivalry in the National Park and on the Road,” Mohamed stated. Gratitude was extended to all the corporate entities and individuals who would have contributed towards the success of cycling over the years. (Franklin Wilson)

MELBOURNE (Reuters) Novak Djokovic showed some early season rustiness but Serena Williams roared into the second round like a well-oiled machine as the tournament favorites took center stage on the first evening of the Australian Open on Monday. Williams, looking for her sixth title, closed the evening on Rod Laver Arena with a 62 6-1 demolition of local hope Ashleigh Barty after fourtimes champion Djokovic had overcome Lukas Lacko 6-3 76(2) 6-1. Earlier, there were shocks aplenty in the women’s draw with the biggest coming when sixth seed Petra Kvitova fell victim to Thai world number 88 Luksika Kumkhum in front of a rapturous crowd on Margaret Court Arena. There were upsets for two Italian seeds as well, Sara Errani beaten 6-3 6-2 by German Julia Goerges and her doubles partner Roberta Vinci going down 6-4 6-3 to China’s Zheng Jie. Serena’s sister Venus Williams also bid an early farewell to the tournament when she blew a 3-0 lead in the deciding set to lose 2-6 6-4 6-4 to Russian Ekaterina Makarova. Djokovic’s new co-coach Boris Becker will have raised an eyebrow with the 30 unforced errors the second seed served up as he opened his quest for a fourth straight title in Melbourne. The Serbian always looked like cantering to victory in three sets, however, and 23 minutes after taking a tight second stanza by dominating the tiebreak, he was firing down his 10th ace

for the win. “I know that I didn’t play my best, especially in the second set,” said Djokovic, who has now won his last 22 matches at Melbourne Park and 25 contests in a row in all tournaments since his loss to Rafa Nadal in the U.S. Open final. “I was a little bit too passive in some stages of the match and was trying to find the proper setting and proper balance and footing in the court.” With temperatures forecast to soar well above 40 degrees Celsius from Tuesday onwards, there was good reason for the players to keep their time on court to a minimum and rest up for challenges to come. BARTY BLITZED Even in the cool of the evening, Serena Williams showed no signs of wanting to hang around and 17-yearold Barty looked like a lamb heading for the slaughter. Williams, who hit 31 winners, feasted on the teenager’s second serve and even dominated at the net, suggested that she herself was the biggest obstacle to her title ambitions. “I just don’t want to get in my way. I just have to stay out of my way and I’ll be fine,” she said. “As long as I’m able to stay relaxed, I’ll be okay.” Thai Luksika was far from relaxed as she looked to close out her victory over Kvitova but was soon bowing to all corners of the stadium having sealed the biggest win of her career 6-2 1-6 6-4. “I was really excited to be here, feeling good,” said former Wimbledon champion Kvitova. “I think that

Independent Inquiry... From page 31 and monies they won to their respective sources. Not to draw parallel with the level of sophistication in doping as in the Armstrong case. But who knows! An Independent Inquiry into the Shewdas doping scandal, the first high-profiled matter for Guyana in the fight a g a i n s t doping in sport, could very well reveal a sophisticated and well-planned

conspiracy to achieve glory at any cost. The world knew that Armstrong was a serial doper, and while it has not been established that the Guyanese powerlifter is similar, the inquiry will make such revelations. The GAPF should get on with an Independent Inquiry since the matter is of national significance and not a trivial matter as Green is attempting to propagate.

SLC wants Bangladesh... From page 28 received advice from the Sri Lankan High Commission in Dhaka in the lead-up to its final decision. The two-member security unit will visit Mirpur on Tuesday and meet the local

security authorities on the following day. One of the two men will stay back in Dhaka for the January 20 World Twenty20 security assessment meeting with the rest of the participating boards and the ICC.

probably I wanted (it) too much, and then everything just fell down.” Fourth seeded Chinese Li Na never came anywhere near being upset as she dispatched teenager Ana Konjuh 6-2 6-0 to set up a meeting with another 16-yearold, Swiss Belinda Bencic. Bencic beat 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-4 4-6 63 in a battle of generations the 27-year age gap between the two the widest at a grand slam since a 47-year-old Martina Navratilova was beaten by 19-year-old Gisela Dulko at Wimbledon in 2004. Local hopes in the women’s draw rest largely with Sam Stosur and the 2011 U.S. Open champion made a reasonable start on Monday, gaining revenge for a semifinal defeat in Sydney last week with a 6-3 6-4 win over Czech Klara Zakopalova. Men’s top 10 seeds David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Stan Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet earlier raced into the second round with three set victories, eager to make the most of relatively mild conditions at Melbourne Park. Ferrer sprinted to a 5-0 lead in the first set before being drawn into a scrap with Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez but still ground out a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory. “The most important thing is to win. Today maybe I didn’t play my best tennis, but I won,” said Ferrer, the least favored third seed at Melbourne Park for several years. HAAS EXIT Swiss Wawrinka, Djokovic’s potential quarterfinal opponent, had the easiest passage when Kazakh Andrey Golubev retired while trailing 6-4 4-1. German Tommy Haas, seeded 12th, also retired with a shoulder injury while losing to Spain’s Guillermo GarciaLopez in his first round match. Berdych and Gasquet both went through in less than two hours, however, the seventh seeded Czech beating Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-3 64 6-3 and ninth seed Gasquet downing fellow Frenchman David Guez 7-5 6-4 6-1. Spanish top seed Nadal gets his campaign underway on Tuesday along with two of the other “big four” of men’s tennis, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and 17-times grand slam champion Roger Federer. Serena Williams of the United States hits a return to Ashleigh Barty of Australia during their women’s singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 13, 2014.


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Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or as he trumps Pooran stakes 4-Day claim in T&T trial Messi, Ribery as greatest player on the planet

Nicholas Pooran

Trinidad Express Couva, Trinidad - After missing out on a place in the Trinidad and Tobago Super50 squad, teenage wicketkeeperbatsman Nicholas Pooran made a strong case for his inclusion in the four-day squad after slamming a chanceless unbeaten 130 on the final day of the second T&T Cricket Board three-day trial match at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva Sunday. Pooran created a buzz with his big hitting in last year’s Limacol Caribbean Premier League Twenty20, slamming 54 off 24 balls with six sixes and one four to draw the attention of the commentators during his first match in the tournament against the Guyana Amazon Warriors. Yesterday in Couva, the left-handed batsman had a similar type innings for the Yannick Ottley XI against the Jason Mohammed XI. He reached his half century off 58 balls before getting to triple figures off 96, as he guided the Ottley XI to 459 all out in reply to the Mohammed XI first innings of 276 all out. Batting a second time, the Mohammed XI reached 161 for six to earn a draw with allrounder Daron Cruickshank hitting 78 off 69 balls and Steven Katwaroo making an unbeaten 25 off 68 balls. When the Ottley XI resumed their innings from an overnight position of 228 for five, West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel quickly removed the overnight batsmen-Yannick Ottley, bowled for 15, and Imran Khan, lbw for one. They slipped to 240 for seven when Pooran and Emrit-who were both part of the T&T Champions League T20 squad last year-came together. Pooran, smashed 11 fours and four sixes and faced

a total of 125 balls during his two and a half hours in the middle and shared a 154-run stand with Emrit to put the Ottley XI in the lead. Emrit, who recently returned to action following a shoulder injury, scored 72 before he retired hurt. His half century came off 61 balls with seven fours and three sixes. T&T coach Kelvin Williams said that Emrit came off as a precaution and said that it was nothing to be concerned about. Speaking about the performance of the batsmen, Williams said: “I am quite pleased with what I have seen so far and it was what exactly what we asked for after what went on in last trial match last weekend. It is nice to see runs on the board and it was quite pleasing for us.” Commenting specifically on Pooran’s knock, Williams said, “I thought he batted extremely well. It was one of the better innings I have seen from the player and when you look at it, yes it was more than a run a ball but at the same time he took his time to build the innings and he played within his limitations. I think it shows the kind of talent that the young man has and what he is capable of and I think he will move from strength to strength.” Summarised Scores: Jason Mohammed XI 276 (85.3 overs) (Jonathan Augustus 85, Yannic Cariah 45, Jason Mohammed 44; Imran Khan 3/31, Kavesh Kantasingh 2/26) & 161-6 (41 overs) (Daron Cruickshank 78, Steven Katwaroo 25 n.o.; Sherwin Ganga 2/6, Adrian Barath 2/ 22) Yannick Ottley XI 459 (112.3 overs) (Nicholas Pooran 130 n.o., Rayad Emrit 72, Petrock Nicholas 60; Shannon Gabriel 3/72, Amit Jaggernauth 2/58) Result - Match Drawn

Daily Mail - Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned the FIFA World Player of the Year for the second time, breaking the stranglehold of his great adversary Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid superstar saw off competition from Barcelona’s Messi and Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery to claim the coveted Ballon d’Or. An emotional Ronaldo walked onto the stage to collect his award with his son Cristiano and couldn’t hold back the tears as he was presented with the trophy. The 28-year-old was honored after scoring 66 goals in 56 appearances for club and

country Portugal in 2013 as he finally reclaimed the trophy he last held in 2008. Though Ronaldo did not win any major trophies in 2013, he did score all four goals as Portugal beat Sweden in the World Cup play-offs to secure their place in Brazil this summer. ‘There are no words to describe this moment,’ Ronaldo said, wiping away tears. ‘I want to thank all my colleagues and companions at Real Madrid, in the Portuguese team and my family who are here with me. ‘Those who know me, know that many people help me: my manager, our

President, and i don’t want to forget to mention Eusebio. My girlfriend and my son too. I am deeply moved.’ Bayern Munich were recognised for a recordbreaking year as Jupp Heynckes was presented with the Coach of the Year Award ahead of Sir Alex Ferguson and Jurgen Klopp. Heynckes led Bayern to the Bundesliga title, the German Cup and the Champions League in 2013 before retiring. ‘It is a great honour to win this award today because it is an innovation that someone who has retired should receive such a distinction,’ Heynckes said.

‘It means an awful lot to pick up this award at the end of my career. It is not just down to me but the whole club of Bayern Munich.’ Former Manchester United boss Ferguson did not attend the ceremony as he is on holiday in Barbados. An emotional Pele was presented with the inaugural Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur. The Brazilian legend said: ‘I played for almost 30 years and I got so many trophies and prizes but I was jealous because all those guys used to get the Ballon d’Or and I did not play in Europe. ‘Now, thanks to God, I have completed my trophy haul!’

Asafa Powell: Jamaican sprinter to appear before anti-doping panel BBC Sport - Sprinter Asafa Powell will appear at a Jamaican Anti-Doping Committee disciplinary hearing today. The former 100m world record holder, 31, tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine at the national championships in June. Training partner Sherone Simpson tested positive for the same stimulant but denied being a “cheat” at her hearing. Powell was one of several witnesses to testify at Simpson’s hearing, which was adjourned until 4

Asafa Powell February. The pair are among five Jamaican athletes who failed drugs tests at the

national championships. Discus throwers Allison Randall and Traves Smikle and high-jumper Demar Robinson had their disciplinary cases heard last month. Powell and Simpson, who won silver in the 4x100m relay at the London Olympics, have been provisionally suspended since the positive tests were confirmed and missed the World Championships in Moscow last August. They both blamed the positive tests on a new brand of nutritional supplements

given to them to them by a recently hired physical trainer, Canadian Chris Xuereb. Xuereb has said he did not give Powell and Simpson any performance-enhancing drugs and only purchased major-brand vitamins, claiming in July that “both athletes are clearly looking for a scapegoat”. Powell was the last man to hold the individual 100m world record before compatriot Usain Bolt broke it in 2008. He later helped Jamaica win 4x100m relay gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Hope’s XI beat Jacobs’ XI again in trial Barbados Cricket Association - Bridgetown, Barbados - Places in the Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) squad are apparently tight for the WICB NAGICO Super50 championship in Trinidad & Tobago from January 30 to February 16, but left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican again stood out with the ball in helping Kyle Hope’s XI to defeat Steven Jacobs’ XI by 24 runs on the DuckworthLewis method in the third CCC trial match. Playing in another rainaffected match at 3Ws Oval, Warrican, a former West Indies Under-19 team player who has also turned out for Barbados in a couple firstclass matches in his debut season in 2012, took three for 24 off seven overs as Jacobs’ side, chasing a revised target of 164 in 35 overs, were limited to 139 for eight. Guyanese Jacobs, the newly-appointed CCC

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captain, topscored with 34 off 39 balls including four boundaries and one six. Dominican spinner Kavem Hodge picked up two for 29 off seven overs.

The 21-year-old Warrican snatched four for nine off 8.2 overs in the first trial match and conceded just 17 runs from ten overs despite being wicket-less in the second. If

he is left out of the 14-man squad, it would be most unfortunate. Hope’s XI made 138 for six off 35 overs after winning the toss. Former CCC captain Kyle Corbin, who scored a century in the first Barbados trial match at Desmond Haynes Oval on December 10 but fell cheaply in the first two CCC trial matches, showed a return to form with the topscore of 49. He faced 64 balls and struck three sixes and two fours. Corbin and Trinidadian Nicolas Alexis added 69 off 91 balls including four sixes and two fours for the third wicket. Alexis scored 20, also off 64 deliveries with one four and one six. Kesrick Williams, a fast bowler from St. Vincent & the Grenadines, took two for 17 off five overs and off-spinner Jacobs, two for for 23 off six overs. The CCC squad is to be announced soon.


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Dottin suspended, to miss White Fern tour WICB Media - ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board on Monday announced that Deandra Dottin has received a suspension. This follows an incident during last year’s Women’s Tri-Nation T20 Series in Barbados. The charge was that under Rule No. 6 of the WICB’s Code of Conduct she did “engage in behaviour unbecoming that could bring the game of cricket into disrepute or be harmful to the interests of cricket”. On December 16, 2013 Dottin met with the WICB’s Disciplinary Committee where on review of the presentations and evidence presented to the Tribunal she was found guilty of the charge. The WICB’s Disciplinary Committee confirmed that she has since offered an apology for her actions. Miss Dottin has been sentenced as follows: 1. That between January and February 2014 she undergoes evaluation, followed by a continued counselling programme; 2. That she undergoes continuing monitoring for a year, and that periodic reports from her counselling sessions be sent to the Disciplinary Tribunal and the WICB. 3. That she miss the upcoming tour of New Zealand tour in February and March. 4. That she is allowed the opportunity to meet with her two biggest cricketing idols as

Deandra Dottin

a means of mentorship. Miss Dottin is one of the leading cricketers in the women’s game. She was Player-of-theSeries during last year’s Women’s Tri Nation T20 Series which the West Indies won. The 22-year-old became the first woman to make a century in T20 cricket when she blasted a record 112 not out for West Indies Women against South Africa Women in St Kitts during the 2010 ICC Women’s World T20 Tournament.

Crawford returned unopposed as DCU&SA

Shannon Crawford was re-elected unopposed as president of the Demerara Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association (DCU&SA) when the body held its Annual General Meeting on Sunday last at the Clerical and Commercial Workers Union (CCWU). Nigel Duguid was retained as the vice president while Nolan Hawke will serve as the secretary. Eddie Nicholls is the treasurer and Arleigh Rutherford the assistant secretary treasurer. Zaheer Mohamed was elected the Public Relations Officer while the committee members are Ryan Banwari, Javed Persaud, Chetnarine Persaud and Ava Baker. Speaking after the elections Crawford said that

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GOA pleased to support GNRA by facilitating Coach Shaw’s visit By Franklin Wilson President of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) K. A Juman Yassin said his association was pleased to be of assistance to the Guyana National Rifle Association (GNRA) by facilitating the visit of Great Britain shooter and Coach, Ian Shaw. This information was shared at a press conference hosted by the GNRA at Olympic House, High Street, yesterday which was attended by Shaw and National Fullbore Captain, Mahendra Persaud. Yassin said that after he was approached by Persaud to facilitate the visit of a Coach to assist Guyana’s development when the Great Britain team visited Guyana last May, he readily agreed to help. “Rifle shooting for Guyana is a very important component in the Commonwealth Games and almost all the Commonwealth Games, Guyana has been there participating and we’ve been doing well and sincerely hope that with this input from Mr. Shaw that our team would be able to rise higher than what they’ve been doing.” Yassin also said that he is

looking forward to more cooperation from Shaw and other members of his team in assisting Guyana stating that the GOA would always be in a position and ready to assist. Shaw, who has been selected by the Scotland team for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow, England, July 23 to August 3, 2014 where over 40 nations will compete, noted that what he has set out to do in the initial days of his interface with the GNRA shooters in relation to team growth is to look at the individual performances of the shooters as well as the team as a whole. “To address areas which need work that has already been identified by Mahendra and his senior colleagues within the team. We’ve also looked at the finer points within the more experienced and less experienced shooters. High Tec electronic equipment has also been utilized so far in the form of the Scatt machine with a view of improving the shooters abilities having indentified the relevant areas that needs work. The small individual gains, Shaw posited will add up towards general development in the long term to produce a much better

Holder will be missed - GCB president Drubahadur

Shannon Crawford right with Nigel Duguid one of the main objectives for 2014 is to strengthen the sub associations which are Upper Demerara, East Coast Demerara, West Demerara and Georgetown adding that Upper Demerara and West

Demerara are facing some challenges. He stated that efforts will be made to give the umpires in Upper Demerara more exposure since not much cricket is being played there.

President of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Drubahadur said that former Public Relations Officer the late Terry Holder, who passed away on January 8, will surely be missed. Speaking at a wake held by the GCB in honour Holder on Sunday night last at Georgetown Cricket Club, Drubahadur said that he was a man of few words and always gives his heart out for cricket. “He always offered excellent advises and was very instrumental in our Hall of Fame”, the president

Terry Holder

SLC wants Bangladesh tour to go ahead ESPNcricinfo - Sri Lanka Cricket has reaffirmed its commitment to the tour of Bangladesh even though a canceled tour may bring the Asia Cup and World Twenty20 to Sri Lanka. SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga has said the board will not compromise on player security but is otherwise eager to support its Asian neighbours. Sri Lanka is

performance for the team as a whole. “I can certainly say that in the time I’ve been here so fare I’m very pleased. The individuals themselves are very keen to learn and to take on board the information I’ve been giving them. I’m positive that, Mahendra with the assistance of his colleagues will be able to push that forward and make sure they continue to work on these things after I’m gone and to improve the overall performance of the team.” At the last Commonwealth Games held in India, Shaw was part of the Scotland team which won the silver medal; New Zealand won gold with England taking the bronze. Commenting on what would obtain after Shaw would have departed these shores, Fullbore Captain, Mahendra Persaud said that they’ve already started to work on team strategy and once implemented with all members on board it should go almost like clockwork. “We actually are a very smooth running team to put it in the words of a fellow shooter who saw us shooting in Barbados who said it was like seeing a machine in action. We want to get this machine running faster.”

believed to be among the reserve hosts for both those tournaments. “Player security is what we are most concerned about, but if we tour Bangladesh, we can help ensure the region stays strong from a cricketing perspective,” Ranatunga said. “In Asia, we have a situation currently where we can’t tour Pakistan. Even though a tournament could

be moved, in the long-term it is better for us that the region remains strong. Bangladesh has a cricket-loving public and it’s important that cricket is played there, if possible.” SLC has monitored the security situation in Bangladesh during the past weeks, but has maintained its willingness to send a team throughout the upheaval. Its final decision on the tour is

expected by January 15, and is subject to the findings of a security delegation that arrived in Bangladesh on Sunday. The Sri Lanka team is scheduled to leave for Bangladesh on January 24. The board’s enthusiasm to send its team is also driven by an element of reciprocity, Ranatunga said. “In the past we have had problems in our country as well, but during

that time, Bangladesh were happy to tour. As long as there is no risk to our players, we would like to support the BCB as well.” The Sri Lanka team had been victims of a terrorist attack in Lahore in 2009, and Ranatunga had earlier said the board would play close attention to any possible security threats. SLC has (Continued on page 30)

added. Former president of the Essequibo Cricket Board Alvin Johnson said that Holder was a humble individual and keen listener adding that he was always the sober voice in all the turmoil, while former president of the Guyana Teachers Union Lance Baptiste stated he gained the respect of everyone. Baptiste affirmed that apart from cricket Holder also loved football and played Table Tennis at the national level. He informed that Holder also served on the Guyana Table Tennis Association. Holder’s daughter Dawn Holder thanked the GCB for hosting the function and said that her father truly loved cricket and they will continue to support the GCB. Meanwhile, GCB secretary Anand Sanasie expressed condolences to his family. Holder funeral will be held on Wednesday at St. Andrews Kirk at 13:30 hrs while viewing of his body will commence at 12:30 at Merriman Funeral Home. Holder served for over two decades on the GCB.


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Fudadin, Chanderpaul, Barnwell among the runs as Nationals maul Rest Team by 150 runs By Sean Devers The National Cricket team, preparing for the 2014 Regional Super50 tournament in Trinidad and Tobago, went two-up in their six-match series against the Rest Team by inflicting a 150-run mauling against them in their second practice match at Bourda yesterday in a match reduced to 42 overs per side due to a late start. After winning the first encounter at Everest on Friday, the National team exploded from a subdued start to reach 230-7 when their allotted 42 overs expired on a track with good pace and carry and a slightly slow outfield. The Rest Team were then bundled out for an embarrassing 80 in 25 overs as only Rajiv Ivan (47*) and opener Robin Bacchus (10), the only debutant in the Guyana side, reached double figures, much to the disappointment of a fair size crowd in the Kenny Wishart stand. Test left-hander Assad

Fudadin stroked a carefully constructed 70 from 111 balls, while Shiv Chanderpaul who accelerated towards end to a 42-ball 41 and Skipper Christopher Barnwell who smashed a typically pugnacious 42 from just 16 balls led the scoring for the Nationals. The lively Keon Joseph (3-36 from 8 overs) and left arm pacer Andre Stoll who produced prodigious seam movement, had 2-27 from his eight overs. The work of the pair of fitness trainers from the Army seems to be paying off with Stoll in particular looking a lot fitter and stronger during his impressive spell yesterday in mostly bright sunshine. Paul Wintz finished with 3-14, while West Indies ‘A’ Fast bowler Ronsford Beaton who bowled some pace, off-spinner Royston Crandon and Test legspinner Devendra Bishoo supported with a couple of wickets each to dismantle the Rest Team’s batting on a

good track. Trevon Griffith (12) got going with a magnificently timed back foot punch to the cover boundary but he soon fiddled at a ball from Stoll which he could have left alone. Stoll then produced a perfect ‘in-ducker’ which had former Skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan LBW for a duck. But Fudadin who was in ultra cautious mode and West Indies left-hander Leon Johnson repaired the early damage by posting 61 for the third wicket. Johnson who reached the boundary boards twice in his 28 was removed by offspinner Zaheer Mohamed before the 28 year-old Fudadin who struck two fours and two sixes, one which landed on the top floor of Media Centre off a free hit, was bowled by Joseph as he tried to change gear and put his foot on the gas. The composed 39-yearold Chanderpaul and the rampant Barnwell then joined forces to ‘up the tempo’ with Chanderpaul

Shiv Chanderpaul using his vast experience to lend excellent support to Barnwell in a rapid 61-run fifth wicket stand. Barnwell, who looks the most in form and positive of the Guyana batsmen, clobbered Joseph to extra cover where Jonathon Foo held a stinging catch in a slight drizzle and under a beautiful rainbow. Joseph then scattered the stumps of Crandon (2) before leg-spinner Amir Khan removed Chanderpaul who frustrated the bowlers

Chris Barnwell with cleaver improvisations and deft sweeps. When the Rest Team batted they were in early trouble when Test opener Sewnarine Chattergoon (6) was trapped in front by Wintz who then induced Rajendra Chandrika (2) to edge a catch to the Keeper. Beaton had Chanderpaul Hemraj LBW for a duck before Foo was LBW to Wintz for one and the Rest team never recovered. Bacchus, who hit two fours, was eventually

Assad Fudadin bowled by Beaton as Ivan who hit six fours ran out of partners. The next practice match is scheduled for Bourda on Friday, while the last two matches are fixed for the Providence Stadium under lights. Guyana are grouped with Ireland, the Windward Islands and defending Champions Jamaica. The South Americans battle Ireland in their opening match on January 31 in Portof-Spain.

International Amateur Boxing Association official to facilitate course for local officials

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e has been to these shores on s e v e r a l occasions where he had successfully facilitated developmental courses on behalf of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA). Now AIBA accredited referee/judge, Trinidadian, James Beckles returns once again, under the auspices of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA), this time for a five days referee/judges seminar commencing tomorrow and concluding on Sunday. The course was made possible through the efforts of Director of Youth and Sports, Neil Kumar and the opening ceremony will be conducted at the Olympics House, Parade Street, Kingston at 10:00hrs tomorrow morning. President of the GBA, Steve Ninvalle said that Mr. Beckles has been of immense assistance to the development of local officials and his input is always welcome. He said that on his previous visit, Mr. Beckles had imparted

but this time he will be tasked with the role of briefing local officials of the implications to the sport

Steve Ninvalle

James Beckles

valuable knowledge towards the improvement of local officials and he (Ninvalle) anticipates similar assistance. During this visit, Mr. Beckles will deal extensively with the computerized scoring process. He had promised to represent Guyana’s cause at AIBA’s level for equipment. He has been successful and Technical Director, Terrence Poole had received the requisite items while on a training course in Kazakhstan. However, the device arrived in Guyana

devoid of an integral component and was rendered useless. AIBA has since promised to have that anomaly rectified. In the meantime, Mr. Beckles will use the missing component owned by the Trinidad Boxing Association (TBA) on the Guyana equipment to acquaint his local counterparts on the intricacies of the computer scoring system even as GBA officials await the arrival of theirs from AIBA. This is Beckles’ third visit on a similar expedition

following the decision of AIBA officials that boxers could retain their Olympics eligibility despite boxing

professionally. The 5 days course concludes on Sunday with a ceremony at the Olympic House.


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Harland urges Union to organise more rugby and have it adequately funded

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o stranger to these shores, North American Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) Development Officer Scott Harland arrived in Guyana on Sunday to commence a five-day visit aimed at helping to further develop the sport holistically. Harland joined members of the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) executive at a press conference on Sunday at Sleepin Hotel on Brickdam where he outlined the purpose of his visit which includes offering expertise to the union on how to effectively market the sport,

NACRA Development Officer Scott Harland (3rd right) and GRFU President Peter Green (on his immediate right) seen with other members of the executive at the Press Conference on Sunday.

enhance its administrative capacity among others, especially in light of the fact that rugby has now been adopted as an Olympic event, starting at the 2016 Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. According to the NACRA Development Officer his designation is to help members of the Association attain their goals, but once they are agreed on and are positive and achievable. He referred to some of t h o s e g o a l s a s administrative, coaching and refereeing, adding that even in the absence of personal resources to achieve some of

the targets, he seek other ways to bring in whatever is required to ensure that the stated goals and objectives are met. President of the GFRU, Peter Green, who was also in attendance in his remarks, first welcomed Harland, before giving a brief outline of the Union’s plans for this year. Among the primary focus this year according to Green is to develop rugby at all levels of school including the primary and secondary, doing infrastructural work on the playing area at the National Park which is most times flooded whenever the rain falls causing major

disruption in the Union’s calendar of events as well as preparations for regional and international engagements. Another project for this year according to the GRFU President that the Union will be working on is to host youth festivals at the under14, 15 and 19 levels, while a concerted attempt will be made for teams to participate in the international competitions with the first being a Tri-Series involving Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados. Meanwhile, Harland offering an opinion on the state of Guyana’s rugby said the organisation of the sport has improved, but noted that

it will take more than that for this country and even those in the rest of the Caribbean to reach the level of proficiency required to compete at the highest level. “If you look at the training regimen of the Canadian/USA players, their women might beat a lot of the men in the Caribbean in fitness because they are treated as professional athletes now and that’s a luxury not every Caribbean country has. It’s a lot of hard work, fitness wise and skill is probably the one thing, the passing and handling skill once the Caribbean nations can get that to an elite level I think they can beat Canada

or USA maybe not every time but most of the time,” Harland said. While noting the difficulty to attract substantial sponsorship to send teams to major competitions, (using Guyana’s non-participation at last year ’s NACRA Tournament as an example) Harland advised that the Union apply for funding through the Olympic Solidarity, an avenue he believes could alleviate such a burden. In closing, he urged the Union to organise more rugby and have it played at every level and to ensure that they are adequately funded.


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Independent Inquiry needed for Shewdas doping scandal By Edison Jefford The proposed Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF) domestic investigation into the Gumendra Shewdas doping scandal should take the form of an Independent Inquiry, which is one of the only methods to ascertain the truth behind what is perhaps the biggest embarrassment Guyana has faced in sport in the post-modern period. An Independent Inquiry is therefore recommended because the local Federation itself should not escape without suitable scrutiny. The investigation should answer a specific set of questions that will expose the individual/individuals and/or organisation/ organisations responsible for Shewdas returning a positive test for banned substances. The tenets and basis of the investigation ought to first and foremost seek to determine the source through which Shewdas came into contact with the banned substances, Methylhexaneamine and Oxilofrine; who administered the drugs, and who authorised the process of its administration for the athlete since they are highprofiled performance enhancing drugs that are expensive. As such, GAPF should not be exempted from scrutiny, more so given the established propensity of the federation to attempt to mask information. It is only after Kaieteur Sport broke the story of Shewdas’s positive dope test, following the W o r l d Yo u t h Championships in August last year, that the GAPF came out with a low-key press conference on the subject when it had knowledge of the matter since October last year or even before. In all his utterances on the subject thus far, GAPF President, Peter Green has fingered Shewdas’s Coach, Egbert Jackson as a possible source of the illicit performance enhancement drugs, though Shewdas did not name Jackson in his International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) testimony. Shewdas named his grandfather as the individual who gave him the medicine,

Geranium 20 for a nasal congestion. The IPF investigated the medicine and provided a detailed report, which found that Shewdas’s testimony lacks credibility, and as such, invoked a two-year ban on the Guyanese powerlifter. Being his Coach, it is expected that Jackson will come under inspection, but Green is erring with his refusal to not also subject the individual, who Shewdas named in his IPF testimony, to similar references. Does Green possess information in this matter that is pointing him in the direction of Shewdas’ coach? After all, Green did say that it is his view that Shewdas did not take substances that are prohibited intentionally, so maybe he has information. The GAPF, Shewdas’s grandfather, Jackson and Shewdas himself should all be the focus of the investigation, which is why it should be an independent forum so that it is transparent and devoid of interference from the Federation. We cannot expect the Federation to investigate itself if it had played a role in how the athletes came into contact with the drugs. Secondly, Green said in his latest press conference last week that Shewdas is not a ‘drugs cheat’, which made it pellucid that the GAPF President continues to flirt with the severity of this serious subject. If Shewdas had not cheated, or enhanced his performance through the use of banned substances, he would not have been stripped of his gold medal, banned for two years and GAPF fined $2000 Euros. It is because the IPF has proven that he cheated that those penalties were inflicted and it is because Shewdas himself knows that he cheated that resulted in him waiving his right to have his ‘B’ sample tested as well. But Green continues an asinine trend of finding excuses and defences for the intricacies of the issue before an investigation has even concluded. His attempt to misguide the nation was further proliferated when, in comments attributed to him, he said that Shewdas’s comparison to the internationally disgraced

cyclist, Lance Armstrong is “sad” as if to suggest it is unnecessary. The nation knows that Shewdas cannot be compared to Armstrong for lots of reasons. Since this writer was the one to make the reference, not comparison, in an earlier article, it is only fair that

further basic clarification is offered to alleviate any future misinterpretation. The reference to Lance Armstrong in a previous article “Shewdas should pay federation’s fine” was in the context of drug cheats in sport returning monies they were given as endorsements (Continued on page 30)

Peter Green

Gumendra Shewdas


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