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July 01, 2012
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Ralph Ramkarran resigns from PPP P. 11
over corruption issues ‘I have literally taken GT&T to every door’ P. 15
“…proud to have been your friend and brother, your colleague and compatriot” - Yog Mahadeo
MV Torani moors on Wakenaam Stelling P. 10
Serving the nursing profession over 40 years… P. 24
Javitrie Eugene is a 'Special Person’
Jamaica govt. blocks regulator from investigating CJIA contractor P. 9
Sunday July 01, 2012
Sunday July 01, 2012
Sacked GT&T’s CFO breaks silence …
Yog Mahadeo stopped $3M questionable payment …after NCN official submitted invoices in his name
Life Lessons from Albert Einstein Continued from last week LIVE IN THE MOMENT “I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.” The only way to properly address your future is to be as present as possible “in the present.” You cannot “presently” change yesterday or tomorrow, so it’s of supreme importance that you dedicate all of your efforts to “right now.” It’s the only time that matters, it’s the only time there is. CREATE VALUE “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." Don’t waste your time trying to be successful, spend your time creating value. If you’re valuable, then you will attract success. Discover the talents and gifts that you possess, learn how to offer those talents and gifts in a way that most benefits others. Labor to be valuable and success will chase you down.
Suspended: Martin Goolsarran
Fired: Caramchand Rambarran
Almost $4M was paid over to Martin Goolsarran by the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) based on invoices he submitted in his name. A third invoice submitted between January and February was blocked by GT&T’s Chief Executive Officer, Yog Mahadeo, after the matter was brought to his attention. These were among some of the details that are now being released that sparked a scandal that, after the dust would have settled, two top executives from two companies would be left without jobs. Goolsarran is the Programme Manager of the state-owned National Communications Network (NCN). He was suspended for eight weeks, starting last week, for depositing the money into his personal bank account. Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Sattaur has resigned and President Donald Ramotar accepted the resignation. On Thursday, Mahadeo resigned after an internal audit by GT&T’s US-based headquarters found that internal controls were breached under his watch. Mahadeo had publicly stated that should the audit find anything adverse, he would step down from the position he has held for two years now. He was the company’s Chief Financial Officer for three years prior to that. On Friday, GT&T’s sacked CFO, Royston Rachpaul and
three of his colleagues were served with termination letters relating to breaches found during the audit. The three were internal auditor, Sachin Persaud; Caramchand Rambarran., Ten/10 Organizer and Richard Sukhdeo. Speaking with Kaieteur News yesterday, Rachpaul admitted that his letter of termination spelt out the breaches as the reason he was fired. “… some internal control breaches were found. Obviously I was pretty much the person put in charge and on that basis, I was terminated.” The internal audit team from Atlantic Tele Network (ATN), parent company of GT&T, was due in Guyana several weeks ago to conduct routine annual checks on the telephone company. However, reports that an investigation had been started at the NCN to investigate suspicious payments by GT&T for the TV production of the Jingle and Song Competition, prompted the auditors to start looking at a number of specific issues. LAPTOPS TAKEN Shortly after arriving, Rachpaul and the three officials from the Finance Department of GT&T were sent on leave and not allowed on the GT&T premises. Laptops and other records were seized. According to Rachpaul, one of the major issues that auditors were looking at was the purchase of stocks,
Fired: Sachin Persaud including t-shirts. Before purchases can be made, GT&T is required to ensure three quotations from suppliers are in. On occasions these were not adhered to. Rachpaul could not recall instances where GT&T’s local internal auditors would have reported to him on breaches of the controls. Regarding the payment to Goolsarran, the former GT&T official disclosed that he was presented with supporting documents to release monies, over $3.9M, to Goolsarran. The reasons advanced were that NCN’s cameramen and crew hired to record the Jingle and Song Competition had to be paid and delays would have jeopardized the event. According to Rachpaul, GT&T had invested almost $100M in the competition and it was unthinkable to delay payment. However, GT&T’s CEO and Rachpaul turned down a request
Fired: GT&T’s Finance Chief: Royston Rachpaul to release the remaining $3M since the same reasons were again being advanced. By this time, in February or so, filming was already completed so the GT&T officials refused to release more monies to Goolsarran, Rachpaul said. CEO UNAWARE During the first payments in December, Mahadeo was unaware that cheques were made over to Goolsarran. Rachpaul denied that there was any major fraud at GT&T to the tune of $1B as is being reported in some media. “There are no financial irregularities at the company.” Another report that Rachpaul owns a parts shop at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Demerara, was also refuted. “Absolutely not true. The last two years, under Yog Mahadeo’s watch, GT&T has improved in leaps and (continued on page 50)
DON’T EXPECT DIFFERENT RESULTS “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” You can’t keep doing the same thing everyday and expect different results. In other words, you can’t keep doing the same workout routine and expect to look differently. In order for your life to change, you must change, to the degree that you change your actions and your thinking is to the degree that your life will change. KNOWLEDGE COMES FROM EXPERIENCE “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.” Knowledge comes from experience. You can discuss a task, but discussion will only give you a philosophical understanding of it; you must experience the task first hand to “know it.” What’s the lesson? Get experience! Don’t spend your time hiding behind speculative information, go out there and do it, and you will have gained priceless knowledge. LEARN THE RULES AND THEN PLAY BETTER “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” To put it all in simple terms, there are two things that you must do. The first thing you must do is to learn the rules of the game that you’re playing. It doesn’t sound exciting, but it’s vital. Secondly, you must commit to play the game better than anyone else. If you can do these two things, success will be yours!
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Addressing Sexual Violence The unanimous passing of the Sexual Offences Bill 2009 (SOB 2009) back in 2010 does not appear to have done much to nip the astounding number of sexual assaults committed in Guyana. The national psyche has been bombarded with such a seemingly unending stream of sexual abuse and violence over the last few years in the media that the citizen who remarks that we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg in the absence of any definitive study, might be forgiven. The overwhelming majority of such offences, after all, never see the light of day. We have had reports of men raping their stepdaughters, men raping their own daughters and even their sons, men raping toddlers, men raping random women and, of course, men raping their wives. In all the permutations and combinations however, the male perpetrator is the constant. The female is almost always the victim. What we are confronted with therefore, is primarily violence used by men to satisfy their sexual libido. This is not a new situation but the difference is that for most of our history it was seen as normal for men to be “aggressive” in their “pursuit” of the sexual “conquest” of women. The identification with the hunting of animals to satisfy the pangs of hunger was not coincidental. Those men that did not live up to this standard were considered unmanly and effete. The story of civilisation might be seen as a millennialong struggle to control our physical drives so as to respect the rights of others who were not to be considered mere objects for their satisfaction. Freud discussed this in his “Civilisation and its Discontents”. It is obvious that in Guyana something is fundamentally flawed with our system of keeping male sexual libidos under control. The passage of SOB2009 was a step in the right direction. It brought together and updated all our legislation of sexual offences in one place so that it should have become easier for those entrusted with upholding our laws to at least know what that law is. Take for instance, the crime of rape. Until then, the crime evidently could only be committed on a female, ignoring the fact that some males have also been victims of this act of violence. Then there is the problem of husbands forcing wives to have sex without the latter’s consent. At long last women can now be treated as human subjects with rights over their own bodies. From all of the foregoing, it should be clear that SOB2009, like all laws that impinge on the behaviour of citizens, is heavily intertwined with the issue of our societal morality. In such matters, we have discovered over the years that states, through their arms of Law and Order (the courts and the police) are never enough to guarantee success. This will especially be true of such a fundamental drive as sex. After the initial meeting of the National Task Force for the Prevention of Sexual Violence to assist in the implementation of the new provisions, there has not been much evidence of its work. But we believe that the wider society and its organs must play its (equal, if not greater) part. We are talking about a new paradigm as to how the male should view his relations with others –especially females – in his quest for sexual satisfaction. The old paradigm, articulated either implicitly or explicitly in some religious texts that the role of the woman is to “satisfy” the needs of the male will just have to go. This might present a challenge to those that take a literal interpretation of these texts as the authority for their actions and we hope that such objections will be articulated and addressed openly in the coming months. We all need to be reading from the same page on the question of sexual offences. The religious bodies not only have to accept SOB2009; they will have to become its most vigorous advocates since it is their teachings that form the foundation of most moralities.
Sunday July 01, 2012
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Prof. Bourne himself confirms his inability to function as an effective Chancellor DEAR EDITOR, In his letter to the Members of Council, dated June 25, 2011, in which he retracted his acceptance of Council’s unanimous reelection to serve as Chancellor of the University of Guyana for another three years, Prof. Compton Bourne himself confirms the several claims made by the unions about his shortcomings and his inability to function as an effective Chancellor. As Prof. Bourne has admitted in his statement, the University’s problems were dire upon his arrival in 2009 and after three years at the helm, he has failed to stimulate any progressive change at and within the University. On the
contrary, the conditions have deteriorated. While Prof. Bourne would have Council believe that his resignation and volte-face were prompted by the deteriorating industrial environment at the UG, Operation Rescue UG maintains that the University of Guyana needs a Chancellor who would be courageous enough the take the job precisely in order to arrest this decline, and indeed to initiate and pursue a process of organisational recreation and cultural change. However, by his own admission, Prof. Bourne is neither temperamentally nor professionally suited for such an undertaking.
Indeed, Prof. Bourne does not appreciate the need for bottom-up organisational restoration of the UG. Rather he attempted to impose a superficial superstructure of ‘performance requirements and performance standards’ on a clearly decaying organisation, rather than address the underlying problems of low trust, chronic financial woes, shockingly low salaries, backward HR policies, low staff morale among others that prevent the realisation of these standards. Having failed to address these fundamentals of organisational behaviour and performance, Prof. Bourne would have us believe that those of us who
have decided to embark on a process to rescue the University, have caused him to resign. This strange sentiment is now being echoed, though more loudly and more shrilly, by the Minister of Education, whose verbal abuse of citizens, including students, over whom she has direct responsibility, is lamentable. Our training, character and values however, preclude us from penning a similar response. Notwithstanding Prof. Bourne’s eminent reputation, what precisely did he do to build trust at UG between the Council, the Administration, and Faculty, Staff and Continued on page 6
Sunday July 01, 2012
Kaieteur M@ilbox We just seem to be buying pigs in bags while rats nibble at the public cheese DEAR EDITOR, Regarding your news article, “CJIA contract remains in force, not under review,” (KN, June 30), with the strapline, “…deal took 10 months to work out – CHEC officials,” I found it rather conflicting with a previous KN news item, “Chinese Vice Premier waving billions of dollars sparked CJIA expansion – says Robeson Benn,” KN, April 26, 2012). Your June 30thstory said, “Tang told media operatives that it was CHEC that approached the Guyana Government with a proposal to upgrade the airport after he would have visited the country. This negated any instance of a public tendering process given that it is Chinese money being made available to Guyana on the basis of using Chinese Construction Companies. He said that not one single meeting in relation to the project was ever held in Jamaica. All were held at the Ministry of Public Works in Kingston, Georgetown.” Your April 26 news story reported Transport and Hydraulics Minister, Mr. Robeson Benn as saying at a plaque unveiling ceremony at CJIA, Timehri, “We had to enter into an agreement because we had a very narrow window in September (2011) where a Chinese Vice Premier came to the Caribbean with several billion dollars to fund projects and it was the only opportunity we had then to fund this undertaking. It was the only undertaking then and we had a particular line of documentation and information ready. We were able to take advantage and make use of that funding which would have gone elsewhere if we had not done what we had to do.” So Zhongdong Tang, the CHEC’s Regional Director for the Americas said the deal was in the works for over ten months, but Mr. Benn identified September as the starting point when a Vice Premier came to the Caribbean with billions to fund projects. Mr. Editor, even though CHEC has chosen to go public trying to clear the air, it is the secrecy surrounding the signing, and the fact that the Guyana Government was upset when CHEC first revealed the information to the Jamaica Gleaner, that raised red flags over the deal. Check out these four points extracted from your news item that buttress our concerns about the level of secrecy surrounding a project Guyana has to pay for: 1) The officials sought to say that the project was never
negotiated in secret and it was just a case where CHEC released the information on the contract signing before the Guyana Government. 2) Citing confidentiality arrangements, the CHEC officials refused to identify any of the Guyanese who would have been a part of the negotiations. Only the venue for the meeting was confirmed by the CHEC Officials. 3) While the officials could not give a definitive position on the status of the loan from the China Exim Bank, they did indicate that details would not be forthcoming from the Company on that issue. (We are still waiting seven months later). 4) It was made clear by the officials that CHEC is a commercial entity doing business and that it is for the Guyana Government to provide the necessary clarifications being sought. Besides, the Guyanese media or public have not seen documents how the two sides arrived at their figures for the US$138M Chinese loan and the Guyana Government coming up with US$20M of its own (from what account?). In fact, Mr. Tang’s only explanation to the question of how they arrived at the final estimates was that during the 10 months of negotiation Guyana did manage to have an input. That’s it! No
breakdown of the figures! Guyanese also have not seen any artist’s rendition of the expansion works. All we are being told is how important this project is, but we have no details. It is almost the same thing with a number of other questionable projects undertaken by the Jagdeo regime that has put taxpayers on the hook for repaying the loans. Think of the US$200M loan for the Skeldon fiasco that Guyanese must be repaid after the Chinese botched it, folks! It is also a pity that CHEC never provided before and after pictures of projects it did in other countries as part of its public relations/marketing portfolio. We just seem to be buying pigs in bags when it comes to the PPP regime, even as the rats scampering around squeaking as they nibble at the public cheese. Emile Mervin
It seems to be business as usual at City Hall DEAR SIR, Two weeks after Ramond Gaskin unearthed corruption at the city council, involving council’s administration, the three officers accused of improprieties are still on the job and carrying on as per normal without as much as a mild sanction from the council or the government. It appears to be business as usual at that place called city council. The situation is laughable. While the government and the council dillydally the three officers- the Town Clerk, the City Engineer and the City Treasurer- remain in place with full access to documents and the opportunity to tamper with information and financial systems that might provide evidence against them. The treasurer is still handling the finances of and engaging in transactions on behalf of the council.
Residents of Georgetown are in an unfortunate situation as there is no way of telling when all of this will end. What is strange is that the government, who through the Implementation Committee, discovered the misappropriation of funds, fuel theft, dummy companies and general maladministration, has not taken any action against those involved. What is going on with the authorities? Perhaps, the government is hoping that through the recent revelations, in the press, and their inaction, that the council would eventually
collapse and they would be able to put in place an Interim Management Committee as they have been doing in other regions of the country. Perhaps, it was the same line of reasoning on the part of the government that informed their decision to leave Mr. Hamilton Green as Mayor for over 14 years instead of pursuing change in the leadership of this body. The Minister has the authority to instruct the council and, indeed, all the NDCS, to hold elections for Mayors and Deputy Mayors and Chairmen. Knowing Green’s penchant for Continued on page 6
Sunday July 01, 2012
BOURNE LEFT WITH DAMAGED CREDIBILITY
DEAR EDITOR, I refer to some of the judgements in the letter of resignation of Dr. Compton Bourne as Chancellor of the University. It is ironic that Dr. Bourne should make those sentiments. To expose his shortcomings as Chancellor, I need to quote from his resignation statement; “I had hoped that by brining the perspectives of modern university governance, performance requirements, performance standards, financial management, and standards of collegial behaviour to deliberations of Council and the wider university community, I would be making a positive
development to the university’s contribution.” Bourne himself was a non-performer when it came to these ideals. No student body and academic community in any selfrespecting university would have tolerated Bourne’s style of administration as its Chancellor. The Government’s representatives on the Council would not have behaved in the loutish manner under former Chancellor, Dr. Bertie Ramcharran as they did under Bourne. The reason for that was Ramcharran was not politically aligned. He didn’t need favours from the Government so he dealt professionally with
G o v e r n m e n t a l representatives on the Council Bourne was seen as being part of a political process so PPP Council members took excessive liberties with him, and he was not uncomfortable in accommodating their unbecoming behaviour. Under Bourne’s watch some of the most egregious violations in the history of the University occurred. There was the Evan Persaud sex scandal in which Bourne’s approved of the names of the disciplinary committee even though he was told that those names were involved in a conflict of interest. Never in the history of the
It seems to be business as usual at... From page 5 excesses the government thought that he would have eventually brought the council to ruin. He did that alright but he still presides over a broken council and dilapidated and dirty city with a boldness that makes one feels sorry for him. Perhaps, the government believes that the situation will work against the council for the good of the government. They are wrong. The behavior of the government is working against them particularly Mr. Keith Burrowsgovernment
appointed Chairman of the Implementation Committee. Had they believed in his work then they would have taken action a long time ago. Maybe, rumors of the political status of the officers- PPP/C members- is preventing the government from taking action it would have otherwise taken if the officers were not so connected. It is a clear indication that something has gone wrong. Then again, it is the council that has the responsibility to take action against its errant officers. It is foolhardy for the council to think that the government would assist it to clean up its act by disciplining the officers. The government is getting much political mileage from the putrid situation at the council; they will not reach
out to change it. In fact, last week, Dr. Roger Luncheon in his press conference said that the government will not interfere with the happenings at the council. All the rhetoric about a letter being sent to the Minister to take action against the officers is just that- rhetoric. The Minister will take no action but the situation will continue to deteriorate and citizens will not get the services they are paying for in their wards. The action or inaction of council is making that body look weak and incompetent. Imagine, the three top officers of the council are allegedly involved in criminal activities and the council after two weeks has done nothing about it. It is a very serious indictment against the council. Aubrey James
University, four long serving lecturers had their contracts terminated without any kind of complaint coming from any section of the University. Council only dismisses or terminates when reports come before it for decisions. Bourne allowed a lecturer accused of sexual misconduct to have a hearing but presided over a Council meeting to terminate the contracts of four lecturers without even giving them a chance to inquire why they were being asked to leave. Under Bourne’s tenure the Council became a fish market. Government councilors had no respect for him. My last Council meeting at UG was tragic and sad and Bourne looked unmoved at what was going on. It was October 2011, and five Council members came in waving pieces of papers in
front of the then Vice Chancellor, Prof Carrington. They had the names of certain lecturers these particular Councilors wanted to be dismissed. The conduct was unbelievably fish-market like. The representative from the Ministry of Education demanded Carrington sign the dismissal order immediately and said that he would repeat that demand ad infinitum. He could not pronounce the Latin phrase “Ad infinitum.” I got up and told him it was shameless that he represented the Education Ministry and cannot pronounce words that he chose to use. Bourne ruled me out of order. Once you replied to PPP Councilors you were ruled out of order. Bourne conducted UG business as if he himself was a Government Councilor. It is
truly incredible that given what Bourne said in his resignation letter, he agreed to the termination of the contracts of four long standing lecturers without one word of complaint from any section of the University community. Yet this man could refer to positive contribution he wanted to make. Bourne came and met a divided university and instead of working towards healing jumped into the fray and took sides. His conduct of UG business was at all times, in my opinion, unprofessional. In the end the three major stakeholders –students, academics and non academic staff – demanded his removal. He tried to save face by resigning but his credibility is already damaged Frederick Kissoon
Prof. Bourne himself confirms his... From page 4 Students? Notwithstanding his management skill, how effective was Prof. Bourne in persuading Council members to respect and adhere to globally observed academic protocols and desist from acting in a politically partisan manner? While the laboratories continue to deteriorate and students continue to be recipients of virtual education in the science and engineering streams, how effective has Prof. Bourne been in persuading the Minister of Finance to ‘sign the World Bank Loan’ in order to start addressing these deficiencies? How effective has Prof. Bourne been in
raising and seeking redress to, as matter of a high priority and strategic importance, the clear and debilitating inadequacy of financial resources at the University? Notwithstanding his eminence, the University continued to operate during his three year tenure with an annual deficit of over $200 million dollars when one of the direct responsibilities of the Council, over which he presided, as noted in Statute 12 of the University of Guyana Act Chap 39:02, is “to govern, manage and regulate the finances, accounts, investments, property, business and all affairs whatsoever of the University.” While Prof. Bourne and the Honourable Minister of Education seek to take the mote out of the eyes of concerned staff and students, we urge that they do as the Good
Book admonishes, and first take the beam out of their own eyes since, lodged within the protests and demonstrations that have erupted during Prof. Bourne’s watch, were the seeds of his failures. In criticizing our demand for transparency, accountability, improved standards and good governance, and by labeling our actions fractious, Prof. Bourne is witnessing the failings of the Council, over which he presided - failings that precipitated our actions. Prof. Bourne also fails to recognize that his refusal to engage the staff and students whom he leads and his shifting this responsibility onto the equally ineffective Pro-Chancellor only served to escalate the crisis. We, the staff at the UG are fully cognisant of our value. We recognise that it is due to our sacrifice, commitment and persistence that the University of Guyana continues to function, albeit barely, as we bear the burden of supporting our students’ education. We will not apologize for our militancy but instead we will continue to peacefully but forcefully advocate for a national university that treats its staff with respect and furnishes its students with the quality education they deserve. Dr. Mellissa Ifill Dr. Thomas Singh Operation Rescue UG
Sunday July 01, 2012
What are the methodologies employed to select Caribbean Court of Justice candidates?
Mr. Ramotar, please do the right thing and ask Mr. Singh to resign
DEAR EDITOR, “Justice is not a cloistered virtue: She must be allowed to suffer the scrutiny of respectful, even though outspoken, comments of ordinary men.” The now famous words of Lord Atkin in the case of Ambard V AG for Trinidad and Tobago 1936 AC 322 and 334. And might I respectfully now add neither should the appointment of judges. During the past week there have been very audible murmurs and musings in the corridors of the High Court, about the recommendations of the barely constituted Judicial Service Commission, to His Excellency for the appointment of new members of the judiciary at the puisne and appellate levels. We at the Bar are totally unaware of the advertisements for these vacancies or the methodology deployed in the identification and subsequent selection of the candidates. The fact that the Commission, which comprised solely of acting ex officio members, could not have had the benefit of the contributions of the two other constitutionally mandatory members, can only add to the unfortunate mystery and speculation about their recommendations. The insulation of Judges from speculation about the
methodology deployed in their selection and identification for appointment to the bench, is a critical component of the foundation of the rule of law. The highest Court in our Republic, the Caribbean Court of Justice advertises when vacancies exist. I believe that this practice is followed in several jurisdictions in the Caribbean and wider Commonwealth. One of the more prominent recent musings, related to a recommendation for the direct import to the Court of Appeal from overseas of a practitioner whose contribution to the bar and jurisprudence in his home jurisdiction had escaped my active research for the past week. This, coupled with the issue of whether the recommendation enjoyed the unanimous support of the members of the barely constituted Commission did not bolster one’s confidence in the Commission’s actions. There are no doubt eminently qualified members of our profession both at the private commercial bar and in the Government services whose competencies seemed to have been overlooked. I am personally aware, having appeared on the opposing side, of the exceedingly favorable comments made by their Honours of the bench of
Caribbean Court of Justice of the exceptionally high quality of the submissions made by an eminently qualified member of our profession. Her appointment to the bench must have escaped the attention of the Commission at their recently concluded deliberations. I am also aware of the outstanding work of at least one senior member of prominent commercial chambers in the city whose direct import to the Court of Appeal would enjoy the full confidence and support of the bench and bar. Of course one might well ask what of the promotion of those members of the High Court bench whose obvious contributions apparently did not compare favorably with those of the recommended import. In our efforts to rebuild or enhance the quality of jurisprudence in the Republic we should spare no effort to ensure that we have the benefit of a strong, robust, independent and appropriately qualified judiciary at all levels. Perhaps we may wish to consider the methodologies and standards employed by the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission in the identification and selection of candidates for appointment to the Caribbean Court of Justice. C.A. Nigel Hughes
DEAR EDITOR, Permit me a space in your column, for the irregularity of conflict of interest has gone beyond what the people of Guyana can handle. The audit is supposed to keep checks and balances in order. How in good heaven can Misses Singh who is supposed to represent the audit for the people of Guyana keep this fiduciary while Mr. Singh represent a government as Finance Minister with billions of dollars in contentious and questionable accounts. This is very sad for a nation. It will be very welcoming for Mr. Singh to do the right thing as the senior party and hand Mr. Ramotar his resignation letter. To Mr. Ramotar, please do the right thing and ask Mr. Singh to resign. The 49 percent you are representing are watching to see what kind of president or dictator you are making of yourself. At the end of the day, Mr. and Misses Singh discipline their children together, they have
breakfast and dinner together, and they sleep on the same bed. How in heaven’s sake can the people be represented. I think I remember Mr. Ramator said that in his government he will stamp out corruption. Now is the time. I hope the foreign diplomats and banks are taking note. Is there any way the Norway money can be put on hold until this problem is rectified? I am sure this behavior does not take place in the organization they represent. I think the First Lady should encourage her husband to do the right thing unless she and her family wants the president to go on the same record as Jagdeo. That is the only president of Guyana who cannot pass a day without someone curse him. All the money in Guyana cannot wipe those curses away. That is his record. Does every member of the PPP represent this move of Mrs. Singh’s appointment? Like the name of what Madoff and Stanford stand for, so the PPP and its members represent corruption. David Singh
Sunday July 01, 2012
Jamaica working to ease trade constraints with CARICOM partners JIS - State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, said the Ministry is working to address trade constraints within the region, including the trade imbalance between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. “We are working closely with CARICOM on the range of trade and investment issues, including access to markets, the movement of people, and so on,” she stated. Mrs. Ffolks Abrahams was speaking at the opening of the second annual Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurs (JACE) Conference, held at the Rex Nettleford Hall, University of
the West Indies, Mona. She informed that the Ministry will also be looking at trade matters outside of CARICOM, including collaborating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade on free trade discussions with Canada and other countries such as the Dominican Republic. “The work of the Ministry will also continue in the area of exploring the export of goods to Europe under the European Partnership Agreement (EPA),” Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams said. The State Minister stated that the Government, through the National Export Strategy (NES), will continue to set a framework for ensuring that
trade and investment contribute to the rebuilding and growth of the economy. Turning to other matters, the State Minister pointed to the need for increased focus to be placed on the services sector, based on its tremendous growth potential. She noted that services represent a significant aspect of global trade, and the ability of the sector to induce growth in developing countries “is huge, but perhaps underutilised”. “That is critical not just in business but in all areas of society. It also helps with selfconfidence because... the ability to operate in a company... helps build that self confidence and leadership skills,” Mr. Bowen said.
IDB provides funds for Barbados energy programme
WASHINGTON - The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) last week announced the approval of a $17 million loan to support Barbados’ Public Sector Smart Energy programme. The programme’s resources are expected to be supplemented with a grant from the European Union (EU) of up to •5.8 million (approximately $7.6 million at the time of the loan’s approval), the first such grant provided by the EU under a framework agreement with the IDB. This agreement facilitates cooperation
in areas such as social cohesion and poverty reduction, regional integration and trade development, renewable energies and energy efficiency, and climate change and statistics. The Public Sector Smart Energy programme, which will implement renewable energy solutions and energy efficiency and conservation measures by government agencies, complements a broad range of policies, programs and actions Barbados is adopting to cut energy costs and reduce its dependence on imported fuel.
Sunday July 01, 2012
Jamaica Govt. blocks regulator from investigating CJIA contractor
The Jamaica government has blocked its contract regulator, from investigating a major US$600M contract. The Jamaican Government has gone to court to block an investigation into three major infrastructural projects, including a US$600M one with China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC). CHEC is the Chineseowned company which has been contracted to rebuild the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA). The Office of the Contractor General (OCG), which is the regulatory body in Jamaica, mandated to overlook and monitor government contracts had been battling the administration there over the US$600M North-South Toll Highway Project. According to OCG, the project never went to tender and the negotiation process
has been under questions. OCG is currently preparing a response to the legal action brought against it by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing concerning the controversial Independent Oversight Panel (IOP) established by the Ministry to oversee three major development projects. The OCG is being represented by Queens Counsel Jacqueline SamuelsBrown and the response is expected to be filed before the matter comes up for hearing on July 10. The Ministry is seeking Judicial Review of the Contractor General’s decision to monitor and investigate the IOP, which Cabinet set up in April to oversee the negotiation process of the North-South Toll Highway
Project, the Fort Augusta Port Project and the Gordon Cay Expansion Project. According to documents filed in the Supreme Court over a week ago, the Ministry will also be seeking an interlocutory injunction restraining the Contractor General from continuing to monitor and investigate the activities of the panel and from taking steps against the members of the panel for failure to comply with request for information. If granted, the injunction will remain in place pending the outcome of the application for Judicial Review. The Ministry is also seeking to prevent Contractor General Greg Christie from issuing any further media releases in respect of the “establishment and activities of the IOP”, pending the
outcome of the hearing. China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and its subsidiary CHEC recently signed the Concession Agreement to fully fund the US$600-million North/South link of the toll road which had been stalled for several years. CHEC came under fire in Guyana since November last year after it was revealed in Jamaican press that Guyana had signed a deal secretly to expand the airport. It was only after the deal was signed and it was reported in Jamaica, that Guyana learnt of it. CHEC recently held a press conference in Guyana to defend several reports of corruption in a number of countries including Bangladesh, China and the Philippines.
Dem boys seh
De Waterfalls paper got proposal just like dem Chinee Is not everybody believe in thiefing and corruption. Cheddi was one and he teach all of dem in he party fuh be clean. Today that principle dead just like Cheddi. Tek Jagdeo. He accept a Chinee proposal that cost US$150 million without any question fuh build a US$20 million airport. De Chinee people seh that dem got nuff more proposal fuh give dem. Dem got proposal fuh build bridge, railway, deep water harbour and even clothes line. Seeing that de government like fuh tek proposal dem boys at de Waterfalls paper got a proposal fuh build a bridge across from Hog Island to Wakenaam. Just like de Chinee who give a flimsy excuse fuh de airport dem boys excuse fuh de bridge is fuh dem cow who deh pun Hog Island fuh walk across to Wakenaam when de grass run out pun Hog Island. That project is fuh only US$500 million. That is a solid reason and dem boys hope that Donald jump pun this one quickly. Dem boys seh that Uncle Ralph was in de thick of things. He did seeing, hearing and even smelling all what did going on. Like de song he holler, “Lawd Ah can’t tek it no more.” De thing start fuh prick he conscience and tickle he brain. He tek out he pen and paper and write to Uncle Donald. “Dear Uncle Donald, I can’t tek it no more. Me did expect you fuh get rid of some of Jagdeo people—Rob Earth, Irfaat, Shaatie and Brazzy. You nah do that and de boat keep sailing in de same direction. It look like if you only seh you wearing de pants but Jagdeo pulling de strings. Because of this me got to seh goodbye, Donald and de PPP.” Dem boys seh that de letter was just like de one wha Yog send to GT&T fuh seh Goodbye. Same thing wha Ralph seh he can’t tek dem thief no more in de PPP Yog seh that he can’t tek dem in GT&T. Dem boys now hear late last night through de grapevine that Uncle Donald planning fuh seh goodbye too. But he nah know who fuh seh goodbye to. He come from de same old school like Ralph and he can’t tek dem Kavakamites who deh round he, but he can’t kick dem out suh soon. It gun tek time and that is wha Ralph nah got on he side. Talk half and seh goodbye to de other half.
Sunday July 01, 2012
MV Torani moors on Wakenaam Stelling
Speedboat passengers look on in awe
Part of the wrecked Wakenaam Stelling The M.V. Torani yesterday crashed into Wakenaam Stelling, Region Three, causing panic among passengers. The vessel ripped the decking from the stelling and sent zinc sheets that formed the wall of the structure flying on board. No one was harmed, however. It is alleged that the speed of the vessel increased as it approached the Stelling in an attempt to moor and crashed into the structure shortly after 13:30 hrs. Minister of Transport, Robeson Benn assured that the Maritime Administration Department is currently investigating the incident. The
vessel was still operational to continue its journey to Supenaam. According to a passenger, after a one and half hours delay at Parika Stelling, the vessel departed at 11:30 hrs for Supenaam, making the first stop at Wakenaam. The journey to Wakenaam was proceeding smoothly until the end when disaster struck. Vessels would usually moor against the tide. Something went wrong because the vessel sped directly into the stelling, mooring in a most unusual manner. People, especially the youngsters on the stelling ran ‘helter skelter’ as the vessel approached with speed. “Zinc sheets from the stelling paste up on the boat,” one passenger said. According to a Wakenaam resident, “Employees at the stelling anticipated that the boat would have crashed into the stelling judging from its speed and position. Some employees darted out of the Stelling with their motorcycles.” One of them said, “There was a loud crash that opened a gaping hole in the passengers’ accommodation, ripped out several planks from the floor and mangled most of the steel framework. Several lighting fixtures were damaged.” Scores of residents rushed to the scene. The boat appeared grounded at first. But one hour later the captain reversed the Torani, made the desired moorage and the passengers disembarked. There was no obvious damage to the steamer. No one was able to say what caused the mishap.
Sunday July 01, 2012
Ralph Ramkarran resigns from PPP over corruption issues - party stalwart since 1962 In a shocking move yesterday, senior Executive Member of the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Ralph Ramkarran, tendered his resignation to party General Secretary, President Donald Ramotar. The move, according to party sources, was triggered by abuses from party insiders following Ramkarran’s comments on the need for the party to address allegations of corruption. He recently authored articles to this effect in the party newspaper, Mirror Yesterday, in a one line letter addressed to President Donald Ramotar, who is the party’s General Secretary, Ramkarran said that the resignation is immediate. “I tender my resignation from the Peoples Progressive Party.” It was signed “Yours fraternally, Ralph Ramkarran”. Ramkarran and his family have been around for decades in the party’s hierarchy. He has been with the party since 1962, becoming a Central Committee member in 1974 and a member of the Central Executive in 1975. He had left Guyana in 1972 to pursue further studies overseas. H i s f a t h e r, B o y s i e Ramkarran, was a founder member of the PPP, having been a member of the Public Affairs Committee, the forerunner of the PPP. Like his son, decades later, Boysie Ramkarran also resigned from the party headed at the time by Dr. Cheddi Jagan because of disagreements. Boysie was also independent. Ralph Ramkarran has served two terms as Speaker of National Assembly taking over from Martin Zephyr who was elected Speaker when Derek Jagan died. Ramkarran was one of two persons in the upper level of the party who never worked
with government. Because of his independence he challenged many things in the party, often incurring the wrath of the then President Bharrat Jagdeo. In fact, he was one of the people Jagdeo liked the least. Sources close to Ralph Ramkarran said that his father always insisted that he get an education and not to be dependent on the party. Last year, he was a main contender to challenge for the Presidential candidacy but stepped aside to allow Donald Ramotar to be nominated. Ramkarran’s resignation would come at a time when several major projects are under fire and there has been a spate of resignations amidst corruption allegations and at a time when the PPP/C is desperately seeking to rebuild its image after a shocking loss of Parliamentary majority as a result of November 28 General and Regional Elections. Ramkarran also issued a separate statement to the media. “My resignation from the People’s Progressive Party was handed in to the office of the General Secretary this morning.” According to Ramkarran, a lawyer by profession, at a meeting of the party’s Executive Committee on Friday, there was concerns over the articles of corruption he has written. NO TRUST “…disquiet was expressed about the confidentiality of discussions in my presence having regard to my recent article on corruption.” The politician also hinted strongly that it was clear there was a distrust of him. “However, difficult it
Ralph Ramkarran might be to link the two issues, the intensity of the discussions were such that further participation in the activities of the PPP would be a challenge.” A party insider said that members angry that Ramkarran would dare to challenge corruption in the ranks, were actually abusive. And this would not be the first time. A female executive member some time back was critical of Ramkarran because he was “born with a gold spoon.” That he was “not from the proletariat”. Boysie Ramkarran was a poor man who struggled to fund Ralph Ramkarran’s studies abroad. Writing in the party’s Mirror Newspaper last month, last week, Ramkarran called corruption “a tax on development, and retards growth and development by a significant degree.” He warned that the Government ought not to wait for more accusations from the Opposition or more allegations in the press and should immediately initiate discussions with one or more international agencies to seek out assistance in dealing with corruption.
God grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change, the COURAGE to change the things I can, and the WISDOM to know the difference.
Trinidad police hunt mystery “Guyanese” woman Trinidad (Newsday) - A phone call from a woman with a Guyanese accent led police to a house in Gasparillo early yesterday morning. There they found the body of 69year-old Andre Joachim, a retired electrical engineer. He had been gagged with a bandana and duct tape, causing him to suffocate. A woman, believed to be Guyanese, made a call to the Gasparillo Police Station at about 1.35 am. In her phone conversation, the woman told an officer her name, gave them Joachim’s address and said she was with him when three men stormed the house and demanded money. She reported to the officer that Joachim refused and the men beat him before he was bound and gagged. However, there was no sign of the woman or anyone else when police arrived at the house on Fifth Street, Springland, Gasparillo, at about 1.45 am, ten minutes after receiving the call. There was no sign of forced entry. Instead, the officers found Joachim dead. His hands were tied behind his back, and his mouth was duct-taped. Pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov has told investigators Joachim suffocated after being gagged with a bandana, which his killers secured to his mouth with duct tape. “It is a murder,” Alexandrov told Newsday, hours after performing an autopsy on Joachim at the Forensic Science Centre, St James. Alexandrov found the bandana inside Joachim’s mouth after removing the duct tape during the autopsy. “A bandanna obstructed his mouth. It’s suffocation by
gagging. He was gagged at first with a bandanna which slipped into his mouth and then they placed duct tape around it,” the pathologist said. Joachim could have survived had he not eaten a heavy meal prior to the attack, Alexandrov observed. “The gagging did not close the nostril. He was able to breathe, but he had a heavy meal prior to the attack and so when his mouth was gagged, the air supply was obstructed and he started vomiting. There was no way for the vomit to come out through the mouth,” he said. “It couldn’t pass through the mouth so the food mass completely obstructed his nasal passage. No air supply through the mouth, no air supply through the nose. Internally all the signs were of asphyxia,” concluded Alexandrov. The pathologist also said there were no marks of
violence to indicate Joachim had been beaten or struck with any object. This differs from the report the mystery woman made in her call to the police in which she said three men beat Joachim. Neighbours confirmed a woman had been living with Joachim, saying she moved in with him about a month ago. Before her, other women often visited Joachim’s twostorey house located in a secluded spot on Fifth Street in Springland. Neighbours said he also rented out rooms at his house. Joachim’s van remained parked in front of the house on the road. Neighbours recalled hearing dogs barking during the early hours of the morning. A resident said, “That house was always frequented by women. He rented out rooms in his house for anyone who was looking for cheap space.”
East Demerara four-lane expansion
Sunday July 01, 2012
CC Nicholson Hospital probe
Contract stands to be terminated Major communication gap led to birth in barber shop
The East Coast Demerara four-lane road expansion from Better Hope to Montrose is far from being completed even though the contract should come to an end this week.
There is a possibility that the contract, valuing $468.2 million could be revoked from the contractor, Falcon Transportation and Construction Services.
Poor quality works being executed by Falcon Transportation and Construction Services have raised concerns among Continued on page 13
Investigations by the Ministry of Health have revealed massive gaps in communication at the Dr. CC Nicholson’s Hospital. These resulted in a 23-year-old giving birth at a barber shop, recently. Health Minister Dr. Bheri Ramsaran had ordered a probe into the incident. Nandy Collins, 23, of 62 Main Street, Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara, delivered her baby at a barber shop in Nabaclis on the evening of June 23, last, after she allegedly visited the Dr. CC Nicholson’s hospital. She was informed by the security guard on duty at that time that there was no doctor
or midwife on duty. “This is very unfortunate and we (the Ministry of Health) need to put things in order. This is definitely a lapse and this should not have happened,” Dr Ramsaran said. He said that he was informed by officials from the Dr. CC Nicholson Hospital said that Dr. Ameeka Breedy, the physician attached to the hospital, had left on the evening of June 23. He added that he is not sure why the guard was unable to make contact with her to inform her of the situation. He said even though Dr. Breedy was not at the hospital, there should have been a midwife present.
The Health Minister said that even though it might have been true that there was not a doctor or a midwife at the hospital, the guard should not have stopped the woman from entering the facility since there might have been other medical personnel to render assistance. He added that similar communication problems are being encountered at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, and the Ministry is now trying to work along with the guard services for them to understand that the function of the guards is not to send persons away from the facility but to ensure that there is order. He however said that a lot of focus has been placed on upgrading the Dr. CC Nicholson Hospital since the culture of the area in which the facility is located is that the majority of Afro Guyanese would prefer to give birth at home. The Dr. CC Nicholson’s Hospital was established in 2000. It is administered by Dr. Ameeka Breedy and 17 other medical staff.
Police catch couple red-handed flushing cocaine down kitchen sink A Haslington, East Coast Demerara couple got the shock of their lives early yesterday morning after police ranks caught them redhanded flushing a quantity of cocaine down their kitchen sink. The incident occurred at around 6:00hrs yesterday morning at the couple’s home where they operated a beer garden. According to reports, the officers were looking for suspects in a recent robbery when residents brought their attention to the couple whom they believe were in possession of the drugs since Friday. Kaieteur News understands that police have visited the couple’s home on many occasions but were never able to catch them with the drugs because the gate to the couple’s home is always padlocked and chained, “forcing” the police to call before entering. It is not clear whether the gates were locked yesterday, but the ranks somehow managed to gain entry into the building and caught the couple flushing the drugs down their kitchen sink.
Sunday July 01, 2012
Gangs in schools a major concern for the Education Ministry The growing number of gangs in schools countrywide continues to be an issue for the Ministry of Education. This is according to Minister Priya Manickchand, who expressed her concern recently during a media briefing. The Minister, in response to a question on the issue of gangs in schools, said that they have developed a number of strategies to deal with the issue while acknowledging the fact that more needs to be done. In the near future, the Minister said, 15 persons drawn from her Ministry, the Ministry of Human Services,
the Child Care and Protection Agency and two welfare officers will be better equipped to deal with such issues. According to the Minister the 15 persons will be sent to do a Masters’ programme at the Leslie University in the United States. Minister Manickchand said that the programme is aimed at dealing with children and the social issues they face as teenagers. Chief Education Officer, Olato Sam, said that they have a number of welfare officers who operate in schools countrywide, and as guidance counselors. He however noted that
Contract stands to... From page 12 Engineers within the Ministry of Public Works and Communications. Transport and Hydraulics Minister, Robeson Benn, has confirmed that the Ministry is displeased with the quality of work and is currently reviewing the contract and project. He declined to comment if the Ministry would be withdrawing the project from the contractor. Completed works did not satisfy the Ministry’s standards. Apparently, Public Works encountered a constant battle to ensure the contractor produced quality work. One source close to the project, related that the Ministry is currently reviewing invoices submitted by the contractor. It is also reviewing finished works to
ascertain how much money is either owed to the Ministry or the contractor. It was noted that the bond for advance payment has expired with the contractor still to provide invoices to satisfy those advances. The contractor was given 30 percent of the contract sum as an advance payment to purchase construction materials. The source said this large advance is unusual since contracts normally provide for 10 to 15 percent advance payment. However, an Engineer of the Ministry said that the percentage to be advanced to the contractor is in the contract document. The percentage advanced to Falcon Transportation and Construction Services is not irregular.
there is much more to be done since there is an issue with limited human resources. Sam said that over and over the Ministry has advertised for welfare officers but they have never been able to reach what is required of them. “We have said publicly that we need professionals to help us deal with these issues while we have some officers and teachers who are trained to deal with some of these issues we need additional persons,” Sam said. Further, Sam pointed out that the issues of gangs in school is not only limited to Guyana and that the Ministry has been in consultations with other agencies with the aim of combating the issue. “We have been working with a number of schools, teaching children how to deal with
abuse and our teachers on how to recognize it. We also have systems in place for social workers, welfare officers and parents.” There continues to be the issues of late detection among abused children who often act out. In some cases there is a track record which needs to be looked at, Sam said. He added that the issue of awareness has been going well for the Ministry as they have seen greater involvement from the police and other stakeholders. Speaking on the issue of poor attendance because of poor conditions at home, Sam said that the Ministry is looking at the possibility of extending its current school feeding programme even though there are limited resources.
Six-yr-old with brain tumour awaits surgery
Shurlock Semple Six-year-old Shurlock Semple has been diagnosed with a brain tumour by doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and has been in the institution’s Intensive Care
Unit for the past three weeks. Approximately US$50,000 is needed for surgery, airfare for him and his parents, along with meals and accommodation. The child’s mother, Michelle Semple, said that her son was scheduled for surgery in Trinidad and Tobago on June 18, however due to financial difficulties he was unable to undergo the procedure to remove the tumour. As such, she is issuing an appeal to the public for any financial assistance to have her son travel for his surgery. In a previous publication the Republic Bank account number was published as 751-025-805. The correct account number is 751-025-8.
Sunday July 01, 2012
What are my rights at the airport & port of entry? By Attorney Gail S. Seeram As the summer season is here, many of you will be traveling to the U.S. and your native born country. Many visitors and returning residents are unaware of their rights at the airports and ports of entry in the United States. Security and immigration enforcement measures are quite prevalent than before at the U.S. borders. An increasing number of residents and visitors are subject to secondary inspection and security delays at the airports. The questions and answers below address your rights when questioned by an officer at the airport or port of entry. Q: What types of officers could I encounter at the airport and at the border? A: In particular, at airports and at the border you are likely to encounter customs agents, immigration officers, and Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) officers. Q: If I am entering the U.S. with valid travel papers, can an officer stop and search me? A: Yes. Customs officers have the right to stop, detain and search any person or item. But officers cannot select you for a personal search based on your race, gender, religious or ethnic background. If you are a non-citizen, you should carry your green card or other valid immigration status documents at all times. Q: Can an officer ask questions about my immigration status? A: Yes. At airports, law enforcement officers have the power to determine whether or not you have the right or permission to enter or return to the U.S. Q: If I am selected for a longer interview when I am
coming into the United States, what can I do? A: If you are a U.S. citizen, you have the right to have an attorney present for any questioning. If you are a noncitizen, you generally do not have the right to an attorney when you have arrived at an airport or another port of entry and an immigration officer is inspecting you to decide whether or not you will be admitted. However, you do have the right to an attorney if the questions relate to anything other than your immigration status. You can ask an officer if he or she will allow you to answer extended questioning at a later time, but the request may or may not be granted. If you are not a U.S. citizen and an officer says you cannot come into the U.S., but you fear that you will be persecuted or tortured if sent back to the country you came from, tell the officer about your fear and say that you want asylum. Q: Can an officers search my laptop files? If they do, can they make copies of the files, or information from my address book, papers, or cell phone contacts? A: This issue is contested right now. Generally, law enforcement officers can search your laptop files and make copies of information contained in the files. If such a search occurs, you should write down the name, badge number, and agency of the person who conducted the search. You should also file a complaint with that agency. Q: Can my bags or I be searched after going through metal detectors with no problem or after security sees that my bags do not contain a weapon? A: Yes. Even if the initial screen of your bags reveals nothing suspicious, the screeners have the authority
to conduct a further search of you or your bags. Q: What if I wear a religious head covering and I am selected by airport security officials for additional screening? A: You have the right to wear religious head coverings. You should assert your right to wear your religious head covering if asked to remove it. The current policy (which is subject to change) relating to airport screeners and requiring removal of religious head coverings, such as a turban or hijab, is that if an alarm goes off when you walk through the metal detector the TSA officer may then use a hand-wand to determine if the alarm is coming from your religious head covering. If the alarm is coming from your religious head covering the TSA officer may want to patdown or have you remove your religious head covering. You have the right to request that this pat-down or removal occur in a private area. If no alarm goes off when you go through the metal detector the TSA officer may nonetheless determine that additional screening is required for nonmetallic items. Additional screening cannot be required on a discriminatory basis (because of race, gender, religion, national origin or ancestry). The TSA officer will ask you if he or she can patdown your religious head covering. If you do not want the TSA officer to touch your religious head covering you must refuse and say that you would prefer to pat-down your own religious head covering. You will then be taken aside and a TSA officer will supervise you as you patdown your religious head covering. After the pat-down the TSA officer will rub your hands with a small cotton
cloth and place it in a machine to test for chemical residue. If you pass this chemical residue test, you should be allowed to proceed to your flight. If the TSA officer insists on the removal of your religious head covering you have a right to ask that it be done in a private area. Q: What if I am selected for a strip search? A: A strip search at the border is not a routine search and must be supported by “reasonable suspicion,” and must be done in a private area. Q: If I am on an airplane, can an airline employee interrogate me or ask me to get off the plane? A: The pilot of an airplane has the right to refuse to fly a passenger if he or she believes the passenger is a threat to the safety of the flight. The pilot’s decision must be reasonable and
based on observations of you, not stereotypes. Q: What do I do if an officer questions me every time I travel by air and I believe I am on a “no-fly” or other “national security” list? A: If you believe you are mistakenly on a list you should contact the Transportation Security Administration and file an inquiry using the Traveler Redress Inquiry Process. See last week’s article. Q: If I believe that customs or airport agents or airline employees singled me out because of my race, ethnicity, or religion or that I was mistreated in other ways, what information should I record during and after the incident? A: It is important to record the details of the incident while they are fresh in your mind. When documenting the
Gail S. Seeram sequence of events, be sure to note the airport, airline, flight number, the names and badge numbers of any law enforcement officers involved, information on any airline or airport personnel involved, questions asked in any interrogation, stated reason for treatment, types of searches conducted, and length and conditions of detention. When possible, it is helpful to have a witness to the incident. Submit complaint using the Traveler Redress Inquiry (go to www.GailLaw.com and select Resource tab to find link to Redress Inquiry or Traveler Complaint).
Fedders Lloyd put in lowest bid for specialty hospital
An artist’s impression of the specialty hospital Fedders Lloyd proposes to build. Fedders Lloyd Corporation Ltd of India put in the lowest bid to construct the specialty hospital on Lower East Coast Demerara. The company put in a bid of US$23.2 million with a 23 per cent discount, company representative Ajay Kumar Jha confirmed this week. That would put the final bid cost at US$17.6 million. The company put in its bid in association with Nous Hospital Consultants. Fedders Lloyd was one of five Indian companies which put in bids to construct the hospital which is being funded with a line of credit from India of US$18 million. The government here
intends to staff the hospital with specialists from India to do complicated surgeries, ranging from heart operations and organ transplants to cosmetic surgery. Preliminary works have begun at Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara where it is intended to build the specialty hospital. The announcement for construction was made in February 2011 by former President Bharrat Jagdeo when he returned from India after securing a US$18M line of credit from the Indian Government to build a specialty hospital to do complicated surgeries. Government had budgeted $150 million to
commence the preparatory work to design the 150-bed surgical specialty hospital. Cabinet awarded $97M to G. Bovell Construction Services in January, 2012 to commence preparatory works for the specialty hospital. These include the construction of a fence, bridges and gateways. Except Fedders Lloyd, the bids submitted for the specialty hospital are as follows: Surendra Engineering Corporation Ltd of India (US$18 M) 000, 000; Shapoorji Pallonji & Company Ltd (US$42.4 M); Jaguar Overseas Ltd of India (US$18.6 million); and Vydehi Institute of Medical Science and research centre of India (US$19.5 M).
Sunday July 01, 2012
‘I have literally taken GT&T to every door’ “…proud to have been your friend and brother, your colleague and compatriot” - Yog Mahadeo
Colleagues, A good leader must be strong and responsible for everything, both good and bad. There comes a time in life when one has to take responsibility for things around him regardless of what those things are. Across the world, people in public life have stepped down whenever there is any degree of uncertainty or wrongdoing by anyone under their watch. Over the past two years we have together taken GT&T to heights that were unimaginable. However, everything comes to an end one day and while I had paid careful attention to the entire company's image and built our public profile, the inner controls were slipping. Currently, the board has advised me that there has been some lapse of internal control. Since this has happened under my watch, and since I have always held true to my principles, I have taken the decision to step down from my role at the company and to resign from any post at GT&T. This decision was tendered to the board Thursday night. U n d e r t h e circumstances, I must reflect on a number of years in which I dared to dream, to think out of the box and to deliver activities and events never seen before. I am proud of my achievements at this company – which some were of course naturally unhappy with. Through the years, I have
Outgoing GT&T's CEO, Yog Mahadeo
built a lot of bridges for the company. I have crossed swords, I have argued, I have created and of course one day it shall end. I must say I am proud to have given Guyana the Ten/10 competition, I am proud to have given you many, many bold and new things, too many to mention. My eyes have oft mist over when I reflect on Ten/10, FastBall, Jingle & Song Bollywood
competition, ColorFest, Gospel Concert, Cinderella, National Spelling Bee, Berbice Rebellion, Feel the beat, Text, Talk, Topup, Dollar talk, Gameshow, Dora, Text-me, Wrestling, Easterfest, Beres Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Shilpa Shetty, Night of Love, Magical Night of Christmas, Know-your-Stuff competition, Switch-it-up. There were also Diwali on the streets, Quaseeda
competition and a whole lot more. Our presence at previous Building Exposition, GuyExpo, BikersFest, Motor racing and other such events were imaginative and extraordinary.
I am also proud to have walked through villages and made new friends – Buxton, Corriverton, West Coast, Bartica, - all over – I love you all. So many people lives have touched me and I have touched and along the journey, I have earned lots of love from a lot of persons. I have literally taken GT&T to every door. Under my watch, the company's data subscribers grew from 5,000 to 21,000. I have opened doors to customers who never thought they would be with GT&T. In the process, I have experienced immense joy in giving out a lot of tokens and t-shirts and caps and other things to people are in need. We r e a c h e d n e w horizons and created new visions. Today I hold my head high as I chose to step aside. I have been proud to have been your friend and brother, your colleague and compatriot. The new team will chart its own course. I will continue to look out for GT&T and will continue to be proud of any new achievement. I thank the entire company for their support over the years and wish the new team well. I will be available over the next couple of weeks to ensure that everything is handed over to the new team. I wish
to publicly state and show support for Joe and Sonita and to say, you are in their hands. Now, having worked for two years at top speed, 12-14 hours per day, each day of the week, I must say that look forward to once more going for evening walks at the seawall, going to mandir, going to the supermarket and finally spending some time with Yoga. I thank you all; thanks to those who have loved and loved to hate. The ride was fun. I enjoyed every moment of it. Now, I will look to the future to other dreams and visions I have had and to continue to help our noble task of building this beautiful country of ours.
Sunday July 01, 2012
Sunday July 01, 2012
Arti Cameron is the reigning Miss Guyana World 2012. She will be representing Guyana at the upcoming Miss World pageant in Ordos, China. Arti holds a pre- med degree in biology with a minor in chemistry and plans to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a medical doctor.
Sunday July 01, 2012
Sunday July 01, 2012
TWO PARTIES, TWO CONFERENCES, ONE DIRECTION All eyes are going to be on the congresses of the two main opposition parties, the Alliance for Change (AFC) and the People's National Congress Reform (PNCR) to be held later this month. For the AFC, their annual conference will represent the passing of the baton of leadership from Raphael Tr o t m a n t o K h e m r a j Ramjattan. This is expected to be a mere formality. Of more interest will be the extent to which that party can elect to its executive a team that balances the influence of the former PPP leaders and those persons from the defunct ROAR who went over to the AFC and who were highly instrumental in securing the party's successes in last year's elections. Whatever decisions are made, it is likely that the middle class will retain domination of the leadership of the AFC, and in so doing, determine just how the party is going to reassert its independence, given that it is now a virtual sidekick of APNU. When the AFC won its 10% of the votes in the 2011 polls, it projected itself as the party that would be holding the balance of power in the parliament. It now seems that it is more interested in settling old scores with the PPP, and in frustrating legislative progress, rather being an arbiter of good governance. Another important issue to be settled concerns potential conflicts of interest involving the leaders of the
AFC. As a parliamentary party, the AFC has to determine how to avoid the personal and business interests of its leaders conflicting with its duty towards representing its constituents. As part of its responsibilities towards its constituents, the AFC is expected within the National Assembly to make decisions concerning major projects being undertaken by the government. Amongst those projects are the construction of a hotel on the Kingston mud flats and the construction of a hydroelectric power station at Amaila Falls. However, in both of these instances there is the potential for conflicts of interest. Firstly, in relation to the hotel project, one of the leaders of the AFC is representing in the courts, a firm which has a legal dispute with the owners of the land on which the new hotel is being built. So how is this person going to avoid allegations of a potential conflict between his professional interests and that of his party's constituents when it comes to debating this project in the National Assembly? In the second instance, one of the leaders of the AFC was known in the past to have provided public relations services to the company that is putting together the financing of the hydroelectric plant. The question, therefore, that the annual conference of the AFC should consider is,
what mechanisms can be put in place to avoid these professional interests of the AFC leaders not conflicting with the interests of the party within the parliament. Or in other words, how can the AFC avoid the professional interests of its leaders influencing how it votes within the National Assembly. Over at Congress Place, the PNCR, the substantive force within APNU, will be holding its Congress. The highpoint of this event is expected to be the election of a new leader for the party.
The party is in transition. It is moving towards new leadership and preparing for a future in which, given the implications of the results of the 2011 elections, it may never be able to win an election on its own. As such, the PNCR seems destined to a future of alliance politics. This, of course, is in direct confrontation with the sentiments expressed in 1968 by the Founder Leader of the PNC, Forbes Burnham, when he declared that he would never again lead the PNC into a coalition
with another party. This Burnhamite philosophy, that the PNC should stand alone, goes against any chances that the PNCR can have of ever again taking power and therefore means that the PNCR will have to sustain coalition politics well into the distant future. This places a whole new dimension on the party's congress this month, and may force the party to consider a leadership, as distinct from a leader, which can allow for coalition and alliance-building. At the
helm of the party, should be someone who can direct such a process. It will be for the delegates of the PNCR to decide, however, whether those who have failed to promote consensus politics within the parliament can do so within the party's leadership.
SUNDAY SPECIAL RANDY MORRIS KILLEDAFTER ANOTHER ROBBERY BID The curtain finally came down on the life of Randy Morris who was shot dead by police following a high speed
Randy Morris chase through the streets of Georgetown last week Saturday (June 23) afternoon. Morris,32, of Freeman Street East La Penitence, who police believe is responsible for a series of armed robberies in and around the city, met his end in an alleyway between Church and Forshaw Streets, Queenstown, after he and an accomplice were cornered by ranks of a mobile police patrol. The ranks had chased after Morris after he had tried to rob a Bourda Market businesswoman and her husband just after 16:00 hours on the aforementioned date. Eyewitnesses said that the businesswoman and her husband had just closed their stall and were exiting the market when they were attacked by Morris who grabbed the woman’s bag, which reportedly contained over $500,000 in cash, including foreign currency. There are reports that the businesswoman, Nandrani Sookwah, 45, held onto her bag and Morris struck her in the head with his firearm.
ONE DEAD, SEVERAL INJURED IN MABURA HEAD-ON COLLISION One person died and several others were rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex for emergency medical attention after an early morning accident on June 23 involving a minibus and pickup at 58 Miles Mabura Road. Nine persons were reportedly in the minibus, while the pickup had two. The minibus was on its way to Linden from Mabura, while the pickup was heading in the opposite direction at about 5:30 am when the accident occurred, reports indicated. According to reports the vehicles collided after the minibus ‘veered’ into the lane of the pickup. The minibus’ driver Ephraim Parris and two passengers, Leroy Floyd and Trevor Trotz, sustained severe head and other injuries. The three men were transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, after being ‘stabilised’ at the Linden Hospital. Other persons in the minibus who also sustained injuries were Michael Giles, Ezzard Anthony, Anthony Harris and La Toya Blakes and her baby, who miraculously escaped unscathed. Most of the passengers in the minibus said that they were asleep, when the accident occurred. Driver of the pickup, Elton Newton, and his porter, Jamal Parris, sustained minor injuries and were treated at the Linden Hospital. PONTOON SINKS, FURTHER DELAYING STELLING PROJECT The two US$14M Roll on/ Roll off ferries will be further delayed going into operations as one of the two pontoons which was floating a section of the ramp sank next to the Parika Stelling last week Saturday.
Speedboat operators noted that they turned out for work and noticed the pontoon on its side with the ramp partially in the water, while another pontoon sank. Another delay which is also contributing to the setback of the roll on/ roll off stelling is the need for 75-foot greenheart piles for the modifications to the design. The Public Works Ministry is having difficulty in sourcing the piles. Public Works Minister Robeson Benn had blamed the delay in launching the roll on/roll off ferry service on design changes and a difficulty in sourcing certain supplies required for the project. One of the major problems had to do with the concrete piles being driven. Some broke and had to be replaced and driven again. He had also noted that commuters plying the Parika/ Supenaam route will have to wait until August before these vessels can be used. SOUTHAFRICAN FIRM HIRED TO SALVAGE SKELDON FACTORY A South African firm has been hired by the Guyana Sugar Corporation to help ensure that the Skeldon Sugar estate is fully operational, Agriculture Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy has announced. Specifically, the company, Bosch, is being paid US$130,000 to design the modifications that are needed at the Skeldon plant, Paul Bhim, the Chief Executive Officer of GuySuCo told Kaieteur News. The estate was commissioned at a cost of US$181 million in August 2009, and was hailed as the boon to the survival of the sugar industry. However, the factory has been plagued by numerous problems and has not been able to function as was intended.
The troubled sugar factory
MONDAY EDITION T&T PRESIDENT URGES RED CROSS-LIKE IMMUNITYFOR JOURNALISTS The year 2012 is shaping up to be the deadliest one for media workers with 72 persons in the field killed to date and the International Press Institute (IPI) has expressed alarm. Speaking last Sunday to scores of Journalists and Editors during the opening session of the IPI’s 2012 World Congress in Trinidad & Tobago, that country’s President, George Maxwell Richards, urged for consideration of immunity for media workers, similar to what the Red Cross has. A number of media entities including Kaieteur News, Stabroek News, Capitol News and Demerara Waves were in the Twin-Island Republic for the Congress, which was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Port-of-Spain. IPI has membership in more than 120 countries. According to the President, journalism is no walk in the park. “The reports of 110 journalists killed in 2009 and 66 in 2011 give no comfort whatsoever and the record of deaths over the last five years should lead to sustained thrust in the international arena in the matter of impunity for those who threaten, harass or kill journalists, which impunity seems to be the norm.” FALLEN TREE KILLS TWO IN CUYUNI GOLD MINING CAMP
The two vehicles that were involved in the accident.
Sunday July 01, 2012
Two gold miners were killed last week Saturday evening, after an unstable tree branch fell on their mining camp at the Wyyamo Back Dam, Cuyuni, following heavy winds. The incident occurred at
around 18:00hrs. A man identified as Antonio also called Mathurin, was killed on the spot, while Clive McDonald of Mon Gripper Hill, Bartica, died while being transported out of the mining district. The two were officially pronounced dead on arrival at the Bartica Public Hospital. The camp’s Bahair (cook), 29-year-old Alicia Fiedtkou of Linden, was admitted with suspected broken bones and is said to be in a stable condition. Reports reaching this newspaper stated that the two men along with the cook were in the camp when the tree crashed through the roof. TUESDAY EDITION NO CHINESE WARRANTY FOR ‘BOTCHED’ SKELDON SUGAR FACTORY The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is yet to start making payments to the Guyana Government which in turn would make repayments to the Chinese, for the loans for the Skeldon Sugar Factory. This was confirmed by the entity’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul Bhim, who was responding to queries about recourse available to the government from the Chinese firm, in light of the numerous defects still plaguing the multi-million-dollar edifice. According to Bhim, there is no warranty for the factory and that the “defects notification period” has already expired a long time ago. It was during this time that identified defects would have fallen under the responsibility of the Chinese entity. Bhim assures that all of the defects identified by the Chinese during that period would have been resolved by them and the new defects developed subsequently,
hence a South African Engineering firm is being paid to remedy the situation. WEDNESDAY EDITION FIVE INDIAN COMPANIES BID TO CONSTRUCT US$18M SPECIALTY HOSPITAL Five firms from India (Surendra Engineering Corporation Ltd; Shapoorji Pallonji & Company Ltd; Feeders Lloyd Corporation Ltd; Jaguar Overseas Ltd and Vydehi Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre) have submitted bids that were opened at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) last Tuesday, under the Ministry of Education for the Procurement of a Contractor for the design, building and equipping of a specialty hospital. The Indian Government had given Guyana an US$18 million line of credit to build a specialty hospital to do complicated surgeries, ranging from heart operations and organ transplants to cosmetic surgery. Preliminary works have begun at Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara, where the specialty hospital is expected to be established. ONE DEAD, TWO CRITICALAFTER SUV SLAMS INTO PARKED TRUCK One man died and two others were critically injured after the Honda CRV in which they were travelling crashed into the back of a parked truck on the Novar, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara Public Road last Monday night. Chaitram Singh, 54, of Lot 11 Good Faith, Mahaicony, succumbed to his injuries while he was being treated at the Mahaicony Hospital around 22:50 hours. Continued on page 37
Sunday July 01, 2012
Ravi Dev Column
The search for oil within our boundaries is once again intensifying. We repeat this caution from 2007 about oil being a mixed blessing. Resource-rich former colonies, in general, and oilrich ones in particular, have been the worst performers as far as increasing their growth rates are concerned. One study showed that countries that depended heavily on resource extraction in 1970 grew at a measly average of 1% between 1970 and1989. As a consequence their people have not experienced the dramatic increases in standards of living in such resource-poor countries like Singapore. Such results cry out for explanation. Recently, a strong correlation has been demonstrated between the growth of the resource component of the GDP and conflicts within the countries. While the causation for this effect is complex and contextual, it challenges the widespread hope that with increased revenue our present squabbles over
There have been some cruel events, all of which have led to actions that the courts must address. But this is not the end of the madness. In the gold fields there is going to be another brutal attack of one man against another. But the trend of men attacking women will also be a part of the equation. This man who would attack a woman would disappear, but word spreads. He will actually get arrested and beaten miles away. ** The nation has not seen the last of the fires. Another is going to strike and again,
whether “marginalisation” is real or imagined will disappear. This effect of increased conflict is especially noticeable in divided societies and should be of major concern to our policymakers. Not surprisingly, most conflicts have at their base a nexus with economics, and as the stakes rise with the flow of oil revenue into the national coffers, it is natural that competition for those revenues would increase. In divided societies it is not perverse for groups outside the administration to suspect that “in-groups” are being favoured. If the increased revenues are not equitable distributed, the growth frontier of the country as a whole is inevitably constrained, since the creative potential of significant segments of the population are not allowed to flower – and become lost to the society. All modern growth theories show that sustained high growth rates are only possible when the widest possible cross section of the
society are involved - social capital and all that. Increased conflicts – whether hot or cold – inevitably hinder economic activity and growth and in so many instances precipitate a spiral of increasing poverty and death in the midst of “plenty”. The most significant factor in ensuring that countries remain locked in low growth rates and mired in poverty while the dollars keep pouring in is what the economists like to call “rapacious rent-seeking” - but we laypersons recognise by the catch-all expression, “corruption”. Corruption, from all studies, appears to be the major by-product of resource extraction from even the developed countries – much less the poor ones like Guyana. WikiLeaks cables suggested that the President of Sudan squirreled away over US$9 billion in British banks alone! Recently our President took cognisance of the sustained accusations of “corruption” that have bedevilled the administration,
the destruction will be astronomical. There will be no loss of life this time but many people would join the ranks of the suffering. ** The criminals in the eastern part of the country do not mean to take a holiday. A
group will attack a household in which the person coming home on a vacation would be the prime target. Police response would be delayed because of the distance. However, the criminals would not get away because community action will provide the kind of response that has been lacking in most communities in recent times. ** Within days there is going to be a report of another probe, this time in the private sector. The reason for the probe is going to be stunning.
so he would accept that the opportunities for graft will increase in direct proportion to the increase in revenue when the oil starts flowing. And the potential for conflict over increased “marginalisation”. To avert such conflicts, we have to devise a model of development that will involve the greatest number of our citizens as the oil revenues begin to flow in the next decade. We propose that the Government initiate a national consultation on development – along the lines of the Constitutional Reform Process in 1999 – to create a more focused growth strategy, with the understanding that the oil revenues will be utilized to fund the projects proposed by the strategy. A national consensus on development projects should go a long way towards ameliorating the conditions that precipitate conflict over “marginalisation” of any group. We suggest that “Ethnic Impact Statements”,
which we have long advocated, accompany every project to address concerns over ethnic favouritism that have bedevilled us for so long. To ensure that the oil revenues do not flow into the pockets of corrupt officials, it would be best to constitute an independent “Oil Fund for National Development” (OFND) that operates on transparent accounting rules, to ensure that all oil revenues are accounted for. The rules of such transparency have now been fully endorsed by the international community, so it would not present any problems to so called “privacy” needs of corporations. Apart from denying porkbarrel schemes funded from the Consolidated Fund, the OFND will have to ensure that the oil industry does not flourish at the expense of other previously important production sectors, such as agriculture and fishing, and ensure that the economy diversifies into
manufacturing and higher technologies – and involves all sections of the society. We have long advocated the need for us to have a development bank to kick start the needed investment we all know are necessary to lift us out of poverty. The OFND would provide our own revenue stream and the International Financial Institution’s do not have to grant or withhold permission. We do not believe that Government itself should necessarily get into the ownership of new productive facilities, but should identify private entities which can be partnered and eventually assume total ownership. We commend the Entrepreneurial Catalytic State à la the Eastern Tigers.
Sunday July 01, 2012
The kidnapping of Vishnu Bhim By Michael Jordan On the morning on November 29, 1994, eightyear-old Vishnu Bhim of Annandale, East Coast Demerara, did his chores, kissed his mom, then left for school. At around midday, his father, Heerlall Bhim, who operated his own carpentry shop, was about to enter his home when he noticed his wife sitting on the stairs. She was crying. He asked her what the matter was and she handed him a note which had been delivered by a little girl who attended their son’s school. Heerlall Bhim read the note in disbelief. The note stated that their only son—their little boy— had been kidnapped and was being held at gunpoint. It also stated that if the Bhims wanted to see their son alive again, they were to pay one million dollars for his safe return. Warning him not to contact other relatives or the police, the kidnappers instructed Mr. Bhim to go to a telephone booth near the Beterverwagting Police Station where he would receive further instructions. By this time, a relative had already checked at the school Vishnu attended and confirmed that he was not there. Despite the warning, the couple informed other relatives and the police about the kidnapping. By this time, police had an idea about the possible identity of one of the kidnappers. They learnt that on the day that he went missing, Vishnu and a girl were walking to school when a man on a bicycle stopped
them. The man offered Vishnu a lift on his bicycle and the trusting child went with him. The man was identified as 19year-old Ravendra Deo, a resident of La Bonne Intention (LBI), East Coast Demerara. A few days before Vishnu disappeared, Deo had come to Mr. Bhim’s home to seek work in the carpentry shop. He was given a job. Mr. Bhim would later recall that Deo appeared to be a competent worker. However, he also observed that the new worker was constantly glancing around in a manner that aroused some suspicion. The police checked at the suspect’s home, but he was not there. A female occupant told the policemen that Deo had given her “two muddy hard-pants” to wash before going out. While detectives and villagers searched for the missing boy, the Bhims
scraped up $300,000 to give to the kidnappers. Following the kidnappers’ earlier instructions, Mr. Bhim went to the phone booth near to the Beterverwagting Station. There, he spoke on the phone with someone who instructed him to drop off the bag containing the ransom at an area on the Beterverwagting seawall. When the worried father begged to speak with his son, he was told to “shut up.” Informing the police about the plan, Mr. Bhim dropped off the ransom at the seawall. But though the police had reportedly staked out the area, the kidnappers somehow managed to pick up the ransom and vanish without being caught. The following day, detectives got a break when some villagers who knew the suspect spotted him in America Street. They quickly grabbed the man and handed
him over to the police. Detectives found a camera, a roll of film and $12,000 on the suspect. At first, the man denied knowing about the missing boy’s whereabouts. Finally, after several hours of questioning, Deo confessed that he, and a man whom he identified as ‘Kresho’ of Mahaicony, had kidnapped Vishnu Bhim. It was ‘Kresho’, he claimed, who had given him the bicycle with the bar and instructed him to kidnap the child. Police searched the Mahaicony area for ‘Kresho’, but failed to locate him. Eventually, just before midnight on December 1, 1994, Ravendra Deo led detectives and villagers to a secluded place on the LBI backdam. There they found the bound, gagged and battered body of eight-yearold Vishnu Bhim. The killers had strangled the child with bits of cloth torn from his shirt. An autopsy indicated that they had murdered the boy shortly after abducting him. Thankfully, villagers managed to dissuade the
grieving parents from viewing the remains. On December 6, 1994, a calm, gum-chewing Ravendra Deo appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, where he was charged with murder. During the preliminary inquiry and the trial that followed, Vishnu Bhim’s parents were constantly reminded of their son’s brutal end. Mr. Bhim recalled weeping in court when Vishnu’s schoolbag was presented as evidence. Finally, on December 4, 1995, a jury found the accused, who was then 20, guilty of murdering Vishnu Bhim. Justice Claudette Singh sentenced him to death. “I am innocent,” Deo said before leaving the court. But the verdict brought little cheer to the Bhim household. “It took a lot of courage to go to the trial, “ Mr. Bhim
told Kaieteur News a few days after the case ended. “We shed tears almost daily. We prayed every morning for hope and strength to live on. After the verdict, we thanked God, and asked that our son’s soul rest in peace.” But what of ‘Kresho,’ the alleged accomplice? He was never caught and to this day no one knows exactly where he is… If you have any information about this or any other unusual case, please contact Kaieteur News by letter or telephone at our Lot 24 Saffon Street, Charlestown offices. Our numbers are 22-58458, 2258473 and 22-58465. You need not disclose your identity. You can also contact Michael Jordan at his email a d d r e s s email@example.com.
SEEKING HELP TO LOCATE RELATIVES OF EIGHT CHILDREN KILLED BETWEEN 1969-1970 Michael Jordan is trying to contact relatives of eight children who were murdered between March 20, 1969 and June 1970, by Harrynauth Beharry, also known as Harry Rambarran, Charles Bissoon, Charles Pereira, Anant Persaud and Maka Anan. Some of the victims are Basmattie, an eight-year-old schoolgirl from Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara. David Bacchus, 15, of Tucville, 11-year-old Mohamed Fazil Nasir, of Number 78 Village, Corentyne, Mohamed Faizal, of Crabwood Creek, Corentyne, Jagdeo Jagroop, Mohamed Nizam Ali; Paulton of Hogg Island, Essequibo; Orlando Guthrie, of Grove Village, East Bank Demerara. Please contact him via his email address firstname.lastname@example.org., or on telephone numbers 22-58458, 22-58465, or 22-58491. HeI can also be contacted on 6452447.
Sunday July 01, 2012
== THE FREDDIE KISSOON COLUMN ==
Nuff Rass: A father’s note to his daughter Ravi Dev once wrote that he was planning to reply to me, but after attending a school function with his daughter when he heard the teacher quote a certain line from Desiderata, he decided against writing. Here is the passage; “Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit.” Any moron can understand that Dev was saying he would avoid me because I am loud and aggressive. No need to tell you; I replied. And I quoted a passage from Desiderata to highlight the hypocrisy of Dev. Since Dev was influenced by Desiderata, I wondered why he ignored this section of the poem; “Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.” During the 2006 election campaign, Donald Ramotar pointed to an aesthetic process that Dev underwent that you can say demonstrated Dev’s refusal to accept that we have to move on from our youthful days. I cannot quote what Ramotar said because I don’t want to get into legal trouble. When Ramotar spoke those words, Dev sued him for libel, a case he has since dropped. I don’t want Dev to resurrect the libel and direct his law suit to me this time. So it is wise to avoid loud people. What about vain people? Should we not eschew their company? In fact, Desiderata warns us about vanity, saying it can make us bitter humans. I know people have said that I am loud and aggressive, but I have never attempted to hold back the years with youthful pursuits. I have taught for 26 years at UG, tutoring all kinds of fancy students and being part of an academic community where vanity is quite conspicuous. I never went to the hair dresser. I just take up a pair of scissors and cut the damn hair whenever it gets too long. The only brand name shaving lotion and cologne I
have used was when my wife and daughter offered them as gifts. I do not buy brand name items. I haven’t changed my car since 2000. Khurshid Sattaur, the head of the Guyana Revenue Authority, outside the Survival Supermarket one Sunday morning, after my car broke down with my wife inside, shouted to me; “Freddie you got to buy a new car.” I don’t have money for another car and I am not vain. I am comfortable with my “cork ball”. Life is funny though. People won’t recognize your other qualities. They just pick on your noisy way of arguing and your aggressive nature. I didn’t want my daughter to grow up internalizing that nonsense about quiet people. Being quiet has no connection with the inner qualities of a human being. I drilled it into my daughter’s head that she must not succumb to the pitfall that loud people are of lesser quality than those who are soft spoken. I gave my daughter millions of examples. A guy can get up in the room and loudly accuse you of being biased or not knowing what you are talking about. But that very person would get up in the same way using untold decibels and defend your rights while the quiet person couldn’t give a damn what happens to you. Of course she saw manifestations of that after she became a university student. She came home and told me how the reticent, modest ones would lie and say they don’t have a book you asked to borrow, but the friend who made the nosiest arguments would quickly help you with what you want. I have warned my daughter not to judge quiet people as necessarily good human beings and to be careful when big names come into her world. A big name does not necessarily mean that the eminent person has any finer qualities, and in fact,
can be crude and unprincipled. I will always remember the Compton Bourne syndrome. It will stay with me forever. I did not know who Compton Bourne was when he became Chancellor of UG. Then I became elated at what I heard. He was the holder of the Order of Excellence, was Vice Chancellor of one of the UWI campuses, was Head of the Caribbean Development Bank, and was a radical economist in the seventies who kept the company of Clive Thomas. Then as news spread that
he was the Chancellor, this diminutive lady with John Lennon granny glasses came up to me and said; :”Freddie do you know he used to write a column in Ratoon called “Nuff Rass.” There and then I knew UG had found a good man because Ratoon was the publication of the radical antidictatorship academics at UG led by Clive Thomas, Maurice Odle and others in the seventies. The group had the same name. As a UG student, I helped to share out Ratoon but can’t recall the Nuff Rass
column. In 1974, the Ratoon entity became part of the WPA. Then I got to know Compton Bourne. He became the Chairman of the Council of the University in his capacity as Chancellor and I sat on the Council as the trade union representative. For three years I functioned with Bourne in the Council. Bourne resigned as Chancellor last Wednesday and it was one of the best pieces of news I received since 2012 began. Compton Bourne couldn’t
Frederick Kissoon recognize right from wrong, even if they appeared like Jaws or King Kong in front of him. UG and Guyana are better off without this gentleman.
Sunday July 01, 2012
Serving the nursing profession over 40 years…
Javitrie Eugene is a ‘Special Person’ By Leon Suseran Javitrie Eugene is fondly referred to as ‘Sister Eugene’ by those in the nursing fraternity, families and especially friends. She is wellknown for her long years— 44 to be exact— spent in the nursing profession, serving in many hospitals across the Ancient County of Berbice. Today, she is still nurturing
young nurses and overseeing their training, moulding their minds and
love. Sister Eugene insists that if she had to live her life over again, two things she
“If I had to live my life all over again, there are two things I would do: serve Jesus and do nursing. I just love nursing and I wish that those who have chosen this career would so love it.” preparing them for a profession to which she gave her utmost dedication and
would do: serve Jesus and be a nurse. Born at Plantation Foulis, West Coast Berbice, Javitrie Eugene was one of eleven children born to Jaiwantee and Ramkellawan, both farmers. She attended St Alban’s Anglican School and the Ashram School in Mahaicony, where she received her secondary education. Although she loved nursing very much, teaching was her first option. She taught at Cotton Tree Primary for a while until she joined Batch 27 at the New Amsterdam (N/A) Nursing School in 1968. She was one of twenty- nine students. Javitrie says she can never forget her first day as a nurse- trainee. “It was a joy. I came in my white uniform, with my books… I had never come to New Amsterdam. It was thrilling.” She remembers her days at the [old] New Amsterdam Hospital under the eucalyptus tree [now uprooted]. “We used to go under there, sometimes, and Sir would take us for a short walk out of the hospital and take photos.” Mr. Samaroo, Mrs. Bart and Sister La Rose, were some
of her lecturers she expressed admiration for. After three years of training, she became a Registered Nurse (RN) in 1972 and later became a Midwife. Her mother had passed away two days before she would have written her Midwifery exams but she still did well. She quickly moved up the ranks and became a Ward Sister in 1980. She worked in all the wards and as Nursein- Charge of the wards, at Skeldon and Mahaicony Hospitals, and in Public Health from Mara to Crabwood Creek as well as Port Mourant Hospitals. “It was exciting; it helped me to develop confidence in myself. It helped me to help people...to appreciate how people were.” She built her career during her different tenures at those places and made a lot of friends. She became integrated into the East Berbice area— the West Berbice girl she was. Then she continued her studies at the University of Guyana in 1987, doing a course in Health Sciences. She returned to teach at the New Amsterdam Nursing School as a Tutor 1. She was quickly promoted to Tutor 2 and subsequently Senior Tutor. She retired in 2002, but continues to this day as Senior Tutor at the N/A Nursing School. MEMORIES AND REFLECTIONS Javitrie simply loves working. “I was rarely absent from duty— if I was absent, I was because I was really not feeling well, but I never had a
Javitrie Eugene lot of sick leave and absent days, and I never used to stay home”. She credited her husband, in this regard, for his unwavering support. The dedicated nurse reflected on how memorable it was to work in the Male Septic Surgical Ward at New Amsterdam, a ward where male senior citizens with urinary problems, etc., were located. She recalls carrying many of them to the bathroom and showering them. “I used to comb their hair, cut their beards—and we would feed them and take them out to the stairway area and give them sunshine. It was a pleasure to make their beds up, and see that they were neat, and if they wanted to sleep, I would ensure they are tucked in nicely. I loved caring for these kinds of people.” “They were old and neglected but we used to take of them.” She vividly remembers working in a ward when the
Javitrie Eugene with some of her trainees at the New Amsterdam School of Nursing
doctor would come and she would have everything prepared since she knew what the doctor wanted. “I would know in advance and prepared...whether lab reports, whatever was required, and give them (doctors) answers, and we had a very good relationship in the wards— doctor, patients, nurses.” “It was a disciplined operation”. She admitted being a bit strict, and one of the things she insisted on as a nurse was to never allow anyone to call her by her first name. It was either Sister Eugene or Nurse. “Not even the doctors I allowed to do that— I took that pride in my career.” Similarly, she stressed that she showed that respect to others. “I would say, ‘Yes doctor...no, doctor...I would never say, ‘yes’ or ‘no’. It was also ‘Yes matron’, ‘Yes Sister”. “That is why I earned (Continued on page 28)
Sunday July 01, 2012
When people have to eat their words It has been a long time since I experienced the euphoria of doing well at what is now the Grade Six Examinations. Way back in my time it was the Common Entrance and just as is the case today, the schools that had good performing students were exceedingly proud. I lived in West Demerara and there were a few of us who qualified for Queen’s College that year. Many of us had never heard of the primary schools in the city and we certainly were not aware of the competition. Not surprisingly, those who did well at the Common Entrance came from all over the country. It was not like today when the overwhelming majority came out of city schools. The reason was simple. Each school had great teachers, people who loved the job, who were good at what they did. and who took time to visit the parents of those children who had potential but who opted to underperform. I know that there are still good teachers around, but whether they teach the children to think or simply to learn by rote is another matter. In my day, whenever the teacher imparted knowledge, it was rounded. As they say today, we were thought to think outside the box. We were encouraged to play and by playing we were able to make a correlation between what we learnt in school and what happened in the outside world. Fast forward to 1995. By then I was a grown man and
among other things, working in the television industry. Just as is the case this year, a large number of students from a single school placed in the top ten. Credit went to a young teacher named Wilfred Success. There were strident cries of cheat. I invited Mr. Success and his students to the studios of VCT 28 and interviewed them. To a man, the students described the method of teaching and learning. Then I began to read about the reaction of the teachers in the most established schools. There were those who were even more critical because Mr. Success was not a sophisticated man; he was not born with a gold or silver spoon; he did not grace the cocktail circuit and he surely did not hobnob with those in the so-called upper echelons of the society. I took on the Ministry of Education, at the time headed by Rev Dr. Dale Bisnauth. I read the likes of Ian McDonald and I awaited the results of the investigation launched by the Education Ministry. This society was not prepared that a nonentity with a gift for teaching children from the poorer section of the tracks could elevate them to challenge those who slept among silken sheets and used golden spoons. The school was West Ruimveldt Primary. It is true that one swallow does not make a summer. The next year Wilfred Success produced top ten students again, but not in the numbers of the previous year. I cannot remember the society who accused Wilfred Success
offering him an apology. What I do remember was the Education Ministry making efforts to remove him to the other side of the tracks to teach those from the well-todo society. Success fought every effort to transfer him. A few years later he left and started his own school. I don’t believe that he went to the Cyril Potter College of Education, but he surely knew more than some of them who were trained. I remember talking with him a few years ago. The place was flooded and I braved the water to meet with him in a Ruimveldt building. By then, people from as far as Parika on West Demerara and Mahaica on East Demerara and Soesdyke on East Bank Demerara, wanted their children under Success’s eyes. In fact, everyone did. We spoke about making children think and about teaching methods. For the records, I too, was a teacher and a pretty good one at that. Like Success, I got good results with the children from the other side of the tracks, but at the GCE level. I still swell with pride when I see some of my products.
This year Wilfred Success’s students swelled the ranks, but this time there were no cries of cheating and certainly no call for any investigation. There is nothing unusual about him and even the rich now seek his services. There is nothing unusual, too, about the revelations by Kaieteur News. When the revelations first started, there were the criticisms directed at the paper. People were reluctant that a newspaper fashioned by a young man from the other side of the tracks could challenge the establishment. Today, people swear by the newspaper; they even now come out of their shells and help with the investigation. Of course, this took time and perseverance. People now question things that they once took for granted. Had it not been for Kaieteur News, the appointments being challenged would not have happened. The government which once felt that the people had to accept every decision is now opening up and talking to them. Indeed, people get the government they
deserve. If they challenge then they will fashion the kind of government that is needed. And in life I always say to people persevere in what you do. Results will come. We backed off and crime emerged; no longer do we try to bring up the children in our community, because we say that they are not our responsibility. Wilfred Success persevered; Kaieteur News persevered, and it is now left to the people of Guyana to persevere. Of course some of
Adam Harris us did, and changed the way the others in the region looked at us and treated us. This must be an ongoing effort.
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How well are our Primary School pupils performing? Now that the Common Entrance results are upon us at this time of the school year, it is important for us to find out more precisely how the pupils have performed at the end of their primary school career. The examination is
officially called “National Grade Six Assessment’, but it includes scores from the Grade Two Assessment and from the Grade Four Assessment in the proportion of 5 per cent and 10 per cent respectively. Therefore, the papers that the children wrote
in the examination at the end of the Easter Term contribute 85 per cent towards the final grading for placement in a secondary school. Hence, the performance in this final examination plays the major role in determining which school the child enters
in September. However, it was the intention to include the scores at Grade Two and Grade Four so that the earlier performances would count and also provide direction for early remedial action where necessary. What is of concern now is whether more (percentage wise) pupils are ‘passing’ or ‘failing’ at Grade Six, than at Grades Two and Four. Will the Ministry of Education please tell us? As soon as the results are out, the TV, Press and Radio go to town with the news of the top candidates and the schools from which they come. This is rewarding for the children, their teachers
and their parents, but these children are the very small minority. In April last it was reported that 17,000 pupils wrote the examination. The question to be answered is, “How many pupils got half of the question papers right?” We do not want to hear the answer in terms of the highest possible scores. We want to know how many of the 17,000 candidates obtained a score of less than 400. It was often said that, if you got a score of about 420, you got about half of the work right. We must know whether a higher percentage of the pupils completing the primary cycle and then proceeding to the secondary schools are really being prepared to grapple with secondary school work now than five or ten years ago. Will the Ministry of Education please tell us? The performance at the Grade Six examination is a clear indication of the ability of Primary School pupils to read and write. If half of them do not get half of the work right, it means that about half of them cannot read and write
at the required level. This examination also tests the mastery of Basic Mathematics. How many of the children graduating from the Primary School system have successfully mastered their multiplication tables? When schools close at the end of this week for the long vacation, there will be remedial classes in some primary schools. Do these classes help? In some secondary schools there is a ‘Pre-Form One class’ to give the weaker entrants to secondary schooling a chance to catch up. Although the numbers in this ‘extra’ class are a reflection of the Primary Schools, it is not too early to find out how successful all of these children are. Will the Ministry of Education please tell us? And since education is the means to upward social mobility for everyone, of all ethnic groups, we want to know whether the government Primary School system is succeeding in playing its role in helping to improve the performance of increasing numbers of its graduates.
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The Green Economy and Health By Shanomae Rose Twenty-five years ago, the discussion on development highlighted the necessity to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs in what was defined as Sustainable Development. It was recognized that any development paradigm had to improve the quality of life of the people while at the same time addressing the management of natural resources. Five years later the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) sought international consensus on the central role of health in the achievement of sustainable development. This meeting concluded with two outputs that sought to emphasise and reinforce this point. The first principle of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development states that “Human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development. They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature.” This is reinforced by an entire chapter in Agenda 21 devoted to laying out the objectives and guidelines for ensuring the Protection and Promotion of Human Health. Health defined by the WHO (1948) is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Thus the interconnectedness and interdependence of economic, social and environmental development on the health of a population must be a key goal of sustainable development. People are central, since we are the ultimate drivers (resource for) of sustainable development. Sustained improved health drives and is an output of economic, social and environmental factors that foster sustainable development. Education is better assimilated and applied by healthy people who in turn can become productive members of society contributing to its development. Development that addresses issues such as solid waste management and air, water and chemical pollution will reduce the societal burden of diarrhoeal diseases, vector-borne diseases, chronic respiratory and cardiovascular diseases to mention a few. Today it is evident that poverty, a cause and consequence of underdevelopment, increases the burden of preventable and treatable diseases and death.
It is also clear that inappropriate development, despite growth, can increase the burden of disease, for example the outcome of policies on urban planning, transport and housing development in many countries which create rather than reduce air pollution, noise and traffic injuries which translate into ill health for the populace. Today, Guyana and the rest of the world are advocating movement towards a green economy where the focus remains on sustainable development with emphasis on the need to address persistent poverty. The aim of the Green Economy, like sustainable development, is to improve human well-being and social equity. Social equity is a cornerstone of sustainable development and implies fair access to livelihood, education and resources. It therefore means that greater attention must be placed on health and the suggestion by the World Health Organisation that health be placed at the heart of Sustainable development is critical. Health must no longer be seen as the purview of the health sector since several of the important determinants of health and disease are external to its direct control. The sectors concerned with education, agriculture, urban and rural development, energy, transportation, housing, trade, water and sanitation and environment have a significant role to play in ensuring solutions to these determinants and thus must be integrally involved in the efforts for sustained improvements in health. This must therefore be the focus of Guyana’s movement towards a green economy. Thus when Guyana reports a decline in the infant mortality rate (per 1,000 live births) from 42.9 in 1992 to 14 in 2008, it must be recognised as an achievement in health derived from the efficient and effective workings of the sectors and not simply one, the health sector. Take for example two sectors in Guyana, construction and transportation and their role in health for a green economy. Construction is a booming industry in Guyana. However, much of our construction, especially in urban areas, results in structures that are intensive fossil fuel energy users in direct contravention of the efforts to decarbonise the economy. These buildings are not constructed to maximize the use of natural ventilation or lighting and as a consequence predispose persons who occupy them to
building related and/or sick building illnesses. This is because airborne contaminants and pollutants can build up to high levels all the while circulating as occupants breathe within these tightly sealed environments. Contaminants and pollutants may enter air conditioning systems where the pathogenic organisms multiply and are spread back into the interiors creating a deleterious cycle of indoor pollutants. The age of the vehicles that ply our roadways, the fact that the overwhelming majority are reconditioned and benefit from irregular maintenance does not bode well for the level of carbon emissions in a country with a green economy trajectory. The reckless disregard for our traffic laws and regulations result in frequent injuries and death to road users. These are the most visible and direct health impacts of transportation, however, the trauma to loved ones as well as the financial cost for recovery, rehabilitation, and/ or burial leads to a number of other less visible but equally devastating health effects for a number of other persons. Accidents and Injuries primarily affect the 15 – 44 years age group in Guyana, the productive sector of society. Occupational safety and health (OSH), maintenance of a safe and healthful work environment, is also very important. However in spite of OSH legislation, the lack of sufficient regulations makes the implementation of the Act difficult. Employers thus have little incentive to invest in a safe and healthful environment for employees. The lack of adequate staff complement by the enforcing authority and a limited budget also means that on many occasions they are made aware of unsafe and unhealthy work environments when accidents are reported in the press. This is a problem that needs to be arrested given the number of fatal accidents that have been reported in the press, within just the construction and sawmilling
industries in Guyana. Laws for the protection of vulnerable groups such as the Protection of Child Act 2009 and the Domestic Violence Act 1996 are all strides towards improving the quality of life for Guyanese, however,
enforcement remains crucial. Health can therefore be seen as both a contributor to, and an indicator of, a green economy. The evident interconnectedness and interdependence of these
concepts necessitate that education, legislation, regulation, and policy must be fashioned to enable this move towards a green economy. However, central to all of these is the importance of integrated monitoring and surveillance and information systems to compile, analyse, synthesise and generate information that will drive the process. Actual information and not anecdotal evidence must inform our priorities and indicate our successes and failures. Improvement in human well-being whether called sustainable development or green economy is to all our benefits. Let us join WHO and make every effort to place health at the heart of sustainable development.
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Javitrie Eugene is a ‘Special Person’ From page 24 respect also.” “Back in the day we had great respect for our uniform, our code of dress… and at that time we wore distinct and specific colours, caps, aprons and our uniforms were wellmade and they were done at the hospital, and according to our statuses, we changed our belts.” Nurse Eugene also spent a significant amount of time in the children’s ward. It was all rewarding and she summed it up thoughtfully. “If I had to live my life all over again, there are two things I would do: serve Jesus and do nursing...I just love nursing and I wish that those who have chosen this career would so love it...Look at the hands God has given them, they are blessed hands. When you can rub somebody’s back and bring comfort or give someone something to eat, those are the things that gave me satisfaction. I never liked to see people cry for pains; I
‘Sister Eugene’ (far left) with nurse-trainees in 2002 would do all that I could to help them. Even if I had to call for the doctor a hundred times, I would call.” She noted that the senior nurses would share their knowledge, but there was a strict protocol. “As a student, I never sat
at the table with my seniors…Never. We would stand when our seniors came around— yes— if we were doing something, we would stop that and go and tend to them. One of the things that remain with me is that if you
did something wrong, the Ward Sister would call you in the middle of the ward and she would tell you off in fine style— either you cried or not— but nobody knew or heard when she would discipline you.” “Yes, I always wanted to know more about my job and about the sciences involving nursing. The young nurses would have their dictionaries and they would enquire from their seniors any questions they would have about their duties and tasks. The doctors would sometimes question the nurses, too. It was a great learning environment.” “Today, I am sharing that same knowledge with my nurse- trainees. I will continue
to give what I have; continue to help students to learn, to practice what is right and most of all, to maintain discipline.” She related that someone she recently spoke with who is a nurse and who resides overseas praised the rigourous and intense training nurses receive in Guyana. “It is far better than the ones overseas, and I have heard it from a lot of people. That is my encouragement…that whatever we are doing, it is benefitting people in a general sense. My career has been challenging and rewarding. I love nursing.” Nursing, she said, is an
art— because “you have to know how to turn the patient to promote comfort; how to position the patient to promote comfort; how to put the food in the mouth for the patients to eat and not choke; how to get that patient out of the bed; how to bathe that patient without causing anything to happen.” She showered praise on the Ministry of Health for selecting her to be a nurse and insists she owes the entity a debt of gratitude. Today, Sister Eugene is moulding nurses, since 1987 she has been at the N/A Nursing School. The mother of two, is also very active in her church and works with the children there during a TV programme ‘Children’s Bible Hour’. She is the Family Life Educator and works with the Sunday School department. Nursing, she said, has afforded her the opportunity to be a very resourceful person in her church and community. “I like to talk with and encourage people and help them to make the right choices.” As a nurse, she is not in agreement with getting married too quickly. “As much as marriage is nice, it can come into conflict with the intense studies while training for nursing. For nursing, you really have to study hard, because nursing is becoming more and more scientific, and you have to do far more research...so nursing is not like long ago, it has changed immensely.” Sister Eugene made a call for more males in the profession, since it offers a variety of rewarding opportunities in areas such as Anesthesia, Critical Care Nursing, Intensive Care nursing, and “as a nurse you can have your Diploma in Nursing Education as well as your Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree and PhD”. “You can become a Ward Sister, a Matron, a Senior Sister or Chief Nurse, Chief Nursing Officer for the country, a Health Visitor, Senior Health Visitor, Public Health Nurse. There are so many things you can do or pursue.” Her satisfaction today? “Seeing my students come back and being somebody with dignity, pride, with additional qualifications to their names. I just feel good...it blesses my heart and that encourages me that my labour is not in vain. Some will return to say thanks while some will not bother to, but overall it gives me pleasure to see students with whom I was a part of their lives, successful- I say a part of, because other tutors had to work with them too. We share in their success.”
Sunday July 01, 2012
Inaugural “Three Nation Meeting” hears…
10,672 vehicles crossed Takutu Bridge from January to May Traffic between Guyana and Brazil has increased and between January and May of this year, approximately 10,672 vehicles crossed the bridge between the countries, according to Minister of Labour, Dr. Nanda Gopaul. This revelation was made while Guyana’s representatives met recently in Boa Vista, Brazil, with their Venezuela and Brazil counterparts, at the inaugural “Three Nation Meeting” in order to develop partnerships and integrated tourism packages that can be marketed to visitors. Dr. Gopaul, who represented Tourism, Industry and Commerce Minister, Irfaan Ali, stressed on the importance of cooperation among the member states, if the countries are to be successfully promoted as destinations for foreign markets. Guyana was represented by a delegation of 40 participants from the Public
and Private Sector, tourism officials, and the local aviation and business sector. The contingent was led by Dr. Gopaul and included THAG’s President Daniel Gajie, Deputy Chief Immigration Officer, Ms. Carol Primo, Kit Nascimento, Colin Edwards, THAG Director, Treina Butts and representatives from the Guyana Tourism Authority. Minister Gopaul noted that over the years Guyana has marketed itself as the “Gateway to the Amazon”, and the initiative will create the opportunity for the membership to understand the regulatory framework within the destinations , that will allow for integrated packaging. “The Government of Guyana views this initiative as a timely one, as over the years, trade, and travel, tourism and investment opportunities among the three countries have increased .In this regard it has become impetrative that
the three nations collaborate to formulate a programme that will see the strengthening of ties among the countries,” he underscored. In addition, Minister Gopaul pointed to the fact that Guyana shares a dual identity, as part of the Caribbean and as part of the South American States, and as a result, is even more committed to reinforcing the relationship with her South American neighbours. The Minister said too that collaboration , communication and cooperation among the three nations will result in the improvement of trade and tourism linkages among the countries; it will also address several issues integral to the success of the partnership, including accessibility, security and customs procedures, and tourism activities within the indigenous communities of the three countries. Alluding to efforts already made in this regard, he explained that Guyana shares
Education Ministry reviews mounting Graduation cost …Manickchand unhappy with financial burden on parents In Guyana when a child completes one level of education be it nursery, primary or secondary school, there is a graduation ceremony. Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand, believes that there is nothing wrong with having a child rewarded for the achievement, but says that the cost attached to such a ceremony has become a burden in too many instances for parents, and as such, this is under review. Manickchand, in an invited comment Friday, explained that while there have been suggestions in the past on how to deal with the issue of the costs attached to graduations, these did not bear fruit and as such she is going to attempt a serious remedy. She said that this review is currently being undertaken as a result of the numerous complaints being received on the issue. Seeking to put a human face to the issue, Manickchand used as an example an instance involving a domestic worker. The domestic worker, she said, has a child who recently graduated from school and was asked to make payments for various services and commodities such as the child’s graduation certificate, gown, cap and a host of other ancillary costs which make
Education Minister, Priya Manickchand the amount required from the parent a burden. She acknowledged that a domestic worker, as is the case with thousands of Guyanese parents, works for a limited income which must also be devoted to items such as food and rent. She says that in some cases it is simply a case where some parents cannot afford the entire package that comes with a graduation ceremony hence the review. “I am unhappy about this situation,” says Manickchand. She reminds that it is not a case where graduations will come to a complete halt, but says something has to be done about the mounting financial burden being placed on parents with a humble income.
The pressure is simply too much, she says, to have parents of a modest income be called upon to supply several thousand dollars for items such as graduation gowns, trophies and even the graduation certificate for the child. Some parents are asked to pay as much as $20,000 in accumulated costs for their child’s graduation. Graduation Certificates can cost a parent as much as $2,500 which has to be paid before the child can receive the formal recognition. Other costs would include gowns and in some instances parents are asked to make a contribution towards refreshments and other ancillary costs attached to hosting the graduation ceremony.
major ties, being a member of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), and already, the country has partnered with Brazil and Suriname to launch the Tourism Circuit Manual of the Amazon Tourism Trail. The formulation of the manual resulted directly from the involvement of ACTO’s move to develop integrated tourism for the Amazon region, and focuses on Guyana, Suriname and Brazil. He continued: “The government of Guyana intends to also promote this integration and cooperation with other neighbouring countries, including Venezuela.” “When these key strategic areas are addressed, opportunities for the expansion in investment, transportation (Air lift), tour operations and employment will materialize in all three nations, therefore the meeting will serve as a stimulus for the integration and the expansion of Tourism , Trade and Economic development within the countries,” he added. In closing, the Minister lauded the Boa Vista, Roraima Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG), the government of Guyana and the state of Roraima, for hosting the inaugural tourism
meeting of the three nations, and pledged that the Guyana Government is even more committed to public/private partnership to develop and enhance the country’s tourism sector. Meanwhile, the Vice Governor of Roraima, Chico Rodrigues, reminded that the identities of the three territories are unique and when packaged will offer an equally unique and distinct product to tourists. “The integration of our diverse tourism product will allow for job creation and the growth of our economies.” He also revealed that Brazil’s tourism sector recorded a 6% growth annually compared to the average global rate of 3%. As a consequence, Rodrigues reiterated the importance of the discussions among the three countries as they strive to attract tourists to their destinations. In this regard, he pointed to the importance of learning the languages of each of the participating countries English, Spanish and Portuguese - for integration to become a reality. “This event starts the process and integration, it is very important if we want to show the world the beauty of our countries, and we are calling on the Presidents to support this,” Rodrigues stated.
In her remarks, the representative from the Tourism Board in Bolivar, Venezuela, Subrina Sufrina, pointed to the agreement of free movement of people that already exists between her country and Brazil. She explained that Bolivar is one of the biggest states in Venezuela, 240,000 sq. km, and has much to offer by way of integration. Sufrina also lauded the organizers and expressed the hope that ties with Guyana will also be strengthened. Immediately following the opening session, there were several panel discussions on safety and security issues, customs and immigration requirements, regulation for vehicles and tourists. There was also a very important segment on the benefits and challenges of community-based tourism in indigenous communities, and the integration of this aspect in o the overall plan to promote and market the three destinations. During the closing session at the end of the day, THAG’s Daniel Gajie noted that the event is just the first step in the way forward. “This has been a phenomenal day and it was as a result of many years of planning. We are certain that the linkages made here will be cemented by our second meeting.”
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Agreement with Europe begins to kick By Sir Ronald Sanders A statement credited to Alexander Walford, Policy Officer of the CaribbeanEuropean Union (EU) in the European Commission, says that eight Caribbean countries have not implemented tariff cuts on EU goods as required by the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed in 2008. This is not surprising news for two reasons. First, very few of the 14 Caribbean countries that individually signed the EPA with the 27Nation EU collective had the resources to implement the undertakings for tariff cuts that they gave. Over the last four years, many of them have not put the required machinery in place and many
more of them have not ratified the EPA. Subject to correction of recent developments, at my last count only Guyana had ratified the EPA and introduced legislation in Parliament that identified the tariffs that would be cut and the timing of such cuts. The second reason that it is not surprising that eight countries (of which Jamaica is specifically named) have not implemented the tariff cuts is that the signing of the EPA coincided with the global financial crisis that adversely affected many Caribbean economies. Hit by a decline in revenues from decreased tourism, high energy costs and little investment, the removal of the tariffs on EU imports as required by the
EPA would cause all governments to lose much needed income. Mr. Walford is reported to have said that Jamaica, being part of the international trade community, risks sending the wrong signal in not living up to its obligations. The report in the Jamaica Observer newspaper credits Mr. Walford as saying that Jamaica is yet to signal its intent to the European Union. Worryingly, he is also credited with saying that the EU could treat the issue as a dispute and refer the matter to arbitration. Arbitration would be an expensive course of action to take. But, it is one that the collective 27-nation EU could far more afford to do than could the eight Caribbean nations which would have to act individually. It is important to recall that, while the EPA was signed by the 27-EU nations collectively through the European Commission, Caribbean countries had to sign individually. It was not an agreement between the EU collective and a CARICOM or CARIFORUM collective. A responsible EU, concerned about economic
stability in the Caribbean, would acknowledge the difficulties that the region is facing and try to engage in a constructive dialogue that would waive the tariff reductions at this time, and, in a spirit of cooperation, negotiate a period of deferment. Indeed, it would seem appropriate that this is precisely what all Caribbean signatory states to the EPA should be aiming to do, and they should be doing so collectively through the CARICOM Secretariat. It is unfortunate that the EU spokesperson would talk of “arbitration” and not negotiation. It is up to the Caribbean countries to place the option of re-negotiation firmly on the table, and while each of them has signed the EPA individually, they must fight their corner collectively. It is certain that if some of the small island states of the Caribbean are among the eight who may be taken to arbitration, they do not have the means to do so effectively. This was always one of the perils of the EPA, but it is one that Caribbean governments accepted when they signed it. However, at the insistence
of Guyana’s then President, Bharrat Jagdeo, who had held out to the last minute from signing the EPA, there is provision for the Agreement to be reviewed after five years. Fortuitously, the end of that five-year period comes up in a few months in early 2013. In the light of the experience of all aspects of the EPA so far – including the huge challenges that many Caribbean countries would confront if they implemented the tariff cuts on EU goods – the Caribbean countries should call for the review of the EPA, and prepare the case for a renegotiation of some of its aspects. The Secretariat of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) has in place a unit that monitors the EPA, and so do some Caribbean countries individually. The time may be appropriate to pool the work of these units into a regional whole and to prepare wellresearched and professionally prepared arguments that could be jointly put to the European Commission. It is certain that, with their great financial and human resources, the EU will
Sir Ronald Sanders be well prepared for a review of the EPA. Given the fact that the EU is still in negotiation for full EPAs with countries in Africa, the European Commission would be loath to surrender ground to the Caribbean that would affect their position. On the other hand, the Caribbean experience, if well presented, could lead to changes in the EPA with which all the developing regions of Africa the Caribbean and the Pacific could better live – and so, too, might the EU. (The writer is a Consultant and former Caribbean diplomat) Responses and previous c o m m e n t a r i e s : www.sirronaldsanders.com
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From page 20 His friends, 57-year-old Bissoondatt Narine, of Novar, Mahaicony and Gopaul Brijnandan, 59, of Dundee, are receiving treatment in the Intensive Care Unit of the Georgetown Hospital where they were taken early Tuesday morning.
victory.” Prof. Bourne was reappointed Chancellor recently, much to the dissatisfaction of the UGSSA. It was one of the areas of protest.
THURSDAY EDITION SOESDYKE NEWSPAPER VENDOR BURNT TO DEATH IN FIRE
Two years ago when his sister topped the National Grade Six Assessment exams, Ramesh Sachin Ghir aimed for the same. The two children both attended Mae’s. His dream came through Wednesday when it was announced that he, along with Industry, East Coast Demerara boy, Michael Bhopaul, were tied for the top spot in this year’s exams. With a total of 547 marks each, they are both on their way to Queen’s College, the nation’s top secondary school. The two are both 11 years old. Ghir attended Mae’s Primary School in Georgetown, while Bhopaaul attended the Graham’s Hall Primary School, East Coast Demerara.
A 68-year-old woman identified as Kunti Singh was burnt to death on Wednesday evening after fire destroyed her Old Road, Soesdyke home. According to reports, the fire started around 19:00 hours in the one-flat house which the victim occupied. The dead woman has been identified as a newspaper vendor who operates at the Soesdyke junction. Neighbours told this publication that seconds before the fire was spotted, a loud explosion was heard coming from the woman’s house. GOV’T TO PRINT $5,000 NOTE The Central Bank has recommended the introduction of a $5,000 note and the government has agreed. Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon made the announcement Wednesday at his weekly post-Cabinet news briefing. He said that this would be the fifth currency note in circulation, joining the $20, $100, $500 and the $1,000 notes. All the other notes will remain in circulation, according to Dr Luncheon. UG CHANCELLOR BOURNE RESIGNS On Wednesday, last, staffers and representatives from the University of Guyana Senior Staff Association took their protest action to office of the Pro Chancellor, Prem Misir at the Parliamentary Office. And before the protest, there was word that UG Chancellor Professor Compton Bourne had resigned. According to Dr. Melissa Ifill, Vice President of the UGSSA, the UGSSA welcomes the resignation. “We have been advised that Mr. Bourne has resigned. It has been something that we have been calling for because we have argued that he has in fact not functioned effectively as Chancellor. We have called for his resignation and we are pleased. We see this as a
MAE’S, GRAHAM’S HALL STUDENTS SHARE NGSA TOP SPOT
FRIDAY EDITION WIFE FOUND BURIED IN HOUSE, HUSBAND IN CUSTODY Two days after she was brutally murdered, allegedly by her husband, police on the East Coast of Demerara recovered the decomposing body of 50-yearold Joan Durant from a shallow grave in her Melanie Damishana house on Thursday evening. The police were directed to the shallow grave late in the afternoon by the woman’s husband who had been in custody since she was reported missing by her son on Tuesday night. Police found the woman’s body buried in sand in what appeared to be an unfinished bathroom in the three-bedroom single-flat house. ‘DIRECTQUESTIONS TO YOUR GOVT’ – CJIA CONTRACTOR The Chinese contractor involved in the US$150M Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project on Thursday refuted allegations of corruption against the company. Zhongdong Tang, China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC)’s Regional Director, also revealed that it was his company that first approached the Guyana Government with the proposal. During a press conference at the Pegasus Hotel’s Essequibo Room, Tang advised reporters to ask Government about the feasibility study and other factors of the project. He did say that his company undertook the
feasibility study at its own cost. He said that CHEC was an investor company seeking business opportunities all over the world. CHEC also denied that the Guyana Government has halted the expansion project, saying that it was never officially informed of any halt in the venture to facilitate a review. Government, in response to newspaper reports on the project, had said that it has halted the CJIA project to facilitate a probe into the allegations of corruption against CHEC. Despite those statements, CHEC has reportedly been continuing to conduct geotechnical surveys in areas around CJIA. SATURDAY EDITION NCN’S SATTAUR RESIGNS, GOOLSARAN SUSPENDED The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Communications Network (NCN), Mohamed ‘Fuzzy’ Sattaur, tendered his resignation on Friday. He was faced with a simple request from President Donald
Ramotar, according to a source in NCN, ‘resign or be fired.’ NCN, like the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company a few weeks ago, found itself being probed for financial irregularities. On the part of NCN one area of irregularity was traced back to GT&T and involved millions of dollars in advertisements. NCN’s Programme Manager Martin Goolsarran who had admitted that he had deposited the payment cheque from the telephone company into his personal account, has been suspended. This publication understands that following the probe into the financial irregularities, NCN’s Board of Directors headed by Dr. Prem Misir made several recommendations to Minister of Information, who in this case happens to be Head of State, Donald Ramotar. This publication understands that the probe unearthed the fact that there were severe managerial problems at the state-owned company, hence the recommendations, which included severing ties with Sattaur.
HUSBAND, 70, REMANDED FOR WIFE’S MURDER Seventy-year-old Gordon Leslie Durant was remanded to jail on Friday after making his first appearance before Magistrate Nyasha WilliamsHatmin at the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court. Durant is accused of murdering his wife, Joan Durant. The police stated that between June 26 and June 28 at Melanie Damishana, East Coast Demerara, Durant murdered the 50-year-old woman. He was not required to plead to the capital offence of murder. It is alleged that the woman was killed by her
husband on June 26, last. It is unclear under what circumstances the murder was committed, but it is believed that her death may have stemmed from a heated argument the couple had the same day. The woman’s body was found two days later buried in sand, in what appeared to be an unfinished bathroom in the threebedroom single-flat house. Police ranks were directed to the shallow grave late Thursday afternoon by Durant, who had been in custody since the woman was reported missing by her son on Tuesday night. In court, the man wept when the Magistrate set his next court appearance for July 30.
Country profile: OVERVIEW Micronesia, in the western Pacific, consists of some 600 islands grouped into four states: Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk (Truk) and Yap. Occupying a very small total land mass, it is scattered over an ocean expanse five times the size of France. Though formally independent, in 1986 Micronesia signed a “Compact of Free Association” with the US. Under this, Washington took on responsibility for defence and gained the right to set up military bases and deny other nations access to Micronesia. In return, Micronesia received
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President Emanuel “Manny” Mori financial assistance averaging $100m per year, and the right of Micronesians to live and work in the US. Micronesia also takes its cue from Washington on foreign
policy. A renegotiated 20-year compact, worth $3.5 billion to Micronesia and the Marshall Islands, was signed by US President George W Bush in December 2003. Some of the money is being diverted into trust funds, intended to provide a financial resource for Micronesia after the compact expires. Island of Yap Micronesia is made up of scattered islands, such as Yap Despite its small population and the large amount of incoming aid from the US, Japan and elsewhere, Micronesia has relatively high unemployment, a matter compounded by increasing numbers of Filipino migrant
workers. Many Micronesians live without electricity or running water, which is in short supply and is sometimes rationed. The gap between rich and poor is increasing as business and officials benefit disproportionately from US aid donations. Micronesia’s biggest challenge is to find a way of lessening its dependence on foreign aid. Given the islands’ splendid beaches and scuba diving opportunities, tourism offers one possibility, but this is constrained by the lack of adequate infrastructure and the islands’ remoteness. FACTS
Full name: Federated States of Micronesia Population: 111,100 (UN, 2010) Capital: Palikir Area: 700 sq km (270 sq miles) Major languages:
English, Trukese, Pohnpeian, Yapese, Kosrean Major religion: Christianity Life expectancy: 68 years (men), 70 years (women) (UN) Monetary unit: 1 US dollar = 100 cents Main exports: Fish, garments, bananas, black pepper, copra GNI per capita: US $2,700 (World Bank, 2010) Internet domain: .fm International dialling code: +691 LEADERS President: “Manny” Mori
Emanuel “Manny” Mori was chosen as the country’s seventh president in May 2007, and re-elected in May 2011. The president is elected every four years by the congress. Mr Mori is from Chuuk, the largest and most populous state in the fourstate federation. He was the executive vice president of the Bank of the Federated States of Micronesia from 1997 until his election as a senator in 1999. Apart from working as a banker he also worked in the civil service. Mr Mori is of Japanese descent. He is married and has four daughters. MEDIA Micronesia has no daily newspaper, but the federal government publishes a fortnightly information bulletin and each of the constituent state governments produces its own newsletter. The constitution provides for freedom of expression. The state governments and a religious organisation operate radio stations, and cable TV is available on Pohnpei and Chuuk. There are no official restrictions on internet access, however cost and a lack of infrastructure limit availability on outlying islands. There were 17,000 internet users by June 2010 (Internetworldstats.com).
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People who walk a lot have lower risk of diabetes
Breast is Best! By Krista Brooks I was telling Nursey the other day how amazed I am at all the mothers I see breastfeeding their babies. In the U.S. not as many mothers breastfeed and if they do, they cover up with a blanket or sometimes go to a washroom. Nursey was shocked. She said “In the U.S. they have to use a washroom to breastfeed?! That is disgusting. A woman in Guyana is free to breastfeed when and where she needs to and no one would look at her twice.” I heard that breastfeeding is the best thing you can do for your child but wasn’t too sure why. Luckily, Nursey knows why and she explained to me some of the amazing health benefits of breastfeeding. Nursey first said that breastfeeding should be done exclusively (the only thing you give to your baby) for six months. After that you can breastfeed and add small amounts of food and water to your baby’s diet. The best thing about breastfeeding is that it benefits both the mother and the child. For mothers, it causes the uterus to move back into its normal position after delivery. It also burns a lot of calories, so breastfeeding will help moms
lose some of the extra weight they put on during their pregnancy. Did you know that breastfeeding can help decrease your chances of getting breast cancer later in life? It is pretty amazing! Many moms also like that they don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to prepare a bottle. They can just breastfeed in bed and enjoy the close connection they have with their son or daughter. Nursey also said not to forget that breastfeeding is FREE! You don’t have to spend any extra money on formula. Breastfeeding also saves time and money when it comes to your child. Babies get their mother’s immunity or defence against being sick through breast milk, so breastfed children won’t get sick as much as children that take formula. Also, if you prepare formula, you have to use water, which could cause bad feelings or diarrhea in your baby if the water is not clean. This means that you don’t carry a breastfed child to the health centre as much as children that take formula. Nursey was also talking to a dentist who told her how breastfeeding can improve dental health as well. Babies are growing all the time so
their bones and tissues in their mouths are still soft. A hard bottle nipple can change the shape of these bones and tissues causing the teeth to not line up. It can also change the shape of the nasal passages or airflow through the nose. Children who were breastfed are more likely to have straight teeth and snore less. It also helps to develop strong muscles around the jaw and mouth, which can help later on with proper speech. Wow! Those are a lot of benefits! I know many moms can get busy or sick, so I asked Nursey what moms can do so they can still get all those breastfeeding health benefits. Nursey said that moms who are feeling sick, can still breastfeed, it will not hurt your baby. Some tabs you might take for an illness can pass through breast milk, so always tell your health professional you are breastfeeding before taking a tab. For busy moms, they can expel or release their milk into a clean container or bottle. It can be stored in the refrigerator for later. Breastfeeding can also be frustrating if the baby is not getting enough milk. It could be due to how the baby is
Krista Brooks taking the breast. If you are having a tough time, it is good to go to your local health centre or hospital to get advice from a health professional. Friends or family members might also be able to give you some good advice. As Nursey says, “Breast is best!” So keep breastfeeding and let other moms to be know about the great benefits of breastfeeding. I will be back next week to tell you more interesting things that Nursey says. Until then! If you have any questions about breastfeeding or any other health issues please e-mail email@example.com. Krista Brooks is a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer working with the School of Nursing, which trains Nursing Assistants, Professional Nurses, and Midwifery Students.
Four-in-one AIDS drug gets the OK in clinical trial (AFP) - An experimental once-daily pill that combines four drugs to fight HIV is as safe and effective as commonly-prescribed treatments against the AIDS virus, researchers reported in The Lancet Friday. Doctors tested the new drug, called Quad, for the third and final phase in which new pharmaceutical products are vetted for safety and effectiveness. Publication in the British journal follows a recommendation in May by a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel to approve Quad for previously untreated adults infected with HIV-1. A final decision is expected by August. The first trial entailed testing Quad against a threein-one pill, Atripla, which since 2006 has been a standard treatment for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Researchers enrolled 700 patients in centres in North America and assigned
them randomly to either Quad or Atripla. After 48 weeks of treatment, 88 percent of Quad patients had suppressed viral loads to below detectable levels, against 84 percent in the Atripla group. Side effects were infrequent but similar in both groups. Among Quad patients, mild nausea was the more common adverse event, whereas with Atripla, symptoms were likelier to be dizziness, abnormal dreams or insomnia and skin rashes. In the second trial, 708 patients were enrolled in Australia, Europe, North America and Europe. Patients were either given Quad or a widely recommended therapy comprising the molecules atazanavir (ATV), boosted by ritonavir (RTV), together with emtricitabine (FTC) and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, or TDF. After 48 weeks, 90 percent of the Quad group had viral levels below detectable
levels compared to 87 percent in the other drug group. Only 3.7 percent of patients in the Quad group stopped treatment because of side effects, compared with 5.1 percent in the other group. On the other hand, the number who reported kidney complications in the Quad group was relatively higher. Quad comprises FTC and TDF, along with a drug called elvitegravir (ETV), which is designed to inhibit HIV replication. The fourth ingredient is a “pharmacoenhancer” called cobicistat to boost the effectiveness of ETV. The movement towards a single once-daily pill to suppress HIV has a huge benefit for patients, say AIDS researchers. When the first antiretroviral drugs emerged in the 1990s, patients had to take a dozen tablets a day or more, a “pill burden” that meant many forgot to follow the entire treatment.
“Patient adherence to medication is vital, especially for patients with HIV, where missed doses can quickly lead to the virus becoming resistant,” said Paul Sax of Harvard Medical School, who led the first study in Friday’s Lancet. “Our results provide an additional highly potent, well-tolerated treatment option, and highlight the simplicity of treatment resulting from combining several antiretrovirals in single pill.” Quad is made by the US pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences, which also funded the trials, a practice that is relatively common in drug development. Clinical tests for new drugs have to go through a three-phase process that is scrutinised by independent assessors and government regulators for safety and objectivity. Publication of the research in a peer-reviewed journal is a final step in the procedure.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Among people with low physical activity and a high risk of diabetes, those who walk more throughout the day are less likely to actually get the blood sugar disorder, according to new research. The study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, is part of a growing body of evidence that for people who get very little exercise, “even
small amounts of activity will provide a really good return on their investment,” said Catrine Tudor-Locke, who studies walking and health at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was not involved in the research. Daily walking recommendations typically point to a minimum of 10,000 steps per day. Tudor-Locke said a good rule of thumb is that 2,000 steps equals about one mile. Earlier studies, based on questionnaires, have shown that walking more is tied to a lower risk of diabetes. But few studies have used precise measures of how many steps people take each day, said Amanda Fretts, the lead author of the new report and a researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle. To get a better sense of walking’s potential benefits, Fretts and her colleagues asked more than 1,800 people to wear a pedometer on their hip for a week to tally the number of steps they typically took each day. All of them came from native American communities in Arizona, Oklahoma and North and South Dakota that are known to have low physical activity levels and high rates of diabetes. About a quarter of the
group were considered to have very low activity, taking fewer than 3,500 steps a day, while half took fewer than 7,800 steps per day. At the beginning of the s t u d y, n o n e o f t h e participants had diabetes. But after five years of follow-up, 243 people had developed the condition. About 17 percent of the people in the lowest activity group developed diabetes, compared to 12 percent of the people who took more than 3,500 steps a day. After taking into account people’s age, whether they smoked and other diabetes risk factors, Fretts’s team determined that people who walked the most were 29 percent less likely to develop diabetes than those who walked the least. “Our finding wasn’t surprising given that other studies have shown that even light activity is associated with a lower risk of diabetes,” Fretts wrote in an email to Reuters Health. The findings don’t prove that walking more is responsible for the lower risk of diabetes, but Fretts offered some possible explanations for how walking might help. “Increased physical activity may prevent weight gain and promote weight loss, a major determinant of diabetes risk,” she told Reuters Health. Indeed, when Fretts took into account how large people were, based on a measure called body mass index (BMI), she found that extra walking didn’t provide any benefits to reducing people’s diabetes risk. “BMI is one of the plausible biological mechanisms by which physical activity (or walking) may lower diabetes risk - that is, walking may promote weight loss - and weight loss is a major factor related to diabetes risk,” Fretts said. Physical activity also has effects on inflammation, glucose and other molecules in the body that could help lower diabetes risk, said Fretts. Tudor-Locke added that the potential benefits of moderate levels of walking are “only for those who are really inactive to begin with” and don’t mean others should decrease their activity levels.
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Choosing Sunglasses for Different Face Shapes Need to shop for a sunglass? But do not just go to the store uninformed about the type of sunglasses that you should try on to compliment your face shape and the ones you should keep away from. There are more than just one rule, the first being, bigger faces should pick bigger sunglasses and smaller faces should stick to small sunglasses. PICKING RIGHT SUNGLASSES FOR YOUR FACE Oval Faces: This is most common face shape and an oval shaped face has the most proportionate features. If you have an oval face shape, you are blessed, as almost all type of sunglasses would look great on you. Hence, do not fear to try on the challenging ones, like the cat eye sunglasses and wayfarers or upswept and cool aviators too. Nevertheless, square and rectangular ones which are softly rounded at the edges would praise your face. Round Faces: The width and length of your face is almost same, and your chin is a bit rounded too. What would praise your features is the kind of sunglasses that counters your round shape, making it look longer. Geometric and angular shaped sunglasses like rectangular or square sunglasses with prominent edges, even wayfarers or upswept ones would sharpen your features. Higher temples create an elongated look which also looks good on your face. Square Faces: A very angular face shape and proportionate too, with a broad forehead and a strong jaw line. To balance the angular feature out, you should wear the fashionable and bold round sunglasses, aviators also look great on your face shape. Cat eye sunglasses look best when flaunted by a square face. Keep away from angular or geometric shaped sunglasses as they scream out of a disaster when on your face. Oblong Faces: Oblong faces have a big forehead, a long nose and a very narrow face. If you have a narrow face you should wear sunglasses that make your face look wide and small. Wear oversize round shaped sunglasses, you can also try large square ones that widen your face. Do not wear sunglasses that are small in size. Diamond Faces: These faces have a narrow forehead, wide cheekbones and then it narrows down to little and beautiful chin. To compliment your face you should wear oval and square sunglasses. Experiment with the styles of cat eye, butterfly and wayfarers or upswept sunglasses. Do not wear sunglasses that are narrow and makes your cheek bones pop out from the sides. Triangle Faces/Heart Shaped Faces: Triangle or a heart shaped face has a wide forehead and narrow jaw line. You should pick sunglasses that balance the narrow jaw line and drive away attention from the forehead. Styles like cat eye and butterfly can really do the trick. Aviators are classy and they also bring out the best in you. HOW TO WEAR THEM You should keep in check how the frame fits your face and compliments your style by understanding a few guidelines I have listed here. Always purchase sunglasses with nose pads so that they fit comfortably on your eyes.
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MEET HER PARENTS A young woman brings home her fiancee to meet her parents. After dinner, her mother tells her father to find out about the young man. The father invites the fiancee to his study for a drink. “So what are your plans?” the father asks the young man. “I am a Torah scholar,” he replies. “A Torah scholar. Hmmm,” the father says. “Admirable, but what will you do to provide a nice house for my daughter to live in, as she’s accustomed to?” “I will study,” the young man replies, “and God will provide for us.” “And how will you buy her a beautiful engagement ring, such as she deserves?” asks the father. “I will concentrate on my studies,” the young man replies, “God will provide for us.” “And children?” asks the father. “How will you support children?” “Don’t worry, sir, God will provide,” replies the fiancee. The conversation proceeds like this, and each time the father questions, the young idealist insists that God will provide. Later, the mother asks, “How did it go, Honey?” The father answers, “He has no job and no plans, but the good news is he thinks I’m God.” *************** SOAPAND WATER A priest was asked to dinner by one of his parishioners who he knew being an unkempt housekeeper. When he sat down at the able, he noticed that the dishes were the dirtiest that he had ever seen in his life. “Were these dishes ever washed?” he asked his hostess, running his fingers over the grit and grime. She replied, “They’re as clean as soap and water could get them”. He felt a bit apprehensive, but blessed the food anyway and started eating. It was really delicious and he said so, despite the dirty dishes. When dinner was over, the hostess took the dishes outside and called, “Here Soap! Here Water!” *************** ADULTERY CODE There was this old priest who got sick of all the people in his parish who kept confessing to adultery. One Sunday, in the pulpit, he said, “If I hear one more person confess to adultery, I’ll quit!” Well, everyone liked him, so they came up with a code word. Someone who had committed adultery would say they had “fallen”. This seemed to satisfy the old priest and things went well, until the priest died at a ripe old age. About a week after the new priest arrived, he visited the Mayor of the town and seemed very concerned. The priest said, “You have to do something about the sidewalks in town. When people come into the confessional, they keep talking about having fallen.” The Mayor started to laugh, realizing that no-one had told the new priest about the code word. Before the mayor could explain, the priest shook an accusing finger at the mayor and said, “I don’t know what you’re laughing about. Your wife fell three times this week.”
PEN P ALS PALS NA M E : Molesha Simon Age: 19 A D D R E S S : Lot 9B Williamsburg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana. H O B B I E S: Reading, chatting, dancing and making new friends. NAME: Marcie Simon AGE: 15 A D D R E S S : Lot 9B Williamsburg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana. H O B B I E S : Dancing, reading and making new friends. N A M E : Chandrawattie Baboolall
AGE: 17 ADDRESS: Parika, East Bank Essequibo, c/o the Parika Post Office. H O B B I E S : Reading, watching television, going to m a n d i r, travelling, playing games, dancing, listening to music, helping others, etc. N A M E : Ravena Seenauth (Seema) AGE: 14 ADDRESS: Lot 148 Anna Regina New Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast. H O B B I E S : Listening to music, dancing and making new friends.
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The Purplethroated Fruitcrow
he Purple-throated F r u i t c r o w ( Q u e r u l a purpurata) is a species of bird in the Cotingidae family, the cotingas. It is the only species of the genus Querula. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela; also in southern Central America in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is a stout medium sized glossy-black bird. Males have a large purple-red upper throat patch and are similar to the gorget of the hummingbirds, extending to the side of the neck. They are said to have a short wide pointed greyish bill, black eyes, and grey legs. The true crows are large passerine birds that form the genus Corvus in the family Corvidae. Ranging in size from the relatively small pigeon-sized jackdaws (Eurasian and Daurian) to the Common Raven of the Holarctic region and Thickbilled Raven of the highlands of Ethiopia, the 40 or so members of this genus occur on all temperate continents and several offshore and oceanic islands (including Hawaii). In the United States and Canada, the word “crow” is used to refer to the American Crow. The crow is a year round species. The crow genus makes up a third of the species in the Corvidae family. Other corvids include rooks and jays. Crows appear to have evolved in Asia from the corvid stock, which had evolved in Australia. A group of crows is called a flock. The genus was originally
described by Linnaeus in his 18th century work Systema Naturae. The name is derived from the Latin corvus meaning “raven”. The type species is the Common Raven (Corvus corax); others named in the same work include the Carrion Crow (C. corone), the Hooded Crow (C. cornix), the Rook (C. frugilegus), and the Jackdaw (C. monedula). There is no good systematic approach to the genus at present. Generally, it is assumed that the species from a geographical area are more closely related to each other than to other lineages, but this is not necessarily correct. For example, while the Carrion/Collared/House Crow complex is certainly closely related to each other, the situation is not at all clear r e g a r d i n g t h e Australian/Melanesian species. Furthermore, as many species are similar in appearance, determining actual range and characteristics can be very difficult, such as in Australia where the five (possibly six) species are almost identical in appearance. The fossil record of crows is rather dense in Europe, but the relationships among most prehistoric species are not clear. Jackdaw, crow- and raven-sized forms seem to have existed since long ago and crows were regularly hunted by humans up to the Iron Age, documenting the evolution of the modern taxa. American crows are not as well-documented. A surprisingly high number of species have become extinct after human colonization, especially of island groups such as New Zealand, Hawaii and Greenland. Crows make a wide (continued on page 47)
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The Purple-throated... From page 46 variety of calls or vocalizations. Whether the crows' system of communication constitutes a language is a topic of debate and study. Crows have also been observed to respond to calls of other species; this behaviour is presumably learned because it varies regionally. Crows' vocalizations are complex and poorly understood. Some of the many vocalizations that crows make are a “Koww”, usually echoed back and forth between birds, a series of “Kowws” in discrete units, counting out numbers, a long caw followed by a series of short caws (usually made when a bird takes off from a perch), an echo-like “eh-aw” sound, and more. These vocalizations vary by species, and within each species vary regionally. In many species, the
pattern and number of the numerical vocalizations have been observed to change in response to events in the surroundings (i.e. arrival or departure of crows). Crows can hear sound frequencies lower than those that humans can hear, which complicates the study of their vocalizations. Loud, throaty “caw-awah”'s usually used to indicate hunger or to mark territory. When defending a nest site or food, crows will usually enlarge their crest feathers and hunch their shoulders to increase their size. Softer, gurgling sounds have also been observed as a sort of beckoning call, or a call of affection. These noises are emitted from within the throat of the bird, much like a cat's purring. (Source: Wikipedia – The Free Online Encyclopedia)
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Soesdyke man seeks justice after being disfigured … claims police reluctant to prosecute matter
p ajroo G t i eh d Su e r u fig A dis A man who received 72 stitches to the face after being attacked with a beer bottle at t h e E a s t B a n k / Soesdyke/Linden Highway Junction, last Tuesday, is seeking justice. The man feels there is a plot to cover up the story, since the perpetrator's wife who was also at the scene is a policewoman. The victim, 27-year-old Suehit Gajroop of Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, is calling on the Commissioner of Police to intervene and to assign independent police officers to investigate the circumstances of the situation. Reports reveal that Suehit was attacked at a popular shop named “Patsy shop” located at the junction of the Soesdyke/Linden Highway. He was representing his brother who was being assaulted by a policeman. The policeman was reportedly taunting the lad's inability to be as normal as everyone else. The policeman then threw a portion of beer on the young man for his own amusement. Reports further disclosed that the lad's brother, Suehit Gajroop, intervened and asked the police officer if he was not supposed to set an example. This infuriated the policeman who assaulted the lad before leaving the scene. However, according to police reports, Suehit Gajroop was the attacker, and is supposed to be charged later this week; despite his severely damaged face. The attacker was
identified as “Ramo” who reprimanded Suehit for challenging the police. “I ask the police if is because them is police they could attack people and treat t h e m a n y h o w, ” S u e h i t Gajroop lamented. “The police then jump in his vehicle and go his way, and Ramo ask me if I don't know police don't get wrong!” The man explained that “Ramo” who is the spouse of a policewoman became annoyed and a scuffle ensued between the two. He said that the suspect's wife who is a policewoman then visited the scene a short while later and was enquiring what the issue was. “When I was about to explain it to the policewoman, Ramo then lash me with a bottle behind my head and stab me up in my face with the broken bottle,” the man in pain lamented. The victim's father, Dhanraj Gajroop said that after hearing of the incident he rushed his son to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where he was later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital. The following day the matter was reported to the Timehri Police Station. Gajroop's father said that he obtained a medical certificate for his son and took it to the police station. However, the police were reportedly reluctant to take the incident seriously. Efforts to make contact with the Timehri Police Station failed.
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Yog Mahadeo stopped $3M questionable ... From page 3 bounds. There was a five per cent increase in revenues in 2011 year on year.” Rachpaul does not envisage any criminal charges as he was “not involved in anything
criminal. “I don’t expect any.” On Friday, GT&T said that it had accepted Mahadeo’s resignation… a resignation that had come as a shock. Former CEO, Major General (rtd) Joe Singh has
now been named Chairman of GT&T and will assume the role of acting CEO. Former CEO, Sonita Jagan, will now be acting as the new Chief Financial Officer in place of Royston
Rachpaul. During a press conference at the Pegasus Hotel, Friday, Mahadeo disclosed that he will remain for a few weeks to hand over. He refused to link Sattaur’s resignation to his. “The
board has basically informed me that there were lapses in internal controls. I have not been updated what these controls were.” Payments to several promoters, suppliers and marketing agencies have been blocked by GT&T in recent weeks to facilitate the audit. Several persons doing business with GT&T have also been questioned.
In the past 18 months, GT&T has spent up to $1B on popular promotions including the Jingle and Song Competition, Ten/10 Softball, Gospel Concert, Colorfest and Feel The Beat, among others. According to the outgoing CEO, in 2011 revenue grew, with the company hooking up 15,000 new mobile subscribers. Some 16,000 new DSL connections were also made. GT&T, in a statement from Paul Bowersock, a member of the Board of Directors on Friday said that the audit found that the actions of some individuals have been inconsistent with the company’s high ethical standards regarding internal business practices and conflicts of interest. “Accordingly, the Board has decided it is in the best interest of the company to make some changes in personnel. The board has replaced our CFO, Royston Rachpaul, and three additional staff reporting to him.” Guyana had 20 per cent shares in GT&T, shares that it has now sold to an Asian company. The rest is owned by Atlantic Tele Network, a US-based company.
From the Diaspora By Ralph Seeram I was on my way to Berbice from Georgetown when my taxi driver, Raju, said “I just have to make a li’l stop to pick up two bags”. We stopped to pick up the two bags. Our first stop was at Bush Lot village on the West
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OBSERVATIONS FROM A VACATION, ARE GUYANESE GETTING FATTER? Coast of Berbice to drop off the “two bags”. Curiously I turned to see what were in the bags which were about 30lbs each, and from all indications the contents were imported. I asked Raju what was in the bags to which he replied “carrots”. “Carrots”? I was in shock.
On closer examination I discovered the carrots were imported from Costa Rica. The driver and my fellow passenger, my friend Mara, could not understand why I was so concerned about the carrots being imported, until I explained that I cannot believe that the people of
Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice are importing carrots that can be grown in their backyard. I can excuse the folks in Georgetown, but Bush Lot? The Bush Lot I know was a mainly agricultural community, known not only for rice but also fresh vegetables or as we say in Guyanese parlance “greens”. Greens from Bush Lot used to find their way to the markets in Georgetown and New Amsterdam. It raises a more important question. Why is Guyana importing carrots which can be easily grown in commercial quantities in Guyana? This crave by Guyanese for things imported is not only unhealthy for the economy, but also leading to an unhealthy lifestyle, and I will explain further. The country has gone from not being able to import flour to importing carrots, not to mention luxury items. Some may argue that this is a sign that the economy is booming, and that may be so, but there are unintended consequences also. Bad and ill advised as it were, there were some positive aspects of Burnham ban on some imported items. It made people realize that not only were there acceptable substitutes, but that they could have grown quite a few of the items locally. People ate healthier (I know some may disagree) but there was always plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, meat and fish. America, known as an obese society, is now trying to move to a healthier lifestyle,
the type Guyanese enjoyed before becoming fixated with things “foreign” Restaurants are being forced to disclose the calorie contents of the meals and is offering a wider variety of healthy meals. New York is now trying to force food outlets to limit the size of sodas they sell, all in an effort to force people into a healthier lifestyle, a lifestyle that I grew up with in Guyana. Meat and fish once or twice a week, for the most part it was vegetables and fruits, with rice or flour as the staple. On my recent visits to Guyana, I can see the proliferation of fast food establishments, at every corner there is a pizza, burger, or fried chicken outlet carrying American food chain brands. Let me be straight up with some advice to Guyanese. Pizza and burgers are unhealthy for you, fried chicken for fast food joints are a heart attack in the waiting. Have you ever cleaned a whole chicken removing the fats and skin? You probably would end up with a pound of fat. I have some news for you. Fast food restaurants neither do nor remove any fat, you eat half a chicken you are most likely eating half a pound of fat. Burgers have to have a percentage of fat to make them palatable. Pure beef cannot make a good burger. Now don’t get me wrong, there is no harm in an occasional treat, just don’t be consistent with it. Guyanese love “sweet drinks”. There is a reason why these are called “sweet drinks”. They are
loaded with sugar. Too much sugar makes you obese and invariably leads to diabetes as the Americans are discovering. I went into a supermarket and was not surprised that 90% of the items were imported. Guyanese have gone import crazy. They complain about “things hard”. Part of the reasons “things hard” is because they are spending too much of their income on imported stuff, worse, I discovered that the imported items cost more that I pay here in Orlando. I asked my friend Gregory how people could afford these groceries, to which he replied “Money Gram and Western Union” and added, “You see them line up at these places weekend when money come from outside”. It would seem to me that there is a certain amount of pride when Guyanese use items imported. Poor Burnham, he tried desperately to instill pride in things local and should receive credit for that. There should be renewed interest in encouraging people to manufacture, grow, produce and use local products. Obviously there are things that have to be imported like vehicles. My observation is Guyanese are buying cars as if there is going to be a shortage. I saw a new Nissan Pathfinder with the license plate, PPP xxxx. I was taken aback. Are they issuing personalized vanity plates? This must be a PPP supporter, Continued on page 53
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Notorious criminal Mark Lee Young called ‘Junior” 36 of Lot B Four Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara who gained notoriety for the number of robberies he committed in various parts of Guyana, was on Friday sentenced to a total of 20 years in jail by Magistrate Robby Benn at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court and pleaded guilty to four charges of Robbery Under Arms. The man had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges. The case for the prosecution as presented by Corporal Roberto Figueira was that on February 3, 2012 at Susannah (No19) Village East Coast Berbice. Young, while being in company with others and armed with guns, robbed Chetram Sirkissoon of one $200,000 property of James Ross.
OBSERVATIONS FROM... From page 52 I thought, until my friend corrected me that the license plate series is now at PPP and this may end before the year. That’s nearly 10,000 vehicles being sold within a year. Well depending on which statistics one accepts, it would seem that one in six or seven Guyanese own a vehicle, that is remarkable for a country that is supposed to be poor. Trust me - Guyana is not as poor as some critics would like to make out. Ralph Seeram can be reached at email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Another charge read that on the same day, while also being in company with others and armed with guns he robbed Thakoordial Roshahair (a passenger in the minibus) of $14,000. The men had entered a minibus en route to Corentyne when in the vicinity of Susannah, one of them stopped the vehicle to relieve himself. While the vehicle was stopped, Young is accused of putting a gun to the head of Sirkissoon who was the driver and robbing him of the bus. Young then took hold of the vehicle and drove it to a desolate area aback of Palmyra where it was later found abandoned. He had earlier pleaded guilty to robbery of a minibus and was jailed for five years. The next charge read that on January 27, at No7
Village, East Coast Berbice, while being in company with others and armed with a gun he robbed Indranie Ramnarine of six gold finger rings, two and half pairs gold bangles, two gold chains, one pair gold earrings two wrist watches, one cell phone, GT&T and Digicel Phone cards all to the value of $269,000. The woman was at home around 09:15 hrs when Young and others barged into her home and robbed her. In another matter he was charged with the December 28, 2010 robbery at Smythfield, New Amsterdam, Berbice, where, while being in company with others and armed with a gun, he robbed Bibi Osman of five gold earrings, three gold chains, and three pairs gold earrings, one pair gold bangle, artificial jewelry and $200,000 in cash. Young and others had entered the woman’s house
around 19:15 hrs and robbed the family of the items. Young was sentenced to five years on each of the charges. However the first three charges will run concurrently with each other, while the final charges will run consecutively with the other
three. Thus he will serve 10 years. On the first three occasions he told the court that he had nothing to say. On the final occasion he mentioned that he had made a mistake and that it will not happen again. The prosecution urged
that the full penalty be meted out to the accused who is notorious and has a number of other charges pending. In all the matters he was positively identified. Young has numerous other charges pending in various courts in Guyana.
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Taxi drivers Call: 225-3234 Action Tyre 17 Croal Street & Sendall Place,Georgetown.Drive/ Salesman,Mechanic,Sales Clerk.Please Apply Within
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Office clerk.CXC English / Mathematics Call:225-4492/ 225-9404
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Carpenter to work in Linden,must be able to work with limited supervision Call: 647-8040,609-3281,694-3058 Handyman to clean yard,must have knowledge of dogs Call:227-5500 Experienced hair dresser needed at Xpressions Salon call 226-7268 1 Excavator operator to work in interior Call:684-7516,2263799 Experience dispatcher for taxi service 227-1200,225-1111 Drivers / Salesman with clean lorry record, Guards for land of Canaan location, accommodation available call 676-6700. Experience sales representative,3 subjects CXC. Salary $10,000 weekly. Nut Centre, 68 Robb Street One live in domestic to clean house.No cooking Call:6397700
Summer computer classes, age 5-16, Micrographics Technology, Parika ( Bollywood Building) Call: 264-3057 Summer computer classes, age 5-16, Micrographics Technology, Grove Public Road Call: 266-3976 Special Advanced Diplomas in computers for students completed 2012 CSEC,Micrographics 2643057 $15,000 Discount Vreed-En-Hoop Princeton College Summer Classes,Primary/Secondary School,Students Age 618,CXC Adults Classes,Affordable Fees Call:690-5008,611-3793 SUMMER CLASSES : Phonics & Reading, Mathematics & Language, Science & Social-Studies, Craft & Fun day, Garnett Street Kitty Call: 654-8650
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FOR SALE 1 ERF Hauler,1 45 ft Trailer Call:653-4455 1 Cabin Cruise Boat 43x8x5,1 in board boat Hull 50x13x6 at Soesdyke E.B.D Call: 6225500
Hp Compaq laptop 250 GB Brand new $110,000 Call:681-2111
Honda ATVS 4X4 500,2012 LIC Dealer Call:622-5762 or 691-3851
Toshiba laptop 320 GB Brand new $125,000 Call:681-2111
1-50 Gallon, electric water heater (brand new) Call: 647-1773
Tu r k e y, C r e o l e Chicken,Ducks (French & Peeking) Call:668-9113,6974555
Moulders,multirip saws,resaws,cross cut saw and genset. Call Rodney 616-5595 3 Tractors,1 new Holland,1 massy Ferguson,2 welder generators (diesel),2 marine generators,4 perkins engine,1 Honda ATV Call: 641-2905,665-4003 Office chair with filing cabinet $35,000 Call: 627-7835 Slate pool table, merry-goround,music set Call: 2282098
1 Ship 67 metre in length selling as scarp Call:2272027,623-4045,227-5500
Games for PS2 $900,PSP $900,PS3 $2,600,Xbox $2,600 Call Junior 672-2566,265-3231
Two labour lorries from GuySuco Call:228-2095
1 2007 R1 Candy Red at a reasonable price Call: 2272027,623-4045,227-5500
Blackberry-Brand new 9900,9780,9800. All accessories included. Prices negotiable 680-1722
Bulldozer D6 for sale $2.5 million, serious enquiries only. Call: 622-1957
Cheap model M cab & 1400x2 tyre & 1200x20 new tyre Call: 648-2413
8Ft Pool table, deep fryers, popcorn machine brand new Call: 622-1957
1 CAT D379 Marine Engine 700HP, 2 CAT 399 Marine Engine (Parts),3 Rebuilt Cummins KTA19 600HP,4 Cummins NTA 855 400HP Call: 623-7498
Prime Property @ Corriverton Opposite Skeldon Estate with metal workshop on 5.5 acres land for business Call: 335-3347/ 626-6245 One Hitachi Excavator EX 200 LC (Long Boom) Call: 624-9149,699-8382 Printer ink cartridges $2,500,Power inverter $20,000 Call: 650-7699
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IMB Lenouo Thinkpad laptop $75,000 Brand new Call:681-2111
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Wine cooler, pressing & curling comb set, hair, nails & skin products E.B.D 6694511 Just Arrived!!American Finest Brands Computers,Desktop & Laptop $85,000 Call:253-3426 or visit our store Goed Fortuin Acer laptop 500 GB Brand new $100,000 Call:681-2111 3 Yamaha outboard engines,(2) 225 HP $1.1M,(1) 150 HP $950,000,Prices Negotiable Call:699-1711 Pontoon 200x50x12 as in,no reasonable offer refused Call:227-2027,623-4042,2275500
2 Kubota Model 2482,two cylinders diesel engines 14.5 HP $200,000 each 6884270,225-8230 2-60-180 Leyland DAF dump truck in working condition Call:228-5655,628-1756 Cheap earth delivery to spot E.C.D, E.B.D Call:627-9977, 689-0182 Clean garden earth and bobcat rental, excavating, clearing and leveling Call:616-0617, 663-3285 Two labour lorries from GuySuco Call:228-2095 Mechanic tool sets, 230 pieces, mastercraft also 80 GB HD Call: 675-5196,267-1513 Generator 28KVA SDMO Diesel silent needs fuel pump, digital panel ,sold as is $1.2M Call: 621-4000 Generator 28KVA SDMO Diesel, needs fuel pump, general overhaul $800,000 Call: 621-4000,690-6000 Generator Mitsubishi SDMO diesel, silent 27KVA on 400 gallon fuel tank, keystart, like new $1.7M Negotiable Call: 690-6000 1 Welding plan miller 6763189,1 8730 tractor Ford New Holland 619-6662,220-6338 Ask for Persaud DRESS MAKING 6 weeks course in designing and sewing Call Sharmie 225-2598,641-0784
CAR RENTAL Progressive auto rental, cars from $4,000 per day. Call: 6435122, 656-0087, www.progressiveautorental.com FABS RENTAL, cars & jeeps rental Call: 600-6890 or email email@example.com Al’s car pick up & canter rental Call:698-7807 (Continued on page 56)
Sunday July 01, 2012
The Abigail Column Jealous girlfriend jeopardizes friendship
DEARABIGAIL, I am a happily married woman. I am also close to ‘Tom’, whom I have known for 15 years. My husband is friendly with Tom, as well. The problem is Tom’s girlfriend. There has never been anything sexual about my relationship with Tom. He is four years younger, and I think of him as a brother. I have done everything I can think of to welcome his girlfriend. I’ve called her. I’ve emailed so she can get to know
me better. I’ve invited her for dinner. I’ve offered to invite Tom over only when my husband is home. None of it seems to matter. She still thinks he’s cheating on her with me. Tom has been there during the toughest times of my life. I’m lucky to see him a few times a month. His girlfriend sees him almost every night, but even when she’s with him at my house, she gets jealous and picks a fight. Tom does not condone her behaviour, but I’m beginning to feel angry that she is accusing me of things I would never do — like cheat on my husband. Tom is like family to me.
How can I make this woman understand that we are friends and nothing more? I’d love to hang out and have fun with both of them, but she is unwilling. Baffled Dear Baffled, Tom’s girlfriend is very insecure. She is unreasonably jealous because she cannot control the relationship Tom has with you except by eliminating it altogether. That is her ultimate goal and the reason why your friendly overtures are not working. If Tom cannot reassure her sufficiently, he will continue to distance himself until he breaks it off with her — or you.
Sunday July 1, 2012 ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Your competitive nature will enable you to win any contest you enter. You will do your best work on your own. You can expect to have a passionate time if you go out with someone you are romantically interested in. TAURUS (Apr. 21- may 21) Be ready to explain your actions. You must not allow them to force you to rush. Don't make promises you can't keep. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Do the necessary chores and then do things that please you. You may have problems with children. You're undergoing changes. Lighten up your serious attitude CANCER (June 22-July 22) Get involved in creative projects that could turn into moneymaking ventures. A little overtime may help you reduce the workload. Deal with the needs of children. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Take care of the needs of elders in your family. Changes to your self image will be to your benefit as long as you don't over pay. Take a trip or just spend some quality time with your mate. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Be careful when dealing with superiors. Don't confront the situation if you don't feel you can keep your cool. You can make major gains professionally by completing projects on time.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Proceed with caution if operating equipment or vehicles. Watch your weight gain due to water retention. Don't rely on others to do your work. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Don't shy away from potential mates they want to introduce you to. You should consider submitting some of your written work for publication. You may find that others do not do things the way you want; however, if the job gets done, let it pass. SAGIT(Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
Exhaustion will lead to minor injury if you don't know when to quit. Don't let your friends talk you into taking time off. You need to enjoy the company of those who enjoy the same pastimes. CAPRI. (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Don't let coworkers interfere with your objectives. Take time to deal with legal documents and the affairs of people who you may be indebted to. Don't push your opinions on others today or you may find yourself in the doghouse. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19)
You may find that you're being used. Communication must be open, precise, and honest. Pleasure trips will turn out to be better than anticipated. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Do not let the reactions of others get you going. Your ideas can be put into action. Be sure to double-check the house on your way out.
DTV CHANNEL 8 09:25 hrs. Sign On 09:30 hrs. Turning Point 10:00 hrs. Kickin’ It 10:30 hrs. Lab Rats 11:00 hrs. The Ultimate Spider-Man 12:00 hrs. Movie: The Perfect Bride 14:00 hrs. Movie: Widow on the Hill 16:00 hrs. Movie: Living with the Enemy 18:00 hrs. Faith in Action 18:30 hrs. Know Your Bible 19:00 hrs. Greetings and Announcements 21:00 hrs. DTV’s Summer Movie Fest 23:00 hrs. Sign Off NTN CHANNEL 18/69 0500h - Sign on with the Mahamrtunjaya Mantra 0500h - Timehri Maha Kali Shakti Devi Mandir Presents Krishna Bhajans 0515h - Dr. Balwant Singh’s Hospital Inc Presents 0530h - Queenstown Masjid Presents Quran This Morning 0545h - Cricket:- 2ND ODI ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA 1315h - Ramroop’s Furniture Store Presents Religious Teachings 1330h - Sa Re Ga Ma (Musical Notes) A Live Call-In Program 1500h - Guyana’s Entertainers Platform 1530h - Hinduism in a changing world presented by Pt. Ravi 1600h - Teaching of Islam 1630h - LET’S TALK with LAKSHMEE 1700h - Lil Masters 1730h - Ganesh Parts Presents - BHAGAVAD GITA ( Discourses in English) - Serial 1745h - Birthday Greetings / Death Announcement & In Memoriam 1800h - Lil Masters 1900h - Geet Gaata Chal Live with Joel 2000h - Indian Soap - Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuyien 2030h - Indian Soap - Yahaan Mein 2100h - Indian Soap - Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke 2130h - Indian Soap - Pavitra Rishta 2200h - Indian Soap - Punar Vivah 2230h - DVD Movie:-.
PROJECT X 2400h - Sign Off with the GAYATRI MANTRA NCN CHANNEL 11 02:00 – NCN Late Edition (R/ B) 02:30 – Late Nite with GINA 03:00 – Movie 05:00 – Inspiration 05:30 – Newtown Gospel 06:00 – NCN News (R/B) 06:30 – Tomorrow’s World 07:00 – Voice of Victory 07:30 – Voice of Islam 08:00 – Lifting Guyana to Greatness 08:30 – President’s Diary
09:00 – Ravi D Show 10:00 – Family Forum 10:30 – Weekly Digest 11:00 – Shape 11:30 – Dharma Vani 12:30 – GRA in FOCUS 13:00 – Catholic Magazine 13:30 – Cricket Info & Quiz 14:00 –2nd Twenty/20 -West Indies VS New Zealand 17:00 – Farmers’ Connection 18:00 – NCN Week in Review 18:30 – Guysuco Roundup 19:00 – Inside the Government 19:30 – Round Table 20:30 – Kala Milan 21:00 – Guyana Model Search 22:00 – Movie
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Sunday July 01, 2012
VEHICLES FOR SALE Just arrived: Allion and Premio, tel: 624-2000, 622-1610 1 AT 212 New Model,1 AT 192,Both vehicle excellent condition,magrims,music,Price Negotiable Call:621-2215/ 674-7828 3 Ton enclosed,3 ton freezer & 3 ton open back canter,never registered Call:617-2891 One Allion for sale $2.1 million Call: 647-9470 1 Toyota Wish $3.750M,1 Toyota Noah Unregistered $2.3M Call: 648-6869 1 Toyota Raum,fully loaded with flare kit,DVD,surround system,Lady driver,Late PMM Call:266-3164,6417492 Toyota Corolla NZE,2003 Model,one year old,Pioneer CD player,Modern mags,Television $2.350 Call:618-3093 Toyota Tundra,fully loaded with tray cover,rims GKK series $3.2M Call:2272027,227-5500,623-4045 Toyota Hilux pick-up, solid DEF, 4X4 long base, diesel, excellent condition Call: 6230243 The AutoBARN Auto Sales,Never Registered Toyota Premio,Cami,Runx,Raum.Call: 618-9260 2006 Toyota Premio & New model Toyota Spacio Call: 615-4114,665-4480 w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / rashanautosales Unregistered Titan,2005,back lights, price $3.5M Call: 6621396,678-0573 Leading Auto: Unregistered Allion, Premio, Allex, 212, Fielder Call: 677-7666, 6107666 Toyota Verossa PMM series Call: 661-7169 First Class Auto- Spacio, Allex, Raum, Runx and Carina Call: 609-8188,602-6307 Titan 4x4 GMM,tray cover,rims $3M Negotiable Call:227-2027,227-5500,6234045 1 Silver Toyota Rav 4 98 model PLL series, fully loaded, price negotiable Call: 644-6161 Dually Dodge RAM for interior Call:227-2027,2275500,623-4045 One Toyota Ceres,212,192,1 Mitsubishi Lancer,1 Suzuki Carry Pick up,1 EP71 Starlet Call: 644-5096,697-1453 AT 192 $600,000 Call: 6251499 One Honda CRV PKK 9384(Grey).First Owner Call:673-3960,612-5356
(From page 54)
VEHICLES FOR SALE
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Sunday July 01, 2012
“West Indies v New Zealand-Could this be the rise of the Phoenix?” Colin E. H. Croft This weekend, West Indies restarts that quest for recognition as a re-emerging force in world cricket. After that most disappointing tour against England in May and June, the next several weeks give West Indies a chance to redeem itself, to try to prove to many of us that there really is a plan to succeed. It is a great triumph that initial games of New Zealand’s West Indies tour 2012 are being held at Central Broward Regional Park, Fort Lauderdale. The man responsible for this venue being built, former City Mayor Joe Kaplan, should be very proud. He worked assiduously to make this a reality, back in 2006-7. The Mayor had substantial help from legendary former Guyana and West Indies off spinner, Lancelot Richard Gibbs. Between these two men, this venue that is now being celebrated came into being in 2006, with plans to host ICC World Cup games, in 2007. Disappointingly, these never materialized then! The only reason that World Cup 2007 games had not been held at CBRP was that ICC could not get a guarantee, from Government of United States of America, that all playing and associated personnel would be allowed the required security clearances to proceed into the country, especially after “9-11”! Now, with over 10,000 patrons attending each day, some paying as much as US$125 to be in the Party Stand, there certainly should be a festive, carnival-like feeling in Fort Lauderdale. All that could be required to complement that would be West Indies not only winning, but winning well, showing that they are seriously better, at least improved, with sun on their backs. No more excuses! New Zealand, who, ironically, has made a commitment to further cricket in United States of America, have played here before, in
2010, against Sri Lanka. The T-20’s produced really dull cricket, while the teams shared that series 1-1. By the way, should not that have been West Indies helping USA’s cricket? The pitches in 2010 were ‘dead’, with bounce not above the knees, so all hope that those for games this weekend would be much more bouncy and quicker, to produce good strokeplay. New Zealand even brought in noted pitch curator Mark Perham to help with the preparation of the pitches at the CBPR. Lawrence “Yagga” Rowe, former Jamaica and West Indies batsman, has also had some input into this event. With his influence, another Jamaican, Samuel Plummer, who, for years, looked after Chedwin Park, one of Jamaica’s first class cricket grounds, has also been brought in as continuing ground curator. Chris Gayle has gone on record to suggest that West Indies should win for “Caribbean-American people” who live in USA, who probably number about 4 million overall. I wonder what has happened to that feeling that they should always also play well enough to please the “Home people”, all 7 million of them! Anyway, propaganda out of the way, West Indies must now have serious thoughts of improvement. Ross Taylor, New Zealand’s captain and his men are not in USA and Caribbean for a holiday. They always want to beat West Indies, maybe remembering the shellacking they received in times gone by! I remember speaking to Steven Flemming, former New Zealand captain, two Caribbean tours ago, 2002, when he pointedly outlined that New Zealand was extremely pleased to beat West Indies in that year’s Test series, as it made up for so much pain that his country and players had endured from West Indies. Indeed, Gayle should remember New Zealand fondly, as he got his first Test double hundred, 204, against them at New Queen’s Park, St.
Georges, Grenada. Now, Gayle has yet another chance, an opportunity to follow his mouth, to overwhelm New Zealand at yet another new world cricketing venue. It is also quite ironic that both Taylor and Australia’s captain, Michael Clarke, have suggested that West Indies could be favorites for next T20 World Cup, to be held in Sri Lanka later this year. As we all know, “words are wind; blows are unkind!” Maybe both New Zealand and Australia are just blowing steam! Last week, Germany was also favourites to win soccer’s European Championships too. If one wants to be honest, they could even have been favorites to win World Cup 2010, in South Africa. They have won neither, so suggestions that any team should win anything do not necessarily make that become reality! Spain, on the other hand, has shown that where everything counts is on the field of play. The present defending European and World Soccer Champions have shown, like 1970’s and 1980’s West Indies, that even when they play badly, as Spain recently did against Portugal, they could still come out as winners. Present-day West Indies have the converse to prove. They have been so poor in England that it is almost inconceivable that they could play that badly again. Yet, when it comes to West Indies
cricket, no-one really knows how low they really can go. When it comes to West Indies, anything is possible! My own eternal memory of that pit feeling, ironically, also features New Zealand. On its tour of that country, 1999/2000, in its first Test, at Hamilton, West Indies closed Day 1 at 282-1. They subsequently made a reasonable 365 in its 1st innings, openers Sherwin Campbell getting 170 and Adrian Griffith 114. D i s a p p o i n t i n g l y, distressingly even, to many of us who covered that tour, West Indies were dismissed for 97 in 2nd innings, Chris Cairns getting seven wickets. New Zealand eventually won by nine wickets, with nearly a day to spare! After that episode, at least me, if no one else, lost faith in West Indies’ play! The two T-20’s, in Fort Lauderdale, along with the five ODI’s, to follow, should be a great indication as to where both of these teams are right now. West Indies have been playing recently, but not playing well. New Zealand probably had the longest rest that they ever had in their cricket history. They can be rusty. With these shorter games also come two Tests in Antigua & Barbuda and Jamaica. One really hopes that the experiences of Dwayne Bravo, Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy and Dwayne Smith,
would overcome New Zealand’s effervescence in the two T-20’s and five ODI’s. New Zealand, always ably led by Ross Taylor, would be unleashing some young guns like Ronnie Hera and Tom Latham, but these would certainly be augmented by the experiences of Doug Bracewell, Daniel Flynn, Nathan McCallum, Kyle Mills and old-stager Jacob Oram. I expect a dog-fight to the finish. When Tests come around, West Indies would have to dig deep to find a bowling attack that could dismiss New Zealand twice. With Test pitches expected to provide bounce but not necessarily pace, the spin of that wily old veteran Daniel Vettori and consistent pace of Chris
Colin E. H. Croft Martin could be very useful. This has been a long international series for West Indies. They started well against Australia, losing that Test series 2-0. That they managed to tie both ODI series 2-2 and T-20 series 1-1 gave all hope. That hope was dashed against England. Now, can West Indies, like the proverbial Phoenix, rise again? Enjoy!
GCA holds Fund Raising Curry-Q Competitions recommence The Georgetown Cricket Association will be holding its annual CURRY-Q tomorrow, Monday July 2 at the Muslim Youth Organisation ground. Meals will be served between 12 Noon and 3:00 PM. Funds raised will be used to conduct the associations’ development programmes for 2012. The GCA is looking forward to the public’s support. Tickets are available on the day or can be purchased in advance from GCA executives. Meanwhile, the Georgetown Cricket Association aims to restart its cricket competitions with the Brainstreet Under-15 Semi-Finals on Wednesday July 11. The recommencement of the First Division Carib Beer and Friends of Cricket “Heroes Cup” and the start of the Second Division New Building Society Trophy are scheduled for Saturday July 14 weather permitting. All GCA Clubs are asked to take note and make every effort to get their grounds in order and players prepared.
P&P Insurance Brokers supports RCMTC&SF, Banks DIH Caricom Day horserace meet More business entities and Horses are quickly getting themselves in line with the Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club & Sports Facilities for the Mega Grand Annual July 2nd CARICOM Day RCMTC&SF, Banks DIH Limited Horserace meet. Business conglomerate P & P Insurance Brokers and Consultants Limited along with businessmen Chico Singh and Chen Singh are the latest to come on board. On Tuesday CEO of the P&P Insurance Brokers, Mr. Bishwa Panday made the presentation at a simple ceremony in the company’s head office to a representative of the RCMTC&SF. In making the presentation Mr. Panday asserted his company all round commitment to assist in community, Social and sports activities. Mr. Panday, himself a sports enthusiast and a long serving sports administrator, stated that his company will always assist in worthwhile ventures and stated that it is part of his company’s goal in giving back to the community from where they garner their support. The representatives all thanked the CEO and his company for partnering with the RCMTC&SF and gave the assurance that their contribution will be well utilised. A whopping $9M is up for grabs and a total of 10 races are listed on the day’s card. Several other entities and individuals have also joined in to support the event. Among them are Caricom
General Insurance, Desmond Sears, Digicel, Abiola Wong, Barkley’s Mining, Mrs. R. Poonai, Two Brothers Gas Station and Chandra Poonai. Other companies and persons on board previously are Beverage giants Banks DIH Limited, Guyana Bank of Trade and Industry (GBTI), Delmur Company Limited, Dequan Shipping and Trading, Ramesh Sunich of the Trophy Stall Bourda market, Mohammed Rahim, the Elcock Family, Ryan and Julio Perreira, Bobby Misir, Rajendra .N Poonai Attorney – At – Law, Aubrey Elcock and Family of the U.S.A, the Tickaram Family of the U.S.A, Roopnauth Sewsankar of the U.S.A, the Suknandan Family of the U.S.A and Sunil Tickaram of the U.S.A in making note worthy contributions towards the mega horse race meet. Entries are still pouring in at a fast rate and have reached 75 so far with a few major entrants still to be registered. The B and lower Private Dancer stakes over 1700M compliments of the Elcock Family of the USA and Banks DIH Limited for a luxurious first prize of $1M and trophy with a total purse of over $2M is the main event. Other races are the E and lower River Dance Spring Classic for the Ryan Crawford Memorial Trophy compliments of the Elcock family of the USA over 1200M with a first prize of $500,000. The 3 years old Guyana and West Indies Bred Alness Derby over 1600M will see the
winner taking home $500,000 and the Sunil Tickram trophy. The 2 years old Guyana and West Indian bred horses over 1100M will see the winner racing away with $450,000 and the Robbie Tickaram trophy complements of the Tickaram family of the USA. The Guyana Bred Three Year old 100M event will have a first prize of $400,000 and trophy compliments of the Elcock family of the USA. The Guyana bred two year old horses will compete for a winners money of $400,000 and the Kingsway Memorial Trophy complements of the Suknandan Family of the USA over 950M. The G and lower1600M even will see the animals racing for a $400.000 winner’s money and trophy compliments of Roopnauth Sewsankar of the USA. The other event will have trophies are the H and lower 1400M affair with a first prize of $300,000. The ‘I’ 1400M event for a winner’s money of $180,000 and the J ,K&L (Division1, 2 and 3) event with a winner’s purse of $150,000 over 1400M. Contact can be made with the club’s office at Number 13 Hermitage East Coast Berbice (19 Road), Bobby Vaughn on telephone number 624-6788 or Noresa Saul on numbers 333-0290 or 333-0301 or Doctor Dwight Walrond on Telephone numbers 623-0100 or 220-6557 for entry and more details.
Sunday July 01, 2012
MCY&S 5km Road Races and Fitness Jogs…
GDF’s Bentick and Scott win gold By Juanita Hooper Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Tyshon Bentick and Ashanti Scott outclassed the field yesterday morning in the Open Male and Female category when the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCY&S) in collaboration with the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), in the effort of resuscitating long distance running, hosted the first of a series of their 5km Road Races and Fitness Jogs in the absence of the little Kenyan, Cleveland Forde of the GDF, US-based Euleen JosiahTanner and Rising Stars athlete, Alika Morgan, who will be representing Guyana today in the CARICOM 10km Road Race in St. Lucia. The 5km road race, which attracted 34 competitors and concluded in front of MCY&S, Main Street, saw Bentick finishing first overall without a challenger as he turned unto Main Street for the finish. Bentick running neck to neck with his team mate, Carlon Halley from the beginning of the race which was under starting instructions of the Mexican Ambassador to Guyana, Francisco Olguin, saw overall winner of the 5km road race registering 21:06 seconds. His teammate, Halley settled for silver in a time of 22:16.66 seconds as Police Progressive Youth Club (PPYC) athlete, Shawn Semple was third in 23:21.29 seconds, GDF’s Orwin Corlette was fourth in 23:57.87 seconds. Promising athlete, Ashanti Scott sprinted down the homestretch with Derwin Eastman (Open Male) to take the Open Female category of the race in a time of 24:44.69 seconds, PPYC, Eva Harry finished second in 28:05.62 seconds, while President’s/Jefford Classic triple jump silver medalist, Tracey Moses clocked 29:29.51 seconds to take the last spot on the podium. National Schools Track and Field Champion athlete, Jevina Straker of Running Brave, won the Junior Girls category in a time of 25:44.41 seconds as Sadiqua Shabazz of GDF was runner-up to Straker after clocking 29:57.22 seconds. PPYC field event athlete, Yoel Benjamin, the only athlete in the Junior Boys category ran a comfortable race in 28:46.26
seconds to take an easy victory. Reigning sprint queen, Alicia Fortune, of Running Brave, took an easy race as well since she was running against the clock. Fortune who recently returned from the Sagicor Open National Championships in Trinidad and Tobago, registered 28:05.62 seconds to win the Masters 35 years and over category. Lindon Harrison ran away with the gold medal in the Masters Men 40-55 years against Llewellyn Gardener (24:37.87 seconds) in a time of 24:29.62 seconds; Errol Warde was third in 25:26.37 seconds. Maurice Fagundes (28:59.12 seconds) secured the Masters 55&Over and was awarded as the oldest finisher (69 years). Franklyn Archer and Francisco Olguin were second and third respectively. Another special award was given to PPYC’s Calvin Thomas for completing the race. Meanwhile, Director of Sport, Neil Kumar, speaking at the presentation ceremony after the race in the MCY&S compound and disclosing his disappointment on the turnout at the 5km, stated that the event will be a monthly one as cash incentive prizes will be rewarded to the club that enters the most athletes. Kumar congratulating the participants and applauded the soldiers for supporting their athletes, urged the athletes especially the Masters to continue running at events of such nature. President of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), Colin Boyce shared the same disappointment as the Director of Sport stated that he was unhappy with the fact that some of the prominent athletes did not complete. Permanent Secretary (PS) in the MCY&S commenting on the 5km said that the onus is on the Ministry to promote middle and long distance athletes in Guyana and hopes that more Clubs along with Associations can partake in the event. Speaking with AAG Coach of the Year, Lyndon Wilson after the presentation ceremony on the monthly 5km Road Race and Fitness Jogs, Wilson stated that he was pleased to know that the Ministry organised an event of this nature, “It is good gesture and also works as a fitness workout for sprinters.”
Clive Atwell clinches bantamweight... From page 59 backing up. He entered the second round with gusto, blocking DeClou’s straight right and countering with some of his own. DeClou, the taller pugilist, preferred to stay at long range and fire stiff jabs with occasional straight rights. Both boxers then opted to play possum, attempting to lure each other into a sense of insecurity which slowed the action somewhat. DeClou became uncharacteristically aggressive at the start of the 3rd round and pushed McRae to the ropes with a two fisted assault. McRae blocked up momentarily before responding with several body digs that forced DeClou to abandon his aggression. McRae looked the worse for wear at the start of the 4th round. Nonetheless, he attacked but was greeted with a crunching straight right that sent him to the canvass, and the referee into action. The Trinidadian based Guyanese beat the count and re-entered the fray but instead of
attacking, DeClou smartly changed tactics, electing to box around while landing an occasional ‘cruncher.’ As the fight entered the halfway mark, both pugilists began to show the effects of the grinding encounter. McRae, though, seemed to have gotten a second wind and waded into his man with flailing fists. DeClou would have none of it and stepped on his accelerator. He unleashed several volleys that backed up McRae who sought refuge behind highly held guards. It was a round that McRae dominated and seemed to have won. DeClou’s superiority became more apparent as the rounds progressed. McRae though, must be complimented for a display of courage. He pushed the CABOFE middleweight champion to the hilt despite being subjected to severe punishment. At one time McRae seemed to be on his last but when DeClou attempted to capitalize, he demonstrated staunch resilience, lashing out with
stiff crosses and body punches. McRae enjoyed an especially good round in the penultimate stanza when he drove DeClou backwards with a two fisted assault. The defending middleweight champion had done a lot in the preceding rounds and appeared tired in the 11th frame. McRae took advantage and pounded in several salvoes that stemmed DeClou’s assault but the latter fighter smartly held out up to the end. DeClou proved to be the fitter of the two and amidst the heated action, unleashed several ramrod punches to his opponent’s head. McRae refused to say die and matched his adversary’s aggression. He attempted to corner DeClou but the Lindener refused to submit to the ploy, dancing to safety while unleashing jabs and right crosses. When the bell chimed to signal the end of the fight, both pugilists were locked in an exchange but by then, DeClou had done enough to retain his belt.
Judge, Andrew Thorne saw the bout 117-111 while Clairmonte DeSouza and Trevor Arno had it 116-111 and 116-112 respectively, for DeClou who retained his local middleweight belt. Thomas wasted little time with Dorway and after a relatively calm start to the proceedings, unleashed several bombs to his opponent’s body and head. Dorway could feel lucky having benefited from the referee’s discretion after he (Dorway) was the recipient of several crunching and unanswered blows. The referee chose not to intervene but when Thomas connected with a vicious uppercut that rocked his opponent’s head, the referee jumped in to institute the mandatory count after Dorway crashed to the deck. The referee’s count was purely academic since Dorway appeared uninterested of reentering the fray. The time was 2:35secs of the second round. The action resumes on the Friday July 27 at the same venue.
Sunday July 01, 2012
24th edition Guyana Fight Night ... By Michael Benjamin On a night of fistic fury where three boxers failed to beat the count, Clive Atwell stopped Rudolph Fraser to take the local bantamweight title, while Edmond DeClou pounded out a lopsided unanimous verdict over Joel McRae to retain his local middleweight belt. Debutant, David Thomas also made light work of Gladwin Dorway, dumping him on the canvass for the full count at 2:35secs of the second round while Kwesi ‘Lightening Struck Assassin’ Jones fulfilled his pre-fight prediction and disposed of Kelsie George 1:28secs after the first bell had sounded. Boxers have always taken counseling in the old adage, ‘train hard and fight easy’ and Clive Atwell seemed to have benefited from such instructions when he converted weeks of hard
Clive Atwell clinches bantamweight crown, Edmond DeClou retains middleweight title
work into three minutes and twenty seven seconds of blistering fury to dispose of Rudolph Fraser and claim the local featherweight title at 27secs of the second round. It was clear that both boxers had something to prove when Fraser and Atwell commenced fighting. There was no room for formalities or the usual ‘feeling out’ process. Atwell waded into his opponent with several right hooks to his ribcage but the latter fighter took it well and retaliated with several crunching head shots that signaled that the fight was really on. The two then remained locked in combat, awaiting the perfect opportunity to pounce while warily eying each other. Neither could really claim a distinct advantage in this round. The first stanza was the precursor and the small
IT’S ALL OVER SON: Referee Eon Jardine seems to be saying to Fraser as he waves off his fight with Atwell in the foreground
crowd had just settled for an entertaining match in the second round when Fraser, bustling forward, ended up in the way of Atwell’s left hook. The punch landed with such
force that Fraser’s knees buckled and gravity took over. He rose at the 4th of the referee’s mandatory eight count, but it was evident that he had not regained his
Island Mist 40 mile Cycle Road Race set for Berbice on CARICOM Day
Officials and cyclists at the launching of the event. Cyclists in Berbice will have a chance to be in competitive action once again on CARICOM Day (tomorrow Monday July 2nd) when the Guyana Beverage
Company in collaboration with the Flying Ace Cycle Club brings off the inaugural Island Mist Water 40-mile road race. Speaking at a simple ceremony to launch the event
CRICKET ACTION AT UITVLUGT TODAY Several of Guyana’s top softball cricket teams will vie for attractive prizes today at the Uitvlugt ground in a 10/10 softball tournament and a hard ball 20/20 match between Zeeburg X1 and West Meten-Meer-Zorg X1. The action commences at 10:00hrs and is scheduled to conclude under lights at 23:00hrs and in addition to the hard ball match, eight male softball games and a female encounter should be played at the West Coast Demerara venue. Trophy Stall Bourda Market, Shell Boss Mining Company, Ezekeel Funeral House and other residents of the Uitvlugt Community have combined to provide sponsorship for the competition which should see Regal X1, Speed Boat, Invaders, Wolf Warriors, Chris Auto Sales and Trophy Stall among others battling for supremacy. Admission to the venue is $200 and a well stock drinks and food Bar will be available.
at the Company’s new office located at Palmyra East Coast Berbice, Managing Director Robert Selman informed that the company has been in Guyana for the past 17 years and Guyanese, more particularly Berbicians have given them excellent support. He noted that this gesture is a small way of giving back to the community especially in the field of sport. “This is one way to tell the people of Berbice thank you for your support. Without the public purchasing our brands we would not be able to spend money on sport. We do not get involved in alcohol because we are a non-alcohol based company.” Coach Randolph Roberts, who is organising the race, thanked the Guyana Beverage Company for their support noting that they are a company for all seasons. He
noted that the gesture by the Company should serve as an example for other businesses. “Cycling is on the move and we have a lot in Region Six. Without sponsorship they will not be able to compete; they need constant competition.” Roberts stated. The event which is open to cyclists from the Flying Ace Cycle Club only will see the riders peddling off from the Guyana Beverage Company Berbice outlet at Palmyra; proceed to Bush Lot on the Corentyne before returning the starting line for the finish. Prizes will be awarded to the first six finishers, first five juniors, first four juveniles, first two veterans and the first two females to complete the distance. Officials of sponsor are expected to be on hand to start the race and assist with the distribution of prizes.
composure. He staggered a bit as he attempted to regain his footing but by then the referee decided that he had seen enough and waved the fight off. Fraser attempted to convince the ‘third man’ that he was fine even taking a few steps forward. He merely succeeded in entertaining the crowd with a perfect imitation of the Lambada dance. The time was 27secs into the second frame. George entered the bout expecting ‘Lightening’ but received a ‘thunderous’ left hook that disrupted his equilibrium and sent him swaying. Jones, in his prefight analysis had promised to close up shop sometime in the first round. He did better than that, completing his mission even before George had placed an order, in just 1:28secs of the fight. Jones had his pride to contend with and a reputation to protect after promising to stop George in the first round. He ensured that the Berbician was unable to get into a rhythmic flow with several head shots that caused him to recoil. George attempted bullying tactics but inadvertently ventured into Jones’ ‘playfield.’ Blow after crunching blow connected and sent him reeling. Shortly after the bell, an
especially wicked punch drifted George backwards and forced the referee to intervene with the mandatory 8 count. George’s face was decorated with small bruises that forced the referee to call in the doctor who, after a cursory check, ordered the stoppage. Apparently, George felt that he could have rallied on and the doctor’s decision infuriated him to such an extent that he left the ring in a disgruntled state. Such aggression was more than he had given in the actual fight. DeClou entered the fight assured of retaining his belt after McRae failed to make the stipulated weight and was deemed ineligible to fight for the accolade. Nevertheless, the latter fighter shrugged aside the disappointment and turned in a courageous battle that forced his opponent to call on all his reserves to win the bout. However, like a true professional, DeClou rose to the challenge and prevailed. McRae seemed to have received special instructions from his handlers and at the sound of the first bell, attacked his opponent’s body with several vicious salvoes. DeClou bided his time and counter attacked and by the end of the first stanza, it was McRae that was (Continued on page 58)
Blake beats Bolt in 9.75! Shelly-Ann, Blake light up Stadium ...Send chilling warning ahead of London
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (2nd left) celebrates after winning the Women’s 100-metre final in a national record and world leading 10.70 seconds Jamaica Observer - A new National Record by ShellyAnn-Fraser Pryce and a new personal best from World champion Yohan Blake highlighted last night’s festival of speed on the second night of the JAAA/ Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium. Fraser-Pryce powered to a blistering 10.70 seconds, beating her old 10.73 seconds to retain her title, while Blake was devastating as he destroyed a brilliant field that included World Record holder Usain Bolt to win in 9.75 seconds. Both times were world leading performances as the Jamaicans sent a message they will be hard to beat at the Olympics later this year in London. Veronica Campbell Brown was second in the women’s race in a season’s best 10.82 seconds and Kerron Stewart third in 10.94 seconds. Bolt, who complained about his start, was second in 9.86 seconds after catching a faststarting Asafa Powell, who was third in 9.88 seconds. Earlier in the semi-finals Powell who had just recently flown to Miami to seek treatment on a groin injury, set the pace with an easy looking 9.92 seconds clocking looking over to Blake to his left during the final 20 metres of the race. Carter was second in 9.95 seconds and Blake third in 9.96 seconds. Bolt appeared to sit back in his semi-finals allowing Frater to set the pace, winning in 10.01 seconds. Bolt clocked 10.02, Lerone Clarke 10.0, and Jacques Harvey 10.08 seconds. The male sprinters will turn their attention to the start of the 200m with the firstround heats set for 9:00 this morning. Two other finals will be held this morning, which are the hammer for both men and women, while later today another nine finals will follow
highlighted by the finals of the men’s 110m hurdles. National Record holder Dwight Thomas, who has had a less than perfect build-up to the Trials, should get another big test when he goes up against the fast-rising young stars Hansel Parchment, who has run 13.19 seconds this year, while winning the JAAA/ Jamaica International Invitational and NCAA Division One champion Andrew Riley, both of whom will be breathing down his neck. Keiron Stewart, Richard Phillips and Eric Keddo will also be seeking to force their way on to the plane to London and should qualify for the final set for 8:45 pm. The semi-finals of both the men and women’s 400m will also be contested after the first rounds were run on Thursday. Traves Smikle, meanwhile, will defend his men’s discus throw title, but former champion and National Record holder Jason Morgan will be gunning to regain his title after being upset last year. Morgan, who has won backto-back Central American and Caribbean titles, has attained the Olympic A qualifying standard after throwing a 67.15m earlier this year. Smikle has the B standard and will be seeking the A standard today to ensure his place on the team to London. Last night, Olympic champion Melanie Walker won the women’s 400m hurdles, running 54.77 seconds to outpace training partner Kaliese Spencer, 55.04 seconds and Nickesha Wilson-Robinson, 55.50 seconds. Leford Green shook off a disappointing early season to retain his title in a season’s best 48.88 seconds, followed by Josef Robertson (49.43 seconds) and Roxroy Cato (49.65 seconds). National Record holder Allison Randall won the
women’s discus throw with a best effort of 5.92m, but said she was hoping for a bigger throw. St Jago’s Kellion Knibb was second with a new National Junior Record 51.02m, beating the 50.93m set by Tara-Sue Barnett earlier this year, with Daniel Thomas taking third with 50.44m. Wilbert Walker, who has a season’s best 16.33m, won the triple jump with a best mark of 15.94m, ahead of Nicholas Thomas (15.69m), just edging Damon McLean (15.68m). Overseas-based Richard West has the best time in the men’s 800m going into today’s final after running one minute 48.95 seconds to win his semifinal heat yesterday. West, who was born in Jamaica but attended high school in Canada and college in the USA, has a personal best 1:46.41 minutes which is just outside the Olympic B standard of 1:46.30. Sadiki Whyte was next with 1:49.13 seconds followed by Darryl Oliver (1:14.14 seconds), Jo-Wayne Hibbert (1:50.38 seconds) with manytime national champion Aldwyn Sappleton among the other qualifiers with 1:50.99. The men’s and women’s finals were set for yesterday.
Letter to the Sports Editor... DEAR EDITOR, Although players of the calibre of Stephen Nurse, Willie Hodges, Gordon Klaiber, Keron McKenzie, Wayne Bristol and Pierre Goddette produced outstanding performances for DC Jammers against Guyana at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, the player from Washington that Basketball diehards always remembered when there is a DC Jammers vs Guyana series is Deryck Boyd. The 6/8 forward was
Sunday July 01, 2012
Medgar Evers track star Kadecia Baird has chance to run for Guyana in London Olympics (New York Daily News) Kadecia Baird is usually a blur on the racetrack. The rising senior from Medgar Evers registered the fastest time in the country when she ran the 400 meters in 52.14 at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals earlier this month. Yet, when it comes to deciding if she’s going to run for Guyana in the Olympic Games this summer, she’s taken a much more deliberate approach. Baird, who was born in Guyana and lives in Flatbush with her mother and aunt, is grappling with the idea of participating in the London Olympics, which begin on July 27. “I’m sort of stuck right now,” Baird said. “My goal was always to run in 2016. I didn’t expect this to happen.” But it did. Her time at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals was so fast it exceeded the Olympic B standard qualifying time of 52.35 needed to gain entrance into the Games. Since no one else from Guyana has reached the qualifying time in the 400, Baird can compete in London if she chooses, according to Medgar Evers track coach Nicole Martial, who competed in the 1996 Olympics for Guyana in the triple jump and is active in the Olympic movement in Guyana. “It’s pretty exciting that I have this opportunity,” said Baird, who is not a U.S. citizen and therefore cannot run for the U.S. in the Olympics. “This is something that I definitely have to think about. Going out there and competing against people who are a lot older than me — it’s scary stuff. Of course, I can say that at 17, I ran with the pros and went to the Olympics. But I’m not sure what to do at this point.” Baird, who has drawn interest from a number of the
Medgar Evers top track colleges, intends to make a decision when she comes back from the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, from July 10-15. Martial, who has advised her to compete in London, would like her to decide earlier so that Guyana can finalize its track team. “You have the opportunity — take it,” Martial said. “Take it and see what it’s about and maybe in 2016 you’ll be even more prepared.” Another city athlete who could face a similar decision is Cardozo senior Alexis Panisse, who ran the state’s best 600 meter time indoors this season and also shattered the meet record for the 2,000 steeplechase at the Mayor’s Cup. If the Tennessee-bound Panisse can achieve the Olympic B standard qualifying time of 2:01.30 in
the 800 meters, she could represent the Dominican Republic in London. Panisse, who is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, will compete in the Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador, from June 28-July 1. More than a week later, she will also participate in the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona. Panisse, who is representing the Dominican in both competitions, was noncommittal when asked if competing in the Olympics is on her to-do list this summer. “My goal is to ultimately get my times down, to progress,” she said on Tuesday, a day before she flew to El Salvador. “If I can get my times down in El Salvador that would be great, and if I can meet the B standard time in Barcelona that would be a great goal, too.” Ray James, an assistant track coach at Cardozo, who accompanied her to El Salvador, said she would have to improve her time by three seconds to reach the 800 qualifying time, but that she’d have to “really consider” going to London if she does. “She probably would have to go run for the Dominican Republic in that case,” he said. “They wouldn’t have anyone else as fast as her running that event.” Risk-taker: Kerri Gallagher, a former runner from Bishop Kearney, who quit her job as a financial planner to train for the Olympics, qualified for the U.S. Team Trials in the 1500 meters, just beating the B standard time of 4:17.00 by clocking a 4:16.07. Gallagher, currently in Eugene, Ore., with her event scheduled for Thursday, told the Daily News in May that if she could qualify for the trials, she would consider her career move a success.
This Int. Basketball tourney should be dedicated to the late Deryck Boyd flamboyantly dominant in his debut series against Guyana and a New York / New Jersey selection in June (2000). In the series opener against the Guyana National Team Boyd was spectacular, he scored 17pts grabbed nine rebounds and blocked 4 shots – enroute to a Jammers 88 to 79 points victory. In game two he again scored 17pts and had 15 rebounds as Jammers defeated New York – New Jersey 93 to 62 pts. Against the Guyana
President’s X1 he scored 21pts and grabbed 7 rebounds in a game the Jammers won 83 to 78. So it was no surprise when the name Deryck Boyd was announced in the Lugard Mohan led squad for the 2000 Caricom championship in Barbados. In Guyana’s opening win at the 13th Caricom Championship in Bridgetown against Antigua and Barbuda, Boyd had 8 pts, 6 rebounds, 5 steals and two blocks. In a losing cause against hosts Barbados, Boyd top
scored with 20 pts in a game Guyana lost 86 - 69. And in the game for the Bronze medal against defending champs Belize he supported skipper Lugard Mohan who top scored with 26 pts, but it was Boyd’s all round performance which ensured Guyana finished third. He scored 10 pts and grabbed 14 rebounds. Boyd died in a vehicle accident while playing professional Basketball in Israel 2004. Charwayne Walker
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GMR&SC ‘Race of Champions’ Meet...
King assures he will be present and competitive He is considered one of the best to ever take to the racing circuit in Guyana and even though he has been in the sport for over two decades, his enthusiasm, dexterity and sharpness of mind is second to none and has also been a thorn in the flesh of many competitors not only on the local scene, but throughout the Caribbean. His name is Andrew King, a champion on many occasions and clearly one of the favourites to take home championship honours when the Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club (GMR&SC) stages its July 8, ‘Race of Champions’ Meeting, at the South Dakota Circuit. King speaking with Kaieteur Sport recently, when quizzed about his preparations said he will be going into next Sunday’s Meet devoid of any new development to the car despite the rule changes that were made recently. “I raced about six weeks ago in Jamaica and is scheduled to get back the car shortly, so I will not be able to do much in the short space
Stephen Vieira of time, but the machine is working well and I will be present on the grid,” King told this newspaper via telephone yesterday. Asked whether the new rule that will see the weights being adjusted and the cars much lighter will be an advantage for him, the speedster said “it allows the ‘bigger’ cars to run with a lighter weight, but was done mainly to accommodate the cars that were bought with superior horsepower and had
a distinct plus over the others. He added that it means he will now have to reconfigure his Mazda RX7 machine at an exorbitant cost and that is something he will have to weigh down the line. He, however, assured that he expects to be competitive and as usual is prepared to give the fans a treat when he takes the starter ’s orders against the best drivers in the country. Twenty races are carded for the day and the price of admission is adults $1500, while children and vehicles are free. The first race is set for 08:30 hrs. Meanwhile, Kaieteur Sport would like to extend best wishes to the Vieira family for a speedy recovery for Superbike racer Stephen ‘Valentino Rossi, who was involved in a deadly accident in Suriname on Friday where national basketball player Damian Liverpool was killed. The newspaper is hoping that Vieira recovers quickly and well enough to resume his career as a racer very shortly.
IPA on board HRC Train - finals set for July 28 & NCC
IPA Group Finance Director Reginald Persaud (left) hands over cheque to HRC’s Sponsorship and Finance Executive Dexter Garnett. International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA) has maintained their partnership with the Hugh Ross Classic Body Building and Fitness Show which finals are set for Saturday July 28, 2012 at the National Cultural Centre. Reginald Persaud, IPA’s Group Finance Director on Friday presented a cash donation to HRC Executive responsible for Sponsorship & Finance Dexter Garnett at the entity’s Camp Street Office. Persaud in brief remarks at the presentation noted that apart from the cash donation, his company will also sponsor TV ads for the show starting now until the activity and two trophies. “IPA has always been partnering with the HRC ever since it started and we are proud of
the event and the fact that it provides competition and exposure for athletes.” The HRC Committee held Sub-Meets in West Demerara and Georgetown but adverse weather resulted in the Meet in Berbice being called off. It is anticipated that over 40-athletes will be gracing the stage of the Cultural Centre for the finals. Details of the guest poser will be released shortly. Male athletes will compete in the Bantamweight, Lightweight, Middleweight and Heavyweight while the females will contest the Figure Competition. Garnett thanked IPA for their continued support while informing that the athletes are fine tuning their preparations for what is anticipated to be an exciting muscle flexing night on July 28.
Independence Day T20 $1M profit Central High Football tourney on today distributed by BCB & BCC&DA The Organising Committee of the recently held Independence Twenty20 Cup tournament, on Wednesday last handed over the profits of the event to several organisations and clubs in Berbice. The tournament was a joint project of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) and the Berbice Chambers of Commerce and Development Association (BCC&DA) and despite being badly affected by heavy rain the organisers were able to rake in a profit of over One Million dollars. Chairman of the BCB Special Events Committee Hilbert Foster who had proposed the tournament to the BCC&DA during a joint meeting with the Board at the presentation ceremony stated that the activity would become an annual event on Independence Day and funds raised would be used for cricket development and charity. Organising Committee Chairman Anil Beharry, who presented a comprehensive report of the activity and finances, listed the names of the sponsors while stating
BCCDA President Imran Saccoor hands over cheque to Representative of the Children of Promise Orphanage
that the sport was at a very high standard and the Board was determined to raise finances via fundraising events to undertake more developmental programmes and not to totally depend on sponsors. BCC&DA President Imran Saccoor complimented the Organising Committee for the work they did stating that the Chamber was pleased to be associated with the BCB which has been committed to the promotion and development of cricket in the Ancient County. Saccoor informed that the
business organisation was determined to follow in the Board’s footsteps and to make a positive difference in the lives of youths and the less fortunate. BCB Competition Committee Chairman Carl Moore who spoke on behalf of the BCB called on the different organisations to use the funds for the intended purposes and pledged the Board’s continued cooperation in assisting other NGOs and clubs to fulfill their respective mandates. The BCB and the BCC each received $325,000, while the Rose Hall Town Youth &
Sports Club and the Young Warriors Cricket Clubs received $100,000 each. Next year, two other first division clubs will benefit under the assistance programme. Fifty thousand was handed over to the Albion Community Centre to assist in the painting of the Commentary booth at the Albion Ground, while journalist Sean Devers also received $50,000 to assist in his medical expenses. The Canaan Full Gospel and the Children of Promise Orphanages each collected $30,000 worth of groceries to assist their respective feeding programmes. Three cricket clubs – Rising Star of Korthberaadt, No. 45 of Central Corentyne and No. 71 of Upper Corentyne each received a box of cricket balls worth $10,000 to assist them towards competing in the BCB’s Under-17 tournaments. It was disclosed that the Board will utalise its share of the $325,000 to host Coaching programmes across Berbice and also for its junior and senior elite training activities.
Central High School will host its Smyth Street Football Competition and reunion lime today at the YMCA Ground beginning at 11am. The tournament will feature Charlestown Secondary, St. Mary’s High among other schools within the vicinity. One of the tournament sponsors, Cell-Point, yesterday handed over the tournament ball and one of the mobile phones that will be given as a prize. The football final is slated to commence at 4pm, following the school’s reunion lime gets underway.
Manager of Cell-Point, Dave Singh hands over the competition ball and cell phone prize in the presence of other staff yesterday to Coordinator of the event, Colin Haynes.
“People don’t fail, plans fail” NBA Legend and Miami Heat Community Liaison, Wali Jones motivated hundreds of children that participated in his clinic yesterday with pep talks, fundamental training, career guidance and the role of basketball in developing academic competence. “People don’t fail, plans fail,” Jones said in one of his speeches to the up and coming basketball players. He described the National Community Basketball League (NCBL) organised clinic as a huge success, indicating that the participants were disciplined. “They (the participants) were very attentive. I felt great to be here to impart my knowledge over the years into these young people. I’d some of the D.C Jammers players who’re all from college backgrounds to assist me and it was great,” Jones indicated. The NBA Legend discussed several topics for
- NBA Legend tells clinic participants
NBA Legend and Miami Heat Community Liaison, Wali Jones (second, right) speaks with junior national female basketball players yesterday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. over two hours. He left Guyana for this morning, before soaking in the Guyana
vs. D.C Jammers game last night. The NCBL International Week continues
tonight when Guyana takes on the Brookly/Queens Bulldogs.
Fitness Express / GAPF / Intermediate & Claude Charles Mem. Powerlifting on today The Fitness Express sponsored Guyana Amateur Powerlifing Federation (GAPF) Intermediate and Claude Charles Memorial Powerlifting championships are set to ignite the Saint Stanislaus College Auditorium today from 10:00hrs. Manager/Owner of Fitness Express Jamie Mc Donald handed over the sponsorship cheque for the championships to Secretary of the GAPF Gordon Spencer at the sponsors 47 John and Sheriff Streets, Campbellville, location. Mc Donald, in presenting the cheque to Spencer noted that his company was once again pleased to be associated with powerlifting, a sport that has been doing Guyana proud consistently over the past five years. Fitness Express has been a constant supporter of powerlifting ever since it opened its doors for business a few years ago. Today’s Intermediate competition will feature a number of up and coming stars the likes of Reeaz Latiff, Heathcliff Peters, Tevin Spencer, Rudolph Blackmon, Dalichand Ramdeo, Darius Hinds, Thyron Eusibeo, Denroy Livan, Christopher Richards and Sohail Hussain. These lifters would have excelled at this year’s Novices competition and would be out to prove that their respective
performances will be repeated and even bettered at this higher level. The tested, tried and proven masters of the sport will face off in the Claude Charles Memorial competition which is being dubbed a clash of gigantic proportions. Decorated lifters at the local, regional and international levels will through down the gauntlet to each other. ‘Big’ John Edwards, Mark ‘Uno’ Perry, Winston Stoby and Edwin Spencer are some of the stars that will be on show today. Weigh in time is 08:00hrs. During today’s competitions the GAPF will be presenting Commonwealth Awards to newly crowned Junior National and Commonwealth Deadlift record holders Anis Ade
Fitness Express Manager/Owner Jamie Mc Donald presents the cheque GAPF’s Secretary Gordon Spencer. Thomas (83kg class) and Vijai Rahim (59kg class) along with the Masters M1 & M2
C o m m o n w e a l t h / Wo r l d Deadlift record holder Winston Stoby.
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Gayle, Pollard shine in big win Any worries that the first Twenty20 international in Lauderhill, Florida, would be a dreary contest because of a slow pitch were allayed by an exhibition of power hitting from the West Indian batsmen, much to the delight of the strong Caribbean contingent in the crowd. Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle were the headliners, hitting missiles into the stands during a 108-run partnership plundered at almost 16 runs an over. Gayle began his innings watchfully but then accelerated to build a sound platform, which allowed Pollard to explode from the get-go and set a target that was comfortably out of New Zealand’s reach. New Zealand were listless in the field and looked every bit a side that hadn’t played international cricket since March. Their lines and lengths were unimaginative and inconsistent; they conceded 13 runs in wides and bowled three no-balls; and they missed a stumping, a run-out and a catch. They lost Ronnie Hira to a dislocated finger, and Jacob Oram and Ross Taylor damaged a knee and a shoulder while fielding. They have less than 24 hours to nurse those injuries and make plans to counter Gayle and Pollard before round two. Gayle played a calculated innings. He began carefully, leaving deliveries outside off and swaying away from bouncers, and was happy to let Dwayne Smith and Johnson Charles attack. However, whenever there was a lull in the scoring, Gayle would use his muscle. He could have been run out on 8 had a throw from mid-off struck the stumps at the nonstriker’s end; it did not. In the ninth over, Gayle hit left-arm spinner Hira powerfully towards long-off, where Oram dived but failed to prevent the boundary. Oram hurt his knee during the dive and had trouble later
while bowling - struggling with his line and footing - and running between the wickets. Gayle continued to attack the spinners, carting Nathan McCullum for consecutive straight boundaries before pulling Hira into the stands beyond midwicket. He then hammered the ball back at Hira, who dislocated a finger as he tried to intercept it. Hira went off the field immediately and played no further part in the game. Pollard entered in 14th over with West Indies 101 for 2. He hit his first and third balls for six, long-distance blows over long-off and longon off the spinner Kane Williamson. His sixth, off Rob Nicol, also disappeared over long-off. Pollard took charge of the partnership from there on, and Gayle cruised in his slipstream. In the 17th over, Pollard top-edged a pull off Oram towards fine leg, where Taylor circled under the swirling ball and fell hard on his shoulder as he dropped the catch. He would retire hurt at the end of the sixth over of the chase because of that injury. The penultimate over was the most expensive of the innings. Pollard sent a length ball from Doug Bracewell over the straight boundary to go past 50 off his 24th ball, and then Gayle decided he wanted in on the action. Gayle powered one six flat over long-on, burning McCullum’s hands in the process, and sent two more far over deep midwicket to take 26 runs off the 19th over. Fifteen more came in the 20th, as West Indies amassed 209. In New Zealand’s reply only Nicol with 32, Oram 27 and Tim Southee 23 made significant contributions, while Sunil Narine worked his magic to end with three wickets. The match however belonged to Gayle and Pollard. Scores: West Indies 209 for 2 (Gayle 85*, Pollard 63*) beat New Zealand 153 (Nicol 32, Narine 3-34) by 56 runs.
Gus Logie appointed Canada coach ESPNcricinfo - Former West Indies batsman Gus Logie, has been appointed Canada coach. Logie, who last coached Bermuda before quitting them three years ago, returns to coach Canada after nine years. Logie led Canada during the 2003 World Cup, before guiding West Indies to the 2004 Champions Trophy triumph. In 2005, he signed a long-term coaching deal with Bermuda but left them in 2009
after criticising the team. He then took over as Jamaica coach. Logie will begin his Canada tenure from the ICC Intercontinental Cup and ICC World Cricket League Championship in July. “Our vision is to produce in Canada a ‘Championship Team’ with technical skill and the mental and tactical awareness to compete at the highest level by developing the mind to win, the will to
succeed, and the confidence to make it happen,” Logie said. Cricket Canada vice president and high performance manager, Vimal Hardat, said Logie would be given time to make his concepts work. “Gus is a true champion who has a habit of winning as a member of the champion West Indies team in 80s and as a coach, by leading West Indies to the 2004 Champions Trophy,” Hardat
said. “We have huge confidence in Gus and his coaching capabilities. He comes in with great knowledge and we will give him time to settle in with his ideas to help us achieve the target of being a leading Associate country.” Canada failed to qualify for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, finishing sixth in the qualifying tournament.
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Gayle, Pollard King assures he will be shine in big win present and competitive GMR&SC â€˜Race of Championsâ€™ Meet...
(Flashback)-The Champ Andrew King displays the chequered flag following one of his victories at the South Dakota Circuit.
Blake beats Bolt in 9.75! P. 60
Blake, in orange at left, edged out Bolt, center. (AP).
Shelly-Ann, Blake light up Stadium ... Send chilling warning ahead of London
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