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Inequality and Growth One of the consequences of the neo-liberal orthodoxy that has dominated economic thinking for the last two decades, and which was imposed on us from 1989 by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), was the premise that inequality was a necessary evil for national economic growth. In the 1970s, the theory was established by Arthur Okun in his highly influential book “Equality and Efficiency: The Great Trade-Off.” We have certainly seen this income inequality manifest itself in Guyana. Stewart Lansley, author of “The Cost of Inequality: Why Economic Equality is Essential for Recovery,” offers a new perspective. He asks, “Does inequality trigger economic instability? A few years ago this was an issue that did not register on the political Richter scale. Nor did it attract much attention amongst professional economists. According to economist James Galbraith, those few working in inequality research were in an economics “backwater”. Proving his point, the academic Journal of Economic Literature has no section examining inequality and economic instability. There is one key reason for this lack of interest. For the last thirty years, the economic orthodoxy has been that inequality is a necessary condition for economic success. We can have greater equality or faster growth, but not both. That orthodoxy emerged out of the global crisis of the 1970s when, it was claimed, the move towards more equal societies in the immediate post-war decades had gone too far and had led to economic sclerosis. What was needed to put economies back on an upward and sustainable path was a stiff dose of inequality. Since the late 1970s that theory – for theory it was – has been put to the test in a real life experiment in both the US and the UK, and more latterly in a number of rich countries. As a result, the income gap in America and Britain has grown to levels last seen in the inter-war years. So has the experiment in “unequal market capitalism” worked in the way predicted by the theory? The answer appears to be no. The income gap has surged, but without the promised pay-off of wider economic progress. The main outcome for the countries that have embraced the post-1980 model of market capitalism most fully has been economies that are more polarised and much more fragile, culminating in the great crash of 2008 and today’s increasingly prolonged and intractable crisis. So does this mean the theory is fundamentally wrong? Do high levels of inequality lead to economic collapse? Was rising inequality from the 1980s in fact a central player in driving the global economy over the cliff in 2008, and in the dogged persistence of the current slump? The official view is that inequality played no part in the present crisis. Two years ago, the handful of economists who argued that inequality was the real cause of the current crisis, were easily dismissed as an insignificant and heretical minority. The political consensus remained that inequality was not an economic issue. Yet gradually, opinion is beginning to turn. At the 2011 World Economic Forum in Davos, Min Zhu, former Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China and a special adviser at the IMF, told his audience: “The increase in inequality is the most serious challenge facing the world.” Last December, President Obama attacked the long period of stagnant earnings facing most Americans, or what he called the erosion of the “basic bargain that made this country great”. “But this isn’t just another political debate,” he continued, “This is the defining issue of our time.” Not only has the rise in inequality failed to deliver on faster growth, history shows a clear association between inequality and instability. The great crashes of 1929 and 2008 and the deep-seated recessions that followed were both preceded by sharp rises in inequality. In contrast, the most prolonged period of economic success and stability in recent history – from 1950 to the early 1970s – was one in which inequality fell across the rich world, and especially in the UK and the US. Who’s listening in Guyana?

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Introspection of meaning of Independence needed DEAR EDITOR, Several writers in your paper have commented on the meaning and achievement of our political independence. There is an absolute need for introspection of independence. Are we really better off today than we were 50 years ago? Have our current former leaders (from both sides of the political aisle) let us down? How can we reclaim our nation from self-serving? Politicians — those who don’t seem to care a hoot about the people but are only concerned about the welfare of themselves, friends and families. Throughout the world, people in Third World countries, former colonies, are expressing regrets for breaking away from colonial rule. Most Third World countries are worse off today than they were under colonial rule. Very few countries (Singapore, India, Malaysia, Brunei, etc.) have made real

progress since independence while most have retrogressed since they broke with their imperial rulers. Peoples’ quality of life has declined precipitously and they have given up faith in government to better their lives. Corruption is a norm of life in all former colonies. The former colonies have become more divided than they were during imperialist control. Law and order as well as discipline have broken down. Work ethnic has been on the decline. The remaining colonies in the world don’t want to break from their mother countries. A few days ago, I visited Puerto Rico, which is having national elections, for a study on attitudes toward colonial rule. Puerto Ricans don’t want to break from Uncle Sam and the same is true of the US Virgin Islands and American Samoa. I was in French Polynesia last February for another study on colonial attitudes. The French Polynesians

don’t want to break from Paris control. The same was found in my visits in St. Martin and Guadeloupe. Arubans told me they don’t want to break from Holland. The same is true of the people of Curacao and the rest of the Dutch Caribbean. The British colonies (Bermuda, Cayman, Anguilla, Montserrat, British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos, etc.) of the Caribbean are not even thinking of breaking from England. Life in all of the colonies is much better than it is in any of the independent countries of the Caribbean. That is why so many Guyanese, Jamaicans, and other islanders are attracted to these other islands for permanent residency. Opinion polls in former British colonies are not favorable towards independence. In Jamaica, the late Prof. Carl Stone did an independence poll for years that asked whether the populace felt they would

have been better off if Jamaica had remained a colony. The responses were not surprising. An overwhelming majority wished if Jamaica were not independent. This poll question has been continued by Prof. Bill Johnson and the results last year showed that 60 per cent of people still yearn for colonial rule - a lack of faith in the politicians who succeeded the British rulers. When I was in Jamaica last year, most people I interviewed yearned for a return of the British. Jamaicans, no matter what Prime Minister Portia Simpson says, does not want to replace the Queen as their head of state. The same is true of Barbados and the other islands of the region. As in the rest of the region, in Guyana some 90 per cent wished if Guyana had remained under England’s control. Recently, voters in Black Bush told me if America Continued on page 5

The move to shift Assistant Commissioner Ramnarine may be tactical DEAR EDITOR, Hard as I try I really can’t see what the fuss is about with Assistant Commissioner (AC) David Ramnarine’s posting to the Department of Development (DoD). If indeed the GPF is moving the in the direction of a modern police force then I can only applaud a very tactical move in placing Mr. Ramnarine in what is undoubtedly a very strategic position. I took a look at the GPF (draft) Strategic Plan 20102015 and noted that its key priorities over the five-year period include advancing modernization around five core areas of development namely, people, performance, partnerships, infrastructure and operational priorities. If those priorities do not fall within the ambit of the DoD, not to mention the intellectual capacity of Ramnarine, then I don’t know what is. But I need to repeat something I said eighteen years ago when I remarked somewhat presumptuously to my fellow newly promoted gazetted officers among whom was Ramnarine, that “some will call your assertive style arrogant and abrasive, but you must stand by your convictions.” I agree with the thinking of a former senior police commander who recently said to me that what the GPF needs is more officers who are willing to turn adversity in its

myriad guises into events which define their character. My personal gem shared by my late drill instructor Sergeant ‘Jack’ Elvis was that one should be like a cork which bobs back to the water’s surface when the hand is removed. When I examined the role that a DoD can play in reshaping the police service I can more readily conclude that we are in good hands under David Ramnarine’s

stewardship particularly in light of the criticisms from upstanding citizens in recent times. In that regard I would just like to refer to a letter I wrote during 2010 which suggested that in a vehicle stop for a traffic violation situation which is the more common police-citizen contact, law traffic officers could use an approach called ‘verbal judo’ which is taught to police officers in the U.S. and which was developed by

Dr George Thompson a former police officer and professor of English. Such an approach using pre-determined steps and scripted phrases has been considered highly effective in that it deflect insults, shows empathy, and gains compliance without the attendant aggravation to which we have grown accustomed. Of course, in the face of actions and attitudes which Continued on page 5

Who is really on the breadline? DEAR EDITOR, As the saying goes, “mouth open, story jump out”. I am delighted that the combined Opposition has joined forces to slash the budget. In the wake of this historic political venture in our Dear Land of Guyana, Guyanese at home and further afield and the many international diplomatic missions are witnessing the mass injustice that has been meted out to the voiceless as Mr. Sharma would say. Every day when one opens the Kaieteur News and Stabroek News, corruption stares us straight in the eyes. When the budgetary allocations to both NCN and GINA were cut, both managements caused their employees to protest these cuts, not knowing the words of Mr. Sattaur would have come to “nip him in the butt”. My gut tells me, and I am sure many are convinced, that due to the mass theft within, and with the cut in the allocation to NCN, management got instant headache because their resources ran scare. In the long run, the junior employees had their fundamental rights trampled upon, in that, they were forced to protest to protect their bosses, who from the inception used, abused and cheated them of

their rightfully earned wages and salaries. Monies that should have been paid into the accounts of NCN were paid to selected persons. I am wondering, should these employees take to the streets in protest for monies paid to NCN by GT&T and other entities on their behalf, would management sanction them? The question still begs to be asked, why is it that the CEO is still on the job when an investigation is currently being conducted and knowing fully that he plays an integral part in this massive corrupt entity. If it is true as reported that our President had asked for an investigation into the operations of NCN, he must be applauded. However, ordering an investigation is not the final straw. What is needed is for those found guilty of corruption to face the law. Monies embezzled must be returned and as such those employees that were cheated of their rightfully earned cash must be reimbursed with interest. This mass corruption must come to an end. The previous administration turned a blind eye to corruption resulting in an epidemic. Our Dear Land of Guyana needs a total cleansing of these thieves plaguing of society. Kirtley A. Williams

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Letters... Where your views make the news... Letters... Where your views make the news

The move to shift Assistant Commissioner.... From page 4 obstruct the officer in the efficient execution of his/her duties it requires no stretch of the imagination to see the likely outcome of policecitizen encounter. If we are to be fair then we need to accept that some scions in society are not averse to flaunting their importance in the face of ‘hapless’ police ranks and threatening them with everything but eternal damnation. Imagine - if you will— that I am a policeman with barely enough secondary education under my belt to muddle through life combined with an (un)healthy dose of ‘ignorance’ coming into contact with these people. Obviously the outcome would depend on your commanding officer ’s strength of professional conviction or lack thereof.

Therefore, I do believe that the DoD in conjunction with the Felix Austin Police College (FAPC) could probably do a bit of research on the efficacy of verbal judo and its impact on policepublic interactions at traffic stops and other engagements. I believe that you would concur that the DoD can play a more meaningful role in the GPF’s development if its (DoD) occupants move beyond seeing themselves as victims of a repressive and archaic unwritten punishment policy. There is the anecdote that after realising that the 1996 posting of an officer to the arguably notorious Tactical Services Unit was not getting the desired results (i.e. a broken and penitent individual) because he was

using his off-duty to teach academic subjects to, and encouraging the personal development of junior ranks the administration of the GPF decided to upgrade the punishment by transferring him to Berbice. Among the products I can see resulting from the DoD’s input under AC Ramnarine are not exhaustive and include a defined and more realistic leadership/succession planning process which puts paid to the whole recycling idea, alleviate potential issues of stagnation and develop the operational and strategic capacity to maintain a seamless transition. Next, could be the development of support services to officers and ranks which address issues that could affect the efficient and

From page 4 opened up its borders to Guyanese everyone, including the communists, would leave for the US. I remember an old lady telling me “beta, abe na bin dey so bad under White man rule” a severe indictment to those who drove off the British so they could inherit the mantle to abuse their own people. A few years ago when I wrote that our nation had regressed since independence, I was severely criticized for “being nostalgic for colonial rule”. Yet, those who attacked “the imperialists” are seeking to settle in the imperialist countries; they (including the communists) want their children to be raised and schooled in

the imperialist countries. I don’t think we should return under colonial control. But politicians and the elite must be cognizant of the views of people about how their standard of living and politics have deteriorated since the colonialists left. In many countries, the local rulers have oppressed their people more than the colonizers. Politicians in Third World countries are only interested in getting their hands at the purse to enrich themselves and don’t

concern themselves with the conditions of the poor and the working classes. We should have a serious review of where we are today as a nation since we broke from the British. Vishnu Bisram

Introspection of meaning of...

EDITOR’ NOTE: The bulk of the population know nothing about British rule. To suggest that they are yearning for such a rule may be dishonest. People will not yearn for what they never knew.

effective conduct of their duties including coping with organizational change; relationships and family issues; emotional stress; health, wellness and lifestyle issues; trauma and critical incidents; stress with work; career issues; alcohol and substance misuse; and coaching and mentoring for subordinate officers and officers. Another area which is of major concern to me has to do with the need for a fair and an open method of personal and professional capacity development of officers and other ranks through a range of education and training, secondments, and clear operational career path guidelines to enhance the members’ skills and abilities and contribute to the future resource needs of the department. The DoD can contribute to the design of a performance planning and review policy aimed at linking the evaluation and development of individual performance with the goals and objectives of the GPF thus creating an environment which allows for the development of the full potential of its members for the benefit of all citizens. Finally, although the strategic risks are described in the GPF plan I observed no risk mitigation factors. Patrick E. Mentore

Kaieteur News was evenhanded

DEAR EDITOR, Melissa Ramdeen, Special Projects Manager of the Berbice Regional Health Authority, must admit that Kaieteur News was evenhanded in carrying her response to Tahal’s letter. Ramdeen has put to the public domain procedures which SHOULD be observed as they relate to intake and outflow of supplies. The Public Sector of this country may perhaps have one of the best operating systems in the Englishspeaking Caribbean. But, is it working? I wish to suggest to Ramdeen that it is not the system which is defective. Rather, it is the people who manipulate the system; who render the system defective. GRA boasts of TRIPS and a whole lot of measures in place to curb corruption by its officers and importers. It is not the TRIPS system which is tripping up Sattaur; it is his staff. The Deeds Registry has touts who collect money from people and communicate by cell phones with staff which documents should be

released. I have seen that. I am talking first hand. So, Ms. Ramdeen, do not go about hoodwinking the public. Tahal knows what he is talking about. I wish others could be bold enough to bring to the public the massive corruption which Region Six officials engage in. Remember the $12M. flat bed trailer scam? Some who were involved are still employed in Region Six. NCN Berbice is still paying a chauffeur who is no longer employed by NCN. What has the system got to do with it? It is the people; people who should be in jail right now, but who this Administration still has in its employ to perpetuate corruption. I had hoped that President Ramotar would have cut some of these thieves adrift. I was wrong. Thank God that AFC and Kaieteur News in Guyana. The ripples they have caused by exposing corruption will soon become a tsunami. We will need a very large jail to put away for a long time those who have been stealing the people’s money. Godfrey Skeete

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Illegal procession charges dismissed against APNU members, supporters The charges of illegal procession against several members and supporters of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) for a protest march that took place in December, last, were dismissed yesterday when the matter was called before Chief Magistrate Priya Beharry. Attorney at Law James Bond, Former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Brigadier Edward Collins, Clifton Newman, Winston Greaves, Bruce Whatley, Fitzroy Corlette, Adrianna Joseph, APNU Executive David Hinds, Keyno Henry, Hamilton Holder, Adrianna Moses and Casey Duncan, were all charged on December 9, last, for taking part in a procession which was prohibited. Bond and Collins had been slapped with two additional charges which alleged that on the day of the incident, they held a meeting in the public without permission and on that same day, spoke at the public meeting, where no notice was given. The accused pleaded not guilty. Yesterday, the Chief Magistrate dismissed the matter for want of prosecution. When the case was called up, neither the prosecutor nor the file was available.

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Review of CJIA contract a national duty - House Speaker By Gary Eleazar

Attorney at Law, James Bond

Former Chief-of-Staff, Edward Collins

Another police prosecutor, stood in place, but she did not have possession of the case file. Although three police witnesses were available to give evidence on behalf of the prosecution, the matter could not get underway. Attorney-at-law Llewellyn John represented the defendants. He submitted that the matter against his clients be dismissed due to the continued delays. John submitted that the matter had been called since last year, and twice before the file had to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice. Apart from that, two firm dates were set by the court for the commencement of the matter. Some of the defendants were missing at several hearings, but after the court ordered their presence they were available for court yesterday and still the matter could not start. Following the information provided, the lawyer forwarded that the matter was

viable for dismissal. The court later upheld John’s submission and dismissed the case. The defendants, following the 2011 General elections, were pressing for the release of the original copies of the statements of poll (SOP) by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), and for other issues that the persons indicated were unlawful and uncivil occurring in the country. The APNU supporters were reportedly told by police officers in complete riot attire, armed with batons and rifles that they were not given permission for the march and that they should go home. The persons did not immediately follow the police’s instructions and were subsequently shot at with rubber pellets by police ranks. Arrests were then made. The incident occurred in Hadfield Street, Georgetown, between Winter Place and Louisa Row.

While the Speaker of the National Assembly Raphael Trotman, by himself, cannot launch a Parliamentary investigation into contracts issued for the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) he opines that such a review is a “national duty.” According to Trotman, while as Speaker he will not be able to initiate such action, he believes that elected representatives (the members of Parliament) should consider this. He said that Members of Parliament (MPs) have mechanisms available to them for such a review (speaking specifically of the Economic Services Committee), and added that the MPs can call for a Special Select Parliamentary Committee with a specific mandate. Asked about adherence by the Government to opposition motions such as the one up for debate today and related to the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Trotman said, “I can’t speak specifically to any single motion, but the Parliament is the highest forum of the land and its resolutions ought to be respected and adhered to by all.” The Speaker said that the Parliament is quasi-judiciary and the legitimacy and

efficacy of the 10th Parliament will be tested by the opposition motion as it relates to Government’s adherence. Shadow Finance Minister Carl Greenidge’s motion petitions the Parliament to have the Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh, firstly set aside monies to fund an independent financial probe of the state’s holding company. The Guyana Government, through Dr. Singh and Chief Spokesman Dr. Roger Luncheon, has already indicated an unwillingness to entertain an independent probe of NICIL, but this is not deterring Mr. Greenidge in his quest. That motion will be debated today in the House and Greenidge has premised his demand with the fact that “Guyanese are concerned about the widely reported acts of lawlessness in the guardianship of our national resources and assets as well as the lack of transparency and accountability associated with the disposal of those assets.” As such, he is seeking to have the Parliament direct the substantive Ministers (Dr. Ashni Singh and Juan Edghill) to “make financial provision for the urgent commissioning of an independent financial audit of the operations of NICIL and the Privatisation Unit.” The former Finance Minister is looking even before monies are allocated for the probe, to have the Minister turn over all documents in relation to privatization deals

Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman undertaken by Brassington. Greenidge has repeatedly condemned the current operations of NICIL, to the point of calling it a “slush fund” for the administration. As such, Greenidge wants “all the fiscal concessions, including duty free concessions, granted in response to specific requests or as part of contracts awarded by the Tender Board and the criteria on which these awards were based, to be placed before the National Assembly for review.” He is also seeking to have the Ministers “lay in the National Assembly for review and where applicable, for ratification, all international agreements, (including mining agreements involving the award of state lands and fiscal concessions), signed by the Government since 1st January, 2000.” Among other things, Greenidge is seeking to have the Ministers clearly outline what criteria were used for the disposal of the state assets by NICIL through the Privatization Unit.

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Guyana remembers ‘intellectual rebel’ Walter Rodney It was 32 years ago today that Guyana experienced a dark day in its young history when one of the Caribbean’s leading historians and politicians was assassinated in a car explosion as he campaigned to contest the then imminent Regional and General Elections. He was 38. Rodney had returned to Guyana in 1974 from Tanzania and was supposed to take a position as a professor at the University of Guyana. According to reports, the government of the day, the People’s National Congress, headed by the late Forbes Burnham, prevented his appointment. He subsequently became increasingly active in politics, forming the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), against the PNC government, and the year before his assassination was arrested and charged with arson after two government offices were burned. Rodney’s brother, Donald, who was injured in the explosion that killed the WPA Founder Leader, said that a sergeant in the Guyana Defence Force named Gregory Smith had given Rodney the bomb that killed him. Smith fled to French Guiana after the killing. He died there in 2002. It was, and is still widely believed, that the assassination was a set-up. In 2004, Rodney’s widow, Patricia, and his children donated his papers to the Robert L. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center. Between 1974 and 1979, Rodney emerged as the leading figure in the resistance movement against what was deemed an increasingly authoritarian PNC government. He gave public and private talks all over the country and served to engender a new political consciousness in the country. During this period he

The book became enormously influential as well as controversial. Born to a working class family, Rodney was described as a brilliant student. He attended Queen’s College then went to University on a scholarship. He attended the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Jamaica, graduating in 1963. Rodney earned his PhD in 1966 at the School of Oriental

Dr. Walter Rodney (left) in deep discourse with then Opposition Leader, Dr. Cheddi Jagan developed his ideas on the self emancipation of the working people, People’s Power, and multiracial democracy. Rodney’s voice was not confined to Africa and the Caribbean but was also heard in the U.S. and Europe. In the early-mid 1970s, he participated in discussions and lectures with the African Heritage Studies Association at Howard University; the

Institute of the Black World in Atlanta, GA; the African Studies and Research Center at Cornell University; and the State University of New York at Binghamton. Since 2004, an annual Walter Rodney Symposium has been held each March 23 (Rodney’s birthday) at the Center under the sponsorship of the Library and the Political Science Department of Clark Atlanta

University, and under the patronage of the Rodney family. Rodney’s most influential book published was ‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa’. It hit newsstands, in 1972. In it he described an Africa that had been consciously exploited by European imperialists, leading directly to the modern underdevelopment of most of the continent.

and African Studies in London, England. His dissertation focused on the slave trade on the upper Guinea coast. The thesis was published in 1970 under the title A History of the Upper Guinea Coast, 1545-1800, and it was widely acclaimed for its originality in challenging the conventional wisdom on the topic. He traveled widely and Continued on page 11

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Russia sending attack helicopter shipment to Syria, Hillary Clinton says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday that Russia is sending a shipment of attack helicopters to Syria, warning that the conflict there could escalate without a regime change. “We are concerned about the latest information we have that there are attack helicopters on the way from Russia to Syria,” Clinton said, echoing remarks she made last week calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad to be removed from power. The United States and United Nations are attempting to put pressure on Russia and China to help end the 15month conflict that has left more than 13,000 Syrians dead. Russian has refused to cooperate. “We are watching this very carefully,” Clinton said.

Hillary Rodham Clinton But with diplomacy “at a standstill,” the Associated Press noted, “the reported shipment of helicopters suggests a dangerous new turn for Syria after more than a year of harsh government crackdowns on mainly peaceful protests and the

emergence of an increasingly organized armed insurgency.” During a meeting with envoys from 16 European, Turkish and Arab countries in Istabul on Thursday, Clinton accused Assad of doubling down on “simply unconscionable” violence after reports that at least 78 people—including women and children—had been killed by pro-government forces near Hama the day before. “We’re disgusted by what we see happening,” Clinton said. “The regimesponsored violence that we witnessed again in Hama yesterday is simply unconscionable. Assad has doubled down on his brutality and duplicity, and Syria will not, cannot be peaceful, stable or certainly democratic until Assad goes.” (The Lookout)

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Opposition crosses swords with IMF KINGSTON, Jamaica CMC - The main opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is accusing the Washington based International Monetary Fund (IMF) of not accurately placing the country’s current economic situation into a proper context. Former Finance Minister Audley Shaw in a statement said the international lending agency had also failed to acknowledge major achievements of the JLP government over the past four years. “The IMF should also acknowledge that the previous Administration had to grapple with a range of critical issues, including the global economic crisis which led to revenue loss; two tropical storms; a global food and oil price crisis; and a public sector that demanded wage increases which were contracted,” Shaw said in the statement. He said that the settlement of the public sector wage increases, which contributed to the challenges

of fiscal consolidation, had now paved the way for the IMF to declare that the current favourable political environment provides an opportunity to address the significant macroeconomic and rising vulnerabilities. “Indeed, this current favourable political environment has been garnered in part due to the sacrificial decisions of the previous Administration, inclusive of wage settlements, which have now paved the way for acceptance of wage restraint by some groups in the public sector,” he added. In a statement issued at the end of an IMF mission to Jamaica on May 30, the IMF said the economy recorded a fragile recovery in 2011, following three years of recession in the wake of the global financial crisis. It said that Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 1.2 per cent in the fiscal year 2011-12 as agricultural production rebounded from the

Audley Shaw destruction of Tropical Storm Nicole in 2010 and production at an alumina firm was restarted. However, the Washington-based financial institution stated that unemployment rate remained high, at 14.1 per cent as at January 2012. It said inflation moderated to about 7.2 per cent at end April, reflecting a negative output gap and real exchange rate appreciation. But the country’s external current account deficit widened to over 11 per cent of GDP, in part owing to a higher oil bill.

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THE BATTLE OF THE OLIGARCHS Yesterday, we examined the emergence of Guyana’s historic economic oligarchies and their relationship to political power. To recap, we argued that the traditional oligarchy aligned itself to State power for protection and largesse, while the new oligarchy emerged as a creature of political cronyism, with some of its constituents believed to be fronts for the ill-gotten gains of politicians. Buoyed by the support it believed it held with State power, the new oligarchy emerged without the cautiousness and reservations of the old economic bourgeoisie. They were aggressive and forceful, confident of the support they had within the State apparatus. Their emergence immediately posed a threat to the old kingpins of business. A venture to establish a major industrial concern was floated. This threatened the survival of a major industry controlled by the old oligarchs and opened their eyes to the possibility that their days of domination were going to be over.

The new oligarchy has since continued to expand into various sectors previously dominated by old industrialists. These old industrialists are worried, but are not openly coming out and confronting the new oligarchs that they are convinced are receiving generous patronage and support from the state. The new oligarchy has also moved in a major way into the media and communications sector and is likely to threaten existing players in information services. As such, some of the existing information service providers are working behind the scenes to expose the manner in which the new oligarchy has emerged and the official patronage it enjoys. This is all part of the campaign by the old oligarchy to nullify the expansion of the new oligarchy. The old oligarchs are fearful that eventually their investments are going to be overrun and they will lose their businesses. They are already seeing traditional segments of the market they

controlled being overrun by the new oligarchy. They are also being nudged out of major contracts. The new oligarchy has an insatiable appetite. No sector is outside of its grasp. Once there is money to be made, the new oligarchy is interested. What is even scarier is that even those sectors such as the hospitality and airline industries, which are high risk investment sectors, are being eyed by the new oligarchy. This has raised the specter of a complete takeover of the Guyanese economy by the new oligarchy. The new oligarchs are not limiting themselves to only local businesses. There is belief that its next major takeover target is West Indies cricket. The emergence of 20/20 cricket and the success of the Indian Premier League, it is believed, have revealed the potential investment opportunities in cricket. But in order to move into this big league, there is a need to control cricket at both the local and regional levels. One of the biggest fears is that even the West

Dem boys seh

Uncle Donald in shambles There is a old saying ‘Save thy soul and let thy brother go astray’. If you nah do that you gun find yuhself in a barrel full of rotten apples. Jagdeo mek Guyana a country wid a pack of thieves from top to bottom. But not everybody is a thief. Man, woman and even de in betweens like Kwame, Sonny, Moe and De Raj. De last three got plane and Kwame got to go plane wood at Monkey Mountain. And all this thiefing got to clean up and de Donald got fuh do am. Dem boys want fuh tell he in simple message, you got to tek charge and mek a name fuh yuhself. When you surround yuhself wid doo doo you definitely can’t smell like Calvin Klein. You will smell like doo doo because it gun rub off pun you. De nation want tell him that he nah got de smell yet and he know how it smell because he laugh at Freddie. He got fuh let loose, he got fuh run. Dem boys seh that Jagdeo, Rob Earth and Irfaat—dem li’l boy – done destroy de PPP

and he can’t save it wid dem around. Donald got fuh shut he eye, shut he mouth, open he ears and go out pun de road and listen to wha de people got fuh tell am. De first thing dem boys know he gun hear is that de image can’t be repaired. Dem li’l boy bruck it up. Dem boys want tell Uncle Donald, “Boy, you can’t ketch a falling dagger wid you bare hand.” De falling dagger got nuff people. Is Jagdeo, Bobby, Brazzy, Rob Earth, Irfaat and de Bees—de Boyah, Brians, and of course Gerry. Now Fuzzy join in. He bin a thief lang but he use to thief li’l bit. Bobby, Brazzy and Jaggy bin a thief all dem life. That is wha mek dem de richest in this region. And dem boys can prove that. Not even Beharry, Gafoor, Banks and DDL together can match dem chaps money. Dem boys know that dem got money to match dem small island treasury. Talk half and lef Uncle Donald fuh ask dem back fuh de other half.

Boat collision claims teen’s life A boat collision involving a father and son, at Barama River, Region One, has resulted in the death of Stevon Benn, the man’s eldest son. The man, Lesroy Benn, of Nunes Canal, Marlboro, Lower Pomeroon River, was reluctant to speak. In his grief and shock, he said that he “was not thinking straight.” According to reports, 17year-old Stevon Benn and his father worked with a businessman from the Pomeroon River. At the time of the accident, the teenager was transporting food for the rest of workers, while his father was traveling to uplift the

DEAD: Stevon Benn food. They were in separate boats and heading in the same direction when they collided. It is reported that the father made a U-turn. The younger Benn had

three other persons in his boat, while his father was traveling alone. Stevon Benn sustained injuries to his body after he was reportedly thrown out of the boat. He had to be plucked from the water by his father and other persons, who took him to the Kumaka Hospital, Moruca, where he died before receiving medical attention. The police stated that Lesroy Benn was momentarily detained and subsequently released on $10,000 station bail. Stevon Benn’s body was transported out of Barama, yesterday, and taken to the Suddie Funeral Parlour.

Indies Cricket Board can be acquired by the new oligarchy since it is a shareholding corporate body, and therefore is being eyed as a potential moneyspinner by the new oligarchy. Faced with a threat to their existence, the old oligarchs are working behind the scenes, opposing the actions of the new oligarchs, who have already made major inroads into the construction, housing and landholding sectors. The old oligarchy is opposed to the new cable that is being imported from Brazil, fearful that it will serve primarily the interests of this small grouping. The old oligarchy is fearful that the new airport project will end up primarily nourishing a major player within the new oligarchy and this will make them even more powerful and

influential. In all of this there is the concern about the influence of the oligarchies on the political parties in Guyana. At least one opposition party is opposed to the actions of the new oligarchs, and particularly, its proposed expansion into the hospitality sector. Ironically, the opposition parties passed a major project that will benefit the new oligarchies, while being opposed to another over which they could not exert any veto. Political parties are therefore being caught up in this battle of the oligarchs. When it comes to the ruling party, the issue goes beyond support. Traditionally, as was argued yesterday, the dominant political class seeks to influence and control the ruling class using its economic power.

The PPP has had a long association with the working class. But since 1997, the business class has become very close to the government. Now there is a new force within this class that has seemingly aligned itself with the ruling elite. In light of the direction that that the economy is moving, there are questions now being asked as to the degree of influence that is being exerted by the new oligarchy on the ruling party. Is it mere influence? Is the PPP being controlled by the new kids on the block? Or has the PPP being taken over by the new oligarchy?

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Wednesday June 13, 2012


Walter, you will always be my hero! A close friend once asked me how any sane person could really see Burnham as a good man. Former President Forbes Burnham will never be seen as a good man once there is a date in the calendar year of June 13, and there will always be June 13. Once there is June 13, Burnham as the first Executive President will be discussed as someone who destroyed Guyana and Dr. Walter Rodney will always be conceptualized as someone who tried to stop him and gave his life in the process.

Some people either have short memory, tiny memory or depraved memory. The postHoyte Government has unleashed a reign of terror upon the Guyanese population that still goes on unabated and then for these “memory people” science did a fantastic thing. It dissolved from history all the abominable, dictatorial and sickening things Burnham did to this nation. Science, for a very “logical” reason, just stepped in and erased Burnham’s dictatorship because science

told Guyanese that you can’t have two autocracies in contemporary Guyanese history. Either Jagdeo’s cabal was a tyranny or Burnham’s administration was a brutal oligarchy. Well this immoral creation is a fiction of those with the short or tiny or depraved memory. And it will remain a fiction because Walter Rodney’s assassination took place on June 13 and there will always be June 13 and when it comes around we will continue to remember and never forget that the

existence of a present dictatorship does not and cannot wash away Guyana’s past totalitarian system and that this past authoritarian government, run by Forbes Burnham, eventually conspired to kill Walter Rodney. Maybe I should offer a joke if it wasn’t so tragic. How about keeping the 1980 Constitution forever so we Guyanese will always remember how obsessive Forbes Burnham was with power. How ironic that those with short or tiny or depraved memory can speak good of Burnham but want his 1980 Constitution to be burned in the bonfires of the tyrannies. Now should we not ask the question why Burnham wanted such a constitution? Elementary Watson! He loved power and wanted it in absolute forms. If it wasn’t tragic you can spend the rest of your life just laughing at those who see Burnham as a democratic leader. For me, there are other memories apart from the death of Walter Rodney. Two persons are dead and I thanked them when they were alive. That didn’t mean I should not have disagreed with their politics. They are Former President Desmond Hoyte and former Education

Minister Deryck Bernard. Both agreed to remove President Burnham’s ban on me working in my own country. The three gentlemen who intervened on my behalf are very much alive and well. And one day I hope when they write their memoirs they will pen a line on what they did for me – Professors Clive Thomas, Harold Lutchman and Rudy James. Do you see a President of your country as a democratic hero when he prevents you from working in the land of your birth? I am a trained academic and therefore I don’t want to cloud my judgement of Walter Rodney’s death with overflowing emotions. Historical details are emerging that may cause many analysts to adopt a revisionist critique of Burnham’s role in the death of Walter Rodney and this may dent some of the harshness in the evaluations of Burnham’s legacy. Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine went on record with the Stabroek News and explained that the WPA was stockpiling weapons to confront Burnham. If Burnham knew this, then he had to act to preserve his life. A President just does not invite his revolutionary replacement to come into his bedroom and kill him. This

Frederick Kissoon revelation by Roopnaraine throws the scholarly debate about Burnham in another direction. My feeling is that Burnham felt that Rodney was going to overthrow him and humiliate him. The Roopnaraine confession now goes further and takes the analyst into the realm of a study of realpolitik in Guyana in 1980 when Walter was murdered. Now assuming that Burnham felt that Rodney was going t o k i l l h i m b e c a u s e t h a t i s w h at revolution does to authoritarian leaders, it is obvious that Burnham had to act to erase Rodney’s implementation of his intention. But did it have to end in Rodney’s death? Burnham of course had his hands tied. If he chose not to kill Rodney but to jail him for treason, then Burnham would have created a permanent revolution in Guyana once Rodney languished in jail. But Walter was too precious to the world to have been assassinated.

‘Missing’ Canadian banker safe

Canadian bank official Ian Bailey-Harris, who was reported missing since Saturday has not been abducted as was feared. In fact, he has been in contact with relatives. Kaieteur News managed to speak briefly with one of the man’s close relatives, who confirmed that he was safe. The relative declined further comment. Bailey-Harris said to be in his thirties, disappeared last Saturday after leaving the Hotel Tower in Main Street. He was reported missing and there was some concern that he might have been kidnapped. The Canadian was last seen entering a taxi, with three other men, in the vicinity of the hotel. Immigration officials revealed that he did

- relative not depart via the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. His luggage was also left in his hotel room. Only his passport was missing. Bailey-Harris, who was a guest of the Bank of Guyana, and was here for a conference, booked in at the Hotel Tower on June 5. He was scheduled to book out on Friday and depart the next day. A hotel manager confirmed that Bailey-Harris went out last Friday and did not return to the hotel until the next day. At around 08:00hrs, he went to the ‘front desk’ and collected a laptop computer. He then informed the staff

Ian Bailey-Harris that he would return at around 10:00hrs to book out. The hotel manager said that a Bank of Guyana security official was waiting outside to take the Canadian to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. However, the Canadian reportedly informed the official that he was going out with friends. After indicating that he would return shortly, Harris entered a taxi with three male occupants, including the driver, and left. He never returned. A report was subsequently made at the Brickdam Police Station.

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School repairs, maintenance feature in bidding process - New nursery for Golden Grove, EBD School repairs and maintenance featured yesterday at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), with the construction of a nursery at Golden Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) attracting the largest number of bidders. With an engineer’s estimate of $18,988,643 the 21 bids for that project are:

Continuing in the education sector, five (5) bids were opened for the extension of classrooms at Craft Production and Design. The engineer’s estimate is $4,197,966 and the bids:

APNU seeks “financial freedom” for Audit Office

Under the Ministry of Education, bids were submitted for repairs and maintenance works at Carnegie School of Home Economics and Craft Production and Design. The engineer’s estimate for the project is $7,160,504 and the bids are as follows:

With an engineer’s estimate of $3,191,950 the Education Ministry received bids for repair and maintenance works at Freeburg Secondary School.

Still in the Education Sector, ten (10) bids were opened for repairs and maintenance work at Campbellville Secondary School. The engineer’s estimate is $5,471,706 and the bids:

To d a y h a s b e e n s e t aside for the National Assembly to conduct the business of nongovernmental parties in the House, namely the combined opposition. A Partnership for National Unity will be using this session to give ‘financial freedom’ to the Audit Office of Guyana, and A P N U ’s p o i n t m a n o n finances, Carl Greenidge, has tabled a motion which is slated for debate, aimed at achieving just this. G r e e n i d g e ’s m o t i o n calls on the House to resolve to: “remove the Audit Office from the Schedule of Budget Agencies and restore it to its rightful place as an autonomous agency drawing directly on the Consolidated Fund and that these changes be reflected in the Annual Estimates to be submitted by the Minister of Finance for the approval of this.” The APNU MP’s course of action is premised on what he calls a legislative obligation “that the Auditor General shall act independently in the discharge of his functions.” The Opposition has for several years called the current manner of allocating monies to the Audit Office as a subvention agency, a mechanism to curtail its

APNU MP, Carl Greenidge function and independence. According to Greenidge, the Audit Act of Guyana “provides that the Auditor General shall be the external auditor of the public accounts of Guyana and in the discharge of his function, shall have complete discretion.” He says too that “the Office of the Auditor General and Audit Office are being treated as a Budget Agency by virtue of the Schedule to the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act 2003, which seriously calls into question the autonomy and independence of the Office. As a part of its mandate, the Audit Office in its Mission Statement declares that: as the Supreme Audit Institution of the State, we are

Guyana remembers....

Six (6) bids were also opened for repairs and maintenance works on East Ruimveldt Secondary. The engineer’s estimate is $6,184,596 and the bids were:

With an engineer’s estimate of $2,257,635 the NPTAB opened bids in the education sector for repairs and maintenance works on Polly’s Nursery School. The bids:

From page 7 became very well known around the world as an activist and scholar. He taught for a time in Tanzania, and later in Jamaica at his alma mater - UWI Mona. Rodney was sharply critical of the middle class for its role in the post-independence Caribbean. On 15 October 1968, the Government of Jamaica, led by Prime Minister Hugh Shearer, barred Rodney from returning to the island. The decision to ban him from ever returning to the country was because of his advocacy for the working poor in that country. That advocacy caused riots to break out, eventually claiming the lives of several people and causing millions of dollars in damage. These riots, which started on October 16, 1968, are now known as the Rodney Riots, and they triggered an increase in political awareness across the Caribbean, especially among the Afrocentric Rastafarian sector of Jamaica, documented in his book, The Groundings With My Brothers. Rodney became a prominent Pan-Africanist, and was important in the Black Power movement in the Caribbean and North America.

committed to the promotion of good governance including openness, transparency and improved public accountability through the execution of high quality audits of the public accounts, entities and projects assigned by the Audit Act, timely reporting of the results to the legislature and ultimately the public, and ensuring that the independence, integrity and objectivity of the Audit Office is recognized.” ROLE OFAUDIT OFFICE The Audit Office of Guyana scrutinizes the expenditure of public funds on behalf of Parliament. The Office conducts financial audits of all publicly-funded entities, including donorfunded entities, local government agencies and trade unions. The office of the Auditor General is established by the Constitution of the Republic of Guyana. The Constitution also secures the independence of the Office, describes its principal functions, and articulates provisions to govern the appointment of the Auditor General. The Audit Act of the Laws of Guyana as amended, details specific provisions regarding the duties and powers of the Auditor General in relation to central government agencies and other entities in which the State has a controlling interest.

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CANU 42-kilo drug bust…

Bulletins issued for suspects as charges reinstituted The charges against four men who were nabbed during a cocaine bust in November, last, charged and subsequently acquitted, are to be reinstituted, and bulletins have been issued for their arrest. This is according to head of the Customs AntiNarcotics Unit (CANU), James Singh. Singh yesterday confirmed that the charges against Narayan Jarbandhan, 40; Salim Bacchus, 49; Gary Belgrave, 52, and Leo Hernandez, 44, will be reinstituted. However, according to Singh, as of press time yesterday, only Jarbandhan was in custody, while bulletins were out for the arrest of the other accused. In December, last, three of the men were released from prison on their own recognizance after their names mysteriously disappeared from the case docket. According to the

particulars of the charge, on November 3, at Line Path, Skeldon, Corentyne, Berbice, the four had in their possession 41.856 kilogrammes (92 pounds) of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. The men had pleaded not guilty to the offence, after which they complained of being brutalised while in custody of CANU officers. They had showed the magistrate cuts and bruises about their bodies. At the Springlands Court, the men’s attorney, Ramesh Rajkumar, argued that his three clients—Jarbandhan, Belgrave and Hernandez— were in fact never charged and were locked up wrongfully for a prolonged period. Magistrate Krishndat Persaud then ordered their release. The fourth man, Bacchus of Crabwood Creek, whose name appeared on a separate jacket, was further remanded to prison. Initial reports are that the names of the three persons

appeared on the outside of the other docket, but Bacchus’s name was written again on the inside of that one. Following their appearance before Magistrate Geeta Chandan Edmond, the case was transferred to the court of the acting chief magistrate, who transferred it to Magistrate Persaud. When the charge was originally read to the quartet, CANU Prosecutor Oswald Massiah had told the court that Jarbandhan was charged with a similar offence committed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) while he was travelling to Canada, in 2009. Jarbandhan was charged after allegedly being caught with 2.553 kilogrammes of cocaine in a false compartment of his suitcase at CJIA. At the time, his address was given as Gordon Street, Kitty, and he was described as a clothing trader.

During the wee hours of yesterday morning, 18-yearold Sudesh Jagmohan also known as Baba, of Arjune Street, Belvedere Squatting Area, was fatally struck down by a motorcycle. The accident occurred at New Amsterdam Backdam Road. The dead teen’s older brother, Hemlall Jagmohan told Kaieteur News that from

information he received, his brother was coming out of a shop when a speeding motorcycle hit him. The mournful young man said that after the rider struck his brother, the bike skated some distance and the rider ended up on top of a car. According to him, another brother, Pamishwar Jagmohan, was on the scene

at the time of the incident a n d t o o k t h e i n j u red Sudesh to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he was treated for a brief period before being transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). Kaieteur News understands that Jagmohan succumbed to his injuries around 14:00hrs yesterday. He suffered severe injuries to the head. Meanwhile, the rider is a patient at GPHC and is said to be in a stable condition.

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Wednesday June 13, 2012

Brawl at East Bank fish complex leaves one dead An employee of a popular seafood company was stabbed to death last night in a bitter fight that has also left one of his assailants with an almost severed left foot. The dead man’s name was given as Mark Solomon called ‘Tantie’, 36, of 154 Non Pareil Street, Albouystown, who was pronounced dead on arrival at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Georgetown Hospital around 19:30hrs. Details of the incident were sketchy, but according to the dead man’s co-workers it stemmed from an altercation earlier yesterday. Kaieteur News understands that Solomon and his assailant

worked together at Pritipaul Singh Investments (PSI) at McDoom on the East Bank of Demerara. Solomon only began working at PSI about a month ago, switching from the Nobel House Seafoods. “All we know is earlier this boy and he (Solomon)…some talking they had in de wuk place. De boy must be cuff he to he mouth,” said an employee, who added that Solomon immediately left for home. The employee was not too sure if Solomon did go home or waited outside the workplace until his assailant emerged. The employee said that he

Dead: Mark Solomon was inside when a phone call came into the workplace that there was a big commotion outside. Eyewitnesses (Continued on page 13)

Police accused of “robbing God” A young mother of three is accusing the police of “robbing God” when they removed money from her house during what turned out to be an unauthorized search. The woman who asked not to be named is accusing the police of stealing $18,000 from a box in her C a m pbellville Housing Scheme apartment last Thursday. The money represented her monthly tithes and rent. The woman told Kaieteur News that she and her children, along with an elderly relative, occupy the bottom flat of the house. She said that no one except the elderly relative was at home when a jeepload of police ranks swooped down on her home. According to the woman, without warning the police entered her apartment and began searching, even as the elderly occupant awoke and questioned them as to the purpose of their presence. The ranks reportedly did not answer and it was not until

- woman’s tithes vanish during arms and ammo search the landlord, who was in the yard, intervened, that the ranks informed that they were carrying a search for illegal firearms. The woman said that it turned out that her apartment was targeted by mistake, since in the midst of the search a man on a motorcycle came up and informed the ranks that they were at the wrong place and they eventually left without offering an apology. The woman said that she only learnt of the search when she returned home later that afternoon. “I don’t have a problem with them searching, because I don’t have anything to hide,” she said. “The old lady was asleep and she said when she opened her eyes she saw one of the policemen standing over her,” she added. The woman said that she did not miss anything until

the following day when she went to the small box where she would usually stash her rent money and tithes. To the shock of the singleparent, the $18,000 she had placed there had vanished. Her mind immediately raced back to the police search the previous day. “I would always leave money there and it would always be there whenever I need it, they (police) were the only strangers in the house,” the woman explained. She said that she subsequently went to the Prashad Nagar Police Outpost to report the matter but was referred to the Kitty Police Station where she eventually made the official report. “The money is already gone, I can’t get it back, but I want the person who took it to know what it is that he picked up; my tithes to God,” the woman said.

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Slain bandit’s alleged accomplices detained Police have detained two of the men that mortally wounded bandit Odel Chase identified as his accomplices in Monday night’s brazen America Street heist. One of the men, said to be the suspect known as ‘Cow,’ is the driver of the AT192 Toyota, which the gunmen had used as their getaway vehicle. He was taken into custody after turning up at the Ruimveldt Police Station at around 21:30 hrs to claim that he was the victim of a carjacking. Kaieteur News understands that the 24-yearold suspect told police ranks that he was held at gunpoint by two men after stopping by a traffic light near Water Lily Street and Mandela Avenue. But he reportedly showed signs of nervousness after learning that Odel Chase had been slain and had named his accomplices, including one known as ‘Cow.’

He was then taken into custody. Kaieteur News understands that the suspect, who gave an East Coast Demerara address, was charged in 2011 for armed robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. The other man, Damion Allicock, called ‘Buck’ was detained shortly after midnight Tuesday by heavily armed ranks in Howes Street, Charlestown. He was previously charged with Odel Chase for robbery under arms. Allicock was also charged in December 2011, with conspiracy and uttering a forged driver’s licence. He was 21 at the time and his address was given as Independence Boulevard, La Penitence. Police are looking for a third man, who was identified only as ‘Omar’. It is believed that the men, along with 22-year-old Odel

Brawl at East Bank... (From page 12) said that they saw Solomon in a confrontation with two men and they somehow ended up on the eastern side of the East Bank Demerara Public Road. The melee continued into Middle Street, McDoom, where Solomon apparently received his fatal wounds. He was reportedly stabbed in his left side neck and right side chest. “I ain’t know wha happen out pon de road but by de time I come out, I hear dey juk he (Solomon) good, and people put he in a vehicle and carry he to de hospital,” the employee told this newspaper.

- Owner of getaway car arrested at station while reporting missing vehicle after shootout Chase, called ‘Nines’, escaped with $2M at around 20:00hrs on Monday after holding an America Street moneychanger at gunpoint. A police source said that the bandits were armed with an assault rifle. However, police tracked the men to Sussex Street, where Chase, of Albouystown, was shot during a brief confrontation. He succumbed to his injuries before he could receive medical attention, but not before he had named his accomplices in the America Street robbery. He referred to men as ‘Omar’, ‘Cow’ and ‘Buck.’ The ranks also recovered a white AT 192 Toyota which the gang had used in their getaway. However, the stolen cash has not been recovered. According to reports, the moneychanger was in America Street around 20:00hrs when Chase and his accomplices held him at gunpoint and relieved him of a bag containing $2M. They kept the crowd at bay by shooting in the air before fleeing in their car. But a squad had received a message and, acting on information, raced to Humphrey’s Bakery in Ketley Street, where they tracked

down the car which the bandits had used in their getaway. It bore the number PNN 124 on the rear number plate. The cops trailed the vehicle up Sussex Street. Kaieteur News understands that on seeing the approaching cops, the gunmen opened fire. In the vicinity of the ‘Island’, located near Castello Housing Scheme along Sussex Street, two of the gunmen exited the vehicle and fled into Le Repentir Cemetery. However, police opened fire, wounding Chase. The mortally injured man fell into the Sussex Street canal. The ranks hauled him to the parapet and it was during a brief interrogation that he confessed to the America Street heist. He also told the ranks that his accomplices

had fled with his firearm. Close inspection of the car revealed that the number PNN 124 was in fact false. It had been pasted over the original number PMM 2122, which was visible on the front plate. In April 2009, Chase, then 19, and Ade Doobay, 25, allegedly robbed a group of students as they were studying in the Botanical Gardens. The two wounded Samantha Hollingsworth on April 25, that year, with intent to maim, disfigure, disable or cause her actual bodily harm. Reports are that Hollingsworth, of Kitty, was with several other students when they were attacked by two men on a motor scooter. The robbers demanded the girl’s laptop computer and shot her when she resisted.

Odel Chase Last December, Odel Chase was charged with robbing Nikita Jones of her handbag containing articles worth $168,000 while she walked on Peter Rose Street, Queenstown. He was charged and granted bail. That matter was still pending in the courts when he died on Monday night.

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215 million children worldwide Auditor General to launch emergency NCN probe involved in child labour - ILO Recent global estimates reveal that 215 million children worldwide are involved in child labour, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO) which commemorated World Day Against Child Labour yesterday. The ILO launched the first World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 as a way to highlight the plight. The day, which is observed on June 12th, is intended to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child labour, reflected in the huge number of ratifications of ILO Convention No. 182 on the worst forms of child labour and ILO Convention No. 138 on the minimum age for employment. According to the ILO, this year’s observance will provide a spotlight on the right of all children to be protected from child labour and from other violations of fundamental human rights. In 2010, the international community adopted a roadmap for achieving the elimination of the worst forms of child labour by 2016, which stressed that child labour is

an impediment to children’s rights and a barrier to development. World Day 2012 highlighted the work that needs to be done to make the roadmap a reality. The ILO’s Conventions seek to protect children from exposure to child labour. Together with other international instruments relating to children’s, workers’ and human rights, they provide an important framework for legislation established by national governments. However, the labour organisation said the children concerned should be at school being educated and acquiring skills that prepare them for decent work as adults. By entering the labour market prematurely, they are deprived of this critical education and training that can help to lift them, their families and communities out of a cycle of poverty. In its worst forms, child labourers may also be exposed to physical, psychological or moral suffering that can cause long term damage to their lives. The ILO underscored that

hundreds of millions of girls and boys throughout the world are engaged in work that deprives them of adequate education, health, leisure and basic freedoms, violating their rights. Of these children, more than half are exposed to the worst forms of child labour such as work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labour, illicit activities such as drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict. The World Day Against Child Labour essentially provides an opportunity to gain further support of individual governments and that of the ILO social partners, civil society and others, including schools, youth and women’s groups as well as the media, in the campaign against child labour. The ILO yesterday called for “Universal ratification of the ILO’s Conventions on child labour (and of all ILO core Conventions); National policies and programmes to ensure effective progress in the elimination of child labour and the action to build the worldwide movement against child labour”.

- financial statements one year overdue By Gary Eleazar The State-owned National Communications Network (NCN), which has been rocked in recent days with allegations of financial impropriety, is more than one year overdue when it comes to the submission of its financial statements for 2010 to be audited. This was confirmed by Auditor General (ag) Deodat Sharma, who said that in the face of the current assertions, he is currently putting together a team and sometime during this week, an emergency probe will commence. Entities that are required to submit financial statements to be audited by the Auditor General (AG) must complete this task by April 30. NCN, however, as is the case with several other companies that fall under the ambit of NICIL, is lagging behind. The Auditor General says that he is currently in possession of the Financial Statements from the company for 2009 and has completed the audit for 2008. According to Sharma, there have been some discrepancies raised in the past, but nothing reflecting the magnitude of the current allegations at NCN. The AG did seek to assure

that the audit of NCN is not one that the Audit Office “would normally contract out”. Some of the audits that are required under law to be undertaken by the Office of the Auditor General are contracted out, given the constraints as a result of limited human resources. Asked about the possibility of the documentation that he may require for his audit being tampered with, Sharma stressed that the urgency with which the probe is being launched is a preemptive move to minimize this likelihood. The imminent probe by the country’s official auditing entity is coming shortly after NCN’s Board of Directors launched an internal investigation. The company’s Production Manager, Martin Goolsarran, received a letter from the Board, ordering him to proceed on leave to facilitate the process. His job is currently being undertaken by Michael Gordon, who is now Programme Coordinator. The investigation by the NCN Board surrounds payments by advertisers that never seemed to have made their way to the accounts of the company. A number of other staffers, including several of the top brass, are being probed. Board

Auditor General (ag) Deodat Sharma Chairman Dr. Prem Misir is heading the internal investigation. The Board, following reports in the wake of the Budget cuts, wants explanations. Some of the payments claimed, have no supporting documents. One issue has to do with a $3M cheque paid by the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) for programmes. There is no evidence that this cheque went into the NCN accounts. Over the past few weeks, subsequent to revelations in the National Assembly that NCN raked in over $500M in revenues in 2011 yet wanted over $80M in subsidy from government, there have been questions raised about the operations of the entity. The board has reportedly asked for the Chief Executive Officer, Mohamed Sattaur to produce financial documents.

NCN’s CEO Mohamed ‘Fuzzy’ Sattaur protesting the $80M subvention which was trimmed out of the 2012 Budgetary Estimates

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Wismar Hill Primary wins ECHO competition

Canadian High Commissioner David Devine presents the winner’s trophy to students of Wismar Hill Primary. The Wismar Hill Primary School, of Linden, defeated seven other schools in Region Ten to emerge winner of the ECHO Healthy Schools competition. It was awarded with a trophy, at a simple ceremony at the Egbert Benjamin Centre in Linden, where the participating schools had gathered for the presentation. Mackenzie Primary and Christianburg Primary tied for the second spot, while Regma Primary took the fourth position. The three schools were presented with smaller replicas of the winning trophy. Among those who graced the event were High Commissioner of Canada David Devine, Royston King, Executive Director of ECHO, Education Representative Carol Benjamin, Regional Chairman Sharma Solomon and Interim Management Committee Chairman Orrin Gordon. Teachers of the participating schools were also present with their charges. The competition, under the theme, “The need for Clean and Healthy environment within Local Communities”, which involved eight schools in Region Ten, was run for one month. Judging was done in six categories, and schools were visited on Thursday, last, and adjudged points based on the cleanliness of their environment. Director of ECHO, Royston King, told the gathering of excited students and teachers, that his organization is working to involve local communities in the conservation of local biodiversity and the area’s natural resources. He said that ECHO

planted seventy trees in Thomas St, Georgetown, two Saturdays ago, and plans to plant 100 trees in Amelia’s Ward, Linden, where an environmental awareness park will be developed. King noted that in 2007, twelve ECHO Clubs were formed in Primary Schools in Georgetown. A few months later, a further twelve schools were set up in Region Three. According to the Director, there are 50 ECHO Clubs in schools across Guyana. “Groups of enthusiastic, environmentally concerned and socially committed students aged between 9-11 years are chosen to form an ECHO Club; For each new Club 25-35 students are registered and become members, as well as teachers who become ECHO Club coordinators,” he acknowledged. King added that the teachers are responsible for

the ECHO clubs in their Schools, and manage green activities, such as awareness and education programmes, growing trees, water conservation and purification, and recycling and cleaning up activities. He underscored the objectives of the ECHO Clubs which are to create awareness of biodiversity and local environmental issues, among school children, create a ‘clean and green consciousness’ through various innovative methods, and to involve ECHO Club students in open orientation programmes in schools and public places. In the first year, the students and their teachers are educated about the objectives of the Club, and training is provided through environmental education programmes (EEPS). Once an ECHO Club is formed, all members are

brought together and briefed about the environment, given an explanation of ECHO Club goals, and a description of the status and future of the natural environment, according to King. Environmental bins are provided to all the schools in ECHO Clubs, and students are responsible for keeping their classrooms litter-free. Bins are collected regularly and the refuse disposed of properly, while once a week, all ECHO Club members clean the school compound. High Commissioner of Canada, David Devine, lauded the efforts of the students and exhorted them to continue to keep their environment clean. He posited that the importance of a clean healthy environment cannot be overemphasized. The smell from accumulated garbage also

causes much discomfort and inconvenience to residents, and cleaning up the mess, puts a strain on municipal and central governments budgets, Devine asserted. He encouraged the children, to adapt a different attitude, to be positive and make the change. Both the IMC Chairman Orrin Gordon and Regional Chairman Sharma Solomon lauded the initiative, and encouraged the children to continue to help keep the environment clean. Gordon noted that the environment is a very important part of our lives, and that the challenge taken by King was a ‘huge one’. He added that the community is very ‘challenged’ with dust and water pollution. Most of the water consumed in Linden, comes from the river and surface sources, which means whatever pollution exists on

the surface, ends up in the water, Gordon emphasized, while noting that even though the water is treated, there are times when enough of the chemicals needed for purification is not always available in the desired quantities. “Whatever we do impacts on the quality of water we get,” he declared. Gordon further stated that he hoped the ECHO Club would be taken to the Secondary level, so that in time students would be able to educate and encourage their parents to keep the environment clean and tidy. In the next three weeks, ECHO is expected to launch over fifty clubs in Regions One, Two, Five and Seven. Then in August, more than 150 ECHO Club students from different Regions, will meet to evaluate their work and share best practices, King told the media.

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Guyana optimistic about Rio+20 results On what can be described as the eve of the Rio+20 Summit, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (NRE) on Monday convened a second preparatory workshop which saw the outlining of Guyana’s main position that will be advanced at the global event in Rio de Janiero Brazil as well as the presentation of the National Stock-taking Report, prepared by Dr. Paulette Bynoe. President Donald Ramotar will be leading Guyana’s delegation to the Summit next week; however, Presidential Advisor on sustainable Development, Navin Chandarpal and another Government of Guyana representative will be heading to Brazil for the preliminary talks which commence on June 12. According to Government Information Agency (GINA) report, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, who was standing in for President Ramotar, said that the realisation of climate change has forced the recognition that the world is one. He noted too, that Guyana has a good case to put forward and can also learn a lot from the other nations, who have been working to address this problem from their own point

of view. “I hope that by the end of this year, the world at large will be taking great steps towards the agreements that we have been looking for,” the Prime Minister posited. Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Robert Persaud, pointed that even though Guyana is heading to Rio+20 with high hopes; there is a feeling of gloominess that pervades the international community. “While this conference takes on the larger objective in terms of promoting sustainable development and looking at key areas, there is not much optimism that there will be the types of commitments and firm resolve to take the necessary actions that are so required, if we are to achieve a viable framework whereby we can promote the objectives of sustainable development.” In 1992, one of the major outcomes of Rio+ was the United Nations (UN) framework on climate change, which led to the emergence of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 as well as a number of other positive results. Minister Persaud highlighted that even if the desired outcome is not achieved at Rio+20, Guyana is on an irreversible

Stakeholders at the second preparatory workshop for the Rio+20 Summit (GINA Photo) track in terms ensuring that development is done along a low carbon pathway. Additionally, Guyana stands firm in its commitment to ensure that all international commitments are abided by, as well as upgrading national policies in a much more vigorous way. The National Stock-taking Report documents in details how Guyana has been able to fulfill all its commitments. “In reviewing this report, I hope that all of us will be proud of the efforts we have made as a nation over the past 20 years in fulfilling the commitments; sticking to the overall objectives of the first Rio Summit. This should certainly give us a great sense of national pride,” Persaud asserted. Chandarpal in his remarks said that the international community at Rio needs to be reminded of certain obligations that were made but remained unfulfilled to date. The Iwokrama Rainforest Programme is an example of one such undertaking, which was the product of massive widespread consultations.

“Here was a small country with limited resources providing to the world a living laboratory; to really put into effect what sustainable forest management would mean…Iwokrama Rainforest Programme could very well stifle to death because those made bold promises and those who have the resources to give, have not been fulfilling their responsibilities,” he said. However, Minister Persaud stated that Government will not allow the programme to sink, even if it does not manage to garner the amount of resources needed from the international community. Chandarpal too, said that Guyana that Rio+20 provides the opportunity of the reinvigoration of the spirit that existed in 1992, that would allow for developed and developing states to see that there can be no solution without cooperation. Meanwhile, Presidential Advisor, Shyam Nokta, reminded of the challenges and threats posed by climate change. He noted that since the Rio Summit in 1992,

Guyana has made marked progress, foremost of which is the Low Carbon Development Strategy, which seeks to reconcile two global forces often deemed incompatible: economic development and combating climate change. He posited that Rio+20 will be an ideal opportunity for the global leadership, to take stock of what has been achieved in the last 20 years, push the theme of green economy and to shift the momentum of leadership on sustainable development and climate change. “Guyana is going into Rio+20 having made significant progress from 1992 on all of the obligations we have signed as part of Agenda 21 and the three Rio Conventions,” he said. UN Resident Coordinator, Khadija Musa in her remarks said that, “Guyana has made commendable progress in the pursuit of sustainable development. The national approach to sustainable development in Guyana is based on a commitment to ensure the integration of the three pillars of sustainable

development in the national policy framework,” Musa said. She also pledged the UN system’s support to the development of low carbon approaches that promote sustainable poverty reduction and pro-poor growth in Guyana; noting that the National Stock-taking Report stands as testimony to effective collaboration that has characterised the process. The Rio+20 Summit will be held from June 20-22, where Guyana is scheduled to present a national assessment of the country’s progress; gaps remaining and the country’s experiences and opportunities pertaining to the themes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD). Issues that will be discussed include: securing political commitment for sustainable development, addressing progress towards global commitments, addressing new and emerging challenges especially those related to the transition of the low carbon economy.

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ITC programme earns international certification The International Trade Centre (ITC)’s Supply Chain Management Programme (SCM) has earned an important international quality management standard certification, ISO 9001:2008. According to a release from Ms. Judy SempleJoseph, Managing Director, EMPRETEC Guyana, the prestigious and widely implemented standard from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) validates the SCM Programme’s commitment to quality and reinforces the effectiveness of its quality management system. Ms. Semple-Joseph points out that ITC’s Modular Learning System in SCM delivers training, through local partner institutions [in Guyana through EMPRETEC] to business people and professionals on the management of sourcing, making, moving and storing of products from the source

to the point of consumption. It is highlighted that participants can select from a comprehensive 18 modules, take exams and gain internationally recognized professional certification. Every year, approximately 4,000 individuals are trained on an average of six modules each, with over 5,000 module examinations taken. The 2012 Programme in Guyana commences on July 9. “The ISO 9001 certification is significant to ITC’s Supply Chain Management Programme in that it benefits our own practices and the delivery of our services,” said Patricia R. Francis, Executive Director of ITC. “It provides external validation that we have in place rigorous processes and it enforces discipline on us to continue to not only adhere to these processes, but to improve them where necessary. This directly translates to benefits to our clients as we maintain a high

level of quality and efficiency.” To maintain the ISO 9001:2008 certification, the programme will be audited on a consistent timetable in accordance with ISO schedules. The SCM Programme is delivered in 60 countries through partnerships with more than 100 partner institutions. For more information on ITC’s Supply Chain Management Programme, interested individuals cab visit http:// ITC is the joint agency of WTO and the United Nations and is devoted to helping small and medium enterprises in developing countries become more competitive in global markets and thus speed up sustainable economic development and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

Two GuySuCo employees charged with $15M theft - granted $500,000 bail each The ailing Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) continues to suffer millions and millions of dollars in losses either through mismanagement or theft. The latest hit occurred at the once flagship and now below par Albion Sugar factory, where over $15.2M in losses were uncovered. Since then two employees of the Estate - one a welder and the other a labourer- have been arrested and charged with simple larceny. The accused are Kumar Deonarine called Lenny, 30, a

welder and married father of two, of 18 Hampshire, Corentyne, Berbice, and Anthony Ramoutar, 32, a labourer and a married father of two, of Lot 4E Albion, Corentyne, Berbice. The two men are charged with stealing 138 Electrical Contacts including panels, valued at $15, 297,000 the property of GuySuCo. The theft allegedly occurred between May 13 and June 7, last, at Albion, Corentyne. The men appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore yesterday at the Albion Magistrate’s Court and were

Union formed to represent concerns of vendors A union has now been developed to cater for the needs and betterment of street vendors. Named the Movement of Civil Union, its founder and Chairman, Odo Best, told Kaieteur News that the organization also includes a secretariat. Its objective is mainly to take on the responsibilities of the issues affecting vending and vendors. The union comprises 78 members. It has been in existence for almost three months now, and is hoping to make a difference in a short while. Best noted that “although there is no law clearly preventing vending in the streets, the law of encumbering roadways and government reserves is conveniently used to create discomfort and fear in the hearts of the vending population which comprises 90 per cent women.” Best added that all the members of the union learn from each other and scrutinize challenges and ways in dealing with them. The union, he said, is prepared to engage any authority to address any issue relating to vending within the boundaries of the country. Best and the members of the union are hoping to have more members and grow as a body.

granted bail to the tune of $500,000 each. Prosecutor Corporal Roberto Figueira had opposed bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the offence; the men might be flight risks, and that some of the items were recovered at the homes of the accused. However bail was granted on the grounds that the defendants lodge their passports. After the items were discovered missing, an investigation was conducted and the two were arrested and charged. The men are being represented by Attorney at Law Rabindranauth Singh. They are to return to court on July 10.

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Falkland Islands to determine future ties to Britain, Argentina The Falkland Islands government yesterday announced its intention to hold a referendum on the political status of the territory. Chairman of the Legislative Assembly, Gavin Short, said: “I have no doubt that the people of the Falklands wish for the Islands to remain a self-governing Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom. We certainly have no desire to be ruled by the Government in Buenos Aires, a fact that is immediately obvious to anyone who has visited the Islands and heard our views. But we are aware that not everyone is able to come to these beautiful Islands and to see this reality for themselves. And the Argentine Government deploys misleading rhetoric that wrongly implies that we have no strong views or even that we are being held hostage by the UK military. This is simply absurd.” “We have thought

carefully about how to convey a strong message to the outside world that expresses the views of the Falklands people in a clear, democratic and incontestable way. So we have decided, with the full support of the British Government, to hold a referendum on the Falkland Islands to eliminate any possible doubt about our wishes. This referendum will be organised by the Falkland Islands Government and will take place in the first half of 2013. We will invite independent, international observers to observe the process and verify its outcome. Exact timings, the specific wording of the question, and other details will be announced in the coming weeks.” “We are holding this referendum not because we have any doubts about who we are and what future we want, but to show the world just how very certain we are about that.”

Welcoming the Falkland Islands Government’s announcement that it will hold a referendum on its political status, Foreign Secretary William Hague said: “The British Government has been consistent in its view that the future of the Falklands can only be determined by the people who live there. So the Prime Minister and I support this initiative to demonstrate – without doubt – the definitive view of the Falkland Islands people. In a region that rightly prizes democracy and human rights, it is entirely appropriate that the Islanders can express this fundamental right. The principle of selfdetermination is a key part of the United Nations charter. The voice of the Falkland Islands people should be heard. I hope very much that Argentina, and indeed the whole of the international community, joins the UK in listening carefully to what they have to say.”

The four men who were burnt after their trawler exploded are all said to be in stable condition and receiving treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital. Up to press time yesterday the men were still receiving treatment. The men were identified as Domingo Ruiz, Antonio Zabala, Gonzales Angol and Zaul Eli. On Sunday, last, the boat on which the men were working in Morawhanna, North West District, exploded. There are reports that the men may have been involved in an illegal fuel transaction when the mishap occurred. Meanwhile, when contacted yesterday, Head of

the Guyana Energy Agency, Mahendra Sharma, said that an investigation has been launched and is ongoing. Sharma said they have received information about the possibility of the boat being involved in fuel smuggling. Kaieteur News understands that three other crewmen were unhurt. According to reports, the crewmen were in the vessel’s

engine room pumping fuel onto their trawler last Sunday morning when the pump began to malfunction. They were reportedly attempting to rectify the problem when an explosion occurred. The injured men were rushed to the Mabaruma Hospital before being transported by aircraft to Georgetown around 17:00hrs on Monday.

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Caribbean Court ruling...

Embattled Guyana Cricket Board could appeal Chang’s IMC decision The battle for control of Guyana’s cricket has taken a twist with the region’s court, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), on Monday granting two officials of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) 14 days to appeal a December ruling of Chief Justice (ag) Ian Chang. Chang had ruled against the application made by GCB representatives, Robin Singh, and Rajendra Singh, who were contesting the establishment of an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to manage the affairs of cricket in Guyana. That IMC is headed by Guyana’s cricket legend, Clive Lloyd. CCJ in its ruling on Monday said that the GCB officials could file with the Registrar of the Supreme Court a motion seeking such an extension. The GCB officials had approached the CCJ after several court battles. The CCJ action named Guyana’s Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, as the Respondent. It will be recalled that last year, amidst clashes by warring factions of the cricket board, Angela Haniff, Secretary of the Berbice Cricket Board had filed a court action challenging the legality of the election of Ramsay Ali as GCB President, following the June 2011 elections. BITTER STRUGGLE Guyana’s cricketing world had in the lead up to the June GCB elections been involved in a bitter leadership struggle that involved accusations of corruption and mismanagement. At the time, the GCB comprised the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) and the Essequibo Cricket Board (ECB), all unincorporated associations, and each entitled to a third of the GCB’s assets in the event of their dissolution of the GCB. The three sub-Boards were responsible for running cricket in the three counties. Chang ruled on August 22, 2011 that GCB lacked legal credibility. “Since all the parties to this action are no more than representatives of unincorporated umbrella associations which (along with their membership) lack legal personality, this action was misconceived and must be struck out and dismissed.” He also said that there may be the immediate need for the Minister responsible for sports to impose his executive will in the “national interest” until such time as Parliament can provide a more permanent welfare structure. “The Minister can take

Sports Minister, Dr. Frank Anthony

Chief Justice (ag), Ian Chang

Attorney General, Anil Nandlall

Former GCB President, Ramsay Ali

immediate interim action.” IMC On December 23, the Minister for Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony, wrote the secretary of the GCB, stating that based on the court order of Chang, he had decided to install an IMC “which shall assume the administration of cricket nationally in lieu and in place of the GCB, as the Government continues to explore a more permanent solution to this administrative and legal dilemma.” The Minister had pointed that because of the 2011 General and Regional elections, the business of Parliament was yet to resume. He also ordered the Secretary to immediately cease representing the GCB and immediately deliver to the Permanent Secretary of the

Ministry all properties, accounts, records connected with the cricket board. This caused Mr. Lionel Jaikarran and Mr. Chetram Singh, the two trustees of the GCB, on December 28, 2011 to file an ex parte motion for a court order quashing the Minister’s decision. On December 28 and December 29, last Chang heard the ex parte application and ordered that the application be refused. According to the CCJ r u l i n g o n M o n d a y, n o written judgment has been given, but Sanjeev Datadin, the GCB’s lawyer said that Chang had applied his ruling in Haniff v Ali regarding the claimants as having no locus standi because they were purporting to represent a body that was a legal nonentity.

GCB then made another legal move, renewing the ex parte application on December 30, 2011 by way of a fresh hearing before the Full Court. However, the matter was dismissed on January 25 by the Full Court (Justice William Ramlall and James Bovell Drakes). NO POWER The court refused an application to appeal to the Court of Appeal. The Full Court further indicated that it had no power to give leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal. GCB persisted, turning to the Court of Appeal, filing another motion on January 30. The Court of Appeal heard the matter on February 14 but summarily dismissed it, on the grounds that it had no jurisdiction to hear an appeal from an ex parte decision in the light of the wording of section. On March 2, last, GCB approached the CCJ for special leave to appeal against the Court of A p p e a l ’s j u d g m e n t o f February 14 that it had no jurisdiction to hear any appeal to it in this matter. According to the CCJ in its ruling, in the exceptional circumstances, it is of the belief that no court could properly refuse an application for an extension of time for appealing Chang’s December 29 order. “Due to the seriousness of the issues and the urgency of the matter this Court most exceptionally will exercise the powers of the Court of Appeal in the following manner. “This Court grants the Appellants an extension of time until fourteen days from the delivery of this judgment to file a notice of appeal from the order of Chang CJ (ag) of 29 December 2011, provided the Appellants within seven days of delivery of this judgment file with the Registrar of the Supreme Court a motion seeking such an extension.”

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Wednesday June 13, 2012 ARIES (March 21 - April 19): Your curiosity is stronger than ever right now, so why not unleash it? Go out into the world today and explore all the nooks and crannies you can find. Turn over every rock and examine what you see. ******************* TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): Your impatience has been growing lately, and today you may feel as if your life is moving at a frustratingly glacial pace. But this change of rhythm is a very good thing. ****************** GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): Take a lesson from the inappropriate behavior of someone who has been annoying you lately. They are speaking without thinking and being quite a blabbermouth. ******************** CANCER (June 21 - July 22): You can never be too careful in any type of business dealings, especially ones that pose a high level of risk to your financial status. ********************* LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22): Someone, in your opinion, is wasting time exploring high ideas when they should be hard at work making practical things happen. But perhaps today you should take a page from their lesson book -spend a little less time with your nose in your work, and a little more time with your head up in the clouds. ******************* VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22): The workplace can sometimes feel like a battlefield. Other times, it feels like a lovein. Today, unfortunately, the former simile will probably apply. The good thing about having problems with coworkers is that you can solve them easily if you just focus

on the common goal. ********************* LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22): From time to time, there is nothing wrong with doing just enough to get by. The bare minimum of effort can be just the right amount. ********************* SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21): Give yourself the gift of peace and quiet today. It's not selfish to want to be by yourself, it's healthy. You are in an inward phase now, which will help you recharge your emotional batteries, center yourself, and get better prepared to be there when the people you love need you. ******************** SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. 21): Get ready for a lot of dramatic interruptions in your day -- there is about to be a big power shake-up that might trickle down to you. Is this the chance to prove yourself that you have been waiting for? **************** CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. 19): Getting in touch with your emotions is not a 'once in a lifetime' thing. You need to stay on top of them, especially today when unexpected events could make your moods unpredictable. ******************** AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18): Right now, moving through your life without thinking too hard about what you are doing might not be such a bad idea. You are used to thinking things through -and that is certainly wise. ********************* PISCE S ( F e b . 1 9 March 20): Authority figures might cause you some stress today -- they will have a tendency to micromanage you and be somewhat of a hovering presence. This is not because you are not doing a good job.

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Bohemia Primary’s Michael Chan wins BCB/ RHTY&SC Cricket Drawing Competition

Awardees of the Primary School Drawing Competition. Eleven years old Michael Chan of Bohemia Primary School of No. 19 Village, East Coast, Berbice was declared the winner of the first ever Berbice Cricket Board/Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club Cricket Drawing Competition for Primary Schools students. Students drawn from the top ten Primary Schools in Berbice, last week took part in the competition at the Rose Hall Town Primary School. The first runner up was Kevin Nascimento of Port Mourant Primary and second runner up – Joe Sookhram of Sheet Anchor Primary. Chairman of the Special Events Committee and Secretary/CEO of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club Hilbert Foster stated that the students were

given a total of one hour to do an impromptu drawing on the topic “My Friends and I playing cricket on the beach”. Noting that he was highly impressed by the vigour, passion and excitement of the students, the veteran sports administrator stated that it was evident that the success of Berbice Cricket was touching every aspect of youths including those at the primary levels. He encouraged the students to successfully manage the balance between sports and education as both was important for their future. Treasurer of the Berbice Cricket Board Anil Beharry stated that the Art Competition was one of several organised by the Board to promote education and disclosed that educational assistance to less

LAWYER: Jail conditions may end Mayweather career LAS VEGAS (AP) Lawyers for Floyd Mayweather Jr. say the undefeated champion boxer may never fight again if he’s not released from the Las Vegas jail he entered earlier this month. The Las Vegas ReviewJournal reports ( LOOdOb) Mayweather’s lawyers filed an emergency motion Monday asking that he serve the remainder of his three-month jail sentence in house arrest. Lawyer Richard Wright says Mayweather’s health is deteriorating by being confined to his cell 23 hours a day and restricted from working out. Jailers are keeping him from the general inmate population because of his celebrity status. The motion says the boxer’s doctor believes the conditions could do irreversible damage to

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mayweather’s physique. Jail officials weren’t immediately available for comment. Mayweather was booked June 1 for attacking his exgirlfriend while two of their children watched.

fortunate students, Spelling “B” Competitions, donation of school bags, Essay Competitions for students have already been completed in 2012. Third Vice President Hubern Evans urged the attentive awardees to instill in themselves the importance of discipline, hard work and dedication, while at the same time always striving for success. The former Guyana first class cricketer committed the Berbice Cricket Board to continuing its investment into the educational sector as it is aware of the value of education for all sportsmen. Each of the Awardees expressed gratitude to the Berbice Cricket Board for the support of Arts in school and also stated their desire to play cricket at the junior level. The Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club donated gifts for the awardees while the Berbice Cricket Board donated monetary prizes. The next educational programmes to be undertaken by the Berbice Cricket Board and the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club would be a Nursery School Poster Competition and Secondary School Impromptu Speaking Competition.

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Czech start Euro 2012 campaign with a win Czech Republic’s Euro 2012 campaign came alive thanks to two goals in the first six minutes against 2004 champions Greece. Petr Jiracek scored the opener when he converted Tomas Hubschman’s defence-splitting pass in the third minute. Vaclav Pilar then grabbed his second goal of the tournament when he bundled home from two yards out. Greece had a goal ruled out for offside before Fanis Gekas capitalised on a Petr Cech howler after the break. It was the fifth goal Chelsea’s usually reliable number one had conceded in this tournament, but fortunately for the 30-year-old he avoided further errors as his side held on for a vital victory. Apart from their defensive naivety during the 4-1 defeat by Russia , Czech Republic’s other failing was waiting until late in the game to demonstrate their potency in attack. There was no such caution against the Greeks, as they catapulted themselves into a 2-0 lead inside six

minutes. Both were scored by Wolfsburg players. The first from the boot of wideman Jiracek, who ran in from the right, burst past the Greek defence, and slotted in Hubschman’s beautifullyweighted pass. The Greeks, who had to reorganise their defence coming into the match because of injury and suspension, were punished again three minutes later. Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky fed in Theodor Gebre Selassie on the right side of the area. The full-back, who was a constant threat on the wing, pulled his cross back for Pilar, who beat two defenders to the ball and directed his shot in with his thigh. There were further woes inflicted on Greece when veteran keeper Kostas Chalkias came off with an injury to be replaced by Michalis Sifakis in the 23rd minute. The PAOK Salonika man had barely got into position before he was called to push away Rosicky’s 25-yard drive. The Greeks’ only threat of the half resulted in the ball

hitting the back of the net, but Giorgos Fotakis’s header was controversially ruled offside. The replay seemed to suggest he was level. Fotakis was replaced by Gekas after the break and, like in the first match against Poland when Dimitris Salpangidis, who started today, came on in the second half and made a difference, the change gave Greece an early boost. On this occasion, Cech played a big part in goal when confusion between himself and his defender Tomas Sivok caused him to fumble a tame cross. Gekas had the easy task of passing into an empty net. Greece brought on Olympiakos’s Kostas Mitroglou to bring the number of forwards in their XI to four with 20 minutes remaining, but they seemed devoid of ideas against a flaky Czech defence. The defeat leaves the Greeks needing victory against Russia to stand a chance of progressing, while the revitalised Czechs will face co-hosts and neighbours Poland for a possible do-ordie Group A finale.

Greek midfielder Giorgos Fotakis (right) heads the ball to score though the goal was disallowed.

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Olympic boxer Teofilo Stevenson dies Poland hold Russia to 1-1 stalemate

HAVANA (AP) Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson, the three-time Olympic heavyweight champion with a devastating right hand and a gentlemanly demeanor, has died. He was 60. ‘’The Cuban sporting family was moved today by the passing of one of the greatest of all time,’’ said a statement read on the news Monday night. He died of heart disease, it added. Earlier a sports official, speaking on condition of anonymity lacking authorization to pre-empt an official announcement, said Stevenson had a heart attack. Considered by some to be the most accomplished amateur boxer in history, Stevenson first won gold in 1972 in Munich and followed that up in 1976 at Montreal. ‘’The Olympic Games in Munich and Montreal are the fondest memories I have from my life, the best stage of my career,’’ he told The Associated Press earlier this year. In 1980, he won his third Olympic title in Moscow, becoming the second boxer to win gold at three separate games after Hungarian Lazlo Papp. Felix Savon, Stevenson’s countryman, accomplished the feat in 2000. Known affectionately on the island by the nickname ‘’Pirolo,’’ Stevenson was famous for his punishing right, polished technique, deft hand and footwork, and his sportsmanship. Stevenson was born

Former heavy-weight boxing champion Mohamed Ali (left) walks alongside former Cuban heavy-weight amateur champion Teofilo Stevensen March 29, 1952, to a family of modest means, in Las Tunas province in eastern Cuba. He fought in his first match at the age of 14, and two years later won his first international title in the Central American and Caribbean championship. As his accomplishments grew, boxing fans began salivating over the prospect of a ‘’fight of the century’’ pitting him against Muhammad Ali. But Cuba insisted that he not lose his amateur status, and the bout never took place. After Stevenson won his first world title in 1974, Sports Illustrated ran the headline: ‘’He’d Rather Be Red Than Rich.’’ Stevenson won world amateur titles again in 1978 and 1986, and was forced to pass up a shot at a fourth Olympic gold when Cuba did not attend the 1984 Games in

Los Angeles. He retired in 1988 after Cuba decided to skip the Seoul Olympics as well. Stevenson passed up millions by not leaving Communist-run Cuba to turn pro, but expressed no remorse. ‘’I prefer the affection of 8 million Cubans,’’ he once said. In January, Stevenson spent 15 days in intensive care after doctors detected a clot in an artery near his heart. He was released in early February and was surprised at the outpouring of media reports that his condition was grave. ‘’People called me from all over Cuba, from other parts of the world, even from Miami,’’ Stevenson said. In his later years, Stevenson served as vice president of Cuba’s boxing federation and at the island’s national sports institute. He had two children.

Poland produced a stirring performance in Warsaw to hold Russia to a draw and strengthen their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages. The co-hosts came from behind during a thrilling second half, captain Jakub Blaszczykowski scoring the equaliser with a thunderous left-foot shot. Russia had taken the lead after 37 minutes, when Alan Dzagoev turned in Andrey Arshavin’s curling free-kick. Although both teams had chances to win the game, the spoils were shared. The result leaves Group A wide open, with all four teams still mathematically able to qualify for the quarter-finals after a night of high drama in the Polish capital. This was not a rivalry in need of stoking, or a fixture that required additional hype. And yet fuel was thrown on the fire in the hours before kick-off as riot police clashed with fans from both countries in a series of violent exchanges on the streets of Warsaw. A march in support of Russia’s Independence Day, from the city centre to the stadium, prompted widespread anger among Polish extremists. If the atmosphere around the stadium was raw at kick-off, the early exchanges were equally frenzied. Arshavin was immediately in the thick of the

Wismar has big assignment against Lodge... From page 31 won a national title, under what was the Wismar Pistons. This Wismar team is different in many ways. First, it is a combination of ball players from teams on the western half of a Demerara River that divides Linden. Second, several younger players, mostly guards, have hauled them into this level of the competition, which speaks volumes of the depth Linden sustains. The only remaining veteran for Wismar is Trevor Profitt, who told Kaieteur Sport in Linden last weekend that he is quite contented with his behind-the-scenes role. Profitt may very well have to change that approach tonight if Wismar is to beat Lodge/ Meadowbrook. Profitt is a senior forward who will have to shoulder some responsibility tonight. Shooting guard, Chris Williams will have to be at his best as well. The young, sharp-shooter has had the potential to compete for the position on the national team, but needs to be consistent. His former junior national

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team-mate, Marlon Pollydore will also have to step up big for Wismar in the must-win game tonight. Pollydore is a pure scorer in the guard position, but he faces mean opposition from Lodge/ Meadowbrook in every meaning of the word. Lodge/Meadowbrook has eased through the tournament unthreatened. At this point, their run will continue unless Wismar has an extraordinary game shooting the ball. Wismar do not have the ‘bigs’ to

compete with Lodge. However, they certainly have the guards, the speed. Drumson McCulley has returned to Lodge with a bang; the forward was the leading scorer in the last game while Darrion Lewis continues to put up the numbers. But it is the defensive efforts of Mortimer Williams and Fabian Johnson in the paint that has been dominant. The bottom-line is that to night features two diametrically opposed teams; what one lacks in size, the

other has in large proportions and vice-versa in speed. Who prevails tonight depends heavily on who exploits their strengths the most. Wismar will not simply bow out. Meanwhile, local female basketball players will be starting a rivalry of their own in a three-game series between the national junior and senior players. The local women’s game will be the first of the night that starts at 7pm before the Lodge versus Wismar showdown. Point guard, Lowquantor Gibson will lead the junior females, most of who competed at the Inter-Guiana Games last year. Centre Jinelle Ifill along with point guard Tamara Hunter and Kadi-Ann Rowe will also be among the Juniors with Kristy Roberts offering support. Natasha Alder, who was one of the most outstanding players in Antigua recently, leads the senior women into the contest tonight. She will get support from the Timeki Joseph, Nichola Jacobs and Sonia Rodney, who have all represented Guyana at the senior level.

action, probing, pressing, jinking beyond defenders. But the best of the early chances fell to Poland. Ludovic Obraniak’s curling free-kick was headed goalwards by Sebastian Boenisch only for Russia goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev to turn the ball away. Poland had the ball in the net after 17 minutes, but the linesman’s flag correctly denied them after Robert Lewandowski and Eugen Polanski had linked up delightfully following an incisive one-touch passing move. But for all Poland’s early exuberance, Russia remained a constant danger. Arshavin and Aleksandr Kerzhakov were at the heart of everything for Dick Advocaat’s team, who gradually began to resemble the side that had been imperious in sweeping aside the Czech Republic in their opening game. Poland struggled to contain the movement of Dzagoev, while Yuri Zhirkov’s probing runs down the left flank were equally threatening. The momentum was shifting and Russia struck decisively. Arshavin’s pin-point free-kick curled menacingly across the penalty area and it was Dzagoev who steered it beyond Poland goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton, the ball fortuitosly deflecting off his shoulder for his third goal of Euro 2012. Poland were unbowed, however. They began the second half as they had the first, Polanski finding Lewandowski beyond the final defender but the Borrusia Dortmund striker was driven wide before Malafeev snuffed out the danger with his legs. Lewandowski was through again moments later

Jakub Blaszczykowski but Malafeev was again alert to the danger, punching clear decisively. The game was becoming increasingly stretched now. Russia threatened every time they broke forward but Poland refused to give up, pouring forward time after time, scattering red shirts and levelling the match with a stunning goal from their captain. Blaszczykowski escaped the attentions of Zhirkov, cut in from the right flank and unleashed a searing left-foot shot that arrowed beyond Malafeev and into the top lefthand corner of the net. The goal sparked scenes of euphoria in the stadium and Poland clearly drew strength from the partisan support. Adrian Mierzejewski fired wide from 25 yards as Poland began to sniff an unlikely victory. Lewandowski saw a shot blocked before left-back Sebastian Boenisch surged forward, beat two Russian defenders and thundered a shot over the bar from distance. Both teams had chances to win the match but at the final whistle it was the Polish supporters whose smiles were widest.

Annual Guyoil Father’s Day Cycle Road Race set for Sunday National Cycling Coach, Hassan Mohamed MS has organized the 13th Annual Guyoil Fathers Day Cycle Road Race on Sunday, June 17. The race will commence from Wales Police Station at 09:00hrs, proceed to Bushy Park on the East Bank of Essequibo before returning to Demerara Harbour Bridge for the finish. The Veteran, Upright and Females will turn back at Uitvlugt Community Centre to finish at the Harbour Bridge. The first six (6) finishers will receive prizes, the first three (3) Juniors, Veteran and Upright, two (2) Females and First Veteran O – 60 yrs will all receive prizes. Eight (8) Prime Prizes to be won during the course of the race. Walter Grant Stuart (1Hr/54Mins) is the defending champion in the senior category, while for the Juniors - Paul DeNobrega, Veteran - Kennard Lovell, Upright Cyclist - Richard Charles, Veteran O- 60 yrs - Walter Isaacs and Female - Hazina Barrett. The race is sponsored by Guyoil under the CASTROL Brand. Representatives of Guyoil/Castrol will distribute the prizes to the respective winners.

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BCB, RHTY&SC donate $100, 000 in cricket gears for resuscitation of RHCC Cricket Club Over the last three years, one of Berbice premier cricket clubs, the Rose Hall Community Centre Cricket Club, based in Canje has been unable to play any type of cricket due to problems at the ground. The Canje ground has been badly damaged due to rain and affected by Berbice Expo Fair and most of the players left for other clubs after being unable to practice and play at the venue. The Berbice Cricket Board Special Events Committee has been spearheading the effort to have the premier cricket club to return to the first division level and on Tuesday June 6, handed over $100,000 in cricket equipment to the club in conjunction with the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club. The items included two sets of stumps, one helmet, two bats, two batting pads, batting gloves, pair of wicketkeeping gloves, a box of balls, 1 score book and 1 pair of wicket keeping pads. Secretary/CEO of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club and chairman of the Special Events Committee, Hilbert Foster, expressed pleasure at being able to assist one of the Mecca of Berbice Cricket and noted that

Mr. Carl Moore presented cricket gears to Rose Hall Community Centre. the Welfare Centre was the first Berbice venue to host a first class match. He urged the members of the reformed club to work hard to regain lost grounds, to be disciplined at all times and to always strive for excellence. The Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club and Berbice Cricket Board, Foster noted, would be willing to assist in the future once they see progress on and off the cricket field. Treasurer of the Berbice Cricket Board, Anil Beharry, noted that the donation was

being done at the request of the General Manager of the Rose Hall Estate who was determined to start playing cricket again at the junior and senior level. Beharry welcomed back into the fold, the Rose Hall Community Cricket Team and wished them a successful future. He noted that over 40 cricket clubs in Berbice has so far received over $6M in material assistance from the Berbice Cricket Board in 2012 and many more would receive in the future. Assistant Human

Resource Manager of the Albion Sugar Estate, Joel Khellawan, in receiving the donation expressed gratitude to the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club and Berbice Cricket Board and reassured the gathering that the Rose Hall Community Centre Cricket Club would be back stronger than before on the cricket field while contributing to the success of Berbice Cricket. All interested cricketers in the Canje area can contact the Welfare Centre and register as a member from the Under-13 to Senior levels.

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Nigerian police rescue abducted footballer Obodo BBC Sport - Nigerian police have rescued Christian Obodo without the payment of a ransom demanded by his abductors. Officers tracked his alleged abductors to Isoko, just outside Warri, on Sunday, where they found Obodo and arrested some suspects. The midfielder was abducted by unknown gunmen near the oil city of Warri in southern Nigeria on Saturday. The kidnappers had issued a ransom demand for nearly US$200,000 (ÂŁ129,000). Obodo, who was on loan at Italian side Lecce from rivals Udinese last season, was driving alone early on Saturday morning when he was abducted. It is not the first time a footballer has been kidnapped in Nigeria. International defender Onyekachi Apam was kidnapped by armed men who took his car before releasing him. Nornu Yobo, elder brother of Everton defender Joseph, was famously kidnapped in 2008 in oil-rich Port Harcourt. Nornu was released after 10 days but it was never made clear whether a ransom was paid. Last year, the father of Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi was also seized in Jos, north-central Nigeria. Nigerian police, however, rescued Micheal Obi senior from his abductors days later.

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RHTY&SC makes financial donation P&P Insurance Brokers & Consultants Youth Cycle Programme fixed for Saturday to Tucber Park Cricket Club Guyana’s leading youth and sports NGO, the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club continues to assist other sports organisations to fulfill their mandate. On Tuesday June 5 the Cricket Team of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club donated an undisclosed amount of cash to the Tucber Park Cricket Club of New Amsterdam to assist them to construct a bridge leading to the Berbice High School Ground. Secretary/CEO of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, Hilbert Foster, in handing over the Cheque to Mr. Carl Moore of Tucber Park Cricket Club, stated that Mr. Moore had indicated to the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club that the bridge leading to the Berbice High School was not physically strong to allow a tractor and slasher to go across it and as such it was impossible to clean the ground. After a discussion with the seven cricket teams of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club – Rose Hall Town Farfan & Mendes Under-15, Bakewell Under-17 and Second Division, Pepsi Under-19, Gizmos & Gadgets Under-12 and First Division and Metro Females, the funds were raised and handed over in an effort to assist a sister cricket club as part of the Rose Hall Players Selfdevelopment Programme.

National Cycling Coach, Hassan Mohamed MS has organized the 12th Annual P&P Insurance Brokers & Consultants Limited Youth Cycle Programme for Saturday at National Park Circuit commencing at 09:00hrs. The scheduled Events: 12 to 14 yrs Boys & Girls 3 Laps BMX Boys Open 3 Laps Veteran U – 50 yrs 5 Laps BMX Boys 12 to 14 yrs - 3 Laps Veteran O – 50 yrs 5 Laps BMX 9 to 12 yrs 3 Laps Veteran O – 60 yrs 5 Laps BMX Boys 6 to 9 yrs 2 Laps Juveniles 10 Laps School Boys & Invitation- 35 Laps Upright Cyclists 5 Laps The respective defending champions are: 35 Laps – School Boys & Invitation - Alonzo Greaves - 1Hr/17Mins./21.81Secs 10 Laps – Juveniles - Michael Anthony - 27Mins/50Secs 5 Laps - Veteran U – 50 yrs -Kennard Lovell - 12Mins/19Secs 3 Laps – 12 to 14 yrs Boys & Girls - Hazina Barrett- 8Mins/15Secs Manager/Director Mr. Bishwa Panday will distribute the prizes to the respective winners.

Secretary/CEO of the RHTYSC hands over cheque to Mr. Carl Moore (right) of Tucber Park Cricket Club. The Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club despite its leading status as being the best, strongly believes in assisting others so that they can achieve the same success. Apart from the financial donation, the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club would also donate some lumber to assist the project. Manager of the Tucber Park Cricket Club, Carl Moore in accepting the financial donation expressed gratitude to the Management and Members of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club for their unselfish contribution to the development of Clubs across Berbice. The construction of the

Berbice High School bridge would allow the ground to be slashed more easier and enabling players like Joemal and Eugene La Fleur, Steven Latcha, Julian Moore, Keiron De Jesus, Nial Smith, Hakeem Hinds and Tremayne Smartt to practice and train on a regular basis. The Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, Moore stated, is a role model organisation which always responds to requests from less fortunate clubs. Noting that Berbice Cricket is at a high point in its history, Moore disclosed that the New Amsterdam based club was aiming to be a dominant factor at all age groups.

Attorney Albert Baldeo makes brilliant 76 not out

A stylish innings of 76 not out, studded with 7 sixes and 4 fours by Attorney at Law and District Leader Albert Baldeo, single handedly helped Supersonics defeat Royal Challengers in recently played cricket match in the United States. Batting first, Royal Challengers made 104, with good knocks coming from Tony Thakurdeen (20), Shuk Dundee (12) and Mukesh Singh (25). Sanjay took 4 wickets to win the bowling award. Chasing 105 for victory, Supersonics were reduced to 15 for 4 thanks to good bowling by Mukesh Singh a n d To n y T h a k u r d e e n , before B a l d e o ’s spectacular innings saw Supersonics home. Baldeo is in fine form, having made

Albert Baldeo (right) received some batting tips from his friend Chris Gayle.

True Champions Volleyball Tournament commences Saturday Andy Zhang, just 14 years old, set to become Four more days remain before the Third Annual Tradewind Tankers Nationwide Invitational ‘True Champions’ Volleyball Tournament commences, at the National Gymnasium. This is according to a release from the Organisers Castrol Strikers, the host of what has now become one of the biggest competitions held here annually. Defending champions Yo u n g A c h i e v e r s , w h o carted off all the spoils in the two previous tournaments, will once again start as favourites to successfully defend their title, while Castrol Strikers, Port Mourant Training School and Port Mourant Jaguars are among the other teams who will no doubt be aiming to dethrone the champs. The release added that in the first month of competition, all three formats usually contested, the 6’s, 4’s and 2’s will be played at three different venues with the 6’s

scheduled to be played at the National Gymnasium. The action then turns to Goed Fortuin Community Centre where the 2’s and 4’s formats will be contested among all the participating teams with the top 6 moving on to the next leg slated for July in Berbice. During the opening leg, the winning team will receive $20,000 and second placed $10,000, while the 2’s and 4’s formats will see only the top team being awarded $10,000. Points gained in the first round will not carry forward to the next round Over $500,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded during the competition, including the segment in September that will feature a team from overseas. There will be prizes for outstanding individual performances as well. So far, apart from the above-mentioned teams, University of Guyana, Guyana School of Agriculture, Rollers, the GDF

have all signaled their intentions to participate in the tournament. The Opening Ceremony is set for 14:00 hrs on Saturday, but actual competition begins at 09:30 hrs. Teams interested in competing in the tournament could still contact the following persons: Ian Wills Tele#680-7783; Rawle Duke614-0372 or Dester Hoppie695-3267. Still open to confirmation and interest by other teams...bottom finishing teams will play in a plate playoffs for a separate prize so female and lower level teams are encouraged to inquire about participation. Tradewind Tankers is a Shipping Company based in Barcelona, Spain and has been involved in business in this country for the past 36 years operating as the designated shipping agent for petroleum and oil.

another classy 48 the prior against Caribbean Stars to

win the man of the match award in that game also.

youngest participant in U.S. Open history Jonathan Wall | Devil Ball Golf – Before the start of this week, it seemed like there were already a hundred different U.S. Open storylines. Tiger Woods’ momentum coming off a win at the Memorial; Lee Westwood and Dustin Johnson picking up W’s just last week; Rory McIlroy crashing and burning in Memphis; Casey Martin returning to Olympic at the age of 40; journeyman Dennis Miller getting into the field. These were just a few of the things to keep an eye on at Olympic Club. But in typical U.S. Open fashion we now have one more, and it’s a doozy: A 14-year-old boy is now in the field at the Open. Yes, you read that right. Andy Zhang, not even old enough to drive and one year removed from being legal to watch PG-13 movies, will become the youngest golfer

Andy Zhang in U.S. Open history to tee it up in the major, after Paul Casey withdrew with an undisclosed injury on Monday. We talk all the time about what we were doing at such and such age to put these

crazy stories into perspective, but seriously, think about what you were doing at 14. Most likely you were chasing girls, playing video games and easily squeezing in 36 holes on a daily basis with your buddies. The U.S. Open? You watched it on TV. Andy Zhang, on the other hand, will get to live out every kid’s dream this week. The native of Shangdong, China, who won’t graduate until 2016, was actually the fifth alternate out of sectionals, where he almost booked his ticket at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla., before falling to Florida State senior Brooks Koepka in a playoff. Even better for Zhang? He’ll be teeing it up with Bubba Watson and Aaron Baddeley in a Tuesday practice round. Now that’s how you kick off your first U.S. Open experience.

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Berbice Cricket Board celebrates World Environment Day with donation to Cricket Clubs

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Snowfire2 wins Memorial Day Trophy in New York bird race

Representatives of the Cricket Clubs pose with their bins.

The Berbice Cricket Board as part of its expanded social mandate observed World Environment Day with a donation of sanitary equipment to eleven cricket clubs in the ancient county. The county’s ten first division clubs – West Berbice, Blairmont Community Centre, Bermine Cricket Club, Edinburgh Cricket Club, Young Warriors Cricket Club, Albion Community Centre, Police “B” Division, Port Mourant Cricket Club, Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club and Skeldon Community Centre along with the Bush Lot Cricket Club each received a large dust bin, collection of garbage bags and dust pan and hand broom. Chairman of the Berbice Cricket Board Special Events Committee Hilbert Foster stated at the presentation that the Berbice Cricket Board was determined to make positive impact to efforts to save the environment due to the negative impact of climate change. The present generation of Berbice Cricketers needs to be educated on the importance of good environmental practices and the need to keep God’s world clean and healthy. The items, Foster disclosed would be used by the eleven clubs to keep their cricket grounds and club houses clean and he urged the management of the clubs to instill proper environmental practices into their charges. The Berbice

Cricket Board, Foster stated during 2012 would place major emphasis on the environment and host at least two major activities including primary and secondary school students. Treasurer Anil Beharry hailed the Berbice Cricket Board observation of World Environmental Day as another red letter day in the amazing achievements of the Board. Expressing his support for the Government of Guyana’s LCDS Programme, he urged all cricketers and officials to get on board the green revolution to save planet earth. 3rd Vice President of the Berbice Cricket Board Hubern Evans praised the Special Events Committee for following up on his suggestion to observe the Environmental Day and urged the eleven clubs to use the donated items for the intended purposes. Berbice Cricketers, Evans stated no longer has to be cricketers alone but must be sports ambassadors and agents for change in every aspect of life in Berbice. Representatives of the eleven clubs expressed gratitude to the Berbice Cricket Board for the environmental donations and pledged to support the Board’s effort to keep all cricket grounds in Berbice litter free. The programme was jointly sponsored by the Berbice Cricket Board and the Bank of Nova Scotia.

Noble House Seafoods supports Golden Jaguars In supporting Guyana’s very own, Golden Jaguars in their journey in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers, Noble House Seafoods last Monday donated a substantial contribution of US$4,000 to the team shortly after a press briefing in the Conference Room at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence. The Captain of the team which is currently creating history, Christopher Nurse

- cash goes directly to team collected the donation which was presented by Percy Corlette, the Sports Coordinator of Noble House Seafoods. The incentives, which the Sport Coordinator said will go directly to the team, will assist tremendously Acting President of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Franklin Wilson

indicating that the Federation was pleased with the decision of the Noble House Seafoods, stated that he was very happy that another cooperate entity have seen the greatness of the Golden Jaguars. Corlette stating that his Company was involved in all kind of sports said that the donation was for the team’s

outstanding performance at the Azteca Stadium despite losing the game to Mexico as he wished the team success in their upcoming games against the other teams. On receiving the funds, the Captain sincerely expressed his gratitude to the Sports Coo r d i n a t o r and the Noble House Seafoods for their substantial contribution which is much needed at the moment to boost the players.

Sports Coordinator of Noble House Seafoods, Percy Corlette (second right) donates US$4,000 to Golden Jaguars Captain, Christopher Nurse for the team’s performance last Friday in Mexico in the Conference Room at the Guyana National Stadium.

Bram with the famous Snowfire2 and trophy following his Memorial Day triumph. Bird (whistling) racing in New York at the Smokey Park attracted a good turnout with produced a sizzling contest in the end. The race was contested between the most feared Towa Towas, Jumbie and Snowfire 2 (AKA Yellow beak). Jumbie was frozen and burnt alive by the great Snowfire in a jiffy, in less than a minute the race was finished at a count of 50-15. The owner of Snowfire, Bram from Canefield Canje, Berbice now in the US, started racing Towa Towa at the age of fifteen and never lost a race with his previous bird Snowfire 1. He won eight races in one morning. He was trained by the late and great Mack Parris AKA Nancy, one of the smartest bird man in those days. Mack was the owner of Snowfire 1 which was raced by Bram. He also raced the great Magic and this bird also never lost a race. Snowfire 2 is said to be looking to compete against any Towa Towa or he might retire undefeated. This form of entertainment is mainly popular in Guyana where several species of birds are reared for their beautiful signing (whistling). Among the more popular is the Towa Towa and Mountain Canary. Bram has extended special greetings and thanks to several of his Guyanese bird enthusiasts including Clifton Phillips, Robert, Rudolph Parris, Grafton, Duppa, Tall Joe, Vishnu, Bhagwan, David Jankie, Squarrie, Father, Rev, Compton John, Orandie AKA Rudolph, Toyo and Randolph Parris.

Holder soaks field to take... From page 30 to spring a surprise, but none succeeded. The tussle continued until the peloton reached the Canje Bridge again and Holder and Hassnu once again surprised the pack with their superior climbing skills, making a break. From then it was a ding dong battle between the two for home. In the end it was Holder who was able to hold off his opponent for the exciting win. The third place went to Brijader, with Keith Griffith and veteran Syborne Fernandes placing fourth and fifth. Fernandes also won in the veteran category, while Brijader was also the first junior home. Andrew Ross was the

winner in the juvenile category with Osafo Atkins, Andrew Hicks and Tackoordeen Nankoo occupying the other spots. Top female cyclist Marcia Dick, back on the saddles after a break for her “A” level examinations, was the first female to cross the finish line. 14 cyclists started the race. At the end of the event the top riders were presented with the awards by the management of the Banks DIH Berbice operation, including Regional Manager Reggie Matthews and Sales Manager Joshua Torrezao. The event was for cyclist of the Flying Aces Cycling club and was coordinated by Coach Randolph Roberts.

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Skipper Permaul and homeboy Johnson destroy India A

Veersammy Permaul and Johnson Charles congratulate each other as they leay the Windies 'A' team off the field following their victory. Arnos Vale, St Vincent — Vincentian left-arm fast bowler Delorn Johnson and left-arm spinner, skipper Veerasammy Permaul shared all ten wickets as West Indies A Team routed India A for 94 in the second innings to win the second Digicel Test match by a whopping 125 runs at Arnos Vale on Tuesday. The six-foot-five-inch Johnson was quick and accurate to earn career-best figures of six for 34 from 17 menacing overs. It was a superb effort on his home ground as he was backed by family and friends in the crowd. He rocked the Indian top order with four wickets in the final hour on Monday, and picked up two more in the first hour on Tuesday morning. Permaul made wise use of the ‘rough’ on a fourth-day pitch to take four for 22 against India’s talented batting line-up, which includes three batsmen with

triple-centuries in first-class cricket and two others who average 60 at the first-class level. Johnson ended with eight wickets in the match while Permaul took nine wickets. The superb bowling performance earned the West Indies a series-levelling result following the narrow twowicket defeat they suffered in the opening Digicel ‘Test’ in Barbados a week ago. Speaking after the match, Permaul said he was pleased with his side’s showing over the four days. “It feels really good to get this win. We played well and when you play well you deserve some success,” the 22-year-old Guyanese said. “India have a ‘big’ batting line-up with guys who are well known in the IPL and some who have done well in domestic cricket and also in international cricket. But we knew once we worked hard and played good cricket over

Holder soaks field to take Aqua Water 2012 road race Dwight Holder continues his upward climb this year in the cycling arena when he won the fourth Annual Banks DIH Aqua Water cycling event which was held last Sunday in Berbice. Holder who has been in impressive form this year won in a driving finish from another upcoming cyclist Wazim Hassnu. As the two men battle to the finishing line, Holder was able to nose home to clinch victory in another inspiring performance. The race which was held last Sunday began in front of Banks DIH Limited at Main and New Street New Amsterdam and proceeded to Tain, before turning back in front of the University of Guyana Berbice Campus, covering a distance of 28 miles a reduction from the originally stated 40 miles. At the start both Holder and Hassnu showed their intention early as the broke away from the bunch by the Canje Bridge. The men maintain a healthy lead until they were caught by the chasing pack, halfway into the upward journey. The battle continued from then as all the riders were looking Continued on page 29

the four days we could beat them.” The captain added: “This is a good comeback after the way we lost in Barbados. We felt we should have won there. After that defeat we were a bit down. But we came back here and got it right. This pitch favours spin, so I backed myself to do well. I knew once I bowled a bit quicker than I bowled in Barbados, I would get some turn and the ball would ‘bite’. It was great to see the way Johnno (Johnson) bowled. He gave everything. He never stopped running in.” Permaul had special praise for batsmen Jonathan Carter, who made a matchhigh 74 off 97 balls and Donovan Pagon, who batted despite a very stiff back to make 67 with four sixes off 72 balls. They added 86 for the sixth wicket in the West Indies second innings to set India a challenging target. “This was not an easy pitch to bat on. As you could see from the scores it was not that easy to play your shots. You had to be quite patient and look to stick it out. The way they came out yesterday (Monday) and dominated the bowling was great to see at a crucial stage in the match. They kept us in the game and gave us something to bowl at. A lot of credit must go to them,” Permaul said. “This shows that we are playing as a team and people are taking responsibility. When we needed batsmen in the first innings, Kraigg (Brathwaite) put his hand up with a fighting knock … in the second innings, Carter and Pagon were positive and forced the Indians to back off a bit.”

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Action packed day as Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym stages Father’s Day sports extravaganza Revelers could expect much frolic and fun when the Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym, more renowned for nurturing young boxers to national and international acclaim, switches its focus and teams up with popular Berbice wicketkeeper Winston ‘Junior’ Rose and several other sports personalities in the Ancient County including former athlete, Lance Fraser to host a Father Day sports extravaganza dubbed ‘To fathers with Love,’ at the Scot Church Ground, Princess Elizabeth Road New Amsterdam, Sunday June 17 next. Organizer of the event, Orland ‘Pocket Rocket’ Rogers has promised a day of fun and frolic and is urging the public to support the venture. He said that funds accrued from the function

would be channeled to developmental works of the PRBG and would complement the efforts of the business community. The indoor activities include dominoes and other board games and will be complemented by a number of outdoor including soft ball cricket, football, athletics and volleyball among others. There will also be a number of novelty games including sack race and lime and spoon. The organizer has also assured that children and other folks will be considered as there will be merry- goround and trampoline activities to add to the excitement. A Pocket Rocket production devoid of boxing activities is unheard of and fans will not be disappointed as boxers out of the gyms in

the Ancient County will slug it out later in the evening. Those gyms vying for top honours are Central New Amsterdam, Tiger Eye of West Canje, Jammers Boxing Gym of Rose Hall Town and the Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym. Some patrons will win special prizes including the best dressed couple as well as those that are accompanied by their children. Several corporate entities have teamed up to make the event a success and the organizers wish to express deep appreciation for their input. They include Digicel, Ansa McAl, Celebrity Times DVD, Sanjay’s ‘Doggy’ Jewelry in the New Amsterdam market and Inspector Ginnis among others. Activities get underway at 10:00 hrs.

GFF receives Super League trophy & U-16 League medals The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) last Monday received their GFF Super League Championship trophy at the National Stadium after a press briefing with the Golden Jaguars team in the Conference Room from Misteden, an entity which sponsored the Lady Jaguars team during their CFU U-17 qualifiers last year. President of Misteden, Stephen Budhu donating the trophy which can only be in the possession of the winning team of the championship that wins the League for three consecutive

years, stated to the media that it was a pleasure donating the trophy to enhance the performance of the players within the country as they strive to success. Guyana Football Federation Ag. President, Franklin Wilson, in response said that he was pleased with Mistenden’s contribution to the Federation and expects the relationship to progress. Wilson, who also received medals from Danny Green for the U-16 GFF League, stated that the medals which will be given to the players will be branded

with the GFF logo to raise the standard of the League. Donator of the medals, Green, in brief stated that he was delighted to be a part of the venture in moving sports in Guyana forward, “It is the nursery that will get us to the level that we are right now. Our contributions of these medals go towards the U16 tournament, it is keeping the trend with the contribution to make sure that the youths have something to play for and show for their efforts in playing football.”

Hazel Nurse presents the GFF Super League trophy to the President Ag. Of the Guyana Football Federation, Franklin Wilson in the presence of Misteden President, Stephen Budhu, Danny Green (left) and John Birkett (right).

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