Monday June 23, 2014
Letters... Where your views make the news...Letters... Where your views make the news
This confounded Idea of a local law school is not nonsense has got to stop one which can be too long resisted DEAR EDITOR, In recent times there has been one sex scandal after another, involving highranking government officials. With the exception of the much publicised NOC affair, none of these officials were called to account. The public is therefore forced to conclude that the President and his Cabinet will not cause this to happen out of apparent fear of exposing the deviant nature of many who grace the halls of power. The inaction will then force victims into silence, since they are made to feel insignificant and worthless in the face of that power; and the perpetrators will continue their nefarious behaviours knowing there is tacit official acceptance of such
behaviours. For the public perception to be reversed, the President and his Cabinet must act condignly to stamp out this scourge within the ranks. I will provide him with his first test case: There is a senior official within the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs - when I say senior, I mean really senior- who has impregnated an under-aged Amerindian girl from the quiet, remote village of Shirirri in the South-Central Rupununi. I can provide the name of the girl, her parents and the circumstances under which this sick official committed this act. I can also prove that this is not the first such encounter of this official with under-aged girls. I can also prove that this is not the only
officer who is engaged in such acts. What is troubling is the fact that this officer was placed in a position of trust to protect the rights of Amerindians. Instead, he took advantage of their humility and meagre means, and violated them. I am promising the President this: if action is not taken within a reasonable time, I am going to raise this issue as far up as the United Nations. This confounded nonsense has got to stop. I am also putting the organisations that represent young women and girls on alert. Carl Parker Sr. Regional Councillor, Region 9
Bourne one-sided on ethnic change agent in Guyana DEAR EDITOR, Mr. Rayvonne P. Bourne (KN Jun 21) is largely correct in his analysis about ethnic voting in Guyana but he ends it abruptly largely blaming Indians for the pattern of ethnic voting. He also appeals to Indians to stop voting PPP and cast ballots for the AFC that will result in a victory of the PNC (APNU). Indians have justified their vote for the PPP because of, among other reasons, various forms of abuses they have experienced since the 1950s. Indians claim, with justifiable reasons, they have been persecuted by the PNC, the party of the Africans – denial of cultural diet, kick down robberies, denial of vote, apartheid-like governance, racial discrimination, etc. Unless these are effectively addressed, Indians have no reasons to gravitate away from the PPP. As good or as bad as the PPP is, for some, it is viewed by most Indians as their best option or as “the lesser (least) of the three evils” facing the society. Bourne describes Africans as agents of political change when some of them voted for the newly formed
AFC in 2006 while the Indians largely stayed with the PPP. This is a one-sided argument lacking objectivity. Bourne forgot that in 1992, after 28 years of suffering under the PNC ethnic dictatorship, Africans remained with the PNC. They had a historic unprecedented political opportunity to change the politics of Guyana but they decided not to take advantage of it. They did not support the WPA or DLM or URP or TUF or PPP in order to restart and institutionalize a multi-racial polity. They stuck it out with ethnic voting, offering no precedence for Indians to break their racial pattern of voting. Also, after experimenting with the AFC in 2006, in November 2011, Africans abandoned the AFC and returned to the PNC (APNU) after they saw an opportunity of the PNC winning the election because of an impending split among Indian voters. A large number of Indians, on the other hand, abandoned the PPP that the Indians claimed neglected them in favour of other ethnic groups, and crossed over to the AFC. In 2006, with African support, AFC got five seats.
In 2011, with Indian support, AFC got seven seats plus the Speaker ’s post. Indians punished the PPP. So which group shows a greater inkling to political change? Indians have been very disappointed with the political behavior of the AFC over the last 30 months. Because of their disappointment in the AFC and because Africans returned “home” in 2011, Indians feel they have justifiable reasons to return home at the next election. Had Africans stayed with the AFC in 2011, the politics would have been very different since then, perhaps encouraging the population to move away from ethnic voting. Vishnu Bisram
DEAR EDITOR, Our great son of the Caribbean, Grenada-born economist and former Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Sir Meredith Alister McIntyre said that, “The idea of integration is the most persuasive idea in developmental policy since the Second World War.” That integration was seriously tested in recent months, especially when University of Guyana (UG) students-at-law learnt that they would not be offered places at Hugh Wooding School of Law (HWLS) this year. A letter from Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, the Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community to the Chairperson of the Council for Legal Education (CLE) Mrs. Jacqueline Samuels – Brown, SC, read, “It is also of tremendous concern that, in the current scenario, admission to the practice of Law in the CLE member countries is restricted to the graduates of one institution.” However, we were of happy consequence when a few days ago we learnt that UG’s top 25 law students would be allowed automatic placements for 2014. The Government of Guyana no doubt had spared no effort in ensuring the decision of the last few months was reversed and the arrangement of old even saw gains in the additional 10 automatic places being offered to our students of the Caribbean Community who study law with us. Thank you Minister of Legal Affairs and Attorney General, Anil Nandlall and our
very own Head of the Department of Law at UG Sheldon McDonald; and all the other personnel for the tireless efforts that you all brought to bear on the task. However, even as we celebrate the moment, and a special moment it is to quell our frustrations and set us on our chosen career course, deep thought must turn to those who will not be able to go to HWLS though holders of a Bachelors of Laws degree from UG this year and over the years because the system put in place to administer legal education in the Region, instead, seeks systematically to restrict access to their institutions even by entry examination requirements, noting also that there has been no mention in this dispensation of the fate of the 2015 and 2016 batch of law students at UG. This is the age of integration but instead “quotas” and “available places” and “space requirement” rule the day. This is unacceptable. It cannot be business as usual. The Honorable Errol Barrow of Barbados articulated it elegantly in the era of 1953 when our Constitution was suspended and in the words of our late great poet Martin Carter, “the shining sun was hidden in the sky and red flowers bent their heads in awful sorrow.”
Prime Minister Barrow said, “No nation, however powerful, can draw up an indictment against an entire people.” I dare say “no institution however powerful” should be allowed to do the same either. I find myself again in concurrence with the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago whose position is clear that, “The failure of the institutions to anticipate and meet the demand for legal education has seriously prejudiced the legal systems of the Caribbean and has seriously disadvantaged the current generation of young aspiring lawyers.” The salacious idea of a local law school is not one, with all the signs of the times, which can be too long resisted. A local law school should never mean we are antiintegration but instead such a school is to better prepare us as citizens of the Caribbean Community. Until that day when we believe again that our own children have a right like the integration movement to go from potential to performance, and we as a nation retake our rightful place in this process, refusing to delegate the responsibility of our own education; the dreams our children conjure and the hopes we harbour of the greatness of our people will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued but never attained. Sherod Avery Duncan
Monday June 23, 2014
Overseas medical Govt. engaged in unprecedented mission to visit Linden abuse of national coffers The Overseas Medical Assistance Team (OMAT), and the Women Of Mission International (WOMI) are set to conduct their annual medical mission to Linden from June 30 to July 6, 2014. OMAT administers free medical services to hundreds of patients each year in and around Linden. In addition to its medical services, the team will also hold a series of educational fora for medical professionals and community members, a community Health Fair and a National Women’s conference. The visiting team will include medical doctors and surgeons from the USA, who will be supported by overseas nurses and other staff, as well as nurses and other medical personnel from the Linden Hospital Complex. It will be led by a former Lindener, Dr. Stephen Carryl, who is Chairman of Surgery at the Wyckoff Heights Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York and President of OMAT. Complementing the team this year will be OB/GYN specialist Dr. Faunda Campbell, who will be providing services mainly to women with
hysterectomies and other female-related issues; Dr. Ellen Browne Mitchell an Ophthalmologist will be performing eye examinations and surgeries. Other team members are Rose Gonsalves, MD - ER, Donna Constantine, NP – surgery, Lynette Kowlessar, BSN – Pediatrics, Christina Antoine, MD – Resident, Auxillary Personnel- JoAnne Carryl, Leigha Carryl, Samella Carryl, Rosemarie Williams, Khala Allen and Mission coordinator Linda Felix-Johnson. The mission commences with daily medical treatment and surgeries at the Mackenzie Hospital Complex, followed by a Health Fair and Lecture for the public at the LEN building on July 3, 2014 to educate participants on conditions that include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, HIV/AIDS, prostate, breast and cervical cancers. An all-day Women’s Conference themed, “Knowing Your Value” will be held on July 4, at the Egbert Benjamin Center on Republic Ave in Linden and a Secondary School
outreach will follow at the Wisburg Secondary School on Wednesday July 2 and A Community Health Walk-AThon on Sunday July 6, 2014. Over the years, OMAT has worked tirelessly during their local visits to provide hundreds of critical surgeries and procedures to the people of Linden, and Region 10. This year promises to be no different, and the team is reportedly very excited to commence the mission. They have expressed anticipation that residents of Linden and Region 10 would seize the opportunity to receive free and expert medical services, which will go a long way in complimenting the existing services offered at the local hospital and health centers. Medical professionals are encouraged to join the team and become volunteers to provide services to the people of Region 10 on an annual basis. Volunteers who are interested in this and other WOMI initiatives are asked to contact Women Of Mission Intl. by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
…neither the constitution nor FMA Act supports the $4.6B expenditure - Ram By Gary Eleazar Government had for nearly two months been quietly spending money in violation of an expressed non-approval of the National Assembly while it searched the Constitution for what it opportunistically considered loopholes to disregard the concept of separation of powers and to have its own way. The action by Government represents a major unprecedented abuse by the Executive of the Consolidated Fund which comes under the control of the Legislature. At least this is according to Financial Analyst, Christopher Ram, who in an analysis of the $4.5B Statement of Excess brought to the House last Thursday by the Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and its accompanying Bill, said that there is no legal basis on which the government’s action could be based. Ram is of the opinion that a potential financial crisis looms in Guyana as a result of the actions of the Government. According to Ram, the Minister’s reliance on section 41 of the Fiscal Management and Accountability (FMA) Act seems even more tenuous since that section deals specifically with the Contingencies Fund. Ram points out that each of the 50 attachments to the Financial Paper, brought to the House by Dr Ashni Singh, is headed Statement of Excess – 2014, a different concept from Contingencies. “In any case, any explanation that the narrative in the Bill is generically worded can hardly be used to make a case for approval for $4.6B of public expenditure,” according to Ram. ACCIDENT OR DESIGN Ram in his analysis said, “in my view the most relevant
Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh Article of the Constitution and the section of the FMA Act were overlooked or ignored by the government and its Attorney General, whether by accident which I doubt, or by design.” He said Article 217 is clear: monies can only be withdrawn from the Consolidated Fund where: the expenditure is charged upon the Fund by the Constitution or by an Act of Parliament; the issue of the money has been authorized by an Appropriation Act; the issue of the money has been authorized under Article 219 of the Constitution. Ram points to the fact that section 16 of the FMA Act states that “There shall be no expenditure of public monies except in accordance with article 217 of the Constitution”. He points out that the very Act provides for a Contingencies Fund advance as expenditure out of the Consolidated Fund. Ram said too that “whatever criticisms may be levelled at the drafters of the Constitution, including failure to make clear whether ‘approves’ excludes ‘approves with amendments’ and what ‘excess’ unambiguously means,” no
Financial Analyst, Christopher Ram amount of legal linguistics can support any interpretation of any provision of the Constitution or the FMA Act that allows the expendi ture incurred by the Minister of Finance for which he now seeks parliamentary approval. “It would take some convincing to make constitutional anything that is unconstitutional and I cannot see on constitutional and legal technical grounds how the National Assembly can give their approval to the Bill.” Ram posits that if they do, the Minister can then argue that none of the expenditure was unconstitutional, illegal or improper since the National Assembly subsequently approved them. CROCODILE TEARS According to Ram, “over the past several months, various spokespersons of the government have been lamenting the consequences of the budget cuts particularly the subvention to the student loan revolving fund at the University of Guyana, payments for GINA, NCN and CJIA and the payment of activists under the so-called Amerindian Youth Entrepreneurship and A p p r e n t i c e s h i p Programme…We now know (continued on page 14)
Monday June 23, 2014
Iran rejects U.S. action in Iraq, ISIL tightens Syria border grip ANBAR Iraq (Reuters) Iran’s supreme leader accused the United States yesterday of trying to retake control of Iraq by exploiting sectarian rivalries, as Sunni insurgents drove toward Baghdad from new strongholds along the Syrian border. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s condemnation of U.S. action came three days after President Barack Obama offered to send 300 military advisers to help the Iraqi government. Khamenei may want to block any U.S. choice of a new prime minister after grumbling in Washington about Shi’ite premier Nuri alMaliki. The supreme leader did not mention the Iranian president’s recent suggestion of cooperation with Shi’ite Tehran’s old U.S. adversary in defense of their mutual ally in Baghdad. Yesterday, militants overran a second frontier post on the Syrian border, extending two weeks of swift territorial gains as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) pursues the goal of its own power base, a “caliphate” straddling both countries that has raised alarm across the Middle East and in the West. “We are strongly
opposed to U.S. and other intervention in Iraq,” IRNA news agency quoted Khamenei as saying. “We don’t approve of it as we believe the Iraqi government, nation and religious authorities are capable of ending the sedition.” Some Iraqi observers interpreted his remarks as a warning not to try to pick its own replacement for Maliki, whom many in the West and Iraq hold responsible for the crisis. In eight years in power, he has alienated many in the Sunni minority that dominated the country under ousted dictator Saddam Hussein. Khamenei has not made clear how far Iran itself will back Maliki to hold on to his job once parliament reconvenes following an election in which Maliki’s bloc won the most seats. Speaking in Cairo, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States wanted Iraqis to find a leadership that would represent all the country’s communities though he echoed Obama in saying it would not pick or choose those leaders: “The United States would like the Iraqi people to find leadership that is prepared to represent all of the
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
people of Iraq, that is prepared to be inclusive and share power,” Kerry said. The Iranian and the U.S. governments had seemed open to collaboration against ISIL, which is also fighting the Iranian-backed president of Syria, whom Washington wants to see removed. “American authorities are trying to portray this as a sectarian war, but what is happening in Iraq is not a war between Shi’ites and Sunnis,” said Khamenei, who has the last word in the Islamic Republic’s Shi’ite clerical administration. Accusing Washington of using Sunni Islamists and
loyalists of Saddam’s Baath party, he added: “The U.S. is seeking an Iraq under its hegemony and ruled by its stooges.” During Iran’s long war with Saddam in the 1980s, Iraq enjoyed quiet U.S. support. Tehran and Washington have been shocked by the lightning offensive, spearheaded by ISIL but also involving Sunni tribes and Saddam loyalists. It has seen swathes of northern and western Iraq fall, including the major city of Mosul on June 10. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized oil-rich Sunni Gulf states that he said were funding “terrorists” - a
reference to the likes of Saudi Arabia and Qatar which have backed Sunni rebels against Syria’s Iranian-backed leader Bashar al-Assad. “We emphatically tell those Islamic states and all others funding terrorists with their petrodollars that these terrorist savages you have set on other people’s lives will come to haunt you,” IRNA quoted Rouhani as saying yesterday. ISIL thrust east from a newly captured Iraqi-Syrian border post yesterday, taking three towns in Iraq’s western Anbar province after seizing the frontier crossing near the town of Qaim on Saturday, witnesses and security sources said. They seized a second, alWaleed, on Sunday. The gains have helped ISIL secure supply lines to Syria, where it has exploited the chaos of the uprising against Assad to seize territory. It is considered the most powerful force among armed groups who seized Falluja, just west of Baghdad, and took parts of Anbar’s capital Ramadi at the start of the year. The fall of Qaim represented another step towards the realization of ISIL’s military goals, erasing a frontier drawn by colonial
powers carving up the Ottoman empire a century ago. ISIL’s gains yesterday included the towns of Rawa and Ana along the Euphrates river east of Qaim, as well as the town of Rutba further south on the main highway from Jordan to Baghdad. A military intelligence official said Iraqi troops had withdrawn from Rawa and Ana after ISIL militants attacked the settlements late on Saturday. “Troops withdrew from Rawa, Ana and Rutba this morning and ISIL moved quickly to completely control these towns,” the official said. “They took Ana and Rawa this morning without a fight.” Military spokesman Major-General Qassim alMoussawi said the withdrawal from the towns was intended to ensure “command and control” and to allow troops to regroup and retake the areas. The towns are on a strategic supply route between ISIL’s positions in northwestern Iraq and eastern Syria, where the group has taken a string of towns and strategic positions from rival Sunni forces fighting Assad over the past few days.
Monday June 23, 2014
Silent witnesses to child abuse could be jailed - new Barbados law BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - CMC — Persons who may be aware of instances of child abuse, but do not inform the authorities, could be brought before the courts and face possible jail according to a looming law. Child Care Board Director, Joan Crawford, says Cabinet is about to consider a proposal making it mandatory for school principals, church leaders, social workers, court officials, and media workers, among others to report knowledge of child abuse. “There are no ifs or buts. It will be that you ... are bound to report,” she said Thursday. “The only exception there is
Joan Crawford that lawyer-client privilege, but all others are not considered that way.”
Further explaining the proposal before the Cabinet she said, “Failure to report a suspected case should carry a sanction in the form of a fine, with the alternative of imprisonment”. Crawford’s revelation came during a symposium on student sexual abuse, where UNICEF Representative, Knu-Sandi Lwin, suggested that education officials and others involved in the delivery of education can be blamed for not disclosing all information on probable cases of child abuse. “All of us, in one way or another, have been sinning, the sins of omission,” she said.
‘Fight fire with fire’ - T&T National Security Minister P O R T- O F - S PA I N , Trinidad - CMC — Asserting that “these are desperate times”, the Trinidad Ministry of National Security plans “fighting fire with fire” and will be racking up its armoury to take on criminal elements. This message came in a statement from the ministry late Saturday, following the killing of a man by police officers in a shootout, the subsequent shooting of a soldier in Desperlie Crescent, Laventille , and a confrontation between contingents of lawmen and residents earlier in the day. National Security Minister Gary Griffith, was quoted as
the Ministry of National Security would be adding to its arsenal very soon Armoured Personnel Carriers that would allow troops to enter these high risk hot zone areas and be able to stabilize any threat or attack on Law Enforcement. Media reports, apparently based on information from police, indicated that just after midnight a police patrol attempted to approach three men, but was met by gunfire. The lawmen returned fire, killing a 19-year-old man, said to be among the three. The other two escaped. According to the newspapers, hours later
Gary Griffith residents blocked access roads to Desperlie Crescent with debris and set it ablaze. Police responded in large numbers, explosions were heard, and an off-duty soldier was shot in the knee.
Students who flogged teacher ... From page 2 other teachers, after they refused to allow the boy's sister to give him a bag, which he claimed contained his 'juker'. “All the time he firing kicks and a kick connected to Sir Curtis and he threatening Sir that he will kill him,” an eyewitness had reported. “Then he tell he sister who was looking on and cursing, 'pass me bag let me get me juker', and the sister was going to give it to him, and all the while she was cursing that teachers had no right to drag her brother on the ground, but all the teachers were trying to do was take the boy to the Principal's Office, but he de fighting too much they couldn't control him. This boy was behaving like he was possessed. “Well Teacher Roxanne-
she is one of those teachers that don't put up with nonsense—so she told the boy's sister to go back to her class, but this girl ignored her and continued cursing and was going to force her way past the teacher to give her brother the bag, when teacher Roxanne scrambled the whip from the Deputy and gave her two lashes and told her to go to her class. But instead, this girl scramble the whip and start beating the teacher, lashing this woman all over she head. Then the teacher managed to pull the whip from her and tried to restrain her, but the girl scramble back the whip, and continued lashing the teacher. By this time the brother rushed towards the teacher too, who then tried to get the rake from the cleaner to defend
herself, but by then the other teachers intervened and subdued the two students who were then taken to the Principals Office,” the source added. The incident was reported to the Wisroc Police Outpost, and the teachers involved in the altercation were advised to submit a report to the Region 10 Education Department. The incident was just the latest in a string of other episodes of violence against staff at Wisburg Secondary. On February 4, 2013, Michelle Richards, another teacher, had to be rushed to the Mackenzie Hospital Complex, after a table top, which was set as a trap over her classroom door, fell on her head as she attempted to enter her class. Richards later had a CTscan done which revealed that she had suffered a fractured skull. The students who had set the trap were later expelled from the School, while Richards would spend months convalescing. She has since returned to teaching, but at another Secondary School.
Monday June 23, 2014
The police are not managers of the Police Wives Assoc - Exec. Member Members of the Guyana Police Wives Association say they are not surprised that the Police Administration has withdrawn its support for their organization. The members say that the move was expected ever since the current Acting Commissioner of Police Seelall Persaud took over. The Police Force last week formally announced its withdrawal of support for the police wives association which has been in existence for the past 61 years, citing what it described as disrespect for one of its senior officers, by the group’s executive. But the Police Wives Association, while dismissing the allegations of the police, is convinced that the current rift between the police and the organization has its origin in a much more sinister plan which is to destroy the organization all
together. The Force has locked out the members from their customary meeting place at Eve Leary, preventing them access to the Association’s possessions which are housed there. The lockout has also forced the PWA to temporarily suspend a weekly youth outreach programme. However, the PWA members have vowed to continue their work even if it means finding another building outside of Police Headquarters. Speaking with this newspaper last week following the police’s withdrawal of support, group members said that since Mr Persaud took over the reigns of the Force, they have received absolutely no support from the police. “What we got was a lock out of the building…and now the police are telling lies, a whole lot of lies,” one member
stated. The members said that they found it strange that the present Acting Commissioner’s wife has not responded to their request to become the organisation’s Patron, following the departure of the previous patron, Grace Brumell. “Mrs Persaud is the first Commissioner of Police’s wife who has not accepted an invitation to become the patron of the Police Wives Association,” the executive member observed. The PWA member refuted claims by the Police Force that the Executive Committee of the Police Wives’ Association consisted of persons among whom were not the wives of serving, retired or deceased members of the Police Force. The Force had also claimed that there are persons on the Executive Committee of the PWA who ought not to
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have been members of the Police Wives’ Association in the first place, and therefore their presence on the Executive Committee is in breach of the Constitution. But according to the PWA, the Police Force appears to be ignorant of the constitution of the PWA, which the police themselves illegally implemented under the late Commissioner Henry Greene. “The constitution states that individual women, (not the wives of serving, retired or deceased members of the Police Force), registered before January 2009 will remain as members of the association. These women have been with us for over 20 to 30 years, so how can we just kick them out?” the PWA member explained. The member went on to state that the current PWA executive only has two persons who fit into this category. “Apart from these two, we have about three policewomen, three whose husbands have retired and one whose husband is still serving. Tell me where we are going wrong,” the member (continued on page 18)
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Raising the consciousness of CARICOM (Caribbean Community) nationals about possible compensation for Native Genocide and Slavery is, by itself, a win. Those were the sentiments expressed by Programme Manager for Culture and Community Development Dr. Hilary Brown during her presentation on the matter at the Twenty-Second Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee (RCC) held at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana last week. During the three-day event, Dr. Brown highlighted that the result expected from the submission for reparations was a development programme for
the countries affected. She said the issue was about redress and healing and addressing the “legacy that has left our people behind”. Dr. Brown said that the hope was for engagement of CARICOM people which should result in psychological healing and further emancipation from mental slavery. She also outlined that the approach to be taken would be a diplomatic one involving engagement of the Europeans before taking the matter to the level of an international court of justice. The Regional Cultural Committee also delved into other issues such as the drafting of a development strategy for cultural industries in CARICOM. A status report was given on the
- Dr. Hilary Brown design for a professional development plan for emerging young talent being done by Dr. Paloma Mohamed. A full report is expected to be submitted to the Committee on the matter within the next 10 days. The Regional Cultural Committee has been instrumental in shaping cultural policy at the national and regional levels, by advising Ministers of Culture on the many issues on the Region’s agenda and infusing the regional culture programme with new ideas, new approaches and new attitudes. Each CARICOM member state is expected to submit their reports regarding the affairs of native genocide and slavery which would have occurred in their homeland. Guyana’s reparations committee had explained that
their draft documents would have been completed by June 18. Head of the local committee, Eric Phillips, had told Kaieteur News that the organization was in the comment phase where the input of various agencies and personage was being sought. He said that they are in the compilation and writing stage and at the same time seeking input from the relevant local groups to be incorporated in the findings. Phillips added that the group was also going to circulate documents that were written to relevant experts to get their comments so that could also be incorporated. There are four specific areas highlighted in the Terms of Reference (TOR), and so
far, Phillips noted, the Guyana committee has completed it. The four TORs include a correct historical narrative which speaks to the events of genocide and slavery. This is being spearheaded by committee member Jonathan Adams. Phillips is spearheading the other three terms to be addressed; linking past discrimination to present day inequality, defining present day equality and how it exists and to show the influence of European policies and its effects on current day. CARICOM is expected to meet from July 1, to the fourth, and they will decide on the way forward. The regional body will approach Europe on talks of monetary compensation, among other forms of redress, if Europe fails to take the approach seriously, CARICOM has warned about stepping to the International Court.
The police are not managers of... From page 17 explained. It is felt by the Force that the current composition of the Executive Body does not allow for the interests of the Force to be represented or advanced, regarding its objectives. But according to the PWA executive member, the Police Force’s Administration is stepping out of its boundaries since it has no jurisdiction over the Police Wives Association which is registered under the Friendly Societies Act. She produced a letter written by the Association’s Past President, which stated that “while there is a Welfare Officer/Liaison Officer, the police are not managers of the
Guyana Police Wives Association.” The Force had also stated that following consultation with the Ministry of Labour, Human Services and Social Security, it was revealed that the Association has not met its legal requirements under the Act since 2007, in that audited financial statements have not been submitted. However, the PWA stated that this is a total untruth. The executive member explained that the last audit was done in 2008 when the duly elected executive body was in operation. She explained that following the illegal taking over of the body by
policewomen between 20092012 under Henry Greene, there was no audit. “It was the police women themselves who did not have the finances audited when they unceremoniously took over the association. When the rightfully elected executive body was returned last year, they have taken steps to have the finances audited.” In addressing the holding of elections, the member said that the constitution states that the process must be held every two years and since elections were held last year, the next one is due next year. The PWA has solicited the services of an attorney to fight its cause.
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Letters... Where your views make the news
Banishing the punishing DEAR EDITOR, Permit me to be the first perhaps to congratulate or hail the passing of a Bill to eradicate corporal punishment in schools. I am sure that I will be among a long list of so many. Today, such actions, especially outside of the Third World regions would correctly label such behaviour as child abuse. Plainly put, corporal punishment is quite literally the infliction of punishment on the body. I recall seeing children receiving corporal punishment in school, and this was during my formative years, and confessedly I found it very degrading to say the least, In addition, I can clearly recall the look on the face of the distributor, and it was not one of emotional concern. Deterring and altering wrong behaviors instantly was the main advantage of corporal punishment, while the disadvantage was that it would definitely cause pain and harm. This aspect was certainly not an issue that was given any degree of consideration. Corporal punishment in schools, for as long as it has been perpetrated, has always conveyed the wrong message and teaches the wrong lesson. It is often said that punishing a wrongdoer by
inflicting pain conveys the message that violence is an appropriate way to settle differences or to respond to problems. One teaches the child that if one dislikes what somebody does, it is acceptable to inflict pain on that person. This implicit message is believed to reach the level of a contradiction in those cases where the child is hit for having committed some act of violence — like assaulting another child. Where this happens, it is claimed, the child is given the violent message that violence is wrong. The child is told that he was wrong to commit an act of violence and yet the parent or the teacher conveys this message through violence. As far as long term effects are concerned, it is alleged that significant numbers of people who commit crimes were physically punished as children. It is these arguments that lie behind the adage “violence breeds violence.” If beatings send a message, why don’t detentions, imprisonments, fines, and a multitude of other punishments convey equally undesirable messages? There were other ways to change students’ wrong deeds without causing pain, but they would take more time to reach the same effect. Doubtlessly, this Bill would provide students with
It is time citizens...
From page 4 desirable route. The opposition also deliberately squandered the moment. Holding the majority in Parliament, it could have moved the Bill from the Select Committee level, passed it on the House floor and send the Bill to the President for his assent. This was made easier when the Chairwoman and the Executive Director of the Caribbean FATF offered to
lend any technical assistance to the Bill’s sponsors to ensure the finished product would have complied with FATF standards. This suggests our political leaders are failing in their leadership responsibilities to get things done in the people’s best interest. It is time our citizens take the floor in demanding more effective leadership. Clinton Urling Blue CAPS
an environment free from any physical harm. However, as one disadvantage mentioned before, it would take teachers or drillmasters more time to teach students how to correct their bad behaviors. Next, there is a cluster of arguments about the relationship between corporal punishment and teacher-pupil relations. First, it is claimed that for a teacher to employ corporal punishment, indicates that the teacher has failed to discourage pupil wrongdoing in other ways — by moral authority, by a system of rewards, or by milder punishments. As a former elementary and secondary school teacher, I am no stranger to the fact that far too many teachers fail to foster an atmosphere of mutual respect between their pupils and themselves. They lack the ability or the inclination verbally to communicate expectations to children — first gently and then more strenuously. They do not first employ milder forms of punishment but rather resort to the cane in the first instance. Some might not believe in rewarding good behavior, only in punishing bad. However, from the claim that corporal punishment often indicates teacher failure, we cannot infer that it necessarily demonstrates such failure or even that as a matter of fact it always does. It is true that when the teacher resorts to corporal punishment this indicates that his prior efforts to discourage the wrongdoing failed. Just as school corporal
punishment is seen by its opponents as originating in failed pedagogical relationships, so it is believed to compromise them further. Thus it is perceived as exacerbating the very problems from which it arises. The pupils, it is said, begin to fear their teachers and view them as enemies rather than concerned custodians charged with furthering their well-being and development, both mental and otherwise. Education does not thrive in an atmosphere in which children live in fear of those who teach them. This opens the way for another objection in this cluster of arguments-that physically punishing children leads to an unquestioning acceptance of authority. If children fear their teachers, they are unlikely to ask questions or challenge views that their teachers present to them. The idea here is that children can be beaten into submission to authority. Therefore, the government should take some measures to help teachers, or it might seem quite difficult and impractical to reach the goal and purpose of Zero Corporal Punishment in School Policy. Yvonne Sam . M. Ed. BSCN.
Monday June 23, 2014
Obama: Threat from Iraq Accusations of election fraud gather pace in Afghanistan militants could grow WASHINGTON (AP) — Al-Qaeda-inspired militants who have violently seized territory in Iraq could grow in power and destabilize other countries in the region, President Barack Obama said. The Iraqi public will ultimately reject the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the extremist Sunni group threatening Iraq’s government, but the group still represents a medium- and long-term threat to the United States, Obama said. “We’re going to have to be vigilant generally. Right now the problem with ISIS is the fact that they’re destabilizing the country,” Obama said, using a common acronym for the group. “That could spill over into some of our allies like Jordan.” The Sunni insurgency in Iraq and neighboring Syria is just one of an array of threats the U.S. must guard against, Obama said in an interview recorded Friday and airing yesterday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” He pointed to the group Boko Haram in north Africa
President Barack Obama and al-Qaeda groups in Yemen that he said also demand the attention of the U.S. and its partners. “What we can’t do is think that we’re just going to play whack-a-mole and send U.S. troops occupying various countries wherever these organizations pop up,” Obama said. “We’re going to have to have a more focused, more targeted strategy and we’re going to have to partner and train local law enforcement and military to
do their jobs as well.” Obama’s comments came as U.S. lawmakers and officials within his own administration are grappling with the best way to address the growing insurgency in Iraq just years after American troops pulled out. As bloody sectarian violence breaks out once again in Iraq, a president who opposed the Iraq war and vowed to end it is finding the U.S. being lured back into the conflict by the deteriorating security situation. Obama has announced plans to send 300 special operations forces into Iraq to train its military, but insists the U.S. military can’t effectively quell the conflict unless Iraq’s own Shiite-led government pursues a more inclusive approach that doesn’t shun the Sunni minority. The issue has divided Congress, with some lawmakers criticizing Obama for doing too little and others warning the return of armed troops to Iraq could be the first step toward pulling the U.S. back into the conflict.
Afghan demonstrators burn their election ID cards during a protest in support of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in Herat province, yesterday. (REUTERS/Mohammad Shoib) KABUL (Reuters) - The party of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah broadcast audio yesterday that it said showed mass fraud had been committed in an election that aims to transfer power democratically in the country for the first time. The audio purports to show that Independent Election Commission (IEC) Secretariat head Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhil made phone calls to officials in several provinces ordering them to stuff ballot boxes using code words. While Amarkhil denies the allegations and the Independent Election Complaints Commission is investigating, the broadcast could stoke further protests across the country supporting Abdullah’s decision to withdraw from the vote. The election comes at a delicate time as most foreign troops will exit by the end of the year, leaving behind a still strong Taliban insurgency and deepening economic crisis. Abdullah, former leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, last week recalled his observers monitoring the ongoing count and said the outcome of the run-off with former finance minister Ashraf Ghani on June 14 would be illegal. The United Nations has warned of an escalation of ethnic tension and called on him to reengage with the election. Abdullah is of mixed heritage but his support base is with the Tajik community, while ex-World Bank economist Ghani is an ethnic Pashtun. Ignoring U.N. and government calls to return to
the process, Abdullah’s party yesterday used a news conference to air what it said were the intercepted phone call recordings of Amarkhil. “Today we are releasing documents which show Amarkhil has organised cheating and manipulated votes favouring one candidate. In the coming days we will release more documents to the public,” Baryalai Arsalai, Abdullah’s campaign manager, said. On one example, the voice instructs the person on the other end of the line to “stuff the sheep properly”. The word “sheep” is interpreted by Abdullah’s staff as code for “ballot box”. The authenticity of the audio was denied by Amarkhil, who told the Wall Street Journal yesterday that he did not recall the conversations and “would never talk like that”. Reuters was not able to reach him for comment. The audio also includes alleged conversations in which the voice supposedly belonging to Amarkhil asks his staff to hire election workers based on their ethnicity, asking for more Uzbeks and Pashtuns, who mostly support Ghani. The IEC deferred comment to the Independent Election Complaints Commission, which said it was looking into the allegations. Tahir Zahir, a spokesman for Ghani, said: “It is very easy to duplicate someone’s voice but a body with authority and the election complaints commission should investigate its authenticity.” There has been no official
comment from the outgoing president, Hamid Karzai, who has not publicly supported either candidate. He was unable to stand for election again. The broadcasts coupled with an apparent escalation in protests, so far only numbering in the hundreds or low thousands, have intensified longstanding concerns of a struggle for power along ethnic lines. Several hundred of Abdullah’s supporters protested outside the presidential palace, while others gathered and disrupted traffic for a second day on the main road leading to the international airport. In western Herat province, hundreds of Abdullah supporters gathered and chanted “death to IEC” and “Fraudsters must be tried”. Protesters made their way to Herat governor’s office and around 60 burnt their voting cards in protest. “We are tired of fraud and we are against it,” Abdul Rahman, a protester who burnt his voting ID in Herat, told Reuters. “We had the right to cast one vote and when the Independent Election Commission does not respect our right then there is no need to have a voting card. We will not participate in elections any more.” In northern Kunduz province, armed men from Abdullah’s campaign forcibly shut down the election office, Amir Amza Ahmadzai, head of IEC in Kunduz, told Reuters. “We have already sent an official letter to the police but they haven’t responded yet,” he said.
Monday June 23, 2014
Prominent Pakistan cleric Egypt to set rules next month for parliamentary vote threatens to lead ‘revolution’ CAIRO (Reuters) Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced yesterday that procedures that would pave the way for a parliamentary election would start before July 18, state television reported. It gave no immediate details or dates for the vote itself. The procedures are expected to include the regulations and set the time frame and eligible candidates for the vote. Sisi orchestrated the ousting in July of the elected Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi after mass unrest against him. He then installed an interim government and set a political plan that promised a presidential and parliamentary vote before the end of the year.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi In the end, the presidential vote came first, won by Sisi last month. The state this month passed a law to allow individual candidates to take
the majority of seats in parliament, rather than party lists, and which drew criticism from many political parties who said it would weaken them. Most political parties are weak or new, with many created only after a 2011 uprising ousted autocratic president Hosni Mubarak who ruled for 30 years. Of the 540 parliament members to be elected, 420 will be drawn from individual candidate lists while 120 will be from closed lists. Earlier in the day, Sisi held talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry which were focused on U.S. concerns about Egypt’s crackdown on Mursi’s now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, and the unrest in Iraq.
Fighting strains Ukraine ceasefire, Putin urges dialogue
(Reuters) - Fighting flared between Ukrainian and pro-Moscow separatist forces, both sides reported yesterday, further straining a unilateral ceasefire declared by Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin pressed Kiev to talk to the rebels. Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, at separate ceremonies marking the anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union, both stressed the need to bring peace to Ukraine’s rebellious east. The seven-day ceasefire came under pressure almost as soon at it began on Friday night, with the government accusing the separatists of attacking its military bases and posts on the Russian border. The violence continued for a second night into yesterday. “Unfortunately, what we are seeing ... tells us that the fighting is still going on and last night we saw some active
use of artillery from the Ukrainian side,” Putin said after laying flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow. He said it was not clear whether artillery was used by the Ukrainian army or the “socalled paramilitary of the right-wing forces” supporting the government. He appeared to attach no blame to separatist forces. Poroshenko wants Putin’s unqualified backing for a 15point peace plan he announced on Friday, before meetings with the European Union in the coming week. These will include the signing on June 27 of an association agreement with the bloc which includes a free trade deal. In his comments published on the Kremlin website, Putin repeated his support for the ceasefire and peace plan in only general terms. “We need to ensure that all fighting is stopped,” he said. “Ultimately the political
process is the most important. It is important that this ceasefire lead to dialogue between all opposing sides in order to find compromises acceptable for all.” The insurgency in the largely Russian-speaking east erupted in April after street protests in the capital Kiev toppled the Moscowbacked leader Viktor Yanukovich. Russia subsequently annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and the West has accused Russia of supporting the insurgency. French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Putin by telephone on Sunday to work for the resumption of talks to end the conflict, Hollande’s office said. The two leaders “reiterated the importance of ensuring full control of the Russia-Ukraine border to prevent the infiltration of gunmen and military equipment”, the statement said. In Kiev, Poroshenko stressed the need for dialogue, saying his plan “was specifically put together to ensure peace, the laying down of weapons and to establish, through talks, a single united state”, news agency Interfax Ukraine quoted him as saying. Ukraine’s state border service reported further rebel attacks on its posts in Luhansk region on Sunday, while a separatist spokesman said Ukrainian forces were firing mortars at a village near the Russian frontier.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A prominent Pakistani cleric, who is due to return to his homeland today, has threatened to lead mass protests against the government as part of his plan to stage a peaceful “revolution” to oust Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The preacher, Tahirul Qadri, is a divisive figure in Pakistan where he made headlines last year when he led mass rallies against the government. He is usually based in Canada. His sudden ascent to prominence has prompted speculation that the military, which ruled Pakistan for decades, may be using him as a proxy in its efforts to sideline the civilian government. In a Twitter post issued on the eve of his comeback, Qadri said: “I am coming to support our Pak(istani) army in their fight against militants.” Reflecting the government’s nervousness about his return, authorities have banned public
Tahirul Qadri gatherings in the city of Rawalpindi where the main international airport is located, local media reported. Qadri is due to land there at 7 a.m. (0200 GMT) today.Television channels also reported that the authorities might block mobile phone services in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, a tactic usually employed to prevent militants from staging attacks or protesters from coordinating their actions.
At least eight people including a policeman were killed in the city of Lahore last week when protesters clashed with police in a standoff over Qadri, who champions religious tolerance and once issued a fatwa against the Taliban. Earlier, his Pakistan Awami Tehreek party said in a statement his flight might be diverted to Lahore or Sialkot from Islamabad, but that could not be independently confirmed. “I am coming to Pakistan to eliminate terrorism, bring peace, true democracy and social economic justice to the poor,” Qadri said before boarding his flight in London. His comeback comes at an uneasy time in Pakistan after the army announced an allout offensive against militants on the Afghan border, triggering a wave of refugees from the region. Sharif has long been opposed to military action and the decision to send troops there was seen as a major win for the army.
‘Sex offenders’ registry in T&T long overdue’ Trinidad Guardian - Its aim was to protect the nation’s women and children, but since its public proposal in 2011 nothing has been done to establish a sexual offenders’ registry. In September 2011, former minister of justice Herbert Volney had said the registry was being worked on and a bill pertaining to it was expected to be brought before Parliament by the end of 2011. Almost a year later, in 2012, Volney was fired from the People’s Partnership Government and the registry still had not been implemented. Volney, in an interview with the Sunday Guardian last Wednesday, said he could not explain why three years after the announcement there was still no sexual offenders’ registry. In a letter to the editor in last Tuesday’s T&T Guardian, questions were raised as to why the registry had not yet been implemented. Volney said at the time he left office, the Sex
Offenders’ Registry Bill was “with the legal department, and the department was working on how it should be implemented.” He said T&T was way behind, “...still in the last century,” and the bill was long overdue. Volney added that the legislation was not specific to children. The merit of establishing a registry needed careful consideration, said former independent senator and human rights activist Diana MahabirWyatt. In a phone interview with the Sunday Guardian, Mahabir-Wyatt said she believed such a registry would be quite useful. But T&T, she said, already had many laws which were not implemented and enforced. To make full use of the registry, Mahabir-Wyatt said, strong structures also had to be put in place and a special section of the police force trained to address the matter. She said the legislation required would be very
complex. Human rights, Mahabir-Wyatt said, also had to be taken into account when drafting the legislation since there was a need to ensure it did not infringe on anyone’s rights while protecting women and children. Justice Minister Emmanuel George, when contacted, said he needed to speak in greater detail with the ministry’s permanent secretary on the matter. He said he would provide more information on the registry by tomorrow. There has been some debate as to the usefulness of the sex offenders registry. A 2010 report from the Rape Crisis Society’s regional conference outlined the pros and cons of having a registry. Among the pros identified were the following: it identified potential offenders; alerted parents/guardians/ adults to ensure the safety of children; helped police keep track of past offenders and allowed for better data collection and research.
Monday June 23, 2014
Barbados dollar not in danger of devaluation – Mascoll BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - CMC - There is no immediate danger of the currency being pushed below its present value although other economic indicators are sliding, says Clyde Mascoll, the opposition Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) spokesman on finance . “In spite of the fact that we were having a fiscal crisis problem, and we continue to have one; in spite of the fact that our economy has not been growing for the last six years; in spite of the fact unemployment has been rising, the one economic indicator in Barbados that was positive for the last six years was the adequacy of the foreign reserves at the Central Bank,” Mascoll said recently. He added – “If we can get the fundamentals right and do other things and get the policy prescription right, then we should not even be using the word [devaluation] in Barbados”. These comments from Mascoll, came at the same day other economic pundits were pointing to increased difficulty in obtaining foreign exchange from the Central Bank and a continued slide of the economy behind those of the CARICOM region. Disputing a government minister’s claim that there is no problem for individuals and companies obtaining money for overseas transactions, immediate past president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of
Barbados, David Simpson, claimed that a squeeze on foreign currency access is on. “I’ve heard some denial from one Cabinet minister this week, but I have experienced it, and one or two of my clients have as well,” Simpson said. While speculating that the current difficulty in obtaining foreign exchange might be a case of the Central Bank strictly applying an old Barbados policy on release of such funds, Simpson insisted that the restrictions are now in place regardless of the reason. “I can tell you it is the case, which suggests there is still some concern in terms of the foreign exchange reserves,” he added. With no conventional natural resources in significant quantity, Barbados depends on earnings gained through licensing offshore companies, tourism, and a small manufacturing export
industry for its foreign currency. The Central Bank reported that as of March, 2014, the island’s foreign reserves stood at BDS$1.1 billion (Bds $1.00 = US$0.50) that covers 16 weeks of imports. Also on that day, leading investment banker, Jason Julien, spoke of a need to ring ‘alarm bells’ if there was not economic improvement. He spoke of the island’s weak economic growth, high debt levels, weak foreign exchange earnings, and its susceptibility to external shocks. “When we look at the Barbados economy compared to the rest of the region as a whole, the reality is we are lagging behind at this point…The average growth rate expected for Barbados is 0.6 per cent, and when you look at the Caribbean as a whole, it exceeds that,” said Julien.
Trinidad Guardian - At a forecast growth rate of 2.2 per cent in 2014, and 2.3 per cent in 2015, the T&T economy will see low inflation of 4.5 per cent per year for the next two years, global economists surveyed by Barcelonabased FocusEconomics have said. T&T closed 2013 with 5.6 per cent inflation which was down from the previous year’s 7.2 per cent. FocusEconomics Consensus Forecasts for Central America and the Caribbean June 2014, released Tuesday (June 17), presents mean averages of projections of economic forecasters surveyed. The average responses in the survey predicted that T&T’s fiscal balance will worsen to -2.3 per cent of gross domestic product
(GDP) in 2015, and its current account, as a percentage of GDP, will improve by 9.3 per cent in 2014, before slipping to 8.6 per cent in 2015, At 2.2 per cent in 2014 and 2.3 per cent in 2015, T&T will have the fourth weakest growth rate in Central America and the Caribbean, economists forecast in the survey said. In the Caribbean in 2014, the economists forecast that only Jamaica with 1.2 per cent, and Puerto Rico with -0.8 per cent would grow slower than T&T. In Central America, only El S a l v a d o r ’s economy will be slower than T&T’s, growing at a rate of 1.9 per cent in 2014. T&T is expected to tie with Belize at the 2.2 per cent growth rate in 2014. In 2015, T&T’s growth rate is
projected to be better than Jamaica’s with 1.6 per cent, Puerto Rico’s with -0.3 per cent and El Salvador with 2.1 per cent. Belize is projected to grow 2.6 per cent in its tiebreaker from T&T in 2015. Economists surveyed forecasted T&T’s GDP per capita will rise to US$21,003 in 2015, up from their 2014 estimate of US$19,763. The economists estimated that T&T’s GDP per capita in 2013 was US$18,531. T&T’s GDP per capita will be the highest in Central America and the Caribbean, according to the economists. Consumption in T&T is projected to increase by 2.7 per cent in 2014 and 3.2 per cent in 2015. Investment in the T&T economy is projected to grow by 4.5 per cent in 2014 (continued on page 25)
Economists forecast T&T inflation will fall further
Monday June 23, 2014
CVC rejects claims that ghost groups helped to oust Bain Jamaica Gleaner - The human-rights group Caribbean Vulnerable Communities (CVC) Coalition is scoffing at questions about the authenticity of some of the 35 groups whose combined pressure forced the University of the West Indies (UWI) to oust Professor Brendan Bain as head of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Network. “They are all real. They all exist and they are all operating,” Dr Carolyn Gomes, executive director of CVC, told The Sunday Gleaner. “If you check the media across the region, you will see a lot of these groups mentioned as having received government funds and participating in government programmes in their own particular regions,” added Gomes, as she responded to questions from our news team, which was having difficulties finding some of the groups. Gomes provided email and telephone contacts for all 35 groups, but even then, there was difficulty in reaching some of the less prominent ones. Children-rights activist Betty Ann Blaine is not surprised at the difficulty in finding some of the groups, as she declared that she was hearing of some of the groups for the first time. “As a 32-year-plus member of the nongovernmental organisation community, there are organisations listed that I
have never heard about,” declared Blaine. “It appears as if one-third of the organisations don’t really exist and are not registered or staffed. If the basis and premise for the dismissal of Professor Bain is faulty, then the conclusion must be faulty. It appears as if much of this was trumped up,” added Blaine. Other critics of the CVC indicated that they had identified only 28 of the groups, 16 of which, they claim, were primarily involved in defending the rights of the gay community. But in countering these charges, Gomes said since being approached by The Sunday Gleaner, she has contacted every signatory of the letter demanding Bain’s removal. “I believe that you will understand that because of the virulent and ugly homophobia, stigma and discrimination that exist which is often expressed not only in hateful and hurtful words, but as acts of violence - some groups prefer not to have public Facebook pages or websites,” Gomes said, as she sought to explain why some of the groups could not readily be found. Gomes and the CVC offered to assist our news team in making contact with the groups after links provided to our news team failed. While groups such as the vocal Jamaicans for Justice and the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays were easily identifiable,
From page 24 and 4.8 per cent in 2015. Investment grew in 2013 by 4.0 per cent, according to the economists surveyed. The economists see T&T as having unemployment remain stable at 5 per cent in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, they estimate that T&T will have the third lowest unemployment rate in Central America and the Caribbean. Lower than T&T will be Panama with 4.2 per cent (2014) and 4.6 per cent (2015) and Guatemala with 3.3 per cent both years. The low interest rate environment will persist in T&T in 2014 and 2015. From the 4.8 per cent at which it closed 2013, the average interest rate in T&T will fall to 2.3 per cent in 2014 and
2015, the economists said, making T&T the country with the lowest interest rates in Central America and the Caribbean. The economists surveyed said they expect the TT dollar to strengthen 0.2 per cent in 2014 and weaken 0.5 per cent in 2015, which was the same level of weakness seen in 2013. T & T ’s e x p o r t s a r e projected to continue to grow in 2014 by 1.5 per cent, and in 2015 by 2.9 per cent. T&T will therefore have the second weakest export growth in Central America and the Caribbean. Lower than T&T will be only Puerto Rico with 0.8 per cent growth in exports in 2014. Imports, which according
others across the region appeared to have steered clear of the radar. The given phone numbers for groups such as the Guyana Sex Workers Coalition (found online as Guyana Sex Work Coalition) appears to be disconnected, while calls to the Jamaicabased Women for Women were directed to voicemail. However, an email address provided to The Sunday Gleaner by CVC for the Guyana-based group resulted in a response, which stated that it has been in existence since 2008, with 200 registered members of the more than 1,000 sex workers on its books. Meeting Emotional and Social Needs Holistically is another of the 35 groups, and when contacted, its point man confirmed that it exists, but said he was not in a position to speak at the time. Our news team ventured into the inner-city community of Hannah Town in west Kingston in search of the Hannah Town Parenting Group, but none of the residents in the populous community knew of the entity. Calls to the St Luciabased AIDS Action Foundation elicited a telephone recording that said “technical difficulties” were being experienced. In Grenada, Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe, the contact person for Groundation Grenada, verified that her organisation, a multi-discipline group, existed. She listed four directors based in Grenada
Economists forecast T&T ...
to the economists contracted 0.4 per cent in 2013, are expected to grow 0.9 per cent in 2014 and 1.8 per cent in 2015. T&T will maintain the highest international reserves in Central America and the Caribbean. The economists forecast the country will have 12.4 months of import cover in 2014 and 12.6 months in 2015. The second highest reserves in the Caribbean basin will be held by Haiti at six months of import cover. The economists also forecast that T&T’s repo rate will slide to 2.25 per cent in 2014 and 2015, from the 2.75 per cent it was in 2013. The economists said the TT dollar is expected to remain stable at $6.46 in 2014 and $6.47 in 2015.
and the Caribbean diaspora, with a membership of 25 persons, and said it operates with a heavy reliance on volunteerism. Brooks-Smith-Lowe said the group focuses on political issues, health care and gender equality, among other burning issues. She said the group thought there was basis for Bain’s dismissal and it was closely following the discussions in the island, describing it as “important”. There is no stated location for the Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities as the document listed the country as Caribbean. However, contact person Colin Robinson told The Sunday Gleaner that secretariat was located in Trinidad and Tobago, with offices in Jamaica; St Lucia; and the Dominican Republic. Just under a third, or 11, of the 35 groups are said to be based in Jamaica. Six are
Professor Brendan Bain reportedly in Guyana, and three based in Trinidad and Tobago and St Lucia. “Those who work regionally on the HIV response, such as UWI and PANCAP (Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV & AIDS), don’t doubt the existence of all the groups because they took on board their concerns and responded and acted,” argued Gomes. She pointed out that some groups are smaller than others, just as some islands are smaller than others.
“Some have Facebook blogs rather than websites, some are bigger coalitions with other groups,” she added. “The challenge of standing up for human rights and dignity for all in these homophobic and violent Caribbean nations is real, and leaders in every field must be mindful of the consequences of their words and deeds,” said Gomes. Bain is now before the courts challenging his dismissal from the CHART Network.
Monday June 23, 2014
4th Annual Digicel Schools’ Football Competition
St. Cuthbert Mission WI name unchanged Squad for third Test Skipper wants more ‘hunger’ to close off matches crush Achievers Academy 6-0
By Rawle Welch Watched by a capacity crowd that included Village Toshao Luke Simon, St. Cuthbert Mission led by a hat-trick of goals from Nixon D’Oliveira, who netted in the 19th, 28th and 33rd minutes inflicted a crushing 6-0 win over tournament debutants Achievers Academy yesterday, at St. Cuthbert Mission ground in Region 4. Playing in the 4th Annual Digicel Schools Football Competition in soggy conditions, Achievers Academy were given a torrid introduction to the tournament, especially with the partisan support that roared vociferously all afternoon in support of their team. Also on target for the winning team were Paul Henry (26th), Zak Ferreira (37th) and Leveland Jacobs (66th). After an opening period that saw both teams threatened to score, the hosts eventually entered the scoresheet courtesy of a penalty which was awarded by Referee Dion Inniss for a handled ball inside the box that D’Oliveira nonchalantly dispatched into the right side of the goal. Urged on by their supporters, St. Cuthbert continued to attack and managed to increase their advantage when the nippy Henry given room to operate
on the left flank weaved past one tackle, before firing past the keeper into the far corner. That caused euphoric celebrations among their fans as the team’s relentless pursuit for more goals seemed to never cease and their intensity paid off two minutes later when D’Oliveira delivered a screaming shot over the outstretched hands of a scrambling Shawn Harry and into the far corner to take a comfortable 3-0 lead. D’Oliveira was not finished as he calmly lashed in a penalty that was awarded to them following a second handled ball inside the sacred area that left Referee Inniss with no choice but to award the spot kick. Both teams played their hearts out for the duration of the first half, but no more goals were scored and St. Cuthbert took a handy 4-0 advantage to the break. The start of the second brought no reprieve for the visitors and their afternoon of difficulty continued when Ferreira swept in a clinical pass from the right side. Jacobs then put the game out of reach for the visitors with a sweet finish from a fine run from the halfway line. No team managed to score after and St. Cuthbert clinched the win and by virtue set up a meeting with Soesdyke.
By Sean Devers The West Indies Cricket Board’s Selection Panel has named an unchanged 14-man squad for the third and deciding Test Match against New Zealand, scheduled to start on Thursday at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. West Indies head into the third, originally fixed for Guyana but moved because of contentious Guyana Cricket Administration Bill, on a high following an emphatic 10-wicket win with over a session to spare in Trinidad after their first Test defeat in Jamaica. Captain Denish Ramdin said that his players were lackadaisical and lacked hunger amid stiff resistance by the ninth-wicket pair of Bradley Watling and Mark Craig in New Zealand’s second innings in the Trinidad Test. Kemar Roach finally broke the partnership at the stroke of lunch on the final day, before Chris Gayle launched a merciless assault on the bowlers to spur the West Indies to a ten-wicket win, their first following five losses and one draw. The squad includes Darren Bravo, who scored his first century at home and Kraigg Braithwaite, who notched up a maiden ton on his way to the Man-of-theMatch Award last week in Trinidad. Also in the squad is Jamaican Jermaine Blackwood, who registered a debut half-century and Kirk Edwards who also scored a fifty in Port-of-Spain.
Gayle followed up his first Test half-century with a brutal unbeaten 46-ball 80 and seemed to have returned to top form ahead of Thursday’s decider at the ‘Mecca’ with a destructive 50 from just 28 balls, the sixth fastest 50 in Test history and second fastest among West Indians behind Shane Shillingford. With 96 sixes to his name, Gayle has moved within closing distance to break the all-time record for the most number of sixes in Test cricket held by former Australian wicketkeeperbatsman Adam Gilchrist with 100 sixes. The pugnacious Jamaican also became the third West Indies player to score 7,000 runs in
international cricket at home, after Brian Lara (9441) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (8859). Chanderpaul’s 47 put him eight on the list of most Test runs taking him to 11,374 runs, including a record 46 not outs, and the senior statesman in the side will be relied on to glue the middle order together. Only Brian Lara has more runs among West Indies than the Guyanese. The Bowling will again revolve around pacer Jermaine Taylor and left-arm spinner Suleiman Benn, while Shillingford could return to the final X1 after injury kept him out in Trinidad. West Indies Squad: Denish Ramdin (Captain), Suleiman Benn, Jermaine
Blackwood, Kraigg Braithwaite, Darren Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Leon Johnson, Shane Shillingford, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor Support staff: Ottis Gibson (Head Coach), Sir Richard Richardson (Team Manager), Sir Curtly Ambrose (Bowling Consultant), Stuart Williams (Assistant Coach), Andre Coley (Assistant Coach), C.J. Clark (Physiotherapist), Hector Martinez Charles (Strength & Conditioning), Richard Berridge (Video & Statistical Analyst), Philip Spooner (Media Manager) & Virgil Browne (Massage Therapist)
Algeria beat South Korea in six-goal thriller
BBC Sport - Algeria moved up to second in their World Cup group as they overcame South Korea in Port Alegre. Islam Slimani ran onto a long ball and flicked in a shot before a Rafick Halliche header put Algeria 2-0 up. Abdelmoumene Djabou sidefooted in a third, while Song Heung-min’s low shot pulled one back for South Korea. Yacine Brahimi added Algeria’s fourth and, despite South Korea’s Koo Ja-cheol scoring, they held on for their first World Cup win since 1982. Algeria, narrowly beaten by group leaders Belgium in their opening game, knew a second defeat would end their hopes of getting out of the group stage for the first time. They responded in emphatic fashion, becoming the first African team to score four goals in a World Cup game. A win for the Desert Foxes against Russia will now secure a last-16 spot, and a draw could be enough if South Korea fail to beat Belgium. Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic made five changes from the opening defeat by Belgium and his reshuffle had the desired impact.
Sofiane Feghouli had a strong shout for a penalty turned down when he appeared to have been tripped by Kim Young-gwon before the ball fell for Brahimi to hook over. Slimani then found space at the far post only to head wide and also badly mistimed a first-time shot from six yards as he met an inviting cross from Aissa Mandi. But the Portugal-based striker, who was his side’s top scorer in qualifying, did not take long to atone as he outpaced two defenders to get to a long Carl Medjani pass and flick the ball past on-rushing keeper Jung Sungryong. Defender Halliche extended the lead two minutes later with his second goal for his country, a thumping header from an Djabou corner. And Djabou turned from provider to goalscorer when Slimani slipped a ball across for him to sidefoot home. South Korea had not managed a shot on target in the first half but pulled a goal back shortly after the break - a mistake from Madjid Bougherra allowing Song to send a shot through the legs of keeper Rais Mbohli.