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There is need for a national airline DEAR EDITOR, As 2020 approaches and expectations of Guyana’s oil production commencement mounts, there is a lot of ‘chitchat’ over the usage of anticipated oil revenues by Guyana’s government. This is healthy expression, which, with the exception of bent pessimists and dogmatists, shows that many Guyanese are objective and genuinely wish to see the best outcomes for their country. One of the areas, I believe, that should be considered for funding is the re-establishment of a national flag-carrying airline. Those who use air transportation, particularly for travelling in and out of Guyana, can attest to the ransom-like situation Guyana finds itself in by the limited number of service providers. As early as 1939, even before Guyana’s Indepen-

dence, a national airline was founded by Art Williams and Harry Wendt. The airline, called British Guiana Airways, was a private venture, but received subsidies from the Colonial Government at that time. From 1963, Guyana Airways coined its name, and continued operations until 2001. There were several factors surrounding the rise and closure of the Guyana Airways Corporation (GAC), which I will not venture to detail here. However, like the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GUYSUCO) and most other failed corporations, poor management, distortion and financial irregularities were cited impediments that affected GAC’s viability. Our two proximate CARICOM neighbours, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, have both retained

their national carriers, albeit with some adjustments since 1964 and 1961, respectively. In 1964, Surinaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij (SLM) – Suriname Airways, which started operations, became and still is Suriname’s flag carrier. In 1961, Trinidad and Tobago’s Government acquired 90% shares in the British West Indian Airlines (BWIA) or “Bee Wee”, making it that nation’s national airline. The airline was later incorporated in 2006 as Caribbean Airlines, with a fleet of over 15 aircraft. Caribbean Airlines has for years maintained a monopolistic vice of international air transport on their Guyana leg, much to the disadvantage and quiet displeasure of many Guyanese. Guyana has seen the entrance and exit of several international carriers, with some

big names like DELTA Airlines (USA) and VARIG (Brazil). The reasons for vacillating trends among international carriers that attempted to serve Guyana vary. No one should genuinely dispute the fact that there has been a lingering void of consistent, reliable, respectable and affordable air transportation since the cessation of the GAC. The need for a national airline will not just restore the nation’s pride in that sector, but create the type of competition that will relieve Guyanese travelers from the imposed exorbitant fares of some service providers to and from this destination. In this regard, it is timely for Government to consider such an investment, either jointly with local stakeholders or as an independent state entity. Orette Cutting

DEAR EDITOR, One of the hallmarks of my letters is that they are devoid of fables and doomsday tales. They aim to increase welfare by providing analyses based on available information which can be used to make more intelligent decisions. The late President Dr. Cheddi Jagan was demonized by the People’s National Congress during the 1970s for inciting strikes in the sugar belt. Today, however, the PNC-led coalition administration stands as a history lesson for our youths, as this very same PNC continues in its old ways of encroaching on sugar workers’ welfare, dogging and harassing them over their legally due severance entitlements, and demonstrating a consistent failure to make adequate provision for them as the sugar industry continues to bottom out.

Today marks just over a month of the release of the first part of the retrenched sugar workers’ severance. It also marks the same period over which the coalition administration has knowingly and willfully chosen to disregard, and continue in the act of breaking Guyana’s laws governing the full payment of severance to these workers. I have written, and will continue to write in protest about this issue, because I have to accept my responsibility for their being in office, and will not countenance any of their abuse on sugar workers, or whomever. There is little question that what is being perpetrated by this administration on sugar workers undermines their welfare, threatens their economic survival, amounts to a clear abuse of governmental powers. What has become clear is that the administration has

mishandled the sugar industry in the worst way possible, and there seems no end or solution in sight for the corporation itself or the sugar workers. The decision to reopen the closed estates for divestment might have been to gain political mileage, but this speaks to the gross mishandling of the sugar industry in its entirety, without any sound plan or consideration for the severe economic impact such decisions will likely have. One of the major observations which should guide reliance on the sugar industry as an economically viable concern is that much if not all of GUYSUCO’s arable land has been exhausted, so that there can be little expectation of higher yields that could boost the industry’s profitability either now or in the future. On the particular issue of the sale of these estates, it

has already been submitted that these estates should not be sold, but instead be contracted out to investors, since any sale of GUYSUCO’s land attached to these estates as a going concern will constitute a virtual give away of otherwise highly valuable assets, all of which can be returned to the state for alternative economic activities, or distributed to sugar workers to aid in their adjustment. With the long term viability of any of these financially distressed estates already being considered as close to nil, such sales will constitute a virtual rip-off as investors will invariably convert these lands to capitalize on their real value. While the opening of these estates may yield some income to sugar workers in the near term, in the long haul sugar workers can expect to be used as economic pawns (Continued on page 6)

GAWU should call a national strike for Sugar Workers’ Severance Benefits.


A grassy contract DEAR EDITOR; If my memory serves me right, early in the negotiations with the oil company some brilliant government official, when advised to check into the company’s background, said that that was not really necessary.I was very surprised at that response. If l applied for a job with some company, the company usually digs into my background to find out my work history, my police record, and all other relevant information. Had our Government done that with ExxonMobil, they most likely would not be in the mess that they find themselves in today.A Guyanese proverb says “if you mek youself grass, horse go eat you.” The Guyana Government is acting like grass. It made a very grassy contract with ExxonMobil and the oil giant is eating them up. Yours Truly Henry Stephens

When two elephants fight it is the grass that gets crushed DEAR EDITOR, This old adage aptly describes what is reportedly going on in the sugar industry as indicated ad infinitum, including in Sunday’s (4/3/18) media which included reports of open, unnecessary and destructive discord between the different elements and compositions of the Board of GUYSUCO. If we cannot get our act together at the leadership level of this major corporation then how on earth can we expect the rank and file, the thousands of sugar workers, to respond positively to whatever it is we need to do to restore the viability of the sugar industry? As someone with a life-long interest and attachment to the sugar industry, I beg our leaders to quickly get their act together and start positive pursuit of what is right and necessary. Time is of essence; can we please stop bickering and start acting pragmatically! Nowrang Persaud

The coalition is... From page 4 have also witnessed the mishandling and the corruption surrounding the new river crossing across the Demerara River, which is not over yet. The unacceptable reconfiguration of the scope of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, which includes a reduction from eight air bridges to a mere two and yet the contracted sum remains the same; The lack of accountability and transparency at the Georgetown City Council as it relates to expenditures to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. This list is by no means exhaustive. Guyanese beware of wolves in sheep clothing. Is this the righteousness, good governance and good life that you voted for? Yours truly, Bishop Juan Edghill


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Marijuana has its dangers City Hall is collapsing and the Town Clerk is blind

DEAR EDITOR, Re Malcolm Watkins letter to the Editor “Guyana must move to a marijuana industry dated March 4, 2018 we wish to state, “The scientific literature is clear that marijuana is addictive and that its use significantly impairs bodily and mental functions. Marijuana use is associated with memory

loss, cancer, immune system deficiencies, heart disease, and birth defects, among other conditions. “Even where decriminalized, marijuana trafficking remains a source of violence, crime, and social disintegration.” Yours, Rooplall Dudhnath

GAWU should call a national... From page 5 until the so-called investors declare that these estates are indeed unsustainable and will have to be shut. Guyanese, particularly public servants, will know that it is extremely difficult if not impossible to manage a family on $100,000/ month. A little contemplation should reveal that it is very likely that quite a few sugar workers will use up their first severance payout well before they receive the second severance payout. In the likely event that many

will still be either unemployed or underemployed, they will find themselves and their families in no-man’s-land. Government’s manipulation of the payments of severance payments is wholly unconscionable, wrong, illegal, and I would go so far as to say, potentially criminal, since it is a willful act which could translate into extreme human suffering, particularly on the children involved. It is suggested that GAWU and the sugar workers not wait to see what will almost certainly unfold.

They should act now and do what needs to be done to avoid the impending economic disaster that will greet them when their first severance payout finishes. Sugar workers should by now understand that this administration does not care if they live or die, or if their children suffer and punish. The union should immediately seek redress in the courts which could include punitive and other damages, along the allocation of lands for sugar workers at the negotiating table. If there ever was a time for sugar workers to strike, it is now. The union should also call on all sugar workers to engage in a national strike to force this administration to pay their full severance. The policy makers in this administration are a cruel, vicious lot who do not anymore deserve the support of Guyanese. Yours faithfully, Craig Sylvester

DEAR EDITOR, Persons with an active interest in Guyana, particularly Georgetown, are unfortunately subjected to daily episodes of the real life Georgetown City Council Soap Opera, known not as the ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ or the ‘Young and the Restless’ but rather as the ‘Incompetent and the Corrupt’ starring the ‘Queen’ and ‘King’ of the city. A recent episode featuring the continued disintegration of the once picturesque City Hall edifice caused the readers to be inadvertently placed in a time capsule and transported back into the times when fairy tales were popular. Just like Rip Van Winkle who supposedly drank a magic potion after which he fell into a deep sleep, awakening twenty years later only to find out that he had missed the proverbial bus, similarly it was reported that the Town Clerk seemed to have just awakened and discovered that the structure of City Hall was decaying to the point where continuing to occupy the facility would be a threat to life and limb. Now really? This discovery is a comical one coming from someone who has been with the municipality for more than three decades and whose office is located in the very decrepit and ruinous facility for years now. Has this gentleman ever read the reports that were done by several groups of international experts? Is he not privy to the warnings that were issued by his own building inspectors and engineering staff over the years? Is he blind and deaf? How could he not have been aware of the significant chunks of the building that

periodically fall off posing as a serious threat to passersby on Regent Street? Is he not aware that most of the roof is no good and is covered partially by tarpaulin? Is he unaware that the Concert Hall and Tower have long become a sanctuary for Guyana’s wildlife such as bats, pigeons, and other indigenous fauna? Had the shoe been on the other foot whereby the building was owned by someone else, the City Council would have condemned and closed that facility ages ago. But the City Council is above its own laws and public safety regulations. It must be considered downright reckless and foolish of the Town Clerk to have ignored the state of the City Hall structure over the last three years and to just unconcernedly allow scores of workers to occupy the building on a daily basis and to host frequent meetings for Councillors and others, all the while. His irresponsible actions should be roundly condemned by all. Then we have the other enchanted fairytale situation this time with the ‘Queen of the City’ coming up with the ‘smarty pants’ idea of having the project of rehabilitating the City Hall underwritten by every other agency but the City Council. Such an attempt was unsuccessfully pursued in the past, and quite understandably so. Why does she think that it will succeed now? This lady has been crisscrossing the globe, visiting countless cities and numerous countries and continents, and so I challenge her to name one City Hall building in any of the cities of the world, that has had its building restored,

refurbished or rebuilt by entities other than the city itself. For the City Council to have failed to have carried out even the most basic of rehabilitative works to that edifice in the last three decades, in spite of receiving tens of billions of dollars in property rates, a portion of which is allotted for this purpose, is just simply scandalous and appalling. For the City Council to expect the private sector, foreign entities, NGOs and other charitable organizations to fund the restoration of its headquarters where they operate from, whilst they waste the citizens’ money on overseas trips, celebrating city week anniversaries, buying fancy sports utility vehicles for themselves, maintaining a bloated staff strength of nearly one thousand workers, half of whom have nothing to do, building presidential parks and petting zoos and fancy townhouses for themselves etc. Surely she could not be serious. This is not rocket science, all the City Council has to do for a project of this nature as is done in most other cities undertaking capital works, is to put up for sale municipal bonds, and once the interest rate is more beneficial than what is offered at the commercial banks, then there would be no shortage of people willing to invest in the bonds. Why are we paying these people super salaries with considerable perks to lead us and solve our problems when they are unable to come up with solutions that could be easily figured out by a ten year old? With thanks Sincerely, Mark Roopan

Business Minister thinks Guyana got a “decent deal”with ExxonMobil


n spite of the innumer able exposés on the ap palling flaws of the Guyana-ExxonMobil deal, Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin still feels that locals need to be positive; appreciative if you will, about the “goodies” therein. According to him, Guyana actually got a “decent deal” from the American oil company. The politician made this and other statements yesterday as he addressed an audience at an oil and gas seminar that was hosted by the Private Sector Commission. This one day event took place at the Duke Lodge Hotel in Kingston. There, Gaskin addressed a number of “negative” comments he observed in the daily newspapers, one of which included that the Government is collecting “chicken feed”, given the contract it signed with ExxonMobil. Gaskin, who is in total disagreement with such sentiments, expressed “the Government of Guyana will receive in the first year of oil production, two percent of the gross value and 50 percent of profit oil. Based on the production of 100,000 barrels per day, and at today’s oil price of about US$60 per barrel, this amounts to in excess of US$300M in government revenues in the first year. That’s not chicken feed.”Additionally, Gaskin said that the Government will receive withholding taxes from payments made to overseas based sub-contractors.


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…several int’l organizations, experts say otherwise

Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin The Minister also sought to draw a comparison between oil and what is earned from the gold industry. Gaskin commented that the last eight years have been the best years ever for gold production in Guyana, both in terms of the amount of gold produced, the gold exported, and also the value of royalties and taxes collected by government. Yet, Gaskin said that the government has collected just over US$300M in royalties and taxes from all the gold produced in Guyana over the last eight years. The Business Minister said that in the first year of oil production, the Government will make about the same

that it did in the last eight years of gold production. Again he said, “That can’t be chicken feed.” By 2022, when the second phase of development starts to produce oil, Gaskin said that the Government revenues will increase to approximately US$800M per year. The Business Minister stated, “…So for anyone to assert that our government is selling out and giving away our oil is just plain nonsense. Could we have gotten more? You can always get more. You can also get less.” “But the fact remains that you can’t just start off with no industry and no proven reserves and want to play hard ball with investors who have years of experience in the field, and who can easily take their business elsewhere without any major consequences. I believe this is a decent deal...” WHERE IGNORANCE IS BLISS While Gaskin holds firm to his views, several international organizations and oil and gas experts have unanimously agreed that not only is the oil contract seriously flawed, but only serves the interest of one party— ExxonMobil. In a report that was handed over to the government last year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in no uncertain terms pointed out that Guyana has on its hands, a contract

that has several loopholes. In this regard, the IMF noted that there were no provisions to properly address cost recovery bills that will be submitted by the company as well as provisions to guard against expenses that come with unsuccessful exploration. The Government is still grappling with mechanisms to address the numerous flaws of the contract that Minister Gaskin deems to be a “decent deal.”

Car mysteriously torched at Grove Who torched Faizal Hydarlie’s car and in the process damaged three others at Grove, East Bank Demerara early yesterday morning? Police said that Hydarlie, 37, a driver of Lot 720 Section ‘C’ Block ‘Y’ Grove, East Bank Demerara, had parked a white Toyota IST, PRR 3029, on the western side of the road at around 22.00 hrs on

Monday and retired to bed. At around 02.30 hrs yesterday, he heard an explosion and on checking, saw his vehicle on fire. The Diamond Fire Service responded and extinguished the blaze. However, the interior of the vehicle was damaged, while three others were scorched. Investigations are continuing.


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Man con victed ffor or se xual Jamaica praises Organisation convicted sexual acti vity with gir l, 7 activity girl, of American States (OAS)

A weeping Troy Jackson’s freedom was snatched away after a 12-member mixed jury found him guilty of engaging in sexual activity with a child under age 16. Prior to the conviction, Jackson had been released on bail pending trial. The trial was presided over by Justice Simone Morris-Ramlall at the High Court in Georgetown. The trial concluded yesterday when the jury returned with a majority guilty verdict in a 10-2 proportion. The charge against Jackson stated that on October 16, 2016, in the county of Demerara, he engaged in sexual activity with a seven year-old girl. Reports are that Jackson took out his penis and placed it at the little girl’s vagina. Before Jackson could have uttered a word to the court in his defence, he was advised by the trial judge to remain silent since his Attorney, Adrian Thompson, was not present. It was reported to the court that the lawyer was engaged in another matter at the Court of Appeal. Nevertheless, sentencing for the convict was adjourned until this morning,

Troy Jackson when Thompson will make a plea in mitigation on his client’s behalf. The case for the state was presented by Prosecutors Seeta Bishundial, Narissa Leander and Orinthia Schmidt.

KINGSTON, Jamaica CMC – Jamaica has praised the Organisation of American States (OAS) for its role in aiding the country’s social development and that of other countries in the Caribbean region. Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith, speaking at the opening of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the OAS at the Mona Campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI), said Jamaica has had multiple “high impact” benefits from the organisation, which has had a presence here since 1969. “At the community level, the Peckham Bamboo PreProcessing Project, for example, has assisted in capacity building in the area of agro-processing and has generated significant employment opportunities,” she said. She said the OAS has also been responsible for providing institutional strengthening for courts for drug-related offences, the project for Rapid Situation Assessment on Drug and Alcohol Use in Jamaica and other projects on security, corruption prevention and money laundering investigations. “Our juvenile offenders have also benefitted significantly from meaningful rehabilitation programmes, such as the New Path Project as well as the Democratizing Innovation in the Americas (DIA) Lab Project,” she told the ceremony on Monday. The DIA Lab Project equips urban youth to be innovators by training them in cutting-edge technologies

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith and giving them the tools necessary to transform their communities. On a broader level, Mrs. Johnson Smith noted that the OAS has been responsible for establishing “effective regional and international partnerships.” “The General Assembly represents a major multilateral forum for political dialogue that has assisted in finding solutions to various regional issues; for example the mediation role played by the OAS in facilitating dialogue on border conflicts between Belize and Guatemala, Guyana and Venezuela and Belize and Honduras, among others,” she said. The Foreign Affairs Minister used her address to outline Jamaica’s appreciation of the work of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), one of the

most well-known institutions of the OAS. OAS Assistant Secretary General, Nestor Mendez, outlined a number of initiatives that the OAS has been involved in the region. These include the work to strengthen democracy among governments, political parties, as well as academic institutions. Mendez noted that the organisation’s future will rely on the optimisation of technology to meet its operational needs to the benefit of its member states and towards cost efficiencies, procedural expediency and the management of resources. “There will also be an increased focus on the empowerment of youth of the Americas and women of our continent towards a transformative agenda for balance and equity,” he said.

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Banks are no longer safe places to visit. In just one week alone, four persons were attacked and robbed of substantial amounts of cash after leaving commercial banks. One of the victims was shot and had to be hospitalized. On February 21, 2018, an electrical contractor was shot and relieved of $800,000 after leaving a bank. The following day, an employee of the CARICOM Secretariat was robbed in front of his home shortly after making a withdrawal from a commercial bank. Four days later, an importer was relieved of $2M in cash after leaving a bank. Two days after this incident, a 67-year-old representative of the Guyana Deaf Mission was relived of cash and valuables by armed men after conducting a transaction at a bank. There have been many

other similar incidents in the past. The police are no closer to getting to the bottom of what or who is behind this spate of robberies which take place after persons have left banks. In fact, the police appear clueless as to how the robbers were aware that their victims had made withdrawals from the banks. The public sphere, however, is awash with theories. One view which is gaining increasing traction is that the bandits are being provided with information by accomplices working within the banks. The banks are denying that their employees are involved. However, the public is skeptical, especially when it is recalled that last year, employees of a major commercial bank were fingered in an early morning attempted heist during which workers were held hostage and one of the bandits was killed in a shootout with ranks

from a security service. The view that crooked bank employees are colluding with criminals is not farfetched. During the crime wave of 2002- 2008, the criminal underworld established a network of contacts of persons operating within businesses and government offices. The criminals, on the outside, would be fed with information from inside these places, and it is this information which was used to execute the brazen and spectacular robberies of those times. The police may have destroyed the criminal cells which were principally responsible for the robberies and murders during that period. But the networks these cells established within organizations and businesses have not been dismantled and the inside contacts may have regrouped under new criminal cells.


Storms and people can mess up you life Old people seh not all storms come to disrupt you life. Some does come fuh clear de path and others does come fuh clear you out de path. Politicians are people who does disrupt you life. De religious leaders does come fuh clear de path while de scamps does come fuh clear you out de path. Old people also seh people does come in you life fuh a reason, a season or a lifetime. Dem boys seh dem who deh in you life fuh a reason is fuh mek you pull out you hair, or to mek you go to jail or to kill somebody. Is like dem politicians

who come and confuse you; dem thief from de treasury which is de poor man money and pack up dem bags and leff. De Pee Pee Pee is a clear example and dem want come back. Then you have those who come in you life fuh a season. Dem does give you some happiness in yuh life and suddenly dem does tek way more than dem bring. Is like a woman or a man come in you life, mek you fling up you foot high, high, and when dem lef you barely got clothes pun you back. Exxon doing de exact thing to Guyana. Dem come


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in de country fuh a season and it seems a lot of people happy. When de season over and de jamoon and mango done from de tree, white mouth gun tek over. Then you got de people who come fuh a lifetime. Dem is you family who would stick wid you through thick or thin. You don’t have to raise you foot fuh dem. Dem gun watch you back; mek sure you always eat a piece of de bread, even if is de crumbs. Dem is de people who wouldn’t rob you blind. Talk half and be careful id de people you got around you.

This is why employers must be careful about who they employ. They have to carry out checks before they employ someone, and even during the course of their employment, because these persons may be feeding elements on the outside about what is taking place on the inside. There are bound to be criminal plants within banks, offices and even within the government. There are many persons who are applying for jobs, but it is not the work they are interested in. They are interested in getting into your business so they can observe what is happening and feed that information to their partners outside. The criminals on the outside have also become sophisticated. They are not all rough-cut. They have some smooth-talking, welldressed and savvy characters around who will sweet talk some female bank employees

and get them to feed information to them. There is also the theory that criminals are operating as customers within the banks. It is felt that there are criminal lookouts who join the lines at banks and pretend to be conducting business when, in fact, they are looking to see the persons who are making large withdrawals. It is for the banks to reduce lines and persons having to wait in the banks for service so as to reduce this possibility. Another theory is that the external environment of most banks has become unsafe. You do not know when you step out of a bank who is watching you. There was a time when no vending was allowed outside of any banks. This is not the case anymore. Persons are vending outside of banks and criminals may be able to secrete themselves amongst these vendors and to spy on persons leaving the banks.

Hire car operators are also operating outside the banks and they too can be a potential source of information for bandits. A collective response is therefore needed to help reduce the high incidence of persons being robbed after leaving banks. The local authorities must not allow vending and the parking of vehicles outside of banks. The banks must reduce waiting time for services, so that customers making large withdrawals are not easily observed by other customers. And all businesses, including banks, must be careful about who they employ. They must monitor their employees during their employment to ensure that they are not cavorting with criminal elements.


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Statements from two ministers and a police officer The Minister of Public Security said that given the spate of robberies committed on persons after they would have made bank withdrawals, this would necessitate sting operations. This is one of three incredibly unbelievable statements made within the space of three days; the other two came from the Crime Chief and the Minister of

Public Infrastructure respectively. Let’s stick with the first one. We are living in a country where because of Guyana’s nascent oil industry there is a huge amount of foreigners in Guyana. At the cinema to see ‘Black Panther’, the patrons reminded one of the days when Guyana had a substantial number of Portuguese and European

citizens. There were quite a handful of White persons in the cinema, no doubt based here because of the emerging petroleum industry. The American School in Prashad Nagar has been inundated with applications for spaces from the Exxonbased folks who are going to be living here. This deluge of foreigners will become like the

CARICOM nationals who work at the Secretariat. They will not believe some of the primitive things they will see. A sting operation is basic to police functionalism. A sting operation is what a fire is to a match. Once a pattern of a certain type of criminal conspiracy is present in a society, a sting operation is put into effect. If prostitutes are being murdered, you send an undercover woman to pose as a lady of the night. One of my favourite Al Pacino movies is “Cruising,” where homosexuals were being murdered and Pacino went undercover. For years, arrivals were being targeted when they leave the airport. For years, customers were attacked when they left the bank with their cash. Our current opposition politicians that were in government for 23 years, never put on a sting operation in those two areas. The more I think of the crass, morbid incompetence of the Jagdeo/Ramotar cabals, the more I think how unfortunate Guyana is to have such people wanting to be back in power. So finally, we are going to have sting operations (long overdue) to catch robbers who prey on customers who make bank withdrawals. In a related matter, the Crime Chief made an observation that is not surprising to those who think Guyana is a primitive,

backwater land. One wonders if the Crime Chief himself is surprised at the type of bank bosses we have. He said; “The bank needs to carry out a review of the CCTV within the bank itself. See how many persons frequent the bank; whether they are doing transactions or sitting idly. Follow this daily; see how many persons are being robbed. Check to see if they would’ve dealt with a specific teller, you know. There is so much analysis that can be done in order for us to deal with this situation”. Not only Republic Bank customers have suffered this fate. An equal amount of Bank of Nova Scotia customers have been victims. But none of the banks in Guyana has ever done what the Crime Chief thinks should be done. The brutal fact is that they are not interested in that kind of investigative work the Crime Chief has suggested. And why? Because it is a service that they will have to fund. Banking culture in this country is characterized by terrible, unmodern modes. Banking service to customers leaves a lot to be desired in Guyana and none of the relevant authorities in this uncaring wasteland named Guyana care to intervene. Many foreign banks in Guyana would not dare treat customers in their home countries the way they do in Guyana. It is virtually impossible to get a Bank of

Frederick Kissoon Nova Scotia official on the telephone, because there are only two lines for its Carmichael Street branch and one for its Robb Street branch. These were in the 2014 telephone directory. The 2017 directory has no listing for the Carmichael Street branch. These banks will never practice that nonsense in Canada. Trinidad-owned Republic Bank in Guyana keeps resisting unionization. In Trinidad its bank employees are unionized. These foreignowned banks know that in Guyana, there is a state of permanent lawlessness, so they join in the nihilistic bacchanalia. Finally, Minister David Patterson said that we have to make do with the cheap, ugly bridge that will be built at Houston. He went on to add that when you borrow foreign money to build a fancy one, you end up in debts you find impossible to repay. I take it that it is an admission that we are poor and thus will never get modern public infrastructure. The Minister is talking nonsense.

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National plan on natural gas use for power generation being tweaked Guyana has started moves to update its plans on power generation to now include natural gas that will be produced in ExxonMobil’s offshore wells. On Monday, the country’s energy officials and other stakeholders met to discuss

a study on the power generation system expansion, during a forum at the Pegasus Hotel. Involved in the process were representatives in the energy, infrastructure, and financial sectors as well as the Office of Climate Change –

Ministry of Presidency, Renewable Energy Department. Also there were officials from the Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL), the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA), Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure.

It was explained that while the 2016 study on power generation system expansion included imported natural gas, it did not include domestic natural gas. Guyana is banking on the possibilities of using natural gas from ExxonMobil’s oil wells, located about 100 miles from shore, to power its generators. It was explained that it therefore became necessary to update the study to take into consideration Guyana’s move towards domestic natural gas in electricity generation. Coordinator of the Sustainable Energy Programme, Mr. Horace Williams explained: “A consultant group called Brugman SAS from Colombia was contracted to do the update and they proposed a set of activities and methodologies to update the 2016 studies.” The updated 2018 study will focus on GPL’s power networks, with emphasis on the power expansion of the Demerara-Berbice interconnected system (DBIS) and the supply of electricity to Linden. “It will also include an indepth revision and analysis of renewable energy (RE) technologies and natural gas fired generation options.”

Furthermore, the 2018 study will include a preliminary socioenvironmental impact and risk analysis of the issues associated with the candidate generation technologies and an analysis of the current regulations in order to reach regulatory policy recommendations to foster renewable energy (RE) generation technologies. Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson said that “the forum enables us to provide cheap and reliable electricity to the country, so we are looking at all the alternatives possible for us to get where we want to be so that we can be 100 percent renewable by 2025. But, in the interim, we want to provide the country with cheap electricity.” Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Jaipaul Sharma, echoed the words of Minister Patterson and emphasised that providing cheap, reliable electricity to the demanding sectors of the economy, particularly to the private sector is imperative. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of GEA, Dr. Mahender Sharma, lauded the study and said, “It’s a good thing for Guyana, because we certainly need to be advised on what the future

could look like. I mean you can look at different scenarios; their views of an oil and gas economy will result in experiential demand growth.” Special Assistant to Dr. Clive Thomas of the Ministry of the Presidency, Eric Philips, shared his views on the forum and said: “One, Guyana being an oil and gas producer will dramatically change our future, both in terms of our energy matrix as well as our ability to export, two, it will change the Private Sector in terms of cheap energy, even as we prepare for a green state, and we have the ability through oil and gas to fund it and three, we may need a new capital, and that this will allow us to understand how the energy matrix will take us to that path.” According to the Update of the Study on system Expansion of the Generation System Methodology, it would identify the generating capacity expansion at minimum cost (present value of investment, fuel, O&M and non-served electricity costs) for the DBIS/Linden systems. In order to do so, it is necessary to evaluate and perform cost comparisons among the most appropriate power generation technologies that could be selected for new power generation capacity in the DBIS/Linden systems, including the reform of the existing diesel generating units to use natural gas. This implies the economic comparison of thermoelectric, hydroelectric and other renewable energy expansion options of appropriate scale in order to identify options for building an initial plant of a relative large capacity, or options for use of natural gas in the existing generating units (for fuel oil substitution purposes) and also identifying future incorporation of smaller capacity additions required to supply demand growth. A full report on the completion of the study is expected by this May. The cost of the consultation is US$183,000.

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WCD road project nearing completion knowledge of the construction industry and dealing with local staff issues. Douglas further disclosed that the project received “practical completion” in December 2017, and at that time, only minor works were left to be carried out. According to Douglas, utilities from the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) and the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T), in most cases, hampered the free flow of work. Hence the project was unable to meet its January 2018 completion deadline. As a result, an extension up to this month end was approved. The main interference from the utility companies was fibre optic cables and distribution water pipe mains, he noted. Apart from these, inclement weather cause some delay in the project being completed on time. “We also had weather challenges, we had environmental challenges, and we had social issues relating to traffic management,” said Douglas, adding that, problems relating to the environment were resolved through consultations with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and residents. One of the major problems Douglas highlighted was the emission of dust from construction machinery.

Ongoing works on the West Coast Demerara road.

By Feona Morrison The US$44M road project for the rehabilitation of 30.7km of road from Hydronie to Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara is in its final stages of completion, with minor works left to be done by International Standardcertified Jamaican Construction Company Surrey Paving and Aggregate (SPA) Co. Ltd. and BK International. This is according to Danian Douglas of SPA, who is a Project Manager for the joint venture on the fourth road project being executed by the two companies. SPA, Douglas said, is the lead contractor in the joint venture project. Douglas explained that all major works have been completed on the two-way highway. In fact, the Project Manager revealed that the road project will wrap up on March 20, 2018 – after facing extended utilities relocation

delays - and has not exceeded its budget. He further explained that small areas of patching to side roads, removal of construction debris, the erection of road safety signs and road markings are outstanding in villages such as De Willem, Vreed-en-Hoop and other isolated areas along the project corridor. The contract for the project was signed by the then PPP/C government and commenced in January 2015 with completion in three years’ time. It was funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) with counterpart funding from the Government of Guyana. An asphalt plant valued at US$850,000, with funding from the joint venture partners, was a major part of the project’s mobilization. That plant, which was installed in December 2015 at Boerasirie, West Coast Demerara and commissioned in February 2016, has a production rate of 160 tons of

asphalt per hour and produced in excess of 80,000 tons to pave the road. The asphalt plant was sourced in India, and is said to be the first of its kind in Guyana, and is a pollution deterrent. The road project, Douglas explained, did not only cater for road expansion, but also for the construction of new reinforced concrete drains along various sections of the corridors, the construction of a new bridge, repairs to bridges/culverts, thermoplastic road markings, erection of road safety signs and guard rails, clearing and maintenance of culverts, and construction of sidewalks, among others. Speaking with Kaieteur News, Douglas disclosed that Surrey Paving and Aggregate Co. Ltd. had main responsibilities for project management and quality control, and that the joint venture received adequate support from its partner, BK International, as it relates to equipment resource,

He added, “We had to mitigate and control dust emitting from construction machinery. We liaised with the EPA for help. We had community meetings and one-on-one meetings with the residents.” Providing maintenance and repairs to any infrastructure is vital for extending its lifespan. And with that being said, SPA and its joint venture partner BK International will provide the necessary repairs and maintenance to the thoroughfare as part of a oneyear defect liability period. LOCAL CONTENT This fourth road project between SPA and BK International provided employment for many locals, with 80% of its administrative staff being from Guyana. It also provided work for some 25 local sub-contractors. In fact, all of the carpenters, masons, truck drivers and flag persons were from Guyana. The local subcontractors, under the management of the joint venture, provided services such as drain cleaning, drainage construction and excavator operations. Majority of the equipment like excavators, back holes and trucks were also sourced locally, according to Douglas. The Project Manager added that specialized asphalt equipment, along with staff for the road paving crew, had

to be imported and supplemented by the local partner. As it relates to the asphalt plant, this also provided job opportunities for locals and has roughly about seven local staffers that were trained by an Indian national who was responsible for training staff for the joint venture. SPA aims at maintaining its presence in Guyana and has since set up a local office registered temporarily at Leonora, West Coast Demerara. Douglas emphasized, “We (SPA) will have a presence here (in Guyana).We intend on working with the various ministries and private firms on other projects.” The quality assurance and management staff were brought in by SPA as to extend the company’s quality of work as mandatory and audited through its ISO 9001:2015 certification. Surrey Paving and Aggregate Co. Ltd. is a relatively large English speaking Caribbean Civil and Construction Engineering and Construction firm that has carried out a number of successful projects in the region. Douglas pointed out that SPA with its head office in Kingston, Jamaica, also has operations in St. Lucia, Antigua and St. Kitts and Nevis, and its objective is to employ as many locals as possible.


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Correias try to stifle competing entities at Ogle Airport with oppressive fees

OAI Chairman, Michael Correia T h e C o r r e i a f a m i l y, having full control over the daily management of the Eugene F. Correia International Airport, has reportedly been using its position of strength to stifle the operations of aviation companies using that facility. The Correias own three companies that operate from Ogle, these are: Caribbean Aviation Maintenance Services (CAMS), Correia Mining Company (CMC) and Trans Guyana Limited. CAMS provides fuel for

An aerial shot of the Eugene F. Correia International Airport aircraft at the airport. Kaieteur News understands that Michael Correia, as Chairman of the OAI board and head of the Correia Group, ensured that CAMS paid no throughput charges (fees per gallon of fuel sold) to OAI. Throughput charges are usually an essential source of

revenue at all airports. But while CAMS was the only fuel provider, Ogle Airport was deprived of one of its major sources of revenue. Kaieteur News understands that Correia also ensured that no fuel license structure existed and a fuel monopoly was in place. This changed as soon as a second

fuel supplier —Air Services Limited (ASL) — began its operations. Fuel throughput charges which were waived for CAMS were immediately imposed on ASL. A new requirement of a $2.5M fuel licence fee which never existed before became mandatory, imposed by OAI

without consultation. Fuel farm insurance to the value of US$10M also became a requirement. Kaieteur News understands that aircraft operators who attempted to purchase fuel from the new supplier were advised by CAMS that their contracts for aircraft maintenance were

hinged to them purchasing fuel from CAMS only. In the early days the Correia Group made it mandatory for aircraft operators who were renting office space and having their aircraft maintenance provided by CAMS to also purchase fuel from their fuel farm.

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Reconnaissance work to drill eight wells in Region Nine to start this month The Government of Guyana, in collaboration with the Government of Brazil, will on March 19-29, 2018, conduct reconnaissance work in Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo (Region Nine), which will pave the way for the drilling of eight wells in eight villages. This will assist in the storage of water for the dry season (El Niño). The drilling of the wells is expected to commence in October and will last for a period of 60 days, the Ministry of the Presidency disclosed yesterday. The first working group meeting was held yesterday morning at the boardroom of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) with the Brazilian Military Attaché to Guyana, Colonel Deni Da Silva, Acting Director General of the organisation, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig and stakeholders from the Ministries of Communities, Public Health, Foreign Affairs and Agriculture as well as the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) and Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI). During the drilling phase, the Brazilian Army will be

The working group with representatives from the army and their Brazilian counterparts. working closely with the Guyana Defence Force and this collaboration will see the drilling of artesian wells in the villages of Aishalton, Chukrikednau, Shea, Maruranawa, Awarawaunau, Karaudarnau, Achiwib and Bashraidrun. In an invited comment, Colonel Craig said that the drilling of the wells is an important part of disaster response and preparedness, particularly during the El Niño season. “As we know, Rupununi is susceptible to droughts and floods, so we want to remove that uncertainty and have a system under which the communities could be supplied with fresh water continuously during the year. Mainly, in Region Nine, the

residents use hand dug wells and you find that a couple weeks into the dry season, there is no water for them to use. Those wells are usually about 20 metres, but these that will be dug later in the year will be 100 metres, which translates to about 300 feet. It is all part of us responding to the drought situation during the dry season in the region,” he said. Upon completion of the wells, Colonel Craig said that the Commission will undertake the task of monitoring and evaluating the project to determine how it has impacted the communities. This project follows President David Granger’s State visit to Brazil in December 2017, where the Complementary Agreement

to the Basic Agreement on Technical Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Guyana and the Federative Republic of Brazil for the Implementation of the Project Technologies to Reduce the Effects of the Drought in Region Nine of Guyana, was inked. The Complementary Agreement states that the Government of Brazil shall undertake to “promote the transfer of Brazilian knowledge and experience related to mitigation of the effects of drought; provide

the means for implementation of activities foreseen in the Project, send consultants and experts to implement activities to be carried out in Guyana, support the development of the Guyanese technical team’s capacity to drill artesian wells and monitor and evaluate Project implementation.” Meanwhile, the Government of Guyana, as prescribed in the Agreement, shall undertake to “take responsibility for the maintenance of the artesian wells that will be drilled during

the practical operations on the ground; appoint a technical team to monitor and participate in activities to be implemented, provide the technical team sent by the Government of Federative Republic of Brazil with the logistical support required to implement activities of their responsibility and to take measures to ensure that activities implemented by professionals sent by the Brazilian Government will be continued by professionals from the Guyanese implementing institution.”


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Business Minister either confused or misleading on ExxonMobil’s deals with Ghana and Guyana

When it comes to the deals American oil giant, ExxonMobil signed with Guyana and that of the African state, Ghana, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin appears to be confused or worse, misleading. This was apparent yesterday as he made his presentation at an oil and gas forum that was held at Duke Lodge,

Kingston. The Minister told his audience, consisting largely of members of the private sector, that he has no issue with anyone who endeavours to examine contracts signed by other countries. His only issue is when the analysis of that person fails to take into account, the “bigger picture”. “Let’s look at the whole

picture and not just the parts where we are getting less than the other country,” the politician expressed. At this point, the Minister sought to address some of the differences between the contract ExxonMobil signed with Guyana and that of Ghana. In his cherry-picking exercise, the Business Minister

noted that Guyana has a royalty and production sharing type of agreement. But Ghana, he said, has a royalty and taxation model. Whichever you choose to call it, oil and gas experts agree that both are Production Sharing Agreements. The Minister went further to state that Guyana receives a two percent royalty and a 50 percent of profit oil while Ghana receives a 10 percent royalty and a 35% corporation tax on profit. The Business Minister stated that prior to this agreement Ghana has with ExxonMobil, oil companies had been paying a five percent royalty. The Minister failed to mention however that in comparison, Guyana still did not secure a better deal for its nonrenewable resource. Furthermore, the Minister stated that Ghana has a Petroleum Exploration and Production Legislation that gives Government a 10 - 15% stake in oil production companies subject to payment of their share of operating expenses. He noted that Guyana’s Petroleum Act has no such provision. But several local oil and gas commentators found this to be an appalling statement from the Minister. In fact, Guyana’s legislation has provisions for that same kind

of interest. And even if there were no provisions in the law, Kaieteur News was able to confirm with several experts that Guyana could have negotiated for equity in the company operations from the outset. Minister Gaskin also stated that ExxonMobil enjoys the same import tax waiver in Ghana as it does in Guyana. But this is far from the truth. Ghana’s contract does not allow for exemptions on hundreds of items, but this is the case in Guyana. The Minister noted that unlike Guyana, the African state of Ghana did not receive a signing bonus. What Gaskin failed to state is that this is one of the very reasons why the Ghana-ExxonMobil deal was sent to Parliament, so that Ghanaians can craft a better deal. The politician goes further to state that the Ghanaian contract has stability provisions. But this too is false. There is not a single paragraph or sentence in the Ghana contract which says that ExxonMobil would be insulated from future laws and taxes to be imposed by that nation. Furthermore, Gaskin was careful to note that in Ghana, the laws require at least five percent equity to be held by a local company. This is

Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin stated in that nation’s Local Content legislation. The Minister’s excuse for Guyana not having such provisions is the lack of similar legislation. But what Minister Gaskin fails to mention is the fact that Government has been pussyfooting on Local Content Policy, much less legislation, for more than a year. After noting the aforementioned, several members at the oil and gas seminar yesterday were convinced that Gaskin is confused or deliberately misleading the public. Either way, commentators contest it is clear that Minister Gaskin did not read the Ghana deal or even Guyana’s with ExxonMobil.

Govt. partnering with GGGI to roll out rooftop solar project by 2019 The Government of Guyana in collaboration with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) will be undertaking a project in rooftop solar for commercial and industrial use. This was disclosed by Deputy Director of the Institute’s Energy, Investment and Policy Division, Carol Litwin. Litwin, speaking prior to the opening of a renewable energy workshop hosted by the Department of the Environment and the GGGI, said the institute will be working with the private sector and exploring options for financing. The aim is to source financing before the end of 2018 to commence the rollout of the project. A meeting with the private sector is slated for tomorrow,

where several financial models will be presented. The Government, she noted, has requested that the GGGI look at longer-term options on a utility scale and to secure climate finance to support solar in the hinterland. “We are hoping to have financiers for the first set of rooftop solar. We’re hoping to have a commitment by the financiers by the end of the year… the rollout will happen after the commitment of the financiers, so first we need to find the projects and work with the private sector, then we bring those projects to the financiers before they approve it, so next year [2019] it will be rolled out.” Further, Litwin said they are looking at small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) financing via an established

fund through which commercial and industrial customers can access long-term financing at affordable rates. Another option is known as the leasing model, which requires the customer to sign a purchase or rent agreement with a leasing company, eliminating operations and maintenance, simply the monthly fee. She highlighted that Guyana can benefit greatly from its resources. “This is a country that is endowed with water, oil and gas, good su n a n d a l s o wind, and I think there is a need to diversify energy security, not only just to rely on diesel and oil, which is high cost.” GGGI, Litwin added, believes that it can contribute to reducing the energy cost in Guyana.

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Health sector gets counselling support from Florida Army National Guard A six-member team from the Florida Army National Guard [FLARNG] is on a fourday visit in Guyana to help push counselling and behaviour therapy in the health sector. The FLARANG members held talks Monday with Dr. Karen Cummings, Minister within the Ministry of Public Health [MOPH] at her Brickdam office where they unveiled the blueprint for the proposed package of public health assistance geared for Joint Services members. The team will conduct the training programme out of the Coast Guard base of the Guyana Defence Force [GDF] headquarters at Camp Ayanganna. The programme which began yesterday, targets Joint Services personnel comprising members of the GDF, Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Fire Service, who will be coursed on suicide prevention and risk factors, alcohol and drug use and traumatic event management. The training ends Friday. FLARANG is headed by Captain Christopher Hill who highlighted the four-day activity when he spoke with Minister Cummings.

Minister Karen Cummings meets with members of FLARNG. Dr. Cummings spoke about current activities in the health sector to help train local physicians to treat local community members suffering from mental health problems and those who exhibit suicide symptoms. She noted that Guyana has been known for having a high rate in suicide in

Pomeroon-Supenaam (Region Two) and East Berbice/Corentyne (Region Six) which have helped contribute to the high rate in the country. Guyana’s per capita suicide rate slipped from first to third g l o b a l l y, f o l l o w i n g a regime of interventions by the Public Health Ministry,

with assistance from several of its international partners. There is an active Mental Health Unit, headed by Dr. Util Richmond–Thomas and her team of dedicated staff. Very soon, a Mental Health Institute is expected to be launched, Dr. Cummings told the FLARANG team.


Retired detective questioned about... (From page 3) document. He also conceded that there was no indication on the document to show that Dr Singh had conducted the postmortem examinations. The detective also said he had never attended any of the post-mortems and was not in contact with the relatives of the slain men. He could not say why they were not contacted. VICTIMS’RELATIVES Also testifying were five relatives of the slain miners. Natalie Mc Donald, the aunt of Horace James, recounted hearing of James’ death while visiting an aunt at the Georgetown Public Hospital. “I heard the newspaper man say ‘get the news, get the news, Lindo Creek Massacre, eight men die.’” McDonald said she later visited James’ mother, who immediately contacted a family member who has a dredge in the interior. The relative confirmed that her son had been killed. And though the family held a memorial service, Mc Donald said that no police ranks or other officials attended. When she took the stand, 80-year-old Carmen Gittens, Compton Speirs’ sister, commended the Government for mounting the COI. She said she last saw her younger brother in May, when he indicated that he was going to work in the interior. As with other relatives, she also said that neither police nor government officials contacted the family. Most repeatedly said they were contacted by the media. The COI preliminary hearings into their deaths continue on Friday.





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Twenty-three bids for rehab of Timehri Fire Station The following are bids presented to the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board yesterday: Ministry of Public Security: Rehabilitation of Timehri Fire Station

The Mahaicony Abary Agriculture Development Authority is seeking the provision of Consultancy services for the supervision and construction of the new D’Edward Sluice, D’Edward Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB) Region 5.

Ministry of Public Health: Design and Implementation of Interventions to strengthen reproductive Maternal, and Neonatal Health in Guyana.

Guyana Defence Force (GDF): The Procurement and Installation of Fuel Purification/ Separator System.

Guyana Defence Force (GDF): The supply of two portable diesel driven pumps aboard the GDFS Essequibo.

Ministry of Agriculture-NARI: Supply and delivery of three boats and three new engines.

Guyana Energy Agency (GEA): Supply and installation of LED and Occupancy Sensor on 54 buildings in 10 lots in ten Administrative Regions.

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Oldest message in a bottle found on Western Australia beach (BBC) A Perth family has found the world’s oldest known message in a bottle, almost 132 years after it was thrown into the sea, Australian experts say. Tonya Illman picked up the bottle while going for a walk around sand dunes on a remote beach in West Australia. Her husband Kym Illman told the BBC they found some paper in the bottle but had “no idea” what it was until they took it home and dried it in the oven. Experts have confirmed it is an authentic message from a German ship. The note in the bottle, which was dated 12 June 1886, was jettisoned from the German ship Paula, as part of an experiment into ocean and shipping routes by the German Naval Observatory. Previously, the Guinness world record for the oldest message in a bottle was 108 years, between it being sent and found. ‘Rolled up cigarette’ The Illman family were driving through a beach north of Wedge Island on 21 January when the car became bogged down in the sand, and Mrs Illman and her friend decided to go for a walk. “Tonya saw a whole lot of rubbish on the ground, and thought she’d help pick up some rubbish,” Mr Illman told the BBC.

Kym and Tonya Illman have loaned the find to the Western Australian Museum She found and picked up the bottle, thinking it would be nice for her bookshelf, he added. Mr Illman said his wife passed the bottle “to our son’s girlfriend, who saw what she thought was a rolled-up cigarette, and tipped it out with the sand”. “Tonya tried to untie the string around the paper, but it was rather fragile, so we took it home and put it in the oven for five minutes to dry up the moisture. “Then we unrolled it and saw printed writing. We could not see the hand written ink at that point, but saw a printed message that asked the reader to contact the German consulate when they found the note.” Later, they also noticed faint handwriting on the note,

with a date of 12 June 1886 and the name of the ship, Paula. When they saw the date they thought it was “too farfetched” to be real, Mr Illman said - but they researched the bottle online and took it to experts at the Western Australian Museum. Dr Ross Anderson, Assistant Curator Maritime Archaeology at the WA Museum, confirmed the find was authentic after consulting with colleagues from Germany and the Netherlands. “Incredibly, an archival search in Germany found Paula’s original Meteorological Journal and there was an entry for 12 June 1886 made by the captain, recording a drift bottle having been thrown overboard. The date and the coordinates corre-

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Wreckage found of WWII aircraft carrier USS Lexington

Washington (AFP) Wreckage from the USS Lexington, a US aircraft carrier which sank during World War II, has been found in the Coral Sea, a search team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced Monday. The wreckage was found Sunday by the team’s research vessel, the R/V Petrel, some 3,000 meters (two miles) below the surface more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) off the eastern coast of Australia.The search team released pictures and video of the wreckage of the Lexington, one of the first ever US aircraft carriers, and some of the planes which went down with the ship. Remarkably preserved aircraft could be seen on the seabed bearing the fivepointed star insignia of the US Army Air Forces on their wings and fuselage. On one aircraft, an emblem of the cartoon character Felix

the Cat can be seen along with four miniature Japanese flags presumably depicting “kills.” The search team also released pictures and video of parts of the ship, including a nameplate, and anti-aircraft guns covered in decades of slime. The USS Lexington and another US aircraft carrier, the USS Yorktown, fought against three Japanese aircraft carriers from May 4-8, 1942 in the Battle of the Coral Sea, the first ever between carriers. The badly damaged Lexington, nicknamed “Lady Lex,” was deliberately sunk by another US warship at the conclusion of the battle. More than 200 members of the crew died in the battle but most were rescued by other US vessels before the Lexington sank. Admiral Harry Harris, who heads up the US military’s

Pacific Command (PACOM) — and whose father was one of the sailors evacuated — paid tribute to the successful research effort. “As the son of a survivor of the USS Lexington, I offer my congratulations to Paul Allen and the expedition crew of Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel for locating the ‘Lady Lex,’ sunk nearly 76 years ago at the Battle of Coral Sea,” Harris said in a statement.”We honor the valor and sacrifice of the ‘Lady Lex’s’ Sailors — and all those Americans who fought in World War II — by continuing to secure the freedoms they won for all of us,” he said. The USS Lexington was carrying 35 aircraft when it went down. The search team said that 11 planes had been found including Douglas TBD-1 Devastators, Douglas SBD-three Dauntlesses and Grumman F4F-3 Wildcats.

ER visits for opioid overdose More than 1,000 children killed or up 30%, CDC study finds injured this year in Syria, UN says CNN)The opioid epidemic in the United States shows no signs of slowing, according to a Vital Signs report released Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report found that emergency department visits due to suspected opioid overdoses continued to climb — about 30% — from July 2016 to September 2017 across the country. “This is really a fast-moving epidemic that’s getting worse,” said Dr. Anne

Schuchat, acting director of the CDC and acting administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, who was not an author of the report. “The increases in overdoses were seen in adults of all age groups. They were seen in men and women. They were seen in every geographic region in the nation,” she said. The findings in the report could help identify and track overdoses in a way that helps the development of re-

sponses from both the medical community and law enforcement agencies, Schuchat said. Based on the report, some emergency departments could enhance prevention and treatment and improve efforts to connect patients with resources to help prevent future overdoses. “We really think that this is a wake-up call for all of us — that the opioid epidemic is in all of our communities and that there’s more that we need to do,” Schuchat said.

Key Trump economic policy aide resigns (BBC) US President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn is resigning, the White House has said. It is the latest in a series of high-profile departures from President Trump’s team. In a statement released by the White House, Mr Cohn said it had been “an honour to serve my country”. Mr Cohn, a former president of the

Goldman Sachs bank, helped Mr Trump push through his sweeping reforms on taxes. However, rumours continued to swirl that Mr Cohn and the president were not close. In August 2017, Mr Cohn criticised Mr Trump over his reaction to a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying the administration “can and must do better”.

Beirut, Lebanon (CNN)More than 1,000 children have been killed or injured this year across Syria, a United Nations Children’s Fund official told CNN on Tuesday. The grim statistic, from UNICEF regional communications chief Juliette Touma, comes as violence rips through the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, where about a third of the nearly 400,000 besieged civilians are children, according to the agency. In all, 342 children were killed and 803 were injured in Syria in the first two months of 2018, Touma said, citing multiple sources. About 100 people were killed Monday in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, making it the deadliest day there since the United Nations Security Council passed a nationwide ceasefire resolution on February 24, the Syrian American

Injured children rest at a hospital in Douma. Medical Society said Tuesday in a statement. Almost 600 people are believed to have been killed and more than 2,000 injured since Syrian government forces launched an air and ground offensive on Eastern Ghouta on February 18, according to the United Nations. Sitting in underground shelters has become the “new norm,” UNICEF officials said, and activists’ footage of basements show the shelters to be

ill-equipped and filthy. Russia has offered rebels and their families safe passage out of Eastern Ghouta, promising to protect insurgents from prosecution, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday in a Facebook post. The Russian military would also provide transport and security, the statement said. One of two main rebel groups in Eastern Ghouta swiftly refused Russia’s offer.

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Ministry of Indigenous Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Affairs: Extension of Head Office building, 251-252 Quamina and Thomas St, Georgetown.

Guyana Water Inc. (GWI) Distribution Network Asset Verification Survey in WSSIP Program area, Fordands to Susannah, Region 6.

Guyana Water Inc. (GWI): Distribution Network Asset Verification Survey in WISSIP Program Area Cordelia Ida to De Kinderen, Region 3.

Ministry of Agriculture NDIA: Design, supply, Installation and Commission of Nine (9) Fixed and Five (5) Mobile High Capacity drainage pumps and associated Structures Equipment.

Ministry of Agriculture NDIA: Construction of drainage and Irrigation System at Friendly Farmers Scheme, No 52 Village, Corentyne Berbice, Region 6.

Ministry of Agriculture NDIA: Construction of Drainage Channel at New Sukhram Cattle Pasture, No. 52 Village Corentyne Berbice.

Ministry of Agriculture NDIA: The Supply of Steel Sheets Piles for the Construction of Revetment at Torani Regulator, Berbice, Region 6.


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Uitvlugt Secondary re-opened following flood The Uitvlugt Secondary School yesterday reopened as the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) continues to aid the 400-plus families affected by recent spring tides on the West Coast Demerara. The institution was one of two temporary shelters used to house residents in the affected villages. Initially, the shelters were established at the Uitvlugt Secondary School and the Uitvlugt Community Centre. However, while 41 persons stayed at the school, only four were at the centre. It was therefore decided that all the displaced persons will be housed at the Community Centre so that school can be reopened. On Sunday, a team from the Ministry of Public Health and regional personnel

fumigated the school compound and the institute resumed classes yesterday. Director General (ag) of the CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig explained that the organisation has been working in close collaboration with the Regional Democratic Council of Essequibo IslandsWest Demerara district to aid the affected persons. Cleaning supplies have been donate d t o t h e communities of Uitvlugt, Stewartville and Leonora. Sanitary supplies will also be distributed to Cornelia Ida and Anna Catherina tomorrow. Craig noted that approximately 200 meals have been distributed daily at the shelter, and “we ensure they are comfortable, have recreational activities, and are given three square meals.”

Uitvlugt Secondary School, which was used as a shelter, has now been reopened Companies, Banks DIH Limited, Bakewell Bakery and Camex Restaurants Incorporated. He expressed gratitude to the business community for their contributions and overall interest thus far. Among the businesses a r e t h e BK Group of

The Guyana Fire Service and Guyana Police Force were also commended for their efforts to ensure the relief process ran smoothly. Craig explained that it was due in large part to the Regional Disaster Risk Management training project, that the regional body was

able to manage the situation at hand. He did note that even though the Regional Administration was largely in charge of the relief operation, the CDC was still required to be on the ground providing support. “Experience was lacking in all of that, and experience

comes from doing. …that’s why we took a decentralized approach to manage the disaster,” Craig explained. The Regional Disaster Risk Management project has been completed in Regions One, Two, Three, Five and Six, while Regions Nine and Ten will be completed by mid-year.

NNP leader dismisses threat of lawsuit as election campaign heats up ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada - CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell yesterday dismissed suggestions by the leader of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Nazi, Burke that he is taking legal action against him regarding statements he made on the platform as campaigning intensifies for Tuesday’s general election. Burke told a public rally of his party that while he had been successful in a lawsuit against one person whom he did not name for spread false information against him, a recent statement by Mitchell, the leader of the ruling New National Party (NNP) regarding the payment of outstanding taxes to the state were false and defamatory. “They told the people I had over nine million US dollars in bank accounts all across the different countries, Panama, the Bahamas, Cayman Islands and everywhere else. “When that did not work, sisters and brothers they told the people I built five houses. I have sued one of them and I won the case, and of course that was not enough, brothers and sisters, the prime minister then told the nation that I did not pay my taxes since 2011. “Well I will let you know I have taken him to court and he must answer for that,” Burke told supporters. But speaking at a news conference here, Mitchell, who is looking to repeat the

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell (left) and NDC leader Nazim Burke 15-nil victory the NNP inflicted on the NDC in the 2013 general election, told reporters he was not fazed by the threat of legal action. “Bet your life he ain’t going to court with that. But that is for election purposes, so he could say he sued me. The facts are very clear. Only over the last three months ago he settled the taxes,” said Mitchell, who also served as finance minister in the outgoing government. He said Burke has indicated his wife’s taxes were different from his. “Give me a break, when you filing taxes, you wife’s taxes different from yours. Don’t worry it is “politicalismanism” that Nazim is involved in. Tell him I repeated it today, so he could go to court and get an increased payment from me if he is right”. Mitchell has promised to

repeat the allegation “over and over on the platform”. Meanwhile, Mitchell told reporters that two scientific surveys conducted recently about the work of his party and the influence on the voting population indicate that there is a strong mix of youth, middle age and senior voters. “We are not losing any age group,” Mitchell told reporters without disclosing who conducted the surveys. He said the NNP party is not taking voters for granted, adding “but we are confident. “Watching the crowds that are coming out to meetings, we see a mixture of all groups at our meetings and I think that is highly significant,” he said. He said that when compared to the 2008 campaign, he has not seen the same level of hostility from some of the civil society groupings here.

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St. Lucia to be rremo emo ved emov fr om EU b lac from blac lacklist klist BRUSSELS - CMC – St. Lucia will join its Caribbean neighbours Barbados and Grenada in being removed from a list of tax havens drawn up by the European Union. The Reuters news agency said it had seen an EC document indicating that Bahrain, the Marshall Islands and St. Lucia will be removed from the list last week. It said that the latest decision was taken by the EU Code of Conduct Group, which includes tax experts from the 28 member states. The EU finance ministers are expected to endorse the proposal at their regular monthly meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. Last week, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders who met in Haiti for the 29th inter-sessional summit, called on their finance ministers and central bank governors of the region to meet “expeditiously” to consider new proposals as regional governments continue to react to decisions by Europe in listing some countries as tax havens. The communiqué issued

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley at the end of the summit noted that the proposals on a CARICOM Strategy had been prepared by a CARICOM Technical Working Group. Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, whose country remains the only Caribbean nation on the EU black list, told reporters last week that the regional countries were being

“threatened” by the unilateral decision of the European Union to “blacklist” several islands even as the region has tried to comply with the necessary legislative requirements. According to the communiqué, regional leaders “deplored” the significant reputational damage inflicted on member states from their inclusion in the list of ‘noncooperative tax jurisdictions’ published by the European Union Council in December 2017 as well as other unilateral processes which label member states as ‘tax havens”. The three countries to be de-listed next week are reported to have made “specific commitments” to adapt their tax rules and practices to EU standards, according to the EU document. All delisted countries have been moved to a “grey list”, which includes dozens of jurisdictions that are not in line with EU standards against tax avoidance but have committed to change their rules and practices.



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Caribbean agriculture ministers hold talks with FAO Director General MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica - CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) agriculture ministers yesterday said there’s a critical need to develop a “more resilient agricultural sector” to negate the effects of climate change. The ministers, who are attending the 35th Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) regional conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, held a three-hour meeting with FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva. “One the critical issues for us are how climate change is impacting agriculture. You can talk about food productivity and all the policies that govern it, but if you don’t have a more resilient agriculture which takes into consideration the negative effects of climate change, whatever we are doing will be futile,” said Ezechiel Joseph, the St. Lucia Minister of Agriculture. He told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that da Silva had expressed appreciation of the need for CARICOM to start developing policies and programmes to mitigate the negative impact of climate change. Joseph said that more specifically in a context of the sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), a more resilient agriculture would mean improvement to drainage systems, the implementation of sound land development practices, the choice of climate resistant crops and safety nets such as insurance. “We considered the critical issue of insurance in the context of what happens after a national disaster when farmers and fisher folks rely on government to get them

José Graziano da Silva back into production. “So there is a critical need for us to examine what can be done. The reality is that we don’t have control over the major hindrances to agricultural development which includes droughts and diseases which follow tropical storms such as the Black sigatoka and the influx of locusts such as in St. Lucia after Hurricane Thomas in 2009,” he said. Joseph said that in addition to the impact of climate change and the weather systems that impact infrastructure, “we have seen the introduction of pests and diseases that we have never had before and we have to manage it. “So as a region we have to be cognizant of that reality and see what can be don’t to mitigate against it,” said Joseph, who led the discussion on behalf of the CARICOM group. The Caribbean agriculture ministers agreed that

seeking more funds from FAO to manage their tasks was not an option, noting that the substantial allocations for the sector were contributed by governments. He said what the ministers were now considering was access the Green Climate Fund set up by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Joseph explained that for project implementation within the OECS, the capacity to prepare them on a timely basis is not available, and the islands will rely heavily on FAO being one of the accredited organisations. “The challenge we have particularly in the OECS is that being recognised as developing states, we have difficulty accessing the Green Climate Fund which will be available to us as a grant instead of a loan. “We are saying that given our economic situation this is unfair to us, and we are hoping that one of the decisions arising out of this meeting is that FAO along with CARICOM will move to ensure that we are recognised in another category so as to benefit from the fund through grant funding instead of loans,” Joseph told CMC. The four-day FAO meeting official begins today and will be addressed by Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness. The meeting will discuss a number of issues including rising hunger and obesity, climate change and rural poverty. According to FAO, the conference is of particular importance, since, for the first time in decades, hunger is once again on the rise in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Gonsalves wraps up official visit to Suriname PA R A M A R I B O , Suriname - CMC – The Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, wrapped up a four-day official visit to Suriname on the weekend where bi-lateral issues were discussed with the President of Suriname, Desi Bouterse. “It is a state visit to exchange ideas and to discuss agreements we have made within CARICOM (Caribbean Community)” Bouterse told local journalists. There are also issues we wanted to discuss privately, of course, concerning the

Caribbean. Because sometimes there are bottlenecks,” Bouterse added. As an example, he mentioned the problems that a Surinamese producer is experiencing through obstacles by the Trinidadian authorities preventing him from exporting Surinamese duck meat to Trinidad and Tobago. “As a government, we encourage and stimulate entrepreneurs to invest, but when they have produced, they can not get their products on the markets in the region. Therefore as CARICOM leaders we have to talk about these issues. We have to de-

termine these kinds of things within laws and regulations. There is still a lot of work to be done”, said Bouterse. The President also said talks were held on cooperation in the field of agriculture, trade and foreign investments in the Caricom member states and other matters of mutual interest. During the visit to Suriname, the Vincentian delegation toured several indigenous villages including the Maroon village of Klaaskreek in the district Brokopondo and the Amerindian village of Redi Doti in the district of Para.

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Judge rules: Law Association cannot probe CJ has no power Trinidad Express - Justice Nadia Kangaloo has ruled that the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) does not have the power to investigate allegations of misconduct against Chief Justice Ivor Archie. The judge said no such power is vested under the Legal Professions Act, and as such, the Law Association’s probe is considered null, void, and irrational in law. As a result, the Law Association has been barred from continuing with its investigation. The ruling came down late yesterday, in the Hall of Justice, Port of Spain. Given the ruling, the planned March 15 meeting of the Law Association, where members were to be advised by two Queens Counsel on the way forward, has been cancelled.Archie went to court last week seeking to have an urgent ruling blocking LATT from conducting an investigation into him. Archie, through his attorneys Raisa Caesar, John Jeremie SC, Keith Scotland, Ian Benjamin and Kerwyn Garcia, filed an application of urgency, along with an application seeking leave for a judicial review. Archie’s attorneys argued that the Law Association did not have any power under the Legal Profession Act to investigate him, as such power lies in Section 137 of the Constitution. Under Section 137, the President appoints a tribunal after misconduct allegations against a Chief Justice are referred by the Prime Minister.Archie has been em-

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broiled in controversy stemming from exclusive Sunday Express reports which alleged that he attempted to persuade judges to change their Stateprovided security in favour of a private company which would have benefited his convicted fraudster friend Dillian Johnson. The Chief Justice is also alleged to have intervened to ensure that Housing Development Corporation (HDC) applications were fast-tracked for several individuals. Archie denied these claims via a news release but has refused LATT’s call to directly respond to the allegations.LATT proceeded to appoint a sub-committee to investigate the allegations and has identified two Queen’s Counsel to whom it will turn to determine if the allegations are sufficient to trigger impeachment proceedings under Section 137 of the Constitution. Archie’s application came on the heels of a notice in the

newspapers sanctioned by the Council of the LATT inviting its members to a special general meeting on March 15 at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, to discuss allegations of misconduct and the contents of an independent report into Archie. According to the documents filed, Archie sought a declaration that the said decision to launch an investigation by the LATT, “ illegal and/or ultra vires and/ or unreasonable and/ or irrational and /or contrary to the provisions of the Legal Profession Act and is null and void.” Archie asked for an order of certiorari to quash the decision; costs and “such other orders, directions, declarations and writs as the court considers just and as the circumstances warrant and a stay of the said decision and of the LATT’s enquiry and/ or investigation, pending the determination of these judicial review proceedings.”

Jamaica and Canada to hold bilateral talks in Kingston KINGSTON, Jamaica CMC – Jamaica and Canada will review on going cooperation activities as well as examine possible new areas for technical and economic cooperation when the Sixth Jamaica-Canada bilateral conference gets underway here today, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has said. It said the bilateral c o nsultations constitute the principal mechanism for the promotion of high-level contacts and facilitate dialogue between the two countries on matters of mutual interest. Among the projects under discussion include: Security and Defence Cooperation; the Justice Under-

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Vettel leads testing as Mercedes predict three-way battle BARCELONA (Reuters) - Formula One world champions Mercedes predicted a three-way title battle as the second pre-season test started yesterday with Ferrari and Red Bull showing their pace. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was fastest, lapping in one minute 20.396 seconds and completing 171 laps — equal to nearly 800km and more than 2-1/2 race distances at the Circuit de Catalunya. The German did his fastest lap on the medium tyres, with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas second on softs with a time 0.200 slower. Dutch 20-year-old Max Verstappen was third on the timesheets for Red Bull in 1:20.649, doing 130 laps. “What we have seen is that even if it is best case we are not in front by a lot, and if

it is a worst case we are not far behind,” Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff told Sky Sports television. “What we have seen from Red Bull is that they have a very strong package,” added the Austrian, whose Mercedes team are going for their fifth drivers’ and constructors’ championship double in a row. “I think it will be all three of us against each other.” Bottas and four times world champion team mate Lewis Hamilton shared testing duties, with the Finn putting in 86 laps and the Briton 91 — a total of 824km between the pair. “We have not worked too much on fine-tuning the setup as we’re mostly still gathering information,” commented Hamilton. “In the next couple of

days, once we get into the long-runs and some shorter qualifying-style runs, we will get a better idea of where the car is.” BRIGHT SKIES After snow and rain hit last week’s first test, dry conditions and bright skies greeted teams with some gusts of wind later on. “It was a good day’s work,” said Vettel. “We managed to get through our programme, even if the conditions weren’t always ideal because of the wind.” McLaren endured another difficult day, with Stoffel Vandoorne’s Renault-powered car suffering electrical and hydraulic failures and doing the fewest laps. Toro Rosso, now working with Honda after the Japanese manufacturer’s parting from McLaren, were fifth on the

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The car had to be pushed back into the garage for repairs during the final week of testing. (Reuters) timesheets while Vandoorne was 12th.

Kobras and... From page 42 and Terrence Daniels who were the next best scorers with 14 and 11 points respectively. Chipping in with nine, six and five points respectively, were Andrew Johnson, Jared Sears and Akeem Crandon. On the losing side, Manasseh Murray and Lemuel Grant battled to 15 and 13 points each. Supporting with eight, six and five points apiece were Shemon Sharples, Shemar Keiler and Jacques Vicente. The tournament continues today at the same venue with another round of matches. In the 2nd Division, Eagles will oppose Guardians at 18:30hrs, while Kobras match skills with the University of Guyana (UG) Trojans from 20:30hrs.

Sports programme... From page 40 Ramcharran Boodhoo, Kamal Persaud and Holbert Knights - recently made sponsorship calls on Director of Sport Christopher Jones and Managing Director of BK International, Brian Tiwari. Both entities have committed finances to the programme of which the BDBA has expressed their appreciation. Meanwhile, the first official segment of the Miss Bartica Regatta Pageant, dubbed “The Top Model Segment” is scheduled for this Sunday from 13:00hrs at the Aruwai Resort. This round of competition will feature all of the nine contestants trying to build up early points, while displaying garments created by designers from both Georgetown and Bartica. The show will be complemented by junior models and other attractions.

“Today wasn’t the day we had hoped for on track, but, despite this, we aren’t overly concerned about the issues that we’ve faced today,” said McLaren’s racing director Eric Boullier. “It’s obviously not the

productive day we had planned, but the problems... are the types of niggles that we almost hope and expect to face during testing, in order to prepare us properly for the season ahead.” The first race is in Australia on March 25.


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Ronaldo inspires Real to PSG win and last eight spot PARIS (Reuters) - Holders Real Madrid cruised into the Champions League quarter-finals with Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half goal helping them to a 2-1 victory at Paris St Germain yesterday as the 12-time European champions went through 5-2 on aggregate. Ronaldo headed home seven minutes into the second half and Casemiro added a second 10 minutes from time against a toothless PSG, who were without their injured talisman Neymar and had Marco Verratti sent off for a second booking in the 66th minute. Ronaldo scored for the ninth Champions League game in a row, matching Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record in the competition, before PSG striker Edinson Cavani equalised with 19 minutes left, only for Casemiro to give Real victory at the Parc des Princes. Zinedine Zidane’s side, who are 15 points adrift of arch-rivals Barcelona in La Liga but aiming for their third straight Champions League crown, were solid throughout as the home side rarely threatened and fully deserved their win. With Toni Kroos and Luka Modric starting on the bench after returning from injury, Real struggled to control the midfield but PSG did not threaten in a dull start to the game. Real had a great opportunity in the 20th minute, but PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola pulled off a superb save as he parried Sergio Ramos’s effort from close range.

The Real Madrid No 7 rose highest to meet Lucas Vazquez’s excellent cross and head the visitors into a second-half lead. (EPA) The visitors had another chance in the 38th when Karim Benzema’s curled shot was saved by Areola. PSG had their first big chance on the stroke of halftime as Kylian Mbappe burst down the right flank, only for his low shot to be blocked by Real keeper Keylor Navas. DANGEROUS REAL The stadium announcer asked the PSG fans to stop lighting flares at the start of the second half, with smoke having covered part of the pitch. But that did not stop Real being the most dangerous side again, Ronaldo’s header from near the penalty spot shaving Areola’s right-hand post. The Portuguese was spot on in the 52nd minute, beating Areola with a downward header from Lucas Vazquez’s

cross from the left. PSG coach Unai Emery, who is under pressure a year after his side lost 6-1 at Barca in the last 16 following a 4-0 home win in the first leg, replaced holding midfielder Thiago Motta with the more creative Javier Pastore on the hour. But PSG finished the match with 10 men after combative midfielder Verratti picked up a second yellow card. They levelled in the 71st when the ball deflected into the net off Cavani to give the home fans a glimmer of hope. H o w e v e r, t h a t w a s short-lived as Casemiro’s shot in the 80th minute took a slight deflection off Marquinhos to earn the win as Real made the quarterfinals for the eighth straight season.

deadlock. Mane was off target with an effort at full-stretch from a Joe Gomez cross in the 18th minute and then hit the post in the 31st minute after taking down a ball from James Milner and releasing a low diagonal drive. While the night lacked drama, the passion was brought by Porto’s supporters who, despite the heavy loss from two weeks ago, travelled to Merseyside to fill the away section and sang their hearts out all night. They received little in the way of excitement from their team in return with their first real effort on goal not coming until the 52nd minute when Ghana-

ian winger Majeed Waris’ shot from the edge of the box was pushed wide by Liverpool keeper Loris Karius. Substitute Danny Ings then forced a fine save out of Porto’s veteran Spanish keeper Iker Casillas with a looping header in the final stages. Casillas, a three-times Champions League winner with Real Madrid, will be released by Porto at the end of this season and at the age of 36 this may have been his last game in Europe’s elite club competition. The keeper was given an impressive round of applause from Liverpool’s fans as he took his place in front of the Kop for the second half.

Liverpool stroll into last eight with goalless draw LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) - Liverpool eased into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a goalless draw against Porto yesterday, completing a routine aggregate victory after their 5-0 first-leg win in Portugal. Despite facing old rivals Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp fielded a strong side although top scorer Mohamed Salah and record signing Virgil van Dijk both started on the bench. In a predictably low-key game, Liverpool striker Sadio Mane, whose hat-trick in Porto helped ensure there was little at stake at Anfield, came closest to breaking the

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NBA roundup: LeBron, Nance power Cavaliers past Pistons 112-90 (AP) CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 31 points before taking a seat on the bench, Larry Nance Jr. reached career highs with 22 points and 15 rebounds in his first start for Cleveland, and the Cavaliers closed a disappointing five-game homestand on a positive note with a 112-90 win Monday night over the Detroit Pistons, who haven’t won on the road in nearly two months. With Cleveland missing three big men — All-Star Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and Jeff Green — because of injuries, the Cavs needed someone to step up and Nance came through. Wearing the same No. 22 his father had retired by Cleveland, the 25-year-old Nance had the best game of his young career. James was his usual brilliant self, making 5 of 7 3pointers and adding seven rebounds and seven assists. With the Cavs comfortably ahead, James sat the entire fourth quarter, a rarity in this odd season. Blake Griffin scored 25 to lead Detroit, which has lost nine straight away from home. CELTICS 105, BULLS 89 CHICAGO (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 21 points and Boston pounded Chicago even though Kyrie Irving sat out because of a sore left knee. Even without their All-Star guard, the Celtics took control right from the start and led by as many as 37 en route to their fifth win in six games. Jayson Tatum added 14 points, while Al Horford and Terry Rozier scored 13 apiece for Boston.The Bulls lost for the 14th time in 17 games. Denzel Valentine scored 20 points and nailed four 3-pointers for Chicago, but that was about the only positive for the Bulls. SPURS 100, GRIZZLIES 98 SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker had 23 points, sparking San Antonio to a needed victory over Memphis before embarking on a difficult road trip. Memphis has lost 14 straight, but San Antonio’s recent skid has had a greater impact on the Western Conference playoff picture. The Spurs had dropped eight of 10 and fallen from third to sixth in the crowded West, putting them at risk of missing the postseason for the first time in 21 years.San Antonio moved up a spot to fifth place ahead of Minnesota with the victory. Davis Bertans added 17 points and Danny Green had 14 for the Spurs, who snapped

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr. dunks the ball against the Detroit Pistons in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) a four-game losing streak at home. TRAIL BLAZERS 108, LAKERS 103 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 19 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter and Portland won its 15th consecutive game over Los Angeles. Lillard scored 15 in a row for the Trail Blazers down the stretch, giving them a 104-103 with 1:08 remaining by knowing down 1 of 2 free throws. CJ McCollum had 22 points, and Jusuf Nurkic added 16 points and 16 rebounds.Julius Randle had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who had their five-game winning streak ended. Kentavious CaldwellPope had 16 points, and Lonzo Ball had 10 points, two rebounds and two assists. HEAT 125, SUNS 103 MIAMI (AP) — Hassan Whiteside had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Goran Dragic scored 17 and Miami moved into the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference by topping Phoenix.Whiteside had his highest-scoring game since Jan. 29, making 10 of his 13 shots. He averaged only 12.2 points on 48-percent shooting in his most recent 12 games. Kelly Olynyk scored 15 points for the Heat, who gave four of their starters — Whiteside included — the entire fourth quarter off and beat the Suns for the 18th time in their last 20 meetings. Dwyane Wade, Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow and Luke Babbitt each had 12

for the Heat, which had seven players in double figures. PACERS 92, BUCKS 89 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic tied his season high with 29 points and grabbed a key jump ball late to lift Indiana over Milwaukee.Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton stole Victor Oladipo’s pass with 10 seconds left and Indiana leading 90-89. He rushed to the basket, but Cory Joseph chased him down and got a hand on the basketball before Middleton could attempt a shot. The ball rolled out of bounds, and referees called a jump ball after video replay. Bogdanovic came down with the tip off the jump ball and added a pair of free throws with six seconds left. Thaddeus Young had 10 points and seven rebounds, and Oladipo finished with 14 points, five assists and five rebounds along with 10 turnovers. JAZZ 94, MAGIC 80 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 17 rebounds to lead Utah over Orlando.Donovan Mitchell scored 19 points and Joe Ingles added 18 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Jazz, who have won three in a row and 15 of 17. Still, the Jazz sit 1 1/2 games outside the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.Nikola Vucevic had 15 points — most coming from the perimeter outside Gobert’s reach, including three 3s — and 12 rebounds while Aaron Gordon had 13 points for the Magic.

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Zimbabwe hang on to Partnership with Gayle a clinch two-run thriller dream come true: Hetmyer

Rashid Khan caught Tendai Chatara short of his ground. (IDI/Getty) ESPNcricinfo - A match that swung one way and then the other several times boiled down to an incredibly tense finish in Bulawayo, where Afghanistan’s last wicket slowly whittled away at the target set by Zimbabwe. The Zadrans - Dawlat and Shapoor - had added 17 in 8.1 overs for the final wicket, bringing the equation down to three needed off four balls. But the half hour of unbearable tension finally ended in joy for Zimbabwe, as Brian Vitori drew the edge from Shapoor and wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor took the catch to seal a two-run victory. The result left Zimbabwe well placed to progress from Group B, having won two out of two matches along with Scotland. Afghanistan, on the other hand, suffered their second defeat in as many games, and can afford no slipups against Nepal and Hong Kong if they are to make the Super Sixes. The possibility of a Zimbabwe victory seemed remote after they had been dismissed for 196 in 43 overs. And more so after Rahmat Shah and Mohammad Nabi steered Af-

ghanistan to 156 for 3 in the chase with a 98-run partnership. Blessing Muzarabani gave Zimbabwe a small opening, trapping Shah for 69, and then Sikandar Raza turned the game on its head by striking three times in the 37th over. His dismissals of Nabi, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Rashid Khan reduced Afghanistan to 169 for 7. And when two more wickets fell cheaply, the visitors had lost 6 for 21 and all seemed lost. Dawlat and Shapoor came together for the tenth wicket with Afghanistan needing 20 off 53 balls. They went about their task slowly, playing out plenty of dots as they eked out run after run, and victory - once so improbable - now was within sight. They stumbled eventually, only three runs from victory. Before the Afghanistan collapse, Zimbabwe had been on the back foot for most part of the match. Electing to bat, they were set back immediately, losing their top three for just 17 in seven overs. Brendan Taylor and Raza revived the innings with counter attacking half-centu-

ries and a 98-run stand. Taylor smashed seven fours and three sixes in his 88ball 89 before being the fifth wicket to fall. Then Rashid, Afghanistan’s stand-in captain, dismissed the in-form Raza - he was coming off a century against Nepal - for a 68-ball 60. That triggered the innings’ second collapse. Barring Graeme Cremer, who stuck around to make an unbeaten 19, the other four lower-order batsmen quickly fell prey to Rashid and mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Both these spinners finished with three wickets apiece. In total, Zimbabwe lost 7 for 118 to spin, while fast bowler Dawlat Zadran took two wickets. As many as four Zimbabwe batsmen, including opener Cephas Zhuwao, who had made a belligerent 23-ball 41 against Nepal, were out without scoring. Their total of 196 seemed inadequate, until Afghanistan suffered a spectacular collapse of their own. Scores: Zimbabwe 196 (Taylor 89, Raza 60, Rashid 3-38, Mujeeb 3-49) beat Afghanistan 194 (Shah 69, Nabi 51, Muzarabani 4-47, Raza 3-40) by 2 runs.

ICC charges Warner, De Kock for Durban dispute (Reuters) - Australia vicecaptain David Warner and South Africa batsman Quinton de Kock were charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday for their heated off-field exchange on the fourth day of the first test in Durban. CCTV footage from the players tunnel at Kingsmead on Sunday showed Warner and home wicketkeeper De Kock involved in a fiery exchange as players climbed the stairwell to their dressing rooms during the tea break. “The umpires officiating in the Durban test have reported Warner for a level 2 offence

David Warner and De Kock for a level 1 offence for ‘conduct that brings the game into disrepute’,” the ICC said in a statement on their website (www.icc- The teams have been given until Wednesday to respond to the charges handed out by match referee Jeff Crowe. Warner faces a possible suspension from the second test in Port Elizabeth. A level 2 charge brings with it up to four demerit points that could result in a one-test or two limited-overs game ban. He could also be fined 100 percent of his match fee from the first test. Australia won the opening test of the four-match series by 118 runs. The second test begins on March 9.

HARARE, Zimbabwe, CMC – Rookie West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer was understandably thrilled after notching his maiden One-Day International hundred but said it was batting with superstar Chris Gayle that had fulfilled one of his childhood dreams. The 21-year-old Hetmyer top-scored with 127 while fellow left-hander Gayle pummeled 123 as West Indies notched their fourth highest ODI score of 357 for four, en route to beating minnows United Arab Emirates by 60 runs in their opening match of the ICC World Cup qualifiers here Tuesday. Together, the pair added 103 for the second wicket, a partnership Hetmyer said he had dreamed off as a young boy growing up in Guyana. “It was a fantastic feeling for me. I grew up from the tender age of probably five and even younger watching Chris on television and thinking of the day when I could be accompanying him at the crease,” he said afterwards. “Being there when he got his hundred was just fantastic.”Hetmyer arrived at the crease after Gayle and Evin Lewis (31) had posted 88 for the first wicket, and blossomed after a patient start to strike 14 fours and four sixes in an entertaining 93-ball knock. On 31 when Gayle perished in the 29th over, Hetmyer then accelerated his scoring, adding 77 for the third wicket with Marlon Samuels (15) and a further 65 for the fourth wicket with Shai Hope (35), before eventually falling in the 48th over.

Shimron Hetmyer goes on the attack during his 127 against UAE on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy ICC) Hetmyer said he had taken a simple approach to his innings, especially with focussing on hitting the ball straighter. “I just went out to accompany Chris and try to rotate the strike as much as possible to him and at the same time trying to get myself in and I guess it worked well for me,” he explained. “I’m just working on it (playing straight) as of late, working on hitting the ball as straight as I possibly can and not trying to go across it, and I guess it worked for me today. I’ll just keep working on it in the nets and getting it as perfect as possible.” The ODI was only

Hetmyer’s third in a fledgling career, following his debut in the 50-overs format on the illfated tour of New Zealand last December. And after tasting the thrill of three figures, he said he hoped it was the start of a successful career. “It was great actually. My first ODI hundred and one for me to remember, and I’ll just try to get many more,” he noted. “The guys did well and I would just like to commend the guys. Jason (Holder) the skipper he took five today and he bowled pretty well … I guess all the guys came together and did a very fantastic job.”

IAAF extends Russia’s ban, warns of new sanctions (Reuters) - Russia’s ban from international athletics over widespread doping was extended by the sport’s governing body yesterday and the country was warned it could face further sanctions this year. The International Association of Athletics Federations said it would consider next July withdrawing permission for Russian athletes to compete as neutrals “if progress is not made.” It might even consider expelling Russia from the IAAF, it added after a Council meeting held in Birmingham, England.Russia has been banned from the sport since November 2015 after the McLaren report discovered

widespread doping. Russia’s political and sporting leaders have repeatedly denied state involvement in doping, a key sticking point in lifting the ban, although Russian athletes were allowed to compete as neutrals at last year’s world championships.The IAAF said in a statement issued after its meeting on Tuesday that “while some conditions have been met....several key areas have still not been satisfied by RusAF (Russia’s athletics federation) and RUSADA (Russia’s anti-doping agency)”. This included a plan for this year “that shows an adequate amount of testing” and fixing legal issues which

currently prevent athletics coaches from being provisionally banned. Russia is still regarded as non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).However, the country has been reinstated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after being banned from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics last month where Russians could compete as neutrals. Separately, the IAAF said it had agreed to a set of principles to allow athletes to transfer allegiance from one country to another. Transfers have been banned since the IAAF ordered an immediate freeze in February last year.


WDCA’s Salaam Brothers 50 overs U-19 cricket

McGill beat Bell Vue in rain affected game Mc Gill Sports Club (MSS) defeated Bell Vue by 17 runs at the Bell Vue ground last Sunday in a rain affected contest of the West Demerara Cricket Association (WDCA) Salaam Brothers 50-overs U19 Cricket competition. In a truncated game which was reduced to a 30-over per side affair due to overnight and morning rain, the visitors batted first and were bowled out for 155 off 26 overs. The home team were then sent packing for 138 from 26 overs. Satesh Basdeo played an array of enterprising shots in a fluent 68 which was deco-

Satesh Basdeo rated with seven boundaries including three sixes, while David Sears supported with

26 for McGill. Romel 2-20, Ryan Seecharan 2-25 and Dev Seepersaud 2-30 shared six wickets between them for Bell Vue. Saieed Persaud 30, Shane Persaud 29 and Ryan Seepersaud 21 offered token resistance for the hosts as Ravin Paramdeo captured 315. Sears returned with the ball to take 2-20, while Trevor Lawrie had 2-8 in a winning effort. The other two matches set for Sunday were both washed out without a ball being bowled.

Tom Sole sinks Hong Kong with 4 for 15 ESPNcricinfo - Four wickets from offspinner Tom Sole helped Scotland to four-wicket win over Hong Kong at the Bulawayo Athletic Club. Sole’s 4 for 15 in ten overs restricted Hong Kong to just 91, and captain Kyle Coetzer then took his side to their second win in two matches with an unbeaten 41, though Scotland made heavy weather of the small target. After Mark Watt and Alasdair Evans made early incisions for Scotland, Sole eviscerated the middle order and apart from the opening stand there was no partnership of substance to steady Hong Kong. The damage started with Sole’s first delivery, which rushed on with the arm from around the wicket to pin Anshuman Rath lbw. In the same over, Scott McKechnie misjudged the line of an off stump delive r y, t h e b a l l r u s h i n g through his defences to hit the stumps. From 46 for 0, Hong Kong had slipped to 52 for 4. Things were about to get worse for Hong Kong. Immediately after the drinks break, their captain Babar Hayat skipped down the track to Sole, but didn’t get close to the pitch of

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the delivery. The ball spun sharply in to him, taking the inside edge and looping up via the left pad to be easily caught by Craig Wallace at short leg. H o n g K o n g ’s l o w e r middle order appeared incapable of digging them out of the hole. Singles were hard to come by, while every attacking stroke seemed to bring a wicket. With an inout field, Scotland cut off singles in the inner ring and left a couple of outfielders in place for the lofted stroke. The tactic soon paid dividends when Safyaan S h a r i f ’s p a c e r u s h e d Shahid Wasif’s pull shot, the ball looping tamely off the splice to be caught by Brad Wheal at midwicket. Hong Kong were 61 for 6 then, and that soon became 67 for 7 when Waqas Barkat charged down the track and swished airily at Sole to give the offspinner his fourth wicket. Tanwir Afzal scratched around for 29 deliveries, and then he too fell to a mistimed pull - his first shot in anger. A f t e r Wa t t b o w l e d Ehsan Nawaz for his second wicket, Evans returned to have Nadeem Ahmed caught at second slip to wrap up the innings for 91. Coetzer led Scotland’s

chase with aplomb. Weathering a bristling opening spell from Nawaz that brought the wickets of Matthew Cross and the hero of Scotland’s opening win over Afghanistan, Calum MacLeod, Coetzer a t t a c k e d H o n g K o n g ’s spinners. Nadeem Ahmed was swatted over long off for six and down the ground for four more. George Munsey pressed Scotland towards their target, pushing his luck with an edged stroke and a couple of reverse sweeps at Ehsan Khan before the offspinner got his revenge with a quicker one that trapped the left hander lbw. Khan bowled a sweeping Craig Wallace for his third wicket, and Hong Kong then placed a short leg and two slips for the offspinner. Watt laced a cut behind point to get Scotland within touching distance of the win, but he then topedged an attacking stroke to be caught by Nizakat Khan off Aizaz Khan’s medium pace. Scotland were six down then, but Sharif sealed the result with a flicked boundary off his legs. Scores: Scotland 92 for 6 (Coetzer 41*, Ehsan Khan 3-29) beat Hong Kong 91 (Sole 4-15, Evans 3-19) by four wickets.

V Net win WNDC dominoes title V Net won the Wakenaam NDC dominoes competition which was contested on Sunday at Carlosh Sports Bar in Wakenaam. V Net chalked up 77 games to win the final ahead of Underdog with 72 and Double Six on 65. Andrew Osbourne made 17 games for the winners to take the man of the match, while Mohamed Sheriffudeen who played through

the sitting marked 28 and shared two loves. James Ramnarine scored 15 and Amit Ramnarine who also played through made 22 for Underdog. Double Six leading players were Alex Chung notched up 15 and Mohamed Azam 14. All stars were knocked out in the semifinals.

Ireland get past PNG despite Ura brilliance ESPNcricinfo - Tony Ura made 151, PNG made 235; Ura made 64.25% of his team’s runs, the fourth-highest percentage of runs scored by one player in a completed innings in ODI cricket. That wasn’t enough, though. Despite a late wobble, Ireland got home with four wickets and five balls to spare. Their chase was built around a century from captain William Porterfield and a half-century from Ed Joyce. The win means Ireland’s bid to qualify for World Cup 2019 is off to the start they would have wanted: they have won two of two games and sit at the top of their group at this early stage. Ireland chose to bowl and carved up PNG from one end, reducing them to 116 for 7. At the other end, though, Ura, the opener, remained firm. He narrowly missed out on carrying his bat, out off the third ball of the 50th over, for 151. His runs came at quite a clip too, his 142-ball knock including 10 fours and all of six sixes. Ireland, on the back of Porterfield and Joyce’s innings, were cruising at 184 for 2 in the 38th over. But strikes in successive overs from Mahuru Dai and Assad Vala

Tony Ura whips one to the leg side. (ICC/Getty) gave PNG a glimmer. Their hopes would have swelled again with another doublestrike in the 44th and 45th overs, which also accounted for Porterfield. That brought the equation from 24 needed off 42 with six wickets in hand to 20 needed off 30 with four in hand. But Gary Wilson and George Dockrell kept their heads and knocked off the runs steadily,

in singles and twos. That is, till the final over, when Wilson knocked off the three needed with a first-ball boundary off Alei Nao. That consigned PNG to their second loss in as many games in the tournament. Scores: Ireland 237 for 6 (Porterfield 111, Joyce 53) beat Papua New Guinea 235 (Ura 151, McBrine 3-38) by four wickets.

Mo Farah: Olympic champion says he was racially harassed at German airport

Mo Farah was travelling from Munich to Ethiopia in preparation for next month’s London Marathon. (AFP)

BBC Sport - Four-time Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah says he was racially harassed by security staff at a German airport. The Briton, 34, was travelling from Munich to Ethiopia in preparation for next month’s London Marathon when the alleged incident took place.The Somalia-born athlete posted a video on Instagram showing an altercation with a security guard at the airport. “The guy is touching me up like crazy. Pure harassment. Pure, pure, harassment,” Farah wrote. He later posted the 47second video on social me-

dia with the caption “Sad to see racial harassment in this day and age. 2018...!!!!” In a statement released to Press Association Sport, a spokesperson for Farah said: “This afternoon there was an incident at a German airport whilst Mo was travelling back to his training camp in Ethiopia.“Mo felt that the incident was racially motivated and that he was unfairly treated by the airport security staff.”Farah won London’s Big Half race on Sunday, his final outing before the London Marathon on 2 April. BBC Sport has attempted to contact officials at Munich Airport for comment.

STSC holds 6-over Tapeball cricket at Jubilee Park South Turkeyen Sports Committee and Queen’s College Sports Committee have collaborated to stage a sixover Tapeball Cricket competition at the Jubilee Park on Saturday and Sunday from 09:30hrs. The tournament has been organised by Jonny ‘Overseas’ Barnwell and involves second and third form students

from Queen’s College, Chase Foundation, Bishops High School, North Georgetown Secondary, St John’s College, Tutorial High, School of the Nations, Christ Church Secondary and Marian Academy. Entrance fee is $4,000 per team (11 players) and trophies have been donated by Trophy Stall, P&P Insurance, NSC and Mr Henry Chase.

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Represent Berbice with Pride, Passion and Commitment - Foster urges U-17 Team President of the Berbice Cricket Board, Hilbert Foster on Monday last urged the Berbice fourteen man Under-17 Team to represent the Ancient County with pride, passion and commitment during the upcoming Guyana Cricket Board Under-17 Tournament. The newly elected President was speaking at a specially arranged meeting of the players, their parents and team Management at the Albion Cricket Ground. Berbice will play the GCB Select U-15 team at Bourda from today. Berbice, Foster stated, was known around the cricketing world as the Home of Legends such as Rohan Kanhai, John Trim, Basil Butcher, Joe Solomon, Ivan Madray, Alvin Kallicharran, Roy Fredericks and Leonard Baichan. Addressing the full house of cricketers and parents, Foster spoke widely on the importance of team unity,

BCB President Hilbert Foster speaking to Players and Parents. personal discipline, hard work and commitment. No form of indiscipline would be tolerated as the Management of

the team has been authorised to send home players who break the Berbice Cricket Board Code of Conduct.

The Berbice Cricket Board President urged the attentive parents to be positive role models to their children and

to instill in them, the formula necessary for success. He committed the Berbice Cricket Board to investing in the players’ future and announced that 2018 would be remembered as the year that Berbice Cricket was returned to its rightful place as the best in Guyana. The Berbice Cricket Board, he stated would be organising a record number of tournaments at all age group and he urged the players to take full advantage of the opportunities to foster their careers. The Berbice Cricket Board has also committed itself to honour the Under-17 team if they clinch the Inter-county Championship. Additionally, the Most Valuable Player would also be honoured. The newly elected President also disclosed that at the end of the Guyana Cricket Board Inter-county Championship for all levels, the

Berbice Cricket Board would select an overall Most Valuable Player who would receive a Motor Cycle as the top prize. Vice President and Chairman of the Berbice Cricket Board Cricket Development Committee Albert Smith urged the fourteen man squad to work as a unit and to celebrate each others’ success. A highly successful Cricket Coach at the Intercounty and National levels, Smith stated that he was confident that the Management team of former National players Andre Percival and Delbert Hicks would bring the best out of the teams. Smith also urged the cricketers’ parents to work along with the Berbice Cricket Board as the Board intends to create a working bond between itself, players, parents and the general public. The other teams in the competition are Demerara, Essequibo and the National Under-15 Squad.

Serena ready for long-awaited Alvarez blames contaminated meat for positive test return at Indian Wells (Reuters) - Serena Williams believes now is the “perfect time” to return to the WTA Tour in order to gauge her progress ahead of the year’s remaining grand slam tournaments. Williams, who claimed a 23rd grand slam title at last year’s Australian Open before hanging up her racket for the season upon discovering she was pregnant with her first child, also skipped this year’s tournament in Melbourne. After using the time to work on her fitness, Williams featured in a Fed Cup doubles match for the United States last month and is scheduled to play at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells which starts this week. “My expectations, I don’t know what they are,” the 36year-old American told the BBC.

Serena Williams “I can’t go and say I expect to lose because that is something I will never say. It’s just a little different. I’m just expecting to see where I am more than anything. “This is a good time to start for the summer. If I want to play in those grand slams (the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open) and play well, I think now is the per-

fect time to start.” Williams remains motivated to chase down Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 grand slam singles titles but is also hoping to give her now six-month-old daughter a chance to have some memories of watching her mother in action.“I’ve always been an extremely motivated person, but my main thing is that I would love for my daughter to be around with me doing great, and playing amazing, so that definitely gives me some motivation,” she added. “I would have thought I would have retired six years ago, but I’m still here and I’m playing great, and I think I’ll still be playing good.” Unseeded Williams is scheduled to open her Indian Wells campaign with a first round tie against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan tomorrow.

Olympics: Jamaican bobsledder requests ‘B’ sample test - IBSF KINGSTON (Reuters) The member of the Jamaican women’s bobsleigh team who returned an adverse analytical finding for a banned substance before the Winter Olympics has requested her “B” sample be tested, the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) has said. “The athlete requested the opening of the B sample,” the IBSF said in a statement. “Once the result

of the B sample has been made available to the IBSF all documents will be reviewed by the IBSF Positive Case Committee and the next steps in the process will be taken.” The Jamaican team, which finished 19th in the twowoman bobsleigh in Pyeongchang, was comprised of American-born driver Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and former track sprinter Carrie Russell. Russell declined to com-

ment when contacted by Reuters while pilot FenlatorVictorian said “all queries should be directed to the IBSF”.Sources with knowledge of case indicated that the “A” sample showed traces of the banned steroid clenbuterol.The bobsleigh team received a lot of attention in Pyeongchang as they were the first female athletes from the Caribbean island nation to compete at a Winter Olympics.

(Reuters) - Mexican middleweight boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol after consuming contaminated meat, Golden Boy Promotions said on Monday. A voluntary test showed Alvarez, who is scheduled to fight unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan on May 5 in a highly-anticipated rematch, had traces of clenbuterol in his system, his promoters said in a statement. The levels were consistent with meat contamination that had impacted dozens of athletes in Mexico over the last several years, they said. As a result of the positive test, Golden Boy said Alvarez would immediately move his training camp to the United States from Mexico and submit to additional drug testing. “I am an athlete who respects the sport and this surprises me and bothers me because it had never happened to me,” said Alvarez. “I will submit to all the tests that require me to clarify this embarrassing situation and I trust that at the end the truth will prevail.” Golden Boy said Daniel Eichner, the director of the World Anti-Doping Agencyaccredited lab that conducted the tests, stated in a letter on Monday that, “These values are all within the range of what is expected from meat contamination.” At the 2011 under-17 soccer world championship held

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in Mexico, more than 100 players tested positive for clenbuterol, while the Mexican 2014 World Cup steered clear of beef in the run-up to the tournament due to fears about the substance. Clenbuterol is sometimes illicitly mixed into livestock feed to make meat leaner. Alvarez and Golovkin both agreed to be randomly tested by the Voluntary AntiDoping Association as part of

the deal for their initial fight last September and their rematch. It was not clear whether Alvarez’s positive test will affect the rematch. Alvarez has a 49-1-2 record, with his only loss coming against Floyd Mayweather in 2013. His middleweight world title bout against Golovkin last September ended in a controversial draw.


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Hetmyer hits maiden hundred as Gayle’s six-laden 123 razes UAE ESPNcricinfo - After losing to Afghanistan and surviving a scare against UAE in the warm-ups, West Indies launched their World Cup Qualifiers proper in style, amassing 357 for 4 against UAE in Harare. Chris Gayle led the way with a six-laden assault, finishing with 123 off 91 balls, while Shimron Hetmyer struck a maiden ODI hundred in his third match. Gayle’s innings contained 11 sixes and seven fours.The carnage started when he smashed seamer Mohammed Naveed for three successive boundaries in the seventh over and followed it with two fours off offspinner Rohan Mustafa in the next over. In all, Gayle hit 35 runs off 25 balls from Mustafa, including three sixes. Evin Lewis added 31 in an 88-run opening stand before being pinned lbw by left-arm spinner Ahmed Raza in the 17th over.

Gayle then combined with Hetmyer to wreck UAE’s bowling attack. They plundered 103 runs at a run-rate of just over nine to set their side up for a tall score. After bringing up his first fifty off 47 balls, Gayle vaulted to his second off only 32 balls. He then celebrated the milestone with a hat-trick of sixes against Mustafa. Soon after, legspinner Imran Haider had Gayle holing out, but Hetmyer continued to drive the innings. He hit 14 fours and four sixes before being dismissed in the 48th over. He was assisted by useful contributions from Shai Hope (35, before retiring hurt because of a sore knee) and captain Jason Holder (12 not out). West Indies, however, will be worried about Marlon Samuels’ form: he laboured to 15 off 34 balls. In the warm-up match against the same opposition, he had managed only 15 off

Shimron Hetmyer celebrates his hundred. 32 balls. Five out of six UAE bowlers conceded more than six runs an over. Naveed gave away 53 runs in nine overs but

Sports programme for Bartica Easter Regatta taking shape NSC and BK Int. lend financial hand

could not find a wicket. UAE did not go down without a fight in their reply. Rameez Shahzad scored a second ODI century, at over a run a ball, batting through after coming in, in the 13th over. Shaiman Anwar hit a quick half-century, and another rapid cameo came down the order from Adnan Mufti. Still they hardly threatened the target, eventually falling 61 short of it. Jason Holder, meanwhile, picked up a second ODI five-for, taking five of the six wickets to fall in the chase.

Milo Schools U-18 Football Competition Knockout Rounds start this weekend Played under the theme: “There is no excuse for violence”, the 2018 Milo/Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) Under-18 schools’ football tournament being played at the Ministry of Education (MOE)

Managing Director of BK Int., Brian Tiwari (2nd left) with members of the BDBA from left, Kamal Persaud, Ramcharran Boodhoo and Holbert Knights. Residents and fans of the Bartica Easter Regatta are gearing up for what is shaping up to be an enthralling time with the list of sporting events set to commence on Saturday March 17 with Gymkhana at the Bartica Community Center ground. According to the Bartica Development Business Association (BDBA) which has acquired the rights to organise this year’s Regatta activities, they are pulling out all the stops to ensure that all the activities both sports and otherwise are professionally and meticulously put together for the enjoyment of the athletes and fans.

To this end, the BDBA has embarked on a robust sponsorship drive to garner the requisite funds that will ensure top class activities are held. The committee has disclosed that sponsorship so far has been received from the Government of Guyana, Guyana Tourism Authority, Banks DIH Ltd., Ansa McAl, Aruwai Resort, Palm Spring Hotel, Rich Kid Music, Ramchan’s Auto Sales, BK International, Boodhoo’s General Store, ExxonMobil, GBTI, Guyana Gold Board, H.A Snacks, National Sports Commission, Small Business Bureau, Western Union Money Transfer and the

Guyana Gold Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA). However, the BDBA pointed out that they are still short of their projected budget and is encouraging more corporate entities to get on board to sponsor the many planned events including spots in the Regatta Waves Magazine. Dirt Bike Racing will throttle in on Sunday March 18 at Mongrippa Hill with the dominoes lovers set to get into the act on Wednesday March 21st and will continued on March 23rd at Smartt Car Park. Members of the BDBA (Continued on page 35)

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ground on Carifesta Avenue, has reached its knockout rounds. This round starts this weekend with matches at the tournament venue with a triple header.In the fixtures released:

Round of 16 Day 1 Ministry of Education Ground Match # Annandale Secondary v/s Uitivulgt Secondary 37 Friendship Secondary v/s Sir Leon Lessons 38 Masters Academy v/s Bishop High School 39 Round of 16 Day 2 Ministry of Education Ground Match # Buxton Youth Develop. v/s Vergenogen Secondary 40 Christianburg Secondary v/s Pure Masters 41 Morgan Learning Center v/s St Roses High School 42 Round of 16 Day 3 Ministry of Education Ground Match # Lodge Secondary School v/s Business School 43 Chase Academy v/s Ann’s Grove Secondary 44

Easter Vacation Swimming Programme 2018 starts March 26 The Ministry of the Presidency, Department of Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport, National Sports Commission will conduct its annual Easter Swimming Programme during March 26 – April 6, 2018. Interested persons are requested to make contact with Ms. Desiree Cummings at the Colgrain Pool, Camp Street, Georgetown on telephone number 226-0387 or Mr. Wilton

Spencer at the National Aquatic Centre, Liliendaal on telephone number 222-1306, for the necessary information, between the hours of 08:30hrs – 16:30hrs. The target Age group is 6 to 11 years. It is important for parents to walk with their children’s birth certificates. A fee of $500 per person will be charged. Children will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

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