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The business community and declining fortunes The Georgetown Chamber has completed yet another attitudinal survey and as has been the norm, its findings hold no surprises for those who have been following business trends over recent years. The overwhelming majority of those who responded to the survey say that they do not hold out much hope for a change in their fortunes this year. This comment jars sharply against comments by the government that the economy is on the ‘improve’ and that businesses are expanding. The government has over the years, been keen to inform the world that it was open to expediting the investment climate and that people were falling head over heels to come to invest in Guyana. Such a report would have brought smiles to the members of the business community. For example, the hotels would have been reporting better occupancy, because the visiting investors would have had to stay somewhere. Another sign of a booming economy is the market place. Food is always an indicator. The more financially improved a people are, the more expansive becomes their diet. And this is reflected in the wide variety of things in the market place. There was a time when everyone knew that Guyana was in the doldrums. There were not too many food items because imported foods were just not there. Today, just about every item of imported food is on the shelves. The business community has been able to access foreign currency which in turn went into buying just about everything that is demanded. People, as they became more affluent, expanded their taste and the business community responded. The bubble seems to be bursting because the very businesses that made a profit satisfying habits suddenly find themselves not being able to record the kind of turnover that they once did. And the survey bears this out. The survey found an interesting thing about life in Guyana; it found that there was a very high perception of corruption and that the government was doing precious little to curb whatever corruption there was. Many in the business community would have come face to face with corruption. Some of them would have instigated it. At the ports of import, the businessmen would have come face to face with the Customs officers who would have priced the goods. For a fee the businessman would have paid less import duties and the Customs officer would have released the goods having pocketed a fraction of the duties. These businesses, overwhelmingly, state that the government has done little to curb the perception of corruption. And this is accurate because all too often the government has failed to take action in the face of reports. Not only has the government failed to take action; it has also been involved in perpetuating the acts of corruption by refusing to explain questionable operations and actions. Well that is not all that the businessmen have to worry about. The large ones recorded handsome profits. Cases in point are Banks DIH, Demerara Distilleries Limited, Gafoor’s and Sons and the companies that support the construction industry. But the smaller ones spoke of poor fortunes.And this had to be the case with new well-heeled investors that represent the Asian wave. Chinese who once supplied goods at cheap prices, the proceeds of which went into the pockets of local businessmen, have now come to peddle their own goods. Some, because of their deep pockets, have been able to buy out some of the smaller businesses. The Chamber records would show closed businesses. Yet the coming of the Asian investors must not be seen as a bad thing. For one, they are bringing new life into an economy that has once seen the business community being complacent to the point of stagnation. New items have come into the market and of course, the goods that the local businesses once peddled have become markedly cheaper. Surely the local businesses would record a decline in revenue but then again, the survey does not examine the reason for the decline. One may very well find that some businesses had become obsolescent.
Thursday March 13, 2014
Letters... Where your views make the news
A SUBTLE ATTEMPT TO BELITTLE MY CHARACTER AND INTEGRITY DEAR EDITOR, I read, listened and watched numerous reports in the print and electronic media in relation to an armed robbery that took place at my home on 20/02/14. I was amazed that the reports contained several inaccuracies and issues that did not take place. I am bombarded with telephone calls from persons in Guyana and overseas to find out what took place. I rebuffed attempts by media personnel to discuss the crime. I did not want the matter to be investigated in the press for fear that it would jeopardise the investigation. I detected a subtle attempt to belittle my character and integrity. Hence, I am jolted to break my silence. I was robbed at gunpoint. I returned home and was confronted by an armed bandit. He had earlier robbed two members of my household and was holding them at gunpoint. I am not pusillanimous. I risked my life in defence of myself and family. I battled with the armed intruder. It started in my bedroom and ended in my yard. I received a minor laceration to my head. Two rounds from the firearm were discharged. The villain ran out of my yard. A motor cyclist was waiting for him some distance away from my home. He jumped on the motor cycle and they sped away. I reported the matter to the police, It is complete fabrication and a total distortion of facts to write that I was brutalized, became unconscious, was treated and admitted a patient at the Public Hospital Georgetown (PHG). After the robbery I visited the PHG. The medical personnel did some amount of triaging and opined that my injury was not life-threatening and did not require emergency attention. As a result, I went to a private hospital where I was
expeditiously dealt with and sent away. Neil Adams in his letter to Kaieteur News dated 03/02/14 posited that Mr. Conway identified the wrong person. Where on earth did he get that information from? Perhaps in a rum shop. This is an erratic flight of imagination. Let me be pellucid. I attended two identification parades. I did not identify anyone. It is ludicrous to report that the robber dropped his identification and bank cards at my home. The day after the robbery, a civilian, who will remain anonymous for fear that he will be identified in the press, visited my home. He handed me the documents in question. He told me that he found them where the motor cycle was parked. I took the documents to the Brickdam Police Station where I handed it over to a senior detective officer. I related to him what the informant said to me. The following day I discovered to my chagrin that there was an article in Kaieteur News stating that the villain had dropped his bank and identification cards at my home during the robbery. How the cards turned up where the motor cyclist was, is for the investigator to ascertain. I continued to be informed of the nature of the investigation through the press, although some issues were misleading. I received no feedback from the investigator. I told him that I was perturbed with his prosaic approach to the investigation. He was not au fait with the law enforcement term victimology. Hence, no support for the victim. I agree with Neil Adams that I am not senile, not a collector of persons’ identification cards, or a madman who was out to frame an innocent person. Never in my thirty-nine years of service
in the Guyana Police Force have I framed anyone. I will never do so. I did not have a transitory glance at the intruder. He was in my house with me for over twenty minutes. I kept eyeballing him. During my stint in the Guyana Police Force, I used to lecture to policemen on the topic “description of persons and property”. There are some simple but important features to look for when describing a person. They include height, build, head, eyes, nose, ears, mouth, race, complexion and clothing. These and some other characteristics of the scallywag I committed to memory. I do not suffer from lapse of memory. I hope that the ubiquitous section of the force that is tasked to solve the felony will stop being dugout and conduct some more meticulous and dogged investigation. This will give me an opportunity to identify the scoundrel at a police station or a mortuary. I note the concerns of Neil Adams and all those living in Guyana and elsewhere who contacted me after the crime. My family joins with me in saying a great big thank you to them for their outpouring of support. This will be my only confabulation on the matter through this medium. Any attempt by media personnel to discuss it with me will encounter a thin blue wall of silence. Clinton Conway Assistant Commissioner of Police (rtd) EDITOR’S NOTE: We state categorically that there has been absolutely no intent or subtle attempt to belittle Mr. Conway’s character and/or integrity. Our information was obtained from the Guyana Police Force.
I thought we had gone past this nonsense DEAR EDITOR, I read the lofty phrases in a letter in Kaieteur News of March 7, 2014 titled “President must ensure racial balance in SWAT” written by one Sultan Mohamed. I thought we had gone past this nonsense about racial balance. Our history demonstrates certain ethics, preferences, and religious attachments from the time we were settled in British Guiana - a tendency by certain racial groups to gravitate to certain areas of activity almost as a natural thing. To make artificial impositions is not right. As a lad at Queen’s College, few of my Indo buddies opted for the Cadet Corps or Boy Scouts, did little track and field - they also seemed to dislike football, but of course there will always be exceptions, often related to their early environment. Those who fought in the two World Wars from British Guiana were 90% Afro
Guyanese. Note the reluctance of certain groups to take part in National Service, generally regarded as semi-military. Let people seek employment or a career where they are comfortable or feel they can do their best. Things change, but generally inherited patterns persist. My answer decades ago when the question of the Security Forces arose, was and remains the same, you cannot with any justification call for racial balance in one aspect of national life or activity, and ignore others that will be unjust and myopic. To those who seek ethnic balance then let’s start with the allocation of land, the cabinet, licence for businesses or firearms, balance on who we send to be trained as professionals – ethnic balance in the Judiciary. Yes, perhaps balance with who we send to jail or who we accommodate in the Palms or the mad house.
Balance in the media, radio, televisions and newspapers. As we mature, this nation must concentrate on training our youth, developing sound morals and decency, learning to judge a person not by race or belief but by content of character and willingness to
work hard and make sacrifices. If Mr. Mohamed wants a balance in SWAT, he cannot stop there. In Guyana, other areas exercise much more influence (the media) and authority than SWAT or our Security Forces. Hamilton Green, J.P.,
The appropriate revival of an epic poem DEAR EDITOR, May those persons who have been so active in organising the various memorials to Arthur J. Seymour, be reminded to give thought to the appropriateness of the revival of his epic poem “The Legend of Kaieteur”, as set to music by Phillip Pilgrim. I don’t recall of it having been orchestrated since Guyanese, Rudolph Dunbar, then retired Director of the BBC Radio Symphony Orchestra, came back to make a grand presentation at
Queen’s College, as part of our Independence celebrations in 1966. The concert involved our own Philharmonic Orchestra accompanying a hundredvoice choir. There probably has not been any comparable event since. Incidentally, Rudolph Dunbar was selected to conduct an International Symphony Orchestra in Berlin, as part of the Allied Forces’ celebrations of their victory over Germany in World War II. E.B. John
Thursday March 13, 2014
Letters... Where your views make the news Letters... Where your views make the news
Delays and protractions in our criminal justice system DEAR EDITOR, Behold! Something or perhaps several things, may be wrong with our criminal justice system. Indeed, there is overwhelming evidence of infrastructural improvements, but the human factor seems to be lagging behind. I recently learnt, from the Stabroek News of 08-03-2014, that in a matter of days of the commission of a crime, a man was convicted in a Magistrate’s court for attempting to break and enter the Brickdam Police Station. Shortly before that a young woman was speedily sentenced to five years imprisonment for a crime in which the victim was connected to the criminal justice system. After all, the police are to be commended for the efficiency with which they prosecuted those two cases. But what about the scores of
other cases which have been pending for years, many of which are yet to be brought on for trial? As a matter of fact, it is to be noted that between August 13th, 2013 and March 6th, 2014 in response to petitions, Chief Justice Chang granted bail to a total of 26 persons, who obviously had been on remand for various periods for a variety of offences ranging from trafficking in narcotics, to robbery under arms, to abusive behaviour and even assault. I couldn’t have imagined that I would have lived to see the day when someone - at great expense - would have had to seek the intervention of the Chief Justice to secure bail on a matter of assault. This certainly does not speak well about our criminal justice system. It must be that it is broken.
When Justice Chang broke new ground in 2008 and granted bail to a murder accused who had been awaiting trial for eight years, the situation though shocking at the time, was nevertheless understandable. But it is unacceptable, if not frightening, to hold anyone on remand for an extended period on a matter of abusive behaviour and assault. After 2008, other judges walked behind Justice Chang and granted bail to individuals who had been charged with murder and other serious offences and who had been on remand for several years. That was a positive development which seemed to have lost its momentum rather quickly. In the ground-breaking case, Justice Chang was guided by Article 144 of the Constitution and precedence laid down by Justice Crane in
What is the status of the Sheema Mangar case? DEAR EDITOR, It is almost four years since the brutal slaying of young Sheema Mangar and I am still not sure if anyone has been charged in connection with this crime. From the date it occurred, I have been following the developments regarding this horrific tragedy and it appears that the parents’ search for justice has been running into sky-high brick walls. The last news report I read on this incident was last May. In that KN news item dated May 23, 2013, it was reported that the Ministry of
Home Affairs sent a letter to Mangar’s parents, to state its disappointment with the investigation into Sheema’s death. Why was this “disappointing missive” sent to Sheema’s parents? I do not know! However, I do believe that for starters Minister Rohee should have at least accepted responsibility for the lack of information and poor investigation into the gruesome murder of this promising young professional. The fact that the crime was committed in public at a busy intersection in
GUYSUCO AND AQUACULTURE DEAR EDITOR, I read with some concern the recent statements advocating the conversion of some sugar lands into aquaculture farms, which I have no doubt can be a feasible business venture on our low coastlands. My point is that Guyana has millions of acres of coastlands, a lot of which is undeveloped and surely it would be better to initially demonstrate the financial feasibility of aquaculture farming on some of these prior to converting GuySuCo’s developed sugar production lands, which only occupy approximately 100,000 acres. The low sugar production can be dealt with if there is the will to do so. That is another matter, which should not be translated into calls for
conversion of sugar lands. Incidentally, a writer asked the question, some months ago, why was the Skeldon factory producing brown or unrefined sugar, while the original design was for a white or refined sugar factory. Can someone say why the design was changed? It would be helpful to get an answer. Concerned stakeholder
Georgetown, during afternoon rush hour and to date no arrest has been made, continues to be very troubling. Maybe the Minister of Home Affairs has a plausible explanation to this situation. And what about the body/hair samples that were supposedly sent to the Barbados Forensic Lab, have the results returned to Guyana? What is really the situation with this case? I am aware that Sheema Mangar’s slaying resembles so many other high daylight crimes which remain unsolved, and so the Home Affairs Ministry might have probably deemed the young lady’s slaying as simply an addition to the staggering statistics of unsolved murders. I am hoping that Sheema’s parents will get closure. The state of crime and security in Guyana coupled with the Minister of Home Affairs’ lack of ability to manage his Ministry continues to be of major disservice to the Guyanese people. I pray that Sheema’s parents will continue to pursue the justice their child deserves. Lurlene Nestor
the case of R. v. Edwin Ogle (1968). Both authorities endorsed the need for criminal trials to be conducted within a reasonable time and without undue delay. Justice Crane seemed enthusiastic that he was putting to rest lengthy delays which may have been plaguing the system at that time when he said at Letter ‘D’ on page 443 of the Ogle judgment: “Admittedly, the accused may be on bail throughout the period of waiting. But for one to have a prosecution hanging over one’s head for three years like the sword of ‘Damocles’ ,seems to strike at the roots of the judicial process….I believe that it is time for the judges of this land to take as firm a stand as possible, in a matter of this sort.” Justice Crane made that speech in 1968, but it was not until 40 years later that we took the firm stand of which he spoke. Similar sentiments about protracted trials and delays were expressed by the Privy Council in the case of Felix Durity v. The AG of Trinidad and Tobago (2007). But what about Morgan and Pratt, which lead to death sentences being commuted to life sentences because of delays? Are we not learning from these judgments?
Just the other day, the CCJ held a historic sitting in Guyana and delivered a written judgment within 24 hours, much to the excitement and appreciation of many. But was a precedent set for us to follow? Would we learn from that exhibition of ‘speed of mind and speed of hand’? I guess that we just have to wait and see. The importance of a criminal trial being held within a reasonable time is said to be a central ingredient of a fair trial. This is being manifested in the CCJ judgments. One which readily comes to mind relates to the case of Frank Errol Gibson v. The AG of Barbados (2010). At para 48 thereof, Justice de la Bastide said: “The public has a profound interest in criminal trials being heard within a reasonable time. Delay creates an increase to the backlog of cases, and tarnishing the image of the criminal justice system. Further, the more time it takes to bring a case to trial, the more difficult it may be to convict a guilty person.” Truer words have never been spoken, yet we seem to have developed a proclivity for delays. In the Gibson case cited earlier, Justice de la Bastide underscored the need for timely trials especially in situations where
innocence may be imperiled. He said: “Even more telling than the societal interest at stake are the consequences to an accused of a breach of reasonable time guarantee. This is evident in a case of a defendant who is not guilty. The person is deprived of an early opportunity to have his name cleared, and is confronted with the stigma, loss of privacy, anxiety and stress that accompany exposure to criminal proceedings.” Indeed, once a trial is going to be fair, an innocent accused or defendant will have no interest in a delay of any sort. He may even take to the roof of the prisons to pronounce his innocence and demand to be tried. On the contrary, where guilt abounds and a conviction is eminent, protractions and delays become the order of the day. But delays may also be premised on the fact that the evidence to convict may not be available. It is against that background, that I would respectfully and most humbly, invite the police to treat all matters with the same efficiency that they attached to the man who attempted to break and enter the Brickdam police station and the young lady who was sentenced to five years. Francis Carryl
Peeping Tom’s article misses some major factors DEAR EDITOR, Peeping Tom’s article, “Such a Big Country” misses some major factors regarding the escalating cost of land in Guyana. I believe the reasons for such high cost of land have to do with the demand for prime real estate, especially in areas such as Lamaha Gardens, Bel Air, Republic Park, to name a few areas. You cannot deny that over the past decade there has been an increased presence of expatriates, Diplomats, Caricom officials and other foreign nationals in Guyana. As such, certain residential areas are in demand for rentals which drives the price of the property up.
It’s a simple case of economics - demand and supply. If there was no demand for high-priced rentals, the prices would have fallen. This theory can also be applied to the retail sector, particularly Regent Street. The property prices are mindboggling due to the demand from foreign nationals for rental and to acquire prime retail real estate. It is therefore quite possible for prime real estate such as the Lamaha Gardens playground, which by the way
is a contiguous block of land spanning one street to the next, to be valued at $170M. Instead of using the Lamaha Gardens playground as an assessment, Peeping Tom should have perused the classified ads in the dailies and applied his mathematical formulas to the value of Regent Street properties. $8,000 per square foot becomes a drop in the ocean for land compared to the cost per square footage in downtown Guyana. Marcus Craig
Thursday March 13, 2014
Brassington dodges questions on Marriott Hotel …displays rude, vulgar behaviour Chairman of Atlantic Hotels Inc, (AHI) Winston Brassington, yesterday continued dodging from Kaieteur News on the Marriott Hotel issue. So rude was Brassington that when he answered his mobile phone, he drew (sucked) his teeth and hung up. Continuous calls were made after that to Brassington but he refused to answer. Attempts were also made to contact the Minister of Finance Ashni Singh. Those calls were all unanswered. Junior Finance Minister, Bishop Juan Edghill, who was the only person to answer his phone, when questioned about the private investors at the Marriott Hotel said that he was not in possession of the documents. It’s almost more than five months since a commitment by Brassington to disclose who the US$8 million equity private investor would be. Brassington had made several assurances that the public would know the face of the investor. However the identity remains a mystery. Further, when this newspaper visited the construction site yesterday, work appeared to be at a “stand still.” No one present was willing to speak to this
newspaper. One source explained that “slow up” in construction was probably due to the fact that the project has not been able to secure financing from Republic Bank of Trinidad and Tobago. That bank was approached to prepare an investor friendly package to source U$S27M for the project. The Guyana Government is, to date, the sole investor in the Georgetown Marriott Hotel given that AHI is yet to have financial closure for US$39M of the US$58.5M required for its completion. NICIL has already injected its US$20M, which it had committed to the project so it is unclear what the source of financing is for the works currently being executed. Prior to the NICIL money, Government had given Courtney Benn a US$1M contract for the rerouting of the sewerage system in the Kingston locale. That contract was pulled after more than US$700,000 was paid over. It was then given to an overseas company this time for a further US$2M. AHI also leased the prime seven acres of shorefront property on which the Hotel
The view of the Marriott recently
rests for a measly US$120 (G$24,000) per month with the option to buy. The Food and Drug Department which had a building in the locale was removed and that property was dismantled. Brassington, last September, held a special media briefing on the project and told reporters that while the AHI would have executed a number of agreements with Republic Bank and the private investor, whom he is still to name, there is no definitive financial closure for the money as yet. He said, then, that AHI was looking to have this aspect of the deal concluded by year end (2013), so that the hotel could be completed and opened this year. “We haven’t closed but we have every confidence it will close soon,” Brassington had said. That unnamed private
investor is expected to put in US$8M in the project and will have majority ownership of AHI, equivalent to 67 per cent shares in the company while government will own 33 per cent. Equity for the project will be coming from the unnamed private investor in the sum of US$8M, as well as another US$4M to be invested by the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL). The remainder of the money will be in the form of debt/loans. Republic Bank has been asked to solicit a total of US$31M, to be repaid at an interest rate of 8.9 per cent, while NICIL will be lending US$15.5M with zero per cent return. According to a feasibility study undertaken for the project by a Miami-based HVS Consulting and Valuation, the Senior Debt, solicited by
Republic Bank will receive payment before the preferred equity, the NICIL equity, and the NICIL debt. As it relates to the US$15.5M lent to the project by NICIL, this will be repaid “when cash flows enable.” Incidentally, five years after the hotel begins its operations it will take on an additional loan of US$5M. Repayment of this loan will also take priority over the NICIL loan. The unnamed private investor scheduled to put in US$8M, in the Georgetown Marriott Hotel is projected to rake in approximately US$46M by the end of 10 years. This is documented in the extract of the feasibility report which was released to the media. According to reports, during the first three years of the hotel’s operation, AHI will pay the still to be named private investor US$1.3M. From year four of the hotel’s operation, the unnamed private investor will be paid US$1.2M each year for the next six years. According to the report, in year 10 of its operation, that unnamed private investor will be paid a whopping US$37.2M, setting the rate of return over the 10 year period at 22.2 per cent.
The feasibility study done for the Marriott Hotel has included in its projections for the success of the Marriott Hotel, that “we have assumed” that a portion of the nation’s economic development initiatives are realized.” The report says, “These include but are not limited to the cultivation of a portion of Guyana’s crude oil.” This would mean that included in the factors that would make the Marriott feasible for the country is the need for Guyana to find oil. This is yet to happen. Included in the agreement signed, the Hotel will enjoy a 10 year waiver on corporate, property taxes which will commence from the first year of commercial operations. The Marriott Hotel will also enjoy relief from import duty, VAT, excise tax, and any other import fees, taxes, duties on machinery, equipment, building and other materials, fixtures and fittings and furnishings and non-luxury vehicles required by the developers for the construction of the Project. During operations, relief will be granted from duty and excise tax on capital repairs or replacements greater than US$10,000 in value within 10 years of operations.
Thursday March 13, 2014
Keith Lowenfield, is new Ex -cops charged for Chief Elections Officer illegal firearm, ammo The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has picked one of its top officials as the new Chief Elections Officer (CEO). Keith Lowenfield is one of four persons shortlisted from 14 applications, GECOM confirmed yesterday. Lowenfield, a former army official, would have been given the nod ahead of Calvin Benn, the acting CEO who took over after the non-renewal of the contract of Gocool Boodoo early last year, but decided to pull out of the race earlier this month. Benn and Lowenfield were among four shortlisted, along with Jamaican Danville Walker and Washington-based Savitrie Singh. According to GECOM in a statement on the appointment, its Commissioners yesterday decided unanimously to appoint Lowenfield, said to be in his mid-50’s, as the new Chief Elections Officer and Commissioner of National Registration. The decision was taken at a special meeting of GECOM yesterday. GECOM said that appointment would bring to an end “a very lengthy and meticulous procedure” associated with the matter including advertising the vacancy locally and overseas and the shortlisting of suitable candidates from the 14 applications received. It also involved determining the procedures for the interviews and the actual interviews. GECOM said that Benn, who served as the acting CEO, was not interviewed because he tendered a letter earlier this month, “informing regretfully that he was no longer interested in the post of Chief Elections Officer and that, by way of the said letter, he was withdrawing his application for the post.” Benn, according to GECOM, indicated that he had engaged in some serious reflection during a recent period of illness and had concluded that it would be unwise to compete for the position of Chief Elections Officer. “Further, he expressed regrets to the Commission for any inconvenience which might have been caused by his change of heart.” Following GECOM’s decision, Lowenfield was summoned to before the Commissioners and informed of his appointment. Lowenfield joined GECOM in 2001 as the Logistics Manager and was appointed in 2004 as the Deputy CEO. He has served as the acting CEO on a number of occasions. Yesterday, Parliment’s largest Opposition bloc, A Partnership For National Unity (APNU), joined in expressing support for Lowenfield’s appointment.
New GECOM boss, Keith Lowenfield “A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) congratulates Mr. Keith Lowenfield on his appointment as the Chief Elections Officer of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). APNU is confident that during Mr. Lowenfield’s tenure as Chief Elections Officer there will be non-controversial and properly administered elections.” Last year August, GECOM started advertising for a new CEO. September 30, 2013 was the deadline for applications. The Chief Elections Officer will also act as a primary point of contact to the staff members of the Secretariat, whose activities include the registration of registrants; the distribution of ID Cards; the provision of information and guidance on electoral operational matters to community organisations and other stakeholders. Early last year, GECOM had started considerations to issue the former Chief Elections Officer, Gocool Boodoo, with a new contract, but there were objections from some of the Commissioners. Boodoo then moved to the court to block a decision by the Commission not to renew his contract, but the matter was thrown out. GECOM is expected to pronounce on the elections today during a press conference to introduce Lowenfield.
Appearing before City Magistrate, Judy Latchman yesterday were former policemen, George Valladares, 35, of 159 Third Street, Alexander Village and Jarrel Huntley, 27, of 140 Lamaha Springs, Greater Georgetown. The duo was charged with possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition and for using threatening language. Valladares and Huntley were allegedly found in possession of a 9 MM Glock pistol and 14 live rounds of ammunition on March 11, last, at Barrack and Camp Streets. The men reportedly used the weapons to threaten their business partner, Surendra Etwaroo. The men, who are said to be two ex-intelligence cops, had reportedly called Etwaroo and “threatened to harm his family if he did not pay them their money.” Valladares and Huntley were arrested outside Special Branch Headquarters on Tuesday after an unlicenced firearm was found in their possession. They pleaded not guilty to all the charges. Defence
Counsel, Bernard Da Silva and Patrice Henry, requested bail at a reasonable amount. Both lawyers claimed that their clients had vehemently denied the allegations before the court. Da Silva, who represented Huntley, told the court, yesterday, that the alleged weapon found on his client’s person, “was just a toy gun.” Police Prosecutor, Joel Ricknauth, noted that no special reason was provided for the defendants to be permitted bail, in relation to
the illegal firearms charge. As such, bail was granted to them in the sum of $30,000 each for threatening language. However, the men were refused bail on the possession of firearm and ammunition charges. They will return to court March 28.
Thursday March 13, 2014
25th CARICOM Intersessional
‘Blacklisted’ Guyana will have repercussions across the Region Guyana’s failure to pass the Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Bill (AML/CFT), so far, was the subject of intense discussion at the recently concluded 25th Intercessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government where they lamented grave consequences for the Region as a whole. Accompanying its Communiqué yesterday was a special statement on Guyana, which said that the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM regards with profound dismay, Guyana’s inability to enact the requisite legislation aimed at implementing the recommendations of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) to address deficiencies in its anti-money laundering regime. “We recognise that Guyana’s failure to enact this Bill will result in Guyana being blacklisted by CFATF and consequently have farreaching implications and, indeed, repercussions on the economy of Guyana as well as that of every territory of the Region.” According to the Heads, blacklisting will affect the cost of processing international transactions and will adversely affect trade and financial flows in the Region. “The non-passage of the Bill will also retard the regional integration enterprise, limit the opportunity for growth in Guyana and the Region and result in hardship for the people of Guyana, and indeed, of the Region…We call on all relevant parties to enact the necessary legislation in the national and regional interest.” G u y a n a / Ve n e z u e l a relations Guyana’s recent tangle with Venezuela over its maritime border was also subject to discussions by the Heads. During those discussions
… Regional Commission established to study legalizing ‘Marijuana’
Heads of Government at the 25th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference in St Vincent and the Grenadines (Photo Credit: CARICOM Secretariat) the Heads of Government noted that Guyana and Venezuela have since initiated dialogue following the detention on October 10, last year by a Venezuelan armed naval vessel of the seismic vessel, the RV Teknik Perdana which was under contract with Anadarko and which was conducting a multi-beam survey of the seafloor in Guyana’s exclusive economic zone. Envoys from both Guyana and Venezuela subsequently met in Port-ofSpain, Trinidad and Tobago, and agreed that the two countries would explore mechanisms within the context of international law to address the issue of maritime delimitation. That meeting had committed the envoys to meet within a period of four months to exchange views on how such delimitation could proceed. The Heads further took note that the Venezuelan Government had requested a postponement of the
technical meeting given the political situation in that country. According to the Communiqué, “Heads of Government expressed the hope that the initiative to address the issue of maritime delimitation would not lose momentum.” It was noted too that despite the incident, Guyana and Venezuela continued to maintain stable and satisfactory relations. “They reiterated their support for the maintenance of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Guyana and took note of the continued confidence that both States have in the Good Offices Process of the United Nations Secretary-General under the Geneva Agreement of 1966 with the re-appointment in October 2013 of Professor Norman Girvan as the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General in that Process.” They did also express regrets over Professor Girvan’s illness due to an
EU funding Caribbean fight against drug trafficking BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - CMC – The fourth Caribbean Basin Coastal Surveillance and Maritime Security conference began in Barbados yesterday with the European Union announcing that it would provide Euro 2.5 million towards the fight against drug trafficking and international criminal networks in the Caribbean. Head of the European Union Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern
Caribbean, Ambassador Mikael Barfod, said that the funding, which is being provided through the EU Seaport Co-operation Project (SEACOP) will assist with the establishment of joint national maritime intelligence units, a regional maritime information system, as well as regional and trans-regional networking and technical assistance. The development of such infrastructure should lead to
increased targeting of suspected vessels, a unified maritime intelligence system, increased drug seizures and enhanced multi-agency cooperation. “Coastal surveillance and maritime security is very important to the Caribbean and Europe, since both have a common purpose, which is the eradication of drug trafficking in the region,” the European diplomat told the two-day conference.
Head of State Donald Ramotar, along with Foreign Affairs Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett during the two day meeting accident last December in which he sustained serious injuries and conveyed their best wishes for his quick recovery. LEGALIZING MARIJUANA The meeting also addressed for the first time as a body and engaged in intense discussions, the issue of marijuana, including its medical use and aspects of the decriminalising of small quantities for recreational use. They also explored the economic benefits that might be derived from marijuana cultivation. According to the Communiqué, signed on to by Heads, “Concerns were raised, especially regarding the potential public and mental health aspects of its use.” As such, with the recognition that there needs to be careful in-depth research of the various implications of the measures contemplated, it was
mandated, the establishment of a Regional Commission to address the issues identified and any others deemed relevant in order to provide clear guidance with regard to decisions to be taken. The Commission is expected to report to the Regular Meeting of the Conference in July 2014. Economic Report Heads also used the opportunity during the two day intersessional meeting, to endorse the recommendations of the CARICOM Commission on the Economy established last September to advise on a sustainable growth strategy for the Community. “The recommendations are aimed at restoring confidence in the economic management and governance of CARICOM economies and laying the foundation for an innovative resource mobilisation strategy to support the Growth Agenda.” The Commission will
continue to work as it advances the implementation of the recommendations including preparation of an implementation timetable to be presented at the July 2014 meeting. The Heads of Government also agreed to have a high-level consultation with Leaders of Commerce and Industry at their July Meeting. “This consultation would address the institutional reform agenda and the scope for promoting public-private partnerships to support the infrastructural development required to promote a vibrant and dynamic private sector and sustainable growth in the Community.” The Heads also agreed to consider the establishment of a regional mechanism to advise Member States on their debt management strategies and endorsed the Commonwealth Small States Debt initiative which is led by the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas.
Thursday March 13, 2014
THE LAW SCHOOL CONUNDRUM The top twenty-five graduates of Guyana’s law programme at the University of Guyana are no longer guaranteed a place at the Hugh Wooding Law School. Those twenty-five students along with the other Guyanese law graduates who wish to obtain their Legal Education Certificate (LEC) will now have to compete with other students from the Region for places at the Hugh Wooding Law School. And rightly so! It is patently unjust for Guyanese who have graduated with their LLBs from the University of Guyana - which is not a member or contributor to the University of the West Indies - to be granted automatic places to Hugh Wooding. It is unfair because students from outside of the three regional law schools in Trinidad, Jamaica and
Bahamas have to write a written examination in order to gain places at these law schools. The students from the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica, Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and the Eugene Dupuch Law School in Bahamas are given automatic placements to undertake their LECs. All others, except Guyanese, have to do the written examinations to secure a place. If this process is to be fair then students from Guyana ought not to be given an unfair advantage over their other regional counterparts who are required to write an entrance examination to gain entry to Hugh Wooding. Guyana should not be seeking special treatment. We are not part of the UWI family and we are not entitled to the privileges afforded to UWI
graduates. We should not be seeking guaranteed places. We should be seeking for everyone, including UWI LLB graduates, to have to write the entrance examination. The entrance examination should not be intimidating. There have been Guyanese who did not make the shortlist of the top twentyfive law graduates from UG but who successfully passed the entrance examinations at Hugh Wooding and who gained acceptance to the LEC programme. If the top twenty-five, indeed if all the students who passed the LLB at the University of Guyana are good enough, they should be easily able to pass the entrance examinations for Hugh Wooding and therefore be eligible for acceptance. Problems will only arise in
Dem boys seh...
Brassy suck he teeth pun de nation … everybody know wha suck-teeth means Cheddi was a man who know how to lead. He dead and gone but he party people still talking he name. Dem saying all de good tings that Cheddi teach. Donald talking; Rohee talking; Donald wife and all talking. All of dem seh that dem following Papa Cheddi footstep. Well dem boys want to know which Papa Cheddi footstep because he never thief. He never give a clue that he was dishonest or scampish. De man lead by example and he was open. Everything he do he announce. Nowadays is sheer secret. Dem more secretive than de FBI, de KGB and Interpol. Suh dem scamps think of dem self. Brassington always talking bout confidentiality clause. Everything is secret and he get Donald to repeat de same thing. Jagdeo coulda never talk bout wheh we get e money from fuh anything. None project he ever disclose de funding till somebody expose it from overseas. De people know bout de airport project from Jamaica; dem know bout de Marriott from Grenada. He even use to travel in secrecy. One time people only know he lef Guyana when de Kuwaiti President tell he that he couldn’t
see him and mek he plane get tun back from Kuwait when he been near Iran. Is a good thing de plane didn’t run out of fuel. He lef office and he still spending taxpayers’ dollars in secrecy. Dem boys seh that a simple thing like how much money he pay fuh de Lear jet and de hospital bill is a secret. He gone and de nation, including dem boys did expect that Donald woulda mek a change and stop all this hide and seek. Dem expect him to be honest and fair to de nation. Instead, it get wuss. Brassington who use to wuk wid Jagdeo use to talk when Jagdeo was in power suddenly get rude now Donald in office. A reporter call him and he suck he teeth. That is a vulgarity. It mean kiss me “tail”. When he do that to a reporter is de whole nation he doing that to because de reporter is a messenger fuh de people. He get away wid nuff scampish things under Jagdeo. Now he pushing fuh get away wid more under Donald. Well dem boys got a message fuh he. Dem ain’t gun mek he get away wid such lawlessness. Talk half and watch how Brazzy gun stop he vulgar behavior.
two situations. The first is if the top twenty-five graduates from the law programme at the University of the Guyana are not good enough to pass the entrance examinations. To grant automatic placements to students who are not good enough would be patently unfair to students who do not have automatic placements. It is hard to contemplate a top twenty-five student from the UG law programme failing the entrance examination. So there should be no trepidation about the UG graduates failing the entrance examinations at Hugh Wooding, more so since Guyanese law students have always excelled at Hugh Wooding. Why therefore the objection to writing the entrance examinations. Guyanese will pass in any event? The real issue I believe is in relation to the second situation: the limited number of places at Hugh Wooding. When you have twentyfive automatic places, the top quartile graduates from UG do not have to worry about placements at Hugh Wooding. Those who have to worry are those who have to compete through an entrance examination for the limited places remaining. This is where the problem lies. If there are limited places available at Hugh Wooding, then it is quite possible for some of the twenty-five top
law graduates in Guyana to be refused admission on the grounds that there are no more places available. You cannot ask the Trinidadians to deny their own students simply to guarantee places to Guyana which is not part of the UWI family. The twenty-five automatic places granted to Guyanese students could never have been intended as a permanent arrangement. While it has allowed our graduates to gain automatic placements at Hugh Wooding over the years, not many persons have considered the fate of those who were not in the top twenty-five. Some of those students are still waiting to complete their LECs because they have not yet gained admission to any of the law schools associated
with UWI. The solution to the problem is for Guyana to move towards its own law school and concurrently to take steps to have any LEC granted by this law school to be recognized in the Region. Guyana can no longer afford to gamble the future of students on the generosity of Hugh Wooding. That generosity is about to end. It is time to build our own Law School that offers LECs. The Marriot tHotel being constructed in Georgetown would be the perfect building to house such a law school.
Thursday March 13, 2014
=== The Freddie Kissoon column ===
Parapet ownership and class arrogance in Guyana in 2014 I have absolutely no objections and will have none to people who luxuriate in la dolce vita. It is the right of the rich to spend their money on escapades if they want to. It is the right of the wealthy to stage nocturnal parties where fine wines are thrown onto the grass in drunken abandonment and the morning after the dogs, while peeing on the lawns, get drunk from the smell of the intoxicants. Class snobbery is a fact of life; Gandhi and Mandela did not stop it, Castro tried and Obama will not be able to (ultra liberals like Obama and the Clintons have their fair share of super-wealthy friends). What I will certainly object to is when the working people are discriminated against by the wealthy folks and no organization or political party or civil society
group comes to their rescue. I don’t know Mr. Leon Rockcliffe. I can’t remember meeting anyone by that name or seeing the person. I don’t know anything about a citizen named Leon Rockcliffe but I do vaguely recall that he had a good relationship with my editor at the Catholic Standard, Father Andrew Morrison. And I do recall that Mr. Rockcliffe was a fellow traveler (no cynicism intended) with the GUARD organization in 1991. Since my knowledge of Mr. Rockcliffe is bare it would be presumptuous and impertinent of me to comment on his politics. I have read many of the letters he has written over the years and still am impressed by a wonderful analysis by him in which he described how under President Desmond Hoyte, the law was changed to stop
the seizure and sale of buildings whose owners failed to pay their rates and taxes. Hoyte acted to stem the corruption that was going on at City Hall. In the February 19, 2014 edition of the Stabroek News, Mr. Rockcliffe published a very informative letter about the virtual “nationalization” on the public parapets by business and individuals. But the letter is notable for what it omitted as for what it contained. In the March 10, 2014 edition of the Stabroek News, an entire page was allocated to Mr. Rockcliffe’s complaint and spiced up with four photographs of “parapet hijackers” but as with Mr. Rockcliffe’s letter, some omissions are unfortunate. Let’s go back to a few years ago. The unthinkable
occurred in Subryanville – Mrs. Mae French in partnership with the upper middle class in Georgetown opened a huge private school. There was absolutely no criticism. One had to be dishonest not to know that traffic would be a problem. A few years after Mae’s School was established, the brother of the infamous Ed Ahmad (at the time Mr. Ed Ahmad was of unknown quantity) began construction of a business place, not in the heart of Subryanville where the school is, but on the periphery. Actually the construction was more in Sheriff Street than inside Subryanville. Then the unthinkable occurred in Subryanville again – citizens of Subryanville sought and got an injunction against Mr. Ahmed. Since then the
business was completed and is named Century 21. Mae’s School is three times the size of Century 21 and is a traffic hazard on Sheriff Street. Mae French has brought another school on a tiny street named Middleton Street and it is a traffic nightmare. I have to take that street daily and I am literally fed up. But go and see what has been done. The school has taken over the parapet, enclosed it and has a canopy over it. Let’s go back a few years again. I had a confrontation with Police Commissioner Henry Greene when the Beharry family complained of UG shuttles for East Coast students parking on the parapet outside the family mansion. But the mansion was so long that the shuttles had nowhere to go. Greene chased them off. Since then, the Beharry family has taken over the long, long parapet and driven large poles into the ground
Frederick Kissoon thus literally taking over the parapet. And UG is silent. And this has disappointed me with Vincent Alexander. The Stabroek News featured a photo of the Hot and Spicy Restaurant and Mr. Rockcliffe mentioned that operation too. This is a very small business two blocks east of a humongous fast food empire recently opened up at the junction of Lamaha and Albert Streets. The parapets and pavements on Lamaha Street and Albert Street have been virtually hijacked by this business place. But it was omitted by Mr. Rockcliffe and there was no photo of it in the Stabroek News’ feature. Do race and class have anything to do with it?
Thursday March 13, 2014
Ex-cop among two charged with execution style murder
Charged: Milton Singh
Shot dead: Patricia Samaroo
Charged: Antonio Singh Balrup
Two men were on Wednesday charged with the capital offence of murder. The men, former policeman Antonio Singh Balrup, 26, of Lot 5 Reliance Settlement, East Canje, Berbice; and Solomon Milton, called “Devon”, 23, of Nigg Settlement, Corentyne, Berbice appeared before Magistrate Shurdell IsaacsMarcus at the Reliance Magistrate’s Court to answer the charge of murder committed on Patricia Samaroo, 64, of Lot 101 Bristol Street, Number Two Village, East Canje, Berbice. The men are accused of murdering Samaroo on Friday March 7, last, at Fyrish Village Corentyne, Berbice. They were not required to plead and the matter has been transferred to the Albion Magistrate’s Court for a hearing on April 25, next. They are represented by attorney at law Mursalene Bacchus. Prosecutor, Sergeant Godfrey Plater, informed the court that the matter is still being investigated and other charges are likely. Another suspect is also wanted in the matter. The woman a mother of four, was shot dead at point blank range in her head around 22:30 hours at her
sister’s Lot 10 Nursery School Street, Fyrish Village, Corentyne home. Her sister, Annette Samaroo, 45, a mother of six, was shot to her abdomen; she was rushed to the New Amsterdam hospital. The cops have a positive identification of the third suspect who has been identified as Deodat “Pop Corn” Seecharran who was said to be the gunman. Family members had stated that the dead woman was a case of mistaken identity. They say, however, that they suspected that the main target was the injured sister, Annette, who had witnessed the killing of her husband, Gary Simon, on December 18, 2004, at Nigg Village, Corentyne, Berbice. Two men barged into the house in which the two women were on March 7, last, and shot Patricia, who was visiting with one of her sons. Annette who recognized the gunman, called him by name “Pop Corn”. “What you doing?” The man reportedly spun around and shot her in the abdomen. He had intended to shoot her again, but the gun malfunctioned. One of the woman’s sons who were part of a group of eight, were at home at the time watching a religious movie,
tackled the gunman; but the latter managed to escape with his colleague in a waiting car, PP6437. The vehicle was parked in the street and was purportedly being driven by a former policeman. The car, the driver and the gunman’s alleged accomplice were arrested. The police also recovered two live rounds and two spent shells from the house. The alleged gunman Deodat “Pop Corn” Seecharran is known to the family since he had visited the home on a few occasions. He is wanted for another murder that occurred in the Hampshire area last year. He has also been involved in a number of misdemeanours. In the matter involving the injured woman’s husband, a number of persons are charged and are before the court. One assailant, Adbussulum Azimulla, called “Sato”, 29, of Lot 183 Hampshire, Corentyne, Berbice, was arrested eight years after the commission of the crime. When he was arrested he was a part of the “Pop Corn” gang that had committed a robbery in 2012. He is said to be a close associate of the wanted man. The woman was expected to be a witness in her husband‘s murder trial.
The Private Sector and the minor cracks in the economy…
Businesses cite crime and security as a major obstacle The businesses that are members of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) have said that the Guyana Police Force and its inefficiencies still remain a matter of grave concern. The force now ranks high on their list of hindrances which may be preventing them from achieving success. President of the Georgetown Chamber, Clinton Urling, engaged members of the media corps in an informative discussion on the findings in its 2014 attitudinal survey yesterday at its Head Office on Waterloo Street. Under the heading, “Obstacles to business success”, finding and keeping good employees was flagged as a major problem by 36 percent of the respondents. This obstacle was followed by high tax rates and crime and security. Some of them identified the high cost and unreliability of electricity. Political instability was highlighted by 19 percent of the respondents whilst inefficiencies of the legal system came in with 15 percent. But for media operatives, crime and security being outlined as a major obstacle by the businesses was up for much discussion. Urling said that crime and security have always been a central issue and the results on the survey came as no surprise. When asked if Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, and the Commissioner of Police
had taken the said concerns into consideration, Urling said that he would not be able to say whether they had given any attention to the concerns or even the proposed recommendations of the Industry. “I can’t say if they paid attention. We had called for an overview of the operations of the police force and increased salaries but I would not be able to say at this point if those were given any attention.” The statistics in terms of the issue of businesses losing their employees also came in for some scrutiny by media operatives. Urling opined that one of the main reasons for such an occurrence is migration. “Migration is at the heart of the problem and we will have to look at initiatives which will help to promote incentivizing our professionals either to get them to return or to stay after completion of their studies. It is a significant problem and no one seems to want to stay.” While he supports the call for the improvement of this critical issue, he said that he has always been at the forefront piloting the call for teachers to be paid higher salaries based on performance. “And I say the same for police officers. Qualifications and delivery must be taken into account. There is a concern that some of the courses at the University of Guyana are not relevant to Guyana’s reality. It is something which we must give much consideration.”
Thursday March 13, 2014
Essequibians rank domestic issues, peer pressure as top suicide causes ...researchers detect growing psychological trend Suicide research conducted on the Essequibo Coast last month and funded by the American University of Research, has proven that the majority of Essequibians believe that relationship issues, peer pressure and bullying are the most prevalent reasons for suicide in their community. They believe also that domestic disputes, violence and frustration are the second most notable causes of suicidal acts. According to suicide statistics compiled by the Suddie Hospital in Essequibo, 117 persons attempted suicide last year, 16 were successful. Residents of the Region Two communities found that parent/child conflict and depression were also playing a major role in causing
persons to act out negatively towards their social issues. The University team which comprised eight psychology students, University President Dr. Eton Simeon, Leila Ramson Teaching Services Commission, Zairol Neisha of the Guyana Counseling Association, Psychologist and Counselors, was able to identify that a “lack of mental processing” was part of the root cause of suicidal behaviour. The doctor explained that suicidal acts are usually triggered by an occurrence which causes instability in a person’s understanding and behaviour. As such, being unable to “step back and process what has happened or is happening before acting out.” Yesterday, at the University’s Sheriff Street
location, the findings of the one-week study conducted on 2,370 residents was presented to the public. The initiative to conduct the report Dr. Simeon explained, stemmed from a local newspaper article which declared that more than 80 persons had died from suicide attempts in the last year. He said that figure was thought to be so alarming that a team was immediately set up for the Essequibo study. It was however, found that the figure was gravely erroneous, but the study was very necessary in terms of the information that was gathered. It even birthed the need to conduct more research studies; in the coming week work will commence on surveying more communities, starting with Black Bush
Research: Dr. Eton Simeon (right) and Ms. Jennel Williams -project coordinator
Polder, in Berbice, Dr. Simeon informed. This continuous exercise he related, is for the mere fact that, “we have discovered a trend in the occurrence of suicide attempts.” Dr, Simeon added that a suicidal act is usual reactive, before reminding that the act is also, usually “triggered by some unlinking issue”. “It is either you process or you react,” the doctor said. And with a suicidal trend, persons are beginning to look at the act as a way out of a problem. A trend, he explained, can be normal and that is when it becomes dangerous, he explained. It is just like the garbage situation, where you walk around the city and there are
garbage piles everywhere. Nothing is being done about it and persons are continuing to dump garbage even after a spot has been cleaned. You eventually become a part of it the doctor said because it has now become accepted and it is normal; “it is now the trend; and a trend is sometimes very hard to break.” The doctor said that potentially suicidal persons see taking their own life as being part of what is normal. The majority of Essequibians believe, however, that enough is not being done to address issues of suicide. The majority of study participants see counseling as the ideal measure against this adverse behaviour. Another percentage saw recreational and stress relief activities as a remedy, supported by sensitization, religious intervention and parent coaching. They believe, too, that the younger generation, especially between the ages of 16 and 20 is most prone to suicide. Children between the ages of 12 and 15 are the second most affected by
suicide, the study samples believe. A vast majority of suicides are attempted by poison. Hanging is the next preferred method of death. The Essequibo report stated that of 1,960 persons that were interviewed about knowing persons who committed or attempted suicide; 961 persons knew someone who committed suicide and 485 persons knew someone who made an attempt. Dr. Simeon explained however that the University is putting in place strategic measures to aid in the fight against suicide. He too believes that much more has to be done, but charged that improved and revised measures needs to be looked at. The University is looking into technological measures which include the creation of a specific website by the University and assistance that could be readily accessed on a cell phone, among other strategies. The Research University is aiming with this project, “to significantly reduce the number of deaths by suicide in Guyana by the end of this year.”
Thursday March 13, 2014
GTU worried about “reducing CPCE entry requirements”
GTU General Secretary, Coretta McDonald Recent deliberations relating to a reduction of the entry requirement at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) has attracted a great deal of attention even from among those outside the education sector. The subject matter, which is contained in a Draft Professional Standards for Teachers, was in fact brought to the fore on Monday last when the Ministry of Education spearheaded a stakeholders’ forum which was venued in the Queen’s College, Camp Street and Thomas Road, Georgetown, auditorium. But according to President of the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU), Colin Bynoe, although some teachers are eager for such a development, consideration must be given to the fact that moves are currently being made towards the professionalization of the teaching system. “From a personal standpoint I feel it is not good for us to reduce our quality of entrance when we are looking at quality assurance now in terms of standardisation of education,” noted Bynoe, during an interview with this publication. Bynoe’s comments were forthcoming even as he made
reference to the situation that obtains in nursing education whereby it is being alleged that the quality of trainees accepted into the nursing programme is in fact affecting the delivery of health care. “What we are seeing in the hospitals is that several people are dying from some really funny reasons...people that need basic treatment, and I want to know if it is because of this type of fast-forward training or reduced entry level qualification,” speculated the GTU President. According to Bynoe, although the standard entry requirement at CPCE requires that students be accepted with five Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) subjects including English and Mathematics or six CXC subjects, including Mathematics and English, at two sittings, the proposal being touted leaves much to be desired. “Now they are actually saying any amount of sittings but you must have English and Maths. Can you imagine somebody achieving six subjects after 20 sittings and that is what we are looking at as a standard?” questioned Bynoe. However, he noted that the GTU, as a body, is prepared to support any move that proves to be beneficial to teachers. He emphasised though that there are individual positions among teachers whereby some are convinced that the entry requirement proposal is tantamount to the watering down of the entry level and watering down of the system. Speaking on his own
- draws nexus to situation in nursing education behalf, Bynoe said that “we see it as going contrary to what we are doing as a consultation because if you are looking at certain levels that are supposed to tie into what is happening in Caricom, then it behoves us to ensure that we maintain standards and not to water it down.” Bynoe’s sentiments were understandably echoed by the union’s General Secretary, Coretta McDonald, who insisted that the body is certainly not appreciative of a proposal to reduce the entry requirement to the country’s teachers’ training college. “What we are saying is that when you are going to lower the requirement then you are dropping the standard that you are accustomed to all the time...” “I know yes we want teachers in the system, we want teachers to be trained but then we have to say to our teachers that if you are in this profession you have got to always be striving for higher heights and if it means you have to have a certain requirement to attend CPCE then that should be held there,” cautioned McDonald. She however, noted that it is understandable if moves are made towards permitting the acceptance of students with in excess of five subjects with Grades One or Two, even with the omission of Mathematics and English, in hopes that they are able to swiftly “get themselves in
CARICOM moves ahead with Single ICT Space The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will focus over the next two years on unveiling the Single Information Communication Technology ICT Space as the digital layer of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government, Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, said Tuesday evening that a Roadmap to this end would be developed and presented to the Heads of Government Meeting in July 2014. The Community’s efforts to boost development through the use of (ICT) would be undertaken in tandem with the Reform Process for the years 2014-2019, Dr. Gonsalves said at the conclusion of the 25th Intersessional Meeting.
Briefing the media from the Buccament Bay Resort in St. Vincent and the Grenadines where the Meeting was held, Dr. Gonsalves, said that the Roadmap would include elements such as spectrum management, bringing technology to the people and transforming them to digital citizens, diaspora reengagement, cyber security and public-private partnerships. Utilising ICT for the Region’s sustainable development was the first substantial item on the Heads’ agenda following the formal opening session on Monday. The discussions were led by Dr. the Rt. Hon Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, and Lead Head of Government on ICT in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet. He spoke under the chapeau of ‘ICT for CARICOM Transformation’.
Developing a Single CARICOM ICT Space to enhance the environment for investment and production was identified as one of the key areas that the Community should undertake in the short-term to become competitive. As envisioned by its framers, the Single ICT Space will encompass the management of Regional information, human resources, legislation and infrastructure in the sector to elicit maximum benefit for the Region’s populace. The Single ICT space and the Region’s Digital Agenda 2025 will be constructed on the foundation of the Regional Digital Development Strategy (RDDS) which was approved in 2013 and will also have inputs from the Commission on the Economy and the Post2015 Agenda.
order.” “In my view that is alright for them to get the time to get the Maths and the English but if you are going to lower that then we are not going to agree with that,”
asserted McDonald. She is adamant that the existing entry requirement should remain intact even as moves are made to work with teachers in order for them to improve their level of qualification which, according to her, will enable them to easily secure entry to the teachers’ training college.
GTU President, Colin Bynoe
Thursday March 13, 2014
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Toyota Premio- Dark interior with TV, mags, spacio. Tel: 697-0294
One Toyota Tacoma 2006, 12ft Aluminum Boat, Tacoma : rims & tyres – Call:641-6162; 220-1981; 222-5671 Runx PPP series - Price: $1.8M - Call:648-7868
CHEAPEST: - Pitbull, Manual Buses, IST, Allion – Tel:616-7635
2 Ton Canter with power gate, unregistered - Tel:6172891
Cheap Deals on all English & Japanese Vehicles Online Call: MRR Imports on 6917475; 626-9590
2004 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 2700 CC – 4 Cylinder @ 31 Grove Housing Scheme EBD Call: 665-8933; 416-836-1466
1 RZ minibus, stick gear, BKK series (working Condition) – Tel:693-2174
Toyota Marino AC, mags, CD, recently sprayed over $750,000 – Tel: 618-1047
EP-82 Starlet – Call:685-9696
Chevy Cargo Van, Ford 150 & Toyota Tundra - Tel: 227-8519
AT192 - Call: 602-0236
1 Nissan laurel Car - $350,000, 1 American made Saturn Jeep L-hand drive, stick gear – $2.5M – Call:677-3406 1 – F150, 1 – New Model 212 – Call:621-8129 LAND FOR SALE
House lots for sale on the West Bank of Demerara Harbour Bridge in Harbourville Schoonord- Contact:650-0402 One Transported large Lot at Zeelught EBE - $2.2M – Tel:617-4439 Romrima Trust Versailles @ W.B.D - Tel: 652-3707 Parfaite Harmonie With foundation (30ftX20ft) $1.5M - Tel:675-7292
Schoonord - $2M - Tel: 675-7292
Make Up Courses, Artist Trained & Certified in Trinidad. Call: 660-5257, 647-1773
Courses in dressmaking, curtains, floral, cake decoration - Tel:670-2653; 618-1706
1 Toyota Minibus pit-bull, BRR Series, immaculate condition, owner leaving country – Tel:629-3663
Herstelling - $3.2M (110ftX60ft) - Call: 675-7292
1 Toyota Hilux Single Cab 4X4 solid Axle pickup $2.7M – Tel:658-5193; 6382525; 648-4374
2- Acres cultivated, 2-1 Acres cultivated, 7 Acres cultivated, citrus, house, fish pond, storage at Parika- Call: 226-7968
Games PS2 $900, PSP $900, X-Box 360 $2600 & PS3 $2600- Call:672-2566 New Vendor Mall – Tel:6154775
AT192, Good condition, must see – Price - $850,000 – Tel: 616-1671
GT TOOLS RENTAL: TEL: 675-0767; 627-5098
Black & white photocopy and colour copy – Tel:6268586
Almost new gas 6500 Watts, Honda generator on wheels - $430,000, the other 1 is a 4300 watts Honda – Call:407599-3775 No Blackouts, Affordable1 inverter +2 deep cycle batteries 6 to 8 hours electricity 1 one year Tel:226 2646/ 695-9191.
Space suitable for business on Durban Street Lodge 38"X26 “– Call:648-7868
Toyota Tacoma 4X4 Extra Cab 2002, Nissan Frontier $2.9M; 4X4 Extra Cab 2002, DJ System - $2.8M. Tel: 695-9807
Concrete Bourda Stall - Call: 692-7888; 610-0227 Compressor, Generators winch, Fridge & many more Tel: 227-8519
One 2 Bedrooms bottom flat Tel: 613-6402
1 Freight liner hauler with sleeping cab, 1 -48ft trailor with treated wood – Call: Rakesh 613-6979
20 Acres Poultry Farm @ Yarrowkabra& 120 acres @ Mahaicony, 10 acres @ Moblissa, house & land @ Windsor Forest. Tel:6864994; 225-3070 Land at LBI, E.C.D Size:150X50, No agent, only serious inquires Call between 8:30am & 5Pm – Tel:222-8023 FOR SALE/RENT American pool table – Tel: 227-0578; 685-9714
2003 Toyota Avensis ; immaculate condition, leather interior, HID, Alarm, TV, 18" Rims, 73000 mileage - $3.6M , PRR 2877 – Tel:609-7257 Madza 2 PLL series; leathered upholstery, BMW 318i PMM series, Toyota Corolla Axio PRR series. Excellent condition - Contact: 600-1329 AT192, 212, Allion, Premio, Hilux Surf, BNN & RZ & Pitbull buses, 7 seater super customs. Cash / terms- Call: 680-3154 We buy & sell vehicles for cash, also parts available & 30 seater buses; Extra Cab pickups; 2006 Tacoma- Call: 680-3154 Toyota CAMI PNN Series – Automatic, TV, mags - $1.6M Premio: PNN series reverse camera, mags -$2.2M - Tel: 227-0613; 645-7242 1 Toyota RZ bus - $1.5M. Immaculate condition [Hardly Use] – Contact Rocky: 621-5902/ 225-1400 1 DAF 4X4 Bush Truck Winch - $3.8M - Tel:6585193; 638-2525; 648-4374 Toyota RZ mini-bus BPP series excellent condition, hardly worked - Price: $2.5M Negotiable - Contact: 6948825
Nissan Titan 4X4 , fully loaded, Tray cover, GMM series, R-I Candy Red – Call:227-2027 2008 Fielder & Axio, fully loaded with bodykit, rims, TV/DVD unregistered - Tel: 617-2891 First Class Auto: Avensis, Allion, IST, 212, Premio, Spacio, Raum, Passo, Fielder, Verossa -Call:6098188; 602-6307 Unregistered Toyota Premio $2.450, Toyota Spacio - $2.250 Tel: 616-3001; 628-4284 1 Toyota Rav4 old model , good condition (Selling cheap) – Tel:687-1392 Tundra GPP, fully powered, AC, 4 wheel drive – Price: $1.6M – Call:654-3389 1 Toyota RZ for sale – Price : $1.2M – Contact:616-5310; 692-3028 110 Corolla new model, crystal Lights, CD, AC, good condition - $850,000 – Tel:618-1047 1 -212 - $1.3M negotiable, 1 grand Cherokee - $1.5M, Two 250 night hawk & one 750 night hawk – Call:2653024; 265-4454; 663-8639 Toyota Mark 2 for sale: very good condition - $1.5M negotiable – Call:641-6725 One Raum – PMM series $1.2M – Contact:671-6051 One 110 Sprinter PLL series Price:$1M (negotiable) Call: 648-7868 1 Suzuki R1 wagon (Jeep) Automatic, Fully Powered with A/C, hardly used – Price:$1.3M Contact Rocky: 621-5902/ 225-1400 Corona AT190, PHH Series . Contact: 217-0138; 686-0251 Toyota Carina PGG 5408, AT150 Car, Good driving condition - $170,000 - Tel: 654-4635 Toyota Raum, Spacio, AT212, AT192, AT170, NZE and L- Touring wagon, Nissan E24 Caravan – Tel: 644-5096; 697-1453 Toyota Raum PNN series about 118,000 K/M price: $890,000 negotiable. Owner leaving country – Tel:2170380; 621-9604 (Continued on page 23)
Thursday March 13, 2014
Police issue bulletin for suspect in interior shopkeeper’s murder
Wanted: Natton Anthony Stoute Police have identified the main person of interest as they continue to probe the murder of shopkeeper Sheniza Khan Bhola, who was found dead in her shop at Rock Creek Backdam, Cuyuni/ Mazaruni last Thursday In a wanted bulletin issued yesterday, police identified the suspect as Natton Anthony Stoute, who they say is wanted for questioning in relation to the murder. Stoute is one of two former employees of the murdered business woman who were immediately on the police radar following the murder. He was described as being of mixed race and brown in complexion. His last known address is listed as Helena No. 2 Mahaica, East Coast Demerara. The police say that anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Natton Anthony Stoute is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 225-6411, 226-1333, 225-8196, 225-2722, 911 or the nearest police station. All information will be treated with strict confidence. Bhola, who is from Parfait Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, was found dead in her shop, which was locked from the outside. Relatives told Kaieteur News that the victim appeared to have been stabbed three times to the stomach with an ice-pick. She also had a gaping wound to the right side, as well as head injuries. Bhola, who has two children, aged 14 and 13, had operated her shop for about four years. The gruesome discovery was made at around 10:00 hrs on Thursday after a young man visited the shop and found it locked. He then informed an older sister of Bhola’s that Sheniza “gone out without telling anybody.” The sister immediately became concerned, since she knew that Bhola would not leave her shop without informing anyone. The sister became further concerned when she observed a slipper belonging to Bhola outside the shop. Believing that her
Sheniza Khan Bhola younger sister had fallen ill, the woman peered through a window and saw Bhola lying motionless on her bedroom floor. Persons assisted the sister in breaking open the front of the shop and their worst fears were confirmed when they entered Bhola’s bedroom. FOR RENT 1 Lower Flat 2 bedrooms located at Diamond H/ Scheme, 2nd Bridge - $45,000 negotiable – Call:625-3695; 663-6479
SERVICES PLANNING AN EVENT? BIRTHDAY PARTY, GRADUATION, WEDDINGS, ANNIVERSARY, ETC. – CALL DIAMOND TENTS: 216-1043; 677-6620
PROPERTY FOR SALE One three storey business property @ Middle street, Georgetown, 2 business Property on Whim Public Road Berbice - Tel: 619-7134; 225-6481
Repairs, sales & spares air conditioning, microwaves, washer, fridges & stoves. Ultra Cool, call: 225-9032, 647-2943
Lot 52 Bella Dam, Pouderoyen W.B.D. Call: 615-4775
COOL TECH: Repairs Services & Installation of all types of home appliances: Air Condition & Refrigeration units - Tel: 2332008; 675-4959 Permanent & Visitors Visa Applications, Professional Immigration Consultant Room D5 Maraj Building Call:225-6496,662-6045, Sabita. We repair fridge, freezer, AC, washer, dryer call:2310655,683-8734 Omar Masons seeking job work – Tel:678-9043 HOUSE PLAN DRAFTING FOR ONLY $10,000CALL: 694-9843 /227-2766 Guyana Passport & Visa Forms Application, USA, Canada and England. Tel: 626-7040; 265-4535. Repairs to Fridge, Freezer, AC, Washers, Stoves: Call 683-1312,627-3206 (Nick)
VACANCY 1 Driver must have a valid Tractor Licence. Apply in person @ Alabama Trading Georgetown Ferry Stelling Stabroek Salesgirls to work in store: $20,000 weekly Contact:223-0595
Design Team Neher: Professional, trustworthy, prompt landscapers, we can create your dreams– Tel: 6481821. We are @ your Service! Repairs to refrigerator, washing machine, gas stoves, A/C units – Call:6411086; 694-2202; 227-8907
One experienced taxi service dispatcher, excellent salary Call: 611-1018 or 642-6564
Cashiers and porters vacancy at Marcos Trading, experience would be an asset Tel:225-9445
Urgently needed 2 plots of land to buy in Parafaite Harmonie – Tel:675-7292
Property for sale - Call:6275416
Taxi Drivers – Apply at Gems Taxi – Call:667-9013
Exclusive Residential property 2 Strorey @ Good Hope E.C.D - $24M, free parking lot, 2 bath – Tel:6757292
Salesgirls & Porters. Apply with written application at Lot E Dennis & Middleton Street, Best Buy Food Supplies.
3 Storey wooden concrete building situated @ Broad & Charles Sts, Charlestown – Tel:677-3406
Experienced Babysitter, age: 20-40yrs, Contact:223-5273-4
Diamond- Close to public road. Spacious 3 bedrooms, 2 family properties -$20M. Jewanram: 227-1988/ 6236431. Near Regent Street -$37M, Campbellville (2 buildings) $25M, Lamaha Gardens $55M – Contact Diana:2272256; 626-9382 2 Storey concrete building, 7 bedrooms: 4 upstairs & 3 downstairs @ Paradise $5M negotiable Tel:6796377; 667-0064
Experienced Carpenter - Call: 668-9863; 625-0930 1 Female sales person to work in meat outlet in Georgetown - Tel: 266-2711; 609-4594 Carpenter/Mason with small family to work on livestock farm on EBD all accommodations provided – Tel:266-2711; 609-4594
1 Newly built 2 storey concrete house @ Canal No#2 Belle West - Tel:6153333; 648-9428 Five bedrooms, 2 storey house @ Diamond H/Scheme Tel:681-5790; 645-5462
Dolly’s Car Rental- Call: 2257126/226-3693- dollysauto email@example.com/ www. dolly sautorental.com Aidan’s Car Rental & Pickup Call: 645-7981/ 698-7807
Barbers – Contact:683-1534; 609-4983
Executive 5 bedrooms house @ Bel-Air Park, automatic gate, garage & generator, A/ C, semi-furnished- Contact: 223-8479;647-3768 - www. spaceseek.gy
The Gents Spa: Deep tissue, Swedish massages, sport massage, aromatherapy, body scrubs Call:657-5979 American Style massage services- Call:678-7499
Wings Car Rental - Call: 643-1131
TO LET One furnished studio apartment to rent - $50,000 per month: electricity & water include – Contact:227-3168
FOR HIRE Bush Truck for hire - Tel: 660-3400
1 -4 bedrooms house at Happy Acres, $300,000 per month – Call:231-7839 Campbellville -$90,000, Queenstown -$US800, BelAir - $US900 & Many More Contact Diana:227-2256; 6269382 Fully furnished rooms for foreigners in Diamond – Call:687-1392
PEN PAL Meet your match! Lifelong partners/friends, singles only, confidential – Tel:592223-8237; 592-648-6098. 8:30am-5pm (both phones same hours)
Wallaba posts, greenheart and bullet wood lumber (milled sawn preferably) Tel: 600-5872; 600-1329 Sawmill workers - Tel: 6539752. Attractive live in waitressCall: 327-0252/674-4665 1 Ice-Cream van driver Ages 40yrs to 55yrs - Call: 218-3021 One Domestic to do general domestic work - Age 4550yrs to work at Montrose Tel: 600-5253 Live in , live out babysitter Tel: 225-6070 2 Experienced salesgirl $15,000 per week - Call: 2239677 Rangers. Must have experienced reading maps and using GPS - Contact: 223-5273/4
Hire car driver need - Contact: 611-2414 or 693-8176
Ruimzeight Garden – 3 bedroom house: toilet, bathroom, fully furnished – Tel:269-1277; 667-2338 MASSAGE
WANTED Office worker wanted! Must be computer literate, friendly and speak well – Call:642-2028
Live in waitress- Call:6439007/ 697-2978
House and land @ De’ Edward W.C.B – Tel:6892973
Premio, vitz call:6797139,639-4452
One experienced hairdresser – Contact Magic Touch Beauty Salon – Tel:225-6492
Attractive waitress and experienced cooks - Tel:6227201/ 622-0494
Fully furnished short term apartments, Eccles call:6193660,639-4452
1 Experienced Nail Technician (preferably Air Brush) @ Nalline Beauty Salon, Vreed-En-Hoop Junction – Contact:604-2900; 625-3899
Courtney’s Boutique, Stall ‘B’ – Tel:227-3407 is looking for a mature sales worker for three (3) days.
2 Income properties at bargain p r i c e - $ 4 0 M negotiable - Tel: 686-4899; 684-3718
1 Heavy duty mechanic; 2 handyman to work in the Interior - Contact:627-6416 Need a job? No Qualification needed! Do Gardening with us! Call: 648-1821
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PEN PAL Indian overseas seeking female Call: 661-3299; (No Text!)
One female cook for home in the interior contact: 681-6044 One mechanic must know about Perkins and Cummings to work interior Contact: 681-6044 Pump attendants and cashier @ Shell Mc Doom Gas Station - Call: 627-2550; 699-7782 1 Live in maid, 22 years & over. Home study correspondence certificate courses (upgrade) available. Preferably out of town - Tel: 680-7402 1 Domestic to do cleaning – Tel:227-2027 Experienced Cashiers to work @ supermarket on the East Coast, Age 25-50yrs Call: 642-1141 Do you need excavator operator 12 years experienced in mining , I’m Available Call:Tel:696-2510; 254-1874 Experienced Roti, Puri cooks, cashier, counter servers, pastry makers, handyboys. Apply @ Hacks Halaal, Lot 5 Commerce Street. One maid – Tel:612-9570
Canecutter found dead one day after chopping wife One day after chopping his wife, the body of cane harvester, Dexter Yaw, was found on a dam adjacent to the cane fields aback of Annandale, East Coast Demerara, yesterday. Yaw appeared to have committed suicide, since a bottle with what police suspect to be poison was found next to his body. Kaieteur News understands that Yaw had attacked his wife with a cutlass on Tuesday. The
woman, according to sources, was chopped across her breast and hand. The husband subsequently disappeared before the police arrived at the couple’s Lot 74 Sideline Dam, Buxton house. Police sources said that the woman had reported that she and her husband had a domestic dispute during which he chopped her on her breast. He then grabbed a white bottle containing poison that is used to treat wood ants and headed for the cane fields at the back of the village. Workers from the Guyana Sugar Corporation went into the fields yesterday morning, ready to burn the canes when they stumbled upon Yaw’s body. “He had to do it some time this (Wednesday) morning,” a Guysuco source told this newspaper.
“If he went in de cane fields, he body woulda get bun up,” the source added. The police were summoned and they made their way to the canefields where they found Yaw lying on the dam with froth coming from his mouth. He was already dead. When Kaieteur News visited Yaw’s home yesterday his wife Yonette refused to speak. “I’m not speaking to anyone,” the woman shouted from a bedroom window. Seconds later, the woman was heard singing lustily to gospel music which was blaring from a music system in her house. This newspaper understands that Yaw and his wife had been together for almost 21 years. Investigations into the incident are continuing.
Thursday March 13, 2014
Anti Money Laundering Legislation...
Chief Parliamentary Counsel completes APNU amendments Chief Parliamentary Counsel (CPC), Cecil Dhurjon, has completed drafting the amendments proposed by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU). The draft has been submitted to the Special Select Committee tasked with addressing the Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Bill (AML/CFT). This was confirmed by APNU’s Executive Member, Joseph Harmon, who following last evening’s meeting, said that the CPC has done a very good job drafting the amendments. He said that the Committee has begun deliberations on the three amendments and discussions on one have almost been complete. APNU had requested amendments to the Principal Act to the effect that the composition and appointments of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) be determined by Parliament; police and customs officers be allowed to make search and seizures of money above $10M for which persons could not explain; the establishment of a Anti Money Laundering Authority. Harmon noted, however, that Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, has submitted counter amendments to the amendments submitted by the CPC. Interestingly the CPC’s Office is located within the Office of the Attorney General. Harmon said that the Committee will meet again on March 26. He also spoke to
…Govt. tables counter measures to Committee the consultation being held by the President today at the International Conference Centre and said he is unsure as to why the President would want to go ahead with this when the work is progressing at the level of the Committee. Harmon suggested that what the President should be engaging is the conditionality attached to the opposition’s support for the Bill when it reaches the House for the vote. Opposition Leader, Brigadier (rtd) David Granger, is on record as saying that while they will support the Bill in the Committee, once they get their amendments support in the Full House is conditional on the President addressing outstanding issues such as the non assent of the President by a number of Bills passed by the Opposition and the commencement order for the holding of Local Government Elections among others. The Alliance for Change (AFC) has called for the establishment of the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) and more recently said that it would also support APNU’s demands. Meanwhile Attorney General, Nandlall, in providing an update to the media following last evening’s meeting, corroborated Harmon’s report but added that Government still believes the APNU proposal to be problematic. He said too that the
committee will now have to examine the impact that the APNU’s amendments will have on the Principal Act and the current Bill before the Committee, a task he opined would be time consuming. When this aspect is completed according to Nandlall, the Committee will then have to address the counter proposals made by Government. He did point out that Government maintains that what is transpiring with regards to the additional amendments is unnecessary “because we have a Bill that is CFATF (Caribbean Financial Action Taskforce) compliant.” According to Nandlall, “The changes being made now are structural changes to very composition of the legislation.” The Attorney General further noted that even if the Committee were to approve the additional amendments, then Government is of the opinion that they need to be sent to CFATF, “for their imprimatur because at the end of the day we can pass whatever bill we want unless it receives the approval of CFATF we would have been engaged in a self defeating exercise.” He lamented that all that will have to now take place in order to get the Bill back to the House for a vote, will continue to put Guyana at risk because the time for making a report has long gone.
Miner forges gold declaration form to obtain duty free concession Stemming from a desperate attempt to obtain an All Terrain vehicle, (ATV) by means of a duty free concession, an alleged fraudster, was placed on a total of $200,000 bail after he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court yesterday. Leroy Vanderhyden, 31, who is said to be a miner from Broad Street, Charlestown, faced Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine- Beharry to answer two counts of forgery. He pleaded not guilty to both charges. According to the allegation, between April 12 and April 15 last year, Vanderhyden forged a declaration of gold statement purporting to show that it was issued to him by Mohamed‘s Enterprise. The court heard that the man subsequently presented the phony document to an official of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, (GGMC) purporting to show that it was genuine and could be used for the purpose of procuring duty free concession for an ATV motorcycle.
- court hears However, subsequent investigations conducted by GGMC officials and the Ministry of Natural Resources proved that the slip, which Vanderhyden presented, had been forged. The man was apprehended and arraigned. Vanderhyden was represented by Attorney Mortimer Coddett, who requested bail. Police Prosecutor Michael Grant did not oppose the application, but asked that the court grant Vanderhyden bail at a substantial amount. The prosecutor also requested that the defendant’s bail be on condition that he reports to the Criminal Investigations Department, (CID) Headquarters at Eve Leary once weekly. The Chief Magistrate granted the prosecutor ’s request and released Vanderhyden on bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 21
Thursday March 13, 2014
NYC building explosion leaves 2 dead, 36 injured A massive explosion followed by a fire at a pair of apartment buildings in upper Manhattan yesterday has left two people dead and at least 36 injured, officials say. The extent of all injuries wasn’t immediately known, but earlier in the day fire officials said seven people were in serious condition, including two with lifethreatening injuries. Rescuers are currently combing through bricks by hand in an effort to locate
other possible victims. More than a dozen people are reportedly unaccounted for. “There are a number of people missing,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference. “I emphasize that those who are missing could well be safe in another location and just not contacted yet or reachable yet.” The FDNY said it received a call shortly after 9:30 a.m. reporting a large explosion in the five-story
- ‘This is a tragedy of the worst kind,’ Mayor Bill de Blasio says apartment building on Park Avenue near 116th Street in East Harlem. The blast shattered windows and crumbled walls up to several blocks away from the explosion. Residents in the neighborhood told reporters they feared the earthshaking boom was a terrorist attack. One man was so worried, he told CNN, that he rushed out of his home
wearing nothing but his underwear. “This is a tragedy of the worst kind,” de Blasio said. “There was no indication in time to save people.” Based on preliminary information, the mayor said, “The only indication of danger came about 15 minutes earlier when a gas leak was reported to Con Edison. Con Ed dispatched a team to
respond. The explosion occurred before that team could arrive.” Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee said that the company received a call from a resident of an adjacent building who reported smelling gas inside “but indicated the odor may have been coming from outside the building.” Two Con Ed crews were dispatched at 9:15 a.m. but arrived just after the explosion. Ruben Borrero, a resident of one of the flattened
buildings, told the Associated Press that the smell of gas was “unbearable” and residents complained about it repeatedly, even as recently as Tuesday. Con Edison says it received no gas complaints from the building before Wednesday, the AP reported. Police, including some wearing gas masks, “handed out medical masks to residents and onlookers because of the thick white smoke that shrouded the area.” (Yahoo News)
JERUSALEM (Reuters) British Prime Minister David Cameron denounced Iran’s government as a “despotic regime” in a speech to Israel’s parliament yesterday and accused Tehran of making “despicable” efforts to arm Palestinian militants. His address to the Knesset was staunchly proIsraeli, and he delighted his hosts by claiming Jewish ancestral roots and talking tough on Iran, which is in negotiations with world powers on curbing its contested nuclear ambitions. “I share your deep skepticism and great concern about Iran,” Cameron said. “I am not starry eyed about the new regime,” he added, referring to the election last year of President Hassan Rouhani, seen as a relative moderate in Iran. The Conservative British leader, on his first visit to Israel since taking power in 2010, also used his speech to throw his support behind U.S. efforts to clinch an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. However, he said global tensions around Iran over what Israel and the West fear is its pursuit of nuclear weapons, were likely to persist even if the generations-old Middle East conflict was resolved. Iran denies seeking atomic arms. “Israel is not the cause of the shadow that Iran casts over the world,” Cameron said. “There is no rule that says if Israel and the Palestinians make peace, Iran is somehow going to dismantle its despotic regime or abandon its nuclear intentions.” Cameron said he had not come to lecture Israel on how to secure peace, and he made only a passing reference to continued
Jewish settlement in occupied land that Palestinians say is stifling their aspirations for an independent state. “We all yearn for a lasting and secure peace between Israel and its neighbors,” Cameron said. , “We back the compromises needed, including the halt to settlement activity and an end to Palestinian incitement too., “ Britain has strengthened its diplomatic ties with Tehran, appointing a nonresident charge d’affaires in November, but Cameron had harsh words for Iran over Israel’s seizure in the Red Sea last week of a ship with rockets hidden in its cargo. Israel said the Syrianmade missiles had been supplied by Iran and were intended for Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. Iran has denied the accusations. Cameron said it was “yet another despicable attempt by the Iranians to smuggle more long-range rockets into Gaza”. Soon after the speech - in which Cameron decried “the poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism” - Israeli Army Radio reported that a barrage of missiles were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip, an enclave ruled by Hamas Islamists. He also pointed to any future nuclear-armed Iran as “a threat to the whole world” and pledged that Britain would never allow that to happen. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced an interim nuclear deal signed last November by leading powers, including Britain, that allowed an easing of some sanctions against Iran.
Britain’s Cameron puts Iran on guard, sets out support for Israel
Thursday March 13, 2014
EU moves towards travel bans, asset freezes for Russians B R U S S E L S / SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - The EU agreed a framework yesterday for its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, a stronger response to the Ukraine crisis than many had expected and a mark of solidarity with Washington in the effort to make Moscow pay for seizing Crimea. The EU sanctions, outlined in a document seen by Reuters, would slap travel bans and asset freezes on an as-yet-undecided list of people and firms accused by Brussels of violating the territorial integrity of Ukraine. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the measures would be imposed on Monday unless diplomatic progress was made. Shares in Moscow dropped 2.6 percent and the central bank was forced to spend $1.5 billion to prop up the ruble as investors
confronted the prospect that Russia could face unexpectedly serious consequences for its plans to annex Crimea. Russian troops have seized control of the Black Sea peninsula, where separatists have taken over the provincial government and are preparing for a referendum on Sunday to make the region part of Russia, which the West calls illegal. The measures outlined by the EU are similar to steps already announced by Washington, but would have far greater impact because Europe buys most of Russia’s oil and gas exports, while the United States is only a minor trade partner. The EU’s 335 billion euros of trade with Russia in 2012 was worth around 10 times that of the United States. The travel bans and asset freezes could cut members of Russia’s elite off from the
European cities that provide their second homes and the European banks that hold their cash. The fast pace of Russian moves to annex Crimea appears to have galvanized the leaders of a 28-member bloc whose consensus rules often slow down its decisions. Merkel herself had initially expressed reservations about sanctions but has been frustrated by Moscow’s refusal to form a “contact group” to seek a diplomatic solution over Crimea. “Almost a week ago, we said that if that wasn’t successful within a few days, we’d have to consider a second stage of sanctions,” Merkel said. “Six days have gone by since then and we have to recognize, even though we will continue our efforts to form a contact group, that we haven’t made any progress.”
Missing jet may have strayed to west, Malaysia military says KUALA LUMPUR/PHU QUOC, Vietnam (Reuters) Malaysia’s military has traced what could have been the jetliner missing for almost five days to an area south of the Thai holiday island of Phuket, hundreds of miles to the west of its last known position, the country’s air force chief said yesterday. His statement followed a series of conflicting accounts of the flight path of the Boeing 777-200ER with 239 people on board, which left authorities uncertain even which ocean to search in for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The last definitive sighting of the aircraft on civilian radar screens came shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, as it flew northeast across the mouth of the Gulf of Thailand bound for Beijing. What happened next remains one of the most baffling mysteries in modern aviation history and the differing accounts put out by various Malaysian officials have drawn criticism of their handling of the crisis. Rodzali Daud, the Malaysian air force chief, told a news conference on Wednesday that an aircraft was plotted on military radar at 2:15 a.m., 200 miles northwest of Penang Island off Malaysia’s west coast. But there has been no confirmation that the
unidentified plane was Flight MH370, Rodzali said, and Malaysia was sharing the data with international civilian and military authorities, including those from the United States. “We are corroborating this,” he added. “We are still working with the experts.” According to the data cited by Rodzali, if the radar had spotted the missing plane, the aircraft would have flown for 45 minutes and dropped only about 5,000 feet in altitude since its sighting on civilian radar in the Gulf of Thailand. There was no word on which direction it was then headed, but if this sighting was correct, the plane would have turned sharply west from its original course, travelling hundreds of miles over the Malay Peninsula from the Gulf of Thailand to the Andaman Sea. This would put it about 200 miles northwest of Penang, in the northern part of the Strait of Malacca, roughly south of Phuket and east of the tip of Indonesia’s Aceh province and India’s Nicobar island chain. Indonesia and Thailand have said their militaries detected no sign of any unusual aircraft in their airspace. Malaysia has asked India for help in tracing the aircraft and New Delhi’s coast guard planes have joined the search. The U.S. National
Transportation Safety Board said in a statement that its experts in air traffic control and radar who travelled to Kuala Lumpur over the weekend were giving the Malaysians technical help in the search. A U.S. official in Washington said the experts were shown two sets of radar records, military and civilian, and they both appeared to show the plane turning to the west and across the Malay peninsula. But the official stressed the records were raw data returns that were not definitive. Authorities were continuing to search on both sides of the Malay peninsula in a total of over 27,000 square nautical miles (93,000 sq km), an area the size of Hungary or Indiana. A dozen countries are taking part in the search, with 42 ships and 39 aircraft involved, Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said earlier yesterday. There has been no sighting of any debris, prolonging the agonizing wait for hundreds of relatives of those on board. “My heart reaches out to the families of the passengers and crew,” the minister said “And I give you my assurance we will not reduce the tempo and that we will not spare any effort to find the missing plane.”
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Regional leaders end “very successful” summit KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent - CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders say they have had a “very successful” two day inter-sessional summit here, completing a 20-odd agenda and implementing policies and strategies that would ensure the future socioeconomic and political development of the region. St . Vi n c e n t a n d t h e Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, who is also the CARICOM chairman, told reporters late Tuesday night that the summit had dealt with a number of matters regarding the further development of the 15-member regional integration grouping, ranging from information communications and technology (ICT) to a future trade agreement with Canada. “ We h a d a v e r y successful conference we had 20 odd items on the agenda and we completed the agenda,” he told reporters
Dr. Ralph Gonsalves adding that high on the agenda was the ICT sector which regional leaders agreed “should take place in tandem with the reform process of the region for the years 2014-19”. The meeting received a presentation by Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, who has lead responsibility for ICT within the quasi CARICOM cabinet and Gonsalves said it was
agreed that there should be a sustained effort over the next two years for building a single ICT space in the region. He said a road map would be presented to the leaders when they meet for their regular summit in Antigua and Barbuda. Gonsalves said the ICT development was also coming at a time when the region is developing its human resource potential and welcomed also a presentation by St. Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, who is celebrating his 25 year as a legislator in this country. “The heads mandated a commission on human resource development to shape the regional educational and human resource development strategy up to 2o30,” Gonsalves said, adding that the strategy will form the basis for converge action by member states and allow for the CARICOM education agenda to build upon its activities.
Venezuela unrest death toll rises, students fight troops again Anti-government protesters march during a demonstration in Caracas yesterday. REUTERS/ Carlos Garcia Rawlins
CARACAS (Reuters) Protesters battled soldiers in the streets of Caracas again yesterday as two more fatal shootings raised to 24 the death toll from a month of demonstrations against Venezuela’s s Thousands of supporters and foes of President Nicolas Maduro took to the capital’s streets for rival rallies marking a month since the first bloodshed in the recent unrest around the South American OPEC nation. Trouble began when National Guard troops blocked opposition marchers from leaving Plaza Venezuela to head to the state
ombudsman’s office. Students threw stones and petrol bombs while security forces fired tear gas and turned water cannons on them. Reuters witnesses saw dozens of people leaving injured. Elsewhere, in central Carabobo state, a student and an army captain were shot dead in separate incidents. The government of Maduro, a 51-year-old former bus driver who won election last year to succeed the late Hugo Chavez, has declared victory over an attempted ‘coup’ against him and seems
in little danger of being toppled by a ‘Venezuelan Spring’. But student radicals are vowing to keep the protests going, meaning protracted instability could bring more bloodshed and act as a further drag on Venezuela’s already troubled economy. On February 12, two opposition supporters and a pro-government activist were shot dead in Caracas, galvanizing the fledgling protest movement and leading to near daily clashes in Caracas and some western Andean cities like San Cristobal and Merida.
Thursday March 13, 2014
Thursday March 13, 2014
Entries, sponsors pour in for GTTA league Port Mourant Turf Club Meet TTA, MSC, BOG triumph Ta b l e Te n n i s Academy (TTA) A and B, Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) A and Bank of Guyana (BOG) A notched up victories when the G u y a n a Ta b l e Te n n i s A s s o c i a t i o n ( G T TA ) league tournament continued on Saturday last at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Mandela
Av e n u e . Playing in the B Class d i v i s i o n , Ta b l e Te n n i s Academy A defeated Blue Thunder “B” and A teams 3-0 and 3-1 respectively, while Malteenoes SC A overcame Blue Thunder B and Malteenoes SC B 3-1 and 3-0 in that order. Table Tennis Academy continued their
dominance in the C C l a s s . T h eir A team overpowered Bank of Guyana A 3-1 and Central High 3-0, while their B team hammered Central High A 3-0. Bank of Guyana A turned back the challenge of TTA B 3-2. The league continues on Monday at the national Gymnasium.
Thursday March 13, 2014 ARIES (MAR 21 - APR 19): A minor conflict with a romantic partner in the morning is likely to end with a tearful reunion and much reassurance by mid-afternoon. *************************** TAURUS (APR 20 MAY 20): Your intuition, imagination, and insight have served you well on the job, and should pay off soon. A raise, commission, or perhaps a chance to invest in the company could be offered to you. *************************** GEMINI (MAY 21 - JUN 20): You can count on a very idyllic and romantic day today, Gemini. You’re feeling especially warm and sensual, and you tend to view the partner in your life through rose-colored glasses. *************************** CANCER (JUN 21 - JUL 22): Someone who is a student of natural healing may come to visit you and share some ideas today. *************************** LEO (JUL 23 - AUG 22): Books and movies may inspire you to get involved in artistic activities. Your aesthetic sense is very high today, Leo, and you may be drawing your inspiration from the higher realms. You might want to stroll through an art gallery or museum and try to sense the feelings of those from the past. ************************ VIRGO (AUG 23 - SEP 22): You could be feeling a bit flush today, Virgo, and therefore you might decide to do a little work on your house. This is more likely to be redecorating than any major repairs, as you’re more into beauty right now than practical matters.
LIBRA (SEP 23 - OCT 22): You’re feeling especially psychically and mystically inclined today, Libra. You might want to read about such matters or attend a lecture or workshop given by someone in the field. *************************** SCORPIO (OCT 23 - NOV 21): You’re usually a very practical and down-to-Earth person, but today you may be more inclined than usual toward mysticism. *************************** SAGITTARIUS (NOV 22 DEC 21): Group activities involving meditation, psychic or spiritual topics, or artistic pursuits are probably very appealing to you right now, Sagittarius. *************************** CAPRICORN (DEC 22 JAN 19): You’re normally a very intuitive person, and today you may experience clairvoyance that could rival Jeane Dixon’s. You could be feeling especially attuned to other planes, and your dreams are likely to be powerful and vivid.
*************************** AQUARIUS (JAN 20 FEB 18): Your imagination is flying high today, Aquarius. Your interest in mystical and metaphysical matters is at an all-time high, and you could find yourself strolling through New Age bookstores. *************************** PISCES (FEB 19 - MAR 20): Some wonderful news concerning money and career matters could come your way today, Pisces. Your natural kindness and sympathy for others has led you to make some good friends who are also valuable business contacts. This is definitely paying off.
Entries have started to pour even as a number of sponsors have gotten on board for next Sunday, March 16th, grand one day horserace meet organised by the Port Mourant Turf Club in association with the Guyana Horse Owners Association (GHOA) scheduled for the Port Mourant Turf Club, Corentyne, Berbice. Over 60 entries have been received so far for the event which is the first to be jointly organised for the year between the host club and the GHOA. Most of the major sponsors have already climbed on board led by Banks DIH Limited, Trophy Stall, Jumbo Jet, Shariff Business Enterprise and Racing Stable, Inshan Bacchus Hard Runnings Trucking Service and Racing Stable, Lakeram “Buddy”
Sukhdeo, Delmur Shipping Company and Racing stable, Republic Bank Guyana Limited, Romel Jagroop Construction Company and Racing Stable and Chris Jagdeo Construction Company and Racing stable among others. Over $8M in prizes are at stake. The main event is for horses classified D and lower for a hefty top prize of $1 million over a distance of one mile compliments of Banks DIH Limited. The co-feature event is for Three-year-old Guyana and West Indies bred horses over 1300m. Other events are the four-year-old Guyana and West Indies bred event for a $500,000 purse over 1500, the F and lower event also over 1500M with a winning take of $500,000, G3 West Indies Maiden and Guyana open over 1200m for a $400,000 first prize, the ‘I’ and Lower 1000M sprint with
$250,000 winners pocket and the J and Lower over1200M race for a $200,000 prize. Trophy Stall Bourda Market and the organisers will reward the top individual performers. Further information can be had by contacting C. Ramnauth on 337-5311, Rajendra (Jim Jo) 618-7278 and Chandu Ramkissoon on 232-0633/6249063 for registration and further information. (Samuel Whyte)
GYO beat GSSC by 7 wickets Gandhi Youth Organisation defeated Good Success SC (GSSC) by seven wickets in a specially arranged 30 overs game played on Sunday last at GYO. GSSC batted first and were bowled out for 120 in 21.4 overs. Nazeer Mohamed scored 32 (5x4,1x6) while Navishaul Pooran made 26 (1x6,2x4). Garfield De Roche claimed 3-26, Carols Reid 2-2 and Shiv Parmanand 2-25. GYO replied with 122-3 in 23.1 overs. Vijay Gangaram stroked 39 (8x4), Wazeer Mohamed 28 (4x4) and Kwame Crosse 14. Ricardo Adams snared 2-15 and Imran Khan 1-15.
GCUC names committees The Guyana Cricket Umpires Council (GCUC) recently named their respective committees at an executive meeting held at the Georgetown Cricket Club pavilion. The fund raising and entertainment committee is being chaired by Shannon Crawford and consists of Arleigh Rutherford, Ava Baker, Rayana Warde, Delvin Austin, Zaheer Mohamed, M. Yosef-Yisrael and Dawchan Nagassar. Grantley Culbard heads the Disciplinary committee, which is comprised of Emily Dodson and Colin Alfred, while Eddie Nicholls is the chairman of the selection committee which includes Shannon Crawford and Zabeer Zakier. The training and examination committee is being headed by Nigel Duguid and the other members are Nicholls, Crawford, Rafiek Latiff, Zakier, Roshan Moakan and Dasroy Balgobin.
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NBA roundup: Streaking Kalamadeen believes that Spurs take down Bulls extra time will benefit him Associated Press - Manu Ginobili scored 22 points and Tony Parker had 20 as the league-leading San Antonio Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls, 104-96, on Tuesday night in Chicago. Kawhi Leonard added 16 for San Antonio, which won its seventh straight and 10th in its last 11. The Spurs (4716) maintained their hold on the NBA’s best record, staying ahead of Oklahoma City and Indiana, who both started play Tuesday a halfgame behind the Spurs. San Antonio jumped out to a big lead early, taking a 61-33 advantage into halftime, including 18 from Parker. That helped them improve to 24-6 on the road, the NBA’s best mark away from home. D.J. Augustin led the Bulls with 24 points and Jimmy Butler had 23. Timberwolves 112, Bucks 101 — At Minneapolis: Kevin Love had 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and J.J. Barea broke out of a horrid shooting slump to score 19 points to lift Minnesota over Milwaukee. Brandon Knight scored 21 points for the Bucks (13-51), who led at halftime and were looking for their first set of back-to-back victories this season. Pacers 94, Celtics 83 — At Indianapolis: David West scored 24 points and Andrew Bynum grabbed a seasonhigh 10 rebounds in his Indiana debut, helping the suddenly struggling Pacers
If what Irfaan Kalamadeen disclosed to Kaieteur Sport yesterday is true, then the Group 4 Division could see a frenetic battle for supremacy and at the same time provide exhilarating action for the fans who turn up at the South Dakota C i r c u i t t o w i t n ess the Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club March 23 Race Meet. Kalamadeen, who drives a Mazda RX7 race car, told this newspaper at the Team’s Garage that his team was provided with ample opportunity to make quite a few adjustments to the machine which they’ve done and he anticipates that it will be much quicker than last
San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) dribbles past Chicago Bulls shooting guard Kirk Hinrich (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles) pull away late for a win over Boston. Indiana (47-17) ended its longest losing streak of the season at four. Thunder 106, Rockets 98 — At Oklahoma City: Kevin Durant scored 42 points and Russell Westbrook scored 24 points to help Oklahoma City defeat Houston. Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Thunder, who had lost two straight. Pistons 99, Kings 89 — At Auburn Hills, Mich.: Josh Smith scored 24 points and
Rodney Stuckey added 23 to lift Detroit over Sacramento. Andre Drummond added 15 points and eight rebounds for Detroit, outscoring DeMarcus Cousins in a matchup of two of the NBA’s top young big men. Grizzlies 109, Trail Blazers 99 — At Memphis, Tenn.: Marc Gasol scored 19 points, Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds and Memphis solidified its hold on the final Western Conference playoff spot.
Indian Premier League to open in United Arab Emirates
The opening matches of the Indian Premier League will be held in the United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images) BBC Sport - The opening matches of the Indian Premier League will be held in the United Arab Emirates to avoid a clash with the country’s general election. Games will also be held in Bangladesh before the competition returns to India once polling has concluded. The world’s biggest elections start on 12 May and security forces cannot be
spared for the Twenty20 competition. The UAE will host at least 16 matches from 16 to 30 April, with some second-stage games earmarked for Bangladesh. From 13 May, once polling is over, the remaining league matches plus the play-offs will be played in India. The IPL has asked the Indian government for permission to hold second-
stage matches in specific Indian states once polling there ends. The third phase - from 12 May - will be held in India, but no match will be played on 16 May, when vote counting and election results are expected to be announced. The 2009 IPL was played in South Africa following a clash with elections that year.
November and much more competitive. “We had the chance to improve the aerodynamics on the car, upgrade the cooling system along with the suspension and we believe that we could generate more speed and make us very competitive come race day,” Kalamadeen said. According to the local speedster, the extra time allowed them to do much needed improvements to the car, while there is the distinct possibility of them testing a new tyre which is touted to make the car quicker as well. He, however, informed that this is dependent on whether or not they will be able to ship the tyres in time
to do testing and assess its reliability and quickness. Kalamadeen reckoned that drivers such as Mark Vieira, Andrew King, Kevin Jeffrey, Vishok Persaud and Danny Persaud will have a big say when the lights turn green on race day. The Group according to him will be very competitive and he believes that because everyone had sufficient time to prepare and improve their machines fans could expect an exciting day of racing. The Group 4 driver extended thanks to ISG Ultra Brand Motor Oils for its continued support and urged that more drivers use the product for extra performance and efficiency.
Georgetown crush West... From page 34 Kurt Lovell and a four wicket haul form Ashmead Nedd easily dispatched West Demerara by a mammoth 278 runs. Set 292 to win, West Demerara were skittled for a paltry 13 made up of only extras as no batsman managed to get off the mark. Georgetown pacers Colin Barlow 3-3 and Junior Phillips 2-9 made early inroads into the visitors batting after which they never recovered. Left arm spinner Need then wrapped up their innings with four wickets without conceding a run off five deliveries. Earlier, the home team won the toss and posted 291-5 off their allotted 50 overs. They were given a rousing start by Joshua Persaud and Kishan Bhola; the pair added 41 for the first wicket before Bhola was bowled by Daneshwar Kowlessar for seven. Persaud soon followed caught behind by Chukiram Outar off Ganesh Jailall for 35 (5x4) while Kowlessar removed Christopher Campbelle (03) leaving the score at 80-3. Bookie, who was put down early in his innings, and Lovell then dominated the opposition with a fourth wicket stand of 163. The duo rotated the strike nicely and wasted little time in dispatching the bad balls. Lovell smashed four fours and two sixes before he was LBW to Retesh Samaroo for 61. Bookie who was not afraid to use his feet to the spinners and played some lovely shots on both sides of the wicket brought up his century with a single to mid on much to the delight to the small but admiring crowd; he departed for 109 with twelve fours and one six. Nedd and Riaz Ally were left unbeaten on 17 and 13 respectively.
Ramdeo Basdeo delivers during his six wicket haul
Kowlessar was the pick of the bowlers with 2-29 while Samaroo snared 2-58 and Jailall 1-49. At the Georgetown Cricket Club, East Coast overcame East Bank by 19 runs. East Coast posted 175 all out in 49 overs after taking first strike. Bhaskar Yadram stroked 47 (7x4) while Ramdeo Baldeo scored 40 (5x4) and Pradesh Balkishun 31 (3x4). Yadram and Basdeo featured in a third wicket stand of 60 after East Coast were reduced to 27-2. After Yadram was sent packing, Basdeo and Balkishun added a further 53 for the fourth wicket but following Basdeo’s dismissal, East Coast lost wickets at regular intervals with Bhojnarine Singh doing most of the damage bagging 5-22 from eight overs. He was backed up by Ricky Dass with 3-26 off six overs. East Bank threatened somewhat before they were bowled out for 156 in 41.2 overs in reply. Daniel Scott and Sagar Hathiramani put together 39 for the third wicket after East Bank were in trouble at 18-2
Bhojnarine Singh before Scott went for nine. Hathiramani who scored 35 (2x4) found a useful partner in Dass (19) and the pair took the score to 109 with level headed batting. However left arm spinner Ramdeo Basdeo applied the brakes on the scoring as he grabbed 6-34 to give his team a hard fought victory. Rawle Douglas was the only other batsman that offered resistance with 13. The competition continues today.
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Regional four-day cricket
Guyana & W/Wards hoping to rebound By Sean Devers The Windward Islands have blown hot and cold in their first two matches in this year’s Regional Four-Day cricket competition, while Guyana, hit by injuries to key players, have batted poorly in both of their matches and are in the cellar position with six bowling bonus points. Today from 10:00hrs at the Guyana National Stadium at Providence the two teams go head to head in the third round of the seven-team competition with both teams hoping to rebound from defeats in their last game. The Windwards beat defending champions Barbados but then lost to Trinidad & Tobago to move to 20 points, while Guyana suffered crushing defeats to host Jamaica and Barbados. The Windward Islands separated from the Combined Islands in 1980 and is the only Regional team without a Regional First-Class title and they know that they will have to contend with the return of Shiv Chanderpaul, Guyana’s leading run-scorer at this level after the 39-year-old lefthander missed the first two games due to a finger injury. While Guyana is still without batsmen Ramnaresh Sarwan and Leon Johnson and pacer Ronsford Beaton, Chanderpaul who has the most Regional centuries for Guyana (15), should inspire the top order to a more responsible approach against a team missing their skipper Daren Sammy and Shane Shillingford, their most successful bowler at this level. The curators were hard at work over the last two days preparing what they hope will be a surface good for stroke play since the track for the Barbados match made playing through the line a struggle for the batsmen on both sides as the spinners enjoyed themselves on a track with variable bounce. While the Guyanese Test pair of left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul (12 wkts) and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (8) are the
Face-off from today at Providence only bowlers in the team with five-wicket hauls this season, the Windwards have relied on pace, with fast bowlers Nelon Pascal (12), Kenroy Peters (10) and Delorn Johnson (10) all capturing five-wicket hauls. But like Guyanese Raun Johnson, who bowled impressively on debut, the lively Keon Joseph and Chris Barnwell, fast bowlers could find hard work on the slow Providence track. Guyana, with six titles but none since 1998, have opposed the Windwards 32 times with Guyana winning 13 and losing on six occasions with 13 of those encounters ending in draws and two in no-results. Chanderpaul, who is 388 runs away from becoming the first Guyanese with 5,000 Regional First Class runs, will be the glue that holds the batting together, while Narsingh Deonarine, who has nine First-Class tons to his name, will be expected to lend the most support to Chanderpaul. However, he will be desperate to reproduce his form of 2 0 0 9 w h e n h e became the only Guyanese to score 1,000 runs in a single season (1,068). But he has three ducks in the tournament so far and the patience of his fans and the selectors must be growing thin. Assad Fudadin and Vishaul Singh have shown Chanderpaul-like temperament but t h e y tended to get bogged down and wasted good starts, while openers Sewnarine Chattergoon and 17-year-old West Indies under-19 lefthander Tagenarine Chanderpaul will hope to go on to get big scores after putting on 92 for the first wicket against Barbados. Young Chanderpaul bats in the mode of his prolific father and is arguable the most dependable teenage batsman in the Region as his production in the last U-19
World Cup proved. He scored a carefully constructed 41 against Barbados while Chattergoon made an even fifty. But apart from Singh (73) no other Guyanese has reached a half-century with a succession of impetuous shot selections causing the demise of almost all of the Guyanese batsmen as their team managed scores of 117 and 264 against Jamaica and 140 (when 10 wickets tumbled for 48 runs) and 94 against Barbados in an inept batting display this season. Barnwell, Anthony Bramble, who gave his wicket away with almost identical shots in Jamaica and at Providence, Permaul and Bishoo need to show more caution if Guyana is to draw games or even win them. The bowling has been decent but Devon Smith likes Guyana’s attack and could prove dangerous at this level. The 32-year-old has 22 First-Class centuries since making his debut in 1999 and with the experience of 33 Tests, but none in three years, the attacking left-hander could be Guyana’s biggest threat. The Grenadian got 48 & 55 in his last match against T&T. The Windwards highest ever total of 467 was made against Guyana at this very venue in 2008 but this track does not seem conductive to a 450 total and the Islanders failed to reach 125 in either of their innings in their last match. Only three batsmen have reached 50 (Smith, Lyndon James & Liam Sebastien) and those players along with Johnson Charles, Keddy Lesporis, Tyrone Theophile and Romel Currency are all capable of runs at this level. Left-arm spinner Alton Bobb and Sebastien’s offspin should complement the fast bowling trio for the visitors. Admission is free.
Pistorius smashed door ‘on stumps’ From page 32 therefore fabricated evidence. On Tuesday, Mr Pistorius’ defence team questioned a pathologist’s finding that his girlfriend had eaten less than two hours before he killed her. This contradicts the athlete’s account that the pair had been in bed for several hours before the shooting. The state is seeking to convince the court that Mr Pistorius and Ms Steenkamp, a 29year-old model, and reality TV star, had an argument before the athlete fired the shots that killed her. There are no juries at trials in South Africa, and his fate will ultimately be decided by the judge, assisted by two assessors. If found guilty, the 27-year-old, a national sporting hero dubbed the “blade runner”, could face life imprisonment.
Hodge blows take Australia home ESPNcricinfo - Brad Hodge clubbed the third and fourth deliveries of the last over, over deep midwicket to haul Australia home in a seven-over shootout against South Africa in Durban. Steady rain had threatened successive washouts in the series but relented to allow a sizeable crowd some action. Australia needed 15 going into the final over and Wayne Parnell conceded only a run each off the first two deliveries, but Hodge was to seal it with two balls to spare, the couple of sixes followed by one called wide for height. David Warner was South Africa’s tormentor again at the start of the chase, as he and Aaron Finch took 21 off Lonwabo Tsotsobe’s first over. Warner then hit debutant Beuran Hendricks for three successive boundaries in the third over as Australia surged to 44 for 1 in three overs. South Africa hit back with four strikes in the next three, including Warner, caught in front for 40 off 16 missing a switch-hit against JP Duminy, whose only over went for five and produced two wickets. Momentum had changed sides numerous times in the game, and South Africa seemed to have achieved the final swing in their favour, but Hodge wasn’t done yet. South Africa had plodded to 11 for 1 in three overs after being asked to bat, but Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis took 69 off the final four, swinging and connecting six sixes between them, including successive ones off Dan Christian and Mitchell Starc.
Brad Hodge (cricket Wallpapers)
The third and final game is scheduled for Friday at Centurion. Scores: Australia 82 for 5 (Warner 40, Hodge
21*, Duminy 2-5) beat South Africa 80 for 1 (De Kock 41*, du Plessis 27*) by five wickets.
Andy Murray knocked out by Milos Raonic at Indian.. From page 35 quarter-finals. Raonic threatened to overwhelm Murray early on with a serve that measured 140mph at times, but the Scot broke to love in the ninth after taking advantage of a double fault and a couple of unforced errors, before serving out the 10th to take the first set. Raonic had a break point in the eighth game of the second set but Murray responded with an inch-perfect ace as he held serve. The Canadian produced his best returning game of the match to earn three set points at 6-5 up, and though Murray was able to save one, he could not prevent Raonic levelling the match with a cross-court winner on the next.
Murray had looked frustrated in the second set, at one point arguing with the umpire over the positioning of the spider cam, but he soon regained his focus by breaking Raonic in the third game of the final set. The world number six squandered the advantage in his next service game, broken to love as his second serve momentarily deserted him. Raonic broke Murray for a second successive time to go 4-2 up, then held his next two service games to complete the victory in a little over two hours. Murray admitted he is low on confidence and concerned about his form after dropping his serve twice in the decid-
ing set. “To get broken two consecutive times in that situation isn’t good enough, he said. “I played poor tennis at that stage. I didn’t make enough balls and missed easy shots.” He has lost to players outside the world top 10 four times in the five tournaments he has played since undergoing back surgery in September, but insists he is not struggling physically. “Right now I’m not pulling up after matches stiff or sore or anything like that, so I think I’m match fit and match tight,” he said. Murray’s next tournament starts in Miami on 17 March, where he will attempt to defend his Sony Open title.
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Guyana Horse Racing Authority ‘Small, encouraging signs’ in releases list of office bearers Schumacher condition: agent Following the completion of the election of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority (GHRA), the body has released the list of all officer bearers that will be in place for the next year. When the elections were held Vic Oudit, a former president of the body in 2011, defeated former President Justice Cecil Kennard 11-7. Kennard who was subsequently elected as a vice president has since resigned. The other vice presidents are Fazal Habibulla and Roopnarine Matadial. The rest of the executives are Zenzie Goring, who will continue to serve as Secretary. Patrick Davis is the Assistant Secretary, while Francis Chichester will continue as Treasurer. The committee members are - Dennis De Roop, Tribuwhan Jagdeo, C. Ramnauth and Lakeram Sookdeo.
Those put in place to represent horse owners and trainers are –Tribuwhan Jagdeo, Fazal Habibulla, Colin Elcock and Dennis De Roop. The jockeys’ Representative is Ivan Dipnarine. Those serving as classifiers are Roopnarine Matadial, Fazal Habibulla, Patrick Davis, Dennis De Roop, Colin Elcock, Tribuwhan Jagdeo, Lakeram Sookdeo and C. Ramnauth. The Stewards that will serve the organization for the next year are Francis Chichester, Lakeram Sookdeo, Bobby Vaughn, Quacy Henry and C. Ramnauth. Attorney at law Ragendra Poonai is the new legal advisor of the body replacing deceased Senior Council Marcel Crawford. The new body has hit the ground running in its effort to lift the standard of the sport. They have so far held meetings with all jockeys in their effort to reform the
jockeys’ association. All jockeys will have to be licensed before they are allowed to ride. Meanwhile, anyone wanting to become a jockey will first have to be recommended by an owner, trainer or stable. The jockeys will have to be 15 years and over before they are eligible. Meetings are also scheduled to be held shortly with horse owners and trainers and the various clubs so that everyone can have a voice in the sport. Six of the seven clubs eligible attended the meeting namely; Kennard Memorial Turf Club (KMTC), Port Mourant Turf Club, Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club and Sports Facilities(RCMTC&SF) Bush Lot United Turf Club(BLUTC), Rising Sun Turf Club (RSTC) and the little known Budhan’ Racing Club. The Norman Singh Memorial Turf Club did not attend.
Pistorius smashed door ‘on stumps’
BBC Sport - Oscar Pistorius was not wearing his prosthetic legs when he smashed a locked door to reach his girlfriend, an expert told his murder trial. The forensic evidence contradicted the athlete’s claim that he was wearing his artificial limbs at the time. The damaged bathroom door was examined in the courtroom. Mr Pistorius denies intentionally killing Reeva Steenkamp in February last year, saying he fired after mistaking her for a burglar. A replica of the toilet cubicle in which Ms Steenkamp was shot was also displayed in court. ‘CONTAMINATED’ Forensic evidence on the location from which shots were fired, how they were grouped and their trajectory were presented to the court on Wednesday. Cross-examining, Mr
Pistorius’ defence team asked forensic expert Police Colonel Johan Vermeulen to kneel and lift his feet, which caused him to wobble. The defence team claimed that Mr Pistorius therefore would not have been able to balance on his stumps and break down the door using a cricket bat. Defence lawyer Barry Roux also alleged that police had contaminated the crime scene by stepping on the door. Col Vermeulen argued that if Mr Pistorius was balanced enough to fire a gun, he could also break down a door with a bat. The forensics expert argued that the angle and location of the marks on the door suggested that they had been caused by someone much shorter than him. The defence team argued that a mark on the bottom of the door showed where Mr Pistorius had tried to kick open the door using his
prosthetic legs. Col Vermeulen agreed that this was possible. “The marks on the door are actually consistent with him not having his legs on and I suspect they must be similar to the height that he was when he fired the shots,” he told the court. The prosecution argues that Mr Pistorius hit the door with the cricket bat before the shots were fired, but the defence claims it was the other way round. The trial is now halfway through its second week. FABRICATED EVIDENCE Earlier on Wednesday, a friend of Mr Pistorius claimed that the star had driven at 200 km/h (124mph) and that he had taken a picture of the speedometer to prove it. The defence team alleged that Darren Fresco was himself driving at the time and had (Continued on page 31)
PARIS (Reuters) - There are small signs of encouragement in Michael Schumacher’s condition but the most successful former Formula One champion of all time faces a long fight to recover after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident, his agent said on Wednesday. “We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up,” his agent and spokeswoman, Sabine Kehm, said in a written statement. “There sometimes are small, encouraging signs, but we also know that this is the time to be very patient,” she added. Schumacher, 45, slammed his head on a rock while skiing
off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel on December 29. The seven-times world champion has been in a stable but critical condition since then in a hospital in the eastern French city of Grenoble where doctors started lowering his sedation at the end of January to wake him up from an artificial coma. “It was clear from the start that this will be a long and hard fight,” Kehm said. “Michael has suffered severe injuries. It is very hard to comprehend for all of us that Michael, who had overcome a lot of precarious situations in the past, has been hurt so terribly in such a banal situation.”
Michael Schumacher of Germany looks on during a news conference at the end of the official presentation of the new Ferrari Formula One race car 248 F1 at the Mugello racetrack in Scarperia
Fraser-Pryce heads list of confirmed stars for JII meet
Jamaica Observer J A M A I C A’ S O l y m p i c , IAAF World Outdoor and Indoor gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, heads a list of 12 athletes who were yesterday confirmed for the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet to be held at the National Stadium on May 3. Fraser-Pryce, who last Sunday added the IAAF World Indoor 60m gold to her growing list of global achievements, has been confirmed for the meet, which is an IAAF World Challenge event. The Jamaican stop is the second in the series of 15 meetings, and the first one will be held in Australia on March 22. The JII has become popular since its inception just over 10 years ago and has attracted a number of top athletes and this year promises to continue the tradition of quality
Fraser-Pryce… won the 200m at last year’s staging. competition. Fraser-Pryce won the 2 0 0 m a t l a s t y e a r ’s staging, beating Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson in a Jamaican clean sweep of the medals, while American Allyson Felix finished fourth. O l y m p i c a n d Wo r l d C h a m p i o n s h i p s gold medallist, Jamaican-born Sanya Richards-Ross will
return, as will as Felix and LaShawn Merritt, all of the United States, and Francena McCorory, who w o n t h e Wo r l d I n d o o r s 400m in Sopot, Poland, last weekend. Nigerian Wo r l d Championships 200m/long jump medallist Blessing Okagbare and Americans Curtis Mitchell and Briana Rollins are also named. Jamaicans Kaliese S p e n c e r, the silver medallist in the 400m in Sopot behind McCorory, Wo r l d C h a m p i o n s h i p s 400m finalist Stephanie McPherson, the defending champion for the JII meet, Wo r l d C h a m p i o n s h i p s 100m bronze medallist Nesta Carter, and relay gold medallist Nickel Ashmeade, who won the 200m race last year, ahead of Warren Weir, have also been listed as confirmed for the meeting.
Man City knocked out of... From page 33 Joe Hart did well to turn around the post before the goalkeeper denied Xavi. The visitors’ best opening of the first half came when Yaya Toure lifted a ball into the area and David Silva guided a flick back to Nasri, only for the Frenchman to shoot straight at Valdes. Just before the break Messi carved City open again, resulting in Neymar’s shot being headed off the line by Fernandinho. And after Lescott gave possession away on halfway, Messi beat the centre-back
before seeing his stab at goal come back off the post. Aguero’s replacement Dzeko was giving City more t h r u s t i n a ttack and the Bosnian’s firm header from Kolarov’s fine cross from the left was pushed away from the top corner by Valdes. Shortly afterw a r d s , Barcelona’s defence failed to deal with another Kolarov cross but Zabaleta sliced his first-time shot well wide. Barcelona ended any lingering doubts when Lescott failed to deal with a Fabregas pass and Messi guided a shot
into the corner. And Hart then had to make a scrambling save to turn wide from Xavi as Barcelona went close to a second. City felt they should have had a spot-kick from Pique’s challenge on Dzeko but, even with 10 men, they pulled one back when Kompany finished from Dzeko’s flick with a minute left. But in added time, Barcelona exploited the space left by City at the back and Alves, who also scored late on at Etihad Stadium, squeezed a shot over the line from Iniesta’s pass.
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Henman believes doping not significant in tennis LONDON (Reuters) Tennis must guard against doping even if performance enhancing drugs have not been a major problem in the sport, former world number four Tim Henman warned on Wednesday. “People have cheated, we’ve had positive drugs tests in tennis and we’ve got to be absolutely at the forefront of testing to make sure that the deterrent is great enough to put people off,” the Briton told The Tennis Space website. H i g h - p r o f i l e m e n ’s players Marin Cilic of Croatia and Serbia’s Viktor Troicki both fell foul of antidoping regulations last year. Cilic served a four-month ban for taking a banned stimulant while Troicki is still off the Tour after his 18month ban for failing to provide a blood sample was cut to 12. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is introducing a biological passport system, following calls for more anti-doping procedures from leading players like Roger Federer, but Henman doubts whether doping can even help tennis p l a y e r s . “ I t ’s a v e r y physically demanding sport but I still classify it as a skill sport. If you’ve got a very bad backhand, it doesn’t matter what you’re going to take, it’s not going to get b e t t e r, ” t h e f o u r- t i m e Wimbledon semi-finalist said. “But we’ve got to make sure the testing is often, and out of competition testing is very important to make sure we have a clean sport.
Former tennis player Tim Henman
Because to our audience, to the fans, to the sponsors, it has to be a level-playing field. “When you see what’s happened in cycling, for example, it’s a catastrophe for the sport. We’ve got to make sure that isn’t going to happen in tennis and I don’t think it will. I don’t think there’s a culture of drug-taking,” said Henman. Cycling has been plagued by doping scandals in recent years, with the sport reaching a new low when U.S. rider Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France wins and handed a lifetime ban in 2012. Henman said tennis was different: “I can’t honestly say I’ve looked at any or many players and said: ‘are they taking performance enhancing drugs?’,” he said. “When you understand and play the sport and you see them hitting the shots, you’ve got to be a great player. That’s where I was always grateful to be in a sport like that.
“I think I would have found it very difficult if I was involved in a sport where I was always looking at competitors and being skeptical, if there were people testing positive on a continuous basis.” Henman said he had some sympathy for players these days with the amount of health supplements on the market. “I remember the ATP did a survey on nutritional supplements. They tested 643 or whatever the number was and they said 24 percent of them were contaminated,” he said. “When I stopped playing, I almost felt a sort of relief that I didn’t have to be so diligent. “I think the testing has got more severe and having to give an hour, every day, of where you are, is really hard, especially in a global sport, where you’re travelling and you don’t know whether you’re going to be in the first round or a final.”In 2013 the ITF carried out 2,752 blood and urine tests (in and out of competition) compared to 2,185 in 2012.
Jamaica to host CPL draft next month KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) — The draft for the second edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be held on April 3 in Jamaica, officials have announced. The draft will include 228 players, including 121 overseas cricketers, amounting to more than five times the number of overseas players in the 2013 draft. If drafted in by the franchises, English cricketers will feature in the tournament for the first time this year, while players from
Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka have also signed up. “The vast majority of Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad has also signed up,” a CPL release said. “New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka are also well represented, and the draft will include several current and former international captains, leading Test stars, T20 specialists and limitedovers legends.” We s t I n d i e s a s i d e , Australia will have the
largest representation at the draft, with 30 players lining up, including 15 internationals. Officials have promised to release the full list of players next week. Jamaica Tallawahs had won the inaugural edition, ahead of Antigua Hawksbills, Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St Lucia Zouks and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel. These same six franchises will play the 2014 competition in July and August.
Sammy hails ‘complete team effort’ Cricinfo - Bridgetown, Barbados - Darren Sammy believes that the West Indies have gained the favourable momentum they targeted ahead of their World T20 title defence in Bangladesh later this month. With the T20 England series won, Sammy said this was the ideal boost they needed before they departed and was proud of the guys for meeting their objectives. “We wanted to leave here with good momentum going into the World Cup,” Sammy said. “For two games it has been a complete team effort, I can’t fault the lads. In T20 cricket the momentum shifts at different times and we wanted to make sure we started well and we finished well. It feels good. It’s been a long time since we won a series, much less winning 30.” He contended that with the final game left, his charges were on a high but would proceed with caution
Darren Sammy (PTI) and avoid overconfidence. However, he revealed that his batsmen were eager to get back into the crease after impressing in Barbados. Sammy pointed to the opening partnership of Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith as an immense asset going to the subcontinent. “Chris [Gayle] is one of the most explosive Twenty20 players and [Dwayne] Smith
allows Chris to play in that manner. Cricket is all about partnerships, we bowl in partnerships and when we bat, it’s very important.” Sammy was relieved to see Gayle’s return from injury result in good form off the cuff. He believes that the openers are the right blend of patience and high-octane batting while emphasizing that their middle-order also packed some punch. “Gayle, we know how destructive he can be, but he gives himself time and Smith gives him that time by going hard at the ball. Then we know we’ve got power at the end with myself and [Dwayne] Bravo.” The captain also commended Krishmar Santokie on his Man-of-theMatch performance. “He’s been on the sidelines and it’s good that every time he gets his opportunity, he grabs it. That presents the selectors with a headache to come up with the best XI.”
Man City knocked out of Champions League
Lionel Messi (2nd left) finished a Cesc Fabregas pass to put Barcelona ahead in the game. (Getty Images) BBC Sport - Dani Alves’s injury-time goal earned Barcelona a win over Manchester City that takes them into the Champions League last eight. Trailing 2-0 from the first leg, City’s best early chance was a Samir Nasri shot that was saved by Victor Valdes. Lionel Messi finished a Cesc Fabregas pass before Pablo Zabaleta was shown a second yellow card for dissent. Vi n c e n t Kompany prodded in from Edin Dzeko’s flick but Alves scored from Andres Iniesta’s cross. City’s first foray into the knock-out stages of this competition might have ended at the first hurdle, but
City played with far more conviction than in the first leg at Etihad Stadium. Having won the Capital One Cup and lost in the FA Cup quarter-finals to Wigan at the weekend, Manuel Pellegrini’s side now have only the Premier League where they are nine points behind leaders Chelsea but have three games in hand - to concern them. They will wait anxiously for news on the injury that forced Sergio Aguero, who has already missed two chunks of the season, off at half-time.The visitors were angered by French referee Stephan Lannoy’s decision to ignore
what looked to be a Gerard Pique foul on Dzeko, leading to Zabaleta being sent off for his protests. But City, who impressed with their willingness to press high in the early stages without ever hurting Barcelona, were fortunate themselves when Joleon Lescott caught Messi in the area earlier in the match. They were also lucky when Neymar touched in from a Jordi Alba cross, only for Alba to be incorrectly called offside. Barcelona posed a persistent threat and when Messi burst forward and threaded a pass through for Neymar, (Continued on page 32)
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Windball cricket opens Players from the respective teams assemble shortly before the start of play.
Friendship Secondary School went down to Queenstown by 8 wickets when play in the Al Sport & Tour Promotions Windball Cricket Competition opened
recently, at the National Park Tarmac. Taking first strike, Friendship compiled 29-3 off the allotted overs with Tandika James and Melissa
Singh contributing 10 runs apiece. Queenstown in reply, ended on 30-2 with Shirouda Montague hitting 12. In the Boys Division-
Mayor’s All Star youth team to tour Suriname
Joshua Kamal The Mayor’s All Star youth soccer team will tour neighbouring Suriname from March 18-21. Joshua Kamal has been named captain of the squad which will play a practice game against Alpha United at the Georgetown Football Club today. The locals will take on Suriname U-20 on March 18 and 20 before matching skills with Prakash on March 21.
Nickel Fraser The team has been invited by Suriname Football Bond (federation) and their trip is being sponsored by Thrill (Suriname), Courtney Benn Contracting Services and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport. The full squad reads; Joshua Kamal (capt.), Joshua Brown, Les Charles C r i t c h l o w, D e l o n Lanferman, Domini Garnett, Trevor Jones, Clive
Reshawn Hicks Matthew, Jeffery Pereira, Andrea Hector, Dwayne Wi l s o n , J a m a l P e t t y, Randolph Wagner, Reshawn Hicks, Devon Charles, Malcolm Wilson, Orville Stewart, Nickel Fraser, Kevin Layne Jnr, Keron Solomon and Rondell Arthur. Officials - Christine Schmidt, Mark Bradford, Joseph Wilson, Gordon Braithwaite and Marlon Washington.
Friendship beat Eletra’s Institute by 10 runs. Friendship sent in to take first strike closed on 60-7 with Sunil Singh Tulsidas 25 not out with
2x6s, 2x4s, Deepakraj Persaud 10. Bowling for Eletra’s Institute (Diamond New Scheme), Roy Ferrier and Akesh Rajanan each
grabbed 2 wkts. Eletra’s Institute in their turn at the crease was restricted to 50-4 with Akash Rajaram 31 which included 3x6s.
Warner Park in St Kitts to host CPL finals
Jamaica Tallawahs to defend title starting in July BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — Warner Park in St Kitts has been chosen as the venue to host the final in the 2014 Caribbean Premier league (CPL), officials have announced. Warner Park, originally rebuilt for the 2007 ICC World Cup, will also host semi-finals and six group-phase matches in the CPL second edition which begins in July. The venue has gone undergone a major renovation including state-of-the-art lighting facilities. “We are delighted to welcome some of the biggest stars in cricket to Warner Park during this year’s competition,” declared St Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Sports, Glen Phillip. “Carnival cricket has always been synonymous with the Caribbean, and we’re looking forward to showing an audience of millions around the globe that St Kitts and Nevis can host a party like no other.” Warner Park boasts an 8,000 capacity ground and officials are planning a week of celebration and entertainment in support of the final. Last
year, over 250,000 spectators attended matches in Antigua, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and St Lucia. A global TV audience of 36 million was entertained by the skills of international stars including Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Ricky Ponting and Muttiah Muralitharan. “We cannot wait to bring the big-hitting excitement of the CPL to Warner Park. By awarding these prestigious matches to St Kitts and Nevis we are demonstrating that the whole of the Caribbean can celebrate and enjoy the successes of this global
tournament,” said Pete Russell, Chief Operations Officer of CPL. “The renovation of the stadium was a key factor in the bid succeeding; the new facilities are second to none, and we’re keen to provide show-stopping cricket to match.” The Limacol CPL will be played in July and August this year. Jamaica Tallawahs will defend their title against the St Lucia Zouks, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, Antigua Hawksbills, Guyana A m a z o n Wa r r i o r s a n d Barbados Tridents.
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Rising Star are Skeete T20 champs Business School TT contest back on GTTA calendar
Rising Star won the South Essequibo Cricket Committee (SECC)/Edward Skeete and family T20 competition after defeating El Dorado SC by 30 runs in the final played on Sunday last at Pomona. Rising Stars batted first and made 166-4 off their allotted overs. Ricardo
Peters stroked 48; Jagdesh Dindial scored 39 and Royan Federicks 35. Raymond Alli claimed 2 for 29, while Deonauth S i n g h , Ta m e s h w a r Deonarine and M. Raj had one each. In reply, El Dorado were bowled out 137 in the final over. Deonarine top scored
with 28 and Ravi Beharry made 25. Bowling for Rising Stars Deoraj Dindial grabbed 4 for 15, Royan Federicks 2 for 22 and man of the match Jagdesh Dindial 1 for 29. Gewan Singh received the best batsman and Insaf Latchman the best bowler of the competition awards.
- tournament serves off tomorrow at Gymnasium
Corporate 15-15 cricket set for Malteenoes on Phagwah day As part of its efforts to raise funds for its developmental drive, Malteenoes Sports Club which had a record seven players in the 1987 National Under-19 team which toured Jamaica, will be hosting a Corporate 15-15 Cricket Tournament sponsored by Noble House Seafoods, Star Party Rental and Friends of Malteenoes on Monday March 17 at the Club ground commencing at 09.00hrs. Monday is a national holiday celebrating the Hindu festival of Phagwah. This tournament which is being held to foster camaraderie and encourage physical activity among corporate Guyana, will see companies such as Wartsila Operations Guyana Inc, Qualfon Guyana, The Upper Level Barbers and The
National Park BBC, which comprises a group of entrepreneurs and media officials who come together daily at the National Park for physical activity, competing for the Noble House Seafoods Trophy. Each of these teams will be graced with the presence of some guest cricketers to bolster its ranks. Among the notables are Colin Stuart and Kellon Carmaichael (Qualfon), Lennox Cush and Jermaine Neblette (Upper Level Barbers), Roderick Lovel and Paul Castello (Nat Park BBC) and Neil Barry, Sean Holder and Troy Lewis (Wartsila). Take-away lunch will be on sale as the club continues to raise funds for its on-going rehabilitation works. The Malteenoes Sports Club was founded in 1902 by a Barbadian tailor
named Ferdinand Archer and has produced one West Indies Test player in fast bowler Colin Stuart. However, the club which c e l e b r a t e s i t s 11 2 t h anniversary this year has two more Test players (John Trim and Clayton Lambert) although they were products of Berbice clubs -Port Mourant and Bermine respectively. The pair, along with pacer Barrington Browne, who represented the West Indies in ODIs and left-armspinner Rex Collymore, who toured with the Test team without playing a Test match, all played for Malteenoes, while female We s t I n d i e s p l a y e r Indomattie Gordial also represented the Thomas Lands club in women’s cricket.
GTTA President, Godfrey Munroe (second, right), James Bovell (on his right) and Director of Sport, Neil Kumar share the head table at the launch with other officials yesterday at the National Gymnasium. The Guyana Table Tennis A s s o c i a t i o n ( G T TA ) launched the 2014 edition of the Business School Mini Cadet, Cadet and Junior Te a m ’s Ta b l e Te n n i s Tournament with GTTA President, Godfrey Munroe stating that the annual event is crucial to players’ development. The tournament, which is set to begin tomorrow at the National Gymnasium, features students under age 18 and will run until March 17 with about 150 students from the 20 schools scheduled to participate.
DCB U-15 Inter Zone tourney
Georgetown crush West Dem; East Coast trounce East Bank Bookie slams 100, Lovell hits 50, Hathiramani grabs 6, Bhojnarine 5
“This tournament is truly critical to the success of our activities and the programmes of GTTA in the sense that it specifically targets our youth; we have a young nucleolus of talent in the schools and to bring them together in competition is quite pivotal to advancing the sport,” Munroe stated, following the return of the tournament after a one year hiatus. The Business Schoolsponsored competition has been in existence for eight years. The Managing Director of the Business School, James Bovell believes that the competition remains beneficial to developing student-athletes in table tennis across Guyana. “As an educational institution we want to be able to play our role in terms of
not only developing table tennis talent, but also enhancing and fostering those values that would make students better students and better citizens of Guyana,” Bovell said. As a result, Bovell indicated to those present that the Business School is pleased to have a chance to partner with the association. Also present was Director of Sport, Neil Kumar, who believes the tournament is crucial to the development of youths. “We have to have a nursery, which is the reservoir for national players, and the more we expose our students and the more we can expose them very young, it means that very young table tennis players will be emerging through competitive table tennis,” Kumar said.
Andy Murray knocked out by Milos Raonic at Indian Wells
Andy Murray (Getty Images)
Georgetown star players from left Junior Phillips, Colin Phillips, Ashmead Nedd, Kurt Lovell and Alhpius Bookie By Zaheer Mohamed Georgetown and East Coast registered victories
when the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) U-15 50 overs Inter Zone tournament
commenced yesterday. At Demerara Cricket Club, Georgetown led by a
century from Alphius Bookie, a half century from (Continued on page 30)
BBC Sport - Britain’s Andy Murray is out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells after he was beaten in three sets by 10th seed Milos Raonic in the fourth round. The big-serving Canadian, 23, progressed to the last eight with a 4-6 7-5 6-
3 win over the Wimbledon champion in California. It is Raonic’s third victory in four meetings with the British number one. Raonic will face Rafael Nadal’s conqueror Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine in the (Continued on page 31)
Regional four-day cricket
Guyana & W/Wards hoping to rebound Face-off from today at Providence
The Guyana team members train ahead of their 3rd round clash against the Windwards.
Kalamadeen believes that extra time will benefit him
Group 4 speedster Irfaan Kalamadeen overlooks the work being done to his Mazda RX 7 machine at the teamâ€™s garage yesterday.
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