Monday March 17, 2014
Letters... Where your views make the news... Letters...Where your views make the news
Was the PPP playing political games with the Lusignan massacre trial? DEAR EDITOR, Nigel Hughes’ statement on his involvement in the Lusignan murder trial demands we, the people of Guyana, must now openly question and attempt to decipher the motives and agendas of the PPP with respect to this Lusignan murder trial. Hughes asks “Perhaps the people of Lusignan may wish to inquire of the Attorney General and the DPP, why the State, which is responsible for protecting and serving them, would let a self confessed
murderer of 33 citizens go free without a single charge.” Why wasn’t Dwane Williams, who is not protected by a plea bargain, charged by the DPP office which has failed to deliver a single conviction related to the Lusignan massacre? One has to openly wonder whether the PPP was using the Lusignan trial for political points and in particular, points against Nigel Hughes and the opposition, rather than focusing on securing convictions? The PPP ran the Lusignan massacre first
because it provides the greatest political benefit to the PPP if it was successful in getting convictions. Lusignan is a pro-PPP community and the entire PPP voting constituency expected no less than a highly publicized trial on the Lusignan massacre. The PPP also needed a lift from its declining political fortunes and departing voting base, some of whom are disgusted with the antics of the controllers of Freedom House and want nothing to do with the PPP. Nigel
Hughes happened to be Chairman of the party that in 2011 took away a sizeable segment of voters from the PPP. Therefore, Hughes was an obvious target. The Lusignan trial was the PPP’s opportunity to show it can deliver justice to its supporters. Instead, it failed in a cloud of incompetence, strategic bungling and undue focus on seeking political aggrandizement rather than properly laying the unassailable foundation to secure an ironclad
Another example of this Ministry spending scarce public resources on a dubious project DEAR EDITOR, As reported in KN of March 14, the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) has started to install the first of six geo-textile tubes to function as groynes along the Kitty to Kingston foreshore. The design objective of these geo-textile tube groynes, according to the MPW, is to stabilize the beach and trap sediment drifting in a westerly direction along the foreshore towards the Demerara River estuary. It is further claimed that these tubes have been used internationally as a cost effective material alternative for coastal and marine projects at locations similar to those along coastal Guyana. Neither the MPW nor the supplier of the tubes could categorically state the locations where geo-textile tubes filled with sand have been successfully used to stabilized beaches from erosion as well as to trap suspended sediments. This is another example of MPW spending scarce public
resources on a dubious project. Further, groynes are built to meet certain specifications such as their heights relative to high tide level, their proper alignment with the wall and incoming waves and distance apart if they are to satisfy their design objectives which is to trap sand and shell moving along the coast thereby building-up the foreshore to dampen wave action and hence prevent erosion. They cannot be placed willy-nilly as is the case with these tubes which are likely to prove useless. The money now being wasted on geo-textile groynes would have been better spent shoring up the sea defence from Camp Street to Kingston. The Coping has to be raised and the toe lowered and strengthened to provide the desired protection. That stretch of wall from Camp Street to the Kitty Pump Station is in good shape and should be able to withstand many years of high tide
battering without a possible breach as MPW has done a good job reinforcing it. It is evident that MPW is not getting sound technical advice necessary to protect coastal Guyana as its sea and river defence continues to crumble with breaches here and there at an alarming rate. The patch work being executed at various locations where breaches occur would not solve the underlying problem which requires a program of planned maintenance to prevent surprises which could be devastating as recent overtopping of the wall at the Conversation Tree location clearly illustrated. Financing for the sea defences has and will continue to be a problem but the little resources which are made available should be carefully spent in meaningful ways to shore up the defences thereby protecting the people and their assets from inundation. To start with MPW should get a competent
consultant to review the various sea defence reports on file in light of such developments as sea level rise and foreshore erosion then examine the condition of existing infrastructures with respect to their effectiveness to contain any eventuality and prepare a priority based blueprint for upgrade, repairs and maintenance of the system and for action to be taken as is necessary. MWH should not be deluded that it has the staff to carryout such an exercise. Those who are there are too busy with administrative and other duties and too willing to tell Minister Benn what he would like to hear. He needs fresh thinking at this juncture to assist him to make the critical decisions necessary to halt the continuous deterioration of the Sea and river defence through the application of sound engineering practice and not be experimenting with unproven methods. Charles Sohan
conviction. The old, stale and irrelevant Nigel HughesVernon Griffith connection was propagandized as big news post-trial, even when Anil Nandlall had a more recent relationship with Griffith! The truth is that a DPP office with massive resources at its disposal was outlawyered by a single man in Nigel Hughes. To hide the egg on its face, the PPP tried to ignore its failure to bring justice to the PPP-supporting Lusignan community and instead tried the con game of tendentious nitpicking and politicking against Nigel Hughes. Now, the DPP claims there is no plea bargain between it and Dwane Williams, yet for some baffling reason, Dwane Williams, the self-confessed participant in the murder of 33 citizens remains without a charge! There is no greater example of high class and remarkable callousness and disregard for the lives of the citizenry that this fiasco. This is the kind of justice the PPP believes in delivering to not only its supporters, but to the country at large. It is no different from the kind of crime fighting they deliver to their supporters and the general citizenry who are killed daily in cold blood while the charlatans at Freedom House concoct deals to build Marriott hotels! The propaganda against Hughes after the trial appeared prepared. The PPP’s unrelenting focus on Nigel Hughes rather than showing contrition for bungling a case and failing to deliver a single
conviction to the families in Lusignan was yet another act that convinced the public that in the eyes of the PPP, the Lusignan trial was all about political games focused on one man, rather than bringing justice to dozens of Guyanese citizens, most of whom voted for the PPP. The Lusignan massacre trial highlighted how pathetic and laughable the PPP has made the criminal justice system in Guyana. There are many questions to be asked. Was this a case of political expediency trumping the resolute pursuit of justice? Why didn’t Nandlall, the Attorney General of Guyana, the overseer of the DPP and as he self-proclaims, the defender of the sanctity of the law of this country, disclose his relationship to Griffith who was also a PPP member like Nandlall? After all, this was a case of national importance and Nandlall has directing power and authority over the DPP, who has authority over the prosecutors who select members of the jury. What caused Justice Navindra Singh to take the extraordinary steps to ask the lawyers and prospective jury members if they had previous relationships? Did those individuals in the acting Chief Justice’s office who recognized the HughesGriffith connection make that recognition before or during the trial? If they did so, doesn’t the public good, fairness, justice, protecting the administration of justice and saving Continued on page 7
Despite distractions, Opposition remains focused on 2014 National Budget - Greenidge threatens “nasty or bloody war” Despite the presentation of the National Budget by the Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh just about two weeks away, several distractions appear to have shifted focus from this major aspect of government’s responsibility. However, the main Parliamentary opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) is warning that it remains steadfast in its intentions to either chop or lightly trim the estimates where necessary to ensure that it supports the interest of the citizens while confirming to the laws of the Constitution. This declaration was made yesterday by APNU’s Shadow Minister of Finance, Mr. Carl Greenidge. Greenidge told this publication while there have been absolutely no talks on the budget between APNU and the government leading up to the imminent presentation, the 2014 budget will most certainly be plagued by a lot of difficulty. “We have had no dialogue with the government on the budget and we maintain that we will not have any meetings because they will be a waste of time as certain promises were not fulfilled and to date they still
Carl Greenidge, APNU’s Shadow Minister of Finance remain unfulfilled. We have seen in the 2012 and 2013 budgets where cuts were made and certain decisions made by the Parliament were not adhered to. And the Finance Minister will have to answer for them. However, I wish to reiterate that we cannot allow a budget which does not support the development of our people, to be approved. It will not happen under our watch.” The Member of Parliament added, “We have a government that is accustomed to conforming to their own lax way of doing things and we are here to protect the people. Our
people must be protected and they must have plans that will serve as a platform for their economic growth. I will not apologize for our actions when it is being done with the sole intention to ensure that the national budget is one that represents progress.” The Former Minister of Finance stressed, “The Opposition will be looking for a number of things. We will be meticulous in the scrutinizing of the budget and its format and its level of consistency with the laws of the Constitution. One would expect to see that the Parliament takes action where necessary. We will see cuts because I am sure that some parts will be unconstitutional.” “The budget is also intended to support policies that promote efficiency and we will be looking for what provisions will be made for the Public Procurement Commission and the Public Service Commission among other agencies.” “If not, then it may very well be a nasty or bloody war when it is presented to the Parliament. This situation could have been prevented, if only the interest of the people were seen as paramount.”
Court frees Cornedlia Ida man of murder charge A Cornedlia Ida man who was accused of killing his reputed wife five years ago, has been freed of the charge owing to a no case submission, which was upheld by a Supreme Court Judge, last Friday. The no case submission was made by Attorneys –atLaw, Latchmie Rahamat and Peter Hugh, who represented murder accused, Ganesh Narine. Narine was facing Justice Navindra Singh and a mixed 12-member jury for the murder of his reputed wife,
Krishnadai Singh, called ‘Geeta.’ Singh of 245 Cornelia Ida, Block ‘X’, was allegedly cornered in her bedroom and stabbed in the region of the heart with a kitchen knife by her abusive, drug-addicted husband on June 12, 2009. The couple was reportedly engaged in a heate d argument before the incident took place. The woman died shortly after at the West Demerara Regional Hospital. Relatives claimed that the man had stabbed his wife on a
Ganesh Narine previous occasion and had threatened to kill her more than once.
Monday March 17, 2014
Administration under pressure to hold Local Govt. Elections Ralph Ramkarran, a former Executive Member of the ruling Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) says that now that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has dismissed any notions that it is unprepared for the holding of Local Government Elections, the pressure is on Government to set a date. Ramkarran in his most recent writings on his media outlet, conversationtree.org, reminded that against the background of the passage in the National Assembly of the Local Authorities (Election Amendment) Bill, not yet assented to by the President, which provides that Local Government Elections be held by August, the Chairman of GECOM, Dr. Steve Surujballi, announced that they are ready to ‘go into election mode’ as soon as the date for Local Government Elections is fixed. “This ends speculation about GECOM’s readiness…It also challenges the Government’s position on the holding of Local Government Elections.” According to Ramkarran, Dr Surujbally’s statement nullifies that of Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee’s that GECOM is not ready. “Minister Whittaker’s view that the people are not ready has been an age old excuse for the withholding of democracy, and lacks credibility.” Ramkarran noted that A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has seized the opportunity which was opened up by GECOM’s announcement to call on the Government to fix a date for the elections. ‘The clock is ticking,’ said APNU’s Chair, David Granger. According to Ramkarran, Government has always expressed an anxiety for early Local Government Elections. “Shortly after his assumption of office, President Ramotar
- Ramkarran announced his intention to hold Local Government Elections in 2012…These had been delayed since 1994 due to the unfortunate circumstances whereby during the PPP/C’s last term of office, the Government allowed negotiations to be unnecessarily prolonged with the Opposition PNCR-IG for the legislation which was necessary after the recommendations of the Constitution Reform Commission.” He reminded that these started during the life of the 2001 to 2006 Government and continued interminably, for eight years, into the life in the next Government. According to Ramkarran, it ought to have terminated the negotiations after one or two years, and taken the issues for resolution to the National Assembly, which it eventually did after eight years. He noted too that the then Opposition PNCR-IG also adopted an intransigent position by demanding that the reforms must be completed before elections are held. “There was no reason why elections could not have been held under the old system while negotiations were going on…These two positions combined to deprive the Guyanese people of having local democracy.” Ramkarran surmised that having regard to President Donald Ramotar’s earlier commitment, the PPP surely recognized that this deficit is one of the reasons why it performed so poorly at the last General Elections. “What in fact happened is that the lack of democracy allowed corruption to spiral, services to decline and bureaucratic inertia to spread…Frustration at the local level increased and this was partially reflected in the 2011 election results.” According to Ramkarran,
Former Speaker Ralph Ramkarran given such an experience, it would have been expected that current procrastination by the Government as regards Local Government Elections would have been eschewed, “But not so…The only explanation is that the issue of General Elections is on the agenda of the PPP leadership.” Ramkarran posits that “one may be tempted to believe that the Government is examining the negative impact of a low turnout at the Local Government Elections.” He reminded that after the traditional high turnout at the 1992 General Elections, the Local Government Elections in 1994 saw only a 30+ percent turnout. “It is anticipated that if Local Government Elections are now held, the turnout would be even lower…Such a result may cause its supporters to lose confidence in its ability to return victory at the General Elections.” According to Ramkarran, this may well lead the Government to hold its hand on the Local Government Elections as it now appears to want to do. He noted however that the country is currently going through a particularly potent political battle in relation to the Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Bill (AML/CFT) with there being (Continued on page 19)
Monday March 17, 2014
Letters... Where your views make the news... Letters...Where your views make the news
AFC responds to Dr. Yesu Persaud on the AML/CFT... From page 4 politically-appointed head, Mr. Paul Geer, to advance the objects of the Act. President Donald Ramotar, upon his taking office, continued to disregard the bi-annual evaluation reports by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) until May last year when CFATF’s patience ran out and it threatened Guyana with black-listing. Belatedly, the Government tabled a Bill to amend some of the technical provisions. However, as pointed out in submissions made by bodies and individuals, the amendments did not address, firstly, the unconstitutional features of the principal Act of 2009; secondly, the conflict of interest provisions which give the Attorney General and the Minister of Finance enforcement powers even though they themselves are subject to the Act as “politically exposed” persons; and thirdly, the nonexistence of any independent supervision of the FIU. As a member of the Select Committee to which the National Assembly referred
the matter, I can tell you that these submissions from bodies and individuals came with recommendations and were favourably received by the Select Committee. APNU made several recommendations for amendments, and though they were delays as to the actual formulation, the AFC, after seeing them when they were recently brought, found them to be legitimate and credible. The Select Committee asked that these be drafted in legal language and we were then told that the AG’s Chambers needed time to draft these proposals as they were indeed technical matters and care was needed to avoid hazardous consequential implications. The Parliamentary Counsel did complete APNU’s draft for the last meeting on 12th March 2014. However, and most surprisingly, he also at the instruction of the AG completed a counter-draft for the Government. Both drafts were brought to the Select Committee for their consideration. I must say that some of matters in the
counter-draft are not without merit. What is significant to deduce from this development of a counterdraft from Government is, firstly, that all the talk especially from the President, the Finance Minister and the Attorney General that any amendment to the original Bill was going to be CFATF noncompliant, have been riven asunder. Secondly, and more positively, that there now appears at this stage to be some room for compromise if only to the extent of these amendments. I surely hope that it will extend further. I felt that consideration of the drafts would have been fast-tracked, but instead of the Government summoning the Committee to complete its work, it requested through its representative who currently chairs the AML/CFTA Select Committee, a date for continuation on 25th March 2014 because of overseas and other commitments by Government members sitting on the Select Committee. Moreover, the Government is wasting taxpayers’ money to distort
the facts on this AML/CFTA issue; unjustifiably accusing the Opposition of unpatriotism; and, to solicit lobbying-letters from persons who are not as informed as you are. Not only will that money be saved, but the process can be advanced in an atmosphere far more conducive to a resolution. While I welcome your letter, I regret that you did not advise the Government to return expeditiously to the Select Committee and to heed the calls by informed and patriotic citizens for money laundering legislation that is strong and will provide ammunition to stamp out money laundering and terrorism in Guyana. I suggest that it is not too late for you to do so and I and my AFC team are prepared to meet and share with you the AFC’s road-map on the matter, which road-map will lead to a win-win-win situation for PPP, APNU and the AFC. And, of course, all Guyana! I have no doubt, Dr. Persaud, that you are as concerned, as the AFC is, that the Government has
frustrated for twelve years the establishment and operationalisation of a constitutionally mandated Procurement Commission. And as you must be aware, corruption has run riot in matters procurement because of its non-operationalisation during that time. Further, Government has violated the constitutional mandate that there be the holding of Local Government elections every three years. The last one was held in 1994. And so if I may be permitted to ask: Why then at the very minimum should these two matters of the highest constitutional importance not be tagged to the passage of the AML/ CFTA? You are aware, too, that the President has refused to assent to several Bills passed by the National Assembly on the spurious grounds that they are unconstitutional. You will no doubt be concerned also that the Ramotar Administration has failed to act on the Integrity Commission and to carry out a parliamentary decision with
respect to NICIL which operates outside of the Constitution, statutes and all the principles of good governance. All these matters and much more you have championed in your long and distinguished career. I am aware of your courage as Chairman of GUARD to campaign for free and fair elections at the national and local government levels during the Hoyte Presidency. I am aware of your fearlessness in speaking out against the discriminatory grant of tax-holidays to a certain Government favourite, and against corruption, among a number of other public matters of national importance. Please let us continue this engagement for the sake of our dynamic and diverse people, and in the interest of our beautiful country. Khemraj Ramjattan Leader, Alliance for Change Cc His Excellency President Donald Ramotar Cc Leader of the Opposition David Granger
Two incidents I want to bring Was the PPP playing political... to the public’s attention DEAR EDITOR, On February 11, two Brazilian citizens (not naturalized in Guyana but Brazilian nationals) Messrs. Dos Santos and De Andrade, were each granted bail in the sum of $600, 000 G for alleged illegal possession of arms and ammunition. It was a most curious decision. Magistrates as night follows day do not grant bail on such charges. It is almost certain they will refuse bail. Let me make one strong point clear before I proceed with this magisterial decision. I support bail in all cases, including murder and drug trafficking. Unless there is unquestionable evidence that the accused would harm people or flee the jurisdiction, bail should be granted. In Guyana the magistrates are deluging the prisons with remanded accused. It is a horrible violation of justice and should be stopped We had the spectacle last week of Magistrate Lutchman informing the defence lawyer that he can apply to the High Court for bail after she refused Alana Taylor’s application. In other words she was saying; “I cannot grant it so you could seek another avenue.” But she has the power to do it. This officer of the court has literally insulted the judicial system with this exclamation; “You can apply to the High Court.” We will
wait to see what will be the response to my letter to the Chancellor on an investigation of this magistrate. The research is complete. I will forward the missive on Tuesday to his office Back to Ms. Beharry. Why did she break with her own tradition and grant bail to two foreigners? The other incident occurred on the High Court corridor on Friday afternoon. I was rushing up Judge Reynolds’ steps like mad because I was late for the Jagdeo-Kissoon libel trial. Ralph Ramkarran was on the corridor, speaking to Dr Jabour, and said to me, “Freddie, I see you criticizing me all the time, when you gun stop.” I was so late that I couldn’t stop to reply. I rushed like down the steps madly because the court room was empty and I thought it was assigned to another court. As I came down, Ramkarran repeated his exclamation. There was no time to talk to Mr. Ramkarran. Here is my reply and I hope he reads it Obviously he was referring to my column last week in which I wondered aloud why he and Henry Jeffrey are writing so much about the wrongs the PPP Government is doing but absolutely refused so far to
tell us about their experience with this government when Ramkarran served the PPP for 50 years and Jeffrey served the Cabinet for 18 years Why is Mr. Ramkarran so disinclined to talk about what happened at that meeting in which it was alleged that he was grossly insulted and he walked out and subsequently resigned? I believe given his candid columns in the Stabroek News, he has an obligation to tell the Guyanese people what happened. In any other country, a heavyweight in the ruling party like Mr. Ramkarran would have explained to the nation what happened. But even if Mr. Ramkarran does not want to name names, a broad outline of what transpired should be published What I am doing now is calling upon Mr. Ramkarran to answer two questions. Was the elevation of Mr. Ramotar to the presidential candidacy a democratic process and if it was, then how did he lose out – did he withdraw or was outmanoeuvred? Secondly, what happened in that room when the PPP’s executives met to discuss his anti-corruption column? If Mr. Ramkarran refuses to answer then the nation must judge him harshly Frederick Kissoon
From page 5 taxpayers the humongous cost of a prolonged trial necessitate these individuals release this information at the time of discovery? Why didn’t those staff try to determine whether the Hughes-Griffith relationship had long ended before they provided that information to the trial judge? Griffith, as a PPP member, picketed Hughes when he was counsel in the Linden Commission of Inquiry. Did Griffith himself disclose his prior relationship to Hughes, his recent relationship to the Attorney-General and his PPP membership including his picketing of Nigel Hughes during the Linden COI? Isn’t a prospective juror’s picketing a defence lawyer sufficient foundation for that prospective juror to not be picked because of inherent bias against the lawyer which then extends to that lawyer’s client? If there is a duty on a lawyer who is now patently hostile to a prospective juror to disclose a past relationship to that client, why isn’t that duty extended to the Attorney-General of a country who had a more recent non-hostile relationship with that juror? Did Attorney-General Anil Nandlall know of the Hughes-Griffith association from his prior dealings with Hughes and Griffith and if he did, was he obligated to
produce this information in the public interest? There are burning questions that go to the very heart of this case and t o t h e very heart of the administration of failed and broken justice system in Guyana. The stench of politicking that seems to accompany this
case is dangerous in its own right but it hides an even bigger problem of the comprehensive inadequacy of the justice system in Guyana and its inability to deliver justice to those who are increasingly victimized in a criminalized nation under PPP rule. M. Maxwell
Recreation does for you what it says literally. It creates you again. It refreshes the mind, renews the spirit, and motivates the body. Constant working towards some objective can do the opposite, unless we control it by rest and relaxation.
Leguan residents call on Gov’t... (From page 3) operate the contraption. “The teachers at the school are all females, and with that, there isn’t anybody on staff there who can operate the solar energy equipment, so it just sits there without being used.” When contacted yesterday, one of the four teachers from the Maryville Primary School said that the biggest challenge for those spending hours at the
school, is the fact that majority of the windows are missing. “This is a cause for bats and owls to fly into the classes and dirty it and so. So that really is our major problem,” the teacher said. She noted however, that the solar equipment is usually operated by an employee of the Region, but because of some inconvenience, the man has not showed up at the school for a while.
The Maryville Primary School teacher also maintained that the roads need to be repaired, as it has been an inconvenience to many residents and students. The Morshee Primary School is also another one without windows. However, the persons at that school have resorted to using “salt bags” to prevent the rain and sun from hindering their school work.
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Former Finance Minister wants fixed exchange rate KINGSTON, Jamaica CMC – The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP), spokesman on Finance, Audley Shaw, has called on the government to fix the exchange rate in the interest of economic stability. Shaw, in a presentation at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus on Thursday, said calls for a competitive exchange rate is nothing more than a euphemism for further devaluation which he points out has brought little gain so far. “Are we seeing more exports as a result? No, in fact exports are down, not up. That is supposed to be one of the benefits of devaluation. Shouldn’t we then be fighting to maintain a stable or fixed exchange rate because the bigger negative impact is on our debt? It is time for us to start asking where is the positive impact of this continued devaluation of the Jamaican dollar, if all we have are negatives, then I suggest that we need to look at fixing the exchange rate, even for a period of time.” Shaw, a former Finance Minister, added that the slide in the dollar is responsible for J$140 billion of the J$300
Audley Shaw billion increase in the debt in the last two years. And in backing his calls for a fixed exchange rate, Shaw enlisted the help of studies which show the impact of a flexible exchange rate on economic activity. “Most of these studies find that depreciation tend to be contractionary when foreign currency debt is high. The studies also find that the presence of high foreign policy debt can even cause the flexible exchange rate regime to be more destabilizing than when the exchange rate is pegged,” he said. In response, Dr Damien
King, , Head of the Department of Economics at the UWI, has given a swift thumbs down to the latest call for the government to fix the exchange rate. “But worse than being futile, to the extent that you are actually able to hold it, you are creating a great imbalance between the cost of imports and the cost of domestic production, ,because you a re subsidizing imports with domestic production so you are really undermining any capacity for you local economy to continue operating when you are making imports cheaper and cheaper.” He added that while stabilising the exchange rate is an important goal, it must happen through balancing the budget and having a conservative monetary policy, not legislation. According to King, unless that is done, the country will get itself into problems by trying to stabilize the currency any other way. Since March 2013, the Jamaican dollar has lost 12.2% of its value moving from Jamaican $97.34 to 1 US dollar to an all-time high of J$109.02 to US $1.
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Local Govt. Elections: The August deadline Local Government Elections cannot be held by August. Indeed, they should not be held at all this year. Under the existing laws of Guyana, it is the Minister of Local Government who has to advise the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) as to a date for the holding of these elections. And the Minister is rightly not advising that GECOM begin plans for the holding of these elections. This has nothing to do with the Bill that was not given assent by the President and which some feel would have allowed for Local Government Elections by August. It also has nothing to do with the PPPC’s fear of losing the elections. These two grounds have been posited as the reasons for the seeming reluctance on the part of the PPPC to move ahead with the elections. Both of these reasons are without merit. Firstly, the reason why the President has not given assent to one of four Local
Government Bills has to do with his opinion on the constitutionality of aspects of that Bill, specifically provisions relating to the work of the proposed Local Government Commission. Elements within the opposition have argued that it is not the President that is required to pronounce on the constitutionality of legislation. They point out that it is the Court that is so empowered. Indeed they are correct. The Court is the competent authority to pronounce of the constitutionality of legislation. But the President and indeed all public officers have sworn to uphold the Constitution. If in their opinion there is something that is unconstitutional, they are duty bound not to proceed with it. To do otherwise would be to deliberately commit acts that are unconstitutional. The President and all public officers would be violating their oath of office if they
believed in their hearts that something was wrong and still went ahead and did it. Those who feel that for the purposes of assent, the President is not required to consider whether he feels it is unconstitutional, have an option to test this proposition by asking the Court to determine this question. But instead of doing this, they are resorting to arguments which are highly contestable and indeed untenable even to basic common sense. How is it, for example, that the Constitution gives to the President the power to veto a bill, yet it can still be argued by the opposition that he cannot refuse to assent on the basis that certain provisions in a Bill conflict with the Constitution? Is the opposition saying, for example, that they will pass a Bill allowing the police and customs officers to arbitrarily deprive a citizen of his or her property, something that is not in accordance with
Dem boys seh...
Sam put on he dhoti, and Donald wining Phagwah is a time fuh celebration and nuff people gun celebrate. People does also do strange thing. Dem does wear clothes that dem don’t even know how fuh wear. De Indian High Commissioner does invite all dem diplomats and all dem government people to celebrate. Sam don’t miss this celebration. De food does attract he, suh he does mek sure that he put on he khurta. Dem boys see he when he go to Guyana Stores to buy one pon Friday. He does look strange but a Black Muslim wearing a dhoti gun look strange too. Anyhow, by de end of de day he gun be h a p p y. H e c o l o u r g u n change but then again, he won’t be de only one. Is nuff seven curry. Sam like dhal, suh by tonight he gun be sitting down pun de bowl while de rest of he family got to clear out de house. Donald gun be wining. Dem boys hope that he don’t slip out he hip. H o w e v e r, f u h m o s t people, de celebration is de only time dem does get to bathe. Dem boys see people who lef dem house just fuh let people throw powder and abeer and water pun dem. Some of dem don’t get water in dem house because GWI cut dem off. That is why
dem going to play Phagwah. Some people does use de celebration to recover. Dem been to Clement birthday party and de man put out de drinks. As Minister of Home Affairs he had no shortage of likker. Dem boys now understand why so many police been raiding dem illegal likker shop. Dem seize all de foreign likker. Rohee get most and since dem colleagues in de Cabinet love a likker, people can
understand wha happen last night. Of course Ash Knee walk wid a driver because every time he drink and drive he does get de Bee, de Yong one, fuh go and settle wid de people who get lick up. In fact, dem boys seh that de driver had to sleep in de car because Ash Knee drink suh much that he end up sleeping in one of Rohee chair. But today is fuh de real celebration. Talk half and Shub Holi.
When we pause and experience silence, we discover answers that activity does not have time to reveal. During your day, take threeminute “vacations”. Relax and re-energise. Take time out to feel the peace of silence.
the fundamental right of citizens under the Constitution, and when such a Bill goes before the President, he is obligated to give his assent? Are they saying that he should assent and then make a fool of himself by having his legal advisers file an appeal against his own actions before a Court to deem his assent as unlawful since there are provisions in the Bill to which assent was given that were unconstitutional? If the opposition parties are so confident that the President’s actions in not assenting to Bills passed by the National Assembly are unconstitutional, they are free to approach the Court for a declaration to the effect that the President is compelled to give his assent. But the opposition parties are not doing this and for obvious reasons. They probably know that what they are peddling about automatic assent is political propaganda to confuse those who are uninitiated in constitutional law. Or is it because they have found themselves in a bind; on the one hand arguing that the Court is the competent authority to pronounce on
the constitutionality of legislation, and on the other hand refusing to accept the declarations of the Court in relation to the constitutionality of acts of the National Assembly which the Court found are not in accordance with the Constitution, the highest law in the land? The second reason advanced for the refusal of the Minister of Local Government to not give the go-ahead with Local Government Elections has to do with the fear that the PPP will lose those polls. Well, while there was indeed complacency on the part of PPP supporters in the 2011 General and Regional Elections, the PPP still won the presidency, comfortably. They had done so also in 1992 and two years after had swept Local Government polls by a landslide. Since their setback in 2011, the PPP has been working hard within their constituencies. But the Opposition is free to comfort itself with the view that PPP is fearful of an electoral humiliation and is therefore delaying the holding of Local Government Elections. But while they are comforting themselves with this view, the
PPP is doing the legwork amongst the people. The true reason why Local Government Elections cannot be held is simple. It would be reckless to hold elections this year because there is a new system of Local Government Elections. The people need to be educated on this new system. Right now the great majority of the people are not yet sufficiently familiar with this new Local Government Electoral System, which is a mixture of both proportional representation and a constituency system. Until such time as the public understands the system, it would be reckless to go ahead and have Local Government Elections. Unless the public understands the system, they will go into the polling booth and not a have a clue as to what to do. The need to publicly educate the country about the new system is the reason, and the only reason why Local Government Elections cannot be held this year.
PPP 2011 manifesto promised Local Govt. Elections in 2012
GECOM Chairman Steve Surubally
Minister within Local Government Ministry Norman Whittaker
APNU Local Government Shadow Minister Ronald Bulkan
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has failed to live up to its 2011 elections campaign manifesto in terms of the holding of Local Government Elections. The party had promised in its developmental blueprint that if it was successful at the General Elections in 2011, the “long overdue” Local Government Elections would be “ensured” within one year. If elections are not held before November 28, this year, it will be three years since that promise was made and two decades since the country last experienced local government polls. The party, through its General Secretary Clement Rohee, and Minister within Local Government Norman Whitaker has already declared that the 2014 elections cannot be held in August, but Shadow Local Government Minister for A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Ronald Bulkan believes that their utterances
“are nothing but fig leaves to cover their nakedness” since in his view, the government is not keen on holding local polls. He was also unconvinced about statements relating to the public not being knowledgeable about elections and is therefore uninterested in participating. Bulkan was at the time reiterating his call for the government to be serious about holding local elections. He also made his statement on the heels of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) stating publicly that they are adequately equipped to hold the elections if the Local Government Minister gives a date. Bulkan charged that, “the PPP has always been aware that GECOM could hold Local Government Elections within six months’ notice. GECOM had said that a long time.” “The bottom line is that the PPP does not want to have these elections as they
are terrified about being rejected by communities that have seen the corruption, incompetence and favouritism on the part of PPP Councilors and PPP appointed officials within these Councils.” He argued that their actions of delaying elections “must be seen for what it really is, which is about thieving or the ability to continue their corrupt ways.” “They are only delaying the inevitable, which is to feel the wrath of citizens who are totally fed up over being denied their constitutional right to elect Councilors to manage community affairs. Fed up over stink communities, no playgrounds, lack of employment etc.” Bulkan also stated that the need for reformed legislation was the first obstacle for the holding of local government polls, but he charged that the final four Local Government Reform (Continued on page 12)
Monday March 17, 2014
Optimism buoyant on decriminalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes There is no doubt that marijuana use is prevalent in Guyana, and many are optimistic about a positive outcome on the discussions on decriminalizing the herb for medicinal purposes. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Inter-Sessional summit began these discussions last week in St. Vincent. However, Heads of Government of CARICOM have mandated that a Regional Commission be set up to address issues identified in relation to marijuana use. This announcement was made by Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves at the recently concluded 25th Intersessional Meeting Tuesday. Dr. Gonsalves disclosed that the Heads of Government engaged in intense discussions on the issue. He said that the debate covered marijuana’s medical use and the decriminalising of small quantities for recreational purpose. He explained that the economic benefits that might be derived from marijuana cultivation were also explored. In an interview with this publication, an unemployed John Joseph (not real name), 35, who earns US$500 a week on the illegal marijuana trade, related that many Caribbean nationals are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the CARICOM discussions. Joseph, who is anticipating that regional governments will agree to decriminalize the herb for medical purposes, said “many people don’t understand that abuse of anything is good for nothing, but the natural herb of the earth has its own purpose and using any plant should not be a crime.” He continued: “I don’t do this just for the sake of it, I have a family and kids, but I also don’t have anything
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against marijuana use.” These sentiments were echoed by many others who were interviewed. Adding that decriminalizing marijuana use can even contribute to the economy directly and indirectly, Joesph said the marijuana plant will forever be cultivated and “don’t matter how much fields they burn down, it’s a losing cause to fight against the natural herb.” Financial experts suggest that in Washington and Colorado, the legalization of marijuana may bring in as much as US$2.1 billion in revenue from new taxes in five years. As recently as the 1980s, public opposition to marijuana was as high as 80%. Anti-pot movies like the 1936 film “Reefer Madness” led children and young adults to believe the use of marijuana would result in a life of social deviance (the film showed regular marijuana users committing suicide, conducting hit-and-run “accidents” as well as performing other clandestine activities). The State of Legal Marijuana Markets in a report released in the United States last year noted that the funds to be obtained from the legal marijuana industry would outstrip the expansion of the global smartphone market. According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, 52% of Americans are now on board with legalizing marijuana. As today’s younger generation matures, that number is likely to climb. “The region may wish therefore to explore any commercial benefit from a potential multi-billion dollar
industry, including research and development and also the production of medical marijuana products,” the report underscored. The illegal drug business is worth an estimated $400 billion a year in the United States alone. Marijuana offenses account for 48.3% of all drug arrests, according to an analysis of FBI data published in U.S. News & World Report. So presuming all marijuana sales become legal in the next 20 years, you can see the incredible growth potential — some 30% a year in compound annual growth. If legalized, pharmaceutical companies, tobacco companies and other interested parties are going to want a piece of this relatively unexplored market. When that happens, there will be a massive scramble to acquire companies with established marijuana operations — especially those that have already proven to be profitable. However, other sections of society note that the impact of marijuana will strain, particularly, the healthcare system, law enforcement and the judicial system. And there is need for foresight regarding medical marijuana. Trinidad Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar contended that enough research had not been done by governments and experts on the issue and that the Caricom Secretariat had been ordered to compile a preliminary report for presentation to leaders at next week’s summit. The Trinidadian PM had stated that, “We were of the view in our preliminary discussions that we’ll need much further research with respect to the medical issues as well as on the legislative and legal issues.” The mandated commission is expected to address the issues identified, along with any others deemed relevant in providing clear guidance for the tough decisions that will need to be made in relation to this matter. The Commission is expected to report to the Regular Meeting of the Conference in July 2014.
Monday March 17, 2014
Piari Creek Drowning…
Relatives believe miner was murdered Relatives of a miner whose body was recently fished out of Piari Creek, Region Seven are calling on the Commissioner of Police and the Minister of Home Affairs to force the intensification of investigations into the suspicious circumstances of his demise, since they suspect murder. The body of Leon “Dougla” Andrews, 27, of Lot 22 Prince William Street, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara was recovered from the Piari Creek on Wednesday last, some 12 hours after he went to the area to take a bath and never returned to his mining camp. According to relatives, when the body was discovered, there were several scratches on his face and chest and this led family members to believe that there was foul play involved in his death. Relative’s suspicions were almost confirmed on Friday last when a post mortem examination revealed that blunt trauma to the head along with asphyxiation due to drowning were contributory factors in Andrews’ death. His father, Jerome Andrews said that the dead
Leon “Dougla” Andrews man had been working on a mining concern which he called ‘Rats mining company’. Personnel at the company’s interior operations claimed that Andrews’ death was accidental. “They said he went down to the river side and fell into the river and drown,” Jerome Andrews told this newspaper. Andrews said that his son had contacted him from Bartica before he left to go into camp a few weeks ago. “He said ‘dad look, I just called to let you know I was going in’. I then sent some money through the post office for him to purchase
personal items and he returned a call to say he received the money.” The father of four further explained that police need to investigate and take statements from persons who were at the camp and in the area at the time of his son’s demise. He believes that his son did not just fall into the creek and hit his head, but was struck by someone from behind. “There had to be a problem in that camp because for years my son loved sports and was also involved with the karate federation and could have defended himself in a confrontation if approached from the front. However, I am not buying this drowning story, and I am saying so many things do not add up.” Reports disclosed that Leon Andrews was last seen on Tuesday evening last when he left the camp with his soap and towel. However, he never returned for dinner and his colleagues thought that he went to another camp, so there was no real alarm. The following morning when the cook awoke at 04:00 hrs to prepare meals, he realised that “Dougla” was Continued on page 23
Interesting development in Tain murder trial…
Key witness falls ill, another cannot be contacted The two prosecution star witnesses in the ongoing trial of the two Corentyne men who are accused of murder, failed to show up on Friday when the matter was scheduled to recommence in the Berbice High Court. On trial for the capital offence before Justice Diana Insanally and a mixed jury are Joshua Persaud called ‘Sunny Boy’ and ‘Bun Boy’, 22 and Raphael Rene Morrison called “Red Head” 24 both of Bloomfield Corentyne, Berbice. The two men are accused of murdering Marlon Andrew Ramcharran on June 3rd 2013 along a street in Block C Tain New Housing Area. When the matter was adjourned on Tuesday last, following some objections by the defence, led by Senior Counsel Mursalene Bacchus, which triggered some legal arguments, key witness Nicholas Beharry was on the witness stand being led by Prosecutor Renita Singh. Beharry who was an eyewitness to what occurred had described what happen
during the night in question. He was scheduled to continue giving his evidence in chief on Friday and then be subjected to cross examination. However, he failed to show up and it was later learnt that he was ill. The other prosecution eyewitness Rakesh Jaikarran, who was with Beharry and was present on Tuesday, also did not show up in court on Friday. Information is that he cannot be contacted. So far the prosecution has called a number of witnesses including Detective Assistant Superintendent of Police Gary Mc Alister, who testified to visiting the scene and taking a statement from Morrison. Detective Constable Emmanuel Rajnauth in his testimony gave evidence that he witnessed Morrison giving his statement. He also visited the scene of the crime and arrested Morrison and testified to finding the cutlass that was allegedly used. Police Constable Nkofi
Austin in his testimony stated that he arrested the number one accused Joshua Persaud at Black Bush Polder. Police Detective Constable Andel Doris who testified to taking photographs of the scene. Two other witnesses also took the stand, including the deceased’s father Surendra Ramcharan who identified the body. The other was Molchan Raghubir who testified that on the night in question, Persaud went by his house in company with Morrison and demanded a cutlass, which he subsequently gave to him. The court had also visited the scene of the crime at Tain on the request of the defence. The judge has so far ruled that the statements given by the two accused are inadmissible. This was following objections by the defence. A post mortem examination performed on the body by Dr. Nehal Singh revealed that Ramcharran died from shock and haemorrhage due to multiple incised wounds.
Promotions are not given as a golden handshake - Rohee Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee says that it is not true that senior officers are being promoted on the eve of their retirement so that they can benefit from a lucrative pension is not true. Rohee in a public missive last week said “I don’t think they got the promotion because they were retiring. Promotions are not given as a golden hand shake, promotions are given on the basis of merit and years of experience on the Force. So while it might appear that these promotions come just on the eve of a person’s retirement, it ought not to be seen as a golden handshake to go off with a good pension, not at all.” Rohee agreed that there weren’t many promotions taking place for quite some time (over three years) and expressed that “this is because, especially at the officers level and at the Cadet level, these promotions have to be considered by the Police Service Commission [PSC] and that’s an issue right now that remains outstanding but it doesn’t mean that there aren’t recommendations awaiting the consideration of the PSC.” The Home Affairs
Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee Minister had previously spoken on the PSC where he expressed that because of the absence of that body, the promotions of the officers were stymied, much to the detriment of the officers within the Force who have been patiently waiting to move up the ranks. This newspaper has been making repeated enquiries about the establishment of the PSC but the responses have been less than satisfactory from senior government officials who are directly or indirectly responsible.
Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon had indicated a while back at one of his press conferences that the administration was looking at the establishment of several Commissions, the PSC being one of them. Police Officers are hoping the current situation is addressed quickly, but there appears to be no urgency on the part of the administration to deal with the issue. The last Commission was chaired by Dennis Morgan who died in November 2012 while serving in that capacity. The Police Service Commission, a five-man body, was then rendered inactive. Some ranks have been stagnant in one position for long periods, some for as long as 20 years without promotion. It was explained that some ranks have pending disciplinary matters that are hampering their advancement but of even greater concern is the stagnation of more than 40 Cadet Officers. Recently, outgoing Police Commissioner Leroy Brumell announced the promotion of a few junior ranks, which caused mixed reactions among those who are still waiting to be promoted.
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Corruption festered by low Public Essequibo Paddy Farmers Association Servants morale - Granger wants meeting with Ramotar Leader of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) David Granger has expressed that corruption within government agencies is being festered by the low morale that Public Servants face in respect to how they are paid, especially against the backdrop of the seemingly flourishing drug trade and other elicit activities where that money can be used to influence government officials. The Opposition Leader in an interview with Kaieteur News said that drug trafficking is the mother of all crimes, “it is insidious, it’s dangerous and it peculates into every area of governmental activity because of the value of the drug trade. So revenue officers, police officers and enforcement officers who are working for $50,000 and $60,000 a month are at the mercy of narco traffickers who can just say look take this $600,000 and buy some sweets for the kids.” He said that most persons are generally weak and susceptible to bribery and mentioned that APNU made recommendations for making structured provisions to address that. “You can’t eliminate
Leader of APNU David Granger corruption completely but we can reduce it by having properly trained, paid and supervised officers. That is the root of corruption. It takes two but if you have a magistrate or a civil servant who is capable of resisting somebody who is trying to bribe him or her, we then will start to turn the tide,” said Granger. “I remember somebody was arrested for smuggling fuel and the person approached the Coast Guard officer and the officer reported him to the police for attempting to bribe him. So once people are comfortable
in their own skin, in their rank, in their positions, they are comfortable with their salaries, it would be difficult for corruption to thrive.” The Opposition Leader expressed that for governmental corruption to take place regardless of what form it might be manifested in, it would mean that a public servant has turned a blind eye or failed to exercise diligent supervision. “I am not accusing the public servants but sometimes people are paid not to only look away but to do nothing. You may be a sentry at a position and the man tells you just go to the washroom between half past eleven and half past twelve tonight, that’s all, you don’t have to do anything you don’t have to touch anything, just go to the washroom because you have a bad stomach and at the end you have $500 000.” Granger explained that corruption can take place in many forms but as far a governmental corruption is concerned, much of it “occurs because of the low morale in the Guyana Public Service and that is related directly to the way the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/ C) administration has been treating the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) since 1999, failing to negotiate in good faith, failing to grant public servants a good wage and reducing them to the level of poverty.” He said that is why APNU came out in support of the public servants “because we have to clean up the public service, but a lot of the easy money comes from the narco trafficking, money laundering, gun running and other illicit activities, if we stamp those out we would be on the way to making Guyana a lawful, law abiding state.”
Paddy farmers from Essequibo are calling for an emergency meeting with Head of State, President Donald Ramotar or Agriculture Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy to address pressing matters affecting them. Representative for the Essequibo Paddy Farmers’ Association, Nateram, told Kaieteur News that farmers are so frustrated that they were forced to protest at Anna Regina on March 7 last to try to get their plight addressed. According to Nateram if the present conditions continue, the very livelihood of Essequibo, paddy farmers will be threatened as the price offered by millers cannot compensate the paddy farmers for the effort and resources they put into their crops. Nateram explained that last year, farmers were receiving about $4000 for a
bag of paddy, but this year the highest price being offered is $3,100. “This is way below the cost of production and at this rate, the paddy farmers cannot sustain their crops and maintain their families,” Nateram lamented. He said that at the end of the 2013 rice crop, some 120,000 tonnes of paddy was still in the system and had not been marketed. This he said has contributed to a glut in the market and the millers are using this to keep down the price they are offering the farmers. Another matter of concern to farmers is the promise by the Minister of Agriculture of retroactive payment. According to Nateram, during 2013 when there was infestation of bugs, the millers took 180-200 lbs per bag instead of the usual 140-150 lbs depending on moisture and dockage.
“At a meeting with the Minister, it was promised to us that the millers would make retroactive payments to the farmers to cover the additional weight, but this has not materialized and the farmers have heard nothing further either from the Minister or the millers,” Nateram said. He said that there is also a call for the names of those millers who owe paddy farmers to be published in the newspapers so that farmers will know which miller is in default. He noted that since the last crop, some farmers have not been paid for their paddy while others have received only part payment. It is believed that some $60 million is still owed to farmers. “No interest on the amount owed is being paid to farmers as is stipulated in the Rice Factory Act,” Nateram stressed.
PPP 2011 manifesto promised... (From page 10) Bills were passed in the National Assembly last year. “So if the PPP were serious about having these elections, it could have been held by 8th February 2014,” he posited. Additionally, Bulkan blasted the government for not yet establishing the Local Government Commission. “There is no valid reason why the Local Government Commission has not been constituted as yet, following passage of the legislation seven months ago.” The government had promised however to strengthen the capacity of the Local Government Ministry; build greater capacity in the local
government bodies, and to enhance accountability and transparency; especially in the area of awarding contracts, among other things. Several stakeholders, including international missions, local unions and associations have called for Local Government polls. Last year, GECOM’s Chairman Dr. Steve Surujbally had stated that the agency could be ready in six months if a date for local polls was given. He said at the time that certain statutory provisions had to be made to move ahead with the successful hosting of Local Government Elections. “But generally speaking, the team is ready. We are
starting in September (2013), a new continuous registration exercise, which will ensure that the voters’ list is even more perfect,” Dr Surujbally had told the media last year. He said GECOM had already demarcated the various boundaries and constituencies. Surujbally indicated to reporters last Thursday that the holding of elections at this time depends primarily on the Local Government Minister who has to give an election date.
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Monday March 17, 2014
Saddlehead and the tap I felt the blow and immediately my ears started ringing, my head started hurting and my vision blurred all at the same time. I had been “tapped”-, not electronically the way the Government listens in to phone conversations; not like that moment of true delight and boastful excitement when indoor plumbing came to our homes in the old days; not being earmarked for future growth and development, but hit with an open palm at the back of the head at the point where it joins the neck. It is onomatopoeic, a phenomenon in the English language when the word is the sound – like meow, honk, sizzle and cuckoo. This was the tap of all taps and was inflicted by my ham-handed friend “Saddlehead” who had a physique like Popeye and who did not know his own
strength or the fragility of my skull. Perhaps misled by the frequent references made by our teacher, Miss Rouse, to my stubbornness and her use of the term “hard headed” to describe me, Saddlehead felt that I could take a tap that could fell an ox or two. Perhaps he and Miss Rouse were right since I survived the tap despite being driven a little bit cuckoo. Reflecting on it later I thought that onomtopoeically (if such a word exists) the proper terminology in this particular case should have been that I received a “splat” since I could hear my brains hit against the inside of my skull and then rearranging themselves into a different configuration. The problem was that I could do nothing about it. If Saddlehead were so minded to mark his victims like old Western gunslingers by
putting notches on his weapon, his entire right hand would have been totally mutilated with scar tissue on scar tissue. But facing up to him was not the problem. I was wrong, he was right and I was in pain. Context is everything so let me give you what the media now call the “back story”. In the Trinidad in which I grew up there were two days of Carnival. During the lead up to Carnival, the radio (there was no television then) ran all the popular calypsos with the exception of what was called “smut” which we heard only at the Calypso tents and from the lips of our peers who delighted in singing them in class to amuse the rest of us in the back seats or to cause Miss Rouse to simultaneously control her prurient interest and the class. The radio stations, under
Police accused of terrorizing 14-year-old girl with gun A Craig, East Bank Demerara family is seeking justice, after allegedly enduring constant harassment and victimization by ranks attached to the Grove Police Station. Wendy Barbosa, a mother of six, claimed that her children have been the steady target of the police. The woman said that police have raided her home, more than five times within recent months. “Within the past month, the police came to my home twice, while I was not at home. They tumbled up my place and traumatized my children and did it with no proper explanation. I really don’t understand what they want from my family. I really don’t understand why they want to cause us this kind of discomfort.” Combined with the distress she has experienced within the past several months, Barbosa believes that the police might have “crossed the line,” with their recent actions. “Last Thursday, my 14 year old daughter called me around two o’clock in the afternoon to tell me that the police placed a gun to her head, raided our home and locked up my son and nephew.” The woman said that she immediately left her place of business and hurried home. “I am a vendor at the corner of Light Street … I reported to the Grove Police Station with my daughter. My 14 year old gave a statement to the officer and we both signed it. I kept asking for my son and nephew, who had
Wendy Barbosa been locked up. They released the boys a while later, no reason why they were locked up, no charge either.” Recounting the ordeal, Barbosa’s 14 year old daughter said “on Thursday, I was at home with my brother and cousin and they had a male friend over, I don’t know him. About four policemen came up our steps. We left the door half open, so we could see outside, and so they came in and ordered us to stand up, they said put your hands in the air and two of them took me in the bedroom. The placed a gun to my head and then in my mouth and said that I must tell who else was in the house or they will shoot me.” The Covent Garden Secondary School student
said that the police had previously visited their house before to investigate reports of illegal sexual activity. The police reportedly received complaints that the house was a haven, where underage girls engage in sexual activities with older men. “My mother not home a lot and sometimes my friends would come over to do assignment, especially when we get half day, the police investigated that but they never found any evidence. Someone close by might have had made a false report to the station and since then the police harassment has never stopped,” the teenager told this newspaper. Attempts made by this newspaper to contact the officers of the Grove Police Station for a comment proved futile. Barbosa believes that she has to take the necessary actions for justice to prevail. The woman plans to visit the Police Complaints Authority, the Amerindian Affairs Ministry and every human rights association to get help. “I have been living in fear and I want this to stop. I need answers and I will go to the authorities with this because I have one teenage daughter, and three minor sons, ages four 17, 12 and 14,” she stated. Presently her children are staying with relatives because “they don’t want to be home because they are scared, besides it’s not safe.”
a state of moral suasion from the religious authorities, notoriously the Catholic Church, stopped playing calypsos from midnight of the Carnival Tuesday night. In fact, the revelers had to be off the street at that time and could be arrested for going beyond midnight. If Carnival came from the Latin “carni” and “vale” or “farewell to the flesh” the day after, Ash Wednesday, was for calypso lovers the day of cold turkey – how to stop singing calypsos or face dire punishment. In other words, catching your Ash. We made it even worse by “betting” Lent. What this meant was to bet with one or more of your friends that if you were caught singing a calypso, you could be tapped. So there I was singing Sparrow’s Jean and Dinah, the lyrics of which were deemed extremely daring and even risqué for those times, and clearly a breach of the Catholic Code of Calypso. In earlier times, I would have been clapped in chains, tortured by the Inquisition and burned at the stake. This time was even worse since I received a tap from Saddlehead. When the Parliament in Trinidad was under siege the Prime Minister, ANR Robinson, had said, “Attack with full force.” I am not sure where he was in those earlier days but somebody told Saddlehead,
“A tap with full force”- and he did. This was the beginning of my career as a gambler and the results remained fairly consistent over the years. Gambling is a major headache. I hear people talk about being able to afford to gamble but the essence of gambling is that you always commit yourself to a little more than you can afford otherwise it is not really gambling in the strictest sense of the word. A few years ago, while at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) I learnt how much gambling had infiltrated the world of cricket. When we were young we bet on the results of a game and the stake was generally alcohol – a beer or two. We would bet on which bowler would get the most wickets or batsman get the most runs. The laws against bookmaking in India and the development of “spot” have taken cricket betting into a different universe. Now the big bets are on events like whether a bowler would bowl a no-ball or a batsman hit a four or gets bowled on the fourth ball. There is big money involved. If, for instance, I bet that the first four WI bowlers would be Badree, Bravo, Samuels and Simmons and not, as expected, Badree,
Rampaul, Bravo and Sammy, I can win a lot of money because that is against the odds. This is why insider information is so important and the ICC has put so many barriers on communication between players and other people. So when I heard that two men attending the final England vs West Indies One Day International (ODI) in Antigua were caught supposedly engaging in fraudulent betting activities I was not surprised. Cricket is now a multi-billion dollar business and the underground cricket economy might be more lucrative and larger than the legitimate one. The 67-second delay in transmission from the Caribbean to India makes it easier to bet on a sure thing if you place the bet by cellphone. The police ejected them from the ground but, personally, I would have first sentenced them to a tap from Saddlehead and then jailed them – not in any ordinary place but in a Digicel. *Tony Deyal was last seen saying that the ICC was investigating strange betting behavior in the last Ashes series in Australia. Someone had bet a dollar on England to win at least one test match.
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COMPLETE SAWMILL with all new industrial machine, going business with contract - (Wanted Kabukalli Logs) - Tel:6845868. Fishing boat, 5" nylon Seine, 40 Hp Yamaha $1.6M - Tel: 267-1563; 6913501 / 4162667627 Tacoma Tundra lights & Parts - Tel: 641-1127 Blow out sales on Steel Rods: ¼”, 5/8", ½”, 3/8" Call: 657-4072 1 Music system, 3 crown amps, Numark CD player crossover & mixer, 2 base box with 15" Mid range & tweeters - Call: 619-2800 One 6 Base music set in parts – Call: 641-2088; 266-2503 1 Toyota Raum fully air conditioned – Tel:678-6108, 692-8419, 266-2771
2 Income properties at bargain p r i c e - $ 4 0 M negotiable - Tel: 686-4899; 684-3718 Property for sale - Call:6275416 Near Regent Street -$37M, Campbellville (2 buildings) $25M, Lamaha Gardens $55M – Contact Diana:2272256; 626-9382
House and land @ De’ Edward W.C.B - Tel:689-2973
Unfinished two storey concrete house @ Bladen Hall E.C.D – Call:688-6316
One 2 Bedrooms bottom flat Tel: 613-6402
One 3 bedroom house in La Parafaite Harmonie -$16M negotiable – Contact:6221782; 658-5803; 264-0042
MOVE IN ready fully furnished two bedroom upper flat apartment @ Atlantic Gardens - US$1,000 dollars negotiable - Call:600-9981 3 Bedroom, upper flat, unfurnished apartment to rent @ Alberttown Area $75,000 per month, 2 months security – Contact:613-7555
EDUCATIONAL Balloon decorating classes – April 05 - Call: 225-3133; 6137513 for more information and to register. Natural Farming and diet c/o Channel 9 office – Tel:6645947 Study in Canada: Any Career. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
PEN PAL Looking for friendship 4050yrs – Call:626-8482
9 Courses Diploma in computer studies - $30,000. Individual teaching: limited space. Micrographics Technologhy –Vreed- en Hoop – Tel:264-3057
One treadmill – Contact:6718100 New Japan Parts & Batteries in stock with a 10% discount @ Ray’s Motor Spares - Tel: 227-2322; 227-2330
LAND FOR SALE One Transported large Lot at Zeelught EBE - $2.2M – Tel:617-4439 Romrima Trust Versailles @ W.B.D - Tel: 652-3707
Hair station to rent, professional hairdresser with client -$7,000 weekly - Call: 645-9266 Barbers and hair stylist station for rent @ Prime Location – Tel:663-5964 One bottom flat Apartment with 2 bedrooms – Call:6870835 GT TOOLS RENTAL: TEL: 675-0767; 627-5098 Newly constructed furnished\unfurnished apartments, with & without A/C. Parking available, LBI East Coast. Call: 603-0000. 1 Lower Flat 2 bedrooms located at Diamond H/ Scheme, 2nd Bridge - $45,000 negotiable – Call:625-3695; 663-6479
1 Stall @ Stabroek Market – Tel:658-0115; 718-757-8031 New Vendor Mall - Tel:6154775 Original Games - Call:6722566 Greenheart Piles - Tel: 6393450
1 Newly built 2 storey concrete house @ Canal No#2 Belle West - Tel:6153333; 648-9428
Cannon digital camera A720 power shot, 4GB SD card & case asking -$17,000 – Call:663-2079 or 695-3091
CAR RENTAL Dolly’s Car Rental- Call: 2257126/226-3693- dollysauto email@example.com/ www. dolly sautorental.com
50 Acres transported land at Grant Belfield, Lower Pomeroon – Tel:671-8100
A i d a n ’s C a r R e n t a l & Pickup Call: 645-7981/ 698-7807 Premio, vitz call:6797139,639-4452
House lots in Friendship. Tel: 692-8513
Wings Car Rental - Call: 643-1131
VEHICLE FOR SALE
VEHICLE FOR SALE
One Toyota Tacoma 2006, 12ft Aluminum Boat, Tacoma : rims & tyres – Call:641-6162; 220-1981; 222-5671
Toyota Premio- Dark interior with TV, mags, spacio. Tel: 697-0294
2 Ton Canter with power gate, unregistered - Tel:6172891
PLANNING AN EVENT? BIRTHDAY PARTY, GRADUATION,WEDDINGS, ANNIVERSARY, ETC. – CALL DIAMOND TENTS: 216-1043; 677-6620
1 smoothie machine,2 ice machine- Contact:2310655,683-8734
American Style massage services- Call:678-7499
BJJ series, long base RZ minibus – Call:667-6045
2 Storey concrete building, 7 bedrooms: 4 upstairs & 3 downstairs @ Paradise $5M negotiable Tel:6796377; 667-0064
Tibetan Terrier mixed with Pekingese puppy – Tel:2270945; 623-8811
We buy & sell vehicles for cash, also parts available & 30 seater buses; Extra Cab pickups; 2006 TacomaCall:680-3154
2004 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 2700 CC – 4 Cylinder @ 31 Grove Housing Scheme EBD Call: 665-8933; 416-836-1466 1 Toyota Minibus pit-bull, BRR Series, immaculate condition, owner leaving country – Tel:629-3663 Cheap Deals on all English & Japanese Vehicles Online Call: MRR Imports on 6917475; 626-9590 1 Toyota Hilux Single Cab 4X4 solid Axle pickup $2.7M Tel: 658-5193; 6382525; 648-4374 EP-82 Starlet – Call:685-9696 Fully loaded Toyota Rush W/ TV, spoiler, rims, etc, 2008 Toyota Premio – Tel:6154114 Unregistered 2002 Toyota Fielder Body Kit, mags, HID fog lamps – Contact:6449277 ($2.2M negotiable) 2003 Honda Civic, stick shift, low mileage, music, with rims Tel: 696-4659 1- 2007 Toyota 4X4 Tacoma for sale Call: 670-3328 for more information. Unregistered Toyota Raum 2004 & Spacio -2003 - Tel: 617-5536 AT192, Good condition, must see – Price - $850,000 – Tel: 616-1671 Toyota Hilux Surf 3RZ engine fully loaded with 20’ Chrome rims -Tel:643-5182; 669-8803 Toyota Fun Cargo, RZ minibus, IST, 4X4 Hilux pickup - Tel: 644-5096; 6971453
Executive 5 bedrooms house @ Bel-Air Park, automatic gate, garage & generator, A/ C, semi-furnished- Contact: 223-8479;647-3768 - www. spaceseek.gy
2004 VVTI automatic, bus, BNN series @ Bargain Price, Excellent condition. Serious Enquires! – Tel:697-0203
2 One bedroom apartment, fully furnished @ Lot 4 Henry Street, Werk-en- Rust, Georgetown – Contact:6606446; 644-6030
Driven Auto Blowout Sale!!! – Unregistered Mazda Axela - $2,295,000 – Pioneer CD, crystal lights, remote start alarm -Tel:643-6565; 226-9931
House in Diamond/Grove – Tel:692-8513 Three bedrooms top flat Diamond E.B.D – Tel:6851140; 678-9835
1 Foden 20 Ton Double Axle dump truck – Tel:648-6871
AT192, 212, Allion, Premio, Hilux Surf, BNN & RZ & Pitbull buses, 7 seater super custom. Cash / termsCall:680-3154
Toyota Allion (Black) – Fully powered, automatic, late PMM series, Excellent condition – Tel:622-0112 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 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 Toyota Mark 2 for sale: very good condition - $1.5M negotiable – Call:641-6725 One Raum – PMM series $1.2M – Contact:671-6051 AT170 Corona, automatic EFI, SV10 Toyota Camry Tel: 676-8475 1 RZ minibus, stick gear, BKK series (working Condition) – Tel:693-2174 AT192 - Call: 602-0236 Corona AT190, PHH Series . Contact: 217-0138; 686-0251 Toyota Raum, Spacio, AT212, AT192, AT170, NZE and L- Touring wagon, Nissan E24 Caravan – Tel: 644-5096; 697-1453 One Honda accord DX manual transmission, excellent condition – Call:618-5972; 685-57-27; 218-1204. Toyota Marino AC, mags, CD, recently sprayed over $750,000 – Tel: 618-1047 1 Freight liner hauler with sleeping cab, 1 -48ft trailor with treated wood – Call: Rakesh 613-6979 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 (Continued on page 23)
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Construction ongoing on new schools in Region Seven Construction is currently ongoing on two new schools in Region Seven, at 72 Miles and Itebali while several others have been given a face lift. This is according to Regional Chairman, Gordon Bradford. Bradford explained that as a result of inclement weather, work was delayed, but will be completed early this year. “We continue to strive for improvement in education… we hope to achieve even more this year once our budget is approved,” he said. Meanwhile, the Regional Administration of Region Seven has completed approximately 99 percent of its 2013 work programme, both capital and current, and is eagerly awaiting its 2014 budgetary allocation. Bradford said that rehabilitation of roads has been completed at Bamford Point, West Indian Housing Scheme, Agatash, and Caribese Hill. In terms of health care delivery, extension works were carried out at the Kamarang Hospital and a new nurses’ hostel was constructed. The Region has developed a mechanism to facilitate residents who are in need of surgery, especially those in the outlying communities, to do so in Bartica. In this regard, health workers are deployed to the various communities to make
Region Seven Chairman Gordon Bradford house calls and diagnose patients. Those who are recommended for surgery are transported to Bartica where the medical procedures are done. After the post-surgery treatment, patients are transported back to their respective communities. This is done on a monthly basis. However, the Region is not without its challenges. Bradford said that there is a shortage of teachers in some of the remote areas such as Kurupung. This is as a result of teachers not wanting to be posted in those areas. He noted that while the efforts being made to train more teachers is recognised, the Region will be making
efforts to provide furnished living quarters for teachers and health staff, which will hopefully be an incentive for them to take up jobs in those areas. He expressed the hope that miners and the business community will get onboard and offer additional assistance in this regard. Over the last 20 years, Guyana has moved from a place where 30 percent of teachers were trained to today where it is 70 percent. Additionally, there are more schools for children to be placed, and, having achieved universal primary education, the Ministry of Education is moving aggressively towards achieving universal secondary education by 2016. While the latter has already been achieved in some Regions, there is still some ground to cover in Regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine. FOR HIRE Bush Truck for hire - Tel: 660-3400 Large enclose canter, double axel Hiab truck – Call:6945460, 662-8884; 266-5771 One large enclosed canter, ideal for beverages, goods & furniture - Call: 611-9297
Relatives believe... From page 11 not his hammock. An alarm was raised and as the area got brighter with day light, workers then went down to the creek where they found his long boots, soap and towel along with his clothes, but there was no sign of him. A colleague then decided to enter the creek to search and Andrews’ body was discovered. After the discovery, the police were called in and the body was initially transported to the Bartica Hospital Mortuary and then subsequently transferred to the Lyken’s Funeral Home. Andrews did not have any children and was described as a very jovial person.
SERVICES PLANNING AN EVENT? BIRTHDAY PARTY, GRADUATION, WEDDINGS, ANNIVERSARY, ETC. – CALL DIAMOND TENTS: 216-1043; 677-6620 Repairs, sales & spares air conditioning, microwaves, washer, fridges & stoves. Ultra Cool, call: 225-9032, 647-2943 COOL TECH: Repairs Services & Installation of all types of home appliances: Air Condition & Refrigeration units - Tel: 2332008; 675-4959
Ultravoilet Driving School – Contact:231-2372;6022583;658-4015
SALON Make Up Courses, Artist Trained & Certified in Trinidad. Call: 660-5257, 647-1773 Experienced hairdresser, must know to do hair & nails, experienced barber for interior location – Call:6655812; 233-2186; 697-6726 Natural Beauty Salon & Spa: Grove Market Street EBD Tele:265-4138,6525800 specialized in everything for women
WANTED Taxi Drivers – Apply at Gems Taxi – Call:667-9013 1 Live in maid between 4048yrs – Contact:675-5256; 662-9861 1 Whole day domestic – Tel:667-5717; 650-4761
Permanent & Visitors Visa Applications, Professional Immigration Consultant Room D5 Maraj Building Call Sabita: 225-6496, 6626045 Masons seeking job work – Tel:678-9043 Guyana Passport & Visa Forms Application, USA, Canada and England. Tel: 626-7040; 265-4535.
One live in maid for Georgetown preferable from country side – Contact:6995359
Repairs to Fridge, Freezer, AC, Washers, Stoves: Call 683-1312,627-3206 (Nick)
1 Driver must have a valid Tractor Licence. Apply in person @ Alabama Trading Georgetown Ferry Stelling Stabroek
We repair fridge, freezer, AC, washer, dryer call:2310655,683-8734 Omar Online shopping just got easier. Now Open! Cybertron, Vreed-en-Hoop – Call 2643057/ Email for quotes @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Fully furnished short term apartments, Eccles call:6193660,639-4452 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; 626-9382 Fully furnished rooms for foreigners in Diamond – Call:687-1392
Two mature hire car drivers to work with taxi services – Tel:611-1018 or 642-6564 One experienced taxi service dispatcher, excellent salary Call: 611-1018 or 642-6564
1 Experienced Nail Technician (preferably Air Brush) @ Nalline Beauty Salon, Vreed-En-Hoop Junction – Contact:604-2900; 625-3899 Barbers – Contact:683-1534; 609-4983 Sales Executive, experienced in corporate computer supplies and accessories – Cal:223-1556 One experienced hairdresser – Contact Magic Touch Beauty Salon – Tel:225-6492
Wings Two bedrooms apartment – Tel:643-1131 FOR SALE/RENT Vacant corner lot 58"X30" @ Garnett & Republic Streets, Newton, Kitty – Tel: 645-0616 American pool table – Tel: 227-0578; 685-9714
Attractive live in waitressCall: 327-0252/674-4665 CHAINSAW LUMBER: Kabukalli, Shibadan, Silverballi, Simarupa, etc – Tel:653-9752 One Domestic to do general domestic work - Age 4550yrs to work at Montrose Tel: 600-5253
Arc/ Acetylene Welders, good fabricating skills, high rates – Tel:610-2978
Cashiers and porters vacancy at Marcos Trading, experience would be an asset Tel:225-9445 TO LET Apartments to rent in Cummings Lodge - Call:2224389
WANTED Salesgirls & Porters. Apply with written application at Lot E Dennis & Middleton Street, Best Buy Food Supplies.
Live in , live out babysitter Tel: 225-6070
Tudor’s Business Linden, have vacancies for Two 2 sales clerks. Apply in person Tel:444-5883
LEARN TO DRIVE Shalom Driving School @ 2 Croal street. Fee $16,000Call:227-3869 Soman Son & Outar Driving School @ Maraj BuildingTel:644-5166; 622-2872; 6150964; 689-5997
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DRESS-MAKING Courses in dressmaking, curtains, floral, cake decoration Tel: 670-2653; 618-1706
Rangers. Must have experienced reading maps and using GPS - Contact: 223-5273/4 Live in waitress- Call:6439007/ 697-2978 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 Experienced Carpenter Call: 668-9863; 625-0930 Attractive Live-In waitress Tel: 228-5129; 604-8277 Attractive waitress and experienced cooks - Tel:6227201/ 622-0494 One Hire car driver 35 years and older from W.B.D or W.C.D – Tel:616-0111 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. Experienced Babysitter, age: 20-40yrs, Contact: 223-5273-4 Experienced driver & dispatcher @ Princess Hotel Tel: 265-7075; 265-7076; 6165419 One experienced welder to work in interior – Call:6816044
Monday March 17, 2014
Arson/murder at Port Kaituma…
Top Cop orders probe into response of ranks to survivor’s report - DNA samples taken to ID victims Did ranks at the Port Kaituma Police Station ignore 12-year-old Lisa La Cruz when she told them of her stepfather’s threats to her family? Police Commissioner Leroy Brummel intends to get to the truth and has ordered an investigation into allegations that ranks at the Port Kaituma Police Station did not respond immediately when the child went there on Friday night. Describing the allegation as a “serious” one, the Police Commissioner disclosed yesterday that he had asked Divisional Commander, Snr. Supt. Courtney Ramsay, to conduct an investigation. “I have called him and we are investigating,” the Top Cop said. Kaieteur News has been reliably informed that the onduty rank repeatedly ignored the 12-year-old when she told him about her father’s threats. Instead, he reportedly told the child to ask her father to come to the station. According to a source who spoke to the 12-yearold, Lisa La Cruz told the rank (name given) that her stepfather, Linus La Cruz, was threatening to burn down their house. “She said she went to (rank’s name given) and said that her stepfather was threatening to burn down the house, and he (the rank) said ‘Tell your stepfather that (name given) say to come to the station’.” According to the source, the 12-year-old told the rank ‘you not listening,’ and again explained about the threats that her stepfather was making, “and he said again, “tell your stepfather that— say to come to the station, and by the time she reached back (home) she saw the fire,” the source said. Kaieteur News was told that the child began “screaming hysterically,” and appeared to be having difficulty breathing. A few residents then moved her from the scene and took her to the Port Kaituma Hospital. While declining to speculate whether the five victims could have been saved, the resident stated that “even if he could not have done anything, he could have gotten up” immediately to investigate the report. Another source estimates that police arrived some five minutes after Lisa La Cruz had made the report, and the building was practically engulfed by then. This resident opined that
‘the police did their best,’ and it was the absence of proper fire-fighting staff and equipment that caused the tragedy. Kaieteur News was told that the only firefighting equipment at the interior location is a two-wheeled pump, which can only work when water is accessible. A resident who is part of Port Kaituma’s makeshift firefighting team said that he tied a rope to the grillwork at the front door and to his vehicle in a vain attempt to save the trapped occupants. The suspect’s wife, Lurlene LaCruz, 39; her daughters, Lea LaCruz, 14; Lavette LaCruz, three; and sons Labron LaCruz, 8, and one-year-old Levon LaCruz, all perished in the inferno. Yesterday, a pathologist visited the scene of the fire to take DNA samples from the survivor, Lisa La Cruz, an aunt, and the suspect, Linus La Cruz, who sustained burns and is under guard at the Port Kaituma Hospital. DNA samples were also
taken from the human remains that were retrieved from the scene. A resident had stated that the victims “were burnt to nothing,” and investigators were “picking up the bodies in buckets.” There are reports that La Cruz was still in the building when it was well ablaze and exited at the last moment. Kaieteur News understands that Mr. LaCruz has indicated to police that he committed the act in a fit of depression over debts. According to a source, the businessman claimed that he owed several people money and “was depressed and frustrated.” Also yesterday, some Port Kaituma residents said that they were still trying to understand what caused La Cruz to commit the heinous act. “Nobody knows him to be a violent person. He was one o the best parents in our community,” one resident said. He was supportive…what went wrong?”
Limus La Cruz with his wife Lurlene and three of their children. Lisa (second from right) is the lone survivor. But Mrs. LaCruz’s sister, Marcia Garraway, alleged that her sister had suffered years of physical abuse at the hands
of her husband, whom she claimed often accused his spouse of infidelity. However, the sister said
that LaCruz also tried to hide the abuse from her family and never made a report to the police.
Monday March 17, 2014 ARIES (March 21 - April 19): Your ability to tune in to other people's issues is strong now, so use it to figure out what your next move should be. ******************* TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): A small warning sets you off on a health-related panic today -- but you're actually a lot better off than you think! ****************** GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): You're going to find yourself smack dab in the middle of a juicy drama today, with a front row seat to all of the action. ******************** CANCER (June 21 - July 22): You should find conflict where you least expect it today -- so be on guard. It is likely just intellectual, but you could slip down toward some mucky emotional business if you're not careful. ********************* LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22): You take quick action to settle something important early today -- and that leads to a cascade of decisions that lead you somewhere new and really interesting. ******************* VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22): Today is perfect for little victories -- though that almost certainly means dealing with little setbacks, too! ********************* LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22): Pay careful attention today -- others are starting to
take notice of you! It may come out in subtle ways, but the energy you have been directing outward is finally starting to come back your way. ********************* SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. 21): This is not a good time for bold action -- in fact, you should move toward the opposite, if possible. Respond to others' actions when necessary, but try to bob along in life's currents for the day. ******************** SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. 21): Your easy laugh and cheery mood makes life sweeter for everyone around you today -- so open up and make sure that you're showing everyone just how to make it through life with a smile. .********************* CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. 19): You need to flex your muscles today -- someone is bucking your authority, and that just doesn't work for you. ******************** AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. 18): Your energy is terrific today -- but it's best directed inward. You can figure out all sorts of interesting things about yourself, and you may also find an answer to an important spiritual question. ********************* PISCE S ( F e b . 1 9 March 20): You've done a lot for people, and today brings that into mind quite strongly.
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Jamaican affiliate gets generator distributorship for CARICOM Jamaica Observer Advanced Manufacturing and Power Systems (AMPS), a US company that manufactures electrical power generating systems, has given a Jamaican affiliated firm exclusive distributorship rights to the region. AMPS gave Palisade Group, a Florida-based energy holdings company, which is wholly owned by RealVibez Ventures — a venture capital firm run by Jamaican brothers Robert and David Mullings — the rights to sell and act on their behalf in the Caricom countries, excluding the Bahamas. The costs of energy, and the inefficiencies caused by the lack of reliable energy, are major factors limiting the economic growth of the countries of the Caribbean, said Joseph Scofield, president of AMPS. “Reducing the cost and improving the reliability, and
availability, of energy will help those economies to be more competitive in the worldwide marketplace and improve the lifestyles of their peoples,” he said. Palisade indicated that it plans to secure additional capital to provide financing options for manufacturers and exporter so they won’t be restricted to using bank financing and their capital to buy the products. “A number of large firms in Jamaica use generators and many others would like to because the cost of power would be close to half of what JPS charges thanks to being more efficient,” said David Mulings. Many manufacturers in Jamaica are uncompetitive with Trinidad and elsewhere because of the high energy costs. AMPS products would bring down the cost tremendously, he said, Furthermore, AMPS has the exclusive rights to a bi-
fuel system that allows the generators to run on up to 70 per cent natural gas and 30 per cent diesel, allowing for additional efficiency in generating electricity, according to Mullings. “A simple example is an actual customer in St Maarten. AMPS provided two 2,000 kilowatt (kW) standby generator systems then converted them to be the prime power source after electricity costs hit US$0.42 per kilowatt-hour (kWh). The client now saves US$150,000 per month using the diesel generators, “ he said. AMPS is a certified, high velocity hurricane zone rated manufacturer, and has done jobs in New York, for Macy’s NY Headquarters, Brooklyn for the Performing Arts Centre, an FBI building and several NYC public schools, Palisade said in a press release. Regionally, the company has done work for Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.
A generator sold by Advanced Manufacturing and Power Systems.
OAS gathers Chief Justices from CARICOM countries for drug treatment study programme WASHINGTON - CMC – The Organization of American States (OAS) says it is collaborating with the Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals (CADTCP), through its National Problem Solving Court Institute (NPSCI), in conducting a Drug Treatment Court Exchange and On-Site Study Programme for four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries this week. On Saturday, the Wa s h i n g t o n - b a s e d hemispheric body announced that the four-day programme, which runs from tomorrow through Friday, takes place in Vancouver,
Canada, and involves Jamaica, Belize, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago. The workshop is organized under the umbrella of the Drug Treatment Courts Program in the Americas, an initiative coordinated by the OAS Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD). The OAS said authorities present during the event will include the chief justices of Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, the Attorney General of Barbados, and the four chief magistrates of all four countries. Three of the participating countries have already
launched Drug Treatment Court pilots. The OAS said Trinidad and Tobago has one court running, Jamaica currently has three in operation, and Barbados has just launched its first. Trinidad and Tobago will launch its first juvenile court and second adult court in the coming months, while Belize is in its exploration phase. “The OAS Drug Treatment Court Program for the Americas is an initiative that responds to the OAS Drug Hemispheric Strategy, which calls for countries to explore alternatives to incarceration for drug dependent offenders,” the OAS said in a statement.
C’bean US congresswoman commends US review of deportations to the Caribbean NEW YORK - CMC – Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has commended United States President Barack Obama for ordering a review of deportations to the Caribbean and other countries. In a recent statement, the President said the removal of undocumented immigrants should be done more humanely. “I believe that President Obama has heard our call to review his administration’s policy on deportation,” Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York, told the Caribbean Media
Yvette D. Clarke Corporation (CMC) on Saturday. “President Obama had
said that we must have a ‘humane’ policy on immigration, and I sincerely hope he will take action to address the existing policy of inhumanity,” added Clarke. “As the representative of a community that includes people from every part of the world, I know families that have lost a father or mother as a result of deportation,” she continued. “I know men and women who have lived in fear for themselves and their children. “The continued deportation of Americans who lack legal status has undermined the foundations of communities around this nation,” Clarke said.
Monday March 17, 2014
Cops detain Kublalsingh Trinidad Express Environmentalist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh and two members of his Highway ReRoute Movement were taken into police custody Saturday and are expected to be charged with obstruction and resisting arrest. The three were detained after members of the movement surrounded an OAS Constructura excavator and demanded that no work be undertaken at the construction site at Gopee Trace, Penal. The residents, led by Kublalsingh, marched to the site and surrounded the equipment around 10.30 a.m. The men and women held up long syringe-like tubes used to spray abeer during Phagwa celebrations and threatened to spray the equipment if the workers refused to vacate the land. The OAS workers abandoned the excavator and left the site, returning later with a large contingent of police officers. Fixin T&T leader Kirt Waithe travelled to Penal to support the movement in its fight against the Government. The Highway Re-Route Movement have been protesting the construction of the Debe to Mon Desir segment of the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin. The movement is calling on Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to listen to the residents affected by that segment of the highway. The group demanded that the Government abide by the recommendations contained in the Armstrong report and respect the matter being heard against the construction of the Debe to Mon Desir segment of the highway in the Hall of Justice. Kublalsingh said several residents were served notices indicating that properties were acquired by the State. Baliram Siew, 74, said he lived in a parcel of land for 60 years, planting crops and raising his family. Siew was given notice on Friday. “I am not squatting. I own this land. I was served notice but I am not giving up. They will have to bulldoze that house with me inside. They never discussed compensation or relocation with me. In fact I don’t want any compensation or relocation. I want to be able to live in my home for the rest if my life,” he said. Resident Vandana Boodhai said, “The Government continues to act
Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh shamelessly, immorally and unethically. They continue to use delay tactics in the courts and while they are delaying the court process, they are working feverishly to get more and more work done in the Debe to Mon Desir area. And now, they are intimidating residents by giving them section four notices, to frighten them, to bully them out, regardless of what their situation is.” Boodhai said the Government has disregarded the matter being heard in the Hall of Justice against the Debe to Mon Desir segment of the highway. “They must abide by the ten recommendations of the Armstrong reporta document of science and
logic produced by 19 independent experts. Stop all works between Debe and Mon Desir and carry out the essential studies to determine the feasibility of this highway project — a social impact assessment, cost-benefit analysis and hydrology study, and focus on building the San Fernando to Point Fortin highway as the highway of priority. And stop all works between Debe and Mon Desir while this matter is being heard in the courts and await the decision of the court,” she said. Kublalsingh instructed that four “tyres of shame” be strung on the excavator working on the land. He said the tyre of shame expressed the group’s resentment and unhappiness with the Government. The residents climbed the excavator and refused to move until OAS removed the equipment from the land. The women protesters stood chanting Hindi bhajans and prayers, calling for justice. But the police officers moved in and asked that they leave the site immediately. Kublalsingh, standing on the hood of the equipment, watched as his followers were bodily removed by officers. He repeated that the movement was not breaking the law, but demanding fair
Juror in Vybz Kartel case slapped with multiple charges Jamaica Gleaner - Detectives from the Kingston Central Police Division have now charged the juror in the Vybz Kartel murder trial who allegedly tried to sway others to change their verdict to not guilty. Football coach, 50-year-old Livingston Cain of Stony Hill, St Andrew has been charged with five counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. He is to appear before the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court tomorrow. Cain was arrested at court on Thursday shortly after the 10 to one guilty verdict was handed down in the keenlywatched Kartel trial. Among the jurors he reportedly attempted to sway was the foreman who reported the matter.
Magnitude 7.0 quake hits off Chile’s northern coast (Reuters) - A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit off the northern coast of Chile at a depth of 21 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said yesterday. The quake was centered 40 miles northwest of Iquique, the USGS said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami expected. Chilean authorities said they ordered a preventive evacuation of part of the northern coastline after the quake. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
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treatment from the Government. HRM member Ramkaran Bhagwandassingh threw himself on the ground and refused to be taken away by officers. He was lifted to a nearby police vehicle. Four police officers climbed the excavator and attempted to remove Kublalsingh. He was handcuffed and as officers attempted to take him down Kublalsingh pushed his body into the “tyre of shame”. He was pulled away and placed in another police vehicle. Boodhai was also detained when she tried to prevent officers from taking Kublalsingh away. As the three were being held by police officers the women protesters cried and shouted. The women screamed for the officers to set the members free. The three were detained at the Penal Police Station up to last evening. Kublalsingh was arrested three times last year as he led protests against the Debe to Mon Desir segment of the highway extension.
T&T eyes global aviation industry Trinidad Guardian - T&T nationals are being prepared to take their place in the global aviation industry. Fazal Karim, Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills Training, said the industry is expected to suffer a shortage of 75 million technicians by the year 2025. Speaking at an outreach programme hosted by the National Energy Skills Centre at the Todds Road Community Centre, Karim said studies by global consultation firms indicate that the demand for skilled aviation jobs is rising constantly. He said the aviation, drilling school and maritime schools run by his ministry are not only training labour for the local market but equipping nationals to get jobs abroad. Karim said classes will start soon in aircraft maintenance, mechanics and engineering and other technical areas, even as the aviation institute is under construction at Camden in Couva. The minister said several agencies, including Metal Industries Company Ltd, the
Fazal Karim T&T Air Guard, UTT, the T&T Civil Aviation Authority and National Helicopter Services Ltd, have come together under the umbrella of his ministry to conduct programmes. In addition, agreements have been signed with helicopter firms Augusta Westland and Sikorsky and the Guyanese Aeronautical School to train T&T nationals. Karim said discussions are being held with a technical institute in Singapore to train nationals in aerospace engineering.
Monday March 17, 2014
Russia media say Crimea votes 93 percent to quit Ukraine SIMFEROPOL/KIEV (Reuters) - Russian state media said Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to break with Ukraine and join Russia yesterday, as Kiev accused Moscow of pouring forces into the peninsula and warned separatist leaders “the ground will burn under their feet”. RIA news agency said 93 percent backed annexation, citing an exit poll released as voting ended at 8 p.m. (1800 GMT). Another Russian agency said turnout was over 80 percent. Caught in an East-West crisis reminiscent of the Cold War, Kiev said Russia’s buildup of forces in the Black Sea region was in “crude violation” of an international treaty, and announced plans to arm and train 20,000 members of a newly-created National Guard to defend the nation. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Moscow that Washington would not accept the outcome of the vote, which is likely to favor union with Russia for a region which has a Russianspeaking majority. The White House also warned Moscow to expect
sanctions while foreign ministers from the European Union, which has major trade ties with Russia, will decided on possible similar action in Brussels today. But Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected Western accusations that the referendum was illegal, saying it respected the will of the Crimean people, while his foreign ministry said it had agreed with the United States to seek a solution to the crisis through constitutional reform. In Kiev, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk threatened dire consequences for the Crimean politicians who had called the vote, saying separatist “ringleaders” wanted to destroy Ukrainian independence “under the cover of Russian troops”. “We will find all of them if it takes one year, two years - and bring them to justice and try them in Ukrainian and international courts. The ground will burn under their feet,” he told a cabinet meeting. Yatseniuk had just returned from a U.S. trip where he won expressions of moral support but no offers of weapons. Kiev’s pro-
A woman holds a Russian flag as she casts her ballot during the referendum on the status of Ukraine’s Crimea region at a polling station in Bakhchisaray yesterday. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin European rulers, who took power after last month’s fall of Moscow-backed President Viktor Yanukovich to popular unrest, have been as powerless as Western governments to prevent the referendum or buildup of
Russian forces on Ukrainian territory. At a polling booth at a school in Simferopol, the Crimean regional capital, dozens of people lined up outside to cast their ballots early. Crimea’s 1.5 million voters have two options: union with Russia or giving their region, which is controlled by pro-Kremlin politicians, the broad right to determine its own path and choose relations with whom it wants - including Moscow. Provisional results were to be released late yesterday and the final tally expected a day or two later. A local Tatar television channel broadcast the count at one small polling station. It took just a few minutes for officials to stack up the papers, virtually in a single pile. One gave the result as: “166 for, 2 against, 1 spoiled”. By “for” she clearly meant the first option on the paper, for
union with Russia. Russia has the right to keep forces on the Black Sea peninsula, including at its naval base in the port of Sevastopol, under a treaty signed after Ukraine gained independence from the wreckage of the Soviet Union in 1991. But Ukrainian acting defense minister Ihor Tenyukh accused Moscow of going far beyond an agreed limit on servicemen - which he said was 12,500 for 2014. “Unfortunately, in a very short period of time, this 12,500 has grown to 22,000. This is a crude violation of the bilateral agreements and is proof that Russia has unlawfully brought its troops onto the territory of Crimea,” he said. This figure had risen from 18,400 on Friday. “Let me say once again that this is our land and we will not be leaving it,” he told Interfax news agency. Tenyukh later said that
US rejects Crimea vote, says Russian actions ‘dangerous’ Washington (AFP) - The United States yesterday strongly rejected a vote in Crimea on breaking away from Ukraine, and called Russian actions in the crisis “dangerous and destabilizing.” “This referendum is contrary to Ukraine’s constitution, and the international community will not recognize the results of a poll administered under threats of violence and intimidation from a Russian military intervention that violates international law,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. The White House statement came as Crimea’s pro-Moscow authorities announced that exit polls showed a 93 percent vote in favor of becoming part of Russia. “The United States has steadfastly supported the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine since it declared its independence in 1991, and we reject the ‘referendum’ that took place today in the Crimean region of Ukraine,” Carney said. Carney said Russia had spurned outreach to Ukraine and calls for international monitoring, instead escalating its military intervention into Crimea and initiating military exercises on Ukraine’s eastern border.
the defense ministries in Kiev and Moscow had declared a truce until March 21 during which Russian forces, who have been arriving by boat and helicopter, would leave Ukrainian military facilities untouched. Many Crimeans hope union with Russia will bring better pay and make them citizens of a country capable of asserting itself on the world stage. But others see the referendum as a land grab by the Kremlin from Ukraine, whose new rulers want to move the country towards the European Union and away from Russia’s sway. Putin defended the vote in a phone call on Sunday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying it complied with international law, including Article 1 of the U.N. Charter which states the principle of selfdetermination of peoples. “It was emphasized that Russia will respect the choice of the Crimean people,” a Kremlin statement said. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged Kerry on Sunday to encourage authorities in Kiev to stop what he called “massive lawlessness” against the Russian-speaking population. In their second phone conversation in two days, Lavrov and Kerry agreed to seek a solution to the crisis by pushing for constitutional reforms in Ukraine, Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement. However, Kerry told Lavrov that the United States would not accept the referendum result and said Russia must pull back its forces to their bases, a senior State Department official said. The White House also warned Putin that he faces international isolation that will hurt Russia’s economy. “You can expect sanctions designations in the coming days,” White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer told NBC’s Meet the Press. The administration is preparing to identify Russians whom the United States will seek to punish with visa bans and asset freezes that President Barack Obama authorized last week. At the United Nations, 13 Security Council members voted for a draft resolution on Saturday saying the Crimea result should not be recognized internationally, but Moscow exercised its veto while China abstained. Tensions over Crimea appear also to be spreading in cyberspace. Unidentified hackers brought down several public NATO websites with attacks on Saturday, the alliance said.
Monday March 17, 2014
EU mulling next steps against Russia over Ukraine BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Sunday condemned the referendum in Ukraine’s Crimea as illegal and is taking steps to increase sanctions against Russia over what many believe is a planned annexation of the bordering peninsula. The contested vote on Crimea joining Russia further acerbated relations with Moscow, which has changed from a wary partner to a diplomatic adversary in the space of a few months. Today, EU foreign ministers will decide whether to impose asset freeze and visa sanctions and, if so, who to target. Further measures could be taken at an EU summit meeting of government leaders starting Thursday. “The referendum is illegal and illegitimate and its outcome will not be recognized,” European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in a joint statement yesterday. Britain, France and Germany echoed the statement by British Foreign Secretary William Hague that Moscow must face
“economic and political consequences.” EU diplomats were working feverishly over the weekend to set up a list of Russian and Moscowleaning officials from Ukraine who have been involved in pushing for the southern peninsula’s secession and possible annexation. Diplomats said member states arrived at weekend talks with different suggestions, so a common list could be drawn up today’s meeting of the 28 foreign ministers to make a final decision. The joint Van RompuyBarroso statement said the foreign ministers will “decide on additional measures” against Russia today. They would likely include military officials who ordered Ukrainian troops to leave their barracks in Crimea and others who were responsible for breakaway actions there. On the other hand, diplomats said they would shy away from economic operators at the moment. Depending on developments in Moscow and Ukraine, further sanctions could follow during a two-day summit of EU leaders starting on
Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, right, and Foreign Secretary William Hague, left, meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Downing Street, central London. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool) Thursday. An EU summit last week suspended talks with Russia on a wide-ranging economic pact and a visa agreement. On top of that, the EU could move quickly, possibly within a week, to sign the political chapters of a far-reaching association agreement with the provisional government in Kiev, underscoring its support for the new Ukraine government.
South Africa’s biggest union calls strike for Wednesday
Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) march through the Durban central business district. REUTERS/Rogan Ward JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s biggest union has called a one-day strike for Wednesday to highlight youth unemployment in the country, where one in four people are jobless, the union said. The 340,000-member National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) draws its members from car manufacturing, the metal industry, transport and general workers. The strike would be the latest in a string of work
stoppages in Africa’s largest economy, weeks before a May 7 general election. “It is a strike that members in all other unions can join. We think half a million workers will take part,” Karl Cloete, deputy general secretary of NUMSA, told Reuters yesterday. In December, NUMSA, the biggest bloc in the COSATU labor grouping, said it would not support the ruling African National Congress in the election. Many South Africans are disgruntled by the slow pace
at which the ANC led by President Jacob Zuma is rolling back poverty two decades after the end of apartheid. A strike over wages in the platinum sector has been going on for nearly two months and has cost employees more than 3.8 billion rand ($354 million) in lost earnings. The strike has cost mining companies 8.6 billion rand in revenue so far, according to a tally updated almost every second on the Chamber of Mines’ website.
EU diplomats in several capitals made it clear the West is unwilling to give up Crimea in the hope of preventing Moscow from moving into eastern Ukraine. With further unrest in Russia-leaning eastern Ukraine expected, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called on Moscow “to immediately take measures to
avoid a dangerous and useless escalation.” If Moscow takes further measures to acerbate the crisis, the EU leaders already have threatened what they have called “far-reaching consequences for relations in a broad range of economic areas.” It would set off a tit-fortat game of sanctions, which the EU hopes would
increasingly isolate Russia on the global stage. Moscow says it is convinced economic sanctions would hurt the EU as much as Russia itself. Bound by tens of billions of dollars in trade, there is plenty to hurt one another. Russia is the EU’s thirdlargest trading partner, mainly because of oil and gas imports, with the EU being its biggest gas consumer. Germany, for example, gets 35 percent of its supplies from Russia. Russia, in turn, buys everything from machinery to cars from Europe, its biggest trading partner, with exports to Russia totaling 123 billion euros ($170 billion) in 2012. The big change in relations came when Ukraine’s Moscow-leaning president, Viktor Yanukovych, made a last-minute decision to abandon an agreement to strengthen ties with the EU and instead sought closer cooperation with Russia. The EU accused Moscow of pressuring Ukraine to make the change and relations have fallen ever further from then on.
Monday March 17, 2014
Iran pursuing banned items for nuclear, missile work: U.S. official DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has pursued a longstanding effort to buy banned components for its nuclear and missile programs in recent months, a U.S. official said yesterday, a period when it struck an interim deal with major powers to limit its disputed atomic activity. Vann Van Diepen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-Proliferation, said Iran was still “very actively” creating front companies and engaging in other activity to conceal procurements. The reported supplies do not contravene last year’s breakthrough agreement between Tehran and six world powers to curb its most sensitive atomic activity in exchange for some limited easing of sanctions damaging its economy.
But such trade would breach a 2006 U.N. embargo banning the provision by any nation to Iran of materials related to its nuclear and missile development work. Western experts say such low-profile procurement efforts by Iran date back many years, perhaps decades in the case of its nuclear activity. Asked if he had seen a change in Iranian procurement behavior in the past six to 12 months, a period that has seen a cautious thaw in U.S.-Iranian relations after decades of hostility, Van Diepen replied: “The short answer is no. “They still continue very actively trying to procure items for their nuclear program and missile program and other programs,” he told Reuters in an interview. “We continue to see them
very actively setting up and operating through front companies, falsifying documentation, engaging in multiple levels of transshipment ... to put more apparent distance between where the item originally came from and where it is ultimately going.” Asked for reaction to the allegation, a senior Iranian official replied: “No comment”. Van Diepen did not say what sort of components Iran had sought to obtain or which part of a government known for having competing hardline and moderate factions was responsible. In the past, Western officials said Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards and the Defence Ministry - both hotbeds of opposition to any rapprochement with the West - were believed to control
Vann Van Diepen clandestine nuclear procurement efforts. Iran denies Western allegations that it has long sought covertly to develop the means to produce nuclear weapons, saying its uranium enrichment program
FINAL WORDS FROM JET CAME AFTER SYSTEMS SHUTDOWN KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The final words from the missing Malaysian jetliner’s cockpit gave no indication anything was wrong, even though one of the plane’s communications systems had already been disabled, officials said yesterday, adding to suspicions that one or both of the pilots were involved in the disappearance. Authorities also examined a flight simulator confiscated from the home of one of the pilots and dug through the background of all 239 people on board, as well as the ground crew that serviced the plane. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 took off from Kuala Lumpur in the wee hours of March 8, headed to Beijing. On Saturday, the Malaysian government announced findings that strongly suggested the plane was deliberately diverted and may have flown as far north as Central Asia or south into the vast reaches of the Indian Ocean. Investigators have said someone on board the plane first disabled one of its communications systems — the Aircraft and Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or ACARS — about 40 minutes after takeoff. The ACARS equipment sends information about the jet’s engines and other data to the airline. Around 14 minutes later, the transponder that identifies the plane to commercial radar systems was also shut down. The fact
that both systems went dark separately offered strong evidence that the plane’s disappearance was deliberate. Yesterday, Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a news conference that the final, reassuring words from the cockpit — “All right, good night” — were spoken to air traffic controllers after the ACARS system was shut off. Whoever spoke did not mention any trouble on board. Air force Maj. Gen. Affendi Buang told reporters he did not know whether it was the pilot or co-pilot who spoke to air traffic controllers. Given the expanse of land and water that might need to be searched, finding the wreckage could take months or longer. Or it might never be located. Establishing what happened with any degree of certainty will probably require evidence from cockpit voice recordings and the plane’s flight-data recorders. The search area now includes 11 countries the plane might have flown over, Hishammuddin said, adding that the number of countries involved in the operation had increased from 14 to 25. “The search was already a highly complex, multinational effort,” he said. “It has now become even more difficult.” The search effort initially focused on the relatively shallow waters of the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca, where the plane was first thought to be. Hishammuddin said he had
asked governments to hand over sensitive radar and satellite data to try to get a better idea of the plane’s final movements. With more information, he said, the search zone could be narrowed “to an area that is more feasible.” Malaysia is leading the search for the plane, as well as the investigation into its disappearance. In the United States, Dan Pfeiffer, senior adviser to President Barack Obama, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the FBI was supporting the criminal probe. Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence, said on ABC’s “This Week” that so far “there’s nothing out there indicating it’s terrorists.” Investigators are trying to answer these questions: If the two pilots were involved in the disappearance, were they working together or alone, or with one or more of the passengers or crew? Did they fly the plane under duress or of their own will? Did one or more of the passengers manage to break into the cockpit or use the threat of violence to gain entry and then seize the plane? And what possible motive could there be for diverting the jet? Malaysia’s police chief, Khalid Abu Bakar, said he asked countries with citizens on board the plane to investigate their backgrounds, no doubt looking for anyone with terrorism ties, aviation skills or prior contact with the pilots. He
said that the intelligence agencies of some countries had already done so and found nothing suspicious, but he was waiting for others to respond. Police searched the homes of both pilots Saturday, the first time they had done so since the plane vanished, the government said. Asked why it took them so long, Khalid said authorities “didn’t see the necessity in the early stages.” Police confiscated the elaborate flight simulator that one of the pilots, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, had built in his home and reassembled it in their offices to study it for clues, Khalid said. Zaharie, 53, who has three grown children and one grandchild, had previously posted photos online of the simulator, which was made with three large computer monitors and other accessories. Earlier this week, the head of Malaysia Airlines said the simulator was not in itself cause for any suspicion. Malaysian police were also investigating engineers and ground staff who may have had contact with the plane before it took off, Khalid said. Even though the ACARS system was disabled on Flight 370, it continued to emit faint hourly pulses that were recorded by a satellite. The last “ping” was sent out at 8:11 a.m. — 7 hours and 31 minutes after the plane took off. That placed the jet somewhere in a huge arc as far north as Kazakhstan in Central Asia or far into the southern Indian Ocean.
is solely a peaceful endeavor to yield electricity as well as isotopes for medical treatments. Diplomats have said that Iran is meeting its commitments under the November deal, under which Iran suspended its highergrade enrichment and stopped increasing its capacity to produce lowrefined uranium, among other steps. Uranium forms the core of a nuclear bomb if enriched to a high fissile purity. The six-month agreement, which took effect on January 20 this year, was designed to buy time for talks on a final settlement defining the overall scope of Iran’s nuclear work to end fears that it could be diverted to military ends. Those talks got under way in Vienna last month and a second round at the political director level will be held on March 18-19, also in the Austrian capital. The aim is to reach an agreement by late July, although that deadline can be extended by another half year if both sides agree. Iran has one of the
biggest missile programs in the Middle East, regarding such weapons as an important deterrent and retaliatory force against U.S. and other adversaries - primarily Gulf Arabs - in the region in the event of war. Its efforts to develop, test and field ballistic missiles, and build a space launch capability, have helped drive billions of dollars of U.S. ballistic missile defence expenditure, and contributed to Israel’s threats of possible pre-emptive military action against Iranian nuclear installations. Since Iran is not a selfsufficient manufacturer of missiles, the expansion of its inventory depends on the import of goods and materiel sourced abroad. Van Diepen said that while there was no direct link between the level of Iranian illicit procurement and the negotiations on a settlement to the nuclear dispute, “obviously if the negotiations succeed then there should therefore be a corresponding decrease in Iranian proliferation activity.”
Tymoshenko urges hard Western line against Russia Berlin (AFP) - Ukraine’s former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, urged Western powers yesterday to unite on a hard line against Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Crimea crisis. “This aggressive striving for power with regard to Ukraine represents not only a danger for the Ukrainian state — other parts of eastern Europe are also in danger,” she told German daily Der Tagesspiegel. “Should Putin continue his attack on our country after the annexation of Crimea, I would call on the leaders of the democratic world to use the strongest measures to stop this aggressor.” She said the West should under no circumstances accept the result of Sunday’s referendum in Crimea on breaking away from Ukraine to join Russia. “It is without precedent in recent history and such methods used by Russia in Crimea were no longer considered possible by many in the West,” she said. Tymoshenko, a leader of the pro-Western Orange Revolution in 2004, has been receiving treatment at Berlin’s Charite university hospital since her arrival in the German
Yulia Tymoshenko capital this month. The 53-year-old was freed from prison on February 23, having served three years of a seven-year sentence for abuse of power, a charge she has always denied. Der Tagesspiegel said she is in constant telephone contact with allies in Kiev and on Thursday received a visit from former Russian oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade in prison before his release in December. Khodorkovsky, who has applied for residency in Switzerland, visited Kiev last week and slammed Moscow’s interference in Ukraine.
Monday March 17, 2014
BCB names 21-man squad for Inter County U-15 tournament The Junior Selection Committee of the Berbice Cricket Board under the chairmanship of Leslie Solomon has named a strong 22-man squad for the upcoming Guyana Cricket Board Under-15 Inter County tournament. The team would be led by promising Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club allrounder Kevelon Anderson with Kris Ramnarine of Bush Lot as the Vice Captain. The squad also includes Kevin Sinclair (Police), Surrendra Budhoo (RHTYSC), Junior Sinclair (RHTYSC), Alex Algu (Young Warriors), Steven Deonarine (Tucber Park), Seon Glasgow (Blairmont), Javed Karim (Blairmont), Junior Williams (Young Warriors), Keith Simpson (RHTYSC), Dineshwar Boodhoo (Upper
Corentyne), Steven Kamallidin (Albion), Haifa Walter (RHTYSC), Karran Rajpaul (Albion), Kevin Omrou (Albion), Brandon Corlette (RHTYSC), Nicholas Shivrattan (Bush Lot), Emmanuel Seecharran (RHTYSC), Cheddie Budhoo ( Port Mourant), Ramesh Kasinauth (Albion) and Keron Hooper (Big Star). The team would be involved in special coaching sessions this week under Coach Andre Percival. The players would also be involved in a special one-day Developmental Seminar organised by the Special Events Committee of the BCB on Friday at the St. Francis Training Centre. The Young Warriors ground is the venue for training tomorrow.
Jagan softball cricket competition, Commander Road race set for Bush Lot The Bush Lot United Sports Club would be hosting a one day softball 10/10 cricket competition and fun day for both male and female cricketers on Sunday March 23rd, 2014 at the Clubs venue, Bush Lot Sports Ground, West Coast, Berbice. The male competition is dubbed the Cheddi Jagan Memorial softball competition, while the females will be competing for the Janet Jagan Memorial Cup. On the same day a grand cross-country race will be held covering a distance of 3 1/2 miles and will be open to
athletes from the Bush Lot, Lovely Lass and Hopetown communities. At stake will be the Commander’s Cup sponsored by Commander of Police B Division (Berbice) Assistant Commissioner Bryan Joseph. Winners of these competitions will be presented with trophies and cash prizes at the end of the day’s activity .The public and private sectors are invited to come on board to make this venture a success. For further information persons can contract Robby Saywack –660-0049 / 232-0255 and Rakesh Singh –232-0559.
New Body setup to... From page 30 the FIA has been traversing the Region offering both financial and technical support to upgrade our tracks and safety to the governing body’s minimum of Level 3 requirements. Barbados will be unveiling theirs in a matter of months when it stages the first round of the Series where racers and fans will be keen to experience their state of the art facilities. Guyana also stands to benefit from the munificence of the FIA which was promised during the visit of President Jean Todt and NACAM’s president Jose
Abed last year. Rahaman revealed that all of the leading drivers and many new comers in the Caribbean including Guyanese Kevin Jeffrey, Mark Vieira, Andrew King, Paul Vieira, Ryan Rahaman; Jamaicans David Summerbell Jnr, Doug Gore, Peter Rae, Barbadians Doug Maloney, Mark Maloney, Barry Mayers, Roger Mayers among others are in support of the Association. The CMRA 2014/15 is set to take place on 4 tracks being Barbados (6th July, 2014), Trinidad (24th Aug, 2014) Guyana (16th Nov, 2014) and Jamaica (25th May, 2015).
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RAMLAKHAN GUIDES ENMORE TO VICTORY OVER EVEREST
The victorious Enmore team display their trophy.
A carefully constructed 42 from skipper Vishwanauth Ramlakhan guided Enmore Cricket Club to a sixth wicket win over host Everest in a 40 overs U-19 game played yesterday. Set 134 for victory, Enmore replied with 136-4 in 28.2 overs. Ramlakhan stroked six fours and shared in a 53-run third wicket stand with Rudolph Singh after Enmore were reduced to 17-2. Singh slammed six fours in scoring 31 before he was dismissed with his team12
runs short of victory; Ramdeo Basdeo (08*) and Gavin Moriah (03*) saw their team home. Rabindra Rooplall, Aleem Rasheed and Gavin Sookdeo took one wicket each. Earlier, Everest batted first and scored 133 before they were bowled out in 39.3 overs. Darshan Persaud and Shivendra Hemraj added 25 for the opening stand before Hemraj (09) spooned a catch to mid off. Aleem Rasheed then joined Persaud and featured in a 47-run
Guyana’s South American Games medal drought continues in Chile Guyana’s athletes failed to get among the medals when competition continued Saturday at the South American Games at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile. In action on the night were Winston George and Alisha Fortune in the 200m and boxers Theresa London and Dennis Thomas. All three failed in their efforts. George made it to the final of the 200m after a second place finish in the semis, but ended out of the medal in fifth. The race was won by Junior Gomes DaSilva of Brazil (20.32). Fortune failed to finish in her semifinal race. Meanwhile, Boxer Theresa London suffered a knockout defeat to Figueire Tereza of Brazil, while Thomas dropped a 30 decision to Palacios Vivas of Colombia.
partnership to steady the innings somewhat. Suresh Jainarine got the breakthrough when he sent back Rasheed for 27, which included three fours. However Persaud continued to play his shots and added a 21- run stand with Nickel Menton (09), but when Persaud who top scored with 33 inclusive of four fours, was stumped off Basdeo attempting an agricultural shot with the score on 93, the rest of the batting faltered with only
Rabindra Rooplall offering some resistance with 14. Jainarine ended with 4-18, while Ramdeo Basdeo who performed creditably in the just concluded Demerara Cricket Board Inter Association U-15 tournament, claimed 3-17. Ramlakhan was given the man of the match award, while Enmore received a trophy. The game was played a part of the Everest Cricket Club 100th year anniversary celebrations. (Zaheer Mohamed)
Georgetown are DCB U-15 Inter Association champs East Coast overcome West Dem. by 4 wkts
Ganesh Jitlall By Zaheer Mohamed Georgetown won the Demerara Cricket Board U-15 50 overs Inter Association tournament after registering a 23-run victory over East Bank in the final round yesterday. Georgetown batted first after winning the toss and posted 116-6 after the game was reduced to 30 overs due to rain. Kurt Lovell top scored with 42 (5x4) not out while Alphius Bookie contributed 19; Paul Thomas claimed 2-10 and Anthony Antonio 2-30. East Bank responded with 93 all out in 28.4 overs. Bhojnarine Singh made 26 (2x4) as Mark Baptiste and Ashmead Nedd snared two wickets each. Lovell was given the man of the match award. Georgetown surprisingly omitted Transport SC leg spinner Joel Spooner from their starting
Bhaskar Yadram (right) collects the Man-of-the-match trophy from West Demerara coach Dhanpaul (only name). eleven in all their matches; the thirteen year old Spooner took 6-58 against University of Guyana on his second division debut in the latter part of 2013. At Wales, East Coast overcame West Demerara by four wickets. West Demerara were bowled out for 85 in 30.5 overs after they were inserted by the visitors who replied with 86-6 in 30 overs. The home team were reduced to 15-2 before Ganesh Jitlall and Troy Persaud added 36 for the third wicket, but once the partnership was broken by Bhaskar Yadram who had Persaud (04) stumped, the rest of the batting failed to support Jitlall who top scored with 37 including three fours
and two sixes. Extras assisted with 22; Yadram grabbed 4-17 off 10 overs and Pradesh Balkishun 3-22 from 10. In reply East Coast found themselves precariously placed at 37-3, but David Wilson and Basdeo Ramdeo put together 21 for the fourth wicket before Daneshwar Kowlessar had Wilson smartly stumped by Chukiram Outar for eight. Ramdeo and Robin Williams then took their team within four runs shy of victory with a fifth wicket stand of 21. Williams eventually departed for 10, but Ramdeo (13*) and Farmat Sukhai (02*) saw their team home. Kowlessar finished with 3-21. Yadram was given the man of the match award.
Australian GP: Rosberg wins after Lewis Hamilton and Vettel retire BBC Sport - Nico Rosberg delivered on Mercedes’ promise with a dominant victory in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, as Lewis Hamilton retired on lap three. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was second, but was later disqualified for a fuel-flow rate infringement. The decision promoted Dane Kevin Magnussen, who made a stellar debut for McLaren, to second. He beat team-mate Jenson Button into third, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso fourth from Williams’Valtteri Bottas. Polesitter Hamilton had a cylinder failing to fire from the very start of the race, and was down to fourth behind Rosberg and Ricciardo by the first corner. The 2008 world champion dropped to fifth by the end of the first lap and was called into the pits shortly afterwards. World champion Sebastian Vettel also hit early power-unit trouble in his Red Bull, retiring a lap later than Hamilton with an engine failure. Eight cars failed to finish as F1 started a new era with high-tech turbo hybrid engines and a limit of no more than 100kg of fuel for a race distance. Hamilton’s retirement left Rosberg unopposed out front and the German drove a controlled race in what is clearly a dominant car to lead until the end.
Behind him, Ricciardo was able to complete a race distance in a Red Bull for the first time since the car appeared at the end of January. The team had previously not managed to do more than about 20 laps in a row in pre-season testing. Speaking before his disqualification, Ricciardo said: “Two or three weeks ago I would have bet pretty much everything I had that we would not be standing up there.” The Australian was in a comfortable second place for most of the race but came under pressure from Magnussen in the final 20 laps. Magnussen was within a second of the Red Bull with five laps to go but Ricciardo was able to hold on to the end. Ricciardo was eventually disqualified around six hours after the end of the race. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas was fifth after an incident-packed race in which he hit the wall on the exit of Turn 10 and broke a wheel, triggering a safety car period. The Finn dropped back to 16th place but used the pace of the Williams to fight back up the field. Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg ran fourth in the early stages after jumping up from seventh on the grid and passing Alonso on the first lap. But the German slipped back to finish sixth ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.
Monday March 17, 2014
Westside Mashramani Champions Cup
Slingerz needle Den Amstel to retain championship; Pouderoyen finish 3rd MVP Anthony ‘Awo’ Abrams’ 18th minute strike was just enough to carry Slingerz Football Club to back to back titles when the second annual Westside Mashramani Champions Cup knock-out football tournament ended on Saturday evening at the Uitvlugt Community Centre Ground. Witnessed by a large and animated crowd, the newest club on the West Demerara once again showed their superiority but it was not all easy sailing for the club that features a number of national standouts, led by the nippy forward, Abrams who ended the competition with eight (8) goals in three games including a helmet-trick and hat-trick. Saturday’s final was a repeat of last year’s duel but this time around Den Amstel have only themselves to blame having created early opportunities but lacked the necessary finishing touch in the attacking third which proved to be their downfall in the end. The third place game between old rivals Uitvlugt Warriors and Pouderoyen had to be decided via penalty kicks and the boys from the West Bank prevailed, 5-3. This was after a 1-1 stalemate in regulation and extra time. Den Amstel were all over Slingerz in the opening stanza of the battle, moving the ball around skillfully as they found space to move forward virtually unhindered. However, the experience of the Slingerz unit stood out as they absorbed the pressure before turning on some of their own. The colourful West Side crowd which included a number of overseas based Guyanese and representatives of the sponsors were enjoying every moment of the exchanges. With chances coming their way and not being able to make them count, Den Amstel
were soon shown how to finish when the ever present Anthony Abrams netted his eight goal of the tournament in the 18th minute. As it turned out, it was the golden goal of the tournament which was worth $500,000 dollars as neither team were able to trouble the score sheets again despite coming close on a few occasions. For their efforts, Den Amstel earned a cheque for $250,000. The third place game was a ding dong affair which saw home team Uitvlugt dominating the first 45 minutes and in that time they also established the early advantage with a goal off the boot of Mark Evelyn seven (7) minutes into the game. The level of intensity and control that Uitvlugt enjoyed in the first half was not seen in the second period as Pouderoyen led by elder statesmen, Ike Garraway, Toine Lopes, Clement Brown and goalkeeper Marvin Griffith gradually pulled the game back in their favour by outplaying Uitvlugt and being the hungrier of the two sides. Constant pressure brought Pouderoyen the equalizer in the 63rd minute thanks to Kip Austin. The remaining minutes saw both teams going after the winner but that did not materialize, not even extra time changed the 1-1 scoreline. Penalty kicks was then the next option to decide the winner of this game and it was Pouderoyen that were clinical in finishing as they scored all five opposed to Uitvlugt’s three, custodian Griffith saving Uitvlugt’s first shot comfortably. Even though they scored their next three, they were not required to take their final shot as Pouderoyen buried all theirs to win the $150,000 third place cash prize, Uitvlugt walked away with $100,000. (Franklin Wilson)
Camptown FC aiming for sweep in Bartica City side Sun Burst Camptown FC will be aiming to make it two from as many when their tour of Bartica concludes tonight at the Bartica Community Center Ground. The Campbellville-based unit would have to improve on their opening game’s performance last Saturday, which they won 1-0 against Mel Ballers, if they hope to get past Bartica’s top team Beacon FC. The less fancied Ballers were unfortunate not come away with a deserved draw after Amlee Martindale muffed a Penalty 10 minutes from the end to level the score.
Earlier, midfielder Anthony ‘Kong’ Sancho gave Camptown the lead which proved to be the decisive factor at the final whistle. Camptown’s player/ coach, Troy ‘Bugs’ Prescod in an invited comment, said, “Monday’s game (March 17th) against Beacon will be a good one. Against Ballers we were up against worthy opponents and failed to put away our chances we created but Monday it will be a different ball game. Both sides are technically sound, but we are confident of victory. It is a good opportunity for the young
HRC Committee to host Competitors and Managers Meeting The Hugh Ross Classic Committee has announced that they would be meeting with all athletes and Managers that will be part of the Fourth Hugh Ross Classic Body Building and Fitness Show this Saturday. Chairman of the committee, Hugh Ross stated that the meeting will take place on Saturday March 22 from 16:00hrs at Banks DIH Sports Club, Thirst Park and it is compulsory for athletes and their managers to attend. Matters relating to the upcoming show on March 29 at the National Cultural Centre from 19:00hrs will be discussed among other things.
talents we have to prove their worth. I think fans are in for a quality match so I urge fans to come out and support and don’t miss this opportunity.” Beacon hammered Potaro Strikers 4-1 on Saturday and will be looking to their goal scoring quartet to continue from where they left off going into tonight’s big clash. On target for Beacon were, Keno Washington, Cleon Adams and the Welcome brothers, Kurt and Whitney. The main support for Bartica’s top side will be, Clint Kellman, Ryan Andries and the inspirational captain and goalkeeper, Kwesi Jacobs. Camptown’s challenge will be led by midfield captain Jamal Codrington alongside, the experienced Prescod and the youthful and talented Sancho, Reshawn Sandiford will marshal the defence and Devon Forde will be the main attacking force. Preceding the 8:00PM kick-off will be a battle between Mel Ballers and Potaro Strikers. The quadrangular Tournament is mainly sponsored by Sky Launch Restaurant & Bar and organized by the ‘I’ Movement Promotions.
Monday March 17, 2014
Trophy Stall/EBFA U-15 League
GDF Outgun Pepsi Hornets 33–22 Grove Hi Tech and in Bounty Farm 15-a-side First Division Rugby League Match Diamond take full points Grove Hi Tech continued their winning form whilst Diamond United sealed the biggest win of their fledgling career when play in the Trophy Stall/East Bank Football Association (EBFA) Under-15 League continued at the Grove Playfield on Saturday last. The home team, Grove, playing the feature game, were 4-0 victor over Herstelling Football Club thanks to a double strike from Randy Smartt in the 37th and 44th minute. Denzil Crawford had opened the scoring in the 2nd minute, while the deal was sealed in the 53rd minute when Threvon Pluck rocked the nets. The defeat was Herstelling third in as many matches whilst it was Grove’s third win in as many matches. Diamond, coming off a win against Herstelling in their previous match, maintained their winning ways with a hard fought 2-1 win over Soesdyke Falcons. Ixios Da Silva put Diamond in the lead in the 6th minute, a lead which they enjoyed until the 28th minute when the Soesdyke lads neutralized proceedings, thanks to a well taken shot by Shane Meusa. The half time ended 1-1
From left: Threvon Pluck, Randy Smartt and D. Crawford. but six minutes after the break, Diamond were again in the lead this time it was Teon Forde who found the back of the nets, the game ended at the same score. Second round action will start this Saturday with all the teams aiming to improve on their first round showing. The first to fourth placed teams will be rewarded with trophies compliments of sponsor,
Trophy Stall while gold, silver and bronze medals will be presented to the first, second and third placed teams. The highest goal scorer will receive the Golden Boot Trophy, MVP the Golden Ball trophy, best goalkeeper the Golden Glove trophy whilst the most disciplined team will receive the Fair Play trophy. The best coach will also be rewarded.
Stag Beer/EBFA Division One League
Timehri Panthers take over lead following win over Kuru Kururu Warriors Timehri Panthers has maintained their unblemished record with a 2-0 win over Kuru Kururu Warriors when play in the Stag Beer sponsored East Bank Football Association division-one league continued at the Grove Playfield yesterday afternoon. Both teams were unbeaten prior to the clash but at the end of 90 minutes it was Timehri that walked away with full points, now moving to 9 which place them at the top of the points standings. The win by Timehri also saw them maintaining their record as the best defensive team so far in the competition, scoring a total of six goals, while their defence is yet to be breached by any of their opponents. The game was much closer than 2-0 as the score line suggests, Timehri took the lead in the 20th minute compliments of a Collis Massiah goal. Eight minutes later the
advantage was doubled when Timehri were awarded a penalty. Lawrence Steele stepped up to take the kick and did not disappoint, hitting the ball past custodian Nijun Hooke in the 28th minute. Despite conceding two early goals, the Warriors living true to their name keep up their offensive game but were not allowed to prosper owing to some solid defending by the Panthers. Both teams utilised their full quota of substitutes durin g t h e c o u r s e o f t h e encounter, Timehri in an effort to maintain the advantage and Kuru Kururu, which sought to score, but were not allowed to as they now drop one place down to third in the standings behind Agricola. The league is set to continue today at the same venue with a clash between Grove Hi Tech and Herstelling from 15:30hrs.
Latest Points Standing Teams Timehri Panthers Agricola Kuru Kururu Soesdyke Falcons Grove Hi Tech Diamond
Played 3 2 3 2 2 2
Won 3 2 2 1 1 0
Lost 0 0 1 1 1 2
Draw 0 0 0 0 0 0
GF 6 10 6 9 6 1
GA 0 1 3 5 5 4
GD +6 +9 +3 +4 +1 -3
Pts 9 6 6 3 3 0
Mocha Champs Herstelling
A Fiercely contested and pulsating game interspersed with exhilarating no holds barred bone crunching tackles and brilliant passing by both team’s packs and quick counter attacking moves from the full backs (Leon Greaves of Hornets and Joseph Rahaman of GDF) kept a small but appreciative group of spectators and team supporters on tenterhooks down to the wire when GDF clashed with Pepsi Hornets in yesterday’s highly hyped match in the ongoing Bounty Farm First Division 15’s league. The fierceness of the encounter kept Referee Alwin Etwah on his toes as he did a brilliant job of controlling a game that threatened to get out of control at times. When the final whistle sounded and the dust had cleared, GDF to their relief ran out winners against a determined and hard finishing Pepsi Hornets 33 22. GDF started the game at a
fast clip not allowing the Pepsi Hornets time to settle in, putting two consecutive tries on the scoreboard in the 4th (Alfred Sargeant) and 11th (Patrick King) minutes of the game, both converted by Clive Prowell before Pepsi Hornets retaliated with one (Blaize Bailey) in 21st minute stinging the Army boys into responding with another three quick tries (Avery Corbin, Jermaine Jacobs and Revon Williams; with two out of three conversions by Clive Prowell) in the 26th , 28th and 31st minutes. On the resumption, a totally galvanized and resurgent Pepsi Hornets led by Captain Ryan George and Veterans Peter Campayne and Kenneth Grant Stuart, who suffered an eye cut, launched an all-out counterattack on the GDF Citadel with resulting tries by powerful forward Delroy Gordon (2) in the 69th and 79th minutes along with the ever hustling Ryan George (1 try and a
conversion) in the dying minutes of the game, were not good enough to create an upset. SUMMARY GDF - 5 tries (Alfred Sargeant 1, Patrick King 1, Avery Corbin 1, Jermaine Jacobs 1 and Revon Williams 1) and 4 conversions (Prowell 4 out of 5). Pepsi Hornets - 4 tries (Blaize Bailey 1, Delroy Gordon 2, and Ryan George 1 with 1 conversion). The GRFU Selection committee is expected to meet during this week to shortlist the Senior National Players for the upcoming NACRA 15’s Championship game against Barbados on May 17th in Barbados. NEXT WEEK’S MATCHES Next weekend’s matches herald the start of Round 2 of the ongoing Competition with Saturday’s game featuring GDF vs Caribs and Sunday UG vs Hornets. All matches are being played at the National Park.
Romallo Crawford wins FACC organised cycle race in Berbice Romallo Crawford of The Trojan Cycle club dominated the Flying Ace Cycle Club (FACC) feature 40-mile event yesterday. The race pedaled off from Marks Bridge at 60 Stanleytown and proceeded to Adventure on the Corentyne and saw some 20 riders taking to the starting line. Ironically, Crawford, who rode the race on a borrowed bike, was so dominant that he also took five of the eight sprint prizes. As the cyclists got on their way, a three man pack of Syborne Fernandez and Elijah Brijadar of the Flying Ace Club and Juban Crawford of Trojan took an early lead. They were eventually caught on The NO19 straight road by Crawford and Ray Millington. Crawford soon made a break and maintained that lead for a number of miles. He was eventually caught by his cousin Juban Crawford and Millington on the downward journey. However, as soon as the two riders caught him, Romallo Crawford made another break and was not caught again as he rode home unchallenged, with only the whaling siren of the Police outriders and the elements as his company to the line at Courts New Amsterdam building at Main and St Ann Street, New Amsterdam.
Romallo Crawford (right) receiving his prize. Ray Millington of the FACC won a tough battle with Juban Crawford to place second. Veteran Wilbur Benjamin outsprinted the pack to place fourth ahead of Elijah Brijadar and Wazim Hassnu of FFCC, with Andrew Hicks of Trojan and Fernandez coming in seventh and eighth. David Sampson won in the beginner’s category, with 14 year old Simeon Allicock getting a special prize. In the female category, Deance Welch of Trojan won from Shenika Teixeira.
Juban Crawford took two of the sprint point prizes with Ray Millington taking the other. The event, which was open to cyclist in Berbice only, was sponsored by a number of businesses in Berbice including Benjamin Sports, Guinness Bar, Furniture World, Lloyd Williams, Home Line Furnishing, Steve Ramsuchit and D. Balram Shane. The race was organised and coordinated by cycle coach of the FACC Randolph Roberts. (Samuel Whyte)
Monday March 17, 2014
Permaul produces career best figures but Guyana, Windwards play to a draw
Veerasammy Permaul in action.
Assad Fudadin drives gloriously for four.
By Sean Devers Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul grabbed a career best 7-49 and his first 10-wicket match haul to put Guyana in a wonderful position to force a come-frombehind win against the Windward Islands on the final day, but their Regional Four Day contest at Providence yesterday still ended in a draw after batting let them down. Guyana set 209 to win after dismissing the Islanders 25 minutes into the dayâ€™s play for 114, were undermined by another indifferent batting performance which generally lacked positivity and only reached 171-7 from 71 overs, falling short by 38 runs when bad light stopped play with four overs remaining. Scores: W/Wards (307 & 114), Guy (213 & 171-7). It took Guyana just 5.4 overs on the final day to wrap up the Windwards innings with Romel Currency being left stranded two short of what would have been his
Guyana vs Jamaica at Sabina Park Part 2 Statistician Charwayne Walker continues his look at the stats relating to the meetings between Guyana and Jamaica in Regional cricket over the years. Here is part two of his writings on the encounters. 1982 the Robert Haynes show: The 17 year old debutant, Robert Haynes, destroyed Guyana with match figures of 11 for 206 giving Jamaica a 52 runs victory. Jamaica first innings 211 all out Everton Mattis 98, George Powell, father of Toney Powell, supported with 48, Jeffrey Dujon 20. Bowling for Guyana Colin Croft took 4 for 26 from 122 overs, Deryck Kallicharran had 3 for 71 from 20 overs, Roger Harper 2 for 15 from 10 overs. Guyana first innings 285 all out Skipper Faoud Bacchus top scored with 50, Andrew Lyght 44, Milton Pydanna 37, Clyde Butts 35, Colin Croft 27 not out. Bowling for Jamaica, 17 year old debutant leg spinner Robert Haynes took 5 for 87 from 29 overs, C. Thompson took 2 for 25. Jamaica second innings 435 for 6 declared, Hubert Chung 155, Richard Austin 118, Jeffrey Dujon 66 not out, Everton Mattis 41. Bowling for Guyana Roger Harper took 3 for 95 from 40 overs. Guyana second innings 309 all out, Faoud Bacchus 79, Andrew Lyght 69, Clive Lloyd 38, Timur Mohamed 22. Bowling for Jamaica, Haynes took 6 from 119 from 34 overs, Jamaica won by 52 runs.
Guyana vs Jamaica at Sabina Park 1984 - Jamaica won by 6 wickets: Guyana first innings 411 all out, Andrew Lyght 122, William White 105, debutant Andrew Jackman 78, Rabindranauth Seeram 37. Bowling for Jamaica, Kenneth McLeod took 3 for 49 from 17:3 overs, Marlon Tucker 3 for 80 from 39 overs. Jamaica first Inning s 347 all out, Mark Neita 133, Odelmo Peters 72, Skipper Basil Williams 34, Cleveland Davidson 32. Bowling for Guyana, Ray Joseph took 6 for 114 from 33 overs, Suresh Ganouri 2 for 67 (23) overs, Clyde Butts 2 for 104 from 46 overs. Guyana Second Innings 134 all out Andrew Lyght 42, Andrew Jackman 31. Bowling for Jamaica Courtney Walsh took 6 for 35 from 9 overs, Clement Thompson 3 for 40 from 11 overs. Jamaica second innings 199 for 4, Terrence Corke 62, Mark Neita 61. William White took 2 for 16 from 10 overs bowling for Guyana. Guyana vs Jamaica at Sabina 1986 - Jamaica won by 3 wickets: Guyana first innings 41 all out. Skipper Roger Harper 18. Bowling for Jamaica Patrick Patterson took 7 for 24, Courtney Walsh 3 for 13. Jamaica first innings 126 all out Skipper Michael Holding 34, Wayne Lewis 23. Bowling for Guyana, Roger Harper took 4 for 37 from 15 overs, Deryck Kallicharran 3 for 12 4.5 overs, Clyde Butts, 2 for 25 from 10
Robert Haynes overs. Guyana second innings 202 all Out, Skipper Roger Harper 65, Timur Mohamed 57, Clayton Lambert 24. Bowling for Jamaica Courtney Walsh took 8 for 92 from 193 overs, Michael Holding 2 for 20. Jamaica second innings 119 for 7, Cleveland Davidson 22 not out, Frans Cunningham 20, Aaron Daley 18 not out. Bowling for Guyana Skipper Roger Harper snared 4 for 29 from 21 overs. Deryck Kallicharran 2 for 36 from 14.2 overs. Guyana vs Jamaica at Sabina Park 1989 Jamaica won by an Innings and 49 runs. Jamaica first innings 338 all out Delroy Simeon Morgan 122, Cleveland Davidson 57 not out, Mark Neita 49, James Adams 27. Bowling for Guyana Barrington Browne took 4 for 75 from 25.5 overs, Lynden Joseph 2 for 66 from 24 overs, David Harper 2 for 57 from 29 overs. Guyana first innings 144
all out Clayton Lambert 40, Skipper Clyde Butts 33, Andrew Jackman 21. Bowling for Jamaica, Nehemiah Perry took 4 for 35, Robert Haynes 3 for 32 from 22 overs, Michael Holding 2 for 36. Guyana second innings following on, 145 all out, Rabindranauth Seeram 40, Clayton Lambert 33, Andrew Jackman 19 not out. Bowling for Jamaica Nehemiah Perry took 8 for 45 from 28.4 overs giving him match figures of 12 for 80. Guyana vs Jamaica at Sabina Park 1991 - result match drawn. Jamaica first Innings 242 all out Jeffrey Dujon 75, James Adams 35, Cleveland Davidson 30. Bowling for Guyana Clyde Butts 5 for 81 from (39 overs), Lynden Joseph 2 for 48 from 15 overs. Guyana first Innings 217 all out, Mark Harper 57, Roger Harper 30, Clyde Butts 27 not out. Bowling for Jamaica Courtney Walsh 4 for 60 from 22 overs, Patrick Patterson 3 for 50 from 17 overs, Robert Haynes 2 for 40 from 17 overs. Jamaica second Inning s 249 for 9 declared Jeffrey Dujon 77 not out, Delroy Morgan 38, Robert Haynes 25. Bowling for Guyana Clyde Butts 4 for 70 from 34 overs, Carl Hooper 4 for 48 from 23 overs. Guyana second Innings 192 for 6, Mark Harper 38, Carl Hooper 36, Roger Harper 35 not out. Bowling for Jamaica Joseph Grant took 2 for 47 from 15 overs.
- batting again let them down 10th First-Class fifty. Delorn Johnson (11) was bowled by leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (1-21) at 109-9 before the 24-year-old Permaul, who bettered his previous best of 6-39 at this level, wrapped up the Windwards innings when he had Nelon Pascal caught behind for a duck. Narsingh Deonarine (235) offered support to his Albion club mate. When Guyana began their reply, Sewnarine Chattergoon (14) got going with three boundaries off Pascal before he dragged a ball from the Grenadian onto his leg stump with the score on 19-1. Assad Fudadin, who made 82 in the first innings, joined 17-year-old left-hander Tagenarine Chanderpaul and the pair took Guyana to 28-1 when rain stopped play at 11:07hrs. With the shower getting heavier Lunch was taken with Chanderpaul on eight and Fudadin on five. After Lunch, Chanderpaul and Fudadin saw the fifty posted in the 24th over with consecutive boundaries in successive overs from Chanderpaul. The West Indies under-19 player first went back and cut Sebastien to the backward point boundary before lofting Leftarm spinner Alton Bobb for a disdainful six over mid-wicket. Fudadin, who batted very purposefully in the first innings, was strangely a lot more cautious yesterday although he danced into Sebastien and dumped him for four to long-off. Chanderpaul changed gear; depositing Bobb back over his head for a boundary and sweeping the spinner in enterprising fashion behind square for four in the same over as the South Americans picked up their run rate after a slow but solid start to the post Lunch session. Fudadin (22) seemed unfortunate to be LBW to Sebastien, who removed Vishaul Singh in similar fashion next ball, as Guyana slipped to 68-3 after Chanderpaul and Fudadin had added 49 for the second wicket. Deonarine, with three ducks in a row and four in the competition so far, averted the hat-trick with a pugnacious hoik over the head of the bowler for four before a majestic cover driven boundary signaled that Deonarine was in a positive frame of mind. Deonarine, the only Guyanese with 1,000 runs in a season, did the bulk of the scoring with the rock solid Chanderpaul playing the supporting role and another shower threatened to add to the drama with the fourth
wicket pair taking Guyanaâ€™s victory target almost into double figures on what was still very fast outfield. By Tea their unfinished partnership was worth 36. With a nice build-up of spectators urging Guyana on, Chanderpaul and Deonarine took their team to Tea on 1073, still 102 runs away from their first victory of the season and their 14th win against the Windwards in 33 matches. However, two quick wickets after Tea put the Islanders, the only Regional team without a First-Class title, back in the contest in overcast conditions. Chanderpaul, who made a carefully constructed 40 from 224 minutes and 154 balls with five fours and a six, got a ball from Peters that cut back, kept low and crashed into his off stump to break the 49-run fifth wicket stand. Peters then removed Deonarine to a catch at first slip for 38 from 99 minutes and 66 balls and Chris Barnwell (5) caught at the wicket to leave Guyana 127-6 as three wickets tumbled after Tea for 10 runs. With 82 required for a Guyana victory and four wickets needed by the Windwards for their 7th win against Guyana and 6th in the last seven matches, a pulsating battle loomed, especially since the sun returned in all of its glory. But with Shiv Chanderpaul, who maybe batted too late in the order at number six, still there the Windwards knew they still had lots of work to do to claim their second win of the season. Bramble, who made a fighting 35 in the first innings, joined the experienced 39year-old Chanderpaul and they carried their team to 153 before Chanderpaul got the leading edge as he tried to work into the on-side off Peters and was taken at point for 18. Permaul (14) and Bramble (16) saw their team to the end with Peters finishing with 438 and eight in the match. Sebastien supported with 239 for the Windwards, who moved to 26 points in the competition. They got three batting and three bowling points from this game and will now travel to Jamaica for their next match. Guyana replaced Vishaul Singh and Sewnarine Chattergoon with Leon Johnson and Chanderpaul Hemraj for their next match and took three bowling points and one batting point from this contest to move to 10 points. They will travel to Barbados for their next match, a day/night affair, against CCC which starts on Friday at the 3Ws Oval.