Monday March 18, 2013
Jagdeo orchestrated plot to take over airwaves …grants cable licences to two buddies ...Vishok Persaud, Brian Yong set up shop before licence was granted Apart from shocking disclosures that President Bharrat Jagdeo handed his friends and associates and political party multiple radio and TV licences, the granting of cable licences has shed light on a plot to snap up the entire telecommunications sector. He granted cable licences to Vishok Persaud, the son of PPP stalwart Reepu Daman Persaud and to Brian Yong, a very close confidante. The granting of cable licences allows the licencees to offer what in the United States and other countries is called triple play—internet, television/radio and telephone services. Even without being coupled with cellular service Cable on the 2.5 GHz Band is a virtual monopoly in the telecommunication sector for whoever owns the licence. When a consumer accesses Cable with the triple play t h e n r e g u l a r l a n d l i ne services can become irrelevant.
The cable by itself monopolises the interactive flow of information and that is what Jagdeo has given to his two buddies. Searches reveal that Jagdeo handed out the cable licences to control the electronic media. Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, Thursday, disclosed that the former President granted the two persons cable licences on the 2.5 GHz band in December 2010. These were E-Networks, under Vishok Persaud, the son of Reepu Daman Persaud, a stalwart of the ruling People’s Progressive Party; and Brian Yong, who Jagdeo invited to mount the PPP platform in the 2006 elections. Both Vishok Persaud and Brian Yong are known to be close to Jagdeo and Winston Brassington, the man who manages Government’s investments. The service offered by the two men, such as 4G requires both the availability of
licensed airwaves - also called spectrum - from the government, and considerable private investment in infrastructure. The revelations by the Prime Minister show that Jagdeo granted licences to facilitate the development of the already established business of his friends. In early December, 2010 Persaud introduced his company’s WiMax 4G Network, opening up a wireless digital communication system to provide broadband wireless access, satellite services providing internet access and voice services to miners and companies in the interior, and other services. This means that Persaud launched his service the very month that he was granted a licence. From all indications Persaud moved to set up his infrastructure knowing that he was assured of a licence from Jagdeo. In normal circumstances, a person would await the
Human services conducting interviews for the Family Court The Ministry of Human Services and Social Security is currently conducting interviews for persons who will fill positions for the “support staff” in the first ever Family Court. Minister Jennifer Webster made this disclosure yesterday to Kaieteur News. According to the Minister, her Ministry is almost through with the recruitment process. She explained that the staff will provide various services, such as preparing reports for the courts. The Minister could not give the exact number of positions which are to be filled but noted that her Ministry is working towards getting the court into operation, while the Ministry of Legal Affairs is currently trying to complete the issue of furnishing. Legal Affairs Minister, Anil Nandlall had stated that the rules of the court have been completed and have been laid in the National Assembly. Nandlall said that he is aware that the Judicial Service Commission has interviewed several persons for appointments to the High
Court as judges. Like Minister Webster, Nandlall had highlighted that the issue of furnishing was holding up the commissioning of the court. He said that he was aware that a decision was made for a particular contractor to provide these items, but it was decided that the cost quoted was too exorbitant. He said that other avenues will be resorted to for the sourcing of the items. According to Nandlall, that process has already commenced and an agency has been identified through the tender process to provide the requisite items. He affirmed that the entire process would be conducted in an efficient manner. Nandlall told Kaieteur News that he had no doubt that having a specialized court to deal exclusively with family and childrenrelated matters would be a tremendous boost for the entire justice system. “With a specialized court, it would certainly bring speed to the resolutions of familyrelated disputes, which, unless they are resolved quickly, normally have devastating consequences on the lives of the persons
involved, especially the children, which could cause social problems that pervade our society, including crime.” In recognition of the importance of having a speedy resolution of these cases, the executive in conjunction with the judiciary had decided to establish the family court. Former Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Priya Manickchand, had said that the initiative of a Family Court was prompted by the awareness that the family unit is severely affected by societal demoralization. The new facility will handle issues such as divorce, division of property, domestic matters, adoption, guardianship and custody. In early 2009, Cabinet granted a two-fold approval to establish the court and erect a structure in which the entity would be housed. “This means that the process of compartmentalizing family law should begin even before the completion of the building and (it) indicates the significance placed on judicial preparedness in family welfare matters,” the Minister had stated.
granting of a licence before investing in infrastructure. The case of Persaud resembles the scenario under which Yong was granted his licence. Yong received his licence in December, 2010. He too started developing his business with the assurance that he would get a licence. In January, 2009, Yong’s company signed a deal with O3b Networks, the developer of a new fibre-quality, satellite-based, global Internet backbone. At that time, Yong boasted that “with less than 1% penetration of broadband
Internet usage in Guyana, we feel we have a moral obligation to provide all Guyanese Internet access for educational, commercial, and medical purposes.” Sure enough, Yong ventured into the business offering broadband satellites and cable TV and was granted his licence. The 2.5 GHz band, under which Persaud and Yong were licenced, is currently used for electronic news gathering services (including television outside broadcasts). Spectrum in this band is being relocated worldwide to meet increasing demands for
wireless broadband services. Using the provisions of the 2.5 band, a number of initiatives can be undertaken, such as the rapid, unplanned deployment of links to cover breaking news events; planned use of group links employing a variety of techniques to provide specialist coverage of particular events; and electronic field production, which could be used to provide elements of a television production. In other words, these two businesses could dominate the mass media landscape of the entire country.
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The National Insurance Scheme (NIS) is more than just another governmental institution. It literally represents the lifeblood of our workforce when they become too old or too injured or too ill to labour any longer. The NIS is not even technically owned by the government: it is fully supported by the money that is deducted from the pay-packets of workers before they even saw their earnings. These ‘contributions’ from workers make subscribing workers the real owners of the NIS, with the Board having a fiduciary responsibility to represent their interests. We raise this issue once again after the deafening silence from the NIS Board following our editorial of February 13 where we asked the question: “Is the ‘NIS committing suicide’”? We asked the question against the background of its 2011 Financial report which noted that for the first time in its forty-two year old history, the NIS racked up its first ever deficit - a whopping $371M. Since nothing has been done in 2012, we can expect an even larger deficit when that report comes out later this year. Rather bleakly, the 8th Actuarial Report which came out towards the end of 2012, concluded that with assets of just over two times its annual expenditure, the “entire Fund will be exhausted in less than 10 years if benefit reforms are not made immediately”. While the Report warned that “Urgent attention is required if the NIS is to meet its future obligations without burdening employers and workers,” there has been total focus from the Board with the recommendations that called for: (a) increasing the contribution rate from 13% to 15% no later than January 2013 as well as the adoption of a policy for future contribution increases. (b) Increasing the wage ceiling to $200,000 per month. (c) Freeze pension increases (no pension increase) for two years or until contribution rate is increased and finances improve. And most controversially (d) Increase the pension age from 60 to 65 on a phased basis. The Private Sector Commission (PSC) reviewed the Report and recommendations but focused on what everyone seemed to ignore: the need for a more robust investment policy by the NIS Board. “The investment policy should give due consideration to the current financial position of the fund and current and future market conditions. The policy should include the roles and responsibilities of the various parties, investment objectives, strategies, constraints and asset allocations,” advised the PSC. But our question of ‘suicide’ was prompted by information that we received on one of its present investments, specifically the investment in the Berbice Bridge. We said that “last December, the NIS Board acquiesced in the non-payment of dividends from the Berbice Bridge. The NIS Board, in its wisdom had invested some $1.5 billion in that venture. Now when it was facing another massive loss in 2012, it is criminal for the Board to pass on some $200 million in dividends. The question has to be asked: “In whose interest is the NIS Board acting?” Why should it buy into the importuning of the BBCI when that institution has consistently declared massive profits and its Board lived high off the hog?” We have now received information that the NIS actually has over $5billion invested in the Berbice Bridge. We need to have a clear statement as to how and in what form the NIS has invested in the bridge. What is the rate of return on capital investment if in the form of shares, preferential or otherwise, it means that hundreds of millions of dollars have been forgone. In three years the NIS can wipe out its deficit through collecting dividends from the Berbice Bridge. We demand an answer as to why the NIS is not collecting dividends on the Berbice Bridge. If the information is correct, the Board had betrayed its fiduciary responsibilities to the workers and it is our suggestion that they take a class action suit against it for this betrayal.
Monday March 18, 2013
Letters... Where your views make the news
Scheming against the Guyanese population DEAR EDITOR, Last week Thursday, I was at the Critchlow Labour College. While there I observed Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds, Mr. Michael Brassington Head of NICIL, Mr. Christopher Ram and a few other well known male Guyanese including the leader of the Guyana Trade Union Congress. In fact, I wanted to see Mr Witter but was informed that he would be in at a meeting with stakeholders on the Labour issues which have developed as a result of over 200 Chinese nationals being employed on the Marriott project bypassing jobless Guyanese. I felt good, for in my mind I could only visualise one possible result from that meeting. A further erosion of the Government posture that Guyanese are not qualified to work on this project, as the representative of Guyanese Labour demonstrated to the National Administrators, the weakness of their line of reasoning, especially in an environment of 30 plus percent unemployment and underemployment. This was not to be and it is only today, one week after that meeting, that I have summoned the courage to deal with what can be described as nothing short of non leadership displayed by the representatives of Guyanese Labour. Kaieteur News headline the next day indicated that our Labour leaders hailed the fact that they have been able to get the Government leaders to concede, that in future projects Guyanese workers
would be given priority. This is in fact a Coup de Grace of Guyanese Labour. How mature Labour Leaders could not see it, has been the question I have been asking myself over the past week. It is public knowledge that this uncaring Government will do anything to further impoverish the Guyanese working class. What is bothersome is that those people who sat in that room and allowed Sam Hinds and company to convince them that the Marriott project is too important to be delayed, did not take into account the PPP/C’s track record on agreements made in times of crisis. Former President Desmond Hoyte expressed disgust at their behaviour after two such agreements, in which his language clearly said that he felt duped. The people of Linden are trying to find out where they blundered in the latest of such agreements, and the list can go on. In other words I am saying that they failed the Guyanese working class, who are of the opinion that the Marriot, in the first place. is not a priority. The kokers in Georgetown are among the priorities which the PPP/C have no consideration for. The position adopted by our Labour Leaders as a result of that meeting is one which I could not have envisaged, especially since the Marriott project did not get Parliamentary approval to spend resources owned by the Guyanese working class. The fact that this project is
simply there as a facility to provide work for nonGuyanese and is based on an illegal investment of our funds is enough reason to delay if not stop it, so I am yet to understand the logic of the representatives of Labour. However let us fat forward to two of the major project in the future, in which the Chinese would be involved. • Amaila’s Fall Hydroelectric facility, the road to it and the power transmission line • The Upgrading of the Cheddi Jagan Aeroport Both of these projects are being financed in a large way by the Chinese, as was the Guysuco’s Skeldon project, a project on which Chinese Technology and Labour performed poorly. Hence my question is, what would the Government of Guyana say to the Chinese
Government, the Chinese Banks and the Chinese contracting firms that they could not have said to the present contractor who is building the Marriott, using finances owned in large part by the Guyanese workers? We should note at the said meeting that the Government side dropped the argument of lack of skill Guyanese and for the first time revealed that they simply gave the contractor the right to source workers, from any which way. On this another source has informed that many of the Chinese here are prisoners; hence cheap labour, akin to indentureship. An issue again for the Labour leaders of this country, and Human Rights groups, I hope they can investigate this to our satisfaction. Earlier press reports indicated that there was a secret deal with respect to the Continued on page 5
Response to furniture allegation -- all lies DEAR EDITOR, I just read an article which I believe and we all know is all lies. I was wondering who the person was who did such a sloppy job. I hope it is not Mr. Suseran, the person on whose shoulder all teachers are leaning on. He was a fair person who was always targeted by that very same woman. Has he turned his back on the teachers and the public at this point? Let us hope not. I think this woman is mocking the public by stating what a nice person she really is; she is not nice, neither is she a person. I know about our children at primary school sitting four in a bench right now at this point. I think the children told the truth and I know she will try to get at the teachers who were with the kids but let her try that and she will regret her move. Like the chairman, REXO and the others can’t sanction her. Teachers don’t know where to go for help. Sarita Persaud
Monday March 18, 2013
Letters... Where your views make the news... Letters... Where your views make the news
Overseas-based Guyanese, step up to the plate DEAR EDITOR, Having perused the SN article “Government needs to step up to plate for CARIFTA team”..(From Orin Davidson in New York) dated March 13,2013, I was forced to pen a contribution from my extremely busy schedule.. The writer has indeed written on an important aspect of sports in Guyana and and I will agree with him and others that investing in sports athletes , Guyana can really shine brightly on the international circuit..I will also remind the public at large that I have for many years penned many publications via the medium stating that Guyana possess great talents, but at the end of the day if one does not have a
strong financial background, long term corporate endorsement, sponsorship of any kind or a commitment by the Sports Ministry, you will get absolutely no where in having a sports career. On the other hand, I honestly do not believe that Guyana is currently in a position to offset the expenses that are required for nurturing sports athletes towards international stardom. I stand by my word to Guyanese Athletes based out of Guyana that when you would have acquired citizenship of your adopted home especially in the metropolitan cities and an avenue opens up for you to represent that adopted home flag, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that and
it is also my opinion that your chances are so much better in acquiring international stardom. Two perfect examples are Sanya Richards of the USA and Mo Farah of the UK. To all those Guyanese communities abroad, can you state on /for the record what has been your contribution towards the current situation surrounding USA based Miss Kadecia Baird (World Junior Silver Medalist)? The reason for that question is that many persons feel that it’s the sole responsibility of the Ministry of Sports to provide financial aid to Miss Baird and I will never agree with anyone on that aspect of discussion.. Born Guyanese residing
The PPP leaders are setting a terrible example DEAR EDITOR, It is worrying to look and listen to the utterances of the leaders in the Jagdeo/Ramotar cabal and the manner in which they dispense their messages especially those yearly messages from Babu Jaan. Our society is suffering from a lack of self-control and many of our young ones cannot emancipate themselves from this mental slavery of racism and public irresponsible behaviour because the leaders in the Jagdeo/Ramotar cabal, who they ought to look up to, are the prime purveyor of the racist message from their bully pulpit. One just has to listen to them at Babu Jaan. They fall short of being good examples for the nation. The media can’t be blamed for publicizing their behaviour; the fourth estate
has a role to report the truth. The truth is that the leaders in the Jagdeo/ Ramotar cabal keep showing the people how they truly are; political yard fowls. They’re most irresponsible people! If this nation is to grow not just economically but socially, these leaders in the Jagdeo/Ramotar cabal must behave in a manner that allows the media to promote them in a positive light regardless of their message; they must have dignity and decorum. Our people in high office need to think much more deeply and cautiously when sensitizing the public on the pertinent issues. Would the message not have been more valuable to the people’s lives if the President spoke of his plans for Guysuco? Why all this fear mongering and political overstatement? Why this
anxiety to score political points; causes distress and disruption in the people’s lives? We must be examples to the young ones and this can only be achieved by our behaviour. People in authority must have more control over their brain and tongue; but it is clear in the Jagdeo/Ramotar camp there is evidence that many may be suffering from spates of “cerebral disorder”. You cannot know the communal impact of these Babu Jaan messages with its racial insecurities and fear mongering among the people and still continue to do it. President Ramotar ought to be a better man than his “mud marching” immediate predecessor. Dr Asquith Rose and Harish S. Singh
overseas also has a key role to play and they also need to step up to the plate and I am almost sure with their financial contribution, Guyana might not really have much to do, but focuss on the current locally based sports athletes with potentials as the ones based overseas with dreams of qualifying for regional and international competitions. Mr.Davidson did mention his choice of Coach, Leslie Black, to accompany the delegation of athletes at the 2013 Carifta Games in The Cayman Islands which is his god given right, but I believe
that part of the process is that coaches have to be IAAF acredited . As much as Coach Leslie Black has had major accomplishments by athletes he nurtured, I don’t believe at the moment he has fully acquired IAAF Acreditation or recognition...Anyone is free to correct me on that..I am almost certain that Coach Edmonds has IAAF Acreditation. A very important point I need to point out to The Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG). I understand that the current President, Mr. Aubrey Hutson is also the President of the Running
Brave Club and the newly appointed General Secretary of the AAG is Col. Paul Arthur of the Guyana Defence Force who is also the President of the GDF Track Club. In my opinion, that is definitely a conflict of interest and it will lead towards continuous failure of the AAG. Respectfully to Mr. A. Hutson (President of Running Brave Club) and Col. P .Arthur( Pres. of the GDF Track Club), it is imperative that you both relinquish your respective posts as Club Presidents.. T. Pemberton
Scheming against the Guyanese... From page 4 Aeroport project, when things are done in secret there is no telling what would result. The Marriott was also done in secret. Hence on this I would ask the representatives of Labour and the Government of Guyana what is an acceptable minimum benchmark percentage of the labour force on these future projects that must be Guyanese born? On the other hand what levels should be exclusively Chinese? With regards the projects associated with Amaila Falls, it is known that IDB has given approval for Chinese Labour to be engaged so how come PM Hinds and Mr Brassington can pull this barefaced con scheme on
Guyanese. Is it just another manifestation of their uncaring nature towards the Guyanese workforce? Before President Jagdeo left office he virtually promised any Chinese on landing in Guyana a three-year work permit, and the automatic right to Guyanese Citizenship. To enforce the con scheme I can see many of the Chinese labourers now employed in Guyana including those on the Marriott and GPL projects being fast tracked to becoming Guyanese citizens, hence making a mockery of the criterion that Guyanese Labour would be given first preference on future contracts. Elton McRae
Monday March 18, 2013
Letters... Where your views make the news... Letters... Where your views make the news
A blinkered view of the reality DEAR EDITOR, While trolling the Internet for anything entertaining to counter a bout of boredom that had enveloped me, I came across and was immediately cured by an article in the February, 2013 edition of a newspapers whose owner(s) impudently monikered it The Beacon of Truth. The article, captioned “Revisionist piffle”, went after me for unapologetically arguing in a February 4, Kaieteur News letter, that other named Guyanese are worthier political heroes than Cheddi Jagan and Forbes Burnham. This temerity on
my part was obviously enough for the widelyignored Beacon of Truth, in defence of Cheddi Jagan, to choose me to share in the obscurity to which it has been relegated by Guyanese, who prefer to get their truth from newspapers such as Kaieteur News. Well, I never would have known of my dishonor, accorded more than a month ago, if I weren’t bored. In my letter, I mentioned the names of several individuals, including Mark Benschop and Kaieteur News publisher Glenn Lall, who I believe are worthier political
heroes than Cheddi Jagan and Forbes Burnham. Not being ones to miss an opportunity to attempt to negate any positive reference to those who expose the barefaced and incestuous corruption of the PPP dictatorship, the people at Bobby Ramroop’s transparent-challenged Beacon of Truth went after Mark Benschop and Glenn Lall. These two men are more than capable of defending themselves against the spiteful character assassination that Guyana Times often offers as truth, so my response is not in defence
of them. I write to unapologetically stand by my position and to show that the Guyana Times is The Smokestack of Untruth rather than The Beacon of Truth. In reviewing and attempting to refute my arguments and conclusion that others are worthier political heroes than Jagan and Burnham, the Times correctly reported what it called my “peculiar definition” of the word “heroes”. It said: “....Lowe is no ‘master’. He rates his ‘heroes’ thusly: ‘What wrongs did they right? How
many lives did they save? How many Guyanese regardless of race, religion, or creed looked forward to their appearances and speeches, hoping that they’d live forever? And what joys and glory did they bring to our nation? How much deprivation did they suffer?’” But the Times, knowing that it is unable to provide any credible or satisfactory answers from the life of Jagan, whom it chose to defend, and forgetting that it has no monopoly on access to dictionaries, countered with its own self-serving definition of the word “heroes”. It insults women by relying on one dictionary that offers the unmodern, sexist male-oriented view that a hero is to be seen as “a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.” The Smokestack then falsely ascribes the definition to me by thereafter asserting: “Let’s take Jagan by Lowe’s definition. Who was braver and more noble than this son of a canecutter from Port Mourant who refused the middle-class comforts of a dentist’s life in Guyana circa 1943 but chose to take on the might of an empire on whose dominions “the sun never set”? “And yes, he suffered deprivation: he spent his time, like all anti-colonial heroes, in a British jail.” While I did address and trivialize the relatively benign deprivations suffered by Jagan and Burnham, it is a demonstrated fact that my definition makes no mention of “brave(r)” or “noble” (because of the partisan views of these qualities in our country). So The Smokestack engaged in false attribution and even defeated its own boast of Jagan’s supposed unique nobleness and bravery by admitting that “all anti-colonial heroes” suffered deprivation by being jailed. Additionally, I fail to see the bravery and nobleness in allegedly turning down the assumed “middle-class comforts of a dentist’s life” in favour of pursuing an exciting political life that promised more financial security than the stressful uncertainty of waiting for the dentist-averse and dirt poor Guyanese masses of 1943 to visit a dentist for tooth extraction, for that’s what dentists did 99.99 per cent of the time in 1943. No Guyanese dentist now, let alone then, could live a middle-class life just extracting teeth. Cheddi Jagan left these shores as an impressionable 18-year-old schoolboy in
1936 and came back in 1943 as a 25-year-old dentist who was impressed by and enamoured with the Marxist ideology that preached solutions to problems that arise from conditions that are only now beginning to proliferate in Guyana. So analogically-speaking, Cheddi was from 1943 attempting to administer treatments for HIV which only now plagues our society. The truth is that Cheddi Jagan had no deep intellectual understanding of the Marxist ideology that captured his imagination or of the consequences that would flow from his romantic adherence to it. Twenty-eight years of retributive absence from power finally caused him to see the light, and he quickly abandoned most of his ideological blindness in favor of the light of harsh reality. Thus it was no surprise that he, a man that reportedly felt the pain of the common people, chose to breathe his last breath in the United States, the capital of capitalism, rather than in Moscow, Havana, or the Georgetown Hospital. At least Forbes Burnham chose to take his chances in the Georgetown Hospital, where the common people go to have their ailments treated. In the meantime I’ll continue, from here in Brooklyn, New York, to fight to bring our nation back from the brink. I’m sure that the Smokestack paper will feel proud to know that I’m emulating Cheddi, who fought the PNC using operatives in every capitalist country— from London, England to Brooklyn, New York. The Smokestack paper was livid because I asked: “How many Guyanese regardless of race, religion, or creed looked forward to the appearances and speeches...” of Jagan and Burnham? Rather than wisely avoid offering any response but the obvious answer to the question, The Smokestack paper departed from reality and the truth by asking: “People are looking forward to hear Glenn Lall speak? Get serious.” I’d wager a bet that the publisher and editors of Guyana Times know that more people buy Glenn Lall’s Kaieteur News on its worst two circulation days than buy The Smokestack paper on its best seven circulation days. Yet they have the nerve to try to seriously question if anyone is looking forward to hear Glenn Lall speak. Lionel Lowe
Monday March 18, 2013
Monday March 18, 2013
Linden IMC Chairman laments unfavourable contracts allocation On Friday last the Linden Fund trust hosted another round of its Linden Media Forum, where Interim Management Committee Chairman Orrin Gordon, presented the topic, “The State of the Linden Community”. Gordon during his presentation posited that Linden was once a beacon in Guyana, but unfortunately that is no longer so. He noted that the topic was a very provocative one, that brings out ‘raw emotions of nostalgia,” and sometimes disdain. Gordon highlighted several issues which he said were troubling, including widespread unemployment and underemployment. He posited that Linden is a community where 89 percent of works contracts go to contractors outside of Linden, many of whom bring in their own workers, and materials, and are guilty of substandard and shoddy work. Underscoring his point he alluded to the $200M contract for the laying of pipelines in Block 22, Wismar, where the contractor ‘made a mess’ of it, but yet was awarded other contracts in places such as Amelia’s Ward. Linden contractors were
Orrin Gordon only awarded the smaller contracts, he added. Gordon said that the community is presently between a rock and a hard place because on the one hand contractors outside of the community are getting the cream of the contracts, despite the fact that many of the projects are substandard; while the contractors in Linden who receive the smaller contracts sporadically, are also guilty of some amount of substandard work because more often than not, they try to maximize on the profits on the projects , because they are awarded contracts so few and far in between. COLOSSAL EVIL
He emphasized that many of the social ills the community suffers, spiral out of prevalent and grinding poverty- which he called ‘a colossal evil’, and added that less than 40 percent of the population lived in the ‘comfort Zone”. The IMC Chairman said that “we need ‘new money’ coming into the community.” According to Gordon a lot of money passes through the town- about US $10M on a weekly basis, and that is just from logging and gold mining. He noted that the Gross Domestic Product of the Town is around US$900, which is less than 50 percent of the national average. Gordon in highlighting the sad state of the local economy, pointed out that the community is often maligned to donor agencies, hence the dearth of opportunities available. He posited that instead of Linden being a transshipment point, it should be a destination, where commuters from interior locations could come and conduct business, and where a shuttle system could be effected that would benefit the bus operators from places such as Mahdia and Lethem, as well as those from Linden.
“After four years, a Board cannot be established for LEAP’s successor LEN. This is a travesty. President Ramotar had promised to install a Board over a year ago, but to date nothing has been done.” Gordon highlighted several other issues, including garbage collection and disposal, flooding and erosion and issues relating to the environment generally. He asserted that in the past, the sanitation of the town was ‘revered’- one of the best- as there was order and regularity in collection and disposal of refuse, and vector control was also done frequently. The present plight of the cash-strapped municipality
was also emphasized, with Gordon pointing out that only sixty percent of property owners are paying rates and taxes. He added that of the 40 percent, many, like those residents in Amelia’s Ward and Block 22, are not even on the tax roll. Gordon said that because of the limited revenues garnered, there was only so much that the Council could do, considering that rates and taxes account for only $20M of its revenue, when employees’ wages double that amount. In reference to the media forum, Gordon posited that it was long overdue; as “such conversations are important in every aspect of our lives.”
He however expressed the hope that the sessions would not just be ‘talk shops’ but forums where problems could be highlighted and suggestions made for the implementation of solutions. After the almost hour long presentation, members of the media were afforded the opportunity to ask questions. Most of the questions centered on environmental issues, and lands allocation. The Linden media forum is a component of the broader based Linden Community Forum, which is expected to promote and facilitate dialogue and community participation for the development of Linden. (Enid Joaquin)
Waterloo St. businessman threatens legal action over police shooting One month after a Waterloo Street businessman, who reportedly attacked a policeman with a pair of scissors which resulted in him being shot three times in the leg, is yet to have his day in court. Forty- eight- year-old Phillip Small of Lot 283 Waterloo Street, a father of five said that “the policeman was the one who was wrong” and is thus calling for justice to be served. Small, a motorbike repairman said he is not going to let matter slide, and will be seeking legal consultations since he claimed that the officer’s behaviour was unlawful and unjustified. In an interview with the media on Saturday, Small disputed claims by the police which stated that on February 18 last, he attacked a Tactical Service Unit (TSU) rank with a pair of scissors, obstructing the policeman in the execution of his duties. According to Small, he had gone into the “Globe Yard” in Waterloo Street to change some money when the police walked into the location and yelled, “Everybody brace the wall.” Small said he replied to the ranks, “stop robbing the people,” and the rank threw a punch at him. He reacted by returning the favour and a scuffle ensued. Small said that it was during the scuffle that the rank pulled out his firearm and shot him three times in the leg. One bullet, he explained went through the leg, while the other two shattered the bone in his upper right thigh. Because of this, Small said he is unable to work and by doctor’s orders, he is to stay off the leg for the next three months. Despite this,
WOUNDED: Phillip Small
Small said he has never been contacted by the police. “Dem say I attack them but yet still dem ain’t charge me, nothing. Dem ain’t even mek contact with me since then.” The businessman said that the police fabricated a story against him and that is why no contact has been made since the incident. “I plan to tek it far. I deh home in my bed and nobody aint helping me. I can’t work and I got to spend a set of money on medicine.”
Monday March 18, 2013
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO DURBAN PARK? Many years ago, it was announced that some $90 million was finally being spent to restore D’Urban Park. Work did commence, and afterwards the area was flattened of its overgrowth. I do not know what happened to that project, and just how many millions of dollars were spent. What I do know is that the area has returned to the jungle it was, and it will take quite a few tens of millions for the area to be restored once again. I know it may not be all
positive news, but I am hoping that someone can tell us just how much money was originally spent on the initial project to clear the area, and just why all the work that was done has been undermined by allowing the area to be returned to jungle. I am hoping that some details can be provided as to just what went wrong, and why the residents of Lodge and surrounding areas, after decades of waiting, still cannot have somewhere for their children to go and play
in the afternoons. South Georgetown is an extremely large area, and it is densely populated. South Georgetown needs recreation areas. When Forbes Burnham began his assault on the propertied class in Guyana, he decided that the symbol of their prestige, the race course at D’Urban Park, had to go, since this was not in keeping with the “egalitarian” society that he was attempting to build. His excuse for the closure
Dem boys seh
Jagdeo mek Bobby telling lies Guyana got to play catch up. Jagdeo suh bright that he always one step ahead of de game. When dem boys been looking at corruption, de man busy selling out de country. And nobody coulda see that. De man smart. All de talk bout corruption and nobody ain’t going to jail was a smoke screen. If he had to jail people then de talk woulda go around suh he know that once people talk was a case of dem having something to talk about. And Jagdeo use that opportunity to look after he friends. When he give dem all dem radio station and TV licence he planning fuh a big occasion. De man plan to
return as president. He claim how he young and he can be president fuh another ten years. Well dem boys seh that if that happen Guyana dead and people gun tun slaves again like two hundred years ago. Imagine when you tun on you radio and TV all you gun hear is Jagdeo. That is wha de man plan. That is why he build de Marriott. By de time de hotel done and de elections come around, all he friends and family done get rich. De Marriott gun be dem playground. De man smart. He suh smart that he got he best friend telling lie. Imagine Bobby Ramroop claiming how he get de radio station when he buy out
Vieira. When de government seize Vieira radio, de man was broadcasting pun 100.1 fm. De government tek that one. De court seh that Vieira should get a radio station but it did not tell de government what channel. In any case, was only one channel. Bobby get five. How he can claim that he buy dem from Vieira? But that is de smartness. What Bobby didn’t know was that people know wha Vieira had. Dem boys intend to talk de whole story. Now dem boys find out more things bout Bobby and de government. But a still tongue keeps a wise head. Talk half and look out fuh de expose.
of the race course was the need to build a road link between what was then old Georgetown and the housing areas of North and South Ruimveldt which had sprung up. There was also talk that the road link would facilitate the easy movement of bulk sugar. And so D’Urban Park became public property, and was converted into a series of playfields on which the children of the poor of South Georgetown could play. This development helped to ease a great deal of social tensions in those parts, and it did allow for the development of the skills of South Georgetown. Lodge itself produced a football club which, in a short period of time, made it into the first division in local football. Readers of this column will recall that when the Government announced that it would be spending ninety million dollars to upgrade that facility, this column immediately asked that, when it was completed, it be named in honour of a now deceased Councilor of Georgetown who did more for the development of sports in Lodge and who organized a number of sporting events on
D’Urban Park. That individual was Harold ‘Lightweight’ Kissoon. It is a sad indictment of both the post-Burnham PNC government and also of the PPP, which is supposed to be a working class party, that D’Urban Park has remained neglected for so long. It is sad appreciation of the need for South Georgetown to have some area dedicated to sports — a recreation that under the PPP some thought was given to converting that large acreage into a possible Government complex. I recall the disapproval that was vented when, quite a few years ago, a medical doctor associated with the ruling PPP put forward a proposal for the area to be restored as a horse racing course once again. The public came up with all manner of excuses as to why this should not happen. Perhaps if permission was granted, Georgetown would have once again had a top class horse racing facility that could have attracted tourists to Guyana. But, more importantly, I am sure that D’Urban Park would have been developed and the surrounding areas would have had somewhere
for its young people to develop their sporting skills in the afternoons. I think it is indeed sad what has taken place with D’Urban Park. I think the entire area could have been developed, without any great expenditure, into a vast park with playfields for cricket, football lawn tennis and athletics just like the the Queens Park Savannah in Port of Spain. I think a jogging park could have been developed and also a playground for smaller children. Governments that do not appreciate the need for these things, particularly in densely populated areas, do not understand the importance of social engineering; and those who do not understand this need are often saddled with social problems which they cannot explain. The neglect of D’Urban Park can be reversed by simply demanding explanations to one question—”Whatever became of that ninety million dollars project?”
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Historical Review of the Mining Town - Part 4 By Enid Joaquin Lindeners had of course envisaged a ‘leap’ start (or restart) and advancement in the Town’s economic standing, with LEAP’s intervention; unfortunately they were sorely disappointed! LEAP LAUNCHED The Linden Economic Advancement Programme (LEAP) was launched in 2002 with only three million Euros out of the proposed 10m Euros for the execution of the project over a seven year period. A Government of Guyana and European Union initiative, the programme was established with the aim of supporting and encouraging residents of Region 10 to become involved in entrepreneurship, following the continued decline of the bauxite industry, which had resulted in severe economic hardships and massive unemployment. The whole objective was to expand the Region’s economic base through diversification and ultimately move away from the “traditional bauxite dependency.” There was much
The Egbert Benjamin centre adorns the Spieghtland landscape and nearby riverfront. excitement with the advent of LEAP, but that did not last for long, as most people were of the opinion that LEAP would establish industries and thus provide employment. That was a great misconception that would eventually turn to disillusionment. The disillusionment of course would stem from the fact that most people did not understand LEAP’s role, which was essentially for
technical support, while their sister organization LEAF (Linden Economic Advancement Fund) was established to finance economic projects. But LEAF was not established until almost two years after LEAP’s launching, by which time many persons who were waiting for financial support for their projects had become disenchanted. LEAP of course had been
touted as a pilot project that would have been replicated in other areas, as it was the first programme of its kind to be established in Guyana. This however did not happen, and the consensus was that the programme was a failure. But the general view of those ‘in the know’ was that for one thing, most Lindeners did not understand LEAP’s role, and on the other hand,
with the mining Town mentality which nurtured dependency (for employment etc.) people were for the most part ill-prepared to venture out as entrepreneurs. However, despite the negativity with which LEAP was perceived, the organization was able to plug several millions into various projects, including the rehabilitation of the Linden/ Georgetown bus park along
with booths for vendors and the building of the popular Egbert Benjamin Hall at Spieghtland, which was named after Linden’s first Mayor. That famous edifice purportedly cost some $45mil. Another project financed by LEAP was The River Front (enhancement) project, which was conceptualized and (Continued on page 12)
Alliance for Change Chairman and Prominent Attorney at Law Nigel Hughes was flown to the city early yesterday morning after he suffered a heart attack. Hughes was at the time in the community of Aishalton, Region Nine after visiting displaced miners at Marudi. Kaieteur News was told that Hughes was admitted t o t h e C a r i b b e a n H eart Institute, where doctors are closely monitoring his condition. Reports are that the medical tests revealed a significant blockage in his Right Coronary Artery. Local doctors have been in touch with cardiologists in
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two Caribbean islands and they have agreed that a surgical procedure to clear the blockage is necessary. They have taken into account his medical history. This newspaper was told that family members appear prepared to make moves to have the Attorney flown out of Guyana for that procedure and other medical care. He is said to be very alert and has been talking with his medical team and family members. Roraima Airways carried out the medical evacuation from Region 9 where Hughes suffered a heart attack.
Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes
Historical Review of the... (From page 10) designed by popular Linden engineer and environmental awareness enthusiast Samuel Wright. Several persons had envisioned such an undertaking, but it was Wright who would present his proposal to LEAP for consideration and approval. Its establishment ostensibly cost LEAP $18mil. The River front development required the removal of several vendors on Coop Cresent who had used the sidewalk of the popular thoroughfare to hustle their goods from ugly makeshift stalls. After much persuasion, and later coercion, the vendors would finally occupy stalls which were erected on the nearby wharf, while their ugly stalls were being demolished. Those new and improved stalls were also financed with LEAP funds. The clearing of the Coop Crescent thoroughfare was like a breadth of fresh air, and people were elated when the River Front area was finally completed, with rip-rap boulders adorning the water’s edge, which had hitherto been congested with piles of garbage. Guard rails and concrete walkways, were also erected, and concrete benches strategically installed. The new and improved river front soon became the new hangout spot for Lindeners, and with the establishment of Church’s Chicken nearby, it was the place to be on weekends. There would be several weekend limes and barbeques, on the “riverwall’, but what had started out as a novelty, is now slowly becoming a nightmare, because slowly but surely our beautiful Riverfront is degenerating to its former state. Broken bottles, empty beer cans and styrofoam boxes now lay interspersed
amongst the rocks, and have become an eyesore. Cleaning the area is a challenge because of the boulders. However, while cleaning the river front is a work by itself, getting residents to desist from littering the area is an even bigger challenge. Today, Wright said he is appalled at the way the Riverfront is being treated by both the Linden Municipality and RDC and by extension the general populace. He noted that both the Municipality and RDC should have put systems in place for the maintenance of the riverfront, and residents ought not to be littering in the indiscriminate manner that they have been doing. LEAP’S ROLE IN AGRICULTURE Leap would also pump money into a Demonstration Farm at Moblissa, which was managed by a farmer by the name of Baljit (only name given). Baljit is one of the more prominent farmers in Linden. Based on that and the fact that he had the available space, the Demonstration Farm was established on his plot. The idea behind the Demonstration Farm was to develop and promote new farming techniques, which would be passed on to other farmers in the community. One of the techniques developed there was the drip irrigation technique, which involved the running of water hoses parallel to plant beds and with holes placed strategically at plant roots, which irrigated the plants by ‘dripping’ continually. Additionally, some farmers were granted land clearing
assistance. LEAP would also pump money into canals and kokers for the irrigation and drainage of farmlands at West Watooka. But despite all that, farmers in this mostly farming community still suffer from severe flooding. The flooding of course is recurrent because of the irregularity with which the canals are desilted, and the issue remains a bone of contention among residents. There would be other smaller projects that LEAP would finance during its tenure, but yet unfortunately, it was generally felt that considering the economic state of the community, enough was not done. LEAP would eventually close up shop in 2009 and hand over the reins to the Linden Economic Enterprise (LEN). Now the blame has shifted, but where LEAP was accused of not doing enough, LEN is now accused of doing nothing. But it has been conceded that there is presently very little that LEN can do, when after four years, no Board of Directors has been established to direct and monitor its affairs. At a recent media conference in Linden IMC Chairman Orrin Gordon in his presentation on the State of the Linden Community, said that one year after President Donald Ramotar had promised to have a Board established for LEN’s management, nothing has been done. In the meanwhile Linden remains in limbo! (To be continued next week)
Correction: In part three of this series, due to a typographical error it was inadvertently stated that MINPROC, an Australian mining company had taken over the reins from Guymine in 1977; the year of the take over was actually 1992.
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There is a story about a woman who had fourteen children before realising that her problem was caused by a hearing disability. It seems that every night before retiring to bed her husband would ask, “You think we should go to sleep or what?” And because of her problem she would respond, “What?” Obviously, her predicament was not a phenomenon purely of procreation but also of prevention. Her hardness of hearing was complemented by her ignorance of the need for planning. While they call it “birth control” the phrase itself does not make sense. You really need the control nine months before the birth, as many people including me and many of my colleagues can attest. Family planning was not an issue when I was growing up in the countryside in Trinidad. Women made children, and continued to make children while they could make children. Those who could not were urged to have, while those who had were urged to have more. It still is not unusual to hear a woman being told by her mother-in-law, friend, relation or even casual acquaintance, “Look at that poor baby by himself. He needs a sister (or brother).” There is a lot of pressure on women to have more and more children. This attitude is one of those cultural hangovers that persists in spite of changing circumstances. In ancient days people had many children because of the high infant mortality and the need, in agrarian societies, to have many hands to help with the work. Additionally, the greater the number of children, the greater the possibility that at least one would take care of you in your old age when you were no longer fit to work. Now, the situation has changed. Infant mortality has dropped and society has
evolved organically. Agrarian occupations are only part of the many work options now available. Also, people have moved away from the countryside, breaking up the extended kinship system which helped in managing the large families. Urban life almost automatically leads to small families. Or so the theories tell you. In spite of the widespread availability of condoms, the truth is stranger than friction. People continue to have children they cannot afford. Families continue to be unplanned. One woman admitted to comedian Grouch Marx that she had twelve children because she and her husband enjoyed it. He responded that he enjoyed a good cigar but he did not keep it in his mouth all the time. Sometimes people do not plan their families because of pure ignorance. A woman on a bus with three sets of twins trailing behind her was asked, “Do you always get twins?” She replied, “Oh, no! Hundreds of times we don’t get anything.” A young man whose wife gave birth to a son, commented on the wonders of nature saying, “Exactly nine months ago we made love for the first time.” When five minutes later he was informed by an agitated nurse that his wife had given birth to a daughter, he exclaimed, “Isn’t nature wonderful. Exactly nine months ago, at exactly that time, my wife and I made love for the second time.” He added, “Anyhow, I am going out to get something to eat. The next one isn’t due for another hour.” There was the story of the man who went to buy condoms for the first time and was told that it was $4.95 plus tax. He said he always wondered how you keep them on. The responsibility for family planning, and the
blame for the lack of it, always falls on women. All the jokes about sexual irresponsibility are on women. For instance, there is one about a woman who had sex without taking her birth control pills. She was charged for practising licence without a medicine. There is the joke about the new birth control pill for women. You put it between your knees and keep it there. Or the one about the best contraceptive being a glass of water. You take it before you go to bed- and nothing else. Woody Allen, the comedian said he was involved in an extremely good example of
oral contraception two weeks ago. He asked a girl to go to bed with him and she said, “No.” Education is the golden key to enlightenment. The educated woman is more likely to plan her family, and plan for her family, than women who are not educated. Family planning cannot be enforced, and the engineering or technological aspects of birth control cannot be made mandatory in democratic societies like ours. Additionally, men’s attitudes and behaviours, while changing in developed countries, remain unyielding
in most developing countries. Getting men to attend clinics, or even to discuss family planning, is as difficult as ending the perception, or more appropriately “misconception”, that birth control is purely the responsibility of women to manage. While health and family planning organisations, both national and international, struggle with the social dynamics, the population of the world is growing
insupportably. Life is tough for women with large families, and will get even tougher. A woman who got on a bus with seven children was asked by the conductor, “Are these all yours, lady? Or is it a picnic?” “They’re all mine,” she replied. “And it’s no picnic.” * Tony Deyal was last seen saying that one of the best things people can do for their descendants is to sharply limit the number of them.
GBTI takes its services to Port Kaituma
The staff of the newly opened GBTI Port Kaituma Branch. The Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) is capitalizing on the rapid development in the mining district of Port Kaituma, with the launching of its 11th branch there on Saturday last. The commercial bank has extended its services in the hinterland community to serve miners and other residents who were earlier forced to travel to Georgetown to transact their financial businesses. Present at the opening ceremony which was held at Port Kaituma Community Centre on Saturday were the Prime Minister Samuel Hinds; Regional Chairman, Region One, Paul Pierre; Chairman of the Board of Directors of GBTI, Robin Stoby, the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, John Tracy and other representatives from the bank. Chairman of the Board of Directors Robin Stoby explained that the bank’s decision to establish its 11th branch in the hinterland community was based on the area’s rapid growth. “Port
Kaituma is in a stage of rapid development and that was what drew our attention.” The Chairman explained that the branch will provide ATM services, fixed deposits account, accounts for children as well as free online banking services. Currently, the bank is renting the Port Kaituma premises from which it is operating but according to Stoby, before the year is finished, the bank’s own building will be completed and ready to serve the people. There are 10 staffers stationed at the facility and the opening hours from Monday to Friday are 08:00am to 2:00 pm. Plans are being made to include Saturday as a working day. A businessman of Port Kaituma, Conrad Romain urged residents to support the bank because “they are the people who can make Kaituma work.” He promised officials from the bank that they will not be disappointed by bringing their multimillion dollar bank
to the mining Town. The bank’s CEO, John Tracy told the gathering that the idea of the GBTI branch in Port Kaituma began with the Prime Minister. “Ten years ago, the Prime Minister wrote us and asked us to open a bank here and he reminded us four years ago.” Prime Minister Hinds noted the development in the mining district and reminded local businesses and residents of their social responsibility to develop their community. “Our country is growing in all Regions from one stage to another and Port Kaituma is very evident.” He said that there should be banks in all the Regions that are now developing. “People will no longer have to go to Georgetown or keep it (money) at home.” Hinds explained to the residents of Port Kaituma that when you “put money into the bank it is there for others to borrow and invest in other things that bring jobs in the area and keep the ball of growth and development growing”.
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Orlon Phillips is the invisible man They call him the invisible man, because he is undocumented here. He has no identification, can’t get a driver’s licence or anything, and so can’t get a job. For 39-year-old Orlon Phillips, life is hard. “I can’t do anything for myself, can’t obtain a jobwhen my relatives send money for me, I have to get a friend or somebody to uplift it, or I have to put it in their name-I can’t do it myself, because I have no identification, and you know that kind of thing is not good. It can create a host of problems.” Phillips was deported by the US government three years ago, back to the country of his birth. But Phillips said that he was not even supposed to be deported, because no travel documents were issued for him. He had left Guyana at the tender age of eight with his family for the United States of America. “I’m presently struggling, doing what I got to do to survive- I sell on the market. It’s been hard for me. I was locked up in America, and
then released and sent back here.” Like most deportees, Phillips said that he was wrongfully deported, since the case against him had been dismissed, eleven years before he was picked up by the US immigration authorities. “I was working at Langley Air Force Base, in Hampton, Virginia as a heavy duty machine operator. It’s not like I was locked up, and then immigration come and pick me up,” he said. “I was working and paying my taxes and everything. And to work at Langley, they do a thorough background check on youand I had no problems. So my deportation was totally unjust. Now I’m back in the country of my birth and I feel as though I don’t even belong here, because now I can’t even get my birth certificate and identification card,” Phillips added. “I went into GPO to get my birth certificate, and I was asked whether I had any brothers and sisters, and they pulled up the information on my siblings, but couldn’t find anything for me-it’s like I
Orlon Philips don’t even exist.” Phillips said his main concern right now is to get his identification so that he could conduct his own business, instead of having friends do that for him. He said that he had retained a high profile lawyer to assist him to get his documentation, but to date nothing has been done in relation to the issue. He is pleading with the relevant authorities to look into this matter, so that he could get his life ‘on track’.
Jerries’ owner arrested for noise nuisance - lawyer calls it breach of protocol Attorney-at -law Glenn Hanoman representing Jerry Bacchus, the proprietor of the popular hangout spot ‘Jerries’, is claiming that his client’s arrest for noise nuisance was against protocol. The popular businessman was arrested in the predawn hours of yesterday morning, sometime around 2:00hrs, by three jeep loads of Police ranks, who had swooped down on his 177 Waterloo street business place. Kaieteur News was told that on Saturday, an event was held at ‘Jerries’ in acknowledgement of St. Patrick’s Day. Promoters of that event only had permit to play loud music up to 12:00 midnight; and just around that time police visited the location and instructed that the music be lowered. According to sources,
after the warning, the music was lowered and remained at a moderate volume. However, just about 02:00 hours, three jeep loads of ranks, headed by one Inspector Cumberbatch, returned to the location, “barged in” and demanded to speak with the owner. When Bacchus went to speak to the police he was promptly arrested and taken to North Ruimveldt Police Outpost. Kaieteur News was made to understand that the police Inspector said he was operating specifically by instructions he received from the A division Commander Derrick Josiah. However, Bacchus’s lawyer is saying that the usual protocol when making an arrest for noise nuisance is to arrest the individual making the noise, in which case it would be the disc jockey. “But my client was locked up to prove a point,”
Hanoman told this newspaper. Hanoman said “there is a history surrounding this entire thing. Over the past few weeks a campaign was launched to shut down Jerries.” He identified the owner of a nearby hotel who he claimed has steadily been summoning the police to ‘Jerries’. Meanwhile, a resident of the area pointed to a similar situation where loud music was being played just a few blocks away and the police did nothing about it although a report was made. According to the resident the music from the Palm Court Restaurant and Bar, which is owned by a former government official, and just a few yards from the official residence of the President of Guyana, was much more annoying than ‘Jerries’ and the police adopted a hands off approach. However, police refused to act on that call made; despite the fact that it was two hours after the permitted cut off time for music to be played as stipulated by the laws of Guyana. This newspaper understands that music at the Palm Court continued playing until 5:00hrs without disturbance from the police. After several hours in the cell Bacchus was released on $20,000 bail.
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Too many languishing in jail for too long awaiting trial - President Ramotar
President Donald Ramotar inspects the guard of honour prior to the opening of the just concluded Annual Officers’ Conference of the Guyana Police Force. President Donald Ramotar has lamented that “too many of our people are languishing in jail for too long awaiting trial.” He made the observation
while outlining the need for the police and the judiciary to work hand in hand to ensure that justice is served at the opening of the just concluded Police Officers’ Conference.
According to the President, the administration has done its part by appointing more judges and magistrates into the system. “We have increased more
capacity in this area,” he said. He explained that his administration has embarked on a programme to revamp the entire judicial systemimplementing legislation which almost eliminates the lengthy Preliminary Inquiries. Additionally, he pointed to the establishment of specialized courts being on the cards to accelerate litigation-all intended to ensure that justice can be delivered in a timely manner. The President also referred to new legislations to deal with domestic violence and sexual offences, which he described as probably the most up-to-date in the Region. “Therefore the people of this country…expect more effective results. After all the police force has never been so equipped as they are today…and work in the judiciary has never been so dynamic, at least in living memory. We therefore expect to have more results and people should not be languishing in prison waiting for trial for so long,” President Ramotar stated.
The President did not only show concern for those who find themselves on the wrong side of the law; he also expressed his feelings about the victims of crime. While he is calling for speedy trial for those behind bars he also lamented the time it takes for the victims to get justice and find closure to the heart rending chapters of their lives. According to the President, his administration is working on enhancing the capacity of the police to increase their level of convictions. This position comes especially at a time when a number of cases remain unsolved and several accused are walking free, due to lack of evidence and in some cases, improper police work. To this end, he made it clear that government has been expending more resources on training the country’s lawmen, particularly in the field of forensic science to man the soon to be commissioned
state-of-the-art forensic laboratory at Turkeyen. He stressed that the Guyana Police Force should tap in more to universities so that their ranks could benefit from courses that will have some relevance to the work they do. He told the officers that on many occasions he has interacted with the relatives of victims and their pain over the absence of justice is very much evident. “I feel their pain. The fact that they cannot bring closure to some of their issues pains me as well,” said the Guyanese leader. He specifically referred to the case of the murdered Sheema Mangar which up to this day is still engaging the attention of the police who are awaiting test results from samples sent to a Caribbean laboratory. “We must develop our capacity to do these things in a better way. And this of course is part of the plan to reform the Police Force to make it more efficient and much more effective,” the President stated.
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Thousands turn out for Fire destroys Stewartville furniture establishment Buxton / Foulis Mash Millions in dollars went up in flames yesterday evening when fire of unknown origin destroyed a home and a furniture making establishment at Second Street, Stewartville, West Coast Demerara. The blaze has left six persons homeless. Reports reaching this newspaper stated that the occupants were in the house when they saw smoke coming from a section of the building. Upon checking they discovered that a huge fire had already started and they immediately tried saving some valuables just
before the flames quickly engulfed the entire building. Kaieteur News understands that apart from a few pieces of furniture and ply wood from the furniture making establishment, the family was only able to save precious little. There are reports that fire fighters were hampered by a lack of water in their battle to extinguish the blaze. Up to late last night investigators from the police as well as the fire service were still trying to ascertain what caused the fire.
Steps being made to appoint Ombudsman - Nandlall Revelers parading through the streets of Buxton on their way to the Community Centre Ground. The village of Buxton, East Coast Demerara came alive yesterday as a whirling melee of reveling bodies gyrated their way to the Buxton Community Centre Ground. This year the massive ‘Road Tramp and Mash Parade’ kicked off from the Golden Grove and Melanie Damishana Market squares and made its way to the environs of Buxton, where revelers tramped through the many streets, before culminating at the Buxton Community Centre Ground for a massive live show, last night. This year a percentage of the proceeds
will be forwarded to the Buxton/Foulis Neighbourhood Development Council (NDC) to aid in the enhancement of the community. The event was hosted by promoter ‘Father Moey’ in collaboration with the Buxton/Foulis NDC. The event was graced by three international artistes alongside Guyana’s own X2 (Adrian Dutchin and Jomo ‘Rubber Waist’ Primo). Amongst the international lineup are soca and dancehall icon, ‘Lil Rick’ and the international superstar, ‘Kip Rich’.
Attorney General, Anil Nandlall
APNU MP, James Bond
By Abena Rockcliffe While executives of some developed and developing countries across the world have designated several Ombudsmen, Guyana remains without one for the last seven years. This situation captured the attention of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Member of Parliament James Bond, who posed questions in relation to the non appointment of an Ombudsman to the Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall. Those questions were laid in the National Assembly and written responses were made available. An Ombudsman is an official, usually appointed by the government or by Parliament but with a significant degree of independence.
One such official is charged with representing the interests of the public by investigating and addressing complaints of maladministration or violation of rights. The typical duties of an Ombudsman are to investigate complaints and attempt to resolve them, usually through recommendations. Ombudsmen sometimes also aim to identify systemic issues leading to poor service or breaches of people’s rights. At the national level, most Ombudsmen have a wide mandate to deal with the entire Public Sector, and sometimes also elements of the Private Sector. An Ombudsman has the power to sanction if a citizen feels he or she has been treated unjustly by a high
profile member of society, even a Minister. If the courts have a hold up in trying the case, the Ombudsman can sanction, after consideration in accordance with the laws. Guyana has been without an Ombudsman since the retirement of Justice Sheik Mohamed in 2005. Bond’s questions were aimed at ascertaining what are the hindrances that have been, over the years, standing in the way of the appointment of an Ombudsman. The Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs said that article 191 (1) of the constitution states “that the Ombudsman shall be appointed by the President acting after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition. He disclosed that the President has held consultations with the Leader of the Opposition in relation to the appointment. However, from all indications, an agreement has not been reached. Nevertheless, indications were not made as to what hindrances stand in the way of an agreement between the President and the Opposition Leader on making such a designation. The Office of the Ombudsman is stated as human rights institution in Guyana.
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Mandela’s ex-wife shocked at possible prosecution JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie expressed “surprise and shock” that prosecutors are considering charges against her following the exhumation of bodies believed to belong to two young activists last seen at her home 24 years ago. In a statement from her lawyer dated Saturday and received yesterday, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said it is “difficult to legally imagine how and what new evidence is contemplated” given the many diverse accounts presented more than 10 years ago to South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Forensic scientists last week exhumed two skeletons with multiple stab wounds that they believe belong to Lolo Sono, 21, and Siboniso Shabalala, 19, who reportedly had gone to MadikizelaMandela’s home to get help to leave the country to become freedom fighters. Forensic pathologists had stumbled on mortuary documents that led to the bodies, buried in a pauper’s grave, and the bodies now are
being tested for DNA. According to evidence to the commission by her bodyguard Jerry Richardson, Madikizela-Mandela accused the two young men of being spies for the apartheid regime and ordered him to kill them. He said he and a colleague stabbed them to death. Madikizela-Mandela’s statement pointed out that the commission found no evidence of any such order and found only that she was “negligent in that she failed to institute inquiries into the deaths of the two cadres.” The statement does not refer to the commission’s finding that MadikizelaMandela was responsible for the disappearances of Sono and Shabalala. Nothing was done at the time to pursue the allegations. But last week, the Hawks police crime investigation unit said it has opened two new murder cases, acting on prosecutors’ information that they believed they have discovered the men’s bodies. Madikizela-Mandela’s statement indicated she felt victimized by suggestions she could be charged in the
murders. She pointed to the many different versions of the killings given to the police and the truth commission by Richardson, a friend with whom she has fallen out, and another man who was a member of the notorious Mandela United Football Team. The team acted as her bodyguards in the 1980s but turned into a gang of thugs that terrorized the Soweto black township where she lived, leading residents to set her home there ablaze in 1989. Her bodyguards were accused of the killings of at least 18 boys and men she allegedly accused of being spies acting against the liberation movement, most infamously the 14-year-old James “Stompie” Seipei Moeketsi, who was beaten and then had his throat slit. In a 1991 trial, MadikizelaMandela denied all knowledge of that killing. She was sentenced to a six-year jail term in his kidnapping and assault, which on appeal was reduced to a fine and suspended jail term for acting as an accomplice in the kidnapping.Her statement
refers to the merciless harassment she was subjected to by apartheid police. Her home was repeatedly raided by apartheid police, she was interrogated, arrested, banned and for several years banished to a town where neighbors were forbidden to speak to her. She also has said she was tortured while held in solitary confinement for more than a year. She spent only three years together with her then husband, Nelson Mandela, before he was incarcerated for 27 years. In that time she became a hero in her own right of the struggle for black rule. Madikizela-Mandela’s statement notes that three witnesses at the commission already have died — her former friend turned enemy Xoliswa Falati, bodyguard Richardson who was sentenced to life
Winnie MadikizelaMandela imprisonment for several killings and died in jail, and Sono’s father Nicodemus Sono, who died a few months ago. “The father of Lolo Sono and unfortunately many others have also since
passed, memorides fade with time,” her statement said. “It is difficult to legally imagine how and what new evidence is contemplated, if the TRC confronted with so much diverse testimony, some of which possibly inadmissible in the courts, courts could come to a finding different to that of the TRC.” At the truth commission, Nicodemus Sono described how Madikizela-Mandela had come to his home in November 1988 with his son in a car, held at gunpoint and his face bruised from beatings. Sono said she had demanded photographs and documents, telling the father that his son was a spy for the apartheid police. Sono said he had begged her to give him back his son. But he said she had driven away saying “the movement” would decide what to do with him.
Russian lawmaker not reassured by U.S. missile defense plan MOSCOW (Reuters) - A change in the United States plans for an anti-missile shield in Europe will not prompt Russia to drop its opposition to the system, a senior lawmaker allied to President Vladimir Putin said yesterday. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Friday the Pentagon would add 14 new anti-missile interceptors in Alaska, among others, after North Korea had threatened a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States. To free up funds for that, U.S. officials said they were forgoing development of a new interceptor that would have been deployed in central eastern Europe and has been a focus of Russia’s concern that the shield would weaken its nuclear deterrent. But Alexei Pushkov, head of the foreign committee in the Russian parliament’s lower house, the State Duma, said the change would not dispel Moscow’s concerns about the missile shield the United States and NATO are developing in Europe. “It would be premature to say that something has fundamentally changed,” said Pushkov, who is also member of the ruling United Russia party’s parliamentary faction. “The United States is readjusting the missile defense system due to financial and technology issues — issues not related to the Russian position,” he told Reuters. A Russian diplomatic source said Moscow was looking into Hagel’s
announcement and would comment in coming days. Cold War-era foes Moscow and Washington have long been at loggerheads over the shield in Europe and President Barack Obama’s decision in 2009 to scale down plans of the Bush administration only offered a short-lived respite. Washington has said the missile defense system in Europe, that was due to be completed in four phases by early 2020s and include interceptors in Poland and Romania, is meant to counter a potential threat from Iran and poses no risk to Russia. But Moscow has said the system would eventually enable the West to shoot down some Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), threatening Russia’s security. Some Russian officials have said they suspect that is the true aim of the system. Pushkov accused the United States of repeatedly altering its reasoning on the need for the missile shield in Europe and said any installations in Poland and Romania would be too far away from Iran to intercept any missiles launched from there. “That proves Russia was right from the start in doubting the U.S. reasoning... We don’t like the fact that we are being presented with arguments all the time that sooner or later prove absolutely false,” he said. Ties between Moscow and Washington, both vetowielding members of the U.N.
Alexei Pushkov Security Council, have soured since the return of Putin, a former KGB spy, to the Kremlin last May over human rights and security issues, including the war in Syria. The tension has undermined a 2009 initiative by Obama to “reset” ties. “The main problem of Russia-U.S. ties now is very low trust. Such steps help trust a bit so it may have some positive impact in some areas of cooperation,” said Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of Russia in Global Affairs magazine. Lukyanov said the part of an anti-missile shield in Europe that the Pentagon would now skip was the one causing most irritation in Moscow. But he added that was not enough to trigger a radical change of position from Russia. “Just moving interceptors from one site to another fundamentally changes nothing from the Russian point of view,” he said.
Monday March 18, 2013
Palestinians unenthusiastic about Obama visit RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — President Barack Obama will find a disillusioned Palestinian public, skeptical about his commitment to promoting Mideast peace, when he visits the region. Obama’s trip, beginning Wednesday, appears aimed primarily at resetting the sometimes troubled relationship with Israel. But winning the trust of the Palestinians, who accuse him of unfairly favoring Israel, could be a far more difficult task. After suffering disappointments during the first Obama administration, Palestinians see little reason for optimism in his new term. The White House announcement that Obama will not present any new peace initiatives strengthened their conviction that the U.S. leader isn’t prepared to put the pressure on Israel that they think is necessary to end four years of deadlock in negotiations. “Obama is coming for Israel, not for us,” said Mohammed Albouz, a 55year-old Palestinian farmer. “Obama will come and go as his predecessors did, without doing anything.” While Israel is preparing to give Obama the red-carpet treatment, there are few signs of excitement in the West Bank. Large posters of Obama hung in Ramallah last week were quickly defaced, and a small group of activists called “The Campaign for Dignity” plans on releasing black balloons into the air in a sign of mourning when Obama arrives. Obama himself played a role in reaching the current deadlock, which stems in large part from disagreements over Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. The Palestinians claim both areas, captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, as parts of a future state, a position that is widely backed internationally. When Obama first took office, he strongly and publicly criticized the Israeli settlements, saying the construction undermines hopes for peace. “It is time for these settlements to stop,” Obama said in a highprofile address to the Muslim world delivered in Cairo just months after taking office. Emboldened by Obama’s tough stance, the Palestinians said they would not negotiate with Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, unless settlement construction was frozen. Obama persuaded Netanyahu to impose a 10-
President Barack Obama month slowdown, but Palestinians did not agree to restart talks until the period was nearly over. When the Israeli moratorium expired several weeks later, Netanyahu rejected American appeals to extend the slowdown, and the negotiations collapsed. Obama stopped pushing the matter, and talks have never resumed, and the Palestinians, viewing Obama as afraid to take on Israel’s allies in Washington, have few expectations now. “What we are going to tell him behind closed doors is what we are saying in public. There is no secret that a successful peace process needs a complete settlement freeze,” said Nabil Shaath, a top adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas. “The Israelis are building on our land and claiming they want to negotiate with us about this land.” More than 500,000 Israelis now live in settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. The Palestinians say the ever-growing settlements are a sign of bad faith and make it increasingly difficult to partition the land between two peoples. Netanyahu maintains that negotiations must resume without preconditions, and the fate of the settlements should be one of the issues on the table. He notes that previous rounds of negotiations have gone forward without a construction freeze. Obama will get a firsthand glimpse of settlements when he heads to the Palestinian city of Ramallah on Thursday. The 20-minute drive from Jerusalem passes by sprawling settlements that are home to tens of thousands of Israelis. Obama is scheduled to meet with Palestinian leaders and visit a youth center. He plans to head to the West Bank town of Bethlehem the next day to see the Church of the Nativity, built on the site where Christian tradition says Jesus was born. Netanyahu, who was re-
elected in January, has said he will make a renewed push for peace in his new term. His new government, which takes office this week, is sending mixed signals. On one hand, he has named former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, a political centrist who has good working relations with the Palestinians, as his chief negotiator. The biggest partner in his coalition, the centrist Yesh Atid Party, has demanded the new government make a serious attempt to restart talks. At the same time, Netanyahu’s own LikudYisrael Beitenu bloc is
dominated by hard-liners who oppose major concessions to the Palestinians. Another partner, the Jewish Home Party, is linked to the settler movement and would reject any attempts to freeze construction, much less hand over West Bank territory to the Palestinians. Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said getting talks back on track will require a deeper and longstanding effort by the president and his new secretary of state, John Kerry, who is expected back in the region in April. “We really hope that President Obama and Secretary Kerry can succeed
in reviving a meaningful peace process, succeed in having Netanyahu saying the sentence that he accepts the two states in the 1967 borders,” Erekat said. “We don’t need new plans. We need commitment.” The gaps between Israel and the Palestinians are just one of many obstacles. The Palestinians are also deeply divided between Abbas’ government in the West Bank, which favors a negotiated agreement with Israel, and the rival Hamas government in the Gaza Strip, which rejects peace with Israel. Hamas has c o n t r o l l e d G a z a since expelling Abbas’ forces in
2007. Yehia Moussa, a senior Hamas official in Gaza, told the pro-Hamas “Felesteen” newspaper the Obama visit was meant to “cool down” the Palestinians “by giving empty promises that will assist with continuing the (Israeli) occupation.” Hani Masri, a prominent Palestinian commentator in the West Bank, said the visit might lead to some movement. “Most likely we are going to see some life in the negotiations,” perhaps a limited settlement freeze that forces Abbas to resume talks. “But such a p r o cess won’t lead to a peaceful settlement.”
Monday March 18, 2013
Zimbabwe moves toward elections Italian President urges unity after vote on Mugabe’s powers as poll pressure grows
NORTON, Zimbabwe (Reuters) Zimbabweans look set to endorse a new constitution curbing the presidency, early results showed yesterday, in a step toward elections to determine whether Robert Mugabe adds to three decades in power. While the vote on the constitution, which will limit the number of times a president can serve, was largely free from violence, police raided an office of Mugabe arch-rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and arrested five people. Early results posted outside polling stations showed voters had overwhelmingly backed the new document as expected, although polls were marked by low turnout. Both Mugabe and Tsvangirai, rivals in the election expected in the second half of this year, had backed the new constitution. After a violent and disputed vote in 2008, Mugabe was pushed into a power-sharing deal with Tsvangirai, who made the referendum a condition of that deal. The new charter would set a maximum of two five-year terms for the president. The limit will not apply retroactively, so Mugabe could rule for another two terms. Presidential decrees will also require majority backing in the cabinet, and declaring emergency rule or dissolving parliament will need the approval of two-thirds of lawmakers, changes that will take effect after the next election. Mugabe, who has led since independence in 1980 and is Africa’s oldest leader at 89, has been accused of violence against opponents and undermining the cabinet and parliament.
While ordinary Zimbabweans appeared relieved by the peaceful vote, talk of elections was mixed with concern about a possible return to violence that has marred polls since 2000. “This is a big step I tell you but we now need to clean our dirty and violent politics,” said Edgar Tazivei in the affluent Twinlakes suburb. More than two million people voted, compared to six million eligible, said electoral official Rita Makarau. Results were being verified and officials have five days to announce them. Local radio said most people voted in favor of the draft constitution. Results at one polling station near Norton, 48 km west of Harare, showed 91 percent of voters backed the charter. Police arrested five people in a raid on one of Tsvangirai’s offices yesterday. The reason for the raid was not immediately clear, but a police spokeswoman said the arrests were for “impersonating police”. After adoption of the draft, Mugabe’s ZANU-PF and Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change will have to agree on amendments to electoral laws. The MDC wants security forces, whose leaders openly support Mugabe, to keep away from politics and stop them from engaging in violence against Tsvangirai’s supporters. The MDC says hundreds of its members have been killed by Mugabe’s youth brigades and other supporters. Tungamirai Chiduku, who sells used tires in Harare’s Kuwadzana township said he had not bothered to vote. “I know there are some good things in the constitution but as long as Mugabe is there we will not know peace.”
(Reuters) - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano appealed to political leaders yesterday to work together to form a government, but his appeal fell on deaf ears and pressure grew for a new poll after last month’s deadlocked election. The threat of months of political instability following the inconclusive ballot has triggered warnings across Europe that Italy cannot afford to delay urgent reforms to shore up its massive public debt and boost its sickly economy, now stuck in recession for over a year. Napolitano is due to begin consultations with political leaders on Wednesday to see if there is any chance of establishing a government after the election which left parliament split between three deeply opposed forces. Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), won control of the lower house but fell short in the Senate leaving him dependent on the support of his rivals if he is to form a government. Bersani said he would tell Napolitano he would not try to reach any set deals in advance but would present proposals to parliament based on attacking corruption and creating jobs. “The path is very, very narrow. I think I can say that other paths would turn out to be even narrower,” he said. However prospects of a deal with either former premier Silvio Berlusconi or the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement, which holds the balance of power, appear remote, raising fears of a return to the polls, possibly as early as June. Both Angelino Alfano, secretary of Berlusconi’s centre-right People of Freedom party, and 5-Star leader Beppe Grillo prophesied a short life for parliament, which held its first
Giorgio Napolitano sittings to elect house speakers on Friday and Saturday. “We are in favour of going to the vote as soon as possible so that Italians can give their opinion and we can begin a new legislature,” Alfano told RAI television in an interview. Before that can happen, parliament must elect a successor to Napolitano, whose mandate ends on May 15. An outgoing president does not have the power to dissolve parliament, so any new elections would have to be called by his successor. Alfano’s offer to cooperate with Bersani as long as his party was allowed to pick the next president was rejected out of hand by PD officials. Despite some flutters, financial markets have so far been relatively relaxed in the face of the political stalemate, showing none of the panic seen during the crisis which drove Berlusconi from power in 2011. However Italy’s 2-trillioneuro public debt remains vulnerable to the kind of volatility which panicked investors less than two years ago with tensions over Cyprus highlighting the fragility of market confidence in the euro zone.
In an address commemorating the 152nd anniversary of Italian unification in 1861, Napolitano said the country should not “divide into factions opposed on everything” but his call for unity bore no fruit. Bersani succeeded in getting his candidates elected as speakers of the lower house and Senate, helped by abstentions and a handful of votes from rebels in the 5-Star Movement but the vote only underlined the weakness of his position. New Senate speaker Pietro Grasso, a top antiMafia judge who made his name fighting organised crime in Palermo, and lower house speaker Laura Boldrini, a former spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, represent a change from the career politicians who traditionally took such roles. Even so, the result of the contest for the Senate speaker showed clearly that Bersani would not be able to win a confidence vote in parliament, with Grasso elected with 137 votes, 21 short of a majority in the 315seat upper house. Grillo, who has ridden a wave of public disgust with the mainstream parties, dismissed the appointment of candidates from outside the political inner circle as a “fig leaf” and Alfano said the result made it clear Bersani could not govern. “The figures show that Bersani cannot obtain any mandate to form a new government since he quite obviously has no majority in the Senate,” he said. Bersani himself has ruled out any de a l with Berlusconi, who is on trial on charges of tax fraud and paying for sex with a minor and under investigation o v e r s e parate political bribery allegations. He said Italy, mired in recession and with unemployment, especially among the young, at a record, was a “pressure cooker” and any deal with Berlusconi would be inherently unstable. “You can’t put a flimsy lid on a pressure cooker,” he said. However his attempts to court the 5-Star Movement have been rebuffed by its fiery leader, who rejects any deal and who was angered by the mini rebellion in his party on Saturday, demanding that those who voted for Grasso should “take the consequences”.
Monday March 18, 2013
Canada aboriginal movement poses new threat to miners TORONTO (Reuters) An aboriginal protest movement that’s often compared with Occupy Wall Street has the potential to disrupt mining projects across Canada, threatening to undermine the country’s coveted reputation for lowrisk resource development. Idle No More, a grassroots movement with little centralized leadership, swept across Canada late last year with the help social media. Protesters blocked roads and rail lines, and staged big rallies in the country’s largest cities to press a sweeping human rights and economic development agenda. Mining companies are also in the movement’s sights as aboriginal bands seek to renegotiate old agreements and seize more control over mining developments, whether they are on lands designated as native reserves or not. “We’ve existed in this territory for millennia. We don’t have a land claim - it’s beyond that, actually. Our rights exist throughout all of our territories,” Arlen Dumas, chief of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, said about the northern Manitoba land where HudBay Minerals Inc, a Toronto-based mid-tier miner, is building its Lalor project. Protesters cut off access to the gold-copper-zinc mine for several hours in early March, demanding talks with the company on an ownership stake in the C$794 million ($773.84 million) project, which has started limited production. HudBay, which has mined in northern Manitoba for nearly 85 years, made it clear it prefers not to negotiate directly with the community, which is about 125 km (78 miles) away from Lalor and is one of many First Nations bands in the region. Instead, the company is participating in an inter-
First Nations protestors take part in an “Idle No More” demonstration on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 28, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie governmental mining committee, which deals with such things as how benefits are split among parties. “We’re kind of in the crossfire of that,” said HudBay Chief Executive David Garofalo. “At the e n d o f t h e d a y i t ’s important that those governments talk to each other and establish a revenue-sharing model that sustains both governments - both the Canadian governments a n d the First Nation governments.” Canada is the world’s top potash producer and the No. 2 uranium producer, and boasts large reserves of base and precious metals. A large percentage of the mineral deposits are in remote areas in the north of the country, where living conditions for aboriginal bands are often poor. The Canadian protests groups also blockaded a diamond mine in northern Ontario in a push for jobs and cash - are a far cry from actions taken by countries such as Venezuela and Kyrgyzstan to claw back
stakes in projects being developed by foreign miners. Even so, Canada is feeling the heat. For the first time in six years, Canadian provinces failed to top the list of the best mining jurisdictions in the world in a 2012/13 survey. Companies that participated in the survey said they were concerned about land claims. “I would say one of the big things that is weighing on mining investment in Canada right now is First Nations issues,” said Ewan Downie, chief executive of Premier Gold Mines, which owns numerous projects in northern Ontario. Current rules oblige mining companies to consult with aboriginal communities as part of the permitting process and, in many cases, agree on compensation if a development infringes on native rights. Carrots can include profit-sharing, promises of training and compensation funds designed to improve living standards and create muchneeded jobs. But Idle No More, energized by a corps of
young, educated and mediasavvy activists, appears much less willing to accommodate the mining industry than native leaders have been in the past. “This movement was about educating First Nations to say no, that’s not what happens when you’re an owner of the resources. An owner of the resources gets resource sharing,” said Pamela Palmater, a professor of politics and public administration at Ryerson University in Toronto. First Nation opposition has already slowed or derailed at least a half dozen energy and mining projects in British Columbia, and environmentalists are increasingly partnering with aboriginal people in an effort to halt projects. “It’s the project killer, the investment killer,” said Clayton Thomas-Muller, an aboriginal activist with the Indigenous Tar Sands campaign, which wants to stop further expansion of the Alberta oil sands. It’s not just new developments that are at risk as the Idle No More
movement gains traction. With isolated communities increasingly turning to social media to share information with others, even companies that already have agreements with local aboriginals could find themselves facing demands for better deals. “Not all aboriginal communities have been able to enter into the same quality or types of arrangement,” said Blake Langill, Toronto mining leader at global accounting firm Ernst & Young. “So that sharing of the information will be very powerful,” he said. “It will give them some food for thought as they engage in discussion with the mining companies.” The blockade of a northern Ontario diamond mine is an example of just that, as protesters from the Attawapiskat First Nation twice in February barred access to an ice road leading to De Beers’ Victor mine, disrupting a winter supply program. Residents of the reserve, some 90 km (55 miles) east of the mine, were angry over issues ranging from a lack of jobs and training to compensation for the loss of trap lines. They set up the blockade even though an investment deal was signed with De Beers in 2005. The two sides failed to come to terms on compensation and De Beers, a subsidiary of Anglo American Plc, eventually won an injunction to remove the blockade. “It’s a constant relationship in progress,” said De Beers Canada spokesman Tom Ormsby, noting the company has been in talks with the community for months over a litany of issues. Ormsby said De Beers makes payments to a compensation fund and the community must then
determine how that money is distributed to individuals. Compensation is a sticky issue for many communities, and aboriginal law specialist Pierre-Christian Labeau expects demands for better benefits to lead to the renegotiation of some of the older deals, perhaps to add profit-sharing clauses like those seen in more recent agreements. “For the mining industry, maybe they should be prepared to renegotiate some elements of these agreements, because the reality shows that what we negotiated 10 years ago or five years ago doesn’t work,” said Labeau, chair of aboriginal law at Norton Rose in Montreal. But it’s not all gloom and doom when miners and First Nations meet. For every project where there is conflict, there are also aboriginal bands that have used mining investment to create economic opportunity for their communities. At Goldcorp Inc’s Musselwhite gold mine in northern Ontario, five First Nation communities have banded together to create a catering company serving the mine, along with a distribution company that delivers goods across the region. While development of the mine has forever changed the way of life for the remote community, it has also provided jobs and business opportunities for the reserve’s young people, said Frank McKay, president of Windigo Ventures General Partner. “The community is aware that eventually the mine will close,” said McKay, a member of the Sachigo Lake First Nation. “If the mine is gone, we still get the revenue from our businesses ... and we have workforce that can be easily moved to other mining operations.”
Monday March 18, 2013
Venezuela’s Maduro accuses U.S. of “plot” to kill rival CARACAS (Reuters) Venezuela’s acting president urged U.S. President Barack Obama to stop what he called a plot by the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency to kill his opposition rival and trigger a coup ahead of an April 14 election. Nicolas Maduro said the plan was to blame the murder on the OPEC nation’s government and to “fill Venezuelans with hate” as they prepare to vote following the death of socialist leader Hugo Chavez. Maduro first mentioned a plot against his rival, Henrique Capriles, last week. He blamed it on former Bush administration officials Roger Noriega and Otto Reich. Both rejected the claim as untrue, outrageous and defamatory. “I call on President Obama - Roger Noriega, Otto Reich, officials at the Pentagon and at the CIA are behind a plan to assassinate the right-wing presidential candidate to create chaos,” Maduro said in a TV interview broadcast on Sunday. The United States denied the charge. “We categorically reject allegations of U.S. government involvement in
Henrique Capriles any plot to harm anyone in Venezuela,” a State Department spokesman said. Maduro, a 50-year-old former bus driver and union leader who is Chavez’s preferred successor as president, said the aim of the plan was to set off a coup and that his information came from “a very good source.” The acting president hopes to win next month’s vote partly by riding a wave of grief from supporters over the death of the charismatic but divisive Chavez, who died on March 5 aged 58 after a two-year battle with cancer. During his 14 years in
power, the former soldier often denounced U.S. plots against him and his “revolution.” Critics dismissed those claims as a smokescreen to keep voters focused on a sense of “imperialist” threat. Capriles, who kicked off the opposition’s bid to drum up support with big rallies in the provinces over the weekend, said Maduro would be to blame if anything happened to him. The election campaign has had a particularly acrimonious start, with both sides accusing each other of dirty tricks and both candidates landing very personalized blows. Capriles, a 40-year-old centrist state governor who cites Brazil as his economic model for Venezuela, accuses Maduro of being a poor imitation of Chavez and of using his boss’s death as a mawkish campaign tool. “Nicolas, I know you’re watching me ... Listen, I’m going to destroy you with votes. Here are the people!” he told a crowd in the western city of Merida. “You don’t have any people, kid, because they were followers of the president.” Capriles wants to focus on grassroots issues
such a high crime rates, inflation and problems with public services and has called for a fair campaign with no abuses of power. That, many analysts say, looks unlikely given the superior financial resources of Maduro’s camp and the dominance of state institutions by his supporters. Fighting back against that impression, however, the government says Capriles is a well-funded puppet of both a venal local elite and greedy “imperialists” in the United States. “Will Capriles accept the explicit backing of Washington?” Venezuela’s information minister asked on Twitter. The opposition candidate has conceded he faces an uphill battle, given the emotion around Chavez’s death and the boost that his personal blessing gave Maduro. Two recent opinion polls gave the acting president a lead of more than 10 percentage points. Both were conducted before Chavez’s death. Maduro has sought to emulate the common touch that helped Chavez forge an emotional bond with many voters, but has struggled -
beyond copying Chavez’s bombastic rhetoric against foes at home and abroad. In the interview, recorded at the military museum where Chavez’s body was carried in a funeral procession on Friday after 10 days of mourning, Maduro said he had cried more when Chavez died than when his own parents passed away. As the interview ended, he shed a few more tears. Also on Sunday, in another move that was reminiscent of the late president, he sent his first messages from his new official Twitter account, @NicolasMaduro. “Here I am fulfilling the call of the Supreme Commander, assuming his commitment, which we will all complete together. Together we are all Chavez!” The late leader’s @chavezcandanga Twitter account drew more than 4 million followers before his death - making it the second most-followed presidential account after Obama’s. In the latest of many tributes to Chavez, state TV played highlights on Sunday of his quirky, hours-long “Alo
Nicolas Maduro Presidente” (“Hello President”) show, in which he used to meet voters, tell anecdotes, croon folk songs and bait his critics. Maduro has said that if he wins the election he will revive the format, under the name “Bolivarian Dialogue.” At stake in the election is not only the future of Chavez’s leftist revolution but also the continuation of Venezuelan oil subsidies and other aid crucial to the economies of leftist allies around Latin America, from Cuba to Bolivia. Venezuela boasts the world’s largest oil reserves.
Monday March 18, 2013
Opposition leader says PM Billions expected from the mismanaged economy Caribbean’s first gold refinery PARAMARIBO – Suriname is building the Caribbean’s first gold refinery. Government entered into a joint venture with precious metals refiners Kaloti Group of Dubai last year, and over the weekend the start of the construction of the smelting and bullion manufacturing plant was announced. The refinery that is being built near the village of Wit Santi, close to the country’s International Airport, is expected to start operating by next year and produce as much as US$2.77 billion worth of refined gold. President Desi Bouterse joined Kaloti Chairman Munir Kaloti in expressing high expectations of the facility. The US$20 million plant should make Suriname into a “center of excellence for the region’s gold and precious metals industry,” a joint release said. Suriname produces an average of 40 tons of gold a year, but until now it has had no large scale refining capacity. The new refinery
will be called Kaloti Suriname Mint House and will be the first of its kind in Suriname and the region, the company boasted. The refinery is expected to eventually produce as much as 60 tons of refined gold when it is fully up and running in 2016. Initial refining is scheduled to begin by the middle of next year. It will focus on melting and producing gold bars to international purity standards of 999.9%. The press release didn’t clarify the details of the public/private sector partnership between Government and Kaloti. Kaloti Group is one of the world’s largest gold and precious metals refiners and trading houses. The company, its subsidiaries and associates employs 300 people in 6 offices, located in Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Miami and Istanbul and a gold and precious metals refinery in Sharjah (UAE). The company boasts of refined gold and precious
metals output and physical trading activity worth US$32 billion in 2012. “We are pleased to have been handpicked by Suriname’s government to construct its first gold and precious metals refinery and mint house as they push ahead with their efforts of regulating, monitoring and modernizing the country’s gold and precious metals sector,” said Kaloti Group Chairman Munir Kaloti. “It is a real testament to our international reputation and market leadership position based on more than 25 years of continuous operation in emerging markets and more than 17 years of collaboration with Suriname gold traders.” He said the joint venture strengthens his company’s position as a global provider of refined gold and increases its presence in the western hemisphere. President Bouterse said the joint venture is meant to maximise the value of Suriname’s mineral assets.
CCJ hearing of Shanique Myrie case heads to Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - CMC – All is in place for today’s sitting of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in Barbados to hear evidence in the case of Shanique Myrie, the Jamaican woman who took the Government of Barbados to court on allegations that she was assaulted by an immigration officer in 2011. The CCJ will hear from Immigration department officials who came into contact with Myrie when she landed at the Grantley Adams International Airport in March 2011. During the sitting of the court, the legal team representing the Government of Barbados will seek to prove that there was no cavity search of Myrie when she landed in Barbados just over two years ago. “We will lead evidence to show there was no cavity search at all. That will be the most important testimony when the court is here in Barbados,” lead attorney Roger Forde told the Nation Newspaper on Saturday. Alicia Jordan, an immigration officer at Grantley Adams International Airport when Myrie arrived from Jamaica, is expected to provide pivotal testimony in the case against the
Shanique Myrie Barbados Government. Forde said he was satisfied with how the case had gone so far and convinced the two days of testimony here would go a long way in vindicating the defendants. Shanique Myrie, 25, was granted leave by the CCJ to file the action, alleges that when she travelled to Barbados on March 14, 2011 she was discriminated against because of her nationality, subjected to a body cavity search, detained overnight in a cell and deported to Jamaica the following day. Myrie also claimed that she was subjected to derogatory remarks by a Barbadian Immigration officer and asked the CCJ to determine the
minimum standard of treatment applicable to CARICOM citizens moving around the region. On September 27 last year, Jamaica was granted leave to intervene in the matter. Myrie, through her attorneys, informed the CCJ that she could not afford to bring her witnesses to Portof-Spain for the hearing and therefore she was unable to adequately present her case to the Court. The CCJ said that it had explored the use of videoconferencing technology to take the evidence of the witnesses, but after consulting with attorneys it was decided that the evidence should be given in person and for this purpose the Court . The CCJ was established in 2011 to replace to Londonbased Privy Council as the region’s final court of appeal. It has both an original and appellate jurisdiction and also serves as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping including the CARICOM Single Market and Economy that allows for free movement of within the grouping.
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent - CMC – Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace has accused Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves of bringing the Vincentian economy to its worst state since the country gained independence in 1979. In an address to the New York chapter of the New Democratic Party (NDP), on Saturday, Eustace accused the current administration of mismanaging the economy. “Let him (Gonsalves) dispute that. In 2012, to our eternal shame, St. Vincent and the Grenadines exported EC$1.1 million in bananas. We used to do that in a week,” Eustace said, noting that the country’s record in banana earning for any one year is EC$111 million. He complained that the EC$799 million budget approveed by lawmakers in January includes a deficit of $126 million and spoke of the specific ways in which this affects citizens. “People are so fed up with our road that it isn’t funny,” he said, adding that the deficit has implications for the
Arnhim Eustace country. And that is why I am saying you end up not doing the road, you end up not paying for things you should pay for, including for tourism, which is important in terms of earning money for our economy.” This year, St Vincent and the Grenadines is expected to pay EC$133 million on the EC$1.3 billion National Debt, Eustace said. The opposition leader also restated his objection to this country’s participation in PetroCaribe, a pact with Venezuela that allows participating countries to purchase oil on conditions of
preferential payment. He said that under PetroCaribe, the Government owes Venezuela EC$41 million, although Vincentians consumers have already paid the Government for the fuel sourced under the agreement. “He said the Government likes the PetroCaribe initiative because it allows the Government to defer payments, hence having more cash to spend. “But these things have implications –serious, serious implications for us. … and that is how we have to analyse these things and not just play politics,” Eustace said. He further accused the Government of inflating the budget ahead of the 2010 general elections and said this is having a negative effect on the economy. “You don’t bump the budget to make a election point, because, in the end, the people suffer. You don’t play politics in that way. I am very aggrieved by that. It hurts the economy and therefore, it hurts our people,” Eustace said.
Monday March 18, 2013
Minister’s Son Mum on FBI/IRS Case in the US Trinidad Guardian - The 45-year-old son of a senior government minister has refused to comment on the case law enforcement authorities in the United States are building against him. Contacted in Miami on Friday for a comment on the matter, he said, “I have no interest in speaking with you...but have a good day.” He then hung up. Another call to the residence went unanswered.
The circumstances surrounding the case are cloaked in secrecy and sources have said both the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) are dealing with it through a sealed indictment. Such a seal, sources say, can remain intact for years, once investigations are ongoing. Under a sealed indictment, no information about the case goes public
until the prosecution is satisfied all the evidence to support the allegations against the implicated party has been gathered to take before the courts. With the indictment being sealed, public databases—such as the Public Access to Courts Electronic Records (PACER) in the US—will not record or register the case in its judicial database. PACER is provided by the federal judiciary in keeping
with its commitment to providing public access to court information via a centralised service. The seal also means the public does not have access to documents or information, even about such basic facts as the identities of the prosecution, judge, defendants or evidence to be led and the charges. Sources say investigators are pursuing money laundering, tax evasion and fraud
convictions. The minister’s son, sources say, remains under house arrest while the investigators gather their evidence. Calls to the US Embassy, the United States Department of Justice and the FBI all yielded the same response: “We decline to comment.” No comment from PM It was only last week that Prime Minister Kamla PersadBissessar, during a tour of police stations, said she was seeking answers about the exclusive Sunday Guardian report about the case against the minister’s son being under a sealed indictment. PersadBissessar said then: “I would be very concerned about anybody’s son and indeed if it was one of my ministers.” She said, however, that she had “no information on any minister’s son who is in any circumstances abroad. I have no such information, advice or knowledge. I have asked.” ----Further checks by Sunday Guardian as to the entities which PersadBissessar questioned went unanswered. Special adviser for public engagements at the Office of the Prime Minister Lisa Ghany when contacted and asked specifically whom Persad-Bissessar spoke to, asked that the questions be e-mailed. Sunday Guardian complied and e-mailed the questions on Wednesday. Contacted on Friday, Ghany said, “I am not at liberty to comment on those questions.” Ambassador to the United States Dr Neil Parsan also asked that the questions be e-mailed. Sunday Guardian again complied. In an e-mailed response, Parsan said, “No communication from US authorities has been received by the TT Embassy, Washington DC, and the Consulates in New York and Miami.” He said it was normal procedure that the Embassy in Washington be informed of TT nationals who were arrested and charged in the USA, but this usually occurred when those individuals are to be deported. “The Embassy is generally in receipt of full documentation re persons detained when deportation
Kamla PersadBissessar proceedings have been initiated. Trinidad and Tobago nationals are encouraged to contact the Embassy or Consulates via telephone or e-mail in like matters. “No such communication has occurred in this matter,” he said. Asked specifically whether the Prime Minister or any government official had contacted him to make inquiries into the matter, or whether he (Parsan) himself attempted to contact the IRS, FBI, or even the minister’s son after the article appeared, Parsan failed to give a response. Questions to the PM Questions posed by Sunday Guardian to the PM: 1) Has the Prime Minister, officially or otherwise, requested information from the US, as it pertains to reports of a minister’s son being held in the US under a secret indictment? If yes, when was such request made? 2) Has the PM been contacted by any US governmental official/agency with regards to a minister’s son being held in the US under a secret indictment? 3) Has the PM attempted to contact either the FBI or IRS on reports that a minister’s son is being held in the US under a secret indictment? 4) Following reports that (names called) have been arrested and are assisting officers with investigations in the US, has the PM made any contact with the men to ascertain their welfare/ status?
Monday March 18, 2013
Monday March 18, 2013 ARIES (March 21 - April 19): Use your naturally warm personality to help melt the cold shoulder you've been getting from someone you work with or see daily. It's a fun challenge for which you are perfectly ready, right now! ******************* TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): Today is a good day to have a serious talk with a friend or loved one who has been acting out of character lately. Casually ask about what is new in their life and see what they say -- whatever you do, don't accuse them of anything or push them to reveal things. ****************** GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): Some totally flirtatious energy is blowing into your life like a thunderstorm today. All this flirting will light a fire under you that no social situation can contain! No one will be able to resist your cute remarks and your sassy oneliners, even though a couple of the more sober people you encounter will come close. ******************** CANCER (June 21 - July 22): Your communication may be misinterpreted today, because you have an awful lot on your mind. But thinking about what you are going to say before you say it is not a luxury! ********************* LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22): You have a great deal of patience today, which will help you tolerate some pretty controversial people no one else can stand. If you are working in groups, you can help people see each other's points of view more clearly and come to better decisions more quickly. ******************* VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22): Even if you have a big deadline looming today, you need to do your best to slow down and avoid rushing around. Just because you push yourself harder doesn't mean that you are going to go faster! *********************
LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22): If one of your relationships is suffering because one person isn't making enough time for the other, it's time to talk about new things the two of you can do together. ********************* SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. 21): People will be easy for you deal with -numbers, not so much! If you are dealing with any contracts or other types of documents with a lot of small detail in them today, you need to be twice as meticulous as you usually are. ******************** SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. 21): You are excited about getting in touch with an intellectual equal so that the two of you can do some philosophizing about current events, but you cannot really get deep until you find a quiet spot to converse. .********************* CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. 19): It looks like a flighty friend is finally getting their act together, and they are ready to make the promises they couldn't make before. But before you go back to treating them with unquestioning trust, you need to clearly communicate what kind of behavior you will or will not accept from them. ******************** AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. 18): Someone you love has been doubting themselves lately, and they could use a boost in the ego department. A lot of mutual friends have noticed, and they all think you're in the best position to deliver the winning pep talk that will put this person back on the track to positive self-esteem. ********************* PISCE S ( F e b . 1 9 March 20): No matter how much you have planned to do for this day, you need to try to keep things simple. If you toss too many details into the mix, you are bound to get overwhelmed -- which could make you very cranky!
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Canadian Muslim organisation... (From page 11) Ahle Sunnah of the 19th Century, the Late Hazrat Allama Maulana Muhammad Abdul Wahab Siddiqi (Alayhi Rahmah). He initiated the Hajveri School of teaching and is also the founder of the Suyuti Institute of Learning, known globally. Huzoor Zain Saheb is an accomplished Solicitor with his own practice having represented in higher courts, as far as the European Court. As an expert in both Islamic and British Law he has provided expert evidence on intricate areas of Islamic Law. He is an
elite speaker and dynamic personality amongst the ranks of the Ulema. He is fluent in seven different languages and has mesmerized diverse audiences of up to 20,000 people with his beautiful deliberations and unique delivery skills. Huzoor Zain Saheb is an absolute ‘mountain of knowledge’ involved in countless projects on a global scale. Shaykh Esa Alexander Henderson is a young convert to Islam, who is gaining great fame worldwide with his presentations. Twenty years old and born in England from an English parentage, Shaykh Esa was an atheist and con-
verted to Islam four years ago through Huzoor Zain Siddiqi. His knowledge of Islam is equivalent to a scholarly level already. He is currently studying Micro Medicine at a University in England. Both of the scholars were part of the recent week long activities in Guyana featuring inspiring and enlightening lectures. Their visit to Guyana, together with a large delegation from IMO, brought about the unity of all the Muslim organizations here, in fact the entire Muslim community was mobilized for that historic visit.
Monday March 18, 2013
Monday March 18, 2013
Finance Minister announces: Guyanese Author launches Monday March 25 is Budget Day ‘Whispers of Kaieteur’ Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh yesterday afternoon announced that Monday, March 25 is Budget Day for 2013. On that day, Minister Singh will present his seventh consecutive national budget, having first presented the budget in 2007 after his appointment as the PPP/C’s Finance Minister in September 2006. The Minister stated that the Government’s focus will remain on accelerating economic growth and social development, with continued emphasis on macroeconomic stability and preserving the conditions that are conducive to attracting investment, expanding and upgrading physical infrastructure, expanding access and improving the quality of social services, and strengthening the institutional and regulatory environment. The Minister further stated that Budget 2013 will reflect the PPP/C’s overriding concern with making steady improvements in the standard of living enjoyed by every citizen of Guyana and with creating and expanding
Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh
opportunities for personal upliftment and betterment. “The steady growth that has been achieved in our economy, and the marked improvement in key social indicators across our country, must not be taken for granted. They were achieved as a result of deliberate policy positions taken by this Government and sustained effort at implementing
responsible policies over the years, including by making hard choices where these were needed. Our Government will not divert from our policy focus on further improving the circumstances of the people of our country and further strengthening the performance of our economy,” stated Minister Singh. (GINA)
Gun-toting bandits flee after a beating in Linden house Three gun toting bandits picked the wrong house, and walked away with nothing to show for their efforts except for lacerations about their bodies. The men got the shock of their lives after their intended targets administered a sound thrashing on them and booted them out of the lot 793 Determa Street house in Linden. An eyewitness to the botched attack said that he along with other relatives were hanging out with his brother and his son who recently returned to Guyana on holiday from overseas, early Friday morning. “We see a car pass up the street, then it turn back and these guys just barge in the house, because we had the doors open. But they get the shock of dey life, because we resisted. We fight with them and me nephew, he was like a bulldozer, he kicked two ah dem down the steps, and the other one, he run fuh he life,” the man related. “I believe they were targeting my brother Clifton, because he wears a lot of jewelry. All three of them had guns, but they didn’t even get to use them. Is either they get confused or stupid or something after we retaliated because one of dem order we to lie down on the floor, but
nobody ain’t lie down, is only a friend that been with we, he lie down, but the rest of we start fighting with them.” The man’s nephew Dwayne Soo received a cracked head and injuries to his left leg. His blood soaked clothing told the tale of the gory battle that he had engaged in. Police response was once again poor. According to the occupants of the house, the police took almost an hour to arrive on the scene, even though the Police station is a stone’s throw away. They also complained
that after the ranks arrived, they did not exit their vehicle, but sat for several minutes, speaking on their mobile phones. The victims eventually had to go out to the police to report the matter. This is the second time that the table was turned on bandits while attacking households in linden. A few months ago a teenager wrestled a gun from a bandit who had invaded his home. The young man was later rewarded by the police after he had turned the seized shotgun over to them.
Canadian-based Guyanese, Habeeb Alli’s 15th publication was launched on Thursday evening last in the Conference Room of the National Library located on Church Street in Georgetown. Titled the ‘Whispers of Kaieteur’, and inspired by the magnificent Kaieteur Falls, the book chronicles news, letters, poems, and a number of personal activities of its author, with deep reflection of his home, Guyana. There is also a piece reflecting on his time living in Mahaica Creek. The book basically focuses on the strengthening of society and its people in various settings so that peace could prevail, and persons can enjoy harmonious relationships. Ironically, Alli was a Queen’s College student pursuing the Sciences. And as he puts it, the Sciences have inspired him to experiment with his more creative side. Meanwhile, a book review done by PhD candidate in Theology at Emmanuel College, Susan Harrison, described Alli’s publication as a piece having the capacity to network and build bridges of understanding within and beyond the Canadian Muslim community. Harrison also pointed out Alli’s “compassion for humanity and tireless efforts, rooted in his devotion to Allah, hallmarks that are evident in his writings”.
Author, Habeeb Alli hands over a copy of his book to a student of the ISA Islamic School She went on to establish that “Alli’s book makes evident his capacity to His Guyanese background; gives him an edge at noticing where communities are ready to transcend racism and other barriers on the path of faith. Indeed, it has given him the ability to ‘navigate between cultures, traditions, and religious personalities’ and we, his readers, benefit from his dexterity.” She also highlighted Alli’s ‘people-oriented’ nature, stating that “his compassion for humanity and tireless efforts, rooted in his devotion to Allah, overflows in these poems, articles, letters, and
accounts of the myriad of activities he has both catalyzed and given testimony to on these pages.” As far as the news component of the book goes, Harrison asserted that the news reports show a vibrant, living, faith-based community that is active in caring for one another and their neighbours in Canadian society, and further abroad. At the launching ceremony on Thursday last, a presentation of copies of the book ‘Whispers of Kaieteur’ was made to the National Library and the ISA Islamic School.
Monday March 18, 2013
Amla and de Villiers smash South Africa to one-day win
AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla scored centuries. (AP)
Shahid Afridi smashes the ball, taking the aerial route. (AP)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A record-breaking batting display from centurions Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers took South Africa to a 34-run win over Pakistan in the third one-day international on Sunday. The South African pair set a record third-wicket ODI partnership of 238 as the hosts scored 343 for five to set Pakistan an imposing target which, despite a thrilling 88 from Shahid Afridi, they fell short of on 309 all out. It was a batting master class from Amla and de Villiers with an array of both orthodox and audacious shots to thrill a capacity 28,000 crowd at the Wanderers and beat the previous record of 237 set by India against Kenya in 1999. Amla, who in the second over had an lbw decision against him overturned on review, was caught by Misbah-ul-Haq on 122 while captain de Villiers made 128 before skying one to the deep that Shoaib Malik did well to catch off Saeed Ajmal. A cameo of 45 from Faf du Plessis off just 19 balls added
to the tally at the end of the innings. However, the South African batting performance came close to being overshadowed by another spell-binding slog from Afridi, who was driving Pakistan to victory before he was caught on 88. He showed why he is nicknamed ‘Boom Boom’ as he plundered seven sixes and five fours in an astonishing display of power hitting. Afridi’s innings lasted just 48 balls although he got a life while on 73 when he chopped on to his stumps but on review bowler Ryan McLaren was no-balled by the umpire. “It was a special knock. We got down on ourselves but I told the guys we were seeing something special,” said de Villiers of Afridi’s onslaught, which included a six that cleared the grandstand. Once Afridi departed with
Pakistan still 99 runs short, it proved too big a target. South Africa, who played in a pink uniform to raise awareness of breast cancer, lead the five-match series 2-1 with games to come in Durban on Thursday and Benoni next Sunday. Pakistan have called up left-arm pace bowler Sohail Tanvir as cover for Umar Gul and Mohammad Irfan, who have fitness issues. “He was already in South Africa so he was asked to join the team as a cover for Gul and Irfan who are unfit,” chief selector Iqbal Qasim told Reuters. Irfan bowled seven overs on Sunday but limped off the field after aggravating a hamstring strain. Gul did not play. Scores: South Africa 343 for 5 (Amla 122, de Villiers 128) beat Pakistan 309 (Afridi 88, Hafeez 57) by 34 runs.
We cannot determine our destiny, but we do have a choice of a philosophy that will influence the direction of our life.
Monday March 18, 2013
GCA\Hadi’s 1st Division 2 day cricket
DCC overcome Police, TSC stops GDF, ECC and MSC draw Griffith slams ton, Samuels takes 5
Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) and Transport Sports Club (TSC) registered victories, while Everest Cricket Club and Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) played to a draw when play in the Georgetown Cricket Association\Hadi’s World Inc First Division 2 day tournament continued last
weekend with three matches. At DCC, the home team defeated Police by an innings and 125 runs. DCC batted first and posted 351-6 declared in 76 overs. Trevon Griffith led with 116 which contained fifteen fours and one six. He was supported by Andrew Gibson 67 (7x4, 1x6), Christopher Barnwell 66 (9x4,
Windero Fitness Gym takes top honours in Mr. Muscle Flex Bodybuilding competition The Windero Fitness Gym of Whapping Lane in New Amsterdam won three of the five categories to take top honours when the Fitness Zone Gym of Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, successfully staged their one night Mr. Muscle Flex Junior and Senior Bodybuilding Competition 2013 on Saturday last at their Lot 49 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam Berbice entity. Results of action on the night show: In the Light Fly Weight category Kenneth Jankie of the House of Pain Gym winning from Sheed Totoram of Windero and Leon Mahadeo of House of Pain. The bantamweight category saw Raymond Rabindranauth of the Windero Gym being the lone entrant in that division. The Light weight division saw Melroy Grant of Windero winning from Marlon Trim of Fitness Zone in their contest. Abdool Shabeer of Windero then stepped onto the stage as the lone contestant in the Light Heavyweight division. The Heavy division saw Dwayne Mars of Fitness Zone taking top honours from Alex Hutson of Windero and Kevin Overton of Fitness Zone. A reasonable sized crowd was on hand to see to bodybuilders go through their paces as they strutted their stuff in an effort to capture the coveted prizes. The competition was held in order to give the bodybuilders much needed competition and keep them prepared and physically fit. (Samuel Whyte)
1x6) and Derwin Christian 29 not out. Jason Heyliger, Parnell London, Trevor Benn and Randolph Knights picked up one wicket each. Police in response made 86-9 in 25 overs with R. Rodrigues and Heyliger scoring 27 and 21 respectively; one of their batsmen was unable to bat after he sustained an injury. Off-spinner Kevin George like he did in previous competitions continued to trouble the Police batters, picking up 4-16, while Andre Stoll took 2-33 and Orlando Sturge 2-19. The visitors in their second turn at the crease were restricted to 140-9 in 36 overs. London made 33 and Knight 31; Sturge grabbed 347, Stoll 2-7 and Trevon Griffith 2-13. At MSC, TSC beat Guyana Defence Force (GDF) by an innings and 47 runs. TSC took first strike and rattled up 302-9 with Devon Nandan stroking 66, Steven Alves 49, Keon Morris 42 and Ryan Hemraj 37. R. Aaron claimed 3-43 and Paul Castello 3-61. GDF in reply were skittled for 110. Castello made 31 and N. Nestor 29; Ewert Samuels bagged 5-46, Morris 3-24 and Kevin Ross 2-13. GDF were bowled out for 144, batting a second time. Damien Ross top scored with 44 and Marcus Watkins got 24 as Shawn Massiah snared 3-11 and Kevin Ross 2-39. At Everest, MSC managed 154 all out in 44.1 overs, batting first. Stephen Jacobs slammed 68 (12x4,1x6); his half century came off just 20 deliveries, while Vishal Narayan chipped in with 34 and Jermin Joseph 15. Troy Gonsalves and Amir Khan grabbed 4 wickets apiece. Everest replied with 243 all out in 80 overs. Chanderpaul Hemraj who played some lovely shots on both sides of the wicket led with 88 (11x4), while Raphael Singh got 23 and Gonsalves 21. Shaquille Williams captured 4-55 and Joseph 333. MSC in their second innings declared on 181-5 in 75.2 overs and with just under half hour of playing time remaining the captains agreed to bring the contest to a halt. Kwame Crosse top scored with 77 while Jacobs continued his fine form with 72. (Zaheer Mohamed)
Cassey George’s prodigious rise continues at fourth Development Meet - tops Morgan, Foster in impressive 1500m race Linden’s middle distance prodigy, Cassey George, who Kaieteur Sport first featured during the National Schools’ Championships last year, rise to middle distance dominance continued at the fourth Development Meet yesterday with another big win. George, a junior sensation, upset her senior counterpart and well decorated, Alika Morgan at the Guyana Defense Force Ground, dipping under the five minute mark for the second time this year in the 1500m event of the Athletics Association of Guyana event. George ran a time of 4:52.1 after recording 4:44.1 in her first 1500m earlier this year at the junior CARIFTA Games trials. Morgan trailed in a distant second in 5:07.1 while the 1500m CARIFTA bronze medalist from last year, Andrea Foster (5:08.7) was third. CARIFTA selectee, Tirana Mitchell also continued to impress with a 24.1 seconds 200m in the U-17 race. Mitchell’s time is the fastest locally for the year. Avon
Samuels, also selected for the CARIFTA Games, clocked 24.7s for second. Samuels, however, returned in the U17 400m with a 58.6s performance. Jason Yaw, also on the CARIFTA Games team, stocked up well against some senior competitors as he came a close second to Akeem Stewart, who won the 200m event in a time of 21.1s. Yaw clocked 21.6s for second while Elton Bollers (21.8s) was third. Tevin Garraway topped all U-20 athletes in a time of 10.6s. Kevin Abbensetts was second in the event with a time of 10.7s while Samuel Doris (10.8s) was third. Alita Moore destroyed the field in women’s 100m with a time of 11.7s. Tasnica Lovell (12.8s) was second while Kaieteur Sport could not ascertain third place in the event. National Schools 800m and 1500m gold medalist, Devaughn ‘Scooby’ Barrington ran away with the 800m win in 2:00.2 while Ornesto Thomas (2:00.3s) finished second. Meanwhile in some senior events, Maurice Gibson won
Cassey George the triple jump with his leap of 13.08m ahead of Troy Williams and Leon Bishop. In the discus throw, Julio Sinclair dominated with a throw of 39.38m while Royston Ross (36.65m) and Cordel English (36.39m) came second and third respectively. In the female version of the discus throw, Latoya Rodney easily won the event with a throw of 27.25m, leaving Rushell Cuffy in second with a throw of 25.02m while Jimeal Richmond was third with a throw of 23.55m. The University of Guyana won the 4x400m event in a time of 3:33.8s to close the day.
Monday March 18, 2013
Chaotic situation at Berbice Football Association AGM By Samuel Whyte Chaos prevailed when the Berbice Football Association (BFA) held their Annual General Meeting on Saturday at the association office at Main and Wapping Lane in New Amsterdam. However at the end of the process incumbent Keith O’Jeer was returned unopposed after only two clubs were allowed to vote as the others were deemed ineligible. There was much confusing during the meeting as a number of systems were not in place. The main contention was the absence of an audited financial report, which some of the members said has not been presented for years. However the BFA stated that the report was with the auditors who promised to deliver them to the Association shortly. However the members chastised the BFA for the absence of such a report which has not being in place for a long time. After much babbling which went on for some time it was decided to carry on with the meeting. None of the stated reports on the agenda, including President’s, Secretary Treasurer and competitions Committee, were presented to the members present in writing, a prerequisite for an AGM. However the reports were read by the presenters. They were not adopted and
No financial statement only two clubs allowed to vote, BFA officials accused of ambush seconded. A number of other items on the agenda were shelved including appointment of auditors, and the amendments to the constitution and application for new membership. Before the election of office bearers it was decided by the GFF team of Lawrence Griffith and Dwayne Lovell that of the eight clubs mention only Rosignol United and Corriverton Links were in order. Three of the others Cougars, Monedderlust and New Amsterdam United had issues with their financial reports. Although Cougars presented a signed audited financial statement the officials deemed it ineligible because it hadn’t a stamp. The other two presented financial statements, but those were not deemed eligible. Paradise Invaders had some issues with their financial statements and membership. The newly formed Hope Football Club was present seeking membership, while Hopetown Football Club was not present. This new development caused a number of questions to be asked with the meeting descending into verbal
battles. With the clubs present accusing the BFA of duping them into believing that everything was in order when they presented their documents. At this moment Cougars Football club moved a motion which was seconded by Monedderlust Football Club to stop the elections; this was overruled by the GFF officials present who stated that time for motions was already pass. After much bantering returning Officer Lawrence Griffith decided that his mandate was to see that the elections go on with the two clubs. As such Keith O’Jeer was reelected as president with Sean Bristol and Mark Adams as the two vice presidents. Long serving Secretary Joseph Simon was replaced by Adityanand Singh with Simon occupying the position of Assistant Secretary/Treasurer. Michael De Souza took the position as Treasurer. However Colin Bowry, who was selected as the Director of female football, refused to accept the position claiming that he could not work with the present body. During the election a number of clubs walked out of the meeting vowing to use
Keith O’Jeer whatever means possible to challenge the results. They are to document their many concerns and dispatch same to the GFF and FIFA as soon as possible. Speaking to the media O’Jeer stated that the BFA did all that was possible to get the clubs to put their house in order. He also produced documents to back up his claim. However this was vehemently refuted by the others who were present, stating that all that the BFA did was masquerading about the place. No competition was completed and no one knows about the finances of the BFA. They stated that no Treasurer was in place and the BFA was controlled by O’Jeer and Simon who kept everything including financial transactions as a secret. The next episode is awaited.
Devon Smith dominates regional runs charts - Shillingford and Derone Davis top 4 Day & Super50 bowling St John’s, Antigua – Windward Islands strokemaker Devon Smith is leading the charge to win the Sir Vivian Richards Award for batsman with the most Regional 4 Day runs as he enjoys a bountiful season. He currently tops both the 4 Day and Super50 batting charts. The 31 year-old Grenadian left handed opener has totalled 456 runs in the 4 Day at an average of 76 while he has added another 203 runs in the Super50 at an average of 67.67. Guyana’s Leon Johnson is second on the 4 Day batting table with 299 runs (37.38 avg) followed by Barbados’ Kirk Edwards (269 runs, 53.8 avg). Smith (2), Edwards (2) and Chadwick Walton (1) have all notched hundreds in the 4 day format. In the Super50 another Grenadian – Andre Fletcher – has second most runs with a total of 171 at an average of 42.75. Smith and Nkrumah Bonner (third most runs with 149, 49.67 avg) have scored the only Super50 centuries. Smith’s Windward Islands teammate and West Indies off spinner Shane Shillingford has the most wickets in the 4 Day with 24 scalps at an average of 15.67 and a best innings haul of 7 for 63. The bowler with the most wickets at the end of the 4 Day tournament will collect the Courtney Walsh Award. Next in line are left arm spinners Nikita Miller (19 wickets, 5.95 avg) and Veerasammy Permaul (18 wickets, 21.11 avg). In the shorter version Combined Campuses and Colleges and former West
Indies Under 19 spinner Derone Davis has most wickets. The Trinidadian has bagged 9 wickets from 4 matches with a best for 3 for 31. Next in line are Barbadians Christopher Jordan, Ashley Nurse and Ramon Reifer (8 wickets each). While Jordan and Nurse represent their homeland, Reifer plays for CCC. Reifer and Trinidad and Tobago’s Yannick Cariah are the only two bowlers to have taken 5 wicket hauls in the Super50 this season. The top wicketkeepers and catchers this season are as follows: 4 Day Wicketkeeper – Derwin Christian (16 dismissals – 14 catches, 2 stumpings) Fielder – Devon Smith (11 catches) Super50 Wicketkeeper – Carlton Baugh (7 dismissals – 5 catches, 2 stumpings) Fielder – Samuel Badree/ Kyle Corbin (4 catches each) The 4 Day and Super50 tournaments are on a one week mid-season break. The season resumes on Thursday March 21 with three Super50 matches in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad. 4 Day awards Headley/Weekes Trophy – Winning team Sir Vivian Richards Award – Batsman with most runs Courtney Walsh Award – Bowler with most wickets Clive Lloyd Award – Fielder with most catches Malcolm Marshall Award – Top all rounder Deryck Murray Award – Top wicketkeeper Andy Roberts Award – Most Promising Fast Bowler
GABA Division I and III Leagues
Jammers, Guardians escape with thrilling wins West Side Jammers and Plaisance Guardians both escaped with thrilling wins Friday night when the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) Division I and III Leagues continued on the Burnham Basketball Court. In the Division III game, West Side Jammers defeated Buxton Heat 57-54 with Quincy Gibson putting up12 points and Levon Torrington 11 points for West Side. Amuneke Archibald had 12 points and Trevor Freeman 11 points for Buxton Heat. In the Division I game, the featured encounter, Plaisance Guardians edged Melanie Patriots 74-71 for its first win of in three games. Point guard, Enoch Matthews returned to his vintage ways with 32 points while Marlon Chesney added nine points. Melanie Patriots’ Kurtleigh English scored 19 points with Nyambekembe Bacchus putting up a 16-point performance in support.
Monday March 18, 2013
AUSTRALIAN GP: Kimi Raikkonen wins ahead of Fernando Alonso BBC Sport - Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen beat Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in a tense strategic battle in the seasonopening Australian Grand Prix. Raikkonen made only two pit stops for fresh tyres compared to Alonso’s three and the Finn carefully managed his race to hold off the Ferrari’s challenge. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel took third ahead of Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes. Red Bull’s Mark Webber was sixth and Force India’s Paul di Resta eighth. Jenson Button salvaged ninth for struggling McLaren ahead of the second Lotus of Romain Grosjean. Raikkonen had started in seventh place on the grid but a good start put him up to fourth in the early laps. Lotus put him on a twostop strategy and he managed his tyres carefully to move into the lead on lap 23 as the other front-runners - Alonso, Massa and Vettel - made their second of three stops. Alonso, who passed early leaders Vettel and Massa with an earlier second stop, set a series of fastest laps as he took the lead following Raikkonen’s final stop on lap 34. Raikkonen re-took the lead when Alonso made his own final stop, after which he emerged third behind the Finn and Sutil, who was running second on his own two-stop strategy. But once Alonso had passed Sutil, Raikkonen upped his pace and was able to keep the Ferrari at arm’s length and even pull away in
Raikkonen (centre) celebrates with second-placed Fernando Alonso (left) and third-placed Sebastian Vettel. (AFP Getty Images) the closing laps. “Our plan was to do two stops,” said the Finn. “It’s always difficult in the first races to know when to stop. We got it exactly right, the team worked extremely well, we had a plan and we followed the plan, and it worked out perfectly for us. “I could save the tyres and I could go fast when I wanted. It was one of the easiest races to win. Hopefully we can have more races like this.” Vettel had looked poised for a comfortable win after setting impressive times in practice and taking pole by nearly half a second. But the Red Bull could not keep pace with Raikkonen and Alonso in the race as he struggled with higher tyre wear than the Lotus and Ferrari. “We can be happy with the pace all weekend, the whole team
worked well,” said Vettel. “Obviously there is a bit of homework to do with the tyres. I think two stop was out of our range today. The naked pace was there.” And the close battle bodes well for a competitive season between those three teams, who appear to have a slight advantage over the rest. “Arriving here and fighting for the podium was the aim of the weekend,” said Alonso. “The car felt good so being on the podium is job done, let’s say. “We didn’t have the pace to fight with Kimi today. He was too fast for us.” Like Raikkonen, Mercedes tried a two-stop strategy with Hamilton, who appeared to be in with a chance of victory at one point, but the car’s tyre wear was too high and the 2008
world champion had to make an unplanned third pit stop and fell back to fifth. He was a place ahead and outpacing team-mate Nico Rosberg before the German retired just before half distance. Webber lined up on the front row alongside teammate Vettel, but a terrible start dropped him to seventh following an ECU (electronic control unit) failure which automatically shut down his Kers power boost. His race was subsequently ruined when he was stuck behind Button after his first pit stop. Sutil impressed in the Force India, leading at midrace after starting from 11th place on the harder ‘medium’ tyre, while those in the top 10 had to start on the ‘supersofts’ on which they had qualified. But he went too hard too early on the supersofts when he fitted them at his final stop and fell back to seventh.
Monday March 18, 2013
Banks DIH Beach Football KO Cup championship
Alikyu SC edges Shattas 4-3 to take championship honours The popularity of beach football could not be more forcefully underlined than last Saturday evening when a large crowd of boisterous, cheering fans turned out to witness the finals of the Banks DIH sponsored Beach Football KO Cup football championships between Alikyu and Shattas at the Bayrock Sand Reserves and when the smoke had cleared, Alikyu SC emerged victorious 4-3 and claimed the spoils that distinguished it as the top team locally. Both teams started cautiously but as the game progressed into the first third, Alikyu went ahead through a stinging delivery off the foot of Claude Dennis that breached the opposition’s goal and sent his team ahead at the end of the first period. Shattas responded immediately after the break through a wonderful solo effort from Clifton Halley who skillfully weaved his way past the opposition’s defence to equalize the situation. Alikyu SC responded almost immediately compliments of a ripping right foot strike from Dennis to regain the lead sending the large crowd into pandemonium. Mortimer Wills then further extended the lead 3-1 for Alikyu SC when he went up after a perfect cross and headed the ball into the opposition’s berth. In the meantime, Shattas
were experiencing poor fortunes after several attempts by their strikers either struck the crossbars or was scooped up by the goalie. With the minutes ticking away, the pundits had already written off Shattas when Colwyn Davids changed their fortunes with a magical strike that flew past Alikyu’s custodian, Odell Allicock. The persevering Colwyn repeated the feat shortly afterwards to equalize the situation and send the game into extra time. The keen rivalry extended into this period as fortunes fluctuated. Kevin Sparman then made the difference when he converted from a corner kick to complete a memorable 4-3 victory for the new champions, Alikyu. In the third place playoff, Silvertown completed a 5-3 victory over Blueberry Hill on the back of a Mark Hope hattrick. He received support from Jashaun Moore who netted a brace in an excellent introduction to the sport. Meanwhile, Claude Dennis of Alikyu was awarded the golden toe award after scoring the most goals (28), while Wayne Wilson of Silvertown was awarded the golden gloves for the best goalkeeper. The prize giving ceremony will be staged later.
TGH Pacesetters reverse Colts’... From page 35 for a 22-16 advantage at the end of the first quarter. The two teams had brief offensive exchanges that kept the game in the balance in the second quarter. Dave Causway landed a big three-pointer for Colts that tied the game 2929 in the second period. Forward, Marvis Hilliman completed an And1 finish to give Colts their first lead. Gillis landed a dagger from downtown and Thomas answer right back to recapture the lead before Colts burst on an 11-3 run that gave them a 40-32 points’ lead at halftime. Colts’ press defence and excellent offensive rotation, finding Hilliman low in paint was excellent as they took a 46-34 points lead, leaving TGH Pacesetters seemingly out of the contest. Colts had their run extended when
Thomas banged one hard off the glass for two points. But four straight turnovers allowed Pacesetters to score six unanswered points in the third period. However, Colts held on for a 52-44 points’ lead at the end of the penultimate period of regulation time. It was all Pacesetters in the fourth quarter. Two free-throws for a technical foul that should have been called at the beginning of the game, giftwrapped momentum for Pacesetters that went on an 8-0 run to tie the game at 52-52 before Colts literally froze offensively in the important battle that could decide how they are seeded in the League. Tute finished a lay-up to return the lead to TGH Pacesetters before a complete
annihilation was initiated as Colts spent the first five minutes of the last quarter stuck on 52 points. Gillis landed another dagger from downtown before Siland led his team to the win. In the other Division I game, Jason Squires landed a buzzer-beating threepointer to give Pepsi Sonics a 45-44 points’ win against Republic Bank Nets. Trevor Smith had 14 points and Squires nine points for Sonics while Darrion Lewis scored 17 points for Nets. Meanwhile in the opening Division III encounter, Colts defeated Plaisance Guardians 67-49 with Evans Johnson scoring 27 points and Teon Joaquin 12 points. Solomon Matthews had 15 points and Kelvin Yorrick 13 points for Guardians.
Monday March 18, 2013
Lashley wins 2013 Torginol Paints Golf title
Winner Mark Lashley (second left) with other winners and National Ladies champion Christine Sukhram who presented the trophies.
Mark Lashley won the 2013 Torginol Paints Medal Play golf tournament played Saturday at the Lusignan golf Course. Lashley, the Treasurer of the LGC, shot net 64 from gross 85 playing off a 21 handicap on his way to capturing the title. Second place went to Carlos Adams who shot net 67 from gross 92 playing off 25 handicap with Alfred Mentore securing third position with net 68 from gross 76 handicap 8. The best gross of 75 went to Canadian-based golfer Jaipaul Seenanan. Nearest to the Pin was William Haynes. National ladies champion Christine Sukhram presented the prizes on behalf of Continental Group of Companies, producers of Torginol Paint. President of the Lusignan Golf Club Jerome Khan expressed gratitude to Torginol Paints for their continued sponsorship of the tournament. He said members look forward to playing in the Torginol Tournament annually.
Monday March 18, 2013