Monday May 05, 2014
Letters... Where your views make the news...Letters... Where your views make the news
It is unjust for a police officer to shoot any child DEAR EDITOR, It is my opinion that reporters are special people. These individuals must have gone through a thorough refining process that neutralized their feelings and gave them incredible endurance to continue in the profession for numerous years. This is my opinion because there are those who, unemotional in appearance,
report the scariest and most barbaric acts to any human being performed by another human being. I could not have done such. In fact, just one month ago or a little over that, I had cause to abstain from reading any news article or watching any form of local news on the television. My emotions could not be suppressed and when tears didn’t flow from my eyes, I wanted to begin studies in
Why should someone be killed for effectively doing his or her job? DEAR EDITOR, Apparently Dana Seetahal, the Trinidadian Senior Counsel, was brutally murdered for being a forceful prosecutor in a sensitive murder trial where a businesswoman, Virda Naipal Coolman was murdered and her body was chopped into pieces. Seetahal was a classmate of mine for four years at Cave Hill in Barbados between 1975 and 1977and Hugh Wooding Law School from 1977-79. She was not only brilliant, but friendly and public-spirited. She was known in Guyana as a member of the Linden Commission of Inquiry which was chaired by retired Jamaican judge, K. Wolfe with retired Guyana Chancellor Cecil Kennard, former Justice of Appeal Claudette Singh, and Jamaica Queen’s Counsel, KD Knights being the other members. The Senior Counsel taught scores of Guyanese, Trinidadians, Vincentians, and other law students who attended the Hugh Wooding Law School where she served as Course Director in Criminal Practice and Procedure. She was the author of a text on Criminal Procedure in the Commonwealth Caribbean and served as independent senator in the Twin-island Republic. She was known for her brilliance and often sought advice by the government and other government agencies and
large corporations. An excellent prosecutor, hence the reason why the DPP retained her to lead the prosecution team along with another classmate, Israel Khan, SC, in the Coolman murder trial which attracted regional interest. She is the second attorney to have been shot and killed within the past year. Wesley Dabydeen was murdered in broad day light and so far no one has been arrested. Nineteen years ago Selwyn Richardson, Attorney General, was murdered and no one has been charged in connection with the assassination. Dana was very friendly as a student. She wore a baseball cap, which prompted fellow student Johnny Fung a Fatt, now Deputy Chief Legal Draftsman, to nick name her “Bourda” because he said she dressed like a market vendor. Clarissa Riehl, now a lawmaker in Guyana was also fond of her. She was gunned down exactly a month after the passing of a close friend and colleague, Dr. Joseph Archibald, QC, of the British Virgin Islands, who was a legal icon in the Caribbean and his name was inscribed in the Rules of Law Monument among 18 names of outstanding Members of the World Jurist Association and donors of the Monument which stands in St. Magarethen, Austria. Oscar Ramjeet
politics. What touches us propels us to act and sometimes too drastically. Fortunately, I have realized that a reporter, though he appears unemotional, may use words to stir up certain emotions, or report only segments that may influence the emotions. Also, sometimes he/she may write an article or report a story inclusive of his/her opinion. Nevertheless, however reported, any report of a fifteen year old “child” being shot in the mouth by a police officer is frightening. How could any police officer shoot any child? Was this a case of an angry Police Officer becoming aggravated by something a child said? If this is the case then how does the Police Force recruit its members? Are not patience and tolerance attributes that they seek in these recruits? Are not these recruits subjected to the insults of others, child
and adult alike, just to see how they would react? If this is not so then it must be implemented to curb this barbaric practice. Otherwise, dismantle the Police Force and let the Army be the sole law implementing body, since the atrocities committed on those in society by Army officers are far less that those committed by those in the Police Force. This suggestion may be too drastic but I am sure that thousands who suddenly find themselves jobless will learn a valid lesson and return to serve with dignity and humility when re-employed I believe the time has come, and is long gone, for those with consciences to act boldly and intelligently. The time is gone for the people of Guyana to continue asking “what is the government doing?” Every Guyanese must do something; every Guyanese can do something. We should not only look
outside of Guyana for help, or a chance for improvement, but we must come together as one unit and strive to lift each other to higher ground. Mothers should not only hustle in an effort to help their own children succeed, but they must act for this land and for the many innocent persons who are facing injustices. Every mother wants what is best for her own child/ children and this must be extended to all. It is time for our fathers to lead their families onward and upward. It is unjust for the officer who accidentally shot the young man, Samuel Elvis, not to offer him any financial aid or assistance, if he has not
done so. It was unjust for the young man, Colwyn Harding, to suffer at the hands of a Corporal. It is unjust for a police officer to shoot any child. A child should never experience brutality at the hands of law enforcement officers. This is someone, who in the eyes of the law, is a minor and who should not face any law enforcement officer without a parent or guardian present. These injustices must stop and the “child”, in the eyes of the law, must be mentored into adulthood. He/ she must be properly disciplined. Editor, now is the time for us to be our brother’s keeper. ChosenNChrist
Linden COI judge Dana Seetahal assassinated in Trinidad - cornered by gunmen in vehicles P O R T- O F - S PA I N , Trinidad - CMC – Gunmen shot and killed prominent senior counsel attorney and former independent legislator Dana Seetahal early yesterday morning, police have confirmed. “It’s shocking. Crime is a concern especially violent crime. It’s a shocking incident, one you least expect. “I had a conversation with her at around 12.45 pm on Saturday and everything was fine. We need to work as a country together”, Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams told one newspaper. Seetahal, a former lecturer at the Hugh Wooding Law School, was shot and killed after the gunmen in two vehicles blocked her Volkswagen Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) in
Wooodbrook, just on the outskirts of the capital. Media reports said one of the vehicles blocked the road while another with the gunmen inside pulled alongside with the occupants firing upon her vehicle. Seetahal, who was in her late 50’s and a newspaper columnist, was found dead slumped in the driver’s seat. Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said that “the legal profession has lost a giant. She had a piercing intellect, a very pragmatic approach to her work and a wonderful sense of humor,” he said, adding “her murder is tragic, horrible and heart-rending. May her soul rest in peace”. In a statement issued by the Independent Liberal Party, political leader Austin “Jack” Warner said “the brutal and brazen manner in
Dana Seetahal which Ms Seetahal was executed is a jolting reminder of the tragic state of affairs in the country with regard to the crime situation and overall public safety”. Police are working on the theories that the killings were either a “hit” or that she was killed after spending the night at a local casino.
Dana Seetahal’s murder “a tragic loss for the Legal Fraternity” By Latoya Giles A tragic loss for the legal fraternity, is the way Justice Claudette Singh yesterday described the shocking assassination of Trinidadian Jurist Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal. Seetahal who was a jurist for the Linden Commission of Inquiry was gunned down yesterday in Trinidad. Justice Singh told Kaieteur News that the legal profession is now deprived following Seetahal’s death. Justice Singh remembers Seetahal as someone who had a warm personality. She said that she had spoken recently to the Senior Counsel who was in the process of writing a second book. “She had contacted me about some material she needed for a book she was writing,” Justice Singh told
- Justice Claudette Singh Kaieteur News. Ms Seetahal has authored a book on criminal procedure and is a columnist for the Trinidad Express. Meanwhile, Guyana’s Attorney General Anil Nandlall yesterday told Kaieteur News that he too was indeed shocked at the tragic and brutal murder of Seetahal. Nandlall said that she was a consummate professional woman, strong and fearless in her professional pursuits. “She was a lawyer, an academic and a politician,” Nandlall told Kaieteur News. He said that as an academic, she has made an indelible mark on lives of students at the Hugh Wooding Law School. “Her book, Criminal
Practice and Procedure in the Commonwealth Caribbean remains the only academic work on that topic in the Region,” Nandlall told Kaieteur News. The Attorney General said that Seetahal’s work on the Linden Commission of Inquiry to investigate the tragedy which took place at Linden in July 2012 was nothing less than stellar. “As a lawyer, she prosecuted several high profile cases in her homeland and was a great admirer of our own Doodnauth Singh( SC). I enjoyed a good professional relationship with her.” “Her death is a tremendous loss to the legal fraternity, not only in Trinidad and Tobago, but indeed the entire Region…to her family, and the people Trinidad, I extend my deepest sympathy.”
Monday May 05, 2014
Revocation of Bradbury’s work permit exposes Govt.’s desperation - GTUC The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) has condemned the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) administration’s revocation of USA’s Glenn Bradbury’s work permit. Bradbury was the lead official of the USA’s Leadership and Democracy (LEAD) Project. “It is a backward decision and reveals the ugly underbelly of the administration’s insecurity…Those harbouring doubt or feel the PPP is interested in democracy need no more evidence of its antidemocratic stance.” GTUC said that the pre1992 campaign slogan “restoring democracy” is once again validated as empty rhetoric, fooling the nation and international community to support its bid for the reign of government. “The PPP continues to undermine the pillars of democracy given its litany of excuses to not hold constitutional mandated local government elections, refusal to establish constitutional commissions, and trampling the rights of citizens.” According to the GTUC, the PPP sees governmental power as an entitlement and not a privilege. “A party and government committed to governing in the people’s interest need not fear a project that sets out to empower the people about the values of democracy and their role in their process. They need not fear an
engaged citizenry,” according to the GTUC. The union umbrella body said that were the government proud of its human rights’ record, there would be no need to undermine a project designed, to empower and safeguard the people’s fundamental right to participate, share and receive ideas, information and knowledge on matters affecting their well-being.” This is an administration running scared and afraid of intensified scrutiny of its dastardly stewardship of the nation’s affairs.” GTUC said it continues to support the project, because it is a critical component in strengthening and deepening the nation’s democratic processes and institutions. “Lack of knowledge is a
Glenn Bradbury nation’s resources and rape its coffers. “GTUC views the revocation of Mr. Bradbury’s work permit as government desperation…It is another attempt to close the floodgates for justice.” GTUC argues that the administration continues to
“Those harbouring doubt or feel the PPP is interested in democracy need no more evidence of its anti-democratic stance.” terrible thing…Over the years the administration has used the absence of knowledge as weapons of control and sacrificing its supporters at the altar of expediency to further the interest of a few.” According to the GTUC, the administration is not driven by democracy but rather is driven by naked power manifested in their acts and actions of suppression and efforts to cultivate an illinformed society in order to have free reign to plunder the
ignore that though the arc of the moral universe is long, it bends towards justice. “Independent media, an emerging vocal civil society, the internet, proliferation of social media, including the cell phone in the hands of many, would advise the government it cannot stop the sharing and receiving of ideas, information and knowledge…It cannot stop being held accountable, nor can it stop the people’s march for good governance.”
Gov’t should relax control... (From page 3) the government side says B both sides must be carried that is fairness.” Even Handed Advertising The Opposition Leader spoke also to the evident bias where the distribution of government advertisement is concerned. He outlined that the State must be more even
handed with all of the newspapers because the evidence suggests that persons buy in greater numbers the Kaieteur News and Stabroek News so any logical government would be more inclined to advertise with the papers that have more readership. “So if the State was really interested in getting information to the public it would be economic to include it in the private independent media which is more balanced because people are not fools they can go on all sorts of electronic media and get information, the Executive is following an old cold war of trying to deny balanced news from getting out to the public” said Granger. Granger spoke of the far off communities where there is no newspaper, telephone or proper radio signal when he posited that “government expects that its total control of the media would ensure that those distant communities only get one side of the story
but that is no way to bring about development.” The Opposition Leader expressed that the government control of the state media “even though there is no evidence of actual interference apart from withholding of advertising, I do believe that the control of state media should be relaxed and operated on professional grounds.” The other thing Granger said is the fact that the President himself who is the Minister of Information “led to the suspension of the license of CNS channel 6 under the Jagdeo regime, I don’t think Mr. Ramotar has done anything so drastic but I think that the fact that the President is actually the Minister of Information literally sucks the oxygen out of the democratic credentials of the state media because the editors presumably would not want to publish information that is prejudicial to the President’s interest.”
Monday May 05, 2014
Friends die in two-vehicle crash
DEAD: Kurt Bascomb called DJ Mavado
Fazil Azeem, the driver of one of the ill-fated vehicles being loaded into an ambulance to be transferred to GPHC. Two Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) friends at around 19:00 hrs last evening met a tragic end following a two vehicle collision at Craig EBD. Dead are 33 year old Delon Barton, called ‘Smallie’ and popular disc jockey, Kurt Bascomb called ‘DJ Mavado’. Barton leaves to mourn six children. Both men were in a Toyata Raum and were reportedly traveling at a fast rate south along the public road when the driver lost control, colliding with another Raum. A motorcyclist who was tailing the vehicle heading north was injured after he slammed into one of the
vehicles. “The bike man went right behind the man that de heading north and he just had to go with de impact and he get shy up in de air,” an eyewitness recalled. Public spirited citizens had to pull the two men along with the several others that were injured from their respective vehicles and rushed them to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where Barton and Bascomb were pronounced dead. This publication understands that both men, along with some of their friends, had earlier in the day travelled to the Linden/ Soesdyke Highway and were
at a creek outing before returning to Grove. At the time of the accident the men were en route to the Linden Town week celebrations. Several of the injured were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation after being stabilized at the Diamond facility. Up to press time some of the injured identified were Haimwante Mhajed, her grandson Feeyad Azeem, 20, his parents Fazil and Zane Azeem. Azeem, the driver of the car which Barton and Bascomb were travelling in, was among those transferred to the Georgetown facility. At least one of the witnesses to the accident who assisted in transporting the men to the Hospital lamented the paucity of recourses at the Diamond Hospital.
DEAD: Delon Barton called ‘Smallie’ According to the witness, when he arrived at the Hospital there was no porter around. “I deh out hey in a vehicle out here shouting for them for over 15 minutes,” the witness said. He said that when the doctors did arrive they were running back and forth for some time before the injured finally were put in the hospital.
Monday May 05, 2014
Educators address concerns in education sector Designed to highlight issues of concern in the field of education, the University of Guyana’s School of Education and Humanities has for a number of years been offering EFN 7202, a programme in which educators are trained to conduct informed research projects. A batch of these educators, at a forum held in the Education Lecture Theatre on Saturday, presented the findings of six intellectually sound research projects. Divided into six groups, the educators were able to examine topics ranging from ‘A good appraisal system will impact the education sector positively’; ‘Indiscipline – the greatest obstacle to improve performance at the level of the school’; ‘Religious education should be a compulsory subject on the curriculum of schools’; ‘The integration of technology in teaching is key to improvement in student performance’; ‘The Guyana Teachers’ Union is no longer relevant’ and ‘The performance of boys at the secondary level is cause for concern’. Dubbed the ‘Issues in Education and Development’ Course, the programme is one that was designed, and is currently taught, by former Chief Education Officer, Ed Caesar. Caesar currently lectures to educators undertaking the Diploma and Masters in Education with a particular focus on ‘Issues in Education’. “What I have done in those programmes is to cause educators to do research...so from day one they have their topics, they look at research and the final day of the course they do their presentations,” Caesar explained to this publication. Usually the presentations are judged, mainly by persons outside of the University, and
the outstanding group presentations on Saturday were rewarded with trophies. Last year, the best performing Masters of Education students who undertook the ‘Issues in Education and Development’ course were duly presented with a monetary award, compliments of Vice Chancellor, Professor Jacob Opadeyi. According to Caesar, it is his expectation that the educators will seek to do further research on the respective topics that they pursued for the course. Such a move, according to him, will not only benefit the Ministry of Education but the country as a whole. Ahead of the presentations on Saturday, Educator Rhonda Hamilton, one of the students of the ‘Issues of Education and Development’ course presented an overview entitled “Bird’s eye view of an educator”. The course, according to her, was conducted over a period of 15 weeks, and was challenging as it was stimulating. “The presentation of each lecturer aroused our passion for education, invoked a spirit of reading and un-budded our skills and talent in making the exchange of knowledge a worthwhile experience for our learners and ourselves.” According to Hamilton, the course was characterised by discussion-style lectures and covered a landscape of issues which dealt with school effectiveness, decentralisation, school discipline, distance education, underachievement and education in Guyana, among other thoughtprovoking topics. Hamilton said too that the sessions promoted a high level of interactivity between the lecturer and educators through group presentations Continued on page 9
Monday May 05, 2014
THE CRIME CAPITAL OF THE CARIBBEAN The murder of Dana Seetahal in Trinidad and Tobago this past weekend should drive home the concern about the level to which violent crime has taken root in the Caribbean and particularly in Trinidad and Tobago which is now being described as the crime capital
of the Caribbean. The first concern should be about what is the source of this rapid descent into violent mayhem that has gripped the twin-island Republic. Is it poverty? Is it inequality? Is it lack of jobs? What makes Trinidad and Tobago so violent?
It surely cannot be poverty. Trinidad has the highest per capita income in the Caribbean. While there exists poverty, there are places within the Caribbean that have higher levels of poverty which have not descended into criminal violence to the extent of what
Dem boys seh...
Guyana got nuff camel Is a good thing dem build de four-lane highway to Providence. If that didn’t happen Donald and Sam and some other big ones couldn’t get to de show. Uncle Adam had to go to Princess to drop something fuh he relative. He lef home at 10 to seven; he reach Princess at 8:30. But Donald and dem big ones had outriders fuh drive dem up de one-way. If dem had to sit in traffic like Uncle Adam dem woulda miss de start of de show because it woulda tek dem two hours to drive from Houston to de stadium. Wha cause de problem? People had to turn in to park and de poor police couldn’t direct de traffic. Well dem boys want to know wha woulda happen if dem didn’t have de park. De road woulda block up. Dem boys want to see if Donald gun ban shows at de stadium since dem affecting de normal people who want to travel pun dem own business. People who was going home to Eccles and to Nandy Park had problems. Dem pickney in de car crying because dem hungry and who ain’t hungry want sleep. Of course, de organisers of de show mek big announcement that no alcohol allowed. Dem didn’t realize that Guyanese smart. Man
and woman tun camel. Dem fetch de likker in dem stomach. Dem don’t know if dem woulda let out de likker in some bottle and then tek dem drink in comfort. But is not all of dem who drink up reach de stadium. Some of dem crash and dead. One set dead at Craig. Another set had problems at Enterprise. Two minibus and a car trying fuh reach wheh dem going and as old people seh, more haste, less speed. Two of dem end up in trench. People who lef home smelling like a rose end up smelling of de stink mud. Some loss shoes, some loss purse and some end up in hospital. But de worse thing that happen is that some people don’t mean to done wid this cocaine smuggling. Somebody pack cocaine in a tonic but de lady who was to carry it lef it back because she smell a rat. De family who she lef it wid decide that dem gun build up dem system. Dem drink and four of dem dead. Now dem boys tek an oath that if dem got to travel overseas dem ain’t carrying nutten fuh nobody. Who want send cocaine got to carry it fuh demself. Talk half and pray fuh de people who suffer.
Educators address concerns in...
From left: Educator Rhonda Hamilton, Mr. Ed Caesar, Dr. Leyland Thompson and GTU President Mr. Mark Lyte. From page 8 on issues that exposed their thought processes even as an environment rich in learning resources was created. “This adequately facilitated the exchange of ideas and sharing of evocative accounts relating to the educational system in Guyana,” Hamilton recalled. She emphasised too that the course was one that challenged educators to become agents of change in their learning spaces by becoming proactive, proficient and efficient leaders. Also sharing brief remarks at the forum was Dr Leyland Thompson, Head, Department of Research and Graduate Studies at the University, who passionately told the educators that “it is always a joyous occasion to see you willing and ready to do battle and put all of your learning in place.” With the acquired knowledge, Thompson informed the educators that they are in a better position “to do so much good...so much you can give back with all the learning you have grasped.” Also speaking on Saturday was recently
elected President of the Guyana Teachers Union, Educator Mark Lyte. He in his remarks mused over the fact that the research topics are certainly not figment of anyone’s imagination since they are realistic issues within the sector. “These issues affect us in the classroom, and they also affect how we relate to education within the education sector and as such this course is very much important because it highlights the problems and challenges faced in education,” Lyte observed. He pointed out that some of the issues raised have in fact been within the sector from its inception with additions coming to the fore overtime. “It is our responsibility to ensure that we come up with relevant solutions and recommendations as to how we can deal with these challenges,” said the GTU President who is convinced that the educators’ works have put them in a good position to help policymakers in the quest to improve the sector.
takes place in Trinidad and Tobago. Is it inequality? Well both Antigua and St. Vincent have higher levels of inequality that Trinidad and Tobago. And they are nowhere as violent a society as the twin island Republic. Is it the lack of jobs? The private sector in Trinidad is complaining about the opposite. They are saying that there is inadequate labour in the Republic. In fact, Trinidad and Tobago has a very attractive unemployment relief programme and many persons find it better to not work and be on the dole than to work. So surely, the high murder rate cannot be because of the lack of jobs. Trinidad and Tobago has been awash before in money. Its oil revenues have allowed the residents in that country to enjoy an extremely high standard of living since the 1970s. In those times, crime was nowhere near what it was and the sort of murders that are taking place now was unimaginable in the days of early oil boom in Trinidad and Tobago. So how come did Trinidad and Tobago become so violent to the point whereby murders and executions are an almost daily occurrence in the twin island? The answer to that question is drugs, illicit drugs or narcotics. It is the drug trade that has led to this dangerous rise in criminal
violence, including murders and executions. The rise of the drug trade has led to the burgeoning of criminal gangs. These gangs are well armed and are used as paid assassins and hit men. They do the dirty bidding of the drug traffickers and drug lords and they also make private hits. They are extremely feared and generate a great deal of revenue to the extent that most of them can front as legitimate businessmen and contractors. They have a dense underworld network that provides them with real time information. They are the protectors of the drug lords who provide them with arms to carry out robberies and kidnappings so that they can pay themselves when not doing the bidding of the drug kingpins. The rise of drug trade has also led to gangland wars. And this is another one of the reasons why so many young men are killed. They are attracted to gangs because it gives them an identity that they are searching for and not finding in mainstream society. But there are rivalries between gangs and this leads to a great deal of violence. The rise of the drug trade has also led to the proliferation of small arms. This is one direct effect of the drug trade in the Caribbean. It has led to a large number of illegal guns finding its way into the hands of young men
who are eager to prove themselves to their gang leaders by making a hit. The drug trade is at the heart of the violence that is afflicting Caribbean society and while the break down in family structures contributes to this culture of violence, in order to rid Caribbean society of this high spate of murders, it is necessary to dismantle the narcotics networks in the Caribbean. Guyana has had its problems with drug related murders. But it is nothing compared to what has been taking place in Trinidad and Tobago over the last ten years. However, we should be learning from that country’s experience. The authorities in Guyana should be deeply concerned about what will happen if the drug underworld gets more powerful especially in a small society like Guyana where drug money can easily compromise law enforcement and buy an unlimited stream of recruits into the criminal underworld.
Monday May 05, 2014
The truth about Rodney’s death will be painful …political atmosphere prior to explosion critical to COI - Ramkarran “Even though the mandate of the Commission is limited to a certain time frame it cannot arrive at a credible finding unless it understands the atmosphere between 1978 and 1980 and how it was created and developed, namely, by rigged elections, authoritarian rule, violence, intimidation, lack of permission to travel to the hinterland to hold public meetings, deprivation of newsprint and more.” This is according to Senior Counsel and former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran, who in his latest writings posted on his conversationtree.org outlet, weighed in on the Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the death of Founder of the Working Peoples’ Alliance (WPA) Dr. Walter Rodney. Ramkarran in his analysis posits that Rodney’s death could never be understood without knowing of the formation, composition, agenda and activities of the WPA. “These must be presented in evidence if the Commission is to have a full and adequate picture of the era.” He suggested too that in order to buttress that evidence the Commission also needs to have copies of all the statements issued by the WPA, all the editions of Dayclean and Open Word, all the relevant statements made by the PNC and Forbes Burnham and a list and analysis of the activities, meetings, rallies of the WPA, collaborative activities with the PPP and other groups and their outcomes. “Broad statements so far given by Karen De Souza and Eddie Rodney, though
Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran important, are not by themselves sufficient…Proof of the atmosphere of fear, intimidation, violence and terror that pervaded that era must be laid bare before the Commission.” According to Ramkarran, election rigging from 1968, an analysis of the deteriorating state of the economy and the ethnic substratum of Guyana’s politics and the WPA’s positive impact on that situation, are important factors to lead in evidence. He said too that the films about election rigging, booklets, Janet Jagan’s Army Intervention in the 1973 Elections, essays, articles and copies of the Mirror and Chronicle, not only for elections but also for the political history of that era, would be relevant. “The National Security Act and the Sophia Declaration must be produced to the Commission’s attention.” The former executive member of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), who resigned over a falling out with the rank and file of the
hierarchy, particularly former president Bharrat Jagdeo, said that while the party has made no public statement as to whether it will give evidence, “it is vitally important that it should do so. According to Ramkarran the PPP’s experiences are necessary to establish the political atmosphere at the time of Rodney’s death. Ramkarran posits that “of great importance is the unity of opposition forces, mainly between the PPP and the WPA, but also others…This would tend to show the strengthening of the opposition to the PNC Government during the late 1970s and lead to an understanding of the PNC’s responses.” Ramkarran said that while there were public activities, mainly joint public meetings there were many private activities. He said that these private activities included a long series of weekly private meetings in 1978 at GAWU’s offices in Regent Street between the PPP and WPA, led mainly by Cheddi Jagan and Walter Rodney, joint bottom house meetings, joint meetings with various groups, the Arnold Rampersaud Defence Committee, the committees leading the nation wide struggle against the referendum and others. “The death of Walter Rodney and its causes cannot be understood without this context,” said Ramkarran. The Former Speaker notes that since the WPA is not officially participating, its members will probably only make individual efforts and give only the barest minimum to the Commission. “The PPP is therefore left
Dr. Walter Rodney during one of his many public meetings with the task of compiling the evidence, including that which the WPA ought to assemble and produce, such as the WPA’s mobilization activities.” According to Ramkarran, the PPP should appoint a committee led by one of its lawyers to compile material and to prepare comprehensive statements from sources at the time to submit. “The Commission can only take cognizance of these matters if formally given in evidence…Broad statements already made are not enough.” According to Ramkarran, at minimum, persons such as Clement Rohee, Gail Teixeira, Harry Nokta and Moses Nagamoottoo, now of the AFC, should be taking the lead in presenting the vast volume of evidence that is available. Ramkarran in his writings stated that “I am sympathetic with the view that the Inquiry
The car in which Dr. Walter Rodney was sitting in when the bomb exploded should not be used as a means to further divide the people of Guyana or to poison the political atmosphere…In fact I believe that everything ought to be done to heal the wounds of the past and to create a political climate that will foster
co-operation.” Ramkarran warned however that the truth, however unpalatable, and putting this tragic episode to rest, are the best way to accomplish this. “The truth, whatever it is, will be painful.”
GT&T concerns with Telecoms Bill gain attention of Select Committee Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T), Radha Krishna Sharma, has dispelled allegations that his company is opposed to the liberalisation of the telecommunication sector. “I am not aware of any view that we are against liberalisation,” the CEO said, while he categorically affirmed that the premier telephone company has been supportive and will continue to support the path to liberalisation. “We have publicly spoken for liberalisation, in fact so much so that Digicel kept an ad (advertisement) quoting what I said for perhaps one or two weeks,” said Sharma. During a recent interview with media operatives, Sharma vocalised his conviction that there is need for the telecommunication sector to be “deepened and strengthened.” For a number of years
GT&T’s CEO, Radha Krishna Sharma GT&T has held the monopoly in the sector even with Digicel’s (the only other phone company operating locally) penetration in 2006. However in the quest to put an end to the monopoly, the Telecommunications Bill was crafted, which must be aided by a Public Utilities Commission Amendment Bill, to allow for an open market.
And according to Sharma, “in any country when you have liberalisation of any sort, it goes through a process of consultation, it goes through a process of revision (and) this has a legislative aspect.” Currently, the Telecommunications Bill sits before a Parliamentary Select Committee which is expected to address any concerns relating to the Bill. “We obviously have some concerns and those concerns have been articulated in our submissions to the Select Committee,” Sharma disclosed. However when asked about GT&T’s concerns with the Bill, Sharma intimated that “I have debated in my mind whether it would be the best of protocol to discuss with the media...you have got to understand that a Select Committee is part of the legislative mechanism and I honestly came to the conclusion that it would be bad protocol for me to (Continued on page 21)
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CONSUMERS MADE MORE COMPLAINTS AGAINST GPL THAN ANY OTHER ENTITY The Public Utility Commission (PUC) has received most complaints about the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) than any other entity for the year. From January 2014 to this month, of the 197 complaints the PUC has received, 126 were against the power company. This was revealed by Justice Prem Persaud, Chairman of the Public Utility Commission, during a recent interview with this publication. The complaints against the power company range from billing, tampering, and lengthy wait for new service. It was noted that during that same period, 25 complaints were received
against Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) and 45 were lodged against Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T). One matter was raised against Digicel but that has been resolved. According to Justice Persaud, most complaints lodged by consumers are against the nationally owned utility companies. Issues relating to the telephone companies are usually resolved quickly and are mostly owing to technical issues. He suggested that the large consumer base of GPL and GWI could be the main reason for complaints reaching the PUC against the companies.
- Public Utility Commission “It seems the volume of consumers they have contributed to the complaints…GPL has some like 170,000 consumers and GWI has similar amount…when complaints come in they have to deploy the people and do site visits… we do not have much problems with the telephone companies…As soon as a report is made and they are informed within 24 hours they are resolved.” Justice Persaud, however, conceded that the telephone companies also have a large consumer base with some persons owning
Berbice teachers host instructional materials exhibition at UGBC
An exhibit depicting air pollution (Ms. Conway the organizer is inset) First and Final Year Primary and Nursery teachers pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Education demonstrated their creativity and resourcefulness during the recent Annual Exhibition of Instructional Materials held by the University of Guyana Berbice Campus’s (UGBC). This exhibition was launched under the theme “Conservation Our Environment; Securing our Future.” Exhibition organizer, Lecturer Marcia Conway, said the general idea is for the students to create/construct creative teaching/ instructional materials that can be used or implemented in the classroom. She added that after being exposed to the methodological and theoretical aspect of the course ESS 4203- Teaching of social Studies at the Primary
Level 11 , “teachers will practically demonstrate what was learnt, thus this exhibition.” Additionally, since the focus was on conservation, local, recycled and environmentally friendly materials were used to construct the exhibits “and they (exhibits) catered for the different levels of learners and also the learning styles of children.” “It is the hope, that after today’s “work of art “or creativity, that the myth or misconception that teaching is all about the ‘chalk- and- talk’ method will be examined from the other side of the spectrum and that this activity will benefits educators, parents, students and teachers especially those that are trainees, for example, those at Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE).”
Ideas and knowledge gained, she further stated, can be adopted in an effort to foster learning to have efficient and effective curriculum delivery and to “generally improve performance level thus improving the quality of education in Guyana.” “It is also my hope that this exhibition will bring an awareness of the creativity and multitalented teachers within our education system to the Policy Makers and Education Officials, so that some form of collaborative and cohesive initiatives can be done in curriculum planning, designing and implementation thus enhancing academic and social performance of learners and in turn will contribute to improved education for all in our dear Guyana.” (Leon Suseran)
more than one phone. He admitted that consumers of the telephone companies are treated differently because they operate in a private industry. He related that most of the frustration encountered by consumers of the stateowned utility companies could be eliminated if staff members enhance their interpersonal skills. “Part of our function is to deal with the matter after you would have made complaints to the utility companies…So we tell the consumer go to them, file your complaint and if you are not satisfied come to us and we would deal with the matter. “Nine out of 10 times we are told by these people when they go to raise issues concern i n g b i l l s , t h e persons at the counters say to pay first and then we would talk to you. They go to complain about the bill but they say no, no you have to pay up. The attitude and mentality of the people has to change. That officer forgets that he too is a consumer,” he said. According to the Chairman, the PUC is trying to get the companies and staff to understand that they need
Justice Prem Persaud to deal with problems affecting consumers in a timely manner. “We understand the stress consumers go through,” he added. He noted that the PUC is engaging the companies about interpersonal skills training. In addition, the PUC facilitates discourses between the aggrieved consumer and the utility companies. Justice Persaud explained that while the PUC has to regulate the utility companies to ensure good service to the public they also need to look into the interests of the companies. “In as much as people feel we are consumer biased, in other words we go towards
the consumers’ interests, at the same time we have to ensure the survival of the utility company. Because if we put undue pressure on the companies and they close shop everybody will suffer. They are entitled to make a reasonable return because they have a lot of people employed, etc,” he said. He emphasized that orders made by the PUC are binding and are in accordance with the amended Public Utility Commission Act of 2010. The Act sets out the guidelines under which the Commission operates and consumers could benefit. Because of this Act, several consumers of GPL were rewarded credits totaling over $4M last year. Meanwhile, GT&T had to repay over $90,000 to its customers and GWI paid in excess of $75,000. Although PUC is supposed to give impartial orders, it is taken to Court on numerous occasions by the utility companies. “Invariably the companies take us to court…Almost regularly we are in court…When we make an order against them (utility companies) and they are not satisfied they take us to court…We don’t take them to court we make our own orders here,” he said.
Monday May 05, 2014
In celebration of Arrival Day, we publish an excerpt from Guyanese Gaiutra Bahadur’s acclaimed novel...
Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture By Gaiutra Bahadur Chapter 6: “A New World” For the indentured immigrants who landed there, Guiana would be a new world. But it had long been identified, more broadly, with the New World. In the European imagination, this was where the risk and reward of the swashbuckling unknown were located. This, indeed, was where Sir Walter Raleigh had gone in search of El Dorado, the mythic city of gold. Three centuries before my great-grandmother reached this shore, Elizabeth I’s own court explorer had peered at it from a ship and wondered what fate—and what riches—it might hold. To the Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese and British colonizers who staked and swapped claims there over the next 200 years, the entire northeastern fringe of South America, stretching from the Atlantic to what is now Venezuela, was known as Guiana—after the Guayano Indians who lived along the Orinoco River, but eventually acquiring the meaning “wild coast.” To colonial eyes, it was a terra incognita, a mystery complete, waiting to be mapped, peopled—and taken. Demerara was the shorthand the British used for the part of Guiana that they took, early in the nineteenth century, from the Dutch, who had turned the low-lying coastal strip into prime plantation ground through an elaborate system of drainage canals, dams and dykes. In the end, it wasn’t gold that enriched Raleigh’s countrymen. It was sugar, the main harvest of that drained
Cover of the book land, rich with the alluvium of rivers beginning deep in the colony’s interior. Long after Raleigh, Demerara continued to have the aura of the ends of the earth where adventurers went to make their fortunes. A parlor song popular in Victorian England captured the feeling. The chorus went: “So here we sit like birds in the wilderness/ Birds in the wilderness!/ Down in Demerara.” That name still survives on the packaging for brown sugar the world over. Most of it doesn’t actually come from Demerara anymore, but in 1903, when my great-grandmother landed there, the plantations studding its marshy coast still had a monopoly on the name.
Not only was the colony still supplying the world with Demerara sugar, it was supplying more sugar than any other territory in the British West Indies. British Guiana was one of the top ten producers of cane sugar globally, but the world was increasingly buying cheaper, subsidized beet sugar from France and Germany. The cane that once was planter’s gold was in crisis. Its selling price had plummeted by half in the two decades before Sujaria arrived. And yet, in order to produce it, the British continued to people Guiana. Just as they had after the abolition of slavery, planters pleaded they would be ruined and the nation’s pride wrecked if they did not get what they wanted: a continual supply of new indentured laborers from India. Guiana had been the first colony in the West Indies to receive coolies, and it received far
more in total than any other colony in the region. These were the workers who bore the brunt of the cane sugar depression. As revenues fell, the only way for planters to maintain profits was to lower costs; they did this by squeezing more work, for less pay, out of the indentured. The laborers already in the colony—ex-indentured and their children as well as slave descendants—had more leverage to insist on higher wages and better working conditions. They were less exploitable because officially free. The cry, therefore, was to import ever more “bound coolies,” as the indentured were known in Demerara: “Give me my heart’s desire in coolies, and I will make you a million hogsheads1 of sugar …,” a planter once told the visiting novelist Anthony Trollope. So it was that, despite hard times for cane sugar, The Clyde arrived in British Guiana on 4 November 1903. I can’t say if Sujaria was on deck or if it was light enough for her to see the flat coast of her new world, with its monotonous line of black mangrove, broken occasionally by cabbage palms or a plantation smokestack. The ship pulled in beside a floating lightship at the mouth of the Demerara River, its waters muddy with silt carried from the interior, a territory almost as undeveloped and lightly populated as when Raleigh explored. Despite the colony’s reputation in Britain as a “white man’s grave” of malarial swamps, yellow fever and hard drink, the capital was a graceful, modern city. Georgetown’s boulevards were broad—and down their middles ran grassy medians or freshwater canals with Victoria Regia lilies. Everywhere there were luxuriant trees providing shade and beauty: the samaan with its umbrella of foliage; the Flambouyant, with its scarlet bloom; and a
peculiar palm with its leaves splayed flat like a lady’s fan. Fruit trees enfolded elegant wooden houses with verandahs for taking the air and jalousies for letting it flow. The architecture had fanciful flourishes: cupolas or towers rising from roofs, fretwork crawling like vines from verandah posts. The city boasted botanical gardens, a philharmonic hall and a gothic cathedral that is still among the world’s tallest wooden buildings. Along the Demerara River ran a bustling commercial road with electric tram service. Nearby, dock workers loaded casks of sugar, rum and molasses and unloaded endless ice from America for coping with the heat. Schooners continuously returned from the interior with Raleigh’s fortune-seeking heirs; during the 1890s, these miners began exporting more than 100,000 ounces of gold every year, somewhat vindicating his vision of El Dorado. It was in the briskness of all this shipping in and shipping out that The Clyde landed its human cargo. It dispatched them, escorted by immigration agents, into a diverse city of 50,000 people. A tenth of Georgetown’s population was British, but the rest were mainly the black, Chinese, Portuguese and mixed-race descendants of plantation workers imported over several centuries. Few of the city’s residents belonged to the group most recently imported. Although Indians made up 40 percent of the colony’s population, more than any other ethnicity, the vast majority lived in the far countryside—on or near plantations. With the exception of domestic servants, a handful of interpreters, a few policemen and a single doctor, Indians in the capital were mostly “jobbers” who hustled for work daily. They carried loads at the railway station or
Author Gaiutra Bahadur harbor as porters, “coolies” in the original sense of the word. The authorities saw the jobbers as public nuisances. Some, half-starved, rifled through rubbish for food. Others, with no way to defecate but publicly, were made objects of cruel fun by street children. Many slept and—in a few cases—died on the streets. Some of the day laborers had chosen to leave the countryside after serving out their indentures. But a significant number, finding the tasks or the treatment on plantations too harsh, had deserted and drifted to Georgetown. Planters insisted that the city council find and return them, and the council passed an ordinance requiring porters to be licensed. The crackdown applied only to Indians. To get a license, they had to pay a fee few could afford and present “free papers”—an official certificate, requiring a separate fee, proving that an immigrant was no longer indentured. The jobbers became the frequent target of harassment and nighttime raids by police demanding documents. Discriminated against, and in dire need, this tiny community found an unlikely champion: an overseer from a far-flung sugar estate. While on home leave in Scotland, Alex Alexander had heard someone from the Salvation Army preach, and he had an awakening of conscience. Alexander came to believe (Continued on page 24)
Monday May 05, 2014
COFFEE, TEA OR ME TOO? In my Grandmother’s house, we always had three kinds of “tea”. The choices were green tea, coffee tea and cocoa tea. Sometimes, for a treat, we had “milo” tea. Whatever the reason, I preferred “coffee” tea and have maintained that preference ever since. I have now reached the point where I don’t sweat- I percolate and my life’s goal is to amount to a hill of beans. When people call me a “drip” I consider that a compliment. My continuing to drink coffee has nothing to do with some studies that have found
coffee to be an aphrodisiac for middle-aged men. I like the taste and smell, although by the fifth or six cup, I hardly notice. Some studies show that caffeine, the stimulant found in coffee, is addictive. After my tenth cup, that hardly matters. What matters is the headache that comes from not having my morning coffee or from my infrequent efforts to stop drinking the stuff. Tea, which is also heavily loaded with caffeine, is not my cup of anything. Coffee is. So much so in fact that Juan Valdez named his donkey
after me. My wife once tasted a cup of my coffee and said it tasted like mud. However, as I explained to her, it was ground only ten minutes before. Coffee does not keep me awake at nights. It keeps my wife awake worrying about its effects on my health. She is convinced that it is bad for me and that my arteries are as hard as rock stone and are getting as rigid as my determination to continue drinking fresh percolated coffee. When I say it “perks” me up she cites evidence from every health magazine and
Arrival Day Messages Message for Arrival Day 2014 from Madame Deolatchmee Ramotar, First Lady of Guyana I extend greetings to all Guyanese on the occasion of Arrival Day 2014. On the 5th of May each year, a public holiday, we commemorate the arrival of the many peoples who came to our shores. Our history informs us that not all of us came freely and of our own volition. Some of our peoples were forcibly brought here and others were lured by the promise of a better life and opportunities. Many of those who came stayed and made this country their home. Through their contributions and that of their descendants, we have forged a nation out of the many cultural strands of our peoples. Arrival Day is a celebration of a nation carved out of the meetings of many worlds and cultures. Our ancestors came from various parts of the world: Europe, Africa and Asia. Those who
came following the discovery of the New World met the indigenous peoples of our country. Their ancestors too had journeyed to Guyana, thousands of years prior. Arrival Day is a time to celebrate the diversity spawned by the many peoples that came. It is a time to recognize how privileged we are to belong to a nation of so many cultures, each adding richness and value to our national tapestry. Whether you are of African, East Indian, Portuguese, Chinese, European, Amerindian or of mixed descent, Arrival Day should remind you all that every citizen, no matter his or her colour, creed or class is an equal member of our society and should be respected and valued. On this Arrival Day I wish to reiterate an appeal that I have made before for us to
continue to strive for and to promote greater harmony in our relations with one another. Let us work to overcome the barriers of suspicion, hatred and mistrust which are often planted by those who seek to divide us to facilitate our exploitation. Arrival is a historical reality which we all have to accept. How we live with each other, how we relate to one another and the extent to which we promote good relations will be our contribution towards the survival and development of Guyana. I therefore hope that on this Arrival Day, we reaffirm our commitment to improving relations amongst all of our peoples so that Guyana can continue to traverse along the road of peace, unity and progress. Happy Arrival Day to all of Guyana!
People’s Progressive Party (PPP) The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) extends Arrival Day greetings to the people of Guyana and takes this opportunity to call on everyone to use this occasion to reflect on the long and difficult journey we have traversed as a nation over the decades. Guyana as we all know is a transplanted society in which our fore parents with the exception of our indigenous Amerindians were brought to the shores of Guyana to provide cheap labour to the planter class. Whether they came as slaves or as indentured labourers, they all had to endure the indignity of a cruel system which was more concerned with extracting profits from their labour rather than providing them with a life worthy of human existence. Despite the harsh and oppressive nature of the
environment in which they lived, they never gave up on their dreams for a free, progressive and cohesive country in which future generations would one day live in a Guyana where there is unity, freedom and prosperity. The PPP is proud of the fact that it has played a major part in the realization of those dreams. This is why as a political party it has always embraced the principles and ideals of a peaceful, progressive and prosperous Guyana where every Guyanese, regardless of the color of their skin, religious beliefs or political affiliation are provided with an equal opportunity to realize their potential and play their part in the exciting task of nation building. Our society today is richer for our diversity. We now live in a country that is truly blessed with human and
natural resources and it is for us all to combine our talents and skills to propel this country forward to one in which our fore parents would be proud of. This is why there can be no room for complacency in our efforts to build this beautiful country of ours. We have to always strive to preserve our unity and multiculturalism and reject all those who out of narrow partisan agendas want to divide us and put obstacles to the path of development. Once again, congratulations to all Guyanese as we celebrate our arrival to this beautiful country of ours. We have every reason to celebrate. This is why the PPP/C administration has seen it fit to designate May 5 as Arrival Day and enacted Legislation to make this Day a National Holiday in tribute to our fore parents and their offspring.
research study to show that coffee is bad for me. I tell her that I am so healthy that I can tackle any blue mountain that is put before me. Do I get the shakes, nervousness or irregular heartbeats that my wife is convinced will happen? No and I don’t have diabetes either. Recent research has shown that if you drink several cups of coffee every day you are less likely to get Type 2 diabetes than if you drink any of the other beverages. Fortunately I am not like the lady who angrily returned her coffee-maker to the store. Her husband had bought her one of the very fancy ones with all the latest gadgets on it. The salesman had carefully explained how everything worked. He showed her how to plug it in and set the timer. He told her, “Then you can go to bed and when you wake up the coffee is ready.” “So what’s the problem? Is it damaged?” the salesman asked when the lady came back with the coffee-maker. “No,” the lady explained. “It’s working and the coffee is wonderful. What I don’t understand is why I have to go to bed every time I want to make a cup of coffee?” Coffee has now become a very big industry with global franchises making money. It is the “bucks” in Starbucks. It has its own magazines like
“Fresh Cup.” Coffee is now so widely accepted and used that it has legal sanction as a basis for the dissolution of a marriage. A man, who had suffered for years from the terrible coffee his wife made, took the percolator to his lawyer demanding action. Taking one taste and then examining the particles lodged in the filter, the lawyer shook his head in agreement, “Yes,” he said. “You do have grounds for divorce.” Coffee has become a gourmet experience bordering on the decadent. According to Fresh Cup, “It is almost a religious experience to watch the roaster sorting through the cooling tray to remove the culls and broken beans, all the while watching the fire box, listening to the beans and trying to keep cool in front of the blazing, crackling machine…Only then can you introduce the beans. You must watch closely as you approach the second pop, and you must dump the beans at just the right time. Under the watchful eye of the roaster, wood-roasted coffee does indeed pick up the nuances of the wood.” Commenting on different coffees served at a competition, one gourmet
said, “Some were sublimely subtle and elegant in their flavour. Then you had the big symphony orchestra coffees that just blasted you to the other side of the room.” People who just like coffee find great difficulty in the politically correct world where, in Los Angeles, the waiters ask, “Would you like decaffinated or nondecaffinated?” Now it has got even worse. You have a choice of shade grown, bird friendly, eco-OK, fair trade, organically grown and certified organic. You can have cappuccinos and lattes, mochaccinos and espressos to your heart’s detriment if you listen to my wife. Regardless of your preference whether your wife is your coffee mate or not, you can now boldly announce that every cup you drink makes it less likely that you will get Type 2 Diabetes. So, when anyone asks me, “How are you?” I reply with confidence, “Good to the last drop.” * Tony Deyal was last thrown out of the Red Cross for failing the examination. When asked what “CPR” meant he said, “Coffee Perpetually Refreshes.”
GT&T concerns with Telecoms... (From page 10) discuss what we have presented.” He nevertheless assured that after the matter would have been deliberated on at the level of the Select Committee and is placed in the public domain “I can surely then discuss that in more detail...it would be bad in procedure for us to discuss (now) what we presented to the Select Committee.” The Telecommunications Bill, which was first introduced in 2011, was touted as a “major shake-up”
to an industry which has for more than two decades been dominated by GT&T. Once passed, the Bill will pave the way for competition from other companies. Cabinet Secretary, Dr Roger Luncheon, who had first spoken publicly of the Bill, had noted that following the implementation of such legislation the terms and conditions of the agreement that GT&T had signed with the People’s National Congress back in the day will become non-existent. GT&T is currently the
only company licensed to install and operate landlines. It also offers cellular and internet service as well. The company also controls the international calling sector since all international calls have to be routed through their switches. DIGICEL, on the other hand, which has branches in a number of regional territories, has been offering only cellular service across the country. The latter company is however required to route its international calls through GT&T.
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FOR RENT PLANNING AN EVENT? BIRTHDAY PARTY, GRADUATION,WEDDINGS, ANNIVERSARY, ETC. CALL DIAMOND TENTS: 216-1043; 677-6620
One property for sale at Covent Garden Island, EBD – Call: 265-3586
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1 – 2 storey wooden & concrete house with 5 bedrooms, upper flat & lower flat 4 apartments located@ Shell Road, kitty $38.9M – Tel: 642-7898
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Monday May 05, 2014
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Letters... Where your views make the news...Letters... Where your views make the news
Our politicians owe an entire generation Local Govt. Elections DEAR EDITOR, It now has been two decades since we last held Local Government Elections in Guyana. Putting this into an urgent practical context, it means that we have had an entire generation who were born and who grew into adulthood, all while never experiencing the Local Government Elections process as a unique opportunity to become directly involved in their community’s political and civic culture. The effects actually have stretched into yet another generation. For those who were just 17 at the time of the last elections, they are now
at least 37 years old. As individuals who likely are important mentors and role models to younger generations, this generation has never voted in a Local Elections nor has it experienced the often exciting aspects of a local political campaign that can be critical to how communities envision their prospects for progress, growth and prosperity. We are representing a broad section of Guyana’s population who is 37 and younger. So vital is this goal, that all of us have signed this letter, as we begin a mission of advocacy to reverse this disappointing reality that has
lasted far too long in our country. As idealists who see an unprecedentedly exciting future for our country, it boggles our minds that the elected guardians of our democracy have allowed this travesty to go on unresolved. Setting the immediate priority of calling for Local Government Elections does more than just energize the political process. Guyana is in the midst of extraordinary economic promise and we understand the ramifications of letting the local political process atrophy and lose its critical strength. If young people become
hopelessly disconnected, the consequences for the nation could prove costly. If young people know opportunities to connect to their communities do not exist, the local environment could become a feeding ground for negative behaviors that lead to delinquency and a lack of motivation to continue their education. On the other hand, having the experience of an active local political process in which elections become the catalyst for public engagement, young people develop a clearer sense of identity, a positive focus on recognizing their individual merit
ONE DAY, THE POOR WILL HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO EAT BUT THE RICH DEAREDITOR, It has been more than three weeks since the Budget was passed in Parliament but was only assented to in the last hours before the deadline expires. What was he waiting for? Is this how he intends to govern the nation? And why the majority opposition and the masses are allowing a minority government to dictate to them? His actions are clear indications that he and his party do not care about the poor, the elderly and the youths of Guyana. If they do, then the Minister of Finance would have presented a budget that would create jobs for the tens of thousands of youths who are unemployed and are forced to eke out a living through illegal means, including robbery and the sale of illegal drugs. Due to the high cost of living, the Minister should have increased the pensions of senior citizens from $12,500 per month to $15,000 per month and provide a 10 percent across the board wage increase for workers.As the country goes about the painful task of waiting on the minority PPP regime to get anything done, care must be taken as much as possible to protect the poorest and most vulnerable in society. But even as the government takes steps to work on a strategy to develop the economy, there
must also be the cold realization that whatever is done must have as little negative impact as is humanly possible on those 40 percent at the bottom of the economic ladder. The poor are on the brink of starvation. Times are extremely hard for them and it will even get much harder as the economy continues to weaken to the stage where the poor will eventually face hunger and death through starvation. Very soon, the poor will have nothing else to eat but the rich. As much as the nation yearns for tangible and sustained economic growth, it would not come immediately because we have a government that is slow to act on behalf of the poor and the working class but they do act swiftly when distributing the country’s resources to their friends and relatives. And, as they do, the negative effects are likely to be immediately felt by the mass of the population—the 40 percent at the bottom rung of the economic ladder. A country will not develop when more than 40 percent of its people are in extreme poverty. We believe that a regime is playing with dangerous fire when it marginalizes a large section of its population thus leaving them in utter despair and without hope. The poorest,
unemployed and most vulnerable must be made to feel that society and its government cares about them and is acting in their interest. But this is not the case in Guyana where the regime has abandoned the 40 percent at the bottom rung of the economic ladder. Impoverishment, anger, resentment and hopelessness can make for a most poisonous chalice leading to social unrest — which Guyana cannot afford but it will happen sooner rather than later if the government does not stop its practice of marginalization, nepotism and cronyism. We are telling this uncaring and selfish regime that the youths are at a breaking point and they cannot take it anymore. The pressure is building up and there must be an escape valve to release their pressure or else. In that respect we call for a partnership among the Government, the Opposition and Private Sector bodies to join forces and create jobs and thus strengthen the social safety net of our youths. The suggestion is not new. Indeed, we urged such an alliance before but time is running out. This must be done and done urgently. Any government which ignores the plight of poor and the working class is doing so at their own peril.
PPP leaders are modern... From page 4 all PPP leaders seek mandatory medical care for themselves and their family members in the United States and Canada but lecture the rest of the public, as the sitting Minister of Health did to Colwyn Harding to seek local medical care. But the truth remains that Mr. Harding might have been dead today in that death zone called the Georgetown Hospital if he did not seek medical help from Jamaica. The former President spent millions of the taxpayers’ money when he sought medical treatment in Florida for having high fever—a very simple illness. Can anyone in Guyana imagine why the former President chartered a special plane at a cost of over G $7 milliontotakehimtoFloridaforsuch a simple illness that could have be treated in Guyana? This exposes the hypocrisy of the regime,
particularly the Minister of Health, who lectures Guyanese to seek medical care at the Public hospitals when those in the regime seek medical care in the U.S for simple illnesses. The question to ask is why most of the top PPP leaders choose to have their babies born overseas and attend to their medical visits overseas when in their own words Guyana has a proper functional health care system? But as Animal Farm taught us, some pigs think we must do as they say but not do as they do. The PPP leaders really think they are modern day Napoleons from the Animal Farm but the people know differently and do not trust them and will not be kind to them in the next elections. Why do you think they have not called Local Government Elections for almost two decades? Dr. Asquith Rose and Harish Singh
But as the 40 percent at the bottom rung of the economic ladder tried to make ends meet with the little resources at their disposal, there are deliberate attempts by this government to deny them their basic human needs. All this government has done so far is to respond to the needs of their supporters and their wealthy relatives and friends. Their approach is the reverse of “Robin Hood’s” practice that is to take from the poor and give to the rich. In Guyana, 80 percent of the country’s resources is being utilized by 20 percent of the population, most of whom are friends and relatives of the regime. It is often said that people are a nation’s greatest asset. We would suggest that in the case of Guyana that is little more than a useless cliché. Fact is that, this rogue government has adopted a “starve or feed” policy, that is those who do not support them will be denied resources and those who do will receive as much resources as possible. A classic example is that most of the government contracts are dished out to friends and relatives of the ruling party. Experience, qualifications and the character of persons do not matter. And most of the villages with street lights, proper drainage, decent schools and good roads are where their supporters reside. That has to change. Guyana is for all Guyanese irrespective of their party affiliations. Dr. Vincent Nauth Derrick Arjune Asha Balbachan Dr. Devita Khan Aubrey Reteymer Chandra Deollal, Esq Dr. Reginald Watkins Rohit Misir Dr. Terrence Simon Donna Mathoo Noel Moses Harish S. Singh Vicki Rampersaud Guilianna Jacobs Asquith Rose
and worth, and renewed feelings that motivate them to look for ways to be successful. The good news is that many of us in the younger generation have faith in the democratic process and we hope that our elders recognize that Local Governmental Elections are not just for our individual communities but also for keeping Guyana’s democratic prospects as strong and as fruitful as possible. Guyana has moved forward thanks to many whom we know have a healthy appreciation for democracy and what it can accomplish. As a younger generation, we share that same love and respect for these principles. We stand as ready, eager students willing to listen and ready to participate. And, through the process of Local Government Elections, we see wonderful opportunities to gain work experience, skills, and valuable lessons about responsibility and accountability, all of which help our local communities thrive. We believe in our country’s potential for great positive developments even as we sometimes have been disillusioned and disappointed. Our love and hope for Guyana run deep within each and every one of us and we are confident that our elders and leaders believe in our national potential just as strongly. We believe that there is no greater platform for investing in our nation than in carrying forward a compelling vision that improves the lives of all people. Furthermore, it is that compelling vision which can become one of the most powerful magnets for attracting resources and investments which benefit the nation’s economy throughout all communities in Guyana. From the bosoms of our hearts and depths of our conscience, we plead with love for our country and respect for our national heritage in urging our Local Government Minister to please set forth the date and process for Local Government Elections. For Blue CAPS Clinton Urling Chontelle Sewett Sara Bharrat Marissa Lowden Vishnu Doerga Aretha Majeed Marvin Wray Mark Murray Keoma Griffith Krysten Sewett Dmitri Nicholson Troy Edmonson Christine Bennett Christopher Gooding LEARN TO DRIVE Soman Son & Outar Driving School at Maraj BuildingTel:644-5166; 622-2872; 6150964; 689-5997
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Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of... (From page 12) that his mission in life was to help the shipload’s worth of Indians barely scraping by on the streets of Georgetown. He quit the plantation, changed his name to Ghurib Das (“servant of the poor”) and adopted Indian dress and customs. “Coolie Alexander,” as the planters called him, ate no meat, went barefoot and wore a turban along with a scarlet Salvation Army jacket. In 1897, Alexander opened a home and soup kitchen where Indians could get cheap lodgings and three inexpensive meals a day. His coolie shelter was in the same neighborhood as the immigration depot, which sat squat and boxy as a warehouse in the lonely border ground where the Atlantic met the Demerara River, and both met land. On their short walk from the wharves to this depot, where they were processed and assigned to plantations, the immigrants disembarking from The Clyde probably passed Alexander’s shelter. Did these most recent recruits to Guianese plantation society encounter those despised as its rejects? Were there women at the shelter? Did they notice Sujaria walk by, carrying her threeweek old baby? Did she notice them? Who felt more pity for whom? Whether they crossed paths, and how they reacted if they did, can’t be known. Like so much else that’s important, it can only be imagined. Over the next few weeks, The Clyde appeared in fine print in the pages of the colony’s Daily Chronicle. The details presented were bare and mercantile: The ship had brought 300 bales of gunnysacks from India and a box of cigars. When it left four days later, it took 15,958 bags of linseed to the English port of Falmouth. Of the immigrants aboard, all that survives is a census, a mean tally of births and deaths, and a ship’s manifest of everyone who had made it to Guiana. Slightly more had been made of the arrival of the first immigrant ship of the season, The Erne, two weeks earlier. The Daily Chronicle reported on its “exceptionally healthylooking lot” of indentured laborers, including the striking presence of “a giant among the coolies: a great, big, stalwart fellow standing six feet three on his natural heels.” But their correspondent dedicated most of his copy to what he called, in the white-gloved idiom of the parlor room, the fairer sex. “The women, moreover, were pretty and youthful,” he wrote. “Coolie women are in demand here, as … a large number of
vacancies for coolie wives exist; but the difficulty about the shipment is that all the ladies seem to be very much engaged already to their fellow passengers of the male ‘persuasion’. There were very many more men than women on board.” It was like that in the colony, too, and it wasn’t getting any better with the arrival of new recruits. The ship that followed The Clyde to Guiana arrived with a note from the emigration agent in Calcutta. “The collection of emigrants for this vessel,” he wrote, “has been attended with exceptional difficulty, owing to the phenomenal scarcity of women.” It had been a bad year for recruiting women in India. The British government was so hard up that it even tried its hand at matchmaking. Two months before Sujaria’s arrival, the managers of plantations across Guiana had received a memo from the colony’s immigration agentgeneral, A.H. Alexander. It was a plea to spread the word among their coolies that the government would help if
they wanted to import brides from their villages. But only six laborers across the entire colony applied, and three were rejected because they already had wives. The moon was full the first night Sujaria spent in Georgetown. The next afternoon, the Demerara Agricultural Show opened at the Promenade Gardens, with a performance by the Band of the British Guiana Militia. On display was the colony’s harvested wealth: varieties of sugar cane, coffee, rice, plantains. If the newspaper advertisements were accurate, there were electric lights, refreshments and al fresco suppers, all for the price of one shilling. But that genteel world would not be my great-grandmother’s. In her world, one shilling was the value of a human life. It was the amount the government docked from the pay of ship surgeons whenever a coolie died during the crossing. One shilling was also the wage contractually promised to indentured men for a day’s work, though planters habitually broke the
promise through a sleight of hand, measuring a day’s work not in hours but in tasks— ”daily” tasks that could rarely be done in just one day. Women were promised less, twothirds a shilling for a day’s work. This was to be Sujaria’s world. Like the larger world, it did not treat women equally, and it often did not treat immigrants, whatever their gender, justly. But it was also a world where women were the scarcer sex. There were sixty-four women per 100 men on Guiana’s plantations. For the indentured, the problem was more acute, with fortyone women per 100 men.2 To a woman alone, with a newborn to support, what must this world have looked like? What possibilities—and what terror—did it hold? Did Sujaria sense that the shortage of women could have dark implications? How did she weigh her options for
survival? Was there hope of freedom, or power, and what would be the source? Exactly what kind of a new world would this be? If she had turned to the landscape for answers, it might have raised her expectations. The planters had given fanciful names to the sugar estates along the coast, investing them perhaps with their own desires. The train that transported Sujaria to her plantation chugged through Industry, Triumph, Success and Liberty’s Delight.3 I wonder what she made of Bachelor’s Adventure as it came into view? Did anyone tell her that was the name of the village of slave descendants, or translate its meaning for her? What ideas might such a name have given the British overseers, mainly single young men, who had worked there when it was a plantation? Against the usual
expectations, Sujaria reached Paradise before she reached Hope along the coastal railway line. And then, finally, she arrived at a plantation with a less whimsical name. Enmore was christened after the parish in England where its first owner had been born, 150 years earlier. The plantation was among the colony’s largest, as well as one of its most stable and successful. When slavery was abolished, estates across Guiana were abandoned or auctioned, claimed by wild bush or new owners. But Enmore survived for more than a century as the property of one family. With Sujaria, as she descended at its railway station, fifteen miles east of the capital, seven decades after slavery’s end, was the couple she had befriended on The Clyde. (Excerpted with permission from The University of Chicago Press)
Monday May 05, 2014 ARIES (March 21 - April 19): Emotionally, you are at your peak right now. It's a great time to work on old issues that have bothered you in the past and may be holding you back from a brighter future. Do the work! ******************* TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): You are communicating well today -- and even better with romantic partners or family members. Focus on deep relationships and see if you can all come up with some sort of agreement or compromise. ****************** GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): You may get quite a lot done today -- if you can just put aside your doubts and worries. Communication is fraught with tension and ambiguity, but you can pass through it to a place of clarity. ******************** CANCER (June 21 - July 22): Your emotional well-being is quite important, and you should find that you're better able than ever before to keep it healthy. ********************* LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22): Try something totally new today. In fact, go further and drag a friend or family member in with you -- your leadership qualities are perfect to shake someone else out of their rut. It's fun! ******************* VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22): Your best friends are trying to get things back on track, and you can give them
the boost they need to get there. ********************* LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22): Reconnect with your people today -- especially those you were close to until fairly recently. You have a new infusion of emotional energy that should help you rebuild bridges with ease. ********************* SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. 21): Intuition is your most serious asset today, so make the most of it. Your personal energy is growing stronger by the hour, and you definitely need to deploy it before things start to get really crazy. ******************** SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. 21): Even if you have your doubts, you need to go in deep today -- otherwise, things are sure to get weirder and weirder for you as the day progresses. .********************* CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. 19): If you're not sure what to do next, look around and see if you can find a new problem that needs solving. ******************** AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. 18): Try not to push too far -- overreaction is a real possibility, and you may find that your energy is better spent on moving forward than on dwelling on the past. ********************* PISCE S ( F e b . 1 9 March 20): A bright idea pops up in your head today that keeps you focused on the positive aspects of your life.
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Monday May 05, 2014
Move over Jamaica, Sandals Grenada is taking over! Butch Stewart opens LaSource resort, a picture village of storybook proportions Jamaica Observer - The best Sandals hotel in the Caribbean may no longer be Jamaica’s to claim. Last Monday, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart officially opened “the Sandals hotel of the future” — Sandals LaSource Grenada — a picture village of storybook proportions perched on a windswept hill overlooking timeless St George’s, the Grenada capital. “It’s more than a hotel and more than the modern amenities that’s built into it,” Stewart said of his latest masterpiece, at a glitzy opening ceremony in Point Saline on the edge of the capital of the Spice Island. “The attention to detail to ensure the utmost comfort and convenience of the guests sets LaSource apart. The work of the designers, interior designers, and the engineers to achieve that has been nothing short of epic.” To lure Sandals Resorts International (SRI) to Grenada, the former Tillman
Thomas Government dangled a hard-to-resist tax package featuring a 25-year holiday on corporate taxes and a cap on property taxes for a similar 25 years, plus a waiver on all import duties, VAT (value added) and Customs services charges on all capital inputs for the next 25 years. In addition, the acclaimed hotel chain received a waiver on import duties for 25 years and a cap on the VAT for 25 years on room occupancy. At the end of the 25 years, there will be a waiver on the VAT on consumer goods, as well as a waiver of import duties on food, alcohol and other drinks over the next 15 years . “We did it because we recognise the enormous benefit that the presence of Sandals can have and will have for Grenada,” said Finance Minister Nazim Burke. In exchange for the package, Sandals agreed to invest US$100 million in Grenada in three phases starting with US$30 million in
the first phase and an agreement to employ 100 workers, while retaining most of the staff compliment of 225 workers who lost their jobs due to the closure of the then 100-room LaSource which Stewart acquired. Fired up by the warm reception of the Grenadians, Stewart has already spent most of the US$100 million. In phase two, Sandals added 65 rooms to the hotel at a spend of US$25 million, bringing the number to 165 rooms by December 2013 and employment of an additional 225 workers in construction. In phase three, an additional 100 rooms were built at a cost of US$46m, to bring the total capacity of the hotel to 225 rooms and staff complement to about 425 persons. The Grenada fever caught on and spread to Antigua and Barbuda, then Barbados, both of whom have offered similar tax packages for a Beaches resort — in the case of Antigua — and both a Beaches and Sandals
Grenada’s Governor General Dame Cecile LaGrenade and Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell (right) being escorted by SRI Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart to the official launch ceremony for Sandals LaSource Grenada in St George���s, the Grenada capital. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) resorts in Barbados. Sandals resorts in the islands have typically set the wicket for big increases in employment, airlift to the destinations, the state tax take, unprecedented global promotion of the islands using the formidable Sandals machine as well as, investment and stimulation of the economy in general. At Monday’s opening, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, who saluted Opposition Leader Tillman Thomas for signing the initial Memorandum of Understanding with Sandals, announced that Grenada was already experiencing a six per cent increase in Canadian and American visitors, a sizeable jump in airlift and had
inked two five-star hotel deals with more on stream. “We are extremely happy and excited about the prospects that this brand has brought to Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique,” Mitchell said, mentioning the other two islands of the tri-island nation and pitching it as “a fine example of a safe, luxurious and worry-free destination”. Tourism Minister Alexandra Otway-Noel told Stewart: “It’s a miracle that you have made happen and all Grenada thanks you for bringing this magnificent brand to our island.” Stewart, in his address, described the hotel as “an absolute miracle”, noting the smoothness and “lack of fuss”
with which the construction had taken place. “Something that should have taken two years was completed in 10 months,” he told the large gathering of top Grenadian and regional personalities. “Many highly qualified Grenadians who applied for management positions, opted to take much lesser jobs when they didn’t get what they had wanted, just to be a part of the action.” He singled out several individuals who had impacted his decision to invest in Grenada, including leading local hotelier and former president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourist Association Sir Royston Hopkin.
J’can health officials issue alert as Chikungunya virus spreads across C’bean Jamaica Gleaner - The health ministry has issued an urgent appeal to Jamaicans to protect themselves from mosquito bites, as it tries to mitigate an outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases. The appeal comes in the wake of reports of the spread of the Chikungunya virus (CHIK-V), which causes Chikungunya fever, in some countries in the Caribbean. In a release this morning, Director of Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services in the Ministry Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse, said although there have been no reports of the virus in the country, Jamaicans must remain vigilant. She says the health ministry has been, for more than two years, taking the necessary precautionary
Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse measures to stem an outbreak. She says health officials have been trained and the Ministry’s surveillance mechanisms continue to be strengthened. The CHIK-V is a debilitating virus spread by
the aedes aegypti mosquito, which also carries the dengue virus. The mosquito attacks during day-time. The health ministry says symptoms of Chikungunya fever include high fever, headache, muscle pain, joint pain mainly in the limbs and large joints and a rash. It says although the disease does not often result in death, joint pains and stiffness can last for months and even years and may even become a source of chronic pain and disability. Infants and the elderly are at greater risk for more severe disease. People suffering from diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease are also at severe risk. There is no specific treatment for the Chikengunya fever nor is there a vaccine.
Monday May 05, 2014
Kamla Persad-Bissessar: Dana’s death must not be in vain Trinidad Express - Prime Minister Kamla PersadBissessar has issued a statement regarding the murder today of senior Counsel Dana Seetahal. The following is the statement is Persad-Bissessar It is with profound sadness and shock that I learned of the tragic death of a dear friend and colleague, Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal. It is a reprehensible act which has robbed us all of one of our nation’s best and brightest daughters. Even those who never met Dana Seetahal would recognise her through the life she lived and the proud legacy now left. There is an abyss of loss and sadness for this brutal removal of a sister, friend, legal luminary and fearless, independent thinker on national issues. As Prime Minister, I am resolutely committed to meeting the viciousness with which Dana Seetahal’s brilliant life was cut down on the terms she would have wanted and fought so courageously and fearlessly for every day. Dana Seetahal
...This outrageous act of brutality cannot be concluded by mere expressions of regret and sympathy.
Kamla PersadBissessar would have uncompromisingly sought justice and made her voice known. Dana Seetahal would have made her tragedy an impetus and symbol for sweeping changes. Dana Seetahal would have fought with her last breath to ensure justice was served. By our response, let us preserve that legacy. This outrageous act of brutality cannot be concluded by mere expressions of regret and sympathy. I have enjoined with the
Minister of National Security to ensure that every resource of the law enforcement machinery of the state is utilised in relentless pursuit of apprehending those involved in this most dastardly and heinous act. Further, I have convened an emergency meeting of the National Security Council of which I am the Head. Yet, further I have spoken with the Honourable Chief Justice Mr. Ivor Archie and
we have agreed to meet in order to devote urgent attention to necessary reforms in the criminal justice system and security issues connected there with. Dana’s tragic passing brings to an end the work and life of a legal and academic giant whose contributions to our nation were far from complete. The legal profession, and indeed our country and region have lost a truly remarkable
daughter of Trinidad& Tobago. As a lawyer, her success and the high regard she earned from her colleagues were testaments to her determination to boldly uphold and defend the rule of law. As a former Independent Senator, she demonstrated the highest principles and values of independent thinking, grounded in her love and passion for the future of our
country. Dana also served her country and our citizens as a Magistrate, as President of the Law Association, as a State prosecutor, and as Assistant Solicitor General. Indeed, she was also a leading advocate for education and as a Fulbright Scholar and Lecturer at the Hugh Wooding Law School, became a guiding light to many young graduates. She earned a sterling reputation as a leading opinion maker on national issues of law, constitution and criminal justice.
PP Missteps hurting party’s stride for 2015 election Trinidad Guardian - The Government has received a thumbs up for developing and improving the country’s infrastructure and turning the economy around in its four years in office. However, they have failed miserably in providing transparency and accountability, good governance, in the awarding of state contracts, failing to deal with procurement and campaign finance legislation. The missteps, analysts believe, are clouding the strides which the Government is making and will create challenges for them. These were the views of political analysts who spoke about the performance and achievements of the People’s Partnership Government as the party gets set to celebrate its fourth anniversary on May 24. Maukesh Basdeo, who gave
the Government a 7.5 rating out of ten, feels the coalition party has done well in the last 48 months in spite of the challenges it faced. Basdeo tipped his hat to the party for taking the country out of the negative growth following the global financial meltdown in 2008. “This is one area which can be looked at as a positive for the Government.” He also credited Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her team for the infrastructural work undertaken across the country, mainly road-paving exercises, construction of box drains, bridges, and water and electricity connections. On the flip side, Basdeo said, the Government started to lose points when questions were raised in 2011 about the qualifications of Reshmi Ramnarine who was appointed director of the Security Intelligence Agency
Monday May 05, 2014
The CCJ: A symbol of Caribbean ingenuity ...striving towards its vision to provide high quality justice Trinidad Guardian - Since its inauguration in April 2005 by the distinguished Presidents and Prime Ministers of CARICOM member states, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has stood as a symbol of Caribbean ingenuity. It continues to strive towards its vision to provide high quality justice and foster a jurisprudence that is reflective of the history, values and traditions of the region. As articulated in the court’s strategic plan 2013-
2017, the CCJ is committed to attaining and preserving public trust and confidence. To this end, the court welcomes opportunities to engage meaningfully with the people of the region on matters relating to its function and purpose. The court stands as a declaration and representation of the sovereignty and independence of member states of CARICOM. It signifies their attempt to sever the last remaining vestiges of colonial
dependency since it is widely felt that final judicial determination by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (the ‘Privy Council’) is inconsistent with our independence and is an impediment to the development of Caribbean jurisprudence. Former prime minister of Jamaica PJ Patterson aptly questions: ‘Can our sovereignty be complete when the final word on the law as an essential ingredient in the functioning of our State is still the subject
Paul Burke is new PNP General Secretary KINGSTON, Jamaica — Paul Burke was yesterday selected as the new General Secretary for the People’s National Party (PNP). Burke replaces Peter Bunting who had indicated in January that he would be demitting the post. The PNP, in a short release after yesterday’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, said that Burke was nominated by St Andrew South Eastern Member of Parliament, Julian Robinson and Raymond Pryce, MP for North East St Elizabeth. There were no other nominations for the post.
of external decision-making and interpretation by a…court that is not indigenous?’ The importance of regional states having their own final court of appeal has been recognised even by the Privy Councillors themselves. In October 1999 Lord Browne-Wilkinson, former head of the Privy Council, commented: ‘The practice whereby a Court in Downing Street (London) seeks to decide what a country in the Caribbean should or should not do is not proving satisfactory…’ Similarly, Lord Phillips, another former president of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, has stated that ‘in an ideal world former Commonwealth countries— including those in the Caribbean—would stop using the Privy Council and set up their own final courts instead’. At the annual dinner of the T&T Law Association in 2003, Lord Hoffman minced no words in publicly informing his hosts that “a court of your own is necessary if you are going to have the full benefit of what a final court can do to transform society in partnership with the other two branches of government”. Institutional structure of the court In establishing the CCJ, heads of government of CARICOM member states, in their responsibility to
Sir Dennis Byron provide for the human, social, economic and political development of the region, were careful to create an institution worthy of confidence and emulation. They adopted the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC) that enshrines the Court and subsequently agreed to the Agreement Establishing the CCJ (the ‘Agreement’). The agreement is a treaty that binds all the signatory parties. It allowed signatories to enter reservations to the court’s appellate jurisdiction. Neither Jamaica nor T&T, the most populous English speaking states, entered any such reservation. The Governments of the region also created for the court a unique scheme for its funding. Member states agreed that US$100 million should be borrowed and placed in the hands of carefully selected non-government trustees to be invested by them so that the returns from the
Govt. agrees to settle J$1b owed to teachers Jamaica Gleaner - Teachers are to know this week when the Government will complete its payment of some J$1 billion owed to educators. The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) says it will be disclosing the agreed timeline later this week, after it completes formalities with the finance ministry. Restive teachers demanded a meeting last week over the outstanding sum arising from a 2007 re-classification exercise. But Speaking with The Gleaner-Power 106 News Centre yesterday afternoon, JTA President Dr Mark Nicely said the meeting with the finance ministry was positive. The announcement of the payment comes as teachers celebrate education week. Further, Nicely says the JTA will make its expectations for the education minister’s Sectoral Debate presentation known tomorrow. Nicely says there are several trending issues, which need to be addressed by the Minister, including the recommendations to strengthen the controversial Teaching Council Bill. The recommendations were submitted by a committee established by the education ministry to conduct a review the bill. Education Minister Ronald Thwaites will make his contribution to the debate on Wednesday. He is also expected to address the modification of the Code of Regulations in Parliament on Wednesday.
investments could support the operation of the court in perpetuity. The scheme has worked well and within the next year the US$100 million would have been completely repaid. The trust fund today (nine years after the court was inaugurated) stands in the approximate sum of US$100 million. The processes for the selection and appointment of the president and judges of the court are deliberately structured to ensure the highest levels of judicial independence. Judicial vacancies are advertised and appointments are made on the basis of application to and interview and selection by a broad based nongovernmental body—The Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission (RJLSC). Upon recommendation by the RJLSC, the president is appointed by the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM for a nonrenewable term of seven years. There is no requirement that the president should be a member of the Privy Council. The process is entirely transparent and based on merit. The criteria for selection are all set out in the agreement. The CCJ in the region The establishment and continued operation of the CCJ have been supported by member states of CARICOM in many ways. These include the ratification of the RTC and the agreement; the creation and funding of the trust fund; the successful lobbying efforts of T&T to site the court in this country (which efforts were twinned with an assurance by the then Prime Minister that the State would withdraw its proposal to house the court if it did not fulfil its obligations to accede both to the original and appellate jurisdictions of the court); and the provision by T&T of a suitable building and ancillary services for the court in keeping with its host country agreement. This country, its corporate nationals, and some of its attorneys, including Attorney General Ramlogan, have appeared in cases before the court. The court regularly hears appeals from Guyana, Barbados and Belize and the feedback received on the satisfaction of court users has been positive. Only recently the Prime Minister of T&T, the Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, made it clear that it is inevitable that T&T will join the CCJ in its appellate jurisdiction.
Monday May 05, 2014
Pro-Russians storm Odessa police station, PM slams local police ODESSA, Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Russian militants stormed a Ukrainian police station in Odessa yesterday and freed nearly 70 fellow activists as the country’s leaders lamented a police force they said was widely undermined by graft or collaboration with separatists. Militants chanted “We will not forgive!” and “Russia!” as they smashed windows and broke down the gate at the compound two days after over 40 proRussian activists died in a blaze at a building they had occupied after clashes with pro-Kiev groups. Odessa police said 67 activists were allowed to walk free. Some officers were offered the black and orange St. George’s ribbon, a Russian military insignia that has become a symbol of the revolt, and were cheered by the crowd of several hundred. Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, speaking in the Black Sea port, was pointedly critical of the Odessa police: “If the law enforcement system in Odessa had worked not exclusively on the ‘Seventh Kilometre’ and had protected people, then these terrorist organisations would have been foiled,” he said. The Seventh Kilometre is an open market on the edge of Odessa, associated in the popular consciousness with the corruption and black market business that have blighted Ukraine’s 23 years of post-Soviet independence. Addressing hundreds of supporters of the Kiev authorities who gathered near the site of the blaze late
Pro-Ukrainian supporters attend a rally in the central Black Sea port of Odessa May 4, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich yesterday, newly appointed police chief Ivan Katerinchuk promised to bring those behind Friday’s deaths to justice, whatever their allegiance: “Like you, I want to restore law and order to Ukraine,” he said. Friday’s clashes were the deadliest since Moscoworiented president Viktor Yanukovich was forced to flee in February and proRussian militants launched uprisings in the industrial east. They also marked the first serious disorder far to the west of those eastern areas, heralding possible trouble for Kiev. Friday’s deaths occurred after running clashes, involving petrol bombs and gunfire, between supporters and opponents of Moscow on the streets of Odessa, where the majority of people speak Russian. The proRussian activists were
trapped in a building as it burned down. Acting President Oleksander Turchinov said separatists had met resistance in Odessa but that police forces in the eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions, focus of support for pro-Russian militants, were in disarray in the face of rebellion. “In these regions ... there are whole structures working together with the terrorists,” Turchinov said in a television interview, employing the term Kiev applies to anti-Kiev militants who have set up strongpoints in a string of eastern towns. “This is a colossal problem.” Turchinov said Russian special forces were working with success to destabilise Ukraine, helped by “guest stars from Transdniestria” - a breakaway territory in eastern Moldova, 50 km (30 miles) from Odessa, that hosts a
Russian bombers, fighter jets ‘seen over Crimea’
Simferopol (Undefined) (AFP) - Several dozen Russian planes including what appeared to be strategic bombers and fighter jets have been spotted in the sky above the Moscow-controlled peninsula of Crimea, witnesses and experts said. According to Russian media, President Vladimir Putin is poised to visit Crimea on Friday after overseeing the main military parade on Red Square when Russia celebrates its victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. A local aviation expert told AFP yesterday that he had sighted a number of planes over the peninsula’s main city of Simferopol on Saturday, including supersonic heavy strategic bombers and heavy military transport aircraft. The expert, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he had also seen refuelling tankers and MiG-29 jets. Another expert, Alexei Savich, who was shown footage of the aircraft, said a Sukhoi Su-34 fighter jet could be seen among the
planes. He also identified the tankers and military transport planes. Many local residents have also seen the aircraft rumble over the peninsula including in Simferopol and the neighbouring town of Bakhchisarai. “It was a bit scary,” local resident Arzy Khaibulaeva told AFP. “Children were frightened.” She said the planes were flying low and some were seen re-fuelling in mid-air. The Russian defence ministry declined to comment yesterday. Savich suggested that Moscow might be moving “some serious military aircraft” to the peninsula. “Russia is most likely ramping up its military presence on the peninsula,” he told AFP. In March, Putin sent troops to Ukraine’s Russian-speaking peninsula claiming he had to protect the local population after a popular uprising ousted Ukraine’s Moscow-backed president.
Russian military base. NATO commanders have warned that Russia might hope to control a swathe of southern and eastern Ukraine, including the annexed Crimea, all the way to the border with Transdniestria. Outright civil war in
Ukraine and the division of a country the size of France would have serious implications for countries around, not least for Russia and for NATO states bordering it. As rebellion simmered, questions were raised about the ability of the army as well as police to confront insurgents. Police in the eastern port of Mariupol said pro-Russian rebels posing as sympathisers had presented soldiers at a checkpoint with gifts of food. “It turned out that the food contained a substance that induced sleep among the servicemen,” the acting head of Mariupol criminal police department, Alexei Paniotov, said. “After about half an hour, about 20 unidentified people arrived in three cars and, taking advantage of their helpless state, took them prisoner along with four automatic rifles, a grenade launcher, a machinegun and ammunition.” The five soldiers were freed after negotiations. Yatseniuk dismissed
Russian accusations that his government was provoking bloodshed in the east with an operation to restore Kiev’s authority in a series of cities under rebel control. “The process of dialogue had begun, only it was drowned out by the sound of shooting from automatic rifles of Russian production,” he said. There was renewed diplomatic activity yesterday. Russia said it would try to organise talks between Kiev and representatives from the south-east: “It appears that without external help the Kiev authorities are not capable of establishing such a dialogue,” Russian deputy foreign minister Grigory Karasin told Rossiya-24 television. Germany’s foreign minister said he was pressing for a second international conference at Geneva to bring Russia and Ukraine together with the United States and European Union to settle the dispute. Moscow and Kiev accuse each other of wrecking a four-way accord to end the conflict signed at Geneva on April 17.
Nigeria president orders push to free abducted girls Abuja (AFP) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday ordered top security chiefs and officials to secure the safe release of 223 schoolgirls abducted three weeks ago by suspected Islamists, his spokesman said. Gunmen believed to be Boko Haram Islamists stormed the girls’ boarding school on April 14, forcing them from their dormitories onto trucks and driving them into the bush. Anger at the government’s ineffectual response has fuelled protests at home and abroad, including in New York where dozens of Nigerians staged a protest march on Saturday demanding action to free the children. Jonathan held closeddoor talks with military and security service chiefs as well as senior officials, Borno state’s governor and police chief, and the head of the school in Chibok where the
girls were seized, Reuben Abati told reporters. Under pressure over the mass abduction, it was the first time the Nigerian leader brought together all key players involved in the search. “The president has given very clear directives that everything must be done to ensure that these girls must be brought back to safety,” Abati said. Until now Jonathan had only conferred with his security chiefs. Frustrated by the lack of progress, desperate parents on Saturday called for Nigeria to seek foreign help to secure the girls’ release. “By all means, let’s get the support we need from global players,” said a former World Bank vice president, Obiageli Ezekwesili, in an interview in support of the distraught parents. She was speaking at a sitin by dozens of mothers in Abuja, who have vowed to
keep up the pressure until their children are brought home. “What these women are saying is that they want their daughters freed,” she added. Nigerian police on Friday said kidnappers were still holding 223 out of 276 girls seized from the school in the country’s northeast. Officials in Borno state had previously given lower figures on the number being held. Boko Haram’s name translates as “Western education is forbidden”, and it has repeatedly attacked schools during an insurgency aimed at creating a strict Islamic state in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria. The Islamists have set schools on fire, massacred students in their sleep and detonated bombs at university campus churches, but a massive kidnapping specifically targeting girls is unprecedented.
Monday May 05, 2014
CIA, FBI agents ‘advising Ukraine government’: report Berlin (AFP) - Dozens of specialists from the US Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation are advising the Ukrainian government, a German newspaper reported yesterday. Citing unnamed German security sources, Bild am Sonntag said the CIA and FBI agents were helping Kiev end the rebellion in the east of Ukraine and set up a functioning security structure. It said the agents were not directly involved in fighting with pro-Russian militants. “Their activity is limited to the capital Kiev,” the paper said. The FBI agents are also helping the Kiev government fight organised crime, it added.
A group specialised in financial matters is to help trace the wealth of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, according to the report. The interim Kiev government took charge in late February after months of street protests forced the ouster of Kremlin-friendly Yanukovych. Fierce battles between Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russian separatists in the country’s east have left more than 50 people dead in recent days. Last month the White House confirmed that CIA director John Brennan had visited Kiev as part of a routine trip to Europe, in a move condemned by Moscow.
Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams urges calm after release (Reuters) - Northern Ireland police released Gerry Adams from custody yesterday and the Sinn Fein leader sought to calm fears that his four-day detention could destabilise the British province by pledging his support to the peace process. Police arrested Adams on Wednesday over the 1972 murder of Jean McConville, a killing he repeated that he was “innocent of any part” in. His detention had raised tensions among Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government and its fragile peace. After Sinn Fein pointed the finger at “dark forces” in the police service and their Protestant partners in government accused it of a “thuggish attempt” at blackmail, a calm Adams toned down the rhetoric and said he supported the police. “My resolve remains as strong as ever, that is to build the peace, not to let this put us off. It’s our future. The past is the past,” Adams told a news conference attended by about 150 cheering supporters in a hotel in west Belfast. “The old guard which is against change, whether it is in the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) leadership, within elements of Unionism or the far fringes of selfproclaimed, pseudorepublicans, they can’t win.” “I’m an Irish republican. I want to live in a peaceful Ireland. I’ve never dissociated myself from the IRA and I never will but I am glad that I and others have created a peaceful and democratic way forward for everyone. The IRA is gone, finished.” Adams’ arrest over the killing of McConville was among the most significant in Northern Ireland since a 1998 peace deal ended decades of tit-for-tat killings by Irish Catholic nationalists and
Gerry Adams mostly Protestant pro-British loyalists. The Sinn Fein leader, who is a member of parliament in the Irish republic, has been dogged throughout his career by accusations from former IRA fighters that he was involved in its campaign of killings, a charge he has repeatedly denied. McConville, who was accused by the IRA of being an informer for the British, an allegation her family has always denied, was dragged away in front of her children, one of 15 people living in strongly republican areas who were spirited away by the IRA and dumped in unmarked graves. The killing has haunted Adams and has been raised repeatedly in interviews during his transformation from the face of Irish militant nationalism to mild-mannered politician. Police said it would now send a file to the public prosecutor. Under the 1998 Good Friday agreement, which drew a line under 30 years of sectarian strife in the British province, those convicted of paramilitary murders during the conflict would have life sentences reduced to two years.
Adams said he did 33 taped interviews during his time in the Antrim prison and that police offered no evidence against him, only allegations based on a mishmash of decades-old newspaper articles, photographs and the series of taped interviews given by former guerrillas for a research project in the United States that revived the investigation into McConville’s killing. Asked what it was like spending four nights in prison, a stony-faced Adams replied: “It was OK”. He added that the food was inedible and the facility not up to modern standards. He also reiterated Sinn Fein’s belief that his arrest was timed to hurt its chance in European and local elections both sides of the border later this month as the party gains popularity in the Irish republic amid the financial crisis. In a statesmanlike performance, he told the conference broadcast live across Irish and British television that the decision by police to detain him was sending the entirely wrong signal to those who do not want the peace process to work. The arrest was particularly controversial as it raises questions about two cornerstones of the peace deal that has transformed Northern Ireland: the pardoning of militants, and the confidence of all sides in the neutrality of the police. At the heart of the standoff is the fact the 1998 deal had neither a blanket amnesty nor the kind of exhaustive Peace and Reconciliation Commission that lifted the threat of prosecution from South Africans who confessed to apartheid-era crimes.
Monday May 05, 2014
Pierce’s block leads Nets past Raptors 104-103 Toronto (AP) - Slowed by foul trouble and struggling with his shot, Paul Pierce still found a way to come up big for the Brooklyn Nets. And, right when they needed him most. Pierce blocked Kyle Lowry’s shot from the lane on the final play of the game, and the Nets held off the Toronto Raptors 104103 in Game 7 yesterday to advance to the second round of the playoffs. The Nets will begin the conference semifinals at Miami tomorrow, facing the two-time defending NBA champion Heat. Pierce had more fouls (three) than points (none) in the second half, but his only block of the game punctuated a hard-fought series win for the Nets. Leading by one, Brooklyn used its final timeout after failing to inbound the ball. On
the second opportunity, Shaun Livingston tried a lob pass to Pierce, but Terrence Ross got a hand on the ball and then knocked it off Pierce and out of bounds for a turnover. Toronto used a timeout and gave the ball to Lowry, whose driving shot was blocked by Pierce as time expired. Lowry lay prone in the key as the Nets surged onto the court in celebration. Nets coach Jason Kidd said Brooklyn’s defense ‘’bent a little’’ but didn’t break, thanks mostly to Pierce’s clutch play. Brooklyn went 4-0 against Miami in the regular season, but that didn’t mean much to Brooklyn’s Kevin Garnett. Joe Johnson scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Nets. Marcus Thornton scored 17, Garnett had 12 points and 11
rebounds for his first doubledouble of the series, and Deron Williams added 13 points. Amir Johnson fouled out with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto, which trailed by 10 with just over six minutes remaining before storming back and having a chance to win it at the buzzer. Lowry finished with 28 points and DeMar DeRozan 18 for the Raptors, who fell to 0-2 in franchise history when playing in a Game 7. Toronto lost Game 7 of the conference semifinals to Philadelphia in 2001. Brooklyn led 81-73 to begin the fourth quarter, but Toronto cut the deficit to five at 90-85 on a layup by Lowry with 7:21 left. Joe Johnson hit a driving hook shot on the next possession, then followed with a 3, putting the
Dottin Barbados’ Cricketer of the Year
Bridgetown, Barbados Experienced Republic Bank St. Catherine all-rounder Kenroy Williams and Deandra Dottin, the exciting Barbados and West Indies Women’s player, won the top two individual awards at the Barbados Cricket Association’s ceremony for the 2013 season at Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Friday night. Williams, who has also represented Barbados, was named the Most Outstanding Cricketer, which earned him a Trophy and $2500, while Dottin captured the prize for Most Outstanding Female Cricketer, which was worth a Trophy and $1000. The 29-year-old Williams was unquestionably the top all-rounder in the 2013 BCA LIME Elite division championship. Despite not recording a century, he was the only batsman with over 600 runs, having made 608 including seven fifties at an average of 50.66. As an off-spinner, he took 34 wickets (ave: 20.35) to be the fifth highest wicket-taker.( ( Williams’ highest score was 73 - made twice - against ESA Field Pickwick at Bayfield in the first series and Guardian General Barbados Youth at Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden in Round 4. His best bowling figures were five for 51 against CGI Maple at Bayfield in the eighth round. In the Sagicor General Twenty20 tournament, Williams made 207 runs at an average of 34.50. He also represented Barbados in four matches in the regional Super50 championship. Dottin enjoyed a fine 2013
season from the local to the international arena. Representing Angela Harris Tridents in the BCA Iris Walker Twenty20 tournament, she scored 350 runs with two centuries and one fifty at the fantastic strike rate of 193.37 in four matches. Her highest score was an unbeaten 159. In addition, she made 223 runs with one century in three matches in the 40-over competition. Internationally, the 22-year-old Dottin had the honour of becoming the first West Indies Women’s cricketer to play 50 Twenty20 Internationals. She did so in a winning cause by eight wickets against South Africa at Beausejour in St. Lucia in January. All-rounder Dottin marked the occasion by slamming an unbeaten 48 off 30 balls including three fours and three sixes. “It felt special when I was batting out there. I was a little nervous but I quickly settled.
It was a special occasion, with me becoming the first woman from West Indies to play their 50th match, and I was made to feel really good by my team-mates, the fans and the WICB,” she said. Arguably, one of the most explosive hitters in Women’s cricket, Dottin also played a big role in the West Indies reaching the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup in India before losing to Australia. She scored 226 runs (ave: 32.28) including two half-centuries, with a wonderful strike rate of 126.96, along with taking nine wickets with her mediumpace – the most for West Indies – at an average of 12.66 and an economy rate of 4.75. In the tri-nation series involving England and New Zealand in the Caribbean which West Indies won, Dottin made an unbeaten 46 in the final against England at Kensington Oval en route to an aggregate of 156 (ave: 39.00). (bcacricket.org).
Nets up 95-85 with 6:18 remaining. Patrick Patterson, who missed two key free throws late in Toronto’s Game 3 loss, hit a pair from the line with 56 seconds left, bringing the Raptors to within four at 10197. Patterson finished with 16 points. After a missed shot by Pierce, Lowry was fouled and made both free throws, making it 101-99 with 25 seconds remaining. Trying to force a steal, Lowry fouled Williams on the inbound pass. Williams missed the first but made the second, putting the Nets up three at 102-99. After Toronto called a timeout, Lowry drove for a layup to cut it to one at 102-101 with 16 seconds to go. Toronto put Livingston at the foul line and he made both shots, restoring the Nets’ three-point lead, but Ross drove for a layup to cut it to one again with 8 seconds left - setting up the frantic finish. He picked up his fourth and fifth fouls early in the third quarter and Brooklyn led 6755, its biggest lead of the game, after a pair of free throws by Williams at 9:04. But Toronto went on an
Paul Pierce (34) reacts with teammate Andray Blatche, after defeating the Toronto Raptors in Game 7. 8-2 run as the Nets missed eight straight shots before Andray Blatche ended the drought with a dunk. Alan Anderson made a jumper and
Blatche added a layup, restoring Brooklyn’s 12-point edge. DeRozan hit a buzzerbeating 3 to cut it to 81-73 heading to the fourth.
Novice Boxing Championships conclude
Republican Boxing Gym tops rivals; Glenroy Smith and Taseka Howard are best boxers This Republican fighter suffers a TKO at the hands of his GDF opponent.
By Michael Benjamin After years of agitation and commitment, the Guyana Prison Service finally came through and their boxers outshone their Guyana Defence Force nemesis to cart off the Champion Gym trophy when the curtains were drawn on the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) National Novices Boxing Championships at the East Ruimveldt Community Centre Ground, California Square Saturday evening last; the soldiers had to settle for second place. Essequibo Boxing Gym representative, Glenroy Smith, continued his good form of the inaugural night when he stopped Daniel Gibson (GDF) in the first round and then out-pointed Wayne Murray (GDF). The classy pugilist returned to score another first round technical knockout over Mervin Rawlins to clinch the 75kgs title as well as the best boxer award. Taseka Howard of Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) displayed good skill and had the referee stop her fight against Tanesha Dorway in the third round to win the Female 54kg and later adjudged the best female boxer. In all, there were 20 fights with 10 of them finishing inside the distance. In the 49kgs class, Andel Douglas (GDF) forced the referee to halt his bout against Ravinda Bissoodia (Republican Gym) in the first round while in the 52kgs category Dequan Kawall of Republican Gym (RG) won after his fight
against Richard Gordon (RG) was also halted in the 2nd round. Two other Republicans, Stepan Andrews and Delon Naitiram clashed in the 56kgs category and the former boxer prevailed after the referee halted the bout in the 2nd round. Stephan Julian (RG) also defeated his gym mate, Julian DeSilva, forcing the referee to call a halt to their 60kgs contest in round two. Another Republican, Klaus Daniels, maintained the tempo when he caused the referee to halt his 64kgs bout against Kemo Bernard (FYF) in the 3rd stanza moments before Republican boxer, Clifton Graham, scored a first round TKO over Desmond Blair (GDF) to take the 69kgs title. Delon Gordon (RG) maintained the sequence and stopped Quee Brotherson (GDF) in the 3rd round to cart off the honours in the 81kgs category moments before two boxers of the FYF, Akeem August and Kevin DeFraitas opposed each other with the former pugilist carting off the honours on points. The night fittingly ended on a high note for Republican, Eon Fraser, who pummelled his gym mate, John Champayne into submission to win the 91kgs division. The night started on an action packed note when Theo Bumbury (FYF) defeated Calvin Barry of New Opportunity Corp (NOC) to win the juniors 75-80lbs category just before Shaquancy Wright staged a
resurged effort to defeat Shemar Bumbury (FYF) in a toe to toe 85-89lbs affair. Shaquile Simon (PRBG) turned in a spirited display against Kevin Allicock (HEBG) in the 95-9lbs category but it was not enough as the Albouystown youngster matched his grit and determination to prevail on points. Christopher Moore (EBG) then won from his gym mate, Deshon Elcock in the 110114lbs division just before Shane Skeete (HEBG) defeated Johnathon Hunte (FYF) for the 115-119 title after a bruising encounter. Colin Hinds (PRBG) was too good for Samuel Ford (NOC) and pounded out a point’s victory in the 130134lbs division. Two NOC representatives, Andrew Newton and Joel Bess clashed for the 140-149lbs title and the former pugilist went home with the honours after a crowd pleasing affair. In the 150-160lbs division, Stefan Smith proved to be too good for Akeem Mounter while in the Youth category Junior Henry (FYF) prevailed over HEBG representative, Tefon Green. Dewani Lampkin (FYF) and Javaad Richards (HEBG) pounded each other for three rounds but in the end of the action packed contest, Lampkin emerged victorious. The tournament was organized by the Guyana Boxing Association with support from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport and the National Sports Commission.
Monday May 05, 2014
Floyd Mayweather outpoints Maidana to remain unbeaten Floyd Mayweather outpointed a game Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas to unify the welterweight division and remain unbeaten in 46 professional fights. Mayweather, who is now the WBC and WBA champion, was the red hot favourite but Maidana showed tremendous commitment and dominated the early exchanges. But having weathered the Argentine’s thunderous start, American Mayweather assumed control in the middle rounds. One judge scored the fight 114-114, the other two 117-111 and 116-112. “It was a tough, competitive fight,’’ said the 37-year-old Mayweather, who has now only stopped one opponent in seven years. “I normally like to go out there and box and move. But he put pressure on me. I wanted to give the fans what they wanted to see so I stood and fought him. “I couldn’t see for two rounds after the (accidental) head butt (in round four). After I could see again it didn’t bother me. That’s what champions do, they survive and adjust.” Maidana, who hit Mayweather with more punches than anyone before, called for a rematch, saying: “I won the fight. He didn’t fight like a man. He never hurt me with a punch, he wasn’t that tough.” While judge Michael Pernick’s card made it a majority rather than a unanimous decision, his verdict seemed greatly at odds with what had transpired. And while Maidana insisted he had been cheated, five-weight world champion Mayweather was in a different class for most of the contest, landing with 54% of punches thrown. The 30-year-old Maidana, who was outpointed by
Khan outclass Collazo Britain’s Amir Khan in 2010, started like a train, assailing Mayweather with a salvo of chopping right hands in the opening round and landing with some of them. Mayweather found his range in the second, landing with a couple of cute right hands and sneaky left hooks as Maidana continued to march forward. Maidana had Mayweather on the ropes again in the third and while the American was making most of his rival’s punches miss, the Argentine was having some success to the body. The roughhouse Maidana opened up a cut over Mayweather’s right eye in the fourth, although it might have been caused by an accidental clash of heads rather than his fists. And while Mayweather landed with a spiteful uppercut towards the end of the round, Maidana could well have edged it on superior workrate. Mayweather looked rattled on his stool before the start of the fifth, complaining that he was unable to see because of blood trickling into his right eye. And Maidana landed with a wicked right midway through the fifth as Mayweather continued to look strangely confounded. However, Mayweather landed with some classy shots in round six, including a wicked right uppercut and a peach of a right cross. And round seven was confirmation that the tide had turned for good, with Maidana showing less intensity and Mayweather landing with some crisp shots. Maidana found a second wind in the eighth, roughing
his rival up on the ropes and possibly trumping Mayweather’s classier, but less frequent, shots on the counter. Mayweather finished the ninth round strongly, snapping Maidana’s head back with a couple of overhand rights and stopping him in his tracks with a right to the body. Maidana showed real signs of tiredness in the 10th and Mayweather took advantage, strafing his opponent with looping rights to the head and body and he continued to land the cleaner shots in the penultimate round as Maidana’s work began to look a little desperate. Maidana came on strong in the final round but Mayweather had already done more than enough to win the fight. Maidana, meanwhile, has 35 wins and four losses from 39 pro fights and remains a major player in and around the 147lb division. Mayweather, who earned $32m (£19m) for his latest contest, has three fights left on his contract with American television network Showtime and will fight next in September. That probably rules out Khan - who outclassed Luis Collazo on the undercard - whose Muslim faith means he will only finish the fasting period of Ramadan in late July. On the undercard, Adrien Broner bounced back from his defeat by Maidana last December with a unanimous point’s victory over fellow American Carlos Molina. The win for the 24-yearold, who has 28 wins and one defeat from 30 fights, puts him back in the frame as a future Mayweather opponent.
ON TOP: Mayweather turned the screw during the middle rounds but was not given an easy ride.
Monday May 05, 2014
GCA/Brainstreet Under-15 tourney
TSC win Cup final in tense finish; GNIC are league champs
The victorious Transport Sports Club team Transport Sports Club (TSC) defeated Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) by five wickets to win the final of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA)/ Brainstreet 50 overs Under15 tournament at the Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) ground, Thomas Lands on Saturday last. Chasing a target of 177 for victory, TSC reached home with two balls to spare. GNIC elected to bat and were all out for 176 in 43 overs. Joshua Persaud and Christopher Campbell added 59 for the second wicket after
Kurt Lovell (09) went early. After Persaud was dismissed for 36 and Campbell for 25, Paul Thomas who also made 36 and Haifa Walters (21) put together 62 for the fourth wicket to steady their innings, but after they were separated the rest of the batting failed to offer support. Off-spinner Joel Spooner grabbed 3-19, medium pacers Mark Baptist 2-25, Anthony Antonio 2-25 and Colin Barlow 2-30. TSC replied with 177-6. The match looked destined to end in defeat for TSC when they slipped to 135-5 in 43 overs, but a
levelheaded sixth-wicket partnership between Mark Baptise and Joel Spooner revived the chase. Baptise was left unbeaten on 27, while Spooner was not out on 13. Earlier, man-of-the-match, Colin Barlow top scored with 35 while Anthony Antonio supported with 24, Mark Ramsammy, 19, Adrian Hinds, 17 and Daniel Scott 14. TSC collected the winning trophy and $50,000, while GNIC received a trophy and $35,000. Meanwhile, GNIC won the League phase of the tournament, playing
unbeaten throughout. They received $50,000 and a trophy, while DCC ‘A’ team pocketed $35,000 and the runner’s up prize. GNIC’s Joshua Persaud was voted the Most Valuable Player (MVP) during the League phase. He also won the awards for scoring the most runs (414) and the highest individual score of 142. The award for the best bowling performance when to Dwayne Dick of GNIC with figures of 5-12 while Sese Norville of MSC won the accolade for the most wickets, 21.
Guinness ‘Greatest of de Streets’ Futsal Competition
Eagles edge Retrieve Unknowns to grab second title; Scheme end third Eagles took full advantage of a moment of fortune and withstood a barrage of threatening raids from Retrieve Unknowns to cart off the top prize and one year bragging rights when the final of the Linden segment of the Guinness ‘Greatest of de Streets’ Futsal competition ended on Saturday night at the Mackenzie Bus Park. Played before a capacity crowd that was in the midst of the Linden Town Week celebrations and a large section of the community in a festive mood, Eagles Renna Chester fortuitous goal which occurred in the 7th minute of play was enough to hand them the first prize of $400,000 and a place in the national playoffs scheduled to be played sometime in June. It came when a Retrieve Unknowns defender attempted to clear the ball from their goal area, but instead fired his shot on to Chester only to see the ball rebound and head into the goal. It was a disappointing result in a game that produced fireworks from the first whistle as both teams exhibited clever skills and offence oriented tactics. Both teams attacked with menace, but robust defending and the fear of a swift counter attack kept the contest on a knife’s edge. When the half
Parker leads Spurs past Mavs in Game 7 San Antonia (AP) - Tony Parker scored 32 points and the San Antonio Spurs led by as many as 31 on their way to 119-96 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, closing out a tense firstround series yesterday in seven games. Manu Ginobili scored 20 points, Danny Green added 16 points and Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard had 15 points apiece for San Antonio. The Spurs advance to face the fifthseeded Portland Trail Blazers, who upset the Houston Rockets in a sixgame series. Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead Dallas. Last season ended for the Spurs with a Game 7 loss in the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. Facing a much earlier end, San Antonio rode a raucous home crowd and overwhelmed Dallas in the deciding game of a physical series. There were two technical fouls and two flagrant fouls in Game 7 and two more flagrants reversed upon review. Parker was assessed a technical with 31.6 second left in the first quarter after making a layup on and jawing with
former teammate DeJuan Blair as the two ran down the court. They have been talking smack to each other all series and Parker was clearly frustrated with the hard fouls committed by Blair on his drives earlier in the series. Blair was later assessed a flagrant foul for elbowing Ginobili in the face on a drive. After the foul, Blair stared down San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, who was screaming at officials over the severity of the foul. The flagrant foul energized the Spurs, who went on a 14-2 run to take a 51-27 lead with 8 minutes remaining in the first half. Duncan dove into the Mavericks bench during that run to save a loose ball and start a fast break. Later, Vince Carter tackled Ginobili in the lane three minutes into the second quarter. The play was initially ruled a flagrant foul but was reversed when reviews showed Carter was trying to hold Ginobili up as both tumbled out of bounds. San Antonio never led by less than 14 points in the second half.
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) drives against Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris (right)
time whistle sounded there was no change to the scoreline as Eagles clung tenaciously to their 1-0 advantage. In the second period, Retrieve Unknowns came out aggressively in search of the equalizer and enjoyed a few moments where it seemed like it was only a matter of time before they got it, but once again Eagles just as they had done in the inaugural tournament when they defeated the same opposition refused to wilt under the constant pressure. With time running out, Retrieve Unknowns pressed desperately for the goal to level the match and could have conceded more goals had it not been for streaks of luck with the long ball landing most times agonizingly just outside the uprights with no defender in sight. The final whistle eventually sounded to hand Eagles their second title since the concept was introduced to the Mining Town. Retrieve Unknowns for their effort was rewarded with the $200,000 runner-up prize along with a spot in the national finals. Earlier, Scheme beat Amazings 3-1 on penalty kicks after full time ended with the scores leveled at 1-1to earn themselves $100,000. All the teams received trophies. Meanwhile, Guinness Brand Manager Lee Baptiste in short comments said he was satisfied with the organisation of the tournament and fans could now look forward to the commencement of the East Coast Demerara edition which is set to start shortly, before the national finals to determine which team will represent Guyana at the Caribbean Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago in June.
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DE VILLIERS BLITZ DOWNS SUNRISERS Steyn who? AB de Villiers plays an outrageous shot to despatch Dale Steyn to the third tier.
Royal Challengers Bangalore possess the most power-packed batting line-up in the IPL. They hadn’t fired in the UAE leg of the tournament, but now they were back in their natural habitat at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, home to one of the best batting decks and some of the shortest boundaries in the world. At the toss Virat Kohli said his team knew the venue intimately, and he backed his batsmen to chase any target. Yesterday, against Sunrisers Hyderabad, they had to chase 156. No team chasing 156 or less had ever lost here. Royal Challengers came close to doing that. They lost Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli in the second over of their innings, and they lost Chris Gayle a little while after. Rilee Rossouw, sent in to bat at 6 for 2 on his IPL debut, was out after scoring 14 off 23. Yuvraj Singh then went for 14 off 16. Royal
Challengers needed 61 from 33, and they were sinking. But they still had AB de Villiers. A de Villiers who was getting down on one knee and launching anything remotely full over the straight boundary. When Yuvraj went, de Villiers was on 33 from 19, and had already struck three sixes. Two more sixes and a four came off the next over, bowled by Darren Sammy, but Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar Kumar pulled things back by conceding just 12 from the 17th and 18th. On came Steyn again, with figures of 0 for 16 in three overs. Royal Challengers needed 28 from 12, and de Villiers was on strike. The first ball, a slower ball, disappeared over deep square leg. The next went straight over the sightscreen. There are times when a batsman is simply seeing it too well and there was nothing Steyn could do to stop de
Meten-Meer-Zorg beat Cornelia Ida by 3 wickets Meten-Meer-Zorg West defeated host Cornelia Ida by three wickets when the West Demerara United Cricket League/ Bharakat Brothers and Odyssey Transport Service T20 tournament continued recently. Cornelia Ida batted first and scored 121-6 with Richie Looknauth scoring 32 and Amir Mohamed 30 not out. Vinod Rajkumar took 2-29. Meten Meer Zorg West reached their target in 19 overs, losing 7 wickets along the way. Zahir Haniff scored an unbeaten 32.
Regal through to Open... From page 37 Greg De France 75. Enterprise Legends were skittled for 46 in 9 overs in reply. Wayne Jones claimed 3-20. In the open division, Speed Boat hammered Karibee Boyz by 185 runs. Speed Boat took first strike and scored 363-3 in 20 overs. Greg Singh belted 205 (7x4 28x6) and Wazir Hussain made 34; Imran Hussain took 2-48. Karibee Boyz replied with 178 all out in 15.1 overs. J. Mohamed slammed 80. Shazim Hussain picked up 412, Arvin Seepersaud 2-43 and Peter Alleyne 2-43. The competition concludes today at Everest.
Villiers. Two years ago, de Villiers had taken 23 runs off a Steyn over at the same ground. It became 23 for the over once again when de Villiers walked across his crease and scooped the last ball over the fine leg boundary and into the second tier of the stands. Steyn applauded. It was that kind of shot. After de Villiers made the winning hit in the next over, swiping Irfan Pathan to the midwicket boundary, Steyn went up to the batsman and embraced him. It was that kind of innings. Until de Villiers intervened, the match had been short of such typically Bangalorean happenings. After losing two early wickets, Sunrisers took their time to get going, with Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner going at under seven an over during their partnership of 62. Part of this was down to some tight bowling from the home team, with Yuzvendra Chahal proving particularly hard to get away. He slid the ball across the two lefthanders, Dhawan and Warner, took care not to drop the ball into their hitting zones, and bowled a lot of googlies. Chahal went for 13 in his last over, with Warner finally managing to get him away, but till then, his spell had asked uncomfortable questions of the theory that legspinners can’t bowl to lefthanders in Twenty20 cricket. Karn Sharma did more of the same when Royal Challengers batted, dismissing Gayle, Rossouw and Yuvraj - three lefthanders - while going for just 17 in his four overs. Still, Sunrisers were probably right to have left out Amit Mishra, considering the pitch, the opposition, his own form, and the slower pace at which he bowls. When Chahal finished his spell, Sunrisers were 106 for 3 after 15. Despite losing Darren Sammy in the next over, they added 49 in the last five, with Warner profiting from a spate of full-tosses from Ashok Dinda in the 18th. It still seemed like they hadn’t put enough on the board, considering the venue and their opponents, and in the end Royal Challengers simply had one world-class batsman too many. Royal Challengers Bangalore 158 for 6 (de Villiers 89*, Karn Sharma 317) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 155 for 6 (Warner 61) by four wickets.
Monday May 05, 2014
Stag Beer / EBFA Division One League
Herstelling FC and Soesdyke Falcons seal exciting wins in latest play
John Gordon (right) and Kelcie Benson Herstelling Football Club romped to the biggest win of their still young career when they turned back the challenge of Mocha Champs 3-2 to also record their first points in the ongoing Stag Beer sponsored, East Bank Football Association division one league which continued yesterday at the Grove Playfield, East bank Demerara. Opening action saw Soesdyke Falcons toppling seasoned campaigners and old rivals Timehri Panthers 20 in a solid performance from the young Falcons. While Soesdyke scored either side of play to seal their three points which places them on 12 points the same as Timehri but with a better goal difference, the Herstelling / Mocha matchup saw end to end action from start to finish. Kelcie Benson opened the scoring for Soesdyke from the penalty spot in the 9th minute and that strike proved to be solid as the golden uniforms they Soesdyke side were wearing. Both sides tried Latest Points Standings Teams P Grove 6 Agricola 5 Sosedyke 6 Timehri 6 Kuru Kururu 6 Diamond 5 Herstelling 6 Mocha 6
their utmost to gain control even as the leaders held on to their slim advantage. But as the game progressed, Soesdyke were not in the mood to leave the score line hanging and netted their insurance goal in the 70th minute, this time by John Gordon. Herstelling, like Soesdyke, took the lead in their game against Mocha from the penalty spot, their inspirational player/coach, Devon Winter doing the honours five minutes into the game, the goal added energy into the Hertselling side. The momentum was in their favour and they made it 2-0 in the 21st minute through a Damion Bacchus strike much to the delight of his teammates. It was the first time in the league that Hertstelling were riding this high having conceded 31 goals before whilst only scoring one; they suddenly found scoring form. But Mocha, once a powerhouse team on the East Bank, aiming to regain that W 5 4 4 4 3 1 1 0
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status, pulled one back in the 24th minute when Quacy Joseph blasted the nets. The break came with the score unchanged and Herstelling in the ascendency. Anticipation was rife in both camps for the second half and so it was. Jermaine Thumbler drew Mocha Level in the 60th minute and the game was now even at 2-2. Adrenalin still pumping high on both sides meant that the action did not slow down and against the odds, Herstelling pulled one out of the bag that handed them the lead again, albeit, in unusual circumstances. It was an own goal in the 67th minute that was scored by Mocha’s Shaquille Clement, heartache for Mocha but joy for Herstelling. They held on to the lead and when the final whistle sounded it was joy for Herstelling and anguish for Mocha, still without a point and now at the bottom of the table. More action is set for this Sunday. GA 6 3 12 5 13 7 33 15
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Sir Viv hails effort of ageless... From page 35 centuries as well as those misplaced accusations of hypochondria. The dignified batsman has been above the unseemly player squabbles with the West Indies Cricket Board and has excelled as the Windies’ elder statesman. His Test average rose in the wake of Lara’s retirement in 2007, from 44.60 in 101 Tests to almost 70 in the subsequent 52, and he has surreptitiously etched his name alongside the all-time greats. It is with an uncanny similarity to a
Chanderpaul innings that he has pulled and swiped his way to the top. Even if one were to settle for the lesser notion of Chanderpaul as the finest West Indian number six, he still deserves to be lauded in an era when the West Indies, for various reasons, seem incapable of producing Test and first-class players. Chris Gayle to Kieron Pollard are garnering numerous headlines in Twenty20 cricket, and rightly so. Those who value the West Indies as a Test side beyond limited overs cricket may well cherish Chanderpaul above the more illustrious lights. (The Voice)