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Traffic congestion and genuine engagement Earlier this week, it was reported that several thoroughfares in the city will soon be designated as oneway streets to aid in reducing traffic congestion. The Home Affairs Minister revealed that Cabinet had examined a presentation from the National Commission on Law and Order on the question of one-way streets. In his statement, there was a noteworthy pledge that is worth repeating for the sake of possible future reference. “We would of course have to lay out the plan to make it public, and we would of course have to engage in discussions and consultations with many other stakeholders, as well as residents in various parts of the city where we intend to establish this network of one-way streets. This is another innovative way that we will be implementing to address the traffic congestion in the city of Georgetown…” A considerable increase in vehicles would obviously have prompted the authorities to consider remedial action. The traffic situation, particularly during peak periods, has for years been somewhat unmanageable, and this has not only been because of poor planning but also the culture of non-adherence to the laws by drivers and pedestrians, and the facilitation of lawlessness by many uncaring, if not corrupt traffic ranks. The confluence of those issues creates the dilemma. Planning is certainly within the authorities’ control, but there must be a commitment to listen to all and sundry (thus our highlighting of the aforementioned pledge) if meaningful progress is to be made. The promise to involve “many other stakeholders, as well as residents in various parts of the city” sounds encouraging, and we would like to believe that this would be the case. But there is caution, given past experiences. The well laid-out ward of Queenstown is a perfect example. There are very few people who could state assuredly that they know all the current one-way arrangements in that section of the city, or more to the point, make sense of what exists. For instance, there has never been an explanation as to why one of the least traversed and populated areas, the northernmost block of Peter Rose Street (between Anira and Lamaha Streets), needed to be made a one-way. Speculation suggests the unexplainable, and it is hoped that the opportunity will be used to rectify this ludicrous decision. With respect to the rest of the ward, the maze of madness has contributed to needless uncertainty and accidents. It’s 50-50 at most of the intersections. This should not be. There aren’t enough clear signs/indicators to remove doubt, and of course, assuming right-of-way is unwise. The name changes to sections of each thoroughfare over the years have added to the adventure. The streets of Georgetown are relatively small, thus there is need for a thorough and coherent strategy to address congestion, primarily in the commercial zones. A random assessment of the situation would reveal that much needs to be done. The discussions could probably be kick-started with the following observations: Camp Street including Camp Road (specifically from Norton Street to Carifesta Avenue) is arguably the busiest vein between North and South. There must be police supervision for every block, including those with traffic lights, to facilitate a smooth flow. It is mayhem from South Road to Middle Street along that thoroughfare. Indiscriminate parking must be addressed in that particular section, as well as haphazard crossing by pedestrians. With respect to West-East movement, more can be done with Robb Street (from Water Street to Alexander Street). This roadway can significantly ease Regent Street, but once again, parking presents problems. On holidays and weekends, one is able to appreciate the true size of Robb Street. Through disorder, its value has unfortunately been diminished.We do hope that the authorities genuinely engage everyone in the very important process of easing traffic congestion in the city.
Friday November 08, 2013
Letters... Where your views make the news
Not a cent to GINA until it reports the affairs of the nation impartially DEAR EDITOR, I had promised myself not to answer any letters since it is difficult to maintain reason and restraint when faced with the utter stupidity some of them contain. I had in fact sought to limit my input to the letter columns to offer analysis of national issues, GuySuCo and the Broadcast Authority etc. rather than respond to letters. Sometimes it’s not possible. There is a letter in the Kaieteur News of 6th November from Mahendra Hariraj. Surely not the name of the person writing! Since no self-respecting person would put his own name to the diatribe contained in this l e t t e r. H e m a k e s t h e following points: a. That Granger has declared that he is preparing to cut the subventions for National Communications Network [NCN] and the Government Information News Agency [GINA]. b. That these media outlets should be operating as public entities safeguarded by the democratic constitution of Guyana and not under political constraints. c. That Granger is prepared to cut regardless of
circumstances. d. That he wants Granger to say what it is about NCN and GINA that Mr. Granger would like to see changed. e. That precedence must be granted to government entities, f. That all of this cutting reinforces the division it inflicts on the nation! Editor, I cannot possibly go through the entire orgasm of nonsense written by this writer and not throw up. So let me respond to the points above. a. I want the subventions for NCN to stop. The subvention to NCN establishes an unfair competition with private broadcasters in this country, since having received the subvention NCN continues to compete with them unfairly in the local small marketplace for advertising. This violates the constitution itself since it establishes inequality and offends article 149 of our constitution. b. This writer is confusing NCN’s function with that of GINA or perhaps the agenda of both are indeed the same i.e. to take the taxpayers of this country’s money, the majority of who did not vote for the PPP, and saturate our minds and the
minds of our young with the propaganda of this minority government ad nauseum. So it is the position of this letter writer that the Guyanese people, who are supplying the money for the subventions, must allow a minority government to express their views exclusively whilst at the same time suppress the views of the opposition, since the operation of GINA and NCN does not allow opposition views. In fact, the two entities are used to ridicule and criticise the opposition which does not even have the right to reply on either NCN or GINA. And their views are practically never seen there. Until and unless GINA operates in a manner to report the affairs of the nation impartially and fairly, I would not give them a cent and I am saying that I would not give them one cent, even if Mr. Granger changes his mind later. c . E x a c t l y. C u t , regardless of circumstances. d. I have made it plain before, I want to see NCN treated in one of three ways 1. Close down. 2. Take the subvention and remove itself from the marketplace competing with the private broadcasters
unconstitutionally. Or 3. No subvention and compete fairly with the local private broadcasters. And these are the wishes of the private broadcasters who support Mr. Granger. As Far as GINA is concerned, since the opposition now holds the majority of the seats in parliament, I would like to see representation on the board which administers it, in keeping with the seats in parliament. e. Precedence must be granted to Government entities in keeping with democratic principles, I won’t argue with that, but to put the views of a minority government to the people of Guyana in the state owned media, to the complete exclusion of the opposition who now holds the majority of the seats in the National Assembly where the money comes from, is illiterate and in keeping with the rest of this letter. f. What is dividing us, is the total disregard for the majority of the people in this nation who did not vote for the PPP in the last election, and is doing its very best to operate as if it’s business as usual, when in fact it is not. Tony Vieira
Abolish these duty-free concessions for the ‘fat cats’ DEAR EDITOR, According to the saying, “There is no good tax,” and as much as we hate paying taxes, we must face the fact that taxes are necessary to fund social, infrastructural and other developmental projects which benefit all of us. As such, all patriotic Guyanese have an obligation
to contribute by paying our fair share of taxes. The problem is, most ordinary citizens are forced to bear the burden of taxes while the political fat cats and their wealthy friends are given a free pass. This is unfair and often illegal. The working class in Guyana is generally
GPL refuses to correct this dangerous situation DEAR EDITOR, For the past 10 years now, G.P.L. office at Anna Regina, in Region Two has been neglecting to correct the faulty situation of a live wire in a dangerous position running across my yard with a two flat building used for residential and business purposes at Suddie Housing Scheme. The wire stretches for some 40 metres from a roadside post and is connected to the eastern side
of a neighbour’s residence with a portion lying on my toilet shed. Prevention is always better than cure and too late the cry shall be when something serious, since anyone mistakenly making contact will obliviously be electrocuted. During this period, I visited the office no less than 20 times wasting travelling money and precious time for corrective measures to be (Continued on page 31)
underpaid and struggling to make ends meet, yet they are faced with an overwhelming tax burden, making it impossible for many to escape the clutches of poverty. Meanwhile, politicians and their friends, who earn millions and receive millions more in contracts and kickbacks, simply do not pay their share. This cannot be allowed to continue: we must all be treated equally under the law. Politicians must not be allowed to get away with non-payment of taxes in addition to getting
duty free concessions on their luxury vehicles while ordinary Guyanese are suffering to make ends meet. I intend to run for Mayor of Georgetown and I fully intend to do my part by paying taxes. Moreover, I refuse to be a part of the duty free concession racket once I assume office. I wish that other politicians would follow my lead and play their part in national development instead of riding the breaking backs of the working poor. Mark A. Benschop Independent Party
Why all the fuss over this golden cup? DEAR EDITOR, As a little boy growing up I watched the movie - The Ten Commandments several times. One of the scenes I remember is Moses returning from the mountains when he found the people partying and
worshiping idols especially the calf made of gold. I now read the newspaper article about all the fuss over the Golden FIFA World Cup Trophy and I ask myself – what is the world coming to? D. Charles
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Letters... Where your views make the news Letters... Where your views make the news
Mr. Granger is acting as the PPP/C wants him to DEAR EDITOR, The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (Amendment) Bill, currently the subject of intense speculation and national debate, was being considered by a Select Committee prior to the National Assembly proceeding on its two months recess. Despite the urgency that the Bill be passed into law to prevent Guyana being deemed as non-compliant with its international obligation, no work was done by the Select Committee for the entire ten weeks or so from the recess date. We have since learnt that shortly after the Select Committee’s resumption, at a meeting which none of the opposition members could attend, lead PPP/C member Ms. Gail Teixeira, Chairperson, abruptly terminated consideration of the Bill and brought the Committee to an end. Her action deprived not only the opposition MP’s but also members of the public the opportunity to appear before the Committee to present their views.
She will now be presenting the Bill to the National Assembly with recommendations that it be passed with all its several and serious flaws on which b o t h of us have written publicly, and one of us made written submissions to the Select Committees of the original 2009 Bill and the Amendment Bill. It is against this background that we express our dismay over a statement attributed to Mr. David Granger in which he distanced himself from the public commitment of the AFC that essentially states that that party would not support the Bill unless the constitutionally mandated Public Procurement Commission is established. Mr. Granger states that he sees no nexus between the two. Fundamentally we find it regrettable that after so many months considering this Bill, the Leader of the Opposition could not bring the opposition parties to find common ground in addressing the Bill, or indeed a legislative agenda that serves the national interest.
On November 28, 2011 the people elected them to the National Assembly to make laws as well as oppose any bad laws proposed by the ruling Party. We are not the first to call on these parties and their leaders to get their act together. We share Mr. Granger’s interest in having a proper anti-money laundering Bill that will work to stamp out money laundering. Where we disagree strongly with him is that there is no nexus in the elements of a meaningful national legislative programme. In taking such an approach, Mr. Granger is acting as the PPP/C wants him to. It is more than twelve years since the Guyana Constitution mandated a Procurement Commission; a Local Government Commission; legislation to set a fair mechanism to allocate resources among the regions; and a Public Service Appellate Tribunal to protect the interest of public servants. It is years since we last had an Ombudsman, the defender of the interest of the poor. To call for these immediately is not petty
politics but the essence of our democracy and responsible and responsive leadership. We therefore believe that it is entirely unacceptable that the Leader of the Opposition should act in any way that gives support to the PPP/C’s belief that they are free to decide those of our constitutional rights we will enjoy and those which we will not; whether the National Assembly will function as it was intended to do or merely to serve the interests of the PPP/C; which Bills will be properly considered by Select Committees and those which will not; those Bills the President chooses arbitrarily not to give his assent to and those to which he will; if and when we will have local government elections, a Procurement Commission and an Ombudsman; and which projects will be passed through the National Budget and which will be diverted through NICIL. Two years into this new Parliament is more than enough time for these fundamental questions to have been resolved. With or without the Anti-
Money Laundering Amendment Bill, the matters referred to above are vital to our democracy and are linked in our constitution. Mr. Granger must therefore resist any attempt by the Government, the PSC or the diplomatic community to designate these as secondary issues. We fear the consequences of not having the democratic and governance structures much more than we fear the consequences of a delay in passing the amendments.
We believe that the consideration of the AntiMoney Laundering Amendment Bill which the Government and the PPP/C are now rushing to pass presents the ideal opportunity to deal with this unacceptable state of affairs. It is for these reasons that we propose that the Opposition Parties demand action on these critical issues as a necessary precondition for even agreeing to discuss the Bill and the Principal Act. Ramon Gaskin Christopher Ram
Friday November 08, 2013
Anti Money Laundering Legislation…
Guyana faces certain blacklisting as opposition rejects Bill Guyana faces certain blacklisting by the Caribbean Financial Action Taskforce (CFATF) when it comes up for review in two weeks’ time, given that the amendments to the Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Bill were rejected by the political opposition last evening in Parliament. The report of the Special Select Committee that was tasked with consideration of the amendments was presented to the House by the Government’s Chief Whip and Chairperson of the Committee, Gail Teixeira. Attorney General Anil Nandlall presented the Bill to the House for a third reading, at which point in time the House descended into trading of barbs, on and off the floor, with each side blaming each other. Government speakers contended that the Opposition had delayed and dragged its feet during the six months the Committee met. Teixeira told the House that over the course of time, the Committee met on 17 occasions, most of which the opposition were poorly represented or absent altogether. A Partnership for National Unity (APNU)’s point man on finances, Carl Greenidge, informed the House that the Government had reneged on agreements in the Committee, and as such, the coalition wanted the Bill recommitted. Government in turn said that the Opposition had dithered for six months and any recommitting to Committee would have to be time bound, so that the Bill can return to the House and be enacted before the November 18 review. When the Opposition refused to give a commitment on a timeline, Nandlall was
forced to put the Bill to a vote, and it was promptly greeted with a resounding “no.” This led to a division of the votes which resulted in a 33/28 outcome. Prior to the vote, in response to arguments that Government had nothing to do with the amendments and that they came from CFATF, Greenidge said that the international body was not familiar with the local environment. “It’s not the tablet that Moses received on the mountain,” said Greenidge, in relation to the fact that CFATF was an international organization. “We are duty bound to pursue improvements using local knowledge,” Greenidge said. Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh, who responded to Greenidge, stated that there was never any great division in the Committee over the actual amendments. In fact, he said, where the divisions did come about was when it came to setting a date and time for the next meeting of the committee. “Their tactic was to delay and foot drag…this recommitting to select committee is nothing but the latest ploy by APNU and AFC to drag their feet.” Dr. Singh said that the move by the opposition represents economic sabotage and that their intent was unmasked when callous disregard was paid to the petition by the Private Sector Commission which was rejected earlier in the day. He said that the true intention of the opposition, with its economic sabotage, was to have Guyana suffer the consequences. According to Dr Singh, Guyana faces certain hardships with the rejection of the Bill, given that CFATF has already said that it “will”
Attorney General Anil Nandlall (standing) presented the Bill to the House for a third reading tell its members to activate counter measures if the deficiency in the law was not addressed. “We don’t enjoy the luxury of being dismissive of the CFATF,” Dr Singh appealed, to no avail. Basil Williams in his pitch to justify having the Bill return to the select committee spoke to the fact that the Opposition wanted to also address the Principal Act and not just the amendments recommended by CFATF. He said that APNU wanted to address the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) as well. Williams argued that the FIU was a ‘one-man show’ that was going to be tasked with additional burdens, and as such, they wanted to address this too. He said that many of the submissions made by stakeholders, including the Director of Public Prosecutions, dealt with the Principal Act and not just the amendments submitted by CFATF. Alliance for Change (AFC) Leader Khemraj Ramjattan sought to make a
presentation to debate, but was bombarded with heckling. He said that the opposition’s position on supporting the Bill is public knowledge and that refusing to go back to select committee could only mean that the Bill
would have to be voted down. “You do um nah,” was the utterance by one government Member of Parliament to which Ramjattan responded, “let’s do um,” in reference to voting down the Bill. Following the vote,
Government held a hastily put together press briefing, where Dr Singh, Junior Finance Minister Bishop Juan Edghill and Attorney General Anil Nandlall bemoaned the consequences of the move by the opposition.
President’s non assent to bill is to frustrate holding of Local Govt. elections - APNU
A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has described President Donald Ramotar’s move to only sign three of the four Local Government Bills as a method to frustrate the holding of elections and defer the reform of the Local Government system. The party said yesterday that the move has reinforced the public’s perception about the ruling party. On Wednesday last Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon disclosed that the president had given his assent to the three of the bills. The bills enacted by the Head of State were the Fiscal Transfers Act, the Municipal and District Councils (Amendment) Act, and the Local Government
Commission. President Ramotar did not give assent to the Local Government (Amendment) Bill. According to APNU, “the Local Government (Amendment) Bill asserts the autonomy of the Local Democratic organs and as such, addresses the very essence of Local democracy. It was noted that the PPP’s intention to impose Regional Executive Officers into the Principal Act (28: 02) was rejected in Committee. PPP’s further attempts to alter this act were also defeated by a majority vote in the National
Assembly”. APNU has opined that the President’s non-assent confirms the view that the PPP wishes to retain the archaic colonial powers now vested in the Minister of Local Government. “This is an unacceptable travesty and does violence to the Constitutional stipulation for ensuring the autonomy of the Local democratic organs…. once again the Administration is displaying its contempt for the decisions of the National Assembly.” In response to the future of the Bill not assented to, Dr. Luncheon said, “Just like time has resolved the other three, one assumes that time would resolve the fourth.”
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Strongest Typhoon of the Year Slams Philippines The world’s strongest typhoon of the year slammed into the Philippines early Friday. It had been poised to be the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded at landfall, a weather expert said. “There will be catastrophic damage,” said Jeff Masters, a former hurricane meteorologist who is meteorology director at the private firm Weather Underground. The U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii shortly before landfall said Typhoon Haiyan’s maximum sustained winds were 314 kilometers per hour (195 mph), with gusts up to 379 kilometers per hour (235 mph). “195-mile-per-hour winds, there aren’t too many buildings constructed that can withstand that kind of wind,” Masters said. The local weather bureau had a lower reading, saying the storm’s speed at landfall had sustained winds at 234 kilometers (145 miles) per hour, with gusts of 275 kph (170.88 mph). The bureau takes measures based on longer periods of time.
Thousands of people have evacuated villages in the typhoon’s path. Typhoon Haiyan’s speed at landfall was expected to beat out Hurricane Camille, which was 305 kilometers per hour (190 mph) at landfall in the United States 1969, Masters said. The only tiny bright side is that it’s a fast-moving storm, so flooding from heavy rain — which usually causes the most deaths from typhoons in the Philippines — may not be as bad, Masters said. “The wind damage should be the most extreme in Phillipines history,” he said. The storm later will be a threat to both Vietnam and Laos and is likely to be among the top five natural disasters for those two countries, Masters said. The storm is forecast to barrel through the Philippines’ central region Friday and Saturday before blowing toward the South China Sea over the weekend, heading toward Vietnam. The typhoon slammed into the eastern province of Samar. Another province devastated by an earthquake last month was in the path of
the storm. The storm was not expected to directly hit Manila further north. The lowest alert in a four-level typhoon warning system was issued in the flood-prone capital area, meaning it could experience winds of up to 60 kph (37 mph) and rain. President Benigno Aquino III warned people to leave high-risk areas, including 100 coastal communities where forecasters said the storm surge could reach up to 7 meters (23 feet). He urged seafarers to stay in port. Aquino ordered officials to aim for zero casualties, a goal often not met in an archipelago lashed by about 20 tropical storms each year, most of them deadly and destructive. Haiyan is the 24th such storm to hit the Philippines this year. The president also assured the public of war-like preparations: three C-130 air force cargo planes and 32 military helicopters and planes on standby, along with 20 navy ships. “No typhoon can bring Filipinos to their knees if we’ll be united,” he said in a televised address. (AP)
Kerry warns Israel of troubles ahead if peace talks fail
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman, yesterday. REUTERS AMMAN (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Israel yesterday that it could face a third Palestinian uprising and deepening international isolation if Americanbrokered peace negotiations failed. Both Israelis and
Palestinians have given grim assessments of the lack of progress in their talks, which the United States helped revive last July after a three-year hiatus. Violence has simmered a n d y e s t e r d a y, Israeli troops killed a Palestinian wielding a makeshift firearm
in the occupied West Bank. K e r r y, s p e a k i n g i n Jordan a day after a visit to Israel, where he appealed for limits on its settlement building in the West Bank, said the n e g o t i a t i o n s h a d made “significant progress” in some areas.
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Catch me if you can! There is an attitude problem at our public hospitals. There is a big problem with the attitude of some health professionals in the emergency units of our public hospitals. This past week there was a very disturbing letter that appeared in other sections of the print media. A patient related his experience at the Emergency Unit at the New Amsterdam Hospital. According to the person concerned, the nurses were playing a game of tag while he was waiting to be treated. It is an all too familiar story
that suggests a pattern of casualness which should never be associated with emergency departments. There is a need for the story of that person to be checked out. If indeed what has been narrated is true, then there needs to be a serious re-examination of the standard operating procedures at that particular medical institution. If it is true, then all those guilty of playing tag while a patient was in the treatment room, need to be relieved of their positions. And they need to be relieved immediately.
If it is not true, then an apology needs to be offered to those nurses. One of the duties of medical administrators should be to thoroughly investigate all complaints. If a problem is reported, then the complaint needs to be investigated. Depending on the outcome of that investigation, persons have to be held accountable. Unless this happens, the problems, if they do exist, will not go away. What is required is not just explaining what happened, but also about taking corrective action.
Every patient needs to be treated with importance and they need to understand why action was or was not being taken. The explanation should be followed by corrective action. If there is a problem, then a solution has to found to that problem. This solution has to be implemented. Someone has to be responsible for this implementation; someone has to be responsible also for monitoring the implementation and making an assessment of its success, because not everything that
Guyana one step closer to liberalised Telecoms sector Government moved one step closer to breaking the monopoly held by the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) when it began a debate on the Telecommunications Bill, and had it sent to Special Select Committee for further consideration. The amendments to the legislation were piloted by Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, who told the House that he is optimistic that the work of the committee would be expeditiously completed so that come January 2, Guyana will be operating under a new telecommunications regime. Upon enactment of the Law, not only will the monopoly be broken, but four licences will automatically be handed out to additional telecommunications companies - E-Networks, Quark Communications Inc, Nexlink Communications Inc. and Inet Communications Inc. The related amendments to the Public Utilities
Prime Minister Sam Hinds Commission Bill were also sent to the same committee for further consultations. While supporting the move for a liberalised telecommunications sector, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) expressed grave concerns over a number of aspects of the Bill, including the powers reposed in the subject Minister. Prime Minister Hinds in presenting the Bill for a
debate told the House that the intention is to open up the market to competition as well as to create a Telecommunications Agency that will monitor the sector. He said that Government wants to create a regime to be fair and attractive to new entrants, large or small. Calling the Bill a landmark piece of legislation some 20 years in the making, the Prime Minister told the House it will place Guyana in the League of Nations with modern legislation in the provision of telecommunication services. Guyana, he said, is not far behind the developed world in terms of technology. He added that with the legislation in place “we can expect that this new competitive regime will give more play to the initiative, innovation and ingenuity of our people so that they could experiment and create hybrid systems which we think will rapidly evolve to arrangements which are appropriate to our
geographic, demographic and economic circumstances.” He said too that even though government is late in moving ahead with the legislation, it will allow Guyana to meet the growing demand for various types of data intensive and video services. “The demands are such that we see the need to urgently move to an open sector, where investors are encouraged to build networks deploying new technologies including 3G and 4G, High Speed Packet Systems, Universal Mobile Telecommunications Systems and Long Term Evolutions networks, providing a mix of voice and data intensive services. Hinds informed the House that the delays that held up the Bill were in large part due to several objections and concerns by GT&T, one such being Government’s proposal to land a fibre optic cable in (Continued on page 25)
is implemented is a success. Indeed, there is often a need to test solutions before these are formalised. After explanation and correction, the next step involves holding to account those responsible for faults and negligence. Doctors must never be made to feel that they can do no wrong. They must be held to the same standards as other professionals such as nurses. There is a serious problem with Guyanese nurses. There are many excellent nurses, but there are far too many also whose attitude to their work is not what is expected of professionals. This is one of the reasons why private hospitals are importing nurses on shortterm contracts. They are importing these nurses because local nurses are not sufficiently trained. There is only one reason why private hospitals are recruiting nurses from overseas. That reason is attitude. These recruits from overseas have a completely different approach to their work. There is hardly any casualness. They take their job seriously and work hard. They have a different attitude to their work. And this is why the private hospitals are being besieged by those who can afford to pay for medical care. It is not that the public institutions do not have the
equipment or qualified personnel. They do. In fact, they have more equipment and more qualified staff than the private hospitals. The difference is in attitude. You are not going to find in any emergency room of any private hospital, a lackadaisical or casual approach to work. That is not going to happen at all. And this is what the public is looking for, and those who can afford to pay are paying for this attitude. Those who cannot afford private medical care have to be content with dealing with too many doctors that are supposed to be on call, but take a long time to arrive. They have to deal with nurses who work as if they are doing you a favour. They have to deal with medical personnel who at any notice can walk out of the treatment room to take a phone call or a buy a soft drink. If public health care is to be improved, this improvement does not start with getting better professionals or more modern equipment. It has to begin with a change of attitude.
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Rohee hospitalised Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee is presently undergoing medical treatment at the Woodlands Hospital after collapsing at his home yesterday. Government officials were tightlipped on the extent of his illness but this newspaper was told that Rohee was taken to the private hospital sometime yesterday afternoon, with what some of his colleagues described as flu-like symptoms. “Not well… not stroke, nothing serious,” one of his colleagues said. His absence in the National Assembly, where heated debates took place last night, was noticeable. Rohee’s workload has increased significantly over the past few months, ever since he was appointed General Secretary of the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP), following the party’s
Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee last congress earlier this year. However he has shown no signs of giving up his ministerial post. In fact he had told a news conference a few months ago that he is ‘fit’ for the portfolios of PPP General Secretary and Minister of Home Affairs,
since he is quite capable of discharging his responsibilities efficiently. Rohee was asked if he felt burdened by his position, considering the crime situation. He responded, “Feeling is a very subjective issue, and I have two jobs. I have so arranged my life and time to ensure that neither side is short-changed, and that the health and vitality of the General Secretary or Home Affairs Minister remains intact.” Asked to respond to calls made by the political opposition for him to step down as Minister of Home Affairs, Rohee said that when polling took place at the 2006 elections, from the day the results were announced, the Opposition wanted him to step down, and that call is still resonating up to today.
NJ judge orders US Embassy to act in visa case In what can be seen as a landmark decision, a judge in New Jersey has ordered the US embassy here to act in a visa case involving a Guyanese woman and her husband. The decision could affect other immigrants who have to endure prolonged waiting periods when they sponsor family members to be with them in the United States. In 2008, the Guyana-born woman, who is a U.S. citizen, married a Guyanese man and thereafter sought an immigrant visa for him to move with her to the US, but the case has been pending at the U.S Embassy in Georgetown without a decision for years. Obtaining an immigrant visa for an alien relative who lives outside the United States is a two-step process. The citizen must file an I-130 Petition on behalf of the person they are sponsoring, and the person being sponsored must apply for an immigrant visa from a consular official in the country in which he/she resides. The husband first went for an interview at the U.S Embassy in June 2011. He received a letter from the U.S. Embassy stating that he was
- Decision could affect other applicants forced to wait for long periods found temporarily ineligible to receive a visa pursuant to Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act. The letter stated that the case required “Administrative Review” and that “new information, when available, will be communicated to you in writing”. The letter additionally stated, “You are welcome to contact our Visa Inquiries Unit, from time to time, to inquire about your application”. The letter provided telephone and email contact information and provided a website where the status of the visa application could be checked. A status check in August 2012 revealed that the case was still pending administrative review. With the prolonged delay and no clear indication of whether or not her husband would be granted a visa, on January 7, 2013, the wife filed a Petition for Writ of Mandamus to compel the government to make a final decision on the visa application. In the Petition, she alleged that the U.S. Embassy
failed to execute its duty to grant or refuse the visa. The Judge ruled that while the court may not have jurisdiction to review how a consular officer arrived at a decision, it was within the court’s mandate to instruct the U.S government officer to make a decision. The court found that the Embassy did not comply with its own refusal procedures. The refusal procedures include obtaining a signed form from the applicant, maintaining a “refusal file” that contains the documents used as the basis for refusal, informing the applicant of the basis for refusal and informing the applicant of statutes and regulations, which could provide administrative relief. Moreover, any refusal carries with it the right to have the principal consular officer at a post “review the case without delay” and record that decision. Where a final refusal occurs, the applicant is entitled to one year in which to submit additional evidence to overturn the grounds under which the visa was refused.
UK now requires TB testing for long-term visitors, students Britain has introduced measures that will mandate all Guyanese visiting for more than six months to be screened for tubercolosis (TB), as part of the pre-entry process. The British High Commission yesterday announced that the requirement went into effect from October 31st and is for all individuals in Guyana who are applying for a UK visa which is longer than six months including those applying for a Tier 4 student visa. “Pre-entry TB screening is not required for those going to the UK as a tourist or other type of visitor, except for those applying for a fiancé visa.” The Commission disclosed that the decision follows the UK Government’s announcement in May 2012 that it would be extending this requirement to an additional 67 countries, including Guyana, based on the figures
for high TB incidence provided by the World Health Organisation. “This brings the UK into line with the practice of a number of other countries including the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand,” the Commission explained. The process will require individuals to be screened and obtain a certificate from a Home Office-approved Health Centre in Guyana to show that they are free of TB before they make a UK visa application. “They will need to include the TB certificate with their visa application.” According to the Commission, a fee is payable for the screening. The approved test clinics include Iris ChinSee, Medical Arts Centre; Roger Viapree, Woodlands Hospital; Surendra Persaud, Caribbean Surgery Inc. and Dr. Ayra Devi Karyampudi, St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital. TB is a common, and in many cases lethal, infectious
disease caused by various strains of mycobacteria. Tuberculosis typically attacks the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body. It is spread through the air when people who have an active TB infection cough, sneeze, or otherwise transmit respiratory fluids through the air. Most infections are asymptomatic and latent, but about one in ten latent infections eventually progresses to active disease which, if left untreated, kills more than 50% of those so infected. The classic symptoms of active TB infection are a chronic cough with bloodtinged sputum, fever, night sweats, and weight loss (the latter giving rise to the formerly prevalent term “consumption”).
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Friday November 08, 2013
THE FREDDIE KISSOON COLUMN
Two weeks ago, I told Christopher Ram that Ramon Gaskin is very superb with the analysis of statistics, financial figures, legal language and related fields, but is not a good political analyst. Ram knew that I wasn’t putting down Gaskin, but offering my opinion. I think Gaskin has a fine mind and excels in those areas I have mentioned. He has done valuable work for the Guyanese people who need to understand the complex dimensions of certain investment documents. In the vicinity of raw politics, I don’t think Gaskin brings the same cutting edge analysis. The occasion for giving my opinion to Ram was an interview Chris did recently with Gaskin, in which Gaskin stated that Cheddi
Jagan would not have employed someone like Dr. Leslie Ramsammy. This was Gaskin’s reaction after Ram uttered complete shock at the condescending advice Dr Ramsammy gave to working class farmers. He exclaimed that selling papers at the market will not make you rich. Gaskin felt that Ramsammy’s dismissal was the kind of bourgeois mentality that Jagan would not have tolerated, and that people like Ramsammy would not have found a place in Jagan’s Cabinet. I pointed out to Ram that this was a complete misunderstanding of the politics of Cheddi Jagan, and that Jagan was quite happy to empower and put in his Cabinet people with far more bourgeois mentality
and wealth than Ramsammy. I went on to point out to Chris that though I despise the politics of Ramsammy, he is one of the PPP mandarins who is less known for ostentatious wealth. After he came to power, Jagan surrounded himself with multi-billionaires investing them with State power. One of these rich men literally bought up state lands for a song through the conduit of an infamous Hindu pandit. This column is more about Gaskin and less about Jagan, so let’s move on. I took public umbrage with Gaskin (in a published letter) when he wrote a defence of acting Town Clerk, Carol Sooba, in the May 21 (2013) edition of this paper and the Stabroek News. If Gaskin had understood the political
context in which Sooba was employed as Town Clerk, I don’t think he would have waxed so lyrical about Sooba. It would appear to me that Gaskin was fed up with what he saw at City Hall, and by the use of logic (in philosophy a thing can be logical yet be intrinsically wrong), elevated Sooba. It reminded me of the famous professorial support from Oxford and Cambridge for Stalin during the reign of the Nazis. If Hitler was bad, then Stalin had to be good. So for Gaskin, if the City Council was incompetent, then Sooba was the saviour. Last Sunday Stabroek editorial on Sooba is not a positive assessment of her competence at all, but leaving aside ability, what about the missing link of Gaskin – the
GATOSP awaits meeting over Chinese fishing licences By Zena Henry With all the information surfacing about the possible issuance of fishing licences to Chinese nationals, the Guyana Association of Trawler Owners and Seafood Processors (GATOSP) says it is awaiting word from the Agriculture Minister on what is actually taking place in the industry. President of the GATOSP, Leslie Ramalho, told Kaieteur News yesterday that the information they are receiving about the aforementioned fishing licences is what has been reported in the news. He said that it would be welcomed if the Minister would call a meeting to address concerned fishing operators. Ramalho noted however that no contact had been made with the Association, by either the Minister or Ministry, since the matter came to the fore. Ramalho told Kaieteur News that he has not received a response to a more than a one-month-old letter that was dispatched to the minister. The Minister was recently quoted in another section of the media as saying that no fishing licences have been issued to the Chinese. According to that report, a final agreement with the Chinese fishing vessels will
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GATOSP President, Leslie Ramalho address the issue of overfishing and potential environmental effects, which have been the growing concern of some stakeholders. Ramsammy said that the industry must accept the reality of overfishing which is faced by every country, but resources should be used responsibly for sustainability. The Minister had told Kaieteur News that several foreigners, including France, Brazil, Trinidad and Barbados had stated an interest in deep sea fishing. He said that a two-page concept was presented to him by the interested company. Kaieteur News was also told in an earlier interview with the Minister that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed with the Chinese seeking to conduct a study of the deep water catches. The activity was pointed towards the fact that the Chinese would be seeking fish species other than that which is
caught by local operators. The Minister was reported as saying that following the Chinese concept and species find, a detailed proposal should be presented. In the case of deep water fishing, it was explained by the GATOSP that local operators have refrained from this, as the activity is monitored by the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and tuna-like species. The 1966 Convention, “aims to cooperate in maintaining the populations of tuna and tuna-like fish found in the Atlantic Ocean at levels which permit the maximum sustainable catch for food and other purposes through the creation of the ICCAT.” Leslie Ramalho explained that Guyana has no quota which depends on historical data pertaining to catches and deep water species. He said this information is highly important for involvement in deep water fishing and especially for export; hence, locals have not been too hot on the activity. Further, if the government is seeking to involve the Chinese in firsttime deep water fishing, it was questioned the purpose of 40 Chinese fishing vessels conducting the study. In the meantime, the GHRA has yet again registered its dissatisfaction with the manner in which the fishing licence issue has been developing. The organization sees the Minister’s explanations on the matter as “less than convincing.” “The idea of contracting
a Chinese agency to determine whether there are species in Guyana’s waters that can be fished by Chinese trawlers suggests Minister Ramsammy is being facetious or that he has no regard for public opinion. Such a study would convince no one and appears more like a fig-leaf to cover his intention to continue on the course of licencing Chinese fishermen.” “A study of the species, shoals and fish-stocks in Guyanese waters would be very valuable, assuming this information is currently unknown. Are there any baseline data on fish stocks? What should the harvesting rates be? These are important questions, but what faith could be placed in having that information provided by institutions which have a vested interest in the outcome? If this information is a priority, the study should be tendered in a professional manner and the contract awarded on the basis of impartial and professional criteria.” The organization has noted further that given the lack of resources/equipment, the notion that the Chinese fishing activities would be monitored, is an insult to the nation. The Environment Community Health Organization (ECHO) had also expressed concern over the developments, attaching an environmental worry. Meanwhile, Minister Ramsammy at yesterday’s Parliamentary session indicated that arrangements would be made for the relevant stakeholders to meet on the issue.
political context? Sooba, it would appear, has been handed a soogee (rope used to do washing) by the PPP Government to clean City Hall. But clean City Hall of what? Surely it cannot be of incompetence when you read the Stabroek editorial on Sooba’s own incompetence. Could it be that the soogee has been handed to Sooba to undertake political hanging? Sooba is either incapable of doing what Ramon Gaskin is exceedingly good at analyzing financial documents - or she is using her City Hall position to do political assignments for the PPP. So far, Ms. Sooba is very sparse with the information she lets out on which citizen isn’t paying up their rates. The few names published so far take in some well known critics of the PPP Government. But more than the select publication of names by Ms. Sooba, the way she uses her soogee brings into question the future of this nation. What is taking place at City Hall is so demonic that it can easily slip into instability
Frederick Kissoon and our “angelic,’ “patriotic,” “concerned,” business folks don’t seem to be concerned. Every detail of Ms. Sooba’s present function at City Hall indicates that she has become not the boss, not the controller, but the virtual tsar of City Hall. It would seem that Ms Sooba has total power at City Hall. This is in an area of municipal government where the incumbents were elected, with the PPP securing only 27 percent of the vote. To add insult to injury, Sooba’s soogee was handed to her by a government which lost a majority in the last general elections and behaves as if the City Council is a domain of the Ministry of Local Government. Hello Ramon! Where are you? Can you contextualize Sooba’s soogee, please?
Dem boys seh...
No amount of spin can help dem Spin is a thing that can mek people win or mek dem lose. When dem boys was li’l dem use to spin buck top. Dem cricketer does spin ball; some does pelt and think dem ah spin. Some people head does spin when de truth face dem. Ask Bobby and Jagdeo. Dem does use a lot of Limacol. Brazzy know fuh spin words and he does use up de Whizz wha Bobby does mek. Dem three sit down and spin de words wid Ravi de Devil about dem three reporter who walk off de wuk. Dem boys seh that dem can put whatever spin or slant; dem can import people fuh do dem spinning. It can’t save dem. Dem gyal walk in de Waterfalls paper and seh is nah Glenn Lall we frighten; we frighten when we walk pun de road dem people in de street gun assault we fuh talking de dutty and nasty lies wha Bobby, Jagdeo and Brazzy want we reporters fuh talk about. People guh believe is de reporters write de story when in fact is Jagdeo, Rob Earth, Bobby and Ravi de Dev-il write dem things. All three seh that dem ain’t mind reading it, but dem want call de name of de people who write de things. Is that wha put de spin pun this whole saga that cause de walk off. Dem boys want tell Bobby, Rob Earth, Jagdeo, Brazzy and Irfaat that when de people of Guyana done wid dem, dem ain’t gun got no way to tun, no way to run, no way to hide, is straight to jail; do not pass go and don’t collect wha’ever money deh. Dem boys want tell dem that if dem know wha’ good fuh dem, leh dem mek dem own pumpkin jumpsuit to suit demself. Dem should mek it comfortable, because dem got a long time to stay in it. Dem want give dem another piece of advice. If dem want see and play wid dem grand pickney, dem must go demself and check in at de jail house at Mazaruni, because dem boys certain Aunt Dora gun give dem a jail sentence like wha she give some of Jagdeo and Bobby friends. Dem would never come out fuh even see dem grand pickney much less play wid dem. And Brazzy love children. Is a pity de Rat nah got none. Talk half and spin de rest.
Friday November 08, 2013
Vector Control workers celebrated at Malaria Day observance Microscopist Supatra Abraham displays a long lasting impregnated mosquito net.
Minister of Health, Dr Bheri Ramsaran (centre) and Senior Malaria officials view an image depicting a vector control worker in fogging mode. Despite fervent strides over the years, malaria today still remains a public health threat across Latin America and even more so in Africa. However, Guyana has been able to sustain its efforts to continually reduce the scourge of the vector control disease. Minister of Health, Dr Bheri Ramsaran, announced that Guyana has cause to compliment its vector control workers at various levels for their contribution and dedication to the malaria fight. His disclosure was forthcoming Wednesday evening when he addressed the gathering at a simple ceremony at the Regency Suites/Hotel, Hadfield Street, Georgetown. An exhibition at the same venue also served to showcase the work being done by malaria workers to combat malaria. In fact, Wednesday’s event was intended to celebrate the work of the Health Ministry’s Vector Control Services which served to reflect on the progress of the local malaria fight and highlight plans for the way forward. The celebration represented Guyana’s observance of Malaria Day of the Americas under the theme “Invest in the future, defeat malaria.” Guyana has been observing National Malaria Day on November 6, since 2003, to coincide with the day Charles Louis Alphonso Laveran, a French surgeon, was able to determine that the cause of malaria was a protozoan organism. On that day, he observed the parasites in a blood smear taken from a patient who had just died from malaria.
According to the Minister, “the Ministry on this occasion (Malaria Day)...recognises the contribution and importance of every single foot-soldier, not only the Director, but those on the ground with the porkknockers, the pregnant Amerindian women who might also have malaria, the vendors in the hinterland and even in the camp followers.” Minister Ramsaran, who was tasked with delivering the feature address, emphasised that “vector control officers of various ranks are heroes. We want to hold you up as good role models; people to follow...we want to bring your dedication to the attention of the young people.” In fact it is the hope of the Minister that young people would be intrigued enough by the work of the vector control workers to embrace a similar path. “We want them to look up to you and probably join the training programmes of the Ministry of Health,” said
Minister Ramsaran, who also sought to extend the one-day celebration to a week-long affair. Speaking with pride about the local malaria strides, Director of Vector Control Services, Dr Reyaud Rahman, disclosed that although confronted with many tribulations, there is no relenting in the battle against malaria. He informed that Vector Control Services has been embracing a number of strategic collaborations such as with the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, the Guyana Forestry Commission, the Forest Products Association and the Women Miners Association. This strategic move, he said, is geared at “getting a bigger push...and basically what we have done is to ask them to actually give (out) bed nets...it is not that we can’t do it, but we have
brought them on board to get them to help us distribute bed nets.” According to Rahman, although Vector Control Services has a huge reach, keen efforts are being made to expand. For this year alone, Vector Control Services has been able to distribute several thousand long-lasting impregnated mosquito nets to safeguard those at risk, particularly in mining
communities, from malaria. And according to Dr Rahman, these bed nets are procured at a great cost to the Ministry of Health, but are seen as a small price to pay in order to sustain the fight against the vector-borne disease. Wednesday’s celebration was also graced with the presence of other instrumental officials, including the Pan American Health Organisation’s Senior
Advisor on Sustainable Development and Environmental Health, Adrianus Vlugman. He not only congratulated the malaria workers, but also commended their energetic approach and continued commitment to the fight against the disease. “We are all agents of change, because we want to change Guyana by removing and eliminating malaria,” Vlugman said.
Friday November 08, 2013
Chinese company promises to build processing plant Inferno caused by chemical Comfort Sleep fire…
reaction – Fire Chief This is what was left of the storage bond after the fire last month
By Javone Vickerie The Guyana Fire Service in concluding its investigation into the devastating blaze which destroyed two storage bonds in Industrial Site, Eccles last month has determined that the inferno was caused by a chemical reaction. According to Fire Chief Marlon Gentle, the service has ascertained that the fire erupted when one of the containers which contained a highly flammable substance which is used to manufacture foam had a leakage. “This reaction occurred because one of the cylinders had a seepage and the chemical got into contact with the moisture of the
environment. While all of this was happening, a chemical reaction erupted which gave off heat, and as such, one of the cylinders combusted,” Gentle explained. He added that because all of the containers were stored together, the flames quickly spread throughout the bond creating an inferno. “I will reiterate that business owners of these storage bonds have the responsibility to store these substances under the manufacturers’ recommended temperature. They must also know when to detect fires in their early stages,” Gentle said. The Fire Chief urged business operatives to take
more consideration in fire safety for their businesses rather than focusing on heavy security. “This is not the first time for the year that we had a bond destroyed by fire, but most times when we arrive on the scene of these conflagrations, the security of the premises is so heavy that it takes us extra time to save or contain the blaze and save nearby homes,” Gentle said. Firefighters last Wednesday risked their lives to fight the blaze which destroyed the stock bond of the Comfort Sleep Company and gutted another bond belonging to Payless Variety Store. The fire broke out just after 19:00hrs.
By Keeran Danny The possibility exists that a Chinese firm would be establishing a fish processing plant in Guyana. This is the same company that has engaged Government to secure licences to conduct deep sea fishing in Guyana’s waters. This was revealed by Agriculture Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, who was responding to a query by Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Member of Parliament, as to whether the company would be operating factory ships and exporting the products. According to Dr. Ramsammy, in a letter to Government the company indicated its interest in establishing a processing plant in Guyana. However, the Minister was not specific as to whether the processing plant would be established on land or water. He related that the operations of the company would have to be stated in its proposal, which would allow Government to make a decision. According to Dr. Ramsammy, no agreements or Memoranda of Understanding have been signed between Government and the Chinese entity - the only company that has formally requested to fish in Guyana’s deep waters.
- Once Govt. approves fishing operations He said no agreement has been made for a study to be conducted in the deep sea fishing ground. For the company to inform Government of the large fish species it would like to harvest, it would likely have to engage in research. This has to be indicated in the proposal for permission. Word of the Chinese firm getting involved in fishing has worried many dependent on the industry for their livelihood. They are aware of the depleting fish stock and restrictions within the sector to prevent overfishing. In an attempt to secure the trade and territory, Guyana Association of Trawler Owners and Seafood Processors (GATOSP) President, Leslie Ramalho, had dispatched a letter for an audience with the Agriculture Minister. Ramsammy indicated his willingness to meet with GATOSP and said a meeting with the group was in the making before this issue arose. He stated that the company was informed that no consideration would be given to the fishing of seabobs and prawns. Trawlers that go 40 miles out catch seabobs and prawns. He said there are currently
restrictions on the number of vessels to prevent overfishing. Another limitation the company could encounter is the fishing of those stocks that need external approval. Dr. Ramsammy explained, “Some of them we have indicated are not dependent on Guyana alone, but we must have approval from ICAP, for example, like tuna, which is a quota system around the world, and Guyana would not be able to do that. There is no indication that they are interested in tuna. That is the present situation as far as I know.” Dr. Ramsammy indicated that operations of the company would not affect artisanal fishing. “Fishing in Guyana is done by artisanal fishers. Their boats cannot go too fast, as such, the company would not be granted licence where the local fishermen are operating.” When asked of Government’s intentions to lay proposals concerning the venture in the National Assembly, Dr. Ramsammy said it is a business engagement and some parts are between the business enterprise and Government. However, all agreements made are open to scrutiny.
Opposition rejects PSC's... From page 3 that could be so considered. He noted too that acceptance of petitions is at the sole discretion of the Clerk of the National Assembly. Trotman said that to his knowledge the Clerk didn't see the petition as described by Greenidge, but asked for a minute to meet with the Clerk to confirm that. The Clerk, through Trotman, then stated his satisfaction with the peti-
tion. Trotman then recognized government's Chief Whip Gail Teixeira to have her say. Teixeira said that to petition the National Assembly is a right of the people and any attempt to muzzle a petition is a violation of the rights of the people who want their voices heard on issues. She then argued for a long “preamble” as according to her, the Speaker allowed
Greenidge to “ramble.” After her “preamble”, Teixeira stated that Greenidge was clutching at straws and dubbed it a sad day where such a petition was handled in that manner. Teixeira, too, was then asked by the Speaker to stick to her point of order. Alliance For Change (AFC) leader, Khemraj Ramjattan made reference to the very standing order cited by Greenidge to say the petition should not have been presented on the same day the Bill is up for debate. He said that that petition was being used to contribute to the “propaganda effect.” Trotman, after listening to all sides, invited Nadir to present the petition. After that presentation, it was put to it to a vote. Those on the government's side registered support, but the joint parliamentary Opposition bellowed a resounding no. APNU's Deborah Backer then called for a division, which saw 29 members voting for and 33 against. The government yelled “shame, shame.” It didn't matter.
Friday November 08, 2013
Demerara Bank racks up record $2B profit Demerara Bank
Demerara Bank has announced its biggest annual profit yet in its 19-year history – almost $2B. According to officials of the Bank, the $1.957B profit before tax for the financial year ended September 30, will represent a massive 34.51% increase over the 2012 figures. ”Demerara Bank limited has performed remarkably well in all areas of performance during its financial year ended September 30, 2013.” Net profit rose by 24.1%. The huge performance would be significant as Demerara Bank says it is the youngest in the banking system to reach a landmark figure of almost $2B in profit - an outstanding achievement by any means. The bank’s significant improvements are reflected in its deposit base which is at its highest at $41.5B, registering a rise of 18.4% when compared to the 2012 corresponding year. Its loans and advances grew by 20.5%.
For the financial year, the bank’s listing of its assets grew to $50B, compared to $42B at the end of September 2012. Its interest earned on income totaled $2.7B earned on loans, advances and investments. This compares with interest earned totaling $2.4B during the preceding year. As a consequence of the bank’s solid performance, shareholders’ earnings per share increased by 24.1%, to $2.88 per share. “The net worth of the bank has increased from $5.6B to $6.5B, an increase of 16.1%
over the previous year. “The bank has shown great fortitude over its 19 years of existence. At present, the bank is having a network of six branches, including its head office location and we have plans to expand our network, including a spacious head office premises by 2014.” Demerara Bank, crediting its performance to the commitment and dedication of the management and staff of the bank, said it continues to provide training at all levels. It opened for business in November 1994.
CARICOM to start critical review of its trade arm from today The trade arm of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is to meet in Guyana from today to determine the direction of that body. Among the range of matters for consideration, that Trade Ministers of the region will discuss, are the implications of the recent Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) decision in the Shanique Myrie case on Community relations; the recognition of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Economic Union in the Revised Treaty, progress on the CARICOM-Canada Trade and Development Agreement, trade in goods, and the consolidation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). CARICOM yesterday said that the strategic direction of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) will end tomorrow at Princess Hotel, Providence. How the Council approaches its decision-making and the general operation of the body will also come under focus. The meeting follows consistent calls by
Chairpersons and Delegates to successive meetings of the COTED for a change in the way the regional council conducts its business. “In acknowledging the necessity for change, stakeholders often cited recurring, unresolved agenda items and the length of time it took for some decisions to be carried to fruition. At its Thirty-Third Regular Meeting last year, the COTED agreed that there needed to be a special session dedicated to examining its strategic focus based on priorities identified by the Heads of Government for the Community and the implications of the global environment in achieving strategic objectives. One of the calls for change was made earlier this year, in March, when the then Chairman of COTED, the Honourable Oliver Joseph, Minister of Economic Development, Planning, Trade and Cooperatives of Grenada, called for the advancing of the work of the Council to send a signal to stakeholders, particularly the private sector, that the COTED was both concerned and responsive. The interventions were reinforced
by CARICOM SecretaryGeneral, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, who pointed to the need for a review of the operations of the Council to ensure it was more strategic in its outlook. There was an economic cost to the time consumed in rehashing issues without resolution, and it was fuelling frustration, he said. COTED’s main responsibility is to promote the trade and economic development of the community. At the top of the list of specific duties is ensuring the development and proper functioning of the CSME. The Council has responsibility for a range of sectoral issues, including agricultural and industrial development, development of services in general, transportation, tourism, energy and natural resources, science and technology, and environmental management and sustainable development. The COTED introspection coincides with the reform process being undertaken by the Community including a review of the operations of the CARICOM Secretariat and Community institutions.
Friday November 08, 2013
Man loses car to gunmen on seawall Mention the Georgetown Seawall and it is not likely to go down well with the Orderson family of Meadowbrook Gardens. On Wednesday night, Jarrad Orderson was sitting in his Toyota Allion motorcar, PNN 6924, near the seawall, less than a mile from where his father Thomas was shot dead eight years ago, when someone placed a gun to his head. The man said that during the ordeal thoughts of
…less than a mile from where father was killed his father’s death flashed through his head but fortunately this time around, he was spared a similar fate to the one his father suffered back on December 4, 2005. He was ordered from the vehicle by one of two male individuals. The men then entered the car and drove
away. To date he has no clue as to where they took it. Speaking with this newspaper yesterday, Jarrad Orderson said that he was driving along the seawall alone in his car when he stopped to purchase something from one of the many vendors near the 1823 Slave Rebellion Monument. After making the purchase, he returned to his car and sat for awhile, making a telephone call. “All I feel was a gun, a shotgun, to my head, and a guy told me to come out the car. He forced me to lie down on the grass,” Orderson recalled. Another man jumped into the driver’s seat of Orderson’s car and backed up for his accomplice who was holding
Jarrad Orderson’s Toyota Allion the victim at gunpoint to get into the passenger seat. The men then sped away with Orderson’s car. There was only one other car in sight, but it was parked a reasonable distance away, and the occupants could not see what was taking place with Orderson. However, after the men went away with his car, the young Orderson managed to get their attention and their assistance to go after the men in his car. But by then the men had vanished after heading along Vlissengen Road. The matter was reported
to the Brickdam Police Station and an investigation is underway. On December 4, 2005, Orderson’s father Thomas, an Assistant Manager at Citizens Bank and an outspoken football executive, was sitting in his car on the seawall behind the National Insurance Scheme ground when gunmen pumped
several bullets into his chest. His death remains one of the many unsolved murders in Guyana. Meanwhile, Jarrad Orderson is offering a reward to anyone who could provide information that leads to the recovery of his car. Apart from the nearest police station, they can contact telephone numbers 694-8309 or 672-3048.
No end yet to strike by LIAT pilots LIAT’s management met with its pilots’ union on Tuesday but there were no immediate clear indications how soon normal flights will resume. According to a statement from the regional airline yesterday, LIAT and the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) met to discuss issues relating to the recent industrial action by LIALPA. “The meeting was conducted in a cordial atmosphere with LIALPA’s team led by its Chairman, Captain Carl Burke, while LIAT’s team was led by Mrs. Julie Reifer-Jones, Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO).” Several pilots did not report for work on Monday causing LIAT to cancel several flights around the Caribbean, and badly affecting Guyanese who were travelling to Barbados, among other destinations. In Guyana, scores were reportedly left stranded at the Ogle airport including a team of church members destined for Barbados. LIAT was not committal as to when normal service would resume as talks are ongoing. “The LIAT Acting CEO welcomed the LIALPA delegation and it was agreed
that the meeting would serve as a forum to listen to LIALPA’s concerns and to determine the way forward. The company’s management acknowledged that there are legitimate concerns on the part of LIALPA and it was agreed that both sides would continue discussions in an effort to address the issues.” The airline, appealing for understanding in light of the inconvenience caused by the delays, said it continues to seek to restore normal operations and efforts to get dislocated passengers to their various destinations “as quickly as possible”. Guyana is battling to attract more airlines as air travel continues to grow for the country. LIAT (1974) Ltd, operating as Leeward Islands Air Transport or LIAT, is an airline headquartered on the grounds of V. C. Bird International Airport in Antigua. It operates highfrequency inter-island scheduled services serving 21 destinations in the Caribbean. The airline’s main base is VC Bird International Airport, Antigua and Barbuda, with bases at Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados, and Piarco International Airport, Trinidad and Tobago.
Friday November 08, 2013
Guyana one step closer... (From page 9) Guyana. He said that this was done, taking into account the early stage of development in Guyana, hence the intervention and investments in the cable, the one laptop per family programme, as well as the stringing of a cable along the coast to improve connectivity from Moleson Creek all the way to Anna Regina. Trevor Williams of the AFC, in his contribution to the debate in the House, said that his party is supportive of sending the Bill to the Select Committee because of its complexity and its disagreement with certain aspects of the Bill. One such objection that Williams drew reference to was the creation of a fund to supply areas with telecommunication services, where it might not be economically viable for private operators. According to Williams, Guyana is already saturated when it comes to coverage, and invariably, when monies are collected it will not be spent to service un-served areas. The AFC is also wary of another ‘slush fund being created.” Williams said that competition in the market will ultimately mean that the customers will benefit, but while Government was looking to break the monopoly, it was also monopolising power in the hands of the Prime Minister.
According to Williams, there is no reference in the proposed law to the Minister operating in a nondiscriminatory manner. “AFC, like all Guyana, welcomes the liberalisation…Time has long come for this sector to be liberalised, but the select committee must receive submissions from all stakeholders.” Carl Greenidge, who contributed to the debate for APNU, also questioned the powers being ascribed to the Minister in the proposed law. He said, too, that his party supports sending the Bill to a Select Committee, given that there are a range of issues in it that warrant attention. Telecommunications is a complicated area, Greenidge stressed, while stating that the framework to be put in place must be flexible. He said that another area in the proposed legislation which presents a possible conflict of interest is the fact that Government through its fibre optic cable network will be a
player in the sector while it will also be the regulator. This, Greenidge noted, will need to be addressed at the level of the Select Committee. In criticising the wording of the legislation, Greenidge said “we shouldn’t give powers to Ministers and have lack of clarity between functions of the politicians and the agencies under them.” He was speaking to the fact that the Minister is the one who is required to carry out functions such as issuing or denying licences rather than the Telecommunications Agency. Greenidge said that in looking at the draft Bill, considerable focus lies in raising revenue rather than managing the sector. “Due to the complexity and the areas that need attention, we should do as good a job as we can before enacting the legislation,” Greenidge said in supporting a call for the Bill to be committed to a Select Committee.
Govt. used $3.3B without parliamentary approval Quite a slap in the face of the National Assembly, government went ahead and spent $3,384,528,708 to provide cash to several entities and projects that the Opposition didn’t see as worthy of receiving state funds. Just like last year, the allocations set aside in 2013 for the National Communications Network (NCN) -$81,337,000 and Government Information Agency (GINA) – $135,858,000, were reduced to $1 each. However, the capital funding remained as provided for by the government, with NCN having $65M and GINA $13M. Allocations set aside for Guyana Power and Light Inc.(GPL) were cut almost directly in half, as the Minister of Finance had provided $10.2B which was reduced by $5.2B, leaving a subvention of $5B for the company. Cuts were also made to the Ministry of Public Works and Health. The Ministry of
Public Works suffered one of the largest cuts of $5.6B, while the Ministry of Health lost $1.25B that was provided for the Specialty Hospital. But Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh went ahead and spent, despite such actions by the Opposition. According to a financial paper laid in parliament yesterday, the Office of the President through “Subsidies and contributions to Local Organizations” used $217,194,998; this was in addition to the money that was allocated to that line item. The document stated that that money was divided between NCN and GINA; GINA got $135,857,999 and NCN: $81,336,999. It didn’t stop there; the government, through the Office of the Prime Minister, also spent $1,777,000,000 for capital transfer to the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL). Then, under the Ministry of Public Works, government used $21,065,925 to aid in the completion of Hinterland
airstrips and $80,000,000 as a grant for the acquisition of Civil Aviation equipment. Also, for the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) Modernisation Project, government used $1,063,137,537 foreign cash and $65,432,848. Further, under Ministry of Health - Regional and Clinical Services, saying its provisions for the Specialty Hospital Project, the government used $133,250,000 foreign cash and $34,456,400. This year ’s National Budget was approved $31.35 billion less than what was originally presented to the House. Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh had presented a $208.8 billion budget on March 25. After a series of amendments, the budget was reduced to $177.4 billion. Nineteen billion dollars was cut from the allocation for the Low Carbon Development Strategy - this was the largest cut.
WANTED Contract cars- Contact City Taxi Service- 660-1100/ 2267150 Porters- Apply to Alabama Trading, Georgetown Ferry Stelling Stabroek. One driver for the interior must have bus license – Contact:681-6044 GREENHEART AND PURPLE HEART LUMBER - TEL: 653-9752 Labourer, Arc/Acetylene welder - skilled in Grill work. Driving an asset, Georgetown area Tel: 6102978; 613-3091 One Cummings and Perkins mechanic to work in interior contact:681-6044 Experienced counter servers, roti/puri cooks, curry cooks, pastry makers & handyboys Apply Hack’s Halaal, 5 Commerce St. One female cleaner - Apply to Alabama Trading, Georgetown, Ferry Stelling Stabroek.
WANTED TRUCK DRIVER WITH EXPERIENCE, MUSTHAVE POLICE CLEARANCE, 3 REFERENCES OF LAST JOBS &ALL PROPER I.D’S & LICENCE. TEL:231-8529 1 Live in experienced waitress (18-25 years) & 1 experienced cook ( Salary $50,000 monthly) - Call:6987172 One maid to cook and assist in cleaning. Between age 25 to 40 years – Tel:616-6168 Attractive live in waitressCall: 327-0252; 674-4665 Land to buy @ Non-Pareil, Eccles & Herstelling – Tel:675-7292; 218-5591 Live in female domestic 4045 years old – Tel:610-2978; 613-3091 PORTERSAND DELIVERY PERSON, ALSOSALESGIRL WITH COSMETICS EXPERIENCE. REFFERENCE REQUIRED. BUILDING MATERIAL DEPOT - TEL: 231-8529
Worker wanted for restaurant and roti shop in Trinidad; accommodation provided. For more information contact - 0011866-760-1426. Urgently needed 1 plot of land to buy in Parfaite Harmonie - Tel: 675-7292; 218-5591 Urgently upholsters, joiners, spray painters ( Furniture) handyman Contact S. Khan: 225-6810 Urgently needed land to buy - Tel:675-7292; 2185591. Labourers/ painters/ carpenters with own tools to work with limited supervision - Tel:225-6070 Office Clerk: CXC English/ Mathematics- Call:225-0188/ 225-6070
ONE MITSUBISHI FUSO CANTER (ENCLOSED) PLEASE: CALL 619-9000 1 AE100 Carolla: Alarm, AC, mags & crystal lights, HID $800,000- 1 AT170 EFI fully powered: mags & CD $580,000 – Tel:619-1047 Toyota RAV 4, PMM 1072 with body kit. Price $3.4M negotiable - Call:610-1230; 673-5828 Smart Choice Auto: Premio, Allion, IST, Runx, FielderCall:652-3820/665-4529 1 Unregistered Toyota Tundra, Fully accessorized with crash bar, step, cd player & alarm, price:$2.8M - Tel: 601-0706; 225-0024 First Class Auto: Premio, Axio, Passo, Runx, Allex, IST, Fielder, Raum – Call:609-8188; 602-6307
1 Suzuki 600 GSX-R, 1 Nissan Virgo Mini Van, PKK series Tel: 644-5096, 697-1453 CAR RENTAL Premio, vitz call: 679-7139 Dolly’s Car Rental- Call: 2257126/ 226-3693- dollysauto firstname.lastname@example.org/ www.dollysautorental.com Aidan’s Car Rental & PickupCall: 645-7981/ 698-7807 First Choice Car Rental: Cars as low as $5,000 per dayCall: 668-0306/ 694-7817/ 2256337 Untouchable Car Rental Tel:621-6827; 226-9668 Fab’s Rental: Cars to RentCall:671-6051/609-6890
2 Handy men to work in the interior. Free meal and accommodation – Call:6276416; 226-3799 (8am-4pm), (Friday - Monday)
Suriname pre-Christmas trip returned tour etc. Nov 28th - Dec 1st – Tel:644-0185; 6392663; 665-5171; 227-8290
HOUSE KEEPER/ NANNY: MATURE WITH EXPERIENCE, POLICE CLEARANCE & 3 REFERENCES.FLEXABLE HOURS – TEL:231-8529
Security guard/ gardener. Age: 35-40, preferable from: Triumph/ Mon Repos ECD area- Call:623-1387
We buy & sell vehicles for cash, also parts available & 30 seater buses; Extra Cab pickups; 2006 Tacoma- Call: 680-3154
VEHICLE FOR SALE GRR 573, long base RZ minibus, automatic. Excellent Condition - Tel:687-5657; 652-0709 One fully loaded Toyota Hilux Vigo – Tel:638-8930; 653-8226 One Toyota MK 2 GX81 – Tel:626-0329; 684-7633 1 Honda Fit PMM 4223; with rims and CD player; Immaculate Condition $1.3M Negotiable – Tel:6101818, 618-5140 Mitsubishi Galant Car, fully loaded – Tel:628-2063; 6002063; 227-7544; 612-2542
New RX8 (Red) rotary 7 speed engine, new rims, tires, music kickers, lambo doors Tel: 680-2095 One Toyota RZ mini-bus BJJ series – Call:678-5887 3-Ton Canter excellent condition – Model M.Bush truck for interior – Tel:2318417; 231-6560; 231-1238; 624-0443 Two Toyota Hilux 4x4 left hand drive, 22R engine. Never registered - $2.7M each - Call: 671-1512 ALYEA’S AUTO SALE: PREMIO 2003/2004. ALL PRICES ARE NEG. 40 CROAL STREET STABROEK- TEL:2317284/622-3823 One AT192 PLL966 $1.1M; with DVD player – Tel:6399528 Toyota Primo Late PNN Series – Tel:624-6471; 2254741 F150 Tundra, chevy cargo van – Tel:227-8519; 653-4287
LAND FOR SALE
One RZ minibus - Contact number: 664-9936
House lot for sale on the West Bank of Demerara Harbour bridge in Harbourville contact # 6500402
AT192, 212, Allion, Premio, Hilux Surf, BNN& cheap RZ buses, 7 seater super custom. Cash / terms- Call: 680-3154
LARGE QUANTITIES OF HIGH PURITY MERCURY (QUICK SILVER) 99.99995% PURITY $19,000 PER POUND CALL: 592-227-4754. Cheapest Online Vehicles!!! - Tel:626-2771
Honda welders; 270 amps 15,000 watts generator Tel:611-5114/220-4495
1- Caterpillar D5 Bulldozer and 1- Caterpillar engine 3406 Contact number 650-0402
AT212 - $1.050M, AE100 Corolla wagon - $875,000 – Call:611-6632
Whole sale: Pluck Chicken - Tel:676-0931
Norpan Auto: Premio, Raum, Fielder & Vitz, never registered. Tel: 269-0432; 686-0323
One caterpillar 317 excavator. New engine and hydraulics Tel: 687-0077 (Gregory); 6613671; 602-0036
1 Toyota Caldina & fielder wagon, IST, fun cargo, AT212, AT192, AT170, Ceres, Hilux pick up 4x4 – Tel:644-5096; 697-1453
2 Tool Kit – Wrinch, socket, scanner, testers etc & tyre plugs – Tel:601-0706; 2250024
Two Toyota Tacoma 2006 unregistered: 4wd $3.9M & 2wd $3.1M- Call:662-1396/ 678-0573
One domestic, live in & live out babysitter from 12pm8pm- Call:225-4492
One gasoline mechanic for interior must know to fix RZ, solid deff pick-up: Contact:681-6044
VEHICLE FOR SALE 2007 Toyota BB, fully loaded, unregistered special price $2.350M – 617-2891
Friday November 08, 2013
FOR RENT Furnished short term apartments - Tel: 687-3017 Furnished top flat house, Queenstown, generator, A/ C, Grille & parking. Tel: 2271218 or kpthomas7 @gmail.com Ground Floor Office space, Queenstown, generator, A/ C, grille & parking – Tel:2271218 or email@example.com Coolers and ScaffoldCall:657-0424 Executive property in gated community at Houston D’ Aguiar ’s Park, fully furnished. Tel:609-2876 or 623-0425 One 2 bedrooms house for rent in Tuschen E.B.E Tel:216-0644 or 684-3195 3 bedrooms Top flat @ Northen St, Courida Park ( Sea Side), Diamond 5 Bedrooms - Tel: 231-2199; 618-7483 Executive houses & apartments - $75,000 upward – Contact:223-8479; 6473768; www.spaceseek.gy One mobile canteen - call: 693-8322 MASSAGE American Style massage services- Call:678-7499
1- 5705 John Deere tractor, 1Rome plough 20 dish, 1- 1630 Bedford truck articulated with 2 trailer- Call:693-4596 2- M132 Lavarda Combine, 122RB Dragline, 3- Pressure pump 4x3 for gold field, 12640MF tractor 4WD, 1385MF tractor- Call:627-0447 1 CAT standby 3306, 194 KVA 3 phase 60 cycleCall:641-8472 Creole birds, chicks, eggs @ Lot 1 L’ Oratoire Canal No.1 WBD – Tel:655-1284 Generators, welders, diesel yanmar, low noise key start 10,000 watts - $1.2M Tel:6128879; 678-2918 - Ramroop Furniture Store. Lincoln welder gas 220 AMPs, Jack Hammer Bosh, Drill Press. Tel:612-8879; 6782918 - Ramroop Furniture Store, Lombard St Georgetown. Ladies boutique closing down have dresses, tops, etc for sale, made in USA. Going cheap! – Tel:624-7333 Pure breed pit-bull 5 months fully vaccinated and dewormed, also pure 7 weeks pit-bull pups – Contact: 6565412; 234-1460; 661-4112. Generators, welding sets, compressors, power washers, drill - migrating, must see! - Tel:227-8519 2 white female and 1 brown male fluffy dogs - contact: 699-6006 Clearance Sale: greenheart lumber, slabs, strips & firewood. Toolsie Persaud Ltd, Lombard St. Georgetown - Tel: 226-4920; 226-4071-5
Potting soil, top soil and quality cow mould – Call:656-1326; 678-0058 Tundra ‘Woman Driven’ Tel:627-1983 Large vacuum cleaner wet & dry (for cleaning or car wash), stereo sets& speakers. Tel:227-8519 One 8000 Ford tractor & one Ford 450 2005 Towing truck – Call: 689-1864 (Guru) / 6945599 (Floyd). Spare for washing machine, microwaves,fridges, stoves, timers, gearbox, pumps, etc call:225-9032,647-2943 Hifi Sound Connection: Car Audio, Pro Audio, complete sound system generator.Call:610-1230/673-5828 Honda ATV 500 4X4 DBL shocks - Tel: 688-6274; 6913851 Massey Ferguson 6140 4X4 Turbo – Call:688-6274/6913851 One stall @ La Penitance Market; $600,000 – Tel:6900437 Original door mirrors for 212, AT192, Allion, Premio, Runx, Alex, AT110 sprinter, AT170 Sprinter, NZE - Tel:654-6401 Happy Acres - $66,000,000, Ogle- $65,000,000, Hotel$2,000,000 USD - Contact: 223-8479; 647-3768 www.spaceseek.gy Houses in East Ruimveldt $10,000,000 – Mon-Repo $16,000,000 to $30,000,000, Diamond - $34,000,000. Contact: 223-8479; 647-3768 - www.spaceseek.gy Imported 6 weeks blood line pit-bull pup. Fully vaccinated & De-wormed, nice colours – Call Anil: 6254583; 225-6801 One pure bred female Rottweiler pup - Call: 2206879 Live/pluck chicken call:6504421, 220-9203 1 TATA Truck GEE 9962 – Contact:629-9286; 219-2395 LEARN TO DRIVE Soman & Sons Driving School , First Federation Building Call 225-4858, 6445166,622-2872,615-0964 (Continued on page 31)
Friday November 08, 2013
Letters... Where your views make the news
The seizure of our Capital City continues unabated DEAR EDITOR, The seizure of our Capital City, Georgetown continues unabated- all with a clear narrow, harmful, political objective. Since the unilateral action of sending off two of our solid waste [garbage collection and disposal] contractors, the condition around the Stabroek Market became a mountain of mess and filth, a haven for rats, flies and diseases. Last Monday, the majority of Councillors raised a rumpus over this state of affairs, pointing to the potential health, and environmental hazards. The majority demanded immediate action and by a majority vote, decided that the contractors dismissed earlier, in defiance of an earlier decision of Council be reengaged. This was after the Director of Solid Waste told the meeting that the machinery and manpower at his disposal were not sufficient to handle the situation and he needed help. The Town Clerk (ag) said she will not comply with any decision of the Mayor and Councillors – unbelievable but true. Hence our problem. On behalf of all of us, I wish to compliment the Solid Waste Director, Mr. Walter Narine and his two new assistants, the City Engineer, Mr. Colvern Venture and the Medical officer of Health, Dr. B. Jeffrey for working assiduously to clear the mountain of mess that had posed a serious health hazard. But as these officers did their all to save the situation what were the consequences? All other areas were neglected and suffered.
Again, without a discussion, the Town Clerk (ag) on her own accord shifted the ‘Street Orderlies’ brigade to help in this emergency. So you now have a build up of waste in the other areas traditionally served by the ‘Street Orderlies.’ Second, because another decision of Council was ignored, we do not have the service of additional trucks, so once again, the expensive working excavator is lying idle on Merriman’s Mall and the people in South Georgetown and other areas must endure the stench, dirty water and muck because the Sussex Street canal needs to be desilted and other works done. The fact that certain Ministers accompanied the lady Town Clerk (ag) during the week on visits to the beleaguered Stabroek Market area speaks volumes. The additional resources they are making available is costing the taxpayers much more than the cost to the Solid Waste Contractors, so – what is the point? No need to give other examples, but the Private Sector et al must say where else could the secretary of any of their Boards or Management, either as an act of insolence, or self anointed imperial power, consistently defy the Board The poor condition in the City is now the sole responsibility of the Ministers and their self appointed strange surrogate. The Private Sector must not seek escape by suggesting an IMC as they did some years ago, but allow the duly elected Mayor and Councillors to do their work. Of course, let us hasten Local
GPL refuses to correct this...
From page 4 taken, but it was just useless with the “pushing around” becoming unbearable. While no proper record was kept of the exact dates, a note was made of what transpired on May 21, 2013 when in relating the purpose for being there to a female supervisor downstairs , she abused, insulted and humiliated me, before referring me to a male employee upstairs. In so doing, the reception could not have been better and a sign of progress was evident with the official indicating to me that he would send two men to make an on the spot inspection. This was done the very next day when the assur-
ance was given that the situation would be rectified once and for all, but this is yet to be done. Wi t h no further progress being made thereafter I visited the office again on August 14, 2013 and two days later, two officers came and promised that certain works had to be done to correct the situation. Up to this day, the position remains the same with the excessively protracted delay becoming very much baffling and stressful GPL fully knows what needs to be done but continues to make a fool of me when better needs to be done in its own interest. R. Ramsewack
Government Elections, so the people can once again decide – with others, we are ready and rearing to go. For those who believe that history has a puckish way of repeating itself, we must know that the heartland and soul of the PPP is a Communist ideology, and so, even at the height of the USSR, there was the troublesome early 1980’s. This was followed by unbelievable change. The surrender of communist monopoly. The disintegration of the powerful Soviet Empire. On a visit to Germany in the late 1970, one high ranking official said the Berlin Wall was there to stay, a lasting reality of German history. I lived to see that Wall tumble just a few years after that statement. Guyana be strong, there is hope but we need be resolute and resist this creeping dictatorship [ in the Capital GT – 27% ruling 73%] is preposterous. Human history is full of examples which can offer us hope and comfort. Empires greater than this PPP dynasty fell. The old folks say, the longest rope has an end; this undemocratic, corrupt regime will crumble under its own weight. Hamilton Green, J.P (From page 30)
PROPERTY FOR SALE Light St Front Property in good condition & parking $25M. 5 Bedrooms house @ South & parking – $30M – Call Diana: 227-2256; 626-9382 Property for sale- Call:6275416
VACANCY Vacancy exists @ Survival Shopping Complex; 173 Sheriff St - For cashiers & drivers. Apply with written application & passport photograph Contact: 227-5288-89 Vacancy exists @ Survival Shopping Complex; 173 Sheriff St - For IT Technician. Apply with written application & passport photograph & CV - Contact: 227-5288-89 Pump Attendant at Shell Service Station Providence, E.B.D. Must be able to work shift (5am-3pm & 3pm12pm)- Call:265-7305
VERSAILLES: Furnished 5 bedrooms, self-contained rooms, modern facilities, generator, beautiful landscape, gated community- Call:592-6248704/592-684-9203 111 Collinswood Avenue, Nandy Park, EBD Contact:616-9775;687-0835 One - two storey 3 bedrooms house @ Montrose ECD, Price negotiable. Serious enquiries only! - Tel: 619-6005 Diamond - $6.2M, Alberttown - $35M, Kitty - $30M, AA Eccles - $60M - Call Diana: 227-2256; 626-9382 Prime 2- storey concrete building dimensions 80x23, 6 bedrooms, 2 master bedrooms @ Leonora opposite to Primary School Tel: 652-0709; 268-3572 Large two flat 6 bedrooms house - $14M negotiable Tel:604-4174; 619-5332
Businessman in Trinidad seeks Guyanese woman for friendship & marriage between ages 30-40; email:ramphal mahadeo@ live.com – Tel:0011-868-7243155; 0011-868-4681075 Need a friend for serious relationship or marriage, call Brian: 695-8528
Garden maintenance staff needed for Landscape Company 18-28 years. No education necessary - Tel: 648-1821 Skilled carpenters & apprentice, salesboys & girls. Apply: In person to Avinash Water St. Canter Drivers & Porters from ECD & EBD, Male Security Guards for Land of Canaan location, accommodation available. 266 4427
Repairs, sales & spares air conditioning, microwaves, washer, fridges & stoves. Ultra Cool, call:2259032,647-2943
Repairs to Fridge, Freezer, AC, Washers, Stoves: Call 683-1312,627-3206 (Nick) SALON Make Up Courses, Artist Trained & Certified in Trinidad. Call: 660-5257, 647-1773 Celebrity Look Beauty Salon: hair and nail stations to rent. Hair - $6,500 and nail - $4,000. Contact Leoita: 602-2337
HOUSE PLAN DRAFTING FOR ONLY $10,000CALL:694-9843/227-2766 Permanent & Visitors Visa Applications, Professional Immigration Consultant Room D5 Maraj Building Call:225-6496,6626045,223-8115 Christmas cleaning! Power washing for residential & commercial properties - Call: 648-1544 Professional and affordable landscaping and tree trimming services. BUDRAM’S LANDSCAPINGSERVICES) - Call: 656-1326; 678-0058
2 Female sale Clerks must be between18-25. Tel:679-9449; 231-3059. People’s Choice Café
Vacancy exist for one experienced cosmetologist on the EBD ( Grove) Contact: Ms Rashrie call:652-5800
SERVICES Professional and affordable landscaping and tree trimming services. Budram’s Landscaping ServicesCall:656-1326/678-0058
We repair fridge, freezer, AC, washer, dryer call:2310655,683-8734 Omar
Canter Drivers & Porters from East Coast & EBD, Male Security Guards for Land of Canaan location. 266 4427
Vacancy exists for 1 experienced Accountant & Accounts clerk with 5 years experience. Apply @ Alabamba Trading, Georgetown Ferry Stelling. PROPERTY FOR SALE
TO LET Self contained rooms in Prashad Nagar; contact: 2272993 One Furnished Two bedrooms bottom flat @ Uitvlugt - Contact: 680-4990 Harmony Inn: Apartments fully furnished, airconditioned apartments: As low as $5000 per night- Call: 668-0306/602-8769/ 694-7817 Fully furnished short term apartments, Eccles call: 679-7139 Fully furnished Vacation home with all amenities- Call during working hours- 2271218 One bedroom unfurnished apartment, Grove New Housing Scheme, EBD $35,000 Call: 642-1956 After 6PM
EDUCATIONAL CXC/CAPE classes for students and adults. Highly qualified teachers & CXC examiners - Call: 683-3887 Institute Academic Supremacy; East Street, 4 building before Balwant Singh Hospital – Forms 1-5, CXC, adults/classes - Call: 226-8468, 690-5008 Enrol today @ Nalini’s School of Cosmetology. Classes starting January 2014. Full course only - $80,000 - Call: 614-6655; 226-6705
Gardener/ handyman$20,000 per week to work in New Providence must know to operate weeding machine – Contact:265-7550
Fully secured concrete bond 87x31ft (private compound) @ Mc Doom public road back of Police OutpostCall:233-0570
Christmas Computer Courses Deal: 9 courses (Diploma in Technology) $30,000. Micrographics Technology, Vreed-EnHoop – Tel:264-3057
Domestic /cook with Carnegie training - $2,500 per day to work in New Providence-Contact: 2657550
Kitty - $65,000 & $120,000, Kingston – US900, Atlanic Gardens – US900, Providence – US1300. Call Diana – 227-2256; 626-9382
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Friday November 08, 2013
Crash survivors move to have company closed Jamaica Observer SURVIVORS of a horrific crash in 2010 of a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus Wednesday moved to have the State-run company wound up and its assets sold off if it is unable to honour a $100-million settlement for damages as a result of the mishap. “This is disrespectful that a public transportation system can treat the citizens this way,” attorney Sean Kinghorn, who represents 30 of 32 claimants who are to be awarded from the $106,650,000 settlement reached with the JUTC in August, told the Jamaica Observer. “If this is how they are going to treat the citizens they don’t deserve to be operating as a transport system in Jamaica,” Kinghorn added. Yesterday, Kinghorn served on the JUTC a Statutory
Members of the Bayside New Testament Church in Portmore count their blessings outside the St Ann’s Bay hospital, after surviving, some with minor injuries, the accident. (Photo: Alesia Edwards) Demand for Payment of Debt notice pursuant to Section 221 of the Companies Act. According to the notice, the
JUTC has 21 days to service the $100-million settlement or face legal action in the Supreme Court to have it wound up.
IDB approves loans to strengthen Suriname’s electricity sector
PA R A M A R I B O , Suriname — The InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) has approved two loans totaling $40 million to support Suriname’s power
sector. The first loan totaling $30 million will support the country’s plans to improve the quality and reliability of the local electricity
service, bring 24-hour access to electricity to some locations in the Hinterland, and reduce the use of fossil fuels. It will upgrade critical infrastructure and information systems of Energiebedrijven Suriname’s (EBS) power operator, as well as finance works to expand the e l e c t r i c ity grid and renewable energy production. The second loan totaling $10 million aims to increase the efficiency, transparency, sustainability, and accountability of the power sector. The program addresses the need to strengthen the electricity sector as a key step for the country to transition to a more sustainable energy framework in economic, financial, and environmental terms.
Friday November 08, 2013
Letters... Where your views make the news
Plight of a wheel-chair user at the airport DEAR EDITOR, This ninety year old senior has just returned to my homeland. At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 21, I searched the TV channels for JEOPARDY which exercise I maintain is chiefly responsible for my being able to pen you this letter and is also responsible for my not suffering from DEMENTIA or ALZHEIMERâ€™s. Management of Channel Seven (7), I know you love this dear land, GUYANA, as much or more than this senior. I appeal to you to institute with regularity the Jeopardy program to ensure that citizens of this dear land maintain a high level of knowledge and maybe intelligence through the exercise. This senior will be happy to know that by my daily participation, I am
assured that Dementia and Alzheimer will never happen to me. Mr. Editor, on my arrival at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on Saturday last, my wheelchair was added to a line of other wheelchairs. I was number eight in line. I had an urgent need to use the rest room - can you imagine the turmoil in my mind? At the JFK Airport wheel-chair occupants are
taken to a serving immigration officer to be served immediately after the one being served on our arrival there. I will be happy if consideration is given to us who are incapacitated in one way or the other. Do be kind to us seniors; we once gave yeoman service; help us to maintain our dignity by adopting a more humane system. Essie Holder
Friday November 08, 2013
St. Vincent Prime Minister fed up with industrial action at LIAT BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - CMC – St Vi n c e n t and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves says he is “absolutely fed up” at the constant industrial action plaguing the regional airline, LIAT. Gonsalves, who is the chairman of the s h a r e h o l d e r governments of the financially troubled airline, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that he was “fed up” with the “self-inflicted wounds” on the Antigua-based airline. LIAT pilots walked off their jobs on Monday and their union, the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots A s s o c i a t i o n ( L I A L PA ) blamed “misguided and illinformed decisions” taken by the a i r l i n e ’s management for t h e action. The union claimed that they were forced into an e m e rgency meeting to discuss the m a n a g e m e n t ’s d e c i s i o n resulting in the widespread disruption to the airline’s daily schedule. The union and airline representatives met on We d n e s d a y t o d i s c u s s the matter and while the talks are expected to c o n t i n u e o n T h u r s d a y, Gonsalves told CMC that “these self-inflicted wounds between
management and the pilots just have to stop. “Maybe everybody simply needs to take a breather and read the Psalms or Proverbs,” he said, adding that the airline, whose major s h a r e h o l d e r governments are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines can ill afford these problems particularly as shareholder governments continue to seek to invest in the airline. “The amount of money that we are putting in this airline, the shareholders, and more people are getting interested. I just talked to the president of the Regional Council of M a r t i n i q u e a n d h e ’s interested in getting on board as an equity partner in LIAT, but this kinda foolishness must stop. “When these things happen other potential shareholders will wonder w h a t ’s t h e m a t t e r w i t h these guys. I’m absolutely frustrated and so too are the members of the travelling public,” Gonsalves said. Gonsalves said he was anxious to receive a full report on what led to Tuesday’s strike but he urged management and the pilots to maintain level heads and exercise mature judgement.
“I am asking the pilots not to go off the handle at the slightest difficulty, not to on a sick-out, a wildcat strike or withdrawal of labour and I’m asking management just to be circumspect in the way in which they speak, in the way they act. This is absolutely ridiculous.” Gonsalves said he was still of the opinion that LIAT should be declared an essential service, adding that the shareholder governments had already agreed to go that route.
Trinidad Express - An Arima man was killed in a drive-by shooting during rush hour traffic in Couva yesterday afternoon. Police said the man was standing at Roop’s Junction, along the Southern Main Road, when a car pulled alongside him at around 3p.m. The occupants of the Nissan Almera car opened fire on the man. Several bystanders, including school
children, began scampering. He died at the scene. Police had no immediately identity, except that the man was nicknamed “Fish” from Arima. He was wearing a yellow shirt, jeans and his hair was braided. A team of police officers including senior superintendent Johnny Abraham and inspector Terrence Williams responded to the report and the getaway vehicle was intercepted in
Perseverance Village, Couva. Police said four men of Maloney were detained at the Chaguanas police station. Abraham said, “It looks like these people bringing their gang war in Central. But I will not allow that to happen here. We are prepared to deal with them. I always advise my officers to look out for strange vehicles and people in the community and that is how we find them.”
He told CMC, he raised the matter at the Caricom level and member states now have to decide on whether to accept his proposals. “I think that they (Caricom leaders) are on board. I can start the ball rolling myself but the important countries to move Antigua and Barbuda and Barbados and to some extent T r i n i d a d a n d To b a g o b e c a u s e t h e s e are places where you have ‘bases’. “But all throughout the islands served by LIAT you must put such legislation in place. In the case of St Vi n c e n t and the Grenadines all we need to do with the essential services legislation is to add LIAT as an essential service,” he added.
Children scamper as man killed in Couva drive-by
Friday November 08, 2013
Britain’s Cameron to demand Sri Lanka war crimes investigation LONDON (Reuters) British Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday he will demand that Sri Lanka i n v e s t i g a t e s allegations of war crimes and human rights abuses when he visits the country for a meeting of Commonwealth leaders next week. Cameron said he wanted to “shine t he international spotlight on the lack of progress” in the Indian Ocean island since the end of a long civil war i n 2 0 0 9 . Defending his decision to attend the b i e n n i a l C o m m o n w e a l t h leaders’ meeting in t h e capital, Colombo, Cameron said he would have a better chance of securing changes if he pressed ahead with his visit to the former British c o l o n y. “I will demand that the Sri Lankan g o v e r n m e n t independently and t r a n s p a r e n t l y investigates alleged war crimes and allegations of continuing human rights abuses,” Cameron wrote in an article for a Londonbased Ta m i l n e w s p a p e r. Human rights groups have urged leaders to boycott the
November 15-17 meeting to put pressure on the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said he will not attend, citing concerns over allegations of extrajudicial killings, harassment of minorities and the detention of politicians and journalists. South African peace c a m p a i g n e r Archbishop Desmond Tutu said he supported a boycott, urging the world to “apply all the screws that it can”. The Sri Lankan government says its rights record has i m p r o v e d s i n c e t h e war and has rejected the
crit i c i s m as unsubstantiated. Te n s o f t h o u s a n d s of civilians died in the last months of the war between the government and the Liberation Tigers of T a m i l E e l a m ( LT T E ) rebels, who lost their fight for a separate s t a t e f o r S r i L a n k a ’s Ta m i l m i n o r i t y, a U . N . report estimated. Cameron said he would become the first foreign leader to visit the north of the island s i n c e t h e c o u n t r y ’s independence from Britain in 1948. The war ended in 2009 when government forces surrounded the rebels in a small area in the north.
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s m a i n We s t e r n - b a c k e d opposition group is considering an invitation for informal meetings involving Syrian g o v e r n m e n t representatives in Moscow that would focus on establishing humanitarian corridors, opposition figures confirmed yesterday. It was not immediately clear when the talks might take place, or whether they would include direct contact between representatives of President Bashar Assad’s government and t h e S y r ian National Coalition. But if the two sides were to sit down together for discussions on humanitarian issues, it could boost the prospects
for a proposed peace conference the U.S. and Russia have been trying to convene in Geneva. The coalition has demanded that Assad step down in any transitional Syrian government as a condition for its going to Geneva. Syrian officials say Assad will stay in his post at least until his terms ends in 2014 and that he may run for re-election. The Russian Foreign Ministry said yesterday that representatives of the opposition, who met with Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov in Geneva, “responded positively” to a Kremlin offer to host “informal contacts in Moscow for the entire spectrum of Syria’s social and political forces.”
Bogdanov said the talks could focus on humanitarian problems as well as some political issues. Kamal Labwani, a coalition member, said the opposition was considering whether to accept the Russian offer. But he said talks would be confined to experts from the c o a l i t i o n ’s humanitarian arm and government humanitarian organizations. “The Russians called on the opposition to meet with the regime there, but then scaled it back to solving the humanitarian crisis,” Labwani said. “They want to open a line of communication between the regime and the opposition through Russia.”
Syrian opposition mulls talks with government
Friday November 08, 2013
Punches in bunches as nation’s best Adams, Gonsalves hit half amateur pugilists take to the ring tonight centuries in drawn encounter
The National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue, is expected to provide a chockfull of action when the cream of the nation’s pugilists square off for the National Open, Female and junior boxing championships tonight and Sunday night. Organizer of the tournament, Terrence Poole, explained that this is the most senior of the tournaments under the Guyana Boxing Associat6ion (GBA) umbrella and will serve as
an indicator of who are the best in their respective divisions. He said that fans could expect action packed encounters since the likes of bantamweight, Imran Khan, welterweight, Eon Bancroft, Middleweights, Dennis Thomas and Marvin Ageday among other top boxers will be on show. The boxers will enjoy a rest night tomorrow evening,
while former professional boxing champion, Jeff Roberts, runs off his tournament in the Ancient County before they will return for the finals of the National Open, Female and Junior boxing championships. The weigh in and medical examination take place at the fight venue on the morning of the fight and boxers are urged to be at the venue on time.
Friday November 08, 2013 ARIES (MAR 21 - APR 19): Instead of dragging on with something old, tired, and worn out, why not start something new? If you refuse to give up on a project that's doomed to fail, you'll be in for a long, frustrating road ahead. *************************** TAURUS (APR 20 MAY 20): Social engagements will be your saving grace. Without them, you may be confused and sad about issues that are reaching a climax. In some form or another, you're being asked to make some major transformations. *************************** GEMINI (MAY 21 JUN 20): The intensity should increase around an issue regarding love and romance. Friction is building. Unfortunately, this tension may be unavoidable. *************************** CANCER (JUN 21 - JUL 22): Let your heart shine. Love surrounds you like a beautiful pink cloud, and you can't help but attract people to you. Take romance to a higher level with someone really special tonight. You'll find that whatever you give will come back to you tenfold. Your aura glows brightly with emotion, so let it light your way. *************************** LEO (JUL 23 - AUG 22): There's a great deal of transforming energy in the air that you should harness and capitalize on. " When tomorrow comes and there's a huge meal of pizza, soda, and fries, suddenly the diet once again starts "tomorrow." Use the powerful energy of today to break out of this habit and make a real change in your life. ************************ VIRGO (AUG 23 - SEP 22): You may experience writer's block in every sense of the phrase. Even if you don't consider yourself a writer, for some reason it may be difficult to get even the simplest words down on paper.
LIBRA (SEP 23 - OCT 22): Action should be your main priority, especially when it comes to love and romance. You may not be too concerned about what sort of action you take. *************************** SCORPIO (OCT 23 NOV 21): A surprise in love and romance is on its way to you. Things are coming full circle, and the investment you made in this realm is finally paying off. *************************** SAGITTARIUS (NOV 22 - DEC 21): Getting along with others may prove challenging today, Sagittarius. The planetary aspects can have you isolating yourself. You might feel impatient and easily annoyed. If this is so, stay solo if you can. *************************** CAPRICORN (DEC 22 JAN 19): Know what you're getting yourself into, especially if it has to do with love and romance. You may be like a fly on a tree branch, carefully inspecting the beautiful spider web at your feet. *************************** AQUARIUS (JAN 20 FEB 18): Your heart may be hurt by misfortunes that have befallen you. Thinking about times past is just pulling up buckets of tears from a well. Don't keep doing this to yourself. It's time to move forward. *************************** PISCES (FEB 19 - MAR 20): You're filled with joy! There's a tremendous wave of love coming your way. Everything involving romance could be taken to extremes. An extreme in the direction of love and boundless creativity means that at some time there will be a dramatic swing in the opposite direction.
Anthony Adams XI and Mark Gonsalves XI played to a draw when the New Opportunity Corps Sports Club (NOCSC) cricket developmental programme continued with a two day match recently at NOC ground on the Essequibo Coast. Gonsalves XI batted first and managed 186 before they were bowled out in 56 overs. David Williams and Akieni Adams scored 30 each and Mahindra Persaud supported with 20. Neiland Cadogan bagged 3-18, Anthony Adams 3-28 and Shane Wong 2-21. Adams XI
replied with 161 with the skipper leading the way with 85 while Isaiah Latchman made 32 and Aquacy Adams 24; Akeini Adams claimed 441. Leading by 25 runs Gonsalves XI declared their second innings on 120-2. Gonsalves blasted 61, Alex Etwaroo and David Williams chipped in with 23 and 22 respectively. Set 146 for victory Adams XI reached 496 at stumps on the final day. Akieni Adams snared 2-9. In an invited comment Coach Forbes Daniels said another game is planned for this weekend. He stated that
it is important that the longer version of the game to be played in Essequibo since most of the competitions there are limited overs.
Falcon House wins Morgan’s Learning Centre InterHouse Sports Falcon House won the Morgan’s Learning Centre annual inter-house track and field competition on Monday at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary. Falcon amassed 207 points to win the competition ahead of Toucan House (171 points), Macaw House (170 points) and Raven House (104 points) respectively. Trophy Stall, Nestle Milo, Banks DIH and Nicky’s Natural Fruit Juices & Snackette were the sponsors of the event. President of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), Aubrey Hutson declared the track championships open. Hutson told the students that sports is important to their development since it helps them become well-rounded individuals and that Morgan’s Learning Centre initiative which is the brainchild of Sir Morgan, should be hailed as a positive one. Hutson believed that success is a mixture of academics and athletics and being able to manage the two while emphasising on time management. The athletes all had spirited performances with Tasnica Lovell and Lloyd Pollard being declared Champion Girl and Champion Boy, both from Falcon House. The Runners-up Male and Female Champs were Rommel Legall and Imani Butcher, both of the Macaw House. Lovell won the Girls Under-18 1500m, 400m, 200m and 100m while Butcher won the Girls U-14 400m, 200m and 100m. Pollard won the U-18 400m, placed second in U-18 200m, U-18 and U-20 100m while Legall won the U-18 200m,U-18 and U-20 100m. There were also male and female parents race, and the fascinating ‘race of the day’ that had all the students and spectators on the edge of their seats was the male teachers of Morgan’s Learning Centre 100m race, which included Sir Morgan. The Morgan Learning Centre said in a release yesterday that academics and sports are included in their comprehensive curriculum.
Friday November 08, 2013
Friendship and Supply share honours
Circle Tennis winners Supply and the victorious Windball Cricket team Friendship pose for a photo op following the end of their two disciplines Series recently. Friendship and Supply shared the honours when the two teams met at Circle
Tennis and Windball Cricket recently. Playing in the 22nd
Annual Christmas Term Schools Windball Cricket matches played at Timehri
Sachia Vickery enjoying well deserved holiday in Guyana By Rawle Welch Back home in the country of her parents’ birth, world # 182 ranked tennis player Sachia Vickery is enjoying a well deserved holiday after what she described as a terrific year in her career. Vickery, who was born on November 5, 1995 in the USA, flew into Guyana with mom Paula Liverpool on Wednesday evening to commence a twoweek vacation just before she embarks on rigorous off-season preparations ahead of the start of the 2014 season. Speaking with Kaieteur Sport yesterday at the Princess Hotel where she is staying, Vickery, who made it to the second round of this year’s US Open Championship, described the season as the best in her career to date. “Making the draw at the US Open this year is definitely the high point since it was always a dream of mine to play at the highest level and to achieve that is something I will always remember,” Vickery said. Vickery, who defeated former Wimbledon semifinalist Mirjana Lucic 6-4, 6-4 in her first round match, before losing to qualifier Julia Glushko 5-7, 3-6 disclosed both matches were tough, but pointed to a bit of nervousness as a strong factor for the loss. “I had chances to win, but because I was a bit nervous, especially since I was playing in my first Grand Slam event I made some errors, but let us not forget that both of those players are very tough players,” she
- Looking forward to a busy 2014 season reminded. The strongly built righthanded player who packs a powerful forehand is highly regarded on the Circuit as one of the emerging stars in the game in the USA and the world. Quizzed on whether she will be much better next time and whether she will be able to cope with the pressure of playing on the ‘big’ stage, Vickery informed that she will be much better prepared to handle the big occasion and the atmosphere of playing in front of a large crowd. “I have the fight and determination I work real hard and see no reason why I should not be out there with the best players in the world,” she stated. She said that her goal for the upcoming season is to be ranked in the Top 100 and if she is able to get ranked even higher then it will be a great achievement. Vickery, who is also taking the time to nurse a slight back injury, revealed that recovery is going well and she expects to be fully fit in time for offseason training, before heading off to Australia to compete. She told this newspaper that she starts out at the Brisbane Open then move on to the Auckland Open in New Zealand, before heading back to Australia for the Sydney Open and ends the sojourn with the Australian Open in Melbourne. According to her, next year she plans to travel to
compete extensively and she is gearing herself for the rigorous schedule. Asked to comment on the young stars from the USA that has emerged recently namely Victoria Duval, Sloane Stephens and herself, Vickery said everyone has been working hard and the Programme is a tremendous one and geared to develop talented players. She said she has had good success against some of the best juniors in the USA so she knows all about them. Vickery was given the opportunity to highlight the major influences in her career and she identified her Mom, the USTA for recognising her talent and willing to join forces with her, Otis Johnson, who was one of the earliest to work with her, Nick Bolleteri, Bill Adams, who was always there as a mentor Kathy Rinaldi, her Coach on the USTA among others. Meanwhile, Liverpool’s wish for her daughter is for her to be the best that she can be and hopefully accomplish the goals that she set for herself. She said Sachia singlehandedly brought her ranking into the 200’s because most of 2012 she travelled without a Coach, but it was her determination to achieve that goal that was so inspiring. Liverpool thanked GOD for blessing her with a daughter who is determined to make it to the top.
Red Ground & the National Park respectively, Friendship won at Windball Cricket in both the Boys and Girls categories, while Supply rebounded to grab the Circle Tennis accolade. At Timehri Red GroundGirls- Friendship won by 7 wickets. Supply after been invited to bat first made 21-4 off the allotted overs. Friendship replied with 22-3. Alicia Moore made 11 not out. Boys- Friendship won by
6 runs. Friendship after being asked to take first strike scored 78-3 with Mohamed Alie 46 and Dhanpaul Bissoop 16, being the principal scorers. Supply in their turn at the crease was restricted to 72-3 when the overs expired. Christopher Montouth hammered 45. Over at the National ParkCircle Tennis mixed team match, Supply batted first and scored 110- 4 off their 30 deliveries, with Joseph
Basdeo 76, with 11x 6s. Friendship in reply was restricted to 96-5, Kacyann James 40, with 5x6s, Dhanpaul Bissoop 15, Reney Wray 12. Supply also received a Circle Tennis Racquet made possible by AL Sport & Tour Promotions. Meanwhile, Queenstown batted first and score 61 all out, Jahfar John 19. Monar Educational Institute 58-2, Nicholas Ganesh 20, Sherroy Smith 15.
NBA ROUNDUP: Pacers...
From page 38 season. The game reunited new Celtics coach Brad Stevens with Gordon Hayward, the Butler star who took the Bulldogs to the NCAA championship game against Duke. Hayward had 28 points and nine rebounds for Utah (0-5), one of the last two winless teams in the NBA this season. The attendance of 17,130 was about 1,500 fans short of a sellout, ending a streak of 289 games dating to the end of the 2006-07 season. Derrick Favors scored 10 points with 14 rebounds and Enes Kanter scored 22 with eight boards for the Jazz, who open a season with five straight losses for the first time since 1974, when they were still in New Orleans. Gerald Wallace had nine points and nine rebounds for Boston (1-4), which led by as many as 25 points in the third quarter before Utah scored 17 of the first 20 in the fourth to cut a 22-point deficit to single digits. WARRIORS 106, TIMBERWOLVES 93 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 19 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and Harrison Barnes
scored 14 points in his season debut to help Golden State defeat Minnesota. David Lee had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Andre Iguodala scored 20 points for the Warriors (4-1). Kevin Love had 25 points, 16 rebounds and six assists for the Timberwolves, who have lost two straight after a 3-0 start. Kevin Martin added 23 points, but the Wolves’ bench was outscored 27-10. Stephen Curry had just five points on 2-for-8 shooting with seven assists in 24 minutes and sat out the fourth quarter with a bone bruise on his left foot. MAGIC 98, CLIPPERS 90 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Nik Vucevic had 30 points — including six free throws in the final 23 seconds — and 21 rebounds to help Orlando hold on to beat Los Angeles and earn its first three-game winning streak since December of last season. Orlando led by as many as 19 points in the third quarter, before Los Angeles took its first lead with a 25-5 run. Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Chris Paul added 18 points and 10 assists. Former Magic guard
J.J. Redick also chipped in 17 points. The loss ends a threegame win streak for the Clippers, whose three-game road trip continues Thursday at Miami. BOBCATS 92, RAPTORS 90 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Gerald Henderson broke out of his shooting slump with a season-high 23 points to help Charlotte defeat Toronto. After signing an $18 million, three-year contract in the offseason, Henderson came in shooting just 31 percent through the first four games. But he got off to a fast start this time and finished 10 of 17 from the field. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 14 points to help Charlotte win again after beating the Knicks in New York on Tuesday night. Second-year guard Jeffery Taylor continued to give the Bobcats (3-2) quality minutes off the bench, scoring 13 points. Josh McRoberts added 13 points and five assists. Rudy Gay led the Raptors with 20 points. Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Friday November 08, 2013
Messi stars as Barcelona reach last 16 Bartica wants to ‘bring home the bacon’
- mulls first National Schools’ C/ships title
Lionel Messi scored twice for Barcelona as they booked their place in the knockout stages. (Getty Images) BBC Sport - Lionel Messi scored twice for Barcelona as they booked their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a comfortable win over AC Milan. Messi scored his first goal in four games with a penalty after Neymar had been fouled by Ignazio Abate. Sergio Busquets headed in a second from Xavi’s free-kick before the lead was reduced when Kaka’s cross was turned in by the unfortunate Gerard Pique. Messi clipped in his second after a swift one-two with Cesc Fabregas. The result extends the
Catalan side’s lead at the top of Group H to five points over the Italian club, who have five points with two games to play. Milan now travel to Celtic knowing that victory could also see them progress into the next round. Barcelona had 63% possession and 19 shots on target - more than four times Milan’s total. Neymar came close early on when he collected Messi’s through-ball only to see his strike blocked by Urby Emanuelson. Milan keeper Christian Abbiati then denied Neymar and Alexis Sanchez before
Barca finally made the breakthrough from the spot. Xavi chipped a ball over the Milan defence for Neymar, who was tugged back in the area by Milan defender Abate. Messi smashed in the resulting penalty for his first goal since scoring in the reverse fixture against Milan two weeks ago. Barca then doubled their lead when midfielder Busquets stooped to head past Abbiati from Xavi’s teasing delivery from a free-kick. Just before half-time, Milan were given a lifeline when Pique turned Kaka’s low delivery into his own net.
Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri, whose side are only 11th in the Serie A table, brought on striker Mario Balotelli for the ineffective Robinho after the break but it made little difference as Barca dominated. Abbiati produced a great save to prevent Andres Iniesta from scoring before the keeper pushed away Sanchez’s point-blank effort. But he could do little to stop Messi from scoring the third, when the Argentine linked up with Fabregas before skipping through the defence and lifting his shot high into the net.
NBA ROUNDUP: Pacers remain unbeaten after taming Bulls INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Luis Scola, Donald Sloan and Lance Stephenson accounted for all the points in a decisive 12-2 run, thwarting a late charge by the Chicago Bulls and sending the Indiana Pacers, the NBA’s last unbeaten team, to an 97-80 victory Wednesday night. The Pacers are 5-0 for the first time since 1971-72. Paul George had 21 points and six rebounds to lead Indiana, while David West had a season-high 17 points and 13 rebounds. Luol Deng and Derrick Rose scored 17 points each to lead Chicago (1-3). Rose scored only three points in the second half. SPURS 99, SUNS 96 SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker scored 15 of the Spurs’ final 16 points and San Antonio withstood a hectic finish to beat Phoenix. Parker scored 20 overall, Danny Green had 19 points,
Tim Duncan added 17 points and Boris Diaw 11 points for San Antonio (4-1). Markieff Morris tied a career high with 23 points and also had 11 rebounds for Phoenix (3-2). Morris’ twin brother, Marcus, added 11 points and Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee each had 15. Plumlee’s reverse layup gave Phoenix a 96-95 lead with 1 minute remaining. The Suns had an opportunity to extend the lead following a miss by Duncan, but Manu Ginobili drew a charge on Danny Green. Parker followed with a short jumper to give San Antonio the lead for good. Gerald Green missed a 3pointer at the buzzer that would have tied the game. CELTICS 97, JAZZ 87 BOSTON (AP) — Brandon Bass scored 20 points and Jeff Green added 18 to send Boston past Utah for its first win of the (Continued on page 37)
Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, right, celebrates with forward Paul George after hitting a 3-point shot against the Chicago Bulls. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
With what he described as “excellent” support from the Education Department, Regional Office and the community ahead of the National Schools’ Championships, Leon Stewart believes that Bartica, District 7, could ‘bring home the whole bacon’ this year. Bartica has never won the overall title at the National Schools’ Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championships, which is set to stage its 53rd edition during November 19-22, but Stewart, the Sports Chairman and Team Manager of District 7, is quite certain that that the team could do so with a consistent performance. “Basically, I think we will make a run for the overall Championship this year; our athletes have been training very, very hard because they know we want to do better than last year,” Stewart told Kaieteur Sport yesterday. Bartica placed fourth overall last year; after exceptional performances in the swimming, cycling and teachers competitions, they were let down in the track and field contest when they brought a disappointing ninth, which forced them into fourth place. “Our strength is in the teachers’ competition, which we have won twice already and swimming, where we placed third last year. If we do well in the cycling and athletics, we can challenge for the overall title, which is what we want to do,” Stewart assessed. “This year we can win the teachers’ competition and persons in the community have been volunteering with the track and field athletes. If we can place in the top three in all the various competitions, we can win overall,” he continued, adding that support from the stakeholders in the District has been “excellent”. Bartica, a mining community, is usually well supported for ‘Nationals’ and they usually transform that support into decent results. Stewart identified some athletes and events that he
Leon Stewart believes will be the trump card for them this year at ‘Nationals’. He believes that Fiona Mentis and Carmel Williams will be forces to reckon with in the Teachers Under-40 long jumps and 80-metre track event. Stewart informed that both Mentis and Williams returned record-breaking performances last year. According to Stewart, Clifton Bobb, in the teachers’ Under-21 field events, Festus Benn in the 90 metre and long jump U-40 events and Hilbert Knights in the U-40 shot-putt and discus events are also among those teachers expected to perform for Bartica. Meanwhile, he noted that Shawn Caesar (field events) boys U-20, Derika Marshall (100, 200 and 400m) U-12, Keifon Jack (100, 200m) boys U-10 and Cornell Playtner (100, 200, long and triple jumps) U-16 are some of the outstanding athletes for track and field. In the cycling events, he is anticipating good performances from Corin Chase (800, 1000 and 1500m), Victoria Wong (1500, 2000 and 3000m) and Rondel Lopes (1000, 2000 and 3000m) races, while Daniel Jeffrey (50-metre free and back strokes), Recia Toris (50 metres free and back strokes), Brittina Simmons (50 metres free and back strokes) and Andrew Simmons (50 metres butterfly, breast stroke and 50-metre freestyle) are to once again help them mount the podium in the swimming competition that will be held at the Castellani Pool.
Friday November 08, 2013
F&H Million Dollars Plus Dominoes - G\Town leg
Rage win zone 7
The victorious Rage Dominoes team. Organizing secretary of the GDA Mark Wiltshire is far left. Rage marked 71 games to win the final of zone 7 when the Georgetown leg of the F and H Printing Establishment Million Dollars Plus nation Dominoes competition continued on Wednesday evening at Gaulding Place, South Ruimveldt. TNT, who drew the bye to the final, placed second with 70 games and B6 finished third with 65.
Cargail DeFreitas, Narine Singh and Winston Stevens chalked 15 games each for the winners while John Chance, who shared the first love in the finals and Terry Chow, scored 14 apiece and Kanhai Samaroo 13 for TNT. Alexis McAulay made the maximum 18 for B6. Rage won the semifinal with 66 games ahead of B6 with 57 and Dream Team 50.
Lyal Gittens and Mark Welch were Rages’ leading players in the semifinal with 13 games each; Tessa Blackman made 13 and Alexis McAulay 12 for B6. Meanwhile, the Georgetown Dominoes Association (GDA) will be hosting a 20\20 tournament on Sunday at Labelle Dominoes Sports Bar, Norton Street starting at 14:00 hrs. Entrance fee is $6,000.
WADA executive to see Jamaica report next week CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency’s executive committee expects to examine the report from a two-day inspection trip to Jamaica, next week, Director General David Howman said Wednesday. Howman said the report on gaps in Jamaica’s testing of its star athletes in the buildup to the London Olympics will likely be presented to WADA’s board when it meets on the first day of its conference in South Africa, on Tuesday. WADA also expects to meet with Kenyan officials at the four-day World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg. The East African country is also under scrutiny over doping procedures. Howman said he was “content” with the process that was followed with WADA’s inspection of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission last week, following the revelations of a
breakdown in the testing of the Caribbean island’s highprofile sprinters in the six months leading up to the London Olympics. Eight Jamaican athletes, including former 100-metre world record holder Asafa Powell and Olympic 400 relay gold and silver medallist Sherone Simpson, have tested positive this year. The three-member WADA team that visited Jamaica, last week, didn’t comment on any findings. “We’ve been able to have a process, so from that point of view I’m content that the process has been followed,” Howman said Wednesday by telephone from WADA headquarters in Montreal. “We’ll get a report shortly and we will deal with the report in the same way as we deal with any audit report from a stakeholder.” Regarding Kenya, Howman said “frustration” was “a good word” to describe WADA’s feelings
over the country’s delay in investigating a spike in positive tests among its athletes. A German broadcaster alleged last year that doping was common in the country’s famed highaltitude training bases, which are also used by big-name distance runners from other countries. Kenya’s government and sporting authorities promised an investigation over a year ago, but there has been little progress. “Nothing’s happened and we’ve been promised a lot. I would say it’s most disappointing from a country where once again they could benefit from being transparent,” Howman said. “They could benefit from working with us to see if there is a problem, how big it is. “That’s just common sense at the end of the day because you don’t want a red flag flying over your country and over your athletes, who are very good athletes.”
Chico Kashif & Shanghai Schools’ football get major injection from Bushy Park Sawmills The Chico Kashif and Shanghai Schools football tournament was yesterday given a major injection of sponsorship from Bushy Park Sawmills Inc. of Parika. The principals of that organisation confirmed the major sponsorship for the event, which will cover the four participating schools from the West of Demerara, part sponsorship of the Waramadong Secondary school and covering the ticket costs for two days of the event so kids can enter the venues free for those two days. Yesterday Kashif Muhammad, part of the organising duo, informed the media that they are happy with the contribution from Bushy Park Sawmills. He disclosed that the budget for hosting this event is in the vicinity of $27M. Muhammad pointed out that to bring Waramadong from Region 7 and house them is costing around $3M and the Bushy park Sawmills is covering that cost in part. The main portion of the sponsorship will see the sawmill being the sole
sponsor for the four teams from the West Demerara; Stewartville, Uitvlugt, Patentia and Leonora; providing full kit for their participation. Matches are slated for the Westside at Den Amstel and one of the days in Georgetown and Bushy Park has bought tickets so all the children attending can enter the venues free on the days which will be specified. Muhammad noted that with the tournament not in the senior ranks and attracting the kind of gates and sponsorship, it is heartening for Bushy Park Sawmills to ensure a large number of children be able to watch the games free for those two days. General Manager Patty Ramlall handed over the sponsorship to a representative of the Uitvlugt Secondary School, Shevon Monchoir, in the presence of students Shakeel Mounter and Anthony Jacobs. The company, who has supported sports in the past, is pleased to support this youth tournament. The tournament starts December 8 and the K&S
Organisation will be holding a coaching seminar for the 24 schools involved. The seminar is fixed for next week Wednesday and Thursday. Jamaal Shabaaz, former Golden Jaguars Coach, will headline the resource personnel. He will be ably assisted by Wayne ‘Wiggy’ Dover and Ivan Persaud. Certificates of participation will be handed out to the participants at the conclusion. The prizes on offer are: $1.2M, $750,000, $500,000 and $250,000 for the top four teams. 75% of those monies will go to a project at the respective schools, while the remaining 25% will go in the form of gift vouchers, redeemable as several stores around the city, to the players for school supplies and or sports gear. Matches will commence at 2:00pm and 4:00pm in the preliminary phase, while in the later stage, games will be played from 4:00pm and 6:00pm. The final is set for January 1, 2014. Transportation will be provided by the organisors to take the players home after games.
Federer back on track with victory over Gasquet
LONDON (Reuters) - A razor-sharp Roger Federer got back to winning ways at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-4 6-3 defeat of Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Thursday to keep his lastfour chances alive. Under pressure after losing to favorite Novak Djokovic in his opening Group B match, the six-times former champion looked much more like his old majestic self. Despite losing the opening six points of the match the 17-times grand slam champion quickly found his stride and forged ahead with the first break of the match in the third game when Gasquet misfired a forehand into the net. Treating the large Swiss contingent in the sell-out crowd to some silky drop shots and his usual array of flowing passes, the 32-yearold world number seven toyed with Gasquet at times yet lost his focus when the Frenchman hit back to level at 4-4. Gasquet was quickly put back in his place as Federer broke again to lead 54 and served out the set. Gasquet, who also lost his opening match to Juan Martin del Potro, surrendered his serve at the start of the
Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return during his men’s singles tennis match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London November 5, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett second set as the high-tempo match threatened to race away from him. To his credit the U.S. Open semi-finalist began to assert himself and Federer had to dig himself out of trouble in three successive service game as Gasquet began to unload some ferocious backhands. Gasquet looked poised to level at 4-4 when a blistering
return had Federer clambering at the baseline but he could only watch in admiration as a backhand top-spin lob arched over him as yet another break point went begging. That proved to be his last chance as Federer pounced in the following game, breaking some dogged French resistance to convert his sixth match point.
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‘Shilly’ topped by Sharma, Ashwin Shillingford continued to wheel away, although the little Indian master batsman clipped him for a couple legside boundaries, and Best found his rhythm and kept the ball just outside the offstump. In the space of 17 balls in the second hour of the morning, West Indies won the battle of attrition between the batsmen and the bowlers. Cottrell collected his maiden Test wicket, when Cheteshwar Pujara chased a high long-hop and was caught behind from a thin edge for 17. Shillingford had been dismissed the previous day by Tendulkar and he repaid the favour, when he had the batting kingpin lbw for 10, although TV replays suggested the ball struck the batsman too high, silencing the crowd that expected to see another memorable innings from their hero. Shillingford completed his morning work removing Virat Kohli caught off bat-pad at forward short leg for three, playing defensively forward to a delivery that spun sharply. In the final half-hour before lunch, West Indies got a bit ragged, as Dhoni and Sharma laid the stage for a fight-back after the interval. After lunch, West Indies toiled for little reward, as Best grabbed the only wicket before tea, as Sharma dug deep to rescue the home team and with Ashwin guided India to 229 for six at the break. The Caribbean side continued to bowl with discipline, but the flat pitch was unforgiving, and Dhoni and Sharma started the Indian revival. Best got a second spell following the drinks break and had Dhoni caught behind for 42, playing away from his
body at a delivery outside the off-stump to leave India 156 for six. But West Indies failed to make further headway, as Ashwin joined Sharma and they absorbed the pressure and put Darren Sammy’s men on the back-foot. The second and final Test starts next Thursday at the Wankhede Stadium in Tendulkar’s home city of Mumbai and will be followed by three One-day Internationals.
Amir Khan ‘shook up but unhurt’ after car crash
The nation’s top cyclists are currently engaged in intense training and the rivalry is expected to be fierce when the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) 3 days, 7th Annual ‘Ride for Life’ 5 Stage Cycle Road Race pedals off on November 14 next. Apart from winning the race, cyclists will also have their eyes on the timings in the respective categories with a desire to eclipse them and leave their mark on the event. Last year’s senior cyclist, Jaimal Ramerez, dominated his category and has set a record of 9:46:51secs, while Paul DeNobrega copped the honours in the junior category in a time of 9:57:01secs. Kennard Lovell carted off the honours in the veteran
WICB - KOLKATA, India–Spell-binding bowling from Shane Shillingford was overshadowed by a debut Test hundred from Rohit Sharma and his face-saving, seventh-wicket stand with Ravichandran Ashwin that neutralised a West Indies fight-back and kept India in front in the first Test on Thursday here. Off-spinner Shillingford grabbed 4-130 from 41 overs, but Sharma was undefeated on 127 and Ashwin was unbeaten on 92 eyeing his second Test hundred, as India reached 354 for six in their first innings on the second day at Eden Gardens for a lead so far of 120. Shillingford appeared to have brought the Windies back into the Test with his four scalps, as India stumbled to 120 for five at lunch, and Tino Best put them on the brink of taking firm control when he removed opposing captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni following a sixth-wicket stand of 73 with Sharma after the interval. But the balance of power gradually shifted away from West Indies, when Ashwin joined Sharma and they capitalised on weary bowlers, an old ball and an unhelpful pitch to paste the bowling, putting on 198 to leave India with the steering wheel firmly in their grip. A half volley outside the off-stump from left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul was drilled through cover to take Sharma to his 50 from 95 balls. But left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, like Sharma, a Test debutant, learnt a tough lesson about playing at the highest level, when the Indian batting hero struck three consecutive boundaries in his 15th over to move from 94 to 106, to a tumultuous roar
BBC Sport - Former world champion Amir Khan was left shaken but uninjured following a car crash in San Francisco, California. Khan, who missed training as a result, said he was parked in a car which was hit by another car, and had initially reported neck pain. “He was a little shook up, but he’s unharmed,” Khan’s camp told BBC Sport. The ex-WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion is training in the United States with Virgil Hunter, although the Briton may not fight again
from the crowd that half-filled the vast arena. It completed a sensational week for Sharma. Five days ago, he belted an amazing double-hundred against Australia in a One-day International and now he became the 14th Indian batsman to hit a Test hundred on debut. West Indies were further frustrated, when Ashwin again displayed his efficiency with the bat at No.8, stroking the ball crisply and mixing it up with sound defence to reach his 50 from 71 balls. He will be eyeing his second Test hundred, after scoring his first in the series between the two sides two years ago at Mumbai. Earlier, five wickets – four to Shillingford including soon-to-be retired batting megastar Sachin Tendulkar – left India reeling on 83 for five. Shillingford bowled all but one over during the morning period from the High Court End (south), maintaining a tidy line outside of f - s t u m p a n d g a i n i n g enough turn to keep the Indian batsmen circumspect. He made the breakthrough after India resumed from their overnight total of 37 without loss, when lefthanded opener Shikhar Dhawan played back to a delivery that kept low and was bowled off the inside edge for 23. Shillingford’s constant pressure got the better of opener Murali Vijay and he was stumped for 26 from a clever piece of bowling, as the batsman moved down to smother the spin, he was deceived by a doosra, leaving India 57 for two. None of the West Indies bowlers became overawed when Tendulkar came to the crease to a deafening roar from the crowd.
in 2013. “No sparring or gym today,” Khan later told his followers on social media, “Virgil told me to rest.” Khan, 26, has won his last two fights - including defeating Mexican Julio Diaz in Sheffield in April - but lost both his world titles to Lamont Peterson in 2011 and suffered a knockout against Danny Garcia in Las Vegas 18 months ago. He subsequently parted ways with trainer Freddie Roach, before joining Hunter’s gym in Oakland in October 2012. Khan was reported to have agreed to
fight Devon Alexander before Christmas, but, with Alexander now targeting Shawn Porter, the Briton’s camp is considering alternatives. “[Promoters] Golden Boy are looking at a few different opponents for Amir,” Khan’s team told BBC Sport. “Hopefully soon we should have something in place and can then make an announcement.” Attention has turned to a possible highprofile clash with fivedivision world champion Floyd Mayweather, mooted for the spring of 2014.
SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES 1st Innings 234 (M. Samuels 65; Mohammad Shami 4-71)
INDIA 1st Innings (overnight 37 without loss) S. Dhawan b Shillingford 23 M. Vijay st Ramdin b Shillingford 26 C. Pujara c wkpr Ramdin b Cottrell 17 S. Tendulkar lbw b Shillingford 10 V. Kohli c Powell b Shillingford 3 R. Sharma not out 127 *+M.S. Dhoni c wkpr Ramdin b Best 42 R. Ashwin not out 92 Extras (b4, lb8, w1, nb1) 14 TOTAL (6 wkts) 354
To bat: B. Kumar, Mohammad Shami, P. Ojha Fall of wickets: 1-42, 2-57, 3-79, 4-82, 5-83, 6-156 Bowling: Best 14-0-53-1; Cottrell 15-3-53-1 (w1); Shillingford 41-8-130-4 (nb1); Permaul 20-1-54-0; Sammy 12-1-52-0 Position: India lead by 120 runs with four first innings wickets standing Umpires: R. Kettleborough (England), N. Llong (England) TV umpire: V. Kulkarni (India) Match referee: A. Pycroft (Zimbabwe) Reserve umpire: S. Das (India)
Wilbur Hope Memorial Inter Secondary School football Competition
NA TI and Berbice High NATI School to clash in final Favourites New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI) and Berbice High School (BHS) will renew their rivalry when the clash in the final of the Wilbur Hope Memorial Inter Secondary School football competition atAll Saints Scott Church ground in New Amsterdam. Both teams registered victories in their respective semifinal matches played at the said venue yesterday. NATI overpowered defending champions Tutorial Academy 2-1, while Berbice High defeated Vryman’s Ervin Secondary 3-0. Joshua Butts gave Tutorial the lead in the 1st minute, but Anthony Weeks equalized in the 7th minute before a defense error in the 47th minute gave NATI a hard fought victory.
Vryman’s took the lead against BHS when Kevin Sandy slotted home in the 9th minute. Shamar Arendell reduced the deficit in the 18th minute as both team went to half at 1-1. Arendell made it 2-1 in the 52nd minute; his goal eventually proved to be the decider. The NATI lads, who went into the game having already qualified for the semifinal, drubbed the hapless Canje Secondary School 8-0 in the final game of the preliminary rounds Wednesday. Three players blasted home doubles for NATI - with Jarrel Walters netting in the 8th and 12th minutes, Steffon Hinds 18th and 22nd minutes and Steffon Boucher 17th and 58th minutes. Also on target were Kerrie Henry and Jeremy Samuels who scored in the 14th
and 53 minutes. The other game was not played since School of the Nations (SON) failed to show up for their encounter against Tutorial Academy Secondary School (TASS). The final and third place play off is set for today. The two teams will be adequately rewarded with trophies, medals and other prizes, while the top individual players will also be presented with accolades. The competition is being sponsored by overseas based Guyanese and US army Solider Kevin Henry and the Hope Foundation and coordinated by Neil ‘Grizzly’ Humphrey and members of the Hearts of Oak Masters Football Club. (Samuel Whyte)
Cyclists gears for 7th Annual ‘Ride for Life’ 5-Stage Cycle Road Race category in 10:15:24secs. Activities get underway next Thursday at 07:30hrs when the race pedals off from the Corriverton Police Station for the 46.6 miles (75Km) journey to New Amsterdam. Later that afternoon, the riders will convene at 14:00hrs for the second leg, over 60.4Miles (96Km), from Rosignol to Carifesta Avenue. The race heats up on Friday, November 15 when the riders pedal off from Wales Police Station at 09:00 hrs and proceed to Bushy Park EBE for another 35 Miles (56Km) journey. After a good night’s rest, the riders will once again take to the saddle on Saturday, November 16 at 07:30hrs from Supenaam, also on the
Essequibo Coast, proceed to Charity before returning to Suddie. This leg of the race covers some 67 Miles (107.05Km). The final leg of the race, 64.6 miles (103.3km) gets underway on Sunday, November 17 from Kara Kara to Homestretch Avenue. Transportation for cyclists and officials leave the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, Main Street at 12:30hrs on Wednesday, November 13, for Corriverton. Cyclists are reminded that registration closes on Monday, November 11 and National Cycling Coach, Hassan Mohamed may be reached at his Middle Street office during normal working hours to complete this process.
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GVF presents volleyballs and nets to BVA President of the Guyana Vo l l e y b a l l F e d e r a t i o n (GVF) Mr. Lenox Shuffler presented a quantity of volleyballs and volleyball nets to the President of the B e r b i c e Vo l l e y b a l l Association (BVA), Mr. Gregory Rambarran last at a simple presentation ceremony held in his office in Kingston, Georgetown. Mr. Shuffler, a former National Volleyball Captain, stated that the 50 Mikasa mva 330 volleyballs are in appreciation and recognition of the good work being done by the BVA to promote and develop Volleyball in the county of Berbice. The balls were made available through the International Vo l l e y b a l l F e d e r a t i o n (FIVB) and the South A m e r i c a n Vo l l e y b a l l Confederation (CSV), while the 50 kids’ volleyballs and 16 nets are to be used for the continuation of the BVA’s Mini-Volley Programme for school children 9-13 years. This programme has been a tremendous success so far.
Mr. Shuffler also pointed out that the Mini-Volley Programme was introduced in primary schools last year after receiving support from FIVB, in the form of finance, special volleyballs, nets and manuals for teachers as part of the wider FIVB development programme to have volleyball promoted at all levels. The Programme also received the blessings of the Ministry of Education, which through its Allied Arts Unit, held Mini-Volley Festivals in Georgetown, Linden, Region 2, Region 3 and New Amsterdam last year. BVA President, Mr. Gregory Rambarran in accepting the equipment, stated that his association had held a highly successful Mini-Volley Festival on September 6th for 15 schools in the Lower Corentyne area. He said that interest is very high at the moment and the schools involved in that festival are now prepared to engage in a
World Tour Finals 2013: Novak Djokovic seals semi-final place BBC Sport - Defending champion Novak Djokovic beat Juan Martin Del Potro to become the second player to reach the last four at the ATP World Tour Finals. The Serb joined world number one Rafael Nadal in the semifinals with a 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory in London. It was a 19th consecutive win for Djokovic since losing to Nadal in the US Open final
in September. Del Potro and Roger Federer will battle for the second Group B qualification place on Saturday. “I will try to do my best,” said Del Potro. “I know for me it has been a long season, a lot of matches in the end of the year. I’m getting tired. “But it’s the last effort, could be the last effort of the year, so I will try to enjoy it and do the best I can.”
friendly competition to be held soon. The kids’ balls and nets will be used for another mini-volley festival in West Berbice. This activity will involve 10 primary schools between Ithaca on the West Bank and Bush Lot on the West Coast, Berbice early in the new school term. The mva 330 balls will be used for Inter-Club competitions and for tournaments in the Black Bush Polder and other parts of Berbice. These tournaments will be played in an effort to spread the game and form new clubs in those areas. The presentation was done in the presence of Mr. Arnold Sukhraj of the Allied Arts Unit of the Ministry of Education. The BVA President asked Shuffler to convey his association’s thanks and gratitude to the CSV and FIVB and also thanked the GVF President for making the presentation thus enabling the association to “Keep the Ball Flying”.
GVF President Lennie Shuffler (left) presents the equipment to BVA President Gregory Rambarran, while Arnold Sukhraj of Allied Arts Unit looks on.
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Giftland trumps up major support for ‘Nationals’
Competitions Director of the National Schools’ Championships, Ceon Bristol (left) receives the list of stationery contributed to the competition yesterday from Giftland OfficeMax Public Relations Manager, Compton Babb. Giftland OfficeMax touted as one of the leading department stores in Guyana, yesterday trumped up major support for the National Schools’ Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championships, which is slated for November 19-22 with swimming at the Castellani Pool and Cycling and Athletics at the National Stadium. Public Relations Manager at Giftland OfficeMax, Compton Babb, revealed that the company has contributed a significant amount of stationery supplies to the Secretariat of the National Schools Championships to help them effectively administrate the event. “As always, the number one department store in Guyana has contributed a handsome amount of Stationery Supplies for the smooth flow of the administration process of the championships. We welcomed the 53rd Mega Sport Event with open arms providing innovative ideas for all athletes and participants,” Babb said after the presentation yesterday. Gifltand OfficeMax will also be providing Awards in the form of Trophies and Vouchers for the outstanding athletes in their respective categories. In addition, they will be selecting two athletes to join their Giftland
DynamicAmbassador Team. He thanked ‘Nationals’ Marketing and Public Relations Officer, Edison Jefford for facilitating their involvement. “Hence, we are urging all athletes to put their best foot forward for becoming “The Champ”. The outstanding male and female will receive a personalised discount card, three branded outfits with footwear and accessories, assistance with travel costs for overseas competitions and back-to-school supplies for one year,” Babb revealed. Competitions Director of the National Schools Championships, Ceon Bristol, thanked Giftland for their support, stating that the company has always been innovative and supportive with sports and their contribution is just another example of that vision. Bristol informed that the stationery came at the opportune time when they are busy compiling the entries from the various Districts ahead of the nationwide competition that usually attracts 1600-plus athletes from 16 Districts. Bristol said the work to administer the meet is always challenging and it is refreshing to know that companies like Giftland are in their corner.
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Guyana Cup3 bowls off today Ayube, Hardyal confident of Regal chances
Chien Gittens By Zaheer Mohamed Having won the recently concluded Georgetown Softball Cricket League 12\12 tournament Regal XI will be going all out to win the third annual Guyana Softball Cup 3 when the tournament bowls off today at several venues across Demerara. Mohamed Ayube who will lead Regal XI in the open category feels his team’s chances are very good. Speaking with Kaieteur Sport yesterday Ayube said the presence of some of the leading players locally in his team makes them one of the favourites to win the competition. “Chein Gittens, Richard Latiff and Safraz Esau are our leading batsmen, they are proven match winners. Patrick Rooplall, Privnauth Motilall and Khalid Haslim will lead us in the bowling department so we have a very all round team”, he said. “I know we will have stiff competition especially from Trophy Stall, Wolf’s Warriors and the defending champions New York All Stars, but our team spirit is high and the guys are capable of holding their own
Mahendra Hardyal in any given situation”, added Ayube. Meanwhile, captain of Regal Masters Anil Hardyal believes his team has the fire power to be successful in the over-45 division. Hardyal informed that his players have been training very hard for this tournament. “We did some extra work and the players are raring to go”, he added. Hardyal stated they will take every game seriously and will play hard cricket regardless of which team they face. “To be successful you have to beat the best. So we will not underestimate any team”, he said. Raymond Harper, Lance Adams, Ryan Singh, Lynden Lyght and Tony Ameerally are some of the players to look forward to. The tournament, which will conclude on November 10 at GCC, will see 24 teams comprising 6 from New York, 2 from Florida, 2 from Canada and 14 from Guyana
Tony Ameerally battling for supremacy; teams are being divided into two categories, the open male and the Masters over45 divisions. The victorious team in the open male will take home a trophy and $800,000 and the r u n n e r w i l l pocket a trophy and $200,000. The winning team in the Masters division will receive a trophy and $600,000 and the runner up a trophy and $150,000. Admission to the venues for the preliminary games will be free of cost, while a fee of $500 will be charged for the finals. The Guyana Softball Cup 3 is being sponsored by Survival, GT&T, Rohan Auto Spares, To p B r a n z , G u y a n a Beverage Company, Motor Trend, Nauth Motor Spares, Steve’s J ew ellery, Clear Waters , Trophy S tall, M i k e ’s P h a r m a c y, Metro and Rubis S ervice S tation of Bel Air.
t r o Sp Chico Kashif & Shanghai P.39 Schools’ football get major injection from Bushy Park Sawmills
‘Shilly’ topped by Sharma, Ashwin
General Manager Patty Ramlall (2nd right) hands over the sponsorship to Representative of Uitvlugt Secondary School, Chevon Monchoir in the presence of (from left) Kashif Muhammad, students Anthony Jacobs and Shaquil Mounter and Aubrey ‘Shanghai’ Major.
Sachia Vickery enjoying well deserved holiday in Guyana -Looking forward to a busy 2014 season
Rohit Sharma celebrates his maiden Test hundred on debut. (BCCI)
USTA Junior champion Sachia Vickery (left) with her Mom Paula Liverpool and Mark Xavier at the Princess Hotel yesterday.
Shane Shillingford bowls during his excellent spell for the Windies. (BCCI)
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