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City Hall owes KN, other media houses It appears Town Clerk (Ag.) Carol Sooba is disconnected from the operations of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) since the municipality’s indebtedness to Kaieteur News has been confirmed by its Public Relations Department. Royston King, Public Relations Officer of M&CC during an interview with this publication, yesterday, said he was surprised that Sooba denied knowledge that City Hall owes Kaieteur News at a press conference last Friday. According to King, in September 2012, Kaieteur News wrote a reminder to Chairman of the Finance Committee Junior Garrett, and carbon-copied it to the Town Clerk, of the outstanding payments. King said despite the Council owing Kaieteur News $7.1M for the placement of advertisements since 2007, the entity never

- M&CC PR Dept.

M&CC Public Relations Officer, Royston King

Town Clerk (Ag.) Carol Sooba

Clarifying that he is neither anti-Town Clerk nor pro-Kaieteur News, King said he wants to be fair to the media house since “Kaieteur News is not wicked and misleading the public in relation to the indebtedness of City Hall”. He confirmed that no one

have been saying this since 2004,” he said. King said while Kaieteur News allows the Council to place advertisements without advance payment, other media houses are not giving credit. In fact, City Hall has to pay in advance for the advertisements and air time. Sooba had said Lall, Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram and Mayor Hamilton Green’s wife, Dr. Jennifer Basdeo, are among persons/entities being sued as part of a debt recovery campaign. However, a source at City Hall said that the action is part of a smear campaign in an effort to tarnish the reputations of those not supportive of Government. Lall and Ram have been exposing corruption and conflict of interest between Government Officials and their friends whilst Mayor Green is a member of Opposition. Sooba confirmed that her campaign is selective by admitting that a taxpayer owes the Council $64M and no legal action has been taken against that individual. She also admitted that $5M and $20M cannot help City Hall, yet she ignores the taxpayer owing a significantly larger amount.

“I am embarrassed by this situation. I have to face Kaieteur News’ Advertising Department. The Manager is so kind to City Hall. In fact, City Hall is indebted to most of our local news agencies for advertisements and radio. I have been saying this since 2004.” – PRO Royston King turned down the advertisements. He added, “The records of those transactions ought to be with the City Treasurer’s Department, if not, City Hall is in serious trouble.” King said prior to City Hall suing Publisher of Kaieteur News, Glenn Lall for $5.6M last week, no one engaged him (King), even though the Public Relations Division usually interacts with media houses on a daily basis.

within the Town Clerk’s Office took the time to research and to ascertain the facts about the accounts. He believes the proper thing would have been for the administration to contact the Public Relations Department on the issue. “I am embarrassed by this situation. I have to face Kaieteur News’ Advertising Department. The Manager is so kind to City Hall. In fact, City Hall is indebted to most of our local news agencies for advertisements and radio. I

Surveyors receive critical training on GPS, map reading Over 35 persons involved in land surveying have participated in critical training including GPS navigation and map scale interpretation. According to the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), the recent two-day course was conducted at its North Road offices and aimed at training prospectors of the extractive industries. The course was a collaboration between the Guyana Mining School and Training Centre, GGDMA and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission.

Participants were given instructions in GPS navigation, compass navigation, map scale interpretation, mineralization map interpretation and topographic map interpretation. The course was offered free-of-charge with subsidies from the GGDMA, the

association said yesterday. The instructor for the course was John ApplewhiteHercules, Administrator of the newly established Guyana Mining School and Training Centre, which falls under the purview of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment.

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Letters... Where your views make the news... Letters... Where your views make the news

Shared prosperity is better than trickle-down economics

DEAR EDITOR, Thanks to the sterling work being undertaken by your newspaper as well as the meritorious work of APNU, the AFC, a clutch of analysts and regular letter writers, all Guyana can now see and believe that G o v e r n m e n t ’s objective is to make the rich, richer and leave the poor exactly where they were in 1992. It is a plan that appeared after Dr. Jagan’s passing and gained momentum during the preRamotar years when a highly oleaginous executive machine set about to build a formidable criminal enterprise root and branch. Like a massive hardwood tree it continues to grow and stifle all the honest,

hardworking, deserving saplings in its way. This well-oiled criminal machine hides behind grandiose infrastructural projects touted as needed national structures but designed and executed to fill the pockets of a few while the vast majority of people can only sit by and hope some crumbs fall their way. The Marriott project is the most blatant of the lot but others using the same corrupt, selfish and criminal methodology are on the drawing board, or in the pipeline. They will succeed only if we, the Guyanese people, let them. Trickle-down economics, as practised by this government, is an abomination. It is carefully constructed to perpetuate


From page 4 an unethical position, one can better understand why our education system is in such a mess, and why UG and the public schools are in shambles. Let us cut all the hogwash about attack on women since that is a gross untruth; this issue is about ethics, integrity and morality and it has nothing to do with Ms. Geetanjali Singh as a woman or a person. Dr. Asquith Rose and Harish S. Singh

an impoverished underclass and provide an endless stream of indigent, undereducated, marginalized citizens from which to draw recruits for our uniformed services and those destined to work all their lives below or at minimum wages. Some will be programmed

to involve themselves in crime while others will be forced into a marginal existence on the fringes of society, always in want, always in misery, always in despair and forever without hope. This is what the master plan holds for the vast

majority of Guyanese going forward, once they remain in the country of their birth. This is the government’s idea of trickle-down economics and it has to be turned on its head when next we are called on to vote at general elections. We live in a land of plenty

with enough for all and as Bill Clinton said recently: “Shared prosperity is better than trickle-down economics” We must all vote for shared prosperity the next time we go to the polls and before there is nothing left to share. F. Hamley Case

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The 1896 Petition of Guyanese Muslim merchants

DEAR EDITOR, As Guyanese Muslims are getting ready to observe the celebrations of Eid Ul Adha, better known as “Bacra” Eid or Qurbani, we take you back to the year 1896, a historical occasion for our brothers and sisters in Islam in Guyana today. It is an opportune time for us to reflect on the many sacrifices (Qurbani) that our ancestors made in their

adopted homeland while instilling their religious practices on the future generations, and which today has survived vibrantly in Guyana. In 1896 a group of “Mohamedan” merchants from Georgetown led by Gool Mohumad Khan, Goolam Ally, Goolam Aidin, K. H. Dharsee, Kareem Baccus, and a few others of the

Mussulman faith sent a petition to the Combined Court of British Government in which they requested a grant of money for the purpose of constructing a mosque and a school in Queenstown Ward (where today sits the Queenstown Jamma masjid) and where the children of the “immigrants” would attend the school attached to the mosque. The petition was signed by Muslims from across Guyana led by the Gool Mohumad Khan, who was born in 1853 and was a

Yusufzai Pathan from Swat, Afghanistan. Khan arrived in British Guiana on May 11, 1877 on board the ship King Arthur. In 1906, he returned to India with his family, leaving two of his 11 children (which can be considered a sacrifice) with his wife’s sister (who was childless) in British Guiana as well as a rich legacy of his contributions to the Muslims. The petitioners drew attention to the fact that there was no proper place of worship or schools where they can congregate especially for Friday prayers or where their children may be educated without losing their religious background. The petitioners felt that the benefits to the colony “must be apparent to the

British government to have the East Indian immigrants and their children educated in a proper manner and in their mother tongue (Urdu) as well as in the English language, by teachers from one of the colleges of India”. The petitioners argued that since a great portion of the immigrants leave the Colony for India, the building of a school and mosque would serve as an incentive for many to stay on in British Guiana. The petitioners further went on to urge the Court to take into consideration. “the growing number of East Indian Immigrants in the colony, the sad want of education in the faith of their forebears and their want of an education in their mother tongue.” They also brought

attention to the religious discrimination against nonChristians, and urged the government to grant the Muslim financial help, which would benefit the colony as much as the parents and children whereby the East Indian children would be better educated. This sort of pleading with the British Governor General continued up until the 1950s by other subsequent Muslim organizations, but the British denied the Muslims any help. Throughout the period of indentureship and up until independence East Indians on the whole were denied education and employment in the public sector, unless they converted to Christianity. This was yet another sacrifice they were forced to endure in order to further their socioeconomic standing in the “eyes of the British”. To our Muslim brothers and sisters in Islam we wish you a happy Eid-ul-Adha. A special thanks to Professor Wazir Mohamed, of the University of Indiana and the Anna Catherina Sunnatal Jamaat who shared this historical document with us. Shabnam Ally Raymond Chickrie

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SWAT unit to operate in Four injured in Port earnest by mid-2014 Kaituma smash-up truck slams car, motor cycle

Permanent Secretary of the Home Affairs Ministry Angela Johnson and Director of TEG Dennis Hays sign the agreement in the presence of, from left; Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee, TEG official Dan Waddington and Police Commissioner Leroy Brumell The Guyanese public has been assured that by mid-2014 a fully functioning Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit will take on the crime situation in the country. This announcement was made last evening by Director of The Emergence Group (TEG) Dennis Hays during a ceremony held to ink the agreement between the Guyana Government and his organization which will provide specialised training to the anti-crime unit. According to Hays, his group is determined to put together the best possible team to approach issues of crime and security, specific to Guyana’s needs. He said that the operations are expected to start in the coming weeks where officials from the United Statesbased organisation will be in Guyana to assess the capabilities, equipment and skills existing in the crime-fighting sector. Following the assessments, Hays said that a “Guyanese-specific programme” will be generated to provide “more training, more mentoring and exercises that will develop components of the Police Force.” The Director explained that the extra training received will allow for the candidates to be “very equipped and very prepared” to deal with serious crime-related issues.

He said that his group is aiming for a result that allows the Commissioner of Police to call upon the specially-trained officers at any time with the confidence that they can deliver what is expected. He expressed confidence that the team will be fully armed with the proficient judgment required in difficult situations. Meanwhile, Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee, noted that the saying ‘better late than never’ fits the SWAT team initiative, as “it has been quite long in the making.” He was also confident that the team will be able to deliver its mandate. He reiterated his commitment to ensuring that steps are taken from all necessary angles to address the crime situation in Guyana, hence the establishment of the SWAT team. The Minister urged that the team under consideration should not be compared with similar teams that existed in the past, and which have all ceased operations. “There is no way those units that existed before could be called SWAT teams,” the Minister stated. Rohee said that there have been misconceptions about what is professionally regarded as a SWAT team, compared to units that existed before. He added that this is the first time that the Government of Guyana is

moving to set up a professional SWAT team, established to international standards. He thus urged that the current team not be prejudged based on the antecedents of previous units. While acknowledging that there will always be room for improvement, the Minister calculated that the team will be able to facilitate additional improvements to current capacities to fight crime and deal with serious matters that require such services. “Let’s give it a chance to be established, give it a chance to function and give it a chance to deliver,” he said.

A couple, their daughter and a Brazilian national were injured at around 18:00 hrs yesterday after a truck slammed into a car and a motorcycle at Port Kaituma, North West District. Three of the victims were air-dashed to the city with suspected spinal injuries and admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) shortly after midnight today. Those admitted to the GPHC are Andrew Williams, 34, of Wauna; his wife, Juliet Seecharran, 42, and a Brazilian woman, whose name was given as Rayana Melonogueira. Mr. Williams’s 12-year-old step-daughter, Juliet Seecharran, was also injured but was not air-lifted to the city, apparently not having sustained an injury that required advanced facilities

and/or treatment. Mr. Williams said that he was travelling in a car with his wife and daughter when a truck rammed into the car, causing it to topple at least three times. He said that the truck also hit a motorcycle on which the Brazilian national and her husband were

travelling. The injured man said that he managed to kick out one of the doors and crawl out of the car. They were subsequently air-lifted to the Ogle International Airport before being transported rushed to the GPHC by ambulance.

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Friendship fire leaves one homeless, millions in losses A fire believed to be of electrical origin destroyed the home of an elderly man in the wee hours of Monday morning leaving millions in losses and an entire community complaining about the constant spells of low voltage. According to an eyewitness, at around 04:00hrs, smoke was seen emanating from the home of Dennis Schultz at Brusche Dam, Friendship, East Coast Demerara. “The house ain’t tek

no time fuh bun so I look all over for the old man who does live there because I thought he get trap in deh,” a neighbour said. Another resident told this publication that from Saturday through Monday the community was hit by low voltage spells which damaged a number of household appliances. “TV bun, washing machine bun, everything bun up during the low voltage and nobody from GPL ain’t come and

tell we nothing, now look this man whole place bun down,” the neighbour said. Meanwhile, Schultz told members of the media that he was sleeping when he felt heat “covering” his body. “I wake up around 4 o clock and feel heat and I get up and I try to get out of the house, but eventually I come out.” The pensioner, who resided at the home for the past four years, estimated his losses to be almost $10M.

The Ceremonial opening of the October 2013 session of the Berbice High Court was held yesterday in front of the Court building on Esplanade Road, New Amsterdam. Leading the parade was a 28strong police contingent. Justice Dawn Gregory took the ceremonial salute and inspected the Guard of Honour. Justice Gregory is presiding over the October criminal sessions. She was accompanied at yesterday’s proceedings by Justice Brassington Reynolds who is presiding in the civil court. They were escorted by Commander of ‘B’ Division

Assistant Commissioner Brian Joseph along with Cadet Officer Jevon Hamer. The police Guard of Honour did a splendid job in the parade which was led by Cadet Officer Jermaine Dufu. Also accompanying the parade were Deputy Commander Superintendent Stephen Mansell, Assistant Superintendent Ashram and Inspector Jagroop. When the session was called to order, Justice Gregory spoke to the jurors assigned to work in the upcoming session. She congratulated them and stated that the absentees will

be warned to attend. She also outlined to them some of their roles and how they were selected. The judge reminded the potential jurors that their roles are important in the dispensation of justice. She reiterated that one of the reasons why persons would be excused from jury duty is due to Illness in which case a medical certificate should be presented. She also outlined other consequences of not turning up for jury duty. Some 40 cases are listed to be heard during this session including thirteen murders and eight manslaughters.

October criminal session opens in Berbice

Black Bush quartet remanded on murder charge

Dead: Jewanlall Deonarine Accused: Kumar Mangru

Accused: Carlton Chaitram

Accused: Rajesh Singh

Accused: Nazim Azimulla

Four men appeared yesterday before Magistrate Rhondel Weaver at the Mibicuri Magistrate’s Court charged with the murder of Jewanlall Deonarine, 49, called ‘Bingle’, of Lesbeholden, South Black Bush Polder on October 05, 2013. The four accused - Kumar

Mangru, 17, and NazimAzimulla, 42, of Johanna, South Black Bush Polder; Rajesh Singh, 38, of Lesbeholden, North Black Bush Polder and Carlton Chaitram, 37, of Mibicuri, South Black Bush Polder - were not required to plea to the indictable charge.

Deonarine, a labourer had left his residence around 20:15hrs on the day in question in a car, PFF 8720, with a group of men to buy cigarettes from a neighbouring shop. At the time his family was hosting a farewell party for one of his sons-in-law. At the shop an altercation ensued between Deonarine’s group, inclusive of his two sons-in-law and another group of about eight men. The group that attacked Deonarine and his family was allegedly armed with knives and cutlasses. Deonarine’s body was found on the Lesbeholden Public Road. He was picked up and rushed to the Port Mourant Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A post mortem examination performed on the body showed that he died from a fractured skull in two places. The men will return to court on November 5 for continuation.

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there must be the willingness on both sides to listen, engage and tolerate. The former President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo, has, according to reports in the media, made a call for a “new” national conversation. But

Dem boys seh

Brazzy playing dead fuh de Marriott funeral

Wheh all dem Chinee people who use to be wukking pun de Marriott gone? Last year when de hotel start dem boys see planeload upon planeload coming into de country. Dem boys know that de government got a way to mek dem people vote in de elections suh dem boys was watching. But de people end up wukking pun de hotel. Dem really put out de wuk and in quick time de hotel reach into de skies. De people use to go to de project by de truckload and dem wuk till late. De other day dem boys pass and somebody ask if de hotel done because all de workers gone. But de hotel ain’t done. De workers suppose to do interior work, but things ain’t wukking out. Some of the people who was to put in dem money listen to de opposition and dem get frighten. Nobody like to lose money suh de people who listen to Brazzy in de early days, pull out. When dem was planning to put in de money Brazzy was talking about negotiating with a secret private investor. Dem boys seh that some

of de other investors lose money when de Amaila project collapse. Was de Amaila money dem woulda put in de Marriott. Dem don’t want to lose anymore. Right away Brazzy play dead and that is why de Marriott project look dead. Brazzy want see de funeral it gun get. Republic Bank was to be the third contributor. Brazzy trying to get it to come in second. Last week he lef de country and he go to Trinidad to beg de parent bank to impress de Guyana Branch to put in money. Suh while dem talking de wuk slow down. But dem boys remember something else. De Chinese Bank was to lend Guyana money to build de hotel, but that didn’t happen because one man notice that de Chinese bank was getting milked. Anyhow, Brazzy trying to reach dem people who did offer to put in dem money from de start, but who he reject. De Waterfalls boss man waiting fuh de call. Talk half and watch Brazzy lose weight over de Marriott.

the more you read of what this conversation is supposed to be about, the more it becomes clear that this is not a new conversation that is being proposed but the same old rigmarole, infected with the same old flaws that have characterized the way the PPPC has done public business since 1997. This so-called new conversation is based on the major projects which have been scuttled by the opposition parties. It is conversation about what the government wants and not necessarily about what the people want. It is not a conversation at all. It a sale pitch in which the government will try to garner support for these major projects so that they can be rescued from the deep pit into which they have fallen. Guyana indeed needs a new conversation, but it cannot be on the basis of what has been outlined. It has to be constructive engagement in which the government must be prepared to listen, to discuss, and to compromise. It cannot be about one-way traffic. The ruling party, so short of ideas, with its creative

juices almost as dry as the Amalia Falls, has also called for a conversation. This time it is about attending to indiscipline in the society. The people have a way of poking fun at these suggestions. The people are asking about the indiscipline of the government, such as, for example, in moving ahead with the construction of a hotel even before financial closure has been had. But one has to treat this call for a conversation by the ruling party with far more seriousness, because it could allow for a constructive engagement between the government and stakeholders on societal problems and hopefully this engagement can lead to greater partnerships. No details have been provided as to how the government plans to begin this conversation on indiscipline. Until such time as this is made clear, a conclusive pronouncement on the merits of the proposal will have to be delayed. But it is certainly something that should be looked at, because it does not proscribe a fixed agenda, as was the call for a new

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conversation around projects which are being rejected by the opposition parties. While these proposals for conversations are taking place, another one has been launched by the Ministry of Education. The Minister of Education has been meeting with the parents and the teachers in a number of schools to discuss issues of concern to them and, importantly, to build partnerships. This is a very commendable discourse that has been launched and led by the Minister of Education and should be encouraged. Hopefully it will allow officials of the Ministry of Education to meet with the parents of every school and thus work towards a much broader partnership in education. Obviously, the Minister of Education herself will be unable to meet with every school, but the meetings that she has had so far hopefully crystallize in her mind how this new conversation about partnering in education can be structured. It is suggested that someone be appointed to head this process full-time

and that the conversation takes place nationwide. Eventually, a model as to how these partnerships between the ministry, the parents and other stakeholders can be cemented will emerge. If this conversation works, then it can give impetus and stimulus to the other conversation on social problems that the ruling party wants. As for the call for a new conversation on the major projects which have been jettisoned, I am afraid that has to take place at the political level, because unless it takes place there and is resolved there, it will amount to nothing more than an attempt to bring public pressure to bear on the opposition parties to withdraw their opposition to the projects that the government wants to see. Any approach outside of a political engagement with the opposition parties would not amount to a new conversation but an old political trick that has outlived its usefulness.

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Phase Two of N/A Central Police Station estimated at almost $50M Under the Ministry of Home Affairs, five (5) bids were opened yesterday at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) Ministry of Finance, for phase two of the construction of New Amsterdam Central Police Station. The bids submitted:

In addition, bids were opened for the rehabilitation of the Ministry’s Western fences, Generator compound.

Still within the sector, bids were opened for cleaning and painting of exterior walls and roof of Management Information Systems Unit (MISU) building.

In addition, two (2) bids were opened for the renovation of Admin building, Georgetown Prison. The Finance Ministry also opened bids for the supply and installation of Metal Frame Windows, Main Building (top, middle and ground floor.)

Still within the sector, the same two entities bid for the renovation of the officers’ lunch room, Georgetown Prison. And the Agriculture Sector Development Unit (ASDU) under the Ministry of Agriculture received bids for the supply, delivery, installation, commissioning, testing and training in the use of laboratory equipment for veterinary diagnosis laboratory, phase one.

Meanwhile, the Office of the President received bids for the supply, installation and commissioning of variable voltage/ frequency converter driver.


The Ministry of Tourism Industry and Commerce received eight (8) bids for the rehabilitation works to its Head Office building, South Road, Georgetown.

The Ministry of Labour, Human Services and Social Security received bids for the enclosure of the ground floor of its office building, Whim, Berbice.

Bids were opened under the National Parks Commission for the construction of perimeter fence at Joe Vieira Park, Region three.

In addition, a solitary bid was opened for the provision of security services for the National Parks Commission.

The Ministry of Finance received bids for the painting of interior walls and ceiling of offices and washrooms, valuation building (middle and ground floor.)

Junior Anthony Henry called ‘Oswald’ is wanted by the police for questioning in relation to the murder of Michael Hamilton which occurred at Sparendaam Squatting Area, ECD, on October 07, 2013. The 22-year-old Hamilton was gunned down during an altercation with the suspect with whom he had an ongoing feud. Michael Hamilton, of 128 Sparendaam Housing Scheme, was shot in the

chest. Police say that Henry is also 22 years old, is brown in complexion and stands at 174cm. His last known address is listed as Lot 56 Third Street, Goedverwagting, ECD. Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Junior Anthony Henry called ‘Oswald’ is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 225-6411, 226-6978, 229-2702, 229-2557, 911 or the nearest police station. All information will be treated with strict confidence.

Junior Anthony Henry

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Cruz and Palin lead protest that turned violent Last Sunday, Senator Ted Cruz and Tea Party favourite, Sarah Palin, led a protest that turned violent at two sites – the Second World War Memorial and outside the White House. The protest holds instruction for Guyanese opposition politicians who are accustomed to frowning on protest as if it is a thing to be scorned. The Cruz/Palin action also has implications for the way we see opposition politics in Guyana. Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin are two of the biggest names in anti-Obama politics in the United States. You may not like their ideology and their general approach to politics, but the undeniable fact is that they are large names in conservative politics in the US. Cruz and Palin led a demonstration on the WWII Memorial. Because of the shutdown of the American civil service and related arms of the US Government, the war site was closed, with barricades surrounding the site. The demonstrators forcefully

carted off the barricades and dumped them outside the White House fence. There was no rush of National Guards, Washington DC policemen with guns or SWAT teams. Park police battled with demonstrators. Here were two highly prominent politicians leading a protest that reached the perimeters of the White House. And they did so because they had a point that they wanted to prove. In Guyana since the last general elections, you can literally count on your five fingers how many of our legislators from the opposition held a placard in a protest. If my memory serves me right, I count once for Carl Greenidge outside the Office of the President in July last year to protest the Linden police killing; twice for David Granger; one with Greenidge mentioned above and outside of the Marriott Hotel site; two for Joe Harmon and there were the occasions mentioned above with Mr. Granger. I count three for Khemraj Ramjattan – during the

protest against my dismissal from UG, outside the Marriot Hotel construction and one with Mark Benschop. I saw Cathy Hughes thrice— once at UG when I was dismissed, outside the Marriott Hotel Construction and outside Sam Hinds’s home during the Linden uprising. Apart from these names mentioned here, no other opposition legislators were seen in pickets since the November 2011 elections. And I can safely say that there have been more than three dozen acts of protest/ demonstration on national issues of importance since the last general elections almost two years ago. The outstanding figure, of course, is Desmond Trotman. Mr. Trotman is in a different category. He believes in protest. Of the top names in the leadership of the AFC and APNU who are not Parliamentarians, David Hinds, Tacuma Ogunseye of APNU and Michael Carrington of the AFC stand out for their consistent participation in most forms of public protest against the

PPP’s unjust rule. For those in the Government and the PPP who constantly lament the opposition’s willingness to protest, one would be curious to know what interpretation they would put to Sunday’s event outside the White House. The truth of the matter is that Guyana is a nation of sheep. We don’t protest against injustice, period! And our parliamentarians believe that their status prevents them from picketing and demonstrating in public. It seems that they believe it is infra dig for parliamentarians to be seen on the streets holding a placard. Recently, Roger Luncheon publicly stated that the Government will move to arrest parents and teachers

who stage protests outside of schools. And we are going to let him get away with that horrible statement. And if we do protest, we will make sure that we keep our voices down. And of course when the picket exercise starts, our opposition parliamentarians will keep their distance. I have reached the stage in my life where I simply cringe when in my presence I hear Third World academics and politicians beat up on the white man. The white man is everything bad. But we do not show the world that we are better than the white man. We do not have the courage to be as brave, inventive and innovative as the white man. A wealthy US Senator leads a violent protest on the White House while here in

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Guyana, our opposition parliamentarians let women and young children lead the picket while they watch from their air-conditioned offices. Why do we, post-colonial people, have a permanent fixation about the “evil” white man because we need him to be our excuse for our perennial failures? We can’t help ourselves, so blame the white man. And that gives us mental comfort. We feel vindicated when we fool ourselves.

Timehri farmers fingered in robbery of airport project workers Three staffers of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), the firm executing the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project, were confronted by cutlasswielding individuals last Saturday, who robbed one of them of a cell phone. Condemning the incident yesterday, the Public Works Ministry said the incident which occurred around midday, happened while workers were back filling sand as part of the runway extension works. “Investigations revealed that the CHEC staff was back

filling sand to the north of the existing runway when three persons approached the sand truck operator menacingly with a cutlass ordering him to stop the operation which he readily did.” The trio, alleged to be cash-crop farmers in the area, left and went across to the CHEC technicians some distance off and violently stole a cell phone valued US$500 from the pocket of one of the men. Meanwhile, another employee was gripped by his neck by one of the perpetrators.” The Ministry made it clear that the incident has sent a wrong message to foreign nationals working for “Guyana’s development”. “The Timehri police are investigating the matter and two persons have so far been

One of the CHEC staffers who has a bruise to his neck following the robbery Saturday. (Public Works photo)

arrested.” The expansion of the airport, to the tune of US$150M, includes a new terminal building and longer runway. CHEC has already been advanced US$20M for the works, however, the Opposition has this year blocked additional monies for the project, citing lack of clarity on the way the money will be spent as well as the urgent need for such a facility at this time. Management of CJIA, the Government and residents in the vicinity of the airport have been clashing over relocation plans. Government wants to remove them to make way for a longer runway and a bigger airport terminal building. However, residents, some living there more than 30 years, have been resisting offers of alternative house lots, leaving Government in a bind.

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Private housing developers given preference over poor Guyanese – APNU

Parliament’s largest Opposition faction, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), has joined calls for a review of the system used by the administration to allocate large tracts of lands, across the country, to private developers. Yesterday, APNU Member of Parliament, Joseph Harmon, who overlooks public infrastructure development, said that the coalition has been studying the issue for awhile now and has prepared a list of questions to be tabled in the National Assembly which reconvenes this month. Harmon’s disclosure comes one day after Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan, revealed that his party is finalizing a number of questions on Government’s housing programme. The questions have to do with lands earmarked for housing that have been placed under the control of several private developers who are reportedly building gated communities and other homes. The homes are selling for millions. Government has said that the public-private partnership initiative is to ensure that the level of housing standard is improved with the introduction of new players. But there has been an

- Party wants inquiry into Housing Ministry

APNU MP, Joe Harmon

AFC Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan

absence of information as to what system was used by the Ministry of Housing to allocate the lands. The tracts are located in prime areas and there have been complaints that ordinary Guyanese were pushed to take up house lots located further behind these. According to Harmon, the entire housing allocation process has been engaging the attention of APNU. “We have received complaints… from persons who have purchased a number of those small, turnkey homes at Providence… about the quality of works done. We don’t know who built these homes. We don’t know what kind of supervision was carried out.

We don’t know how the contracts were tendered. What we do know is that people have been complaining.” Large tracts of lands, on the East Bank and West Bank of Demerara are under development. At Leonora, West Coast Demerara, an area reportedly under the control of embattled US-based Guyanese real estate entrepreneur, Edul Ahmad, is under construction. From Eccles to Providence, hundreds of acres have been allocated to several individuals for the purpose of private development. Still more land has been earmarked or allocated to private individuals, between

One of the private housing schemes under development on the East Bank of Demerara. Herstelling to Little Diamond. With the East Bank of Demerara becoming one of the hotspots for housing in the country, the demand for house lots there has been growing in leaps and bounds. Persons have been complaining that they have waited for years for house lots. Government has already announced plans to open new housing areas in the Soesdyke/Linden area. “So yes, we are not clear

how these private developers got the land. More importantly, if there was a demand for house lots and you go ahead and give these lands to friends and persons close to the Government, then how can this be explained? You are saying that private developers have been given preference over our people, poor Guyanese who badly want a piece of land?” Like the AFC, Harmon said that questions will include

what price Government was paid, when it was paid, and who were the players that have been granted tracts of lands to develop. APNU will also be joining Ramjattan in asking the Housing Ministry to indicate when the decisions were taken to allocate lands to private developers and whether the process was advertised to allow other interested persons or companies to take part.

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Decomposed body of mentally Police reform… unstable woman found Three resign from Civilian - Foul play suspected management team

A resident assists in pulling the body from the waterway. Police are investigating the circumstances that lead to the demise of a 37-year-old mentally unstable woman, whose badly decomposed body was found floating in a trench at Company Road, Buxton, on the East Coast Demerara yesterday. The gruesome discovery was made at around 11:00hrs by residents, who claimed there was an “unpleasant odour” in the area since Monday. The body has been identified as that of Simone Russell, who would normally “stroll the streets” daily. No permanent address was given. Her body was found floating among debris in the muddy water. When police pulled the woman’s remains to shore, it was discovered that a rope was wrapped around her waist and feet. The deceased was clad in a pair of short black pants and multi-coloured vest. The

“Gaza Queen” tattoo on her left thigh made it easy for the residents to identify her. Russell was last seen alive on Saturday outside a Barbeque in the village. “She does go to different people house every night. She has ah 11-year-old child, but I don’t know if the government or the child father took the child away. Her (Russell) mother is the same too. They does trip out sometimes,” a resident said. Her sister, Shenell Headley told Kaieteur News that she was at home when a resident in the area called and informed her that her sister’s body was found floating in the trench. “When I come I had to give the police some information. The last time I saw her was some time last week. I don’t really know much about her and her whereabouts,” Hedley said, while making her way back home after giving a brief statement to investigators.

A string of resignations, recently, has put a significant dent into the work of the Strategic Management Department (SMD) that is supposed to oversee the implementation of the much needed reform of the Guyana Police Force. Kaieteur News understands that the 10-man civilian oversight body which is headed by former police officer, Patrick Mentore, has seen the resignation of at least three high-profile members. According to reports, t e a m l e ader Rosanne Purnwasie; Risk Management Officer Enid Thom-Alleyne and Communication Officer Richard Francois, are no longer with the SMD. In June this year, the Ministry of Home Affairs employed a high-level team of 10 civilian professionals to form a Strategic Management Department (SMD), which is tasked with overseeing the implementation of a strategic plan, in an effort at instituting sweeping reforms of the Guyana Police Force. This team of civilian professionals is working alongside members of the GPF in addressing the key strategic priorities laid out

in the Force’s strategic plan. The original civilian team is expected to help optimise the collective performance of the GPF, guiding it towards significant organisational renewal and change. The original 10 civilians chosen to be part of the SMD are: Patrick Mentore, Rosanne Purnwasie, Mona Bynoe, Kenneth Bentinck, Hermanetta Andrews, Enid Thom-Alleyne, Richard Francois, Trovana Azeez, Shameza David and Ian James. This newspaper was unable to contact Mentore to ascertain the reasons for the resignations, as calls to his office were unsuccessful. Even though messages were left, no call was returned. However, reliable sources have informed that the resignations have more to do with the staff “accepting better offers”. Richard Francois is now the Strategic Communications Consultant with the Ministry of Education. “The principal grounds (for the resignations) are finance,” one source said. Kaieteur News understands that the SMD members were being paid a salary of between 125-130

thousand dollars per month. “Some of them are also feeling a little uncomfortable in the police environment,” the source added. The source also indicated that although the resignations would leave a void in the day to day operations of the SMD, it will not severely hamper its overall mandate. “The communications strategy has been completed and it’s just for the police to implement it. The research aspect has already been done to a certain extent,” the source said. It is not clear how soon the vacancies will be filled. The members of the strategic management department are on a one-year contract, which commenced last June. Immediately after its establishment, the SMD head Mentore had said that he and his team stand ready and committed to be the drivers of change the Force needs. The question of their commitment to the task is now a hot topic among police officers. “It is a matter of concern. If money is such a major concern, were these people really committed to the task they were supposed to do?” one senior officer asked.

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Customer service provision ‘unable to match growth and development’ and ratings system should be implemented By Zena Henry On a scale of one to 10, experts rate Guyana’s output of good customer service at four when comparing services provided by other nations of the world. This is despite the country’s concerted efforts to become a talking point on the tourism scene, which peaks the list of service sectors. This is also despite studies of a steady growth in society and the country’s transformation from a 35 percent service-based nation in 1992, to becoming 60 percent service-based in 2012. At a packed Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) customer service seminar yesterday morning at the Pegasus Hotel, representatives of agencies in the hospitality and goods and services sector received a one-on-one with leading persons associated with service provision training. It was explained that the nation’s provision of quality, let alone exceptional customer service is desperately lacking. Yet, as a matter of development and growth, good customer service is one way in which Guyana can be competitive in an increasingly servicebased and competitive world. Ms Joycelyn Williams of the International Development Consultant,

From left: Rawle Dundas, GGCI Senior Vice President Lance Hinds, Chairperson Peter Ramsaroop and Ms. Joycelyn Williams, during her presentation

JTW and Associates Management Institute Inc. spoke on the essentials of improving customer service in the country. She told the representatives that, “everyone needs to understand that Guyana is now more a services country, compared to years ago when it was a goods country. Finance and insurance, education, wholesale and

The company representatives at yesterday’s seminar

retail, health, social and economic services together make up the bulk of Guyana’s output.” However, she emphasised “... the overall average level of customer service in Guyana is poor.” “Inefficient systems lead to long queues for relatively simple transactions; poor

quality products on sale in stores; poor or inadequate communication from public service providers, like electricity and water except when they want to terminate their service; shoddy treatment at restaurants and stores; untrained and poor attention from staff, especially in public offices

and inadequate attention communication and courtesies at hospitals both public and private.” Among the service industries, Williams mentioned the growth of call centres and widening of tourism. She said that some 10 years ago, the number of tourists served by the country was about 70,000 to 80,000, but that number has more than doubled since, while more visitors are coming. It was added that the behaviour and attitudes of human resources will be key skills in these areas - for example, in a case where 6000 employees are expected to be employed in another five years by the country’s largest call centre, Qualfon. “All of these point to the fact that the need to be internationally competitive in customer service at the level of country will have to haul upwards; And naturally the average level of customer service in Guyana is a reflection of the readiness of every firm, every service provider in banking, retail, immigration and police, hospitality, churches, mosques, temples and home etc.” Williams said that the

country needs to create a “Guyana experience”, that tourists and locals alike can readily recommend. In a brief interview with this newspaper, Williams said emphasis has to be placed on feedback and rating mechanisms that would give service providers something to work towards. She added that the government and authorities could play a vital role in advocating for good customer service, as it balances off goods and service provision and “the customer experience,” before reiterating her position on being competitive. Other presenters also stressed on the necessity of customer service and its definite contribution to development, and especially, to the tourism sector. Komal Singh, Director of Gaico Construction Inc., based his contribution on the relationship between internal and external customers which deals primarily with “happy service providers creating happy customers; the internals help an organization to serve the end customers (externals)”. David E. Falconer, Manager of Creditinfo Guyana Inc. spoke about

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benefits of credit Bureaus in developing economies and the essentials of consumer support, while Rawle Dundas, Director, Professional Development Enterprise, highlighted the very popular service provision phenomenon; “the customer experience.” Dundas went into topical areas of actual service provision by making suggestions on physical changes that would enhance customer service. He spoke on the value of services and the need of describing businesses - especially when they lean on the services side - clearly on their mission as service providers in order to remind internal and external customers of the core mission. He continued to stress on good and exceptional customer service having the capacity to turn customers from satisfied to “wowed” and also turning them from advocates to fans. Senior Vice President of the GCCI, Lance Hinds, in his opening remarks, welcomed the gathering and urged them to grasp and take back to their companies as much of what was being taught to incorporate in the daily services provided. He too said that the services sector, in relation to the growth in the economy is changing, and further emphasized the need to be competitive.

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$2B loan scheme for small businesses launched - Banks urged to change negative attitude to lending

Government officials rallied for greater support on behalf of local small businesses even as financial institutions at home and abroad assure that their approaches to lending have been more cautious than negative. At the launch of the Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) project at the International Convention Centre on Monday, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce (ag) Irfaan Ali argued against perceptions of small entrepreneurs that determine whether or not they can access loans, while Minister of Finance Dr Ashni Singh called on banks to “push the boundary” for new lending opportunities. The MSE project will be initiated with a US$10M funding through the Guyana/ Norway forest carbon partnership agreement. An initial tranche of US$5M will be released during the first two years. It is expected that an approximate 2,200 jobs will be sustained. At the launching there

was an acknowledgement by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry, John Tracey, that small entrepreneurs encounter numerous constraints, particularly access to credit, but defended his bank’s policy regarding loans. “It has been said that our financial institution has a negative attitude to lending… I presume this would come from the small business sector. If this is so, it may be a necessary protective measure. Why? Because we in the banking sector… we know and measure risks much better than the individual borrower who sometimes comes to us as the eternal optimist, positive that his business plan is bound to succeed,” Tracey explained. But as Minister Ali shared his own experiences as a young aspiring entrepreneur who was seeking a loan, stakeholders in attendance saw the borrower’s side of the story. He related occurrences as a teenager where he was denied access to a loan

President Donald Ramotar greets IDB Chief of Division, Capital Markets and Finance Juan Antonio Ketterer at the launch of the Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) project. At left is Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry’s CEO, John Tracey having a bicycle as his only mode of transportation and another period where he was given approval for the same request after proving that he was the owner of a car. “I qualified for the loan because there was a misconception and there was a culture in the environment that gave that loan that

sought to make a differentiation whether falsely or rightfully,” Minister Ali said. Access to finance is a challenge not limited to Guyana, but a worldwide issue, common in the Latin American and Caribbean Region Inter American Development Bank (IDB) Chief of Division, Capital Markets and Finance Juan Antonio Ketterer explained. He said that although the IDB has been working with countries on improving access to loans, the task has been endless although many countries have made much progress. Ketterer reported that Guyana has been ranked 167 out of 183 economies in the IDB’s Access to Credit department, but said the news may not be all bad. “This is not reason to be discouraged, but a reason to be engaged and motivated to improve.”

“The Guyana Government has been hailed for its work, through legislation and other initiatives, to strengthen the financial sector and provide the leeway for it to take risks without violating any prudential norms,” Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh asserted. “I do urge the banks to actively seek out good lending opportunities including working with entrepreneurs where some nurturing and mentorship is required,” he added. The IDB is a main partner with the Government in the MSE project and maintains the philosophy that access to financing is one of the key pillars of improving the business climate and promoting the economic activities of small and medium enterprises in particular. It is on this premise that the IDB has been actively involved in the financial sector locally for several

years and has supported a Guyana Government policy to enhance policies and improve access to credit. The focus areas included improvements in financial sector oversight and strengthening regulations to maintain financial sustainability. The MSE project has made access to financing through an interest subsidy and support for a portion of the collateral required for loans at GBTI, Republic Bank and the Institute for Private Enterprise Development (IPED). It adds to numerous collaborative initiatives between the Government and commercial banks that have made the task of accessing loans easy and more affordable. Among them is the Women of Worth (WOW) credit scheme for singleparent households launched in 2010.

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Police Force not starved for resources The Ministry of Home Affairs is rattled by what it described as persistent falsehood regarding the provision of resources to the Guyana Police Force. The Ministry, in response to claims that the Force is being starved of resources to successfully and effectively execute its legal mandate to the people of Guyana, lashed out at Opposition political parties, and sections of the media. “The Ministry wishes to state categorically that since its assumption to Office in 1992, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Administration has paid close attention to the allround needs of the Joint Services. Never in the history of Guyana, and, particularly, since its independence in 1966, has so many resources been available to the law enforcement agencies, the Guyana Police Force, especially,” a statement from the Ministry indicated. According to the Ministry, an analysis of the government’s expenditure on

- Home Affairs Ministry

Millions of dollars in vehicles and other resources have been given to the Police Force over the past five years. the Force will reveal that a total of $2,148,861,552 has been spent over the past five years. A breakdown of the spending shows that $167,550,981 was expended on training; $758,865,921 on motor vehicles and cycles; $802,837,002 on building projects; $326,813,213 on arms and ammunition and $92,794,435 up to 2011 on Forensic Laboratory Equipment. In the area of training, the Ministry said that over the

past seven years, the sum stated above was spent on training at both the junior and senior levels. The figure however does not reflect attendance at overseas training, most of which is fully funded by the sponsors of those programmes. The Ministry assured that in 2014, it will ensure that adequate financial resources are secured once again for the Force to “provide for the needs of this important organization that is tasked

Sisters-in-law spat results in assault charges Roxanne Williams, of 145 Middle Road La Penitence and Vanetta Harding of 7 ‘A’ Laing Avenue, West Ruimveldt , as a result of a spat between them, faced separate assault charges when they appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. It was alleged that on October 8, at 145 Middle Road La Penitence, Williams assaulted Vanetta Harding. The court also heard the allegation that on the said date, at the same address,

Harding assaulted Roxanne Williams causing actual bodily harm. They both pleaded not guilty. According to the report given by Prosecutor Vishnu Hunt in open court, both parties are known to each other since Williams is married to Harding’s brother. The particulars of the charge stated that on October 8, whilst passing Harding’s yard, Williams, who was escorting her two c h i l dren to school, was accused of creating and

spreading rumours about Harding. The prosecutor told the court that an argument then ensued and Harding dealt Williams two slaps. As a result, Williams then spat in Harding’s face. The matter was thereafter reported and the duo was arrested and charged. Magistrate Judy Latchman thereafter placed Williams and Harding on $50,000 and $70,000 bail respectively. They are expected to return to court on October 21.

with the maintenance of law and order in Guyana”. But the Ministry in its press release made no mention of the boat that was procured in 2009 for the police under questionable circumstances. What was supposed to be a transparent, standard purchase of a 30-ft oceanworthy boat to fight crime, ended up as a scam involving a small group of high level members of the Force. Last year, the Ministry in a statement on the procurement of the boat, spoke of kickbacks received by the senior police officials who were subsequently ordered to repay all illegally obtained proceeds from the purchase. According to the Ministry, the identification and procurement of the boat was left solely to the Guyana Police Force, since they insisted that they knew the type of boat they wanted. “It is to be regretted that from the day the boat arrived in Guyana, the problems with it were never-ending and the

continuous purchasing of spares and payments for maintenance was placing a heavy toll on the budget of the Guyana Police Force. The cost for maintenance and purchase of spare parts for the boat amounted to millions of dollars,” the Ministry of Home Affairs stated. The Police Force was responsible for the processing of payment to the supplier, which was done through Citizens Bank Guyana Inc, and was also responsible for the receipt, inspection and storage of the boat. The small group of high-

level officers was in contact with the head of Cartronics IV and conducted the financial transaction. But according to the Ministry, based on sound information received, an investigation was launched into the circumstances surrounding the purchase of the vessel. “The scam was busted and the culprits at home and abroad were identified. The Government demanded repayment of all the money from the local culprits who had collected kickbacks. Some paid, while others paid for those who refused to return their share. The money recovered was paid into the Consolidated Fund. The overseas-based vendor was threatened with prosecution. He fixed the boat which sailed for a few weeks and then broke down never to sail again,” the Ministry had informed. This newspaper learnt yesterday that the boat was handed over to the Ministry of Public Works.

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Ban on Styrofoam containers within two years – Environment Minister

With immediate effect stamp duty and environmental tax charges, which are mandated by the Ministry of Trade and Tourism for non-returnable and non-reusable commodities, will be applied to Styrofoam. This is according to Robert Persaud, Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, who emphasized that the restriction will also entail a ban on Styrofoam containers within the next two years. He said that Styrofoam constitutes about two percent of the waste stream in Guyana and is widely used in the food industry. At this juncture, the national restrictions on Styrofoam will apply only to its use as food service containers. Persaud noted that Government has approved the proposed actions, leading to the restriction on the use of Styrofoam products. Having alternatives for Styrofoam containers is pertinent for the ban to be in place. As such, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment and the private sector have teamed up to make biodegradable containers available. According to Persaud, Caribbean Containers Inc. has developed ECO PAK containers, which provide similar functions as Styrofoam containers in terms of holding capacity and strength. The major difference with the ECO PAK product line is its positive contribution to the environment. ECO PAK containers are 100 percent biodegradable

within 90 days and are prepared from perennial plants. Additionally, incentives would be available to the private sector for the importation of biodegradable containers. This would continue even after the ban becomes effective, he said. Persaud, who has responsibility for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said the Environmental Protection Act of 2006, was amended to include the Environmental Protection (Litter Enforcement) Regulations 2012. The provisions of this regulation will be enforced by the EPA, he assured. The Minister said EPA’s stance on Styrofoam is no different to the Ministry and therefore, joint efforts are being made to rid Guyana of this product, which can have a very deleterious effect on the environment. He explained that Styrofoam is not considered hazardous waste, however, its ubiquity and impacts on the environment can be detrimental, as it will never decompose. It is a part of the Municipal Solid Waste stream and is managed as such. However, the indiscriminate dumping of solid waste including Styrofoam in Guyana has threatened public health, safety and welfare, urban aesthetics and resulted in death or illness to marine life. “The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment has initiated a “Pick-it-up Guyana” campaign which was launched in June 2013. It focuses on several elements

to achieve its objectives, including enforcement against littering; public awareness; engagement of stakeholders; and mechanisms to reduce, reuse and recycling waste. To this end, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment facilitated the drafting of the Environmental Protection (Litter Enforcement) Regulations to ensure stricter enforcement of littering in Guyana,” he said. Persaud stated that these regulations make provision for the establishment of an environmental court to toughen up enforcement against delinquent waste disposers. Also, the Ministry is looking at developing a ticketing system for offending individuals and businesses. Litter Prevention Wardens will have the power to issue tickets to offenders, failing to pay which, the offender will be brought before the Court. He noted that determining the cost Styrofoam has on society is not possible in monetary terms. “First of all, whilst we are not privy to exact numbers, what is undisputed is the fact that the environmental cost to clean-up Styrofoam waste is borne by taxpayers to the tune of millions of dollars each year since it is not included in its purchase price. This includes clearing of blocked drains, outfalls, etc,” Persaud said. He added that there are other areas which cannot be easily quantified in monetary terms. These include aesthetics, public perception, safety and welfare.

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DEAR EDITOR, I would not normally respond to someone who sees it right to hide behind the façade of an assumed name, but it provides me with a fitting opportunity to restate the objectives of the letters I have been writing to the press. First of all, I would like to dispel this false assumption that I support the government. My writings on the promotion of ethical standards through the years since the early nineties can attest to the fact that I have been totally impartial in my comments and criticisms of the powers-that-be in all sections and at all levels in this country. My objective has always been to develop a culture in which people should always seek to promote a civilised discourse on what would contribute to our unified progress and harmony in our

society. I passionately feel that this practice that has evolved over the years of extremist views being freely expressed, should give way to one of constructive critique which would be more favourable to this unity, progress and harmony being achieved. To this end, I offer the following criteria which can contribute much towards this objective: 1. Opinions or judgements based on facts which are stated at the time; 2. Refraining from hasty and sweeping generalisations based on examples which may be limited according to writer’s knowledge, and which would naturally produce false conclusions; 3. Exploration of real causes of apparent transgressions rather than making assumptions, which

stand the chance of being flawed; 4. Demonstration of openminded approach to issue, with willingness to consider other side of story, and any response from those you criticize; 5. Self-awareness of own biases and taking these into consideration when analysing and commenting on a situation. When you examine the numerous contributions to our letter pages, how many can you honestly say conform to at least some of these? If the “concerned reader” was aware of my work history and writings, he/she would realise that the unsubstantiated declaration at the end of his/her letter is nothing but an assumed fallacy, the very nature of the submissions to which I strongly object. Roy Paul


DEAR EDITOR, Anand Goolsarran and the AFC are calling for the removal of Geetanjali Singh from the Audit Office of Guyana. I wrote a letter that said that if this is call is heeded it would be dangerous for women in Guyana as any woman whose husband held a high or lead position in a public agency would be prevented from working in the Audit Office. In other words, a woman would have to give up on her dreams, abandon her qualifications and stifle her ability only because of who she married. I said this would be backward and a retrogressive step in the women’s rights movement. Goolsarran wrote a letter in response and said a number of different things but he completely failed to address the issue I raised regarding the right of women to choose a career path. He did say this, however, “ As regards Ms. Geetanjali Singh, readers may know by now that I recruited her in the early 1990s. She served as my Personal Assistant until the date of her marriage to Ashni Singh.” Geetanjali Singh was appointed as an Audit Clerk on November 9, 1992. On November 1, 1995 she was appointed to act as Assistant Auditor by PSC Government Order No: 7/5/12. She married Ashni Singh in 1996. She is now a Chartered Accountant and Audit Director in the Audit Office. Clearly this woman had to be qualified and good at what she did if she kept being promoted. During the time that Goolsarran claims she was his

Personal Assistant, Geetanjali Singh professionally, in accordance with her appointment, audited various entities including the Ministry of Agriculture, Customs and Excise, Ministry of Public Works, Office of the Prime Minister, Accountant General Department, Public Police Service Commission/ Teaching Service Commission, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, BIDCO, Guyana Libya Arab Agriculture Development Company, Guyana Marketing Corporation, Guyana National Cooperative Bank, Sanata Textiles Limited, Dependant’s Pension Fund, Guyana Forestry Commission and Several IDB/UNDP Projects. Mrs Geetanjali Singh was simply never the personal assistant of Anand Goolsarran and sadly, Goolsarran makes my argument for me. It matters not how qualified a woman is, what she has achieved, what qualifications she has, how good she is at her job, clearly to him and those on whose behalf he speaks, all she, and other women in the Audit Office, are good for are to be Personal Assistants to a male head. This is the glass ceiling that we must collectively shatter. Goolsarran, in my view is a lost cause and will never see women as capable let alone equals. What he feels, however, is of little consequence to me. My concern is if we, the Guyanese people, the women’s rights groups, civil society and the political parties remain silent on this matter and this man and those

like him have their way in removing Geentajali Singh, then we will be dealing a severe blow to the rights of women and girls in this country. It is necessary that we all stand up against this bigotry now or suffer the dire consequences later. Priya Manickchand

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MADAME DEOLATCHMEE RAMOTAR, FIRST LADY I extend greetings and best wishes to all Guyanese, but especially to the Muslim community celebrating Eid-ul-Adha. Each year when this celebration comes around, I am deeply touched and moved by the numerous acts of generosity and charity shown by our Muslim brothers and sisters to those in need. This defining feature of Eid-ul-Adha reinforces the conviction that we are social beings and the afflictions of our fellow human beings should affect us all. In the face of misfortune suffered by others, we are all called to be their keepers

and to reach out to them with acts of gentleness, humility and kindness. We do not need to be rich or lavish to show consideration to others. By extending a loving and caring hand to those experiencing need, misfortune, pain, grief and loneliness, we can help to make their pains lighter and more bearable. On this special occasion of Eid- Ul- Adha may we be reminded of the need to help others to shoulder the burdens and worries caused by misfortune or missteps. And may we reach out to them with the purest of hearts and the noblest of intentions. Happy Eid- Ul- Adha to all!

MUSLIM YOUTH ORGANIZATION On this day of Eid-ulAdha, the President and Executives of the Muslim Youth Organization of Guyana, extend EID MUBAARAK to you and your families. We are thankful to Allah (swt), for granting us the opportunity to witness this day of Eid-ul-Adha. This festival is celebrated throughout the Muslim world, through acts of kindness and charity to the less fortunate in society in commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim and Ismael’s willingness to

sacrifice everything for the sake of truth and faith in Allah (swt). Eid-ul-Adha is a great reminder to all humanity of the importance of principles, such as faith, repentance, honesty, simplicity, Iklass (sincerity), equality and concern of the dispossessed and the poor. Eid-ul-Adha also teaches that we share a common humanity that should inspire us to work together as one people. We should let the values of love; sacrifice and compassion influence our daily interactions with one

another, irrespective of our ethnic and religious origins. Let us remember what Allah (swt) tells us in the Holy Quran in chapter 22 verse 37, “It is not the meat nor the blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches him”. We pray to Allah (swt) that he accepts our sacrifices here today as we do it with Iklass (sincerity) in our hearts. Once again, the Muslim Youth Organization of Guyana extends EID MUBAARAK to you and your families.

GUYANA AGRICULTURAL AND GENERAL WORKERS’ UNION Even as mankind is caught up in continuous life-long efforts to achieve personal and international peace; to acquire material and economic well-being based on education, good health and security, the peoples of the world realize that spiritual understanding and the solace it brings, can itself be the bedrock for all peace and progress – mankind’s very survival. World religions provide guidance through their prophets and holy literature. Islam is unquestionably now a world-wide faith guiding the destiny of millions. Against those reflections, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union

(GAWU) is again pleased to share in the Eidul-Adha joy of our Islamic Community as it observes the feast and festival of the sacrifice. The willingness of Ibrahim to obey God’s (Allah’s) command to sacrifice his dearest “possession” – his only son – must be a spiritual inspiration to all Muslims in terms of both obedience to their God and submission to a highest form of sacrifice – a pillar of the Islamic Faith. GAWU enjoins Guyana’s Muslims to be beacons of sacrifice and service in all areas of national life. Festivals such as this particular Eid can inspire all of us to higher selfless service. A happy Eid-ul-Adha to the Muslim community from GAWU.

FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT TRADE UNIONS OF GUYANA The Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) salutes Guyana’s Islamic community on the occasion of one of their more inspiration festivals of

their faith. Eid-ul-Adha stands out for a variety of reasons. The lessons of sacrifice and service, emanating from Ibrahim’s obedience to God’s command to sacrifice his son,

MUSLIM YOUTH LEAGUE It is our pleasure to extend Greetings to all Guyanese, especially the Muslim Community, on the occasion of EidUl-Azha. The Act of Prophet Ibrahim, the greatest friend to Allah, signifies, his sincerity, reverence and faith in God Almighty, therefore by his example, each of us should make sacrifices in our lives if we are to be true believers. On this occasion, it is not the meat that is important, but it must be the sincere desire of each of us to commit ourselves to be good human beings, and to be caring and compassionate to our fellow man, regardless of religious, racial or cultural differences. Therefore let our actions be guided by love from our heart for our fellow man, respect for each other and live in harmony thorough peace with devotion to God Almighty.

are as powerful today as they were unprecedented in Mecca thousands of years ago. The Eid-ul-Adha story is also strikingly similar to the Christian version in the Holy Bible. The message of obedience to the divine will and the need for sacrifices before achievement is, therefore, still universal. Sacrifice for progress is needed in the Guyana of today. FITUG sees the need for give-and-take and compromise in national life and undertaken. May this Eid-ul-Adha festival 2013 inspire Muslims to influence all Guyanese to higher causes of service and obedience in the national interest. Happy Eid-ul-Adha.

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PEOPLE’S PROGRESSIVE PARTY The People’s Progressive Party extends greetings to all Guyanese, particularly the Muslim community, on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha (‘festival of sacrifice’) being observed today. Eid-ul-Adha celebrates the occasion when Allah appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his only son Isma’il as an act of obedience. The festival remembers Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son as a test of

faith and the rewards he received thereafter. Against this backdrop it is understood as an opportunity for second chances. The Party recognises the importance of this sacrifice that symbolises selflessness and faith. It also celebrates the triumph over evil and temptation and the freedom of humanity, as it is a period of sharing of sacrifice to the poor, friends and neighbours.

It is also marked by the renewal of faith and purification after the Hajj, which are important attributes of Islam. This occasion is fitting for the Party to reaffirm our call for a national conversation on the need to take back our communities from indiscipline and lack of tolerance. The message of Eid-Ul-Adha is an example of the discipline and commitment needed, if we are to be successful.

PEOPLE’S NATIONAL CONGRESS REFORM The People’s National Congress Reform extends greetings to the Muslim Community in Guyana and, indeed, to all Guyanese, on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha. On this occasion, Muslims recognise the value of self-denial and the sacrifice of the things they love. The act of submission by the Prophet Abraham is an example of genuine surrender to the will of God, which should be emulated by all. It is unfortunate that harmony and development in Guyana is still hampered by ethnic tensions; threats to the security and safety of life and property of the average citizen; the frightening rise in domestic violence; the escalating murder rate; the

overwhelming influence and negative impact of narcotrafficking; endemic corruption at all levels; gross violations of human rights; the decline in moral values in public life; the growing army of Guyanese who are being driven into poverty by the harsh impact of the cost-ofliving, due, in part, to the unconscionable 16% VAT; lack of well paying jobs and the glaring failures of the education system. The PNCR, therefore, calls on our Muslim brothers and sisters, along with all other Guyanese, on this hallowed occasion, to renew their commitment to the ideals and the spiritual foundation of this nation, as well as the building of an inclusive

political culture, which could facilitate the development and prosperity of the nation, while ensuring that all of our citizens are able to fulfil their true potential. It is only by the personal commitment of all Guyanese citizens to the above ideals that our country can return to the path of development into a Nation characterised by unity, harmony, justice, equity and a sense of decency at all levels. The Party wishes every Guyanese a peaceful Eid-ulAdha and restates our commitment to religious freedom, national unity, tolerance and the positive values of cultural and religious diversity. Eid Mubarak!

ALLIANCE FOR CHANGE As Muslims in Guyana and the world over celebrate Eid-ul-Adha, the Alliance For Change extends best wishes and prayers for strengthened faith. On this occasion, we are reminded of the value of sacrifice and obedience to God. The willingness of Ibrahim and Ishmael to obey their creator, their total submission to his will and Allah’s provision of a ram to replace Ishmael on the sacrificial altar, teaches us that there is hope even in the darkest time. Life in Guyana has become one of constant sacrifice, especially for thousands of poor, ordinary citizens who find it hard to put a meal

on the table, to send their children to school, to pay their bills or just to make ends meet. The Alliance For Change wants you to know that your sacrifice will not be in vain and will not endure forever. The time for change is fast approaching. The AFC urges all Guyanese; our Muslim brothers and sisters, our Christian and Hindu brothers and sisters, indeed our sisters and brothers of all faiths, not to be led astray by those bent on corruption and evil-doing but to remain steadfast and obedient, committed to good works. Eid Mubarak!

INDIAN ARRIVAL COMMITTEE On this Sacred Observance of Eid-UIAdha, IAC would like to extend Eid Mubarak to all Guyanese and especially the Muslim Community. Eid-UI-Adha is a time for believers to learn the value of self-denial by making a sacrifice of the things they love, to Almighty God. Abraham’s great act of submission is thus regarded solely as an example of genuine surrender to the will of his Creator. Today, more than ever, human beings need to incorporate the lesion of this great sacrifice with humility thus underlining the importance of the festival in memory of Prophet Abraham’s great act of faith, many centuries ago. In the spirit of sacrifice, let’s not forget the poor and needy in our community, by sharing the sacrificial offerings with them. Let it be our sincere hope and prayer that we are

able to affirm the unity among our peoples and between Islam and other religions. The message of Eid-UI -Adha is an example of co-existence and cooperation of mutual benefit the world can learn from. This festival incorporates the great pilgrimage to Mecca or the performance of the Hajj. Over two million pilgrims from the world over, covering all races, economic and social backgrounds gather, only for one purpose, humbleness. IAC congratulates our brother and sisters from home, who have undertaken this journey and extend good wishes for their safe return. Today, as our Muslim brothers and sisters observe Eid-UI-Adha, IAC urges that special prayers be offered for continued peace, so that our country can move forward with prosperity. Eid Mubarak.

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Venezuela releases survey vessel and crew - Captain charged; Ministers to meet in T&T tomorrow

Guyana and Venezuela will tomorrow hold formal talks over the seizure of a vessel that local officials indicate was operating in local waters hunting for oil. That meeting is scheduled to take place between Foreign Affairs Minister Carolyn RodriguesBirkett and her Venezuelan counterpart Elias Jaua. The two representatives will meet in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The news comes amidst reports that the vessel has been released by the Venezuelan authorities. The Malaysian company that owns the survey ship said yesterday that the vessel and its 36-member crew had been released. And according to Venezuelan newspaper El Universal, the Venezuelan Attorney General’s Office yesterday charged Ukrainian captain Igor Bekirov for allegedly violating Venezuela’s exclusive economic zone on board the oil exploration ship Teknik Perdana, which was intercepted by Venezuelan authorities on October 10. In a preliminary hearing, the designated prosecutor, Andrés Bravo, charged Bekirov for allegedly failing to meet the special regime of security zones as specified in the organic laws on Water Areas and National Security, the Attorney General’s office said in a press release. The fourth crime control court in Nueva Esparta state, northeast Venezuela, released Bekirov pending trial and

banned him from conducting oil exploration and research activities in the Venezuelan territory. Further, Bekirov will have to appear in court for pending proceedings and will be summoned through the Guyana Embassy to Caracas. M e a n w h i l e , SapuraKencana Petroleum, said in a statement it was grateful to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government, for releasing the RV Teknik Perdana, which was picked up by Venezuela’s Navy last week. SapuraKencana said its President and group CEO, Tan Sri Shahril Shamsuddin, had met Venezuela’s ambassador to Malaysia to try and resolve the matter. “At that meeting, the Venezuelan ambassador gave a firm assurance that the crew was safe and members were being treated well by the authorities there,” it said, adding that Malaysia’s envoy in Venezuela had rushed to Margarita to help mediate the situation. The vessel was boarded on Thursday last by the Venezuelan navy and the captain ordered to sail to Margarita Island. “The survey work was being conducted by Teknik Perdana, a non-military vessel whose sole purpose is to undertake oil and gas related survey work,” , the company said. “We wish to express our gratitude to the Venezuelan government for caring for the safety and welfare of the crew,

RV Teknik Perdana and crew were released yesterday by Venezuelan authorities.

which comprises multiple nationalities, during the time they were at Margarita Island and also for releasing the vessel,” the Kuala Lumpurbased company said in a statement. Venezuela’s foreign ministry had said the RV Teknik Perdana was “carrying out illegal activities” within an ocean border area claimed by Caracas. The Guyana Government has since maintained that the Continued on page 32

B’dos lauds planned Guyana/Venezuela meeting A leading newspaper in Barbados, The Nation, has described as encouraging , a planned meeting of foreign ministers to resolve the issue of Venezuela’s detention of a vessel commissioned by Guyana for oil exploration. The vessel was released yesterday. Guyana’s Foreign Minister Carolyn RodriguesBirkett and her Venezuelan counterpart, Elias Jaua, are to meet in Trinidad and Tobago tomorrow for talks aimed at resolving the recent issue, but the newspaper’s editorial Tuesday is alluding to troubles at home that might be affecting the Venezuelan government’s ability to meaningfully pursue a resolution. Noting Guyana’s contention that the United States-chartered seismic vessel was well within this

country’s territorial jurisdiction last Thursday when the ship and crew were detained by Venezuelan border patrol, the paper said that this development is surprising and stands in sharp contrast to deepening of relations initiated by the late President of that c o u n t r y, H u g o C h a v e z , “who sought to steer away from a pattern of hostilities by previous administrations in Caracas arising from Venezuela’s 19th century claim to about two-thirds of Guyana’s 83,000 square miles”. The paper noted that Chavez’s successor , President Nicolas Maduro, appears to be walking in the late leader’s footsteps with continued good relations with Guyana, and just last month, “pledged firm friendship with Guyana and

assured his Guyanese counterpart, Donald Ramotar, that his administration was firmly committed to stronger ties with the Government and the people of Guyana”. But the paper has observed that Maduro has local detractors who are resisting his efforts at solving internal social problems, and this issue with Guyana is not helping his efforts on the home front. “The tension has emerged at a time when Maduro is seeking approval of his country’s parliament to empower him with special powers to govern by decree to effectively deal with rampant corruption,” the Nation newspaper stated in the editorial comment. Maduro’s ability to act on issues - including that concerning relations with Guyana - may be hamstrung

because, as the newspaper observed, he was elected to power with a narrow majority following the untimely demise of Chavez . The paper reported Maduro stating that embedded corruption in his country, “posed a serious threat to the government and nation at a time of spreading food shortages, frequent disruptions of electricity supply and soaring inflation”. Nonetheless the newspaper expressed the hope that Guyana and Venezuela continue mending fences and not be sidetracked. “The diplomatic initiative being sought by the foreign ministers of Guyana and Venezuela should not be compromised by the incident involving the Venezuelan naval ship and the oilexploring vessel.”

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Dialysis Centre opens medical school Aimed at providing an additional avenue for vocation training for young people, the Doobay Renal Centre just last month made the ambitious move to incorporate in its operation a medical school. The centre, situated at 89 Courbane Park, Annandale, East Coast Demerara, has for a number of years been offering dialysis treatment to renal failure patients. However, strategic measures have been made to expand the operation which will even include the construction of a hospital in a matter of weeks. And since it has been operating as a not-for-profit organisation, the plans to introduce the school were in fact premised on the need to offer affordable courses to youths. According to Chairman of the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Ms Ameena Gafoor, the new venture is in fact part of the expansion plan, and is intended to focus on four programmes – Nursing Assistant, Pharmacy Assistant, Laboratory Technician Assistant and Phlebotomy. The offering of the programmes was advertised

Dr. Errol Bassoo (standing) delivering a presentation to the students.

earlier this year and attracted a wide cross-section of applicants. Although it was initially anticipated that about 40 individuals would have responded, Gafoor disclosed that “to our surprise we got in excess of 100; some from as far as the Rupununi who were calling to say if we can accommodate them...we are thinking of all of that.” In fact, Gafoor said that the management of the Centre has been giving particular consideration to the postCXC community of students, those who are currently not considering university here or

abroad, to afford them specialised skills. Entrants to the medical school, which opened its doors on September 16, 2013, were required to have completed the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examination, but there were other considerations in their acceptance as well, Gafoor disclosed. The school, which has been registered with the National Accrediation Council, has in place a very competent programme Director in the person of Dr

Conductor on $80,000 bail for alleged threat against cop Jamal Holder, 21, of 2498 Ozama Street North Ruimveldt, appeared yesterday before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court where he was charged with Threatening Behaviour. The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on July 29, on Cornhill Street, he used threatening behaviour towards Jamal Fowler and a resultant breach of peace. Prosecutor Vishnu Hunt told the court that at about 20:30hrs on the date in question, the defendant who is a conductor, approached Constable Fowler as he was awaiting transportation at the Route 41 Bus Park. The court heard that as the conductor

advanced towards Fowler he said “Yuh outta South now. Yuh deh in town. Ah wan yuh talk up.” Hunt told the court that after uttering those words, the defendant then pulled a chopper from the waist of his pants and started “firing chops” at Fowler. The Constable, in an effort to seek refuge, ran away and subsequently joined another bus. Fowler then reported the matter which subsequently led to the defendant being arrested and charged. Prosecutor Hunt stated that he had no objections to bail and Magistrate Judy Latchman thereafter placed Holder on $80,000 bond. He is expected to return to court on October 22.

Venezuela releases survey vessel... From page 31 vessel was operating in Guyana’s Exclusive Economic Zone when it was intercepted. Meanwhile Leader of the Opposition, Brigadier (Ret’d) David Granger, has called for the establishment of a permanent ‘National Borders Commission’ within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He recommended, also, that the existing ‘Foreign Service Institute’ should be restructured, re-staffed and re-financed. Granger’s proposals were made in January 2012 at his meeting with Professor Norman Girvan who had been appointed by Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon as his Personal

Representative to support him in his role as UN Good Officer in the GuyanaVenezuela border matter. G r a n g e r ’ s recommendation is that the National Borders Commission should take over responsibility for accumulating data and documents on territorial matters. His proposal for the reactivation of the Foreign Service Institute was to allow for the continuous conduct of post-graduate level training courses, seminars and workshops for Foreign Service and Defence Force officers and International Relations students. Granger expressed the opinion that insufficient

attention was being paid to Guyana’s border relations with Suriname, Brazil and Venezuela. He said that there needs to be greater institutional strengthening of the capability and capacity of the Government of Guyana and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to research and respond to challenges and to safeguard the country’s territorial integrity. In late August, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his Guyanese counterpart, Donald Ramotar, said that they were moving to resolve the dispute and would continue to seek help from United Nations mediators to solve the conflict.

Errol Bassoo, according to Gafoor. Dr Bassoo is currently facilitating one month of foundation courses in order to prepare the students for the full-fledged specialty training programmes. Students have been divided into two batches with one being engaged in the mornings and the other in the evenings, Monday through Friday. The foundation classes, according to Gafoor, entail

courses in English, Social History, and Mathematics. “We would like to send out students who are culturally literate (and) in empathy with their fellow men out there...people who are not just selling a product or a drug or something, but who can help the patients to calibrate their prescriptions....that is our aim and objective.” And even as moves are made to expand its operations, Gafoor said that there are yet plans to add to the training programmes by adding dialysis nursing in the near future. “We are just hoping that our building programme will be extended to allow us to set up more classrooms for dialysis nursing and thereafter we would look to see where else we can take the training,” said Gafoor. According to Chief Executive Officer of the Renal Centre, Mr Vic Oditt, the introduction of the school was designed to coincide with the second anniversary of the facility. The Centre was first opened on September 15,

2011. Oditt has been tasked with taking up the role of Registrar and another staff member is the Bursar. As a registered charity, Oditt said that the facility was in receipt of donations to furnish the single classroom. “We were able to keep our cost to a minimum, because we recognised that the number of students that came to us (105) and the hope and expectation on their faces...that there was a market out there for students who want to learn...” “They have finished their CXC exams and they have very few options open to them; not many job opportunities, nowhere to go, and so we are filling that need right now in the health sciences,” Oditt said. The facility, according to him, is functioning under the motto of “excellence,” adding that “we are determined to keep our standards, whether it be in the treatment of dialysis, the training of our students or our laboratory work, we must have a centre of excellence.”

Nat’l conversation must include white-collar crime - APNU Stressing that governments alone have never been, and will never be able to solve all issues in any society, the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP), on Monday, proposed a national conversation with the intention of bringing about introspection and discovering ways to address discipline in society. One day later, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU)’s Shadow Minister of Public Works, Joseph Harmon called for the boundaries of that conversation to be extended to facilitate discussions on the crime situation in Guyana as well as matters pertaining to the state of public infrastructure. The original call was made by Junior Finance Minister and PPP Member of Parliament Juan Edghill who asked for all “civic minded” Guyanese to play a part in ridding their communities of the culture of indiscipline affecting the social fabric. He said that only great partnerships can generate a desirable outcome. Some of the issues that Edghill placed on the table for discussion included reckless use of the roadways, the garbage situation around the city; and matters in the health and education sector. However, Harmon is of the opinion that the conversation would be more fruitful should it include talks on crime and public infrastructure. Harmon’s proposed discussions on crime will include, he said, “the white-collar crime that occurs right under the nose of the administration and goes unpunished.” The politician went on to note that talks on public infrastructure should include the network of roads, bridges, canals and trenches. Harmon’s statement was, however, not dismissive about a conversation on discipline. However, the politician asked that discipline be not only preached but practiced by the ruling PPP. In pointing out examples of indiscipline, Harmon stated, “Mr. President, it is a violation of your oath of office during which you swore to uphold the constitution when you say to the nation that you will not establish a public procurement commission—

a constitutional requirement—because you want a no objection for your cabinet.” “It is indiscipline when funds allocated to the citizen security programme are misapplied right under the nose of the Minister of Home Affairs and he says to investigators, independent of his Ministry, that they can take whatever action they deem fit. “It is indiscipline when Ministers of the government who receive a salary from the state during their normal work hours have to go to Freedom House- the PPP headquarters—to conduct Press conferences on behalf of the political party.” Harmon said it also shows a high level of indiscipline when monies are allegedly stolen from the National Communications Network (NCN) and a Report which is mandated by the government recommends measures to prevent a recurrence and action is not taken. Harmon inferred that the PPP should fix itself with regards to indiscipline then seek to fix the country To emphasize his point about the PPP’s “double standard”, the politician used the proverb “Jackass ears long but he don’t hear he own story.” Edghill’s statement on Monday was to the effect that the lack of discipline contaminates possibilities development. He took a diplomatic swipe at prominent citizens in society who he inferred as hypocrites for exposing but are delinquents. He called on leaders from all sections of society, inclusive of the religious community, to not only use the opportunity to build upon this and come up with suggestions on the way forward, but also to initiate campaigns. “Let’s be clear, Government has never and will never in the world’s history solve all the problems of a society, but with tangible partnerships where every stakeholder takes on their responsibility, much can be achieved. The opportunity to break away from this culture of indiscipline which has been an albatross across the necks of Guyanese is at hand. Collectively we can make a positive impact. The PPP is willing to work with all our citizens in this regard.”

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Syrian fighters battle on, ignoring Muslim holiday BEIRUT (Reuters) Syrian air force jets and helicopters bombed rebelheld districts across the country yesterday, the first day of the Muslim festival of Eid al Adha, and rebel fighters fired rockets into the heart of Damascus. President Bashar alAssad, whose forces are battling a civil war which grew out of protests against his rule two years ago, was shown on state television attending morning prayers with ministers at a Damascus mosque at the start of the Eid holiday. But there was no let-up in the violence which has torn Syria apart and divided the Middle East between Sunni Muslim supporters of the rebels and Shi’ite backers of Assad, despite a joint plea from regional Arab and Muslim organizations for both sides to mark the occasion with a ceasefire. Activists said warplanes bombed targets in rebel strongholds to the east and south of the c a p i t a l . Vi d e o f o o t a g e uploaded on the Internet showed explosions and thick columns of smoke rising above the town of Daraya, on the southwestern edge of Damascus. Rebels fired rockets and mortars into the Old City and the Mazraa district in the city center, activists said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the violence in Syria through a network of activists and medical and military sources, also said air force helicopters carried out 11 bombing raids on the rebel town of Latamna in Hama province.

It said the helicopters dropped large improvised explosives, or barrel bombs, on the town. Three children were killed in one of the early waves of bombing, it said. The Observatory says at least 115,000 rebels, soldiers and civilians have been killed in the 2-1/2 year civil war which has also driven 2.1 million Syrians to seek refuge abroad and displaced millions more inside their country. A further 170 people were killed on Monday, it said. The fighting also pits rival rebel factions against each other. On Tuesday activists said militants from al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant clashed with local Northern Storm fighters at the Bab Salam border post with Turkey. Video footage showed grey smoke rising from what the activists said were Northern Storm positions which had been shelled by the Islamic State fighters. The clashes were close to a refugee camp on the Syrian side of the border, they said. The divisions among Assad’s opponents and the growing power of the Islamist fighters have made it increasingly difficult for international aid workers to operate in the lawless rebel-held northern provinces. Six Red Cross workers and a colleague from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent were abducted on Sunday after delivering medical supplies in the northern province of Idlib. Four were released the next day but an ICRC spokesman said on Tuesday there was no news on the other three.

The violence has continued despite a U.N.endorsed mission to oversee the elimination of A s s a d ’s chemical weapons, which was set up as a result of a rare agreement between the United States and Russia after an August sarin gas attack in Damascus. Experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical We a p o n s h a v e v i s i t e d eight of a total of around 20 sites where they are due to oversee the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal and production facilities. Some of the destruction work has already started and the OPCW - which last week was awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has reported that Syrian authorities have so far cooperated with the process. However the most complex stage of their work, the destruction of chemical agents and precursors, has yet to start and the teams will likely have to visit at least one site - near the northern town of Safira - where fighting is continuing. The Observatory said on Sunday that Assad’s forces bombarded rebelheld Safira, which is located close to storage and production sites which are believed to be linked to Syria’s chemical weapons program. Unless a local ceasefire can be agreed or government troops push the rebels back the chemical teams would face the prospect of trying to work in the midst of a conflict, close to rebel fighters whose ranks may include a n t i - We s t e r n jihadists.

Kenya’s Ruto to cooperate with ICC despite African pressure THE HAGUE - (Reuters) Deputy Kenyan President William Ruto said yesterday he would continue to cooperate with the International Criminal Court despite a call from African leaders for the prosecution of President Uhuru Kenyatta to be halted. Ruto told a news conference in The Hague that he would prefer for the case to proceed but that he should be excused from appearing in person so that he could carry on with his duties in Kenya. Ruto and Kenyatta face charges of crimes against

humanity over accusations they orchestrated widespread violence after a disputed 2007 election. Both men deny the charges and have tried to have the prosecutions adjourned or halted. An African Union summit in Addis Ababa at the weekend strongly criticized the workings of the court, complaining that it had only pursued Africans. The court has convicted just one man, a Congolese warlord. The summit said the U.N. Security Council should defer Kenyatta’s trial under article 16 of the court’s Rome

Statute, which allows for an initial delay of a year, or the AU would seek an alternative means of postponement. Kenyatta’s trial is the court’s most high profile case so far-the first against a sitting president. “We are going to pursue United Nation Security Council adjudication on this matter so this case can be deferred, but more preferably we would want to work with the court’s decision to grant us excusal from continuous attendance so that both issues can be balanced out,” Ruto told journalists.

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UN Committee approves decolonization for Caribbean territories UNITED NATIONS – Reiterating its conviction of the need for the eradication of colonialism, the United Nations Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) has approved decolonization for a number of Caribbean territories. In concluding its annual consideration of the question of decolonization on Monday, the Committee forwarded 11 draft resolutions to the General Assembly, six of them approved without a vote. The Committee approved by consensus its omnibus draft resolution on questions of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands and the United States Virgin Islands. It also approved by consensus resolution on American Samoa, Guam, Pitcairn and Saint Helena.

The text would have the General Assembly reaffirm that, in the process of decolonization, “there was no alternative to the principle of self-determination, which is also a fundamental human right, as recognized under the relevant human rights conventions.” In a series of provisions concerning the administering Powers of the 17 Non-SelfGoverning Territories on the United Nations list, the Assembly would “reaffirm those Governments’ responsibility to promote the Territories’ economic and social development and take all measures necessary to protect their environments.” The terms of draft resolution VII, on questions of American Samoa, Anguilla, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guam, Montserrat, Pitcairn, Saint Helena, the Turks and

Caicos Islands and the United States Virgin Islands, would have the General Assembly “reaffirm that it is ultimately for the peoples of the Territories themselves to determine freely their future political status.” It would also have the Assembly urge Member States to “contribute to the efforts of the United Nations to usher in a world free of colonialism.” But speaking after passage of the draft, the representative of the United Kingdom, called the approach of the Decolonization Committee “outdated”, claiming that it failed to take into account “How the relationship between the United Kingdom and its Overseas Territories had modernized.” He said the language in sections of the resolution would be “unacceptable” to the United Kingdom.

Major think tank claims gangs are the ‘new law’ in urban Trinidad WASHINGTON D.C., United States - CMC – A major think tank here claims gangs are the “new law” in urban Trinidad and Tobago, saying that recent incidents of intense violence in the twin-island republic have drawn attention to the “rampant gang problem.” In a new report, the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) said the September 11 “ruthless beheading” of a man — reported by the police as a warning from gang members — “exemplified a recent increase in the already significant brutality of gang activity in Port-of-Spain”. “There is now a trend towards this so-called ‘South American method of warfare,’ in which beheadings and other extreme forms of violence are the norm in dealing with rival gangs and in which only 14.3 percent of Trinidad and To b a g o ’s youth is confident in its satisfaction with the police force,” it said. Additionally, COHA noted that mid-August saw an incident in which six people were killed in a 24hour period in a “turf war that drew the level of attention and press focus usually reserved for gang activity in more developed countries.” COHA claimed that gang activity in Caribbean nations has “largely been ignored, despite the fact that gangs in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago have become so ubiquitous that

they represent a challenge to state sovereignty.” It said that the government’s decision to “simply amp up the police force is not likely to hinder Trinidad’s persistent gang presence. “Violence is a serious problem in the islands, but targeting this alone will not make an effective reform,” it said, adding that “gangs in Trinidad and Tobago, specifically in high-risk areas, like the capital and Laventville, “have become so institutionalized that they pose a threat to — and even control in some cases — the republic’s crucial infrastructures.” COHA said that gangs in the Caribbean, namely in Trinidad and Jamaica, have a “very unusual and ultimately far more dangerous effect on their surrounding areas.” It said, regardless of their size, all forms of gangs in Trinidad and Tobago are more pervasive than those to be found in developed nations and have now become societal institutions that go beyond social purposes, “and are c o ming to resemble governments in and of themselves.” The think tank said there are currently over 100 gangs in Trinidad and Tobago, which has a total population of just over 1,300,000. In the absence of an “adequate legal system,” COHA said gangs in Trinidad and Tobago “outsource their

justice in situations as trivial as parents disciplining their children. According to COHA, the gangs of Trinidad and Tobago have “infiltrated the official government and created an alternative administration — at least in urban centers—of violence and strict order, lacking any semblance of ethics or ability to address welfare.”It said the structure provided by the highly organized gangs may hint at a “mafia-esque, white collar type of crime, tending to be detrimental mostly to business owners.” Besides their alleged violent acts, COHA charged that the organizations “take from the needy and control legitimate programs intended to help Trinidad and Tobago’s populace as a whole.” It charged that the Government of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has been unable to “effectively deal with” gang activity, adding that legislation passed by the government to fight local crime, such as the Anti-Gang Act of 2011, “has proven to be ineffective.” COHA also urged the Tr i n i d a d To b a g o Government to address o t h e r i n ternal securityrelated issues, “like police violence and excessive arrests, or choose to innovate on their past action. “As it now stands, gangs have a stronger hold on the Trinidadian population than its government does,” it said.

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South Road shooting deaths…

Top Cop requests OPR probe

Mark Anthony Joseph

Romario Gouveia

Jermaine Canterbury

Commissioner of Police Leroy Brumell has requested that the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) investigate the recent shooting deaths of three Albouystown youths at the hands of the police. Brumell said that he had “brought the OPR into the investigation” because of the controversy over the circumstances surrounding the case. “I have brought the OPR into the investigation (and) I have asked anybody who has information to come forward,” the Commissioner told Kaieteur News yesterday. Kaieteur News understands that police have also been questioning civilians about the incident but have received little cooperation. While police insist that the men were armed, individuals claiming to be eyewitnesses allege that the suspects were shot after being ordered to lie on the

ground. Police allege that Jermaine Canterbury, called “Chow”, Mark Anthony Joseph, called “Two Grand”, and Romario Gouveia had opened fire on ranks who had confronted them, as the men were planning to carry out a robbery at the K&VC Hotel. Canterbury and Joseph died shortly after being shot while Gouveia, who did not appear to have been seriously injured, succumbed on Monday at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. His relatives are appealing for an independent autopsy. Police sources have said that the cops were tipped off that the youths were planning to rob a hotel guest who reportedly had a substantial sum of money. Some Albouystown sources claim that an individual who fled the scene in a white vehicle is an associate of the slain men, and that the suspect is also

from the community. Police have still not located the suspect or the vehicle. In a statement on Sunday, police said that acting on information about a planned robbery on an occupant of the K&VC Hotel, South Road, Georgetown, they staked out the building last Saturday night. Police stated that around 20:30hrs, ranks observed the occupants of a car, bearing registration number PPP 8539, drive up and stop in Alexander Street. According to the statement, three men exited the vehicle and proceeded towards the K&VC Hotel. “The police challenged the men who opened fire on them, and the ranks returned fire,” the statement continued, while indicating that two firearms and a wig were recovered from the suspects. The police also said that all three youths were previously charged for robbery and were all on bail.

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FIBA Level II Coaches’ No. 70 Young Star defeat No. 58/ Course for Guyana

Riverton Suites Upper Corentyne Under-19 50 overs cricket

59 by 151 runs in first round

Permashwar Chatterpaul 85 & Wadikar Ramrattan 6 for 20 for No. 70 Young Star The Riverton Suites Under-19 50-over cricket competition started with No. 70 Young Star defeating No. 58/59 by a comprehensive 151 runs. Batting first No. 70 Young Star scored 224 runs with the talented 17 year old opener Permashwar Chatterpaul scoring 85. Bowling for No. 58/59 R. Lootowan took 4 for 31. In reply No. 58/59 were

bowled out for 73. Bowling for No. 70 Young Star right arm spinner Wadikar Ramrattan bagged 6 for 20. In other matches, Crabwood Creek Rising defeated Young Royals by 35 runs. Batting first C.W.C Rising score 122; R. Mohabir 31, W. Lambert 22. Bowling for Young Royals T. Beepat took 3 for 27, N. Hemraj 2 for 39. In reply Young

Royals were bowled out for 87. R. Tyndall 17. Bowling for C.W.C Rising Devindra Chandradat claimed 4 for 24, N. Garnett 2 for 16. Skeldon Community Centre defeated No. 72/73 by 10 wickets. Batting first No.72/73 were bowled for 83 in 27 overs. G. Singh 31. Bowling for Skeldon C.C – V. Gooniah 4 for 13. In reply Skeldon made 84-0 in 15 over with V. Gooniah 49 not out and R. Roopchand 24 not out.

Wednesday October 16, 2013 ARIES (March 21 - April 19): Did you celebrate last night? Happiness over a surprising turn of fortune is indicated, but so are a heavy head and hollow stomach from overindulging in food and drink! ******************* TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): It's hard to stay centered now. Your mind is on something wonderful that's happening for you. Yesterday it was a fantasy and now it's real! ****************** GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): An impromptu gathering including some neighbors could take place today. Someone could start a round of gossip, and this could turn you off. ******************** CANCER (June 21 - July 22): A temporary separation between you and a lover could have you experiencing mixed feelings. You may need some time to yourself, but you'll miss your friend! ********************* LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22): YThis may be one of those days in which you don't feel like doing anything and you can't force yourself. While you're out you'll shop just enough to take care of essentials, and at home you'll probably veg out in front of the TV. Don't feel any guilt over it. We all need days like this. ******************* VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22): Spiritual concepts may seem elusive and incomprehensible today. You might have difficulty focusing on books and your mind could wander during lectures or meditation. Conversation should shed light on what's unclear to you.

LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22): Someone once said that you can't be too rich, but today you may think this statement is false, at least when it comes to a friend. ********************* SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. 21): A romantic partner may appear to be more concerned with business than with you right now. Some decisions need making, and your friend could be preoccupied with them through most of the evening. ******************** SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21): You're likely feeling strong, healthy, and energetic. You might be inclined to take on huge tasks, some of which are more appropriate for three people than one. Be careful. .********************* CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19): Today you may be obsessed with romance. Racy novels could be especially appealing, and you might try some experiments with how you look in order to enhance your sex appeal. ******************** AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. 18):Your household could be a happy place tonight. Good food and lively conversation heighten the atmosphere as visitors and family members enjoy each other's company. ********************* PISCE S ( F e b . 1 9 March 20): Too much to do around the house could have you running around like crazy. You may need to make a lot of calls, see too many people, or execute some rather tedious paperwork.

The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) yesterday announced that the Federation International Basketball Association (FIBA) will be hosting a Coaches’ Course in Guyana, and as such is asking the near 40 Level I Coaches locally to participate. “This Level II Course is open to all FIBA certified Level I Coaches in Guyana, and is scheduled for October 17 through October 20,” the GABF release noted, adding that the main Presenter of the Course will be FIBA International Expert, Edwin Peña. “Mr. Peña has been giving such courses since 2005. He will be ably assisted by a nutritionist and a sports medicine specialist,” the release went on to state. The GABF recognises that training of coaches is an

Edwin Pena integral part in the development of basketball in Guyana.

The local federation said that it is extremely pleased that Coaches are afforded the opportunity as the certification ensures that all basketball coaches are equipped with proper technical knowledge of the game, and ultimately that our players benefit from such expertise. “GABF expects our Level I coaches to take this once in a lifetime opportunity to upgrade their skills, and utilize the opportunity to its fullest,” the release ended; all current Level I Coaches are asked to contact GABF General Secretary, Michael Burnett on telephone number: 265 7202.

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WADA plans special visit to Jamaica (Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is planning a special visit to Jamaica next year following concerns over the Caribbean island’s antidoping programs. “WADA has accepted an invitation from the Prime Minister of Jamaica to visit and inspect JADCO (the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission),” WADA said in a statement to Reuters on Monday. The visit follows comments by former JADCO Executive Director Renee Anne Shirley that there had been a significant gap in outof competition testing by JADCO in the months prior to the 2012 London Olympics, where Jamaican sprinters were dominant. Later on Monday, Jamaican anti-doping sources told Reuters that Jamaican taekwondo Olympian Kenneth Edwards had tested positive for a banned diuretic during an out-of-competition test carried out by JADCO. Edwards, 27, who won the heavyweight bronze medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2010, is

the eighth Jamaican to test positive for a banned substance this year. Former world 100 meters record holder Asafa Powell, twice 200 meters Olympic champion Veronica CampbellBrown and London Games 4x100 relay silver medalist Sherone Simpson are among the other offenders. WADA had hoped to make the inspection this year but “was unhappy to learn that JADCO cannot accommodate this visit until 2014,” the anti-doping agency said. JADCO chairman Herb Elliott declined to comment on the visit. “I will not speak on the matter until after I’ve spoken with (director general) David Howman of WADA”, Elliott told Reuters. EXTENSIVE TESTING The sport’s world governing body said it was not concerned about the WADA visit or the testing of Jamaican athletes, including six times Olympic champion and double sprint world record holder Usain Bolt who has never failed a doping test.

“It is abundantly clear that the testing of Jamaican athletes before London was extensive and thorough - and continues to be so today,” International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) spokesman Chris Turner said in an email to Reuters. Turner said in 2012 Jamaica had 19 athletes in the IAAF registered testing pool (RTP) who were tested 126 times, an average of 6.63 tests for each athlete. By comparison, 43 U.S. athletes in the 2012 pool were tested 222 times, an average of 5.16. “Incidentally, Usain Bolt is one of the most tested athletes in the RTP and under the jurisdiction of the IAAF was tested over a dozen times in and out of competition in 2012.” Turner said. Including all tests under the IAAF’s jurisdiction, 37 Jamaican athletes were tested out of competition by the IAAF in 2012, Turner said, “a robust and comprehensive program which concentrated on training camps and accounted for every top international athlete from that country”.

West Indies in India 2013-14

Kolkata, Mumbai get West Indies Tests

ESPNcricinfo - Eden Gardens in Kolkata and the Wa n k h e d e St a d i u m i n Mumba i will host I n d i a ’s two Te s t s a g a i n s t West Indies in November, which will mark the end of Sachin Tendulkar’s 24-year career. While Eden Gardens will host the first Test from November 6 to 10, Tendulkar’s farewell Test will be played at his home ground f r o m N o v e m b e r 14 to 18. The decision was taken during the BCCI’s tour programme a n d f ixtures committee meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday. While the first two ODIs of the tour will be played at Kochi (November 21) and Visakhapatnam (November 24), either Baroda or Kanpur will stage the last match of the series on November 27. Barabati Stadium in Cuttack will host the visitors’ preparations prior to the series, including a three-day game to be played from October 31 to November 2. O n c e Te n d u l k a r h a d requested the BCCI to play

Sachin Tendulkar will sign-off at his home ground © AFP his last competitive game at his home ground, the decision with regard to his farewell Test - also his 200th - was a mere formality at the meeting of the committee headed by BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla.

As a result, the Cricket Association of Bengal, which had been promised Tendulkar’s 200th before he announced his decision to retire after the Test, was awarded with Tendulkar’s penultimate Test. The series against West Indies wasn’t scheduled on the FTP. When it was announced i n S e p t e m b e r, i t r a i s e d doubts over the schedule and duration India’s tour to South Africa, and whether the series would be Tendulkar’s last. Tendulkar confirmed that it would indeed be his farewell series last week. As for the doubt over the venue for the third ODI, the Baroda Cricket Association, the home turf of BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel, was allotted the match as per the BCCI’s rotation policy. If the Reliance ground, which usually stages all the ODIs in Vadodara but does not belong to the association, is available, then the match will not be shifted to Kanpur, the home of Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association that Shukla is in charge of.

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Mohammed, Dottin spur WI Women to win WICB - BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Anisa Mohammed followed up destructive batting from Deandra Dottin with a devastating spell to allow West Indies Women to mark her 50th Twenty20 International with a memorable 23-run victory over New Zealand Women in the Women’s T20I Tri-Series on Monday here. Mohammed grabbed 5-12 from her allotted four overs to earn the Player-of-theMatch award and help the Windies Women dismiss the New Zealanders for 81 in 19 overs in the first match of the tournament under the lights at Kensington Oval. The 25-year-old offspinner formalised the victory with six balls remaining, when she had Sian Ruck caught at mid-wicket for a duck, prompting her to leap into the arms of fielder and compatriot Stacy-Ann King in glee. It was the second five-wicket haul of her T20I career.

The result put the home team provisionally on top of the three-team tournament that also includes England, whose first match is against the White Ferns today at the same venue. Dottin grabbed a rare opportunity of playing in front of her crowd to slam three fours and two sixes in the top score of 52 from 50 balls to help West Indies Women recover from a shaky start, propelling them to 104 for six from their 20 overs. Alert fielding from King led to the run out of New Zealand captain and opener Suzie Bates for eight in the third over, when the visitors started their chase. Tight bowling from the Windies Women saw the top order of the New Zealanders’ batting crack under the pressure and they were soon reeling on 31 for four in the 12th over. But the hosts were put on their heels, when Rachel Priest made 22 and linked up with Amy

Satterthwaite to bring the White Ferns back into the contest with a stand of 40 for the wicket. But Mohammed swung the match decisively, after the New Zealand Women entered the 17th over, requiring 34 from the last 24 deliveries of the match. She had Priest caught at deep midwicket, two deliveries later had Satterthwaite stumped for the top score of 31 and completed the over with the scalp of Frances Mackay bowled essaying a reverse sweep, as the New Zealanders lost their last six wickets for 10 runs in the space of 18 deliveries. Earlier, Dottin started cautiously before she exploded to rescue West Indies Women from a wobbly 18 for three in the sixth over. She added 51 for the fourth wicket with Kyshona Knight before taking charge down the stretch to help West Indies collect 33 in the final four overs and add some beef to their total.

Pakistan prime minister dissolves PCB ESPNcricinfo - The Prime Minister of Pakistan and new Patron of the PCB, Nawaz Sharif, has dissolved the governing board of the PCB, and formed a five-member interim management committee (IMC) to run cricket in the country. The PCB’s acting chairman Najam Sethi‚ former chairman Shahryar Khan, former players Z a h e e r Abbas and Haroon Rasheed, former team manager Naved Cheema were appointed to the committee. The IMC was directed by Sharif to elect one of its members as chairman, and the committee unanimously chose Sethi, who has been acting as caretaker chairman since July and will represent Pakistan at the ICC board meeting on October 18 and 19 in London. “The Patron of PCB, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, has been pleased to direct the

following: 1. Paragraph Section 41 of PCB Constitution has been amended and under the said paragraphs the board has been superseded,” the PCB said in a release. “An Interim Management Committee (IMC) has been constituted to ensure that PCB remains enabled to continue to perform day-today domestic and international functions for the promotion of the game and in line with the directions of the court.” The dissolution was the outcome of an issue that began with the Islamabad High Court’s judgement on a constitutional writ petition challenging the election of the previous PCB chairman, Zaka A s h r a f , w h o w a s then suspended and replaced temporarily by Sethi for a 90day term. Sethi, a senior journalist and former caretaker chief minister of

Punjab, also ran into trouble with the courts, with another judgement severely curtailing his powers. The court had set a deadline of October 18 for the PCB to hold fresh elections for chairman but the PCB wasn’t able to comply. The reason best known to ESPNcricinfo for the noncompliance was an incomplete electoral college of many regional associations in Punjab - the l a r g e s t p r o v i n ce in the country - and the refusal of the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold the elections. The PCB had written three letters to the Election Commission in compliance with the court order but it learned the commission cannot carry out the election of an autonomous body. The PCB has appealed against the judgement of the Islamabad court but the appeal has been pending since July 25.

Manzoor ton breaks top-order... From page 43 to Jacques Kallis at second slip and had several playsand-misses but he didn’t look out of his depth in Test cricket. He pounced on the many legstump deliveries offered in the morning session and kept up a brisk scoring rate, and also eased the pressure with several quick singles. He looked particularly strong on

the leg side, confidently pulling Philander and using his wrists when Steyn overpitched. Steyn had a rare off day with the new ball, leaking 31 in five overs and didn’t pose a threat cons i s t e n t l y enough. Philander, playing his f i r s t Te s t i n A s i a , maintained the tight line he is renowned for but pitched

a touch too short on a surface which is slower than the ones he is accustomed to. Morne Morkel was the best of the bowlers, probing away around off and getting the ball to rear at the batsmen. Scores: Pakistan 263 for 3 (Manzoor 131*, Masood 75) lead South Africa 249 (Amla 118, Duminy 57, Irfan 3-44, Babar 3-89) by 14 runs.

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Digicel makes donation to Battle of wits as Avon Breast Cancer Walk National Draughts -set for Saturday; ACHF is advocating wear pink day on Friday Championship commences

Digicel’s Ms. Nalini Vieira (4th right) presents the cheque to Ms. Mignon Bowen. Also in photo are members of the ACHF. As part of observances to mark Breast Cancer Awareness month, observed in October, Avon Community Health Fund (ACHF) has been organising a Fitness Walk aimed at heightening awareness and education of the disease. This year will be no different with the walk set to be held this Saturday starting at Parade Ground, Middle Street from 06:00hrs. At the launch of the Second Annual Digicel Cancer Aw a r e n e s s C y c l e R o a d Race yesterday, Digicel’s Head of Sales and Distribution, Ms. Nalini Vieira made a donation to ACHF towards Saturday’s activity. Accepting the cheque on behalf of ACHF, Chairperson of the voluntary organization, Ms. Mignon Bowen thanked the entity whilst informing that this is the eight year that they are having awareness activities

in Guyana. “It gives me great pleasure to say thank you and to also recognize Digicel for this valued and important partnership with us.” The gathering was told that ACHF initially started as a project but due to the tremendous feedback that was received from across Guyana with persons seeking information about breast cancer they were forced to move to the level of it becoming a programme. “So here we are every year, every October heightening the awareness of breast cancer among women in Guyana but what is important is the financial support that we have been receiving from Digicel.” ACHF refunds women the cost of doing mammograms (A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. Screening mammograms are used to check for breast

cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease) throughout the year. “We want to break this barrier of the high costs for this particular test and one of the ways in doing that is to provide this service free of cost and Digicel has been in partnership with us to provide this service.” Bowen noted that the organisation is voluntary in nature and the project is one of love, giving back to women all across Guyana. They have been many areas across the country and would always welcome organisations brining women together and inviting them to do presentations on breast cancer. “”Let me take this opportunity to also thank Digicel for the introduction of the cycle race, it was very exciting last year, the competition was very stiff and I must thank Digicel for

From page 46 reminded of this year’s theme, “Together We Fight” praised Digicel as a committed partner with the Society working towards improving the health and wellbeing of Guyanese. “We once again welcome this collaborative that Digicel has taken in the observance of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Cancer remains the third leading cause of in Guyana with Breast Cancer as the most prevalent. The cancer Institute remains relentless in its efforts to continuously educate and raise awareness about the disease

with particular emphasis on prevention and early detection.” Legall said that the Institute is looking forward to the continued partnership with Digicel in educating Guyanese. Hope, who echoed the sentiments of Ms. Vieira reminded that the race is aimed at raising the awareness of cancer and its devastating effects on the lives of individuals and their families. He promised that the deficiencies that were associated with the events in its inaugural year will not be repeated.

To this end, GCF Executive Member Brian Allen along with the entity has been tasked with the responsibility of coordinating and executing the event. “Everybody will have an opportunity to win and win big. There’s cash and trophies. So we urge everybody to come out, this is the biggest purse that cyclists in Guyana will be riding for. I don’t want to talk about what will happen next year, let’s focus on this year and once things are better than last year, once we have in excess of 90

making things bigger and more competitive for cyclists.” Ms. Bowen also stated that she is very encouraged that young men are getting the message of breast cancer awareness and education. Saturday’s event will start at 06:00hrs at Parade Ground and those participating are asked to assemble at 05:30hrs. The route is as follows, from Parade Ground, South into Waterloo Street, East into Church Street, North along Irving Street, West on Lamaha Street, South into Camp Street, West into Middle Street to finish at Parade Ground. Participants are urged to wear pink for the walk, pink tee shirt for a small donation of $1000 are on sale at the Avon Office, Camp Street. Meanwhile, ACHF is encouraging all Guyanese to wear pink on Friday as their way of showing support.

One million in prize monies at stake...

cyclists you can imagine what will happen next year.” Whilst junior and senior riders will start at the Four Corner Junction in Linden, ladies and veterans will pedal off from Splashmin’s Fun Park on the Linden Soesdyke Highway. Transportation to Linden for cyclists and their cycles will be provided by Digicel and will leave their Head Office, 8 Fort and Barrack Streets, Kingston, Georgetown at 04:30hrs on Sunday October 27 for Linden. Race time is 07:00hrs.

President of the GDA, Jairam, gratefully accepts the winner’s prize for the 100 squares from a representative of P&P Insurance. Three divisions, A, B and ‘B’ will be contested and a highly competitive day on the boards is anticipated when the Guyana Draughts Association stages its International 100 squares Annual National Draughts Championship, Saturday October 19 next at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue. When activities get underway on the first day, players will compete in the ‘B’ division competition and a new champion will emerge following the elevation of defending champion, Jiaram, to the ‘A’ level. Veteran players Mark Braithwaite, Haroon Bacchus and Tyrone David are the favourites to win this division, while the five top players will qualify to the ‘A’ Division. The following day, Sunday 20, competition in the ‘A’ Division gets underway. Defending champion, Jiaram,

will compete with strong rivals the likes of veteran player, Carlton Simon, Wilfred Robinson and Khemraj Pooranmall, while all eyes would be on Linden player, Floyd Cumberbatch, who has been outstanding in his last three outings. The curtains will be drawn one week later, on Sunday October 27 when defending champion, Carlton Simon, will be going all out to redeem his crown after losing to Jiaram on points at the last Independence tournament. Khemraj Pooranmall, Floyd Cumberbatch and Mark Braithwaite are also hovering on the side and are just as eager to win the massive P&P sponsored first prize trophy on offer. There will also be cell phones, wrist watches and other prizes on offer. Registration gets underway at 09:30hrs and the tournament starts at 10:00hrs daily. Registration fee is $300.

GFF steadfast in... From page 44 examples of change, the process will undergo extensive scrutiny and in some cases ridicule, but this is to be expected and providing that the hierarchy stays on course, in a short space of time, all levels of the sport will begin to enjoy success. It is early days to conclusively pronounce on what legacy the Matthias-led administration will leave whenever they demit office, but what is irrefutable is the fact that when they took the reins of power, they took a bankrupt Federation faced with enormous debt and other awkward challenges and bravely confronted them. There is still a long journey ahead, but the resolve displayed so far must infuse confidence in member associations, players, corporate entities and supporters in total. No one should be under any illusion; the road is long and tough, but a sincere commitment by the integral stakeholders should be enough to navigate it.

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5th U-19 ODI set for Providence today

Windies aiming for a win to keep series alive By Sean Devers Young West Indies must beat Bangladesh tonight at the National Stadium at Providence in the fifth ODI Day/Night encounter if they hope to keep the seven-match under-19 series alive. This afternoon’s game is scheduled to commence at 13:30hrs and a vastly improved performance is needed if the Caribbean teenagers are to turn things around after winning the opening match by six wickets. With Bangladesh leading 3-1, West Indies need to win all of the remaining matches to take the series but the Asian spinners could again befuddle the batsmen if conditions in Guyana continue to favour the visitors and a faster track is not prepared at Providence. Apart from the team’s most accomplished batsman, T&T’s left-hander Jeremy Solozano who had starts in every game, the West Indies batsmen have struggled badly against the turning ball. Jamaican Leroy Lugg benefitted from three chances to score 69 in the first match

but managed 1, 16 and duck in the other matches while fellow opening batsman Tagenarine Chanderpaul laboured for 30 overs for 24 runs when the West Indies lost at Bourda. Although he should be accustomed to the slow pitches here, Guyanese Shemron Hetymer prefers the ball coming onto the bat and struggled once pace was taken off the ball. Tristan Coleman, Skipper Ramaal Lewis, Tarryck Gabriel, and Nicholas Pooran who returned to the region from the Champions League in India with second ball duck in his first match, all seemed at sea to the off-spin pair of 15 year-old Skipper Mehedi Miraj and Mossadek Saikat along with left-arm spinner Uzaman Nehad and legspinner Likhon Zubair. The home team fell for their lowest total at this level (88) and slumped to their heaviest defeat in the third ODI of this series before catapulting to 51-7 in their next match before Gudakesh Motie-Kanahi and fast bowler Marquino Mindley,

with 39 each gave the host brief hope. Bangladesh Opener Sadman Anik fell five short of his ton at Providence, while wicket-keeper Uddin Jashim has scored three fifties on the tour so far and along with Saikat, Miraj and Nazmul Shanto have all looked confident against the West Indies slow bowlers. Left-arm spinner MotieKanahi has looked the best of the home team spinners, while the six fast bowlers in the squad including the genuinely quick Vincentian Ray Jordon, have all found work hard on slow and low tracks here. This series is being played as preparation for the 2013 under-19 World Cup set for Dubai and players in the 18man West Indies squad are being rotated especially the pacers. India are the defending World Cup champions having won the last event in Australia last year. The under19 World Cup is played every two years since the event was held in South Africa in 1998, 10 years after the first was contested in Australia.

Eccles\Ramsburg NDC injects $1.5M into Providence CCG

Chairman of the Eccles\Ramsburg NDC, Saeed A. Khan presents a copy of the MOU to president of the EBDCA Rohan Sarjoo in the presence of members of the NDC and ground management committee. The Eccles\Ramsburg NDC yesterday handed over $1.5M, which was taken from their 2013 budget, to the Providence Community Centre and Ground Management Committee (PCCGMC) after both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the NDC office. The funds will be used to upgrade the playfield and the pavilion and works are expected to commence

next week. The pavilion was constructed in 2005 by SIMAP Agency at a cost of $21,735,182 and the fence was done by the NDC. The management committee will be responsible for the effective functioning of the ground and building, to enhance sports within the NDC and to carry out training programmes to enhance community development.

In an invited comment, Chairman of the East Bank Demerara Cricket Association (EBDCA) Rohan Sarjoo, said he is pleased with the NDC input stating that it will enhance the development of cricket in the area. He indicated that the EBDCA will be able to organize more tournaments and hope other venues will be upgraded in the near future.

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Top spellers go after honours in GASP open championships today The fierce rivalry for honours will resume when the nation’s top spellers convene for the Eid-ul Adha Open Scrabble championship, in the pavilion of the Malteenoes Sports Club, Thomas Lands this morning. National champion, Abigail McDonald is currently preparing for the World Scrabble Championships scheduled for Prague later this year and will be anxious to participate even if just for the practice and to stay oiled in the championship mood. Should she participate, an interesting scenario will automatically develop. Her predecessor, Fred Collins, will also be among the starters and he will also want to cart off the spoils. His vast knowledge of words has oft times stood him in good stead and he is always a threat to

the top ranked players. The lower rated seeds cannot be ruled out as was proven over the past championships. Michael Benjamin had upset Gafoor but faltered against Kamta Ramnarine which cost him the top spot and he eventually had to settle for the second place slot. He will be keen to replicate or even better that performance while Wayne Cave, who has improved tremendously, will want to continue in that vein. Devraj Deonarine had impressed when he was adjudged the best newcomer in the Nationals but was a bit out of form for several succeeding tournaments. He returned with a bang in the last Open Championship and placed second, just behind Gafoor, to signal a return to form. Orlando Michael, who had been off the podium for quite

some time also turned in a favourable performance in the last tournament which saw him once again among the elite players in the third place. Additionally, the distaff group consisting of Lindener, Grace Hercules, Ruby Cummings and Prudence Edwards will attempt to overshadow their male counterparts which will set the tone for a fiercely contested tournament. Registration gets underway at 09:30hrs for a prompt start at 10:00hrs. Those players arriving early will be charged a fee of $500 with latecomers being penalized with a $200 increase. Further, clocks would be activated promptly at 10:00hrs. Players with clocks and boards are asked to have them at the venue at least half an hour prior to the scheduled start.

Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 2nd day

Manzoor ton breaks top-order drought ESPNcricinfo - Usually, a couple of hours into a Pakistan Test innings, Younis Khan is in the middle trying to rescue the team after the top order has floundered. In Abu Dhabi, he was relaxing in the pavilion, fiddling around with a camera while chatting with Junaid Khan. He could afford to joke around as Pakistan’s new opening pair, Khurram Manzoor and Shan Masood, put on 135 runs, Pakistan’s first century stand for the first wicket since January 2012, back when they were making a mockery of England’s No. 1 ranking. It is much too soon to talk of them making a mockery of the current No.1 side in the world, but Pakistan’s sixth opening combination in seven Tests put them on course for a healthy first-innings score. Manzoor went on to his maiden Test century, the first by a Pakistan opener against South Africa in a decade, to heap the pressure on Graeme Smith’s side. Manzoor is only playing his 10th Test, spread over more than four years, but was already deemed the senior opener in the squad, after Mohammad Hafeez was axed. He is fresh off twin halfcenturies in his previous Test, and though he had a few nervy moments early on, he didn’t throw away his wicket. He was generally watchful against the quicks, wearing a blow on his ribs from Jacques Kallis, and only opened out just before lunch when the spinners came on, taking three boundaries in

Pakistan opener Shan Masood made a promising debut © AFP

two overs. What stood out as much as his crisp strokeplay and concentration was his desire to get a big score. He regularly chided himself when he played a loose shot, even knocking his helmet with his bat several times after chasing a wide one from Vernon Philander and nearly nicking it when on 90. It was a bit of struggle for him around that time, scoring only one run in 24 deliveries. Just as the pressure was mounting on him, he broke free with consecutive boundaries off Robin Peterson. The century arrived soon after with a push towards cover for two,

celebrating in a chestthumpingly exuberant manner. His combativeness was also on display late in the day, when a wicketless Dale Steyn charged in with the second new ball. When Steyn flung the ball at him after fielding it, Manzoor didn’t back down, snapping back at the world’s No. 1 bowler. Later in the over when Steyn glared after a quick delivery, Manzoor blew him a kiss. His opening partner Masood, making his debut, outside-edged his first ball in international cricket past the slips, survived a half chance (Continued on page 41)

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Ralph ‘Musha’ Parris - Boxing Star Party Rentals sponsors coach extraordinaire laid to rest junior hockey tournament

Boxers trained by ‘Musha’ form a ‘guard of honour’ as his casket leaves the parlour for the LeRepentir cemetery. Amidst an atmosphere of solemn retrospection, interspersed with tears of grief and sadness, members of the boxing fraternity joined family members to pay their final tributes to former boxing stalwart and national boxing coach, Ralph ‘Musha’ Parris, who was eulogized at the Lyken Funeral Parlour, John Street, Newburg, before his body was interred at the LeRepentir Cemetery, yesterday afternoon. Pastor Kerry delivered a moving sermon and decreed that there is a place in heaven for ‘Musha’ whose journey on earth was characterized with humility and kindness. Ms Sandra Peters and Fay Jupiter read several excerpts of the scriptures while tributes were said by his daughters, Elizabeth and Sonia Parris, one of whom eulogized him in song. Former Continental of Americas welterweight champion, Michael Benjamin, who enjoyed a stint under the tutelage of ‘Musha’ and top professional boxer, Marcelle Daniels, also delivered stirring tributes on behalf of

the boxing community. Musician, Keith ‘Cool and Classy’ Campbell was also among those delivering tributes to the former boxing coach. Born 86 years ago, ‘Musha’ as he is familiarly called around the boxing circles, was also known as ‘Jango’ by many of his colleagues who worked alongside him as a waterfront worker on the Georgetown wharves. He died on October 7 last after a prolonged battle with diabetes that commenced in July 2005 and forced medical specialists to amputate both legs. ‘Musha’s contribution to the fistic sports dates back eons when, as a young man, he donned gloves in representation of his country. While he was a decent pugilist, his contributions as a boxing coach was far more meritorious and he practiced his trade with pride and dignity. His son, Michael Anthony Parris, Guyana’s lone Olympics bronze medalist, remains as evidence of his stewardship as a boxing coach. The elder Parris was

constricted with the dreaded disease diabetes some eight years ago which resulted in the amputation of both legs and left him bedridden. It was during his challenges that Musha’s strength of character really came to the fore. Moments before the commencement of the funeral service, solemn music by gospel singer, Jim Reeves, wafted through the air and family members said that he loved listening to the gospel singer even before he was constricted. The ceremony was graced by members of the boxing community who formed an arch of boxing gloves as the remains of the beloved coach left the funeral parlour for the interment at the LeRepentir Cemetery. As the hearse began its final journey to the final resting place, the soothing words of Jim Reeves eulogized the boxing stalwart in song and welcomed him into a new sphere, ‘Come home, come home, ye who are weary come home. Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling oh sinner come home. May his soul rest in peace!

Kings look to defend crown against Falcons as Jets take... From page 47 from their best. Neils has 56 points for an average of 11.2 and Rose 54 for an average of 9 points per game. Their inside scoring is dependent on centre/forward Omally Sampson who has 39 points and averages 9.75 points per game, a similar record held by former junior national captain guard Marvin Hartman with 39 points also. The Kings experience in addition to past national playerAbdulla Hamid’s influence must be in full nick if they are to beat this Falcons side which defeated them earlier 47-42. Falcons’ best player has been power forward

Lawrence DaCosta with 77 points and an average of 12.8 per game and guard Leonard Caleb has stepped up to the plate for 70 points as he averages 11.6 per game, while former junior national Dale Sauers, the point guard, who began well, must regain his form as his scoring has dipped, while he has scored 32 points with an average of 6 points per game. Taking all this into account there is no room for mistakes and it is win or go home tonight in this year’s semifinal of the Trophy Stall Regulation Open basketball championship at the Mackenzie Sports Club Hard court.

Manager of Star Party Rentals Pheona Jones (2nd left) hands over the sponsorship cheque to national player Tiffany Solomon in the presence of fellow staffer Kesheka Washington and GHB Vice President Ivor Thompson yesterday. Star Party Rentals confirmed its collaboration with the Guyana Hockey Board (GHB) to stage the Junior National Indoor Hockey Championships for schools and clubs which will run from October 18-20, at the National Gymnasium. Yesterday, during a simple presentation ceremony which was held at the Company’s Head Office on Craig Street, Campbellville, Manager Pheona Jones handed over the sponsorship cheque to national hockey player Tiffany Solomon in the presence of fellow staffer Kesheka Washington and

GHB Vice-President Ivor Thompson. Thompson, responding to the gesture on behalf of the Board, thanked Managing Director Lennox Cush and the Company for assisting in the further development of the sport, adding that it is extremely important that the junior players get an opportunity to showcase their talent in competition. Thompson promised that the GHB will ensure that the usually high standard of organisation and discipline that are associated with hockey is exhibited throughout the competition. The categories to be

contested will range from Under-13, U-16 and U-21 in both Boys and Girls Divisions and action commences on Friday with play in the U-21 category, starting at 17:30 hrs. Play resumes the following day from 10:00hrs and runs until 18:30 hrs with the final day of competition scheduled for Sunday. Among the schools slated to participate are North Ruimveldt Multilateral, Christ Church, Marian Academy, Queen’s College, St. Stanislaus College and St. John’s College, while GCC, Old Fort and Hikers are also expected to field teams.

GFF steadfast in its quest to repair sport’s image By Rawle Welch Determined to release Guyana’s football from the uncompromising iron-grip style of governance that characterised the preceding administration, the current executive of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) appears resolute in its quest to chart a new path for the holistic development of the sport. After taking office following a landmark Electoral Congress on March 12, the Christopher Matthias-led administration has since been engaged in repairing the image of football through a vigorous pursuit for good governance, transparency, inclusivity and accountability and while it is anticipated that mistakes will be made along the way, all signals to date seem to suggest that the Organisation has been able to make significant progress on that journey.

Regrettably, there are still some remnants from the past regime who are clearly opposed to some of the changes that the new administration has embarked on and continue to relentlessly hurl criticisms at the entity, making all kinds of puerile accusations of favouritism and recriminatory practices, but that is to be expected and it is entirely up to the new Body to either remain steadfast in its pursuit to transform the sport’s landscape or submit to the wishes of those with personal agendas. The Federation, whose term of office will last for two years, in its seven months of control has been able to achieve much in terms of gaining consensus among its affiliates on various governance issues, while also seizing the opportunity to sensitise relevant stakeholders about its

programmes to aid in the further development of the game. The commencement of the Premier League even after the critics felt that members of the corporate community would not have been enthusiastic about affixing their names to the sport is testimony to how well the new dispensation is taking effect, while the continuous outreaches held with member associations, the education of administrators, players and officials and the encouraging turnout of fans, are all indicators of a positive flow within the fraternity. Add to that the heartening interactions with the Ministry of Sport about a future partnership on the residency of the GOAL Project and other prospective initiatives are testimony of the new direction that the current executive is taking. Like so many other (Continued on page 40)

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